News & Press – 2013

From USA Today: CHHS Director Michael Greenberger and Research Assistant Justin Morris (and Francis King Carey School of Law student) were interviewed for a USA Today Special Edition on Homeland Security. The article, "Planning for Disasters," can be accessed in the issue published on December 20, 2013 on page 50. Greenberger emphasized all-hazards preparedness and promoted courses in the law school. Morris spoke of his passion for law enforcement and the advantages of preparing for homeland security through an advanced degree.    
From WUSA TV: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by WUSA 9 about the current state of terror threats being magnified by social media. Threats are more disruptive and get more attention because of the high speed of communication. Herron acknowledged that law enforcement has no choice but to take the threats seriously and officials need to have their own social media account to keep up with disseminating factual information.
From WJZ 13 TV: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke to WJZ-TV about the latest information gleaned from Edward Snowden leaks that indicate that the United States Government is survailing the cell phones of average citizens around the world using cell phone networks. Greenberger emphasized that this is a tremendous breach of privacy and noted that the information the National Security Agency is gathering could be used in a damaging way.
From WBAL 11 TV: CHHS founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke to WBAL-TV after testifying at a Baltimore City hearing about public school safety, security, and preparedness. Greenberger notes that technology intensive solutions to security in schools has the potential to be prohibitively expensive. However, there are several low technology options that can be used to help secure our children in schools.
Press Release: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, at the invitation of the Baltimore City Council and their Public Safety Committee Chair Councilman Branch, spoke during an informational hearing at Baltimore's City Hall regarding "Preparedness and Safety in our Schools and Comminities" on December 4, 2013.  Greenberger reiterated the need for planning and preparedness, as well as security assessments for individual schools.  CHHS has worked with the City of Baltimore on several emergency preparedness and public projects in the past, including a Pandemic Flu Exercise in 2009.
From UMB News: Among Maryland cabinet secretaries, state’s attorneys, and local police chiefs, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, also a University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law professor, joined Governor Martin O’Malley for a Better Choices, Better Results forum on November 21, 2013 in Prince George’s County.  O’Malley, a UM Carey Law ’88 graduate, emphasized that while homeland security may be one of the newer fields of focus in public safety, it has been one of the highest priorities during his tenture... Read more on the UMB News Page:
From WUSA 9 TV: Michael Greenberger, CHHS Founder and Director, is quoted in the WUSA 9 story about the Department of Homeland Security security officer Bradley Saunders who was charged with his 4th driving under the influence (DUI). Saunders received probation before judgement. Greenberger stressed that someone with a history of such reckless behavior should not be in charge of protecting the Department of Homeland Security.
From Associated Press: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was quoted in an Associated Press article discussing the recent 3rd U.S. Circuit Court ruling that threw out evidence based on an unlawful search. Herron explained that the new standard for police officers has to be to obtain a warrant to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) device for tracking a suspect.
From Al Jazeera America: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron’s appearance on Al Jazeera America’s TechKnow was mentioned in the blog entitled Military Bulletproofing Technology Finds a Role in Some US Classrooms. Herron discussed how training and preparation are key for school teachers and administrators being able to use the bulletproof technology effectively.
From Fox 45 TV: Link no longer available Fox 45 produced a story about the various items that are confiscated by TSA when people fly. It appears that most people are simply careless and don't intent to cause harm when accidentally flying with prohibited items.CHHS's Vernon Herron reminds flyers to be careful with what they pack as we all share in the responsibility of keep the skies safe.
After more than ten years in existence, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security continues to expand our emergency management expertise as we strive to develop world-class policies, strategies, and training exercises for our public and private partners. Learn more about who we are, and what we do, through this video highlight.
From WTOP Radio: CHHS Director Michael Greenberger spoke to WTOP, 103.5 FM in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting about how the shooter was able to have security clearance that granted him access to the base. Greenberger discussed the systematic weaknesses in the way clearances are granted through a series of contractors and sub-contractor and urged an investigation into how security clearances are granted to prevent something like this from happening again.
From WUSA 9 TV: CHHS Director Michael Greenberger was called on by WUSA 9 News to provide some insight into the Navy Yard shooting when it was an active shooter situation. Greenberger stressed that it was too early to make any definitive judgments. Given the details that were available at the time Greenberger discussed the possibility that the shooter was someone who already had access to the building and did not just walk off of the street such as a disgruntled employee.
From Fox 5 TV: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo was a guest on Fox 5 TV’s morning show to share resources and tips on workplace emergency planning and preparedness, specifically in response to active shooter situations. Oddo mentioned that the Navy Yard shooting was a good opportunity for workplaces to dust off their emergency operating procedures and ensure that there are plans in place for before, during, and after an event like an active shooter or HAZMAT situation.
From NPR Radio: Founder and Director Michael Greenberger participated with a panel of experts on the Diane Rehm Show discussing government security clearances in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Navy Yard. Greenberger explains the tiers of confidential, secret, and top secret. He opines that America has a problem with over-classification of information that then leads to too many people being granted clearances. Greenberger stressed that the system is broken and is leading to the government being turned over to private companies.
