Blogs from 2011

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    Creating Monsters for the Greater Good of Humanity

    December 21, 2011

    The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) today recommended the U.S. not publish research from two separate laboratories that shows how few steps it could take the bird flu virus (Influenza A H5N1) to mutate into a highly infectious and deadly form for humans. The NSABB is an independent ...

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    The Daily Record Names CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger an "Influential Marylander"

    November 21, 2011

    The Daily Record just released its 2012 list of "Influential Marylanders". CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, also a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, is one of the honorees. Those selected by the publication have shown leadership and made impacts in their field or ...

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    Soundbites Drown Out Sound Advice on Child Vaccinations

    October 28, 2011

    The United States is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world. Yet here we are in the 21st Century suffering from the worst measles outbreak in decades. The tragedy is that measles is a preventable disease. There is a vaccine available today! The Centers for ...

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    Breached: Cyber attackers waging war on our nation’s most sensitive information

    October 25, 2011

    By Tina Williams, CHHS Research Assistant Millions of Facebook and Twitter members know how easy it is to get insight into people’s private lives. And most of us can quickly spot a spam or scam e-mail. But most of us DON’T know how determined cyber attackers can be to get private ...

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    Scathing Evaluation of U.S. Biopreparedness

    October 12, 2011

    The Bipartisan Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism Research Center just released its Bio-Response Report Card (view Report Card). The results were less than encouraging. In total, the U.S. received 0 “A’s,” 10 “D’s,” and an astounding 15 “F’s” out of a total of 40 possible grading categories. Preparedness for ...

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    MD Gov. O'Malley appoints CHHS Director Michael Greenberger to cybersecurity post

    October 7, 2011

    CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, professor at the UM Francis King Carey School of Law, has been appointed by the Honorable Governor Martin O’Malley to the newly-created Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence. Greenberger is one of four commission members representing institutions of higher education located in the state. ...

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    Listeria outbreak exposes red tape in U.S. food safety system

    October 5, 2011

    By Patrick Rose, PhD & Czarina Biton, MPH   The recent listeria outbreak originating in Colorado melons conjures up an important question: why isn’t the issue of food-borne illness a top priority of federal regulators and why are they not doing more? Every year food-related illnesses affect 48 million Americans. That translates ...

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    DC police decision jeopardizes interoperability

    October 3, 2011

                    Interoperability Compromised in our Nation’s Capital. Public safety officials in the Washington, D.C. area are concerned that the Metropolitan Police Department’s recent decision to encrypt its radios will hamper attempts to have seamless interoperability in the region. Encryption has long been used by militaries and governments to facilitate secret communication. Encryption ...

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    “Contagion” needs a dose of reality

    September 29, 2011

    With the new movie “Contagion” in theatres, there has been some debate over whether its premise — an infectious disease spreads uncontrollably worldwide and kills millions of people rapidly — could really happen. Regardless of how well-versed you are in infectious diseases, reading different mainstream press articles leaves an uneasy ...

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    NATO Success in Libya and the Future of U.S. Military Operations

    September 19, 2011

    On August 23rd, Libyan rebel groups seized the capital of Tripoli and stormed the compound of Muammar Gaddafi, effectively ending his decades of tyrannical rule in Libya. The success of the rebels is in no small measure attributable to the military assistance provided by the U.S. and its allies through ...

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    9/11 Ten Years Later: Unfinished Business

    September 13, 2011

    Ten years ago on 9/11 /01, I was a Major with the Maryland State Police.  As I walked across the parking lot that morning, the S.W.A.T. Commander stopped me and informed me that a plane had just slammed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. Shortly after ...

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    CHHS hosts 9/11 security symposium, major speech by Gov. O’Malley

    September 1, 2011

    On Friday, September 9th, CHHS gathered many of Maryland’s top law enforcement and homeland security leaders and analysts, for a symposium on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Panelists reflected upon the lessons the state learned and their plans to ensure the safety of citizens going forward. Gov. ...

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    CIA Drone Strikes and The Law of War: Uncharted Legal Territory

    August 30, 2011

    Recently Pakistani tribesmen filed a criminal complaint in Pakistan against John Rizzo, the former acting General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  The complaint is based on Mr. Rizzo’s authorization of the CIA’s use of armed unmanned aerial vehicle attacks, or drone strikes, in Pakistan’s tribal regions near the ...

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    Me, EOC, and Irene

    August 29, 2011

    Many folks already view Hurricane Irene as an extraordinary exaggeration and a waste of a whole lot of worrying. While it certainly may not have left the devastation other historic storms have left in their wake, people underestimate the efforts made in their respective counties and states to ensure that ...

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    August 22, 2011

    A workshop series designed to facilitate Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan writing. Thursday, October 6, 2011 Noon: Light lunch refreshments & snacks 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Workshop Laurel City Hall Computer Lab 8103 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707 Bring your completed digital worksheets to this interactive, computer-based workshop designed to guide participants step-by-step through ...

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    Striving for Community Resilience and Cultivating Partnerships: An Overview of the National Strategy for Counterterrorism

    August 9, 2011

    It is now the year 2011.  Ten years ago, on September 11, the U.S. encountered terrorism of historical proportions as al Qa’ida attacked several prominent sites in the United States, affecting everyone in our Nation in some way.  But these attacks did not shatter the American will and spirit.  Since ...

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    The Costs of Cutting Disease Surveillance Programs

    August 9, 2011

    In a decade where the term ‘every penny counts’ could not be more appropriate, our governments, at local, state and federal levels, are faced with making tough decisions.  Legislators walk a fine line between balancing the budget and acting in the best interest of their constituents.  The difficult task for ...

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    The Pros and Cons of SMS/Text Alert Notification Systems

    July 25, 2011

    Last week, Baltimore City launched a new text and email alert system that will provide important alerts for issues related to public safety and crime.  According to Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, “his new system is an important addition to our efforts to improve transparency and communication with the ...

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    Afghanistan Troop Draw-Down: Shift from Counter-Insurgency to Counter-Terrorism?

    July 18, 2011

    On June 22, President Barack Obama announced that 10,000 of the 33,000 surge troops that were deployed in 2009 to augment U.S. military operations in Afghanistan would be withdrawn by the end of this year.  This will be followed by the withdrawal of all surge troops by the end ...

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    Security Breach at Our Airports

    July 2, 2011

    Jophan Porter, a 38-year old flight attendant for American Eagle Airlines, was recently arrested for carrying phony identification, including a fraudulent passport, and charged with six counts of identity theft, three counts of forgery, and three counts of possessing stolen driver’s licenses. Porter, who is a native of Guyana, was ...

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