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Subject:MARITIME EXCHANGE PORT SECURITY INFO
Date:Monday, August 04, 2003
Priority:Normal
Notice:To all Maritime Exchange members:

The Maritime Exchange has received the following security information
bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security:

R 281310Z JUL 03 ZUI ASN-A02209000005
FM COMLANTAREA COGARD PORTSMOUTH VA//ACS//
TO ALLCOGARD LANT
R 231920Z JUL 03 ZUI ASN-A00204000123
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//G-MP/G-OP/G-C2//
TO AIG 11989
DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHINGTON DC
INFO COGARD INTELCOORDCEN WASHINGTON DC
BT
UNCLAS //N16600//

SUBJ: DHS HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION BULLETIN - POTENTIAL TERRORIST USE
OF OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORMS, OR VEHICLES
ISSUED: 07/22/03, EXPIRATION: NONE

1. COAST GUARD AREA, DISTRICT, AND FIELD UNITS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO
ADVISE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, PORT SECURITY COMMITTEE STAKEHOLDERS, AND
MARITIME INDUSTRY PARTNERS OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS HOMELAND SECURITY
INFORMATION BULLETIN.

2. OVERVIEW: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) INFORMATION BULLETINS
ARE INFORMATIONAL IN NATURE AND ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE UPDATES ON THE
TRAINING, TACTICS, OR STRATEGIES OF TERRORISTS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
IS MEANT TO ADVISE THE OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF THE NATION'S
INFRASTRUCTURES ABOUT THE POSSIBLE USE BY TERRORISTS OF OFFICIAL
IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORMS, OR VEHICLES TO GAIN ACCESS TO SENSITIVE
FACILITIES FOR PURPOSES OF PLANNING OR CARRYING OUT ATTACKS. (IN THIS
INFORMATION BULLETIN, "OFFICIAL" REFERS TO RECOGNIZED IMPLEMENTS OF
FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND PRIVATE SECTOR ENTITIES.) WHILE
DHS POSSESSES NO INFORMATION INDICATING AN ORGANIZED EFFORT BY EXTREMIST
ELEMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES TO ILLEGALLY OBTAIN OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION,
UNIFORMS, OR VEHICLES IN FURTHERANCE OF TERRORIST ACTIVITIES, IT HAS
IDENTIFIED THE RECENT THEFT OR DISAPPEARANCE OF LARGE NUMBERS OF THESE
ITEMS. ATTEMPTS TO ACQUIRE OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORMS, OR VEHICLES
WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH THE TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES OF AL-QAEDA AND OTHER
EXTREMIST GROUPS, ACCORDING TO A VARIETY OF REPORTING SOURCES.

3. DETAILS: AL-QAEDA AND OTHER TERRORIST GROUPS LIKELY VIEW THE THEFT OR
OTHER ILLEGAL ACQUISITION OF OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORMS, OR
VEHICLES AS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO INCREASE ACCESS AND DECREASE SCRUTINY IN
FURTHERANCE OF PLANNING AND OPERATIONS. ALTHOUGH WE POSSESS NO INFORMATION
THAT AL-QAEDA OR OTHER TERRORIST GROUPS ARE SYSTEMATICALLY PURSUING THE
ILLEGAL ACQUISITION OF THE ABOVE REFERENCED ITEMS, THERE IS INDEED
PRECEDENCE FOR THE USE OF OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORMS, OR VEHICLES
IN THE EXECUTION OF TERRORIST ATTACKS. TERRORIST GROUPS HAVE UTILIZED
POLICE OR MILITARY UNIFORMS TO MASK THEIR IDENTITIES AND ACHIEVE CLOSER
ACCESS TO THEIR TARGETS WITHOUT AROUSING SUSPICION. THIS WAS ILLUSTRATED
IN THE DECEMBER 2002, SUICIDE BOMBINGS THAT TARGETED THE CHECHEN
GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS IN GROZNYY, RUSSIA. TERRORISTS IN SOUTH AMERICA,
THE PHILIPPINES AND PAKISTAN HAVE COMMANDEERED OR STOLEN EMERGENCY MEDICAL
SERVICES VEHICLES AND UNIFORMS (OR CLEVERLY DESIGNED IMITATIONS) TO
FACILITATE THE EXECUTION OF THEIR ATTACKS ON KEY FACILITIES.

