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Bletchley Park, the Best-Kept Secret of WWII

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Creating and staffing Bletchley Park, a highly secret government organization, took place during the hard days of fighting and dying of WWII. The organization’s goal was to defeat the use of the German’s coding warring information. Bletchley Park was one of history’s most covert operations and was under close protection from enemy disclosure.

As the home of one of the first computer and code breaking equipment, Bletchley Park ultimately broke the German Enigma code. The British cracked the German codes to uncover enemy schemes and the secrets of Hitler’s plotting. Deciphering the German forces hidden encoded messages was the accomplishment of brilliant dedicated men and women, including chess champions, mathematicians, cross word experts and a variety of other fields. Bletchley Park’s Alan Turing is credited for breaking the enigma code.

Bletchley Park enabled Allied forces to uncover hidden messages encrypted into German radio traffic and was a useful defensive weapon of the intelligence network. Iain Standan, CEO, of Bletchley Park Trust said, “Many historians these days often estimate that the work here at Bletchley Park shortened the Second World War by two years thereby saving millions of lives.”

Bremont, the luxury watchmaker, is teaming up with Bletchley Park Trust to commemorate this profound historical event and aid in its rebuild and preservation as a historical site. To honor the toilsome labors and dedication of those who contributed to Bletchley Park’s success, Bremont, has constructed a watch, the “Codebreaker.” This elegant timepiece contains actual components from the enigma machine and debuted on June 26.

To view the entire video, please click on the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W08dyqL5ek&feature=player_embedded


About the Author:

Laurie A. P. Copeland has a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Western Reformed Seminary in Tacoma, Washington. Her interests include, counterintelligence, cyber warfare, and terrorist groups. She is a Lint Center volunteer.


Sources:

  1. Iain Standan, CEO, Bletchley Park Trust, Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition 2013 (pre-release film)

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the Lint Center Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. or any employee thereof. The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Lint Center Bloggers.

DNS Amplification Attacks

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There are many types of DNS (Domain Name Server) attacks out there but a recent one is the Amplification Attack. But first let’s go over what a DNS is before we go into why an Amplification Attack is more complicated and a bigger threat. Domain Name System servers, are servers which map domain names such as  “google.com” to an IP address of the host server for the particular website.

When a user of a web-browser types “lintcenter.org” into a web-browser, the browser will ask a pool of DNS servers what the IP is for that server. Only then can it ask the server for the appropriate web page. Think of the DNS servers as dictionaries, where each word (domain name) has a server’s IP as its definition. But there can also be more information in that dictionary such as backup name servers, aliases, mail servers, etc.

An attacker can take advantage of how long it takes to compile a whole zone worth of definitions. In fact DNS servers can be just as vulnerable to DoS attacks as other servers with this. A Denial of Service (DoS) attack is a set of methods that can be used to make a server unreachable. By far the most popular are Distributed DoS attacks, where multiple parties (or a single party controlling multiple vectors) attack a single victim.

One such DDOS attack targeting DNS servers is called an Amplification attack. It starts when an attacker asks multiple DNS servers for a zone full of information masquerading as the target DNS server. The intermediary servers will chug and dump a bunch of information onto the target DNS server, hence the term Amplification attack.

Those that are impacted by an Amplification attack are those who have a misconfigured DNS server. But detection isn’t as easy to find.

“While it is not easy to identify authoritative name servers used in DNS reflection attacks as vulnerability is not caused by a misconfiguration, there are several freely available options for detecting open recursive resolvers.  Several organizations offer free, web-based scanning tools that will search a network for vulnerable open DNS resolvers.  These tools will scan entire network ranges and list the address of any identified open resolvers.”

It’s not impossible to repair a server when it’s found it’s been exploited, but it is time consuming. US-Cert has offered several open source and free options and instructions on how to prevent and fix this type of attack.


About the Author:

Kana Kennedy is a third year Information Security and Forensics major at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her specific interest is in Policy Writing and Procedure. She is also the Lint Center’s IT Security Associate.


