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Morning Security Brief: DNA Previously Collected Leads to Arrest, Electronic Control Weapons, Countering al Qaeda Ads, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►A California man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder and kidnapping after his DNA was found in the handbag of a girl who went missing in March. DNA from Antolin Garcia-Torres, taken during a previous arrest for assault, matched DNA found on clothes from the handbag of 15-year-old Sierra LaMar. The DNA also links him to an assault in March, the Associated Press reports. After his arrest, LaMar’s DNA was also found in his car.

►Americans for Effective Law Enforcement have created an online database of more than 150 court cases involving electronic control weapons. The site contains articles, research papers, terminology, and landmark court decisions on the use of electronic control weapons.

►The State Department says it has launched a cyber campaign against al Qaeda, swapping ads on Yemeni Web sites bragging about killing Americans with ones showing “the toll al-Qaida attacks have taken on the Yemeni people.” For example, “Last week, AQAP launched a new series of banner attack ads focusing on them fighting the Americans, with U.S.-flag-draped coffins…The State Department team countered the attack by buying space on the same site with new ads, featuring the coffins of Yemeni civilians,” the Associated Press reports.

In other news, the European Union’s counter-piracy force says there “no case of piracy and it’s a false alarm” after it reviewed an incident involving an American cargo ship that was attacked by several skiffs near the Strait of Hormuz and rescued by Iran’s navy. ♦ A UN panel says it has documented cases of illegal killings and torture committed by both sides of the Syrian conflict. ♦ And SUPRAMAP, the Web-based virus tracking software goes worldwide.

 

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