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March 2005 Security News

  • GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ANNOUNCES CBRN STRATEGY Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada 31 Mar 2005 -- The Honourable Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced today the release of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Strategy of the Government of Canada.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 31 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Border Patrol to Reinforce Mexican Border in Arizona VOA 30 Mar 2005 -- The US Border Patrol is adding 500 new agents to the Mexican border with the southwestern state of Arizona to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and prevent the possible entry of foreign terrorists to the United States.
  • ARIZONA/BORDER VOA 30 Mar 2005 -- The US Border Patrol is adding 500 new agents to the Mexican border with the southwestern state of Arizona to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and prevent the possible entry of foreign terrorists to the United States. The announcement of this new deployment comes as hundreds of private citizens prepare for their own border monitoring in Arizona
  • Hearings Determine Detainees' Threat Status AFPS 30 Mar 2005 -- DoD officials have begun a series of hearings -- similar to parole-board hearings -- at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to determine if individual detainees there still pose a threat or could be released or transferred.
  • 38 Guantanamo Detainees to Be Freed After Tribunals AFPS 30 Mar 2005 -- After roughly 10 months of hearings, military officials announced March 29 that 38 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been found to not be enemy combatants and will be returned to their home countries. Five have already been released.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 30 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Northrop Grumman Lays Keel for First U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (WMSL 750) Northrop Grumman 29 Mar 2005 -- In a ceremony today at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Pascagoula shipyard, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and industry gathered to participate in a traditional keel laying ceremony for the Coast Guard's new National Security Cutter (WMSL 750).
  • Transcript: Defense Department Special Briefing on Combatant Status Review Tribunals 29 Mar 2005 -- Secretary of The Navy Gordon England
  • ENEMY COMBATANTS VOA 29 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. military tribunals set up to determine whether suspected al-Qaida and Taleban fighters held at a military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are indeed enemy combatants has completed its review of all detainees. The tribunals found that most, though not all, of the detainees should still be classified as enemy combatants.
  • FRANCE / AFGHAN TRIAL VOA 29 Mar 2005 -- Seven men went on trial in Paris today (Tuesday) for allegedly providing logistical support to the killers of Afghan commander Ahmed Shah Massoud in September 2001. The trial is the result of a four-year investigation into the possible European links to Mr. Massoud's assassination.
  • MAN SUSPECTED OF ORGANIZING TERRORIST ACT IN DUBROVKA DETAINED IN BELARUS RIA Novosti 29 Mar 2005 -- A man, suspected in organizing terrorist acts in Dubrovka and Budyonnovsk, was detained in the Minsk-2 Airport in Belarus, when he showed a forged passport.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 29 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 28 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 25 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • PIPELINES-SECURITY VOA 24 Mar 2005 -- Millions of kilometers of pipeline crisscross the globe, carrying oil, gas, and even water. But while they are an efficient means of transporting energy, pipelines are also highly vulnerable.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 24 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Annan urges Arabs to support UN reform package, including end to terrorism UN News Centre 23 Mar 2005 -- Appealing for Arab support for his comprehensive package of United Nations reforms, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on an Arab League summit to take the lead in outlawing terrorism, above all in the occupied Palestinian territory, however genuine the grievances are over Israeli settlements and land confiscation.
  • CONGRESS / BORDER SECURITY VOA 23 Mar 2005 -- President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin agreed at their summit in Texas Wednesday on a common approach to enhance the security of North America, including the security of their common borders. The meeting comes as Congress is considering ways to improve the security of U.S. borders, where a growing number of illegal immigrants are crossing into the United States.
  • CIVIL LIBERTIES VS SECURITY VOA 23 Mar 2005 -- An unlikely alliance of liberal and conservative groups is joining forces to urge Congress to make some changes in the sweeping anti-terrorism law known as the Patriot Act
  • Europe: Berlin Deports Muslim Cleric As Debate Continues On Anti-Terror Laws RFE/RL 23 Mar 2005 -- Germany will deport to Turkey a Berlin-based imam under antiterror laws dealing with threats to public safety. In various comments last year, the imam called Germans "useless" and offered justifications for suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq. The Berlin court ruling is an example of how European countries are trying to protect themselves from Islamic extremism.
  • 116 CRIMINAL ASSOCIATIONS OPERATING IN RUSSIA RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2005 -- At present, there are 116 criminal associations in Russia, numbering over 4,000 active members, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev told the Federation Council during the so-called "government hour" on Wednesday.
  • ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS LAW ON COUNTER-TERRORISM RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2005 -- The Armenian National Assembly has adopted the law On Counter Terrorism in the third final reading.
