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The SPOTLIGHT September 6, 1999
MULTICULTURALISM DESTROYS AMERICABy Vince Ryan
The United States is a boiling caldron of racial and ethnic enmity. You don't have to be some kind of "expert" to figure that out. Pundits, editorial writers and other self-appointed experts are promoting tension -- they call it "diversity," "inclusion" or any number os squishy-soft names.
Of course, not all media people promote unrest, but if you watch the evening news, read your daily newspapers and glance at the national magazines, you will quickly conclude that something portending danger for the United States is alive and well.
However, you will not find these stories labeled "danger" or flagged with caution signs that our republic has changed. Instead you will have to see through the approving tone of these commentaries and newscasts that the United states is not the same country that it was.
During the Lyndon Johnson presidency, our immigration laws were radically rewritten. The original laws which mandated a controlled immigration policy favoring the Western European nations were changed to favor the nations of color and totally alien background, especially those of Asia and Latin America.
Today immigration is out of control. In addition to the millions of legal immigrants that have poured into the states in the mast few years, millions of illegal immigrants are now enjoying the rights and privileges, including welfare, education and medical benefits, that are available to all Americans.
Regular SPOTLIGHT readers are will aware that U.S. sovereignty over its borders has become a bad joke. They also know that the government of Mexico has granted dual citizenship to all Mexicans residing in America.
The goal of Mexican leaders on both sides of the border is to unite the south-western United States with Mexico into the new nation of Aztlan.
Troubadours and politicians incessantly energize the Hispanic masses to participate in the fight for Aztlan.
The rise of the Mexican population has its counterparts in the dominance of other racial and ethnic peoples around the country. For example, in Lexington, Ky., blacks and Hispanics are at odds. In other areas, Washington, D.C. comes to mind, Koreans and blacks fight. And in Richmond, Va., as The SPOTLIGHT has reported, some black 'leaders" took exception to the mural of Gen. Robert E. Lee in a public place.
The fact remains that the picture of America keeps moving toward that "melting pot" dream of the liberals and the culture distorters -- which means chaos, anarchy and the end of America.
A lot of Americans are convinced that this is all in the name of "democracy." As such what could be better for the country?
What many of the sleepy Americans fail to understand is that "democracy" is a dream term foisted on people by a powerful elite that manipulates public opinion through very tight control of the major media.
At a recent forum of the California Association for Free Speech, W.A. Carto, founder and treasurer of Liberty Lobby, told the assemblage that "the American press today is just as much if not actually more unfree than a press is under an open dictatorship"
He referred to the latest edition of his book Populism vs. Plutocracy: The Universal Struggle, wherein he defines democracy. He writes:
"... Democracy is the greatest political invention in history because it performs the miracle that all ruling classes want: it separates authority from responsibility, thus making it virtually impossible for the voters to reform the system. Those responsible (the politicians) have the responsibility but no authority and just follow orders because the plutocratic matoids have the money and the press to assure their re-election.
As we look deeper, there is more to the story of what's happening to America. This amalgam of races and cultures and the breakdown of America's traditional beliefs did not happen in a vacuum.
This cultural destruction resulted from a plan conceived and promulgated by people who hate the very idea of the United States. Our Constitution with its unique Bill of Rights must be totally ruined at any and all cost.
The SPOTLIGHT has published a special report on the subject: Cultural Communism: The Disintegration of America.(1)
Here you will read the story of the men and women, their ideas and actions which changed the face of America as many of us and our forebears so well knew it.
Known as the Frankfurt School, these determined culture distorters worked tirelessly to indoctrinate students and intellectuals in the United states to bring about cultural change.
Their work paid dividends. Our universities today are controlled by their disciples. Likewise are the media, the churches, our political institutions and the big foundations.
America's new look did not just happen; it was planned by these people.
We must now move against this ugly monster and slay it once and for all. Order extra copies of this Special Report. Distribute it far and wide.
Remember: your influence counts... Use it!*
The SPOTLIGHT September 6, 1999
WACO; WE TOLD YOU SO
But we weren't the only ones. Many authors, observers and reporters since the Waco massacre have said the same thing -- the actions of the FBI at Waco, with 76 people killed, including 17 kids, were illegal and deliberately murderous.
The FBI has now admitted as much. Yes -- they did fire incendiaries into the compound. Yes -- they have lied about that.
And we also know the FBI has lied about other details of their massacre.
Since his death in 1972, the liberals and communists have had lots of fun poking barbs at the FBI's founder and director for 48 years, J. Edgar Hoover. Yet when Hoover ran the FBI it was a tightly disciplined, lawful, effective force of patriots compared to what it has become under a succession of incompetents and worse.
After the Waco massacre, Clinton's attorney general, Janet Reno, said that she took "full responsibility" for it, and whitewashed the brutal, murderous assault. Well, fine. What we want to say now is "Janet, get out!"
The only way that public confidence can be restored in the FBI is for Reno to go back to her girl friends in Florida and for Clinton to appoint someone people can respect.
Now that the FBI has been forced to admit their criminal responsibility for the Waco massacre, it shows what patriots can do when they work together.
The SPOTLIGHT September 6, 1999
SPOTLIGHT ON CONGRESS
CONGRESS CAN PULL CLINTON'S REINS
President Clinton's constant use of executive orders may be short lived if two Republican House members have their way.
Reps. Ron Paul (Tex.) and Jack Metcalf (Wash.) are sponsors of House Resolution 2655, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act. Introduced by the congressmen in late July, the bill would prohibit executive orders from having the effect of laws by restricting the scope of the directives. It would also repeal the 1973 War Powers Act, which granted broad war-making authority to the president.
In addition, the bill calls for suspending all of the national emergencies, which have been declared since 1976. Plus, it would grant legal standing to members of congress, state officials and private citizens who believe the president's executive order has overstepped constitutional bounds and negtively impacted them and their rights, property and business.
The bill is before the House International Relations, Judiciary and Rules committees.
Under the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, the president would be required to issue an executive order supported by a statement referring to Specific statutory or constitutional provisions. An executive order that does not include the required statement would be considered invalid.
In H.R. 2655, Paul and Metcalf cited, among others, a statement made by a Supreme Court justice in Myers v. United States. He stated:
"The doctrine of the separation of powers was adopted by the convention of 1787 not to promote efficiency but to preclude the exercise of arbitrary power. The purpose was not to avoid friction, but, by means of the inevitable friction incident to the distribution of the governmental powers among three departments, to save the people from autocracy.
The SPOTLIGHT September
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WANTS CONGRESS TO APPROVE BREAK-INS, TAP YOUR COMPUTER
The folks charged with protecting your rights don't want you to have any privacy.
By Gregory Douglas
The U.S. Justice Department wants Congress to permit them to secretly enter a private home or office for the purpose of neutralizing or removing any security devices on personal and business computer systems.
In a series of position papers prepared for Congress, one dated as late as Aug. 4, the Justice Department claims that guarded files or scrambling systems in use now make it impossible for law enforcement agencies to probe the files of millions of personal and business computers in America.
The proposal is tentatively termed the Cyberspace Electronic Security Act. It is part of an ongoing program to make it possible to monitor and control the flow of e-mail and personal messages being sent out daily over the Internet.
One of the provisions of this projected law would be to permit authorized law enforcement agents to enter a subject's house with a search warrant for the purpose of getting into their computer system. From inside the house, the agents can plant devices to enable them to read everything that is sent or received over that system.
