Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Homepage: http://www.dhs.gov/
May 2004: The agencies slated to become part of the Department of Homeland Security will be housed in one of four major directorates: Border and Transportation Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Science and Technology, and Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection.
The Border and Transportation Security directorate will bring the major border security and transportation operations under one roof, including:
- The U.S. Customs Service (Treasury)
- The Immigration and Naturalization Service (part) (Justice)
- The Federal Protective Service
- The Transportation Security Administration (Transportation)
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Treasury)
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (part)(Agriculture)
- Office for Domestic Preparedness (Justice)
The Emergency Preparedness and Response directorate will oversee domestic disaster preparedness training and coordinate government disaster response. It will bring together:
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Strategic National Stockpile and the National Disaster Medical System (HHS)
- Nuclear Incident Response Team (Energy)
- Domestic Emergency Support Teams (Justice)
- National Domestic Preparedness Office (FBI)
The Science and Technology directorate will seek to utilize all scientific and technological advantages when securing the homeland. The following assets will be part of this effort:
- CBRN Countermeasures Programs (Energy)
- Environmental Measurements Laboratory (Energy)
- National BW Defense Analysis Center (Defense)
- Plum Island Animal Disease Center (Agriculture)
The Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection directorate will analyze intelligence and information from other agencies (including the CIA, FBI, DIA and NSA) involving threats to homeland security and evaluate vulnerabilities in the nation's infrastructure. It will bring together:
- Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (Commerce)
- Federal Computer Incident Response Center (GSA)
- National Communications System (Defense)
- National Infrastructure Protection Center (FBI)
- Energy Security and Assurance Program (Energy)
The Secret Service and the Coast Guard will also be located in the Department of Homeland Security, remaining intact and reporting directly to the Secretary. In addition, the INS adjudications and benefits programs will report directly to the Deputy Secretary as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/display?theme=13&content=3345
November 2002: Proposed Cabinet level Agency created by President George W. Bush after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
January 2013: "The provision on same-sex couples was not in the blueprint, though an administration official said the Department of Homeland Security began using it in 2010 when deciding cases involving families."http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/us/politics/obama-issues-call-for-immigration-overhaul.html
December 2012: 'But the request to expand the center’s powers led to a heated debate at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, with Mary Ellen Callahan, then-chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, leading the charge to defend civil liberties. Callahan argued that the new rules represented a “sea change” and that every interaction a citizen would have with the government in the future would be ruled by the underlying question, is that person a terrorist?'http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/12/gov-dossiers-on-us-citizens/
April 2012: "They’re not just used to kill people, either. In 2009 a SWAT team in Austin, Texas, carried out the first arrest aided by a law-enforcement drone—a surveillance WASP—taking a suspected drug dealer into custody. And last year, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, also in Texas, dropped half a million dollars on an MK-II ShadowHawk unmanned aerial system. (Half the tab was picked up by the Department of Homeland Security.)"http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/28/buy-your-own-drone-now-only-300-online.html
December 2011: "If Congress needs to do anything, it should be to investigate the lawless, unconstitutional, cowboy censorship and blocking of due process by both Homeland Security and the Justice Department. The last thing it should be doing is allowing more such actions. This whole thing has been a disgrace by the US government, starting with a bogus seizure, improper and illegal censorship, followed by denial of due process and unnecessary secrecy. Dajaz1 is currently reviewing its options in terms of whether it can or should take further action as a result of this, but at least it has its domain back. And people wonder why we're so concerned about these seizures and new proposals to further such censorship."http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111208/08225217010/breaking-news-feds-falsely-censor-popular-blog-over-year-deny-all-due-process-hide-all-details.shtml
August 2011: "Under Secure Communities, the fingerprints of everyone booked into jail are checked against the F.B.I.’s criminal databases — long a routine police practice — and also against Department of Homeland Security databases, which record immigration violations."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/us/politics/26immig.html
