From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Gaza cease-fire collapses after Hamas violations | Chemical plant safety | Container scanning
Date: Fri Aug 01 13:11:31 MDT 2014
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Friday 1 August 2014 vol. 8 no. 176

In Today's Issue

Israel-Hamas war, Day 25
Cease-fire collapses after Hamas violates it; Israeli soldier captured

As was the case with five earlier humanitarian cease-fires, a UN-sponsored 72-hour cease-fire, which was announced last night by Secretary of State John Kerry and which went into effect at 08:00 am (02:00 EST) – was immediately violated by Hamas. This time, at 09:30, an hour-and-half after the cease-fire went into effect, a group of Hamas fighters, which included one suicide bomber, emerged from a tunnel to attack an IDF force near the city of Rafah. The fierce fire exchange ended with a score of Hamas fighters dead, two IDF soldier killed, and several IDF soldiers injured – but the most important result was that the surviving Hamas fighters were able to capture an injured or dead IDF soldier and drag him back into the tunnel. Israel has informed the UN that the cease-fire was over, and heavy fighting across Gaza resumed.

Civilian deaths in Gaza conflict are not automatically a war crime
By Gregory Rose

Civilian shielding of its facilities is a declared Hamas military tactic. The evidence of rocket pits and weapon dumps located in, around and under mosques, schools, homes and hospitals is incontrovertible. Constant broadcasts calling upon, as well as occasional physical forcing of, the populace to protect Hamas assets with their bodies are well-documented. It is sickening that Hamas chose not to build public bomb shelters in Gaza, despite using hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete on military tunnels to initiate hostilities with Israel. The tragic Palestinian death toll does not demonstrate Israeli attacks are disproportionate to legitimate military objectives. It does display a disgusting strategic decision by Hamas to exploit civilians to shield its combatants. Its civilian deaths generate selective outrage in support of its political and economic goals. This atrocity committed by Hamas against its own Gazan population is where an honest war crime investigation would begin.

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Increasing Hezbollah activity in Europe worries security officials

This month, it was revealed that Hezbollah agents operating in Europe made procurements for “parts and technologies” in Bulgaria which would allow them to operate surveillance drones in the country. The activities on the part of Iran-partnered Hezbollah over the past two years mark a historical change in terms of their European operations and planning -- a rise in activity following a lower profile after their more renown activities of the 1980s.

Chemical plant safety
DHS slow to inspect high-risk chemical plants

Congress passed the $595 million Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standardsprogram in 2006 to help regulate high-risk chemical facilities, but nearly a year after the massive chemical explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant, a new report found little improvement in securing threats from the U.S. 4,011 high-risk chemical facilities.As of 30 June, DHS has not yet conducted security compliance inspections on 3,972 of the 4,011 high-risk chemical facilities.

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Container screening
100% scanning of U.S.-bound cargo containers delayed until 2016

DHS has delayed until 2016 the implementation of key sections of the SAFE Port Act of 2006, which requires that 100 percent of U.S.-bound ocean containers be scanned at the foreign port of origin. U.S. importers welcome the news of the delay, but they urge Congress to eliminate the scanning requirement altogether. Some observers note that the mandate, in any event, fails to make clear how DHS defines the word "scanned."

Airport screening
Airports say TSA makes privatizing security screening a challenge

Airport officials described their challenges getting the Transportation Security Administration(TSA) to approve contractors, as part of the agency's push to privatize more aviation security. The TSA was created to standardize and improve security after 9/11, but the agency's Screening Partnership Programfor airports allows for private contractors, as long as security levels meet standards set by the TSA.

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Expanding the scope and impact of cybersecurity and privacy research

As our lives and businesses become ever more intertwined with the Internet and networked technologies, it is crucial to continue to develop and improve cybersecurity measures to keep our data, devices and critical systems safe, secure, private and accessible. The other day, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program announced two new center-scale "Frontier" awards to support large, multi-institution projects that address grand challenges in cybersecurity science and engineering with the potential for broad economic and scientific impact.

Also noted

Kentucky driver's licenses OK for now | Work-from-home remote access software vulnerable to hackers: Report | Christie administration announces Homeland Security Grants to nonprofits to improve security | Keith Alexander wants to patent method for detecting cyber threats -- is that ethical? | Robots will help ID Malaysia Airlines victims | Quadrennial review reveals current homeland security landscape

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