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January 12, 2007 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
After spending six months trapped in legal limbo in London, creative director Ahmet Ahmet has been granted a visa by the U.S. government to return home to Los Angeles. Ahmet said he returned to his rented apartment in London on Thursday and found a package from the U.S. Embassy containing the passports and visas that will allow his family to enter the United States. Ahmet, a British citizen, and his family had gone to Britain last summer to visit his ailing mother.
December 25, 2006 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
When Ahmet Ahmet applied for a work visa six years ago, the U.S. government deemed him a man of "extraordinary ability." He went on to design the movie trailer for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and the titles for Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man." He oversaw production of Tiger Woods' Nike ad in which a golf ball explodes into a brilliant red splatter across the television screen. But Ahmet's Hollywood career has faded to black.
July 19, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
President Bush personally sidetracked an internal Justice Department probe into the warrantless domestic surveillance program earlier this year, even as other Justice officials were assigned to defend the program in court and investigate who may have leaked information about it to the news media, according to administration officials and documents released Tuesday.
July 15, 2006 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Having your name on an airport watch list can be nothing but trouble. Just ask James Fenimore Cooper, a Los Angeles banking executive. Most travelers have heard about the "no-fly" list that keeps people off airplanes. In addition, the federal government maintains an airline security "selectee list." If your name is a match, you must undergo additional screening before being permitted to board an aircraft. The government, citing security concerns, won't divulge how the list is compiled.
November 6, 2005 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
An intelligence analyst temporarily lost his top-secret security clearance because he faxed his resume using a commercial machine. An employee of the Defense Department had her clearance suspended for months because a jilted boyfriend called to say she might not be reliable. An Army officer who spoke publicly about intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks had his clearance revoked over questions about $67 in personal charges to a military cellphone.
August 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
The judge in the case of an American student accused of joining Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush said Monday he possessed evidence that could help the defendant, but that he couldn't give it to defense lawyers because they lacked required security clearances. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee said at a pretrial hearing that he received the classified material from prosecutors, who are required to turn over any evidence that is potentially beneficial to the defense.
July 5, 2005 | Jonathan Peterson, Times Staff Writer
When a Dutch company sought to take over Silicon Valley Group Inc., a high-tech firm in San Jose, the ultimate vote was cast not by shareholders or executives or even the board of directors. That job went to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a secretive, little-known panel of U.S. officials that rules on whether purchases of U.S. businesses by foreign entities would impair national security and should be banned. The committee approved the $1.
November 15, 2004 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
At 63, Keith Milbrandt is pulling down more per hour than he has in four decades as an aerospace engineer, and he's retired. That doesn't matter to Raytheon Corp., where Milbrandt is in the midst of a four-month contract, developing an airborne radar program for the Navy. He has another part-time job with Boeing Co. designing an Air Force satellite system. He's never been so popular.
April 14, 2003 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
Over the years, Conquest Inc. has generated about as much revenue annually as Boeing Co. does in a few hours. So why would the Chicago aerospace giant, with about 170,000 employees, be interested in buying an obscure firm with a staff of 200? The answer: Conquest gave Boeing something that is a precious commodity in the defense industry these days -- workers with top security clearances.
Sparked by heightened security concerns since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Defense Department has begun laying the groundwork to ban non-U.S. citizens from a wide range of computer projects.
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