A Conversation with DHS Secretary Tom Ridge

On January 26, 2012, I attended an exclusive, "off the record dinner for Florida business and community leaders to discuss the growing global national security and economic challenges our country faces today." The guest speaker was none other than the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge. I was fascinated by what I heard from Secretary Ridge.

By |2012-02-20T11:03:01-05:00February 20, 2012|U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)|Comments Off on A Conversation with DHS Secretary Tom Ridge

Notice of Detention of Merchandise by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a February 22, 2011 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments regarding its use of a "Notice of Detention". I know, a lot of you are saying to yourselves, "When did CBP starting using Notices of Detention," and my response to you is "That's a darn good question!"

Does the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Make Us Safer?

I read a fascinating article entitled "HOMELAND SECURITY HASN'T MADE US SAFER" in the January/February issue of Foreign Policy magazine. The article criticized the massive spending of time and money by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Applebaum aimed her barbs right at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with the comment: "AS FOR THE TSA, I AM NOT AWARE OF A SINGLE BOMBER OR BOMB PLOT STOPPED BY ITS TIME-WASTING PROCEDURES." Is Ms. Applebaum stating something we all know already, is ignorant of the truth, or somewhere in between?

Free Trade Agreements: Good or Bad?

I am still troubled by the Wall Street Journal lead article on October 4, 2010 with the headline "Recession-Weary Americans Sour on Free Trade." I asked myself why would Americans who live in an economy built successfully on the principles of capitalism and free enterprise be against international trade? My bold prediction is that 2011 will be the year that the Obama Administration successfully finalizes free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia, and then Congress passes laws approving them.

U.S. Congressional Trade Committee Questions CBP and ICE

On May 20, 2010, the top management of both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. Chairman Tanner said the hearing was "to strike the right balance" between trade facilitation and security. Unfortunately, the Committee heard all about the enforcement success of both ICE and CBP without hearing about the difficulties faced daily by importers and customs brokers.

By |2010-05-24T19:51:03-04:00May 24, 2010|Food, Import, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)|Comments Off on U.S. Congressional Trade Committee Questions CBP and ICE

Is $56 Billion of Your Money For Homeland Security Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?

On February 1, 2010, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the Department's budget for fiscal year 2011 would be $56 billion. This was the first time for the Democratic Obama Administration to formally unveil its budget priorities after taking over from the Republican Bush Administration. Guess what - it's more of the same.

By |2010-02-16T15:34:33-05:00February 16, 2010|U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)|Comments Off on Is $56 Billion of Your Money For Homeland Security Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?
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