Security News Roundup 31/03/14

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March 31, 2014 3:57 pm

Senator calls for improved security at The World Trade Center.

Senator Charles Schumer has called for improved security at The Wold Trade Center in New York after several breaches in recent months. At a news conference on Sunday, he said that The Department of Homeland Security should review the site’s surveillance equipment, entry points and guards performance.

Security manager of the site Joseph Dunne claims the agency in charge of security at the site “have taken significant steps to address” the recent lapses. A company that manages the building said the tower’s security chief resigned on Friday.

Ex-TSA agent reveals insider details of the bizarre world of airport checkpoints

Whatever you do, don’t take your goldfish on holiday with you this year. Not that you would want to anyway but ex-TSA agent Jason Edward Harrington has blown the whistle on airport security revealing, among other things, that a passenger was told their goldfish would have to travel without the water.

Other highlights from the Politico article include Harrington recalling when he witnessed a ‘heated’ debate about whether mashed potatoes count as a liquid.

‘They were angry that I seemed to place responsibility for the agency’s problems squarely on the shoulders of low-ranking employees, rather than focusing on upper management and underlying organizational problems,’ Harrington said of his former colleagues.

Harrington also revealed in an article for Time that TSA agents were asked to confiscate aluminium foil and ink cartridges.

Controversy after security guard is left critical after being trampled at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival.

Private security guard Erica Mack has been left  in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital with severe brain hemorrhaging.

‘She was not strong enough to deal with a mob of people that actually pushed this fence down, pushing her backwards and the fence landing on top of her.

‘Now these people started trampling on top of her just to get into the event, as a result she sustained major head trauma as well as a broken leg,’ said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll.

Mayor of Miami Tomas Regalado has been highly critical of the organisers of the festival. ”The organisers of Ultra did not follow the police directive to re-enforce the fence, even though they knew that this year, and the year before, some kids have tried to over run the fences’ he said.