compiled by Dee Finney

updated 10-30-10


The Omega truck is big. It’s just over 6 tons, about the size of the largest UPS or FedEx delivery trucks. The exterior panels can be quickly changed which allows the vehicle to be disguised in any number of ways. Change the color, put on a company logo, etc. The panels can also be of slightly different shape, which allows the vehicle to change its profile. The positioning of lights can be varied to diminish distinguishing features. Top all of this off with different hubcaps and a license plate and you can drive a different vehicle every day.

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I know not everyone understands symbolism, but this symbolism is pretty clear from this dream.  Just in case you don't, this is what this dream means: - a bomb will be delivered via either a fake or stolen UPS truck. A FED EX truck might be used to transport one also, though it would be smaller. It seems that the FED EX guy is aware of what is going to happen. Three different cities or widely separated buildings are involved and large buildings, probably older and weak, will fall. It will happen on a Friday. The implications are 'the 16th'. The terrorists are from 3 different countries.  The next threat will be Asian.
It is apparent to me that the Feds are aware of this and trying to warn people that its coming.
Hopefully, by spreading the word, this warning might be able to stop it, so pass this along to as many people as you can.
7-13-04 - DREAM - I was at home, taking my time doing my work and not paying attention to what was going on outside.
All of a sudden, I heard a male voice behind me and discovered that a delivery man had come into my house and delivered a Daytimer book to me. He even took it out of the box and laid it out for me on the ironing board. The book was bright red and hanging dangling off the board by a thread.

I went to the window and watched the man walk back out to his truck which was FED EX. 

While I stood at the window, the UPS truck pulled up in front and a man, dressed in a UPS uniform got out and delivered what looked like a keg of beer next door. He took it behind the building.  I heard him say to the FED EX man, "We are going to have a blast on Friday."  I was assuming he meant 'a party'.  

Then I went back to work to put away the children's toys. Inside a big folder, there were thousands of toy soldiers, mostly on horseback, some green, some blue, and some red. They all needed to be sorted out, but I didn't have time to do that right at the moment. There were too many of them. 

I had a lot of things to take upstairs. I had laundry to fold and take upstairs and 3 pairs of shoes and slippers. I tried throwing the shoes and slippers up the stairs but could only get them part way up. I would have to carry them up myself. 

I then went over to the laundry pile and decided to take the children's underwear upstairs. While I was sorting the underwear, I saw some baby clothes and while I sorted them, I found my baby himself in the pile. I then remembered that I hadn't fed him in 2 days, so I needed to take him upstairs with me.

The baby was awkward to carry, so I took him by his little hands in mine and started walking him upstairs in front of me.

The UPS guy was behind me at this point and admonished me for letting the baby walk barefoot. I was barefoot myself and it wasn't hurting my feet - much - so I said that it wasn't hurting the baby's feet, but I knew every time the baby stepped on a piece of grit or sand - his foot would splay out a little with each step he took going upstairs. 

I got upstairs with the baby and saw that there was a lot of toys that needed to be put away. 

But before I did that, I looked into the door of the next bedroom and saw there were lots of toys on the floor there too - just like the colored soldiers I had seen downstairs. There was an Asian man standing in the doorway and I told him he needed to put his toys away. He answered, "I've only been here a week!"

I went back to my own room and saw 3 different towering buildings - one on each of 3 walls. They were widely separated.  These buildings were wider than they were tall - but massive just the same.  They were made with what looked like Lego-type bricks - where the pegs from one brick went into a hole in the next brick. The bricks were made of different colors. I thought they might be interchangeable, but I could see right away that they weren't and the slightest shaking would make these building fall down because they wouldn't hold together well. The pegs and holes were of different sizes and they were all loose.

Two people came out of the closet then and said they were trying to put a new light bulb in the socket, but - like the bricks - the light bulb and the socket were different sizes.  The woman said, "We had to try to make the light work. At least we hoped it would."

I answered her, "You always have hope!"

End of Dream

Time for Prayer






UPS terror scare shows U.S. that Al Qaeda never rests from plotting our destruction

Michael Daly

Saturday, October 30th 2010, 4:00 AM

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A UPS plane is held Friday at Liberty Airport in Newark, New Jersey amid a frantic search for suspicious packages sent from Yemen.
Handout image shows a toner cartridge discovered aboard a cargo plane in East Midlands, north of London, Friday.
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Handout image shows a toner cartridge discovered aboard a cargo plane in East Midlands, north of London, Friday.
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Terror scares

Are authorities doing enough to prevent terrorist attacks on American soil?

After police determined the package aboard the UPS truck in downtown Brooklyn contained no explosives, the emergency vehicles pulled away and everyday life reasserted itself. People strolled the plazas of MetroTech with no cares bigger than their own.

Too bad we were still at war.

Another scare came when it seemed a suspicious package might be aboard a passenger jet that landed at JFK Airport with a fighter escort. The immediate danger seemed to pass quickly and other planes continued to take off and land as if on any other day.

Too bad we are likely to remain at war for decades, whether we like it or not.

Our President went on television to say that two suspicious packages had been discovered, both outside the country, but addressed to Jewish organizations in Chicago.

Obama assured us that everything possible was being done to thwart the terrorists, and then he prepared to fly off to a political rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Too bad we will not stop being at war even if we leave Afghanistan as well as Iraq.

The rally in Charlottesville was an attempt to bolster another Democrat in Congress who seems liable to fall victim on Election Day to what the pundits call voter anger.

Too bad we will still face the truly deadly anger of the fundamentalists who hate all Americans, Republicans as much as Democrats.

Whatever the outcome of the midterm elections, the real bad guys will continue to plot just as hard to kill as many of us as they possibly can.

No matter what we do, they will hate us because it is not really about us.

It is about them and their sick romance with death.

These are guys who solemnly shun women and passionately embrace murder.

What they want is to terrorize us.

The next best thing for them is for us to be oblivious.

That gives the bad guys the opportunity to scheme up something that will terrorize us as never before.

So we have to remain ever-vigilant.

I only wish there had been jets to intercept those planes on 9/11 like there were to escort the plane yesterday that proved to be really no threat at all.

The authorities said it was "an abundance of caution."

Sounds good to me.

Of course, the bad guys must have gotten a kick out of all the trouble they caused yesterday. A creep mails a couple of small bombs through one of Yemen's four UPS stores, and the President of the United States goes on TV to reassure us.

That is just the way it goes in this war too many of us forget we are in.

We are facing a multitude of murderous mutts and the day is sure to come when a monumentally deadly threat comes our way again.

Keep your eyes open.

And give thanks for those who watch over us.

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Abandoned U-Haul causes bomb scare at Miami courthouse

By Ihosvani Rodriguez
Posted January 3 2005, 5:23 PM EST
Miami-Dade County authorities evacuated more than 4,000 people from the county's criminal justice center Monday during a bomb scare that began after a man abandoned a U-Haul truck near a restricted parking lot at the State Attorney's Office.

Ultimately, police found no explosives, but for three hours the suspicious incident snarled traffic along one of the main arteries to area hospitals and shut down legal proceedings. The scare also highlighted the level of nervousness by authorities at the height of an uncertain age.

"If anything, this was a good drill for us," said Miami Police spokesman Delrish Moss. "A lot of work and a lot details, but we can't take any chances these days."

The incident began about 10 a.m. Monday when the truck's driver backed the 24-foot hauler over a grassy median and into a restricted parking lot for prosecutors. The truck's bumper backed into the back of a Dodge pickup parked in the lot, causing minor damage. The driver then moved the U-Haul several feet before abandoning it on the street between courthouse and prosecutors' headquarters.

Ed Griffith, a spokesman with the State Attorney's Office, said the man then ran into the office building appearing agitated. Griffith said the man mumbled something about a delivery, asked to use a bathroom and then ran away when security tried to detain him.

"It was very, very odd," Griffith said.

Soon, police ordered everyone inside the courthouse, the State Attorney's Office and the Public Defender's office out. County jail officials moved inmates to a far end of the facility, while police put administrators at nearby Cedar's Medical Center on alert. The evacuees included judges, approximately 400 people summoned for jury duty and dozens of law enforcement agents scheduled for trial appearances.

The tense situation further escalated when police learned that someone rented the truck with a phony identification, and that courthouse personnel discovered a mysterious package in a stairwell.

Someone rented the truck about 8 a.m. at a U-Haul station in Miami's Overtown neighborhood with a fake driver's license, a false address and phone number. The truck was due back this morning. Police searched throughout the day for the driver, described as a man in his mid-40's last seen wearing a purple flannel jacket and jeans.

"Obviously this man didn't care about the truck and didn't want to be near it," said Moss. "We didn't want to be near it either."

After a slow and meticulous search that involved the use of a remote-controlled robot, bomb technicians found nothing inside the truck, and the "package" turned out to be a rolled up jumpsuit, police said. Police also discovered that someone tampered with the truck's ignition system, suggesting it was stolen, they said.

While authorities proceeded with extreme caution, most evacuees didn't seem startled. At the height of the incident, most chatted with each other while standing behind the police line or sitting under shady trees. Bystanders formed lines to buy hotdogs and arepas from street vendors. A man with a tie, badge and a gun appeared to be taking an afternoon nap on top of the trunk of a Miami-Dade police car.

Andrea Rivero, a bail bondsman, was writing out a check at the jail when she was told to flee. She seemed more annoyed than frightened.

"My truck is there and my briefcase is still at the jail," she said. "Look at what this guy's done. Probably all for nothing." Courthouse spokeswoman Jill Beach said most employees understood the need for extra security measures, but admitted that the episode was a welcome break for many on their first day back from the holidays.

"Luckily, it turned out to be a long lunch," she said. "A long one and a safe one."



By Knut Royce, Washington Bureau
Tuesday, August 3, 2004

WASHINGTON – More financial institutions than previously disclosed may be at risk of attack, and an al-Qaida operative has told British intelligence that the group's TARGET DATE IS EARLY SEPTEMBER, intelligence sources said yesterday. 

The operative, described as "credible" by British intelligence, told his debriefers that the ATTACK WOULD TAKE PLACE "60 days before the presidential election" on Nov. 2, according to a former senior National Security Council official. On Sept. 2 President George W. Bush is expected to address the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. 

Counterterrorism officials are analyzing data from a computer seized in Pakistan last month to see if financial institutions in addition to the five disclosed Sunday are at risk of attack, U.S. officials said yesterday. 

The former senior National Security Council official said he was told by British intelligence that they are interrogating an al-Qaida operative who confirmed that financial institutions are being targeted and that an attack was planned for September. And a U.S. official familiar with the ongoing analysis of the computer said, "There are references to other things [buildings]" in the al-Qaida computer's data, including a picture of the Bank of America building in San Francisco. "There is mention of other places." 

