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December 2004 Security News

  • SAUDI / ATTACKS VOA 30 Dec 2004 -- At least seven militants were killed late Wednesday in Saudi Arabia following two bombings that government officials say appear to have been coordinated. Both attacks occurred in the capital Riyadh. Thursday, security agents spread out across the capital in search of other insurgents involved in the attacks.
  • State Department Announces Steps to Reduce Terrorist Threat Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- The United States has taken several steps to reduce potential threats from three international terrorist groups, a State Department spokesman says.
  • Algerian Media: 6 Suspected Islamic Militants Killed in Raid VOA News 26 Dec 2004 -- Algerian media report that security forces have killed six suspected Islamic militants in a raid of a rebel hide-out in the northwestern part of the country.
  • INDONESIA CHRISTMAS SECURITY VOA 24 Dec 2004 -- The authorities in Indonesia are running a massive security operation to protect churches and other places of worship from attack over Christmas. A number of foreign embassies have warned of an increased probability of attack over the festive season.
  • United States Offers $5 Million for Capture of Mexican Drug Lord Washington File 23 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. government is offering a $5 million award for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a fugitive Mexican drug trafficker, Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman-Loera.
  • White House Pledges Probe Of Abuse Allegations RFE/RL 22 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. White House has pledged a full investigation of fresh revelations about American military personnel allegedly abusing prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.
  • Two Saudi Nationals Named as Terrorist Financiers Washington File 21 Dec 2004 -- Two individuals of Saudi origin have been added to the U.S. Treasury Department list of terrorists or terrorist supporters.
  • INDONESIA BASHIR VOA 21 Dec 2004 -- In Indonesia, the crumbling prosecution case against alleged terror leader Abu Bakar Bashir has gotten a boost. A confessed senior member of the militant group Jemaah Islamiyah gave a detailed account of how involved he said the cleric was in the running the organization, and described a visit he says he made to J.I.'s training school in the southern Philippines.
  • Intelligence Law Contains Enhanced Border Security Provisions Washington File 20 Dec 2004 -- A newly enacted law overhauling the U.S. intelligence system includes provisions to strengthen border security, track and curtail terrorist travel, and increase criminal penalties for terrorist crimes.
  • US / GUANTANAMO DETAINEES VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- U.S. military officials say they are preparing to release a detainee held at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who is no longer thought to be an enemy combatant in the war on terrorism.
  • Officials Try to 'Strike Right Balance' in Releasing Terror War Detainees AFPS 20 Dec 2004 -- U.S. officials are balancing individual rights against the need to protect American citizens in determining who to release from custody in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Annual Review Process Begins for Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 20 Dec 2004 -- An annual review process has begun to determine if individual detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are still threats to the United States or if they can be released to their home countries.
  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing on Status of Military Tribunals 20 Dec 2004 -- Gordon England, Secretary of The Navy
  • Navy Secretary Says Another Guantanamo Detainee Will Be Released Washington File 20 Dec 2004 -- Navy Secretary Gordon England says a second detainee held as an enemy combatant has been identified for release from the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Lockheed Martin Invited to Compete for Multi-Billion Dollar Integrated Wireless Network Contract Lockheed Martin 20 Dec 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been invited to compete for the next phase of the Integrated Wireless Network (IWN). IWN will provide secure, interoperable nationwide wireless communications for federal agents and officers and allow multi-agency operations between the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Treasury. The final contract is potentially worth several billion dollars over 10 years.
  • US / BIOTERRORISM READINESS VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- Two private groups say the United States is still not adequately prepared to deal with a biological attack by terrorists. They say that, despite significantly higher spending and advances in some areas, the country's progress has been slow since September 11th, 2001.
  • Islamist Website: Al-Qaida Urges Attacks on Saudi Oil Sites VOA News 19 Dec 2004 -- An internet website has posted a statement purportedly from the Saudi wing of al-Qaida urging guerrillas to attack oil facilities in the world's top oil exporting nation.
  • US / HEZBOLLAH TV VOA 17 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. government has designated al-Manar TV a terrorist organization and says its programs incite violence. France has made a similar ruling after accusing the TV network of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah group of anti-semitic and pro-violence commentaries.
  • World Must Maintain Collective Fight against Terror, U.S. Says Washington File 17 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Alternate Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, says the recent terrorist attacks against U.S. government facilities in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, are a reminder that the collective fight against al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists must be unrelenting.
  • Philippine National Designated as Leader of Terrorist Group Washington File 17 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury has designated Philippine national Khadafi Abubakar Janjalani as a leading terrorist in the Abu Sayyaf Group and has frozen his assets in the United States, the department announced in a December 17 news release.
