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June 2003 Security News

  • "U.S. Anti-Terrorism Strategy," by Raphael Perl Washington File 30 Jun 2003 -- Following is an article adapted from a speech by Raphael Perl, a specialist in international affairs for the U.S. Congressional Research Service, to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, Germany, June 30.
  • PAKISTAN / TERROR VOA 30 Jun 2003 -- A Pakistani court has sentenced three men to death for orchestrating a suicide car-bombing last year, which killed 11 French engineers in the port city of Karachi. The defense team is already planning an appeal.
  • INDONESIA-BALI BOMBING VOA 30 Jun 2003 -- Indonesian authorities have arrested another suspect in last year's bombing in Bali. The news comes as prosecutors recommend the death penalty for the first suspect to be tried in connection with the attack.
  • Indonesia Arrests Another Bali Bombing Suspect VOA News 30 Jun 2003 -- Indonesian authorities have arrested another suspect in last year's bombing in Bali. The news comes as prosecutors recommend the death penalty for the first suspect to be tried in connection with the attack.
  • 3 Pakistanis Sentenced to Death in 2002 Karachi Attack VOA News 30 Jun 2003 -- A Pakistani court has sentenced three men to death for orchestrating a suicide car-bombing last year, which killed 11 French engineers in the port city of Karachi. The defense team is already planning an appeal.
  • Prosecutors Ask for Death Penalty in Bali Bombing Trial VOA News 30 Jun 2003 -- Indonesian prosecutors have asked a court to impose the death penalty in the first trial of an Islamic militant accused of involvement in last October's terrorist bombings on the resort island of Bali.
  • Pakistani Court Orders Death for 3 Militants VOA News 30 Jun 2003 -- A Pakistani court has sentenced three Islamic militants to death for organizing a suicide attack that killed 11 French engineers last year. An anti-terrorism court in Karachi handed down the sentences today (Monday) to Pakistanis Asif Zahir and Bashir Ahmed, along with Mohammad Sohail, who remains at large.
  • U-S - TERRORISM VOA 29 Jun 2003 -- A group of national security experts says the United States is not spending enough money to prepare police, fire, and medical rescue personal to handle another major terrorist attack.
  • U-S - TERRORISM VOA 29 Jun 2003 -- A group of national security experts says that United States is not spending enough money to prepare police, fire, and medical rescue personal to handle another major terrorist attack. These experts say America's "first responders" are dangerously under-funded.
  • NORTH AFRICA/IMMIGRANTS VOA 29 Jun 2003 -- The Tunisian coast guard says at least three would-be immigrants to Italy drowned when their boat sank off Sidi Daoud, a small town in the Cap Bon region. Rescue teams have pulled 35 survivors from the water, and are scouring the Mediterranean for more. L ibya, thought to be a starting point for many Italy-bound boats, says it is willing to cooperate to prevent illegal immigration - but not at the expense of its sovereignty.
  • US Charges 11 Alleged Terrorists VOA News 28 Jun 2003 -- Federal authorities in the United States have charged 11 men with conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks in Kashmir against India.
  • Federal Grand Jury Charges Eleven with Planning to Join in Jihad Washington File 27 Jun 2003 -- A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, issued a 41-count indictment June 27 against 11 men, mainly U.S. citizens, charging them with conspiracy to train for and participate in violent jihad.
  • U.S. Supports OSCE Role in Meeting Security Threats Washington File 27 Jun 2003 -- Dealing with modern threats to security requires a concerted effort by military forces, police, and customs authorities, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is well-suited to assist in this effort, U.S. Ambassador Stephan Minikes said in closing remarks at the OSCE's first Annual Security Review Conference June 26 in Vienna.
  • U.S. Urges Intensified Hemispheric Security Cooperation Washington File 27 Jun 2003 -- Hemispheric security cooperation must be more coordinated and intensified to address 21st-century challenges, according to U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (0AS) Roger Noriega.
  • Evans Says Major Progress Made in Anti-bribery Campaign Washington File 27 Jun 2003 -- Major advances have recently been made in implementing an international anti-bribery convention, the U.S. Commerce Department says.
  • Pacific Command Chief Calls Fighting Terrorism Top Priority Washington File 27 Jun 2003 -- Sustaining and supporting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) is the top priority for the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), says Admiral Thomas Fargo.
  • Italy Close to Signing Deal to Curb Illegal Immigration VOA News 27 Jun 2003 -- Italy's prime minister says his country is close to signing a deal with Libya, in an effort to curb illegal immigration. But a top Libyan official says his country has no intention of accepting the proposed deal, under which Italian troops would patrol the North African country's ports and borders.
  • US Agents Arrest Alleged Terrorists VOA News 27 Jun 2003 -- The United States has accused 11 men of training in the United States to carry out terrorist attacks in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir.
  • SAUDI/TERRORISM VOA 27 Jun 2003 -- Officials in Saudi Arabia say a suspected mastermind of the suicide bombings in May that killed 35 people in Riyadh, nine of them U-S nationals, is now in custody.
  • TERROR RING BUST VOA 27 Jun 2003 -- Federal prosecutors here in the United States say they have broken up an alleged terrorist ring suspected of planning a violent Muslim jihad that called for attacks against American targets overseas, including U-S soldiers in Afghanistan.
  • Revised: Secretary Rumsfeld Delegates Appointing Authority 27 Jun 2003 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has issued Military Commission Order No. 2 delegating Appointing Authority responsibility to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.
  • UN: Report Warns Of Potent, New 'Generation' Of Al-Qaeda Terrorists RFE/L 27 Jun 2003 -- A new report from a UN expert group says a "third generation" of Al-Qaeda members has emerged and that the network continues to operate around the world with a high degree of mobility and financial support. The report notes some success in capturing top Al-Qaeda officials and breaking up their cells, but it says the group must still be considered a threat to international security. The report also finds no evidence linking Al-Qaeda to the former regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
  • Pakistan: Musharraf Urges U.S. To Tackle Terrorism's 'Root Causes' RFE/L 27 Jun 2003 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S. war on terrorism, was rewarded for his efforts this week with a major U.S. aid package for Islamabad's armed forces and economy. Despite the reward, Musharraf used his visit to Washington to press the Bush administration to address not only the symptoms of Islamic terrorism but what he called its "root causes."
  • 17 added to list of those subject to UN sanctions against Al-Qaida UN News Centre 27 Jun 2003 -- The United Nations Security Council committee monitoring sanctions imposed against Usama bin Laden and his associates has added 17 individuals to the Al-Qaida section of its consolidated list of persons and entities subject to the measures, including the former President of Chechnya, Selimkhan Ahmedovic Yandarbiev.
  • S. Africa's Anti-Terrorism Bill May Become Tool of Abuse, say Right Groups VOA News 27 Jun 2003 -- In South Africa, the latest draft of a new anti-terrorism bill has come under fire from human rights and media groups, who say the law could be used to stifle legitimate protest.
  • Senior al-Qaida Operative Captured in Saudi Arabia VOA News 27 Jun 2003 -- Officials in Saudi Arabia say a suspected mastermind of the suicide bombings in May that killed 35 people in Riyadh, nine of them U.S. nationals, is now in custody.
  • US Arrests 7 Terror Suspects VOA News 27 Jun 2003 -- U.S. officials say they have arrested at least seven men suspected of having ties to a Pakistan-based terrorist group.
  • US Busts Alleged Terror Ring VOA News 27 Jun 2003 -- Federal prosecutors in the United States say they have broken up an alleged terrorist ring suspected of planning a violent Muslim jihad that called for attacks against American targets overseas, including U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
  • Saudi Officials Detain Riyadh Bombing 'Mastermind' VOA News 27 Jun 2003 -- Saudi officials say they have detained the suspected mastermind of the May 12 suicide bombings in Riyadh that killed 35 people.
  • SAUDI / TERRORISM VOA 27 Jun 2003 -- Officials in Saudi Arabia say a suspected mastermind of the suicide bombings in May that killed 35 people in Riyadh, nine of them U-S nationals, is now in custody.
  • SAF/ANTI-TERRORISM VOA 27 Jun 2003 -- In South Africa, the latest draft of a new anti-terrorism bill has come under fire from human rights and media groups, who say the law could be used to stifle legitimate protest.
  • KENYA/U-S TOURISM VOA 27 Jun 2003 -- The United States has promised financial assistance to boost Kenya's economic recovery and security programs. At the same time, Britain has lifted its travel advisory and flight ban to Nairobi, in a move that should help Kenya's ailing tourism industry.
  • U.S. Praises Colombia, Mexico for Cutting Poppy, Heroin Supply Washington File 26 Jun 2003 -- The United States has praised Mexico and Colombia for their efforts to reduce the production and supply of poppy and heroin.
