June 1, 2002
Pakistan's president, stopping short of matching
India's pledge not to use nuclear weapons first, said Saturday
"any sane individual" would not allow tensions between the
two nations to escalate into a nuclear war.
The United States will strike pre-emptively against
suspected terrorists if necessary to deter attacks on Americans,
President Bush told West Point graduates Saturday. "The war on
terror will not be won on the defensive," he said.
Israeli troops searched house-to-house Saturday as
tanks patrolled deserted streets in four Palestinian cities and towns
in a sweep of the West Bank that has rounded up dozens of suspected
militants over the past two days.
Islamic terrorists "have Asia in their
sights," the Pentagon's No. 2 official told defense ministers
from the region Saturday in an effort to rally support for the
U.S.-led war on terrorism.
Cleanup at ground zero is complete, but restoration is far from over
at nine vacant and scarred office buildings nearby. Owners of
several buildings, including a graceful turn-of-the-century landmark
skyscraper designed by Cass Gilbert, are still negotiating with
insurers. Some buildings will reopen.
In a blistering speech before hundreds of thousands of people in a
drenching rain Saturday, President Fidel Castro said the democracy
President Bush wants to see in Cuba would be a corrupt and unfair
system that ignores the poor.
The Bush administration's top anti-terrorism prosecutor said the
United States had ample evidence that a devastating terrorist attack
on U.S. soil was likely long before Sept. 11.
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U.S. intelligence agencies could have better analyzed
information that pointed to Sept. 11, but probably could not have
prevented the attacks, the attorney general and FBI director said
Yasser Arafat has offered Cabinet posts to Hamas and
other militant groups involved in suicide attacks against Israelis as
part of a government reshuffle he plans to announce in coming days
Hundreds of relatives of people lost on Sept. 11 joined
hands at the site of the World Trade Center on Sunday as those hit
hardest by terrorism sought solace at an interfaith memorial ceremony
marking the end of the recovery effort. Family members hoisted
pictures of their loved ones above their heads as the ceremony began
with bagpipers playing "Amazing Grace." Then, a woman sang
"God Bless America" amid the muffled sobs of relatives.
The United States may need to reassess its military mission in
Afghanistan because of the threat of nuclear war between India and
Pakistan, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said
U.S. and coalition forces began searching early Sunday for al-Qaida
and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province near the
Pakistan border, officials said. Helicopter gunships and B-52s
patrolled overhead as a combined force combed the al-Aqsa military
base on the main road from Jalalabad to the Pakistani border before
moving closer to Torkham, the Pakistani border post.
India's defense minister said Sunday that his nation won't be
"impulsive" and sought to ease fears of a nuclear war, as
the Indian and Pakistani leaders headed to a summit where they are
unlikely to talk peace or even talk at all.
A diamond big enough to choke a horse, a yacht trip to the Caribbean
and the chance to rub elbows with the star of "Frasier" were
among a slew of items bought at Sotheby's last night in an auction
that raised an eye-popping $3.8 million for victims of Sept. 11.
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As the presidents of Russia and China prepared to
plunge into the international effort to head off war, India and
Pakistan refused to budge on Kashmir, both insisting Monday that they
were fighting terrorism.
President Bush said Monday that intelligence agencies
and the FBI must do a better job tracking and catching terrorists,
emphasizing pursuit of "this shadowy enemy" on the eve of
congressional hearings into the Sept. 11 attacks
CIA Director George Tenet met with Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday, beginning a tough Mideast mission in
which he wants assurances Yasser Arafat will revamp the Palestinian
security forces to prevent attacks on Israel.
The Palestinian Cabinet late Monday overrode a decision
by the Palestinian Supreme Court to release a militant being held in a
West Bank prison.
The CIA received vague intelligence about Zacarias
Moussaoui in spring 2001, but from an informant who knew the Frenchman
only by an alias and the agency didn't link the two names until well
after Sept. 11
India and Pakistan exchanged intense artillery and machine-gun fire
along their frontier Monday, as fighting spread for the first time
this year to a key area of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir
The CIA first learned of two of the eventual Sept. 11 hijackers at a
meeting in Malaysia in early 2000 but didn't alert domestic
authorities to watch for them until three weeks before the attacks
A nuclear war between Pakistan and India could dwarf any catastrophe
in history, killing up to 12 million people in south Asia. But experts
say the radioactive fallout likely would not harm people half a world
Egyptian intelligence warned American officials about a week before
Sept. 11 that Osama bin Laden's network was in the advance stages of
executing a significant operation against an American target,
President Hosni Mubarak
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Investigators believe they have identified a Kuwaiti lieutenant of
Osama bin Laden as the likely mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist
President Bush said Tuesday the CIA and FBI failed to communicate
adequately before Sept. 11. Congress began extraordinary closed-door
hearings into intelligence lapses with bipartisan promises to search
for facts, not scapegoats.
Pakistan's president traded angry accusations with his
Indian counterpart Tuesday, but Indian officials said they saw signs
the situation in Kashmir was becoming calmer.
