Morning Security Brief: Family Research Council Shooter Indicted, Expert Suggests Swine Ban, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►AT&T has disabled 16 cell phone towers in the Bay Area of California after federal investigators found that the towers were disrupting the city’s police radio network. “The city's public safety radio communications system has suffered repeated failures. Officers routinely have been unable to connect to dispatchers or to communicate with other officers,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The investigation is ongoing.

►Floyd Lee Corkins, II, 28, was indicted on Wednesday on federal charges involving the shooting of a  security guard at Family Research Council in downtown District of Columbia. Corkins was charged with the federal offense of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, along with the District of Columbia offenses of assault with intent to kill while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. “According to the government’s evidence, on August 15, 2012, at about 10:45 a.m., the defendant entered the office of the Family Research Council, located at 801 G Street NW in Washington, D.C., and encountered an unarmed security guard. The defendant retrieved a firearm from his backpack, pointed it at the security guard, and opened fire, striking the guard in the arm. After being wounded, the guard moved toward the defendant, wrestled the firearm away, and subdued him,” says a press release from the U.S. attorney’s Office.

►An infectious disease expert says pigs should be kept from fairs to prevent H3N2v infections. Michael Osterholm, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy has gone on record saying that with the increased time spent in swine barns, “the chance of virus mutations could increase if human-to-human transmission occurs, potentially leading to a human strain that could pose a significant health threat.” The CDC has also issued an advisory for fair patrons on preventing flu transmission between pigs and people.

►In other news, David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times says by giving aid to Syrian rebels, the U.S. is not putting aid in the hands of al Qaeda. “A group as numerically tiny as Al Qaeda could never by itself steer a movement as large as the Syrian revolt,” he writes. ♦ Infected tattoo ink has been found to be the cause of a bacterial outbreak in New York. ♦ And USA Today explores how convention cities are trying to balance security and the right to protest.


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