The advent of the computer and encryption technology -- programs that scramble communications in numbers and code -- have made it impossible for law enforcement agencies to keep track of Americans whose view they dislike.
One of the reasons given for the request of these sweeping Gestapo powers is that drug traffickers and money launderers would be easier to investigate.
It is difficult to imagine a drug dealer using the Internet to make his deals, but it is much easier to believe that those who criticize the government can, if congress agrees, be more closely watched.
Various computer encryption devices and telephone scramblers are offered on the market. What the buying public is unaware of is that many such devices manufactured and sold in America have built-in "backdoors," which enable the government to get into them at will.
A number of computer manufacturers, according to published reports, have also agreed -- often under pressure -- to place devices in their products that enable investigators to read every word stored in a computer's hard drive.
One item that has investigators terrified is what is referred to as the "Death Chip."
The hardware connects to a computer's modem.
Anyone attempting to get into a computer system through the telephone lines with such a safeguard opens up the prober's own computer system to a computer virus.
The virus is difficult to detect by anti-virus programs because it is disguised as a 'Trojan horse."
Officials are concerned that since most of the world's business is conducted over computers and these systems communicate with each one on a regular basis, damage to systems internationally would be severe.
It is awareness of this kind of aggressive defense, officials say, that has prompted the government to seek some kind of drastic control over those who might be child pornographers, drug dealers or money launderers.
If Congress passes this dangerous act, no home or business in America would be safe from electronic break-ins. Investigative agencies would then have achieved long-desired control over the last frontier of uncensored freedom of speech.
The SPOTLIGHT September 6, 1999
BUSINESSES SPENDING MORE ON BUG
Many nonfinancial firms are playing 'catch-up' after underestimating Y2K budgets.
By Margo Turner
A survey by Weiss Ratings Inc. shows that Y2K budgets at many large nonfinancial corporations have jumped as much as five-fold by March 31, the end of the first quarter of this year.
The budget increases at the companies indicate that management may have greatly underestimated the scope of their Year 2000 computer problems, the study points out.
"Estimating Y2K fix-it costs has been touch-and-go for many companies," said Martin Weiss, chairman of Weiss Ratings. "Often, the more bugs they fix, the more they find. The net result is that some of these companies are falling even further behind in their Y2K remediation schedules."
The USX-U.S. Steel Group nearly doubled its Y2K budget to $71 million at the end of the first quarter this year. In 1998, the USX-U.S. Steel Group, among the nations, had budgeted only $36 million.
The Kroger Company, based in Cincinnati, more than doubled its Y2K budget as well. The budget went from $31 million to $80 million.
Financial records, including Y2K budgets, were filed with the securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 31.
Some technologically advanced companies have had difficulties gauging the costs of their future Y2K fixes, the Weiss Rating study points out. AmericaOnline (AOL) Inc., for example, increased its Y2K budget to $20 million on March 31. This is more than double the $8 million the company estimated three months earlier and four times larger than its estimate six months ago. Nearly two-thirds of AOL's Y2K budget was still unspent by the end of the first quarter, according to the company's disclosures to the SEC.
Some large companies have reported significant reductions in their Y2K budgets. The Weiss Ratings study shows Texaco Inc. revised downward its Y2K budget by 43 percent in the first quarter, but only after an upward revision of 76 percent from the third to fourth quarters of 1998. The Eastman Kodak company cut back its Y2k budget by 31 percent following a 45 percent budget increase last year.
Weiss said some major companies fail to make adequate Y2K disclosures to the SEC. He noted that IBM, Boeing Company and Merck & Company have not revealed the amount each company has spent on Y2K remediation efforts.
"The information disclosed by the companies to the SEC does not permit definitive conclusions regarding their current status, but it does give us a pretty good indication upon which we base our opinion," he said. "Unfortunately, many companies have failed to disclose even the basics such as their Y2K budgets and expenditures, despite SEC guidelines that call for these disclosures."
The SPOTLIGHT September 6, 1999
RADIO FREE AMERICA GUEST CLEARS AIR ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY
Dr. Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute returned to Radio Free America (RFA) on Aug. 22 to update his research into false claims made by the homosexual activists.
Cameron said scientific facts put the lie to the homosexual propaganda. Cameron pointed out that the claims for a genetic basis for homosexuality made by Dr. dean Hamer several years ago were false. Scientist are unable to duplicate Hamer's original research.
In Miami, Fla., a homosexual advocacy group has been granted time and money to "counsel" youthful homosexuals because they claim "homosexual teens kill themselves more and are beaten up more often."
A thorough review of police records and the school security records found that one out of 65 teen suicides in the past five years was homosexual and in 12,000 school yard fights, no claims that homosexuality was a motive were reported.
In the second hour, host Tom Valentine's monologue opined on the nature of 'institutionalized thinking" and how it is invariably "wrong," and serves those who want to manipulate and control the masses.
RFA originates on the Equity Radio Network out of Scottsdale, Ariz., and is transmitted digitally over Satcom 5. It is also carried live over the Truth Radio Network in Delano, Calif. This includes KMAK FM 100.3 covering the central valley plus Spacenet 4 Transponder 19, 7.58 audio and the Internet via truthradio.com.
The program is broadcast every Sunday evening from ( till 11 Eastern time (6-till-8 on the West Coast) and is carried on short-wave on WGTG over 5.085 MHz. The call-in number for the show is 1-800-850-5043.
For audio tapes of RFA programs call 1-888-31-RADIO (1800-317-2346) to order with a credit card. Both hours $15, which includes shipping and handling.
The SPOTLIGHT September 13, 1999
U.S. JOBS TARGETED
As industrialists import cheap labor, U.S. workers lose their livelihood.
By James P. Tucker Jr.
Leaders in the administration and Congress -- even some known as "conservatives" and "patriots" -- have undertaken an eerie scheme to "de- Americanize" the United States.
It's part of an even grander scheme to cause Americans to lose their identity through "multiculturalism" so they will more readily accept their future role as "world citizens" governed by the United Nations.
Helping with the de-Americanization project- whether through evil or ignorance -- are such "conservative" luminaries as Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) And Phil Gramm (R-Texas). Reps Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) And David Dreier (R- Calif.) are also involved.
It seems especially out of character for McCain, a presidential contender who was allegedly tortured (he says) as a POW in Vietnam. When North Vietnam offered to release the son of the late Adm. John McCain as a propaganda gesture, he insisted that a fellow POW who had been held longer be release in his place.
Nevertheless, all four of these lawmakers are pushing legislation to bring more foreign workers into this country under a State Department "diversity" program, on H-1B visas, to replace American workers. The foreigners work for less and greedy industrialists like to exploit them.
De-Americanization has long been under way with the coddling of illegal aliens from south America with welfare and education benefits and bilingual voter registration and interpreters at public meetings.
For example, El Cenizo, Tex., has proclaimed Spanish its "official language" and all municipal business is conducted in Spanish. The mayor is a former illegal alien, according to published reports.
But the new move undertaken a year ago, could flood the country with legal aliens who are educated in technology. In addition, the state Department has a "green card lottery" that brings in another 50,000 a year where education only equaling high school graduation is required.
Last year, industrialists looking for skilled by cheap workers persuaded Congress to nearly double the number allowed in each year under the H-1B visa program to 115,000. This summer, with three months remaining in the fiscal year, industrialists have already snapped up the full quota of cheap, educated workers.
