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10 - The Michigan Daily -- Tuesday, October 25, 1994

Woman
charged
in attacks
on clinics
Anti-abortionist
charged with 30
felonies
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A woman
now in prison for the attempted mur-
der of an abortion clinic doctor has
been charged with 30 federal felony
for 10 arson and acid attacks on clin-
ics in California, Oregon, Nevada and
Idaho in 1992 and 1993.
The indictments of Rachelle
"Shelley" Shannon, unsealed yester-
day by federal grand juries in Sacra-
mento and Portland, accused her of
arson, interference with commerce
by force and interstate travel in aid of
racketeering, but alleged no con-
spiracy.
Shannon, 38, formerly of Grants
Pass, Ore., is serving a term of nearly
11 years at a Kansas state prison for
the August 1993 wounding of Dr.
George Tiller, a Wichita, Kan., abor-
tion physician.
The latest charges include the use
of a napalm-like substance in the Aug.
18, 1992 arson attack on the Feminist
Women's Health Center in Sacra-
mento, which by itself carries a man-
datory consecutive sentence of 30
years imprisonment upon conviction.
"Violence against clinics which
provide reproductive health services
constitutes domestic terrorism," said
Charles J. Stevens, U.S. attorney in
Sacramento.
"Investigating and prosecuting
such conduct is a high priority in this
office."
In one two-day period, Sept. 16-
17, 1992, Shannon was accused of
arson and acid attacks on abortion
clinics in Eugene, Ore., Reno, Nev.,
and Chico, Calif. She also was charged
with a firebombing of a Reno abor-
tion facility, three hours after a simi-
lar attack on a Sacramento clinic on
Aug. 18, 1992.
Eleanor Smeal, president of the
Feminist Majority Foundation, ex-
pressed relief that the grand juries had
finally returned indictments.

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Unrest in Haiti continues -
even with U.S. presence

German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel smiles into the cameras in Bonn
yesterday prior to meeting with leaders of his Free Democratic Party.
Follow--ing victory,
a l gations haun--m-liI i ts
Germansocialit

Officials accused
of informing for
secret police
Los Angeles Times
BONN, Germany -The reformed
communist Party of Democratic So-
cialism, fresh from celebrating its tri-
umph in last week's federal election,
was under siege yesterday with alle-
gations that some of its recently
elected members of Parliament had
been informants for the East German
secret police.
The controversy centered on the
party's charismatic leader, Gregor
Gysi, after two influential national
magazines reported that newly dis-
covered documents have revealed that,
as a lawyer in East Germany, Gysi
informed on his dissident clients and
received gifts from the secret police,
known as Stasi.
Political opponents, including
former Gysi client and leftist Greens
Party legislator Gerd Poppe, called
on the PDS leader to quit his seat in
Parliament or clear up the charges.
Gysi has long maintained his in-
nocence when it comes to the Stasi,
and a parliamentary committee found
no proof of any secret police activi-
ties on his part when they investi-

gated eastern deputies after the 1990
election.
Yesterday, he told ARD television,
"I have not cooperated with the Stasi. I
have not betrayed clients. Just the for-
mulation of a suspicion cannot be suffi-
cient for me to give up my seat."
Gysi aide Dieter Liemann dis-
missed the new charges as a tired
campaign aimed at discrediting the
reinvigorated party. The PDS won 30
seats in the 672-seat German Parlia-
ment on Oct. 16, in large part due to
the dynamic style of Gysi, who was
voted in for a second term.
"I think this is naturally connected
with the election gains," Liemann said
in a telephone interview. "If you want
to weaken the PDS, you pounce on
the most prominent person."
The scandal arises just days after
the PDS pressured one of its own
newly elected deputies, Kerstin Kai-
ser-Nicht, to give up her seat because
of Stasi activities.
During the campaign, the 34-year-
old Kaiser-Nicht reluctantly admit-
ted that she had informed on fellow
German students while studying Slav
languages in Leningrad between 1979
and 1984. Eastern voters elected her
anwyay, but PDS leaders said that she
had shown no remorse for her activi-
ties and they did not want to work
with her in Parliament.

