Issue 135 * June 29, 1996
The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz, President
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Activities at the June 6 and 18 Stanton foreign and defense policy meetings chaired by Laszlo Pasztor of Coalitions for America and Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research.
General Milnor Roberts (USAR-Ret.) of High Frontier discussed the upcoming House vote on H.R. 3144, the Defend America Act of 1996. Roberts recapped the missile defense issue for participants, reminding them that President Clinton vetoed the Defense Appropriations bill last year because it contained funds for missile defense. Clinton cited as his reasons: 1) there won't be any missile threat against the U.S., the President said, for 15 years, and 2) Russia might be distressed. However, Roberts cited the current Secretary of Defense disagreeing with the President, saying that the U.S. is "totally vulnerable to missile attack" right now. Roberts further described suspected Russian sales of nuclear missile technology to Iran, the People's Republic of China's missile advancements, and Russia's announcement that it will gladly sell launchers for SS-25 intercontinental ballistic missiles to anyone with sufficient cash. He also reminded participants that Russia accidently launched a nuclear warhead 10 years ago, but fortunately, it misfired and fell in Siberia. Roberts distributed copies of Congressional testimony by the acting head of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Organization given before a House Subcommittee on June 18, which analyzes the issue in more detail. Contact General Roberts at 703/671-4111.
Dr. Emilio-Adolfo Rivero of the New Cuba Coalition briefed participants on
Rivero called upon Members of Congress to "consider whether U.S. interests, and those of democracy at large, are best served by U.S. participation in the OAS. Rivero also reported that the press is inaccurately describing the Helms-Burton Act, which covers illegally-acquired property in Cuba. Contact Dr. Rivero at 301/927-2167 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Sheehan of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) described CEI's programs in support of "Economic freedom and environmental quality" and distributed press releases and other background materials, and then introduced Laurel Haskell of Concerned Women for America. Haskell then described her participation in the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, commonly referred to as "Habitat II," held from June 3-14 in Istanbul, Turkey. At the conference, Haskell said, the unofficial position of the U.S. government was that gender is a "social construct," and the U.S. sought to amend the conference document to internationally "outlaw" discrimination on the basis of sexual preference. (Haskell also reminded participants that the U.S. government spent $800,000 on instructions for "lesbian flirting techniques" at an earlier U.N. conference in China.) Haskell reported that the position of the conference was that people should not have more housing, heat or food than is necessary to sustain life, and that rich countries should have resources taken away from them and given to poor countries. The conference position also was that people should be limited to one or perhaps, at maximum, two children. Haskell said that people need to express their concern about things like this to the Congress, which is preoccupied with other matters. Contact Jim Sheehan at 202/331-1010 and Laurel Haskell at 202/488-7000.
Alexey Khadyka of the Minsk-based Coalition in Defense of Democracy and Human Rights in Belarus discussed the deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus, and, in particular, the arrest of his father simply for participating in pro-democracy activities. Khadyka also discussed a June 5 pro-human rights demonstration held outside the Belarus and Russian Embassies in Washington, and distributed a May 9 Robert Novak column describing his father's plight. Contact Alexey Khadyka via Pete Weyrich at 202/546-3003.
Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research distributed copies of Dr. J. Michael Waller's article in the June 1996 Reader's Digest entitled "To Russia, With Cash." The article discusses how "the Clinton Administration has actually helped expand Russia's nuclear warhead stockpile"; how U.S. aid to Russia is wasted; and how Russian "'gangster bureaucrats are rolling in riches" and a result of U.S. aid policies. Contact Dr. Waller at 202/462-6055 or email@example.com.
Bonny Stilwell of the Alliance for American Innovation discussed the differences between two competing patent bills, H.R. 359, the Patent Restoration Act, and H.R. 3460. Stilwell strongly supports H.R. 359. The bills differ in that H.R. 359 continues to base the expiration date of patents from the date the patent was granted, while H.R. 3460 bases the expiration date on the date the patent was requested. Stilwell distributed handouts and noted that the inventor of the MRI had to wait 15 years to get a patent. She said his patent would have been almost worthless if the patent hadn't been based on the date of grant rather than date of application. She also said that intellectual property today accounts for well over 50% of all U.S. exports. Contact Bonny Stilwell at 703/360-1173.
Major Gil Macklin (USMC-Ret.) and Major Andy Messing (USA-Ret.) discussed both progress and difficulties in the war on drugs. Contact Majors Macklin and Messing at 703/836-3443.
Marie Ciliberti of an AFL-CIO local broadcast union described the move by the U.S.-funded radio Marti to Cuba from Washington and expressed concerns that Radio Marti has turned into a public relations operation for the head of the Cuban-American National Foundation. She distributed columns by Georgie Anne Geyer and others describing the situation. Contact Marie Ciliberti at 301/622-0140.
Captain Tim Hunter of State Department Watch discussed the federal government's lack of interest in opposing the persecution of churches in the Islamic World. Contact Captain Hunter at 202/669-5558.
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