March 2008 Security News
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen Hartmann From the Pentagon 31 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Legal Advisor to the Convening Authority in the DoD Office Of Military Commissions Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann
- U.S. Charges Suspect in African Embassy Bombing AFPS 31 Mar 2008 -- Charges have been sworn against a Guantanamo Bay detainee, alleging he was involved in the preparation and planning of the 1998 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, Defense Department officials announced today.
- Pentagon Files Charges in 1998 US Embassy Bombing VOA 31 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. Defense Department has charged an alleged member of the al-Qaida terrorist organization with helping to plan and carryout the deadly 1998 bombing of the American embassy in Tanzania
- Charges Sworn Against Detainee Ghailani 31 Mar 2008 -- The Defense Department announced today that charges have been sworn against Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani of Zanzibar, Tanzania.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 31 March 2008 [PDF]
- FSB chief sees threat from Islamic extremist groups RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2008 -- International terrorist organizations are attempting to shift their operations to Russia, the Federal Security Service (FSB) director said Monday.
- Europe's Airports Remove Border Checks VOA 30 Mar 2008 -- Passport-free travel in Europe has expanded further as border checks at airports in nine mainly former Communist countries have disappeared
- CIA Chief Says Al-Qaida Found Safe Haven in Pakistan VOA 30 Mar 2008 -- The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency says al-Qaida has established a safe haven in the tribal areas near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that it presents a "clear and present danger" to the West
- Pakistan: With Confidence, New Prime Minister Vows To Fight Terrorism RFE/RL 29 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's parliament has given incoming Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani its unanimous backing, in a vote of confidence
- Governors involved in Cyber Command basing process AFPN 28 Mar 2008 -- Air Force officials here are involving the governors and communities of 18 states interested in hosting the new Air Force Cyber Command in the basing process.
- Russian expert warns of 'bird flu pandemic' RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- A Russian scientist has said during an international bird flu conference that the virus would cause a global pandemic resulting in thousands of deaths, but did not say when it would happen.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 28 March 2008 [PDF]
- INDONESIA: Firm action needed in confronting bird flu pandemic IRIN 27 Mar 2008 -- As the Indonesian government moves to stem the spread of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its latest report stated that Indonesia's bird-flu situation remains "critical".
- Russia proposes bird flu vaccine cooperation with Southeast Asia RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- Russia is ready to cooperate with Southeast Asia in producing bird flu vaccines, officials from the country's leading vaccine company said at an international bird flu summit that opened on Bali Thursday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 27 March 2008 [PDF]
- AFNORTH provides support to flood areas AFPN 26 Mar 2008 -- The numbered air force responsible for ensuring the air defense of the continental U.S. has also been supporting civilian and military authorities working to provide relief from the recent floods in the U.S.
- Pakistani PM Advocates Political Approach to US War on Terror VOA 26 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's new prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, has told President Bush he wants a broader approach to fighting terrorism in Pakistan.
- Thales Announces Liberty: The First Multiband Software Defined Land Mobile Radio - All Bands, All M Thales 26 Mar 2008 -- Thales Communications, Inc., announces the introduction of LibertyTM, the first multiband software defined Land Mobile Radio (LMR) for government agencies and first responders.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 26 March 2008 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 25 March 2008 [PDF]
- Al-Qaida's Zawahiri Calls for Attacks Against US, Israel VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- Al-Qaida's number two leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has called for attacks on Israeli and American targets in revenge for Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 24 March 2008 [PDF]
- Yemen Blames Al-Qaida for Failed Attack on US Embassy VOA 22 Mar 2008 -- A Yemeni official has blamed al-Qaida for this month's attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Sanaa.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 21 March 2008 [PDF]
- Guard Helping Residents in Midwest Flooding Army News 20 Mar 2008 -- National Guard members transported evacuated residents, provided shelter, supplied drinking water and executed other missions in states affected by Midwest flooding on March 20, the first day of spring.
- Security Council extends counter-terrorism offices mandate until end of 2010 UN News Centre 20 Mar 2008 -- The Security Council today unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), which is tasked with monitoring the efforts of countries to combat the global scourge of terrorism, until the end of 2010.
- Al-Jazeera Airs New Bin Laden Audio Tape VOA 20 Mar 2008 -- The Arabic television network Al-Jazeera has aired what it says is a new audio tape from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in which he calls on Palestinians to reject negotiations and use "iron and fire" against Israel.
- US Says New Bin Laden Tape Authentic VOA 20 Mar 2008 -- U.S. officials say the Central Intelligence Agency is confident that the voice on a new audiotape attributed to Osama bin Laden is authentic.
