Archive for November, 2010

Entrapped?

Five years ago, Portland elected officials withdrew local police support for the Joint Terrorism Task Force amidst public concern that officers embedded with federal operations would not be subject to an appropriate degree of civilian oversight. Now, a…

DHS Cybersecurity Center Promotes Information Sharing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new cybersecurity center aimed at communicating more efficiently with state and local governments about potential cybersecurity threats

DHS Achieves Major Aviation Security Milestone One Month Ahead of Schedule

Secretary Napolitano announced that 100 percent of passengers on flights within or bound for the United States are now being checked against government watchlists – fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation a month ahead of schedule. The TSA reac…

Readout of Secretary Napolitano’s Visit to Mexico City

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today visited Mexico City to meet with her international counterparts and reiterate the Obama administration’s ongoing commitment to combating terrorism and other transnational crimes—signing…

Portland: “They don’t see it as a place where anything will happen.”

The arrest warrant reads like notes for a novel that will never be finished. —————————– First, the email message from the northwest frontier province of Pakistan to Mohamed Osman Mohamud (or M…

Readout of Secretary Napolitano’s Visit to Panama City

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today visited Panama City to meet with her international counterparts and reiterate the Obama administration’s strong commitment to fighting terrorism and other threats in collaboration with …

The FBI was listening

The Oregonian reports: The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city’s annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon. A Corvallis man, th…

Homeland security, you, me and the National Day of Listening

listen O.E. hlysnan  ”to listen,” from P.Gmc. *khlusinon  (cf. O.H.G. hlosen  ”to listen,” Ger. lauschen  ”to listen”), from PIE base *kleu-  ”hearing, to hear” (cf. Skt. srnoti  ”hears,&#8221…

A reason to give thanks

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Ate well, drank well, and most importantly, spent time with family and dear friends.  On a personal note, given the focus on the TSA this past week, I found it somewhat amusing that a TSA employee w…

Disaster recovery is a disaster: Symantec

More than half of Australian and New Zealand IT professionals have experienced a cyber attack in the last year