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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.  

State Legislation

- Tennessee Weapons. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill (S.B. 519) into law that will clarify the state’s handgun laws. The state already allows employers to permit handguns in the workplace. The new law specifies that the decision to permit handguns in the workplace does not create an unsafe workplace. Vermont Crime. A new bill (H. 16) introduced in Vermont would amend the state’s criminal code to make it a crime to knowingly and intentionally post false and defamatory information to an Internet Web site. The bill would also amend the definition of Internet harassment to include posting on a Web site as a form of electronic communication.    

Federal Facilities

- The Site Security Design Guide from the General Services Administration establishes guidance, explores various elements and best practices, and lays out the process for designing site security at GSA’s facilities.

Identity Theft

- Children are particularly vulnerable to identity theft because of the way Social Security numbers are assigned. Read about possible solutions in a new report.

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.

Justice Department Launches Site to Review Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Programs

- Wednesday marked the official launch of CrimeSolutions.gov, the new Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Web site designed to provide researchers and policymakers, with credible information on the effectiveness of a wide range of criminal justice programs. The site includes more than 150 justice-related programs and assigns ratings based on how well a program was able to achieve its intended purpose.

Morning Security Brief: Fraud Trends, Police Layoffs, and Cybersecurity

- Latest corporate crime trends revealed. Study shows police layoffs are penny wise and pound foolish. And Secret Service testifies on cybercrime role.

Morning Security Brief: Nuclear Plants, Food Safety, Criminal Sentencing, and More

- Nuclear Regulatory Commission criticized; FDA announces plans to focus on safety of imported foods; Sentencing Reform in the U.K. And more.

CBO Outlines Options for Expanding Military Drone Programs

- The Department of Defense (DoD) wants more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, because they've proven their worth in strikes against al Qaeda targets in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. How to afford them is the question that the Congressional Budget Office addresses in a new report.

Morning Security Brief: DHS Unit Hamstrung, Organized Retail Crime, Bogus DHS Letter, FISMA

- The DHS unit on domestic terrorism unrelated to Islam has been effectively silenced. Metro New York City and North New Jersey are hotbeds for organized retail theft. Scam letters are falsely threatening people with arrest. The DHS has released new reporting metrics for FISMA.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Trespassing

- A bill (H.R. 347) that strengthens penalties for trespassing on certain federal properties has been approved by the House of Representatives and is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 




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