Aristocrats returned to Congress pleading that they badly needed mor skilled workers. Most of the testimony during congressional hearings centered on a need for computer experts. But the H-1B program allows in anybody with the equivalent of a college degree. As a result, many American professionals have been displaced by cheaper foreign workers. Foreigners with a master's degree are not even counted.
The legislation makes a pretense of protecting American workers, but it's a joke to the industrialists. A company is limited to 15 percent of immigrants among its workers.
While campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in California McCain promised to push legislation to increase the annual number of immigrants allowed under the program to 175,000 and allow the Labor Department to raise the cap higher if a need is determined.
Miss Lofgren called for allowing an unlimited number of foreign graduates of American universities to work in this country up to five years. Under current law, graduates can remain here for one year. But skilled foreign workers with visas can stay for three more years. Gramm and Dreier have introduced similar bills to increase the number of visas to 200,000 over the next three years.
GREEN CARD LOTTERY
Under the State Department's "Diversity Visa Program," commonly called the "green card lottery," 50,000 immigrants can enter the country each year of their names are drawn in the lottery. They can come from anywhere in the world except for a handful of nations, and this list is subject to change to maintain the desired balance of "diversity."
A winner also brings his family. If both husband and wife enter the lottery, their chances are doubled because if one gets a green card the other does, too. No skills are required. They must say they can support themselves but are not required to do so.
While hiring talented workers at low wages is the main inducement for big corporations to hire foreigners, there is also the "indentured servant" attraction.
If an H-1B worker quits or gets fired, he loses his visa and must return to his home country. This threat makes him docile if a company demands many hours of overtime without added compensation. If he quits, the company can sue him for the salary he earned and for monetary costs associated with his resignation.
Rob Sanchez of Phoenix. A software engineer, said he was replaced by an H-1B worker and found out the extent of his "protection.' When he inquired of the Department of Labor, Sanchez told The Electronic Engineering Times on Aug. 9 he was told he had no legal recourse.
"This limit will never be high enough until most engineers are out of their jobs," Sanchez said. "Our economy is being subverted by Congress."
The SPOTLIGHT September 13, 1999
EO CREATES CYBER WATCHDOGS
Spotlight on the Internet
Federal officials have tried varying routs -- many of them secretly - to try and oversee the flow of information online.
As reported in a previous issue of The SPOTLIGHT, the Justice Department's latest plan is to get congress to permit federal agents with search warrants to secretly break into homes and businesses to implant listening devices or disable security or passwords on Americans' computers.
Other examples have been the administration's support of filtering software in schools and libraries that are widely known to be completely ineffective in censoring the more that 800 million web sites on the Internet. Free speech advocacy groups, such as the Censorware Project, report that even the best filtering software "not only block a great many valuable web pages, but also allow through a startlingly large amount of pornography."
In early August, President Clinton signed another executive order (EO), called the "Working Group on Unlawful Conduct on the Internet."
The new EO creates a group of high-ranking government officials for the purpose of formulating a report and recommendations on so-called "unlawful conduct" on the Internet.
Though unlawful conduct is never explicitly defined, it is cited to include already illegal activities such as the sale of "guns, explosives, controlled substances and prescription drugs, as well as fraud and child pornography" over the Internet.
Working groups are typically made up of high-ranking government officials who meet, in a think tank environment, to review an issue and eventually formulate policy on it.
This one is notably stocked with directors of federal law enforcement agencies. The chair of the group is Attorney Janet Reno, followed by the directors of the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the DEA, the Treasury department, commerce, Education, the Federal Grade Commission, the Office of Management and Budget and the Food and Drug Administration.
According to the EO, the group is looking to see if federal laws are sufficient to investigate and prosecute unlawful conduct on the Internet. New technologies and tools will be examined to facilitate federal investigation and prosecution. And the group will report on the "potential for new or existing tools and capabilities to empower parents, teachers and others to prevent or minimize the risks of unlawful conduct that involves the use of the Internet.
The EO says the working group shall "undertake this review in the context of current administration Internet policy," including "support for industry self-regulation where possible, technology-neutral laws and regulations, and an appreciation of the Internet as an important medium...for commerce and free speech.
Still, in spite of these claims, all federal programs proposed thus far have dangerously encroached on American constitutional rights.
How the government plans to use new laws and technologies to cut down on already-illegal activities online has yet to be seen. But if the group decides more federal laws are needed, the white House will make recommendations to Congress. And if it believes new software is necessary to make it easier for the Feds to track potentially criminal enterprise, the review will reflect that.
There are already enough laws on the books to prosecute criminals who illegally buy drugs, guns, explosives and child pornography online.
Given the federal government's history of supporting ineffective and repressive programs, this hardly seems to be a benign program to bring senior federal officials up-to-date with the Internet.
Government watch-dog groups such as the center for Democracy and Technology are intently watching to see what recommendations come from this study and how it will direct policy in the future.
The former White House Internet policy czar, Ira Magaziner, speaking at the Progress and Freedom Foundation's recent Cyberspace and the American Dream Conference, noted government treads on dangerous ground when it pushes for laws to regulate the Internet.
"It is impossible in a decentralized medium like the Internet to control all bad behavior," he said. "For government to establish this as a goal could mean a string of bad legislation."
The SPOTLIGHT September 13, 1999
NAVY ADMITS Y2K DEFICIENCIES
Spotlight on Y2K
What does Big Brother know about Y2K that we don't?
Clouted by the white House for saying there could be problems at and around military installations because of the Year 2000 (Y2K) bug, the Navy is in backspin mode.
At a hastily called press conference at the Pentagon, Rear Adm. Louis M. Smith told reporters the Navy's survey of local utilities is "showing a steady improvement."
A study released in mid-August showed that partial failures in electric utilities were probable or likely in communities that serve nearly 60 Navy and Marine corps installations.
But that's not what the White House has been telling the masses.
According to published accounts, the military report contrasts sharply with predictions from the white House, which said in its own report in early August that national electrical failures are "highly unlikely." The White House report also said disruptions in water service from the date rollover were "increasingly unlikely."
GET IT RIGHT
Two days later, John Koskinen, President Clinton's top Y2K adviser, distanced the administration from the conclusions of the report that predicts widespread "probable" or "likely" failures in important power and water systems for many of the nation's cities.
According to published reports, Koskinen called the conclusions "overly pessimistic" in the study by Navy and Marine corps base commanders world-wide. He said the military was assuming that major utilities would fail unless proved otherwise.
An obviously chastised Smith told reporters: 'I don't think we have a problem with utilities." Smith is commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
Y2K Doomsayers countered that the Clinton administration was taking a pie-in-the-sky attitude in presuming that there would be few or no failures.
According to published reports, the most recent version of the study, updated during the first week of August, predicted "probable" or "likely" partial failures in electric utilities that serve nearly 60 of roughly 400 Navy and Marine Corps facilities.
The study predicted "likely" partial electrical failures, for example, when the clocks roll over at bases and offices in Orlando, Fla.; Gulfport, Miss.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and none other small-t mid-size cities.
According to the Associated Press (AP), the report also predicted "probable" partial water system failures in Dallas; Nashville, Tenn.; Houston; Baton Rouge, La.; Montgomery, Ala.; Tulsa, Okla.; and 59 other cities.
The study forecast likely partial natural gas failures -- in the middle of winter -- in Nashville; Albany, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; Pensacola, Fla.; and Charleston, S.C.
Koskinen, who vouched for the authenticity of the Navy report, noted nevertheless that all its worst-case predictions for failures were marked as "interim" or "partial assessments.
