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Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a senior fellow specializing in terrorism analysis at the Haym Salomon Center. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15, a private investigator and a security consultant. She is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

ISIS Magazine Laments That Some ISIS Followers ‘Don’t Have Any Clue’

“Unfamiliarity” with the terror group’s instructions and news is “undoubtedly disappointing,” says publication, urging “brothers in the media to prepare articles of knowledge, books, and magazines released by the Islamic State on major issues.”

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OIG Review of CBP Biometrics Hack Says at Least 19 Traveler Photos Posted on Dark Web

San Ysidro Port of Entry

The report noted that CBP’s post-breach assessments and mitigation “identified potential security vulnerabilities at four airports conducting similar facial recognition pilots.”

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DHS Needs Methodology to Compare Coast Guard, CBP Marine Operational Costs, Says GAO

DHS compares cost per flight for CBP and Coast Guard air operations, but does not conduct cost-per-float assessments on marine operations.

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ISIS, AQAP Calls for Attacks Preceded Stabbings Outside Former Charlie Hebdo Office

One month ago, an English-language monthly magazine produced by ISIS supporters urged followers to “race” to emulate the Charlie Hebdo attack, arguing that governments aren’t doing enough to punish those viewed by the terror group as blasphemers.

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Coast Guard Releases New Strategy to Combat ‘Leading Global Maritime Security Threat’ of Illegal Fishing

“If IUU fishing continues unchecked, we can expect deterioration of fragile coastal states and increased tension among foreign-fishing nations, threatening geo-political stability around the world,” says commandant.

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Wray Explains Antifa, QAnon, Boogaloo, and Racially Motivated Violence at Threats Hearing

The Bureau usually has about 1,000 domestic terrorism investigations open each year, but “it’s higher than that this year.”

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Is It Wildfire Terrorism? What Extremists Say About Arson Ambitions

Terror groups are attracted to the tactic of wildland arson for casualty and damage potential, simplicity, and messaging.

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Wray Details FBI Strategy to ‘Impose Risk and Consequences on Cyber Adversaries’

Wray that relationships with other federal agencies, other nations, and the private sector will be critical to the strategy as the FBI will “not only pursue our own actions,” but “enable our partners to defend networks, attribute malicious activity, sanction bad behavior, and take the fight to our adversaries overseas.”

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OIG: Only a Court Can Issue ‘Binding Determination’ on Legality of Wolf’s Appointment

In a ruling Friday blocking the Trump administration from enforcing new asylum employment authorization restrictions, federal Judge Paula Xinis wrote that the plaintiffs “are likely to demonstrate” order of succession was invalid.

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New CBP Website Explains, Promotes ‘Safety and Health Benefits’ of Biometric Facial Comparison

Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations launched a website this month intended to foster transparency with stakeholders and the public about their biometrics entry/exit program.

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FBI Backs Up Oregon Law Enforcement Fighting Disinformation Campaign That Claims Antifa Is Setting Wildfires

Frustrated law enforcement agencies took to social media to dispel the rumors and plead with the public to stop tying up their valuable resources and making first responders’ jobs more difficult with false reports as the fires continue to spread.

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The Evolution of Terror: 6 Critical Threats 19 Years After 9/11

There are some familiar faces as well as new threats keeping counter-extremism on its toes.

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3 Former DHS Secretaries: Refocus on Department’s Mission and Keep It Apolitical

“It serves the people in vital ways… continually remind the American people of all the ways Homeland Security protects us,” said Jeh Johnson in forum with Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano.

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Former I&A Leader Tells OIG That Wolf, Cuccinelli Wanted to Downplay Russia, White Supremacist Threats

Brian Murphy says he was demoted for “protected disclosures … primarily focused on the compilation of intelligence reports and threat assessments that conflicted with policy objectives set forth by the White House.”

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State of the Homeland Address: Wolf Focuses on ‘Operational Flexibility,’ Protest Response

He criticized “a vocal and ill-informed minority” that “has clamored to paint recent DHS actions as examples of mission drift.”

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‘Boogaloo Bois’ Allegedly Tried to Make Arms Deal with Hamas to Fund ‘Boojahideen’ Training Camp

Pair allegedly discussed accelerationist attacks including courthouse bombing, killing 20 senators and killing media members.

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Indo-Pacific Strategy Aims to Get China to ‘Honor Commitments’ in South China Sea, Esper Says

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said “improving our lethality and our readiness” and “strengthening our alliances and partnerships” along with funding critical technology are key to Indo-Pacific maritime security as China increases “provocative” behavior in the region.

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