Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Screening cargo on commerical jets revisited

The U.S. government is seeking proposals from companies to develop proposals to screen cargo loaded into the belly of commercial airplanes for bombs and other threatening material. Currently, measures are in place to screen passengers and their goods but not cargo. To read more, go to Article formerly posted...

Report reviews Iraq/WMD and Al Qaeda claims

A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace contradicts the current theories of Iraq’s association with Al Qaeda and its posession of weapons of mass destruction. Details about the report as well as response from Secretary of State Colin Powell can be found at Article formerly posted...

Sensor Nets Top R&D List for Homeland Security

The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is focusing research and development efforts on next-generation sensor networks. The agency is channeling approximately $390 million in its current fiscal year into joint private-sector projects to devise new technologies such as sensor systems for detecting radiation and nuclear threats, as well...

Countermissiles on aircraft to be considered

In response to the potential yet real threat of missile attacks on commercial airlines, the Department of Homeland Security has tapped three contractors to study the feasibility of equipping civilian aircraft with countermissile capabilities. Details at Article formerly posted at

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