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CABLE Gram Volume 2 Issue 33

20 May 2005 CABLE Gram™

Good Morning All,

In the Current Update:

FEDERAL
1. Terrorism by Activist Extremists Rising (AP, 18 May 2005)
2. Coordination between DHS, Pentagon is producing results, official says
(FederalTimes.com, 17 May 2005)
3. House passes DHS budget (FCW.com, 19 May 2005)
4. Plan Would Broaden F.B.I.'s Terror Role (New York Times, Eric Lichtblau, 19 May
2005)
5. Government late with passenger plan - Names still not checked against no-fly list
before takeoff (AP, 19 May 2005)
6. U.S. Department of Transportation to Triple Rail Inspection Capacity and Improve
Grade Crossing Safety as Part of New National Rail Safety Plan (PRNewswire, 18 May
2005)
7. New air cargo rules proposed - Legislation would mandate screening on all cargo by
2008 (CNN, 17 May 2005)
8. USA PATRIOT Act to Change Renewal Licensing Process for Drivers Transporting
Hazardous Materials (PRNewswire, 19 May 2005)
9. U.S. Weighs Consolidating Bomb Materials (AP, 19 May 2005)
10. Police chiefs say national security strategy ignores local officials (GovExec.com, by
Denise Kersten, 19 May 2005)
11. New rules to crack down on child pornography (CNN, 17 May 2005)
12. Alleged anti-Castro terrorist Posada arrested - Wanted in Venezuela for 1976
downing of Cuban airliner (CNN, 17 May 2005)

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS
13. ID: 'Virtual attack' on aircraft tests skills of emergency crews (MT Express, 18 May
2005)
14. ID: Search on for two children whose relatives were found slain - Sheriff: 'It was not
a murder-suicide' (CNN, 17 May 2005)
15. MD: No Pattern To Killings In Prince George's (Washington Post, 18 May 2005)
16. PA: TSA May Cut Security Screeners at Pittsburgh Airport (AP, 18 May 2005)
17. TX: TSA Tackles Man After He Breaches Security at Southeast Texas Regional
Airport (KBTV, 17 May 2005)

GANG ACTIVITY
18. MA: Police say Lynn shooting suspects well-known gang members (The Daily Item,
18 May 2005)
19. MN: Gang member sentenced in wounding of deputy (Star-Tribune, 18 May 2005)
20. NC: Town Steps up Curfew (abcNews, 19 May 2005)
21. VA: Sheriffs warn Congress not to cut anti-gang funding (Fauquier Times-Democrat,
17 May 2005)
22. El Salvador, Mexico Call for Gang Summit (AP, 17 May 2005)

NARCO TRAFFICKING
23. WA: Border officers taking steps to prevent drug smuggling (Western Front Online,
17 May 2005)
24. 3 Colombians Held in U.S. Drug Smuggling (AP, 19 May 2005)
25. Indonesia: Plane passenger suspected in 1 kg cocaine smuggling attempt (The Jakarta
Post, 20 May 2005)
26. Australia: Qantas sacks baggage handler (The Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2005)
27. Australia: Life sentence over heroin smuggling (News.com.au, 19 May 2005)

CYBERTHREAT & THEFT
28. Microsoft hunts web nasties with honey monkeys (By Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus,
17 May 2005, Contributed by Rick Forno)

COUNTERFEIT
29. CBS4 Investigates Fake Insurance Cards (CBS4, 19 May 2005)
30. FDA Continues Combating Counterfeit Drugs Annual Update Reports on Progress
(Pharmalive, 18 May 2005)
31. Israel Goes After Drug Counterfeiters (Suffolk Life, 18 May 2005)
32. Bank of Canada Issues Upgraded $10 Bank Note (Govt of Canada, 18 May 2005)

TECHNOLOGY
33. Cell phones can now receive Amber Alerts (AP, 17 May 2005)
34. SAIC wins preparedness work (FCW.com, 19 May 2005)
35. 43 EDS Machines from GE Will Support In-line Checked Baggage Screening
Systems (PRNewswire, 19 May 2005)
36. Entrust to sign e-passports (FCW.com, 19 May 2005)

RESOURCES
37. Congressional Research Service Report "Federal Counter-Terrorism Training: Issues
for Congressional Oversight," May 16, 2005 (Contribued by Steven Aftergood,
Federation of American Scientists, www.fas.org)
38. Congressional Research Service Report "Bioterrorism Countermeasure Development:
Issues in Patents and Homeland Security," May 6, 2005 (Contribued by Steven
Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, www.fas.org)

