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Thursday, October 19, 2017
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terrorism

Domestic Terrorism: Home Is Where The Hate Is

While most such groups had collapsed after 9/11, the law center noticed an explosion of so-called Patriot groups that began in 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, and reached a peak in 2012, when the group counted 1,360 active Patriot groups and 1,007 hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and neo-Nazis.

According to our database, during this same period, from 2008 to 2013, terror plots and actions by far-right groups outnumbered Islamist domestic terror cases by more than 2 to 1. Far-right extremists also inflicted three times as many deaths as Islamists during this period.

June 25, 2017
Danziger on the future of the National Guard

Danziger: Always Ready, Always There!

A draft memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security, indicating that the government may soon call up National Guard units to detain and deport undocumented immigrants – not exactly what most Guard personnel enlisted to do, as Danziger notes. But if ordered to tear immigrant families apart, at least they can offer the usual excuse.

February 22, 2017
Immigrant

Over 680 Arrested Across The U.S. In Immigration Raids

U.S. immigration officers have arrested more than 680 people in recent operations, 75 percent of whom have criminal records, the homeland security chief said on Monday. Immigration rights advocates say agents are deporting migrants indiscriminately and that the operations, which they describe as raids, do not take into account an immigrant’s threat level or family ties to the United States.

February 13, 2017
Immigrant, ICE

Trump’s Tough Stand On Immigrant Detention Comes At A High Cost

While there has been much discussion about the cost of building a wall along the border with Mexico, there has been almost none about the financial impact of Trump’s proposed end to the “catch and release” policy, which would require those here illegally to remain in custody until they appear in court. That program will require Trump to double or even triple the Department of Homeland Security’s $2.2 billion detention budget.

February 13, 2017
Muslim Ban

What It Feels Like To Be Targeted By Trump’s Muslim Ban

You went through the legal channels, faced all the vetting and then—because of time—fell into a trench. You were reduced to your passport, and since it is hated, you were hated. One U.S. agency confounds another. This is chaos. Trump is not draining the swamp, he is muddying the waters.

February 7, 2017
Trump, Refugee Ban

U.S. Suspends Refugee Resettlement Interviews

The decision effectively amounts to a pause in future refugee admissions, given that the interviews are a crucial step in an often years-long process. It means that though Trump has not yet ordered a temporary halt to the refugee program, future admissions are likely to be delayed.

January 27, 2017
General John Kelly

Trump Seeks Another Retired General For Top Administration Job

Trump is expected to name former Marine General John Kelly as head of the Department of Homeland Security.

December 7, 2016
White House announces plan to combat violent ideologies

White House Plans Community-Based Prevention Of Violent Ideologies

A White House plan aims to convene teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and help prevent Americans from turning to violent ideologies. The 18-page plan marks the first time in five years that the Obama administration has updated its policy for preventing the spread of violent groups.

October 19, 2016

U.S. Formally Accuses Russian Hackers Of Launching Political Cyber Attacks

“These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” the joint agency statement said. “However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.”

October 7, 2016

Former Whitewater Counsel Endorses Clinton – And Dismisses ‘Scandals’

Asked about Clinton’s email problems, former GOP prosecutor Chertoff briskly brushed that overhyped “scandal” aside, comparing it with the Whitewater circus as a frivolous distraction from serious issues.

October 7, 2016
Ohio voters cast their votes at the polls for early voting in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Medina Ohio

Senior Democrat: ‘No Doubt’ Russia Behind Hacks On U.S. Election Systems

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said he doubts hackers could falsify vote tallies to affect the election outcome. Officials and experts have said the decentralized and outdated nature of U.S. voting technology makes such hacks more unlikely.

October 3, 2016
A Maricopa County, Arizona police SWAT team with an armored vehicle stand guard outside a campaign rally being held by Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Fountain Hills, Arizona March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

Why Are We Still Wasting Billions On Homeland Security Projects That Don’t Make Us Safer?

Certainly, some of the government programs created to address vulnerabilities exposed by the 9/11 attacks were long overdue. But for every valid effort, it seems like the terrorism-industrial complex came up with an array of boondoggles that were profitable for the companies involved but added little to the security of ordinary Americans.

August 20, 2016

Blimps Over Capitol: Just Hot Air?

Coming soon to a Capitol skyline near you: giant blimps at 10,000 feet?

May 27, 2015

Surrender: Government-By-Crisis Fails The GOP Again

Once again, a hostage crisis has ended with Republicans’ unilateral surrender.

March 3, 2015
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

Boehner Says House To Vote On Clean DHS Funding

Speaker Boehner is signaling surrender in the GOP’s Homeland Security fight.

March 3, 2015

Republicans On Defensive Over Homeland Security Funding

Republicans still have no clear way out of their self-made Homeland Security mess.

March 2, 2015

House Fails To Pass Bill Funding Homeland Security

A homeland security shutdown looks likely after the House failed to pass a funding bill on Friday.

February 27, 2015
US Senate leaders struck a deal to avert an ugly shutdown and fund homeland security operations through September, but it remained unclear whether lawmakers will agree to the plan before Friday's deadline

Senate OKs Homeland Security Funds, But House Pushes Standoff To Brink

Republicans’ homeland security standoff is coming down to the wire.

February 27, 2015

Endorse This: A Kiss From John Boehner?

Watch Speaker John Boehner really play hard-to-get with the press corps.

February 26, 2015
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

McConnell Move Gets Mixed Reaction As Funding Deadline Nears

Is it too late for Republicans to avoid a DHS shutdown?

February 24, 2015

Many Republicans Gambling That A New Shutdown Would Not Hurt Their Party

Republicans seem committed to their worst idea yet.

February 23, 2015

Homeland Security Chief Warns Mall Shoppers On Threat, Pleads For Funding

Jeh Johnson is making a serious case against the GOP’s plan to shut down DHS.

February 23, 2015

Boehner Offered Free Pass Out Of Shutdown Mess, But He Doesn’t Want To Take It

Republicans appear fully committed to another shutdown crisis.

February 17, 2015

Senator Ted Cruz Falls In Line Ahead Of Another Shutdown Showdown

Ted Cruz is back on board with the GOP’s homeland security shutdown scheme.

February 12, 2015

Republicans Have (Another) Government Shutdown Problem

Republicans are staring a Department of Homeland Security shutdown in the face — and they seem to be out of ideas to stop it.

February 10, 2015