Docstoc

CABLE Gram Collecting and Broadcasting for Law Enforcement

Document Sample
CABLE Gram Collecting and Broadcasting for Law Enforcement Powered By Docstoc
					                                     CABLE Gram
                   Collecting and Broadcasting for Law Enforcement
                Subscription information available at www.cablegram.org
                               Publisher, Zhi Hamby-Nye


The CABLE Gram is a weekly publication started in July 2004, currently distributed at no
charge to members of the law enforcement, operations security and intelligence
communities. The CABLE Gram is produced by and is the intellectual property of Real
Trends, Inc. Please feel free to redistribute this issue of the CABLE Gram (in it’s entirety
only) to interested parties. If you would like to be on the CABLE Gram distribution list,
please send an email containing your name, place of employment, phone number, and
email address to zhi@cablegram.org Back issues are available online at
http://www.cablegram.org.


CABLE Gram Volume 3 Issue 40

11 July 2006 CABLE Gram™

Good Morning All,

In the Current Update:

FEDERAL
1. FBI: Three held in New York tunnel plot - Suspected ringleader posed as playboy,
professor in Beirut (CNN, 7 Jul 2006)
2. Priority Shifts to Foiling Terror Plots (AP, 9 Jul 2006)
3. Department of Homeland Security Launches National Infrastructure Protection Plan
4. DHS to distribute $400 million for infrastructure protection (By Chris Strohm,
CongressDaily, 7 Jul 2006)
5. Pondering the Costs of Terror Protection - A USC think tank takes a multifaceted
approach in assessing the risks of attack and determining the best defense (Los Angeles
Times, 10 Jul 2006)
6. National Guard Prepares for WMD Attacks within US (National Ledger, By Jim
Kouri, 6 Jul 2006)
7. Chairman of Joint Chiefs gives emotional testimony on immigration (AP, 10 Jul 2006)
8. Border field stages immigration debate - Dems denounce GOP move as political
theater (AP, 7 Jul 2006)
9. Lawmakers seek details on DHS plans for detainee surge (GovExec.com, 7 Jul 2006)
10. Flying the deadly skies - Whistle-blower thinks the state of U.S. aviation security
invites another attack (San Francisco Chronicle, Bill Katovsky, 9 Jul 2006)
11. Former FAA Special Agent Charges TSA In Misusing SSI (Aero-News.net, 7 Jul
2006)
12. Farmers Upset Over USDA Animal Tracing Program (KTHV, 10 Jul 2006)
13. Espionage is the real thing (NY Daily News, 9 Jul 2006)
14. American al Qaeda member lambastes U.S. troops (CNN, 7 Jul 2006)

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS
15. CA: Homeland Security Opens Reports Over Surveillance Claims (News10.net, 6 Jul
2006)
16. CA: Surveillance records show boat entered security zone at Diablo Canyon
Homeland Security office releases surveillance records (The Sacramento Bee, 10 Jul
2006)
17. CA: $52 million to protect food supply - Budget will beef up border inspections,
interior pest work (Capital Press California Editor, 7 Jul 2006)
18. CA: Bomb threat causes stir at fairgrounds (Siskiyou Daily News, 6 Jul 2006)
19. FL: Judge considers whether to release men charged in Mafia ring (AP, 7 Jul 2006)
20. GA: Corporate espionage has Coke shook up (AP, 8 Jul 2006)
21. IL: FBI hacked from Springfield (SJ-R.com, 7 Jul 2006)
22. KY: Local company will help U.S. track toxins (The Courier-Journal, 8 Jul 2006)
23. MD: 13 Cited for Protest at NSA Headquarters (AP, 8 Jul 2006)
24. MI: 2 linked to Michigan smuggling ring plead guilty to racketeering (WLNS, 7 Jul
2006)
25. MT: Computer Stolen From Mont. Health Offices (AP, 7 Jul 2006)
26. NY: U.S. to hike anti-terror aid for ferries, mass transit (Staten Island Advance, 7 Jul
2006)
27. NY: Bag Searches Become Routine on NYC Subway (AP, 9 Jul 2006)
28. PA: Officials in Chester County are working to establish contingency plans in the
event of a global avian flu pandemic. (Daily Local, 8 Jul 2006)
29. RI: Emergency-notification system ready to alert town residents (Providence Journal,
7 Jul 2006)
30. TN: Editorial - State's bird flu plan a sensible move (The Mountain Press, 10 Jul
2006)
31. TN: Flu pandemic plan prepares for potential 30 percent infection rate (AP, 8 Jul
2006)
32. TX: HPD, airport security at odds over incident - Man allowed to board aircraft
appeared to have bomb components (Houston Chronicle, 9 Jul 2006)

KEY PEOPLE
33. DHS names new operations director (FCW, 6 Jul 2006)
34. Wright named acting US-VISIT deputy director (FCW, 7 Jul 2006)
35. TSA Names Federal Security Director for Jacksonville International Airport(Comtex
Business Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge, 6 Jul 2006)

GANG ACTIVITY
36. Gangs Grow Active Online, So the Authorities Home In (AP, 8 Jul 2006)
37. MD: Triple homicide may have gang ties (Diamondback Online, 8 Jul 2006)
38. MA: Minister pioneered anti-gang model (Boston Herald, 7 Jul 2006)
39. OR: Clark officials join regional gang task force (The Columbian, 7 Jul 2006)
40. TX: East Texas Neighborhood Gathers To Stop Gang Violence (KLTV, 6 Jul 2006)
41. Guatemala: Organized Crime Law Foils Guatemala (Prensa Latina, 7 Jul 2006)
42. Japan: Gang boss arrested for leading weapons smuggling scheme (Mainichi Daily
News, 7 Jul 2006)

NARCO TRAFFICKING
43. MS: 11 arrested in cocaine roundup (Sun Herald, 8 Jul 2006)
44. NJ: 4 arrested, cocaine seized in Paterson (NorthJersey.com, 7 Jul 2006)
45. OK: Meth labs declining, but Mexican smuggling on the rise (KTEN Local News, 8
Jul 2006)
46. PA: Cocaine worth millions seized (Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 Jul 2006)
47. SC: Police seize $23K in cocaine, pot, pills (Myrtle Beach Online, 7 Jul 2006)
48. WI: 22 grams of cocaine seized during Sheboygan traffic stop (Sheboygan Press, 10
Jul 2006)
49. Half U.S. ecstasy comes from B.C. (By Jeff Nagel, Black Press, 7 Jul 2006)
50. Brazil police 'bust cocaine gang' (BBC, 7 Jul 2006)
51. Ireland: Three held in major cocaine raid (Ireland On-Line, 8 Jul 2006)
52. Namibia: Now Human Hair Joins Cocaine Smugglers' Bag of Tricks (The Namibian,
7 Jul 2006)
53. Vietnam nabs Australian couple for drug smuggling (Reuters, 7 Jul 2006)

CYBERTHREAT & THEFT
54. Security agency war game tries to teach Net defense (c|net, 10 Jul 2006)
55. Personal data exposed on Navy Web site (FCW, 8 Jul 2006)
56. FBI plans new Net-tapping push (c|net, 7 Jul 2006)
57. A Chronology of Data Breaches Reported Since the ChoicePoint Incident (Privacy
Rights Clearinghouse, updated 7 Jul 2006)

RESOURCES
58. Inadvertent Disclosures Of DOE Classified Info Drop Sharply (Contributed by Steven
Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, www.fas.org)
59. DOE Releases Historical Records Declassification Guide (Contributed by Steven
Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, www.fas.org)

OPPORTUNITIES
60. FCC seeks comments to improve disaster comms (FCW, 7 Jul 2006)

EVENTS
61. Join FAA, TSA, and Business Aviation Executives and Dealmakers at 11th Annual
Aircraft Transactions Forum in New York This July (PRNewswire, 10 Jul 2006)

FULL REPORTS
62. Navy says ships with missile-defense capabilities are in U.S. ports (Stars And Stripes
8 Jul 2006)
63. U.S. Participates in Workshop on Caribbean Natural Disasters (By Eric Green,
Washington File Staff Writer, 7 Jul 2006)
Take care,

Zhi Hamby-Nye, Editor
Henry Ziegler, Associate Editor
Electronic Distribution provided by Richard Forno and Bill Feinbloom of G2-Forward

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 zhi@cablegram.org –
please type CABLE Gram in the subject line.


