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2003 Security Reports

  • Supplemental Report on September 11 Detainees' Allegations of Abuse at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General December 2003 -- This report details the investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concerning allegations that staff members of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York, physically and verbally abused aliens who were detained in connection with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In June 2003, we issued a broader, 198-page report evaluating the treatment of 762 detainees who were held on immigration charges in connection with the investigation of the September 11 attacks. In that report, we examined how the Department of Justice (Department) handled these detainees, including their processing, their bond decisions, the timing of their removal from the United States or their release from custody, their access to counsel, and their conditions of confinement
  • FEMA 428 - Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks Federal Emergency Management Agency Dec 2003 --"The purpose of this primer is to provide the design community and school administrators with the basic principles and techniques to make a school that is safe from terrorist attacks. FEMA 428 includes information on how to conduct a threat/ risk assessment, prepare site layout and building design, and create school safety plans. It also includes a brief discussion on blast theory and CBR measures that can be taken to mitigate school vulnerabilities, as well as a standalone description of the concept of safe rooms within schools that will resist CBR and blast threats."

  • Annual Report, Vol. 5: Forging America's New Normalcy: Securing Our Homeland, Protecting Our Liberty The Advisory Panel To Assess Domestic Response Capabilities For Terrorism Involving Weapons Of Mass Destruction 15 Dec 2003 -- "This document represents the fifth and final report of the panel. The strategic vision, themes, and recommendations of the Fifth Annual Report to the President and the Congress of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction were motivated by the unanimous view of the panel that this report should attempt to define a future state of security against terrorism-one that the panel has chosen to call "America's New Normalcy.""

  • Second Interim Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States 23 Sep 2003 -- "The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States-the 9-11 Commission-continues to work, and we intend to report to the nation no later than our statutory deadline of May 27, 2004." [PDF 64 KB]

  • Report to Congress on Implementation of Section 1001 of the USA PATRIOT Act U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General July 17, 2003 -- The USA PATRIOT Act (Patriot Act), Public Law 107-56, enacted by Congress and signed by the President on October 26, 2001, provides expanded law enforcement authorities to enhance the federal government's efforts to detect and deter acts of terrorism in the United States or against United States' interests abroad. Section 1001 of the Patriot Act directs the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to undertake a series of actions related to claims of civil rights or civil liberties violations allegedly committed by DOJ employees. It also requires the OIG to provide semiannual reports to Congress on the implementation of the OIG's responsibilities under Section 1001. This report - the third since enactment of the legislation - summarizes the OIG's Patriot Act-related activities from December 16, 2002, through June 15, 2003.
    Accompanying Letter

  • S. REPT. NO. 107- 351 / H. REPT. NO. 107-792: Report Of The Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11, 2001 - By The House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence And The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence December 2002, Released 2003

  • First Interim Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States 08 Jul 2003 -- "The 9/11 Commission will report on the facts and circumstances surrounding the attacks of September 11, 2001. It will review, identify, and evaluate lessons learned and make recommendations for the future. While we analyze the terrorist danger around the world, we are also addressing sensitive policy and intelligence issues across the federal government and beyond. In the last six months, the Commission has launched the most wide-ranging outside investigation of American national security in the history of the United States." [PDF 36 Kb]

  • SOCIO-ECONOMIC ROOTS OF RADICALISM? TOWARDS EXPLAINING THE APPEAL OF ISLAMIC RADICALS Alan Richards July 2003 Strategic Studies Institute, U.S.Army War College

  • The September 11 Detainees: A Review of the Treatment of Aliens Held on Immigration Charges in Connection with the Investigation of the September 11 Attacks, June 2003 U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General June 2003 [PDF Version [13.1MB]]
  • ANALYSIS OF DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RESPONSES
  • Report of the Government of the United States called for under Security Council resolution 1455 (2003) 22 April 2003 -- "The United States Mission hereby submits the report called for under paragraph 6 of resolution 1455 (2003) (see annex). The Government of the United States welcomes the opportunity to describe in detail the steps it has taken to implement the al-Qa`idah/Taliban sanctions regime, which constitutes a key part of the international community's counter-terrorism efforts." [PDF 166 Kb]

