Time for Real Protection – Real Safety – Real Surety

At AML Risk Management we consider the immediacy of risk. Government agencies such as the Police, ASIO and Defence Forces are assigned the role of providing accurate intelligence on potential threats and then acting appropriately. In Australia to date these agencies have demonstrated a very good record in both intelligence and in curtailing potentially disastrous activity by dissidents of all persuasions. At AML we see our role as the failsafe solution. Should parties with malicious or aggressive motives manage to bypass the authorities, AML can provide the equipment and expertise to both negate and neutralise such threats posed by these groups and individuals.

Many observers look at events such as the AFL football finals, the Spring Racing Carnival, the Moto Grand Prix at Phillip Island, the Melbourne Marathon and other major events as being likely targets for terrorist activity. From a publicity perspective, yes these events are the most attractive to groups such as ISIS. However from a logistical perspective, these are very difficult events for would be terrorists. All have very high security presence, multiple camera CCTV and a high Police presence. Bag searches, wanding and surveillance make large one off events very difficult targets.

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Consider pedestrian shopping malls, transport hubs and recreational locations. These areas are exposed. Any type of vehicle can cause very serious injury in the space of a few moments.

Consider what happened in Europe this summer. In Britain, small vans mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge with the occupants leaping out and randomly stabbing people. The Manchester bombing was at a theatre and the detonation was timed to cause maximum damage.

In Nice, and in Berlin, trucks were driven into festive crowds. The perpetrators deliberately pick what are largely uncontrolled inattentive crowds, in relatively easily accessed public spaces. This was again recently crudely and clumsily replicated in Spain.

Two things can alleviate such danger. Firstly a combination of fixed and permanent bollards with Crash Barriers installed specifically for the nominated events can almost totally negate any vehicular traffic other than authorised emergency and Police vehicles.

AML Risk Management supply and deploy a range of crash barriers. These units are designed to stop a vehicle moving at speed. Here is a video demonstrating how the unit works…

Secondly the AML team provide the most modern, up to date explosive detection devices available here in Australia. The devices are compact, portable and extremely accurate, with trained personnel operating the equipment.

Most importantly, the devices are mobile so there is no ‘checking station’. Should any suspicious package be found, AML have equipment and protocols that will ensure the effectiveness of any explosive device is minimised by 90%.

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Too many people focus on where the possible protagonists come from. Quite frankly it’s irrelevant after an attack is activated, and in 80% of cases so far, the bombers and terrorists are actually young misguided ‘home grown’ young men targeted by extremists from outside of to their local communities.

AML Risk Management take a common sense pragmatic approach to public safety and security. When contracted to do so it is our job to ensure the safety of families, of innocent people, innocent lives. If you would like to find out more please visit our website here or call us on 03 9326 2244.

Prepare, protect and provide a safe comfortable environment for the public.

AML Risk Management – The right choice.

 

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Tube Station Fire Bombings in London

The Parson’s Green London Tube Firebomb Attack was attempted by young extremists in the name of Isis. The device was crude, utilising a builders bucket, a bag and a detonation device. Common and freely available materials were utilised. Such materials would be detected using Airport security checks. The Tube station and trains are soft targets, hard to monitor, but not impossible.

AML have access to explosive detection devices that are portable, accurate yet discreet. If such a device is found, AML can render it 90% ineffective upon discovery, whether it is a large, powerful explosive device or a crude device like this one was.

Be prepared, be safe. Contain, control and protect. By the time a device is deployed it makes little difference who has deployed it or why. What need to occur is a process that manages the risk and de-escalates the situation and its inherent danger.

Parsons Green tube explosion: Bomb blast in London leaves 29 injured in terror attack

AN EXPLOSION ripped through a packed commuter Tube train at Parsons Green in London this morning leaving many injured in what police have confirmed is a terror attack.

  • Explosion took place at Parsons Green tube station in West ondon after 8am on Friday, September 15
  • Officials said 29 people had been hospitalised in the blast
  • ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack
  • Police are still searching for one suspect and have launched a major manhunt
  • Theresa May has condemned the “cowardly” attack
  • Britain’s terror threat level has been raised to critical from severe

The explosion devastated the District line train, bound for central London, which had just stopped at Parsons Green station in west London at just gone 8am.

Emergency services including police, fire and ambulance raced to the scene after the improvised explosive device detonated in a carriage.

Witnesses said they saw a white “builder’s bucket” in a supermarket bag, and pictures online appeared to show wires protruding from it on the floor of a carriage. Reports suggested the device had a timer.

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Officials said 29 people had been hospitalised in the explosion, which police are treating as a terror attack, and witnesses described scenes of terror and panic as the blast sent a “fireball” and a “wall of flame” through the carriage.At least one child was hurt after a photo emerged of a schoolgirl with burned legs.

Almost half of the injured were hurt in a stampede following the explosion. The rest suffered burns when the homemade device exploded.

One witness, Richard Aylmer-Hall said: “I was blissfully reading my paper and listening to a podcast and suddenly the whole world charged past me down the platform, down the Tube.

“There was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming.

“There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off.

“It was an absolutely packed, rush-hour District Line train from Wimbledon to Edgware Road.

“I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets.

