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Drugs:Bush began enforcing a Clinton-era law that denies federal financial aid to college students with even minor drug convictions. Drugs, in the Christian mind, lead to promiscuity, a sin apparently worse than burglary or murder—crimes after which you can still borrow money for school. Before Bush began cracking down, many students ignored a question about drug convictions. Now, if they don't answer, their aid gets pulled.

Faith-Based Charity:Bush has taken some hits on his plan to let churches run the government's welfare system, but he pledges to take up the matter again this fall, as he continues his march toward turning the U.S. into a religious state.


UN Officers Accused of Buying Sex Slaves
Our Pimps in Bosnia

The UN as pimp—who could believe it? Yet the evidence mounts. Kathryn Bolkovac, an American cop hired by Texas-based DynCorp, Inc., to stop sex abuse and trafficking in Bosnia, says she was disgusted to discover that UN officers from several countries were themselves frequenting whorehouses and trading in female sex slaves.

The company subsequently fired her for faking time sheets. Bolkovac is suing under a whistle-blower-protection statute in Great Britain. "I was shocked, appalled, and disgusted," she told the Guardian. "They were supposed to be over there to help, but they were committing crimes themselves. When I told the supervisors, they didn't want to know."

This is the second case involving DynCorp. Air mechanic Ben Johnston claims he was canned after discovering evidence of sex slavery and selling arms on the black market. Johnston is also suing.

Bolkovac says a fellow U.S. cop working as a UN police officer in Bosnia bought a girl sex slave for $1000. She has strong backing for her accusations. "There were truly dreadful things going on by UN police officers from a number of countries," conceded Richard Monk, head of the UN policing operation until 1999. "I found it incredible that I had to set up an internal affairs department to investigate complaints that officers were having sex with minors and prostitutes. The British officers were on the whole extremely good and very professional, setting a great example. But there were policeman from other countries who should not have been in uniform."

DynCorp wouldn't comment but had issued an earlier statement saying "The notion that a company such as DynCorp would turn a blind eye to illegal behaviour by our employees is incomprehensible. . . . We encourage our employees to be proactive in reporting inappropriate behaviour and commend those who follow our procedures by reporting it."


Star Wars: It's About the Money
Reality Checks

"Let's get real. We all know that if anyone ever attacks America, the bomb is going to be delivered by a suitcase, a car or a truck, or in a boat. It's not going to come from a missile, because you can track where a missile comes from and retaliate. We all know that we're lobbying for these programs because they make us money. We don't care whether they'll ever work, or even be useful. We care that the dollars come our way." —An unnamed missile and space division employee at Lockheed Martin, quoted in The Christian Science Monitor


Additional reporting: Ariston-Lizabeth Anderson and Sandra Bisin

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