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January 2004 Security News

  • U.S., Canadian Officials Discuss Ways to Stop Terrorists Washington File 31 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and Canada's Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan discussed ways to build on the existing border agreement between the two countries to counter terrorism in discussions January 30 in Washington.
  • U.S. Pledges $1.6 Million to Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism Washington File 31 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. delegation to the Organization of American States' Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism pledged $1.6 million to support the fight against terrorism. U.S. delegation head Ambassador Cofer Black said these State Department funds will be used by the Committee to bolster the Committee's ability to provide capacity-building assistance and counterterrorism expertise in the Americas.
  • Japanese Chemist Sentenced to Death for Participation in Terror Attacks VOA News 31 Jan 2004 -- A Japanese court has sentenced to death the chemist who helped lead terrorist attacks that killed at least 20 people and injured thousands in 1994 and 1995. The judgment against the senior member of the Aum Shinrikyo terrorist cult comes after an eight-year trial.
  • UN Sets Deadline For Countries To Report Anti-Terror Measures VOA News 31 Jan 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council is stepping up the pressure on countries that refuse to enforce sanctions against al-Qaida and the Taliban. More than half the world body's member countries are out of compliance with the sanctions regime.
  • Reports: US Still Concerned Terrorists Targeting Flights to US VOA News 31 Jan 2004 -- Media reports quoting unnamed U.S. government officials say there is renewed concern that British Airways and Air France flights to the United States could be terrorist targets.
  • Fears of Possible Terrorist Attack Prompt Cancellation of British, French Flights to US VOA News 31 Jan 2004 -- Fears of a possible terrorist attack have prompted the cancellation of five passenger jet flights from Europe to the United States. British Airways has grounded two flights from London to Washington and one from London to Miami. Air France has called two flights from Paris to Washington.
  • Poland: Call For U.S. Visa Reprieve May Inspire Others RFE/RL 30 Jan 2004 -- Poland, one of the United States' staunchest allies in the war on terrorism and in Iraq, this week called again for the lifting of the U.S. visa regime for Polish citizens. The U.S. response so far has been guarded. President George W. Bush, during a meeting with week with his Polish counterpart Aleksander Kwasniewski, declined to make a firm pledge. But Warsaw's request has raised the possibility that other U.S. allies in Eastern Europe may soon follow suit.
  • Security Council tightens sanctions against Taliban and Al-Qaida UN News Centre 30 Jan 2004 -- The Security Council today tightened the sanctions regime against the Taliban and Al-Qaida in what the President of the 15-member UN body called a significant step forward in the struggle against terrorism.
  • Implementing anti-terrorism resolution hits obstacles, Security Council panel says UN News Centre 30 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council' s Counter-terrorism Committee (CTC) says the implementation of a resolution to monitor and try to increase the capability of States to fight terrorism "is encountering serious problems, both at the States and at the (committee) levels."
  • Saudi Forces Raid Two Terrorist Hideouts in Riyadh VOA News 30 Jan 2004 -- Saudi Arabian forces say they have raided two terrorist hideouts in Riyadh where militants may have been planning a terrorist attack.
  • Studies Find US States, Cities Improved Preparations for Bioterrorist Threats VOA News 30 Jan 2004 -- Two new studies find that federal funding to prepare for bioterrorist attacks has helped increase local emergency response capabilities. But, the surveys also find difficulty in maintaining sufficient funds for other public health functions.
  • Two Military Commands Line Up for Super Bowl Protection AFPS 30 Jan 2004 -- On Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 1, the U.S. military will be hard at work protecting players and fans alike.
  • Transfer of Juvenile Detainees Completed 29 Jan 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred three juvenile detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They have been released to their home country today.
  • U.S. Committed to Hemispheric Counterterrorism Cooperation, Says Official Washington File 29 Jan 2004 -- The United States and its Western Hemisphere partners are cooperating to combat terrorism, but more needs to be done to craft a coordinated and comprehensive regional counterterrorism strategy, says Cofer Black, the U.S. State Department coordinator for counterterrorism.