“Some people got pushed over and trampled on, I saw two women being treated by ambulance crews.”Since then, every emergency vehicle in London has gone past me, fire engines, ambulances, every type of police vehicle.

“I don’t think anyone was hurt by the actual device or whatever it was.”

Another passenger said: “I heard a really loud explosion – when I looked back there appeared to be a bag but I don’t know if it’s associated with it.

“I saw people with minor injuries, burnings to the face, arms, legs, multiple casualties in that way.

“People were helping each other.”

Ryan Barnett was caught up in the crush in the stairwell of the Tube station. He heard of victims with burn injuries and reported seeing some commuters taking selfies on the platform.

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Mr Barnett said: “I was sitting there, headphones in, at Parsons Green, the doors open fine, I’m not really paying attention and all of a sudden hundreds of people run past me screaming a mixture of ‘stampede’, ‘attack’, ‘terrorist’, ‘explosion’, ‘get off the train’, ‘everyone run’.“Parsons Green station has a staircase at the front of the carriage where the train pulls up – I’m running and keeping my head down because there might be gunfire and on to the staircase.

“But when I was on the staircase, the stewards and other passengers, they are shouting ‘stop, stop, stop’, so I ended up squashed on the staircase, people were falling over, people fainting, crying, there were little kids clinging on to the back of me.

“It is absolute chaos, it was quite scary because at one stage we thought we might be trapped there – I heard a pregnant woman lost her shoes and had fallen over.”

A third witness said she saw “blood on the floor” and “people running down the stairs screaming ‘get out’”.

Following the terrifying attack, Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon at Downing Street.

And she condemned the “cowardly” attack after hosting a Cobra meeting to discuss the UK’s next steps, saying it involved a device “clearly intended to cause significant harm”.

The Prime Minister said the terror threat level would remain at severe – meaning an attack is highly likely – but would be kept under review as the investigation progresses.She added there would be an increased armed police presence on the transport network in London, saying: “The police and the security services are obviously doing all the work to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack.”

But she also hit out at Donald Trump, after he lashed out at Scotland Yard in the wake of the attack and described the bomber as a “loser”.

He said: “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!

“Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!”

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Mrs May said: “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.”In response to the US president’s remarks, London police said “any speculation is unhelpful”.

Express.co.uk asked whether authorities knew the identity of the assailant prior to the attack but Met Police confirmed they had no idea who the suspect was at that point.

Police have since identified a man believed to be the bomber after looking through CCTV footage but they have not yet released any further information about the bomber.

The attacker is still at large but police have launched a major manhunt to bring the bomber to justice.

Local MP Greg Hands said: “[If] the perpetrator is still at large… capturing the perpetrator and attending to those injured must be the priority.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m in contact with @metpoliceuk and emergency services about the incident at Parsons Green. Follow @metpoliceuk for updates & advice.”

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He later said: “Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life.“As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.”

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also urged people to “keep calm” and listen to officials.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney was one of the first foreign officials to publicly comment on the attack.

He tweeted: “Thoughts and sympathy with London again this morning after terror attack on Underground -a number of injuries, no Irish reported as injured.”

The EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: “Solidarity with the people of #London & thoughts with those injured. Let’s work together to defeat those who seek to terrorise us.”

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It is now believed the bomb was being operated by timer. It is unknown whether the attacker was with the device when it exploded.Experts now believe the device malfunctioned and only the smaller detonator ignited and not the main charge.

Shocked commuters took to Twitter to describe the scene.

One said: “What the f**k is happening at Parsons Green – never been so scared – can we get an announcement???”

Another said: “Horror on District Line at Parsons Green due to explosion / fire on train.

“People struggling to get out of the station.”

A third said: “What’s happening at Parsons Green, panic on the platform reports of fire or explosion in a bag. No announcements.”

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Aaron Butterfield, a production manager, said he saw people “crawling over one another” in panic as they tried to get out of the station.He said police told him a second device had been found and a man had been seen with a knife.

Mr Butterfield had been caught up in the panic as he tried to enter the station on his way to work.

He said: “People weren’t even running, they were literally crawling over one another and just fleeing I guess.

“We were told [by police] there had been an explosion on a District Line train and someone was running around with a knife.

“Then we have just been told there’s another explosive device.

“It’s been really frightening and very confusing especially as no-one really knows what’s going on.”

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Mrs May’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Once more people going about their everyday lives have been targeted in a callous and indiscriminate way.”My thoughts are with all those injured and affected.

“The police and emergency services were quickly on the scene and I would like to pay tribute again to their professionalism and tireless commitment.

“I am receiving regular updates on what is an ongoing and active investigation.

“I would urge Londoners to remain alert and assist the police and emergency services as much as they can.”

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The Met Police have confirmed they are treating the explosion as a terror attack.A spokesman said: “Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after an incident on a London tube train this morning.

“Police were called at approximately 08:20hrs on Friday, 15 September to Parsons Green Underground Station following reports of a fire on the train.

“Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for CT policing, has declared it a terrorist incident.

“Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police attended the scene, along with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service.

“At present we are aware of a number of people who have suffered injuries.

