WBEZ | security http://www.wbez.org/tags/security Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mideast peace talks, Bulgaria's protest movement and the NSA http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-29/mideast-peace-talks-bulgarias-protest-movement-and-nsa-108212 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/buuu_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Obama administration announced initial peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will begin today. We discuss the role the government has in determining the future of intelligence programs like PRISM. Protesters in Bulgaria demand an end to corruption within their government.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103138853&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/mideast-peace-talks-bulgaria-s-protest-movement-an.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/mideast-peace-talks-bulgaria-s-protest-movement-an" target="_blank">View the story "Mideast peace talks, Bulgaria's protest movement and the NSA" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-29/mideast-peace-talks-bulgarias-protest-movement-and-nsa-108212 The two moods of Lollapalooza http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/two-moods-lollapalooza-101502 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/lollasign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/47030592" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Spending the weekend at Lollapalooza was like spending a lifetime there. Within 24 hours, festival attendees seemingly went through some version of the five stages of grief; they started out calm and celebratory, turned angry as the reality of the weather and subsequent evacuation set in, then became resigned to it, and finally came to terms with the situation, finding some sort of closure. Well, some of them did. Check out the video above for a brief glance on the weekend of a Lollapalooza-goer.</p></p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 13:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/two-moods-lollapalooza-101502 South Shore Line limits service during NATO summit http://www.wbez.org/south-shore-line-limits-service-during-nato-summit-99135 <p><p>Passengers riding the South Shore Line to Chicago should expect some disruptions in their commute during the NATO summit.</p><p>On Monday, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) released a statement announcing 11 trains will be canceled on May 21st.</p><p>NICTD General manager Gerald Hanas said secret service has requested special security for all trains traveling under McCormick place during the summit.<br><br>"We would ask all passengers to de-train on the inbound trains at Hegewisch [and] go through a screening. The trains would be screened and swept. Then, once that process is completed the passengers will be allowed to get back on and you know, hopefully, if everything goes right, then we'll just be able to move the train right through McCormick Place," Hanas said.<br><br>Hanas says their riders face the same restrictions as Metra riders, including a ban on bringing food and liquids onboard. Passengers are also allowed only one bag which can be no bigger than 15 inches by 15 inches</p><p>Metra officials announced its security details last Friday.</p><p>They said passengers will not be able to bring backpacks, bicycles or packages onboard either.</p><p>Metra officials said they will close some stations on Metra's electric line which runs underneath McCormick Place, the summit location.</p><p>Five stations along Metra’s electric line will close on Saturday and Sunday of the NATO weekend. Twenty-six stations on the electric line will close on Monday the 21<sup>st</sup>, including the entire Blue Island branch.</p><p>The electric line typically serves 14,000 riders on an average weekday.</p><p>Metra Communications Director Robert Carlton said Metra’s website will have details about the changes.</p><p>Carlton said Metra will have to close 26 stations on the line in part because it does not have enough staff to provide extra security. He also said there would be alternative public transportation available to riders.</p></p> Mon, 14 May 2012 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/south-shore-line-limits-service-during-nato-summit-99135 Proposed ordinance calls for security at vacant properties near schools http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-05/proposed-ordinance-calls-security-vacant-properties-near-schools-92839 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/abandoned buildings flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Vacant properties received quite a bit of attention from the city of Chicago recently. This past July, the city passed an ordinance making banks and lenders responsible for the upkeep of empty buildings on their books. If a new ordinace proposed by the <a href="http://www.ctunet.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Teacher's Union</a> and alderman were to pass the City Council, owners of abandoned properties close to schools may be required to post security guards outside those buildings during daytime hours. To find out what effect vacant buildings had on Chicago's hardest hit communities and if the proposed ordinances could do anything to improve the situation, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://www.chicagoreporter.com/authors/angela-caputo" target="_blank">Angela Caputo</a> of the <a href="http://www.chicagoreporter.