New security package sent to Congress

With only three scheduled sessions left until the end of the Congressional term on April 30, President Calderón sent a package of security measures including amendments to the national security, organized crime, firearms, and the military code of justice laws. The proposed legislation redefines national security to include domestic security, and makes possible the “declaration of an affectation of domestic security” that would give the Army greater authority to operate domestically, and also gives the Federal Police power to carry out wiretaps. The proposals also increase prison terms possession of illegal munitions such as armor piercing bullets and for soldiers who desert to join the cartels. Noted the Templo Mayor column: “By sending the [security package] to Congress at a quarter ‘til midnight, the President makes it clear that security is priority for his government … but as an electoral issue.” (Reforma 4/23, 4/24)

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