Morning Security Brief: Chinese Surveillance, Mexico Preps for Volcano Eruption, Police Moonlighting as Guards, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Citing potential national security risks, a Chinese Ministry of Public Security official signaled that the country might scale back the role of foreign companies in its surveillance industry. “China's security cameras play an important role in countering crimes and maintaining social stability,” Chen Chaowu, deputy director of a research institute affiliated with the Ministry of Public Security, told China Daily last month. “In some important areas and industries, we should avoid the risks to national security that might come from using overseas standards and products.” It’s not clear if the comments carry much weight, the New York Times reported, noting that  last week a Canadian company signed a deal to provide software to China for a $1.2 billon surveillance project.

►Mexican authorities have raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City. The lava dome began to expand and the volcano started spewing red-hot fragments of rock on Monday, according to Mexico’s Center for Disaster Prevention. “The center raised the alert level to yellow phase three from yellow phase two, indicating possible magma expulsion and explosions of increasing intensity. It is the third-highest warning on the center's seven-step scale,” Reuters reports. Officials have told emergency services they should ready to be on standby and to ready evacuation teams and shelters. Flights in the area have been restricted. A major eruption of Popocatepetl in 2000 forced an evacuation of 50,000 people in three states.

►Victoria, Australia police have opened an internal inquiry of six officers after an investigation by the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun found that several police officers were moonlighting as security guards. “An examination of the secondary employment register - a database of authorised requests for employment outside police duties - has revealed officers in potential conflict with their main day jobs. Police are banned from working in the security, liquor, firearms, sex or gaming industries,” the Sun reports. "Everyone who works for Victoria Police needs to be committed to this organisation first and foremost, and the community also expects their local police to be dedicated to policing duties," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

►A man is under guard at a hospital in South Carolina after he became combative when being confronted about self-medicating. A guard who responded to a nurse’s call for security discovered the man had an explosive in his bag. Police later found pipe bombs at the man’s home. Jeffrey Glenn Rash, 51, has been charged with possession of explosive/incendiary devices. ♦ During his trial, Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for the Norway massacre, claimed to be a commander of a Norwegian and European anti-communist resistance movement and an anti-Islam militant group he called the Knights Templar. Breivik also claims the attacks were in self-defense. ♦ And officials are tight lipped on the details about millions of dollars worth of law enforcement equipment ordered for the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa. 



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