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Russia retaliates;
fires U. S. diplomat
MOSCOW — Russia expelled a
U.S. diplomat Monday in retaliation
for the expulsion of a Russian intelli
gence officer accused of involvement
in a Washington spy scandal.
The expelled American diplomat
was identified in Russian media as
James L. Morris, a counselor at the
U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The U.S.
Embassy and officials in Washington
refused to confirm the name.
The exchange of expulsions —
Russia’s diplomat was ordered out on
Friday—was reminiscent of the Cold
War and threatened to chill U.S.-Rus
sian relations.
“We have received a request from
the Russian government to withdraw
a senior official of the embassy. We
expressed our great regret and con
cern over this action,” the U.S. Em
bassy said in a statement that did not
mention Morris by name.
In Washington,aClintonadminis
tration official who spoke on condi
tion he not be named, suggested any
tit-for-tat gamesmanship between the
two countries may be over for now:
“We have no further plans at this time
to take further action.”
The United States had expected the
expulsion of an American from Mos
cow since Alexander Lysenko, the
chief of Russia’s intelligence station
in Washington, was declared persona
non grata on Friday and ordered to
leave the United States within seven
U.S. officials said Lysenko “was in
a position to be responsible” for CIA
officer Aldrich H. Ames and his wife,
Rosario, who were charged last week
with spying for Moscow since 1985.
Ames, who once headed the CIA
branch in charge df Soviet counterin
telligence, allegedly sold secrets to the
Soviet Union and later Russia for more
than SI .5 million.
U.S. officials believe the informa
tion he gave Moscow may have led to
the execution of as many as 10 Rus
sians who were spying for the United
Also Monday, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin fired the head of the
Federal Counterintelligence Service,
an agency that was formed when the
KGB was reorganized last year.
But the state news agency ITAR
Tass said the firing of Nikolai
Golushko stemmed from his failure to
prevent the release of Yeltsin’s hard
line enemies over the weekend, rather
than from the Ames spy scandal.
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U.S. downs Serb warplanes
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia —
NATO struck for the first time in
the Bosnian war Monday when two
U.S. F-16 fighter jets downed four
Serb warplanes that U.N. officials
said bombed an arms plant run by
Bosnia’s Muslim-led government.
NATO said the planes ignored
several warnings to leave a U.N.
imposed no-fly zone over Bosnia or
face attack and then were observed
dropping bombs on a Muslim-con
trolled area.
Bosnian Serbs first denied in
volvement. One Serb army official,
who spoke on cond it ion of anonym
ity, confirmed that four of their
planes were shot down. Bosnian
Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said
Serb pilots might have been mak
ing “training flights.”
NATO has frequently threatened
intervention to back U.N. resolu
tions during the 23-month war.
Monday’s attack was the first in
stance of NATO using military
muscle anywhere during its 44 years
of existence.
NATO and the United Nations
say they are neutral in the Bosnian
conflict and will act against any
side violating U.N. agreements.
“If the Serbs did this, I see no
justification,” said Russian Defense
Minister Pavel Grachev.
Grachev said he did not think
the incident would escalate the con
U.S. Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda,
the NATO commander for south
ern Europe, said the lesson to be
learned was simple: “You ought
not to violate the no-fly zone.” He
said NATO would not hesitate to
fire on any other violators.
Boorda said U.S. pilots detected
six planes by radar and broadcast
three warnings for them to immedi
ately land or leave Bosnian airspace
or risk attack. No response was
received, and the Americans then
saw the planes “make a bombing
maneuver” and witnessed explo
sions on the ground, he said.
One U.S. plane then shot down
three planes with air-to-air missiles
and a second U.S. plane downed a
fourth, Boorda said at a briefing in
Naples, Italy. The two other planes
escaped by flying west over Croatia
and then north and back east over
Banja Luka, NATO said.
Bosnian no-fly zone
The United Nations has authorized NATO
warplanes to shoot down aircraft that
violate the Bosnian no-fly zone, which has
been in effect since October, 1992, and
covers all of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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Dealers are skeptical as Brady law takes effect
The federal Brady law took effect
Monday, turning firearms dealers in
32 states into a first line of defense to
keep felons from buying handguns.
The mechanism varies around the
country. Some gun dealers call a state
agency toll-free, others have to pay,
some will fax or mail in forms.
Some states, such as Colorado and
South Carolina, are promising instant
background checks. The alternative is
for gun shops to wait five days for a
background check by the chief law
enforcement official in the area where
the buyer lives.
“That’s the big fly in the butter
milk,” Bill Carter Sr., owner of Cart
er’s Country gun stores in Houston,
“Determining the proper justifica
tion is a big problem for us. If we do it
wrong, we violate the law.”
In Mississippi, a seller will send
paperwork by certified mail. The five
days start when it’s received.
“Is a felon going to come in and
identify himself with a driver’s li
cense? He’d have to be stupid,” Den
ver Woodcock, manager of Riley’s
Sport Shop and Shooting Range in
Hooksett, N.H., said.
States that already have back
ground checks report they have stopped
thousands of criminals from getting
The National Rifle Association
argues the law is unconstitutionally
vague about who must enforce it. The
NRA is backing a lawsuit in U.S.
District Court in Tucson, Ariz., by
Graham County ShcrifTRichard Mack.
The Brady law is named after
former White House Press Secretary
James Brady, who was wounded dur
ing the T981 assassination attenti on
former President Reagan. Brady and
his wife, Sarah, have since been lob
bying lawmakers for gun control.
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The federal government needs to
adopt some of the Nebraska Constitu
tion’s aspects—including an amend
ment that would require lawmakers to
present a balanced budget, Stor.ey said.
“We can live with (the balanced bud
get amendment) here ... we can make
it work at the federal level,” she said.
“We should apply the same common
sense that we use in our lives to the
federal government.”
Stoney said she would support a 25
percent cut in congressional staff and
would not support pay raises for sen
She said she would also support a
measure sending drug dealers who
deal to minors to prison for 10 years.
She said 10-year jail terms to felons
convicted of using a firearm and 20
year terms if the gun is fired would
help curb crime.
Stoney said the Clinton health care
reform plan would be a step in the
wrong direction.
“The Clinton health care bill Ls the
wrong medicine. In fact, it is finan
cially fatal,” she said. “We should kill
(the plan) outright.”
“The United States has the best
health care system in the world, Stoney
said. She said the Clinton health care
plan is the epitome of government
intervention in American’s lives.
Congress should start with a plan
improving affordability and access,
she said.
Stoney said the country did not
need to give another one-fourth of the
Gross National Product.
“Remember, these arc the same
people that gave us the $700 toilet
scats and 29-ccnt stamps,” Stoney said.
The health care system needs mal
practice and fraud reforms in addition
to improvements in access, Stoney
“Price caps and government
knows-best reforms are not the an
swers,” she said. “Let’s admit Wash
ington needs reforms.”
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