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Thursday, January 7, 1999

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  • Was Saddam Correct in Alleging U.S. Espionage?

    For sometime the Iraqi Government has charged that the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), created by the U.N. Security Council to force Iraq to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction, was an intelligence operation under American supervision. Now both the Boston Globe and the Washington Post allege that U.S. intelligence agencies gained information by using the U.N. as cover for its eavesdropping operations. They say U.N. head Kofi Annan was given "convincing evidence that the United Nations Arms inspector helped" American intelligence in its spying operation.

  • The New Man of the House: Denny Hastert

    Dennis Hastert was sworn in yesterday as the 51st Speaker of the House. While the mainstream media focus on his "low-key" style, we look at his political record concerning the Patient Bill of Rights, campaign finance reform, nuclear power, NAFTA and GATT. Frank Clemente discovered his views when he accompanied Hastert on an inspection to a hospital in Canada run by a CEO from DeKalb, part of Hastert’s district.

  • Trade Violations in U.S. Commonwealth

    Next week a lawsuit will be filed in a Los Angeles federal court against a number of big name garment manufacturers for products made in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The clothes bear the "Made in the U.S.A." label, but they are made by immigrants, mainly Chinese, and brought to CNMI under fraudulent schemes. One congressman, Rep. George Miller (CA-Dem.), has issued a report "Beneath the American Flag," that concludes that the islands’ economy circumvents the intent of federal trade policy, since the Islands are exempt from minimum wage laws, and the system in place resembles indentured servitude.