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Cybersecurity: Legislation

Assessing the Bipartisan Secure Elections Act

On Dec. 21, all eyes were on the Republican bill to cut taxes. Yet a bipartisan group of six senators also had their eyes on the far less sexy (but still important!) topic of election hacking. They quietly introduced a bill called the Secure Elections Act that, if passed, would be a good down payment on improving the confidence we can have in the integrity of our elections.

Homeland Security

It’s Time for the Senate to Act on Homeland Security

One of the most important post-9/11 reforms that has helped keep our nation safe from mass-casualty terrorist attacks was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This year, the Senate has an opportunity to help DHS better realize its mission by joining the House in reauthorizing the department for the first time since its creation in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Homeland Security

No Laptop Ban ... For Now

Good news. Politico is reporting the breaking news that there will NOT be a ban on laptops on US-EU flights:

The U.S. today opted not to introduce a ban on bringing laptops into the cabins of flights to the U.S. from Europe, sources told POLITICO.

“No ban,” a Commission official said. “Both sides have agreed to intensify technical talks and try to find a common solution.”

Kudos to DHS for reaching the right decision.

Homeland Security

The True Costs of the Wall: Reduced Security

We have written on this blog about the financial costs of President Trump's plan to build a wall on the southwest border. Cost estimates are somewhere north of $20 billion—and if we are going to spend that much money (say $7 billion/year) then something in the DHS annual budget of $53 billion (more or less) will have to be cut.

Refugees

Safeguarding Our Homeland and Protecting Our Values

Editor's Note: This post contains the text of a speech that former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is delivering this hour at the Oxford Union, March 8, 2017.

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Thank you for that introduction. And thank you for the opportunity to return to this distinguished place where Presidents, Prime Ministers, scholars and so many great people have spoken. This means a lot to me.

As I did four years ago, I hope to provide remarks relevant to the moment.

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