"It's not nearly as interesting as the world coming to an end," Koskinen said. "The way they worked was, until you have information for contingency planning purposes, you ought to assume there was a problem."
The Navy report was first summarized on an Internet site run by Jim Lord, a Y2K author, who said he obtained it "from a confidential source of the highest reliability and integrity."
Lord told AP, "The military has to work from the worst case, but so do we. It's reprehensible for them to know this and keep it from us."
Koskinen told reporters the Navy wasn't withholding information from anyone, noting that the continually updated report was available until recently on a web site maintained by the Defense Department.
"The last people in the world the department is going to keep information from is their own people," Koskinen added. "In fact, the whole purpose of the exercise is to make sure they can provide appropriate information to servicemen on their bases and their families."
The SPOTLIGHT September 20, 1999
STUDY FINDS LOCAL PEACE OFFICERS TRAINED BY U.S. SPECIAL FORCES
IN THE ART OF WARFARE
Police sporting combat boots, full-body armor, "ninja"-style hoods, grenade launchers and fully automatic weapons? No, this is not war-torn Yugoslavia or drug-infested Colombia. It's the United states. And as one researcher put it: 'it's the militarization of Mayberry."
By Christopher J. Petherick
A 911 police dispatcher at the sheriff's office in Jasper, Fla., with a population of 3,000, gets a call about a possible drug-related shooting. Not wanting to take any chances, four of the town's seven officers from the City Police Department arrive on the scene to investigate toting M-16s provided by the federal government.
Sound like the delusions of some paranoid nut?
Not according to a new report by Diane Cecilia Weber for the Cato Institute, a Washington-based think tank. The report is called Warrior Cops, The Ominous Growth of Para-militarism in American Police Departments.
"Over the past 20 years congress has encouraged the U.S. military to supply intelligence, equipment and training to civilian police. That encouragement has spawned a culture of para-militarism in American law enforcement," Weber said.
Evidenced by recent events such as the siege at Waco, Tex., where participation by federal law enforcement with the assistance of U.S. military and National Guard resulted in the death of 76 Americans, police across the country are slowly being transformed from your friendly, neighborhood peace officers into well-trained soldiers, the report concludes.
But it's not just the equipment that is changing police, says Weber. It's their whole manner of thinking that is shifting.
Special police units now regularly train with U.S. Special Forces such as Navy Seals and Army Rangers.
The problem with this is that police are now trained in a military mentality. Peace officers traditionally have been taught to de-escalate situations, using minimum force to deliver a suspect to a court of law. Now, special tactics units are instructed as a soldier during boot camp "to use maximum damage on enemy personnel."
And your little town is not immune.
Weber cites a 1997 study of special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams by Peter Kraska and Victor Kappeler at Eastern Kentucky University. According to their report, nearly 90 percent of police departments in towns with populations over 50,000 maintain SWAT teams. Seventy percent of law enforcement units in town under 50,000 also have them.
Surveys circulated among law enforcement officials by Draska and Kappeler reveal a frightening trend. Since police forces keep SWAT teams on staff, "mission creep" or the urge to use special tactical weapons units in regular policing is on the rise.
Kraska and Kappeler asked police officials if they use SWAT to patrol communities. A total of 107 responded that they do. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed thought it was a good idea. And 63 percent responded that SWAT teams "play an important role in community policing strategies."
One official responded to the survey stating:
"We're into saturation patrols in hot spots. We do a lot of our work with the SWAT unit because we have bigger guns. We send out two, two-to-four-men cars, we look for minor violations and do jump-outs, either on people on the street or in automobiles. After we jump-out the second car provides periphery cover with an ostentatious display of weaponry. We're sending a message: If the shootings don't stop, we'll shoot someone."
Between 1995 and 1997, the Department of defense gave 1.2 million pieces of military equipment to police across the country, including 73 grenade launchers, M-16 rifles and 112 armored personnel carriers, writes Weber.
The marriage of the Justice department and the Defense Department has brought more sophisticated equipment in to the hands of the modern police officer. New items include: armored personnel carriers, automatic weapons with laser sights; laser surveillance equipment; a gas-launched, wireless electric stun projectile; pyrotechnic devices such as flash bang and smoke grenades; and kevlar body armor.
The most alarming element of the issue of militarizing the police is that this has all been occurring with the support of Congress.
The Founding Fathers, having suffered under the tyranny of their former British rulers, sought to avoid a military-police state. In drafting the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they wanted civilians to be "separate and superior" to the military.
It was the landmark Posse comitatus bill, signed into law by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878, that kept the military out of American affairs.
But the U.S. war on drugs effectively changed all this, says Weber.
In 1981, Congress introduced a series of bills -- H.R. 1806, H.R. 2532 and H.R. 3470 and S. 441 -- advancing military cooperation with law enforcement.
The acts urged local, state and federal police to take advantage of military equipment, facilities, training and expertise. It also encouraged the military to take an active role in helping law enforcement keep drugs from entering the country.
As the drug war grew, Weber writes, congress and the White House joined in invalidating Posse Comitatus.
The Reagan administration in 1986 jumped into the fray, declaring illegal drugs "an official threat to national security."
In 1988 Congress directed the National Guard to help police in fighting drugs, using helicopter surveillance to search for marijuana fields.
President Bush in 1989 created six regional jo8int task forces within the military to coordinate between the military and police units in the drug war.
And in 1996, President Clinton appointed Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey to head up the U.S. drug war as director of Office of National Drug Policy.
A few police forces have disbanded their SWAT units in response to accidental shootings.
The police department in Dinuba, Calif., a town of 15,000 dissolved its special weapons unit after an innocent man was killed and the small town was forced to pay $12.5 million in a police brutality suit.
Others have turned down requests to form elite units.
"I was offered tanks, bazookas, anything I wanted," said former New Haven, Conn., Police Chief Nick Pastore. "I turned it all down because it feeds the mentality that you're not a police officer serving a community; you're a soldier at war."
The SPOTLIGHT September 20, 1999
MILITARY MISUSED AT WACO
There are clear restrictions on what the military can do in this country.
By Mike Blair
Often cited as a restriction on the use of the military to enforce civilian law in America, the Posse Comitatus Act protects the American people from an Orwellian militaristic police state.
While Posse Comitatus is supposed to keep you safe in your beds from an intrusive military police force, the rudiments of just such a force are training in cities across America. Special Operations command troops, including Navy Seals, Marines Force Recon and the Army Delta Force, are training local cops to subjugate you during a real, or contrived, crisis.
The act was originally enacted in 1878 as the result of congressional resentment over use of the Army to patrol elections in certain southern states. According to document 5775A of the Army Adjutant General's Office: "The proscriptions of the Act apply to the enforcement of either state or federal law..."
As noted in the language of the act it applies to the Army and Air Force but not to the Navy and the U.S. Marines, having ling been officially a part of the Navy.
Navy policy, however, prohibits their use in violation of Posse Comitatus.
This omission in the act may explain why the Marines are currently the principal force being used in urban warfare training maneuvers that are frightening people in communities across the nation.
It may also explain, as discovered by The SPOTLIGHT in southern Mississippi, that Navy Seals are being used to train local police personnel.
This article is drawn from document LW 2124D(U) of the United States Army Police School, Department of Resident Instruction Law Division.
Recent revelations divulge that members of the Army's top secret Delta Force had a role in the FBI's infamous raid on the Branch Davidian religious sect compound in Waco, Tex., in 1993. The assault resulted in a holocaust costing the lives of 76 sect members, including many women and children.
