Secret Service Pressing Ahead with Hiring Spree

From Government Executive: Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, tasked with righting an agency under fire over the past year for security omissions and agent misbehavior, has embarked on a multi-year hiring spree, though the precise numbers are in dispute. Reuters news service on Friday cited unnamed sources saying the service planned an unusual 17 percent […]

Price for TSA’s Failed Body Scanners: $160 Million

From Politico: It’s now becoming clear exactly how many tens of millions of dollars the TSA spent on body scanners that have missed airport security threats, outraged passengers and brought the agency under congressional scrutiny. The $160 million bill includes $120 million for the body scanners now in place in hundreds of airports nationwide, according […]

An Intelligence Approach To Critical Infrastructure Protection

From HSToday: The US government has effective methodologies to identify the individual critical infrastructure assets that are the most vital to sustaining our national security — militarily, economically and otherwise. Appropriately, as these assets are identified, they are given priority for security resourcing. However, there is a strong tendency to protect these assets through a […]

Jeh Johnson Won’t Have to Testify in Immigration Case

From Politico: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson won’t be getting dragged into court after all in a contentious legal case involving President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen had threatened to haul Johnson and other top Obama administration officials into court to explain why the feds continued to issue work […]

Black Lives Matter Organizers Labeled as “Threat Actors” by Cybersecurity Firm

From Mother Jones: Documents from a “crisis management” report produced by the cybersecurity firm ZeroFox indicate that the firm monitored Black Lives Matter protesters during the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore earlier this year…The report identifies DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie, two prominent Black Lives Matter organizers who took part in the Baltimore protests, as […]

Homeland Security Raises Privacy Concerns About Cyber Bill

From The Hill: The Department of Homeland Security is arguing that a new cybersecurity bill could slow responses to cyberattacks and endanger the rights of U.S. citizens…The DHS is particularly worried about provisions in the bill that would allow companies to share cyber threat data with agencies other than Homeland Security. Such language “could sweep […]

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 […]