Johnson memo pushes for more cohesive DHS

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called for steps toward a more cohesive Homeland Security Department in an April 22 memo. One change will be twice monthly meetings with Johnson and the department's senior leaders – mainly component heads and undersecretaries – where they can "openly place on the table issues, arguments, and disagreements concerning our most challenging issues," Johnson says.

Federal prosecutors charge three in chemical weapon lab sales to Syria

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Wednesday against three men accused of illegally exporting laboratory equipment to Syria since 2003.

Judge orders Guantanamo prosecutors to detail detainee treatment

A military judge in Guantanamo Bay ordered prosecutors to reveal information about how they detained, transported and interrogated Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who is accused of planning the 2000 USS Cole suicide bombing. Regarding his interrogations, prosecutors must turn over all related summaries, reports, logs and notes. Additionally, they must provide unredacted copies of any requests to use "enhanced interrogation techniques" on al Nashiri, the order says.

Wave of asylum seekers prompts changes at USCIS

A recent sharp rise in asylum seekers claiming fear of persecution or torture has prompted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to train its employees to be more stringent when evaluating claims. Lawmakers and officials have wondered whether the spike stemmed more from rising violence in places like Central America or from foreigners trying to exploit the system in order to get into the United States.

After Boston bombing, first responders rethink need for secure perimeter before treating victims

The Boston Marathon bombing led to a rethinking of the notion that law enforcement must secure a perimeter after a violent incident before emergency medical services can enter and treat victims.


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