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2 - The Michigan Daily -Friday, January 9, 1998 NATEONIJoRLD
iriae Center* bomber sentenced
- The Xashington Post Israel. Yousef, who is of uncertain

NEW YORK-- Ramzi Ahmed
Yousef, the terrorist convicted of mas-
terminding and helping to carry out the
deadly 1993 World Trade Center bomb-
ing, was sentenced yesterday to 240
years in prison with the highly unusual
recommendation from the judge that he
be kept in solitary confinement for the
rest of his life..
U.S. District Judge Kevin Thomas
Duffy called the 29-year-old Yousef
"an apostle of evil" who had used his
engineering skills to make a bomb that
thundered through the city's tallest
building, killing six, injuring hundreds
and causing millions of dollars of prop-
crty damage. The worst act of foreign
terrorism on U.S. soil, the bombing also
shook the confidence of many
Americans in their own security.
"Our system of justice has not often
seen the type of horrendous crime for
which you stand convicted," Duffy said.
After quoting from the Koran, Duffy
said: "Your God is not Allah. You wor-
ship death and destruction."
"Yes. I am a terrorist and I am proud
of it," said a defiant Yousef as part of a
17-minute diatribe in which he
denounced the United States as full of
"butchers and terrorists" for supporting
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Pastor Ed Krauss, 663-5560
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nationality, is believed to be part of a
group of militant Muslims who planned
numerous terrorist acts to punish the
United States. The night of the bomb-
ing, he fled to Pakistan.
The State Department yesterday
warned of possible retaliation after the
sentencing. "While we have no specific
information of a threat, the potential
exists for retaliation by Yousef's sympa-
thizers against Americans interests," the
State Department said in a statement.
Roy Kulesar, Yousef's attorney, said
he was not surprised by the life sen-
tence, but thought that the solitary con-
finement was too harsh. Kulcsar has
said he will appeal the case.
Duffy, an outspoken judge who has
been on the federal bench for 25 years,
noted that, in a comparable case,
Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to
death for the Oklahoma bombing. But
Yousef's crimes occurred before the
1994 federal anti-terrorism act, which
provides a death penalty.
The key testimony in Yousef's three-
month trial last year was that of Secret
Service agent Brian Parr, who said
Yousef confessed to him his plot to
bomb the 110-story twin towers and
told him he was disappointed that one
tower had not collapsed on the other

"yes. I am a terrorist and 1 am proud
of it"M'
- Ramzi Yousef
Convicted terrorist

Storm floods South, North hit with ice
An ice storm knocked out power to millions of people in the Northeast and
Canada yesterday, while the same huge system brought violent weather and flood-
ing to the South. At least 13 people died.
"I'd rather be buried in 10 feet of snow!" Tricia Rollins hollered over the roar of
a chain saw that removed part of a huge tree that crashed onto her front lawn
Augusta, Maine.
The slow-moving system, which had hit the southern Plains earlier in the week,
brought high wind, at least one tornado, lightning, thick coastal fog and some snow
as well as ice and rain. Seven people died in flooding yesterday and Wednesday in
the Southeast, including four in one Tennessee county. In Canada, the ice storm
was blamed for six deaths.
The power outage numbers told the story: At least 205,000 customers lost elec-
tricity in Maine, 800,000 in eastern Canada, nearly 100,000 in upstate New York,
23,000 in New Hampshire and 10,000 in Vermont. The number of people affected
easily translates into millions - an estimated 3 million in Canada alone.
Central Maine Power spokesperson Mark Ishkanian called it "major, hurricane-
type damage."
"And with continued bad weather forecast for the region, it's likely things will
get worse before they get better," he said.

