Morning Security Brief: TSA Examines Policies, White House Rejects Clemency, and a Task Force Makes Torture Claims
Transportation Security Administration officials are examining policies in response to Friday’s shooting. The White House has rejected a clemency request from Edward Snowden. An independent panel charges that doctors and psychologists working for the U.S. military tortured suspected terrorists.
► The man suspected of shooting and killing a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday is in custody. According to The Washington Post, TSA officials are now undergoing a review of security policies . TSA Administrator John Pistole says that the agency will review its officer-safety policies to prevent such incidents. One issue under review is whether to allow officers to carry firearms. According to the article: “Preparing agents for potential shootouts in crowded airports would require a major overhaul of the agency’s mission and the way it conducts business.” Another suggestion, this one from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) was for the TSA to forge better coordination and communication procedures with local law enforcement. According to CNN, McCaul also recommended deploying TSA Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams , to perform random baggage and security checks. The union representing TSA officers, according to USA Today, has requested that the agency provide armed guards at every checkpoint .
► The White House announced on Sunday that it would not consider a clemency request made by Edward Snowden . As reported by ABC News, Snowden made the request via a letter delivered by a German politician. In the letter, Snowden requested that the charges of leaking classified information be dropped. “Speaking the truth is not a crime,” the letter said. When asked about the letter, White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said that Snowden violated U.S. law, and “he should return to the U.S. and face justice.”
► According to The Guardian, the Taskforce on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centres has issues a report charging that doctors and psychologists working for the U.S. military violated codes of ethics by participating in torture against suspected terrorists . The report, which is based on two years of research and review, also concludes that U.S. practices made it difficult for medical personnel to report the abuses .