06 July 2011 16:07 [Source: ICIS news]
Fernando Keller, senior intelligence officer at the office of intelligence and analysis in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), told chemicals industry security executives that the increasing involvement of home-grown
Speaking at the ninth annual Chemical Sector Security Summit, Keller said that attacks from or inspired by Al Qaeda continue to pose the greatest threat to the
He cautioned that the 2 May 2011 killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden by
But Keller said that intelligence gathered by
He said intelligence on terrorist planning suggests that favoured targets would be
Also on terrorists’ top target lists, Keller said, was “economically important infrastructure in the
He noted that in the past 24 months there has been a rash of domestic
That event was followed by five other terrorist attempts, all thwarted or otherwise unsuccessful, in
In each case, Keller noted, the alleged attacker was, like Hasan, a
He emphasised that those involved in the chemicals sector should be on constant alert for unusual or suspicious behaviour.
As an example, he cited the arrest in February this year of 20-year-old Khalid Al Aldawasari, a Saudi Arabian student in
Significantly, Keller said, Aldawasari’s alleged plot was uncovered by an alert chemicals supplier who spotted the student's unusual purchases of precursor chemicals over the Internet.
Keller warned that chemical production plants and other process industry facilities could be vulnerable to well-planned attacks by disgruntled employees, current or former, or by outsiders who bribe or terrorize facility employees to obtain insider information that would be critical to mounting an attack.
“There are those in the
Cosponsored by DHS, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) and other industry associations in the Chemical Sector Co-ordinating Council, the security conference runs through Thursday.
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