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7. Be sensible when applying these rules: naturally, a kid using an idea as a stimulus for a school science project will not have to give a costly reward (unless of course the project turns into something commercially successful). Just the same, someone who has been inspired to build a prototype of an invention in his own garage will not be required to build a second one for the person who had the idea (although everyone is welcome to do so :-). Remember that the main purpose of this site is the realization of ideas - after all, that's what ideas are for. Any feedback about efforts in this direction will be welcome.
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Republican Ex-EPA Chief Criticizes Bush
"It's almost as if the motto of the administration in power today in Washington is not environmental protection, but polluter protection." Why, what sort of pinko environmental extremist would say such a thing? Meet Russell Train, a Republican, chief of the U.S. EPA under Nixon and Ford, co-chair of Conservationists for Bush during the 1988 presidential campaign, and one fed-up dude. Claiming Bush II has betrayed a legacy of eco-friendly conservatives that stretched from Theodore Roosevelt to George H.W. Bush, Train yesterday vowed to vote for John Kerry in November. He was joined at a news conference -- organized by Environment2004, a group campaigning to oust Bush -- by two New Hampshire Republicans, state Rep. Jim Pilliod and former state Sen. Rick Russman, who stopped short of endorsing Kerry but stressed the importance of environmental issues.
straight to the source: The Boston Globe, Associated Press, Erik Stetson, 19 Jul 2004
The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Bureau's financial investigations program has launched the Cornerstone program a year ago this month to target alternative financing mechanisms that terrorist and criminal organizations use to earn, move and store money. The initiative has 400 agents working at 27 field offices around the country.
While the program is meeting its current mission, ICE plans to add more agents in the future, said Marcy Forman, the agency's director of investigations, at a forum in Washington.
"Everybody can always use more [agents], but I think we have enough right now to address the threats that we're identifying," Forman said, adding that "as more and more time goes on, more and more agents will be trained to assume money laundering investigations." She did not know how many additional agents would be hired.
"A key component in our training academy is Cornerstone and money laundering," Forman added. "Any time a new recruit comes in, they are trained in the money-laundering aspects of the various authorities [we have], as well as Cornerstone."
The program has successfully integrated personnel from the now defunct Customs Service and the Immigrations and Naturalization Service, said Forman, who was previously with Customs.
"Any agent, whether they are legacy Customs or legacy INS or from another agency, takes a period of time to learn these methods on how to detect and then follow the money," she said.
ICE Assistant Secretary Michael Garcia acknowledged, however, that his bureau faces constraints. The Washington Times reported Tuesday that ICE has 18 fugitive teams consisting of about 200 officers trying to track down and arrest about 400,000 criminal aliens and absconders.
"We have limited resources," Garcia said during the forum. "What we have to do, like every force and agency has to do, is prioritize how we use them. I think we've done a good job at that."
The Government Accountability Office concluded in a November 2003 report that government agencies should investigate how terrorists might use alternative financing schemes.
"Terrorists earn assets through illicit trade in myriad commodities, such as drugs, weapons, cigarettes and systems, such as charities, owing to their profitability," GAO said. "Like other criminals, terrorists can trade any commodity in an illegal fashion, as evidenced by their reported involvement in trading a variety of counterfeit goods."
Forman said Cornerstone has uncovered activities by criminal organizations, but officials don't know whether it has disrupted terrorist plots.
"We believe we may have choked funds that may have been destined for terrorists or terrorist acts from leaving the country," she said. "We've identified methods and means of these various financial systems, to include charities and nongovernmental organizations, that we believe were facilitators of funds destined to terrorists."
She said agents are investigating transactions within the United States that are suspected of financing terrorism, but nothing definite has been confirmed.
"As long as we know there's an illegal act involved," she said, "we'll just choke off the funds and then work the investigation from there to determine what the use of those funds was supposed to be for."
advocacy group Partnership for Public Service
Since Congress last acted to strengthen whistleblower protections, in 1994, the appeals court has ruled in 95 cases, finding against the whistleblower in 94 of them. In 1999, in Lachance v. White, the court determined that an employee claiming retaliation based on whistleblowing would have to have "irrefragable"--or irrefutable--proof that he had disclosed violations of law. The standard is considered nearly impossible to reach, according to Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection group in Washington.