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Canada Unveils National Security Policy

- Canada is known as one of the world's most peaceful countries, but it is not immune to the peregrinations of terrorists. With this realization in mind, the Canadian government recently created its first ever national security policy, a 50-plus-page document that addresses intelligence, emergency planning, public health, transport security, border security, and international security.

State Faulted for Terror Report

- The State Department's annual review of terrorist incidents and trends has come under fire for understating the extent of international terrorism in 2003. Specifically, Patterns of Global Terrorism, 2003 states that attacks dropped 45 percent from 2001 to 2003 and that the 2003 total "represents the lowest annual total of international terrorist attacks since 1969." . The revised report, containing country analyses, information on terrorist groups, and policy initiatives, will be available on SM Online.

Algiers Bombing Kills 67

- Al Qaeda's North African affiliate is believed to be the culprit.

Is the Sun Rising on Security in Spain?

- As Spain assesses the ramifications of being an al Qaeda target, security professionals face many of the same challenges as private security in the United States.

Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime: Intelligence Gathering, Analysis, and Investigations.

-  Like any perceived phenomenon or rapid growth area, global terrorism has inspired many authors to venture into the security and intelligence fields. That's not surprising given that there is an avid audience, not least in the security profession itself, keen to grasp the essential knowledge and skills needed to manage the current and emerging terrorist threat.

Security Risk Assessment and Control

- The book had its genesis in an assignment to conduct a risk assessment on an (unnamed) international telecommunications company. The authors try to bring the reader into the process, but gaps interrupt a smooth narrative flow. One suspects overly aggressive editing, the result being that the book is neither easy nor enjoyable to read.

Quick Bytes: IT budgets flying high

- Airport IT security budgets are taking off, and airports worldwide are expected to invest some $2 billion in IT and telecommunications projects annually. That's according to the Airport IT Trends Survey conducted by the Airports Council International, Airline Business magazine, and SITA, a European IT company. The study showed that IT infrastructure projects were the top investment priority, followed by security-related solutions and passenger and baggage processing. More than 96 percent of airports will face additional IT-security challenges as they roll out wireless services by 2006 and implement e-commerce and other Web services. @ The full survey costs $245 and is available at the Airline Business Web site.

Security Guards Go Green in Bali

- Traditional security guards on Pemuteran, a five-hectare marine conservation zone, protect the ecosystem's natural treasures.


- In a recent In a recent decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a United Nations (UN) official has been allowed to sue The Washington Post for libel even though the case does not involve any Canadian interests. (Bangoura v. The Washington Post, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, No. 03-CV-247461CM1, 2004)

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.

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.

Terror in the U.K.

- British companies are more concerned about terrorism, says RAND Europe.

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