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SM Online November 2015


A June 2015 report​ issued by the United Nations Security Council’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team paints a global picture of terrorism continually in flux, with al Qaeda-related groups wreaking particular violent havoc. The report says that the threat posed by the global al Qaeda movement is animated by the interrelated challenges of foreign terrorist fighters, the role of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and escalating problems in Libya. The report also looks at international sanctions on the terrorists and how they could be improved.


A number of organizations, including the National Fusion Center Association, developed The National Strategy for the National Network of Fusion Centers​, a three-year program intended to improve intelligence information sharing via fusion centers.


Since adopting EMV technology, Europe has seen big changes in the fraud landscape. A FICO white paper, How Europe’s Card Fraud is Evolving, details the rise in card-not-present fraud, cross-border fraud, and more with commentary from Martin Warwick, FICO’s fraud chief for Europe.


A man can openly carry a legally-owned pistol into his daughter’s elementary school because the school district does not have the legal authority to create a local weapons policy prohibiting firearms, a Michigan judge ruled. ​


Documents produced during an internal investigation are protected by attorney-client privilege and do not have to be disclosed to a whistleblower, a federal appeals court ruled​. The ruling stems from a False Claims Act complaint filed by a former Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) administrator who alleged that KBR and other subcontractors defrauded the U.S. government.


The United States experienced roughly 500 natural disasters between 1974 and 2003, and the 10 deadliest of these U.S. disasters killed more than 4,000 people, according to a report from the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Belgium. The report, Thirty Years of Natural Disasters 1974-2003: The Numbers, looks at natural disasters throughout the world during that time period.