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Morning Security Brief: Police Contact Statistics, Commuters Become Unwitting Smugglers, and More

- Black drivers were three times as likely as whites to be searched at a traffic stop, according to a newly released Bureau of Justice Statistics survey. Drug traffickers smuggle drugs from Mexico in other people's vehicles and luggage. Deception detection called into question. An more.

Ambushes By Mexican Cartels Use Military Tactics

- A San Diego fusion center bulletin says ambushes on law enforcement personnel show high levels of sophistication and training.

Border Security

- A bill (H.R. 915) introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), designed to improve security along the U.S. border with Mexico, has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.

Spain Considering UAVs To Supplement Its Maritime Border Security Lineup

- Around the waters of Spain, electro optic coverage can detect vessels approaching by sea as far as 10 nautical miles away. Additional radar coverage extends 25 nautical miles. But with increased need for surveillance because of migration and drug trafficking, the Spanish government is testing unmanned aerial vehicles to supplement their current border surveillance capabilities.

Border Security

- The government was within the law when it seized a laptop computer at the U.S. border with Mexico and then sent it to a forensic lab 170 miles away. The owner of the computer claimed that the government did not have the right to transport the property to complete its search. The court disagreed, finding that every entry point need not be outfitted with sufficient inspectors and equipment to search whatever a person brings over the border.

Lawmakers Introduce Several Border Security Bills

- Border security got a lot of attention this week. On Tuesday, the Department of State released a document annotating its efforts to check growing violence attached to drug cartels and drug and human trafficking. Meanwhile, several lawmakers introduced legislation that would help attack the issue.

Customs Attributes Counter-Tunnel Successes to Increased Collaboration

- Strategies for combating illegal tunnels on the Southwest border, including increased collaboration between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement agencies, are producing positive results, a top-level Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official testified before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Wednesday.

Morning Security Brief: ATF Criticized, Hospital Identity Theft, New Top at Al-Qaeda, and More.

- Fallout continues over ATF's "Gunwalker"program. A nurse who orders credit cards using patient intake information. A new top at al-Qaeda. And other news.

High Death Toll for Americans in Mexico

- A record number of United States citizens were killed in Mexico last year, according to the State Department.

Tilting at Homeland Security's Windmills

- Can Congress legislate perfection, or does setting the bar too high cause problems?

RAND Says DHS Has No Reliable Estimates for Illegal Immigration

- Researchers at the RAND Corporation believe they have found four promising methods to estimate the number of illegal immigrants who enter the United States, according to a paper released last week.

"Iron River of Guns" a Myth, STRATFOR Says

- The belief that the overwhelming majority of firearms used by Mexico's drug cartels come from the United States is a myth, according to the private intelligence firm.

Illegal Immigration

- An ordinance in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, that is designed to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants has been struck down by a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the ordinance puts an undue burden on employers. Employers that didn’t comply would have their business licenses revoked by the city.
 




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