Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 14, April 22

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Time is money, the maxim says. The same is true of federal policy -- it's expensive, and we wonder whether we are getting our money's worth. What brings this to mind is the ongoing battle between Congress and the White House about...
An Antigun Firefight: Sept. 11 Emboldened Elements of the Gun-Control Lobby, as Seen by a Flurry of Bills and Press Releases. but Infighting within the Ranks about Who Leads the Cause May Doom Any Legislation That Comes out of Congress. (Cover Story)
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) brims with confidence when he talks about the gun-control proposal he introduced in the House on March 20. At a press conference to unveil the measure, he predicted that the Gun Show Background Check Act of 2002 (HR4034)...
Bird-Brained Ruling Might Harm U.S. Military Readiness. (Waste & Abuse)
A federal judge's ruling that live-fire military training at Farallon de Medinella -- a tiny speck of coral and scrub near Saipan in the Pacific Ocean -- violates the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act potentially could halt future bombing or shelling...
Bush Caught off Political Base. (Washington's Week)
It surprised only the most verdant rookie that the passage of the new campaign-finance law already has failed to control runaway fund raising and has provided both loopholes and excuses for increased solicitations. When the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll...
FBI Targets Domestic Terrorists; after Years of Trying to Warn the Public about the Dangers of Ecoterrorism, Critics of Extremist Movements Find Themselves Winning the War for Public Opinion. (Security)
Sure, they burn down homes, firebomb universities and terrorize research labs. Even so, for the better part of a decade, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal Liberation Front (ALF) were seen not as antisocial thugs but idealistic young kids....
Federal Court OKs Forced Drugging; a U.S. Appeals Court Has Ruled That Those Charged with a Crime Can Be `Medicated' with Powerful Mind-Altering Drugs against Their Will If Prosecutors Deem It Necessary. (Nation: Psychotropic Drugs)
The TV camera is fixed on a hot, cast-iron frying pan. "This is your brain," says the narrator. An egg is cracked and dropped, splattering into the pan. "This is your brain on drugs," the commercial concludes, with a close-up of the egg burning and...
Has Fed Underestimated U.S. Consumers? (Political Notebook)
So economic recovery is under way -- the big question being what kind of rebound the United States is going to experience. Will it be a sluggish one with slow job growth and low inflation, or a sizzling boom? While welcoming signs that the yearlong...
Immigration Threat Eludes Wall Street Journal. (Fair Comment)
What does combating illegal immigration have to do with combating Middle Eastern terrorists in America? Well, duh! Let's review: Three of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were illegal visa overstayers. Seven of the 19 obtained fraudulent ID cards with...
Jackson Has General Electric in His Sights for Next Shakedown. (Fair Comment)
Already under a barrage of criticism for allegedly "shaking down" U.S. corporations, the Rev. Jesse Jackson recently fired off a letter to corporate giant General Electric (GE), chastising the company for not including more minority firms in its recent...
Losing a Battle for Hearts and Minds: The Same Bureaucracy That Is So Deftly Managing the Military in the War on Terrorism Is Severely Mishandling Information Campaigns Needed to Discredit Terrorists. (Nation: Political Warfare)
Will the U.S. military's hard-fought gains against international terrorists be undermined because the people back in Washington still don't understand how to win hearts and minds? That's what some supporters of President George W. Bush are beginning...
National Security Works Best in Uniform. (Nation in Brief)
Back in the old days of military basic training, it was not unusual for a new recruit to be assigned to guard some object that didn't particularly appear to need guarding, such as a cigarette-butt can or a tree stump or, perhaps, just a few square...
New Hampshire Becomes a Hot Spot for Political Blood Sport. (News Alert!)
Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment, "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican," is being royally flouted in New Hampshire. Not that the Granite State is a stranger to internecine battles, but they usually are of the presidential variety. This...
New Weapons in War against Terror. (Security)
In James Bond action movies, Agent 007 always visits the laconic "Q." and his lab of white-coated scientists for the latest high-tech gizmos. In the war against terrorism, "Q." comes in the person of Lt. Col. Bill Bass, distributor of the latest inventions...
Perks for Improving Job Performance. (for the People)
The British army recently announced that it will allow unmarried soldiers to bring their girlfriends back to the barracks overnight. "We want to be more flexible in the way people live their lives," Gen. Sir Michael Walker (euphemistically) told a...
PR Firm `Brands' Crisis Management. (Security)
Spokesmen, logos, jingles, slogans, swooning models and a talking dog or two: This is the typical advertising agency arsenal. Now, add counterterrorism to the list. Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, one of the largest public-relations concerns...
