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February 2004 Security News

  • Iran rejects US official`s claim on harboring al-Qaeda IRNA 29 Feb 2004 -- Iran on Sunday categorically rejected claims by a US State Department official alleging that fugitive members of al-Qaeda have taken refuge in the Islamic Republic.
  • Osama, Omar hiding near Pak-Afghan border: Afghan FM IRNA 29 Feb 2004 -- Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has claimed that Osama Bin Laden and ex-Taliban chief Mullah Omar are still hiding near the Pak-Afghan border.
  • Pentagon denies reports on bin Laden`s seizure in Afghanistan IRNA 28 Feb 2004 -- Pentagon has denied reports on an alleged seizure of the world`s most known terrorist, Osama bin Laden by US forces in Afghanistan
  • 911 panel wants Bush, Rice and Cheney to testify PLA Daily 27 Feb 2004 -- The federal commission reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks expressed disappointment Wednesday with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice for refusing to testify in public.
  • CAMBODIAN TERRORISM TRIAL VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- A Cambodian court has dismissed terrorism charges against five men accused of being members of the Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah. However, the judge ordered the suspects remain in custody while prosecutors reinvestigate the case and file new charges.
  • JAPAN/CULT TRIAL VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- The leader of a Japanese doomsday cult was sentenced to death Friday after he was found guilty of planning a series of crimes, including a lethal gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995. Relatives of the cult's victims expressed relief that the eight-year-long trial was finally over.
  • Senior U.S. Military Official Foresees Long-Term Peace in Colombia Washington File 26 Feb 2004 -- The narco-terrorist groups operating in Colombia will continue to conduct kidnappings and other terrorist acts for present time, but their days are "numbered," says General Peter Pace, who as vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff is the second-highest-ranking officer in the U.S. armed forces.
  • Pak-Russia anti-terrorism talks fruitful: Russian diplomat IRNA 26 Feb 2004 -- A senior Russian diplomat here on Thursday said Pakistan and Russian officials held "fruitful" discussions on the cooperation against terrorism this week.
  • NATO to assist in security operations of Athens Olympics PLA Daily 26 Feb 2004 -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will stand ready to assist in the security operations for the upcoming Athens Olympics, said a press release issued Wednesday by the NATO Headquarters.
  • INDONESIA CONVICTION VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- An Indonesian court handed down a prison sentence Thursday in the country's first trial related to last year's bombing of the J-W Marriott Hotel in Jakarta.
  • JAPAN/CULT VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- A verdict is expected this week in Japan's worst domestic terrorism incident. Shoko Asahara, the founder of the Aum Supreme Truth cult, is charged with ordering a deadly gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995. He faces the death penalty in connection with that attack, and a number of others that killed at least 27 people.
  • British Official Calls for Tough New Anti-Terror Powers VOA News 25 Feb 2004 -- Britain's Home Secretary David Blunkett is calling for tougher new powers to combat terrorism. But he acknowledged in parliament that finding the right balance between greater vigilance and safeguarding civil liberties would not be easy.
  • Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Lists Accomplishments AFPS 25 Feb 2004 -- "Our enemies are not idle, and neither are we," said Homeland Security Deputy Secretary James Loy today, echoing the words of President Bush.
  • Indonesia Sentences Alleged JI Leader for Hiding Bali Bomber VOA News 25 Feb 2004 -- A court in Indonesia has sentenced an alleged leader of one of Southeast Asia's most dangerous terrorist groups to three-and-a-half years in prison for hiding a fugitive member of the group that carried out the October 2002 Bali bombing.
  • STATEMENT BY THE FOREIGN SECRETARY ON BRITISH DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO BAY UK Foreign Commonwealth Office 24 Feb 2004 -- "Agreement with the United States Government on the return of five of the nine UK detainees was reached on Thursday last, 19 February. (...) These men will be flown home to the United Kingdom in the next few weeks."
  • PENTAGON/DETAINEES VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- The Defense Department says two terrorist suspects held at the U-S detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been charged with conspiracy and will be the first to face a special military trial.
