Strategic Approach for Arctic Homeland SecurityDHS 13 Jan 2021 -- The Arctic's expanded relevance, coupled with the Department's significant regional investments, requires DHS to have a unified, deliberate, and forward-looking approach. The Strategic Approach for Arctic Homeland Security fully leverages the broad range of DHS authorities, capabilities, capacity and partnerships to achieve the goals laid out in this document.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Message to the Joint ForceJoint Chiefs of Staff 12 Jan 2021 -- "As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation. We support and defend the Constitution. Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law. On January 20,202 1, in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and the courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th Commander in Chief."
GEC Special Report: Pillars of Russia's Disinformation and Propaganda EcosystemUS Dept. of State Aug 2020 -- "(...) this report draws on publicly available reporting to provide an overview of Russia's disinformation and propaganda ecosystem. Russia's disinformation and propaganda ecosystem is the collection of official, proxy, and unattributed communication channels and platforms that Russia uses to create and amplify false narratives. The ecosystem consists of five main pillars: official government communications, state-funded global messaging, cultivation of proxy sources, weaponization of social media, and cyber-enabled disinformation. The Kremlin bears direct responsibility for cultivating these tactics and platforms as part of its approach to using information as a weapon. It invests massively in its propaganda channels, its intelligence services and its proxies to conduct malicious cyber activity to support their disinformation efforts, and it leverages outlets that masquerade as news sites or research institutions to spread these false and misleading narratives."
RussiaUK Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament 21 Jul 2020 -- "The Report covers aspects of the Russian threat to the UK (Cyber; Disinformation and Influence; and Russian Expatriates) followed by an examination of how the UK Government - in particular the Agencies and Defence Intelligence - has responded (Allocation of Effort; Strategy, Co-ordination and Tasking; A Hard Target; Legislation; International Partnerships; and Engagement with Russia)."
GRIZZLY STEPPE - Russian Malicious Cyber ActivityDHS-NCCIC / FBI Released 29 Dec 2016 -- This Joint Analysis Report (JAR) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities. The U.S. Government is referring to this malicious cyber activity by RIS as GRIZZLY STEPPE.
Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and HarassmentThe White House 29 Dec 2016 -- "Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government's aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior."
FACT SHEET: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and HarassmentThe White House 29 Dec 2016 -- "Today, President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government's aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. Russia's cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S. democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the U.S. government. These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
Plan for Closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention FacilityDoD 23 Feb 2016 -- "As the President has made clear, closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is a national security imperative. Its continued operation weakens our national security by furthering the recruiting propaganda of violent extremists, hindering relations with key allies and partners, and draining Department of Defense resources."
FACT SHEET: The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West AfricaThe White House 06 Oct 2014 -- Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures at home. The President last month outlined a stepped-up U.S. response, leveraging more thoroughly the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to support the civilian-led response in West Africa. Domestically, we have prepared for the diagnosis of an Ebola case on U.S. soil and have measures in place to stop this and any potential future cases in their tracks.
Press Conference by the PresidentThe White House 01 Aug 2014 -- "And when we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques, techniques that I believe and I think any fair-minded person would believe were torture, we crossed a line. And that needs to be -- that needs to be understood and accepted. And we have to, as a country, take responsibility for that so that, hopefully, we don't do it again in the future."
Country Reports on Terrorism 2013US Department of State 30 Apr 2014 -- Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 is submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the "Act"), which requires the Department of State to provide to Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of the Act. The report was published April 2014.
Self-fulfilling prophecies of Terrorism: That basic mistake that all countries commit By Francesco Finucci -- Terrorist studies offer an important point of view to understand how self-fulfilling prophecies work in the field of foreign policy, homeland security and counter-terrorism. After studying five main cases, we concluded how self-fulfilling prophecies studied by W.I. Thomas can be categorized into two kinds: from grievance to terrorism and from non-terrorist threat to terrorist threat. However, in both cases the spiral of hate caused remains devastating. Consequently, a different approach is seems to be a prerogative, in order to effectively hinder the explosion of terrorism in any country.