Sources:

  1. https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA13-088A

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the Lint Center Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. or any employee thereof. The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Lint Center Bloggers.

New McAfee Study on North Korean Malware

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According to news reports, there is a new piece to the Dark Seoul puzzle. A new Malware is on the loose and it’s after information on South Korean and U.S. Military secrets. The report does not identify which government networks have been targeted specifically, just that it’s looking for information on the two specific countries. The researchers have found it’s been gathering information since 2009, but the attack wasn’t discovered until March 20, 2013. It’s called Operation Troy, after the historic city in which the Trojan War took place. A significant reference considering how much of a historic impact the war had on Greek literature. Not to mention that the city of Troy fell due to the enemies breaking through with the famous Trojan horse. All familiar references in modern day hacking and hackers love their references.

McAfee Labs stated that the first attack found was named Dark Seoul, in which they discovered the hard drives wiped of critical data. But Operation Troy is a second attack but may have been implemented by the same group. The Malware was programmed to seek out certain keywords in varying versions of ‘military secrets’.

“This goes deeper than anyone had understood to date, and it’s not just attacks: It’s military espionage,” said Ryan Sherstobitoff, a senior threat researcher at McAfee who gave The Associated Press a report the company is releasing later this week. He analyzed code samples shared by U.S. government partners and private customers.”

My advice would be for the McAfee researchers to keep looking, as in the case of the Trojan horse, the city forces were looking in the wrong direction. McAfee already found two parts to this attack, perhaps there are more.


About the Author:

Kana Kennedy is a third year Information Security and Forensics major at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her specific interest is in Policy Writing and Procedure.She is also a Lint Center volunteer.


Sources:

  1. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/09/asia-pacific/malware-hunts-military-secrets-in-south-korea-mcafee/#.UeBfgz9jfq4
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_War
  3. http://www.lignet.com/ArticleAnalysis/Is-North-Korea-Poised-to-Launch-a-Cyber-Attack-#ixzz2Z8bByzev

Image Courtesy of Wikicommons.

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the Lint Center Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. or any employee thereof. The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Lint Center Bloggers.

Lint Center Team Article published in Homeland Security Today

Screen_shot_2013-07-15_at_4.20.15_PMIn today’s austere espionage market economy due to sequester and furloughs, foreign intelligence services are looking to ensnare broke and bitter USG personnel to sell secrets for bargain prices.

On his deathbed in 1801, legend has it that the infamous American Continental Army Gen. Benedict Arnold, a hero of the battles of Ticonderoga and Saratoga who defected to the British Army, uttered his regret: “Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another.”

EXCLUSIVE – Sequester and Furloughs: It’s Discount Espionage Time

To read the full article, please click on the link below:

http://www.hstoday.us/blogs/guest-commentaries/blog/sequester-and-furloughs-its-discount-espionage-time/ce7c3324c8fc03c57cac45bacd507b1a.html

Congratulations Midshipman Megan Rosenberger

We are extremely pleased to extend our most hearty congratulations to MIDN Megan Rosenberger, USNA Class of 2017, and winner of the Lint Center’s First Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert Scholarship Award 2013 for her induction into the United States Navy on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
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Chairman of the Lint Center, James R. Lint, who served in both the US Army and in the US Marine Corps told Poly Rosenberger, mother of MIDN Rosenberger: “It will be a great, but tough journey she will be on. She will wonder if it is worth it.  Having served 21 years myself, I know the nation deserves individuals of your daughter’s caliber in the years to come.”

Adding, “For me, it was a great journey. The lessons I learned, the skills I honed, and the knowledge I attained, culminated in a fruitful career. Serving this great nation in uniform is a unique experience and a strong testament to emerging leaders who wish to follow in the footsteps of great patriots.”

(Photo: Courtesy of the Rosenberger Family)

Memorial Day – Honor Our Fallen Patriots

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It’s Memorial Day, so that means that summer has officially began. But this holiday has a deeper history than to mark the change of seasons. It began as a day to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, and after World War II it expanded to honor all deceased soldiers. The main event of the day used to be decorating the graves with flowers, hence the original name Decoration Day. Over the years however it has become Memorial Day marked by parades and by the opening of summer venues.