and killed as many as 250,000 people.
Sentencing experts said they knew of
few cases in which a defendant was
sentenced to life with solitary confine-
ment. In one recent case, Luis Felipe, a
New York gang leader, was given life in
solitary because he had directed his fol-
lowers through letters from jail to mur-
der at least three enemies. One of the
victims was beheaded.
Duffy further recommended that
Yousef be sent to a prison in Florence,
Colo., where some of the country's
most incorrigible inmates are housed.
Yousef would be restricted to a small,
windowless cell for 23 hours a day, with
one hour to exercise outside the cell.
Even when taken outdoors, inmates are
enclosed in a type of cage so they can't
see the sky. He would receive visits
from only his lawyers and would likely
have little contact even with security
"It's a kind of mental torture," said
Stuart Grassian, a psychiatrist on the
Harvard Medical School faculty. "The
sensory deprivation causes enormous
Economy ris
WASH INGTON (AP) - Prices paid
by wholesalers last year recorded the
sharpest decline since the 1986 oil col-
lapse, and analysts said a flood of cheap
imports from Asia could produce more
deflation at the wholesale level this
"Inflation is notable by its absence
... Like Elvis, it's left the stage," said
economist Bob Dederick of Northern
Trust Co. in Chicago.
In contrast with the 2.3 percent price
drop more than a decade ago, the 1.2
percent decrease in 1997 was broad-
based, ranging from gasoline to eggs to
cars to computers, the Labor
Department said yesterday.
Three other reports depicted the
economy in slowdown mode.
For example, consumer debt out-
standing decreased in November for
the first time in 4 1/2 years, the
Federal Reserve said. The 4.1 percent
decline to a seasonally adjusted $1.23
trillion was the largest since
December 1990, during the recession.
Shoppers turned out in force in
December only after stores offered big
after-Christmas discounts, major retail
chains said. Analysts warned the signif-
icant markdowns could eat into retail-
ers' profits.
The number of first-time claims
for unemployment benefits jumped by
20,000 last week to 334,000, the high-
est level since mid-November, the
Labor Department said.
In December, the department's
Producer Price Index - which mea-
sures prices paid to producers such as
factories and food-processing plants -
fell 0.2 percent. It marked the ninth

psychological suffering and mental ill-
Duffy recognized that his decision
might be controversial. "The restric-
tions I am recommending are
undoubtedly harsh," he said. "But it
is better that the evil which you
espouse be quarantined than to let it
loose once again on the world. You
have already shown that you are quite
capable of attempting to communi-
cate evil even from prison."
During his trial, the attorney general
put Yousef in special confinement after
he violated his telephone privileges, but
prosecutors have declined to specify
what those violations were.
Federal judges usually impose the
time of a sentence but leave the circum-
stances to the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Dan Dunne, a bureau spokesperson,
said that while the bureau is not bound
by law to follow the judge's recommen-
dation, "we're going to take a close look
at it and do our best to meet the recom-
mendations of the court."
Duffy also ordered Yousef to pay a
;ks deflation
monthly decline of 1997, matching a
record set in 1949.
Economists expect favorable infla-
tion news to continue in 1998 as Asian
nations with sharply devalued curren-
cies sell manufactured goods at bargain
prices, forcing U.S. competitors to hold
or trim theirs.
"You could easily see a further reduc-
tion of (producer) prices of I or 2 per-
cent. The worst we'll see is no change"
said economist Paul Getman of
Regional Financial Associates in West
Chester, Pa.
The news isn't quite as good for con-
sumer prices. They increased at a modest
1.8 percent rate through the first 11
months of 1997. That's because service
prices, influenced by tight U.S. labor mar-
kets and largely unaffected by interna-
tional competition, make up slightly more
than half the Consumer Price Index.
But a further inflation reduction -
to a rate between i percent and 1.5 per-
cent - still is possible for 1998,
Getman said.
The potential that progressively small-
er price increases could turn into out-
right price drops at the consumer level
prompted the chairperson of Congress'
Joint Economic Committee, Rep. Jim
Saxton (R-N.J.), to call on Federal
Reserve policy-makers to cut interest
rates at their next meeting, Feb. 3-4.
"Monetary policy must be pre-emp-
live and move to offset potential defla-
tion as well as inflation when neces-
sary," Saxton said.
But Fed board member Laurence
Meyer said the Asian crisis has only
reduced, not eliminated, the chance of
an interest-rate increase.
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said WXYZ-TV Program Director
Marla Drutz. "We've been getting a
lot of calls about the rally. Short of
the Rose Bowl, the rally is the most
exciting thing going on."
Players and fans were excited yes-
terday about the upcoming parade.
"It's great that we'll be going out
into the community," said team co-
captain John Jansen. "It should be a
real fun time. Hopefully, the weather
will be nice."
Students disappointed in their
inability to obtain tickets for the rally
also were heartened by the news.
"I'm a die-hard fan and two-year

