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Dole starts
last push in
Campaign.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Promising to win
'ne for "Mr. Lincoln," Bob Dole began his final push
fr an electoral breakthrough yesterday by suggesting
President Clinton's re-election would plunge the
nation into a recession.
"The Clinton recovery ended today," Dole said at a
dampus rally here as he stumped for votes in the
South. The region is generally a GOP presidential
stronghold, but Dole is still struggling to bolster his
standing there.
Seizing on a new government report showing that
the economy slowed in the July-September quarter,
the Republican challenger asserted that the U.S.
economy "is barely afloat" under Clinton's steward-
ship.
"It doesn't take a team of economists to tell you
what happens when you mix slow growth with
increased taxes: That's a recipe for economic col-
Iapse," Dole said. "If this is a recovery, I can hardly
wait for the recession."
-Dole warned of a "Clinton recession" in the
-advance text of his remarks, but he did not use that
phrase in his speech.
He cited a string of recent economic reports, culmi-
nating with yesterday's Commerce Department find-
ing that growth had slowed to 2.2 percent in the July-
September quarter, down from a sizzling 4.7 percent
the previous quarter.
"Today, I'm afraid the truth about the Clinton econ-
omy is getting easier to see, Dole told a fieldhouse
*raly at Austin Peay State University. "This is a real
conomic slowdown.'
It was a reach for Dole, whose suggestions of a fast-
deteriorating economy under Clinton have been
undercut by most economic statistics and challenged
by some mainstream economists. Investors suggested
-the latest economic report lessened chances that the
Federal Reserve would raise interest rates to head off
inflation.
- Clinton, campaigning in Michigan, said the new
figures show that the economy is healthier than four
#ears ago. "Our economy continues to grow steady
dAt strong" he said.
: He also poked fun at Dole for saying the economy
was in its worst state in 20 years, just two weeks after
"the Republican had called it the worst economy in a

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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 31, 1996 - A

Swiss official: Banks
mistreated Jews

WASHINGTON (AP) - Switz-
erland's U.S. ambassador conceded yes-
terday that Swiss banks mistreated some
Holocaust survivors by asking about
their families' World War II accounts.
"From a human point of view, some
real mistakes have been made;"
Ambassador Carlo Jagmetti told a
packed news conference. The intense
scrutiny now focused on one of
Switzerland's darkest chapters - its
financial dealings with Nazis during the
war- was reflected in the mere fact that
he called the news conference as well as
the presence of dozens of reporters.
The Swiss-Nazi wartime relationship
is being investigated by Jewish groups
in the United States and Europe, two
U.S. congressional committees, the
Swiss government and its bankers and
two class-action lawsuits.
Jagmetti emphasized Switzerland's
"total commitment" to determine what
happened.
Jewish groups claim Swiss banks

hold $7 billion in assets and interest
belonging to Jews. The banks say they
have found only about $32 million in
unclaimed assets that could have
belonged to European Jews or other
non-Swiss residents who used Swiss
bank accounts as safe havens for their
money as the Nazis rose to power.
The investigations began gaining
momentum in April when Sen. Alfonse
M. D'Amato (R-N.Y) held a hearing to
probe the status of dormant Swiss bank
accounts of European Jews, including
Holocaust survivors and their heirs.
Senate investigators and the World
Jewish Congress, delving through the
National Archives for clues about the
bank records, then stumbled across
stacks of documents that provide fasci-
nating details about Switzerland's role
during the war.
Documents revealed that an
International Red Cross agent smuggled
valuables out of Germany and into
Switzerland during the war.

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GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole waves yesterday afternoon before boarding a plane for a final campaign
stretch before election day.

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"Not everybody can make up 80 years in two
weeks," Clinton quipped.
Dole has proposed a 15 percent across-the-board
tax cut, a $500 per child tax credit and halving the
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The fresh attack on Clinton's economic policies
came as Dole began a final week-long tour of the
country, many of his destinations yet to be deter-
mined. After a last night at home in Washington
before the election, Dole began the trip with a stop at
the Lincoln Memorial.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, walked partway up the
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Former CIA aides charge Gulf War cover-up

Agency accused of
covering up evidence
on chemical exposure
Lot Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Clinton
administration sought yesterday to fend
iff new criticism of its handling of
'Persian Gulf war illness complaints as
two former CIA analysts accused the
agency of covering up evidence that
thousands more soldiers may have been
;exposed to chemical agents.
Both the Pentagon and Central
'1ntelligence Agency issued statements
denying the charges, and the President's
Advisory Committee on Gulf War
Wterans' Illnesses - which is probing
the controversial issue - said it already
had considered the evidence in ques-
tion.
The former analysts, Patrick and
Robin Eddington, said yesterday that
0 they found evidence of up to 60 separate

incidents in which nerve gas and other
chemical weapons were released in the
vicinity of American troops, but that
they were muzzled by CIA higher-ups.
The two, who are husband and wife,
resigned from the CIA earlier this year
and are writing a book on their allega-
tions. Patrick Eddington said in an
interview that he believes the govern-
ment is engaged in "a pattern of decep-
tion and denial" that "is continuing to
this day."
It was not clear what impact the new
allegations would have. Sen. Arlen
Specter (R-Pa.), chair of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, and Rep.
Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), chair of
the House Government Reform and
Oversight Committee, were unavailable
for comment. Those panels both have
probed the administration's handling of
Gulf War medical cases.
The thrust of the Eddingtons'
charges, reported initially in the New
York Times, is that the CIA is hiding

logs and cables that show Iraq had
moved chemical weapons near its bor-
der just before the Gulf war and that
U.S. commanders knew their troops
might be at risk.
The two analysts said CIA Director
John Deutch expressed alarm over their
course of inquiry, and that middle-level
officials later sought to squelch their
findings. CIA officials said Deutch
only wanted to ensure that the pair's
conclusions were not characterized as
an official CIA position.
Eddington also charged that Defense
Secretary William Perry and Gen. John
Shalikashvili, chair of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, lied in a 1994 letter to veterans
in which they asserted that no U.S.
troops had been exposed to chemical
agents.
Actually, the 1994 letter by Perry and
Shalikashvili said only that the
Pentagon had no information indicating
"that chemical or biological weapons
were used in the Gulf" - an assertion

that the Defense Department insists it
still believes is true today.
Both the Pentagon and CIA reacted
sharply on Wednesday to the
Eddingtons' allegations. CIA officials
said the evidence the Eddingtons cited
involved "raw intelligence reports,"
containing information that later
proved untrue or could not be con-
firmed.
Mark Mansfield, a CIA spokesper-
son, said the Eddingtons' findings were
"looked at by the CIA and provided to
the presidential advisory commission,'
and that "agency (CIA) analysts did not
agree with his conclusions." The advi-
sory committee is slated to report in
December.
Mansfield said the Eddingtons'
views on the issue "were not suppressed
in any way, shape or form" inside the
agency. Outsiders said the CIA is
reviewing the Eddingtons' book manu-
script to make sure that it does not
reveal classified information.

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