OPPORTUNITIES
39. U.S. Seeks New Manager for Los Alamos Lab (AP, 19 May 2005)

FULL REPORTS
40. U.S. Health Secretary Hails Promise of Information Technology (Dept. of State, 17
May 2005)
41. U.S. Entry-Exit System Hailed for "Unprecedented Results" (Dept. of State, 19 May
2005)
42. Chinese Counterfeits Hurting Industry in China, Experts Say (By Peggy B. Hu and
Berta Gomez, Washington File Staff Writers, 18 May 2005)

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FEDERAL

1. Terrorism by Activist Extremists Rising (AP, 18 May 2005)
WASHINGTON - Environmental and animal rights activists who have turned to arson
and explosives are the nation's top domestic terrorism threat, an FBI official told a Senate
committee on Wednesday. Groups such as the Animal Liberation Front, the Earth
Liberation Front and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty are "way out in front" in terms of
damage and number of crimes, said John Lewis, the FBI's deputy assistant director for
counterterrorism. "There is nothing else going on in this country over the last several
years that is racking up the high number of violent crimes and terrorist actions," Lewis
said.
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2. Coordination between DHS, Pentagon is producing results, official says
(FederalTimes.com, 17 May 2005)
The Homeland Security and Defense departments have improved their once strained
relationship and now regularly work together to monitor potential threats in the air and
sea, detect weapons of mass destruction, and develop new technology, a senior Defense
official said May 17. The cooperation paid off at least twice earlier this month, said Paul
McHale, assistant secretary of Defense for homeland defense. A Transportation Security
Administration coordination center in Herndon, Va., which houses officials from North
American Aerospace Defense Command and other agencies tasked with protecting the
skies, was effective May 11 when an errant Cessna airplane strayed into restricted
airspace over Washington. McHale said officials were able to communicate and share
information more easily because they had experience working together. And the Defense
Department provided intelligence to the Coast Guard earlier this month that helped
identify a ship in the Atlantic Ocean as a potential threat. Using the Pentagon’s
information, the Coast Guard boarded and searched the ship, confirmed it was carrying
the cargo it had reported, and then guided the ship into an American port, McHale said.
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3. House passes DHS budget (FCW.com, 19 May 2005)
The Homeland Security Department would get $34.2 billion in fiscal 2006 under a bill
that received almost unanimous approval in the House. By a vote of 424 to 4, House
members approved a bill that, among other things, aims to improve information sharing
within DHS and with other federal, state and local agencies. It would also accelerate the
development of new technologies and make cybersecurity a greater priority. Spending in
the bill includes the following.
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4. Plan Would Broaden F.B.I.'s Terror Role (New York Times, Eric Lichtblau, 19
May 2005)
WASHINGTON, May 18 - The Bush administration and Senate Republican leaders are
pushing a plan that would significantly expand the F.B.I.'s power to demand business
records in terror investigations without obtaining approval from a judge, officials said on
Wednesday. The proposal, which is likely to be considered next week in a closed session
of the Senate intelligence committee, would allow federal investigators to subpoena
records from businesses and other institutions without a judge's sign-off if they declared
that the material was needed as part of a foreign intelligence investigation.
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5. Government late with passenger plan - Names still not checked against no-fly list
before takeoff (AP, 19 May 2005)
WASHINGTON - The government is three months late in coming up with a plan ordered
by Congress to avoid diverting international flights because of concerns about their
passengers. Twice in the past week, Boston-bound planes from Europe were diverted
from their destinations when a passenger's name was found to be similar to a name on the
"no-fly list" of people considered threats to aviation. When Congress passed an
intelligence reform bill in December it gave Homeland Security until February 15 to
come up with a plan to check passengers' names against the list before planes take off.
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6. U.S. Department of Transportation to Triple Rail Inspection Capacity and
Improve Grade Crossing Safety as Part of New National Rail Safety Plan
(PRNewswire, 18 May 2005)
BATON ROUGE, La. - The federal government will triple its capacity to inspect the
nation's rail lines thanks to three new advanced track inspection vehicles being launched
over the next year and a half, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta
announced today. The announcement came during a visit to Baton Rouge, where the
Secretary got a demonstration of one of the new self-propelled inspection vehicles, the T-
18, before it departs on its maiden voyage to identify track defects throughout Gulf Coast