The laptop computer was seized on July 25 following the arrest after a 12-hour gun battle of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who is wanted for his alleged role in the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa. Pakistan's information minister confirmed to The Associated Press yesterday that e-mail data retrieved from Ghailani's computer indicated planned attacks in both the United States and Britain. A British official said that the threat to the U.K. was not specific. 

The CIA had tipped off Pakistani authorities on the location of Ghailani's safehouse in Gujrat, Pakistan, after tracking down an
al-Qaida computer engineer, who had e-mailed the data to Ghailani, 12 days earlier, U.S. officials said.  The computer engineer, Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, ran a secret al-Qaida communications system and his arrest was described by a senior U.S. official as the "most significant" of a series of events that led to Sunday's raising of the threat level to "high" for five financial institutions.

They are the New York Stock Exchange and Citigroup building in New York, as well as the Prudential financial building in Newark and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings in the nation's capital. The former NSC official, who asked to not be further identified, said that the al-Qaida operative in British custody, while confirming that financial institutions were at risk, did not know which financial institutions were being targeted. A CIA spokesman declined to comment. 

The U.S. official who disclosed yesterday that CIA and other counterterrorism officials are studying the vast amounts of computer data stored in the laptop said that the information on other institutions "does not reach the level of detail" retrieved on the five named Sunday. 

Nevertheless, he said, analysts "are continuing to exploit the data to see if anything boils to the surface."

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Threat level raised in New York, D.C.
Detailed intelligence leads to specific alerts on financial offices
A New York City police officer stands guard in Times Square on May 26. Security has been tightened in some locations in New York this weekend in response to intelligence indicating a possible terrorist plot in the city.

MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 8:08 p.m. ET Aug.01, 2004

WASHINGTON - The federal government has raised the threat level for financial institutions in Washington, D.C., New York City and northern New Jersey, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Sunday.

Ridge announced the new alert status, based on "new and unusually specific information" at an afternoon news conference at his department's headquarters. It marked the first time the nation's threat-warning system, devised after the Sept. 11 attacks, has been used to denote threats against specific targets.

"Reports indicate that al-Qaida is targeting several specific buildings," Ridge said, specifically:

  • the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington;
  • the offices of Citigroup and the New York Stock Exchange in New York;
  • the Prudential Plaza building in Newark, N.J.

"The preferred means of attack would be car or truck bombs," he added.

Ridge said the administration made the decision to raise the level in specific areas based on "the considerable detail and quality of information regarding those sites."

He did not elaborate on the intelligence that prompted the change, but said it was specific to certain locations and added that officials believe al-Qaida was planning attacks in advance of the November election. He said the government was not sure precisely when attacks were planned.

"We know from experience that increased physical protection and added vigilance from citizens can thwart a terrorist attack, and that is our goal," Ridge noted.

High-profile convention
New York’s status has remained at orange, indicating a high risk of terrorist attack, since Sept. 11, 2001. And with the Republican National Convention scheduled to begin Aug. 30 in the city's Madison Square Garden, the city is a high-profile target. Tens of millions of dollars in federal security funds are being spent to provide a visible security presence during the convention.

Ridge would not say whether the increase on specific New York sites indicated they were now at a red threat level, the highest possible. He would say only that the city "is at a very high level of security right now."

The White House said new intelligence in the past 72 hours prompted the alerts. One official told Reuters it was even more recent: within the past 24 to 36 hours.

“The president made the final decision today agreeing with the recommendation of Secretary Ridge to go ahead and raise the threat level in these select areas,” White House spokeswoman Erin Healy said.

Ridge also called Democratic candidate John Kerry before the announcement, Kerry's campaign said, and Kerry was scheduled to be briefed on the new intelligence. The alert "underscores the need to move aggressively" to put in place the recommendations of the 9/11 commission, Kerry national security adviser Susan Rice said.

The White House has appointed its own panel to review the commission's recommendations, which include a major overhaul of the nation's intelligence system, but has not yet decided to take specific actions.

Washington and elsewhere are on yellow, or elevated status of risk, which is the middle of the five-color scale.

New York Gov. George Pataki said the state was taking action to step up security more broadly, but would not raise the threat level from orange for New York City and yellow for the rest of the state.

State troopers have increased patrols of the state's borders, Pataki said, and additional law enforcement officers would be riding commuter trains, including those from New Jersey and Connecticut.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city would try to reallocate resources to provide security for the targeted locations as well as the Republican convention. Permits for some local events had already been cancelled due to limited police staffing.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said his department would provide "significant security" at the named buildings and would step up both random and targeted searches of vehicles entering the city. Also, trucks will not be allowed from Brooklyn into lower Manhattan via the Williamsburg Bridge or Holland Tunnel.

In Washington, the IMF and World Bank were getting additional security help from the FBI, the Secret Service and local police. World Bank spokesman Damian Milverton said they had not received any specific threats. The IMF said it would be open Monday, but had no other comment.

Officials in Washington said additional security was also being planned for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where the nation's money is printed, and the Federal Reserve, though those two buildings were not mentioned by Ridge as potential targets.

Officials at Citigroup said they had contacted employees via e-mail Sunday to describe increased security.

Police in Newark 

, armed with assault rifles, set up metal fences surrounding the Prudential building and blocked off two city streets. Officials told The Associated Press that a plan to target the building included specific dates.

Five counties in northern New Jersey and all state facilities were elevated to an orange threat level, Gov. James McGreevey said.

Targeted approach
The specific announcement may be an indicator of a new strategy by the Bush administration to disclose terrorist threats without the sort of broad-based announcements they have used in the past, notably during national holidays.  Local officials have frequently complained that nationwide alerts are costly to states and localities, especially when National Guard troops and extra police officers must be put on duty to guard landmarks and public events.

The specificity of the new announcement may also be tied to a revelation in the Sept. 11 commission's recently released report that provides more evidence to back the theory that al-Qaida relies heavily on the element of surprise when planning attacks.

The commission determined that the plotters of the Sept. 11 attacks might have called off their plans if they had known that one alleged terrorist, Zacarias Moussaoui, had been arrested three weeks prior to the attacks. Its report quietly noted that the plot's chief organizer, Ramzi Binalshibh, told intelligence interrogators that, "had KSM [Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the al-Qaida operations chief] known that Moussaoui had been arrested, he would have cancelled the attacks."

The new intelligence also led New York police to urge extra security precautions at various city buildings. Kelly said the level of specificity in the intelligence showed "there was clearly personal surveillance done at these sites," though Bloomberg added, "We don’t know when this information was collected."

The NYPD has no information that any so-called "sleeper cells" or other terrorist operatives are in the city, Kelly acknowledged. He said he began discussions Friday with federal officials on whether to issue an alert based on the new details.

While Pataki said the NYPD asked New York companies "to evaluate their current security plans, Bloomberg asked New Yorkers to act calmly: "We also have to, tomorrow morning, get up, get on the subway, go to work and enjoy the freedoms of New York."

Ridge said the affected buildings might be given special buffer zones around their perimeters; additional use of ID badges and digital photos to monitor those entering and leaving the building; more law enforcement officers on the scene and additional security screening of deliveries and vehicles.

He suggested workers in the affected buildings seek guidance from their employers on how best to prepare for additional security contingencies.

The warning also mentioned specific things to look out for, including unanticipated deliveries or maintenance work, people taking unusual video or photographs, and visitors claiming to be lost or looking disoriented. It said bomb threats might be used to evaluate emergency response time.

Detailed intelligence
Senior intelligence officials told NBC News the threat assessment was based on "documentary evidence obtained by the CIA" as recently as Friday which corroborated other intelligence gathered over "several months from several sources." The intelligence was obtained by the CIA's clandestine service, the official said.

The intelligence, which revealed sophisticated "casings" had been done on the five facilities, contained unprecedented detail, officials told NBC, including: the location of security desks and guards; the flow of traffic and pedestrians; locations where it was possible to talk with employees who work in the buildings; specific construction vulnerabilities of the buildings, including the melting points of construction materials; and exit routes for building tenants.

Officials also told NBC they were not sure who had performed the surveillance, and whether that person or people might still be in the United States.

One intelligence official told the AP he had not seen such extraordinary detail in his 24 years in intelligence work.

"This is not the usual chatter," Ridge said Sunday.

Ridge would not say where the information originated, but specifically mentioned Pakistan as a key ally.

On Friday, Pakistan announced the capture of a top al-Qaida operative, Tanzanian-born Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, wanted by the United States in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed 224 people.

A computer and several disks were seized when Ghailani and 13 others were seized last weekend southeast of Islamabad.

MSNBC.com's Jon Bonné, NBC News' Robert Windrem and Pete Williams, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.


The World Bank is among the potential targets.

Citing "new and unusually specific information about where al Qaeda would like to attack," Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge raised the threat level to code orange (high) for the financial services sector of New York City, northern New Jersey and Washington.

U.S. raises threat level at key financial sites
New York City, Washington and northern New Jersey affected

Sunday, August 1, 2004 Posted: 4:01 PM EDT (2001 GMT)

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge speaks at Sunday's news conference in Washington.


New York City
• Citigroup Building
• New York Stock Exchange

Newark, New Jersey
• Prudential Financial

Washington, D.C.
• International Monetary Fund
• World Bank

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States raised the terrorism threat level Sunday to code orange, or high, for the financial services sector of New York City, northern New Jersey and Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced.

Ridge cited "new and unusually specific information about where al Qaeda would like to attack."

The rest of the nation remains at threat level yellow, or elevated.

New York has remained at orange since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The potential targets include the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington, Prudential Financial in northern New Jersey and the Citigroup Building and New York Stock Exchange in New York, Ridge said.

Ridge said the plans appeared to include car and truck bombs -- "the attempted physical destruction of these facilities."

Buffer zones around the buildings are likely to be expanded to ensure unauthorized vehicles are not able to approach them, and actions to strengthen security have already begun, he said.

The companies' executives and the buildings' owners and operators have been briefed on the threat, he said.

"We have told them that at this time there is no information that indicates a specific time for these attacks beyond the period leading up to our national elections," he told reporters in a hastily called news conference.

Nevertheless, Ridge said, the level of detail in the intelligence was specific.

"The quality of this intelligence, based on multiple reporting streams in multiple locations, is rarely seen and is alarming in both the amount and specificity of the information," he said.

Washington Mayor Tony Williams and several other key officials have been briefed about the threat, according to Tony Bullock, the mayor's director of communications.

"We are activating additional surveillance in specific parts of the city -- keeping a close eye on anything out of the ordinary," Bullock said.

A New York City official said Saturday there were weekend meetings of police and Joint Terrorism Task Force members, including federal agency representatives. The official said city agencies are on high alert.

On Friday, the FBI issued a threat advisory to law enforcement officials in New York. The New York Police Department said commercial and financial institutions and some international organizations were possible targets.

"The New York City Police Department has deployed its resources accordingly," the department said in a statement issued Saturday.