- US Presidential Candidate McCain says al-Qaida 'On The Run' VOA 20 Mar 2008 -- U.S. presidential candidate John McCain met Thursday with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and told reporters afterwards that "al-Qaida is on the run" in Iraq
- Vatican Rejects Bin Laden's 'Crusade' Accusations VOA 20 Mar 2008 -- The Vatican has rejected accusations from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden that Pope Benedict XVI is involved in a "new crusade" to ridicule Islam.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 20 March 2008 [PDF]
- USNORTHCOM hosts hurricane preparation conference AFPN 19 Mar 2008 -- Heavy snow may have been falling outside, but the men and women gathered inside a conference room here in mid-March had another kind of severe weather on their minds.
- Bin Laden Issues Warning to European Union Over Prophet Cartoons VOA 19 Mar 2008 -- Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has warned the European Union that there will be a strong reaction against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in European newspapers.
- Airmen build legal complex at Camp Justice AFPN 19 Mar 2008 -- Approximately 50 Airmen deployed to support Joint Task Force Guantanamo in February to put the finishing touches on the Expeditionary Legal Complex construction projects at Camp Justice here.
- Progress being made in global fight against terrorism, UN official says UN News Centre 19 Mar 2008 -- Considerable progress has been made worldwide in the fight against terrorism, including the endorsement of important treaties and the sharing of information between law enforcement agencies, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.
- Britain Unveils Security Strategy VOA 19 Mar 2008 -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown unveiled a broad security strategy of how the government, security and health services would deal with national emergencies, including terrorist attacks, outbreaks of disease and natural disasters
- Analsyt Considers al-Shbab Terrorist Group Designation By US VOA 19 Mar 2008 -- The United States has designated a Somali Islamic militant group as a terrorist organization
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 19 March 2008 [PDF]
- US Designates Somalia's al-Shabab as Terrorist Group VOA 18 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. State Department has designated Somalia's al-Shabab insurgent group as a foreign terrorist organization.
- UN warns new lethal bird flu strain may emerge in Indonesia RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2008 -- A United Nations agency said on Tuesday the bird flu virus, common in Indonesia, could mutate into a form that could easily be transmitted from person to person causing a global pandemic.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 18 March 2008 [PDF]
- Boy dies from bird flu in Vietnam RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2008 -- An 11-year-old boy has died of bird flu in Vietnam's northern province, the Vietnamese Health Ministry reported on Monday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 17 March 2008 [PDF]
- US Reveals Capture of Another Senior al-Qaida Official VOA 14 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. Defense Department announced Friday that it has taken custody of a senior al-Qaida official, who is now being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Officials detail scope, units of AFCYBER command AFPN 14 Mar 2008 -- The work of building Air Force Cyber Command continues with officials releasing details of what the scope of the command will look like and how it will function in lieu of having a permanent base named for its headquarters location.
- Defense Department Takes Custody of High-Value Al Qaeda Operative AFPS 14 Mar 2008 -- The Defense Department has taken custody of a "high-value" al Qaeda operative, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today.
- General Lays Out Challenges of Defending Cyberspace AFPS 14 Mar 2008 -- Air Force Minuteman and Navy Trident missiles stand outside the headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command here as reminders of the command's mission of strategic deterrence and nuclear operations.
- Defense Department Takes Custody Of A High-Value Detainee 14 Mar 2008 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it has custody of Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani, a high-level member of al-Qaida captured in the War on Terror and placed him under control of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 14 March 2008 [PDF]
- Brazil's Supreme Court Approves Alleged Colombian Drug Lord's Extradition to US VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- Brazil's Supreme Court has authorized the extradition of suspected Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia to the United States to face drug trafficking and murder charges.
- Pentagon Report Finds No Direct Saddam-al-Qaida Connection VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. Defense Department has released a study of 600,000 documents from Saddam Hussein's archives concluding that while he supported many terrorist groups he did not have a "direct connection" with al-Qaida. But the department's spokesman says that is not a new conclusion
- Pentagon Reviews Policy of Videotaping Interrogations VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- The Pentagon says it has so far found fewer than 50 videotapes of interrogations at its facilities worldwide, following a request for information that went out six weeks ago.
- Bush, Democrats Clash Again Over Surveillance Law VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- Conflict continues between President Bush and Democrats in the House of Representatives over changes to U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance law
- Flu Outbreak Prompts Hong Kong to Close Schools VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- Hong Kong health experts are investigating an influenza outbreak that has killed at least three children and sickened many others
- Bush: House Version of Terrorist Surveillance Bill Would Undermine Security VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- President Bush says a terrorist surveillance bill now being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives is dangerous to national security, and he would veto it.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 13 March 2008 [PDF]
- Charges Sworn Against Detainee Mohammed Kamin 12 Mar 2008 -- The Defense Department announced today that charges have been sworn against Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Kamin of Afghanistan.
- Russia to introduce 'color-coded' terrorist threat system RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2008 -- Russia is to introduce a 'color-coded' system of terrorist threat levels, the Federal Security Service director told a National Counter-Terrorism Committee (NCC) session on Wednesday.
