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News Briefs: AP phone records seized

Three charged for bath salts distributionNews briefs

 GALESBURG-Three people were arrested and charged with felonies after a police raid on Main Street Tobacco and Games turned up evidence of illegal drug distribution. During the raid Galesburg police uncovered synthetic bath salts, other drug paraphernalia and $9,000 in cash. Store owner Donald L. Brackett, 78, is being charged with criminal drug conspiracy and is alleged to have possessed alpha-PBP, which is used in the production of bath salts. Richard Groom and Lisa Moyer, both 55, were also charged with various drug-related offenses. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)


Government seizes journalists’ phone records

 WASHINGTON-In a controversial move, the Justice Department used a subpoena to seize over two months of phone records from offices and individuals linked with the Associated Press. There was no stated reason, but the seizure is believed to be related to an AP story about a covert CIA operation in Yemen that resulted in a foiled terror plot. AP President Gary Pruitt called the government’s actions “a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.” The Justice Department maintains that it acted in accordance with the law. (Source: NBC News)


Prominent Harvard political theorist dies

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.-Kenneth Waltz, arguably the greatest international  relations theorist of the postwar era, died on Monday at the age of 88. A longtime Harvard professor, he gained fame through such books as “Man, the State, and War” and “Theory of International Politics.” His greatest contribution to the field was his theory of structural realism, where he argued that the anarchic nature of the international system was the underlying cause of war. Most recently, he maintained that Iran’s controversial nuclear program could act as a stabilizing force in the region because of nuclear deterrence. (Source: Foreign Policy)


American diplomat arrested for spying in Russia

MOSCOW-An American diplomat was arrested by Russian security services in Moscow and accused of being a CIA officer who attempted to recruit a Russian counterterrorism official to spy for the United States. Ryan Fogel, a political secretary at the American Embassy, was found with banknotes, disguises and a variety of technical equipment. Mr. Fogel has been declared persona non grata and was ordered to leave the country. This comes at a sensitive time for Russian-American relations as the United States seeks Russian cooperation on stopping the violence in Syria and tension lingers over poor intelligence communication leading up to the Boston Marathon bombings. (Source: The New York Times)

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

Tags:  ap Associated Press bath salts crime drugs espionage Galesburg Police Department Justice Department kenneth waltz man the state and war moscow phone records Russia structural realism

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