Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Domestic Terrorism: Extremism

A brief, targeted collection of foundational documents, recently-released documents of particular interest, or items of potential importance related to domestic terrorism and extremism. These items are hand-selected and vetted by the HSDL content team. Resources are grouped by Government Reports, Hearings, Reports & Studies, Theses, Websites, Documents, and more.

Collaboration Efforts in the U.S. Intelligence Community

Collaboration is the heart of Homeland Security. At the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), resources from numerous government agencies, private sector entities, think tanks, nonprofits, and universities are collected, organized, and presented to strengthen the national security of the United States.  The task would be impossible without the support, hard...

Going Dark? I Hear They Have Cookies…

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have released a report, “Don’t Panic. Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate.” The report focuses on the problems the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities face in relation to obtaining communications, when they have warrants that follow the Fourth Amendment’s requirements....

DHS’ Cybersecurity Protection System Falls Short in New GAO Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report detailing the significant shortcomings and challenges still facing the DHS National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS). The public version of the report, titled “Information Security: DHS Needs to Enhance Capabilities, Improve Planning, and Support Greater Adoption of Its National Cybersecurity Protection...

Zika Virus in the United States – UPDATE

Last week, the Zika virus blog provided a foundation of important information about the emerging threat to public health in the United States. In the days that followed, additional Zika virus information not included in the HSDL blog has been made available by various resources. The following is a brief...

How’d We Do? Human Rights – A Look Back at 2015

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published their annual report which reviews the status of human rights around the world. In the new release, World Report 2016: Events of 2015, HRW looks at more than 90 countries and the international issues that have defined human rights discourse over the year.  The 659-page report is divided...

Islamic State Attacks in Europe: New Tactics in Terrorism

The European Union’s First Response Network (FRN) recently convened to discuss the evolving methods of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Europe.  Comprised of counter-terrorism experts from every EU member state, the FRN met in response to the series of coordinated attacks that took place on November 13, 2015 in Paris...

U.S. Government Takes Steps to Improve Federal Background Investigations

Upon the successful completion of the 90-Day Suitability and Security Review , that was initiated by the Obama Administration after the increase in cybersecurity attacks last year, the Administration recently announced the implementation of two major changes that will help “modernize and strengthen the way we conduct background investigations and...

New DHS Report: Entry/Exit Overstay for 2015

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the Entry/Exit Overstay Report for Fiscal Year 2015. The report focuses on nonimmigrant visitors to the United States, and DHS efforts to improve overstay identification while also addressing infrastructure limitations. According to the DHS Press Release: “In FY 2015, of the nearly 45 million...

Zika Virus in the United States – What You Need to Know

In recent weeks, the Zika virus has established itself as a growing health concern of the American public. Of particular concern are reports surfacing from Brazil that link Zika virus infections to instances of microcephaly in newborns with birth mothers who were infected during their pregnancies. It is important to...