Morning Security Brief: Al Qaeda 'Chief' Turns Himself In, TSA Scanners Deemed Safe, North Korea Suspends Nuclear Work, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►An Egyptian named Mohammed Ibrahim Mekkawi has long been on the FBI’s most wanted list. He was said to be the deputy commander of al Qaeda and has been “in hiding” since 2001. That is, until this week when he told authorities he was returning to Cairo to turn himself in. “But the balding, distinguished-looking man in his late 50s quickly denied being the mastermind of the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, and other crimes,” the Telegraph reports. Mekkawi says he never took part in any attacks and was returning to clear his name. He was arrested in 1981 along with jihadists after an attack that killed the Egyptian president, but he says he split ties with jihadists in the 90s before al Qaeda took its current form. "We're aware of reports of an arrest in Cairo and are working with Egyptian authorities to determine the identity of the man arrested," an FBI spokesman said.

►TSA’s body scanners are safe for passengers, according to a new report from the DHS Inspector General. The report says the dose is extremely low and that a passenger would have to be scanned 47 times a day for a year to exceed yearly radiation limits, USA Today reports. Currently there are 247 backscatter machines at 39 airports.

►North Korea has agreed to suspend nuclear enrichment activities and long range missile tests after talks with the U.S. State Department. The country also agreed to allow UN inspectors to monitor its reactor to verify compliance. In return, the U.S. is sending 240,000 tons of food aid, the BBC reports.

►In other news, a French newspaper reports that Ikea France paid police for access to motor vehicle records on employees and customers. ♦ The European Union said Google’s new privacy policy breaks European law. ♦ And a new data gives a look at the sometimes violent world of a state-run hospital for mentally ill prisoners in Minnesota.


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