Morning Security Brief: Bin Laden Documents Published, Inspire Magazine Published, Sensitive H5N1 Research Published, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►More than 6,000 pages of documents seized during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound one year ago will be made available to the public today on the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Web site. The documents will be released in Arabic and English. The documents were found on the five computers, dozens of hard drives and more than 100 storage devices found during the raid, CNN reports.

Inspire magazine’s latest issue calls for chemical and biological attacks against “countries at war with Muslims.” A five-page feature, written by cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, says that the use of chemical and biological weapons against population centers is “allowed and strongly recommended due to the effect on the enemy.” Both al-Awlaki and Inspire editor Samir Khan were killed in drone strike in Yemen last September. The issue also tells its readers to ignite wildfires in the U.S. and how to create a device to do it.

►After a long debate over two studies that show that the H5N1 virus could make the jump from animals to people, and against the recommendations of a government review panel that wanted the info redacted, the research was fully published in Nature on Thursday. Last December, the National Institutes of Health recommended redacting information that showed the mutations needed for the virus to make the move from animals to humans citing biosecurity concerns. 

►In other news, the Single European Sky ATM Research program launches a study to find out how UAVs can be integrated into the airspace. ♦ Afghanistan’s intelligence agency says it prevented a terrorist attack by  stopping a man driving a truck full of explosives. ♦ And both DHS and the USDOJ object to a plan by the Obama Administration to transfer responsibility for monitoring shipments of some guns and ammunition to the Commerce Department from the State Department. The agencies argue that it creates a loophole that would allow terrorists to acquire weapons.



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