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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 7

U.S. bombs may
*have mistakenly
targeted civilians

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -The Pentagon
yesterday began investigating allegations
that mistakenly detained Afghan vil-
lagers were beaten in U.S. custody as
senior defense officials questioned new
reports that the CIA may have acciden-
tally killed the wrong people in a missile
attack last week.
Pentagon spokesperson Victoria
Clarke said that Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld received reports
of the alleged beatings yesterday
morning and asked Army Lt. Gen.
Paul Mikolashek, Centcom's chief
land combatant commander, to
"Based on what we had heard and
seen, the secretary asked people on
the ground to go back and take a
hard look at these allegations of
beatings," Clarke said. "The fact
that they asked him to go back and
take a look at it is a sign that we
take these things seriously." Beyond
media reports, Clarke said, "we have
no evidence that those sort of beat-
ings took place."
The incident began when U.S.
troops took 27 Afghan villagers
captive and killed 21 others during
raids late last month on suspected
Taliban targets in the town of Uruz-
gan, 180 miles southwest of Kabul
in Afghanistan's central highlands.
All 27 captives were released last
week after Hamid Karzai, the coun-
try's interim prime minister, said
the raids had been carried out by
mistake on "friendly" forces, and
the CIA began paying reparations in
cash to the victims' families.

The Washington Post, the New York
Times and the Los Angeles Times
reported yesterday that four of the 27
detainees, upon returning to Uruzgan,
reported having been beaten during
their 16 days in U.S. custody.
In a separate account from Zhawar,
130 miles southeast of Kabul near the
Pakistani border, The Post also quoted
villagers as saying that three peasant
scrap collectors had died during a CIA
missile strike there eight days ago-not.
"There are no initial indications that
these were innocent locals," Stuffle-
beem said. "We're convinced it was an
appropriate target."
The attack took place after dark
on Feb. 4, when an unmanned
Predator drone operated remotely by
the agency fired Hellfire anti-tank
missiles at a group of individuals
said by U.S. officials to be heavily
guarded and acting in the manner of
al- Qaida members.
The Post quoted villagers as iden-
tifying three men killed in the
attack. All three were collecting
scrap metal from the war in a region
of suspected al-Qaida hideouts but
were not al-Qaida fighters, the vil-
lagers said.
Briefing reporters at the Pentagon
with Clarke, Stufflebeem said that U.S.
troops at the scene of attack had found
"some documents, some clothing, two
missile fins, an empty box used for a
hand-held radio, some AK-47 ammo
pouches and some 300 rounds of 50-cal-
iber ammo, and, yes, some human
The documents, Stufflebeem said,
included credit card applications and
airline schedules in English.

LSA freshman Matt Arenson, LSA freshman Jared Goldberger and LSA
sophomore Brad Coppens met on Friday to discuss the focus of SAGA, a
new student group aimed at increasing sexual awareness.
SAGAaimns to
teach Greeks about
sexual mis'conduct

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would "not violate the rights of resi-
dents, but at the same time to watch
their safety."
Until yesterday, residence halls
were locked from 10 p.m. until 7
a.m. only allowing access to resi-
dents who swiped their MCards.
Now all residence halls will be
locked 24 hours a day, only allow-
ing access to residents. Steinman
said students should still be careful
about letting the wrong people in.
"Public safety and security in resi-
dence halls is everybody's responsibili-
ty," he said.
In terms of increasing security
around residence halls, University
Housing officials said that they are
always looking for ways to improve
procedures. The problem is that the
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"As a former high school teacher in
the West Bank, I know the bleak future
that Palestinians see for themselves, so
it's very easy for them to recruit peo-
ple," Savabieasfahani said. "It is most
crucial to go back to the environment
and refugee camps."
Merari began studying suicide terror-
ism in 1983 after attacks by Islamic fun-
damentalist groups in Lebanon began.
He "is perhaps the world's most
foremost expert on the psychology of
suicide terrorists and political vio-
lence," said psychology Prof. Rowell
Merari's research is considered
invaluable by many of his colleagues.
"This data is terribly hard to come by,

