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Rambo Rabbi Teaches Synagogues Self Defense

clip_image002.jpgIn the wake of a recent planned attack on a synagogue in New York City, one former NYC cop is offering rabbis a new way to protect themselves and their worshipers. Rabbi Gary Moscowitz is teaching his peers everything from martial arts to gun handling.

“Our idea is you can’t be spiritual if you’re dead. You have to be able to fight back to live another day,” martial arts expert Stuart Rosenberg said.

Moscowitz explains that teaching rabbis these skills is “an insurance policy. I hope it never has to go into effect.” To further his cause and to spread his doctrine of safety, he’s pushing state lawmakers to allow at least five people at houses of worship to carry guns. He claims that anyone could walk into a synagogue with a machine gun, giving unarmed worshipers no chance to protect themselves unless they know some self defense tactics.

“God forbid and God save us that someone would try to attack us. Why not let us know the skill in advance and be prepared just in case,” said Rabbi Mordechai Hecht.

For Moscowitz’s 100-hour training synagogue self defense sessions it’ll cost you $1,000.

(Via New York Post)

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Action Movie Style Thieves Rob Swedes Blind

robbersIn a scene straight out of an action movie, a helicopter filled with thieves touched down on top of a building for a robbery while cops were left helpless.

Landing on top of a warehouse that stored cash awaiting distribution to ATMs across Sweden, thieves lowered down on ropes onto the roof of the building. Using explosives, they blasted their way into the building where they grabbed the cash. Police, waiting for the SWAT team to arrive, stood helplessly at the lower level of the building. As the thieves were packing up their loot, police discovered a package labeled “bomb” lying next to the helicopter. Deciding that the risk was too great, police stood by while the robbers retreated to the sky.

The helicopter was later found with no sign of the robbers or the cash. The Swedish police are offering seven million Kronor – about 1 million dollars for information regarding these airborn crooks.

(Via CBS News)

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Terrorist Attack Foiled Thanks to FBI Chatroom Sting

smadiA terror suspect accused of the attempted bombing of a Dallas skyscraper was arrested Thursday in a FBI sting operation. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, the accused 19-year-old Jordanian, planned to blow up a vehicle at the base of the iconic 60-story Fountain Place office tower.

The FBI had been monitoring Smadi’s activity through an extremist chat site where the FBI stated that “Among many others in the group who espoused and endorsed violence, Smadi stood out, based on his vehement intention to actually conduct terror attacks in the United States.”

FBI agents then posed as members of an al Qaeda sleeper cell contacted Smadi to determine the probability that he would actually go through with a full blown terror attack. After months of talks, the FBI determined that Smadi was both capable and committed to a violent jihad against the United States. Smadi described himself as a soldier for Osama bin Laden.

FBI agents provided Smadi with a dummy explosive that he drove into the parking garage under the skyscraper and attempted to activate the bomb by dialing a number on his cell phone. The number belonged to an undercover FBI agent and when the cell phone rang, that’s when FBI agents moved in and arrested Smadi.

Charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, Smadi faces either death or life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

(Via CNN)

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Thief Shoves Stolen Sword Down His Pants As He Smiles for the Camera

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Lieutenant Robert Septimus Grenfell

Police are currently looking for the thief who stole a 100-year-old sword from St. Mary and All Saints’ Church in Beaconsfield in the U.K.. The thief stole the sword, shoved it down his pants and then smiled at the church’s surveillance camera before he left.

The sword originally belonged to 23-year-old Lieutenant Robert Septimus Grenfell who used the sword 100 years ago at the Battle of Khartoum in 1898, during which he died.

“It’s of great historic relevance as this is the sword Lt. Grenfell was using when he was killed” stated Churchwarden Peter Sanders.

Sanders also stated that he believed that whoever stole the sword, most probably plans to sell it. Money from the collection box was also taken during the break-in.

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Phishing Scam Spreading Through Twitter Direct Messages

twitterUsers of the social networking website Twitter have yet another virus to fear. According to these latest reports, there is a new worm related to a phishing scam floating around Twitter and it’s using the system’s direct messages to spread.

An already compromised account will send a direct message to another account with a body similar to:

“rofl this you on here? http://videos.twitter.secure-logins01.com.”

Once users click on the link they are asked to submit their information via a fake Twitter login page. And, once they’ve entered their login information, hackers use the compromised account to send a fresh batch of messages to all of the person’s Twitter followers. By luring unsuspecting users with “rofl is this you?” promises of a funny picture, victims are inclined to click on the fake link and thus subject themselves to the phishing virus.

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New Surveillance Radar Announced for Plane Traffic Control in C.O.

radar2The Federal Aviation Authority announced Tuesday that a new high tech surveillance system will be launched in Colorado to make airplane monitoring easier, more efficient, and more effective. Before this system, when a large aircraft entered a mountain valley, radar would go dead and air traffic controllers would be left blind to the plane’s whereabouts. Clearly unsafe, smaller Colorado airports were forced to turn away the larger aircrafts that were susceptible to this loss of radar, which resulted in a significant loss of revenue for both the airports and the state. The new surveillance system will incorporate sensors for more detailed mapping and air traffic control capabilities.

