Morning Security Brief: LA ID Cards Approved, Security Industry Responds to Sandy, Boko Haram Expansion, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a proposal for city ID cards for residents that could double as debit cards. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says it will allow as many as 400,000 residents who live on a cash economy to use banking services. In the past he’s said he hopes that it will help people who mostly carry cash, like undocumented immigrants, from becoming targets of crime. The $20 card would look like a student ID and would include street address, date of birth, hair and eye color, height and weight. It would allow cardholders to establish proof of residency needed to open bank accounts, use certain social services, and also identify themselves to law enforcement, part of a move by LA County to encourage undocumented immigrants to communicate more with police.

►Several companies in the security industry have stepped up to provide assistance after Hurricane Sandy. Travel Guard North America is providing free emergency travel and medical assistance services for travelers affected by Hurricane Sandy and storms in the northeastern United States. Briggs & Stratton, a power generator dealer, worked with the Department of Homeland Security to provide power for polling stations on Election Day. The company provided 800 generators and made technicians available. Honeywell is donating more than $600,000 in first responder products including 19,000 personal protective products including protective footwear, gloves, hoods and helmets.

Boko Haram has expanded into northern Nigeria and now several breakaway factions are jockeying for position, according to a recent report from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. “The factionalization of the insurgency has also increased the likelihood that AQIM will be able to connect with militant cells in northern Nigeria. Nigeria reportedly shares 480 irregular, unmanned border crossings with Niger and Chad, with only 12 official crossings secured by Nigerian troops,” the report says.

►In other news, Jared Lee Loughner will be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to a mass shooting that killed six and wounded 12, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. ♦ Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified information to Wikileaks, has offered to plead guilty to some of his charges. ♦ And Utah moves to fire a state trooper who it says had a history of lying on the stand in DUI and drug possession cases.


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