and Midwestern states. The Secretary noted that with the T-18 and two more inspection
vehicles under construction, the Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA) will soon be able to inspect 100,000 miles of track each year,
tripling the agency's current capacity.
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7. New air cargo rules proposed - Legislation would mandate screening on all cargo
by 2008 (CNN, 17 May 2005)
WASHINGTON - With hope of closing a loophole in airline security nearly four years
after the attacks of September 11, 2001, lawmakers Tuesday introduced two amendments
to the 2006 Department of Homeland Security authorization bill. The first would mandate
the inspection of all cargo before it is shipped on passenger airplanes by 2008. Until that
date, the second amendment would require airlines to notify passengers when unscreened
cargo being shipped in the cargo hold of a passenger plane. "Twenty-two percent of all
the air cargo that is transported in the United States is loaded aboard passenger planes,"
said Rep. Ed Markey, a co-author of the bipartisan legislation.
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8. USA PATRIOT Act to Change Renewal Licensing Process for Drivers
Transporting Hazardous Materials (PRNewswire, 19 May 2005)
HARRISBURG, Pa., - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
today issued a reminder of the new federal requirements that will take effect on May 31
for drivers who wish to renew a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a HAZMAT
endorsement. In order to renew a CDL with a HAZMAT endorsement, individuals will
be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of appropriate immigration
status. Additionally, applicants must submit a Federal Security Threat Assessment
application as well as pass a federal criminal history background check.
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9. U.S. Weighs Consolidating Bomb Materials (AP, 19 May 2005)
BOISE, Idaho - To guard against terrorists storming a U.S. weapons lab and setting off a
crude nuclear device, the Bush administration is considering consolidating much of the
nation's plutonium and bomb-grade uranium at a few highly secure sites, including
concrete bunkers in Idaho. Currently, the material is scattered at 13 sites around the
country. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman is expected to get an advisory board's report
next month on the potential cost savings and security improvements from combining the
hundreds of tons of weapons fuel. The Energy Department and a federal agency that
oversees the nation's nuclear stockpile have been discussing the idea for more than a year,
after a series of security lapses during mock terrorist attacks at federal weapons labs.
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10. Police chiefs say national security strategy ignores local officials (GovExec.com,
by Denise Kersten, 19 May 2005)
A new report from a group of police chiefs finds fault with the nation's anti-terrorism
strategy for not including advice and guidance from state, tribal or local public safety
organizations. The International Association of Chiefs of Police, a nonprofit organization
based in Alexandria, Va., published a report this week after completing a series of
discussions with law enforcement officials from across the United States. The discussions
began with the intention of pinpointing suggestions to improve national security, but a
single concern dominated the conversation, said Joseph Estey, chief of police in Hartford,
Vt. and the association's president.
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11. New rules to crack down on child pornography (CNN, 17 May 2005)
WASHINGTON - Producers of sexually explicit material must be able to prove the
subjects depicted in their photographs and films are adults, according to new government
regulations approved Tuesday by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. To implement a
government crackdown, Gonzales signed final rules that establish detailed procedures for
inspecting pornography producers' records to ensure children aren't being used as
performers in sexually explicit depictions. Pornography producers who violate the new
requirements would be subject to prison terms of up to five years on the first offense and
up to 10 years for subsequent offenses.
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12. Alleged anti-Castro terrorist Posada arrested - Wanted in Venezuela for 1976
downing of Cuban airliner (CNN, 17 May 2005)
MIAMI, Florida - Federal agents arrested notorious Cuban exile leader Luis Posada
Carriles near Miami Tuesday afternoon. He is reported to have been planning to leave the
country. Posada was legendary among south Florida's Cuban exile community for his
plots to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro. He is wanted in Venezuela to face charges that he
blew up a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing 73 people. Castro has called Posada a terrorist
and a monster and even staged a rally early Tuesday outside the U.S. Mission in Havana
to demand his arrest. (Full story) Posada, a onetime CIA operative, had been in hiding
since he was smuggled into the United States via Mexico.
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STATE AND LOCAL NEWS

