Monday, February 27, 2017

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Admits to Having Terror Cells Situated and Ready to Strike in US (VIDEO)

I think this is more sobering than scary, but he is correct there are millions of Iranians here in the USA including the CTI family, now most, in fact the vast majority are not a danger to anyone, but let's talk about the 5% of any group that will do things bad, I am sure that this is true here as well. We all need to keep an eye out for people that start doing things that are now out of the norm, from how people around them are living, but also for people that are doing things out of the norm from their past actions. If you listen to this speech, he also talks about helping any group that want to hurt the USA, by providing money, technology, and people to ease their way into, attacking the USA. The USA needs to double down on our Intelligence assets used against Iran.
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This foam stops bullets cold and pulverizes them to dust | Fox News

This could be a game changer, and once you see how it is made, it even makes perfect scientific sense. You sort of wonder, why no one came up with this before. But it is in the works now, and could be out there in the marketplace very soon. I hope we see some more testing that the world can take part of, but if the development is as easy as talked about, getting it patented and covered by every intellectual property method possible is key, actually it's only defense, and even then a North Korean push could have a version out within weeks. Best of luck.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

German secret service spied on journalists for a decade | Daily Mail Online

This all gets so stupid, she had no idea that her security teams had helped spy on these folks, right, getting source data on incoming intel, is how you keep track of what intel is more valid than another. If her folks could spy on the cell phone of our President she would, and there is nothing to say they did not, other than Snowden ratted us out, and none of her folks have. I will guarantee that they had all of Secretary Clinton's phone, Ipad communications and the rest most of the time if not all the time she was in Germany. A faction of our DIA had most of the car phones of the Soviet big wigs for years, using a great clandestine program based at Germany's BMW car plants. It went on for years, till someone exposed it during a briefing. People need to understand the history of the espionage from all sides. The Soviets had the Great Seal device in our Ambassadors office back in the 60's, they had spies in our CIA, State Department, FBI, as well as the NSA. Of course we had people in their agencies as well. The Obama Administration made such an effort to make nice with Cuba, yet Cuba provides space on their Island for spying stations to Russia, China and a host of other countries, and has for years. The Russian spy ship that everyone has worried about going up and down our coast, which is by the way a series of six ships, and China has a group of them as well, and they cruse our West Coast as well. Well that same ship was docked in Cuba while President Obama was over there, and was pulling as much signal as they could from all the communications there. The last time I looked our friends like Israel, South Korea, and France where hitting the US as hard as Russia and China. Israel's vaunted airport security in other countries have been thrown out of a number of countries for spying on anyone using their airline, copying any data they could from passengers devices, while claiming to be making sure the passenger was not a terrorist threat. They copied entire sales and marketing printed data from every commercial company they could. Installed spying software on anything they could, and did it for years, and are still doing it. They use the data anyway they can, like to steal trade secrets from firms that were competitors of their firms. One former US spy said they made France look like amateurs, this is the France that bugs all its first class lounges and seats on it airplanes, puts actual spies in with the passengers to try and get more data, once again not just weapons or government secrets, but espionage against commercial companies. France got caught many times spying against our industrial manufacture companies, in Dallas, New York, Chicago to name just a few. These were full time spies, based in the US in these cities, yet the Snowdens of the world think we are the bad guys. China has over 1800 cyber spies working against the US in just one building, a small part of a much larger spy forces based in other areas of China. The list of what they are attacking can be found from their own Government list, of course starting with military and trade, to small city administration practices, schools from K- 12 and continuing on to our higher learning schools. The hit every law firm involved in a action against them, and a lot that are not involved. The attacks from China on our Health Care systems go from Obama Care to single practice doctors, nothing is off limits. Russia is not far behind them, but they are behind them anymore. So yeah Germany is spying on us in anyway they can. Heck even Japan spies of the USA every time they can, so get over it.
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Apple investigating 'exploding' iPhone 7 Plus after video of smoking handset goes viral - Mirror Online

