2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 1, 2005
Brain-damaged woman dies.
Terri Schiavo dies after
weeks of legal wrangling
and public feuding
among her family
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) -
With her husband and parents feuding to
the bitter end and beyond, Terri Schiavo
died yesterday, 13 days after her feeding
tube was removed in a wrenching right-
to-die dispute that engulfed the courts,
Capitol Hill and the White House and
divided the country.
Cradled by her husband, Schiavo,
41, died a "calm, peaceful and gentle
death" at about 9 a.m., a stuffed animal
under her arm, flowers arranged around
her hospice room, said George Felos,
Michael Schiavo's attorney.
No one from her side of the family was
with her at the moment of her death. Her
parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, were
not at the hospice, Felos said. And her
brother had been expelled from the room
at Michael Schiavo's request moments
before the end came.
The death of the severely brain-dam-
aged woman brought to a close what was
easily the longest, most bitter - and
most heavily litigated - right-to-die dis-
pute in U.S. history.
"Mr. Schiavo's overriding concern
here was to provide for Terri a peaceful
death with dignity," said Felos, who was
also present at the death.
But the Rev. Frank Pavone, one of the
Schindlers' spiritual advisers, called her
death "a killing," adding: "And for that
we not only grieve that Terri has passed
but we grieve that our nation has allowed
such an atrocity as this and we pray that
extraordinary attempts at intervention by
Florida lawmakers, Gov. Jeb Bush, Con-
gress and President Bush on behalf of her
Supporters of her parents, many of
them anti-abortion activists and politi-
cal conservatives, harshly criticized the
courts. Many religious groups, includ-
ing the Roman Catholic Church, said the
removal of sustenance violated funda-
mental religious tenets.
About 40 judges in six courts were
involved in the case at one point or
another. Six times, the U.S. Supreme
Court declined to intervene. As Schia-
vo's life ebbed away, Congress rushed
through a bill to allow the federal courts
to take up the case, and President Bush
signed it March 21. But the federal
courts refused to step in.
The case prompted many people to
ponder what they would want if they,
too, were in such a desperate medical
situation, and many rushed to draw up
living wills. The case also led to a furi-
ous debate over the proper role of gov-
ernment in life-and-death decisions, and
whether the Republicans in Congress
violated their party's principles of lim-
AP PHOTO ited government and deference to the
ie day. states by getting involved.
In Washington on yesterday, the presi-
disputed dent was careful to extend condolences
miracle to Schiavo's "families" - meaning both
aid still Michael Schiavo and the Schindlers -
to talk. even though he backed efforts to recon-
George nect her feeding tube.
and and "I urge all those who honor Terri
feeding Schiavo to continue to work to build a
discon- culture of life where all Americans are
welcomed and valued and protected,
tle, fed- especially those who live at the mercy of
rejected others," the president said.
Demonstrators hold up signs in the glare of television lights yesterday nea
Woodside Hospice in Florida, where Terri Schiavo passed away earlier in th
it will never happen again."
Schiavo suffered brain damage in 1990
and fell into what court-appointed doc-
tors called a persistent vegetative state,
with no real consciousness or chance
of recovery, after a chemical imbalance
caused her heart to stop. She had left
no written instructions in the event she
Her husband argued that she told him
long ago that she would not want to kept
alive artificially. Her parents d
that, and held out hope for ar
recovery for a daughter they sa
laughed with them and struggled
Pinellas County Circuit Judge
W. Greer sided with her husba
authorized the removal of thei
tube keeping her alive. It was
nected March 18.
During the seven-year legal bat
eral and state courts repeatedlyr
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Sudanese crime suspects to be punished
The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution yesterday to prosecute Suda-
nese war crimes suspects before the International Criminal Court, after the United
States reversed policy and agreed not to veto the document.
The United States, which abstained with three other countries, won significant
concessions, including ironclad guarantees it sought that Americans working in
Sudan would not be handed over to either the ICC or any other nation's courts if
they commit crimes in Sudan.
With Secretary-General Kofi Annan looking on, the council voted 11-0. Algeria,
Brazil and China also abstained.
Acting U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson said the United States still 'fundamen-
tally objects' to the court but was determined to get something done on Sudan.
'It is important that the international community speak with one voice in order
to help promote effective accountability,' Patterson said.
Even with the legal concessions, the U.S. decision not to veto was a major shift.
Ever since he took office, President Bush had actively opposed the court, and
American diplomats had repeatedly said they opposed any variation that referred
the Sudan cases to it.
ABC's Koppel will leave Nightline'
Ted Koppel, who has provided a late-night alternative to laughs as anchor
of ABC News' "Nightline" since it began 25 years ago, said yesterday he will
leave the network when his contract expires in December.
Koppel, 65, said he's not retiring. His departure casts doubt on the future
of "Nightline," although Koppel and ABC News President David Westin
expressed confidence that it will continue.
The broadcast's longtime executive producer, Tom Bettag, will leave
ABC News with Koppel.
Westin had made it clear that he wanted to expand "Nightline" to an hour
and air live each weeknight (Sometimes it is taped.). Koppel was offered
the chance to continue, or perhaps switch jobs with Sunday morning's "This
Week" host George Stephanopoulos, but told Westin upon returning from a
vacation this week that he wanted to leave.
World Bank approves Wolfowitz
The World Bank approved Paul Wolfowitz as its new president yesterday,
affirming the administration's choice of a Bush loyalist to take the helm of
the 184-nation development bank.
Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary who helped plan the Iraq war, will
begin his five-year term on June 1.
"Nothing is more gratifying than being able to help people in need and
developing opportunities for all the people of the world to achieve their full
potential," Wolfowitz said after winning unanimous approval from the World
Bank's 24-member board.
The bank's stated mission is to fight poverty and improve the living stan-
dards of people in developing countries. It lends around $20 billion a year
to developing countries for various projects, including roads, schools and
The installation of Wolfowitz enables the Bush administration to put its imprint
on the bank, which employs some 10,000 people worldwide.
Car bomb expoldes near shrine, kills three
A suicide car bomber blew himself up near an Islamic shrine, killing five
Iraqis in the latest attack on Shiite Muslim pilgrims marking a major religious holiday.
The blast in Tuz Khormato, 55 miles south of Kirkuk, killed three civilians, includ-
ing a child, and two soldiers helping guard the shrine, police reported. Sixteen people
were wounded, hospital officials said.
Fighters from the Sunni Muslim-led insurgency staged a string of attacks on Shiite
pilgrims in the days leading up to the festival, which marks-the end of a 40-day mourn-
ing period for Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and one of
Shiites' most important saints.
Commission: U.S. intelligence 'dead wrong'
Report says agencies
nuclear, biological threats
WASHINGTON (AP) - A damn-
ing report by a presidential commis-
sion concluded yesterday that the
United States knows "disturbingly
little" about nuclear and biological
threats from dangerous adversaries,
years after the Sept. 11 attacks and
the nation's intelligence missteps on
. Urging dramatic changes in the
U.S. spy agencies, the commission
called cfucial intelligence judg-
ments on Iraq "dead wrong" and
said the flaws it found "are still all
Though he initially opposed the
panel's creation, President Bush
promised immediate action at a
news conference with retired Judge
Laurence Silberman, a Republican,
and former Democratic Sen. Charles
Robb of Virginia, the commission's
"To win the war on terror, we
will correct what needs to be
fixed," Bush 'said.
The commission offered 74 rec-
ommendations aimed at changing the
structure and culture of the nation's
15 spy agencies. It called for more
clarity in the powers of the newly
created national intelligence direc-
tor, an overhaul of national security
efforts in the Jus-
and dozens of
changes in intel-
"There is no
more important COmmiSSic
sion than under- Crucial int
standing the worst
weapons that our judgement
enemies possess, "dead wro
and how they
intend to use them the flaws i
against us," the 1
commission said. Still all too
"These are their
and unlocking them must be our
The report, approved unanimously
by the bipartisan nine-member panel,
followed the failure of U.S. inspec-
tors in Iraq to turn up any weapons
of mass destruction. The existence
of weapons stockpiles - detailed in
dozens of intelligence reports before
the March 2003 invasion - was the
administration's leading argument
for toppling Saddam Hussein.
Numerous blue-ribbon panels since
the attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001,
matiC have investigat-
the U.S. ed intelligence
es, the commission -
in the bluntest
n called of terms - pro-
vided the most
Ira look so far.
s On Iraq The report
ag" and said painted a picture
of a clumsy intel-
found "are ligence appara-
tus struggling to
common." penetrate Iraqi
ing that Saddam had weapons capable
of causing catastrophic damage. Com-
missioners found intelligence collectors
didn't provide enough information or were
deceived by discredited sources and ana-
lysts relied on old assumptions about
Saddam's intentions and overstated
"On a matter of this importance,
we simply cannot afford failures
of this magnitude," said the report,
which exceeded 600 pages.
Robb and Silberman said they
found no evidence that senior Bush
administration officials sought to
change the prewar intelligence in
Iraq. The report was silent on wheth-
er the administration manipulated the
data for political purposes, as Demo-
crats have contended, with commis-
sion members saying they were not
empowered to examine that.
Underscoring the political divide,
Democrats - including Bush's 2004
opponent, Massachusetts Sen. John
Kerry - used -the findings to demand
faster changesand to point fingers.
"The investigation will not be com-
plete unless we know how the Bush
administration may have used or mis-
used intelligence to pursue its own
agenda," said House Minority Leader
The commission warned John Negro-
ponte, whom Bush nominated to coordi-
nate the spy community, of the intelligence
agencies' "almost perfect record of resist-
ing external recommendations."
It said the CIA and the Defense Depart-
ment 's intelligence agencies "are some of
the government's most headstrong agen-
cies. Sooner or later, they will try to run
around - or over" the new director.
The commission found the spy commu-
nity ill-prepared to penetrate adversarial
nations and terror groups. It said agencies
must do a better job of preventing attacks
with biological agents and learning about
the spread of nuclear weapons.
"Across the board, the intelligence
community knows disturbingly little
about the nuclear programs of many
of the world's most dangerous actors,"
the report said. "In some cases, it
knows less now than it did five or ten
The commission saved for a classi-
fied report details about U.S. knowl-
edge of weapons programs in Iran,
North Korea, China and Russia.
But in the unclassified section, the
report said, "We found that we have
only limited access to critical infor-
mation about several of these high-
priority intelligence targets."
At home, the commission said,
the FBI has not done enough to
beef up intelligence operations. It
warned of potentially ominous con-
sequences from lack of cooperation
between the CIA and FBI on terror-
ism cases that shift from overseas
to American soil.
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