According to the Army's LW2124D(U), under the subheading, What is Prohibited by the Act, prohibited activities include using the military to "assist in the execution of civilian laws such as looking for escaped prisoners," citing actual case law to support the prohibition in Wrynn v. U.S., 200 Fed Supp 457 (1981).
A case can be made that Attorney General Janet Reno and her cohorts utilized Delta Force personnel, with Delta Force commanders participating, to "assist in the execution of civilian law," although it has yet to be shown what law was enforced.
Military personnel are limited in the civilian sector by Posse Comitatus to "medical assistance rendered by Army hospital or doctors not related to executing the law (DA PAM 27-11)", "use of the Army or Air Force to protect government property, i.e., military posts, federal post offices, draft induction centers etc. (AR 500-50)"; use of military troops in an emergency or disaster such as a hurricane, atom bomb etc.(AR 500-60)"; and "mere assistance not oriented toward law enforcement purposes (DA PAM 27-11)."
Does this mean that Reno has violated the Posse Comitatus Act? It apparently does, but don't expect an arrest or prosecution any time soon.
The SPOTLIGHT September 20, 1999
MEDIA MYTHS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY, CHILD ABUSE DISCUSSED ON RADIO FREE AMERICA
What the major media often tells you about homosexuality and child abuse is not always borne out by the facts. That was among the themes discussed on the April 22 broadcast of The SPOTLIGHT's weekly call-in talk forum, Radio Free America, with host Tom Valentine.
The guest was Dr. Paul Cameron, a psychologist who has spent some 30 years studying homosexuality and other aspects of human behavior. Cameron can be reached in care of the Family Research Institute, PO Box 62640, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80962. The web site address for the institute is: www.familyresearchinst.org.
What follows is an edited transcript of the interview. Valentine's questions start with a "Q". Cameron's responses start with an "R".
"Q" In a general way how do you describe what has been going on with the lobbying to normalize homosexuality in society?
"R" It's a campaign by people with, I guess you would say, a peculiar habit, a peculiarly worthless habit from a social standpoint. It's a habit which is self-injurious and quite dangerous from a personal standpoint. What they are trying to do is get society to both accept it and celebrate it, saying, "Hey, if that's what you want to do, we're a big society, it's your call.
There are a lot of different groups out there that want this kind of treatment. There are those who want to have sex with kids and they say, "Hey, some of us are bad, but most of us are nice people and don't hurt kids. There are a few bad ones in every group, etc.
"Q" A few years ago the homosexual lobby was promoting a scientist in the cancer establishment who came out with a paper saying that there was a gene that caused homosexuality. But you and others have proved that to be a myth.
"R" I'm afraid there's no merit to that claim. Even when it was published, the scientist who published it was Dean Hamer who was married and who had a child and then he decided he would go into homosexuality. So he had a bias there.
What was interesting about his study was that he was the one who controlled the data. He had co-authors, but even they didn't know from which group (both homosexuals and heterosexuals) he had gotten the particular samples from.
So when the dust settled in the scientific community, a number of people raised questions, saying, "This is not standard procedure." Everybody on the scientific team is supposed to know what went on and how.
Down the pike, as often happens in something controversial such as this, a team in Canada tried to replicate the same results that Hamer reported.
Sure enough, they found no evidence of the sort that he reported and, of course, because they found no evidence, it would suggest that there probably was no evidence to support his claim.
"Q" Genes influence physical aspects but not behavior. So most scientists today accept the idea that homosexuality is a choice that a person makes?
"R" There are two choices that are made. First of all, we know for certain that most men and most women who engage in homosexuality also engage in heterosexuality, So, clearly, there is a choice going on here.
Men who prefer having sex with men may have that preference, but it's not something that they are compelled to do. They can do otherwise. They can simply not have sex, as so many people have done through the centuries.
Another choice they make is whether or not they are homosexual. We've all met people who say, "I am gay." That's kind of a social statement. Nobody has to say that. Nobody has to believe that. It's a little ambiguous as to what that means. It probably means that you want to have sex with the same sex as yourself. But beyond that, not much else is known about the process.
There have been some 40 studies done looking at the hormonal differences (if they exist) between heterosexual men and homosexual men and basically, there's no difference.
"Q" Years ago if someone was homosexual they kept quiet about it and there was a lot of violence and brutality toward homosexual and that wasn't right either. But today the homosexual lobby has become very militant in their approach.
"R" That's why you have to be very careful when you change a culture. Our society used to say that homosexuality was a perversion. Now we're trying to legitimize it. We know from surveys that there is about 10 to 15 percent of the adult population who say that they could possibly be tempted to engage in homosexuality. I think that's probably true. However, if they know that they will be considered a real pervert if they act on that temptation, most of these people simply won't do it.
It would be like fellows committing adultery if they were married. I would suspect that almost every married man has been tempted, but every married man has not succumbed. Just because you're tempted, you don't have to do it.
But if we get into a situation where our society is trying to make life easier for adulterers (since our president and some prominent office holders have been exposed as adulterers0 it lowers our moral standards as far as marriage is concerned.
Think about what's happening with oral sex right now. All across the country we are getting reports of kids getting caught in classrooms and cars engaging in this, saying, "I heard about it on television and the president of the United States says this isn't real sex," etc.
"Q" there is a process on the way toward making homosexual activity to be considered "normal." For example, states are considering measures that would normalize homosexual marriages, etc, and give them the institutional support that heterosexual marriages receive.
"R" A number of states are giving partner benefits, etc, and they have given them everything but marriage in name. The name, at least, so far, is still being reserved for legitimate heterosexual couples that generally can have kids. Certainly we are pretty far on the way toward legitimization of homosexuality.
I would point out that this is a terrible thing for people who are influenced by this movement. If we had a movement (as we did n the late 1940s and early 1950s) encouraging people to smoke, wouldn't we, in hindsight, look back and say, "What a terrible thing to do." What we did is that we got thousands, millions of Americans addicted to something that shortened their lives and exacted public health costs on everybody in our whole society. We're doing now almost the same thing with homosexuality and the costs are considerably greater.
If you smoke regularly now, as an adult, we can say with pretty good confidence that about 7 percent of smokers are going to die of lung cancer. We can also say with pretty good certainty that 93 percent are not. We can say that with if you smoke, you will lose a year or two off of your life span.
When it comes to homosexuality, we can say with much greater confidence that you're going to lose at least 10, as much as 20 or even 30 years off of your life. The average homosexual, both make and female, has a median age of death under the age of 50, whereas most Americans today, if they are not homosexual, have a median age of death in their 70s. The cost, the price associated with homosexuality is about 10 times greater than taking up smoking.
"Q" Is this due primarily to the AIDS epidemic?
"R" The AIDS epidemic certainly has something to do with it, but as it turns out it isn't by any means the whole story.
If you look at the list of diseases that you can catch from other people, and there are a lot of them, it turns out that homosexuals almost without exception get more of them, especially anything to do with hepatitis and anything to do with sexually transmitted diseases.
Lesbians, in particular, seem to be susceptible to cancer. Whereas for most people, cancer rates are going down, there is good evidence that the cancer rate among lesbians has held constant or is even going up.
There are also high levels of violence. This is no pussycat society. These are people who get incredibly jealous and do terrible things to one another, even when they claim to love one another, much less than when they get mad at one another. You're just not looking at a very healthy lifestyle.
"Q" You dispute the widely-made claim by the homosexual lobby that many teen-age suicides are homosexuals who are reacting to bias against them because they are homosexuals.