As we remember those we have lost in the service to our nation, we want to thank those who have done service and those who are in service now. We appreciate the work of the individuals who give back to their nation. This day is dedicated to them.


At this time we would also like to introduce our new mentor, Roy M. Elam Jr., and our volunteer writer, Maria Lacey. Army retiree, Roy M. Elam Jr. has a BA in Liberal Arts from Western Illinois University, a Master in Distance Education from the University of Maryland University College and a MS in Human Resource Education from the University of Louisville. He is the Technology Integration Cell Chief at the New Systems Training Branch at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine, MCoE at Ft. Benning, GA and he conducts research on the effectiveness of games as an instruction tool.

Maria Lacey has a BA in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a freelance writer and is currently working as an administrative assistant at the UNLV Admissions office. Her interests include writing about social justice and gender issues. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV with her family. For more information, please visit her website www.mlaceywriting.com.

The next scholarship deadline is 31 July. See the www.LintCenter.org for more information about recent winners and future competitions. We are also continuously looking for additional volunteers, interns and mentors.

Lint Center Volunteers Receive Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Pres-Award-logo6The Lint Center is pleased to announce that four outstanding members of our team received Presidential Volunteer Service Award’s for their demonstrated commitment and example to engage in volunteer service.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens through presidential recognition to live a life of service.

Congratulations to Brittany, Jeni, Gary, and Tim!

The Lint Center is grateful for your continued commitment and ongoing service. Job well done.

Jim Lint, Special Agent (Retired)
Chairman, Lint Center for National Security Studies

The Lint Center is always seeking new volunteers so if you are interested, please take a look at our volunteer openings HERE.

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About the Award:

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires other to make service a central part of their lives.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service.

To learn more about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, please visit HERE.

Lint Center Scholarship Announcement in the News

We are very pleased that the Lint Center’s scholarship announcement regarding our January 2013 competition was covered today in the Washington Times.

Here is a snippet:

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The Lint Center for National Security Studies, based out of Aberdeen, Maryland, announced this weekend that it is offering a series of scholarship awards to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in national security, international relations, and cultural awareness.

To read the full article, please visit the Washington Times HERE.

Thank you to Dr. Lint and Brittany for providing exceptional quotes!

Lint Center January 2013 Scholarships!

The Lint Center for National Security Studies is pleased to announce that it will be providing $1,500 in merit-based scholarships for the upcoming January 2013 scholarship competition.

The deadline to submit applications for the following scholarships is January 31st, 2013:

-Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship ($1,000)

-Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship ($500)

In addition to the scholarship award, winner-applicants will acquire an experienced national security practitioner-mentor, either connected with the winner’s field of interest or otherwise able to guide them in their path in choosing a field. With over 150 mentors, the Lint Center is well-positioned to match emerging leaders with practitioners and other well positioned individuals who can provide the feedback, context, and contacts to expedite the development and to streamline the learning curve of mentees. For more information about the Lint Center’s Mentoring Program, please visit our Mentors page.

Please help us to extend the reach of this scholarship announcement by forwarding this along to your email address book, posting the link to Twitter and/or Facebook, or by sending out a message to another LinkedIn Group.

Additional information regarding the January 2013 scholarship competition can be found here.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies has awarded 57 scholarships since 2007 and focuses on awarding merit-based scholarships for National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Lint Center is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity, which is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It offers scholarships semi-annually (twice a year, in January and July). For additional information, please visit www.LintCenter.org or follow the Center on Twitter @LintCenter.

Scholarship Winner Essay: Michelle Shevin-Coetzee

580px-Writing_star.svgIn the spirit of the Lint Center’s aim to progress the next generation of National Security with support for well-rounded individuals, we are proud to present the Mid-Year 2012 Scholarship Winner essays to Lint Center affiliates.

