Morning Security Brief: Background Checks, TSA Finds Guns Parts in a Kid's Toys, National Security Spending, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►At Six Flags Over Georgia, the preemployment screening of a job applicant led to an unusual arrest. Tateasa Adams disclosed that she missed a court date in 2010 for expired tags because her fiancé was undergoing a heart transplant. During a background check, Six Flags discovered a warrant resulting from the missed court date and pretended to offer her the job. When she returned she was asked for her license and made to wait in a room with a video camera while Six Flags coordinated with the Cobb County police to have her arrested. A labor and employment attorney said it’s not unusual for businesses to notify the police of warrants, but he’s never heard of one facilitating the arrest. "It seems to me a dangerous practice to engineer someone's arrest. They run the risk of creating unnecessary claims for themselves. It just doesn't make any sense,” attorney Ed Buckley told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

►A man traveling with his 4-year-old son says he had no idea the child’s stuffed animals were loaded with parts of a gun after TSA discovered them during an X-ray. TSA agents at T. F. Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island observed disassembled firearm components and ammunition concealed in each of the child’s three stuffed animals, CNN reports. After searching the bag, Rhode Island police determined the pair was not threat. The items were confiscated and they were allowed to continue on to their Detroit-bound flight. Rhode Island police said it appeared to be the result of a domestic dispute, but did not elaborate.

►The Project on Government Oversight publishes national security spending recommendations for fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2022 that it says could reduce the deficit by $688 billion.

►After 90 percent of guns confiscated after crimes turned out to be weapons stolen in other burglaries, a California police chief is urging gun owners to lock of weapons inside their homes. ♦ More details come out about a viral video that shows a maritime security team on a ship owned by Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. firing on approaching skiffs. Maritime security associations have raised serious concerns about use of force, some critics calling it a “Blackwater moment.” ♦ And a veteran’s hospital is under investigation after confidential records were found in the dumpster.


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