Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Proposed rules of EAS ease burden for Cable Television

New proposed ruling on cable television Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) will greatly relieve a financial burden on the wireless cable television industry serving 5000 subscribers or more. Current rules require EAS messages to be broad casted on all channels of a cable system. The new proposed rules would allow cable...

The Polygraph vs. National Security

Alan Zelicoff, a distinguished physician and expert on biological weapons arms control, was driven to resign his position as Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories last year as a consequence of his outspoken criticism of polygraph testing. In a March 11 paper, “The Polygraph vs. National Security,” Zelicoff describes its...

New rules for telecommunications surveillance

The U.S. Dept. of Justice, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration have filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to apply new rules to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act [CALEA]. The purpose of the Act is to preserve law enforcement’s ability to conduct lawful electronic surveillance...

U.S. rail security responds to Madrid bombings

Responding to the bombings of the rail system in Madrid, officials of the Department of Homeland Security assured passengers of the U.S. rail systems that there has been no similar threat here but security will continue to be monitored to ensure safety. Still, the department encourages passengers to continue to...

IPv6 Internet Engineering Task Force

IPv6 is the protocol that is designed to replace the current network protocol in use on the Internet. IPv6 also promises to extend the Internet into more areas, through support for mobile devices. Because of this potential new reach of the Internet and vulnerabilities in the existing protocol, the IPv6...

Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator budget

The Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator [RNEP] Budget Request and Plan, FY2005-FY2009, is the object of a March 8, 2004 Congressional Research Service report. Nuclear earth penetrator weapons burrow into the ground some tens of feet before detonating, greatly increasing their ability to destroy hardened underground targets. The FY2005 budget document...

Signs of US military branching into domestic law

Since the 9/11 attacks, the US Military has quietly become more involved with “domestic intelligence gathering and law enforcement” according to the Wall St. Journal. Cato’s Gene Healy in his policy analysis “Deployed in the U.S.A.: The Creeping Militarization of the Home Front” looks at this increasing military role in...

Arming and disarming pilots

Hailed as another step in airport security, the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program, i.e. arming pilots, has encountered an alarming problem, disarming pilots. TSA regulations insist that pilots not on duty stow their weapons in their luggage. But, according to the Airline Pilots Security Alliance in the last two months,...

The question of civil society in Arab countries

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has published a March 2004 paper in their Middle East Series, entitled “Middle Eastern Democracy: Is Civil Society the Answer?” Author Amy Hawthorne advises that “the United States should make assistance to civil society a component of new efforts to promote democratic change in...