The Bush administration is proposing to photograph,
fingerprint and get detailed information from thousands more foreign
visitors to the United States
The Bush administration is trying to arrange a Middle East peace
conference next month in Turkey, with foreign ministers from Europe
and the region participating
Civil rights groups filed lawsuits against four major airlines on
Tuesday, alleging discrimination against five men who were removed
from flights after the Sept. 11 attacks because they looked Middle
The Board of Education won't be stuck with a nearly $12 million bill
to clean potentially hazardous World Trade Center dust from downtown
schools, officials said yesterday. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency told school officials yesterday that it would
reimburse $11.7 million spent in cleanup and environmental testing
since Sept. 11. The agency said it would eventually also cover $5
million spent to clean schools in buildings leased by the Board of Ed
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Israeli armored vehicles entered the West Bank town of
Ramallah early Thursday and surrounded the office of Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat
Moving on two fronts, Congress interviewed FBI
whistle-blower Coleen Rowley on Wednesday about the events leading up
to Sept. 11, and prepared for her public testimony before a
Democratic-controlled Senate committee
The Justice Department announced anti-terrorism changes
Wednesday to require roughly 100,000 new visitors each year to provide
fingerprints, photographs and details about their plans in the United
Hijacking ringleader Mohammed Atta's roommate was
refused entry to the United States on at least four occasions, then
went undetected as he funneled thousands of dollars to the eventual
India made a conciliatory gesture to Pakistan on Wednesday, calling
for joint monitoring of their disputed Kashmir frontier a proposal
that Pakistan played down as old and unlikely to work. Even as
the United States and Britain sent top officials to pressure the
nuclear-armed rivals, they stepped up warnings asking their own
citizens to leave
Iraq poses an increasing threat that must be met, the defense chiefs
of the United States and Britain said Wednesday, showing growing
impatience with Saddam Hussein
Stung by criticism it misled people making donations for Sept. 11
victims, the American Red Cross announced Wednesday that it will no
longer solicit donations for particular disasters
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Stung by intelligence failures, President Bush called
on Congress Thursday night to remake the government for "a
titanic struggle against terror," proposing a Cabinet-level
Department of Homeland Security to prevent a repeat of the Sept. 11
The FBI is weighed down by bureaucracy, "make-work
paperwork" and a culture that discourages risk-taking, an agency
whistle-blower told Congress on Thursday, venting frustration with an
organization she said could have done more to prevent the Sept. 11
The man suspected of masterminding the Sept. 11 terror
attacks is believed to have once attended college in North Carolina
and, in 1999, visited the German city where chief hijacker Mohammed
Israeli forces blew up three buildings in Yasser
Arafat's headquarters and shelled his master bedroom on Thursday, in
what Israel said was part of a series of reprisals for the killing of
17 Israelis in a car bomb attack.
A top American diplomat Thursday challenged India to
match Pakistan's pledge not to start a war, as shelling persisted
across the frontier in disputed Kashmir and at least 14 people were
killed in fighting
Switching gears, the Bush administration on Thursday went out of its
way to shield Yasser Arafat from Israeli exile and affirmed it was
dealing with him as leader of the Palestinian people
President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials celebrated the
long-awaited U.S. announcement Thursday that it will recognize Russia
as a market economy more than a decade after the collapse of the
70-year-old Soviet communist state.
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Pakistani jets shot down an unmanned Indian spy plane
late Friday, Pakistan's military said, shortly after a U.S. envoy
declared tensions between the two nations had eased but not enough to
eliminate the threat of war
The Bush administration plans to require the nation's
15,000 chemical, water and waste-treatment plants to assess how
vulnerable they are to terrorists and then fix any problems
Both Democrats and Republicans pledged Friday to move
quickly toward creating the new Department of Homeland Security sought
by President Bush, but challenges were emerging from employee unions
and from lawmakers reluctant to give up clout.
President Bush praised what he called a new Arab
understanding of the need to fight Middle East terrorism and welcomed
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to Camp David expecting to hear a
firm appeal for a timetable on a Palestinian state.
The risk of war between India and Pakistan remains
high, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday as he prepared
to visit the nuclear-armed rivals.
Israeli troops and armor moved into the West Bank town of Jenin on
Friday, enforcing a curfew on the 30,000 residents of the hometown of
an 18-year-old Islamic extremist who killed himself and 17 Israelis in
a suicide bombing earlier in the week.
Zacarias Moussaoui is competent to fire his lawyers and represent
himself against charges of conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers, the
government said Friday.
The Senate early today approved more than $31 billion in additional
anti-terror spending this year after rejecting a series of proposals
to strip out specific projects and bring the measure more in line with
President Bush's less costly request
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In a series of deadly episodes Saturday in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian gunmen killed a pregnant woman, her
husband and an Israeli soldier at a mobile home settlement, while at
least six armed Palestinians died.
Details began emerging Saturday of how President Bush's
staff devised his plan to revamp the nation's domestic security
apparatus, including word that aides considered much more expansive
moves than the White House eventually proposed.
