Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another School Shooting - RyPul Threat Assessments Continues To Warn You.

We had a lull and now this. I am not sure why this very serious security situation on our school campuses continues to be swept under the rug, but here we go again with another life threatened on a local US school campus. And since it won't end, lets really get together and put some hardened barriers in place to stop these bullets in flight.

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By Steve Bittenbender
LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A student was wounded on Tuesday in a shooting at a Kentucky, high school, and police in Louisville have arrested a suspect in the incident, officials said.
Louisville Police said in a statement that the victim was male and that he was being treated in a hospital but his injuries were considered non-life threatening after the shooting just after 1 p.m. EDT at Fern Creek High School.
"Authorities believe this is an isolated incident that occurred just inside the school," Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson Alicia Smiley said in the statement.

Police said they have arrested a suspect but provided no details. Local media reported the suspect is a sophomore year student, 15 or 16 years old.
Students were seen walking out of the school in a single-file line with their hands on their heads, according to the WAVE television station, a local NBC affiliate.
Devin Gurley, a junior, said he was in a second floor classroom near a stairwell where the incident took place and heard of lot of commotion after the shooting, with teachers and students shutting doors to secure students.
"I heard the shot and closed the door," he said.
His mother, April, said she heard from her husband, who is stationed in the Navy in Virginia, and from former co-workers about the incident and was on her way to the school when she received a text message from the school.
"This can happen at any school, a Christian school, a private school," she said. "These things just happen. It's unfortunate, nowadays, they just happen."
Earlier on Tuesday a 16-year-old high school student in North Carolina was injured in a shooting after an argument. The suspected shooter surrendered and was arrested.
(Writing by Mary Wisniewski and Eric Beech; Editing by Brendan O'Brien and; Sandra Maler)

Boko Haram militant leader is dead... What the hell took so long...

Boko Haram militant leader is dead, Nigerian military says

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  • © Boko Haram's leader appears in a video released by the group.
Text by FRANCE 24 
Latest update : 2014-09-26

The Nigerian military said Wednesday that it had killed a man posing as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and confirmed that Shekau had been killed earlier. The announcement comes after previous claims of his death in 2009 and 2013.

