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Blackwater USA Sought to Cover Up Deadly Iraq Shootings

- A new congressional report faults the State Department for its lack of accountability and its permissiveness regarding the private security contractor.

Cargo security

- A bill (H.R. 4899) introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) would require that all cargo containers bound for the United States be scanned using the best-available technology—including radiation and density scanning—before they are loaded onto a ship. These scans would then be reviewed by U.S. security personnel before the container is loaded. Once scanned, the containers would be sealed with a device that would indicate whether the container has been tampered with in transit. Under the bill, this device would have to have the capability to notify officials if a breach has occurred before the container enters a U.S. port.

Blackwater USA Banned from Iraq

- Firefight in Baghdad leaves eight bystanders dead.

Bullying

- A bill (S.B. 1035) under consideration in the Oregon Senate would outlaw workplace bullying. Under the bill, bullying includes derogatory remarks, insults, threatening physical contact, and gratuitous sabotage or undermining an employee’s work performance.

Top Cops Split on Liberalizing Concealed Weapons for Officers

- Before a congressional subcommittee hearing yesterday, representatives from the leading national police organizations testified on whether Congress should liberalize the ability of current and former police officers to carry concealed firearms.

Nigeria Cannot MEND It's Kidnapping Problem

- In Nigeria, kidnappings of foreign workers keep increasing. Learn what companies should do to protect their workers from being nabbed in this online exclusive, "Perils Amid the Profits in the Niger Delta."

Perils Amid Profits in the Niger Delta

- Learn how companies in Nigeria can protect their employees from the country's kidnapping plague. (Online Exclusive)

The Bodyguard’s Bible

- Author James Brown says “the mark of a good bodyguard is that he keeps a level head in a crisis, reassesses the situation, and then embarks on the correct next course of action.” That quote constitutes the thesis of The Bodyguard’s Bible, a well-written book with 38 chapters that flow nicely, informing the reader and maintaining his or her interest. Brown does an excellent job of disassociating “bouncers” from security professionals who protect the rich, famous, and powerful. To that point, he notes that the term Close Protection Officer (CPO) is replacing the term “bodyguard” in the field.  

Rendering Assistance to Aid Workers

- Aid workers, who render assistance to the most vulnerable populations in the least hospitable regions of the world, have long operated with protected status under international humanitarian law. Combatants, nevertheless, increasingly ignore this protection.

Rendering Assistance to Aid Workers

- Aid workers, who render assistance to the most vulnerable populations in the least hospitable regions of the world, have long operated with protected status under international humanitarian law. Combatants, nevertheless, increasingly ignore this protection. From Iraq to Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, aid workers have faced savage attacks when working within conflict zones. This trend was highlighted in a 2006 joint report by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and the Center on International Cooperation—“Providing Aid in Insecure Environments: Trends in Policy and Operations”—that studied major violent acts against aid workers from 1997-2005.

What Female Travelers Need to Know

- All workers should be given travel security tips, but it is doubly important that female workers be well trained in travel security.

My Short Life As An EP Specialist

- Lessons from the field: What an editor learned from a week at an intensive executive protection program.

The Price of Oil

- Companies operating in Nigeria face the challenge of protecting staff in a hostile environment.
 




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