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October 9, 2004
Re "Finally, U.S. Gets a Nuclear Umbrella," Oct. 3: Heritage Foundation fellow Baker Spring writes, "The American people must insist that their government defend them against ... current threats." It seems that the folks at the Heritage Foundation overlook that the most successful terrorist attacks on U.S. soil were in Oklahoma City using fertilizer and the World Trade Center using box cutters and our planes. While the current administration is wasting money on "Star Wars," our ports and borders are virtually unprotected, our policies are making more terrorists and who knows where Russia's nuclear weapons are. It is the drivel that the Heritage Foundation gives to Bush et al that seems to be the American people's current threat.
November 1, 2001
Re "Some Things Just Can't Be Handed Off," Commentary, Oct. 25: Argenbright did not provide the security for the two flights that left Logan Airport in Boston on Sept. 11. Furthermore, regarding the two flights for which Argenbright personnel did provide screening, there is no evidence to date that these employees did a single thing incorrectly. In fact, they were following Federal Aviation Administration regulations that, at the time, allowed knives of up to four inches, box cutters, corkscrews and other items to be carried onto an airplane.
September 15, 2008
Re "Adjusting to 9/11," editorial, Sept. 11 The Times writes: "As just one example, is the degree of danger posed by the theoretical possibility that terrorists might put a 'dirty bomb' in a shipping container really great enough to justify the amount we're spending to prevent it from happening?" As just one example, would 9/11 have been prevented or, at least, lessened if we had not imagined that the aborted plan to fly a jetliner into the Eiffel Tower could not possibly happen here?
December 30, 2009 | By Marc Cooper
Aturn of the calendar page and the ringing in of a new year is usually meaningless to me; my least favorite holiday. This year I'm making an exception. The decade of the "oughts" has been for naught, the most depressing in my lifetime, and it won't be over soon enough for me. I'm ready to celebrate almost anything but what we've had since 2000. It has been a decade of collapse and exhaustion. It began with the breakdown of an antiquated balloting system and the charade of a moth-eaten electoral college and an unelected Supreme Court choosing the president.
March 4, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A man under the influence of drugs and alcohol slashed his three children with a box cutter early Tuesday after chasing their mother from a hotel room, police said. Esteban Saracho, 29, nearly severed one of his children's fingers in the attack and left them with "several lacerations to their face, head or neck and their hands," according to a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The incident occurred at 1:40 a.m. at the Red Roof Inn on Mariposa Road. Saracho had chased his girlfriend out of their hotel room and threatened her when she hid behind another couple.
September 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
A Bulgarian national was arrested Sunday at Atlantic City International Airport after federal screeners found a pair of scissors embedded in a bar of soap and two box cutters in a lotion bottle in his backpack. Nikolay Volodicv Dzhonev, 21, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. Egg Harbor Township police said Dzhonev was being held on $100,000 bail. An arraignment was set for today.
September 23, 2001 | This story was reported and written by Times staff writers Michael A. Hiltzik, David Willman, Alan C. Miller, Eric Malnic, Peter Pae, Ralph Frammolino and Russell Carollo
As 19 hijackers made their way along the concourses at three East Coast airports on Sept. 11, bent on executing the deadliest terrorist attack in history, they were subjecting the U.S. aviation security system to its most critical test. At almost every step along the way, the system posed no challenge to the terrorists--not to their ability to purchase tickets, to pass security checkpoints while carrying knives and cutting implements nor to board aircraft.
A 41-year-old Port Hueneme man who allegedly used a box cutter to fatally slash his wife pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a single count of murder. Alberto Solis entered the plea during an arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court. Solis denied an allegation that he used a cutting device during the slaying, and he denied an allegation that he violated his probation on a drunk driving case. A preliminary hearing on the murder charge and related allegations is set for June 26.
An unemployed Port Hueneme construction worker was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a murder charge for allegedly using a box cutter to slash his wife's throat as she lay in bed. Alberto Solis, 41, is accused of killing his 51-year-old wife inside their Bard Road home April 14. Solis told police after his arrest that he and his wife had been having marital problems. The couple's troubles, according to Solis, involved finances, his struggle with alcohol and their inability to have children.
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