Dial S for Stupid
Leave it to the U.S. government to bureaucratize the business of bomb threats. On April 20, tenants of the Phillip Burton Federal Building received a security memo from the U.S. marshal and building manager informing them how to respond in the event of a phoned-in bomb threat.
Included in the memo was a cheat sheet of these nine “Questions to Ask” any phone bomber:
“When is the bomb going to explode? Where is it right now? What does it look like? What kind of bomb is it? What will cause it to explode? Did you place the bomb? Why? What is your address? What is your name?”
Our civil servants are also expected to jot down the “exact wording of the threat” and to record the sex and age of the caller, as well as the length of the call, the background sounds, the tone of voice (“calm,” “raspy,” “lisp,” etc.) and “Threat Language” — “well spoken,” “foul,” “irrational,” “incoherent,” “taped” and “message read by threat maker.”
Indicative of the federal government's continuing dedication to affirmative action, the form also asks that the race of the caller be jotted down.
Pushing the Manila Envelope
During his April tour of Asia, Mayor Frank Jordan helped the right-wing mayor of Manila, Alfredo Lim, campaign for re-election. A photo in the April 10 edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer depicts a beaming Jordan in a “Lim for Mayor” ball cap. “It seems to me that Mayor Lim has the spirit of the people solidly behind him,” the paper quoted Jordan.
Lim's mayoral opponent, Gemiliano Lopez, has accused the 65-year-old Lim of violating the civil liberties of Philippine citizens. He has also linked Lim to the killing of two police majors, both Lopez backers. (Lim denied the charges in the April 14 issue of Asiaweek.)
Lim and Jordan got to know one another via San Francisco's sister city relationship with Manila. Aside from being current mayors and former police chiefs, it appears both men have another common bond: They've both employed Tom Gerard. Gerard is the former SFPD inspector and CIA operative who was accused in 1993 of spying on political groups for the South African government and the ADL. Gerard did his best snooping under Jordan's watch as police chief; he fled to the Philippines in the face of FBI scrutiny in 1993.
Lim, the former head of the Philippine equivalent to the FBI, has been friends with Gerard for more than five years. Whenever Lim visited S.F., which was often (many of his children live here), Gerard would show him around. Lim would return the favor when Gerard visited the Philippines.
SFPD inspector Alfredo Mollat, a longtime friend of Lim and Gerard, disputes the contention that Gerard has worked for Lim. “Your sources are full of shit,” says Mollat. Mollat confirms that Gerard is currently living in the Philippines but could not say where.
The state Employment Development Division has slapped a tax lien on the owners of the San Francisco Giants. As it turns out, Magowan et al. owe the state $538.40 in back taxes from 1993; the interest is $9.03, which brings the total to $547.43. While tax records are confidential, section 1703 of the state revenue code sheds a little light on the subject: If it's EDD that's doing the liening, the tax payment in question falls into one of four categories — unemployment insurance, state disability insurance, income tax withheld from an employee's salary or employee training tax. Let's hope the Giants didn't need the money to pay Barry Bonds' salary.
By Jack Shafer, George Cothran, Ellen McGarrahan