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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.

New Terrorism Advisory Warns of Domestic Extremists ‘Fueled by False Narratives’

“Long-standing racial and ethnic tension – including opposition to immigration – has driven DVE attacks” and could again.

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‘How to Make a Bomb’ Was a Top 10 Google Search Term in September and October

“Couple this with more recent events … and it has become evident that it is your turn to act,” says the new Office for Bombing Prevention Bulletin from DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

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Biden Orders Halt to Border Wall Construction, Review of Existing Contracts

President wants “assessment of the administrative and contractual consequences of ceasing each wall construction project.”

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Biden Orders DHS to ‘Preserve and Fortify’ DACA

President Trump declared in 2017 that he would end DACA,  sparking fears among about 700,000 DACA beneficiaries that they would be deported. The phase-out was tied up in court due to multiple legal challenges.

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Mayorkas Defends ‘Critical Roles’ of CBP and ICE, Will Study What to Do with Built Border Wall

The DHS secretary nominee told senators that when he served as deputy secretary and visited with Border Patrol at headquarters and in the field he was told “we need a diverse approach to border security.”

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Mayorkas: Cybersecurity, Industry Partnerships Will Be Among ‘Highest Priorities’ at DHS

“The threat is real and the threat is every day and we have to do a much better job than we are doing now,” nominee tells senators, stressing that “CISA must improve the cyber hygiene of the federal government.”

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How the Heightened Domestic Extremist Threat Could Materialize in Attacks

The mishmash of extremists at the Capitol and chatter give indications about threat patterns in the year ahead.

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DHS Strategy Calls for Expanded Component Roles in Securing Changing Arctic Region

The strategy focuses on securing the homeland through “persistent presence and all domain awareness,” strengthening “access, response, and resilience” in the Arctic, and advancing Arctic governance.

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FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center Was Activated for Record 314 Days in 2020

The previous record for presidentially declared emergencies and major disasters in one year was 128 in 2011. In 2020, that was far surpassed with 230 declarations.

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DOJ Sedition Team Investigating Capitol Rioters ‘Just Like’ International Terrorism

“We’re looking at everything, money, travel records, looking at disposition, movement, communication records,” Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said as cases are likely to “grow into the hundreds.”

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Wolf Resigns from DHS, Cites Rulings About His Legitimacy as Acting Secretary

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor is moving into the acting leadership role atop the Department of Homeland Security in the face of mounting domestic threats as Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf resigned.

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National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan Includes New Contract Mandates, Intel Sharing

The U.S. will also develop procedures to identify and investigate cyber risks in critical ship and port systems.

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ISIS Hails Capitol Riot, Says U.S. Unrest ‘Will Pay Off’ for Terror Group

ISIS said in a new issue of its weekly newsletter that rioters “being seen breaking into one of the most important centers of sovereignty in America” signaled that domestic unrest could work to the terror group’s advantage.

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Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Dies from Injuries Suffered in Riot

Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit. He was reportedly bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher and later collapsed.

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Capitol Police Chief Resigns as National Security Concerns from Riot Assessed

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police Union told local media that a 40-year-old officer is being kept on life support until his family can arrive.

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DoT’s Chao Becomes First Cabinet Member to Quit After U.S. Capitol Riot

President Trump’s deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger resigned Wednesday, and former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney quit as special envoy to Northern Ireland.

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White House Says it Pulled DHS Nomination for Wolf as Acting Secretary Condemns Capitol Riot

The announcement came shortly after Wolf issued a statement this morning decrying the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and declaring that “we now see some supporters of the President using violence as a means to achieve political end.”

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U.S. Capitol Breached by Mob, Pipe Bombs Discovered, D.C. Under Curfew

A mob breached the U.S. Capitol today, leaving one woman dead and Washington, D.C., under curfew as the National Guard and local agencies deployed to help Capitol Police regain control of the House and Senate.

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