Law Enforcement Unfamiliar with DHS Nominee

Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the White House called some of the nation’s major law enforcement associations with a heads-up that the president would tap Jeh Johnson to run the Homeland Security Department, the response on the other end of the line was brief: Who?

The former Pentagon lawyer and longtime Barack Obama supporter is not a household name throughout the 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the country — agencies that are considered among the Homeland Security Department’s most important partners.

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John F. Kerry Visits Poland; Discusses NSA Spying, Military and Economic Collaboration

Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

WARSAW—The United States welcomes conversations with allies to alleviate their concerns about National Security Agency spying, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said here Tuesday.

“We’re all in this together . . . and we have to strike the right balance between protecting our citizens and obviously protecting the privacy of our citizens,” Kerry said at a news conference with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

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When Will Cybersecurity Become a Major Campaign Issue?

Dominic Basulto, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The number of confirmed cyber attacks reported by federal agencies has skyrocketed over the past six years, from 5,503 in 2006 to 48,562 in 2012. The U.S. Defense Department claims there are 10 million attempted cyber intrusion attempts made against it every single day , as does the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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From India To Mars

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

India is scheduled to launch a 350 ton rocket hauling an orbiter to Mars on November 5. If successful, they will trail behind the US, Russia and the EU and beat China and Japan in the Mars excursion.

“Orbiting Mars itself is a challenge,” said Indian Space Research Organization Chairman K Radhakrishnan.

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The Syrian Opposition’s Terms For Peace and the Regional Landscape

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

“We have decided not to enter Geneva talks unless it is with dignity, and unless there is a successful transfer of power with a specific timeframe, and without the occupier Iran at the negotiating table.”

-Syrian National Coalition President Ahmad Jarba

The Syrian Opposition is drifting closer to the Arab League or the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and farther away from the UN and Geneva II.

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TSA Officials Down- Under Attack- Where’s the National Guard?

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Gerardo I. Hernandez is the first TSA officer to be killed in the line of duty. At least one other TSA official and four bystander were wounded and over 700 flights affected as the LAX airport shutdown last Friday, November 1.

Paul Ciancia, age 23, was the shooter.

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