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            Emergency Management and Homeland Security
                      Articles of Interest 3-7-08
(The articles, reports and additional information contained in this edition were collected from 2-29
                                               to 3-7)

             “Watch out for emergencies, they are your big chance.”
                                           Fritz Reiner

                                   U.S. News Reports
Emergency Management, Homeland Security and National Security
Panel witnesses press for GAO audits of intelligence agencies
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39420&sid=60

Funding Issues Threaten 9-1-1 Emergency Network
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/268464

States Prepared to Respond to Pandemic Flu Outbreak, Says Report
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/268160

TSA tries airport security lanes for families
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2008-03-02-familylanes_N.htm

U.S. pursues Iraqis on charges of Saddam-era spying
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2008-03-02-Iraqispy_N.htm

9/11 Redux: 'Thousands of Aliens' in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4353991&page=1

Leggett‘s decision to abolish homeland security department not uncommon
http://www.gazette.net/stories/022708/montnew65009_32367.shtml

Bill proposes new employee verification system
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151809-1.html?topic=homeland_security

DHS: SBInet system not being mothballed
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151808-1.html?topic=homeland_security

Cyber Storm II stirring
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151806-1.html?topic=homeland_security

IBM protests FBI fingerprint system award
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151804-1.html?topic=homeland_security

DHS' network monitoring system ready for upgrade
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151789-1.html?topic=homeland_security

HLSWatch Interviewed on NPR‘s ―Homeland Security Inside & Out‖
http://www.hlswatch.com/2008/03/02/hlswatch-interviewed-on-nprs-homeland-security-inside-out/

Homeland Security to review passenger screenings at airports
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2008-03-03-chertoff_N.htm
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Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, Patrol Aircraft Complete Milestone Journey
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/268731

DHS Expands Biometrics-At-Sea Program to the Florida Straits
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/268721

Red Cross volunteers tell of frustration (California)
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080304-9999-1m4redcross.html

‗You Have to Rethink War‘
http://www.newsweek.com/id/118125

Feds warn states of ID deadline, travel hassles
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23456198/

Terrorism: Forget About Winning a 'Battle of Ideas'
http://www.alternet.org/audits/77748/

Survey: U.S. Public Safety IT Market Expected to Grow to $21.3 Billion by 2011
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/268864

Study estimates $20 million startup for Pa. homeland security hub
http://www.whptv.com/news/state/story.aspx?content_id=428af4ee-5a49-47a5-93e7-
61f049dbb146&rss=51

Local EMA chiefs criticize tighter security (Rhode Island)
http://www.projo.com/news/content/CONSTITUTION_SIDE_03-04-
08_B894F6K_v15.372fe6e.html?npc

Putting Guard in charge decried (Rhode Island)
http://www.projo.com/news/content/CONSTITUTION_MILITARY_03-04-
08_U892FBE_v71.39c4c4d.html

Univ. of Md. launches data mining portal for counter-terrorism research
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9064938

DHS announces significant changes in 2008 Grant Guidelines
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/269385

Einstein and U.S. cybersecurity
http://www.upi.com/International_Security/Emerging_Threats/Analysis/2008/03/03/analysis_einst
ein_and_us_cybersecurity/2343/

Al Sligh Appointed FEMA's Director, Office of Management/Chief Acquisition Officer
http://media-newswire.com/release_1061891.html

FBI chief: Report will confirm privacy violations
http://www.usatoday.com/news/states/2008-03-05-fbi-privacy_N.htm

Homeland security chief says China, other countries block deportations
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39447&dcn=todaysnews

Border security in north to rely on tech, Chertoff says
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151836-1.html?topic=homeland_security
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Chertoff: Agencies must work together to secure networks
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151830-1.html?topic=homeland_security

Preparedness Publications Available From FEMA
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=42823

Ex-sailor convicted of giving Navy secrets to terror supporters
http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/03/05/navy.terror.ap/index.html

Bush marks Homeland's 5th anniversary
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-03-06-bush_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

5 years on, DHS strains as goals go unmet
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23494846/

Illegal-immigrant criminals siphon funds (California)
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20080306-9999-1m6immig.html

Coast Guard is pressed to meet security demands, GAO says
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39462&sid=60

Coast Guard is failing to invest adequately in shore facilities, audit finds
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39455&sid=60

Final Changes for 2008 Emergency Response Guidelines
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/270228

More Fla. Public Safety Providers Join Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS)
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/270001

Bill calls for creation of response team (Kansas)
http://cjonline.com/stories/030408/sta_253466269.shtml

Haines Emergency Management Directory Legislation Passes Senate (New Jersey)
http://www.politickernj.com/haines-emergency-management-directory-legislation-passes-senate-
16956

House forms bill to require emergency training (Minnesota)
http://kstp.com/article/stories/S360566.shtml?cat=89

Teen Says TSA Screener Opened Sterile Equipment, Put Life in Danger (Florida)
http://www.wftv.com/irresistible/15511359/detail.html

Communication Problems in Lake Co. Initiate Upgrades (Florida)
http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2008/3/5/communication_problems_in_lake_co_initiate_up
grades.html

911 Dispatch Delays In Lake County (Florida)
http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2008/3/4/911_dispatch_delays_in_lake_county.html

GP contracted for security exercises (Tennessee)
http://www.upi.com/International_Security/Industry/Briefing/2008/03/04/gp_contracted_for_securit
y_exercises/7931/

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Security warning issued for sports arenas
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/national_world&id=5999305

More screening set for Private Planes
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/03/05/national/w134359S94.DTL&feed=rss.business

Chertoff scolded for lack of diversity
http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080305/NATION/399323134

Charlotte UASI Implements NC4's E Team for Dual-State Coordination (North Carolina)
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/080304/20080304005368.html?.v=1

Growing population strains emergency management system (South Carolina)
http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/story/241185.html

DHS to hire Hopkins lab to test virtual fence
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151862-1.html?topic=homeland_security

DHS tests northern border security
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151861-1.html?topic=homeland_security

TSA looks for laptop case that can clear security
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2008-03-06-laptop_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

DHS Agencies Announce Enrollment Dates for TWIC in 10 Ports
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/270483


Latinos Looking Over Shoulder (Virginia)
Pr. William Begins Checking Suspects' Immigration Status

By Pamela Constable and Nick Miroff
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, March 4, 2008; A01

Work-van drivers signaled long before their turns to avoid being pulled over for a traffic violation.
Day laborers skipped their early morning coffee at 7-Eleven, and merengue tunes played to
empty tables at Latino lunch counters across Prince William County yesterday.

It was the first day of a county ordinance that allows police to check people's immigration status
for even minor legal infractions.

Police officials pledged to enforce the law fairly and to not stop and question individuals based on
their racial or ethnic appearance, but many Hispanic residents said they feared they would be
stopped without reason and deported for such violations as driving without a valid license or
having a broken taillight.

"Already the rumors are starting," said Rene Cabrera, a legal resident from El Salvador who
works at a market in Manassas. "My friend saw four patrol cars outside a shopping mall and
thought it was a raid. Instead of going to the store, he stayed in his car and drove away. I really
worry this can create chaos."

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Immigrant advocate groups, speaking at a community meeting Sunday in Woodbridge and on
local Spanish-language radio stations, have been advising immigrants without legal papers to
keep a low profile and obey all traffic rules. If stopped by police, the groups said, they should be
polite and show some identification but otherwise remain silent until they can see a lawyer.

"We are telling people to drive perfectly, not to spit or jaywalk, and not to carry anything in a
brown paper bag," said Nancy Lyhall, a volunteer with the local pro-immigrant group Mexicans
Without Borders. "They should be the model of model citizens."