Don't throw your phone away, but do monitor it for getting too hot at times, this can lead to incidents like this one. Technology is facing a real problem with trying to get the most it can out of as small a battery as possible. It is trend that is going to lead to more of these "exploding" electronic devices, which are not really exploding at all. New batteries have technical constraints that are being pushed to the limits, as long as everything works with in certain limits, we are good to go. But let the device get a little hot on your dash board and those carefully designed limits get exceeded. Now a battery can start to break down (usually chemically) and now the limits have been passed and we have incidents like this. Even as these very highly designed batteries get made, a small contaminate can be introduced in the chemicals or physical make up, now those constraints are even closer to failure. It has been suggested that this was the problem with the Samsung phones.
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State Department writes anti-leak memo, which promptly leaks - The Washington Post

This has to stop, transparency is one thing, leaking internal government work product ,classified or not, is making us all less safe. Yes the President has a very in your face style, but it is effective, but not if internal work product is leaked. If you work for the US Government you are required to keep information safe and secure, even non classified work product, that is not ready for dissemination to the public, yes us. Whistle blower protection is for when something is being hid from us that could negatively effect us, not for work products that will never make it to policy level, it is just people in government testing and trying ideas, and informing each other what they are finding. 90% of this work will never make it past a first draft stage if it even gets that far. I remember sitting in court being asked what I do with business ideas people send me. I laughed and said 90+% never even get read past the first page and then end up finally being thrown away. It is the same in government as well, 90+% of the ideas looked at are never seriously considered, but to leak the documents as something the government or business is going to do, is just very wrong. The leaks are not helping, but they are hurting us all a lot.
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Spain arrests woman with cocaine breast implants | Reuters

This lady was caught with almost 3 pounds of cocaine hidden like breast implants, very dangerous and also a way ISIS has claimed back in 2015 that they where going to use to smuggle explosives on board planes. Please every time you hear drugs being smuggled, think if it where explosives. There are no official stat's on how many successful attempts drug smugglers have made, but data from drug busts on people that claim to have carried drugs on planes are in the area of ton's over 3 years, and if the trend holds true then only about 10 to 20% of drugs are stopped, making the possible figure over a ton a year. Pan Am 103 was brought down with around 11 ounces of explosives. Now most experts would agree that was a fluke and it would take more to bring down a plane, perhaps 3 pounds? Remember this lady with the breast implants was found after she flew not before, so it easily could have been a very tragic incident, if she had been carrying explosives. In many cases the drugs are packaged in such a way that it makes it difficult to detect them, now take that 4 to 10 pound package wrapped like drugs, and just switch it out with explosives, but tell the flight crew its drugs, or the TSA screener that it's drugs, both have been used in the past and it's pretty certain they are still being used. Pay them the 500 to 1 thousand dollars it takes to get them to bring the drugs through security, but just change it out with explosives ready to go. It is believed that this has happen at least twice in the past to kill people, by downing the whole plane. Both had been Drug Cartel hits, using people that thought they had been carrying drugs. Think about it!
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Some Chicago gangs turning to rifles for added firepower, police say - Chicago Tribune

If you read the FBI studies on weapons and which ones are the most dangerous, a rifle always trumps a hand gun. Even a 22 round gets far more deadly when fired out of a rifle barrel over 17 inches than a handgun with a four inch barrel. 22 cal rifles have been known to penetrate some police grade bullet resistant vests. It is a factor of speed and the very small size of the bullet, which pin points it power. On the good side they are harder to carry and hide. When you get to the AK-47 it is a bigger bullet and a very high speed so has a very expanded kill zone, but most hunting rifles even cheap ones, are semi automatic and pump out very deadly rounds. Most of the gangs like weapons that look dangerous, it helps intimidate the other gangs. But most hunting rifles are just as deadly, they just do not look like it. After regular rifles look for people to start using sniper style rifles, once again, most hunting rifles can meet the needs of a sniper rifle, and it escalates the level of pure death violence in a big way.
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Chemical weapon VX nerve agent killed N.Korean leader's half brother: Malaysian police | Reuters

