DHS head May Be Out as Hagel Successor

From Politico: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has withdrawn from consideration in the fits-and-starts search for a new defense secretary, according to a report Monday, making him the latest leading candidate to pass on the opportunity to run the Pentagon under President Barack Obama. Johnson has told the White House that he prefers to stay […]

House Passes Homeland, Nuclear Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection Bills

From HSToday: The House Monday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, secure critical infrastructure against the threat of electromagnetic pulses and authorize the use of DHS grants to collaborate with national laboratories. The Strengthening Domestic Nuclear Security Act (HR 5629), by a vote of 374-11, […]

Homeland Chief Jeh Johnson Backs Immigration Action as ‘Simple Common Sense’

From The Wall Street Journal: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defends the administration’s executive action on immigration as “simple common sense” and says he personally recommended each of the policies that impact his department—which is to say, the heart of the controversial policy announced last month by President Barack Obama. In testimony prepared for the […]

Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

From The New York Times: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. […]

‘Lone Wolf’ Fears Heightened With Release Of Latest ISIS Beheading Video

From HSToday: The suspected involvement of a British and French jihadist in another barbaric video of an American beheaded at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS) attests not only to the brutality of IS terrorists, but also heightens fears over the possibility of Western jihadists traveling back home to […]

Growing Pains Continue for Department of Homeland Security

From The Washington Post: More than a decade after it was established, the Department of Homeland Security still faces major challenges in its mission to protect the homeland, including poor coordination in responding to cyber security attacks and weaknesses in airport security, federal auditors said Monday. In its annual report on DHS, the agency’s inspector […]

Did Pictures of Homeland Security Vehicles Near Ferguson Get Man Fired?

From CNN: A Navy veteran in Missouri said he was fired from his job and called a terrorist for posting pictures to Facebook of Homeland Security vehicles massing near Ferguson. Mark Paffrath, who worked for the Drury hotel chain, said he could not believe what he was hearing when he was called into his boss’ […]

U.S. Steps Up Security at Federal Buildings

From Politico: The U.S. government is stepping up security at federal buildings in response to the recent killing of a Canadian soldier near that country’s parliament and continuing threats from groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

Napolitano Throws Support Behind Executive Action on Immigration

From The Washington Post: Former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano is supporting executive action by President Obama to change immigration policy if Congress fails to pass a broad overhaul, citing what she calls her successful 2012 push to delay deportations of many younger immigrants…Napolitano spoke ahead of a speech she is scheduled to give Monday […]

Secret Service Guard Dogs in Spotlight After Latest White House Fence Jumping

From The Washington Post: The apprehension of a man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was bitten by a guard dog highlighted one of the Secret Service’s most effective weapons: its canines. Secret Service agents and K-9 units quickly subdued the latest fence jumper, whom authorities identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of […]