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Security at U.S. Soft Targets Increasing
After Kenya Mall Attack
Sept 28, 2013
What You Need To Know
Between Sept 21- 25, 2013, AlertsUSA issued the following
Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:

US Embassy, Nairobi warning Americans to avoid public venues and shelter in place after mall terror attack. Multiple US citizens injured. Ongoing situation.

Media reporting that at least 3 of the al-Shabaab terrorists involved in the Nairobi mall attack are Somali-Americans from Missouri and Minnesota. Developing ...

Pres. Obama now speaking before the UN General Assembly. Use link below for live stream:

In UN address Pres. Obama makes clear that threat of use of military force in Syria remains on table, also introduces * Iranian * chemical weapons issue.

AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing situation at Columbus, OH police HQ after explosion reported earlier. DHS now on scene. Area now being searched for explosives.

USGOV issues new worldwide caution for citizens following Nairobi terror attack. Targets incl most places Americans gather in large numbers. Details via email.

Security is being stepped up at malls, shopping centers and other so called "soft targets" across America in the wake of the multi-day terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya by the Somali al Qaeda offshoot known as al Shabaab. The FBI has sent a large number of agents to Kenya to assist in the investigation, in part, because of the reported involvement of 3 Somali-Americans being involved in the attack, as well as the growing Somali presence here within the U.S.., most notably in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Late this week al Shabaab issued a message saying that the Kenya attack was just the "premiere of Act 1." Needless to say this has domestic law enforcement agencies ramping up security at a variety of public gather places.


The U.S. State Department this week issued a new Worldwide Caution to American citizens providing updated information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests globally, including within the U.S..  In terms of the meat of the new cautionary statement:
"Current information suggests that al-Qa'ida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings,  and bombings." "Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests.  Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays."
Read the full Worldwide Caution here.

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Spent Fuel to Be Removed from
Fukushima Unit #4 Pool
Sept 28, 2013
What You Need To Know

The situation at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant just keep getting worse, not only for the people in Japan and surrounding countries, but also for N. America.

This week the Fukushima plant operator TEPCO announced that they have put on hold their efforts to build barriers to prevent radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific because other work was "more urgent". As previously reported by Threat Journal, it is estimated that a minimum of hundreds of tons of highly contaminated ground water flow into the Pacific each day.

In addition, beginning in early November TEPCO will begin the perilous task of attempting to remove some 1300 fuel rods from the elevated pool atop Unit #4. The consequences of a mishap could be more catastrophic than any nuclear accident to date.

Watch a short video showing the dangers associated with removing the fuel rods from the Spent Fuel Pool here.

Watch as the former Chairman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, talks about the upcoming attempt to remove Fukushima Unit 4 spent fuel calling it unprecedented, that the pool has significant structural damage and that the overall effort is very risky.


Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control this week issued a press release announcing orders worth tens of millions of dollars for products used to treat acute radiation syndrome. The orders, placed under Project BioShield contracts, will increase the national stockpile of treatments that could save lives of those exposed to high doses of radiation during a nuclear or radiological emergency.

The bulk of the purchase goes towards what are known as leukocyte growth factors (also referred to as colony-stimulating factors) which stimulate bone marrow to produce infection-fighting white blood cells. Leukocyte growth factors do not reverse the direct harmful effects of acute radiation exposure but are capable of giving a powerful boost to the one's ability to produce more white blood cells to counter the onset of opportunistic infection. This, in turn, can lead to a higher survival rate.

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and responding to nuclear emergencies.


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 Warnings

See all of the USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

Important Travel Alerts


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