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Examines the role that the Department of Homeland Security can and should play in the intelligence community. This paper was released during a hearing before the Terrorism, HUMIT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence (THACI) Subcommittee of U.S. House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). AHSG members who appeared as witnesses included former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff; former Deputy Director of FBI's National Security Branch and Deputy Director of CIA's Counterterrorist Center Philip Mudd; and former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism Juan Zarate.
Given that Los Angeles is the nation’s second largest city; the largest city in California, a state that would rank among the world’s tenth largest economies if it were a country1; a global melting pot teeming with a rich stew of races and ethnicities speaking a wide variety of languages and dialects; a trendsetter as to popular attitudes and social mores; and the capital of America’s iconic film and television industry, it stands to reason that it ranks at or near the very top of the terror target list.
Cities' Preparedness for Terrorism Series: New York City's Preparedness for Terrorism and Catastrophic Natural Disasters
While another powerful act of nature and another attempted attack are both inevitable, catastrophic death, injury, and economic damage need not result. If we have learned from the epic tragedies of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 the lessons we should have learned from them, we will be able to minimize the effects of any future natural or man-made potential catastrophe.
But, have we learned these lessons? Is America significantly better prepared today for another natural disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina? Are we significantly better prepared for another terror attack on the scale of 9/11?
If the answer is “yes,” the American people can rest assured that the nation is as safe from danger as it can be. If the answer is “no,” specific steps can be taken to move the nation toward maximum practicable preparedness as soon as possible.