LESC LINKS January 8th 2010

Boston mayor wants to block Yemeni tankers from Boston Harbor

Yemen is disintegrating, and jihadists are moving in; the mayor of Boston says it is unsafe to allow tankers delivering liquefied natural gas from Yemen into Boston Harbor; “They cannot be coming into a harbor like Boston, where there is less than 50 feet between the tankers and residential areas,’ the mayor says of Yemeni tankers’

Report on failed Christmas terror attack released

The government had sufficient information to have potentially disrupted an al Qaeda plot to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day, but failed to identify Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab as a potential bomber, a White House review of the incident shows.

In the end, the six-page report found, it was the inability of the intelligence community to "connect the dots" in putting all the pieces of information and analysis together.

FBI Investigating Online School District Theft

A New York school district has reverted to using paper checks after cybercriminals tried to steal about US$3.8 million from its online accounts just before Christmas, prompting an FBI investigation.

TSA takes responsibility for Newark airport breach

On Sunday, a man walked the wrong way through security at Newark Liberty International Airport, prompting a security breach that shut down Terminal C for hours and forced the rescreening of thousands of passengers.

TSA Workers Caught Using Drugs?

The Transportation Security Administration, already suffering from embarrassment after a man walked into a terminal unchecked at Newark's airport, now face allegations that its employees at Los Angeles International Airport were caught on tape using drugs,

Va. issues third revision of report on Tech massacre and the full report

In the two years since the Review Panel’s report was published, additional information has been placed in the public record, including Seung Hui Cho’s case file from the Cook Counseling Center and a recent report from the Commonwealth’s Inspector General concerning the Cook Counseling Center’s handling of Cho’s records. Briefings to the victims’ families by police and Virginia Tech officials provided additional details of the events.

Pa.Officials Survey Residents for Emergency Evacuation Plans

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force plans to ask residents what they would do, if they had to be evacuated? Where would they go? How would they get there?

It will help local emergency management officials plan for a worst-case scenario.

The telephone survey will begin later this week and continue for two to three months.
Officials are trying to reach 3,500 residents in the five-county Philadelphia area and five in South Jersey to get an accurate picture of what would happen to the region if there was an emergency that required residents to leave their homes:

"It could be a flood, it could be a severe storm, it could be an explosion."