One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes
The rule of law does not mean that the protection of the law must be available only to a fortunate few or that the law should be allowed to be prostituted by vested interests for protecting and upholding the status quo under the guise of enforcement of civil and political rights. The poor too have civil and political rights and the rule of law is meant for them also, though today it exists only on paper and not in reality.”
— Supreme Court of India
PUDR v. Union of India (AIR 1982 SC 1473, 1477)
Competition begins at Winter Olympics after DHS issues toothpaste tube …
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned Wednesday that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives on Russia-bound planes using toothpaste tubes.
The threat was passed on to airlines that have direct flights to Russia, including
The official said the airlines were warned that explosive devices could be assembled in flight or upon arrival at the Olympics.
The department said in a statement that the U.S. “isn’t aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time.” It said the department “regularly shares information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics.”
Delta Airlines is the only U.S. carrier with a direct flight from the United States to Moscow. Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero both operate several nonstop flights from the U.S.
United Airlines, the official airline of the U.S. Olympic team, does not have scheduled service to Russia but is operating some charter flights to Sochi.
Earlier Wednesday, Russia investigators said security forces killed a militant who may have helped train the two suicide bombers who struck the southern city of Volgograd.
The bombings of a train station and an electric trolleybus in late December killed 34 people and heightened security fears of the Olympics.
Competition began 32 hours before Friday’s opening ceremony due to the addition of 12 new medal events for men and women. Men’s slopestyle snowboarding was the first event to get underway, and was scheduled to be followed by women’s slopestyle, women’s moguls, and team figure skating.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.