May 5, 2009 |
For the family of Gao Zhisheng, a maverick lawyer under house arrest for years after confronting the Communist Party head-on, security was so tight that police sometimes sat in the bedroom of their Beijing apartment, insisting the lights remain on all night so they could keep an eye on them. In order to keep the family incommunicado, authorities forbade telephones or Internet access.
February 2, 2008 |
The Constitutional Court struck down a law that opened secret police archives, a blow to efforts to further expose the country's communist past. Many Romanians contend the law had been used for retribution and blackmail. In the eight years since it took effect, many public figures have been exposed as collaborators with the communist-era Securitate. The ruling forces the Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives to shut down, and nullifies its previous decisions. Parliament has 45 days to amend the law.
July 7, 2007 |
The former chief of Colombia's secret police was arrested on charges of colluding with paramilitary death squads. Jorge Noguera was freed from jail three months ago because of procedural errors. Colombia's chief prosecutor, Mario Iguaran, ordered Noguera held in a maximum-security jail on accusations of colluding with the banned paramilitaries, including providing them with information that led to several slayings.
February 2, 2007 |
The priest is gray-haired but still strong, black vestments tight across his chest. He walks briskly in the cold morning light, remembering when the communist secret police slipped in amid the faithful and tried to turn him into a spy. "The secret police were always in our lives," said Father Jerzy Szlezak. "They promised me a job if I wouldn't go into the seminary. Then when I was a priest, they told me not to read the bishop's letters to my congregation.... I didn't relent."
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January 1, 2007 |
Boris Gudz, 104, a veteran of the Soviet secret police who helped track down British spy Sydney Reilly in the early 1920s, died Wednesday in Moscow, said a spokesman for the Federal Security Service, or FSB. Born in 1902, Gudz joined the Bolshevik OGPU secret police in 1923, and in 1925 took part in its so-called Operation Trust, aimed at luring Reilly, a top British agent, to Russia to join an anti-Bolshevik organization that was in fact an OGPU trap.
October 21, 2006 |
Special prosecutors have arrested a former commander of Mexico's disbanded secret police in connection with the 1974 disappearance of six suspected guerrillas, officials said. The federal special prosecutor's office said Jorge Bustos, a commander with the defunct Federal Security Directorate, arrested six alleged members of the Brigada Lacandona who disappeared after Hidalgo state authorities turned them over to the federal intelligence agency. The fate of the men remains unknown.
August 27, 2006 |
THE collective unconscious of humankind is relatively devoid of giraffes. Giraffa camelopardalis does not stride the plains of our unplumbed psychological depths. Beckoning us to read meanings hidden in the maps on its hide, it defies simple symbolism. J.M. Ledgard's "Giraffe" amends that gap in our inner mythologies. His giraffe stands for the Great Other. No wonder Dali sent the animals sailing gracefully like tall-masted ships across his dreamscapes.
February 26, 2006 |
The mansion was used as a domestic spying center by the feared secret police of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Now it will house works of art and be dedicated to the socialist overthrown by the general's bloody 1973 coup. The Salvador Allende Solidarity Museum, due to open in April, will exhibit work by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Roberto Matta and Joan Miro. "This is Salvador Allende's revenge," said Jose Balmes, the Spanish-born director of the museum.
January 21, 2006 |
Can two men be jailed for revealing a state secret that officially does not exist? Britain's Crown Prosecution Service seems to say so. On Tuesday, a civil servant and a former parliamentary aide will go on trial on charges of passing on notes of a conversation between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush that reportedly indicate that Bush spoke of bombing the offices of Al Jazeera television in Qatar.