Southeast Asia Opium Survey 2013UNODC 18 Dec 2013 -- "This year's Southeast Asia Opium Survey shows that despite eradication efforts, opium poppy cultivation in the region continues to increase. Poppy cultivation in Myanmar rose 13% from the previous year to 57,800 hectares, more than doubling since 2006. In Lao cultivation levelled off but remains a concern. (...) The best estimate for 2013 opium production in Myanmar alone is some 870 tonnes, the highest since assessments by UNODC and the Government began."
Administration White Paper: Bulk Collection Of Telephony Metadata Under Section 215 Of The USA Patriot ActUS Dept. of Justice Released 9 Aug 2013 -- "This white paper explains the Government's legal basis for an intelligence collection program under which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtains court orders directing certain telecommunications service providers to produce telephony metadata in bulk. The bulk metadata is stored, queried and analyzed by the National Security Agency (NSA) for counterterrorism purposes. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ("the FISC" or "the Court") authorizes this program under the "business records" provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), 50 U.S.C. § 1861, enacted as section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Section 215)."
Suspect in Boston Marathon Attack Charged with Using a Weapon of Mass DestructionUS Dept. of Justice 22 Apr 2013 -- Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a U.S. citizen and resident of Cambridge, Mass., has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, resulting in the death of three people and injuries to more than 200 people.
Cyber Vision 2025: United States Air Force Cyberspace Science and Technology Vision 2012-2025 13 Dec 2012, Released 27 Mar 2013 -- "Cyber Vision 2025 is the Air Force vision for cyber Science and Technology (S&T) spanning the domains of air, space, cyber, Command and Control (C2), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and mission support to address current and future threats. Cyber Vision 2025 focuses on S&T in the near, mid and far term that will advance the survivability, affordability, and effectiveness of AF operations. (...) Cyber Vision 2025 articulates a way forward in cyberspace S&T and mission support."
National Strategy for BiosurveillanceThe White House Released 31 Jul 2012 -- "There is no higher priority than the security and safety of the American people. As a Nation, we must be prepared for the full range of threats, including a terrorist attack involving a biological agent, the spread of infectious diseases, and food-borne illnesses. The effective dissemination of a lethal biological agent, for instance, could endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and result in untold economic, societal, and political consequences."
Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined? by Don Rassler, Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, Liam Collins, Muhammad al-Obaidi, Nelly Lahoud Combating Terrorism Center at Westpoint 03 May 2012 -- This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011. These internal al-Qa`ida communications were authored by several leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin.
National Strategy for CounterterrorismThe White House Released 29 Jun 2011 -- "As the President affirmed in his 2010 National Security Strategy, he bears no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the American people. This National Strategy for Counterterrorism sets out our approach to one of the President’s top national security priorities: disrupting, dismantling, and eventually defeating al-Qa‘ida and its affiliates and adherents to ensure the security of our citizens and interests."
Letter from the President on the War Powers ResolutionThe White House 15 Jun 2011 -- "I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93 148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat."
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON OSAMA BIN LADENThe White House 01 May 2011 -- "Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children."
Statement of the Attorney General on the Prosecution of the 9/11 ConspiratorsUS Dept. of Justice 04 Apr 2011 -- "(...)So today I am referring the cases of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Bin Attash, Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, Ali Abdul-Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Al Hawsawi to the Department of Defense to proceed in military commissions. Furthermore, I have directed prosecutors to move to dismiss the indictment that was handed down under seal in the Southern District of New York in December, 2009, and a judge has granted that motion."
Evaluation of Screening of Air Cargo Transported on Passenger Aircraft (Unclassified Summary)Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General September 2010 -- "This report addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the Transportation Security Administration's screening measures to prevent the introduction ofexplosives into air cargo shipped on passenger aircraft. It is based on interviews with employees and officials of relevant agencies and institutions, direct observations, field testing, and a review ofapplicable documents." [PDF]
Rights Groups File Challenge To Targeted Killing By U.S.Center for Constitutional Rights 30 Aug 2010 -- The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the government's asserted authority to carry out "targeted killings" of US citizens located far from any armed conflict zone.
Bottom-Up Review ReportUS Department of Homeland Security July 2010 -- The Bottom-Up Review Report provides the results of an unprecedented Department-wide assessment of the Department Homeland Security, begun in November 2009, to align the Department's programmatic activities and organizational structure with the mission sets and goals identified in the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. [PDF]
Review of the Department's Preparation to Respond to a WMD IncidentU.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Evaluation and Inspections Division May 2010 -- "The use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), whether by a hostile nation, a terrorist group, or an individual, poses a potentially serious threat to the United States. One of the greatest concerns is that a WMD may fall into the hands of terrorists or that terrorists will develop their own WMD. (...) This review evaluated the readiness of the Department and its components to respond to a potential WMD incident. In addition, we examined the readiness of Department components' field offices in the National Capital Region (NCR) to respond in a coordinated way to a WMD incident."