“It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

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“The station remains cordoned off and we are advising people to avoid the area.”Anyone who has information that would assist detectives is urged to contact the hotline 0800 789 321; if it’s an emergency always call 999.

“Anyone with images from the scene is asked to upload them to http://www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk

“We urge the public to remain calm but alert and if you have any concerns, see or hear anything suspicious then contact police.”

The London Fire Brigade said “six fire engines, two fire rescue unit and around 50 firefighters and specialist officers” were sent to the scene.

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Transport for London said: “We are investigating an incident at Parsons Green. Customers travelling btn Wimbledon & Earl’s Court are advised to use alternative routes.”Natasha Wills, of London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 8.20am to reports of an incident at Parsons Green underground station.

“We have sent multiple resources to the scene including single responders in cars, ambulance crews, incident response officers and our hazardous area response team, with the first of our medics arriving in under five minutes.

“Our initial priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries. More information will follow when we have it.”

This is the fourth terror attack Britain has suffered this year, following the Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attack.

Source: express.co.uk

Real safety with peace of mind. Deploy crash barriers.

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At AML we believe there is a very strong argument to also deploy crash barriers at major events and pedestrian only locations such as shopping malls and transport hubs. The current bollards placed by the city of Melbourne and the city of Sydney are deemed deterrents and do offer some degree of safety. Please refer to our previous blogs on crash barriers for further information…

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Melbourne City Council has arranged 206 blocks in the past month

Melbourne’s anti-terror bollards ‘may not stop attack’

Security and counter-terrorism experts have warned that hundreds of cement blocks placed across Melbourne could be all but useless in a terrorist attack, calling for more effective measures to be ­implemented urgently.

As Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday attacked criticism of the temporary bollards, questions emerged about the placement of the blocks and whether they could stop a terrorist intent on mowing people down by using a car or truck.

Bollards and barriers have been placed in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide following last year’s ­attack in Nice and the January incident on Bourke Street in Melbourne, with most city councils installing temporary barriers while investi­gating more attractive permanent measures such as reinforced planter boxes.

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Melbourne City Council has arranged 206 blocks in the past month at sites including Federation Square, Bourke Street Mall, Southern Cross Station and Southbank, but in some places a car could still hit pedestrian areas.

Counter-terrorism lecturer and former Australian Federal Police officer Mark Briskey said replacing the blocks needed to be a top priority as it was a “reasonable assumption” that Australia would see more vehicular attacks.

“If people don’t move on with their security from this and look at best practice and how other people have done it, whether it’s in London or Israel, there are going to be big problems,” he said. “(The blocks) certainly offer some sort of psychological salve to ­people, but that’s not to say people can’t get around these things.”

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“(The blocks) certainly offer some sort of psychological salve to ­people”

Mr Andrews yesterday rejected questions about the placement as “irresponsible and wrong”, saying the blocks were “exactly where they need” to be, based on advice from Victoria Police.

A city council spokeswoman confirmed the arrangement of bollards had been finalised and endorsed by Victoria Police. She said several factors were considered, including the need for emergency vehicles to access the areas, at low speed.

Bollards at access points to ­Adelaide’s Rundle Mall are retractable, with emergency vehicles able to access the mall through PIN codes and swipe cards.

Australian National Univer­sity counter-terrorism professor Clive Williams said the effectiveness of cement-block barrier systems depended on their weight, spacing, and whether they were anchored. “The attractiveness … is they can be put in place cheaply and used for a temporary purpose, such as to protect a mass gathering or parade,” he said.

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“They are a good deterrent … because they look formidable.”

Another security expert, who asked not to be identified, was concerned the blocks would not stop a vehicle and called for their urgent replacement.

Twenty concrete barriers were placed this month at Sydney’s Martin Place near the site of the Lindt cafe siege in 2014.

A city spokeswoman said the NSW Police Counter Terrorism Command had recommended the barricades, which would be replaced with permanent measures.

Source: theaustralian.com.au

Proactive rather than reactive response to terrorism – Israeli Expert

The AFL Finals series is here now and soon the Spring racing Carnival will be upon us are. This is an interesting perspective from an Israeli expert Brigadier General (Res) Nitzan Nuriel. In principle we can only agree. It is the preparation and preparedness that will protect the public from harm.

Explosive detection and crash barriers are essential. And as was evidenced in the Manchester bombing it is the time AFTER a major event that provides a cover of chaos. Here is the article . Consider it realistically. You will note he does not focus on the ethnicity, religion or background of terrorists. Rather he addresses the most important consideration – how to effectively deal with such a threat.

How to Prevent the Terrorism Threat from Disrupting Concerts and Sports Events?

The suicide bombing that struck a music concert in Manchester, England last night claimed the lives of 22 people and left 59 injured. In a special column, Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel discusses the challenges of holding cultural and sporting events under the shadow of terror threats.

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One of the objectives of terrorism is to spread fear (terror) and anxiety among the general public to the point of disrupting everyday life. Major sports events, along with mass-audience cultural events (music concerts, festivals and so forth) have always been, and will always remain prime targets for terrorists owing to the extensive media coverage they receive.

