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15. August 20, Department of Homeland Security Department of Homeland Security and Vermont team up to advance Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. The Department of Homeland Security agreed to launch a project with the state of Vermont that will enhance the security of state driver's licenses which could potentially serve as an acceptable alternative document for crossing the United States' land and sea borders. The Vermont project, much like the agreement reached with Washington State earlier this year, is one possible compliance alternative to Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements. As announced in June, on January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizens will need to present either a WHTI−compliant document or a government−issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, plus proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate, for admissibility into the United States. The state of Vermont will develop an enhanced driver's license that will provide their residents, who voluntarily apply and qualify, with a document that is acceptable for use at U.S. land and seaports. The enhanced driver's license will be slightly more expensive than a standard Vermont state driver's license and will require proof of citizenship, identity, and residence, as well as contain security features similar to a U.S. passport. Source: http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1187646614580.shtm

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Postal and Shipping Sector

16. August 20, The Advocate (CT) Police investigate suspicious package sent to military recruitment office. Police are investigating a suspicious package that was sent Monday, August 20, to the military recruitment office on Bedford Street in Stamford, CT −− a month after a similar package was sent to the same location. Police responded to the U.S. Army/U.S. Air Force recruiting station just after 11 a.m. EDT after learning of an envelope bearing unusual writing and containing batteries and other bomb making materials inside, police spokesperson Lt. Sean Cooney said. Source: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn−sa−suspicious package,0,3649770.story?coll=stam−news−local−headlines

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Agriculture Sector

17. August 21, Agence France−Presse Netherlands widens bluetongue security zone. Dutch authorities have extended a security zone to cover two thirds of the country following the discovery of new cases of the bluetongue virus in sheep, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday, August 21. The security zone now spreads from the south to Gramsbergen in the northeast, near the German border. It contains the cities of The Hague and Rotterdam but excludes the capital, Amsterdam. The disease has hit livestock in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and northern France in the past year after previously being confined to countries on the Mediterranean basin. Source: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=070821175640.3gss25w 4&show_article=1

18. August 20, Associated Press Some Amish resist electronic ID tags for cattle. Some Amish farmers say a state requirement that they tag cattle with electronic chips is a violation of their


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