FEDERAL

1. FBI: Three held in New York tunnel plot - Suspected ringleader posed as playboy,
professor in Beirut (CNN, 7 Jul 2006)
NEW YORK - U.S. and international authorities disrupted a plot by eight terrorists to
blow up a commuter train tunnel connecting New Jersey and Manhattan, the FBI
announced Friday. Three of the eight men are in some form of custody, and the rest have
been at least partially identified, FBI Assistant Director Mark Mershon told reporters.
The identity of one suspect, a 31-year-old Lebanese man, has been released. Mershon
said the plan was "what we believe was the real deal," a scheme involving al Qaeda
members on three continents.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/07/07/tunnel.plot/index.html

2. Priority Shifts to Foiling Terror Plots (AP, 9 Jul 2006)
NEW YORK - No one can know for sure whether an al-Qaida loyalist had what it took to
follow through on a suspected plot to bomb Hudson River train tunnels. He had no
explosives and no detailed plan, and isn't believed to have visited New York, authorities
said. But U.S. officials said they weren't willing to find out. "We don't wait until someone
has lit the fuse (to) step in and prevent something from happening. That would be playing
games with peoples' lives," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday as
Assem Hammoud's arrest in Lebanon was being announced. Policy makers and security
experts said the bust illustrates a shift in U.S. counterterrorism policy that has played out
in other recent high-profile cases, including the arrest of seven men suspected of wanting
to bomb Chicago's Sears Tower.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Z2AF1316D

3. Department of Homeland Security Launches National Infrastructure Protection
Plan
On June 30, 2006, the Department of Homeland Security announced its National
Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). According to the DHS, the NIPP "provides the
coordinated approach that will be used to establish national priorities, goals, and
requirements for critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) protection so that
Federal funding and resources are applied in the most effective manner to reduce
vulnerability, deter threats, and minimize the consequences of attacks and other
incidents."
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.dhs.gov/nipp

4. DHS to distribute $400 million for infrastructure protection (By Chris Strohm,
CongressDaily, 7 Jul 2006)
Homeland Security Department officials on Thursday announced that about $400 million
in fiscal 2006 funding will be made available to protect critical infrastructure sites across
the country, including transit systems, seaports and chemical facilities, through the
Infrastructure Protection Grant Program. Speaking at a news conference, the officials
made clear they have not made any changes to the grant program based on criticism the
department received after its controversial announcement in May of anti-terrorism grants
for urban areas. Those urban grant allocations included about a 40 percent reduction in
funding for New York City and Washington, D.C. Thursday's infrastructure protection
grant announcement revealed that the New York and northern New Jersey metropolitan
area will receive the largest share of funding for transit systems, with roughly $47 million
for rail security and about $5.5 million for intra-city bus security.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=34479&dcn=e_gvet

5. Pondering the Costs of Terror Protection - A USC think tank takes a multifaceted
approach in assessing the risks of attack and determining the best defense (Los
Angeles Times, 10 Jul 2006)
Should commercial airplanes be equipped to deflect shoulder-launched rockets? What
would be the financial fallout of a radioactive attack on Southern California ports? Which
bridges deserve the most money to bolster protections against Al Qaeda assaults?
Questions like those are being pondered at a federally funded think tank at USC, the first
of its kind in the country. Formally named the Homeland Security Center for Risk and
Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, it is better known as CREATE, an acronym at
odds with its mission to evaluate potential destruction. CREATE was the first of six
university-based research units, titled Centers of Excellence, established around the
nation since 2004 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And it is expected this
summer to be the first test case of whether taxpayers should keep paying for such
research.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?F5253236D

6. National Guard Prepares for WMD Attacks within US (National Ledger, By Jim
Kouri, 6 Jul 2006)
Denys Ray Hughes, 59, of Phoenix, AZ, was found guilty of Attempted Production of a
Biological Toxin for Use as a Weapon, Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device
and Possession of an Unregistered Silencer, by a federal jury in Phoenix. The evidence at
trial showed that Hughes grew castor bean plants and cultivated thousands of their seeds,
which contain the toxin called ricin. Hughes further possessed the necessary precursor
materials, as well as written instructions for extracting the toxin. The government also
proved at trial that Hughes possessed a destructive device, specifically, a pipe bomb, and
multiple silencers. A conviction for Attempted Production of a Biological Toxin for Use
as a Weapon carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both.
Hughes remained in custody after trial. Sentencing is set for Oct. 2, 2006.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_27266865.shtml

7. Chairman of Joint Chiefs gives emotional testimony on immigration (AP, 10 Jul
2006)
MIAMI - The nation's top general testified emotionally Monday about the importance of
immigrants in the military, recalling his father's struggles as an Italian immigrant and his
own service in Vietnam. Marine Gen. Peter Pace paused several times as he spoke at a
Senate committee hearing on immigration and appeared choked up as he discussed his
parents' hardships and his siblings' success now.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/07/10/immigration.military.ap/index.html

8. Border field stages immigration debate - Dems denounce GOP move as political
theater (AP, 7 Jul 2006)
LAREDO, Texas - A Republican-led House panel met at the Mexican border Friday in an
unusual field hearing that the chairman said he hopes will push the Senate to focus on
enforcing immigration law. "It's elementary that to defend ourselves against our
determined and resourceful enemies, our border must be secure," said Rep. Ed Royce, the
California Republican who chairs the International Relations Subcommittee on
International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/07/07/immigration.hearing.ap/index.html

9. Lawmakers seek details on DHS plans for detainee surge (GovExec.com, 7 Jul
2006)
Two House Democrats on Thursday called for the Homeland Security Department to
disclose more details on possible plans to buy or lease aging cruise ships to detain illegal
immigrants awaiting trial and deportation. The letter, sent to DHS Secretary Michael
Chertoff by Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., seeks all
documents pertaining to the Customs and Border Protection agency's potential use of
cruise ships to hold illegal immigrants, which was first reported by Government
Executive. It cited "costly mistakes" the last time the government rented cruise ships --
immediately following Hurricane Katrina -- as the impetus for a congressional review of
any plans to use ships again. In September 2005, the Military Sealift Command, acting
for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spent $236 million on three contracts
with Carnival Cruise Lines to house hurricane evacuees and emergency responders.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=34477&dcn=e_gvet

