January 2012 Security News
- Intelligence Chief Describes Complex Challenges AFPS 31 Jan 2012 -- America and the world are facing the most complex set of challenges in at least 50 years.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 31 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Iran calls for the scientist's immediate release ISNA 30 Jan 2012 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the U.S. intelligence agencies have used to lay trap for Iranians.
- Norway Court Convicts Two In Terror Plot Against Danish Newspaper RFE/RL 30 Jan 2012 -- In Norway, two men have been convicted and sentenced for plotting a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper.
- Northern Command helps Border Patrol with Southwest mission Army News 30 Jan 2012 -- Technology originally created for use in tracking improvised explosive device networks is finding new purpose.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 30 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Air Force's cyber leader says communication, information role shifting AFNS 27 Jan 2012 -- The Air Force's leader in cyberspace operations and support told communications and information career field members here how emerging technology and the information superhighway are changing their roles and providing them with challenges and opportunities.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 27 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- New road win for Border Patrol, airborne Soldiers Army News 26 Jan 2012 -- The first phase of a new road being constructed by 40 airborne engineers from Alaska will pave the way for quicker Border Patrol response times along the U.S. and Mexico border.
- State and federal agencies establish continuum of response and capabilities Army News 25 Jan 2012 -- Over the last several decades, the United States has developed an array of homeland defense measures aimed at ensuring the safety of our citizens from the forces of man as well as providing measures for recovery from incidents and accidents that arise from the forces of nature.
- INDONESIA: Bird flu deaths raise red flags IRIN 26 Jan 2012 -- Two recent deaths from bird flu in Indonesia highlight the need for continued vigilance against a possible resurgence of the deadly virus, an official and health expert warned.
- EGYPT: Anti-bird flu campaign planned IRIN 26 Jan 2012 -- A nationwide campaign to stop the spread of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt is to be launched by the government in a few weeks, say officials, but details are still sketchy.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 26 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Britain Discouraging 'Occupy'-Style Protests Around Olympics VOA 25 Jan 2012 -- Britain is sending a warning to anyone hoping to launch "Occupy"-style protests during the London Olympics.
- Olympic security training continues with military aviation exercise UK MOD 25 Jan 2012 -- Royal Air Force and Royal Navy aircraft are in operation over the skies of Yorkshire as part of a major training exercise to prepare for this year's Olympic Games.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 25 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Uzbekistan Suspects Russian of Terrorism RIA Novosti 24 Jan 2012 -- An Uzbek-born Russian citizen, Sanjarbek Satvaldiev, is on trial in the Uzbek city of Andijan, accused of links to the international terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, the Uzbek Uznews.net news website reported Tuesday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 24 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- UN rights chief speaks out against US failure to close Guantanamo detention facility UN News Centre 23 Jan 2012 -- The United Nations human rights chief today spoke out against the failure by the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and to ensure accountability for serious violations – including torture – that took place there.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 23 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Man Dies of Avian Flu in China RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2012 -- A resident of the south-western Chinese province of Guizhou died of avian flu on Sunday, China's Health Ministry reported.
- Boko Haram's Rise in Nigeria Sparks Civil War Fears VOA 22 Jan 2012 -- Friday's deadly bomb attacks in Nigeria's second largest city, Kano, are the latest in a series of spectacular strikes by the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. The coordinated series of assaults on police stations and other government offices killed at least 200 people. The rise of Boko Haram is sparking concerns that Africa's most populous country may be edging closer to civil war.
- Death Toll in Nigeria Terrorist Attacks Rises to 162 RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2012 -- The death toll in coordinated attacks by a radical Islamist group in Nigeria's northern city of Kano has risen to at least 162 people, The Telegraph reported citing local officials.
- Bird Flu Researchers Postpone Work Amid Bioterrorism Concern VOA 21 Jan 2012 -- Two separate teams of scientists trying to develop a vaccine for the H5N1 strain of bird flu have agreed to temporarily postpone their research because of growing concern that a highly-infectious version of the virus the researchers are working with could fall into the hands of terrorists or trigger a deadly pandemic.
- Police Investigate Twin Bombings in N. Ireland VOA 20 Jan 2012 -- Police say two bombs exploded in different locations in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry Thursday night but there are no reports of injuries.
- Thames exercise prepares Marines for Olympic security role UK MOD 20 Jan 2012 -- This week's Olympic security training exercise on the River Thames in London, involved nearly 100 Royal Marines joining up with police.
- Marines practice rescue skills Army News 20 Jan 2012 -- Soldiers and Marines stationed in the National Capital Region keep their rescue skills ready for any incident within the region.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 20 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- General Dynamics Opens Cyber Intel Facility Near Ft. Meade General Dynamics 19 Jan 2012 -- General Dynamics opened its new Cyber and Intelligence Solutions Center in Annapolis Junction today. The 28,000 square foot facility houses ample space for technical demonstrations and collaborative meetings and brings together the full breadth of General Dynamics’ cyber capabilities.
