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TSA Boss Dumped Over Stunning Security Lapses

Acting director Melvin Carraway replaced 'effective immediately'

(Newser) - The TSA's acting director has been replaced by the acting deputy after an embarrassing report showed TSA agents failed 95% of tests in which fake explosives and weapons were smuggled through security. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Mark Hatfield will replace Melvin Carraway until the Senate can confirm... More »

TSA Agents Failed 67 of 70 Tests

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said to be 'frustrated' by dismal results

(Newser) - They're good at finding dead bears, live snakes , and even human skulls , but what TSA agents don't find enough of are the fake explosives and weapons that undercover Homeland Security agents tried to smuggle past them. The results were downright dismal: TSA agents failed 67 out of 70... More »

Homeland Security Chief: 'Absurd' Congress Is Flirting With Shutdown

Says shutdown would hurt ability to respond to ISIS

(Newser) - Count Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson as no great fan of the United States Congress: With his department facing a possible shutdown if Congress doesn't vote to fund it by Friday, Johnson said that could hamper his ability to respond to everything from winter weather to ISIS, reports the... More »

After Threat, Mall of America Shoppers Told to Be 'Careful'

Homeland Security urges caution after al-Shabab video referenced attack

(Newser) - The Mall of America has beefed up security and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is urging shoppers there to be "particularly careful" in the wake of a terror threat yesterday, reports CNN . "There will be enhanced security there, but public vigilance, public awareness and public caution in situations... More »

Secret Service Chief Resigns

Julia Pierson steps down amid gaffes, criticism

(Newser) - In a not-so-shocking development, Secret Service chief Julia Pierson has resigned, reports CNBC . The move comes amid withering criticism in the wake of high-profile security lapses involving President Obama. Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson announced the resignation and said he was appointing Joseph Clancy to be interim director of the... More »

TSA: Don't Bring Uncharged Devices on US-Bound Flights

Laptops to be checked as security cranked up

(Newser) - Passengers flying to the US from overseas should make sure their electronic devices are charged because they won't be allowed to board a plane with them otherwise, officials warn. The tighter scrutiny of electronic devices comes amid heavier security for US-bound flights from countries including the UK, France, and... More »

Border Patrol Takes Flak Over Use of Lethal Force

Changes expected after rash of recent deaths

(Newser) - A scathing report that suggests US Border Patrol agents are too quick to shoot and kill is expected to bring policy changes soon, reports the Wall Street Journal . Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson told Congress that he is personally reviewing some of the recent cases and will announce the reforms... More »

Pentagon Lawyer: US Near al-Qaeda 'Tipping Point'

Group someday won't be considered military adversary under law

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda may still view itself as America's No. 1 enemy, but the Pentagon has a different, ego-deflating assessment. The way things are going, the terror group soon won't qualify as an official adversary of the military, the Pentagon's top lawyer said in a speech at London's... More »

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