The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating a
whistle-blower's allegations of security lapses in the translator
program that has played an important role in interpreting interviews
and intercepts of Osama bin Laden's network since Sept. 11
The threat of war between nuclear-armed India and
Pakistan appeared to lessen further Saturday, with India saying
Pakistan was making moves "in the right direction" and
Pakistan affirming that "ice has broken." A top U.S. envoy
said tensions over the Kashmir region were down
President Bush on Saturday sidestepped Arab pleas to
impose a deadline for Palestinian statehood while Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak defended Yasser Arafat and urged, "Give this man a
Neighbors of a nuclear power plant 30 miles north of New York City
stood in line Saturday for free radiation-fighting pills to keep in
their homes in case of an emergency
Workers searching through debris in buildings adjacent to the World
Trade Center site have found the remains of about a dozen people in
the past week
India is considering returning some of its diplomats to Pakistan and
making some "military gestures" to lessen tensions between
the nuclear-armed rivals
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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat named a new, smaller
Cabinet on Sunday that includes a new minister to oversee the security
forces. The move follows strong calls for reform by ordinary
Palestinians and Western governments.
Leading lawmakers on intelligence issues said Sunday
that President Bush's proposed domestic security agency does not
address flaws in the FBI and CIA and is just the start of the changes
needed in response to Sept. 11-related failures
A senior Taliban official said he approached U.S.
representatives three years ago for help in replacing the hard-line
Islamic leadership but was told Washington was leery of becoming
involved in internal Afghan politics
India and Pakistan toned down talk of war even as the nuclear-armed
rivals renewed cross-border shelling in Kashmir
Traces of nerve agents and mustard gas have been found in three
locations at a U.S. base in Uzbekistan, including a hangar where a
headquarters had been set up
A statement claiming to be from al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman bu Ghaith
has warned the United States it would face more attacks, which could
involve non-conventional weapons.
Leaders of both parties in Congress yesterday supported the idea of
creating a Department of Homeland Security by Sept. 11, even as they
hinted they might seek substantial changes to President Bush's
proposal for the biggest reorganization of the federal government in
more than 50 years.
Since 1993 Muslim extremists have recruited U.S. citizens even
those without Arab backgrounds to their cause. Often these
jihad Yankees are recruited in U.S. prisons, where the disaffected are
more likely to listen to an anti-American pitch.
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The U.S. government has arrested an American citizen
accused of conspiring with al-Qaida terrorists to build and detonate a
radioactive "dirty" bomb in this country, possibly in the
With Israeli troops surrounding Yasser Arafat's
compound, President Bush said Monday that Israel has a right to defend
itself and suggested conditions are not ripe for a Mideast peace
India announced Monday it will allow Pakistani planes
to resume using Indian airspace but held up other gestures designed to
tone down tensions between the nuclear rivals
Ports and ships are operating under heightened security
after the Coast Guard warned of a possible terrorist attack by either
swimmers or divers.
The United States will not shy away from first strikes
when it acts against terrorists, Vice President Dick Cheney told a
group of world conservatives Monday.
World military spending grew two percent last year, according to
official figures, but the increase is much bigger when outlays
prompted by the September 11 attacks are included
The federal government can keep the names of post- Sept. 11 detainees
held in New Jersey secret, a state appeals court said Wednesday in
ruling that the head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service has
broad powers to prevent release of the information.
President Bush signed bioterrorism legislation that devotes $4.6
billion to stockpiling vaccines, improving food inspections and
boosting security for water systems, calling it his "urgent
duty" to prevent germ warfare.
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Lawmakers questioned the exclusion of the FBI and CIA
from direct lines of authority under a new Homeland Security
Department as the House opened hearings into President Bush's
anti-terrorism reorganization plan.
The man accused of plotting with al-Qaida to detonate a
"dirty bomb" inside the United States was a protege of a top
lieutenant of Osama bin Laden, traveling at his mentor's request to
meet with other terrorists and using the Internet to research how to
build a radioactive weapon
A Palestinian bomber blew himself up in a restaurant
just north of Tel Aviv on Tuesday, killing one Israeli teen-ager and
wounding eight other people in one in a series of violent incidents
that left six other Palestinians dead.
India moved some warships away from Pakistan's shore
Tuesday as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived with ideas for
helping the nuclear-armed neighbors avoid another war over Kashmir.
President Bush said Tuesday the FBI wasn't prepared for
Sept. 11 because it was focused on crime, not on preventing terror
attacks, but has made dramatic strides since then. So has the CIA in
coordinating with the FBI, he said as Congress raised questions about
Afghanistan opened its grand council to choose a new government
Tuesday, shortly after the nation's former president bowed out of the
race for head of state, removing the last major challenger to interim
leader Hamid Karzai.
