Morning Security Brief: Trapwire Revealed, Muslim Spying Case, Terrorists in Syria, and More
A leaked document exposes Trapwire. Syrian rebels don't really like fighting alongside jihadists. Stop and frisk opinions. And more.
►Leaked DHS documents reveal the existence and use of predictive software called Trapwire. Trapwire uses images taken by a security camera and cross-references them with people or license plates in the United States that are being sought by police. “Documents from the U.S. department of homeland security show that it paid $832,000 to deploy Trapwire in Washington, D.C. and Seattle,” The Guardian reports.
►A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI that claims the bureau violated citizens’ civil liberties by sending an informant into mosques to spy on Muslims. “U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney wrote in a 36-page order that he was reluctant to toss out the case before it could be litigated but was forced to weigh national security against individual liberties and an open judicial process,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
►Syrian rebels say there are a number of jihadists helping them fight government forces , but rebels should use caution when working alongside them. “Streaming into Syria, Islamists from many Muslim countries bring with them money, smuggled weapons and extensive fighting experience, a development that has given the amateur uprising the tactical and practical war craft it previously lacked,” RT reports. The Free Syrian Army says the jihadists are very effective at warfighting and obtaining weapons, but don’t take orders well. FSA members wonder if after they overthrow the government if a new conflict will arise against foreign jihadists in the country.
►In other news, there is no consensus in Europe that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. ♦ A Quinnipiac University survey found the 57 percent of white voters in New York City approve of the NYPD’s stop and frisk program , while 53 percent of Hispanics, and 23 percent of black voters said their approve. “The NYPD stopped close to 700,000 people on the street last year. Nearly 87 percent were black or Hispanic, and about half were frisked,” the Associated Press reports. Only 10 percent were arrested. ♦ And a plane on its way to Moscow made an emergency landing in Iceland Thursday morning to be searched for explosives.