Morning Security Brief: Air Marshal Discrimination, Immigration Reform, Super Bowl Security, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►A 12-month investigation of the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) has concluded that an alleged hostile work environment rife with discrimination doesn’t exist, despite a large number of air marshals who said it does. The Office of the Inspector General surveyed more than 300 FAMS personnel over the course of the investigation. “Air marshals contacted by CNN say they provided evidence of a wide range of misconduct, including a supervisor who ran a private security business while at work, supervisors who perjured themselves in sworn testimony against subordinates, and instances of favoritism, racism, sexism and discrimination,” CNN reports. Did the OIG miss something? The official report from the investigation is set for release next Thursday.

►U.S. immigration laws are “sorely outdated and in need of revision” DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said at her State of Homeland Security address on Tuesday. When asked what part of immigration reform was most necessary, Napolitano said it was the passage of the DREAM Act. “Much of her speech was dedicated to the successes of her department and the challenges that remain, including threats of cyberterrorism, the difficulties of responding to natural disasters and the need to balance fair trade with safe trade,” the Arizona Capitol Times reports.

►With mobile scanners to check vehicles for explosives, a $ 1million local command center, locking and explosion proof manhole covers, 75 DHS night-vision cameras, and an $18 million regional command center, Indianapolis has the most technologically secure Super Bowl in history. Read about these features in detail at Public Intelligence.

►In other news, the CDC publishes new guidelines for triage of injured patients. ♦ The Utah attorney general announces a plan to protect children from identity theft. ♦ And D.C.’s homeland security director resigns after a man at a non-profit where she was chief executive pled guilty of stealing more than $350,000 in public funds. She says that she is stepping down to ensure the investigation "can carry on without any distractions.”



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