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Afghan Interior Minister Aims for National Police Force


Afghanistan expects to have a national police force working in about a year that would be drawn from all provinces, including those now ruled by warlords, Interior Minister Yonus Qanooni said Monday.

“We need to make the Afghanistan security forces self-sufficient,” Qanooni said. “All the provinces and all the ethnic groups of Afghanistan will be represented in the police force.”

Afghanistan’s interim central government faces a major task in trying to extend its control across a country in which the fall of the Taliban merely allowed some regional warlords to reclaim power over their former fiefdoms. Fierce fighting erupted last week in Gardez, south of Kabul, when a local council objected to a provincial governor named by the national government.

Qanooni described the fighting as a “local problem” and asserted: “I’m very sure that what happened in Gardez will not be escalated and scattered throughout the country. It was a local situation, and there were hands of foreign countries. The situation is now under control.”

Data Recovery Experts Predict Enron Records Not Gone Forever


Andersen accountants may have worn out their delete buttons in an attempt to destroy Enron Corp. electronic documents amid the collapse of the energy giant, but that doesn’t worry the computer forensics experts charged with bringing the documents back.

To be sure, the amount of data they must sift through -- estimated at 268 terabytes, roughly 10 times the amount of data stored by the Library of Congress -- is unmatched by any computer crime investigation. Tens of thousands of e-mails and other documents must be electronically re-created from the hundreds of computer hard drives from which they resided. But those working on the investigation, and those familiar with similar ones, say the chances are good almost all of it will be restored.

“Basically, anything on the drives we’ll be able to see,” said Andy Rosen, president of ASR Data of Cedar Park, Texas, one of the companies involved in the case. “We typically enjoy a very high recovery rate.”

Rosen declined to answer any specific questions about the case, but sources close to the investigation said ASR is working at the behest of Andersen on the case.

Eric Thompson, founder and chairman of Provo, Utah-based Access Data Inc., which is providing forensic software to Rosen for use in the investigation, said even encrypted or password-protected e-mails and documents that had been erased won’t escape the reach of his software, which is used by law enforcement and corporations globally. Thompson said he’s traveling to Enron this weekend to set up the software.