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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 10-1-17

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N. Korea: Strike Against U.S. Mainland “Inevitable”

 

Kim Jong-un inspects supposed nuclear bomb - ALLOW IMAGES

 

September 30, 2017

 

Between Sept 23-30, the following related Flash SMS messages
were sent to
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8/30 – Despite media rpts of open communication, State Dept. announces “N. Korea has shown no indication it is interested in or ready for talks re denuclearization.”

8/25 – Moments ago, DPRK FM Ri Yong Ho states US has declared war, claims right of self defense threatens to shoot down US aircraft even if outside DPRK airspace.

8/23 – DPRK FM Ri threatens US before UN, stating that comments by POTUS are an “irreversible mistake making it inevitable DPRK rockets will hit the US mainland.”

What You Need To Know

On 11 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Most important for this report, last Saturday afternoon during a presentation before the UN General Assembly, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri stated that the U.S. would pay dearly for President Trump’s speech before the same body just days earlier, and that it was “inevitable” they would launch missiles at the US mainland. His comments (and new propaganda video released around the same time) came just hours after the U.S. flew strategic bombers in international waters along the North Korean coast. According to Pentagon spokesman Dana White, the flyover marked the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone any US fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century.

On Monday, North Korea’s Foreign Minister issued yet another threat before international media stationed outside of his hotel in New York. In this instance, Ri stated that N. Korea may shoot down American warplanes even if they are not within N. Korean airspace. These and other threats come on the heels of warning issued last week that N. Korea may detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

While this rhetoric continues to heat up and has almost become comical, behind the scenes state and federal officials are taking no chances. In additional to the continued deployment of military forces to the Western Pacific, emergency management agencies in both Hawaii and California have been issuing guidance and directives to each of the relevant departments and agencies to shore up their nuclear attack response plans.

Surprisingly, Washington state specifically prohibits “preparation for emergency evacuation or relocation of residents in anticipation of nuclear attack.”

Foreign government and private sector interests are also making emergency plans for the outbreak of war.

On Thursday of this week, Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (183 member states operating 289 sensor stations), published a “rough simulation” of a “radio-isotope cloud” from a “hypothetical atmospheric burst” over the Pacific.

[Keep in mind that many such tests have been conducted since the advent of nuclear weapons.]

CTBTO simulation of “radio-isotope cloud” from a “hypothetical atmospheric burst” over the Pacific.

Additionally, new analysis of satellite imagery issued late this week by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University indicates that North Korea continues to work on its second submersible ballistic missile test stand barge at the Nampo Navy Shipyard on the country’s west coast. These test stand barges are a critical component in any sub-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) development program.

Once again AlertsUSA warns that when the cloudy historical and political narrative is removed, the world is now faced with the following realities:

Given these realities, restraint and the quest for diplomatic solutions virtually assures continued development and ultimately, proliferation into the hands of rogue nations and those private individuals and groups with deep enough pockets.


PREPAREDNESS CONSIDERATIONS

As recently as this week, FEMA’s new director, Brock Long, has said that Americans do not have a “culture of preparedness,” something that is much-needed with the increasing tempo of natural disasters. Considering the troubles brewing with N. Korea, now would be the time to start increasing your knowledge about how to prepare for and respond to nuclear / radiation emergencies. This problem is not going away any time soon.

The following two free PDF reports will help significantly with this effort. One first is a short read, the second much longer. Download these reports and save them.

 

WHAT TO DO IF A NUCLEAR DISASTER IS IMMINENT
by Shane Connor

 

NUCLEAR WAR SURVIVAL SKILLS
by Cresson Kearney

 

Additionally, AlertsUSA offers a package containing two of the essential baseline elements needed to maintain personal safety during a nuclear or radiological emergency. The contents are selected to help carry out three critical tasks: DETECTION of radiation, MEASUREMENT of accumulated dose and if necessary, PROTECTION of the thyroid from the uptake of radioactive iodine (I-131).

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AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment, and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

 


 

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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

8/29 – AlertsUSA monitoring possible vehicular attack, Penn Station, NYC. Multiple injuries after van jumps curb, runs through crowd, flees scene.

8/29 – USGOV issuing travel warning for Cuba today advising against travel to the country. ~60% of US embassy staff ordered to depart, visa services halted. See email.

8/28 – AlertsUSA monitoring police response to bomb threat, 600 block of Maryland Ave near Nat’l Mall and L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/28 – ISIS rel new audio recording from ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Calls for attacks on “disbeliever media ctrs & HQ’s of their ideological wars.” More via email.

8/28 – USGOV issues new travel warning for Turkey due cont threat of terrorism. Urges careful review of need to visit the country at this time. http://bit.ly/2xE8KlV

8/27 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to shooting, Fairfax Co. (VA) Public Schools bldg. 8100 block Gatehouse Rd. At least one dead. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/27 – Overnight: ~30 rockets fired into Kabul Int’l Airport as SecDef Mattis and NATO SecGen arrived for unannounced visit. ISIS & al Qaeda both claim responsibility.

8/24 – AlertsUSA monitoring mass shooting incident, Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, Antioch, TN near Nashville. At least 6 casualties. Shooter rptd in custody.

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World News Roundup

 

September 30, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

US orders 60 percent of staff out of embassy in Cuba
Accused NSA leaker called America ‘the worst thing to happen on the planet
U.S. Army Takes Over Massive Mission to Save Puerto Rico
After a Dismal Start on Venezuela, Trump Attempts a Sharp Course Correction
Americans blame Facebook for fake news, new poll finds
Venezuelan President says his country should be prepping to fight the US
FBI investigating as many cases of domestic extremism as foreign terrorism

EUROPE

If North Korea Fires an ICBM, the US Might Have to Shoot It Down Over Russia
What would it take to trigger war between Russia and NATO? Just a spark
Moscow won’t tolerate crusade to blame Russia for everything in US
The Catalan Cliff: Tensions are running high before the independence vote
Stalemate over Catalan vote keeps Spain in suspense
EU moves ahead faster on new future than on Brexit talks
Surge in migration to Greece fuels misery in refugee camps
Macron’s counter-terror bill risks France’s human rights record

MIDDLE EAST

In Libya Strike, Military Shows New Lethal Powers Under Trump
A Field Trip to the Front Lines of the Qatar-Saudi Cold War
Wheels and deals: trouble brewing in the House of Saud
US does not recognize Kurdistan independence referendum: Tillerson
Iraqi forces to take control of Kurdish regional borders
Vladmir Putin meets Erdogan to secure Syria de-escalation zone
Yemen experiences worst cholera outbreak ever
Muslims in China being told to hand over Qurans or face punishments

ASIA

Trump to travel to 5 countries in Asia in November
North Korea: The Inevitability of War
Moscow holds ‘consultations’ with NKorea diplomat
War of the Dragons: Why North Korea Does’t Trust China
Why China Will Never Crackdown on North Korea
How America Is Losing the Battle for the South China Sea
Japan’s defence chief warns of possible N.Korea provocation on Oct. 10
Bali: Fear of volcanic eruption forces 130,000 to flee.