10. Flying the deadly skies - Whistle-blower thinks the state of U.S. aviation security
invites another attack (San Francisco Chronicle, Bill Katovsky, 9 Jul 2006)
Bogdan Dzakovic's story should alarm anyone who flies. He is a former counter-
terrorism expert with the Federal Aviation Administration. His job was to think and act
like a terrorist. Dzakovic was in charge of the FAA's Red Team -- a small, elite squad
who conducted mock undercover raids as terrorists and hijackers. It probed vulnerable
areas inside airports. With surprising ease and frequency during routine tests, members of
his team slipped bombs, guns and knives onto aircraft. Several days after Sept. 11, 2001,
the FAA grounded the Red Team, apparently because it didn't want to be embarrassed by
the team's findings. Dzakovic disagreed with this cowardly attempt to bury the truth. And
so he took the bold step of filing a whistle-blower disclosure in October 2001 with the
Office of Special Counsel, an independent government agency. That document -- the first
of its kind by an FAA Security Division employee -- set in motion a lengthy and costly
investigation by the inspector general.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/09/INGIVJPJR91.DTL

11. Former FAA Special Agent Charges TSA In Misusing SSI (Aero-News.net, 7 Jul
2006)
A former FAA staffer is charging that the TSA is designating many documents as
Sensitive Security Information (SSI) -- not to protect national security, but rather to hide
negligence, incompetence and potential liability. That's the word from former FAA
Special Agent Brian Sullivan, who also warned in May 2001 of the risk of multiple
hijackings starting from Boston Logan Airport. Now, he's joined with the 9/11 Families
United to Bankrupt Terrorism in urging the U.S. Senate to enact language in the House
DHS Appropriations bill that would end TSA's abuses and ensure that only truly sensitive
documents are labeled SSI.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?X5351336D

12. Farmers Upset Over USDA Animal Tracing Program (KTHV, 10 Jul 2006)
The USDA is implementing a new program that will give it the ability to know exactly
where the meat comes from that you're eating. In an effort to eliminate disease, the
program would require farmers to tag or electronically chip their livestock. A group
against this program spoke out Sunday in Conway. Bismarck farmer Anita Messenger
says, "We're losing our lifestyle with this. We can't function under this."
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=31009

13. Espionage is the real thing (NY Daily News, 9 Jul 2006)
Background checks, fingerprint scans and government-trained security agents manning
the doors - welcome to Corporate America 2006. Roughly $60 billion a year is lost to
industrial espionage because all it takes is one successful spy to alter the fate of a
company or even an industry, security experts told the Daily News. "Something like 70%
of a company's value is tied up in proprietary information and it's also where a company
is at its most vulnerable," said John Villines, an Atlanta-based security consultant.
"Today, if we had a threat level assigned to this problem, it would be 'red.' " Last week's
arrests of a 28-year-old Bronx man and two alleged accomplices - including an
administrator at Coca-Cola - for trying to sell the soft-drink giant's secrets to Pepsi
underscored the risks that even the most successful companies face.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/business/story/433677p-365292c.html

14. American al Qaeda member lambastes U.S. troops (CNN, 7 Jul 2006)
California-born al Qaeda member Adam Gadahn speaks out against U.S. troops on a
video that has been released by As-Sahab, the terror network's video-production outfit.
The video deals primarily with the London subway bombings of 2005, but includes a
five-minute speech from Gadahn, in English, in which the American lashes out at
allegations of war crimes recently leveled at U.S. troops in Iraq.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/07/07/london.alqaeda/index.html

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS

15. CA: Homeland Security Opens Reports Over Surveillance Claims (News10.net,
6 Jul 2006)
The California Office of Homeland Security released dozens of controversial intelligence
reports Thursday, just days after being blasted over the tracking of political protests.
Reporters were allowed to comb through more than 60 daily briefing reports prepared by
the State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center. The daily intelligence briefings contained
a wide range of material, including newspaper articles on the Iraqi war to historical dates,
such as Adolph Hitler's birthday. But on two occasions -- March 7, 2006 and April 10,
2006 -- the briefings listed dates and locations of political protests. One involved a San
Francisco animal rights rally protesting the hunting of seals, while others involved
demonstrations against the war in Iraq.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.news10.net/storyfull2.aspx?storyid=18600
16. CA: Surveillance records show boat entered security zone at Diablo Canyon
Homeland Security office releases surveillance records (The Sacramento Bee, 10 Jul
2006)
SACRAMENTO – Devlin Donnelly of the Chico Peace and Justice Center wants to
know why the state Office of Homeland Security received advance word of its April 18
anti-war demonstration in Chico. "I certainly think that our organization and
organizations like us should not be the concern of the homeland security office,"
Donnelly said. "We’re a peaceful organization. It’s quite a waste of taxpayer money and
violation of our rights." Apparently, California homeland security officials agree. On
Thursday, officials of the Office of Homeland Security (OHS) released four months of
daily security briefings and other documents in an attempt to show they are not
stockpiling information on political or protest groups. In so doing, they provided more
than 80 daily briefing reports mentioning bomb threats to bridges, security breaches at
refineries and a nuclear power plant and other suspicious activities.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/15006465.htm

17. CA: $52 million to protect food supply - Budget will beef up border inspections,
interior pest work (Capital Press California Editor, 7 Jul 2006)
Stronger pest programs, funds to fight invasive weeds and contingency monies for
emergencies related to bioterrorism, bird flu and other threats to the state’s food supply
are contained in California’s $131 billion 2006-07 fiscal budget. The budget gives the
California Department of Food and Agriculture a hefty boost in general funds, according
to spokesman Steve Lyle. “We actually picked up a 17 percent gain in our general fund,
which is a pretty significant gain, and some significant funding for programs that address
risks to the food supply, and to address animal diseases, plant diseases and exotic pests,”
Lyle said. The department’s budget includes $5.2 million for emerging threats such as
avian flu and bioterrorism, but Lyle said the funds could be used for any new emerging
threat to California’s food supply.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?A4ED1216D

18. CA: Bomb threat causes stir at fairgrounds (Siskiyou Daily News, 6 Jul 2006)
YREKA - A Santa Barbara man caused a stir in Yreka Tuesday morning when he
claimed that he had a bomb. It started at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon when the California
Highway Patrol stopped Ricky Layne Crawford, 46, by Ditch Creek, arrested him for
DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia, and took him to the Siskiyou County Jail.
“Crawford’s pickup, a white 1997 Ford F-250, was towed and impounded,” CHP
Sergeant Shawn Page said. “Fred’s Towing was called in for that.” Captain Julie
Hutchens, who commands the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office’s Corrections Division,
said that Crawford was booked and held overnight.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?J14C5216D

19. FL: Judge considers whether to release men charged in Mafia ring (AP, 7 Jul
2006)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A federal judge is trying to decide if five men suspected of
being members of a Mafia crime family should remain in jail pending trial. Prosecutors
say the five are members of the Genovese family. They're charged with extortion,
robbery, money laundering and other acts of racketeering. A sixth defendant was released
on a 100-thousand-dollar bond today. The case deals with 10 years of alleged criminal
activity, including murder. Thirty-two of the reputed members of the crime family were
arrested in February in New York.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=34902

