Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

FEMA Special Review of Firefighter Training

FEMA released a “lessons-learned” report on the risks of firefighter training and ways to reduce deaths and injuries during realistic simulations. These “lessons-learned” include more training in fire behavior and extinguishment methods for different types of buildings, recognition of visusal and physical clues to impending danger, and close monitoring of...

Microsoft Anti-Virus Reward Program

On November 5th, Microsoft Corp. announced the creation of the Anti-Virus Reward Program, initially providing $5 million to help law enforcement agencies arrest those responsible for illegally releasing malicious code on the Internet. Additional monetary rewards are being offered to individuals who can provide information on the perpetrators. See the...

Sabotage of High Voltage Transmission Towers

The Dept of Homeland Security issued a security bulletin describing several incidents of sabotage involving high voltage transmission towers between Oregon and California. Investigation is underway to find the responsible individual or group. The full report can be viewed at http://www.ncix.gov/news/2003/october/DHS_Information_Bulletin.pdf Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_111

New report outlines defense of liberties

A new report released by the Center for Amercian Progress addresses the growing debate of laws passed after 9/11 and their erosion of basic American freedoms and values. Included are proposed reforms to fight the battle against terrorism and still maintain a respect for the rule of law and protect...

Norwood introduces CLEAR Act

Rep. Charlie Norwood has introduced legistlation that would allow state and local law officials to enforce federal immigration laws effectively increasing the undermanned Bureau of Immigration an Customs Enforcement in its efforts to stem the flow of illegal aliens and potential entry of terrorists. However, state and local agencies, such...

Operation trip wire: latest in tracking terrorism

Its, called “Operation Trip Wire” and its the latest method used by the FBI to track potential terrorists and their activities. By monitoring material for potential weapons and potential new terrorist recruits, the FBI hopes to thwart the next attack. For more information go to http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/29/eveningnews/main580737.shtml Article formerly posted at...

Does intelligence win wars?

How important is intelligence when fighting the war on terrorism? Respected military historian Sir John Keegan attempts to answer this question in his new book, “Intelligence in War — Knowledge of the Enemy form Napoleon to al-Qa’eda”. Keegan explores the nature of intelligence and its contribution to winning and losing...

A new look at terrorist financing

The popularly held view of terrorists as young, politically or religously motivated matyrs is given a second consideration as conservative analyst and author Rachel Ehrenfeld asserts in her new book, “Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed — and How to Stop It”. The author asserts in her new book that...

Customs to expand foreign port screening

“The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection in the next year plans to more than double the number of foreign ports where high-risk containers are screened before departing for the United States.” Details at http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2003/1027/web-ports-10-30-03.asp Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_105

Homeland security shortfalls highlighted in new report

A new survey just released by the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security finds that 69 percent of respondents feel that the federal government, particularly the Department of Homeland security needs to provide more information and funding to meet local homeland security needs. The new report, Federal Homeland Security Assistance...