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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 »

Hacker: I Breached CIA Director's Personal Email

And found official docs there, he says

(Newser) - An anonymous hacker claims to have breached CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account and has posted documents online, including a list of email addresses purportedly from Brennan's contact file. The hacker, who didn't reveal his name or where he lived, spoke to the New York Post... More »

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(Newser) - The TSA's acting director has been replaced by the acting deputy after an embarrassing report showed TSA agents failed 95% of tests in which fake explosives and weapons were smuggled through security.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 »

Senate OKs New Homeland Security Chief

Jeh C. Johnson confirmed with help from new filibuster rules

(Newser) - Democrats used their newly initiated lower threshold for defeating filibusters yesterday to win Senate confirmation of President Obama's nomination of former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson to be secretary of Homeland Security. On a 57-37 vote, Democrats broke a GOP blockade against Johnson before the Senate minutes later... More »

Obama: Jeh Johnson Has 'Been There'

President nominates lawyer for Homeland Security post

(Newser) - President Obama today nominated the Pentagon's former top lawyer to help craft US counterterrorism policy as secretary of the Homeland Security Department, suggesting a shift from the department's emphasis on immigration and border security. Jeh C. Johnson, whose first name is pronounced "Jay," would replace Janet... 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 »

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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