Skip Navigation

Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: May 17, 2021

Democrats and Republicans in Congress reached an agreement Friday on creating an independent bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — but the House GOP leader said he didn't sign off on the deal moments after it was announced.

House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a news release that he had reached a deal with committee ranking member Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., on creating a panel styled after the 9/11 Commission to study “the facts and circumstances of the January 6th attack on the Capitol as well as the influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our democracy.”

The proposed 10-person commission will include five members, including a chair, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., with the other five, including a vice chair, appointed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the release said.

Read more: NBC News

Joint Base Andrews in Maryland has given the all-clear after a man approached the main gate on Friday and falsely told guards he had a bomb in his car.

“Following procedure, base security forces personnel shut down the main gate and cleared the area of all personnel,” Zack Baddorf, a spokesman for the 316th Wing at Andrews, said late Friday. “The individual was taken into custody and was questioned by base security forces and partner law enforcement agencies.”

The man, a civilian with no military affiliation, arrived around 4:45 p.m. Friday. Live news video of the scene showed a sedan parked outside the main gate, where an explosive ordnance disposal airman wearing a protective suit checked the car alongside a bomb-inspection robot. Bomb-sniffing military dogs also swept the vehicle.

Read more: Air Force Times

Ireland’s health care system was hit by a major ransomware attack on Friday, forcing its health service to shut down its IT systems and locking many hospitals out of their computers, in what one government minister said was possibly the most serious cyber attack in the country's history.

The ransomware attack began overnight, targeting Ireland's Health Service Executive which said it had decided to shut down most of its IT systems as a precaution.

Many hospitals and clinics reported on Friday they had lost access to their computer systems -- suddenly shut out of patients' records, appointment booking and email systems -- prompting some to cancel most non-urgent appointments. Those facilities said they had contingency plans in place; medical equipment was not impacted; and care was being given as normal to patients.

Read more: ABC News

An extremist who encouraged fellow users of right-wing chat groups to carry out attacks on ethnic minorities has admitted 16 terrorism offences.

Michael Nugent, 37, ran a number of groups on the messaging app Telegram, where he expressed his hatred of minorities and shared an edited video of the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand.

He shared explosives and firearms manuals and told members of his groups how to deliver bombs disguised as Amazon packages, London police said.

Nugent, of Ashford, Surrey, in southern England, used different names in the chat rooms but police linked his online accounts to track him down.

Read more: The National

Just past midnight on Monday, militants launched rockets at the southern Israeli cities of Beersheba and Ashkelon. Witnesses said Israeli planes launched dozens of air strikes. The Israeli military said a Hamas intelligence complex was among the targets.

Reuters footage captured several flashes illuminating buildings in the coastal enclave as the sound of explosions boomed through the city.

The Gaza Health ministry put the death toll in the densely populated enclave of two million Palestinians at 197, including 58 children and 34 women, over the last week. Ten people have been killed in Israel, including two children, Israeli authorities say.

On Sunday, diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas ramped up as the death toll from the escalating conflict climbed.

Read more: NBC News