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Anthony Pignataro's article concerning the El Toro noise tests was an excellent representation of THE TRUTH! ("Noise, Noise, Noise," June 11). If Anthony had only arrived in Fairbanks Corporate Park around noon on Saturday, he would have heard the loudest takeoff of his life.
—Markham Hacke, Foothill Ranch WE'RE CORPORATE SLUTS
R. Scott Moxley and Anthony Pignataro's and piece on the transfer of weapons technology to Communist China was on-target when it concluded that multinational corporations have tremendous influence on our government's policies but little loyalty to our country ("Cox, Dicks, No Balls," June 4).
While that point was certainly justified, beating up Representative Chris Cox was not. The OC Weekly seems to have an obsession with hurting Cox. His scorecard on human rights and national security over corporate greed is far better than that of the vast majority of congressional Democrats, much less President Bill Clinton, none of whom you ever attack. On Most Favored Nation status for Communist China, for example, Chris has (as I have) consistently voted for human rights. For all their rhetoric about working people, Clinton and House Democrats generally rubber-stamp whatever the big-moneyed interests want on China, bailouts and corporate subsidies.
The article fairly questioned the contradiction between my current rage over the transfer of missile technology to Communist China and my earlier support for launching U.S. satellites on Chinese rockets. I appreciate that the story included my explanation about the iron-clad guarantees given to me that no technology would be transferred to the Communist Chinese and that those promises and commitments were frivolously discarded by the Clinton administration and Hughes Electronics once the policy change was achieved.
I was not duped; I was lied to. My anger is not hypocrisy but rather a real sense of betrayal. This lie and other lies Clinton has told concerning Communist China are much more significant to me and our country than the president's pathetic word games concerning Monica Lewinsky. Chris did an excellent job in documenting the corporate betrayal of our country's national-security interests and the cover-up of this crime by the Clinton administration, even though Chris did it in much softer, more objective and nonjudgmental tones than I would use.
The final irony of your piece is that while attacking Chris as a corporate mouthpiece, the OC Weekly parrots the corporate line and is likely using material dug up by high-priced PR firms under contract to those very same corporate elites. Their defense of the indefensible betrayal of American security—which was undoubtedly mapped out by the best PR firms money can buy—is to point a finger at those of us taking them to task and charging us, their accusers, with being inconsistent hypocrites. Does this mean that the OC Weekly is part of the "corporate cover-up"?
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—Dana Rohrabacher, member of Congress, 45th District R. Scott Moxley and Anthony Pignataro respond: While appreciative of Rohrabacher's overall agreement with our story, we take issue with several of his observations. Our article demonstrated that the transfer of military technology to China was unequivocally a decades-long bipartisan effort involving Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton, as well as Democratic and Republican members of Congress. No one should acknowledge that fact more than the Huntington Beach Republican congressman who has ranted about the evils of Communist China while repeatedly and quietly voting for the actual overseas U.S. corporate-Communist relationships that compromised top-secret rocket technology. That we questioned why the same politicians who encouraged those relationships appointed Cox—Congress' top corporate mouthpiece—to investigate the corporations is fair game, even if uncomfortable for Rohrabacher and Cox. Finally, the unsupported charge that the OC Weekly has parroted the "corporate line" on this story ranks as one of the congressman's most baffling statements ever. IF THE VAN'S ROCKIN', DON'T BOTHER BALKAN
Thank you for Matt Coker's "Kicked in the Balkans" (A Clockwork Orange, May 21). We are two of the demonstrators who have been on a sidewalk on Bristol Street every Saturday afternoon and plan to continue being there on that day of the week indefinitely. It is a special thing to find reports in the mass media of the other points of view in the NATO/Yugoslavia conflict.
It can be difficult to convince with a small group sometimes, but the supportive sound of myriad honking horns of passing cars lets us know that there is a large number of unsilent Americans who seem to agree with us. We now want to add our visible presence to those of us on Bristol Street—a committed and growing group—who yearn for peace to come to the troubled nations and people of this world.
—Michael and Viktoria Henry, La Habra