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 Volume 1 Issue 18                                                                                    May 4, 2012
 
Weekly Recap
President Barack Obama marked the one-year anniversary of Osama bin-Laden’s death this week with an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, where he delivered a message that the war is winding down.  As reported by the media, documents seized during the raid last year were published this week and reveal the terrorist leader as having qualms about al-Qaeda’s capabilities, yet still hopeful for another major attack in the U.S.  While the killing of Osama bin-Laden was a major blow to the al-Qaeda network, the threat of terrorism in the United States still exists.  This week, five men suspected of plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge were indicted Thursday on three counts each, including a charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction to destroy property.  The five men, all described as anarchists, were arrested Monday when they allegedly tried to detonate what turned out to be an inoperable bomb provided by an FBI undercover informant.
 
At this time although there is currently no imminent or specific threat concerning the American Jewish community, we remind our member organizations to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.  As always, SCN continues to monitor domestic and global events and will issue notifications as warranted.
 
Paul Goldenberg
National Director
Secure Community Network
 Homeland Security
May 3, 2012
Homegrown Terror Isn't Just Islamist

Monday's arrest of five men accused of aiming to bomb an Ohio bridge raises disturbing questions about the attraction to violence of some contemporary anarchists. But it also offers critical lessons to Americans about the nature of the domestic terrorist threat they face—a threat more diverse in its ideological origins than commonly appreciated.
(Source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/03/opinion/brooks-bridge-homegrown-terrorists/index.html)
May 3, 2012
Waterboarded ‘KSM’ Gets His Day in Court

As the military court gears up to try the alleged Al Qaeda terrorist who infamously boasted he planned the 9/11 attacks “from A to Z,” the US may also find itself put on a trial of sorts — in the court of international opinion.  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — a Kuwaiti-born Pakistani who has also claimed he murdered American journalist Daniel Pearl — and his four alleged co-conspirators will go before a judge in Guantanamo’s “war court” on May 5 for an arraignment.
(Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120502/waterboarding-khalid-sheikh-mohammed-guantanamo-trial-9-11-mastermind)
May 2, 2012
NYC Subway Bomb Plotter Found Guilty on All Counts

A Bosnian immigrant accused of plotting to bomb New York's subway system as an "al Qaeda terrorist" has been found guilty on all counts, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.  Adis Medunjanin, wearing a black suit with a gray shirt and tie, gazed at family members as the verdict was read aloud in court Tuesday. His sentencing is scheduled for September 7.
(Source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/01/justice/new-york-terror-trial/index.html)
May 1, 2012
5 Arrested in Alleged Plot to Blow Up Cleveland-Area Bridge

Five men, including self-proclaimed anarchists, have been arrested in a sting operation in which they allegedly tried to blow up a bridge outside Cleveland, federal officials say.  The suspects tried to bomb the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Brecksville Station by remote control using C-4 plastic explosives, the FBI says. 
The plot was not tied to international terrorism, the FBI says.
(Source: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/05/report-5-arrested-in-alleged-plot-to-blow-up-cleveland-area-bridge/1#.T6KEMrNEh8E)
April 30, 2012
U.S. Deploys F-22 Fighter Jets to UAE: Officials

The United States has deployed sophisticated F-22 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates amid deepening tensions between Iran and its pro-US neighbors, officials said Monday. The US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, would not say how many F-22s would be sent to the Al-Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates. Military officers tend to avoid publicly discussing details of operations at the US air base.
(Source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/us-deploys-f-22-fighter-jets-uae-officials-233154971.html)
Middle East
May 3, 2012
Osama bin Laden was 'Plotting to Relaunch al-Qaeda with New 9/11-Style Spectacular'

Frustrated by a series of setbacks and a western world distracted by the economic crisis, the al-Qaeda chief wanted a sharply honed comeback, which is detailed across 175 pages of plans and memos sent between the top echelons of his terrorist network and released by the US yesterday.  To bring down the infidel "tree", bin Laden wanted disciples to "focus our saw on its American root", ignoring even its "British branch" to avoid wasting limited resources. He also called on lieutenants to abandon plans for moves into Iran and possibly scale back operations in Pakistan and Yemen.

(Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9244376/Osama-bin-Laden-was-plotting-to-relaunch-al-Qaeda-with-new-911-style-spectacular.html)
May 3, 2012
Bin Laden Papers Show Him Frustrated, Marginalized

The former al-Qaida leader was still planning attacks in his final day in Pakistan, but they were far beyond the capability of his weakened organization. And bin Laden was upset with the actions of affiliated groups he couldn't control. Documents found at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan reveal an al-Qaida leader who had come to feel marginalized and frustrated with actions taken by affiliated terror groups he had helped inspire.  The man responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks is seen struggling to limit attacks that killed mostly Muslims, and to keep the international jihad movement focused on what he viewed as the main target: the United States.
(http://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=151942066)
May 3, 2012
The Continuing Threat of Libyan Missiles

In March 2011, while many of the arms depots belonging to the government of Libya were being looted, we wrote about how the weapons taken from Libyan government stockpiles could end up being used to fuel violence in the region and beyond. Since then we have seen Tuareg militants, who were previously employed by the regime of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, leave Libya with sizable stockpiles of weapons and return to their homes in northern Mali, where they have successfully wrested control of the region away from the Malian government.
(Source: http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/continuing-threat-libyan-missiles)
May 2, 2012
Al Qaeda Magazine Calls for Firebomb Campaign in U.S.

The men who launched al Qaeda's English-language magazine may have died in a U.S. missile strike last fall, but "Inspire" magazine lives on without them -- and continues to promote jihadi attacks on Western targets, offering detailed advice on how to start huge forest fires in America with timed explosives and how to build remote-controlled bombs.
(Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-calls-massive-forest-fires-montana/story?id=16263981)
May 2, 2012
Al-Awlaki's Purported Last Edition of Terror Magazine Surfaces

A U.S. intelligence official confirms to Fox News that analysts are poring over what appears to be the last edition of the jihadist magazine Inspire from American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki -- as well as his cohort, Pakistani-American Samir Khan -- before they were killed in a CIA drone strike last September. The two men, described as the architects of a digital jihad which leverages social networking, had promised a new edition just days before their deaths in Yemen when their black Toyota truck was hit so many times by missiles that the metal melted onto the asphalt.
(Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/02/al-awlaki-purported-last-editions-terror-magazine-surface/)
April 30, 2012
Experts Believe Iran Conflict Is Less Likely

After a winter of alarm over the possibility that a military conflict over the Iranian nuclear program might be imminent, American officials and outside analysts now believe that the chances of war in the near future have significantly decreased. They cite a series of factors that, for now, argue against a conflict. The threat of tighter economic sanctions has prompted the Iranians to try more flexible tactics in their dealings with the United States and other powers, while the revival of direct negotiations has tempered the most inflammatory talk on all sides.
(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/world/middleeast/chances-of-iran-strike-receding-us-officials-say.html?google_editors_picks=true)
April 30, 2012
Egypt’s Popular Anger Shifts to Israel and Saudi Arabia

Egyptians are angry, say Arab commentators, and it’s not just because of unemployment, deteriorating security or the continued de-facto rule of the military.  Their ire is also very much connected to foreign policy, and specifically to the ties with two countries that have loomed so large in Egypt’s modern history: Israel and Saudi Arabia.
(Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-30/egypt-s-popular-anger-shifts-to-israel-and-saudi-arabia.html)
April 29, 2012
Weaker al-Qaida Still Plots Payback for U.S. Raid

A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil.  But the terrorist network dreams still of payback, and U.S. counterterrorist officials warn that, in time, its offshoots may deliver.
(Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hQU4s-2w-GC8I_n81-Z42oyoWi4w?docId=fa2d894fe768430cbdd69a9b5f49c60d)
 International News
May 4, 2012
Death Toll Climbs to 13 After Twin Blasts in Russia's North Caucasus

The death toll from two powerful blasts in Russia's restive North Caucasus republic of Dagestan has risen to 13, and at least 100 others were confirmed injured in the deadly blasts, local authorities said on Friday. Preliminary information showed that the first explosion took place at about 10:10 p.m. local time near a police post in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. The second blast happened about half an hour later, when rescuers, police officers and firefighters were carrying out relief works at the scene.
(Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-05/04/c_131568810.htm)
May 3, 2012
Germany: 4 Men Charged over al-Qaida Terror Plot

Four men were charged Thursday with membership in a terrorist organization for allegedly planning to carry out an al-Qaida attack in Germany.  The group's leader - 30-year-old Moroccan national Abdeladim El-Kebir - was also accused of undergoing training at a terror camp in the lawless Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, federal prosecutors said.
(Source: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2018131489_apeugermanyterrorism.html)
May 2, 2012
Fierce Clashes Erupt in Egypt Ahead of Presidential Vote
As least 11 people were killed after assailants attacked protesters staging a sit-in near Egypt’s Ministry of Defense early on Wednesday, setting off hours of clashes that threw the coming presidential election into disarray as at least five candidates announced the suspension of their campaigns to protest the deaths.
(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/world/middleeast/deadly-clashes-erupt-in-egypt-ahead-of-vote.html?_r=3&hp)
May 2, 2012
RAF Typhoon Jets Test London 2012 Security

