Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Leveraging Twitter Against the Islamic State

As we all know, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria readily exploits social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to further their violent extremist agenda. They have recruited individuals, tracked and located military personnel, and broadcast their propaganda and achievements. From this perspective it seems like they are winning...

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Findings of Investigation into Baltimore Police Department Released, Agreement Reached

On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced “that it found reasonable cause to believe that the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution as well as federal anti-discrimination laws.”  As noted in the press release,...

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Islamic State and a Pattern of Violence

A new background report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland provides a detailed breakdown of the history of attacks by ISIL predecessors, affiliates, and inspired persons. The Islamic State has gathered an international following, with affiliate groups popping...

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National K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference

The National K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference will being on October 6, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. The importance of cybersecurity in nearly all aspects of homeland defense and security cannot be understated, and a new generation of security professionals need the proper training and opportunities to meet future challenges. The National K12...

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August Terror Threat Snapshot

The House Homeland Security Committee has released its August “Terror Threat Snapshot,” a monthly update on the latest terror threat assessment in the US and around the world. Included in the “Snapshot” are arrest reports in the past month, disrupted plots from around the globe, and highlights about prominent terrorist groups....