HSToday Presents First Homeland Security Report Card on our Nation's Preparedness for Terrorist Attacks - Are We Safer Today Than We Were on 9/11? Are We Winning or Losing the War on Terror?

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At a time when strategies are emerging that will shape homeland security for decades to come, it's important to evaluate the current state of our nation's preparedness for terrorist attacks. In its September issue, HSToday will feature its first real benchmark for grading our progress since 9/11 in its Homeland Security Report Card. This unbiased assessment of the state of our homeland security answers the question: "Are we safer today?" and looks beyond the current political claims and counterclaims about the war on terror.

At a time when strategies are emerging that will shape homeland security for decades to come, it's important to evaluate the current state of our nation's preparedness for terrorist attacks. In its September issue, HSToday will feature its first real benchmark for grading our progress since 9/11 in its Homeland Security Report Card. This unbiased assessment of the state of our homeland security answers the question: "Are we safer today?" and looks beyond the current political claims and counterclaims about the war on terror.

"I wanted an honest, objective answer," HSToday Editor David Silverberg says in his introduction to the issue. "If we don't have a clear, factual, unbiased picture of our status, we're unable to see where we've been or where we're going. It was quite clear that the only way to make this determination was by conducting our own thorough examination into the state of our homeland security."

The report card looks at homeland security and the war on terror from five perspectives: 1) What the Republicans and the administration say; 2) What Democrats and the critics say; 3) HSToday's perspective; 4) Whether we're safer than a year ago; 5) Whether we're safer than 9/11.

The Homeland Security Report Card then provides a grade in each category. Categories include: The war on terror; overall homeland security; Department of Homeland Security consolidation and management; state and local security; border, immigration, port and transportation security; emergency preparedness and response; information analysis; infrastructure protection and cybersecurity; and science and technology. In addition, HSToday interviewed state homeland security directors about their interaction with the US Department of Homeland Security and came up with some surprising findings.

For daily updates on homeland security developments and subscription information, visit HSToday's website at http://www.HSToday.us. For advertising information, contact: Linda Andersen, Associate Publisher 978-448-3932, Landersen@hstoday.us. For media/press contact: Gwyn Thakur, President, Effective Marketing Inc., 978-852-6398, gwynthakur@effectivemarketinginc.com .

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