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A Matter of Degrees

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DHS Extends Border Fencing 145 Miles

- The department completed its goal of laying down 70 miles of fencing by the end of September.

FBI Director Mueller Discusses Terrorism Threat

- Al Qaeda is not, in the words of FBI Director Robert Mueller, "an organization that will go quietly into the night." Speaking recently to the Council on Foreign Relations, Mueller said that "Just as the FBI has changed and developed new tactics to confront al Qaeda’s asymmetrical warfare, al Qaeda has also adapted." He spoke of a "three-tiered threat."

Introduction to Homeland Security, Second Edition

- No sooner was the term “homeland security” coined than did a cavalcade of books appear with that buzz phrase in the title. In its first edition, this book merited the right to use that term, and it continues to do so in this second edition.

Numbers

- 38 The number of intelligence fusion centers in the U.S. in 2006, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The centers, run by states or major cities, serve as multijurisdictional hubs for terrorism-related information collection, analysis, and dissemination.

State Perspective – Iowa

- Interview with David L. Miller David L. Miller began his emergency management career as a dispatcher with the Iowa Department of Public Safety in 1974. He then oversaw 911 systems in Oregon and Missouri before returning home in 1989 to join the agency he now heads. He worked as Iowa’s Enhanced 911 coordinator, as the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM) chief of staff, and has served as an alternate coordinating officer or the alternate governor’s representative in 16 presidentially declared disasters.

Defining “Interoperable” Communications

- In an address to state legislators earlier this year, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff assured the audience of marked progress in preparation for domestic terrorist attacks or natural disasters, stating that ten major U.S. cities had achieved communications interoperability.

Setting Standards for Canine Detection

- A lack of common standards dogs canine detection, defining interoperable communications, states debate driver’s licenses, and an interview with Iowa’s director of homeland security.

Homeland Security

- To find out what’s at risk in Iowa, read the full interview with David L. Miller, administrator, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.

State of Readiness

- Learn how Arizona is using training exercises to prepare for both natural disasters and the possibility of a terrorist attack.

Part of Patriot Act Struck Down as Unconstitutional

- FISA, as amended as part of the Patriot Act, violates the Fourth Amendment, rules judge.

State Perspective - Alaska

- Interview with David E. Liebersbach Originally from California, David E. Liebersbach moved to Alaska in 1970 to be a rookie smokejumper for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He later headed the Alaska Division of Emergency Services before being assigned to oversee what became the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management division in 2003.

High-Tech Chemical Nose

- A status report on a chemical-detection system, when to keep technological innovations close to the vest, and Alaska’s head of homeland security.
 




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