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September 1999 Intelligence News

  • Assessing Emerging Threats Through Open Sources by Graham H. Turbiville Jr.; Lieutenant Colonel Karl E. Prinslow, US Army; and Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Waller, US Army, Retired Military Review September / October 1999 - World Basic Information Library (WBIL) uses skilled Reserve Component (RC) personnel from all services, operating in "virtual teams" around the world, to build an authoritative open-source database of military and other security-related information. Open Source Information System (OSIS) is a virtual private network that provides US government personnel access to foreign open-source material hosted by over 30 government agencies and organizations.
  • Ranger UAV System Ordered by Finland Israel Aerospace Industries 29 Sep 1999 -- The Finnish Ministry of Defence has ordered, as of yesterday, a Ranger Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system for about $20 million. The order includes an option for the supply of two additional systems. During the last half year three Ranger UAV systems have been delivered to the Swiss Armed Forces by the Swiss-Israeli consortium responsible for producing the system. IAI / MALAT is a senior member of the Swiss-Israeli consortium led by Oerlikon-Contraves (Zurich, Switzerland) that manufactures the Ranger.
  • CLINTON-IRAN Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- President Clinton has sent a message to Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, seeking Iranian help in tracking down those responsible for the bombing of a U-S military barracks in Saudi Arabia.
  • US - PAKISTAN Voice of America 28 September 1999 -- The United States and Pakistan have held what a U-S official calls frank but friendly discussions on a range of issues, including an American request that Pakistan help obtain the arrest of suspected terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
  • BRAZIL-PERU DRUGS Voice of America 24 September 1999 -- Brazil and Peru plan to work closer together to halt the flow of illegal drugs across their common border.
  • RSI NAMES ORBIMAGE PRINCIPAL U.S. DISTRIBUTOR OF RADARSAT-1 SATELLITE IMAGERY Orbital 23 Sep 1999 -- Orbital Imaging Corporation (ORBIMAGE), an affiliate of Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), and RADARSAT International (RSI) today jointly announced that RSI has appointed ORBIMAGE as the principal distributor for the sale of RADARSAT-1 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery in the U.S.
  • Text: Statement of Perm Five UN Security Council Members on TerrorismUSIA 23 September 1999 -- The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have urged all nations to implement a six-point action program to combat international terrorism, which, they say, "endangers the lives and well-being of ordinary people world-wide, as well as threatening the peace and security of all states."
  • U-S - MEXICO DRUGS Voice of America 22 September 1999 -- The United States has arrested 93 people in a crackdown on what U.S. officials call one of Mexico's largest drug cartels.
  • ORBIMAGE AND SPOT IMAGE TEAM TO OFFER ORBVIEW-3 AND -4 HIGH-RESLOUTION PRODUCTS IN EUROPE AND OTHER AREAS Orbital 22 Sep 1999 -- Orbital Imaging Corporation (ORBIMAGE) , an affiliate of Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), and SPOT IMAGE S.A. of Toulouse, France (SPOT), today announced a five-year agreement under which SPOT IMAGE will become the exclusive European distributor of high-resolution panchromatic and multispectral imagery from ORBIMAGE's planned OrbView-3 and OrbView-4 satellites.
  • CONGRESS-PUERTO RICO CLEMENCY Voice of America 21 September 1999 -- U-S law enforcement officials say the clemency granted to imprisoned Puerto Rican nationalists could bring new acts of terrorism. Congress is holding more hearings on President Clinton's controversial action.
  • Administration Announces New Approach to Encryption The White House - September 16, 1999 -- The strategy announced today continues to maintain the balance among privacy, commercial interests, public safety and national security.
  • FACT SHEET Administration Updates Encryption Export Policy September 16, 1999 -- Any encryption commodity or software of any key length can now be exported under a license exception (i.e., without a license) after a technical review, to commercial firms and other non-government end users in any country except for the seven state supporters of terrorism.
  • FACT SHEET The Cyberspace Electronic Security Act of 1999 September 16, 1999 -- The "Cyberspace Electronic Security Act of 1999" (CESA) would protect the growing use of encryption for the legitimate protection of privacy and confidentiality by businesses and individuals, while helping law enforcement obtain evidence to investigate and prosecute criminals despite their use of encryption to hide criminal activity.
  • TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES September 16, 1999 -- I am pleased to transmit for your early consideration and speedy enactment a legislative proposal entitled the "Cyberspace Electronic Security Act of 1999" (CESA).
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR JIM STEINBERG, ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JOHN HAMRE, UNDER SECRETARY OF COMMERCE BILL REINSCH, AND CHIEF COUNSELOR FOR PRIVACY AT OMB PETER SWIRE September 16, 1999 -- We're here today to announce a series of actions that will bring new balance to the four pillars on which our encryption policy rests: national security, public safety, privacy and commerce.
  • Keeping an 'ear' on East Timor By Robert Windrem MSNBC Sept. 12 - As the East Timor crisis has heated up, the United States has been using electronic intelligence gathered nearby in Australia and New Zealand, two nations in a spying alliance officially known as the UKUSA treaty.
  • PUERTO RICAN PRISONERS RELEASE Voice of America 10 September 1999 -- Eleven jailed Puerto Rican militants granted clemency by President Clinton were released on Friday from separate federal prisons all over the country. Most are headed back to Puerto Rico where they are expected to be warmly welcomed.
  • Text: Clinton on Convention for Suppression of Terrorist Bombings,Sept. 8 USIA 09 September 1999 -- President Clinton late September 8 transmitted to the U.S. Senate the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 15, 1997.
  • CONGRESS-PUERTO RICO Voice of America 09 September 1999 -- President Clinton's decision to offer clemency to 16 Puerto Rican nationalists is drawing sharp criticism on Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives has passed a resolution condemning the action.
  • PUERTO RICANS - CLEMENCY Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- A dozen jailed Puerto Rican nationalists have accepted U-S president Bill Clinton's offer of clemency, while two have rejected the offer. A total of 16 nationalists have been in prison since the early 1980's, when they were convicted of seditious conspiracy in connection with the activities of a Puerto Rican pro-independence organization.
  • Boeing Team Wins Future Imagery Architecture Boeing 03 Sep 1999 -- A team led by The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and including Hughes, Raytheon, Kodak and Harris has been awarded a Future Imagery Architecture (FIA) contract by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
  • PANAMA DRUG BASE Voice of America 02 September 1999 -- The new president of Panama has shown little enthusiasm for allowing the United States to maintain an anti-drug-smuggling operation in her country.
  • Web page hacker arrested, government sites becoming more secure (Army News Service, Sept. 1, 1999) - FBI agents arrested a 19-year-old Wisconsin man Aug. 30 for malicious altering of a U.S. Army Web page.

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