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    Secretary Napolitano’s First State of Homeland Security Address

    Here’s the published text of the speech Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano gave today. It’s billed as the first annual “State of America’s Homeland Security” address. There is only one mention each of “privacy” and “civil liberties” in the speech:

    That is why we launched the national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign last year to raise awareness of potential terrorist tactics, and emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement. You’ve no doubt heard this campaign if you’ve ridden on Metro or Amtrak. And we have continued to expand this effort across the country in partnership with professional and collegiate sports, shopping centers – like the Mall of America – and retailers – like Wal-Mart.

    We also see this effort as a partnership between citizens and local police. Therefore, we’ve worked closely with the Department of Justice to expand the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting, or SAR, initiative. Currently active in over two dozen states and cities, and soon to be utilized by fusion centers, transit police, and other groups across the country, the SAR initiative creates a standard process for law enforcement to identify and report suspicious activity so it can be shared nationally and analyzed for broader trends.

    I want to pause here to make an important point. Both the “If You See Something, Say Something” and SAR initiatives have been designed, and tested, with civil liberties and privacy in mind. Both are aimed at identifying suspicious behaviors and increasing our shared ability to protect the country.

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