NEWS & ANALYSIS

New Law and Bilateral Agreements Help U.S. Stop Semi-Submersible Drug Smuggling

Representatives from the U.S. government discussed new strategies to fight the increasing use of self propelled semi-submersibles (SPSSs) by Colombian and Mexican drug traffickers at the 2008 Marine Security Expo on Wednesday.

Pirates Frustrate U.S. Navy in the Gulf of Aden

Rules of engagement and human rights concerns frustrate the U.S. Navy's ability to combat piracy in the anarchic Gulf of Aden, a representative of the U.S. Navy's think tank told maritime security stakeholders today at the Maritime Security Expo.

U.S. Waives Travel Visas for Seven More Countries

Citizens of 34 foreign countries may now visit the United States for three months without a visa; while the travel and hospitality industries are thrilled, one U.S. senator calls the waiver program a national Achilles' heel.

Pirates Hijack Saudi Supertanker

In their most audacious attack yet, Somali pirates have hijacked a Saudi supertanker off the coast of Kenya, much farther from their base of operations in the Gulf of Aden than ever before.

Multiple Scandals Topple Head of Britain's Security Licensing Authority

The chief executive of Britain's Security Industry Authority (SIA), which licenses private security guards and bouncers, has quit after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith asked for his resignation after learning licensing staff did not have the requisite security clearances.

Pakistan: Cyberterrorism Punishable by Death

While nation-states scramble to protect themselves from cyberterrorism, Pakistan has taken the deterrent approach: the death penalty.

U.S. Has Spent at Least $6 Billion in Iraq on Private Security Contractors

The United States has spent at least $6 billion on private security contractors, like Blackwater USA, in Iraq since the war began in April 2003, according to a report released today by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Saudi Arabia Indicts Nearly 1,000 Suspected Terrorists

Prince Nayef said the 991 suspects were responsible for more than 30 attacks since 2003 that have killed 164 people.

Spain Arrests 13 for Harboring Jihadists

Media reports say some of the suspects arrested yesterday helped suspects in the Madrid train bombing attack of 2004 elude police.

House of Lords Drops 42-Day Detention from Counterterrorism Bill

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that she will bring the 42-day precharge detention provision back in a separate bill if a terrorist emergency emerges.
 




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