Interesting assassination attack, VX is very dangerous and hard to handle safely, or I dare say it would be used more. If the attackers did rub it on his face as described, the attackers and anyone rushing to help the victim could easily have been contaminated as well. Clean up and decontamination of the chemical agent can also be difficult, and since it does not evaporate quickly it can be deadly to others to include first responders trying to help. The Japanese cult that used Sarin on the Tokyo subway, had made between 100 and 200 grams of the stuff, and had used to to try and kill 3 individuals, only one died. In this case they sprinkled it on the neck of the victim as he was walking. It was first discovered back in 1952 as was named VG, as it was found to be so dangerous not one really played around with it. It is thought the first VX,which is considered the last of the line of V series chemical weapons (at least that we know of) was first developed in 1961, so this stuff has been around for a while. Just to transport this stuff is so dangerous most would never attempt it. One wrong step or even flinch by the attacker and they can die before they even complete the attack. There are far safer ways to kill people, and some are almost as deadly if not more so, yet are not as dangerous to handle.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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TrentonScottH : IRS Summarizes "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams for 2017 | Watch out for phishing, phone scames, and preparer fraud | https://t.co/L28kRRb947
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Severe Lung Injury after Exposure to Chloramine Gas from Household Cleaners — NEJM

This is a risk many of us take with out realizing what we are doing. If you read a number of assassination books, the use of house hold cleaners is in most of them. One talks about a mixture in the air conditioning and heating vents in your vehicle. As you drive away the mixture puts you in a respiratory problem, and it is possible that you will crash or even die from the exposure alone. Part of your advance manual should have this information in it. When checking areas before the protectee arrives, items like cleaning fluid storage as well as fertilizer storage should be noted. Normal levels of products are to be expected, but any mixing or poor storage should be dealt with.
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Feds foil plans for ISIS-inspired attack ‘ten times’ worse than Boston bombing – TheBlaze

Just so we all realize this guy was targeting Buses, Trains, and a Train Station, so it is not just Airplanes and Airports. If we all just keep an eye out for things out of the norm, we are going to know what is normal around us more than even the police and for sure the FBI. So I hope all of you keep an eye out for what is going on around you, it will help keep me and mine safe, so I thank you.
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Ex-CIA officer jailed in Portugal for her alleged role in kidnapping a terrorism suspect - The Washington Post

This can happen to a lot of folks that worked in the grey area of the law, while working for the US Government. In most cases side deals are made, but not all, and this lady could be facing jail time for doing her job. I wish her the best, it is not a good position to be in.
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Sometimes it is good to use Government Manuals as a basis for your own companies security manual. There is a lot here you will not need, but it is a good place to start for your companies Security Manual. It deals with cyber attacks, to insider threats, throw away what you do not need and keep what you do. If you are a Government Contractor, you can not throw any of it away. http://ift.tt/2kQcOfQ


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Possible mole in security detail of Dutch frontrunner Wilders | Reuters

Insider threats are the toughest to deal with, and one from a person doing your advance team work is a real problem. He would get all the info on the candidate, like where, when and how much security he will have. While protecting people you need to take an outsiders view, not get involved in the politics of the situation.
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Islamic State-linked group claims rocket attack on Israeli resort | Reuters

This is an area of Israel that is really in the target zone of a lot of different groups. Bedouin tribes wander on all sides of the borders here, to include Israel as you drive the roads in and around the area, Israel has Camel crossing signs every once and a while. And every once in a while a group of Bedouin tribesmen on camel's come rushing out of the desert. But to hide a Grad rocket system in the area, should not be all that easy. I would think the USA, Russia, and even China now days would have satellite surveillance of the area that could pick up one of these rockets in transit.
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As a protection or security specialist it is always good to know about fire extinguishers,in this coffee break training poster, you can learn how to conduct inspections of them. This is one that resides in my Advance Manual at all times. From the bomb side of my training, it always helps to know how to recognize when something is not right about a fire extinguisher, bombs have been placed in them a number of times. If you are just looking at it from a protection standpoint it is always good to know if the fire extinguishers at the site are in good working order, before the fire starts.


