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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 6, 2004 - 3

LGBT Commission
sponsoring 'Day of
Silence' on Diag
As part of National Coming Out
Week, the LGBT Commission will hold
a "Day of Silence" at noon today on the
Students who wish to participate are
encouraged to wear all black and stand
in silence on the Diag in honor of those
who stay silent because of homophobia
and anti-gay violence.
Middle Eastern
cultures to be
AMPlified on Diag
The Lebanese Students Association
is holding an "AMPlify Your Culture"
event today on the Diag from 11 a.m. to
4 p.m.
The goal of the event is to educate
people about Arab and Middle Eastern
cultures in an interactive manner. Par-
ticipants will learn facts about the Arab
world, receive henna tattoos, learn to
write names in Arabic and eat baklava.
The Arab Student Association and
the Jordanian Student Association are
co-sponsoring the event.
Nader's running
mate to speak in
Michigan Union
Independent presidential candidate
Ralph Nader's running mate, Peter
Camejo, will campaign in the Pend-
leton Room of the Michigan Union
today at 3 p.m.
Camejo is a long-time political activ-
ist who marched for the civil rights
movement with Martin Luther King Jr.
in the 1960s.
The event will be presented in both
English and Spanish.
Drugs swiped from
hospital cabinet
The Department of Public Safety is
investigating a theft of a pack containing
various drugs from a cabinet in Univer-
sity Hospital, which occurred sometime
before Monday night.
New family dog
bites, hospitalizes
man who feeds it
A man filed a police report with DPS
Monday night from University Hospital
after being bitten by a new family dog.
DPS contacted the Washtenaw Coun-
ty Sheriff's Department, and the man
was told to contact the department after
returning home from the hospital.
Ashtray behind


House strikes
down draft bill
to end rumors

Republicans sought to quash a persistent
Internet rumor that the government will
reinstate a military draft after the elec-
tion, engineering an overwhelming vote
yesterday to kill legislation they hope
will put the rumor to rest for good.
Republicans accused Democrats of
feeding the rumor mill to scare young
voters and their parents into voting
against President Bush.
"This campaign is a baseless, malevo-
lent concoction of the Democratic Party
and everyone in this chamber knows it,"
said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
of Texas.
The House voted 402 to 2 to defeat
the draft bill offered last year by Rep.
Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).
Even Rangel urged Democrats to vote
against the bill, and charged Republicans
were cynically trying to use the measure
to escape election-season questions about
the war in Iraq.

(Republicans) know it. They're trying
their best to tamp down this fire."
The Bush administration has strongly
denied any plan to reinstate the draft, but
the denials have not killed the rumor.
"There are some who have tried to
bring this up as a scare tactic and that is
highly unfortunate"White House spokes-
man Scott McClellan said yesterday. "The
president does not believe we need a draft
and he's made that repeatedly clear."
Speaking to Iowa voters Monday, Bush
said, "We will not have a draft so long as
I am president of the United States."
Democratic presidential candidate
John Kerry has suggested the draft could
be reinstated if voters re-elect Bush.
Kerry said his plan for Iraq, which
calls for a summit and for allies to share
a greater part of the burden, would not
need a military draft.
Campaigning in Iowa yesterday, Kerry
told reporters, "I've never said they're

Kissinger defends 1970s

Latin Ameri
DETROIT (AP) - Former Secretary of State Henry Kiss-
inger yesterday defended his approach to Latin American dic-
tatorships in the 1970s, saying he had purposely steered clear
of "personal attacks" when it came to condemning human
rights abuses.
Kissinger's comments followed the release on Friday of
transcripts that show he wanted to punish subordinates who
criticized Argentina and Chile for human rights abuses. The
transcripts were released by the National Security Archive,
a foreign policy research center, which said it obtained them
from the U.S. State Department after filing a Freedom of
Information Act request.
Kissinger said the United States at the time was balanc-
ing two concerns in Latin America: keeping communist
governments from taking root and discouraging human
rights abuses.
"The method we chose - which people can argue about -
was that I made two public speeches emphasizing the Ameri-
can concerns on human rights and stating that countries that
systematically violated (them) would not be able to get the
sort of support, economic and otherwise, that they wanted,"
Kissinger said at a news conference following a speech to the
Detroit Economic Club.
He said he also made the same points in private conversa-
tions with Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. "At the same
time, I did not want personal attacks on the leaders," he said.
Kissinger said in the cases mentioned in the tran-
scripts, lower-level officials had violated that policy,

