Statement by Secretary Kelly on the reissuance of the NTAS Bulletin

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly announced the issuance of an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the homegrown terror threat.

“After careful consideration of the current threat environment and input from intelligence and law enforcement partners, I have made the decision to update and extend for six months the NTAS Bulletin based on the persistent threat from homegrown terrorists,” said Secretary Kelly. “We are in a generational fight against terrorists groups and those they inspire, and for us to protect our homeland we will need constant vigilance and clear focus on staying a step ahead of the enemy.”

This marks the fourth iteration of the Bulletin on the homegrown threat, which has been reissued twice previously since the initial Bulletin was released in December 2015.

To read the new NTAS Bulletin, click here.

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United Airlines scrambles after cockpit codes are accidentally published online

United Airlines must change the cockpit access keypad codes after the original passwords were accidentally published online, reports Matthew Diebel in USA Today.

The security violation did not cause a significant security problem, nor were any flights delayed or canceled because of the code leak.

Airline spokespeople said that United uses other cockpit security measures in addition to the codes. Cockpit codes became a standard and cockpit doors were strengthened because of the cockpit breaches during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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9/11 child Patricia Smith stares down al Qaeda operative who U.S. says helped kill her NYPD mom

Patricia Smith, now 17, is famous for a photograph taken when she was two. Wearing a red velvet dress, she accepted her mother’s NYPD Medal of Honor after her mother, NYPD Officer Moira Smith was killed responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Patricia Smith and her father, retired NYPD Officer Jim Smith, spent this Mother’s Day at Guantánamo Bay, to see the al-Qaeda operative, Walid bin Attash, at the pretrial hearings for his alleged role in planning the attacks, reports Michele McPhee in Newsweek.

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