Royal Air Force Typhoon jets have arrived at an airbase in London for a large-scale Olympic security exercise.  The aircraft will be based at RAF Northolt, taking part in eight days of training over London and the home counties until 10 May.
(Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17923359)
May 1, 2012
UK Police Arrest 7 Over Suspected Terrorism Funding
British police said on Tuesday that they had arrested seven people on suspicion of financing terrorism overseas and money laundering.  The six men and one woman were arrested in early morning raids in London, Welsh capital Cardiff and Coventry in the English midlands, police said.  The arrests were part of an international investigation into the illegal export of the stimulant qat to the United States and Canada.
April 28, 2012
Three People Held over Alleged Terror Plot in Denmark Jailed on Weapons Charges
Three people arrested in Copenhagen on suspicion of plotting a terror attack were charged with violations of weapons laws and jailed for 26 days at a hearing Saturday, the Ekstra Bladet newspaper reported.  The three arrested -- a 22-year-old Jordanian national, a 23-year-old Turkish national and a 21-year-old Danish citizen residing in Egypt -- were arrested Friday and provisionally charged with illegal possession of automatic weapons and related ammunition. They were thought to be in the process of preparing a terrorist act.
(Source: http://tinyurl.com/6symdfh)
 Risk Management
Aon's 2012 Terrorism & Political Map is Now Available
The map provides an indication of overall levels of terrorism threat in over 200 territories worldwide, as well as terrorism and political violence icons which indicate the specific threats to each country.
(Source: http://www.aon.com/risk-services/terrorism-risk-map/register.jsp)
 Crime and Safety
April 29, 2012
Anti-Israel Activists Target Jewish Students in UK

Anti-Israel activists defaced the Union of Jewish Students stall at the National Union of Students annual conference in sheffield, England this week, covering the group’s Star of David logo with boycott Israel stickers.  UJS staff discovered the vandalism on Tuesday - alleged to have originated from the group Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Anti-Israel graffiti marred the Jewish group’s stall, posters and banners.
(Source: http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=267920)
Travel and Personal Security
May 3, 2012
Terror Warning Issued for Tunisia

The Counter Terrorism Bureau (CTB) has on Thursday emphasized its recommendation to refrain from visiting Tunisia and has declared that the threat level in the country is now at level three out of four – which means a high level, concrete threat.  The travel advisory alert was published in light of intentions to carry out terror attacks in the country against Israeli and Jewish targets during the period of the Lag b'Omer festival, which will be taking place next Wednesday and Thursday in the city of Djerba.
(http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4224456,00.html)
April 30, 2012
Bin Laden Death Anniversary Prompts Increased Security

With the approach of the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, federal authorities have increased their vigilance at selected airports abroad by sending more security officers to monitor commercial flights into the United States, according to two government officials.  Among the concerns is that terrorists will ingest explosives and try to detonate them on a commercial flight, the officials said. “For a long time there has been a concern of attacks on aircraft surrounding the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death,” one official said. “There have also been concerns for some time that terrorists will put explosives in their bodies and explode them. These are being revisited at the anniversary, but there is no specific credible information about an attack.”
(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/world/bin-laden-death-anniversary-prompts-increased-security.html)
 Cybersecurity
May 3, 2012
Olympic Games 'Not Immune' to Cyber-Attack

He said attackers "would seek to disrupt the Games", noting that the Beijing Olympics saw 12 million cybersecurity incidents in 2008.  "We have rightly been preparing for some time a dedicated unit which will help guard the London Olympics against cyber-attack," he said.  "We are determined to have a safe and secure Games."
(Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17936050)
April 30, 2012
Microsoft Says Raid Damaged Cybercrime Operation

Microsoft and the banking industry on Monday provided a detailed, behind-the-scenes account of an operation they said disrupted a major cybercrime operation that used malicious software to allegedly steal $100 million from consumers over the last five years.
(Source: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9UFJOUO0.htm)
Security Tip of the Week
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
CPTED builds on these four strategies:
  • Natural Access Control (judicial placing of entrances, exits, fencing, landscaping and lighting)
  • Natural Surveillance (placing physical features, activities and people to maximize visibility)
  • Territorial Reinforcement  (using buildings, fences, pavement, signs and landscaping to express ownership)
  • Target Hardening (adding features that prohibit entry or access: window locks, dead bolts for doors, interior door hinges.
A CPTED analysis of a building evaluates crime rates and stability as well as core design shortcomings of the physical environment (e.g. blind hallways, uncontrolled entries or abandoned areas that attract problem behavior). The application of CPTED principles starts with a threat and vulnerability analysis to determine the potential for attack and what needs to be protected. In many cases protecting a building from physical attack by criminal behavior or terrorist activity only reflects a change in the level and types of threats.
Link of the Week
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
 
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