Archives: July, 2011

Doug Bedell — July 30, 2011, 2:43 pm

Keys Made From Photographs

Don’t leave keys laying around. They could have their picture taken, and a new, functioning key can be made from the photo. Yes, using image analysis techniques called, for this purpose, Sneakey, keys can be duplicated from photos taken at a distance. In one Sneakey demonstration, described here, keys were photographed from the roof of […]

Doug Bedell — July 24, 2011, 2:28 pm

No, It Wasn’t Jihad, But a Disaffected Norwegian

Be careful, indeed, about jumping to conclusions. The Oslo bombing and related shootings were at first assumed by many to be a jihadist strike. Then a 31-year-old Norwegian – Anders Behring Breivik, a libertarian, Christian, farmer – was arrested and charged with those horrendous events. The lesson, sadly there always needs to be a lesson, […]

Doug Bedell — July 21, 2011, 11:55 am

Alertness Increases as Sept. 11th Anniversary Approaches

This item is meant as a reminder that Sept. 11, 2011 isn’t that far off, as much as for its warning of a possible threat to U.S. utilities from “insider” employees sympathetic to Al Qaeda. It includes word that, in the materials captured by U.S. Navy Seals, Osama bin Laden was envisioning a massive U.S. […]

Doug Bedell — July 18, 2011, 9:32 am

‘See Something, Say Something’ On the Links, Or Anywhere

Hopefully, “If You See Something, Say Something” will never be triggered in your neighborhood. But that’s the point, you never know. And whomever, wherever you are, it’s good to be alert to sources of suspicious activity. That’s why we were interested to find “See Something, Say Something” being promoted at the U.S. Open golf tournament […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2011, 2:18 pm

Designer Guardhouses on Modular Budgets

July’s Security magazine has an article on diversity in guardhouses – those facilities that date back “hundreds, if not thousads of years as a place a person would sit or stand, observe, control access, alert others and take occasional action such as dumping hot oil over the wall.” In short, security sanctums, the active partners […]

Doug Bedell — July 11, 2011, 10:31 am

A New Plague: Veterans’ Post-Combat Stress

This may seem afield from security at the front gate, and it is – but not for all the U.S. military people returning home with post-traumatic stress disorders. While a debate continues on whether Purple Hearts should be awarded for other than physical wounds, stress claims are overwhelming the Veterans Administration, sometimes with tragic results. […]

Doug Bedell — July 8, 2011, 9:26 am

Spotting a Lone Bomber in a Crowd

British authorities have been testing a sensor that can scan crowds and spot a lone suicide bomber among the multitude. Fox News reports that the device, similar to airport scanners, “is believed to silently analyze materials using the unique ‘terahertz’ waves emitted by different substances. “British government scientists,” Fox adds,  “began testing it a year […]

Doug Bedell — July 5, 2011, 9:47 am

Al Qaeda Has Been Cash-Short

Al Qaeda was on tight financial rations before Osama bin Laden’s death, and things probably haven’t gotten any better for the terrorist organization since. That’s the message analysts have garnbered from the electronic data that was seized at bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A CIA–led interagency team has compiled some 400 intelligency reports on […]