August 2011: "Other guest worker programs — themselves often avenues for exploitation — are managed, however ineffectually, by the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor. They require employers to offer international workers the same wages as local workers in comparable jobs and to attest that no local workers are available. Not so with the J-1 visa."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/opinion/americas-sweatshop-diplomacy.html
June 2011: "The Department of Homeland Security has stepped back for the past two years from conducting its own intelligence and analysis of home-grown extremism, according to current and former department officials, even though law enforcement and civil rights experts have warned of rising extremist threats."http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/homeland-security-department-curtails-home-grown-terror-analysis/2011/06/02/AGQEaDLH_story.html
April 2011: "Homeland Security officials have said their focus is increasingly on removing immigrants who are convicted criminals. That, in fact, is what an ICE official told Ms. Zanella in explaining the new decision in her case."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/27/us/politics/27immigration.html
January 2011: "But civil liberties groups complain that not all agencies are honoring this order. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, delayed some responses last year after it required career staff members to notify political appointees about inquiries submitted by certain news organizations and by a privacy group that has opposed the use of full-body scanners at airports."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/us/politics/29issa.html
January 2011: "Computers known as controllers run all kinds of industrial machinery. By early 2008, the Department of Homeland Security had teamed up with the Idaho National Laboratory to study a widely used Siemens controller known as P.C.S.-7, for Process Control System 7. Its complex software, called Step 7, can run whole symphonies of industrial instruments, sensors and machines."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/world/middleeast/16stuxnet.html
December 2010: "* The Department of Homeland Security sends its state and local partners intelligence reports with little meaningful guidance, and state reports have sometimes inappropriately reported on lawful meetings."http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/monitoring-america/
May 2010: "Immigration lawyers and Department of Homeland Security officials say that many thousands of people in the military have spouses or close relatives who are illegal immigrants. Many of those service members have fought to gain legal status for their family members — only to hit a legal dead end created in 1996, when Congress last made major revisions to the immigration laws."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/08/us/08soldier.html
August 2009: "Although the US has extensive legal protections for personal property and information, these only apply once you're actually inside the country. As part of its role in protecting the nation's borders, the US government has extensive leeway to search personal possessions with little in the way of what might be considered just cause. As personal possessions have gone digital, the Department of Homeland Security has targeted the devices and their data, and courts have ruled that agents have the right to seize laptops and examine the data on them."http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/08/new-dhs-laptop-search-policy-crap-sandwich-fancier-bread.ars
July 2009: "At the same time, Homeland Security officials said they would drop another Bush administration proposal that would have forced employers to fire any workers whose Social Security information did not match the records of the Social Security Administration. That measure, called the no-match rule, had been challenged in federal court by immigrant advocates and businesses, who said the Social Security database contained errors that could have cost thousands of legal workers their jobs."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/us/politics/09immig.html
July 2009: 'President Obama said in May that government efforts to protect computer systems from attack would not involve "monitoring private-sector networks or Internet traffic," and Department of Homeland Security officials say the new program will scrutinize only data going to or from government systems.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/02/AR2009070202771.html
June 2009: "Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), head of the Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence, said the previous administration failed to develop legal controls and other procedures to regulate the use of some of the world's most powerful spy technology, now largely restricted to foreign surveillance."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/23/AR2009062302060.html
May 2009: "Under the new program, the immigration checks will be automatic: Fingerprints currently being run through the FBI's criminal history database also will be matched against immigration databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. The effort would not catch people who have never been fingerprinted by U.S. authorities."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/18/AR2009051803172.html
January 2008: 'At the DefCon hacker conference in August, researcher Ganesh Devarajan of the security firm Tipping Point gave a presentation showing techniques that hackers can use to find points in SCADA systems that are vulnerable to hijacking and sabotage. The next month, the Associated Press obtained a U.S. Department of Homeland Security video, known as the "Aurora Generator Test," demonstrating how a cyber-intrusion could be used to physically destroy a large power generator.'http://www.forbes.com/technology/2008/01/18/cyber-attack-utilities-tech-intel-cx_ag_0118attack.html
