Cybersecurity Tops Obama’s Agenda for China Talks

Julie Pace, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will be looking for signs from China’s leader at their upcoming meeting that Beijing is ready to address its reported high-tech spying, which the White House sees as a top threat to the U.S. economy and national security.

The talks between Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be followed by a July meeting between U.S.

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Syria’s S-300 Air Defense System in Perspective

By William Tucker

In an interview with Hezbollah’s Al Manar television station, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed to have already received an S-300 air defense system of Russian manufacture. More accurately, Assad said “missiles” which could indicate that the entire S-300 kit hasn’t yet arrived in Syria. At a time of civil war when the government is pitted against an asymmetric foe without any air assets, the question of why Syria would bother purchasing such a system seems rather profound.

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After Hiatus, U.S. Resumes UAV Strikes in Pakistan

By William Tucker

A suspected U.S. UAV strike hit a house in Chashma, a village near Miramshah, Pakistan today killing seven and wounding several others. Reports have emerged that Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), also known as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, deputy chief Waliur Rehman was killed in the strike, however neither the U.S., Pakistan, nor the TTP have confirmed this.

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The Espionage Act of 1917 in the Modern Age

By William Tucker

Investigating members of the news media is often bad news for any presidential administration, even if a law was broken. In this most recent case, The Department of Justice secured a warrant to obtain phone records for reporters and editors who work for the Associated Press news agency and one reporter employed by Fox News.

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