U.S. School Safety Plan, Beijing Facial Recognition, Mexico Travel Alert, and More

U.S. School Safety Plan, Beijing Facial Recognition, Mexico Travel Alert, and More
  • ​On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a school-safety plan that seeks to steer military vets and retired cops into the educational system and provide firearms training for "specially qualified" school personnel. The New York Post reports that Trump also called on Congress to pass pending legislation to strengthen instant, federal background checks on gun buyers, and earmark $50 million annually for technology and other programs to prevent school violence. Other proposals include having every state follow Florida's lead in allowing judges to issue "extreme risk protection orders" so police can seize guns and ammunition from people who pose a threat.

  • At a highway checkpoint outside Beijing, local police are testing a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features and car registration plates and match them in real time with a database of suspects, according to Reuters. The AI-powered glasses, made by LLVision, scan the faces of vehicle occupants and the plates, flagging with a red box and warning sign to the wearer when any match up with a blacklist. The test, which coincides with the annual meeting of China's parliament in central Beijing, underscores a major push by China's leaders to leverage technology to boost security in the country. That drive has led to growing concerns that China is developing a sophisticated surveillance state that will lead to intensifying crackdowns on dissent.

  • Investigators released new details Sunday about a tourist ferry blast in Mexico that injured 26 people on February 21 in the Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen, reports Fox News. Mexican authorities say a rudimentary explosive device was responsible but that terrorism and organized crime have been "ruled out." Prosecutors say an object found attached to the underside of another ferry belonging to the same company, Barcos Caribe, later near Cozumel Island is a similar rudimentary artifact. Although the U.S. Embassy in Mexico claimed it was separate from the ferry blast, the agency narrowed its travel warning for Playa del Carmen last week amid what it called an unspecified "ongoing security threat." In a notice posted on its website, the embassy said the U.S. Consular Agency in the city would reopen and resume normal operations today after a shutdown of several days "absent additional changes in the security situation."

  • According to Sputnik News, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) thwarted a terrorist attack in Russia's Saratov Region plotted by a clandestine terrorist cell. According to an FSB statement, the criminals opened fire when the security forces tried to stop their car on Sunday. They were killed in retaliatory fire. Guns, a hand grenade and homemade explosive device were found at the incident site, the FSB added.

  • In other news, the fatal New York City helicopter crash that killed everyone on board except the pilot may have been caused by a passenger's piece of luggage, which may have hit the emergency fuel shutoff button, leading to the crash that killed five passengers Sunday evening. Myanmar is building security installations on top of razed Rohingya villages, Amnesty International said today, casting doubt on the country's plans to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees. Three U.S. Postal Service employees were hospitalized after coming in contact with a package containing an unknown hazardous substance at an upstate New York mail-sorting facility early Sunday morning in Colonie, New York. The Taliban captured a district in western Afghanistan today, as security continues to deteriorate in the besieged province of Farah. A recent consumer survey suggests that half of all Americans still haven't​​ checked their credit report since the Equifax breach last year exposed the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and other personal information on nearly 150 million people.