Fort Hood shooter snapped over denial of request for leave, Army confirms

Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez’s rampage followed an argument over the denial of his request for leave and did not appear to be due to some ongoing mental problem, an Army official said Monday.

The word came as officials announced findings of their ongoing investigation, which included interviews with more than 1,100 people and a recreation of the shooting last Wednesday, which left four dead including Lopez, and 16 injured. “We only have one suspect,” said Chris Grey, spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. “We are fully committed to this investigation and we will continue to pursue investigatively all leads.”

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2 charged in fatal shooting of security guard at Houston game room

HOUSTON — Houston police have filed charges against two people accused in the fatal shooting of a security guard at a southwest Houston game room.

The shooting happened March 27 around 12:30 a.m. at the Luck Star Game Room on Bissonnet near Beltway 8.

Maria Valle, 48, and Luis Rivas, 20, are both charged with capital murder.

Surveillance photos of the crime were released last week. At least three others are suspected in the case.

Police said the suspects, three men and two women, entered the Lucky Star Game Room and began playing the electronic slot machines.

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New Robo-Cop: ‘R2-D2’s Evil Twin’

(NEWSER) – Its makers don’t like to compare it to “RoboCop or Terminator”—but it’s hard not to. The K5 Autonomous Data Machine is an electronic security guard developed in Silicon Valley by a company called Knightscope, Fox News reports. It’s five feet tall, weighs 300 pounds, and is equipped with all kinds of sensors, including a video camera, microphone, thermal sensors, radar, and air quality trackers. “We founded Knightscope after what happened at Sandy Hook,” co-founder William Santana Li tells the New York Times. “You are never going to have an armed officer in every school.”

“Data collected through these sensors is processed through our predictive analytics engine, combined with existing business, government, and crowd-sourced social data sets, and subsequently assigned an alert level that determines when the community and the authorities should be notified of a concern,” says Knightscope. The device itself isn’t armed, the Daily Mail notes, but already, some are raising privacy concerns. “This is like R2-D2’s evil twin,” a privacy advocate says. “This is the kind of pervasive surveillance that has put people on edge.”

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Ottawa rethinking policy of giving veterans security-guard jobs

The Conservative government is evaluating the relevancy of a decades-long policy meant to help veterans find work as security guards at government buildings.

Since the end of the Second World War, Ottawa has directed billions of dollars in federal guard contracts to the Commissionaires, a private, non-profit organization that was created to help employ the thousands of veterans returning from war.

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Lawmaker Calls for ‘Black Boxes’ that Eject from Planes

A House lawmaker wants to make sure that planes carry flight recorders that eject before crashes so they are easier to find.

Rep. David Price, D-N.C., said the importance of his proposal is demonstrated in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has been missing since last Friday, says USA Today. But he said the 9/11 Commission recommended after the terrorist hijackings in 2001 that planes carry ejectable “black boxes” to make them easier to find. Navy planes have carried them for years, and Transportation Security Administration was given $3.5 million in 2008 to study and test the proposal, says USA Today.

“The need for this has once again been demonstrated,” Price told Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at an Appropriations subcommittee on transportation hearing. “I really urge you to move this ahead.”

Foxx said the Federal Aviation Administration is evaluating the technology and developing a plan to determine the benefit of deploying the technology versus the costs involved, says USA Today. “It’s unclear at this time, obviously, how that might have impacted the situation with the aircraft in Malaysia,” Foxx said. “It’s a technology we are aware of, and we are working very hard.”

Price argued that it wouldn’t take many “costly, agonizing, expensive searches” like the one now to make the technology worthwhile, says USA Today. “Nearly every major commercial air accident that has occurred over water or in remote areas has resulted in a costly and time-consuming recovery,” Price said.

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Lawmakers accuse Snowden of being Russian spy

“Two of the top lawmakers within the United States intelligence community say that Congress is now considering whether any officials in the Russian government have influenced the actions of US National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Snowden, 30, has been in the Moscow area since last June when he became stranded there during a layover from Hong Kong after US authorities revoked his American passport. Seven months later, though, the heads of the United States House and Senate Intelligence Committees now claim that the former NSA contractor could very well be linked to the Russian government.”

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US, Russian forces hunt jihadist widow feared inside Olympic zone


“U.S. counterterrorism operatives are helping Russian security agents in the hunt for four female potential terrorists, including a “white widow” — the wife of a dead terrorist — who could already be inside the massive security zone set up for next month’s winter Olympics.”

Keep safe, looks like there is another Jihadist out on the loose. U.S. forces are working with their Russian counterparts inside the massive, 1,500-mile security zone set up to prevent attacks during next month’s games.

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US military report predicts drone swarms, highly autonomous UAVs

The US military hopes that drones will be capable of changing their own missions, altering course without a human command, and buzzing through the skies in coordinated groups within the next 25 years, according to a new Defense Department report.

What does this mean for the future of security? Will we see more and more robotic alternatives taken when it comes to security measures? There is much debate about the usage of such drones and their overall effectiveness.

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CEO’s Office

We’ve got some new updates on our site, including a new page about Imperial Protective Service’s CEO Manny Flores.

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Explosion at Los Angeles International Airport terminal delays up to 4 flights

LOS ANGELES –  Authorities are investigating an explosion at a Los Angeles International Airport terminal that caused up to four flights to be delayed.

Airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said the explosion at Terminal 2 was reported around 7 p.m. Sunday. She said she didn’t have immediate information on what caused the blast, or how severe it was, and referred questions to the FBI which is handling the investigation.

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