Homeland Security officials spoke with New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Friday night and indicated that the attacks might be carried out with car or truck bombs. Sources said the information came from a person overseas.

Federal officials also met with Ridge on Friday night and Saturday.

Among the precautions New York police recommended Saturday to companies are:

# Consider posting a security officer at the fresh-air intake in heating, ventilation and air conditioning rooms, if they are accessible to the public, and be sure the rooms are locked.

# Be wary of visitors who appear lost or disoriented, and people asking directions to sensitive areas.

# Challenge and identify maintenance workers when maintenance has not been requested, and watch for unanticipated deliveries.

# Quickly engage loiterers.

# Thoroughly screen new employees and vendors.

# Post clear signs indicating restricted areas, and that persons caught trespassing will be arrested.

# Test alarm systems, and include doors to rooftops in the system.

New York is preparing for the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to begin August 30 at Madison Square Garden.

The Department of Homeland Security has named the convention a national special security event, meaning the Secret Service will coordinate security.

Ridge said in early July that al Qaeda was planning a large-scale attack in "an effort to disrupt the democratic process" before Election Day on November 2.

New York Cites a Terror Threat


Published: August 1, 2004

The New York Police Department, responding to new information that terrorists may be planning to attack corporations or large public institutions in the city, last night advised building managers and corporate security personnel to step up their procedures to guard against vehicles rigged with explosives and against chemical agents placed in ventilation systems.

The warning followed meetings on Friday night and yesterday between Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Pasquale J. D'Amuro, the assistant director in charge of the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to Mr. Kelly's chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne.

Mr. Browne said the meetings were held to discuss the latest reports of a terrorist threat against the city, but declined to comment on the source of the new information. "The information is considered credible," said another law enforcement official, who insisted on anonymity. The official said the police and federal terrorism authorities, who have received similar threats before, were unusually concerned about the new information.

Yesterday's warnings appeared to be linked to the arrest on July 19 in Texas of Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed after she entered the United States from Mexico by crossing the Rio Grande and crawling through the brush.

According to several news accounts, she had an altered passport along with several thousand dollars in cash and an airline ticket to New York. CNN reported that she was charged with illegal entry, making false statements and falsifying a passport.

Tom Ridge, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security was scheduled to be in New York City today, and the law enforcement official said he expected Mr. Ridge to comment on the new information this afternoon.

But federal officials have been tight-lipped about the purpose of Mr. Ridge's trip, and would not say whether it was connected to any heightened terror concerns.

The new information was first reported last night by ABC News, which said it had learned from several law enforcement agencies that an overseas source, which the network did not name, had provided information about suicide attacks being planned by Al Qaeda in the city. The ABC report said intelligence sources had described a plan by Al Qaeda to move non-Arab terrorists across the Mexican border into the United States. She has admitted to no criminal intent.

Another federal law enforcement official said the woman was believed to have been on a terrorist watch list. He said she might have been sent as "a courier" to pass along either a message or documentation to someone in the United States.

A law enforcement official in New York said, "the concern was that she may be part of a team" planning attacks in the city.

The Police Department warnings, which were distributed in a news release to reporters last evening, said, "Intelligence reporting indicates that Al Qaeda continues to target for attack commercial and financial institutions, as well as international organizations, inside the United States."

Although the release did not say that new information indicated the city was more vulnerable than others across the United States, a law enforcement official, who insisted on anonymity, said last night that "it would be right to assume that there is particular concern" about large buildings and institutions in Manhattan. He said the United Nations was considered a potential target, as were large banks, financial institutions and company headquarters.

Another law enforcement official in New York said many companies and institutions had already been contacted, and that they were warned to pay particular attention to their parking garages and heating, ventilation air conditioning systems.

"We've notified security directors to secure HVAC systems, and parking garages in particular, because of concerns about a vehicle bomb," he said.

The warnings issued yesterday were far from the first concerning the use of cars, trucks or other vehicles for bombings. Recent intelligence reports have hinted that such an attack might be planned during the Republican National Convention in Manhattan, but it was unclear yesterday whether the new information suggested any timetable.

In its statement yesterday, the police department reiterated many of its previous recommendations to corporate and building security officials. It said the alert level city had not changed it remains at "orange," the second most severe level as it has through the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

David Johnston and Eric Lichtblau contributed reporting from Washington, D.C., for this article.


Big Apple Terror?

Sources: Al Qaeda Plotting to Attack New York City Corporations

N E W Y O R K, July 31, 2004 — ABC News has learned that federal and New York City officials have received credible intelligence that al Qaeda has been plotting to carry out suicide attacks on corporations based in the city.

Sources at several law enforcement agencies tell ABC News that an "overseas source" has provided the information about the threat to New York and that it is more significant than the usual "chatter" intercepted from likely terrorists that has prompted warnings in the past.

Officials from dozens of local and federal agencies met into the night Friday and again this morning.

"Intelligence reporting indicates that al Qaeda continues to target for attack commercial and financial institutions, as well as international organizations, inside the United States," the New York City Police Department said in a statement released today on the "ongoing al Qaeda threat."

"The NYPD recommends that corporate and institutional security directors review their protection of HVAC systems, parking installations, and security in general," the statement added. "The alert level for New York City remains unchanged at 'orange' or 'high.'"

Border Worries

Intelligence sources say al Qaeda plans to move non-Arab terrorists across the border with Mexico.

Authorities already have in custody a woman of Pakistani-origin arrested after crossing into Texas. She carried a South African passport with several of the pages torn out, $7,000 in cash and an airplane ticket to New York.

New York is already on heightened alert for the Republican National Convention, which meets at Madison Square Garden in a month and will bring scores of high government officials to town.

The sources tell ABC News that Wall Street firms may be among the targeted U.S. corporations based in New York City. Which corporations or how many may be targeted has not been revealed.

Suicide Truck Bombings

Particularly disturbing to authorities were the intelligence reports that the attack may involve one or more suicide truck bombings, a tactic never seen in the United States, but one widely used by terrorists elsewhere.

"I think they want to try and shake our psyche again," says Jerry Hauer, an ABC News consultant and former director of New York City's Office of Emergency Management. "And I think the easy types of attacks right now are car bombs, truck bombs."

Law enforcement officials acknowledge such bombs are extremely difficult to prevent.

As to the timing of any planned attack, sources say it could take place between now and Election Day in November.

As the government tries to verify the reports of the threat, there are no plans to raise the national threat level, a senior Bush administration official tells ABC News.

ABCNEWS' Pierre Thomas and Bob Jamieson contributed to this report.

7-30-04 - A radio broadcast from Steve Quayle announced within the past 5 minutes that the U.S. is getting ready to call for CODE RED - if certain preparations in the cities are not ready to deploy and protect for WMD in the Northeast corridor by this weekend.

They are hoping they can stop the attack, but it is possible they won't be able to.

All personnel are being told to carry bio-suits, gas masks, etc.


The station comes on at 7 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. PST every weekday - MONDAY thru FRIDAY. Steve Quayle's is the first show on every week day for an hour. Here is his website: http://www.stevequayle.com/index1.html

Some firemen are being asked to LIVE IN the fire station instead of going home in some cities.

Some companies are being asked to move in the basement of their buildings.





There were more warnings last night about the west coast as well.

FBI Issues Terror Warning for Calif., N.M.

54 minutes ago

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON - The FBI warned police in California and New Mexico that it received information about possible terrorist activity in their states. However, the warning wasn't specific about particular targets or a method of attack, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday.

The FBI decided to pass along the threat information but warned that it was considered unsubstantiated and uncorroborated, said the official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

The vague warning was distributed to authorities in California, New Mexico and some other Western states the official did not identify.

U.S. officials earlier this month warned that a regular stream of intelligence indicates al-Qaida wants to attack the United States to disrupt the upcoming elections.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has said the government does not have specific knowledge about where, when or how an attack might take place.

Security was extremely tight at the Democratic National Convention in Boston this week. No terrorist-related activity has been reported.

FEMA Preparing for Mass Destruction Attacks on Cities

John O. Edwards

Monday, July 15, 2002

FEMA, the federal agency charged with disaster preparedness, is engaged in a crash effort to prepare for multiple mass destruction attacks on U.S. cities - including the creation of sprawling temporary cities to handle millions of displaced persons, NewsMax has learned.

FEMA is readying for nuclear, biological and chemical attacks against U.S. cities, including the possibility of multiple attacks with mass destruction weapons.

The agency has already notified vendors, contractors and consultants that it needs to be prepared to handle the logistics of aiding millions of displaced Americans who will flee from urban areas that may be attacked.

The agency plans to create emergency, makeshift cities that could house hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Americans who may have to flee their urban homes if their cities are attacked.

Ominously, FEMA has been given a deadline of having the cities ready to go by January 2003 – in about six months.

A source familiar with the deadline believes the effort is related to making the U.S. prepared for counterattacks if the U.S. invades Iraq sometime next year.

FEMA is currently seeking bids from major real estate management firms, and plans to name three firms in the near future to handle the logistics and planning for these temporary cities.

FEMA officials have told these firms they already have tents and trailers ordered. The tents and trailers would provide shelter for displaced populations.

The real estate firms are expected to provide engineers and architects to lay the plans for emergency infrastructure needs, such as sewage and electricity.

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Source Washington Post


When Guns Don't Arrive at Their Destinations
By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, December 24, 1999; Page A1

Even the men convicted of stealing guns from the United Parcel Service distribution center in Landover were surprised by how easy it was to pick them off the conveyor belt and get them out of the building. They started cautiously, slicing open cardboard boxes addressed to a Prince George's County gun shop, removing one or two handguns and taking them out by hiding them under their clothes.

When nothing happened, the three UPS cargo handlers one of them a convicted crack dealer grew bolder, according to affidavits filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. They grabbed entire packages filled with revolvers and semiautomatic pistols, slapped on new address labels and had their employer deliver them home for free. Before they were arrested by federal agents in March and April, the three UPS workers stole 29 handguns and sold them on the streets for $250 to $350. One of the firearms was used in an armed carjacking less than 36 hours after it was stolen from a UPS shipment. Only eight have been recovered.

Authorities say the UPS case illustrates how despite increasingly strict controls on gun sales to individuals package delivery firms, where security is often lax, often are an easy target for criminals intent on obtaining weapons. "Criminals are going to go to the path of least resistance," said Mike Campbell, a spokesman in the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which investigated the UPS thefts. "They are going to find whatever way they can to get the guns. So if they can find somebody on the inside to help them, they will." In 1998, 941 firearms were reported stolen from interstate shipments, most of them from commercial carriers such as UPS, according to ATF figures. But federal officials concede that they have no idea how many of the estimated 5 million guns that are shipped each year by commercial carrier are stolen.