  • North American Leaders Unveil Security and Prosperity Partnership Washington File 23 Mar 2005 -- President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Mexican President Vicente Fox announced the establishment of the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America" in a March 23 joint statement.
  • North American Partnership Offers Agenda for Security Washington File 23 Mar 2005 -- President Bush, Mexican Prime Minister Vicente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, convening March 23 for a trilateral meeting in Waco, Texas, have reached broad agreement on a number of issues that their countries will jointly address in order to enhance the security agenda of North America.
  • North American Prosperity Depends on Security Washington File 23 Mar 2005 -- The United States, Canada and Mexico have reached a new trilateral agreement that is based on the principle that prosperity in North America depends on developing a common security strategy in the region.
  • EXPLODED CAR TO BE EXAMINED RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2005 -- Swedish authorities are examining a Russian diplomat's car that was exploded in Stockholm, press secretary of the Russian Embassy in Sweden Sergei Petrovich said by telephone.
  • RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: DOUBLE STANDARDS ARE IMPERMISSIBLE WITH REGARD TO TERRORISM RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2005 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Chizhov told the ambassador of Sweden in Moscow about the impermissibility of double standards with regard to terrorism and stated that Moscow would judge Sweden's adherence to international cooperation in combating this evil by its concrete actions.
  • PHILIPPINES TERROR VOA 23 Mar 2005 -- An Indonesian terrorist suspect says the regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been training in the Philippines since 2000. The confession has fueled concern that the Philippines has become a major training ground for Islamic militants.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 23 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • EXTREMIST WANTED LIST INCLUDES 1,200 RIA Novosti 22 Mar 2005 -- About 1,200 legal and physical entities have been included into a list of suspects in extremist activities.
  • DUMA DEPUTY: U.S. INVADED IRAQ TO DISTRACT TERRORISTS RIA Novosti 22 Mar 2005 -- The war in Iraq made it possible for the United States to distract terrorists from attacking its territory, Andrei Kokoshin, head of the State Duma committee for the CIS and relations with Russians abroad, said at the press conference Tuesday.
  • El-Baradei: Terror Networks Could Steal Atomic Material RFE/RL 22 Mar 2005 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Muhammad el-Baradei, says world leaders face a race against time to keep radioactive materials away from terrorists.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 22 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • RUSSIAN CABINET FOR ADOPTING NEW LAW ON TERRORISM RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2005 -- Russian Deputy Justice Minister Yevgeni Sidorenko believes that the current law On the Struggle Against Terrorism is "hopelessly out of date" and a new law, On the Opposition to Terrorism, should be adopted without delay.
  • US / NICARAGUA /MISSILES VOA 21 Mar 2005 -- The Bush administration confirmed Monday it has suspended military aid to Nicaragua because of that country's failure to follow through on a commitment to destroy Soviet-era portable anti-aircraft missiles. U.S. officials are concerned the so-called MANPADS, man portable air defense systems, could fall into terrorist hands.
  • Qatar Links Egyptian to Suicide Bombing VOA News 21 Mar 2005 -- The government of Qatar says an Egyptian suicide bomber carried out Saturday's attack on a theater popular with Westerners in the capital.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 21 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Yemeni Court Jails Six al-Qaida Suspects VOA News 20 Mar 2005 -- A Yemeni court has handed down a two-year jail term for each of six suspected al-Qaida militants for forging travel documents.
  • JAPAN/SARIN ATTACK/ANNIVERSARY VOA 19 Mar 2005 -- Japan is remembering the lethal nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system by a religious cult 10 years ago Sunday. A decade after the incident, legal appeals drag on, and survivors say they are suffering with little outside support.
  • Kazakhstan: Government Moves To Add Hizb Ut-Tahrir To List Of Terror Groups RFE/RL 18 Mar 2005 -- Kazakhstan's prosecutor-general has asked a court to ban the activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic organization that claims to disavow violence but which has been outlawed in other Central Asian countries and in Russia. The move comes as members of another Islamic group accused of involvement in last year's bombings in Uzbekistan are on trial in southern Kazakhstan.
  • RUSSIAN FSB DEMONSTRATES LATEST DOCUMENT PROTECTION SYSTEM RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2005 -- The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has shown to journalists in Moscow the newest document protection systems.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 18 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Nuclear terrorism, still urgent risk: ElBaradei IRNA 17 Mar 2005 -- Head of the UN atomic watchdog agency said on Wednesday that while much progress has been made through international cooperation over the past three years to combat the risks of nuclear terrorism, vulnerabilities still exist and the issue has lost neither its relevance nor urgency.
  • RUSSIA AND EU TARGET NON-ADMISSION OF TERRORISTS TO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2005 -- Russia and the European Union set the goal of preventing access to components of weapons of mass destruction for terrorists.
