Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

New airline screening system under scrutiny

A proposed new airline passenger screening system, CAPPS II, is coming under criticism from various civil liberties groups, members of Congress, and concerned air travel industry groups. The system would require passengers to give extra information, such as date of birth and home phone number when making a reservation, and...

Final report from the Gilmore Commission released

This Gilmore commission has released its final report entitled “Forging America’s Normalcy: Securing Our Homeland, Protecting Our Liberty” >. According to advance reports, the commission is critical of the administrations lack of vision for a forward-looking strategy to combat terrorism but instead remains focused on “the crisis of the moment”....

New Intel laws a worry to critics

Sweeping changes in FBI powers for searches and wiretaps have critics worried that the line between criminal and intelligence missions will become increasingly blurred. Details can be found at Article formerly posted at

New read on Homeland Security

Touted as a critical look at where Homeland security is and how we are conceiving it, is “The Myth of Homeland Security” by Marcus J. Ranum. To read a review go to Article formerly posted at

The latest WMD: Fruitcake

Added to the list of potential lethal weapons is the fruitcake, according to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. To read why go to Article formerly posted at

States not ready for bioterrorism, study finds

The newly released report from the Trust for America’s Health has found that after two years states are only moderately prepared for bioterrorism. To read more go to Article formerly posted at

179 million in grants for port security

The Department of Homeland Security will offer 179 million dollars in grants to secure the nation’s ports for measures such as new patrol boats, surveillance equipment and construction of new command and control facilities. To view the press release go to Article formerly posted at

Americans not ready for another attack

According to a recent survey, only one in four Americans know what to do to survive a terrorist attack. Read more at Article formerly posted at

Ensured security for media facilities

On December 9th, industry leaders from broadcast, cable, and satellite industries adopted 49 best practices recommendations to ensure the continued operation and security of media facilities in times of a national emergency. The FCC’s Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC) also adopted these recommendations. View the recommendations at Article...

Diplomatic Readiness Initiative makes difference

U.S. Missions worldwide have already benefited from the two-year-old Diplomatic Readiness Initiative, a program to hire qualified people for critical positions abroad, including Foreign Service specialists, generalists, and Civil Service employees with needed language and technical skills. Many of these individuals are serving in locations like Baghdad, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey,...