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Sunday October 31 8:24 AM ET
Lost EgyptAir Plane Gave Distress Call-EgyptAir
EgyptAir Flight 990 Crashes Off Nantucket, 214 Feared Dead
CAIRO (Reuters) - EgyptAir officials said the airliner which went missing off the U.S. coast Sunday gave a distress call before contact was lost.
Contact with the Boeing 767 was lost after it took off from New York's John F. Kennedy airport with 197 passengers on board.
EgyptAir Chairman Mohammed Fahim Rayan told reporters debris had been found 60 miles (100 km) off the coast of Nantucket Island.
EgyptAir flight 990, which disappeared from radar screens off the American state of Massachusetts early Sunday, was carrying 214 people including crew, officials said.
EgyptAir officials were due to give a news conference shortly and relatives of passengers on the missing plane had started to gather at Cairo airport. U.S. weather authorities said there was fog in the area at the time the plane disappeared.
News--Food Not Bombs and the City of San Francisco
Sun. Oct. 31, 1999
San Francisco Liberation Radio, 93.7 FM broadcasting 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. in Western San Francisco
The Permit Game:
The City of San Francisco's Dealings with Food Not Bombs:
A Long and Deceitful History
by Richard Edmondson
co-founder, SF Liberation Radio
Last week Captain Mannheim, badge number 611, of the San Francisco
Police Department's Tenderloin Task Force, told members of Food Not
Bombs that all they needed to do to be able to serve food legally was
get a Health Department permit.
However, the City of San Francisco has had a long deceitful history in
its dealings with Food Not Bombs, particularly in regards to the
permit application process.
The historical record shows that for more than a year and a half Food
Not Bombs members negotiated with city officials only to be repeatedly
denied the long-sought permit which would have allowed them to give
out food unmolested by the police.
In late 1988, all of 1989, and into 1990 Food Not Bombs members sought
a permit to give food away to homeless people in city parks only to have
city officials repeatedly raise the food safety standards the group
was required to meet.
The actions of the city are vividly described in a civil suit brought by
Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry and his wife, Andrea McHenry.
The action was filed in San Francisco Superior Court in 1991 by
attorneys Dennis Cunningham, Sarge Holtzman, and Randy Baker.
Encompassed within the suit is a time-line of events. The incidents
are presented in chronological order, with each seperate incident given a
seperate paragraph and number. The net effect is a sort of daily diary
of the period. The time period covered begins at December 1987.
Skipping ahead to Sept. of 1988, the record relates the following:
"47. On September 14, 1988 plaintiff Keith McHenry met with Jack
Breslin of the Health Department to review the California Public Health Code
to negotiate Food Not Bombs' compliance with these ules.
48. On September 19, 1988 defendant Al Chin of the San Francisco
Health Department inspected Food Not Bombs and issued a new list of
requirements to meet. Food Not Bombs acquired the designated items.
49. On September 26, 1988 Defendant Al Chin inspected Food Not Bombs
again and issued a different list of requirements for Food Not Bombs.
Food Not Bombs again acquired the designated items
50. On October 3, 1988 defendant Al Chin inspected Food Not Bombs again
and issued still a different list of requirements for Food Not Bombs.
Food Not Bombs once again raised money for the new items and requested
a final list of required items from Chin
51. On October 10, 1988 the defendant City and County of San Francisco's
Recreation and Parks Department issued Food Not Bombs a new permit for
Haight and Stanyan streets. On that day defendant Al Chin inspected
Food Not Bombs again."
At this point the officious Al Chin dropped from sight for a few days.
Intervening events included a protest at the Presidio at which
Mchenry, without warning, was attacked from behind by a group
of police. By the 17th, however, Chin was once more dogging Food Not
"54. On October 17, 1988, defendant Al Chin inspected Food Not Bombs
again and provided a list of still more demands to change their food distribution."
It must be kept in mind that Chin was employed by the city and thus
getting paid for his time. The FNB members who were jumping through
Chin's hoops were volunteers, putting their time in for free. With the
ushering in of the new year, Chin was once more back on the job:
"59. On January 15, 1989, defendant Al Chin adduced still new reasons
to deny Food Not Bombs a health permit. Plaintiff Keith McHenry and Food
Not Bombs requested and were granted another meeting with Health
Department officials to establish definitive standards for the operation
of Food Not Bombs.
60. In Feb. 1989 a final meeting between plaintiff Keith McHenry and
Food Not Bombs and the Health Department occurred at which Food Not
Bombs was told that no further meetings would be needed. Food Not Bombs
implemented the agreed-to changes. However, defendant Al Chin
subsequently inspected and stated that there were further problems
with Food Not Bombs' food distribution."
On July 14, the city petitioned the Superior Court for an injunction
forbidding FNB from further food serving. The court granted the
request, however, on September 11, the city, in a surprising reversal
of its previous policy, issued Food Not Bombs a limited--good only for
Mondays at Haight and Stanyan in Golden Gate Park (although multiple
locations had been requested). The permit, however, was short lived.
According to the suit,
"66. On October 10, 1989, the San Francisco Park and Recreation
Department revoked Food Not Bombs' permit, purportedly because its
$1,000,000 liability insurance was inadequate."
The food liability insurance referred to above covered the city should,
say, someone get sick from eating at FNB and, as a result, sue the City
of San Francisco. The insurance cost the city nothing; the one million
dollar policy was maintained by FNB. The squabble over permits was far
from over at this point. In fact, the whole process of Health granting
a permit only to have it annulled by Rec and Park was destined,
incredibly, to repeat itself. As the year 1989 drew to a close, more
hoop jumping ensued:
"67. In November 1989 Food Not Bombs applied for more permits to
conduct food distribution at Civic Center and United Nations Plaza. Food Not
Bombs and plaintiff Keith McHenry were told they would also need a
permit from the defendant City and County of San Francisco's Fire
68. The defendant City and County of San Francisco's Fire Department
broke all appointments which plaintiff Keith McHenry and other Food
Not Bombs volunteers made with them until February 27, 1990. Otherwise
plaintiff Keith McHenry and other Food Not Bombs volunteers received
no answer regarding their new permit requests."
In December, the suit alleged, city officials issued new edicts,
demanding FNB obtain a "land use permit" as well as a "push cart
peddler's permit." Was the city, in an off-the-cuff manner, simply
inventing permit requirements that didn't exist? Certainly at least
one "John Doe" (name unknown) police officer seemed to be up to something
of the sort one day when Food Not Bombs attempted to serve food at a
"76. During Monday on the second week of March, 1990, plaintiff Keith
McHenry was giving away food and literature at a political rally at
San Francisco's City Hall at about noon, when the food plaintiff and other
members were distributing was confiscated by defendant Doe San Francisco
police officers, who informed plaintiff that he needed a permit, which
would cost $650 per demonstration, from the San Francisco Recreation
and Parks Department to give away food at demonstrations."
Meanwhile the arrests continued to pile up. While many of these were
documented in the suit, it is highly unlikely, in the confusion of
events, that all were so recorded. One which was, however, was an
incident taking place five days before Christmas 1989. Distinguishing
this arrest from the many others was the presence of high ranking city
officials, and the suggestion of an inter-departmental collaboration
in the repression--in this case between the Police Department and the
City Attorney's Office.
"70. On December 20, 1989, plaintiff Keith McHenry was arrested while
talking to journalists in United Nations Plaza by defendant San
Francisco Police Department Captain Dennis Martel and other defendant
Doe uniformed officers in the presence of, and on information and
belief, under the supervision of defendant Commander Michael Lennon
and Executive Deputy City Attorney George Riley. Doe defendant police
officers also arrested other Food Not Bombs volunteers at this time and
location. The defendant Doe officers took into custody the food and
other equipment which had been in the possession of the Food Not Bombs
volunteers. Plaintiff Keith McHenry and the arrested volunteers were
held in jail over night."
Throughout this time (and for years into the future) city officials
repeatedly painted a false picture for the media regarding the whole
permit controversy. Time and again officials spoke of how the city
had attempted to assist FNB in obtaining the necessary permits. The
problem, they would say, lay simply in FNB's intransigence--its refusal
to get permits or to obey even minimal food safety standards. "They
refuse to comply with health care regulations," disputed former Mayor
Frank Jordan in an interview with talk-show host Peter B. Collins and
which aired on KSFO in January 1994. Health officials, Jordan added,
had offered to "help" FNB achieve this longed-for compliance, to no avail.
Such patently false statements were even made before judges. On July
21, 1989, Deputy City Attorney George Riley declared before Superior
Court Judge Ralph Flageollet, "The city stands ready today, as it has
since September, to waive fees, to assist Food Not Bombs in meeting
these minimal requirements so that a permit can issue." Riley added,
"All we ask is that minimal compliance with law." Riley's words are
recorded in the court reporter's transcript of proceedings. (People of
the State of California ex rel...v. Food Not Bombs, 908-581, San
Francisco Superior Court, hearing for July 21, 1989).
Another deputy city attorney, Paula Jesson, stated in a December 18,
1989 letter to Federal Judge William Schwarzer, "...the city has
engaged in numerous attempts to assist plaintiffs to obtain
the health and park permits that they need..."
Riley's comments before Judge Flageollet were made at a hearing on
July 21, 1989. The results of that hearing? Flageollet issued the very
court injunction under which the police today are arresting Food Not
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Jetliner missing off
Sunday, 31 October 1999 10:25 (GMT)
(NOTE: FAA spokesman; clarifying time)
Jetliner missing off Nantucket
BOSTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a
Boeing 767 operated by Egypt Air after the FAA reported the plane lost
radar contact with flight controllers soon after taking off from JFK
airport in New York.
FAA spokesman Eliot Brenner said Flight 990 departed for Cairo at
1:19 a.m. EST and lost radar contact at 2 a.m., some 60 miles south of
Senior Chief Richard Ross told UPI a Coast Guard jet and four cutters
were searching for Flight 990.
Officials had no information on what might have happened to the plane
or how many passengers were on board. The aircraft's capacity is about
US Senate Passes 18-Month Extension
of Research Tax Credit
Washington, Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate passed a temporary extension of the corporate research and development tax credit in a move that paves the way for enactment this year of a larger package of tax credit extensions.
The Senate and House still must work out final tax legislation that Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said he hopes will include a permanent extension of R&D credits.
``I hope that we will make it either permanent or as long as possible,'' Lott said.
The R&D credit is worth more than $1 billion to U.S. companies annually. Companies that rely on it include Microsoft Corp., EDS Corp., Merck & Co., and Johnson & Johnson Inc. The credit applies to expenses for the development of new drugs, high- technology products and medical devices.
The bill passed today would also extend the $500 per child tax credit under the alternative minimum tax for working families in 1999 and 2000.
The Senate bill, passed quickly by voice vote, includes a $473 million tax credit sought by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bill Roth to benefit poultry producers in Roth's home state of Delaware. Roth's provision extends tax credits for 10 years for biomass electricity produced from chicken waste. The credit is aimed at commercial poultry producers such as Tyson Foods Inc., Purdue Farms and others. The provision also provides tax credits for electricity produced from wind farms.
Other Credits Included
Other extensions in the bill involve the welfare-to-work and work opportunity tax credits, which help offset the cost of training low-income workers. Fast-food chains and hotels favor this tax break. U.S. banks and insurance companies with major overseas operations, such as CitiGroup and American International Group Inc., want extension of a credit that helps offset the expense of conducting some financial activities abroad.
The bill, hammered out in a bipartisan compromise within the Finance Committee last week, uses technical tax code shifts to pay for the credits under federal budget law.
Representative Bill Archer, the Texas Republican who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, said last week he would advance a tax package through the House once the Senate acted.
Under federal budget rules any tax credit is considered an expenditure of revenue and must be paid for with cuts elsewhere. A permanent extension could cost more than $17 billion, while the temporary extension only costs $3.5 billion.
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October 31, 1999
Libertarians Angered Over Sheriff's Letter
This is absurd. This sheriff should not only have his "opinions" removed from the site, he should be removed from office. To think that someone who holds these kind of opinions which are blatantly un-constitutional and holds an office that directly is charged with enforcing the constitution is quite specifically a conflict of interest and certianly a threat to anyone who's opinioins run counter to his. The man is armed and directs the actions and activities of a large group of armed men.
His actions in disregarding the LAW for his own
bizarre sense of right and wrong constitutes a direct physical threat to the community
where he controls.
This is yet another example of the far right's agenda which has been surfacing world wide lately in promoting actions and activities that are a threat to local and international stablity.
We need to inform this community that this kind of activity will not be tolerated nor allowed and I'm calling on our task force to track down every media and govt.contact number, email and fax for this county and demand they remove this maniac from office. We'll be generating a note to this effect for everyone here that is not a member of the task force to participate and spread around.
Oct. 4, 1999
By David Noack
FORT MYERS, Fla. (APBnews.com) -- A Washington-based civil rights group is threatening to sue a Florida sheriff unless he edits out his personal religious beliefs from a controversial letter posted on the department's official Web site.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State fired off a two-page letter on Sept. 27 to Lee County Sheriff John J. McDougall, charging that his remarks represent a "gross violation of constitutional limitations."
The group accuses the sheriff of violating the principle of separation between church and state.
"While you are entitled to your own personal views, the Constitution forbids use of your government position to assert those that advocate or endorse religious points of view, from the Sheriff's Web site. If you fail to do so, we will not hesitate to take legal action," reads part of the letter, which was written by litigation counsel Ayesha Khan.Attacked gays, atheists, abortions
In his posting, McDougall cites the need to display the Ten Commandments, returning prayer to the classroom and various references to "God" and "Jesus."
"These and other passages are clear endorsements of religion in general, and Christianity in particular. The United States Supreme Court has unequivocally held that government officials may not take action that endorses religion," says Khan.
McDougall has been in the national spotlight since he posted a controversial letter online a couple of weeks ago attacking gays, atheists, abortions, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The sheriff's letter condemns "diabolical forces" which are out to "morally corrupt" the country.Call for removal of opinions
The civil rights organization is not calling for be entire letter to the removed from the Web site, only those portions that are "constitutionally inappropriate" in which the sheriff endorses particular religious views.
Khan said she was "shocked" when she read the sheriff's remarks. She says that taxpayers may now have to pay the legal bills for the sheriff, in addition to financing the Web site.
She also said that other major national civil rights organizations, which she declined to name, may also be taking action against the sheriff.
Khan said she did not agree with the most of the comments that McDougall made, but the organization, which was founded in 1947, just focuses on church-state issues. The group says it has 50,000 members and chapters in all 50 states.
David Noack is an
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Save Our Children,
Communities, Civil, & 1st Amendment Rights
"Claudia White" firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 29, 1999
Happy Halloween from Salt Lake City,
This is the most extensive computer outreach public information
effortundertaken in the history of Mankind, and lovingly
calledAntidisestablishmentarism. For the debut of our theme song "Justice"
and further information visit my web page:
Many years of hard work and strategic planning have been put toward
this effort of information gathering, and presentation by thousands
ofvolunteers. Myself and a cherished friend, that shall remain
anonymous,have deadicated 21 years of our lives to this production.
We are a coalition of non-affliated individuals, and non profit
organizations, each with a specific job to do in order to improve the way
of life for children, communities, ending the drug war, call for nuclear
disarmerment, immediate reversal on the US Senate Vote on the CTBT, the
signing of that document by the US and to confront the politicians who
havecaused this disaster, in other words get our civil rights back from
Uncle Sam and his buddies, and making the world a better place for all of us.
All efforts are being done a volunteer basis.
Feel Free to contact each organization on how you might assist in doing
your part in standing up for individual rights and world peace.
The Drug Reform Coordination Network can be contacted by visiting:
Claudia White BS,CT
1999 Utah Woman Table Soccer Player of The Year
Olympic Scandal & The Cover Up Of Police Brutality
My Name is Claudia White. I am a 35 year old single, caucasian
(Czech, Native American, Irish decent), well educated (University
Of Utah Graduate), Woman. I am also an athlete, a foosball player.
I volunteer my time to the American Foosball Association for Save
Our Children and Communities, as well as many other organizations.
I have been an active volunteer in my community for several years.
In 1994-95 I recieved the Voulonteer of The Year Award from the
Utah Department Of Corrections for the drug rehabilitation classes
I facilitated for Cocaine and other types of drugs at the Utah State
Prison, Decker Lake and several other lock down facilities.
I now have a civil rights suit against Salt Lake City Corporation.
I am being censored and ignored in Salt Lake City due to the Olympic
Scandal and other priorities of Governor Micheal Leavitts, which
is fund raising, moon lighting for Boyer& Co. and doing Y2K commercial
for the local banks, while ignoring the fact that SLC is #1 in the
Nation for Rape, Burglary, and Meth Labs since he has been in office.
It is a sad day when my rights and freedom of speech are censored
by the majority of press, radio, and media in America. And yet I
can recieve correspondence from Sons Of Afrika about the rights
of the KKK being protected and held high by the federal government
of the US:"Friend of those in power in New York City have won court
approval for the Ku Klux Klan to hold a white power, white supremist
rally this Saturday October 23, 1999 in NYC.Not only that, but the
court has upheld the KKK's right to wear traditional white hoods,
to conceal their identities while they shout out calls for the extermination
of Sons and Daughters of Afrika,since they, the sons/daughters of
Europe can no longer own us,as they did our progenitors. So before
NYC celebrates the last (fake) [racist]christian millenium,in the
last (fake) [racist]christian empore - SOA hopes that our 2 million
descendants will confront the enemies of our fathersand mothers,
those with sheet and those without and send them a message yo !" SOA
So hear is the message: This is the proper use of The Klu Klux
Klan Act of 1964, Section 42 U.S.C. 1983...."Under the color of
the Law a Political Official cannot deprive a citizen of their civil
rights.....The following is information on the Organizations I volunteer
for and also the story behind my Civil Rights Law suit in Salt Lake City.
The American Foosball Association is helping to fend off drug
sales and street crime that is threatening to overrun our neighborhoods
of modest, middle class families. As part of this effort the AFA
members have formed S.O.C.C, Save Our Community and Children. We
want to offer youngsters a structured alternative to hanging out
on the streets. Realizing a dream to support athletic, public service,
and recreational programs. We envision drawing hundreds of children
and teenagers from the streets to an area that has lacked sufficient
after school alternatives for the youth. With AFA members help,
we can turn neighborhoods back over to the homeowner's, and give
their children a chance to get out of the house and play in a safe environment.
The A.F.A. is a non-profit association. As part of our mission
we believe that something must be done about the growing juvenile
crime in the U.S.A.; therefore we will donate a new or used table
to any youth center in America. If you need a table or would like
to donate a table to be given away in your name, you may do so.
The cost for a new table is $300.00 plus shipping. A plaque will
be put on the table stating your name or association (if you would
like - optional). If you have an old table the A.F.A. will pay all
shipping & handling to reclaim, recondition and place in a youth
center of our choice or yours - please contact us @ 1-888-FOOSING.
It is very important to the A.F.A. to intervene and set a proper
example for today's youth - if we don't lead our youth then who
will? All donations are tax deductible.
The life or lives you save today will be an investment in the
future of tomorrow. AGAIN ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
For more information about how you can make a difference for the
young adults in your community, E-mail us today!
As you know I have a notice of claims(inadmissible as evidence
under Fed. R. Evid. 408 as an offer to compromise) filed with SLC
Corp. for the Mayor and City Council of Salt Lake City Corporation,
451 South State Street, Suite 415, Salt Lake City 84111. Which reads:
1. Brief Statement of FactsPursuant to Utah Code Ann. 63-30-11(3)(a)(i),
Ms. White, by and through counsel, states the facts giving rise
to her claim, based on currently available information and belief as
On April 19, 1999, Ms. White was subjected to the use of excessive
force by an Officer of the SLCPD. On that day, Ms. White, was sitting
in [Liberty] Park next to the World War I commemorative statue and,
ironically, reading the US Constitution [and case summaries]. While
reading, Ms. White saw police officers sweeping through the Park
and requiring others to leave. Ms. White then approached a female
Officer of SLCPD. The Officer spoke to Ms. White and told her to
leave the Park. Ms. White asked "why?" and the Officer responded,
"because."In an effort to comply with the Ofiicer's request, Ms.
White then went to pick up her [library] book, which she had left sitting
next to the statue. When she stooped down to pick up the book, Ms. White
was shoved [5 times] by a male Officer from the SLCPD, the book
was ripped from her hands by the Officer, she was hit in her leg
twice by the Officer with his baton. As she was being hit, Ms.
