daily archive: 09/06/2006
Attention all geeks!
Oh, ee-ev... Wanted in Israel: Top geeks to aid state security
. Via Jewlicious
Israel's shadowy security service is looking for a few good geeks.
Normally shrouded in secrecy, the Shin Bet launched its first public recruitment drive Tuesday, unveiling a Web site and buying online ads in Israel and abroad in a bid to attract top computer programmers to its cutting-edge tech division.
Though widely associated with undercover espionage and tough interrogation tactics, the security service, whose main task is to prevent attacks by Palestinian militants, is actually a funky, intellectually challenging place to work, according to the campaign.
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Indonesia, land of Justice
Indonesian justice: Murder hundreds of innocent tourists?
No problem. Slap on the wrist.
Smuggle heroin? Death!
Indonesia's Supreme Court has increased the sentences for four Australians convicted of drug smuggling in Bali to the death penalty, reports say.
The four men are part of the so-called Bali Nine group convicted of trying to smuggle heroin to Australia.
The sentences were increased after prosecutors appealed against a reduction in their lengthy prison terms in April, court officials said.
This means that six of the group are now facing the death penalty.
Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told parliament that diplomats were trying to establish the facts.
"If these reports are correct, then we will appeal for clemency at the appropriate time to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono," he said.
The so-called Bali Nine were arrested in April 2005 after trying to smuggle more than 8.3kg (18lb) of heroin from Indonesia to Australia.
Some were detained at Bali's airport with heroin strapped to their bodies while others were arrested in a nearby hotel room.
Two men said to be the ringleaders were sentenced to death in February this year.
Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman were all given life terms which were then reduced to 20 years in April.
But the Supreme Court imposed the death penalty after an appeal by prosecutors against the reduction, a more severe penalty than the prosecutors had requested.
"The Supreme Court has granted appeals by the prosecutors and retried the cases on its own, resulting in death sentences for the three," Zarof Ricar, director of criminal justice at the Supreme Court, told Reuters news agency.
It also imposed the death penalty for a fourth man, Scott Rush, who was previously given a life sentence, Mr Ricar said.
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