County Police Chief Charlie T. Deane, speaking to reporters yesterday, said that his officers
would "continue to enforce the law in a fair, lawful and reasonable manner" and that they have
been trained "very carefully" to conduct immigration checks. The new measures are expected to
cost $26 million over five years, and Deane has asked county officials for an additional $3 million
to install video cameras in every patrol car and monitor them to ensure proper procedures are
followed.

"Those who are suspected of breaking the law -- even traffic violations -- will be screened if the
officer has probable cause to believe the suspect is in the country illegally," Deane said. If the
driver lacks a valid U.S. license, it's much more likely now that police will notify federal
immigration officials. "The officer will have to make the determination on a case-by-case basis,"
he said.

Legal and illegal immigrants yesterday expressed the belief -- some with sadness, others with
indignation -- that the law is part of a larger effort to drive Hispanics out of the county. Santos
Perdomo, 38, a legal resident who owns a business and two houses in Prince William, said he
had always donated to the county police charity fund. Now, he said, he no longer feels like giving.

"Even though I am legal, I feel rejected," he said. "This law has ruined all the good feelings. When
I came here 12 years ago, my neighbors sent me pies. Now they look at me differently."

Perdomo said that many Hispanics are leaving the county but that he plans to stay. "I don't want
to teach my children to be bitter," he said.

Juan Hernandez, 32, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who works as a carpenter in
Manassas, said he has stopped driving and now only walks, as fast as he can, between his
apartment and his job site.

"I have three kids back home, so I have to keep working," he said, munching on an enchilada at
an otherwise empty Central American cafe. "I was afraid walking to this place today, but I
thought, I am a good person, I don't steal or drink, so God will watch over me."

Despite police assurances that they will not use the new law to target Hispanics, immigrant
advocates said they believe this is already happening. Ricardo Juarez, a Woodbridge resident
who is coordinator of Mexicans Without Borders, said he was stopped by a police officer last
week who said he had failed to signal a turn and then asked to see his license.

"I had been very careful to signal because I saw he was following me," Juarez said yesterday.
"They say this will not be a witch hunt, but we think it will be a silent and gradual witch hunt.

"After all this money and training, they are not going to want the officers to come back empty-
handed."


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March 4, 2008
Landrieu Takes FEMA to Task for Missing Disaster Housing Strategy Deadline
By Daniel Fowler, CQ Staff

With the Federal Emergency Management Agency having failed to submit a congressionally
mandated National Disaster Housing Strategy due July 2007, Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary L.
Landrieu said Tuesday she will explore what penalties might be available if the agency doesn‘t
produce the document by April 1.

Harvey E. Johnson Jr., FEMA‘s acting deputy administrator and chief operating officer, provided
the new date in response to questioning by Landrieu at a Senate Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs joint subcommittee hearing on FEMA‘s disaster housing strategy.

―There‘s got to be some penalty involved for these agencies that continue to miss these
deadlines,‖ Landrieu said after the hearing. She offered no specifics, but said she plans to
discuss the matter with committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn.

Under a 2006 law that overhauled the federal emergency management response system
(PL 109-295), FEMA in coordination with other federal agencies, governments and organizations
was required to produce the National Disaster Housing Strategy by July 2007.

In his written testimony, Johnson said the strategy will ―define the roles, programs, authorities,
and responsibilities of all entities, detailing shared responsibilities and emphasizing the
cooperative efforts between Federal, state, and local jurisdictions required to provide disaster
housing assistance. The NDHS will outline the most efficient and cost-effective options for
meeting disaster housing needs, and serve as the basis for pre-event planning by all
organizations with roles or responsibilities in disaster housing.‖

Getting the document is important, Landrieu said, because ―at least we know what they intend to
do in the future and perhaps then some of us could actually apply some of those same principals
to what we are living through now.‖

―It‘s clear that the failure to complete the National Disaster Housing Strategy and the absences of
leadership in this area have left thousands and thousands of hard-working, taxpaying American
citizens at risk,‖ said Landrieu.

During his testimony, Johnson said the problems associated with formaldehyde in travel trailers
and mobile homes that FEMA has used for disaster victims in the Gulf Coast has played a role in
the document‘s delay.

―While FEMA is beyond the deadline established by Congress for submission of this strategy, I‘d
offer that our frame of reference and time . . . has been somewhat affected by the rise of safety
issues related to formaldehyde and the impair that we must debate these issues and get them
right,‖ Johnson said.

In February the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that FEMA relocate
people from temporary units in the Gulf Coast as quickly as possible based on formaldehyde
testing in more than 500 of the temporary housing units. CDC and FEMA released preliminary
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results of the testing in the 519 occupied temporary housing units, which showed that the average
unit had much higher levels of formaldehyde than normal indoor levels.

After giving the April 1 date, Johnson told Landrieu, ―I think you appreciate more so than perhaps
others, these are very difficult issues and they do require a lot of discussion and debate inside the
administration.‖

Johnson‘s comment drew a quick retort from Landrieu.

―I know it‘s very difficult for these federal agencies, but it could not be possibly as difficult as it has
been for some of these victims of some of these disasters and what they have had to live through
the last two and half years,‖ she said. ―So I understand it is difficult, but this isn‘t six months after
the storm, it isn‘t a year after the storm. This is two and a half years after the storm and the levee
breaks with another hurricane season starting in June.‖

Following the hearing, Johnson suggested that in addition to the formaldehyde issue, the delay
also resulted from the number of requirements imposed on FEMA by the 2006 law, which he said
is a relatively small agency that must deal with disasters that occur everyday, as well as the
significance of the document Congress tasked FEMA to produce.

―This particular strategy document is very significant and it gives us a chance to relook at how we
do across the nation, not just FEMA, but how we respond to recovery and housing,‖ he said. ―So I
think we have to ask some fundamental questions.‖




March 4, 2008
Democrats Blast Homeland Funding Request
By Matthew M. Johnson, CQ Staff

Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee on Tuesday blasted
President Bush‘s fiscal 2009 budget request for slashing funding for state and local first
responders in half, while Republicans lauded it for prioritizing border security.

―Dramatically cutting funds for police, fire and emergency responders is not an emergency
solution,‖ said Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, who chaired the meeting in the absence of
subcommittee Chairman Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.

Inouye promised the subcommittee would reconsider the president‘s ―ill-considered cuts,‖ despite
Bush‘s open threat to veto any appropriations bills that exceeds the amount of funding requested.

Under the president‘s proposal, overall funding for state and local homeland security grant
programs would decrease to $2.2 billion from $4.1 billion.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff parried grant concerns, saying the proposed fiscal
2009 funding equals or exceeds the amount of money requested for 2008.

Chertoff likened the homeland security grants debate to a tennis match, with the ball moving back
and forth between the administration and Congress, but implored the subcommittee to consider
that adding money to grants might subtract funding from other department functions, such as the
Coast Guard.

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―There are some things that only the government can do,‖ Chertoff said referencing initiatives
such as maritime and border security.

Meanwhile, subcommittee Republicans said they were pleased with the level of funding
requested for border security.

However, other non-budgetary immigration enforcement initiatives were raised.

Sen Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he wants Chertoff to look into ways that incarcerated illegal
residents, whose home countries refuse to repatriate them, could be jailed beyond the term of
their sentence.

Specter said illegal criminals that are released back into the American population are likely to
commit as many as eight additional crimes. Another possibility is denying visas to countries that
refuse to repatriate illegal criminals, he added.

Chertoff said he would be happy to work with Specter on the initiative.