Characteristically, the time and place of such an event are known and publicized well in advance. Massive crowds flock to these events, the public transport systems serving the venue where the event takes place are crowded and overloaded, and the process where the audience enters and leaves the venue leads to massive bottlenecks. All of these characteristics make mass-audience events a serious weakness and a preferred target for terrorist attacks. The primary question the authorities face when specific warnings have been received of imminent terrorist attacks is whether or not the event should be allowed to take place, whether it should be postponed, canceled or relocated to a different venue.

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The Israeli sports authorities were compelled to relocate international tournaments originally intended to be held in Israel to the neighboring island of Cyprus against the background of complex security situations. Similarly, states/teams scheduled to compete against Israeli teams took advantage of the same circumstances by demanding that tournaments be relocated from Israel to other, safer locations.

Recently, we encountered three situations where the tension between holding the match as planned and the option of postponing/canceling it evolved into a practical challenge. These situations involved the Israeli national football team in a match against Albania on November 8, 2015, the Maccabi Nahariya basketball team in a rematch in the context of the Euro Cup and a match in Turkey involving the Israeli football team Hapoel Be’er-Sheva. These are but a few examples from recent times where the dilemma was reported to the public, as there were many other examples involving different sports.

It should be noted that the ISA (Israel Security Agency – SHABAK) is the government organ responsible for authorizing or refusing such sports events. The ISA is required, along with the National Counterterrorism Bureau, to consolidate and submit a specific recommendation to the minister in charge. Naturally, there is always tension between the option of surrendering to terrorism by canceling the event and the option of taking the risk despite the concrete warnings.

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The terrorist organizations will be delighted to succeed in attacking international sports events generally and sports events involving Israeli participants in particular. As far as they are concerned, having the event canceled, postponed or relocated is a victory of sorts, achieved through a relatively minor effort. All they have to do is publish a video or some other electronic message that specifically threatens the event, and the organizers will start sweating when they ponder the dilemma of whether to allow the event to go ahead as planned or cancel it. If we accept this scenario, then terrorism will be able to disrupt our life almost effortlessly, in a manner where we will no longer be able to hold any events. A fabricated warning of a bomb planted at the venue where the event is about to take place will be sufficient to cause panic and lead to a postponement or even to cancellation.

So – what should be the appropriate policy for such circumstances? What can the organizers do to avoid a situation where the plans, and life itself, are unreasonably disrupted?

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I believe that the strength and resilience of a society that values life and its own survival, the risks notwithstanding, are measured – among other things – by its ability to maintain a planned routine of events. Does a basketball game or a football match justify taking risks involving human lives? Is it justified to take a risk when facing a tangible threat only to uphold the slogan “we will not allow terrorism to win and disrupt our life”? I believe that the organizers on behalf of the country hosting the match, game or performance should prepare in such a manner as to allow the event to take place almost under any circumstances. The proper way to accomplish this goal is to employ a system of advance preparation that analyzes the threats and develops a reasonable solution for every possible threat. There are no full-proof, 100% solutions, but a 100% effort is required during the planning stage, as well as during the implementation stage so that the risk of allowing terrorism to prevail is minimized. Canceling an event should be the very last resort, invoked only after it has become abundantly clear that despite the planning process, certain scenarios had not been provided with adequate solutions, and only then should the event be canceled. In any other scenario, other alternatives should be opted for, like enhancing security, expanding the security loops and even relocating the event to a different venue. The fight against terrorism is a long-distance run, and as such, it demands that we take calculated risks.

Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel is the former head of Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau.

Source: israeldefense.co.il

Spanish Terrorist Attack

There are some fundamental lessons to be learnt here. Again we have an open access Street Mall popular with the public and visiting tourists. Given that the ‘terrorists’ managed to blow themselves up and the house they were staying its reasonable to conclude that they were amateurs. Crash Barriers and Explosive detection checkpoints can prevent great loss of life in such circumstances Please note there has been an Arabic and North African Muslim population in Spain since 711 AD The ‘Moors” (a term applied by the British) ruled Spain until 1492. Their offspring have lived in Spain (as they have in Sicily, Malta and other Mediterranean cities ever since. It took one radical ‘Imam’ (largely discredited by the majority) to radicalise a small group of local youths sufficiently to commit these heinous crimes. Prevention and working WITH the local community can ensure such tragic foolhardy actions do not occur. At AML we simply suggest being prepared and ready to create deterrents and to block such actions in an intelligent and sensible manner.

Barcelona terror suspects say they were planning ‘a larger atrocity’ and blame dead imam for attacks

Police now believe all the attack suspects have either been killed or captured

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Suspects in the Spanish terror attack investigation have admitted a bigger attack was planned and blamed a dead imam for the outrage, according to court sources.

Appearing in court for the first time, Mohamed Houli Chemlal, said the Islamist terror cell was planning to use homemade explosives to kill hundreds more people at landmarks in the city, including the historic Sagrada Familia cathedral.

A total of 15 people were killed in two vehicle ramming attacks and a car-jacking in Catalonia last week, and 130 were injured. Police now believe all the attack suspects have either been killed or captured.

Chemlal, 21 and Driss Oukabir, 27, both appeared for hearings in Spain’s High Court on Tuesday, though Oukabir denied involvement in the atrocity.

Two other suspects also appeared in court: Sahal el Karib, 34, and Mohammed Aalla, 27. All hearings took place behind closed doors in line with Spanish law.

