Morning Security Brief: Ft. Hood Security, Tainted Cocaine, No Facebook for Prisoners, and More

By Carlton Purvis


► Two weeks after the arrest of an AWOL soldier who was allegedly planning a terrorist attack on Ft. Hood, KXVV is reporting that the Army base will not be renewing its contracts with civilian police officers. Military Police filled the roles of gate sentries and building security until September 11. Because large numbers of soldiers were deploying overseas, those duties were contracted out on a yearly basis. “The civilian police officers were only meant to be a temporary replacement. Now that deployment has decreased and military police are returning, civilian officer jobs will no longer be renewed,” the station reported. The AWOL soldier, Naser Jason Abdo, was indicted on weapons charges Wednesday morning in Federal Court.

► Most of the cocaine in the United States is contaminated by an animal de-worming drug according to a DEA document from the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center. Up to 82 percent of all cocaine seized in the U.S. contained levamisole, a veterinary drug used to de-worm livestock. “Leading experts believe that it is added to cocaine to further enhance or prolong the user’s high,” the report states, but the side effects include sores on the mouth and anus, thrush, pneumonia, and a condition where the chemical rots away the flesh on the nose and ears. In July, a rash of people in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, and San Francisco, with a strange flesh eating condition, are thought to have ingested levamisol-laced cocaine.

► Facebook says it is teaming up with law enforcement agencies nationwide to remove Facebok pages set up by inmates or on their behalf. The goal is to stop harassment of victims by prison inmates. “Prison officials said the problem has grown worse because of the growth in smuggled cell phones,” the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. Facebook will disable inmate accounts and any inmate accounts that are updated from the outside. Inmates are permitted to keep Facebook pages that existed before they were in prison, but they must refrain from using them while behind bars, under the new policy. Only one account has been disabled so far.

► In other news, St. Louis police are giving away free gun locks provided by Project ChildSafe as part of a gun safety campaign. ⇒The Israeli Defense Force has deployed aerial reconnaissance drones over the country's natural gas fields because of concerns that Hezbollah may target them for an attack, the Jerusalem Post reports. ⇒And an animated video on Vimeo directed by Patrick Clair and written by Scott Mitchell explains the details of Stuxnet and the ramifications of this type of cyberweapon.



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