Monthly Archives: September 2007

Iran’s President Barred From Ground Zero

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, asked to “be permitted to visit ground zero when he attends the opening of the United Nations General Assembly next week,” reports the New York Times. His request “to lay a wreath at the former site … Continue reading

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Problems Plague ‘Virtual Fence’

“Because of a continuing software glitch, the first high-tech ‘virtual fence’ at the nation’s borders remains unused, three months after its scheduled debut,” reports the Associated Press. “Nine 98-foot towers laden with radar, sensors and sophisticated cameras have been built … Continue reading

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FEMA Tests a New Alert System

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Sandia National Laboratories … began small-scale implementations of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) in several Gulf Coast states in August … and other small-scale implementations [are] planned for next year,” reports … Continue reading

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Getting Smart IDs to First Responders

(Government Computer News) “A group of smart-card technology companies have formed a consortium” (Tiers of Trust; see the Website of the Week) “to put affordable smart identification cards into the hands of first responders at the state and local levels,” … Continue reading

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Disease Ravages Chinese Pig Population

“Chinese officials have been tracking a mysterious illness in pigs since summer 2006, when more than 2 million pigs fell ill and 400,000 of them died,” reports the Washington Post. This year China confirmed “that blue ear pig disease was … Continue reading

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Spain Tries New Approach to Counter Illegal Immigration

Conventional wisdom says that “illegal immigration can best be stemmed by promoting legal immigration and development in poorer regions” and “Spain is trying to pass from word to deed, reforming its immigration policy in a way that has won praise … Continue reading

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British-Born Muslim Guilty of Terror Charges

(London Telegraph) “Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, from Alva, Clackmannanshire [Scotland], provided training material on bomb making and threatened to become a suicide bomber,” reports the London Telegraph. “A jury at the High Court in Glasgow took more than eight hours … Continue reading

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Converts to Islam Move Up in Cells

“Religious converts are playing an increasingly influential role in Islamic militant networks, having transformed themselves in recent years from curiosities to key players in terrorist cells in Europe, according to counterterrorism officials and analysts,” reports the Washington Post. “… Religious … Continue reading

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Syrian Blast ‘Linked to Chemical Arms

“Iranian engineers were among those killed in a blast at a secret Syrian military installation two months ago, defense group Jane’s said, claiming the base was being used to develop chemical weapons,” according to Agence France-Presse. “The July 26 explosion … Continue reading

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