Author: Leigh Moynihan

The Rise and Fall of Terrorist Organizations

In years past, the terrorist organization al-Qaeda dominated newscasts, striking fear and concern across the world as the foremost focus in the war against terror. While al-Qaeda is still a cause for alarm, the recent rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has shifted terrorism fears...

Zika Virus in the United States – UPDATE

Last week, the Zika virus blog provided a foundation of important information about the emerging threat to public health in the United States. In the days that followed, additional Zika virus information not included in the HSDL blog has been made available by various resources. The following is a brief...

Zika Virus in the United States – What You Need to Know

In recent weeks, the Zika virus has established itself as a growing health concern of the American public. Of particular concern are reports surfacing from Brazil that link Zika virus infections to instances of microcephaly in newborns with birth mothers who were infected during their pregnancies. It is important to...

Ferguson After-Action Assessment

This past August marked the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Subsequent unrest unraveled in Ferguson in the months that followed Brown’s death, unrest that recently resurfaced in a third wave that occurred between August 9, 2015 and August 11,...

Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

Throughout 2014, global news headlines were frequented by stories concerning the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and lone wolf terrorists. Today, the U.S. Department of State released the Country Reports of Terrorism report for 2014 to the public, a report that further investigates ISIL and the lone...

Interrogation Makes Strange Bedfellows: The Emerging Association Between the American Psychological Association and the Bush Administration

Back in December, the Homeland Security Digital Library blogged about the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program in the blog titled, CIA Interrogation Report: A Warning for the Future. As stated in the blog, “[t]his declassified report covers the CIA’s torture practices on...

Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response

In February, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a report titled, Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response. Although the Ebola epidemic in western Africa no longer dominates national news headlines, issues concerning Ebola and its ethical implications remain relevant. This relevancy is based on...

Major Disaster Assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund: State Profiles

Each year in the United States, various types of disasters occur across the homeland. From devastating hurricanes to mild wildfires, these disasters impact U.S. citizens on local, state, and national levels. When such disasters occur, the President is authorized to issue disaster declarations in order to financially aid communities in...

Fukushima Water Contamination – Impacts on the U.S. West Coast

In March of 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake struck off of the coast of Japan, killing 15,889 people. This massive earthquake became known as the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Great East Japan Earthquake. The destruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake did not cease after the tsunami...