Alibi V.13 No.33 • Aug 12-18, 2004 

Newscity

Blowing the Whistle on the Bureau

FBI has long track record of hostility toward internal complaints

Yet again, the strong arm of the federal government has come under attack from within. After the 9-11 Commission's report criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation for continued failings in antiterrorism efforts arising from "gaps between some of the announced reforms and the reality of the field" (in the words of the report), another former agent has stepped forward to expand the litany of criticisms.

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Thin Line

The press loves statistics because they give a story the patina of fact, of being based on firm and undeniable proof. But as last week's frenzied and contradictory media coverage of Kerry's anticipated "bounce" in the polls showed, there is always more than one way to read the numbers.

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Commentary

Supersizing Albuquerque

From the beginning, Paseo has been about only one thing

It's a long story, but in the mid-'80s I found myself at a Bastille Day party in the Rio Puerco Valley. We were 15 miles beyond the western edge of town, in the unused headquarters of a worn-out ranch. I found myself talking to a real estate agent, whose eyes shone as he explained how the valley would fill with suburban neighborhoods. The key to his dream was a good road, which he predicted would soon be built. The road's name was the Northwest Loop. When the road came, the ranch would be transformed from isolated range land to prime real estate.

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Council Watch

Roaring Back

After a month's vacation, city councilors returned on Aug. 2 and ripped through legislation like a squad of superheroes. Crying “One for All and All for One,” they passed every bill unanimously.

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Ortiz y Pino

Whose Economic Recovery?

Once again, the president is full of baloney

Every time I hear George W. Bush brag about turning around the economy I do a double take. What are you talking about? I see pitiful little evidence of an economic recovery going on, no matter how many ads our president buys to try to convince us of the contrary.

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Payne's World

Bouncing Up and Down

Face facts, Dems: Kerry is a crappy candidate

Anyone with any lingering doubts that John Kerry's lackluster acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention had practically no impact on the race for the White House need only look to the polls.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Poland—Police in the Baltic port city of Gdansk are searching for the thief, or more likely thieves, responsible for stealing a 400-ton bridge. A Gdansk construction company had stored and forgotten the disassembled bridge in a local warehouse. According to Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza the bridge was discovered missing during a recent inventory of the storage unit. Police believe a gang of scrap metal thieves made off with the bridge in bits and pieces over the course of several months. An insurance claim made by the construction company estimates the bridge is worth nearly two million zloty ($500,000).

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Letters

Thank you for the article "Gas Pains" by Rhett Zyla that appeared in the July 29-Aug. 4 issue. The author asks a highly pertinent question. While we are in the midst of a volatile war that is arguably greatly motivated by our country's addiction to oil, our government continues to deny technological advancements that could save us billions of gallons of gas, and therefore billions of dollars and untold human lives. The answer to this question can be found by examining who the current movers and shakers of this government are. Republicans' lackluster support for environmental protection is no secret and the fact that the GOP controls the House and Senate must be noted. But specifically, it is the Bush administration that has heralded in a new age of unprecedented environmental attacks.

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