From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: U.S. faces changing terror threat | Human traffickers' finances | Investigating spook killing
Date: Thu Jul 24 13:35:48 MDT 2014
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DAILY REPORT
Thursday 24 July 2014 vol. 8 no. 169

In Today's Issue

Terrorism
9/11 Commission: U.S. faces new and dangerous terrorist threat

The members of the 9/11 Commission, led by Chairman Tom Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, released a new report the other day to reflect what they describe as the altered but dangerous terrorist threat facing the United States. Members of the commission say that ten years after the release of the commission’s original report, with increasing threats from the resurgence and transformation of al Qaeda, Syria, and a rapidly changing cyberspace, the commission’s new report calls for a vigorous and proactive counterterrorism effort.

Israel-Hamas war, Day 17
Israel destroys al-Wafa hospital in Gaza City; cabinet considering expansion of Gaza operations

One of the first targets on the first day of the the current round of war between Israel and Hamas was al-Wafa hospital in eastern Gaza City. As is the case with other hospitals in Gaza, Hamas used the facility to store rockets and other arms and shelter Hamas fighters, who also use the hospitals’ upper floors for snipers to shoot at IDF soldiers and for rocket launching – some witnessed by a Financial Times reporter. In the case of al-Wafa, the hospital also served Hamas as a command-and-control center. Yesterday (Wednesday), Israel decided that enough was enough, and that allowing Hamas fighters the freedom to operate behind the patients and staff at the hospital, located in central Gaza City, posed too much of a risk for Israeli forces, and Israel Air Force (IAF) planes finished the destruction of the hospital -- after the staff heeded IDF warnings and vacated the facility with the remaining patients. A series of powerful secondary explosions proved that the hospital served Hamas for arms storage. The Israeli cabinet is meeting this morning to consider the expansion of the ground war.

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Spooks
U.K. launches inquiry into radiation poisoning of former KGB agent

British authorities have announced that a public inquiry will be held into the death of former Russian KGB officer who became a British citizen, Alexander Litvinenko.Litvinenko, 43, died in 2006 after he was poisoned with radioactive polonium while drinking tea with two former KGB agents at a London hotel.

Border security
To stem flow of minors, U.S. goes after human traffickers’ finances

Many of the 57,000 Central American minors who have crossed the Southwest border since October 2013 did so with the help of smugglers operating as part of a human trafficking network. To bring down these networks, federal agents from DHS and the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network(FinCEN) are reviewing suspicious bank transactions at U.S. banks, specifically accounts that are experiencing a sudden surge in transfers to Mexico.

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Effectiveness of Texas National Guard border troop surge questioned

Texas governor Rick Perry's plan to send nearly 1,000 Texas National Guardtroops to the Rio Grande Valley has been applauded by the governor’s supporters, but critics question its effectiveness. Gov. Perry’s decision to send nearly 1,000 guardsmen to the Rio Grande Valley is described as "symbolic," and top officials in border counties agree that sending more guardsmen to the border would bring little change to the current situation.

Wildfires
Remote cameras monitor Montana wildfires

Fire officials on the Powell District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, in partnership with the University of Montana, are testing a system of cameras remotely to monitor wildfires. The district has cameras mounted on two fire lookout towers and a third mobile camera that can be deployable as needed. Operators at the Powell Ranger Districtcontrol the cameras to provide multiple viewpoints of the targeted area.

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Industrial pollution
Extensive corrosion found at chemical tanks of W.Va. site which contaminated region

Investigators by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have reported that they detected significant corrosion in MCHM chemical storage tanks at the Freedom Industries site responsible for a 9 January contamination of the Elk River which has impacted over 300,000 residents of the area.

Also noted

New statistics on the trends of U.S. Permanent Residents | USIS, the firm that vetted Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Alexis, faces heat over border contract  | Homeland Security secretary won’t take position on National Guard troops in border crisis | This emerging malware sends secret messages and is practically impossible to detect | Unclassified JFK assassination database still stored in Top Secret vault -- for convenience

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