Homeland Security: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
09/19/2007 - When the Twin Towers fell after the 9-11 attacks, many firefighters lost their lives because there was no way to electronically pinpoint their locations or to tell them that the buildings were about to collapse. Since then, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has been seeking solutions to the communication and tracking problems that firefighters face in high-rise buildings.
09/19/2007 - A 53-year-old man was arrested earlier this year in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on charges of possession of child pornography. The arrest was part of a U.S. Homeland Security Department initiative called Operation Predator.
Legal Report: Hiring \ Employment Issues
09/19/2007 - A new law (formerly H.B. 2661) prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Under the new law, an employer may not refuse to hire someone or make any hiring inquiry into a person's sexual orientation. A company also may not discharge someone or discriminate in compensation based on sexual orientation. The new designation allows employees who feel they have been discriminated against to sue their employers for back pay, reinstatement, and emotional distress.
Legal Report: Legislation
09/19/2007 - The Patriot Act reauthorization bill was signed into law (P.L. 109-177) by President Bush one day before 16 key provisions were set to expire. The new law makes permanent 14 of the 16 provisions of the original Patriot Act, which was passed by Congress several months after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Beyond Print: Maritime Security
09/19/2007 - The Coast Guard has issued an interim rule that will include several new items in the definition of "dangerous cargo."
Government: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
09/18/2007 - Insurers and financiers have mastered the skill of risk management, which entails anticipating future events, deciding which of those expected risks the organization will bear, and allocating resources to mitigate the rest. @ SM Online has the report.
Beyond Print: Legal Issues
09/18/2007 - A federal appeals court has ruled that General Motors Corporation need not recognize a religious group as part of its affinity program.
09/18/2007 - A government report on money laundering notes the rise in popularity of online currency services as a conduit for illicit funds.
Beyond Print: Crime
09/18/2007 - Find out how the Long Beach, California, COPS program has successfully addressed drugs, graffiti, gangs, shootings, and prostitution.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
09/18/2007 - Courts examine investigative techniques used by security officers and a landowner’s responsibility for a contractor’s injuries. Plus, campus safety, cargo security, and disaster management are topics of proposed federal legislation.
Case Study: Training
09/14/2007 - Spying suspicious mail at the National Security Agency.
Editor's Note: Legal Issues
09/14/2007 - Other whistleblowers recounted similar experiences. Removal of the security clearance—vital for anyone working in intelligence—was the weapon most often used against them when they raised concerns about security problems within their organizations
Intelligence: ID issues \ Identity Theft
09/14/2007 - Federal agencies are gearing up to roll out new ID cards for employees and contractors as required by President Bush in 2004 under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).