News & Press – 2014
From Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-terrorism-insurance-20141227-story.html#page=1 CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger discussed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, developed after September 11, 2001 to encourage insurance coverage of potential terrorist targets, with the Baltimore Sun for the article "Expiring Terrorism Insurance Alarms Md. Industries."
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/12/21/report-fbi-investigation-into-anthrax-attack-was-flawed/ CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with WJZ TV about a recent report calling the 2001 investigation of the anthrax attacks "flawed and inaccurate," recalling the chaos and concern that surrounded the identification of a potential suspect.
Press Release: Expanding upon a workshop held in November, the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) today conducted a tabletop exercise for the Prince George’s County Health Department. The Mass Fatality Management Tabletop brought together local and state officials, healthcare facilities, first responders, and coordinating agencies to walk through a mass fatality scenario at the county’s Emergency Operations Center. While the earlier workshop addressed areas of improvement that could be made to the County’s Mass Fatality Management Plan, the tabletop will take the plan to the next level by simulating high level decision-making that would occur during a real-world ...Read More
Press Release: Today the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) hosted a Continuity of Operations (COOP) tabletop exercise for the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). Held on its La Plata campus, CSM participants included representatives from the President’s Council, administrative and support areas, as well as academic staff. The exercise assessed CSM’s level of emergency preparedness, evaluated the effectiveness of CSM’s policies and procedures, and trained CSM staff on roles and responsibilities during an emergency. COOP plans help agencies resume essential functions within 12 hours of an emergency, and sustain functions for up to 30 days. ...Read More
From WBFF TV: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/police-believe-milford-mill-lockdown-result-rumor-34320.shtml#.VI8ZaSvF-Sp Following the lockdown of a high school in Baltimore, MD, CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by WBFF TV about the spread of threats via social media. Herron commented on the speed in which such threats can spread with the use of Facebook and Twitter, and stated that schools and local governments need to have a robust social media presence themselves to stay out in front of rumors.
Press Release: Markus Rauschecker, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security Senior Law and Policy Analyst, was invited to speak before the Baltimore City Mayor's Working Group on the Use and Implementation of Body Worn Cameras on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. He overviewed potential cybersecurity issues that may arise from the collection, download, and storage of body camera footage, used to record interactions between the police and public, as well as answered questions from the members. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake formed the working group in October to assess and explore the potential implementation of body cameras for officers in the Baltimore Police ...Read More
From Sinclair Broadcasting: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/12/comply-then-complain-police-search-for-new-ways-to-gain-public-trust-109697.html CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron, a veteran police professional, spoke with Kai Jackson for the national story "Comply then Complain: Police Search for New Ways to Gain Public Trust," which aired locally on WJLA TV. Herron discussed key ways in which police could improve relationships with the public going forward.
Press Release: The Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) assisted the Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) with a Mass Fatality Management Workshop today, ensuring local officials, healthcare facilities, first responders, and coordinating agencies understood their roles in the event of a pandemic or other health related disaster which may lead to a large number of deaths. The workshop allowed PGCHD officials and partner agencies to walk through various stages of the county's plan, while assessing strengths in the public health infrastructure, as well as areas for improvement. The workshop, which focuses on operationalizing several functions of the County’s ...Read More
Press Release: The National Academies’ Policy and Global Affairs Division has invited University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) Founder and Director Michael Greenberger to join its Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL). Greenberger is also a law school professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Maryland Carey Law). His appointment will run through December 2016. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, collectively known as the National Academies, appoint ad hoc committees to organize public conferences and carry out consensus studies ...Read More
From Daily Record: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/10/28/quarantine-qa/ The Maryland Daily Record sat down with CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger to ask five questions about quarantine and isolation policies in Maryland, and legal implications as they relate to Ebola in the United States. "Historically, it has been conventional wisdom that it’s very hard to enforce a mandatory quarantine. People have just refused to do it. There’s something naturally very troubling, especially in the case of quarantine — where nobody’s yet sick — to tell people you have to stay in your house and not go out. What we are seeing in the last few days is ...Read More
From Portland Press Herald: www.pressherald.com/2014/10/29/rights-versus-safety-in-ebola-cases-protecting-public-health-sometimes-tramples-on-an-individuals-liberties/ As quarantine and isolation of potential Ebola patients in the United States becomes a widely discussed topic in the news, CHHS Associate Director Amy Major commented for the Portland Press Herald article "Ebola epidemic poses dilemma: Civil rights versus public safety." Major explained why a New Jersey nurse's mandatory quarantine didn't strike a balance between public health and individual basic needs.
