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A Grand Performance – Elevating Excuse-ability

How stupid does House Speaker Nancy Pelosi think we are? In a press conference earlier today she declared that the CIA mislead her during their briefings to her on what interrogation techniques were used on captured suspected terrorists....

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Impressive Facts About Who’s in Charge

With yesterday’s announcement of Dr. Tara O’Toole’s nomination to be DHS’ next Under Secretary for Science & Technology it should not go unnoticed that a significant portion of the Department’s leadership positions are held by women. While I’ve...

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A Flu by Any Other Name…

America: Despite the existence of H1N1, you’re going to be OK - really! As of May 5th there were 403 confirmed cases of H1N1 infection in the United States. One of those, my friend’s niece in New...

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Great Exchanges in the Senate Cyber Hearing

While the debate on the future of cyber security has been underway for some time, one of the world’s great deliberative bodies, the US Senate (in the form of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee) brought an...

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A Leader to Watch – Dr. Richard Besser

With the declaration of a Public Health Emergency from the recent outbreak of Swine Flu, the nation’s eyes will be turning towards the White House, Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security and others to examine how...

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Peter Pan Lives in Washington, D.C.

For a group that’s dangerously close to being branded as the ‘party of no,’ Republicans have a funny way of showing they can lead. Republican leaders – spearheaded by Congressman John Carter of Texas – are calling for...

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Candor and Communications – Chicago Style, Part 2

Picking up where Day One of DHS’ Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) first National Conference left off the organizers continued their efforts on Day Two (April 23, 2009) to keep momentum going. By continuing to utilize their “open...

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Candor and Communications – Chicago Style

Greetings from sunny and very warm Chicago where the first ever, DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) National Conference is underway. With more than 500+ attendees assembled at the Chicago Hilton, the program has assembled first responders, emergency...

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Four for Four – Show Time Questions for Four DHS Nominees

This Wednesday, April 22, 2009 four senior DHS nominees (Craig Fugate to be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator; John T. Morton to be U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary; Ivan Fong to be DHS General Counsel;...

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Ignorance & Poor Word Choices

Every now and then a “no-win situation” can be made worse by what a person says, how they say it, or what they do not say at all. This is the situation facing DHS following a recently...

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