Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

The Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority [CPA]

The Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority [CPA] http://cpa-iraq.org is apparently a product of DTIC. The left side contains official documents [including regulations, an org chart and budget], speeches, press releases etc and the right side contains fact sheets on the various Iraqi ministries and more. Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_7

Counterpane’s Bruce Schneier

Counterpane’s Bruce Schneier Testifies at Hearing of Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research and Development. Renowned Security Technologist Informs Subcommittee on Cyber Security Risks and Trends and Provides Recommendations on Better Securing Critical Infrastructure http://www.counterpane.com/pr-20030625.html Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_6

Explaining Terrorism

Mark Burgess from the Center for Defense Information published a paper/commentary on the problems of defining terrorism, Aug. 1, 2003. He compared several definitions adopted by the DoD, FBI and the State Dept., and discussed how the definition of terrorism revolves around the terrorists’ motives, identity and methods. http://www.cdi.org/program/issue/document.cfm?DocumentID=1564&IssueID=138&StartRow=1&ListRows=10&appendURL=&Orderby=DateLastUpdated&ProgramID=39&issueID=138 Article...

“There are no dangerous weapons”

In this article, published this week in the Journal of Homeland Security, Michael Hopmeier, Boaz Ganor, Tress Goodwin, and Debra S. Greinke discuss suicide attacks and potential responses. http://www.homelandsecurity.org/journal/Articles/displayarticle.asp?article=94 Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_4

Patriot Act abuses

The Inspector General of the Department of Justice on 17 July released a report documenting abuses of civil rights and civil liberties by the department and its employees. This report, a required provision of the Patriot Act, says that there have been 34 credible complaints of abuse falling under the...

TRCcon: Annual Conference & Expo on Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

The Terrorism Research Center will be holding an annual conference called TRCcon on October 1-3, 2003 in Washington, DC. This conference was created to serve as a forum where international experts converge to discuss the current and emerging threat of global terrorism and adaptive response strategies. TRCcon 2003 provides unprecedented...

San Diego Blaze “Domestic Terrorism”

Up to 100 investigators have been assigned to probe a San Diego construction-site blaze that authorities on Saturday called a potential case of “domestic terrorism” by a radical environmental group. The three-alarm fire, which leveled a 200-unit condominium complex that was under construction, caused at least $20 million in damage...

No civil rights violations by Patriot Act says IG

A new Inspector General’s report found that there were no instances found where the US Patriot Act violated civil rights or civil liberties. Opponents of the Act asserted that though rights and liberties were not violated by the Act itself, several abuses attributed to Justice personnel were identified prompting one...

Pre-war Intelligence defended

Speaking to an audience at Georgetown University, CIA director, George Tenet defended the Intelligence community’s assessment of pre-war Iraq. Though admitting that intelligence is never completely wrong or completely right, Mr. Tenet gave an overview of the assessments of weapons and intent to acquire or development weapons by Iraq. To...

Public-safety radio interference critical level

Washington, D.C., public-safety organizations announced a letter asking President Bush to support a Consensus Plan developed by first-responder organizations and private wireless companies that would reduce or eliminate 800MHz radio interference. The intermingling of the 800MHz spectrum with commercial wireless operators causes radio interference that has reached a critical level...