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The COVID-19 vaccine — Know the facts to avoid being scammed

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on everyone - and now that we have two vaccines rolling out - our outlook for the future is a bit brighter. However - HHS and the FTC are issuing a PUBLIC WARNING regarding vaccine scams.

Op-Ed: NYT op-ed writer Taylor made a point — Why the bleating?

New York - Miles Taylor of Homeland Security was the insider who wrote an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times. The media thought it was a political insider like Mike Pence or Kellyanne Conway. A Tweetstorm has erupted, and wow, is it dumb.

Fake social media accounts are now allowed to check on immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers can now create fake social media accounts to monitor social media information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards, and citizenship.

Trump officials divert FEMA disaster funds to immigration relief

The Trump administration is shifting money from disaster relief to immigration enforcement—even with Tropical Storm Dorian threatening a direct hit on Puerto Rico - to fund nearly 6,800 more beds for immigrant detainees.

Whole Foods employees demand that Amazon cut ties with ICE

Amazon is under fire once again. On Monday, employees from Whole Foods (which Amazon purchased in 2017) issued a statement expressing their displeasure with their parent company's ties to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Op-Ed: AVATAR AI Virtual border guards — Backed by Homeland Security

San Diego - Yep, virtual border agents, kiosks using AI and acting as lie detectors are already well advanced. Thrilled so far? It gets a lot weirder. The sheer level of faith in the idea is stranger than the tech.

Op-Ed: Suddenly, Kaspersky is banned? Global game changer in play

Washington - The banning of the very popular Kaspersky Internet security software from U.S. government agencies is odder than it looks. The reason for the ban is links to the Kremlin and Russian spy agencies, but think about that for a minute.

CNN accuses Sheriff David Clarke of plagiarising master's thesis

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. denied a CNN report that said parts of his 2013 master’s thesis was plagiarised. Clarke, who recently announce he is receiving a position in the Trump administration, called the reporter a "sleaze bag."

Trump considering laptop ban on some European flights

The United States is considering a ban on large electronic devices in airplane cabins on flights originating from some European countries. This would be an extension of the ban on these devices on flights from some Middle East airports.

DHS wants visitors to U.S. to provide social media accounts

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing visitors to the United States from countries whose citizens do not need visas be asked, on a voluntary basis, to provide social media handles and usernames.

Virginia woman arrested in alleged $1 million handbag scheme

Arlington - A Thai national, living in Virginia on a student visa, was arrested by the Department of Homeland Security for a scam involving designer handbags and Chinese knockoffs. She was described as prolific in buying, returning and selling handbags.

U.S. border agents find over a ton of marijuana hidden in carrots

Pharr - Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) found almost half a million dollars of the drug concealed in containers resembling carrots that were mixed in with a shipment of real carrots.

U.S. roundup, deportation of Central American families begins

Norcross - Federal immigration authorities launched a controversial crackdown targeting Central American families who entered the United States illegally, raiding and arresting undocumented asylum seekers despite the deadly dangers they face in their homelands.

Tourniquets in schools and public places? They could save lives

The white House is proposing that tourniquets be made as available as are heart defibrillators in schools, airports, stadiums, shopping malls and other public places across the nation to reduce fatalities from mass shootings and terror attacks.

Homeland Security raids boutique and seizes hundreds of panties

Kansas City - On Tuesday two undercover agents from the Department of Homeland Security entered a Missouri women's underwear store and seized hundreds of panties.

New device helps rescuers detect hearbeats under rubble

A new device created by NASA and the United State's Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate can detect the human heartbeat of someone buried behind 20 feet of solid concrete or under 30 feet of rubble.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano leaving DC for UC

Washington - After more than four years as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Napolitano announced in a statement today that she will be leaving the post to head the University of California System.

FBI goes Round Two with terrorist – linked group CAIR

CAIR criticizes FBI on terrorist sting operation policies for what appears to be retaliation for being named a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

GAO investigates Department of Homeland Security ammo purchases

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is reportedly investigating massive ammunition purchases by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). GAO Spokesman Chuck Young, said the investigation is "just getting underway."

Homeland Security wants new fees imposed at Canada-U.S. crossings

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling for a study to determine if fees should be imposed on everyone who crosses the border between Canada and the United States.

Southern Poverty Law Center holds press conference Special

In a press conference, The Southern Poverty Law Center released their annual statistical report of the number of hate groups and anti-government groups with guest Daryl Johnson, former Department of Homeland Security task force analyst.

JAVA hacker exploit prompts government advisory

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory, warning people to temporarily disable their computer's JAVA software to prevent potential attacks by hackers.

Texas college researchers hack US government surveillance drone

Researchers at Austin's Radionavigation Lab. demonstrated the risk in the plan to open up US airspace to drone flights by using a "spoofer" to hack a drone and causing it to make a crash landing dive, showing how a drone could be turned into a weapon.

U.S. to adopt new counter-terrorism approach next spring

Starting in spring, the U.S. government will adopt a new counter-terrorism approach focused on strengthening the capacities of local law enforcement and community groups to check homegrown terrorism.

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