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WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The new job of Scott Charbo, the man President Bush has picked to head up the protection of U.S. computer networks, involves countering threats from Russian hackers, Chinese cyber spies and Internet Jihadis. But perhaps his most immediately dangerous adversary is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is urging the department not to pay for the first section of the tech-heavy virtual border until it works.
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Bennie Thompson
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) speaks during the signing of the 9/11 Bill on Capitol Hill on August 1, 2007. (UPI Photo/Dominic Bracco II)

Bennie G. Thompson (born January 28, 1948) is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1993, and the ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security since 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The district includes most of Jackson and is the only majority-black district in the state. The district is approximately 275 miles (443 km) long, 180 miles (290 km) wide and borders the Mississippi River. The Mississippi Delta comprises the vast majority of the 2nd District. He is both the first Democrat and the first African American to chair the Homeland Security Committee in the House.

Thompson is a native of Bolton, Mississippi and attended Hinds County public schools before earning degrees from Tougaloo College and Jackson State University. He served as an alderman, then mayor of Bolton before being elected to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

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