The InfraGard Holiday event at Riverbend Country Club was a great way to network with other chapter members. We would also like to thank Alert Logic for sponsoring the event. Here are a few photos of the event.
A 31-year old Swede was arrested after ahothorities discovered he was preparing to build a nuclear reactor in his apartment's kitchen; he already had some radioactive material -- ordered from overseas -- and material acquired by taking apart a domestic fire alarm; he was discovered when he called the Swedish Radiation Authority to inquire whether it was legal to construct a nuclear reactor at home.
The National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center (NHMFC) provides responders, throughout the U.S., an information sharing capability previously not available to first responders.
The NHMFC Website (www.hazmatfc.com) was demonstrated during the EPA, Region 6, HotZone Conference in Houston, Texas. The internet portal not only provides responders an opportunity to report information on HazMat incidents, but also provides a number of easy to use resources.
DALLAS—Hosam Maher Husein Smadi pleaded guilty today before U.S.
District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to a felony offense related to his
attempted bombing of a downtown Dallas skyscraper in September 2009,
announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of
“Today’s guilty plea
underscores the continuing threat we face from lone actors who,
although not members of any international terrorist organization, are
willing to carry out acts of violence in this country to further the
terrorist cause. I applaud the many agents, analysts and prosecutors
responsible for this successful investigation and prosecution,” said
David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
“The facts disclosed today and Smadi’s plea make it clear his intention was to kill American citizens.
Smadi knowingly took possession of a truck that contained a weapon of
mass destruction, specifically a destructive device or bomb. The truck
with the bomb inside was a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.
Smadi believed that this was an active weapon of mass destruction, and
while it was inert when Smadi took possession of it, it was a
readily-convertible weapon of mass destruction.
Senior Homeland Security Department and Boeing Co. officials today
defended the Secure Border Initiative Network as a program that is
providing urgently needed capabilities despite delays, technical
glitches and growing costs.
“The feedback we are getting is very positive,” Borkowski said. “It
is very encouraging.”
Michael Fisher, acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, agreed with
that assessment. “With respect to SBInet in Tucson-1, what we are seeing
is that we are doing it right,” Fisher said at the hearing.
Several influential entertainment industry trade groups, including the
Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry
Association of America and the Screen Actors Guild, seem to think that
the nation's security is at risk because of DVD and CD piracy.
Not so, says Pat Reilly, spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement, a department within the Department of Homeland
Still, there's a question of whether the MPAA and RIAA are hogging up
government resources for their own interests. The RIAA, has filed
thousands of lawsuits against John Does, which often
amount to woefully tiny settlements, if the lawsuits aren't ignored
altogether. Further, some question the legality of the RIAA's legal
tactics. In one complaint filed against music labels Sony, Electra, BMG
and Motown, Shahanda Noelle Moursy argued that the record companies are "abusing
the federal court judicial system for the purpose of waging a
public relations and public threat campaign targeting digital file
The White House has warned state and local governments not to expect a "significant federal response" at the scene of a terrorist nuclear attack for 24 to 72 hours after the blast, according to a planning guide.
President Obama told delegates from 47 nations at the Nuclear Security Summit on Tuesday that it would be a "catastrophe for the world" if al-Qaeda or another terrorist group got a nuclear device, because so many lives would be lost and it would be so hard to mitigate damage from the blast.
The chaos that would inevitably follow such a blast would make it difficult for the federal government to react quickly. "Emergency response is principally a local function," the document says, though "federal assistance will be mobilized as rapidly as possible."
Russia was in shock Monday after militants bombed two subway stations during morning rush hour, killing 38 people and injuring 102. It was the worst attack in Moscow since the February 2004 suicide bombings that killed at least 39 people on a subway train. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered security beefed up on subways, train stations and airports across the country, adding that Moscow would "fight terror without hesitation until the end." The Moscow metro, built in the 1930s, has in the past been a popular terror target: Armenian separatists first attacked it in 1997.
Is it metal, is it a wireless communication device, is it an inventory system, is it a storm tracking device, is it a clothing store purchasing system, is it a Private Investigator - no it is Nanotechnology!
Nanotechnology, the miracle material, is about to take on a new role—fighting pirates who plunder cargo ships in places such as the coast of Somalia and the Strait of Malacca. A great example of Nanotechnology is the Piranha unmanned surface vessel (USV). It’s a composite boat that’s currently being developed for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. The 5th generation material is stronger and stiffer than conventional carbon fiber. “The materials allow it to be a generation ahead of any other composite, and two generations ahead of an aluminum boat. It has far more range and payload carrying ability, as it has lower structural and propulsion needs.”