Homeland Security Watch

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November 9, 2010

Riding the Time Machine: November 2006

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on November 9, 2010

Looking at some of the stories and analysis that appeared during the early days of Homeland Security Watch is one way to glimpse the slowly but surely emerging history of homeland security.

Here’s a selected look at some of this blog’s headlines from November 2006,  four long years ago.

You may recall that was a time when the Democrats took “control” — an interesting vestigial concept from the 20th century —  of both the house and senate.

The full posts can be found through the search function of this blog (a helpful feature to know about), or by going to this link and working your way back through time.

[Note: the number after each headline refers to the day the post appeared.]


– FBI official: UK plotters aimed to blow up planes over U.S. cities (2)

– [Federal Times] Op-ed looks at the border security system. (2)

– NPR series [on All Things Considered] on the lexicon of terror.(2)

– US Institute of Peace will hold an event on “Five Years after the Fall of the Taliban: Afghanistan and the War on Terrorism.”(2)

– [British Think Tank] Demos report on ‘The Business of Resilience’ (3)

– [Maritime Security Risk Assessment Model (MSRAM)] A new risk management tool for maritime security (6)

– Conference Board report on ‘The Business Case for Security’ (6)

– The liquid and gel lobby fights back [with a march on DC] (7)

– Homeland security after the midterm elections [“…the most important implication of this power shift is that homeland security will finally become a subject that is owned by the entire spectrum of political sentiment, and not one party.”] (9)

– A House reorg on homeland security? [“A Democratic leadership source, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the plans are not final, said Pelosi is likely to reorganize House committees to streamline jurisdiction over security matters.”] (10)

– Free the CRS, and bring back the OTA [still working on this one also] (13)

– A TSA scofflaw on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzTwRctV1rw] (14)

– DHS holds 10-print industry day. (14)

– Immigration and terrorism: what are the ties? (15)

– Shell companies and security vulnerabilities (15)

– ICE removes detention and removal strategy from website (15)

– Final ISE [Information Sharing Environment] plan offers new framework for state-local intell sharing (17)

– DHS privacy office releases annual report (20)

– DHS describes [and illustrates] the ‘border calculus’ (20)

– [Internal DHS] Report criticizes DHS contracting activities (24)

– US-VISIT program: one terror apprehension since inception (30)

– Chertoff admits error on NYC grant decision [“We’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps there was a little too much bean counting and a little less standing back and applying common sense to look at the total picture….”] (30)


[Thanks, again, Christian]

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 9, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

This is not a facetious comment! Would any list of “new” issues that were not on the “to do” or “to know” list in 2006 be shorter?

Comment by bellavita

November 10, 2010 @ 12:32 am

Bill — can you amplify your comment? I don’t get it.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 10, 2010 @ 1:45 am

My point simply that the issues have not changed. Perhaps the threat from domestic terrorism from the “aggrieved” is higher given factors such as the economy and the unwillingness of certain Christian groups to deal with ISLAM [and vice versa] as a legitimate WESTERN religion.

Bottom line–Are there new issues in HS since November 2006?

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