Daily Archives: July 13, 2007

At Least 106 Dead at Pakistan Mosque

In Islamabad, “commandos cleared the warren-like Red Mosque complex of rebel fighters Wednesday, ending a fierce eight-day siege and street battles,” reports the Associated Press. “… The extremists had been using the mosque as a base to send out radicalized … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda Is at Its Strongest Since 9/11, Says U.S. Govt.

“Al Qaeda is the strongest it has been since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a new U.S. government analysis concludes,” according to CNN. “… Despite a campaign of military action and counterterrorism operations, al Qaeda has … Continue reading

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Illicit Financial Flows Dwarf Foreign Aid

“A conservative estimate of illicit cross-border flows … is that they amount to between $1 trillion and $1.6 trillion annually, and $500 billion to $800 billion of that amount … is conveyed each year from poor countries to rich ones,” … Continue reading

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Iran May Be Moving Nuclear Facility Underground

“The sudden flurry of digging seen in recent satellite photos of a mountainside in … the back yard of Iran’s most ambitious and controversial nuclear facility” and nearby “fortified buildings” may represent an attempt “to thwart future military strikes … … Continue reading

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Fusion Centers Lose Focus on Terrorism

“Antiterrorism information-sharing and analysis is taking a back seat to criminal intelligence at the more than 40 state intelligence fusion centers, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service,” reports Government Computer News. “State governors created the centers, … Continue reading

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DHS Job Vacancies Hurt U.S. Preparedness, Says Congressional Report

“The Bush administration has failed to fill roughly a quarter of the top leadership posts at the Department of Homeland Security, creating a ‘gaping hole’ in the nation’s preparedness for a terrorist attack or other threat, according to a … … Continue reading

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GAO Questions Usefulness of Sector Infrastructure Protection Plans

The Government Accountability Office reviewed “nine sector-specific plans” for infrastructure protection and concluded that “it is unclear the extent to which DHS will be able to use them at this point to identify security gaps and critical interdependencies across the … Continue reading

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NSA and DHS Name More Information Assurance Centers of Academic Excellence

“The National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department have designated 12 [more] universities as centers of academic excellence in the field of information assurance education,” bringing the total to 86 schools, reports Federal Computer Week. Those “carrying the title … Continue reading

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Contractors Gather Intelligence in Iraq

The most current intelligence” on Iraq is “compiled not by the U.S. military … but by a British security firm, Aegis Defence Services Ltd.”—“the most visible example of how intelligence collection is now among the responsibilities handled by a network … Continue reading

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Continental Divide Disaster Behavioral Health Conference (August 6-7; Colorado Springs, CO)

This interactive conference is designed to assist emergency management planners, public health officials, medical personnel, and behavioral health specialists in improving care provided to those affected by catastrophes. The major speakers are leading experts in the disaster behavioral health field. … Continue reading

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