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Thursday, July 18, 1996

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  • Montana Freemen

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is celebrating its victory in Jordan, Montana, where, after an 81 days stand-off, members of the anti-government Freemen group surrendered to authorities. While the FBI is basking in the kudos for preventing another tragic debacle like Ruby Ridge and Waco, some observers say the FBI again set a dangerous precedent in Montana.

  • Capital Hill and the Internet

    When Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich seized the reins of Congress, he spun a futuristic vision in which laptop computers would be given to poor people and the internet would be a force for progress and, even, liberation. But Congress has been slow to fulfill that vision, and some will be surprised to learn that members of Congress themselves are spending very little time and money in cyberspace. An estimated 15 million people in the U.S. log onto computer networks each day, and that number is growing significantly each month. But if you try to find out what’s going on Capitol Hill or even just try to send electronic mail to your representatives, you’ll probably be disappointed. Chris Casey tried to change all that when he designed the first web site used by a Senator, while working in the office of Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy three years ago.

  • Release of Emmanuel Constant

    The U.S. Government has released Emmanuel Constant, the head of FRAPH — the Haitian paramilitary group responsible for a brutal reign of terror during the Cedras dictatorship. Constant was in a U.S. detention facility in Baltimore, Maryland and was released in exchange for dropping a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his detention. Constant, who admits he did work for the CIA, fled Haiti to escape murder charges; an ins official has said that they are waiting for the Haitian government to ensure Constant would be safe if he’s deported back to Haiti.

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