20. GA: Corporate espionage has Coke shook up (AP, 8 Jul 2006)
It wasn't locked up in a bank vault like the recipe for its flagship brand. Instead,
prosecutors say, a new product sample at the heart of a corporate espionage case that
erupted this week at The Coca-Cola Co. was accessible to a secretary. The episode has
made Coke re-evaluate its safeguards for protecting trade secrets and other corporations
ask whether they should do the same, even as the secretary's lawyer wonders what all the
fuss is about. Experts say the important thing is tough employee screening.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?E43C2516D

21. IL: FBI hacked from Springfield (SJ-R.com, 7 Jul 2006)
A computer consultant formerly based in Springfield faces a year in federal prison on
charges that he hacked into computers at the local FBI field office, giving him access to
hundreds of user names and encrypted passwords, including that of the agency's director,
Robert Mueller. Joseph T. Colon, 28, used free software he downloaded from the Internet
to access the FBI's classified secret database, according to federal court documents. That
database contains, among other things, information about the witness protection program
and counterintelligence activities. The case is pending in U.S. District Court in
Washington.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.sj-r.com/sections/news/stories/90253.asp

22. KY: Local company will help U.S. track toxins (The Courier-Journal, 8 Jul
2006)
Emergint Technologies has won a contract to provide information technology services to
help two federal agencies respond to releases of toxic substances. The Louisville
company uses information systems to collect and integrate data for purposes ranging
from detecting bioterrorism to supporting medical researchers. It serves a growing roster
of federal, state and local government clients.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Y2DD5116D

23. MD: 13 Cited for Protest at NSA Headquarters (AP, 8 Jul 2006)
BALTIMORE - Thirteen anti-war activists were given citations Saturday for protesting
outside the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade. An NSA security
officer cited the activists for "entering into military facility for purposes prohibited by
law" and ordered them to leave the area, protest organizers and an NSA spokesman said.
They were ordered to appear in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to be arraigned at a date
to be announced. Twenty-five people participated in the protest, but only 13 who refused
to stop carrying signs were cited, said Max Obuszewski of the Pledge of Resistance --
Baltimore, one of those cited. They carried a banner reading "NSA Crime Scene" and
other signs protesting the agency's involvement in the war in Iraq.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?S69F2316D

24. MI: 2 linked to Michigan smuggling ring plead guilty to racketeering (WLNS, 7
Jul 2006)
DETROIT Federal prosecutors say two men accused of dealing in contraband cigarettes,
counterfeit Zig-Zag rolling papers and counterfeit Viagra pleaded guilty to racketeering
charges. Fifty-one-year-old Imad Majed Hamadeh of Dearborn Heights and 73-year-old
Theodore Schenk of Miami Beach, Florida, were among 18 members of the Michigan-
based ring named in the indictment. Each man faces up to 20 years in prison and a 250-
thousand dollar fine.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=5126384&nav=0RbQ

25. MT: Computer Stolen From Mont. Health Offices (AP, 7 Jul 2006)
HELENA, Mont. - A state government computer was stolen during a July Fourth break-
in at the offices of a drug dependency program, and officials were trying to determine
Friday whether it contained sensitive information. Many top officials in state government
were unaware Friday morning that a Public Health and Human Services computer had
been stolen from a state office building on Tuesday. The agency later said it took a few
days for the information to filter to top officials. "The wheels of government are not
always quickly moving, and it just took some time," said agency spokeswoman Gayle
Shirley. Shirley said police, a health information privacy officer and the agency director
were notified right away. But agency heads and key staff at the state information
technology division were not told until after an Associated Press reporter made inquiries
on Friday.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=104&sid=843138

26. NY: U.S. to hike anti-terror aid for ferries, mass transit (Staten Island Advance,
7 Jul 2006)
WASHINGTON - Counterterrorism aid for ferries in New York City would almost
double and funding for subways and metropolitan area commuter rail lines would rise by
$10 million under a plan announced yesterday by the federal Department of Homeland
Security. Agency officials insisted the increases do not constitute an attempt to placate
elected officials incensed by its decision this spring to slash 40 percent of the city's
funding from a separate program, the Urban Area Security Initiatives grant program.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?L15C2316D
27. NY: Bag Searches Become Routine on NYC Subway (AP, 9 Jul 2006)
NEW YORK - It was billed as a necessary counterterrorism tactic after the deadly mass
transit bombings in London: Anyone entering the city's sprawling subway system could
be subjected to a random search of backpacks, briefcases and shopping bags. One year
and countless searches later, the practice once thought of as a temporary imposition, with
the potential to trample civil rights, remains in effect and is barely causing a stir. "We
consider it a valuable tactic to use," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a recent
interview. "It's not a panacea, it's not a cure-all, but it's another tool in our toolbox."
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/4034635.html

28. PA: Officials in Chester County are working to establish contingency plans in
the event of a global avian flu pandemic. (Daily Local, 8 Jul 2006)
 Man-made and natural threats that occurred across the globe in the last 10 years --
including bioterrorism, SARS, terrorist attacks, tsunamis and hurricanes -- convinced
local officials that plans should be in place should bird flu in humans become the world’s
next great disaster. The great fear among people studying avian flu is that it could spark a
global pandemic in humans that rivals or surpasses the Spanish Flu of 1918, said
Charleen Faucette, director of infection, prevention and control at Chester County
Hospital. That strain of flu spread across the globe in three waves over the course of four
months and killed tens of thousands of people in this country alone, said Dr. John Maher,
director of the Chester County Health Department.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?D3CD2116D

29. RI: Emergency-notification system ready to alert town residents (Providence
Journal, 7 Jul 2006)
TIVERTON - Town residents should not be so quick to hang up the telephone receiver if
they hear an automated message on the other end. After all, it may be a message from
Police Chief Thomas Blakey warning residents about an impending emergency situation.
The town has recently implemented the "CodeRED" emergency-notification system that
can spread prerecorded emergency messages to select areas or to entire 15,000-person
community within 20 minutes. Messages could be sent regarding evacuation notices,
bioterrorism alerts, boil-water advisories or considerable traffic problems.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.projo.com/ri/tiverton/content/projo_20060707_tnphone6.170faf7.html

30. TN: Editorial - State's bird flu plan a sensible move (The Mountain Press, 10 Jul
2006)
The state has a plan in case it is hit by a flu epidemic, a plan that encompasses 205 pages
and deals with how thousands of health care workers and others hope to contain a virus
that may spread so quickly it can't be contained. With a divisive war, rising gasoline
prices, environmental challenges and a hot summer taking most of our attention, the
creeping reality is that the world may also soon have to get a grip on the so-called bird
flu. Most health experts fear it will spread beyond Asia and hit the United States. When?
Nobody knows for sure, but they seem united in their belief that it's coming.The state's
plan outlines how patients would be quarantined, how vaccine would be distributed and
how agencies would coordinate their efforts. Exercises are planned this winter. Local
agencies must turn in their own response plans to state officials.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Y3451236D

31. TN: Flu pandemic plan prepares for potential 30 percent infection rate (AP, 8
Jul 2006)
NASHVILLE - State health officials unveiled Tennessee's updated plan to handle a
potential flu pandemic on Thursday, outlining the way authorities and health care
workers would hope to contain and treat thousands of infected patients. The 205-page
plan outlines how patients would be quarantined, how vaccine would be distributed and
how local, state and federal agencies would coordinate their efforts. Exercises are
planned in the winter of this year, after local agencies are due to turn in their own
response plans to state officials. The new plan updates one from 1999 to comply with
federal plans and current diseases.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.thedailytimes.com/sited/story/html/260893

