By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Late Tuesday evening Hezbollah issued a press statement that “A leading Hezbollah member was assassinated on Tuesday evening near his house in the Saint Therese area in Hadath.” The militant organization would go on to blame Israel for the killing, however Israel immediately denied involvement. The target of this assassination was Hajj Hassan Houlo al-Laqis, a long time Hezbollah figure who had ties to several Palestinian militant groups, was known to have trained extensively in Iran, and was once Hezbollah’s procurement agent in Canada for smuggling stolen goods back to Lebanon.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

“Fat Leonard” (Leonard Glenn Francis of Glenn Defense Marine Asia) was arrested early this September for using intelligence-like methods, recruited moles within the Department of the Navy, inflated estimates, defrauding the government and bribing high level commanders upwards of $200 million cash, prostitutes and other favors.

The services Fat Leonard provided were port services for the US Pacific Fleet.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The increase in American obesity and allergies is not a spontaneous or strict alteration of social behavior. It is true that people are eating out more, eating more fast food and eating wholesome home cooked meals less. Consumption is the main driver but caloric intake has decreased this past year and obesity rates are still high.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

There is a potential cultural/territorial/religious genocide taking place in the Central African Republic (CAR). The situation is predominantly one of Muslim nomadic cattle herders versus the 80 percent Christian and Animist farmers.

The state has lost all central power with the disintegration of the Michel Djotodia’s Seleka Alliance and the fragmentation into militias and warlords.

Josh Hicks, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

President Obama last week nominated Food and Drug Administration official John Roth to serve as inspector general of the Department of Homeland ­Security, attempting to fill a position that has remained vacant for nearly three years.

Roth, who has led the FDA’s office of criminal investigations since last year, would replace acting inspector general Charles Edwards, who is the subject of a congressional investigation resulting from whistleblower allegations of nepotism and abuse of power.

Craig Timberg, Barton Gellman & Ashkan Soltan, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans.

Suspicions at Microsoft, while building for several months, sharpened in October when it was reported that the NSA was intercepting traffic inside the private networks of Google and Yahoo, two industry rivals with similar global infrastructures, said people with direct knowledge of the company’s deliberations.

BEIJING _ China on Wednesday played down a U.S. challenge to its newly created air defense zone in the East China Sea, saying two American B-52 bombers that transited the area “were monitored the whole time and identified.”

“China has the ability to implement effective control over the airspace,” Geng Yansheng, a Defense Ministry spokesman, told reporters.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

It was a busy weekend for U.S. foreign policy as Secretary of State John Kerry finalized a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program and addressed the war of words between Japan and China. If that wasn’t enough, the Loya Jirga, Afghanistan’s traditional assembly, voted to endorse the joint U.S.- Afghan security cooperation accord and urged president Hamid Karzai to sign it by year’s end.

Craig Whitlock, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The U.S. military has flown two warplanes over the East China Sea on a training exercise, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, blatantly ignoring a recent edict from China that it must be informed in advance of any such flights over the region.

The two unarmed aircraft flew Monday evening, Eastern time, over a small island chain that China and Japan both claim as their territory, said Lt.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Beyond a nuclear arrangement, the new deal that was set in motion by the P5+1 world powers (US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) and Iran, is really more about a shifting of alliances and interests as Saudi Arabia and Israel go their own way- much apart from the international community.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The momentum of containment against China by the US, and primarily by Japan, may be boiling over much sooner than anticipated. Containment of China beyond the East and South China Seas is short-sided. China is finally pushing back against the ever expansive Japanese assertiveness. What to do next for the US, after the breech, is where we are at right now.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

After the successful drone strike of Pakistan Taliban’s number one leader Hakimullah Mehsud on November first, the US has accelerated high profile strikes with greater efficiency. Maulvi Ahmad Jan and four others were killed today. Jan was an adviser to the head of the Taliban affiliated Haqqani Network, Sirajuddin Haqqani and his veteran Mujahedin father, Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Recent trends are picking up that blur the lines of public safety and national security. This is happening as a response of international terrorism from 2001 to a rising trend of murder/suicide and mass murder events.

US Law Enforcement Agency (LEAs) and the intelligence community (IC) trends include:

Increased information sharing and levels of trust and cooperation among public and national security professionals

Increased multiple agency and multiple jurisdictional task forces

Increased militarization of policing tactics

Increased intelligence methods used in policing

Increased information gathering through big data and surveillance methods at all levels

Increased technology at state and local LEAs

Increased inward focus of DHS in addition to outward border and port security

Increased purchases of new and retired military equipment and drones by LEAs

The shifting of focus today in policing is one of prevention versus response to a crisis.

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