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.

Aron Heller, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system on Wednesday, a key step toward making the third and final leg of the country’s three-part defense system operational by next year, the defense ministry said.

“David’s Sling,” also known as “Magic Wand,” is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges between 70 kilometers (45 miles) and 300 kilometers (180 miles), and is aimed primarily at countering the large arsenal of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon and those of President Bashar Assad’s government in Syria.

Matthew Pennington, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. congressional advisory panel sounded a warning Wednesday over China’s military buildup, predicting it may be able to field the largest fleet of modern submarine and combatant ships in the West Pacific by 2020.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said China’s military modernization is altering the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific, challenging decades of U.S.

Runa Sandvik, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

Privacy International has released a collection of 1,203 documents on the private surveillance sector, detailing mass surveillance technologies capable of covertly collecting millions of emails, text messages, and phone calls on citizens around the world. The documents mention two companies known for selling Internet monitoring technology and unpublished software vulnerabilities to the U.S.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was struck by two suicide bombers killing approximately 23 people and wounding nearly 150 others. Both Iran and Hezbollah blamed Israel for the attack, however the al-Qaeda affiliate Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility. Judging from the damage to the building it appears that both bombers carried a small amount of explosives and detonated their devices outside where people were attempting to enter.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The U.S. State Department has listed the Nigerian militant organizations Boko Harem and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organizations and Specially Designated Global Terrorists. This listing prevents U.S. persons from doing any business, or supporting these groups in any form. Boko Harem, and the splinter group Ansaru, have been on Washington’s radar for some now as evidenced by the State Departments listing of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Harem’s leader a year and a half prior.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, over 7 million Filipinos were effected and 3.9 million are estimated to have been displaced. Home damage is estimated to have affected over 500,000 homes with half being destroyed. About 4,460 people have been reported killed so far with 12,544 injuries and over 1,100 missing.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

There was a joke/nomination that President Vladimir Putin should win the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Syrian-Western arms talks and the Chemical weapons ban of that country. Now Russia is off at it again in what seems a bizarre, but nonetheless productive way to use foreign relations as a “Mishka” image builder.

Alicia A. Caldwell, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s pick to be the Homeland Security secretary said Wednesday that filling key leadership vacancies and improving morale is more critical currently than the department’s core counterterrorism mission.

In answers to questions leading up to his Senate confirmation hearing, Jeh Johnson deviated from his predecessors’ stated priorities by listing counterterrorism third instead of first, among priorities.

The Associated Press
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock police have arrested a man who brought a gun and ammunition in his carry-on bag at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

According to a police report, officers were summoned to the airport Tuesday night after a TSA officer discovered the gun and ammunition in the man’s carry-on luggage.

Michael Birnbaum & Souad Mekhennet, The Washington Post
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FRANKFURT, Germany — For hours, she had been worrying about her 16-year-old son, Pero. He said he planned to attend a rally downtown, then sleep over at a friend’s house. But he had disappeared.

The next morning, his mother’s cellphone rang.

“Where are you?” she cried, angry but relieved to hear from him.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The death of a notorious militant is hardly a rare occasion, but there are times when the timing and methodology employed to kill the militant is exceptional. Two recent cases put a spotlight on this phenomenon. Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was recently killed in an alleged U.S.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

On November 8, one of the fastest recorded Category 5 tropical storms hit the Philippine and South China Seas. It is being called a “Super Typhoon” with clocking speeds up to 199 miles per hour and stretching 200 miles wide.

Rough estimates tie 10,000 expected deaths to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines alone and 9.8 million people affected.

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