October 2008: "The government should not be building predictive data-mining programs systems that attempt to figure out who among millions is a terrorist, a privacy and terrorism commission funded by Homeland Security reported Tuesday. The commission found that the technology would not work and the inevitable mistakes would be un-American."http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/10/data-mining-for.html
July 2008: 'United States immigration officials disagree. A division of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently released a study it had done showing that the percentage of deaths per 100,000 detainees was “dramatically lower for ICE detainees than for U.S. prisons and jails and the general U.S. population as a whole.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/us/15immig.html
July 2008: 'The tape prompted Representative Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to announce an inquiry into whether Mr. Payne was inappropriately raising money for the library. Ms. Perino described Mr. Payne as “somebody who’s been involved in Texas politics for a long time and been a supporter of the Republican Party.” Mr. Payne was also forced this week to resign from an advisory committee to the Department of Homeland Security.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/washington/17bush.html
July 2008: 'The reason: Company officials had entered his Social Security number into the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system. It's a mostly voluntary program designed to give employers a fast, easy way to check a person's immigration status. Mr. Tinoco's information came back as a "tentative non-confirmation," meaning that he may not be a citizen. He was shown the door.'http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0707/p02s01-usgn.html
July 2008: 'The federal immigration agency should report all deaths in detention promptly, not only to the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, but also to state authorities where required by law, the inspector general has recommended after a “special review” of the deaths of two immigrant detainees.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/us/03detain.html
June 2008: 'On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment denying money for the new domestic intelligence operation—cryptically named the "National Applications Office"—until the Homeland Security secretary certifies that any programs undertaken by the center will "comply with all existing laws, including all applicable privacy and civil liberties standards."'http://www.newsweek.com/id/143257
June 2008: "Under the Secure Fence Act of 2006, the Homeland Security Department was authorized by Congress to build up to 700 miles of fence along the 2,000-mile Southwest border, where most illegal immigrants coming into the United States cross over, and Michael Chertoff, the secretary of the department, has several times used waiver authority that Congress included in the act. (The department said 326.5 miles of fencing had been built by June 1.)"http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/washington/23cnd-scotus.html
May 2008: "Such episodes are among more than 250 cases The Washington Post has identified in which the government has, without medical reason, given drugs meant to treat serious psychiatric disorders to people it has shipped out of the United States since 2003 -- the year the Bush administration handed the job of deportation to the Department of Homeland Security's new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/13/AR2008051303243.html
May 2008: 'Neil Sampson, who ran the DIHS as interim director most of last year, left that job with serious questions about the government's commitment. Sampson said in an interview that ICE treated detainee health care "as an afterthought," reflecting what he called a failure of leadership and management at the Homeland Security Department. "They do not have a clear idea or philosophy of their approach to health care [for detainees]," he said. "It's a system failure, not a failure of individuals."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/specials/immigration/cwc_d1p1.html
February 2008: "We hope the court will approach the challenges posed by the Indiana law in a bipartisan or nonpartisan way. As we stated in our 2005 report, voter ID laws are not a problem in and of themselves. Rather, the current crop of laws are not being phased in gradually and in a fair manner that would increase — not reduce — voter participation. The recent decision by the Department of Homeland Security to delay putting in place the Real ID Act for at least five years suggests that states should move to photo ID requirements gradually and should do more to ensure that free photo IDs are easily available."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/03/opinion/03carter.html
February 2008: "The Homeland Security Department is testing technology that would allow its agents to use cellphones or e-mail devices to covertly share live video of possible terrorists over a law enforcement network. The idea is prompting concern from privacy advocates."http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-02-28-airvideo_N.htm
January 2008: "Defying Congress, the Department of Homeland Security is pushing to tighten identification requirements at U.S. land borders starting Jan. 31, when it no longer will allow Americans or Canadians to enter the country by presenting a driver's license or declaring their citizenship."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/21/AR2008012101961.html