  • Guantanamo Detainees Charged With Conspiracy to Commit War Crimes AFPS 24 Feb 2004 -- Two detainees at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes and will be tried by military commission, a judge advocate spokesman said here today.
  • Homeland Security: One Year Later AFPS 24 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Homeland Security will turn 1 year old March 1, but the past year has not been without challenges, one official said today.
  • Two Guantanamo Detainees Charged 24 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Guantanamo detainees Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al Bahlul of Yemen and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi of Sudan have been charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes and will be tried by military commission.
  • AL-QAIDA / THREAT VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- A top leader of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network has warned the United States to prepare for more terrorist attacks.
  • Ridge Says Homeland Security To Enhance Security, Immigration Washington File 23 Feb 2004 -- The next stage in advancing U.S. homeland security will entail greater collaboration with the private sector to strengthen communication systems among the federal, state and local governments - and significantly increase permanent protection for the nation's most vital assets, says Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.
  • RICIN THREAT VOA 23 Feb 2004 -- The F-B-I has disclosed two threatening letters from a mysterious source that could shed light on who might have been responsible for mailing the deadly poison ricin to a prominent senator earlier this year -- as well as an attempt to send it to the White House last year.
  • Ridge Announces New System, Database AFPS 23 Feb 2004 -- Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge today announced the creation of a new, unified national emergency communications system and an infrastructure database.
  • BUSH TERRORISM VOA 21 Feb 2004 -- President Bush is defending his decision to invade Iraq, saying the discovery of a letter attributed to a suspected terrorist there shows that the country is the central front in the fight against terrorism.
  • Powell: Fusion of WMD and Terrorists Must Be Prevented Washington File 20 Feb 2004 -- The free people of the world, not terrorists or those engaged in proliferation, will define the essence of the 21st century, Secretary of State Colin Powell told an audience gathered February 20 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Cold War containment architect George Kennan.
  • SCOTUS/PADILLA VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- The U-S Supreme Court has decided to take up another case that touches on whether aspects of the Bush administration's war on terror violate the Constitution. Specifically, the court will examine whether an American arrested on U-S soil and declared an enemy combatant can be held indefinitely without trial.
  • U.K.: Police Investigate Five Brits To Be Freed From Guantanamo Bay RFE/RL 20 Feb 2004 -- Police in Britain say they are to investigate the cases of five Britons who are set to be freed from the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
  • STATEMENT BY THE FOREIGN SECRETARY ON RETURN OF BRITISH DETAINEES UK Foreign Commonwealth Office 19 Feb 2004 -- "I am going to make a statement concerning the 9 British citizens detained at Guantanamo Bay. (...) In the meantime, we have agreed with the US authorities that 5 of the British detainees will return to the UK. "
  • IRS Officials Execute Search Warrant Against Al Haramein Foundation Washington File 19 Feb 2004 -- Agents from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service have executed a search warrant against property purchased on behalf of a branch of the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation in the state of Oregon.
  • U.S. Agrees to Transfer Danish Detainee at Guantanamo to Denmark Washington File 19 Feb 2004 -- The United States has agreed to release to the government of Denmark a Danish national being held at the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo. The facility is being used to house persons detained in the global war on terrorism.
  • U-S / GUANTANAMO RELEASE VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- The Bush administration says it is moving as quickly as possible to resolve the cases of those still held as terrorist suspects at the U-S naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The State Department confirmed Thursday that six detainees -- five Britons and a Danish citizen -- are being turned over to legal authorities in those countries.
  • GUANTANAMO RELEASES/ LAWYERS VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Lawyers for two of the British terror suspects being released from a U-S military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, say they will continue to pursue their challenge of the United States government's detention of the men without trial.
  • BRITAIN / GUANTANAMO VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Britain says five of the nine British citizens held as terrorist suspects by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be returned home in the coming weeks.
  • US defense secretary, CIA chief to testify before Sept. 11 panel PLA Daily 19 Feb 2004 -- US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director George Tenet will attend a hearing next month before the independent federal commission probing the Sept. 11 attacks, a report of the Associated Press said Tuesday.
