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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 5, 2004
Iraqi intelligence commission may be problematic

Independent commission
could access secret intelligence
briefings made by Bush
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's
decision to appoint a commission on Iraq intel-
ligence was intended to take pressure off a
potentially explosive political issue. But setting
up the commission offers its own dangers.
If the commission is truly independent, as
the president has promised, it could examine
not only the work of intelligence agencies, but
how the administration handled intelligence. It
could make demands for access to Bush's
secret intelligence briefings, as has the con-
gressionally created commission investigating
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
If the commission members are seen as too
close to Bush, the panel's credibility could be
questioned. Democratic leaders have already
expressed doubts that a commission appointed

entirely by the president can be impartial.
Bush is likely to formally announce creation of
the commission in an executive order today. The
White House already has begun defending it.
"This commission will be bipartisan and
independent and they will have full access to
the information they need to do their job,"
Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said Tuesday.
Impetus for the independent investigation
developed after the former CIA weapons inspec-
tor in Iraq, David Kay, said last week he doubted
that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass
destruction in recent years. Those weapons were
one of Bush's main arguments for war.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yes-
terday he is not ready to conclude that Iraq did
not have weapons of mass destruction before
U.S. troops invaded to depose him last year.
He told the Senate Armed Services Commit-
tee that U.S. weapons inspectors need more
time to reach final conclusions about whether
chemical and biological weapons existed in

Iraq before the war, as the Bush administration
had asserted before sending American troops
into battle.
The White House originally had opposed an
independent investigation, saying it wanted to
give the search for weapons more time. It
reversed course as pressure grew from Republi-
cans and Democrats.
The White House has stressed that the com-
mission's mandate will be wide-ranging, exam-
ining not only Iraq but also flawed intelligence
on Pakistan, Iran and other nations. Bush could
face criticism if the review is so broad that com-
missioners can't delve deeply into Iraq intelli-
gence before its work ends early next year.
Finding the right balance on the commission
will be difficult. McClellan said commissioners
"will be people of experience in the public sec-
tor; they will be people with expertise in intelli-
The White House has not disclosed any
names, but among those that lawmakers and

"This commission will be bipartisan and independent
and they will have full access to the information they
need to do their job:'
- Scott McClellan
Spokesman for President Bush

others have suggested as qualified candidates
are former CIA directors Robert Gates,
William Webster and James Woolsey; former
Sens. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), Warren Rudman
(R-N.H.), and Gary Hart (D-Colo.); former
CIA deputy director Richard Kerr and Kay.
A panel that includes too many former intel-
ligence officials may have difficulty examining
work done under their watch. Former Sen.
David Durenberger (R-Minn.) said the com-
mission needs the perspective of policy-makers
who depend on intelligence. "I think the

emphasis needs to be more on the foreign rela-
tions/national security side than on the intelli-
gence side;' he said.
Bush may also find that some of the most
qualified people may not want a high-profile
government position. The Sept. 11 commis-
sion's original chairman, former Secretary of
State Henry Kissinger, and vice chairman, for-
mer Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine), resigned
shortly after their appointments, citing con-
cerns about potential conflicts of interest with
their professional work.


Hitting the campaign trail

Continued from Page IA
intravenous fluids.
Winfield suggested several options for students who
believe they may be dehydrated."If somebody is vomiting
very badly, and has diarrhea very badly and it continues for
more than a few hours, they become dehydrated because
they can't get fluid in and they are losing fluid.... Then they
get lower blood pressure because they are dehydrated so
they're feeling sicker," Winfield said.
Winfield said that when students become severely ill they
should seek medical help. UHS has staff on call 24 hours a
day, seven days a week to answer questions students may
have, and in more severe cases, direct them to the hospital.
Students who are mildly ill should stay hydrated by drinking
water, chewing on ice chips or sucking popsicles. Winfield
said there are no antibiotics or antiviral medications that alle-
viate the stomach flu.
Cianciola and Winfield suggest that sick students isolate
themselves throughout the duration of their illness and for at
least three days after they get better, as they can continue to
be contagious.
They suggest sick students follow the same guidelines
Ezhuthachan did - stay in their rooms, do not attend class-
es, and do not eat in the cafeteria.
Because the virus is contagious and spreads from person

