- The Washington Times - Friday, September 13, 2002

Worked before
The Library of Congress has on file 29 translations of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Perhaps now they can add a 30th Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's interpretation delivered at Wednesday's Pentagon memorial service in observance of September 11.
Mr. Rumsfeld: "We're here today to honor those who died in this place and to rededicate ourselves to the cause for which they gave their lives, the cause of human liberty."
Honest Abe: "We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live."
Mr. Rumsfeld: "In a sense, we meet on a battlefield."
Honest Abe: "We are met on a great battlefield of that war."
Mr. Rumsfeld: "If it does not appear so today, that is because of the singular devotion."
Honest Abe: "For which they gave the last full measure of devotion."
Mr. Rumsfeld: "A visitor passing would see no hint of the terrible events that took place here but one year ago today. But we must not forget what happened here."
Honest Abe: "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."
Mr. Rumsfeld: "We remember them today, and to their families, many of whom are here, know that we have not forgotten. But let us do more than remember. The greatest honor we can bestow on them, the best memorial we can fashion for them is to protect our liberty and secure it for generations to come."
Honest Abe: "That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Trouble for Gore
Albert Gore III, the 19-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore, was arrested near the Pentagon last week by U.S. military police from Fort Myer and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and possession of alcohol by a minor.
Jano Cabrera, spokesman for the former vice president, confirmed yesterday that the younger Gore was "pulled over for a DWI" during the early-morning hours of Sept. 5. The arrest was made outside of the base, which is near the Pentagon.
"The family is relieved that no one was hurt," Mr. Cabrera told Inside the Beltway. "Beyond that, they are dealing with this privately as a family."
Mr. Cabrera stressed that Mr. Gore was alone in the car and was not speeding.
Ned Christensen, the spokesman for Fort Myer, said the case has been turned over to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. A federal court appearance is pending.
This is the younger Gore's second brush with the law in as many years. He was arrested on Aug. 12, 2000, by the North Carolina Highway Patrol when clocked driving 97 mph in a 55 mph zone. Under an agreement with prosecutors, a reckless-driving charge was dropped, he was fined $125 for speeding and his driving privileges were temporarily revoked.

Baker's dozen
We'd written that Knight Ridder reporter Jim Kuhnhenn, a member of the Standing Committee of Correspondents, voted against issuing a congressional press credential to Paul Sperry, Washington bureau chief of the Internet news site WorldNetDaily.com, because he had written unflattering stories about the committee.
Mr. Kuhnhenn writes us to say that what he actually objected to was the threat Mr. Sperry "leveled at the committee, by e-mail, indicating he would write an unflattering story if he did not get his credential. I objected to the threat, pure and simple. Still do."
Mr. Kuhnhenn said he "cannot in good conscience support Paul Sperry's application for a credential because if I do, I would be endorsing his brand of extortion journalism. It has no place in our profession."
We also heard from Joseph Farah, founder of WND, which we said employs more than a dozen people.
"For accuracy sake, WorldNetDaily employs more than 30 people. Though I guess 30 is more than a dozen," says Mr. Farah. "But we have more than a dozen editorial employees."

Buy the book
Some 150 books to date have been published on the September 11 terrorist attacks. One of the most recent, which has become a national bestseller, is authored by this newspaper's national security reporter, Bill Gertz.
"Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11" will be listed at No. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list this Sunday. The book offers a detailed prescription for fixing the structural, systemic and cultural problems limiting the ability of the CIA, FBI and other agencies to track down terrorists before they strike.
Mr. Gertz needs his own prescription. He's conducted so many television and radio interviews since the book was first published two weeks ago, starting out as guest of George Stephanopolous on ABC's "This Week," that he's lost his voice.

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