Archives: May, 2010

Doug Bedell — May 26, 2010, 2:08 pm

On-Board Computers and Automobile Security

Having just gotten a new car (actually a two-year-old car new to us), a blog post by Bruce Schneier on automobile security caught our eye. We’ve heard it said that there are more electronic systems in today’s cars than there were on NASA’s moon rocket. Schneier refers us to an academic paper, “Experimental Security Analysis […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2010, 8:18 pm

Crowds Can Be Controlled Without Carnage

Prompted by the riots in Thailand, here’s a thoughtful piece on how security officials likely can avoid the loss of life that’s been occurring there. Crowd management is an art that doesn’t have to deteriorate into injuries and fatalities, says Sam Rosenfeld on the Security Debrief blog. Western countries know this far better than Thailand […]

Doug Bedell — May 18, 2010, 6:50 am

LA Conducts a Nuclear Bomb Drill

After the word last month that a nuclear bomb terrorism drill was cancelled in Las Vegas because of skittishness by business officials, it’s good to see that Los Angeles is holding one now. We don’t know the scope of the LA drill compared to the one that was scheduled in Vegas, but this kind of […]

Doug Bedell — May 12, 2010, 10:00 am

New Security Camera(s) Sees All – 360 Degrees, That Is

You’ve seen those panoramic pictures photographers stitch together from multiple adjoining images of the Grand Canyon or the New York City skyline. Well, the Department of Homeland Security is testing new surveillance technology that could be a security officer’s dream device.  It’s a 360 degree surveillance camera that really is several video cams mounted in […]

Doug Bedell — , 9:44 am

CNN Reports on U.S.-Based Terrorists

Over the past year, 16 Americans or American residents have been implicated in Islamist terrorism, now joined by the 17th, the failed Times Square bomber. CNN will be reporting on the changing face of al Qaeda-inspired terrorism in a special Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Groups like […]

Doug Bedell — May 6, 2010, 3:29 pm

Check out ‘CrisisWiki’ for Online Crisis Response

Check out what’s  possible in using a wiki – a self-produced and updated website – for crisis response. has ambitions to “create an editable directory of resources related to disasters and crises around the world,” like its predecessor site, Right now, CrisisWiki seems little more than a listing of municipalities and organizations in […]

Doug Bedell — May 3, 2010, 2:24 pm

T-Shirt Vendor Spots N.Y. Car Bomb

Fighting terrorism begins with alertness. In New York City, a Times Square t-shirt vendor is being credited with acting in the spirit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. He saw smoke coming out of te back of an S.U.V. parked awkwardly with its engine running and its hazard lights […]