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Secrecy Continues to Shroud Killings by Border Agents

From USA Today: Six months after promising greater transparency and accountability when its agents use deadly force, Customs and Border Protection continues to struggle to deliver on both counts. Since 2004, Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers have killed at least 46 people, including at least 15 Americans, while on duty. On […]

House Eyes Passport Holders Linked to ISIS

From The Hill: Lawmakers this week will focus on the threat of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) members using western passports to enter the United States on commercial airline flights. The House Homeland Security Committee will meet on Wednesday to address the terrorism fears in a hearing that is titled “Worldwide Threats to […]

USIS Contracts for Federal Background Security Checks Won’t be Renewed

From The Washington Post: The Office of Personnel Management will not renew any of its contracts with USIS, the major Falls Church, Va., contractor that provides the bulk of background checks for federal security clearances and was the victim of a recent cyberattack, officials confirmed Tuesday evening. A spokeswoman for Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said […]

DHS Transition To Practice Program Aided By Sandia Cyber Testing, Lab Says

From HSToday: Cybersecurity technologies developed at Sandia National Laboratories and at other federal labs “now stand a better chance of finding their way into the real world” trough the Department of Homeland Security’s Transition to Practice (TTP) program. DHS’s innovative TTP program, led by its Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), helps move federally funded cybersecurity […]

Senate, Prompted by Ferguson Unrest, Looks at Police Use of Military Gear

From The New York Times: Congress on Tuesday morning opened its first hearing into the federal government’s financing of military-style weaponry for local police departments, a response to last month’s violent clashes between protesters and the police in Ferguson, Mo. The congressional inquiry, along with a White House review, amounts to the most significant reconsideration […]

Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson: “Worst is Over for Now” on Border Crisis

From The Washington Post: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday that the “worst is over for now” in the immigration crisis along the southern border as the number of unaccompanied children apprehended entering the United States illegally dropped in August to its lowest level in 1 1/2 years.

Audit: Homeland Security ‘Ill-Prepared’ For Pandemic

From The Daily Caller: The Department of Homeland Security is “ill-prepared” for a pandemic, according to the agency’s Office of the Inspector General. The inspector general, which released the report Monday, found that the agency has failed to manage its stockpile of protective gear and antiviral medications. At the same time, it has an over-abundance […]

Why America Refuses to Pay Ransoms

From The Economist: Earlier this summer two dozen American commandos swooped into northern Syria in an effort to save James Foley, an American journalist (pictured), and others being held by the Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaeda-inspired jihadist group. The soldiers raided an oil refinery controlled by the militants, but found no hostages—they had been moved. […]

Obama, Iraq, and the Coming War Powers Fight With Congress

From The National Journal: As the United States military’s intervention in Iraq intensifies, so does the debate between legislative and executive branch officials about President Barack Obama’s muscular use of war powers. In the past ten weeks, Obama has authorized the first U.S. combat operations in Iraq since the war ended in 2011, and sent […]

Official Says Hackers Hit Up to 25,000 Fed Workers

From Reuters: The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of an incident that is under active federal criminal investigation, […]