  • NO POLITICAL MOTIVES CAN JUSTIFY TERRORISM RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2005 -- Russia calls on all nations for strengthening the refuge regime for efficient combating of terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov told the 61st session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
  • KRASNODAR COURT TO TRY PHONE TERRORIST WHO WARNED ABOUT TERROR ACT IN US RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2005 -- A case of a phone terrorist, who warned the FBI that a terror act was going to be perpetrated in the US, has been submitted to court in Krasnodar.
  • IRAQ, PALESTINE PROBLEMS NURTURE TERRORISM RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2005 -- The international troops' stationing in Iraq and the still-unsettled problems facing Palestine encourage terrorism, according to Mohammad bin Hassan Abdel Wali, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Russia.
  • Mexican Drug Cartel Members Arrested by U.S. Agents Washington File 17 Mar 2005 -- Ten members of a Mexican drug cartel have been arrested by U.S. agents on charges of drug smuggling, money laundering, and other offenses, announced the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 17 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • CANADA-AIR INDIA TRIAL VOA 16 Mar 2005 -- Two men accused of blowing up an Air India 747 in 1985 have been found not guilty in Vancouver,Thursday.
  • Nuclear security conference opens in London IRNA 16 Mar 2005 -- An international conference on nuclear security opened in London Wednesday to foster a better understanding and awareness of "future threats involving the malicious use of nuclear or other radioactive materials."
  • IAEA INSISTS ON BOLSTERING NUCLEAR SECURITY RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2005 -- The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohammed el-Baradei, does not think that nuclear weapons are likely to end up in the hands of terrorists.
  • LONDON HOSTS IAEA CONFERENCE ON NUCLEAR SECURITY RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2005 -- A three-day international conference on nuclear security, Global Directions for the Future, is opening in London on Wednesday.
  • Nuclear terrorism is still urgent risk, says UN atomic watchdog chief UN News Centre 16 Mar 2005 -- While much progress has been made through international cooperation over the past three years to combat the risks of nuclear terrorism, vulnerabilities still exist and the issue has lost neither its relevance nor urgency, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency said today.
  • SMUGGLING RING VOA 16 Mar 2005 -- In the wake of the breakup of an international arms smuggling network in New York Tuesday, prosecutors says they will continue to investigate the weapons trafficking ring. The arms smugglers were willing to sell imported weapons to terrorists.
  • DoD Official Outlines Homeland Defense Progress AFPS 16 Mar 2005 -- Citing the final report of the 9/11 Commission, DoD's top homeland defense official cautioned a House subcommittee March 15 that "America can be attacked in many ways and has many vulnerabilities. No defenses are perfect."
  • Chertoff: Sustainable Security Needs Risk-Based Approach AFPS 16 Mar 2005 -- Risk management must guide decisions on preventing, responding to and recovering from terrorist attacks, the new homeland security secretary said here today.
  • Remarks for Secretary Michael Chertoff U.S. Department of Homeland Security George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute US Department of Homeland Security 16 Mar 2005
  • IVANOV: JOINT EFFORTS NEEDED TO COMBAT TERRORISM RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2005 -- We should combat terrorism the same way as we fought against Nazism during World War II, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Igor Ivanov said at the opening ceremony of the new Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.
  • East: FBI Breaks Weapons-Smuggling Ring Linked To Russia, Caucasus RFE/RL 16 Mar 2005 -- A lengthy investigation by U.S. agents has led to 17 people in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami being charged with various weapons-trafficking offenses. Armenian and South African nationals are among those arrested in connection with an alleged scheme to smuggle rocket-propelled missiles, machine guns, grenade launchers, and other Russian military weapons into the United States for sale. Prosecutors say the case raises alarm over the willingness of traffickers to sell arms to terrorists.
  • US Report Lists Most Plausible Terrorist Attacks, Casualties VOA News 16 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Homeland Security officials have prepared a report listing 12 ways terrorists might attack the country and estimates of the death toll each attack might produce.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 16 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • MARINE SECURITY PROJECTS ANNOUNCED Transport Canada15 Mar 2005 -- New projects to enhance security at Canadian ports and marine facilities under the first round of funding from the Marine Security Contribution Program were announced today by Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre.
  • BUSH/HEZBOLLAH VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- President Bush says the United States views Hezbollah as a terrorist organization - but that the militant group can change that impression by its own actions.
  • FRANCE/ISLAMISTS VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- A French court has sentenced six men to prison for plotting to blow up the U.S. embassy in Paris. At least two of the men will likely appeal the verdict.
