Morning Security Brief: Detention Times, ISI-Backed Lobbyists, Biosecurity Technology, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►A new policy in Cleveland, Ohio, mandates that city police either charge or release suspects within 36 hours of their arrest. The new policy falls on the heels of a judicial order earlier this month that requires suspects to be brought in front of a judge within 48 hours of arrest. The order was issued by Cleveland judge Ronald Adrine who over the years had seen an increasing number of people jailed for more than 48 hours without being charged. “Adrine formed a committee this spring to confront the problem in Cleveland of people being jailed for too long without being charged and given a chance to post bail,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "It's not unreasonable to ask them to do this," deputy chief Timothy Hennessy told the Plain Dealer. "If you have probable cause to arrest, you should have probable cause to charge." Prosecutors will be able to request additional time to charge someone if needed.

►Two Virginia men have been charged with acting as agents of Pakistanin a long running conspiracy that used a front group to lobby Congress and the White House (over many administrations) and contributed thousands of dollars in donations to lawmakers. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai and Zaheer Ahmad ran a non-profit called the Kashmiri Council under direction of the ISI. The Kashmiri Council made significant contributions to campaigns both secret and public that may have reached $100,000.  "Fai, 62, and Ahmad, 63, both of whom are U.S. citizens, were charged Tuesday with acting as agents of a foreign government without registering with the Justice Department as required by law," the Washington Post reports. Fai was arrested yesterday at his home in Fairfax. Ahmad is believed to be in Pakistan. They could face up to five years in prison.

►The Star-Ledger editorial board blames New Jersey police layoffs for the sharp rise in violent crime across the state. The governor vetoed a bill that would provide $50 million to at-risk municipalities where violent crimes are on the rise following police layoffs. “With fewer cops on the streets because of budget cuts, thugs flash and fire guns almost without fear,” the editorial board writes. In Camden, violent crime increased 24 percent after layoffs. Shootings are up 40 percent in Newark and leaving a trail of wounded or injured that include a grandmother, an off duty police officer, and a fourth grader walking home from school.

►The Army has developed new technology to detect biological threats in a shorter amount of time, according to a release issued Tuesday. “The technology will ultimately have the ability to save thousands of lives by allowing for faster response and corrective measures to be taken against emerging and unknown biological threats,” the release states. The system will improve response time by analyzing materials and determining what biological materials it may contain from a database of 4,500 bacteria, fungi, and viruses, in a matter of minutes instead of hours. The technology has application in "infectious disease identification and a range of other potential application in military, medical, pharmaceutical, food and public safety areas,” said one of the developers.

►In other news, Iran shoots down a foreign drone over its nuclear facility.♦ Google uses its search engine as a massive malware warning system by displaying a banner on the top of the page warning users whose computers are infected.♦ The U.S. signs a cybersecurity agreement with India. ♦ And a detention center ignores security recommendations after an assessment that revealed several vulnerabilities including thousands of unaccounted for keys.  


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