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V5 Systems portable detection solution helps police nab suspected drive-by shooter | Government Security News

These can be a great system have on hand it this type of issue comes up, Chicago has a version of shot spotter in use, or at least they own a few, but this is an integral unit with a camera and can be set up anywhere. It can use solar, but it also can use any ac power even vehicle power to operate. A number of firms have the portable camera with solar power, but this is the first I have seen with a shot type spotter on board.
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Origami Inspires Lightweight, .44 Magnum-Resistant Shield | Industrial Equipment News

This is worth a look and shows using old tech, origami folding techniques and state of the art Bullet resistant material can be a solution for many of us. This is a folding shield that can stop 44 magnums and carried in the trunk or at a guard booth, or business lobby.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

7 Tips for Listing MOOCs on Your Résumé -- Campus Technology

Here is a few good ideas to help display all the talent you have gotten from online courses. Get the best use you can of those FEMA courses and other online courses you have taken.
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TSA allows JFK passengers to bypass security checkpoint - NY Daily News

This is a bad lapse in security, but look at what a terrorist plans for and a lapse like this is not it. Not all the facts are on the table yet, but if they are going through metal detectors, then they most probably where all TSA Pre check passengers, and as so by TSA standards are not considered a threat. TSA is pushing airports to take over vendor screening and exit lanes again, which is for at least the exit lanes is against a law that was passed a few years ago, when TSA summarily told the airports that they would take over exit lane staffing. The TSA received a bump in funding and a Federal law stating that the Airports would not take over exit lane staffing. TSA in direct violation of that law is pushing airports again to take over the exit lane staffing. Most airports are resisting, but some are not. It is a funding issue in that TSA was funded for staffing the exit lanes, but the airports are not. So the taxpayer is paying TSA for this staffing, but TSA wants the airports to take it over, so the flying public has to pay for the exit lane staffing again, in higher ticket costs. That is the funding issue, but liability is the next issue, the higher paid and trained TSA wants the airports to hire contract security guards to take over the exit lane staffing with less pay and minimal training, this is where are airport security is being attacked. On the one hand TSA wants to take over more and more duties at bus stations and train stations, yet they are fine with low pay security guards to take over the exit lanes at airports. As this incident at JFK points out, even highly trained TSA staff can make mistakes, but yet they want to push exit lane staffing, a known terrorist targeting method to lower paid and lower trained security guards. TSA needs to concentrate on the job assigned to them and improve their staff at airport screening to include staffing exit lanes and manning vendor screening. Throwing the liability to the airports, when they (TSA) have told us the traveling public that only they could do the job correctly, is lowering our security not enhancing it.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

My Friend Cayla doll banned in Germany as 'espionage device' - CNET

It sounds funny, but really it is a real threat, these dolls ask questions, and record not only the answers but any audio around them, and then transmit the audio as data through your router to servers around the world. You can leave the espionage device in the doll, or just take it out, and cut the speaker, now your device just records audio and sends it on. More and more of these IoT or Internet of Things devices are being used by families and businesses around the world with out anyone noticing that they in some cases are espionage devices, or can be used as espionage devices. For instance your router can act as a fire wall for intercepting malicious data coming into your home or business, but there is not much to stop things from in side your home or business network from sending data and information like your router passwords, as well as other passwords it sniffs out from your network traffic. Once your router passwords and other network information is sent out, it is pretty simple for hackers to take over your home or office, or even better yet just sit back and monitor your network traffic, to get the passwords to log into your bank accounts, travel accounts, your companies server, or even when you log into a Government server. It is all available just because you wanted to be able to buy your child one of these dolls, or had to have a thermostat that you could control from your phone at your local restaurant or Star Bucks. Both of which have unsecured routers, giving even more hackers access to your data.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The 10 Most Dangerous Towns in Texas to Live in

Weslaco and Edinburg are 1 and 4, that tracks with local stats as well. Still as the DPS put out in their report of 2013 on our vulnerability for the State of Texas, many of the crimes committed in South Texas along the border do not fit well with in the FBI reporting format, and just get dropped, the FBI really needs to take a look at their crime reporting format, and they need to do it soon.
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Malaysia arrests 2 more people in suspected assassination of Kim Jong Nam - Channel NewsAsia