  • Saudi Police Arrest Suspected Terrorist; 6 Die During Operation VOA 29 Jan 2004 -- Saudi forces say they have arrested a wanted terrorist and several other people, following a bloody firefight in which six people were killed. But they have not provided the name of the main suspect.
  • 3 Afghan Children Released from Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Defense officials say three children held at the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been released and returned to their home country.
  • Man Involved in Bali Bombings Gets Life Sentence VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- An Indonesian court has given a life sentence to a 32-year-old man convicted of helping make the bombs that killed 202 people on the island of Bali in October 2002. This is one of several dozen sentences handed down in connection with Indonesia's worst terrorist attack.
  • USA Patriot Act Author Supports Some Modifications of Controversial Law VOA News 29 Jan 2004 -- The main author of the controversial USA Patriot Act, the post-September 11, 2001 legislation expanding U.S. government powers to combat terrorism, says he supports some modifications of the law.
  • Annan Warns To Not Let War On Terror Abuse Rights RFE/RL 29 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warned that the global war on terorism must not lead to an erosion of human rights.
  • Ashcroft Thanks Austria for Help on Terrorism, Iraq, Crime Washington File 28 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Austrian Interior Minister Ernst Strasser held a joint press conference after their meeting in Vienna January 26, discussing U.S.-Austrian cooperation in the fight against terrorism, drugs, child pornography, and trafficking in human beings.
  • Turkey Thanks Bush for Support Against Terrorist Organization AFPS 28 Jan 2004 -- Turkey's prime minister reinforced his country's commitment to the war on terror today, and he thanked President Bush for adding another alias of a group operating in his country to the U.S. State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations.
  • A-C-L-U / IMMIGRANTS DETAINED VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the United Nations on behalf of immigrants imprisoned by the United States in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports the A-C-L-U accuses the United States of violating international law by deporting and detaining people.
  • 9-11 COMMISSION VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- The 10-member independent commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks has been revealing details of a report it plans to issue later this year. In a second day of hearings (Tuesday), commission members, former government and aviation officials, and airline representatives, described a system unprepared for the events that unfolded before and on September 11th.
  • Cheney Stresses Threat from Terrorism in Rome Speech Washington File 26 Jan 2004 -- Civilized nations must do everything in their power to defeat terrorism and to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction, Vice President Dick Cheney said in a January 26 speech in Rome to Italian political leaders, as he began an official visit there.
  • Iraq becoming a breeding ground for al-Qaeda: Germany`s Hanning IRNA 27 Jan 2004 -- The head of Germany`s Federal Intelligence Agency has warned that Iraq was on the best way of becoming the breeding ground for al-Qaeda terrorists, press reports said Tuesday.
  • U-N-O-D-C/LIBYA VOA 27 Jan 2004 -- The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says his office is ready to help Libya combat illegal drug trafficking. The U-N official has just returned from Tripoli, where he met with Libyan leaders.
  • TERRORISM / COMMISSION VOA 26 Jan 2004 -- An independent commission probing the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th, 2001, has concluded that some of the hijackers used fake passports, and that they should have been spotted.
  • DoD Homeland Defense Official Convinced Terrorists Would Use WMD AFPS 26 Jan 2004 -- If al Qaeda and other terrorists were given even "half an opening," they would use weapons of mass destructions within the United States, said DoD's official responsible for homeland defense.
  • Cheney Says Democracies Must Confront Terror Together AFPS 26 Jan 2004 -- Vice President Dick Cheney called on all democratic nations to support the war on terror during a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 24.
  • HUNGARY/U-S/TERRORISM VOA 26 Jan 2004 -- The United States and Hungary have opened Eastern Europe's first international training facility designed to teach the region's police forces the latest techniques in using science to investigate crimes. The facility is part of U-S efforts to combat organized crime and terrorism in former communist nations.
  • AUSTRIA / ASHCROFT VOA 26 Jan 2004 -- Attorney General John Ashcroft, in Vienna for two days of talks on terrorism and other international crime issues, says no country is immune from terrorist attacks.