13. ID: 'Virtual attack' on aircraft tests skills of emergency crews (MT Express, 18
May 2005)
Unlike any fire drill, Blaine County held its first weapons-of-mass-destruction exercise
Saturday at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. The eerie familiarity of the scenario
involved some 30 vehicles and dozens of state and local first responders who tackled a
mock terrorism attack on an incoming Horizon Air Dash 8 Q400 airliner. In reality, the
event would have resulted in many casualties. The exercise, which involved hazardous-
materials teams dressed in fully encapsulated Tyvek suits armed with biological,
chemical and radiological contaminant detection equipment, kicked into gear at about 9
a.m. According to a script, a passenger on the commercial flight that originated in Seattle
called 911 to report an unruly passenger on the plane had thrown a white powdery
substance on some of the passengers.
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14. ID: Search on for two children whose relatives were found slain - Sheriff: 'It was
not a murder-suicide' (CNN, 17 May 2005)
Investigators have no leads in a triple slaying at a home in Idaho and are searching for
two children who lived there, authorities said Tuesday. The killings have shocked the
quaint community of Coeur d'Alene and prompted massive searches for 9-year-old Dylan
and 8-year-old Shasta Groene. An Amber Alert was issued earlier Tuesday for the two
youngsters. Authorities said the children's mother, Brenda Groene, and their 13-year-old
brother Slade were among those killed in the home. The mother's boyfriend, Mark
McKenzie, 37, was also found dead in the home.
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15. MD: No Pattern To Killings In Prince George's (Washington Post, 18 May 2005)
The night Leonard Webster, 33, was killed on a Prince George's County bike path just
before midnight last week, he became part of a growing crime trend in the county: young
black men slain by gunfire after dark. His mother said he was on his way to pick up
dinner for his family. Webster's case, like more than half of the 66 killings in the county
this year, has not been solved. No witnesses have come forward, and police say they have
no leads. While the cases might seem similar at first glance, they do not follow a
particular pattern, frustrating homicide detectives who struggle to solve them and police
officials trying to deal with the county's surging violence.
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16. PA: TSA May Cut Security Screeners at Pittsburgh Airport (AP, 18 May 2005)
The head of the Allegheny County Airport Authority says the US Transportation Security
Administration wants to cut Pittsburgh International Airport's security screening staff.
Authority Executive Director Kent George says TSA officials reviewed the airport's
staffing needs last week and told him that the airport would lose some of its 348
screeners. A spokesman for the union that represents the airport's TSA employees says
some employees have been warned that as many as 100 screeners will lose their jobs.
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17. TX: TSA Tackles Man After He Breaches Security at Southeast Texas Regional
Airport (KBTV, 17 May 2005)
KBTV-4 News crews were on the scene as Transportation Security Administration
officials carted off a 22-year-old man believed to be an illegal alien. Officials with TSA
told Hometown News in an exclusive interview they apprehended the Hispanic man after
personnel at the Southeast Texas Regional Airport witnessed him climb a fence in the
airport’s southeast corner just before noon Tuesday. The man was brought in to be
interrogated for breaching security at the airport. We’re told he did not speak any English
and an interpreter had to be called in to assist in the questioning. He was placed under
arrest for trespassing and booked in the Jefferson County Jail.
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GANG ACTIVITY