In an act the deputy defense secretary said "defies those who
seek ... to kill and destroy," workers on Tuesday fitted the
final piece of limestone facade into the rebuilt section of the
Al Qaeda terrorists reportedly planned to carry out an aerial suicide
attack on the Houses of Parliament in London on Sept. 11, but were
foiled when planes around the world were quickly grounded after the
U.S. attacks. A terror cell was ready to hijack a plane taking
off from London's Heathrow Airport and crash into Big Ben, the famous
clock tower above the British legislature after the attacks on the
Trade Center and the Pentagon. But the hijackers left empty
handed when all flights were scrapped, a move the terrorists did not
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A U.S. military transport plane carrying 10 soldiers
crashed on takeoff Wednesday in Afghanistan, and three soldiers were
unaccounted for, military officials said. The other seven escaped with
The tracking of Jose Padilla's alleged "dirty
bomb" plot to Pakistan adds to growing evidence that some members
of al-Qaida have begun using Pakistan as a base to plan international
Israeli troops pulled out of the West Bank town of
Ramallah on Wednesday, witnesses said, ending a two-day blockade of
Yasser Arafat's headquarters
French anti-terrorist police rounded up five people on
Wednesday who are suspected of providing assistance to alleged shoe
bomber Richard C. Reid in Paris, the second such sweep in two months
The al-Qaida terrorist group may be operating in the Kashmir region
dividing India and Pakistan
A survey released by the Anti-Defamation League found 17 percent of
Americans hold "hardcore" anti-Semitic views a rise from
four years ago while 35 percent fall into a "middle"
category defined as faint prejudice against Jews.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday the Bush administration
is talking to other countries about setting up a provisional
Palestinian state and that the proposal will be taken up at a Mideast
peace conference this summer
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Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged as a Sept.
11 conspirator, denied in court Thursday that he had been in contact
with the hijackers and said he had secret information that would set
President Bush reaffirmed his commitment to "the
evolution of a Palestinian state" on Thursday, and Secretary of
State Colin Powell said Bush was considering interim statehood.
Backed by the United States, Hamid Karzai
overwhelmingly won 18 more months as leader of Afghanistan's fledgling
government Thursday, swept into the presidency by an extraordinary
grand council of 1,650 Afghans taking tentative steps toward a fragile
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld suggested Thursday he believes
that India and Pakistan, though tensions remain high, have pulled back
from the threat of a nuclear confrontation.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat convened his new and streamlined
Cabinet Thursday, responding to demands that he reform the unwieldy
and corruption-ridden Palestinian administration
The Senate will open hearings next week on President Bush's proposal
for a new Homeland Security Department as congressional leaders pushed
on two fronts Thursday for initial passage of legislation creating the
agency by the end of July.
The Senate began debate yesterday on insurance legislation that would
require the government to pay the vast majority of losses in a
terrorist attack, with Democrats and Republicans sharply divided over
restrictions on terrorism-related lawsuits.
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A suicide driver slammed his explosives-packed vehicle into a concrete
barrier in front of the U.S. consulate Friday, setting off a huge
explosion that killed 11 people and injured 45. The attack
the fourth against foreigners in Pakistan since January prompted
the U.S. government to consider scaling back its diplomatic staff in
this country on the front line of the war against al-Qaida
Yasser Arafat's new security chief said Friday he will not let the
Palestinian image be soiled by terrorism, but he was vague on how to
dismantle the militias attacking Israelis.
The United States on Friday asked Iraq to remove one of its U.N.
diplomats for "activities incompatible with his diplomatic
status," a U.S. official said. Such language is diplomatic code
U.S. authorities in Afghanistan failed to advise John Walker Lindh of
his legal rights and ignored his pleas for a lawyer, defense attorneys
contended Friday The lawyers are seeking to bar use of his
statements in the trial of the American-born Taliban soldier.
The defense and the government have acknowledged Lindh's statements
last December were relied on heavily in his indictment, which charged
him with conspiring to murder Americans and aiding the Taliban and
al-Qaida. It could be a major setback to prosecutors should the motion
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Friday to bring
the United States into compliance with two international
counterterrorism treaties, easing the extradition of bombing suspects
and harmonizing laws against the financing of terrorist activities.
Britain's intelligence agencies believed that just two months before
September 11, terrorist attacks on US targets by Osama Bin Laden were
in the 'final stages of preparation', a parliamentary committee
disclosed yesterday. However, it said the agencies failed to
understand the scale of the threat his al-Qaida movement posed or the
vulnerability of western states to sophisticated terrorists with a
"total disregard for their own lives".
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A firefight near a Jewish settlement in the northern
Gaza Strip left two Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian gunman dead
Saturday, the Israeli military said, and Israeli troops rolled into
two West Bank towns
Officials weighing whether to dispense smallpox vaccine to the nation
were presented with the possibility Saturday that the virus might be a
more effective terrorist weapon than they thought. U.S.
researcher Alan Zelicoff, drawing on long-secret Soviet documents,
reported on an isolated 1971 outbreak that he said appeared to have
been caused by smallpox that was tested as a weapon and carried miles
through the air.
Investigators who first blamed a suicide bomber for a
deadly blast outside the U.S. consulate were examining on Saturday
whether it was caused by a remote-controlled bomb hidden in a driver's
education car taking three women to get licenses.
Al-Qaida's loss of its sanctuary in Afghanistan has led
to an increase in extremist activity in other countries, as Osama bin
Laden's scattered operatives turn to foreign affiliates to plan new
International aid workers are threatening to leave northern
Afghanistan after a female worker was gang raped, a clinic was
attacked by gunmen, and a vehicle carrying food for the hungry was
A Saudi diplomat has reportedly confirmed for the first time that
three men detained in Morocco for allegedly planning attacks on U.S.
and British warships are natives of the kingdom.
