US-Egypt Foreign Relations Since July 3

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

As Egypt undergoes its transition back to secular nationalism it is resorting to security state with secret police. A deep state allegedly run by General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the SCAF, the Interior Ministry, and other secular nationalists appears evidently in control behind the interim President and cabinet.

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The Role of the State in Cyberspace

By David Woodworth
Faculty Member, Military Studies Program at American Military University

In recent months a number of news stories have highlighted the challenges of producing a coherent U.S. cyber security policy. Reports of hacking into U.S. databases and leaks by former government officials have put the online world is at the forefront of national security policy.

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NZ Disputes Report That it Spied on Journalist

Nick Perry, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Monday disputed a newspaper report saying its military conspired with U.S. spy agencies to monitor a freelance journalist in Afghanistan, a report that has provoked concerns over how surveillance programs revealed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden might be used to spy on reporters.

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Friends Proud of Amateur Film on Snowden’s Hong Kong Stay

Stephanie Ip, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

HONG KONG (AP) — It was shot in single takes with amateur actors, hobbyist directors and about $650 — mainly to pay for a room in the same Hong Kong hotel that briefly housed Edward Snowden.

But the short YouTube film some bill as the first movie about the National Security Agency leaker is a source of pride for the friends who made it, even as they acknowledge its limitations.

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Agencies Face Tall Order in Closing Data Centers

Angie Petty, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

In 2010, there were 2,100. Then the number jumped to 3,000. Today, there are around 6,000 — but no one knows for sure.

Three years into the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, there is still no official count of data centers, no publicly available agency goals and no agreed upon way to measure savings.

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Secret Surveillance Court Overhaul is Urged

David G. Savage, The Los Angeles Times
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — When the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court began in 1978, it was seen as a smart compromise aimed at protecting both national security and civil liberties.

Before, the FBI under Director J. Edgar Hoover or the U.S. attorney general could use secret wiretaps to compile damaging dossiers on perceived enemies, including politicians and activists.

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