More than 250 Americans are going overseas to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups and the United States has largely failed to stop most of them, in part, because it lacks a national strategy, the House Homeland Security Committee said in the new bipartisan report.
While a State Department plan for a diplomatic security training facility is expected to cost more than $140 million more than an alternative proposal, congressional investigators recently concluded that it was the better of the two options because it met four needed critical elements.
The Transportation Security Administration will no longer funnel regular travelers at participating U.S. airports to use designated PreCheck security lanes unless those travelers are actually enrolled in the program.
While overall nationwide drug seizures dropped 13 percent from fiscal years 2013 to 2014, the head of the Customs and Border Protection agency recently said that heroin seizures rose by 12 percent during the same period.
One of the researchers, Prof. Yair Neuman, a member of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Homeland Security Institute, said that both forensic psychiatry and law enforcement agencies have difficulty identifying potential school shooters since there's no agreed-upon clinical diagnosis nor screening.
Chairman Michael McCaul said there have been twice as many Islamic State-linked plots against the West in 2015 as there were all of last year, according to the most recent monthly report issued by House Homeland Security Committee.
Improvised explosive devices aren't just a significant threat to soldiers on the battlefield, but they're also a leading killer of civilians worldwide, Interpol's secretary general said this week in Australia where the first-ever international forum to counter such threats was held.
Leaders in the art and antiquities market are being asked to help prevent the trade of illegally obtained artifacts so the terrorist group does not get funds. The FBI is providing them with a one-page document, explaining what they can do and who to contact.
Of the 2,646 terrorist attacks carried out in the United States and Puerto Rico from 1970 to 2014, 346 involved firearms as the primary weapon, according to a report by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
While many Muslims in the United States say there's prejudice against those who practice the faith and even 10 percent of younger U.S. Muslims say a suicide attack in defense of Islam is justifiable, fewer than 150 U.S. Muslims – or less than 1 percent of all Islamic State fighters – have traveled to Syria.