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Drug Busts Reflect Huge Disparity in Effectiveness of Enforcement Efforts

Whenever a law enforcement agency makes a major drug bust, one of the first things the department will do is issue a press release or hold a press conference to announce the size of the seizure, the dollar value of drugs and other items seized, and the number of people arrested. To the general public,… Keep Reading

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US-Mexico Border Tunnels Evolve to Defy Security Measures

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and that saying certainly rings true for resourceful drug smugglers. One of the most effective and difficult to detect methods of moving illegal drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been the use of drug tunnels. In recent years, tunnel detection technology has evolved, and Border Patrol agents have… Keep Reading

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G20 Summit: Violence Surges in Mexico Amidst US-Mexico Diplomatic Efforts

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for 30 minutes at the G20 summit in Germany on July 7. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly will be in Mexico until July 7 “to discuss building the U.S.-Mexico relationship while working together to combat transnational criminal organizations, enhance… Keep Reading

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What Can Be Done About the Lone Wolf Terrorist Threat?

As President Donald Trump and his administration formulate their plans to combat terrorism, they will discover that dealing with the threat of lone wolf terrorism will prove to be the most difficult and frustrating part of any counterterrorism policy. Traditional counterterrorism measures—such as military, economic, and diplomatic actions—will not work against the individual terrorist. Neither… Keep Reading

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How to Collect Open Source Intelligence

Open source intelligence (OSINT) is information that comes from publicly available sources. This type of information can be exploited, collected and disseminated to any audience. For investigators or other individuals who need to collect background material on an individual, OSINT is highly useful. According to Michael Bazzell, a former FBI computer crime investigator and the… Keep Reading

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US Might Take Retaliatory Action Against Russian Cyber Attacks

In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Vice President Joseph Biden made a strange statement. He claimed that the US was making preparations to strike back at Russia for attempting to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election. More specifically, Biden suggested that the Obama administration was set to authorize clandestine activity against Moscow in response… Keep Reading

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Where are the Terrorist WMD Attacks?

President Obama has declared that terrorist groups and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) remain the greatest threat to the United States. According to a Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center white paper, President Obama stated, “If an organization like al-Qaeda got a weapon of mass destruction in its hands…just a few individuals could potentially kill tens… Keep Reading

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Border Immigration Surge in 2016 will be Largest Ever

Two years ago, tens of thousands of Central American migrants—mostly minors and family units—flooded the US border with Mexico to such a degree that the Obama administration labeled the influx a “humanitarian crisis.” According to Customs and Border Protection data, over 130,000 were apprehended. US Border Patrol stations, processing centers, and shelters were quickly overwhelmed,… Keep Reading

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June Terror Threat Snapshot: 800 ISIS Investigations in All 50 States

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released his Terror Threat Snapshot for June and – as usual – it makes for some disturbing reading. Topping this month’s lists of concerns is the threat here in the United States where officials haveinvestigated more than 800 ISIS-related cases in all 50 states over the past… Keep Reading

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How Will Brexit Affect British Border Control?

On June 23, much of the world waited with bated breath to see the outcome of the British national vote known as Brexit (for British exit from the European Union). The result of the vote was wholly unexpected and sent both global citizens and markets into a whirlwind of speculation. In a largely unprecedented move,… Keep Reading

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