  • The September 11 Detainees: A Review of the Treatment of Aliens Held on Immigration Charges in Connection with the Investigation of the September 11 Attacks Office of the Inspector General, Department of Justice April 2003 -- Pursuant to our responsibilities under the USA PATRIOT Act (Patriot Act) and the Inspector General Act, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated this review to examine the treatment of detainees arrested in connection with the Department's September 11 terrorism investigation. (...) In this report, we discuss the actions of senior managers at the Department, the FBI, the INS, and the BOP, who established the broad policies and led the investigation in response to the September 11 attacks; the actions of the INS, which processed and detained many of the aliens arrested in the aftermath of September 11; and the actions of the BOP, which housed many of the detainees. [PDF 13.2 Mb]

  • Report to Congress regarding the Terrorism Information Awareness Program -- Detailed Information DARPA May 20, 2003 -- "Since 1996, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been developing information technologies to counter asymmetric threats. Although the individual efforts attacked significant pieces of the problem, they lacked an integrated approach. September 11, 2001, brought home the need for a new research focus on interpretation. Already in possession of individual pieces of the counterterrorism puzzle, DARPA created the Information Awareness Office (IAO) in January 2002 to integrate advanced technologies and accelerated their transition to operationl users." [PDF 1.28 Mb]

  • Report to Congress regarding the Terrorism Information Awareness Program -- Executive Summary DARPA May 20, 2003 -- "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is charged with conducting research and development for the Department of Defense (DoD). By doing so, DARPA furnishes DoD with leading-edge technologies to help the department execute its critical national security mission. (...) Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) is such a prototype system/network." [PDF 26.6 Kb]

  • U.S. Department of State Patterns of Global Terrorism 2002 30 April 2003 -- The annual "Patterns of Global Terrorism" report, released April 2003 by the Secretary of State and the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, is submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f(a), which requires the Department of State to provide Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of Section (a)(1) and (2) of the Act.

  • FEMA Readiness Guide FEMA -- In addition to the natural and technological hazards described in this publication, Americans face threats posed by hostile governments or extremist groups. These threats to national security include acts of terrorism and acts of war. The following is general information about national security emergencies. For more information about how to prepare for [PDF 627 Kb] Rather than being a new and unique informational piece, this document is simply the 'National Security Emergencies' chapter out of FEMA's 'Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness' guide.

  • United States v. Zacharias Moussaoui

  • Are You Ready? How you can stay prepared White House Feb 7, 2003 -- In addition to the natural and technological hazards described in this publication, Americans face threats posed by hostile governments or extremist groups. These threats to national security include acts of terrorism and acts of war. The following is general information about national security emergencies. This document, released by the White House, is simply the 'National Security Emergencies' chapter out of FEMA's pre-existing 'Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness' guide.

  • Iraq's Involvement in the Palestinian Terrorist Activity against Israel (Communicated by Israeli security sources) January 2003

  • Iranian activities in support of the Palestinian intifada (Communicated by Israeli security sources) January 2003

  • The Public Transportation System Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Research and Special Programs Administration, John A.Volpe National Transportation Systems - DOT-FTA-MA-26-5019-03-01 / DOT-VNTSC-FTA-03-01 [January 2003] - Defending against terrorism is not new to industry.Since the early 1990s, the nation's 100 largest rail and bus properties,which combined move approximately 85 percent of all passengers who use public transportation,have been working to address the credible threat from terrorism.Well before the al-Qaeda attacks in this country,two decades of bombings and assaults in Europe, the Middle East, India, and Latin America demonstrated the inherent susceptibility of the public transportation infrastructure to a broad range of terrorist methods and weapons.

  • Report to Congress on Implementation of Section 1001 of the USA PATRIOT Act U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General 22 Jan 2003



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