to person by public objects such as door handles, keyboards,
sinks and toilets, Winfield greatly stressed the importance of
good hygiene for students.
"Hygiene is one of our best methods for preventing the
spread of this," Winfield said. He added that it is important
that students do not visit their sick friends.
Ezhuthachan missed all of his classes yesterday, including
an exam last night, which he rescheduled with his professor.
"They seemed pretty considerate that I was ill and they
had no problem making exceptions and giving me an alter-
nate exam," Ezhuthachan said.
Cianciola said there are many options available to make
students' periods of illness more comfortable, including food
delivery to their dorm rooms so they can avoid the cafeterias.
These procedures are being taken to protect the health of
other residents and to avoid spreading the infection.
Other measures include separate restroom accommoda-
tions for those who are suffering from the virus.
"The well-being of our students is our most paramount
concern and we are here to support them in any way we can,"
Cianciola said.
Cianciola suggests that students notify their halls' Resi-
dent advisors if they become ill, so that accommodations can
be made for students, such as meal delivery. Students should
also notify their RAs if they choose to return to their homes.
Housing spokesman Alan Levy sent an e-mail to all hous-
ing residents lasty night with more information.


LSA sophmore Ramya Raghavan, RC junior Dan Mullkoff and LSA sophmore Libby Benton of
Students for Dean campaign at Hillel yesterday for Dean's visit to Ann Arbor tomorrow.

Continued from Page IA
are not working (with one another);' Kanaana said.
Kanaana earlier explained that the question, "Is Israeli-
Palestinian peace still possible?" is riddled with the assump-
tion that there are only two players in the conflict and that
the two sides are on a level playing field. He added that the
United States is the real man in the conflict and has helped
Israel eliminate the Palestinian Authority, which he said
consisted of Yasser Arafat quarantined in a room.
"The Palestinian Authority at the present time only has
control of two rooms and one bathroom. ... These are seen
as equal as each other? Israel is the fourth most powerful
country at the present time."
Despite these heated comments, Kanaana's views
drew the most criticism when he said Israel is ready to
commit genocide against the Palestinians in order to
purify the Zionist state.
Since the second intifada began in the fall of 2000,
the Israeli Defense Forces have targeted Hamas leaders
in assassination attempts, he said. Kanaana added that
Israelis already occupy about 90 percent of the territory
and have no reason to make concessions since they are
in an ideal position to occupy all of Palestinian land.
"I think the Israelis are priming for a genocide if the
Palestinians oppose them," he said.
But Avi Jacobson, director of the Hamagshimim Israel

Fellowship, said of Kanaana's remark, "I was shocked and
appalled by the comment that Israelis were preparing for a
genocide. It's demonization and propaganda."
Contrary to Kanaana's perspective, Shikaki compared the
prospect for peace to a tunnel where the light can already be
seen, but there is not yet a mechanism to reach that light.
Maoz, a visiting professor of politcal science at the
University, added that both sides just need strong lead-
ership willing to make courageous steps and political
"Both sides know what to do to create the atmosphere for
peace. There is just not enough self-criticism of the actions
of each side to make that peace," he said.
He added that both Palestinians and Israelis will eventual-
ly come to a peace because they are gradually recognizing
that there is no way out through violence.
Jacobson, an Engineering senior, added that he found the
discussion interesting because some speakers raised real
possibilities of hope which reaffirmed his belief that peace
can be achieved in the Middle East. "Peace is still possible,
because both sides want it," he said.
Psychologist and University faculty member Majeda
Humeiden also said peace would be possible, but added
some of the American public are unwilling to support the
Palestinian movement. "Being pro-human rights or being
pro-Palestinian is sometimes seen as being anti-Semitic."
She said she hopes people overcome that thinking so that
American people can make a more concerted effort to help
solve the conflict.


We're concerned.
Last year's winner for
Best Slang was hella.
Whatever happened to
sketchy? Or even tubular?
Just wondering.

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