Prosecutors had asked for the four to be sent to prison without bail on preliminary charges of being part of a terrorist organisation, homicide, causing havoc and dealing with explosives.

But on Monday evening, a judge ordered two of the four surviving suspects to be held without bail, another to be detained for 72 more hours and one freed.

National Court Judge Fernando Andreu said there was enough evidence to hold Chemlal and Oukabir on preliminary charges of causing homicides and injuries of a terrorist nature and of belonging to a terror organisation.

Sahl El Karib, the owner of a cybercafe in Ripoll, the Pyrenees hometown to most of the members of the cell, will remain in custody under arrest for at least 72 more hours while police inquiries continue.

The judged ruled the evidence to keep holding suspect Mohamed Aalla, whose car was used in the Cambrils attack, was “not solid enough”, and he will be freed.

Chemlal was the first suspect to testify and admitted in court that the group planned a bigger attack using explosives against Barcelona’s monuments at the height of the summer tourist season, sources said. He is the only suspect to have conceded being part of the cell.

The terrorists’ broader plans are believed to have failed after a stockpile of gas canisters, to be used in an attack, blew up their safe house in Alcanar.

Imam Abdelbaki Es Satty, 45, is believed to have been killed in the accidental explosion.

He was accused by two unnamed suspects of organising the plot and wanted to blow himself up in the attack, Chemlal said, according to a court official.

Satty is suspected of having radicalised the terror cell responsible for the outrages.

Chemlal survived the explosion and was arrested in Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, a day before the ramming attacks.

Traces of a high explosive, triacetone triperoxide, were said to have been found in the house, along with the remains of two bodies and Isis documents, according to Judge Andreu. The same substance was used in suicide bombings in Manchester, Brussels and Paris.

Driss Oukabir, 27, who was the first suspect named in the hours after Thursday’s attack, also appeared in a closed session in court and denied being part of the terrorist cell. In a break from his original story, he admitted renting the vans used in the attacks but said he thought they were going to be used for a house move, according to a source speaking with AP. Oukabir, who was arrested in the town of Ripoll, said he changed his initial story out of fear.

He previously claimed his documents were stolen by his 17-year-old brother, Moussa, to rent the vehicle which killed 13 people in the busy Las Ramblas district. The alleged driver of the van, Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, remained at large for four days before being shot by police in the town of Subirats yesterday.

Moussa was among five other suspects killed by police after attempting a second vehicle ramming in the coastal town of Cambrils hours after the atrocity in Barcelona, which left one woman dead. The other dead men were named as Said Aalla, 18, Houssaine Abouyaaqoub, 19, Omar Hychami, 21 and Mohamed Hychami, 24.

The suspects bought knives and an axe just minutes before the rampage, court documents showed.

Also on Tuesday, the French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb revealed the Audi car used in the Cambrils attack was photographed in Paris some time before the attack.

Mr Collomb said: “This group came to Paris but it was a quick arrival and departure.”

The significance of the France visit is not yet known but the cell is believed to have been exclusively Spanish.

Crash Barriers Save Lives

The recent tragedy this week in Charlottesville, Carolina in the USA clearly illustrates the absolute common sense in deploying portable barriers to block vehicular traffic where crowds may be at risk.

Watch the video of the incident. It’s simply frightening. The driver of the Dodge Challenger accelerates and slams into two parked cars and the many pedestrians on the road.

It’s a clear message that Police and City Authorities worldwide need to consider portable crash barriers and then deploy them at ‘at risk’ events and venues.

Watch this video of a car travelling at approximately 55km/h hitting such Crash Barriers…

In this case the barriers are the Meridian Archer 1200 Rapid Defence Barriers. Note that the vehicle is stopped completely. Yes, the barriers would probably require personnel keeping a space clear behind them, but it’s obvious that the carnage that occurred in Charlottesville would have been avoided should these units have been deployed.

Now watch this video which demonstrates the simplicity and ease in which the Meridian Archer 1200 Barriers can be unloaded and deployed – with only one person if necessary.

It makes real sense to make such an investment in protecting lives. In the first video there are bollards protecting the footpaths on either side of the road. But the footage clearly demonstrates that when roads are occupied by crowds – for any reason – there is need to provide real protection from those – of any political, ideological persuasion or simply those of unstable mental capacity – who would do them harm.

The vehicle has now become one of the weapons of choice with IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), automatic weapons and blades. In the last year we have witnessed Nice, Berlin, Charlottesville and Melbourne being subjected to vehicular attack, generally by unstable individuals. What they do or don’t believe is irrelevant. The real challenge is to protect people as effectively as possible from death and serious injury. Mobile Rapid Defence Barriers achieve this as is evidenced in the videos presented.

AML Risk Management can deploy such crash barriers anywhere in Melbourne at short notice. The Meridian Group work to the adage of Plan, Prepare, Protect. At AML we not only agree but insist on this approach, it is the foundation of the service we provide.

It’s time to take action now. Action that is effective and timely. There are no second chances.

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Sydney terror raids: Airport delays expected as security increased over alleged plot

In reading and watching this report, it suggests that now more than ever, Australia is ready for the EVOLV detection system.