Tora Bora Revisited: How We Failed To Get Bin Laden And Why It Matters TodayCommittee On Foreign Relations - United States Senate 30 Nov 2009 -- "This report by the Committee majority staff is part of our continuing examination of the conflict in Afghanistan. When we went to war less than a month after the attacks of September 11, the objective was to destroy Al Qaeda and kill or capture its leader, Osama bin Laden, and other senior figures in the terrorist group and the Taliban, which had hosted them. Today, more than eight years later, we find ourselves fighting an increasingly lethal insurgency in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan that is led by many of those same extremists. Our inability to finish the job in late 2001 has contributed to a conflict today that endangers not just our troops and those of our allies, but the stability of a volatile and vital region. This report relies on new and existing information to explore the consequences of the failure to eliminate bin Laden and other extremist leaders in the hope that we can learn from the mistakes of the past"
PCAST Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 InfluenzaPresident's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology 07 Aug 2009 -- We are pleased to transmit to you the report, U.S. Preparations For 2009-H1N1 Influenza, prepared by your Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). This report examines the strategic issues raised by the likely resurgence this fall of the novel influenza virus called 2009-H1N1. The report reviews the full range of response options for minimizing negative impacts from a fall 2009-H1N1 epidemic and provides an integrated set of recommendations about how to think about hard issues and key policy decisions regarding the epidemic.
Report No. 2009-0013-AS: Unclassified Report On The President's Surveillance ProgramOffices of Inspectors General of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence 10 Jul 2009 -- Title III of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act of 2008 required the Inspectors General (IGs) of the elements of the Intelligence Community that participated in the President's Surveillance Program (PSP) to conduct a comprehensive review of the program. The IGs of the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence participated in the review required under the Act. The Act required the IGs to submit a comprehensive report on the review to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Cyberspace Policy ReviewThe White House May 2009 -- The President directed a 60-day, comprehensive, "clean-slate" review to assess U.S. policies and structures for cybersecurity. Cybersecurity policy includes strategy, policy, and standards regarding the security of and operations in cyberspace, and encompasses the full range of threat reduction, vulnerability reduction, deterrence, international engagement, incident response, resiliency, and recovery policies and activities, including computer network operations, information assurance, law enforcement, diplomacy, military, and intelligence missions as they relate to the security and stability of the global information and communications infrastructure.
Press Briefing On Swine Influenza, 4/26/09The White House 26 Apr 2009 -- Ress Briefing On Swine Influenza By Secretary Napolitano, Department Of Homeland Security, John Brennan, Assistant To The President For Homeland Security And Counterterrorism, Dr. Richard Besser, Acting Director, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, And Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary
MEMORANDUM FOR THE FILES - Re: Status of Certain OLC Opinions Issued in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 15 Jan 2009 -- The purpose of this memorandum is to confirm that certain propositions stated in several opinions issued by the Office of Legal Counsel in 2001-2003 respecting the allocation of authorities between the President and Congress in matters of war and national security do not reflect the current views of this Office. We have previously withdrawn or superseded a number of opinions that depended upon one or more of these propositions. For reasons discussed herein, today we explain why these propositions are not consistent with the current views of OLC, and we advise that caution should be exercised before relying in other respects on the remaining opinions identified below [PDF Version]
Senate Armed Services Committee Inquiry Into The Treatment Of Detainees In U.S. CustodyUS Senate Armed Services Committee Released 11 Dec 2008 -- "The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of "a few bad apples" acting on their own. The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority. This report is a product of the Committee's inquiry into how those unfortunate results came about."
Country Reports on Terrorism 2006Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, US Dept. of State April 30, 2007 -- "U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism."
