Saturday, May 28, 2016

Man charged in connection with kidnapping; 1 suspect on the run | Local News | themonitor.com

300 dollar ransom could be a new low, even for the valley. I guess kidnapping sounds better than rape to these two clowns.
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VIDEO: Gulf Cartel Forces Kidnappers to Confess, Kills Them

This may turn out to be an interesting turn of events, on the face of it the New Local Gulf Cartel Leader is saying the his crew does not kidnap people, that they are just simple drug dealers. Below the surface it appears that a small group of young men struck out on their own to stage a kidnapping. The one million peso ransom is in keeping with the size of local ransom amounts. Or around 60 thousand dollars US. Killing the victim is also in keeping with the local amature kidnapping style. For a while some ransome's had jumped up into the 2 million US dollar amount, one was a miss the other was returned as a dead body. Before I would belive that these Cartel members have given up on kidnapping, I would look for some short term motive, like doing away with this little group, and putting on a show for the public inkeeping with the local election moves. Once the elections are over, and the demand for more income to the Cartel payroll is needed, I will assume the Cartel will pick up the lucrative kidnapping trade again. People need to realize the Cartel's are in business to make money, and in a violent business, if you can not make payroll, it will be resolved by violence. Little things like a ban on kidnapping (a lucrative business) will not stay in place. Or if it does another group like these young men, kids really, will ban together for another attempt. Young turks wanting to make money like the cartel's do, will find a trade, like Kidnapping to get a piece of the pie.
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An Entire West Virginia Town That Was Formerly a Spy Base Is for Sale | MONEY

What a neat thing to turn this into the new CTI Head Quarters,
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mexican journalist Manuel Torres murdered in State of Veracruz

Political or Cartel, perhaps a little of both. Mexico needs to protect their Journalist's it is the only way to shine a light on the criminal Cartels and the corrupt Leaders in Mexico.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Long, crowded lines may increase terror threats at airports

CTI VP Trent Higareda on CoxMedia discussing airport security and the target long TSA screening lines may present.
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FBI — Risks & Mitigations of Visitors

As part of any protection detail, or just helping out a client with security management problems. Visitor management will at some point be a problem, Here is your newest pages for your Advance Man (Person's) Manual. You can easily develop either a basic or rather comprehensive plan from this document.
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The Advance Man or Person's manual is a living growing document. Here is a good page to give your clients as needed as well as friends and family members that may travel this summer.
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FBI — Student Brochure

This is the time for a lot of Students to travel abroad for both pleasure and school. But they also need to be aware of threats they face, Often we get time to brief our clients and family on security issues, but if not here is a great FBI document on Students traveling abroad. I suggest you give a copy to the wife as well, she will make sure the children have read it and taken the right copies of documents and credit cards. It is another document that is good to have in your Advanceman's book.
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FBI — Business brochure

This is the FBI guidance on business travelers security. It is basic, but covers all the main points, so if you have to start a business off on Travel Security Policies, this is a very good place to start. Add to this as needed. I am big on sending myself voice mail messages as to where I am and what I am going to do. I can always erase them as needed. I also take a lot of pictures and send them to, in my case my wife a former cop, but anyone you trust will do. My wife does not have to do anything with the pictures, but not erase them until I get back. Basically you are always building a record of how we can find you. By the way this means you will need leave a password to your voice mail with someone.
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Extortion, threats, kidnapping: Workers the hidden casualty of Mexico’s violence | Toronto Star

The Mexican Citizens are not being supported by their Government, or by the Cartels. They are sort of out on their own, now even the Unions are being corrupted, but now by the Cartels. Even here in bordering McAllen, Texas, it is easy to see why talk of cartel brutality often elicits uncomfortable silence. The cartels operating in Tamaulipas rely heavily on extortion and kidnapping as income. Between 2007 and 2014, Tamaulipas registered the highest number of disappearances in Mexico: more than 5,200, according to the country’s registry of missing and disappeared persons. In 2012 alone, there were an estimated 8,631 kidnappings in Tamaulipas. Union leaders often have to relocate to the US, and even then have to hide from the Cartels. With all that the Cartels are finding family member still in country to kidnap.
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TSA head: Expect more airport security delays despite funds