White said, "What are you doing hitting me, I'm a woman? Don't hit
me!" After Ms. White was beaten by the Officer, she asked if she
was under arrest and recieved no response. Ms. White was not charged
with a crime and posed a threat to no one. There was no offer of
Medical assistance. Ms. White left the Park and eventually collapsed
in the parking lot outside the Church of Christ on 13th South and
7 East. She was unable to walk.
My friends and I left the park and stood, with permission, on
the corner of 1300 South and 600 East by the Park Cafe'. Cheif
Ruben Ortega showed up at about 7:20 pm, at which time he sent
approximately25 officers in full riot gear across the street in a military march.
The officers marched behind bullet proof sheilds with automatic
rifles pointed at the back of our heads, and made us walk to the
park across the street at which time they left. None of us were
arrested, nor read our rights. The police did not call in any medical
back up to help the injured nor did they re-open Liberty Park so
that we could get our vehicles. This was a show of force in an
attempt to change the community in which I grew up in and have been a
vital part of for 35 years.
During my research on civil rights I found a book entitled: Getting
Uncle Sam to Enforce Your Civil Rights, United States Commission
on Civil Rights, Clearinghouse Publication 59. Which states under Law
Federal criminal civil rights prohibits law enforcement agents
from conspiring to interfere with federally protected rights under
color of law, or using or conspiring to use force, or threat of
force, to interfere with the free exercise of your civil rights.
To report criminal activities that constitute violation of civil
rights [by police or politician] contact: US Department of Justice,
Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, 10th St. & Constitution
Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20530, (202)514-1412 Fax: (202)514-303.
If you are victim of gender-motivated violence in which the level
of violence under State and Federal law constitutes a felony, the
is a Federal, civil remedy under the Violence Against Women Act
1994. To make use of this remedy it is not required that charges
be filed or there be a conviction. Unlike other civil actions,
this action is not brought by the government, but by private individual
through an attorney.
For further information about Violence Against Women Act, contact:
US Department of Justice, Violence Against Women Office, 10 St
& Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20530, (202)616-8894,
Please join me in my protest against Violence, the Drug War,
and Poverty globally by Boycotting the 2002 Olympic Games. And
supporting the following organizations.
Children of Chernobyl
Save Our Children and Communities
DRCNet: Cops Against the Drug War
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
If we join hands as a world community and stand up for our rights
we can stop the Hate, therefore the war on Human Rights and individuals
rights of equal opportunity as well as protection. We can through
unity follow in the image of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. who
had a dream that all men were created equal. He had the audacity
to believe that as a human being we had the right to 3 square meals
a day. Now days eating is a privilege for the sick and suffering
children of the world, a world in which it is a crime to be impoverished,
yet the powers that be, force the average person into below average
financial conditions. We must unite, before its just much to late.
My Father taught me about Martin Luther King Jr, and taught me to
live by these words, "I'd rather die in abject poverty than with
a lack of self esteem", and I will die for those words.
A Boycott of the 2002 Olympic Games could be a simple easy platform
on which to obtain World Peace, liberty and justice for all. Its
time for the 13 year long Drug War in America to be over. This
tragedy in American history declared by Ronald Reagan has turned
out to be a war on culture. A rich culture that has its roots in
the early 60's, with Timothy Leary, the Merry Prankster, and Drugs
like LSD. Today am person would be sent to prison on a mandatory
minimum sentence of ten years for being using "spiritual" drugs
to have a 60's experience, however on the other hand, anyone can
buy Al Capones poison, alcohol, 24 hours a day with the blessing
of the federal, and state government in America. Its time that
we as American and World Citizens take back the right to our heritage,
our history. Such sacred treasures as our ancestory cannot be outlawed
by any government, or taken away by any police force or military.
These are not made by Man, but a blessings from God, and must be protected
The only way for true peace is through Unity; unity has never
meant uniformity. True unity comes through the ethics of diversty
and consensus. This ideally is what the Olympics stand for, world
unity through diversity and truce. Obviously none of these aspects
of the Olympics are represented in Utah by the Politicians, or the
Corporations they represent. Maybe then we can invest $269 Billion
US dollars in victims of National Defense like those in Columbia,
and disasters such as Chernobyl, instead of the criminals that have
caused them or choose to look away from the faces of the dying children.
Claudia K. White BS, CT(ASCP)
1999 Utah Foosball Player Woman Of The Year
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Higher Premiums,Fewer Insurers Mar 2000
Federal Health Plan
They should be so lucky. Most people who are fortunate enough to have
insurance at all pay a heck of a lot more for a heck of lot less. Gee, wanna
bet all of a sudden we'll start hearing about "medical reform" now that the
fat republicans suddenly have to pay a few dollars more? Gouge and
gouge until they finally squeeze the the hands that feed them. Then maybe
the rest of us will some relief from the massive health costs we've been
enduring for the past few decades.
October 29, 1999
Higher Premiums, Fewer Insurers Mar 2000 Federal Health Plan
By Douglas J. Gillert
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON -- The Office of Personnel Management hasn't been
able to keep the lid on cost increases to the Federal Employees
Health Benefits Program, which will rise an average of 9.3
percent this year.
As OPM frets over how to control the rising cost of health
insurance for the nations' millions of federal employees, it
also has seen 43 insurers from last year's plan drop out.
Officials said the dropouts will affect more than 40,000
civilian employees who will have to find a new carrier for 2000.
These changes were announced as the FEHBP open season, which
runs Nov. 8-Dec. 13, drew near.
"It is clear that competition in the marketplace has not
effectively slowed the growth in FEHBP premiums," said OPM
Director Janice R. Lachance. OPM administers the health plan for
federal employees and retirees. "We must consider new and bold
approaches so we can continue providing affordable, high-quality
health care to our employees, retirees and their families."
Lachance said the increases this year and the past two years are
unacceptable. This year's rate increase follows a 9.5 percent
increased in 1999 and a 7.2 percent increase in 1998. To control
future increases and improve the program overall, Lachance said
OPM will submit legislative proposals early next year to improve
the quality and cost effectiveness of health plans by raising
the standards for participating health insurers. She also hopes
to make the plan more efficient.
Lachance was scheduled to discuss improvements during a panel
discussion at the American Association of Health Plans quality
and information conference in Palm Springs, Calif., Oct. 29. She
was expected to address customer service, quality care and
value-based purchasing with association members. Based in
Washington, the association represents more than 1,000 health
maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations and
other network-based plans.
No reason was given for the 43 insurers that dropped out of the
plan for 2000. However, OPM said the insurers were required to
notify their members that they need to select a new plan during
the open season.
"Military Report," an on-line newsletter posted a list of the
dropouts on the Internet its Sept. 23 edition at
In 2000, biweekly premiums will average $30.10 for individuals
and $64.67 for families. All participating insurers and premiums
are listed on the OPM Web site at
Thursday, October 28, 1999
Mumia update: stay issued, protests continue
On Tuesday, October 26, 1999, Mumia was finally granted a stay of execution
by federal Judge Yohn. While this is most definitely wonderful news, we
should not take it as a chance to rest in our organizing.
On October 13th, Governor Thomas Ridge of Pennsylvania signed a new
warrant for execution setting Dec. 2, 1999 as the execution date. The stay
of execution will allow Mumia a bit more time to utilize the final legal recourses at
his disposal, and it will also allow our movement more desperately-needed time
to broaden and expand. We must use this time to reach out to sectors of the
population that still don't know who Mumia is and why he is so important.
We urge everyone to become knowledgeable about Mumia's case, and to
become active organizers in broadening the Mumia movement. Contact the
International Action Center and Millions for Mumia at (212) 633-6646. We have
informational resources for house meetings and teach-ins.
Below are two important articles:
I. On Oct. 26, protesters in LA confronted Gov. Ridge. Three protesters,
including John Parker of the South Central Coalition, National People's
Campaign, and International Action Center, disrupted Ridge. A picture of John
holding a sign demanding a new trial for Mumia appeared in the Philadelphia
II. Gloria Steinem's statement demanding a new trial for Mumia.
CONFRONTED IN LOS ANGELES BY MUMIA SUPPORTERS:
PENNSYLVANIA GOV. RIDGE ON THE ROPES
By Richard Becker, Los Angeles
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge launched his bid for national political office here
on Oct. 26, but it quickly hit the rocks. Demonstrators chanting "Governor
Ridge--serial killer," and "Free Mumia," outnumbered Ridge supporters by
better than two-to-one.
Ridge hardly had spoken his first words to an invitation-only audience of
Hollywood right-wingers, when he was interrupted by three supporters of
Pennsylvania death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Lillian Adelman, National Lawyers Guild Director Jim Lafferty, and John Parker
of the National People's Campaign and the South Central Coalition, had
infiltrated the "Wednesday Morning Club's" event despite a massive security
A major story about the disruption appeared in the Oct. 27 Philadelphia
Inquirer, along with a photo of Parker inside the event holding up a sign
reading "New Trial to Free Mumia -- Stop the Execution."
Ridge, who met later in the day with Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, came to
California apparently to boost his prospects as George W. Bush's possible
vice- presidential running mate. Fewer than 75 people--among them actor Charlton
Heston and Wednesday Morning Club director David Horowitz--showed up for
Meanwhile, outside the posh Beverly Wilshire in the center of Beverly Hills,
more than 150 multi-national demonstrators militantly protested Ridge's
presence. The infamous governor has twice signed death warrants against
Mumia--in 1995 and again earlier this month. The latest death warrant was
stayed on Oct. 26.
Ridge has issued death warrants for more than 175 people, 100 of them African
The demonstration was called by the National People's Campaign and the
South Central Coalition, and endorsed by many other organizations. Among
the most visible was the Black Riders Liberation Party, a community-based
African American youth organization from South Central, who provided
security for the protest.
Hundreds of Beverly Hills police and Los Angeles county sheriffs were
stationed inside and outside the hotel, many of them equipped with flak
jackets, riot helmets and large bags filled with tear gas canisters.
The demonstrators were not intimidated.
Following a short rally at the hotel's front entrance, chaired by Dele Ojoje
Ailemen and Deacon Alexander, word came down that Parker and Adelman had
successfully disrupted Ridge's speech and been arrested for trespassing.
The picket line turned into a march, which wound its way for over a mile
through Beverly Hills to the municipal center and police station. There,
protesters set up a new picket line.
The cops reacted by shutting down surrounding streets and re-deploying large
forces around their headquarters, resulting in big traffic jams around the area.
After about an hour, Parker and Adelman were released to a cheering crowd.
John Parker told the demonstration, "we are going to continue this struggle
until Mumia is free."
News of disruption along with a picture of John holding a NPC placard of
Mumia made the Philadelphia Inquirer. To read the coverage of the disruption,
please click on link below:
GLORIA STEINEM'S STATEMENT CALLING FOR A NEW TRIAL FOR MUMIA
Something is very rotten in the state of Pennsylvania.
Governor Ridge has signed 176 death warrants in the last five years. That's
five times more than his predecessors signed in twenty-five years.
He has done this in defiance of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar
Associations, both of which have urged a moratorium until the death penalty
can be shown to be racially unbiased and otherwise justified.
Right now, the percentage of African American men on death row is nearly
700% higher than in the population at large, a larger racial disparity than
in any other state. This means that an African American man growing up in
Philadelphia is eleven and a half times more likely to end up on death row than
one in Georgia or Alabama.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is the most famous such man. A radio journalist and political
activist, he was accused and convicted of shooting a Philadelphia police
officer. However, there are allegations of 29 Constitutional violations in his trial,
as well as prosecutorial misconduct, racial bias in jury selection, and fabrication
of evidence. There may also be new evidence of his innocence.
There must be a new trial. If not, this case will join those that undermine public
faith in the justice system, and live on in history as a divisive force.
Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, for example, 82 prisoners have
been exonerated. If there is no new trial, it may appear that the Governor
supports this execution in order to render a case moot and conceal errors in
the system. It is in his own interest--both in the short term politically and
the long term historically--to re-think his signing of the death warrant.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a human being who deserves the same defense and
respect that each of us would want. That would be reason enough. But he also
stands for many other people, past, present, and future.
His case could encourage a crucial examination of the death penalty. It could
lead us to investigate the prison industrial complex, and the reasons why more
and more prisons are being built even as the crime rate declines. It could help
reveal who is in prison -- and why.
Most important right now is the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal. But his case is also
crucial to our safety and democracy. We all have a stake in the nature of justice
Signed -- Gloria Steinem 10/24/99
International Action Center
39 West 14th Street, Room 206
New York, NY 10011
phone: 212 633-6646
fax: 212 633-2889
Sacred Lands Under Seige :::
Support Sovereign Dineh Nation
23 Oct 1999
From: Lendra Ceinwyn
To weave for the Dine'h is a prayer of thanksgiving , "the
People" whom some call Navajo. Without their sheep they cannot pray.
As of Feb1., 2000 this proud independent matriachal culture will be
forced once again to move to a "New Land", to be relocated,
which they have no word for in their language.
In 1998, President Clinton signed the Relocation Act during a golf game,
condemning the Dine'h to be moved again against their will, to "New Land"
which is filled with radioactive uranium tailings at 100 times the maximum safety level.
7 grandmothers have refused to sign over their land, and will refuse
because Big Mountain is sacred to them, the Earth their Mother,
this is their lives they refuse to hand over to the BIA, and Peabody
Coal. These 7 grandmothers are the elders of the Dine'h and represent 14,000 people.
The Dine'h people are afraid that there will be another Ruby Ridge or
Waco or Wounded Knee on or before Feb. 1
Please sign the Petition to end the genocide of the Dine'h People, and
let them continue to weave and breathe.
This is surely one of the darkest episodes in our history.
Sign Online Petition in Support of Navajo Elders
Ya'a' te & Aloha All...
The Altar-Land at Black Mesa is one of the sacred power-centers
of our planet, and the balance of all life is being jeopardized by the
ruthless and brutal rape of this mineral-rich area adjacent to the Grand
My Aunty, Roberta Blackgoat, is one of the "resistors", or traditional
elders, who is holding out till the last, faced with guns, bulldozers,
barbed wire, helicopters, and constant harrassment... in order to protect
the medicine ways and family ties to this sacred place, now referred to
simply as "Big Mountain."
The extent of the conflict, the war of attrition carried out by U.S. &
multinational corporate terrorists, and the total ecocide of the North
section of Black Mesa (literally turned into a "hell on Earth"!) by
United Energy & Peabody Coal through stripmining, is difficult to
convey in words, or even pictures.
Please take a short time out of your lives and visit the links below,
watch ::: "Vanishing Prayer" (RealPlayer)
Sign the online petition at SENAA, and after you've reviewed the
situation, please send your letters of protest to the people below.
Having lived out there with the elders, and walked in the footsteps
of the ancients, having listened to the Hopi Prophecies, and the
wisdom of the medicine carriers, I can testify to the importance
of this struggle for sovereignty and self-determination, both
culturally and ecologically. Walk the Altar-Land yourself, and
feel the Spirit move in and around you...
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Emilio Zapata, and Lili'uokalani
BZ Bonoboy Hilo, Kingdom of Hawai'i
Protests & Support for Elders to:::
Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt
BIA Office of Congressional & Legislative Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior ::: BIA West
National Academy of Public Administration
Comments to email@example.com
(Panel Urges Major Reforms at the Bureau of Indian Affairs)
FIGHTING THE BIA's "FINAL SOLUTION"
by Al Swilling
Kosovo is not the only place in the world conducting human rights abuses and
ethnic cleansing. What the U.S. government doesn't want the Americanpublic
to know is that the same crimes that NATO forces were so determined tostop
in Kosovo are happening right now within United States borders. The
following video outlines the story of the Dine'h (Navajo) who live at Big
Mountain, on the Black Mesa, in northeastern Arizona.
For the past 25 years, the Dine'h have been the victims of greed and
government oppression in the extreme. Abandoned by their own tribal
council by orders of the federal government, the Dine'h have been stripped of
virtually every human, civil, and constitutional right because they refuse
to leave their ancestral homeland and relocate into the only alternative
provided by the U.S. government, which is known as the "New Land," land
that is contaminated with uranium tailings that have rendered the land
useless, with radiation levels 100 times maximum safe levels.
Now the Dine'h face a deadline of February 1, 2000, to relocate. The Bureau
of Indian Affairs (BIA) has sworn that it will execute its "Final Solution"
before the deadline. The Dine'h at Big Mountain fear that the BIA's "Final
Solution" will be similar to the solutions executed at Waco, Ruby Ridge, and
Wounded Knee; with only the BIA remaining to tell the American public
whatever it wants the public to believe and no one surviving to say otherwise.
This video presentation conveys as no words can the story of the Dine'h of
Black Mesa and the reasons for their suffering.
If you would like a copy of the videotape, VANISHING PRAYER Genocide of
the Dineh, it is available by contacting Steve Sugarman at:
firstname.lastname@example.org ,or from Sol Communications at
VIEW "Vanishing Prayer" (RealPlayer)
We hope that you will join our battle to help the Dine'h remain on their
ancestral homeland and to stop the ethnic cleansing and human rights
violations being perpetrated by the federal government.
The Dine'h now survive almost totally on charitable contributions. We hope
that you will join SENAA and others across the nation in helping to fight
for these proud and peaceful people. For more photos and in-depth articles,
etc., about the plight of the Dine'h people, visit SENAA's web site
NEWSLETTER at: <http://members.xoom.com/senaa/index2.html .
If you want to get involved and make a difference for the Dine'h and for
your children and grandchildren's future, contact Al Swilling at:
Contributions to help the Dine'h, can be mailed to: SEE 20110 Rockport Way
Malibu, CA 90265
Audio File (RealAudio)
"Resource Extraction and the Genocide of the Navajo People"
by Jackie A. Giuliano Ph.D
The View from the Hogan 7
107 Days till the final solution
Notes from Big Mountain
First off, a point of terminology. I have been instructed to avoid using the
word"HPL" in my writing. The words HPL, JUA, Navajo Reservation, etc etc,
are deeply painful and offensive. These words refer to lines drawn on maps
and in the minds of those in Washington ( and their followers). They are not
real, they divide that which is whole.
I will refer to the land where these words are being written as The Altar.
The reasoning is this: Within the four sacred mountains that encompass
Navajo land, is the hogan for the Dineh people. When a hogan is built to
live in, it is a model of this Macrocosmic Hogan. This is why Ceremonies
must take place inside a Hogan. This is also why bulldozing of Hogans is
such an abominable and sacreligious crime.
Within the Ceremonial Hogans is a space used for an altar. Within the
Macrocosmic Hogan this space correlates to the Big Mountain area.
We hear of many events and prayer vigils taking place in the first week
of October at U.S. Embassies abroad in support of the people here and against
the continued genocide. To all of you who have worked hard at setting up
these events, we send our prayers and thanks, as well as to all those who
give of their precious time to attend these events. Let us hope that the
hearts of those in Washington will be touched.
As Sitting Bull said "As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all
together we make a mighty fist."
There is a good letter circulating on the Net from "the people of the land
known as America" to the clowns in Washington. contact Beth at email@example.com
and ask her to send you a copy. If you like what it says, then you just send
Beth your name and address and it will get appended.
The Men In Black continue to visit Paulines land on a daily basis. They
recently stopped at the site of this past summers Education/Witness camp,
and -horror of horrors- they discovered a piece of soggy cardboard
approximatley one foot square, and a small brown bottle that at one point
contained ginger beer. Barely able to contain their outrage, many
photographs were taken of the offending material, and they rushed back to
HQ as fast as possible. Imagine the scene, the BIA War room,... a group of
Very Important People cluster around the photos trying to decide what action
to take against this latest outrage. Smart young men and women stride across
the room with the latest satelite images.
In the end they settle on an armed convoy composed of Hopi Rangers, BIA
police, US marshalls, County Sherrifs, FBI and ATF, with a couple of
National Guard Helicopter Gunships for back-up. Maybe I'm exaggerating
SLIGHTLY, but what continues to take place here is a farce on a hugely
criminal level, and sometimes I find humor to be my only defense against
Meanwhile, the real criminals, the BIA impoundment squads, continue to
snatch the peoples animals even though there is more grass than could be
consumed by flocks ten times as large. Of course we knew they were coming
because the roads were graded. Normally the roads we travel are so bad they
couldn't be classified as jeep trails, only last week I had to rush a woman
to hospital in the middle of the night. A 75 mile journey took 2 and a half
hours, each bump, rut and pot hole slowing us down and causing pain to my
But when the BIA need to come in on a lightning raid to take the peoples
animals, out come the dozers and graders to give them a nice smooth, fast
ride. Your tax dollars hard at work.
What may not be at all clear to y'all out there is that this is all
executed as military operations, these are para-military, multi-agency
"squads" whose only aim is to cause fear and hardship. Loaded down with
weapons and all the hi-tech toys money can by, elders who are alone are
The following is a quote from Big Mountain Newsletter.