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Reporter</em></a>. Caputo covers housing and criminal justice for the <em>Chicago Reporter</em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-05/proposed-ordinance-calls-security-vacant-properties-near-schools-92839 New study surveys the line between civil liberties and security http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-09/new-study-surveys-line-between-civil-liberties-and-security-91751 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/AP NORC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Since 9/11, the effort to increase collective security while preserving civil liberties proved to be controversial. The country increased airport security and the volume of surveillance cameras in public places. And then were less benign changes--the secret monitoring of communication and individuals held without charge, for example.</p><p>Ten years after the attacks, a <a href="http://www.apnorc.org/Common/pdfs/AP-NORC-Civil-Liberties-Security-9-11-Report.pdf" target="_blank">new report</a> from the <a href="http://www.apnorc.org/" target="_blank">Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research </a>explored how Americans prioritize security and liberty. One of the authors, <a href="http://www.norc.org/Experts/Pages/dan-gaylin.aspx" target="_blank">Dan Gaylin</a>, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> from Washington to discuss the findings.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-09/new-study-surveys-line-between-civil-liberties-and-security-91751 City to add more patrols around CTA http://www.wbez.org/story/city-add-more-patrols-around-cta-89754 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/AP05072203777.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's adding 50 full-time police officers to&nbsp;patrol Chicago Transit Authority trains and bus stations.&nbsp;</p><p>City officials say the officers will be drawn from the Chicago&nbsp;Police Academy and should be in place by next spring. The CTA says&nbsp;it's kicking in $10 million for the security upgrade.</p><p>Several high-profile attacks on the CTA's vast network in recent&nbsp;years raised public concern and highlighted safety issues.&nbsp;</p><p>In a statement from his office Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel&nbsp;said the beefed-up security patrols will help "ensure the safety&nbsp;and security of all who rely on the CTA to get to work, school," and destinations across Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy added in the same statement that the new officers will bolster the department's&nbsp;ability to deter crime.</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/city-add-more-patrols-around-cta-89754 Chicago transit adding security cameras, patrols http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-transit-adding-security-cameras-patrols-88075 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-20/72349537.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Transit Authority is doubling its number of security cameras and work with police to start special plainclothes patrols.&nbsp;</p><p>CTA president Forrest Claypool announced the increased security efforts Monday. The CTA will use an accelerated bidding process to hire vendors to install&nbsp; all-angle cameras along rail platforms and other unsecure areas over the next six months.&nbsp;</p><p>The CTA's 1,500 cameras will increase to 3,000. So far in 2010 CTA security camera images have led to arrests in 13 cases. Last year it was 69 arrests.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Claypool says the goal is to "saturate" cameras to record criminal activity.&nbsp;</p><p>The CTA and Chicago police are calling new highly visible uniformed officer patrols "Wolfpacks." More plainclothes officers will also be out to crack down on phone and electronic device thefts.</p></p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-transit-adding-security-cameras-patrols-88075 Sen. Charles Schumer Wants 'No-Ride' List For Trains http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-09/sen-charles-schumer-wants-no-ride-list-trains-86267 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/0" alt="" /><p><p>After intelligence gathered at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan revealed al-Qaida thought about attacking trains in the United States, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said that like we do for airplanes, the name of anyone who rides a train should be checked against a "no-ride" list.</p><p><a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/breaking/schumer-wants-no-ride-list-for-amtrak-1.2864500"><em>Newsday</em> reports</a>:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Schumer said there should be a "no ride" list for Amtrak, similar to the "no fly" list maintained by the federal Department of Homeland Security. It would require Amtrak passengers to show photo identification before boarding a train, to be checked against the name on their tickets and against lists of suspected terrorists.</p><p>Currently, not all Amtrak passengers have their ID checked, Schumer said.</p><p>"Anyone, even a member of al-Qaida, could purchase a train trip ticket and board an Amtrak train without so much as a question asked from an Amtrak official," Schumer said at a news conference. "That's a glaring loophole."