Middle East unrestHe is granted asylum in August, and goes undercover, protected against the death threats of his former government. Al-Khilewi brings with him some 14,000 documents detailing the rampant and overt corruption that characterizes the Saudi royal family and government, along with severe human rights abuses and financing of various Islamic terrorist organizations, particularly the Palestinian group Hamas. His lawyer says that FBI agents interviewed his client but refused to accept the documents. (Seymour Hersh)
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"The video, among its other dubious achievements, makes Arkansas con man Larry Nichols a star in right-wing circles; Nichols and white supremacist Jim Johnson, an eminence among Arkansas conservatives, provide most of the narration. It alleges that the "Clinton machine" has secured "absolute power" in Arkansas and misused that power for sinister purposes. Johnson tells viewers that the evidence of Clinton's crimes is "more credible than the evidence of 90% of the people who are confined to death row across America." Investigative journalists viewing the tape find it laughable. The staunchly Republican Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sends journalist Carrie Rengers to look into the allegations made by the video; she is unable to find any evidence documenting any of the claims made on the tape, and debunks its most absurd allegations. The tape says Governor Clinton never balanced the Arkansas state budget once, instead drowning the state in red ink; in reality, Clinton had to balance the budget every year because Arkansas's Constitution forbids deficit spending. The tape says Clinton pardoned a political supporter, Dan Lasater, for a cocaine possession conviction; in reality, Lasater had pleaded guilty to a federal crime and Clinton had no authority to pardon him. Clinton's financial records of his political campaigns had all mysteriously vanished, according to the tape; in reality, they are duly on file with the Pulaski county clerk and the Arkansas Secretary of State. Poultry magnate Don Tyson contributed $700,000 to Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign in return for mysterious favors -- no, Tyson didn't contribute a dime to Clinton or to any Democrat in 1992. One of those favors for Tyson was a low-interest $10 million state loan which Clinton allowed never to be repaid -- no, Tyson never borrowed a cent from the state of Arkansas. (The New York Times's Jeff Gerth also reported this, but the Times later retracted the assertion.)
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"Like Larry Patterson and Roger Perry of "Troopergate" fame, Brown had provided security at the governor's mansion between 1983 and 1985. For a time, he looked up to the Clintons, but after Clinton broke a promise to name Brown the assistant director of the Arkansas crime laboratory, became disgruntled and is now ready to talk. Brown has already provided false information about Bill Clinton's adulterous escapades to Clinton nemesis Sheffield Nelson and, possibly, to Clinton's former lieutenant governor Jim Guy Tucker. Now he provides the Spectator with his own lurid tale. According to Brown, he solicited women for Clinton while at the mansion, enjoyed sexual "residuals" himself, and describes the Clintons as monstrously foul-mouthed snobs who hate "regular folks." Brown repeats the discredited rumors about an affair between Hillary Clinton and Vince Foster; his particular hatred of Hillary Clinton is possibly motivated by the fact that Mrs. Clinton tried to warn Brown's future wife that Brown was an inveterate skirt chaser.
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"She is funded by a number of right-wing sources, mostly organizations such as the Rutherford Institute which are funded by conservative newspaper owner Richard Mellon Scaife. Kenneth Starr, who will be named the independent counsel to investigate Whitewater, contributes pro bono work for Jones, in what will become a flagrant conflict of interest.
Domestic terrorismthat bars antiabortion demontrators from blocking access to clinics or threatening patients. Abortion rights supporters say there have been 3,000 reports of violence, vandalism and harassment at clinics, including bombings and death threats; the actual number is probably far higher. (Washington Post)
Middle East unrestMay 29: Saddam Hussein officially becomes Prime Minister of Iraq. (BBC)