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That Names Already Taken

We got a huge number of great reader emails in response to my post about "homeland security." One of them came from TPM Reader BD... And why on earth was the agency not named the Department of National Security, which would have been...Show More Summary

New wording approved on driver's licenses for those in U.S. illegally

11 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Federal officials have approved new wording on California driver's licenses that would be issued to immigrants in the country illegally, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

‘State of Affairs’ review: An analyst with a score to settle

Less like the approach CBS is taking with “Madam Secretary” and more like “Homeland” or “24,” this national security drama stars Katherine Heigl as Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a top CIA analyst who delivers the morning intelligence briefing each day to President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard). Show More Summary

‘Scorpion’ review: Hacking their way to a FAIL

Elyes Gabel stars as Walter O’Brien, possibly the world’s smartest hacker, who is lured back into Homeland Security work by his former mentor (Robert Patrick). Joining Walter are his friends and fellow misfits — a hipster behavioralShow More Summary

ISIS In America: Officials Say Reports Of Militant Group Crossing Mexican Border Not True

Militants with ISIS are not gathering at the border with Mexico or planning to infiltrate the United States, officials with the Homeland Security Department and FBI said after widespread reports of terrorists trying to enter America....Show More Summary

"Homeland" And Other Un-American Words and Ideas

A week ago I saw this piece in The Nation which picked up on a Chris Matthews rant about how defense and security of the "homeland" has become a commonplace phrase in the year's since 9/11. I was heartened by this because this has been a pet issue of mine going back to the months just after 9/11. Show More Summary

Auditor report says DHS headquarters project faces more delays, cost overruns

The construction of a massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, already more than $1.5 billion over budget and 11 years behind schedule, may face even more overruns and missed deadlines because the government has still not developed reliable cost estimates, federal auditors said Friday. In a report to Congress, the U.S. Government […]

DHS Pushing for Southwest Command to Crack Down on Illegal Immigration and Criminals

HOUSTON, Texas -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Jeh Johnson is pushing for the agency to create "Southcom," a southern-based command to manage resources. Southcom would aim to decrease illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border and make it easier for officials to crack down on criminals, according to the Washington Times. Show More Summary

Australians crack down on jihadists

Our buddy, Aunty Brat, sends us a link to the news that the Australian authorities got wind of a plot to randomly snatch citizens off the street and publicly behead them, for whatever reason. According to Homeland Security Newswire, it didn’t work so well for our goat-loving friends. The planned public attack would have been […]

Homeland Secretary Shows Little Concern Over Open Border Terror Threat

Former Obama campaign bundler and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified in front of the House Homeland Security yesterday and was...

ISIS In America: Terrorists Crossed Border On 9/10, Congressman Claims [Video]

Four known Middle Eastern terrorists allegedly tried to sneak into the United States from Mexico on September 10. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) made this disclosure yesterday in a House hearing while was questioning Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about border security. Show More Summary

Immigration Agents: ISIS May Exploit America's Weakened Immigration System to Attack U.S.

Kenneth Palinkas, the head of the union that represents more 12,000 officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) bureau, says that terrorists from ISIS and other extremists areShow More Summary

How to Prepare Yourself and Your Dog for an Earthquake

September is National Preparedness Month, a time when the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency remind us to be ready in the event of a major disaster. Natural and man-made disasters certainly affect our families, our homes, and our sense of security. Show More Summary

Rumors of terrorism

(Scott Johnson) Have individuals with known terrorist ties been apprehended trying to cross illegally into the United States through Texas? It seems like a straightforward question to address to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Asked the question by Rep. Show More Summary

Intelligence Officials Admit It's Hard to Track Americans in Syria

“At present, we have no credible information that ISIL is planning to attack the homeland of the United States,” Secretary of Homeland Security...

Terrorists on the Southern Border vs. Terrorists Sponsored by the FBI

2 days agoNews : Reason

The House Committee on Homeland Security heard testimony today from intelligence apparatchiks Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James Comey, and Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olson concerning...Show More Summary

DHS Chief Unable to Say Whether Terrorists Have Crossed Border Into U.S. Under His Watch

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, when questioned during a House panel hearing today, was unable to say with certainty whether a suspected or a known terrorist has illegally entered the U.S. through the Southwest border. Show More Summary

LA Police Now Have SPD's Former Drones, LA Residents Now Have Seattle's Former Problem

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Back in June, the SPD announced that those troublesome drones—the two quietly bought with Department of Homeland Security grant money, which nobody was very happy about when the purchase was revealed, especially because the city hadn't set up hard protocols about when and how they'd be used—were going to Los Angeles. Show More Summary

DHS Chief: Ability to Detect Terrorists in U.S. Hindered by Illegal Population

U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, while testifying before a House panel today, indicated that the government’s ability to detect terrorists inside the homeland is hindered by sanctuary cities that shelter illegals. Show More Summary

Sheila Jackson Lee Blames Bush for ISIS

Wednesday at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on terrorist threats, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) cited an article dated 2006 in an attempt to blame President George W. Bush for the rising threat of ISIS. Lee said, "The...Show More Summary

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