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April 1, 2008

Chertoff to Convene Bloggers

Filed under: Border Security,General Homeland Security — by Jonah Czerwinski on April 1, 2008

DHS Secretary Mike Chertoff reconvenes a group of us bloggers for a roundtable tomorrow at DHS Headquarters. Topics are likely to include the recent developments surrounding REAL ID deadlines and compliance by states. Or perhaps the legal waivers Chertoff issued today that suspend environmental laws and regulations to finish building 670 miles of fence along the southwest border. (Eileen Sullivan at AP reports that these pesky laws currently prevent DHS from building the 267 miles of fencing in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.)
Readers are encouraged to submit here the questions they would like answered by the Secretary. The last time we met with him, each of us was given only enough time for one question. I hope we’ll be able to make more use of this session. Looking forward to your questions.

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Comment by Arnold

April 1, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

I doubt there will be a positive response to this question, but I submit this:

Will there be a public report on the recent TOPOFF 4 exercise, particularly lessons learned that can be shared with current and future policy makers, first responders, emergency managers, experts outside of government (who do not have access to homeland security information sharing systems), etc.?

Comment by Eric

April 2, 2008 @ 9:06 am

I would be interested to know what the Secretary thinks about the adoption by other nations of the ‘homeland security’ concept, their willingness to make investments, change laws, refocus their law enforcement/security apparatus. While much of what Chertoff has done internationally, and what has been discussed in the press, has focused on NATO/Europe efforts, commonly based on the threat to them from radical Islamic factions and immigrant populations, the ‘layered defense’ concept of homeland security for the US includes a broader swath of nations – for instance, border security in Mexico, port security in China, freight train security in Canada.

An interesting off shoot of this question might be what types of cooperation and technology transfer is the US providing to nations that are facing their own (versus an extension of our) security threats, including maritime migration in the Mediterranean or west Africa, human smuggling in SE Asia or eastern Europe, counterfeit documentation (South America), etc.

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