2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 4, 2002
Senate resumes security debate
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate kicked off a
contentious debate yesterday on President Bush's blue-
print for a Homeland Security Department, with
Democrats flatly rejecting White House demands for
greater management flexibility over the agency's esti-
mated 170,000 employees.
The White House responded with a statement
repeating Bush's vow to veto the Senate measure,
largely over the worker dispute.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle called Bush's
proposal "a power grab of unprecedented magnitude"
that would undermine the nonpolitical government
civil service system and threaten labor union rights and
protections for one-third of the workers.
"We're not going to roll over when it comes to prin-
ciples and beliefs we hold to be very, very important,"
The White House and its Republican congressional
allies also dug in their heels. Tom Ridge, the president's
point man on homeland security, said the new depart-
ment needs broader powers to hire, fire, promote or
demote and pay employees and waive union rights
in matters of national security - to meet emerging ter-
"The president has indicated it's not just a matter of
reconfiguriisg letterheads and addresses," Ridge told
reporters after meeting privately with Republican sena-
tors.The Senate GOP leader, Trent Lott of Mississippi,
predicted Bush would bring enough political pressure
to bear to get much of what he wants in the end.
"It's about doing the job. If we get into this political
folderol ... I think that's a mistake," Lott said.
The president met yesterday with GOP senators at
the White House to reinforce his demands for the new
Cabinet agency and planned similar sessions later this
week with Democrats.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former
President Clinton and former Sen. Bob
Dole announced yesterday they've
raised $105 million to create a college
fund for families whose relatives were
killed or injured in the Sept. 1 t attacks.
"Any victims' spouses or children -
whether or not they're American citizens
- can qualify,' Clinton said on CNN's
"Larry King Live."
Several corporations and organiza-
tions donated money to the effort.
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HEADLINES FROMAROUND THxWRL
U.S. has secret info on Iraqi nuclear weapons
The Bush administration has secret information supporting its claims that
Saddam Hussein poses an unacceptable threat to the world and is close to
developing nuclear weapons, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said
President Bush could disclose the information through upcoming congression-
al hearings on Iraq, Rumsfeld hinted at a Pentagon press conference.
Democrats on Capitol Hill urged Bush to be more forthcoming.
"I think most Democrats believe the president has yet to make the case for
taking action in Iraq," Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, told reporters.
Bush plans to discuss Iraq in a White House meeting today with top Republi-
can and Democratic leaders from both houses of Congress. Rumsfeld is also
scheduled to discuss Iraq and the war on terrorism in separate closed-door ses-
sions with members of the House and Senate.
Both Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell dismissed Iraq's latest offer
- relayed by Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz - to let U.N. weapons
inspections resume, suggesting it was just a ploy.
"It's the con that the Iraqi regime - and especially Mr. Tariq Aziz - have
been pulling on the international community for years," Powell said.
Blair supports plans to remove Hussein
Saddam Hussein poses a grave threat to the world and must be stopped,
Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday, bucking the tide of public senti-
ment and trying to rally international support for U.S.-led action against
Russia, however, insisted it would veto any measure for military action
against Baghdad that is put before the U.N. Security Council. It urged Sad-
dam to readmit U.N. weapons inspectors to avert the threat of war.
Iraq said yesterday it is ready to discuss the return of inspectors, but only
in the context of ending sanctions and restoring Iraqi sovereignty over all
its territory, in defiance of U.N. demands that any return of inspectors be
Blair signaled his strong support for Washington's stance on Iraq, and
risked mounting criticism from the British public and from within the ranks
of his governing Labor Party.
The Bush administration has said it wants to overthrow Saddam, but has-
n't decided what action to take.
JERUSALEM "The university is making no judg-
- s ment as to Dr. Hatfill's guilt or inno-
per t s cence regarding the FBI investigation,"
to expel terrorists said Chancellor Mark Emmert in a
brief statement released by the universi-
Israel's Supreme Court gave the army ty yesterday.
a new tool in its two-year struggle "Our ultimate concerns are the abili-
against Palestinian violence yesterday, ty of the university to fulfill its role and
allowing it to expel Palestinians from mission. as a land-grant university," he
the West Bank to Gaza for aiding ter- said.
rorist suspects. "In considering all of these objec-
In the first case of its kind, the court tives, I have concluded that it is clearly
upheld the expulsion of two relatives of in the best interest of LSU to terminate
a terror suspect, but overturned an this relationship."
order against a third person, ruling that
expulsion must be limited only to rela- WASHINGTON
tives directly involved in terror attacks. W orldCom
Palestinians called for foreign inter- sca l
vention to stop the Israeli practice, not secret to CEO
while human rights groups said it vio-
lates international law, particularly the Two top WorldCom officials appar-
Geneva Conventions. ently were told of potential accounting
Israel said the two, a brother and sis= problems in March, according to an e-
ter of a suspected terrorist, would be mail released yesterday by a House
taken to Palestinian Authority territory committee investigating multibillion-
on the edge of the Gaza Strip today. dollar errors in the telecom giant's
Palestinian officials said they would books.
stay in a hotel and then move to a hous- The March 18 message to WorldCom
ing project in Gaza City. founder and former CEO Bernard
Tnersan e---_-_:C mset tmnanrat-ottce
Get up to
Hatfill fired from
Dr. Steven Hatfill, who says the fed-
eral government has ruined his life by
linking him to the anthrax investiga-
tion, was fired yesterday from his job
as a researcher at Louisiana State Uni-
Hatfill was hired by LSU's Nation-
al Center for Biomedical Research
and Training in July and put on
administrative leave with pay on
Ebbers and ex-chief financial officer
Scott Sullivan from another official
cites "questions" about, accounting
issues related to preparation of the
company's annual financial report.
WorldCom, which owns the nation's
No. 2 long-distance telephone compa-
ny, MCI, became the biggest corporate
bankruptcy in U.S. history on July 21
- about a month after disclosing it had
falsely inflated profits by $3.9 billion
by concealing expenses.
The Justice Department and the
Securities and Exchange Commission
are investigating the accounting abuses.
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