Licensed gun dealers and manufacturers are required by federal law to report all firearms thefts to the ATF, but there is no such requirement for package delivery companies. Some carriers report gun thefts voluntarily, but the ATF declined to provide a breakdown on losses reported by each company. "Theft from interstate shipments has always been a problem because there are such large numbers of guns being sent," said Jeffrey R. Roehm, an ATF spokesman in Washington. Roehm said UPS "has been overwhelmingly cooperative" with investigators and has assisted in numerous undercover operations. But he added that it can be difficult to sniff out gun thieves in the company's sprawling shipping network.

In general, firearms can be shipped only to licensed dealers, manufacturers and wholesalers. To deter thefts, federal law dictates that packages containing guns must be shipped in plain wrappers that bear no indication of their contents. About 80 percent of the guns shipped in the United States move through UPS. The U.S. Postal Service is legally barred from shipping handguns through the mail, although it can deliver shotguns and rifles for licensed dealers. UPS spokesman Bob Godlewski said "several hundred" guns are stolen from the Atlanta-based company each year, although he declined to be specific.

Many of the thefts in the UPS system, big and small, have proved to be inside jobs plotted by employees. In August, a UPS employee from Charles County was indicted on federal charges of possessing a stolen handgun and crack cocaine after he was shot during an altercation with two ATF agents who were trying to interview him in a firearms trafficking case. Federal authorities say the man, Anthony Gray, 20, of Waldorf, and another UPS worker stole three guns from the company's Waldorf distribution center in July. In 1992, a UPS driver from Alexandria was charged with stealing more than 850 handguns from his route and selling them to finance his crack-cocaine business. Many of the firearms were shipped via UPS by Interarms Inc., of Alexandria, one of the world's largest gun dealerships. The driver, Bernard G. Fuller, was sentenced to 12 years in prison without parole.

In October, after the thefts from its Landover distribution center, UPS changed its rules and now requires all handguns to be sent by next-day-air service, the form of delivery also required by Federal Express Corp. and Airborne Freight Corp. That method allows packages to be tracked more closely and reduces the time they are sitting around, making them less vulnerable to thieves, according to UPS officials.

Rifles and shotguns, however, can still be sent by standard ground delivery, which is cheaper. But some gun dealers criticized UPS, saying the company has forced them to pay more to have guns delivered overnight but has done little else to improve security. "They're punishing us for their incompetence," said Sanford Abrams, owner of Valley Guns in Towson and vice president of the Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association. "We're livid that we have to pay for UPS's inefficiency and lack of security. They should secure their facilities and check the backgrounds of their employees to make sure they aren't hiring criminals."

Godlewski, the UPS spokesman, said the change was made "to minimize the risk, even though it might be more expensive for the consumer.

"In the end, it's this game of trying to keep guns out of the bad guys' hands and limiting the number of people who have access to them."

He said he did not know how many guns have been stolen since the policy went into effect, but he acknowledged that the new system is not foolproof. "If somebody really wants to get in there, they'll get in there," he said.

Indeed, ATF agents and local authorities are still looking for the culprit who stole six handguns in late October from a UPS distribution center in Ventura, Calif. The weapons, which were sent in accordance with UPS's new rules, were addressed to a gun dealership called Shooters Paradise. George Rice, the owner, said that over the past two years, 70 guns being shipped to his two stores through UPS have not been delivered. He criticized the company's security division as slow and lackadaisical.

"The people they have checking [the problem], I don't think they could catch anybody if they did it right in front of them," he said. "They would never follow through. Every time I contacted them, it was like, 'Oh, it's no big deal.' It's asinine. Everybody knows the guns are all going right to the streets, to the gangs."

U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia said the UPS case in Landover was the biggest federal gun-trafficking investigation in Maryland in years. "It was of major significance to us," she said. "The sole purpose of getting these guns on the street was to put them in the hands of criminals. The fact that you had so many guns out there, it brings up people's greatest fears."

Battaglia said she met with UPS officials last summer to discuss ways to prevent thefts. She praised the company's new shipping policy for guns. "I was amazed at how responsive they were," she said. UPS says it aggressively investigates all reports of stolen or missing firearms.

But the local gun dealer whose shipments were stolen at Landover said he also had trouble getting UPS to investigate the missing weapons. According to documents filed in federal court, the thieves at the UPS distribution center at 8325 Ardwick-Ardmore Rd. began discreetly, taking a gun or two at a time, spaced several days apart. The first gun, a Smith & Wesson .357-caliber revolver was taken on Feb. 18, when a box addressed to Maryland Small Arms, an Upper Marlboro gun dealer, vanished from the premises.

Eight days later, a UPS driver delivered another package to Maryland Small Arms that had been sent by Springfield, Mass.-based Smith & Wesson. The gun dealer refused the package, because the box had been tampered with. Two 9mm semiautomatic pistols were later determined to be missing, according to court records. Three UPS package loaders Darris Marlon Banks, 19, of Temple Hills; Carlos Ramon Jones, 28, of Landover; and Anthony Rondell Barnett, 28, of Lothian have been convicted in the weapon thefts. All worked the overnight shift at Landover, making $10.75 an hour.

Banks was the first to figure out that packages addressed to Maryland Small Arms contained firearms and that they were easy to steal, according to court records. He tipped off Barnett, who pulled Jones into the scheme. On March 3, according to affidavits filed by the ATF, Banks grabbed a box off the conveyor belt and carried it into the back of a brown UPS delivery truck on the loading line. All three men jumped inside, where Banks sliced open the package and pulled out four Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistols.

Banks handed the weapons to Barnett, who in turn gave them to Jones, according to court records. Jones took off his jacket and stuffed the guns in the sleeves so he could sneak them out of the building. The workers re-sealed the empty package. Later that morning, it was delivered to Maryland Small Arms. Carl Roy, a manager at the store, said employees called UPS several times about the gun thefts but couldn't get the company to respond. "UPS wouldn't do anything," he said. "We complained and complained, but they wouldn't even come out to take a report."

Meantime, the thieves grew more brazen. On March 19, they stuck a new address label on a package containing 10 Smith & Wesson .357-caliber revolvers and had the whole shipment delivered to Banks's home in Temple Hills, according to court records. On March 24, they did the same thing to a box of nine Beretta semiautomatic pistols that had been ordered by Maryland Small Arms.

Authorities say the thieves resold the guns quickly on the street for about $300 on average, a hefty discount from their suggested retail prices of $450 to $650. One of the 9mm semiautomatic pistols that were stolen on Feb. 26 was used less than 36 hours later in a carjacking in Temple Hills, records show. Police say Dante Devon Hamm, 20, of the 2500 block of St. Claire Drive in Temple Hills, stole a 1994 Lexus ES 300 at gunpoint from Johnny's Sub Shop on Iverson Street. D.C. police spotted the car a few hours later and arrested Hamm at the wheel.

According to authorities, Hamm bought the pistol from Banks, his longtime neighbor and friend. Hamm has pleaded guilty to federal charges of carjacking and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. He is to be sentenced Jan. 10. Another gun stolen from the UPS distribution center surfaced on May 25, when Prince George's police arrested Kenneth Vincent Francis, 22, of the 2400 block of Iverson Street in Temple Hills, and charged him with possession of cocaine and marijuana, according to authorities.

Police say Francis was carrying a Beretta .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. He later told ATF agents he had bought the gun in early April for $350 from a convicted cocaine dealer who had acquired the firearm from Banks. The UPS gun theft ring was broken up in late March, when ATF agents obtained a search warrant and found two of the stolen weapons at Banks's home in Temple Hills. Banks later cooperated with investigators under a limited-immunity agreement and provided information that led to the arrests of Jones and Barnett.

Banks pleaded guilty to one count of possessing stolen firearms and is awaiting sentencing in federal court. Jones pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Barnett pleaded guilty to one count of theft of firearms and was sentenced to four months in prison. Records also show that Jones had a long criminal history before he was hired by UPS in May 1997. He was convicted of manufacturing and distributing cocaine in November 1990, according to Prince George's County Circuit Court records. Four years later, he was charged with first-degree murder in what prosecutors described as a "drug-related homicide." The charge was dropped when two witnesses refused to testify, court records show.

Godlewski, the UPS spokesman, said the company does conduct background checks of all job applicants. But he acknowledged that some criminals slip by. "UPS believes that most people are honest," he said. "Are bad apples going to get through? Absolutely." 1999 The Washington Post Company


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1-800-PICK-UPS (1-800-742-5877)

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Also see Leroy Pyle's UPS boycott site


Stolen Arsenal

Nov. 24, 2003






Stolen Ammonium Nitrate (tons) - 2 in CA, 1 in GA, 1 in NE
Stolen Nitric Acid (tones) - complete with truck in CA, 1 in Oregon
Stolen Borac Acid - CA
Stolen Lithium - AZ
Stolen Cyanide (30 tons) - S America (2 incidents)
Stolen Plastic Explosives (tons) all over US
Stolen Dynamite (tones) all over US
Stolen Tanker Truck - out west (forget where)
Stolen Airplanes (3) all over US
Missing Crop Dusters (3 total - and the owners is missing as well, Saudi Owned). My brother asked me if I heard of this and I did
not. He was staying in FL. When he heard it over the news. This was 1 month before 9-11)
Stolen VISA Machine

Missiles Smuggled into the US (at least 125 SAMs and 25 RPGs) - Fl, GA,
Stolen Radiation Machines (12) - 2 discovered in a stream
Stolen Small Arms (several thousand) - all over US
Stolen FedEx Double Tandem Tractor Trailer - forget, soewhere out West
Stolen Tractor Trailers (3) - all over US
Stolen Police Uniforms - mostly FL, also in other parts of US
Stolen Fire Department Uniforms - all over US
Missing UPS Uniforms (30,000?) - ebay
Stolen Airline Uniforms - all over US

Then we have 140 missing suitcase nukes and 200 missing warheads from Russia. Can only guess where they are.


If attacks come, no matter what happens, stay together, stay focused, and help one another. We are Americans. We are not there trying to kill all Muslims because they worship Islam. They are here to kill all of us because we do not. We are the toughest, strongest, bravest people on Earth. Remember that fallen soldiers from the past are looking over us and would not accept anything less than delivering a total ass whooping to any invader. Our enemy knows this and it is their biggest fear. We can and will beat them all right back to hell.

We here at TB2K have special insight. We must share our knowledge and teach everything we can to our brothers and sisters.

God bless,



UPS Uniforms and Terrorism

A Chain letter sent out on the Internet
First Published March, 2003

The e-mail claim is that there has been a "huge purchase" of UPS uniforms on EBay and it warns of imposters using these uniforms may deliver "anything" with "deadly consequences".

UPS has denied that any of its uniforms have been stolen or have gone missing.  It does not sell them online, and so if any uniforms were on sale then it wasn't huge numbers.  It is possible that an ex-employee could sell extra, or used UPS uniforms online. 

