Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

October 7, 2014

On plastic volcano drones, iPhones, Guantanamo medical care videotapes, Ebola and other outbreaks

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on October 7, 2014


…Wired treats viewers to a minute and a half closeup video of lava eruptions in the Bardabunga volcanic system in Iceland. The video was taken by a quadcopter drone. (The music was added – I hope.)


… Eighteen months ago, blueprints for creating a gun with a 3D printer were downloaded over 100,000 times in two days.  Last month, Wired wrote about researchers at the University of Virginia who used a 3D printer to make a drone for the Department of Defense. The drone can carry a 1.5 pound payload. It can be printed in a day for around $2,500. It can fly 40 miles and hour for 45 minutes; an earlier version of the plane reached speeds over 100 miles per hour. “3-D printing is at the phase where personal computers were in the 1980s,” the project director said “The technology is almost unbounded.”

… Speaking of guns and drones, On The Homefront notes an FBI report “Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013” [that] shows an annual increase in active shooter threat. In the first 7 years of the study, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually and in the following 7 years that number jumped to 16.4.  The report is available here: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/september/fbi-releases-study-on-active-shooter-incidents/pdfs/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-between-2000-and-2013.  I did not see anything in the report about shooters using drones.

… Schneier On Security  dismisses law enforcement officials’ concerns that Apple’s new iPhone encryption will open a carnival for kidnappers, sexual predators, terrorists and worse. Schneier write “…You can’t build a backdoor that only the good guys can walk through…. You’re either vulnerable to eavesdropping by any of them, or you’re secure from eavesdropping from all of them. Strong encryption protects us from a panoply of threats. It protects us from hackers and criminals. It protects our businesses from competitors and foreign spies. It protects people in totalitarian governments from arrest and detention. This isn’t just me talking: The FBI also recommends you encrypt your data for security.”   The New York Times has one of their “Room for Debate” debates about Apple’s encryption move at this link http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/09/30/apple-vs-the-law (subscription might be required).

The Security Law Brief reports without comment that a federal judge ordered the US government to release videotapes [is the government still using videotapes?] of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being force-fed.  An attorney for the prisoner said “we are very gratified by this decision, which will enable the American people to see with their own eyes the sorts of abuses that are being heaped on these peacefully hunger-striking detainees…. Once the truth is fully brought to light, we believe these terrible practices will come to an end….”  A former commander at Guantanamo told the court “even though the forced cell extraction videos are lawful, humane and appropriate, they ‘are particularly susceptible to use as propaganda and to incite a public reaction because of their depiction of forcible … guard interaction with detainees.’ The videos that also contain footage of forced-feedings could be used ‘to foment anti-American sentiment and inflame Muslim sensitivities as it depicts … personnel providing medical care to a detainee while he is restrained…’.”

… Speaking of medical care, Recovery Diva links readers to a U.S. National Library of Medicine cite providing Information Resources for the 2014 Ebola Outbreak.

… Dr. Will Pilkington’s Medium Post about Ebola  also reminds readers how the New York Times’ Brian McFadden sees outbreaks in America.

outbreaks in america

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Comment by William R. Cumming

October 7, 2014 @ 2:41 am

Terrific post Chris! Thanks!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 7, 2014 @ 3:26 am

….as this well written and much appreciated post chooses to talk about force feeding terrorists, this article prompts one to think of the atrocity of this this seemingly hell bent and apparently treasonous White House and especially this eight year WH resident along w/Ms. Hillary and so many attached to this self-serving and corrupt political machine as five known terror operatives were released for a deserter on a Saturday pm and a report being held back because of forthcoming elections so let us talk about the travesty about to behold humanity once again in another Middle East city….and surely to threaten global stability and our Homeland Security where this WH embraces the trespassers across its front lawn instead of protecting the People’s White House and our borders….after all, force feeding outright bandits while the same enemy beheads the infidel! While we are a weakened State so promoted with apologies and inaction by this perverse White House who could give a damn about our Judeo-Christian values and the core of our Democracy, it will be Germany and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg who will lead Germany and to oppose the Middle East minority as militants who manipulate Islam and stir the pot which will now lead to again more heightened tensions and War among those engaged in this Christian-Islamic quest to control Jerusalem which will never be under anyone’s real control for God has clearly spoken….

So while force feeding known terrorists is discussed, today along with the War Powers Resolution and the fact that the US government has intentionally failed to arm the Kurds, it is the pending beastly – slaughter – about to take place as the Black flag again hoisted over another city and some 50,000 men, women and children, truly innocents and children of the Lord are to now be slaughtered and the Turks stand by and watch from six miles away allowing this eight year WH resident of the WH also allowing Tehran to have WMD and purports to be engaged in bombing ISIS when in fact these 200 bombings are construed as nothing less than fraudulent, a phony appearance with low impact ordinance and taking out empty buildings and a pick up truck here or there…of course, this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” allowed to continue by a paralyzed Congress who (today) should take a hard look at the War Powers Act as Barry Obama commenced his action sixty days ago and what?

Six miles away, the Black flag now flies and some 50,000 are getting prepared to be slaughtered and Turkey with its military strength backed up with US could wipe out ISIS in a short time, however this fraudulent and phony White House led by Barry Obama and his November 4th party election could give a damn for the men and women and children who will very shortly be slaughtered and to the Kurds who have always been supportive of the US, how dare the US military leaders allow this eight year resident of the White House play out this “Chicago-Hollywood-washington charade” when Muslim, Christian and other “innocents” are to be slaughtered and the Turks could give a damn as well….

What a shame that the world has to be so riddled with criminal intent and such willingness to kill innocent people as everyone is a child of God and God is witness to humanity’s failure to respect one another and Life itself….

KIndly see:

The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 U.S.C. 1541–1548)[1] is a federal law intended to check the president’s power to commit the United States to an armed conflict without the consent of Congress. The resolution was adopted in the form of a United States Congress joint resolution; this provides that the President can send U.S. armed forces into action abroad only by declaration of war by Congress, “statutory authorization,” or in case of “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”

The War Powers Resolution requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war. The resolution was passed by two-thirds of Congress, overriding a presidential veto.

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