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Counterterrorism

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GAO: State's strategy to counter hostile Iranian activities has gaps, department disagrees

The State Department has gaps in its required strategy and intelligence assessment to counter Iran's growing hostile presence and activities, the Government Accountability Office maintains in a report publicly released Oct. 21.

FBI director: Device encryption makes law enforcement, nat'l security investigations harder

FBI Director James Comey said that the public has several "misimpressions" that law enforcement and national security officials will be able to get around device encryption to capture suspected terrorists and other bad guys.

Federal government discloses no-fly list status for the first time

After years of refusing to tell people whether or not they were on the federal government's "no-fly list," the Justice Department Oct. 10 notified seven people of their status.

Analyst faults Obama administration's inaction in Syria giving rise to terrorist group ISIL

The Obama administration made a miscalculation when it didn't intervene in the Syrian civil war, leading to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, said a foreign policy analyst at a recent panel discussion.

US doing a better job of preventing 'homegrown' jihadist attacks

A third of the extremists charged since 2001 were turned in by family or community members. Additionally, of the 50 plots against the United States since 9/11, almost half were under surveillance by informants, while only eight were directed by a foreign terrorist organization.

Effectiveness of DHS visa security program unclear, internal audit finds

The effectiveness of a Homeland Security Department program designed to deny terrorists, criminals and other ineligible applicants from receiving U.S. visas is unclear, an internal audit found.

TSA still needs help checking potentially fake IDs, GAO official says

A congressional investigator testifyng before a House subcommittee said the Transportation Security Administration is making better progress in screening airline passengers with potentially fraudulent boarding passes than with fake IDs.

Homeland, intelligence officials say no info that ISIL infiltrating southern US border

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently testified that he's unaware of any plot by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to cross into the United States thorugh Mexico.

House bill would suspend US Visa Waiver countries if they fail to give pertinent terrorist info

Countries that don't give the United States relevant traveler information related to terror threats could be suspended from the U.S. Visa Waiver Program under a proposed House bill. The Homeland Security Department, which oversees the program, will also be required to consider expanding collection of biographical information from foreign applicants.

Republicans target passports of American citizens who fight with terrorist groups

Republicans in the House and the Senate introduced a series of bills last week that would allow the government to strip the passports and citizenship of Americans who join foreign terrorist organizations.