Letter Exposes New Leader in Al-Qa`ida High CommandCombating Terrorism Center, United States Military Academy Released 25 Sep 2006 -- "On 7 June 2006, American military forces executed an air strike on an al-Qa`ida safe-house near Baqouba, Iraq, killing Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, al-Qa`ida‘s commander in Iraq. U.S. and Iraqi forces subsequently acquired numerous documents from that safe-house. (...) The captured letter sheds new light on the friction between al-Qa`ida's senior leadership and al-Qa`ida's commanders in Iraq over the appropriate use of violence."
al-Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist ThreatHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence September 2006 -- "Almost five years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States remains a nation at war. Al-Qaeda and Islamist extremist terrorist groups with like-minded goals and ideologies remain one of the most immediate strategic threats to the national security of the United States. Nonetheless, the threat we face today is quite different from the terrorist threat that we faced prior to September 11, 2001."
National Strategy for Combating TerrorismSeptember 2006 Update -- "America is at war with a transnational terrorist movement fueled by a radical ideology of hatred, oppression, and murder. Our National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, first published in February 2003, recognizes that we are at war and that protecting and defending the Homeland, the American people, and their livelihoods remains our first and most solemn obligation. (...) This updated strategy sets the course for winning the War on Terror. It builds directly from the National Security Strategy issued in March 2006 as well as the February 2003 National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, and incorporates our increased understanding of the enemy."[PDF Version [1.64MB]]
Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against TerrorismUK House of Commons - Foreign Affairs Select Committee 02 Jul 2006 -- "This is the seventh Report in a series on foreign policy aspects of the 'war against terrorism'. Our predecessor Committee launched this inquiry following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA. These Reports, supplemented by other Reports on the decision to go to war in Iraq, on British-US relations and on human rights, have contributed to the ongoing debate on both the causes of terrorism and the United Kingdom's response to it."
Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic InfluenzaHomeland Security Council May 2006 -- "This Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza further clarifies the roles and responsibilities of governmental and non-governmental entities, including Federal, State, local, and tribal authorities and regional, national, and international stakeholders, and provides preparedness guidance for all segments of society." [PDF 2.49MB]
Country Reports on Terrorism 2005Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, US Dept. of State 28 Apr 2006 -- "U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism."
Situation of detainees at Guantánamo BayUnited Nations Comission on Human Rights 16 Feb 2006 -- The present joint report is submitted by five holders of mandates of special procedures of the Commission on Human Rights who have been jointly following the situation of detainees held at theUnited States Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay since June 2004.
Legal Authorities Supporting The Activities Of The National Security Agency Described By The PresidentU.S. Department of Justice 19 Jan 2006 -- As the President has explained, since shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he has authorized the National Security Agency (“NSA”) to intercept international communications into and out of the United States of persons linked to al Qaeda or related terrorist organizations. The purpose of these intercepts is to establish an early warning system to detect and prevent another catastrophic terrorist attack on the United States. This paper addresses, in an unclassified form, the legal basis for the NSA activities described by the President (“NSA activities”).
Fact Sheet: Securing America Through Immigration ReformThe White House 28 Nov 2005 -- Addressing the Customs and Border Protection agents stationed in southern Arizona, the President discussed the strategy to secure the border, prevent illegal crossings, and strengthen enforcement of immigration laws.
National Strategy for Pandemic InfluenzaNational Security Council 01 Nov 2005 -- The National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza guides our preparedness and response to an influenza pandemic, with the intent of (1) topping, slowing or otherwise limiting the spread of a pandemic to the United States; (2) limiting the domestic spread of a pandemic, and mitigating disease, suffering and death; and (3) sustaining infrastructure and mitigating impact to the economy and the functioning of society. [PDF Version]
Letter from al-Zawahiri to al-ZarqawiReleased by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence 9 Jul 2005 but released on 11 Oct 2005 -- Translated version of a letter between two senior al Qa'ida leaders, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, that was obtained during counterterrorism operations in Iraq.
New Orleans Population Survey · Hurricane Evacuation and Sheltering By Dr. Jeanne Hurlbert, LSU Research Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Dr. John J. Beggs, LSU Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology. Extracted from Annual Interim Progress Report: Assessment and Remediation of Public Health Impacts Due to Hurricanes and Major Flooding Events by Ivor Ll. van Heerden, Ph.D. and Kathryn Streva Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes, Louisiana State University December 21, 2004 -- "The primary focus of this survey is to understand better how individuals in the New Orleans area would be affected by, and would respond to, a major hurricane."