  • NIGERIA: Muslim fundamentalist uprising raises fears of terrorism IRIN 25 Jan 2004 -- When a student-led Islamic sect launched an armed uprising last month with the aim of setting up a Taliban-style Muslim state in northern Nigeria, the authorities were swift to quell the insurrection.
  • Top Al-Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan in October IRNA 24 Jan 2004 -- One of the senior Al-Qaeda operatives was killed in Pakistan`s tribal areas last October, military sources said.
  • Former Treasury Official Praises Saudi Action against Terrorist Financing Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- A former general counsel of the Treasury Department, David Aufhauser, has praised Saudi Arabia for its cooperation with the United States in freezing the assets of four foreign offices of a Saudi charity accused of channeling funds to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.
  • U.S. Officials Outline Goals for Hemispheric Anti-Terrorism Meeting Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- Western Hemisphere leaders will look to intensify regional counter-terrorism cooperation at the Fourth Regular Session of the Organization of American States' Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) scheduled to take place January 28-30 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • U.S. Says Iran Should Return Al Qaeda Members to Country of Origin Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- White House Report, Jan. 23: Iran, Iraq/Baker/United Nations, Week Ahead
  • U-S / IRAN / QAIDA VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- The United States said Friday it opposes Iranian plans to put suspected al-Qaida members on trial. Bush administration officials say they should he handed over to the United States or their countries of origin to be interrogated about knowledge they have about terrorist attacks.
  • Horn of Africa countries at UN meeting commit to fight against terrorism UN News Centre 23 Jan 2004 -- Countries from the Horn of Africa at a United Nations-sponsored meeting have reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime and voiced their serious concern about the menace these problems pose in the region.
  • U.S., Saudi Arabia Freeze Assets of Saudi Charity Branch Offices Washington File 22 Jan 2004 -- The United States and Saudi Arabia have acted jointly to block the assets of four overseas branches of a Saudi charity accused of diverting charitable funds to terrorist activities, including those sponsored by the al-Qaida network, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced.
  • U-S / SAUDI ARABIA VOA 22 Jan 2004 -- The United States and Saudi Arabia have asked the United Nations to freeze the assets of four international branches of a Saudi charity with links to terrorists. The two governments have accused the al-Haramain Charity's offices in Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan and Tanzania of supportingterrorism.
  • BUSH / TERROR VOA 22 Jan 2004 -- President Bush is focusing on the war on terrorism as he wraps up his post-State of the Union trip to three states crucial to his re-election hopes.During a stop in Roswell, New Mexico today (Thursday), the president revealed he will ask Congress for a substantial increase in funding for homeland security.
  • U-S / IMMIGRATION SCRUTINY VOA 22 Jan 2004 -- New figures from the Department of Homeland Security indicate the number of people being sent for secondary screening at U-S border entry points has increased dramatically over the past two years. The increased numbers are the result of heightened security and improved technology.
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Disrupts Major Colombian Drug Ring Washington File 21 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced it has disrupted a major heroin-trafficking organization based in Cali, Colombia.
  • BRITAIN/U-S/TERROR VOA 22 Jan 2004 -- A senior U-S counter-terrorism official says the al-Qaida terror network remains a significant threat even though it is under what he calls catastrophic stress.
  • Officials Explain Military Commissions That Will Try Detainees AFPS 21 Jan 2004 -- Human rights organizations will closely monitor every step they take. Judicial activists will analyze everything that takes place in the courtroom
  • U.S.: Father Of Guantanamo Detainee Pins Hopes On New Pressure Group RFE/RL 21 Jan 2004 -- It's now two years since the U.S. began holding foreign terror suspects at its military base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Now a new group has been launched to push for the return of European detainees.
