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New Look at Visa Program

January 29, 2008 | City Safe

The visa-waiver program — which allows most Europeans who travel to the U.S. as tourists entry without obtaining visas — should be re-examined, according to security experts. Professor Joseph King agrees, citing the recent spurt of homegrown terrorism cases in London and Madrid. “They are allowed to come to JFK without ever seeing a U.S. government official,” says Prof. King, referring to the 27 countries currently in the program. “In some countries, if you marry a citizen you get a passport within a year. They don’t have the background checks that we have.”
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Campaign 2008:The Cost of Security

December 17, 2007 | City Safe

What’s the price of ensuring the safety of presidential candidates? That question took center stage recently when a man who claimed to have a bomb held three campaign workers hostage at Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Rochester, New Hampshire. Newsweek reported that the U.S. Secret Service-now under the Department of Homeland Security-projected presidential candidates’ security will reach a record-setting $107 million. Joseph King explains why he’s not surprised at the estimate and why he believes the final amount will be even higher.

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Uranium For Sale

December 10, 2007 | City Safe

Two Hungarians and a Ukrainian were recently arrested in Slovakia on charges of smuggling, with intent to sell, a small amount of highly enriched uranium. Slovak Republic officials are 90% certain that the material, which could have been used to build a dirty bomb, among other things, originated in one of the former Soviet republics. Joseph King explains why the incident should concern Westerners– “The fact is that these materials are still floating around the former Soviet Union.”
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Candid Cameras, 24/7

November 16, 2007 | City Safe

After a recent tour of London that focused on anti-terrorism, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called upon the MTA to deploy surveillance cameras on buses and subways in New York City. Prof. Joseph King discusses the mayor’s plan, the Protect America Act and whether courts are equiped to strike a proper balance between preventing another terrorist attack and overreaching government surveillance.
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IED's: A Threat at Home

November 12, 2007 | City Safe

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, in testimony before the Senate, is warning about the rising threat of homemade explosive devices, including domestic improvised explosive devices, or IED’s, to the United States. Joseph King explains how these signature bombs of the Iraqi insurgency have become the weapon of choice for terrorists outside the war zone.
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Fresh Look at Homeland Security

October 4, 2007 | City Safe

A nonpartisan Congressional investigation issued a failing grade to the Department of Homeland Security for neglecting to meet its own self-posed performance goals since its inception in 2003, including an effective program for information sharing among intelligence-gathering agencies. Joseph King explains why the whole concept of DHS should be re-examined and also weighs in on the new electronic-surveillance law, the Protect America Act.
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Are We Safer?

September 20, 2007 | City Safe

Six years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks a majority of New Yorkers said they felt safer in a recent poll. Prof. Joseph King interprets the poll’s findings and discusses the pros and cons of the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative. The plan, among the most ambitious security efforts ever undertaken, will be capable of providing live feeds and search for suspicious activity through a network of closed-circuit cameras in the Financial District.
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Homeland Insecurity

August 30, 2007 | City Safe

Four years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the nation’s ports, rails and airports remain highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks, according to Dr. Joseph King, a former anti-terrorism chief for the Customs Service who now teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In the premier of “City Safe,” CUNY Radio’s new series on security and terrorism, Prof. King argues that the agency has also failed to support New York City, the site of two terrorist attacks and perhaps the nation’s top target for terrorists. Professor King also discusses a recent study by the New York Police department on homegrown terrorism and how Muslims in the U.S. become radicalized.
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