From WBAL TV: http://www.wbaltv.com/health/university-of-maryland-medical-center-patient-isolated-for-ebola-testing/29370708 Following the announcement of new quarantine and isolation policies to address potential cases of Ebola in Maryland, CHHS Public Health Program Manager Trudy Henson spoke with WBAL TV. Henson pointed out the benefits of having a flexible and balanced policy, which include gaining public trust and reducing reluctance among health care workers to travel to West Africa.
From the Daily Record: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/09/28/a-law-degree-for-people-who-dont-need-one/ CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger comments on the upcoming Master in Science of Law program to be offered starting in 2015 through the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and University of Maryland College Park in the Maryland Daily Record article "A Law Degree for People Who Don't Need One."
From the Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bs-md-online-election-appeal--20140922,0,2708584.story The latest in a series of articles about legal proceedings in a proposed measure to put Maryland absentee voter ballots online, the Baltimore Sun mentions CHHS Founder and Director Greenberger's comments regarding potential security flaws.
From Government Technology: http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/FirstNet-Makes-Progress-Consults-with-Maryland.html Government Technology Magazine quoted CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst, and resident interoperability expert, Christopher Webster in an article outlining steps taken by Maryland to support FirstNet and the coming nationwide public safety broadband.
From Fox DC: http://www.myfoxdc.com/clip/10597125/analysis-isis-terror-threat Fox 5 Morning News in Washington invited CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger to sit down live to discuss the Islamic State (ISIS) and a threatening video released by the terrorist organization.
From the Daily Record: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/09/14/combat-beyond-the-courts/ CHHS Public Health Program Manager Trudy Henson, JD, and Senior Law and Policy Analyst Markus Rauschecker, JD, - both graduates of the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law - were interviewed by the Maryland Daily Record for the article "Combat Beyond the Courts" exploring the benefits of using a legal background to inform policy in the field of homeland security.
From UMB News: New degree focuses on training non-lawyers to meet specialized workforce needs in health care law, environmental law, and crisis management The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of has launched a Masters of Science in Law (MSL) degree program. The 30-credit, part-time evening program will be taught by Maryland Carey Law faculty members and experts from government agencies, the judiciary, and the practicing bar at the University of Maryland, College Park. The two-year-long program will welcome its first class in the fall of 2015, and is now recruiting students. The MSL degree will provide working professionals ...Read More
From the Baltimore Sun: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-08-28/news/bs-ed-police-20140828_1_new-equipment-police-use-police-cruisers CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron wrote a Letter to the Editor that was published in the Baltimore Sun. Herron criticizes the use of military grade weaponry in response to protests in Ferguson, MO and encourages police forces to develop guidelines for use of military style equipment acquired after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
From Domestic Preparedness: http://www.domesticpreparedness.com/pub/docs/DPJAugust14.pdf CHHS Summer and Fall Research Assistant Andrew Geltman had the article New York: Public Health Implications of the ‘Soda Ban’ Ruling published on the Domestic Preparedness Journal online on August 20, 2014. The article outlines the recent ruling by the New York Court of Appeals striking down the soda ban championed by former Major Bloomberg.
Press Release: As the Nation celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) will be working behind the scenes to help Maryland prepare for potential threats, test essential equipment and plans, and evaluate the state’s emergency response efforts. The three-year long bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, including the writing of the U.S. National Anthem in 1814 by Maryland native Francis Scott Key at Fort McHenry, will culminate September 10 – 16, 2014 with a Star-Spangled Spectacular. The events are expected to draw more than one million visitors ...Read More
From FirstNet.gov: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/kicking-consultation-maryland The Maryland FirstNet Broadband Team – staffed by CHHSers Lori Romer Stone, Chris Webster, Max Romanik, Ben Yelin & Rachael Almaraz - were mentioned in the First Responder Network Authority blog "Kicking-Off Consultation in Maryland." The blog focused on the development of a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network that would enhance emergency response for a variety of weather incidents and large scale planned events, and highlighted Maryland's efforts to date to prepare for implementation.