  • Blunkett seeks to extend internment without trial IRNA 21 Jan 2004 -- Home Secretary David Blunkett has served notice that the British government is seeking to continue its emergency powers of detention without trial for a further year under the country`s Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
  • U.S. Taking Decisive Action to Win War on Terror Washington File 20 Jan 2004 -- President Bush called for "decisive action" action both in the United States and abroad to defeat terrorists and win the war on terror, according to a January 20 White House fact sheet on the president's State of the Union address
  • New U-S Visa Requirements VOA 20 Jan 2004 -- Since January 5 most visa-carrying foreigners arriving in America are fingerprinted and photographed as part of a homeland security program. Many specialists praise these new "biometric" measures as efficient and necessary. But some analysts warn against possible abuses. The program has also stirred some controversy abroad.
  • Guard-Staffed WMD Civil Support Teams Slated for Increase AFPS 20 Jan 2004 -- The Defense Department plans to stand up more National Guard-staffed civil support teams trained to assist local authorities in the event of a weapons of mass destruction attack on the American homeland, a senior DoD official said Jan. 16.
  • Pakistan/Turkey: Musharraf Visit Focuses On Antiterrorism, Economic Issues RFE/RL 20 Jan 2004 -- Turkey and Pakistan agreed today to cooperate and exchange information in the fight against international terrorism. On a visit to Ankara, Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf joined his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Necdet Sezer, at the signing of five agreements, including one that paves the way for sharing information on fighting terrorism and organized crime.
  • PAKISTAN BOMB ARRESTS VOA 19 Jan 2004 -- Pakistani police have arrested one of the country's most-wanted suspected militants. Authorities are also investigating whether the man took part in the bombing of a Bible study center last week
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA ARRESTS VOA 18 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan says it has arrested seven foreign nationals suspected of links with the al-Qaida terror network.
  • Bush Administration Seeks More Funds to Fight Terror Financing Washington File 16 Jan 2004 -- The Bush administration is asking Congress for a 12.7 percent funding increase for the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which has been at the forefront of U.S. efforts to stop the flow of money to terrorist organizations.
  • E-U / U-S / SECURITY VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- The United States and European Union nations have failed to bridge their differences over what Washington says is the need for armed guards on selected trans-Atlantic flights.
  • PENTAGON/CHILD DETAINEES VOA 16 Jan 2004 -- The Pentagon is apparently preparing to release three children held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for terrorist suspects.
  • New Threats Required New Strategies, Cheney Says Washington File 15 Jan 2004 -- U.S. national security strategy shifted with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney told the Los Angeles World Affairs Council January 14.
  • GREECE / OLYMPIC SECURITY VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- The Greek official in charge of security for the summer Olympic Games in Athens is in the United States for talks (Thursday and Friday) with U-S officials about what steps Greece is taking to ensure security.
  • Cheney Addresses Terrorist Threat in Los Angeles Speech AFPS 15 Jan 2004 -- In a speech that often evoked the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney emphasized Jan. 14 that the global war against terrorism is a long-term struggle.
  • Bulgaria: As New OSCE Chair, Sofia To Focus On Fight Against Terrorism RFE/RL 15 Jan 2004 -- Bulgaria, which today formally takes over the rotating chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, says the fight against international terrorism will top its agenda. RFE/RL looks at the priorities of the security organization and its readiness to face new challenges.
  • PENTAGON/GUANTANAMO VOA 15 Jan 2004 -- Two years after the arrival of the first detainees, controversy continues to surround the fate of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The latest challenge to plans for military trials for the detainees comes from military defense lawyers.
  • W-T-C / MEMORIAL VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- The planned memorial for victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York has been revised to include a park, an underground museum, and a chamber for unidentified remains.
  • U.S.: Will New Regulations Improve Security In The Air? RFE/RL 14 Jan 2004 -- In recent weeks, the United States has issued a long list of new regulations aimed at improving flight security and preventing acts of terrorism. The measures include profiling air passengers before they board and requiring foreign airlines to place armed marshals on certain flights.
  • SINGAPORE/TERROR VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- Singapore says it has placed restrictions on the movements of 12 alleged members of Southeast Asian terrorist groups. Singapore has also revealed the previously unannounced detention of two other terrorist suspects.