- Uzbek Said Ready To Plead Guilty On Obama Threats RFE/RL 19 Jan 2012 -- Reports say an Uzbek man plans to plead guilty in the southern state of Alabama to charges of threatening to kill President Obama.
- Uzbek Who Threatened to Kill Obama to Plead Guilty RIA Novosti 19 Jan 2012 -- A native of Uzbekistan accused in the US of threatening to kill President Obama is to plead guilty.
- Surviving Families, Victims of Cole Attack Seek Justice AFPS 19 Jan 2012 -- Family members and survivors urged that justice be served in the quest to ensure a fair trial for the accused mastermind of the attack.
- Russian Military Intelligence Targets Terrorism Hot Spots RIA Novosti 19 Jan 2012 -- Russia’s military intelligence has focused its activity on terrorism, crisis regions, and the prevention of nuclear proliferation.
- Norway Security Chief Quits After Pakistan Agents Disclosure RFE/RL 19 Jan 2012 -- Norway’s security chief has resigned after she revealed confidential information, including that Norway has intelligence agents in Pakistan.
- Burmese Political Reforms Raise Hope for Curbing Opium Production VOA 19 Jan 2012 -- Burma’s political reforms and new ceasefire agreements with ethnic armed groups are raising hopes that the country will also be able to reduce illicit opium cultivation.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 19 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Top Suspect in Nigerian Christmas Bombing Escapes Police VOA 18 Jan 2012 -- Nigerian authorities say their top suspect in a deadly Christmas Day bombing at a Catholic church in the capital, Abuja, has escaped.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 18 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Pretrial Proceedings Begin for Alleged USS Cole Mastermind AFPS 17 Jan 2012 -- US commander defended the new policy that allows government officials to monitor prisoners’ mail during the opening day of pretrial proceedings for alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind.
- French Judge Seeks Access to Guantanamo Prison VOA 17 Jan 2012 -- A French judge has requested permission from the United States to visit the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
- Thai Authorities Investigate Terror Links to Stockpiled Explosives VOA 17 Jan 2012 -- Thailand is investigating a Lebanese man accused of stockpiling illegal explosives.
- European Court Rules Cleric Cannot Be Deported From Britain RFE/RL 17 Jan 2012 -- Europe's top court has ruled that an extremist Islamist preacher cannot be deported from Britain to face terrorism charges in Jordan.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 17 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Royal Marines practise Olympic security on Thames UK MOD 16 Jan 2012 -- Royal Marines have joined police on the Thames in London today for a week-long security exercise in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
- Threat of terror attack in Bangkok 'real and very credible' – U.S. envoy RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2012 -- A threat of terrorist attack in Bangkok is 'real and very credible,' U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney warned following the arrest of at least one man suspected of plotting attacks on the Thai capital, local media reported.
- Thai authorities detain two Lebanese terror suspects RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2012 -- Thai authorities arrested two Lebanese nationals after the United States warned that terrorists may be plotting attacks in Bangkok.
- Court Orders New Psychiatric Evaluation of Norway Gunman VOA 13 Jan 2012 -- A Norwegian court has ordered a new psychiatric evaluation for the confessed gunman in last year's shooting massacre.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 13 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Afghanistan: UN-backed survey shows sharp rise in opium production and prices UN News Centre 12 Jan 2012 -- The price of opium in Afghanistan rose dramatically last year, according to a joint survey by the United Nations and the Government that was released today, which also shows that the farm-gate income from the narcotic probably amounted to over $1.4 billion, equivalent to nine per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 12 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp Now 10 Years Old RFE/RL 11 Jan 2012 -- Today marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. military detention camp for terrorist suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
- Haunting Past Casts Pall On Future RFE/RL 11 Jan 2012 -- Abdukarim Ergashev says it was a twist of fate that led him to Guantanamo in the first place, and seven years after his return to Tajikistan he finds that time has not healed all wounds.
- Free From Repression, But Far From Home RFE/RL 11 Jan 2012
- From One Hell To Another, With No End In Sight RFE/RL 11 Jan 2012 -- For Rasul Kudaev, release should have been a blessing. During his three years at Guantanamo, Kudaev contracted hepatitis and suffered chronic pain from a bullet lodged at the base of his spine, an injury he says he received after his arrest by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
- From Prison To Kabul's Presidential Palace RFE/RL 11 Jan 2012 -- In the spring of 2003, Haji Nahim Kuchi was a number - US9AF-000931DP - in a Guantanamo detainment cell.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 11 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Kenyan Youths Urged to Join Al-Shabab Jihadist Campaign VOA 10 Jan 2012 -- A new video message posted to a jihadist website calls on Muslim youths in Kenya to join the Somali militant group al-Shabab in its fight against Kenyan forces. While the message is typical of the group's propaganda, the language is not.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 10 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 09 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Pakistani Sentenced In U.S. Over Taliban Smuggling Plot RFE/RL 06 Jan 2012 -- Man sentenced to more than four years in jail for trying to smuggle into the country someone he thought was a Pakistani Taliban.