18. MA: Police say Lynn shooting suspects well-known gang members (The Daily
Item, 18 May 2005)
LYNN - The two men charged with shooting a West Lynn father and his daughter are
violent gang members who, Police Chief Terence Reardon said, "are extremely well
known" to Revere police. Reardon said police arrested Phap Buth, 30, for assault with a
knife in 1997 and public drunkenness and in Nov. 2003 for ransacking a car. Chon Son,
19, was arrested for a domestic assault in 1997 and most recently last June for fighting in
a local street. Reardon said Son, whose nickname is "Naughty," is a member of the
Oriental Street Boys, a youth gang with a violent presence in a Revere.
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19. MN: Gang member sentenced in wounding of deputy (Star-Tribune, 18 May
2005)
A 21-year-old gang member will spend at least the next 11 years in prison for shooting a
Ramsey County deputy in the stomach three months ago. Xee Lor of Fresno, Calif.,
declined to say anything at his brief sentencing hearing Wednesday, but he received an
earful from Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin. "Your absolute lack of
remorse and very cold, matter-of-fact approach is very disheartening," Gearin said. She
sentenced him to 16 years in prison following his guilty plea to charges of attempted
murder for the benefit of a gang. He will serve at least two-thirds of that time behind
bars, keeping him locked up until he's at least 32.
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20. NC: Town Steps up Curfew (abcNews, 19 May 2005)
The town of Knightdale is taking a step to stop gang activity. Wednesday night town
leaders voted to push the curfew up, making it harder for teenagers to hangout. Officials
say the problem has become two-fold between increased gang activity and teens just
generally hanging out late at night. Public Safety officials say graffiti vandalism has gone
up in a number of neighborhoods and shopping centers. They're concerned about teens
playing late night basketball games at a local park.
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21. VA: Sheriffs warn Congress not to cut anti-gang funding (Fauquier Times-
Democrat, 17 May 2005)
Sheriffs from Loudoun and Clarke counties and the city of Winchester gathered in
Leesburg Tuesday to call on Congress to reject a proposed 50 percent cut in funding for
gang prevention programs. The proposed cuts would target programs designed to reduce
juvenile crime by providing at-risk youth with substance abuse and mental health
services, after-school activities and other alternatives to joining gangs. "Arrests alone
won't do it," said Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen Simpson. "Northern Virginian law
enforcement leaders' commitment to putting dangerous gang criminals in jail must be
matched by Congress' commitment to keep kids from becoming gang members in the
first place."
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22. El Salvador, Mexico Call for Gang Summit (AP, 17 May 2005)
MEXICO CITY -- The presidents of Mexico and El Salvador called Tuesday for a
regional summit on ways to fight criminal youth gangs. Salvadorean President Tony Saca
said American officials of "the highest level" also would be invited to the summit on
youth gangs, which Mexican President Vicente Fox called "a strategic topic and
important for us." The gangs, known as "maras," have increasingly alarmed officials in
Central America, Mexico and the United States. U.S. officials and gang investigators
believe gang members from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador may be entering the
United States more frequently because of laws targeting gang members in those
countries. In March, former Homeland Security Deputy Secretary James Loy called one
such gang -- known as MS-13 -- an emerging threat to the United States, referring to the
gang and the al-Qaida terrorist organization in the same breath in testimony to Congress.
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NARCO TRAFFICKING

23. WA: Border officers taking steps to prevent drug smuggling (Western Front
Online, 17 May 2005)
Border patrol seizures of counterfeit goods and illegal drugs along the Canadian border
throughout the past two weeks have focused public attention on the border patrol system.
On May 9, U.S. border patrol officers intercepted 48,000 doses of the stimulant MDMA,
commonly known as ecstasy, said Joe Giuliano, 51, border patrol officer. He estimated
the street value of the drugs to be approximately $1 million. "This was a bigger-than-
average seizure," Giuliano said.
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24. 3 Colombians Held in U.S. Drug Smuggling (AP, 19 May 2005)
BOGOTÁ, Colombia - The authorities have arrested three Colombians, including a
former serviceman, on charges of helping American soldiers who are accused of
smuggling cocaine to the United States aboard an American military aircraft, the
Colombian Air Force said Wednesday. Five United States military personnel were
previously arrested in the case, which caused widespread anger in Colombia. One suspect
has been released, but the others are being held at an undisclosed location in the United
States. The detained Colombians are a retired air force officer and two civilians, the
Colombian Air Force said in a statement. It provided no details on the role they are
accused of playing in the drug trafficking plot.
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25. Indonesia: Plane passenger suspected in 1 kg cocaine smuggling attempt (The
Jakarta Post, 20 May 2005)
The threat of a death sentence does not seem to have deterred traffickers from trying to
smuggle drugs into the country. Customs and excise officials at Soekarno-Hatta
International Airport announced on Wednesday they had seized one kilogram of cocaine
with a street value of Rp 1 billion (US$105,000) from a foreign passenger plane last
week. The head of the customs and excise office at the airport, Nofrial, said a crew
member of a KLM airplane that flew to Jakarta last week from Amsterdam, with a
stopover in Kuala Lumpur, had handed over a bag left by a passenger beneath seat 18A.
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26. Australia: Qantas sacks baggage handler (The Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2005)
A QANTAS baggage handler was sacked yesterday over bookmaking claims and a
possible connection with a cocaine ring, while another worker could be stood aside as
early as today. The Daily Telegraph has learned that Barry Phillips' job was formally
terminated yesterday after he was stood down last week. Mr Phillips came to the attention
of authorities as part of an investigation into a cocaine smuggling racket that police
believe involved several baggage handlers. It is believed that the investigation brought to
light Mr Phillips' activities as an SP bookie while working for Qantas, which the airline
considered enough to justify his standing down and subsequent dismissal.
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27. Australia: Life sentence over heroin smuggling (News.com.au, 19 May 2005)
A MELBOURNE man has been sentenced to life imprisonment with no minimum term
for his role as the ringleader of an attempted heroin smuggling operation. Murray James
Perrier, 65, of Glen Waverley in suburban Melbourne, faced the Victorian County Court
today charged with one count of conspiring to import a traffickable quantity of heroin
into Australia. Co-accused Voicu Pop, 49, of Dandenong North, and Peter Hans Malman,
60, of Mont Albert also faced the same charge. Advertisement: Judge Betty King today
said in 2003 the trio had planned to bring between 700 grams and 1kg of heroin from
Nepal into Australia in condoms in the body of another man. She said Perrier, whom she
described as having a criminal history that bordered on the unbelievable, was the
organiser of the conspiracy.
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CYBERTHREAT & THEFT

