Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

February 24, 2009

Hello to HLSwatch

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on February 24, 2009

On Monday Jonah Czerwinski announced he has asked us – Paul Stockton and Phil Palin¬†– to contribute to HLSwatch on a sustained basis. That invitation is an honor and a significant responsibility. Under Jonah and his predecessor, Christian Beckner (who founded HLSwatch), this blog has provided a unique forum to identify and analyze new policy challenges. Sustaining that record of excellence will not be easy. We have two factors in our favor, however. First, and most important, we have you — the readers and fellow contributors to this blog — as partners. During our own years as readers of HLSwatch, we have learned a great deal from your postings and are counting on you to remain as active, and often feisty, colleagues in keeping the blog on the cutting edge. Our second advantage: there is no shortage of important new policy issues to address. Our own bias is that homeland security is very much a work in progress. Our gratitude goes out to those who serve on the front lines of homeland security in local, state and federal governments and in the private sector. Our commitment is to keep HLSwatch a valuable, provocative forum to support their work and to fuel broader debate over how homeland security should evolve in the years to come.

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

February 25, 2009 @ 7:36 am

While we wish Jonah the best and owe him much gratitude for hosting HLSwatch.com, we expect to read his invaluable contributions as we all share our great nation’s values and security at heart.

We are confident that his choice of you both to afford us better insight as to present and future DHS/FEMA policy and the many challenges at hand was an easy choice as a result of your integrity, experience, compassion and astute insight.

We read HLSwatch.com with much enthusiam seeking to find out not only current informative knowledge, but to read others whose passion and commitment in sharing their viewpoints help us better understand our environment and to hold DHS and FEMA to a high standard.

While many seek our demise and amidst a challenging economic and political moment in history in unchartered waters and causing much anxiety, we see domestic and international issues which make the future of mankind dubious on its present course. We are Blessed to know of the commitment of DHS and FEMA personnel, our first responders and the distinguished military leadership which stands tall amongst adversaries and to whom we must all give our support if we are to survive and retain our diginity and a beacon of hope to so, so many in despair….

Jonah has entrusted you both with this substantial responsibility and we thank you both for your willingness to help us better understand and convey our ideas as well.

We look forward to continuing to make HLSwatch.com our priority read! Thank you so much.

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 25, 2009 @ 9:39 am

Welcome to your both. With absolutely no intention of being disrespectful to Christian and Jonah you two bloggers have huge depth in my two favorite Policy arenas. Specifically, civil-military relationships and then also integration of scientific, technical (including legal and medical) information into the decisionmaking by policymakers who may not have specific expertise themselves. By the way, the Secretary DHS first hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee is this AM and being webcast by the Committee. May have interesting take on future of DHS since the Secretary is the sole witness and this is her first hearing post-swearing in as DHS Secretary. Blog-on! And to use a RUMSFELD aphorism in a new way–hope your efforts are a long, hard, blog! Congrats for taking it on.

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March 24, 2009 @ 9:22 am

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