Mr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director of Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection, testified on Thursday, May 9, 2013 before the U.S. Congressional Committee on Homeland Security. Southers’ testimony focused on the April 15th, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and on possible ways to mitigate future threats to large public-venue events.
In his prepared remarks, Southers stressed the importance of an integrated approach to establishing and implementing a robust counter-terrorism defense, telling the committee that: “Security is comprised of policies, processes and technology.” He then proceeded to describe how new screening technologies are currently being evaluated and tested in the U.S. and oversees, in Brazil, saying: “New, available cutting edge technologies currently being tested in the United States and in Brazil, in cooperation with the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, will continue to hold significant importance for a holistic counter terrorism strategy.” One of the “technologies” that Southers alluded to is, in fact, Qylur’s Qylatron – a system that is currently being evaluated in Brazil.
Later on, in response to a question by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Southers stressed the importance of constructively engaging Muslim communities around the U.S. in support of the country’s counter-terror effort. He said: “the most important thing we can do right now is to build a bridge instead of a wall.”
Other invitees who testified include The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman (Former Senator from the State of Connecticut), Mr. Edward Davis, III (Commissioner, Boston Police Department) and The Honorable Kurt N. Schwartz (Undersecretary in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).
Congress Hearing on Boston Bombing – Part 1
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