National Dragnet Is a Click Away
Authorities to Gain Fast and Expansive Access to Records

By Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 6, 2008; A01

Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a domestic
intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts of police information to
fight crime and root out terror plots.

As federal authorities struggled to meet information-sharing mandates after the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks, police agencies from Alaska and California to the Washington region poured
millions of criminal and investigative records into shared digital repositories called data
warehouses, giving investigators and analysts new power to discern links among people, patterns
of behavior and other hidden clues.

Those network efforts will begin expanding further this month, as some local and state agencies
connect to a fledgling Justice Department system called the National Data Exchange, or N-DEx.
Federal authorities hope N-DEx will become what one called a "one-stop shop" enabling federal
law enforcement, counterterrorism and intelligence analysts to automatically examine the
enormous caches of local and state records for the first time.

Although Americans have become accustomed to seeing dazzling examples of fictional crime-
busting gear on television and in movies, law enforcement's search for clues has in reality
involved a mundane mix of disjointed computers, legwork and luck.

These new systems are transforming that process. "It's going from the horse-and-buggy days to
the space age, that's what it's like," said Sgt. Chuck Violette of the Tucson police department, one
of almost 1,600 law enforcement agencies that uses a commercial data-mining system called
Coplink.

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With Coplink, police investigators can pinpoint suspects by searching on scraps of information
such as nicknames, height, weight, color of hair and the placement of a tattoo. They can find
hidden relationships among suspects and instantly map links among people, places and events.
Searches that might have taken weeks or months -- or which might not have been attempted,
because of the amount of paper and analysis involved -- are now done in seconds.

On one recent day, Tucson detective Cynthia Butierez demonstrated that power in an office
littered with paper and boxes of equipment. Using a regular desktop computer and Web browser,
she logged onto Coplink to search for clues about a fraud suspect. She entered a name the
suspect used on a bogus check. A second later, a list of real names came up, along with five
incident reports.

She told the system to also search data warehouses built by Coplink in San Diego and Orange
County, Calif. -- which have agreements to share with Tucson -- and came up with the name of a
particular suspect, his age and a possible address. She asked the software to find the suspect's
links to other people and incidents, and then to create a visual chart displaying the findings. Up
popped a display with the suspect at the center and cartoon-like images of houses, buildings and
people arrayed around him. A final click on one of the houses brought up the address of an
apartment and several new names, leads she could follow.

"The power behind what we have discovered, what we can do with Coplink, is immense," Tucson
police Chief Richard Miranda said. "The kinds of things you saw in the movies then, we're actually
doing now."

Intelligence-Led Policing

The expanding police systems illustrate the prominent roles that private companies play in
homeland security and counterterrorism efforts. They also underscore how the use of new data --
and data surveillance -- technology to fight crime and terrorism is evolving faster than the public's
understanding or the laws intended to check government power and protect civil liberties,
authorities said.

Three decades ago, Congress imposed limits on domestic intelligence activity after revelations
that the FBI, Army, local police and others had misused their authority for years to build troves of
personal dossiers and monitor political activists and other law-abiding Americans.

Since those reforms, police and federal authorities have observed a wall between law
enforcement information-gathering, relating to crimes and prosecutions, and more open-ended
intelligence that relates to national security and counterterrorism. That wall is fast eroding
following the passage of laws expanding surveillance authorities, the push for information-sharing
networks, and the expectation that local and state police will play larger roles as national security
sentinels.

Law enforcement and federal security authorities said these developments, along with a new
willingness by police to share information, hold out the promise of fulfilling post-Sept. 11, 2001,
mandates to connect the dots and root out signs of threats before attacks can occur.

"A guy that's got a flat tire outside a nuclear facility in one location means nothing," said Thomas
E. Bush III, the FBI's assistant director of the criminal justice information services division. "Run
the guy and he's had a flat tire outside of five nuclear facilities and you have a clue."




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In a paper called "Intelligence-Led Policing: The New Intelligence Architecture," law enforcement
authorities working with the Justice Department said officers " 'on the beat' are an excellent
resource for gathering information on all kinds of potential threats and vulnerabilities."

"Despite the many definitions of 'intelligence' that have been promulgated over the years, the
simplest and clearest of these is 'information plus analysis equals intelligence,' " the paper said.

Efforts by federal authorities to create national networks have had mixed success.

The federal government has long successfully operated programs such as the Regional
Information Sharing System, which enables law enforcement agencies to communicate, and the
National Crime Information Center, an index of criminal justice information that police across the
country can access. Though successful, those systems offer a relatively limited look at existing
records.

A Department of Homeland Security project to expand sharing substantially, called the
Information Network, has been bedeviled by cost overruns, poor planning and ambivalence on
the part of local and state authorities, according to the Government Accountability Office. Almost
every state has established organizations known as intelligence fusion centers to collect, analyze
and share information about possible leads. But many of those centers are underfunded and
undermanned, and some of the analysts are not properly trained, the GAO said last year.

Federal authorities have high hopes for the N-DEx system, which is to begin phasing in as early
as this month. They envision a time when N-DEx, developed by Raytheon for $85 million, will
enable 200,000 state and local investigators, as well as federal counterterrorism investigators, to
search across millions of police reports, in some 15,000 state and local agencies, with a few
clicks of a computer mouse. Those reports will include names of suspects, associates, victims,
persons of interest, witnesses and any other person named in an incident, arrest, booking, parole
or probation report.

The system will be accessible to federal law-enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, and state
fusion centers. Intelligence analysts at the National Counterterrorism Center and FBI's Foreign
Terrorist Tracking Center likely will have access to the system as well.

"The goal is to create a one-stop shop for criminal justice information," the FBI's Bush said.

In the meantime, local and state authorities have charged ahead with their own networks,
sometimes called "nodes," and begun stitching them together through legal agreements and
electronic links.

At least 1,550 jurisdictions across the country use Coplink systems, through some three dozen
nodes. That's a huge increase from 2002, when Coplink was first available commercially.

At least 400 other agencies are sharing information and doing link analysis through the Law
Enforcement Information Exchange, or Linx, a Navy Criminal Investigative Service project built by
Northrop Grumman using commercial technology. Linx users include more than 100 police forces
in the District, Virginia and Maryland.

Hundreds of other police agencies across the country are using different information-sharing
systems with varying capabilities. Officials in Ohio have created a data warehouse containing the
police records of nearly 800 jurisdictions, while leaving it to local departments to provide
analytical tools.

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Same Data, New Results

Authorities are aware that all of this is unsettling to people worried about privacy and civil
liberties. Mark D. Rasch, a former federal prosecutor who is now a security consultant for FTI
Consulting, said that the mining of police information by intelligence agencies could lead to
improper targeting of U.S. citizens even when they've done nothing wrong.

Some officials avoid using the term intelligence because of those sensitivities. Others are open
about their aim to use information and technology in new ways.

One widely used Coplink product is called Intel Lead. It enables agencies to enter new
information, tips or observations into the data warehouses, which can then be accessed by
people with proper authority. Another service under development, called "predictor," would use
data and software to make educated guesses about what could happen.

"Intel Lead is particularly applicable to the needs of statewide criminal intelligence and
antiterrorism fusion centers as well as federal agencies who need to bridge the intelligence gap,"
said a news release by Knowledge Computing, the company that makes Coplink.

Robert Griffin, the chief executive of Knowledge Computing, said Coplink yields clues and
patterns they otherwise would not see. "It's de facto intelligence that's actionable," Griffin said.

Managers of Linx are eager to distinguish their system from the commercial Coplink and its more
extensive capabilities. They acknowledge their system includes data-analysis capabilities, and it
will feed information to counterterrorism and intelligence authorities. In fact, the system is
designed to serve as a bridge between law enforcement and intelligence.

