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ATTN: Consequence Managers

4/28/00- The new “Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages-9th Edition” has been released. The directory is available from: Systems Audit Group at tel. (617) 332-3496.


Oklahoma City Memorial Dedication

4/20/00- On April 19, on the fifth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, the new Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial was dedicated. The memorial, which was funded by the National Park Service and private donations, is located at the site of the original Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The construction of the memorial was accompanied by the founding of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT). The Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to counterterrorism research, analysis, and public education.

Click "Here" for more information on the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and MIPT.


Toxic Gas Attack at Lisbon Nightclub


4/16/00- At approximately 4:30AM on April 15, seven people were killed and at least sixty were hospitalized when a toxic gas (possibly CS or CN) was released in the Luanda nightclub in Lisbon, Portugal. The attack was executed by an unidentified individual who threw two gas canisters into the club. At the same time, the electricity was cut and the lights went out. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Visit CNN.com or MSNBC.com for the latest reports.


New Public Reports of Radiological Material Seizure

4/15/00- In the April 17, 2000 issue of U.S. News & World Report, the Outlook column describes two new incidents of radiological material seizures. In one case last month, a truck was stopped along the Uzbekistan border with ten lead containers of radiological material. While the material was not weapons grade, it could have been used to create an Improvised Radiological Device (IRD). The bill of lading stated Pakistan as the final destination. However, U.S. officials suspect Iran.


Middle East and Africa Security Conference

4/12/00- On May 7-9, 2000, OSAC and the International Security Management Association (ISMA) will jointly sponsor a Middle East and Africa security conference in Cairo, Egypt. Attendance is open to any OSAC constituent and ISMA member with interests in this region. For registration material and additional information in Adobe PDF format, please click "Here."


Extremists Online

4/10/00- Curious about what the bad guys have to say? Check out the all new Extremists Online page here at Bombsecurity.com. This page features links to the official and unofficial web sites of over two dozen extremist groups. In addition to the propaganda displayed on most of these web sites, bomb techs and arson investigators should particularly check out "The Final Nail," a publication located on the ALF web site.

Click here to view "Extremists Online."


Reward Offer: Abdelmajid Dahoumane

4/6/00- The U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction in any country of Abdelmajid Dahoumane. He was indicted by the Federal Court in the Western District of Washington on terrorism-related charges on January 20. U.S. law enforcement officials have been working closely with the Government of Canada and Canadian law enforcement authorities in this case.

Mr. Dahoumane is believed to be an associate of Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian national arrested by the U.S. Customs Service as he attempted to transport illegal explosive materials into the United States from Canada on December 14, 1999. For more information click "Here."


Hitachi Announces High Speed Explosive Detection Prototype

4/5/00- Hitachi has announced a new method for increasing the speed of detection for explosives with low vapor pressures (RDX, PETN, etc.). Hitachi states that the IMS-based prototype can complete sample analysis in two seconds. If the prototype works well in field conditions, a system may be commercially available in about two years.


InVision Technologies Signs New FAA Contract for the CTX 2500 Explosive Detection Units

4/4/00- InVision Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has signed a contract with a potential value of more than $40 million over three years with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its new CTX 2500 explosive detection systems (EDS). InVision announced that it has also received delivery orders under this contract in the amount of $1.3 million and will start shipping these units in the second quarter of this year. This follows another contract InVision signed with the FAA in March, with a potential value of more than $80 million over three years for its CTX 9000 DSi explosive detection systems (EDS).


GAO Releases New Report on Status of State Dept. Security Improvements

4/1/00- The General Accounting Office has released a new report summarizing the status of the State Department's Overseas Emergency Security Program. The security improvement plan, funded by a $1.5 billion appropriation, was established in the aftermath of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in East Africa. According to the GAO report, the State Department's security improvements are progressing. However, due to upgraded security requirements, some aspects of the plan were underestimated in the original budget. The State Department plans to address these issues in the budget for FY 2001.



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UPCOMING
EVENTS

 

May 2-4, 2000
BKA Intl. Symposium 2000
for EOD Technicians and Investigators
(Gelsenkirchen, Germany)


May 7-9, 2000
Middle East and Africa Security Conference
(Cairo, Egypt)


May 15-16, 2000
COPEX-USA
(Crystal City, VA)


June 7-10, 2000
Technologies for Public Safety in Critical Incident Response Conference 2000
(Denver, Colorado)


June 11-16, 2000
IABTI International Training Conference and Exhibition
(Melbourne, Australia)


July 12-13, 2000
COPEX-ASIA
(Suntec City, Singapore)


Sept. 11-14, 2000
ASIS 46th Annual Seminar & Exhibitis
(Orlando, FL)

Oct. 2-3, 2000
Janes Chem-Bio Conference
(Roslyn, VA)


Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2000
COPEX-2000
(Esher, Surrey, UK)