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Military leaders name Russia as top threat to U.S.

Military leaders name Russia as top threat to U.S.

  By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times ArmyGen. Mark Milley joined other top military brass Tuesday in naming Russia as the top threat the U.S. faces today, as lawmakers questioned the wisdom of cutting an Army base in Alaska. “Russia is the only country on earth that contains a nuclear capability that could destroy the United States,” Gen. Milley told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing to consider his nomination to serve as the next Army chief of staff. “It’s an existential threat to the United States, so it has capability. Intent, I don’t know; but the activity of Russia since 2008 has been very, very aggressive.” Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula in February 2014, annexing the Ukrainian territory as part of Russia, and have supported ethnic-Russian rebels in the eastern part of its neighbor. Other spheres in which Russians have acted aggressively include their jets...

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Dozens dead after terror attack in Turkish border city

People carry coffins from the scene of an explosion in Suruc, Turkey, on Monday, July 20. More than two dozen people reportedly were killed and 100 others wounded in the town near the Syrian border in what  Turkish officials called a terrorist attack.

\ By Michael Pearson, Gul Tuysuz and Nimet Kirac, CNN CNN)An apparent suicide bombing ripped through a rally Monday in the Turkish border town of Suruc, leaving at least 28 people dead and wounding 100 others, provincial Gov. Izzettin Kucuk told Turkish media. The explosion occurred at midday at the Amara Cultural Park in Suruc, where a group had gathered calling for more help to rebuild the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, CNN Turk reported. Suruc is about 6 miles from the border and Kobani, the Syrian city that was the scene of intense fighting between Syrian rebels and Kurdish forces and ISIS. Photos and video taken from the scene show bodies strewn around a park and dazed people at the blast site while emergency teams rush to aid victims. "Kids were screaming, everyone was screaming and running," eyewitness Erhan Subasi told CNN. "Everyone was in a panic but trying to...

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Former Obama Aide: Bolster Israel With B-52s


By Barbara Opall-Rome 5:01 p.m. EDT July 16, 2015 WASHINGTON — A former top adviser to US President Barack Obama is calling on Washington to provide bunker-busting B-52 bombers to Israel as a means of bolstering Israeli deterrence and the credibility of its so-called military option should Iran opt out of commitments codified in Tuesday's deal with world powers. "To have a credible military option, it's not enough to say all options are on the table. We have to be much more blunt," said Ambassador Dennis Ross, a longtime diplomat and former special adviser to Obama on Iran. In an interview Thursday, Ross said he favors the transfer of an unspecified quantity of B-52 Stratofortress bombers outfitted to deliver 30,000-pound GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrators as one of the means of shoring up deterrence vis a vis Iran. "Deterrence becomes a very important question as we move toward implementation," Ross told Defense...

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Son Of Boston Police Captain Charged In Terror Bomb Plot

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Iran Fines U.S. Administration $50 Billion

BY: Adam Kredo    July 13, 2015 2:21 pmAn Iranian court on Monday issued a ruling fining the United States $50 billion for purported damages against the Islamic Republic and its citizens, according to an announcement by Iran’s Judiciary.Iran claims that the United States is guilty of inflicting “heavy loss and damage” on the country, as well as “killing the Iranian nationals by assisting their enemies,” such as former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency.The ruling charges “the U.S. administration with the payment of a total 50-billion-dollar fine for the losses it has incurred on real and legal entities,” according to Fars.A spokesman for Iran’s Judiciary was quoted as saying during a press conference in Tehran that “those who had filed a lawsuit against the U.S., their complaints have been processed.”Specific names of those leveling these charges were not released.Following a supposed court hearing and judicial review,...

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Cyberjacking may be the new threat to air travel

By: homelandsecuritynewswire.comWe accept lengthy queues in airport security as a small price to pay for a couple of weeks in the sun. Could the latest threat to air travel, however, be something that cannot be picked up by metal detectors and X-ray machines? Is cyberjacking — hacking into a plane’s computer systems — a possibility? Researchers warn that it is possible. There is no need to cancel that holiday just yet, however.When Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished en route to Beijing in March 2014, the horror and mystery of the story captivated the public. And as with any mystery, the lack of a definitive answer left a void for speculation and conspiracy theories. Was the aircraft shot down? Was it hijacked and flown to an unknown location? Was the plane’s computer system somehow hacked allowing it to be controlled remotely?A City release reports that it was this latter theory that most...

