Friday, 22 July 2011


Montreal, Quebec--(July 22, 2011) - The Canadian Tactical Training Academy (CTTA) (Pink Sheets: CTTG),
The Canadian Tactical Training Academy announced today that an agreement has been reached with Mr. Monji Jelessi to represent the company in Saudi Arabia
After visiting CTTA’s Montreal offices and meeting with management, Mr. Jelessi agreed that the specialized and proven techniques used by CTTA in training law enforcement personnel would be in demand in the territory he covers.
Intelligent Crowd Control Methodology (Trade Mark Pending) is an important aspect of CTTA’s training curriculum. This approach adheres to Canadian guidelines respecting human rights.
Mr. Jelessi, a resident of Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will represent CTTA in its efforts to achieve specific goals in the area. It is a legal requirement in Saudi Arabia for foreign companies to partner with a local operational partner in order to carry on business in the Kingdom.  Mr. Jelessi, who is the owner of a Business/Marketing Development company in Saudi Arabia, is eminently suited in locating an appropriate existing industry partner for CTTA.
Mr. Jelessi , who is well known in government circles will also open doors in the Kingdom and intends to schedule meetings with the various ministries responsible for law enforcement.
Mr. Jelessi may also be active on behalf of CTTA in Tunisia and other countries in the area.
Mr. Angelo Marino, Vice President of CTTA, commented, “We are pleased to have entered into a working relationship with Mr. Jelessi.  We have much to offer with respect to the planned training programs in Saudi Arabia.  CTTA are already in Qatar, Kuwait, and other countries to discuss Security Training, Logistics, and Consulting Services opportunities with various government agencies as a follow up to our recent trip and to meet with new potential clients. ”

About The Canadian Tactical Training Academy
The Canadian Tactical Training Academy (CTTA) is an organization devoted to the training of law enforcement, security, investigation, protection officers and all those who dedicate themselves to maintaining peace. The Academy also provides tailored security and safety-oriented civilian training at both the individual and corporate levels.
CTTA offers recognized tactical training programs of the highest level, as well as specialized programs for the fields of Intelligence and Investigation, Executive Protection and both Public and Private Security and Safety.
CTTA`s Mission is to facilitate professional training and operational objectives by offering the tools and guidance required to enhance careers and ensure survival!
CTTA offers specialized programs such as: Executive Protection, Investigation and Surveillance, Rapid Integrated Survival Kombat (RISK) System, Tactical Firearms, Handcuffing, Airport and Airline Security (IATA and ICAO standards), Ports Facilities and Maritime Security (ISPS Code), Basic SWAT Techniques, Corporate Safety Awareness, and much more.
CTTA`s civilian training programs are recognized by numerous notable corporations, and its instructors are proud members of several prestigious law enforcement and security associations.

Risk factors and cautionary statement about forward-looking information
This press release includes forward-looking statements about our plans and future performance, including those under Outlook for 2011. These statements use such words as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "plan," "anticipate," "contemplate," "target," "continue," "intend," "estimate," "project," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. They reflect our expectations and speak only as of the date of this press release. We do not undertake to update them. Our expectations (or the underlying assumptions) may change or not be realized, and you should not rely unduly on forward-looking statements.
Jocelyn Moisan, Angelo Marino and John Farinaccio
Canadian Tactical Training Academy
7000 Cote-de-Liesse, Suite #8
Montreal, Quebec, H4T 1E7, Canada
Phone: 514-373-8411

Oslo: Bomb blast near Norway prime minister's office

A large bomb blast has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo, killing at least one person.

The offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg were damaged extensively - a government spokeswoman said he was safe.
Police said a number of people were injured in the city centre explosion.
No-one has said they were behind the attack, which witnesses said could be heard across the capital.
Television footage from the scene showed rubble and glass from shattered windows in the streets - smoke was rising from some buildings. The wreckage of at least one car was on one street.
All roads into the city centre have been closed, said national broadcaster NRK, and security officials evacuated people from the area, fearing another blast.

"Police can confirm there were deaths and injuries following the explosion in the government quarter this afternoon," police said in a statement.
Oistein Mjarum, head of communications for the Norwegian Red Cross, said his offices were close to the site of the explosion.
"There was a massive explosion which could be heard over the capital Oslo," he told the BBC.
Government spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told the Associated Press Mr Stoltenberg was safe. Initial reports said he was not hurt.
A spokesman for Oslo University hospital said seven people had been taken there for treatment.
"I don't know how seriously wounded they are," he told Reuters.

'Complete chaos'
Mr Mjarum said there were fires burning in the prime minister's 17-storey building.
"This is a very busy area on Friday afternoon and there was a lot of people in the streets, and many people working in these buildings that are now burning," he said.

Eyewitness Ole Tommy Pedersen said he was standing at a bus stop about 100m away from the blast.
"I saw three or four injured people being carried out of the building a few minutes later," Mr Pedersen told AP.
He said there was a cloud of smoke billowing from the lower floors.
An NRK journalist, Ingunn Andersen, said the headquarters of tabloid newspaper VG had also been damaged.
"I see that some windows of the VG building and the government headquarters have been broken. Some people covered with blood are lying in the street," AP quoted her as saying.

"It's complete chaos here. The windows are blown out in all the buildings close by."
Mr Mjarum said people were in shock in Oslo and across Norway.
"We have never had a terrorist attack like this in Norway - if that's what it is - but of course this has been a great fear for all Norwegians when they have seen what has been happening around the world."

