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December 1st, 2014
09:42 PM ET

Is ISIS targeting members of the U.S. military?

An FBI bulletin is warning the U.S. military that ISIS could be tracking personal information on social media about specific American soldiers. The concern is that the terror group is working to recruit individuals in the U.S. to carry out attacks on members of the military. Pamela Brown has the latest.

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September 30th, 2014
10:19 PM ET

Are Secret Service agents allowed to shoot White House trespassers?

Questions are mounting about how anyone could not only storm the White House through an unlocked front door, but also make it all the way into the East Room. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified on Capitol Hill today and acknowledged that the "security plan was not properly executed" when an intruder jumped the White House fence. Pamela Brown takes a closer look the grilling by congressional lawmakers.

Do Secret Service agents have any more power to use lethal force than the average American police officer? Randi Kaye reports on Secret Service protocols.

 

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September 23rd, 2014
11:00 PM ET

Who is Khorasan?

ISIS made its brutality known around the world through a string of disturbing videos. Many Americans are just learning the name of a different group called Khorasan, who is also the target of airstrikes in Syria. Officials say Khorasan has ties to one of al Qaeda's master bomb makers in Yemen and their goal is to launch a terror attack on U.S. targets. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby says the airstrikes have disrupted an imminent Khorasan attack. A U.S. intelligence source says Khorasan was already in the advanced stage of a plot. Pamela Brown has the latest.

Anderson discussed the efforts to neutralize Khorasan and ISIS with President Obama's Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco.

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September 17th, 2014
11:25 PM ET

The dangers of al Qaeda's 'lone wolf' attackers

ISIS has made it clear that they want to launch an attack on U.S. soil. Despite the group's bloodlust, it is not necessarily the threat that most worries authorities whose job is protecting the homeland. Justice Correspondent Pamela Brown looks at the danger of so-called 'lone wolves' who are inspired and sometimes trained by al Qaeda.

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September 12th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive: James Foley's mother on receiving a massive ransom demand by e-mail

Diane Foley spoke exclusively with Anderson Cooper about the kidnapping and murder of her son, journalist James Foley. She put the blame squarely on ISIS, but she also said that she felt "our country let Jim down." She also spoke to Anderson about her son’s time in captivity, the handling of an e-mail demanding an impossible random, the release of Bowe Bergdahl and the launch of the James Foley Legacy Fund and Foundation.

Justice Correspondent Pam Brown reports on the government's response to Diane Foley's allegations.

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July 25th, 2014
09:47 PM ET

Video shows SWAT team storming a plane after mid-flight bomb threat

A passenger threatening to blow-up a Sunwing Airlines flight prompted pilots to turn around and U.S. fighter jets to escort the plane back to Toronto. Shortly after landing, a SWAT team swept through the plane screaming at passengers to keep their heads down and their hands up. At least one passenger managed to record video of the frightening scene. Pamela Brown has the latest on the scare.


Filed under: Pamela Brown • Sunwing Airlines • SWAT
July 1st, 2014
09:40 PM ET

Pamela Brown: Congress For Sale ... Keeping Them Honest

In the latest installment of "Keeping Them Honest," Pamela Brown examines a new policy that might suggest Congress is for sale.

Traditionally, politicians are required to release the names of those that foot the bill for lavish and luxurious "fact finding" trips to exotic locations.

However, a recent update to the guidelines distributed by the House Committee On Ethics omitted the requirement, thus allowing members of Congress to travel freely without noting whom paid for the trips in their financial disclosure forms.

So, what do you think? Is Congress really for sale? Should the requirement return to the guidelines?

Watch Brown's full report for the details, and the reactions that are rippling through Washington.

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June 17th, 2014
10:24 PM ET

Foreign fighters prove dangerous in Iraq and back home

Sunni Iraqis make up the majority of ISIS's forces, but analysts say a growing number of foreign fighters are joining their ranks. That even includes some Americans. ISIS is producing videos that urge westerners to join the fight, and thousands may be answering the call. Pamela Brown looks at the danger these fighters pose on the battlefield and in their home countries.

What could be done about all of this? Anderson spoke with National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, who's a member of the DHS and CIA external advisory committees and Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist militant who is now an author and chairman of the Quiliam Foundation.

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June 4th, 2014
11:20 PM ET

Six soldiers died during the search for Sgt. Bergdahl; Should he be prosecuted?

When Bowe Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan, the mission immediately changed for soldiers across the region. Over the next three months, six members of Bergdahl's unit were killed. Some in the military not only blame Bergdahl for their deaths, but say he should be prosecuted. Pam Brown takes a closer look at what happened.

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May 19th, 2014
10:51 PM ET

Miss Teen USA's 'creepware' ordeal

The FBI announced a major crackdown on malicious software known as Blackshares. It is nicknamed 'creepware,' for a good reason.  This program can remotely hijack victims' computers, secretly turning on web cams, compromising hard drives and even capturing every keystroke.

Cassidy Wolf is Miss Teen U.S.A. and she is also a victim of 'creepware.' A former classmate installed Blackshares on her laptop, triggering an unimaginable nightmare. Ms. Wolf had no idea that her attacker was spying on her for about a year. She only learned about the violation when he e-mailed her compromising photos of herself, along with a blackmail threat to make the images public.

He was sentenced to 18-months in prison. Cassidy Wolf spoke to Anderson about her ordeal.

Cassidy Wolf also offered ac360.com her tips to help you stay safe on-line:

– Delete your browsing history and cookies often.

– Make difficult and unique passwords for each account with both symbols and numbers.

– Never click on an unknown link or open an email from an unfamiliar sender.

– Put a sticker over your web cam.

– Always be cautious of what you are doing on and around your computer.


Pamela Brown takes a closer look at Cassidy Wolf's ordeal and the FBI's crackdown on 'creepware.'


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