Morning Security Brief: Whistleblower Proposal, Intelligence Budget, Liquid Explosives Screening, and More

By Sherry Harowitz


► The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued for comment a proposed rule that would map out “a simple, straightforward procedure for would-be whistleblowers to provide critical information to the agency,” according to the SEC’s release. Whistleblowers would be eligible for rewards if they “provide the SEC with original information about a violation of the federal securities laws that leads to the successful enforcement by the SEC of a federal court or administrative action in which the SEC obtains monetary sanctions totaling more than $1 million.” Comment period on the SEC whistleblower proposal is open until December 17.


► Wired's The Danger Room reports on progress being made in the seemingly endless effort to give the Director of National Intelligence real authority over the intelligence community budget. "James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, announced that he’s reached “at least conceptual agreement” with his old friend, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to move the National Intelligence Program, the non-operational-military (read: CIA) part of the intel budget, over to his office. That’s $53.1 billion dollars — out of $80 billion — that Clapper or his successor will control by 2013," notes the report. 


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has found a 600-yard tunnel stretching from Tijuana to San Diego, reports CNN. The tunnel was being used to smuggle drugs across the border. While closing down the tunnel is a victory, “Authorities weren’t able to identify...which cartel was behind the tunnel operation,” said the report.


The European Union has approved two new liquid explosives screening systems that, when deployed, could allow airport security authorities to lift restrictions on passengers carrying more than 3.4 ounces of liquid or gel aboard an aircraft unless it was purchased in secure areas of airport, reports The Security Management Buyers Guide.


► Elsewhere in the news, the Department of Defense announced today that U.S. Cyber Command has achieved full operational capability. And the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed able-bodied employees to use provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act to challenge a company’s drug testing policy (Bates v. Dura Automotive Systems Inc.).


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