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Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

From The New York Times: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. […]

‘Lone Wolf’ Fears Heightened With Release Of Latest ISIS Beheading Video

From HSToday: The suspected involvement of a British and French jihadist in another barbaric video of an American beheaded at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS) attests not only to the brutality of IS terrorists, but also heightens fears over the possibility of Western jihadists traveling back home to […]

Growing Pains Continue for Department of Homeland Security

From The Washington Post: More than a decade after it was established, the Department of Homeland Security still faces major challenges in its mission to protect the homeland, including poor coordination in responding to cyber security attacks and weaknesses in airport security, federal auditors said Monday. In its annual report on DHS, the agency’s inspector […]

Did Pictures of Homeland Security Vehicles Near Ferguson Get Man Fired?

From CNN: A Navy veteran in Missouri said he was fired from his job and called a terrorist for posting pictures to Facebook of Homeland Security vehicles massing near Ferguson. Mark Paffrath, who worked for the Drury hotel chain, said he could not believe what he was hearing when he was called into his boss’ […]

U.S. Steps Up Security at Federal Buildings

From Politico: The U.S. government is stepping up security at federal buildings in response to the recent killing of a Canadian soldier near that country’s parliament and continuing threats from groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

Napolitano Throws Support Behind Executive Action on Immigration

From The Washington Post: Former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano is supporting executive action by President Obama to change immigration policy if Congress fails to pass a broad overhaul, citing what she calls her successful 2012 push to delay deportations of many younger immigrants…Napolitano spoke ahead of a speech she is scheduled to give Monday […]

Secret Service Guard Dogs in Spotlight After Latest White House Fence Jumping

From The Washington Post: The apprehension of a man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was bitten by a guard dog highlighted one of the Secret Service’s most effective weapons: its canines. Secret Service agents and K-9 units quickly subdued the latest fence jumper, whom authorities identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of […]

Attack a Reminder of Need to Work Together for Security

From The Boston Herald: The U.S. and Canada have missed a crucial deadline to share more intelligence as both countries now scramble to tighten security 
after a lone gunman killed a soldier at Ottawa’s national war memorial yesterday. The shooting came after the U.S. and Canada let a June deadline for implementing the so-called “Beyond […]

Homeland Security Tightens Travel From Ebola Epicenter

From The Atlantic: It’s not a outright Ebola travel ban, but the federal government is limiting the ways in which passengers from West Africa can enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday announced that travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—the three countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak—will have […]

Parliament Hill Is Under Attack

From The Atlantic: Government buildings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, are on lockdown after a shooter opened fire on Wednesday morning just before 10 a.m. ET, wounding one military officer. Reports indicate the victim is a Canadian military member who was standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he has been taken […]