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Terrorism in the U.K

- Britain's largest companies have become considerably more concerned about terrorism in the last year, according to a recent survey conducted by RAND Europe and Janusian Security Risk Management in conjunction with the Financial Times.


- In January, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented phase one of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, or US-VISIT, a program to collect, maintain, and share information on foreign nationals.

Did You Know That?

- Even after the October 2002 Bali, Indonesia, bombings resulted in more than 200 deaths, counterterrorism cooperation among Southeast Asian governments remains "patchy," according to a briefing by John Chipman, director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Chipman noted that Southeast Asian intelligence and law enforcement bodies are often "lacking in specific counterterrorism capacity...." The IISS briefing can be reached through SM Online.

A Terrorist's Guide to Kidnapping

- Upon kidnapping a group of people, execute any security forces immediately. "This prevents others from showing resistance." That chilling comment is contained in al Qaeda training manuals on kidnapping, recovered by Western forces and translated by the Search for International Terrorist Entities Institute (SITE Institute). The SITE Institute has posted these translated documents.

Data Diamonds Not Gathering Dust

- Privacy advocates are fighting a losing battle when it comes to the practice of private companies collecting personal information about customers. That's because technology makes it cheap and easy and marketing makes it profitable. And the terrorist threat makes that information valuable to the government as well. A report by the Department of Defense's Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee, which addresses privacy in the age of terrorism, can be reached via SM Online.

ANSI, ASTM Join Standards Effort.

-  Entities as diverse as the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the International Standards Organization, and the Biometric Consortium have proposed or issued security standards, best practices, or guidelines. Most recently, for example, ASTM International announced that it would develop standards for high-rise evacuation equipment to be used when primary routes to a safe zone are cut off. Links to the standards/guidelines efforts of ASIS,

Did You Know That?

- In its ongoing effort to design an animal identification system that will trace all animals and premises potentially exposed to a foreign animal disease within 48 hours, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing an interim solution that will record locations where animals reside or will reside. USDA will be awarding almost $12 million to implement the system.

When Executives Go Their Separate Ways

- Nearly all major corporations have policies prohibiting high-level personnel from traveling together, according to Jack Riepe, communications director for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Now, more and more mid-size companies are getting into the act as well, says one high-level aviation insurance executive who asked not to be named.

Many Colleges Not Seeing Clery

- When a LaSalle University female student was allegedly raped by two of the school's basketball players in June, the case grabbed national headlines. But many serious crimes on campus continue to go unnoticed, despite the Clery Act's mandate that colleges and universities that receive federal funds report crime data. That's underscored by data that the nonprofit group Security On Campus (SOC) obtained from the Department of Education (DOE). The data showed that since mid-2002, 123 schools violated the Clery Act.

Concealed Weapons

- One is stored in what looks like an oversize locker key. Another sits inside a belt buckle. Others are concealed in brush handles, small crucifixes, and walking canes. These are among the ingenious knives and other weapons cataloged and exhibited by the FBI in a recently released guide to concealable weapons.

Medical Examiners

- Lots of agencies and departments call themselves "the last line of defense" against terrorism, but, at least with respect to biological and chemical terrorism, perhaps medical examiners and coroners have the most legitimate claim to that title. They are the last people to examine a body for signs of terrorist traces before evidence is buried or destroyed. With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has drafted a report providing coroners and medical examiners with information required to build their capacity for biological terrorism preparedness for the benefit of public health.

Emergency Responders

- The Roman satirist Juvenal famously asked, "Who will guard the guardians?" An equally pertinent question for today might be "Who will respond to the emergency responders?"

Al Qaeda

- Is Houston, Texas, high on al Qaeda's list of desired targets? A risk analysis report by Stratfor, a company that provides business and security intelligence, notes that Houston is a potential al Qaeda target, in part because it is home to Halliburton Co., a company that was specifically mentioned by Saudi Arabian militants in its May 27 attacks on western residential and business compounds in Khobar.

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