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Morning Security Brief: False Alarms, Tweet Rights, Blocking Cell Phones, and More

- Detroit police have adopted a verified response policy for burglar alarms. Los Angeles authorities mull how to react to prank calls brought on by a celebrity tweeter. BART spokesman takes credit for cell phone blocking idea. And more.

San Diego Police Become Domestic Intelligence Players

- The San Diego Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit has set an example for other U.S. police departments by successfully becoming active participants in the national intelligence community, according to a report from a nonpartisan homeland security think tank at The George Washington University.

Book Review: The Secret History of MI6

- A piece of intelligence touted as a “smoking gun” turns out to be a forgery. Exiles use schemes to distribute bogus intelligence to further their own ends. This and more in The Secret History of MI6: 1909-1949 reviewer Mario Possamai, CPP says.

The Secret History of MI6: 1909-1949

- A piece of intelligence touted as a “smoking gun” turns out to be a forgery. Improper pressure is exerted on an intelligence analyst to reach the “right” conclusion. Exiles use sophisticated schemes to distribute bogus intelligence to further their own ends. This and more in The Secret History of MI6: 1909-1949 reviewer Mario Possamai, CPP says.

Officials, Experts Worry WikiLeaks' Disclosures Will Undermine Government Information-Sharing

- WikiLeaks will have a chilling effect on information-sharing, according to the head of the U.S. intelligence community.

Information Sharing

- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently told a Washington think tank that the WikiLeaks episode raises a “big yellow flag” for fledgling post-9-11 government information-sharing efforts. Watch the rest of his remarks online.

Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5

- Scholar Christopher Andrews writes an engaging, warts-and-all history of MI5, Britain's domestic intelligence service.

Opposites Agree on Data Mining's Importance and the Need for Controls

- Data mining, critical in the fight against terror, needs both an image makeover and a government-wide policy to ensure transparency and protection of civil liberties, according to a panel of experts from across the ideological spectrum.

Improving Intelligence

- After accused terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to bring down an airplane on Christmas Day, the Obama administration conducted investigations into what led to the problem and how to improve intelligence analysis and risk assessment (here and here). In addition, a Senate committee examined flaws with the no-fly list that let Abdulmutallab board the flight. (all .pdfs)

Bombshell's Fake Facebook Page Shows Ease of Cyberespionage

- Phony social networking pages, riddled with red flags, attracted dinner offers, invitations to apply for jobs, and sensitive national security data.

Employment

- An amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2010 (H.R. 2701) will establish a process for ensuring that there is no conflict of interest present when employees within the intelligence community take second jobs. The amendment will also prohibit employees within the intelligence community from owning companies that sell expertise related to the employee’s government service.

National Intelligence Director's Weakness Will Persist for Years, Expert Says

- The political conflicts that contributed to Dennis Blair’s pending resignation will hamstring his successors for years to come, a defense scholar said today during an expert panel on the threat of homegrown terrorism.

Director of National Intelligence Resigns

- Admiral Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, will leave his post as the head of the intelligence community at the start of Memorial Day weekend.
 




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