- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2003

The man who lost to Pat Buchanan in a struggle for Reform Party presidential campaign funds in 2000 has announced plans to start a second U.S. government: the U.S. Peace Government.
John Hagelin, a physicist based at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, said he is not talking about secession.
"This will be a complementary government headed by people with expertise in science. Its focus will be to create a prevention-oriented, problem-free administration in the nation," said Mr. Hagelin, who was the Natural Law Party's presidential nominee in the last election.
Hagelin aide Julia Busch said the proposed U.S. Peace Government would function solely in an advisory capacity and wouldn't usurp the responsibilities of the federal government.
Mr. Hagelin said it would concentrate on issues such as violence, international conflicts, drug abuse, education, health care and food safety.
In a telephone interview from New York on Saturday, Mr. Hagelin said he's pressing to prevent a U.S. invasion of Baghdad.
"The bottom line … is that a war will increase terrorism. This country is increasingly seen as an enemy of the world. There is a backlash against the current administration, which is seen as being desirous of war," Mr. Hagelin said.
The Indian mystic, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, endorsed Mr. Hagelin's plans in a weekend statement. He praised Mr. Hagelin as a "great scientist who can save America."
He and Mr. Hagelin describe this second government entity as one that would be based on the principles of science and natural law.
Mr. Hagelin said he is seeking two to four top scientists, educators and health professionals from each state to be part of the new government. Each would be Cabinet-level representatives.
Mr. Hagelin said scientists who join the new government should have a commitment to public service. He made his initial announcement at a global news conference.
Asked whether he believes he will get the people he wants for this new government, Mr. Hagelin said he has no doubt about his success.
"I only started talking publicly about this Wednesday, and my mailbox is full of messages from scientists … concerned about our headlong rush to war."

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