Congress Continues Oversight of Aviation Security Agency

From The National Law Review: On Thursday, July 23, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security advanced three measures aimed at strengthening the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), after covert TSA testing earlier this year found airport screeners failed to detect prohibited items in 67 out of 70 test cases. The Transportation Security Administration Reform […]

Feds Monitored Breast Cancer Walk to Make Sure Black Lives Matter Riot Didn’t Break Out

From Slate: The national-security watchdogs at The Intercept have FOIA’d a bunch of Department of Homeland Security documents related to Black Lives Matter activists, and while the resulting article is marred by Greenwaldian hysteria as manifested in radical-bearded-professor statements like “terrorism isn’t a real threat,” it does indicate that the Department of Homeland Security may […]

Governor Named To Committee Handling Homeland Security

From The Associated Press: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been named vice chair of the National Governors Association Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee…The Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee handles issues dealing with homeland security; the National Guard and homeland defense; criminal justice and public safety and veterans affairs.

FBI Chief Comey: ISIS Bigger Threat Than Al-Qaeda

From The Associated Press: The Islamic State group’s effort to inspire troubled Americans to violence has become more of a terror threat to the U.S. than an external attack by al-Qaida, the FBI director said Wednesday. FBI Director James Comey told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that the Islamic State group, which has […]

Skirmish Over Drones on U.S.-Mexico Border

From Politico: Both Rep. Beto O’Rourke and leading drone-maker General Atomics can envision swarms of unmanned aircraft prowling the skies over the U.S.-Mexican border on the lookout for illegal immigrants and smugglers. But while the military contractor sees an opportunity to expand its government business, the Texas Democrat who represents El Paso worries about the […]

ICE Cyber Crimes Center Gets ‘Major’ Expansion

From HSToday: A “major expansion” of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Fairfax, Virginia-based Cyber Crimes Center in order to provide increased capabilities to combats cyber crime cases involving underground online marketplaces, child exploitation, intellectual property theft and many more cyber-related crimes, was announced Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The expansion includes the […]

Senators Set to Unveil New DHS Cyber Bill

From The Hill: Following the catastrophic hacks that rattled the federal government, a group of senators is angling to give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) more power to repel cyberattacks. Later on Wednesday, a bipartisan coalition will introduce the FISMA Reform Act. The measure would update the 12-year-old Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) […]

CBP’s New Internal Affairs Chief Faces ‘Very, Very Tough Job’

From The LA Times: A new sheriff is coming to clean up U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. Matthew Klein twice headed internal affairs for the police department in Washington, D.C., and helped it comply with Justice Department orders in the early 2000s to improve its policies on deadly force. […]

Jeh Johnson on Gmail use: ‘Whoops’

From Politico: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson does not believe he took an “appreciable” risk by accessing his personal Gmail account from his work computer, he told POLITICO’s Mike Allen during a Playbook Live discussion Tuesday morning. Nevertheless, after Bloomberg revealed Monday that Johnson and other DHS officials had received waivers to obtain their personal […]

Homeland Security Chairman: Chattanooga Attack Could Happen ‘Anywhere, Anytime’

From The Hill: House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on Sunday that the deadly attack on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., is the type that worries officials the most. McCaul said an intensive investigation is underway after Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez killed four Marines and a sailor last week.