  • BRITAIN / AIRPORT ARREST VOA 14 Jan 2004 -- British police say they have arrested a Sudanese traveler carrying ammunition at London's Heathrow airport.
  • Terrorist Designation Applied to Aliases of Kurdistan Group KADEK Washington File 13 Jan 2004 -- The United States has amended the terrorist designations of the Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy Congress (KADEK and other aliases) to include its new names: Kurdistan People's Congress (KHK), People's Congress of Kurdistan, and the acronym KONGRA-GEL, the State Department announced January 13.
  • Involvement in Corruption Will Bar Immigration to U.S., Bush Declares Washington File 12 Jan 2004 -- Would-be visitors or immigrants to the United States will be barred from entry to the country if they have been linked to corruption, according to a presidential proclamation issued by the White House January 12.
  • SCOTUS / U-S TERROR VOA 12 Jan 2004 -- The U-S Supreme Court is allowing the Bush administration to keep secret the names of hundreds of foreigners arrested following the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks on the United States.
  • Lack of reporting hinders work of UN committee on Al-Qaida, Taliban - Chairman UN News Centre 12 Jan 2004 -- More than half of all United Nations Member States have yet to submit reports to a key Security Council committee dealing with Al-Qaida and the Taliban, seriously hindering its ability to provide assessments on the effectiveness of the sanctions against the two groups, the panel Chairman said today.
  • Camp X-Ray detainees justified by terror war, says US adviser IRNA 12 Jan 2004 -- A legal adviser to US Secretary of State Colin Powell has attempted to justify the continuing detention without charge or trial of over 650 foreign Muslims at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba by claiming it was governed by the laws of war.
  • Pak tribal elders back military`s anti-Taliban, al-Qaeda drive IRNA 11 Jan 2004 -- Tribal elders in Pakistan`s tribal area, bordering Afghanistan, where the Pakistan Army is busy in operation against Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects, reports from the area said.
  • PAKISTAN / TERRORISM FUNDS VOA 11 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan is moving to toughen laws against the financing of terrorist groups, setting stricter punishments and banking regulations.
  • Pakistan raises punishment for terrorism financing IRNA 10 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan on Saturday approved amendments to the Anti Terrorist Act 1997, in the light of UN Security Council resolutions, raising the minimum and maximum punishment for offenses relating to financing of terrorism and making it a non-bailable offense, an official statement said.
  • ASEAN / TRANSNATIONAL CRIME VOA 10 Jan 2004 -- Senior officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, along with China, South Korea and Japan, have pledged to work more closely to combat transnational terrorism and crime.
  • U-S/VISA/EURO REAX VOA 10 Jan 2004 -- New visa requirements for travelers to the United States do not affect 27 mostly European countries. But these so-called visa waiver countries have until October 26th to issue travel documents with biometric identifiers.
  • NEW SECURITY MEASURES: U.S. VISIT PROGRAM 'EXTREME' BUT NECESSARY US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 09 Jan 2004
  • Powell Interviewed by Polish TV on Visas, Entry Procedures Washington File 09 Jan 2004 -- In an interview for Polish television January 9, Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed new immigration procedures requiring most foreign visitors traveling to the United States on visas to have two fingers scanned by an inkless device and a digital photograph taken upon entry.
  • Ridge Says Intelligence Review Led to Reduced Terrorist Threat Alert Washington File 09 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says that after a careful review of available intelligence the national terrorist attack warning level has been lowered to "elevated" from a "high" risk of attack.
  • Ridge Lowers Threat Level, But Nation Remains On Guard AFPS 09 Jan 2004 -- Although the nation's terrorist threat indicator level was lowered from Code Orange to Yellow, America remains on guard, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said here today.
  • U-S TERROR LEVEL VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- The United States has lowered its terror alert level by one step, saying threats over the recent holiday season have diminished.
  • FRANCE/ LIBYA VOA 09 Jan 2004 -- Libya has signed a deal to pay one-million dollars to each of the families of 170 people who were killed in the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over the West African state of Niger. The agreement paves the way for the normalization of French-Libyan relations, and furthers Libya's reconciliation with the international community.