32. TX: HPD, airport security at odds over incident - Man allowed to board aircraft
appeared to have bomb components (Houston Chronicle, 9 Jul 2006)
Houston police and the federal Transportation Security Administration disagree over who
is responsible for allowing a man with what appeared to be bomb components board an
aircraft at Hobby Airport last week. Although the FBI eventually cleared the man of
wrongdoing, police officials have transferred the officer involved and are investigating
the incident while insisting that the TSA, not police, has the authority to keep a
suspicious person from boarding a flight.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4033752.html

KEY PEOPLE

33. DHS names new operations director (FCW, 6 Jul 2006)
The Homeland Security Department has chosen a retired U.S. Coast Guard vice admiral
as its new operations chief, DHS officials announced today. Vice Adm. Roger Rufe Jr.
started today as director of DHS’ Operations Directorate, the department’s secretary,
Michael Chertoff, said in a statement. Rufe brings extensive experience in joint
operations and incident management, Chertoff said. As operations chief, he will integrate
department operations and improve intragovernmental coordination, Chertoff said. Rufe
will oversee the National Operations Center, the successor to the Homeland Security
Operations Center, Chertoff said. Rufe will also be in charge of the Incident Advisory
Council, which will replace the Interagency Incident Management Group, Chertoff said.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.fcw.com/article95167-07-06-06-Web

34. Wright named acting US-VISIT deputy director (FCW, 7 Jul 2006)
The acting director of the Homeland Security Department’s program to screen foreign
visitors for potential terrorists today announced his pick for acting deputy director,
according to a DHS statement. Robert Mocny has chosen P.T. Wright to serve as the
second-ranking official in the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology
(US-VISIT) program. Wright will leave his position as US-VISIT’s director of mission
operations. He is also U.S. team leader of the technical working groups for US-VISIT
implementation for both the Canadian and Mexican borders. Wright has worked in both
DHS and the Treasury Department and started his nearly 33-year federal career with the
former U.S. Customs Service, working along the Mexican border. At Customs, he
developed policies for traveler processing.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.fcw.com/article95187-07-07-06-Web

35. TSA Names Federal Security Director for Jacksonville International
Airport(Comtex Business Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge, 6 Jul 2006)
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named
Edward J. Goodwin as the federal security director (FSD) for the Jacksonville (Fla.)
International Airport (JAX). Goodwin has been serving as acting FSD for JAX since
January 2006.

GANG ACTIVITY

36. Gangs Grow Active Online, So the Authorities Home In (AP, 8 Jul 2006)
LOS ANGELES - Some of the country's most notorious street gangs have gotten Web
savvy, showcasing illegal exploits, making threats and honoring killed and jailed
members online. The Crips, the Bloods, MS-13, 18th Street and others are posting
messages taunting other gangs, with potentially incriminating photos of members holding
guns and boasts of illegal exploits on personal Web sites and social networking sites. And
police departments looking to fight gang crimes have turned to these easy-to-find Web
sites for help.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/09/us/09gangs.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

37. MD: Triple homicide may have gang ties (Diamondback Online, 8 Jul 2006)
Less than 15 feet from the corner where three men were fatally shot and a fourth was
wounded Friday night in Hyattsville, a female vendor stands selling snow cones to
neighborhood children. Police tape still dangles from road signs, but at first glance the
Erie Street neighborhood where the shooting took place less than two miles from the
campus appears unaffected. Groups of its primarily Hispanic residents still congregate
outdoors, apparently unthreatened by the weekend’s violence. But Prince George’s
County Police have identified the neighborhood as one of the several hot spots for
violence within the county, and police are investigating whether the shooting was
connected to gang activity.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.diamondbackonline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/07/08/44afa3cb1a4ec
38. MA: Minister pioneered anti-gang model (Boston Herald, 7 Jul 2006)
In 1992, a year after Boston buried a startling 152 murder victims, many of them
teenagers, a pastor at a small Dorchester church, the Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III, joined
forces with other black ministers to form a coalition that would wage war on the front
lines of gang violence. And being on the front lines was not just a metaphor for Rivers.
During the years that that the group, the Ten Point Coalition, worked alongside the
Boston Police Department, Rivers’ house was shot up - twice. The ministers remained
dedicated to their mission - reducing the number of kids being killed - and became so
successful by 1998 that their work was dubbed nationally as “The Boston Miracle,” and
Rivers was featured on the cover of Newsweek.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=147270

39. OR: Clark officials join regional gang task force (The Columbian, 7 Jul 2006)
PORTLAND - Clark County joined 13 federal and local law enforcement agencies Friday
in launching a new metropolitan area gang task force. The task force will employ the
most sophisticated legal tools available to attack gang violence and drug dealing and
impede gang activities before the criminal organizations can develop and mature. The
legal arsenal will include state and federal racketeering statutes, drug statutes and career
criminal statutes.The Metropolitan Gangs Task Force, as it will be known, will begin
operations Monday in its base at the Portland Police Bureau’s Northeast Precinct, with
gang leaders the immediate target.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.columbian.com/news/localNews/07072006news41501.cfm

40. TX: East Texas Neighborhood Gathers To Stop Gang Violence (KLTV, 6 Jul
2006)
Thursday night members of a Southwest Tyler neighborhood showed East Texas, they're
prepared to stand up against crime in their backyard. In the past month, there have
been six reported shootings, police say are gang related. Their councilman, Donald
Sanders organized a town hall meeting tonight to inspire his citizens to get involved.
More than 100 people came out to learn how they can stop the gang violence. Chief
Swindle says this is the most people he's seen at a town hall meeting. Members of the
Tyler Police Department answered questions and updated the community on what's been
going on in their neighborhood. Several people got up and said the community has to
start with the children by educating them on gang violence.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5122293&nav=menu117_3

41. Guatemala: Organized Crime Law Foils Guatemala (Prensa Latina, 7 Jul 2006)
Guatemala - Another legislative week finished in Guatemala without congressional
approval of a polemical Law against organized crime, which continues at a standstill after
lack of agreement between parliamentary groups. According to Waldemar Barrilas,
Government Commission President, there is consensus on most articles, but the
authorization of undercover agents to fight bands of criminals is still pending. The current
project only establishes as requirement the will of an attorney to carry out covert actions
to locate criminals. Several opposition parties, among them the Esperanza´s National
Unity, National Advanced and the Patriot Party demand that it be a judge who orders
those operations. The Law against the Organized Crime has had a very irregular course
since March.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?U28F6216D

42. Japan: Gang boss arrested for leading weapons smuggling scheme (Mainichi
Daily News, 7 Jul 2006)
A senior member of a gang who led a large-scale weapons smuggling scheme has been
arrested for violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law, police sources said on
Friday. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has confiscated a massive number of
weapons including automatic rifles for military use from the storehouse of the gang, the
Matsuda-gumi, which is affiliated with the Inagawa-kai crime syndicate. Investigators are
grilling the high-ranking gangster, whose name was not immediately disclosed,
suspecting that proceeds of the sale of the smuggled weapons to other gang groups were
its major sources of income.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national/news/20060707p2a00m0na024000c.html