  • EADS CASA signs contract to supply Maritime Patrol Aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard EADS 18 Feb 2004 -- EADS CASA and Lockheed Martin today signed in Madrid a $87.4 million contract that formalises EADS CASA participation in the United States Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) Program.
  • Innovation, Technology, Partnerships Improve Border Security, U.S. Says Washington File 18 Feb 2004 -- The United States is using new technologies and "unprecedented partnerships" with private industry and international allies to gather information about cargo, people and terrorists threats, improving border security and the immigration process, officials say.
  • German police intercept 11 MKO terrorists at Frankfurt airport IRNA 17 Feb 2004 -- German Federal Border Police intercepted 11 MKO terrorists at Frankfurt`s Rhein-Main Airport as they tried to enter the country following their flight from Amman, Jordan, the daily Die Tageszeitung said Tuesday.
  • EH101 Merlin Mk 1 Helicopter Deploys to Caribbean to Support Homeland Defense Exercises Lockheed Martin 17 Feb 2004 -- An EH101 Merlin Mk 1 helicopter has arrived in the Caribbean aboard HMS Monmouth, a Type 23 frigate operated by Britain's Royal Navy. The aircraft will use its powerful radar and other electronic systems to provide over-the-horizon surveillance capabilities for the ship during homeland defense operations with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy.
  • BRITAIN / TERRORISM VOA 17 Feb 2004 -- Britain says a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia could be imminent, and it has urged British citizens not to go there unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • Dangerous Detainees Important to Intelligence Effort, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 16 Feb 2004 -- The United States is a nation at war, and detaining enemy combatants is a part of that war, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Feb. 13 in Miami.
  • Panel to Review Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 13 Feb 2004 -- Suspected terrorists held at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will have the opportunity to appear before an administrative review panel, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee operations said here today.
  • Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Remarks to Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 13 Feb 2004 -- Today enemy combatants are being detained at the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as you know well. They include not only rank and file soldiers who took up arms against the coalition in Afghanistan but they include senior al Qaida and Taliban operatives, including some who may have been linked to past and potential attacks against the United States, and other who continue to express commitment to kill Americans if released. Very simply the reason for their detention is that they're dangerous. (...) It is a security necessity, and I might add it is just plain common sense. detaining enemy combatants also serves another purpose. It provides us with intelligence that can help us prevent future acts of terrorism. It can save lives and indeed I am convinced it can speed victory.
  • Rumsfeld: Detainees' Handling Based on Individual Assessment Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- Detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay were sent there because they were believed to pose a threat to the United States, and many of them have provided valuable information about terrorist structures, plans and tactics, says Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
  • Special Review Panel Planned for Guantanamo Detainees Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- The Defense Department plans to form a special administrative review panel to place the cases of individual detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, under continual review, a department official says.
  • Prosper Says Progress Being Made to Resolve Detainees' Status Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes says the process of detaining suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists at a U.S. military base in Cuba for the past two years represents an effective collaboration in the war against terrorism between the United Stats and the four dozen countries whose nationals are in being held.
  • CAPPS II to Strengthen Aviation Security, U.S. Says Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says that its new passenger prescreening system, known as CAPPS II, will enhance aviation security by ensuring that passengers who pose a terrorist threat are stopped before they or their baggage board an aircraft.
  • New Air Security System Respects Travelers' Privacy, U.S. Says Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says its new air passenger prescreening system, known as CAPPS II and designed to protect the commercial aviation system from terrorist threats, will not be used to track individuals or to create profiles based on race, ethnicity or religion.
  • Congressional Report Outlines Risks to Passenger Screening System Washington File 13 Feb 2004 -- The successful development, implementation and operation of a new U.S. air passenger prescreening system may be impeded by a lack of international cooperation, uncertainty over the possible expansion of the program's original mission and the system's inability to recognize identity theft, a congressional investigative group says.
