2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 18, 2003
Spain indicts bin Laden for attacks
MADRID, Spain (AP) - Spain's
leading investigating judge issued the
first known indictment against Osama
bin Laden in the Sept. 11 attacks yes-
terday, accusing al-Qaida of using the
country as a base to plot the devastat-
ing strikes on New York and Washing-
Investigative magistrate Baltasar
Garzon indicted 35 people for terror-
ist activities connected to bin
Laden's al-Qaida network. In a near-
ly 700-page document, Garzon wrote
that Spain served "as a place or base
for resting, preparation, indoctrinat-
ing, support and financing" of al-
The indictment charged bin Laden
and nine others with membership in a
terrorist organization and "as many
crimes of terrorist murder ... as there
were dead and injured" in the deadly
Sept. 11 attacks.
Bin Laden, who is believed to be
hiding in the mountains between
Afghanistan and Pakistan, is under
indictment in the United States for the
1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies
in Kenya and Tanzania, and is the
object of a manhunt bysthousands of
U.S.-led coalition troops and Afghan
Justice Department officials, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity, said the
U.S. government did not play a direct
role in the Spanish indictment. But the
officials did say that the United States
and its European allies have been shar-
ing vast amounts of information on al-
Qaida and the investigation into the
Sept. 11 attacks. Some of that may
have been used to build the case in
There are no indications that U.S.
prosecutors will seek an indictment of
bin Laden in the Sept. 11 attacks any
time soon. U.S. officials believe they
have the legal tools necessary to arrest
him with the existing indictment in the
1998 embassy bombings as well as the
Investigative magistrate Baltasar Garzon
indicted 35 people for terrorist activities
connected to bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
Defense Department's authority to
detain enemy combatants.
Garzon said terrorism is one of the
crimes included in Spain's universal
justice legislation, under which some
offenses, such as crimes against
humanity, can be tried here even if
they were committed elsewhere.
Garzon, who is known for taking on
high-profile cases and has been
accused of being hungry for publicity,
has used this law to try to prosecute
abuses under military rule in Chile and
The list of 35 indicted yesterday
includes Tayssir Alouni, the Al-Jazeera
journalist arrested Sept. 8 in Spain,
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and Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, who
was accused of leading an al-Qaida
cell in Spain and was arrested in
Madrid in November 2001.
Six others believed to be in Spain
also were indicted, but not all will be
jailed, according to the document,
which was obtained by The Associated
Press. Garzon ratified jailing orders for
11 already in prison in Spain.
Three of the 10 suspects accused of
Sept. 11 involvement are in Spain -
two in jail and one out on bail.
Garzon also accused the suspects of
belonging to a terrorist group and
other crimes, including weapons pos-
session, tax fraud and forgery.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York
Stock Exchange Chairman Dick Grasso
resigned yesterday amid rising fury over
his $139.5 million pay package, his 36-
year career ruined by cries that he made
too much money running the world's
richest financial market.
Grasso called an emergency meeting
of the NYSE board where he offered to
resign if the board asked, said H. Carl
McCall, chairman of the NYSE com-
pensation committee, who chaired the
"The board did so and accepted that
resignation," McCall said.
Grasso, in a statement, said, "I believe
this course is in the best interest of both
the exchange and myself."
The board was to reconvene later in
the evening to discuss a replacement.
Grasso said he was stepping down
"with the deepest reluctance."
"Throughout my career and on behalf
of all exchange constituents, I have
worked with great partners to build and
enhance the value and brand of the
NYSE," he said. "I look forward to sup-
porting the board and the exchange in
bringing about a smooth transition to a
The meeting, which included chief
executives from Wall Street's largest
investment banks, began shortly after the
Resentment over the multimillion-dol-
lar pay package was coming to a head
on the exchange floor, as well, as active
seatholders planned to gather after the
market closed today to discuss the issue
with three directors who are also NYSE
members. The NYSE revealed its top
executive's pay for the first time last
month as it announced Grasso's contract
had been extended through 2007.
News that he would receive a lump
sum payment of $139.5 million'in
accrued benefits and tax-deferred sav-
ings sent jaws dropping across Wall
The funds accumulated over his 36-
year career with the exchange, mostly
during his eight years as chairman.
Grasso has insisted he did nothing to
influence his pay. At a Sept. 9 news con-
ference, when he announced he would
forgo another $48 million promised to
him under his contract, he said each year
when informed of his compensation he
responded by saying, "I'm blessed.
Critics, from investor advocates to
politicians and traders, say the lavish pay
undermines the credibility of the
exchange, a not-for-profit institution that
is owned by its members and also serves
as a regulatory watchdog.
