- The Washington Times - Monday, June 17, 2002

Tenet-free zone
The first step in CIA reform? Get rid of Director George J. Tenet, said Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
"Would I keep him? Absolutely not," Mr. Shelby told CNN yesterday. "I think we could do better. I've always thought that."
Mr. Shelby approves of President Bush's order to remove Saddam Hussein from power by whatever means necessary.
"The president's on the right track," the lawmaker said. "How we do it, when we do it, I don't know and I'm not even sure the president knows. But this man needs to go."

Legendary Watergate
Who was Watergate's Deep Throat really?
Nobody, says Chuck Colson, an aide to President Nixon who served seven months in a federal prison in 1975 for his role in the break-in, but who later became a born-again Christian and founded the Prison Fellowship Ministries.
"Deep throat is a literary device that [Washington Post reporters] Woodward and Bernstein put together as a way of covering their stories, I'm convinced," Mr. Colson told Fox News yesterday. "When I went through Woodward's book, 'All the President's Men,' painful as it was for me to read it, I found three places where he credited Deep Throat with certain information, where I specifically knew that it came from three different people.
"So I know it's a composite to some extent," Mr. Colson continued. "I can't believe there's a Deep Throat. It's a clever device. I don't blame them for doing it. The problem is, now they've created a legend and a cottage industry. They can't get rid of it."

Watergate, Part II
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein recalled their glory days on NBC's "Meet the Press," yesterday, calling Richard M. Nixon "a criminal president" and "willing to undermine the Constitution of the United States in a basic fundamental way that we've never seen before or since."
Some question their reasoning.
"It's no accident that these two journalists sound like they spent the 1990s sleeping in one of Osama bin Laden's caves, missing the myriad of Clinton scandals that made Watergate look like child's play," noted News Max, an online news site. "But they're entirely typical of a mainstream press that still views Bill Clinton as a lovable rogue."

Choice comments
Rep. Marge Roukema, New Jersey Republican, last week was awarded the Women's Campaign Fund Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to upholding a woman's right to abortion. The Women's Campaign Fund is the nation's oldest political committee supporting pro-choice women candidates.
The lawmaker, who has consistently opposed pro-life legislation proposed by fellow Republicans, is retiring after 22 years in Congress. She also led efforts to gain the Reagan and the previous Bush administrations' support of women's issues and stronger gun control. She opposed President Bush's 1991 vetoes of mandatory family leave legislation, and was the prime Republican sponsor of the 1993 family leave bill signed into law by President Clinton.
Mrs. Roukema leaves behind a fiercely competitive House race in New Jersey. Republican primary voters chose conservative Scott Garret for their ticket; Mrs. Roukema had opposed his nomination. Democrats will field former Republican Anne Sumers, who won the nomination by billing herself as a "Roukema Republican."

Designation department
Along with his push for a new Homeland Security Department, President Bush should get rid of the name "Homeland," writes the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan.
"'Homeland' isn't really an American word, it's not something we used to say or say now. It has a vaguely Teutonic ring," she writes. "And Republicans must always be on guard against sounding Teutonic."
Slate's media writer Mickey Kaus took the idea to the next level and asked his readers to submit new names to replace "Homeland Security." They include: Department of Domestic Security, Department of Domestic Defense (known as 3-D), Continental Security, Mainland Defense, Mainland Security, Home Defense, Federal Security, Heartland Defense, Department of American Protection, Homefront Security, Interior Security, Civil Security, Civilian Security, or plain old Department of Security.

Fly the friendly skies
Oh dear. Former Vice President Al Gore had a few secrets exposed before boarding a Midwest Express Airlines flight while en route to a Democratic strategy retreat in Wisconsin this weekend. Mr. Gore was pulled aside for a random security screening at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport before boarding an evening flight on Friday.
Fellow passengers watched security agents rifling through his belongings, a witness told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"You're looking out and seeing Al Gore's unmentionables in his big, carry-on suitcase," said Mark Graul of Green Bay. "You could tell he was thinking, 'This is not happening to me.' He did not have a happy look on his face. Basically the whole plane boarded before they got through looking through his stuff."
But wait. As Mr. Gore was leaving Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport Saturday, he was escorted aside again for more scrutiny at a Midwest gate before flying to New York.
"My understanding is he was randomly selected both times," a Gore spokesman said. "And both times he was more than happy, as all Americans are in these troubled times, to cooperate."

Ready to rumble

Several dozen motorcycle riders stormed the stage of the Texas Democratic Party Convention in El Paso over the weekend after party officials adjourned the event before hearing resolutions from the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association caucus.
Association Chairman Sputnik Strain confronted Chairman Molly Beth Malcolm over a resolution to prevent health insurance companies from excluding coverage to motorcyclists.
"None of our resolutions got read because they spent too much time arguing," Mr. Strain told the El Paso Times. The resolution, however, had failed during a previous committee vote. Mrs. Malcolm advised the group that all resolutions could not be heard because, "We would be here forever."
"Molly Beth should join the Republican Party," growled one biker. "The IQ would be raised in both parties if she left the Democrats."

Order at the border
Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, wants troops sent to the Mexican border to protect U.S. personnel, according to Arizona's Yuma Sun newspaper.
"Border Patrol agents may have a lot to worry about when dealing with illegal Mexican crossers and dope smugglers, but they also consider Mexican law enforcement a threat when their vehicles are illegally on this side of the border," the paper noted yesterday.
"Mexican federales illegally crossed the border near Yuma five times in the fiscal year 2001. It's believed a U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot at by a Mexican military unit south of Ajo May 17. This is one reason Tancredo said he considers Mexican law enforcement officials coming into the United States a threat to Border Patrol agents and the anti-drug security they provide. Tancredo said he considers shots fired at U.S. law enforcement agents, on their own soil, an act of war," the Sun continued.
The congressman wants President Bush to station military troops along the U.S. border which he thinks would annoy Republicans who see illegal immigrants as a cheap source of labor, and irk Democrats who don't want to lose a potential immigrant voting bloc.
"If we were to actually try and control our borders down there, we would impede the flow of illegal immigrants," Mr. Tancredo said.


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