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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 25, 2002 - 7A

Meet and greet

U.S. creates FBI
office in China

BEIJING - U.S. Attorney General
John Ashcroft announced yesterday the
opening of an FBI office in Beijing -
a step meant to strengthen U.S.-Chi-
nese cooperation in fighting terrorism
and international crime.
"The United States and China agree
that the most important ... response to
terrorism is that we act - cooperative-
ly and swiftly," Ashcroft said at a news
conference at the U.S. Embassy.
Washington has repeatedly asked for
permission to open an FBI office, but
China only agreed in February, when
President Bush met with Chinese Pres-
ident Jiang Zemin in Beijing.
The one-person FBI office is to be

staffed by Tony Lau, a 20-year Chi-
nese-American veteran of the bureau.
According to the agency's website, it
has more than 40 such offices world-
wide.
"We think that this will help the two
sides carry out law enforcement and
judicial cooperation on the principle
of mutual benefits," Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao
said.
Lau's job will be to promote coop-
eration aimed at "curtailing organized
and transnational crime ... and in the
major endeavor of counterterrorism,"
Ashcroft said. "That is our highest
priority."

WESTIN
Continued from Page 1A
"As a student I watched some fairly historic events
here," Westin said, mentioning events including the Civil
Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.
Much of Westin's speech detailed the responsibility of
news organizations to the public, most specifically "vul-
nerabilities in our homeland security." Using current
examples such as the threats of Sept. 11, 2001 and the
Washington D.C.-area sniper attacks, with former U. S.
President John Kennedy's Bay of Pigs circumstances,
Westin illustrated the difficulties that ABC News faces
on a daily basis.
"We get criticized pretty much every day no matter
what we cover," Westin told the audience. "But we must
never shy away from all the facts people need to know
no matter what criticism may come our way."
When asked how he decides what is worth publicizing
during the audience question-and-answer period, Westin
responded that there are two questions all journalists
must ask themselves: "Is it important? Do we have it
right?" Westin also stated the importance of knowing
the validity of news information: "Multiple sources are
your best protection."
Westin gave several examples in which U. S. gov-
ernment officials have tried to interfere with the ABC
News's publication of news stories, especially those
concerning homeland security. While he admitted that
he does sometimes acquiesce to the concerns of the
government by delaying news information, Westin
emphasized that the public's right to know the news is
always his first concern.
"The news media should never be affected in our mis-
sion to inform the public," Westin said.
Westin also spoke of potential costs and difficulties in
reporting the news.
"I bear some responsibility of some of what is report-
ed ... Too often it is impossible to know what the conse-
quences of reporting on something or failure to report
on something will be," he said
Following the event, recent University graduate
Jacqueline Camilli commented on her appreciation of
Westin's visit.
"It was a wonderful opportunity to gain some insight.
He shed some light on what a journalist's job is," said
Camilli, who was one of the more than 100 people who
attended.
The event was sponsored by Friends of the University
Library, the Office of the Vice President for Communi-
cations and the University Libraries.

Drug ring leaders
receive sentence

CHICAGO - Two leaders of a ring
that smuggled liquid cocaine in baby-
formula cans and rented babies from
their parents to lend realism were each
sentenced yesterday to 10 years in feder-
al prison.
Orville Wilson, 31, and Selena John-
son, 30, were among 48 defendants con-
victed in the case.
Female couriers carrying rented
babies and formula cans regularly
breezed through customs en route
from Panama and Jamaica until a cus-
toms inspector in Atlanta opened one

of the cans.
Inspectors discovered rock heroin
in the can and liquid cocaine in
other taken from the same courier,
who was returning to Chicago from
a trip to Panama. Other couriers
made trips to England, prosecutors
said.
Six parents who rented their
babies to the cocaine couriers have
been convicted and sentenced, pros-
ecutors said. Wilson and Johnson
received reduced sentences for
cooperating with investigators.

AP PHOTO
Former President Bill Clinton and Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen
Kennedy Townshend greet supporters at a campaign rally in Baltimore yesterday.