 


 

Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Cuba
09/29/2017

Turkey
09/28/2017

Kenya
09/27/2017

Eritrea
09/25/2017

Haiti
09/12/2017

Ethiopia
08/25/2017

Bangladesh
08/24/2017

Mexico
08/22/2017

Iran
08/15/2017

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
08/31/2017

Worldwide Caution

09/14/2017

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 


 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 9-24-17

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 Ivy Mike (yield 10.4 mt) - an atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the U.S. at Enewetak Atoll on 1 November 1952. It was the world's first successful hydrogen bomb. - ALLOW IMAGES

 

North Korea Threatens H-Bomb Test in the Pacific

 

September 23, 2017

  

Between Sept 20-23, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

 

9/23 – N. Korean radio & TV broadcast gov statement declaring the US “should be totally destroyed and wiped off the surface of our planet.” Monitoring…

9/23 – Overnight: AlertsUSA monitoring series of low mag seismic events near DPRK nuclear test site. Thus far, gov agencies concur all are likely natural events.

9/21 – DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says country may conduct hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific in response to POTUS threat of destruction. See email for more info.

9/21 – Full text of Kim Jung Un’s earlier statement has been sent via email.

9/20 – Be advised that FEMA & the FCC will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wed, Sept 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT. http://bit.ly/2fbocO1

 

What You Need To Know

 

On 10 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Most pressing for this report, on Thursday evening, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of a threat made by N. Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho stating that the country may conduct a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean in response to threats made by President Trump regarding N. Korea’s continuous stream of provocative and highly dangerous actions.In the last three weeks alone these actions include numerous threats as a result of UN sanctions, an underground nuclear test on September 3rd, as well as two long-range missiles fired over Japan which ultimately impacted in the Pacific Ocean.

Earlier Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un issued a rare statement in his own name, lashing out at President Trump just hours after broad new sanctions were put in place in a bid to derail the North’s nuclear and missile programs. In response to President Trump’s speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Kim Jung-un stated that the country would respond with the “highest level of hard-line countermeasures in history.

Readers should not dismiss the seriousness of the increasingly tense situation on the Korean Peninsula. The dangers posed by N. Korea’s missile launches alone (all unannounced) has resulted in numerous airlines, including Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines and Swiss Air, to change their flight routes to avoid crossing directly over the Sea of Japan amid growing concerns of an accidental strike. This concern is very real. After North Korea’s second long-range missile test in July, it was revealed that Air France flight 293 from Tokyo to Paris had flown across the rocket’s flight path just 10 minutes beforehand.

If the same reckless behavior is shown with an atmospheric detonation over the Pacific without appropriate international notification and planning, the effects could be disastrous, potentially knocking out the sensitive, unshielded electronics of aircraft over a broad area, not to mention that of maritime traffic and potentially even satellites in low-Earth orbit.

According to the Comprehensive (Nuclear) Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), of more than 2,000 test detonations that have been conducted since the advent of nuclear weapons, more than 100 were carried out in remote locations in the Pacific by the U.S., the United Kingdom and France. In the Marshall Islands and French Polynesia, the local population suffered from higher rates of cancer, birth defects and thyroid disorders, and a host of environmental impacts remain to this day.

According to a report by the Lowy Institute, N. Korean nuclear tests have demonstrated a track record of steadily increasing yields. With the September underground detonation of a thermonuclear weapon, the continued testing of such weapons on land is highly impractical given their small size, lack of large, unpopulated areas and geographic proximity to other nations. So future testing in international waters is the only practical option remaining if they intend to further refine the capabilities of these weapons.

Once again AlertsUSA warns that when the cloudy historical and political narrative is removed, the world is now faced with the following realities:

Given these realities, restraint and the quest for diplomatic solutions virtually assures continued proliferation into the hands of rogue nations and those private individuals and groups with deep enough pockets.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment, and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

 


 

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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

9/20 – Total electrical blackout reported in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. AlertsUSA monitoring..

9/19 – Plumes of smoke and dust seen across Mexico City. Significant structural damage reported.

9/19 – M7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico City area. Epicenter located east of the city in the state of Puebla. AlertsUSA monitoring for damage reports.

9/18 – POTUS has signed an Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico in adv of CAT 5 Hurricane Maria. SE U.S. residents / Carib travelers should be paying attention.

9/18 – AlertsUSA monitoring shelter in place order for ZIP codes 21060, 21225 and 21226 ZIP codes in S. Baltimore due to gaseous acid leak from nearby plant.

9/17 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of acid attack on two Americans outside of Marseille, France train station. Both victims hospitalized, 41 YO suspect in custody.

9/16 – New protests in St. Louis. Current largest is Delmar Loop / Wash Univ area. 11 LEOs injured last night. Use caution if in the area. Supplementals via email

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A sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 rappels from an MH-60 Seahawk, belonging to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25), at Naval Base Guam, August 22, 2017. EODMU 5 conducts mine countermeasures, improvised explosive device operations, renders safe explosive hazards and disarms underwater explosives such as mines. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis). - ALLOW IMAGES

World News Roundup

 

September 23, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Wounded but still deadly: Al-Qaeda ‘posing threat’ to Washington
Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mystery
Entire towns in Mexico flattened as scale of EQ damage emerges
Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico’s disaster becomes clear
DoD Discloses Meeting With Russian Military To Prevent Accidental lashes
Erdogan protesters beaten and ejected from New York speech
Navy $5 Billion Deal Builds New Nuclear-Armed Columbia-Class Sub
Air Force scrambles to train more pilots for new aircraft
Robotic delivery: Drones could deliver you and your gear to the fight

EUROPE

Kremlin: Russia never placed political ads on Facebook
Russia’s Lavrov says US, N.Korea in ‘kindergarden fight’
Lavrov says US has no proof of Russian vote meddling
Straws in the wind for a reset in US-Russian relations
How Sweden is Balancing its Security in the Baltics
Boats of Spanish military blocked by Catalan ports as unrest grows
Catalonia independence bid – what you need to know
Germany expels second Vietnamese diplomat over abduction

MIDDLE EAST

Iraq PM: Half of IS families detained near Mosul are Turkish
Israeli strikes hit weapons depot by Damascus airport
UN to help Iraq build war crimes cases against IS extremists
Turkey, Iran promise sanctions over Iraqi Kurdish independence move
Saudi Arabia to test Tehran’s influence in Iraq
Gulf Crisis Still Smolders As Washington Searches for Options
Iran’s Hassan Rouhani vows to boost missile defenses despite US criticism

