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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 […]

Homeland Security Drones Fly Away From Border, Coasts 1/5th of the Time

From Roll Call: Customs and Border Protection drones operated along U.S. borders and coasts 80 percent of the time over the last three years — but strayed 20 percent of the time into restricted airspace due to things like malfunctions, or else entered into Federal Aviation Administration-approved airspace for things like disaster missions. That’s according […]

Pissed Off Tech Workers are Big National Security Risks

From Venture Beat: Disgruntled ex-IT employees are now considered national security threats. The FBI and that paragon of government bloat, the Department of Homeland Security, assert that IT employees who have been shown the door and who retain passwords to company systems can do serious damage. Havoc, in fact, that can impact the entire American […]

Congress Sails Past Airport Hell Under Special TSA Program

From The Huffington Post: Members of Congress may have helped create the nightmare that is flying in America after Sept. 11, but they no longer have to endure it. Under a special Transportation Security Administration “whitelist,” lawmakers and other government officials breeze past airport security. The TSA claims it’s all about efficiency — but critics […]

U.S. Security Officials Issue Bulletin on Syria-Based Threat

From Reuters: U.S. security agencies issued an intelligence bulletin on Tuesday about threats from Syria-based al Qaeda operatives, a Homeland Security spokeswoman said. The Department of Homeland Security and FBI alerted state, local and federal law enforcement to the latest threats, said to DHS spokeswoman Marsha Catron.

Does the nation need a Department of Homeland Security?

From The Washington Post: More than a decade after DHS was created in the wake of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it is faced with high turnover and low morale. That has led some in homeland security circles to question the idea of a single department — composed of autonomous agencies with clashing work […]