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Facing Terror Recruitment: Somali-American Community Balancing Hope And Despair In Minneapolis

Security Debrief contributor Erroll Southers writes in HSToday about trends in terrorist recruitment in Minneapolis-St. Paul and explains how new innovative programs are helping the Somali-American community counter violent extremism. He writes: “Today, the grassroots effort in Minneapolis looks entirely different. In just a year, there has been a focused, impressive growth of programs and […]

No Better Alternative: The U.S.-Saudi Counterterrorism Relationship

From Brookings: The U.S.-Saudi relationship has come under hard times this year: from the public debate over the Joint 9/11 Congressional Inquiry’s 28 classified pages to President Obama’s famously reported irritation with the longstanding strategic partner. There have been serious discussions in the public square and even the halls of Congress about the utility of […]

DHS Inspector General: TSA ‘Addressing Vulnerabilities’

From CNN: The Transportation Security Administration has made positive strides improving passenger screening while also taking steps to improve security standards, according to separate reports released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general and Government Accountability Office. But a new round of covert security testing slated for this summer by the inspector general’s […]

Homeland Security Committee to Weigh DHS Cyber Reorganization

From The Hill: The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday will mark up legislation by Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) to reorganize how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) protects critical infrastructure from digital threats. The bill, set to be introduced Tuesday, would replace the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) with a new agency tasked […]

Brussels explosions: Many Dead in Airport and Metro Terror Attacks

From BBC: Many people have been killed or seriously injured in terrorist attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station, Belgium’s PM says. Two blasts hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, and another struck Maelbeek metro station an hour later. The government has not confirmed casualty numbers. Brussels transport officials say 15 […]

Agents Search Home Tied to California Shooters’ Family

From The Associated Press: The investigation into the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 people burst back into public view Thursday, when FBI agents searched the home of the brother of gunman Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI conducted an hours-long search of Syed Raheel Farook’s home in Corona, Calif.

DHS Tightens Travel Restrictions On Visitors From Libya, Somalia, Yemen

From HSToday: Amid rising fears of the potential for a terrorist attack on the US homeland, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the list of countries ineligible to use the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for travel to the United States. Last month, the United States […]

New York Politicians Spar With White House Over Counterterrorism Funding

From New York Magazine: New York City’s elected officials gathered for a press conference on Wednesday to gripe about a proposal in President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget that would cut $90 million of federal funding for the city’s counterterrorism efforts. The new budget halves the $181 million usually granted through the Urban Areas Security Initiative […]

China-Based Adversaries Pose Major Cyber Threat In 2016

From HSToday: Following closely on the heels of the Pentagon’s unveiling of its budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, which included $7 billion for cyber operations and focused on countering the technological and military advances of China, security firm Crowdstrike released a report highlighting the threat posed by China to US cybersecurity. Crowdstrike’s 2015 Global […]

Making Information Sharing Work

From Politico: Congress spent years haggling over the cybersecurity legislation that finally became law in December. Now, regulators are scrambling to make it work. The Cybersecurity Act requires at least eight agencies, including the departments of State, Homeland Security and Justice and the nation’s intelligence chief, to produce more than 40 reports, plans, strategies and […]