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Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, requires that senior agency officials for privacy and civil liberties assess the privacy and civil liberties impacts of the activities their respective departments and agencies have undertaken to implement the Executive Order, and to publish their assessments annually in a report compiled by the DHS Privacy Office and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

This is the first of the required annual reports. It includes the DHS Privacy Office’s and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties’ assessments of certain DHS activities under Section 4 of the Executive Order (enhanced threat information sharing with the private sector) as well as assessments conducted independently by the Department of the Treasury and the Departments of Defense, Justice, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Energy, and by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the General Services Administration. April 2014. 152 pages.

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On Monday, 5,500 people from 23 states will descend on Butler, Indiana to conduct the largest homeland security exercise ever conducted in the United States.

It will test and evaluate the preparedness of the United States military’s response to a man-made nuclear detonation.

The event will be held at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, a 960-acre facility with 300 training structures. MUTC provides immersion and simulation experiences for both man-made and natural disasters for the U.S. military, U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Defense.

“Testing and preparing military members to respond is part of our mission,” said Lisa Kopczynski, MUTC public affairs officer. “We’re providing a realistic environment to really test the abilities, skills and deployment of these units.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana and a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, will be among those in attendance to witness the Vibrant Response 13-2 Northern Command exercise.

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Although Las Vegas has received funding in the past from the DHS to combat terrorism, that funding has decreased every year. Now, they won’t be receiving any federal funds.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman said Las Vegas’ funds to fight terrorism have been stripped by the feds. The city has fallen to 33rd on the Department of Homeland Security’s list of at risk locations with the funds given based on three criteria.

“It is extremely upsetting to me in fact it’s outrageous and I’m simply outraged when I heard,” Goodman said. “We rely on the funds to keep out fusion center going to give us the support so we can be prepared in the case of a major emergency.”

It seems Mayor Goodman is a bit upset at losing her federal gravy train.

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The funding cut also puts a strain on life saving resources like the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Bomb Squad.

County commissioner Steve Sisolak said the county doesn’t have the cash to shore up the funding cuts and added it boils down to educating the feds on the threats that the town can face.

“They know we have a need here, they know we have a critical need and I think we just need to continue to emphasize that to them,” Sisolak said.

There isn’t a critical need in Las Vegas. If there were, the DHS would not have cut funding. The problem lies in the fact that it appears as if the city of Las Vegas decided to incorporate their local fire and rescue bomb squad into the federal dollars, allowing the federal government foot the bill for something that should have been paid with local dollars. Now that the feds are taking away that money, the city doesn’t have a contingency plan and are whining.

The terrorists that struck on September 11th visited Las Vegas just before the attacks.

Yes, they did. However, they did so to enjoy themselves one last time before killing themselves. It wasn’t because Las Vegas was even on their agenda.

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