WASHINGTON - August 14 -
ADAM ISACSON, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Director of the Colombia program at the Center for International Policy, Isacson
said today: "At a time when a new hardline president is declaring a state
of emergency in Colombia, the U.S. government is broadening its military mission
from counter-narcotics to counter-terrorism. This could lead just about anyplace.
Those two trends are worrying enough on their own, but for them to happen at the
same time should make us sit up."
Co-founder and director of the Colombia Support Network, Zarate-Laun said today:
"Colombia's new government has issued a decree that installed a state of
emergency. It is instituting detentions without warrants and creating a network
of informants, which violates the constitution. Meanwhile, the interior minister
is pressuring the constitutional courts... Fighting against terrorism is not only
a right; it is a duty of the government. However the government cannot be allowed
to solve the Colombia conflict by restricting fundamental freedoms and democratic
Coauthor of "Out Of The Ashes: The Resurrection Of Saddam Hussein,"
Cockburn is familiar with the various Iraqi groups the administration is working
with to oust Saddam Hussein. Cockburn is currently in California.
AbuKhalil's recent criticism of the Jordanian monarchy on the Al-Jazeera network
prompted a number of actions by the Jordanian government -- including closing
down the offices of Al-Jazeera in Jordan. He said today: "The stiff Jordanian
reaction to my criticism of the record of the royal family and its double dealings
toward the Palestinians indicates a measure of the nervousness and insecurity
on the part of the king, who wishes to balance his blind loyalty to the U.S. with
the sentiments of his largely Palestinian populace. The role of the intelligence
apparatus has been expanded under this king, and dissidents are quickly rounded
up.... The U.S. is working toward affecting the succession struggle in Saudi Arabia:
The pro-U.S. faction under Prince Sultan, who is the defense minister and father
of the Saudi Ambassador in D.C., wants Prince Sultan to be made the Crown Prince,
while Crown Prince Abdullah wants the traditional standard of chronological seniority
to be observed." Author of "Bin Laden, Islam & America's New 'War
on Terrorism'" and professor of political science at California State University
at Stanislaus, AbuKhalil has recently returned from the Mideast.