November 2004 Security News
- BUSH / CANADA VOA 30 Nov 2004 -- President Bush is in Canada, seeking to mend frayed ties with America's northern neighbor. His talks with Prime Minister Paul Martin ended with a pledge to strengthen cooperation on trade and security.
- Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Pledge Security Cooperation AFPS 30 Nov 2004 -- President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin vowed today to continue working together to protect their homelands and ensure that their borders remain closed to terrorists but open to general travel and trade.
- U.S. / RED CROSS / GUANTANAMO VOA 30 Nov 2004 -- A report by the International Committee of the Red Cross, quoted Tuesday by the New York Times, accuses the U.S. military of using interrogation tactics that amount to torture against prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Bush administration spokesmen said the detainees are being treated humanely and that the United States does not condone torture.
- RIDGE RESIGNS VOA 30 Nov 2004 -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced Tuesday that he is leaving his post as part of what is turning into a major cabinet reshuffle for President George Bush's second term.
- Ridge to Leave Department of Homeland Security Washington File 30 Nov 2004 -- Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announced his resignation on November 30, saying his service was "an extraordinary opportunity to serve my country."
- First Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge Resigns AFPS 30 Nov 2004 -- Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge formally announced his resignation today.
- AZNAR/BOMBING INQUIRY VOA 29 Nov 2004 -- Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar denies he blamed the Basque separatist group ETA for the March 11th train bombings in Madrid in an attempt to ensure his party's re-election three days later. Mr. Aznar appeared Monday before a Spanish parliamentary committee that is investigating the attacks.
- Leaders of Mexican Narcotics Cartel Added to Treasury Dept. List Washington File 24 Nov 2004 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added the names of six individuals to its list of persons designated pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, according to a press release issued November 24 by OFAC.
- INDONESIA / TERROR CAPTURE VOA 24 Nov 2004 -- Police in Indonesia have confirmed the capture of one of the country's most wanted terrorist suspects. The man, known as Rois (Roy-ees) is one of four people detained for the September car bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, which killed 11 people.
- DoD to Use 'Forward-Deployed Active-Layered Defense' to Protect Country AFPS 23 Nov 2004 -- DoD's new strategy for helping protect the nation is to have a "forward-deployed active-layered defense," according to the man who helped craft the plan.
- United States, EU Discuss Border, Transport Security Washington File 23 Nov 2004 -- Cargo security, travel document security policies, and use of advanced passenger data were among the main items of discussion during the U.S.-European Union Policy Dialogue on Border and Transport Security in Washington November 22.
- BRITAIN/QUEEN VOA 23 Nov 2004 -- VOA 23 Nov 2004 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair's government is introducing sweeping anti-terrorism measures in anticipation of national elections expected in May. The plans were unveiled by Queen Elizabeth in a tradition-steeped ceremony to open Britian's Parliament.
- Military Leaders Focused on Drug-Terrorism Link in Americas Washington File 22 Nov 2004 -- The connection between terrorism and drug trafficking in the Americas was one of the crucial issues discussed at a November 17-19 meeting in Quito, Ecuador, of Western Hemisphere defense ministers, reports the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
- U.S. Officials Outline President Bush's Agenda in Colombia Washington File 22 Nov 2004 --During President Bush's November 22 meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in Cartagena, Colombia, the two leaders will review a wide range of issues including trade and economic growth, strengthening democratic institutions, and the fight against narco-terrorism, say senior Bush administration officials.
- INDIA TERROR THREAT VOA 23 Nov 2004 -- After receiving reports of a possible terror attack, the United States has closed its consulate in the Indian city of Bombay.
- BUSH COLOMBIA VOA 22 Nov 2004 -- President Bush says he supports extending U.S. assistance to Colombia to fight illegal drugs. That program, called Plan Colombia, is set to expire next year.
- DoD Announces WMD-CST Fielding Plan 22 Nov 2004 -- The Department of Defense notified Congress today of the fielding plan for 11 new Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs). Today's action to establish these 11 teams is a final step toward fulfilling the request of Congress that every state and territory have a WMD-CST.
- APEC Leaders Welcome Progress on Security Initiatives Washington File 21 Nov 2004 -- The White House on November 21 issued a fact sheet at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Santiago, Chile, about U.S. and APEC efforts to ensure security and promote prosperity.
