Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

E-notification required for food imports

Companies importing food products into the United States will have to electronically notify the FDA beforehand. In addition, food manufacturers and handlers will have to register with the FDA. These new regulations, part of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, will be implemented on...

Experimental Repatriation Program Suspended

One month after the Department of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol instituted “lateral repatriation� , a program to transport thousands of illegal immigrants from Arizona to Texas, a house committee cut funds citing multiple complaints from Texas border politicians. More on the program and the amendment can be found at

Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War

The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) released their report on “Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War” which reviews the quality and accuracy of various news media regarding their reporting of the war in Iraq. Article formerly posted at

“Truth, War and Consequences” on PBS tonight

Frontline starts off a new season with a documentary on “how the Bush administration sold the war and got rid of Saddam Hussein … but seems to have overlooked the need for a plan after declaring victory. ” The documentary airs tonight on PBS. A preview published by the Washington...

Smart Border Action Plan progress report released

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister John Manley and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge last week released their fourth progress report on the Smart Border Action Plan. This report outlines significant accomplishments in modernizing the Canadian-US border since the signing of the Smart Border Declaration on December 12, 2001. Article...

Researchers urged to guard biotechnology from terrorism

The prospect that rogue scientists could exploit genetic advances to unleash deadly germs led the National Research Council to call Wednesday for better oversight of biotech research. The report, “Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism,” aims to balance the need for greater security with “scientific openness” and the freedom...

As FBI’s mission has changed since 9/11, so have its methods

Two years ago, federal agents such as Colantoni and Arseni never would have been dispatched to chase down reports of suspicious smells, packages or people. Local police and fire departments would have handled such tasks. But since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, exposed shortcomings in the FBI’s ability to...

Iran: Nuclear Bandit or Simple Tough Guy?

Iran expert Shahram Chubin, of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, points out that most Iranians see no connection between missiles and nuclear weapons. Radio Netherlands Wereldomroep: Article formerly posted at

Talk by Prof. Robert J. Art at NPS

Prof. Robert J. Art, former member of the Secretary of Defense’s Long Range Planning Staff (1982) and former Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis was an invited speaker at the Center for Contemporary Conflict at NPS on Wednesday, 8 October 2003. Prof. Art discussed his...

Device can scoop up, kill anthrax

Researchers have developed a device to collect and kill anthrax and other spores and perhaps prevent the spread of a bioterror attack, officials said. Click here for details on ThraxVac: Article formerly posted at