Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared emergency rule in three northeastern states, giving sweeping powers to the security forces against Islamist insurgents he said were taking over parts of the region.
More troops will be deployed to Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states with authority to arrest and detain suspects, take over buildings and search areas suspected to be used for terrorist activity, Jonathan said today in a national broadcast.
“Some northern parts of Borno state [...]
by George Washington
While we are waiting to find out who carried out the Boston terror attack, it is worth reflecting on one important fact …
America’s anti-terrorism policies since 9/11 have been a dismal failure.
Wasted Homeland Security Funding
Initially, a large amount of the homeland security spending has been wasted … producing “a bunch of crap”.
For example, spending money on zombie apocalypse training or other silly programs is a bad investment which led to a false sense of security.
Spending defense money on a workshop called “Did Jesus die for [...]
AN ALLEGED Canadian spy has compromised Australian intelligence information in an international espionage case that has sent shock waves through Western security agencies.
Jeffrey Paul Delisle, a naval officer, is alleged to have disclosed a vast trove of classified information to Russian agents on a scale comparable to the alleged handover to WikiLeaks of United States military and diplomatic reports by US Army private Bradley Manning.
Sub-Lieutenant Delisle’s activities have been the [...]
Sunday, July 15, 2012
At first blush, this story may not appear terribly relevant to national security blogs, democracy or human rights, but here me out.
It concerns a 24 year-old British citizen whose website has acted as a go-between for other sites which allegedly infringe music and movie copyrights of U.S. entertainment companies. Richard O’Dwyer ran the site, TVShack.net, which linked to others accused of online piracy. Instead of going after the [...]
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Norwegian man has received terrorist training from al-Qaida’s offshoot in Yemen and is awaiting orders to carry out an attack on the West, officials from three European security agencies told The Associated Press on Monday.
Western intelligence officials have long feared such a scenario – a convert to Islam who is trained in terrorist methods and can blend in easily in Europe and the United States, traveling [...]
KARACHI - After failing to strike a deal on Nato supply with Pakistan, violating international laws the US has moved its USS Enterprise, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, into Pakistani territorial waters near Gawadar, media quoting sources said on Thursday.
“After the deployment of the aircraft in Pakistani sea the country’s security agencies are now investigating into the matter. The movement apparently shows the increasing interest of the US in Balochistan province of Pakistan,” [...]
From Gonzalo Lira:
A lot of people — and I am one of them — claim that personal and business freedoms are being eroded as never before. They show as evidence the roll-back of civil liberties, the over-regulation of business, the insistence on “compliance” by the various security agencies of every little rule, no matter how trivial—in short, the over-regulation of American life.
They are right: The U.S. government is guilty of [...]
April 3, 2012
UK taxpayers will have to pay billions of dollars to have their web surfing, email exchange, text messaging, and even Skype calls, monitored. In addition to the hefty price-tag, innocent Brits risk being misidentified as terrorists.
The shocking data comes ahead of the plan announcement in the Queen’s speech, which is scheduled for May. Meanwhile, the Home Office, Britain’s interior ministry, said ministers were preparing to legislate “as soon as [...]
Do you own flashlights? Or pay with cash instead of a credit card? And do grocery shopping for the week? I do. You probably do – and guess what, according to the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, that could make both of us terrorists.
Recently, a Department of Homeland Security video has been making its way around the Internet; it tells people in no mixed terms that “paying cash [...]
(Reuters) – While President Barack Obama and top aides have been united this week in grave warnings over an alleged Iranian assassination plot, some U.S. government officials are privately expressing disquiet that the outlandish-sounding plan has triggered U.S. calls for stiff new action against Iran.
These officials, while not disputing many facts of the case, say that if anything, the scheme reveals weaknesses in [...]
TSA warns airlines of explosive implants
The Transportation Security Administration warns airlines and foreign security agencies that terrorists might try to surgically implant bombs in their bodies as a way to evade security.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the intelligence that led to the warning “does not relate to an imminent or specific threat.” But the TSA urges foreign security agencies to ramp up security in response.
“As a precaution, passengers flying [...]
Osama bin Laden’s daughter confirmed her father was captured alive and shot dead by the US Special Forces during the first few minutes of the operation . (File photo)
Senior Pakistani security officials said Osama bin Laden’s daughter had confirmed her father was captured alive and shot dead by the US Special Forces during the first few minutes of the operation carried out at the huge compound in Bilal Town, Abbottabad.