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American Civil Liberties Union et al v. Clapper et al

http://cases.justia.com/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/14-42/14-42-2015-05-07.pdf?ts=1431009005

Decision of three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, which gathered millions of civilian phone records, violates the PATRIOT Act and is unconstitutional.  From Justia

 

European Fighters in Syria and Iraq: Assessments, Responses, and Issues for the United States

Categories: Arab,European Union,Homeland Security,Middle East Conflict,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44003.pdf

Discusses the concerns about U.S. and European citizens who join terrorist fighting groups in the Middle East, the magnitude of the problem, and what European governments, in cooperation with the U.S., are doing to enhance national security.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Department of Defense Cyber Strategy

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Homeland Security,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0415_cyber-strategy/Final_2015_DoD_CYBER_STRATEGY_for_web.pdf

Guides the development of the Defense Department’s cyber forces and strengthens the cyber defense and deterrence capabilities.  Focuses on three missions: defending DOD systems, defending the U.S. homeland and supporting operational plans.  From the Department of Defense

 

Quadrennial Energy Review: Energy Transmission, Storage, and Distribution Infrastructure

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Homeland Security,Transportation

http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/04/f22/QER-ALL%20FINAL_0.pdf

The first-ever such review, resulting from a presidential memorandum of January 2014, focuses on energy infrastructure  and identifies the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security.  From the Department of Energy

 

Gulet Mohamed v. Eric Holder

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Homeland Security,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism,Transportation

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/gulet/redress.pdf

Court filing which reveals that the federal government has revised its procedures and now provides information to those denied aircraft boarding because their names are on the No-Fly list.  The filing details the appeals procedures available to such an individual.  From the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate, Covering the Period January 3, 2013 to January 5, 2015

Categories: Congress,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

http://fas.org/irp/congress/2015_rpt/ssci-113.pdf

A report on committee activities for the designated period, which covers the Snowden leaks and the release of the redacted report on CIA interrogation practices.  This report describes the committee oversight of intelligence during that period including struggles to promote the sharing of classified information among intelligence agencies.  From the committee, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Breakthrough Technologies for National Security

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

http://go.usa.gov/3rut4

A defense-related research agency looks at the future and the challenges that emerging technologies will pose for U.S. national security.  From the Defense Advanced Research Projects  Agency

 

The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Homeland Security,Terrorism

http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/protecting-the-homeland-in-the-21st-century

Credits the FBI for improving information sharing about terrorist threats with other federal agencies but finds it still faces significant challenges to improve its intelligence capabilities.  Report of a congressionally-established commission to review FBI’s implementation of recommendations by 9/11 Commission.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

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