Suspected Islamic guerrillas fired two grenades in an apparent attack
on the top elected official in Indian-controlled Kashmir Saturday, but
no one was hurt.
When the Bush administration denounced the idea of guns for pilots, it
said trained air marshals would be able to handle terrorists on
planes. Trouble is, there are not enough marshals to cover every
commercial flight, and some lawmakers say there aren't even enough
armed officers to protect passengers on the long-range trips
considered most likely to be targeted by terrorists.
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The FBI has been seeking prosecution of international
terrorism cases at six times the rate it did before Sept. 11, but more
than half of those cases considered by federal prosecutors never made
it to court, Justice Department records show
Israeli bulldozers flattened ground Sunday for an
electronic fence that is planned to eventually run the entire length
of the West Bank a disputed project aimed at protecting Israelis
from Palestinian suicide bombers.
Prominent Democrats in Congress called Sunday for
removing Saddam Hussein from power, endorsing a classified Bush
administration plan that gives the CIA broader power to take action
against the Iraqi leader
India's interior minister on Sunday ruled out dialogue
with Pakistan as attacks by suspected Islamic militant flared up in
Kashmir, killing 12 people in 24 hours.
As families confront the task of determining who is entitled to what
in the estates of the Sept. 11 victims, conflicts small and large are
breaking out, compounding the sadness, heartache and anger for already
badly damaged families. Nowhere are these familial fractures
more evident than in the workings of the federal government's Victim
Compensation Fund, a multibillion-dollar program intended to give
victims' heirs enough money to make them secure. With millions of
dollars hanging in the balance, dozens of families are already
jousting among themselves in living rooms and courtrooms, in person
and on paper.
Since Sept. 11, there has been some public discussion in this country
of whether torture would be justified if it produced information that
could save American lives. William H. Webster, a former director of
central intelligence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has
urged the Pentagon to inject truth serum into defiant Qaeda and
Taliban prisoners. Military officials say torture is not an
option. But, they said, under the Geneva Conventions, anything short
of torture is permissible to get a hardened Qaeda operative to spill a
few scraps of information that could prevent terrorist attacks
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A federal judge refused on Monday to dismiss John
Walker Lindh's indictment, rejecting defense arguments the American
had a constitutional right to associate with the Taliban and could not
get a fair trial.
Yasser Arafat rebuked U.S. national security adviser
Condoleezza Rice on Monday for saying his Palestinian Authority is
corrupt and "cavorts with terror," but the Palestinians also
were trying to muster U.S. good will with a proposed outline for a
state living in peace with Israel.
In a decision that could aid the government's
anti-terrorism efforts, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can
question passengers on buses and trains and search for evidence
without informing them that they can refuse.
President Bush on Monday put the finishing touches on a
proposal for a provisional Palestinian state covering parts of the
The war on terrorism is forcing a scattered al-Qaida network to shift
its efforts and devise new kinds of attacks, said Secretary of Defense
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Clergy who have counseled grieving families and comforted anxious
parishioners after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are at risk of
developing compassion fatigue in other words, getting sick of
helping people, experts said.
FBI Director Robert Mueller and CIA Director George Tenet are to begin
two days of testimony behind closed doors on Tuesday before
congressional panels investigating the failure of U.S. intelligence to
prevent the Sept. 11 attacks
Mohamed Atta and company. Then, Imran Mandhai and Shueyb Mossa Jokhan,
the pair accused of plotting attacks on local power plants. Now, Jose
list of international terrorists and terrorism suspects linked to
South Florida's Broward County grows. And with it, questions:
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Stymied twice before, a Palestinian attacker was
devastatingly successful Tuesday: He detonated a nail-studded bomb in
a bus crowded with high school students, killing 19 passengers,
himself, and wounding dozens of others.
Saudi Arabia announced its first al-Qaida-related
arrests since Sept. 11 and said Tuesday it was holding 11 Saudis, an
Iraqi and a Sudanese man behind a plot to shoot down a U.S. military
plane taking off from a Saudi air base.
Gaining fresh pledges of support, President Bush sent
to Congress on Tuesday his detailed proposal for creation of a new
Homeland Security Department a 35-page bill that outlines the
biggest government reshuffling since 1947.
The government violated John Walker Lindh's rights when
it refused to fly the U.S.-born Taliban home from Afghanistan for a
prompt hearing while allowing him to be questioned by U.S.
interrogators, his lawyers said Tuesday.
Moroccan authorities have arrested an al-Qaida operative named Abu
Zubair al-Haili, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Al-Haili, a
300-pound Saudi nicknamed "the Bear," helped evacuate
al-Qaida operatives from Afghanistan after Sept. 11
Zacarias Moussaoui, accused of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks,
says his judge is mentally ill, his former lawyers are bloodsuckers
and Jews are his enemies. He also says he wants his trial moved
from Northern Virginia, near the Pentagon, to Colorado, where there
are fewer government workers.
In a blow to the Justice Department's post-Sept. 11 efforts to
secretly detain terrorism suspects, a federal appeals court refused to
block public access to certain immigration hearings.