Some thoughts on the TSA lines and the target they present:

Many people would probably be surprised to hear that security starts long before the checkpoint. The TSA is understandably close-mouthed about exactly what they're doing, but we know a few things for certain. One, an attack on the checkpoint is one of the threat scenarios we've been anticipating, even before the recent shooting at LAX. We saw this in the quick response by Capitol Hill security in their checkpoint incident a couple months ago. 

But the TSA has been developing their behavioral detection program for several years now. Essentially you have eyes on you from the moment you enter the terminal, and many times even before. Aside from the TSA's officers and bomb-sniffing dogs you also have airport police who are being trained in these techniques. We were just asked to develop a course for one of our biggest airport clients to train their officers. The city police who patrol the airport drop off lanes are watching you also. Everyone is looking for the out of place, the unusual, or the guy who just looks off. Often times the person can't even control certain behavior or mannerisms even if they're trying to "act normal."

The long lines are a bit concerning, and somewhat of a mystery. I've traveled a number of times since the recent problems with the lines. Sometimes I breeze through in five minutes. Other times it's been well over an hour. It depends on the airport and time of day. I think part of it is more people are carrying on luggage now, and more people are traveling by air as the economy improves. The TSA needs to anticipate where they can and respond. More personnel and more lanes open at peak times will help a great deal. Also there are some screening functions that don't require a TSA officer. You can have airport staff assist by helping people divest more efficiently or working the line to make sure they know where to go and what to do. 

Lastly some airports are taking a serious look at private screening. The TSA allows for it and is not actively discouraging airports from considering this as an option. It would free up more TSA personnel to work at other airports, and allow the agency to operate in more of an oversight role. Twenty-two airports are already operating under this program, and more are switching every year. It is a trend we are likely to see continue. (TH)

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Malware for Virtual Skimming Is Getting Scarier

TrentonScottH : ATM skimming malware eliminates need for added hardware, harder to detect says Kapersky Labs #cybersecurity https://t.co/GcKmK29KpL
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Police Investigate Firebombing At Google Headquarters « CBS San Francisco

All Protecton Specialists need to watch for what this investigation shows. Back in the 70's and 80's a Paris Group used to have a large grudge against computers in general, sort of an anti Gerorge Orwiel computers are taking over the world. They targeted computers all over France, and other parts of Europe, not really sure of what computers looked like, they bombed some computers, but also some copiers, a phone PBX, as well as other electronic equipment. If another group like this is in motion, all of the cyber firms are going to need to work together and trade intelligence information. Any arson event points to folks that are not adverse to violence, and often like it. This was a pretty poor attempt of firebombing, so would tend to be at new or start up person or organzaton, and even a posible disgruntaled customer. The key here is to investigate till the motive is found out.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

FBI — Kansas Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Explode Car Bomb at Airport

When you are talking insider threats, one of the classic one's in aviation is the Wichita Airport Bomb Plot, an employee of a repairmen for plane avionics with a valid badge, turned Catholic, from Protestant, then to Muslim in the space of a number of years. He really got into the Islamic Jihadist movement in a big way, spending a lot of time on FaceBook visiting and talking about Jihad, and what he could do for the cause. His activities sparked the interest of FBI Agents, who became friends and co-attackers. He delayed his attack until he could upgrade his badge access to the airport, and allow him to drive a vehicle onto the airport proper. His plan was to drive a vehicle up to a Jetway extended to a jet while boarding, and blow up the vehicle along with Jetway and Airplane. This would have made the Brussels attack, look like child's play. The FBI was working with Airport Security long before the planning phase of the attack was really started. TSA and the Airports are constantly working to vet and re vet anyone with a badge to an airport. A lot of barriers have come down, so that information from one Government Agency and or State and Local Agencies can access the needed information, to help keep us all safer.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Evolving Challenges for Explosive Detection in the Aviation Sector and Beyond | Combating...

