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Morning Security Brief: Hurricane Issac, Security Workers Dumped, Paralympic Security, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

Hurricane Issac will hit New Orleans this morning, on the seventh anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina. The Chicago Tribune News reports that "Isaac already has pushed flood waters over a rural levee south of the city, where authorities believe some people may be trapped.... Authorities say a storm surge driven by Isaac pushed water over the top of an 18-mile stretch of levee in a thinly populated part of Plaquemines Parish. The levee is one of many in the low-lying coastal zone. It is not part of New Orleans' defenses."

►Amazon has laid off approximately 200 contract security employees in what may be a violation of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires companies to notify workers 60 days before a lay off affecting 100 or more employees. According to the Seattle Times, the security personnel "were laid off when Amazon.com switched security contractors a few weeks ago, and workers say the company that lost the contract--Andrews International of Valencia, Calif.--gave them less than two weeks' notice."

► London successfully hosted the Olympics with hardly a security kerfuffle, and now it is readying to host the Paralympic Games, albeit with slightly less security. ABC News reports that "Britain's defense ministry said about 3,500 military personnel will be available for venue security duties, if needed, compared with 12,200 during the Summer Olympics. Police numbers will also be trimmed to around 7,000 officers on duty during the Paralympics, Scotland Yard's national Olympic security coordinator Chris Allison said Tuesday."

SFGate reports that Tennessee is forming a new unit to investigate identity theft. The unit will have 14 members pulled from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, and the Driver Services Division.

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