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    Morning Bell: Defending America Takes More Than "Hope"

    Speaking to veterans at the American Legion conference this week, President Obama said, “Today, every American can be proud that the United States is safer, stronger and more respected in the world.” That’s quite a statement from a President who has granted legitimacy to extremist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood … More

    Morning Bell: Afghan Forces Turning Against Their U.S. Trainers

    American troops in Afghanistan face an increased threat from “insider” attacks in which the Afghan forces they are there to help and train are turning their guns on their American partners, raising serious questions about the viability of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. The attacks, which have killed 40 U.S. … More

    Morning Bell: This Threat Seems Fictional, but It's a Real Danger

    What happens to our society if we lose all electricity? A new TV show premiering next month, Revolution, will explore that question. It will be set in a world “where every single piece of technology—computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights—has mysteriously blacked out forever.” Eric Kripke, one of the show’s … More

    Heritage Events Highlight Homeland Security Issues

    Come join The Heritage Foundation August 14 at 10 a.m. for a discussion on “Disaster Response and Defense Support to Civil Authorities” as part of the Homeland Security 2012 series—and on August 15 at 11 a.m. for a discussion on the National Guard and sequestration. As the election nears and … More

    Immigration Enforcement: DHS Actions Further Erode the Rule of Law

    An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer in Newark, Delaware, is facing suspension for refusing to release an illegal immigrant because he was not a “priority target” under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement policies. In March, the officer arrested an individual under suspicion that he was a criminal alien … More

    TSA Collective Bargaining Could Endanger Americans

    Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2006, airport screeners in Toronto began meticulously searching every carry-on bag by hand. The delays caused security lines to pile up. Passengers began missing their flights en masse. To break the bottleneck, supervisors allowed 250,000 passengers to board their flights with “minimal or no screening.” One … More

    Sacramento Airport to Bid TSA Adieu

    Late last week, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials announced that they had preliminarily approved Sacramento International Airport to begin moving forward with privatizing their screening workforce. The move is part of TSA’s Security Partnership Program (SPP), the nearly eight-year-old program allowing U.S. airports to opt out of federal screening and … More

    A Resurgent Al-Qaeda in Iraq Threatens U.S. Attack

    Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which has staged a bloody comeback in Iraq in recent months, issued a threat this week to strike at the “heart” of America. On Sunday, shortly before a string of AQI attacks killed more than 100 people, AQI leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi warned Americans: “You will … More

    Federal Regulation Strangles Chemical Security

    On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee will meet to discuss the much-debated Chemical Facility Anti Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, which requires that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) establish security standards for facilities that produce, handle, or store potentially dangerous chemicals. Enacted in the aftermath of 9/11, the program was … More

    Cybersecurity Legislation Should Be Done Well or Not at All

    Cybersecurity legislation will likely be taken up by the Senate tomorrow. Regrettably, the idea that we just need to do something about cybersecurity seems to be trumping the view that we need to do it right. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA), authored by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I–CT) and Susan … More