Entries in Department of Homeland Security (3)


Retired Customs Officer Killed, Three Others Injured in Afghan Blast

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Department of Homeland Security(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was killed and three other retired members of the agency were injured in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan Monday.

Retired customs officer David Hillman was killed in the blast at the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said in a statement Tuesday.  Hillman worked for the U.S. government for more than 30 years before retiring in 2009.

Michael Lachowsky, Terry Sherrill, and Vernon Rinus -- all retired customs employees, as well -- were injured in the attack.

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Napolitano: International Cargo ‘Vulnerable’ to Terrorist Attack

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BRUSSELS, Belgium) – During a speech Thursday in Brussels, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned that the international cargo system remained vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Napolitano called for system-wide improvements to address flaws that could leave the global supply chain in disarray. 

“Regardless of where a potential event might occur, the ripple effect of a significant disruption to this critical global system could potentially impact not just the United States, but the international community at large,” Napolitano said.

Among other policy changes, Napolitano called for better tracking of precursor chemicals used to make explosives. She also focused on reinforcing the most critical components of the supply chain in the event that an attack occurred.

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DHS Secretary Napolitano to Make Speech on Cargo Security in Brussels

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BRUSSELS, Belgium) – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will deliver what her aides call a key policy speech on cargo security and the global supply chain in Brussels on Thursday.

Napolitano will discuss efforts to establish more enhanced screening and scanning of cargo and efforts to restrict certain precursor chemicals that can be used to make explosives.

Recently, Napolitano has met with executives from the cargo industry as well as European Union officials and has said that strengthening cargo security will be a top priority in the new year.

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