Middle East unrestUNSCOM says Iraq has begun to comply with UN resolutions by destroying chemical warfare agents consisting over of 480,000 litres of chemical warfare agents (including mustard agent and the nerve agents sarin and tabun); 28,000 chemical munitions (involving 8 types of munitions ranging from rockets to artillery shells, bombs and ballistic missile warheads); and nearly 1,800,000 liters, 1,040,000 kilograms and 648 barrels of some 45 different precursor chemicals for the production of chemical warfare agents. (UN/Electric Venom)
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"He finds no criminal wrongdoing in the Clintons' involvement with Whitewater and Madison Guaranty, rules Vince Foster's death a suicide, and finds that documents removed from Foster's office by White House officials were handled properly. Republicans are furious with Fiske's findings, and move to have him replaced and to continue the investigation. The same day, Clinton signs into law a renewal of the Independent Counsel Act. Right-wing judge David Sentelle, a crony of Jesse Helms, will fire Fiske for what he labels "perceptions of conflict" arising from Fiske's appointment by Clinton attorney general Janet Reno. Sentelle, as part of a three-judge "independent" panel, will name right-wing ideologue Kenneth Starr, a lawyer currently representing tobacco companies against consumers in a number of related lawsuits, as the new independent counsel for Whitewater. Five former presidents of the impartial American Bar Association will write a letter that questions Sentelle's choice of Starr, with one, Stephen Bundy, wondering how Fiske can be fired for perceptions of conflict when Sentelle and Starr, both plagued with numerous and blatant real conflicts of interest, are themselves "consorting with the leader of the opposing political faction."
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"which will allow the appointment of a special prosecutor without going through the Attorney General. Clinton lacks the input of former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum, a strong opponent of the reauthorization, as Nussbaum has resigned because of a swirl of allegations surrounding his supposed misconduct during the Foster investigation (allegations which will be proven false). As Clinton signs the order reauthorizing the Act, he mutters, "I may be making a terrible mistake."
Middle East unrestHe brings with him 14,000 pages of documents, including material describing the corruption of the Saudi royal family, proof of Saudi support for international terrorism, and details of the $7 billion given to Saddam Hussein by Saudi Arabia for his nuclear program. FBI agents interview al-Khilewi but refuse to accept the documentation. Apparently the agents were ordered not to accept any documentation of Saudi criminal activity, even on US soil. (Greg Palast, CCR)
Islamist and domestic terrorismA disgruntled Federal Express worker tries to crash a DC-10 into a company building in Memphis, but is overpowered by the crew. An Air France jet is hijacked by terrorists who intend to crash the plane into the Eiffel Tower; French intelligence thwarts the attack. And on September 12, an apparently deranged man sends his Cessna towards the White House; he is remarkably successful at getting through the entire security infrastructure, and is only prevented from ramming his plane into the President's bedroom when he crashes instead into a tree just 75 yards from the bedroom window. The pilot, Frank Corder, dies in the crash. Right-wing radio and certain Republican politicians use the incident as an opportunity to make fun of Clinton, instead of worrying about how such an amateurish assassination attempt could come so close to succeeding. (CCR, CNN/Killtown)