Morning Security Brief: Bouncer Crackdown, Teen Creates NBC Detection Tool, MANPADS Task Force, and More
Police arrest unlicensed security workers in South Africa. A science student in Nevada creates a new NBC detection tool. The State Department issues a statement on its efforts to secure Libya's missing weapons. And more.
►A crackdown on bouncers in South Africa led to 13 arrests over the weekend. The bouncers were arrested for “violating the Private Security Industry Regulation Act , by not being licensed as legitimate providers of security services.” A police spokesperson said, “We are concerned about individuals posing as security officers and being deployed at city night spots to supposedly protect patrons." One of the main companies targeted, Specialised Protection Services, is responsible for security at 183 entertainment venues, IOL News reports. Police are also investigating the bouncers’ links to organized crime.
►For a science project, a 17-year-old student in Nevada has created a device that can detect nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons . Taylor Wilson says his device, when developed, could scan millions of cargo containers at U.S. ports quickly. DHS wants to use Wilson’s model because it has the potential to save the country millions, KRNV Reno reports. Wilson hopes to have the device deployed at ports in less than five years.
►The U.S. State Department says it is working to locate and secure thousands of Man-Portable-Air-Defense-Systems (MANPADS) that went missing in Libya. The department is deploying several teams to locate and inventory weapons stockpiles in addition to responding to new MANPAD discoveries.
►Violent street protests and riots continue in Egypt as citizens call for the military to step down and turn power over to a civilian government. ♦ Russia and China veto a United Nations resolution that would condemn President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown in Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton warns that the increased violence from the government against protesters will lead to increased militarization of protests and the increased chance for civil war in Syria.♦ And Anonymous launches a day-long campaign against government agencies .