Morning Security Brief: U.S. Terrorism Hot Spots Mapped, Boko Haram Spokesman Arrested, Airborne Smugglers, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Nearly 30 percent of terrorist attacks took place in just five counties, according to a new study from the University of Maryland that maps terrorism “hot spots” in the United States. Criminology professor Gary LaFree set out to find what areas are most prone to terrorism, the geographic concentration of attacks, and specific ideologies motivate and concentrate terrorist attacks, and what factors increase the risk that an attack will occur in a particular area. He found that the largest number of events took place in Manhattan County, Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., respectively.

►Abu Qaqa, Boko Haram’s spokesman, is very fond of talking to the media by phone to make sure the sect gets credit for its attacks. Ironically, it's his fondess of mobile phones and his own voice that authorities used to track him down. For six hours Nigerian security forces traced his movements using technology to pinpoint his mobile phone location and he was arrested during the night. Now they will use voice recognition technology to verify that they have arrested the right person, The Nation reports.

►Boulder, Colorado officials are releasing few details about a drug smuggling operation at Boulder Municipal Airport on Wednesday. On Monday, DHS showed up to inspect a hangar at Boulder Municipal Airport, but officials wouldn’t release any details on the impromptu search that involved a canine unit and a Homeland Security Agent who “arrived in a black unmarked jeep.” A spokesman says Homeland Security had been tracking a plane and an arrest was made when the pilot landed at Boulder Airport. Officials say Carl Gruber was arrested on Saturday for smuggling 55 pounds of marijuana, but refused to release any additional details.

►In other news, authorities in California are seeing a new trend of criminals stealing surveillance cameras from buildings to install at their own homes.♦The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says a poorly written bullying law that was pushed through in New Jersey violates students’ first amendment rights. ♦And an HHS study finds that seven out of 10 safety errors at hospitals go unreported.


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