Law Enforcement in a Free Society

Bob Murphy presents the amazing lecture ‘The Market for Security’ at the LvMI in 2011. This is an excerpt from the presentation.

Seeing Like a Supply Chain

Klint Finley

Emily Horne and Tim Maly on the origins of the modern shipping industry and its puzzling lack of security:

At a 2005 hearing before the Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack, witnesses raised a nightmare scenario: the Poor Man’s ICBM.

The theory is that you could load a shipping container with a nuclear weapon, or some other WMD, and watch it sail into somewhere like Port Newark, where it would explode while awaiting inspection. […]

100% scanning was meant to be implemented by 2012. When the law was passed, roughly 4% of shipping container cargo was being inspected. As of today, scanning has reached… 4%. The compliance deadline has been moved to 2016. It probably won’t happen then either.

Full Story: Primer: Seeing Like a Supply Chain

The Arms Trade Treaty was opened for signature in New York at the United Nations on 3 June 2013. The treaty will establish common international standards for regulating the international trade in conventional arms, and to prevent the illicit trade of said arms. Among other things, the treaty prohibits a state party from authorizing a transfer of arms if they are to be used in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes.

Find out about other significant events which happened across the globe with our SIPRI Yearbook 2014 interactive map.

Image credit: Foreign Secretary William Hague signs the instrument of ratification for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in London, 27 March 2014. Photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Open Government Licence v1.0 via Wikimedia Commons.