More Undisclosed Records In McVeigh Case FoundLOS ANGELES TIMES -- WASHINGTON
A second batch of undisclosed records in the Oklahoma City bombing has been found in Baltimore, sources said Monday, prompting the FBI to send out a worldwide directive ordering all bureau field offices and attaches to comb their files for any more documents that may not have been turned over to Timothy J. McVeigh’s lawyers.
Federal officials last week discovered 3,135 pages of new material after collecting it from dozens of field offices around the country. After turning the documents over to the defense team for McVeigh and his convicted co-conspirator, Terry L. Nichols, seven additional documents turned up late last week in the Baltimore office, sources said Monday. The documents were expected to be delivered to defense attorneys on Monday.
Like the material found in other offices, the Baltimore documents were discounted by government sources, who said they have no relevance to McVeigh’s guilt or innocence. Baltimore was one of dozens of FBI field offices involved in interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence.
In issuing its sweeping order on Monday, the FBI sought to ensure that no additional materials will surface that should have long ago been shared with the defense.
Basque Voters Favor Moderate Party to End Violence in RegionLOS ANGELES TIMES -- BILBAO, SPAIN
Basque voters have cast their ballots against violence and for dialogue with the armed separatist group ETA, but few people in the region expect to see progress on either front any time soon.
The moderate Basque Nationalist Party, advocate of negotiations to end ETA’s terror campaign, won 33 seats in the 75-member legislature in Sunday’s regional election -- far more than Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar’s Popular Party, which rejects talks.
But the Popular Party’s failure to unseat the 20-year-old nationalist government is not going to weaken Aznar’s opposition to negotiations, political analysts said. And the Basque nationalists cannot make peace without the central government in Madrid.
Although ETA’s political allies saw their share of the vote plunge to a record low, the armed group is unlikely to halt the bombings and assassinations that voters repudiated.
Immigrants from India Region Lead Surge in U.S. Asian PopulationLOS ANGELES TIMES
Newcomers from the Indian subcontinent shifted the balance of the United States’ Asian population in the 1990s, as intermarriage and lower birth rates shrank the Japanese-American community, 2000 census data show.
The number of Asians in the United States grew 48 percent in the decade, dispersing into previously unfamiliar regions and outpacing all racial and ethnic groups except Latinos. Within the sprawling, heterogenous Asian category, however, all members did not fare equally.
Asian Indians -- those who identified themselves as such or as Bengalese, Bharat, Dravidian, East Indian or Goanese -- more than doubled, to almost 1.7 million, becoming the third-largest Asian group behind Chinese (2.4 million) and Filipino (1.8 million).
“It was a combination of highly skilled immigrants flowing into the high-tech sector and research sector and the growing amount of family unification by people who immigrated in the 1980s,” said Paul Ong, a demographer at the University of California, Los Angeles.