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 Volume 1 Issue 17                                                                                    April  27, 2012
 
Weekly Recap
May 2nd marks the one year anniversary of the death of al-Qa’ida leader Usama bin Ladin who was killed in a Navy SEAL and Special Forces raid last year on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In advance of the anniversary, DHS and FBI have issued a Joint Intelligence Bulletin (JIB) to law enforcement and security partners across the country which addresses the potential threat from al-Qa’ida, its affiliates and allies and homegrown violent extremists as it relates to the one year anniversary of bin Ladin’s death.  The bulletin states that there is currently “no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al-Qa’ida, are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the 2 May one-year anniversary of bin Ladin’s death. However, we assess that al-Qa’ida’s affiliates and allies remain intent on conducting attacks in the Homeland, possibly to avenge the death of bin Ladin, but not necessarily tied to next month’s anniversary.”

This week saw a wave of arrests internationally of individuals suspected of plotting acts of terrorism.  Over a dozen individuals were arrested on suspected terrorism related crimes in Denmark, Britain, and Italy.  In addition, German police arrested three suspected Neo-Nazis.  While there is no indication any of these arrests are related to the one-year anniversary of bin-Ladin’s death, the number of arrests highlight the ongoing threat of terrorist and extremist related activity in Europe.

Also this week, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, SCN coordinated a security conference and DHS training program for over 150 people representing 58 different Federation, community, synagogues, security, and law enforcement agencies in metro Detroit.
 

As always, we remind our member organizations to remain vigilant, particularly in advance of and immediately following the 2 May anniversary of bin Ladin’s death to “maintain increased vigilance for indications of preoperational planning and suspicious activity.”  Furthermore, we encourage agencies and organizations to make use of a new DHS Awareness & Detection Training Webinar posted on the SCN website. Please visit the 'Link of the Week' found below to gain access.

Paul Goldenberg
National Director
Secure Community Network
 Homeland Security
April 26, 2012
U.S. on Guard for Attacks Ahead of bin Laden Anniversary

President Barack Obama has reviewed potential threats to the United States before next week's anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, but there is no concrete evidence al Qaeda is plotting any revenge attacks, the White House said on Thursday.  U.S. Navy SEALs shot bin Laden last year in a raid on the al Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan before dawn on May 2 local time, which was May 1 in the United States. The killing is touted by the Obama administration as one of its top national security accomplishments. "At this time, we have no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda, are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the anniversary of bin Laden's death," White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.
(Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/26/us-obama-binladen-idUSBRE83P15420120426)
April 24, 2012
FBI: No Hezbollah Camps in Metro Detroit

Speaking today at a law enforcement conference in West Bloomfield, FBI Special Agent Todd Mayberry, the head of “counter-terrorism” operations inside Michigan, insisted that there are no known active Hezbollah training camps in metro Detroit. Though there doesn’t seem to have been any good reason to imagine this was the case in the first place, a number of hysterical rumor campaigns relating to metro Detroit’s significant Lebanese-American minority had many convinced that Hezbollah was around every corner, and had local law enforcement concerned that they could strike if or when Israel decides to attack Iran.
(Source: http://news.antiwar.com/2012/04/24/fbi-no-hezbollah-camps-in-metro-detroit/)
April 23, 2012
Al Qaeda's 2008 Plan to Hit Long Island Railroad Revealed

New details emerged in federal court in Brooklyn on Monday of a plan al Qaeda hatched in the summer of 2008 to bomb the Long Island Railroad.  Bryant Neal Vinas, a confessed American al Qaeda operative who joined the terrorist network in Pakistan's tribal areas in March 2008, provided details of a plan for a suicide bomber to detonate explosives aboard a Long Island Railroad train as it entered a tunnel on the commuter line to create maximum devastation.
(Source: http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/23/al-qaedas-2008-plan-to-hit-long-island-railroad-revealed/)
April 23, 2012
Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Bombing on Crowded Clark Street Near Wrigley Field in September 2010

A Chicago man pleaded guilty today to federal charges for placing a backpack that he thought contained a powerful explosive device into a curbside trash container on a crowded North Side street near Wrigley Field in September 2010. The defendant, Sami Samir Hassoun, pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device, resolving charges that have been pending since he was arrested during the very early morning on September 19, 2010. The purported bomb was actually an inert device that was provided by undercover FBI agents who were investigating and monitoring Hassoun’s proclaimed determination to commit acts of violence in Chicago for monetary gain and to cause local political instability.
(Source: http://www.fbi.gov/chicago/press-releases/2012/chicago-man-pleads-guilty-to-attempted-bombing-on-crowded-clark-street-near-wrigley-field-in-september-2010)
April 23, 2012
Defense Department Plans New Intelligence Gathering Service