Michael LaBranche, the head of
LaBranche & Co., one of the NYSE's
largest stock-trading specialist firms,
had come out earlier in the day in favor
of a change.
"We are calling for Grasso's immedi-
ate resignation in the interest of the New
York Stock Exchange. We think Dick
Grasso has to leave now in order for the
exchange to move forward and restore
investor confidence in the marketplace"
he said. Traders have reportedly circulat-
ed one or more petitions calling for a
special meeting to discuss changes at the
top of the NYSE.
NEWS IN BRIEF
New audiotape featuring Saddam found
A new auaiotape purporting to carry tfe voice ot ousted aictator Naaaam
Hussein was broadcast on Arab television yesterday, demanding that U.S.
troops withdraw from Iraq and saying that their defeat is inevitable.
The speaker on the tape also called on Iraqis to join the resistance
against the U.S.-led occupation and take to the streets in protests.
Addressing the Americans, the speaker said, "Your withdrawal from our
country is inevitable. And tomorrow is not too far away." He told the Unit-
ed States to negotiate its withdrawal with Iraqi leaders it holds captive. The
voice said the tape was recorded in mid-September, though there was no
way to verify that claim or the tape's authenticity. The CIA is reviewing the
tape, according to intelligence officials.
Speaking with long pauses between sentences and with the sound of
papers rustling as if reading the message, the voice is reported to resemble
that of Saddam.
At least eight audiotapes attributed to Saddam have been aired on Arab
media since the Iraqi leader disappeared after being ousted in April.
The most recent before yesterday's was aired on Sept. I, and the CIA
said it was likely authentic. The recording yesterday was aired by the
Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite television.
Census shows rise in Hispanic population 4
The nation's Hispanic population is keeping up its explosive growth of the
1990s, led by states in the South and West, the first detailed Census Bureau esti-
mates since the 2000 national head count show.
Analysts cited higher birth rates for Hispanics and a continued influx of new
immigrants looking for jobs - even during a period when the U.S. economy
slowed - as key reasons for the increase.
Georgia topped the list of states with the fastest-growing Latino populations,
adding nearly 17 percent between July 2000 and July 2002 to reach 516,000 resi-
dents, according to Census Bureau estimates being released today. North Caroli-
na's Hispanic population grew by 16 percent, while Nevada, Kentucky and South
Carolina were next.
"Hispanic immigrants are coming here for jobs and quality of life," said Univer-
sity of Georgia demographer Douglas Bachtel. "They are taking jobs that a lot of
Americans don't want, like construction, landscaping and in the service economy."
California still has the largest number of Hispanics with 11.9 million, about
one-third of its total population, followed by Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.
House passes tax
cut for $12 billion
The House yesterday passed more
than $12 billion in tax cuts to encour-
age charitable giving, while some
Democrats said the bill's generosity
will cost future generations billions in
The bill, passed 408-13, is the legisla-
tive offspring of President Bush's effort
to give religious organizations federal
money and encourage them to take a big-
ger role in providing social services.
Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
said the tax breaks will encourage $45
billion to $50 billion in additional char-
itable donations over the next decade.
"It's really about $50 billion - $50
billion that the American people
decide they want to give to charities to
help their fellow citizens," he said. The
biggest tax break gives new charity-
contribution incentives to taxpayers
who can't deduct charitable donations
from their taxes because they don't
itemize their deductions.
Cons. dela changes
to citizenshp oat
An attempt to revise the citizenship
oath to make it more meaningful for new
Americans has been stalled after conser-
vatives complained it weakened a pledge
,to serve in the military and eliminated a
promise to bear arms. Yesterday's debut
of the new oath was postponed as immi-
gration officials scrambled for another
rewrite. Earlier this month, immigration
officials said they were revising the oath
for the first time in 50 years to give it
more meaning to new citizens - and
reworking the language so it would make
"more sense to the brain." The revision,
which was shorter, removed a line pledg-
ing to "renounce and abjure all allegiance
and fidelity to any foreign prince, poten-
tate, state or sovereignty."
Mothers blamed for
rise in antibotics use
The government has a new strate-
gy for reducing the unnecessary use
of antibiotics: Persuade mothers to
stop pestering pediatricians to write
prescriptions for runny noses.
Health officials have already ham-
mered on doctorsJo Au it Aispensing
antibiotics in situations where they
are practically guaranteed not to
work, such as common colds.
A straight-to-mom campaign is
The effort, announced yesterday,
is built around public service ads
featuring pictures of cranky-looking
kids and the headline: "Snort. Snif-
fle. Sneeze. No antibiotics please."
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