From CCTV America: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed on CCTV America after the mass shooting at Navy Yard about US national security. Greenberger provided insight into the national security clearance systems that he thinks is broken. The system often has contractors doing clearances for other contractors, which is a weak system that can be easily evaded. The Navy Yard shooter was a sub-contractor with clearance. He points to Edward Snowden as an example of an employee of a contractor who should have never gained a high security clearance. Greenberger also mentioned the need to place mental ...Read More
From America's Democrats: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed for the September 8, 2013 This Week feature on the two biggest threats to America 12 years after 9/11: Greenberger identifies them as cyberwarfare and chemical weapons. Greenberger also discusses NSA data mining and privacy issues. View the homepage feature at or hear the audio here.
Press Release: The exercise and training team at the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) spent the morning working with the Carroll County Health Department to ensure the local public health infrastructure was prepared to respond following a pandemic.  A tabletop exercise allowed Health Department officials and partner agencies to talk through a medical surge event, while assessing the various roles and responsibilities of involved parties.  Participants included local healthcare facilities, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and state and local coordinating agencies. Tabletop exercises involve key personnel talking through simulated scenarios in a facilitated discussion.  Today’s scenario, developed by ...Read More
From ABA News: The American Bar Association mentioned Associate Directors Amy Major and Megan Timmins in their August 23, 2013 online post New ABA Tool Guides Legal Organizations in Surviving a Disaster. The 77 page guide, coproduced by CHHS, focuses on helping Bar Associations enhance thier emergency preparedness is available for download here.
From WJZ 13 TV: CHHS Director Michael Greenberger provided comment to WJZ-TV regarding the Pentagon's recently release report about the safety of nuclear plants in America. The report revealed that more than 100 plants were found to be lacking in security leaving them vulnerable to terrorist attack. Greenberger says that in light of the report we need to rethink the security at nuclear reactors.
From Hindu: Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo spoke to The Hindu about the vulnerabilities in Indian cities to bioterrorism and disease threats. Oddo emphasized the importance of having multiple plans and the usefulness of an Incident Command System in managing events.
Press Release: The exercise and training team at the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) is working with hospitals within Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties to discuss response to hospital-wide evacuations – a situation that involves individual hospital staff as well coordinating agencies such as  local and state EMS of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), local health departments and emergency management agencies, and the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).  The day-long session, being held August 6 at the Maritime Institute, is sponsored by MIEMSS Region III ...Read More
From Emergency Management: CHHS Director Michael Greenberger spoke with Emergency Management Magazine about whether the Boston Marathon bombings should have been prevented with information available to law enforcement or with tighter security enforcements on race day. Greenberger examines what happened in the case of Boston and recommends bag checks and CCTV in the future.
From America's Democrats: interviews Director Michael Greenberger on what the leak of national security data collection programs tells us about the current state of Fourth Amendment protections of privacy for their segment This Week, June 30, 2013.
Press Release: The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and ten hospitals from Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s Counties are better prepared for an all hazards incident following parallel mock exercises today – developed, conducted and evaluated by the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS). The scenario, a train derailment in suburban Rockville, Maryland, is just one type of event that can affect jurisdictions as a whole, and public and private entities within them. Having plans to deal with such emergencies is critical, but of equal importance is training for ...Read More
Media Advisory: WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013 WHAT: This is a functional exercise to test the county’s ability to respond to an all-hazards incident and coordinate with multiple emergency management partners. The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has worked with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security to organize the exercise, and will provide follow-up evaluation. Hospitals in the region will also be testing their ability to respond to the medical needs of the mock incident. Ten hospitals from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems’ Region V (which includes Calvert, ...Read More
From Maryland Public Television: Maryland Public Television's State Circle host Jeff Salkin asked CHHS Director Michael Greenberger if the NSA leaks surprised him, and how the American public views Edward Snowden.
From WNAV Radio: In his capacity as a Planner for the Annapolis Office of Emergency Preparedness, David Mandell discussed local hurricane awareness on WNAV Radio's Living Green program June 12, 2013.
Hyperlink: security and risk journal CSO explores whether NSA revelations could push terrorists to other channels - Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron says they will certainly think twice about their mode of communication.
Hyperlink:,0,2516971.storyCHHS Director Michael Greenberger spoke with The Baltimore Sun and explained that the government mining cell phone data is likely very widespread. Additionally he provided commentary about the growing privacy debate surrounding the NSA surveillance.
Hyperlink: Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by WBAL TV about the recent revelation that Verizon has been secretly collecting information about customer's phone records and passing that data on to the government. Greenberger explains that it is highly unlikely it is Verizon alone and the nature of the data collections.
Hyperlink: Director Michael Greenberger went on WTOP radio to offer commentary about the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) recent announcement that they are reversing the decision to allow small knives on airplanes. Faced with intense opposition from the public, the airline industry, and US Marshalls the TSA will maintain the previous rules about knives on board.
