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Terrorists at Women's clinics

Portland, Ore.

In "Policing Cyberspace" [March 1], you mistakenly state that an Oregon jury held an Internet publisher financially responsible in the Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Activists lawsuit. We are the lead plaintiffs in that litigation. Neal Horsley, the online publisher of the "Nuremberg Files" Web site, testified at the trial but was never a defendant and could not be held liable for monetary damages.

The defendants in this lawsuit are clearly part of a network of clinic terrorists. Evidence was presented that directly linked Paul Hill, the murderer of Dr. John Britten, to the defendants. The defendants picketed clinics alongside Hill, signed his justifiable homicide petition on behalf of the murderer of Dr. David Gunn and supported Hill after he killed Dr. Gunn's replacement, Dr. Britten. Evidence was also presented that showed a personal relationship between the defendants and convicted terrorist Shelley Shannon, currently in prison for the attempted murder of Dr. George Tiller and five bombings of women's clinics. For example, when she shot Dr. Tiller, Shannon had with her copies of Life Advocate, published by three of the defendants and containing a poster identifying her target.

Antichoice terrorism will not be created by this jury's verdict, as you claim. That terrorism exists now. Abundant courtroom evidence established a frightening relationship between the defendants and the killers: They publish a poster and Dr. Gunn is murdered; another poster is published and Dr. Britten is murdered; again a poster and Dr. Tiller is shot. The Nuremberg Files Web site publishes Dr. Slepian's home address and he is murdered. Two hours later the Web site's proprietors draw a line through his name.

We invite you and your editors to visit your local Planned Parenthood. Try on a bulletproof vest and check out the bullet-resistant glass on our windows. The real legal and moral issue in this lawsuit is protecting the civil rights of those of us who provide abortions.

Lois Backus

Judy Gumbo Albert

Planned Parenthood JFK Autopsy

Washington, D.C.

Several letters in the March 1 Nation in response to Max Holland's review of books on President Kennedy's assassination contained misinformation. First, one need not wait until 2038 to see closed medical evidence. As noted in the report of the Assassinations Records Review Board (of which I was a member), all previously closed medical records from the Warren Commission and House Select Committee on Assassinations were opened to the public in 1995 and are available in the National Archives.

The collection contains additional interviews with doctors and other personnel with knowledge about the autopsy. Congress specifically excluded the autopsy photographs from the JFK Act. However, the ARRB, with the generous cooperation of Kodak, had the photographs digitized with the most advanced technology. Although access to this material is still controlled by representatives of the Kennedy family, the ARRB felt an obligation to leave as complete a record as possible.

The implicit assumption that the ARRB was just another cover-up will be news to the CIA, FBI and other agencies we required to release documents that would otherwise never have seen the light of day. Anyone interested in CIA and FBI activities from 1960 to 1964 should go to the files of the JFK Assassination Records Act.

Anna K. Nelson

JFK Assassinations Records

Review Board for kids' sake-TiTLE I

New York City

Herb Kohl is right-allowing Title I to be eviscerated by conservatives would indeed be "a disaster for poor children" ["The Retreat From Title I," Feb. 22]. In spite of its misuse, I am less pessimistic than Kohl about Title I. The work of David Grissmer, Allan Kreuger and Christopher Jencks on the narrowing of the black-white test score gap suggests that Title I may have made more of a contribution than its critics believe. …

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