Press Release: Today’s meeting between the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and Maryland’s executive leadership was the result, in part, of dedication and expertise provided by the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS). A non-profit consulting and academic group, CHHS has supported Maryland’s efforts in interoperability for more than seven years. FirstNet, an independent entity within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, was established by Congress in 2012 to build, implement, and oversee the first ever nationwide public safety broadband network. Once deployed, first responders across the U.S. will have the power ...Read More
From Sinclair Broadcasting: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/two-critical-border-agencies-could-run-our-money-matter-weeks-47392.shtml?wap=0& CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by Sinclair Broadcasting for the story “Two Critical Border Agencies Could Run Out of Money in a Matter of Weeks,” which aired July, 28, 2014 on multiple channels nationwide. Herron spoke on the importance of border security in a larger fight against terrorism and the need for local jurisdictions to fund their own anti-terror initiatives.
Press Release: The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), a non-profit consulting and academic group, has been awarded a year long contract with the Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) to support local emergency preparedness efforts. Under the contract, a first between the two entities, CHHS will enhance the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program (PHEP&R) in Prince George’s County by providing a full-time analyst to specialize in conducting workforce development trainings and emergency exercises, as well as provide logistical support to the program. A full scale, Cities Readiness Initiative dispensing exercise in April 2015 ...Read More
From UMB News: http://www.umaryland.edu/news/?ViewStatus=FullArticle&articleDetail=23024&homepage=1 The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), boasts a wide array of experts among faculty, staff, and students, while also producing research that contributes to medical breakthroughs, best practices, and future educational courses on a daily basis. Among those who could benefit from the university's work are federal lawmakers. On July 16, 2014, CHHS joined the University's Office of Government and Community Affairs for a briefing to congressional staff to help answer the question "How Can UMB Help You Prepare for the Next Big Threat?"
From WYPR Radio: http://wypr.org/post/measuring-floods-annapolis CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst David Mandell was interviewed for the program Maryland Morning on WYPR July 18, 2014 regarding a Reuters report identifying Annapolis as a coastal region that has seen a large increase in flooding over the years.
From Your ABA E-Newsletter: http://www.americanbar.org/publications/youraba/2014/july-2014/disaster-planning--your-law-firm-survival-guide.html The American Bar Association chose to highlight the work of two CHHS Associate Directors, Amy Major and Megan Timmons, in this week's YOUR ABA e-newletter. Major and Timmons contirubuted to the American Bar Association's guide, "Surviving a Disaster: Guide to Disaster Planning for Bar Associations,” a guide meant to help bar associations and other legal organizations develop continuity of operations plans and enhance thier emegency preparedness.
From the Daily Record: http://thedailyrecord.com/20-in-their-twenties/ CHHS Law and Policy Analyst Avery Blank was chosen as one of the Maryland Daily Record’s 20 in their Twenties. The honorees were celebrated at an event held June 25, 2014 at Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Blank is featured in the video recap and the event photos published by The Record.
Press Release: Seasoned emergency management professional Trudy Henson, JD, has been named Public Health Program Manager for the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS). Led by Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, CHHS is a leading consulting agency known by public health clients for melding hands on experience with academic best practices. Since joining CHHS as an intern in 2007, Henson has been an asset to the Center and our public health partners. Her professional experience extends to mass fatality planning, alternate care site planning for local hospitals, legal research for public health policy guides, and exercise ...Read More
From Sinclair Broadcasting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaYD6ttdHS8 CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed for a national Sinclair story on Sgt. Bergdahl’s release and the current state of Guantanamo Bay Prison, which aired on several stations across the country June 13, 2014.
From the Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-infrastructure-20140605,0,1843207.story CHHS Visiting Fellow Michael Beland wrote an opinion piece in The Baltimore Sun outlining Maryland’s aging infrastructure and encouraging the private sector to invest more in helping to rebuild and maintain infrastructure that the government cannot maintain alone. Beland outlines the ways in which Maryland’s infrastructure is declining and emphasized that improving roads, bridges, and train tracks would also boost the economy.
From WNAV Radio: http://www.1430wnav.com/ CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst David Mandell was interviewed by WNAV Radio in Annapolis regarding hurricane preparedness.
From MCOG: http://www.mwcog.org/news/press/detail.asp?NEWS_ID=739 CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Mehrab Karim helped to organize a series of seminars designed to help schools, from K-12 to college campuses, deal with both manmade and natural disaster events. The all-hazards preparedness approach is designed to keep students and staff safe and parents informed in the event of something going wrong.
