Links to Resources on Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness, and Terrorism


Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (US Military Academy) Militant Ideology Atlas

Air War College Gateway to Homeland Security (a compilation of links; This is a fantastic site)

Osama bin-Laden’s 1996 fatwa

OBL’s 1998 fatwa

Bin-Laden videos

Abu Bakr Naji, The Management of Savagery

Article on Mustafa Setmariam Nasar (Abu Musab al-Suri)

2004 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s letter to OBL, pledging allegiance to al-Qaeda

Freedom House Publication  On hate ideology sponsored by Saudi Arabian organizations

Al-Qaeda Training Manual

Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Digital Library 

National Security Archive compendium of declassified documents related to al-Qaeda and 9/11


Key Journals (terrorism and insurgency)

Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (available on line through VCU Libraries)

Terrorism and Political Violence (available on line through VCU Libraries)

The Long War Journal

Small Wars Journal



DHS Career Page

Criminal Justice


Legal Issues and Cases related to Terrorism

US Anti-Terrorism Laws

Index of civil and criminal cases against those accused of terrorist acts, Page 1(includes Yasr Hamdi, Jose Padilla, Zaccarias Moussaoui, John Walker Lindh) from Find Law

Index of civil and criminal cases against those accused of terrorist acts, Page 2, from Find Law

US v. Salameh (appeal) (1997/1998)

US v. Rahman et al (documents related to the trials also for the 1993 WTC bombing)

US v. Yousef et al (appeal, 2002/2002) for WTC 1993 and Oplan Bojinka plot

Rasul v. Bush

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

Padilla v. Rumsfeld

Detainee Treatment Act, 2005

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

Military Commissions Act, 2006

Boumediene v. Bush

Other cases




United States Government


US Government, Response Plans for Emergencies including terrorism (These links illustrate the development of the plan from something somewhat important to something absolutely critical after September 11)

US Government, Interagency Domestic Terrorism Concept of Operations Plan (2001)

US Government, FEMA, Federal Response Plan

US Government, National Response Plan (This is the blueprint for emergency response)

National Incident Command System (how the National Response Plan will be coordinated and commanded)

National Incident Command System home page (with information and updates and policies on NIMS)


US Government, White House

Office of Homeland Security

Homeland Security Presidential Directives (scroll down when you get to the site)

National Strategy for Homeland Security July 2002

National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction December 2002 

National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets  

“The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned,” February 2006

“National Security Strategy of the US,” March 2006

Declassified Key Judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,” April 2006

 “9/11 Five Years later: Successes and Challenges,” September 2006

 “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism,” September 2006

President George W. Bush Military Order, November 13, 2001, “Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism”




US Government, Department of Homeland Security

Current DHS Organizational Chart

DHS 2005 Six-Point Agenda, including reorganization plans

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Weapons of Mass Destruction Courses for first responders

FEMA, Fact Sheet on Terrorism

FEMA Higher Education Project (has a complete list of all Terrorism/homeland Security/Emergency Management programs (graduate and undergraduate) and papers/reports and even complete courses on line).

US Customs and Border Protection

US Fire Administration

Homeland Security Advisory Council

DHS Exercises home page

DHS Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program


US Government, Dept. of Health and Human Services

Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP -- would deal with biological weapons attacks or other health effects of terrorist or natural disasters)

Center for Disease Control (CDC – part of the Department of Health and Human Services)


US Government, Department of State

Country Reports on Terrorism (Formerly Patterns of Global Terrorism)

Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism

  • Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs)

o   The current list

o   State Sponsors of Terrorism

o   Terrorist Exclusion List

o   Exec. Order 13224

State Department report Report, Changing Minds Winning Peace: A New Strategic Direction for US Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World




US Government, Department of Defense, Information on Terrorism

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense

Homeland Defense office (within the Office of the Secretary of Defense)

Central Command (the military command that is carrying out operations in Afghanistan and would carry out any other military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia)


US Treasury

Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

Exec. Order 13224

The list


US Government, Dept. of Justice (including FBI)

Dept. of Justice Emergency Preparedness manual

FBI Organization Chart

FBI National Security Branch (NSB)

Office of the Inspector General, A Review of the FBI’s Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the September 11, Attacks

FBI Counterterrorism Training and Resources for Law Enforcement

Memos from the Office of Legal Counsel, Bush and Obama Administrations concerning detainee treatment and interrogation policies




Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Central Intelligence Agency, War on Terrorism

FBI Directorate of Intelligence

US Intelligence Community


US Congress

House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security

CRS Reports through the Federation of American Scientists

CRS Reports through the Dept. of State

Legislation related to September 11 (compiled by the Library of Congress

Text of USA PATRIOT Act or Available Here

US House of Representatives Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina, A Failure of Initiative: The Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina, February 2006.  Committee hearings are also available.

