This Week in the News…

Posted: September 28, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Sept. 21, Seattle Times

Slower Pace Proposed for Next Steps in Antitrust Case

“Some legal analysts suggested the government is being cautious in pursuing an action against the world’s largest software maker that could reverberate throughout the technology sector as the economy falters after last week’s terrorist attacks. ‘When the economy is in turmoil, antitrust regulators, appropriately, determine that they need to be more careful in restricting the marketplace,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust attorney and professor at the George Mason University School of Law. ‘That, it seems to me, is the strongest rationale for the surprisingly tepid schedule. And it’s probably a very decent rationale.'”

Monday, Sept. 24, Nightly Business Report

Walter Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University: “The true threat to liberty comes not from terrorists, but from political leaders whose natural inclination is to seize upon any excuse to diminish them. We’re going to hear calls for restrictions on privacy, on our freedom to engage in commerce, to travel, to communicate and other rights that not only make for a free society, but a rich one as well…. Keep in mind that a caged canary is safe, but by no means free. Our message to politicians should be use restraint when you’re talking about restricting liberty, and use ruthlessness in the pursuit of terrorists. Unfortunately, I’m afraid, Washington sees that message in reverse.”

Monday, Sept. 24, Baltimore Sun

College’s Center Takes a Byte Out of Cybercrime

“Despite the losses, law enforcement agencies have been slow to respond to the threat of cybercrime, experts said. ‘For a while, it has been thought of as a novelty and not a serious threat,’ said Neil Johnson, associate director of the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Tuesday, Sept. 25, Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News

Iran May Team Up with U.S. in Battle against Taliban

“As with many other places in the Middle East, the core of the friction between the Taliban and Iran involves religion. Iranians are Shiite Muslims. The Taliban are Sunni. ‘The elite of Tehran are products of religious seminaries. They are learned,’ says Sumaiya Hamdani, a professor of history at George Mason University. ‘The Taliban are young men, not well educated. They’re hellfire and brimstone fundamentalists.'”

Wednesday, Sept. 26, Wall Street Journal

Aftermath: A Changing Society: White House Tightens Regulators’ Guidelines

“Some regulatory experts applauded the moves to impose stricter discipline. ‘So often the attorneys write it and it hasn’t had good review by the different disciplines’ such as engineers, said Susan Dudley, a researcher at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Wednesday, Sept. 26, Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News

Scientists Using DNA to Help Identify Those Lost in Attacks

“Theoretically, a single cell can provide enough DNA to make identification possible. But the collapse of the World Trade Center towers pulverized the bodies there so thoroughly that not enough material may remain for DNA analysis. ‘I suspect that 90 percent of the people in the Trade Center will never be found. It’s really tragic,’ said Keith McKenney, an authority on DNA identification at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

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