ASIA

Here’s A List Of North Korea’s Most Memorable Insults
Countries To Stay Away From Olympics In S. Korea Over Security
Does DPRK H-bomb threat push US closer to war?
Analysis: Kim Jong Un, taking on Trump, makes it personal
Analyst: North Korea earned revenue from bitcoin mining
Pakistan tells UN won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war
India calls Pakistan ‘Terroristan’ in UN speech row
Chinese coast guard sails near Japan’s Senkaku Islands
No way back for Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees

Bali volcano: Thousands evacuated, travel advisory issued

 


 

 

Travel Security Update

 

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Cuba
09/13/2017

Kenya
09/13/2017

Haiti
09/12/2017

Ethiopia
08/25/2017

Bangladesh
08/24/2017

Mexico
08/22/2017

Iran
08/15/2017

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
08/31/2017

Worldwide Caution

09/14/2017

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 


 

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North Korea threat: EMP attack can destroy a nation’s entire infrastructure in a flash

KIM Jong-un needs only one hydrogen bomb to bring America to its knees. And he knows it. This is the nation-wide effect it can have in nanoseconds.

DETONATING a thermonuclear warhead 400km above Washington would instantly fry most of the nation’s power grid — and electronics.

The idea is not about melting a city, set enormous fires and irradiate vast tracks of terrain.

It’s about eliminating a nation’s entire infrastructure in a single flash.

There’s little surprise that North Korean state media has been lauding the power of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).

This is where the gamma radiation of a high-altitude nuclear blast interacts with the ionosphere — a blanket of electrons and electrically charged particles surrounding the Earth — to send a series electromagnetic pulses spearing into the ground below.

Once this burst of radiation strikes the ground it can induce strong currents — particularly in electrical cables and phone lines. This can overload and destroy electrical networks, as well as cause delicate circuit boards to fuse.

An entire economy can be brought to a standstill in nanoseconds.

In the words of former director of the CIA James Woolsey, it would bring the United States “to a cold, dark halt”.

The 1962 “Starfish Prime” high-altitude thermonuclear test which revealed the effects of EMP. This picture was taken 45 to 90 seconds after the detonation. Picture: Los Alamos National Laboratory

The 1962 “Starfish Prime” high-altitude thermonuclear test which revealed the effects of EMP. This picture was taken 45 to 90 seconds after the detonation. Picture: Los Alamos National LaboratorySource:Supplied

ELECTRIC WAR

It’s an effect similar to that of Earth being struck by a serious solar storm, or — at a much smaller scale — when lightning causes a surge in a power grid.

North Korea’s state news agency commented on just such a tactic at the weekend. It follows a series of similar observations about the power of EMP in July.

The latest statement boasts North Korea’s new bomb “is a multifunctional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack.”

US National Guard soldiers after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The fallout from an EMP attack would span much of America. Picture: AFP

US National Guard soldiers after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The fallout from an EMP attack would span much of America. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

It’s a use clearly on Kim Jong-un’s mind.

But it’s not an attack without human cost.

It would bring “widespread and long lasting disruption and damage to the critical infrastructures that underpin the fabric of US society,” a 2008 US Congress report warns.

The last time anything on this scale happened was in 1859 — when the world was just beginning to discover the use of electrical technologies. The EMP from an enormous solar storm overloaded the simple telegraph wires then in use to transmit morse code, setting the paper telegrams at their terminals on fire.

Things would be infinitely worse today.

“Two thirds of the US population would likely perish from starvation, disease, and societal breakdown,” Woolsey warned US Congress in 2014. “Other experts estimate the likely loss to be closer to 90 per cent.”

A Louisiana Army National Guard officer pleads for evacuees to stop from pushing forward during relief efforts at the Superdome in New Orleans, after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster. The impact of an EMP attack would be far worse. Picture: AP

A Louisiana Army National Guard officer pleads for evacuees to stop from pushing forward during relief efforts at the Superdome in New Orleans, after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster. The impact of an EMP attack would be far worse. Picture: APSource:News Limited

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INFRASTRUCTURE ELIMINATED

Hospitals would be without power. Essential services — electricity, gas, water, sewage, communications — would all be offline. Emergency services would be unable to respond. Food production and distribution networks would collapse.

Computers. Smart phones. Car ignitions. Pacemakers. Any form of delicate electronics within the pulse’s effective range would cease to function.

But the greatest damage would be to the power grid itself. Power stations and network transformers would be burnt out.

And the effect of a high-altitude EMP burst would not be localised.

The night sky above Honolulu is lit with an eerie glow after the Starfish Prime high-altitude thermonuclear test.

The night sky above Honolulu is lit with an eerie glow after the Starfish Prime high-altitude thermonuclear test.Source:Supplied

A 1.4 megaton US hydrogen bomb detonated 500km above the Pacific in 1962 caused lights to flare-out in Honolulu, more than 2000km away. It also knocked-out eight satellites.

A weapon of the magnitude tested by North Korea at the weekend could — if well positioned — burn out the power grid of a large part of the mainland United States.

Repairing the damage would take years.

And delivering such an attack would actually be much easier for Kim Jong-un’s hermit state.

Kim Jong-un inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile fairing, a claim to technological mastery that some experts doubt. Picture: AP

Kim Jong-un inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile fairing, a claim to technological mastery that some experts doubt. Picture: APSource:AP

EASY OPTION

Such a high-altitude thermonuclear attack does not require the technical skills necessary to enable a warhead to survive re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere, cope with the heat of enormous speeds — and still hit its specific target.

Perhaps this is why the devastating power of EMP attack has again appeared in North Korean propaganda broadcasts.

“I can exploit it in high-altitude areas for strategic purposes and (inflict) EMP attacks on vast areas,” Kim Jong-un declared back in July.

In 2015, North Korean propaganda boasted it could destroy all electronic devices in South Korea and Japan by detonating a 100 kiloton bomb 100km above Seoul. “If we lower the altitude to 60-70km, we can make the EMP effect only the southern part of the Korean Peninsula,” it declared.

“(EMP) can neutralize all advanced electronic guided weapons and destroy aircraft carrier fleet at once”.

The warhead it tested yesterday is estimated to be in the vicinity of 50 to 120 kilotons.

But such an attack would not give Kim Jong-un a victory.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks with Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi before a UN Security Council emergency meeting over North Korea's latest missile launch. Picture: AFP

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks with Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi before a UN Security Council emergency meeting over North Korea’s latest missile launch. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

MAD WORLD

The nuclear arsenals of the United States are hardened against such a pulse. It’s also one of the reasons so much effort and money is invested on near-invisible and widely dispersed ballistic missile submarines.

