Footnotes of an America United

There were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terrorism.  

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission, which last came to public attention with its accusations that the Florida presidential election was rigged against blacks, established a hotline for Arabs and Muslims to report mistreatment since the September 11th atrocities.  


The toll free number, it generated 440 calls by October 9th, but when the Justice Department asked the commission to forward any serious complaints for possible prosecution, the commission refused.  Chairman Mary Francis spoke of callers' need for anonymity, adding -- quote -- "we ought to be proud to be doing this," she said, "rather than consider if it's helping anybody."   


Westchester County, New York authorities are downplaying an incident on Sunday, when a Secret Service van carrying Senator Hillary Clinton ran through a security checkpoint at the county airport, injuring a policeman who tried to stop them.  Police Officer Ernest Diamond was treated for bruises after the Clinton van failed to stop, and he first yelled at it and then threw his shoulder into the side of the vehicle. 


The Washington Times reports that the van, driven by a Secret Service agent who was talking on a cell phone, finally stopped about 100 yards past a checkpoint.  Senator Clinton was on her way to a private plane to go to a fund-raiser.  Officials said the incident was a misunderstanding and that Senator Clinton was certainly not to blame.  


Last May, an Islamic calender was printed in Egypt, copies of which later turned up in the town of Almir (ph) in the Netherlands.  What is remarkable about the calender is the picture for the month of September, 2001 -- a color drawing of an airplane crashing into Manhattan, bearing the phrase, "my fate is in Allah's hands," in Arabic. 


Numerous copies of the calender were traced to an Islamic school in Almir -- they're in the Netherlands -- where, quoting a Dutch newspaper, said the head of the school refused to answer journalists' questions.  The matter is said to be under continuing official investigation.


And finally, we continue to receive questions about why we spell Osama bin Laden's first name with a U instead of the O, used by most other news organizations.  The reason is simple.  There is no really officially correct way to spell the name in English, since it is a name in a foreign language.  So we spell it the way the U.S. government spells it.  And as you can see here, that includes the FBI.