Morning Security Brief: Insider Attacks in Afghanistan, Inmate Abuse, Arms Trafficking, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►A piece from the Associated Press on attacks against U.S. troops by trusted Afghans used investigation reports released by the Army to show how easy these attacks can happen. “The investigation — a standard process in a war zone — found that security at the U.S.-Afghan command post was so relaxed that guards were not told to check anyone entering,” the AP reports. In the featured case, after two Afghans entered the compound, one armed with a grenade launcher, it raised suspicions, but no one challenged them because Afghan soldiers were allowed to carry RPGs. Minutes later, the soldiers would learn that the men were part of a planned ambush that killed two. “At least 63 coalition troops — mostly Americans — have been killed, by the AP's count, and more than 85 wounded in at least 46 insider attacks so far this year. That's an average of nearly one attack a week,” the AP reports.

►Corrections officials in North Carolina are investigating allegations of inmate abuse at Sampson Correction Institution after inmates say they were forced to rub hot sauce on their genitals, causing painful blisters. “In July, six inmates from Sampson sent a hand-written letter to the U.S. District Court in Greensboro complaining that staff had forced them to perform numerous humiliating acts for the entertainment of guards, including stripping nude and pretending to have sex … The inmates also reported being forced to gulp a super-hot 'Exotic Hot Sauce' purchased off the Internet and slather it on their testicles, as well as being forced to grab and kiss wild snakes while working on a road crew and throwing captured bunnies in to oncoming traffic,” the AP reports. One prison staff member has been reassigned since the start of an internal investigation and another took leave. A North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesperson said additional personnel action was possible.

►The U.S. has announced a $3.4 million dollar program aimed at stopping arms trafficking in the Caribbean.

►Two Mexican nationals have been charged with murder after ramming a Coast Guard boat and killing one of the men aboard on Sunday.

►In other news, government outsourcing has driven growth in the security industry in the UK, according to a new research report from Apex Insight that looks at industry trends. Some other trends: Security spending has increased despite a drop in crime and security operations and facilitates management are increasingly convergent. ♦ Iranian state media say the country has captured another U.S. drone that was in its airspace. Like the last drone capture by Iran, the country says it forced it to land electronically. The U.S. denies Iran’s claims. It also denied the first drone was brought down by any kind of hacking. ♦ And the judge presiding over the case Ft. Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan has been dismissed for failing to remain impartial.


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