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November 2002 Security News

  • KENYA/ATTACK VOA 30 Nov 2002 -- An American woman and her Spanish husband have been freed in Kenya, after two days of questioning about Thursday's terrorist attack on an Israeli-owned hotel near the port city of Mombasa, in which 15 people died. Nearly 20 other suspects are still being held.
  • KENYA/ATTACK VOA 30 Nov 2002 -- An American woman and her Spanish husband have been freed in Kenya, after two days of questioning about Thursday's terrorist attack on an Israeli-owned hotel near the port city of Mombasa, in which 15 people died. At least 10 other suspects are still being held.
  • BALI/BOMBING VOA 30 Nov 2002 -- The investigation into last month's Bali terrorist bombing and the Muslim extremist organization suspected of masterminding the attack is pointing to a Southeast Asian group called Jemaah Islamiyah.
  • Kenya-Based U.N. Officials Condemn Terrorist Bombing in Mombasa Washington File 29 Nov 2002 -- United Nations officials based in Kenya and elsewhere November 29 voiced strong condemnation of the Thanksgiving Day attack in Mombasa on a hotel and attempted attack on an Israeli civilian airplane.
  • Powell Condemns Terror Attacks Washington File 29 Nov 2002 --Secretary of State Colin Powell said November 28 "We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist bombing earlier today in the Paradise Hotel near Mombasa Kenya that killed at least eleven and wounded dozens -- both Kenyans and Israelis. We also condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist shooting at a polling station in Beit Shean in which three Israelis were killed and many more injured."
  • Bush Condemns Terror Attacks in Kenya, Israel Washington File 29 Nov 2002 -- President Bush said November 28 "I condemn, in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks at the Likud Party polling place in Northern Israel and the Paradise Hotel in Mombasa Kenya, as well as the attempted attack on a civilian airliner shortly after it took off from Mombasa's international airport."
  • FRANCE/BIN LADEN TAPE(S) VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Swiss researchers say they do not believe that the voice on a recently released audiotape is actually that of Osama Bin Laden. The tape was broadcast by the Al-Jazeera Arabic television channel. The French TV network France 2 commissioned the experts to examine the recording.
  • TERRORISM/MISSILE THREAT VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Two weeks before a bomb destroyed a hotel resort in Mombasa, Kenya (Thursday), the Australian government said it had information the city could be targeted by terrorists and warned its citizens not to travel there. The United States had also been alerted months ago about the possibility that terrorists could try to target commercial airliners with surface to air missiles, as they apparently did just before the Mombasa attack.
  • INDONESIA/BALI/BASHIR VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Indonesia's Defense Minister says the evidence suggests that a prominent Islamic cleric was involved in last month's bomb attack in Bali - the first time the cleric has been publicly linked to that bombing by an Indonesian official.
  • FRANCE/BIN LADEN VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Swiss researchers say they do not believe that the voice on a recently released audiotape is actually that of Osama Bin Laden. The tape was broadcast earlier this month by the Al-Jazeera, the Arabic language television channel. The French T-V network, France 2, commissioned the experts to examine the recording.
  • PHILIPPINES/EMBASSIES VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Philippine officials lashed out at the governments of Australia and Canada for closing their embassies in Manila because of security concerns. Officials say they should have been told of threats against the embassies.
  • KENYA/ISRAEL VOA 29 Nov 2002 -- Dozens of Israeli officials have arrived in Kenya, to assist in the aftermath of Thursday's terrorist attack on an Israeli-owned hotel on the Kenyan coast.
  • ISRAEL/KENYA MISSILE ATTACK VOA 28 Nov 2002 -- Israelis aboard an airliner that narrowly escaped a missile attack in Kenya Thursday have arrived in Tel Aviv safely. Officials with the airline, Arkia, held a news conference to give their assessment of what happened.
  • ISRAEL/KENYA VOA 28 Nov 2002 -- Targets linked with Israel have come under attack (Thursday) near the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya. A bomb exploded in a hotel where many Israelis were staying. Reports say at least eight people have been killed. Shortly after the hotel blast, two rockets were fired at - and narrowly missed -- an Israeli jet after it took off from Mombasa airport.
  • KENYA/ISRAEL VOA 28 Nov 2002 -- At least eight people have been killed in an attack on an Israeli-owned hotel near the city of Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. Missiles were also fired at an Israeli airliner as it was taking off from a Mombasa airport, but narrowly missed.