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In a major policy change, Israel will seize and reoccupy Palestinian
lands until "acts of terror" against its civilians end, the
government said early Wednesday, responding to a suicide bombing that
killed 19 bus passengers and wounded 55 others.
Messages intercepted by U.S.
intelligence one day before the Sept. 11 attacks came from telephone
conversations between people in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, sources
said Thursday. The conversations were in Arabic, but officials
are not sure who was talking. One of the intercepts said,
"The match begins tomorrow." The other said, "Tomorrow
is zero hour." The intercepts however, were not translated and
analyzed until Sept. 12 -- one day after the attacks
Prosecutors responded for the first time yesterday to a motion filed
by Zacarias Moussaoui while acting as his own attorney, saying the
judge should not grant his request for immediate release. Hours
after the government filed its request, U.S. District Judge Leonie M.
Brinkema denied Moussaoui's motion for release.
CIA Director George J. Tenet told a congressional intelligence panel
yesterday that the Sept. 11 plot was probably hatched shortly after al
Qaeda bombed two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998, according to
lawmakers who attended the closed-door session
The Senate yesterday approved legislation that would provide insurance
companies with billions of dollars in government funding to help pay
claims from future terrorist strikes, the latest attempt by Congress
to deal with the financial fallout of the September attacks.
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Suspected Palestinian infiltrators took over a house in
a Jewish settlement near Nablus on Thursday, killing five Israelis and
wounding eight others
Israel called up reserve soldiers Thursday and detained many
Palestinian men and youths for questioning after troops entered
Palestinian towns in a widening military response to a wave of suicide
President Bush assured Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a telephone call
Thursday that he was trying to find a way to bolster Israel's security
even while providing hope for the Palestinian people.
The National Security Agency intercepted two messages on the eve of
the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
warning that something was going to happen the next day, but the
messages were not translated until Sept. 12, senior U.S. intelligence
officials said yesterday. The Arabic-language messages said,
"The match is about to begin" and "Tomorrow is zero
hour." They were discussed Tuesday before the House-Senate
intelligence committee during closed-door questioning of Lt. Gen.
Michael V. Hayden, director of the NSA, the agency responsible for
intercepting and analyzing electronic messages. Intelligence
officials said the two messages -- even if translated on Sept. 10 --
would not have provided enough information to prevent the attacks
Three al Qaeda operatives plotting a terror attack in Morocco argued
over whether it would be noble to blow up a cafe even if it meant
taking Muslim lives, according to a Moroccan government report.
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June 21, 2002
Israel said its forces erred Friday in firing tank
shells on curfew violators in the West Bank, killing three children
and a teacher. Angry Jewish settlers also killed a Palestinian during
a rampage after a funeral for an Israeli family slain by infiltrators.
The FBI is advising law enforcement agencies to be on
the lookout for terrorists who could be plotting to use fuel tankers
to attack Jewish schools and synagogues
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is prepared to accept a Mideast peace
plan put forward by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton in December 2000
Lawmakers cautioned FBI Director Robert Mueller on Friday against
waging a war on terrorism that is so aggressive it weakens the rights
Fourth of July revelers throughout the nation can expect to be
searched, scanned and videotaped by authorities fearful of terrorist
he leaders of a congressional probe into Sept. 11 intelligence
failures stung by Bush administration complaints about leaks
asked the attorney general yesterday to investigate. White House
spokesman Ari Fleischer criticized Congress for what he called an
"alarmingly specific" disclosure that the National Security
Agency intercepted two conversations on Sept. 10 that, in hindsight,
appeared to predict an attack on America the next day. Media reports
said the intercepted calls weren't translated until Sept. 12.
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The Israeli military was preparing a "crushing and
decisive" response to recent Palestinian attacks, and it could
include an extended stay by Israeli troops in Palestinian areas
The FBI said yesterday it had information that terrorists using fuel
tanker trucks might try to attack fuel depots, Jewish schools or
synagogues and urged the nation's 20,000 law enforcement agencies to
be vigilant for any suspicious activity.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told Congress yesterday he expects
to be able to recruit and hire the agents he needs for the expanded
counterterrorism efforts envisioned under his plan to reorganize the
bureau. Mueller told members of a House Appropriations
subcommittee that he does not expect any difficulty hiring 900
computer experts, linguists, scientists and other skilled employees
for the bureau's new effort. Some 47,000 people have applied for FBI
jobs since the bureau began an online recruiting effort in February,
The UK Foreign Office has warned Britons to be alert to
"terrorist activity" in Spain after a fifth car bomb
explosion in the country. The latest bomb - which was placed in
a Renault Clio car - went off in the northern city of Santander.
The architectural firm that renovated Grand Central Terminal and the
designers of downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech development are the two
finalists to plan the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site
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June 23, 2002
Members of Congress and Palestinian leaders on Sunday
questioned President Bush's plan for an interim Palestinian state and
urged stepped-up U.S. peacemaking efforts as Bush prepared to announce
his Mideast blueprint.
Al-Qaida terrorists appear to be regrouping as a lethal
threat with or without Osama bin Laden
Israel expanded its military hold on Palestinian towns
Sunday as Yasser Arafat accused Israel of moving toward a return to
the days of complete control over Palestinians' lives.