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FPI Analysis: What U.S. Officials Said on Iran, What We Know Now


    Over the past three years, the Obama administration has delineated the criteria that any final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran must meet. In speeches, congressional testimony, press conferences, and media interviews, administration officials have also articulated their expectations from Tehran with repeated declarations: “No deal is better than a bad deal.” This FPI Analysis, which updates an earlier publication from January 2015, compiles many of the administration’s own statements on nuclear negotiations with Iran over the past three years, and compares them with current U.S. positions. It also examines U.S. statements on a range of other issues related to U.S. policy toward Tehran, and assesses whether subsequent events have validated them.   CONTENTS I. Requirements for a Good Deal II. Dismantling Sanctions III. Iran's Ballistic Missile and Terrorist Threats IV. U.S. Credibility and the Role of Congress       I. REQUIREMENTS FOR A GOOD DEAL  ...

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Tunisia Terror Attack New Footage Of Rampage

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England Believes in Preparedness


  By Rachel Middleton London's largest ever counter-terrorism exercise will take place today and tomorrow and will involve 1,000 police officers at various locations across the capital, as well as soldiers, emergency services and intelligence officers. The exercise, code named Strong Tower, is not based on any specific intelligence but is part of a long-term strategy of planning and preparing for all possible types of terrorist attacks, the BBC reported. Planning for the two day exercise started in January, and only a dozen people know the full script to ensure that the officers and other services participating face the maximum challenge. While much of the exercise will be hidden from view, senior officers have cautioned that there may be times when the public may hear loud noises or see areas being cordoned off. Scotland Yard will be posting updates about the exercise on Twitter, using the hashtag #999exercise. BBC said the...

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France pursues terrorism charge against beheading suspect

  PARIS | BY BRIAN LOVE A man who beheaded his boss, pinned the head on a fence and tried to blow up an industrial gas plant will be investigated on terrorism charges, France's chief public prosecutor said on Tuesday, dismissing the suspect's claim that his act was not motivated by connections with Islamist militants. Prosecutor Francois Molins announced the news at the end of a 96-hour custody period following the arrest of Yassin Salhi, 35, at the scene of the crime near the southern city of Lyon. The attack last Friday came five months after 17 people were killed in Paris by Islamist militants who targeted the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical journal and a Jewish shop. Molins said 120 investigators had spent four days combing through phone messages and quizzing Salhi, who worked as a delivery man, and his relatives. They discovered he had sent two photos of his act to...

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With seven arrests in the last few weeks of ISIS inspired Jihadists, and with grave concerns from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about the July 4th Holiday, it took the New York Times just minutes to use the tragic deaths in Charleston to trumpet “Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll than Jihadists in the US since 9/11.” Really?  They seem to have had this one in their drawer, ready to go, perhaps since Obama’s “Extremist violence” conference back in February.  Ready for some nut to kill innocent people. Are they really ready to stoop this low to serve as the mouthpiece for the protect Radical Islam party that now governs us? It appears they are. They found some second rate academics  named Kurzman and Schanzer who did some research asking 382 police and sheriff’s departments to rank the 3 biggest threats from “Violent Extremism – there goes that euphemism again. Surprise,...

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Hook a brother up and you can win a MACBOOK PRO at our Conference!


                 Hook a brother up and you can win a MACBOOK PRO at our Conference! We will have the very best speakers in Homeland Security at our 10th Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference, November 3-4th in Orlando Florida. We know this is important to you as a First Responder. This year's theme is "The State of our Counter Terrorism".   Now, with budget cuts for Police Training, First Responders and the anti-Police sentiment, it feels to us as though this is a policy that needs to be reversed. Our Nation’s First Responders are required more than ever. The FBI says attacks by ISIS inspired Islamists are on their way. And yet it feels as though the only increase in budgets is for the Muslim Brotherhood.      If you feel like we do, get this mail (see below) out to at least 50 of your friends and ask them to do...

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Penn State World Campus homeland security students are working hard to keep America safe, secure, and resilient


    From biosecurity to geospatial intelligence, learn how Penn State World Campus homeland security students are working hard to keep America safe, secure, and resilient against threats to our national security. Click here to learn more about Penn State World Campus Homeland Security Program Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security. Learn more!  

