Tag Archive: IEDS


Several Explosions Rock Provincial HQ Of China’s Communist Party

 

China Bombing

 

 

” Seven explosions occurred at around 07:40 local time near the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, South China Morning Post reports.

One person has been killed and eight wounded and two cars damaged in the blasts, according to official reports. 

Ball bearings likely embedded within an improvised explosive device (IED) were found at the scene, Xinhua reports. “

 

 

  This bombing comes on the heels of another attack last week in Tianamen Square that left five dead and in which Islamists are being sought .

 

 

 

 

Published on Oct 29, 2013

” Chinese authorities are seeking information on two Islamist extremists suspected of a terror attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which killed five people and injured a further 38. Three Filipinos and a Japanese man were among those injured.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bomb-Blast Forensics: The First Steps

 

 

 

” Even as the police and doctors treat the wounded, the forensic investigation into the explosions at the Boston Marathon will begin. 

“The forensics start as soon as people realize there’s been an explosion,” says Tom Thurman, of Eastern Kentucky University. 

Thurman knows a lot about bomb investigations. Before his retirement from the FBI in 1998, Thurman was the chief of the FBI Bomb Data Center; he also worked

 Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland; the bombing deaths of a federal judge in Alabama and an attorney in Georgia, both in 1989; and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. 

The first thing to do is to determine if the explosions were intentional. “What’s there that could spark an accidental explosion?” Thurman asks. If no likely sources for an accidental detonation are found—like a buildup of flammable vapors—the investigators start looking at other evidence. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Administration Has SLASHED Budget For Domestic Bombing Prevention By 45 Per Cent, Says Former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary

 

In February, President Obama issued a National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosives. 'We must not become complacent,' he wrote

 

 

 

 

” Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million.

That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three Americans and injured at least 173 others. 

He told MailOnline that the Obama-era DHS is, on the whole, about as well-positioned as it was during the Bush administration to handle the aftermath of the April 15 bombings in Boston, ‘but the Obama administration has continued to cut the budget for offices such as the Office for Bombing Prevention from $20 million started under Bush, to $11 million today.’

But little is known about what role OBP actually plays in attempting to prevent bombings at public events that could be considered target-rich environments

Patrick Starke has headed the office since August 2012. He has lengthy security management experience with a defense contractor, in the Navy, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer.

On February 26 the Obama White House issued a lengthy National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices. Obama wrote in an introduction to that document that ‘we have no greater responsibility than providing for the safety and security for [sic] our citizens, allies, and partners … The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) threatens these interests by killing, injuring, and intimidating citizens and political leaders around the world.’

‘We must not become complacent,’ he wrote.

The policy document included statements about ‘enhancing our focus on protecting American lives’ and ‘screening, detecting, and protecting our people, facilities, transportation systems, [and] critical infrastructure.’ “

 

 

 

 

 

 

WTB Soldiers find recovery through competition

 

 

  ” GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Staff Sgt. Joseph Walker has been part of the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe for a little over a year, rehabilitating a litany of injuries from traumatic brain injury to severe back and joint pain. 

“I’ve been blown up 14 times by IED’s,” said the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder Soldier. “But that doesn’t stop me from competing.” 

Walker and his fellow A Company Soldiers joined other battalion Soldiers, Oct. 4, for a bike race on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, the second leg in a four-part battalion’s three companies against each other as they vie for the coveted Commander’s Cup. 

After narrowly losing to C Co. in September, Walker is battling once again, bringing new strategies and a bout of revenge to the competition. 

“We lost by one point!” he said grimacing. “We’re here today with vengeance.”

However, for these transitioning Soldiers, cycling competitions aren’t always “as easy as riding a bike.” 

“It sounds easy until you count all of the health issues,” said Walker. “