FEMA Releases Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101

Yesterday, April 14, 2009, the “Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced … the release of the final Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: ‘Developing and Maintaining State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Government Emergency Plans.'” The “CPG 101 is the first in a series of publications developed through the FEMA National Preparedness Directorate’s CPG Initiative. Future CPGs will discuss planning considerations for a variety of emergency functions, hazards and special preparedness programs including; special needs planning, household pets and service animals, fusion center / emergency operations center interface, and hazard-specific guidance.” This document “serves as the emergency plan foundation for both public and private sector planning in the United States. Planners in all disciplines and organizations may find portions of the guide useful in the development of their emergency response plans.”

The CPG 101 can be found here.

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DHS Releases New Immigration Statistics for 2008

Naturalizations in the United States: 2008

U.S. Legal Permanent Residents: 2008

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics has just released these two statistical reports which provide information on U.S. legal permanent residents and naturalizations for the year 2008. These reports are part of an ongoing series of annually reported data which the Office of Immigration Statistics provides. All reports are available on their website.

Hemet Police buying armored vehicle

HEMET: Most of the funds for $270,000 car covered by grant from Homeland Security.

The Hemet Police Department is buying a $270,000 police car.

Well, not exactly.

The department is buying an armored personnel carrier designed to get a lot of officers into a crime scene without getting shot.

“The main function of this vehicle is to protect our officers going into a hot zone,” Capt. Dave Brown said.

It has neither weapons nor a ram, said Chief Richard Dana.

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Glenn Beck and Penn Jillette on MIAC report

See also: The Radical Polarization of Law Enforcement

The Radical Polarization of Law Enforcement

The Radical Polarization
of Law Enforcement

Patriots, Christians and concerned citizens are increasingly in the cross hairs of the U.S. intelligence community, and battle lines are being quietly drawn that could soon pit our own law enforcement and military forces against us.

A February 20 report entitled “The Modern Militia Movement” was issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) that paints mainstream patriotic Americans as dangerous threats to law enforcement and to the country. Operating under the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the MIAC is listed as a Fusion Center that was established in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.

Because authenticity of the report was questioned by some, this writer contacted Missouri state Representative Jim Guest (R-King City) who had personally verified that the report had indeed been issued. Rep. Guest is chairman of the Personal Privacy Committee and is a prominent leader in the national Blowback against the Real ID Act of 2005 that requires states to issue uniform driver’s licenses containing personal biometric data. (See Guest warns against Big Brother, Real ID)

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Homeland Security Secretary Proposes Increase in Spending for Domestic Surveillance Programs

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the House Committees on Homeland Security, and said that DHS plans to connect governmental databases containing personal information, expand the government’s employment tracking system, promote passenger screening, use e-passports, employ watchlists and utilize contactless identity verification cards. EPIC has opposed Fusion Centers, the E-Verify program and the use of Backscatter X-Ray devices. EPIC has also objected to the use of RFIDs in passports, in Air Travel and in driver’s licences.

CA Appeals Court Rule that Federal Law Does Not Block Disclosure of State Records

A California appellate court has ruled that, under the state’s open government law, local officials can’t withhold otherwise public information on the ground that it was submitted to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as “protected critical infrastructure information.” The state court found that the Santa Clara county Geographic Information System basemap was relevant to understanding government decisions on zoning, taxation, and deployment of public services. CDT had joined in a legal brief arguing that local officials could not launder records through the federal government in order to evade their own freedom of information requirements. February 09, 2009