Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

FEMA’s Mitigation Division

Whether it’s an earthquake, a bomb, or a lethal airplane, infrastructure integrity is vital to minimize disasterous effects. The FEMA Mitigation Division addresses this and other critical infrastructure concerns through its education and training programs as well as research and publications. Visit this FEMA site at http://www.fema.gov/fima/rmsp.shtm Article formerly posted...

Is America safe enough?

A new report out by the Democratic minority of the House Select Committe on Homeland Security purports that though America is safer than it was on September 11th, it is not safe enough. The report outlines security gaps in several sectors. To read the report, go to http://www.house.gov/hsc/democrats/pdf/press/040116_Initial_Findings_FINAL.pdf Article formerly...

Internal intelligence tool to aide in moles

The efforts of the Intelligence community to share information to help in the effort to counter terrorism could have the a compromising effect when it comes to moles within the agencies. To address this the community is working with a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp. to develop software to monitor...

New report highlights academic freedom concerns

The American Association of University Professors has issued their report Academic Freedom and National Security in a Time of Crisis. Concerned about the new powers these laws afford the government, the report addresses those parts of the new laws that give the government powers of intelligence gathering, that can compel...

Freedom of Information & International Standards

A new report published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) discusses the questions faced by those tasked witth drafting and/or promoting legislation guaranteeing the right to know in accordance with the principle of maximum disclosure. This report describes the international standards which have been established in...

Defense Dept.’s TIA system criticized on privacy

The Department of Defenses Inspector General has released its report on the development of the Total (Terrorism) Information Awareness program citing that lack of consideration of privacy concerns could lead to a nondeployable product or costly corrections. To read the report go to http://www.dodig.osd.mil/audit/reports/FY04/04-033.pdf Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_229

Privacy Impact Assessment of US-VISIT released

The Department of Homeland Security has issued its first Privacy Impact Assessment of the US-VISIT Program.. The report serves as a review of what and how information is collected and the measures used to secure data from unauthorized use. Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_228

1000 Years for Revenge

For readers still looking for an explanation into efforts to thwart al-Qaeda in the United States and the failure to do so, 1000 Years for Revenge by Peter Lance can provide some insight. This read looks at events through the eyes of three people, an FBI agent, a terrorist and...

Trimming the net of pipeline maps

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has requested that maps of gas pipelines be removed from the internet as a security measure against terrorism renewing the debate of information and the public’s access. To read more go to http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/011204/a01c12energyside.html Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_226

New report exposes dangers of Agroterrorism

With the recent revelations of bad green onions and now mad cow disease, the agricultural sector has revealed its vulnerability in keeping the food supply safe for consumers. These incidences were not intentional, but a terrorist attack against agricultural targets could have major consequences in the public’s eyes of safety...