- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2002

Kennedy had doubts about stockpiling nukes

BOSTON Weeks after the Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy said the United States needed nuclear missiles to deter Soviet attacks, but wouldn't use them in an offensive strike, according to tape recordings made public yesterday.

Kennedy discussed the stockpiling of nuclear weapons in a Dec. 5, 1962, meeting with Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Maxwell Taylor and other high-ranking officials.

"We have an awful lot of megatonnage to put on the Soviets sufficient to deter them from ever using nuclear weapons," Mr. Kennedy said. "Otherwise, what good are they? You can't use them as a first weapon yourself, they are only good for deterring."

"I don't see quite why we're building as many as we're building."

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum released the four hours of newly declassified recordings that Kennedy had taped in the Oval Office and Cabinet room.


New rules proposed for immigration appeals

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft yesterday proposed forcing the Board of Immigration Appeals to handle cases within 180 days and to limit the scope of cases before it.

Mr. Ashcroft cited a backlog of 56,000 cases, including 10,000 that are 3 years old.

The board hears appeals of cases from immigration judges, who decide on asylum and deportation cases.

Mr. Ashcroft said the backlog has given an avenue for some immigrants to delay their deportations and has allowed others who have been deported to ignore the orders 314,000 of them.

Congressional Democrats, at an oversight hearing to review the board's case backlog, worried that the new rules might violate the due-process rights of those in the system.


Surgeons reattach hand after fishing accident

SEATTLE A saw on a fishing boat severed a worker's hand while he was 100 miles offshore, and it took him more than 24 hours to get to an operating room, but surgeons managed to reattach the hand and were hopeful about his recovery.

Patrick Laulu's ship, the 238-foot Alaska Juris, was trawling for mackerel west of Adak, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands when Mr. Laulu reached for a fish rake that was sliding along the floor. Just then, a big wave hit.

Guided by a Coast Guard flight surgeon through radio, shipmates applied a tourniquet and injected Mr. Laulu with morphine as they waited for a Coast Guard helicopter that flew nearly 500 miles over open sea amid 45-knot wind gusts, swirling snow and 8-foot waves.


Shaheen to run for Senate seat

CONCORD, N.H. Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen announced yesterday that she will run this fall for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Robert C. Smith.

The race is expected to be one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.

With Democrats holding a one-vote edge, the question of which party controls the Senate hinges on races in about a dozen states.

Mr. Smith is serving his second term.


Police: Teen pilot not terrorist

TAMPA, Fla. A 15-year-old student pilot who crashed a plane into a Tampa office building last month was not a terrorist, despite a note he left praising Osama bin Laden and supporting the September 11 attacks on the United States, Tampa police said yesterday.

Ending their investigation into an incident that some saw as a grim echo of the airliner assaults on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Tampa police said Charles Bishop acted alone when he intentionally flew a stolen, single-engine Cessna into the Bank of America building in Tampa.


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