  • BRITAIN/KENYA REACT VOA 28 Nov 2002 -- Britain says there is no immediate evidence of al-Qaida involvement in the terrorist attacks in Kenya Thursday.
  • KENYA/ISRAEL VOA 28 Nov 2002 -- At least 13 people have been killed, and scores more wounded in a car-bombing targeting Israeli tourists in Kenya. At the same time, two missiles were fired at, but missed, an Israeli airliner leaving Kenya.
  • PHILIPPINES EMBASSIES VOA 28 Nov 2002 -- Australia and Canada closed their embassies in Manila on Thursday. Australian leaders say the action was taken after receiving reports of specific and credible threats from Islamic extremists.
  • BUSH/KENYA/ISRAEL VOA 28 Nov 2002 -- President Bush has deplored the attack on Israeli tourists in Kenya. A group calling itself The Army of Palestine claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
  • Transcript: President Signs 911 Commission Bill The White House 27 Nov 2004 -- "Today, I sign an act of Congress authorizing intelligence programs vital to our security, and creating a national commission to investigate the events of September the 11th, 2001, and the years that led up to that event. This commission will help me and future Presidents to understand the methods of America's enemies and the nature of the threats we face. "
  • Statement by the President The White House 27 Nov 2004 -- "Today I have signed into law H.R. 4628, the "intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003," which authorizes appropriations to fund United States intelligence activities, including activities essential to success in the war against global terrorism. This Act also establishes the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States to examine and report on the facts and causes relating to the September 11th terrorist attacks. "
  • BALI BOMBER AL-QAIDA VOA 27 Nov 2002 -- Indonesian police have made their first link between last month's Bali bomb attack and the al-Qaida terrorist network. They say the top suspect in the bombing knows the man thought to be al-Qaida's top operative in Southeast Asia.
  • GERMANY/TERRORIST TRIAL VOA 27 Nov 2002 -- A witness at the trial in Germany of an alleged associate of the September 11th hijackers says Osama bin Laden boasted months before the attack that thousands of people in the United States would die. The witness, Shadi Abdellah, says he briefly served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden, while attending an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan.
  • BUSH/TERROR INVESTIGATION VOA 27 Nov 2002 -- President Bush has signed legislation creating an independent commission to investigate the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. At the signing ceremony, Mr. Bush announced he wants former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to head the new inquiry.
  • SOUTHEAST ASIA SUICIDE BOMBERS VOA 27 Nov 2002 -- Police in Australia say some suspects involved in last month's bombing in Bali may have formed a suicide pact. But analysts are skeptical about reports of suicide bombing becoming a trend in Southeast Asia.
  • FRANCE/HIJACK VOA 27 Nov 2002 -- A man described by French police as mentally unbalanced tried to hijack an Alitalia flight Wednesday. He was arrested after the flight was diverted to Lyon. No one was hurt.
  • Bush to Nominate Three As Leaders of New Department Washington File 26 Nov 2002 -- President Bush November 25 announced his intention to nominate three senior officials of his administration to lead the new Department of Homeland Security.
  • Bush Signs Port Security Bill Into Law Washington File 26 Nov 2002 -- President Bush signed into law November 25 a bill aimed at improving security at U.S. seaports and preventing terrorists from using the maritime transportation system to mount attacks on the United States.
  • New Security Department Reinforces NORTHCOM Mission AFPS 26 Nov 2002 -- The National Guard has given the U.S. Northern Command a base that it can build on, one of that new organization's high-ranking officers said recently.
  • PENTAGON/SAUDI VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- A senior Pentagon official says Saudi Arabia is cooperating in the global war on terrorism. But, as Pentagon Correspondent Alex Belida reports, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says there are some problems.
  • BUSH/SAUDI VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- The White House is downplaying U-S newspaper reports that the Bush Administration is considering a deadline for Saudi Arabia to crack down on alleged terrorist finances. V-O-A's Scott Stearns reports, the Washington Post says a presidential task force is recommending unilateral action against Saudi Arabia if it does not move against suspected terrorist finances within 90 days.
  • SOLOMON BIOTERRORISM VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- President Bush says the new U-S Department of Homeland Security will increase America's ability to respond to any future attacks and prevent terrorists from taking innocent American lives. Mr. Bush has signed a bill authorizing the creation of the cabinet-level department, which was proposed after last year's September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States. In the country's biggest government reorganization since 1947, the new department will incorporate all or parts of 22 existing agencies and have 170-thousand employees and a 40-billion-dollar budget. Anne Solomon, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has been focusing on terrorism from a Biotechnology perspective.
