Morning Security Brief: Bomb in Building Undetected For Weeks, Domestic Terrorism in the U.S., Bin Laden Movie, and More
A bomb sat in a government building for three weeks before it was identified. Difficulties addressing the lone wolf threat. The bin Laden movie. And more.
►A bomb sat under the security desk in a Detroit government building for three weeks before anyone realized what is was, according to a Homeland Security Department's office of the inspector general report released Wednesday. The bomb did not explode (and was detonated by the bomb squad later), but it still “represented a risk to the safety and security of the building and its occupants," the report says. “During that time, at least two employees X-rayed it in an unsuccessful attempt to determine its contents. One guard shook it in another failed attempt to learn more, and a federal inspector conducted four routine checks of the guard post without discovering that the bag contained an explosive device,” CNN reports.
►DHS dismantled its domestic terrorism unit partially from pressure from conservative lawmakers who thought returning service members would be unfairly targeted, and partially because the administration felt that international terrorism would be a higher priority with higher potential for mass casualties. A 2009 DHS report on the rise of right-wing extremism was “assailed” by conservatives who “objected to a suggestion that some disgruntled service members could become embroiled in racist movements upon returning to civilian life.” The Washington Post examines the difficulties of addressing the lone wolf threat in the United States.
►The trailer for the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden was released this week. "Zero Dark Thirty," made by Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the team behind The Hurt Locker, originally wanted to release the movie before the election, but Republicans complained that the movie was a pro-Obama ad. The release date was moved to December. The screenwriter says Obama is never mentioned or depicted in the film. “The movie's been the focus of a Washington partisan fight since last summer. The Department of Defense said it would investigate whether there was any impropriety in aiding the making of the movie. The CIA is also accused of giving the filmmakers too much access," CNN reports.
►A nerve gas vapor leak at an Army depot in Kentucky “poses no danger or risk,” to people living in the surrounding area, officials say. ♦ Data breaches at the VA now only occur with paper records now that it has enhanced policies for securing electronic data. ♦ And paragliding is in the spotlight as a potential terrorism tactic.