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Subject: Life sentence for OBL's son-in-law | Port security | Pocket bug detectors
Date: Thu Sep 25 13:00:43 MDT 2014
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Thursday 25 September 2014 vol. 8 no. 221

In Today's Issue

Former al-Qaeda spokesman – OBL’s son-in-law -- sentenced to life in prison

A Manhattan federal court on Tuesday sentenced former al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghayth to life in prison, following a conviction on 26 March for conspiracy to kill Americans and providing material support to known terrorists. Abu Ghayth, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was flown to the United States a year ago from Jordan after his arrest by Jordanian officials.

Terrorism & asylum
Tension between humanitarian ideals, fear of terrorism in European asylum decisions

New research has found that European states that experienced a terrorist attack on their own soil since 1980 were less likely to grant asylum to refugees. The study also found, however, that on the whole, concerns over terrorism in Europe have not eroded underpinnings of the Geneva Convention's principles regarding asylum admission.

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Port security
Better regional coordination for port security

In the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, first responders in the Northeast were suddenly responsible for monitoring potential targets, including a military base, nuclear power plants, and a deep water port. Emergency teams soon found out that they were ill-equipped to coordinate with one another. That realization prompted better organization among regional first responders.

South Carolina reflects on Hurricane Hugo anniversary

The state of South Caroline has just eyed the twenty-fifth anniversary of Hurricane Hugo – the Category 4 storm that hit the coast on 21 September 1989 with sustained maximum winds of 138 mph. Many in the state still honor that event, and live with the memory of the severe coastal damage due to drastic storm surges and the forty-nine lives lost during the disaster. The storm also left 60,000 people homeless, with 270,000 temporarily unemployed and 54,000 residents seeking monetary assistance. Extending far beyond that were many others who did not have power for two weeks or longer.

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Bug detection
Turning mobile phones into detectors of disease-spreading insects

Insects transmit many of the world’s most infectious diseases, but there has been a decline in the expertise needed to recognize species of insects most likely to transmit illness to people. In a new effort to safeguard human populations, a team of scientists, computer programmers, public health officials, and artists is working to enable mobile phones to link up to computers that automatically identify species of disease-carrying insects.

Radiation risks
A second drum at nuke waste repository poses radiation leak danger

At a recent meeting of the New Mexico Legislature’s Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee in Carlsbad, officials were informed that a second waste drum containing nuclear materials, could also contain the same mix of ingredients as the waste drum from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) which caused a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in February.

Increased use of natural gas will have little effect on CO2 emissions: Study

Abundant supplies of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change, according to researchers. They found that inexpensive gas boosts electricity consumption and hinders expansion of cleaner energy sources, such as wind and solar.

Also noted

Feds warns police to look for "lone wolf" terror plotters in U.S. | DHS chief to Washington Post: Actually, 90 percent of our senior positions are filled | FBI can’t find files after spending $550M to digitize them | DOD’s quest for better email will test Microsoft’s cloud | The campaign against ISIL could cost $1.5B a month | Libya asks chemical weapons watchdog to remove stockpile | Photographic ID card now needed to buy hair bleach under European anti-terror laws

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