11 Jan 2006

Organizers Reject World Cup Risks

With about 150 days before the World Cup competition gets underway, the Stiftung Warentest, a watchdog group that inspects consumer products’ quality, has become involved in security inspections of the World Cup soccer stadiums, a move that is slightly out of their bailiwick and is raising the hackle of the

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11 Jan 2006

Haiti sets new date for election

International nation building initiatives have proven yet again to be inadequate for the enormous task of rebuilding Haiti . The security environment within Haiti has continued to deteriorate steadily since the forceful ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (see photo: UN Photo #UNE4543 by Michelle Poir?), with little progress being made

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11 Jan 2006

Haiti, Mexico most perilous for media

In a report recently issued, the Paris-based Reporters without Borders named Haiti and Mexico as the two most dangerous Latin American countries for journalists (source). The ability for journalists to report their findings free of persecution and/or intimidation is an absolute necessity for any nation that wishes to be considered

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11 Jan 2006

New Preparedness Directorate at DHS up and running

The GovExec article provides a review of the creation of the Preparedness Directorate and notes the first set of guidelines produced by the newly formed directorate. The purpose of the guidelines is to aid federal authorities in protecting First Responders from the effects of radiation during a radiological incident and

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06 Jan 2006

Terror Web Watch for January 6, 2006

Item 1: Terrorist Analysis of the Madrid Attacks Item 2: The Army of Ansar al-Sunna Releases New Edition of their Online Periodical Item 3: Strategic Discussion of Attacking Oil Infrastructure The Terror Web Watch collects intelligence through active monitoring of Jihadist and other threat group web sites, forums, and other

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06 Jan 2006

On IO Campaigns

ThreatsWatch is one of those sites that I’ve always meant to hit. They get a lot of play from other sites I visit, but for whatever reason I never got around to getting there. After reading about the digital scuffle between TW blogger Bill Roggio and the Washington Post, I

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06 Jan 2006

Clapper on the Outs

The Baltimore Sun reports that Gen (Ret) Clapper is dusting off his fishing pole: After clashing with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the director of the government’s third largest intelligence agency will be leaving his position in June, according to current and former government officials. For the past four years,

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05 Jan 2006

Alas, Poor Russ, I knew him Horatio . . .

The Washington Times updates us on the latest with former colleague Russ Tice: Russ Tice, a whistleblower who was dismissed from the NSA last year, stated in letters to the House and Senate intelligence committees that he is prepared to testify about highly classified Special Access Programs, or SAPs, that

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05 Jan 2006

It’s big in Italy

Just in case you thought CIA officers were in danger of not being able to set foot in Rome any time soon . . . The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. – because it would tend to support President Bush’s

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05 Jan 2006

More on Domestic Spying

I really enjoy reading William Arkin’s Early Warning blog. Our opinions on the intel business don’t always jibe (96Bs and 98Cs will never get along all that well) but in his latest post he hits what I think is a home run: And sorry for being cynical, but when I

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