As aircraft approach a mountain valley, we have sensors that are located throughout the valleys, next to the runways, which allows us to see the aircraft as it descends and loses traditional radar service,” Travis Vallin, Director of Aeronautics with the Colorado Department of Transportation, said.

With this high tech surveillance system, three smaller regional airports will be able to accept larger airplanes with 700 passengers or more, improving the scope of air travel in Colorado.

“It’s not only the first time it’s been done here, it’s the first time it’s been rolled out in the United States,” Vallin said. “So, Colorado is a leader in this technology, and we hope to put it to good use.”

The Colorado Department of Transportation will share costs with the FAA in this joint venture to make air travel safer and more efficient.

(Via 9News.com)

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Conficker Worm Growing into an Undefeatable Worldwide Threat

worm_chomping_on_computer_hg_whtRecently, some of the best security minds in the world have started joining forces to fight an evil called the Conficker Worm. The Conficker Worm is a computer virus that targets a flaw in Microsoft’s operating system and then spreads rapidly through other computers connected to the same network.

To date the Conficker virus has infected at least 5 million computers. After the virus infects the computers, the hacker can control the computer systems and transform the systems in to a “botnet army.” The botnet army can be used to syphon banking information or to flood government servers knocking them off line. In July, Conficker knocked out parts of Manchester City Council’s IT system costing the council £1.5 million in total. Similarly in January, the French Navy had to quarantine its computer network after it was infected with Conficker. This forced aircrafts at several air bases to stay grounded.

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U.S. Embassy in South Africa Closes Due to Security Threat

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U.S. Consulate in the Sandton area of Johannesburg

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa was urgently shut down today due to intelligence information it received from U.S. security officials. This closure has also affected the U.S. embassy in Pretoria, consulates in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, and aid and development offices. Despite this, neither U.S Embassy spokeswoman Sharon Hudson Dean nor Nonkululeko Mbatha, spokeswoman for the South African national police commissioner, would say whether a threat had prompted the closure. This has brought back many security questions, however representatives assure “every thing is under control.”

U.S. diplomats advised American citizens to review a July 29th U.S. State Department warning expressing concern “that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.” The warning followed suicide attacks on two American-owned hotels in Indonesia’s capital that killed seven people and wounded more than 50. On August 7, 1998, Al-Qaeda carried out suicide bomber attacks targeting the US embassy in Kenya and Tanzania. 213 people died in the Nairobi bombing.

Despite the fact that the embassy and other U.S. government buildings in South Africa are still closed, officials refuse to disclose any detailed information and are constantly reassuring everyone who will listen, that they have the situation under control. The embassy and all other American affiliated buildings, are planning to reopen as early as Wednesday.

(Via Associated Press, and AFP)


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U.S. Border Patrol Boats Being Outfitted With High-Tech Surveillance System

bildeThe U.S. Border Patrol recently unveiled its latest weapon in their fight against the smuggling of drugs, weapons, goods, and illegal aliens. The border patrol is now enlisting the help of a specially outfitted 43 foot long boat.

The boat is still in its testing stages but boasts a high speed of 75 mph as well as a new security camera that is able to see up to one mile ahead of the vehicle at night. This new patrol boat is 13-20 miles per hour faster than the normal patrol boats used by government agents today. It is also the first of its kind to use new powerful heat detection software in its cameras helping to ensure that things can be seen even in the darkness of night. The boat is also equipped with 4 machine gun turrets as well as four pistols for the men aboard the boat.

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Massachusetts Court Ruling Permits Warranted GPS Tracking

dallas-car-chaseRecently Massachusetts state court ruled that the use of covert GPS can be installed by the police on a suspects vehicle without the suspect’s knowledge, provided that they have a warrant. The law states that as long as the police can prove that the GPS monitoring system will either provide evidence that a crime was committed or is about to be committed, then it can be planted on a vehicle. The warrant also states that the device can only be left on the vehicle for 15 days, while most warrants are only active for seven days.

Police had recently used GPS technology to track a local drug dealer named Everett H. Connolly. Local law enforcement had secretly installed the device on Conolly’s minivan and tracked his whereabouts to New York where he purchased and sold crack cocaine. He was then pulled over on the Route 6 highway where police arrested him after finding a ball of crack on him that weighed 124 grams.

One of the Justices, Ralph Grants,  stated “Our constitutional analysis should focus on the privacy interest at risk from contemporaneous GPS monitoring, not simply the property interest.” He also stated “Only then will we be able to establish a constitutional jurisprudence that can adapt to changes in the technology of real-time monitoring, and that can better balance the legitimate needs of law enforcement with the legitimate privacy concerns of our citizens.”

So far the ability to use GPS monitoring on suspects through the use of a warrant has proven very useful. The recent rules set up by the justices allow for appropriate use of the new technology that is not invasive of private life but allows for the police to effectively fight crime in ways that they never could before.

(Via Metro Desk)


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