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Archive for February 1, 2017

Newsline: U.S. Embassy in Mexico Urgently Needs Security

There is “unusual and compelling urgency” for the United States government to hire security companies to protect U.S. personnel working at our embassy in Mexico City. The State Dept. has put out a solicitation for bids from companies that can thwart terrorist and other violent attacks. The State Dept. currently uses a company called Inter-Con, but that contract expired on December 31, 2016. There’s a 3 month grace period where the company will continue to work, but now the bid is out for a new contract. According to federal documents, the basis for hiring a security team without a long bidding process is when there is “unusual and compelling urgency.” In addition to the embassy, the Feds are seeking bids to protect 9 consulates and 9 consular agencies in Mexico.



Newsline: US Embassy Confirms Malaysia Not On Immigration Ban List

The US Embassy here has denied reports saying Malaysia is one of the countries on the list of countries affected by US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. A spokesperson from the embassy when contacted today told the New Straits Times that Malaysians are still free to travel to the US. “That is not true. Malaysia is not on the list,” she said. An online report today stated that Malaysia was one of 20 new countries whose people are banned from entering the US, following a seven-nation travel blacklist issued by Trump in an executive order. The report quoted a tweet by a US reporter using Twitter handle, @JackSmithIV, stating that: “Banned countries, plus: Turkey/Libya/Sri Lanka/Pakistan/France/Algeria/Jordan/China/Malaysia/Qatar/Senegal/Switzerland/Algeria/Egypt/Guinea.” The report has gone viral on social media but has since been retracted.