November 2007: Homeland Security officials said the plan satisfied their concerns. But immigrant rights groups that have been supportive of Spitzer decried it and accused the governor of abandoning a 'one license for all' approach.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/31/AR2007103103016.html
October 2007: The Department of Homeland Security calls Ibrahim Parlak a terrorist linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and is trying to deport him to his native Turkey.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/23/AR2007102302082.html
October 2007: "Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, waived several environmental laws yesterday to continue building a border fence through a national conservation area in Arizona, bypassing a federal court ruling that had suspended the fence construction."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/23/us/23fence.html
October 2007: While casinos have been monitoring suspicious behavior for years, the Department of Homeland Security is just now deploying specially trained officers to look for behavioral clues and facial expressions.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/21/AR2007102101522.html
October 2007: Also in August, border officials said, the Department of Homeland Security issued a directive designed to unify inspection procedures for all the border agencies under its umbrella. It set an eventual goal, with no fixed deadline, for agents to conduct a database query for every person crossing the border.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/21/us/21border.html
October 2007: Since Congress failed to enact comprehensive immigration reform in June, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has aggressively moved to use Social Security filings to ferret out illegal immigrants. Their target is employers who don't fire workers who have questionable Social Security numbers.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1016/p03s03-uspo.html
October 2007: Canadian airlines are balking at a Department of Homeland Security plan that would require them to turn over information about passengers flying over the United States to reach another country.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/us/14canada.html
October 2007: It's unclear how many of the 185,431 immigrants removed from the country last year were children who had grown up here. The Department of Homeland Security does not track such statistics, spokeswoman Kelly Nantel says.http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-10-07-Dream_N.htm
September 2007: The FBI is investigating a major information technology firm with a $1.7 billion Department of Homeland Security contract after it allegedly failed to detect cyber break-ins traced to a Chinese-language Web site and then tried to cover up its deficiencies, according to congressional investigators.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/23/AR2007092301471.html
September 2007: International travelers concerned about being labeled a terrorist or drug runner by secret Homeland Security algorithms may want to be careful what books they read on the plane. Newly revealed records show the government is storing such information for years.http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/09/flight_tracking
August 2007: State and local officials in charge of responding to disasters say that their input in shaping the National Response Plan was ignored in recent months by senior White House and Department of Homeland Security officials, despite calls by congressional investigators for a shared overhaul of disaster planning in the United States.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/07/AR2007080702115.html
July 2007: A $1.2 billion program to deploy new radiation monitors to screen trucks, cars and cargo containers for signs of nuclear devices has been delayed by questions over whether Department of Homeland Security officials misled Congress about the effectiveness of the detectors.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/19/AR2007071902615.html
July 2007: The Department of Homeland Security increased counterterrorism funding for Washington and New York City yesterday but warned that doling out more federal cash to the nation's largest urban areas would require the virtual elimination of aid to mid-size cities.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/18/AR2007071801507.html
July 2007: The Bush administration has failed to fill roughly a quarter of the top leadership posts at the Department of Homeland Security, creating a 'gaping hole' in the nation's preparedness for a terrorist attack or other threat, according to a congressional report to be released today.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/08/AR2007070801201.html
July 2007: But on Monday, the State Department announced that no more green cards were available. Snared in the turnabout were well-educated, highly skilled, legal immigrants, many of them doctors and medical technicians, with long work experience in this country. All had obtained federal certification that no American workers were available for the jobs they hold. The episode laid bare conflicting interests between the State Department, which manages the offering of visas, and the Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security that processes the visa applications.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/06/us/06visa.html
