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Morning Security Brief: TSA Examines Policies, White House Rejects Clemency, and a Task Force Makes Torture Claims

By Teresa Anderson

► The man suspected of shooting and killing a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday is in custody. According to The Washington Post, TSA officials are now undergoing a review of security policies. TSA Administrator John Pistole says that the agency will review its officer-safety policies to prevent such incidents. One issue under review is whether to allow officers to carry firearms. According to the article: “Preparing agents for potential shootouts in crowded airports would require a major overhaul of the agency’s mission and the way it conducts business.” Another suggestion, this one from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) was for the TSA to forge better coordination and communication procedures with local law enforcement. According to CNN, McCaul also recommended deploying TSA Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams, to perform random baggage and security checks. The union representing TSA officers, according to USA Today, has requested that the agency provide armed guards at every checkpoint.

► The White House announced on Sunday that it would not consider a clemency request made by Edward Snowden. As reported by ABC News, Snowden made the request via a letter delivered by a German politician. In the letter, Snowden requested that the charges of leaking classified information be dropped. “Speaking the truth is not a crime,” the letter said. When asked about the letter, White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said that Snowden violated U.S. law, and “he should return to the U.S. and face justice.”

► According to The Guardian, the Taskforce on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centres has issues a report charging that doctors and psychologists working for the U.S. military violated codes of ethics by participating in torture against suspected terrorists. The report, which is based on two years of research and review, also concludes that U.S. practices made it difficult for medical personnel to report the abuses.
 

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