Morning Security Brief: POTUS Extends Secret Service Protection, Al Qaeda Site Being Hosted in Britain, VA Center Needle Mix-Up

By Carlton Purvis

►President Barack Obama has signed a law giving himself and former presidents lifetime Secret Service protection. In 1965, Congress passed a law giving former presidents Secret Service protection for life, but in 1997 the rule was changed to protection for 10 years after their time as president. The Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 removes the cap, granting all presidents lifetime protection by the Secret Service, protection for their spouses unless they remarry, and for their children until the age of 16, BuzzFeed reports.

►A British newspaper has discovered that an Al Qaeda Web site that hosts videos of attacks and provides contact information for fighters in Afghanistan is being run from a server in Southampton. The company that runs the server contacted British authorities after it was notified of the site by The Sun newspaper. The Sun did not say how it found out.

►The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that more than 700 diabetic patients at a VA hospital in New York may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C because of reuse of insulin needles. The medical center recently discovered that insulin needles weren’t being properly labeled for specific patients and were being used on multiple patients. The VA is offering free blood tests for those who were at risk and has already changed their insulin administration procedures.

►In other news, the NYPD is considering drones to help with crowd monitoring, but is not actively pursuing a UAV program. ► A hacker pleads guilty to stealing payment card information from payment processing systems at more than 150 Subway restaurants. ♦ And Joe Biden’s gun violence task force will meet with the House of Representatives to discuss their efforts and plan to submit an outline to POTUS Tuesday.

►Also, check out this video from last year of how security works at the Golden Globes.


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