Party Politics in a Changing Landscape

In recent years, political agendas have begun to trump the best interests of the nation.  The United States Congress is in a constant state of gridlock and seems unable to put party politics aside to invest in a strategic vision to protect and advance U.S. interests.  In order to strengthen U.S. national security, Congress must be a fully functioning and cohesive entity.  In the current state of U.S. politics, however, Congress is abdicating its responsibility to play this vital role.  Reforming Congress should be a priority in the coming years, spearheaded by an intensive review conducted by its members.  Without internal reform, Congressional paralysis will continue to directly threaten U.S. national security.

The divisions between Democrats and Republicans are felt throughout Congress.  In a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Ranking Member John McCain criticized the newly released Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Guidance Review, contending that “unfortunately, this defense budget continues the Administration’s habit of putting short-term political considerations over our long-term national security interests.”  Referring to the $487 billion of mandatory defense cuts over the next ten years, Senator McCain further insisted the review decisions were “budget driven” and not achieved through strategic observation and analysis.

In fact, however, it is the Obama administration that is appropriately positioning the United States to consider the strategic long-term interests of the country.  The U.S. economy is the central pillar of all Government activities.  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other senior Pentagon officials have repeatedly stated that the proposed defense cuts are manageable.  Reforming and removing much of the bloat from the Department to invest funds for critical long-term programs is a smart investment.  The United States is at a “strategic inflection point” after nearly a decade of war in Iraq and a gradual drawdown from Afghanistan.  This is precisely the time to bring all of the stakeholders in DoD together to strategize about the future, survey the global landscape, identify the challenges and opportunities, and then implement policies to reflect that calculus.  This is exactly what the Strategic Guidance Review did so effectively, despite what Senator McCain might argue.  It is this strategic structure that should be applied to reviews of Congress.

Congressional paralysis could not come at a worse time.  Sequestration will be triggered at the end of this year if Congress cannot avoid looming across-the board-defense cuts.  The “meat-axe”, a term invoked by Secretary Panetta to illustrate the severity of sequestration, would hollow out the force, slowly degrade the military, and weaken U.S. national security.  Even if sequestration is avoided due to last minute compromise, the can is simply being kicked down the road.  This same situation will reoccur unless Congress takes action now to focus on the long-term.

If Congress is to play a constructive role in protecting national security, it must reform its practices, and should look to the defense sector as an instructive example.  DoD strategies look over the horizon to focus on future military needs and possible conflicts.  Congress needs to adopt this same strategic thinking and apply it to its own posture.  Instead of a review conducted by an outside agency, members of Congress should produce a self-assessment of both houses.  The month-long annual “review board” should be comprised of fifteen members, five from the Senate and ten from the House who serve on a rotating basis.  Members should first look at successes and failures in meetings, sessions, and committees.  They should recommend new ways to increase cooperation between members, promote better time management, and condense large reports.  Secondly, members must strategize about the roles Congress will play in the future: how it should serve the community and interact with other Government branches.  At this phase, Congress can assess new developments, such as domestic crises or international conflicts, and respond accordingly.  Finally, members should formulate a plan to address the new strategy.  This last step would require intense cooperation by Democrats and Republicans alike.  In a more intimate setting, it will be easier to debate each element of the review, reach compromises through close collaboration, and ultimately, produce a cohesive long-term strategy.  With clear objectives and a plan to achieve them, Congress can operate more effectively and efficiently.

coetzeelIn a dynamic and rapidly changing era, the United States must map out its own interests amidst the global landscape.  The U.S. national security sector, especially, cannot afford to be distracted and derailed by Congressional party politics.  If Congress continually fails to collaborate and strategize, the military and intelligence communities will weaken, and eventually leave the U.S., its people, and its interests abroad vulnerable.  It is time to put political agendas aside for the greater good of the nation.

To read about Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, the Lint Center’s Mid-Year 2012 Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship, visit our Scholarship Winners page.

Veterans Day –Businesses Honor America’s Military Servicemen & Women

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To honor Veteran’s Day, businesses and organizations around the nation are providing discounts and incentives to say thank you to those that served and to those active members of the US military.

Below is a list compiled by The Military Wallet: http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/.