The instant a North Korean ICBM was detected to be on a trajectory capable of delivering such a high-altitude blow, a retaliatory firestorm of nuclear warheads would almost certainly be unleashed on North Korea itself.

Such is the grim nature of Mutually Assured Destruction — the Cold War philosophy that compelled cool minds to avert the catastrophe that could have resulted from the likes of the 1960s Cuban missile crisis.

 

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This is why we all need to stay prepared

Floods in Africa, Cyclones in Asia, hurricanes in America, fires, and more and now earthquakes in Mexico with a severe Tsunami alert. Now coronal mass ejection.

 

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The sun released two powerful solar flares which could also damage satellites, communications and power systems.

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/solar-flares-cause-radio-blackouts-on-earth-coronal-mass-ejection-cme/

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That cloud of charged plasma would arrive within 1 to 3 or 4 days.

 

We’re shockingly unprepared for an extreme weather event that could fry Earth’s power grid

http://www.businessinsider.com/solar-storm-effects-electronics-energy-grid-2016-3

 

To make matters worse, a solar storm’s blast of electromagnetic energy can induct through Earth’s crust, knocking out power grids on the ground.

A relatively minor CME in 1989, for example, shut down power for 6 million people in Canada. A stronger geomagnetic storm may shroud about 130 million in darkness, possibly for months or years.

This has come close to happening before. In 2012, a monstrous CME barely missed Earth. And in 2014, NASA reported that we have a 12% chance of getting hit by a CME sometime in the next decade.

“If [the 2012 CME] had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker said in a NASA press release.

 

Stay ready. Stay prepared.

 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 9-3-17

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Health and Environmental Hazards Mount After Hurricane Harvey

 

September 2, 2017

 

Between August 27th and Sept 1st, the following related Flash messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

9/1 – Large fire now burning at Arkema chemical facility, Crosby, TX. Those in the area should monitor local news for official guidance. Add’l alerts as warranted.

9/1 – Arkema Inc warns of threat of add’l “explosions” and chemical fires at Crosby, TX facility. 1.5 mile evac perimeter remains in effect. AlertsUSA monitoring…

8/31 – EPA & TX Comm on Enviro Quality warn floodwaters may contain biohazards including bacteria & other disease agents. Precautions advised. Full stmt via email.

8/30 – TX HAZMAT officials stressing reports of “explosions” at Arkema plant incorrect. Chem containers “popped” from overpressure. Smoke not life-threatening.

8/30 – Explosions reported at Arkema Inc. chemical plant, Crosby, TX. At least 10 injuries. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/29 – CEO of Arkema Inc: No way to prevent explosion at Crosby, TX chemical plant due to flooding. Fire / explosion within 6 days. AlertsUSA Monitoring…

8/29 – Arkema Chemical Plant, Crosby, TX (NW Houston) at risk of fire/explosion due to damage by TS Harvey. Local area under evac orders. AlertsUSA monitoring…

8/29 – Shelters are open across the affected areas of TX and LA. Get the FEMA app (Playstore & iTunes) for shelter info, resources, weather alerts, etc. in Eng/Span.

8/29 – Columbia Lakes Levee, Brazoria County, TX has been breached. This is located SW of Houston. RED NOTICE ISSUED. LOCAL RESIDENTS GET OUT NOW.

8/28 – Tropical Storm Harvey Situation Update – August 28, 2017 – sent via email.

8/27 – Addicks Reservoir / Barker Dam near Houston nearing capacity. Army Corps of Engineers plan emergency water release. Area residents should tune to local media.

8/27 – USCG: Widening USCG communications for Harvey rescue ops in Houston: Call 281-464-(4851)(4852)(4853)(4854)(4855). Keep calling. Get on roofs. Mark locl w/SOS.

8/27 – NWS warns TX residents: “Weather event unprecedented, all impacts unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety.”

What You Need To Know

Eastern Texas is slowly beginning recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey, which dumped an estimated 20 trillion gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana over a six-day period. Moody’s Analytics estimates the combination of property damage to homes, cars, commercial buildings and infrastructure, as well as losses from paused production at oil refineries and other businesses, will reach well above 100 billion dollars, making this one of the costliest natural disasters in the history of the country.

On Thursday, President Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert stated that approximately 100,000 homes were damaged by the storm, though this number is expected to climb significantly as flood waters recede and inspections begin. Many towns outside of the Houston remain flooded.

About 40 percent of the buildings estimated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to have been flooded in Harris County, Tex., are in areas considered to be “of minimal flood hazard.

The Response

FEMA and its federal partners continue to mobilize personnel and resources to support state, local and tribal efforts throughout Texas and Louisiana. As of August 1, more than 21,000 federal staff were deployed in support of the storm response. A staggering 364,000 individuals have registered for assistance, the largest number after any single disaster event.

Two US Navy warships, the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, are being deployed to Texas bringing supplies, heavy lift capabilities, as well as additional medical personnel who will join others from across the country to head off a looming public health crisis that extends far beyond the Houston metro area.

On Thursday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a statement issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warning that floodwaters may contain bacteria and other disease agents from sewage, chemicals and the need for precautions and safety measures for anyone involved in cleanup activities or who may otherwise be exposed to floodwaters. There is also the long-term threat of different a variety of different types of dangerous molds, mosquito-borne viruses and more.

Of particular concern is the health of those displaced by the storm and living in crowded shelters as respiratory and intestinal illnesses are extremely contagious in close quarters, particularly when proper hygiene is impossible.

 


 

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OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
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9/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring unspecified security incident at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Area being evacuated and sealed. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/31 – USGOV issues new Europe Travel Alert warning of the continued threat of terrorist attacks. Read the full alert here: http://bit.ly/2xBqE8u

8/29 – AlertsUSA monitoring evac of London’s Euston Station flwg reports of smoke coming from a bag on train platform and sound of blast. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/28 – AlertsUSA monitoring mass casualty shooting incident, Clovis-Carver Public Library, Clovis, NM. Multiple fatalities and injuries rptd. Shooter rptd in custody.

8/27 – Clashes breaking out between demonstrators and police in Civic Center Plaza area of Berkeley, CA. Avoid the area. AlertsUSA monitoring…

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Oct 26, 2013

 

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8/28(b) – NHK reports DPRK missile has overflown Japan. Highly provocative move. AlertsUSA monitoring…

8/28(c) – DoD confirms DPRK missile flight over N. Japan. Missile flew ~2,700 km w apogee of ~550 km. S. Korea intel rpts activity at DPRK nuclear test site. Monitoring.

