December 1, 2001 |
The Justice Department, as part of an overall review of its counter-terrorism measures, is considering relaxing long-standing guidelines that had prohibited the FBI from spying on religious and political groups in the United States, federal officials said Friday night. While officials stressed that no final decision has been made, they said U.S. Atty. Gen.
August 9, 2001 |
John Tobin Jr., the American Fulbright scholar imprisoned in Russia on drug charges, returned to the United States looking thin and tired after his seven-month ordeal. Tobin, 24, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport with his father, John Tobin, and Rep. James H. Maloney (D-Conn.). The younger Tobin, of Ridgefield, Conn., moved to the Russian city of Voronezh last fall to study popular attitudes amid the country's post-Soviet decline. Russian officials also accused Tobin of spying.
August 4, 2001 |
Russia freed American Fulbright scholar John Edward Tobin from prison Friday, six months after he was arrested on drug charges in the western city of Voronezh and accused of being a spy in training. After Tobin's arrest, Russian officials frequently charged that the 24-year-old political scientist's education--Russian lessons at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., and interrogation techniques at the Army Intelligence Center at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.
August 2, 2001 |
China has formally charged U.S. academic Wu Jianmin with endangering national security, a Hong Kong-based rights group said. Wu, detained April 8, will probably go on trial before President Bush's planned visit to China in October, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said. But State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Wu's status has not changed since he was formally arrested May 25.
July 31, 2001 |
Less than a week after mainland China deported an American academic convicted of spying for Taiwan, he returned to Hong Kong on Monday to try to resume teaching despite objections from Beijing's allies here. Li Shaomin's arrival was viewed by pro-democracy forces as a victory for Hong Kong's autonomy, which they say has often been compromised in the four years since Britain returned its former colony to Chinese sovereignty.
July 27, 2001 |
A Chinese-born scholar who lives in the U.S. was reunited Thursday with her joyful family after being convicted in China of espionage and released on medical grounds. "I'm very, very happy to be back in the United States," said a smiling but exhausted Gao Zhan, who was wearing a flowered red dress to celebrate her return. "I've been through a lot." Gao, 39, was met on arrival in Detroit by her husband, Xue Donghua, and their 5-year-old son, Andrew.