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December 2006: "Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization, with 186 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.

Interpol aims to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Interpol’s constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.’"

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2013: "Federal agencies, including the FBI and IRS, as well as Interpol, can feed TECS with information and flag travelers' files."

March 2012: "Representatives from governments, Interpol and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigationsaid they felt that ICANN's failure to enforce its own contractual agreements was damaging to Domain Name System users as well as end users."

June 2008: 'The government has publicized its determination to combat possible threats to the Games, including suicide bombings, bus hijackings and chemical attacks. In April, Interpol warned that a terrorist attack during the Beijing Olympics is a “real possibility.” And in a year plagued by riots in Tibet, protests of the Olympic torch relay, a terrorist plot to kidnap journalists covering the Olympics (according to Beijing officials) and the Sichuan earthquake, the government is stressing public safety above all else.'

May 2008: "At Colombia's request, Interpol, the international police agency, has completed an extensive forensic analysis on the hard drives, which were confiscated in an army raid on a rebel camp on March 1. On Thursday, Interpol is expected to announce that there is no evidence that anyone tampered with the hard drives after they were seized, though the agency cannot vouch for the veracity of the rebels' claims, according to an American official knowledgeable about the study."

August 2007: The daytime heist of well-known paintings ranks among the most audacious examples of a growing number of thefts from public and private collections, according to French law enforcement officials. Interpol estimates that art thefts total billions of dollars a year, with France and Italy consistently hit hardest because of their vast troves of art and artifacts.

July 2007: LONDON, July 9 -- The head of the international police cooperation agency Interpol said Monday that British anti-terrorist efforts are 'in the wrong century' and faulted officials here for failing to share information on terrorism suspects.


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Articles and Resources

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Sep 10, 2013 New details in how the feds take laptops at border

QUOTE: President Barack Obama and his predecessors have maintained that people crossing into U.S. territory aren't protected by the Fourth Amendment. That policy is intended to allow for intrusive searches that keep drugs, child pornography and other illegal imports out of the country. But it also means the government can target travelers for no reason other than political advocacy if it wants, and obtain electronic documents identifying fellow supporters.

Yahoo News
Mar 14, 2012 Domain seizures for copyright infringement likely to go global

QUOTE: Efforts to take down websites for copyright infringement are likely to move beyond U.S.-based registries, with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) promising to more closely cooperate with global law enforcement agencies and governments.

Nov 21, 2009 Growth of counterfeit drugs sparks international response: Authorities in the U.S. and across the globe conduct raids this week to intercept fake medications.

QUOTE: Counterfeit drugs are the latest -- and potentially most dangerous -- front in the long-running battle against intellectual-property crimes

Los Angeles Times
Aug 27, 2009 Conflicted Conservation: When Restoration Efforts Are Pitted against Human Rights: Saving Earth might mean trampling indigenous societies

QUOTE: Projects to reduce pollution, prevent climate change and protect biodiversity... are drawing criticism that they could drive indigenous people off their lands and destroy their livelihoods.

Scientific American
Aug 10, 2009 Mexico’s Drug Traffickers Continue Trade in Prison (War Without Borders)

QUOTE: Mexico’s prisons, as described by inmates and insiders and viewed during several visits, are places where drug traffickers find a new base of operations for their criminal empires, recruit underlings, and bribe their way out for the right price.

New York Times
Jun 24, 2008 China’s Visa Policy Threatens Olympics Tourism

QUOTE: Chinese authorities acknowledged putting new visa restrictions in place in May — after foreign embassies reported fewer visas being granted and tighter, sometimes seemingly arbitrary, restrictions. The government did not release guidelines detailing the changes in policy; it often does not. But a foreign ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, said in May that they would be temporary...Many hotels in Beijing are struggling to find guests; some large travel agencies have temporarily closed branches; and people scheduled to travel here for seminars and conferences are canceling. The number of foreign tourists visiting Beijing fell sharply in May, dropping by 14 percent, according to the city’s statistics bureau.

New York Times
May 15, 2008 Venezuela Offered Aid to Colombian Rebels

QUOTE: President Hugo Chávez, who has publicly lauded the FARC and characterized Colombia's government as illegitimate, ridiculed the latest batch of correspondence Sunday as "imbecilic documents." He cast Colombian President Álvaro Uribe as a "manipulator" linked to drug trafficking and charged that the Bush administration is using the documents as a pretext to invade Venezuela from Colombia.

Washington Post
Aug 07, 2007 Masterpieces Nabbed in French Art Heist: In Brazen 10 Minutes At Museum, Thieves Grab Monet, 3 Others

QUOTE: The daytime heist of well-known paintings ranks among the most audacious examples of a growing number of thefts from public and private collections... Interpol estimates that art thefts total billions of dollars a year, with France and Italy consistently hit hardest because of their vast troves of art and artifacts.

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2007 Interpol Chief Calls U.K. Lax In Terror Fight: Failure to Share Data Also Cited

QUOTE: [Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble] faulted Britain for failure to share information and consult global databases useful in fighting terrorism. His comments come at a time when many Britons worry that the country needs to do more...

Washington Post
Dec 13, 2006 Poisoned-spy case tests Europe's cross-border cooperation: As Germany and Interpol join the Litvinenko investigation, clues – and agendas – are often at odds.

QUOTE: [British, Russian, and Interpol detectives are--Ed.] all pursuing clues - and, perhaps, very different agendas - in last month's fatal poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. But as the international probe expands, the players - and clues - are often at odds, complicating a case that demands considerable cross- border cooperation.

Christian Science Monitor