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Report: Biometric Data Being Collected with 'Little to No Standards, Oversight, or Transparency'

- The extensive collection and sharing of biometric information among government agencies is detrimental to both immigrant communities and U.S. citizens because of possible errors and a breakdown of privacy, says a joint white paper released by the Immigration Policy Center and Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Truman Project Releases National Security Manual

- A D.C.-based leadership institute released its biennial national security manual to provide policy-makers and national security practitioners with a tool to quickly understand hot topics in national security.

Force Science Institute Examines Traffic Stop Safety

- A law enforcement research center is looking for ways to protect police officers during traffic stops and help officers cope with memory loss that occurs during traumatic events.

Geomagnetic Storms

- The North American electrical power system could potentially collapse due to a giant geomagnetic storm. Congress has held hearings but critics say that not enough is being done. Read the testimony and judge for yourself.

NYPD Developing Body Scanners to Detect Weapons, But Application May Still Be Years Away

- The NYPD is developing a new technology that would allow police to see whether a person was carrying a weapon from a distance, but technology fitting the departments' desired specifications may still be years away.

FBI: Crime is Down in 2011

- The number of violent crimes is down for 2011, according to preliminary statistics from the FBI.

Bipartisan Group Produces Crash Course on Nuclear Threats,Countermeasures

- The number of nuclear weapons worldwide has declined significantly, but the United States must continue to work to counter worldwide nuclear threats, says the American Security Project.

FBI Working to Release Data on Slain Officers

- Web site problems keep the FBI from releasing its "Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted" report.

Employee Theft:The Largest Source of Shrink in North America

- Employee theft was regarded as the greatest shrinkage problem by retailers in North and Latin America. It's also growing worldwide, according to the Centre for Retail Research’s Global Retail Theft Barometer for 2011.

Small Arms Survey Outlines Difficulties In Estimating Gun Ownership

- Current estimates say civilians own 650 million guns worldwide--more than three times the number owned by armed forces worldwide and more than 25 times the amount held by law enforcement.

Blame It On El Nino: Researchers Link Conflict To Climate Change

- Researchers at Columbia say they’ve found a link to climate cycles and civil conflict, while skeptics charge there's a political motivation behind the results.

Urban Area Perspective—Minneapolis

- Security Management interviews Rocco Forté, assistant city coordinator for emergency preparedness and regulatory services for the City of Minneapolis.

Implantable Medical Devices: Hacks and Countermeasures

- Vulnerability of implanted medical devices is the topic of a presentation at Black Hat. Elsewhere, reports indicate that researchers are already developing countermeasures.
 




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