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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
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- 04:33pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7916
"General Ayres may also refer the case to a
court-martial, which would involve a jury review and could lead to
heavier penalities, Major Salas said.
"The charges against the officers were announced
last week, but with the exception of Colonel Leberman, their names
were not released until today. In addition to Colonel Leberman and
General Krupp, they are: Col. Laurin P. Eck, a former assistant
program manager; Col. James E. Schleining, an aircraft group
commanding officer; Col. Phillip L. Newman, an assistant chief of
staff for logistics; Lt. Col. Demetrice M. Babb, a maintenance
officer; Capt. Christopher Ramsey, an assistant maintenance
officer; and Chief Warrant Officer Matthew W. Smith.
"The Osprey is being built jointly by the
helicopter division of the Boeing Company and the Bell Helicopter
unit of Textron Inc. In 1991, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney
tried to kill the program, saying it was too expensive, but
Congress overruled him. In June, Secretary of Defense Donald H.
Rumsfeld recommended that the Pentagon buy 12 more aircraft in the
Marines Charged in Falsifying Records by Mary Pat Flaherty
of the Washington Post offers significant additional comment and
Saturday, August 18, 2001; Page A05
" Leberman's attorney, Capt. Brian E. Kasprzyk,
said the filing of charges against officers outside the squadron
"clearly indicates this problem is bigger than what everyone has
been led to believe all along. There is an environment of pressure
. . . . .
" The full investigation report has not been made
public, but its executive summary cites 700 interviews and a
review of 3,000 maintenance documents, 38 computer hard drives and
219,000 e-mail messages, according to Kasprzyk.
In very large programs, that have gone on for long duration,
basic policies of deception become institutionalized, and cannot be
effectively hidden from organizations that wish to determine the
truth about them.
- 07:01pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7917
What should be a celebration connects to too much
pain, too much tragedy -- too much agony. I think very largely
because, when the Cold War should have been over, a decade
ago, Americans didn't have an end game.
Russians Mark 10 Years After Coup By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
"MOSCOW (AP) -- Russians looked back Sunday on the bungled
hard-line coup exactly 10 years ago that fatally wounded the USSR,
with some pining for the democratic passions that fired resistance
to the coup plotters, others cursing the hardships that have
"Russian President Vladimir Putin stayed conspicuously silent
on the anniversary, fueling critics' fears that a Soviet-style
authoritarianism is encroaching under his rule. Putin's predecessor
Boris Yeltsin, who famously faced down the putsch and was later
accused of betraying the democratic ideals that he rode to power,
was also silent.
"Russia is still coming to terms with the death of Soviet
rule, and the varied reactions to its demise reflect the ambiguities
that remain as to whether the collapse of the empire was good for
the country or not.
"``The authorities have ignored a celebration which should be
a state holiday,'' said Sergei Yevdokimov, a retired army major
whose tank battalion was the first military unit to turn against the
coup plotters and join the opposition.
"The legacy of the failed coup was a changed world, one
without the Cold War and nagging fear of nuclear confrontation,
without the seven-decade international communist experiment.
"Yet on a day that in some countries might be a major holiday,
just a few hundred people turned out Sunday at the Russian White
House in central Moscow to recount the dizzying days of August 1991.
Back then, tens of thousands rallied against the attempt to oust
reformist Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
"Under a muggy heat, Sunday's demonstrators milled about on a
stone bridge and held a moment of silence for the three protesters
killed in the 1991 events. Bored-looking police ringed a wide area,
far outnumbering demonstrators. A lone accordionist played Russian
"Some accused Putin, a former KGB agent, of trying to restore
Soviet-style authoritarian controls.
"``It's no surprise that the Kremlin isn't taking part in the
celebration,'' said Sergei Yushenkov, an independent liberal
lawmaker. ``The regime which we now have is the restoration of the
coup. ... We mustn't allow the secret services to take control of
"Yushenkov is among a small minority of respected Russians who
deeply distrust Putin. They note that he has restored the stirring
music of the Soviet anthem for the new Russian anthem and say he is
threatening media and other freedoms.
"Yet most Russians -- including Gorbachev -- welcome Putin's
efforts to restore order after the corrupt, tumultuous Yeltsin
years, and are often willing to look the other way when his methods
are less than democratic.
"``Putin is trying to take the country out of chaos left by
Yeltsin, but he's only at the start of the road,'' Gorbachev said
"Gorbachev has been increasingly outspoken as the anniversary
approached, admitting he misjudged the strength of his opposition.
Of the coup plotters, he said, ``They were serious people. ... They
did it because their time was up, and they couldn't agree to
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