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Security Debrief to the Rescue – Advice for DHS in the Years Ahead

As a new DHS Secretary takes the helm, Security Debrief contributors came together for the First Chris Battle Homeland Security Colloquium. In the spirit of the late Chris Battle’s vision for debate and discussion on pressing homeland security matters, contributors weighed a series of important questions about DHS’ future.

Napolitano Writes about DHS "Study in the States" Initiative

The Blog @ Homeland Security: Helping the Best and Brightest Study in the States By Janet Napolitano (The Blog @ Homeland Security) Today I visited the University of Wisconsin – Madison to announce an important new initiative to help streamline the international student visa process and encourage foreign students to study and lawfully remain in […]

British Govt Considers Shutting Down Social Networks During Unrest

RealClearWorld – Reuters – World – Aug 11, 2011 – UK may disrupt social networks during unrest Britain is considering disrupting online social networking such as Blackberry Messenger and Twitter during civil unrest, Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday, a move widely condemned as repressive when used by other countries.

Upcoming House Hearing: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland

“FEMA will not save you,” said Michael Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Building Bridges, Instead of Walls!

At an airport security checkpoint last week, a TSA officer guided a 95-year-old cancer patient to a private room to investigate “something suspicious on her leg.” It turned out to be a wet adult diaper, which she was asked to remove. TSA offered no apology and stood by protocol. This was another missed opportunity. Sometimes, even when we do the “right” thing, we should apologize. Instead, we now have a “viral” episode that places another brick on the wall between the public and the security agencies charged with protecting them.

Implications Of Bin Laden's Death Examined In Congressional Analysis

Implications Of Bin Laden’s Death Examined In Congressional Analysis – HSToday
A new Congressional Research Service Report (CRS) that examined the broad implications of the death of Osama Bin Laden (OBL) said “the degree to which OBL’s death will affect Al Qaeda and how the US responds to this event may shape the future of many US national security activities.”

Muslim Brotherhood and Democracy

HSPI | Policy Work | Issue Brief: Egyptian Crosscurrents: The Muslim Brotherhood and Democracy on the Nile The Muslim Brotherhood (Al Ikhwan al Muslimeen) is the world’s oldest and most influential Islamist movement. Founded in Ismailiya in 1928 by Hassan al Banna, the Brotherhood, like most of the grassroots movements that sprang up in Egypt […]

“On the Road Again” with Secretary Napolitano, One Logical Trip Missing from Schedule

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has been making numerous public appearances throughout the country. I applaud Secretary Napolitano’s efforts communicating with the public, but what I do not understand is that among her many domestic travel destinations, Napolitano has never visited the one place Arizona where DHS has made a major investment – the area where the “SBInet” technology has been deployed and is currently being used with great success.

Author to discuss potential global Muslim Brotherhood, 10 am April 27 | The National Press Club

Author to discuss potential global Muslim Brotherhood, 10 am April 27 | The National Press Club Author Lorenzo Vidino will discuss the potential for a global Muslim Brotherhood organization at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Zenger Room. Vidino, who wrote “The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West,” is an academic […]

A Timeline of U.S. Terrorism Cases in America

A Timeline of U.S. Terrorism Cases in America – Homeland Security Digital Library
There has been an increase in the number of American citizens involved in terrorist activity according to the new report entitled, A Timeline of U.S. Terror Cases.