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- The European Court of Justice has ruled that an information-sharing agreement between the United States and the European Union (EU) is invalid because it violates EU laws.

Drug Trade



- A bill (H.R. 4422) introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) would require each state to submit a written report on state agencies that store or keep explosive materials. The report, which would be submitted to the Attorney General at regular intervals, would also note which materials had been transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Rogue Nukes Program Possible

- North Korea and Iran present probably the biggest threat of rogue nations gaining nuclear weapons. Other countries pose a danger as well, but a main watchdog over nuclear weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is hampered in its ability to ensure that nations are not developing clandestine weapons programs. @ The GAO report, including recommendations for future action, is at SM Online.

Online Fraud

- The 7th Annual Online Fraud Report finds that online retailers are hit with fraud from international orders at a rate that is twice the overall average.

Will Every Rat Have Its Day?

- Can wasps, moths, pigs, and rats be as useful as dogs in detecting dangerous chemicals? Researchers say yes.

European Islamic Policies Examined

- “Muslims are the largest religious minority in Europe, and Islam is the fastest growing religion,” says a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The report, Muslims in Europe: Integration Policies in Selected Countries, notes that understanding how best to integrate and engage these growing populations can help mitigate the risk of Islamic extremism finding a foothold. @ Go to SM Online to read more.

Data Retention

- The European Union has approved a new directive that would require telecommunications companies in member states to retain data generated by electronic communications—though the content of the communications may not be collected—to aid law enforcement in combating serious crimes. @ For more information on the directive, visit Security Management Online.

Business News

- A study will look at public-private partnerships; Per Lundkvist, CPP, is profiled.

Transit System

- Despite the attacks on the Madrid and London rail systems, commuters concerned about safety should think twice about forgoing mass transit for cars, according to a brief paper by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent Canadian research institution specializing in transportation issues.

Quick Bytes: Cyberwar Risk

- China has established information warfare units to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks, according to a recent Defense Department (DoD) report. Other countries, including the United States, are developing similar capabilities.

CIA: Poor Pre-9-11 Performance, Report Says

- The recently declassified executive summary from the Central Intelligence Agency's own inspector general report confirms the intelligence failures documented by the 9-11 Commission: the CIA made critical mistakes leading up to the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

International Security

- What are the implications of China’s military buildup and global power plays? A Department of Defense report examines the issue.

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