Who is Ali Khamenei?

Brandon Martz
Student Contributor for In Homeland Security

On June 5, 2013, the capital of the Isfahan Province in Iran witnessed tens of thousands of protesters, the largest demonstration in years. Protesters in the anti-regime demonstration held banners and chanted “death to the dictator” while holding up images of Ali Khamenei. A demonstration of this magnitude prompts the world to ask, who is Khamenei?

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NSA Receiving Millions of “On Going” Verizon Phone Records

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

According to the Guardian Newspaper, it obtained a leaked copy of a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court order to Verizon that they provide private phone records to the NSA from April 25 to July 19. FISA was intended to suspend privacy on suspected criminals when enough evidence was presented to the judges for review and the arrant given if a national security threat presented itself.

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A Silent Biotechnology Race Still Lingers

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Biotechnology may soon have the most profound impact on national security far greater than cybersecurity ever could. According to open news sources:

  • In 1997, the first genetically modified human baby is born through in vitro fertilization techniques of Jacques Cohen, transplanting cytoplasm and mitochondrial DNA between different human embryos (one man and two women) in the US.
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Internet Everywhere Will Keep The Satellite Industry Flying

David M. Ewalt, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

For a while it looked like the sky was falling on the satellite business. In April Boeing concluded a round of buyouts in its Space & Intelligence Systems unit, part of an effort to slash 300 employees from the division’s workforce. A few days later Intelsat, the 49-year-old industry grande dame and world’s largest satellite operator, netted only $472 million in a disappointing IPO.

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Coroner Requests Public Inquiry Into Death of Poisoned Russian Agent Litvinenko

Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

LONDON (AP) — A coroner overseeing a British inquest into the 2006 poisoning death of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko said Wednesday he has asked for a new public inquiry to be held so that crucial evidence can be scrutinized.

The call came after widespread concerns that the existing inquest would be effectively powerless to determine what happened to Litvinenko, a Kremlin critic who died after he was poisoned in London with radioactive polonium-210.

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What do Susan Rice and Samantha Power Promotions Mean for Syria Policy? Probably Not Much

Max Fisher, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The White House has announced that two foreign policy officials famous for their advocacy of liberal interventionism are getting big new appointments: Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will take over as national security adviser, a powerful position that allows her to shape much of U.S.

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