Morning Security Brief: Border Patrol Ignoring Complaints, White House Lockdown, German E-Mail Security, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

USA Today has published a damning article on the U.S. Border Patrol's lack of investigations into complaints of abuse. "Out of 809 complaints of abuse filed against Border Patrol agents from January 2009 to January 2012, only 13 resulted in any kind of action...according to documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by the American Immigration Council, a Washington, D.C.-based immigrant-advocacy group. Forty percent of the complaints were still pending investigation when the [documents were released]," USA Today reports. The article notes an ongoing investigation The Arizona Republic that found that since 2005, Border Patrol or Customs agents had killed 44 people, but no one was disciplined in any of these cases. "The immigration council, ACLU, and 14 other civil- and immigrant-rights groups have submitted recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security. They called on officials to create a single, unified complaint system that allows filing complaints online, through mobile phones and telephones, through a toll-free number; to develop a unified process for receiving and investigating complaints; to make information about complaints more available to the public—and to analyze data about complaints to improve policies and training," states USA Today.

The White House was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon when a car followed a motorcade carrying President Barak Obama's daughters into a secure area, according to CNN. The driver was apprehended and taken into custody. It emerged that the driver held a pass for the U.S. Treasury building next door to the White House. The lockdown lasted for about one hour. Obama was meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry at the time. No motive for the action taken by 55-year-old driver Evan Goldstein has been released.

►ZDNet reports on secure e-mail options in Germany, where the population is concerned about the possible interception of their data. "The country’s Independent Centre for Data Protection, a government advisory agency, explicitly advises e-mail users to avoid American internet services. When choosing a provider, European and German companies are preferable to those 'from third countries, in particular from the U.S., because European data protection law is applicable," the agency's Web site says," states ZDNet. In the wake of PRISM becoming public knowledge, many Europeans are calling for an end to the Safe Harbor agreement of 1998, which governs the sharing of information between the United States and parts of Europe.

► Parents of firefighters who died on 9-11 while responding to the World Trade Center have made a court filing asking for leniency in the case of BASE jumpers who slipped past security at the new One World Trade Center and parachuted from the rooftop. The families argue that the lack of security is the real issue. If the BASE jumpers were able to enter the building and make it to its roof, encountering no security on the way, then " lessons were learned from the 3,000 people who perished on 9-11, including our heroic sons,' wrote Sally Regenhard and Jim Riches, a retired deputy chief for the New York Fire Department, according to the Daily News. Both of them belong to the 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims organization," reports The Christian Science Monitor. The BASE Jumpers are facing charges that include felony burglary.




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