  • Afghanistan Top Opium Producer, U.N. Reports Washington File 26 Jun 2003 -- Following a steep decline in 2001, illicit opium and heroin production recovered in 2002 due in large part to the resumption of large-scale opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
  • ASIA / HEALTH MINISTERS VOA 28 Jun 2003 -- Asia-Pacific health ministers have agreed to step up regional efforts to prevent future outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and other infectious diseases. The ministers acknowledged that the recent SARS outbreak has helped promote reform within the region's health systems.
  • SOMALIA: Foreign terror suspects freed in Puntland IRIN 26 Jun 2003 -- Top security chiefs from African countries were holding key talks on combating terrorism on Thursday aimed at stamping out potential attacks in the region.
  • CONGRESS WAHHABISM VOA 26 Jun 2003 -- U-S lawmakers are calling on Saudi Arabia to stop funding organizations that promote wahhabism, an extreme form of Islam that has been linked to terrorism. A Senate panel held a hearing Thursday on the influence of wahhabism in the United States.
  • U-N/ AL QAIDA VOA 26 Jun 2003 -- The United Nations says global anti-terrorism efforts are succeeding. But the organization's terrorist monitoring group says the al-Qaida terrorist network still poses a significant threat to international security.
  • UN warns despite progress, Al-Qaida still poses significant threat UN News Centre 26 Jun 2003 -- Despite significant progress in the fight against Al-Qaida, the terrorist group blamed for the 11 September 2001 attacks against the United States still poses a significant threat to international peace and security including possible use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), according to a United Nations draft report released today.
  • Bush Pledges $100M for Anti-Terrorism Efforts in East Africa VOA News 26 Jun 2003 -- President Bush has unveiled a $100 million anti-terrorism package for East Africa.
  • KENYA/U-S COMPENSATION VOA 26 Jun 2003 -- Kenya's president has asked President Bush for massive financial assistance to offset what he says were huge losses in tourism revenue following recent terrorist alerts in the country.
  • UN: Official Says Drugs From Afghanistan Threaten Central Asia, Eastern Europe RFE/L 26 Jun 2003 -- The United Nations is warning in its annual report on drugs that new heroin markets are emerging in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, fuelled by the rapid growth of opium production in Afghanistan. The report was launched to mark today's International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and the beginning of a year-long campaign called "Let's Talk About Drugs."
  • BASHIR TRIAL VOA 26 Jun 2003 -- An Indonesian court has heard testimony that Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was involved in plotting terror attacks.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECURITY COUNCIL MONITORING GROUP, ‘1267’ COMMITTEE United Nations 26 Jun 2003
  • U-N/CENTRAL ASIA DRUGS VOA 26 Jun 2003 -- The United Nations' Vienna-based Office on Drugs and Crime has launched a program to provide financial aid to central Asian governments in a drive to curb the flood of narcotics from Afghanistan.
  • Bashir Involved in Terror Attacks, says Witness VOA News 26 Jun 2003 -- An Indonesian court has heard testimony that Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was involved in plotting terror attacks.
  • Hutchinson Outlines Homeland Security Department Achievements Washington File 25 Jun 2003 -- Securing the United States' air, land, and sea borders "is a difficult yet critical task," says Asa Hutchinson, under secretary of homeland security.
  • SARS RECOVERY VOA 25 Jun 2003 -- Beijing is celebrating its removal from the World Health Organization list of places with new infections of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Taiwan is hoping to be dropped from the W-H-O SARS list on Thursday. But while East Asia's SARS crisis appears to be near an end, the region's economies remain in bad health.
  • Preventing and Combating Terrorism US Dept. of State 25 Jun 2003 -- Ambassador Cofer Black, Coordinator for Counterterrorism
  • Ashcroft Hails New U.S.-EU Legal Treaties Washington File 25 Jun 2003 -- The United States and the European Union signed extradition and mutual legal assistance agreements June 25 that will provide "additional tools to combat terrorism, organized crime, and other serious forms of criminality," U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said at the signing ceremony.
  • Extradition Agreement Extends U.S.-EU Counterterrorism Efforts Washington File 25 Jun 2003 -- The White House issued the following fact sheet on counterterrorism cooperation in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in conjunction with United States-European Union Summit in Washington June 25, 2003
  • U.S., EC to Continue Cooperation on Transport Security Washington File 25 Jun 2003 -- The United States and the European Commission issued a joint statement June 25 pledging continued cooperation on improving the security of ocean-going and other modes of international trade.
  • Container Security Plan Implemented at Italian Port of La Spezia Washington File 25 Jun 2003 -- La Spezia, Italy has become the 15th operational port under the U.S. Container Security Initiative (CSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced June 25.
  • "TSA Offers Real Solutions," by James M. Loy Washington File 25 Jun 2003 -- This byliner by Transportation Security Administrator James M. Loy first appeared in USA Today June 25, 2003
  • US Embassy in Nairobi Re-Opens, 3 Days After Closing in Terror Alert VOA News 25 Jun 2003 -- The American Embassy in Nairobi has reopened to the public. The embassy closed last Friday and had remained closed following renewed warnings of a possible terrorist attack in the Kenyan capital.
  • 5 Suspected al-Qaida Members Handed Over to US in Malawi VOA News 25 Jun 2003 -- Government officials in Malawi say the United States has taken five men suspected of links to al-Qaida out of Malawi.
  • Tanzania, Kenya Urge End to Travel Warnings VOA News 25 Jun 2003 -- The leaders of Kenya and Tanzania have urged the United States and Great Britain to lift travel warnings to east Africa, saying they amount to economic sanctions.
  • U-S DETAINEES VOA 25 Jun 2003 -- Members of Congress are demanding improvements in the way the government investigates and detains immigrants suspected of terrorist links. The push for reform is coming from both Democrats and Republicans.
  • KENYA/U-S EMBASSY VOA 25 Jun 2003 -- The U-S Embassy in Nairobi has reopened to the public. The embassy closed last Friday and had remained closed following renewed warnings of a possible terrorist attack in the Kenyan capital.
  • MALAWI / U-S / AL-QAIDA VOA 25 Jun 2003 -- Government officials in Malawi say the United States has taken five men suspected of links to al-Qaida out of Malawi
  • O-S-C-E/TERROR VOA 25 Jun 2003 -- A U-S counter-terrorist expert has told the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that significant progress is being made in the war against global terrorism.
  • THAILAND-TERRORISM LAW VOA 25 Jun 2003 -- As terrorism raises its head around the world, many governments are seeking new powers to counter the threat. But giving a government additional power often raises concerns about possible abuse.
  • US House of Representatives Approves $30 Billion Security Bill VOA News 25 Jun 2003 -- The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved nearly $30 billion in spending aimed at strengthening the nation's defenses against terrorist attacks. The vote was 425-2. Major portions of the funding are directed at helping local officials in cities and states respond to potential new terrorist attacks.
  • US Re-opens Kenya Embassy VOA News 25 Jun 2003 -- The United States has reopened its embassy in Kenya, five days after closing it on reports of a terror threat.
  • MALAWI: Five held on suspicion of global terrorism IRIN 24 Jun 2003 -- Malawi's High Court in Blantyre has halted the deportation of five men arrested over the weekend for allegedly being a security threat and ordered that they either be charged or released.
  • Agent Says Tighter Border Controls Reduce Human Smuggling, Save Lives Washington File 24 Jun 2003 -- Tighter border controls have reduced the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States and saved lives, says Chief Patrol Agent Jose E. Garza.
  • CONGRESS/HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved nearly 30-billion dollars in spending aimed at strengthening the nation's defenses against terrorist attacks. The vote was 425 to two. Major portions of the funding are directed at helping local officials in cities and states respond to potential new terrorist attacks.
  • BEIJING SARS VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization says efforts to control Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome are working and SARS no longer makes it dangerous to travel to Beijing. But a Chinese health official says the struggle against SARS is not over.
  • WHO Lifts SARS Travel Advisory on Beijing VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization says efforts to control Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome are working and SARS no longer makes it dangerous to travel to Beijing. But a Chinese health official says the struggle against SARS is not over.
  • WHO Removes Beijing From SARS Travel Advisory List VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization says it has lifted a travelers' advisory for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in China's capital.
  • BUSH TERRORISM VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- President Bush says it is only a matter of time before al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein are found. He spoke after talks at his Camp David retreat with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
  • Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden Will Be Found, says Bush VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- President Bush says it is only a matter of time before al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein are found. He spoke after talks at his Camp David retreat with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
  • War on Global Terrorism 'Not Over Soon', says Rumsfeld VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the deaths of six British soldiers in Iraq and the almost daily attacks on U.S. troops are a reminder that coalition forces continue to be engaged in a dangerous war on global terror.