Hyperlink:http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/time_and_learning/2014/05/uk_school_no_morning_classes.htmlA private school in the U.K., Hampton Court House in East Molesey, Surrey, is moving the start time for upper grade students to 1:30 PM. The start time move was encouraged by a report co-authored by CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee. The report explained the sleep loss experienced by adolescents who are wired to go to sleep later and wake up later.
Hyperlink:http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-blind-lawsuit-20140520,0,3089523.storyAdvocates for blind persons sued the Maryland State Board of Elections because of their recent decision to not bar technology that would assist blind voters and others with physical disabilities in filling out their ballots secretly. Advocates decried the blocking of the new technology while cybersecurity experts supported it. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger applauded the Board’s decision because if adopted he felt the Maryland Voter system would be extremely vulnerable to fraud.
Hyperlink:http://electionintegritymaryland.com/archives/category/press-releaseElection Integrity Maryland, a citizen volunteer group focused on enhancing the public's confidence in its voting franchise in local, state and federal elections by maintaining integrity throughout the voting process, featured quotes from CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger in its recent report on duplicate registrations on Maryland and Virginia voters rolls.
Hyperlink:http://electionintegritymaryland.com/archives/category/press-releaseDirector Michael Greenberger's efforts to bring to light cybersecurity issues with absentee voter ballots in Maryland is mentioned in the Election Integrity Maryland press release "Voter Integrity Groups in Maryland and Virginia Discover 43,983 Duplicate Registrations on the States' Voter Rolls."
Hyperlink:http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/11998270-95/my-turn-deep-understanding-of-legislative-process-key-for-law-studentsCHHS Fellow, and UM Carey School of Law Adjunct Professor, Michael Beland penned the Op-Ed "Deep Understanding of Legislative Process Key for Law Students". Beland explained the need for law school to teach skills that students can then use to engage in the civic arena.
Hyperlink:http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/05/14/use-of-adams-county-emergency-alert-system-criticized/Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was quoted in the CBS 4 (Denver) investigational story Use of Adams County Emergency Alert System Criticized. This Denver county has been using the reverse 911 system to send out alerts about routine events like community meetings. Herron noted that overuse of emergency alert systems desensitizes the public to real emergencies.
Hyperlink:http://wypr.org/post/nsa-post-911CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger appeared on Midday with Dan Rodricks to discuss NSA activities since 9/11. Greenberger spoke with Rodricks and investigative journalist Michael Kirk, a producer of the new PBS Frontline two-part documentary, "United States of Secrets," for nearly an hour.
Hyperlink:http://www.gazette.net/article/20140509/NEWS/140509137/1261/mock-attacks-test-emergency-response-in-montgomery&template=gazetteCHHS Senior Policy Analyst Tom Cotter was interviewed by the Maryland Gazette about his role in the full-scale exercise that was designed to test the National Capital Region's ability to respond to simultaneous terrorist attacks. Cotter explained that the exercise tested coordination between emergency responders and recommendations from the exercise would be cross applied to other disaster events.
In Montgomery and Prince George’s County, first responders and emergency management personnel are better prepared for a mass casualty incident following two full-scale exercises today at the Discovery Sports Center and Six Flags America. Funded through FEMA’s Urban Area Securities Initiative, the events brought together more than 20 regional partners from across Maryland. The scenario, explosive detonations at large sports and recreation facilities in Maryland’s National Capital Region, allowed local fire, police, emergency medical services, emergency management, and coordinating agencies to test the state’s Emergency Response System when a high volume of injuries and casualties are involved. In Montgomery County, ...Read More
Hyperlink: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/time_and_learning/2014/05/ecs_report_school_start_times.html CHHS Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee co-authored a policy brief on the benefits of later school start times for the Education Commission of the States which can be viewed here. The paper was mentioned by Education Week in their blog emphasizing the potential health benefits to adolescents by delaying school start time.
WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 8am to 3pmWHAT: This is a full-scale exercise to test the capabilities of the Maryland Emergency Response System following a large-scale disaster resulting in numerous injuries and casualties. Taking place at two public assembly facilities in the Maryland National Capital Region, the events will also assess the capacity of regional first responders, as well as coordination among emergency management partners.The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has worked with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System and regional stakeholders to develop and organize the exercise, and will provide follow-up evaluation. The ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.1430wnav.com/program.htmlDavid Mandell, CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst, was interviewed by WNAV Radio for a segment that aired April 18, 2014 on their 1430 Connection Program to discuss emergency preparedness efforts in the City of Annapolis.
