Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Lawmakers want to roll back sections of Patriot Act

A newly formed bipartisan coalition of senators and advocacy groups is seeking to roll back sections of the Patriot Act. The Security and Freedom Ensured (SAFE) Act was introduced by Sen. Larry E. Craig, Idaho (R), and Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois (D) yesterday (Oct. 15). More information may be...

9-11 Commission Seeks more Information

Citing lack of cooperation from the FAA and other agencies, the independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks voted to subpeona records from the FAA, in particular, information pertaining to the exchange between the FAA and NORAD which had been omitted from initial offerings. The subpoena was approved in...

Bioterrorism – Public Health Response to Anthrax Incidents

The GAO just released is report — Bioterrorism- Public Health Response to Anthrax Incidents of 2001 — http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04152.pdf The GAO was asked to review the public responses to the anthrax incidents and they determined that (1) what was learned from the experience that could help improve public health preparedness at...

Cyberwar Testbed to be Developed to Improve Internet Security

The National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security have provided a grant to the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California to study online virus attacks in an effort to create effective defense programs. http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105_2-5092048.html Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_71

Terrorist alert issued to first responders, airlines

An Oct. 10 “information circular” was distributed to thousands of security and law enforcement officials, repeating earlier warnings about terrorists’ plans to attack “soft targets,” such as hotels and apartment complexes, and terrorists’ interest in launching chemical, biological or radiological attacks in the United States or against U.S. interests overseas....

New Challenges, New Tools for Defense Decisionmaking

This recently released Rand report is available on the Web: New Challenges, New Tools for Defense Decisionmaking — http://www.rand.org/publications/MR/MR1576/index.html Abstract: The collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War—and then the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001—transformed the task of American foreign and defense policymaking. This...

FBI IT systems fall short – IG report

The FBI’s technology systems still suffer from weak security planning and management and inefficient access controls, according to a Justice Department Inspector General report released Oct. 14. The inspector general also found the FBI fixed about one-fourth of the deficiencies cited in a fiscal 2001 audit on compliance with the...

Survey finds Americans less confident about terror security

A Survey by the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University found that Americans are less confident of the government’s ability to respond to a terrorist attack than they were a year ago. The survey also found that the majority of Americans are still very concerned about another terrorist attack....

Iraq War good for Al Qaeda

According to the 2003-2004 edition of “The Military Balance”, issued by the British think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Iraq war has greatly increased the ranks of Al Qaeda and has fueled the cause of Islamic Militant Groups. The report, considered to be one of the most authoritive...

Homeland Security issues interim rule on industry liability

On Tuesday, the Homeland Security Department announced an interim rule designed to limit the liability risks associated with anti-terrorism technology. “It is in the public’s interest to have this interim rule effective immediately because its aim is to foster the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies,” said the rule signed...