Morning Security Brief: 'Belly' Bomber Identified, Secure Communities, Employee Screening, and More

By Carlton Purvis


► Officials say a young Saudi native named Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri is the mastermind behind implementing ideas like “belly bombs.” “Asiri is known for innovative, ruthless bomb plots, including one instance in which he packed explosives into the rectal cavity of his 23-year-old brother Abdullah for a suicide mission,” ABC News reports. He’s also credited with two failed plots involving bombs hidden in underwear and a plot that involved shipping printers with toner cartridges filled with explosives. 

► Lawmakers are pushing to spread tools to curb illegal immigration nationwide, but what often goes unheard is the voice of law enforcement officers who are tasked to enforce the laws. “Summit County Sheriff John Minor is an advocate of the Secure Communities program that he says will help to quickly identify the undocumented inmates in his jail. But Minor, along with two dozen other sheriffs in Colorado, can't afford the pricey equipment needed to make the program work as planned,” the Denver Post reports. As the two-year deadline nears, law enforcement in Colorado and other states say they don’t have the money to implement the technology required to make programs like Secure Communities work.

► In other news, Gawker may have ID’d the CIA operative who located Osama bin Laden. ♦ A bomb squad in Rawlins, Wyoming, used a robot to deactivate a live pipe bomb found in a gravel pit Thursday night. ♦ According to a 2010 survey, 70 percent of responders had rejected applicants based on information they found about them online. A Human Resources attorney gives tips on screening employees using social media. ♦ And Africa’s Insitute for Security studies examines why United Nations Arms embargoes don’t work.


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