TrentonScottH : Many airports in the developing world lag in deploying explosives detection and counters to the insider threat | https://t.co/l8w6gsyap4
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Lets Talk about an Airplane One if you look at the tail section both horizontal and vertical stabilizers are located there. If you lose control of the tail, bad things happen, and usually very quickly Now a small bomb located near this section of the plane or along its control and signaling lines, could and probably would lead to loss of control of the plane, almost totally. Now when searching a plane coming from Countries like Egypt, that has less than a great security record, the people actually researching the plane are normally folks from that airline, and in this case since the airline is owned by the country, but their people, who probably do not think a co worker would attack them, so that area around the tail section, I would doubt would be searched much if at all. The search would concentrate on the Passenger cabin, where it is thought an outsider would put a bomb. So a small device placed in the tail section of the plane would probably go un noticed. I am not sure of a solution to this, but I would suggest you fly US Airlines when ever possible. To search a plane properly from stem to stern would take hours, in fact it could take a day or more. So these searches talked about on the turn around from Egypt to Paris and back again, would have to be suspect. Even with US Carriers, you have to worry about the plane and its security when on the ground in a foreign country. Most US Airlines keep a pretty good security watch on their planes, but I hope they increase it a bit for the near future.


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Edinburg officer indicted in connection with drug conspiracy - The Monitor: Local News

This is a continuing problem with Law Enforcement both local and Federal assocated with border drug crimes. I think what people need to remember this is a very very small percentage of the Law Enforcement here in the Valley. There is a fact we all have to deal with, that around 5% of any organazation will have tendancies to do bad things, this has worked out for Priests, Police, and of course our elected officials. This just means we like everyone else need to keep a watchful eye on those around us. Insider threats are the hardest to detect and deal with, but deal with them we must. I think what the Border Patrol leader said in his press release is correct. They have dealt with him and will move on, it is not just a RGV problem, we see it happen all over the world. So good job in catching these folks, and we are behind our law enforcement 100%, we like them will just keep an eye on them, and us.
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White House on lockdown after person shot outside | Daily Mail Online

Bottom line do not pull this stuff around the White House you will be shot
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Mexican Cartel Kidnaps U.S. Citizen in Texas, Sneaks Him Across Border Into Mexico

This happen in McAllen Texas the next town over, the numbers are staggering, both the official numbers and the unofficial numbers, which work out to between one and two kidnappings a week on the US side of the border, most are taken over to Mexico and ransom demands are fast and must be answered fast or the victim is cut usually an ear, or finger, and then one last demand at then depending on who the kidnapper is, just killed and dumped, or sometime released. Negotiations are at such a fast pace that no professional negotiations take place, which maybe a good thing for these victims, most of the kidnappings are not professionals and they just assume Police in the US are involved if any type of what appears to be professionals talk to them, so they kill and move on to the next victim. As long as the ransom stays under 100 thousand dollars, and often in the 20 to 50 thousand dollar range, it is easier to just pay it. For a while in 2014 to 2015 ransoms in the millions of dollars had been asked, in one 2 million was paid and all they got back was a body. Thankfully ransoms of those numbers are not seen that often near the border. Near central Mexico they are still seen, but those are much more professional kidnappers, if there is such a thing (and there is) that are prepared to keep victims for months even a year, and Pro's are brought in to deal with them. Most border kidnappers, take the victim north for a few miles to see if the border has been alerted and looking for them, then scouts are sent out that keep an eye on the crossings to see which is the best to use. Most of the time the US side is not actively looking at departing vehicles, even walkers going to Mexico. The Mexican side is rarely looking at all, in fact the walkers just put coins in a turnstile and are never talking to anyone. Yes kidnap victims are sometimes walked into Mexico, not often. but enough to make it a standard practice. For a while paid scouts would just put up flags are pieces of cloth on sign posts to warn or tell people heading for Mexico if that crossing was being watched by US Border Agents, it is not used as much now days. The Mexican Police Cameras at the borders are often compromised by the Cartels so they could see what was going on. Mexico has added more security on some of the cameras, and the Cartels just had big machines push the camera poles over, during the day if you can believe it. We have pictures, the Cartels had a very good CCTV system of their own, may still, but the old one was found out and most of the over 100 cameras in just the Reynosa area removed. It is rumored that they have some of the US cameras compromised as well both Federal and Local systems. I think the Federal folks have upped their game and ended any chance of being compromised, but local Police do not seem to have the resources to make it happen, or to stop it from happening for long. Cartels are quickly learning the value of good cyber hackers. The pay is good but the dangers are pretty high. The last great communications guy/hacker from McAllen is still in witness protection it is rumored. He ran the Zeta Cartels communications network for years from his shop in McAllen.
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Egyptian Military Says EgyptAir Flight 804 Debris Found Off Coast

