Daily Archives: January 24, 2008

Cell Phone Sensors Detect Radiation

Researchers at Purdue University are working with the state of Indiana to develop a system that would use a network of cell phones to detect and track radiation to help prevent terrorist attacks with radiological “dirty bombs” and nuclear weapons. … Continue reading

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DHS Releases National Response Framework

The Homeland Security Department, after months of review and public comment, on Tuesday released the National Response Framework, successor to the National Response Plan. The framework focuses on response and short-term recovery and articulates the doctrine, principles, and architecture by … Continue reading

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Military and Four States Plan Disaster Drills

U.S. Joint Forces Command and Northern Command are planning a series of computer-based disaster drills with” Indiana, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia “this year as part of their Noble Resolve 2008 preparedness exercises,” reports Government Computer News. “The drills are intended … Continue reading

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Hackers Cut Cities’ Power

“Tom Donahue, a CIA official, revealed [on Jan. 18] at the SANS security trade conference in New Orleans that hackers have penetrated power systems in several regions outside the U.S., and ‘in at least one case, caused a power outage … Continue reading

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Bioviolence: Preventing Biological Terror and Crime,

Barry Kellman describes the underestimated danger of biological agents falling into the hands of those who would be inclined to use them, and provides a wide-ranging and detailed policy analysis on how to prevent this from happening. As he puts … Continue reading

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European Union Shares U.S. Concerns About Homegrown Terrorism

European Union “security commissioner Franco Frattini has said he shares concerns recently expressed in Washington that Europe could become a platform for terrorist threats against the United States …” reports the EUobserver. (See last week’s newsletter.) “‘Day after day, we … Continue reading

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CIA Blames al-Qaeda and Tribal Leader for Bhutto Assassination; Pakistan Arrests Teenager

“The CIA has concluded that members of al-Qaeda and allies of Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud were responsible for last month’s assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and that they also stand behind a new wave of violence … Continue reading

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Spain Arrests 14 Terror Suspects

“Bomb-related material has been found during raids in Barcelona which led to the arrest of 14 people”—“12 from Pakistan and two from India”—“suspected of links with an Islamist terror network,” reports the British Broadcasting Corporation. “The Spanish judge overseeing the … Continue reading

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Pakistani Police Arrest Five With Bombs and Cyanide

Pakistani police arrested “five militants”—“one of whom was preparing to become a suicide bomber,” reports the Daily Times. They were “planning to attack Shia processions with cyanide and suicide bombs … The police also found six kilogrammes (kg) of explosives, … Continue reading

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Son of Bin Laden Wants to Be Ambassador for Peace

“Omar Osama bin Laden, son of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, … wants to be an ‘ambassador for peace’ between the Muslims and the West,” reports the Xinhua News Agency. “… Omar, one of bin Laden’s 19 children, left his … Continue reading

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