Morning Security Brief: U.K. Terrorist Raid, Suspicious-Activity Database in U.S., and Cell Phone Data Ruling
U.K. arrests suspected terrorists in largest raid for months. The Washington Post continues its investigation into what it calls Top Secret America. And a court says cell-phone data retrieval requires a warrant.
► British police have arrested 12 men on suspicions of terrorist activities in a raid carried out before dawn in three cities. This was the biggest operation of its kind for months, reports the New York Times. The article notes that, according to the BBC, the men were involved in a plot aimed at unidentified targets.
► "The FBI is building a database with the names and certain personal information, such as employment history, of thousands of U.S. citizens and residents whom a local police officer or a fellow citizen believed to be acting suspiciously," reports The Washington Post as a part of an investigative reporting series it is doing on what it calls Top Secret America . It "describes a web of 4,058 federal, state and local organizations, each with its own counterterrorism responsibilities and jurisdictions. At least 935 of these organizations have been created since the 2001 attacks or became involved in counterterrorism for the first time after 9/11," according to the article.
► "The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier decision that the government cannot seize historical cell-site data without first satisfying strict warrant requirements," reports EPIC.org .