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Washington Post Delves Into ‘Top Secret America’

It’s no secret that the intelligence community in the United States has undergone significant changes since Sept. 11, 2001, but the extent to which the spying business has expanded in nine years is nearly impossible to gauge ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. soldier in Afghanistan
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America’s War Disease

The Afghanistan war, along with Iraq, has become a chronic illness that America has learned to ignore. News of the sick economy, natural and human-made disasters and momentary sensations flashes across cable news screens and the Internet, leaving hardly any space for the war.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


Democracy and Domestic Violence

When the Department of Homeland Security released a cautiously worded report on the potential dangers of right-wing extremism last April, the talk-radio wingnuts and certain Republican lawmakers went into spasms of indignation.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Airports Expand Full-Body Screening

Igniting criticism by privacy advocates around the world, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the process of installing 450 full-body X-ray scanning machines in the country’s airports. The machines show images of hidden objects, as well as passengers’ bodies through their clothes.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J.P. Karas

White House Releasing Details of Flight 253 Security Issues

The White House’s decision to release information that points to why U.S. intelligence agencies failed to nab the foiled underwear bomber before he boarded Northwest Flight 253 on Dec. 25 may have something to do with publicly shaming those agencies ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


Meet the Press: Terror and Health Care

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano talk about the recent terror attempt and more on this full episode of “Meet the Press.”

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



California Emergency Management Agency

Homeland Security Spending Marked by Waste, Shoddy Oversight

Records show that communities across California had difficulty managing millions in anti-terrorism grants handed out by Congress after Sept. 11.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE


America’s Homeland Security Surplus

Since 2001, there has been no actual terrorist attack reported inside the United States, much less one involving al-Qaida. Plenty of people have been killed by fellow Americans, ordinarily in old-fashioned ways, during that period.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / TheeErin

Homeland Insecurity: Bombs in Government Buildings

In the last year, government investigators were able to take explosives into federal buildings, build bombs there and then waltz around unmolested.
The Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State were all infiltrated, as well as the offices of two members of Congress.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


The Lone Wolves Among Us

The white supremacist who allegedly took a rifle into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and killed a security guard is more than a bitter, demented old man. He is a known figure in the domestic hate industry and a reminder that words have consequences.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 READ MORE


Napolitano
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama’s Immigration Conundrum

One of the worst messes facing the Obama administration is the disgraceful state of the federal government’s immigration detention centers.

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 READ MORE



abc.go.com

Protecting the Homeland From Homeland Security

As previously reported on Truthdig, there’s a lot going on in Homeland Security that doesn’t make it onto the reality show of the same name. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s G.W. Schulz continues to dig into the department’s unsavory bits, including an immigration officer who was arrested for allegedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl in Rio while there on official business.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / seiu_international

Cabinet Confirmations: 7 and Counting

Well, Hillary Clinton will have to wait a little longer, but seven others whom President Barack Obama tapped to join his Cabinet had gotten the all-clear from the Senate as of Tuesday afternoon.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE



abc.go.com

‘Homeland Security USA’: The Outtakes

The inaugural episode of ABC’s newest reality television series did exactly as producer Arnold Shapiro told viewers it would: unabashedly celebrated the Department of Homeland Security. It also failed in every conceivable way to critically examine the largest reorganization of the federal government since World War II.

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


Chertoff
valleywag.com

Undocumented Workers Cleaned Chertoff’s Home

Oops! It wasn’t exactly an international incident, but it turns out that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff unintentionally had undocumented workers clean his house.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
CNN.com

Obama Introduces National Security Team

As expected, President-elect Barack Obama named Sen. Hillary Clinton as his choice for secretary of state and gave Robert Gates the opportunity to continue his work as secretary of defense—just two in a series of high-powered nominations Obama announced Monday.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Settles on 3 More Cabinet Picks, Sources Say

Those famous “multiple Democratic sources close to the transition” have revealed three more members of Barack Obama’s Cabinet: Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle as secretary of health and human services, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as chief of homeland security and Obama’s billionaire buddy and top fundraiser Penny Pritzker to head the Commerce Department. Update: Pritzker is out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


Joe Lieberman
newsweek.com

Lieberman to Keep Homeland Security Post

After weeks of deliberation about former Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, congressional leaders from his former party came to some conclusions Tuesday about his political future.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



