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July 6, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
Last Christmas Day, after a Nigerian walked onto a Detroit-bound passenger jet with powdered explosives sewn into his underwear, people wondered: Isn't there a machine that could find that sort of stuff? In fact, there is: Full-body scanners that peer under clothing to detect anomalies. While there's no certainty the machines would have caught Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, no one disputes they are superior to metal detectors at finding explosives, which is why the U.S. Transportation Security Administration is now deploying the imagers at airports nationwide.
November 26, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Through most of the administration of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the federal police agency has held a starring role, built to seven times its previous size and favored by American advisors and dollars despite persistent troubles and scandals. But President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, who is meeting Tuesday with President Obama, has already demonstrated that one of his immediate actions will be to demote the police force, raising questions about his security policies at a time of heightened deadly violence across the country.
January 5, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - As dean of Yale Law School, Harold Hongju Koh was among the fiercest critics of President George W. Bush's "war on terror," arguing that his administration had trampled the Constitution and tarnished America's international standing by claiming the power to capture "enemy combatants" abroad and hold them without charges at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The next administration must "restore the rule of law in the national security arena," end "excessive government secrecy" and set aside the "claims of unfettered executive power," Koh told a House panel in 2008.
September 3, 1992 | ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a professor of business administration at Harvard and editor of the Harvard Business Review. and
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton isn't making foreign policy the centerpiece of his campaign. But Republican strategists would be foolish to think that the Democrats have ceded that territory, traditionally a Republican stronghold. Clinton's focus on economic investment could prove to be the foundation for a new type of foreign policy, one better suited to the challenges that the next American President will face.
President Clinton unveiled his long-awaited national security strategy Thursday, outlining a broad approach to foreign policy issues decidedly more muted than the one he and his aides described during the early days of the Administration. The 50-page document, distributed without fanfare after the normal workday, contained watered-down versions of earlier White House pronouncements on issues such as the use of military force, global peacekeeping and expansion of democracy around the world.
June 1, 2005 | Peter Wallsten and Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writers
Coming off a string of unexpected setbacks at the hands of Democrats and Republican moderates in Congress, President Bush insisted Tuesday that he would be persistent in pressing his agenda. Bush is facing challenges in Congress on his efforts to overhaul Social Security, to expand the search for oil and other energy sources, and to win confirmation of conservative judges and a United Nations ambassador.
Germany's campaign season has veered from high unemployment to roiling floods to whether the chancellor dyes his hair, and now voters are navigating the perils of terrorism and the dangers of joining a U.S. invasion across the deserts of Iraq. Internal security and foreign policy are increasingly the stuff of sound bites. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's reelection chances have soared in recent days largely because of his promise to keep German soldiers clear of a U.S.
House Republicans introduced sweeping legislation Thursday that they said would streamline the nation's securities laws, eliminate outdated regulations and lower the cost of raising capital. But opponents--including state regulators, consumers and Democrats--argued Congress opens debate to dismantle housing, environmental and other social programs that the proposal would strip investors of needed protections and unleash a wave of corporate takeovers. The legislation, unveiled by Rep.
January 23, 1992 | From Reuters
U.S. market regulators unveiled a plan Wednesday that would flood the government securities markets if anyone tried to corner it, as Salomon Bros. Inc. admitted it did last year. The idea--a major reversal of government policy--is a key component of a four-month study by the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The report proposes overhauling the auction system the government uses to raise $1.
December 16, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A federal judge has for the first time ruled that the National Security Agency's once-secret policy of collecting the dialing records of all phone calls in the country probably violates the Constitution, a defeat for the government that could alter the political debate over the controversial program and set up an eventual review by the Supreme Court. Monday's ruling will not immediately stop the NSA's massive data collection program because U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon immediately stayed it to give the government time to appeal.
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