Issue 121 * March 20, 1996
The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz, President
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Journalist and author Al Santoli reviewed the current crisis with the People's Republic of China, expressing concern that the U.S. could face a showdown with China soon after the year 2000. Santoli said that the U.S. needs a comprehensive strategy for handling this pending threat, recommending ending trade with any business doing business with the Chinese army and increasing security in Silicon Valley. "[Secretary of Defense William Perry] has been the biggest detriment to a policy of ending trade with the Chinese military," Santoli said, adding: "I believe strongly that if we are going to stop a major war at the start of the 21st Century, now is the time to stop it." Contact Al Santoli at 703/255-6437 or 202/225-2965.
Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research and Pat Pizzella of Preston, Gates, Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds discussed the Clinton Administration's "regulatory attack" on the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the smallest and most distant U.S. possession. The Marianas Islands have been overcoming poverty since adopting free market methods, including low taxes (no sales, property, inheritance taxes or tariffs) and minimizing regulations. But the Clinton Administration is seeking to impose the federal minimum wage on the Commonwealth, impose federal immigration laws, take away local control over customs and tariffs and force the Commonwealth to raise taxes. The Marianas Islanders have asked to be permitted to continue achieving prosperity through the free market, and have offered to return the $27 million a year they have been receiving in aid from the United States in exchange for the U.S. government letting the Marianas Islanders take care of themselves through a free market system. Moritz distributed background information. Contact The National Center at (202) 507-6398 or Preston, Gates, Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds at 202/628-1700.
Vladimir Matusevich, former director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Russian Service briefed participants on continuing anti-American broadcasts by the taxpayer-funded Radio Liberty. He gave examples, such as, in Radio Liberty story about the 3 U.S. soldiers convicted in a rape case in Okinawa, U.S. soldiers in general were described as "a band of rapists, murderers and thieves who commit serious crimes every day." Radio Liberty estimated, Matusevich said, that U.S. soldiers in Japan have committed 2,000 serious crimes over the past ten years, and also broadcast to Russia that freedom and democracy are harmful to Russians. Matusevich said he has transcripts available, and has been trying in vain to get someone in Congress to look into the matter. Contact Vladimir Matusevich at 301/365-9575.
Dr. Emilio-Adolfo Rivero of the New Cuba Coalition, a former political prisoner of Fidel Castro (1961 to 1979), briefed participants on Castro's arrest of most of the Concilio Cubano leaders, representing more than 100 dissident groups in Cuba, over the last three weeks. Rivero also discussed Castro's economic situation: the sugar crop is expected to be the worse than last year's, which was the worst in 50 years. Some economists believe funds Castro is using now come from drug-trafficking and money-laundering activities. The text of his remarks was distributed. Contact the New Cuba Coalition at 301/927-2167 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Dr. Neil Livingston, a 25-year international terrorism expert, author of "Inside the PLO" and a forthcoming book on Israeli covert operations, and an advisor to the families of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 discussed the anti-terrorism bill just approved by the House (now heading for a Conference Committee with the Senate, which passed a different version). Livingston was critical of the House bill, saying it was not tough enough, and said that, in his opinion, the American people have been too influenced by what happened at Waco. Livingston expressed frustration that more in the Congress don't support
1) using the army in the case of a terrorist attacks using chemical or biological weapons,
2) using roving wiretaps for intelligence gathering.
Livingston described difficulties Israel has had getting permission for anti-terrorism equipment approval from National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, discussed an aspect of the Senate bill he supports (a provision permitting victims of terrorist groups to sue foreign governments responsible for attacks), and President Clinton's anti-terrorism conference (which he described as "window dressing"). Livingston also said that he was "no fan of Arafat" but "Arafat has done terrific things, given the tools he has." Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, commented: "I agree with most [of your comments] but I must take strong exception to the idea that Arafat is part of the solution, not part of the problem," and illustrated with examples of brutal behavior by Arafat. Livingston said his view is shared by some in Israel's Likud Party who have spoken to him off the record. Contact Dr. Livingston at 202/342-0309 and the Center for Security Policy at 202/466-0515.
Tom Moore, head of national security programs at The Heritage Foundation, announced that a "National Missile Defense Act of 1996" will be introduced in the House and Senate next week. Also, he said, Senator Helms will soon introduce legislation, "The Strategic Anti-Missile Revitalization and Security Act of 1996" to deal with the 1972 U.S.-Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which says that we cannot defend ourselves. Moore explained that the Clinton Administration is taking a contrary view, and is trying to expand the treaty to cover theatre defenses as well. Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, spoke in favor of missile defenses: "We're talking about $2-$3 billion," he said, and recommended a study distributed by Moore, Heritage Foundation Backgrounder #1074, "Defending America: Ending America's Vulnerability to Ballistic Missiles." Contact The Heritage Foundation at 202/546-4400 and the Center for Security Policy at 202/466-0515.
The House of Representatives Committee on the Budget has released a four-page analysis of the 1997 federal budget proposed by President Clinton, "Election Year Makeover: Clinton's Lemon Budget for Fiscal Year 1997." For copies contact Melissa Ranwick of The National Center for Public Policy Research at (202) 507-6398.
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