Morning Security Brief: Johnson Confirmation Hearings, Aid Falters in the Philippines, and World Leaders Discuss Cybercrime

By Teresa Anderson

► The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold confirmation hearings today for Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security. According to prepared remarks obtained before the hearing by The Washington Times, Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) will ask how Johnson plans to lead the agency when “10 years after its creation, [the department] still lacks strong cohesion and a strong sense of team.” Letters of support have been forwarded to the committee by all three former DHS leaders, Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, and Janet Napolitano.

► The mayor of Tacloban, a city in the Philippines hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan urged residents to flee this morning and find shelter with relatives if they could. According to The New York Times, food and water are short in the city and police are unable to maintain security. Trucks are unable to distribute shipments of food that have arrived at the airport nor transport the dead out of the city. The Guardian reports that, in another part of the Philippines, eight people were killed this morning after thousands of survivors “stormed a government-owned rice warehouse.” In report by CNN, UNICEF spokesman Christopher De Bono noted that while aid is coming in, it is not getting to those in need. “I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault,” said De Bono. “I think it’s the geography and the devastation.”

► Officials who gathered for the Asia Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting in Delhi, India, cited cybercrime as the “emerging issue” requiring swift action. According to ABC News, the leaders, including Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, noted that the issue has been difficult to address. He noted that, even the United Nations has been stymied as they try to “provide legitimate governance, not control, but governance of cyberspace.”


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