28. Microsoft hunts web nasties with honey monkeys (By Robert Lemos,
SecurityFocus, 17 May 2005, Contributed by Rick Forno)
Researchers for the software giant are building a system of Windows XP clients that
crawl the web finding sites that use unreported vulnerabilities to compromise
unsuspecting users, writes SecurityFocus's Robert Lemos. Researchers at Microsoft are
creating their own version of a million monkeys to crawl the internet looking for threats
in an effort to secure the web for Windows. The software giant's Cybersecurity and
Systems Management (CSM) research group are building a system of virtual Windows
XP computers that crawl the web looking for sites that use unreported vulnerabilities to
compromise customer's PCs. Dubbed "honeymonkeys," the virtual machines run a full
version of Windows XP with monitoring software and crawl high-risk areas of the web
looking for trouble.
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COUNTERFEIT

29. CBS4 Investigates Fake Insurance Cards (CBS4, 19 May 2005)
DENVER - It's a growing problem across Colorado and it's costing everyone: people on
the streets are peddling phony insurance cards. If a driver's car is hit by someone with a
phony insurance card, the driver or the driver's insurance company could end up paying
the price. CBS4 investigates found that more and more people are presenting fake
insurance cards in an attempt to register their vehicles for license plates.
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30. FDA Continues Combating Counterfeit Drugs Annual Update Reports on
Progress (Pharmalive, 18 May 2005)
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Working in collaboration with the private sector and with other
government agencies over the past year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is
announcing significant progress in the battle against counterfeit prescription drugs. In its
annual update to the "Combating Counterfeit Drugs" Report, the FDA reports it is
pursuing several initiatives to further protect the safety and integrity of the U.S. drug
supply. "We believe the United States' prescription drug supply is as safe as any in the
world, and the FDA is committed to ensuring that this continues," said Randall Lutter,
Acting Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning. In 2004, FDA's office of
Criminal Investigations (OCI) initiated 58 counterfeit drug investigations involving
hundreds of thousands of fake dosage units. These cases represent a dramatic increase
from the previous year when 30 such cases were initiated. This increase is partially due to
heightened vigilance and awareness by all parties in the drug distribution system as a
result of the FDA's issuance of its original report in 2004. More effective coordination
with other state, federal, and foreign law enforcement agencies and improved
communication with drug manufacturers also contributed in large part to the increase in
investigations.
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31. Israel Goes After Drug Counterfeiters (Suffolk Life, 18 May 2005)
With the dangerous threat of counterfeit prescription drugs, Congressman Steve Israel
(D-Hauppauge) has proposed legislation strengthening penalties and punishments for
those who violate the law and tamper with prescribed medications. This legislation “gives
the federal government real teeth to go after people,” Israel said.
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32. Bank of Canada Issues Upgraded $10 Bank Note (Govt of Canada, 18 May 2005)
OTTAWA–The Bank of Canada today put into circulation an upgraded $10 bank note
with enhanced security features. The design, colour, and theme (Remembrance and
Peacekeeping) of the upgraded $10 note are the same as those of the previously issued
$10 note from the Canadian Journey series. To improve the security of Canadian bank
notes and to stay ahead of counterfeiters, the Bank is continuously researching and
developing new and enhanced security features. The upgraded $10 note, like the $20,
$50, and $100 notes of the Canadian Journey series, contains a metallic holographic
stripe, a watermark portrait, a windowed colour-shifting thread woven into the paper, a
see-through number, and enhanced fluorescence under ultraviolet lighting. The Bank is
upgrading the $10 note in response to an increase in the counterfeiting of lower-
denomination bank notes.
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TECHNOLOGY