  • U.S., Pakistan Presidents Agree to Continue Fight Against Terrorism AFPS 24 Jun 2003 -- Calling him a "courageous leader and friend to the United States," President Bush thanked Pakistan President Perves Musharraf for assisting the United States in its war on terrorism.
  • U.K.: Government Proposes Civil Defense Reforms To Warning-Weary Public RFE/L 24 Jun 2003 -- Police forces and civil defense units have been on heightened alert in many countries of the world, including Britain, since the attacks of 11 September 2001. But the police, as well as the general public, appear to be growing tired of this constant vigilance, just as the British government has proposed major reforms in civil defense.
  • KENYA / TERRORISM VOA 24 Jun 2003 -- In Kenya, four people have been charged with murder for their alleged roles in last November's suicide-bombing attack on an Israeli-owned hotel in the coastal city of Mombasa.
  • Kenya Charges 4 with Murder in November Terror Attacks VOA News 24 Jun 2003 -- The authorities in Kenya have charged four people with 13 counts of murder in connection with the terrorist attack on an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa last November that killed 16 people.
  • Bush: Biotech Key to Fighting Global Hunger, Terrorism Washington File 23 Jun 2003 -- President Bush June 23 urged governments to "end their opposition" to biotechnology in order advance the global fight against hunger.
  • U-S/TERRORISM VOA 23 Jun 2003 -- Another person has been added to the list of terrorism suspects that the United States is classifying as enemy combatants - and subject to facing a military tribunal.
  • Enemy Combatant Taken Into Custody 23 Jun 2003 -- Department of Defense today took control of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri after the President designated him to be an enemy combatant. Ali-Marri was tranferred to the Naval Consolidated Brig, in Charleston, South Carolina, where he will be detained.
  • WHO Says SARS Transmission Stopped in Hong Kong Washington File 23 Jun 2003 -- The chain of transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been broken in Hong Kong, according to a finding announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) June 23.
  • Ship's Crew Charged With Illegally Transporting Explosives VOA News 23 Jun 2003 -- Prosecutors in Greece have charged the captain and six crew members of a mystery ship seized off the Greek coast Sunday with illegally transporting explosives and failing to notify authorities it was carrying dangerous cargo. Greek officials say 680 tons of explosives aboard the ship were listed on its manifest as being destined for a Sudanese chemical company that does not exist.
  • GREECE / EXPLOSIVES VOA 23 Jun 2003 -- Prosecutors in Greece have charged the captain and six crew members of a mystery ship seized off the Greek coast Sunday with illegally transporting explosives and failing to notify authorities it was carrying dangerous cargo. Greek officials say 680-tons of explosives aboard the ship were listed on its manifest as being destined for a Sudanese chemical company that does not exist.
  • KENYA / U-S EMBASSY VOA 23 Jun 2003 -- Senior members of the Kenyan government have denounced a U-S decision to keep the U-S embassy in Nairobi closed because of fears of terrorism.
  • KENYA / TERRORISM SUSPECTS VOA 23 Jun 2003 -- The Kenyan government says it is prepared to charge four people with murder in connection with last November's bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in the coastal city of Mombasa.
  • SOMALIA / KENYA FLIGHT BAN VOA 23 Jun 2003 -- Somalia's transitional government is protesting Kenya's decision to ban all flights to and from Somalia because of a terrorism threat.
  • Greece Seizes Ship Loaded with Explosives VOA News 23 Jun 2003 -- A top Greek official says the vessel seized Sunday in his country's territorial waters was packed with explosives equivalent to the power of an atomic bomb and was headed for Sudan.
  • Kenya To Charge 4 in Mombasa Terror Attack VOA News 23 Jun 2003 -- Kenya says it will charge four people with murder in connection with last year's suicide bombing which killed at least 15 people near the resort town of Mombasa.
  • Greece Seizes Ship Loaded with Explosives VOA News 23 Jun 2003 -- Greek authorities have opened an investigation to determine whether 680 tons of explosives found on a cargo ship seized Sunday were destined for a terrorist group.
  • Iran Identifies Most al-Qaida Members in Custody VOA News 23 Jun 2003 -- Iran says it has identified most of the suspected al-Qaida members in its custody.
  • Philippines Welcomes Rebels' Renunciation of Terror VOA News 23 Jun 2003 -- The Philippine government has welcomed a public rejection of terrorism by the country's main rebel group, saying it could pave the way to the resumption of peace talks.
  • Greek Forces Seize Ship Loaded with Explosives VOA News 22 Jun 2003 -- Greek special forces have seized a Comoros-flagged ship loaded with 680 tons of explosives.
  • Philippine Muslim Rebel Leader Renounces Terrorism VOA News 22 Jun 2003 -- The leader of a Muslim rebel group in the Philippines has renounced terrorism, a move that might lead to new peace talks with the government. By late Sunday, the government had said only the statement was a good sign, but had given no detailed response. Despite the statement, the rebels have not extended their unilateral ceasefire.
  • Analysts Debate Reasons for Sudden French Crackdown on 'Mujahedeen Khalq' VOA News 22 Jun 2003 -- In Paris Sunday, a judge ordered the continued detention of the leader of the Iranian opposition People's Mujahedeen and 10 of her followers who face trial for possible links with terrorism.
  • Purported Al-Qaida Video Warns of Future Attacks VOA News 22 Jun 2003 -- The Associated Press has obtained a video tape of a man purportedly working for the terrorist group Al-Qaida and warning of more attacks.
  • FRANCE / MUJAHEDEEN VOA 22 Jun 2003 -- In Paris Sunday, a judge ordered the continued detention of the leader of the Iranian opposition People's Mujahedeen and 10 of her followers who face trial for possible links with terrorism. The group remains a mystery to many. Analysts are also divided over the reasons for the French government crackdown.
  • Kenyan Police Arrest at Least 36 Following Terror Alert VOA News 21 Jun 2003 -- Kenyan police say they have arrested dozens of people during an anti-terror sweep, one day after the United States warned of a serious terrorist threat in the east African nation.
  • Indonesian Police Arrest Suspected JI Members VOA News 21 Jun 2003 -- Indonesian police say they have arrested 10 suspected members of the Islamic militant group, Jemaah Islamiyah.
  • INDONESIA/ARRESTS VOA 21 Jun 2003 -- Indonesian police say they have arrested 10 suspected members of the Islamic militant group, Jemaah Islamiyah.
  • G-7 Ministers Welcome New Anti-Money Laundering Standards Washington File 20 Jun 2003 -- The finance ministers of the Group of 7 (G-7) industrialized nations have said they welcome action by the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to create a stronger framework for combating global money laundering.
  • Official Says 10th ASEAN Regional Forum Focused on Terrorism, Security Washington File 20 Jun 2003 -- Strengthening counter-terrorism efforts and promoting regional security were top U.S. priorities at the 10th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum, according to a senior State Department official.
  • Financial Body Revises Anti-Money Laundering Recommendations Washington File 20 Jun 2003 -- The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has significantly revised its core recommendations to create a "comprehensive, consistent and strengthened" international framework for combating money laundering and terrorist financing, says the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • Terrorism Alert Issued for US Interests in Kenya VOA News 20 Jun 2003 -- The Pentagon's intelligence branch has issued a terrorism alert to all U.S. interests in Kenya.
  • U-S / TERRORISM VOA 20 Jun 2003 -- top U-S law enforcement official says that while the United States has made progress in the war on terrorism, future threats could include a combination of terrorists and organized crime.
  • U-S / KENYA / TERROR ALERT VOA 20 Jun 2003 -- The Pentagon's intelligence branch has issued a terrorism alert to all U-S interests in Kenya.
  • EU: Summit Agrees On Immigration Measures, Discusses Security Doctrine RFE/L 20 Jun 2003 -- The European Union summit in the Greek coastal resort of Porto Carras will be largely dedicated to the bloc's relations with the rest of the world. Last night, EU leaders together with their colleagues from the accession states discussed harmonizing their immigration and asylum policies, and took stock of developments in Iraq, Iran, and the Middle East. Today, the summit continues with talks on immigration and the EU's fledgling global security doctrine. The bloc's draft constitution will also be discussed. Tomorrow, leaders from the remaining candidate countries and the five Western Balkan countries will join the summit.
  • EDITORIAL: TERRORISTS IN SAUDI ARABIA VOA 20 Jun 2003 -- Countries around the world are bringing terrorists to justice. In a raid on June 14th, Saudi police killed five al-Qaida suspects linked to last month's suicide bombings that damaged three housing compounds in Riyadh. Thirty-five people were killed in those bombings, including citizens of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, the Philippines, Switzerland, and the United States.
