March 2, 2006 |
Colombian soldiers and police seized 29.7 pounds of uranium from two people trying to secretly sell the radioactive metal in Bogota, the capital, the army said. The news release gave no details about the uranium and did not say whether it would be suitable for making weapons. A man and a woman were arrested in the raid last week, but local television reported they had been freed because possession of uranium is not a crime in Colombia.
February 16, 2006 |
A congressman from each side of the aisle demanded an explanation Wednesday for increased government seizures of cheap drugs mailed to U.S. customers by Canadian pharmacies. "We believe this unannounced policy of increased enforcement is irresponsible," said Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.) in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration and to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
February 13, 2006 |
Japanese police raided a precision instrument maker today, amid media reports the firm illegally exported machinery to China and Thailand that could be used in uranium enrichment. Investigators searched the headquarters of Mitutoyo Corp. this morning, said a company official who declined to give her name, citing internal regulations. The official said she could not provide further details, but added that the company was "cooperating fully." Mitutoyo Corp.
December 16, 2005 |
Counter-terrorism agents seized guns, ammunition, dynamite and other weapons in an investigation of suspected Islamic militants believed to have used robbery to fund terrorists. The arms were found in a garage in Clichy-sous-Bois just north of Paris. Agents found several pounds of TNT, assault rifles, revolvers, ammunition, ski masks and bulletproof vests. Investigators believe the weapons were used to carry out robberies in France.
November 28, 2005 |
A FEW YEARS BACK, I asked my undergraduates to read Robert Putnam's "Bowling Alone." The class was discussing the effects of the Internet on social interaction, and Putnam's carefully documented analysis of the breakdown of Americans' connections to one another offered a good frame of reference. The students balked. Was I aware that the book was 541 pages long? Didn't I know Putnam had written a precis of his argument a couple of years earlier, which they easily found on the Web?
September 1, 2005 |
A controversial provision in the Patriot Act that allows authorities to search citizens' personal records faced its first public challenge in federal court Wednesday as a library sought to lift a gag order on an FBI inquiry into its files. The case stems from an FBI request for records of a library patron without identifying the threat posed by the person, said a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the unidentified library in U.S. District Court.
August 28, 2005 |
The government confirmed Saturday that the U.S. home of Nigeria's vice president had been searched as part of a federal investigation, which news reports have linked to a Louisiana congressman. A State Department spokeswoman would not confirm when the search occurred, referring questions to the Justice Department. A Justice spokesman declined to comment. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans first reported that agents had searched the Potomac, Md.
August 5, 2005 |
Five city subway riders and a civil liberties group sued New York City to stop random police inspections of bags in subways, calling the searches ineffective, unconstitutional and a publicity stunt that does not enhance safety. "It's a needle-in-the-haystack approach to law enforcement," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
July 23, 2005 |
U.S. Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. gave a new indication of his views on police powers Friday, saying that officers were justified when they searched the trunk of a car they suspected was stolen. In a dissenting opinion that showed deference to police officers' needs, Roberts voted to uphold the conviction of Terry M. Jackson for an illegal gun and ammunition found in the trunk of the car he was driving.
July 13, 2005 |
Antitrust investigators raided four European offices of Intel Corp. on Tuesday, seeking information in a long-running inquiry into the business tactics of the world's biggest computer chip maker. European Commission officials and local authorities searched Intel offices in Madrid; Milan, Italy; Munich, Germany; and Swindon, England, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy confirmed. A commission spokesman said investigators also searched the offices of computer makers and distributors.