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Australian travellers have faced major delays at airports after security measures were ramped up following the discovery of an alleged terror plot involving a plane.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said authorities uncovered and disrupted a terror plot to bring down an aircraft using an “improvised device”.

International and domestic passengers have been advised to allow extra time for screening and to limit their carry-on and checked baggage, but there have been no official changes to baggage restrictions.

Transport Minister Darren Chester said additional security measures had been put in place at all major Australian airports in coordination with counter terrorism raids in Sydney over the weekend.

“Some of these measures will be obvious to the travelling public, other will not. The increased measures will include additional checks of cabin and checked baggage,” Mr Chester said.

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At Adelaide and Sydney airports, some passengers reported delays of up to 90 minutes before passing through security.

ABC journalist Ewan Gilbert was at Sydney’s international terminal on Sunday morning and said the effects of additional security measures were noticeable even before reaching the terminal building.

“Police on motorbikes are slowly patrolling up and down the long queues of cars, peering into every window,” he said.

“Once inside the terminal it’s certainly busy at the check-in desks, but it’s once you get through to security that the authorities are warning to again expect long waits.”

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One overseas traveller who spoke to the ABC was unaware of the Sydney terrorism raids, but said he had gone through some extra checks.

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When told the reason for the increased security and asked if it worried him, he replied “it concerns us, but we won’t stop for it”.

Other travellers said they were concerned by the alleged plot, but put their faith in officials.

“Absolutely we’re concerned but we’re hoping that they’ve got them and ASIO and the Federal Police keep up the exceptional work they’re doing,” one passenger said.

“They caught the people who they thought were going to do it so it’s good now, I guess,” another passenger said.

In Adelaide, tertiary student Liam Thompson said people waited in long queues just to reach the designated screening areas.

All passengers are being required to remove their jackets during the screening process and he described hearing more frequent public announcements and heightened police presence.

‘Bomb checks at the front door’

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While it appeared to be business as usual at Brisbane Airport this morning, passengers on inbound flights said they had noticed increased security measures.

Jacob Pickering got off a flight from Sydney and said he was delayed by up to an hour because of explosives checks.

“They were checking every three to four to five bags. [We were] probably there 45 minutes to an hour to get through check-in to get to the plane,” he said.

Marilyn Marsh-Booth arrived in Brisbane from Cairns on Sunday morning, and said every third person checking in to the flight was targeted.

“There were guys coming up to random people in the queue and getting them to check inside their bags,” she said.

“This was quite different. Every third or fourth person which was quite a lot.”

Nicole Burns flew the same route and said the extra security was immediately noticeable.

“When we entered Cairns airport this morning, the bomb checks were at the front door, so we had to get checked before we even entered the airport,” she said.

Margaret Rowe, who had returned from an overseas trip to Melbourne on Sunday, said queues to enter departures security screening at the domestic terminal “were amazingly long” and took 30 minutes to go through.

“However, the security procedures were no more intensive than usual and two of the security bag/body scanning stations were not being used,” she said.

“I didn’t sense any increased diligence in screening.”

At the X-ray point where carry-on luggage is screened, it appeared two staff members were viewing the screen before the luggage was passed back to the passenger.

At the Virgin terminal, there was a makeshift desk set up for an explosives check at the bag drop point.

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Travellers were told to arrive at terminals at least two hours before flights to allow ample time for screening.

A regular police presence was in place at Hobart Airport with the addition of a detection dog named Cassie.

Tasmania Police said it had taken measures to increase security at the state’s principal airports in response to the counter-terrorism investigation in Sydney.

“Cassie is a detection dog so she will cover all baggage and passengers that we screen her over and heaven forbid there is anything untoward, she will let me know and we will take it from there as per normal protocols,” Senior Constable Will Flynn said.

Australian Federal Police withdrew its presence from Tasmanian airports in 2014 following budget cuts.

‘You’re never really safe anywhere’

Heightened security at Perth Airport did not appear to be causing major delays.

Traveller Amy Kalantary said the airport seemed to have the situation under control.

“A little bit nervous but I guess you’re never really safe anywhere these days,” she said.

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Travellers at Darwin airport said they were happy to deal with extra security if it meant getting home in “one piece”.

“It’s the best thing for everyone’s safety. One, two, three hours — it doesn’t matter as long as we get to our destination safely,” one passenger said.

“That’s the most important thing as far as we’re concerned.”

Passengers vent frustration

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Virgin Airlines and its budget subsidiary Tigerair released a statement confirming additional security measures were in place at airports, and urging travellers not to be alarmed.

“As the measures place an additional burden on the screening system, it may take a little longer than usual to get through the process,” it said.

A Qantas Group spokesperson — representing Qantas and Jetstar — said it was working closely with the Government and airport partners to implement the measures.

“Australia has very strong safeguards in place at its airports; these changes are about making them even stronger,” the spokesperson said.

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Tigerair and Virgin were among the first airlines to issue travel alerts to passengers but for some it was too late to beat the long queues at the airport.

One Melbourne couple received a text message only three hours prior to their flight advising them to arrive earlier.

“We live two hours out of Melbourne and at 8:00am this morning we got a text message saying arrive two hours earlier instead of one,” the woman said.