The people of Big Mountain and the Joint Use Area say they are being
terrorized. They cite jet airplanes flying so low that the pilot is visible,
BIA trucks cruising the Survival Camp and the peoples hogans, helicopters,
and the apparent sabotage of wells and windmills, and so on. The government
has answers for most of the charges, saying for instance that the jet
flights are "routine" training patterns, the helicopters are "surveying" and
the trucks are "conducting a census". The government says the people are
being "over dramatic" in their reactions.
In the 1960's these same people said that they were attacked with poisonous
gases from airplanes, killing their livestock. It wasn't until years later,
when the white citizenry of Globe, Arizona, received a similar attack, that
the U.S. admitted it had been using 2,4,5-T, an incredibly toxic pesticide,
for "brush control" without proper safeguards.
Even if the latest actions are in fact "routine", the question remains why
all of these activities should suddenly escalate in the few months just
prior to the July deadline for Navajo removal.
The governments position on the jet flights is typical: the Air Force
insists it is just running a normal training pattern which happens to pass
directly over Big Mountain. Challenged at a recent hearing as to why the
flights were necessary, and whether similar flights were scheduled over
non-indian communities, the Air Force declined to explain.
Spokespersons noted that it would not change the flights just to please the
indians, regardless of ceremonies or other problems with the flights.
Parents claimed the flights terrified their young children at school and
literally knocked the elderly out of bed. Religious ceremonies are also
disrupted and the livestock are scattered by the flights. The Air Force
admits that it flies as low as 400 feet.
Bottom line is that these Indian people are being subjected to procedures
which the government wouldn't think of directing towards white communities.
In this case the people under attack are the traditional Navajo and Hopi
people of the Joint Use Area, already under incredible pressure due to 12
years of implementation of the Relocation Act. The result is terror.
That was written 14 years ago, and nothings changed..... its been going on
the whole time since, and the view from the Hogan is inescapable that this
is war, low-intensity maybe, but war nonetheless. One thing I am sure of, is
that both the people who plan this campaign of harassment and those that
carry it out, watch waaay too much TV.
How is it that a war against Indians has been and is still being fought on
this continent for the past 30 years, and most people are only just finding
out about it now?
So, we are hurtling towards two big dates. January 1st, 2000 and February
1st, 2000. I find it hard to get excited about the Millenium, some Roman
dude, way back when, decides to change his peoples calendar and start time
from a new date, how is that real? ......And anyway, don't most people know
that the year begins on November 1st?
When I think of Y2K, my first reaction is, how utterly terrifying it must
be, to live in a world that is so unstable that a couple of digits on a
silicon chip has the potential to bring it all tumbling down.
My second thought is how absurd it is, that here on the Altar, are people
who have the knowledge, skills, and most importantly, the wisdom, to live
without an infantile dependence on the Technostructure, and yet the dominant
society is hell-bent on rubbing out these people rather than listening to
them and learning from them. If, in a worst case scenario (barring Nuclear
Winter), the technostructure does collapse, then we here on the Altar will
have to make a few minor adjustments to our lifestyle ( though as I am now
a cyber-slut, I'd surely miss conversing with all you good folks out there),
but overall the benefits would be enormous.
The mine will close down. The sky will be free of huge, noisy, chunks of
metal hurtling towards La La Land with Very Important People on board, and
the Men in Black will cease harassing us as the coal will be worthless. It
would be my guess that many of you who have not been here cannot truly
imagine what it is like to live outside of the Technostructure, without
electricity, without plumbing, with the closest small store 20 miles away,
asphalt road 30 miles away, telephone 36miles away, post office 40+ miles
away, supermarket 74 miles away.
The people here have never had these "amenities",... in what I consider a
dumb move, the U.S. made it illegal for the people to "develop", hoping to
encourage the people to leave, but what its caused is that the people
continued with a way of life that has changed little for generations, and
life is lived in a good way, depending on those most basic resources, brains
and bodies, something most of us have, life is generous.
There is an often voiced belief "out there" that everybody in the world is
so desperate to achieve the "American way of life", but I must tell you, it
just ain't so.
A little story may show this.Some years ago, when I was living with my
Grandma and Grandpa, I figured that the price of a simple solar power system
was low enough for me to be able to raise the funds, so I asked my Grandma
what she would use electricity for if I could supply it. I needed to figure
what size system to work on. Her eyes immediately lit up, "an electric
light,".... for the hogan in winter, so she could weave. Like many elderly
people, her eyesight was not as sharp as it used to be, and with a keresone
lamp the colors of the yarns were hard to see, so on the long winter nights
she wasn't able to weave. " What else would you like" I asked. She thought
for a while, and then said " an iron, to iron the rugs after they are
finished". "Anything else" I asked. She thought, and thought....." how about
a microwave oven? refrigerator? TV?. She laughed. That was all she could
think of to do with electricity, make it so she could spend even more hours
sittin at the loom.
Around this time I sat down and figured out how much these elderly women
were getting paid to weave these beautiful rugs. Figuring in the time it
takes to raise the sheep, shear, wash, clean, card, spin, dye the wool, set
up the loom, and then do the weaving, I reckoned they were lucky if they
were getting 2 bucks an hour.
So any of you in the market for a genuine navajo rug, please bear in mind
what a deal you're getting. On the subject of rugs, for those of you in the
neighbourhood of Missoula, Montana, there is an exhibition of approximately
50 rugs from the resisters here at the Art Gallery, in the University. These
are the real things, and the show runs till Oct 31st. I saw some of the rugs
on their way up there, and there is some beautiful work.
I would be out of line to have a favorite, but Fanny Goys rugs are
particularly fine. Roberta Blackgoat will be in town for a reception on
Saturday the 30th, so that would certainly be worth attending. On the
subject of Robertas travels, she will be in Washington DC during the second
week of November. I don't have any locations or dates for her appearances
there, but for sure she will be at the concert where Blackfire are playing.
Presuming of course we survive Y2K, we then come to February 1st, 2000. Who
knows what is going to happen? The Feds and the HTC know, but they ain't
saying. There have been deadlines before, and a pattern has emerged. Threats
of forced evictions are broadcast, support is mobilized, the media takes an
interest, the deadline arrives, nothing happens, the media lose interest,
support wanes, and back to the daily grind of low-intensity warfare and siege tactics.
Maybe that will happen again, but maybe not. Warmaker is not known for
making rational decisions, so it's best to plan for all eventualities.
Back in the real world, the weather has changed. It hasn't rained for some
weeks now. Back to the usual intense blue dome above. The sun is much lower
in the sky, the shadows are larger, the colors richer, and the days shorter.
The Dineh name for this moon is "back to back", where the two seasons touch.
The corn's all harvested, primary chore now is to bring in, cut, and chop
firewood for the coming winter. There is already a nip in the night air, a
killing frost took out my squash and tomato plant a few weeks ago.
Like most life-sustaining activities round here, cutting firewood is illegal
according to the Feds and the HTC. I know for a fact that sons of two of
the Grandmas went into Hopi Tribal Offices to get a woodcutting permit and
left without one, so even though no-ones been arrested in a while for cutting
wood, it is one more stress and worry on the people.
I've been too busy with the flock and the firewood to take advantage of the
other bumper harvest this year, Pinyon nuts, a much favored delicacy.
Travelling across the Altar one sees people out, under the trees, collecting
as much as possible before the 4 legged and winged get their share.
The sight of people collecting free food always feels festive to me. I
stopped by Robertas place late one afternoon after she had been out picking
all day. We sat in front of her house and watched her sheepherder bring home
the flock. Behind us, on her door, was a simple sign that reads:
Entering Sovereign Dineh Nation Thin Rock Mesa All are welcome who repect
the land, life, and law of the Dineh Warning! Federal, state, and tribal
personnel, your jurisdiction does not apply here Your actions will be counter-acted.
Similar signs are re-appearing around the Altar. As we sat, a huge strange
looking object flew slowly over us. grabbing noculars I saw that it was the
Space Shuttle, piggy-backed on a big jet transport. I explained to Roberta
what the space shuttle was, and how it put all the satellites up in the sky,
and how some of those satellites can take pictures of us here on the ground.
Her eyes immediately lit up, "we should write SUE THE CREATOR out there"
she said, pointing to the land out in front of the house, Sooo there is now a
message being laid out on the ground in front of her place, so if you happen
to be an owner or operator of a spy satellite, point it to:
36 degrees 14 minutes 79 seconds N 110 degrees 38 minutes 62 seconds W
Also if you are a pilot or photographer who wants to take some pictures of this
message, you're welcome.
One final thought on Y2K, we hear of big bucks being made by supplying Y2K
survival information, so, I make the following offer; for a mere fifty bucks
a day, you are invited to the BOPEEP Y2K SURVIVAL SCHOOL, topics covered
How to avaoid freezing by using an axe. How to avoid thirst by walking to a
spring with a bucket. How to avoid starvation by grubbing around in dirt and
blood and guts. How to repair just about anything with baling wire. 1001
things to do when your television doesn't work. etc etc.
We human beings are an incredible species. Our brains and bodies are
perfectly capable of doing all thats necesesary to keep life going in a good
way, but more than that, we are capable of profoundly beautiful acts of
love, kindness, and generosity. Yet we are taught to feel powerless and to
fear each other and to fear life itself. Why? (I am reliably informed that
that is a rhetorical question) But then, what the hell do I know,........
I'm just a sheepherder.
"We need to be kinder to each other" Your prayers, support, and
correspondence are invited. I thank you for your time that you have given
me by reading this. For all my relations Bo Peep reachable via
P.S. To all those who have written to me, please be aware that owing to the
pressing needs of the flock, the firewood, and the Grandmas, the office is
sometimes left unattended for days at a time. It may take as long as a half
moon between when you write, and when you hear back from me. Around here the
information superhighway is a muddy jeep trail. Please be patient, you will
hear from me. If you have received this update as a forward, but want to
sure of getting them in the future, please let me know and I will add you to
the list. Also if there are any "back issues" you don't have, again, let me
know. Please feel free to distribute (unedited) this email
October 26, 1999 4:30 PM
US MILITARY Discovers power in purchasing to taxpayer benefit -
New DoD Initiative Proves There's Power in Numbers
By Paul Stone
American Force Press Service
WASHINGTON -- If you use a personal computer at work, and
chances are you do, then chances are you are or will be
participating in a DoD-wide program that's avoiding millions in
costs for software.
Under a relatively new and little known program called the
Enterprise Software Initiative, commonly referred to as ESI, DoD
is leveraging its power as the largest federal user of computers
to negotiate below-market prices for commercial software.
With more than 2 million software users throughout the services
and various defense agencies, DoD realized it was in a good
position to get high quality products cheap if it could convince
the services to work together, according to Navy Cmdr. Jim
Clausen, who works with the initiative in the Office of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control,
Communications and Intelligence.
Clausen said that prior to the initiative services bought
software individually through standard purchasing procedures.
Under the ESI, however, DoD negotiates agreements with vendors
in specific software categories to get the lowest prices on
software, maintenance and support for all the services.
A committee of representatives from all services and selected
defense agencies meets once a week to discuss potential software
buys. The key, Clausen said, is that 80 percent of the committee
agrees on a purchase.
"Once we have that level of interest in a particular piece of
software, then we ask one of the services to be the lead agency
for negotiations," he said. For example, the Army has taken the
lead for negotiating agreements for database software. The Navy
negotiates for automation software and the Air Force handles
records management areas.
The lead agent then makes the purchase using money from the
Defense Working Capital Funds. Once the software is acquired,
the lead agency sells it to DoD customers and repays the DWCF.
Since July 1999 software agreements have been completed with the
companies that make Visio graphics software; Corel desktop;
Oracle, Informix and Sybase database software; and Provenance
and PS Software electronic records management software. The
negotiations saved about $75 million, Clausen said.
Additionally, the Navy, serving as the lead agency, is
negotiating a new DoD-wide agreement with Microsoft to cover all
server products. Agreements are also under discussion with
Adobe, JetForms, Lotus Development Corp. and Sun Microsystems.
Because of the size of its purchases, DoD has found it sometimes
pays less than half the price offered to the General Services
Administration. GSA usually pays the lowest prices among
government agencies and offices.
"Our motto is nobody's going to beat our prices," Clausen said.
"And what we've found is that software companies like this way
of doing business. Although we benefit financially, the
companies get a large market share and their products are
getting wide exposure."
He said the new business practices are part of the acquisition
reform process. They're part and parcel of the Defense Reform
Initiative -- DoD's overall effort to cut costs and make more
efficient use of resources.
In addition to greatly reduced software prices, Clausen said,
DoD negotiated flexible licensing agreements that allow programs
to be transferred from one computer to another. This, he said,
will help DoD customers avoid additional software costs down the road.
"Typically, when agencies replace computers they routinely throw
out the old and replace it with one containing all new software,
even though much of the software may be the same as on the old
system," Clausen explained. "They won't have to do that with the
software we purchase through the ESI. We'll be able to transfer
those licenses clear across the world if needed, shifting assets
back and forth throughout DoD rather than writing a new check
for more software."
Although the initiative is still in its infancy, Clausen said
plans are under way for software purchased through the ESI to be
available through the Defense Logistics Agency's Electronic
Commerce Mall. Customers eventually will be able not to only
purchase the software online, but download it and the licensing
agreement directly from DLA.
For now, however, the ESI is concentrating on getting the best
products at the best price.
"That's our challenge -- to keep up with the various deals
either in place or being worked so we can negotiate even lower
prices," Clausen said.
DoD's efforts were rewarded in September when the ESI working
group received the 1999 Interagency Resources Management
Conference award for team achievement. The IRMCO is the federal
government's premier conference on information technology and
agency business solutions. More information on ESI can be obtained
through the Internet at
Hearings on Missles Sites
DoD News Briefing - Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD PA
October 26, 1999
DoD News Briefing - Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD PA
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DoD News Briefing
Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD PA
Tuesday, October 26, 1999 - 1:39 p.m. EDT
Mr. Bacon: Good afternoon. Welcome. Let me start with a couple
This week the joint program office for national missile defense is
sending a team to North Dakota to start public hearings that will lead to an
environmental impact statement on the possible construction of a national
missile defense site in North Dakota. Next week a similar team will go to
Alaska to start hearings there. As you know, both these sites have to be
reviewed in the course of assembling the information that the president
needs to make a decision about whether or not to proceed with the
construction of a national missile defense program. And no final decision
will be made until these environmental impact statements are completed as
well as a whole series of other tests and studies that are ongoing.
Second, the Army will announce later today that it's dispatching a group
to the Republic of Korea to meet with their counterparts in the Nokuen-Ri
investigation. The Army team will be led by the Army Inspector General,
Lieutenant General Michael Ackerman. And they'll leave tomorrow, go to
Korea for a one-day meeting on Friday, and then come back. And this will be
the beginning of the information sharing that Secretary Cohen has promised
in a letter to President Kim Dae Jung in South Korea.
Finally, I assume some of you watched the hearings today, the
chairman and the chiefs before the Senate Armed Services Committee. During
the hearings Chairman Shelton was asked about the impact of a 1.4 percent
across the board cut on the Defense budget. This is being discussed by some
members of Congress. He said the impact would be devastating, that it would
roll back some of the good work that has been done by the $112 billion
six-year defense increase that President Clinton sent to Congress earlier this year.
Let me just give you a couple of details about the impact this
would have. These are preliminary calculations on our part. But starting
from the definition of an across-the-board cut, that it would be a haircut,
basically, of all accounts: personnel, R&D, procurement, operations and
maintenance. Because the cut really couldn't be implemented on the
personnel side until about six months, you essentially would have to effect
a 2.8 percent increase. That is, instead of 1.4 percent for 12 months, it
would be 2.8 percent for six months. Since we can't and don't want to cut
pay -- after all, we've just gotten a pay increase, and there's no
indication that pay will be cut -- we would have to cut numbers. And a 2.8
percent cut for the final six months of the year would amount to a cut of
between 39,000 and 70,000 people from the total force; that is, from the
active duty force, which is now between 1.3 and 1.4 million.
Now, the disparity between 39,000 and 70,000 is explained by
whether they were high-ranking or lower-ranking people. If they're
higher-ranking people, obviously you save more money by getting rid of
higher-ranking people who have been in the service longer, but it's probably
unlikely that the services would take people out who had been in 18 - 22
years. It's much more likely that they would either take out lower-ranking
people or slow recruiting by not acquiring new people into the force, which,
of course, would run counter to exactly what all the services but the Marine
Corps now are trying to do, and that is to fill recruiting shortfalls.
Second, in terms of operations and maintenance, it would take out
approximately $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion from the O&M accounts, and that
would hurt the very increases in readiness that we're trying to achieve with
the defense budget increases. As you know, they're designed mainly to go to
personnel accounts -- that is, pay and the benefits, the pension plans, et
cetera -- to operations and maintenance, to support higher readiness, and to
procurement, to get the procurement numbers up into the -- to $60 billion a
And then, finally, in procurement, as General Shelton said, of
course, it would be a haircut of 1.4 percent. There are certain contracts,
you know, that we've signed on a multi-year basis or other contracts that
are designed to lock in both us and the contractor, frequently at some
savings. And we wouldn't want to disrupt those contracts, though probably
it would have a disproportionate impact on other contracts that weren't
so-called special or long-term contracts. So it would slow down
modernization in -- probably in disproportionate ways, hitting some programs
more than it would hit other programs.
That's a quick thumbnail explanation of what General Shelton meant
by "devastating" when he described the impact.
Q: Ken, you said that they're conducting an environmental impact
study on a North Dakota -- possible North Dakota site for national missile
defense. For months people have been saying that Alaska is the optimum site
in terms of coverage for protection of the United States and given possible
threats. Does the fact that we're doing a study on North Dakota indicate
that North Dakota indeed might be chosen if the Russians will not back down
on revising the ABM?
Mr. Bacon: No, and I think that it's an open question at this
stage. There are advantages and disadvantages to each site. The biggest
advantage to Alaska is that it does provide 50-state coverage. That is a
huge advantage, obviously. When you're building a national missile defense
system, you need to protect the entire nation.
However, moving -- building a site in Alaska would require -- is
one of the things that would require an adjustment to the ABM Treaty. If we
were to build in North Dakota, where we had a site some years ago, in that
respect, it would not require an adjustment to the treaty.
So these will have to be weighed by the president and by Secretary
Cohen in reaching the decision. I would say that Alaska has a powerful
advantage, but until we complete the process of doing the environmental
impact statements, studying the geometry of the system, of continuing our
discussions with the Russians over changes to the ABM Treaty, I think it's
impossible to say exactly which site it will be.
Q: What's the Pentagon reaction to comments by -- I believe it's
the deputy defense minister for Russia, threatening to increase deployment
of missiles to counter any system that we might put up?
Mr. Bacon: Well, I think it completely misses the point of what
our system is. Our system is not designed and could not in fact counter any
attack by the Russians. We assume the Russians will not attack us. They
should assume we won't attack them.
This is a system that's designed against a totally different
threat. It could easily be saturated by an arsenal the size of the Soviet
arsenal -- the former Soviet arsenal, the Russian arsenal. It is designed
against a very limited attack from a so-called rogue nation such as an Iraq
or a North Korea that has a small number of missiles -- maybe one, or
five -- with a small number of warheads. So that's what we're building it
against. We've been very clear in describing that to the Russians.
We believe the Russians face a similar threat. After all, they
are closer to North Korea than we are. They are closer to Iraq than we are.
They are closer to Iran than we are. So they face, in theory, exactly the
same type of threat we do. And we have proposed a number of ways to
cooperate with them in helping them meet that threat, so we can do it
jointly. But I think that anybody in Russia who thinks about this system
would realize that it's not designed to counter the Russians in any way.
Q: Ken, about the Lear jet incident of yesterday, when will you
be releasing a videotape or any material from the F-16 that was tracking the plane?
Mr. Bacon: The answer is we will not. We have turned over audio
tapes and videotapes. There's -- only one F-16 took a videotape. We have
turned that all over to the National Transportation Safety Board. We called
them today -- I believe Captain Taylor called them -- asked them if we could
get permission to release them, and they said please don't because they
haven't had a chance to review it yet, and they would like to study this as
part of their overall investigation. If it's to be released, they'll make
the decision to release it. But we have given it to them at this stage.
Q: What do the tapes show?
Mr. Bacon: I haven't seen the tapes.
Q: You haven't been told in general terms what they --
Mr. Bacon: I have not. I have not.
Q: -- they show the plane flying. Can you see that the cockpit
is frosted or anything like that?
Mr. Bacon: I haven't been told what the tapes say -- show. But I
believe that the observation of frosted windows came later. The videotape
that was taken came from an F-16 launched from Eglin Air Force Base. That
was relatively early in the day. And it was a plane, I believe from Tulsa
or Fargo that an hour or so later noticed the frosted windows in the plane.
