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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.

GAO: Much Work Remains in Information Sharing Effort

- Stakeholders cite progress in the post-9-11 effort to establish a universal Information Sharing Environment (ISE), but the government's watchdog agency says large issues remain unresolved.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Rail Safety

- A bill (S. 1889) introduced by Rep. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) designed to improve railroad safety has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The Senate has agreed to consider the measure.

TSA Launches "Airside" Security Program for Airports

- Officials hope to bolster coordination between airport operators, airlines, and local law enforcement to better secure airport tarmacs and service areas.
 




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