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  • FISA Amendments Could Expire If Senate Doesn’t Act

    On Thursday, the Senate is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 5949, the Foreign Intelligence Amendments Act of 2012 (FAA). The bill would reauthorize amendments to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which are set to expire December 31. FISA created a secret court to review wiretap applications for … More

    Hurricane Sandy and FEMA Abuse

    Last week, President Obama issued a request for $60.4 billion for Hurricane Sandy response and recovery. Yet as the fiscal cliff continues to loom nearby, many on Capitol Hill are asking exactly where that money would come from. While House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) has indicated that he is still … More

    Four Men Arrested in a Plot to Bomb U.S. Targets in Afghanistan

    Early this morning, news broke of an attempted terrorist attack against U.S. military targets in Afghanistan. A federal complaint unsealed yesterday alleges that four men—all U.S. citizens or permanent residents—were engaged in an active plan to carry out “violent jihad” and target U.S. government facilities in Afghanistan. From the news … More

    The Media Kerfuffle over National Guard Troops in New York

    On Tuesday, Wired chastised the New York Army National Guard for its decision to continue to send 450 guardsmen to a training exercise in Missouri despite the events of Hurricane Sandy. The article writes: “It seemed like a good use of troops—until their fellow guardsmen were suddenly called in to … More

    Debate over FEMA Disaster Aid: Federal vs. State and Local

    A New York Times editorial published in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation has received a good deal of attention. The article argued that “A Big Storm Requires Big Government,” politicizing and distorting calls for reform of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A response by The Wall Street Journal, … More

    Obama's Next Executive Order: Planning for the Sake of Planning Not the Answer

    In the world of cybersecurity, all eyes are on the White House as experts speculate on President Obama’s plans to issue an executive order to secure the cyber sector by administrative fiat. Yet, according to drafts circulating Washington, Obama’s executive order wouldn’t be focused on cybersecurity alone. Instead, the Administration’s … More

    Not-So-Happy Hour: 52nd Thwarted Terror Plot Targets Chicago Bar

    For patrons at an unnamed Chicago bar this past Friday, happy hour could have had a less than happy ending, as the FBI arrested 18-year-old  in an attempt to detonate a car bomb right outside. Thankfully, the FBI had been tracking Daoud for months and had disabled the bomb, ensuring … More

    TSA’s Bloated Bureaucracy: House Calls for Much-Needed Reform

    Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the state of the Transportation Security Administration 11 years after 9/11. Appearing before the committee, my colleague James Jay Carafano explained: It is certainly fitting that we pause to reflect on the state of transportation security on the anniversary of … More

    Border Security Alone Not Enough to Stem the Tide of Violence

    The Texas Department of Agriculture has launched an online video campaign aimed to “shame” the federal government into enhancing U.S. border security. As part of the campaign, called “Texas Traffic—True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling,” each week over the next four months the Department of Agriculture will release a … More

    DHS Deportation Numbers Again Called into Question

    Reports are circling again this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to overstate its deportation numbers. After boasting the highest number of removals of illegal immigrants in agency history late last year, DHS was criticized by Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) for artificially inflating its deportation numbers by … More