Morning Security Brief: One of the Fukushima 50 Speaks, Gun Control Task Force, Border Security, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The team that stayed to work on the Fukushima Daiichi reactor after it was crippled by an earthquake and a tsunami was nicknamed the Fukushima 50. Most of the 50 have chosen to remain anonymous, but nuclear engineer Atsufumi Yoshizawa, gave a rare interview to The Guardian about how the events unfolded. "I never thought of leaving,” Yoshizawa said. “I had to stay and get a grip on the situation. I wasn't thinking about my family, only about the other workers and how worried they must have been about their own families.”

►Shortly after a meeting of Vice President Joe Biden’s new gun control task force, the NRA vowed to fight any new legislation saying Biden should look for more non-legislative ways to address gun control. The task force was put together after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and plans to issue its recommendations by Tuesday.

►A new GAO report says arrests along the Southwest border have dropped significantly because of effective strategies, but that the Border Patrol needs to develop a plan to measure the effects of its border security efforts.

►In other news, Google has removed a feature that would provide a warning to Chinese users when they were searching “sensitive” keywords. “Some technologists believe the company has given up the fight against Chinese government censorship,” China Digital Times reports. ♦ Small Wars Journal reviews Mexico’s 2012 security efforts. ♦ And South Carolina still hasn’t completed patching it systems after hackers stole 3.8 million taxpayers’ Social Security and banking information.


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