TrentonScottH : Egyptian military claims to have found EgyptAir 804 debris, still no claims of terrorism. We need to wait and see | https://t.co/HSpUWyINuK
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cyber Security: How Legal firms can Stay Vigilant against the Online Threat - Information...

TrentonScottH : RT @SecMash: Cyber Security: How Legal firms can Stay Vigilant against the Online Threat - ISBuzz News https://t.co/BmxI0AuehJ #InfoSec
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www.newsmaxtv.com

TrentonScottH : CTI Aviation Security expert Rich Roth on EgyptAir 804 and what the industry is doing to protect air travelers: https://t.co/3Fo1NB17dI
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NewsmaxTV.com American Political News — Watch TV Online

TrentonScottH : CTI Executive Director Rich Roth will be on NewsMaxTV at 6:00 pm EDT, talking EgyptAir 804 and airport security https://t.co/1AuPu6b210
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President Francois Hollande Announces What Happened To Missing EgyptAir Flight

No answers yet, but plane was under French security rules as the departure airport. Which brings ICAO and EU security rules into play. TSA rules will not apply. The Paris airport usually has very good security. CTI has worked with them in the past, and has never seen a security problem. Any loss of the tail control would could bring about this type of last seen activity.
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EgyptAir flight MS804 'swerved' suddenly before disappearing

No idea of why yet. No communications from plane saying their was a problem.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Data Breach Survivor

TrentonScottH : RT @SecMash: Data Breach Survivor https://t.co/PH5gAFNAVh #InfoSec
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Brad Panovich on Twitter

TrentonScottH : RT @wxbrad: Last radar location of #EgyptAir Flight 804 via @flightradar24 https://t.co/4vu96hWkG1
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TSA to send more screeners, canines to Chicago airport

TrentonScottH : TSA to send more screeners, K9s to Chicago airport https://t.co/RQgSFrH93Q | Addl K9s won't necessarily make the security process any faster
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Police Address Possible Anthrax Scare Near The Capitol

TrentonScottH : Security incident on National Mall in DC: man may have a dangerous substance, surrounding streets closed https://t.co/fNYKdzex6v
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Sharing the Rio Grande's Water Is a Tense Endeavor

This has been a problem for years, but may soon be coming to a head. Both sides have their valid points, but so far the USA, has given in each time, , ,but we can control the flow further up river, so it is more a question of will during negotiations.
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Monday, May 16, 2016

