Morning Security Brief: Wal-Mart Corruption, Anthrax Vaccines, ICN Launches New Initiatives, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The story that dominated the weekend was a 7,800-word investigative piece by the New York Times revealing how Wal-Mart gained its footing in Mexico through bribery and later, a cover up. Wal-Mart executives stopped an internal investigation that found that bribes were being used to secure permits. Company investigators found a trail of $24 million after a former exec provided names, dates, and amounts of bribes. But top executives quickly shut down the investigation turning it over to a Wal-Mart de Mexico general counsel who exonerated his colleagues of any wrongdoing. Apparently paying bribes for permits was a common practice.

►The federal government eliminates as many as two million doses of anthrax vaccines because they have expired. That’s about $48 million worth, Global Security Newswire reports. Many get thrown out because the Strategic National Stockpile contains more doses than would be needed in the case of an actual anthrax event. DHS and the CDC are preparing a pilot program that would give first responders vaccines close to expiration to use first.

►The International Competition Network launched and approved three new initiatives on international enforcement cooperation, the investigative process in competition cases, and working with the courts, the Department of Justice announced on Friday.

►In other news, George Zimmerman is released from jail on $150,000 bail and will await his second-degree murder trial in a secret location. ♦ Despite continued unrest and a mass of 50,000 anti-government protestors staged nearby, the Grand Prix continued. The race passed peacefully, though the stands were mostly empty, the Press Association reports. ♦ And a Utah-based alarm company settles with the Missouri attorney general and will provide customers with $46,000 in refunds after a lawsuit was filed against the company for deceptive business practices.


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