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  • WebMemo posted June 7, 2004 by Michael Scardaville 9/11 Commission's Executive Focus Ignores Half the Picture

    For over a year now, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Against the United States (less formally, the "9/11 Commission") has been investigating the actions of the executive branch-including the current and former presidential administrations-to identify shortcomings in federal policy that may have contributed to the nation's inability to detect and…

  • WebMemo posted July 28, 2003 by Michael Scardaville What the Joint Inquiry into 9/11's Report Says About Today's Needs

    The report of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 describes a systematic failure of the United States intelligence community to respond to the then emerging terrorist threat. While it offers no smoking gun, the report's main value is as a reminder of what the intelligence community…

  • Backgrounder posted July 21, 2003 by Michael Scardaville Providing Security, Fairness, and Efficiency in the ImmigrationDeportation Processes

    The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Justice1 recently released its report on the detention and adjudication of illegal aliens apprehended during the investigation into the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.2 The report identifies numerous failings by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the…

  • WebMemo posted July 17, 2003 by Paul Rosenzweig, Michael Scardaville, Ha Nguyen Senate Should Restore TIA Funding

    A rider on the Senate's 2004 Defense Appropriations bill cuts off all funding for the research and development of the Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) program -- potentially a valuable tool in combating terrorism -- before research is completed.   Congress needs to consider TIA in depth, and the Senate should restore funding. Anything less…

  • Backgrounder posted May 6, 2003 by Michael Scardaville Adding Flexibility and Purpose to Domestic Preparedness Grant Programs

    State and local first response agencies are at the forefront of the nation's ability to respond to terrorist acts. In fact, these local agencies will nearly always be the first to respond to an incident and will be the determining factor in mitigating the consequences of an attack. As a result, the federal government has maintained programs to improve preparedness…

  • Backgrounder posted February 28, 2003 by Michael Scardaville Principles the Department of Homeland Security Must Follow for an Effective Transition

    On March 1, 2003, the recently established Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin to absorb the federal agencies currently responsible for the functions being transferred to the new department. The most difficult aspects of making the transition from a disorganized federal bureaucracy incapable of adequately defending the homeland to a streamlined and…

  • Backgrounder posted February 27, 2003 by Michael Scardaville Emphasize How, Not How Much, in Domestic Preparedness Spending

    First responders are a crucial link in any effective homeland security policy. To meet the demands of the terrorist threat, a major investment is necessary to train and equip police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and the public health community. Last year, President George W. Bush proposed the First Responder Initiative to meet the needs of this…

  • Executive Summary posted February 6, 2003 by Paul Rosenzweig, Michael Scardaville Executive Summary: The Need to Protect Civil Liberties WhileCombating Terrorism: Legal Principles and the Total Information Awareness Program

    The Total Information Awareness (TIA) project is a research program in its initial stages. Federal agencies eventually could use TIA-developed technology to share information more effectively and to access information already available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in a less costly manner. If the research is successful, TIA will provide the…

  • Legal Memorandum posted February 6, 2003 by Paul Rosenzweig, Michael Scardaville The Need to Protect Civil Liberties While Combating Terrorism: Legal Principles and the Total Information Awareness Program

    Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congress, the media, and the general public have urged the intelligence, counterintelligence, and law enforcement agencies to improve their ability to discover and preempt terrorist plots before additional attacks occur. The criticism is colloquially rendered as the failure…

  • Executive Memorandum posted January 28, 2003 by Michael Scardaville Securing the Homeland Begins at Home

    The creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not reduce the crucial role of state and local government in providing homeland security. Local agencies are most likely to respond first in a crisis. However, with the recent focus on federal efforts for the new DHS, many of the needs of state and local communities have been neglected. More can and must…

  • Backgrounder posted December 6, 2002 by Michael Scardaville Public Health and National Security Planning: The Case forVoluntary Smallpox Vaccination

    Vaccinating the American public against smallpox is no longer just a public health issue. In light of a possible war with Iraq and recent statements attributed to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, it has become a national security matter. Mounting concerns about new terrorist attacks, including biological attacks on American civilians, have intensified the debate…

  • Backgrounder posted December 6, 2002 by Michael Scardaville Public Health and National Security Planning: The Case forVoluntary Smallpox Vaccination

    Vaccinating the American public against smallpox is no longer just a public health issue. In light of a possible war with Iraq and recent statements attributed to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, it has become a national security matter. Mounting concerns about new terrorist attacks, including biological attacks on American civilians, have intensified the debate…

  • Commentary posted November 22, 2002 by Michael Scardaville ED112202:  TIA Targets Terrorists, Not Privacy

    "A supersnoop's dream," The Washington Times calls it. It will give government agents "a computerized dossier on your private life," warns William Safire of The New York Times. It's the federal government's Total Information Awareness (TIA) program, and if it's not positively Orwellian, say civil libertarians, it's at least X Files. Worse yet, they argue,…

  • WebMemo posted November 20, 2002 by Michael Scardaville No Orwellian Scheme Behind DARPA's Total Information AwarenessSystem

    If you believe the political pundits in all the major news outlets, you probably believe the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Total Information Awareness system (TIA), managed by Dr. John Poindexter, is about TMI - or Too Much Information on you.  In fact, TIA is what the public, Congress and many in the policy community have rightly…

  • WebMemo posted November 20, 2002 by Michael Scardaville No Orwellian Scheme Behind DARPA's Total Information AwarenessSystem

    If you believe the political pundits in all the major news outlets, you probably believe the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Total Information Awareness system (TIA), managed by Dr. John Poindexter, is about TMI - or Too Much Information on you.  In fact, TIA is what the public, Congress and many in the policy community have rightly…