- Ex-CIA agent: German officials told of abductions in 2001 IRNA 12 Mar 2008 -- The former chief of CIA's European unit Taylor Drumheller contradicted claims by German officials who have repeatedly stated that they were not informed of CIA kidnappings of terror suspects until 2004, the weekly stern news magazine said in a report to be published on Thursday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 12 March 2008 [PDF]
- Command chief outlines future of cyber warfare AFPN 11 Mar 2008 -- The Air Force is leading the way in controlling the warfighting domain of the 21st century, and the formation of the newest Air Force major command is progressing well, the command chief of Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional) said during a March 4 visit here.
- US, Germany Initial Deal on Exchanging Terror Suspect Data VOA 11 Mar 2008 -- U.S. and German authorities have initialed an agreement under which Berlin and Washington will share fingerprints, personal data and DNA samples of people suspected of terrorist activities.
- BANGLADESH: Poultry industry losses mount as bird flu spreads IRIN 11 Mar 2008 -- Despite stepped up bio-security at farms and markets, as well as an awareness-raising campaign on TV, radio and in the newspapers, bird flu continues to spread in Bangladesh.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 11 March 2008 [PDF]
- EADS Defence & Security to expand digital radio network of Brazilian Federal Police EADS 10 Mar 2008 -- EADS Defence & Security (DS) has been commissioned by Brazil's Departamento de Polícia Federal to expand the digital radio network of the Brazilian Federal Police on the basis of the Tetrapol standard.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 10 March 2008 [PDF]
- EGYPT: New human bird flu case raises fears IRIN 10 Mar 2008 -- An eight-year-old boy from Fayyum province was diagnosed with avian influenza on 8 March, bringing to four the number of human cases in the past two weeks and raising fresh fears of a pandemic.
- President Bush Vetoes Waterboarding Ban VOA 08 Mar 2008 -- President Bush has vetoed legislation that would have limited CIA interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists.
- Colombia Progresses Against Terrorism; Diplomacy Urged in South American Rift AFPS 07 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces have disrupted extremist activity in the northern part of Iraq's Babil province, a senior military official said yesterday.
- Guantanamo Bay Detainees Get Respectful Treatment, Commander Says AFPS 07 Mar 2008 -- The nearly 300 captured enemy combatants being held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility are provided respect and the best quality of life available under the circumstances, the commander of the detention task force said today.
- Election Rallies Canceled in Spain After Killing Blamed on ETA VOA 07 Mar 2008 -- Spain's political parties canceled campaign rallies on Friday, after a former councilor from the governing Socialist Party was shot dead in the Basque Country. Sabina Castelfranco reports from Rome.
- New Center to Boost NORTHCOM, NORAD Capabilities AFPS 07 Mar 2008 -- An integrated command center scheduled to become operational in May will improve the global situational awareness critical to U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Command in protecting the homeland, the commands' top officer said yesterday.
- Officials: No Link Between Letters to US Congress, Times Square Bombing VOA 07 Mar 2008 -- U.S. law enforcement officials say there is no link between the bombing of a military recruiting center in New York City and letters sent to Congress containing a photo of the center with the message "We did it."
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 07 March 2008 [PDF]
- Times Square Recruiting Station Bombing Causes Minor Damage AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- No one was injured and only minor structural damage was reported after a bomb went off outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in New York City's Times Square early this morning.
- Small Explosion Rattles New York's Times Square VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- Authorities in New York City say a small explosive device detonated near a U.S. military recruiting station in the Times Square district of the city
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 06 March 2008 [PDF]
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON 2007 NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD REPORT United Nations 05 Mar 2008
- Charges Referred Against Detainee Al Qosi 05 Mar 2008 -- The Defense Department announced today that two charges have been referred against Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi of Sudan.
- Afghanistan produces 93 percent of global opiates -- INCB IRNA 05 Mar 2008 -- Afghanistan's illicit opium poppy cultivation has increased 17 percent in 2007 and the country now accounts for 93 percent of the global illicit market for opiates, practically all the heroin in Europe comes from Afghanistan, according to International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Annual Report, released in Vienna, Austria.
- Russian health experts say global bird flu threat is growing RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2008 -- Russian health officials warned Wednesday that the threat from the deadly bird flu virus is growing as countries are failing to implement effective disease control measures to deal with the crisis.
- Los Angeles Officials Say Community Groups Can Help in Pandemics, Other Disasters VOA 05 Mar 2008 -- Officials in Los Angeles say they cannot tell when, but some type of a major disaster is bound to come to the area
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 05 March 2008 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 04 March 2008 [PDF]
- Debate Doesn't Affect Guantanamo Mission, Commander Says AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- The ongoing debate about the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and criticism of military operations there don't affect the troops who serve there, who know how important their mission is, the commander of the detention task force said today.
- Cyber Warfare a Major Challenge, Deputy Secretary Says AFPS 03 Mar 2008 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England today was the latest in a series of government officials to express concern about the United States' cyberspace vulnerabilities.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 03 March 2008 [PDF]
- Press Briefing Via Conference Call by Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, John Walters, on the 2008 National Drug Control Strategy The White House 01 Mar 2008
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