- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 8, 2001

Condit files papers to seek re-election
MODESTO, Calif. Rep. Gary A. Condit, dogged by scandal since the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy, filed papers yesterday to seek re-election to Congress.
"I'm running," Mr. Condit said as he entered the Stanislaus County Courthouse amid a crush of supporters and press.
First elected in 1989, Mr. Condit kept silent on his plans until there were just 45 minutes left for congressional candidates to file.
Mr. Condit, a Democrat, faces a primary against longtime protege Dennis Cardoza, who once worked for Mr. Condit's staff and who also hired Mr. Condit's son, Chad, as his legislative chief of staff.

Carter slams Bush for curbing rights
Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday expressed grave concern over President Bush's move to allow secret military tribunals to try terror suspects.
In a rare criticism of the current president by a predecessor during a time of crisis, Mr. Carter also deplored the secretive detention of more than 600 people in the United States following the terror strikes.
Authorizing the trial of suspected terrorists captured during the anti-terror war by secret military courts defies the basic principles on which the United States is founded, Mr. Carter told at a conference at the University of San Diego.

Endeavour docks with space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Space shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station yesterday, delivering a new three-member crew to relieve the men who have been up there since August.
The shuttle pulled up as the two spacecraft orbited 250 miles above the Polish-Ukrainian border, ending a two-day chase.
The space station's commander, Frank Culbertson, had eagerly awaited the arrival of Endeavour, which is his ride home. Although his four-month stay was quiet, the retired Navy fighter pilot said he felt isolated and frustrated after the September 11 attacks. Two Russians have been crew members.

Legal groups to advise FBI-interview targets
CHICAGO The American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations are offering free legal help to those targeted for questioning by the U.S. Justice Department as part of the terror investigation.
"Unless they are apprised of their rights, it is an uneven playing field between law enforcement and those being questioned," ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said Friday.

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