01/30/2008 - The United States has recently proposed a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Assuming the treaty gets ratified, the key to its effectiveness will be for it to receive enough funding from the participating governments.
01/24/2008 - Despite police efforts to stamp out La Cosa Nostra in Italy, it seems to survive—and thrive, accounting for 7 percent of Italy’s GDP, says the Italian business association Confesercenti. (The report is in Itailian.) Read the Italian banking association’s report on surging bank robberies, also in Italian, here.
12/17/2007 - A bill (H.R. 2939) introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) would amend federal law to enhance the prevention and prosecution of crimes committed using weapons of mass destruction. The bill would make illegal any threat, attempt, or conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States on any property, including property owned, leased, or used by a foreign government. penalties for certain crimes carried out at ports. Under the bill, it would be illegal to damage or destroy a vessel or maritime facility. Enhanced penalties would apply if the vessel carried high-level radioactive waste or spent nuclear fuel.
12/11/2007 - A bill (H.R. 1678) introduced by Sen. Lamar Smith (R-TX) that would make it a federal crime to fool people into believing that an act of terrorism had taken place has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. The bill would also require anyone convicted under the measure to reimburse law enforcement for any costs of investigating the hoax.