Monthly Archive: January 2017

sk© Security SAVER SALE firms told to improve firearms training

Many companies are doing only ‘touch and go’ exercises, says Stadam.

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PETALING JAYA: The Security Training and Development Association (Stadam) has urged security companies to review their standard operating procedures (SOP) in the training of guards who bear arms.

The call came in the wake of last Wednesday’s bank robbery attempt in Sungai Petani in which the suspect, an employee of a security company, allegedly wielded a revolver. A guard at the bank was injured.

Stadam president Khirudin Tajudin noted that the incident was only the latest of recent cases of abuse of firearms by security personnel.

He told FMT the occurrence of such incidents indicated a need for security companies to monitor their staff more closely.

“The case in Sungai Petani has caused alarm to many, especially since the suspect is from a security agency,” he said.

“Security companies have to review their SOP in the training of staff carrying firearms.”

He said the current standard of training in the industry was low and many firms were doing only “touch and go” exercises.

News reports about Wednesday’s case quoted police as saying the suspect is an army veteran now employed as a manager in a security firm. They said the gun he used belonged to his employer.

Khiruddin said security companies should conduct firearms training more frequently than they were currently doing.

“Training for firearms shouldn’t be carried out only once or twice in a year,” he said. “It should be done more frequently and the performance of the guards monitored regularly.”

He urged security firms to employ professional training managers and to conduct regular assessments of firearms training.

“Owners of security companies should themselves be qualified trainers,” he added.

He also said it was time for all security companies to come together to create a group indemnity insurance scheme.

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Senior Home sk© Security SAVER SALE Program Accepting Applications

Sheriff Jean Stanfield announced today that her department is now accepting applications to provide seniors FREE home security surveys and modifications.

“Seniors looking to make their homes more secure, can set-up an appointment with our professionally trained technicians who will conduct a security review and make recommendations based on their assessment,” said Sheriff Stanfield. “Door and window locks, peepholes, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are just some of the items that our technicians can install and instruct the senior on their use and operation.”

Other security/safety items that may be installed free of charge include reflective house numbers, lamp timers, power failure lights, and “med-info” packets which provide emergency responders with important medical information about the residents.

“The program is designed to increase residents’ knowledge and safety and make them feel less vulnerable and to educate them on how to not become a victim of crime,” explained Undersheriff Bryan Norcross.

“Crime prevention specialists are available to give home security workshops and presentations to clubs, churches, and various civic and community groups,” added Norcross. “These workshops provide seniors with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest frauds and scams.”

“The program serves roughly 300 homes a year for seniors over age 60. To qualify, at least one person in the household must be 60 years of age or older,” concluded Sheriff Stanfield. “My department is committed to the safety and security of our senior citizens and we look forward to serving even more residents this year.”

Interested residents should call (609) 265-5796 to register. For additional information visit: http://nj-burlingtoncounty.civicplus.com/143/Home-Security-Inspections[1].

References

  1. ^ http://nj-burlingtoncounty.civicplus.com/143/Home-Security-Inspections (nj-burlingtoncounty.civicplus.com)

Details of 2.5m gamers ‘hacked on video game forums’

The details of more than 2.5 million gamers have been hacked after a cyber breach on two popular video games forums, it has been claimed.The XBOX360 ISO and PlayStation’s PSP ISO forum, both unofficial sites where players share links to download free a…

After shooting threats, School Board to consider more security at schools


Livi Stanford @DC_lstanford

 TAVARES – Lake County School Board member Stephanie Luke suggested Monday that the district review its security measures in light of two threats of violence at local schools in the past week.

“I just think that we need to make sure we are ready,” said Luke. “It has been brought back to the forefront with the threats that have been localized to Lake County.”

Umatilla High School increased police presence this week after someone scrawled a threat against the school on a bathroom wall. Just 75 out of 800 students showed up for class on Monday. No incidents occurred.

The threat at Umatilla High School comes two days after two teenagers were arrested on Jan. 26 in what authorities described as a plot to launch a mass shooting at The Villages Charter Middle School. The students, 13 and 14 years old, reportedly told fellow students of a plan to shoot all students wearing white shirts. The plot came apart when a high school student overheard some middle school students talking about it and reported it to authorities.

School Board members are expected to have a shade meeting about security, meaning it will not be public because of issues related to security, according to School Board Chairman Marc Dodd.

Dodd said he agreed there needed to be discussions on security.

“Over the last few years we have seen a rise in school incidents across the country, which is definitely concerning,” he said. “Seeing a couple threats close to home does elevate that and make it personal. It is smart to talk about it.”’

School Board member Kristi Burns said it is always important to have such discussions, not necessarily because of the recent incidents.