What You Need To Know

On Monday evening, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices that Japan’s government had just warned its citizens of a North Korean missile was headed their way. Overflying Hokkaido Island, the intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile ultimately broke into three pieces and fell into the Pacific Ocean approximately 575 miles east of Cape Erimo.Residents of Northern Japan were advised to seek refuge, and local and bullet train services were immediately halted.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called the country’s latest missile test over Japan “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam” and said his country should conduct more missile tests into the Pacific Ocean.

President Trump, who has vowed not to let North Korea develop nuclear missiles that can hit the mainland United States, warned on Tuesday that all options are on the table for the United States to respond.

Additionally, U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies have also detected increased activity at North Korea’s main underground nuclear testing facility, signaling preparations for a sixth underground test blast.

As previously reported by AlertsUSA, when the cloudy historical and political narrative is removed, the world is now faced with the following realities:

Given these realities, restraint and the quest for diplomatic solutions virtually assures continued proliferation into the hands of rogue nations and those private individuals and groups with deep enough pockets.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment, and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

 


 

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World News Roundup

September 2, 2017

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Canada preparing winter shelters as migrant wave continues
Trump to host Sept. 18 meeting of world leaders on U.N. reform
Top CEOs warn Trump on ending migrant amnesty
White House weighing a tax on remittances to Mexico to fund border wall
Obesity epidemic at new high, costs $150B a year, hurts military recruiting
Stingray Unmanned Tanker Could Almost Double Strike Range of Air Wing
As it looks to fill capabilities gaps, the U.S. Navy is keeps an eye overseas
Talk of Assange pardon worries intelligence community

EUROPE

US warned Spain of Barcelona attack risk: report
Barcelona: US, CIA did not warn about terror attack, despite report
Russia and America’s Tit For Tat Continues
Lavrov: Russia will ‘respond harshly’ to ‘damaging’ sanctions
Bad blood between France and Italy undermines EU unity
Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears
Military Exercises Are Tearing Up Russia’s Infrastructure
The Russian Missile Program has Raised Concerns Among NATO Countries

MIDDLE EAST

‘We’ll just try to kill him’: US vows to hunt Isis leader Baghdadi to the death
Al Qaeda affiliate mining uranium for Iran, Somali official warns US
Trump keeps world guessing on Iran deal’s future
Last Isis stronghold in Syria could fall by October, says UN envoy
Kuwait’s ruler, mediating Qatar crisis, heads to Washington
Shock as Kenya court cancels election result, demands re-run

ASIA

France: N. Korea within months of nuke-capable rockets
Allies discuss redeployment of nuclear weapons
North Korea threat: Will Europe help S. Korea, Japan militarily?
The aircraft Kim Jong-un fears most. Or ought to
USS Wasp departs to join 7th Fleet forces in Japan
Putin warns North Korea situation on verge of ‘large-scale conflict’
North Korea threatens to turn South into ‘field of ruin’
Trump, Moon agree to boost S.Korean missile capabilities
US, allies conduct drills over Korean peninsula after latest missile launch
North Korea tourism: US travel ban takes effect

 


 

Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Ethiopia
08/25/2017

Bangladesh
08/24/2017

Mexico
08/22/2017

Iran
08/15/2017

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

Venezuela
07/27/2017

Jordan
07/20/2017

S. Sudan
07/20/2017

Egypt
07/19/2017

Philippines
07/17/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
08/31/2017

Worldwide Caution

03/06/2017

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 


 

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Threat Journal – Hurricane Harvey – 8-27-17

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This week’s Threat Journal to focus Hurricane Harvey and the state and federal response. See your email for resources.

Supplemental Info:

Once the storm winds moderate, the Red Cross and FEMA will be opening emergency shelters and disaster recovery locations across the region depending on needs. At that time, you can find the location of these temporary facilities and resources using the following links:

Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter

DHS / FEMA

http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm

https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

 

FEMA Mobile App
FEMA has made available a free mobile app for Apple and Android devices with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters. The app is available for Apple devices via the iTunes store and Android devices via the Google Play Store.

Info via SMS

To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)  .
To search for open Disaster Recovery Centers, text: DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)  .

 

Social Media

Those impacted by Hurricane Harvey are advised to also monitor both the Red Cross and FEMA on various social media platforms for timely updates on recovery assistance.

National Considerations

There is a distinct possibility Hurricane Harvey will temporarily impact oil and gas production and refining capacity in Gulf Coast facilities. In turn, this impact could result in a temporary increase in fuel prices and even temporary shortages.

Readers are advised to monitor local news for updates and may wish to consider filling up if located anywhere near the region.

 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 8-20-17

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al Qaeda Calls for Attacks on Rail Transport in the West Europe Rocked by Multiple Terror Attacks

 

August 19, 2017

 

Between August 12th and 18th, the following related Flash messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

8/18 – State Dept warns Spanish authorities still conducting manhunt for missing Barcelona attacker. Again urges vigilance & increased security awareness.

8/18 – Several people stabbed in Turku, Finland by at least 1 attacker screaming “Allahu Akbar”. One assailant shot and in custody. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/17 – AlertsUSA reminds subscribers of USGOV Europe Travel Alert issued 5/1 warning of cont threat of terror attacks throughout Europe. Caution and vigilance urged.

8/17 – 4 members of terror cell killed in Cambrils, Spain CT op. Local police warn 1 indiv at large w/ possible explosive vest. Cont to order locals off streets.

8/17 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of fire fight w/police, Cambrils, Spain. Possibly related to earlier incident in Barcelona. Police advising people to seek shelter.

8/17 – Spanish authorities activate call center for relatives of people that could be affected by Barcelona incident: +34 900400012 .

8/17 – Islamic State Amaq News Agency formally claims responsibility for Barcelona attack.

8/17 – Security increasing in public areas, tourist destinations & transport hubs in Britain, France and Belgium on concern of follow-on attacks. Vigilance urged.

8/17 – US Embassy Barcelona urging Americans in Spain to increase vigilance and security awareness following Barcelona incident. 13 dead, 50 wounded.

8/14 – Car intentionally driven into pizzeria in Seine-et-Marne, France (East Paris). At least 8 injured, 6 seriously, 1 dead. Driver arrested. AlertsUSA monitoring.

8/13 – Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula rel ‘Inspire’ mag #17. Focus on derailing trains, design of derail tool, routes, economic impact. U.S. emphasis.

8/12 – Car plows into protesters in Charlottesville, VA event. Early reports of at least 10 injured. AlertsUSA monitoring..

8/12 – AlertsUSA monitoring increasingly tense political demonstrations in downtown Charlottesville, VA. Local police urging avoidance of the area.

