This Week in the News…

Posted: October 19, 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, Oct. 12, Agence France-Presse

Hidden Messages May Have Been Used to Plan Terrorists Attacks

“‘It’s possible that messages could be communicated (by bin Laden) via the videos to those who are looking for them,’ said Neil Johnson, a cryptography expert at George Mason University. ‘It could be his mannerisms, or even something he’s wearing that gives people cues.'”

Monday, Oct. 15, Nightly Business Report

Walter Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University: “The bailout enriches millions of airline stockholders at the expense of millions of others who aren’t stockholders. In any economic activity there are risks, both manmade and natural. Those who want to take those risks and rewards buy stock in the company. During the 90`s, airline stockholders were claiming large rewards. That’s great with me. But today they should be just as willing to accept the downside risk instead of going to Washington and demanding that Congress force non-stockholders to share in that downside risk.”

Wednesday, Oct. 17, Los Angeles Times

Court Says That Individuals Have a Right to Own Guns

“George Mason University law professor Daniel D. Polsby said the 5th Circuit’s ruling will probably be used to attack laws in several communities that forbid residents from legally owning handguns. It may even spur new challenges to the Brady Act, which sets a waiting period for new buyers of handguns. ‘I’m not surprised by this. I had thought it was perfectly clear that the 2nd Amendment creates an individual right,’ said Polsby, who has written extensively on its history. ‘But I also think it does not preclude reasonable regulation of firearms.'”

Thursday, Oct. 18, Los Angeles Times

The Anthrax Threat: Exposures Make Some in Congress Jittery

Catherine Rudder, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, said she worried that it was an ‘overreaction’ to shut down the House early. ‘At a time like this, you need strong leadership,’ Rudder said. ‘They have a responsibility not to create a stampede.'”

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