News & Press
Read about the Center’s latest projects making local and national headlines, as well as commentary by our subject matter experts on current newsworthy issues in emergency management, public health, and homeland security.
March 13, 2012
The alleged murders of 16 innocent Afghani civilians, 9 of whom were children, at the hands of a U.S. soldier has President Obama apologizing and the Taliban calling for revenge. CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Anthony Villa appeared on FOX 45’s morning show to explore the impacts this shooting will ...
March 13, 2012
CHHS Associate Director Adrian Wilairat spoke to WBAL about a student’s online threats to open fire on University of Maryland’s campus. He touched on why a campus wide alert was not issued and how individuals were able to help law enforcement with the case.
March 12, 2012
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger discuss the global impact of the “Kony 2012” video. Greenberger hopes this movement leads to similar efforts to put a spotlight on other human rights violations happening around the world.
March 5, 2012
Hyperlink: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-03-03/news/bs-md-college-alert-20120303_1_alert-system-campus-police-campuses-struggle CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron told The Baltimore Sun issuing college campus-wide alerts is never a bad thing. The 27-year veteran of the Maryland State Police went on to say, "it’s easy to come back and say, ‘All’s clear.’ If you have to think about sending an alert, you ...
March 1, 2012
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger and Senior Law & Policy Analyst Anthony Villa appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV examining the impact of the guilty plea by Majid Khan. The former Baltimore County resident admits to his role in bombings and plotting other potential attacks with al-Qaeda leaders, namely ...
February 29, 2012
Hyperlink: http://www.law360.com/articles/311712/us-faces-tough-fight-to-extradite-megaupload-founder Associate Director Adrian Wilairat explains extraditing embattled Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom to the U.S. to face charges may largely depend upon a judge’s interpretation of international laws and UN treaties. This is a cybersecurity case where internet piracy is colliding with outdated international copyright laws.
Vernon Herron Appears in National and Local Media to Analyze Impact of Supreme Court Ruling on GPS Usage by Police Officers
January 24, 2012
The U.S.Supreme Court ruled the use of GPS technology by police officers to track the vehicular movements of suspected criminals without a warrant violates the 4th Amendment. Vernon Herron spoke to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WBAL-TV, MSNBC.com and WUSA-TV about the impact the ruling may have on police investigations.
January 24, 2012
Hyperlink: http://mdmorn.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/124121-al-shabab-and-craig-baxom/ Senior Law & Policy Analyst Anthony Villa was a guest on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast to analyze the legal implications of the Craig Baxam case and to discuss what’s next for the ex-US soldier who was recently arrested in Kenya and now charged with providing materials to terrorist group Al-Shabab.
January 19, 2012
On January 13th, CHHS teamed up with the District of Columbia's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency to host the city's first Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Summit. A COOP plan is designed to ensure that a governmental agency can continue its most essential functions following a man-made or natural emergency. DC Mayor Vincent Gray's office wants every ...
January 10, 2012
Hyperlink: http://wbal.com/article/85354/10/template-marylandsnewsnow/Bio-Preparedness-Is-On-The-Docket-For-2012 Public Health Program Manager Earl Stoddard spoke to WBAL-TV and WBAL-AM 1090 about the running theme of the 2012 MARCE Conference: the lack of federal funding for bioterrorism preparedness in the U.S. and the mid-Atlantic region.
January 6, 2012
Congratulations to CHHS Senior Law & Policy Analyst Megan Timmins, Exercise and Training Program Director Christina Crue and Senior Law & Policy Analyst Ulka Ghanta. Each of them received a Certificate of Commendation from U.S. Navy Vice Admiral John M. Mateczun, Commander of Joint Task Force CapMed, for their work on a recent terrorism drill in the National Capital ...
December 14, 2011
Hyperlink: http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/12/13/121311-news-predator-drones-1-2/ Predator drones have become powerful surveillance tools for not just the Central Intelligence Agency, but now local police. Senior Law & Policy Analyst Vernon Herron discussed the advantages of using the unmanned aircraft to catch domestic criminals in an article The Daily did about a case in North Dakota.
Senior Law and Policy Analyst Anthony Villa Discusses the Repercussions of the Latest National Defense Authorization Act
December 8, 2011
Anthony Villa, CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst, talks to NPR Baltimore about what the latest defense authorization bill means for civilian prosecution of terrorism, and for the balance of national security and civil liberties.
December 2, 2011
Hyperlink: http://www.wtop.com/?sid=2654247&nid=267 On World AIDS Day, Dr. Earl Stoddard, CHHS public health program manager, talked live on WTOP about the status of HIV infections in the U.S., the scientific progress made in keeping patients healthy longer and why new cases of HIV in the U.S. are not dropping. Stoddard also discusses the ...
November 18, 2011
Hyperlink: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-additional-security-measures-to-take-effect-sunday-20111118,0,3609846.story Going to a Ravens game soon? If so, you’ll encounter heightened security thanks to new NFL rules at stadiums. CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron talked to The Baltimore Sun about the new procedure for fans coming to games and how it may impact your wait to get through the ...
November 16, 2011
Utilizing his many years of law enforcement experience, CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron tells WJZ-TV in Baltimore about the unpredictability of police raids like the one that ended with a car chase and an injury to an ATF agent in Baltimore November 14.
November 2, 2011
Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron talks to WBFF-TV in Baltimore about why the NFL decided to enhance its fan security procedures on gamedays. Starting November 2011, all NFL stadium security personell will use handheld metal detectors on fans as they enter the gates. Before this, stadiums used only pat-downs.
October 24, 2011
On October 19 CHHS and the Department of Defense organized Capital Shield 2012, a full-scale exercise to test the DC region’s ability to respond to a mass casualty terrorist attack. 13 Maryland hospitals along with fire and rescue personnel from 5 counties participated. Here is a compilation of the media’s ...
October 14, 2011
Hyperlink: http://wtop.com/?nid=774&sid=2589417 As more details emerge about Iran’s alleged role in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and set off bombs across Washington, D.C., some are wondering if this is one more reason the military should focus more on Iran and less on Al-Qaeda. Director Michael Greenberger weighs ...
October 14, 2011
Hyperlink: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2011-10-13/implications-alleged-iranian-assassination-plot Director Michael Greenberger appeared on NPR’s "The Diane Rehm Show" to discuss the allegations of an Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and set off several bombs at embassies in Washington, D.C. The panelists also discuss the plot’s implications for U.S.-Iran relations.