ca policy
calling it a "bureaucratic, management issue" within the
State Department.
The military dictatorships in Argentina and Chile killed
thousands of perceived political opponents in the 1970s and
Kissinger yesterday also criticized the National Security
Archives for taking his statements out of context.
"Just to take a sentence out of a telephone conversation
when you have 50 other conversations, it's just not the way to
analyze it," he said. "I've been telling people to read a month's
worth of conversations, so you know what else went on."
There has been much debate about Kissinger's relation-
ships with Latin American military dictators when he was
secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations.
Such regimes often were supported by the United States as
anti-communist allies.
In the transcripts released last week, Kissinger called one
official's remarks criticizing Pinochet "a bloody outrage."
"I have not become a super liberal. This is not an institution
that is going to humiliate the Chileans," Kissinger was quoted
as saying in the June 1976 conversation with William Rogers,
then assistant secretary of state for Latin America.
In another case, Kissinger complained about a diplomatic
protest issued by the State Department to the Argentine junta
over escalating rights abuses.
"In what way is it compatible with my policy?" Kissinger
was quoted as asking his top Latin America aide. "I want to
know who did this and consider having him transferred."

Just two law-
makers, Rep. John
Murtha (D-Pa.)
and Rep. Pete
Stark (D-Calif.)
struck off on their
own and voted for
the measure.
"We are in a
war, and not only
a small segment
of the population
should fight in that
war," Murtha said.
The specter of a

"I would not advise
anybody that's
running for election
as a Democrat
to vote for this."
- Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.)
Draft bill's sponsor

going to have a draft.
I've said I don't
know what they're
going to do. I know
what I'm going to
do. I'm going to
pursue a policy
that guarantees we
don't have a draft."
Rock the Vote
said it is rais-
ing the draft
issue because the
presidential can-
didates haven't
addressed it.
Internet rumor," said

wartime military draft like that of the
Vietnam era has lingered around the
presidential campaign for the past few
weeks, fueled by an e-mail driven rumor
mill and a campaign by Rock the Vote,
a nonpartisan group that seeks to boost
voting among young people.
The White House yesterday accused
opponents of President Bush of trying to
scare voters with false rumors.
Much of the Internet gossip circling
the Web has suggested that Republicans,
including the president, have a plan to
surreptitiously bring back the draft in a
second Bush term. Democrats say worries
about it are spurring voter registration on
college campuses and among people in
their 20s in urban areas.
"Everywhere they go on the Inter-
net, all they see is the draft, the draft,
the draft," said Rep. Jim McDermott
(D-Wash.) "The Rock the Vote effort
among kids in this country is afire and

"This is not anI

Rock the Vote spokesman Jay Strell.
"Young people in America deserve an
honest and open debate about the possi-
bility of a draft. Neither side has offered
up what they're going to do to meet the
current and future military needs."
Strell said his group's website has
seen a huge spike in recent days in
downloads of voter registration forms,
now up to about 40,000 a day.
The draft legislation scheduled for
debate yesterday was introduced by
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y), a fierce
critic of both the Iraq war and the Bush
"I would not advise anybody that's run-
ning for election as a Democrat to vote
for this," said Rangel, who contended
Republicans abused parliamentary stan-
dards to rush a vote to the floor without
hearings or discussion. "It's a prostitution
of the legislative process," he said.

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Perry Building
reported missing
DPS reports indicate an ashtray was
stolen from the parking lot behind the
Perry Building at 330 Packard Street
sometime before last Friday.
In Daily History
Daily interviews
author John Irving
Oct. 6, 1984 - The Daily published
an interview with John Irving, author
of "The World According to Garp," as
a preview of Irving's visit to Rackham
Irving discussed his involvement in
politics - he was an outspoken support-
er of Democratic presidential candidate
Walter Mondale - and his upcoming
sixth novel, "The Cider House Rules."
Asked about people who say artists
should stay out of politics, Irving said,
"I don't think as an artist that my entry
into politics is special. I'm involved in
politics because I'm a citizen. Not all of



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