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  • When Chemical Security Regulation Fails, Call for More… Regulation?

    In a New York Times op-ed yesterday, Christine Todd Whitman, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), called for greater regulation of the U.S.’s chemical sector, claiming that the current Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS) program isn’t doing enough to protect the American people: The policy bars the Department … More

    After the Lights Go Out: Is Your Community Prepared?

    This week, Heritage observed National EMP Awareness Day. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States would have truly devastating effects. An attack would change the “very fabric of U.S. society,” and millions could potentially lose their lives in the aftermath. Yet as the name “EMP Awareness Day” suggests, … More

    Administration’s DREAMer Policies Fail to Solve the Nation’s Immigration Challenges

    Today, the Obama Administration’s policy of deferred action for so-called DREAMers goes into effect. The policy, announced by President Obama on June 15, will allow as many as 1.7 million illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as youths to apply to stay in the U.S. for two years … More

    Immigration Enforcement: DHS Actions Further Erode the Rule of Law

    An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer in Newark, Delaware, is facing suspension for refusing to release an illegal immigrant because he was not a “priority target” under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement policies. In March, the officer arrested an individual under suspicion that he was a criminal alien … More

    Mexico: Cautious Hope in Battle Against Transnational Organized Crime

    The violence brought about in Mexico’s drug war may finally be reaching a plateau. At least that is the hope of many, as the nation continues its sixth year of its battle against transnational organized crime. In an announcement last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon indicated that Mexican gang-related deaths … More

    Sacramento Airport to Bid TSA Adieu

    Late last week, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials announced that they had preliminarily approved Sacramento International Airport to begin moving forward with privatizing their screening workforce. The move is part of TSA’s Security Partnership Program (SPP), the nearly eight-year-old program allowing U.S. airports to opt out of federal screening and … More

    Congress Meets to Consider the Continued Threat of Terrorism

    Today, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on “Understanding the Homeland Security Threat Landscape.” In announcing the hearing, committee chairman Peter King (R–NY) explained: U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence communities have made significant progress over the past 15 months since the killing of Osama bin Laden. However, even … More

    New York Naval Militia Takes to the Waters

    Boaters on New York and Vermont’s Lake Champlain may see a new face over the next few weeks. Working with the U.S. Border Patrol, members of the New York Naval Militia will be out on the waters helping to inspect pleasure boats entering the United States from Canada and direct … More

    Hugo Chavez Endorses Obama: Will the White House Strike Back?

    On two recent occasions, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s populist authoritarian president, expressed warm support for President Obama. In Chavez’s book, the President is the “good guy” among American political figures in what he calls “the empire.” This was the dubious sort of offhand endorsement from a schizophrenic tyrant that even the … More

    Terrorism Still Stalks Us at Home and Abroad

    An independent review of the FBI and Pentagon’s handling of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre is expected to make its way to the desk of FBI director Robert Mueller sometime next week. Commissioned in late 2009 and authored by former FBI and CIA director Judge William Webster, the report is … More