June 2007: Auditors at the Government Accountability Office said Homeland Security officials acknowledged that they often used such arrangements for the 'speed and convenience -- not total value including cost.' The GAO report last year cited the contract with Booz Allen as an example where there was insufficient planning and 'no assurance of good value.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/27/AR2007062702988.html
June 2007: A top House Democrat yesterday criticized the Department of Homeland Security for not working aggressively enough to gather fingerprints of foreigners as they leave the country.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/27/AR2007062702407.html
June 2007: Over that six-year period, spending by the State Department rose most steeply: 280 percent, from $1.2 billion in 2000 to $4.7 billion last year. The Department of Homeland Security raised its spending from $3.5 billion in 2003, the year it was created, to $15.1 billion last year -- a 337 percent increase.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/27/AR2007062702772.html
June 2007: Detention standards were adopted by the immigration agency in 2000, but are not legally enforceable, unlike rules for the treatment of criminal inmates. The Department of Homeland Security has resisted efforts by the American Bar Association to turns the standards into regulations, saying that rulemaking would reduce the agency’s flexibility.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/26/us/26detain.html
May 2007: The Department of Homeland Security is breaking privacy laws by failing to tell the public all the ways it uses personal information to target passengers boarding flights entering or leaving the United States, according to a draft government report.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/15/AR2007051502037.html
April 2007: The Homeland Security Department has stirred up online controversy with its suggestion that the government should hold a master key for digitally signing the root zone of the Domain Name System under the DNS Security scheme.http://www.gcn.com/online/vol1_no1/43443-1.html
March 2007: Homeland Security officials released long-delayed guidelines that turn state-issued identification cards into de facto internal passports Thursday, estimating the changes will cost states and individuals $23 billion over 10 years.http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72843-0.html
January 2007: Last year, New York and Washington officials were enraged when the Department of Homeland Security announced a reduction in antiterror grants for the two cities that were targets of the 9/11 attacks. Last week, Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security, announced adjustments in the rules used to distribute the grants, but it is not clear yet whether the New York region will get more money than it did last time.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/09/washington/09cnd-homeland.html
December 2006: The Department of Homeland Security violated a congressional funding ban when it continued to develop a computerized program that creates risk assessments of travelers entering and leaving the United States, according to lawmakers and privacy advocates.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/08/AR2006120801833.html
December 2006: Privacy advocates yesterday called on the federal government to scrap a Department of Homeland Security data-mining program designed to create terrorism risk assessments for every traveler who enters or leaves the United States.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/01/AR2006120101591.html
November 2006: But was the raid legal? And was it right? In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Federal Court in Atlanta, the Southern Poverty Law Center claims the constitutional rights of six US citizens were violated by overzealous agents during the Stillmore raids. Moreover, they allege the government used 'Gestapo-like tactics' as part of a deliberate campaign of fear ordered by the Department of Homeland Security.http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1103/p02s02-usju.html
November 2006: While long known to scrutinize air travelers, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to apply new technology to perform similar checks on people who enter or leave the country 'by automobile or on foot,' the notice said.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/02/AR2006110201810.html
October 2006: As part of an international agreement, more than two-dozen countries are converting to similar chip-bearing passports - an effort that has been pushed along by the US, Mr. Steinhardt says. All citizens of so-called 'visa waiver' countries - those, who in most cases don't need visas to visit the US - must carry e-passports by Oct. 26. The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of installing e-passport RFID readers at airport security checks around the country.http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1019/p13s02-litr.html
September 2006: At issue is whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should have the authority to require chemical plants to implement specific security measures, such as switching to safer chemicals or using armed guards. The chemical industry and House Republican leaders believe it should not. Instead, they favor allowing companies to come up with their own security proposals that can then be reviewed and approved by DHS.http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0915/p03s02-uspo.html