Q: Can I just revisit the question again about whether or not
there was ever at any point any consideration of shooting the plane down in
order to prevent it from hitting a populated area before -- perhaps you'd
calculated where it was going to?
Mr. Bacon: Right. You may revisit that, and I'll give you the
same answer I gave yesterday. The answer is no.
But I think, in a situation like this, you have to consider all
the possibilities. And at one point, Admiral Fry -- and this was late; this
was probably about 12:30 our time, and the plane crashed shortly after
1:00 -- Admiral Fry or someone working with him, said, "You know, if this
thing suddenly veers off course and heads to Chicago, we'll have some really
tough decisions to make." It was that type of thinking. It was not saying,
"Okay, let's get ready." It never got to that point.
The plane had been flying on the course of 320 degrees, or in the
very narrow range between 318 and 322, for several hours. I had a long talk
this morning with the officer who actually ran the show at NORAD, and that
was Vice Admiral Browne, who is the deputy commander in chief for the Space
Command. General Myers was here in an Air Force budget meeting, so he
turned this over to his so-called DCINC.
And as Admiral Browne described it, obviously in the initial -- first of
all, it's not unusual -- and I can't tell you how often it happens, but it
does happen from time to time -- that the FAA may call the military and say:
"We have lost radio contact with a plane. Can you go up and take a look?"
And sometimes the radio contact just comes back. Maybe it's a gap, or there
is a problem with the radio that's fixed.
So initially, when they lose radio contact, they try to ping the
plane and see if they can raise somebody on the radio. If they can't, they
might send some planes up to take a look, and that's what they did in this case.
Then they see how it's flying; if there seems to be some problem,
if it's flying erratically, if they can raise anybody in the plane. They
weren't able to. You know, you fly up and wave to the guy and see if you
can catch his attention. Obviously, they couldn't catch anybody's attention
in this plane.
So for the first couple of hours, it was a period of checking,
finding out exactly what was going on; checking the manifest. It was during
this time, for instance, that they learned that the plane actually had taken
off, I think in Sanford, Florida; flown to Orlando, landed, picked up
another passenger, not taken on any more fuel, and set off again. So they
had to calculate how much fuel, if it left its initial airport with a full
load, how much did it expend going to Orlando and taking off a second time,
and how long would it be able to fly at a pre-set course at various
altitudes. Since its altitude was oscillating, that had to be factored in as well.
So they were in the course of making all these calculations.
Meanwhile, the plane was flying steadily along a course and they were
monitoring it. As they reached the point where they figured the plane was
running out of fuel in the next half an hour to an hour, obviously the
question of what do we do if it veers off course became more urgent than it
was early on in the operation. One of the things Admiral Browne did was
check the Joint Staff regulations that deal with destruction of derelict
airborne objects to find out what was required. But the conversations about
action to take never really went beyond the sort of "what if" that I gave
you. You know, what if it suddenly veers of course; then we'll have really
tough decisions to make.
Q: Well, one --
Mr. Bacon: Those decisions were not made.
Q: One of the questions my editors keep asking me is, What if it
had veered off course? What factors would come into play in terms of how
will the decision be made whether or not to take some sort of action? Can
only the president make that decision? And then how would they decide?
Would it be a --
Mr. Bacon: I don't think it's -- I think that every situation is
different. Fortunately, we didn't have to face those decisions this time
around. The regulations make it very clear the secretary of Defense has to
be involved and that this has to be reported to the National Military
Command Authority. The top person in the National Military Command
Authority is the commander in chief. So you can figure it out.
But I think that every situation is different. It depends a lot
on how much time is involved. Obviously, it would depend -- you have to --
I don't think there's any right answer to this because you're always
weighing a series of factors. How big is the place it's headed towards?
You can't tell with complete specificity where a plane's going to land. If
it's headed toward a major metropolitan area, you can say it's probably
going to land somewhere in that major metropolitan area. If it's headed
toward a much smaller area, you might not be able to say with any
specificity whether it's going to land near a population center in that
small town or not. So all of these things would have to come into play and
the decisions would have to be made quite quickly.
Q: Are there any ways, feasible ways to divert a plane, say, away
from a populated area, short of shooting down a plane? Are there any ways
to alter the course of a plane?
Mr. Bacon: I think you could alter the course by nudging its
wings, by creating drafts on its wings or pressure in some way, even perhaps
with physical or kinetic contact. I'm not a pilot, though. And maybe
somebody here is. But it would be risky to our pilots to do something like that.
Once again, you have to weigh the risks and you have to weigh your
options. And we would take almost any reasonable action before reaching the
point of having to make a decision about destroying an American plane over
American airspace with civilians on board.
Q: People who watch, I don't know, popular movie culture have
perhaps an overly optimistic idea of what it is the military can accomplish
in terms of some sort of air to air rescue or something like that?
Mr. Bacon: Well, I don't think many people would believe that to
be possible. I think what people should take away from this is that the FAA
as the supervising agency, working with military support, performed
competently, calmly, quickly and brilliantly in the face of a very
potentially risky and unknown, scary situation. And I think from the very
beginning when they discovered that they couldn't make radio contact with
this plane, what you saw was a very rational and competent approach to
dealing with the problem. And part of a rational, competent approach is not
overreacting. And I don't think there was overreaction here. I think that
they were able to calculate where the plane was going. They made reasonable
judgments, and those judgments turned out to be correct.
Q: And just one point of clarification. The commander, the
military commander, the four-star whose jurisdiction this fell under was
Mr. Bacon: Yeah.
Q: And that's at the U.S. --
Mr. Bacon: He's the commander in chief of the Space Command.
Q: U.S. Space -- so this --
Mr. Bacon: Right.
Q: Because that would -- because NORAD falls --
Mr. Bacon: But remember, this is not primarily a military
operation. This was the FAA. It's civilian airspace, and it was a civil
plane. And the --
Q: Can you just clarify who -- where the chain went?
Mr. Bacon: -- the military operates in support of the FAA in this
situation as it does in dealing with other domestic disasters such as
floods, for instance. And so the North American Air Defense Command
followed this plane very closely. They were able out there at Cheyenne
Mountain to watch the progress of the plane through their radar screens and
to watch all the fighters following the plane. As you know, they followed
it in waves. We were actually watching it here as well in the Military
Command Center, the National Military Command Center. So it was being
closely followed in Colorado at NORAD and here in the Joint Staff.
Q: Through the radar -- by radar, you mean?
Mr. Bacon: By radar, yeah.
Q: Yeah. I have a question on the -- you have referred to the
guidance on destruction of derelict airborne objects, I think it's called.
It doesn't actually mention aircraft, manned aircraft. Is there --
Mr. Bacon: Well, actually, it's interesting that the regulation,
this one, applies -- all the examples they give are unmanned. It says,
"This instruction provides guidance for the destruction of derelict objects.
For example, unmanned free balloons, moored balloons, kites, or unmanned
nuclear rockets or missiles over U.S. or international airspace." And then
it gives the procedures that have to be followed. But in this enclosure D,
"instructions for destruction of derelict airborne objects," they refer only
to unmanned objects.
Q: My question is, is there written guidance beyond that that
does get more specific about manned aircraft?
Mr. Bacon: No.
Mr. Bacon: I mean, then NORAD took this and changed it into
basically a punch list for their watch officer -- If this happens, here are
the steps you have to go through. But this is the joint staff regulation,
and it only gives examples, but all the examples happen to be unmanned.
Q: Admiral Browne told you that he'd referred to that at some
point during the episode?
Mr. Bacon: He did. He did refer to it, and he said that this is
the first time he's had a situation like this to deal with, and like most
people, he probably doesn't sit down and memorize thousands of pages of
regulations just for the sheer joy of it, and instead he looks them up when
he needs to, and that's what he did.
Q: Is his first name "Joe"?
Mr. Bacon: His name is Herb. So I assume it's Herbert, Herbert
Browne, vice admiral for --
Q: This was, you know, this was a highly obvious -- obviously, it
was a highly unusual event. How likely do you think it is that you would
ever face this prospect of having to make the tough decision of whether to
take action against a civilian plane? Is this a very remote possibility?
Mr. Bacon: Well, I think you defined it yourself. It's "highly
unusual." And by definition, that makes it "a very remote possibility."
There have been several other cases, I think at least two were
cited in the New York Times this morning, of aircraft where the pilots or
the crew had died or became incapacitated and flew into the -- one flew into
a remote area in northern New Hampshire; another flew into the Atlantic
Ocean. Those were two that were cited this morning.
I think the FAA would be able to give you an accounting of that
because it, of course, was the lead agency working with NORAD and the Air
Force in dealing with this.
Q: A new subject?
Mr. Bacon: Sure.
Chris, you were -- I think you had --
Q: Yeah, just one question about the authority that CINCNORAD or
CINCSPACE would have in dealing with an airborne threat to the United
States, because there would be a difference in that if it were a military
threat, an unidentified something doing something. This was an identified
thing, and it was not a military operation. But is there different
authority? In other words, are there cases in which CINCNORAD or CINCSPACE
would have the authority to act?
Mr. Bacon: It would be a different set of authorities entirely if
our territorial sovereignty or integrity were threatened. But it does raise
an interesting point that has come up in some of the questions about the
Learjet incident, and that is, "Were the planes armed or unarmed?"
There are planes kept on several coastal bases, that are kept on
strip alert and are armed with missiles and with guns, that are designated
to protect our territorial integrity should it be threatened. They are the
planes that would be vectored up to look at unknown threats. Now, you know,
frequently when they go up, what they learn is that they identify the plane,
and it's a plane that for some reason is on the wrong course or whatever, or
they convince the plane to turn around. But planes that are training in the
United States, unless they're on ranges, fly without weapons, without
armaments. We do have, both the U.S. and the Canadians obviously have
planes along our northern border, their southern border. Those planes, some
of them are on strip alert, and they generally are armed with guns only, not
Now, typically when a plane takes off on a training mission, even
if it's armed, all the arms have safety locks on them so there can't be any
mistakes. If they were launched in a mission against a so-called
"intruder," they would remove the safeties before they took off. But if
they were just to take off on a training mission or a normal patrol, they
would do so with the safety locks on their weapons.
Q: Were any safety locks removed on any of the --
Mr. Bacon: Not that I'm aware of, no.
Q: -- Fargo planes?
Mr. Bacon: No.
Q: Those were the only ones that were armed, is that right?
Mr. Bacon: The two Fargo planes took off briefly. They were
armed. But they came back before they got close to the Learjet because it
had crashed by then, as I understand it.
Q: But just to be clear, their safety locks were on?
Mr. Bacon: I don't believe -- well, wait a minute. I do not
believe they were on, but I'll check that.
Q: So they could have, hypothetically --
Mr. Bacon: I don't believe the safeties were removed. Sorry. I
don't believe they were removed, but I'll double-check.
Q: New subject? Last night, Secretary Hamre hosted a major
dinner of NATO -- international defense executives from the U.S. and NATO
countries, France, Germany. Can you give us a readout on what was discussed
by way of Hamre's view of globalization over the next year?
Mr. Bacon: Sure. First let me give you the background of the
dinner. Undersecretary Jack Gansler meets from time to time -- I think it
may be quarterly -- with the arms directors of other countries, his
counterparts. They call themselves the Four Powers. They are Britain,
France, Germany and the United States. He had asked Deputy Secretary Hamre
if he would be interested in throwing a dinner for the armaments directors
when they were passing through Washington. I think their meeting is
actually in Williamsburg, Virginia. And Secretary Hamre said he would, and
it might actually be a good opportunity to invite some American officials
from defense companies to come and meet with the armaments directors and
discuss globalization and some of the opportunities as well as the
challenges. When that happened, the Europeans, our European partners and
friends, decided that they would also invite some industrialists from
Europe. So we had, I would guess, around 50 peopleor so.
I think I can make a list available to you of the people who were
invited and who came here last night. They held a meeting, a discussion,
for about an hour and a half, maybe an hour and 40 minutes, took a break,
came back and spent about an hour and 15 minutes eating delectable Native
American food, such as coleslaw and catfish for dinner.
And Secretary Hamre was very clear in saying that this is a
dialogue. It was not a meeting of instructions or decisions; it was a
dialogue. It was an effort to get everybody together and to talk -- not
even an effort that we had planned, really, because it had become more of a
meeting after the Europeans decided to invite their own industrialists. He
pointed out that globalization was here and it was going to be a force that
all of us had to learn to live with and respond to. He said that there is
plenty of room for more transatlantic cooperation now through partnerships
and joint ventures and financing agreements.
He also said that he felt it was probably premature right now to
assume that it was the time for mega-transatlantic mergers, and he gave two
reasons. One, he felt that the European defense industry is beginning to go
through the same digestive process that the American defense industry has
been going through for the last several years. And as we know from studying
companies in all businesses over here, the process of merging two giant
companies with different cultures and somewhat different product lines and
different executive styles can take time and is challenging. So for that
reason, he felt it was premature. He felt that Europe had to gain more
practice, become more comfortable with the merger process in Europe, just as
we've spent time learning about it here.
And the second reason is he doesn't think that, frankly, there is
a proper regulatory or security infrastructure to allow such mega mergers
right now. In other words, we in the United States in particular, but in
all countries, all NATO countries, have to do a better job of working on the
security issues that arise when you have companies making sensitive defense
items. Even though they're allied countries, we need to work on this. And
he was very clear in saying that the U.S. has to -- has a ways to go here.
There was a State Department representative there who talked about some of
the efforts we're taking to accelerate export licensing decisions and
technology transfer decisions that are necessary for this. But Secretary
Hamre believes that we need some time. Now, he's not saying we're talking
about years, but -- and in fact, no one knows what we're talking about. But
for both the reasons he listed, he thinks we need a little more time before
we get to the mega-merger category.
Now, having said that, I want to stress again that there was
strong support from our government, from the foreign arms directors, the
allied arms directors, and from industrialists in the United States and in
Britain, France and Germany for increased cooperation between companies --
among companies. So that, I think, is where the energy will be put:
increased cooperation, and also, at our end, dealing with some of the
security roadblocks that allied companies have complained about, and allied
governments, in the past.
Q: Did he express some frustration that a fortress Europe was de
facto forming over there with the merger of DASA and Aerospatiale combined
with British Aerospace buying one of its own electronics giants?
Mr. Bacon: He did not. There was strong feeling on the part of
everybody there that we can't afford a fortress Europe and a fortress
America. As he said, we have to keep the drawbridges down; we have to keep
people moving back and forth between the two defense establishments, and we
have to look for ways to increase cooperation while we work on developments
that will facilitate or allow some mega mergers in the future.
Q: One final question. Did he give examples of the types of
programs he saw going forward instead of mega mergers?
Mr. Bacon: Not with any great specificity that I recall.
Q: On the same subject --
Mr. Bacon: Yeah?
Q: Just to follow up, was the issue addressed at all of --
especially in Europe, you have a lot of government ownership of some of
the -- well, you've got more government ownership of defense contractors,
something you don't have over here, and how that plays into this whole
Mr. Bacon: That issue was not specifically addressed, although
some Americans did express concerns about the difficulties of dealing with
the European regulatory structure. But then some Europeans expressed
frustration about the difficulties of dealing with the U.S. security
So I'd have to say that this was an extremely level-headed,
low-key discussion. It was really a -- more than anything else, a series of
presentations. Secretary Hamre moderated it, and he called on a number of
people in seriatim. I mean, he would call on a couple of industrialists to
come up and talk, and then a couple of arms directors. And there were other
people there, as I said, a State Department guy and a few other people he
called up to make comments. So people came, and they made comments.
One guy said he had nothing to say because everything had already
been said. He had nothing to add. And so there was a cumulative effect to
But it wasn't a debate. It wasn't, you know, "You should do this,
we're going to do this" type thing. It was really a series of statements.
And I think the general feeling from the conversations I had with people at
the meeting was that it had been a useful first step, but it was only a
first step, and it accomplished exactly what Secretary Hamre wanted, which
was the beginning of a dialogue.
Q: Did anyone make plans -- were any plans discussed about having
this as a fairly regular kind of event?
Mr. Bacon: No, there were not discussions -- that could well
happen today in Williamsburg or whenever the next phase is. But I think
that it was very clear, from what Dr. Hamre said, that he would like to
continue discussions in some form. Whether this is the right form, I don't
know. But -- and I'm not sure he knows either. But I think that there's a
feeling that it's helpful to get everybody together in a room and talk about
general challenges and opportunities.
Q: Ken, the Air Force is reportedly ruminating about pulling out
of the Joint Strike Fighter program to protect their future funding for
development of the F-22. I was just wondering, can they actually do that?
Secondly, have they approached DOD either formally or informally about their
intention to do so? And what would the ramifications be for the entire
program and the other services if they did pull out? Is that a program
Mr. Bacon: Well, first, I am aware that some officials in the Air
Force -- generally anonymous officials, I gather -- have apparently raised
this idea. Let me just make two comments.
One, the Joint Fighter, Joint Strike Fighter is exactly what its
name implies: it's joint. It's a fighter that is being built. It's really
an attack plane that's being built to -- for use by the Marines, Navy and
Air Force. I think there's an analogy here going back to the '70s between
the F-15 and the F-16. The F-15 was a higher performance air to air
superiority plane bought in smaller numbers than the F-16, which was a
cheaper, very capable but less high performance ground attack plane,
primarily. And we bought many more F-16s than we did F-15s over -- I don't
know the exact numbers, but we can get them. The analogy is the same
between the F-22. Now I think the number they're contemplating buying is
less than 350. I think it's 339 or something like that. And the idea is
that we would buy several thousand Joint Strike Fighters not only because
they'd be used by three services, but they would be the bomb-droppers and
the missile-shooters -- the attackers, basically!
. So it's also supposed to be a considerably cheaper plane. And most of
all, it's supposed to be stealthy. Much stealthier than the F-22. Much
stealthier than the F-18E/F. So not to go ahead with the Joint Strike
Fighter at this stage would deprive all of the services of the next
generation of stealth technology in an era when everybody agrees that
stealth technology is the way to go.
This clearly is an important issue. We don't have a Joint Strike
Fighter yet. Prototypes are being built by two competing companies. And
we'll have to see how the program evolves. But it's meant to be a highly
stealthy, cheaper plane than the F-22 that will supplement the F-22.
Q: If I could ask you about that analogy briefly, you have a lot
more than 339 F-15s right now. And so I am wondering what the plan is to
deal with the fact that you are going to have, if you get the F-22, a lot
fewer F-22s than F-15s. And you are going to have 50-year F-15s filling out
the fleet, or are you just going to accept a smaller Air Force? Or are you
going to, at some point, be asking for 300 more F-22s? I mean, what's the
Mr. Bacon: Well, it's hard to predict the future. Typically, we
frequently end up buying more of a plane than we think we are going to
But one of the benefits of technology is we could do more with
less. And in air power generally, and we saw this most acutely during
Kosovo, we moved from World War II and the Korean War and even Vietnam,
where we had to drop hundreds of bombs to hit one target or many bombs to
hit one target, and now we can hit one target with one bomb or one missile,
with precision-guided munitions.
The same is true in air-to-air combat, where our idea is to be
harder to find and to be able to acquire our enemy at much greater ranges
than he can acquire us so that we are more sure of winning with the first
shot than we were in the past.
I can't predict how many of these we'll buy. Obviously, for a
while, maybe for a long while, we'll have a force that includes F-15s and
F-22s. For one thing, we are still buying F-15s. The later models are more
capable than the earlier models.
It is clear, from everything that General Ryan has been saying and
other Air Force officials, that the F-16 in particular is beginning to wear
out. And the older planes require more maintenance. They are having more
problems in flight. And, therefore, he has voiced the desire to move to new
generations of planes so that we don't have to continue to maintain the
older planes at increasingly expensive rates.
Q: Thank you.
Mr. Bacon: Wait a minute. I have got Pat and Bill back there.
Q: Thank you. Thank you, Ken.
Just wanted to know if you could update us on Chechnya?
Specifically, are the Russians continuing to move toward Grozny? And have
the Russians actually been encountering the terrorist rebels? Have they
gone into Chechnya to boot out --
Mr. Bacon: I think I'll let the Russians speak about their
problems in Chechnya. I think they are better able to describe what they're
doing there than I am at this stage.
Q: Well, let me ask you this. Are the rebels in Chechnya enemies
of the United States? Are they the terrorists that have been terrorizing
the Russians and the U.S.?
Mr. Bacon: Well, certainly from Russian reports, some of the
terrorism in the -- in Russia was rooted in Chechnya. I don't know how much
of it, but the Russians believe that some of it was rooted in Chechnya.
