Archives: December, 2008

Doug Bedell — December 29, 2008, 8:29 am

‘Homeland Security’ Airing as Reality TV

Like other security outfits, we’re not in the entertainment business. But it’s with a sense of duty that we refer you to ABC-TV’s new reality series, “Homeland Security USA,” that debuts on January 6 (8 P.M. Eastern). From the advance billings, “Homeland Security” looks like an earnest effort to present life in the national security […]

Doug Bedell — December 27, 2008, 8:46 am

Chinese Ships Join the Pirate Hunt

If the Somali pirates aren’t outgunned now, they never will be. China is sending three warships – two destroyers and a supply ship – to join an armada of warships from the United States, NATO, India, and Russia patrolling the pirate-infested Somali waters.  This is not to make light of the difficulty of catching and […]

Doug Bedell — , 8:12 am

Homeland Security Issues a Year-End Threat Reminder

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is ending 2008 largely be restating what security principals already know – that “the terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy.” That’s because these threats […]

Doug Bedell — December 17, 2008, 3:53 pm

TSA Scores by Becoming More Relational

People will accept what they may view as the intrusion of security if they understand its purpose  and, at least as importantly, are treated well in the process. That appears to be the message in a recent poll of 2,800 people who were asked about the efficacy of government functions. Of all agencies, the Transportation […]

Doug Bedell — December 12, 2008, 5:19 pm

Economic Pressure on Disaster-Readiness Budgets, Too

Not surprising, but disturbing nonetheless, is word that, under economic pressure,  the federal and state governments are “cutting programs that help communities respond to disease outbreaks, natural disasters and bioterrorism incidents.” USA Today cites this recession-abetted trend along with a warning that the cuts “could lead to a disaster for the nation’s disaster preparedness.” That’s […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2008, 10:23 am

Prisoner Mails Himself Out of Jail

Here’s a little comic relief, which we all need these days. (The incident, though, isn’t so funny in Germany, where it occurred.) Bruce Schneier advises us of an incident in Willich (near Dusseldorf), Germany in which a prison inmate mailed himself out of jail in a box. A 42-year-old convicted Turkish drug dealer climbed into a […]

Doug Bedell — December 1, 2008, 7:31 pm

A Video System that Watches Itself, Until Something Changes

Here’s a video surveillance approach that sounds like an excellent complement to a barrier-equipped perimeter security system, especially a large perimeter: Have the video gear watch itself and sound an alarm when it sees something unusual. Prescient Group is offering iSentry, a system that watches video feeds to learn what is normal in a setting […]