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>The reaction to the proposal was mixed,<a href="http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2011/may/09/commuters-mixed-proposed-no-ride-list-amtrak/"> reports NPR member station WNYC</a>. Some train passengers at New York's Penn Station thought it was a good idea but difficult to execute; another thought the idea would be impossible to implement. Part of the issue, here, is that some train passengers chose rail over air, specifically because of the inconvenience of airport security. In fact, Amtrak targeted exactly that crowd <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/business/media/02adnewsletter1.html">in a 2009 ad campaign</a>.</p><p>As <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/05/rail-commuters-balk-proposed-no-ride-list-trains/37485/">the <em>Atlantic</em> reports</a>, Amtrak and the federal government have already had their run-ins. Back in February, Amtrak kicked Transportation Security Administration officers off of Amtrak property, after outcry over the patdown of a 9-year-old.</p><p>Glenn Greenwald, of Slate, <a href="http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/05/09/fear">asks simply</a>, if we there's a no-ride list for regional trains, shouldn't there be one for the New York City subway? The <em>Atlantic</em> also points to a pragmatic problem: A lot of small Amtrak stops aren't manned, so how could they check an ID and a list before boarding? Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1304973427?&gn=Sen.+Charles+Schumer+Wants+%27No-Ride%27+List+For+Trains&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Travel,National+News,Security,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=136146271&c7=1091&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1091&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110509&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=127610560,127602855,127602719,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 14:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-09/sen-charles-schumer-wants-no-ride-list-trains-86267 A conversation with Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-15/conversation-pakistani-journalist-ahmed-rashid-83740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-15/96374141.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The commander of American and Allied forces in Afghanistan began two days of testimonies before congress today. General David Petraeus called the gains fragile and reversible, but he said the US had stopped the Taliban momentum. Petraeus says the US goal of handing over security responsibility is on track, but warns against cutting resources to Afghanistan. We&rsquo;ll get an update on Afghanistan from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ahmedrashid.com">Ahmed Rashid</a>, author of the bestselling book <em>Taliban</em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>EVENT: </strong></p><p>University of Chicago's Center for International Studies presents:&nbsp; &quot;The World Beyond the Headlines&quot;<br />Islamist Movements Across the Globe: Re-Examining Vocabularies in the Public Sphere<br />Tuesday, March 15th, 6-8pm<br />Gleacher Center<br />450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago</p><p>Free and open to the public.</p></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-15/conversation-pakistani-journalist-ahmed-rashid-83740 The impact of surveillance cameras on our civil rights http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/impact-surveillance-cameras-our-civil-rights-81971 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cameras getty boyle.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's next mayor will have to tackle a myriad of issues including public safety and security. In recent years the city has increasingly turned to one security tool - surveillance cameras. Proponents like the mayor and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/oem.html">Office of Emergency Management and Communications</a> tout their effectiveness and would like to see more on Chicago&rsquo;s streets. But the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.aclu-il.org/">American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois</a> thinks they are an unregulated intrusion on our privacy.<br /><br />Tuesday the ACLU will ask City Council to adopt a moratorium on installing new surveillance cameras in Chicago. That call comes on the heels of the first large-scale, <a target="_blank" href="http://il.aclu.org/site/DocServer/Surveillance_Camera_Report1.pdf?docID=3261">independent study of Chicago&rsquo;s cameras commissioned by the ACLU</a>. Adam Schwartz is an attorney for the ACLU and he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss the findings of the report.<br /><br /><em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>invited Chicago&rsquo;s Office of Emergency Management and Communications to discuss the findings of the ACLU study but did not receive a response.</p><p><em>Music Button: Zero One, &quot;Lifeforce&quot;, from the CD Ozone, (Waveform) </em></p></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 14:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/impact-surveillance-cameras-our-civil-rights-81971