Interoperability: A priority for Homeland Security?

By Sarah Laskow

Top officials say yes; budgets and staffing tell a different story

Homeland Security’s billion-dollar bet on better communications

By Sarah Laskow

Interoperability money aids Motorola and other contractors, but are first responders better off?

WMD commission criticizes Homeland Security oversight

By Sarah Laskow

A progress report released today by a federal commission reiterates earlier warnings on the dangers inherent in Congress’s crazy-quilt overs

Fear and fortune

By G.W. Schulz

Sept. 11 hastened a booming homeland security industry. One southern California company still struggled to get ahead.

Homeland Security marked by waste, lack of oversight

By G.W. Schulz

Records show that communities across California had difficulty managing millions in anti-terrorism grants handed out by Congress after Sept.

Are things any different in Denver?

By G.W. Schulz

The state of Colorado had its own fusion center. But authorities there refused a public-records request for documents showing what role the

Assessing RNC police tactics, part II

By G.W. Schulz

In the second part of a two-part story, CIR looks at several of the cases flagged by intelligence-led policing during the 2008 Republican Na

Assessing RNC police tactics, part I

By G.W. Schulz

Intelligence-led policing played a starring role in 2008's Republican National Convention, and eight political activists stand accused of co

A legacy of spying

By G.W. Schulz

Civil libertarians worry that fusion centers, financed with hundreds of millions of dollars in homeland security grants, are a throw-back to

Fighting crime with computers in Minnesota

By G.W. Schulz

The state of Minnesota’s unique privacy laws predate even the federal Privacy Act of 1974. They’re designed to protect sensitive personal in

FEMA’s emergency grant program gets $100 million, but where’s oversight?

By Sarah Laskow

The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it’s giving $100 million of stimulus funds to the Emergency Food and Shelter Na

Sprint’s real fantasy: Firefighters achieving interoperability

By Sarah Laskow

In one of its new commercials, Sprint Nextel cheekily imagines how firefighters might use the company’s new walkie-talkies to run Congress.

Homeland Security pays dividends for Alaska

By G.W. Schulz

Sarah Palin promotes the self-reliance of her state, but she doesn’t mention the mobile command communications vehicle, bought with federal