season ticket holder and they didn't
give me tickets to the rally," said LSA
sophomore Vishal Shah. "I was really
upset. I think the parade will be a
good substitute, though. That way the
football team can share the victory
with the city and the students."
The Athletic Department originally
wanted to have a rally that could
accommodate broader attendance,
but recent construction at Michigan
Stadium rendered the event impossi-
ble, Goss said.
"Our phones have been-ringing off
the hook and there's been a lot of
interest," Goss said. "I told my staff,
'We need to figure out a way to get
more people to enjoy the celebra-
At first, the idea of a parade was
ruled out because of the famed
Michigan weather, Madej said. But

Clinton pushes to
expand Peace Corps
Corps is so identified as a creature of
the John F. Kennedy era that some
Americans are unaware it still exists.
Such ignorance is bound to dissipate
with President Clinton's decision to
expand the Peace Corps by more than
half by the year 2000, the largest boost
in volunteers since the 1960s.
In fact, the Peace Corps has been
expanding its territory of service - if
not the number of its volunteers - for
years. Volunteers now work in the for-
mer communist countries of Eastern
Europe and in many of the nations,
including Russia, that once made up
the Soviet Union.
South Africa, the newest country on
the Peace Corps' agenda, is preparing
to receive its first group of 70 volun-
teers next week. They will include for-
mer President Carter's grandson, Jason.
Still, Peace Corps Director Mark
Gearan describes Clinton's push as "an
historic moment," and it is clear that he

and his aides hope to recover some of
the magic of the agency's early days.
Back then, the idea of young
Americans fanning out across the globe
to help the poor made even those
Americans still at home feel good
about themselves.
Mr. Rogers receives
Walk o Fame star
HOLLYWOOD - Standing owr a
makeshift podium along Hollywdod
Boulevard, his voice low and soothing
and mellifluous, television icon Fred
Rogers led 200 well-wishers through a
song that has become a standard for ge
crations of American children:
"It's a beautiful day in the neighbor-
hood ."
They sang along yesterday, not just the
young, but the old as well - mothers
with cameras, men in gray-flecked
beards, ponytails and black leather jack-
ets - each reliving a bit of their own
childhood as they watched Rogers
awarded his own star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.


Panic-buyig erupts
across Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia - The
Indonesian rupiah sank to an all-time
low yesterday, losing a quarter of its
value in a single day and sending thou-
sands of panicked residents to super-
markets where they snapped up every-
thing in sight.
Ignoring an army appeal for calm in
the world's fourth most-populous
nation, Indonesians lined up more than
20-deep at cash registers to buy sugar,
rice, cooking oil and whatever else they
could grab before yet another price rise.
The rupiah's dive apparently was dri-
ven by fears that the International
Monetary Fund will yank back a bailout
package extended late last year when
Asian economies began falling like
dominoes. The IMF is losing patience
with Indonesia's failure to implement
reform measures that were required for
the $40 billion in rescue money.
Financial analysts warned that the
rupiah's dreadful performance, com-
pounded yesterday by a record tumble
on the stock market, could leave many

companies unable to pay the interest on
their foreign-currency debts, thus forc-
ing them into bankruptcy.
While President Suharto has yet to
a credible opposition in his 30-year reig
the prospect of social unrest triggered by
inflation and unemployment is loomring.
The army has pledged to back Suharto in
the event of widespread tumult.
Israel to announce
size of troop pullout
JERUSALEM - Trying to appef
both his hard-line coalition partn s
and President Clinton, Prime Mirtister
Benjamin Netanyahu declared yester-
day he would decide the size of a West
Bank troop pullback before he meets
Clinton in two weeks - but won't
carry it out for several months.
The decision to start the withdrawal
will be made only after Israel deter-
mines whether the Palestinians are car-
rying out their obligations, the prime
minister told political leaders in
coalition government.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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