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The Boston Herald, June 1, 1997 p067
Raising specter of 'War' - Criminals threaten world, Kerry warns.
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1997 Boston Herald
"The New War: The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security" by Sen. John Kerry (Simon & Schuster)
Sen. John Kerry, who was assistant district attorney of Middlesex County way back when, casts a much larger net in "The New War."
Kerry, former chairman and, until recently, ranking Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations, warns that while Americans obsess about street crime and random violence, we overlook the far greater threat posed by global criminals and terrorists.
Kerry identifies the Big Five of international criminals: the Italian Mafia, Russian Mafiya, the Japanese yakuza, the Chinese triads and the Colombian cartels. And there are smaller but still dangerous players around the world, including Mexico and Nigeria.
What has changed in recent years, Kerry asserts, is that crime has gone global. The mobs are more organized, violent and powerful than ever, and they often work together.
The global mobs are mixed up in drug smuggling, immigration scams, computer theft and much more. Chemical and biological terrorism are potential threats, and nuclear terrorism is not unthinkable.
According to Kerry's thesis, we are engaged in nothing less than war with global criminals.
"Global crime," he writes, "poses not one but a phalanx of threats to our national security - by eroding confidence, poisoning honesty, depleting revenue; by mocking borders, currencies, passports; and worst of all, by continually succeeding."
What's needed to stop global criminals, Kerry argues, is global cooperation, "a revolution in the way we conceive of every aspect of the law, from jurisdiction to punishment."
That will require sacrifice by everyone. While no nation should give up sovereignty, he believes, we must find ways to establish consistent laws and a consistent system of punishment. We might have to give up a little privacy, for example, to avert anarchy on the Internet.
Beating the global criminals won't be easy and it won't be cheap. Kerry says we can't do it alone but maintains only America has the power and prestige to lead the way.
The most serious task is fighting and winning the war on drugs at home, he asserts. His recommendations, alas, sound familiar: more money for treatment, education, after-hours school programs and early intervention programs.
Losing the war to the global criminals is not a pretty prospect. What's at stake, according to Kerry, "is nothing less than the fate of civilization."
St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), April 11, 1997 p02A
PEOPLE. (News)(People Column)
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1997 Pulitzer Publishing Co.
Quick: Which Democratic politician from Massachusetts is feeling heat from his ex-wife over his marriage annulment petition?
Rep. Joseph Kennedy is not alone. Sen. JOHN KERRY has applied to the Archdiocese of Washington for an annulment of his marriage to Julia Thorne. (They split in 1988; Kerry later remarried.)
Thorne has written the archdiocese opposing Kerry's petition; she says it demeans their relationship and their two children. And she has written a blurb for "Shattered Faith," in which Sheila Rauch Kennedy blasts the church's annulment policy.
The Boston Herald, May 14, 1997 p008
Inside Track. Gayle Fee; Laura Raposa.
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1997 Boston Herald
Hydrant removal gets Heinz out of parking pickle
We don't know about you, but the Track is going to rest easier tonight knowing that Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz, will soon be able to park the Picklemobile right smack in front of their door at 19 Louisburg Square.
Because that pesky fire hydrant - which fueled a flurry of bad press for the ketchup heiress last year when she was bagged blocking it with her white Jeep Cherokee - is being relocated around the corner to Pinckney Street.
The Boston Fire Department confirmed yesterday that a request for the hydrant relocation came in from the Heinz-Kerrys less than a week ago.
"The chief went up there himself and didn't see any problem with moving it," said a BFD spokesman.
Talk about prompt service! Quick as you could say "the slooooooow ketchup," the jaw-clenching racket of jackhammers began blasting through Louisburg Square.
Of course Mrs. Heinz was not in residence at the time.
Kerry's people say the senator and the missus figured that the city could easily move the black-and-white hydrant around the corner since the sewer rats were in the neighborhood fixing a hinky sewer connection across the street on Pinckney.
And besides, the hydrant - which caused such painful parking problems for Teresa's HJ 57 - is such an eyesore!
No word on the ketchup queen's take on the dozen orange-and-white construction barrels lined up and down Pinckney.
And - may we add - taking up precious parking spaces!
"Now they'll be able to park directly in front of the door without complaints from neighbors," sniffed one fired-up Square-ite.
Kerry's spokesman, Michael Meehan, told the Track the removal of the funky-looking fireplug - not to mention the earlier relocation of a grating Boston Edison grate - would improve the $3 million manse's "pictorial environment."
"At least the photos will look better," he joked.
We relish the thought!
During the period from 1979-1985 quite a number of leftist politicians in the USA were active fund-raisers, supporters and apologistas- PERIQUACO's- for the Sandinistas.
I am curious if Kerry was a member of this leftist group.
The Boston Herald, June 15, 1997 p010
INSIDE TRACK: Kerry-Heinzs bow to parking pressure. Gayle Fee; Laura Raposa.
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1997 Boston Herald
Word from Louisburg Square is that Sen. John Kerry and Teresa Heinz led a pre-emptive strike the other night and got word to a neighborhood meeting that they would abide by the two parking-space limit.
Wonders never cease . . .
The Square-ites, steamed about the Kerry-Heinz's piggy parking practice of cramming cars into four spaces, sat down the other night to sound off about their neighbors.
But, before anyone could grouse about the haughty Heinz-Kerrys, an F.O.K. piped up saying that the residents of No. 19 would bow to pressure and only use the Square's customary - but not mandated - two-car parking allowance.
Which is the least they could do considering the couple's Fire Plug Relocation Project (also known as Little Dig) and repairs on a hinky sewer line have wreaked havoc on the elite enclave for weeks. We think Miss Manners would agree.
Kerry's spin on the meeting was that it was called "to deal with a parking issue at the opposite end of the Square."
"It was related to the two condos down there," said the senator's spokesman, Michael Meehan.
Hmmmm . . .
But we hear what really got the neighbors fired up was that Kerry had been heard joking that since he and Teresa had that pesky fire hydrant removed from in front of their palatial pad, they now had five spaces. Ha. Ha.
Just call them the Beacon Hill Pills!
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I actually was at that rally, as a child and not as a supporter or participant or anything like that. It was a beautiful, warm spring weekend and the protestors were camped all around the Washington Monument. They had the usual veterans burning their medals and raggedy looking bum/protestors everywhere. It gave me an idea of the strength and the limitations of protests, Kerry and his gang really took over the mall area, but then again, outside the downtown area, you would never have known they were there.
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