  • United States, Canada Cite Progress on Border Security Plan Washington File 17 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan met in Detroit on December 16 to highlight progress on the implementation of the Smart Border Action Plan for enhancing security along their two countries' common border.
  • United States Adds Al-Manar TV Network to Terrorism List Washington File 17 Dec 2004 -- The United States has designated the al-Manar global satellite television network owned and operated by Lebanon-based Hizballah, a terrorist organization.
  • 2004 & Beyond: Madrid, Beslan Show Terror War Far From Won RFE/RL 17 Dec 2004 -- With the third full year of the war on terror coming to an end in 2004, it's hard to say whether that war is being won. Optimists point to the relatively low number of catastrophic attacks -- aside from Madrid and Beslan -- during the year. Pessimists say the chances of a major attack might be falling, but that the "jihadist" ideology remains a strong and dangerous force.
  • Analysis: Saudi Security Versus 'Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula' RFE/RL 17 Dec 2004 -- An Arabic-language website broadcast on 17 December taped message purportedly from Osama bin Laden in which the Al-Qaeda leader commented on the recent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah.
  • INDONESIA/AUSTRALIA/TERROR VOA 17 Dec 2004 -- Australia's plan to establish a maritime surveillance zone that would cover much of Indonesia has provoked a furious response from Jakarta, which says the policy contravenes both national sovereignty and international law. The move is just the latest in what Indonesia sees as a series of aggressive policies from Canberra.
  • Greek Security Shows Results of U.S. Training in Hostage Incident Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- The anti-terrorism training Greek security forces received for the 2004 summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, paid off December 16 when an 18-hour bus hijacking incident ended with no shots being fired and the peaceful surrender of the hostage takers.
  • Study Demonstrates Effect of Anthrax Vaccine Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- Rapidly distributing antibiotics to people exposed to anthrax spores during a bioterrorist attack could prevent about 70 percent of anthrax infections, according to a December 15 press release from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • Homeland Security's Ridge Recaps U.S. Cargo-Screening Procedures Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has deployed advanced X-ray and radiation technology at international shipping ports to screen cargo for contraband, including weapons, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says.
  • BRITAIN / TERROR VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- Britain's highest court has ruled that suspected foreign terrorists cannot be held indefinitely without trial. The ruling is a major blow to the anti-terrorist strategy of Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • AUSTRALIA MARITIME SECURITY VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- Plans by Australia to enforce an extensive new offshore security zone are causing concern among its neighbors. The Maritime Identification Zone announced by Prime Minister John Howard will extend 18-hundred kilometers from Australia's coast and could see its forces intercept vessels far beyond his country's territorial waters.
  • BRITAIN / TERROR VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- Britain's highest court has ruled that suspected foreign terrorists cannot be held indefinitely without trial. The ruling is a major blow to the anti-terrorist strategy of Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • INDONESIA TERROR WARNING VOA 15 Dec 2004 -- Australia says it has discovered evidence that terrorists plan an imminent attack on Western targets in Indonesia. The Australian government has warned its nationals to stay away from places frequented by Westerners.
  • Money Laundering VOA 14 Dec 2004 -- A new study says the international campaign against money laundering is grossly inadequate.
  • United Kingdom Police Information Technology Organization Selects Northrop Grumman For Identification Services Contract Northrop Grumman 14 Dec 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide advance biometric identification technology as part of an integrated computer system that links more than 50 police forces and agencies in the United Kingdom. This upgraded system, called IDENT1, will for the first time, allow the routine identification of individuals throughout the United Kingdom mainland, following Scotland's decision to join with England and Wales in establishing a unified collection of finger and palm prints.
  • Defense Department Conducts First Administrative Review Board 14 Dec 2004 -- The Department of Defense conducted its first Administrative Review Board (ARB) for enemy combatants detained at the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. All detainees who have been confirmed to be enemy combatants by the Combatant Status Review Tribunals will be processed through the ARBs.
  • Campaign Against Money Laundering Needs Boost, Experts Say Washington File 14 Dec 2004 -- Governments joined in the campaign against money laundering should cooperate to a greater degree on prosecuting criminals, fighting tax evasion, collecting data, and providing technical and financial assistance to poor countries lacking the tools to fight financial crimes, say U.S. economists Peter Reuter and Edwin Truman.
  • US to Screen Sea Cargo from Dubai Port VOA News 12 Dec 2004 -- The United Arab Emirates has become the first Middle East country to join a U.S. program aimed at protecting U.S.-bound sea cargo from terrorists.