  • U-S VISIT PROGRAM VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- U-S Homeland Security officials say the new photo and fingerprint system for foreign visitors, implemented this week, is working well.
  • Asia: Thai Attacks Raise Specter That Terrorists Are Broadening Their Reach In Region RFE/RL 08 Jan 2004 -- Thai officials acknowledged today that the country faces a terrorist threat, following a series of coordinated attacks on 4 January against schools and an army camp in the south of the country. After years of denying terrorism existed in the country, this admission by Thai authorities has raised concerns that Muslim extremists may be broadening their reach in Southeast Asia.
  • ASIA TRANSNATIONAL CRIME VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Asian nations are looking to step up cooperation in combating trans-national crime, ranging from people smuggling to terrorism. But analysts warn there is some way to go before strategies to fight cross-border crime are effective.
  • PAKISTAN / ANTI-TERRORIST OPS VOA 08 Jan 2004 -- Pakistan says it has launched a military strike at suspected militant and terrorist positions near the Afghan border.
  • New Entry Procedures for Visitors to U.S. Hailed as Success Washington File 07 Jan 2004 -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials hailed new immigration procedures requiring most foreign visitors traveling to the United States on visas to have two fingers scanned by an inkless device and a digital photograph taken upon entry.
  • EUROPE / AVIATION SECURITY VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- An order for foreign airlines flying to the United States to put armed sky marshals aboard their planes when Washington determines there is a terrorist threat has sparked a mixed reception in Europe. Correspondent Roger Wilkison reports from Brussels that pilots, the public, and governments have all been caught up in the controversy.
  • POWELL-AIRPORT SECURITY VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday defended the new immigration security procedures at U-S airports and said the Bush administration aims to further streamline the process. The new measures have sparked a conflict with Brazil, where a judge ordered that U-S visitors undergo similar though more time-consuming screening.
  • Saudi Arabia: Hajj Preparations Under Way Amid Difficult Security Situation RFE/RL 07 Jan 2004 -- Preparations are under way for this year's hajj, the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites, in Saudi Arabia. Some 2 million pilgrims from all over the world are expected to take part, creating the usual logistical difficulties for the Saudi authorities. The event is further complicated this year by the possibility of disruption from terrorist attacks.
  • Iraq: Extremist Group Ansar Al-Islam Benefits From Murky Past, Tenuous Links RFE/RL 07 Jan 2004 -- The founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam is expected to be freed shortly from a Norwegian jail after his detention last week. The court says there is not enough evidence to link him to terror attacks in Iraq. The United States lists Ansar al-Islam as a terrorist organization with links to Al-Qaeda. But such links are difficult to prove.
  • KENYA / TERRORISM VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- The trial of three Kenyan men suspected of plotting to blow up a hotel and shoot down an Israeli jetliner in Mombasa and bomb the U-S embassy in Nairobi opened Wednesday in Kenya's capital.
  • BALI BOMBER/APPEAL VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- Indonesia's Supreme Court has affirmed the death sentence for one of the men convicted in the terrorist bombing on Bali in 2002. The man's only hope of avoiding the firing squad now lies in applying for a judicial review, or in asking for presidential clemency.
  • U.S. Moves to Counter Threat from Portable Missiles Washington File 06 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) has launched the first phase of its plan to protect commercial airplanes from shoulder-fired missiles known as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems or MANPADS.
  • New U.S. Entry Procedures Enhance Security, Preserve Welcoming Spirit Washington File 06 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. government has implemented new entry procedures for visa-bearing visitors to the United States to enhance U.S. national security while preserving America's welcoming spirit.
  • New Regulations to Reduce Terrorist Threat to Shipping and Ports Washington File 06 Jan 2004 -- Security is the single most important issue now facing the international maritime industry because ocean-going ships have become a "vector for terrorism," warns international maritime expert Frank J. Gonynor.
