Morning Security Brief: Gunman Killed in Houston Airport, Marathon Security, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

►A man was shot and killed after firing a gun in the prescreening area at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, according to CNN. It is unclear if the man was killed by his own bullet (he appeared to shoot himself after firing into the ceiling) or if he was killed by a Homeland Security Department agent who fired after asking the man to drop his gun. The man reportedly had a semiautomatic rifle, which he fired twice into the ceiling.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how cities are securing marathons and other races in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The article states that Boston's Police Commissioner and other officials are looking to the New York Police Department model, "which has 1,000 officers dedicated to counterterrorism and a surveillance operation that monitors more than 4,000 security cameras—about a quarter of which are 'smart cameras' that can detect such things as whether a bag is left unattended. The cameras also can be linked to license-plate readers and radiation detectors.but the article points out that the NYPD's operations are quite expensive." The NYPD spends $150 million a year on counterterrorism efforts.

►Yesterday President Obama recommitted to working closely with Mexico on security and fighting the flow of illegal guns and drugs across the border. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was elected last year. According to ABC News, "Obama's remarks come as Pena Nieto, in a dramatic shift from his predecessor, has moved to end the widespread access that U.S. security agencies have had in Mexico to help fight drug-trafficking and organized crime. The White House has been cautious in its public response to the changes, with the president and his advisers saying they need to hear directly from the Mexican leader before making a judgment about the new arrangement."


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