Country Reports on Terrorism 2004Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, US Dept. of State 27 Apr 2005 -- "U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism."
Final Report: Assessment of Detainee Medical Operations for OEF, GTMO, AND OIFOffice of the Surgeon General of the Army 13 Apr 2005 -- "On 12 November 2004, The Army Surgeon General, LTG Kevin C. Kiley, directed the Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, MG Lester Martinez-Lopez, to lead a multidisciplinary Functional Assessment Team (the Team) to assess detainee medical operations in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)." [PDF 7.85 MB]
Rail Security Act of 2004. Sponsor: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), referred to House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure) 4 Oct 2004 – Directs the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Border and Transportation Security to complete a vulnerability assessment of freight and passenger rail transportation. Requires the Under Secretary, based on the assessment, to develop specific prioritized recommendations for improving rail security. Authorizes appropriations for FY 2005.
HOOD COMPLETES KORAN INQUIRYSOUTHCOM 03 Jun 2005 -- Brigadier General Jay Hood, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, completed his inquiry into the validity of allegations of Koran mishandling by U.S. personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, yesterday.
AN FBI INSIDER'S GUIDE TO THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT By Mike German - The FBI is unable to police itself because it maintains illegitimate, discredited internal investigation and disciplinary procedures, which make it impossible to identify and correct problems inside the agency. This is a critical deficiency that allows all other deficiencies to exist.
A Chronology of Significant International Terrorism for 2004National Counterterrorism Center 27 Apr 2005 -- "The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) originally compiled this chronology of significant, international terrorist incidents in support of the Department of State's publication "Patterns of Global Terrorism," which was formerly used to fulfill the Department's reporting responsibilities under Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f(d). The Department has decided to submit a new report, "Country Reports on Terrorism," in fulfillment of its reporting mandate. As the newly created "knowledge bank" of the U.S. Government on international terrorism, the NCTC is providing this original chronology for the American public." [PDF 2.83 MB]
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE 03 Jan 2005 -- We, the undersigned, are retired professional military leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces. We write to express our deep concern about the nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be Attorney General, and to urge you to explore in detail his views concerning the role of the Geneva Conventions in U.S. detention and interrogation policy and practice.
PLANNING SCENARIOS: Executive SummariesThe Homeland Security Council July 2004 -- "The Homeland Security Council (HSC) - in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the federal interagency, and state and local homeland security agencies - has developed fifteen all-hazards planning scenarios for use in national, federal, state, and local homeland security preparedness activities. These scenarios are designed to be the foundational structure for the development of national preparedness standards from which homeland security capabilities can be measured."
The National Response Plan December 2004 -- In Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, the President directed the development of a new National Response Plan (NRP) to align Federal coordination structures, capabilities, and resources into a unified, alldiscipline, and all-hazards approach to domestic incident management. This approach is unique and far reaching in that it, for the first time, eliminates critical seams and ties together a complete spectrum of incident management activities to include the prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from terrorism, major natural disasters, and other major emergencies. The end result is vastly improved coordination among Federal, State, local, and tribal organizations to help save lives and protect America's communities by increasing the speed, effectiveness, and efficiency of incident management. [PDF 4.24 Mb]
Report of an Inquiry into the Alternative Analysis of the Issue of an Iraq-al Qaeda RelationshipOffice of Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee 21 Oct 2004 -- "This report is the result of an inquiry initiated on June 27, 2003 by Senator Carl Levin, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and conducted by the SASC Minority Staff. The report focuses on 1) the establishment of a non-Intelligence Community source of intelligence analysis in the office of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith; and 2) the extent to which policy makers utilized that alternative source rather than the analyses produced by the Intelligence Community (IC) with regard to the Iraq-al Qaeda relationship." [PDF 206 Kb]
Nuclear Security - Measures to Protect Against Nuclear TerrorismInternational Atomic Energy Agency 11 August 2004 -- "At its meeting in March 2002, the Board of Governors considered the report entitled Protection Against Nuclear Terrorism: Specific Proposals (GOV/2002/10), and approved in principle the proposals for Agency activities in the area of nuclear security. The Board requested that the Director General should report periodically on progress made in implementation of the proposals and the funding thereof." [PDF]
DoD Provides Details on Interrogation Process 23 Jun 2004 -- The Department of Defense today released documents related to the development of interrogation procedures at Guantanamo. These documents are made available to demonstrate that the actions of the U. S. Defense Department are bound by law and guided by American values.
Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003US Department of State April 2004 -- The annual "Patterns of Global Terrorism" report, released April 2004 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. Includes the revised data and corrections released on June 22, 2004. See the remarks by US Secretary of State Colin Powell
Supplementary MaterialOffice of the Deputy Attorney General 1995, Declasified and Released 28 Apr 2004 -- Additional material declassified and released by the US Dept. of Justice. [PDF 1.44 Mb]
Memo on Instructions on Separation of Certain Foreign Counterintelligence, and Criminal InvestigationsOffice of the Deputy Attorney General 1995, Declasified 10 Apr 2004 -- "The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the FBI have been conducting criminal investigations of certain terrorist acts, (...) we believe that it is prudent to establish a set of instructions that will clearly separate the counterintelligence investigation from the more limited, but continued, criminal investigations." [PDF 785 Kb]
Declassified August 6, 2001 Daily Presidential Brief: Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in USThe White House Declassiffied and Approved for Release 10 Apr 2004 -- "Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate Bin Ladin since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Ladin implied in US television interviews in 1997 and 11998 that his followers would follow the example of WOrld Trade Center bombing Ramzi Yousef and "bring the fighting to America."" [PDF 214 Kb]
Annual Report, Vol. 5: Forging America's New Normalcy: Securing Our Homeland, Protecting Our LibertyThe 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.""
Report to Congress on Implementation of Section 1001 of the USA PATRIOT ActU.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 StatesNational 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]
Transcript: Background Briefing on Military Commissions 03 Jul 2003 -- "Today the President has determined that six enemy combatants currently detained by the United States are subject to his military order of November 13, 2001. The President determined that there is reason to believe that each of these enemy combatants was a member of al Qaeda or was otherwise involved in terrorism directed against the United States."
The September 11 Detainees: A Review of the Treatment of Aliens Held on Immigration Charges in Connection with the Investigation of the September 11 AttacksOffice 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 InformationDARPA 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 SummaryDARPA 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]
DoD Military Commission Instructions 02 May 2003 -- The General Counsel of the Department of Defense issued eight military commission instructions that would facilitate the conduct of possible future military commissions. The instructions issued include crimes and elements of offenses as well as other administrative guidance and procedures for Military Commission participants to facilitate the conduct of full and fair trials.
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.
The National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets February 2003 -- This document defines the road ahead for a core mission area identified in the President's National Strategy for Homeland Security-reducing the Nation's vulnerability to acts of terrorism by protecting our critical infrastructures and key assets from physical attack. This document, the National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets, the Strategy, identifies a clear set of national goals and objectives and outlines the guiding principles that will underpin our efforts to secure the infrastructures and assets vital to our national security, governance, public health and safety, economy, and public confidence. [PDF 1.74 Mb]
The National Strategy to Secure CyberSpace February 2003 -- Our Nation's critical infrastructures are composed of public and private institutions in the sectors of agriculture, food, water, public health, emergency services, government, defense industrial base, information and telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking and finance, chemicals and hazardous materials, and postal and shipping. Cyberspace is their nervous system-the control system of our country. Cyberspace is composed of hundreds of thousands of interconnected computers, servers, routers, switches, and fiber optic cables that allow our critical infrastructures to work. Thus, the healthy functioning of cyberspace is essential to our economy and our national security. This National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace is part of our overall effort to protect the Nation. [PDF 981 Kb]
FEMA Readiness GuideFEMA -- 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.
Are You Ready? How you can stay preparedWhite 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.
Management of National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams Office of the Inspector General, DoD -- Report No. D-2001-043 (Project No. D2000LA-0023) (Formerly Project No. 0LA-0117) January 31, 2001 -- The Consequence Management Program Integration Office (CoMPIO) did not manage the WMD-CST program effectively. Specifically, CoMPIO failed to provide adequate guidance, training, and equipment for the 10 CSTs. Additionally, the Army process for certification of the teams lacked rigor and would not provide meaningful assurance. Lastly, safety issues identified by the WMD-CSTs were unresolved. As a result, the program had slipped significantly and none of the teams were fully operational [PDF Version 817 Kb]