Hyperlink: Policy Analyst Vernon Herron discusses implications of phone/internet data collected by secretive NSA program and how it might be used with Sinclair Broadcasting.
Hyperlink: week, President Obama re-committed himself to closing the detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger joined Dan Rodricks on Midday to discuss along with guests Terry Carter, senior writer for the American Bar Association Journal; Laura Pitter, counterterrorism adviser for Human Rights Watch; and Sig Libowitz, attorney and writer-producer of the acclaimed 2009 film, “The Response,” based on the transcripts of detainee tribunals at Guantanamo.
From C-Span: Link no longer available CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger talks with C-SPAN Washington Journal and callers about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and what can be learned regarding homeland security capabilities and emergency preparedness and management.
Hyperlink: social media use on the rise, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger discusses how recent events will further tighten law enforcement focus of online terrorism threats made by US teenagers.
Hyperlink: the aftermath of the first major domestic terrorist act since 2001, CHHS Director and Founder Michael Greenberger tells Mishpacha Magazine that while much has improved in emergency preparedness and response since 9/11, citizens can lend a hand through increased vigilance.
CHHS founder and director Michael Greenberger went on the Diane Rehm show to discuses the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Greenberger, along with David Cole of the Georgetown University Law Center, Devlin Barrett with The Wall Street Journal, and Jane Harman former chair of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence, spent an hour with Diane Rehm discussing various aspects of the Boston Bombing. The discussion included speculation on who coordinated the attack, motivation for the attack, the consequences for Boston, and the implications for public security in the US. Listen to the round table discussion here. Read the transcript here.
Hyperlink: Channel 9 News askes CHHS Director Michael Greenberger who could be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. Greenberger posits that it was not an act of organized international terrorism, but rather a homegrown "lone wolf" operation perhaps in connection to Patriot Day. Patriot Day has become a day for people with grievances against the government to air them much like the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19th, 1995.
Hyperlink: the London and NYC marathon organizers contemplate approaches to making their events safter CHHS Director Michael Greenberger issued a reminder to take, "If you see something, say something," seriously. Additionally he pointed to cuts in security funding in the past few years as something that needs to be remedied if the nation is to remain safe from terror attacks.
Hyperlink: Director Michael Greenberger spoke to Jenny Marder of The Rundown, the PBS Newshour blog, about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. He likened the attack to the bombing of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and said finding the perpetrator would likely take time.
Hyperlink: Director Michael Greenberger is quoted in a Washington Post article about whether Americans have become complacent about terrorist attacks in the years since 9/11.
Hyperlink: Director Michael Greenberger goes on WTOP to discuss the Boston Marathon explosions. While law enforcement has diligently prevented attacks since 9/11 it only takes one getting through. Greenberger hypothesizes what could have been behind this classic terror attack and discusses the rise in homegrown terrorism and discontent on Patriot Day.
CHHS Director Michael Greenberger talks to WTOP about the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new guidelines for knives that are acceptable carry on items. The new guidelines state that small knives, novelty baseball bats, and other sports equipment can be carried on board. Professor Greenberger is disturbed by this change in regulations and discusses why it does not make sense for the American flying public. Listen to the interview here. Download the interview here.
Hyperlink: Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee spoke with members of the Emergency Medical Services Agency Research Network (EMSARN) about legal considerations of fatigue in shift work. EMSARN's goal is to improve the quality, safety, and performance in emergency medical services across the nation. This 16 minute long podcast explores the legal implications of sleep deprivation and long shifts.
CHHS Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by WJZ-TV, Baltimore's local CBS affiliate for a piece on cyber-security concerns. Greenberger stressed that outside of a nuclear attack there is nothing more dangerous to the United States. The upside of the continuous battle with hackers and cyber terrorists is the robust job creation in the cyber-security sector. You can watch the clip here. 
Hyperlink: Director Michael Greenberger talks to WUSA Channel 9 News about the glorification of torture in "Zero Dark Thirty."
From Baltimore Sun:,0,7454628.story The one day Harford County training exercise organized by CHHS was featured in a Baltimore Sun article. The exercise was intended to test current readiness capabilities in case of a large scale incident.
CHHS Director Michael Greenberger provided a comment on for WTOP Radio the importance of protecting consumers from sustained cyber attacks.
CHHS Director Michael Greenberger discusses the use of drone strikes with a focus on the ambiguous nature of the current policy. Greenberger highlights the Obama administration's need to balance the protection of individual rights and the ability to stop terrorists. Listen to the interview here.
Hyperlink: the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, WYPR's "Midday with Dan Rodricks" explored the issue of the mentally ill's access to firearms. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger joined Maryland State Delegate Sandy Rosenberg to discuss a timely report by a Maryland task force charged with making recommendations to make sure the mentally disabled, who may exhibit a propensity of violence, do not have access to guns.