NARCO TRAFFICKING

43. MS: 11 arrested in cocaine roundup (Sun Herald, 8 Jul 2006)
GULFPORT - Gulfport police arrested 11 people Friday afternoon in a drug roundup in
which they found 72 grams of cocaine base and more than $13,000 cash. Roy Lee
Aultman, 55, of Gulfport was charged with possession of cocaine base with intent to
distribute. He was taken to the Harrison County jail under a $1 million bond. Robert Lee
Calhoun, 46, of Gulfport was charged with possession of cocaine base and a probation
violation. His bond was set at $25,000. Bruce Edward Kennon, 37, of Gulfport was
charged with possession of cocaine base, and his bond was set at $10,000. The charges
against the three men are felonies.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?W2AD2116D

44. NJ: 4 arrested, cocaine seized in Paterson (NorthJersey.com, 7 Jul 2006)
PATERSON - Four city men were arrested and $300,000 worth of cocaine was seized
following a three-month investigation by narcotics detectives from the Passaic County
Sheriff's Department. "This is a major step in breaking up a group of individuals who are
responsible for distributing drugs throughout the tri-state area," Passaic County Sheriff
Jerry Speziale said. Detectives with search warrants raided a house on North Sixth Street
and an apartment on East 24th Street on Wednesday afternoon, seizing 11 pounds of
cocaine and $45,000 in suspected drug proceeds, Speziale said.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Q3BD6116D
45. OK: Meth labs declining, but Mexican smuggling on the rise (KTEN Local
News, 8 Jul 2006)
TULSA, Okla. Oklahoma leads the nation in eliminating meth labs. But state officials say
meth smuggling from Mexico is their newest concern. Federal officials say the number of
meth labs in Oklahoma decreased 67 percent from 2004 to 2005, the largest decrease in
the nation. Officials credit Oklahoma's first-of-its-kind restriction on the sale of over-the-
counter allergy medicines that contains meth's base ingredient for the decline. But Tulsa
police say that as local labs have decreased, smuggling seems to have increased. Tulsa
police officers seized two-and-one-half pounds of meth on Wednesday in one arrest.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=5127384

46. PA: Cocaine worth millions seized (Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 Jul 2006)
Philadelphia police announced at an afternoon news conference yesterday the seizure of
bags of cocaine with a street value of more than $5.4 million that was being kept in a
storage facility in the Northeast. According to police, officers in the Narcotics Strike
Force received a tip indicating that drugs were being kept in storage in the 2700 block of
Grant Avenue. The police K-9 Unit then searched several units in the storage facility.
When the K-9 dogs spotted the drugs, officers obtained a search warrant, and on July 4
they found 48 kilograms of cocaine, police said. Several bundles of cocaine were
displayed during the news conference at the police forensic lab at Eighth and Poplar
Streets.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/pennsylvania/14982609.htm

47. SC: Police seize $23K in cocaine, pot, pills (Myrtle Beach Online, 7 Jul 2006)
Georgetown County police seized about $23,000 worth of drugs and arrested two men
late Thursday night during a traffic stop that started out as routine. Police pulled over a
vehicle on U.S. 17 for having a defective right brake light and noticed the driver trying to
hide something under his lap, according to a police statement. Police asked the driver,
Charles Leroy Alston Sr., of McClellanville section of Charleston County, to step out of
the vehicle and found a substance believed to be marijuana. Police searched the vehicle
and found a bag with about 92 grams of what they believe is cocaine, 22 grams of what
they believe is marijuana, 154 OxyContin pills, 22 pills believed to be Ecstasy, a digital
scale and a gun, the statement said.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/14990661.htm

48. WI: 22 grams of cocaine seized during Sheboygan traffic stop (Sheboygan Press,
10 Jul 2006)
A 40-year-old Sheboygan man was arrested Sunday night after a traffic stop of his
vehicle yielded 22 grams of cocaine, according to Detective Mark Kolosovsky of the
Sheboygan Police Department. Two Milwaukee teens were also taken into custody. The
man, pulled over at 12th Street and Georgia Avenue, is expected to be charged with
keeping a drug car, possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle while under the
influence of a controlled substance, police said.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?F2551236D

49. Half U.S. ecstasy comes from B.C. (By Jeff Nagel, Black Press, 7 Jul 2006)
Ecstasy smuggling across the B.C. border has exploded, according to a cross-border team
of law enforcers. “Blaine is a hotspot for ecstasy smuggling,” said Roy Hoffman, U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement assistant special agent in charge. “We’re seeing a
huge amount of ecstasy heading for points in the U.S.” He was among the officers who
briefed the Cascadia Mayors Council meeting June 30 in Surrey on the work of the
Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET), which pools policing efforts from both
sides of the border to bust smugglers.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.tricitynews.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=74&cat=23&id=685091&more

50. Brazil police 'bust cocaine gang' (BBC, 7 Jul 2006)
Brazilian police have broken up an international drug ring and arrested a man thought to
be the country's top cocaine trafficker, officials say. Luciano Daniel, arrested after a gun
battle on his ranch, is accused of smuggling 300kg (660lb) of cocaine paste from Bolivia
each month. Eight others were also arrested - four of them at the ranch. Some 150kg of
cocaine paste was found at the ranch, police said, as well as a laboratory for processing
the drug. "We have taken out of circulation the biggest cocaine supplier in Brazil,"
federal police agent Fernando Francischini told the Associated Press news agency.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5156868.stm

51. Ireland: Three held in major cocaine raid (Ireland On-Line, 8 Jul 2006)
Three men were in police custody today after gardaí foiled what is believed was a major
drugs deal in Dublin. Two kilos of cocaine – with a street value of 160,000 – and more
than 40,000 in cash were recovered during the operation at Blanchardstown shopping
centre, in the north of the city. The three men were arrested at around 8.30pm last night
and are being held at Blanchardstown garda station. The trio, all in their twenties, can be
held for up to seven days. One of the detained men is understood to be from the North
and linked to a major drug-dealing gang in Blanchardstown, it was reported.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=188379862&p=y8838x568

52. Namibia: Now Human Hair Joins Cocaine Smugglers' Bag of Tricks (The
Namibian, 7 Jul 2006)
A JOINT operation by Namibian and South African customs authorities and the
Namibian Police's Drug Law Enforcement Unit this week foiled an attempt to smuggle
cocaine into Namibia inside a consignment of human hair. A 21-year-old Angolan
national who is studying at the University of Namibia was arrested at the Hosea Kutako
International Airport on Wednesday in connection with the alleged plan to smuggle the
suspected cocaine into the country, Detective Chief Inspector Barry de Klerk of the Drug
Law Enforcement Unit said yesterday.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://allafrica.com/stories/200607070156.html

53. Vietnam nabs Australian couple for drug smuggling (Reuters, 7 Jul 2006)
HANOI - Vietnamese police have arrested two Australian nationals of Vietnamese origin
for attempting to smuggle 500 grams of heroin to Australia, state media reported on
Friday. The couple were caught at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City with the
heroin stuffed in small rubbing oil containers hidden in eight suitcases, the Cong An
Nhan Dan (People's Police) newspaper said. The man and his wife told police they were
hired by another man in Australia to transport the drugs, the report said. Trafficking of
more than 600 grams (1.32 lb) of heroin is punishable by death or life in jail in Vietnam.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?V2BF2516D

