February 10, 1990
Remember the saying, "Don't wish for something, you might get it!" The people who wish for a peace dividend are now crying about the closing of military bases. The government has never paid even $1 for a gun, a bomb, a plane or for a shipyard. Tax money is used to pay 20 million people to build and to deploy guns, bombs, airplanes and to pay people to man shipyards. Any defense spending cut means unemployment for someone.
February 4, 1991
Britain has warned airlines and airports to look out for briefcase bombs to avoid disasters such as the December, 1988, bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland. A Transport Department spokeswoman said the first warning was issued Jan. 22 and updated Jan. 28 following intelligence reports that bombs could be smuggled aboard aircraft in the LINING OF SAMSONITE BRIEFCASES.
January 3, 1988
Britain's High Court relaxed injunctions obtained by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government banning publication of the memoirs of former intelligence officer Anthony Cavendish. The court said The Observer and The Sunday Times may print excerpts of the memoirs as long as they do not relate to national security matters. Thatcher's government obtained the interim injunctions as soon as it learned that the two London newspapers were planning to print the excerpts in today's editions.
January 29, 1988
Britain's Conservative government, responding to months of controversy and prodding from legislators, said it plans a major liberalization of the nation's secrecy law.
October 23, 1988
British police have cracked a ring of international computer hackers who penetrated more than 200 military and commercial establishments, including the U.S. Nuclear Defense Agency and Britain's Ministry of Defense, the Sunday Telegraph of London reported. The paper said police traced a 23-year-old British member of the ring after he approached one of the world's largest computer firms and offered to explain how he had broken into their system for a fee of about $5,300.
March 4, 1989 |
Embattled novelist Salman Rushdie expressed fear Friday that British support for him and "The Satanic Verses" is waning, and Muslims offended by his novel staged protests in several countries that left one person dead and dozens injured. The Indian-born British writer, in a call to the office of opposition legislator Paddy Ashdown, said he believes the British government "is beginning to play both ends against the middle," said a spokeswoman for Ashdown who took the call.