2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 24, 1995
Republican governors defend welfare plan
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
House is voting this week on disman-
tling 45 social programs including
cash welfare, federal child care, and
school lunch. and nutrition programs
and sending the money and the re-
sponsibility for the programs to the
states in the form of block grants.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-
Ga.) decried Democrats who have
repeatedly called the Republican plan
mean-spirited and cruel.
"The people on the other side who
are attacking our effort to reform
welfare should be made to bear the
burden of the system they would
keep," Gingrich said.
Michigan Gov. John Engler said
yesterday that Republicans are unfairly
being tagged as "mean-spirited" for
welfare reform plans since the changes
reduce growth in welfare spending but
do not make cuts.
Standing in front of a bar chart,
Engler indicated that spending on
welfare over the next five years would
increase by 30 percent under the Re-
publican plan; under the current sys-
tem, that same spending would rise
by 39 percent.
The Republican plan would in-
crease benefits but by $66 billion less
than the current system through the
end of the century.
"The debate is not about money.
It's about who sets the policy, who
decides," Engler said at a press con-
ference with 13 fellow Republican
governors, Gingrich, Majority Leader
Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and Haley
Barbour, chairman of the Republican
"Most people are going to look at
this and say, 'Why aren't you saving
more?"' Barbour said, pointing to
what he called a "sliver" of difference
between the cost of the current wel-
fare system and the Republican plan.
CIA operation spurs public debate
WASHINGTON - In a rare and bitter public exchange over a clandestine
operation, a top CIA official angrily denied accusations yesterday that the spy
agency had acted improperly in withholding information about the murder of two
men - one an American, the other the husband of an American -in Guatemala.
Adm. William O. Studeman, acting CIA director, accused an influential
member of the House intelligence committee of leveling a "completely false and
utterly irresponsible charge" that the CIA and, later, the Clinton administration,
covered up information that a paid CIA informant had ordered the murders.
But the congressman, Rep. Robert G. Torricelli (D-N.J.), held fast to his
accusations, which he outlined in a letter to the White House, and asserted that the
revelations are strong evidence that the mission of the CIA must be redefined.
"It obviously needs restructuring," he said. "This operation needs to get under
The exceptionally acrimonious exchange, unusual in that key Washington
officials were talking publicly about one of the spy agency's secret operations,
comes as the CIA is undergoing both internal and external evaluations aimed at
defining its role in the post-Cold War world.
Ex-cult members tell of
bizarre lifestyle inside
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TOKYO (AP) -- Former follow-
ers and investigators of the apocalyp-
tic Aum Shinri Kyo cult in Japan and
Russia are painting a chilling picture
of conditions in its compounds and
communes: filthy, bizarre and cruel.
"It appeared that many young
people were affected by their preach-
ing, some suffered serious health dam-
age, some came down with severe
mental disorders," Russian Counter-
intelligence Agency spokesman
Vladimir Tomarovsky said yesterday
Aum Shinri Kyo, whose name
means Sublime Truth, has six centers
in Moscow and a branch in the south-
ern city of Vladikavkaz and claims
more than 30,000 members in Russia.
The group says it has about 10,000
followers in Japan.
Tomarovsky said he had no
grounds to suspect the Moscow branch
of planning any terrorist activity. But
the group faces possible criminal and
civil charges of fraud and depriving
young people of their rights.
In the days since the cult gained
notoriety over suspicions it was be-
hind Monday's Tokyo subway gas
attack, escaped former members and
their advocates have depicted a life of
Inside the group's commune near
Kamikuishiki, about 70 miles west of
Tokyo, some sectmembers were found
smeared with dirt, wandering aim-
In a raid on the commune Wednes-
day, police and paramedics carried
out about 50 people who were appar-
ently too weak, dazed or ill to move.
Six were hospitalized, and doctors said
they were all suffering from dehydra-
tion and malnutrition.
The patients remained uncoopera-
tive during their treatment, refusing to
speak at all, said Dr. Shigeo Saito of
the Yamanashi Red Cross Hospital.
One patient, a woman in her 50s,
was comatose and possibly suffering
from a drug addiction, Saito said.
A 64-year-old innkeeper, whose
two daughters are followers, told the
national newspaper Asahi that he was
kidnapped from his bed and woke up
at a Tokyo hospital run by the group.
He said he was then taken to the
Kamikuishiki commune, and finally
escaped five months later.
New arrivals were given intrave-
nous injections in the neck for several
weeks as part of "medical treatment,"
the innkeeper told the newspaper.
Every morning, he was forced to
drink several gallons of warm water
and then vomit as part of "training,"
he added. The water came from a hose
connected toaplastic container on the
"I told them it was unbearable, but
they never stopped," he said.
