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EDC Team Spotlight: Tommy and Maxine

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Dec 15, 2014 4:39:00 PM

MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program deploys trained explosive detection dogs and their handlers to protect the personnel and property of corporate and government clients throughout the country. Our EDC blog highlights some of these hard working teams, both on and off the job!

Today, from MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine department, we bring you Tommy and Maxine. Tommy and Maxine have been working hard to keep MSA’s clients safe for over 4 years. They currently work at 4 different sites in the New York City area, screening visitors and packages for explosives. Tommy has been working as a handler for MSA for 5 years. Prior to joining the MSA team, Tommy was an NYPD officer for 21 years. He retired as a detective, working with the District Attorney’s squad for his final assignment.
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Topics: Explosive Device, explosive detection canine, Explosive Screening, Bomb, Explosives, canine care, bomb dog, event security

MSA Intel Alert: AQAP Hostage Killed During US Rescue Mission

Posted by Lori Hickey on Dec 6, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Luke Somers, the American freelance photographer kidnapped by al Qaeda militants in Sana’a, Yemen in 2013, was killed yesterday during a U.S. special operations rescue mission inside the country. The mission was conducted after Yemen’s national security chief received intelligence suggesting the militants planned to kill Somers imminently. Details are still emerging; however, U.S. forces reportedly reached Somers while he was still alive, yet badly injured. The operation, which also resulted in the deaths of ten militants, was carried out just days after al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video featuring Somers and threatening to kill him in three days if the group’s demands were not met. AQAP did not specify the demands during the recording. Additionally, Pierre Korkie, a South African hostage, was killed during the operation.

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Topics: AQAP, al Qaeda, Luke Somers

EDC Team Spotlight: Joe and Wilhelm

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Dec 1, 2014 12:01:00 PM

MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program deploys trained explosive detection dogs and their handlers to protect the personnel and property of corporate and government clients throughout the country. Our EDC blog highlights some of these hard working teams, both on and off the job!

Joe and Wilhelm are MSA’s star Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) team! Joe is MSA’s EDC field supervisor, and Wilhelm has been his trusted canine partner for the past five years.  Every day, Joe and Wilhelm visit different sites throughout the New York City area, wherever MSA’s canine teams are deployed.  Joe checks in with clients and handlers to ensure that the EDC program is running smoothly. Wilhelm makes use of his extensive training and experience to help his fellow canines inspect for explosives at different sites.

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Topics: Explosive Detection, explosive detection canine, Explosive Screening, Bomb, Explosives, canine care, Bomb Dogs, edc

MSA Intel Alert: Jerusalem Synagogue Attack Leaves Four Dead

Posted by Lori Hickey on Nov 18, 2014 4:21:36 PM

This morning, four people were killed and six were seriously injured after a pair of Palestinian militants attacked Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. The attackers, cousins Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal, reportedly stormed the synagogue with meat cleavers and a gun during morning prayers. Police responded within minutes, fatally shooting both men. A small militant group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, confirmed the Abu Jamal cousins were members of the organization and praised the attack as a “heroic operation,” but did not claim responsibility. Hamas also praised the attack as their supporters celebrated in the streets of the other Palestinian territory of Gaza.
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Topics: msa intel alert, jerusalem, Palestinian militants

MSA Intel Alert: ISIS Propaganda Video Release –Peter Kassig Beheading

Posted by Lori Hickey on Nov 16, 2014 10:30:00 AM

The Islamic State’s propaganda wing released a chilling message directed at the U.S., its allies and President Barack Obama. The video, which is still being evaluated for authenticity, reportedly includes the beheading of American captive Peter Kassig and several Syrian soldiers at the hands of a jihadist that is clad in the black uniform seen in previous execution videos. The individual, speaking with a British accent, is believed to be “Jihadi John” who was also responsible for the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning. Unlike previous videos, which were centered on the execution of a western hostage, Kassig did not make an anti-U.S. statement nor was he beheaded on camera. Instead, the executioner is shown standing over a beheaded body, which he claims is Kassig.  Kassig, a former U.S. Army Ranger, was captured in Syria in October 2013 while providing humanitarian aid to local communities. 