February 2006: The 600-plus-page report lays primary fault with the passive reaction and misjudgments of top Bush aides, singling out Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Operations Center and the White House Homeland Security Council....http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/11/AR2006021101409.html
January 2006: Regions at the highest risk of terrorist attack or natural disaster will receive an increased share of grant money under a new urban funding formula unveiled yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security, the latest step in its effort to focus more resources on the gravest threats facing the United States.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/03/AR2006010300561.html
January 2005: The Bush administration unveiled a new personnel system for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday that will dramatically change the way workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined -- and soon the White House will ask Congress to grant all federal agencies similar authority to rewrite civil service rules governing their employees.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39934-2005Jan26.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Cooperation (past or present) Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Organization Nov 10, 2007 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Organization Jun 19, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Organization May 6, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Organization Aug 9, 2004 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Organization May 2, 2004 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Applications Office (NAO) Organization Apr 12, 2008 Supporter of (past or present) Cooperation (past or present) Possible/Unclear National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) Organization Jun 7, 2011 Advised by (past or present) National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) Organization Aug 17, 2007 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Organization May 22, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Organization Jul 28, 2004 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Organization Oct 31, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Mary Ellen Callahan Esq. Person Dec 21, 2012 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Michael Chertoff Person May 22, 2005 Advised by (past or present) Susan Ginsburg Person Mar 24, 2008 Advised by (past or present) Jim Harper Person Jan 30, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Admiral James M. Loy Person Jan 24, 2007 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gov. Janet Napolitano Person May 24, 2009 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gov. Tom Ridge Person May 22, 2005 Advised by (past or present) Kareem Shora Person Jul 2, 2010 Organization Executive (past or present) Richard L. Skinner Person Jun 27, 2006
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 20, 2010 Monitoring America (Top Secret America)
QUOTE: Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators. The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Washington Post May 07, 2010 Immigration Status of Army Spouses Often Leads to Snags
QUOTE: Immigration lawyers and Department of Homeland Security officials say that many thousands of people in the military have spouses or close relatives who are illegal immigrants. Many of those service members have fought to gain legal status for their family members — only to hit a legal dead end created in 1996, when Congress last made major revisions to the immigration laws.
New York Times Oct 09, 2009 Marijuana Licensing Fails to Chase the Shadows
QUOTE: Those engaged in the experiment [by selling marijuana] here [now legal in New Mexico] never know if they will be arrested, because growing, selling and using marijuana remain illegal under federal law. And robbery is always a fear.
New York Times Oct 05, 2009 New York to fight terrorism with more street-corner cameras: Mayor Bloomberg moves to expand high-tech surveillance to midtown Manhattan. But civil liberties groups are concerned, and some security experts question its value.
QUOTE: On the heels of breaking up an alleged bomb terror plot, New York is planning to place high-tech security cameras, license plate readers, and "weapons sensors" in midtown Manhattan.... But some terrorism experts have questioned whether a camera network will deter terrorists. They also say that sensors are known to give off "false positives."
Christian Science Monitor Oct 01, 2009 America's High-Tech Sweatshops: U.S. companies may be contributing unwittingly to the exploitation of workers imported from India and elsewhere by tech-services outfits
QUOTE: While many [tech-service] outfits operate legally and provide high-quality talent, there is growing evidence that others violate U.S. laws and mistreat their recruits.
BusinessWeek Sep 19, 2009 Cybersecurity Plan Doesn't Breach Employee Privacy, Administration Says
QUOTE: The Obama administration has agreed with its predecessor that a special surveillance program to monitor federal Internet traffic for malicious intrusions does not violate the privacy rights of government employees or others they communicate with.
Washington Post Aug 28, 2009 New DHS laptop search policy: crap sandwich, fancier bread
QUOTE: So, DHS [Department of Homeland Security] gets it: our laptops allow us to carry our lives around with us, and losing them... raises legitimate fears of exposing irrelevant personal information. Just because they get it, however, doesn't mean that they're going to act upon that knowledge in any significant manner.
Ars Technica Aug 22, 2009 Ridge's Telling Tale, or Just Another Tell-All?
