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Morning Security Brief: FBI Reviews Anti-Muslim Training Material, Scrap Metal Restrictions, Drug Issues in Guatemala, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The FBI has scrapped hundreds of documents and materials about Muslims that were previously used for training after a months-long review. So far, the review has purged more than 700 pages of documentation and 300 presentations, some of which described Muslims as violent and terrorist sympathizers. FBI spokesman Christopher Allen said that the bureau found some of the documents to be objectionable because they were inaccurate or over-broad, others because they were offensive, Danger Room reports. 

►Cincinnati says the problem of scrap metal theft in the city is out of control and officials are considering new restrictions on metal sellers to cut down the problem. City officials want to require sellers to buy expensive licenses to sell and wait two days before receiving payment. The new rules would require a license fee, ranging from $100 to $400, based on how much they earn in annual sales, require a background check, and sellers would have to wait two days to be paid by check instead of being paid cash on the spot. Experts say the restrictions would be some of the toughest in the country. Opponents of the rules say they would hurt honest metal dealers, possibly putting them out of business, and hinder recycling efforts.

►Struggling to find a solution for the country’s drug problem, Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina proposed legalizing drugs in the country on Monday. Perez says the drug war can’t be won with arms and that he will take a more comprehensive approach to the problem, including addressing hunger in the country. Guatemala needs “to find alternate ways of fighting drug trafficking. In the last 30 years with a traditional combat with arms and deaths, it can’t be done, and we have to be open to viable alternatives,” he told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. Perez will try to win regional support at summit of Central American leaders in March. “The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala issued a statement Sunday saying that legalizing drugs wouldn’t stop transnational gangs that traffic not only drugs, but also people and weapons,” the Associated Press reports. “We are not doing what the United States says, we are doing what we have to do,’’ said Perez.

►In other news, an overnight prison fire in Honduras left at least 272 prisoners dead. The fire department says many prisoners "burned to death or suffocated in their cells." ♦ Police in Gaston County, North Carolina have had an aerial drone since 2006. They purchased it with a Homeland Security grant, but couldn’t get around the red tape to get approval to fly it. Since then, it’s been sitting in storage and department officials says it’s probably obsolete. ♦ And inappropriate texts between an FBI informant and his handler hurt one of the Justice Department’s largest sting operations.

 

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