CYBERTHREAT & THEFT

54. Security agency war game tries to teach Net defense (c|net, 10 Jul 2006)
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency may be known for its stealthy
eavesdropping techniques, but it's going public with advice for how to train a new
generation to defend against computer threats. Representatives from the usually secretive
agency appeared at a SANS Institute event here to divulge "lessons learned" from their
latest cyberdefense exercise. The exercise, which took place over four days in April,
pitted students from the five U.S. military academies and the Air Force's postgraduate
technology school against "bad guys" at NSA headquarters. The NSA-sponsored
exercise, unlike other governmental attempts at bolstering cyberpreparedness, has been
regularly taking place for six years. Friday's public presentation, however, was described
as the first of its kind. (The Department of Homeland Security, the agency chiefly
responsible for safeguarding federal agencies' cybersafety, wrapped up its first large-scale
mock attack earlier this year, with an analysis of its results expected this summer.)
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,39374010,00.htm

55. Personal data exposed on Navy Web site (FCW, 8 Jul 2006)
The Naval Safety Center (NSC) said July 7 it had discovered that personal information on
more than 100,000 Navy and Marine Corps aviators and aircrew was accessible on its
public Web site and has since removed the information from the site. The Norfolk, Va.-
based NSC said the personal information exposed on its Web site included Social
Security numbers and pertained to current active-duty and reserve aviators and aircrew,
and could affect every Navy and Marine aviator who has actively served in the past 20
years. The same personal information was contained on 1,083 Web-enabled safety
program disks mailed to Navy and Marine Corps commands, according to an NSC
statement. The center’s Web site has been shut down since July 7.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.fcw.com/article95202-07-08-06-Web

56. FBI plans new Net-tapping push (c|net, 7 Jul 2006)
The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to
create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to
build in backdoors for eavesdropping, CNET News.com has learned. FBI Agent Barry
Smith distributed the proposal at a private meeting last Friday with industry
representatives and indicated it would be introduced by Sen. Mike DeWine, an Ohio
Republican, according to two sources familiar with the meeting. The draft bill would
place the FBI's Net-surveillance push on solid legal footing. At the moment, it's ensnared
in a legal challenge from universities and some technology companies that claim the
Federal Communications Commission's broadband surveillance directives exceed what
Congress has authorized.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://news.com.com/FBI+plans+new+Net-tapping+push/2100-1028_3-6091942.html

57. A Chronology of Data Breaches Reported Since the ChoicePoint Incident
(Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, updated 7 Jul 2006)
The data breaches noted below have been reported because the personal information
compromised includes data elements useful to identity thieves, such as Social Security
numbers, account numbers, and driver's license numbers. A few breaches that do NOT
expose such sensitive information have been included in order to underscore the variety
and frequency of data breaches. However, we have not included the number of records
involved in such breaches in the total because we want this compilation to reflect
breaches that expose individuals to identity theft as well as breaches that qualify for
disclosure under state laws.

The running total we maintain at the end of the Chronology represents the approximate
number of *records* that have been compromised due to security breaches, not
necessarily the number of *individuals* affected. Some individuals may be the victims of
more than one breach, which would affect the totals.

For tips on what to do if your personal information has been exposed due to a security
breach, read our guide.

The catalyst for reporting data breaches to the affected individuals has been the
California law that requires notice of security breaches, the first of its kind in the nation,
implemented July 2003.
www.privacyrights.org/ar/SecurityBreach.htm
www.privacy.ca.gov/recommendations/secbreach.pdf

This chronology below begins with ChoicePoint's 2/15/05 announcement of its data
breaches because it was a watershed event in terms of disclosure to the affected
individuals. Since then, the "best practice" has been to disclose breaches to individuals
nationwide -- in a sense, adopting California's notice requirement nationally.

In the meantime, at least 23 states have passed laws requiring that individuals be notified
of security breaches. For a list of states enacting security breach and freeze laws, visit the
Consumers Union web site here:
Security breach notice laws:
www.consumersunion.org/campaigns/Breach_laws_May05.pdf
Chart of security breach notice laws: www.perkinscoie.com/statebreachchart
Security freeze laws:
www.consumersunion.org/campaigns//learn_more/003484indiv.html
State security freeze bills pending in 2006:
www.consumersunion.org/campaigns//learn_more/002906indiv.html
And visit the PIRG site here: www.pirg.org/consumer/credit/statelaws.htm.

Congress is considering several bills this year in which security breach notices would be
mandated nationwide. See http://thomas.loc.gov. See also EPIC's bill-track list,
www.epic.org/privacy/bill_track.html.

Here are other sources for security breach information:
         •       Adam Shostack's blog,
www.emergentchaos.com/archives/cat_breaches.html
         •       Attrition, www.attrition.org/errata/dataloss.html (includes links to news
articles and offers free list-serve on the latest breaches,
http://attrition.org/security/dataloss.html)
         •       World Privacy Forum, Security Breaches in the Digital Medical
Environment (scroll to section D of testimony),
www.worldprivacyforum.org/testimony/NCVHStestimony_092005.html
         •        Security Breach Resources (Chris Walsh)
www.cwalsh.org/BreachInfo

Learn about security and privacy protection practices for your workplace. Read the
BBB's guide, "Security & Privacy -- Made Simpler."
www.bbb.org/securityandprivacy/SecurityPrivacyMadeSimpler.pdf

RESOURCES

58. Inadvertent Disclosures Of DOE Classified Info Drop Sharply (Contributed by
Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, www.fas.org)
Department of Energy classification reviewers at the National Archives examined over
2.5 million pages of previously declassified records earlier this year and found nine (9)
pages that they said contained classified information which should not have been publicly
disclosed, according to a new report to Congress.

This is a vanishingly small error rate of less than a thousandth of a percent, the smallest
ever reported by DOE since it began searching for inadvertently released classified
nuclear weapons information in declassified files in 1999.

This might be considered well within the boundaries of what is reasonably achievable
under a risk management approach to security policy.
Yet the DOE declassified document review program seems predicated on absolute risk
avoidance, in which no release of classified information, no matter how outdated or
innocuous it may be, is acceptable. And so the reviewers toil on, and public access to
historical records at the National Archives remains disrupted.

See the Twenty-First Report to Congress on Inadvertent Disclosures of Restricted Data,
U.S. Department of Energy, May 2006 (released in redacted form July 2006):
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/doe/inadvertent21.pdf

59. DOE Releases Historical Records Declassification Guide (Contributed by Steven
Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, www.fas.org)
The Department of Energy has released a redacted version of its October 2005 Historical
Records Declassification Guide, a document used by classification reviewers to
determine which information may be publicly released under the declassification
provisions of executive order 12958.

There are 15 categories of DOE national security information that are exempt from
automatic declassification, the Guide explains, including information on naval nuclear
propulsion, chemical and biological defense, space nuclear reactors, and much more.

The redacted Guide identifies topics within each one of those categories and indicates
whether they are classified or unclassified.

Some of the material is of broader interest and significance. Appendix B, for example,
provides a summary account of the history of nuclear weapons accidents, and explains
that any further information beyond what is presented there must undergo classification
review.

