Morning Security Brief: bin Laden Movie, Body Cameras, Protective Details, and More.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) says production of an upcoming film on bin Laden could lead to leaks of sensitive information. More police using body cameras. Executive protective details on the rise. And more.
► Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, is accusing the Obama administration of granting a film company high-level access to produce a film on the raid of Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound. King has called for an investigation, stating that he’s concerned about “ongoing leaks of classified information regarding sensitive military operations” and that cooperation on a film could lead to further leaks, ABC News reports. The Obama administration said it was cooperating with Sony Pictures for a film to be released in October 2012, but that the company is subject to the same rules and procedures as all media organizations. “The information that this White House provided about that mission has been focused on the president's role ... [T]here is no difference in the information that we've given to anybody who's working on this topic from what we gave to those of you in this room,” Press Secretary Jay Carney told the media at a press conference.
►Virginia police are expanding the use of upgraded body cameras on police officers to protect officers from complaints and to help improve training and safety. "The new cameras, made by Taser, take higher-quality video, record locations through GPS, work better at night, and allow officers to tag video files and add case notes,” the Virginia Pilot reports. One officer characterized the camera as an independent observer that tells exactly what happens. Police at the Chesapeake Police Department say they have been able to clear complaints against officers as well as find gaps in training by observing how officers interact with people in the field.
►Mother Jones looks at the increased use of protective details by company executives. “Executive protection firms like WPG, 360 Group International Inc., and the Steele Foundation reported revenue spikes of 30 to 50 percent in 2009, despite the recession,” it reports. One factor that comes into play is the need to do business in the developing world, it says. The other is convenience. “Protection firms claim that they can save executives an average of 90 minutes a day by conducting "advances" of venues, having cars and elevators waiting, and thwarting unwanted advances from employees, media—whomever,” Mother Jones reports.
►In other news, U.S. Customs were able to seize the cargo of a team of smugglers on the Rio Grande, although the smugglers themselves escaped by swimming back to Mexico. Authorities recovered two vehicles, a boat and more than one ton of marijuana. → The Kenyan government says it deported human rights activist Clara Gutteridge in March after she was accused of secretly working with al-Shabaab operatives, The Standard reports. She was stopped at and airport with multiple passports and al-Shabaab literature, government officials said.→ And a newly published DHS report discusses the rise in copper theft.