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.
Countering domestic terrorism appears to have become a top priority again at the Justice Department, according to a brief from the Congressional Research Service.
The department on Aug. 18 published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, asking the public and other stakeholders how to 'fullly mature' the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, program and improve it.
The FBI has made notable strides in bringing its practices around national security letters more into compliance with the law, but not when it comes to typographical errors, says a new report from the Justice Department's inspector general.
A federal judge, who has served on the secret national-security court, said that certain provisions within a new Senate reform bill overhauling surveillance programs would "undermine the twin goals of protecting privacy and national security."
To deal with terrorist groups, drug trafficking and other threats in Africa, the United States and six African countries recently announced a partnership to enhance security governance and capacity.