The Pentagon is revamping its spy operations to focus on high-priority targets like Iran and China in a reorganization that reflects a shift away from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan that have dominated America’s security landscape for the past decade.  Under the plan approved last week by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, case officers from the new Defense Clandestine Service would work more closely with counterparts from the Central Intelligence Agency at a time when the military and spy agency are increasingly focused on similar threats.
(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/world/asia/defense-department-plans-new-spy-service.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss)
April 22, 2012
Large-Scale U.S., Jordan Military Exercises in May to Tackle Threats, Terrorism

Top military commanders say the U.S. and Jordan will conduct a large-scale military exercise next month.  Jordan’s Petra news agency says the drills will involve 17 other countries. The goals are strengthening military ties and improving coordinated handling of threats, terrorism and crises.
(Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/large-scale-us-jordan-military-exercises-in-may-to-tackle-threats-terrorism/2012/04/22/gIQAtVkoZT_story.html)
Middle East
April 25, 2012
Iran Considers Halting Nuclear Expansion to Avert EU Oil Ban

Iran is considering a Russian proposal to halt the expansion of its nuclear program in order to avert new sanctions, the country’s envoy in Moscow said.  “We need to study this proposal and to establish on what basis it has been made,” Ambassador Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said in an interview at the Iranian embassy in Moscow today. The Russian plan, announced by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov last week, would allow Iran to avoid a European Union ban on its crude that is scheduled to come into force in July.
(Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-25/iran-considers-halting-nuclear-expansion-to-avert-eu-oil-embargo.html)
April 25, 2012
Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile as Arms Race Intensifies

Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Wednesday, the military said, less than a week after rival India tested a missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads as far as Beijing and Eastern Europe. Pakistan's Shaheen-1A is an intermediate range ballistic missile, capable of reaching targets in India. A defense official told NBC News that it had a range of about 1500 km (932 miles).
(Source: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/25/11384834-pakistan-tests-nuclear-capable-missile-as-arms-race-intensifies?lite)
April 25, 2012
Egypt-Israel Tensions on the Rise

Israel celebrates its 64th year of independence Thursday greatly satisfied with its political stability and achievements in many fields. But Israel is also looking beyond scheduled June presidential elections in Egypt and wondering what its future relations will be with an Egypt dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.
(Source: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/egypt-israel-tensions-on-the-rise-148835935.html)
April 24, 2012
FBI Chief in Yemen, Drone Kills AQAP Leader

FBI director Robert Mueller visited Yemen on Tuesday, pledging to help quell an Islamist insurgency, as security and government sources said a drone had killed a prominent al Qaeda leader linked to an attack on a French oil tanker. In a meeting with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who took office earlier this year, Mueller promised the United States would support Yemen "with full force" in all respects.
(Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/24/us-yemen-idUSBRE83N0XB20120424?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29)
April 21, 2012
Massive Terror Attack Foiled in Afghanistan: Officials

Afghan security forces have arrested five militants with 10 metric tons (11 tons) of explosives that they had brought from Pakistan to use to carry out a massive attack in Kabul, as well as another three planning an assassination attempt against the vice president, an official said Saturday.
(Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/massive-terror-attack-foiled-afghanistan-officials-article-1.1065331)
 International News
April 27, 2012
Ukraine blasts injure 27; Terrorism Suspected

Four blasts within minutes rocked the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk Friday, injuring at least 27 people, including nine children, in what prosecutors believed was a terrorist attack, officials said.  Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Yulia Yershova said the first blast occurred at a tramway stop in the centre of Dnipropetrovsk, injuring 13 people. The second injured 11 people near a school, including the nine children, while the third wounded three near a railway station. A fourth blast was also heard in the city centre, Yershova said. It was unclear whether anybody was injured.
(Source: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1169108--ukraine-blasts-injure-27-terrorism-suspected)
April 27, 2012
Danish Police Arrest Three Accused of Planning Terrorism

The Danish authorities said on Friday that they had arrested three men accused of planning a terrorist operation and of illegal possession of firearms. The Danish intelligence agency, PET, said the men, seized at two locations, were a 22-year-old Jordanian citizen, and a 23-year-old Turkish national, both living in Denmark, and a 21-year-old Dane, who lives in Egypt. The men are to appear in court on Saturday to determine whether they will remain in custody.
(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/28/world/europe/denmark-three-accused-of-planning-terrorism.html?_r=1)
April 25, 2012
3 Arrested as Germany Cracks Down on Neo-Nazi Extremists

