Loose Lips: Homeland Security Goes Oral

September 22, 2004 - Ever wonder what was going through Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's head when he came up with that controversial color-coded terrorist threat chart? Or when he made the pitch for duct tape in the event of WMD attack on our shores? Fear not because all the inside dope, historically significant and otherwise, will be preserved for the ages (or at least until the terrorists win) in the "Oral History Program" just announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

An official notice was published by the DHS's Privacy Office in Wednesday's Federal Register and is available below in both text and PDF formats.

Text URL: http://cryptome.org/dhs092204.txt

PDF URL: http://www.conelrad.com/pdf/dhs_oral_history_092204.pdf

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed implemention of "a new system of records entitled Oral History Program: The History of the Department of Homeland Security" [DHS docket # DHS-2004-0004] using the federal online EDocket system or by mail to Nuala O'Connor Kelly, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528. Comments must be received on or before November 22, 2004 to be assured of consideration and must include the agency name and docket number. All comments received will be posted without change to http://docket.epa.gov/edkfed/index.jsp including any personal information provided.

Recent Congressional debate and citizen watchdog groups have focused attention on the spending priorities (read "pork-barrel") of the DHS which reportedly sends more aid per-person to Wyoming and American Samoa than higher-risk locations such as New York City.

[Special thanks to Crytome.org for this alert.]

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