2A- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 2, 2003
Israeli Cabinet OKs security barrier NEWS IN BRIEF .
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Barriers will be built Israeli radio reports said similar bar- prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, said he of violence. Many bombers have sim-
east of several West riers also would be erected east of sev- has reached agreement on the forma- ply walked across the unmarked line WASHINGTON
eral other settlements in the West Bank tion of a Cabinet and would present it between Israel and the West Bank, White House begins search for CIA leak
Bank settlements heartland, including Efrat, south of to parliament on Sunday and Monday. blowing themselves up in Israeli cities.'g"A
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's Cab-
inet yesterday approved an extension
of a security barrier that would sweep
around Jewish settlements deep in the
West Bank but also have large gaps -
for now - to address U.S. concerns.
One stretch would be built east of
Ariel - the second-largest settlement
in the West Bank, with 18,000 resi-
dents - although it won't immediately
be connected to the main security
fence running further west, closer to
Israel, said Zalman Shoval, an adviser
to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
In other developments, Israeli com-
mandos arrested Bassam Saadi, a sen-
ior leader of the Islamic Jihad, in the
West Bank refugee camp of Jenin. A
witness said Saadi was hiding under a
parked car when he was seized.
Later yesterday, an Islamic Jihad
member was killed and another criti-
cally wounded in an Israeli army raid
in the West Bank refugee camp of
Tulkaren, Palestinian security officials
said. The Israeli military had no imme-
Also, the incoming Palestinian
He would not discuss the size or com-
position of the new government, but
Palestinian officials have said he was
hoping to reduce the number of minis-
ters from 24 to 12, in part because he
was exasperated by wrangling over
The vote yesterday by the Israeli
Cabinet on the next segments of the
security barrier was 18-4, with one
Israel says the barrier is necessary to
keep out suicide attackers. Dozens of
Israelis have been killed in more than
100 suicide attacks during three years
Palestinian officials demand that the
United States stop the barrier's con-
struction, charging that Israel is grab-
bing land and unilaterally drawing a
border that should be determined in
"All these are procedures and actions
that destroy all possibilities for peace
and bringing about calm, be it settle-
ments, the wall, or what is happening
around Jerusalem," Qureia said.
The United States wants the barrier
to run close to the Green Line, the
frontier between Israel and the West
Bank before the 1967 Mideast war.
'Eco-terrorists' launch attacks against U.S. cities
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A sabotage
campaign by the nation's most radical
environmental group has moved from
the countryside to the doorstep of
Detroit and other major U.S. cities.
The Earth Liberation Front, a
movement that originated in the
forests of the Pacific Northwest, has
claimed responsibility for a string of
arsons in the suburbs of Detroit, Los
Angeles, San Diego and Philadelphia
in the past 12 months. No one has
been charged in any of the attacks.
Fires on March 21 destroyed two
homes being built in Washtenaw
County's Superior Township, west of
Detroit. On June 4, two nearly com-
pleted houses in Macomb County's
Washington Township, north of
Detroit, were set afire.
The attacks in Michigan and else-
where, which included the costliest act
of environmental sabotage in U.S. histo-
ry, have targeted luxury homes and sport
utility vehicles, the suburban status sym-
bols that some environmentalists regard
as despoilers of the Earth.
"Their actions used to be aimed at
'out in the country' industries," said Ron
Arnold of the Bellevue, Wash.-based
Center for the Defense of Free Enter-
prise, who has written several books
criticizing the environmental move-
ment's radical wing. "Now they're mov-
ing from a save-the-wilderness focus to
an anti-capitalist focus."
This summer, environmentalists
in Southern California turned six-
figure luxury homes under con-
struction into charred sticks of
wood, destroyed an unfinished 206-
unit apartment complex and fire-
bombed brand-new Hummers, the
mammoth sport-utility vehicles that
start at $50,000.
Rod Coronado, a legendary figure
in the underground movement who is
serving as an ELF spokesman and has
drawn scrutiny from the FBI, said the
group is being transformed by a new
generation of activists.
