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House Passes 3 Bills To Protect Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Attack

From HSToday: The House overwhelmingly passed three bills Monday “to strengthen efforts to combat cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure through the distribution of cyber threat information, the development and procurement of new technologies and support for the Department of Homleand Security’s (DHS) cybersecurity workforce.

Report Notes Terrorist Encounters at KCI

From The Kansas City Star: The words used in a recent terrorism risk report are alarming: Kansas City International Airport is a key hub for terrorist travel…Federal and police officials say travelers should be alert but not alarmed. An independent terrorism expert, however, says we should all take a deep breath — the incendiary report […]

New York Knows Where Your License Plate Goes

From USA Today: In a crime-fighting tactic that sets civil libertarians’ teeth on edge, police in Monroe County and other urban counties across New York state are collecting and archiving tens of millions of records that track vehicle movement. The records are stored in a series of loosely connected secure computer servers, accessible directly or […]

Chinese Man Pleads Guilty in Military Technology Sting

From Reuters: A 28-year-old Chinese man pleaded guilty on Wednesday of attempting to smuggle military technology obtained from undercover U.S. agents out of the United States to China, the U.S. Justice Department said. Bo Cai, an employee of a Chinese technology firm, was accused along with his cousin Wentong Cai, 29, of trying to illegally […]

House, Senate Advance Competing Border Proposals

From The Associated Press: At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other’s approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear with Congress’ annual August recess looming.

Reforming Congressional Oversight Of DHS Still Priority One

From HSToday: Congressional oversight of homeland security received a particularly harsh rebuke by a new report by members of the now decade-old 9/11 Commission who were reconvened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania to update their original recommendations ten years ago.

The FBI’s Phony War on Terror

From Politico: Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the U.S. government has prosecuted more than 500 people in the United States for terrorism-related offenses, an impressive tally that suggests law enforcement is keeping Americans safe…But examine many of these cases closely, as Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute did, and you […]

DHS ‘Dos and Don’ts’ on Cybersecurity

From The Hill: Many of the nation’s most-at-risk “critical infrastructure” sites – like power plants and chemical facilities – have analog redundancies in place that ensure catastrophic cyber-attacks won’t halt operations. For now. But as connectivity increases and as electric grids become “smarter” through efficiency and automation measures, they will only become more and more […]

Perry’s Guard Surge Follows Record Buildup Along Border

From Businessweek: The 1,000 Texas National Guard troops Governor Rick Perry will send to the Mexican border will augment almost 10,000 federal agents already there, part of an unprecedented buildup guarding a line with more physical obstacles than ever.

Border Agents’ Hours Cut Despite Border Crisis

From The National Review: Some Border Patrol agents have been told to work fewer hours since the influx of Central American children at the border began a few months ago, sources tell National Review Online…Spokespeople from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency referred NRO​ to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS officials did […]