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Morning Security Brief: Gang Membership, Bomb Plot Investigation, Secure Flight Goes Live, and More

By Sherry Harowitz

 

Gang membership skyrockets but experts are confounded by the fact that violent crime has dropped at the same time. A "25% jump in the [gang] membership ranks from 2005, recorded by the National Gang Threat Assessment, defies the steep decline in violent crime. That has sunk to its lowest levels since 1973, according to a National Criminal Victimization Survey released last month by the Justice Department," reports USA Today.

 

Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, one of Saudi Arabia's most wanted men, is believed to be at the center of the plot in which bombs hidden in printer cartridges were sent from Yemen via both cargo and passenger planes last week, reports CNN. Also on the issue, the New York Times looks further into the investigation of what occurred in the bombing attempt, reporting that the woman arrested as delivering one of the packages was apparently the victim of a stolen identity.

 

►The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) terrorist watch list matching program, called Secure Flight, goes into full effect today. Under the program, airlines must collect passenger identification data, such as name and date of birth, and provide the information to TSA 72 hours before the flight so that the agency can check to see whether any names are on the watch list before boarding passes are issued. "Names must match what appears on their government ID or passport, but for now, at least, TSA says that small differences, such as middle initials, should not impact travel," report the Seattle Times, which offers other tips as well.

 

►Elsewhere in the news, prospective jurors in at least one part of the United States are being asked if they've ever blogged about crime as part of the vetting process, according to The Crime Report. The Supreme Court will consider whether violent video games can have their sale to minors restricted or whether that violates free speech rights, reports ABC News. And "a major government program designed to help schools upgrade their Internet connectivity will soon require them to teach kids how to stop 'cyberbullying,'" reports Ars Technica.

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