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Topics: Syria, Islamic State, beheading, Peter Kassig, ISIS

U.S. led airstrike targeting Islamic State Leadership

Posted by Lori Hickey on Nov 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM

An airstrike targeting the Islamic State (IS) leadership in the Western Iraqi border town of al-Qaim is believed to have dealt a serious blow to the terrorist organization’s chain-of-command.  According to reports coming from U.S. Central Command, the attack, which occurred late Friday, targeted the Islamic State’s leadership.  Based on eyewitness testimony, the terror group quickly moved to clear the local al-Qaim hospital to receive patients from the scene.  A local government official stated that there were tens of victims being transported to and treated in the hospital. 
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Topics: Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Qaim

MSA Intel Alert: Two NYPD Officers Injured in Hatchet Attack; Possible Link to Terror

Posted by Lori Hickey on Oct 24, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Yesterday afternoon, 32-year-old Zale Thompson charged four NYPD officers with a hatchet as they were posing for a freelance photographer in Queens, New York. According to witnesses, he approached the officers silently, from behind, taking them by surprise. One officer was struck in the right arm, and another in the side of the head. The other two officers fired their weapons, killing Thompson and wounding a female bystander in the lower back. The officer that was struck in the head is currently in critical but stable condition, and the officer with the arm wound is expected to be released today.

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Topics: Terror Attack, hatchet attack, nypd

MSA Intel Alert: The Terrorist Attacks in Canada and the Implications for U.S. Security

Posted by Lori Hickey on Oct 23, 2014 4:14:00 PM

The recent terrorist attacks in Canada demonstrate the growing and evolving threat to the west from the Islamic State and other militant groups. Since the onset of the U.S.-led airstrikes, and the subsequent formation of an international coalition to fight the Islamic State, the group has been using social media to call for lone-wolf and small group attacks in participating nations. While foreigners returning from fighting in Syria have carried out attacks in Europe, this week’s incidents were the first to take place in North America.
On Monday, 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau killed one Canadian soldier and injured another, when he
struck them with his vehicle in a supermarket parking lot in Quebec. Although Rouleau was fatally shot by police, it was later discovered that he was an Islamic convert with links to terrorist organizations. Following the incident, Islamic State supporters posted messages on social media praising Rouleau for his actions and calling for “Muslims in Canada to follow the footsteps of our (sic) brave brother.” Less than 48 hours later, 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the Canadian National War Memorial, before charging into the Parliament building, where he was killed by a law enforcement official. Immediately after the attack, Islamic State supporters took to Twitter once again, praising the attack as retaliation for the airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. 
Bibeau had a strikingly similar background to Rouleau as both men were Muslim converts born in Quebec. Several reports also state that they were both identified as “high risk travelers” by the Canadian government, indicating they intended to travel abroad to commit crimes. It is unclear whether the men knew each other or if the incidents were connected.
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Topics: Terrorist Attack, canada, muslims

Keep Cop-Killers in Jail

Posted by Lori Hickey on Oct 17, 2014 2:01:31 PM

A Message from Patrick J. Lynch, PBA President


Thanks to a great deal of hard work and lobbying by this union, today's cop-killers can be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Sadly, that wasn’t always the case and there are literally dozens of dangerous cop-killers who are regularly given a shot at freedom through parole.  It has long been the PBA’s position that anyone who kills a police officer would not think twice about killing a civilian and that they should remain incarcerated for the rest of their lives. The system, however, allows them to argue for parole every two years once they’ve served their minimum sentence.

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MSA Intel Alert: Teen Charged with Scaling Manhattan Skyscraper

Posted by Lori Hickey on Oct 1, 2014 4:02:39 PM

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Topics: msa intel alert, demidism, manhattan

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