  • Bush Challenges Hezbollah To End Terrorism Washington File 15 Mar 2005 -- President Bush said that while the United States continues to view Hezbollah as a terrorist organization "because of terrorist activities in the past," the group could gain legitimacy by ending violence and not threatening regional peace efforts.
  • PHILIPPINES / PRISON VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- A day-long prison stand-off in the Philippines between Muslim militant detainees and the police ended in bloodshed Tuesday morning, despite hours of negotiations. At least 21 detainees were killed when police stormed the maximum-security facility.
  • ASIA-PIRACY VOA 15 Mar 2005 -- Tokyo is asking Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore for help in freeing two Japanese and a Filipino captured in an attack on a Japanese-registered tugboat by armed pirates in the Malacca Strait.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 15 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Deploys Smart IT Security Nationwide Northrop Grumman 14 Mar 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) began nationwide deployment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s public key infrastructure (PKI), which provides increased security for its information technology systems.
  • RUSSIAN POLICE FOR RETURN VISIT TO FRANCE RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Russian and French law enforcement officers will meet to discuss anti-terror operation methods, says Vasili Panchenkov, Interior Troops chief of PR at Russia's Interior Ministry.
  • UN counter-terrorism campaign kicks off new phase: on-site country visits UN News Centre 14 Mar 2005 -- Stepping up the war on terrorism, United Nations counter-terrorism experts today began their first on-site country visit, opening a new phase in the world body's work to strengthen state capacity in fighting the scourge.
  • United States Must Help Partner Nations Fight Terrorism Washington File 14 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. government must be prepared to help its international partners protect themselves, and by extension the United States, from terrorism using a wide range of assistance programs and measures, says a senior State Department counterterrorism official.
  • Colombian Drug Cartel Leader Extradited to United States Washington File 14 Mar 2005 -- Miguel Rodriguez-Orejuela, one of the alleged founders and leaders of the Cali drug cartel in Colombia, has been extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges, according to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) agency.
  • BESLAN PROBE COMMISSION GETS FILES OF AL-QAEDA EMISSARY RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- Members of the parliamentary commission probing into the Beslan tragedy, currently working in Vladikavkaz (the capital of North Ossetia, North Caucasus), have got hold of some files from the archive that belonged to Al-Qaeda emissary Abu-Dzeit killed in Ingushetia, Alexander Torshin, the chairman of the commission, has told RIA Novosti.
  • U-S GANG CRACKDOWN VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- U.S. law enforcement officials say they have arrested more than 100 members of a violent U.S. street gang with roots in Central America.
  • GAS TANKER/PIRATES VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- Pirates briefly seized a chemical tanker in the Malacca Strait, releasing the boat and crew but holding the captain and chief engineer for ransom. The latest act of piracy in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes underscores security concerns for that region.
  • PHILIPPINES PRISON VOA 14 Mar 2005 -- Muslim detainees at a Philippine prison have killed at least five people in an attempted escape. Members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnapping gang are still in control of the detention facility in suburban Manila while they negotiate a possible surrender.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 14 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Detainee Transfer Announced 12 Mar 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred three detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Afghanistan, Maldives and Pakistan for release. This transfer increases the number of detainees who have departed GTMO to 214.
  • Al-Qaida Group Ridicules Spanish Terrorism Conference VOA News 12 Mar 2005 -- A group calling itself al-Qaida in Iraq has ridiculed this week's terrorism conference in Spain marking the first anniversary of the bombing of Madrid trains that killed nearly 200 people and wounded more than 1000.
  • US Exporting of Prisoners for Interrogation Proves Controversial VOA News 11 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. government is again being buffeted by winds of controversy over its handling of suspected terrorists.
  • American Embassy in Jakarta Issues Bomb Warning VOA News 11 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has warned Americans to stay away from a shopping mall for the next few days because of a bomb threat.
  • Multilateralism and donor aid for poorer states vital in fighting terrorism - Annan UN News Centre 11 Mar 2005 -- Multilateralism, full international cooperation and donor aid for poorer countries to develop the needed capacity are vital if the war on terrorism is to have any chance of success, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in Madrid, a day after launching a major five-point United Nations strategy to combat the scourge.
  • U.S., Mexico Committed to Fighting Illicit Drug Trade, Terrorism Washington File 11 Mar 2005 -- The United States and Mexico are both "absolutely committed" to combating the illicit narcotics trade, says U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
  • BRITAIN/TERRORISM VOA 11 Mar 2005 -- Eight foreign terrorism suspects held for nearly three years in Britain have been granted bail after the law they were being held under was declared illegal.
  • SPAIN/TERRORISM VOA 11 Mar 2005 -- Spain is in mourning one year after train bombings that took the lives of 191 people and injured nearly two thousand. Foreign dignitaries joined Spain's monarch and government officials for the main commemorative event in the city's main park.