  • EDITORIAL: THAIS FIGHT TERRORISM VOA 20 Jun 2003 -- Authorities in Thailand have arrested three men, including two reported members of the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah. According to police, Maisuri Haji Abdullah [MYE-soo-rah hah-JEE ahb-doo-lah], an Islamic religious teacher, and his son, Mayahi Haji Doloh [mah-yah-HEE hah-JEE doh-loh], confessed to plotting to bomb four foreign embassies and several tourist sites in Thailand. Waemahadi Wae-dao [wah-MAH-hah-dee WHEH-dow], a medical doctor, admitted to forging passports for the terrorists. A fourth suspect, Arifin bin Ali [ah-ree-FIN bin ah-LEE], a citizen of Singapore, was handed over to Singapore authorities on May 16th.
  • Truck Driver Pleads Guilty To Supporting Al-Qaeda Terrorists Washington File 19 Jun 2003 -- The Justice Department announced that a U.S. truck driver has pleaded guilty to charges of supporting al-Qaeda terrorist projects in the United States.
  • American Admits Helping Al Qaeda; Plea Bargains With Justice Department AFPS 19 Jun 2003 -- A naturalized American citizen from Columbus, Ohio, reached a plea-bargain agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General John Ashcroft said here June 19.
  • W-H-O/SARS VOA 19 Jun 2003 -- One-hundred days after its first warning about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the World Health Organization says it has changed some policies, after reviewing lessons learned from its fight against the virus.
  • US To Remain Vigilant, says Attorney General VOA News 19 Jun 2003 -- U.S. law enforcement authorities announced Thursday they have reached a plea agreement with an American truck driver and suspected al-Qaida terrorist operative who is cooperating with government investigators. Thirty-four-year-old Iyman Faris of Columbus, Ohio, a naturalized American citizen from Kashmir, has pleaded guilty to two counts of providing material support to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • Eberhart: 9-11 Created Need for New Unified Command AFPS 19 Jun 2003 -- Air Force Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart, commander of U.S. Northern Command, noted that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America brought about the most significant reorganization within DoD since the department was created in 1947.
  • U-S TERROR VOA 19 Jun 2003 -- U-S law enforcement authorities announced Thursday they have reached a plea agreement with an American truck driver and suspected al-Qaida terrorist operative who is cooperating with government investigators.
  • American Truck Driver Linked to al-Qaida Plots VOA News 19 Jun 2003 -- U.S. justice officials say an American truck driver with ties to the al-Qaeda global terror network has pleaded guilty to felony charges involving plots to blow up an aircraft and to sabotage a bridge in New York City. Attorney General John Ashcroft Thursday, identified the truck driver as Iynman Faris of Columbus, the capital of the U.S. midwestern state of Ohio. He said Mr. Faris is an immigrant from Kashmir who used the cloak of American citizenship to travel undetected while visiting an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan and scouting sites for attacks in the United States.
  • U.S.: Courts Upholding Bush's Strict Actions In Terror War RFE/L 19 Jun 2003 -- Since 11 September 2001, the U.S. government has been taking strong measures aimed at capturing suspected terrorists and preventing a recurrence of the attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania that killed some 3,000 people. Some critics say the government has gone too far, sacrificing civil liberties for the sake of national security. So far, however, the nation's courts have sided with President George W. Bush and his Justice Department.
  • FRANCE / IRAN OPPOSITION VOA 19 Jun 2003 -- Protests against French arrests of Iranian opposition members continued for a third day Thursday, with three more demonstrators setting themselves on fire in Italy and Switzerland.
  • Bali Bombing Suspect Says Police Threatened to Torture Him VOA News 19 Jun 2003 -- A suspect in last year's Bali bombing says Indonesian police threatened to torture him if he did not implicate an Islamic preacher accused of treason. The suspect made his statements at the trial of Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who is accused of leading a regional terrorist group.
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Accuses US of Trying to Dominate World VOA News 19 Jun 2003 -- Malaysia's outgoing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused the United States of using the September 11 terrorist attacks as an excuse for Western countries to dominate the world. Asia's longest serving leader made the remark in a speech to the annual meeting of his United Malays National Organization.
  • MALAYSIA / MAHATHIR VOA 19 Jun 2003 -- Malaysia's outgoing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused the United States of using the September 11 terrorist attacks as an excuse for Western countries to dominate the world. Asia's longest serving leader made the remark in a speech to the annual meeting of his United Malays National Organization.
  • INDONESIA BALI BOMBING VOA 19 Jun 2003 -- A suspect in last year's Bali bombing says Indonesian police threatened to torture him if he did not implicate an Islamic preacher accused of treason. The suspect made his statements at the trial of Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who is accused of leading a regional terrorist group.
  • PHILIPPINES / DRUG WAR VOA 19 Jun 2003 -- The Philippine government has launched a three-month crackdown on illegal drugs as the country has been identified as a major transshipment point for international drug syndicates in East Asia.
  • U.S. Government Watchdog Finds Problems in Visa Revocation Washington File 18 Jun 2003 -- The General Accounting Office (GAO) presented a report to a congressional committee June 18 finding that the U.S. government doesn't have good procedures in place to find a suspected terrorist who is already in the United States on a revoked visa.
  • CHINA / SARS RIVALRY VOA 18 Jun 2003 -- Senior Chinese disease control experts say rivalry and bickering among scientists and government officials delayed China's response to the deadly SARS outbreak and cost lives. China's Center for Disease Control says SARS exposed serious problems in the country's medical system.
  • SARS ERADICATION VOA 18 Jun 2003 -- The head of World Health Organization says Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome will continue to challenge global health care if its source is not identified and eliminated. But scientists at a conference in Kuala Lumpur say the disease is not likely to be eradicated.
  • WHO SARS VOA 18 Jun 2003 -- Health experts say simple infection control measures and better data collection could have limited the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
  • CONGRESS: THE OVERSEER VOA 18 Jun 2003 -- In the nearly two years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States, Congress has appropriated billions of dollars to help strengthen the country's security. Lawmakers have also approved billions for initial costs of the war in Iraq, and reconstruction. In the process, they have been taking their job of overseeing how the government spends its money and how efficiently programs are implemented even more seriously.
  • New Self-Immolations Reported as Iranians Protest in Europe VOA News 19 Jun 2003 -- Three Iranians have set themselves on fire in two separate protests in Europe over a French crackdown on an Iranian opposition group. Two men set themselves ablaze during a demonstration by at least 20 people outside the French embassy in Rome. Police quickly intervened to douse the flames. Another Iranian set himself on fire during a similar protest in the Swiss capital, Berne. Authorities have provided no information on the condition of the three.
  • FRANCE / IRAN OPPOSITION VOA 18 Jun 2003 -- Three Iranian dissidents set themselves on fire in Paris to protest a French crackdown on an Iranian opposition group with alleged links to terrorism. French authorities have released most members of the opposition People's Mujahedeen group who were arrested the day before.
  • Tajikistan: En Route To West, Trafficked Drugs Leave Social Crisis In Their Wake RFE/L 18 Jun 2003 -- The United Nations on 16 June announced it is allocating $10 million to help Tajikistan in its fight against drug smuggling. Tajikistan is a regular gateway for Afghan heroin and opium traveling toward Russia and Europe. As they travel west, the illicit drugs have left a social crisis in their wake -- growing cases of heroin addition and drug-related HIV infection.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UN OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME United Nations 18 Jun 2003
  • France: Police Arrest Members Of Iran's Armed Opposition, But Why Now? RFE/L 18 Jun 2003 -- The French police have rounded up some 160 members of Iran's armed opposition, the People's Mujahedin. The move has surprised some observers because for the past 20 years the group has been free to operate in France and many other European countries, as well as the United States.
  • US Limits Refugee Resettlement Following 2001 Terror Attacks VOA News 18 Jun 2003 -- Most of the 14 million registered refugees around the world are seeking repatriation or resettlement in host countries like the United States. But immediately after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the American refugee resettlement program shut down for three months, stranding thousands in camps or third countries. The resettlement program has resumed, but tighter screening rules and security issues have slowed applicant processing.
  • Saudi Officials: Al-Qaida Members Caught During Police Raids VOA News 18 Jun 2003 -- Saudi officials say al-Qaida terrorists are among those arrested or killed during a recent wave of police raids in Islam's holiest city.
  • SAUDI/AL-QAIDA VOA 18 Jun 2003 -- Saudi officials say al-Qaida terrorists are among those arrested or killed during a recent wave of police raids in Islam's holiest city.
  • U.N. Says Afghanistan Needs More Help to End Illicit Drug Production Washington File 17 Jun 2003 -- Calling opium production in Afghanistan "a vicious circle which we need to beat," the head of the U.N. drug program said June 17 that opium cultivation appears to have spread to new areas of the country.
  • TAIWAN SARS VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization has removed its SARS-related travel advisory on Taiwan, but the advice to avoid visiting Beijing remains in place.
  • TAIWAN SARS VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization has removed its SARS-related travel advisory on Taiwan, but the advice to avoid visiting Beijing remains in place.
