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Morning Security Brief: Watch List Suspects Released After Traffic Stop, Excessive Force, NSTIC Steering Committee, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Two people on the federal terrorist watch list were stopped in Laurel, Maryland in 2011, but allowed to leave based on instructions from the Department of Homeland Security. “Laurel has been linked to al-Qaeda cells in the United States before, and the city made national headlines following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when it was reported that some of the hijackers involved in the attacks had stayed in motels in the city and used computers at the Laurel library,” the Baltimore Sun reports. The traffic stop was never reported publicly until the city released its annual report last week. Laurel police say that the information was accidentally included in the report. Of the people stopped, the Laurel Police spokesperson said, “They're [DHS] watching them…They just don't want the local jurisdictions to interfere with what they're doing.”

►Swedish police are being criticized by criminologists and the public for using excessive force after a March 6th incident where police fired their weapons at a trio who had just robbed a bank. It was revealed on Tuesday that the robbers never fired any shots and may not have been carrying weapons. In all, police fired 16 shots, but 10 of them went into a nearby gym. The information was presented in a TV interview with a local prosecutor. Criminologist Jerzy Sarnecki said, “If the data is correct, one or more police officers behaved like American cowboys. This is extremely serious…Even if police officers have perceived the situation as extremely dangerous they still can’t just shoot this way.”

►NIST is soliciting proposals to establish a steering group in support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace and to provide the group with ongoing secretarial, administrative and logistical support. NIST anticipates supporting one proposal with approximately $2 million in funding for up to two years, according to a press release.

►The Afghan man who sped a truck onto the runway and emerged from it in flames at Camp Bastion, a British airbase in the Helmand province, has died from his injuries. The man was carrying gasoline and a lighter. Officials still refuse to call the incident an attack. ♦ Anonymous suspects the hacker group Antisec maybe have actually been a creation by the FBI with the help of Sabu, the Lulzsec leader turned FBI informant. ♦ And the Army warns soldiers about geotagging again.

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