After the Christmas 2009 alleged terrorist attack on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, everyone and their brother had an idea or two about how to strengthen airport security. Spurred on by cable TV talking heads and talk radio, home-grown solutions ranged from shutting down the U.S. border to bringing in more technology and from sniffer dogs to the Israeli answer.
Sorry, but things aren’t so simple.
Drive-in SecurityHeading to Atlanta’s airport by car, you can take I-85 and turn on to Camp Creek road. And your biggest headache is the traffic, poor signage and expensive parking fees. Travel out of the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel and it's a different story. Cars heading to Ben Gurion’s terminal are stopped by security agents, who ask one or two questions. Depending on the answers or accent, some cars move into the “More Questions” lane.
In the terminal, security agents search for suspicious behavior – and that’s before check-in, where expensively-trained personnel examine travel documents and ask more questions. The Ben Gurion screeners concentrate on tone and body language. Some folks, again, find themselves in the “More Questions” line.
Changing the Corporate Playbook“This ongoing investigation is the first large-scale use of undercover law enforcement techniques to uncover Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and the largest action ever undertaken by the Justice Department against individuals for FCPA violations,” says Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “The fight to erase foreign bribery from the corporate playbook will not be won overnight, but these actions are a turning point. From now on, would-be FCPA violators should stop and ponder whether the person they are trying to bribe might really be a federal agent.”
The indictments allege that the defendants engaged in a scheme to pay bribes to the minister of defense for a country in Africa. In fact, the scheme was part of the undercover operation.