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April 20, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Just hours after a deadly car-bomb explosion at a federal building in Oklahoma City, bomb threats forced the evacuation Wednesday of hundreds of workers from the FBI's headquarters in Santa Ana and from the Anaheim City Hall amid an air of heightened security and jittery nerves at government buildings across Orange County.
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January 23, 2002 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Dianne Feinstein's staff walked back into their third-floor suite Tuesday morning, it was as though time had stood still. The calendars were turned to Oct. 17, the day the California Democrat and 49 of her colleagues were evacuated from the Hart Senate Office Building in the throes of an anthrax attack. The fax machine had spent weeks spitting out a mountain of missives that no one was there to read, finally sputtering to a stop when the paper ran out.
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November 10, 1995 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the months after an intruder stole a National Guard M-60 tank and went on a destructive rampage in San Diego, military brass from the Pentagon to Sacramento scrambled to order an exhaustive investigation of California National Guard security readiness. Conclusion: It was lousy then and not so hot now.
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May 25, 2000 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With bogus police badges in hand, the infiltrators set to work. From one guarded federal facility to the next, the undercover agents wandered hallways almost at will, fooling guards and making their way near the offices of Atty. Gen. Janet Reno and other senior officials. "We're friends of Janet's from Miami. We just wanted to say hello," an agent posing as a plainclothes police officer told a secretary outside Reno's door.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1991 | MARIA NEWMAN
After searching the 11-story Orange County Courthouse in vain early Monday, law enforcement officials ended their hunt for an armed intruder who 16 hours earlier had yelled out to an officer, "You will all die tomorrow." Heightened security measures, however, were in force at the courthouse Monday as business commenced.
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July 24, 1999 | From Associated Press
The FBI halted the popular public tours of its headquarters Friday for an indefinite period in response to an unconfirmed, nonspecific threat against bureau facilities here and earlier threats against the headquarters itself. NBC News reported that the threat concerned possible terrorist attacks by followers of Osama bin Laden, the wealthy Islamic radical who is charged in this country with masterminding last August's bombings of U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The removal of a parking area in front of the Van Nuys Civic Center Post Office for security reasons is drawing the ire of customers who say they are being inconvenienced. In all, nine metered spaces with half-hour limits and one handicapped space were removed last month at the request of an official with the General Services Administration, the federal agency that is is responsible for the management of federal buildings. On June 19, Curtis A.
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July 25, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congressional leaders were quick to defend security at the U.S. Capitol after Friday's tragic shootings, yet the incident illustrated mounting dangers that have stirred debate for years. Since a bomb blew a hole near the entrance to the Senate 15 years ago, the leadership has added external barriers, better metal detectors, new procedures and even bodyguards to protect the members. On Friday evening, leaders declared that the security procedures had worked.
NEWS
April 20, 1995 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reports of bomb threats in Southern California on Wednesday kept normally composed government employees near the snapping point. Hundreds had to be evacuated and security at federal buildings was increased after a bomb blast racked a federal building in Oklahoma City. What turned out to be phony threats were reported at federal buildings in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, at a county office building in San Diego and at city halls in Riverside and Santa Ana.
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April 22, 1995 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just as global terrorists have learned to make bombs smaller and more deadly, the technology for recognizing explosive devices has been improved so much that experts can detect bombs across a room, concealed in envelopes or lining a briefcase.
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July 24, 1999 | From Associated Press
The FBI halted the popular public tours of its headquarters Friday for an indefinite period in response to an unconfirmed, nonspecific threat against bureau facilities here and earlier threats against the headquarters itself. NBC News reported that the threat concerned possible terrorist attacks by followers of Osama bin Laden, the wealthy Islamic radical who is charged in this country with masterminding last August's bombings of U.S.
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May 26, 1999 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A House investigative panel released its long-awaited report on Chinese espionage Tuesday, but some of the more explosive conclusions were immediately challenged as misleading or unsubstantiated by the administration, outside experts and even some members of the committee. The three-volume, 1,016-page report contains alarming accusations that China has covertly used a vast network of spies, front companies and tens of thousands of students and other visitors to steal U.S.
NEWS
March 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Ronald Reagan Building is vulnerable to terrorist attack and in urgent need of security improvements because of its high degree of public access and open design, according to a confidential report by security experts at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. The report says the General Services Administration has been warned repeatedly since the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing about risks posed by the building's public garage and unrestricted entrances.
NEWS
July 25, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congressional leaders were quick to defend security at the U.S. Capitol after Friday's tragic shootings, yet the incident illustrated mounting dangers that have stirred debate for years. Since a bomb blew a hole near the entrance to the Senate 15 years ago, the leadership has added external barriers, better metal detectors, new procedures and even bodyguards to protect the members. On Friday evening, leaders declared that the security procedures had worked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1997
Three-foot-tall, 18-inch-square concrete bollards are replacing temporary barriers that were erected around the Federal Building in Westwood in 1995 after the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. The concrete posts, set four feet apart, block off areas previously accessible to vehicles and are more attractive than the highway-median "K rail" that has protected the Westwood site for the past two years, said Mary Filippini, spokeswoman for the General Services Administration.
NEWS
April 19, 1997 | HEATHER KNIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As security was beefed up Friday at government buildings in preparation for today's anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 1993 FBI assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, a report indicated that anti-government terrorism is becoming increasingly violent and more difficult to track.
NEWS
May 24, 1987
The State Department announced that, beginning June 1, reporters from the Soviet Union, Romania, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland will be required to have escorts while in the department's building in Washington. Currently, all reporters--American and foreign--who regularly cover the State Department are issued press passes that allow them to enter the building unaccompanied and to go to the press room and other areas.
NEWS
March 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Ronald Reagan Building is vulnerable to terrorist attack and in urgent need of security improvements because of its high degree of public access and open design, according to a confidential report by security experts at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. The report says the General Services Administration has been warned repeatedly since the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing about risks posed by the building's public garage and unrestricted entrances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The removal of a parking area in front of the Van Nuys Civic Center Post Office for security reasons is drawing the ire of customers who say they are being inconvenienced. In all, nine metered spaces with half-hour limits and one handicapped space were removed last month at the request of an official with the General Services Administration, the federal agency that is is responsible for the management of federal buildings. On June 19, Curtis A.
NEWS
November 10, 1995 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the months after an intruder stole a National Guard M-60 tank and went on a destructive rampage in San Diego, military brass from the Pentagon to Sacramento scrambled to order an exhaustive investigation of California National Guard security readiness. Conclusion: It was lousy then and not so hot now.
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