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Morning Security Brief: No Immunity for Rumsfeld, Drones in Mexico, TipSoft Expansion, and More

- An appeals court rules that two U.S. citizens can sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for their detention and torture in Iraq. Officials confirm drones to be used over Mexico. Utah launches an online tip service. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Overdose Calls, Drones that Eavesdrop, Internet Data Retention, and More

- New York offers immunity to people who call 911 for overdose victims. A drone that can pretend to be your cell phone carrier. Government agencies to recruit at Defcon. And more.

Document Protection

- The U.S. Department of Defense has proposed a rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement that would regulate the safeguarding of unclassified documents and establish reporting procedures to bring information breaches to light.  

Nuclear Weapons

- There are roughly 5,000 nuclear warheads deployed and ready for use around the world, according to a new study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Click to find out what else the institute learned about the world’s nuclear powers.

Privacy

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may not exempt itself from violations of the federal Privacy Act, according to a federal appeals court. The appellate court ruled that the DHS could not exempt itself because the Privacy Act clearly states that the government must provide civil remedies for failure to keep accurate records.

Urban Area Perspective—Minneapolis

- Security Management interviews Rocco Forté, assistant city coordinator for emergency preparedness and regulatory services for the City of Minneapolis.  

GAO: More Protection For Whistleblowers Could Help Combat Antitrust Crime

- Antitrust violators who report themselves are offered leniency, but whistleblowers are left unprotected.

White House Announces Transnational Organized Crime Strategy

- The White House's new transnational crime strategy includes sanctions, intelligence sharing, cash rewards, and visa restrictions.

Militant Group Seeks Removal From Terrorism List, Has Lawmaker Support

- Supporters and some government officials want Mujahedin-e Khalq, a group that wants to topple Iran's government, to be removed from the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. Government documents raise questions about whether the group has given up terrorism.

Urban Area Perspective - Portland

- Security Management interviews Carmen Merlo, director of the Portland Office of Emergency Management.

Protecting the Bravest: New Technologies For Locating Firefighters Inside Buildings

- New technologies under development can be used to help locate firefighters in burning buildings and determine whether they are in distress.

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.

Can the United States Bounce Back?

- Americans may think they are more prepared for a devastating earthquake than they truly are, according to a report on earthquake resilience authored by the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Earthquake Resilience.  
 




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