Courts and rights: One two Iraqi men who pleaded guilty to multiple terrorism charges in Kentucky was sentenced to life in prison yesterday, while his co-defendant was given 40 years, The Louisville Courier News notes. FBI agents set a complicated psychological trap for an Oregon teen by rewarding his compliance and praising his intellect while luring him into a terror plot, AP hears a psychologist testifying yesterday. An activist who has sued TSA over its use of body scanners is now litigating NYPD use of a futuristic concealed weapons scanner that hasnt even been deployed yet, The New York Daily News notes while Army Times sees a Florida woman charged with defrauding a church of benefits by claiming her four sons died while serving in the War on Terror. The five accused masterminds of the 9/11 attacks did not show up to yesterdays pre-trial hearing at the Guantanamo, Voice of America mentions.
Follow the Money: Minnesotas TCF Financial Corp. has been fined $10 million for inadequately monitoring suspicious transactions, including some possibly linked to terrorism, The Minneapolis Star Tribune tells. IED attacks on U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan earn jihadists between $100 to $1,000 apiece, rewards funded partly by Pakistans intel service, Money Jihad relays while another MJ post slams The Associated Press almost sympathetic portrayal of Algerian gas field hostage-taker Mokhtar Belmokhtar as a pragmatist more interested in ransom than jihadist mayhem. Cocaine snorted in the pubs and clubs of Britain is helping finance the al-Qaida factions behind the Algerian hostage siege and the Islamist takeover of northern Mali, The Sunday Telegraph is told. Turkey may not meet other countries demands to freeze terrorists assets unless they reciprocate, Bloomberg hears its justice minister saying as a parliamentary committee approves a draft law to curb terror finance.
To Detect and Serve: The FBI is partnering with CBP to identify border trespassers by exchanging digital eye scans of booked offenders, Washington Business Journal relays. A new generation of technologies is emerging that can identify you by your physiology, Danger Room reports, itemizing the eleven body parts by which biometric scanners of the future will ID us. The controversial GT200 dowsing bomb detector, $20,000 a pop from Britains Global Technical Ltd, is worthless as a substance detector, Technology Review hears independent researchers judging from double-blind trials as The Hill eulogizes a Secret Service bomb-sniffing dog who died falling from a New Orleans parking garage during a sweep preceding a Veep Joe Biden appearance. (Ponder also Nanowerks tech tutorial on the detection of trace explosives.) Utahs disease-tracking GermWatch website is a hybrid of a program pioneered during the 2002 Winter Olympics to detect bioterror threats, Salt Lake Citys KSL 5 News highlights.
Behind the Lines for Wednesday, January 30, 2013 3 P.M.
By David C. Morrison, Special to Congressional Quarterly