Ideas

Why Don’t The Dead Matter?

Far too few Americans seem to feel genuine compassion for the dead, even among their fellow citizens. Our endless wars may be to blame.

Threats

The Pandemic is Pushing the Pentagon Toward Classified Telework

The risk-averse agency has cracked small-scale remote handling of secret and top-secret information. The challenge is doing it at scale.

Policy

Top Two Homeland Security Officials Are Serving Illegally, GAO Rules

Both acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and second in command Ken Cuccinelli were unlawfully appointed to their posts, watchdog says.

Policy

ICE Is Making Sure Migrant Kids Don’t Have COVID-19 — Then Expelling Them to 'Prevent Its Spread'

The administration has used infection risk to justify expelling thousands of children without legal protections. But it’s only expelling kids who’ve tested negative.

Ideas

The US Must Prepare to Respond to a Nuclear Disaster

As nuclear threats grow, the country needs a plan to coordinate, staff, and resource its response to the unthinkable.

Policy

National Guard Commander To Testify ‘Excessive Force’ Used on White House Protesters

Officer on the scene saw spent tear gas canisters, contradicting key details of Attorney General Barr’s account of the controversial night.

Ideas

Ep. 73: Monuments, terrorism and the American white power movement

'Each time the white supremacist movement has surged in the U.S., that surge has been mirrored by a similar increase within the armed forces.'

Threats

Justice Official Explains Why Law Enforcement is Worried about 5G

As the government works to deploy next generation networking technology, policy discussions highlight rifts between agency stakeholders.

Policy

Trump Sending ‘Surge’ of Federal Forces Into Chicago; More Cities to Come

Attorney General Barr said Operation Legend would be different than last week’s crackdown on protesters in Oregon.

Policy

Top Intel Dem Demands Information On DHS Surveillance Of Protesters

Heavy-handed tactics by the DHS in Portland, where protests have gripped the city for almost two months, have drawn intense scrutiny in Washington.

Policy

DHS’s Portland Stunt Could Undermine the Agency For Years, Former Officials Warn

"This is well outside the bounds of what the intent is of the federal protective services mission."

Policy

Top US General Slams Confederacy As ‘Treason’, Signals Support For Base Renaming

“Those generals fought for the institution of slavery,” Gen. Mark Milley told a House hearing.

Ideas

Build a National Counter-Drone Network

Defensive drones stationed at airports and other likely points of attack could be teleoperated from one or more central facilities.

Ideas

The ‘Domestic Terrorist’ Designation Won’t Stop Extremism

Neither the historical record nor today's decentralization suggest that a government designation will have much effect

Threats

DHS Predicted A Summer of Violence, Radicalization, and Conspiracies

In an April 7 internal memo, Homeland Security officials warned that the pandemic's “extended isolation” could spark trouble.

Science & Tech

TSA's Updated Strategy Seeks Better Tech, Data-Sharing

“TSA Administrator’s Intent 2.0,” released on Tuesday, updates the 2018 version.

Threats

DHS Expands Insider-Threat Program to Cover Everyone Who Accesses Its Info

The Homeland Security Department will begin tracking all personnel—federal employees and contractors, with or without a security clearance—in the hunt for insider threats.

Ideas

Stop Training Police Like They’re Joining the Military

If policing is to change, the spotlight must turn toward police academies, where new recruits are first inculcated into the folkways of their profession.

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