Is it possible a few uniforms have been sold?  I'd have to say yes, but not huge numbers.  I read this chain letter as probably originating as an intra-office memo that was slightly altered and then sent out as a chain letter by a well-meaning employee of some company.  It is possible that this was a general warning to employees after 9/11 to be on the look out for terrorists masquerading as deliver personnel.  The specific items about UPS may have been added to the chain letter for effect at a latter time.

However, it stated it is clearly meant to panic you into bringing your handgun or a baseball bat to the door for every delivery.  Don't go overboard.  There is no reason to believe any of this is true.  UPS has denied it, and has declared it a hoax.  

We are not saying that massive amounts of uniforms are involved.  It only takes ONE per truck.


 Uniform Behavior



Claim:   A large number of UPS uniforms are "missing" and presumed to have been acquired by terrorists.

Status:   False.

Examples:   [Collected on the Internet, 2003]


A large number of UPS uniforms have gone missing.

Please inform all properties to check ID's and be alert to "replacement" delivery personnel.

Please forward accordingly


SECURITY ALERT: $32,000 worth of UPS uniforms have been purchased over the last 30 days by person(s) unknown. Law enforcement is working on the case however no suspect(s) have been indentified. Subjects may try to gain access by wearing one of these uniforms. If anyone has suspicions about a UPS delivery (i.e., no truck but driver, no UPS identification, etc., contact UPS to verify employment).

If you see or have seen a UPS delivery from an unknown driver please ask for proper ID and be alert to any suspicious packages or deliveries. Please notify building security or appropriate law enforcement.


There has been a huge purchase, $32,000.00 worth, of United Parcel Service (UPS) uniforms on eBay over the last (30) thirty days. This could represent a serious threat as bogus drivers can drop off anything to anyone with deadly consequences.

If you have any questions when a UPS driver appears at your door, they should be able to furnish valid I.D. Additionally, if someone in a UPS uniform comes to make a drop off or pick up, make absolutely sure they are driving a UPS truck. UPS does not make deliveries or pick ups in anything except company vehicles. If you have a problem, immediately call local law enforcement.

On 3/31/03 an alert was issued to UPS drivers. Drivers were asked to keep track of their uniforms and to dispose of same according to UPS guidelines.

Some of you may have already heard the above information, but I will keep sending out new alerts as I get them.


Origins:   The potential for further terrorist attacks in the USA looms great in the minds of many, with the perception of impending danger at times working to color how we see and react to less sinister occurrences.

In February 2003 a number of security alerts regarding UPS uniforms were distributed by both private and law enforcement sources. They seemed to come from every direction, with many of them stating their information originated with a warning issued by United Parcel Service (UPS) regarding missing delivery personnel uniforms. Those who encountered these warnings immediately linked them to the threat of terrorism, at once grasping the potential for harm if al Qaeda members took to impersonating office couriers. The warning about missing uniforms echoes another terrorist-related rumor, one that asserted in the days immediately following the September 11 attacks thirty Ryder, Verizon, and U-Haul trucks had gone missing, presumably swiped by terrorists intent upon using them as camouflage for further assaults.

The rumor that a large number of uniforms were "missing" (implying they had been stolen or hijacked and were now in the hands of persons unknown for use in nefarious schemes, presumably terrorism-related activity) seems to have sprung from speculation at the beginning of 2003 about the intentions of a small cadre of buyers who bid what seemed like outrageously high sums for UPS uniforms on the on-line auction site eBay. (Despite eBay's later claims to the contrary, UPS uniforms were being offered and sold on their site as late as January 2003.) Because our new terrorist-aware mode of thinking affects how we perceive events, many people skipped over other potentially less terrifying explanations (e.g., uniform collectors adding to their stock, former UPS employees acquiring old uniforms out of nostalgia, run-of-the-mill thieves needing cover for their endeavors, uniform fetishists looking to spice up their sex lives with some 'home delivery') and went straight to the assumption that UPS uniforms were being snapped up by terrorists. That several different people (or at least someone with several different eBay IDs) were simultaneously bidding high prices for UPS uniforms did work against the more mundane explanations, but terrorists' spending thousands of dollars on a public auction site to buy up easily-duplicated brown uniforms wasn't much more plausible. (Generally only someone with a strong emotional attachment to an inherently non-valuable common object will insist upon owning an original and be willing pay an exorbitant fee to acquire it; others are content with buying or making replicas.)

Many explanations for this rumor have been bruited about since its inception. Some of the people who sold UPS uniforms (often acquired by purchasing them through thrift shops) on eBay before the auction site clamped down on the practice early in 2003 said they were contacted by "cyber crime" units who only wanted to verify that the uniforms were not stolen and who told them that UPS was buying up their uniforms to keep them off the street. Other people claim that a private firm hired by UPS has been buying up the uniforms on their behalf, or even that due to national security concerns, the FBI has arranged to be the top bidder for any UPS uniforms sold on-line. If there's anything to these stories, nobody connected with them has been forthcoming about it yet. The reponse we finally received from UPS via e-mail disclaimed any notion of "missing" uniforms but reinforced the notion that UPS and law enforcement agencies are concerned about recent sales of used UPS uniforms:

A number of security alerts regarding UPS uniforms recently have been distributed by both private and law enforcement sources. There are two primary versions of these alerts:

1) Misleading reports of a missing shipment of UPS uniforms.
2) Alerts regarding a large number of uniforms being purchased by an individual.

Reports that a shipment of UPS uniforms is missing are simply not true. There is no missing shipment of uniforms.

As for alerts regarding uniforms being purchased by an individual, this matter has been investigated by law enforcement with UPS' involvement and cooperation and resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

UPS does not condone the sale or unauthorized use of its uniforms. UPS investigates reports of such unauthorized use but due to security concerns, we are not at the liberty to discuss such matters in any further detail.

As the Washington Post reported, law enforcement agencies, eBay, and UPS were all eager to deny any claims of missing or stolen uniforms:

The FBI has debunked several similar UPS stories since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg in Atlanta says the e-mail has been "thoroughly investigated" by the FBI and local law enforcement. "It is the urban legend of missing uniforms," she says.

EBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove also says the UPS story "comes up empty."

Our best guess is that after they were alerted to online sales of their discarded uniforms, UPS realized the potential public relations disaster that would follow any unfortunate incident involving the use of a UPS uniform (terrorist-related or not) and decided to work behind the scenes to convince on-line auction sites to drop such listings, perhaps even quietly spending money themselves to buy up some of the available uniforms. After all, you can't remain one of the world's top package delivery services if people are afraid to open the door for your deliverymen.

A version of the alert (first circulated in June 2003 on the Internet) picked up the signature block of someone from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security :


Kimberly Bush-Carr
Management Program Specialist
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Bureau Customs and Border Protection
Washington, DC 20229

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    Person in Brown Works for UPS   Person in Brown Works for UPS
  (Louisville Courier-Journal)
    UPS Rumors Are Uniformly Wrong   UPS Rumors Are Uniformly Wrong
  (The Washington Post)

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FedEx, UPS announce merger with new company to be called FedUPS
Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2002
ATLANTA, Georgia (LP) -- FedEx and UPS announced a merger of the two companies today. CEO I. Ghoe Playsis, in the Atlanta, Georgia office announced that the new company will be named FedUPS.

"Yes, the choice of names is unfortunate," said Playsis, "but we feel that now there is a need for humor in the economy, if it is at our expense, so be it."

The merger is expected to result in even faster, more reliable world-wide service.

A spokesperson said that after much conversation between the advertising and design departments, the new company colors will be brown and orange. "We felt that it was up to us to accept the challenge to come up with a color combinaton worse than purple and orange," said Director of Design Services Iyam Culler Blynnd.

FROM: http://www.lightedpicture.com/news/arc7-2002.shtml


U.S. Department of Justice

Michael J. Sullivan
United States Attorney
District of Massachusetts

Press Office: (617) 748-3139

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way
Suite 9200
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
November 19, 2002



Boston, MA... United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, Gordon S. Heddell, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England, Colonel Thomas Foley, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, and Paul F. Evans, Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, announced that JOHN JOSEPH MURRAY, a/k/a “Mick Murray”, age 47, of 17 Essex Street, Charlestown, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reginald C. Lindsay to 9 years and 4 months’ incarceration and a period to follow of 3 years’ supervised release. MURRAY pleaded guilty on July 1, 2002 to twelve counts of racketeering, extortion, embezzlement, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

At the sentencing, the prosecutor told the Court that MURRAY was a member of a Charlestown based organized crime group that engaged in traditional organized crime activities and illicitly influenced the affairs of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25 (“IBT Local 25") also located in Charlestown. IBT Local 25 has approximately 9,000 members. Pursuant to his membership in this group, MURRAY used his affiliation with IBT Local 25 to orchestrate a computer theft ring composed of IBT Local 25 drivers that operated out of the United Parcel Service (“UPS”) facility in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. MURRAY also received unauthorized health care benefits from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25's Health Services and Insurance Plan (“IBT Local 25 HSIP”) due to the intercession of one of its trustees. The IBT Local 25 HSIP provides health care benefits to approximately 20,000 active and retired members of IBT Local 25 and their families. MURRAY was also sentenced to pay $35,000 in restitution to IBT Local 25 HSIP.

MURRAY also was sentenced for his participation with convicted South Boston Bulger gang member Kevin Weeks in the extortion of bookmaker Kevin Hayes. At the prior plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that Hayes was forced to pay tribute to MURRAY and Weeks because Hayes was not affiliated with any organized crime group. MURRAY also pleaded guilty to extorting another IBT Local 25 member and Airborne Express truck driver, Paul Kupchaunis. Kupchaunis was forced to part with a mechanics key for UPS delivery trucks which would open any truck.

U.S. Attorney Sullivan noted that the conviction of MURRAY was part of the government’s effort to eliminate organized crime in Charlestown and to free IBT Local 25 from the influence of that organized crime element.

MURRAY was one of eight individuals charged in one of four indictments issued in January of this year. Three companies were also indicted at that time.

The first indictment charged:


1) George W. Cashman, age 53, of 130 Prospect Street, Revere, Massachusetts;

2) William Carnes, age 58, of 45 Greenwood Street, Melrose, Massachusetts;

3) Thomas A. DiSilva, age 40, of 58 Robinhood Road, Nashua, New Hampshire;

4) James P. DiSilva, age 59, of 7 Hutchinson Road, Lexington, Massachusetts;

5) William P. Belanger, age 50, of 66 Myopia Road, Winchester, Massachusetts;

6) DiSilva Transportation, Inc., located at 50 Middlesex Avenue, Somerville, MA;

7) Hutchinson Industries, Inc., located at 20 A Street, Burlington, Massachusetts; and

8) Manfi Leasing Corp., located at 20 A Street, Burlington, Massachusetts.

Cashman has been IBT Local 25's President since 1992 , and Carnes its Vice President for the same time period. Cashman and Carnes were also trustees for IBT Local 25's Health Services and Insurance Plan. Cashman was also a trustee of the New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund (“NETTIPF”) which provided retirement benefits to approximately 22,000 retired members of various IBT locals and their families.