Three suspected neo-Nazis were arrested in Germany early Wednesday after 100 security officers raided the offices of a right-wing political party and the homes of more than a dozen alleged extremists, police told NBC News. The raids in the northwestern cities of Radevormwald, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal and Essen were part of a new investigation focusing on leaders of a far-right group called “Freundeskreis Rade,” police said. The three suspects were due to be brought before a judge later on Wednesday. Police and state prosecutors allege they have been linked to "significant crimes."
(Source: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/25/11386917-3-arrested-as-germany-cracks-down-on-neo-nazi-extremists?lite)
April 24, 2012
Panetta: Violent Extremism Threatens Latin America

Even in a region where some of the United States’ closest military partners are steadily improving national stability and security, the threat of violent extremism is spreading, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here yesterday.  During a weeklong trip that includes stops in Bogota, Colombia; Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile, the secretary is meeting with military and political leaders to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to help with common defense challenges. Increasingly, one of those challenges involves violent extremist organizations and the growing engagement of Iran in the region.
(Source: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116071)
April 24, 2012
Five Men Arrested in Luton Anti-Terror Raid

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, Scotland Yard has said.  They were arrested at separate addresses in Luton, Beds, in an "intelligence-led" operation, the Metropolitan Police added.  The men, aged between 21 and 35, are being held at a London police station.  The BBC understands there was no imminent threat to the UK, but the arrests are described as significant.
(Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17825583)
April 23, 2012
Italian Man Arrested as Italy Cracks Down on Islamic Extremist Network Supporting Terrorism

Police arrested an Italian man Monday in a crackdown in several Italian cities on an Islamic extremist network suspected of supporting international terrorism.  Alfonso Polverino, an anti-terrorism police official in Cagliari, Sardinia, said the man was arrested in Pesaro, an Adriatic sea town. Polverino told Sky TG24 TV that the man was suspected of training Islamic extremists.
(Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/euro pe/italian-man-arrested-as-italy-cracks- down-on-islamic-extremist-network-suppor ting-terrorism/2012/04/23/gIQAuzwSbT_sto ry.html)
April 20, 2012
3 Arrested at Heathrow on Suspicions of Terrorism

Three men have been arrested at Heathrow Airport and held on suspicion of “possessing articles and documents with intent to use them for terrorist purposes overseas,” the police said on Friday.  The suspects, residents of Britain’s second-largest city, Birmingham, were arrested Thursday night as they arrived from Oman. The police did not release their names.
(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/world/europe/terrorism-suspicions-lead-to-3-arrests-at-heathrow.html?_r=1)
 Risk Management
April 24, 2012
Civil Unrest Drives Downgrades in 37 Countries in Aon's Annual Risk Assessment of Global Terrorism and Political Violence

The continued effects of the global economic crisis were very much in evidence in 2011. As austerity measures and spending cuts took hold, civil unrest, riots, strikes and student protests were witnessed across large parts of Europe. This led to 43 percent of the downgrades in Aon's 2012 map. The UK, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain were all downgraded from low risk to medium risk. Dramatic political change in the Arab world continued to cause aftershocks in that region and beyond. Authoritarian governments in Africa and Asia took measures to protect themselves from similar challenges as civil unrest, property damage and localized protests continued in the Middle East and North Africa. Meanwhile, terrorism remains relevant to the security of businesses, with 46 percent of all countries assessed possessing the risk of terrorist incident icon.
(Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/civil-unrest-drives-downgrades-in-37-countries-in-aons-annual-risk-assessment-of-global-terrorism-and-political-violence-2012-04-24)
 Crime and Safety
April 24, 2012
Racist Graffiti Spray Painted in Lady Lake Neighborhood

Lake deputies are investigating a rash of racist graffiti in a Lady Lake neighborhood, where a home, a fence and several cars were spray painted with a racial slur and swastikas, sheriff's officials said today. The racist graffiti was spray painted on Pine Street sometime overnight between Friday and Saturday, Sgt. Jim Vachon said. One of the victims first noticed the graffiti Saturday morning.
(Source: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-24/news/os-racist-graffiti-lady-lake-20120424_1_racist-graffiti-racial-slur-swastikas)
April 20, 2012
Springs Jewish Temple Vandalized on Hitler's Birthday

