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TALKING
POINTS

QUOTES OF THE WEEK
What you have is not
'stay the course' but, in
fact, a study in constant
motion by the admin-
istration and by the
Iraqi government - and
frankly also by the
enemy."
- White House press secretary
TONY SNOW, backpedaling on the White
House's suddenly unpopular rhetoric on
the Iraq war.

"I said, 'Can I have a drink?''We
have lemon juice, apple juice, still
or sparkling.' I said, 'No, I want a
drink. No drink?' I said, 'All right,
I'm fucking off. I'll be back."'
- Legendary actor PETERO'TOOLE on nearly
missing his the reception for his 2003 honor-
ary Oscar because of the ceremony's strict
rules on alcohol.
"I'd like to take credit for being
adventuresome, but I think we're
expressing a viewpoint 69 per-
cent of the country agrees with."
- "Simpsons" exec producer AL JEAN on an
upcoming episode of the series that satirizes the
U.s's initial invasion of Iraq.

ormer Ann Arbor Police
Chief Walter Krasny didn't
rest well the night of Sep-
tember 29, 1968. Asleep in his
home more than two miles from
downtown, Krasny awoke shortly
before midnight, his sleep inter-
rupted by the blast of an explo-
sion on Main Street.
There was a CIA recruitment
office at 450 Main in those days,
although its staff liked to keep
quiet. A secretary would inform
visitors who walked into the
inconspicuous, unnamed office
that the manager was out of
town. That statement was prob-
ably even true from time to time;
the agent running the office,
John F. Forrester, was charged
with recruiting students both
from our University and from
that farm school over in East
Lansing.
On that night in late Septem-
ber, someone set off four to six
sticks of dynamite in front of
Forrester's office. The explo-
sion blew a three-inch deep hole
in the sidewalk, shattered win-
dows and overturned furniture,
causing thousands of dollars of

damage, though no one was hurt.
The bombing was interpreted as
a political act; Krasny was quick
to tell the press he suspected
"anti-establishment militants"
and said that "hippies of a col-
lege age" were the focus of the
investigation.
By itself, the CIA office bomb-
ing might be a footnote, a par-
ticularly explosive illustration of
the unrest in those days. Indeed,
Ann Arbor experienced two
more bombings within a year.
Two weeks after the CIA bomb-
ing, the Institute of Science and
Technology on North Campus
was targeted, presumably for its
role in military research. The
following June, a bomb went off
under a car outside North Hall in
an apparent attempt to disrupt
the ROTC program.
A court case that arose out
of the Ann Arbor CIA bomb-
ing, however, went to the U.S.
Supreme Court, which dealt the
Nixon Administration a solid
defeat. The case involved some
of the leading figures in the
White Panther Party, the radi-
cal political group centered for a

By itself, the CIA office
bombing might be a footnote,
a particularly explosive illus-
tration of the unrest in those

days.
time around a commune at 1520
Hill that also happened to house
the band MC5.
The CIA bombing was similar
to a string of bombings, mainly
of police cars, then underway
in Detroit. A fellow by the name
of David Valler later confessed
to carrying out or aiding those
bombings, as well as the IST
bombing in Ann Arbor. Valler,
whether truthfully or not,
claimed after his arrest to have
repented his former dope-taking
hippie revolutionary ways, and
he rapidly made a name for him-
self as a nationally syndicated

newspaper columnist, denounc-
ing the evils of drugs and youth
culture and writing that the
hippie "sweeps his dirt into the
hallways of society. He creates
chaos."
A little more than a year after
the bombing of the Ann Arbor
CIA office, a federal grand jury
indicted three members of the
White Panther Party based on
Valler'stestimony.White Panther
Minister of Defense Pun Plamon-
don was charged with having set
off the bomb, and White Panther
Minister of Education Jack For-
rest was charged with conspir-

acy to commit the bombing. The
biggest name, though was White
Panther Minister of Information
- and MC5 manager and general
counter-culture icon - John Sin-
clair, who was also charged with
conspiracy. When the indictment
was handed down, Sinclair was
already in prison on his infamous
10-year sentence for possession
of two joints. Plamondon, mean-
while, went underground for
nearly a year after hearing the
indictment on the radio, winning
himself a spot on the FBI's Ten
Most Wanted list.
From the White Panthers'
perspective, the charges were a
government frame-up to silence
an inconvenient challenge to
the established order. Admit-
tedly, if a statement from Valler
to one of Sinclair's attorneys
now archived in the Bentley
Historical Library is truthful,
the defendants deserved to be
found guilty as charged: Valler
describes telling the grand jury
how he asked Sinclair if he had
anything to blow up, dropped
off dynamite for Plamondon and
See CIA, page 12B

