THREATs of the Week: May 6, 2017

THREAT – our acronym for threats from technology, health, raids/robbery/ransom, environmental, agencies, and terrorists.

Technical: If you see these hooks in a dressing room or bathroom, call 911.

spy cam hooks

While you’re trying on a party dress or checking out your bum in those skinny jeans, could someone else be watching you get undressed?

Police issued a warning about a hook that looks like any other clothing hook, something you’d expect in a changing room — but inside this hook lies a hidden camera.

Common places for hidden cameras are inside dressing rooms, hotel rooms and public restrooms. The mini cameras film from a tiny hole at the top of the plastic.

The “spy” hooks can be purchased for as little as $13 online and look like any other clothing hook. The sellers often describe the hidden camera as a home security or “nanny cam,” but last year, police in Florida found spy hooks in three public bathrooms across the state.

Metro has a great expose on this >>>

Health: Why Bacteria Are More Threatening Than Ever

super bacteria

The stories are harrowing: people with simple cuts who get exposed to bacteria can end up with life-threatening, and sometimes even life-ending, infections. Antibiotics were supposed to prevent these infections and deaths. But in the U.S., about two million people become infected with bacteria that can’t be treated by antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die from those infections every year.

The bacteria behind these infections, once common. have mutated to become resistant to the dozens of antibiotics developed to wage war against them.

Watch the two-minute video for a good overview.

Raids, Robbery, Ransom: He convinced former CIA operatives he was one of them. Was he an impostor?

Mark W. Levin

He’d killed 38 people, Mark W. Levin told co-workers at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, and ran a squad of covert operatives called “The Watchers” who prevented terrorist attacks.

He avoided uttering the three letters of his supposed employer, a renowned intelligence agency. His presence was required “up river,” he’d tell colleagues. He needed to see “agency people.”

Now a $150 million lawsuit accuses Levin, 72, a former special adviser to the school’s president, of inventing a clandestine career to manipulate three young men who worked at Daniel Morgan into sexually abusive encounters. Levin convinced the men that naked, physical inspections would determine their futures at school and their careers in the intelligence world, the alleged victims said.

Meet Mark W. Levin. He likes young naked men.

Environmental: NASA Satellite Animation Shows Tropical Storm Arlene “Eaten” By Weather System

tropical storm arlene

An animation created by NASA using imagery from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite shows the North Atlantic Ocean’s first tropical storm of the season being “eaten” by a large frontal system. The satellite loop from April 19 to April 22 shows Tropical Storm Arlene in the Central Atlantic Ocean as it strengthened into a tropical storm on April 20, and then weakens and is absorbed by a frontal system the following day.

The animation combines visible and infrared satellite imagery from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite.

Watch the video on WeatherNation.

Agency: Domestic Spying Revelation Shows NSA Lied

NSA Spying and Lying

The NSA has convinced the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) that when it captures the communications of a foreigner and an American and those communications refer to a third person who is an American, Section 702 extends the authority for warrantless spying to that third person, as well. And it extends to any person whom the third person is talking about — and so forth, out to the sixth level of communication.

If you do the math, this NSA-concocted, Section 702-generated, secret FISA court-approved logic permits warrantless spying on nearly everyone in the United States. So why did the NSA announce that it will pull back on the way it utilizes Section 702 as the basis for its mass spying?

Here is the back story >>>

Terrorist: US Government Warns of Potential Truck Ramming Attacks

Paris Truck Ramming

The US government is warning truck owners and rental firms to be on alert for drivers who could pose a potential terrorist threat by carrying out copycat ramming attacks, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Transportation Security Administration issued a report which calls on the operators of trucks and truck-renting companies to be more ‘vigilant’ against theft, NBC News reported.

The report, which is entitled ‘Vehicle ramming attacks: Threat landscape, indicators and counter measures,’ was sent Tuesday to local law enforcement agencies as well as private companies who are cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security.

Get the details on Daily Mail, then divert to the Kardashians…

“Two is one, one is none.”

More to follow.


  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:04h, 06 May

    for a future post, can you tell us what are some things a hostage can do to make it easier for the rescuers, I know every situation is different but if you underneath but not in front of windows (so you aren’t hurt but you can hop out when they are ‘opened’, run out the door when it opens (if you can) or stay still until rescuers show you how they want you to get out, keep your shoes on even if you go to sleep so leaving is easier, try to keep your phone & charger with you but on silent, etc. I’ve had training but it was for specific country and rooms, I’ve never had training applicable to most situations.

  • Escape the Wolf
    Posted at 11:00h, 07 May

    We can certainly discuss that soon! Thank you for your input.