"R" First of all, we looked at a specific school system, the Miami-Dade County school system, the third largest school system in the United States. We figured that if kids who are homosexuals or otherwise dabbling in it actually constitute a third of all adolescent suicides, this should turn out in the official suicide statistics in a city the size of Miami.
What we didn't find in the 65 instances of adolescent suicide in the five years was one case in which the police said that the kid was dabbling in or engaging in homosexuality.
We were able to get the names of family members and were able to contact about one-third of these parents and what we asked them was a pretty simple question. We told them what we were trying to do and asked them if they had any evidence that their children had engaged in homosexuality or were thinking about being a bisexual or homosexual or something like that. What we found was that not a single parent made that claim.
We also looked in the police blotters and found pretty good evidence that the bulk of them were heterosexual and had boyfriends or girlfriends of the opposite sex. We asked the parents about that and they confirmed it. Now adolescent suicide, although it's tragic, is actually pretty rare. But we found no evidence whatsoever that homosexuality had anything to do with this.
"Q" You've pointed out that the child abuse hysteria has been used to empower the state's intrusion into family life.
"R" We just lost a case here in Colorado. This was a kid who had a lesbian mother. The kid was six years old. The mother was caught with drugs and finally the state decided to take the child away. I think that was a good decision. The family of this lesbian mother got together and said, 'We've go to help this little boy," and they selected a family within the family to take the little boy.
But there was a problem in that family: a boy in that family, about 12, had been sexually molested himself and he molested some little girls. He was caught and punished and now he's about 22. But he lives in the same general vicinity and once in a while comes to see his mother. The family knew all these
However, the state decided that this family's judgment was incorrect and that the 22-year-old might possibly somehow molest that six-year-old and they put the little boy up for adoption.
This little boy had many strikes against him, but he had a big family who wanted to take care of him, but the state of Colorado determined, because of child sexual abuse hysteria: "We don't care. There's a possibility that this little boy might be molested," and that overrode all the other concerns.
The SPOTLIGHT September 20, 1999
'NO CHRISTIAN HELP' SAYS EX-HOMOSEXUAL
Churches are urged to do more than just preach against same sex relationships.
By James P. Tucker Jr.
The "Christian right" and other conservative organizations are doing too little to help former homosexuals lead a normal life, according to Anthony Falzarano, founding director of Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays.
"When the Christian community seeks to dissuade women from having an abortion, it provides crisis pregnancy centers," Falzarano told reporters. "Similarly, when Christians preach that the gay lifestyle is wrong, then they must provide proper, Christ-centered outreach to the repentant homosexual."
He singled out these groups as doing too little to help people who forsake homosexuality for Christianity: Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, Christian coalition, Pat Robertson's 700 Club, Maclellan Foundation and D. James Kennedy's Committee to Reclaim America.
All have expressed interest in helping the ex-homosexual movement grow, he said, but have not carried through.
Falzarano quoted "my friend" and fellow ex-homosexual activist, Tom Wilkins:
Four years ago, he began to receive phone calls from parents and other family members asking for help after telling his story of forsaking homosexuality for Christianity, Falzarano said. "They informed me there wasn't a ministry available for the affected family members," he said. This prompted him to launch his Washington-based organization.
The homosexual community is responding by claiming "victim status," said Bill Wheaton, who is counseling a niece who is a lesbian.
They exploit every opportunity and when one doesn't exist they create one," he said. "Lesbian Regan Wold from Lancaster County, S.C., paid two men to beat her up and spray-paint 'Jesus weren't born for you fags' on her porch steps so she could report a 'hate crime.' She faces a month in jail and a $250 fine for giving false information to police."
The left-wing media jumped all over the brutal killing of Matthew Shepard, a homosexual, "exploiting this tragedy mercilessly" to shore up the homosexuals' "victim" status, he said.
"One of the most outrageous examples was Katie Couric's allegation on the Today Show that Christian ministries such as Focus on the Family and the Family and the Family Research Council were culpable in this murder because they preach that homosexuals can and do change," Wheaton said.
"The homosexual lifestyle is anything but 'gay,'" he said, citing a 12-year study of 6,714 obituaries from 16 homosexual journals that were compared with those from mainstream newspapers.
The median age at death for a married man was 75 and 57 for divi=orced and unmarried men, the study found. For homosexuals, the median age at death was 39 for those with AIDS and 42 without AIDS. Of 140 lesbian deaths surveyed, the median age was 45.
"Homosexuals were 116 times more likely to be murdered, 24 time more likely to commit suicide and had a traffic death rate 18 times that of comparably straight white males,' he said. "With statistics like these, the most hateful thing one could do for homosexuals is nothing."
The SPOTLIGHT September 27, 1999
CLINTON ACCUSED OF ORDERING DELTA FORCE STRIKE
U.S. Army Special Forces Took an Active Role in the Waco Holocaust
An elite U.S. Army military unit was responsible for the massacre of 76 Branch Davidians after a 51-day siege by federal officers of their compound at Waco, Tex., in 1993.
By Mike Blair
Orders were given to the top secret Combat Applications Group of Fort Bragg, N.C. (known as the Delta Force), by President William Jefferson Clinton because the seemingly endless stand-off between the FBI and members of the religious sect had become an embarrassment to his administration, according to a former Army Special Forces member.
Also involved in the final days of decision-making that brought "closure" to the siege was first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, currently the U.S. media poster girl as a result of her venture into Senate politics in New York.
Reports have been received by The SPOTLIGHT that Gene Cullen, a former CIA agent, has asked a Senate committee for "protection" in return for his testimony regarding Delta Force activity at Waco. Cullen is requesting "protection," according to reports, because he has been threatened with prosecution for violating national security if he talks.
WHITE HOUSE BRIEFED
The recent release of documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveals that Army officials, and in particular those from delta Force, met with white House and Justice department officials, including Attorney General Janet Reno and her then second-in-command and former Hillary Clinton law partner, Webster Hubbell, to discuss a resolution to the Waco standoff.
However, information obtained by The SPOTLIGHT reveals that Delta Force played far more than an advisory role in ending the siege. In fact delta Force had a direct, operational role in the attack on the Branch Davidian compound that resulted in the holocaust that took the lives of 76 residents of the religious community, including dozens of women and children.
Steve Barry, a retired long-time member of Army Special forces and a top expert in the field of military special operations, said a team of about 10 members of delta Force was involved in the Waco massacre.
Barry's military career included training with Delta Force.
On April 19, according to Barry, "two bricks," of four-man teams, were involved in the actual attack.
In recently released FBI infra-red video tapes of the crucial minutes of the April 19 assault on the compound, fully-automatic gunfire is seen being directed into an area of the structure, which Branch Davidians were attempting to use to escape from flames, fanned by high winds, consuming the wooden buildings.
The FBI has consistently maintained that it did not fire into the compound during the April 19 assault.
Barry told The SPOTLIGHT that there was a team of "as many as 10" Delta Force troopers assigned to Waco, including, as he describes them, "a commander. A sergeant major, two to three communications guys, a medic and two to three operations guys."
He said assigned to them, supposedly in an advisory capacity, were members of the British SAS (Special Air Service), an elite British special operations force.
The Delta force, Barry explained, shared a Tactical Operations Center (TOC) at Waco with an FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) force. Since the 1993 tragedy, the American people have been led to believe that the HRT force alone conducted the assault on the compound.