The anthrax investigation is producing a body of
knowledge about the deadly germ but it has not led to an arrest, and
that is drawing a hint of frustration in the capital
British marines broke into a suspicious village compound and chanced
upon one of the largest weapons caches uncovered in southeastern
Afghanistan rooms stacked high with hundreds of mortars, rockets
and heavy weapons
Osama bin Laden and his No. 2 man are both alive and well and their
al-Qaida network is ready to attack new U.S. targets, bin Laden's
spokesman said in audiotaped remarks aired Sunday. The message also
claimed responsibility for a deadly April fire at a Jewish synagogue
More than half of all Americans believe their country is likely to be
attacked again during the national 4 July holiday, according to an
opinion poll. The findings came as the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) issued a warning about potential terrorism using
fuel tankers, and follows other scares involving allegations of
overheard phone calls and suspicious behaviour.
A team led by the Manhattan architectural company that renovated Grand
Central Terminal was picked yesterday to create a plan for the World
Trade Center site
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President Bush urged the Palestinians Monday to replace
Yasser Arafat with leaders "not compromised by terror" and
adopt democratic reforms that could produce an independent state
within three years.
Yasser Arafat welcomed President Bush's Mideast policy
speech Monday as a "serious effort to push the peace process
forward," but ignored Bush's calls for new Palestinian
leadership. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon echoed Bush. A
statement from his office said that "when the Palestinian
Authority undergoes genuine reforms and a new leadership takes its
place at its head ... it will be possible to discuss ways of moving
forward by diplomatic means."
United Airlines asked the government Monday for $1.8
billion in loan assistance, making it the biggest carrier yet to seek
help from a loan guarantee program created to prop up the ailing
industry after Sept. 11.
Israeli forces clamped down harder on the West Bank, as
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged to widen his military
offensive against Palestinian extremists to the Gaza Strip, where a
helicopter strike killed four Hamas members Monday.
Pakistani authorities working with the FBI have detained 45 Muslim
militants for questioning about deadly car bombings at a U.S.
Consulate and a Karachi hotel
A rocket was fired near U.S. special forces in southeastern
Afghanistan a spokesman said Monday. The attack came soon after nearby
British forces seized a large stash of weapons that may have been left
by al-Qaida and Taliban fighters.
More than 1,000 people showed up in lower Manhattan last night to
voice their vision for rebuilding the World Trade Center site.
The first of five public hearings drew numerous comments from people
concerned they would not be included in every step of the rebuilding
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The Bush administration turned to the Arab world
Tuesday for support in its campaign to oust Yasser Arafat and push the
Palestinian Authority toward democratic reform and statehood within
three years. Bush's spokesman said Israel's future could depend on it.
A federal judge refused Tuesday to change the site of
Zacarias Moussaoui's trial and entered a plea of innocent on his
behalf during a volatile hearing for the only man charged in
connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. Moussaoui renewed
his claim in a sheaf of handwritten motions unsealed yesterday that he
is not linked to "the so-called 19 Hijackers" of Sept. 11
and that federal authorities were watching him for several months
before his arrest.
The FBI searched the home of a researcher near Fort
Detrick, Md., who may have had access to anthrax while doing work for
the Army base
One in three Americans say the United States is winning the war on
terrorism, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll. Half say the war
is at a stalemate. Public confidence that the United States and
its allies are winning has slipped to 33%, the lowest level since
Agents from the diplomatic security service of the State Department
and the FBI raided a house in Baltimore, looking for Rasmi Al Shannaq,
who they believe was a roommate of at least two of the Sept. 11
hijackers. After investigators waited for seven hours, the
Jordanian national was taken into custody for overstaying his visa and
possible visa fraud. "They told him, 'You are arrested because
your visa expired,'" said the man's father, Subhi Al Shannaq.
"And that was it."
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The inclusion of Palestinian factions in the European Unions
(EU) blacklist of terrorist organizations earlier this week is not
worrying Palestinian officials. The blacklisting came as Lebanon
signed the Euro-Med partnership agreement, which included a memorandum
requiring Lebanon to cooperate with Europe in the fight against
Zacarias Moussaoui tried to enter "no plea" during his
arraignment yesterday on charges of participating in the plot to
attack New York and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, then derided the federal
judge handling his case after she entered a not guilty plea on his
behalf. "You have no intention at all of allowing me to
defend myself," Moussaoui, 34, told U.S. District Judge Leonie M.
Brinkema in Alexandria after she ruled against him on a series of
motions. "You are just preparing me for the gas chamber."
Americans strongly support the option of U.S. military strikes against
enemies who have not attacked first. The survey appears to back
President Bush's first-strike strategy against terrorists and states
with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Bush said earlier this
month that he would reserve the right not to wait until an enemy
attacked the United States before taking pre-emptive action.
Four out of five of those polled favor military action against a
country that is planning to attack the United States or is aiding
terrorists who target Americans. Almost three-fourths in the survey
favor action against enemies that are developing chemical, biological
or nuclear weapons.
Prompted by last week's unhindered wandering of a
private plane through prohibited airspace near the White House, the
said on Wednesday it would slash the response time
by U.S. warplanes protecting Washington.