Please feel free to add to this list.

Lint Center Announces 2012 Frank and Virginia Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship Winner

kirshyLint Center for National Security Studies Awards Scholarship to International Security Studies Graduate Student and Department of Homeland Security Full-Time Intern, Joseph Kirshy

The Lint Center, a non-profit charity focused on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, today formally announced Mr. Joseph Kirshy was awarded the 2012 Frank and Virginia Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship aims to support the undergraduate and graduate pursuits of scholars interested in National Security.

Lint Center scholarships include a monetary, material, and networking gift to its winners. The monetary gifts range from $500 to $1,500 and are to be used for investments in education and development. The other two gifts, winners consider invaluable. They are a year-long subscription to leading geo-political analysts and world-renowned forecasting organization, Stratfor and an official introduction to the Lint Center’s vast mentor network with a matched one-on-one mentor from the National Security community in the scholarship winner’s area or organization of interest.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Scholarship Committee evaluates scholarship applicants by more than the sum of their scholarly achievements. Applicant-winners have a pointed and distinctive essay on a Counterintelligence or National Security topic, a personal essay presenting a multi-layered and compelling individual to the Scholarship Committee, soaring letters of recommendation, and a superb academic transcript. Most of all, Lint Center scholarship winners possess a presence of being that undoubtedly epitomizes one of a future National Security professional: a potential for leadership, integrity of character, and clear determination.

“I am honored to receive the Frank and Virginia Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship,” said Joey Kirshy, a current Master’s student at the University of Arizona and full-time Student Intern at Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Office of the Border Patrol. “My plans for the future, to work as an Intelligence Officer in a Counterintelligence Unit, coincide with the mission and affiliates at the Lint Center for National Security Studies. I am excited about what opportunities the Center’s Mentoring Program will offer as I near the end of my formal education and the beginning of my professional career.”

“The Lint Center Team is pleased to introduce Mr. Kirshy to the Lint Center community as the 2012 Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship Winner,” said Mr. James Lint, Chairman and CEO of the Lint Center. “Mr. Kirshy’s upbringing, education, on-the-job training at the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol, and plans to pursue a job in a Counterintelligence unit speaks to multiple cornerstones of the National Security community and the Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship. It’s evident that Mr. Kirshy has an invariable dedication to the future of National Security and will undoubtedly make his mark on the next generation of the Community.”

Due to the generosity and continued support of the world’s leading private intelligence company, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., Mr. Kirshy will also receive a one-year subscription to Stratfor’s Subscription service, which includes industry leading intelligence reports providing situational awareness, geopolitical analysis, and analytically rigorous forecasting.

About Our Corporate Sponsor: Stratfor

Stratfor provides individuals and corporations with breaking intelligence, in-depth analysis, assessments and forecasts on global political, economic, security, and public policy issues. Through its unrivaled blend of strategic and tactical expertise, Stratfor helps clients protect their assets, diminish risk, and increase opportunities to compete in the global market. Stratfor’s services include free intelligence reports, subscription-based access, and confidential consulting. For more information, please visit www.stratfor.com.

About the Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship:

The Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship fund provides $500 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, and National Security Studies.

About Joseph Kirshy:

Joey Kirshy is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in International Security Studies at the University of Arizona, after attending the American Military University’s National Security Studies Master’s program for one year. He graduated from the of Arizona in 2011 with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies, minoring in Arabic, Political Science, and Business Administration. Throughout Joey’s undergraduate and graduate studies, he has been employed as a full-time Student Intern with the US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Office of the Border Patrol. He was assigned to a joint operations center focused on combating transnational threats, as well as Security Safeguarding Classified National Security Information and Security Anti-Terrorism Overview training. In tandem with his education and on-the-job experience, Joey’s upbringing on Military bases around the world, with an experienced federal civil servant for a mother and a 20-year soldier for a father, plans on pursuing an Intelligence Officer position within a Counterintelligence Unit after graduation.

To read Joey’s winning essay, please visit this link. Congratulations, Joey on a job well done!

