Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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2019 National Preparedness Report Released

FEMA has released its 2019 National Preparedness Report for calendar year 2018, which “summarizes the progress made and challenges that remain in building and sustaining the capabilities needed to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats, hazards and incidents that pose the greatest risk to the...

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In Focus: Impeachment Part II

New In Focus now available on Impeachment Part II. The first list can be found here. A second short collection of reports from the Congressional Research Service and other organizations providing overviews and history of the impeachment process in the US government. Please Note: An HSDL account may be required to view...

FBI Releases 2018 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has released the annual Hate Crime Statistics report for 2018. Highlighting a slight decline in hate crime incidents, the report identifies 7,120 crimes in 2018, as opposed to 7,175 reported crimes last year. The majority of crimes are single-bias (7,036), involving 8,646 victims. The largest...

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NORAD: Tracking Santa Since 1955

Where is Santa Claus? The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada joint organization which defends the homeland by monitoring and controlling the aerospace. This month, NORAD is temporarily switching its top priority mission…to find Santa’s whereabouts. The tradition, that began in 1955, continues to...

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Global Health Security Threats: Time to Act Now

According to the new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security, “the United States remains woefully ill-prepared to respond to global health security threats.” The CSIS Commission urges the U.S. government to address the potential crisis by establishing a doctrine of...

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Impeachment Inquiry Released, Proceedings Advance to Judiciary Committee

The anticipated Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report has been released by the Democratic Party. The inquiry, led by Adam B. Schiff, Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, finds that President Trump not only violated the office of the President of the United States by seeking foreign intervention in an election...

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Surveillance: A Threat to Human Rights

Amnesty International issued a report warning about Facebook and Google’s surveillance practices. According to the new report, the surveillance-based business model poses “a systemic threat to human rights.” As such, Surveillance Giants provides a detailed overview of Facebook and Google’s practices that undermine the right to privacy and threaten freedoms...