"I think that we've found ways to do that," Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters in response to questions
about the embarrassing June 19 incident.
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June 27, 2002
Working with experts at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
the FBI traced trails of a broader reconnaissance. A forensic summary
of the investigation, prepared in the Defense Department, said the
bureau found "multiple casings of sites" nationwide. Routed
through telecommunications switches in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and
Pakistan, the visitors studied emergency telephone systems, electrical
generation and transmission, water storage and distribution, nuclear
power plants and gas facilities.
By an almost unanimous vote, the House approved legislation yesterday
that would make it easier for federal officials to share information
concerning possible terrorist strikes with state and local
authorities. The move represented a major step by Congress to
revamp the nation's security apparatus and underscored lawmakers'
eagerness to act before they have even finished reviewing President
Bush's plan for improving intelligence coordination in a new Homeland
The world's leading
industrial powers announced concerted steps yesterday to protect
global transport systems from a new wave of terrorist attacks.
A range of measures to protect containers, ships and aircraft was
agreed by G8 leaders fearful that Osama bin Laden may be planning to
follow last September's hijacking onslaughts with further attacks on
The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
helping Bay State residents who lost family or other loved ones in the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, announced yesterday that it has
distributed $512,000, and has set a new, $1 million fund-raising push
for the week of July 4.
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June 28, 2002
THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT plans to issue rules Friday requiring
securities brokers and dealers to file suspicious-activity reports
with the federal government for any dubious transaction or series of
transactions greater than $5,000. The rules, which push the securities
industry further than it wanted to go, require firms to report not
only transactions they suspect may involve the proceeds of criminal
activities, but also those that include legitimate funds that may be
destined for terrorists or other criminals.
Since Sept. 11, the United States has seen a large increase in the
number of people seeking citizenship. Nearly 470,000 people have
applied in the seven months after the terrorist attacks, nearly a 61
percent increase during the same period in the previous year,
according to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
"People are scared, and they don't want to get kicked out of the
country," said Cesare Allesandre, a director of INS Experts Inc.,
an online immigration consulting firm in California's Silicon Valley.
The recent arrest of a Palestinian man from Florida
has convinced U.S. officials that a network of al Qaeda operatives
exists in the United States.
Adham Hassoun, arrested earlier this month, was an "important
link" to accused al Qaeda member American Jose Padilla, as well
as other groups based in the United States who may be awaiting orders
for future attacks.
Low-flying aircraft have been banned from the area around the Statue
of Liberty to guard against a Fourth of July terrorist attack, federal
officials said yesterday. The temporary airspace restrictions
which also apply to Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Mount Rushmore
in South Dakota were enacted at the request of the National Park
Service. The agency worries that holiday crowds will be inviting
targets for terrorist
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Israeli troops searched Saturday through heaps of
smashed concrete and metal, but found no sign of several wanted
Palestinians who Israel said may have escaped massive explosions at
the Palestinian headquarters in Hebron.
A Saudi Arabian delegation is on its way to see about 100 of its
national being held at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, according to Saudi sources. The delegation made up of
interior and foreign ministry officials had been waiting for weeks for
permission to visit the Guantanamo base where the American military is
keeping more than 500 suspected members of Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization
A recent power shift inside the Indonesian military
has raised questions about a U.S. proposal to resume aid to the
country's armed forces and is likely to have an impact on the war on
terror in the world's most populous Muslim country.
The Bush administration is moving to re-establish ties with the
Indonesian army cut off three years ago over human rights
violations in East Timor as a way of keeping al-Qaida-linked
terrorists out of Southeast Asia.
The investigation into last fall's deadly anthrax
attack has thrown an intense focus on Army scientists at Fort Detrick,
putting the very people whose job has been to protect the nation from
bioterror under suspicion.
Pakistan intensifies hunt for Al Qaeda. Authorities
on Saturday intensified a hunt for suspected Muslim extremists in
hideouts from hectic downtowns to craggy mountainsides, using wanted
posters, reward offers and growing military force.
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At the urging of the Bush administration, military
commanders are quietly stocking up on anti-radiation pills and making
plans to give them to U.S. troops should they be exposed to
radioactive fallout from an attack or accident
A leading Spanish newspaper reported on Sunday that
Mohamed Atta, suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks, held a
"summit" with other alleged conspirators in Spain last
summer to plan the suicide flights.
An Israeli tank shelled a house in the West Bank city
of Nablus on Sunday, killing a suspected Hamas bombmaker whose work is
blamed for the deaths of at least 100 Israelis in suicide bombings
Americans should take extra care on the Fourth of July
because the national holiday is an attractive symbol to potential
The Lebanon-based Hezbollah organization, one of the world's most
formidable terrorist groups, is increasingly teaming up with al Qaeda
on logistics and training for terrorist operations, according to U.S.
and European intelligence officials and terrorism experts. This
new alliance, even if informal, has greatly concerned U.S. officials
in Washington and intelligence operatives abroad who believe the
assets and organization of Hezbollah's formidable militant wing will
enable a hobbled al Qaeda network to increase its ability to launch
attacks against American targets.
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