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    Five Things About Homeland Security That Nobody's Discussing: #2

    #2: The Over-Federalization of Disasters Makes Everyone Worse Off Whenever hurricane season begins, there are often multiple calls for Congress to adopt a catastrophic hurricane fund (CAT fund). This fund is the ultimate in public options—and would provide government insurance to homeowners and businesses in the most disaster prone regions. … More

    Five Things About Homeland Security That Nobody Is Discussing: #3

    #3: State and Local Immigration Enforcement Works Right now, across the country, 287(g) programs are making meaningful progress in tackling the immigration problem. Under 287(g) auspices, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) trains state and local law enforcement to act like ICE agents. In Davidson County, TN, it helped law enforcement … More

    Don't Color My World

    Recently, an advisory task force handed the Homeland Security Secretary a split recommendation over whether to scrap the color-coded terrorist alert system. I voted that for the public the system makes no sense. Now word comes that the authorities are on to a domestic terrorist plot that may have involved … More

    Federal Fire Grants Fail

    What is the proper role of the federal government in public safety? Are Congress and the Department of Homeland Security helping or hurting when they take millions of tax dollars from Americans and then redistribute them as they see fit? Both the latest research and practical experience say no. From … More

    Five Things About Homeland Security That Nobody Is Discussing: #5

    #5: Interagency Cooperation, The Missing Piece of the Puzzle Eight years after the September 11 attacks, Congress has enacted legislation in order to keep America safe. They created the Department of Homeland Security not just to integrate the activities of over two dozen agencies and programs, but also to lead … More

    On the Border: Degraded Environmental Quality, Security and Transparency

    Representative Rob Bishop’s (R-UT) is concerned about how the Department of the Interior is – or perhaps more appropriately isn’t – working with the Department of Homeland Security to secure our borders, and he let Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar know it at a hearing of the Committee on … More

    More on Swine Flu and You

    Citizens and shopkeepers not doctors and nurses will be the most important “first responders” for getting through this year’s flu season, which thanks to the swine flu (H1N1) looks like it could be one of the worst on record. That is the conclusion of a recent Heritage research paper, Swine … More

    A Better Agenda To Prevent Another 9/11

    Having returned from its summer recess, Congress will soon construct its legislative agenda for the rest of the year. Given that today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Congress should honor the memory of that tragedy by solidifying its homeland security agenda. That means taking the right steps to keep … More

    Score One for Obama on National Security

    The Associated Press reports: President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he is combining White House staffs dealing with international and homeland security, predicting the change will make Americans safer. Obama also is creating a new office intended to communicate more effectively with other countries about U.S. security policy. Heritage fellows Jena … More

    The Only Thing We Have To Fear Are Words Themselves

    In two months on the job, Janet Napolitano, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, has won the war on terror. How? By defining it away. In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, she refers to her remarks at her own confirmation hearings in January: In my … More