Lint Center Lands Cover Article for Homeland Security Today Magazine

Screen_shot_2012-10-22_at_3.13.40_PMThe Lint Center’s Public Affairs team had the cover article in this month’s edition of Homeland Security Today Magazine. The article discusses the proliferation of UAVs and the potential double edge sword of Drones.  The cover story article is entitled “When Drones Go Rogue.”

Below is a sampling of some of the article:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are providing new capabilities for homeland security and law enforcement. But as with any technology, there’s a dark side too.

he aircraft were just harmless models, if large ones—until one dove into the Pentagon and exploded while the other homed in on the US Capitol, blasting the dome that had been spared on Sept. 11, 2001.

That, at any rate, was the hope of Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old resident of Ashland, Mass. While American-born and raised, this son of Bangladeshi parents and physics graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, planned to make jihad on the United States and “enemies of Allah,” in his own words. The Pentagon was “the head and heart of the snake” in his view and he wanted to strike with 7-foot long model airplanes as well as with guns and grenades on the ground.

To set his plot in motion, Ferhaus contacted fellow jihadists from Al Qaeda, who supplied him with explosives. In turn, he supplied them with a dozen mobile phone detonators to set off bombs in the Middle East.

To read the full article at Homeland Security Today, please visit HERE.

Gold Star Mother’s Day: A Reverent Salute, A Solemn Promise

315px-Gold_Star_Service_Banner__LC_Today, we recognize Gold Star Mother’s Day by pausing in a moment of deep reflection for those mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service our country.

As a grateful Nation, we honor our fallen, we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and liberty, and we pray for the families who bare the burden of such a loss. Let us honor the sacrifice by keeping the promise alive in our hearts today, tomorrow, and each day thereafter that we may live and prosper in accordance with the freedoms we have been afforded. Their memories continue to burn bright, as their legacy of patriotism, honor, and commitment leads us forward.

To all the brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers who share in the sorrow of loss, we resolutely walk with you – we offer our hand, our shoulder, and our prayers.

We know that we cannot fill the emptiness or assuage your bereavement. But perhaps our shared strengths and unnerving promise to honor the fallen will serve to carry on their legacy.

On this solemn day of remembrance, we rededicate ourselves to ensuring that the promise of America, her ideals, and her freedoms continue, as part of a sacred trust and a debt of gratitude owed not only to all service men and women, but to our Gold Star Mothers, and their families, whose debt we can never repay.

Today, the Lint Center offers a reverent salute and reaffirms its solemn promise to all Gold Star Mothers and their families.

We encourage you to take a moment of reflection and remember those who fell serving and those left behind.

Additional reading:

  1. Gold Star Mothers
  2. Gold Star Mothers Day
  3. Background on Gold Star Mothers

– See more at: http://www.lintcenter.info/blog/entry/3465203/gold-star-mothers-day-a-reverent-salute-a-solemn-promise#sthash.4Vjxrwkl.dpuf

Patriot Day: Not Forgotten

9-11-01-logoEleven years ago, cowardly terrorists who aimed to bring this country to its knees attacked our nation.

Out of the ashes, destruction and tears we witnessed true acts of bravery and selflessness – stories of everyday Americans – people who rose and headed the call to service in the face of evil. All Americas become heroes that day. Countless leapt into action to defend their fellow man, aid the wounded and remained steadfast in the long days that followed.

While we will never forget the tragedy that struck at the heart of our nation or the innocent lives of loved ones lost at the Pentagon, the Twin Towers, and in Shanksville we will always remember the unifying impact it had on this country, as it motivated millions of men and women to serve this nation in uniform.

Over 3 million Americans entered military service following the attacks. More than 5 million servicemen and women have served in the military in the last decade and nearly 2 and half million served this nation in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As we honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of those lost in the wake of September 11th, may we remember their courage, commitment and patriotism. May we never forget the American heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. May our prayers remain with our men and women in uniform. And may God continue to bless our great nation.

We vow to honor those who lost their lives on this day, eleven years ago and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom – not just today but forever.