03 November 2010

Al Qaeda air freight plot causing chaos in the international cargo freight system

According to Homeland Security experts, the al Qaeda air freight plot is causing chaos in the international cargo freight industry.

What happened? 2 packages containing explosive devices were shipped via air freight. The 2 explosive parcels were bound for Chicago synagogues and were traced back to Yemen. Yemeni sources, including a government official, said that a woman believed to be connected to the plot had been arrested in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, where the packages originated. It was later announced that the woman's mother was also arrested. British Home Secretary Theresa May and Dubai police speculated Saturday that the two rigged parcels could have exploded on aircraft before they reached their Chicago addresses.

The bombs contained PETN, a highly explosive organic compound used in last year's would-be bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight near Detroit. It is estimated that each bomb contained some 400 grams of PETN – nearly 70 times the amount needed to blow a hole in the fuselage of an aircraft.

1. Al Qaeda has succeeded in breaching the intercontinental air freight system, one of the wheels which makes Western economies go round and can claim a tactical success.

2. Both packages contained PETN but were not detected by the many airport security agencies at ports on the routes of the cargo flights.

3. So far only two packages have been identified as dangerous, but there may be more.

4. The heightened security for air cargo is causing the chaos in mail industry, extreme financial losses and disrupting an important branch of the Western economy. This is a major success for al Qaeda - at very little cost to itself.

How did this happen? There is currently no reliable way to automatically screen packages for explosives. The current method requires swabbing of each individual parcel, breaking down of pallets and the unpacking of shipping containers. So most packages are not screened for explosives.

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) lack of progress in implementing the 100 percent maritime cargo scanning requirement, as mandated by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-53), which was enacted into law three years ago.

According to this article, this is the 'missing piece' of Homeland Security puzzle.

Although the technology exists, called "Automatic Explosive Trace Detection", it has not been yet tested and implemented in the US.

TraceTech Security LTD, an Israeli Homeland Security company, which participated this week in "Israel HLS", the 1st Israeli International HLS Conference, develops innovative security technologies and solutions for explosives detection.

The Company’s systems are geared to improve the screening and detection of explosives, narcotics, biological contaminants and other hazardous materials, and are targeted to meet the needs of airport, aviation and other security agencies worldwide as well as any organization requiring explosive or other substance detection, such as, embassies, army/police bases and others. TraceTech Security’s technology allows for the rapid and precise detection of any type of explosive, whether in solid or liquid form.

By advancing the effectiveness of trace extraction, TraceTech Security’s product suite offers dramatic improvement over the current explosives detection mechanisms methods in use. TraceTech Security’s technology can set a new standard for identifying explosives and other hazardous materials in carry-on baggage, including items that currently pose significant challenges to security authorities, as well as checked luggage, palletized cargo, containers of any size or even halls, corridors and rooms, be it a train station entrance or an embassy's reception hall.

The Company's management team has broad experience and expertise in the International Defense and Homeland Security sectors, lead by:

Assaf Hefetz, LT. Gen. (Ret.), Head of the advisory board, formerly Israel's police commissioner, the head of the Israeli renown counter terror unit, ("YAMAM") and a decorated officer, now an International senior consultant in the field of security, safety, investigations and terrorism, senior lecturer at Israel College for Security and Investigations, leading the consulting group that consist of other veterans of several security agencies.

Dr. Fredy Ornath, CTO - CEO, led a project for inspection of pallets with FAA support over 10 years ago. Dr. Ornath is a recognized international expert on explosives detection and holds several patents in the field

The first "Automatic Explosive Trace Detection" technology, has already been tested and approved in Israel by Israel's ISA (Shin Bet, GSS), but still not in the US.  The technology can be scaled to size so that entire shipping containers, pallets, and luggage can be automatically detected for explosives.

For further contact with TraceTech Security:

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1 comment:

KurtP said...

But on the other hand, we just instituted X-ray porn at the airports.
Don't you feel better?


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