The army also said that 135 Boko Haram fighters had surrendered their weapons to Nigerian troops on Tuesday in the northeast town of Buni Yadi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Konduga in Borno state.
Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday that the Nigerian army hadkilled a man posing as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who Olukolade said had also been killed. He said an Islamist fighter identified as Mohammed Bashir died in clashes in Konduga, adding that Bashir was the man who appeared in recent videos released by the group.  Bashir had been "acting or posing as the deceased Abubakar Shekau", who Olukolade called "the eccentric character known as the leader of the group".  The military did not say when or how Shekau was killed and the announcement comes after two previous claims by security sources that he had died, one in July 2009 and another in late June 2013. The many faces of Shekau A spokeswoman for the Department of State Security Service, Marilyn Ogar, said again in May that "the original" Shekau was dead, adding that the man who now appears in videos released by the Islamist group was an imposter. Security sources say that the actual identity of the group's leader may not be key to its operations, as any number of Boko Haram fighters stand ready to take on the leadership role as required.
Olukolade told the news conference that the name "Shekau" had become something of a "brand name for the terrorists", and that many different Boko Haram commanders may have used that moniker. These include Abdullahi Damasak, who was succeeded upon his death by Mustapha Chad, according to sources close to the group. In this way Boko Haram may be seeking to bestow a semblance of immortality on its former chief.
But Olukolade said the army was committed to defeating any or all of the group's leaders. "The Nigerian military remains resolute to serve justice to anyone who assumes that designation or title, as well as all the terrorists that seek to violate the freedom and territory of Nigeria," he said.  Olukolade told the briefing that Bashir had also used several identities, among them "Bashir Mohammed, alias Abubakar Shekau, alias Abacha Abdullahi Geidam, alias Damasak, etc."  Washington officially designated Boko Haram a terrorist organisation in November last year. The United States also offered a $7 million reward for Shekau's capture as part of its Rewards for Justice programme and designated him a "global terrorist".  Britain, Nigeria’s former colonial ruler, and France have also branded the Islamists a "terrorist" group.  Scepticism amid death claims To prove its claims, the Nigerian military showed an amateur video recording of the fighting in Konduga in which bodies littered the streets.  Pointing to a bearded man lying dead on the ground alongside another slain fighter, Olukolade said: "That character tallies with the one that has been showing himself on the video."  A close-up photograph of the man's face was projected alongside a screengrab from a Boko Haram video of Shekau holding an assault rifle. An arrow pointed out a small growth on the foreheads of both men. The United States voiced skepticism Thursday over the reports that Shekau had been killed. "The Nigerians have announced several times that the head of Boko Haram was dead, and every single time we find out that it is not true," a senior State Department official told reporters.
Some regional analysts said earlier this week that they also remained sceptical about any such claims. Ryan Cummings, chief Africa analyst at Red24 risk consultants in South Africa, said he thought it unlikely that Boko Haram's commander would have been in the thick of battle in Konduga or anywhere else. But Jacob Zenn, from the Jamestown Foundation thinktank in the United States, said the death of a Shekau double in Konduga was plausible. "It's important to note, however, that Shekau may have had 'doubles' who appeared in some videos. And the army has a record of being incorrect about claims of Shekau's death," he said.
He said the truth will likely only be known when another video emerges "from Shekau, or someone who purports to be Shekau". Army under pressure Nigeria's military has come under increasing pressure to regain territory lost to the Islamists, who haveseized control of a string of towns stretching over 200 miles along Nigeria’s northeast border with Cameroon in recent weeks. Thousands of civilians have been forced from their homes in the latest offensive, joining the more than 1.5 million people who have already been displaced within Nigeria or who have fled across the border to Niger, Cameroon and Chad, according to UN figures. Addressing the annual UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to step up the fight against Boko Haram. "Let me underline today that we shall not waver until we end this mindless war on innocents and bring all the perpetrators to justice. We will triumph over terrorism," he said. Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden" in the local Hausa language, has been waging an increasingly bloody insurgency to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria since 2009. The group stole international headlines in April when it stormed a school in Chibok and kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, most between 12 and 17 years of age.
A month later, Boko Haram released a video in which a man thought to be Shekau threatened to sell the girls into slavery. In another video released soon after, the man said the militants would free the girls in a prisoner exchange, an offer the Nigerian authorities rejected. President Jonathan, who has come under fire for failing to do more to rescue the girls, told the General Assembly that Nigerian authorities were still working to free the some 200 schoolgirls still being held by the militants. “Although it has been over three months since they were abducted, we have never relented in our efforts to set them safely free,” Jonathan told the 193-member world body.

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3 Students Arrested For Allegedly Making Criminal Threats Against Peers At Lake Elsinore HS

Officers respond to Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore due to a rumor of a threat on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Three Temescal Canyon High School students were arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats to other students after authorities investigated a rumor of a shooting threat at the Lake Elsinore campus.

Authorities were first notified of the threat on Saturday. They arrived at the school on Monday to serve search warrants and collect evidence. Upon investigation, the three students were arrested.

Temescal Canyon High School remained open during the incident, but security was increased as a precaution. Increased law enforcement is expected to stay on campus.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigator Tony Pelato at the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FBI Releases Study on Active Shooter Incidents

As if we didn't know that most of our public place shooters are copycats and very disturbed people, now the FBI releases a report that details just this information and gives the average American no true way to defend against this type of killer. My advice to business owners, school administrators and force protection specialists is the same.

"Provide yourself some type of personal weapon(s) for defense, train yourself for the eventuality that violence will find you, have ballistic barriers in place to help you defend yourself in place just in case first responders are too slow, poorly trained or lack the skill to assist you immediately and lastly be able to protect yourself in spite of the assurances that the people in charge give you about how safe your environment is."

Read the FBI report below, as it does provide great insight that should not be overlooked.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JLENS Radar Deployed to Protect Metro DC

Mission ready. That was the verdict for the U.S. Army’s A Battery, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, who were recently certified to operate Raytheon Company’s (RTN) JLENS radar to protect the National Capital Region (NCR) from cruise missiles and drone threats.
JLENS is a system of two aerostats, or tethered blimps, that float 10,000 feet in the air. The helium filled aerostats, each nearly as long as a football field, carry powerful radars that can protect a territory roughly the size of Texas from airborne threats. JLENS provides 360-degrees of defensive radar coverage and can detect and track objects like cruise missiles, drones and airplanes from up to 340 miles away.

