From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Terror case surveillance skirmish | Canada's skilled immigrants | Navy's ray gun
Date: Thu Jun 12 11:01:39 MDT 2014
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Thursday 12 June 2014 vol. 8 no. 135

In Today's Issue

Defense in terror case challenges exclusion from court session on surveillance records

The defense for Adel Daoud, a young Muslim man who was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI operation and charged with attempting to blow up the bar, has submitted a motion objecting to a private court session held to discuss the defense's access to classified   records. “Not only do I not get to be there, but I didn’t even get to object,” defense attorney Thomas Durkin said. “I had to object over the fact that I couldn’t even make an objection.”

Skilled immigrants to be granted “express entry” to Canada to meet labor market needs

Canada's immigration minister Chris Alexander has announced a new immigration system, set to launch in 2015, allowing qualified skilled immigrants to enter the country as permanent residents as a way to fill open jobs where there are no available Canadian workers. The immigration ministry has promised to process applications within six months or less.

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Economic relationships, not terrorism fears, drive visa decisions: study

Despite heightened focus on preventing global terrorism since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, researchers have found that the economic relationship between two countries is the most significant factor in determining the acceptance or rejection rate of visas. "Surprisingly what I find is the global reputation a state garners as a prominent origin of terrorism has a very minute impact when you take into account trade interdependence," the study’s author says.

Improving cybersecurity top priority: Federal CIOs, CISOs

Federal chief information officers (CIOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs) cite improving cybersecurity as their top priority. Annual survey reports that 63 percent of participants said cybersecurity issues were one of their top three priorities; with 66 percent noting that cyber threats to their organizations rose by at least 10 percent in 2013. Eighty-seven percent of respondents pointed out that their organizations have increased spending on cybersecurity, but noted that the fiscal 2015 budget proposal which calls for $13 billion toward cybersecurity improvements at civilian and defense agencies, will need to be increased in the future.

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Ray guns
Laser weapon developed for Marine vehicles

As the U.S. Navy prepares to deploy its first laser weapon on a ship later this summer, Office of Naval Research (ONR) officials announced that they have finished awarding contracts to develop a similar weapon to be used on ground vehicles. The Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move program, commonly referred to as GBAD, aims to provide an affordable alternative to traditional firepower to keep enemy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from tracking and targeting Marines on the ground.

New app helps kids in tornado-prone areas understand disasters

Kids growing up in tornado alley are used to bright, splotchy radar patterns moving across a television screen, and most know the difference between a tornado watch and warning. Do they understand, however, how to read and predict the weather based on radar images and forecasts? Researchers hope to remove the mystery around weather forecasting by speaking to kids in a language they could better understand -- gaming.

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Infrastructure protection
Smart infrastructure sensors are powered by the pavement, bridges they monitor

As states look to improve its infrastructure -- roads and bridges -- researchers think they may have one solution. They are creating smart infrastructure sensors that are powered by the pavement and bridges they are designed to monitor. These small sensors will self-diagnose damage and mechanical failure in pavements and bridges.

Carbon-cutting regulations may boost prospects of nuclear power plants

In a report issued last Thursday, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) predicted that new nuclear plant construction could benefit from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent carbon-cutting guidelines for current natural gas power plants.

Also noted

Under scrutiny, states trim list of bad bridges | The future of hurricanes, a $10 trillion question | War of words: U.S. fights Islamic extremists on social media | Biometrics: Changing the face of IT security | FAA approves first commercial UAV flights over land | NRC: Pilgrim nuclear plant passes emergency preparedness exercise | Network Rail: Cyber security will be ‘major issue’ | TSA looks to cloud providers for disaster recovery | Appropriations committee rejects slowing deportations | Tunisian anti-terrorism law: A balance between security and freedoms | NYPD top cop: Americans getting terrorism training in Syria | Digital birth card could help end terrorism | Terrorism, catastrophes, tech drive risk management changes: Former PRIMA leaders

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