“I don’t think we have reviewed the policy in some time,” she said, adding it is integral to have policies that match best practices in how to diffuse an active shooter situation at a school.

Sherri Owens, spokeswoman for Lake County Schools, said the district has 23 deputies and two Mount Dora police officers primarily assigned to the high school and middle schools.

“They provide assistance to the elementary schools as well,” she said. “In addition, a commander and lieutenant are assigned to the unit along with a sergeant and corporal on the north end, a sergeant and corporal on the south end, and a K-9 unit.”

Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. John Herrell said there would be an increased presence at Umatilla High School today.

“I don’t know it is going to be the level it was yesterday,” he said.

Herrell said the LCSO takes all incidents, such as the threat reported at Umatilla High School, seriously.

“With each encounter we will respond appropriately,” he said. “It will depend upon the facts and circumstances of each individual case. We would love to put a stop to this nonsense where kids do this stuff to get attention and disrupt school functions. What we would really like is for parents to have serious conversations with their child about the seriousness of the consequences of their actions.”

Herrell added if the School Board reached out with a specific concern about security, the LCSO would be more than willing to work with them.

How Trump’s War on Climate Policy Threatens National sk© Security SAVER SALE

Donald Trump’s attempts to halt any kind of U.S. action on climate change are already facing a stern test from millions of people like you who know climate action is essential to any kind of livable future. But they could face even more opposition in the form of military and national security programs designed to address climate impacts.

National security advisers have warned since 2004 that climate change is a “threat multiplier” whose impacts could vastly eclipse terrorism. These concerns have increasingly worked their way into U.S. national security strategies, like those spelled out in the Department of Defense’s 2010 and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review reports, State’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (2015) — which describes climate change as “a top priority” — and the White House’s 2015 National Security Strategy.[1][2][3][4][5]

Somehow, Trump missed the memo.

After calling climate change “bullshit” and a “hoax” in recent years, Trump’s administration of fossil fuel CEOs and climate deniers is following through by dismantling virtually every government climate program it can find. That includes crippling the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” withdrawing from global commitments included in the Paris Climate Agreement, and ordering a review of all current and pending international multilateral treaties. [6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

At his confirmation hearing, former Exxon CEO and current Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson made it clear that his State Department would shift from prioritizing climate change and human rights towards an obsessive focus on “Islamic terrorism.” And Exxon is certain to benefit from lifting sanctions on Russia (where it’s been trying to drill for oil for years), as well as the weakening of programs designed to address fossil fuel-related corruption. [13][14]

Then there’s Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo — a former Kansas Representative who once called President Obama’s climate action efforts “perverse” — who has already stated in front of the Senate that climate change will not be a focus of the U.S. intelligence community under his lead. [15]

These moves represent a drastic change in course that has experts concerned.

In September, national security experts at the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) recommended comprehensive actions the next president should take to address the security risks of climate change. The Trump administration has not responded or even acknowledged the report. Instead, its foreign policy revolves obsessively around Islamic terrorism, effectively cutting any “wasteful” federal spending on climate change and clean energy.[16][17][18]

It’s unclear how Congressional overseers like John McCain (head of the Senate Armed Services Committee) will view this radical shift in priorities, particularly given multiple testimonies before the Senate to how climate change will put U.S. troops abroad at greater risk. But if the Republican-controlled Congress doesn’t take up the question, it won’t be the first time that they have bowed to fossil fuel industry bullies and chosen ideology over national security. [19][20]

In 2015, House Republicans instructed the CIA and the Pentagon to stop talking about climate change. Both Pompeo and Tillerson dodged questions on climate and national security from Democratic Senators during committee hearings earlier this month. [21]

Pentagon officials, meanwhile, have become increasingly vocal about the effects of climate change, even while on active duty.

Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear said in 2013 that climate change “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen … that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.”[22]

More importantly, the U.S. military has invested billions already in adjusting to these threats, and emerged as a leader in methods to adapt to climate impacts. These include the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet”, the Army’s “Net Zero” initiatives, the Marine Corps’ 10X10 campaign, the Air Force’s 2010 Energy Plan, and the roll-out of microgrids and other technologies that have the potential to save the country billions while protecting military operations from terrorist and cyber attacks. [23][24][25][26][27][28]

These programs and the recognition of climate threats are embedded deeply enough in the nation’s defense strategies that they could stall Trump’s climate-denying blitzkrieg. It’s a strange feeling for Greenpeace to find ourselves on the same side of an issue as the Department of Defense, but these are strange times.