The Washington Post
DUFOUR, Haiti - The gunfire
that echoes nightly through the lush
banana groves of this Haitian coastal
town serves as a constant reminder,
inhabitants say, of how fragile Presi-
dent Jean-Bertrand Aristide's newly
restored democracy really is.
"They shoot their guns off every
now and then just to let us know
they're still here," said a Dufour resi-
dent who was so frightened of the
anti-Aristide gunmen, known as "at-
taches," that he refused to give his
name.
"There are lots of them - dozens.
If you bring the American soldiers
here, we can show you exactly who
they are and where they hide their
weapons."
Actually, U.S. troops did stop in
Dufour early last week as part of a
nationwide program to weed out hu-
man rights abusers and corrupt offic-
ers still occupying local military posts.
But instead of disarming the Hai-
tian soldiers and paramilitary thugs
who continue to hold the town in
terror, the Americans delivered new
M-16 assault rifles to the police sta-
tion to replace its aged M-ls, accord-
ing to an army private on duty at the
station.
In Dufour, a market town on a
busy highway 50 miles west of the
capital, Port-au-Prince, the month-
old U.S. military mission still re-
mains short of the goal envisioned
by the U.N. Security Council when
it authorized troops to use "any and
all means necessary" force to restore
and keep Aristide's government in
power.
A senior U.N. official in New York
complained last week that despite this
sweeping authority, U.S. soldiers are
allowing the arms to stay in the hands
of the same people who helped mili-
tary leaders oust Aristide in a 1991
coup.
Army Col. Mike Sullivan, com-
mander of the U.S. military police in
Haiti, said a major problem that
American troops face in their disar-
mament operations is determining
whether Haitians are telling the truth
when they report arms caches or the
presence of attaches in their commu-
nities.

"We have to determine what's fac-
tual and what's not factual," Sullivan
said, adding that reported sitings must
be cross-checked with an information
database built up by U.S. intelligence
agencies over several years.
"Sometimes people are telling the
truth. But sometimes they want to use
us to settle old scores or to go after
someone because of a personal dis-
pute."
As a result, U.S. military authori-
ties may well overlook areas where
remnants of the old military regime
are still in power, Sullivan acknowl-
edged, while the slow process of lo-
cating arms caches could mean many
will go unrecovered. In hopes of en-
couraging people to turn in their weap-
ons, the U.S government is offering
up to $300 for firearms.' But dumb
luck, rather than intelligence or cun-
ning, has led to some of the largest
arms discoveries by U.S. troops,
Sullivan said.
"We had one guy pull up in front
of a military police post with a pickup
truck brimful with weapons. He
jumped out and tossed the keys to one
of our military policemen and said,
'It's all yours.' By the time the keys
landed in the soldier's hands, the guy
had disappeared in the crowd,"
Sullivan said. "The guy could liter-
ally have retired for life on the money
we would have given him for those
guns."

HAITI
Continued from page 1
It now appears that Aristide, has
again bowed to pressure --this time in
reappointing Michel to his Cabinet.
"That is politics," the source said.
"He sure was under pressure but it
was his choice."
The choice of Michel, a wealthy
man whose business interests include
cooking oil, rice and gasoline, is de- *,
signed to appease business leaders
and many in the middle and upper
classes who feel threatened by the
return of the populist priest-turned-
president.
But some Aristide opponents in
Parliament criticized the nomination
yesterday.
"Michel had a bad past as the
minister of commerce," said Deputy ,
Walto Augustin of the center-right
Nationalist Progressive Democratic
Movement. "He raised the price of
rice and he approved of the job the
president was doing. I don't think that
he can bring the balance the govern-
ment needs now."
After his brief stint as minister of
commerce and industry, Michel kept
a low profile here after the military
coup that ousted Aristide. He helped *
finance Aristide's orphanage for street
kids in the capital and his 1990 presi-
dential campaign.

An American
militarv
policeman
wrestles with a
Haitian man in
front of the Parc
Industriel near
the international
airport in Port-au-
Prince. The fight
was brought on
when the man
would move after
the man was told
he was too close
to the gate main
American militia
gate and ended
with the arrest of
the Haitian.

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