From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Obama commits to adhere to Ottawa Convention on non-use of landmines globally
Date: Thu Sep 25 12:09:34 MDT 2014
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September 25, 2014


Obama commits to adhere to Ottawa Convention on non-use of landmines globally


United States President Barack Obama's statement that the United States will adhere to the "spirit and humanitarian aims" of the Ottawa Convention has drawn praise from the anti-landmine organization Handicap International. The new commitment to the non-use of landmines from President Obama echoes a goal set last June that stated the United States aimed to be compliant with the convention. However, in the recent statement Obama did not exempt the use of mines in the Korean Peninsula, where he said the United States is governed by a "unique situation."

The statement enhances the anti-landmine stance that the United States has presented over the past two decades. In those years, the United States has refrained from using or trading anti-personnel landmines, and since 1997 their production. Additionally, since 1993 the $2.3 billion spent on anti-mine action in 90 countries makes the United States by far the largest donor to projects that aim to reduce the threat of mines. The State Department statement also noted that the threat from other countries' use of landmines is still present, but the United States "will not assist, encourage, or induce others to use, stockpile, produce or transfer anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula."  More 


HSI kicks off regional investigative training on cross-border crimes

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents from the HSI Attaché Office for the Southern Cone of the Americas has begun a four-day investigative training program on cross-border crimes for Uruguayan and Paraguayan law enforcement officials.

The training, which is taking place in Uruguay and is being funded by the Department of State's (DOS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will focus on investigative techniques to identify cross-border crimes. These techniques have proven successful in combating the smuggling of bulk cash and other contraband.  More 

A suburban immigration attorney and a man who provided translation services for the attorney and his law firm were arrested this week after being indicted on federal charges for allegedly falsifying requests for asylum for a dozen clients over about a decade. In some instances, the charges allege that the attorney and interpreter falsely claimed that their clients were seeking asylum because their clients were subjected to religious persecution by Islamic extremists in Iraq.

The attorney, Robert Dekelaita, 51, of Glenview, IL, and his contract interpreter, Adam Benjamin, 61, of Skokie, IL, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit immigration and naturalization fraud. Additionally, DeKelaita was charged with three counts each of immigration fraud and suborning perjury, and Benjamin was charged with two counts each of immigration fraud and suborning perjury in a seven-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury Sept. 4 and unsealed Sept. 23 following their arrests, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  More

Fred Funk

Tysons Corner, VA-based Preferred Systems Solutions (PSS), a provider of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, software development, enterprise resource planning, and financial consulting services to government, has announced the appointment of Fred Funk to their executive management team as senior vice president, National Security Group. In this newly established role, Funk will be responsible for PSS' intelligence operations and business development, as well as advancing and executing merger and acquisition (M&A) strategies within the Intelligence Community (IC).

Funk was a co-founder of The KEYW Holding Corporation, a provider of cyber superiority, cybersecurity and geospatial intelligence solutions for US Government intelligence and defense customers and commercial enterprises. While at KEYW, Funk had multiple roles, including founding CFO, Vice-President of Corporate Development, and Vice President of National Security Solutions.  More 


Austin, TX-based Smarter Security, a provider of premium, innovative entrance control, and outdoor security solutions, has announced Fastlane Glassgate 400 optical turnstiles have been selected to secure office buildings on corporate campuses. Revolving doors were in the original plans for the building entries but the compelling advantages of and the customer's experience with Glassgate 400 led to the revision and ultimate order for Smarter Security.

"With the six-foot high, locking glass barriers available with Glassgate 400, there is little need for revolving doors in the interior of a building," said Jeff Brown, CEO of Smarter Security. "We are truly happy to be working with this petroleum customer once again and to extend our engagement with and protection of its employees to even more buildings. This is one of our largest orders of the year and helps us stay on the aggressive growth pace we planned for 2014."  More    

Exton, PA-based Security-Net, Inc., a provider of security system services, has announced that it has formed a new committee within its organization called OPS-Net to provide greater support to clients and improve customer satisfaction.

The goal of OPS-Net is to enhance communication between project managers and to ensure customer satisfaction in the completion of security system installations. OPS-Net joins two existing groups, Tech-Net and Sales-Net. Tech-Net brings together the top technical experts from each company to share information about the latest security products and to trouble shoot technology problems, while Sales-Net is focused on national accounts strategy, project management and lead generation.  More 

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