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Transition to New Administration Could be Messy for DHS; Top 10 Positions at DHS That Must be Filled Quickly

- The transition from the Bush administration to either a Barack Obama or a John McCain administration could spell problems for the Department of Homeland Security, thus leaving the country vulnerable to attack.

DHS Transistion

- The Department of Homeland Security faces its first transition to a new president. Read the National Academy of Public Administration’s transition plan, commissioned by DHS and Congress, on avoiding elevated vulnerability during this critical time.

New Israeli Stink Bomb Provides Safe Way to Disperse Protesters

- The Skunk, Israel's new crowd control device, provides a safe way to chase away protesters without causing bodily harm.

Emergency Characterization of Unknown Materials

- A valuable reference guide to the threat posed by hazardous materials.

DHS Funds to Boost Bomb Squads

- Because IEDs continue to be the terrorist weapons of choice, the Department of Homeland Security is encouraging states to allocate some of its homeland security funding to counter-IED initiatives.

Counter-IED Programs

- DHS has asked that states allocate a portion of the year's homeland security grants for counter-IED efforts, although some are stretched thin handling the more imminent threat of natural disasters.

Security Officials Need to "Adapt" to a New Security Environment, ArgueTwo Academics

- Two academics argue that security practitioners need to learn more from Darwin if they want to improve homeland and national security.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Infrastructure Protection

- A bill (H.R. 1662) that will provide funding for site security at some federal facilities has been included in an appropriations bill funding the Department of the Interior. The bill has been singed into law (P.L. 110-229).

Congress Finds Critical Failures Affecting Terror Watch List

- A $500,000 analysis enhancement program left officials unable to search terror databases by key word, while thousands of CIA inputs collected dust, and other data was lost in migration.

DHS Releases National Emergency Communications Plan

- The Department of Homeland Security releases its National Emergency Communications Plan, which aims to improve communications and interoperability within and between states.

Transportation and Cargo Security: Threats and Solutions

- A practical, yet hardheaded, look at the core issues affecting transportation and cargo security.

Elsewhere in the Courts: 9-11

- A federal appeals court has ruled that the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman, cannot be held liable for announcing that the air around the fallen Twin Towers was safe after the 9-11 attacks. Whitman made the claims on behalf of the White House even though scientific reports showed that the air quality could be hazardous. The court ruled that, despite this evidence, holding government officials liable would be dangerous because it might make public officials hesitant about making such announcements in the future. A lower court had refused to dismiss the case, ruling that Whitman’s statements were “conscience-shocking.”

DHS Stresses the Dangers of Improvised Explosive Devices

- Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says almost every Western terrorist attack since 9-11 has involved improvised explosive devices.
 




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