Victims of crime simply deserve better. It is unsustainable to keep delegating encryption standards to private technology companies. Regulation is necessary — and urgently so. Solving this problem will require a delicate balance between privacy on the one hand and public safety on the other.
“When NYPD officers head into the field each day to face unknown and potentially life-threatening situations, they do one of the most difficult jobs in the world,” said District Attorney Vance. “But having sworn an oath to protect and serve their communities, those difficult jobs need to be carried out with the utmost integrity and professionalism, especially by officers in leadership.”
“I am honored to return these three wonderful pieces back to their rightful owners – the people of Indonesia. I want to thank my Office’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit and our partners at Homeland Security Investigations for their ceaseless efforts that have resulted in nearly 400 treasures being returned to 11 countries over the past year. I look forward to further repatriations in the near future.”
“Without restorers to disguise stolen relics, there would be no laundered items for antiquities traffickers to sell,” said District Attorney Vance. “The arraignment of Neil Perry Smith serves as a reminder that behind every antiquities trafficking ring preying upon cultural heritage for profit, there is someone reassembling and restoring these looted pieces to lend the criminal enterprise a veneer of legitimacy.”
“A celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West,” said District Attorney Vance.