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Morning Security Brief: TSA Examines Policies, White House Rejects Clemency, and a Task Force Makes Torture Claims

- Transportation Security Administration officials are examining policies in response to Friday’s shooting. The White House has rejected a clemency request from Edward Snowden. An independent panel charges that doctors and psychologists working for the U.S. military tortured suspected terrorists.

Shooting at LAX: UPDATE: Suspected gunman identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia

- At about 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time, a shooter opened fire in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport. A TSA agent has died of gunshot wounds. The gunman, at first reported dead, is apparently in custody and his condition is not clear. Six others are reportedly wounded.

Morning Security Brief: Terrorist Attacks Hit Record Numbers, Cybersecurity Bills, Critical Infrastructure Attacks, and More

- A new report shows terrorist attacks and fatalities at an all-time high. Two bills are in the works in the United States that boost government cybersecurity research and development and increase the pool of critical infrastructure cybersecurity workers. A number of Mexican critical infrastructure sites have been attacked during the past week. Dutch police have arrested hackers who used malware to steal more than $1.4 million from online banking customers.

Morning Security Brief: NSA Spying in Spain, HealthCare.gov Fixes Major Security Flaw, Terrorism in Beijing, And More

- A Spanish newspaper reports that the NSA spied on tens of millions of phone calls in the country; a security flaw in the design of HealthCare.gov that could have exposed personal information to hackers has been fixed; the Chinese government says it believes the deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square was a suicide attack; and more.

Bioterrorism

- Read reports on the U.S. government’s BioWatch program. One report discusses current testing procedures and efforts to collaborate with public health systems. Another looks at the government’s acquisition process in purchasing new testing systems.

Border Security

- A federal appeals court has ruled that border agents must establish reasonable suspicion before conducting a forensic search of electronic devices seized at border crossings.

Morning Security Brief: Hospital Security, Terrorism Laws, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Checks on Foreign Investors, and More

- Staff at a hospital in China protest lax security. Russian’s parliament passes a new law to prevent terrorism ahead of the Winter Olympics. An al-Qaeda affiliate detonates nine car bombs in Baghdad. And more.

U.S. Government Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does What

- This comprehensive book can help readers understand the vast and complex counterterrorism structure within the U.S. government. The authors discuss how the fight against terrorism has evolved from what was primarily a matter of diplomacy and law enforcement to an issue to be tackled with military solutions.

Counterterrorism

- Counterterrorism uses a multidisciplinary approach to explain all aspects of terrorism in the ever-changing modern world. The book examines the global threat of terrorism and the driving forces behind the measures implemented to combat its spread.

Preventing Radicalization

- A review of efforts to counter radicalization and reduce the home-grown terrorist threat.

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a preliminary version of its cybersecurity framework on Wednesday.

Morning Security Brief: White House Staffer Fired For Tweets, Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework Out, And More

- A National Security Council staffer was fired after a government probe revealed he was tweeting government criticisms--and possibly sensitive information--from an anonymous account. NIST has released the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework. German and U.S. officials are meeting today to discuss a possible phone hacking scandal, and ethical hackers found weaknesses in the stock market system.

Morning Security Brief: World Series Security, Terrorist Funding, Jail Time for False Threats, and More

- World Series baseball games played in St. Louis, Missouri, will see a major increase in security. Al Shabaab Islamic extremists in Africa are funding the group, in part, through illegal ivory trafficking. A man who falsely reported finding clues to a terrorist attack on a Canadian nuclear plant gets jail time. And DHS needs to do a better job on maritime terrorist threat research.
 




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