“When JLENS deploys to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., later this year, it will provide a powerful new capability to the National Capital Region’s Integrated Air Defense System (IADS),” said Raytheon’s Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems’ Global Integrated Sensors business area. “With this certification, the soldiers now possess the skills to maximize the capabilities of JLENS to help defend our country from the growing cruise missile and drone threat.”
Raytheon employees worked with U.S. NORTHCOM and the soldiers to develop the tactics, techniques and procedures for using JLENS as part of the NCR’s IADS. Raytheon also helped prepare the soldiers for the Army’s independent certification process by training them on a variety of key tasks, including:

  • Using JLENS’ hydraulic winch system to raise and lower the aerostat
  • Radar operations
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Initiating communication links in order to communicate critical information to higher echelons
  • Emergency procedures.

JLENS consists of an integrated radar system on two tethered, 80-yard aerostats, which fly at altitudes of 10,000 feet above sea level and remain aloft and operational for 30 days. This capability better enables commanders to defend against threats including cruise missiles, drones and aircraft. JLENS also provides ascent phase detection of tactical ballistic missiles and large-caliber rockets.

  • JLENS completed developmental testing in December 2013.
  • JLENS has demonstrated its ability to integrate with defensive systems and help Patriot, AMRAAM, NASAMS and Standard Missile 6 intercept cruise missile targets.
  • JLENS proved it can detect and track short-range ballistic missiles in their boost phase during a series of tests in 2013.

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.

Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/jlens-radar-deployed-to-protect-metro-dc-60614/#ixzz3E9e3Bzvc

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Pirates Beware: This GHOST Will Guard the Open Seas

Ghost on Water
NEW YORK – (DGIwire) — Pirates of the Caribbean might be a fairy tale created in a Hollywood studio, but maritime piracy is a frightening reality and a serious and growing threat to the maritime community. Modern-day pirate attacks are steadily on the rise and not only cause economic losses, but can be deadly. In fact, the number of fatalities continues to grow as pirates gain access to increasingly sophisticated weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades.
In an online article for Security Management Magazine, Ali M. Koknar, a private security consultant in Washington, D.C., attributes this rise to the fact that the attacks are no longer carried out by small-time criminals but by sophisticated syndicates. As hijacking requires money, equipment, weapons, planning, experience and contacts with corrupt officials, and given that the loot per vessel ranges from $8 million to $200 million according to Koknar, piracy has matured into a branch of organized crime, with political or terrorist connections in some cases. Koknar concludes that piracy has a worldwide impact on economic and security factors that must be addressed in equally serious manners.
Although the geographic areas affected by piracy were once finite, the problem is no longer limited to specific regions. Koknar adds that local villagers along the coasts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Africa welcome pirate business and provide the perpetrators with food and shelter. Similarly, pirates might no longer be motivated solely by political agendas or complex plans to steal cargo from commercial ships, but have stated that tourist ships or private vessels are also not safe. Any vessel on the sea is considered a target of opportunity. Governments and ship owners are trying to combat this growing threat, but progress is slow because the issue is so complicated.
One company that has come up with a unique solution to address the problem of piracy on the seas is Juliet Marine Systems. Based in Portsmouth, NH, the maritime technology company is developing innovative solutions for naval and commercial applications. It prides itself for integrating the latest technology into every endeavor to create new solutions for existing needs.
Juliet Marine’s lead product is a surface vessel known as GHOST, which offers a broad array of applications. Efficiency, economy and effectiveness have been packaged into this revolutionary maritime craft. The vessel would be equally effective for Coast Guard rescue missions or transporting workers to and from oil platforms, while also offering broader uses in global cargo shipping, for example, to reduce fuel costs because it runs so efficiently.
Gregory E. Sancoff, Juliet Marine’s President and CEO, says, “GHOST is a combination of stealth fighter aircraft and attack helicopter technologies packaged in a marine platform. It is designed to provide a marine surface and subsurface platform for tracking and identification of multiple targets.”