See "Historical Records Declassification Guide" (CG-HR-3), Department of Energy,
October 2005 (redacted version):
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/doe/cg-hr-3/index.html

OPPORTUNITIES

60. FCC seeks comments to improve disaster comms (FCW, 7 Jul 2006)
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on proposed rules that
aim to improve the country’s ability to restore its telecommunications infrastructure after
a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The FCC is asking for comments on how to
implement proposed rules that its Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane
Katrina on Communications Networks released June 19, according to a notice in the
Federal Register. The agency also wants suggestions for improving the proposed rules.
The FCC wants lists of major communications providers and infrastructures to enable
faster restoration of communications, the notice states. The notice also requests
comments on whether the FCC needs to collect the information to accomplish the panel’s
goals and is looking for ways to improve the quality and minimize the quantity of any
information collected using information technology.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.fcw.com/article95186-07-07-06-Web

EVENTS

61. Join FAA, TSA, and Business Aviation Executives and Dealmakers at 11th
Annual Aircraft Transactions Forum in New York This July (PRNewswire, 10 Jul
2006)
NEW YORK - The industry's most seasoned advisors will gather for the 11th Annual
Corporate Aircraft Transactions Conference, scheduled for July 24 to 25 in New York
City, to address current issues affecting business aviation today including: Part 125/135
Aviation Rulemaking Committee Recommendations; Updates on Regulatory Changes in
Business Aviation; FAA Guidelines on Aircraft Operational Control; In-House versus
Managed Aircraft Operations; Jobs Creation Act of 2004 on Aircraft Deductions; SEC
Disclosure Requirements; The Impact of Cape Town Convention on Business Aviation;
Several Case Studies on Financing & Leasing; and; What's Hot and What's Not in Pre-
Owned Aircraft.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060710/nym052.html?.v=50

FULL REPORTS

62. Navy says ships with missile-defense capabilities are in U.S. ports (Stars And
Stripes 8 Jul 2006)
ARLINGTON, Va. - As North Korea threatens to test-fire more missiles, the Navy’s two
ships in the Pacific capable of shooting down medium-range missiles are at port in the
United States, Navy officials said.

The Navy has two cruisers in the Pacific Fleet equipped with SM-3 missiles, capable of
shooting down medium-range ballistic missiles, but the ships are not in the vicinity of
North Korea.

The USS Shiloh and USS Lake Erie are off California and Hawaii respectively, said Jon
Yoshishige, a spokesman for Pacific Fleet.

“Since Japan is so close to [North] Korea, a missile from Hawaii could not get to an
intercept point in time,” a Pentagon official said in a Thursday e-mail to Stars and
Stripes.

The ships also are unable to shoot down long-range missiles, the official said. “SM-3
interceptors are designed to intercept short to medium-range missiles, not long-range
missiles. The missile defense for long-range missiles are the interceptors located in
Alaska and California,” the official said.
In June, the Navy dispatched two destroyers off the North Korean coast to detect and
track any missile launch. The ships are the USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Fitzgerald, both
forward-deployed to Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.

U.S. Northern Command believes it has all the sensors it needs in place at sea, on land
and in space, said NORTHCOM spokesman Michael Kucharek.

“So for defense of the homeland I think we’re comfortable we’ve got the coverage we
need,” Kucharek said on Thursday.

Asked why the Shiloh and Lake Erie were not closer to North Korea for the missile tests,
he said, “If we looked at the trajectory of the missiles, none of them posed a threat to the
United States or its territories.”

The Shiloh is slated to head to Yokosuka in August to replace the USS Chancellorsville.
Recently, the Shiloh successfully shot down a target missile during testing off the
Hawaiian Islands.

“Shiloh’s deployment builds upon the Long Range Surveillance and Tracking (LRS&T)
capability already in place in the Western Pacific, with the capability to intercept short-
and medium-range ballistic missiles using the SM-3 missile,” a Navy news release says.

63. U.S. Participates in Workshop on Caribbean Natural Disasters (By Eric Green,
Washington File Staff Writer, 7 Jul 2006)
Washington - Officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
participated in a workshop June 26-27 in Barbados on helping the Caribbean region
mitigate the effects of natural disasters.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) held the workshop as part of its
partnership with the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank on reducing the
Caribbean's vulnerability to natural hazards -- one of the biggest impediments to
development in the region. The IDB says the Caribbean, and in particular its small island
states, are exposed to hurricanes, tidal waves, floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic
eruptions, forest fires and droughts.

The workshop in Barbados discussed such issues as the direct and indirect effects of
natural hazards and their implications for macroeconomic performance in the Caribbean.
This topic included how natural disasters result in displaced individuals and communities,
exacerbates poverty and unemployment, and causes absenteeism at work. Natural
disasters also result in psychosocial trauma for the affected populations, and are
particularly hard on such vulnerable groups as women and the elderly.

Another topic involved the elements of disaster risk management, which encompasses
emergency preparedness and response to natural disasters, and rehabilitation and
reconstruction once the disaster has struck.
An IDB official said in an interview that many of the two-day workshop's participants
were senior officials from the Caribbean countries' ministries of finance and planning.
The goal was to have these fiscal officials consider disaster risk management in their
countries' national budgets.

The official said another major issue discussed at the workshop was the IDB's recent
approval of guidelines for a disaster prevention fund, which would provide for "regional
access" to funding programs against natural disasters in countries that are part of a nine-
member grouping called the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. The organization
comprises Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St.
Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands are
associate members of the organization.

The IDB official said workshop participants also included John Wilson, USAID's
development program specialist in Barbados, and Sidney Velado of USAID's Office of
Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) in Barbados.

Since 2000, the OFDA has provided $1.6 million to the Caribbean Development Bank to
establish a disaster-mitigation facility in the Caribbean region. The facility’s funding,
which ends in September, has supported activities that promote sustainable development
through reduced risk and losses from natural hazards in the eastern Caribbean states.

USAID's Adolfo Franco said in June 28 congressional testimony that with the Caribbean
and Central America situated in the "hurricane belt," the United States is building on
lessons learned in previous hurricane seasons to help reduce the effects of future natural
disasters in that region.

Franco, USAID's assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, said
previous hurricane seasons have shown the importance of USAID having in place "large-
scale infrastructure and rehabilitation programs," while providing emergency relief and
initial reconstruction assistance for the Caribbean.

Franco told the House International Relations' Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
that USAID's Caribbean hurricane experience emphasizes speed, self-help and "building
back better" to support people in their efforts quickly to recover, rebuild and resume their
path to sustainable development.

Another USAID official, Timothy Callaghan, told the subcommittee that the 2006
forecast in the Atlantic region calls for eight to 10 hurricanes, with four to six of them
projected to be intense.

Callaghan, the OFDA's senior regional adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, said
that even the best preparation cannot prevent the devastating effects of hurricanes. But,
he said, disaster preparedness and mitigation programs can work to reduce the loss of
human life and lessen the economic effects caused by disasters. (See related article.)
The full text of a press release outlining USAID’s preparation for the 2006 hurricane
season in Latin America and the Caribbean is available on the USAID Web site, as is
additional information (PDF, 4 pages) on OFDA's disaster preparedness and mitigation
programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

More information on U.S. policy, see The Caribbean.

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs,
U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

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. For any story that might be considered controversial or
“unbelievable”, we always ensure that more than one reputable news service has included
that story in its’ public offering. It is important for you, the reader, to remember that press
services around the world may interpret news differently than do press services in the
United States. It is equally important to remember that the readers of foreign press
services believe those news stories as readily as we believe stories from US sources. As
defense and security professionals, you know the value of understanding the beliefs of
people we are trying to either protect or protect our citizens from – it’s vital. We do not
endorse any particular publications or coverage, but we certainly feel you need to know
what’s being written.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:10
posted:10/17/2011
language:English
pages:26