But they said Linx is not an intelligence system under federal laws, because it relies on records
police have always kept. "It does not create intelligence," said Michael Dorsey, the Naval Criminal
Investigative Service special agent in charge. "It creates knowledge."

To allay the public's fears, many police agencies segregate information collected in the process
of enforcing the law from intelligence gathered on gangs, drug dealers and the like. Projects
receiving federal funding must do so.

Nearly every state and local jurisdiction has its own guides for these new systems, rules that
include restrictions intended to protect against police intrusiveness, authorities said. The systems
also automatically keep track of how police use them.

N-DEx, too, will have restrictions aimed at preventing the abuse of the data it gathers. FBI
officials said that agencies seeking access to N-DEx would be vetted, and that only authorized
individuals would have access. Audit trails on whoever touches a piece of data would be kept.
And no investigator would be allowed to take action -- make an arrest, for instance -- based on
another agency's data without first checking with that agency.

But even some advocates of information-sharing technology worry that without proper oversight
and enforceable restrictions the new networks pose a threat to basic American values by giving
police too much power over information. Timothy Sample, a former intelligence official who runs
the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, is among those who think computerized
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"As a nation, our laws have not kept up," said Sample, whose group serves as a professional
association of intelligence officials in the government and intelligence contracting executives in
the private sector.

Thomas McNamara, chief of the federal Information Sharing Environment office, said a top goal
of federal officials is persuading regional systems to adopt most of the federal rules, both for
privacy and to build a sense of confidence among law enforcement authorities who might be
reluctant to share widely because of security concerns.

"Part of the challenge is to leverage these cutting-edge tools so we can securely and
appropriately share that information which supports efforts to protect our communities from future
terrorist attacks," McNamara said. "Equally important is that we do so in a manner that fully
protects the information privacy and legal rights of all Americans."

Miranda, the Tucson police chief, said there's no overstating the utility of Coplink for his force. But
he too acknowledges that such power raises new questions about how to keep it in check and
ensure that the trust people place in law enforcement is not misplaced.

"I don't want the people in my community to feel we're behind every little tree and surveilling
them," he said. "If there's any kind of inkling that we're misusing our power and our technology,
that trust will be destroyed."




Agreement Brings Calvert Funds for Emergency Planning (Maryland)

By Christy Goodman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 6, 2008; SM02

Calvert commissioners signed an agreement this week with the Maryland Emergency
Management Agency that will bring the county nearly $360,000 in grant funding for terrorism
prevention and emergency planning efforts.

The grant includes money to renew the county's contract with Code Red, a service that allows
county residents and businesses to sign up for automated telephone notification of emergencies.

The service makes up to 60,000 calls per hour for announcements that include bioterrorism
alerts, power failures and missing children alerts. The public can sign up at
http://www.co.cal.md.us (search for Code Red) or call 410-535-1600, Ext. 2638.

The grant also will pay to replace an emergency management vehicle, and buy breathing
equipment for the Special Operations Team of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and sensors for
reading air conditions for a tactical robot.

The county also approved a $32,000 budget adjustment to complete funding of a project for the
Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program.




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Chertoff: Terrorism Prevention Efforts Successful

By Spencer S. Hsu and William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 6, 2008; 5:49 PM

The United States has successfully lowered the risk of a large-scale domestic terrorist attack in
the near future, one of the reasons there has been an increase in attacks by Islamic extremists in
Europe, Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said today.

Improvements in U.S. traveler screening and border security have shifted the focus of al-Qaeda
operatives and sympathizers to Europe, which is perceived as a more open target, Chertoff told a
group of Washington Post editors.

"We have significantly reduced the risk of a major attack in the short term," Chertoff said before
meeting with President Bush to mark the fifth anniversary of the Homeland Security Department's
creation.

In a speech commemorating the anniversary, Bush renewed his lobbying for a bill that would
provide immunity from lawsuits to telecommunications companies that turned over information on
their customers to the federal government after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The bill would
extend modifications of a surveillance law that expired last month.

"To stop new attacks on America, we need to know who the terrorists are talking to, what they're
saying and what they're planning," Bush told DHS employees at DAR Constitution Hall in
Washington. For that, the government needs the cooperation of private companies, he said, but
some of them are being sued for billions of dollars for allegedly violating customers' privacy.

"Allowing these lawsuits to proceed would be unfair," as well as "unwise" and "dangerous," Bush
said. Although a bipartisan majority in the Senate passed a "good bill," he said, House
Democratic leaders blocked a vote on it last month, saying they needed another 21 days to deal
with it. That "deadline" arrives Saturday, Bush said.

A previous House version of the bill did not include the immunity provision that the White House
has demanded.

"If House leaders are serious about security, they need to meet the deadline they set for
themselves, pass a bill and get it to my desk this Saturday," Bush said.

He also warned against complacency about terrorism, urging Americans to "remember that the
danger to our country has not passed."

Listing a number of steps he said his administration has taken to prevent future terrorist attacks,
Bush asserted that "we have made our borders more secure," unified terrorism databases and
improved the detection of counterfeit travel documents.

He also pointed to programs to prevent the smuggling of biological, chemical, radiological or
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"We are determined to stop the world's most dangerous men from striking America with the
world's most dangerous weapons," Bush said.

Chertoff also highlighted what he said was the department's effectiveness in keeping would-be
attackers at bay.

"It's not impossible, but for terrorists who typically operate in being very careful because they
don't want their plots disrupted, we have made it harder for them to come in," he said.

Chertoff likened the reaction to a car thief who passes over a locked vehicle set with an alarm
and anti-theft devices and decides to steal the one next to it.

"One of the reasons we're seeing more attacks in Europe is because they think it's easier," he
said, citing almost annual attacks since 2004 in Madrid, London and Glasgow and disrupted plots
in Denmark, Germany, Italy, France and Portugal.

However, the intention of al-Qaeda and affiliated groups to strike at U.S. targets has not
diminished, Chertoff warned, repeating U.S. intelligence assessments last year. For example, a
disrupted Britain-based plot to smuggle liquid explosives onto transatlantic airliners in 2006 would
have caused deaths on the scale of the Sept. 11 attacks, he said.

While al-Qaeda's capability is "uneven" and less than what it was before 2001, it is rebounding
somewhat in the frontier areas of Pakistan, he said.

Chertoff's remarks come as Washington is pushing 27 of its European and other allies to accept
tighter security requirements on travelers who can now visit the United States as tourists without
visas. The restrictions include electronic check-in with authorities days before travel.

He also warned against complacency, saying al Qaeda inspired extremists are "continuing to
refine themselves and improve themselves. If we don't do more than we're doing, if we stop,
eventually that risk is going to start to increase."




