From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Suspected Ebola syringe attack | Financing terrorism | Protecting NYC bridges
Date: Tue Sep 09 11:05:00 MDT 2014
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Tuesday 9 September 2014 vol. 8 no. 207

In Today's Issue

U.S. air marshal in quarantine after suspected Ebola syringe attack at Lagos airport

An American federal air marshal was placed in quarantine in Houston, Texas yesterday after being attacked Sunday night at the Lagos, Nigeria airport. The assailant wielded a syringe which contained an unknown substance, and was able to inject an unknown substance into the back of one of the air marshal’s arms. The marshal was able to board the United Airlines flight to Houston, where he was met by FBI agents and health workers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Terrorism finance
Qatar funds Jihadist groups, but citizens of other U.S. ME allies do so, too

Before the Islamic State (IS) raided banks in Iraq, the group received most of its funding from donors and supporters in Kuwait and Qatar, often with the knowledge of government officials. The United States is now pressing Arab Gulf governments to crack down on funding to IS and other extremist groups, but many Sunni Gulf leaders are facing domestic pressure to support militant Sunni groups believed to be counterweights to their Shia rival, Iran, and the Iranian-backed Assad regime.

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Record of dissuading young Somalis in Minnesota from joining terror groups mixed

For the past decade, the Somali population in Minnesota has been a recruitment hub for al-Qaeda linked terrorist group, al-Shabaab. Law enforcement officials, counterterrorism units, and community leaders have made major strides in deterring young Somali men and women from traveling abroad to join the group in Somalia or Ethiopia. The recent surge of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, however, has renewed recruitment efforts targeting Somali immigrants in America.

Infrastructure protection
NYC bridges need better protection against terrorists: Experts

New York City’s bridges have long been the target of terrorist attacks. In 1993, for example, officials discovered a plot by Omar Abdel-Rahman to target the George Washington Bridge and other sites. Recent security breaches on both the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge have heightened concerns as the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks near. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that his office would soon offer better ways to secure the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Johnson & Johnson accelerates Ebola vaccine program

Johnson & Johnson last week announced it will fast-track the development of a promising new combination vaccine regimen against Ebola and collaborate with its partners to address the current Ebola outbreak. The accelerated vaccine program features a prime-boost regimen, in which one vector is used to prime and the other to boost the immune response. It consists of two vaccine components that are based on AdVac technology from Crucell N.V. (part of the Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, based in the Netherlands) and the MVA-BN technology from Bavarian Nordic (a biotech company, based in Denmark).

Earthquake early warning
California politicians: Time is now for a statewide earthquake early warning system

The 6.0 Napa earthquake on 24 August was a wake-up call not only for the wine country. The shaking was also felt in Sacramento and San Francisco, galvanizing a host of politicians to go on record urging immediate funding for a statewide earthquake early warning system. The California legislature approved and Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB135, but the bill provided no funding for the project. Sacramento left implementation details in the hands of the state Office of Emergency Services (OES), which is currently working on a statewide plan.

Visa control
DHS lost track of thousands of foreign students in U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has lost tabs on more than 6,000 foreign students who had entered the United States on student visas which have since expired -- effectively vanishing without a trace. One of the major problems relating to student visas is the fact that the U.S. government continues to grant schools the power to accept overseas applications even if the schools have not been accredited by the state and have little academic and administrative oversight.

Also noted

Scotland more vulnerable to terrorism if it votes for independence, says U.K. Prime Minister | American Front leader Marcus Faella faces domestic-terrorism trial | Chemical storage tanks focus of Homeland Security meeting in San Pedro | Tunnel vision: Train security as critical as planes and automobiles | Fearful of ISIS, congressional panel looks at passport ideas | Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson: ‘Worst is over for now’ on border crisis | Department of Homeland Security gets a bad grade for pandemic readiness | Hate for sale as Muslim flag adopted by jihadists goes to auction at Sydney mosque | To beat terrorists online, let’s raise our social media game | Calgary mother of slain terrorist urges anti-radicalization program in Canada | ‘Busy season’ for stopping terrorism begins for NYPD

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