  • US to build Balkan anti-terrorism center in Bulgaria PLA Daily 07 Jan 2004 -- The United States will build a "Balkan anti-terrorism center" in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, the Bulgarian newspaper "24 hours" reported on Monday.
  • ATK Part of Airliner Protection Team Selected for Shoulder-Fired Missile Defense by Department of Homeland Security ATK 06 Jan 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) is on a United Airlines-led team selected by the Counter-MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) Special Projects Office within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to move forward with Phase 1 preliminary design research for its Commercial Airliner Protection System (CAPS). ATK’s AN/AAR-47 missile warning system and expendable decoys are integral parts of the system research and design approach to defend against shoulder-fired missile attacks on the U.S. airline fleet.
  • Northrop Grumman Press Statement: Directional Infrared Countermeasure System Northrop Grumman 06 Jan 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to participate in the next phase of the Department's aggressive program to develop and test anti-missile systems designed to protect commercial aircraft.
  • U-S / BRAZIL TRAVEL VOA 06 Jan 2004 -- The United States called on Brazil to revise new entry procedures for American visitors to that country, saying they are unfair and causing huge delays at airport terminals. Brazil is requiring incoming U-S citizens to be photographed and fingerprinted in apparent retaliation for new security measures at U-S points of entry.
  • U-S / VISA SECURITY VOA 06 Jan 2004 -- The director of the new visa security program that went into effect Monday at U-S airports and seaports called the first day of the program a success in the war against terrorism. At the same time, though, critics raise their own concerns.
  • EU: Italy Opens Task Force To Probe Letter-Bomb Campaign RFE/RL 06 Jan 2004 -- Two European Parliament members yesterday became the latest targets of a string of letter bombs mailed to European Union politicians. At least six such packages have been received and others intercepted in the last three weeks. Authorities suspect anarchists are behind the bombs, most of which have been sent from the Italian city of Bologna. Now, Italy is to set up a European task force to curb anarchist unrest.
  • EUROPE / LETTER BOMBS VOA 06 Jan 2004 -- Italy's Interior Ministry has announced the creation of a European task force to combat an anarchist letter bomb campaign, which appears to originate in the city of Bologna.
  • Statement by Senator Boxer on Shoulder-Fired Missiles Office of US Senator Barbara Boxer 06 Jan 2004 -- "I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security is moving forward with their plan to protect commercial aircraft from the threat of shoulder-fired missiles, but their plan simply does not go far enough or move fast enough."
  • Department of Homeland Security Awards Contract for Anti-Missile Devices to Protect Commercial Aircraft Department of Homeland Security 06 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology division today announced that teams led by BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and United Airlines have been selected for agreement negotiations. The team will be expected to develop a plan and test prototypes to help determine whether a viable technology exists that could be deployed to address the potential threat that MAN-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) pose to commercial aircraft.
  • DHS Launches US-VISIT Program Nationwide to Enhance Security, Facilitate Travel Department of Homeland Security 05 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today launched US-VISIT, a new program to enhance the nation's security while facilitating legitimate travel and trade through our borders. New entry procedures took effect today for most foreign visitors with non-immigrant visas at 115 airports and cruise ship terminals at 14 seaports. The system utilizes biometrics, which are physical characteristics unique to each individual, to verify identity. Biometric technologies are the basis of an extensive array of highly secure identification and personal verification solutions.
  • New U.S. Entry-Exit System Aims to Enhance Security Washington File 05 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has upgraded immigration procedures at 115 airports and 14 cruise ship terminals to require most visitors traveling on visas to have two fingers scanned by an inkless device and a digital photograph taken by immigration officials upon entry to the United States.
  • Homeland Security Chief Launches New Border Entry Procedures Washington File 05 Jan 2004 -- US-VISIT makes borders open to visitors, closed to terrorists U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was at one of the nation's business airports January 5 for the launch of new border entry procedures that are supposed to improve security while still allowing smooth entry for legitimate friendly visitors.
