Homeland Security

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Homeland Security Candidate Accidentally Leaks His Plan

Kris Kobach's ideas include 'extreme vetting'

(Newser) - Potential Homeland Security chief Kris Kobach has a thing to learn about keeping his own documents secure: The Kansas secretary of state was photographed with his "Department of Homeland Security Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days" clearly visible before a meeting with Donald Trump on Sunday, the AP... More »

University of Northern NJ Is Fake—and a Gov't Trap

Homeland Security busts 21 in visa fraud sting

(Newser) - The University of Northern New Jersey looked like any other school: It had a website, a Facebook page, and a crest. Unlike other colleges, however, it was staffed entirely by Homeland Security agents. The Department of Justice announced this week it had indicted 21 people for visa fraud in a... More »

We're Getting a New Terror Alert System

It's the 3rd so far

(Newser) - The Obama administration will announce a new terror alert system "in the coming days," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday. Johnson said the new alert system will better inform the public about threats to the United States, but he did not provide specific details. This will be... More »

House GOP Relents, Funds Homeland Security

Measure drops fight against Obama's immigration policies

(Newser) - In a major victory for President Obama, the Republican-led House relented today and backed legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without restrictions on immigration. The measure passed 257-167 and now goes to Obama's desk for his signature. House Speaker John Boehner... More »

Obama Taps Trusted Adviser for Homeland Security Post

Will nominate Jeh Johnson, source says

(Newser) - President Barack Obama is calling back a trusted counterterrorism adviser from his first term by nominating former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as secretary of homeland security. Obama plans to announce Johnson's nomination tomorrow. He must be confirmed by the Senate before taking over the post most recently held... More »

The Short List to Replace Napolitano

Ray Kelly, maybe Joe Lieberman

(Newser) - Janet Napolitano is officially headed for an exit on stage left , which invites the question of who will succeed her at Homeland Security. Politico and the Daily Beast round up some of the frontrunners to be the sprawling department's fourth leader:
  • NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly: Chuck Schumer has already
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Napolitano Quits to Run UC System

Has run Homeland Security since Obama was elected

(Newser) - Janet Napolitano, who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the era after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the US, is resigning. Napolitano, just the third person to lead the decade-old department, told her senior staff today that she would be leaving... More »

Napolitano Will Stay On

She'll remain Homeland Security secretary, official says

(Newser) - It may not be a "binder full," but President Obama's second-term Cabinet will include at least one woman: Janet Napolitano will remain Secretary of Homeland Security, a White House official confirms to the Washington Post . She had been widely expected to stay in her post. The Post... More »

FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Islamic Extremists in US Military

Dozen cases considered 'serious'

(Newser) - The FBI has tracked some 100 people within the US military suspected of being Islamic extremists, with a dozen of the cases considered "serious," reports NPR . These involve individuals who appear to have demonstrated a "strong intent" to attack military targets. The "insider threats" include both... More »

Homeland Security Nabs Dangerous Afghan Stowaway

... a type of moth especially destructive to crops

(Newser) - Homeland security officials in Philadelphia say they've intercepted a destructive insect species that hitched a ride to the US aboard a military plane. Agriculture specialists with Customs and Border Protection found noctuid moths among equipment returning from Afghanistan. These particular moths are severe pests that feast on fruit and... More »

Brit Tourists Refused US Entry Over Twitter Jokes

Pair did not really want to 'destroy America'

(Newser) - Note to would-be US tourists: Be careful with your Twitter jokes before setting foot on our soil. Two Brits were detained and then sent back home after landing in Los Angeles last Monday, all because the Department of Homeland Security was unhappy with two tweets one of them had posted... More »

Homeland Security Blowing $300M on Sketchy Scanners

Department skipped a mandatory test on ASP device, GAO complains

(Newser) - Homeland Security plans to buy 400 new radiation detection machines, even though it’s skipped its own internal requirements to test them first, the Government Accountability Office complained in a report today. These Advanced Spectroscopic Portal machines have a checkered past, the Washington Post reports: In January, the National Academy... More »

Let's Scrap Color-Coded Terror Alerts: Homeland Security

Rather than 'threat level red,' you may soon hear 'imminent threat'

(Newser) - America's color-coded terror alert system, long the butt of jokes and the target of complaints, may not be much longer for this world. The Homeland Security Department is proposing a change to the Homeland Security Advisory System, which many have faulted for being too vague or simply a scare tactic,... More »

'Two-Faced' Flyer Has Security Agents Scrambling

Homeland Security chief wonders how man was able to board plane

(Newser) - The passenger who turned from an elderly white man into a young Asian man mid-flight is causing panicked authorities to scramble to update security procedures. Hong Kong authorities believe the man—who was wearing a mask sold online under the name "Jerry Attrick" and mimicked the movement of an... More »

Former Gitmo Detainee Supplied Mail Bomb Intel

Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula member turned himself in

(Newser) - A former Guantanamo Bay detainee spilled the beans that helped authorities find the bombs hidden on FedEx and UPS flights, NPR reports. Jaber al-Fayfi was a member of al-Qaeda who had been released to the Saudi government's re-education program. He rejoined the terrorist cause, taking up with Yemen's al-Qaeda in... More »

There May Be More Mail Bombs, Feds Warn

Cargo companies stop shipments from Yemen

(Newser) - US counterterrorism officials have warned local law enforcement and emergency personnel to be on the watch for suspicious mail, in the wake of last week’s foiled mail bomb plot . The FBI and Homeland security have warned post offices to flag packages of foreign origin without return addresses, or with... More »

US Having Tough Time Detecting Terror Threats

Thanks to the rise of homegrown terrorists, says report

(Newser) - It has become far harder for the US government to detect upcoming terrorist threats in the years since 9/11, as terrorist networks spread and attract more Americans to their ranks, according to a new report from the former leaders of the 9/11 Commission. “It’s a much more complex... More »

Feds Admit Storing Body Scans

Scanners capable of storing, sending images

(Newser) - The "virtual strip search" images taken by airport body scanners, which federal agencies have long insisted can't and won't be stored, have been stored in the tens of thousands. The US Marshals service has admitted that over 30,000 of the über-revealing images were stored at a single... More »

Hackers Target Power Plants

Homeland Security assembles cyber-response teams

(Newser) - Hackers worldwide have been stepping up efforts to break into the systems of power plants and other infrastructure, security experts say. The first malware specifically designed to attack the software used to control power grids was recently uncovered. The Department of Homeland Security has created teams of experts who can... More »

Oops: Arizona Can't Enforce New Law Without Fed Help

And isn't likely to get it

(Newser) - When the Arizona immigration law takes effect tomorrow, police will be able to check the immigration status of people stopped for routine infractions like speeding, detain them if they turn out to be illegal immigrants, then ... probably release them after a while. Turns out that since only the federal government... More »

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