Morning Security Brief: New Report on Muslim Radicalization, FBI Reduces GPS Surveillance, DHS Funds Under Scrutiny, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Results of a study to be released today by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security say that the threat of Muslim radicalization is “miniscule” and that the feared wave of homegrown terrorism by Muslim Americans has not materialized. Of about 14,000 murders in the United States last year, not a single one resulted from Islamic extremism, said Charles Kurzman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina and the author of the report. In 2011, 20 Muslim Americans were charged in violent plots or attacks, down from 26 in 2010. “The report also found that no single ethnic group predominated among Muslims charged in terrorism cases last year — six were of Arab ancestry, five were white, three were African-American and two were Iranian,” the New York Times reports.

►The FBI is cutting back its use of GPS surveillance after a Supreme Court ruling last month restricted its use, USA Today reports. The paper cites an unnamed official who says that the directive was issued to limit use “until further legal guidance is provided on the use of the technology.” Additional agents have been dispatched to cover operations that previously relied on GPS technology.

►The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found 21 improper uses of appropriated funds totaling between $21.7 million and $28.3 million by the Preparedness Directorate. Investigators were unable to determine if more violations occurred or who was responsible for the violations because they were unable to obtain financial or organizational records for the time period. The OIG notes that while the directorate has changed policies to address these problems, it is unclear whether the internal controls implemented are sufficient to prevent these kinds of violations from recurring.

►In other news, a Maryland lawmaker proposes a bill that would extend broader protection from public information requests to professors at the state's public universities. Open government advocates are crying foul. ♦ An unlicensed security director is ordered to pay £550,000 of the profit he made from his security company. ♦ And Iraqi officials say they do need private security contractors in the country, but they will be required to work under tight rules to prevent any kind of abuse of power.




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