 

What You Need To Know

 

On 16 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security matters. Most pressing for this report, early in the week, subscribers were informed of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s release of the 17th issue of the online news and fieldcraft magazine known as ‘Inspire’ (clean PDF), in which a majority of this issue is devoted to attacking different means of commercial and civilian transportation in the U.S. and Europe. Three modes of attack are explored, including strikes on the actual transport mechanism such as planes and trains, strikes on airports and train stations when they are full of people, as well as on the transport lines and pathways.

Of particular importance, and which has raised significant concern within local, state and federal agencies in the past week, is the emphasis on planning and staging train derailments, including step-by-step guidance on how to fabricate a steel-reinforced concrete derailing tool which attaches to individual tracks to force the wheels up and out of alignment. In addition to the hand’s on guidance, the issue also explores rail system vulnerabilities and even references testimony on the difficulty of protecting the national railroad infrastructure by the General Accountability Office before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

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This is a must-read publication for local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as rail transportation stakeholders and workers so you are up to speed on tactics in what is likely to become an increasingly popular jihadist target.

Multiple Attacks in Europe

Europe was shaken this week by multiple terror attacks, each bearing the hallmarks of previously published guidance and fieldcraft from the Islamic State and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Starting on Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of an incident in Sept-Sorts, France, located northeast of Paris, within which a lone male intentionally drove his car across a dining patio and into a pizzeria, killing one and seriously injuring eight others.

On Thursday 14 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a rented Fiat van was intentionally driven into revelers along a 500-meter stretch of Las Ramblas pedestrian boulevard in Barcelona, Spain. The 17 year old driver of the van, Moussa Oukabir, fled on foot after the van crashed, and several hours later,turned up in the coastal resort town of Cambrils. There, Moussa and four others carried out yet another vehicular assault on pedestrians before smashing their Audi A3 into a police car stationed at a checkpoint. Seeing the attackers emerging from the car with knives, machetes and axes, a single officer immediately shot and killed four. The fifth attacker escaped and stabbed a pedestrian in the face before being shot dead by a second officer.

Individuals killed and injured in the Barcelona attack came from 18 different nation, including one American.

Spanish police believe the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks are also related to an explosion one night earlier at a house in the small town of Alcanar, 120 miles southwest of Barcelona, which killed one person and injured 16. Police initially thought the explosion was caused by a buildup of natural gas inside of the home. Upon a second inspection, police report finding a large supply of LP gas bottles and traces of the explosive compound TATP ( triactetone triperoxide), leading them to conclude the explosion was likely caused by error during the construction of bombs.

On Friday AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of a warning issued by the State Department that Spanish officials were still hunting for at least one suspect in this terror cell.

The Islamic State Amaq News Agency has issued a formal claim of responsibility for Spain attacks.

Readers may find it interesting that Cambrils, Spain is located less than 3 miles from the town of Salou. Well known in intelligence circles, Salou is the location where Mohamed Atta, the pilot of 1st plane to fly into the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks, held a key planning meeting with an al Qaeda figure earlier in 2001.

Also on Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of an incident in Turku, Finland within which an individual carried out a knife attack in a market square while screaming “Allahu Akbar,” killing two and injuring several others before being shot in the leg by a police officer. According to news reports, the suspect, who intentionally targeted women in the attack, arrived in Finland in 2016 and had been “part of the asylum process.”

Charlottesville Attack

Last Saturday AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of an increasingly tense political demonstration in downtown Charlottesville, VA and a police recommendation to avoid the area. Soon after that alert was issued, a speeding car was intentionally driven into a crowd of protesters, kill one individual and injuring at least 19 others.

Since this attack, racial and political tensions have dramatically increased across the U.S., with more expected in the coming days and weeks as various groups plan more demonstrations for an assortment of causes, the most prominent of which are anti-white supremacy / racism and the removal of Confederate civil war monuments and symbols. .


FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION…

It is curious that with all of the rage and indignance being shown towards any symbol even remotely related to the Confederacy, and thus, African slavery, why has none of this anger been expressed towards Islam?

Among the LAST states to abolish slavery (principally African slavery) were Saudi Arabia and Yemen (in 1962), Oman (in 1970), and Mauritania (in 1905, 1981, and again in August 2007).

The Prophet Muhammad owned many black slaves and referred to Ethiopians as ‘raisin heads’ (VIDEO).

African slavery in the Middle East was more widespread & brutal than the American counterpart.

The Myth: Muhammad was an Abolitionist

As the personal goal of every devout Muslim is to emulate Muhammad and to follow the teachings of the Koran, why are there no efforts focused on the closure or tearing down of mosques across America? Despite their history with African slavery, why is Islam celebrated, embraced and even protected by Progressives and the Left? Where is the equivalent outrage? Or could it be that the anger and indignance is feigned and something else is in play?

North Korea Update

Readers should not forget the overarching threat still posed by N. Korea. Beginning Monday August 21, tens of thousands of military soldiers from S. Korea, the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark will participate in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian military drills in S. Korea and in the waters surrounding the peninsula. The training exercise, held yearly, invariably causes N. Korea to lash out with threats frequent demonstrations of force. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise on will continued through August 31.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment, and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.


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8/18 – KKK rally @ 4:00PM in downtown Durham, NC. Counter-protesters gathering. Main Street closed, tensions high. Caution if in the area. Add’l alerts if warranted.

8/13 – AlertsUSA monitoring increasingly tense political rally and protest in downtown Seattle. Caution urged if in the area. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/12 – Via state-run newspaper, N. Korea again taunts POTUS saying armed forces of DPRK now “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland” (referring to the U.S.).

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World News Roundup

 

August 19, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Targeting American Diplomats, Cuba Is Up to its Dirty Old Tricks
Trump, Security Team Mulling Strategic Options on Afghanistan
President Trump announces move to elevate Cyber Command
U.S. Navy Turns Civilian-Operated USNS Puller Into Commissioned Warship
Venezuela’s Maduro Regime Steps Up Crackdown on Dissidents
USS Fitzgerald’s leadership to be removed from duties over June collision
Confederate monuments removed in Baltimore, other cities
Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio
The specter of civil war in Venezuela

EUROPE

NATO Troops Can’t Fight If They’re Stuck at Customs
As Confederate statues fall, Russians are erecting statues for dictator Stalin
Britain seeks Brexit without borders for Northern Ireland
Amateur Drone Lands on the U.K.’s New Aircraft Carrier, No One Even Notices
Britain’s new $3.86B aircraft carrier arrives at home port
Russia unveils new fleet of ‘invisible’ supersonic fighter jets

