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Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Threats

McSally border assessment bill passes House

The House of Representatives passed the Southern Arizona Border Threat Assessment Act on Wednesday to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a full assessment of possible threats that could emerge from the border. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), the chairwoman of the... Read More »

House passes Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department to develop open-source software designed to screen travelers by cross referencing law enforcement databases and terrorist watch lists. The Enhancing Overseas... Read More »

CBP captures burglary suspects, sex offenders in El Paso

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) El Paso Sector arrested a wanted burglary suspect, two known sex offenders and recovered a stolen vehicle last week. CBP agents working at the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint near Alamogordo, New Mexico, flagged a suspicious looking... Read More »

CBP apprehends more than 100 in Rio Grande Valley

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Wednesday that Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents had apprehended 102 undocumented immigrants. The apprehension occurred when agents near Fronton, Texas, observed more than 80 individuals crossing the Rio Grande river in rafts. A few hours... Read More »

Zilinskas: U.S. biodefense needs improvement

The United States is increasingly turning to biodefense as threats against the homeland continue to grow, but the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey's Dr. Raymond Zilinskas recently warned that the larger problem remains that no one knows the true state of American... Read More »

CBP agents arrest previously deported illegal aliens

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Wednesday that agents assigned to the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station managed to arrest three previously deported aliens in a traffic stop. One of the three arrested has a previous criminal record and is being detained without bond... Read More »

FDA announces availability of new Zika screening test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that a new investigational test to screen blood donations for Zika virus is now available in areas with known mosquito-borne transmission of Zika. “The availability of an investigational test to screen donated blood for Zika virus is... Read More »

Upton, Murphy press HHS on Zika virus response

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) criticizing the department’s response to the ongoing spread of the Zika... Read More »

INTERPOL hosts digital security challenge in Singapore

The INTERPOL Digital Security Challenge, which took place last week in Singapore, gave participants from 26 countries a scenario that gave them 52 hours to identify a blackmailer demanding a 10,000 bitcoin ransom. “Cybercrime investigations are becoming more and more complex and this challenge... Read More »

Interpol holds bioterrorism workshop

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) held a workshop on Friday in Lyon, France, to enhance the capacity of authorities in Iraq to better prevent, detect and respond to biological threats. “I am confident this workshop will deepen our levels of awareness – not just on... Read More »

Frech: U.S. should focus on biodefense, preparation

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense’s “National Blueprint for Biodefense” warned that “the United States is underprepared for biological threats,” adding that “biological events may be inevitable, (but) their level of impact on our country is not.” To combat a biological... Read More »