Responsibility for safeguarding the homeland often falls to state and local governments in spite of the increased federal role after 9/11. Of these thousands of agencies, New York City has moved the most aggressively, creating a counterterrorism bureau complete with overseas agents and intelligence analysts.
This report summarizes Amnesty International’s concerns that the United States’ ‘war on terror’ has led to the executive exercising excessive powers to detain individuals and engage in covert operations in numerous countries.
Attacks on U.S. chemical facilities have the potential to affect thousands, possibly millions of people, yet many of them remain poorly secured. Legislation to improve security standards has been watered down.
Security experts believe many U.S. chemical facilities are vulnerable to catastrophic attacks. Improvements have been slow to come, and Congress recently declined to take tough steps called for by experts.
Stephen E. Flynn, CFR's senior fellow for national security studies, considers the state of homeland security five years after the creation of the Office of Homeland Security, handing out grades in several key areas.
Security experts warn the next terrorist attack on the United States could well be the work of a U.S. citizen. Instrumental in preventing such an attack is the cooperation of an increasingly alienated American Muslim community.
Panelists: Stephen E. Flynn, William G. Raisch, and Jeffrey W. Runge
In this session, the panelists discuss what individuals and corporations should do to prepare for an emergency, what the capabilities and assets of the private sector are, and how they can be tapped to bolster homeland security.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.