Morning Security Brief: Domestic Drone Use, Blackwater Gets Another Name Change, Base Revealed on Google Maps, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The Los Angeles times on Saturday reported the “first known arrests of U.S. citizens with help from a Predator drone.” A SWAT team, bomb squad, the highway patrol, deputies from surrounding counties, and a Predator drone were enlisted to aid in an investigation of the disappearance of six cows from a farm in North Dakota after a deputy tried to serve a warrant and was met by armed property owners. The law enforcement units staged nearby the property and used the Predator for surveillance. They moved in once they saw the men were unarmed. They arrested a family of six believed to be part of a violent antigovernment movement called the Sovereign Citizen Movement. The cows were also recovered. 

►Xe, the private security company formerly known as Blackwater, is undergoing another makeover – and once again changing its name. The company’s new CEO, Ted Wright, said, "The message here is not that we're changing the name. The message is that we're changing the company, and the name just reflects those changes. We have new owners, a new board of directors, a new management team, new location, new attitude on governance, new openness, new strategy - it's a whole new company,” CNN reports. The company’s new name is Academi.

►The Aviation Web site Flight Global claims to have used Google Maps to locate a secret U.S. base for testing unmanned aerial drones. Now Google is being accused of compromising national security for making the images available online. “Google is making public what was once the sole province of the military and intelligence community, making this a brave new world for the intel agencies as well,' a retired Air Force colonel told Fox News. “Dr. John Michener, chief scientist at security firm Casaba, said Google should be allowed to show spy plane imagery as national laws do not apply above the atmosphere,” the Daily Mail reported. “Get used to it. You know when the satellites are overhead. You can take countermeasures to hide portable stuff,” he said.

►In other news, security firms hustle to make a profit in post-Gaddafi Libya. ♦ U.S. businesses are being told to disclose to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission any business dealings with Iran, Syria, and any other nations deemed state sponsors of terrorism by the State Department. ♦ And a British school is closed after a pipe burst and a chemical mixed with the swimming pool’s chlorine creating mustard gas.



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