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March 26, 2013

3000 Homeland Security Watch posts, and counting

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on March 26, 2013

According to the data bots behind the Homeland Security Watch curtain, this is the 3,000th post.

Here is the first post on this blog — 7 years, 3 months, and 25 days ago (my comments added):


December 2, 2005

Homeland Security Blogs

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christian Beckner on December 2, 2005

One of the reasons that I decided to start HLS Watch was the paucity of good blogs on the subject of homeland security. However, there are a few that are worth reading, which I list below:

1. W. David Stephenson. A thoughtful and frequently updated blog focused on the idea of ‘smart mobs for homeland security.’

[David’s blog has evolved and is now presented as “stephenson blogs on Internet of Things, data, et al.musings on the Internet of Things, data liberation, and miscellany.”]

2. Bruce Schneier. A well-trafficked blog by a solid expert on homeland security, focused mainly on the intersections between privacy and security.

[Bruce continues to write about the intersections, but as his most recent posts declares (Arnold noted this a few days ago), Bruce thinks privacy lost:

The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked all the time. … This is ubiquitous surveillance: All of us being watched, all the time, and that data being stored forever. This is what a surveillance state looks like, and it’s efficient beyond the wildest dreams of George Orwell.]

3. Counterterrorism Blog. This group blog covers a wide range of opinion, and is the first place to go for rapid-reaction expert analysis on terrorist attacks.

[This blog stopped publishing about 2 years ago. Last time I checked, the original url was being used to sell air hockey tables, boots, baskets, awnings and gout treatment.]

4. Secondary Screening. A blog focused largely on TSA issues and now and then focusing on other aspects of homeland security.

[This blog’s url now resolves to a place holder for Ryan Singel’s Singel-Minded]

5. Early Warning (on the Washington Post site). Has a lot of very inside-the-Beltway on DOD and intelligence activities related to the broader war on terrorism. Occasionally touches on issues of homeland security.

[This blog stopped publishing in 2008.  But the author, William Arkin, is the co-author of Top Secret America — the most readable description I know of about the post 9/11 growth of the security state.]

6. Open Society Paradox. A good blog on privacy and security issues – but on hiatus right now.

[Apparently this blog remains on hiatus; the most current post describes “Yoga’s Breathtaking Effects.”]

I’ve been looking for homeland security blogs for the last two years, and these are the only bookmark-worthy ones that I’ve found so far. It’s a short list. If you have any more to add to it, please suggest in comments. At some point soon I’ll start a HLS Watch blogroll.


Thanks to Christian Beckner for starting this blog.  And thanks to all the people who have written for it, both above and below the comment line.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 26, 2013 @ 8:23 am

Thanks Christian!

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 26, 2013 @ 9:17 am

And all others! THANKS!

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