Author: HSDL Staff

Nuclear Power Plant Safety in the U.S. a “Near-Miss”

The new report “The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2012 Report: Tolerating the Intolerable” from the Union of Concerned Scientist is the third annual review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) implementation of safety policies in the U.S. nuclear power industry. “According to the report, the NRC’s lax oversight...

New Report on Strengthening the US Response to Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

When Good Food Goes Bad: Strengthening the US Response to Foodborne disease Outbreaks The Center for Biosecurity of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has released a new report that highlights foodborne illness and the importance of early detection. The report suggests there is a strong need for the US...

Southern Poverty Law Center Warns of Growing Domestic Terrorism Threat, Urges Government to Take Action

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has written a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano warning of the increasing threat of domestic terrorism, specifically from radical right-wing extremist groups. The letter begins, “On October 25, 1994, six months before the Oklahoma City...

OMB Report to the Congress on the Joint Committee Sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013

OMB Report to the Congress on the Joint Committee Sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013 On March 1, 2013 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its report on the Joint Committee Sequestration for fiscal year 2013. In an introductory letter from Jeffrey D. Zients to the Speaker of the...

20 Years Later: The Waco Siege

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Waco siege, which lasted 50 days and ended with the deaths of 76 men, women, and children on April 19, 1993. The siege began when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) attempted to serve a search warrant at...

CBO Release: Automatic Reductions in Government Spending — aka Sequestration

“Automatic Reductions in Government Spending — aka Sequestration” Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an article after receiving “many questions in recent days about the budgetary and economic implications of the automatic reductions in government spending that are scheduled to occur under current law (in technical terms, a sequestration).”...

ICE Detainers Placed on U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents

New reports from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) found that between FY 2008 and the start of FY 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents issued nearly one million detainers. During this time it was noted that detainers were placed on 834 U.S. Citizens and 28,489 legal permanent...

Obama Administration’s Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets

The Obama Administration launched Its Strategy to Mitigate the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets. From the strategy: “Emerging trends indicate that the pace of economic espionage and trade secret theft against U.S. corporations is accelerating. There appears to be multiple vectors of attack for persons and governments seeking to steal...

APT1: Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units

Mandiant, a U.S. security firm, has published a report that links “China’s military to cyberattacks on more than 140 U.S. and other foreign corporations and entities.” The report, “APT1: Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units,” is the culmination of investigations over several years which provide evidence that an Advanced...