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House Dems Press DHS to End Family Detention

From The Hill: House Democrats are calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its illegal immigrant family detention program. In 2014, the DHS started holding immigrant families in prison-like detention facilities amid an influx of 60,000 families arriving at the Mexican border. On Thursday, lawmakers, led by Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), […]

ISIS Praises Texas Jihadists In New Issue Of Dabiq, The Jihadi Group’s Official Magazine

From HSToday: Not surprisingly, the ninth issue of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) digital English-language magazine, Dabiq, heaped praise on Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson – the two radicalized Muslims and Phoenix, Arizona roommates killed in a May 3 firefight in Garland, Texas for their attempt to storm into the Curtis Culwell Civic Center in Garland, […]

What Happens if the PATRIOT Act Expires?

From Politico: With the Senate stuck over whether and how to reform the PATRIOT Act before parts of it expire within days, officials across Washington are starting to contemplate a future in which lawmakers don’t act — and key surveillance provisions simply die. If Congress doesn’t renew the law — which expires on May 31, […]

A Success Against the Islamic State, in Perspective

From The National Review: Friday was a good day for the world and a bad day for the Islamic State (IS). In a typically meticulous operation, Delta Force operators were flown into eastern Syria and then stormed an IS compound. Meeting resistance, they killed around 20 IS fighters including IS officer Abu Sayyaf. Capturing Sayyaf’s […]

The Senate Is About to Decide the Future of NSA Spying

From The National Journal: Will Mitch McConnell be moved? That’s the question the Senate is asking itself as it enters its last legislative week before key provisions that authorize some of the government’s sweeping domestic surveillance powers are due to lapse at the end of the month. And if Sunday is any indication, the answer […]

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

From The London Review of Books: It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that […]

TSA Fails To Properly Manage Airport Screening Equipment Maintenance Program

From HSToday: US airline passengers appear to have been in potential jeopardy to terrorist attacks for nearly a decade “because the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has not properly been managing the maintenance of its airport screening equipment,” said a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) audit report. Consequently, the IG stated, TSA […]

DHS Secretary: Lone Wolf Attackers Could ‘Strike at Any Moment’

From The Hill: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday that the United States is facing a new era in which a lone wolf terrorist could “strike at any moment.” “We’re very definitely in a new environment, because of ISIL’s effective use of social media, the Internet, which has the ability to reach into the […]

Cybersecurity Bill More Likely to Promote Information Overload Than Prevent Cyberattacks

From The Hill: A growing number of information security and hacking incidents emphasize the importance of improving U.S. cybersecurity practices. But many computer security experts are concerned that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) is unlikely to meaningfully prevent cyberattacks as supporters claim. Rather, it will provide another avenue for federal offices to […]

The Homeland Security Questions Hillary Clinton Will Have to Answer

From The Fiscal Times: With a key provision of the Patriot Act due to expire at the beginning of June and a ruling Thursday by a federal appeals court judge that the law does not justify the mass collection of data about Americans’ phone calls by the National Security Agency, the issue of domestic security […]