By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

It’s no surprise that US citizen Edward Snowden, who is living in the oppressive authoritarian mob state of Russia, just released another treasonous intelligence leak regarding US SIGINT intelligence operations overseas. After damaging US-EU relations, he seems bent on destroying US-China relations as well.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

With the annexation of Crimea and the new Russian expansionist agenda, should China’s importance now be seen as more critical to Washington than before? It would seem that the US-China strategic relationship should always have been taken more seriously and certainly handled better.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Michelle Obama’s visit to China may be more promising for US-China relations than any attempts of the Administration since attempts of closer ties at the “Annenberg Retreat” in California, June of last year.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The crisis between Ukraine and Russia revolving around Crimean independence has naturally drawn in the U.S., the EU, and NATO. European nations that were once part of the Eastern Bloc of the Soviet Union are understandably nervous given the lack of response from the Western powers to the Russian incursion in Georgia, the unseating of the Kyrgyz government in 2010, and this most recent move to annex Crimea.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In December 2013, the Department of Justice filed a first indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade over the charge of visa fraud and false statements. The indictment was issued by a grand jury but thrown out by the U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who ruled that she was protected by diplomatic immunity: “appointed a Counselor to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.”

The Justice Department is now seeking a second indictment.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Russian strategy is to legitimize a “retaking” of Ukraine from out of the EU’s grasp, in spite of their wishes. The Crimea and the certain eastern portions are the exception, where a majority are pro-Russian and also substantially, ethnically, Russian.

Since the beginning of the crisis, the Western failure has been to assume that their political victories within Kiev could defeat Russian steal and “pro-Russian” troops on the ground; whether in the form of guerrilla militias orchestrated by Russian intelligence, or Russian troops without country markings securing military installations.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The US diplomacy has turned into a fallback status that encourages limited, short-term, reactionary and responsive engagements. No great projects exist on the forefront. No grand ideas and strategic agenda has been published by officials. No revolutionary international solutions to global problems are in active play.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The Israeli military reported that more than 20 rockets were fired into Southern Israel from Gaza today, though most struck in open areas while three others were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. Likewise speaking with the press, an al-Quds brigade spokesman told the media that the militant organization had fired more than 70 rockets in retaliation for Israeli soldiers entering Gaza.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

According to scientific models, very low levels of Fukushima radiation will hit the West Coast in April, starting with Settle and then California. Scientists say that this radiation is too low to harm the environment or humans.

USA Today stated that “no federal agency currently samples Pacific Coast seawater for radiation”

“We have none happening now and we have none planned,” said Washington State Department of Health’s communication director Tim Church.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

China is finally “declaring war” on its country’s life-threatening rampant pollution crisis. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made the announcement last Wednesday at the annual meeting of parliament.

Li also said that his government plans to eliminate outdated steel production by a total of 27 million tons this year (2.5 percent of the total), reduce cement output by 42 million tons, and also take away six million cars from the streets and shut off 50,000 small coal furnaces.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working with Skunk Works to design VTOL drones that can be used for surveillance, transport and medevac purposes—even remotely controlled via tablets or smartphone devices—to support forward deployed ground troops.

The project is called ARES (Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System).

By Donald Sassano
In Homeland Security Guest Contributor

Need we worry isolationism has become America’s preferred brand of global grand strategy?  Eric Cantor seems to think so.  After all, he argues, U.S. isolationism during the 1930’s was a disastrous policy that deterred the United States from preempting the horrors of the Second World War.

I’ll give him this: it does appear a sort of interregnum from rampant interventionism took hold with Barack Obama’s election in 2008.