Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

SAFE Act, an Alternative to Patriot Act Powers

With growing concern of the far-reseaching powers instilled by the Patriot Act, a bi-partisan group in the Senate has introduced the “Security and Freedom Ensured Act of 2003 (SAFE Act). This Act tempers the recently expanded surveillance powers and addresses the standard which records, such as library records can be...

FBI to change management structure

“The FBI is changing its top-heavy management structure and trying to collaborate more with state and local authorities to prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil, a bureau director told Government Executive on Friday.” See the complete story at http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1003/101703c1.htm Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_78

Homeland Secure Data Network planned

The Dept. of Homeland Security plans to issue a contract by the end of the year for creating and operating a network for transmitting classified data across its agencies, called the Homeland Secure Data Network (HSDN). No details are available, but a report from Government Computer News stated that the...

States pull out of MATRIX pilot

While Georgia state officials are considering the issue, Alabama and Louisiana have said that they will not participate in the 1 year federally funded pilot program, the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange (MATRIX), which collects and aggregate records, including confidential personal information, from states. Only 8 out of the original 14...

TSA released milestone charts

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released THEN and NOW charts to illustrate the changes and progress that have been made since 9/11. Chart One, the Aviation Security System of Systems, lists Security Program Components prior to 9/11 and compares then to today with the creation of the TSA. Chart Two,...

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....