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Morning Roundup - June 30th

Tuesday, June 30th Morning Roundup - Featured News and Public Events

From The Belfast Telegraph, on aviation preclearance:

A deal has been agreed to allow air passengers travelling from Shannon to the US to pass through all the necessary security inspections in this country.

Until now, immigration clearance has only been given on arrival in America.

The final touches were agreed between the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey and the US Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today.

When the legislation is enacted, Ireland will be the first country in Europe granted a pre-clearance deal from the US.

From The Wall Street Journal, on a new Secret Service task force:

The U.S. Secret Service plans to unveil Tuesday plans for a pan-European task force charged with preventing identity theft, computer hacking and other computer-based crime.

The unit will be based in Rome, teaming up with an Italian anti-cyber-crime police unit and the Italian post office Poste Italiane SpA, which has developed software that can track electronic payments as it moves beyond traditional mail delivery. The European Electronic Crime Task Force's main job will group together the cyber-crime efforts of the European Union nations and the U.S., bolstering defenses against computer attacks on embassies and other government sites that host sensitive computer systems such as air-traffic control. It will also monitor computer networks for threats, as well as deal with attacks once they happen.

"The transnational nature of cyber attacks requires international collaboration and expertise, as exemplified by this joint professional partnership," said Robert Gombar, a special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Rome field office, which coordinates its activities in southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Under the terms of the agreement, the new task force will monitor computer networks across Europe using software designed by Poste Italiane. The software could comb through money transfers performed over the Internet for suspicious signs, such as an account being opened by the same person in several different places, according to Poste Italiane Chief Executive Massimo Sarmi.


Leadership Events
5:10 Local
Secretary Napolitano will participate in a media availability
MFA
Press Room
Necessida das Palace
Largo das Palace
Lisbon, Portugal

Public Events
8:40 AM EDT
NPPD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection James Snyder will deliver the keynote address at the 2009 Chemical Sector Security Summit
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Md.

10 AM EDT
Assistant Commissioner Dan Baldwin will participate in a fireworks safety news event with the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Washington Mall at 3rd Street
Washington, D.C.

8 AM MDT
ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton and ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson will sign an agreement formalizing a partnership to combat firearms trafficking at the Violent Crime and Firearms Trafficking Summit
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, N.M. 87110

12:30 PM PST
Los Angeles Assistant Special Agent in Charge Debra Parker will participate in a news conference with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on the results of Operation Falling Sun.
4075 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92502
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