  • U.S. Not Removing "Welcome Mat" for Foreigners, Official Says Washington File 17 Jun 2003 -- Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States has increased background checks on persons applying to enter the country, but these checks "do not target any one particular group" and the United States is not taking away the "welcome mat" to foreign visitors and immigrants, says a top immigration official.
  • U.S. Indicts Accused Smugglers of Aliens from Mexico, Central America Washington File 17 Jun 2003 -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, Texas, has indicted the alleged ringleader of a major smuggling operation, which resulted in the deaths of 19 undocumented aliens.
  • Port of Genoa Implements Container Security Initiative Washington File 17 Jun 2003 -- Italy has started the operational phase of the Container Security Initiative (CSI) at the port of Genoa for cargo containers destined for U.S. ports, the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced June 16.
  • U.S. Court Rules Non-American Detainees' Names May Be Withheld Washington File 17 Jun 2003 -- The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington has ruled that the U.S. government acted legally by withholding the names and other personal details of several hundred foreigners who were detained during its investigation in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • U.S. Joins OECD Partners in Fighting Cross-Border Fraud Washington File 17 Jun 2003 -- The United States has joined with other industrialized countries to enhance cross-border cooperation against consumer fraud, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says.
  • U-N / AFGHANISTAN / DRUGS VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- The Director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, predicts that Afghanistan will remain the world's top opium producer in the coming years and is calling for international cooperation to curb Afghanistan's illicit drug trade.
  • APPEALS COURT / DETAINEES VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- A U-S federal appeals court has ruled the government does not have to release the names of hundreds of foreigners it has detained in the ongoing investigation of the September 11th terrorist attacks two years ago. The court says that doing so could impede the war on terrorism. A lower court had ordered the Justice Department to disclose the names of those being held.
  • Afghanistan's Opium Economy Needs to be 'Broken', says Top UN Official VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- The Director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, predicts that Afghanistan will remain the world's top opium producer in the coming years and is calling for international cooperation to curb Afghanistan's illicit drug trade.
  • Faced with insecurity and drugs, Afghanistan needs beefed up help - UN officials UN News Centre 17 Jun 2003 -- With insecurity threatening to derail Afghanistan's entire political process and the country's drug production turning the old Silk Road into a new "opium-paved road," two top United Nations officials called on the international community today to beef up deployment of security forces there and provide other vital assistance.
  • APPEALS COURT/DETAINEES VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- A U-S federal appeals court has ruled the government does not have to release the names of hundreds of foreigners it has detained in the on-going investigation of the September 11th terrorist attacks two years ago, saying that doing so could impede the war on terrorism.
  • Somalia, Kenya Presidents Hold Talks on Terrorism, Refugees VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- The president of Somalia's Transitional National Government is in Nairobi for talks with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on terrorism and other issues affecting their two countries. And they will also be talking about the future of Somalia.
  • Court Backs Bush Administration: Names of Foreign Detainees Need Not be Disclosed VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled the government does not have to release the names of hundreds of foreigners it has detained in the on-going investigation of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks two years ago, saying that doing so could impede the war on terrorism. A lower court had ordered the Justice Department to disclose the names of those being held.
  • French Police Arrest Members of 'People's Mujahedeen of Iran' VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- French police arrested more than 150 members of an Iranian opposition group in early morning raids near Paris. The French Interior Ministry says more than 1,200 security officers were used in the operation, which targeted the People's Mujahedeen of Iran. The raids simultaneously targeted 13 villas and other sites around Paris. The Ministry says police seized roughly $1.3 million in U.S. currency, along with computer equipment and other material.
  • France Launches Sweep Against Iranian Opposition Group VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- French police have launched a massive sweep in the Paris area against members of the Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen, detaining at least 165 people.
  • SOMALIA / TALKS VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- The president of Somalia's Transitional National Government is in Nairobi for talks with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on terrorism and other issues affecting their two countries. They will also be talking about the future of Somalia.
  • Boeing Team Selected for Program to Boost Cargo Container Security Boeing 17 Jun 2003 -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) has been awarded a contract to demonstrate cargo container security systems for Operation Safe Commerce, a Department of Homeland Security initiative aimed at improving security of cargo entering and departing ports in the United States. The contract for the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, announced at the Paris Air Show, is valued at more than $4.2 million.
  • FRANCE/IRAN OPPOSITION VOA 17 Jun 2003 -- French police arrested more than 150 members of an Iranian opposition group, in early morning raids near Paris. The arrests are France's first against the group, since the European Union designated it a terrorist organization.
  • W-H-O/SARS PREVIEW VOA 16 Jun 2003 -- Taiwan's leaders are welcoming a rare opportunity to take part in Tuesday's World Health Organization conference on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
  • SARS WORKERS VOA 16 Jun 2003 -- Hong Kong medical workers threatened with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome became known as heroes in the city for their dedication and bravery in treating patients. Dozens of hospital workers contracted the virus and at least seven died from it.
  • DJIBOUTI / ANTI-TERROR VOA 16 Jun 2003 -- A U-S-led coalition, created last October to fight terrorism in east Africa, has moved its headquarters from an American warship to a land base in Djibouti.
  • EDITORIAL: THAIS FIGHT TERRORISM VOA 16 Jun 2003 -- Authorities in Thailand have arrested three men, including two reported members of the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah. According to police, Maisuri Haji Abdullah, an Islamic religious teacher, and his son, Mayahi Haji Doloh, confessed to plotting to bomb four foreign embassies and several tourist sites in Thailand. Waemahadi Wae-dao, a medical doctor, admitted to forging passports for the terrorists. A fourth suspect, Arifin bin Ali, a citizen of Singapore, was handed over to Singapore authorities on May 16th.
  • BALI BOMBING TRIALS VOA 16 Jun 2003 -- A third key suspect has gone on trial on charges he helped plot last year's devastating terrorist attack on the Indonesian island of Bali. Ali Ghufron - the alleged operations chief for the Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah - faces the death penalty if convicted.
  • OAS Anti-Terrorism Treaty About to Enter into Force Washington File 16 Jun 2003 -- A U.S.-supported inter-American treaty against terrorism is about to go into effect, says the Organization of American States (OAS).
  • INDIA/RUSSIA VOA 16 Jun 2003 -- The Russian foreign minister has held talks with Indian leaders on bilateral cooperation and the fight against terrorism. The Russian official gave a similar anti-terrorism message to Pakistan.
  • Afghanistan: Poppy, Heroin Trade Flourishing As Government Fails To Provide Alternatives RFE/L 16 Jun 2003 -- Despite a ban by the Afghan government, poppy cultivation and heroin laboratories are an open secret in many Afghan provinces. Afghanistan re-emerged as the world's largest opium producer last year, with more than 3,400 tons harvested.
  • Saudis Arrest More Suspected Militants in Mecca VOA 16 Jun 2003 -- Saudi security forces are reported to have arrested more suspected Islamic militants in Mecca in the second raid in as many days in the Muslim holy city.
  • 3rd Suspect Goes on Trial for Bali Bombing VOA 16 Jun 2003 -- A third key suspect has gone on trial on charges he helped plot last year's devastating terrorist attack on the Indonesian island of Bali.
  • SAUDI/TERROR VOA 15 Jun 2003 -- Saudi Arabia's interior ministry says it has foiled an imminent terror attack in an overnight raid and gunfight in Mecca, Islam's holiest city. The major security sweep left five suspects and two Saudi security agents dead.
  • Terrorist Attack Thwarted, says Saudi Arabia VOA 15 Jun 2003 -- Saudi Arabia's interior ministry says it has foiled an imminent terror attack in an overnight raid and gunfight in Mecca, Islam's holiest city. The major security sweep left five suspects and two Saudi security agents dead.
  • 7 Dead in Saudi Shootout VOA 15 Jun 2003 -- At least five suspected terrorists and two Saudi security officers have been killed in a shootout in the holy city of Mecca.
  • ELTA Systems Wide Range of Homeland Security Solutions to Counter Terrorism Threats Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2003 -- Border Protection ScenarioIAI's subsidiary ELTA Systems Group proven experience in developing solutions to fight terrorists in Israel are now offered to IAI's international customers. Some of these systems will be on display at the 2003 Paris Air Show.
  • IAI/ELTA Systems Offers the "Flight Guard" - A Civil Aviation Anti-Missile Self Protection System Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2003 -- Elta Systems Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI), has developed andFlight Guard in actionoffers the "Flight Guard", proven self-protection solution, for the protection of passenger and business jets to counter terrorist missiles attack.
  • Thailand Thwarts Plot to Attack Foreign Embassies During ASEAN Meeting VOA 14 Jun 2003 -- Thailand's prime minister says Muslim militants with alleged links to a radical Islamic group were planning to attack foreign embassies in Thailand during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders meeting later this year.