  • RUMSFELD / GUANTANAMO DETAINEES VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States will review the status of hundreds of people being detained as enemy combatants at a U-S Naval base in Cuba to determine whether they still pose a terrorist threat. The decision comes amid strong criticism from other governments and human rights groups over the indefinite detention of people captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
  • Transcript: Briefing on Detainee Operations at Guantanamo Bay 13 Feb 2004 -- Participating were Paul Butler, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict, and Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
  • Transfer of Detainee Complete 13 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of a Spanish-national detainee from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for continued detention by the Spanish Government.
  • Guardsman Arrested for Attempting to Aid al Qaeda AFPS 13 Feb 2004 -- A Washington Army National Guard soldier whose unit is deploying to Iraq was arrested Feb. 12 at Fort Lewis, Wash., for attempting to pass information about military capabilities to al Qaeda operatives.
  • QATAR/BLAST VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- A former Chechen leader who has been linked to the al-Qaida terror network was killed Friday in a car explosion in the Gulf state of Qatar.
  • PENTAGON/ARREST VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- A member of the U-S National Guard has been arrested in the western state of Washington and charged with trying to provide information to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • Text from Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi Letter Coalition Provisional Authority 12 Feb 2004
  • CONGRESS/HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- The latest cancellations of commercial flights to and from the United States were a backdrop to congressional hearings (Thursday) on Capitol Hill dealing with homeland security.
  • Powell: Turnover of Spanish Guantanamo Detainee First of Series Washington File 11 Feb 2004 -- The turnover of a Spanish detainee at Guantanamo is "the first of a number of turnovers that will be happening in the near future," Secretary of State Colin Powell told Television of Spain in an interview February 11.
  • U.S. Says No Evidence of Al Qaida Presence in Tri-border Region of South America Washington File 11 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. State Department says it has no "credible information" confirming an established presence of the al-Qaida terrorist organization in the area where the borders of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina meet.
  • Al Qaeda under pressure for new strike: spy chief PLA Daily 12 Feb 2004 -- Al Qaeda is under pressure to strike another "high-value" Western target and may be looking at attacking chemical plants or shooting down planes with surface-to-air missiles, a top German intelligence official said Tuesday.
  • MAURITANIA / TERRORISM VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- A U-S program aimed at helping Mauritania to combat international terrorism is raising concern in the Muslim community and among human rights advocates who see it as a tool for propping up an oppressive government.
  • Russia: Security Services Looking For Broader Powers In Wake Of Subway Bombing RFE/RL 11 Feb 2004 -- In the wake of last week's bombing on the Moscow subway, which killed at least 39 people, Russian security services are demanding broader powers and harsher punishments to more effectively fight terrorism. They point to the controversial USA Patriot Act of 2001 as an example of the type of national security reforms they, too, are seeking.
  • Padilla Allowed Access to Lawyer 11 Feb 2004 -- Jose Padilla, an enemy combatant detained at the Charleston Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C., will be allowed access to a lawyer subject to appropriate security restrictions, the Department of Defense announced today. Arrangements for that access are being coordinated.
  • RUSSIA / US VOA 11 Feb 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging President Bush to step up joint efforts in the fight against terrorism, which he has called the plague of the 21st Century.
  • French FM reaffirms solidarity with US on anti-terror fight PLA Daily 11 Feb 2004 -- France's solidarity with the United States has been consistent during and ever since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against Washington and New York, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Tuesday.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Awards Boeing Follow-on Airport Security Program Funding Boeing 10 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recent awarded a contract extension worth an estimated $198 million to Boeing [NYSE:BA].
  • The Spanish Ministry of the Interior is expanding its SIRDEE network with EADS systems EADS 10 Feb 2004 -- The expansion of the supply and services contract for the SIRDEE (Sistema de Radiocomunicaciones Digitales de Emergencia del Estado) network of the Ministry of the Interior was approved during the last 12th of December Council of Ministers' meeting at a cost of 86,7 Mio euros. It will provide new telecommunications services and technologies to enhance the capacity and geographic coverage as well as the security, compatibility and coordination of police communications.