FLYOVERS
Continued from Page 1A
Judge Nancy Edmunds and upheld
by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
in April, calling closed hearing
unconstitutional.
These rulings were a result of a
lawsuit filed at the end of January
by a group of plaintiffs including the
Michigan chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union and Rep. John
Conyers (D- Detroit).
"When the government begins

closing doors, it selectively controls
information rightfully belonging to
the people. Selective information is
misinformation," Judge Damon
Keith wrote in a unanimous opinion
that supported the Edmund's deci-
sion in April to open Haddad's hear-
ings.
Nubani said yesterday he was not
surprised by Newberry's ruling
because he thought Newberry's bias
against Haddad was apparent
throughout the proceedings.
He noted one incident during a

pre-hearing conference where New-
berry made a rude comment to Had-
dad?s attorneys in regard to
potential witnesses.
"He said, 'I assume that they will
bring their green cards or some sort
of identification,"' Nubani said,
adding that he has had enough
cases in immigration court to know
witnesses do not need to show their
ID.
Nubani said during the hearings,
Newberry seemed to be hostile
toward Haddad by the way he looked

at certain witnesses and how he
addressed certain motions or ques-
tions brought forth by Justice
Department attorneys.
"He picked on the things that he
wanted to hang his hat on during the
proceedings," Nubani said.
Nubani added Newberry and Jus-
tice Department attorneys seemed
ignorant about certain issues
including Islam. One example he
gave was when a lawyer asked Had-
dad, "Do you believe everything in
the Koran?" Nubani said neither

Newberry nor Justice Department
attorneys seemed to understand
concepts of Islam, such as that all
people who accept Islam as a reli-
gion believe everything in the
Koran.
"He is a person who believes
'These Muslims ... must somehow
be linked to something," Nubani
said. "We can't get a thoughtful per-
son to weigh the evidence."
Neither Newberry nor Justice Dept.
spokesman Charles Miller could be
reached for comment yesterday.

HADDAD
Continued from Page 1A
hard along with other universities. ... We are on the side
of goodness and will ultimately prevail. It's just one of
those things that we have to keep hanging in there," Mar-
tin said.
, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) helped pass a
bill in late Sept. in the House Appropriations Commit-
tee that prevents the FAA from making changes to the
flyover regulations already in place. He is also pushing
to attach a provision bill that would prevent future
waivers.
Senator John Breaux (D-La.) proposed an amendment
to the Aviation Security Improvement Act that would ban
waivers for six months while the Transportation Security
Administration takes public comment on a new rule.
"Breaux on the Commerce Committee has been very
helpful pushing through," Waring said:
"Now at the end of the year - it won't help us for this
year," he said. But the University hopes this motion will
move to the floor by the 2003 football season.
In addition to Congress, Ann Arbor Police Chief Dan
Oates and Mayor John Hieftje asked U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Norman Mineta to adopt a proposed ban on
the michigan daily

the flyovers.
Other NCAA Division 1-A athletic directors, National
Football League and Major League Baseball are all
working with the University for stricter regulations and
to achieve maximum safety for their fans.
The TSA says they are taking serious precautions when
granting waivers. Concerned stadium operators can
appoint police officials to look over the waivers before
pilots are permitted to take off. Waivers are only being dis-
tributed to locally known pilots, and both pilots and pas-
sengers may be required to undergo fingerprinting and
background checks.
"Maybe it is an infringement (upon the rights of busi-
nesses to advertise) to a certain extent. But, there are a lot
of ways to advertise surrounding games, through radio,
TV, and renegade programs. We don't try to stop those
advertisers," Martin said.
But Martin said some businesses feel that sports offi-
cials only want to control airspace because they do not get
paid for flyovers unlike advertising within programs and
some stadiums.
"Some people may think preventing flyovers takes rev-
enue away from us. But we don't get any additional rev-
enue. We receive a fixed revenue from the publishing of
programs," Martin said.

DVD
Continued from Page 1A
urday Night Live, the Best of Adam
Sandler, stuff like that," said Kosta,
who owns a video store in New Jer-
sey. "I've just been going on what I
see students rent."
Students wondering exactly what
titles are available will soon be
able to check out www.mediaven-
dor.com for listings, though it was
not available yesterday.
They can also request titles
through the site.
The machine operates through a
robotic arm that sorts and selects
the DVDs and games. It is also
connected to a modem, and it can
reboot itself and page a technician
if it breaks down.
But Kosta said that he's pretty
sure the MediaVendor, which has
been popular in Europe for years,
will take off around Michigan and

"If it works, which it
has, I think it will
catch like hotcakes"
- Todd Kosta
President, DVD Enterprises
the rest of the country soon.
"If it works, which it has, I think
it will catch like hotcakes," he said.
The machine will be available to
students beginning Monday, and
several said they are waiting to
check it out.
"I'm curious. We never knew
what they were building there. We
thought they were expanding the
copy center or lounge or some-
thing," said Engineering junior
Paul Johnson, who works in Pier-
pont Commons with Engineering
junior Kim Lemieux.

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