  • THAILAND / TERROR VOA 14 Jun 2003 -- Thailand's prime minister says Muslim militants with alleged links to a radical Islamic group were planning to attack foreign embassies in Thailand during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders meeting later this year.
  • EDITORIAL: TERRORISTS & THE RULE OF LAW VOA 14 Jun 2003 -- A jury in Detroit, Michigan, has convicted two members of a "sleeper cell," Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi [ah-dell ill-yah el-mahr-doo-dee] and Karim Koubriti [kah-REEM koo-bree-tee], of conspiring to support Islamic terrorists. A third cell member, Ahmed Hannan [AHK-mahd hah-nahn], was found guilty of conspiracy to commit document fraud. A fourth defendant was acquitted of all charges.
  • WHO / SARS VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization says it is lifting its travel warning against most places in China, but the warning still applies to Beijing. The agency is lifting travel warnings for China's Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi and Tianjin regions.
  • EDITORIAL: AL-QAIDA ARRESTS VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- The roundup of suspects involved in global terrorism continues. Authorities in France have arrested a German citizen suspected of involvement in last year's bombing of a Tunisian synagogue. The terrorist attack killed twenty-one people, including fourteen German tourists. Christian Ganczanski is believed to be a senior al-Qaida recruiter in Germany. He may also be linked to the Hamburg cell that helped organize the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • New Twenty-Dollar Bill VOA 13 Jun 2003 -- Criminals often print false money. This kind of criminal activity is a big problem in many countries around the world. The United States will soon begin printing money that will be very difficult to copy.
  • Homeland Security Department Outlines Approach to Port Security Washington File 13 Jun 2003 -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced new measures to enhance port and container cargo security.
  • Official Urges Expanded Alliances with NGOs Against Human Trafficking Washington File 13 Jun 2003 -- The United States needs to expand alliances and information sharing with non-governmental organizations (NGO) in the fight to end trafficking in persons, according to John Miller, Director of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
  • Homeland Security Department Enhances Port Security Measures Washington File 13 Jun 2003 -- The U.S. Homeland Security Department is boosting its existing programs aimed at preventing terrorists from using commercial ships and cargo containers to mount attacks in the United States, the department's head says.
  • Davidson: U.S. "Strongly Committed" to Combating Human Trafficking Washington File 13 Jun 2003 -- U.S. diplomat Douglas Davidson told the OSCE Permanent Council June 12 that the United States is working with international organizations, foreign governments and non-governmental organizations to combat trafficking in persons both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • SOUTHEAST ASIA / J-I L VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- For the first time ever, Cambodia is charging one of its nationals for alleged connections to the Islamic terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah. The move suggests the militant movement has a wider presence in Southeast Asia than earlier believed.
  • CHINA / SARS / AIDS VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- China has given a great deal of attention to its efforts against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS -- which has been the Chinese government's apparent top public health priority in recent weeks. At the same time, though, critics charge that comparatively little attention has been paid to AIDS, which is a much bigger and more deadly problem in China.
  • ASIA SARS VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization has declared that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is nearing its end in China, but not in Taiwan. The U-N agency says it will review new information from China before lifting SARS-related travel advisories.
  • BALI BOMB TRIAL / AMROZI VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- In Indonesia, an Islamic militant on trial for his alleged role in the last year's Bali bombing has confessed to his part in three other bomb attacks. Police say Amrozi bin Nurhasyim is a member of a regional militant group suspected of having links to al-Qaida.
  • U-S Homeland Security VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- This week, a U-S report to the United Nations was made public, detailing the ongoing threat posed by Osama bin Laden's terrorists. The report warns that al-Qaida could attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction sometime during the next two years.
  • Saudi Official Says Saudi Arabia is "Mobilized" to Fight Terrorism Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The foreign affairs advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Adel Al-Jubeir, said Saudi Arabia is doing "everything possible" to fight terrorism.
  • Senate Majority Leader Says Globalization Raises Bioterrorism Risk Washington File 12 June 2003 -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Republican of Tennessee) says he believes the United States will ultimately be victorious in its fight against terrorism but cautions that globalization has brought the threat of biological terrorism closer to U.S. shores.
  • Report Shows Significant Progress in Combating Human Trafficking Washington File 12 June 2003 -- The U.S. State Department released its third annual Trafficking in Persons Report June 11, and said the survey of trafficking activities in more than 100 nations demonstrates a heightened attention and concern about a practice that is often referred to as modern-day slavery.
  • Eastern Europe: UNICEF Official Says Child Trafficking Increasing RFE/L 12 Jun 2003 -- To mark today's International Day Against Child Labor, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is highlighting a recent study that shows an alarming rise in child trafficking, especially children coming from the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
  • U.S.: Report Urges Countries To Prosecute Human Traffickers RFE/L 12 Jun 2003 -- The U.S. State Department has issued its third annual report on the international trafficking of human beings. Secretary of State Colin Powell equates the problem with modern-day slavery and says he hopes the report will continue to push countries to combat the scourge.
  • Bali Bombing Suspect Confesses to 3 Other Bombings VOA 12 Jun 2003 -- In Indonesia, an Islamic militant on trial for his alleged role in the last year's Bali bombing has confessed to his part in three other bomb attacks.
  • US, Angola Seek Missing Boeing 727 Jet VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- Authorities in Africa and the United States are looking for a Boeing 727 jet missing from Angola since late last month under suspicious circumstances.
  • ASIA SARS VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- A leading expert from the World Health Organization is in Beijing, studying China's outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The U-N health agency wants to know more about the rapid drop in cases seen in China.
  • ANGOLA / MISSING PLANE VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- Authorities in Africa and the United States are looking for a Boeing 7-2-7 jet missing from Angola since late last month under suspicious circumstances. U-S officials suspect the disappearance may be criminal in nature but they cannot rule out the possibility of a terrorist connection.
  • WEST AFRICA / TERROR VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- West African officials may be getting impatient over the time it is taking U-S authorities to implement a new counter-terrorism program announced last year.
  • THAILAND/TERROR VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- Police in Thailand say two of three suspected terrorists arrested in the southern part of the country have confessed to being members of the regional terrorism network, Jemaah Islamiyah. The arrests were reportedly based on information from an alleged leader of the organization who was deported recently from Thailand to Singapore.
  • More Nations Acting to Counter Human Trafficking, New Report Finds Washington File 11 June 2003 -- More than 100 governments around the world are making concrete efforts to end trafficking in persons, according to a wide-ranging international survey released by the U.S. Department of State June 11.
  • Lockheed Martin Establishes Transportation and Security Solutions Business Unit Lockheed Martin 11 Jun 2003 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today the formation of the Transportation and Security Solutions (TSS) business unit to address growing national priorities for safe and efficient travel and control of the nation's borders.
  • Powell Calls Human Trafficking "Morally Unacceptable" Washington File 11 June 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell unveiled the third annual Trafficking in Persons Report June 11, saying that it demonstrates a heightened attention and concern about this "horrifying practice."
  • State Department Releases Trafficking in Persons Report Washington File 11 June 2003 -- The U.S. Department of State released the annual Trafficking in Persons report June 11, concluding that more than 100 nations surveyed are taking significant actions to combat human trafficking. The report also finds that 13 nations are not responding aggressively to organized criminal activity involving trafficking in persons. Under a 2000 U.S. counter-trafficking law, those nations not targeting this form of modern day slavery may be subject to sanctions.
  • African and US Authorities Search for Missing Airliner VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- U.S. and African officials are searching for a Boeing 727 airliner missing since it took off from a southern African airport more than two weeks ago.
  • France Links German Suspect to al-Qaida VOA 11 Jun 2003 -- France says a German national arrested near Paris earlier this month is a top leader of the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • War on Terrorism Is 'Toughest Challenge' Yet, Myers Says AFPS 11 Jun 2003 -- The war on global terrorism, the U.S. military's top officer told National Defense University graduates here June 10, is the most difficult national security challenge he's experienced in his career.
  • SARS WHO ASEAN VOA 10 Jun 2003 -- A top World Health Organization official says Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome appears to be under control. But the U-N agency will not say if government measures to control the spread of the disease have worked or if the virus is simply entering a seasonal lull.
  • SARS TREATMENT/ HONG KONG VOA 10 Jun 2003 -- Just three months after Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome struck Hong Kong - doctors and scientists have developed a number of treatments for patients suffering from the serious pneumonia brought on by the illness.
  • SINGAPORE TERROR VOA 10 Jun 2003 -- The Singapore government says a senior member of a Southeast Asian terrorist organization is under arrest after being extradited from Thailand. It is the first reported arrest in Thailand of a member of Jemaah Islamiyah, which is accused of masterminding last year's bombings on the Indonesian island, Bali.