  • BUSH/TERRORISM INSURANCE VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- For the second time in two days, President Bush has signed important legislation linked to the war on terrorism. V-O-A's Paula Wolfson reports the latest bill to become law deals with the economic impact of the terrorist threat.
  • INDONESIA TERROR VOA 25 Nov 2002 -- Indonesian authorities have transferred their top suspect in the Bali bomb investigation to the capital Jakarta for questioning. Patricia Nunan reports from Jakarta.
  • SAUDI U-S TERROR FUNDING VOA 25 Nov 2002 -- The complicated relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia faces new strains amid revelations that U-S officials are investigating whether money donated by the wife of the Saudi ambassador to Washington might have helped some of the September 11th hijackers.
  • BUSH/HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 25 Nov 2002 -- President Bush has signed legislation creating a new federal Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Bush says Tom Ridge, his homeland security advisor, is his choice to head the cabinet-level Department.
  • HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 25 Nov 2002 -- Some national security experts doubt the creation a new U-S government Department of Homeland Security means the nation is now better protected against terrorism. It could be years before the 22 agencies brought together under one department are working together effectively.
  • SAUDIS/TERRORISM VOA 24 Nov 2002 -- U-S officials are calling for an intensive investigation of possible links between members of the Saudi royal family and international terrorism, including the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed more than three-thousand people.
  • INDONESIA SAMUDRA VOA 22 Nov 2002 -- Indonesian police say the man suspected of masterminding the Bali bombing has confessed to planning that attack and several other bombings around the country.
  • U-S-JORDAN DIPLOMATS VOA 22 Nov 2002 -- The United States has authorized the departure from Jordan of non-essential U-S embassy personnel and diplomatic dependents. The move follows the killing a month ago of a senior embassy staff member in an attack still under investigation by U-S and Jordanian officials.
  • HOMELAND SECURITY/PRODUCTS VOA 22 Nov 2002 -- The U-S government plan to create a massive new Department of Homeland Security is good news for the companies that provide goods and services aimed at fighting crime, espionage or possible terrorist attack. At a recent technology expo in Washington, companies showed off their products, which range from radiation detectors to computer network security programs.
  • IMMIGRANTS/9-11 VOA 21 Nov 2002 -- A new Congressional report finds the Justice Department has been unable to locate nearly half of the registered immigrants in the United States who are wanted for questioning in connection with the investigation into last year's terrorist attacks. The Immigration and Naturalization Service is again being blamed for failing to keep track of people entering the United States.
  • HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 21 Nov 2002 -- President Bush got his wish this past week when Congress approved the creation of a new Department of Homeland Security. Now comes the difficult task of actually combining 22 government agencies into one smooth-functioning bureaucracy.
  • AL-QAIDA CAPTURE VOA 21 Nov 2002 -- U-S officials are confirming the capture of a top al-Qaida leader, believed to be the group's chief of operations in the Gulf region.
  • INDONESIA BOMBING ARREST VOA 21 Nov 2002 -- Police in Indonesia say they have caught the suspected mastermind behind last month's bomb attack in Bali. At least 190 people died in the blast in a popular Bali tourist district.
  • SLOAN/SECURITY VOA 21 Nov 2002 -- While in Prague for this week's meeting of the leaders of NATO member nations, President Bush praised the Senate for passing legislation that creates a new cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security. The department will bring together 170-thousand workers from more than 20 federal agencies. Tom Ridge, the man who will most likely head up that department, believes that with the creation of this entity...Americans now have every reason to feel safer:
  • INDONESIA/TERROR VOA 21 Nov 2002 -- International schools in the Indonesian capital Jakarta will remain shut until next week because of security concerns. The difficulties in sending children to school has made some foreigners living in Indonesia question whether they should stay.
  • Ashcroft Hails Special Surveillance Review Court Ruling Washington File 19 Nov 2002 -- Attorney General John Ashcroft said the ruling November 18 by a special surveillance review court to allow information sharing by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies is "an affirmation of the will of Congress, a vindication of the agents and prosecutors of the Department of Justice, and a victory for liberty, safety and the security of the American people."