Hyperlink:http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/spoc-spotlight-maryland-moves-forward-firstnet-outreachCHHS Law and Policy Analyst Max Romanik gave a presentation on the First Responder Network Authority which was covered by FirstNet's blog. Romanik emphasized the future potential to use the public safety broadband network to provide information to first responders.
Hyperlink:http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/jewish-center-shootings/kansas-jewish-center-shootings-reveal-new-dangers-lone-wolves-n81331CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by NBC News with regard to the hate crime shootings at Jewish Community Centers in Overland Park, Kansas that took the lives of three people. Greenberger discussed the difficulty drawing lines between ideological groups and hate groups. He also noted that while there has been a declined in the number of groups identified as hate groups in the past several years that does not mean that we should let our guard down because lone wolf attacks can still take place.
Hyperlink:http://marylandreporter.com/2014/04/14/absentee-ballots-moving-online-causes-security-concerns/CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by the Maryland Reporter and Derek Hunter on WBAL Radio about the state of Maryland's plans to move absentee ballot voting online. Greenberger feels strongly that the current proposed system is vulnerable to fraud.
Hyperlink:http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/04/13/the-daily-record-announces-20-in-their-twenties/CHHS Law and Policy Analyst Avery Blank was named one of The Daily Record’s Top 20 in their Twenties, following a nomination by UM Carey School of Law’s Paula Monopoli, Professor and Director of the Women, Leadership, and Equality Program. The honorees were selected because of their accomplishments and achievements in their fields and civic contributions.
Press Release: University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, also Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (UM Carey Law), has been formally appointed to the Editorial Board of the online journal Disaster and Military Medicine. Greenberger is among fifteen international experts chosen for the publication’s inaugural Board. The journal, led by Editor-in-Chief Eyal Zimlichman, MD, MSc, Deputy General Director and Chief Quality Officer at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, will promote the exchange of global public health best practices through manuscripts exploring all aspects of disaster ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.gazette.net/article/20140402/NEWS/140409772/1096/officials-dispense-antibiotics-at-damascus-high-during-simulated&template=gazetteMontgomery County Gazette covered a full-scale exercise simulating the distribution of medication to 1 million people in 48 hours. The Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise was developed and evaluated by CHHS’ Exercise and Training team. Held at Damascus High school, the POD exercise scenario was based on the public health emergency that would be caused by a terror attack that included a wide-scale distribution of anthrax by a crop dusting plane over the Montgomery County area.
Hyperlink:http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/04/01/naval-base-security-to-tighten-after-fatal-shooting/Naval bases around the country are tightening their security measures after a fatal shooting at Naval Station Norfolk where a layperson gained access to the base and fatally shot sailor Mark Mayo. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger noted that security protocols are often changed after an incident and we should be looking to improve security before tragedy strikes.
From Diamondback: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_7229ea42-b498-11e3-8006-0017a43b2370.html CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a member of the panel, "Googling the NSA: Accountability in the Age of Big Data," at the University of Maryland. As a part of the panel discussion, which included KEYW Corporation CEO Len Moodispaw, Greenberger said that the legal system needs to be updated in order to properly deal with issues of big data and government collection practices.
Hyperlink:http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/03/13/md-congressman-wants-to-make-it-harder-for-nsa-to-monitor-phone-calls/CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by WJZ TV, CBS Baltimore about a current proposal in Congress by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, (D) Maryland. The proposal would cut the government’s ability to store massive amounts of data without cause. Greenberger stressed that the storage is where the constitutional issue lay and a modification to monitoring a small number of people with cause over monitoring everyone without cause would be a good step.
Hyperlink:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JzQLHocl04CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by WTOP to discuss President Obama’s proposed changes in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program.Greenberger applauded the change from have unfetter access to five years of data to having to request specific information from 18 months of data. Greenberger asserted that the NSA did not have the statutory authority for all of the information currently held and proposed that it is a 4th amendment violation. Greenberger does worry about the President asking that the current program be legislatively authorized as it could leave the door open for future invasive practices to be ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.npr.org/2014/03/11/288814443/u-s-checks-for-stolen-passports-but-other-nations-fall-shortCHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with NPR's Morning Edition and said that the world passport system is broken. Greenberger emphasized that it is far too easy to use fake and stolen documents.
