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DC Launches New Emergency Preparedness Web Site

The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) has launched a redesigned web site today in the hopes that it will help D.C. residents better prepare for emergencies. The site, called 72hours.dc.gov, lists emergency resource information by topic.

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ARIZONA: Security Funding Cut Feared

A new robot for the bomb squad. A $700,000 custom-built command van for major police incidents. Huge firetrucks with advanced extrication equipment for the Fire Department. Decontamination tents for use during a radiological attack.

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Look Out Below

When I grew up, in the ’60s, leisure air travel was still relatively expensive and exceptional for people — like us back then — of modest means. So I was 13 when I took my first flight. By way of contrast, our now-22-month-old is a frequent flier. She took her first flight at six months, to France no less! Nowadays, flying is so cheap and routine that it’s those who don’t fly frequently who are exceptional.

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NIEM to Ingest Intelligence Tags

Systems that deploy the National Information Exchange Model will now be able to use a classification schema heretofore unavailable for public use, according to NIEM administrators. Finalized in 2004, the Intelligence Community Information Security Marking (IC-ISM) offered a set of tags that could be used to mark sensitive documents with the classification levels and conditions.… Keep Reading

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3 Female Bombers In Weeks Raises Concerns Al Qaeda Recruiting More Women

It goes against religious taboos in Iraq to involve women in fighting, but three recent suicide bombings carried out by women could indicate insurgents are growing increasingly desperate. The female suicide attacks come as US-led coalition forces are increasingly catching militants suspected of training women to become human bombs or finding evidence of efforts by… Keep Reading

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New Law On Explosive has Some Large Holes

It was meant to regulate ammonium nitrate, used in the Oklahoma City bombing but leaves specifics to be decided later. More than 12 years after Timothy McVeigh used ammonium nitrate fertilizer to blow up the Oklahoma City federal building, Congress quietly passed legislation last month to regulate sales of the explosive. Los Angeles Times –… Keep Reading

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Tracking Chips May Expose Ports to Attack

Technology that tracks the contents of shipping containers could make some major US sea and land ports vulnerable to terrorist attack, according to a private study. However, a test of how easily the tracking system could be used as a bomb trigger was ignored by the Department of Homeland Security, according to one of the… Keep Reading

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The Homeland Security Advisory Council

The Homeland Security Advisory Council meets with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff this Thursday. Chertoff swears in new members, and the council may release some important recommendations. Keep Reading

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Islamist Jihad Website Calls for British Al Qaeda

An Islamist jihadi website that urges formation of an Al Qaeda branch in Great Britain also has made threats against Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his predecessor, Tony Blair. The posting on www.alekhlaas.net calls Brown and Blair infidels and urges action against them. The alekhlaas.net posting that proclaimed the creation of an Al Qaeda branch… Keep Reading

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Fighting Terrorism With Terrorists

In the fall of 2002, the Indonesian island of Bali, once known for its luscious beaches and vibrant Hindu culture, became synonymous with terror and radicalism. After a massive bombing in Bali's nightclub district killed more than 200 people, the world suddenly realized what many locals had known for years: Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation on Earth, faced a serious internal terror threat.

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US Ponders Larger CIA Role In Pakistan

President Bush’s senior national security advisers are debating whether to expand the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency and the military to conduct far more aggressive covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The debate is a response to intelligence reports that Al Qaeda and the Taliban are intensifying efforts there to destabilize the… Keep Reading

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Passenger Jets Get Anti-missile Devices

Tens of thousands of airline passengers will soon be flying on jets outfitted with anti-missile systems as part of a new government test aimed at thwarting terrorists armed with shoulder-fired projectiles. USA Today – Click here to view the entire story. Keep Reading

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Terror Suspects Hone Anti-detection Skills

In an age of spy satellites, security cameras and an Internet that stores every keystroke, terrorism suspects are using simple, low-tech tricks to cloak their communications, making life difficult for authorities who had hoped technology would give them the upper hand. Washington Post Foreign Service – Click here to view the entire story. HSToday.us comments:… Keep Reading

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Terror Threats Cancel Dakar Race

The 2008 Dakar Rally race has been canceled due to security concerns and a “direct threats against the race issued by terrorist groups,” the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), which sponsors the race, said Friday. This is the first time in the Dakar’s 30-year history that the controversial car-motorcycle Sahara Desert race has been cancelled. “Following… Keep Reading

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Video of Sleeping Guards Shakes Nuclear Industry

Kerry Beal was taken aback when he discovered last March that many of his fellow security guards at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania were taking regular naps in what they called “the ready room.” When he spoke to supervisors at his company, Wackenhut Corp., they told Beal to be a team player.… Keep Reading

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Shiite Praises Anti-Insurgent Militias

The leader of Iraq’s most influential Shiite political party offered surprisingly conciliatory remarks on Thursday about the former insurgents and other Sunnis who have banded together into militias now working with American forces, stating that the groups had helped improve security and should be continued. NYT – Click here to view the entire story. HSToday.us… Keep Reading

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Is Pakistan Pivotal for Al Qaeda?

The current chaos in Pakistan could turn into a defining moment in the fight against Islamist extremism. Al Qaeda-linked groups have been surging across the country, feeding fears in Washington of a prolonged offensive against Islamabad’s secular establishment. At the same time, the US and its allies have notched a string of wins against militant… Keep Reading

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New Video Due From American Al Qaeda Member

Al Qaeda announced Thursday that it would soon release a new video message from American-born member Adam Gadahn that would be the first message from the terror group in 2008. AP – Click here to view the entire story. HSToday.us comments: Meanwhile, US military says 51 Qaeda leaders killed or captured in Iraq in December.… Keep Reading

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