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Watchdog calls for review of counter-terrorism powers at ports and airports

David Anderson QC says powers used to stop more than 85,000 travellers in 2009/11 may erode trust for some communities

The use of counter-terrorism powers by special branch officers to randomly stop and examine more than 85,000 travellers a year at ports and airports should be reviewed, a government watchdog says.

David Anderson QC – who replaced Lord Carlile as the independent reviewer of counter-terrorism legislation – said 2,687 people were questioned for more than an hour in 2009/10 to establish if they were or could be involved in terrorist activity. A total of 466 people were detained for up to nine hours.

Anderson said the number of travellers detained under the schedule 7 powers of the Terrorism Act 2000 declined in 2010/11, but no official figures have yet been published.

His call for a review follows complaints by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies that people from minority groups, especially Asians, areup to 42 times more likely than white people to be the target of schedule 7 powers.

The Home Office has responded to concerns among minorities "who may believe they are disproportionately affected" by saying it is looking at how the power is used. Officials are to report later this year.

Anderson said that in the absence of a reliable breakdown of the ethnic or religious background of those who are stopped, it is difficult to reach conclusions. But he said his own experience backed up research findings by Durham University that random stops at airports have a negative impact within Muslim communities."Negative experiences included repeated stops of the same individuals; the stress caused to the person stopped and to those travelling with them, as they worry about missing flights or losing baggage; the seizure of mobile phones and credit cards, intrusive and maladroit questions about religious beliefs and community activities; and a feeling they were being targeted as Muslims and used to build up a profiles of Muslim communities," said Anderson in his annual report, published on Monday.

"I heard similar stories myself from Muslim organisations and individuals."

He said he had no doubt that schedule 7 powers were useful in the conviction of terrorists, but that must be weighed against the fact that for some communities it is "bubbling under the surface … eroding trust".

He said there should be a "careful review of the extent and conditions" of the use of schedule 7 powers involving the police, airlines and carriers, port users and the public to ensure there are adequate safeguards."

Terrorism is crime, and should be prosecuted as such wherever possible. A thicket of special powers for dealing with terrorism has grown up over the past 12 years, many of them useful and even necessary," said Anderson.

"But we lose ground to the terrorists if we allow those powers to be operated without sufficient regard for the liberties of innocent people who risk being subjected to them."

The Canadian Tactical Training Academy (CTTA) is an organization devoted to worldwide training of peace and law enforcement officers, as well as all other professionals involved in the fields of security, investigation, protection and the maintenance of order.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Sheriff tells Congress he needs more personnel to patrol shipping channel

The Houston Chronicle
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia warned members of Congress last week that budget cuts to local law enforcement agencies could make the nation’s maritime borders vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
Testifying before a House Homeland Security Subcommittee, Garcia said a hiring freeze has already left his agency understaffed and overworked, leaving the economically important Houston Ship Channel Security District to be patrolled at times by a force not trained for maritime security.

The fiscal year 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations bill passed by the House cut grants to local and state law enforcement programs by $1.23 billion, a 55 percent reduction from grant programs in 2011, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told the panel.
The appropriations legislation is waiting action in the Senate.
Garcia told the panel that local law enforcement agencies depend on this federal money. He declined to say specifically how many additional officers he felt were needed to patrol the channel, citing security concerns.

“We need additional resources to help us at the local level so we can stay ahead of domestic and international terrorism,’’ he said. “Our biggest challenge in securing the ship channel is the woeful shortage of these resources from all government levels.”
Alan Bernstein, director of public affairs for the sheriff’s office, declined to say how many officers now patrol the channel, also citing security concerns.
The channel, part of Port Houston, is a passage for ocean vessels coming and going from the Gulf of Mexico to Houston-area shipyards and oil refineries.

Garcia’s agency has received $30 million in Homeland Security grants for hardware upgrades but he said he needs additional money to fund salaries.
The Harris County sheriff’s budget received $382 million from the county for this fiscal year.
Documents recovered from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, Garcia said, revealed that al-Qaeda considered attacking oil tankers like the ones that use the Houston channel.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said budget constraints must force agencies from each level of government to work efficiently together but that protecting water borders should be a top priority.
“Ultimately, whether we are talking about narcotics, undocumented aliens, or those who might wish to do us harm, we know that people will take the route they perceive to offer the best opportunity to enter the country,” Cuellar said. “If we secure the land borders, people will try to come across our maritime borders and vice versa, so we must take a comprehensive approach to our nation’s border security.

Port Facilities and Maritime Security Courses offered by CTTA
The Canadian Tactical Training Academy (CTTA) is an organization devoted to worldwide training of peace and law enforcement officers, as well as all other professionals involved in the fields of security, investigation, protection and the maintenance of order.

CTTA offers a Port Facilities and Maritime Security course which includes the following topics:

•International Maritime Organization
•International Shipping and Port Facility Security Code(ISPS Code)
•Definitions and Responsibilities according to the ISPS Code
•Planning for Port Facility Security: The 3 Levels of Security
•Identification, Recognition, and Reaction to Threats: Concepts of Security
•Equipment Related to Port Security
•Security Measures for Port Security
•Fundamental Concepts Related to Port Security
•Education and Training Relative to Port Security 

The Academy also provides tailored security and safety oriented civilian training at both the individual and corporate levels.