DHS Wants Your Input For Homeland Security Strategy

By Matthew Harwood

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking the online input of the American people to help guide a departmental review that will determine the departments' strategies for protecting the country from natural hazards and terrorist attacks.

This new effort is part of the department's Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), which according to Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, "sets forth our vision for homeland security and to address challenges we face as a department."

The secretary called it one of her most critical tasks for this year.

As one more addition to the department's recent public relations overhaul online, the "National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review" allows Web users to read, rate, and comment upon on proposals from DHS study groups in six different categories: counterterrorism and domestic security management; securing our borders; smart and tough enforcement of immigration laws; preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters; homeland security national risk assessment; and homeland security planning and capabilities.

Users have until August 9th to comment in the dialogue's first round, reports The Washington Independent. DHS will provide additional opportunities to comment in late August and early September. Comments, however, have already begun to trickle in.

Under the counterterrorism section, "smp," a private citizen and a reserve police officer, wrote that the study group needed to add another entry underneath goals: "to establish a coordinated approach between agencies and also within agencies." "Netwings," from CERT Queens District 1, recommends DHS close U.S. borders to all immigrants to secure the nation's borders. "Btussing," from U.S. Army War College, wrote that DHS must concentrate on "risk communication" if it wants its risk assessments and risk management to be successful.

DHS is expected to present the QHSR to Congress in December.

♦ Photo of DHS logo by Raymond_Yee/Flickr


Border Patrol

Hi, I have been talking to those who are quite aware of the "other side" of the US border to Mexico. The accounts they have told me is that it is a jungle for both Drug smugglers and alien smugglers who are fighting for their safety to cross the US border. A huge wall or a beefing up of Border Patrol agents will not Deter Unscrupulous Federal Border Patrol Employees. It has been known that There are agents at posts who are getting money from these smugglers to "turn their back" on smuggling. They inform the smuggler of the times that they can cross and not "worry" about being apprehended or caught.
Suggestions: 1. If Whistle blowing worked on every incident that would be A deterent so continue to encourage whistle blowing. 2. Do constant periodic shift changes of border patrol agents to figure out who is or who are the dishonest Border Patrol agents who are getting kick backs for turning their "backs". 3. Be very strict and use scare tactics on suspicious employees. 4. Keep a "secret hidden" camera on the employees, hopefully though the one that is installing the Hidden cameras is not part of the "ring". It is a "war zone" on the other side of the US border as well as inside "Homeland Security" insiders. Good Luck , Be Strong and Be honest. Do not be afraid to apprehend dishonest employees.

Immigration Detainees

I hope that we can find a way to "welcome the strangers among us." What we have, for the most part, is economic refugees.

The two pieces of legislation introduced by Senator Robert Menendez deserves our consideration.

The "Protect Citizens from Unlawful Detention Act," would protect U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents from being unlawfully detained and deported by the Department of Homeland Security and require the Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to follow due process standards in executing immigration enforcement actions. The "Strong STANDARDS Act," would aim to prevent deaths of immigration detainees by requiring DHS to issue detention regulations that are legally binding and enforceable.

I wonder if you have any suggestions or comments about the enforcement of such legislation. Maybe citizens can be helpful to your agency by understanding what it might take to implement such legislation. I'd appreciate your feedback.

Godspeed! Lorrie Greco

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