This article from the spring, 2008 issue of International Security focuses on the most important geographic location in the struggle against terrorism – the Afghanistan/Pakistan Border. “No Sign until the Burst of Fire: Understanding the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier.” “The Pakistan- Afghanistan border region has experienced turbulence for centuries. Today a portion...
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The Russian-American Nuclear Security Advisory Council (RANSAC) has posted a compilation of documents issued at the 2006 G8 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia addressing WMD security and elimination efforts, combating nuclear terrorism, global energy security, fighting infectious diseases, and other issues. This compilation, as well as the Summit’s consolidated annual...
Coordinating budgeting and effort for U.S. Biodefense
President Trump’s first State of the Union Address: Transcript & Video
False alert warning spurs improvements to emergency communication procedures.
September 17, 2016: Ahmad Rahami successfully conducted two bombings and attempted additional bombings in various locations in New York City and New Jersey on September 17, 2016, and September 18, 2016. “A pipe bomb exploded in a garbage can minutes before a Marine Corps charity race began in Seaside Park, NJ. That night, a dumpster in Chelsea, NY, exploded and sent shrapnel flying through a busy thoroughfare, wounding 29. On September 18, police confiscated an undetonated backpack containing bundled explosives in Elizabeth, NJ. While reviewing surveillance footage, New York police saw Rahami carrying a backpack believed to contain the pressure cooker bomb found unexploded on West 27th Street. A fingerprint on the pressure cooker was traced back Rahami.” — GW Extremism Tracker, September 2016 A detailed account of the bombings and attempted bombings can be found in the October 16, 2017 Department of Justice press release announcing the conviction of Rahami for the the attacks. Rahami, who faces mandatory sentence of life in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 18, 2018. Related Resources: Reducing the Threat of Improvised Explosive Device Attacks by Restricting Access to Explosive Precursor Chemicals Improvised Explosive Device Threat to the Homeland: Americans are Not Prepared HSDL search results for Improvised Explosive Devices HSDL Featured Topic: Domestic (U.S.) Terrorism
July 9, 2015: The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) “concluded with high confidence that sensitive information, including the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of 21.5 million individuals, was stolen from the background investigation databases. This includes 19.7 million individuals that applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million non-applicants, predominantly spouses or co-habitants of applicants. As noted above, some records also include findings from interviews conducted by background investigators and approximately 1.1 million include fingerprints.” — OPM Related Resources: OPM Data Breach: Personnel Security Background Investigation Data [July 24, 2015] Cyber Intrusion into U.S. Office of Personnel Management: In Brief [July 17, 2015] HSDL Featured Topics on Cyber Crime & National Security and Cyber Policy HSDL search results for OPM Data Breach
June 27, 1952: The Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, was created in 1952. Before the INA, a variety of statutes governed immigration law but were not organized in one location. The McCarran-Walter bill of 1952, Public Law No. 82-414, collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. The Act has been amended many times over the years, but is still the basic body of immigration law. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Related Resources: Public Law 82-414: Immigration and Nationality Act USCIS: Public Laws Amending the INA Primer on U.S. Immigration Policy HSDL Featured Topic: Immigration HSDL Search Results for Immigration Nationality Act
September 15, 1963: A dynamite bomb exploded in the back stairwell of the downtown Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The church was well-known as a key civil rights meeting place, so the incident was easily classified as an act of racial hatred. With a lack of evidence, the case remained unsolved until the mid 1990s when Director Hoover overruled his staff and made wiretaps and transcripts available to the Justice Department.— FBI Impact: 4 fatalities >20 injured Related Resources: HSDL Featured Topic: Domestic Terrorism Ku Klux Klan: A History of Racism and Violence [Sixth Edition] Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans: Using Covert Action to Disrupt and Discredit Domestic Groups HSDL search results for: Baptist Bombing 1963
September 16, 2013: “A lone gunman, who had a security clearance, entered the Navy Yard’s Building 97 and began shooting randomly. Eventually, he worked his way to an overlook within the building and on to cubicle-filled office floors. The gunman entered the building at 8:15 a.m. and was declared dead at 11:50 a.m., after killing 12 victims. Unexpected challenges quickly emerged. Dispatchers struggled to match street names and the address of the building because of separate databases. Communications were disrupted in part due to the design of the building. Emergency plans had not been exercised at the Navy Yard, according to a Navy investigative report on the shooting. Washington, D.C. agencies responded and worked side by side searching the cavernous office floors where responders faced myriad challenges in their pursuit of the attacker and care of the victims.” — CHDS Alums at Forefront of Navy Yard Response, Collaboration Related Resources: CHDS Alumni Response: CHDS Alums at Forefront of Navy Yard Response, Collaboration Internal Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting: A Report to the Secretary of Defense Department of the Navy (DoN) List of Actions as a Result of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting on Sept. 16, 2013 Report of the Investigation into the Fatal Shooting Incident at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013 And Associated Security, Personnel, and Contracting Policies and Practices Final Recommendations of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting Internal and Independent Reviews Security from Within: Independent Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting After Action Report: Washington…