Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

New Black Sea security agenda

The Nixon Center’s International Security and Energy Program recently hosted a half-day conference, “Developing a New Black Sea Security Agenda: Oil, Pipelines and Regional Security” to discuss the political and economic future of the Black Sea region. Speakers included ambassadors from the surrounding region. The meeting focused on Washington’s attention...

Role of biosensors in detecting bio-agents

Acting on concerns raised at a biodetector workshop held in 2002, The US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center held a conference on development of biosensors to detect bio-agents that could be used in a terrorist attack. Areas addressed in the conference were the...

Background Paper for SPAM Workshop

On January 22nd, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a background paper for a Spam Workshop being held in Brussels on February 2-3, 2004. It contains a survey of the problems related to and caused by spam, with a look at its impact on communication infrastructures and...

New report critical of vaccination program

A new report out from the Democratic caucus of the committee on homeland security raises concerns over the program to vaccinate against smallpox. The report, a one year review, outlines what the authors see as three key problems in implementing the program and stress the critical need to have it...

New hearing on border and aviation security

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) held its seventh public hearing on January 26-27, 2004. The two-day investigative hearing developed facts and circumstances related to border and aviation security, and included testimony from Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security James M....

Funding for biosurveillance

“The Bush administration will request $274 million in fiscal 2005 for an integrated biosurveillance initiative that will, among other things, develop a national data collection and analysis system for identifying possible bioterrorist incidents and other disease outbreaks.” See full report at http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2004/0126/web-biosurveillance-01-29-04.asp Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_267

Veto threatens to end Patriot Act Amendment

Attorney General Ashcroft has threatened a veto to a bipartisan bill that would amend the section of the Patriot Act. The bill, known as the Safe Act, would amend parts of the Patriot Act that gave the government more powers in roving wiretaps, stripped privacy protectons for libraries, bookstores and...

First responders: support the Consensus Plan

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 plan, presented to the FCC in 2003, will realign the current jumbled licensing of 800 MHz systems into two distinct...

Covering the waterfront: seaport security

On January 27, 2004, FBI Acting Assistant Director, Gary M. Bald, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security on the topic of seaport security and the FBI’s partnership to protect the nation’s 361 ports with the Dept. of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, and...

New Read: Securing Business Intelligence

‘Securing Business Intelligence – Knowlege and Cybersecurity in the Post 9/11 World’ offers a new look at vulnerabilities such as identity theft and terrorist attacks on corporations following the 9/11 attacks. Authors Peter Ramsaroop and Bill Oldham argue that new ways of thinking to strenghen security ties will not only...