Morning Security Brief: Obama Calls for Full Diplomatic Security Funding, Firearm Background Checks Increase, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

President Obama yesterday called on Congress to approve funds needed to improve security at American embassies, according to The New York Times. In a press conference with Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the President asked Congress to "fully finance" the Senate's diplomatic security budget request. The President's requests include increasing the number of Marine guards posted at embassies and implementing recommendations drawn from the attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and others.

FBI Director Robert Mueller, III testified in front of a Senate subcommittee regarding firearms yesterday. He said the week before the Newtown school massacre had been a record-setting week for firearm background checks but in the week after the shooting, the number of background checks nearly doubled, according to Government Security News. According to the article, the FBI is seeking "an additional 524 personnel positions and an extra $100 million" to keep up with the mandatory background checks. 

A New York Times blog speculates on whether the security fortifications for the new World Trade Center will leave the building isolated. Some of the measures proposed include a fortified area of barricades, guard booths, and sidewalk barriers, and streets closed to traffic. Plans can be found in this draft environmental impact statement.

►Also in the news: Security is tightened for the Preakness Stakes; military robots will help with security at next year's World Cup, and the United Nations is concerned about deteriorating security in Nigeria.


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