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U.S. Court: NSA Didn’t Violate Constitution

The U.S. National Security Agency’s bulk collection and storage of phone metadata does not violate the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal judge’s decision. The decision comes less than two weeks after another federal judge, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, in Washington, D.C., called the same metadata collection program “almost Orwellian” and ruled that it likely violates the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. Pauley addressed this argument in Friday’s decision. “The right to be free from search and seizures is fundamental, but not absolute,” he wrote. “Whether the Fourth Amendment protects bulk telephony metadata is ultimately a questions of reasonableness.” Pauley, in his decision, reasoned that the government has less inclination than third parties to misuse citizens’ personal data. “Every day, people voluntarily surrender personal and seemingly-private information to transnational corporations, which exploit that data for profit,” Pauley wrote. “Few think twice about it, even though it is far more intrusive than bulk telephony metadata collection.” Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/u-s-court-n sa-didnt-violate-c onstitution/  (Dec 30, 2013 | post #1)

Terrorism

Indonesia: Terror Warnings During Christmas

The warning follows a warning made by the Indonesian police. It says that Islamic extremists may be planning to target worshippers at Christmas and New Year celebrations in the capital Jakarta and other parts of the country. Israeli experts say that when such terror attacks are expected there is always a risk of “spill over”. Indonesia’s small Christian minority has come under increasing pressure in recent years from Islamic hardliners, who have forced the closure of churches and protested outside places of worship. However the minority has not been targeted by a terror attack – a bombing or a shooting – since 2011 when a suicide bomber attacked a church in Solo, Central Java province. Most such terror attacks in recent times have been low-level and targeted the police. Click here for the full story: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/indonesia-t error-warnings-dur ing-christmas/  (Dec 17, 2013 | post #1)

Indonesia: Terror Warnings During Christmas

The warning follows a warning made by the Indonesian police. It says that Islamic extremists may be planning to target worshippers at Christmas and New Year celebrations in the capital Jakarta and other parts of the country. Israeli experts say that when such terror attacks are expected there is always a risk of “spill over”. Indonesia’s small Christian minority has come under increasing pressure in recent years from Islamic hardliners, who have forced the closure of churches and protested outside places of worship. However the minority has not been targeted by a terror attack – a bombing or a shooting – since 2011 when a suicide bomber attacked a church in Solo, Central Java province. Most such terror attacks in recent times have been low-level and targeted the police. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/indonesia-t error-warnings-dur ing-christmas/  (Dec 17, 2013 | post #1)

Perimeter Security: A Growing Market

The perimeter security market is growing with special focus on the protection of electrical utilities and oil refineries. Government Security News quotes a published note by Blake Kozak, senior analyst for access control, fire and security at IHS Inc. According to this note the global market size for electronic perimeter security sensors and video in electrical utilities and oil refineries is forecast to top $160 million in 2014. Electrical utilities have experienced strong growth despite the economic slowdown in 2011 and 2012. Part of this growth is resulting from the trend to use remote video and networked sensors in order to configure and maintain sensors from remote locations. For example, there has been demand to integrate video with detection sensors and network these back to a central monitoring station. This has helped increase demand for applications and locations where sensors couldn’t be monitored in the past. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/perimeter-s ecurity-a-growing- market/  (Dec 16, 2013 | post #1)

Tijuana, Mexico to Adopt UAVs for Emergency Response

Tijuana believes in unmanned air systems (UAS). The city plans to use UAS to monitor traffic, evaluate accident scenes, detect landslides and control wildfires. The purchase is part of the city’s effort to increase efficiency through technology. So far, the only municipality in Mexico that uses remotely piloted aircraft is Puebla in central Mexico, which launched a UAS programme in October after acquiring three small unmanned aircraft. According to UAS Vision in Mexico, the UAS programmes in Puebla and Tijuana have yet to stir up the level of public controversy that’s taking place in the United States, where Congress has required the Federal Aviation Administration to open up domestic airspace to UAS by 2015. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/tijuana-mex ico-to-adopt-uavs- for-emergency-resp onse/  (Dec 16, 2013 | post #1)

