From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: White House details plan to protect Pacific waters
Date: Fri Jun 20 12:10:29 MDT 2014
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June 20, 2014

 

White House details plan to protect Pacific waters

    

The White House announced on Tuesday new plans to expand the preservation of marine areas in the Pacific Ocean in an effort to thwart overfishing and environmental damage. As part of the National Ocean Policy, which President Obama launched in his first term, the unprecedented preservation initiative will create the world's largest marine protected area, securing nearly 782,000 square miles.

President Obama delivered a video message during the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference detailing a plan to use his executive authority to create the protected area near the Remote Islands National Monument in the south-central Pacific. The protected area is currently about 87,000 square miles and is in near-pristine waters controlled by the U.S.  More 



A federal grand jury has returned a second superseding indictment charging four Maryland men in connection with a conspiracy to participate in murder in aid of a racketeering enterprise run by the gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.

"Attacking and dismantling violent criminal enterprises like MS-13 is one of HSI's highest enforcement priorities," said William Winter, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore. "Our investigation revealed that MS-13 is an enterprise that participates in criminal acts, such as murder, attempted murder, violent assaults, witness intimidation and retaliation, and extortion. HSI special agents will continue to work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to target MS-13 members and other transnational criminal street gangs that are a rising public safety threat in our communities."  More

 

A new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that providing education, health care, law enforcement, and social and government services to illegal aliens and their dependents costs Californians $25.3 billion per year according to FAIR's report, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on California Taxpayers. The state's three million illegal aliens and their 1.1 million U.S.-born children cost the average California household -- headed by a U.S. citizen -- $2,370 annually.

The FAIR report finds funding the K-12 education for children who are themselves illegal aliens and for the citizen children of illegal aliens accounted for the largest share of the cost to taxpayers at $14.4 billion. These services included standard public school educations and supplemental English language instruction. Despite federal funding, the average per pupil expenditure is $10,450 each year.  More    


American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a Billerica, MA-based provider of innovative X-ray systems, has introduced the MINI Z, the world's first handheld Z Backscatter imaging scanner for fast, portable, real-time detection of hidden organic threats, such as drugs, contraband, plastic guns, ceramic knives, and explosives. Designed for law enforcement, first responders, border control, event security, maritime police, and general aviation security, the MINI Z system's single-sided imaging and compact size offers unsurpassed operational flexibility -- scanning effectively "on the go" in the hardest-to-reach environments.

"Leveraging the breakthrough capabilities of our Z Backscatter detection technology, the MINI Z system is AS&E's initial offering of what will be a family of portable backscatter products," said Chuck Dougherty, AS&E's President and CEO.  More 

 

Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola Solutions and Intrado have announced the future implementation of an Advanced 9-1-1 system in Burke County, NC. The system includes MCC 7500 Dispatch Consoles and enables a migration path to the NG9-1-1 emergency call taking solution being developed alongside Intrado. It also sets in motion the eventual migration to a full NG9-1-1 system to support text-to-9-1-1 capabilities.

The new A9-1-1 system gives Burke County the ability to transfer 9-1-1 calls, along with associated location information and other data, between different county systems seamlessly over an IP system and implement a back-up call center from multiple locations in case of an emergency. The system will effectively cut down response times by minimizing the time it takes for a call to come in to the dispatch center while giving the Burke County dispatch operations center a technological upgrade.  More    

Ken Westin

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, has announced that Ken Westin, security researcher for Tripwire, will present at ToorCamp 2014. The technology event will take place July 9-13, 2014, at the Hobuck Beach Resort in Neah Bay, WA.

Through personal research and collaboration with law enforcement agencies, Westin has researched how organized crime rings, including those with connections to Russian and Eastern European groups, generate revenue through credit card theft.  More 

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