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Morning Security Brief: Cory Booker Supports Security Guard Unions, Polygraph Expansion, Earthquake in Japan, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Newark, Mayor Cory Booker has given his support to the 21,000 private security workers in New Jersey working to form a union. According to a recent report, "security guards working for private companies statewide make an average of $11.74 an hour with few benefits,” The Star-Ledger reports. "These are actually jobs on the front line of securing our state, securing our cities, securing our businesses and our communities. We can not afford to have these workers underpaid," Booker said.

►More than 73,000 people took polygraphs to retain jobs with the Federal government and a growing number of federal agencies are relying on them to help weed out candidates who may be prone to leaking sensitive information. “The federal government describes polygraph testing as an imperfect but effective way of preventing its secrets from being leaked at a time when almost five million people have been approved to access classified information,” McClatchy reports. In 2400 words, Marisa Taylor talks about how the use of polygraphs has expanded and the questions are getting more personal.

►A tsunami warning has been lifted after a strong earthquake hit the same coast of Japan damaged by last year’s quake and tsunami. A 7.3 magnitude quake rocked the coast Friday at 5 p.m. local time. Residents were ordered to higher ground, but the warning was lifted after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no risk of a major tsunami. So far, no damage has been reported.

►Police have few answers for questions surrounding the November 10 explosion that leveled an Indianapolis house, killed two people, and damaged surrounding homes. They still don’t know who did it, how they did it, or why, The Indianapolis Star reports. ♦ A new report says the surveillance industry in Southeast Asia is growing and that Vietnam’s industry is growing faster than anywhere else in the region. ♦ And how can businesses keep a generator running after a disaster? Have a backup to the backup, reports Bloomberg.

 

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