Probably sanctioned by his Brother the President of North Korea, but could have been a warning attack by another crime family in Asia, he was known to be a playboy living above his life style funding. There is not enough footage yet available to analyse, but it looks as if she is with the man standing behind her. He is dressed in a black top and blue jeans, standing in what could be a covering pose.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Medicaid fraud case involving McAllen supplier underway | Local News | themonitor.com

This was good work, Medicaid fraud hurts all of us. Both as tax payers and as consumers of medical products. In the world of supply and demand this misuse of medial items, ends up raising prices to all of us.
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TSA's behavior detection program a wasteful flop - The Orange County Register

The program is not the problem it is the way it is being used. Trying to arrest people on behavior clues, is never going to work, trying to determine which people may need more careful looks at airport screening lines is a needed program. Looking to see which people maybe planning an attack before screening, like the Brussels bombers, or in the baggage pick up areas like the Florida shooter are also great uses for Behavioral Detection. You need far less certainty to look for people that should be screened more carefully, and you may scare off terrorists or bad guys in the planning stages. Every TSA employee should be taught the basics of Behavioral Detection, they are the eyes and ears of the entire TSA contingent and is one of the best security effort's we can have. I do not think the Behavioral Detection program should go away, just re directed to make the most of it. Just as every Law Enforcement Officer and all the staff at the airport should have basic Behavioral or Aggression detection training on at least an annual basis. Bodyguards are trained to use this type of detection for trying to find bad guys before they act.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

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Here is a new GPS device that is coming on line in July of this year, a little pricey 99$ a year, but I would be looking at it for my clients. Provided by Isaac Secondine, these are devices we all want to know about, they could be a life saver in the right situation. But please remember the bad guys know about these as well, and often look for them as they snatch up someone. So do not look at them to be a silver bullet, but they may well save the day.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Experts: Attack on an airline or airport could affect US economy

TrentonScottH : This is why resiliency is so important | Experts: Attack on an airline or airport could affect US economy https://t.co/raxH37AzH0
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Scary New Kind of Malware Is Invading Banks All Over the World

TrentonScottH : Scary New Kind of Malware Is Invading Banks All Over the World #CyberSecurity https://t.co/20JKOkoEy3
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Vizio smart TVs tracked viewers around the clock without consent | Ars Technica

More and more is going to be coming out about many of the SMART devices we have in our home and offices. Everything from the routers you use in your home and office, to the cable TV boxes in your home and offices are suspect, and have been used in the past to collect data on what you are doing.
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Virginia Trooper Chad P. Dermyer dead after bus station shooting - UPI.com