  • U.K.: Government Begins Releasing Foreign Terror Suspects As Terror-Bill Debate Continues RFE/RL 11 Mar 2005 -- Great Britain today began releasing a number of foreign terrorist suspects who have been detained without trial, as parliament continues to squabble over a tough new terrorism bill. The men, mostly North Africans and all Muslim, have been held without trial for months under powerful legislation passed in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks. That legislation is due to expire on 14 March, however. And legislators in the upper and lower chambers have been locked in a bitter contest of wills over the new bill.
  • FEDERATION COUNCIL APPROVES AIR TRANSPORT SECURITY ENHANCEMENT RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2005 -- The Federation Council approved the federal draft on amending some laws of the Russian Federation concerning security measures in air transport on Friday.
  • RUSSIAN AND US EXPERTS DISCUSS ANTI-EXTREMIST MEASURES RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2005 -- Russian and the US law enforcement experts gathered at a conference Climate of Trust in Veliky Novgorod (an ancient city in the north-west of Russia) on Friday to discuss anti-extremist measures.
  • Analysis: International Security After Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 11 Mar 2005 -- Al-Qaeda is on the decline. Porter J. Goss, the former chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee and director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was quoted by "The Washington Post" on 16 March 2003 as saying "I believe the tide has turned in terms of Al-Qaeda."
  • Europe: Madrid Bombings Remembered As EU Antiterror Efforts Stall RFE/RL 11 Mar 2005 -- Spain today commemorated the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people and injured more than 2,000. The 11 March 2004 terrorist attack sparked a pledge by European leaders to join forces in fighting terrorism. But a year later, little progress has been made.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 11 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • UN/ANNAN/TERRORISM VOA 10 Mar 2005 -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed an international treaty outlawing terrorism. Mr. Annan unveiled a comprehensive anti-terror strategy at a conference marking the one-year anniversary of the deadly train attacks in Madrid.
  • Annan lays out detailed five-point UN strategy to combat terrorism UN News Centre 10 Mar 2005 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented a five-point strategy for the United Nations to fight terrorism: dissuading the disaffected from choosing the tactic, denying terrorists the means to carry out attacks, deterring state support, developing state preventive capacity and defending human rights in the struggle against the scourge.
  • Yemeni Cleric, Assistant Convicted of Funding Terrorism Washington File 10 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales welcomed the convictions of Yemeni cleric Mohammed Al Hassan Al-Moayad and his co-defendant Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, also a Yemeni citizen, on charges of providing material support to terrorist organizations.
  • Colombian Terrorist Leader Extradited to U.S. on Drug Charges Washington File 10 Mar 2005 -- Nayibe Rojas Valderama, a high-ranking member of the terrorist organization known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), has been extradited by the government of Colombia to the United States to face drug charges, according to a Department of Justice press release.
  • United States Sends Condolences on Madrid Bombings Anniversary Washington File 10 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has expressed America's sympathies to the people of Spain on the approach of the one-year anniversary of the terrorist bombings in Madrid.
  • US / DETAINEE ABUSE VOA 10 Mar 2005 -- A report issued Thursday by the U.S. Defense Department blames the abuse of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay on low level soldiers who went beyond the rules, and inadequate enforcement of military discipline. As a result, the report says, the U.S. commander in Iraq issued a new set of interrogation rules last month, in addition to other earlier changes in detainee procedures. But human rights groups and some members of congress say the report does not go far enough.
  • DoD, Army Make Improvements in Detainee Processes AFPS 10 Mar 2005 -- The Army and DoD have made significant improvements in doctrine and training, policy and force structure in areas that deal with processing, confining and interrogating detainees, several defense and military officials said today.
  • U.S. Military Continues to Improve Detainee Handling AFPS 10 Mar 2005 -- Since allegations of detainee mistreatment have surfaced, the Defense Department and the military services have conducted 10 major reviews, assessments and investigations.
  • Admiral Issues Report: 'No Policy Condoned Torture, Abuse' AFPS 10 Mar 2005 -- The latest review of detention operations has found "no policy that considered or condoned torture," said the officer appointed to lead the investigation.
  • Boeing Completes Work on Airport Security Program Boeing 10 Mar 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] announced today it has successfully completed its contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to enhance security while improving operational efficiencies at the nation's commercial airports.
  • RUSSIA CALLS FOR WORLD CONVENTION TO PREVENT NUKE TERROR RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2005 -- The world is not to put off the adoption of an international convention on efforts against nuclear terror acts, stressed Igor Ivanov, Russia's Security Council Secretary.