  • US / AL-QAIDA VOA 10 Jun 2003 -- In January, President Bush declared the nation was winning the war on terrorism. But a report by the U-S government says a high probability remains that terrorists from the al-Qaida network will attack the United States within the next two years with a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon.
  • WEST AFRICA/TERROR VOA 10 Jun 2003 -- U-S officials have no information to substantiate two recent reports of alleged terrorist plots aimed against the American Embassy in the West African country of Mali.
  • ANTHRAX PROBE VOA 10 Jun 2003 -- Federal investigators are draining a remote pond outside Washington as part of their probe into the 2001 anthrax-by-mail attacks that killed five people and sickened several others.
  • OSAMA-INTELLIGENCE VOA 10 Jun 2003 -- In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, one question has been heard repeatedly among Americans: why do they hate us so? One U-S intelligence official has what he thinks are some answers to that question, and has written a book about it.
  • "Free Markets and Fighting Terrorism," by Congressman Christopher Shays Washington File 10 Jun 2003 -- This column by Rep. Christopher Shays, a Connecticut Republican, was first published June 10 in The Washington Times.
  • FBI Official Pledges More Outreach to Muslim Community Leaders Washington File 10 Jun 2003 -- The chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation vowed to protect American Muslims from hate crimes and to reach out to the Arabs and Muslims across the United States as to fellow citizens.
  • State Department Official Says War Against Terrorism Continues Washington File 10 Jun 2003 -- In the continuing global war against terrorism, the U.S. campaign involves not only America's military but also its diplomatic, economic, law enforcement and intelligence-gathering abilities, according to Ambassador Francis Taylor.
  • Russia: More Than 100 Suspected Islamic Militants Arrested In Moscow RFE/L 10 Jun 2003 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) today said 121 suspected members of the banned Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir were arrested during a security crackdown conducted in Moscow on Friday.
  • Russia: Security Forces Dismantle Alleged Moscow-Based Cell Of Hizb Ut-Tahrir RFE/L 10 Jun 2003 -- Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, one of the most secretive fundamentalist Islamic organizations, has been active in Central Asia since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the group has never been involved in any violent actions, it is being fiercely repressed by regional governments, which consider its radical ideology a major threat. Hizb ut-Tahrir suffered a major blow last week when Russian authorities arrested dozens of its members in Moscow.
  • SAUDI/BOMBING VOA 07 Jun 2003 -- For the first time, Saudi Arabia's interior minister has linked last month's bombing in the capital, Riyadh, to the al-Qaida terrorist network. He also announced the names of 12 men involved in the attack.
  • U.S. Joins Italy and Germany in Designating Terror Suspects Washington File 06 Jun 2003 -- The United States joined Italy in designating sixteen individuals associated with the Algerian based Armed Islamic Group (GIA), along with the member of an al Qaida cell in Hamburg, Germany.
  • U.S. Lauds Albanian Efforts Against Trafficking, Corruption Washington File 06 Jun 2003 -- The United States applauds the "Three Port Strategy" adopted by the government of Albania to combat human trafficking, crime, and corruption at Rinas Airport and the seaports of Durres and Vlora, Deputy Chief of Mission Douglas Davidson said in remarks to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna June 5.
  • TERRORISM IN CHECHNYA VOA 06 Jun 2003 -- At a religious festival in northern Chechnya last month, a woman named Shakida Baimuradova got within six feet of Akhmad Kadyrov, the head of the Moscow-appointed Chechen administration, and blew herself up. Fourteen people were killed and dozens wounded. Kadyrov was unhurt. Two days earlier, suicide bombers rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a Russian government compound in Znamenskoye. The attack killed fifty-nine people and wounded more than one hundred. Shamil Basayev, a Chechen separatist leader, claimed responsibility for both attacks. Aslan Maskhadov, another Chechen separatist leader, denounced them. Is there hope for an end to the killing in Chechnya?
  • E-U / U-S TERRORISM VOA 06 Jun 2003 -- In a move to help the United States in the fight against terrorism, justice ministers of the European Union have agreed to sign a key extradition deal with Washington.
  • EDITORIAL: U.S. FREEZES AL-AQSA ASSETS VOA 06 Jun 2003 -- Since 1991, the Al-Aqsa Foundation has posed as an Arab charity assisting widows and orphans. But its real purpose was to help terrorists -- and make more widows and orphans. The United States has now frozen its assets. U.S. Secretary of the Treasury John Snow said that this action has "deprived the Hamas terrorist organization of a vital source of funding" and "shut off yet another pipeline of money financing terror."
  • Britain Implements U.S. Container Security Initiative Washington File 05 Jun 2003 -- As part of the Container Security Initiative (CSI), U.S. customs officers have begun working with their British counterparts at the port of Felixstowe to screen U.S.-bound shipping containers identified as a potential terrorist risk.
  • ASIA/SARS VOA 05 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization team in Beijing says China is trying hard to provide data about its SARS outbreak, while senior W-H-O officials complain that China is not fully cooperating. The W-H-O team in China also says SARS appears to be under control in most parts of the world.
  • Dobriansky Denounces Human Trafficking Washington File 05 Jun 2003 -- Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky reasserted the U.S. commitment to the worldwide fight against trafficking in persons as she participated in a conference on the subject in Finland June 1-3.
  • Ashcroft Calls Patriot Act "Key Weapon" in Fighting Terrorism Washington File 05 Jun 2003 -- The Patriot Act passed by Congress in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks gives the United States the tools needed to integrate law enforcement and intelligence capabilities, says Attorney General John Ashcroft.
  • U.S. Announces Seizure of Colombian-Linked Drug Shipment in Rome Washington File 05 Jun 2003 -- Over 100 kilograms of cocaine transported by an organization of Colombian and Italian nationals have been seized at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • ASHCROFT / PATRIOT ACT VOA 05 Jun 2003 -- Attorney General John Ashcroft wants Congress to strengthen a law it approved in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, giving authorities wide new powers to track down potential terrorists. A congressional committee (Thursday) examined whether provisions of the U-S-A Patriot Act, and the way it is being enforced, have threatened privacy and civil liberties.
  • SUDAN / TERRORISM VOA 05 Jun 2003 -- U-S defense officials remain concerned about Sudan's links to international terrorism despite what they say are recent efforts by authorities in Khartoum to cooperate in global counter-terrorism efforts.
  • JUSTICE/DETENTIONS REPORT VOA 05 Jun 2003 -- A highly critical Justice Department report about treatment of foreigners detained for immigration violations after the September 11th attacks in 2001 is drawing a large editorial response from the nation's press.
  • ETHIOPIA: Security fears cause embassies to close IRIN 05 Jun 2003 -- The United States and Norway temporarily closed their embassies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday amid security fears.
  • U.S.: Government Probe Criticizes Arrests Of Immigrants After 11 September RFE/L 05 Jun 2003 -- For months after the September 11 2001 attacks, civil rights groups complained that the U.S. government was violating basic human rights by rounding up illegal immigrants and detaining them for months. Now, a new report from inside the government backs these charges.
  • AUSTRALIA / AIR SECURITY VOA 05 Jun 2003 -- Australian authorities have arrested a man on a domestic passenger flight after he was overheard making threats. It is Australia's second airline security scare in a week.
  • AUSTRALIA / COUNTER- TERRORISM VOA 05 Jun 2003 -- Australia has warned the militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah is still capable of waging an attack on the scale of last year's Bali bombings, despite successful counter-terrorism measures in the region. The warning comes at the end of a three-day summit on terrorism, in the north Australian city of Darwin.
  • SARS ASIA VOA 04 Jun 2003 -- A high-ranking Chinese health official says there is no reason to doubt China's figures on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, despite questions raised Tuesday by the World Health Organization.
  • U.S. Commends Bangladesh Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons Washington File 04 Jun 2003 -- U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Ann Peters said the United States condemns trafficking in persons and remains firmly committed to fighting this scourge. She also praised Bangladesh's commitment to combating trafficking, noting that Bangladeshi law enforcement and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were working successfully together to increase convictions for trafficking in Bangladesh.
  • ASHCROFT / PATRIOT ACT VOA 05 Jun 2003 -- U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft has urged Congress to strengthen a law which gives authorities wide new powers to track down potential terrorists. Mr. Ashcroft appeared before a congressional committee examining whether enforcement of the U-S-A Patriot Act, approved overwhelmingly by Congress after the 2001 terrorist attacks, threatens privacy and civil liberties.
  • COAST GUARD AIR STATION / HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 04 Jun 2003 -- The events of September eleventh, 2001, profoundly influenced the ways the U-S government works to keep its citizens secure from terrorist attacks. One key player in the current effort is the United States Coast Guard, a military branch established in 1790.