“Well, that was impossible for us.”

Passengers took to Twitter to vent their frustrations with the delays caused by the new measures.

Source: abc.net.au

How has the global terror threat shaped airline security and just how confident can you be?

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Photo: Screening technologies and processes have intensified since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Extra security measures have been put at place at major airports.

That line often follows news of an alleged foiled plot, an increase in a country’s terror threat level or, at worst, news of an attack somewhere in the world.

Analysts say air travel is vulnerable by nature because of all the moving parts and the potential weaknesses they create, so how has security evolved and what systems are in place to protect us now?

Like most changes to security measures, the temporary ban on laptops was driven by intelligence that identified a vulnerability in the system, according to Dr John Coyne, head of border security at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

“Every time there is a threat or a risk that arises you see stages of response,” he said.

  • Mitigate and reduce risk: it’s an immediate, high-security response often wide-ranging bans or screening processes
  • Behind the scenes: authorities are working together to assess incoming information
  • Review and adjust: after a set period of time authorities review security measures and determine which are still required and any that need adjusting

Take the laptop ban earlier this year for example.

“With the laptop threat from Al Qaeda earlier in the year, a raid in Yemen from US special forces had intelligence that revealed AQ was working on a laptop-based bomb to bring a plane down so the first reaction is to bring in heavy handed stuff, arrest the situation straight away,” Dr Coyne said.

“You see that within a couple of hours of an incident. It’s not just about the measures, it’s about the theatre.

“Part of it is stopping the bad guys but also discouraging the bag guys.”

Dr Coyne said authorities have a window of “48-72 hours, maybe up to a week, [before] it’s a question of what more permanent changes need to be made”.

“We bought ourselves some time with heavy-handed measures, but they cost time and money, and the public get disengaged with risk and just get annoyed about not being able to take inhalers and baby formula on the plane so you have a limited amount of time,” he said.

“With the laptop threat, do you need new ways to scan them, or swabbing them?”

Let’s take a look at some of the other incidents that have shaped airport security.

September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States

This moment made aviation security a global issue.

Two months after the attack, US lawmakers made airport security a federal issue forming what we all now know as the TSA, or the Transportation Security Administration.

The restrictions implemented by this body continue to reverberate around the world.

Particularly the banning of a wide range of implements from carry-on luggage and the strict screening processes that prevent them making it on board.

These are all the things you’re not allowed to pack into your carry-on luggage in Australia.

Some other changes in the US since 911 include:

  • Only ticketed passengers are allowed through security screening
  • Fortified aircraft cockpits
  • 100 per cent checked baggage screening.

December 2001 shoe bomb attempt on Miami-bound flight

According to the TSA, Richard Reid, who would become known as the shoe bomber, used matches in an attempt to ignite explosive devices hidden in his shoes after departing Paris for Miami.

The threat continued and from 2006 the TSA required all passengers travelling in the US to remove their shoes for more scrutinised screening.

August 2006 foiled plot involving liquid explosives

British authorities detailed 24 terrorist suspects over plans to attack 10 transatlantic flights with liquid explosives carried in their hand luggage.

The flights were travelling from the UK to the USA and Canada.

Australia introduced measures limiting the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels allowed in carry-on luggage the following year, matching similar changes made across the world.

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Photo: The TSA introduced full body scanners after the “underwear bomber” incident.

December 2009 attempted ‘underwear bomber’ attack

An Al Qaeda extremist attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device concealed in his underwear while aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

In March 2010 the TSA introduced advanced imaging units known as full body scanners “designed to detect non-metallic weapons, explosives and other threats which could be concealed under layers of clothing”.

Other precautions include, removing laptops and tablets from luggage to allow for better screening, enhanced pat downs, canine teams and restrictions on cargo.

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Photo: The TSA suspended some cargo shipments after a plots involving bombs in printer cartridges on cargo flights were foiled.

People who want to do harm are ‘innovators’

“There is an easy way to 100 per cent secure airports and planes and that is don’t let people fly,” Dr Coyne said.

Despite the “outstanding security measures in airports, airlines and outstanding participation by the private sector” those who want to find and exploit the weaknesses in the system are innovating and so security systems need to keep developing to reduce those opportunities.

Will carry on eventually be banned?

Dr Coyne said historically there had been discussion about completely banning carry-on and “that was certainly the case straight after September 11” but he believes restriction is not the answer.

“I think improving search capability and improving search process — so improving x-ray machines, swipes for explosive residue,” he said.

“It is about making sure intelligence information is linked to those responsible for physical security, the operators.

“They’ve got to get lucky once, you’ve got to be lucky all the time.”

Source: ABC

Updated Crash Barrier Report – Crash Barriers or Concrete Bollards?

Over the last few weeks there has been much discussion as to the usefulness or otherwise of ‘Bollards’, the description given to the large concrete blocks placed strategically around landmark locations and transport hubs in Australia’s Capital Cities. In the media, on Facebook and in the street, people all have an opinion.

At AML Risk Management, our interest is in providing the best options to safeguard the public from potential harm. This harm so far has specifically come from people who have demonstrated mental health issues. The key requirement, in terms of public space is stop persons using vehicles in a reckless and dangerous manner. It is not about a ‘policy decision’. It is about safety measures and safeguards for the public when exposed in vulnerable positions.

