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Chinese Man Pleads Guilty in Military Technology Sting

From Reuters: A 28-year-old Chinese man pleaded guilty on Wednesday of attempting to smuggle military technology obtained from undercover U.S. agents out of the United States to China, the U.S. Justice Department said. Bo Cai, an employee of a Chinese technology firm, was accused along with his cousin Wentong Cai, 29, of trying to illegally […]

House, Senate Advance Competing Border Proposals

From The Associated Press: At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other’s approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear with Congress’ annual August recess looming.

Reforming Congressional Oversight Of DHS Still Priority One

From HSToday: 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 FBI’s Phony War on Terror

From Politico: Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the U.S. government has prosecuted more than 500 people in the United States for terrorism-related offenses, an impressive tally that suggests law enforcement is keeping Americans safe…But examine many of these cases closely, as Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute did, and you […]

DHS ‘Dos and Don’ts’ on Cybersecurity

From The Hill: Many of the nation’s most-at-risk “critical infrastructure” sites – like power plants and chemical facilities – have analog redundancies in place that ensure catastrophic cyber-attacks won’t halt operations. For now. But as connectivity increases and as electric grids become “smarter” through efficiency and automation measures, they will only become more and more […]

Perry’s Guard Surge Follows Record Buildup Along Border

From Businessweek: The 1,000 Texas National Guard troops Governor Rick Perry will send to the Mexican border will augment almost 10,000 federal agents already there, part of an unprecedented buildup guarding a line with more physical obstacles than ever.

Border Agents’ Hours Cut Despite Border Crisis

From The National Review: Some Border Patrol agents have been told to work fewer hours since the influx of Central American children at the border began a few months ago, sources tell National Review Online…Spokespeople from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency referred NRO​ to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS officials did […]

Congressmen Demand Answers from DHS Over New USIS Contract

From Federal News Radio: Two congressional leaders want to know whether USIS’ history was considered when the Homeland Security Department awarded the company a new contract…The awarded contract is worth up to $190 million to provide field office support to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a component of DHS.

DHS IG’s Semiannual Report To Congress Not All Roses

HSToday: Fifty-eight management and disaster relief fund audit reports by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) identified $88.6 million in questioned costs and $8.9 million in funds that could be put to better use…The IG made 325 recommendations to improve DHS programs and operations “in which we identified waste and vulnerabilities,” the […]

Chinese Hacker Charged In Plot To Steal US Military Data

From HSToday: Amid rising tensions between the United States and China over numerous allegations of Chinese hacking aimed at US companies and the government, a Chinese businessman is facing charges of conspiring to obtain unauthorized access to the computer systems of The Boeing Company, a leading aerospace company, and other US companies in an attempt […]