The first indictment charged the eight defendants in a 179 count indictment with embezzlement and bribery for their roles in either ordering or placing 19 non-employees (one of whom was MURRAY) onto the payrolls of the three defendant companies in order to allow the non-employees to receive health benefits from IBT Local 25's HSIP to which they were not entitled and at union expense. It is alleged that DiSilva Transportation, Hutchinson Industries, and Manfi Leasing, run by the DiSilva brothers and their brother-in-law, Belanger, filed false documents for the bogus employees from1992 through 2001 thus allowing them to receive health care benefits for which they were not entitled, at a cost to IBT Local 25's HSIP of over $72,000. It is also alleged that two non-employees were placed on the payrolls of the defendant companies in order to be eligible for pensions through the NETTIPF. Additionally, it is alleged that Cashman and Carnes participated in this scheme and directed benefits from the defendant companies to the bogus employees in violation of the Taft-Hartley Act.

A second indictment charged Bruce Scott Ziskind, age 44, of 8 Museum Way, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in three counts with conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property. The indictment alleges that Ziskind participated with MURRAY in the computer theft ring that operated out of the UPS facility in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

A third indictment charged Thomas C. Brennan, age 35, of 68 Jacques Road, Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, in seventy counts with conspiracy to steal goods in interstate commerce, theft of interstate shipments and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The indictment alleges that an individual who was an employee of UPS accrued a gambling and drug debt with Brennan. It is alleged that in order to pay his gambling and drug debts to Brennan, the UPS employee stole packages containing computer related equipment, and other items including eleven handguns and two shotguns, from the UPS distribution center located in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and directed them to Brennan.

The investigation is continuing.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Massachusetts State Police, detectives with the Boston Police Department Major Case Unit and agents with the Everett Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Fred M. Wyshak, Jr. in Sullivan’s Organized Crime Strike Force Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Chuang in Sullivan’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

Press Contact: Samantha Martin, (617) 748-3139

FROM: http://www.oig.dol.gov/public/media/oi/murray.html

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Registered: Jan 2003
Location: South Florida

I had the UPS guy attempt to deliver a package to my door and when I was on Temp assignment in Houston. When I got to my door there was the standard note on the door that he was leaving the package in the rental office. I went there immediately and actually saw the truck leaving the apartment complex. I go inside asking for my packakge an THEY ( two people) said that UPS didn't drop anyhting off that day. Hmmm? OK you think either the UPS driver is lying or the Office staff is. However, this bozo driving the truck, is the same one who put a note on my neighbor's door that a UPS Red letter had to be P/U'd at the UPS Center about 20 miles away. He goes there, and the letter w/ a $13,000.00 expense/relocation check was for me.

So I tend to think it was the UPS driver. Besides there was a sting operation here in S Florida a few years back where they nailed a bunch of UPS employees doing exactly what I descibed, (claiming to make a delivery but not) and selling the goods at a pawn shop. I think it was a few hundred thousand dollars in claims before they nailed them.

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Thwarting the Perfect Crime
By Jonathan Littman, illustration by Mark Oldroyd -- 4/1/2003
Electronic Business
When it comes to crime, silicon is nearly good as gold. Last Christmas, a gang sliced open the padlock on a parked big rig north of the 101 freeway in Santa Clara, CA, quickly loaded the booty onto a nearby truck and drove off into the night. The holiday payoff: a cool $3 million in Cisco boards. Three weeks later, just before midnight on Sunday, January 12, a driver left an American Airlines van unattended near London's Heathrow Airport. Two men stole the van and its princely cargo, more than $10 million worth of Pentium 4 chips.

Truck hijackings and cargo thefts of chips and components are rife at airports, freeways and ports around the world. The cases cited above are just a glimpse of a worldwide epidemic that shows no sign of abating. Just days before the stunning Heathrow heist, a gang of thieves and fences was sentenced for a series of U.K. technology thefts that totaled more than $15 million. The perpetrators of the Cisco and Pentium thefts are still at large, and both cases are being actively investigated by the authorities.

Swooning semiconductor prices haven't diminished the risk of logistics theft for major manufacturers. A van or small truck can easily carry $10 million or more of chips—and provide criminals with millions in profit. Increasingly adept thieves can disarm sophisticated alarms and GPS tracking devices and empty a silicon-laden truck in minutes.

Cargo crime threatens efficient logistics, strains critical business relationships and costs individual companies a few million to tens of millions of dollars in annual losses. When manufacturers were first blitzed by widespread component theft in the early 1990s, many responded by "hardening" their facilities, emphasizing the basics of old-line security, the three Gs: guns, guards and gates. Today, some companies confronted with high-tech hijackings and cargo thefts are finding success through the smart use of guards. But they're also investigating the fourth G: gizmos, an intriguing array of electronic tracking and alarm and access control systems soon to hit the market.

Painful losses

It's the perfect crime. Unlike with cocaine or other illicit drugs, possession of stolen chips isn't illegal on its face. Small, light and often lacking serial numbers, chips pose an ideal target, the modern equivalent of uncut diamonds. Indeed, the FBI says many high-tech firms lack the records necessary to prove that a particular batch of components was stolen. Meanwhile, Internet auctioneers and gray and black marketers provide a ready global market for stolen goods.

The industry downturn makes losses even more painful. "With eroding margins, cargo crime is more visible than it has been in previous decades," says Dan Purtell, Americas investigations manager for Intel, Santa Clara, CA. "It comes right off the bottom line." Companies often find themselves competing against their own merchandise on the black market, further driving down prices.

Marquee firms have been hit especially hard. Joe Chiaramonte, director of security for Sun Microsystems, Palo Alto, CA, says that for a time, his company was the vendor of choice for thieves. "Not only did we have cargo theft but our customers were getting burglarized too."

No one knows exactly how many billions of dollars' worth of chips and computers are stolen each year. The National Cargo Security Council estimates that $15 billion worth of cargo of all kinds is stolen annually—and more than $50 billion worldwide. "Part of the problem is that companies don't fully report their losses," says Bonni Tischler, vice president for global transportation and supply chain security of Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, New York, NY. "The cargo theft figures you hear about are only the tip of the iceberg." The FBI, which compiles detailed statistics on car thefts and home burglaries, keeps no data on the theft of high-tech products—even though manufacturers fear that some of the stolen booty is finding its way to countries on the do-not-export list such as Pakistan, Iraq and Iran.

In the long run, the Bush administration's war on terrorism may aid in the fight against cargo crime. Government-sponsored efforts, such as the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), an initiative to improve supply chain security and certify approved "known" shippers, should eventually tighten security at airports and ports. But today the reality is that many FBI agents who formerly fought cargo crime have been reassigned to antiterrorism duty. Strapped state and local law enforcement agencies, saddled with Homeland Security duties, are finding it tough to fund cargo crime investigators. "It's the grand finale to the budget crunch," says Louis Tyska, former chairman of the National Cargo Security Council in Annapolis, MD. "U.S. attorneys have been told that fighting cargo crime is no longer a priority."

Last summer, one of the nation's premier cargo crime-fighting squads, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Cargo Criminal Apprehension Team (nicknamed Cargo Cats), was disbanded, because of a budget crunch, leaving the nation's largest port, the one encompassing Los Angeles and Long Beach, vulnerable. A vigorous campaign by the transportation and insurance industries raised enough funding to bring back the Cargo Cats for a year—albeit with a team of seven instead of 11 or more. "During the three- or four-month hiatus, the crooks knew we were gone," says Detective Duane Decker, currently investigating a mid-February theft of $1.5 million worth of laptop computers from a trailer near Long Beach. "It's gotten way, way out of control."

Nationally there are signs that some drug traffickers—squeezed by tighter post 9/11 border security—are switching to high-tech cargo theft. "It's a high-gain, low-risk criminal enterprise," says Barry Brandman, president of Danbee Investigations, in Midland Park, NJ. "New organized-crime groups are specializing in logistics theft." Investigators and insurance underwriters say that Latin Americans, often dubbed "South Americans," pull many of the thefts but that Russian mobsters are muscling in (Koreans and Chinese continue to dominate the fencing). Ports in south Florida, Los Angeles and New Jersey, say law enforcement experts, continue to be trouble spots.

Increased losses from high-tech-chip theft are making security a central component of supply chain logistics. Some underwriters refuse to insure valuable high-tech cargo, especially in problematic areas. But even when insured, the victim firm loses. Deductibles are often $100,000 or more, and thefts have a ripple effect. Intel, for example, sponsored a Rand study that found that the indirect cost of a major theft is two to five times the actual loss. And valuable business relationships can be damaged when deliveries are interrupted by thefts.

Holistic approach

Although the traditional three Gs are still fundamental, several promising technologies—from pagerlike pallet-tracking devices to GPS systems and biometrically controlled ignition systems—may soon play a role in securing cargo. But experts advise a cautious, holistic approach. The bulk of the new technologies are still in beta or have yet to be fully proven in the marketplace. Many companies hire consulting firms such as Pinkerton to develop risk profiles and determine vulnerabilities in the supply chain. They then put detailed new policies and procedures in place that may include antitheft technologies. Some firms claim to have reduced individual corporate losses more than 90%, preventing tens of millions of dollars in annual losses. But experts say good security nearly always balances risk with economics. It's not a one-size-fits-all situation.

Indeed. Sun Microsystems fired back at thieves who were robbing the firm of millions in Europe with a combination of low- and high-tech measures. About a year and a half ago, Chiaramonte initiated escorts for high-value Sun trailers. He says he purposely broadcast the policy shift to the drivers, the warehouse and manufacturing. To date, says Chiaramonte, the escorted trailers have suffered "zero losses."

"During the three-or four-month hiatus, the crooks knew we were gone. It's gotten way, way out of control."
—Detective Duane Decker, Port of Los Angeles

Escorts do seem to have deterred hijackers. Other security directors concur on the value of the technique. "There are certain markets where escorts are silver bullets," notes Intel's Purtell. "It's enough." But in Latin America and parts of Asia, officials note, large gun-toting gangs have successfully snatched even well-guarded shipments. Mark Carlson, vice president of Latin America for Pinkerton in Mexico City, says the best protection against hijackings in Mexico and Brazil—where some manufacturers lose as much as 10% of finished product—is better control of shipping manifests. Major high-tech hijacks are nearly always inside jobs. "We look to see where clients may have slippage in their information control. We're in there looking for where the break is. Is it internal? Is it external?"

Securing the supply chain

Firms seeking to enhance security might consider joining the Technology Asset Protection Association (TAPA), a group that has become a leading force in improving supply chain security worldwide. Launched six years ago with just 30 member companies, it saw its membership surge by 40 percent last year to include some 500 mostly high-tech firms (pharmaceutical firms were recently admitted as well). TAPA certifies whether firms are following good supply chain security practices. Two major underwriters recently agreed to provide insurance discounts for TAPA-certified firms.