AviationNews.net

The airport groups have made some very good sugestions that TSA should really look at. The using of Behaviour TSA folks at the screening checkpoints is an ecellent idea, and should be used before overtime is authorised. I know they say that underminds their efforts when they work in plain clothes. It may, but not enoug to cause any problems, the US Secret Service has done it for years. Plus the Behavour folks at the screening check points is just more effective for their skills. In many major airports that is where may TSA behavour folks end up anyhow, watching the screening line from a distance. Being right there talking to passengers as they hand over tickets and ID's is when the bad guys are the most nervous and often display the actions bad guys resort to when thinking they may be confronted.
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Two mothers accused of smuggling drugs said their children’s lives were at risk - The Monitor: Local

I could be wrong but this looks like cross border violence to me. Threats,extortion,this is the fears,border citizens on both sides of the border face everyday. Know one wants to talk about it,and it only comes out when someone is caught. Everyone here in the valley, know someone that has been approached by Cartel thugs or their gang affiliates to commit some criminal act. Sometimes it is nothing more than giving a ride back over the border to a Cartel or Gang Member. Usually vehicles are not checked by either side when going into Mexico, so sort of a no harm no foul situation. But it is like dealing with spy's if they can get you to do one little thing then they push for more. In these two cases the bad guys already had an in, and forced the issue with threats. Here in the US we would go to the Police many times, but rarely is that a good move in Mexico, or even in the US when dealing with Cartels. Once again lets go back to the Cold War Spying problem. People could not understand why they could often not get a clearance if they had family in the Soviet Union, it was because of the Soviets constantly threatening people in the US that their families would be hurt if they did not do what the Soviet Spy wanted. By the way this is a huge problem for the (refugees) coming over from Syria and other Nations with ISIS control. They may mean well, but if threatened by violence to family members still in those ISIS controlled countries, they would most likely give in. We find the same here, one that is used a lot is our Kids going over to Mexico, they are kept until payments are made, some quite low like a few thousand dollars. I happens way to often, but no one hears about it till, someone gets hurt, and even then families try to keep it hidden.
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How do you fire the TSA?

The TSA's problems persist despite their best efforts. As much as the agency has been promoting PreCheck as a means to speed travelers through screening, we really haven't seen the public take advantage of it. Nor has their push for better technology led to shorter wait times. The other side of that coin is TSA presence at major sporting events. Protecting the DNC or RNC is one thing. The Super Bowl is quite another. When you're being stretched thin, the smart move is to consolidate and focus on your core mission, not expand even further. 2016's perfect storm of summer travelers, checked bag fees, and staff shortages may push more airport operators to dump the TSA. At some point, when enough of hem have moved to private screening, TSA will be relegated to an oversight role like the FAA was pre-9/11. (TH)
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Capitol Hill Targeted by Ransomware

Just in case you did not see this on Mainstream Press.
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Afghan Kidnap & Ransom | Richard C Pendry | LinkedIn

There is a lot of reality in this post, for instance when you are surrounded by folks that fundamentally oppose you, even having a weapon can more of a negative than a positive, and the NGO acceptance posture maybe the only answer. But only if you have the same folks looking out for you as well. ,, tough call but sometimes that is reality.
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Friday, May 6, 2016

FBI — Perspective: Identifying Warning Behaviors of the Individual Terrorist

I think there is a lot more work to be done with this project. It would appear that some agreement on three of the warning behaviors—fixation, identification, and leakage is working, but even the data on them has been less than convincing. The study and those like it are on the right track, and this type of warning behavior study are what is needed for where both Security and Law Enforcement has to go, if we are to stop, or at least prevent some of the attacks from happening. It should be recognized that this method is considered an investigative tool, not a tool for first responders, or for that matter all of us dealing with active shooter or bomber situations to work with. I would still point to the Behavior analysis of the Marine Corp Combat Hunter Program, or another form of situational awareness training as the preferred method of catching the bad guys as they plan or prepare for an attack.
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Monday, May 2, 2016

How to become a Bodyguard! The MOST Comprehensive Training Available

This is the place to be, CTI has had the honor of working with ESI for over 20 years, and just finished conducting a 6 day TSCM course for Protective Agents and Security Specialists, sign up for the fall class now.
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