Barry said the Delta Force receives its orders from what is known as the National Command Authority, which then included Clinton, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Secretary of defense Les Aspin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Colin Powell.
The ultimate decision to send Delta Force into action rests with the president, Barry said. "It can be no other way," he added.
Adding to the controversy, it has been confirmed that Lon Horiuchi was in charge of a sniper post where Texas Rangers recovered spent .223 and .308 shell casings.
Horiuchi was the FBI simper who fatally shot the wife of Randy Weaver, while wounding both Randy weaver and Kevin Harris, during the federal standoff at Ruby Ridge in Idaho.
The recovered shell casing would be consistent with government-issued sniper rifles. Horiuchi has denied that he or any members of his "team" fired any shots at Waco.
The retired special operations expert said that during the siege at Waco, first lady Hillary Clinton operated a "crisis center" at the white House, put together on her own initiative. Serving with her was another former member of her Little Rock law firm, White House Deputy Counsel Vincent M. Foster Jr.
Foster was later found dead under mysterious circumstances in a Virginia park across the river from D.C.
According to Barry, it was from this "crisis center" that word went out that there was 'child abuse" by adult members of the sect, including leader David Koresh, at the Waco religious facility.
This revelation about the part Roster played in the Waco tragedy has been confirmed by Mike McNulty, a producer of a documentary film on the siege.
McNulty said he was told by Foster's widow, Lisa that the White House attorney's depression at the time of his death "was fueled by horror at the carnage at Waco for which the White House had given the ultimate green light."
McNulty also said that Foster was preparing a Waco report when he died. This has been confirmed by veteran British journalist, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in his book, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton.
BREAKING THE LAW
When asked about how the Delta Force action jibes with the Posse Comitatus Act, which outlaws the use of Army forces to enforce civilian law, Barry said: "That's just it. It doesn't jibe with Posse Comitatus.
A violation of Posse Comitatus is indeed "a high crime or misdemeanor," which would be an impeachable felony offense.
And if Clinton's reasons for ordering the Delta Force attack at Waco are murky, the reasons for directing a cover-up are obviously not.
Posse comitatus clearly states that "Whoever ... willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a Posse Comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than two years." (18 U.S. Code, Section 1385)*
The SPOTLIGHT September 27, 1999
FOREIGN TROOPS AMONG WACO STRIKE FORCE
A British newspaper reported that British and Israeli intelligence had agents present during the assault on the Branch Davidians' compound near Waco, Tex.
By Mike Blair
Members of the British Special Air Services (SAS), similar to the U.S. Army Special Forces stationed at Waco, Tex., Were in Waco during the 51-day siege in 1993, according to a reporter with The Sunday Times of London.
'The siege has become a focal point for the world's special forces eager to see the latest equipment being applied in a real crisis," James Adams wrote in the March 21, 1993 issue of the Times.
The British article, headlined "FBI Brings Out Secret Electronic Weapons As Waco Siege Drags On," detailed the use of special monitoring equipment to view the activities of the Branch Davidians inside the wooden compound.
"Observer teams from the American Delta Force and British SAS have already visited Waco," Adams noted in his article.
SAS AT WACO
According to Army Special Forces veteran, Steve Barry, an authority on Special operations troops, the SAS was at Waco during the actual attack by black-clad stormtroopers on April 19, 1993
Barry said the SAS was assigned to the U.S. Army delta Force. He added that the Delta Force was deeply involved in the actual attack on the compound, contrary to the Posse Comitatus Act, which bans the use of the military to enforce civilian law.
At least on agent of the Israeli Mossad, top secret police/intelligence service, was at Waco at the time of the assault, assigned under the aegis of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), according to Barry.
Bary doesn't know if the Mossad agent participated in the assault, but he indicates that the British SAS troops might have been involved in the use of a Swiss-made Pilatus, Britten-Morman, single-engined, multi-sensor surveillance aircraft. The Plane may have been used to spy on the Branch Davidians.
Not much is known about the single-engined, propeller-driven aircraft, which is a military version of the civilian Pilatus Islander.
The Swiss produce the aircraft on the Isle of Wight, located just of Southampton in southern England, for tax advantages.
The top secret plane is loaded with electronic gear, including, according to one report, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). The SAR is capable of determining the location of human beings., as well as other objects, within a building, even a submarine underwater, some experts claim.
The Pilatus spy plane was used more recently during a siege of the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru. Pro-communist Peruvian terrorists had taken over the building during a party and held numerous hostages.
The Pilatus aircraft was used to determine where the terrorists and hostages were located within the building just before a hostage rescue team stormed the embassy compound in one of the world's most successful hostage rescue efforts.
Barry said he had heard from his contacts within the U.S. Special Operations Command that the British SAS may have not only been operation the Pilatus aircraft at Waco, but may also have video-taped the action with infra-red cameras.
Thus far, the only infra-red tapes that private investigators have obtained were taken by the FBI.
The SPOTLIGHT September 27, 1999
U.S. WAR ON IRAQI CHILDREN GOES ON
A group of congressional staffers ignored State Department objections and traveled to Iraq on a fact-finding mission to witness first hand the impact of U.S. sanctions on the Iraqi people.
By James P. Tucker
The United States is killing "6,000 children a month" in a "war against the people" of Iraq, according to Jack Zylman, who visited that devastated land in late August and early September.
In addition, Americans are bombing Iraq "almost daily,' a barbaric policy not reported in American "news" media.
Zylman, on the staff of Rep. Earl Hilliard (D-Ala.), said a formal report is being prepared but discussed the findings in advance with The SPOTLIGHT.
Zylman toured Iraq with staffers from several other congressional offices.
The State Department, anxious for the American people to remain ignorant of what Zylman called the 'genocide" being waged on Iraq, strongly objected to the trip. No U.S. Embassy staff received the group on its arrival in Amman, Jordan, as is customary and officials there disavowed the mission.
Most of the mainstream press cooperated with the State Department by not reporting on the trip. A few carried a bland Associated Press account that took no note of the horrors being visited upon Iraqi citizens.
There are "large numbers of sick and dying children" because the water treatment plants and sewage systems have been bombed, Zylman said. The hospitals have been damaged and are unable to treat them. Since the United States first led the world to war against Iraq in 1991, Zylman said, 600,000 children have died.
Leukemia among children is sex times the normal rate because of the almost daily air strikes. Where there had been no cholera, it is now widespread, Zylman said
The United Nations lifted the oil embargo on Iraq only enough to purchase "food and medicine," he said. This reduction is ineffective because daily bombings have so destroyed facilities, the country is unable to produce the amount allowed, he added.
The number of infants suffering from low-birth weight and illnesses is very high because mothers are starving, sick and cannot get food or medical treatment, he said.
The United States "keeps pulling things of the list" of what can be imported by Iraq, he said, including hypodermic needles. Obviously, this means children cannot be vaccinated against contagious disease or receive other medications.
The bombings of sewer systems and water treatment plants is so devastating that for a while, even bottled water -- a scarcity anyway -- was unsafe, he said.
What medicine did arrive was often of no value because the Iraqis are not allowed us use refrigerated trucks and it would be spoiled on arrival from great distances because flights to the country are banned, Zylman said.
In an attempt to head off the impending report, the State Department summoned reporters Sept. 13 to accuse Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of using the oil money for "Ferris wheels" and "holiday homes" instead of food and medicine.
Iraqi oil money is being used "to allow the elite to ride their own Ferris wheels, have their own private doctors and go to their own sports stadiums," said State department spokesman James Rubin.
