Morning Security Brief: Money Laundering, Border Security, and Catching Corrupt Politicians

By Sherry Harowitz

► In what is thought to be the largest such confiscation of assets in Italian history, “Anti-mafia investigators in Italy have seized assets valued at 1.3 billion euros ($1.67 billion) from a Sicilian businessman believed to have ties to organized crime,” reports the International Business Times. The incident revealed how the Mafia is using renewable energy companies to launder money.

► A radar system developed to track Taliban fighters was used in a Predator surveillance drone along the U.S. border. The data it collected showed that “Border Patrol agents apprehended fewer than half of the foreign migrants and smugglers who had illegally crossed into a 150-square-mile stretch of southern Arizona,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

► Prosecutors are finding ways to still win corruption cases against politicians even after the ‘honest-services’ section of the federal law that had become a go-to statute in many fraud convictions was rejected by the Supreme Court in its 2010 ruling of the case that involved Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former Enron chief executive, reports The New York Times. “Before the Skilling ruling, said Daniel C. Richman, a law professor at Columbia University, the law’s flexibility ‘allowed prosecutors to pursue corruption without nailing down who was bribed and when,’” reports the NYT. Now they have to be explicit, but that may just help them win cases that make it to court.

► Elsewhere in the News, Wired's Danger Room has a piece on how--in what sounds like Star Trek's use of replicators--the Navy may equip U.S. Navy ships with 3-D printers that can spit out goods when needed. 


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