India’s Army May Purchase Israeli Anti-Tank Missiles

The Israeli-built Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) is back on the Indian Army’s acquisition agenda. The potential purchase of the missile arose during a Nov. 11 meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), which likely will take up the issue again when it meets later this month. The purchase of the Spike was put on hold in April as it was a single-vendor procurement from Israeli company Rafael. But the Indian Army is in a hurry to get advanced ATGMs. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/indias-army -may-purchase-isra eli-anti-tank-miss iles/  (Dec 14, 2013 | post #1)

France and Britain May Develop Joint Combat UAV

In the meantime, Britain and France are on track to decide next year whether to jointly develop an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) following the submission of program proposals by BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation, according to Defense News. Meanwhile, in the medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drone sector, where the two sides have also considered cooperating, France is seen as stalling on buying 10 more interim MALE UAVs. The British, however, have said that a future variant of General Atomics’ Reaper and international cooperation are among the options being considered to meet long-term needs out to 2030. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/france-and- britain-may-develo p-joint-combat-uav /  (Dec 14, 2013 | post #1)

Russia

Russia May Have Reached its Ceiling in Arms Exports

Despite a growing global arms market, Russian sales have reached a ceiling. In the near future, Russian defense product sellers will focus on finding new prospective partners to maintain high sales rates, like those achieved over the last 10 years. According to Russia Beyond The Headlines, Russian exports of arms and equipment have increased every year during the last decade, achieving four-fold growth. However, the management of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main corporation supplying weapons to other countries, believes that this year will witness the upper limit in Russian exports. Under the new development strategy of the corporation, which runs until 2020, the arms exports from 2013 to 2016 will remain at a level of about $13 billion a year. According to estimates, in 2013 Russian exports of helicopters will increase by 20 percent, while exports of air-defense facilities will increase by 30 percent. Rosoboronexport has said it will move from the “offensive” to the “defensive” stance in the next three years on the world market. “We monitor all the markets, study the needs in weapons, helicopters, airplanes, and armored vehicles in various countries, and understand their development trends,” said Vyacheslav Davydenko, a spokesperson for Rosoboronexport. “The world market is changing, but there will be no drastic changes. Therefore, we assume that there hardly will be a spurt during these years. We are not saying that there will be a decrease, but we cannot say that there will be an increase either.” Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/russia-may- have-reached-its-c eiling-in-arms-exp orts/  (Dec 10, 2013 | post #1)

Fast Draw – Renewed Cement Deliveries to Gaza

Israel will allow renewed deliveries of cement to Gaza, in response to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s request. This according to a Channel 2 report. The news stunned many of the viewers. Can a request by the U.N. Secretary-General change the facts? Is his request more important than Israel’s security? Cement deliveries were stopped after it was discovered that a huge amount of cement, delivered with Israel’s consent, was in fact used to build sophisticated terror tunnels. So the Palestinians ran to the U.N., crying and begging, Ban Ki Moon turned to us, and we reacted like fans who just met their favorite celebrity. It gets more and more apparent that this country is run by happenstance. A minister may decide to do one thing in the morning, change his mind by the evening and eventually do something else entirely, for no reason whatsoever. Nothing changed. Cement brought into the Gaza strip will be used to build advanced terror tunnels in the future, as well. The U.N. is supposed to oversee the use of cement, but we all know what this totally useless organization can and can’t do. Everything, exactly like the cement issue, is based on disinformation, lies and happenstance. In the case of Gaza Israelis will pay with their lives. In the case of South Africa Israel paid with its honor as a state. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/fast-draw-r enewed-cement-deli veries-to-gaza/  (Dec 10, 2013 | post #1)

Libya’s New Border Monitoring Satellite Program

Libya will build a satellite surveillance system with Italian expertise to help secure its borders in order to stem the flow of Islamist militants and illegal immigrants, its defense minister has said. Western powers worry that the sprawling North African state has become a safe haven for al Qaeda fighters as its government struggles to rein in militias and former rebels who helped topple longtime autocrat Muammar Gaddafi two years ago. Weak border controls and a small army lacking training and equipment have turned Libya into a weapons smuggling route for al Qaeda in sub-Saharan countries and also a transit corridor for Islamist fighters heading to Syria’s war. Click here for thr full story: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/libyas-new- border-monitoring- satellite-program/  (Dec 9, 2013 | post #1)

