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Thursday, October 11, 2001

  • Anthrax for Export

    A third person has tested positive for anthrax and the case has become the subject of a criminal investigation. Thebacteria has already killed one man and put a co-worker in the hospital.

  • Nuclear Weapons in the U.S. Are Vulnerable to Attacks That Would Dwarf Chernobyl

    When 19 men hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the first major attack onthe continental U.S., a terrifying new tactic was born. People who don’t have the resources to launch a traditionalmilitary attack on the U.S. instead used American technological, economic and military strength against its owncivilian population.

  • University Workers Walk Out On Patriotism As the US Wages War

    One day after the September 11 attacks, a librarian at the UCLA research library sent out a mass e-mail to hercoworkers citing a 1973 speech written by Gordon Sinclair titled "America: The Good Neighbor." Jonnie Hargis, whoworks in the same department of the library, sent out a mass e-mail response saying that the United States isn’t sucha good neighbor since it supports apartheid-like policies in Israel. He ended his email with the words, "So, who arethe 'terrorists' anyway?" Library administrators got a hold of Hargis’ response and said it violated a library policyprohibiting unsolicited messages that contain political or religious messages to be sent to department lists. Hargiswas suspended without pay from Sept. 17 to 21, though the worker who sent the first mass e-mail has not beensubjected to any disciplinary action. We have a clip of that speech, recorded in 1973, at the height of anti-USsentiment during the Vietnam War. The head of the library department told Hargis he was being suspended because hismessage "demonstrated a lack of sensitivity that went beyond incivility and became harassment," saying his comments"contribute to a hostile and threatening environment." The Coalition of Union Employees has filed a grievance withUCLA on behalf of Hargis.

  • The Major TV Networks Crack Down — On Themselves — to Restrict Their News Coverage of Osama Bin Laden and Afghanistan

    The five major television news organizations reached a joint agreement yesterday to follow the suggestion of theWhite House and abridge any future videotaped statements from Osama bin Laden or his followers to remove language thegovernment considers inflammatory. The decision is the first time in memory that the networks had agreed to a jointarrangement to limit their prospective news coverage. It was described by one network executive as a "patriotic"decision that grew out of a conference call between the nation’s top television news executives and the White Housenational security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, yesterday morning.

  • FBI Announces Launch of Criminal Investigation As Third Anthrax Case Is Found

    Federal officials yesterday announced they have launched a criminal investigation into the source of anthraxcontamination after learning a third worker at a newspaper office was exposed. The bacteria has already killed oneman and put a co-worker in the hospital.

  • The Major TV Networks Crack Down — On Themselves — to Restrict Their News Coverage of Osama Bin Laden and Afghanistan

    The five major television news organizations reached a joint agreement yesterday to follow the suggestion of theWhite House and abridge any future videotaped statements from Osama bin Laden or his followers to remove language thegovernment considers inflammatory. The decision is the first time in memory that the networks had agreed to a jointarrangement to limit their prospective news coverage. It was described by one network executive as a "patriotic"decision that grew out of a conference call between the nation’s top television news executives and the White Housenational security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, yesterday morning.

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