Digital News Report – Loose Nukes and nuclear material are always a concern for U.S. Government agencies. Now a private company / corporation is using Twitter to make the public aware of the potential problem. It may be a matter of time before a nuke from Pakistan, North Korea or some other country is stolen or sold to terrorists.
Homeland Security Capital Corporation has started a contest to bring awareness of the company and their campaign. They are offering a $2,000 gift card to anyone who retweets their message. The more you retweet the message, the greater your chance of winning the contest.
We received this press release today prepared by Business Wire:
ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Homeland Security Capital Corporation (OTCBB: HOMS), an international provider of specialized technology-based radiological, nuclear, environmental, disaster relief and security solutions to government and commercial customers, today announced the Tweet4NucSec New Years resolution campaign and online competition to raise awareness about the threat of loose nuclear weapons and materials and to encourage efforts to address this threat.
The Chairman and CEO of the HOMS, former Congressman Tom McMillen (D MD), today posted a blog highlighting the threat of loose nuclear materials, “. . . there is no other single threat we face that has such enormous potential to harm us and perhaps even destroy our world than the threat of loose nuclear material.” McMillen also asked people to join with him in making a New Years resolution to address this threat: “. . . as we reflect on the past and think about things we want to change I ask you to join me in a resolution to help make the world a safer place by reducing the threat of loose nuclear materials.”
To raise awareness of the threat and the need for action, HOMS also launched an outreach campaign using Twitter. The campaign asks people to join McMillen’s resolution and to reach out to their Twitter friends and followers to ask them to do the same. McMillen kicked the campaign off with this tweet today:
“My New Year’s resolution: reduce the threat of loose nuclear materials, weapons http://bit.ly/7DkCGo Join me and HOMS.OB!”
The tweet can be accessed at: http://twitter.com/hscapcorp
Anyone who retweets (RT) or copies and sends this same tweet to their friends and followers is entered to win a $2000 gift card. “It is hard to keep your New Years resolutions, so we wanted to give people a strong incentive to keep this one,” said McMillen. Individuals can retweet or tweet the message as often as they like to increase their chances of winning.
HOMS’ Tweet4NucSec Twitter campaign and contest is among the first effort by any corporation to use the power of Twitter to address a critical public policy issue. “Lots of companies are using Twitter to advertise their products and services. This is among the first efforts by a company to harness that power for the public good, and perhaps the first ever to focus on a vital national security issue,” McMillen added.
To this end, HOMS is also asking those who join with them in making this resolution to reach out to their elected officials to call for the expansion of the Global Threat Reduction Initiative, the US program that works in nations around the world to help secure nuclear materials. McMillen wrote in his blog:
This April, speaking in Prague, President Obama made a pledge to lead “an international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years.” This pledge is extremely bold and aggressive, but it is possible—particularly if all of us support this vital action.
. . . There is no better way to usher in this new decade than to help create a safer, more secure and more peaceful future. [This] is one of the most important resolutions you can make and help keep for yourself and your family and friends.
Information about the Contest can be found in the Chairman’s Letter at: http://hscapcorp.com/
About Homeland Security Capital Corporation (HOMS)
Homeland Security Capital Corporation is a company engaged in the strategic acquisition, development, and consolidation of homeland security-related businesses, within the fragmented homeland security industry.
This release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future activities, performance, events or developments, are forward-looking statements. Although HOMS believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.