Certainly there are signs that terrorists always seem to find each other in
various countries and make common cause, and I have no reason to believe
that terrorists from places like Afghanistan or elsewhere have not been
working hand in hand with terrorists in Chechnya. Now, to what degree, it's
hard to tell, but I do think they consider themselves a band of brothers,
sometimes a nasty band of brothers.
Q: (Off mike.)
Mr. Bacon: Okay. Thanks.
Q: Thank you.
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Fry Named Director of Bureau of Land
Management at DOI
Although I can't say definitively at the moment, I think that this is
not only a surprise but a serious problem. A surprise as the Demo's
have traditionally been supportive of protecting Environment and
a problem in that this guy I've a hunch is a real problem for environmental
concerns. In this position he could do a lot of damage, from native issues
to environmental and as we've all seen from Big Mountian/Black Mesa,
their intimately bound together.
Fry Named Director of Bureau of Land Management at DOI
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 26, 1999
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES THOMAS A. FRY III
DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
AT THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
President Clinton announced today his intent to nominate Thomas A.
Fry III to serve as Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at
the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI).
Mr. Thomas A. Fry, of Dallas, Texas, has been Acting BLM Director
since November 1998 and served as Deputy Director from January 1997 to
November 1998. Before coming to the BLM, Mr. Fry was Chief of Staff for
Interior Deputy Secretary John Garamendi, a position in which he
provided leadership and policy oversight for special departmental
initiatives. In 1996, Mr. Fry was a consultant to the National Park
Service (NPS) where he advised on ways to solve the serious backlog of
housing for NPS staff. From July 1993 to August 1994, Mr. Fry was
Director of the Minerals Management Service. In that capacity, he was
responsible for the exploration, development, and production of oil,
natural gas, and other minerals on the Nation's Outer Continental Shelf.
Mr. Fry also oversaw the collection of revenues for minerals development
on Federal and Indian lands. Prior to 1993, Mr. Fry was Vice President
of American Natural Resources, Inc., a Dallas natural gas processing and
transmission company. He handled analysis and legal review of all
aspects of the firm's business, including the operation of a natural gas
processing plant. From 1975 to 1977, Mr. Fry was in private law practice
with the Dallas firm of Cooper, Hayner, Miller and Long. From 1972 to
1974, Mr. Fry was the Assistant Attorney General of Texas, where he was
Assistant Chief of the State's Anti-Trust Consumer Protection program.
He also served on active duty in the U.S. Army for over two years,
attaining the rank of Captain and receiving the Army Commendation Medal.
Mr. Fry received a B.S. from Trinity University and a J.D. from
Southern Methodist University School of Law.
The BLM at the Department of Interior is the federal agency that
manages 264 million acres of federally owned lands, as well as mineral
resources underlying another 300 million acres of federal and privately
owned lands. The BLM managed lands are located primarily in the eleven
western states. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976
consolidated and established policy for retention and management of the
public lands, and provides primary authority for the BLM's operations.
US Debt and COPS -
Memorandum by President to House on CJS Veto
I'm glad he killed this bill but not for the reasons Clinton stated.
We need to pay our UN debt. As we discovered while attending
the UN conference this summer, the poor slobs can't even afford
toilet paper in the women's restrooms outside the assembly areas.
I'm also very dismayed that Clinton not only wants to spend and
put so many more police nationwide. His attributing the decline
in the national crime rate due to the increase in police members
is ridiculous. The drop in crime directly reflects the increase in
employment, decrease in inflation and overall health of the
economy. When people can work, make money and afford
the things they require to survive the desire to risk what one
has for a quick buck loses its appeal. When people are
not desperate and stressed to the max wondering how their
going to feed their families, violence decreases as tolerance
for being ripped off increases, people don't wig out as
easy due to personal traumas. To credit the drop in crime
due to more armed men on the street and the fear of
the DOJ is absurd as desperation purely motivates
desperate acts and undue increased stress leads to
loss of control. People do what they have to, to survive
and forgo the risks when presented with limited options.
Increase the viable options you eliminate the desire to
AMERI-ADVOCATE / ONE GLOBAL ONE
Amsterdam - New York - Montreal
Santa Cruz - New Zealand
Memorandum by President to House on CJS Veto
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 26, 1999
TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
I am returning herewith without my approval H.R. 2670, the
"Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000."
This legislation should embody the continuing commitment of this
Administration on a broad range of fundamental principles. First and
foremost amongst these tenets is the notion that the United States of
America should be the safest country in the world. Our families must
feel secure in their neighborhoods. Since 1993, the progress realized
toward that end has been impressive and must not be impeded.
Moreover, America must continue to lead the community of nations
toward a safer, more prosperous and democratic world. This guidepost
has for generations advanced the cause of peace and freedom
internationally, and an erosion of this policy is untenable and
unacceptable at this critical moment in history.
This great Nation serves as example to the world of a just and humane
society. We must continue to lead by our example and maintain a system
that vigorously protects and rigorously respects the civil rights of
individuals, the dignity of every citizen, and the basic justice and
fairness afforded to every American.
Unfortunately, this bill fails to uphold these principles.
Specifically, and most notably, the bill fails to adequately fund the
proposed 21st Century Policing Initiative, which builds on the success
of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. I requested
$1.275 billion in new appropriations, and this bill provides only $325
million. To date, the COPS program has funded more than 100,000
additional police officers for our streets. The 21st Century Policing
initiative would place an additional 30,000 to 50,000 police officers on
the street over the next 5 years and would expand the concept of
community policing to include community prosecution, law enforcement
technology assistance, and crime prevention. Funding the COPS program
required a bipartisan commitment, and it paid off; recently released
statistics show that we have the lowest murder rate in 31 years and the
longest continuous decline in crime on record. I strongly believe we
must forge a similar commitment to support the COPS program's logical
The bill would also threaten America's ability to lead in the world
by failing to meet our obligation to pay our dues and our debts to the
United Nations. This is a problem I have been working with the Congress
to resolve for several years, but this bill fails to provide a solution.
Though the bill does include adequate funds to support our annual
contribution to the United Nations regular budget, it conditions the
funding on separate authorizing legislation, continuing an unacceptable
linkage to an unrelated issue. For this reason, because of additional
provisions, and because the bill is inconsistent with provisions agreed
to by the authorizing committees, the bill would still cause the United
States to lose its vote in the United Nations. It would undercut
efforts that matter to America in which the U.N. plays an important
role, from our fight against terrorism and proliferation, to our efforts
to promote human rights, the well-being of children, and the health of
our environment. It would undermine our ability to shape the U.N.'s
agenda in all these areas and to press for reforms that will make its
work more effective. All this is unacceptable. Great nations meet
their responsibilities, and I am determined that we will meet ours.
In addition, the bill includes only $200 million for International
Peacekeeping Activities, a reduction of almost 60-percent from my
request. The requested level of $485 million is necessary to meet
anticipated peacekeeping requirements in East Timor, Sierra Leone, the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. In each of
these places, the United States has worked with allies and friends to
end conflicts that have claimed countless innocent lives and thrown
whole regions into turmoil. In each case, the U.N. either has been or
may be asked to help implement fragile peace agreements, by performing
essential tasks such as separating adversaries, maintaining cease-fires,
enabling refugees to go home, training police forces, and overseeing
civilian institutions. In each case, as in all U.N. peacekeeping
missions, other countries will pay 75 percent of the cost and provide
virtually all the military personnel.
It is clearly in America's national interest to support an
institution through which other countries share the burden of making
peace. Refusing to do our part would be dangerous and self-defeating.
It could undermine fragile peace agreements that America helped forge,
and spark new emergencies to which we could only respond later at far
greater cost. It would leave America with an unacceptable choice in
times of conflict and crisis abroad: a choice between acting alone and
The bill includes a number of provisions regarding the conduct of
foreign affairs that raise serious constitutional concerns. Provisions
concerning Jerusalem are objectionable on constitutional, foreign
policy, and operational grounds. The actions called for by these
provisions would prejudice the outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian
permanent status negotiations, which have recently begun and which the
parties are committed to concluding within a year. The bill also
includes a provision that could be read to prevent the United States
from engaging in diplomatic efforts regarding the Kyoto protocol.
Applying restrictions to the President's authority to engage in
international negotiations and activities raises serious constitutional
concerns. Other provisions that should be deleted from the bill because
they would unconstitutionally constrain the President's authority
include provisions on Haiti, Vietnam, and command and control of United
Nations Peacekeeping efforts. My Administration's objections to these
and other language provisions have been made clear in previous
statements of Administration policy regarding this bill.
This bill does not contain a needed hate crimes provision that was
included in the Senate version of the bill. I urge the Congress to pass
legislation in a timely manner that would strengthen the Federal
Government's ability to combat hate crimes by relaxing jurisdictional
obstacles and by giving Federal prosecutors the ability to prosecute
hate crimes that are based on sexual orientation, gender, or disability,
along with those based on race, color, religion, and national origin.
The bill freezes the funding level for the Legal Services
Corporation. Adequate funding for legal services is essential to
ensuring that all citizens have access to the Nation's justice system.
I urge the Congress to fully fund my request, which provides an increase
of $40 million over the FY 1999 enacted level. Also, funding for the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is frozen at the enacted
level. This level would undermine EEOC's progress in reducing the
backlog of employment discrimination cases.
Similarly, inadequate funding is provided for the United States
Commission on Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Division of the
Department of Justice. The bill does not fund my requested $13 million
increase for the Civil Rights Division, including increases for law
enforcement actions related to hate crimes, the Americans with
Disabilities Act, and fair housing and lending. I ask the Congress to
restore requested funds for these law enforcement enhancements.
The bill contains adequate funding for the decennial census, but I
oppose language that could inhibit the Census Bureau's ability to
actually conduct the census. The bill would require the Census Bureau
to obtain approval from certain committees if it chooses to shift funds
among eight functions or frameworks. This approval process would impose
an unnecessary and potentially time-consuming constraint on the
management of the decennial census. It is imperative that we move
forward on the census; this legislation could impede it.
The United States has recently entered into the U.S.-Canada Pacific
Salmon Agreement. The agreement ends years of contention between the
U.S. and Canada regarding expired fishing harvest restrictions and
provides for improved fisheries management. This bill includes
extraneous legislative riders that would hinder the implementation of
that important Agreement. These riders would prohibit the application
of the Endangered Species Act to Alaskan salmon fisheries and would
change the voting structure of the Pacific Salmon Commission, the
decision-making body established by the Agreement. In essence, the
voting structure rider would prevent the Federal Government from
negotiating agreements that balance the interests of all States. In
addition to the riders, the bill provides only $10 million of the $60
million requested to implement the Salmon Agreement. Similarly, funding
for the Salmon Recovery Fund falls far short of that needed to work
cooperatively with the States of Washington, Oregon, California, and
Alaska and with Treaty Tribes to help them mount effective State-based
plans to restore Pacific coastal salmon runs. These shortfalls together
would severely inhibit our ability to recover this important species.
In addition, the enrolled bill does not provide my request for a
number of other environmental programs, including my Lands Legacy
Initiative, Endangered Species Act activities, the Clean Water Action
Plan, and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the
Environment program. The additional funds required to bring these
programs to my requested levels are small compared to the benefits they
provide to our natural resources.
The bill does not include $100 million in new funding for the Drug
Intervention Program, which would have provided critical assistance to
State and local governments developing and implementing comprehensive
systems for drug testing, drug treatment, and graduated sanctions for
drug offenders. These resources are critical to reducing drug use in
The bill does not provide additional requested funding to the Justice
Department for tobacco litigation. Smoking-related health expenses cost
taxpayers billions of dollars each year through Medicare, veterans' and
military health, and other Federal health programs. The Department of
Justice needs the $20 million I requested to represent the interests of
the taxpayers, who should not have to bear the responsibility for these
This bill would also hurt our Nation's small businesses. The level
provided for the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) operating
expenses would inhibit my Administration's ability to provide service to
the Nation's 24 million small businesses. The bill also fails to
provide sufficient funds for the Disaster Loan program within the SBA.
Without additional funding, the SBA will not be able to respond
adequately to the needs arising from Hurricane Floyd and other natural
disasters. In addition, the bill does not include funds for my New
Markets Initiative to invest in targeted rural and urban areas.
The bill fails to include a proposed provision to clarify current law
and protect taxpayer interests in the telecommunications spectrum
auction process. Currently, $5.6 billion of bid-for-spectrum is tied up
in bankruptcy court, with a very real risk that spectrum licensees will
be able to retain spectrum at a fraction of its real market value. The
requested provision would maintain the integrity of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) auction process while also ensuring
speedy deployment of new telecommunications services. The bill would
also deny funds needed by the FCC for investments in technology to
better serve the communications industry. Also, the bill does not
provide sufficient funds for the continued operations of the FCC. The
Commission requires additional funds to invest in technology to serve
the communications industry more effectively.
In conference action, a rider was added that would amend the
recently-enacted Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act to
expand the prohibition of discrimination against individuals who refuse
to "prescribe" contraceptives to individuals who "otherwise provide for"
contraceptives (all nonphysician providers) in the Federal Employees
Health Benefits Program. As an example, this language could allow
pharmacists to refuse to dispense contraceptive prescriptions. This
action violated jurisdictional concerns and is also unacceptable policy.
The bill underfunds a number of high-priority programs within the
Department of Commerce. My Administration sought an additional $9
million to help public broadcasters meet the Federal deadline to
establish digital broadcasting capability by May 1, 2003. The bill
would provide less than half of last year's funding level for the
Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office. The bill also fails to fund
the Department's other programs to protect critical information and
communica-tions infrastructures. The Congress must restore these funds
if the Department is to continue performing its important and emerging
role in coordinating activities that support our economic and national
The bill does not include any funds to reimburse Guam and other
territories for the costs of detaining and repatriating smuggled Chinese
aliens. These entities deserve our support for assisting in this
I look forward to working with the Congress to craft an
appropriations bill that I can support, and to passage of one that will
facilitate our shared objectives.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 25, 1999.
Remarks of the President
Upon Departure for New York
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 25, 1999
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
UPON DEPARTURE FOR NEW YORK
The South Grounds
5:03 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Last February, I sent to the
Congress a balanced budget that maintains our fiscal discipline, pays
down the debt, saves Social Security, strengthens and modernized
Medicare with a prescription drug coverage, and meets our most pressing
priorities -- putting 100,000 teachers in the classroom, another 50,000
community police on our street, protecting the environment and
strengthening our national security. And everything in the budget I
sent is paid for without touching a penny of the Social Security
Unfortunately, the congressional majority has rejected the
approach I recommended. And so, in the eight months since I sent them
the balanced budget, they have failed to produce a budget of their own
that meets our nation's priorities and values. Instead, they have tried
one thing after another, one unsuccessful scheme after another, to meet
the budget priorities.
Now the majority wants an arbitrary across-the-board cut in
all federal investment. The plan would cut military recruiting, and
according to the Department of Defense, would cut as many as 70,000 men
and women from our Armed Forces.
Their plan would cut off thousands of children from the
benefits of Head Start; cut childhood immunizations, and our cleanup of
toxic waste. It would do something they have pledged not to do -- with
all these cuts, it would still spend the Social Security surplus, as
their own Congressional Budget Office has said it would do.
And yet, in spite of this, Congress has seen fit to fund its
own pork barrel projects, like a ship the Pentagon says it doesn't need,
and aircraft it didn't ask for. They've found a way to fund corporate
welfare for oil companies and other special interests -- and to fund
their own pay raise.
Now, the American people sent us here to make tough choices.
But these are the wrong choices. I will not allow Congress to raise its
own pay and fund its own pork barrel projects, and still make
devastating across-the-board cuts in everything from education to child
nutrition to the FBI. I will not sign any budget that puts special
interests above the national interest.
Now, this week I may be forced to veto several of the
appropriations bills because they fail to meet our most pressing
national priorities. I have decided to sign into law the Department of
Defense appropriations bill, and I have just done that, because in good
conscience I cannot allow our national security needs to be held hostage
to this budget battle.
This legislation provides funding for our most critical
military needs, including weapons procurement and modernization,
research and development, and importantly, a much needed pay raise for
our men and women in uniform.
I had proposed the first sustained increase in defense
spending in a decade, and this bill will help to maintain that. Still,
what Congress sent me is far from perfect. The legislation is loaded
with things the Pentagon didn't ask for and doesn't need. It applies
accounting gimmicks to important areas.
For example -- listen to this -- Congress designated the $7.2
billion for base operations and basic training, something our military
needs and depends upon every year, year in and year out, as an
"unforeseen emergency" expense.
Despite my reservations, I am signing this bill -- I have
signed it -- because it's crucial to our national security and our
military readiness; because the troops that defend our interests abroad
deserve the strongest support we can provide here at home.
The second action I have just taken is on the appropriations
bills for the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce. Today I
vetoed that bill. I vetoed it because it fails to fund the additional
50,000 community police we need to keep crime going down in our
communities. We have the lowest crime rate in 30 years, but we can't
stop until America is the safest big country in the world.
This bill fails to provide the funding to give the American
people their day in court against the tobacco companies. It fails to
take a strong stand -- indeed, it fails, inexplicably, to take any stand
whatever -- against hate crimes. And by failing to provide for our
obligations, including our U.N. dues in arrears, it imperils not only
our vote in the United Nations, but the ability to meet our obligations
and, therefore, to maintain our national security.
The appropriations bill for the Interior Department is no
better. If Congress sends it to me in its current form, with provisions
that weaken, rather than strengthen our environmental programs, I will
have to veto that, too.
On Friday, the temporary resolution that keeps the government
running again will expire. That's the second such measure to have come
and gone; another week, another deadline, and still we don't have a
budget like the one I proposed that pays down the debt, saves Social
Security, reforms and modernizes Medicare, and meets our most important
They have not lived up to their obligations and the commitment
they made last year to put 100,000 teachers in our classroom. They have
not provided for another 50,000 community police to keep crime going
down in our community. They have not done what is necessary to protect
Now, even though time is short, we still have a good chance to
meet these goals. Today my budget negotiators are continuing to work
with Congress to finish the job. I hope that the members of Congress
will work with us in good faith to make this a season of progress. And
I remain committed to that end.
Thank you very much.
Q Mr. President, was there a possibility you might have had to
order an attack on that plane, the Lear jet, as it was flying north?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, let me say, first of all, I am
profoundly sorry for the loss of Payne Stewart, who has had such a
remarkable career and impact on his sport, and a remarkable resurgence
in the last couple of years; and the members of his group, including the
two pilots and two others who were with him. This is a very sad day.
I am very grateful for the work the FAA did and for the two
Air Force pilots and the others in the Air Force that monitored this
plane and made every effort to try to make contact with it. They did
everything that could humanly be done, and they were looking out for the
safety of everyone involved. And I'm just sorry that it crashed and
what happened, happened.
Q Mr. President, Pat Buchanan announced today he will run for
the Reform Party nomination. Any comments from you, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: No.
Q Mr. President, on the defense bill, sir, given your strong
objections to it, why couldn't you have vetoed the bill and gotten the
provisions which you wanted by negotiating with Congress? Did you not
have the Democratic votes to sustain your veto?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think we could have sustained a veto,
although it would have been a close call. I'm fairly confident we could
have sustained it. But I didn't think it was fair, frankly, to put the
Democrats in the position of being attacked by the Republicans for being
against the defense budget that the Democratic Party has basically
The core of this budget is the policy of our party -- not just
me as President, and not just our administration, the President, the
Vice President, the Secretary of Defense -- it's the policy of our party
to give the military a chance, after 10 years of defense reductions, to
have the pay increase, to have the improvements in quality of life, and
to have the military modernization.
The pork barrel that is in this defense bill is not unknown to
Capitol Hill. But what is unknown, of course, that we've never seen
anything like before is declaring daily operations to be emergencies so
that they can appear not to be spending the Social Security surplus when
But I felt, on balance, given the urgent need to get the pay
increase out and to begin the modernization programs, it was the right
thing to do. I also thought it would show good faith with the members
But I think it is -- I will say again -- I also felt, as a
practical matter, that we should focus on the bills where the
substantive deficiencies are -- in the teachers, in the police officers,
in the environmental programs, in the absence of hate crimes
legislation, in the failure to pay the U.N. dues. I think we should
focus on the bills where the real flaws are.
And I think -- and I have made it clear that insofar as I
proposed increased investments over and above what the Congress has
recommended, I am prepared to pay for them, and I think they ought to do
the same with theirs. And we need to work together and get this worked
We can do this. This is terribly important, and we can do it.
But the idea of just saying, well, we'll have an across-the-board cut,
and using some percentage term that makes it seem smaller than it is
without considering the consequences, I think, is terrible.
