Archive: Homeland Security

Afghanistan Lost? Homeland Insecurity? What Role Does the Brass Play?

No one has been held accountable for any miscues in strategy or concept.

By William M. Arkin | February 1, 2008; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (18)

Yes, We Can Fight Wildfires and Terrorists at the Same Time

The federal government is big (and competent) enough to fight two enemies at once.

By William M. Arkin | October 25, 2007; 08:17 AM ET | Comments (40)

Shades of Hoover

The new National Strategy for Homeland Security says many of the right things about keeping the bad guys out there from attacking us here. But what is says about dealing with the homegrown threat is scary.

By William M. Arkin | October 10, 2007; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (28)

Chertoff is Groovin'

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is hearing voices. "I believe," he told the Chicago Tribune editorial board, that this is a "summer of increased risk." It's a "gut feeling," Chertoff says, not based upon specific intelligence, and not serious enough...

By William M. Arkin | July 11, 2007; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (112)

Trimming the Government's Talons -- Or Not

Ever since I revealed the existence of the Pentagon's Talon database and the military's collection of information on anti-war protests, the story has careened in all directions. The sinister interpretation is that the Defense Department was or is keeping any...

By William M. Arkin | July 9, 2007; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (17)

Looking Beyond Iraq, and Bush

With presidential candidates now formulating the nitty-gritty of their national security policies and experts maneuvering to attach themselves to campaigns, it almost seems as if the Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls are actually pondering America after Iraq. But appearances can...

By William M. Arkin | May 11, 2007; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (57)

Is Giuliani Another World Trade Center Casualty?

Retired Gen. Tommy Franks, medal of whatever recipient and knucklehead U.S. commander four years ago in Iraq, continues to make a killing on the speaking circuit. The only threat to Franks' future is Rudy Giuliani, a 9/11 icon who has...

By William M. Arkin | April 10, 2007; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (1016)

Baseball Disses National Security

Despite two years of efforts and a major annual drive, the Department of Homeland Security has failed to enlist over two-thirds of the nation's Minor League Baseball teams in its patriotic program to "to educate and empower Americans to prepare...

By William M. Arkin | April 4, 2007; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (22)

Michael Brown: Go Away

Is it just me, or does former FEMA director Michael Brown bear a striking resemblance to JonBenet Ramsey fantasist and liar John Mark Karr? Both just can't get out of the news: Michael Brown is back blaming Secretary of...

By William M. Arkin | August 29, 2006; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (66)

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

News of an involuntary call-up of Marine Corps reservists and a Defense Department budget so out-of-control that even the Republican Senate Budget Committee chair speaks of Congress' failure of oversight, is music to my ears. Not because I'm some...

By William M. Arkin | August 23, 2006; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (152)

Follow the Liquids

There is only one interesting question to come from the busted airline plot in the United Kingdom, and the answer will make the American public boiling mad. No, it’s not whether this is al Qaeda or not. No, it’s...

By William M. Arkin | August 11, 2006; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (94)

Dog Days at Homeland Security

This just in from the KG: The Department of Homeland Security has issued an update on National Preparedness Month, scheduled for September. Want to be particularly vigilant around the five year anniversary of 9/11 to prevent domestic terrorism? Celebrate...

By William M. Arkin | July 31, 2006; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Department of Homeland Security's Unlimited "Priorities"

The Department of Homeland Security's "National Asset Database," described in yesterday's New York Times," is made for mocking. The government database lists among other critical infrastructure and key resources a Pennsylvania-based Amish popcorn company, the Groundhog Zoo; a kangaroo...

By William M. Arkin | July 13, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (38)

The Price of Homeland Security

Yet another task force has issued yet another failing report card to the federal government on homeland security. Nearly five years after 9/11, it says "we cannot count on the national government to perform one of its most basic...

By William M. Arkin | July 3, 2006; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (39)

Back to the Bunker

I had an article in the Outlook section of the print newspaper today:Back to the BunkerBy William M. ArkinSunday, June 4, 2006; B01On Monday, June 19, about 4,000 government workers representing more than 50 federal agencies from the State Department...

By William M. Arkin | June 4, 2006; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (25)

WMD Terrorism is A Nightmare of Different Sort

Terrorist "capabilities" to use weapons of mass destruction are "more limited" than those of states like North Korea and Iran, but the threat of terrorist attack with WMD is "more likely" than an attack by any state, top U.S. intelligence...

By William M. Arkin | March 2, 2006; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (56)

The American Battlefield

The Pentagon now says that it has ordered a "review" of the collection of information about U.S. citizens, particularly those who pose no plausible terrorist threat, after my NBC Nightly News piece ran Tuesday and my blog yesterday revealed some...

By William M. Arkin | December 15, 2005; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (45)

Pentagon Domestic Spying

An NBC Nightly News piece yesterday on domestic spying by the military featured yours truly discussing an intelligence database of 1,519 "suspicious incidents" that covers the period July 2004-May 2005.  The database -- which I obtained from a military source...

By William M. Arkin | December 14, 2005; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (60)

Bird Flu, Hurricanes, the Mexico Problem

Code Name of the Week: Ardent Sentry Despite the administration's politically motivated push for a strong federal government response to a possible influenza pandemic and the president's love affair with all things military, the Pentagon is planning to pay only...

By William M. Arkin | November 8, 2005; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (16)

Rumsfeld to Katrina: "Thanks"

Virginia Sen. John Warner (R.-VA) asked Donald Rumsfeld last week to conduct a "thorough review" of presidential authority to use the armed forces to "restore public order" in an emergency like Katrina. His letter (PDF) unleashed a torrent of...

By William M. Arkin | September 20, 2005; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (32)

The Pressure Cooker at Homeland Security

As FEMA recovers from Katrina, and the military gets ready to take over responsibility for everything, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) squeaks by, wasting our money and squandering its time. DHS likes to say that it is thinking out...

By William M. Arkin | September 19, 2005; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (35)

Natural Disasters Perfunctory Concerns

Last month, "Sutra Teams" from Mutaki'oun, a terrorist cell affiliated with the Fronte Salafiste pour la Liberation de Terre Etrangere (FSLTE), bundled into a dozen explosives-laden SUVs and drove to Alaska. Their mission: to attack a number of pre-selected targets....

By William M. Arkin | September 15, 2005; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (13)


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