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Russian Interior Ministry troops were fed dog food earlier this year to save money, a former officer in the ministry said on Thursday.
* Interior Ministry ex-officer says corruption systemic * Illegal migrant workers used as labour on base * State property sold off without permission
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama's point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America's armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible.
Smith said that while unprecedented levels of testing of seafood post-spill have proved its safety, "I think we are going to have to test for along time to constantly reassure the consumer that the seafood is safe."
The still unanswerable question is the long-term effect of the oil spilled and the dispersants used to break it up, effects that might not show up for years. "We don't know that answer and I don't think there's a scientist that could give you a definitive answer," Smith said.
On his way into the Russell Senate Office Building Monday, Smith passed -- and took some photos on his phone -- of protesters, one with a placard reading, "Hold Chinese Accountable for Toxic Drywall."