Homeland Security

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Department of Homeland Security: Strategy to Enhance International Supply Chain Security

The Department of Homeland Security's strategy buildes upon existing national strategies and harmonizes with international programs, such as the World Customs Organization's "Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade, to ensure the secure flow of cargo through the supply chain and to continue trade after an incident.

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Common Dreams: War on Terror Mercenaries I

Author: Thomas Barnett

Two journalist reports first published in The Independent newspaper in the UK and the Philadelphia Inquirer in the US on the proliferation of mercenary forces in Iraq and elsewhere with a “licence to kill”. The Independent’s report says that the immunity enjoyed by civilian security contractors in Iraq is generating a daily series of “legal” murders of Iraqis. The Philadelphia Inquirers report argues that the increasing use of mercenary forces is on the verge of threatening US civil liberties in the name of protecting homeland security.

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Teaching Module: America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism

Author: Stephen E. Flynn

Three years after September 11, the United States is still dangerously unprepared to prevent or respond to another attack on its soil. Faced with this threat, the United States should be operating on a wartime footing at home. But despite the many new security precautions that have been proposed, America’s most serious vulnerabilities remain ominously exposed.

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