Department of Homeland Security

Homeland Security Report: LAX Vulnerable to Attack

With nearly 62 million passengers having traveled through its terminals last year, Los Angeles International Airport is the world’s fifth-busiest. Thanks to lax security practices, it’s also embarrassingly vulnerable to cyber attack, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


Lieberman
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Lieberman Spanked by Power-Mad Democrats

All right, so we’re being a bit facetious with the headline here, but seriously, Sen. Joe Lieberman’s future vis-à-vis his former base at the Democratic Party is a tad uncertain at this time, to say the least.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Al Grillo

Homeland Security Pays Dividends for Alaska

When Sarah Palin brags about the self-reliance of her state, she doesn’t mention the mobile command communications vehicle, bought with federal dollars to help keep her home town of 7,028 safe from terrorism. Thanks in part to an anti-terrorism bonanza, Alaska is one of the greatest per-capita beneficiaries of federal funding among the 50 states.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Kentucky storm
AP photo / Jim Roshan

Survivors Sought After Deadly Storms

President Bush offered prayers and government assistance Wednesday to the Southern communities hit hardest by devastating storms Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. At least 50 people were killed, twice as many were injured and crews rushed to try to save others trapped in the rubble.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


Kerik
nytimes.com

Giuliani Protégé Indicted

Bernard Kerik, the man Rudy Giuliani mentored, appointed as police commissioner of New York and recommended to head the Department of Homeland Security, has been indicted on corruption charges. For Giuliani, it’s not just a problem of unsavory association, but that he championed Kerik when the cat was seemingly already out of the bag.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


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op-for.com

Giuliani Says U.S. Will Be Prepared for Space-Alien Attack

Rudy Giuliani was in the middle of a town hall meeting in New Hampshire when a precocious youngster asked what he would do if aliens from another planet attacked us. “Of all the things that can happen in this world, we’ll be prepared for that, yes we will,” replied a confident Giuliani.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


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defenseindustrydaily.com

Intel Chief Expands Spy Satellite Access

For those of us who are alarmed by Google Maps’ satellite-generated views of our homes and favorite stomping grounds, a recent decision made by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell ought to stand some hairs on end.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


Terror Alert Chart
Department of Homeland Security

Robert Higgs on The Perils of Trading Freedom for Safety

Robert Higgs author of “Neither Liberty Nor Safety” speaks with Truthdig’s James Harris and Joshua Scheer about how political opportunists and fear mongerers are gobbling up our individual liberties.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Chertoff

Chertoff’s Colon Our Last Defense?

Keith Olbermann rips homeland security czar Michael Chertoff a new, er, orifice, humorously parsing out what Bush’s master of disaster could have been thinking when he announced he had a “gut feeling” a terror attack might be imminent despite having “no credible intelligence,” in the words of a back-pedaling White House.

Posted on Jul 16, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Still Queasy After All These Years

Let’s hope that Michael Chertoff’s “gut feeling” that something bad will happen this summer is just the result of something he ate.  But what has the homeland security czar been doing, besides monitoring his belly?

Posted on Jul 12, 2007 READ MORE


More Insufficiently Grateful Iraqis

More bad news for the more than 2 million Iraqis who have fled their occupied country: The Bush administration, after admitting fewer than 800 Iraqi refugees into the U.S. in the first three years of the occupation, has failed miserably to follow through on its promise to admit 7,000 more by the end of September.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


Six Years and Counting

Why is it that since 9/11 the U.S. hasn’t seen terrorist bombing attempts such as the ones that fizzled last week in Britain?  The reason may rest in America’s genius for manufacturing possibility.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


They Hate Us for Our Apples

A growing number of experts and analysts now agree that George W. Bush’s war on terror has been nothing short of a disaster, and not just for the obvious reasons. For instance, one might question the wisdom of designating a Midwestern apple festival a potential terrorism target.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


airport checkpoint
howstuffworks.com

Bill Would Let Airport Screeners Unionize

An anti-terrorism bill making its way through the Senate would allow airport screeners to unionize. Republicans in Congress, ever the friends of working men and women, have fought against the provision, arguing that a screener union would threaten security and safety.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


90 Percent of Guard Units ‘Not Ready’

An independent commission established by Congress has found that the Defense Department is not adequately equipping and funding the National Guard. Roughly 90 percent of U.S. National Guard units are designated “not ready.” The commission determined that the Guard is ill-prepared to meet its obligation to defend the homeland and respond rapidly and effectively in a crisis.