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Marco Rubio: Obama’s strategy for the Middle East has backfired

By Marco Rubio May 29 Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, is a member of the U.S. Senate. The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State and recent gains by the group in Syria are the latest signs that President Obama’s strategy to defeat this brutal terrorist group is failing. But the problem is far bigger than that. The president’s entire approach to the Middle East has backfired. The Middle East is more dangerous and unstable than when Obama came into office — a time when Iraq and Syria were more stable, the Iranian nuclear program was considerably less advanced and the Islamic State did not yet exist. Much of this instability is a result of Obama’s disengagement from the region, best symbolized by the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. The vacuum created by America’s pullback has been filled by bad actors, including terrorist extremists, both...

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The AMLA Presents on India AML/CFT Compliance


The AMLA Presents on India AML/CFT Compliance You are cordially invited to attend in person or via webinar a novel one-of-a kind day surrounding India’s fast changing AML/CFT world of compliance. The AMLA, Senior Fellow, Dr. Amit Kumar has recently returned from India and will present on current happenings. You do not want to miss this special and cutting edge event. Speaker bio Senior Fellow Dr. Amit Kumar   Please join him and an array of distinguished luncheon panelists including Senior Counselor, Cohen Group, and Former Commandant of the US Coast Guard and Deputy Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Admiral James Loy; Partner, Williams and Connolly, and Former General Counsel of the US Treasury David D Aufhauser; Chairman and Founder, USINPAC, Sanjay Puri; Former U.S. Intelligence Officer and U.S. Treasury Special Agent John Cassara; and Unit Chief/Director, NTC Investigations and TTU/ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Hector X Colon, amongst others. Membership...

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SAS Survival Secrets Counter Terrorist Scenario

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By: Pam Key Thursday on CNN”s “Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin,” in a discussion about a continuing battle at a Baiji, Iraq oil refinery, host Brooke Baldwin said CNN’s senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh described the fighting as “apocalyptic,” to which retired Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, now the Secretary of Transportation for North Carolina, replied it would be “apocalyptic” if ISIS attacks Baghdad. “Here’s an adjective for you—apocalyptic,” Baldwin said. “That’s the word our senior international correspondent uses to describe the front lines of a battle between ISIS terrorists and Iraqi Special Forces. A lot of the focus, as we’ve been discussing over the past couple days, has been on the fight for the city of Ramadi, where a tense standoff continues with Iraqi forces trying to choke off supply lines and push ISIS out. But look at the map. See the yellow area? Farther north in Baiji, this is...

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Security services' powers to be extended in wide-ranging surveillance bill


By: theguardian.com The government is to introduce an investigatory powers bill that is far more wide-ranging than expected, including an extension of the powers of the security services in response to the surveillance disclosures by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The legislation will include not only the expected snooper’s charter, enabling the tracking of everyone’s web and social media use, but also moves to strengthen the security services’ warranted powers for the bulk interception of the content of communications. The surprise extension of the scope of the bill beyond legislation to “modernise the law” on tracking communications data was agreed within government only this week. It appears that David Cameron has decided to take advantage of his unexpected majority in the Commons to respond to Snowden’s disclosures by extending the powers of the security services. The Home Office says the investigatory powers bill will “better equip law enforcement and intelligence agencies...

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Counter-terrorism police make two arrests in Reading

By: theguardian.com A 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman are being questioned for a second day after they were arrested in Berkshire on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK. Counter-terrorism officers from West Midlands police detained a man in Reading and a woman in Wokingham at 7.30pm on Thursday. The force said the suspects did not pose an imminent threat. The home addresses of the pair, who are believed to be friends, were searched by officers from the West Midlands force and colleagues in south-east England on Thursday evening. A West Midlands police spokesman said: “The arrests were intelligence-led and made to safeguard public safety. However, the action taken was pre-planned and police assessed that the pair did not pose any imminent threat. “The man is from the Palmer Park area of Reading and the woman from Earley in [the borough of] Wokingham.” Both have been taken...

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Security Lessons From Israel #1: Four Hard Decisions for Border Control

Posted By: David W. Wallace Founder & CEO of Surveillance One David Wallace participated in SSI's Advanced Homeland Security Training in Israel, May 2015 mission. In these next few publications I will reflect on the lessons I learned in defense and security while recently completing extended training in Israel.  The best place to learn about defense and security is from those who are living in a bad neighborhood to start with - where nothing is more important than protecting their lives and way of life.  We need a better grasp of this here at home where national security has been displaced by political correctness and timid politicians.  While in Israel, I visited the borders of Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.  When it comes to border security, I left these sites with the sense that not only is it possible, but it's imperative. Lesson #1 We can secure our borders...

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