MIDDLE EAST

Pentagon says captured Islamic State fighters hooked on drugs
U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies
Iran Sending Warships to Atlantic Ocean Amid Massive New Military Buildup
Syrian army comes closer to encircling Islamic State in central Syria desert
In Iran, Islamic State seeks to fan militancy among minorities
At least 18 killed in attack on restaurant in Burkina Faso
Iran threatens to back out of nuclear deal over Trump sanctions.
Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years.
ISIS poses one of the biggest threats to religious freedom
Jihadists strike across West Africa

ASIA

India, China soldiers involved in border altercation
Beijing is using underwater drones in the South China Sea to show off its might
N. Korea shows the U.S. Capitol being destroyed in propaganda posters
South Korea gave Kim Jong-un a ‘red line’
What will Kim do next? Sixth nuclear test seen critical for North Korea
Has China Finished Its Island Building Campaign In The South China Sea?
A Global Fish War is Coming
The US Is Headed Toward Another Cuban Missile Crisis


Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Iran
08/15/2017

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

N. Korea
08/02/2017

Venezuela
07/27/2017

Jordan
07/20/2017

S. Sudan
07/20/2017

Egypt
07/19/2017

Philippines
07/17/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
05/01/2017

Worldwide Caution

03/06/2017

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office


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Flaws in web-connected, radiation-monitoring kit? What could go wrong?

Ripe target for ne’er-do-wells.

Black Hat Vulnerabilities in widely deployed Radiation Monitoring Devices (RDMs) present a potential mechanism for triggering false alarms and worse, according to research unveiled at Black Hat on Wednesday.

RDMs are used to monitor radiation in critical infrastructure such as nuclear power plants, seaports, borders, and hospitals. However, like many Internet of Things devices, security shortcomings provide a means to subvert their operation.

An inspection of the technology by Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant for IOActive, uncovered flaws in RDMs from multiple vendors, including Ludlum and Mirion. Santamarta’s research focused on testing software and hardware, firmware reverse engineering and radio frequency analysis.

The vulnerabilities create a means to meddle with “critical systems used for monitoring radiation levels, for example by falsifying measurement readings to simulate a radiation leak, tricking authorities to give incorrect evacuation directions, or increasing the time an attack against a nuclear facility or an attack involving a radioactive material remains undetected by sending normal readings to deceive operators”.

Inspection of software that ships with the Model 53 Gamma Personnel Portal from Ludlum revealed a backdoor password. “As a result, malicious personnel can bypass the RPM’s authentication and take control of the device, which could be used to disable it, thus preventing the RPM from triggering proper alarms,” Santamarta warned.

Ludlum 53 and software [source: IOActive whitepaper]

Ludlum’s gate monitors – Model 4525 – for vehicle inspection lack any security measure for data communication. Any attacker in the adjacent network can change the device’s network settings, which opens the door to multiple attacks. Worse yet, the device communicates via cleartext, so attackers would be able to falsify readings, disable alarms, or perform any other originally supported operation.

Ludlum’s gate monitors – Model 4525 – for vehicle inspection [source: IOActive]

After studying the hardware and firmware, IOActive also uncovered potential attacks against Mirion WRM2-capable Radiation Monitoring Devices at nuclear power plants. A skilled and sufficiently motivated attacker might be able to forge or sniff “WRM2 transmissions, either by repurposing a Digi S3/S3B XBee Module or by implementing the XSC and WRM2 protocol layers in a SDR device”. Such devices are located at secure facilities, reducing the likelihood of any attack in most scenarios. IOActive is convinced nonetheless that it has identified issues that merit remediation.

“Failed evacuations, concealed persistent attacks and stealth man-in-the-middle attacks are just a few of the risks I flagged in my research,” said Santamarta. “Being able to properly and accurately detect radiation levels is imperative in preventing harm to those at or near nuclear plants and other critical facilities, as well as for ensuring radioactive materials are not smuggled across borders.”

Exposed Digi S3B Module [source: IOActive]

IOActive informed the affected vendors of the findings weeks before Santamarta delivered his talk, Go Nuclear: Breaking Radiation Monitoring Devices, at Black Hat. Despite initial responses indicating the issues would not be addressed, more recent communications from some vendors have indicated work is being done to patch the critical vulnerabilities uncovered.

El Reg contacted Ludlum and Mirion for comment but we’re yet to hear back from either.

A white paper on IOActive’s research includes technical details for the testing conducted and the vulnerabilities identified.

 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 8-13-17

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Growing Potential for War on the Korean Peninsula

 

August 12, 2017

 

Between August 8th and 11th, the following related Flash messages
were sent to
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8/11 – USGOV issues new travel warning for N. Korea. Restricts use of U.S. passports for travel into, in, or through N. Korea as of 9/1. See email for full info.

8/9 – SecDef Mattis warns N. Korea it faces devastation and “destruction of it’s people” if it does not end its pursuit of nuclear weapons. See email for full stmt.

8/8 – Per WH pool report, Pres. Trump warns DPRK: “Best not make any more threats to the U.S.. They will be met w/ fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”

 

What You Need To Know

 

On ten occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security matters. Most pressing for this report, there has been a dramatic increase in tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The Trump administration is taking a hard line with North Korea in the face of repeated threats of attack on the U.S. and our allies. On Wednesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a direct warning to N. Korea made by Secretary of Defense James Mattis which stated:

“The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.

Analysis of commercial satellite imagery by the U.S. Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University suggests North Korea may be accelerating the development of the sea-based leg of its nuclear forces and that a new series of “at sea” test launches may be forthcoming.

Additionally, late Friday USGOV intelligence sources indicated North Korea has begun moving both Intercontinental and intermediate range ballistic missiles, suggesting the possibility of additional launches in the coming hours and days, a move likely to bring a stinging response from the international community.

AlertsUSA subscribers are urged to view this situation with balanced caution, but to be paying close attention. While it is impossible to predict the next actions to be taken by the N. Korean regime, what is very clear is the period of calm negotiation between bespoke, fine brandy swirling plenipotentiaries has drawn to a close.

When the cloudy historical and political narrative is removed, the world is now faced with the following realities:

Given these realities, restraint and the quest for diplomatic solutions virtually assures continued proliferation into the hands of rogue nations and those private individuals and groups with deep enough pockets.

No Evacuation Recommendations… Yet

At the time of this report’s preparation late Friday, there have been no official recommendations issued by the State Department for American citizens to leave the Korean Peninsula. This past June, the Department of Defense carried out the first of two evacuation drills known as Focused Passage. Technically referred to as a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO), Focused Passage was established to ensure that all DoD family members and non-emergency essential DOD Civilians and their families are prepared in case an evacuation order is issued. In addition to DoD related personnel, the drill and this evacuation means are available to U.S. embassy personnel, DoD retirees, as well as contractors and their families. Essentially, this means anyone with normal military base access, which does NOT include general civilians.

