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Past, Present Officials at Odds on Extent, Seriousness, Understanding of Islamism

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper within 24 hours of one another gave conflicting testimony before separate congressional committees about the extent and seriousness of Islamist jihadi terrorism. In testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in February, Kerry stated, “Our citizens, our world today… Keep Reading

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There Will be Blood: Freeing the Vilest of the Vile from GITMO

For the first time since 2001, “Al Qaeda” wasn’t mentioned in a Presidential State of the Union address when President Obama gave his latest on January 20, 2015. Obama also said, “As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice. So it makes no sense to spend $3 million per prisoner to keep open a… Keep Reading

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Obama’s Decree Will Leave Some Criminal Aliens on the Street; Possible New Surge at Border

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a long expected series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require an estimated four million – but likely many, many more — currently illegal immigrants to pass a criminal background check before being given work permits,… Keep Reading

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Dozens of ‘Dark Web’ Criminal Websites Seized in Silk Road 2.0 Investigation

In the November, 2013 edition of Homeland Security Today, we noted that when a propitious misstep by 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, proprietor of the estimated $1.2 billion criminal bazaar called the Silk Road was busted by the Feds, it had illuminated a slimy subterranean place secreted deep below the Web where terrorists, narco-traffickers, gun-runners, mercenaries,… Keep Reading

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Reforming Congressional Oversight of DHS Still Priority One, 9/11 Commission Members Say

Congressional oversight of homeland security received a particularly harsh rebuke by a new report by members of the now decade-old 9/11 Commission who were reconvened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania to update their original recommendations ten years ago. The panel was unequivocal in stating that… Keep Reading

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$4 Billion for Border Crisis Contrasts With President’s Gutted FY 2015 DHS Budget Request

President Obama’s request for nearly $4 billion in emergency funding for what the White House insists is “a proactive” effort to confront the unprecedented wave after wave of unaccompanied children and “Other Than Mexicans” (OTMs) surging across the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) is in stark contrast with the dramatic, across the board cuts he requested… Keep Reading

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Crucial Border Enforcement System Modernization Runs Into Snags, But on Track, Lawmakers Hear

For the second time in a year, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is revising its schedule baseline for the TECS border enforcement system modernization program, and hasn’t yet “developed its master schedule sufficiently to reliably manage work activities or monitor program progress," Congress learned during a hearing last week. And it’s raised questions about the… Keep Reading

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Are Terrorists Conducting ‘Dry Runs?’ Some Believe They Are

Ever since the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) issued a “briefing” to its members earlier this month warning them about possible dry-runs performed on passenger planes by possible terrorists, there’s been considerable debate among pilots and counterterrorism authorities over whether terrorists continue to conduct such probing and surveillance activities. Most of the debate has centered… Keep Reading

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DOJ Needs Policies Regulating its ‘Uncoordinated Approach’ to Using Drones

As of May, four components of the Department of Justice (DOJ) had either tested for evaluation or flown Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to support their operations. The FBI, however, is the only DOJ component that’s actually deployed UAS to support its mission, according to an interim audit by DOJ’s Inspector General (IG). The Interim Report… Keep Reading

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ICE Arrests Sexual Predator While 3,000 Deportable Alien Sex Offenders Released

Less than 36 hours after US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced the availability of its new Operation Predator smartphone app to solicit information from the public about wanted child predators, a Michigan man profiled in the app was arrested. Meanwhile, however, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigatory and audit branch,… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: NSA’s X-KEYSCORE Does Far More than Just Siphon the ‘Net, But is it Working?

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) X-KEYSCORE Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) exploitation system that allows analysts to search vast repositories of metadata siphoned by numerous SIGINT collection systems from Internet-based databases including emails, online chats and browsing histories, actually provides a much farther reaching capability than has been disclosed, Homeland Security Today has been told. According to… Keep Reading

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More Loaded Handguns and Other Aviation Threats

During the first two weeks in May, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found record numbers of loaded handguns in carry-on luggage. Fifty side arms were found by TSA screeners during the week of May 5. Then, the following week, an astounding 65 were found, the agency said. After a short respite, during the week of… Keep Reading

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‘Home-Grown,’ Spectacular Jihad Growing Problem, Authorities Fear

The threat of “homegrown” and foreign jihadist groups and individuals plotting mass casualty attacks on US soil has not weakened, despite degradation of Al Qaeda Central (AQC), senior US counterterrorism officials and authorities told Homeland Security Today in recent wide-ranging interviews. Authorities said there is an exceptionally “heightened concern” regarding intelligence that the successful radicalization of Muslims… Keep Reading

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Potentially Lethal Attacks Pose Risks to CBP Personnel on SW Border

Security and enforcement of America’s Southwest border has vastly improved (see Measuring Border Security in the March 2013 Homeland Security Today), but it continues to be a very dangerous place for Customs and Border Protection (CPB). For at least a decade, the most violent acts against CBP officers and Border Patrol agents have occurred on the… Keep Reading

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Baseline for Acceptable Level of Illicit Cross-Border Activity Gets Closer Scrutiny

More than a year ago, senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials began to discuss whether, as a matter of policy, a statistical baseline for an allowable level of illegal migration and other illicit cross-border activity could be established as a realistic metric for measuring acceptable security on the Southwest border. Policymakers understand that there… Keep Reading

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Airport Screeners’ Failure to Find IED During Covert Test No Surprise, Officials Say

Writing on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) blog, veteran TSA official Bob Burns tried to explain to the legions of ill-informed why the Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) at Newark Liberty International Airport failed to detect a mock IED carried by undercover TSA inspectors. The inspectors — from TSA’s Office of Inspection — were involved in… Keep Reading

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DHS Moves to Implement Sequester; How Will Security be Impacted?

Following President Barack Obama signing an executive order Friday evening implementing the approximately $85 billion in White House engineered cuts in federal spending over the next decade that are mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) — known as sequester — the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense and Intelligence Community began to… Keep Reading

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Thousands of Guns, ‘Artfully Concealed’ Weapons Found by TSA Screeners Highlights Need for Screening Procedures

From Dec. 28, 2012, through Feb. 21 of this year, alert Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners at airports across the nation found 229 handguns in carry-on bags and packages. But what’s more disturbing than that, more than half of these handguns, 183, were loaded. And if that isn’t alarming enough, a quarter (64) of these handguns… Keep Reading

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