  • Foreign Terrorist List Vital in Global War on Terrorism Washington File 05 Jan 2004 -- One of the key weapons in the U.S. arsenal's fight against global terrorism is the designation of groups as "foreign terrorist organizations," which authorizes actions such as freezing their assets, blocking travel by members and supporters, and criminalizing support for them.
  • New U.S. Entry Procedures Required for Foreign Visitors Washington File 05 Jan 2004 -- Starting January 5, foreign visitors entering the United States with a visa are subject to new requirements under a program designed to both enhance U.S. border security and ease travel. Travelers entering at 115 airports and 14 seaports are now required to present fingerprints and pose for a digital photograph employing biometric methods -- physical characteristics unique to each individual -- to establish identity.
  • VISA SECURITY VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- Starting Monday, authorities at 115 American airports and 14 major seaports began fingerprinting and photographing arriving foreigners as part of a new program the Bush administration says will help keep terrorists out of U-S borders.
  • SAUDI ARABIA / REFORMS OVERVIEW VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- Since the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, Saudi Arabia has faced unwelcome scrutiny for its suspected links to terrorism. That has forced the country's rulers to speed up long-promised political, economic and social reforms. The effort has spawned a debate that dominates newspaper columns and social gatherings.
  • U-S SECURITY WRAP VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- first full week of the New Year began with tougher screening procedures in place at air and seaports across the United States, part of what the U-S government says is a program designed to make the nation's borders more secure. The new measures come at a time when Americans are being warned the risk of a terrorist attack on the United States remains high. And, as if to emphasize that point, U-S officials say it appears the man wanted for the worst terrorist attack on the nation ever has released another audio tape urging more bloodshed against Americans.
  • BIN LADEN / TAPE VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- An audiotape purportedly made by Osama bin Laden was broadcast late Sunday by an Arab television station.
  • U.S.: Fingerprinting Scheme Launched For Incoming Foreigners RFE/RL 05 Jan 2004 -- Starting today, U.S. authorities will begin photographing and fingerprinting foreigners entering the country by air or sea. The new security measures apply to visitors from all but 28 mainly European states. Will this latest initiative mean a step ahead in the war against terror, as U.S. officials have claimed, or will it further isolate the country from the rest of the world? Brazil last week responded by enacting a reciprocal procedure for Americans entering its territory -- are more countries to do the same?
  • BIN LADEN / TAPE VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- An audiotape purportedly made by terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was aired late Sunday in the Arab world in which the speaker suggests that unless the U-S occupation of Iraq is ended, the entire region will one day be occupied by U-S forces.
  • AFRICA / AVIATION SECURITY VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- recent passenger plane crashes in Africa have raised fears about inadequate airline safety and security standards on the continent. Airport officials in the region are becoming increasingly jittery and cautious.
  • E-U LETTER BOMBS VOA 05 Jan 2004 -- A letter bomb sent to a top member of the European Parliament in Brussels exploded in his office, but no one was injured. The incident is linked to several letter bombs that were sent last month from Italy to other European figures and institutions.
  • BRITAIN/AVIATION SECURITY VOA 04 Jan 2004 -- Britain's transportation secretary says the security concerns that have led to cancellations and delays of international flights during the past few days may continue to inconvenience travelers for some time ot come.
  • BRITAIN/AVIATION SECURITY VOA 03 Jan 2004 -- After two days of cancellations due to security concerns, a British Airways mid-day flight from London to Washington D.C. has returned to the skies.
  • BRITAIN / AVIATION SECURITY VOA 02 Jan 2004 -- British Airways has again canceled a London to Washington D-C flight for security reasons
  • U-S / SECURITY UPDATE VOA 02 Jan 2004 -- The U-S Coast Guard, citing security reasons, has temporarily shut down a major oil terminal in the northwestern state of Alaska. Meanwhile, on Thursday, British Airways canceled one of its flights to the United States on instructions from the British government. Both measures are the latest in a series of alerts and flight cancellations prompted by heightened concern over possible terrorist attacks in the United States.
  • U-S / SECURITY VOA 01 Jan 2004 -- Another international flight to the United States has been canceled on the New Year day amid continued security worries.



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