Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

First Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit

Top government officials as well as experts in security, terrorism, and technology will meet next month in Hawaii for the first Asia Pacific Homeland Security Summit & Exposition. The summit is intended to provide information to develop strategies in meeting security challenges. According to Hawaii’s governor, Linda Lingle, it will...

Laws and Leaks of Classified Intelligence

A report written by the Vice Chairman, DCI Foreign Denial and Deception Committee, National Intelligence Council for a panel discussion meeting of the National Security Committee. The report states that the future of U.S. intelligence effectiveness depends greatly upon the level of secrecy maintained in the “collection sources and methods...

Executive Order Freezes Terrorism Financing

On October 20th, Executive Order 13224 enabled the U.S. State Department to freeze the assets of Dhamat Houmet Daawa Salafia, an organization connected to al-Qaeda and known to be involved in terrorist activity within Algeria and elsewhere. See http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/texts/03102006 Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_87

New Report finds UN security system in need of reform

A newly released report on the bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad found that the security systems in place were “dysfunctional” and need to be reformed, according to the investigating panel. To read the final report click on http://www.un.org/News/dh/iraq/safety-security-un-personnel-iraq.pdf Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_86

New Report on the role of journalism in homeland security

A new report published by the Aspen Institute’s program on Communication and Society highlights the effects of the public and the government on the way media reports news concerning Homeland Security issues. Comprised of the views of 29 leading media executives, journalists and scholars, the report offers suggestions among others,...

UN Report: The War on Terror has radicalized Arabs

The newly released UN Report, “Arab Human Development Report 2003”, focusing on the decline of education in Arab countries and other issues found that the United States led war on terror has radicalized the Arab population. It asserts that the United States “war on terror” has given Arab rulers a...

New Cargo Security foils Secretary of State’s Break-in

Dubbed the “apprentice cargojacker”, Secretary of State Colin Powell unveiled the latest in cargo security during a ceremony at the APEC CEO Summit. The new system is designed to set off an alarm and alert the sender and recipient if the cargo is compromised. Read more at http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/tue/oct21w12.htm Article formerly...

Security lacking at Plum Island Animal Disease Center

A nine month long study by the Government Accounting Office has found that officials at Plum Island Animal Disease Center do not have sufficient control of housed pathogens or to the research involving these pathogens. Lack of a satisfactory response plan, inadequate security measures, stolen laptop computers are just some...

Committed to War on Terror

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Airforce General Richard B. Myers, asked Americans to stay committed to the war on terrorism. Yesterday, he spoke to the World Affairs Council and said: “determine what you think is at stake, and come to your own conclusions, and how important you...

Changes in Homeland Security Workplace

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Personnel Management are in the process of making big personnel changes. The three days of meetings, which developed from a Congressional directive, calls for the DHS to consult with the public and employee groups before any significant changes to management....