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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said he expected "nothing like a 9/11-scale attack" from ISIL in the United States. Olsen spoke Sept. 3 during a discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
The Justice Department's inspector general reviewed those cases and identified 12 individuals who appeared to be detained under potentially questionable circumstances. After an extensive review of each case, the IG concluded that the FBI acted appropriately.