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September 19, 2001


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Attacks lead to
ear o ffl y
,for A mercans
By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
After watching hijackers crash commercial airliners into the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon last week, almost half
of Americans are now more hesitant to fly, according to a poll
released this week by the Gallup Organization.
The poll, conducted last weekend by the Princeton, NJ-
based firm, was based on telephone calls to 514 adults nation-
wide, 43 percent of whom said they were less willing to fly
following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Fifty-six percent said
they were not less frightened of air travel, and one percent had
no opinion. The poll had a 4 percent margin of error.
"There are a lot of people that are worried," said University
See FLYING, Page 7

Planes banned over 'M'

By Arun Gopal
and Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporters
At the request of the Michigan Athletic
Department, the Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration will restrict airspace around Michigan
Stadium during Saturday's football game
against Western Michigan.
"The airspace over the stadium ... is the
sole responsibility and authority of the FAA,
which is a part of the federal Department of
Transportation," Athletic Director Bill Mar-
tin said.
Martin said he hopes to eliminate all air-
craft, including planes towing banner adver-
tisements, during future games.
"I think we all realize in light of the events
of this past week that they do represent a
potential hazard, a safety concern," he said.
The restriction only applies to Saturday's
game between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., but Ath-

"I think we all realize in light of the events
of this past week that they do represent a
potential hazard."
- Bill Martin
Michigan Athletic Director

um is a positive decision. The absence of air
advertising will not tremendously affect
sales, he said.
"After what happened last week, banner
advertising ... is secondary," he said.
"There's no reason for anyone to get upset
over that type of advertising."
David Curtis, manager of the Deja Vu
nightclub in Ypsilanti, which uses banner
advertising, said the Athletic Department has
expressed discomfort in the past about
planes flying over the stadium.
"I don't blame them for not flying this
weekend," he said. "We've still maintained
good business since this tragedy."
But Curtis said that if air restrictions
become permanent, advertisements in the
football game program will replace the ban-
ner advertisements, which help to bring in
out-of-town visitors. "With the response that
we do get from the game, it certainly pays
for the advertisement,"he said.

letic Department officials have been trying to
restrict all aircraft over the stadium for some
time. The game starts at 12:10 p.m.
"I've received a lot of e-mails from our
fans asking us to re-energize our efforts to
do that, and we're working at the federal, the
state and the local levels," Martin said. "I do
want to eliminate airplanes flying over
Michigan Stadium. ... I'm not only talking
about banner airplanes but all airplanes."
Sen. Bill Bullard (R-Highland), a season
ticket-holder at Michigan Stadium, said the

FAA decision is long overdue.
"I've been a football season ticket-holder
for 40 years now ... and I've always felt
there was a chance of an accident;' he said.
"Now that we've got terrorist and suicide
bombers, I feel it's more urgent."
Several Ann Arbor-area merchants who
advertise in the skies during football games,
will be affected by the restriction.
Steve & Barry's University Sportswear
General Manager Dan Switzer said anything
that improves safety for people in the stadi-

Charges filed
against 3 men
from Detroit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney
General John Ashcroft expanded the
terrorism investigation yesterday to
include U.S. attorneys in every city as
authorities filed the first criminal
charges after finding three men in a
house with false immigrations papers
and airport diagrams.
The arrests in Michigan occurred
when FBI agents raided a residence in
Detroit looking for one of the nearly
200 witnesses being sought in the inves-
tigation. Instead, they found the. three
men and a cache of documents. The
three were charged with having false
immigration papers.
Aided by a federal grand jury in New
York, the investigation has detained 75
people for questioning and had at least
four people under arrest as material wit-
nesses, law enforcement officials said.
The government also announced a
new policy that gives immigration
authorities 48 hours, or longer in emer-
gencies, to decide whether to charge an
alien with status violations, up from 24
hours. Many of those questioned in the
Sept. 11 attacks were being detained on
immigration violations.
The attorney general vowed to use
"every legal means at our disposal to
prevent further terrorist activity by tak-
ing people into custody who have vio-
lated the law and who may pose a threat
to America."
Ashcroft said publicly for the first
time that authorities are probing
whether more flights beyond the four
that crashed last Tuesday were targeted
for hijackings, but noted the possibility
had not yet been corroborated.
The restructuring of the investigation
include the creation of anti-terrorism

