Obama Hit by Snowden Setbacks with China, Russia

Julie Pace, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s globe-trotting evasion of U.S. authorities has dealt a startling setback to efforts to strengthen ties with China and raised the prospect of worsening tensions with Russia.

Indeed, Russia’s foreign minister on Tuesday called U.S.

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China defends its Handling of Edward Snowden Case

Julie Makinen, The Los Angeles Times
Special to In Homeland Security

BEIJING — Hitting back at Washington over the Edward Snowden case, China said Tuesday that Hong Kong had handled the matter lawfully, and it rejected U.S. suggestions that mainland officials had improperly intervened to allow him to flee to Moscow.

“The accusations against the Chinese government are groundless,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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Genetically Modified T-Cells Defeat Cancer

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In April of 2012, seven year old Emily Whitehead recovered from leukemia using genetically modified (GM) [reprogrammed] T-Cells with HIV to target the cancerous B-Cells without being detected and attacked by her natural immune system. Previous attempts for two years of chemotherapy treatment were unsuccessful. At the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Cancer Center Emily became the first to undergo the CTL019 therapy.

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Hawaii a Priority Target for Foreign Espionage

By William Tucker

In March of this year, defense contractor Benjamin Bishop was arrested for passing classified material to his much younger Chinese girlfriend. Bishop worked in cyber security and had access to a wide variety of U.S. defense information such as missile defense, countering weapons of mass destruction, U.S. nuclear posture, and signals intercept capabilities.

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Why Islamic Insurgents of Afghanistan Remain Undefeated

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

They are difficult if not impossible to subdue, even for the world’s most powerful military. Since 2001, the US-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has waged war against the Taliban and other insurgents.

The insurgent’s ability to survive and thrive against the ISAF and Afghanistan security forces is commonly cited due to these factors: they have the home advantage, they are tough and rugged mountain warriors, they see their mission as a holy mission, they employ methods of terrorism, guerrilla warfare, information operations, etc.

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China Out-Computing the US? Not really

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The latest Chinese supercomputer, Tianhe-2 (Milky War 2), tops the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers, replacing the US DOE “Titan” (the custom Cray XK7), clocking around 33 versus 17 petaflops. One petaflops is one quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

The petaflop threshold was achieved in 2008.

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