  • U.S. "Moving Forward" on Homeland Security Initiatives Washington File 10 Feb 2004 -- The United States is "moving forward" on numerous initiatives to strengthen border, port, and aviation security, says U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge.
  • Africa Is Still Ripe for Terrorism, Top Pentagon Official Asserts Washington File 10 Feb 2004 -- "Africa has been, is now, and will be into the foreseeable future ripe for terrorists and acts of terrorism," Department of Defense (DOD) official Vincent Kern told more than 120 senior African military officers and civilian defense officials at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) seminar February 10.
  • Spread of Democracy Called Essential Part of War on Terrorism Washington File 10 Feb 2004 -- The war on terrorism must be fought on many fronts, says Paula Dobriansky, under secretary of state for global affairs, not on the field of battle alone. "It is our belief," she says, "that the spread of liberal democracy is an essential part of a long-term strategy" to win that war.
  • PENTAGON / AL-QAIDA VOA 10 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he does not know if a document seized in Iraq purporting to prove al-Qaida involvement in the ongoing violence is genuine
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN United Nations 09 Feb 2004
  • Memo on Terrorists' Strategy in Iraq "Revealing," Powell Says Washignton File 09 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has described a memo recently intercepted in Iraq as "very revealing" of the strategy of terrorists in trying to undercut coalition efforts there.
  • New UN measures strengthen sanctions against Al-Qaida, chairman of panel says UN News Centre 09 Feb 2004 -- The Chairman of a United Nations Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban today described a strengthened regime designed to stem the terrorist threat posed by those groups.
  • American tipped to head UK`s `FBI` IRNA 09 Feb 2004 -- British plans to set up a US-style Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were launched Monday amid speculation that the new nationwide squad of 5,000 `supercop` may be headed by former New York police chief Bill Bratton.
  • New Military Commission Orders, Annex Issued 06 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense issued Military Commission Order No. 3, "Special Administrative Measures for Certain Communications Subject to Monitoring," and an amended Annex B to Military Commission Instruction No. 5, "Qualification of Civilian Defense Counsel."
  • Guantanamo Detainees Assigned Defense Counsel 06 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Guantanamo detainees Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al Bahlul of Yemen and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi of Sudan have been assigned military defense counsel.
  • Regional anti-terror meeting ends in Bali with pledge to do more PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- The Asia-Pacific ministerial meeting on counter terrorism concluded here Thursday, with a consensus that more needs to be done by countries through enhanced cooperation in preventing and combating terrorism.
  • U.S. Regrets Hamburg Court Decision to Acquit Accused Terrorist Washington File 05 Feb 2004 -- The United States regrets the decision by a court in Hamburg, Germany, to acquit Moroccan national Abdelghani Mzoudi on charges of aiding the September 11, 2001, terrorist hijackers.
  • New U.S. Passport Requirement: All Minors Must Appear in Person Washington File 05 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs has begun requiring the personal appearance of all minors when applying for U.S. passports. This new requirement "will help to verify the identity of minor applicants and aid in the prevention of international child abduction and trafficking," the State Department said.
  • Bush Budget Aims at Boosting Maritime Security Washington File 05 Feb 2004 -- President Bush has requested a significant increase in spending in his budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning October 1 (FY 2005) on efforts to protect U.S. seaports and U.S.-bound sea cargo from terrorism.
  • Coast Guard Faces Increasing Security Challenges AFPS 05 Feb 2004 -- Like every governmental agency and military service, the Coast Guard had to do some re-evaluation after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and is working hard to close gaps in the nation's waterway security.
  • German interior minister sacks homeland security chief IRNA 05 Feb 2004 -- Germany`s Federal Crime Office Chief (FCO), Ulrich Kersten, charged with homeland anti-terror security, was fired Thursday following weeks of heated debates over a relocation of the FCO.
  • German federal chief prosecutor appeals release of 91 suspect IRNA 05 Feb 2004 -- Germany`s chief prosecutor will appeal Thursday`s the acquittal by a Hamburg court of Moroccan-born Abdelghani Mzoudi accused of aiding the 9/11 suicide hijackers, DPA reported.
