US Closing Consulates While Charging Consulate Attackers as Criminals

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The charging of Benghazi suspects on August 6, including Ahmed Khattalah in absentia, is a win for the US Department of Justice and the Obama Administration. Or is it?

It appears a brief reward for the Department’s probe whose mission has relied on the vast resources of America’s greater intelligence community.

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Lawyer: Snowden’s Father Invited to Visit Russia

The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said Tuesday that he has sent an official invitation to the National Security Agency leaker’s father to visit Russia and help his fugitive son decide his next steps.

Lon Snowden needs the invitation to be issued a Russian visa, which the lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said he hoped would happen in the coming days.

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How Vulnerable Are Power Companies to Cyberattack?

David Ferris, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

In Washington D.C. this morning, security officials from some of the country’s largest utilities met to discuss how to prepare for the possibility of a large-scale cyberattack on the power grid. Most agreed that it is only a matter of time before one comes to pass, and one official said his company is beginning to view the threat as on par with that of a large storm or hurricane.

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Trial of Nidal Hasan, Suspect in 2009 Fort Hood Shooting, Begins Today

TMax Ehrenfreund, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a mass shooting at Fort Hood, Tex., in 2009, began today. Hasan, who was paralyzed below the waist by a police bullet during the incident, is representing himself in the trial, and cited his religion in his remarks to jurors today:

Some of the survivors of the incident are looking forward to confronting Hasan at the trial:

Authorities are seeking the death penalty for Hasan, but capital crimes are especially difficult to prosecute under military law, which explains why so many delays have postponed Hasan’s trial:

The United States also confronts a civil suit in Hasan’s case:

max.ehrenfreund@washpost.com

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8th Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference & Exposition

The Counter Terrorist Magazine
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This year’s Homeland Security Conference in Orlando is not just for Law Enforcement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do not hesitate to call for further information. 305-905-7834. Right now, for a limited time only, you may register as a member at the special rate of only $249.00  

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U.S. Closes 19 Embassies

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Last week there were rumblings that the U.S. had become aware of a semi-specific threat against its embassies in the Middle East and some parts of Africa. By the time the weekend rolled around the National Security Council in the White House had concluded it would be best to shutter the embassies for few days, then ultimately decided to leave them closed for the entirety of this week.

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