Clinton Orders Military Strikes Against Terrorist Facilities in Afghanistan, Sudan
The U.S today launched military strikes against a terrorist base in Afghanistan and a chemical weapons facility in Sudan affiliated with Osama bin Laden, a major funder of anti-U.S. terrorism and top suspect in the August 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.
President Clinton said that he had "convincing evidence" that bin Laden played a major role in embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and in past attacks on U.S. military forces and citizens. Clinton also noted the U.S. belief that bin Laden and his terrorist followers were planning "additional terrorist attacks against our citizens and others." Defense Secretary William Cohen said he hoped that these strikes would "reduce the ability of these terrorist groups to train and equip their followers."
A group allegedly founded by bin Laden, the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, issued a statement yesterday which read, "The coming days will, God willing, see that America meets a black fate ... There will be more attacks." The statement threatened that U.S. citizens and their allies would face repeated attacks "until American forces withdraw from the land of Muslims."
Bin Laden was also a signatory to a fatwa (religious tract) issued last February which read, ``We -- with God's help -- call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it."
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .