WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is criticizing President Barack Obama for leaning toward, then deciding against military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

“By failing to respond, it sent the wrong message to the world,” Panetta says in his new book in which he also reveals his differences with the president over the decision to withdraw completely from Iraq in 2011.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

“Next to penetrations (moles), defectors are your best weapon against alien intelligence services.” -- William R. Johnson, Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad (2009)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder was just months into the job when he announced plans to prosecute the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and other alleged co-conspirators in a New York courtroom, rather than through the Guantanamo Bay military commission process.

It was an audacious idea, but immediately beset by political opposition and public safety concerns.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In Oklahoma in September, a 30-year-old convicted felon named Alton Nolen was shot by a reserve sheriff’s deputy and founder Mark Vaughan at Vaughan Foods after beheading a woman and stabbing another in the office. The Moore Police Department requested the help of the FBI to vet the suspect Nolen’s background for possible terrorist connections abroad.