Perhaps the most basic security step a high-tech firm can take is to reevaluate its carriers. In the wake of September 11, the distributor Avnet, Chandler, AZ, set down rigorous new security standards, giving the pink slip to more than a hundred regional and local carriers. Today, the 11 remaining carriers that transport nearly 10,000 Avnet shipments daily follow strict policies. Drivers must stick to specific routes. Trailer doors are shut with tamper-proof seals, and trucks must be locked whenever the driver leaves the cab. Large shipments go only on GPS-equipped trucks and sometimes require two drivers. Avnet has also eliminated some old methods that helped crooks identify targets. Now everything ships in a plain-vanilla box with a packing slip that gives no clues as to the contents. "It doesn't say Intel, Sun or Toshiba," says Jim Smith, a senior VP at Avnet. "It looks like another common, ordinary box."

Which carriers excel at protecting high-value tech shipments is a constantly evolving, closely guarded secret. "Using FedEx and UPS may not be the most secure method, compared to shipping with a motor carrier that has expertise in the transportation of high-tech goods," asserts Rich Soja, global marine manager for Chubb, a Warren, NJ, insurance firm. Chubb shares its short list of preferred carriers with clients and helps companies implement various risk reduction strategies, such as breaking major shipments into sub-$5 million chunks.

Prompt notification of the relevant authorities is key to recovering stolen chips and components (investigations in Europe and other foreign countries are often hampered by multiple local and national jurisdictions). Throughout the United States, port-based Cargo Cat squads or high-tech crime squads are the place to start. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Cargo Cats, for instance, recommends faxing a loss claim form to its offices to speed the opening of an investigation. Prosecution is another matter. It's not easy to prove that a given pallet of chips is stolen. "In case after case, we bring product to firms and think it's easy to tell us whether it's stolen, and they can't tell us," says Special Agent Manny Alvarez, who heads the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT), a multiagency high-tech crime squad based in San Jose, CA. "Companies often don't have the mechanisms in place to keep track of products."

Sun is one of the few exceptions. Before, all the firm could say was that a particular processor board came from a lot of several hundred. Now, the company's high-end servers have serial numbers and record the purchaser. Still, many companies don't see the value in marking components or keeping the detailed records necessary to prove that a specific lot of chips has been stolen. Although companies encourage aggressive prosecution of chip theft, they favor a proactive approach—practices and technologies more likely to prevent thefts.

E-tracking shipments

Companies appear more interested in electronically tagging individual pallets of products in transit. Purtell is one of many officials interested in a tracking device that could help him monitor the whereabouts of product throughout the supply chain. Locate Networks, Seattle, WA, plans to launch its new SnapTrack Assisted GPS in July. Hidden within a pallet, the pager-size battery-powered device continuously receives satellite transmissions. It shoots the transmissions over a terrestrial two-way pager network to Locate's data center. Latitudes and longitudes are mapped onto a Web site that clients can access with a password. Clients can preset approved corridors and boundaries for shipments. If a pallet strays from the prearranged route—say a half-mile corridor along a particular interstate—alert notifications can go out to logistics personnel or security directors.

Michael Crowson, Locate Networks' president, says SnapTrack has already been beta-tested by law enforcement in sting operations. In one case, its use led to the recovery of several million dollars' worth of consumer goods that were stolen from a trailer and moved onto a rental truck and then into a warehouse. "Security experts want to get their hands on it to prevent theft," says Crowson. "Others want it for pure logistics and just-in-time inventory."

But the ultimate security value of a device that tracks a pallet, trailer or truck comes from how quickly news of a possible problem can be investigated. Simply knowing that a truck or pallet has wandered off course won't necessarily thwart a theft or recover stolen chips. Tracking technologies are often combined with service from real-time communications companies, such as Criticom International, Minneapolis, MN, which monitors GPS and other signals and alerts law enforcement to thefts in progress. Depending on

the service plan, Criticom receives GPS signals via cellular connections every 10 minutes or so. Computerized call centers in Los Angeles and Minneapolis transform that raw longitude and latitude data into street addresses in about 30 seconds. If a driver hits a panic button or a trailer veers off a preset route, an agent at the call center will attempt to call the driver or establish contact through the dispatcher. Criticom agents tap into a detailed Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) database to promptly phone the relevant local authorities and assist in locating the stolen vehicle. The firm is investigating partnerships with several manufacturers of pallet tracking devices.

Evaluating antitheft technologies

But if securing shipments is quite literally a moving target, so is staying one step ahead of the thieves. When GPS tracking services were first introduced, a few years ago, they were heralded as the technical solution to hijacking. But hijackers quickly learned to take out the antennae with a shotgun blast or a hammer (a tougher task with transmitters hidden in pallets). Even when GPS tracking devices manage to continue broadcasting during a hijacking, it's often too late when authorities arrive at the scene. Indeed, the truck the Santa Clara Christmas bandits fled in with $3 million worth of Cisco boards was GPS-equipped and was later found abandoned—and empty. "The problem with GPS is that although you recover the trailer, everything else is gone," says Chubb's Soja. "It's a developing technology."

"I get three calls a month from companies with different bells and whistles. I haven't seen anything work yet."
—Dan Purtell, Americas investigations manager for Intel

Tracking systems can also be expensive. GPS hardware generally costs $1,000 to $3,000 a vehicle, with service ranging from a few dollars to $25 or more a month. Although tracking pallets with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags has been tested by several firms (including Unisys for high-value servers), the technology generally provides useful data only on the whereabouts of product in controlled environments such as ports, airports or corporate warehouses. Once on the road, shipments are likely to require other protection.

Stand-alone biometric devices may promise an entirely different way of securing high-tech cargo. Vericom Technologies, Rocklin, CA, aims to thwart attacks by making it harder to hijack trucks. The firm's biometric or PIN access devices limit the operation of the truck to the approved driver. Utilizing "black-wire technology" that makes it difficult to know which wire to cut, the hidden Vericom device cuts off fuel to the heat pump. The theory is that hijackers won't be able to start a vehicle or will find that it won't go over a couple of miles an hour. "The key is to reduce the amount of time the hijacker has" to escape, says John Bjorn, president of Vericom.

Finally, at least one start-up, Safefreight Technology, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, offers an all-in-one security system for trucks and trailers. Piercing alarms and strobe lights go off when a thief tries to hijack a truck, move it outside of a preset digital fence, or attempt to hook up an unauthorized trailer (GPS tracking for trailers is optional). Officials believe that the ear-shattering alarm and lights will prevent many break-ins.

But security and logistics directors at major high-tech firms remain a hard sell when it comes to the new antitheft products. They say they have yet to see a probable winning solution, let alone a short list of companies to watch. "I get three calls a month from companies with different bells and whistles," says Purtell. "I haven't seen anything work yet." Experts say providers of new technology providers have to battle-test their solutions' reliability. Brandman of Danbee Investigations says 90% of the new products and services are still in beta. "Most have not been proved. We are six months to a year and a half away from having reliable product on the market."

Until then, security directors and law enforcement will do their best on limited budgets. Officials at Sun, for example, argued that the escorts for high-value trailers were too expensive. But Chiaramonte won an extension of his program by doing a study that tracked the substantial losses of other companies. In comparison, Sun's zero losses after a modest investment in escorts seemed a bargain.

Fighting theft remains an uphill battle. Sergeant Lloyd Cardone of REACT says his task force is pursuing leads on the $3 million Cisco theft in Santa Clara, and the FBI is also trying to solve an $8 million high-tech hijack last year in Guadalajara, Mexico. Meanwhile, investigators working the Heathrow incident traced a white Renault van to nearby Feltham, west London. Roughly $2.5 million in chips were recovered, but about $7.5 million worth are still missing.

The perpetrators remain at large.

Jonathan Littman is the coauthor of the best-seller the Art of Innovation and the author of The Fugitive Game.
Show Me the Money
$3 million value of Cisco routers stolen in a December 25, 2002, heist in Santa Clara
$10 million value of Pentium 4 chips stolen on January 12, 2003, in Heathrow, England
$20 million+ value of chips that manufacturers sometimes ship in a single big rig to distributors
$50 billion estimated worldwide losses from cargo theft

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Too Many Lost Uniforms & Badges

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2003

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The advisory was sent to state, local and other authorities across the country. It also was distributed to contacts in the private sector, such as oil, gas and financial services companies.

(CBS/AP) The Homeland Security Department is warning that hundreds of uniforms, IDs and badges have been stolen or lost, and could be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands.

The department is urging authorities nationwide, as well as security officials in the private sector, to be more vigilant.

An "Information Bulletin" sent out this week said stolen uniforms, badges and other identification from law enforcement, government or private companies could be used by terrorists who want access to sensitive sites to carry out attacks.

The report sites that several press reports this year have referred to the theft and sale over the Internet of a large number of United Parcel Service (UPS) uniforms. It also states that while these reports proved to be false, they did bring to the public's attention the potential security concerns of missing or stolen identification, uniforms, or vehicles.

But spokesman David Wray cautioned that the bulletin is simply meant to raise awareness about a potential problem. "We have no specific threats to indicate that something like this is imminent," he said.

The department studied "selected members" of law enforcement communities in five states, and it found that hundreds of official ID cards, badges, decals, uniforms and government license plates were reported stolen or lost.

Wray declined to say which states were involved or to elaborate on the specific types of items that were missing or exactly where they were missing from.

The study covered February to May of this year.

The advisory was sent to state, local and other authorities across the country. It also was distributed to contacts in the private sector, such as oil, gas and financial services companies, said Wray.

The information bulletin said a number of private companies have reported receiving suspicious inquiries about renting official delivery vehicles. It also said emergency services officials have "received unusual requests for detailed vehicle descriptions."

The bulletin said the department has no information that al Qaeda or other terrorist groups are trying to obtain official IDs or other materials.

But it is a scenario the department is concerned about, according to Wray.

"We've seen these tactics employed overseas and it's not a great leap to assume they could be employed here," he said.

The department is asking authorities to be rigorous about examining credentials and safeguarding badges, uniforms and other forms of official identification.

The Department of Homeland Security is also working on building smarter and more secure borders. They recently proposed new regulations that require advance information, in electronic format, on cargo destined to and from the United States for each mode of transportation: air, truck, rail, and sea.

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Uniform Coverage: What Can You Do For Brown?
[July 2003]   by Eric Dregni

How can I get a pair of those dapper UPS short-pants?

Katy is very proud of her pair of UPS brown socks. She bugged the UPS guy continually to bring her a catalog of all the UPS clothes she could order. Even after weeks of pestering, he never came through with this alleged catalog. One day, however, he handed her a brand new pair of heavyweight socks with the gold UPS logo embroidered on the cuff. When she asked how much she owed him, he replied hastily, “Forget about it,” and sped away in his square truck. Perhaps they were “hush socks” to stop her from asking about how she could get a UPS uniform.

