Morning Security Brief: School Attack Thwarted In Utah, Somali Pirates, Man Sues After Being Rejected For Police Job, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►A Columbine-style massacre was in it’s final planning stages when police in Roy, Utah arrested two high school students on Thursday. The two students, Dallin Todd Morgan, 18, and Joshua Kyler Hoggan, 16, planned to attack a school assembly with bombs and make their getaway in an airplane. “Maps of the school and information about security systems had been prepared with plans to escape using a plane," Roy Police said in a statement. Authorities were tipped of after one of the suspects sent a “frightening” text message to another student. Police found evidence that one of the suspects had logged hundreds of hours on a flight simulator program, the Standard-Examiner reports.

►The U.S. may have just upped the stakes for hostages held by Somali pirates. A group of pirates holding an American hostage has threatened to kill him if U.S. Navy SEALs try to stage a rescue like one earlier this week that rescued a U.S. aid worker and a Dane. "If they try again, we will all die together," warned Hassan Abdi, a Somali pirate connected to the group holding the American. “It's difficult to hold U.S. hostages, because it's a game of chance: die or get huge money. But we shall stick with our plans and will never release him until we get a ransom.” Pirates interviewed by the Associated Press said that keeping hostages on land will probably end now because at sea, a ship is easier to defend. Another said pirates will be more likely to kill hostages than wait for ransoms if there’s potential they will be attacked.

►A court in Georgia is weighing the case of a man who says he was rejected from joining the police force for being HIV positive. An unidentified 40-year-old man is suing the Atlanta Police for rejecting his job application. The man says that after working as a criminal investigator in Los Angeles he wanted to join the force in Atlanta. When blood tests during a pre-employment physical revealed he had HIV, a doctor advised the department that he should have a position with limited physical contact with people. “Atlanta attorneys argued there are other officers on the force with HIV, and said the police department does not have a blanket policy disqualifying candidates with the virus” and that the city was just following the recommendations of the doctor, the Washington Post reports.

►In other news, the contractors tasked with securing U.S. airports still make poverty wages, reports the Village Voice. The Army suggests guidelines for soldiers for maintaining operational security on Facebook. And officials are looking to fill more than 10,000 private security positions for the 2012 Olympics. 



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