Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Homefront Confidential

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has released their fourth edition of “Homeland Confidential. How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public’s Right to Know” To read the report, click here. Homeland Confidential 4th ed. Article formerly posted at

ID theft undermining integrated terror watch lists

Despite the government’s recent efforts to integrate dozens of terrorist watch list databases, terrorists may still be slipping through major cracks in homeland defenses by stealing identities and using computers to create fraudulent travel documents, officials told Congress yesterday. Read more at:,10801,85606,00.html Article formerly posted at

New Role for Coast Guard?

Rumsfeld is said to prefer that the Coast Guard concentrate on its Homeland Security mission, protecting the U.S. coastline while the Navy and other armed forces take over port security and other missions overseas. Further information can be found at Service’s Wartime Function Becomes Focus of Debate Article formerly posted...

Illinois Emergency Operation Center funded

Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Illinois will receive a $9.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to build a new state-of-the-art State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). Blagojevich received word of the grant today from Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. More info at Article...

Public Diplomacy for the Arab & Muslim World report released

The State Dept just released this report of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World. The report, “Changing Minds, Winning Peace: A New Strategic Direction for U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Arab & Muslim World� was submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations. The...

Agreement reached on Visa Oversight Rule to Better Secure Border

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Secretary of State Colin Powell have signed a memorandum of understanding, signaling their commitment to work cooperatively to create and maintain an effective, efficient visa process that safeguards the United States. Department of Homeland Security Press Release Article formerly posted at

Biodefense Research Agenda Progress Report

According to a progress report by an expert panel convened by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), they have made “tremendous progress” in developing a bioterrorism research capability. Areas of progress include: establishing the research infrastructure, including biosafety containment laboratories, needed to study dangerous pathogens; generating interest...