  • TERRORIST WARNING VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- America's law enforcement and intelligence community is trying to cope with keeping the public informed about the ongoing terrorist threat without unduly alarming people. After the terrorist attacks of September a year ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency were both accused by some critics of not being diligent.
  • CONGRESS HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- The U-S Senate has cleared the way for passage of a bill to create a homeland security department, a top priority for President Bush.
  • BAE SYSTEMS to support U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater programme BAE Systems 19 Nov 2002 -- BAE Systems has been selected by the U.S. Coast Guard to compete for engineering services under the Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) programme. The company's Applied Technologies business will participate in the program as a Government Services Administration (GSA) vendor and will bid on services that could total $10 million over the next five years.
  • BRITAIN/TERRORISM VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- A British judge has denied bail to three men of North African origin jailed as suspected terrorists. Authorities are playing down media reports that the suspects planned to attack London's subway system.
  • HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- The United States Congress is moving toward approval of a huge reorganization of the nation's domestic defenses. It is called the Homeland Security Act and it will combine many government agencies or portions of agencies involved in various aspects of law enforcement and border security into a single agency.
  • The Hunt for al-Qaida VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- Since the allies routed al-Qaida terrorists from Afghanistan last year, intelligence and law enforcement officials around the world have been focused on finding al-Qaida cells and arresting their leaders.
  • U-S MALAYSIA SUSPECT VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- Investigators of the September 11th attacks in the United States have questioned a man imprisoned in Malaysia for alleged links to international terrorism. Agents of the U-S Federal Bureau of Investigation, or F-B-I, on Monday spent two hours with the suspect and his lawyer.
  • BUSH BIN LADEN VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- U-S officials say they believe the voice on an audio tape broadcast last week is that of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. It is the first indication in about a year that the terrorist leader is still alive.
  • U-S/SPY COURT VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- A U-S appeals court has ruled that the Justice Department has broad discretion in the use of wiretaps and other surveillance techniques to track suspected terrorists and spies.
  • CONGRESS/HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- The U-S Senate Tuesday is expected to vote on legislation creating a Cabinet-level homeland security agency, a top priority for President Bush. But on Capital Hill a partisan dispute threatens to delay the bill.
  • Lockheed Martin Supports TSA's Successful Deployment of Screeners to Nation's Airports Lockheed Martin 18 Nov 2002 -- Lockheed Martin has successfully supported the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) deployment of more than 44,000 federal screeners to the nation's airports. TSA announced today that it achieved the November 19th Congressionally mandated deadline for deployment of federal screeners to all commercial airports, as required by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act.
  • KUWAIT/AL-QUAIDA VOA 17 Nov 2002 -- Officials in Kuwait say they have arrested a senior member of the terror network al-Qaida. They say he has confessed to planning last month's bomb attack on a French oil tanker in Yemen. Authorities say the arrest also prevented plans to carry out another act of terrorism in Yemen's capital.
  • The Mother of All Bioterror Disaster Drills VOA 15 Nov 2002 -- As U-S officials consider the forms future terrorist attacks might take, bio-terrorism is high on their list. Only Florida is currently prepared to receive and distribute life-saving medications quickly, and in quantity, in case deadly viruses or chemicals are released into its communities. That's why what has been called 'The Mother of All Bioterror Disaster Drills' is about to take place in Tucson, Arizona.
  • CONGRESS TERRORISM VOA 15 Nov 2002 -- The Senate has approved legislation creating an independent commission to investigate last year's September 11TH terrorist attacks on the United States. The measure, which was approved by the House earlier Friday, now goes to President Bush for his signature.
  • ATTACK WARNING VOA 15 Nov 2002 -- U-S law enforcement officials are warning that al-Qaida may be planning a new round of "spectacular" terrorist attacks.
  • ATTACK/WARNING VOA 15 Nov 2002 -- U-S law enforcement officials are warning that al-Qaida may be planning a new round of "spectacular" terrorist attacks.
  • EUROPE/TERRORISM VOA 15 Nov 2002 -- The latest purported taped message from Osama bin Laden has raised concern among European intelligence and law enforcement officials that their countries are now on his hit list. Security officials are especially worried that the voice on the tape specifically mentions four European countries -- Britain, France, Germany and Italy -- as potential targets for al-Qaida operatives or associates.
  • HEADQUARTERS PRESS BRIEFING BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS United Nations 05 Nov 2002



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