Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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...

Executive order gives Emergency Appointments

A new executive order was signed giving the president the authority to make appointments during a National Emergency. To read the order go to Article formerly posted at

President approves military tribunals

In a letter to Congress, the President has given the Pentagaon power to create military tribunals to try prisoners at Guantanomo Bay in Cuba much to the consternation of many of U.S. allies. Details at,1,1694902.story?coll=la-news-politics-white_house Article formerly posted at

Justice sued over crime database

Enlisting local police and officials to enforce federal immigration laws has been a point of disagreement with the reorganization of government in support of Homeland Security. Now several immigration advocacy groups are suing the Justice department for unlawfully entering civil immigration violations into the new National Crime Information Center, a...

New Homeland security directives

With the signing of two new directives, the President has called for new assessments of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and to establish a “national preparedness goal”. To read more go to Article formerly posted at

Independence to get FEMA grant

the Federal Emergency Management has awarded the city of Independence MO a 5.5 million dollar grant to upgrade its communication systems to 700 MHZ in all city departments. The system will include global Positioning system technology and allow for data transmission. Details at Article formerly posted at

Border Security rules could hinder commerce

While trying to ensure safe borders with cargo security measures, concern for its impact on commerce and supply chain management has been expressed by members in the business community. Details at Article formerly posted at

U.S. Attorneys’ not ready for disasters

According to an Inspector General Report, the Crisis Management Coordinator Program of the Dept. of Justice has not adequately prepared for responding to disasters. To read more go to Article formerly posted at

Secret Intelligence Bill signed

The president signed legislation which would, among other things, make it easier for FBI agents to demand financial records from businesses without seeking court approval. Supporters claim that this will help identify money laundering and funding for terrorism. To read details go to,1,1834165.story?coll=la-headlines-nation Article formerly posted at

Senators urge resolution of detainees

Former POW Sen. John McCain and two other senators have sent a pointed letter to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to either release the detainees at Guantanamo Bay or try them. Holding the detainees could be a perceived violation of civil rights, asserted Sen. McCain. To read more, go to