Archives: 'Al-Qaeda'

Doug Bedell — January 31, 2019, 4:05 pm

Security Considerations Important for Busy Entrances

Entrances come, or should anyway, in security packages. SecurityInfowatch discusses varieties of buildings and the security challenges they pose. “For facilities, buildings or areas that require the highest level of security, intrusion prevention is of greatest priority. Examples of this include data centers, vital records storage buildings, or any facility that requires compliance with government […]

Doug Bedell — January 16, 2019, 1:21 pm

Privacy Concerns Too Often Overlooked In Business Settings

Security pros, the DarkReading blog advises, need to become familiar with ways in which mistakes in the handling of digital information – such as email – “can lead to some dangerous privacy snafus.” The post lists seven ways in which this can happen: 1) “Accidental emails”, 2) Misdirected corporate emails, 3) Unauthorized people in an […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2015, 9:42 am

Security Advisory: ‘Be Alert for Lone Wolves’

“Homegrown extremism is now the principal terrorism threat this nation faces,” as Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson stated in March. “‘We are concerned about the independent actor, the so-called lone wolf who could strike at a moment’s notice.’” This dire advisory is provided on In Homeland Security by Jeffrey V. Gardner, an Assistant Professor […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2015, 9:50 am

Study Up on Thuggish Extremism

When the British wanted to respond to threatened violence in India, Nick Catrantzos notes on Homeland Security Watch, they studied it and, in six years, wiped out the threat. It’s time, he suggests, for similar study of radical Islamic terrorism. “We have little hope of winning a war,” Catrantzos notes, “if the only one who […]

Doug Bedell — March 21, 2014, 12:14 pm

Al-Qaeda Urges Car-Bombing

Motor vehicles being used as weapons is, of course, a reason for considering effective vehicle access barriers, but it’s also a measure of the sometimes nasty temper of our times. New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton wants al-Qaeda to know that the NYPD “will continue to stay focused” on thwarting lone-wolf car bombers, this […]

Doug Bedell — December 11, 2013, 12:51 pm

Terrorism Omens Rising

Two otherwise combative congresspeople agree that the risks of terrorist attacks are growing, not ebbing, along with pressures on U.S. intelligence agencies to deter attacks. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California). Homeland Security Watch picks up from their recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “So the pressure on our […]

Doug Bedell — August 19, 2013, 7:43 pm

Heightened Explosive Threat – from Invisible ‘Liquid Bombs’

The stakes in bomb technology keep rising. Security Management reports that terrorists have now evidently developed an advanced “ingenious” type of liquid explosive. Apparently, clothes can be doused in the explosive which, when it dries, “becomes virtually undetectable by current security measures.” The new bomb threat, seen as “a new and improved version of the […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2013, 10:52 am

Fighting Al-Qaeda Could Last Much Longer

Michael Sheehan, the Pentagon’s chief of irregular warfare, caused some consternation at a U.S. Senate hearing recently by stating, when asked, that the war on terrorism – that is, against Al-Qaeda – could last “at least 10 to 20 years” from now. While other U.S. officials have said that Al-Qaeda is greatly battered, Sheehan, assistant […]

Doug Bedell — March 14, 2013, 11:16 am

‘Eternal Vigilance’ the Prudent Security Course

A couple of  posts on the Security Debrief blog place “eternal vigilance” in an appropriate context during an age of global cultural clashes between the West and radical Islamists, in the garb of Al-Qaeda. In the first post, writer David Olive notes that “only 135 of the 435 current members of the House were in […]

Doug Bedell — March 11, 2013, 10:14 am

‘Pop Up’ Enemies in the Mideast

It’s getting hard to know who’s legal to fight in the Mideast, and who isn’t. The Obama Administration is reconsidering its opposition to a new Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF). The authority would be extended to “associates of associates” of al-Qaeda, and the Administration would like to limit its exposure to hostilities. Yet when […]