Morning Security Brief: OIG Under Investigation, Easter Sunday Bombing, Pakastani Speaker Denied Visa, and More
The DHS OIG is under investigation for falsifying documents. A security guard tells how he kept the Easter Sunday bomber from blowing up a church. An outspoken critic of drone attacks is denied a visa to return to the U.S. to speak. And more.
►The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General's chief investigator and his deputy have been placed on administrative leave and the office is under investigation by the FBI . A federal grand jury in Washington has subpoenaed all the agents in the McAllen, Texas field office over accusations that they falsified reports ahead of a DHS inspection. “Investigators believe that the document faking was done to show that the IG was making progress on its enormous backlog” and that it may have been directed by the chief investigator, AllGov.com reports.
►The death toll for the Easter Sunday bombing in Nigeria has reached 36. Police say a Honda Accord, laden with explosives, blew up on a main city street in Kaduna. Since the Christmas bombings last year, churches in Nigeria have begun to employ security guards to help protect their congregations. It was a brave security guard on Sunday whose vigilance kept the bomber from reaching his destination , a nearby church. AllAfrica.com interviewed the security guard, Francis Markus, who told how he kept the suspicious driver from entering the church grounds, forcing the bomber to denonate the car bomb in the street.
►Shahzad Akbar, co-founder of the human rights group Foundation for Fundamental Rights and lawyer who represents victims of military drone attacks, was denied a visa to visit Washington, D.C. to speak at the CODEPINK drone summit at the end of this month. Akbar has traveled to the U.S. in the past but has not been permitted to return since becoming an outspoken critic of drone attacks, the Center for Constitutional Rights reports.
►In other news, Homeland Security Research Corporation predicts CCTV-based remote biometric and behavioral suspect detection market to reach $3.2 billion by 2016 . ♦ Al Qaeda publishes “Al Qaeda Airlines ,” a new bomb-making manual. ♦ And a nurse is suing her employer after she says she was fired for complaining about a co-worker who sexually harassed and raped her.