IN AN EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND THE EXTENT OF OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORM,
AND VEHICLE THEFTS, DHS RECENTLY CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF SELECTED MEMBERS OF
THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY IN FIVE STATES. THIS SURVEY REVEALED THAT
FROM FEBRUARY TO MAY 2003 HUNDREDS OF OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS,
BADGES, DECALS, UNIFORMS, AND GOVERNMENT LICENSE PLATES WERE REPORTED
STOLEN OR LOST. ADDITIONALLY, A NUMBER OF PRIVATE COMPANIES HAVE REPORTED
RECEIVING SUSPICIOUS INQUIRIES ABOUT RENTING OFFICIAL DELIVERY VEHICLES
AND EMERGENCY SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES HAVE RECEIVED UNUSUAL REQUESTS FOR
DETAILED VEHICLE DESCRIPTIONS. THERE IS NO HISTORICAL BASELINE TO COMPARE
RECENT THEFT OR SUSPICIOUS INQUIRY DATA, AND THE INTENT OR RESOLUTION OF
MANY OF THE THEFTS CANNOT BE DETERMINED. THE WORLDWIDE PROLIFERATION OF
INDIVIDUALS OR "COMPANIES" THAT TRAFFIC IN HIGH-QUALITY IMITATIONS OF
OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORMS, OR VEHICLES IS A RELATED ISSUE THAT
INCREASES THE POSSIBILITY SUCH ITEMS COULD BE USED TO FACILITATE FUTURE
TERRORIST ATTACKS AND FURTHER COMPLICATES EFFORTS TO PREVENT THEIR
ACQUISITION. FOR EXAMPLE, EARLIER THIS MONTH THE NEW YORK CITY HIGH
INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA (HIDTA) TASK FORCE REPORTED THAT IT HAD
IDENTIFIED A JAPANESE WEBSITE SELLING NEAR EXACT REPLICAS OF BADGES FROM
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SUCH AS THE U.S. SECRET SERVICE, FEDERAL BUREAU
OF INVESTIGATION, DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE, AND LOS
ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT. SEVERAL PRESS REPORTS THIS YEAR HAVE REFERRED
TO THE THEFT AND SALE OVER THE INTERNET OF A LARGE NUMBER OF UNITED PARCEL
SERVICE (UPS) UNIFORMS. ALTHOUGH THESE REPORTS PROVED TO BE FALSE, THEY
DID BRING TO THE PUBLIC'S ATTENTION THE POTENTIAL SECURITY CONCERNS OF
MISSING OR STOLEN IDENTIFICATION, UNIFORMS, OR VEHICLES. DHS REMINDS ALL
RECIPIENTS TO REMAIN VIGILANT TO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF, OR UNAUTHORIZED
INQUIRIES REGARDING, OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS, BADGES, DECALS,
UNIFORMS, GOVERNMENT LICENSE PLATES, AND VEHICLES AND ESTABLISH PRACTICES
THAT ACCOUNT FOR MISSING ITEMS. DHS ENCOURAGES RECIPIENTS TO REPORT
SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES AND TO REMAIN VIGILANT FOR
ANY NEXUS TO TERRORISM.

4. PROTECTIVE MEASURES: RECOGNIZING THAT POSSESSION OF SOME COMBINATION OF
OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS, BADGES, DECALS, UNIFORMS, GOVERNMENT
LICENSE PLATES, AND VEHICLES TENDS TO REDUCE SUSPICION AND MIGHT ALLOW AN
INDIVIDUAL OR VEHICLE GREATER ACCESS TO SENSITIVE FACILITIES, THE
FOLLOWING PROTECTIVE MEASURES ARE
SUGGESTED:

A) KEEP COMPREHENSIVE RECORDS OF ALL OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS,
BADGES, DECALS, UNIFORMS, AND LICENSE PLATES DISTRIBUTED, DOCUMENTING ANY
ANOMALIES AND CANCELING ACCESS TO ITEMS THAT ARE LOST OR STOLEN.

B) PRACTICE ACCOUNTABILITY OF ALL VEHICLES TO INCLUDE TRACKING VEHICLES
THAT ARE IN SERVICE, IN REPAIR STATUS, OR SENT TO SALVAGE.

C) SAFEGUARD UNIFORMS, PATCHES, BADGES, ID CARDS, AND OTHER FORMS OF
OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION TO PROTECT AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO
FACILITIES, TO INCLUDE STRIPPING ALL DECOMMISSIONED VEHICLES SLATED FOR
RESALE AND/OR SALVAGE OF ALL AGENCY IDENTIFYING MARKINGS AND EMERGENCY
WARNING DEVICES.

D) CHECK MULTIPLE FORMS OF VALID IDENTIFICATION FOR EACH FACILITY VISITOR.

E) VERIFY THE LEGITIMATE BUSINESS NEEDS OF ALL APPROACHING VEHICLES AND
PERSONNEL.

F) IMPROVE IDENTIFICATION CARD TECHNOLOGY TO ELIMINATE REUSE OR
UNAUTHORIZED DUPLICATION.

G) ALERT UNIFORM STORE VENDORS OF THE NEED TO ESTABLISH AND VERIFY THE
IDENTITIES OF INDIVIDUALS SEEKING TO PURCHASE UNIFORM ARTICLES.

H) ENSURE ALL PERSONNEL ARE PROVIDED A SECURITY BRIEFING REGARDING PRESENT
AND EMERGING THREATS.

5. DHS ENCOURAGES RECIPIENTS OF THIS INFORMATION BULLETIN TO REPORT
INFORMATION CONCERNING SUSPICIOUS OR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
OR A DHS WATCH OFFICE. THE DHS INFORMATION ANALYSIS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
PROTECTION WATCH OFFICES MAY BE CONTACTED AT:

A) FOR PRIVATE CITIZENS AND COMPANIES: PHONE: (202) 323-3205, 1- 888-585-
9078; EMAIL: NIPC.WATCH@FBI.GOV; ONLINE:
HTTP://WWW.NIPC.GOV/INCIDENT/CIRR.HTM

B) FOR TELECOM INDUSTRY: PHONE: (703) 607-4950; EMAIL: NCS@DHS.GOV

C) FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES/DEPARTMENTS: PHONE: (888) 282-0870; EMAIL:
FEDCIRC@FEDCIRC.GOV; ONLINE: HTTPS://INCIDENTREPORT.FEDCIRC.GOV

6. DHS INTENDS TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION BULLETIN SHOULD IT RECEIVE
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING INFORMATION PROVIDED TO IT BY
THE USER COMMUNITY. BASED ON THIS NOTIFICATION, NO CHANGE TO THE HOMELAND
SECURITY ADVISORY SYSTEM LEVEL (HSAS) IS ANTICIPATED; THE CURRENT HSAS
LEVEL IS YELLOW.

7. ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE: U.S. COAST GUARD UNITS SHOULD REMIND THE MARITIME
INDUSTRY THAT THEY MAY ALSO REPORT INFORMATION CONCERNING SUSPICIOUS
ACTIVITY TO THE NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER (NRC) VIA THE NRC 24-HOUR
TELEPHONE NUMBER AT 1-800-424-8802

BT
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Notice posted on Monday, August 04, 2003

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.