Hyperlink:http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/black-market-passports-fake-and-stolen-documents-a-security-threat/CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was featured on a CBS This Morning segment about the robust passport black market. Greenberger highlighted that fake passports are rampant and enable not only terrorism but a variety of serious criminal acts like drug and human trafficking. Greenberger hopes that the world's countries can learn from the situation and begin to uniformly follow Interpol's reccomendations for passsport screening.
Hyperlink:http://time.com/18754/stolen-passports-malaysian-airlines/Michael Greenberger provided comment to Time Magazine about the worldwide problem of stolen passports. Greenberger stressed that passports alone do not keep unwanted people out of a country.
Hyperlink:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/09/stolen-passports-malaysia-flight/6230767/CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke to USA Today and questioned how foreign governments deal with stolen passports. The differences in how countries screen airline passengers has come under scrutiny after a Boeing 777 originating in Malaysia went missing on Saturday with two persons on board who used stolen passports. Greenberger criticized the fact that only some countries check passports being used against Interpol's database of stolen passports. In the United States the 9/11 commission recommended biometric passports in 2004 to add a layer of security but due to cost no government has implemented them.
Hyperlink:http://live.wsj.com/video/malaysia-airlines-mystery-highlights-passport-flaws/BA215F15-86D6-4CB3-A9EE-59A68B5E70AC.html#!BA215F15-86D6-4CB3-A9EE-59A68B5E70ACCHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with Wall Street Journal Live in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Greenberger explained that while many countries have access to Interpol's database of lost and stolen passports only the United States and United Kingdom reliably check passengers against this list.Additionally, Greenberger highlighted the fact that illegally authorized passports are easily secured often by taking legitimate information from the internet and are used in crime ranging from terror to drug and human trafficking. Greenberger stressed that adding biometrics to passports would not be enough to stop criminals from obtaining illegally ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/end-public-police-scannerCHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by Mother Jones about the Boston Police reaction to the wide publication of information disseminated over police scanners during the Boston bombing situation. Herron explained that it would be possible to limit public access to the information over scanners through encryption but that it might come at the cost of interoperability and cautioned that not being able to communicate with neighboring jurisdictions could be a greater harm than allowing public access to scanner information.
Hyperlink:http://www.wtop.com/41/3579000/Is-your-passport-vulnerable-to-criminalsMichael Greenberger, the founder and director of CHHS, spoke with WTOP about passport weaknesses. Greenberger noted that counterfeiting is a worldwide problem. Passport security is not only challenged by stolen and illegally obtained passports but also illegally authorized passports obtained using identification information that is either stolen or obtained legally on the internet and then paired with a different person’s photo.
Hyperlink:http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/02/19/nationwide-license-plate-tracking-database-sparks-controversy/CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by WJZ TV, CBS Baltimore, to see what he thought about the recent proposal to give Homeland Security Officials access to a nationwide database used to track license plates in the continuous fight against terror threats. Herron mentioned the need for vigilance in the wake of September 11th but for this to be balanced with oversight.
Introduced today before the Maryland Senate Finance Committee, Senate Bill 338 would establish the Statewide Interoperability Radio Control Board – a governance body University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) Senior Law and Policy Analyst Christopher Webster says is paramount in the State’s leadership of interoperable communications for first responders. Webster provided written testimony to support the Bill, which was part of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s 2014 legislative agenda: Nothing does more to promote real emergency communications interoperability than strong, effective, representative governance bodies – and this is why CHHS supports Senate Bill 338 to create the ...Read More
Hyperlink:http://www.gazette.net/article/20140210/NEWS/140219969/1033/conference-examines-issue-of-public-safety-around-biotech-labs&template=gazetteCHHS Public Health Program Manager Earl Stoddard spoke to the Maryland Gazette about the recent conference hosted by the Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefence and Emerging Infectious Diseases and CHHS on Laboratory Safety, Security and Preparedness in the Evolving Era of Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC). Stoddard touched on the difficulty in getting information from labs participating in potentially dangerous research. He encouraged a balance between important research taking place and public health and safety.
Hyperlink:http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-rodricks-0206-20140206,0,2320119.columnCHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun about Maryland new plan to allow absentee ballots to be submitted electionnically in the next election. Greenberger stressed that there is no way to know the identify of persons submitting ballots which leaves the plan open to voter fraud.
