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Friday, April 19, 1996

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  • ISRAELI ATTACKS ON LEBANON.

    Thursday, in the deadliest attack in a week, Israeli air strikes killed at least 75 Lebanese civilians who were refugees seeking shelter at a base for UN peacekeepers. Israel has been pounding what it claims are Hezbollah guerilla positions for 8 days. Secretary of State Warren Christopher has canceled his trip to Moscow and is instead headed to the Middle East to try and negotiate a ceasefire.

  • Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing

    Today is the one year anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, an event which drew national attention to the burgeoning armed anti-government militia movement in the U.S. Jim Ridgeway, Village Voice, who has been investigating and writing about the evidence against the two accused of orchestrating the Oklahoma bombing: Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh.

  • "GO PAT GO!"

    Although Pat Buchanan’s Presidential bid has essentially failed, he isn’t pulling out of the race just yet and some of his die-hard supporters are still hopeful that he’ll be able to have a serious impact on the 1996 election, at lest on the GOP Platform. With his America First and anti-federal government rhetoric, few are surprised to hear that Buchanan has received support from second amendment fundamentalists, including members of militias. Pacifica reporter Phillip Babich recently spoke with citizens who back Buchanan at a whistle stop in Pinole, California. Ridgeway and Ensign put the Oklahoma bombing in the context of election year politics.

  • Anti-Terrorism BIll

    The House Thursday sent President Clinton a major so-called counter-terrorism bill in time for today’s anniversary of the Oklahoma bombing. The Bill passed 293–133 after clearing the Senate 91-8. The bill provides ONE BILLION dollars for anti-terrorism efforts at the state and federal level over four years and requires chemical "tagging" of plastic explosives so that they can be traced if they are used in bombings.