Morning Security Brief: No Immunity for Rumsfeld, Drones in Mexico, TipSoft Expansion, and More

By Carlton Purvis


► A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that two U.S. citizens can sue former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for his part in their detention and torture in Iraq in 2006 and that immunity did not apply to Rumsfeld. The two men, contractors who worked in Iraq at the time, said they were detained and tortured by U.S. military in Iraq and then released without being charged. "Plaintiffs have alleged sufficient facts to show that Secretary Rumsfeld personally established the relevant policies that caused the alleged violations of their constitutional rights during detention," the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.  

►Mexican government officials have confirmed the existence of an agreement that allows the U.S. to operate unmanned aerial drones over Mexico, but they will not discuss details, Poder Magazine reports. However, it has been reported that a Mexican government official will have to be present at all times. CIA operatives and contractors have been stationed in Mexico as a part of increasing collaboration in Mexico, the New York Times reports. “Alejandro Poire, Mexico’s federal security spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday that American agents are restricted to only informational analysis and exchange and cannot carry arms, or participate in raids and arrests in Mexico,” Poder reports.

►Utah law enforcement agencies have launched an anonymous crime tipping program that allows the public to send tips electronically. The new service, TipSoft, lets tipsters send information anonymously and securely using their Web browser or by text message. Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said the new program would allow law enforcement to keep pace with technology to fight crime. More than 800 law enforcement agencies and crime stopper groups already use TipSoft. “Based on nationwide results, program participants anticipate TipSoft could generate more than 10,000 tips and recover close to $25 million in drugs, money and property statewide during its first year,” according to a press release from the Salt Lake City Police. The public can visit to submit tips.

►The Bahamas has plans to increase its reserve police force over the next year because of the expanding role the reserves have played in fighting crime and the increased interest of regular citizens in joining the police reserves. Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said. “Such collaborative measures will surely continue as it proves that the pooling of the various resources at our disposal is the key to making a notable difference in the reduction of crime,” Bahamas Islands Info reports.

►In other news, privacy groups are concerned about Homeland Security’s expanding terrorist watch list. ⇒Security researchers say cyberattacks on smartphones are growing at an alarming rate, the Chicago Tribune reports. ⇒And the Global Post questions why Chinese, Indian, and New Zealand citizens dominate Australia’s border control blacklist.


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