The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) is partnering with the Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (MARCE) to present the 2014 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference on Monday, February 10, 2014. The day-long session will feature top experts and authorities presenting on and discussing “Laboratory Safety, Security and Preparedness in the Evolving Era of Dual Use Research of Concern.” Conducting vital biological research on potentially lethal pathogens, while ensuring that appropriate protective mechanisms are implemented to prevent accidental or intentional release of those organisms, is a critical balancing act for ...Read More
From Baltimore Sun: http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79066312/ CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Eric Oddo was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article about the recent shooting at the Columbia Mall. Oddo explained how due to the unique challenges of a mall nothing could have been done to prevent the shooting at the Columbia mall. Other experts mentioned how training mall employees for an active shooter scenario helped manage the situation as it unfolded.
From Daily Record: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/01/22/law-school-course-draws-lessons-from-snowden-disclosure/ CHHS Director Michael Greenberger and Senior Law and Policy Analyst Trudy Henson were quoted in an article in The Daily Record about Professor Greenberger's course, "National Security, Electronic Surveillance and Bulk Data Collection: The Withering of the Fourth Amendment." The course will focus on the National Security Agency and recent leaks by Edward Snowden. The article discusses how the rapidly evolving disclosures mean that the syllabus can never be set in stone.
From Chicago Tribune Redeye: http://articles.redeyechicago.com/2014-01-24/news/46698666_1_scanner-police-officers-justin-jackson CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron spoke to the Chicago Tribune Redeye about the robust police scanner enthusiast community in Chicago. Chicago has a large number of people who listen to the publicly broadcast first responders channels. Herron says that this has both positive and negative aspects to it. On one hand, it can provide citizens with a better idea of what police work entails while on the other hand criminals can use the information to evade capture.
From UMB Presidents News: http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1109864928261-568/PRESIDENTS-NEWS-2014-Jan.pdf CHHS's work to help secure the University of Maryland Baltimore campus was highlighted in the Presdient's January newsletter. Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo's was mentioned for leading a team in conjunction with the Univeristy Police Force to assess the secuiry of University buldings and also update Continuity of Operations plans.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/01/23/army-plans-to-fly-surveillance-blimps-over-aberdeen-proving-ground/ CHHS Senior Policy Analyst provided comment to Baltimore's WJZ-TV regarding a new plan for the military to place surveillance blimps over Aberdeen, Maryland. Herron emphasized that it is just another tool in preventing attacks on American soil.
From WYPR Radio: http://programs.wypr.org/podcast/clemency-snowden-thursday-january-23rd-12-1-pm CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a guest on, "Midday with Dan Rodricks," a daily public affairs program on the Baltimore NPR affiliate station WYPR. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelton and Colin Starger, a constitutional law scholar at the University of Baltimore, were the other guests on the program. Greenberger addressed the illegality of the widespread metadata collection practices of the NSA, the legal implications of the judicial decisions leaked by Edwards Snowden, and the usefulness and future of the NSA program.
Press Release: Through the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) Founder and Director Michael Greenberger will hold the first class of a newly minted course “National Security, Electronic Surveillance and Bulk Data Collection: The Withering of the Fourth Amendment” on Friday, January 17, 2014. Greenberger is a professor at UM Carey Law and developed the topic and materials following recent leaks of top secret U.S. security practices that are sure to have an impact on the legal profession for years to come. An academic consulting agency with more than 50 ...Read More
From Associated Press: http://www.nbc29.com/story/24467598/wva-spill-shows-vulnerability-of-water-supply CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke to the Associated Press regarding the water contamimation issue in West Virginia that left over 300,000 people without running water for five days. Greenberger awknowledged the accidental nature of this particular incident but warned that the United States lacks resources to deal with a deliberate attack on a water delivery system.
From Fox 45 TV: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/vote/ CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by Fox 45 Baltimore for a feature on man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS). The black market is flooded with MANPADS which have the ability to bring down aircraft. Greenberger says that we must remain vigilant and not rest on the what may be luck in avoiding a MANPAD attack on civilian aircraft. The news clip can be accessed under Your Voice, Your Future Stories (right-hand column).
From Capital Gazette: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/annapolis-activates-snow-emergency-plan/article_b4cb6646-bb4b-5223-b2a0-86aab629f7e4.html CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst David Mandell (working as a Senior Planner and Public Information Officer for the City of Annapolis) is quoted in the Capital Gazette article "Annapolis Activates Snow Emergency Plan." Mandell provides information about what it means to be in Phase 1 of Annapolis' snow plan and encourages people to check on loved ones during severe weather.