QUOTE: There is something about the Beltway culture that seems to discourage protest resignations. Instead, the well-worn path is to collect your grievances, find a publisher, hit the talk-show circuit and recast yourself as a painfully honest critic of the administration you once saluted.
Washington Post Aug 20, 2009 Tom Ridge kisses and tells on Bush’s ‘terror levels’ (The Vote Blog)
QUOTE: [former head of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge] says two top Bush officials – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft – pressured him to up the terror alert level before the 2004 election...
Christian Science Monitor Jul 29, 2009 Immigration detention centers failed to meet standards, report says
QUOTE: The federal government routinely failed to follow its own standards regulating immigration detention centers across the country...
Los Angeles Times Jul 28, 2009 The Future of Cyber Security: What Are the Rules of Engagement? (Duel Perspectives)
QUOTE: In a battle where the militarized zone exists solely in the ether(net) and where anyone can wield the cyber-equivalent of a 10-ton bomb, how do we fight, let alone find, the enemy? What standard of proof will be used to determine the origin of an anonymous attack?
Wired Jul 27, 2009 Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned: Tornado Alley May Not Be Safe, GAO Says
QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security relied on a rushed, flawed study to justify its decision to locate a $700 million research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas, according to a government report.
Washington Post Jul 21, 2009 Report Says Immigration Agents Broke Laws and Agency Rules in Home Raids
QUOTE: Armed federal immigration agents have illegally pushed and shoved their way into homes in New York and New Jersey in hundreds of predawn raids that violated their own agency rules as well as the Constitution, according to a study...
New York Times Jul 13, 2009 Chasing Terrorists (and TV Ratings)
QUOTE: the cooperation between the former intelligence officers and NBC News — that has raised red flags among a number of veteran journalists, including some within NBC. They say they find it troubling that “The Wanted” blurs the boundaries between government agents and supposedly impartial journalists.
New York Times Jul 12, 2009 A race between protection and deportation
QUOTE: The U-visa program is designed to safeguard undocumented crime victims. But advocates say government approval comes too late for some.
Los Angeles Times Jul 08, 2009 Government to Require Verification of Workers
QUOTE: At the same time, Homeland Security officials said they would drop another Bush administration proposal that would have forced employers to fire any workers whose Social Security information did not match the records of the Social Security Administration. That measure, called the no-match rule, had been challenged in federal court by immigrant advocates and businesses, who said the Social Security database contained errors that could have cost thousands of legal workers their jobs.
New York Times Jul 07, 2009 Obama's Cyber Plan Raises Privacy Hackles
QUOTE: privacy advocates monitoring the [federal cybersecurity] initiative are already raising concerns about what they know and what they don't: the details that have trickled out--including the involvement of the National Security Agency--and the veil of classified information that still covers much of the multibillion-dollar project.
Forbes Jul 06, 2009 Report Faults Performance Bonuses for Contractors: Some Agencies 'Unaware' of Policy
QUOTE: Federal agencies have awarded billions in bonuses to contractors regardless of whether the work was deemed satisfactory...
Washington Post Jul 05, 2009 Piecing Together an Immigrant’s Life the U.S. Refused to See
QUOTE: When the 43-year-old man died in a New Jersey immigration jail in 2005, the very fact seemed to fall into a black hole. Although a fellow inmate scrawled a note telling immigrant advocates that the detainee’s symptoms of a heart attack had long gone unheeded, government officials would not even confirm that the dead man had existed.
New York Times Jul 02, 2009 Cybersecurity Plan to Involve NSA, Telecoms: DHS Officials Debating The Privacy Implications
QUOTE: But the program has provoked debate within DHS, the officials said, because of uncertainty about whether private data can be shielded from unauthorized scrutiny, how much of a role NSA should play and whether the agency's involvement in warrantless wiretapping during George W. Bush's presidency would draw controversy.
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