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Monday, January 25, 1999

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  • Clinton’s Anti-Terrorism Proposal

    In announcing new anti-terrorism initiatives, President Clinton last week warned that it was highly likely that a terrorist group will launch a biological, chemical or cybernetic attack on the continental U.S. in the next few years. Saying that he had been persuaded by intelligence reports, the president said that he was considering a proposal from the Defense Department to establish a commander in chief for the defense of the continental United States, a step that was met with concern by civil liberties defenders. The Pentagon has commanders overseeing regions around the globe, but its jurisdiction does not extend to the United States itself.

  • Critical Day for Impeachment Trial

    House prosecutors interviewed Monica Lewinsky yesterday in a Washington hotel as part of a last-ditch effort to persuade the Senate to call witnesses at President Clinton’s trial. While they emerged from the encounter saying that Lewinsky could add valuable testimony to the trial, her lawyer joined Democrats in insisting that after 22 appearances before the grand jury, the special prosecutor and others, Lewinsky had nothing new to add to the case against the president.

  • Mexico: Salinas Trial and Human Rights

    After a complex and often bizarre four-year trial, a Mexican judge last week convicted Raul Salinas, brother of Ex-president Carlos Salinas, of ordering the 1994 assassination of a prominent politician, and gave him a 50-year prison sentence with no possibility of parole. The stunning ruling and sentencing of Salinas represented a deviation from the usual impunity enjoyed by prominent and powerful politicians in Mexico, and it was viewed as the most important criminal verdict in modern times.