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Experts warn that using big data to predict terrorist threats won't work

Canada is considering beefing up surveillance laws to collect more information about its citizens, who travel abroad, and share it with international partners as a way to spot and prevent home-grown terrorism. But experts say there's no evidence that such methods can actually work.

New report links cyber espionage group to Russian government

A group called "APT28" that's been collecting intelligence on defense and geopolitical issues is most likely sponsored by the Russian government, according to a new report by cybersecurity firm FireEye.

Recently declassified TSA reports from 2011 said no immediate threats to freight rail, mass transit

Two recently declassified 2011 Transportation Security Administration reports containing sensitive information about threat assessments to mass transit and freight rail systems were recently posted on the open source information website Public Intelligence.

US 'foreign fighters' could have passports revoked, but may still have right to re-enter

U.S. citizens who go overseas to fight for foreign terrorist groups may have their passports revoked by the Secretary of State, but may not be necessarily denied entry back into the country even if they don't have papers, according to a pair of Congressional Research Service reports.  

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.