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Previously, members of the FBI, the Texas National Guard and Halliburton had been searching for the radioactive tool that is classified as a “category 3″ source of radiation and could prove fatal if held for an extended period of time. It is the first incident of a lost radioactive tool of its kind in the past five years, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.

But radioactive materials sometimes do turn up in unexpected places. In 2010, Italy experienced the worst radiological incident in its history when a shipping container arrived in the port city of Genoa with unsafe levels of radiation, WIRED reports. The source turned out to be a radioactive rod not much larger than a pencil. (Click HERE for article)

Executive Order Focuses on Prohibiting Human Trafficking
Scott Amey – (POGO) – October 4, 2012 – Last week, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) strengthening the government’s zero-tolerance policy rules governing trafficking in persons (TIP). The EO lays out detailed guidance for a new anti-trafficking rule that will prohibit U.S.-facilitated trafficking occurring abroad. The EO states:

More than 20 million men, women, and children throughout the world are victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons….

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The United States has long had a zero-tolerance policy regarding Government employees and contractor personnel engaging in any form of this criminal behavior. As the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, the United States Government bears a responsibility to ensure that taxpayer dollars do not contribute to trafficking in persons. By providing our Government workforce with additional tools and training to apply and enforce existing policy, and by providing additional clarity to Government contractors and subcontractors on the steps necessary to fully comply with that policy, this order will help to protect vulnerable individuals as contractors and subcontractors perform vital services and manufacture the goods procured by the United States.

The added protections include expanding the current definition of human trafficking and the contract clause to include the following trafficking-related activities:

  • Use of misleading or fraudulent recruiting practices
  • Charging employees recruitment fees
  • Destroying, concealing, confiscating, or denying access to employee personal identity documents
  • Failing to pay return transportation costs for third country nationals (TCNs)

(Click HERE for article)

Army National Guard Soldier Pleads Guilty in Connection with Fraudulent Recruiting Referral Bonus Scheme
To Date, Nine Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty in Ongoing Investigation
(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – October 4, 2012 – An Army National Guard soldier pleaded guilty today in the Western District of Texas for her role in a bribery and fraud scheme that caused approximately $54,000 in losses to the Army National Guard Bureau, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

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2 Comments

  1. Comment by Steve Lofquist:

    The UCMJ, specifly articles 91 and 92 MAKE junior enlisted OBEY the nco’S AND officers for any order given. I encountered Troops being forced to sleep with gas under their bunks while in Afghanistan and the UCMJ over rode the fire prevention regs set up by the army. If it can do that it can easly make sexual assault and Harrasment go over with out a hitch. Until this is MAJORLY overhauled you can pay lip service to the issue all you want it WILL NOT CHANGE

  2. Comment by Courtney:

    Thanks Jennifer for your willingness to help make porsets. Let’s hope that others will want to help too or at least offer suggestions and then go from there. Also, I was glad to see that I am not the only one bring home that fast food trash.

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