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Campus Safety and Security
NJ homeland security chief says campus security inconsistent
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/03/nj_homeland_security_chief_say.html

Students Slow to Embrace Text Alerts
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jt4JEXvGmrLqjxi3s9ozZJ6talawD8V3JKO02

Gun dealer wants weapons on campus
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-guns5mar05,0,938551.story

UC Davis Student Accused of Making Pipe Bombs (California)
http://www.news10.net/display_story.aspx?storyid=39205

AU Alert used to quell rumor mill (Alabama)
http://www.oanow.com/oan/news/local/article/au_alert_used_to_quell_rumor_mill/7491/

UNC Mourns Student Body President's Death (North Carolina)
http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/2534527/

Ala. students recall tornado a year ago
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080301/ap_on_re_us/alabama_tornado_anniversary

Mandatory emergency plans for colleges (Virginia)
http://www.midlothianexchange.com/npps/story.cfm?ID=1689




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Special Needs
For additional articles on this topic feel free to visit:
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http://www.nod.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=1564

In a massive disaster, care will be scarce (California)
http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/753359.html

Bruce Lockwood Appointed by Speaker Pelosi for Presidential Commission
http://www.iaem.com/documents/BruceLockwoodAppointedbySpeakerPelosiforPresidentialComm
ission.pdf




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Hazard Research and News

Toxic ricin case extends from Las Vegas to Utah
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-02-ricin_N.htm

Cousin identifies man in ricin case (Nevada)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080301/ap_on_re_us/motel_hazardous_material

Cops probe fires in development near Seattle (Washington)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23447353/

Fight eco-terrorism with law, and reason
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2004260182_ecoed05.html

Heavy snow follows tornadoes, giant hail
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/03/severe.weather.ap/index.html

Train derails, nearby homes evacuated (California)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-derail5mar05,0,7422841.story

Disposal of recalled beef taxes school districts (California)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beef4mar04,1,2208574.story

Fla. gunman kills paramedic, self at Wendy's
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-03-wendys-shooting_N.htm

Wendy's shooting victim to 911: 'My arm is half blown off' (Florida)
http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/03/04/wendys.shooting.ap/index.html

Reported tornado tears through National Guard barracks (Mississippi)
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/04/severe.weather/index.html

Federal coordinator for Gulf Coast recovery to step down
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39429&dcn=todaysnews

Tanker truck explodes in Queens (New York City, NY)
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2008/03/03/2008-03-
03_tanker_truck_explodes_in_queens.html

Vacant building collapses in Manhattan
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/04/nyc.building.collapse/index.html

CDC: Slow reaction to FEMA trailer toxins
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-04-fema-toxins_N.htm?csp=34

Plane makes emergency landing in Florida
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/03/05/emergency.landing/index.html

Manmade flood to roar through Grand Canyon (Arizona)
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/05/grand.canyon.flood.ap/index.html

Mental health crisis plagues New Orleans (Louisiana)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-04-katrina-health_N.htm


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Court weighs whether Neb. has to rehire ex-trooper linked to Klan
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/03/court-weighs-wh.html

US Cities at High Risk for Terrorist Attacks Identified
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080304092842.htm

Predicting Major Weather Disasters
http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2006/0801-predicting_major_weather_disasters.htm

Pa. house blast injures 2
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-05-pa-house-blast_N.htm

Times Square bombing caught on tape (New York City, NY)
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/06/times.square/index.html

Officials: Letters not linked to NY bomb
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080307/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/times_square_blast_letters

Thousands may be infected by Vegas clinic (Nevada)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-03-05-hepatitis-vegas_N.htm

First claim in Malibu wildfire is filed (California)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-malibu6mar06,1,2185692.story

Lawmakers consider easing requirements for nuclear power plants (Kentucky)
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/K/KY_XGR_NUCLEAR_POWER_KYOL-
?SITE=KYLOU&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-02-28-21-57-17

Major mid-century influenza epidemics caused by novel hybrid viruses
http://www.physorg.com/news123491646.html

CDC to Destroy Oldest Smallpox Vaccine
http://www.physorg.com/news123577604.html

Domestic Disturbance Raises Security Concerns (Pennsylvania)
http://cbs3.com/local/brewerytown.domestic.disturbance.2.667597.html

Nuclear Plants Hit Snags in Application Process
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1281788/nuclear_plants_hit_snags_in_application_proces
s/index.html

Lessons from America's Tropical Epidemic
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19241319&\1ft=1&\1f=1007

Possible meth lab explosion ignites house in Lake (Florida)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/orl-bk-lakefire030608,0,7666663.story

Records: Southwest Airlines flew 'unsafe' planes
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/06/southwest.planes/index.html

Commander warns of al-Qaida threat to US
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080307/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/terror_threat



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U.S. unprepared for ongoing cyberwar, say top military and intelligence officials
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39466&sid=60

Many don't want to return to N.O. subsidized housing (Louisiana)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-06-hud_N.htm

NOAA Weather Radios Proved Valuable in Recent Disaster (Kentucky)
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=42841

THE TERROR NOBODY KNOWS: THWARTED ATTACKS ON THE U.S.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,335498,00.html




Feb. 29, 2008
FEMA Spreads Wider Net For Disaster Housing
By Daniel Fowler, CQ Staff

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that it has expanded its effort to
assess and identify housing options other than travel trailers and mobile homes for disaster
victims.

A Joint Housing Solutions Group that includes people from the Department of Housing and Urban
Development, the National Institute of Building Sciences and FEMA have been working on the
initiative.

The announcement follows a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention last month that FEMA relocate people from travel trailers and mobile homes in the
Gulf Coast as quickly as possible based on formaldehyde testing in more than 500 of the
temporary housing units.

Results of testing in the 519 occupied travel trailers and mobile homes revealed that the average
unit had much higher formaldehyde levels than normal indoor air levels.

According to FEMA, the group, originally formed by FEMA‘s Disaster Assistance Directorate in
June 2006, has already evaluated 40 kinds of housing units.

FEMA said a key piece of the initiative is ―the development and documentation of a methodology
to eliminate or mitigate potential indoor air quality hazards in FEMA-provided temporary housing
units.‖

The Joint Housing Solutions Group has created an assessment tool that contains 175 questions
based on four key areas — range of use, livability, timeliness and cost — to evaluate the housing
options, FEMA said.

The group has recommended field testing and the creation of specifications for alternative
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DHS Tests of Radiation Detectors Were Inconclusive, Report Says

By Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 5, 2008; D01

Department of Homeland Security tests of new radiation detection machines last year did not
show whether the costly devices performed well enough to be used as planned at ports and
borders to protect the country against nuclear attacks or dirty bombs, according to a new report
about the process.

The performance tests were organized by the department's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office,
which has been trying to deploy the machines along the borders and at ports in a $1.2 billion
project, despite allegations from government auditors that the office misled Congress about their
effectiveness and later conducted flawed tests to show they worked well.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff had said the development and purchase of the
machines was a "vital priority" for the department. Officials from the nuclear detection office had
asserted the tests -- mandated by Congress before the project was allowed to move forward --
showed they worked well.

But Chertoff called for an independent team to review the program last summer after a
Washington Post article spelled out questions about the project. Last fall, Chertoff put the project
on hold, conceding that the machines were not ready for wide use.

In the new report, the review team concluded that the testing last year was not able to show
whether the machines, known as advanced spectroscopic portal radiation monitors, or ASPs,
could "detect and identify actual objects that might be smuggled" into the country, according to
portions of the report released by Congress.

"Even after collecting all available test results, it was difficult to form conclusions about
operational effectiveness," the report said.

The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing today about the report and other
testing by the nuclear detection office. Among those scheduled to testify is Vayl S. Oxford,
director of the office.

"While I applaud the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office for its aggressive pursuit of new detection
technologies, I still remain deeply concerned that the systems have not been properly tested and
evaluated," said Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee's
subcommittee on emerging threats, cyber-security and science and technology.

At the same time, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a news release calling
on the department to transfer testing responsibilities from the nuclear detection office to an
independent group.

"We should not spend a single penny to install these machines at our ports and borders until valid
testing is done to demonstrate that these costly new machines work significantly better than the
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The project to buy as many as 1,400 ASPs, which cost about $377,000 each, was announced in
July 2006. A month later, Government Accountability Office auditors said the nuclear detection
office greatly exaggerated the machine's capabilities in a report that spurred congressional
approval of the project.

In response to those allegations, Congress mandated that Chertoff take the unusual step of
personally certifying that the detectors represent a significant advance over existing detection
equipment.

