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    Congress to Evaluate Flawed Chemical Security Program

    Tomorrow, the House Appropriations subcommittee for Homeland Security will delve into the problems surrounding the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. The program has been beset by difficulties: a lack of transparency, confusing standards, and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) failure to finalize security plans. Though widely considered a … More

    Congressional Cybersecurity Funding Clarified

    In an Issue Brief published yesterday, Heritage raised some questions about the wording of funding language in the continuing resolution (CR) pending before the House of Representatives that might permit President Obama to fund the implementation of his proposed cybersecurity executive order, instead of more clearly necessary and appropriate activities, … More

    DHS Deportation Numbers Again Called into Question

    Reports are circling again this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to overstate its deportation numbers. After boasting the highest number of removals of illegal immigrants in agency history late last year, DHS was criticized by Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) for artificially inflating its deportation numbers by … More

    An SOS for the Coast Guard

    The Coast Guard needs to call more attention to its undersized fleet, according to Congressional Research Service expert Ron O’Rourke. While the sea service has publicized its requirement list, “the other part [of the discussion] is the extent to which that program of record will permit the Coast Guard to … More

    Federal Flight Deck Officer Program: A Critical Safety Net for Aviation Security

    The Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, for less than $15 a flight, certifies firearms-trained volunteer pilots as a last line of defense against would-be hijackers and terrorists. On March 23, Heritage’s James Carafano hosted an event with a panel of pilots and Representative Chip Cravaack (R–MN) to discuss this … More

    FBI Worries About America Unwired

    Evil activity online could be more dangerous than transnational terrorists, warns FBI Director Robert Mueller. Speaking before the RSA Cyber Security Conference last Thursday, he declared that cybersecurity is becoming a top concern. The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense need to get cyberserious. Protecting netizens’ ability … More

    Preventing Terrorism Requires Collaborative Relationship Between Federal and Local Resources

    Earlier this month, Sami Osmakac, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in the former Yugoslavia, was arrested near Tampa, Florida, after federal officials uncovered his plan to unleash terrorism upon the United States. After receiving an anonymous tip, undercover FBI agents met with Osmakac and learned the details of his terror … More

    Visa Overstays: Moving Forward with U.S. Security and Public Diplomacy

    In May of this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) became concerned that terrorists may had been planning to exploit the U.S. visa system to enter the country and carryout an attack on the anniversary of 9/11. That terrorists seek to exploit our visa system, of course, is nothing … More

    Mandating Coverage of Contraceptives Is Bad Social Policy

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has issued its long-awaited report making recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on mandatory insurance coverage of preventive services for women’s health care. The mandatory coverage of certain preventive services … More

    Iraqi Refugees Plot to Aid Al-Qaeda

    Last week, Waad Ramadan Alwan and his cousin Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The men, both Iraqi refugees, had been allegedly picking up machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades from a nearby storage facility and delivering them to be shipped to al-Qaeda. It seems that the men … More