In Focused Passage, evacuees are identified, registered, and moved to evacuation nodes located in the southern coastal region. From there, they are ultimately flown to Japan by the U.S. Transportation Command and their ROK counterparts.

U.S. Civilians in S. Korea Should Be Prepared

It is important for readers to understand that this evacuation option is NOT intended for average American civilians in South Korea for private sector work, study, summers abroad, tourism, etc.. American civilians, like those of most other western nations, are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and have a means of evacuation in place when traveling abroad, and in particular, in dangerous or crisis-prone regions.

If you voluntarily choose to be on the Korean Peninsula during periods of tension, such as the present, you better have your act together because it is NOT the responsibility of the State Department or military to facilitate your departure.

In fact, the U.S. State Department website clearly states the following:

“The assistance we provide depends upon the nature of the crisis. Regularly scheduled commercial flights or transportation are always the best option when local communications and transportation infrastructure are intact and operating normally, even if we have advised all U.S. citizens to leave. Our efforts are devoted to keeping the local U.S. citizen community informed of developments and travel options.”

Expectations of rescue by helicopters, the U.S. military, and U.S. government-provided transportation with armed escorts reflect a Hollywood script more than reality. It is almost impossible for the U.S. government to provide in-country transportation service to individuals or specific groups during a foreign crisis. You should therefore heed State Department travel and safety information for the country you are traveling to or residing in, monitor local conditions, and have a plan of action in case of emergency.”

The State Department also encourages all U.S. citizens traveling abroad, especially those who plan to be overseas for a significant amount of time, to sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It is important that you keep your contact information up-to-date so that the State Department can notify you or your designated emergency contact of developments and provide valuable information.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the situation on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the overall domestic and international threat environment, and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

 


 

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OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
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8/9 – US Embassy Paris warning Americans in France to maintain security awareness flwg vehicular attack on French soldiers in the Levallois-Perret suburb of Paris.

8/11 – Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publishes teaser for next issue of Inspire Magazine calling for train derailment ops in the West. Monitoring for release.

8/10 – AlertsUSA monitoring rptd explosion in Denver, CO @ 28th and Dahlia. No injuries. Bomb squad on scene. Few details released. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/9 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to possible active shooter at the Environmental Protection Agency building (1200 Penn) in Wash, D.C. Caution if in the area.

8/8 – Police fire on vehicle in Molenbeek, Belgium. Suspect claims there are explosives on board. Bomb squad en route. Area on lockdown. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/7 – Widespread SMS outages are being reported nationwide impacting most major carriers. AlertsUSA suggests a close eye on email today as carriers work to resolve their issues.

8/5 – AlertsUSA monitoring early morning explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Ctr., Bloomington, MN. No injuries, cause unknown. Fed authorities on scene.

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World News Roundup

 

August 12, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Canada struggles with asylum seeker influx from US
NAFTA negotiations could mark end of era for Mexican exports
Mexican official says migration, security at stake in NAFTA talks
UK criticized over sales of military equipment to Venezuela
Here’s How the DoD Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs
Trump promises ‘billions’ more for missile defenses
The Navy’s First Female SEAL Officer Applicant Just Dropped Out
Why the Price of the F-35 Keeps Soaring
Trump declares US opioid pain drugs national emergency
US investigating after diplomats fall sick in Havana
Pentagon’s Silicon Valley unit helps target terrorists

EUROPE

Experts debate pros and cons of lethal arms for Ukraine
Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July
Spain migrant arrivals triple compared with 2016
German Defense Industry Gearing Up
Britain’s New Supercarrier Trains Alongside US Counterpart For First Time
Extreme heat decimating crops in parts of Europe
Russian ‘ISIS fanatic’ ‘plotted to crash a US plane by flying a DRONE into it’
French police arrest suspect after car ploughs into soldiers in Paris
Man ambushes French soldiers in car attack, later arrested
Paris attack: ‘Algerian-born’ suspect in Lille hospital

MIDDLE EAST

US drone strikes in Somalia target al-Shabaab fighters
Protesters storm Shell crude flow station in Nigeria’s Niger Delta
ISIS used eBay to funnel terror cash to US, feds say
Mothers exert most influence on foreign fighters to return home
U.S. to designate the IRGC, affiliates as terrorists
Yemen’s civil war turns country into cholera breeding ground
Trump says Iran not ‘living up to the spirit’ of nuclear deal
Israel to speed up Gaza tunnel barrier

ASIA

Second India-China war in 2018? Here’s the war blueprint if it happens
US, Japanese troops begin joint military exercise amid North Korea threat
Any new Korean war could quickly escalate to catastrophe
US and S. Korea to stage huge military exercise despite North Korea crisis
Nations start to choose sides in event of North Korea war
Cambodia PM gives ultimatum to Laos over ‘border invasion’
US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis
China protests after US warship sails near island
Russia Boosts Air Defense in Far East Amid N Korea Nuclear Situation
As global reach grows, China builds military to match
On Afghanistan, Trump Is Right to Hesitate

 


 

Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

N. Korea
08/02/2017

Venezuela
07/27/2017

Jordan
07/20/2017

S. Sudan
07/20/2017

Egypt
07/19/2017

Philippines
07/17/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
05/01/2017

Worldwide Caution

03/06/2017

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 


 

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AVOR has Raised its Prepper Threat Level to Def Con 2, or.. Prep-CON 2.  Prep-Con1 is WAR, or a nuke has gone off.  We are 1 step away from Prep-Con1.

North Korea has a HUGE weapons market that specializes in small arms, ammo, grenades, recoilless rifles then they jump right up to short range, intermediate range and long range missiles.  Even missiles that go into space and can orbit the globe for years only waiting for the signal to re-enter the atmosphere and nuke a city.

NK is a master at smuggling items in and out of the country and around the world.  Its been confirmed that ISIS, Al Qaeda and Iran are all players wanting to buy a nuclear device.  Such a device would be taken by something as simple as a heavy duty pickup truck into down town DC or NYC or Atlanta or Dallas or Las Vegas or Silicon Valley or LA… and detonated.

Since it will be a ground detonation it will create a heavy fallout.  Air burst nuclear devices whose fireball never touches the ground have a very small amount of fallout but they have double of the over pressure and air blast destruction.  600mph winds are literally true with a nuclear detonation

ONE nuclear device detonated ANYWHERE in the world will put the people of the planet into a panic.  Grocery stores will sell out of food and water in 1/2 a day, everywhere in the world.  Because people will think because it happened ‘there’ it can happen ‘here.’  Its the “We’re Next” attitude.

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