  • Christian Terrorism VOA 04 Jun 2003 -- If you had to name just one topic that has dominated the global conversation in the first few years of the twenty-first century, so-called "Islamic Extremism" would probably be at the top of your list. It's certainly dominated the conversation here in the United States ever since September 11th, 2001. But Islam isn't the only religion that's been twisted and distorted to justify acts of terrorism. The recent capture of the man believed responsible for the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta is an important reminder that "Christian Terrorism" was in the United States long before its Islamic counterpart was unleashed on New York and Washington, D-C.
  • CONGRESS / DETAINEES VOA 04 Jun 2003 -- A key U-S Senator is calling for a Congressional probe into the Bush administration's handling of immigrants detained in the United States after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Senator Ted Kennedy spoke at an immigrant rights forum on Capitol Hill.
  • EDITORIAL: ARAB LEADERS AGAINST TERRORISM VOA 04 Jun 2003 -- At their meeting with President George W. Bush in Egypt, the leaders of major Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority have condemned terrorism in all its forms -- and with no exceptions. The leaders include Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, Bahrain's King Hamad, Jordanian King Abdullah, and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.
  • SINGAPORE / SECURITY LAW VOA 04 Jun 2003 -- Singapore has defended its internal security law used to detained suspected Islamic terrorists. Amnesty International has criticized the law as violating basic civil and legal rights.
  • AUSTRALIA / COUNTER-TERRORISM VOA 04 Jun 2003 -- Australia - hosting a regional conference on counter-terrorism - has applauded the efforts of Southeast Asian nations to capture members of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant group.
  • AUSTRALIA / NOKOR DRUG TRAFFICKING VOA 04 Jun 2003 -- World leaders continue to consult on how to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat - as new evidence is emerging that Pyongyang may be engaging in international drug smuggling to finance its nuclear program and bolster its military. The U-S Congress last month heard these charges from a North Korean defector and Australia is investigating whether the North Korea sanctioned a ship to carry more than 200 million dollars worth of heroin to drug dealers there.
  • G-8 Leaders Develop Security Plan to Reduce "Dirty Bomb" Threat Washington File 03 Jun 2003 -- Following is the text of a White House fact sheet on action by the Group of Eight industrialized democracies to reduce the threat of "dirty bombs" by preventing terrorist access to radioactive sources
  • W-H-O /SARS / CHINA VOA 03 Jun 2003 -- The World Health Organization says it has doubts concerning the number of new cases of SARS being reported by China, particularly in the capital Beijing. The health agency says the figures being cited by Chinese authorities appear to be suspiciously low.
  • U.S. Official Lauds Colombian Efforts to Combat Narco-Terrorism Washington File 03 Jun 2003 -- Colombia is an important front in the war on terrorism, and the United States supports the Colombian government's efforts to address the threats posed by narcotics trafficking and drug-financed terrorist groups, says Paul Simons, acting assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs.
  • G-8 Leaders Create Counterterrorism Action Group Washington File 03 Jun 2003 -- Following is a White House fact sheet released June 2 on the Group of Eight (G-8) adoption of an action plan to establish the Counterterrorism Action Group (CTAG).
  • Arab Leaders Issue Strong Statement Condemning Terror AFPS 03 Jun 2003 -- Following a meeting with Arab leaders in Sharm el- Sheikh, Egypt, President Bush said the region is united against terror and sees the potential "for broader peace among the peoples of this region."
  • TERROR TRIAL VOA 03 Jun 2003 -- A U-S federal jury in Detroit (Michigan) has found two Arab immigrants guilty of conspiring to support Muslim terrorists plotting attacks against the United States and its allies, Jordan and Turkey.
  • CONGRESS / PORT AND AIR SECURITY VOA 03 Jun 2003 -- Members of Congress have been questioning officials responsible for security at U-S seaports and airports about efforts to guard against possible future terrorist attacks. Hearings on Capitol Hill come amid impatience with steps to ensure the safety of shipping containers entering the United States and concern about lapses in background checks for airport screeners.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $30 Million Contract for Information Technology Support and Services of Counter-Drug Task Force General Dynamics 03 Jun 2003 -- General Dynamics Network Systems has been awarded a contract valued at $30 million over the next six years to provide information technology support and related services to the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force South (JIATF South). The contract has a total potential value of up to $98 million, if all options are exercised. General Dynamics Network Systems is a business unit in the General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology group.
  • CONGRESS / COLOMBIA / DRUGS VOA 03 Jun 2003 -- The vice president of Colombia appeared before a U-S Senate panel Tuesday to appeal to lawmakers to continue funding U-S efforts in support of his country's anti-drug initiatives.
  • MALAYSIA / U-S FORCES VOA 03 Jun 2003 -- The U-S military commander for Asia is visiting Southeast Asia to build more regional support for the fight against terrorism. The trip comes during a period of heightened concern about possible terror attacks.
  • BALI BOMBING CHARGES VOA 03 Jun 2003 -- Nine more suspects face charges in Indonesia for last year's devastating Bali bombing attack. One of those charged is Ali Ghufron - considered a high-level operative for the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah.
  • EDITORIAL: IRAN SUPPORTS TERRORISM VOA 03 Jun 2003 -- Since the liberation of Iraq, the government of Iran has been trying to complicate efforts by the U.S.-led coalition to bring stability to Iraq. Iran is providing covert support to hard-line Shiite Muslim groups that are promoting Iranian-style radical Islamic rule, rather than democracy, for Iraq. As U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made clear, such outside influence will not be tolerated
  • G-8 to Take Further Steps to Enhance Transportation Security Washington File 02 Jun 2003 -- The Group of Eight (G-8) industrial countries have agreed to strengthen a regime established to counter the threat to civil aviation posed by portable surface-to-air missiles and asked other nations to take similar steps.
  • SARS / CHINA HEALTH CARE VOA 02 Jun 2003 -- Health experts say the SARS crisis that has sickened thousands of people in China and killed hundreds reveals deep flaws in the country's medical system. Rural areas suffer the most - they are home to most of China's people - but few of its hospitals and doctors.
  • ASIA SARS VOA 02 Jun 2003 -- For the first time since it started reporting, China says it has no new cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. But as the outbreaks in Asia fade, attention is turning to the psychological damage the disease has wrought.
  • G-8 Works to Block Terrorist Access to Radioactive Materials Washington File 02 Jun 2003 -- The G-8 Summit June 2 released an Action Plan aimed at preventing terrorists from gaining access to highly radioactive material.
  • G-8 Leaders Announce Action Plan to Fight Global Terrorism Washington File 02 Jun 2003 -- Leaders of the Group-of-Eight nations announced June 2 that they will create a G-8 Counter-Terrorism Action Group, to focus on building political will to fight international terrorism.
  • Bush Sends Congress Latest List of Foreign Drug "Kingpins" Washington File 02 Jun 2003 -- President Bush has notified Congress of the fourth set of determinations of drug traffickers who will be subject to the sanctions provided in the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act ("Kingpin Act"), according to a statement issued June 2 by the White House.
  • Powell Says U.S. Wants Movement on Immigration Issues with Mexico Washington File 02 Jun 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States wants to "move forward" on immigration issues with Mexico, adding that the Bush administration's goal is for "people to be safe as they try to find legitimate ways" to enter the United States.
  • Justice Department Reviews Treatment of Alien Detainees Washington File 02 Jun 2003 -- The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report June 2 saying it found "significant problems" in the treatment of aliens being held on immigration charges in connection with the investigation of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
  • Wolfowitz Highlights Saddam Hussein's Terrorist Links Washington File 02 Jun 2003 -- The United States went to war with the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein because of the regime's weapons of mass destruction, its ties with terrorists, and the way it mistreated the Iraqi people, according to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.
  • JUSTICE / TERROR DETENTIONS VOA 02 Jun 2003 -- The U-S Justice Department is criticizing itself for the way it has handled the detention of hundreds of foreigners for immigration violations in the wake of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Correspondent Nick Simeone tells us about a practice that has also been widely criticized by legal and human rights groups.
  • U.S.: Bush To Call On Arab Leaders To Crack Down On Financing for Militants RFE/L 02 Jun 2003 -- U.S. President George W. Bush is due to meet several Arab heads of state in Egypt tomorrow to talk, in part, about cracking down on financing for militant groups. The meeting picks up an initiative to cut off international funds for terrorism that began after 11 September 2001 but, until now, has had mixed success.
  • INDONESIA / TERROR TRIAL VOA 02 Jun 2003 -- The alleged mastermind of the October Bali bombing has gone on trial - in what is being called the deadly terrorist attack in Indonesia's history. Imam Samudra faces a possible death penalty if convicted of planning the attack that killed more than 200 people.
  • ASIA SARS VOA 01 Jun 2003 -- China and its Southeast Asian neighbors have agreed on what they say are better ways of keeping SARS from crossing international borders.



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