The Transportation Security Agency granted expedited passenger status to a traveler investigators described as part of a domestic terrorist group, and refused to rescind the designation even after a line officer recognized the person, an inspector general said late Thursday.
Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
By Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times
Lawmakers and municipal officials are growing increasingly concerned about the Islamic State's efforts to obtain and use chemical weapons to attack soft targets within the United States. Published March 19, 2015
The IRS sometimes uses old software without key security patches that leave its computer systems vulnerable and could endanger taxpayers' private information, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.
A quartet of congressmen applauded Twitter for recently shutting down 2,000 accounts established by "foreign terrorist organizations" that are using an American-based social media company, they say, to fundraise, spread propaganda and recruit members.
The Obama administration is doubling down on its refusal to call the Islamic State group "Islamic," with the director of the CIA saying the word would give the group "legitimacy."
Homeland Security agents netted a suspected child pornographer this week after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a plea asking the public for tips in locating a man captured on video abusing an 8-year-old girl.
Within the last two weeks, Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has written two scathing letters to the Department of Justice and the FBI questioning the law enforcement agency's treatment of whistleblowers and its handling of retaliation complaints.
Several Secret Service supervisors attended the party with heavy drinking earlier this month that led to two senior agents driving a government car into security barricades at the White House, The Washington Times has learned.
Officials at the famously insular Department of Defense said Wednesday they often find it "awkward" to work with other parts of the government, but realize they'll have to try harder if they're going to tackle cross-agency issues such as cybersecurity.
Lawmakers of both parties told the FBI that the agency culture and structure are both hostile to whistleblowers, a fact they said the bureau needs to change, from top to bottom.
The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control systems are not being adequately protected from cyber terrorists who could hack into the computer systems used to direct flights, a new report said.
Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican, predicted that the current shutdown showdown over the Department of Homeland Security is going to end with the GOP-led House approving a "clean" funding bill.
The Senate on Monday rejected further negotiations over homeland security spending and sent a "clean" spending bill back to the House minus any restrictions on President Obama's deportation amnesty, daring House Republicans to either accept it as is or face blame for shutting down key security agencies.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday stood firm on his assessment that Americans are “safer than ever,” despite a spike in deaths from terrorism across the world.
House Speaker John A. Boehner laid the blame on President Obama for the standoff over homeland security funding, saying the president is "running the country right off the cliff."
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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.
From The Vault
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.