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CNN journalists arrested for attempted WTC security breach

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NEW YORK—Two CNN producers tried to sneak past security at the World Trade Center on March 25, failed and were arrested, according to a Reuters report. The men were investigating recent security lapses at the site, still under construction, the report said.

Yonatan Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, first tried to talk their way in through the site’s main gate in early afternoon. When they were prevented from entering, Boals tried twice unsuccessfully to climb over the perimeter fence. The pair then tried to force their way through an electronic gate a block away when they were arrested, the report said.

It would have been a good story for them, had they succeeded. Four men were arrested March 24 for a September 2013 parachute-jump from the top of One World Trade Center. The three who made the jump—one stayed on the ground as a lookout—said they encountered no security as they made their way to the top of the building, still under construction. 

Earlier this month, a teenager made his way to the top of the building, past an apparently oblivious security guard and then one sleeping guard, to take photos of himself atop the tallest U.S. building in the nation.

In the most recent attempt, the two CNN guys were filming a report on recent security breaches at the World Trade Center, a spokeswoman for the news network told Reuters.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has spent millions on security for the World Trade Center, scheduled to open later this year on the site of the 9-11 attacks.

On Tuesday afternoon, the two CNN duo told the officer at the main gate that if a 16-year-old was able to get in, then so should they, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department.

"He had enough sense to try it at 4 o'clock in the morning," he said of the 16-year-old. The CNN producers’ attempt came about 2 p.m. "This is very wasteful of valuable law-enforcement time and energy," Pentangelo said, according to Reuters

The men were arrested on charges of criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct, police said.

Journalists have recently taken the same tactic to check school security.

What do you think?

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Smart lights with cameras piloted at Newark airport

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Monday, March 10, 2014

NEWARK, N.J.—Liberty International Airport here has replaced lighting outside and inside of its Terminal B with 171 “smart LEDs.” The Sensity-manufactured lights, which last longer and consume less energy than traditional lighting, include security cameras and other functions.

Viewed as a pilot project by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Honeywell, and started last fall, its primary goal is to “test the efficacy of the cameras deployed in conjunction with energy efficient LED lights,” a port authority spokeswoman said in response to a request for information from Security Director News.

The spokeswoman said the Port Authority would “not be doing any interviews on this particular topic,” but she did provide background information.

Video footage collected during the project is being used to monitor congestion and for security purposes, she said. The airport is using footage of the terminal’s ticketing area to monitor queues and activity, with possible future monitoring of unattended baggage.

The Port Authority will decide how the collected footage from the LEDs will be used after the results of the pilot project have been evaluated, she said. The footage would be shared only with other law enforcement agencies conducting authorized investigations that submit official requests or subpoenas.

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‘20 under 40’ winner: Living up to the legacy of 9/11

Douglas Farber, 39, security director, World Trade Center
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12/20/2013

NEW YORK—There’s virtually no other place in the United States that compares to the 16-acre property Douglas Farber is charged with keeping safe, he says.

Sandy and security

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Monday, October 29, 2012

So here we are on the East Coast, bracing for Sandy, the hybrid Frankenstorm that is expected to wreak havoc for miles and miles and miles. Security Director News offices in Southern Maine will be closing early today and all day tomorrow as a precaution—we are on the coast—although the brunt of this storm is not expected to be as bad here as south of us.

I called the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey this morning on the off chance I could get some info for a news story on security preparations as well as about its new chief security officer, Joseph Dunne, and, of course, was told, politely, to basically take a hike. The poor guy who answered the phone in the press office told me to call back, at earliest, on Wednesday. I refrained from making further calls to other facilities so as not to disrupt emergency preparations.

The NY/NJ Port Authority has closed its maritime facilities until further notice. New York area airports were open, but no one was going anywhere: Airlines have suspended flights until further notice. Stock markets were shuttered and Wall Street banks, including Goldman Sachs Group and Citigroup, activated emergency plans put in place after Sept. 11. The entire New York mass transit system was shut down Sunday night. About 8.5 million commuters use the system daily, according to Reuters.

State emergency management systems in the path of the storm are on high alert.

Federal offices in the Washington, D.C., area as well as mass transit systems there are closed, too.

Let’s hope, if needed, all the emergency preparations pay off. I’d like to hear your stories around Sandy and security, so please let me know. Email me at acanfield@securitydirectornews.com or comment below. Be safe!

Port Authority of New York/New Jersey names new security chief

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10/29/2012

NEW YORK—The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has named former New York Police Department’s second in command Joseph Dunne as security chief, a new position.

Second security lapse at JFK reported

Port authority officials dispute details of the report
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08/20/2012

NEW YORK—A few days after a jet skier swam to shore and breached the security perimeter of JFK airport here by climbing a fence, another security lapse has been reported.

NY/NJ Port Authority extend contract with the Chertoff Group

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06/11/2012

NEW YORK—The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will pay the consulting firm founded by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff an additional $650,000 to help the agency restructure its security operation.

Court: Port Authority not liable for '93 WTC truck bombing

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10/03/2011

ALBANY, N.Y.–An appeals court in New York on Sept. 21 ruled that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey cannot be held liable for failing to prevent the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Center, claiming that to do so would "create a disincentive for governmental agencies to investigate these types of security threats."