  • Statement by the Press Secretary The White House 10 Dec 2004 -- Commissioner Kerik informed the White House this evening that he is withdrawing his name for personal reasons from consideration for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • JEDDAH ATTACK WILL 'SHAKE INTERNATIONAL CONFIDENCE' IN SAUDI STABILITY US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 10 Dec 2004
  • Thwarting Terrorism Requires Strong International Partners Washington File 10 Dec 2004 -- Deputy Homeland Security Secretary James Loy says the threat of terrorism from an enemy that seeks chemical, biological and nuclear weapons jeopardizes innocent civilians around the world.
  • World: Putin Aide Stresses East-West Cooperation On Terrorism RFE/RL 10 Dec 2004 -- An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's confident that recent aggravations in relations between Moscow and the West can be overcome.
  • Russia, U.S. Discuss Antiterror Cooperation RFE/RL 10 Dec 2004 -- An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's confident that recent aggravations in relations between Moscow and the West can be overcome.
  • PAKISTAN BOMBING VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- An apparent terrorist bombing in southwestern Pakistan has killed at least nine people and injured a dozen others.
  • NATO-Russia Action Plan on Terrorism NATO 09 Dec 2004
  • NATO-Russia Council Issues Statements on Ukraine, Terrorism Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- The NATO-Russia Council appealed to all parties in Ukraine December 9 to avoid violence, refrain from intimidating voters, and work toward a free, fair electoral process in the repeated presidential runoff election set for December 26.
  • BORDER PATROL/INTELLIGENCE BILL VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- The new intelligence overhaul bill passed by the U.S. Congress includes provisions to beef up border protection, including authorization of a near doubling of Border Patrol agents in the coming years. But representatives of the agents in the field say more action is urgently needed to deal with the overwhelming numbers of illegal immigrants.
  • Paramilitary Terrorist Group Demobilized in Colombia Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- The demobilization of 3,000 members of a Colombian paramilitary group represents an "unprecedented feat in the history" of the Andean nation's long internal conflict, says the Organization of American States (OAS).
  • INDONESIA BASHIR VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- In Indonesia, the prosecution case against alleged terror leader Abu Bakar Bashir has suffered another setback. A series of witnesses, including a number of convicted terrorists, have denied that the Muslim cleric inspired or knew anything about bombings that killed more than 200 people.
  • CONGRESS/IMMIGRATION VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- Republican lawmakers who were unsuccessful in having stronger immigration provisions included in intelligence reform legislation are vowing to make the issue a top priority in the new 109th Congress in January.
  • Iran: News Of Al-Qaeda Trial Remains Shrouded In Mystery RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- Iran announced on 6 December that it had tried a number of alleged members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. The head of Tehran's Justice Department said the verdicts were issued in compliance with Iranian and Islamic laws and that high-ranking officials were satisfied with them. But the announcement has raised more questions than it has answered. Officials have refused to offer any further details on the trial. And today, Iran's top intelligence official questioned whether the suspects were even Al-Qaeda members.
  • Saudi Arabia: Jiddah Consulate Attack Shows Militants Still Active Despite Saudi Crackdown RFE/RL 07 Dec 2004 -- The terrorist attack yesterday on the U.S. consulate in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jiddah, which killed at least nine people, shows that Saudi authorities are not in complete control of the security situation in their country. The Jiddah assault was the first terrorist attack on a foreign diplomatic mission in the kingdom, and adds to a string of attacks aimed at driving foreigners out of Saudi Arabia.
  • IMMIGRATION/INTELLIGENCE BILL VOA 07 Dec 2004 -- A compromise between the House of Representatives and the Senate in Washington has cleared the way for passage of a sweeping intelligence reform bill. As part of the compromise, controversial sections to restrict illegal aliens from obtaining driver's licenses were dropped. But the debate over this issues is likely to continue.
  • Transcript: Attack on U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah US Department of State 07 Dec 2004 -- James C. Oberwetter, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Consul General Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley
  • BRITAIN / PAKISTAN VOA 07 Dec 2004 -- Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf is appealing to moderate Muslims to stand up and confront Islamic extremists who are promoting terrorism. The president expressed his views in a speech in London
  • JAPAN-ALGERIA VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- The leader of Algeria is calling on Japan and other nations to lift their travel warnings against visits to Africa's second largest country.
  • U.S / SAUDI ATTACK VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- The United States is boosting security at its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia after an attack by a squad of gunman Monday against the U.S. consulate in Jeddah. A total of nine people including four gunmen were reported killed in the incident but U.S. officials say the toll could have been much higher.
  • Bush Says Saudi Attack Shows Terrorists Still on Move AFPS 06 Nov 2004 -- Today's attack on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, must serve to remind Americans "that the terrorists are still on the move," President Bush said today.
  • U.S / SAUDI ATTACK VOA 06 Nov 2004 -- The United States is boosting security at its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia after an attack by a squad of gunman Monday against the U.S. consulate in Jeddah. A total of 12 people including three gunmen were reported killed in the incident but U.S. officials say the toll could have been much higher.