The search and rescue operations at the World Trade Center glow at sunset yesterday in New York. One week after terrorists brought down the twin towers, which used to
reach skyward above the apartment building at left, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said there was virtually no hope left of finding any of the 5,400 missing people alive.
At C itizens of nations

task forces by every U.S. attorney office
in the country.
"These task forces will be a part of a
national network that will coordinate the
dissemination of information and the
development of a strategy to disrupt,
dismantle and punish terrorist organiza-
tions throughout the country," he said.
The effort was being aided by a grand
jury in White Plains, N.Y., and officials
said other grand juries would likely be
used around the country to issue sub-
poenas and gather evidence.
The three Detroit men were arrested
on charges of identity fraud and misuse
of visas.
During a search of the men's resi-
dence, FBI agents observed a day plan-
ner containing notations on the
"American base in Turkey" the "Ameri-
can foreign minister" and "Alia Air-
port," Jordan, according to an FBI
affidavit filed in the case.
"The day planner also contained
handwritten sketches of what appeared
to be a diagram of an airport flight line,
See PROBE, Page 7

Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - The terrorist attack on the World
Trade Center was targeted at the United States, but it
also is likely to have killed citizens from more than 60
U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan said yesterday
that 62 countries have reported their citizens missing
since the twin towers collapsed one week ago. He cited
the number during his first visit to the disaster scene,
where Annan described the carnage as "much worse
than I thought."
New York police said yesterday that 5,422 people

have been reported missing. The number increased by
more than 400 this week as foreign embassies and con-
sulates began listing their citizens with the city's emer-
gency center, Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said.
"So it was not just an attack on New York or the
United States," Annan told reporters, wearing a paper
mask to ward off dust and grit. "It's on the world....
No one can remain indifferent."
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, in his most
explicit statement yet to families of the victims, said
chances of finding survivors were "very, very small."
He added: "This is still a rescue effort, but we don't
have any substantial hope that we can offer anybody."

Rescue workers said they were bracing themselves
for finding corpses and body parts rather than sur-
vivors. "Nobody's really talking about it, but it's not a
happy scene in there," said John Caccavale, a firefight-
er from Newark, N.J.
No one has been rescued since five people, includ-
ing three police officers, were pulled out alive the day
after the attack.
The confirmed death toll climbed to 218 yesterday,
with 152 of the victims identified.
Officials at the United Nations and the U.S. State
Department declined to provide details regarding miss-
See SEARCH, Page 7

Panelists discuss
global terrorism
By Keay Trahan events and underscored the glo
Daily Staff Reporter impact of a terrorist act of this m

MSA calls on'U' to stop
donations to United Way


University President Lee Bollinger
last night joined Vice Provost for
International Affairs Michael
Kennedy and Business School Dean
Robert Dolan on a 10-person panel
discussing the global implications of
last Tuesday's terrorist attack.
The symposium, held at Hill
Auditorium and titled "Terrorism
and Globalization: International Per-
spectives," was sponsored by the
International Institute and moderat-
ed by Kennedy, who also serves as
the director of the International

"We have not appreciated the ter-
rorists' global reach," Kennedy said.
"This event was deeply connected to
globalization and we must under-
stand how it will play out against
people and institutions across the
Bollinger questioned whether the
nation could sustain its right of free
speech in a time of national crisis.
"There is a different level of free
speech during times of war," he said.
Political science Prof. Kenneth
Lieberthal, former special assistant
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I Organization supports the
Boy Scouts of America, which
discriminates against gays
By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
At last night's meeting, the Michigan
Student Assembly debated and passed an
amended resolution condemning the Uni-
versity's connection to an organization that
supports the Boy Scouts of America.
The resolution, introduced by Reps. Ken
Stewart of Public Health and Jessica
Curtin of Rackham, is specifically' aimed
at encouraging the University to replace
its ties with United Way. which is a maior

The Boy Scouts openly discriminate
against homosexuals and atheists, a posi-
tion that is in direct conflict with the Uni-
versity's policy on anti-discrimination.
When donations are given to the United
Way, a portion of the money is sent to a
general fund that appropriates funds to
every charity they support, including the
Boy Scouts, after the cost of running the
program is covered.
"This is incredibly important for us to
take on because divisiveness and exclusiv-
ity is something we should not be comfort-
able with. We need to call out to the
University and ask why it is going back on
its own policy," said MSA Vice President
Jessica Cash.



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