"When I got involved in the mid-
'80s, tree-spiking" - pounding
spikes into trees to prevent loggers
with chain saws from cutting them
down - "was a big deal," said Coro-
nado, 37, who played a part in sinking
two whaling ships in Iceland and
served time in prison for an arson
attack at a Michigan State University
animal-research lab. "What that's
morphed into is a more urban envi-
ronmental movement, whereby people
are fighting for the last wild places in
He said the young activists are "doing
the only thing they know to do and that
is strike a match and draw a whole lot of
attention to their dissatisfaction with
"Now they're moving
from a save-the-
wilderness focus to an
- Ron Arnold
Center for Defense of Free Enterprise
protecting the environment"
The ELF is the FBI's No. 1 domestic
terrorism priority. The organization has
done more than $100 million damage
- but caused no deaths - since it split
off from the radical environmental
group Earth First! and surfaced in the
United States five years ago.
The ELF first took aim at urban
sprawl in 2000, when it burned luxury
homes and condos under construction
on New York's Long Island.
The White House staff began going back through records and telephone logs yes-
terday in search of any information relevant to the criminal investigation into public
disclosure of a CIA undercover officer's identity, President Bush's spokesman said.
Press secretary Scott McClellan said he had no knowledge about anyone going to
the Justice Department with any information about the case, as Bush had urged.
Similarly, he said he did not know of anyone hiring legal counsel.
"At this point, all the Department of Justice has asked us to do is preserve any and
all information that could be related," he said. McClellan indicated the White House
would consent, if asked, to polygraph tests for staff. "We will cooperate fully, at the
direction of the president. ... Full cooperation is full cooperation."
One day after the probe was announced, there was no sign of investigators at the
White House, McClellan said.
Bush, on Tuesday, said, "I want to know who the leakers are" and he voiced confi-
dence that career Justice Department lawyers and FBI agents can impartially conduct
Bush said he is "absolutely confident" the investigation can be handled within his
administration and reiterated that he has asked the White House staff to cooperate.
The president also maintained there is no need to name an outside special counsel.
U.S. assumes Security Council leadership
The United States took over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council yester-
day, a stroke of good timing as it campaigns for approval of a new resolution
aimed at getting more countries to contribute troops and money to Iraq.
U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte began his month-long presidency with a series
of meetings with U.N. colleagues to promote the resolution, saying he would begin
informal consultations on the new draft this week with hopes of swift approval.
"As far as time is concerned, we would like to move expeditiously on it,"
Negroponte said. "We'd also like to see the resolution in place, if possible, well in
advance of the upcoming donors conference in Madrid on Oct. 24" for Iraq.
The five permanent veto-wielding council nations - the United States, Russia,
China, France and Britain - who were divided over the U.S.-led war and remain
divided over the next steps in Iraq - were meeting late yesterday to receive
copies of the resolution from Negroponte, council diplomats said, speaking on
condition of anonymity.
Earlier in the day, Negroponte held a series of one-on-one meetings with some
of the elected nonpermanent members of the Security Council.
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The arrests of three Guantanamo Bay
workers have triggered an urgent mili-
tary investigation to determine whether
suspected espionage may have dam-
aged the U.S. war on terror.
Among the questions facing military
investigators doing damage assessment:
Did al-Qaida and Taliban suspects at
the high-security U.S. prison camp in
Cuba pass messages to other terrorists
still at large? If classified information
was compromised, how much was
leaked and to whom? Were any of the
suspects working together? And are
Interrogations that involved the
accused men will be scrutinized for
possible biases, military officials say.
Some of the sessions were taped, and
those tapes will be reviewed to see if
translators omitted or changed what the
prisoners said, or passed messages to
Re ublicans t one
I ion new donors
The donations aren't all that big
- most under $30 - but the num-
ber of people contributing to the
Republican Party is a milestone:
more than 1 million new donors
since President Bush took office.
That beats the Republican Nation-
al Committee's previous record of
853,595 first-time donors during
President Reagan's two terms in the
1980s. The new contributors in
Bush's tenure yielded $55 million
for the RNC, spokeswoman Chris-
tine Iverson said yesterday.
"These are not wealthy people,"
said Iverson, who said the typical
donation was under $30.
New robot vacuum
cleans, sweeps home
Let's face it: You have to be just a lit-
tle lazy to use a $1,500 robot to vacuum
a one-bedroom apartment.
But how sweet it is to stroll barefoot
across spotlessly clean wood floors,
without having lifted a finger - or, to
be more precise, having lifted a finger
just once, to turn on the RoboCleaner
For three days, the dinner-plate sized
robot from German company Alfred
Kaercher GmbH randomly crisscrossed
the wood floors and kitchen and bath-
room tile at my 800-square-foot Frank-
furt pad, slowly and quietly devouring
the dust and dirt that creeps in from the
busy street outside.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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