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Southers, Bostic Analyze Repercussions of Recent Paris Attacks

From The University of Southern California: The USC Price School of Public Policy offered a timely and insightful discussion on the Paris massacre and its implications for the United States at a Jan. 21 event featuring noted homeland security expert Erroll Southers and Professor Raphael Bostic. Southers, the director of transition and research deployment for […]

New York City Police Department to Create New Counterterrorism Unit

From The Wall Street Journal: The New York Police Department will create a unit of 350 specially trained officers dedicated to counterterrorism efforts across the city, Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday. Mr. Bratton also announced an effort to ramp up neighborhood policing by requiring that officers from the city’s 77 precincts spend more time in […]

Homeland Security Chief: Mend Controversial Visa Program, but Don’t End It

From Foreign Policy: For years citizens from 38 countries ranging from Andorra to New Zealand have been able to enter the United States without a visa. With terror risks growing, however, calls to get rid of the program are growing louder. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended the program Thursday against critics who say it […]

How Not to Fight Terrorism

From The National Review: Representative Steve King and Senators Ted Cruz and Chuck Grassley have reintroduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act, a bill to strip U.S. citizenship from terrorists. The proposal sounds nice in theory, but it is also unconstitutional and unnecessary, the latest in a sad line of civil-liberties infringements justified by politicians trying to […]

Homeland Security Funding on the Brink

From Politico: Top Republicans are increasingly unworried about missing the Department of Homeland Security’s funding deadline. The Feb. 27 deadline was supposed to mark the next stage in Congress’ fight on President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, but now, leading Republicans say the fallout would be limited if Congress fails to act. In private conversations and […]

Senators Challenge White House on Why There’s No Nominee for TSA Chief

From The Washington Post: A bi-partisan group of Senators is questioning why the White House has not nominated a new Transportation Security Administration head more than three months after the agency’s previous leader announced he was stepping down, saying that TSA should be a greater priority at a time of heightened concern about terrorist threats […]

Homeland Security is Back in the Limelight

From The Hill: A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that defending the country against terrorism should be the No. 1 priority for the federal government. It was ranked as a priority higher than the economy, jobs, education and Social Security. For the first time in the past five years, homeland security received […]

Secret Service Investigating Small Drone on White House Grounds

From CNN: The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a “device,” described as a small drone, found on the grounds of the White House, a White House official said Monday, and Press Secretary Josh Earnest said early indications are that the device does not pose an ongoing threat.

IG Slams TSA’s Needless Concealment Of Security Shortcomings At JFK Airport

From HSToday: In what Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (DHS IG) John Roth believes is an attempt to conceal negative information from the public, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) redacted information from a recent IG audit report on TSA’s computer security shortcomings at John F. Kennedy International Airport. After reviewing the IG’s draft […]

Main Street Terrorism Is the New Threat to Prepare For

From Emergency Management: The September arrests/detentions in Australia of suspected Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) supporters who had allegedly been planning to kidnap random people, decapitate them and then drape their bodies in the group’s flag and post the entire horrific event live to the Internet has brought to the forefront one of […]