The government is also trying to get Hussein indicted as a "war criminal" in another effort to blunt the effects of the impending report.
"It's time for him to go," Assistant Secretary of State for Near eastern affairs Martin Indyk told reporters.
No matter what, Iraq still cannot produce as much oil as the embargo permits for the necessary food and medicine because of the devastation to its infrastructure, Zylman said.
The SPOTLIGHT September 27, 1999
GULF WAR VETERANS PAYING TRAGIC PRICE FOR SERVICE
This letter from a Canadian Gulf War vet speaks volumes. We wanted you to see it.
By Louise Richard, RN
I am a Gulf War veteran. I went to the Persian Gulf in mid-January 1991, as a registered nurse, a captain and part of the advanced surgical team. I was 29 years old.
I received vaccines for meningitis, typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, influenza and hepatitis B. Shortly after my arrival at Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia, I was inoculated against biological warfare agents: anthrax, pertussis (adjuvant), bubonic plague and botulinum toxin.
No one knew how they would react on each other.
I was physically sore from the shots, but the side effects were worse. At first I experienced flu-like symptoms. The day I received anthrax, my arm became swollen and the injection site got hot and red, forming an oozing boil. I was completely immobilized for two days.
I was ordered to take a nerve agent pill (pyridostigmine bromide) every eight hours. I was also issued DEET, a body insect repellent. The combination of this cocktail of medications was devastating. I had pulmonary problems, a chronic cough, a runny nose, hypersalivation, headache, loss of bladder control, diarrhea and gynecological bleeding. The military doctors said it was "The body's reaction to stress."
The Canadian field hospital where I was deployed was less than 10 miles from the Iraq/Kuwait border, close to the fighting lines. Nonety-five percent of our patients were Iraqi POWs infested with lice, communicable diseases and covered with shrapnel sores and open wounds. Organophosphates were used to de-lice POWs and control desert insects.
We had numerous SCUD missile alerts. The sirens went of many times daily and after a while we were told to ignore the "false alarms" and not bother with protective suits. The gas mask was often worn to protect against toxic smoke and fumes from more than 800 oil wells set ablaze. Toxic exposure also consisted of depleted uranium and biological and chemical warfare agent fallouts through continual bombings, spread by desert winds.
Then the war ended. We never received a military debriefing or medical treatment of any kind.
Unfortunately for me and for the approximately 4,300 Canadian military who were sent to the Persian Gulf War, life would never be the same.
My first week at home I knew something was very wrong. When I went to the pool to do my usual 70 laps, I found myself gasping for air after four laps. Medical tests confirmed asthma.
Three months later I tested positive for tuberculosis. I was immediately placed on the one-year treatment for TB and suffered many side effects from the drugs.
From 1991 until the present I have suffered and continue to suffer from various symptoms and illnesses: major head and body hair loss, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, night sweats, muscle and joint pain, gastric reflex, irritable bowel syndrome, anemia, excessive menstrual bleeding and thyroid dysfunction. I had back surgery in 1994 for disc herniation only to end up with massive bone infection. You can imagine all the medications I took.
Since my military release in `996, I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities.
I am not alone. Many returned Gulf War veterans experience a slow and daily progression of debilitation chronic illnesses. Many have died since their return to the United States.
The nerve agent pill along with DEET causes illness. Stress of war causes depletion of the immune responses. Many of the ordered vaccines and the nerve pill were never tested or approved by Health Canada for use on healthy individuals.
Mycoplasma fermentas, incognitas strain, is a slow-growing organism found inside the white blood cells and tissues of all veterans. This infection contains unusual gene insertions as well as the presence of an HIV-1 gene envelope. This mycoplasma is contagious. It can infect families and also contaminate our national blood system. I sent my blood to the United States for testing. It came back positive for mycoplasma. The Canadian government and the Canadian military deny its existence, let alone provide treatment.
The 1991 Persian Gulf war created the most toxic environment ever known. Iraq now has a cancer epidemic. Over 800,000 of the population have died as a result. Over 30,000 U.S. service people have died. Many in the UK, Canada and other coalition nations have died and are dying daily.
Since Canada's 4,300 Golf War veterans served in the military less than 10 years, we are not entitled to a service pension. Sick and disabled veterans must address themselves to the Department of Veteran's Affairs Canada, which does not give us recognition or any entitlement as war veterans. Gulf War syndrome, they say is all in our heads.
The SPOTLIGHT September 27, 1999
FBI HAS FINGER ON NEW TECHNOLOGY
New System Puts Your Prints in a Nationwide Database -
The FBI recently announced its new fingerprinting system, but high-tech companies are already developing ways to increase its power.
By Christopher J. Petherick
FBI Director Louis J. Freeh recently announced the arrival of the bureau's new $640 million Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).
IAFIS is expected to provide state and local law enforcement with the ability to electronically transmit fingerprint information for analysis.
In the past, Freeh said, police had to mail paper fingerprint cards to the FBI to be processed. After the cards were received, FBI technicians used what they called "a semi-automated" system to classify the fingerprints and match them against the FBI's files of fingerprint cards.
On average, the FBI receives more than 50,000 fingerprint submissions daily and compares them with the fore than 34 million cards the FBI already holds in storage.
The whole process can often take several weeks to complete, Freeh said.
But under the new system, the FBI will be able to compare submitted images in a computer with its huge database of fingerprints, processing up to 62,000 fingerprint checks daily, and respond in only two hours.
Figuring one more hour lag time at local and state police offices, the FBI said, investigators can get their fingerprint analysis in only three hours.
In addition to fingerprint identification, the FBI response will include any information the FBI has on the suspect, including a complete criminal history if there is one.
If a person's fingerprints are not identified in the system, IAFIS creates a new entry and files it away for the future.
Freeh said that IAFIS is one of four technology systems the FBI has introduced in the past two years, including the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as a pert of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act; the National DNA Index System, which maintains a database of DNA profiles; and NCIC-2000, a new criminal records storage system.
THE FUTURE OF ID
The SPOTLIGHT spoke with Jim Grainger, president of Digital biometrics Inc. (DBI), one of the leading companies of fingerprinting and imaging technology, about the future of identification technology.
Grainger's company, DBI, develops complete systems, including scanning and database devices, that identify and retain information on individuals for law enforcement, government, military and commercial applications.
Grainger told The SPOTLIGHT that, by today's standards, even the most advanced fingerprinting devices used by law enforcement are considered "old technology."
"What's really coming are new opportunities for hand-held, mobile identification systems," Grainger said. "And not just for use in police cars (for fingerprinting or for walking around in schools. These devices go to large databases and can find out who a person is."
Grainger said his company had already created a prototype of a handheld fingerprinting system currently on display at the FBI's Hoover building in Washington, D.C.
"We have a first generation on the market called SQUID for a squad car identification system," he said. "It's called the squad car of the future."
But Grainger said new technology is allowing developers to go much farther. Significantly increasing capabilities and decreasing size.
"The next generation is a tool for information, available in the future," he said.
Grainger said the high-tech identification systems DBI developers are working on can provide large amounts of information on individuals simply by scanning them.
These co-called "live scan" systems can read and digitize not only fingerprints, but also faces of individuals and store relevant data on them, such as personal identification information or a criminal record. Devices will be able to read fingerprints, palms or faces and be used in police cars, airports or schools to identify people and then give information on them.
According to Grainger, these systems are being utilized in a limited capacity by government agencies, but will be widely available for commercial use in the not-so-distant future.