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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


white house go boom
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 READ MORE


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

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Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


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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