SM Online: Legal Issues
08/13/2007 - A bill (H.R. 1680) that would regulate the sale and purchase of ammonium nitrate has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. Ammonium nitrate is a critical ingredient used in making explosives.
Legal Report: Terrorism
08/13/2007 - A bill (S. 4) designed to implement the final recommendations of the 9-11 Commission has been approved by the Senate and has been received by the House of Representatives. [A companion bill (H.R. 1) has been approved by the House and is now pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.]
Daily Headline : Surveillance
08/13/2007 - Yesterday's Boston Globe reported the Department of Homeland Security has been funding video surveillance systems across the country at the price of $23 billion in grants since 2003.
These hi-tech video camera networks are not just being installed in big cities that carry significant terrorism risks but in mid-size cities and across small-town America as well.
Daily Headline : Privacy
08/13/2007 - While state fusion centers are generally lauded as a reasonable effort to improve information sharing among intelligence agencies and law enforcement, they are raising fears among civil libertarians because of the amount and type of information collected and shared.
For the paper by the privacy advocacy group EPIC, click here.
SM Online: Terrorism
08/13/2007 - Soon after convening in January, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1, a bill that would implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that were not enacted in the prior Congress. While the 9/11 Commission had much support, concerns about the costs and practical challenges of implementing all of its recommendations remain. For that reason, this bill is not expected to sail as expeditiously to passage in the Senate.
SM Online: Integrated Systems
08/13/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will require those municipalities that have grants from the department to have interoperable communications systems implemented by the end of 2007.
SM Online: Risk Management
08/13/2007 - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a proposed rule requiring that nuclear facilities conduct risk assessments, implement training exercises, and enhance security programs.
SM Online: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
08/13/2007 - 7 million dollars has been recovered from funds originally paid out in potentially improper or fraudulent payments by the federal government for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
SM Online: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
08/10/2007 - William C. 'Bill' Burke has served as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency since 2003, coordinating incident response while building terrorism preparedness alongside Illinois Homeland Security and the state's Terrorism Task Force. Prior to that, Burke served as a regional administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration and Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Burke received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. Read the full interview.
SM Online: Surveillance
08/10/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that its Automated Targeting System, which was originally designed to track cargo, is being used to profile travelers, operators, and crew members on all vessels, vehicles, aircraft, and trains that enter or exit the United States.
Legal Report: Travel Security
08/10/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a proposed rule to increase security measures on trains and tracks that carry toxic substances. The rule would establish additional measures for those carrying such substances through urban areas.
Legal Report: International
08/10/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched the first phase of its Secure Freight program.
Homeland Security: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
08/10/2007 - To find out what's at risk in Illinois, read the full interview with William C. 'Bill' Burke, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.