President Obama's top intelligence official pointed to a range of threats facing America Thursday, from the surge by Sunni Muslim extremist groups in the Middle East, to the pursuit of nuclear weapons by Iran and North Korea, to the push by Russian and Chinese operatives to penetrate Washington's clandestine national security community.
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By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times
Investigators are trying to determine if the National Archives was the target of a hack attack after a video by a known cyberattack group purporting to do just that made the YouTube rounds. Published February 26, 2015
Leading Wall Street regulator Ben Lawsky, who heads up the New York Department of Financial Services, warned that the United States should be preparing for a massive cyberattack on banks -- that it's inevitable, and looming.
The Secret Service isn't disclosing details of its plans to use drones in the skies over Washington, but industry specialists say it's a logical security move that also carries potential privacy risks.
The FBI said that it needs the ability to collect the metadata of millions of Americans because suspected terrorists are digitally "going dark" like never before.
In an abrupt about-face, Senate Democrats announced Wednesday they would end their filibuster of a Department of Homeland Security spending bill, clearing the way for a vote before current funding runs out in two days.
President Obama on Wednesday said he'll establish a new "Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center" aimed at coordinating ongoing federal efforts to counter hackers and other cyber threats aimed at the U.S. government and private industry.
The administration this year hasn't been able to find enough illegal immigrants to fill the 34,000 detention beds the law requires, as President Obama's new policies kick in and agents spend more time and money going after each immigrant they do detain.
The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America's most generous welfare and charity programs.
The nation's top cybersecurity official said Monday that he expects a major cyberattack against the U.S. before he leaves office while warning that America needs to do more to keep up with Russia, China and other potential adversaries in this field.
A new Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment circulated this month focuses on the threat of right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups in the U.S. Some law enforcement groups say the threat is equal to, and occasionally greater than, the threat from Islamic extremist groups.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that a judge's ruling halting President Obama's deportation amnesty bolsters the GOP's push on homeland security funding, which has prompted a Democratic filibuster in the Senate and threatens a possible shutdown of the Homeland Security Department later this month.
Newly elected New York state Sen. Thomas Croci said what's needed to help fight the war on terrorism is a "New York State Terrorist Registry" that would require those with suspect pasts to list themselves on a database that would be searchable by neighbors.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that he is prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security shut down in less than two weeks and that Democrats would be to blame.
House Speaker John Boehner says he is prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security shut down in just under two weeks because the Democrats would be the ones to blame.
Calling for a new age of cooperation between government and private industry, President Obama said Friday that neither entity can fend off sophisticated cyberattacks on their own and must work together to secure the U.S. in the digital age.
The leaders of three of the nation's leading tech companies won't attend a White House cybersecurity summit in California on Friday, according to media reports.
President Obama on Friday will sign an executive order calling for greater cooperation between the federal government and private sector on cybersecurity, the White House said Thursday night.
A Senate panel approved a bill Thursday that further restricts the president's ability to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay, sending the debate on closing the military prison to the full Senate.
Two top former Secret Service officials who were transferred out of the agency in department shakeup are still driving Secret Service cars and retain access to the service's facilities.
America ought to be "proud" of its record of prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay, particularly since the facility houses primarily "savages," said Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
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"We are in a dangerous place in the world, perhaps more dangerous than in the past 10 years."
These people who traveled to Syria to join and support an army of psychopathic mass murderers, will simply be "tracked" once they get back on our soil.
Intelligence has once again been front and center in the news this past week, and that's hardly ever good news for the intelligence community.
When President Obama attributed the rise in Iraq of the Islamic State, or ISIS, to the failures of the U.S. intelligence community earlier this week, naming and blaming directly National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper, he was attempting to deflect criticism of his own incompetence.
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The nation has lost counterterrorism and surveillance capabilities due to the revelations by leaker Edward Snowden, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, said Monday at a cybersecurity forum.