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Morning Security Brief: NSA Defunding Bill Fails, U.K. Forensics Program Criticized, Colleges Hacked, and More

- A bill restricting the NSA's wiretapping efforts narrowly failed in the House, the UK's forensic science program may have been mishandled, and more.

Balancing Liberty and Security: Human Rights, Human Wrongs

- The academic work Balancing Liberty and Security explores the tension between international human rights legislation and the parliamentary system of government in the United Kingdom.

Morning Security Brief: NYC Stop & Frisk Law, Money Laundering and Digital Currency, and More

- The New York City Council passed policies that will severely curtail the city’s stop and frisk practice. Thomson Reuters Fraud Prevention and Investigation unit has a report on the rising use of digital currency in money laundering. And the GAO find that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) should increase interagency communication and strengthen the assessment of its efforts to stem illegal cross-border activity.

Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure Underway

- As stakeholders work to shape a new cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure, they highlight some options and the challenges inherent in devising such standards.

Morning Security Brief: Statue of Liberty Security Screening, Nuclear-Weapon Plants, Crime Stats, and More

- The Statue of Liberty, which has been closed since Superstorm Sandy, will reopen July 4, but security screening will be in Manhattan before passengers board boats headed to the landmark, rather than on Ellis Island. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz vows to improve nuclear plant security, particularly at Y-12, the site of a protest break-in last year. FBI releases preliminary crime stats for 2012, and more.


- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the CIA must turn over documentation regarding its drone program.

Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

- As stakeholders work to shape a new cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure, they highlight some options and the challenges inherent in devising such standards.

Gen. McChrystal Challenges Conventional Military Strategies in GovSec Keynote

- Threats to national security, chiefly cyberthreats, are evolving rapidly and must be met with an evolving strategy by our military and government. That’s according to General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. He spoke at the annual GovSec conference in Washington, D.C., today.

Blue Ribbon Commission on Chemical Facility Security Proposed

- In the wake of the April 17 explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) call for the formation of a blue ribbon commission on chemical facility security.

Morning Security Brief: More on Latest Boston Arrests, Plane Debris Suspected from 9/11 Removed, Marathon Security Enhanced

- The three suspects taken into custody Wednesday in connection with Boston bombings are named. Police remove piece of landing gear from plane believed to be one of the two 9-11 hijacked flights that crashed into World Trade Center. And marathon runners and spectators face increased security this weekend at the Long Island Marathon.

Bombing at Boston Marathon

- Bombs set off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon wound nearly two dozen people and kill several people, according to reports.

New Interim Security Clearance Guidelines Address Issue of Mental Health Counseling for Victims of Sexual Assault

- Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper took steps today to address an issue faced by victims of sexual assault who have or are trying to obtain a security clearance: They may fear disclosing mental health information on their application.

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