With that certification in mind, the nuclear detection office conducted tests in Nevada early last
year. Those tests were called into question when GAO auditors found that department officials
had allowed contractors to conduct "dress rehearsals" and calibrate their machines in anticipation
of the tests.

The review team's report discounted the auditor's findings that the tests were biased. The team
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Other
Futurist: ‗1-Click‘ Government
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=weeklyreport-000002679743

US christens '9/11 steel' warship
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7273407.stm

New award in firefighter harassment case (California)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fire4mar04,1,5546329.story

Budget cut for LAFD anti-bias office (California)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fire5mar05,1,6005083.story

Wanted: A fresh face in sheriff's job (Orange County, CA)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-parsons4mar04,1,3602258.column

Taking It to the Streets
http://www.govexec.com/features/0308-01/0308-01s3.htm

Hillsborough Fire Chief Put on Paid Leave after Arrest (Florida)
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/03/me-fire-chief-faces-assault-charge/?imw=Y

Brevard County Urged To Hire More Lifeguards (Florida)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-lifeguard0408mar04,0,6490441.story

Government Gets Its First Look at Surface Computing
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/269330

Crist: State can meet obligations even in hard times (Florida)
http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2008/3/4/crist39s_state_of_the_state.html

Budget-Cutting Turns Testy in House (Florida)
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2008/03/budget-cutting.html

Senate cuts $500 million from current budget (Florida)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/orl-bk-budget030608,0,2792786.story

Sheriff Dean pleads with county over budget cuts (Florida)
http://www.ocala.com/article/20080305/NEWS/803050334/1001/NEWS01

Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary undergoes emergency surgery (Florida)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-beary0108mar01,0,5379843.story




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Park Police Chief Is Relieved of Command

By Michael E. Ruane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 5, 2008; B01

U.S. Park Police Chief Dwight E. Pettiford was removed from operational command of the
troubled force yesterday while Department of the Interior officials assess his suitability to continue
as chief, the National Park Service announced.

Pettiford will continue to hold the title of chief but will be moved to Interior Department
headquarters to help formulate a program of reforms for the force, David Barna, a Park Service
spokesman, said.

Command is being taken over by an acting assistant police chief, a former Park Police major,
Salvatore R. Lauro, who once commanded the special forces branch, Barna said.

The moves come a month after an Interior Department inspector general's report strongly
criticized the force for failing to adequately protect such landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, the
Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The report, though not referring to Pettiford by name, said the chief must share the blame. It said
that the force was plagued by low morale, poor leadership and bad organization and that it was
understaffed, insufficiently trained and woefully equipped.

The report suggested that hallowed sites on the Mall are weakly guarded and vulnerable to
terrorist attack. It included surveillance photographs of what appeared to be a Park Police officer
sleeping in a police vehicle as well as private contract security guards talking on a cellphone and
reading the newspaper at the Washington Monument.

The report also criticized the force for failing to monitor the quality of and wear and tear on
officers' ballistic vests and for equipping officers with high-mileage patrol cars.

Pettiford will be detailed to work with a management oversight team that the department has set
up to respond to recommendations in the report, Barna said.

Asked whether Pettiford might resume command, Barna said, "We don't know." He pointed out
that one of the report's 20 recommendations was that the Park Service and Interior Department
assess whether the chief "is equipped to effectively advance the mission and operations of the
agency."

Phone calls requesting comment from Pettiford were not immediately returned by the Park Police
spokesman. In an interview last month, Pettiford said that he was doing the best he could with
what he had and that he had inherited some of the problems. He added that he was already
moving to address others.

Asked at the time about the accusation that the monuments were not adequately protected, he
said: "They're still standing."

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Pettiford was a top commander for Teresa C. Chambers, the department's first female chief, who
was fired in 2004 after raising concerns about staffing and security. He took over that year.

The Park Police has 592 sworn officers, 97 civilian employees and 30 private security guards,
officials have said. The agency helps patrol sites mostly in Washington but also is present at the
Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Jim Austin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police labor committee that represents Park Police
officers, said of Pettiford's removal: "I think it's an important first step of trying to get the Park
Police right back on the track. . . . There was an impediment to our progress with Chief Pettiford."

Austin said he was getting positive reaction to the decision across the board.

Lauro is "a very personable guy who tends to use well-thought-out intelligence and common
sense in his decisions," Austin said. "He was widely respected throughout the Park Police."

As head of the special forces branch, Lauro supervised the SWAT team, as well as motorcycle,
aviation, canine and intelligence units, the Park Service said. He retired two years ago after 25
years on the force and took a civilian law enforcement job with the Interior Department, Barna
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                              International News Stories
Civil Preparedness
Ghana: Nadmo Bares Teeth
http://allafrica.com/stories/200803031416.html

Top experts present international emergency management perspectives at first edition of CEMC
(UAE)
http://www.ameinfo.com/148844.html

Analysys Mason Seeks ‗Emergency Control Room Manager of the Year‘ (United Kingdom)
http://www.contactcenterworld.com/view/contact-center-news/Analysys-Mason-Seeks--
Emergency-Control-Room-Manager-Of-The-Year-.asp

Biometric ID cards mandatory for Americans in U.K. more than 90 days
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2008-03-06-british-id-cards_N.htm

Alaska, Mongolia partnership flourishes with shared challenges
http://www.ngb.army.mil/news/archives/2008/02/022808-alaska.aspx

Better disaster response – at home and abroad (European Union)
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_barroso/president/focus/disaster-response/index_en.htm




Maximising resilience: NATO CBRN capabilities
By Tony Skinner
29 February 2008 JANES Non-subscriber release

NATO has been engaged in disaster response since the 1950s but until recent years has not
considered the development of civil protection capabilities a central task.

While the impact of the events of 11 September 2001 on strategic outlooks is debatable, the
attacks did force the alliance to reassess its response to the threat of terrorism and weapons of
mass destruction (WMD).

Through a series of initiatives and directives NATO has increasingly become the focal point for
the development of capabilities defending against non-conventional (chemical, biological,
radiological or nuclear [CBRN]) weapons, both for armed forces on active deployments and for
civil protection.

Those involved in the development of NATO-wide CBRN policy and capability development
suggest the alliance is in a strong position in this area due to the variable manifestations of the
threat - encompassing rogue states, non-state actors and the potential for instability following a
wide-scale natural outbreak.

As with much of NATO's current transformation, the development of CBRN capabilities is taking
place on three fronts: by assisting member and partner countries in developing national
capabilities; by providing a framework for the co-ordination of national efforts; and through the
employment of the alliance's existing common capabilities. The alliance also serves as a conduit


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for intelligence sharing on proliferation and assessments on the threat of insurgent groups
employing CBRN weapons.

There have been comparatively few examples of terrorist groups managing to employ CBRN
agents - among the exceptions being the salmonella poisoning of 751 people by the Rajneesh
sect in the US in 1984 and the attempts by the Aum Shinrikyo cult in Japan to use chemical and
biological agents that resulted in 19 dead and some 1,200 hospitalised in 2004.

However, a 2006 study in the Netherlands, 'Target Europe', which analysed some 50 Islamic
extremist terror plots in the EU since the mid-1990s, found that the planned employment of CBRN
agents was a factor in around 25 per cent of cases.

Speaking at the WBR Homeland Security Conference in June 2007, William Puttmann from the
Defence Policy and Planning Division at NATO's WMD Centre said the alliance's Comprehensive
Political Guidance had highlighted CBRN agents and their means of delivery as one of the
principal threats to NATO.

