Morning Security Brief: Budget Cuts Delay Trial, Security for Thatcher Funeral, Stabbing Rampage, and More
By Ann Longmore-Etheridge
The trial of the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden may be delayed until 2014 because of budget cuts to the Public Defenders Office. British police are concerned about security for the ceremonial funeral of Margaret Thatcher. A student went on a stabbing rampage yesterday in Houston, wounding 14 people. And more.
► The start of the trial of the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden is being delayed because of drastic cuts to public defender budgets. The Washington Post reports that Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said "he was considering starting the trial as early as September, drawing protests from defense lawyers who said the 5.1 percent across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration required all public defenders to be furloughed for more than five weeks by the fall." Kaplan replied that he was stunned by the fact that the sequester was leading to a delay in the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, and "left open the possibility that the trial may not begin until next year," states the Post.
► Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's passing has been marked by impromptu raucous street parties by some on the left. There were clashes with police in Brixton, Glasgow, Londonderry, and West Belfast. Now British police are concerned about security for Thatcher's ceremonial funeral next week at London's St. Paul's Cathedral, which will be attended by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and more than 2,500 dignitaries from around the world. According to the Herald Sun, "The service...and the horse-drawn gun-carriage procession through central London has prompted police to prepare a multi-million dollar plan for security--codenamed Operation True Blue--with concern there could be disruption by protesters."
► A student went on a stabbing rampage yesterday in the United States at Houston's Lone Star College, injuring 14 people, two critically. The perpetrator, Dylan Quick, 20, reportedly told police that he had fantasized about stabbing people to death since he was a child and had been planning his attack for some time. Quick used what appeared to be a box cutter or X-Acto knife to wound students in the face and neck.
► AllGov reports that budget slashing has led to reduced local police forces, which has led more neighborhoods to pay for their own private security. "Beyond keeping watch over stores and gated communities, private security firms are now making money by guarding whole neighborhoods with the decision by some homeowners to pool their money and hire extra protection," says the site.