Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Airports prepare to enact new security measures

Beginning January 5, 2004, all 115 U.S. airports that take international flights will begin tracking foreigners who enter and leave the United States. Officials will track foreigners by taking their fingerprints and photographs as part of a tracking program known as the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT)....

Public access to CRS reports is questioned

The Congressional Research Service is concerned about pending legislative proposals to permit broad public dissemination of Congressional Research Service reports and the possible adverse effects on efficiency and dialog on policy issues. View the CRS memo at http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2003/12/crs.html Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_205

Detaining American citizen terrorism suspects

A recent Congressional Research Service report provides background to the current controversy over how to deal with individuals who are American citizens but who are suspected of being members, agents, or associates of terrorist organizations. View the CRS report at http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RL31724.pdf Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_204

What think tanks are thinking on terrorism

A recent study by the foreign policy association assesses the contributions of think tanks and their influence or lack of influence on terrorism policy. To read more go to http://www.fpa.org/newsletter_info2489/newsletter_info.htm Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_203

Degrees in global security and intel for pilots

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, one of the leading schools in aviation and space education will begin offering degrees in global security and intelligence studies. To read more go to http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/12/21/MNG6S3QSIJ1.DTL Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_202

Natl. Institute of Justice funding opportunities

The National Institute of Justice seeks proposals in the form of white papers for research and development in the areas of forensics, electronic crime studies, DNA studies, less-lethal technologies, firearms, and other subjects. The solicitations can be viewed at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/funding.htm Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_201

Access to CRS Reports on Emergency Preparedness

The Congressional Research Service has prepared several reports on secrecy and security, continuity of government, and homeland security. The Federation of American Scientists has posted several of these reports at the following site: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html#cog Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_200

Science and national security post-9/11

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is presenting a new web site focused on science and national security in the post-9/11 environment. According to project director, David G. Cooper, “the site provides a contact page for individuals to report ways in which they or their colleagues have been...

TOPOFF2 reveals readiness problems

Problems in communications, serious shortages of medical supplies and confusion were some of the problems according to a classified report on the exercise TOPOFF2 held earlier this year. Details at http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/19/national/19TERR.html Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_198

Border Security still needs Visa reform

The Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, designed to weed out potential terrorists from entry into the country has yet to be implemented for effectiveness according to the newly released report Falling Behind on Security. The report claims that over half of the mandated deadlines were missed with many still...