- AFRICOM-Funded Projects Assisting African Partners Develop Capacity to Counter Drug Trafficking AFRICOM 06 Jan 2012 -- US Africa Command's Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Assistance Division provides about $20 million in annual assistance to African partner nations.
- Office for democracy established in U.S. State Department RIA Novosti 06 Jan 2012 -- The U.S. State Department established the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 06 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Remarks by the President on the Defense Strategic Review The White House 05 Jan 2012
- Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta Statement on Defense Strategic Guidance DoD 05 Jan 2012
- Statement as Prepared by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta on the Defense Strategic Guidance DOD 05 Jan 2012
- Statement as Prepared by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey on the Defense Strategic Guidance DOD 05 Jan 2012
- Defense Strategic Guidance Media Roundtable at the Pentagon DoD 05 Jan 2012
- Defense Strategic Guidance Briefing from the Pentagon DoD 05 Jan 2012
- Specifics Still to Come as DOD Unveils New Strategy AFPS 05 Jan 2012 -- Specifics on how the new defense strategic guidance will affect the Pentagon’s budget will take shape in the weeks to come.
- Guidance Guards Against All Threats, Officials Say AFPS 05 Jan 2012 -- New military strategy guidance unveiled at the Pentagon today does not change the Defense Department’s longstanding commitment to prevail against any adversary anywhere.
- Strategy Calls for Military to Handle Full Range of Contingencies AFPS 05 Jan 2012 -- The American military will be leaner in the years ahead, but it will remain lethal and without a match in the world, President Barack Obama said.
- Obama: Future Force Will be Smaller, Agile, Ready AFPS 05 Jan 2012 -- At a moment of national transition, the United States is reshaping defense priorities and its military force to sustain U.S. global leadership and respond to changing security and fiscal needs, President Barack Obama said.
- Obama: Defense Strategy Will Maintain U.S. Military Pre-eminence AFPS 05 Jan 2012 -- President Barack Obama announced a defense strategy he said will allow the military to defend the United States and its national interests.
- Obama Unveils Strategy for Smaller, Agile Future US Military VOA 05 Jan 2012 -- President Barack Obama and U.S. defense officials have unveiled the results of a new strategy review to maintain U.S. military superiority.
- Obama to Unveil New Military Shaped by Budget Cuts VOA 05 Jan 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to unveil a new defense plan reflecting billions of dollars in budget cuts and ending a decades-old strategy of being prepared to fight two wars at once.
- U.S. to cut armed forces – Obama RIA Novosti 05 Jan 2012 -- The U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled on Thursday a new defense strategy that seeks to cut the country’s armed forces as a part of major cuts to the U.S. defense budget by almost $500 billion.
- U.S. Slaps Terrorist Designation On Al-Qaeda-Linked Kurdish Group RFE/RL 05 Jan 2012 -- The U.S. State Department has officially designated an Al-Qaeda-linked Kurdish group as a terrorist organization.
- Lawyers Call for New Evaluation of Norway Gunman VOA 05 Jan 2012 -- Lawyers for some of the victims of last year's shooting massacre in Norway have called for a new evaluation of the gunman.
- Experts monitoring jailed Norway killer Breivik deny his insanity RIA Novosti 05 Jan 2012 -- An expert team monitoring Anders Behring Breivik said they believed he was not insane.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 05 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- Mexican Drug Lord Pleads Guilty in US Court VOA 04 Jan 2012 -- Once-powerful Mexican drug lord Benjamin Arellano Felix has pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court to charges.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 04 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- German Arrested Over Hollywood Arson Spree RFE/RL 03 Jan 2012 -- Police in Los Angeles have arrested a German national in connection with more than 50 suspected arson fires.
- New York Firebombing Prompts Solidarity with Muslims VOA 03 Jan 2012 -- Authorities suspect that a man arrested in connection with a series of firebombings in New York may have acted out of revenge.
- Police in New York investigate arson attacks - paper RIA Novosti 03 Jan 2012 -- Police in New York are investigating a series of bottle bomb attacks on five houses in the city.
- Arsonists Target New York, Los Angeles VOA 03 Jan 2012 -- Arsonists have struck targets in the two largest U.S. cities, causing damage and raising concerns but resulting in no serious injuries.
- Hong Kong, China on Bird Flu Alert VOA 03 Jan 2012 -- A 39-year-old man is confirmed to have died of bird flu in recent days in the southern Chinese city, Shenzhen, after being admitted to hospital on Christmas Day.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 03 Jan 2012 [PDF]
- New York Mayor Condemns Mosque Attacks RFE/RL 02 Jan 2012 -- New York's mayor has expressed outrage after a mosque was hit by a firebomb in an arson spree that police said they were investigating as a hate crime.
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