A news organization in Guatemala discovered a clandestine drug trafficking airstrip located in the vicinity of a military post and property owned by a transnational company, raising questions about ties between organized crime and elites in the area and the difficulty of preventing the illegal use of private property for criminal activities.
Guatemala News Outlet Spots Clandestine Airstrip Near Military Base
PARIS: The plaza outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, where French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron plans a victory party if elected, was briefly evacuated on Sunday (May 7) following a security alert, sources said. A spokesman for Macron’s movement said the alert was due to a “suspicious package.” The check was completed around 1230 GMT. A police source said the area was cordoned off and searched by a police team “simply to banish any doubts.” Several hundred journalists who have been accredited for the post-election rally were asked to briefly move away from the site.
The Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, is situated on the banks of the River Seine in the heart of Paris. The plaza is the square between the two long arms of the building, where its famous glass pyramid entrance is located. The second-round vote in France’s presidential election is taking place amid tight security, with tens of thousands of police and troops mounting guard. A string of jihadist attacks since January 2015 have left at least 230 dead and hundreds injured. On February 3, a 29-year-old Egyptian wielding knives attacked troops patrolling the underground access to Louvre .
He was shot and wounded by the patrol. On April 20, three days before the first round of the presidential poll, a policeman was shot dead on the Champs-Elysees avenue, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. On Friday, a suspected extremist was detained near a military base outside Paris.
Guns were discovered as well as a pledge of allegiance to IS and several of the group’s flags, sources close to the case told AFP.
If airport security measures weren t uncomfortable enough, TSA recently revealed they re making pat down procedures a little more invasive . A spokesperson told Bloomberg, I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn t involved will notice that the new pat-down is more involved.
The TSA has warned airport officials, crew, and law enforcement that the new procedure may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before . If CNN correspondent Angela Rye s recent experience is any indication, yeah, the new procedure does sound a lot more involved2. The TSA doesn t get very detailed on what the new procedure will look like, but the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent a security notice to members that offered a vague description, according to Bloomberg:
Now security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives, according to a security notice that the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent its U.S . members following a March 1 conference call with TSA official. The TSA website doesn t give you much to go on3 in terms of options, either . They simply say: At any time during the process, you may request private screening accompanied by a companion of your choice . A second officer of the same gender will always be present during private screening.
Not very comforting, considering it s the same procedure, just in private. According to LegalMatch4, rejecting a pat down altogether will likely get you booted from the airport . It s worth noting that if you reject the full-body scanner, you ll get a pat down instead . That said, you can still get a pat down if you go through the full-body scanner. (Also, TSA can still reject your request5 if you d rather have a pat down and a scan, so that s not even necessarily an option). If you want to avoid a pat down, here s what one TSA agent told Reader s Digest6:
Don t wear shirts or pants with extraneous pockets, buttons, or zippers, or anything with sequined bling on it . These items tend to appear suspicious on the scanner, which is programmed to flag anything out of the ordinary. Of course, don t look suspicious is pretty ridiculous advice, but the TSA isn t exactly flexible, and their policies seem to only be getting more aggressive . If nothing else, these new procedures are something to be aware of next time you fly .
For more detail, head to the links below.
- ^ weren t uncomfortable enough, (lifehacker.com)
- ^ the new procedure does sound a lot more involved (www.cnn.com)
- ^ TSA website doesn t give you much to go on (www.tsa.gov)
- ^ According to LegalMatch (www.legalmatch.com)
- ^ TSA can still reject your request (www.latimes.com)
- ^ TSA agent told Reader s Digest (www.rd.com)
- ^ TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs (www.bloomberg.com)
- ^ Consumerist (consumerist.com)