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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) Zhi The CABLE Gram is a weekly publication, distributed in PDF format and is currently included as a benefit of membership in the OPSEC Professionals Society and the National Military Intelligence Association. Issues covered in the CABLE Gram include: Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, Terrorism, Federal Law Enforcement, First Responders, Money Laundering, Identity Theft, NBC Weapons, Cybercrimes, Smuggling, Narco Trafficking, Hazardous Materials and other related topics. We search the topics and Websites that you request, so it is important for you to provide feedback. We are in our infancy and the CABLE Gram will be as useful as you help make it. Please let us know the topics and keywords that will assist you in your professional endeavors. Send all comments and suggestions to email@example.com – please type CABLE Gram in the subject line. Please forward the CABLE Gram to all people you feel will find it useful! 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/index.php?nid=78&sid=261319 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://federaltimes.com/index2.php?S=855814 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.fcw.com/article88915-05-19-05-Web 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/19/politics/19terror.html?th&emc=th 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/05/19/planes.diverted.ap/index.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050518/dcw072.html?.v=7 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/05/17/air.cargo.security/index.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050519/phth039.html?.v=10 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://news.lycos.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=1036435 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0505/051805dk1.htm 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/17/childporn.regs/index.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/17/posada.arrest/index.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?issue_date=05-18-2005&ID=2005103105 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/17/idaho.amber/index.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://makeashorterlink.com/?K18325A1B 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://kdka.com/local/local_story_138115500.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://22.214.171.124/news/default.asp?mode=shownews&id=8626 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.thedailyitemoflynn.com/news/view.bg?articleid=9102 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5411630.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/051905_NW_knightdale.html 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." CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://makeashorterlink.com/?E2A346A1B 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://makeashorterlink.com/?T1B331A1B 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.westernfrontonline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/05/17/428a3c6c149b2 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/19/international/americas/19colombia.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailheadlines.asp?fileid=20050519.A06&irec=5 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1260&storyid=3145240 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15339935-1702,00.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://makeashorterlink.com/?B5C312A1B 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://news4colorado.com/localnews/local_story_139113714.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.medadnews.com/News/index.cfm?articleid=241191 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://makeashorterlink.com/?W2E313A1B 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.news.gc.ca/cfmx/CCP/view/en/index.cfm?articleid=147409 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/05/17/amber.alert.cell.phones.ap/index.html 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.fcw.com/article88907-05-19-05-Web 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=47666 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.fcw.com/article88913-05-19-05-Web 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) CABLE Gram Suggested URL: 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/index.php?nid=78&sid=261643 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: CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://makeashorterlink.com/?W5F325A1B 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. CABLE Gram Suggested URL: http://makeashorterlink.com/?F40252C1B ABOUT CABLE GRAM SOURCES The CABLE Gram is intended to be non-biased in its news coverage and we strive to use sources that we consider reliable. 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