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 […]

Hit-and-Run That Killed Canadian Soldier Is Called Terrorist Attack

From The New York Times: A hit-and-run car crash that killed one soldier and injured another this week was a terrorist attack, Canadian politicians, police and military commanders all suggested Tuesday, saying it had resulted from another Canadian’s turn to radical Islam.

You Can’t FOIA the Capitol Police

From Roll Call: Have Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., or House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, ever taken an elevator ride alongside an armed contractor with a criminal record? The answer to that and other sensitive security questions about congressional protective details is hard to find, thanks to legislation enacted in 2004.

Amid Threats Abroad, Homeland Security Chief Keeps Eye on Homegrown Terrorism

From The Washington Post: Much of the public discourse in Washington in recent weeks has focused on possible new threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State and other extremist groups. But Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he is even more concerned about a danger that has been around for years, since even […]

Resignation Won’t Fix Secret Service Woes

From The Boston Globe: The announcement Wednesday that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson had resigned her post and that the Department of Homeland Security will conduct an investigation of the service shows that problems within the agency are being taken seriously. But the review shouldn’t just result in further layers of security around the White […]

Armed Contractor with Criminal Record was on Elevator with Obama in Atlanta

From The Washington Post: A security contractor with a gun and three convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident. Obama was not told about the lapse in his security, these […]

The CDC Was Wrong About How to Stop Ebola

From The Daily Beast: The announcement that a case of Ebola virus has been diagnosed in a Dallas hospital sent a chill through the medical, public health, and basic citizen communities. I know my jaw surely dropped as far as it has dropped since 2001, when the word of the first anthrax case in New […]