Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

FEMA emergency responder training in demand

Enrollments for emergency responder training, offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have increased nearly 10 percent since 2001, especially in distance learning. The curriculum emphasizes preparedness through leadership training, new technology, and best practices. View the full release at Article formerly posted at

Foreigners being fingerprinted at U.S. airports

On January 5th, the U.S. began finger-printing and photographing foreigners at airports and seaports in a nationwide program intended to keep borders open and the country more secure. A recent test-run of the program at one airport has already yielded “21 hits” on the FBI’s criminal watch list. The full...

U.S. Visas and red tape

Since September 11th, foreign students and scholars face a number of new security measures regarding their entry into the U.S. This includes mandatory, in-person interviews prior to receiving or renewing a visa, and background checks for those studying topics deemed to pose a security risk. Some believe these procedures hinder...

Navy transfers Chem Technology to Industry

Soon American businesses, shopping malls, and offices will benefit from chemical detection technology designed for Navy warships. The equipment can detect chemical warfare agents, toxic spills and agents often used by terrorists. To read more, go to Article formerly posted at

Introduction of SAFER Act

The Federation for American Immigration Reform applauded the introducation of the SAFER Act, which addresses many of the immigration loopholes that still leave America unsafe. H.R. 3522, the Securing America’s Future through Enforcement Reform Act of 2003, would, among many other things, enhance border security and interior enforcement of immigration...

New aviation amendments issued

The Department of Homeland Security has issued three amendments targeting international carriers to enhance security. Convinced that Al Qaeda still considers aircraft a weapon of choice, these amendments will insist on more protective measures. The press release can be viewed at Article formerly posted at

IG expresses privacy concerns with TIA

According to a recently department of defense report, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agancy (DARPA) did not taken into account privacy concerns when developing its Terrorism Information Awareness program. To read more go to Article formerly posted at

DoD announces Military Commission Review Panel

On December 30th, the Defense Department announced the selection of key personnel associated with military commissions and the issuance of a new instruction that creates a Military Commission Review Panel. The creation of the Panel indicates another step toward the trials of detainees accused of terrorist acts. View the full...

December review of FBI information sharing

A review by the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) describes how the FBI has improved its ability to share information about terrorist threats with other parts of government. It also describes obstacles in the form of technological challenges and quality of Bureau information. View the full review at

Nanotechnology and Homeland Security

The new weapon against terrorism will not likely be large weapons systems but small sensors capable of detecting explosive and biological weapons according to Mark Ratner in his new book “Nanotechnology and Homeland Security: New Weapons for New Wars”. To read more, go to Article formerly posted at