"The reality is that a WMD in the hands of a terrorist will at some point in time be used as a
weapon to cause mass casualties. This is the new reality. Terrorist violence has changed from
agenda-forcing or attention-getting tools of the politically weak to a distinct method of asymmetric
conflict employed against adversaries of greater economic, military and political strength,"
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Hazard Research and News
2 suicide bombings kill 23 in Baghdad
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080303/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

China dust storm hits East Asia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7274718.stm

Who is behind the terrorism? (Pakistan)
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C03%5C03%5Cstory_3-3-2008_pg3_1

Madagascar's Ivan the terrible
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7275425.stm

China hijacker takes Australians hostage
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/03/05/china.hostage/index.html

Hijacker killed after seizing tour bus in China
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23479790/

U.S.: 11 killed, 44 held in raids on al-Qaida (Iraq)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23503234/

At least 7 killed at Israeli seminary
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23504328/

Indonesia says H5N1 samples show no signs of mutation
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080305/sc_nm/birdflu_indonesia_dc;_ylt=ApF1Brs4TGmHDSSL_
AIx.MIhANEA

Weather map interface lets you feel the wind (Turkey)
http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn13413-weather-map-interface-lets-you-feel-the-
wind.html


5.9 million Chinese short of drinking water: report
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080301/sc_afp/chinawaterdrought_080301180811;_ylt=AvBSB50
o63tOQ19O702VabLPOrgF

Indonesian govt. under fire for mud volcano compensation
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080228/sc_afp/indonesiaenvironment_080228201928;_ylt=AjZEn
x4dq3HpTLweD_pJWeLPOrgF

Major mid-century influenza epidemics caused by novel hybrid viruses
http://www.physorg.com/news123491646.html

UN says alarmed by prolonged drought in southern Ethiopia
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080301/sc_afp/ethiopiaundrought_080301181407

Australian drought easing but not over: experts
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080302/sc_afp/australiaweatherdrought_080302050445

Socialist Party activist assassinated in Spain
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-spain8mar08,0,2904632.story

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International Affairs
U.S. official: Missiles fired at Somalia terror target
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/03/03/somalia.us/index.html

Raid leads to South American standoff
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/03/03/ecuador.colombia/index.html

Colombia calls for Chavez charges
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7277313.stm

Chavez warns of war with Colombia
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080302/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/venezuela_colombia

Analysis: War not likely in S. America crisis
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-03-04-colombia-analysis_N.htm

Nicaragua breaks diplomatic relations with Colombia
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/03/06/nic.colombia/index.html

Colombia: Rebel killed by his security
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080307/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/colombia_rebels

Iranian leader: 'Foreigners' must leave Iraq
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/03/03/iraq.iran/index.html

UN approves new sanctions against Iran
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080303/ap_on_re_mi_ea/un_iran_nuclear

Russia, China block UN Iran resolution
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080304/ap_on_re_mi_ea/nuclear_iran

Iran condemns Security Council sanctions
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080304/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear

Vote rig claim after Putin ally landslide
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/03/03/russia.election/index.html

Serbia 'retakes' Kosovo rail line
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7274826.stm

Nato fears over Dutch Islam film
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7274259.stm

Pentagon faults China military secrecy
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080303/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_china

China to raise military spending
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7276277.stm

Pentagon says China is developing ability to limit use of space by adversaries
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39430&sid=60



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Olmert: We'll continue Gaza ops until terrorism stops
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1204546389386&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FS
howFull

Abbas won't resume peace talks now
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080304/ap_on_re_mi_ea/us_mideast

Israeli airstrike damages Hamas premier's office
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/03/01/mideast/index.html

Israel begins Gaza withdrawal after anti-rocket operations
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/03/03/mideast/index.html

Some Israeli forces enter south Gaza
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080304/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_palestinians

Rice talks with top Israeli officials
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/03/05/rice.mideast/index.html

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks back on
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080305/ap_on_re_mi_ea/us_mideast

Rice pushes to get Mideast peace talks back on track
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/03/04/rice.mideast/index.html

Lawmakers scrutinize missile shield
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080304/ap_on_go_co/missile_defense

Taiwan warned over independence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7276378.stm

Pope to meet Muslims in 'historic' talks
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-03-05-pope-muslims_N.htm

Hope fizzles in post-Fidel Cuba
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-cubans5mar05,0,4433821.story

Russian arms dealer arrested in Thailand
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/03/06/russian.arrest/index.html

U.S. jets scramble to turn back Russian bomber
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23498822/

Commander urges production of new nuclear warheads (United States)
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39451&sid=60

Armenian president declares state of emergency
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/03/01/armenia.protests/index.html

UN rights commissioner steps down
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7283088.stm




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Bush Attends to Foreign Policy Issues
President Talks to Medvedev, Pushes Colombian Free-Trade Pact, Discusses Mideast

By Michael Abramowitz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 5, 2008; A03

President Bush sought to cope with foreign policy crises on multiple fronts yesterday, reaching
out to the president-elect of Russia for the first time and seizing on military tensions in Latin
America to renew his quest for congressional approval of a free-trade pact with Colombia.

After meeting with the King Abdullah II of Jordan yesterday at the White House, Bush also sought
to maintain hope for his Middle East peace initiative, telling reporters he remains optimistic that
an Israeli-Palestinian deal can be reached this year despite the outbreak of new violence in the
Gaza Strip.

"This is a process that, you know, always has two steps forward and one step back. We just got
to make sure that it's only one step back," Bush said in the Oval Office. Referring to his time left
in office, he added: "Ten months is a long time. May seem short to you, but . . . there's plenty of
time to get a deal done."

Earlier in the day, Bush telephoned Dmitry Medvedev after his victory in Sunday's presidential
vote in Russia, which was widely seen in the West as having been stage-managed by outgoing
Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House described a businesslike conversation
yesterday that looked forward to constructive U.S.-Russia ties and raised no concerns about the
conduct of the election.

"President Bush told Mr. Medvedev that he looks forward to working with him and that he hopes
the two can establish a close working relationship that will help them deal with important world
issues," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement. "President Bush said
that he had read with interest Mr. Medvedev's recent remarks on personal freedoms, independent
media, rule of law and fighting corruption."

The transition in Russia and renewed violence in the Middle East are among several foreign
policy challenges for the outgoing Bush administration. Israeli troops have moved en masse into
Gaza in pursuit of Hamas militants who have been firing rockets into the Jewish state. More than
100 Palestinians were killed during the offensive, prompting Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas to halt peace talks with Israel this week. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is
in the region trying to get those talks back on track.

Meanwhile, tensions emerged in Latin America after Colombia raided neighboring Ecuador and
killed a top commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), considered by
the U.S. and Colombian governments to be a terrorist group. The raid elicited angry statements
from both Ecuador and Venezuela, which have massed troops on their borders with Colombia.

Bush made clear where his sympathies fall, both in telephoning Colombian President ¿lvaro
Uribe and in brief public remarks in which he said he assured Uribe of his support for Colombia's
anti-terrorism efforts. Bush said the Colombian leader told him that one of the best ways for the
United States to show support is to approve a free-trade agreement, which many congressional
Democrat intensely oppose.

"If we fail to approve this agreement, we will let down our close ally, we will damage our credibility
in the region, and we will embolden the demagogues in our hemisphere," Bush said. "President
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[Uribe] told me that the people across the region are watching to see what the United States will
do."

The trade deal Bush negotiated has been criticized by labor groups, and Democrats are also
pressing Colombia to take more action to curb the killing of trade unionists in that country. A
Democratic aide said that despite Bush's pressure, the matter is unlikely to come up for a vote
this year: "The two issues are separate -- the regional diplomatic and military crisis will not be
solved by approving the Colombia free-trade agreement."