33. Cell phones can now receive Amber Alerts (AP, 17 May 2005)
WASHINGTON - The Amber Alert system used by police to let the public know when a
child is missing is being expanded to cell phones. The wireless industry announced
Tuesday that subscribers can receive text messages on their phones when an alert is
issued. The service is available in every state and is free to subscribers of most major
cellular carriers. About 200 to 250 Amber Alerts are issued each year. The Internet, radio
and television stations broadcast the information, which also is flashed on highway signs
on major roadways in the area where the child is believed missing.
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34. SAIC wins preparedness work (FCW.com, 19 May 2005)
Homeland Security Department officials have awarded a $20 million contract to a team
led by Science Applications International Corp. to help enhance infrastructure
preparedness at the state and local levels. SAIC will provide technical assistance to the
department's Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness,
which helps states, municipalities, port authorities and mass transit agencies develop,
plan and implement effective strategies for weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
preparedness. The program requires application of a SAIC-developed methodology to
"compare relative risk between critical assets in order to identify and prioritize needs in
terms of security countermeasures, as well as response and recovery capability
enhancements," according to a press release.
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35. 43 EDS Machines from GE Will Support In-line Checked Baggage Screening
Systems (PRNewswire, 19 May 2005)
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it
has ordered 43 CTX 9000DSi Explosives Detection System (EDS) machines from
General Electric (GE) InVision Inc. of Newark, Calif. Under the new delivery order, the
43 EDS machines, valued at $51.6 million, will be delivered by the end of the year. "This
explosives detection technology will be installed in airports currently constructing in-line
permanent baggage screening systems with the assistance of funding from TSA," said
Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for
TSA. "The implementation of an in-line system will increase efficiencies and boost
TSA's ability to provide world-class customer service and world-class security." An in-
line baggage screening system will allow TSA to remove large EDS machines from
terminal lobbies and install them into the behind-the-scenes baggage handling conveyor
system. This high-tech permanent solution will increase the efficiency of screening all
checked baggage for explosives and add a customer service benefit by allowing
passengers to drop off their checked baggage at the ticket counter instead of bringing
their bags to a separate lobby area for screening.
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36. Entrust to sign e-passports (FCW.com, 19 May 2005)
The State Department's first generation of e-passports will store electronic information
that is digitally signed using technology from Entrust, company executives announced
this week. State officials will issue the first e-passports with digital signatures to federal
employees later this year as part of a test program. Department officials will be using
digital signatures to protect personal information stored in an electronic chip on the
passports.
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RESOURCES

37. Congressional Research Service Report "Federal Counter-Terrorism Training:
Issues for Congressional Oversight," May 16, 2005 (Contribued by Steven
Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, www.fas.org)
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL32920.pdf

38. Congressional Research Service Report "Bioterrorism Countermeasure
Development: Issues in Patents and Homeland Security," May 6, 2005 (Contribued
by Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, www.fas.org)
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http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL32917.pdf

OPPORTUNITIES

39. U.S. Seeks New Manager for Los Alamos Lab (AP, 19 May 2005)
WASHINGTON - Aiming to install new management at the troubled Los Alamos
National Laboratory, the government will pay up to $79 million to a contractor _ nearly
10 times the amount the University of California now makes for the job. A final request
for proposals, released Thursday in the first-ever competition to run the New Mexico
nuclear weapons lab, also requires the contractor to assume more risk and create a new
pension plan to replace the university's version.
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FULL REPORTS

40. U.S. Health Secretary Hails Promise of Information Technology (Dept. of State,
17 May 2005)
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt is asking the World Medical
Association to collaborate on developing a common technical language for use in
creation of a global health information technology system.

Appearing before the private professional association in Geneva, May 17, Leavitt said
information technology has great potential to improve health care.

“It can lead to fewer medical mistakes, lower health care costs, more convenience and
better health,” Leavitt said. “It can also help us better track epidemics and outbreaks as
well as improve our biosurveillance and emergency preparedness.”

Establishing global agreement on a technical information standard is a hurdle to be
crossed in achieving that goal, Leavitt said. He said U.S. officials and health industry
leaders are on the verge of a dialogue to reach a solution on that problem, and he urged
the World Medical Association and its national medical association members to
contribute to the discussion.

Leavitt spoke to the group as he participated in the World Health Assembly (WHA) in
Geneva, an annual meeting of the 192 member nations of the World Health Organization
(WHO).