  • COLOMBIA DRUG KINGPIN VOA 06 Nov 2004 -- The former head of Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel, made his first U.S. court appearance Monday, after being extradited from Colombia late last week. The case could turn out to be the biggest drug conspiracy trial in U.S. history.
  • TERRORISM/SHIPPING VOA 06 Nov 2004 -- report issued by an analysts' group Monday calls for more government action to protect ports and ships from terrorists, as well as better planning to rapidly restore services in any area that is attacked. The Rand Corporation is a well-respected private research organization. Part of the challenge is developing new screening methods and technology.
  • Colombia Extradites to U.S. One of World's Top Drug-Traffickers Washington File 06 Nov 2004 -- Colombia has extradited to the United States one of the accused leaders of the Cali drug cartel, Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela, whom the Bush administration says is "arguably the highest-level drug-trafficking figure to ever occupy a U.S. prison cell."
  • Justice Department Awards Northrop Grumman Information Technology Support Services Contract Northrop Grumman 06 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide information technology services that will help the department improve its operations.
  • Jeddah Attack Will Not Deter Fight Against Terror, Powell Says Washington File 06 Nov 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the December 6 attack against U.S. government interests in Saudi Arabia "will not deter us in our fight against terrorism."
  • SAUDI / ATTACK VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- Gunmen blasted their way into the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, killing at least five non-American employees. Four members of the Saudi national guard who responded to the attack were also killed, as were three of the militants.
  • BRITAIN / PAKISTAN VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he is confident his country is winning the war on terrorism. He spoke after meeting British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London to discuss the war on terrorism and other issues.
  • U.S.-SAUDI ATTACK VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- American diplomatic posts in Saudi Arabia have been closed at least through Tuesday after an assault by gunmen on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah. Officials say five non-American consulate employees were killed in the incident along with four members of the Saudi national guard who responded to the attack and three of the gunmen.
  • Saudi Forces Quell Attackers Of U.S. Consulate RFE/RL 06 Dec 2004 -- Saudi security forces say they have killed or arrested the gunmen who attacked the U.S. Consulate in the Saudi city of Jeddah today. Details remain sketchy, including whether the gunmen took hostages and whether any were harmed.
  • U.S. Consulate Attacked In Jeddah RFE/RL 06 Dec 2004 -- A group of unidentified attackers today stormed the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing at least seven people.
  • PAKISTAN / MUSHARRAF VOA 05 Dec 2004 -- Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf, says his country's troops do not know the whereabouts of wanted al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding somewhere along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
  • Ethiopia Is Important U.S. Anti-Terror Ally, Former Envoy Says Washington File 03 Nov 2004 -- Ethiopia continues to be a staunch ally of the United States in the global war on terror in spite of internal political problems and destabilizing influences from within the Horn of Africa region, Ambassador David Shinn recently told a Harvard University conference.
  • SPAIN/ETA VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- Five low-potency bombs placed in gas stations in highways leading out of Madrid Friday caused massive traffic jams on a busy holiday weekend. Spain's Interior Minister blames the Basque terrorist group ETA.
  • Bush Nominates Kerik as Secretary of Homeland Security Washington File 03 Dec 2004 -- President Bush nominated former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik as Secretary of Homeland Security on December 3.
  • Panel Makes Recommendations to Fight Terrorism in Horn of Africa Washington File 03 Dec 2004 -- The Horn of Africa -- Somalia and its African and Red Sea neighbors -- remains a potential hotbed of terrorism, Africa policy experts acknowledged during a recent conference at Harvard University, but they made serious recommendations for curbing the threat there.
  • BUSH / CABINET VOA 03 Dec 2004 -- President Bush has nominated the man who headed New York's police department during the 2001 terrorist attack on that city to lead the cabinet department set up in the aftermath of the attacks.
  • INDONESIA TERROR/BASHIR VOA 02 Dec 2004 -- In Indonesia, a number of convicted terrorists have testified that cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who is accused of being involved in at least two bomb attacks on Western targets, visited a militant training camp and had contact with Osama bin Laden. But one of the prosecution's key witnesses told the court that Bashir did not know about one of the attacks he is accused of encouraging.
  • MARITIME SECURITY VOA 01 Dec 2004 -- At the Africa Oil and Gas Forum in Houston, Texas Wednesday, security experts discussed the need for compliance with international security standards at ports, in order to prevent criminals or terrorists from disrupting commerce. Officials say cooperation is the key to success.
  • United States, Japan Must Cooperate on Cybersecurity Washington File 01 Dec 2004 -- The United States and Japan should intensify cooperative efforts to secure their information networks and work toward the creation of "a global culture of cyber security," according to Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr., assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs.



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