It will be interesting to see what the after action report by the training instructors come up with. At this point all we have is the words from one of the Col, of the State Troopers, and not much to analyse, plus no one writing on the subject was there. The goal of the second part of the training exercise according to the Co. "If you see some suspicious behavior, go over and engage and have a conversation." That was what was taking place here," Flaherty said, referencing the wording of the squad's training assignment. The death of this trooper was tragic, and you do not know what was going through each person's mind that was in this situation. But the Trooper had just come off a training classroom on what they should recognize as and how to respond to suspicious behavior. His guard may have been down? The shooter was a convicted felon with a weapon on him which automatically would have put him back in Prison, his guard was probably up. The Trooper was among friends and colleagues that had been training with him for the last few hours, guard up or down, I am not sure that can be determined. The shooter perhaps saw the group of Troopers come into the Bus Station, not in Uniform as such, but described as fatigue clothes. Probably noticeable by the shooter, it would be interesting interview others in the bus station to determine if the Troopers looked like Law Enforcement. This gets to be a critical issue, Police are trained in most cases that they are in uniform, and that carries with it both a risk and if used correctly an advantage. In soft clothes IE not uniform, Police and Troopers are trained in a different way, that also has risks and if used correctly an advantage. In this case the Troopers from the descriptions given are between the two, uniform and not uniform. The shooter apparently did act suspicious once again from descriptions of the incident, no video, just descriptions of the incident. People who have apparently viewed a video of the incident, have described the incident in different ways to reporters. All seem to agree the incident involved very few words, before the gunman drew and shot. One description says the shooter was walking toward his luggage, when he became aware of? And then turned away from his luggage, and that is when and why the Trooper decided to talk to the shooter. Most people will show their intentions to some extent, most people carrying a weapon will give off certain behaviors that Law Enforcement can get a clue to intention and that a weapon maybe involved, as well as where the weapon quite possibly is. Did the shooter give off these clues, was the Trooper looking for them, remember he had a number of colleagues around him, which could give him some feeling of safety. Still approaching before the Trooper had the time to catalog the behaviors of the shooter, may have been a factor. There has been no reporting of the Trooper trying to pull a weapon, but that is probably a good thing, at the range described for the shooting, if the shooter is already drawing, then the Trooper really had no time to draw and focus a weapon the shooter, his best chance probably would have been to attack with his hands to defend himself, that is assuming he saw the shooter starting to draw. Descriptions of the last seconds, seem to center around the shooter having a weapon tucked into his belt around his back area. That type of draw from a criminal element is usually telegraphed in such a way that it is noticeable. Not knowing the mindset of the Trooper, it is difficult to understand if picked up on the behavior of the shooters intention. For the shooter it is apparent that he was in the mindset of he was going to shoot this man. Advantage shooter, he knows what he is going to try and do, critical micro seconds are in his favor, the Trooper has to get through the reactive mind, and make his decision and his moves. Critical micro seconds are spent making these decision's once again advantage shooter. But this is a disadvantage every law enforcement officer have every day every time they get into a situation like this. The very vast majority of times the LEO has enough time to react, but if the shooter has no mindset to fight or no mindset that delays him as he weighs the decision to shoot, he has a very critical advantage. That is what is different between war an law enforcement, or at least used to be. In war the other guy is your enemy and you shoot, there are still some mindset issues, but the situation is much more clear cut than in a LEO situation. But LEO's are faced with the mindset issue all the time, bad guys not so much. Add to this the worry of a bad shoot, and the mind set problems multiply for the LEO, not so much for the bad guys. We may never know what mind sets either the Trooper or the shooter had in those last micro seconds, but we can try and give ourselves a few more micro seconds of time to help the process, like perhaps not approaching so close till we have observed the suspect more, perhaps warning other Troopers that this may be a bad situation, so they can be in the mindset to draw and shoot quicker. One thing we can say is the Trooper was not at fault, his job is to protect, even protect the shooter, till the incident starts, then he has to come off the protection job, and into a shooting job, which is very tough to do when everything is happening so quickly and at such short range. I would like to know more about this shooting, I think we have a lot to learn from it. My Prayers go out to the Troopers colleagues and family, and for the Trooper himself.
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Bridge to be Named for Slain Virginia State Trooper | Officer.com

As a trainer, this death has really caused me concern, I taught a course like this less than a week after this happen. I still want to know more about this incident, of course something like this can happen to any of us. Yet, this type of training is based on detecting of aggression, and keeping the officer safe. My prayers for the Trooper and his family are constant, I just would like to know more about how this happen, so I can try even harder in my training to make life safer for the student.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Radio Stations Hacked to Play "F**k Donald Trump" on Repeat Across the Country

That it happen is not all that strange, that hackers waited to exploit the vulnerability for this is. I hope all the Radio and TV stations have cleared the vulnerability, but even if they did, I think this type of hack is going to happen more and more as new vulnerabilities are discovered.
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FBI Official: Feds Can't Compete With Top Tech Companies for Cybersecurity Analysts | Legaltech News

This is an interesting statement, but with how specialized the field has gotten I can believe it. When I left the US Government it was pretty much assumed that our in house technology on most Espionage and Counter Espionage was about 10 years ahead of the private sector. Perhaps now not so much, back then the Cray computers used by NSA had the corner on speed and capability, now some Universities have comparable speeds, and China is claiming the lead in the race for computing speed. China claims to be doing it with out using any USA technology, which is a bit scary. I am pretty sure that the salaries paid to US Federal Government workers will never allow us to catch up to the private sector in the area of Cybersecurity Analysts again, so I hope we have some great contracts with the right companies and people.
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Are Kubotans Legal?

