Homeland Security Anti-Terrorism Alert

DHS Issues Alert To Law Enforcement For 9/11 Anniversary.

Fox News  (9/2, Dean) reported DHS issued an alert bulletin to law enforcement agencies urging them to remain on high alert for “potential terrorist activity leading up to the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.” The alert warns that terrorists “may be inspired or directed to conduct attacks against events associated with 9/11 memorial commemorations or other mass gathering targets timed to this date.” The alert highlighted recent “unsophisticated, opportunistic attacks by lone-ISIL inspired individuals” in Nice, Orlando, and Istanbul as “a caution to U.S. law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant in the face of an ‘ongoing heightened threat environment.’”

 

Isotec’s “Shootem Up” Reveals the Dangers of Low Spall Glass

Isotec’s “Shootem Up” Reveals the Dangers of Low Spall Glass

Idaho Springs, CO

We learned and witnessed number of things during our 8th annual “Shootem Up”. With all that what we learned, the unanimous take away was not to consider “low spall”  types of glass  as a substitute for UL® listed glass when ballistic protection is required. Think in terms of razor sharp shards of glass cutting into your employees or patrons, as was the case with our “witness” mannequin Polly Purebread.

“Low spall glass” is a clever marketing term, somewhat like the terms “acceptable toxicity levels”, or “may have negative side effects”.   Low spall glass is an adequate blunt force attack resistant glass (think hammer), not a ballistic glass. Low spall glass does have ballistic resistant properties. Those properties include shards of glass that could result in blindness. Take look at Polly. Low spall glass shatters by the impact of a bullet. Polly’s facial and head wounds show that glass shards from low spall glass can cause facial, head and neck wounds to the very people you’re trying to protect. That’s not protection, that’s  a role of the dice with fingers crossed.

We are where we are by choice. Before considering low spall glass for ballistic protection ask yourself; how many shards of glass does it take to blind a person? Put another way, would you stand behind low spall glass being fired on? Exactly.

We’re not sure how low spall glass became an acceptable substitute for UL Listed glass. Was it costs? That seems a dear price to pay if you ask us. Not on your watch, and hopefully not on yours.

Polly Purebread's Forehead

These close ups show the significant facial wounds that resulted from glass shards from “low spall” glass. Also notice the deep head wounds at the hairline.

ISIL Claims Responsibility For Attack On Belgian Police Officers

ISIL has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s machete attack during which two police officers were severely wounded at a security checkpoint in Charleroi, Belgium, the New York Times  (8/7, Breeden) reports. According to a statement issued Sunday by ISIL’s Amaq News Agency, a “soldier of the Islamic State” carried out the attack “in response to calls to target citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition.” The Wall Street Journal  (8/7, A1, Norman) reports that Belgian authorities, who have opened a terrorism investigation into the assault, said the attacker, who was shot by police and later died, has been identified as a 33-year-old Algerian who had been living in the country since 2012.

Federal Appeals Court Permits Law Enforcement To Use Exigent Circumstances To Obtain Suspect’s GPS Location

August 1, 2016: The Wall Street Journal reported that a federal appeals court in New York ruled law enforcement was permitted to use the “exigent circumstances” exception to the warrant requirement to obtain the GPS locations of a suspected killer. The court ruled police were legally permitted to ping the suspect’s cellphone when he was identified as possibly being involved in a murder. Law enforcement declined to obtain a warrant in fear of the safety of the undercover officers and informants who were investigating the suspect.