Bush's influence has been receding not only in Congress but also abroad, where oil-producing
countries appear unlikely to increase production to bring down soaring gas prices, which Bush
has been pressing for in recent months. Asked about this at his news conference with Abdullah,
Bush had sharp words for OPEC.

"I think it's a mistake to have your biggest customer's economy slow down, or your biggest
customers' economies slowing down as a result of high energy prices," Bush said. "Obviously,
we've got a housing issue and some credit issues. But no question, the high price of gasoline has
hurt economic growth here in the United States. And if I were a member of OPEC, I'd be
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      Global Warming/Climate Change News Articles (U.S. and
                         International)
California's water fortune is told at Gin Flat
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ginflat3mar03,0,5294611.story

Teacher under fire for showing Gore film without rebuttal
http://www.sltrib.com/News/ci_8433181

'Climate change not due to greenhouse gases'
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Climate_change_not_due_to_green_gases/articleshow/283273
4.cms

Acceptance of climate change must be backed by facts
http://news.scotsman.com/opinion/Acceptance-of-climate-change-must.3834774.jp

Climate change poses 'security risk' (European Union)
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/436f8122-e8c4-11dc-913a-0000779fd2ac.html

UN warns climate change in Mideast could lead to food, water shortages
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jAWXS1a3092_heGDn6UKn853w6DQ

EU asked to financially help developing countries in climate change
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/04/content_7711148.htm

Weather Channel Founder Blasts Network; Claims It Is 'Telling Us What to Think'
http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080303175301.aspx

Orange County will speed up permitting for energy-conscious projects (Florida)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-green0508mar05,0,1967376.story

Killer Freeze of '07 Illustrates Paradoxes of Warming Climate
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1282665/killer_freeze_of_07_illustrates_paradoxes_of_wa
rming_climate/index.html

World can 'afford' to solve its environmental woes: OECD
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080305/sc_afp/environmentclimatewarmingoecd_080305145358;
_ylt=ApvIf4XgETQ.4tmctMZtZ73POrgF

EPA: No timeline for high court request
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080304/ap_on_go_ot/epa_global_warming;_ylt=AqChIyyj.Bq6cKkx
BsAkD4pvieAA

Global warming may raise tundra wildfire risk (Alaska)
http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn13408-global-warming-may-raise-tundra-wildfire-
risk.html

EPA: Calif.'s Climate Crisis Not Unique
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/29/tech/main3892754.shtml

Climate crisis getting short shrift in US president race: Gore
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080302/sc_afp/scienceusitclimate_080302002700;_ylt=Amdq0zN
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                                         Reports
Pandemic Preparedness in the States: An Interim Assessment from Five Regional Workshops
http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0802PANDEMICASSESSMENT.PDF

U.S. Department of Defense, ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS: Military Power of the
People‘s Republic of China 2008
http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/pdfs/China_Military_Report_08.pdf

Civil Defence Report 2008 France (in French only)
http://www.hcfdc.org/AGENDA/Fevrier_2008/rapport_defciv_HCFDC2008.pdf

American Red Cross Office of the Corporate Ombudsman Southern California Wildfire
Constituent Feedback Summary, December 2007
http://www.redcross.org/static/file_cont7557_lang0_3163.pdf

COAST GUARD Deepwater Program Management Initiatives and Key Homeland Security
Missions
http://www.maritimeterrorism.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/gao-evaluates-coast-guards-shift-
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                               Additional Information
International Association of Emergency Managers Live Learning Center
http://www.softconference.com/iaem/

Emergency Information Infrastructure Virtual Forum
http://www.emforum.org/

Florida Division of Emergency Management External Affairs Website
http://www.floridadisaster.org/externalaffairs/

Florida Division of Emergency Management, Training and Exercise Website
http://www.floridadisaster.org/Preparedness/TrainingandExercise/index.htm

FEMA, National Advisory Council Website
http://www.fema.gov/about/nac/

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Leadership Journal
http://www.dhs.gov/journal/leadership/

Green is Universal
http://www.greenisuniversal.com

United Nations, Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Website
http://ochaonline.un.org/

United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency
Response (UN-SPIDER)
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/unspider/index.html

Principles of Emergency Management
http://www.iaem.com/publications/documents/EMPrinciples091107.pdf

Disaster Zone: Emergency Management in the Blogosphere (Eric Holdeman‘s Blog Site)
http://www.disaster-zone.com/

Fact Sheet: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement
http://www.govtech.com/em/articles/268467

Snyder County, PA Department of Emergency Services Website
http://snydercounty911.homestead.com/index.html

New York City, NY Office of Emergency Management Website
http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/home/home.shtml

United Kingdom, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Informational Bulletin on
H5N1 in Canada Goose – 11th case in wild bird
http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2008/080229c.htm

United Kingdom, Identifying People Who Are Vulnerable in a Crisis Guidance for Emergency
Planners and Responders Civil Contingencies Secretariat Guideline
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Dom Prep Journal, February 2008 Edition
http://www.domesticpreparedness.com/dpjournal/DPJournal0208.pdf

Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding Website
http://www.dhs.gov/xprepresp/programs/editorial_0816.shtm

FEMAs Gulf Coast Recovery Office Website
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2005katrina/index.shtm

Explosion shakes French city (Photo Gallery)
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/02/28/lyon.explosion.irpt/index.html

GOVERNOR CRIST SPEAKS TO THE PEOPLE DURING SECOND STATE OF THE STATE
ADDRESS (Florida)
http://www.flgov.com/release/9892

Inferno: The Wildfires of 2007
http://www.signonsandiego.com/marketplace/promotions/inferno07/

NCS: Government Emergency Telecommunications Service Website
http://gets.ncs.gov/

Fairfax County, VA Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center Overview
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/pstoc/pstoc_overview.pdf

Liberty Mutual: What‘s your policy? (Interesting Commercial)
http://whatsyourpolicy.com/videos/

City and County of San Francisco, CA Division of Emergency Services All-Hazards Strategic Plan
http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/oes/StrategicPlan2008.pdf


Around the World Today 07/03/08

ECUADOR: La Nina heavy rains are expected to continue until April. 21,500 of people have been
evacuated, 315,000 affected. 30% of crops have been damaged. The European Commission
received from Ecuador a request for assistance be assessment and coordination experts.

EQUITORIAL GUINEA: Belgium Survey Vessel seized A survey ship working for a Belgium
minerals company was seized by the EG Navy for entering EG waters. Crew of Nigerians and
Russians are being held. 15 member Survey Team from UK receiving Consulate assistance.
Believe EG is requesting payment of $1Million for release of vessel and crew.

INDONESIA: An earthquake with magnitude of 6.4 jolted North Maluku province, the moderately
populated region in eastern parts of Indonesia on Thursday morning. There are no initial reports
of damages or casualties. The quake's epicentre was at 216 km northeast Ternate of the
province and at 105 km under ocean floor.

CHILE: A forest fire occurred in the coastal town of Placilla, 115 km northwest of Santiago. More
than 2500 ha of land have been burned due to multiple fires near Valparaiso city. There are no
reports of deaths or injuries.

PHILIPPINES: Heavy rains caused massive floods in two towns in the eastern province of Albay,
prompting evacuation of 3,500 families. Eighteen people are missing. The rains came less than

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twelve hours after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook parts of the eastern central region but
caused no damage or injuries. There is a risk of landslides.

INDONESIA: A change occurred in the eruption status of Volcano Lokon Empung in the very
highly populated region of Sulawesi. The population in this area is 151 people per square
kilometer. The eruption may occur at any time.




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