Morning Security Brief: Secret Stop-And-Frisk Recording, Morten Storm, Anti-Terror Law, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The NYPD stops more than 1,800 New Yorkers a day. More than 20 percent of those involve use of force, but “anecdotal evidence suggests both figures are much higher.” A video report from The Nation sheds light on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy through interviews with former officers and Alvin, a teenager from Harlem who secretly recorded audio of his stop-and-frisk encounter with police. What he recorded was shocking. “In the course of the two-minute recording, the officers give no legally valid reason for the stop, use racially charged language and threaten Alvin with violence,” The Nation reports. One officer can be heard saying he’s going to break Alvin’s arm and then arrest him for “being a [expletive] mutt.”

►A Danish man and former biker says he had a role in the operation that killed al-Qaeda's Anwar al-Awlaki. “Morten Storm, a 36-year-old Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) agent working with the CIA, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper that he infiltrated al-Awlaki’s inner circle and was responsible for the series of events that led to the al-Qaeda leader’s demise,” The Copenhagen Post reports. After being arrested in 1997, Storm converted to Islam and moved to Yemen where he came in contact with al-Awlaki. He says he became disillusioned after communicating with radical Muslims. He contacted the Danish intelligence agency and became an informant. “The CIA claims that the action that killed al-Awlaki was not a joint mission between the CIA and PET ... An audio recording from October of lat year seems to refute the CIA version, however. A CIA agent can be heard talking about the joint mission and the role played by Storm,” the Post reports.

►The Danish national media association, Dansk Journalistforbund, says new anti-terrorism laws could do significant damage on press freedom. The new legislation would revoke broadcast rights of any media organization “affiliated to any form of terror organization.” Journalists worry the broad statute will restrict documentaries and take the power to decide which stories are broadcast from editors.

►In other news, officials say Al Qaeda is making a comeback in Iraq, building new training camps and doubling in membership since last year. ♦ Officials in Queens hold a press conference to let neo-Nazis, Golden Dawn, know they aren’t welcome in the borough. ♦  And Cartels flood the U.S. with cheap meth


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