Archives: August, 2011

Doug Bedell — August 31, 2011, 12:04 pm

Gadhafi Weapons Could Stock ‘Arms Bazaar’

After Saddam Hussein fell in Iraq, his regimes’s amassed weapons remained a major world security concern. The same now is true with Moammar Gahhafi’s arsenals, only on a bigger scale. Adam Rawnsley writes on the Danger Room blog that “Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, has spent time on the ground in Libya […]

Doug Bedell — August 26, 2011, 8:41 am

All 33 Terrorism Cases Targeting the U.S. Since 9/11

Bruce Schneier passes along a list and details of the 33 cases of attempted terrorism aimed at the U.S. since 9/11. It’s been compiled by John Mueller and his students at Ohio State University, and published as a book, but it can be downloaded as a PDF file. Schneier’s comment on the material: “So few […]

Doug Bedell — August 22, 2011, 10:17 pm

Al Qaeda WMD Attack Threat ‘Ended’

Here’s the other side of whether we should be fearful of al Qaeda using a weapon of mass destruction in a U.S.-based attack: Not at all likely, says Alan Wolfe on Homeland Security Watch. Wolfe uses the complexity of a ricin attack to illustrate why he feels that al Qaeda in its present “beaten down” […]

Doug Bedell — August 18, 2011, 4:15 pm

‘Lone Wolf’ Biggest 9/11/11 Concern

As September 11 approaches, President Obama says he’s most concerned about a “lone wolf” attack in the U.S. “The biggest concern we have right now is not the launching of a major terrorist operation, although that risk is always there, the risk that we’re especially concerned over right now is the lone wolf terrorist, somebody […]

Doug Bedell — August 15, 2011, 10:24 am

Vigilance In New York

The New York Police Department certainly has the right idea. As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, it’s beefing up its force in Lower Manhattan to 670, larger than entire departments in other cities. Hopefully, the officers will have a quiet Sept. 11, 2011, but no one should count on that. The Wall Street […]

Doug Bedell — August 11, 2011, 11:26 am

‘Seeing All’ In San Francisco

Rolling security cameras are being deployed in San Francisco, on the city’s buses and taxi cabs. With a federal Homeland Security grant, cameras are being installed on 358 Muni buses. And taxi cabs there have visual recording devices as well. A spokesman for San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency says the rolling cameras aren’t something “we […]

Doug Bedell — August 8, 2011, 10:37 am

As Sept. 11 Approaches, Keep Being Careful…

There’s journalistic comment that the killing of Osama Bin Laden has given rise to “a premature triumphalism” that has al-Qaeda on the ropes, warns a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece. We don’t know how widespread that sort of wishful thinking may be, but the Afghan insurgents’ downing of a Chinook helicopter and the deaths of […]

Doug Bedell — August 4, 2011, 2:13 pm

Atlanta Launching a Camera Network, Too

We’ve reported on how much of Manhattan is being recorded by surveillance cameras. Now Atlanta is climbing aboard the visual security train. Its City Council “has approved a measure to network and monitor thousands of public and privately owned security cameras throughout Atlanta.” Atlanta will have a surveillance center being fed with images “from Piedmont […]

Doug Bedell — August 2, 2011, 10:24 am

Mobile Radiation Detectors Being Tested In New York

There’s not much information in this Associated Press story, beyond the fact that New York City’s police are testing a system of 2,000 mobile radiation detectors being carried by officers daily around the city. The devices will send wireless, real-time alerts if any “dirty bomb” threats are detected. That would be a remarkable system, of […]