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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Taser Case

- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving police use of Tasers. In the case, a lower court ruled that police officers in two separate incidents engaged in unreasonable force when discharging their Tasers. However, because case law was not established at the time of the incidents, the officers were not necessarily aware of this fact. Therefore, they were protected from liability.

Morning Security Brief: DNA Previously Collected Leads to Arrest, Electronic Control Weapons, Countering al Qaeda Ads, and More

- DNA from a prior arrest links a man to a girl missing since March. Americans for Effective Law Enforcement builds a database of electronic control weapons research. How the State Department is countering al Qaeda online. And more.

LAPD Agrees to Suspicious Activity Reporting Reforms

- The Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to amend its suspicious activity reporting program after civil liberties and community groups raised civil concerns.

Mission-Based Policing

- The authors of Mission-Based Policing have developed an interesting approach to urban policing in high-crime areas. The counterinsurgency paradigm advanced by Lt. General David H. Petra­eus and Lt. General James F. Amos is the impetus of their mission-based policing.

Social Engineering, the Art of Human Hacking

- This is a comprehensive survey of social engineering concepts, techniques, and frameworks. It is a great reference in need of better editing to sharpen it into a more readable format.

Afternoon Security Brief: Remote Viewing, The Dip Chip Tests Toxicity, NCCD Web Site Goes Live, and More

- Default passwords and remote viewing allow hackers to view surveillance footage. Researchers create a biosensor that can detect toxicity in real time. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency launches a new Web site. And more.

Morning Security Brief: TSA Breaches, Stop and Frisk, Cybersecurity Information Sharing, and More

- TSA managers not reporting half of security breaches to headquarters. The NYPD reports an increase in stop and frisk searches. The DoD is looking for contractors to participate in a cybersecurity information-sharing program. And more.

FBI Publishes Tips to Recognize the Company Mole

- The FBI says employees who leak trade secrets and other sensitive information often exhibit behaviors co-workers can pick up on to prevent such breaches.

Morning Security Brief: License Plate Scanners, Smartphone Risk Picture, Firearm Requests Up, and More

- Police in Tennessee look to expand the use of license plate readers. The NSA releases a fact sheet on smartphone security. Requests to buy firearms are on the rise for the 22nd month. And more.

Maryland Prohibits DNA Collection From Suspects Who Have Only Been Charged

- Maryland law enforcement officials worry that a recent court ruling on DNA collection could jeopardize convictions and make it harder to solve crimes.

Aussies Consider Date of Birth on Guard IDs ‘Excessive Personal Information’

- An Australian government agency ordered an overhaul on identification cards for security personnel in December after complaints that information on current IDs violated privacy statutes, according to recently released documents.

Book Review: Blurring Military and Police Roles

- Blurring Military and Police Roles is a fascinating collection of scholarly essays on this subject from both the police and military points of view, as well as from historical, organizational, and operational perspectives.

Morning Security Brief: Drug Smuggling, FBI Most Wanted List, Charges in Trayvon Martin Case, and More

- DHS sees more cases of people unknowingly transporting drugs across the border. A schoolteacher replaces Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s most wanted list. George Zimmerman is charged with murder. And more.
 




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