  • US POLICEMEN TO PATROL STREETS IN VELIKY NOVGOROD RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2005 -- US policemen from San Francisco (California) will patrol streets of Veliky Novgorod (150 km to the southwest of St. Petersburg and 500 km to the northwest of Moscow), said the information and public relations service of the Novgorod regional interior affairs department.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 10 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • CONGRESS / HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 09 Mar 2005 -- The new U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, appeared before Congress to discuss his agency's budget for next year. Lawmakers expressed concern over proposed cuts in homeland security funding for states and local communities.
  • Secretary-General to propose UN strategy to fight terrorism at summit in Spain UN News Centre 09 Mar 2005 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived today in Madrid to deliver the keynote address to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, outlining a principled, comprehensive strategy for the United Nations to counter terrorism.
  • BRITAIN/ANTI-TERROR VOA 09 Mar 2005 -- New proposed anti-terrorism legislation is causing a storm of political debate in Britain where politicians are weighing how to balance the need for safety and security on the one hand and preserving centuries old civil liberties on the other.
  • INTERIOR MINISTRY FOCUSES ON ANTI-TERROR OPERATIONS RIA Novosti 09 Mar 2005 -- The Russian Interior Ministry has increased its attention to anti-terrorist operations, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said.
  • TERRORIST THREAT TO RUSSIA EMANATES FROM NORTH CAUCASUS RIA Novosti 09 Mar 2005 -- The main terrorist threat to Russia emanates, as before, from the bandit formations of the North Caucasian region, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev stated speaking in the State Duma during the "government hour."
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 09 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Parties Still Working Behind the Scenes on Military Commissions AFPS 08 Mar 2005 -- Though the four war crimes cases before the military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are on hold pending the outcome of a federal court decision, prosecutors, defense teams and other officials are still hard at work behind the scenes to ensure the process runs smoothly.
  • Continuous Innovation Critical to Homeland Security Washington File 08 Mar 2005 -- While tremendous progress has been made in protecting the United States from terrorist attack, there's much more work ahead that demands "continuous innovation" at every level, the newly nominated deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security said March 7.
  • President Discusses War on Terror The White House 08 Mar 2005 -- National Defense University
  • SPAIN/ TERROR CONFERENCE VOA 08 Mar 2005 -- Heads of state and government from several countries have joined experts on terrorism and security at a conference in Madrid that seeks to identify the causes of extremist violence and explore ways to reduce the threat. The four-day gathering coincides with the first anniversary of last year's train bombings in the Spanish capital that killed 191 people.
  • FRANCE/GUANTANAMO VOA 08 Mar 2005 -- The last of seven French prisoners held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay are back in France. The last three prisoners are being detained in the French capital, and face questioning by French anti-terrorist judges.
  • World: One Year After Madrid, World Examines Roots Of Terrorism RFE/RL 08 Mar 2005 -- An international conference on combating terrorism opened in the Spanish capital today. The meeting comes one year after the Madrid train bombings that killed almost 200 people. What is supposed to make this conference different is that participants have been asked to focus on the underlying causes of terrorism and possible long-term solutions. Invited guests include current world leaders such as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, along with many former heads of state as well as counterterrorism experts.
  • PHILIPPINES/ TERROR/MEDIA VOA 08 Mar 2005 -- A leading media rights group in the Philippines has slammed portions of a proposed anti-terrorism bill. The new law - backed by the military - would prohibit journalists from interviewing alleged terrorists.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 08 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • U-S CIVIL LIBERTIES VOA 07 Mar 2005 -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the Congress to renew the Patriot Act, the set of laws that expanded the government's power to go after terrorists in the wake of the 2001 attacks. But civil liberties advocates are urging lawmakers to oppose the renewal.
  • Detainee Cases Making Their Way Through U.S. Federal Courts AFPS 07 Mar 2005 -- U.S. national security officials hope an April hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals will resolve issues concerning detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after two District of Columbia District Court judges issued opposing rulings in January.
  • Detainee Transfer Announced 07 Mar 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred three detainees from Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba, to France for prosecution. This transfer increases the number to 211 detainees who have departed GTMO.
  • Defense Dept. Report, March 7: New Detainees Sent to France Washington File 07 Mar 2005 -- The Defense Department announced March 7 that it transferred three more detainees from U.S. military custody in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to France.
  • Money Laundering Fight Moves Beyond Formal Channels, U.S. Says Washington File 07 Mar 2005 -- The international community's success in curbing money laundering done through banking and other formal channels has forced criminal groups and terrorist organizations to seek alternative ways to acquire and move their funds, according to a new State Department report.
  • U.S. Aid Agency Clarifies Anti-Terrorism Certification Rules Washington File 07 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has clarified rules for the anti-terrorism certification required of its partners and grant recipients.
