Morning Security Brief: Attack on U.S. Embassy, Bolivian Coca in National Parks, Facebook Investigations, and More
Libyan officials say the attack on the U.S. embassy Wednesday was a well-planned ambush. Bolivia cleaning coca out of national parks. Facebook post leads to murder charges for gang members. And more.
►Libyan officials say the attack on the U.S. embassy Wednesday, that left two Americans dead and more than a dozen injured, was a sophisticated, organized ambush . After the embassy came under fire, a Libyan special operations unit was called in to help evacuate the staff to a safe house in a secret location. But as they arrived at the safe house, it “came under an intense and highly accurate mortar barrage,” Reuters reports. "The accuracy with which the mortars hit us was too good for any regular revolutionaries," said Captain Fathi al-Obeidi, commander of the special operations unit sent in for the rescue. The U.S. has vowed to find out who is responsible for the attack and the Pentagon says it has two warships moving toward the coast of Libya . ABC News reports the attack was likely planned for the anniversary of 9-11 .
►Earlier this year, Bolivian president Juan Evo Morales Ayma proposed a plan for “green brigades” that would focus on eliminating illegal coca production going on in national parks. Officials announced at a press conference this week that the teams eradicated 545 hectares of coca being grown Carrasco National Park, the country’s largest national park. In coming days, the UN will present its annual report on coca eradication around the world.
►The Village Voice reports on how the NYPD used Facebook to take down gang members after one posted a comment referencing three recent murders. Gang members would also send friend requests to rivals to threaten or provoke them.
►In other news, U.S. embassies around the world have increased security after the Libya attack. ♦The night three activists broke into the facility, security guards at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee ignored motion sensors because false alarms are often triggered by wildlife, according to an Energy Department inspector. The camera set to monitor that section of the facility had also been broken for six months. ♦ And a candy store in New York hires security guards after it is flash mobbed and robbed by 40 teenagers.