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Wednesday
Dec222010

Fed Up with TSA? Tell Them How You Feel!

 

The holidays are a time for giving. That's why this week is the perfect opportunity to give TSA a piece of your mind.

E-mail Janet Nopalitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security , directly at Janet.Napolitano@dhs.gov. Or, send a note to John Pistole, TSA administrator, at John.Pistole@dhs.gov. While you're at it, copy your senator and representatives!

Tell them exactly what you think of the TSA's advanced screening practices. Are you nervous at the idea of exposing yourself to extra radiation from advanced imaging technology? Does the prospect of an enhanced pat-down from a TSA agent make you squirm? Or, are you simply fed up by the paralyzing lack of choice offered by TSA?

Please, share your opinions, personal experiences and fears with these policy-makers. With legislation on AIT moving at a snail's pace (the EPIC vs. DHS case won't open until at least March), now is your chance to have your voice heard.

Wednesday
Dec082010

DHS Teams With Walmart to Highlight Public Awareness

More than 230 Walmart stores will play the above video at select checkout lanes to remind shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.

In addition, DHS’ national “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign will be played in approximately 9,000 federal buildings throughout the United States.

“Homeland security begins with hometown security and every citizen—including government employees—plays a critical role in ensuring America’s safety and security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Our partnership with FPS and GSA to expand the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign to our nation’s federal buildings is a crucial step in helping the millions of people who work in or visit our federal buildings every day identify and report suspicious activity indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats.”

“GSA is pleased to partner with DHS to bring the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign to the over 9,000 properties we own or lease on behalf of the Federal Government,” said GSA Administrator Martha Johnson. “The campaign is yet another important example of the work GSA and DHS do to ensure that our federal buildings are safe and welcoming to over one million federal employees and visitors alike.”

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS' Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

“The men and women of the Federal Protective Service work tirelessly every day to protect the safety of Americans who work in and visit federal facilities,” said FPS Director Eric Patterson. “This collaborative security effort will enable our law enforcement and protective security officers to join forces with the public to secure federal facilities from threats.”

In the coming months, the Department will continue to expand the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America's businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.

Monday
Oct252010

Napolitano Visits JFK Airport to Highlight the Use of Full-body Scanners

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited New York City last Friday to announce the deployment of 300 advanced imaging technology units to airports throughout the country, tour security screening operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport and meet with New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly regarding joint DHS-NYPD homeland security and counterterrorism operations.

“The disruption of the attempted terrorist attack in Times Square demonstrated the critical importance of individual citizens and law enforcement personnel in detecting and mitigating threats—underscoring that homeland security truly begins with hometown security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “From securing our airports to supporting local law enforcement, the Obama administration is committed to getting critical information and resources out of Washington, DC, and into the hands of the men and women serving on the front lines.”

Secretary Napolitano visited JFK to highlight the first two AIT units at the airport and announce that the Department has deployed 300 AIT units to more than 60 airports nationwide—keeping the Transportation Security Administration on track to deploy approximately 500 units by the end of 2010, 450 of which were funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. When it came time to demonstrate the scanners, instead of volunteering herself, she invited others to be test subjects.

“The deployment of 300 advanced imaging technology units is an important milestone in our commitment to keeping the traveling public safe,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “Imaging technology is a critical part of TSA’s layered counterterrorism strategy and ability to combat evolving threats to aviation security.”

AIT is designed to increase security by safely screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats—including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing. TSA ensures passenger privacy through the anonymity of AIT images—a privacy filter is applied to blur images; all images examined by TSA at airports are permanently deleted immediately once viewed and are never stored, transmitted or printed; and the officer viewing the image is stationed in a remote location so as not to come into contact with passengers being screened. This technology is optional to all passengers. Those who opt out may request alternative screening to include a thorough pat down.

ARRA, signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009, committed more than $3 billion for homeland security projects through DHS and the General Services Administration. Of the $1 billion allocated to TSA for aviation security projects, $734 million is dedicated to screening checked baggage and $266 million is allocated for checkpoint explosives detection technologies. President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget request included funding for an additional 500 AIT units.

While in New York City, Secretary Napolitano also met with Commissioner Kelly to discuss the Department’s ongoing partnership with the NYPD and tour the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative. LMSI was launched by Commissioner Kelly in 2005 to help ensure public safety and includes additional uniformed officers on the streets as well as counterterrorism technologies deployed in public areas such as closed circuit televisions, license plate readers, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detectors.

During the meeting, Secretary Napolitano reiterated the Department’s continued support of the NYPD’s critical infrastructure protection efforts. DHS, in partnership with the NYPD and other stakeholders, has performed consolidated field assessments at 74 critical infrastructure sites concentrated in lower Manhattan. In total, New York City has received more than $2.1 billion in funding from DHS to support the city’s counterterrorism and homeland security-related initiatives.