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Indiana school unveils ‘revolutionary’ security system to thwart shootings

SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (WXIN) — An Indiana high school was chosen to be the first in the country to be installed with a revolutionary security system to thwart school shootings.

Southwestern High School was handpicked by the Indiana Sheriff’s Association to be armed with the new technology, which networks the school with local law enforcement.  “I think that Newtown, Sandy Hook, really made people understand, made us all understand this could happen to us,” said Dr. Paula Maurer, superintendent of Southwestern Consolidated Schools. “Now is the time to do something about it. We have some answers. We have the technology. We have ways to make our kids safer and we have to do it.”

The story of their new and advanced security system began with Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Mike Kersey. Like many in law enforcement, Kersey was looking for better ways to protect the public, especially children.  “School should be a safe haven,” he said. “It should be a place where kids shouldn’t have to worry about not coming home.”  Kersey knew, however, there were problems with the way authorities were responding to school shootings across the nation, and it was proven again and again during active shooter drills. He explained that authorities simply did not have the tools to prevent or quickly stop an attack. They were doing the best they could with what they had.  “All the training we were doing wasn’t really mitigating the incident,” Kersey explained to FOX59.

According to Kersey, it takes an average two to four minutes after a shooting has begun, before someone calls 911. Usually, the caller is already under attack or has only heard gunshots and can only provide little information about the active scene. It also takes time for authorities to get to the incident site. All the while, they have very few details about what exactly is happening inside and where.  “In my building, the sheriff`s department is aware of what’s going on within seconds,” touted Maurer.

Kersey told FOX59 that he came across a website for Net Talon, a Virginia-based company that created the virtual command technology he’d been yearning for. Kersey and Net Talon began working with the ISA and completed installation of the system at Southwestern this summer.

Here’s how it works.

Every teacher is required to wear a key fob which they would press if there was a life-threatening emergency. That activates the security system and immediately notifies law enforcement. Teachers are directed to get students into their classrooms and shut the door which automatically locks. Inside the classrooms, teachers have a tool that helps them report whether their class is safe, under attack, or dealing with an injury.  Miles away, Shelby County deputies have instantly received a complete layout of the school, which classrooms are safe, and what’s going on.  On top of that, they can also begin tracking the shooter through surveillance cameras and sensors throughout the building.  “‘We can locate him. We can get a description of him immediately. We can track him throughout the building. We know his weapons platform. We know what he’s doing and where he’s doing it instantly,” explained Kersey.  If the shooter reaches a classroom, a new hardened door stands in his way. This door cannot be breached in mere seconds.

“We’ve enhanced the hinging system to prevent that. We’ve enhanced the view port where it’s ballistic-ally protected. And we’ve enhanced the locking mechanism where it can’t be breached,” Kersey told FOX59.  As authorities are en route to the school, deputies back at the sheriff’s department can set off a non-life threatening counter attack. It’s a mechanism we cannot detail to ensure the integrity of the system.  “We can start controlling where (the suspect) goes within the building,” adds Kersey. “Which leads to our advantage… and now we are choosing the battle ground, not him.”  Another tool for teachers and students is a safety kit found inside every classroom which includes a tourniquet in case someone is suffering from a gunshot wound, but cannot be seen by paramedics immediately.  “We don’t have to wait till the incident really is about over with, which is what was happening before,” said Maurer. “Now they have instantaneous information about the perpetrator, about where that person is. And (deputies) can begin doing counter measures immediately. They don’t have to wait till they get here.”  ISA is backing Southwestern High School as the Best Practice Solution for School Safety, hoping to set new standards for schools across the country.  Southwestern High’s project was mostly funded by Net Talon. The district is also using some grant money to offset the costs. Maurer and Kersey hope educators and parents will challenge legislators to find more federal dollars for upgrades.

“My hope is that there is never another child ever hurt by violence in a school again,” said Maurer. “It’s here. It’s now. We’ve gotta do it. Now is the time.”  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the high school. Officials will begin by holding a memorial in memory of the victims of Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook.