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September 2003 Security News

  • BRUSSELS/TERROR VOA 30 Sept 2003-- A Belgian court has convicted a Tunisian-born former professional soccer player of plotting to blow up a military facility used by U-S forces in Belgium and sentenced him to 10 years in prison
  • U.S. Biodefense Research Makes "Tremendous Progress" Washington File 30 Sept 2003-- U.S. biomedical researchers are making great strides in an almost two-year-old effort to bolster the nation's defenses against bioterrorism. The National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) released a report September 29 documenting the progress achieved by a collaboration of government, academic and industrial researchers.
  • Departments of State, Homeland Security Share Visa Oversight Washington File 30 Sept 2003-- The U.S. Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have devised a new system for the two agencies to work together to maintain a visa process that protects the nation at the same time it keeps U.S. borders open to legitimate travel and commerce. The new agreement, required by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, was announced September 29 by the Department of State.
  • Former footballer sentenced in Belgium for planning attack against US base IRNA 30 Sep 2003 -- Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian and former football player in Germany, was given a 10-year jail sentence by a court in Brussels Tuesday afternoon for planning an attack on an American military base in the Belgian city of Limburg.
  • AL-QAIDA/MUSHARRAF/REACT VOA 29 Sept 2003-- Pakistan has dismissed a threat against its president by the al-Qaida terrorist network, saying the war against "terrorism will continue."
  • AL-QAIDA TAPE VOA 29 Sept 2003-- Two Arabic television stations broadcast a tape Sunday allegedly made by the number-two leader of the terrorist group al-Qaida
  • Italy: Power Blackout Latest In Unusual Chain Of Events RFE/RL 29 Sep 2003 -- The electrical power blackout that plunged Italy into darkness at the weekend is the latest in a series of vast breakdowns which have affected tens of millions of people on both sides of the Atlantic. The apparent reason for the Italian chaos was the fall of a single tree across a line in Switzerland. Conspiracy theorists will of course be asking, did the tree fall or was it cut?
  • Congress Sends $29.4 Billion Homeland Security Bill to President AFPS 29 Sept 2003-- Congress has sent the fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to President George W. Bush for his signature.
  • Treasury Dept Designates Six People as Al-Qaida Terrorists Washington File 29 Sept 2003-- The Treasury Department has designated Abu Musa'ab Al-Zarqawi and five other individuals as Al-Qaida terrorists, according to a September 24 press release.
  • PRESS BRIEFING ON UN CONVENTION AGAINST TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME United Nations 26 Sep 2003
  • SAUDI / TERROR FINANCING VOA 25 Sept 2003-- The F-B-I says a handful of terror attacks have been thwarted by cutting off funding to terrorists
  • U.S. Envisions Stronger Actions in Fighting Terrorist Finance Washington File 25 Sept 2003-- The U.S. Treasury Department is considering using its authority to shut down U.S. bank accounts of foreign financial institutions and even entire jurisdictions that pose a terrorist threat to the United States, a Treasury official says.
  • FBI, State Dept. Strengthen Cooperative Efforts in Terrorist Screening Washington File 25 Sept 2003-- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security have made strides to improve information-sharing to prevent would-be terrorists from obtaining entrance to the United States, according to testimony presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee September 23.
  • Military Investigates Guantanamo Bay Cases AFPS 24 Sept 2003-- The Defense Department is continuing its investigations into two cases associated with the confinement facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in which an Air Force translator is charged with espionage and an Army chaplain is being held pending charges.

  • INDONESIA TERROR BOMB VOA 24 Sept 2003-- Indonesian police are hunting for terrorists whom they believe have at least two bombs
  • BORDER/DRUGS VOA 24 Sept 2003--U-S law enforcement officials are reporting a significant increase in drug seizures along the U-S/Mexico border, partly, they say, because of increased security measures that are part of the war on terrorism
  • CONGRESS HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 24 Sept 2003-- The House and Senate Wednesday gave final approval to a spending bill for the new Department of Homeland Security. The measure now goes to President Bush for his signature
  • Terrorist Designations Aimed at Confronting Hamas' Rejectionism Washington File 24 Sept 2003-- A recent decision to freeze the assets of five charity groups that funnel resources to Hamas is a necessary step toward reducing the organization's ability to thwart progress toward peace, according to Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Anthony Wayne.
  • Blocking Terrorist Funds Depends on World Action, U.S. Says Washington File 24 Sept 2003-- Blocking the flow of money to terrorists may be one of the best ways to stop terror altogether, a Treasury department official says.
  • U.S., EU Discuss Terrorism, Passenger Data Issues Washington File 24 Sept 2003-- Asa Hutchinson, under secretary for border and transportation security in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was in Brussels for talks September 22 with European Union officials on homeland security issues, including the transfer of some passenger data by airlines to U.S. authorities.
  • USTDA Supports Bulgarian Civil Aviation Security System Washington File 24 Sept 2003-- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a $296,530 grant to the Bulgarian Civil Aviation Administration to provide technical assistance on the modernization of the Administration's civil aviation security system -- including the evaluation of security procedures at four airports and identification of measures needed to comply with new International Civil Aviation Organization standards.
  • U.S.: Conference On Fighting Terrorism Reveals Familiar Political Fault Lines RFE/RL 23 Sep 2003 -- Leaders from Western, Muslim, and developing nations have called for more efforts to battle terrorism by resolving disputes and addressing social and economic problems. But their efforts to find common "root causes" of terrorism -- one day before the annual UN General Assembly debate -- became ensnared in familiar disputes over affairs in the Middle East and Kashmir.
  • Coast Guardsman Sees Increased Emphasis on Homeland Security AFPS 23 Sept 2003-- Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Lynn Fabbo said she's watched her service undergo an exciting sea change with its increased focus on homeland security.
  • U-S TERROR PROBE VOA 23 Sept 2003-- Leaders of the independent commission probing the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington say they are getting better cooperation from the Bush administration on access to government documents
  • VISA CUTBACK VOA 23 Sept 2003-- Unless the U-S Congress acts by the end of this month the number of visas given to foreign workers in the United States next year will be dramatically reduced.
  • PATRIOT ACT DEBATE VOA 22 Sept 2003-- There continues to be a vigorous debate in the United States over how police powers should be enlarged to counter the threat of terrorism. Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress approved the Patriot Act, which expanded law enforcement powers. But critics have begun to contend that some provisions of the act violate the Constitution
  • PAKISTAN/TERROR/ARRESTS VOA 22 Sept 2003-- Authorities in Pakistan are still questioning 15 Southeast Asian Islamic students, who were detained in the southern city of Karachi. Pakistani officials suspect the men have links with terrorist groups
  • TERRORISM CONFERENCE VOA 22 Sept 2003-- World leaders expressed their commitment to fight global terrorism Monday at a special counter-terrorism conference in New York
  • Working With the UN to Improve Cyber Security Washington File 22 Sept 2003-- Cyber security is a critical issue for UN member states. The United States particularly recognizes the need to improve the safety and security of all our networked information systems, and to prevent cyberspace from being exploited or disrupted by terrorists. Essential infrastructures, such as power grids, water systems, and telecommunications, all depend on information networks that span the globe. The smooth and reliable functioning of these systems is essential to the daily well-being of citizens around the world. The free flow of information is a powerful tool in promoting economic and social development, advancing education and democratic governance, and facilitating the accurate and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance. As nations become more reliant on information systems for every aspect of daily life, the reliability and security of such systems will be an ever-greater priority.
  • OSCE / ANTI-TERROR VOA 21 Sept 2003-- A new unit is being formed in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to clamp down on terrorism and organized crime
  • U.S.: Bush Says Saddam Hussein Not Involved In 11 September Attacks RFE/RL 18 Sep 2003 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has said there is no evidence that deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was involved in the 11 September 2001 attacks.
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan: U.S. Indicts 11 In Connection With Drug Ring RFE/RL 17 Sep 2003 -- U.S. authorities have indicted 11 men in connection with an international drug-trafficking operation linked to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Those indicted include members of the ethnic Pashtun "Afridi" clan, which has a history of trafficking drugs from Afghanistan through Pakistan's North West Frontier Province and on to markets in the West.
  • U-S / Jordan / Hamas VOA 17 Sept 2003-- The United States Wednesday called on the Jordanian government to reinstate a freeze on assets of the Palestinian radical group Hamas and several individuals associated with it. The freeze was reportedly ordered by the government earlier this month but revoked by Jordan's central bank
  • RIDGE / IMMIGRATION VOA 17 Sept 2003-- U-S Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge attended a swearing-in ceremony for new U-S citizens today (Wednesday), using the opportunity to promote a new office dedicated to helping legal immigrants achieve citizenship
  • HEALTH: BIOTERRORISM VOA 17 Sept 2003-- The specter of bioterrorism has forced the U-S government to redefine national security. But even before the anthrax scare of 2001 made the threat real, U-S officials were expanding the concept of national security to include public health
  • SPAIN / TERRORISM VOA 17 Sept 2003-- In Spain, a High Court judge has indicted Osama Bin Laden and 34 other alleged members of the al-Qaida terrorist network, accusing them of involvement in terrorist acts, including the September 11th attacks in the United States. The indicted men include a journalist from the al-Jazeera satellite channel
  • SOUTHEAST ASIA/TERROR VOA 17 Sept 2003-- Thailand's prime minister says the United States has paid 10-million dollars as a reward for helping in last month's capture of the Southeast Asian terror suspect named Hambali
  • Progress Made in War on Terrorist Financing, Report Says Washington File 16 Sept 2003-- The United States working with other countries and international organizations has made "tremendous" progress in securing the financial system against terrorist financing and scrutinizing financial sectors that previously lacked regulation and oversight, the Treasury Department says.
  • Wrongly arrested al-Qaeda suspect starts legal action against US IRNA 16 Sep 2003 -- An Algerian pilot, wrongly accused of trainin hijackers to carry out the September 11 attacks in the US, has started legal proceedings against the American Justice Department and the FBI.
  • GLOBAL: Terrorism shifts attention from civilians in conflicts - OXFAM IRIN 16 Sep 2003 -- The international community's focus on terrorism has led donors to lavish aid on countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, while neglecting the plight of civilians caught up in less strategic conflicts such as Liberia and Burundi, Oxfam said on Tuesday.
  • Department Of Homeland Security's Hutchinson Visits BAE SYSTEMS Countermeasures Facility BAE Systems 16 Sep 2003 -- Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Border & Transportation Security for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) today toured BAE Systems Nashua, N.H., facility, and received briefings on infrared missiles and the effective systems that BAE Systems has developed to counter the small man-portable surface-to-air missiles that have proliferated on battlefields and in terrorist hands.
  • BALI BOMB SENTENCE VOA 16 Sept 2003-- The first man to be convicted of involvement in last October's deadly bombing on the Indonesian island of Bali has lost his appeal against the death sentence
  • New U.S.-Russian Collaboration Against Bioterrorism Washington File 15 Sept 2003-- The U.S. Department of State announced September 15 a $1.7 million contract to support collaboration between the Boston-based Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) and Moscow's International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) to implement a BioIndustry Initiative that has grown out of 2001 commitment between U.S. and Russian Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir V. Putin to pursue cooperation to counter the threat of bioterrorism.
  • Briefing on the President's Narcotics Certification Determinations US Dept. of State 15 Sep 2003 -- Paul Simons, Acting Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Expanding Partnership Enhances U.S. Cybersecurity Efforts Washington File 15 Sept 2003-- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Carnegie Mellon University's CERT Coordination Center are forming a partnership to enhance the nation's capabilities to prevent and respond to cyber attacks on the Internet.
  • BALI TERROR TRIAL VOA 15 Sept 2003-- A confessed member of a group that is alleged to have killed more than two hundred people in a bomb attack on the Indonesian island of Bali has apologized again for his role in the attack
  • U-S/VISAS VOA 12 Sept 2003-- The United States is postponing enforcement of rules requiring citizens of certain countries -- most of them European -- to have machine-readable passports to enter the United States. However, the U-S government is still pushing for them to have more tamper-proof passports in one year
  • BAE SYSTEMS Launches New Coastal Mobile Surveillance Unit (CMSU) BAE Systems 12 Sep 2003 -- BAE Systems Avionics Group has launched a new Coastal Mobile Surveillance Unit (CMSU) to extend their Mobile Surveillance Unit range. The new vehicle, the CMSU, has an added benefit of a high performance radar which gives the user extended identification capability at long range over coastal regions. This is the first integration of a radar into the equipment giving much extended operational capabilities.
  • STATE/TERRORISM VOA 11 Sept 2003-- On the September 11th anniversary, the U-S State Department has issued a new world-wide terrorism alert, warning that al-Qaida may be striving for new operations "more devastating" than the September 2001 attacks in the United States
  • U.S. Building "Many New Layers of Defense," Ridge Says Washington File 11 Sept 2003-- This column by Tom Ridge, U.S. secretary of homeland security, was published in the Washington Post September 11 and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • PENTAGON / 9-11 VOA 11 Sept 2003-- Solemn ceremonies were held at the Pentagon and nearby Arlington National Cemetery Thursday to remember the terrorist attack two years ago in which a hijacked American Airlines jet slammed into the headquarters of the U-S Armed Forces. One hundred twenty five people in the building and 59 passengers and crew on the plane died.
  • BUSH 9-11 VOA 11 Sept 2003-- President Bush marked the second anniversary of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States in a quiet, solemn way
  • BUSH BIN LADEN VOA 11 Sept 2003-- President Bush says a new Osama Bin Laden videotape is a reminder that the war on terrorism goes on.
  • Lockheed Martin to Provide Waterway Safety System for 2004 Olympic Games Lockheed Martin 11 Sep 2003 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will provide an extension to the Greek National Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) under a $1 million sub-contract from the Hellenic Telecommunications & Electronics industry, INTRACOM. The extension will support the country's port security infrastructure for the 2004 Olympic Games.
  • FBI Awards Northrop Grumman Smart Security Contract Northrop Grumman 11 Sep 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with a public key infrastructure (PKI) to increase the level of security provided to its information systems.
  • NY / 9-11 / CHENEY VOA 11 Sept 2003-- Vice President Dick Cheney helped honor the victims of the September 11th attacks in a ceremony in New York City on the second anniversary of the disaster.
  • Bin Laden Tape Surfaces; Proves Threat Continues AFPS 11 Sept 2003-- While emphasizing that its authenticity still remains in question, top Defense officials said today a newly released videotape depicting al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden reinforces the threat the terrorist organization continues to pose.
  • SPAIN / AL QAIDA VOA 11 Sept 2003-- A High Court judge in Spain has decided to keep a correspondent for the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera in jail on suspicion of being an Al Qaida agent
  • U.S.: After 9/11, Many Theories, But Little Consensus On What Causes Terrorism RFE/RL 10 Sep 2003 -- The 11 September 2001 attacks unleashed an army of scholars trying to pinpoint the root causes of terrorism -- with most of that effort focused on Middle Eastern and Islamic societies. But two years after the attacks, no consensus has emerged. That comes as bad news to the U.S. and other governments that see themselves locked in a two-pronged battle -- to both eradicate individual terrorist groups and eliminate terrorism at it roots.
  • Bush: FBI 'Fully Engaged' in Anti-Terror War AFPS 10 Sept 2003-- America has been on the offensive at home and overseas against global terrorists in the two years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush told FBI employees today at the agency's crime laboratory at Quantico, Va.
  • BUSH HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 10 Sept 2003-- President Bush is calling for changes in U-S law to make it easier for law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute suspected terrorists
  • Bush Asks Congress to Stiffen Anti-Terrorist Measures Washington File 10 Sept 2003-- President Bush, in a speech September 10, on the eve of the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, said the 24 months since the attacks have been a time of progress against the enemy, but he said he will ask the U.S. Congress to give law enforcement authorities greater powers to fight terror.
  • State Dept. Re-designates Colombia's AUC as Foreign Terrorist Organization Washington File 10 Sept 2003-- The U.S. State Department has announced its re-designation of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish acronym AUC, as a foreign terrorist organization under U.S. law. The AUC was first so designated in 2001.
  • Terrorism's "First Responders" Need Better Intelligence Sharing Washington File 10 Sept 2003-- This column by Representative Christopher Cox, Republican of California, who is chairman of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, was published in the Washington Times September 10 and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • Counterterrorism Indicators "All Very Positive," Cofer Black Says Washington File 10 Sept 2003-- The global war against terrorism is not over, and its duration is uncertain, according to the State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism. Nonetheless, "[t]he edge and the initiative rests with those that are after al-Qaeda and hunting them," Ambassador Cofer Black says.
  • BALI VERDICT VOA 10 Sept 2003-- A court in Indonesia has found a 33-year-old computer programmer to be the mastermind behind last October's Bali bombing and sentenced him to death
  • Britain: London On High Alert Following Terror Warnings, Disaster Drill RFE/RL 09 Sep 2003 -- London is on high alert following statements from top officials about the growing possibility of terrorist attacks on the British capital. As the second anniversary of 11 September approaches, authorities in Britain are evaluating a major exercise staged to test the emergency services' response to just such an attack. What did the city learn about its preparedness?
  • EU: Commission Plans December Deadline In Passenger Data Row With U.S. RFE/RL 09 Sep 2003 -- The European Commission today repeated its call for a quick and mutually acceptable solution in the simmering row with the United States over treatment of airline passenger data handed over to U.S. authorities by EU airlines. Commissioner Frits Bolkestein today reiterated the EU position that although the bloc understands U.S. security concerns, the way U.S. authorities process the passenger data falls short of the privacy standards enshrined in EU law. He warned the U.S. will have "until Christmas" to address EU concerns.
  • Britain: London On High Alert Following Terror Warnings, Disaster Drill RFE/RL 09 Sept 2003-- London is on high alert following statements from top officials about the growing possibility of terrorist attacks on the British capital. As the second anniversary of 11 September approaches, authorities in Britain are evaluating a major exercise staged to test the emergency services' response to just such an attack. What did the city learn about its preparedness?
  • ASHCROFT/ PATRIOT ACT VOA 09 Sept 2003-- In New York today (Tuesday), U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the controversial counter-terrorism law known as the U-S-A Patriot Act
  • U.S. Says Cybersecurity Is a Global Responsibility Washington File 09 Sept 2003-- "Ensuring the safety and security of networked information systems -- what we call cybersecurity -- is very important to the United States," according to Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Lincoln Bloomfield.
  • Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Safety and Security of Networked Information Systems US Dept. of State 08 Sep 2003 -- Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Remarks at the Southeastern European Cybersecurity Conference
  • IAI/Elta's "Flight Guard" Commercial Aircraft Protection System Funded By Israel Ministry Of Transportation Israel Aerospace Industries 08 Sep 2003 -- Israel's Ministry of Transportation has provided a budget of approximately $1.4 million to Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems' subsidiary to perform advanced flight tests of Elta's commercial aircraft Flight Guard protection system. Part of the funding will also be used to obtain certification of the system by Israel's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the equivalent of the United States' Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).
  • BORDER SECURITY VOA 08 Sept 2003-- U-S law enforcement officials are meeting in San Antonio, Texas for a two-day conference on Border Terrorism, with an emphasis on coordinating activities to prevent terrorists from entering the United States from neighboring countries. But speaking at the conference Monday, U-S Senator from Texas John Cornyn pushed for an agreement with Mexico to legalize undocumented immigrants, which he says would also help combat terrorism
  • Text: U.S. Designates 10 Jemaah Islamiyah Terrorists Washington File 05 Sept 2003-- While attending an APEC meeting in Thailand September 5, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow announced that the United States was designating 10 members of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a South Asian terrorist group with links to al-Qaida, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order 13224. Snow said the United States was also submitting the 10 individuals' names to the United Nations for designation by all U.N. member states as al-Qaida terrorists in accord with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1267.
  • J-I ASSETS/U-S VOA 05 Sept 2003-- The United States says it is freezing the financial assets of 10 suspected Southeast Asian terrorists, and is asking other nations to do the same.
  • EU: Brussels Warns Of Trans-Atlantic Rift Over Airline Passenger Data RFE/RL 04 Sep 2003 -- The European Commission says a trans-Atlantic rift is in the offing over the U.S. refusal to honor EU data protection rules. Airlines operating between Europe and the United States have been forced by Washington to hand over traveler records in advance or face heavy fines. Although the EU initially sanctioned the deal, it now says the U.S. has failed to honor commitments to treat the data in accordance with EU standards.
  • Maritime Security Pt. 2 VOA 04 Sept 2003-- Now that security has been ratcheted up on U-S airplanes and at airports in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks of September eleventh, 2001, attention has shifted to the nation's ports and 150-thousand-kilometer, largely unguarded coastline. That's where the United States Coast Guard plies its trade. Before nine-eleven-2001, the Coast Guard's activities consisted mostly of teaching maritime safety, rescuing stranded boaters, and catching smugglers, drug-runners, and illegal immigrants. But these days, the Coast Guard is in the counterterrorism spotlight.
  • Maritime Security, Pt. 1 VOA 04 Sept 2003-- In the months immediately following the deadly terrorist attacks of September Eleventh, 2001, the United States dramatically tightened airline and airport security. All the while, U-S senators Ernest Hollings and John Breaux [pron: BROH] -- and others -- were urgently pointing to the nation's 361 deep-water ports and 150-thousand kilometers of unguarded coastline. Senator Hollings called them a "gaping hole" in national security and the next likely terrorist target.
  • BLACKOUT/HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 04 Sept 2003-- U-S officials have told members of Congress that the August 14th power failure in the United States and Canada has re-energized efforts aimed at making sure the electricity distribution system cannot be disrupted by terrorist activities
  • ARMING AIRLINE PILOTS VOA 04 Sept 2003-- Citing the second anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge says Americans are safer today than they were a year ago. A more comprehensive, integrated approach to fighting terror, or as Mr. Ridge calls it a 'layered approach', is the reason. One part of this layered defense includes arming American air line pilots a move that has proven to be controversial
  • THAILAND - TERROR FUNDS VOA 04 Sept 2003-- Thailand has passed new laws to boost efforts to track illegal funds that could finance terrorist organizations
  • INDONESIA BALI TRIAL VOA 04 Sept 2003-- One of the alleged organizers of the terrorist bombing in Bali last October has for the first time expressed remorse for the 202 people who died in the attack, and has pleaded for clemency
  • U-S / AIR SECURITY VOA 02 Sept 2003-- The Bush administration has announced it is reorganizing its homeland security operations to make available five-thousand more armed agents to protect commercial airline flights
  • Ridge Outlines Steps Taken to Shield U.S. From Terrorist Attacks Washington File 02 Sept 2003-- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the United States is today considerably safer than it was before September 11, 2001, but there is still more that needs to be done to enhance the nation's safety from terrorist attacks.
  • Ashcroft Says Preventing Terrorist Acts is Number One Priority Washington File 02 Sept 2003-- To fight terrorism, the world needs "an integrated system of exchanging information and providing support and help" so that disjointed bits of intelligence can be put together in time to prevent a terrorist act, says U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
  • U.S. Authorities Arrest Suspect in Release of Internet Worm Washington File 02 Sept 2003-- Thousands of computers affected, causing, significant financial damage
  • Homeland Security Chief Outlines Initiatives to Make U.S. More Secure AFPS 02 Sept 2003-- Outlining a series of initiatives implemented to make the country more secure, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge declared here today that the United States is at the "highest level of protection this nation has ever known."
  • TERROR AT SEA VOA 02 Sept 2003-- Terrorists strike mainly by air and land, but the sea may be next, according to a probing article in the current "Atlantic Monthly" magazine. There is so much of it. Water covers three-quarters of the globe and on it ply more than 40-thousand merchant ships laden with everything under the sun, including contraband and possible instruments of terrorism. With an ownership often too complex to trace, these ships are largely out of control, says the author, perhaps the most independent objects on earth
  • INDONESIA BASHIR VERDICT VOA 02 Sept 2003-- An Indonesian court is expected to hand down a verdict in the treason case against suspected terrorist leader Abu Bakar Bashir. The Islamic cleric is thought to be the spiritual chief of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian terror group linked to al-Qaida.
  • FRANCE / LIBYA VOA 01 Sep 2003 -- France says it expects Libya and the families of 170 people killed in the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Africa to sign a compensation deal soon, clearing the way for the end of U-N sanctions on Tripoli.



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