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06 Jun 2007

Screening Iraqi Refugees

On May 29, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced initiatives to implement a strict set of newly created security procedures for processing Iraqi refugees into the US. By detecting terrorists possibly posing as loyal Iraqi refugees, the new guidelines aim to ensure a safe resettlement process for endangered

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06 Jun 2007

Foiled JFK Terrorist Plot Linked to Jamaat al-Muslimeen

Following the arrest of three suspects accused of plotting to target New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, United States federal security officials began to draw linkages between the terrorist plot and suspects and a radical Islamic organization based in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Known

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06 Jun 2007

Gaps in Private Security Guard System Poses Risks

Private security guards are a key component of protecting critical infrastructure in the United States, with such individuals providing security for some of the country’s vital assets to include water reservoirs, oil refineries, national laboratories, ports, mass transit terminals, as well as nuclear and chemical plants. As these individuals play

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06 Jun 2007

Egypt: Prospects for Democracy Continue to Spiral Downward

Between a series of sweeping arrests and one of the largest military trials in recent years, the Egyptian government is pulling all the stops on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the regime’s largest and most threatening opposition party. The upper house of Parliament, Shoura Council, elections are in less than one

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06 Jun 2007

Thinking Outside the Search Box: Can Google Predict a Terrorist Attack?

Nick O’Brien, an Associate Professor of Counter Terrorism at Charles Sturt University in Australia, recently noted that many residents of Australia appeared to be searching the Internet for bomb making recipes and instructions (source). “Bomb Making” O’Brien was using a new tool recently launched by Google known as ‘Google Trends’

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