In what could be the first act of domestic terrorism since Timothy McVeigh, a small plane (Piper) that set out from Georgetown Municipal Airport hit a federal office building housing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 11:36 AM in Austin, Texas. A software developer, Joseph Andrew Stack, who had previously set his house on fire, was the pilot who suicidally flew his plane Kamikaze style into the building in an apparent act of revenge against the IRS as detailed in a 3,202 word suicide note on his web site: http://embeddedart.com.
Tag: "Homeland Security"
Tahaya Buchanan, a 39 year old continued working for the Atlanta office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, while a fugitive wanted in Essex County, New Jersey for insurance fraud. It was not until yesterday that the CIS office in Atlanta became aware of the criminal charges, despite her having been arrested on July 9th and spending the subsequent week in a Georgia prison, a warrant in the National Crime Information Center system (nationwide law enforcement notification) issued on January 8th, 2008, and her pleading guilty to one charge of insurance fraud on Monday.
This morning at 11am Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano addressed the nation as part of the ongoing activities around National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This is the sixth year of this program, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) of the Department of Homeland Security, in which the department advises the American people on staying safe online. This year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility”, reinforcing the idea that all computer users have a responsibility for protecting themselves online. The address this morning featured the ability to ask questions of the Secretary, we sent one in, and Secretary Napolitano answered it.