- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 8, 2002

Bush order could cut air-traffic-control jobs
Two decades after President Reagan fired striking air-traffic controllers, President Bush quietly signed an executive order stripping their successors of guaranteed government jobs.
Mr. Bush has proposed studying whether to hire a private company to take over the air-traffic-control system, which is being run by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The president of the air-traffic-controllers union criticized Mr. Bush's order, which was announced Thursday.
"This action is a slap in the face to the men and women who worked President Bush's aircraft as he flew from Florida to Louisiana to Nebraska on September 11," said John Carr, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the successor union to the group disbanded after Mr. Reagan fired the controllers in 1981 when they went on strike.

Union OKs man's choice not to pay ACLU dues
A public school employees union in Washington state will not order a part-time school-bus driver to send his annual dues to the American Civil Liberties Union, a move that would have gone against his religious beliefs.
The Washington state's Public School Employees (PSE) union officials backed down yesterday from their initial decision that would have forced the Rev. Ivan Poisel, who has religious objections to the union's political activities, to send his $15 dues to the group instead of a local food bank.

Justice defends new FBI powers
New FBI guidelines that allow agents to monitor religious meetings and Internet traffic will not lead to an erosion of civil rights, a senior Justice Department official said yesterday.
Rather, the expanded powers will give the FBI the tools it needs to pursue terrorists who hide in plain sight and target citizens, said Assistant U.S. Attorney General Viet Dinh.
The new enemy is a "criminal whose objective is not crime, but fear, a mass murderer whose only victims are innocent civilians," Mr. Dinh said. "These new guidelines are essential to our fight against terrorism. We must take a fundamentally different approach to the way we undertake the task of law enforcement."


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