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Vol. CXV, No. 81
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Dingell blasts Bush on
NSA, war on terrorism
Veteran congressman talks
about Iraq, separation of powers,
the 12 presidents he's known
By Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Staff Reporter
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) denounced
President Bush's handling of the war on terrorism yes-
terday through the lens of his 50-plus year tenure in the
U.S. House of Representatives.
Dingell, now 79, was first elected to Congress in
Dingell spoke in Political Science Prof. Larry
Greene's class yesterday afternoon as part of a speaker
series for Greene's political science classes, "Consti-
tutional Law and Politics" and "Terrorism, War, and
Dingell said Bush is both someone he likes on a
personal level and is "the most intellectually incurious
person" he has ever met.
Dingell repeatedly alluded to the Bush administra-
tion's lack of respect for separation of powers and the
system of checks and balances, especially compared
with past administrations.
"This administration seems to have an active con-
tempt for Congress," Dingell said. "They just don't tell
us the truth."
He used the current debate over the formerly secret
National Security Agency domestic surveillance pro-
gram as an example of how the administration cir-
cumvents Congress.. The program, which numerous
legislators have called illegal, authorizes the NSA to
wiretap suspected terrorists inside the United States
without obtaining a warrant as long as they are speaking
to someone overseas believed to be linked to al-Qaida.
Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have
been consistent in their position that the president
already has the authority pursuant to his constitutional
role as commander in chief and the resolution after
Sept. 11 that authorized the president to "use all neces-
sary and appropriate force against al-Qaida"
The administration has repeatedly said it does not
need legislative approval, and will therefore not seek it.
"The terrorist surveillance program is necessary. It
is lawful and it respects the civil liberties we all cher-
ish.... To end the program now would be to afford
our enemy dangerous and potential deadly new room
for operation within our own
borders," Gonzales said dur-
ing a Senate Judiciary Com-
mittee hearing Feb. 6.
f _Dingell, however, is trou-
bled by Bush's apparent belief
that he is above the law.
"This is not a fight between
- Republicans and Democrats,"
he said. "It is a fight between
those who believe in liber-
Dingell ties and rights, and those who
want to shower upon the pres-
ident powers he does not have."
Dingell said if the president did come to Congress
for approval of the wiretapping program, he would
most likely encounter bipartisan support.
Most criticism of the surveillance program is based
on concerns about civil liberties. A CBS News/New
York Times poll conducted during the last week of
January shows that 64 percent of Americans are either
"very" or "somewhat" concerned and 35 percent are
either "not very" or "not at all" concerned about "los-
ing some of (their) civil liberties as a result of the mea-
sures enacted by the Bush administration."
Dingell said it is difficult to effectively balance
national security and civil liberties, saying each
case must be evaluated individually and with the
"Protecting civil liberties is one of the'most important
See DINGELL, page 7
Junior remembered for
love of sports, outdoors
Michigan guard Dion Harris powers through Illinois forward Brian Randle (42) during the Wolverines' 72-64 victory over
Illinois at Crisler Arena last night.
Horton's 39 prove too
fan tabLous for Illini
Student died as a result
complications from diabetes;
services Thursday and Friday
By Drew Philp
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA junior Ashley Wibel died early Monday
morning at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit as a result
of complications from diabetes. She was 21.
She was born on Jan. 21, 1985 and grew up in West
Bloomfield with her mother Toni, her father Rick and
School of Education junior Katie Kipp, her long-
time friend and former roommate, said Wibel "had
an amazing spirit."
Wibel's father said she was a skilled athlete.
In high school, she was a varsity softball and vol-
leyball player and also played the tuba in the band.
Wibel loved the University's sports teams and had
attended Michigan football games since she was 2
"There was not a bigger Michigan sports fan," her
Wibel recently became interested in baking and
"made the best cakes" for her friends, Kipp said.
She worked as a camp counselor at the Hayo-Went-
HA YMCA camp in northern Michigan, facilitating
canoeing trips and other outdoor activities.
Engineering junior Laura Emig worked at the
camp with Wibel and remembered her as loving the
Emig reminisced about a sailing trip she went on
with Wibel to the Virgin Islands. After returning from
snorkeling, their small boat began to fill with water and
eventually ended up on the bottom of the ocean.
"We tried to bail out the boat, but we were laugh-
ing too hard to do anything productive," Emig said.
"Wibel would do anything for anybody who needed
help,' Kipp said. "I will miss her until I see her again."
Wibel's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at
Advent Episcopal Church in West Bloomfield.
The visitation will be held Thursday from 3 to 5
p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home in the
Godhardt-Tomlinson chapel in Keego Harbor, Mich.
Upset win boosts
Wolverines' chances for
By Scott Bell
Daily Sports Editor
All of Crisler Arena was on its
feet last night as chants of "Daniel
Horton" echoed through the near-
The target of the arena's praise
calmly stepped to the line to cap
off his best performance yet as a
But before Daniel Horton could
attempt his first free throw, Illi-
nois star point guard Dee Brown
got right up in Horton's face in a
last-ditch effort for the
"He was just trying
said. "He was try- "H
ing to take some
time and ice me Un
a little bit, but I
knew he was going Ca
to do something
like that. He's a Wa
desperate ton free throws 14 seconds later
brought the game to its final score,
a veteran 72-64.
me out and
heady player, and ,,u s
he does stuff like fantabulous.
that to try and gain
advantages." - Dee Brown
But it didn't Illini point guard
work. Horton iced
the game with two
free throws, extending Michigan's injuries.
lead to 70-64. Two more Hor-
Nothing that the
ni threw at Horton
The senior had
to put up with the
reigning Big Ten
defensive player of
the year in Brown.
It didn't matter.
He had to worry
about an increased
role on offense
with two starters
sitting out with
See HORTON, page 7
release of journalist
and Ann Arbor native
By Leah Graboski
For the Daily
With the deadline to meet Iraqi
kidnappers' demands for the release
of journalist Jill Carroll less than a
week away, students held a candle-
light vigil on the Diag last night.
Carroll, an Ann Arbor native, was
abducted while reporting for the Bos-
ton-based Christian Science Monitor
on her way to meet a Sunni politician
in western Baghdad. The seriousness
of the abductors' demands became
Ordinance inches closer to approval
City Council OKs
final language in
ordinance to push back
By Sandy Liberman
Daily Staff Reporter
City Council voted to approve the specific
expires. It would also prevent them from sign-
ing a lease agreement with a new tenant until
the end of one-third of the lease period.
If passed, the ordinance would include an
option to appeal the ordinance, unusual for
city council ordinances. The Council will be
required to periodically review the effective-
ness of the ordinance.
A Council member moved to amend the
provision to require the ordinance to be
Though student representatives were
unable to discuss the ordinance at the meet-
ing because of a simultaneous meeting of the
Michigan Student Assembly, some Council
members spoke on behalf of students.
"The benefits to the student community far
outweigh the negatives to the landlord com-
munity," Greden said.
Greden also noted that many landlords
actually expect rent to increase because there