Morning Security Brief: Olympic Security Breach, Hate Group Infiltrates German Police, 2013 Biosecurity Concern, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Using a $15 disguise, Vice Magazine correspondent Graham Johnson was able to sneak into an Olympic venue to take pictures and video – without credentials. Graham says he used a reflective vest and a hard hat to walk right past at least two security checkpoints in a Q-and-A with the magazine last week. “A high-vis jacket has become the costume for anyone who’s official, including the police, builders, and inspectors of every kind. Even security guards and the bosses of these places are often a bit sheepish about approaching people in these jackets who look like they know what they’re doing,” he told the magazine. Graham provided pictures and videos of inside the North Greenwich Arena, where the gymnastics and basketball events are held. Graham has in the past done this kind of physical penetration testing before using similar costumes at other high-profile locations. “If you can wander in with a $15 builder’s costume on, the security is pretty crappy, and if I were the president or the secretary general of the IF...I’d be pissed off,” he said. When contacted by Graham, G4S, the company responsible for security at the Olympics, said it was investigating the breach.

►German officials have opened an inquiry into how two police officers who were members of a European Ku Klux Klan offshoot were able to stay on the force after their membership was discovered over the course of another investigation. “Officials first uncovered the links during an ongoing investigation of the murderous National Socialist Underground (NSU) neo-Nazi terror cell. Between 2000 and 2007, the group allegedly murdered at least nine small businessmen of mainly Turkish descent, along with one policewoman, Michèle Kiesewetter. The two police officers with alleged Klu Klux Klan links also happened to be Kiesewetter's former colleagues,” Der Spiegel reports. After the discovery, the officers were questioned about their membership and told investigators they didn’t know the nature of the group they’d joined. They were disciplined and allowed to stay on the force. Sebastian Edathy, who heads an investigative committee on the crimes of the NSU, said “membership in such an organization must be an absolute no-go for employees of German security agencies.” 

►Because of rapid advances in technology, the threat of a biological attack will be more likely than a nuclear attack by 2013 says Rituparna Chatterjee, in an Economic Times editorial.

►Police in Ottawa, Canada, say suspicious package calls eat up valuable time and resources. Most calls turn out to be unfounded, but the rest of the cases can be divided into “recovered commercial explosives, recovered military ordinance, or the illicit use of explosives and chemical materials,” Ottawa authorities say. But these are few and far between and each call takes hours to resolve. ♦ An investigation by the The Times-Picayune finds that many doctors treating inmates in Louisiana prisons have disciplinary or criminal records themselves. ♦ And the Obama administration's cybersecurity bill is blocked by Republican filibuster.




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