And let me point out, just on the defense bill, if they put in
this across-the-board cut, after having mandated that so much money go
to this plane or this boat or this depot or this reconstruction project,
the Pentagon will have no choice but to lay off, the DOD says, up to
So I don't think that's an acceptable resolution to this, and
I hope that we can work together and work through this. But I am
determined to keep fighting for something that we can all be proud of.
And we can still do it.
Q Mr. President, you've made clear you oppose across-the-board
spending cuts, and the Republicans have made clear they don't support
your revenue proposals. Would you be willing to find common ground in
spending bills that are based on a combination of OMB and CBO scoring?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, they're already doing -- they've used a
few OMB scoring devices when it worked to their advantage, but I have no
objection to that, because we think we're right and, on balance, over
the last seven years our scoring has been quite accurate. So I will
work with them on that.
I also think there are other alternatives here. There are
alternatives between turning every ordinary expenditure into an
emergency and their adopting my proposal for a 55-cent cigarette tax.
There are lots of other ways that we can bridge these gaps.
What I have recommended in investments, in the Middle East
peace talks, in reducing the nuclear threat, in paying our U.N. dues, in
the 100,000 teachers -- what I've recommended in this coming year does
not amount to a great deal of money. I can offer them ways to pay for
that. And then they need to find ways to pay for some of their extra
spending. And if we'll work together, we can do this, we can do it in a
timely fashion, and we won't have to have a whole series of other
And I hope we can do it. I think we can do it in the next
couple of weeks if we put our minds to it.
Q Mr. President, are you prepared to sign another continuing
THE PRESIDENT: Of course. I think -- let me say, I have
serious problems with a lot of this, as I've said. But I can also tell
you, we are making some progress. I see the progress being made, and
it's just a question -- they will have to decide if they want to work
with me to get this resolved. But I think I owe it to them, because we
committed to work in good faith, to sign another continuing resolution,
and I will do that.
Q In weeks? Days?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don't know how many days it will be.
But it ought to be an appropriate amount of time for us to finish. And
it shouldn't be too long, but there needs to be enough time for us to
finish. And I'll keep working with them. Thank you.
Q Mr. President, on the hate crimes situation and Pat
Buchanan, may I just try one more on that? Do you think his campaign at
this time is going to further incite racial and ethnic hatred?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I hope not, but that's more up to him
than it is to me. And it's also a matter of how we respond to it. All
I'm saying is, after all we've been through in this country in the last
couple of years, and all the hate crimes we've seen, I just don't see
how we can possibly walk away from this session of Congress and not pass
And I guess I ought to say, in reaction to the previous
question about the continuing resolution, we should remember that in
addition to the budgets, the fact that there is a continuing resolution
and the Congress will stay in session gives us the chance to pass the
bill that would enable more disabled people to go to work. It gives us
a chance to pass the patients' bill of rights. It gives us a chance to
pass the minimum wage. We've got a chance to do a lot of other good
things to end the year on a very high note and a very positive note for
the American people. So we have to just keep plugging away.
And I think all of us have an obligation to try to minimize
racial, ethnic and other kinds of discrimination, and we just have to
keep working at it. And I'm going to do that.
END 5:18 P.M. EDT
Transmittal by President to
the Congress on Social Security
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 26, 1999
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
I transmit herewith for your immediate consideration a legislative
proposal entitled the "Strengthen Social Security and Medicare Act of
The Social Security system is one of the cornerstones of American
national policy and together with the additional protections afforded by
the Medicare system, has helped provide retirement security for millions
of Americans over the last 60 years. However, the long-term solvency
of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds is not guaranteed. The
Social Security trust fund is currently expected to become insolvent
starting in 2034 as the number of retired workers doubles. The
Medicare system also faces significant financial shortfalls, with the
Hospital Insurance Trust Fund projected to become exhausted in 2015.
We need to take additional steps to strengthen Social Security and
Medicare for future generations of Americans.
In addition to preserving Social Security and Medicare, the
Congress and the President have a responsibility to future generations
to reduce the debt held by the public. Paying down the debt will
produce substantial interest savings, and this legislation proposes to
devote these entirely to Social Security after 2010. At the same time,
by contributing to the growth of the overall economy debt reduction
will improve the Government's ability to fulfill its responsibilities
and to face future challenges, including preserving and strengthening
Social Security and Medicare.
The enclosed bill would help achieve these goals by devoting the
entire Social Security surpluses to debt reduction, extending the
solvency of Social Security to 2050, protecting Social Security and
Medicare funds in the budget process, reserving one-third of the
non-Social Security surplus to strengthen and modernize Medicare, and
paying down the debt by 2015. It is clear and straightforward
legislation that would strengthen and preserve Social Security and
Medicare for our children and grandchildren. The bill would:
- Extend the life of Social Security from 2034 to 2050 by
reinvesting the interest savings from the debt reduction resulting from
Social Security surpluses.
- Establish a Medicare surplus reserve equal to one-third of any
on-budget surplus for the total of the period of fiscal years 2000 through
2009 to strengthen and modernize Medicare.
- Add a further protection for Social Security and Medicare by
the budget enforcement rules that have provided the foundation for our
fiscal discipline, including the discretionary caps and pay-as-you-go
I urge the prompt and favorable consideration of this proposal.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 26, 1999.
- call for immediate action
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 10:33:33 -0500
CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION
The National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media calls for your
immediate and sustained action. The University of Illinois, the state's
flagship academic institution and one of our most stubborn cases on Indian
mascots, is being evaluated for accreditation by the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools.
The University administration, conveniently neglected to include the
"Chief Illiniwek" issue in their required self-study, even though this had
been requested and the Student-Faculty Senate had voted to eliminate the
mascot (also 700 out of approx. 2100 UI faculty have expressed their
opposition to this practice).
Loss of accreditation would imply putting millions of dollars in federal
funds at risk. Loss of revenue, is the quickest way to get the attention of
the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the President of the University.
To that end, we are asking you to write to the chairperson of the
accreditation committee and to the committee itself, asking for
accreditation to be withheld until the University stops using Native
peoples and their cultures for entertainment and profit.
Below is a sample letter and the addresses.
Please take the time to send these off and ask your friends to do
1-The Accreditation Group:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602
2: The Chairperson of the Accreditation Group:
Dean of Arts & Letters
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
3: The Sample Letter:
Please withhold academic accreditation from the University of Illinois
until their use of a Native American as their sports mascot ceases.
Route & shedule, introductory info, quotes from support
[To encourage local Global Peace Walk events around the world]
October 27, 1999
PLEASE RECYCLE, RECOPY AND PASS-IT-ON TO 10 OTHER PEOPLE...
GLOBAL PEACE WALK
c/o Yucca Foundation [501(c)3]
Voicemail & Updates: 415-267-1877
P.O. Box 170245
San Francisco, CA 94117-0245
http://www.globalpeacenow.org/route.html (check for updates)
Schedule: United Nations 55th anniversary Global Peace Walk 2000
San Francisco - Washington DC - New York / U.N.
1/15/2000 - 10/9/2000 - 10/24/2000
January 15th, Sat., 9am (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday)
Depart SF War Memorial Building site of UN charter creation
January 16th, Sun. - San Jose
January 17th, Mon. - Oakland - (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March)
January 21st, 22nd, Fri., Sat. - Santa Cruz
January 23rd, Sun. - Monterey
January 24th, Mon. - Big Sur
January 26th, Wed. - Cambria
January 27th, Thur. - San Luis Obispo, noon at County Govt. Center
late afternoon at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant gate
January 28th, Fri. - Vandenberg Air Force Base
January 29th, Sat. - UC Santa Barbara, noon, StorkeTower @ PeaceTree
January 30th, Sun. - Santa Barbara City Hall Plaza, noon ceremony
February 1st, Tues. - Ventura City Hall, noon ceremony
(Big Mountain Support Day - relocation deadline date)
February 3rd, Thur. - Bakersfield
February 4th, Fri. - Keene (Cesar Chavez Memorial Ceremony)
February 4th, 5th, 6th, Fri., Sat., Sun. - Tehachapi
February 5th, Sat. - Los Angeles
February 13th, Sun. - Nevada Nuclear Test Site
February 25th, Fri. - Flagstaff, Arizona (large walk to Big Mountain)
February 28th, Mon. - Big Mountain, Arizona
April 8th, Sat. - Santa Fe, New Mexico
April 9th - 21st - Global Peace Zone Ceremonies/Gatherings
(at various locations in New Mexico)
April 19th, Wed. - 22nd, Sat. - Global Peace Walk - Santa Fe to Taos
April 22nd, Sat. - Taos, New Mexico (Earth Day 2000 Ceremony)
Dates to be Announced:
Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
Kansas: Leavenworth, Kansas City
Missouri: Kansas City, St. Louis
Note: St. Louis will be the gathering point for all people to walk to
Washington D.C., sometime at the beginning of August. At this time, we have
not decided the route to Washington DC, or to East Coast & New York City.
October 9-12th, - Washington DC (Columbus Day "Rediscovery" events)
October 24, 2000, 55th anniversary of the United Nations in New York City
The Public is encouraged to bring or collect donations for Global Peace Walk
2000: Food, Survival Supplies, Cash/Checks, Support Vehicles, Cell Phones,
Camping Gear, Clothing & Shoes, Office Equipment, Lap Top Computers,
Volunteers, Fund-raisers & Financial Supporters.
Those who would like to be a part of Global Peace Walk 2000 in any way and
volunteer, can contact us and tell us what you would like to do.
Global Peace Walk 2000 will take its first step on January 15, 2000, Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, from the War Memorial Building in San
Francisco (Herbst Theater site of creation of United Nations Charter on June
26, 1945) bringing out the prayer of "Global Peace Now!" as a universal
human resolve to spread across the United States and The Globe.
Along the way, the Peace Walkers will be carrying petitions, messages &
information to educate & network with people & groups on the following
issues: Abolition 2000 - A Call to Ban Nuclear Weapons Worldwide;
Protecting our Land & Life, Environmental and Social problem solving;
Native American issues (e.g., Leonard Peltier clemency; Big Mountain Dineh
relocation, AZ; Ward Valley nuclear waste dump, CA; Nevada Nuclear Test Site
and Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump - Shoshone treaty violations);
Sustainable Global Economy (e.g., Permaculture, Industrial Hemp
re-legalization); Alternative Healing/Medicine; Cannabis Medicine
re-legalization, Global Conflict Resolution by Creating a Culture of Peace
and a Spiritual United Nations; the World Thirteen Moon Calendar Change
Peace Movement; Peace Pagoda Project; Global Peace Zone Project; Proper
Funding for New-Energy Technology Research and Development; and other
survival issues that people bring to us along the way.
On October 9, 2000 (Columbus Day Monday holiday observing 1000 year
anniversary of Leif Eriksson to America), the Global Peace Walk will arrive
in Washington DC and bring the petitions & a "Message of Peace" to our
governmental leaders. The walk will arrive in New York City at the United
Nations on October 24th, 2000 (United Nations Day, 55th UN Charter
ratification anniversary) bringing the petitions & a "Message of Peace" to
our world government leaders, and reaffirm the original principles of the
United Nations Charter, to "save succeeding generations from the scourge of
war" and to "reaffirm faith in the dignity of human rights" and to "live
together in peace."
Since the Global Peace Walk project was initiated in 1995 walking from New
York City to San Francisco for the United Nations 50th anniversary, the
Global Peace Walk has received hundreds of letters and proclamations of
support from religious, political, community and cultural leaders towards
the creation of a worldwide Global Peace Zone.
For more information, see updates at http://www.globalpeacenow.org and also http://www.angelfire.com/on/GEAR2000/gpw.html If
you can help with internet and local outreach in your area please offer your
inspiration and messages by joining our coordinators email group list at the
following site where previous posts are archived
Living on the Globe with Our Friends,
Global Peace Walkers
Thank you very much on behalf of Global Peace
-----------------------general info release:
Please offer your letter of support for "Global Peace Now!" as a universal
human resolve, including your peace message and survival issue message, so
that we can carry it with other messages for global peace with the Global
Your embrace of Global Peace Walk 2000 can make a significant contribution
to the genuine cause of global peace, justice, environmental healing, and
prosperity for all. http://www.globalpeacenow.org
To accomplish these goals we urge you to help us echo the prayer for "Global
Peace Now!" until this sound becomes the universal human resolve that can
actually achieve these goals by developing a comprehensive Global Culture of
Peace that integrates science, art, and spirituality (the highest form of
politics) into a worldwide Global Peace Zone2000.
Since the political United Nations came to this Earth, war, crime, violence,
oppression, and belligerent confrontations have increased around the world.
Following the guidance of indigenous spiritual messengers like the late Hopi
Prophecy interpreter Thomas Banyacya, we must create a Spiritually United
Nations to end war and violence by correcting human thinking into harmony
with the Natural World Order. To do this we must recognize that above any
perceived differences we are all human beings on this Mother Earth; male and
female, but only one human race. We must redirect human activity away from
war and violence towards correcting environmental and social imbalances
before it becomes too late so save all life on Earth from increasing
disasters and weapons of mass destruction.
To recognize these facts, and to offer The Message of Peace to the people
and governments of the world, Global Peace Walk 2000 will be conducted from
San Francisco, California, on the January 15, 2000, Martin Luther King Jr.
birthday anniversary to New York City for the 55th United Nations
anniversary October 24, 2000. On October 12, 2000, Columbus Day, the walk
will be in Washington, DC, to conduct a circle of hands ceremony, with
perhaps over a million people including world leaders, a ceremony to
rededicate the Washington Monument as a Symbol of The Message of Peace.
Vikings and Columbus discovered America, but Future Generations must
rediscover this whole Globe and foster a Global Consciousness for peace.
Our ancestors left the message, "Someday all human beings recognize
that this globe is important. Someday all human beings recognize that this
globe is our house and our altar. Someday all human beings must pray for
Global Peace Now!"
The Global Peace Walk is daily manifestation, living and natural prayer.
A Global Peace Walk representative introduced Hopi traditional elder Thomas
Banyacya to His Holiness Dalai Lama on several occasions, one of which
was followed by the United Nations opening its door after 40 years to
receive the Hopi Prophecy and other indigenous peoples' messages for peace
that brought about the UN declaration of 1995-2004 as the International
Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Global Peace Walkers' vision is to
understand and respect the cultures, traditions and ancient wisdom carried
by the indigenous peoples and by the surviving traditional culture of peace.
Please join us in supporting Global Peace Walk 2000 to unify all ways of
thinking in this unversal human resolve for "Global Peace Now!". Since the
Global Peace Walk project was initiated in 1995 walking from New York City
to San Francisco for the United Nations 50th anniversary, we have received
numerous letters and proclamations of support from religious, political,
community and cultural leaders towards creation of aworldwide Global Peace
Zone 2000. Please offer your support as well and help obtain local
municipal Global Peace Zone proclamations to foster a worldwide Global Peace
We will be posting and circulating your and/or your group's letters of
support for "Global Peace Now!" containing any survival issue messages
and will include these in the compiled messages for delivery to the
United States and United Nations governments and available to all.
We need: More letters of support; walkers (local, long distance, branch
routes, etc.); local, national, and cultural coordinators; emailers,
webmasters, increasing computer and internet capabilities, telephoners,
publicity, writers, food, support vehicles, diesel mechanic, financial
support, and most of all your firm personal resolve for "Global Peace Now!"
Offerings may be made to Global Peace Walk at PO Box 170245, San Francisco,
CA 94117-0245, phone 415-863-2084, phone/fax 415-751-6851,
GPZone2000@aol.com (hardcopy flyers available, t-shirts, etc.)
Global Peace Walk Project http://www.globalpeacenow.org
Tax deductible contributions may be made at above address to Yucca
Foundation [a 501(c)3 California Association, for the Spiritual Arts] and a
receipt with tax ID number will be sent by return mail upon request.
Please join our coordinators email group list at
For more information see also interim Global Peace Walk site
Thank you very much. Global Peace Now!
Some quotes from Global Peace Walk letters and proclamations of support:
[we welcome ALL people's commitments and ask that they help fulfill them]
Partial index to texts http://www.angelfire.com/on/GEAR2000/lisproc.html
"Global Peace Now is critical to the survival of the human race.
Collectively, we have been apathetic to the state of our neighbors and the
deteriorating condition of our Earth Mother for too long. Global Peace Now
is not just an invitation, it is a great cry for us to open our eyes and
ears, to use our heads and hands and create the kinds of change that will
save the planet and all who live and breathe upon Her",
----Leonard Peltier, American Indian Movement spiritual leader,
U.S. political prisoner
"The U.N. enters its second half-century of service facing new opportunities
and challenges. If the nations of the world are to fully embrace these
opportunities and overcome challenges, we must work more closely together to
fully realize the principles of the original United Nations Charter and must
commit to improving the organization's efficiency and effectiveness. During
this momentous anniversary celebration, let us reaffirm the ideals,
principles, and goals contained in the Charter and rededicate ourselves to
working for the good of all humankind", ---President Bill Clinton
"...best wishes for a successful event", ---Vice President Al Gore
"...I send you my best wishes for a successful event in promoting harmony
and peace for all people", ---Bill Richardson, US Representative to the
"It is gratifying that the United Nations 50th Anniversary Global Peace Walk
'95 is committed to working for the realization of my husband's dream for a
beloved world community. The great work that you are doing is an
inspiration to all of the King Center family", ---Coretta Scott King, CEO,
Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, GA
"We must all make a commitment to work for peace and for justice in our
world. Your efforts demonstrate to the world, and remind us all here at La
Paz, that there is much work to be done... You and the participants of the
Global Peace Now march are leading us all by standing up and taking the
right steps -- the steps toward peace and justice for everyone", ---Helen
Chavez (widow of Cesar Chavez), United Farm Workers Community
La Paz, Keene, California (near Tehachapi)
"Dr. King believed that hate destroys a person's sense of value and
objectivity. His message was to stick to love, because hate is too great a
burden to bear. Never lose sight of Dr. King's genius as you go forth to
educate, and as you gather and congregate. Hope for us all continues to
thrive and to remain vitally alive because of the insight and selfless
efforts of dedicated persons like you", ---Rev. Jesse Jackson
In his municipal Global Peace Zone proclamation, Rome, NY,
Mayor Joseph Griffo proclaimed, in part:
WHEREAS: The anniversary message by the United Nations Secretary General
called for the "Development of a Culture of Peace" and 1995 began the United
Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples; and
WHEREAS: The Woodstock Concert's 30th anniversary celebration will be taking
place in Rome, New York, July 23-25, 1999, to foster the development of a
Culture of Peace and Love through popular music. The initiator of the Global
Peace Walk project will participate at the opening ceremony with local
spiritual practitioners; and
WHEREAS: The Global Peace Project has honored Rome by inviting this city to
be New York's first GLOBAL PEACE ZONE. We hope to deliver a message of peace
all over the world, by uniting people regardless of race, religions,
ideologies, and countries." --- Rome NY Mayor Griffo
"...today's local social issues are interconnected with many global issues
such as racism, sexism, religious intolerance, natural disasters, war,
health, environment, crime, violence, poverty, drugs; and...all over the
world people are fighting for land and life and looking for the Pathway to
Peace...the Global Peace Walk...[is]...offering the prayer of 'Global Peace
Now!' to demonstrate this universal human resolve as the pathway to Global
Peace Zone 2000", ---Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown
"...senseless loss of life, liberty and property can be eliminated once we
establish a vision of world peace in concurrence with nonviolent solutions
to world differences...we must rededicate ourselves to promote knowledge and
love, and to spread the message of 'Global Peace Now!'...the Global Peace
Walk seeks to unite the world in peace in the spirit of great inspirational
leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.", ---San Francisco Mayor Willie
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I ask you to convey throughout the world our
wish for peace. May your physical and spiritual journey in pursuit of
global peace inspire the world's leaders", ---New York Mayor Giuliani
"As Governor of a diverse Commonwealth where people of various race, culture
and religion strive to cast aside differences and stand together as
Pennsylvanians, we join in helping you convey your message of peace,
prosperity and human value", ---Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge
"...as children of an interdependent world, we must always strive to settle
our differences without resorting to violence..." ---Mel Carnahan, Governor of Missouri
"Throughout our world, today, there is a plethora of tension and strife.
Far too many nations are preoccupied with civil unrest and military warfare.
