Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

September 11, 2001: 15 Years Later

Day in and day out the librarians and content analysts of the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) walk past an image that hangs on the wall of our break room.  The image is actually two images.  On the top is a picture of the New York City skyline with the...

Leveraging Twitter Against the Islamic State

As we all know, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria readily exploits social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to further their violent extremist agenda. They have recruited individuals, tracked and located military personnel, and broadcast their propaganda and achievements. From this perspective it seems like they are winning...

Findings of Investigation into Baltimore Police Department Released, Agreement Reached

On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced “that it found reasonable cause to believe that the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution as well as federal anti-discrimination laws.”  As noted in the press release,...

Islamic State and a Pattern of Violence

A new background report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland provides a detailed breakdown of the history of attacks by ISIL predecessors, affiliates, and inspired persons. The Islamic State has gathered an international following, with affiliate groups popping...