- Defense Leaders Vow Unity to Fight Narcoterrorism AFPS 19 Nov 2004 -- Drug trafficking and the security threat it creates were key topics discussed here this week by defense ministers and their delegations attending the sixth Defense Ministerial of the Americas.
- Passport Alert System To Be Developed by U.S., Australia, Chile Washington File 19 Nov 2004 -- The United States, Australia and Chile will work together to develop "passport alert" systems for sharing information on lost or stolen passports, according to a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Chilean Interior Minister Jose Miguel Insulza.
- U.S. Blocks Additional Assets Linked to Colombian Drug Cartel Washington File 19 Nov 2004 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced November 17 that it is blocking the assets of seven businesses and 16 individuals linked to the Cali Drug Cartel in Colombia.
- PAKISTAN/ARRESTS VOA 19 Nov 2004 -- Pakistan says that following a new series of arrests almost all the suspects wanted for the major political terror attacks in the country over the past three years are now dead or in custody.
- Congressional Report, November 18: New Nonproliferation Bill Introduced Washington File 18 Nov 2004 -- The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has introduced legislation to strengthen nonproliferation projects, especially those occurring outside the territory of the former Soviet Union.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN OPIUM SURVEY 2004 United Nations 18 Nov 2004
- Boeing-Siemens Team Delivers Explosives Detection Equipment For Baggage Screening To 200 U.S. Airports Boeing 18 Nov 2004 -- The Boeing-Siemens airport security team announced today that in coordination with both airport and Transportation Security Administration officials it has completed installing explosive detection equipment for checked baggage at 200 airports across the nation.
- Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Employed by Department of Homeland Security for Border Patrol Missions Northrop Grumman 18 Nov 2004 -- From now until the end of January, foreigners who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally into Arizona will have to contend with more than just rugged terrain, desert heat and rattlesnakes. They will also have to be on the lookout for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-developed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being used by the Department of Homeland Security to help monitor illegal border traffic as part of the new Arizona Border Control.
- Northrop Grumman Achieves Top Scores on Smart Video-Surveillance System Assessment Northrop Grumman 18 Nov 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)'s smart video-surveillance system achieved top scores as part of an evaluation hosted by the Department of Energy and the U.S. Air Force National Assessment Group.
- U.S. Offers $5 Million Reward for Information about Terrorist Washington File 18 Nov 2004 -- Following is a statement from the State Department November 18 about a $5 million reward offered for information leading to the capture of al-Qaida terrorist Mustafa Setmariam Nasar
- U.S., EU Discuss Fight Against Terrorist Financing Washington File 17 Nov 2004 -- The European Union's decision to require anyone carrying more than 10,000 euros into or out of the EU to make a written declaration to that effect "an excellent step" in the fight against terrorist financing, a senior U.S. Treasury official said November 17.
- Curbing potential spread of weapons-grade uranium could take 10 years - IAEA UN News Centre 16 Nov 2004 -- It will take the better part of a decade for all the world's civil nuclear research reactors to be converted to run on fuel that poses a lower risk of proliferation of weapons-grade high-enriched uranium (HEU), the United Nations atomic watchdog agency reports in its latest update on the issue.
- U.S. Nuclear Agency Works to Strengthen Nuclear Plant Security Washington File 16 Nov 2004 -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been conducting a comprehensive programs to strengthen U.S. nuclear power facility defenses since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to a recent report.
- US-VISIT Implementation Dates at Land Border Crossings Announced Washington File 15 Nov 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced dates on which the US-VISIT program will be implemented at the 50 busiest land ports along U.S. borders, according to a DHS notice published in the Federal Register.
- Terrorism Requires Global Response, Homeland Security Chief Says Washington File 15 Nov 2004 -- The "unprecedented cooperation at the international level" that has characterized the war on terrorism must continue if "the shadow soldiers" of terrorism are to be defeated, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said in a keynote address to the Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 15.
- Rumsfeld Praises Panama's Role in Fighting Narco-terrorism Washington File 15 Nov 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says greater cooperation and coordination are the keys to dealing with narco-terrorists, and Panama is playing an "important role" in that fight.
- PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA HUNT VOA 13 Nov 2004 -- Pakistan's military says it has flushed out hundreds of al-Qaida-linked militants from its semi-autonomous South Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan. But there is still no sign of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
- U.S., India Launch New Phase of Cyber Security Cooperation Washington File 11 Nov 2004 -- The United States and India are expanding their cooperation in cyber security following the second meeting of a bilateral forum comprising representatives from both government and the private sector.
- Judge Rules that Guantanamo Trial Violates U.S., International Law AFPS 09 Nov 2004 -- A federal judge in Washington ruled November 8 that the Bush administration violated the U.S. Constitution and the Geneva Conventions by forming military commissions to try detainees at the U.S. Naval base in Guántanamo Bay, Cuba.
- US/DETAINEES VOA 09 Nov 2004 -- A U.S. federal judge's ruling has thrown the government's system of military tribunals for suspected terrorists into legal doubt. The judge ruled that the Bush Administration acted improperly in summarily denying prisoner of war status to a man captured in Afghanistan.
- Government to Appeal Ruling That Halts Guantanamo Proceeding AFPS 09 Nov 2004 -- The government is appealing a Nov. 8 federal judge's ruling that brought a halt to a military commission hearing in a war- crimes trial against an enemy combatant being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- NY/9-11 COMMISSION VOA 09 Nov 2004 -- With the re-election of President Bush, the 9-11 Commission that investigated the terrorist bombings in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, has renewed its push for implementation of its recommendations. Among those recommendations is the creation of a single intelligence chief.
- INDONESIA / BASHIR LAWSUIT VOA 09 Nov 2004 -- A court in Indonesia has thrown out a libel suit against Time Magazine brought by a militant Islamic cleric. The cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, had asked for more than 100-million dollars in damages for an article suggesting he was connected to the al Qaida terrorist network.
- UN watchdog urges better steps to keep nuclear material out of terrorist hands UN News Centre 08 Nov 2004 -- Declaring that the "threat of nuclear terrorism is real and current," the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog today called for urgent international measures to prevent radioactive matter from falling into the hands of terrorists, citing increased trafficking of nuclear or other radioactive materials as a "disturbing" sign.
- NETHERLANDS EXPLOSION VOA 08 Nov 2004 -- Dutch police suspect that an explosion overnight at an Islamic school in the city of Eindhoven could be linked to last week's murder of controversial filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
- Biometrics Helping Identify Foes in War on Terror AFPS 05 Nov 2004 -- You can change your name and appearance. You can get phony documents that back up your alias. But it's nearly impossible to escape the personal signature left by your fingerprints.
- U.S. Company to Produce 75 Million Doses of Anthrax Vaccine Washington File 05 Nov 2004 -- The United States is adding 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine to a stockpile that would protect the public in the event of a bioterror attack, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- UBL'S PRE-ELECTION TAPE: 'MISREADING THE AMERICAN MENTALITY' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 05 Nov 2004
- Thirteen Colombian Drug Suspects Extradited to U.S. Washington File 04 Nov 2004 -- Some 13 Colombian drug suspects have been extradited to the United States where they will face charges of narcotics trafficking and money laundering, says the U.S. Marshals Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice.
- BASHIR TRIAL DEFENSE VOA 04 Nov 2004 -- In Indonesia, a militant Islamic cleric charged with inspiring a series of terrorist attacks has had a chance to defend himself. Abu Bakar Bashir could face a firing squad if he is convicted, but in court on Thursday he devoted most of his time to attacking the policies of the United States and its allies.
- Former Detainees Released by U.S. Rejoining Fight AFPS 03 Nov 2004 -- Of the roughly 200 detainees the United States has released from its Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, intelligence claims that at least 10 returned to terrorist activity, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs said here Nov. 2.
- Bin Laden Warns Of Retaliation For Iraqi Deaths RFE/RL 03 Nov 2004 -- Osama bin Laden said in a full Internet broadcast of a video that U.S. President George W. Bush has dragged the United States into a quagmire in Iraq and warns of retaliation for Iraqi deaths.
- TSA Selects Lockheed Martin Team to Enhance Existing Explosives Detection Systems for Airports Lockheed Martin 03 Nov 2004 -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected a team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to develop enhancements for certified explosives detection systems (EDS) in U.S. airports.
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