Lawyers supporting former mem-
bers and families of current followers
of the cult say at least 1,000 people
have sought counseling or protection
after contacts with the group. Many,
however, return to the group because
of loneliness, said attorney Taro
Shoko Asahara, who founded the
sect in 1984, gathered followers with
his claims that people can attain en-
lightenment through yoga, medita-
tion and psychic training. He also
predicted that the world would end in
1997, but that sect followers would
Lawyers say newcomers to the
sect are kept in cell-like rooms with
NEW YORK (AP) - When stu-
dents and police clashed in a protest
over funding cuts to public schools
yesterday, 60 people were arrested
and about 20 people were injured,
including 14 officers.
Up to 10,000 people gathered in a
park across from City Hall to per-
suade Gov. George Pataki and Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani to shun budget cuts
that demonstrators said would hobble
But scuffles broke out when the
group, which did not have a permit to
march, tried to move beyond the bar-
Hundreds of police in riot gear
stood shoulder to shoulder behind
wooden and steel barricades, attempt-
ing to keep the protesters from block-
ing traffic. Scores more maneuvered
on horses and motorcycles, forming a
barrier between the students and the
The arrests were primarily for dis-
orderly conduct, and the injuries were
The governor and the mayor have
proposed budgets that require higher
tuition at city and state universities.
Continued from page I
the Students for a Democratic Society,
was a key speaker at the 1965 protest
rally on the steps of the Graduate Li-
Haber hosted a dis-
cussion panel on
"Education and .
The panel debated .,y 4
the role of activism ' a
and reform in quiet
'honeymoon 'is over
GENEVA - The U.S.-Russia
"honeymoon has come to an end,"
Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev
declared yesterday after talks with
Secretary of State Warren Christo-
pher on increasingly rancorous dis-
agreements over Chechnya and
nuclear sales to Iran.
In a more encouraging vein,
Kozyrev also said the two countries
have a growing ability to resolve prob-
lems. The meeting ended "not in di-
vorce," he told a news conference
after the meeting of nearly four hours.
Christopher, too, portrayed the
recently strained relationship as one
in which U.S. and Russian leaders are
determined to address differences
"jointly and candidly."
But as the two men opened plan-
ning for a May meeting in Moscow
between President Clinton and Rus-
sian President Boris Yeltsin, it was
clear they had failed to move closer to
resolving differences over Iran,
Chechnya and NATO.
They announced formation of a
working group to study nuclear pro-
liferation issues, an apparent attempt
to find a way to deal with U.S. oppo-
sition to Russia's plan to sell nuclear
power plants to Iran.
The group is to complete its re-
view in time for the May 10 meeting
between Clinton and Yeltsin.
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Man testifies in White
House gunman case
WASHINGTON - A business-
man with a haircut similar to Presi-
dent Clinton's testified the gunfire at
the White House last October ap-
peared to be directed at him and three
"We said to one another, 'They're
shooting at us,"' Dennis Basso said
yesterday during the trial of Fran-
cisco Martin Duran, a Colorado
Springs, Colo., man accused of trying
to kill the President Oct. 29.
Federal prosecutors trying to win
a conviction on an assassination
charge argue that Duran opened fire
after mistaking Basso for Clinton.
Defense attorneys, however, have said
Duran was firing randomly and did
not intend to hurt anyone.
Basso, a gray-haired, 220-pound
furrier, said he and the others were
finishing a tour of the White House
and were standing just outside when
the shooting began. As leaves on trees
shook and tufts of dirt popped up, he
and the others crouched down. Secret
Service officers led them back inside.
Duran is being tried on 10 counts,
including attempted assassination, which
could put him behind bars for life. He is
accused of shooting into the White House.
FBI agreed to pay ,
The FBI agreed to pay the informer
in the alleged murder-for-hire plot
against Louis Farrakhan $45,000 after
he agreed to tape conversations with
the daughter of Malcolm X.
Michael Fitzpatrick told court offi-
cials about the agreement in a hearing
yesterday in U.S. District Court in Min-
nesota and revealed that he already has@
been paid $34,000. A law-enforcement
source familiar with the case confirmed
Defense attorneys for Qubilah
Bahiyah Shabazz, who is charged with
plotting to kill Farrakhan, sought the
hearing before a U.S. magistrate in an
attempt to question Fitzpatrick's cred-
BONN, Germany -- An American
neo-Nazi dubbed the "Farm Belt
Fuehrer" was under arrest yesterday in
Denmark, while police in Germany
seized weapons and propaganda in raids
on 80 homes of his teen-age supporters.
After a cat-and-mouse chase across
Europe, Gary Lauck of Lincoln, Neb.,
was seized Monday on an international
arrest warrant issued by Germany.
Lauck had thwarted German au-
thorities for two decades by acting as
the main supplier of hate literature to
were treated too nicely in Nazi concen-
tration camps and claimed Jews were the
"main belligerents" in World WarII.
His anti-Semitic material has gone
to several other nations as well. In the
United States, he has circulated videos
with titles like "Race And Reason." In
one of them, he looks a little like Hitler
himself, giving a stiff-arm salute as he
stands in front of a swastika flag.
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