Who wouldn’t want one of those pairs of UPS shorts to impress their friends? More certain than the first appearance of milfoil in Lake Harriet, all the UPS, USPS, and Fed Ex carriers show up one day in short-sleeved shirts, short pants, and those color-coordinated socks. Do they all decide at the same time when summer has begun?

I queried Mark, the UPS man who comes to my office, about these mysterious-yet-casual uniforms. He appeared relaxed—perhaps a little too relaxed—when he responded. “We can pull out our shorts anytime. There’s even a UPS guy in the skyways who wears them all year round.” Do they have a dress code? “Oh yeah, we always have to wear our uniform every day. UPS gives us our five uniforms, one for each day of the week.” Doesn’t that make for a lot of laundry? “They wash our uniforms and even mend them when they have holes. We only have to buy our socks and shoes.” Aha! Finally we’re getting somewhere.

Before I could ask Bob if he got tired of wearing brown and if they let him bring his uniforms home, he dashed out the door. (They always seem to be in such a rush.)

I soon learned the reason for the secretiveness surrounding the man in brown. A rumor spread across the Internet a few months ago that UPS trucks had been stolen and a large quantity ($32,000 worth, supposedly) of UPS uniforms had been purchased on the Internet auction site eBay by Al Qaeda terrorists hoping to use them as disguises to enter office buildings.

My regular mailman, Denny, had more time to chat, so I asked him if United States Postal Service regulations were as strict. “They give us an allotment every year of about $300 and have all sorts of catalogs of clothes you can buy,” he replied. “I usually order my uniforms off the Internet, though, just because it’s so cheap. When postal carriers retire, they usually just donate their old clothes. That’s where I picked up these shorts. They have holes in the pockets, but I don’t care.” Apparently his dress code isn’t super-rigid, since Denny also prefers to spice up his wardrobe with a Harley-Davidson headband.

In any case, the urban myth of terrorists posing as UPS carriers was debunked. UPS spokesperson Kristen Petrella said, “Totally untrue, 110 percent false, no substance. UPS does not condone the sale of its uniforms and we do investigate any reports of unauthorized use.” With the one exception of UPS socks. Perhaps socks were deemed not enough of a uniform to fool anybody.—Eric Dregni

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November 10, 2003

The following information has been provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the Real Estate ISAC for distribution to the real estate sector. While this bulletin is not a threat warning, it contains information that may be of general interest.

Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices

DHS intends to update this Information Bulletin should it receive additional relevant information, including information provided to it by the user community. Based on this notification, no change to the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) level is anticipated; the current HSAS level is YELLOW.


The recent attack in Saudi Arabia on 8 November 2003, coupled with the previous attacks in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Iraq, underscore the continued terrorist reliance on a proven method -- vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs).

The use of VBIEDs allow terrorists to place large amounts of explosives against hard or soft targets with a high degree of mobility -- in effect turning these VBIEDs into precision weapons that cause mass casualties and physical destruction. VBIED attacks require less coordination, planning, expertise, material, and money than the more spectacular type of terrorist methods, such as aircraft hijackings or employment of weapons of mass destruction, yet still can achieve the mass casualty objective. 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) believes that a truck bombing by terrorists may be preempted if the general public remains alert for certain indicators. The VBIED threat against the US or host nation interests abroad remains high. While DHS has no specific information to indicate that a truck bombing of any kind is currently being planned in the United States, it is possible terrorists may attempt to employ VBIED operations against targets in the US. VBIEDs have been used successfully here in the past -- most notably the 1993 World Trade Center and 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. Lastly, terrorists have learned that hitting multiple soft targets simultaneously with multiple VBIEDs is a tactic that works.

This document has been coordinated with the FBI and is intended to provide general information to assist in efforts to recognize potential VBIED-related threats or incidents based on the recent Riyadh bombings.


The recent VBIED operation in Riyadh on 8 November 2003 was conducted against a housing compound inhabited by various nationalities, but mostly Arabs. While details of the terrorist bombing are sketchy at this time, it appears the attackers either stole a Saudi military/police vehicle or painted a vehicle to resemble one. According to Saudi officials, 17 people were killed and over 100 were injured. Press reports indicate:

The May and November Riyadh bombings signal a change in tactics from simply driving a single VBIED to a target to tactics in which multiple vehicles are used and security personnel are confronted with assault teams equipped with small arms to gain access through the perimeter in order to allow suicide VBIEDs to gain entry to the target area.  In the most recent incident this tactic was modified to include armed confrontation coupled with the use of uniforms and vehicles that appear to be from security or law enforcement.

Other facilities that have been targeted by the “traditional” use of VBIEDs have been hotels and apartment complexes, as well as moving passenger buses. This tactic allows for attacks to be conducted without entering a facility and requires a protective strategy to include areas outside the controlled perimeter of the facility. Another VBIED tactic to maximize casualties uses secondary explosive devices to target responders and crowds exiting the site of the initial explosion.

There is no standard type of vehicle associated with vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). Vehicle selection depends on vehicles common to and available in a region, vehicles possessing routine access to the area, and the security posture of the intended target. The typical tactic for the employment of a VBIED is to drive a single vehicle to the target, park the vehicle, and allow the vehicle to detonate via time delay or by remote control. Another tactic is the use of suicide drivers, driving up to the target and detonating the vehicle by use of a “dead-man” switch. As evidenced by attacks in Iraq, terrorist may also use garbage trucks, ambulances or other emergency vehicles.


The existence of any one of the following indicators does not in and of itself suggest terrorist activity. Each incident should be carefully assessed, along with other information available to determine whether there is cause for further investigation:


Terrorists continue to select soft targets for attack -- particularly those that will yield a high casualty count. Some examples, include but are not limited to: residences, recreational and shopping venues, and business buildings and complexes. All available antiterrorism measures should be rigorously reexamined including but not limited to:  physical security perimeters, set back distances between security fences and key buildings, and barricades.


As illustrated by this latest attack, terrorist groups may utilize police or military identification, uniforms, and vehicles as effective ways to increase access and decrease scrutiny in furtherance of planning and operations. Hundreds of official identification cards, badges, decals, uniforms, and government license plates have been reported stolen or lost. Additionally, a number of private companies have reported receiving suspicious inquiries about renting official delivery vehicles, and emergency services representatives have received unusual requests for detailed vehicle descriptions. There is no historical baseline to compare recent theft or suspicious inquiry data, and the intent or resolution of many of the thefts cannot be determined.  

The worldwide proliferation of individuals or “companies” that traffic in high-quality imitations of official identification, uniforms, or vehicles is a related issue that increases the possibility such items could be used to facilitate future terrorist attacks and further complicates efforts to prevent their acquisition.

Several press reports this year have referred to the theft and sale over the Internet of a large number of United Parcel Service (UPS) uniforms. Although these reports proved to be false, they did bring to the public’s attention the potential security concerns pertaining to missing or stolen identification, uniforms, or vehicles.

DHS reminds all recipients to remain vigilant for the disappearance of, or suspicious inquiries regarding, official identification cards, badges, decals, uniforms, government license plates, and vehicles, and to establish practices that account for missing items.  DHS encourages recipients to report suspicious incidents to the proper authorities and to remain vigilant for any nexus to terrorism.


Recognizing that possession of some combination of official identification cards, badges, decals, uniforms, government license plates, and vehicles tends to reduce suspicion and might allow an individual or vehicle greater access to sensitive facilities, the following protective measures are suggested:

DHS encourages recipients of this Information Bulletin to report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to local law enforcement, local FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force or the Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC). The HSOC may be contacted at: Phone: (202) 282-8101.

FROM: http://www.reisac.org/view.php?id=27


March 14, 2004: 

A resident called police to warn them that a faux UPS deliveryman was on the loose. It was reported that the suspicious subject was nearing Wolfe’s Market. The reporting party went on to tell officers that the subject was wearing a fake UPS shirt. She asked why, if he were a “real” UPS man, did he not possess the UPS essentials: a brown truck and a hand-held keypad?

Officers tracked down the phony, only to realize there was nothing fake about him. His apparel was misreported and possessed no logo of any company whatsoever.

FROM: http://www.claremont-courier.com/mt/archives/000707.html

July, 2004        NEW YORK (AP) -- Six UPS drivers teamed up with doormen and elevator operators to steal and resell electronic equipment, clothing and jewelry, federal authorities say. The drivers were among 14 men arrested, prosecutors and FBI agents said Wednesday. Each could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and theft. Much of the stolen merchandise was sold to an undercover FBI agent during 67 instances outlined in an indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
        U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White said the Atlanta-based company notified the FBI that it suspected criminal activity. "We take it seriously. You're really delivering the hopes, wishes and dreams of people," UPS spokesman Robert Godlewski said. Godlewski said it was the only large scale stealing episode he could recall of for UPS, which has 300,000 employees across the United States delivering 12 million packages a day. "We don't want people to get the impression you can't trust your UPS driver," he said. "Some are better respected than ministers or the local Boy Scout leader. They are like an American icon. It would be terrible to besmirch the record of many because of the actions of a few."




Hi Dee,

I'd prefer to think of your dream as a strong warning  rather than de facto.  I think it's an important distinction in doing spiritual work especially when visualizing, and avoiding fear.   However, I appreciate your inputs and the practical guidance they offer.

Regarding the buildings in the 3 different cities. Here's what I flashed on when I read your dream details.

1) the Merchandise Mart in Chicago is WIDER THAN TALLER and it is massive.  It's  just north of  Chicago River and must have underground  areas where delivery trucks load and unload.  It is also not a new building.   I live in Chicago, not too far from it, and a block from the Hancock Building which is very much taller than it's wider but it looks a little like an  erector set, with big X  design on the facade,  it's dark glass and has a Fed Ex office in the basement which I often use.  The Merchandise  Mart probably also has a Fed Ex office.

2)  Most of the Smithsonian and Federal buildings in DC are somewhat massive and  WIDER THAN TALLER.   The reason in DC  is that there is an old law which prohibits  any construction of buildings or monuments which are taller than the Capital dome, which sits on a slight rise and many stairs... hence the name ' on the hill'

3)  Some details on the transiting Saturn/Pluto inconjunct.  Saturn is within 3 degreed of exact aspect on Friday 16th, 1* of aspect on
the Monday 26th which is the beginning of the Democratic Convention in Boston.  The only massive, wider than taller structure that comes to mind is Fenway Park, the Red Sox  ball park. As I recall your dream has some red and blue toys=games=baseball games? Saturn is exact to Pluto inconjunct,  Friday, July 30 - Aug 3.  (note the 3's). One could check their game schedules  to pray on.  The Chicago Cubs uniforms are blue/red with a big C logo in which a small  C fits into a larger  C, they play the home games at Wrigley Field, which is a historic landmark.   This resembles the idea at the end of bulb and the socket being different sizes.

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