From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Al Qaeda Oregon camp | Russian spy planes over U.S. | No-fly list pressure
Date: Fri Apr 25 12:53:57 MDT 2014
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Friday 25 April 2014 vol. 8 no. 95

In Today's Issue

Al-Qaeda tried to turn an Oregon ranch into a training camp

U.S.-born Muslim convert Eva Hatley testified in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, claiming that after opening her family’s Oregon ranch to local Muslims to teach them how to grow and can vegetables, the men turned her home into an al-Qaeda training camp. She said “carloads” of fellow Muslims she met through her mosque arrived at her 160-acre ranch in Bly in 1999.Hatley was testifying at the trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Access of Russian surveillance craft to U.S. airspace questioned

Under the Treaty on Open Skies (OS), signed in 1992 and ratified in 2002, thirty-four nations allow the protected passage over their territory of surveillance aircraft from other OS signatory member states, aircraft featuring advanced sensory equipment that allow for the monitoring of arms controls compliance and troop movements. With rising U.S.-Russia tensions over Ukraine, and with information emerging about a new Russian surveillance aircraft model equipped with the most advanced surveillance capabilities, U.S. government officials and lawmakers question whether OS-related Russian surveillance flights over the United States should continue.

No-fly list
Lawsuit charges the FBI used the no-fly list to recruit informants

A lawsuitfiled on Tuesday in a federal court in New York claims that the FBI threatened to keep Awais Sajjad on the no-fly list unless he agreed to work as an FBI informant. Sajjad, a lawful permanent U.S. resident living in New York, learned in September 2012 that he was on the no-fly list as he tried to board a flight to Pakistan at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Sajjad charges that FBI agents told him that unless he agreed to spy on local Muslim communities in New York and New Jersey, he would be kept on the no-flu list.

SEC to examine robustness of Wall Street’s cyber defenses

The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced plans last week to inspect the cyber defenses of fifty Wall Street investment advisers, brokers, and dealers to determine whether the financial sector is prepared for pinpointed cyberattacks. This is the first time the cybersecurity has made the list of the SEC’s annual investigations.

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Major step toward stronger encryption technology announced

Researchers the other day announced the first successful trial of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology over a live “lit” fiber network. The trial paves the way for more advanced research into QKD, the next frontier of data encryption technology, which will deliver even greater levels of network security.

Infrastructure protection
Odds of storm waters overflowing Manhattan seawall up 20-fold, new study says

Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet since the mid-1800s, making the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan seawall now at least twenty times greater than they were 170 years ago, according to a new study. Whereas sea-level rise, which is occurring globally, has raised water levels along New York harbor by nearly a foot and a half since the mid-nineteenth century, the research shows that the maximum height of the city’s “once-in-10-years” storm tide has grown additionally by almost a foot in that same period.

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Food safety
Vermont mandates labeling of foods containing GMOs

On Wednesday, legislators in Vermont passed a billrequiring the labeling of foods which contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), making the state the first in the United States to pass such a law without contingencies. Proponents of the law, and of similar attempts across the country, hailed the legislative approval as a victory. About twenty other states have pending measures regarding labeling GMO-based foods, but the biotech and food industries have been lobbyingfederal legislators to prevent such measures.

Also noted

Homeland Security's top watchdog altered reports, Senate committee says | Zurich donates $3M for post-Katrina disaster recovery lab | Australian researchers strengthen last line of defense in superbug war | White House: No Deportation for Justin Bieber | Illegal immigrant could get law license under Florida bill | Iowa offers social media course for emergency preparedness and response workers | ‘Carloads’ of terrorists turned Oregon ranch into training camp | Convicted terrorism supporter Jose Padilla to be resentenced Aug. 4

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