Monthly Archives: October 2008

Canada (Country threat level – 2):

Authorities discovered a second bomb blast at an EnCana natural gas pipeline in a remote area approximately 30 mi/50 km from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, on 16 October 2008. It is not known when the blast occurred. The explosion resulted … Continue reading

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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) On the Constitution and Bailout

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Ukraine (Country threat level – 3):

Anti-terrorist officers used force to remove a group of 10 lawmakers who were protesting at the National Election Commission building in Kiev on 14 October 2008. Reports indicate that more than 40 anti-terrorist force officers and 60 regular police officers … Continue reading

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Dangerous Fakes: How counterfeit, defective computer components from China are getting into U.S. warplanes and ships

 (Business Week, 10/2/08) The American military faces a growing threat of potentially fatal equipment failure—and even foreign espionage—because of counterfeit computer components used in warplanes, ships, and communication networks. Fake microchips flow from unruly bazaars in rural China to dubious … Continue reading

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Ex-engineer’s wife sentenced for being China agent

(AP, 10/2/08) The wife of a former defense engineer convicted of conspiracy has been sentenced in Santa Ana to three years in prison for her own role in the plot to export sensitive U.S. naval data to China. Rebecca Laiwah … Continue reading

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DHS and the State of Michigan Team Up to Advance Secure ID Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today reached an agreement with the state of Michigan to enhance the security features of the state’s driver’s license, which may serve in the future as an acceptable alternative document for crossing the … Continue reading

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Libya / Switzerland (Country threat levels – 3 / 2):

Libyan officials stated on 10 October 2008 that the country will take several measures to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Switzerland to protest the poor treatment of several Libyan diplomats and businessmen by Swiss security forces. Officials confirmed earlier … Continue reading

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North Korea / United States (Country threat levels – 3 / 3):

On 11 October 2008 U.S. government officials announced that North Korea has been removed from a list of states that sponsor terrorism. Authorities in North Korea pledged to cease the country’s nuclear development program and to allow international inspectors into … Continue reading

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