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28Jul/050

Brazilian did not wear bulky jacket. Regardless of how this story pans out, the bulky jacket and alleged turnstile jumping do not justify the shooting. Where is the outrage?

Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead in the head, was not wearing a heavy jacket that might have concealed a bomb, and did not jump the ticket barrier when challenged by armed plainclothes police, his cousin said yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference after a meeting with the Metropolitan police, Vivien Figueiredo, 22, said that the first reports of how her 27-year-old cousin had come to be killed in mistake for a suicide bomber on Friday at Stockwell tube station were wrong.

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Mr de Menezes was shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder at 10am last Friday after being followed from Tulse Hill. Scotland Yard initially claimed he wore a bulky jacket and jumped the barrier when police identified themselves and ordered him to stop. The same day the Met commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, said the shooting was "directly linked" to the unprecedented anti-terror operation on London's streets.

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22Jul/050

No random bag search today. I was prepared to decline the search and walk elsewhere if necessary. That may sound crazy, but people are way too eager to sacrifice their rights to "feel safe." So I departed Grand Central station at 10:00 this morning, and there were zero cops in sight. Does anyone else not perceive how ridiculous the new policy is? Random search only during rush hour. Imagine if airport baggage screeners only x-rayed during peak travel times.

I am not saying that enforcement needs to be tougher. To the contrary, things need to go back to the way they were. Automatic rifles in subway stations and airport terminals make me uneasy as hell, not to mention that locking down every entrance to GCT just isn't feasible. Politicians love to say that everything changed after 9/11, which I find to be rubbish. Unfortunately, people here tend to react to events instead of analyzing underlying causes.

Venezuela Condemns U.S. Push to Broadcast. If the U.S. so concerned about press freedoms, we should take this initiative to China instead of interfering with a democratically elected government. Er, isn't Judith Miller still in prison? Hypocrisy... Incidentally, I don't particularly mind that she is locked up, given her role in selling the war in Iraq. Reap it.

The U.S. House approved a measure this week authorizing the government "to initiate radio and television broadcasts that will provide a consistently accurate, objective, and comprehensive source of news to Venezuela." It must still be approved by the Senate.

President Hugo Chavez, frequent critic of Washington, has vowed to jam the signals.

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21Jul/050

Police to Check Bags on NYC Subways.

Officials declined to specify how frequently the checks would occur. The inspections are scheduled to be in place by rush hour on Friday. Authorities said bus and commuter train passengers will also be checked.

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[Police Commissioner Raymond] Kelly said passengers selected for searches will be approached by officers, who will ask them what they are carrying, and request them to open their bags. If an officer looking for explosives finds some other form of contraband, police said that person would be subject to arrest.

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9Jul/05Off

Despite Terror, Europeans Seem Determined to Maintain Civil Liberties.

Political leaders in Europe diplomatically avoid criticizing the United States, but it has surely not been lost on ordinary Europeans that the countries attacked, and threatened by attack, are those that have supported the American war in Iraq.

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Moreover, Germany is the only country to bring people accused of being members of the Sept. 11 terrorism team to trial. But both cases have foundered, not because of some excessive civil liberties scruples on the part of the Germans, but because the United States refused to provide records of its interrogations of terrorist leaders.

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