However, senseless loss of life, liberty and property can be diminished once
mankind regains a vision of world peace. I pray that your spiritual journey
touches the hearts and minds of our national leaders"
---Freeman R. Bosley Jr., Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri
"May the Great Spirit make us all conscious participants in this spiritual
journey to World Peace" ---Albert Hale, President, Navajo Nation
"Because of our belief in a true peace among all people of the world, in
spirit, we are participants to achieve this goal. Welcome to the Hopi land,
may the great spirit be your guide as you continue through your
journey" ---Ferrell Secakuku, Chairman, Hopi Tribe
"As an artist I have always believed in world peace...keep peace in your
hearts for now and for all the future generations to come, for a peaceful
existence is the only way to ensure prosperity for the entire planet. With
all of my love and blessings to all of humanity for their efforts toward
world peace." ---Peter Max
[About the Global Peace Walk initiator:]
Rev. Yusen Yamato, born 15OCT46, is the initiator of Global Peace Walk,
Zen-Buddhist monk, Zen-Shiatzu meditation practitioner (traditional massage
practitioner). He was raised in traditional community after WWII in Japan,
then was graduated from traditional buddhist school.
He has two masters, the first master was Ouchi-daiosho in Enmanji-temple.
The second master was Seisetsu-Koudou-daiosho in Choshoji-temple. Both
masters were practicing Ekayana-teaching (One-vehicle-teaching) which was
revealed by late Shakamuni-Buddha 2500 years ago, and the prince
Shotoku-Taishi 1400 years ago in Japan. Living on the globe with all my
friends. Global Peace Now!
Global Peace Now! Global Peace Now! Living in the
Global Peace Zone.
Protect our land and life.
Plus see Rev. Yamato's auto-bio at
David Crockett Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Emergency Alert Response
Global Peace Walk 2000
Local Coordinator, Tehachapi, California
See main site for ongoing updates
Electronic Civil Disobedience -
Wednesday 27th October 1999
Great find Fred! Everyone, if there was an event worthy of our participation this one is it. I urge everyone to head on over to this link and participate in this. As long as the weapon trade is as big a business as it is, there will never be peace anywhere, only never ending conflicts with profits being made on both sides. Make the effort to further world peace by joining in on this effort.
Call for Electronic Civil Disobedience - Wednesday 27th October 1999
Resident in Belgium for around 15 years (until being kicked out by the Belgium Parliament in 1997 for being "politically and ethically undesirable"), Technet 99 (also known as AFCEA) is the high tech arms fair. If you're looking for tanks and guns you will be disappointed - what you will find instead is a showcase for 21st century warfare - computer and intelligence systems, electronics and satellite communications etc. etc. These will be available to the highest bidder, and used against those whose aims run contrary to those of the buyer, be they of the same or other nations. Technet 99 has moved to London in the hope of an easy ride, and for a venue where it can continue to deal in death without hindrance. There is however, an alternative
Technet 99 has got to go!
With this in mind, you are invited to a virtual sit-in of a web site closely linked to Technet 99 on Wednesday 27th October. To join the sit-in and prevent the target web-site from functioning, please make your way to htttp://www.caat.demon.co.uk and follow the simple instructions. You can use your web-browser to easily join or leave the virtual sit-in at any time. The virtual sit-in uses Electronic Disturbance Theatre's Floodnet software to flood the target web-site with requests for information. As more people join the action, the target server becomes unable to deal with the volume of requests. This results in any genuine requests for information (to do with running the arms fair or related business) going unanswered. You can also use the floodnet software to tell the AFCEA website controllers why you are taking part in the virtual sit-in. You can use your web-browser to easily join or leave the virtual sit-in at any time. Please consider leaving your browser in the virtual sit-in area while you get on with other work - the longer you take part in the virtual sit-in the more effective it will be. Other actions you can take against Technet 99
In order to function effectively, people inside the arms fair must be able to communicate with the outside world. With this in mind, a communication blockade (phone, fax, and e-mail) of the hotel which is hosting Technet 99 is taking place all day on Wednesday 27th October - people throughout the UK and hopefully the rest of the world will be getting touch with the hotel to ask them to close Technet 99. The relevant details are shown below:
Virtual sit-in (all day, Wed.
27th October): http://www.caat.demon.co.uk
Phone and fax blockade (all day Wed. 27th October): Tel: 0181 8976363 Fax: 0181 8971113
See http://www.afcea.org for sites crying out for creative alterations. Please report any successes (including altered pages as attachments) to email@example.com
October 25, 1999 12:16 PM
Fact Sheet on Medicare and Prescription Drugs
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 25, 1999
PRESIDENT CLINTON REBUFFS DRUG INDUSTRY ADS, ORDERS STUDY ON DRUG COSTS,
AND ANNOUNCES NEW SURPLUS RESERVE FOR MEDICARE
October 25, 1999
Today, the President will make a series of announcements to refocus the
nation and the Congress on the need to strengthen and modernize
Medicare, including the provision of a long-overdue prescription drug
option. Criticizing the pharmaceutical industry's multi-million dollar
campaign against a Medicare drug benefit he will: (1) direct HHS to
produce its first study on drug costs and trends, documenting problems
faced by Medicare beneficiaries; and (2) announce that his Social
Security legislation will reserve one-third of the non-Social Security
surplus for Medicare and challenge Congress to pass it. Last Friday,
Vice President Gore also expressed his concern about the inability of
older and disabled Americans to access affordable prescription drugs.
Today, the President will:
Direct HHS to produce its first study on prescription drug costs and
trends. The President will direct the Secretary Donna Shalala to
produce the first-ever Health and Human Services (HHS) study of
prescription drug costs and trends for Medicare beneficiaries with and
without coverage. The study, which will be released within 90 days,
- Price differences for the most commonly used drugs for people with
and without coverage;
- Drug spending by people of different ages, as a percentage of
income and as a percentage of total health spending; and
- Trends in drug expenditures by people of different ages, as a
percentage of income and total health spending.
This study will build on two Administration studies released in 1999
that examined coverage patterns and trends for Medicare beneficiaries
and decreases in Medicare managed care plan coverage of prescription
drugs. The President will also announce that he has directed his staff
to produce a state-by-state analysis of the need for Medicare reform.
These reports will lay the foundation for an informed public debate
about prescription drug coverage.
Announce that he will send Congress legislation to reserve one-third of
the non-Social Security surplus for Medicare and challenge the Congress
to pass it. In his radio address on October 23, the President
announced that he would send to Congress legislation that protects the
Social Security surplus, extends the solvency of Social Security through
2050, and pays off the debt. Today, he will announce that this
legislation will also reserve one-third of the non-Social Security
surplus for Medicare. This reserve can be used to extend Medicare's
solvency and help fund a prescription drug benefit. The precise
allocation of these reserved funds will be left open to provide
flexibility to develop a broad-based Medicare reform proposal that can
generate bipartisan support. The President will challenge Congress to
pass the legislation he is submitting this week, emphasizing that it
lays the foundation for necessary Medicare and Social Security reforms
Criticize the multi-million dollar, industry-sponsored campaign against
a Medicare prescription drug benefit. Despite widespread support among
Republicans and Democrats for some type of prescription drug benefit for
Medicare beneficiaries, no action has been taken in this Congress - in
part because of the deceptive, multi-million dollar advertising campaign
launched by opponents. Citizens for Better Medicare, a group organized
and primarily funded by the pharmaceutical industry, is sponsoring TV,
radio and print advertisements that include several myths about the
President's plan for a prescription drug benefit. These myths include:
"Big government in my medicine cabinet." This is false. The
President's proposal ensures that all classes of drugs are covered - and
that any doctor can prescribe a drug that is medically necessary without
constraints. No government restrictions would be imposed, nor does the
President's plan include price controls. It relies on private benefit
managers, chosen through a competitive process, to structure the
coverage policies. This is exactly the way that the best-managed
private employers pay for drugs. In fact, the President's plan would
actually increase, not decrease, choice of medicines since it would give
the tens of millions of Medicare beneficiaries who currently lack
dependable on coverage a new option to buy basic coverage at an
"All seniors will be forced into a government-run plan." This is a
false claim designed to scare seniors. The President's drug benefit is
purely optional - if beneficiaries want to keep their current coverage,
they can. Unfortunately, very few seniors have decent, dependable
options today. In just the past four years, the number of firms
offering retiree coverage dropped by 25 percent. The President's plan
actually provides employers over $10 billion in incentives to offer and
continue prescription drug coverage. And the plan is not
"government-run" since beneficiaries choose coverage through either
private drug benefit managers or Medicare managed care plans.
The President will urge the drug industry to be constructive as he works
to forge a consensus on critical Medicare reform legislation. America's
elderly deserve more than the industry's evasive scare tactics.
Special ops wing helps open urban training sitehttp://www.af.mil/news/Oct1999/n19991025_991969.html
by 2nd Lt. Julie Eilerman
16th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) -- The sun set over the small Kentucky urban town hours ago. The chill from the late September morning penetrates its residents.
The quiet area awakens to the sound of a blast cutting the power lines, engulfing the city in darkness. The shadow of a helicopter looms over the embassy dispensing dark figures to the ground. Rounds from a gunship frighten and confuse local civilians, and the only light comes from a firing machine gun.
This scene appeared realistic. But instead of disrupting a town while evacuating five hostages from an enemy area, members from the 16th Special Operations Wing recently joined Army Rangers and Army forces to train on the Army's newest and most refined military operation urban terrain training site.
The newly constructed $13.2 million site at Fort Knox, Ky., is considered to be "heads and shoulders above anything the Army (already) has," according to Andy Andrews, range manager at Fort Knox.
The 26-acre facility began in the minds of Army trainers more than 10 years ago, and after two years of construction the site is now more than 97 percent complete.
The makeshift town has 22 buildings, including an embassy, chapel, an underground tunnel system, soccer field, stop signs, bridge and fire hydrants. The object was to make this site as realistic as possible.
Universal Studios, MGM and Disney assisted the Army with special effects. Cars exploding on street corners, bridges collapsing and elevators wedging between two floors represent a few of the challenges facing the trainees.
The sound system used in this MOUT site was modeled after the one used in the movie "Jurassic Park." It's a computerized operational sequential sound system and allows participants to hear desired effects as if they were real. Voices can be produced and heard throughout a given building. Machine gun fire resounds with real volume and sound dispersion.
"All the special effects bring realism and stress to the environment. Bringing in all the elements of the fight is critical," said Andrews.
Instead of walking into an empty room, having a figure pop out and making a decision to shoot or hold fire, the room in every building contains complete furnishings.
And additional distractions were also thrown into the picture. Rangers on the ground react to stressful situations such as a sniper in the church bell tower, media requesting information, doctors demanding help for injured people, the blackout of certain neighborhood blocks and mysterious gases pouring out of rooms.
"When soldiers are deployed they should be equally trained in urban areas as well as the wooded and open areas. That way we know how to measure their readiness," Andrews explained. "This is a very intense environment, and we turn up the stress levels so commanders will know how their troops react in an urban combat area."
The possibility of injury exists in such a realistic combat situation, but measures to avoid a preventable accident have been taken. The Armored Branch Safety Office has been part of the team since the beginning. Impact mats and sawdust pits are in place where there's a high possibility of falling.
All the players and participants are briefed beforehand of the current situation and necessary safety precautions. The players are reminded before the situation begins that in the end, the players are all on the same team.
The same philosophy holds true for the different military branches. Bringing in all aspects of the fight also makes the scene more realistic.
"Having (Air Force Special Operations Command) come in and do what they do makes it realistic. We're bringing all the elements of the fight together so we can train as we would fight," Andrews said.
Col. David Scott, 16th SOW commander, visited the site during the two-week training period.
"The MOUT site at Ft. Knox allows our troops on the ground and in the air to practice as they'd perform. It offers realistic training in an urban environment, enabling our people to train without disturbing civilians. It illustrates special operations' commitment to jointness," he said.
Once the lights are cut and the helicopters bring in the players, it's up to the people on the ground to accomplish their objective, including dodging enemies who are firing simulated bullets. Role players are positioned in key places and the scene is recreated as if it could happen for real.
After the objective is completed, the military forces must evacuate. In some scenarios, the helicopter is simulated to crash and search and rescue crews are called in. The purpose is to keep trainees on their toes and ensure they're ready for the unexpected.
Richard Davis, consultant for opposing forces, develops the enemy forces' reactions to the trainees.
"I try to put together a realistic opposing force to help units prepare for operations other than war," said Davis.
He's in charge of researching the country or area of conflict and getting the necessary role players. He educates the players of their simulated life style and how they should react to the scene. He's also responsible for helping determine the objective of the mission and altering it for each group.
"We take intelligence and put the profile
of the group to it so it's realistic," Davis added.
US Government Drug Running Capers
Oct. 25, 1999
There is an ongoing Congressional investigation into the allegations raised in Gary Webbs August 1996 series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News, entitled Dark Alliance, that detailed the relationship between one crack kingpin in South Central Los Angeles and his CIA/Contra connected supplier. All across the country there were reports in many of the major mainstream newspapers that Webb was fanning the flames of black paranoia, that there was nothing to the story. But that was not the truth, far from it, which these so-called reporters, the nay-sayers and denigrators, should have realized had they known their history, or had they not been spouting an official Drug War propaganda line. A source inside the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has confirmed the continuing investigation. According to a letter that the committee sent to Mike Ruppert, founder of Crack the CIA Coalition, back in May 1999, the committee is in the final stages of evaluating the evidence that they have already received.
Ruppert, a former detective in the Los Angeles Police Department, postulates in his newsletter From the Wilderness, (June 28, 1999), that the GOP controlled Congress would really like to wrap up the investigation before the 2000 Presidential race, as George W. Bush, current Governor of Texas, is the favorite candidate of the GOP. It may be that rumors and allegations of his fathers involvement with the Contra effort could taint his already cocaine-rumor-laden candidacy.
There have been a number of reports, articles, and books, as well as numerous government investigations, hinting at, and sometimes explicitly detailing, CIA complicity in the global drug trade since at least 1972, when Alfred McCoy published his seminal work, The Politics of Heroin in South East Asia. The trail leads all around the world, from WW II right up to the present day in Kosovo, and Colombia, with the CIA and other US agencies working hand in hand with various drug financed armies and drug producing countries to steadily increase the profit margin for the military-industrial-law enforcement complex.
As long as the government keeps drugs illegal, the price of drugs remains artificially inflated, thereby insuring the greatest amount of profits for the traffickers, for the cartels and criminals,and for the arms procurers and manufacturers who sell all the military, anti-narcotic equipment to the third world drug producing nations, such as Colombia, Turkey, Haiti, Burma, to name a few. In the US, law enforcement agencies are increasingly militarized, constitutional rights are eroded, and more citizens are locked up than in any other country in the Western world, while the CIA continues to work with, and protect those producing and shipping the drugs in the first place.
There are now 8 separate class-action suits that have been filed in the US, against the CIA and the Department of Justice, on the grounds that the victims of the massive influx of cocaine, particularly of crack, during the Contra war effort, and beyond, did not receive due protection under the law. When Bill Casey, then CIA director, and W. F. Smith, then Attorney General, signed a memorandum of understanding in 1982 that relieved the CIA of responsibility to report drug trafficking allegations concerning non-employees, and Casey then went ahead and reclassified 5,000 or so agents and employees to non-employee status, there was then a conspiracy to deceive and fool the American people, and to destroy the lives of US citizens to make a buck for a certain few individuals, and prop up a dictator or two, all in the name of National Security, and the Drug War.
By Preston Peet (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Case File: CIA & Drugs
Mike Rupperts official site detailing many cases of CIA and US government drug dealing, and working with drug dealers and traffickers. Theres a video of Terry Reed speaking in Los Angeles about a drug sting that involved some of the Bush kids. It is well worth checking out this very dramatic, and sensational site. Plenty of conspiracy theorizing going on here.
The CIA & Drugs
This site is a very precise layout of various CIA involvements with numerous drug traffickers. The emphasis is heavy on the CIAs, and the US governments own admissions, and also on the investigations of a number of former government agents from the DEA, the CIA, and others. The evidence is overwhelming. One of the very best of this type of site. No theory here. Lots of links.
Rodney Stich has written a book by this same title (1999), as well has having written the landmark book on government corruption and dirty dealings entitled Defrauding America. Stich spent years of government duty as an FAA investigator, which is where he first came across government slime and crime when he tried to report unsafe airline inspection practices and got himself in trouble for whistle blowing. An incredible array of different shady incidents and government crimes are detailed. Be prepared to spend some time here.
The Real Drug Lords
This is a great little article by William Blum called the Real Drug Lords. A quick overview of the primary spots where the CIA has engaged in working with traffickers for one reason or another. Simple and to the point.
Cocaine pipeline financed rebels
This site has all of the original Webb articles as they appeared in August 1996. Webb had so many facts there to see it is hard to imagine how the CIA, in the person John Deutch, then Director of Central Intelligence, could expect the citizens of South Central LA, and the rest of the country as well, to believe his denials. In retrospect, it is not hard to see at all, what with the propaganda machine
The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations
This site has an incredible number of official documents outlining the government's knowledge that it was working with drug traffickers. Another large site, with lots and lots of material. Spend some more time here.
I have reviewed Dan Russells Drug War-Covert Money, Power, and Politics for another publication, and have to say that this book was one of the most entertaining of the anti-prohibition works I have read, with reams of great old photos, and obscure facts about the history of the Drug War, and the deceit of the law enforcers, and prohibitionists. At this site one can find both excerpts of this book, as well as a few others that Russell has written, though not on the subject of CIA drug running.
CIA's Drug Confession
An in depth look into the CIA/Contra/Cocaine connections, and the resultant report by the CIA Inspector General, by Robert Parry. Parry was one of the very first to try and report the allegations that were flying around in the eighties about the Contras supporting the war in Nicaragua with the proceeds of drugs, buying arms and supplies, often using drugs themselves as currency, to pay for the arms that Oliver North and friends were shipping South.
The Expert Witness Show
It is hard for those who want the common Dick and Jane to believe the Drug War lies once one has heard Mike Levine speak, or read one of his articles on his adventures as a 25 year veteran of the DEA. Access his radio program, Expert Witness, or just read, either way, this site will educate one on what goes on behind the headlines in the real Drug War.
DE-CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
Coming out of Tempe Arizona, there is a distinct patriot flavor here. Lots to choose from, but a bit of a rant at times. Enjoyable overall, other than for all the infuriating information about government drug trafficking.
Anti-Drug Unit of C.I.A. Sent a Ton of Cocaine to U.S. in 1990
New York Times article about a cooperative effort between a Venezuelan anti-drug unit and the CIA that shipped a ton of cocaine into the USA., after the CIA had requested permission of the DEA to let a ton of cocaine walk after hitting the streets in the USA. Hippie dippy site, but great article.
The Duplicity of the War on Drugs
Another history of the current Drug War fiasco, with a focus on the governments involvement at the root of the problem. On the scholarly side, lots of words, lots of information.
TOP SECRET CIA DRUG SMUGGLING OPERATIONS
Useful, short and sweet, a listing of some fairly recent CIA drug operations, with accompanying affidavits and documents.
ALLEGATIONS OF CONNECTIONS BETWEEN CIA
This is the official site of the CIA, so enter at your own risk. Here you can get the entire Volume II on the Allegations of Connections Between CIA and the Contras in Cocaine Trafficking to the United States, the Contra story. Loads of double speak and misdirection here, but it is fascinating to see how they try to turn a phrase, and twist the truth.
CIA Report on Contra-Cocaine Connection Contains Curiosities, Contra-dictions and Omissions
Here one can get two articles on CIA/Contra/Cocaine connections, one on the CIAs report, Volume 1, and the other testimony by Rep. Maxine Waters on what she has discovered while looking into the reports of CIA drug trafficking.
CIA, Justice Dept. Face Drug War's Victims
A look at the lawsuits that have been filed against the CIA and the DoJ, in 6 States so far,in 1999, on behalf of anyone hurt by the cocaine epidemic. The more the merrier, so take a look.
THE CIA, DRUGS, THE GHETTOAND THE MEDIA WHITEWASH
Peter Dale Scott authors this article, brilliantly illuminating some of the lies and deceits told by the mainstream mouthpiece media when trying to deny there was anything to Webbs expose.
Statement by the President
on Financial System Laws
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 22, 1999
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Early this morning, my administration reached a tentative agreement
with Congress that will modernize the Depression-era laws that govern
our financial system. While we are still reviewing the language, this
tentative agreement will bring lower costs, more choices, and better
protections for consumers. At the same time, it will promote continued
investment in America's communities and new opportunities for our
financial institutions to compete in the global marketplace. When this
potentially historic agreement is finalized, it will strengthen the
economy and help consumers, communities, and businesses across America.
As important as it is to modernize our nation's banking laws, I
cannot accept any bill that would weaken the Community Reinvestment Act
and undermine our commitment to promoting more investments in
underserved communities. That is why I insisted that no bank that fails
to meet the needs of our communities should be able to profit from the
new insurance and securities powers that this legislation provides.
This tentative agreement includes provisions that meet this test and
provide for a strong and relevant Community Reinvestment Act.
