was a mistake,” said Tenet, after the President and National Security
Advisor Condoleezza Rice blamed the CIA and called for someone to be held
is not expected to resign and the President has expressed full confidence
in his administration’s highest-ranking holdover from the Clinton years.
a written statement, Tenet said, “Officials who were reviewing the draft
remarks on uranium raised several concerns about the fragmentary nature of
the intelligence with National Security Council colleagues. Some of the
language was changed. From what we know now, agency officials in the end
concurred that the text in the speech was factually correct that the
British government report said that Iraq sought uranium from Africa.’’
concluded that, ‘‘this did not rise to the level of certainty which
should be required for presidential speeches, and the CIA should have
ensured that it was removed.’’
the CIA had reason to believe that the conclusion was based on documents
— some of which were forged — and other questionable data.
clearly Tenet and his agency had the lead in the matter, published reports
indicate that both the State Department and the Vice President’s office
had the same information which cast doubt on the President’s State of
the Union allegation.
the son of the Greek immigrant former owners of the Scobee Diner has
offered himself as the sole scapegoat in the matter. The Little
Neck-raised twin- brother of the head of cardiovascular medicine at New
York Hospital Medical Center of Queens was the first CIA director in 28
years to remain in office after the White House switched occupants. And
Bush’s faith in Tenet has paid off. It seems that the President (and his
administration) may be forgiven for a false statement before Congress and
the American people.
country was led to war based largely on the Iraq Weapons of Mass
Destruction theory. A key element of that theory’s presentation
apparently was flim-flam that members of the Bush administration had
reason to question.
we sit today, still unable to find Saddam’s alleged secret weapons,
George Bush has found his: George Tenet.
appears that a nation who made a President pay a hefty price for lying
about sexual misconduct which impacted only immediate family will accept
the mea culpa of a guy from Queens and forgive a Presidential misstatement
that impacted our country going to war and the continued loss of American
who learned some of his ethics while working at the Scobee Diner, may have
parlayed his Queens heritage into a move of national import.
seems to have provided the President with an easy way out of a potential
Tenet shall be known for this moment.
just wonder was it a moment of grace?
Cafes: Scourge Of Society?
friend John Liu has been championing a piece of City Council legislation
that would make it illegal for the owner of an internet café to allow a
minor — someone under 18 who does not have a high school degree — to
enter his place of business during school hours.
No. 467 amends Chapter 4 of Title 20 of the administrative code of New
York City by adding: “It shall be unlawful for any internet café to
permit a minor to enter such café during the hours of instruction of the
public school district in which the café is located.”
internet café is defined as a privately owned and managed facility in
which computers are rented or made available to the public for the primary
purpose of connecting with the internet but shall not include any public
library or school computer facility.
and simple, Councilman Liu wants to protect the high school students
(perhaps some younger) from cutting school to surf the web or play games.
And he has imposed a hefty penalty of $150 to $300 dollars for each
occurrence on owners of internet cafes that don’t help keep the kids in
this bill could conceivably pass the Council.
all for keeping the kids in school.
whose job is it?
the school get fined if a kid walks out?
parents get fined if kids stay home?
a high school kid cut school and go to a movie? To Shea for a Met game?
we fine the movie theater, Mets, or the bowling alley?
they play pool? Are they allowed in libraries? McDonald’s? Can they take
cabs and trains?
we fine cab drivers? The MTA? Restaurant owners?
seems that according to our friend Councilman Liu, it is the sole
responsibility of internet café owners to serve as the New York City
truant officers of the new millennium.
another attack on the poor NYC small business owner.
we think it’s also just a case of a City Councilmember with a myopic
view of the picture. It seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to constituent
complaints about where the kids of Liu’s Flushing district seek refuge
sociological needs of the children of our City cannot and should not be
the responsibility of small business owners.
we should not selectively penalize one segment of the business community
while others are allowed to reap financial benefits from truants.
fact is the home, the school and the community at large must unite to
insure consistent quality education for all.
Liu knows we can find a lot of answers on the internet.
As far as the answer to how to keep kids in school, I’d look a lot closer to home.
Ward Of The City
Today’s newspapers tell a story of incredible depravity. The life of severely disabled Stephanie Ramos, eight years old, shows unbearable suffering, cruelty and neglect. It ended with a painful and lingering death, allegedly caused by the greed of a foster “mother,” who concluded her care for Stephanie by throwing her body into a trash can.
concern is also with the systemic failure in child welfare that allowed
this tragedy to occur. How could inspectors have overlooked the
miserable conditions in the foster home? Queens prosecutors are said
to be investigating the payments — said to be about $100,000 a year —
that were made by the City and State for the care of three children in
this foster home in Springfield Gardens.
was extensive coverage of this horror story. I don’t know if you
can bear to read every horrible detail of this tragedy, but you should
read enough to understand fully what is known, up to now, about
Stephanie’s short life, sad death, and the abuse of her lifeless body.
the next weeks and months, follow-up on this matter will be most
important. We pay private and public agencies to be responsible for
the welfare of these children. Is New York another New Jersey, where
the murder of a young child led to the complete overhaul of the child
protection system and the dismissal of officials held accountable for the
tragedy? Where will the buck stop with regard to the death of
are traditionally concerned with important issues of a white-collar nature
— campaign financing, voting requirements, legislative procedures.
So are we. But we feel even more concerned and aroused at the slow,
painful death of a child who was a ward of the state, handed over to the
care of a woman who was pathetically unable or unwilling to maintain a
decent home, but quite able to receive repeated approvals from the
officials whose responsibility it was to make certain the child was cared
New York City Agency for Children’s Services (ACS) released the
following statement last week: “A preliminary review of our records on
this foster home shows no prior history of abuse or neglect, and nothing
that would raise any red flags about unsatisfactory living conditions in
the home environment. We [ACS] will continue to work closely with the NYPD
to investigate this case thoroughly and determine whether or not all
appropriate casework practice was followed.”
will protect us from the protectors?
NYC Parks Commissioner for fifteen years and a Councilmember for nine. He
is founder and director of NYCivic, a good government group. He can be
reached at: email@example.com
Michael Schenkler can be reached at: MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com