Homeland Security

Transport Security Administration / Ben Balter (background)

As the threat of terrorism has grown, civilian agencies are increasingly thrust into the national security conversation. The laws and regulations that govern aviation, immigration, and international trade have become key parts of the national security apparatus. Debates over no-fly lists, border security, and the protection of airplane technology now take place alongside those over the military’s rules of engagement or the value of NSA programs. These new debates seem no less likely to disappear.

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No Laptop Ban ... For Now

Good news.  Politico is reporting the breaking news that there will NOT be a ban on laptops on US-EU flights:

The U.S. today opted not to introduce a ban on bringing laptops into the cabins of flights to the U.S. from Europe, sources told POLITICO.

“No ban,” a Commission official said. “Both sides have agreed to intensify technical talks and try to find a common solution.”

Kudos to DHS for reaching the right decision.

Homeland Security

Rethinking Homeland Security

For those intersted in the enterprise of homeland security and its operations, my Heritage colleague David Inserra has just published a lenghty, comprehensive review of DHS in which he argues for a fundamental reset of priorities.  You may not agree with all of his recommendations, but the depth of analysis is relatively unique in the think tank world these days.  Heres' the executive summary opening:

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