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04 August 2009


CDC: School Dismissal Monitoring System
from PandemicFlu.gov

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U. S. Department of Education have established a School Dismissal Monitoring System to report on novel influenza (H1N1)-related school or school district dismissal in the United States. Your assistance in reporting known school dismissals is very important.



Active-duty Ranger Honored for Career
from Military Army News Center

Capt. Freddie Odomes said he is 99 percent sure he's the oldest active-duty Ranger in the Army. Odomes has served the Army in a career spanning 45 years - longer than most active-duty Soldiers have been alive.



Core Al Qaeda Under Pressure and Changing Tactics
from Counterterrorism Blog by Douglas Farah

Several seemingly-unrelated events seem to me to be important and pointing toward important new directions in the struggle against radical Islamist groups. The first is the optimistic report by CBS News that al Qaeda is publicly acknowledging the damage to its cadres caused by drone-fired Hellfire missiles.

In the communique posted online, al Qaeda leaders say "the harm is alarming, the matter is very grave," due to the drone attacks. "So many brave commanders have been snatched away by the hands of the enemies. So many homes have been leveled with their people inside them by planes that are unheard, unseen and unknown."

That pressure on core al Qaeda may be one of the reasons its affiliated groups have been ratcheting up their activities in other parts of the world, to show the organization is still alive and well and able to carry out attacks. Or perhaps the original core AQ strategy of spinning of large numbers of autonomous but sympathetic groups is gaining more traction.

What is clear is that the focus of attention for the new Islamist groups-either because they targeted the region or simply found room to operate there in regions that are sympathetic to Islamists and have little state control-is Sub-Saharan Africa.



Islamists backpedaling - Judge postpones "pants case"
from Counter Jihad by Chris

The trial of a Sudanese woman journalist who faces 40 lashes for wearing trousers was adjourned on Tuesday as police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators outside the Khartoum court.



North Carolina Arrests: Meet "Taqiyya Jihad"..
from Counterterrorism Blog by Walid Phares

With shock and malaise, Americans are discovering that their country is penetrated by jihadi terrorists, particularly those we call "homegrown." Over the past few months, several alarming cases have been revealed by law enforcement. Not only the frequency of these revelations but also the type of jihadi cells are teaching the public that something very troubling is happening within the homeland: the surge of a threat deserving a greater attention than the current attitude dispensed by the administration.



Preparing for Vaccination with Novel H1N1 Vaccine
from PandemicFlu.gov

In the Northern Hemisphere, novel H1N1 influenza virus is persisting, and is continuing to cause outbreaks and sporadic cases in numerous locales despite the onset of summer. Evidence to date suggests that population immunity to this virus is low, particularly among the young. Thus far, most cases of illness, hospitalization and death associated with novel H1N1 infection have occurred among persons less than 65 years of age. Groups at increased risk of influenza-related complications include pregnant women, those with asthma, COPD, diabetes, chronic cardiovascular disease, and immuno-compromised persons. These are the same groups as previously recognized to increase the risk of severe illness from seasonal influenza. In addition, morbid obesity may represent an additional risk factor for severe illness. Unlike seasonal influenza where persons 65 years and older are most likely to be hospitalized or die from influenza-related complications, this age group has been substantially less affected by novel H1N1 virus than younger age groups.



All Muslim terrorism is local
from Counter Jihad by Chris

Since the U. S.-led global war on terrorism (GWOT) was launched in the wake of 9/11, the West has consistently faced an image problem: Many Muslims have regarded the GWOT as a thinly veiled crusade against Islam itself. But such perceptions, and the reality behind them, are changing: The campaign against militant Islam is being waged increasingly at the local level, by Muslims themselves.

The latest example in this regard comes from Nigeria. It is still unclear exactly why the Nigerian government decided last week to deal so forcefully with the Boko Haram jihadist sect, but reports hint that Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua simply had enough of the group's periodic attacks on central government officials and facilities, and decided to make an example of them. If that is true, then Nigeria may have joined a growing list of governments whose leaders are starting to realize that taking on the jihadis is their fight, not just the West's.



China delivers warship to Pakistan
from Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

Karachi (AFP) July 30, 2009 - China on Thursday delivered the first of four state-of-the-art frigates commissioned by nuclear-armed Pakistan from top ally Beijing, a naval spokesman said.



Australia police foil suicide attack on army base
from Reuters by Mick Tsikas

Australian police arrested four men they said were linked to a Somali militant group on Tuesday, accusing them of planning a suicide attack on an army base and raising fears the al Qaeda-linked rebels were seeking targets outside Africa.



WHO maintains 2 billion estimate for likely H1N1 cases
from Reuters: Top News

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization stuck on Tuesday to its statement that about two billion people could catch H1N1 influenza by the time the flu pandemic ends.



Mapping Drug Use by Testing Sewer Water
from Schneier on Security by schneier

Scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Washington and McGill University partnered with city workers in 96 communities, including Pendleton, Hermiston and Umatilla, to gather samples on one day, March 4, 2008. The scientists then tested the samples for evidence of methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy, or MDMA.

Addiction specialists were not surprised by the researchers' central discovery, that every one of the 96 cities -- representing 65 percent of Oregon's population -- had a quantifiable level of methamphetamine in its wastewater.

These techniques can detect drug usage at individual houses. It's just a matter of where you take your samples.

[Is sewer water protected under the 4th amendment? Hmmm. - Sarge]




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