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  • Issue Brief posted March 3, 2015 by David Inserra Congress Should Expand Trusted Traveler Programs and Private Airport Screeners

    Several months ago, President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would provide work authorization and protection from deportation to as many as 5 million unlawful immigrants. A serious side effect of this action is the harmful redirection of attention and resources away from other pressing homeland security issues ranging from terrorism to…

  • Issue Brief posted January 31, 2014 by Cassandra Lucaccioni , Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Top Homeland Security Priorities for Congress in 2014

    The world today is more dangerous than it was on September 10, 2001. Threats to the homeland have increased as the President’s leadership has caused the U.S. to lose respect and influence on every front. After at least 61 thwarted terrorist attacks in the U.S.,[1] those who are committed to destroying America’s way of life cannot be ignored. Protection of the homeland…

  • WebMemo posted September 10, 2003 by Jack Spencer, Ha Nguyen Are We Safer Today Than Before 9/11?

    On the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, many are asking the question: Are we safer today then we were two years ago? Unfortunately, a simple yes or no answer oversimplifies a complex situation. Therefore, a conditional "yes" is the more appropriate response.   While confronting and engaging terrorism around the world may increase the…

  • Issue Brief posted February 4, 2015 by David Inserra FEMA Reform Needed: Congress Must Act

    Several weeks ago, President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would provide work authorization and protection from deportation to as many as 5 million unlawful immigrants. A serious consequence of this policy is the harmful redirection of attention and resources from other pressing homeland security issues. In order to implement the…

  • Commentary posted March 11, 2006 by Tim Kane, Ph.D. Poll too biased to show troops' views

    For anyone following the Iraq war, now may be the time to take off those rose-colored glasses. According to a recent Zogby poll, 72 percent of U.S. troops say it's time to withdraw from Iraq. Another stunner is that only three in five soldiers in Iraq have a clear sense of the mission. Ouch! Despite the wide range of opinions and loud voices about America's role…

  • Special Report posted December 13, 2004 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., David Heyman DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security

    This report presents the conclusions of a task force charged with examining the organization and operations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The task force included representatives from academia, research centers, the private sector, and congressional staff and was chaired by homeland security experts from the Center for Strategic and International…

  • Legal Memorandum posted May 26, 2004 by James X. Dempsey, Paul Rosenzweig Technologies That Can Protect Privacy as Information Is Shared to Combat Terrorism

    Information technology has much to offer in achieving the compelling national goal of preventing terrorism. At the same time, government access to and use of personal information raises concerns about the protection of privacy and due process. Given the limited applicability of current privacy laws to the modern digital data environment, resolving this conflict…

  • Backgrounder posted April 10, 2002 by Dana Robert Dillon Breaking Down Intelligence Barriers for Homeland Security

    The intelligence community has been the object of increased scrutiny since September 11. Criticism has been focused largely on the inability of intelligence agencies to gather sufficient information to predict the attacks. However, even if substantial information were available, unless agencies within the intelligence community could share existing information…

  • WebMemo posted September 25, 2002 by Jack Spencer The New National Security Strategy: An Effective Blueprint for theWar on Terror

    President Bush has submitted to Congress the first National Security Strategy (NSS) of his presidency.  This forward-looking document is firmly rooted in the nation's post-September 11 fight against terrorism.  It is built upon the tenet that America's interests are best served by promoting freedom around the world and defeating tyranny.  It makes clear that…

  • Legal Memorandum posted June 21, 2004 by Paul Rosenzweig, Alane Kochems, Ari Schwartz Biometric Technologies: Security, Legal, and Policy Implications

    Since September 11, 2001, there has been agreat deal of interest in using biometrics for verification ofidentity. 1 The interest is particularly acutein the areas of visa and immigration documentation andgovernment-issued identification card programs.2 Unlike typical identification methods,which require a person to have something -- an identification card, apersonal…

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