US News

TSA to Charge ‘Pre Check’ Travelers $85 for Five Years

The U.S Transportation security administration (TSA) announced that it will charge a fee of $85 per individual to participate for five years in the Pre[check] trusted traveler program, which will enable cleared passengers to move through airport security on an expedited basis. “Successful applicants will be eligible to receive expedited screening at participating U.S. airport security checkpoints, including use of a dedicated screening lane and more limited physical screening,” says a TSA notice published in the Federal Register. Prospective participants in the program must provide biometric and biographic information to TSA. “TSA has taken a number of actions to implement its intelligence-drive n, risk-based approach to aviation security,” the agency explains in its published notice. “These actions include expedited screening for passengers 12-years old or younger or 75-years old or older and for U.S. military personnel. These steps enhance aviation security by permitting TSA to focus its limited security resources on passengers who are more likely to pose a threat to civil aviation, while also facilitating and improving the commercial aviation travel experience for the public.” Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/tsa-to-char ge-pre-check-trave lers-85-for-five-y ears/  (Dec 9, 2013 | post #1)

Kenya Received New Danish Lake Patrol Boats

Kenya has taken delivery of two Danish patrol boats for security operations on the country’s two largest lakes. The boats, worth Sh115 million (about USD1.3 million), are powered by twin 910 hp engines and will be used on Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana to combat illegal fishing and other maritime crime. The vessels were launched to mark World Fisheries Day. MV Kingfisher will police Lake Victoria and deal mainly with illegal fishing while MV Lorup will monitor Lake Turkana, which has been the site of attacks on local fishermen by Ethiopians. Lake Victoria will at some stage receive another vessel to patrol its waters. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/kenya-recei ved-new-danish-lak e-patrol-boats/  (Dec 9, 2013 | post #1)

Sri Lanka – Democracy, Terror and Legitimacy

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was a nationalistic-secu lar ideological organization established in 1976. It existed until its final fall in May 2009. The organization demanded independence and the establishment of a Tamil state in north and north-east Sri Lanka, in light of the discrimination and official exclusion of the Tamil minority (the tigers) by the Buddhist Sinhali majority (the lions). At first the Tamil Tigers were a terrorist organization operating in small teams, but they gradually adopted a more traditional military organization of platoons and divisions. At the height of their power they controlled a 15,000 sq. km. area, and numbered between 30,000 and 35,000 fighting men and women. The Tamil Tigers are the only ones who successfully assassinated two leaders: Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 and Sri Lanka President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993, in addition to many more politicians, military officers, top academy figures and intellectuals. Click here for the ful article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/sri-lanka-d emocracy-terror-an d-legitimacy/  (Dec 7, 2013 | post #1)

Brazil Approves First Defense Industry Tax Exemptions

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has approved the first 26 defense companies to benefit from tax incentives aimed at stimulating the defense industry. According to Janes the Special Tax Regime for the Defence Industry (RETID) aims to make Brazilian defence products more competitive against those made abroad. The long-term aim is to encourage the defense industry to become the main supplier of strategic defense solutions to the MoD and to help increase exports. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/brazil-appr oves-first-defense -industry-tax-exem ptions/  (Dec 7, 2013 | post #1)

India and U.S. Law Enforcement to Cooperate Against Terror

India’s Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde sought enhanced cooperation between the U.S. and India to “secure our cities and our people”. This comes as the two countries have been the leading targets of transnational terror groups, with attacks launched mostly from across sovereign borders. Addressing the India-U.S. police chiefs’ conference – the first ever mega-city policing cooperation between the Americans and another country – Shinde recalled the 9/11 attacks in New York as well as the 26/11 Mumbai strikes to emphasise how terrorists typically target large and densely populated urban areas to inflict maximum damage. “An effective megacity policing system must serve as an effective deterrent against terrorists and their masters, who launch targeted attacks on the nerve centres of a country… our objective must be to make our cities safe, and therefore our countries, safe by reducing our vulnerability to such challenges,” Shinde told the gathering of police chiefs from various cities across the U.S. and from all over India. According to the Times of India, the two-day police chiefs conference is being organized by the Union home ministry as part of the India-U.S. Homeland Security Dialogue, an outcome of U.S. President Barack Obama’s discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the former’s visit in November 2010. Click here for the full article: http://i-hls.com/2 013/12/india-and-u -s-law-enforcement -to-cooperate-agai nst-terror/  (Dec 7, 2013 | post #1)