After reading this, I do hope some folks step forward to let us know of legal pitfalls in using them in the USA, or other countries. This was interesting and for me very enlightening, I had no idea that a Kubotan is illegal in England or anywhere else. I would be interested to see what folks from the US say about our laws on carrying one. After training with a kubotan most users realize there are many objects that can accomplish the same effect, like a sturdy pen. In fact a number of manufactures make writing pen's that can double as a kubotan type device. There are a number of manufactures that make kubotan's in various forms, under various names, that all accomplish the same effect, but are not and do not look like the standard kubotan, I personally have a pen our company gives out to clients that has the strength to accomplish the tasks as a kubotan. It really is more the training than the device, I would think. I will end with these facts, that most people just buy kubotan's or some device that accomplishes the same task, and have never been trained on them. TSA to this date that I know of, have allowed them on flights, and there is a training company that teaches kubotan techniques using a mini mag light.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

What Does Terrorism Look Like on a College Campus? - Campus Safety

This is a real question, in our three highest visible Government entities the FBI, US State Department and the DOD we have three different definitions, some States have their own definitions, and then it comes down to us the US Citizen, what is terror to us, I just finished writing a piece on cancer which terrorizes many Americans as well as people all over the world. So what is terrorism to a college campus, an active shooter terrorizes campuses but normally does not fit any of our official definitions of terror. A pandemic like Ebola or other human carrier illness causes terror to all involved, but does not fit our official definitions of terror. I have dealt with kidnapping and rapes on campuses and they too terrorize both the victims and the other students, but lack the title of an official terrorist act. What we do know is that other than the official definition, things can and do terrorize our youth on campuses and we need to be able to deal with it on both the physical violence level and mental level when it occurs.
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Russia-Linked "Turla" Group Uses New JavaScript Malware | SecurityWeek.Com

This groups use of old and new malware to hit businesses in the EU and the USA, it is being brought to world through a Russian linked hacking group, that... wait for is linked it self to the Russian Kaspersky Lab one of the biggest computer security firms in the world. It was reviled last year that the Russian Government agency that deals with hostile hacking against the USA and others was indeed working with Kaspersky Lab's and at the same time working with hackers like the Turla group. Late last year a large Chinese Computer Security firm was also found dealing with Chinese Government Hackers, it should lead all of us to be very wary of both security companies.
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Android VPNs Introduce Security, Privacy Risks: Study | SecurityWeek.Com

In the ESI class on counter espionage we deal with cyber security as well, the myth of VPN's being the solution to all security needs is addressed, but here is a good post on the hazards of many of the VPN solutions provided. But they also have provided a report that you can down load on the issue. Now this does not mean all VPN's are as malicious as these show, but believe me when I say no VPN solution is the answer to all security issues.
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Pre-Feedback Eyewitness Statements: Proposed Safeguard against Feedback Effects on Evaluations of Eyewitness Testimony

This is a large report and somewhat hard to get though, but if you ever wanted to know about eyewitness testimony and the problems with this hall mark of our justice system, it is well worth the read.
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Guns & International Self-defense!

This is well worth the read, carrying a weapon in Mexico for instance can land you in jail if you are lucky, dead is more likely. I have carried a few time in foreign countries, but it is always at a very large risk. But Mexico is the worst, even if you some how got permission to carry a weapon, usually a letter from a judge is what most claim, you still can be stopped by Police or the Cartel and no one will care what the letter says. In one bar it is reported that a set of Cartel hit men were looking for someone, and made everyone in the bar stand up to be searched, they lined up everyone with a weapon and shot them in the head. The nearest reason we can find is that it was good business, with the armed men dead, no one could bother them as they looked for the person they wanted to kill. By the way if you are lucky enough to go to jail in Mexico, remember they have mass slaughters in their jails all the time, Cartel shooters will attack a jail or prison, and get their folks out, and kill anyone that could be opposed to them then or in the future. Please read this post.
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The Top 2 Reasons To Not Go First In A Negotiation

