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The Constitution Project's New Report on Fusion Centers

The Constitution Project today released a new report titled Recommendations for Fusion Centers: Preserving Privacy & Civil Liberties While Protecting Against Crime & Terrorism.  In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the federal government worked with states and some major cities to develop a network of these centers (there are now nearly 80 of them), to share information among law enforcement and some intelligence agencies.  The report summarizes their development and the complex web of laws that apply to their act

Homeland Security: State and Local Role

Our Counterterrorist Federalism

Based on a longer article I’d written on this topic, the Hoover Institution published today my essay “Policing Terrorism”, in its institutional journal, Defining Ideas. Here’s how it begins:

In recent months, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has come under attack for its counterterrorism intelligence activities, including its alleged efforts to “map” ethnic communities and its surveillance of religious groups.

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Cybersecurity Legislation in the House of Representatives

In two earlier posts I’ve focused on some of the particular issues that may arise during the Senate’s consideration of a comprehensive cybersecurity bill.  The focus on the Senate is apt, inasmuch as Senator Reid has promised to bring a bill to the floor for consideration in the coming weeks.

But, as we wait for the debate on the Senate floor to begin in earnest, we should not disregard the action in the House of Representativ


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