crime situation varies each year
with decreases in some areas and
increases in others, housing offi-
cials said.
"Each year has brought us differ-
ent issues to contend with," Stein-
man said.
Levy also said that while they have
looked into establishing practices such
as night door monitors, used at other
universities, every college is unique and
what may work at one school really well
might not be as useful at another.
"You want to use your resources as
effectively as possible on your cam-
pus," he said.
However, Levy and Steinman said if
the current crime increase on campus
continues, students could expect to see
new measures in place in the residence
halls, which match the needs of the
students, the University, and Ann
"These were normal
guys, just a cross-
section of society"
- Ariel Merari
Director of the program for political
violence at Tel-Aviv University
and inevitably leaves a lot of questions,
but within that, he makes a good argu-
ment," said psychology Prof. Al Cain.
Merari lectured yesterday at the
Institute of Social Research in the sec-
ond session of the psychology of
extremism lecture series. He will speak
today at noon at the School of Social
Work, concerning politically motivated
violent groups.

Continued from Page 1
man and member of Alpha Chi
Omega. "They go to the parties;
they see what happens."
The organization stems from a
proposal Bright came up with in
the summer of 2000. He stressed
the creation of this group was in
no way related to the events sur-
rounding alleged incidents of
sexual assault that occurred at
Beta Theta Pi last semester.
"It was not until now that I had
the resources and network of peo-
ple to make it areality," he
Britt Sommerfield, vice presi-
dent of public relations for the
Panhellenic Association, believes
that SAGA will be an affective
means of promoting awareness
within the Greek system.
"Education is one of the goals

of the Greek system," she said.
Sommerfield added that this
action has greater weight now
because of the issue's escalated
importance at the national level
and its effects on campus.
As of right now, SAGA is
focusing on implementation of
the workshops during Greek
Week. If programs are successful,
the group intends to branch out
and educate other organizations
as well.
"If all goes as planned, we have
the opportunity to reach thou-
sands of students on this cam-
pus," Bright said.
SAGA also intends to provide
continuing education for the peer
educators by working with com-
munity agencies such as the
Assault Crisis Center, the
Domestic Violence Project/Safe
House and the Sexual Harass-
ment Office at the University.

Continued from Page 1
ty and unionization practices in
The WRC's findings have led the
University's Labor Standards and
Human Rights Committee to ques-
tion whether or not the University's
contract with the company should
be terminated.
However, communication between
the University and New Era has been
"On the whole, it's been decided that
there is definitely a problem with how
New Era has responded to our requests
and that there needs to be something
done about this," said committee mem-
ber and RC sophomore David Deeg, a
member of SOLE.
"The committee sent letters to
New Era looking for them to prove
they were not in violation with the
Code ... New Era failed to prove
that they were not in violation,"
the michigan d

Deeg added.
Committee Chair Lawrence Root
said that while other colleges and
universities have terminated their
contracts with New Era, most did so
simply by not extending the con-
tracts after they expired.
The contract between the Univer-
sity and New Era does not expire
until October, making it more diffi-
cult for the University to follow
"One of the things that we've
been exploring is what are the legal
options ... when we started looking
at what is legally possible for us, it
sort of slowed us down," Root said.
He added that the committee is
not satisfied by the lack of proof
New Era has provided that it is fol-
lowing the university's Code of
"One of the issues that we are
talking about is, at what point con-
stitutes saying that this violates the
contract?" Root said.


Continued from Page 1
for next fall term, but there is no way to
tell exactly how many at this point.
"I expect there will be a gradual
build-up of such courses over the next
few years, and that many of course
approval requests for (interdiscipli-
nary) credit will originate from aca-
demic programs ... that are highly
interdisciplinary," Owen said.
The change from 12 to 20 credits
allowed from outside LSA was
prompted by the college's desire to
allow students more freedom to choose
their electives.
"It's giving students more flexibili-
ty," Judge said. "There have always
been a few students that wanted to take
more credits outside LSA, but proba-

bly the majority of students don't run
into any limitations."
Academic minors for LSA students
from other schools and colleges may
still be years away, Owen said.
"The intent behind the change
from 12 to 20 non-LSA credits was
not to encourage other schools and
colleges to develop academic minors
along the lines of LSA minors,"
Owen said. "Some may choose to do
this, but we recognize that others
simply can't because of enrollment
pressure from their own students.
These 'pressured' schools and col-
leges are in exactly the same situa-
tion as some large LSA departments
which do not offer academic minors
because all of their resources are
required to meet the needs of their
own students."


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