August 19, 2011
The short version of David Oh 's political resume: The former city prosecutor enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, joined an elite Special Forces unit and then came home to run a law practice. But two high-ranking military officers familiar with Oh's National Guard record say his claim to have been a Green Beret is bunk. Oh, a front-runner for a Republican at-large City Council seat in the Nov. 8 general election, did not make it through the training to become a Green Beret in 1991.
December 21, 1986
From what the news media report, President Reagan did not know what his National Security Council was doing in the White House basement, Secretary of State George P. Shultz did not know what his ambassador was doing in Lebanon, CIA Director William Casey did not know what his CIA was doing, Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d did not know what his Justice Department was doing, and Congress did not know what the U.S. government was doing. All this means is that U.S. foreign policy was being formulated and carried out by the Iranians, the contras, the Israelis and some international gun runners, all orchestrated by a few high-ranking U.S. military officers who now refuse to tell anybody what they were doing.
April 30, 1986 |
A young boy who apparently played hooky from school with two friends yesterday drowned in Tacony Creek near Rising Sun Avenue in the city's Olney section despite efforts to save him by two military officers who were jogging nearby, police said. Salahad Alexander, 7, of the 3900 block of North Sixth Street in the Hunting Park section, was playing with two boys in Tacony Creek Park, about a mile from his home, when he went into the water. Police said they did not know whether he had been swimming or had fallen.
April 2, 1989 |
Citing evidence he called insufficent, a judge has ordered the release of two former military officers and an industrialist in a kidnapping case that Washington once held up as proof that renegade officers could be brought to justice in El Salvador. In dismissing the case late Friday for a "lack of proof," Judge Juan Hector Larios said declarations given by witnesses were not "trustworthy. " His decision to release the three men and cancel arrest warrants for five other suspects was made in his final hours as a criminal court judge.
August 16, 1990 |
The Bush administration, venting anger over El Salvador's failure to prosecute military officers and their political allies in two human rights cases, has quietly moved to cut off legal aid to the country's court system, officials said. In a related development yesterday, the chairman of a congressional task force on El Salvador accused the Salvadoran military high command of "a conspiracy to obstruct justice" to cover up involvement in the slaying of six Jesuit priests in November.
April 20, 1987 |
President Raul Alfonsin accepted the resignation of his army chief of staff today, 20 hours after he persuaded military officers to peacefully end a three-day mutiny that had challenged Argentina's 3-year-old democracy. In a terse announcement, the government said that Gen. Hector Rios Erenu had resigned and Defense Minister Horacio Jaunarena was taking over for him. Government officials and local press reports had speculated that Rios Erenu would be replaced after he failed to promptly put down Argentina's second military rebellion in four days.
February 15, 2006 |
Attorneys for admitted al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui subpoenaed Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) to testify at Moussaoui's sentencing trial, apparently seeking information about a confidential U.S. intelligence program that Weldon says had advance information about the Sept. 11 hijackers. Weldon said he had declined on the advice of his attorneys to testify, citing congressional immunity from appearing in court on matters involving congressional business. "I have come to the conclusion that I would rather not testify," Weldon said at a news conference.
February 14, 1986
As Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier left the airport he knew he had chosen the right city to live in after leaving Haiti as he passed the piles of trash and wrecked cars on the way into the city. The dirty streets, the smell of the refineries all made him homesick. When he saw the rows of abandoned houses full of trash on potholed streets, he no longer wanted to go home. Baby Doc soon learned that his new home even had its own version of the tonton macoutes, when he heard that the mayor had ordered the bombing of a misfit group and burned down two blocks of houses.
May 7, 2014 |
JAY WRIGHT will be at the Pentagon tomorrow afternoon to take part in a strategic seminar for military officers, an event that includes a panel discussion on leadership for more than 400 service members. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting the event in conjuction with USA Basketball, the NBA and NBA Cares Hoops for Troops program. It will be televised on the Pentagon Channel and webcast starting at 1:30. Wright, the Villanova's men's coach, will join colleagues Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma, who both just won the men's and women's national titles, respectively, at Connecticut, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Pitt's Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.
May 6, 2011
Rene Emilio Ponce, 64, the once-powerful army general blamed for one of the most egregious atrocities in El Salvador's civil war, the killing of six Roman Catholic priests, died Monday at the Military Hospital in San Salvador. He had been admitted last week in critical condition with heart trouble, El Salvador's Defense Ministry said in a statement. Gen. Ponce served as defense minister and army chief of staff in the last half of the Cold War-era conflict that ended in 1992, becoming one of the U.S.-backed government's most important military strategists.