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New ‘Terror Threat Snapshot’ Reports Terror Events Increased in 2015

By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, In Homeland Security

Since 9/11, never has the United States experienced more jihadist inspired terror plots in any full year than in 2015.

The surge of terror-related events point to increasing concern over new attempts on U.S. soil, according to the Terror Threat Snapshot, a new dashboard public-reporting tool, prepared and distributed by the House Homeland Security Committee headed by Chairman Michael McCaul.

Protecting Personal Information from Theft in Digital America

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

It is certainly an interesting time where personal data is increasingly being sucked up everywhere. This is instigated against the general public by governments, thieves and crackers and hackers; and sometimes all of them together simultaneously.

NSA leaks covered the USA but overlook the many more sinister programs in operation by foreign governments.

RE: “Liberty and Security in a Changing World”

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies was a diverse five member panel consisting of representatives from: counterterrorism, intelligence, oversight, privacy and civil liberties. Together the team typed up a lengthy 308 page report called, “Liberty and Security in a Changing World” and met with the President last Wednesday to discuss their recommendations.

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a Drone

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The US military is not the only ones fielding drones in the sky anymore. The National Guard, the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the FBI, the DEA, ATF and even states will be among law enforcement agencies using drones for surveillance, investigations and criminal pursuits.

In Oregon, for example, a new bill will allow the usage of drones for law enforcement investigations, but only after a warrant is issued to gather evidence.