Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Executive order calls for safe food supply

An executive order issued by the White House on Tuesday is calling for strategic planning to ensure the food supply from potential terrorist attacks. The order directed to the departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security as well as the EPA will cover the entire cycle of...

Feb. 5 panel discussion on global proliferation

On Thursday, February 5, 2004, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a panel discussion entitled “Examination of Global Proliferation Strategy.” Issues explored will include future stability and security of the United States and global peace and prosperity. The panel discussion will coincide with the release of the new...

Security holes at DMVs nationwide

The Center for Democracy and Technology is urging attention to security problems nationwide in the issuance of driver’s licenses. CDT warns that adding more biometric information to driver’s licenses will not make them a more reliable identification card. Bribery and lax security at state motor vehicle offices nationwide is targeted...

Globalization of Hamas terrorism

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies published a recent white paper authored by intelligence analyst and Middle East specialist, Jess Sadick, entitled “The Globalization of Hamas Terrorism.” In this white paper, he describes evidence that Hamas has discussed attacking targets in the US and Canada. He also discusses the...

United Nations disbands terrorist financing panel

The U.N. security council dissolved the independent panel originally convened to monitor the financing of terrorists groups such as al Qaeda and member states where these activities can flourish. Brushing aside accusations that the dissolution was in retaliation for a stinging report by the panel for naming member countries complicit,...

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....