Prison Industry Goes Global. (Security)
More than 1,000 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia and other nations are detained in the blistering desert of Australia's Outback. Across the ocean, South African prisoners sleep in newly built cells. Thousands of miles away...
Putting Ethics before Science; as the Senior Senator from Kansas, Sam Brownback Weighs in Strongly on Matters Close to the Heart and the Heartland, from Cloning and Bioethics to Farming. (Picture Profile)
With the decision to retire at the end of the 107th Congress made by old-guard Republican Sens. Phil Gramm of Texas and Jesse Helms of North Carolina, it is time to ask: From where will the next generation of conservative leaders come? In one case,...
Rallying for the War at Columbia College; Conservative Students at the Ivy League School Fired a Shot across Liberal Academia's Bow with a Pro-War Rally at What Once Was a Bastion of Sixties Campus Activism. (Nation: Culture Wars)
It was a pro-war rally on an Ivy League campus -- surely one of the few, if not the first, to be held at a major American center of higher learning since the 1960s established "Give Peace a Chance" as the mantra of the anti-Vietnam War movement and...
Security Measures Leave Many Airsick: The Federal Takeover of Airport Security in the Wake of the Sept. 11 Attacks Thus Far Has Been Characterized by Overzealousness and an Alarming Lack of Efficiency. (Nation: Air Travel)
At first the British Airways (BA) crew looked amused at the intrusiveness of the airport-security search they were forced to undergo. Then the frowns started to appear as the women were told to remove their shoes. The crew members had proper photo...
Some Serious Suspense Flicks: Two Highly Entertaining Releases Take Moviegoers on Thrilling Rides, but They Also Explore Current Issues -- the Desire for Personal Security and the Nature of Evil. (Film)
It will be curious to gauge the critical reception, and box office, of two thrillers opening within weeks of one another. Panic Room, a stylish suspense vehicle starring Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker, is exquisitely crafted, clever and cinematic....
Squirrels Recruited for Antinuke Protests. (Nation in Brief)
Rumor has it that the protest tactic known as "squirreling" has returned to Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. The tactic was developed by antinuclear activists who have maintained an 18-year, 24-hour vigil in the park. Details...
Symposium
Q: Does adoption by gay or lesbian couples put American children at risk? YES: The conclusions of the American Academy of Pediatrics are not to be believed. On Feb. 4, 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended "legal and legislative...
Talking Cars and Trucks on the Highway to Heaven. (for the People)
Most people assume that WWJD is the acronym for "What would Jesus do?" But thanks to a letter from reader Joe Mehrten, for the people has learned this isn't necessarily so. What it really stands for is "What would Jesus drive?" And it is a question...
The Other Oscars: The White House and Various Foundations Celebrate Artists, Humanitarians and Scientists in the Spring. (Awards)
In April the White House, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will present medals to 14 individuals and two organizations chosen for their contributions to American culture. The...
The Tall and the Short of Politics. (the Last Word)
All politics is local, Tip O'Neill famously maintained. The one-time speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives had a point. Coming from the home of the bean and the cod, he knew that it was more important to be Irish and in with the Kennedys and...
The Terrorist Tactics of Radical Environmentalists. (Fair Comment)
The United States is based upon "murder, exploitation and ... genocide." It supports "exploitation" and "slaughter." It engages in "oppression in its sickest forms." It is "the most extreme terrorist organization in planetary history." It is, in...
The Watchdog of Washington: Judicial Watch and Its Founder, Larry Klayman, Have Earned Both Praise and Respect While Consistently Holding U.S. Leaders Accountable for Their Actions. (Special Report)
What a change! Just a few years ago the Washington Post described Judicial Watch (JW) Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman as a "crusading conservative with a yen for hardball and a knack for peppering Clintonites with litigation." Since successfully...
TV Station Ministers to Arab Christians. (Broadcasting)
The Middle East, populated mainly by Muslims and Jews, also has plenty of Christians in need of ministry, according to a Cyprus-based Christian satellite TV company. SAT-7 seeks to "put an Arabic face on Christianity," says its North American Executive...
TV Viewers Choose Spice; Networks Return to More Family-Oriented Entertainment, but Viewers Switch to Cable Nudity and Profanity. (Media)
A new study released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) has found that the amount of sexual material on television fell by 29 percent, and violence by 17 percent, in the last three years based on a sampling of 284 broadcast and cable-TV...
VOA Raises the Volume: The VOA Is Revamping Its Operation to Participate in the War on Terrorism. (Broadcasting)
Back when mankind confronted an evil Axis in World War II, a voice emerged from the Western Hemisphere to penetrate the gloom of enemy propaganda. "The Voice of America speaks," said William Harlen Hale, whose broadcasts supplied much of Europe with...