Report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Al-Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamic Extremist Threat,” September 2006

“Report of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, “Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared,” May 2006



Foreign Governments


Home Office

Metropolitan Police Service



Ministry of Justice

Public Security Intelligence Agency

Japanese National Police Agency



Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)

Institute for Special Operations (Mossad)

Israeli Security Agency (Shabak or Shin Bet)

PM’s National Security Council



United Nations

UN-Based International Agreements on Terrorism

UN Counterterrorism Committee



State and Local government

Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Aloha  


Various US Government Sources

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Kean Commission)

9/11 Commission Public Discourse project

US Government, Livermore Study Group Report, "A National Strategy Against Terrorism Using Weapons of Mass Destruction,"

US Government, Report of the National Commission on Terrorism (Gilmore Commission)

US Government Dept. of Transportation Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide


Intergovernmental Organizations

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Terrorism page

United Nations Terrorism page


Public Health-Related

American Academy of Emergency Medicine

US government Center for Disease Control and Prevention

US government Center for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness for Business


Business Continuity

Institute for Business and Home Safety, Disaster Planning Toolkit for the Small to Mid-Sized Business Owner


Non-Governmental Organizations or University Centers (think tanks, non-profit organizations, academic research, international advocacy groups) (For national security think tanks which may have sources on terrorism see Links on National Security and Foreign Policy)

AHC News and Research Portal (on all-hazards)

American Civil Liberties Union

ANSER Institute for Homeland Security: non-profit organization that has been studying the issue since before September 11.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (publishes the journal International Security, whose latest issue on terrorism can be found here)

CATO Institute on Terrorism (think tank)

Center for Defense Information, terrorism page (think tank)

Center for Homeland and Global Security (a private corporation -- Equity International – that sponsors conferences putting private security organizations and public institutions together to discuss the problems and potentials for homeland security and homeland security funding)

Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews, UK (probably the world best place to study terrorism)

Counterterrorism page (links to media resources)

Electronic Privacy Information Center (organization that analyzes counterterrorism legislation and civil rights)

Federation of American Scientists, Intelligence Resource Program (think tank)

Federation of American Scientists, Homeland Security Resources (think tank)

Federation of American Scientists, Terrorism resources (think tank)

Global Security.Org (excellent resources for international diplomatic, military, and political issues)

Homeland Defense Journal (a private organization – Market Access – publishes this journal which provides news and analysis for public and private organizations trying to develop new security measures for the post-September 11 environment)

Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (George Washington University)

International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (think tank, Israel)

John P. Murtha Institute for Homeland Security (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

National Homeland Security Knowledgebase (a ton of links to everything, including state-level homeland security offices)

National Academy of Sciences homeland security page (NAS)

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Security Affairs journal

Nuclear Control Institute nuclear terrorism page (think tank)

Paula Gordon’s Terrorism home page (Gordon is an independent analyst of terrorism based at George Washington University)

Rand Corporation research on terrorism and homeland security

South Asian Terrorism Portal, Institute for Conflict Management, India

Terrorism Research Center (for profit organization specializing in security)


Professional Organizations

The International Emergency Management Society

International Association of Emergency Managers

National Emergency Management Association

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP – develops standard methodologies for dealing with counterterrorist procedures at the local law enforcement level)

International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC -- develops standard methodologies for dealing with counterterrorist procedures at the local fire department and emergency services level)


Links related specifically to Emergency Management, Risk Analysis, or Security

Index of emergency management journals

Contingency Planning and Management Journal

Disaster Management and Response  (journal)

Disasters (journal)

Electronic Journal of Disaster Science

INFOSYSSEC (Information System Security site focusing on business continuity issues)

International Journal of Critical Infrastructure

International Journal of Emergency Management

International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters

International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management

Journal of Emergency Management

Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Journal of Risk Research

Risk (journal)

Risk Analysis (journal)


On Line Programs

University of Richmond Emergency Management programs

On Line Degrees in Homeland Security