Mr. Voss has a great way of letting little stories he has experienced lead into or make his point or setup his advice. You want some real advice from a person that has dealt with some of the most critical hostage negotiations the FBI has had, here it is. He has taken his skill set and applied it to business, he has taught at some of the best schools in the USA to include Georgetown University. His latest book Never Split the Difference can be found at: http://ift.tt/1Ti4Vsy , the first chapter, heck the first 7 pages will make you a better negotiator.
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50-year-old cyber warnings from CIA -- FCW

Cyber Security has been around for quite a while, and though some of the tactics have changed, it still covers the same problems. But it is interesting to see how the threat is pretty much the same, the ways of attacking have changed.
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A big part of security is knowing who controls the area you are working in, a false sense of security is a very dangerous situation to be in. If the building owners have control of the access and alarms to a site you are using then you need to know it.
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Federal agencies warned of cyber-espionage coming from their landlords

This is a real threat not only to our Government Agencies, who usually have some control over the space, but for all of us that lease space in buildings we do not control, and often do not know who does. If someone else has control of the building, the ability to insert espionage devices is virtually unstoppable. Microphones can be placed in wall air ducts, floors and ceilings that defy detection in many cases. You can mitigate a lot of the attempts by putting sensitive projects including the staff in rooms that you control the adjacent space more, but still floors ceiling and long term renovations can cause problems. In one case an espionage attack was made by installing cables in the building that ran from one tenants space to another, something that happens all the time. Then the owner (and attacker) cut pieces of the cable, installed microphone on the end of the cable and then pulled it through the victims space, stopping when they got the best audio. This has been done with network cables to spy on computer networks inside the victims space as well as video systems. One companies video system was completely compromised by the landlords use of trailing open coax cables through their space. Even fiber optic cables used for high speed data have been compromised. There is a myth out there that fiber optic cables can not be tapped into, this is not the case, it is much harder, but quite possible to do. In clients spaces CTI has designed, we try to insure the cables are pulled as a continuous unit with no splices. This makes it much harder to tap the cable with out detection, but it is still conceivably possible. A major actor like Russia or China would not fine it impossible.
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3 Firearms Training Myths (and Quick Fixes) — Dry Fire Training Cards Blog

Here are some great fire arms training ideas that should be looked at, by all in the field.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Inside the murky world of spies for hire

This is a very well written article and deals with something usually only Fortune 100 companies have deep enough pockets for. Espionage or Spies for Hire. Played at the highest level these companies can often out do medium sized countries, and are even used they the big guys for things they want, but do not want to risk an asset to get it. Due Diligence of companies or people a large company wants to do business with accounts for the majority of work they do, but they have other services they sell. Political types use them as they did on Trump, and Hillary to find out what they possibly can on the other guy, they also use them on their own candidates to try and ferret out anything in their background that could hurt them. People often wonder why this or that individual has not been picked for some post in a company or Government. It is often because during the due diligence on the individual something has been found that would not look good or reflect well on the company or Government. In some if not many cases the person being considered is told of what has been found and they remove themselves from consideration. On the negative side, and their are a lot of negatives in this work, knowing something bad about someone can taint what people will deal with you, If you miss something and it comes out later, it also reflects negatively on you reputation as a spy, and that can get out to the right people, and can end a career or company.
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France, Italy: Living in Tumultuous Times | Stratfor

One step in the wrong direction could lead to the end of the EU, or at a minimum it currency, which would be the end to most
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Alternative Facts in a Post-Truth World? | Stratfor

It is somewhat hard to read, and a basic understanding of some of the writings the author quotes is very helpful, but in the end it show us, we need not give up we will find truth and put to rest some of the alternative facts. But it will take work and in some cases un hooking from our biases for a second of so.
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DHS, ICE get new top managers -- FCW

It is good to see some old faces at DHS and ICE this will help in the learning curve for the new Administration. I look forward to meeting them again and moving forward on goals to make the USA safer.
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