Morning Security Brief: Drug-Related Violence In Mexico, Bill Passed on HealthCare.gov Security Breaches, and More
Drug cartel violence in Mexico has led to federal forces taking over security in Michoacan State; a one-sentence bill regarding security breaches at HealthCare.gov is receiving critcism from the White House; and violence erupts in Egypt on the first day of the vote on the country's new charter.
► Federal forces are taking over security with the help of local police in Michoacan State, Mexico, where the drug cartel Knights Templar calls home. A Mexican official announced yesterday that after firefights between drug traffickers and vigilantes broke out over the weekend, the decision was made to shift security enforcement. ABC News reports that the country’s Attorney General’s office detailed in a statement that it has sent 11 helicopters and 70 federal investigators and officers to help manage the situation. Members of vigilante groups have been invited to become police officers by the government if they desire to fight the drug cartels. The leader of one such group says they are reluctant to do so, but they don’t want to surrender their guns, either. “"If we give up our weapons without any of the drug cartel leaders having been detained, we are putting our families in danger because they will come and kill everyone, including the dogs," said Estanislao Beltran.
► The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-sentence bill on Friday , the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, which mandates that individuals be notified within two days in the event that HealthCare.gov is breached. This legislation comes on the heels of massive problems with the Obama administration’s launch of the federal exchange site for purchasing health insurance. But the San Francisco Gate reports that House democrats are criticizing the document, insisting the bill only focuses negative attention on the Web site. “There have been no successful security attacks to date on HealthCare.gov," the memo reads, adding that "HealthCare.gov does not collect or store detailed personal health information," and that there are already procedures in place "for informing affected citizens as rapidly as possible in the event of a security breach." The White House also responded to the bill, pointing out the lack of personally identifiable information stored by the site, and suggested that a speedy notification of a breach could impede investigator’s ability to collect evidence. The bill’s vote, which passed 291-122 in the House, included 67 democrats in favor of the measure.
► In Egypt, at least three people have been killed on the first day of the vote on the country’s new charter. The Associated Press reports that clashes occurred today between police and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. “Tuesday's clashes in the city of Sohag came hours after Egyptians started voting on the new constitution, which represents a key milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place since the ouster of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi last July,” the article states. Egyptian police are leading a “massive security operation” to prevent attacks from Morsi supporters or Islamist militants during the votes on the charter.