  • Gonzales Says Patriot Act is Vital to Battle Terrorists Washington File 07 Mar 2005 -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says the United States must continue to strengthen its laws to thwart terrorism because the terrorists who attacked this country on September 11, 2001, believed it is legitimate to kill innocent people.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 07 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Guantanamo Detainees Still Yielding Valuable Intelligence AFPS 04 Mar 2005 -- A bearded man with close-cropped hair sits shackled in a nondescript room. The man appears middle-aged and Middle Eastern, and is wearing rubber flip-flops and orange clothing that resembles hospital "scrubs."
  • Government Attorney: Detainees Don't Deserve POW Privileges AFPS 04 Mar 2005 -- Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being held for reasons of national security and military necessity, not because they're being punished, a top DoD lawyer explained here March 3.
  • Caribbean Used to Transit South American Narcotics to U.S., Europe Washington File 04 Mar 2005 -- Given their geographic location, many nations of the Caribbean are utilized as transit countries for cocaine, marijuana and other illicit drugs from South America to the United States, Europe, and other global markets, according to the U.S. State Department's International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) for 2004.
  • Central America Remains A Transshipment Point for Illicit Drugs Washington File 04 Mar 2005 -- Mexico and the countries of Central America are being used to ship illicit drugs, primarily cocaine and heroin, from South America to the United States and elsewhere in the world, says the U.S. Department of State in its new International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2004, released March 4.
  • Afghanistan Produces Record-Breaking Opium Poppy Crop Washington File 04 Mar 2005 -- Afghanistan's opium poppy production reached record high levels in 2004, due in part to a dangerous security situation, a lack of alternative income streams and limited law enforcement capabilities, according to the State Department's International Narcotics Control Strategy Report issued March 4.
  • Nations Make Progress Against Drug Trafficking in 2004 Washington File 04 Mar 2005 -- A significant decline in Western Hemispheric drug crops, increases in the interdiction of drug shipments and a weakening of drug trafficking organizations were the hallmarks of global trends in international narcotics control during 2004.
  • U.S.: Why Can't Americans Find Bin Laden? RFE/RL 04 Mar 2005 -- Periodically the world is reminded that Osama bin Laden, the accused mastermind of the Al-Qaeda attacks of 11 September 2001, remains at large. Four days before November's U.S. elections, he issued a chilling message to American voters. More recently, he reportedly communicated with an ally in Iraq. For more than three years, U.S. forces have been hunting unsuccessfully for bin Laden, reportedly along the Afghan-Pakistan border. Is the search doomed to failure? And even if bin Laden is seized, would that be a benefit or a drawback for the United States?
  • MOSCOW AIRPORTS THROUGH ANTI-TERROR SAFETY CHECK RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2005 -- The Federal Transport Inspection checked three Moscow airports for terror safety, two weeks ago. The results were made public today, announced Alexander Neradko, inspection chief.
  • ITALY/RUSSIA VOA 04 Mar 2005 -- Russia's defense minister, Sergei Ivanov, said Friday his country reserves the right to launch preventive strikes on suspected terrorist bases outside the national territory. Mr. Ivanov's comments follow talks in Florence with his Italian counterpart.
  • IVANOV SURPRISED AT GEORGIA'S REACTION TO RUSSIA'S POSSIBLE ANTI-TERRORIST STRIKES RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is surprised at Georgia's permanent attention to Russia's possible attack on terrorists in the Pankisi Gorge.
  • INDONESIA / BASHIR VERDICT VOA 04 Mar 2005 -- Indonesia is asking foreign critics to respect its judicial system and the 30 month jail term handed down Thursday to a militant Muslim cleric found guilty of complicity in the 2002 Bali bombings.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 04 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • US / INDONESIA TERROR VOA 03 Mar 2005 -- The United States says it is disappointed with the 30-month prison sentence handed down (Thursday) by an Indonesian court to a militant Muslim cleric convicted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings.
  • Indonesia: Cleric Found Guilty Of 'Evil Conspiracy' At Bali RFE/RL 03 Mar 2005 -- An Indonesian court has sentenced Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to 2 1/2 years in jail for his part in a conspiracy to carry out the October 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people. Bashir was cleared of several more serious charges. Those included allegations that he personally ordered the Bali attack and that he had planned the 2003 bombing of a Marriott hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.
  • Bush Hails New Homeland Security Chief as 'Right Person' AFPS 03 Mar 2005 -- Michael Chertoff took the oath of office here today as the nation's second secretary of homeland security, succeeding Tom Ridge in the newest Cabinet post.
  • U.S. Treasury Designates Four Companies Tied to Jamaican Kingpin Washington File 03 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury has identified four companies associated with a Jamaican national, Leebert Ramcharan, who was named as a drug kingpin by President Bush on June 1, 2004.
