Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — August 14, 2019, 1:30 pm

‘Bullet-Resistant’ Backpacks Giving Retailers Pause

In all the turmoil, real and fear-induced, resulting from recent mass shooting incidents, the In Homeland Security blog notes that self-styled security companies are offering “protective” items like “bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season.” Understandably, though, “some parents question the motives behind such companies.” “The only people enjoying it are […]

Doug Bedell — August 12, 2019, 11:58 am

Psychological Clues Can Signal Mass Casualty Risks

Unusual activities or psychological problems can be clues that potential shooters have “a propensity toward violence” that calls for prompt intervention, Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, of American Military University, advises on In Homeland Security. “The tragedies that occurred in the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, shootings bring to light the inherent danger within our society, involving […]

Doug Bedell — August 7, 2019, 4:36 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Giving Priority to ‘Mass Attacks in Public Spaces’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its annual report on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces (MAPS). It’s for 2018 but, sadly, it already appears there will be a horrendous version foe 2019. “Mass attacks – whether inspired by hateful ideologies, grievances or any other motivating factor – shatter the feeling of safety that […]

Doug Bedell — August 5, 2019, 12:26 pm

Ambulance Teams Get Relief Via a New Medical Model

Pressure on ambulance companies is being lowered by a new style of medical care, the Community Paramedicine Model, the In Public Safety blog reports. “The Community Paramedicine Model is similar to that used by the Visiting Nurse Association”, the post advises. “Many patients will call 911 for transportation to the nearest hospital emergency department because […]

Doug Bedell — August 2, 2019, 9:55 am

You Won’t Fly Without a ‘Real ID’ Beginning Oct. 2020

The clock is ticking on whether would-be U.S. air travelers will be able to leave the ground if, beginning October 1, 2020, they don’t “present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, to fly within the United States.” Via its Transportation Security Administration (TSA), The Department of Homeland Security “has launched […]

Doug Bedell — July 31, 2019, 4:31 pm

Immigrants Seeking Sanctuary in Churches Can’t Avoid Exposure to Huge Fines

Something about our times is wrong when immigrants seeking sanctuary in churches cand be “hit with huge fines,” as In Homeland Security reports. Maria Chavalan-Sut, from Guatemala, “has spent 10 months staving off a deportation order to a country that she says has scarred her life with violence, trauma and discrimination. Her fight for asylum […]

Doug Bedell — July 29, 2019, 5:46 pm

China’s Satellite System Prompts U.S. Security Concerns

China has been building and launching an earth-orbiting satellite monitoring system that’s been prompting security concerns among other nations, Trenton Abrego on Homeland 411 reports It’s called the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS). The system is now in its third phase, “which will feature 24 middle-earth orbit satellites, three geostationary satellites, and three inclined geosynchronous […]

Doug Bedell — July 26, 2019, 11:45 am

Via a New ‘Third Country’ Rule, DOJ, DHS Making U.S. Asylum Nearly Impossible

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has published a joint rule with the Department of Justice “that dramatically limits the ability of migrants to seek asylum in the United States.” Sylvia Longmire on In Homeland Security reports that “any migrants en route to the United States will be required to seek asylum in a country […]

Doug Bedell — July 17, 2019, 1:58 pm

From the Secret Service: ‘Mass Attacks in Public Spaces, 2018’

Yhe U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released a report by the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center on “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2018“. It contains dire information on attacks that caused death and mayhem in the United States. “Regardless of whether these attacks were acts of workplace violence, domestic violence, school-based […]

Doug Bedell — July 10, 2019, 7:59 am

Does the U.S. Need a Department of Cybersecurity?

Something to consider as we keep hearing about computer break-ins and hacking: To enhance cyber security, maybe the U.S. needs a cabinet-level Department of Cybersecurity. This possibility is raised by the In Homeland Security blog, which warns that “The U.S. is more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks from foreign adversaries who attempt to penetrate vital […]