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


GAO: U.S. Vulnerable to WMD Attack

Despite spending billions of dollars, the United States is woefully unprepared for an attack involving either chemical or biological weapons, according to a report recently declassified by the Government Accountability Office. The strain of the Iraq war has contributed to problems with staffing, equipping and training the military units expected to respond in the event of such a crisis.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


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wikipedia.org

A Novel Approach to Homeland Security

The Navy is hoping to deploy a group of dolphins and sea lions to protect a base on the Puget Sound from the risk of scuba-diving terrorists. Seriously. Not surprisingly, PETA thinks it’s a bad plan.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Officials Caught Mistreating Immigrants

A report by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general has found that immigration and customs officials mistreated illegal immigrants held in facilities around the country. But the ACLU and others have criticized the report, charging that it ignored the most serious allegations.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Maybe If We Tried a Slingshot

Confrontational hard-liners Don Rumsfeld and John Bolton continue to ramp up tensions between the U.S. and North Korea; Molly Ivins wonders if maybe it’s still not too late for a little diplomacy.

Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


Conservatives Kill Proposal to Scan All Shipping Containers

If you need more proof that right-wing lawmakers care a helluva lot more about their ties to industry than about safeguarding the country, read this post.

Posted on Apr 27, 2006 READ MORE


Homeland Official Charged in Internet Child Seduction Case

Homeland Security Dept.‘s deputy press secretary allegedly tried to seduce a Florida sheriff’s detective who he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Troubling for two reasons: (a) This shows the moral fiber of the people entrusted to spy on Americans; (b) this shows the incompetence and foolishness of the people entrusted to secure our borders—this kind of sting is the oldest trick in the book.
UPDATE: More details on the official’s alleged criminal actions.

 

Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


Bush the Internationalist

“It’s hard to keep up with George W. Bush’s shuttles between internationalism and isolationism. You may recall ... he couldn’t even be bothered to learn the names of the Grecians and Kosovians.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq War Costing $5.9 Billion per Month

That’s according to the Wall Street Journal. Also, progressives in Congress want to divert $60 billion in defense spending to humanitarian assistance, social programs, energy conservation, homeland security and deficit reduction.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


Pay Your Bills, Become Terror Threat

A retired Texas schoolteacher pays off a larger-than-usual chunk of his credit card bill—and the payment gets frozen as Homeland Security investigates. “It’s scary how easily someone in Homeland Security can get permission to spy,” says the teacher.

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


Port Deal Never Probed for Terror Ties

A Republican lawmaker tells CNN that the Homeland Security Dept. never investigated whether the UAE company slotted to take control over major U.S. ports had any connection to Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups.

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


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From CNN via ThinkProgress

Chertoff Goes Mum on Portgate

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff on the proposed deal to cede control of six U.S. ports to the United Arab Emirates: “The discussions are classified. I can’t get into the specifics here.”
Truthdig doesn’t pretend to understand the ins and outs of port ownership logistics, but we are troubled by Think Progress’ revelation that a country linked with international terrorism is going to have dominion over 40% of the U.S. cargo bound for Iraq.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Heckuva Job Chertoff









Posted on Feb 15, 2006 ENLARGE


flooding
Marty Bahamonde / FEMA via The New York Times

White House Knew of Levee’s Failure on Night of Hurricane

Remember when Bush said that he hadn’t heard about the devastating levee failure in New Orleans until the day after the hurricane hit? Well, now it turns out that former FEMA Director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown had told the White House about the breach the night before. | story 

Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


White House, Chertoff Faulted Over Katrina

The Government Accountability Office slams Bush and the Homeland Security chief for inaction and incompetence when the hurricane struck. | story or go straight to the GAO report

Posted on Feb 1, 2006 READ MORE


Jack Jones walks through a heavily damaged Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 22.
Eric Gay / AP

Internal Documents on Katrina Prep Make Liar Out of Bush

Bush said no one “anticipated the breach of the levees.” Well, actually, 48 hours before the storm hit, the Dept. of Homeland Security sent the White House a memo warning exactly of that. | story

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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