Senior research specialist Charlie Cray also contributed to this post.  [29]

References

  1. ^ terrorism (www.theguardian.com)
  2. ^ 2010 (www.comw.org)
  3. ^ 2014 (archive.defense.gov)
  4. ^ Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (www.state.gov)
  5. ^ National Security Strategy (obamawhitehouse.archives.gov)
  6. ^ bullshit (twitter.com)
  7. ^ hoax (twitter.com)
  8. ^ fossil fuel CEOs (www.greenpeace.org)
  9. ^ climate deniers (www.greenpeace.org)
  10. ^ form (www.nytimes.com)
  11. ^ Paris Climate Agreement (www.usnews.com)
  12. ^ international multilateral treaties (www.nytimes.com)
  13. ^ prioritizing climate change (www.state.gov)
  14. ^ benefit (www.washingtonpost.com)
  15. ^ perverse (www.motherjones.com)
  16. ^ recommended (climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com)
  17. ^ wasteful (www.bna.com)
  18. ^ climate change (www.politico.com)
  19. ^ testimonies (www.foreign.senate.gov)
  20. ^ bowed to fossil fuel industry (www.washingtonpost.com)
  21. ^ climate change (news.vice.com)
  22. ^ all often talk about (fusiondotnet.files.wordpress.com)
  23. ^ leader (climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com)
  24. ^ Great Green Fleet (greenfleet.dodlive.mil)
  25. ^ “Net Zero” initiatives (fusiondotnet.files.wordpress.com)
  26. ^ 10X10 campaign (www.prnewswire.com)
  27. ^ Energy Plan (fusiondotnet.files.wordpress.com)
  28. ^ microgrids (www.greentechmedia.com)
  29. ^ Charlie Cray (www.greenpeace.org)

Homeland sk© Security SAVER SALE head says order is ‘not a ban on Muslims,’ promises to carry it out ‘humanely’

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly denied a report that he was blindsided by the executive order. (Loree Lewis/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending travel from seven majority Muslim countries and temporarily halting the refugee resettlement program is neither a ban on travel nor on Muslims.

Speaking at a news conference from DHS headquarters, Kelly said that the pause will allow the department time to review the visa vetting system. Over the next 30 days, the DHS will assess strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. immigration system and then give foreign partners 60 days to comply with any new requirements.

“This analysis is long overdue and strongly supported by the department’s career intelligence officials,” Kelly said of the immigration review. “… This is not a ban on Muslims… Religious liberty is one of our most important values… As my predecessor, Secretary [Jeh] Johnson liked to say, it is easier to play defense on the 50-yard-line than it is on the one-yard-line. By preventing terrorists from entering our country, we can stop terror attacks from striking the homeland. We cannot gamble with American lives.”

Kelly said that the executive order Trump signed on Friday is not the temporary “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” that the president promised on the campaign trail, before changing his tune to advocate for “extreme vetting.”[1]

Trump’s executive order suspended the entire U.S. program for admitting refugees for 120 days while authorities review the admissions process, and barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days –on national-security grounds. It also indefinitely barred the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Trump’s order created chaos in airports across the world, as permanent lawful green-card residents and visa holders were turned away from travel to the United States and detained in U.S. airports. Kelly announced Sunday that he deemed letting green- card holders into the country to be in the national interest, after Trump had initially directed that they be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Congressional Democrats and some Republicans have criticized the order and its rollout.

“Regrettably, the rollout was confusing, but on a go-forward basis, I’m confident that Secretary Kelly is going to make sure that this is done correctly,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said at a separate news conference Tuesday.

Kelly said that he knew that the executive order was in the pipeline by the day before its signing, and had seen two drafts of it. He denied that he’d learned about it “on an airplane,” as The New York Times reported. “It wasn’t a surprise it was coming, and then we implemented it,” Kelly said, referencing that Trump had said while campaigning that he wanted to implement an “extreme vetting” procedure.[2]

“I knew he was going to sign an order about a year and a half, two years before he became president-elect,” Kelly said.

Late Monday, Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates[3] after she refused to defend the sweeping restrictions. In a statement, the White House Office of the Press Secretary said Yates had “betrayed” the Justice Department.

Another DHS official said at the news conference that 872 refugees are being admitted to the United States this week because of hardship concerns, despite the ban.

Kelly said that the DHS will continue to execute the order “professionally, humanely, and in accordance with the law.” He said officials are complying with a court order protecting some visa holders from deportation, despite reports that some border agents have not followed it.

Of the 1.7 billion Muslims who live on this planet, the vast majority of them have… access to the United States,” Kelly said. “And, a relatively small number right now are being held up for a period of time… Some of those countries that are currently on the list may not be taken off the list any time soon… Ultimately, though, we’d like to see all of those countries taken off the list.”

References

  1. ^ “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” (www.donaldjtrump.com)
  2. ^ reported (mobile.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates (www.talkmedianews.com)