Morning Security Brief: Over-policing, Polygraph Procedure, Twitter for Disasters, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Despite crimes rates being at a 30-year low, police continue to increase spending and militarizing units, says a new report from the Justice Policy Institute calling for law enforcement reforms.

►Federal investigators are looking into claims that the Secret Service failed to follow polygraph procedures while investigating the recent Cartagena prostitution scandal. “Senior Secret Service managers are said to have ordered the unusual methods in a rush to take swift action and put the humiliating episode behind the storied law enforcement agency. But now the inspector general for the Service’s parent agency — the Department of Homeland Security — is probing whether such variations and rushing could have led to flawed conclusions and unfair punishments for some men implicated in the scandal, according to two individuals briefed on the probe,” the Washington Post reports.

►A new study from North Carolina State University shows how Twitter is used to disseminate information after a disaster. Dr. Andrew Binder, an assistant professor of communication, found that “fifteen percent of the tweets in the sample contained some mention of risk-related terms, such as hazard or exposure, while 17.7 percent of the tweets included language that helped place the events at Fukushima Daiichi and their potential causes or consequences in contex,” E! Science News reports. "Tweets that mentioned risk were unlikely to include analysis or information on context. Similarly, tweets that attempted to help understand events at Fukushima Daiichi rarely mentioned risk. By the time people began tweeting about risk issues in a meaningful way, the initial high level of interest had begun to wane significantly," Binder said.

►In other news, Richard Horowitz has created a YouTube channel for Infragard NY with interviews on current events and security related topics. The latest broadcasts are on FBI entrapment and the Lockerbie bomber. ♦ Two men have been arrested and could face the death penalty for the murder of a Palm Beach security guard. Joseph Frisbee, 28, and Stephen Frisbee, 33, beat Jacques Novembre to death with a shovel after he caught them trying to steal a brass backflow device to sell as scrap metal. ♦ And a man is facing murder charges after a 65-year-old security guard died of a heart attack after he scuffled with the man, trying to stop him from stealing $1,100 worth of merchandise from Target.

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