Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

FBI Highlights the Hostage Rescue Team’s 30 Years of Service

The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team is federal law enforcement’s only full-time counterterrorism unit. FBI.gov is highlighting the team with a special 6 part series that celebrates its 30 years of service to the nation. Part 1: Three Decades of Service: “Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the FBI’s Hostage...

U.S. Higher Education System Fails to Prepare Leaders for Era of Cyber Threat

In a new study released March 26, 2013, the Pell Center of Salve Regina University found that the majority of America’s “top” academic institutions are failing to provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to combat cyber threats in the professional world. The report argues that “cyber defense requires...

Report Released on the Oversight of the Intelligence Community, 2011-2013

On March 22, 2013, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its latest biennial report outlining its oversight activities from the period of January 5, 2011 to January 3, 2013. Charged with carrying out oversight of the programs and activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community since 1976, the Committee...

Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has recently released its Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013, a report which examines the threats currently facing the state. According to the report, “Texas faces the full spectrum of threats. The globalization and convergence of crime and terrorism; an unsecure border with...

Anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident

On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and was given a rating of 5 out of 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale....

1964 Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis

Great Alaskan Earthquake & Tsunamis of 1964 On March 27, 1964, the second largest recorded earthquake in history struck Prince William Sound, Alaska. Measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake killed nine and a further 122 died from the subsequent tsunamis. This event has been referred to as the....

New iOS App Released to Assist First Responders in Hazardous Material Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has just released a new universal app for Apple iOS devices called WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders). The application was created to assist first responders in hazardous-materials incidents. From the iTunes Preview: “First responders in general, and HAZMAT units in particular, must...

New Report on Hate Crime Victimization from 2003-2011

Hate Crime Victimization, 2003-2011 Yesterday, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released a new reported titled, “Hate Crime Victimization, 2003-2011.” The report “Presents annual counts and rates of hate crime victimization that occurred from 2003 through 2011, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The report examines changes over...

3600 Organized Crime Groups Currently Active in the EU

Europol released the report “2013 EU Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA)”. The report finds that drug trafficking continues to be the most active crime activity, however, the report also warns of a new type of criminal groups that are exploiting the economic crisis and the internet. From the...

Terror in Japan: Lessons of the Sarin Gas Attacks

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Sarin attack on the Tokyo Subway. On March 20th, 1995, members of Aum Shinrikyo, or Aum, launched five coordinated attacks on several lines of the Tokyo Metro. These attacks killed thirteen people and caused injuries in a little over a thousand individuals. This...