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    Port Security: Prioritizing Technology and Funding

    U.S. ports are thought to be secure from both radical transnational organizations and aggressive foreign nations, but, earlier this month, an unlocked door and surveillance equipment failures enabled a homeless man with “some mechanical aptitude” to commandeer a 132-foot yacht in Seattle, Washington. This incident highlights the need to strengthen … More

    New Report Slams TSA Behavior Detection Officers

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs), and it is rough, to say the least. The BDO program began in 2007 and has grown to encompass 176 of the 450 airports regulated by the Transportation Security Administration … More

    Holes in Federal Cybersecurity

      Yesterday brought news that the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has found gaps in DHS’s cybersecurity. Politico reports that, according to the IG: [T]he agency for months failed to patch its systems regularly against known cybersecurity threats or scan its networks consistently, in real time, … More

    First Step to Mitigating EMP Threat Is Discussing It

    The InfraGard National ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) Special Interest Group (SIG) will host the event “Mitigating High-Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure” on December 6. The symposium will focus on EMP and other realistic physical and cyber threats to the U.S. infrastructure, as well as ways to address them. An EMP is … More

    Homeland Security Overtime Abuse Costs Taxpayers Millions

    U.S. special counsel Carolyn N. Lerner sent a letter to President Obama and Congress last week detailing overtime abuses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that cost taxpayers potentially tens of millions of dollars annually. Six DHS offices alone are costing the taxpayers approximately $8.7 million annually. Under federal … More

    The Questions the New DHS Nominee Should Answer

    The nomination of Jeh Johnson to be the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will give Senators the opportunity to ask key questions about the Administration’s enforcement (or lack thereof) of federal immigration laws. Johnson served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense from 2009 … More

    Aviation Security: Defending U.S. Passenger Airplanes Is as Important as Ever

      Terrorists may have attempted a hijacking “dry run” onboard a recent flight from Washington, D.C., to Orlando. According to news sources, four men engaged in disruptive behavior seemingly designed to distract flight crew members. The incident reminds us that terrorists still view commercial aviation as a potential target, and … More

    Immigration Reform: Empty Border Security Metrics Still Wrong

    With the end of the government shutdown last week, President Obama is trying to pivot back to immigration in the hopes of passing amnesty during this Congress. The Senate has already passed an incredibly flawed bill that makes lots of promises but ultimately guarantees nothing but amnesty. Now the House … More

    Power Politics over Homeland Security: 12 Years Past the Time to Reform

    More than 12 years after 9/11, Congress still isn’t listening to calls for critical homeland security reform. The latest comes from the Aspen Institute, which once again urged Congress last week to implement the final recommendation of the 9/11 commission: simplifying congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). … More

    Senator Feinstein to Homeland Security: Stop Enforcing Immigration Law

    In a letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano, Senator Diane Feinstein (D–CA) has asked that DHS stop enforcing immigration law regarding farm workers: Immigration and Customs Enforcement has wisely used its prosecutorial discretion to defer removal of young people who arrived in the United … More