Carolina Disaster relief: Where to give
An Observer-Times staff report
The following is a list of some sites collecting items to aid hurricane
and flood victims. Most are accepting donations of nonperishable food;
bottled water; new blankets; batteries; baby food and formula; diapers;
personal hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste;
cleaning supplies and disinfectants; and paper products such as toilet
tissue and paper towels. Other donation requests are noted at the site.
The American Red Cross asks for cash donations that would be used to
give vouchers to families. The vouchers pay for food, clothing, shelter,
medications, eyeglasses and work tools.
Winn-Dixie stores are sponsoring a "Blue Ribbon Relief" effort.
Customers can buy blue ribbons for $1 each. Winn-Dixie will match the
contributions and send the money to the state Donation Receiving Center
for Hurricane Floyd in Raleigh. Winn-Dixie also is donating 50
truckloads of bottled water.
Bladen County |
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is operating a center from noon
until 5 p.m. in the old Sears building at 311 S. Poplar Street. The
center will be open indefinitely.
Workers at the disaster recovery center will answer questions about FEMA
aid. Residents should call the FEMA registration hotline, (800)
462-9029, before coming to the recovery center. Representatives from the
Red Cross and the Small Business Administration will be at the center.
Columbus County |
Drop donations at the Emergency Management office at 608 N. Thompson St.
Cumberland County |
The American Red Cross Highlands Chapter is accepting checks marked
"Disaster Relief Fund" at P.O. Box 35045, Fayetteville, N.C. 28303.
Donations also may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243,
Washington, D.C., 20013, or online at www.redcross.org.
To volunteer time, call 867-8151 and ask for disaster services.
The SPCA and Humane Society will be at the Wal Mart Shopping Center
today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. They need pet supplies such as pet
carriers, cat and dog food, blankets, towels, collars, leashes and first
Three South River Electric Membership Corporation offices at 701 E.
Broad St., Dunn; N.C. 210, Spring Lake and Wade-Stedman Road in Stedman
are accepting donations.
Second Harvest Community Food Bank at 406 Deep Creek Road is accepting
donations at least through 11 a.m. on Saturday. Donations to the Food
Bank also can be dropped off at the Kroger on McPherson Church Road,
said Director Walter Hair. Call 485-8809 for more information.
Drop donations at The Salvation Army, 220 E. Russell St. through today.
First Presbyterian Church at Bow and Ann streets is accepting donations
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Sunday. Need sheets, pillowcases and blankets. For information call
483-0121 or 484-5151.
The James B. Dennis VFW Post 6018 located at 116 Chance St. will accept
donations after 10 a.m. daily.
Any Cumberland County fire station will accept donations.
The Hope Mills Fire Department will take donations. Call Chief Lee Sudia
Harnett County |
Drop donations at the Food Lion on U.S. 401 South in Lillington through
John Boy's Restaurant on U.S. 421 in Lillington accepts donations from
5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday.
Dunn Fire Department at 102 N. Powell Ave. accepts donations from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
Spout Springs Fire Department at 4400 Buffalo Lake Road will take
donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday.
Hoke County |
The Emergency Management Department will accept donations at the Old
National Guard Armory at 423 E. Central Ave. through October 1. They
will turn food over to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Fayetteville.
Lee County |
WWGP-AM 1050 radio station on U.S. 1 will accept donations through
Sandhills Camping on U.S. 15-501 is accepting items such as pillows,
blankets, washcloths, sheets, small utensils and pots and pans.
The American Red Cross will take donations at its office at 507 N.
Steele St. through Sunday. Monetary donations will continue to be
The Lee County Sheriff's Department will take donations at the office on
The First Presbyterian Church at 203 Hawkins Ave. will take donations.
Moore County |
Drop donations at the Carter-Musgrave Tobacco Warehouse at the
intersection of U.S. 15-501 and N.C. 22 in Carthage through Thursday.
The Sandhills Food Bank on N.C. 5 in Aberdeen will take donations
The Robbins, Westmoore, and Circle V Fire Departments and the Southern
Pines Fire Department will take donations 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays
and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Donations
accepted through Thursday. For information or if you are interested in
volunteering please contact Connie at 947-2881.
Drop donations at the Aberdeen Municipal Building through Thursday.
Moore County Emergency Services Director Barry Britt said donations from
the above sites will be taken to the state Emergency Management
Warehouse in Rocky Mount for distribution. Local trucking companies will
provide transportation, he said.
The Business Guild will fill a tractor-trailer with donations at the
Seven Lakes Commons in Seven Lakes through Thursday.
St. James Lutheran Church Lutheran Women's Missionary League will be
accepting donations of food, cleaning supplies, baby care items, clothes
and personal hygiene products 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Drop off the
items at Pine City Beauty and Barber Shop, 1020 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in
The donations will be distributed to flooded communities by the
Sandhills Food Bank.
Robeson County |
Take donations to the Church and Community Center on 15th Street in
Lumberton. The center is distributing food and cleaning supplies to
flood victims in the county.
The Hyde Park Baptist Church on Roberts Avenue is serving hot meals
twice a day to those who do not have power. Lunch is being served 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. and supper 5 to 7 p.m.
The American Red Cross is accepting financial donations to help with
hurricane victims' most pressing needs. Donations can be dropped off at
707-C Union Chapel Road in Pembroke.
Sampson County |
Drop donations at the county emergency management office on U.S. 701
Business in Clinton.
Other drop-off points are Piggly Wiggly stores in Jordan Plaza on North
East Boulevard, Shamrock Plaza on Sunset Avenue and College Street in
Clinton; Lakewood Plaza in Roseboro, and on U.S. 701 in Newton Grove, as
well as in neighboring counties at Angier and Smithfield. All locations
will accept donations until October 8.
Donations also are being accepted at Kmart on South East Boulevard, CVS
Pharmacy at 507 College St. in Clinton through today and Sampson Auto
and Body Paint Shop in Bonnettsville.
A number of churches also are involved, but a list was not available on
Wednesday. Persons wishing to make donations should check with their
Scotland County |
The American Red Cross has stationed a truck at the Post Office on Gill
Street in Laurinburg. The Red Cross will accept donations of food and
other supplies to take to the Greenville Red Cross for distribution
through October 1.
Contributions, payable to the Disaster Relief Fund, also may be mailed
to the American Red Cross at P.O. Box 927, Laurinburg, N.C. 28353.
Cash donations also are being collected at all Laurinburg banks.
Date sent: 21 Oct 1999
FBI prefers to take Pot smokers rather than Rapists IUFO: Release: marijuana arrests =======================================
NEWS FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20037
World Wide Web: http://www.lp.org/
For release: October 20, 1999
For additional information:
George Getz, Press Secretary
Phone: (202) 333-0008 Ext. 222
Why are police arresting more dope smokers
than murderers, robbers, thugs, and rapists?
WASHINGTON, DC -- Police are more eager to arrest people for
smoking marijuana than for murder, robbery, or rape, according to new
figures from the FBI -- and that's a criminal misuse of law enforcement
resources that puts innocent Americans at risk, the Libertarian Party
"This is astonishing: Police apparently would rather arrest a
person with marijuana in his possession than a sadistic killer with
blood on his hands," said Steve Dasbach, the party's national director.
"We have to ask: What are these police smoking?"
According to the new FBI Uniform Crime Report, police arrested
more people for non-violent marijuana offenses in 1998 than for murder,
rape, robbery, and aggravated assault -- combined.
In all, 682,885 Americans were arrested last year on
marijuana-related charges, while only 676,020 people were arrested for
the crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
Of those arrested for marijuana offenses, 88% were charged with
"These figures are great news for murderers, rapists, and
robbers, since police appear to be more interested in arresting someone
for smoking marijuana than for committing a cold-blooded killing, a
sadistic rape, or a brazen burglary spree," said Dasbach. "This is a
clear case of public endangerment -- and a tragic waste of criminal
"The fact is, every marijuana arrest means there is less police
time, less law enforcement money, less court time, and fewer jail cells
available to arrest, convict, and imprison violent criminals," he said.
"Does that make any sense?"
According to another new study from the Marijuana Policy
Project, there are 59,300 people in U.S. prisons and jails for
marijuana offenses at any given time, and there have been nearly 3.5
million marijuana arrests since President Bill Clinton took office.
"The next time you hear about a vicious murder on the news, ask
yourself: Could the police have prevented this crime if they hadn't
devoted uncounted millions of dollars and man-hours to arresting those
3.5 million people on marijuana charges over the past six years?" said
"How many people are dead, or raped, or had their possessions
stolen, or were savagely beaten because a local cop was booking a
marijuana suspect instead of protecting innocent Americans from evil
criminals? That's the real, human cost of these new FBI figures -- and
the sad price we pay for the government's War on Marijuana."
The good news in the new FBI Uniform Crime Report is that
violent crime is down, acknowledged Dasbach -- falling by 5% last year.
"The question is: How much faster would crime be dropping if
police made murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault their top
priority, instead of marijuana?" he asked. "In other words, how much
safer would we be if police targeted dangerous criminals like Jeffrey
Dahmer and the Son of Sam -- instead of harmless victims like Cheech
The Libertarian Party
2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20037
KEEP THOSE LETTERS COMING!
October 24, 1999
Urgent. The following is the latest information, with important corrections
on our course of action, from International Concerned Family and Friendsof
Use this information to EDUCATE. Continue to DEMONSTRATE.
STAY OF EXECUTION HAS YET TO BE GRANTED -- WE NEED TO ACT NOW!!!
Judge Yohn's law clerk Bill has stated that we should write letters toJudge
Yohn and send them to Mumia?s lawyer who will submit them to the judge..
(We found out that this was said as early as yes-terday -- Oct. 19). Mumia's
attorney Leonard Weinglass has agreed to accept letters to submit to the
judge. The clerk also said that you can send letters directly to thejudge.
However, if you do this, please send a copy to Weinglass as well. We know
that the FOP has been doing this, so it is critical that Mumia's supporters
act soon. The stay of execution has yet to be granted.
Send the letters to Judge William Yohn, Jr. c/o Leonard Weinglass, 6 West
20th St., Suite 10A, New York, NY 10011
Honorable William H. Yohn, Jr., United States District Court, 2609 US Court
House, 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone: 215-579-4361 Fax:
URGENT! Mumia wants ALL letters to Judge Yohn on his behalf sent directly
to Leonard Weinglass so that ALL the letters can be handed over to the Judge
when Mumia goes to court. Mumia and Leo-nard Weinglass have asked that we
do NOT demonstrate on Judge Yohn. Wait for further instruc-tions from
Mumia! But we MUST continue to eductate and demonstrate in our communities
while gearing up for a MASSIVE demonstration on Philadelphia!
Pam Africa 215-476-8812
We can be sure that the FOP is sending letters to put pressure on Yohn NOT
to lift the death warrant. He has yet to make this ruling, even though
Weinglass filed the appeals on October 15. It is impor-tant that Yohn hears
from Mumia supporters now.
While legal experts say that if the stay is granted, the appeal could take
several years, the process could also move much faster. Much depends on
Yohn's rulings in these crucial early days of the ap-peal. Yohn can deny a
hearing and decide the case on the trial records, appellate briefs and
lawyers' arguments. Denying a stay of execution could mean that the judge
believes the appeal can be dis-posed of before Dec. 2.
Suggested points to include:
1) We want the judge to grant a stay of execution on the death warrant set
for Dec. 2, 1999 signed by Governor Ridge on October 13, 1999.
2) We want Yohn to grant an evidentiary hearing to examine the substantial
evidence of Mumia Abu-Jamal's innocence, i.e. witnesses who have testified
in PCRA hearings that they were coerced by po-lice to change their
testimony; that his trial lawyer failed to aggressively defend the case, did
not in-vestigate, or obtain crucial experts in pathology or ballistics; that
police planted evidence and intimi-dated witnesses; and that Common :leas
Judge Albert Sabo displayed bias and hostility toward Abu-Jamal and should
have recused himself.
3) Misconduct on the part of the city prosecutor who impermissibly
challenged the seating of 11 of 15 prospective African American jurors
because they were African American.
4) That there have been 29 purported violations of Abu-Jamal's
5) That Abu-Jamal has maintained his innocence and has been denied the
right to a fair trial.
STAY IN THE STREETS!
Use this information to EDUCATE. Continue to DEMONSTRATE. Wait for Mumia
to administrate our next action!
THE DEATH WARRANT
On Wednesday. October 13, Governor Thomas Ridge signed a new death warrant
for Mumia, setting December 2 for his execution. Ridge did this knowing
full well that Mumia was about to file his major appeal in the federal
courts in a matter of days. This is the same stunt that Ridge pulled in
1995, when he rushed to sign a death warrant on the last business day before
Mumia was to file his motion for a new trial in the state court. So we will
not be intimidated by this publicity stunt.
Ridge has now signed 176 death warrants, and he is the first U.S. governor
to sign death warrants for 100 African -Americans. The new state motto
ought to read: "You have an Executioner in Pennsylvania." The record in
Philadelphia is even worse: 49 of the last 51 death sentences in Philly have
been given to people of color.
Although Mumia has filed his new appeal in federal court, he has yet to
receive a stay of execution. Another prisoner, who just got his death
warrant, filed his federal appeal and got a stay the same day. A stay is
supposed to be standard procedure, but nothing in Mumia's case has been
standard proce-dure. When Mumia filed his appeal in the state courts, he
was not given a stay like other prisoners with similar appeals. Instead,
Judge Sabo let his death order stand until 10 days before his execution
date, and then relented only because of a world wide outcry. So people have
to remain vigilant, and stay in the streets until there is a stay.
Until Mumia is granted a stay, he is kept in 'Phase Ii' where his cell is
stripped, lights are kept on 24 hours a day, and regular visitors and phone
calls are denied.
THE NEW APPEAL
On Friday morning, October 15, Mumia?s legal team filed a petition for a
'writ of habeas corpus.' This is the standard way to begin an appeal in the
federal court system. This document is dynamite! It is over 160 pages, 675
paragraphs, documenting 29 violations of Mumia's constitutional rights (the
full text will be available on the Internet for all to read). These
violations include the suppression of evi-dence by the police and
prosecutors, the coercing of witnesses, the fabricated confession story,
the suppression of documents about police surveillance of Mumia, the
ineffective defense lawyer in Mumia's first trial, how Mumia was not
allowed to represent himself, how Mumia was barred from the courtroom in
his own trial, the state using 11 peremptory challenges to knock
African-Americans off the jury, no real money for defense experts, how Sabo
would not allow embarrassing questions to prosecution witnesses, how the
court was told that a key witness was unavailable on vacation when in fact
he was sitting at home, and how the prosecutor used Mumia's revolutionary
political writings as an argument to the jury that he should be executed.
No system of real justice could tolerate taking a man's life with procedures
THE DEMAND FOR A HEARING
Mumia's new petition to the federal court asks for a hearing in the federal
court to bring in the wit-nesses and evidence that were denied to Mumia in
the Pennsylvania courts. Getting this hearing is critical, because it will
be both the first time that Mumia can bring out this evidence, AND it will
be the last chance to do so. If Mumia is denied a hearing in federal
district court, that would mean that all future appeals will be based on the
'evidence' as allowed and interpreted by Judge Sabo! Only a new hearing
can get the real facts on the record. But the 1996 Effective Death Penalty Act
was de-signed precisely to make it hard for federal judges to grant new
hearings. This is a virtual repeal of the right of habeas corpus and a
throw back to the days of white-supremacist states rights.
From Day One, the Fraternal Order of Police has tried to interfere in the
judicial process. This began with the F.O.P. writing to a judge in 1982 to
oppose bail for Mumia, through the Pennsylvania Su-preme Court on which
five of the seven justices are endorsed by the FOP and brag on their web site
about how many FOP awards they have received. The FOP has tried to coerce
supporters of Mumia such as the Rage Against the Machine concert, the
graduation ceremony at Evergreen State College, and the Black United Fund.
Today, Mumia is the only death row prisoner in the U.S. who is the target of
a nationwide campaign to demand his execution, and the FOP has now announced
that they are organizing a boycott of eve4ry performer and business that
supports justice for Mumia.
BUILD THE MOVEMENT
The movement is continuing to grow! In response to Ridge's outrageous death
warrant, statements have poured in from all over the country, including
already protest statements from Amnesty Interna-tional, Rev. Jesse Jackson,
and the Congressional Black Caucus.
We have know reached a new stage in the movement. Hopefully, in a few weeks
Mumia will be pre-sent in court in Philadelphia for a hearing on this new
appeal. This should be the occasion for a mass demonstration in
Philadelphia, bringing people from all over the country. Then, on December
11, re-gional demonstrations in Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco.
All financial contributions should now be made out to: 'National Black
United Fund/Mumia' and mailed to the National Black United Fund, 40
Clinton Street, 5th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102 (Indicate whether contribution is for
'legal' or for 'organizing.')
--International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, phone:
215-724-1618, fax: 215-476-7551
See our Petitions INDEX Page - Click
develops Comp. Program to Screen Students *BATF leads effort*
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 1
What does a tax collection agency have to do with Juvenile Crime?
GOVERNMENT DEVELOPING COMPUTER PROGRAM TO SPOT POTENTIALLY VIOLENT STUDENTS
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is developing a computer
program to help school administrators spot troubled students who might be
near the brink of violence, the NEW YORK TIMES is reporting in Sunday editions.
The computer program, known as Mosaic-2000, begins testing at more than 20
schools in December -- and the new system will vet and rate potentially
violent students on a scale of 1 to 10!
Francis X. Clines reports in the TIMES:
"The Mosaic school program promises to provide questions carefully crafted
from case histories by 200 experts in law enforcement, psychiatry and other
areas. A variety of concerns beyond alarming talk or behavior will be
included, from the availability of guns to a youngster's abuse of dogs and
The program, still being formulated, will be tested in grades one through 12.
The software will not be connected to any central data program, the B.A.T.F.
"I think it's a wonderful tool that has a great deal of potential...,"
Andrew Vita, associate director for field operations of the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, tells the TIMES.
"It's easy to pick out the gang members with tattoos," adds Vita. "It's
these other people that kind of surprise administrators, and these are the
ones they really need to identify."
[As long as the kids can database their teachers too.]
ACTION ALERT: CHICAGO,
The first public meeting will be held on November 18 in Chicago, Ill.,
followed by a second on November 30, in Washington, D.C., and a third on
December 13, in Oakland, Calif.
FDA ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETINGS ON BIOENGINEERED FOODS!
When we get the specifics on these meetings we will send
out a follow up alert. We need to pack these meetings!!
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Consumer Inquiries: 888-SAFEFOOD
FDA ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETINGS ON BIOENGINEERED FOODS
The Food and Drug Administration today announced a new initiative to engage
the public about foods made using bioengineering. This initiative will
begin with a series of public meetings to be held in Chicago, Ill.,
Washington, D.C., and Oakland, Calif., this November and December.
At the public meetings, the public will be informed about
current FDA policy for assuring the safety of bioengineered foods.
The public will be asked whether this policy should be modified and also
to comment on appropriate means of providing information to the public
about bioengineered products in the food supply.
Under FDA policy developers of bioengineered foods are expected to consult
with the agency before marketing such foods, to ensure that
all safety and regulatory questions have been fully addressed. FDA's
policy also requires special labeling for a bioengineered food in certain
circumstances. For example, a bioengineered food would need to be called
by a different or modified name if its composition were significantly
different from its conventionally grown counterpart, or if its nutritive
value has been significantly altered. Special labeling would be required
if consumers need to be informed about a safety issue, such as the
possible presence of an allergen that would not normally be found in the
"FDA makes sure that our food supply is among the safest in the world,"
said Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala.
"Although people have enthusiastically accepted new drugs made from
biotechnology, some consumers have concerns about the use of this
technology in foods, and we need to ask why those concerns exist and how we can
Modern bioengineering was first used to produce consumer products in the
early 1980's when FDA approved important new drugs to treat a range of
diseases. In the 1990's foods such as tomatoes, corn, and soybeans produced
through bioengineering began to appear. To date, biotechnology firms have
completed consultation with FDA on more than 40 food products, and a
substantial portion of American cropland is planted with seeds produced
using this technology.
"FDA's food regulatory system relies on the best science available to
protect the public," said FDA Commissioner Jane E. Henney, M.D. "Our
scientists are not aware of any reason to question the safety of currently
marketed foods produced through bioengineering.
Nevertheless, as a science- based agency, FDA will consider any valid scientific
information that suggests the agency should reevaluate its process for
overseeing the safety of these foods."
The first public meeting will be held on November 18 in Chicago, Ill.,
followed by a second on November 30, in Washington, D.C.,
and a third on December 13, in Oakland, Calif.
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