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As Bio-Terror Fears Grow, Next Generation DHS Bio-Threat Monitoring System Needs Overhaul

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoingdevelopment and deployment of its BioWatch program to detect pathogens in major US cities continues to come under withering scrutiny by congressional investigators. This at at time when counterterrorism officials continue to express fears that Al Qaeda or another jihadist group will use biological pathogens in an attempt to carry out a… Keep Reading

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‘Fast & Furious’ Guns Should Have Been Tracked by GPS, Report of GOP Investigation Says

In January 2010, 41 weapons were seized by federal law enforcement authorities in the remote San Miguel Gate area of the Tohono O’odham Nation Indian reservation in southern Arizona. They were guns the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed Federal Firearms Licensees [FFLs] cooperating with the agency to sell to middlemen working… Keep Reading

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‘Fast and Furious’ Ignored Pleas to Track Guns with Technology, Some Insiders Say

Federal officials involved in counter-cartel trafficking intelligence operations familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) gun-trafficking sting operation called “Fast and Furious,” toldHomeland Security Today that repeated warnings the program would fail unless properly designed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or GPS tracking chips were hidden in the weapons ATF was trying… Keep Reading

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Iran Will have Nukes Soon; Military Confrontation Looms, Officials Say

Iran “will achieve initial nuclear capability within 36 months,” and “will have a dozen nuclear weapons within five years … with the missile and fighter delivery systems required to strike targets in Israel, the GCC states and regional US military forces,” said retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey in a Jan. 12 briefing paper. And “Iran… Keep Reading

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Cyberattacks Pose Threat to Law Enforcement Intelligence, Operations and Personnel

Last year, “law enforcement agencies, officials and law enforcement-affiliated groups worldwide [were] primary targets of” hackers with malicious political and ideological motivations who’ve “shown both the desire and the capability … to endanger law enforcement officers and agencies," a Jan. 5 intelligence bulletin issued by one of the nation’s fusion centers reported. And, the alert warned, "it is… Keep Reading

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Drug, Human Smuggling, Cartel Shootouts with Police Escalate in Rio Grande Valley

Mexican organized crime cartels’ smuggling of drugs and the illegal entry of “Special Interest Aliens” (SIAs) who may pose a threat to national security into the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in Texas has risen so quickly that US Border Patrol and law enforcement officials now refer to the "Valley" as “the new Arizona," Homeland Security Today has learned.… Keep Reading

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Crucial Federal Mass Casualty Preparedness Program Faces Elimination Amidst Decline in National Readiness

A panoply of reports in recent months by public emergency preparedness advocacy groups and the federal government have reported that there’s been a serious decline in federal preparedness efforts and capabilities to respond to a mass casualty event – especially a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) or a natural pathogenic outbreak.… Keep Reading

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Lax TSA Badging Oversight Highlights Larger Issue of Terrorists Acquiring Law Enforcement Credentials, Weapons

The report of a recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) audit determined that “individuals who pose a threat may obtain airport badges and gain access to secured airport areas” because of deficient vetting and oversight by the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) process of credentialing airport workers. As serious as this finding is, the… Keep Reading

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