Improving the availability and use of reliable health information is the objective of the
Health Metrics Network, a broad partnership launched at the WHA May 17. (See also the
WHO news release on Health Metrics Network.) The United States is a partner in the
effort to better develop core health-information systems in developing countries.

In some regions, basic data on births and deaths are not systematically recorded, even
though crafting evidence-based health policy requires such data. Major international
health initiatives being conducted in developing countries – such as the U.S.-supported
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – have increased the demand for reliable
health information.

Further information about the assembly is available at WHO’s documentation Web page.

The text of Leavitt’s statement follows:
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41. U.S. Entry-Exit System Hailed for "Unprecedented Results" (Dept. of State, 19
May 2005)
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that collects biometric and biographic
data from visa applicants and visitors to the United States has achieved “unprecedented
results” in helping identify criminals and other violators seeking entry to the country,
Homeland Security officials announced May 18.

Developed in response to a congressional mandate, US-VISIT (United States Visitor and
Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) -- an automated entry/exit system -- requires
most foreign visitors traveling to the United States to have two fingers scanned by an
inkless device and a digital photograph taken by immigration officials upon entry to the
United States. The program collects biometric data, such as fingerscans, and biographic
information from visitors at U.S. visa-issuing posts worldwide and upon their arrival at
and departure from U.S. air, sea and land ports.

In a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) news release, the agency said
more than 25 million visitors have been processed through US-VISIT since January 2004
without causing longer wait times. Over 590 criminals or immigration violators have
been denied admission to the United States because of US-VISIT, and the program has
led to 39 arrests, according to the release.

"In the past, criminals and others who were the subject of lookouts needed only a new
name to slip across our borders. With US-VISIT, fingerprints reveal the true identity
underneath any alias," said Michael J. Garcia, the department’s assistant secretary for
ICE, in the news release.

According to Homeland Security, the program aims to enhance security, reduce
opportunities for fraud and increase the integrity of the U.S. immigration system. The
entry component of US-VISIT was put into effect at 115 airports and 14 seaports January
2004, and is currently also in place at the 50 busiest land ports along U.S. borders. By
December 31, US-VISIT entry procedures are expected to be in place at all remaining
land ports of entry, the department said.

The release outlined several examples of biometric data, combined with quick analysis
and effective information sharing, that have led to the arrest of suspected criminals.
These results are directly attributable to enhanced sharing of biometric data and other
information between domestic and international organizations, according to the release.

With US-VISIT, many of the procedures for entering and exiting the United States will
remain unchanged, officials say. Upon entry, immigration officers continue to review
travel documents, such as a visa and passport, and ask questions about the visitor's stay in
the United States.

But now, when an immigration official electronically scans the visa in the visitor's
passport, the photo and biographic data collected during the visa application interview
become available on the official's computer. The visitor is then asked to put one and then
the other index finger on a glass plate that will electronically capture fingerscans. The
fingerscans are run through a database to verify identity and ensure that the visitor is
eligible to enter the United States. Visitors are also digitally photographed.
US-VISIT facilitates travel, according to officials, because visitors are no longer required
to fill out the arrival/departure information card. Biographical information about the
traveler becomes available when an immigration official electronically scans a travel
document.

More information about the US-VISIT program is available on the Homeland Security
Web site.

42. Chinese Counterfeits Hurting Industry in China, Experts Say (By Peggy B. Hu
and Berta Gomez, Washington File Staff Writers, 18 May 2005)

This article is one in a series on U.S.-China economic relations.

Washington –- Chinese counterfeiters and pirates do harm in countless ways, including
by holding back China's own innovators and entrepreneurs, according to the top U.S.
intellectual property rights (IPR) official in Beijing.

China has a glorious tradition of innovation that is greatly hampered by today's IP
[intellectual property] environment," Mark Cohen, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
(PTO) attaché, said from his office. "When piracy is reduced, the experience of many
countries and regions is that the principal benefactors are their own firms."

U.S. officials believe that ineffective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) hurts
both countries. Domestic innovators and investors will be discouraged from developing
new products if their hard work is likely to be stolen by IPR thieves. To remain dynamic
and growing, an economy needs innovation, they say.

The gains to China from improved IPR protection could be huge. Chinese innovators
filed only 1,782 international patent applications in 2004 under the Patent Cooperation
Treaty (PCT) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), yet this was an
increase of 37.8 percent over the previous year and the highest rate of increase for any
country, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

But, despite ample evidence of China's creative power, most experts agree that piracy is
eating away at the country's overall potential.
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