Here is a further report on the highest level vehicle mitigation barriers now available through AML Risk Management from the Meridian Group.

Archer Drop & Stop Vehicle Barriers Top US and European Crash Test Standards

Archer 1200 Receives PAS 68 Certification Becoming the Only Portable Barrier to Meet Anti-Terrorism Specifications

Pasadena, CA (July 6, 2017) – Meridian Rapid Defence Group (MRDG) announced that the Archer 1200 vehicle mitigation barrier has just received a passing certification on the European Publicly Available Specifications security standard known as the PAS 68. The barriers successfully stopped a 1500 kg vehicle travelling 48 kph becoming the only portable barrier to do so.

The Archer 1200 barriers already meet U.S. Department of Defence and Department of Homeland Security guidelines and have demonstrated the ability to stop a malicious vehicle in fewer than 10 feet. The products have Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) certification and have been independently tested by engineering consultants at KPFF and Karco.

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“Adding the European testing standard to the resume for the Archer 1200 is an important step for us in providing a rapid response security solution to countries in need,” said MRDG Founder and CEO Peter Whitford. “The U.S. has been very proactive in adding portable vehicle mitigation to sports venues, city centres and government buildings. We know that credentials that match their specifications will allow us to show their superiority over current marketplace options.”

Archer 1200 Barriers are portable, modular and require no electricity, hydraulics or maintenance. They are non-lethal and completely reusable after impact. With a HaulsAllTM jack, they are single-person deployable and easily moved to allow emergency vehicle access or to react to a changing developing need.

“When an attack happens, one of the first things to go in the area is power,” adds Mr. Whitford. “First responders can’t be held at bay with failed security systems. Speed is always the most critical element.”

Archer 1200 Barriers were recently employed in the city centre of New Orleans for the Mardi Gras parade. Painted a festive canary yellow, the barriers allowed free pedestrian flow through the streets while providing a solid perimeter to unwanted vehicles. The barriers are made of ballistic-rated steel for armour piercing NATO rounds up to .50 cal. ball rounds. This feature was required for deployment in Los Angeles for the 55th GRAMMY Awards as law enforcement was on heightened alert during the manhunt for rogue police officer Christopher Dorner.

MRDG products are also deployed at U.S. military installations including Fort Wainwright, Alaska and Kandahar Air Force Base; the ports of Long Beach and San Diego, Shell Motiva Oil & Gas Refinery and with the California Water Board.

AML Risk Management use Meridian Rapid Defence Group equipment.

MRDG is headquartered in Pasadena, CA and operates in the U.S., Europe, Asia and now Australia as perimeter security specialists. MRDG develops anti-vehicle barrier systems that are engineered for speed of deployment. The flexibility of the system allows tactical or military forces to quickly secure politically, economically or environmentally important sites for short and long durations. Their product line is focused on anchored and unanchored portable vehicle mitigation barriers as well as the supporting elements that ensure a fast and effective deployment.

These units are designed and purpose built. They are portable and reusable. And in our opinion at AML Risk Management they represent common sense.

Provide protection, prevention and preparation. The solutions are already available.

 

Bollards, Barriers or Both?

Currently the Federal and State Governments, along with appropriate City Councils (such as Melbourne and Sydney City Councils) have installed strategically, a series of large concrete bollards throughout each city. As well these same bollards have been installed near vulnerable infrastructure such as Sporting Arenas and Transport Hubs.

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It would appear that the main purpose of the bollards is to present a deterrent to any person attempting to drive through designated Pedestrian precincts. It has also been noted that these bollards, temporary as they are, can be moved up to 40m when impacted by a vehicle, as reported in the Herald Sun and The Age newspapers

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AML Risk Management understands that the authorities are preparing permanent vehicle impediments for such vulnerable positions. An associate of ours managed the outdoor displays featured in the Bourke St Mall for over 8 years. It is without question a sensible strategy. During that period there were 8 metre by 20 meter display units placed at the head of the Mall on Swanston St and Elisabeth St. Similarly there were large potted trees and floral units strategically placed. These units would have certainly restricted the driver who ploughed through the mall, but because of the nature of the mall and its functionality it would not have completely stopped him.

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The tram tracks and its vehicles cause the open central section to remain unprotected so once a vehicle gains access it can still be a menace with low levels of control available. Trucks still do morning deliveries and require access at this stage to the mall.

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AML Risk Management can now offer a solution for major gatherings and vulnerable infrastructure. A full range of effective tested and proven barriers is now available from our supplier; Meridian Rapid Defence Group. The units have been deployed successfully both in similar situations in US cities as well as in areas of conflict such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

For your interest we provide you the link on the Meridian Barrier Kits here. As you can see these units are far better designed with impact ratings, inbuilt portability and a proven track record of protection at the highest levels of alert.

AML is positioned now to deploy these units at short notice where required. The question is not ‘will such an attack happen?’, it’s ‘when will it happen?’. Sadly the proponents of ISIS have already indicated that Australia is a target. From our position at AML, it is better to be prepared, protected and aware. Your personal security is our business and our concern.