  • U.S. Visitors Find New Look in Passports Washington File 03 Mar 2005 -- Foreign travelers entering the United States are finding a new kind of souvenir from their visit, according to an announcement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Starting March 1, the agency's border officials will stamp visitors passports with a new seal that reflects creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and creation of the CBP from several predecessor agencies.
  • President Thanks DHS Secretary Chertoff at Swearing-In Ceremony The White House 03 Mar 2005
  • BUSH / BIN LADEN VOA 03 Mar 2005 -- President Bush says America's greatest challenge is stopping terrorist leader Osama bin Laden from attacking the country again. The president spoke at the swearing-in of the new Director of Homeland Security.
  • RUSSIA SET TO DEPRIVE TERRORISTS OF MONEY RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2005 -- Russia has suggested establishing a regional CIS group in Central Asia; this regional group would be expected to fight money-laundering operations; moreover, it will help deprive terrorist cells of money. This was disclosed in a RIA Novosti interview by Andrei Kozlov, the first board chairman with the Central Bank of Russia.
  • LIMA CONFERENCE TO COUNTER INTERNATIONAL MONEY-LAUNDERING OPERATIONS RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2005 -- Lima, the capital of Peru, is to host a session of an INTOSAI (International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions) working group March 3-5.
  • SECURITY ON THE MOSCOW METRO RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2005 -- Up to 10 million passengers use the Moscow metro every day. The system's tracks cover over 600km and there are 170 stations.
  • BASHIR TERROR VERDICT VOA 03 Mar 2005 -- A Jakarta court has sentenced Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to 30 months in prison for complicity in the 2002 Bali bombings but dropped all charges against him related to a 2003 hotel bombing.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 03 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • SECURITY-2005 EXHIBITION TO OPEN IN KAZAN RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2005 -- The international exhibition Security-2005 will be held in Kazan from March 2-4, RIA Novosti was told in the Emergencies Ministry (MChS) of Tatarstan (a republic in the Volga area), which is one of its organizers.
  • RUSSIANS TO TRAIN AT FBI SCHOOL IN US RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2005 -- Russian security service personnel will undergo training at an FBI training facility in the United States, the FBI's Antiterrorist Center chief John Lewis told the media in Novosibirsk.
  • TERRORISTS OF ALL STRIPES TO BE ENTERED IN DATABASES RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2005 -- The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) is launching a joint terrorist organization database project expected to be joined by foreign security services, FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev told the conference of the security service leaders.
  • COUNTER-TERRORISM NEEDS GLOBAL EFFORT RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2005 -- In spite of the efforts taken by the anti-terrorist coalition, the fight against terrorism is becoming global, reads the final communiqué issued at the 4th international conference of heads of special services, security and law enforcement bodies in Novosibirsk.
  • FBI KNOWS ABOUT AL-QAEDA'S PLANS TO ORGANIZE "CHEMICAL" TERRORIST ACTS RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2005 -- FBI has operational information on Al-Qaeda's plans to perpetrate terrorist acts with the use of biological and chemical substances, head of the FBI Anti-Terrorist Center John Lewis said answering RIA Novosti's question.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 02 Mar 2005 [PDF]
  • Raytheon Demonstrates Homeland Defense Capability Using A2C2S Raytheon 01 Mar 2005 -- A command and control system designed by Raytheon Company for the U.S. Army, recently demonstrated its ability to support the Army National Guard's homeland defense mission.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD United Nations 01 Mar 2005
  • Strong intelligence sharing key to preventing terrorist acts, top UN counter-terrorism expert says UN News Centre 01 Mar 2005 -- The chief United Nations counter-terrorism expert today called for greater cooperation among intelligence agencies and joint action in preventing terrorist acts, stressing the organizations' proximity to the front lines in the battle against the worldwide scourge.
  • BUSH PADILLA VOA 01 Mar 2005 -- The Bush Administration is appealing a U.S. court ruling that it must charge or release an American citizen held for two-and-a-half years on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.
  • BIO TERROR / CONFERENCE VOA 01 Mar 2005 -- French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin has warned that bio-terrorism could be the next stage in the evolution of international terrorism. Mr. de Villepin spoke at a key bio-terrorism conference in Lyon, France.
  • World: Bioterrorism Conference Participants Say Cooperation Lacking RFE/RL 01 Mar 2005 -- The French city of Lyon is hosting the first-ever international conference devoted to the threat of bioterrorism. Police chiefs, counterterrorism experts, and health officials from more than 100 countries are attending the two-day gathering to discuss how to better coordinate their efforts.
  • DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 01 Mar 2005 [PDF]



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