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December 23, 2007 | From Reuters
Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a plan in 1950 to suspend the right to habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty, according to a newly released document. Hoover wanted President Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to "protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage" and sent the plan to the White House 12 days after the start of the Korean War, the New York Times reported today, citing the now declassified document.
February 13, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
For a nation steeped in political crisis, life seems remarkably calm out on the sun-dappled streets. Women haggle in the market. Shopkeepers trade the daily dish while smoking cigarettes and spitting jets of betel juice. Traffic moves at a crawl, when it moves at all, which is business as usual on the clogged roads of this densely packed capital.
Police Chief Richard Hongisto, already accused of violating the civil rights of protesters, faced three investigations Wednesday for allegedly ordering police officers to seize thousands of copies of a newspaper that criticized him. In a city that has long prided itself on its tolerance, the charge against Hongisto caused an immediate uproar and presented Mayor Frank Jordan with the most serious crisis of his 4-month-old Administration.
October 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Texas mass murderer George Jo Hennard was arrested at Lake Mead in Nevada in June after he was found drunk in the truck he drove through a cafeteria window last week, according to a National Park Service report. Rangers also cited Hennard for possession of a loaded firearm after finding two guns stashed in the truck. A no-contest plea to the charge of possession of a loaded firearm brought a $50 fine plus $10 in court costs.
In one of the largest mass arrests of its kind in the nation, immigration agents raided a Vans Inc. shoe manufacturing plant early Thursday and arrested 233 workers suspected of being illegal immigrants. At 8 a.m., 60 Immigration and Naturalization Service agents surprised workers at the company's Orange plant at 2900 Batavia St. INS spokesman John Brechtel said almost all of the arrested employees are suspected of being Mexican nationals who were working with false documents.
November 29, 2010 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
Egyptians voted in parliamentary elections Sunday amid a crackdown on opposition candidates that is certain to tighten the ruling party's grip on a nation angry over economic problems and anxious about next year's presidential poll. Opponents accused the ruling National Democratic Party of bribing voters and stuffing ballot boxes to weaken the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition bloc. Hundreds of Brotherhood members were recently arrested and it appeared the Islamist group might lose half its seats in parliament.
August 9, 1992 | CATHY JENSEN, Cathy Jensen is a police misconduct and criminal attorney in Orange County. She represented one of the drywall independents charged with trespass
On July 2, 150 men in search of the American dream--the right to a job that pays enough wages to feed their families and provide them with job security and benefits--headed out to a job site. They hoped to persuade other workers to join them in demanding union representation. Instead they dreamed their dreams in the Orange County Jail.
May 17, 2005 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Uzbek authorities pressed forward Monday with arrests of people suspected of involvement in clashes and demonstrations in the eastern city of Andijon last week, as the government sought to deflect criticism of its deadly crackdown on protesters. "At least 70 organizers of the riots in Andijon" have been detained, the Russian news agency Interfax reported, paraphrasing remarks made by Interior Minister Zakir Almatov to officials from Andijon who were visiting the capital, Tashkent.
June 25, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security officers opened fire on protesters Friday, leaving as many as 20 dead, as people poured into the streets across the nation in defiance of President Bashar Assad and his promise of limited reform, according to opposition activists. Meanwhile, the European Union slapped fresh sanctions on Syria and its principal regional ally, Iran, which has been accused of collaborating in the crackdown against protesters. Friday's anti-government marches, some tied to Friday prayers, reportedly were some of the largest in the 3-month-old protest movement that has convulsed the strategically situated Arab nation.
May 10, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security forces appear to be shifting their strategy for crushing the popular uprising against the rule of President Bashar Assad to a less bloody approach similar to that used effectively by its main ally, Iran, to end massive 2009 street protests. In recent days, Assad loyalists have curbed their use of live fire, which has left hundreds of Syrian civilians dead and many more friends, relatives and neighbors willing to avenge them. Instead, security forces are increasingly using nonlethal means such as tear gas, truncheons and waves of random and targeted arrests, just as Iranian authorities did to rein in the protests that followed the disputed reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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