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# National Security

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# National Security
New 'landmark' Policing Bill to radically change Irish national security apparatus
Cleared by cabinet this morning the Policing, Security and Community Safety Bill is expected to become law next year.
# Sabotage
Major operation launched in Irish Sea to protect subsea cables from attacks
It is understood that the mission was ordered after the attacks on the Nordsteam pipelines caused significant disquiet in Government.
Coveney: 'No arms industry' but Ireland should explore military trade opportunities
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The event, entitled “Building the ecosystem, Identifying connections for collaborations in security, defence and dual-use technologies”, was held in the Aviva Stadium.
# Defence
Action on pay imperative if Govt serious about overhauling Defence Forces, PDFORRA insists
The group is holding its annual delegate conference in Ballybofey, Co Donegal.
# budget 2023
National Security: 1,000 new gardaí, and defence funding to include money for primary air radar
Defence will increase to €1.174bn which is a €67m rise from the 2022 allocation.
Cyber Chief: Ireland's position in the world does not protect it from attacks by other countries
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Dr Richard Browne gave an interview to The Journal this week on the work of Ireland’s National Cyber Security Centre.
# Army ranger Wing
Security dispute after ERU Gardaí used instead of Army Rangers for Coveney visit to Ukraine
The Foreign Affairs Minister travelled to Kyiv yesterday protected by armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit.
Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy
Questions have been asked as to whether Coveney is stretched too thin being in charge of the DFA and Defence.
# Hong Kong
Hong Kong to create more 'national security' crimes
Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the announcement, but did not outline what the new crimes would be.
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# National Security
Cabinet clears the way for the biggest reform of national security in a generation
The new Bill will replace the Garda Síochána Act and will form a major shift in national security, sources have said.
# National Security
Biden says his team will show the US is back on the world stage
Joe Biden said that his team would ’embody my core beliefs that America is strongest when it works with its allies’.
# National Security
UK intelligence report finds 'credible' evidence Russia sought to influence Scottish independence vote
The Intelligence and Security Committee published its long-awaited report on Russia this morning.
# Long Goodbye
How John Bolton fell out of favour in the Trump White House
The national security adviser had increasingly clash with the White House on foreign policy.
# leaking
Explainer: Why a former British minister is 'swearing on his children's lives' over latest scandal
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been fired over the latest scandal to rock the British government.
# foreign minister
Boris Johnson in Iran to push for Briton's release
The case has become highly politicised, especially after a “slip of the tongue” by Johnson last month.
# HR McMaster
Trump appoints his third pick as national security advisor
McMaster is another name on the long list of Trump advisors who have been plucked from the military.
# just following orders
'Just the beginning': Trump facing headache after security advisor quits over Russian links
Trump had asked General Michael Flynn for his resignation, after news emerged of his calls to the Russian ambassador.
# High Stakes
'The vast majority of Muslims would not be affected': Judges grill lawyers over US travel ban
During a hearing yesterday, government lawyers argued that Trump’s immigration curbs were motivated by national security concerns.
# National Security
Is Ireland adequately prepared to defend a terrorist attack? 91% say No
The government has said that such an attack on Ireland is “possible, but not likely”.
# hanging on the telephone
The NSA's massive collection of people's phone records is illegal
A US appeals court made the judgement today.
Opinion: Australian gagging order has major implications for press freedom
A censorship order sought and secured by the Australian government sets a precedent for all common law countries – including Ireland.
Met Police will 'neither confirm nor deny' if undercover officers spied on Hillsborough campaigners
Scotland Yard said they did not answer an FOI on the issue as it was a matter of “national security”.
Column: Why is Guantanamo Bay still open?
Detainees eligible for release from Guantanamo Bay are caught in limbo: the US won’t accept them and foreign countries are reluctant to take in refugees who have been incarcerated with terrorists, writes Scott Fitzsimmons.
Column: Bradley Manning broke the law, but he placed more value on morality than legality
Watching ‘Collateral Damage’ – footage that shows US military opening fire on men and children in Baghdad – one can see why Manning wanted the American people to see what was happening in their name, writes Neil Walsh.
Column: As an American, I’m still not entirely sure about Edward Snowden
Is Edward Snowden a heroic whistleblower or a far less noble character? I think we’re still waiting for that question to be answered, writes Larry Donnelly.
Column: How to protect your private data in a digital world
With Snowden, Prism and national security secrets in the news, it’s clear that technology has made privacy harder to ensure. Renaat Verbruggen gives a run down of how cryptography can protect your private information.
# National Security
Phone records 'critical' to war on terrorism, says White House
Obama administration collects telephone records of citizens even if they are not suspected of terrorism.
# You've Got Mail
New York mayor receives suspected deadly poison letters
The letters contained “anonymous threats” and when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin, police said.
# Bin Laden
Pentagon checking Bin Laden raid book for leaks
Officials have received the manuscript and are checking for any classified information, said Pentagon spokesperson.
# Google
Irish authorities asked Google to remove mystery content
Google launches its transparency report to highlight government removal requests: guess which country submitted most removal requests?
# US Intelligence
US security system appears deeply flawed
Results of two-year investigation into US intelligence aren’t good.