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Three things you can talk about this weel:
1. The new Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
2. The Fischer-Tropsch process
3. Picasso
And three things you can't:
1. Chocolate cake
2. Dirt
3. Pine tar
YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE WEEK
"Consent," a 2004 indie short by Jason Reitman
At the end of a successful blind date, bashful young lovers Judah and
Penny settle in for that most exhilarating of moments: the first make-
out session. To avoid any future dispute over what did and didn't mean
yes, the prudent Judah whips out a sexual consent form. Before long, his
and Penny's lawyers are negotiating restrictions on nipple play, access
below the belt and minutes of Article 17. In six minutes, writer/director
Reitman showcases the caustic wit and shrewd satire of modern Ameri-
can political correctness that would characterize his 2005 breakout film
"Thank You for Smoking." If you've wondered why otherwise respon-
sible reviewers gave the arguably pro-smoking "Thank You" slobbering
Article 16, check out this clip. It's the sensible thing to do.
DONN M. FRESARD
BY THE NUMBERS
The Bible's rank among the favorite books of students across the nation.
The Bible's rank amongstudents at the University.
Rank of "The Da Vinci Code" at the University and across the nation.

DRINK OF
THE WEEK
Arrow vodka
processed
through a Brita
water filter
Being an undergrad at the Uni-
versity: It's the best four (maybe
five or six) years of your life. Part
of what's so great about the col-
lege experience is the allowance
to slum it, to drag yourself to
your 9 a.m. wearing sweatpants,
live in a sty of an apartment
on South University Avenue
and Washtenaw Avenue, and
- above all - drink some really
shitty alcohol. I'm talking about
cheap-even-when-you-buy-it-at-
Diag Party Store liquor, the less-
than-$10-a-fifth, $15-a-handle
liquor. Popov. Heaven Hill. Five
O'Clock (it castes so good when
it hits your lips). And the best?
Arrow. At the party store on
Main Street, a fifth is $6.37 out
the door, the price kept low with
its bland stickered logo (those
deceiving words "premium
vodka" tattooed across its body)
and questionable quality.
And there's the one thing you
have to try at least once: Brita fil-
tering cheap vodka. Your friends
will tell you that it works. It
doesn't, really - we've tried it -
but you won't be able to tell after
six screwdrivers.
When you're 28 years old and
i-banking in Chicago, jogging
regularly after work and pre-
tending you frequent the Art
Institute, this isn't going to be
allowed. Live a little bit and do
it now.
KIMBERLY CHOU

TREND OF THE WEEK
Wearing Valentino suits and Oliver Peoples glasses, work-
ing at P&P, going to the same barber as a colleague who
also dresses in the aforementioned - but having a slightly
better haircut.
RANDOM WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE
OF THE WEEK
Pain (philosophy)
"A much-talked-about issue in philosophy is the role of pain. Pain is
often referred to in philosophical discussions concerning qualia and the
fundamental nature of human experience. The meanings and conse-
quences of pain have been a topic of writing by philosophers and theolo-
gians alike. The experience of pain is, due to its seeming universality, a
good portal through which one can view various aspects of human life.
The experience of pain has been used by various philosophers to
analyze various types of philosophy of mind. David Lewis, in his article
"Mad Pain and Martian Pain," gives examples of various types of pain
to support his own flavor of functionalism. He defines mad pain to be
pain which occurs in a madman who has somehow gotten his 'wires
crossed' in such a way such that what we usually call 'pain' does not
cause him to cry or roll in agony, but instead to, for example, become
very concentrated and good at mathematics. Martian pain is, to him,
pain that occupies the same causal role as our pain, but has a very dif-
ferent physical realization. Both of these phenomena, Lewis claims, are
pain, and must be accounted for in any coherent theory of mind."

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