Morning Security Brief: Psychiatric Holds, Loose Missiles, Diplomat Tracker, And More.

By Carlton Purvis


►Emergency involuntary holds for those judged mentally ill are on the rise nationally. “The 72-hour holds can prevent crisis situations from leading to injury or death; give the mentally ill individual a chance to moderate behavior, possibly by taking medication that the they had stopped; and allow the mentally ill person who also is an alcoholic or drug addict to come down off a binge or high,” reports. Police officers in the Cincinnati area say the holds are a valuable tool for law enforcement because they allow them to take a person who is behaving wildly out of a situation before that person commits a crime.

►Documents from Osama bin laden’s Pakistan compound show that he was putting a team together to plan an attack on Air Force One using a missile or RPG, the Daily Mail reports. Ground-to-air attacks may become a concern as devices with the technology for those types of attacks can be transported without monitoring. The New York Times reports that as fighting continues in Libya, anti-aircraft missiles are disappearing. The Libyan government is thought to have purchased 20,000 stinger missiles in the past four decades. “Many are assumed to remain in [in the hands of the military], American officials say, and others have been fired in the conflict, meaning that the number loose is most likely much smaller than the original stock,” the Times reports.

►A new version of an existing GPS system will be installed on vehicles and individuals and will allow the State Department to constantly track the movements of staff in dangerous areas, the Washington Post reports. The Blue Force tracker system constantly relays a person’s position back to a command center and allows the receipt of one-way messages. “The new system will have “three-dimensional geospatial imagery and the ability to rapidly overlay analytic information onto maps,” the Post reports. In the past Blue Force tracker had been used to document the activities of security contractors in Iraq.

The State looks at how increasing security measures impact those born when not everyone was issued a birth certificate.♦ A gang ambushes a prison van and springs two inmates in Britain.♦ And Hotmail beefs up its security.


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