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  • Why 9/11 can happen again

     Why 9/11 can happen again
    In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. "Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely over the next quarter-century," the Hart-Rudman Commission said. "In the face of this threat, our nation has no coherent or integrated governmental structures." We added: "Congress should rationalize its current committee structure so that it best serves U.S. national security objectives."
  • Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano bids farewell

    Janet Napolitano has a message for the next head of the Department of Homeland Security: “You will need a large bottle of Advil.” In a farewell speech Tuesday, Napolitano gave a wide-ranging defense of her 4f years as head of one of the...

    Jeh Johnson said to be Obama's choice to lead Homeland Security

    Jeh Johnson said to be Obama's choice to lead Homeland Security
    WASHINGTON — Jeh Johnson, a former Pentagon general counsel who established the legal frameworks for lethal drone strikes and for allowing gays to serve openly in the military, will be nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of...

    Gulf oil spill: BP resumes test of leaking well

     
    With a leaky piece of undersea equipment repaired, engineers were ready to begin a twice-delayed test of the leaking BP well to determine if the well's piping beneath the sea floor is strong enough to withstand a full seal from...

    Gulf oil spill: BP increases monitoring of sea floor after sealing well

     
    BP gingerly moved ahead with tests of its newly sealed oil well Friday, stepping up scanning the sea floor for leaks that would signal potential problems with an operation that has rarely gone as planned. The gusher of oil that...