Vandals painted swastikas on walls, signs and doors of a Colorado Springs Jewish temple early Friday in an apparent hate crime in honor of Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
(Source: http://www.gazette.com/articles/hitler-137254-jewish-temple.html)
Travel and Personal Security
April 24, 2012
U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Ivory Coast

The United States has warned its citizens of the risks of travel to Ivory Coast. U.S. citizens who reside in or travel to that African country should monitor conditions carefully, maintain situational awareness, and pay very close attention to their personal security, the State Department said in a Travel Warning on Monday.
(Source: http://www.rttnews.com/1866620/us-issues-travel-warning-for-ivory-coast.aspx?type=usp&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=sitemap)
April 23, 2012
U.S. Embassy Warns of Nairobi Terror Plot

The US Embassy in Nairobi has warned of impending terror attacks targeting hotels in Nairobi and government buildings.  An advisory from the embassy said the timing of the attacks was unclear, but intelligence information showed the planning was in the final stages.
(Source: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2012/04/us-embassy-warns-of-nairobi-terror-plot/)
April 22, 2012
Israelis Warned to Leave Sinai Immediately over Terror Threat

Israel's National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau urged Israelis to leave the Sinai Peninsula immediately.  The severe travel warning issued Saturday called on Israelis in the Sinai to "leave immediately and return home." Families of Israelis in the Sinai also were told to contact their loved ones and tell them of the warning. The bureau also recommended that Israelis continue to refrain from traveling to Sinai.
(Source: http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/04/22/3093466/israelis-warned-to-leave-sinai-immediately-over-terror-threat)
 Cybersecurity
April 25, 2012
Al-Qaeda Seeks Cyber-Attack Skills, U.S. Official Says

Al-Qaeda operatives are seeking the capability to stage cyber attacks against U.S. networks, the intelligence chief of the U.S. Cyber Command said.  While it’s “accurate today,” that the terrorist group isn’t close to having such a capacity, “how fast that can change is my concern,” Rear Admiral Samuel Cox said at a conference yesterday in Arlington, Virgina.
(Source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-25/al-qaeda-seeks-cyber-attack-skills-u-dot-s-dot-official-says)
April 24, 2012
U.S. Warns of 'Catastrophic Cyber-Attack' from China, North Korea or Al Qaida

A catastrophic cyber-attack could strike the US in the near future, according to a US representative.  Mike Rogers, chairman of the Committee on Intelligence, said foreign countries and terrorist organisations were a growing threat to American infrastructure and private businesses.  China is mainly to blame for stealing intellectual property from US businesses whereas North Korea and Al Qaida are responsible for cyber-related crimes.
(Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/332560/20120424/warned-possible-catastrophic-cyber-attack.htm)
April 23, 2012
Iranian Oil Terminal 'Offline' After 'Malware Attack'

Iran has been forced to disconnect key oil facilities after suffering a malware attack on Sunday, say reports.  The computer virus is believed to have hit the internal computer systems at Iran's oil ministry and its national oil company.
(Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17811565)
April 23, 2012
Cybersecurity Bills Aim to Prevent 'Digital Pearl Harbor'

Cybercrime isn't just a threat to your bank account or personal computer -- it's an issue of national security.  Foreign spies and organized criminals are inside of virtually every U.S. company's network. The government's top cybersecurity advisors widely agree that cyber criminals or terrorists have the capability to take down the country's critical financial, energy or communications infrastructure.
(Source: http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/23/technology/cybersecurity-bills/?source=cnn_bin)
Security Tip of the Week
Evacuation Planning
Whether the danger is from fire, bomb threat or something else, an effective evacuation strategy is one of the most critical components of life safety preparedness.  Evacuation systems contain the following elements:

1.  Emergency escape routes, whether evacuation will be from the entire building or a section of it;
2.  Naming and training an evacuation team responsible for command, communication, supervision, first aid and searching the premises;
3.  Procedures for employees who must remain to operate critical equipment;
4.  Procedures to account for staff, students, clients and visitors;
5.  Communication devices and alternative, back-up methods to initiate the evacuation; and

6.  Communication devices and alternative, back-up methods to contact the fire or police departments.
7.  Rehearsal, drill and evaluation.

(Source: Emergency Planning: Disaster and Crisis Response Systems for Jewish Organizations) 
Link of the Week
SCN ANNOUNCES NEW DHS AWARENESS & DETECTION TRAINING WEBINAR
https://connect.hsin.gov/p37681216/
 
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