  • Regional conference on counter-terrorism opens in Bali PLA Daily 05 Feb 2004 -- A regional ministerial conference on counter-terorrism opened Wednesday on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, where terrorist attacks on two nightclubs killed 202 people from 22 countries and regions on Oct. 12, 2002.
  • China joins regional counter-terrorism cooperation PLA Daily 05 Feb 2004 -- China is committed to full engagement in counter-terrorism cooperation with countries in Asia and the Pacific for the benefit of a more peaceful and stable region, a Chinese official said here Wednesday.
  • White House Backs Extension of 9/11 Commission Washington File 04 Feb 2004 -- The White House supports giving the commission investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States additional time to complete its final report. The commission is currently scheduled to complete its work on May 27, but it requested an additional 60 days to analyze documents provided by the administration.
  • CDC Provides Facts on Ricin Washington File 04 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Senate was disrupted starting February 2 by discovery of the poison ricin in an office mailroom. As investigation into the incident unfolded, the White House acknowledged February 4 that it, too, had received a letter containing the poison in November.
  • U.S. Senate in Business Despite Ricin Find Washington File 04 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Senate is open for business despite the discovery of the deadly toxin ricin in a Senate office building February 2. The incident has caused office evacuations, some disruption and a cancellation of the usual public tours, but Senate leaders vow that their business will go on.
  • ASIA TERRORISM VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- Delegates at an Asian conference on fighting terrorism have moved to strengthen regional cooperation in the effort.
  • GERMANY / TERROR TRIAL VOA 05 Feb 2004 -- A court in Germany has acquitted a Moroccan man who was accused of helping organize the September 11th attacks on the United States.
  • CONGRESS / RICIN VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- Authorities are preparing to reopen the three U-S Senate office buildings closed after the deadly poison ricin was discovered in one of them on Monday.
  • BUSH - TERROR VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- President Bush says he believes liberty will overcome oppression in the Middle East, with Afghanistan and Iraq ultimately serving as examples for the rest of the region. He spoke at a ceremony honoring Britain's World War Two Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
  • 9-11 / COMMISSION VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- Members of Congress are welcoming the Bush administration's decision to support a two-month extension of the work of an independent commission investigating the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. But some lawmakers say the commission needs even more time.
  • United Kingdom: Civil Rights Groups Concerned Over Radical New Antiterror Proposals RFE/RL 04 Feb 2004 -- British Home Secretary David Blunkett is proposing radical new antiterrorism laws. Many politicians, religious organizations, and civil-rights groups say the proposals threaten to undermine the fundamental values of a free society.
  • State Dept. Says Few Countries Can Meet Machine Readable Passport Deadline Washington File 03 Feb 2004 -- Few of the twenty-seven nations participating in the U.S. visa waiver program have indicated they would be able to meet an October 26, 2004, deadline requiring that they issue machine readable passports that incorporate biometric identifiers, says a State Department official.
  • Ten-Percent Increase Proposed in Homeland Security Budget Washington File 03 Feb 2004 -- President Bush proposed a $3.6 billion increase in federal spending for homeland security in his fiscal year 2005 budget as part of an enhanced effort by the United States to counter terrorist threats, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says.
  • KENYA / COUNTER-TERRORISM CENTER VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- The Kenyan government has established the African continent's first counter-terrorism center to help develop and coordinate strategies in east Africa. The United States is expected to provide funding and other assistance to the center.
  • RICIN SIDEBAR VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Ricin, which was found in a U-S Senate office building this week, is considered one of the deadliest poisons.
  • CONGRESS / RICIN VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Final test results have confirmed that a suspicious powder found in a U-S Senate office building is the poison, ricin.
  • U-S/RICIN VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Postal inspectors in the northeastern city of Wallingford, Connecticut are investigating an unidentified powder found in an envelope addressed to the Republican National Committee. A postal employee spotted the gray, sandy powder leaking out of an envelope in a mailroom late Monday.
  • CONGRESS/RICIN VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- Three U-S Senate office buildings are closed, and congressional business has been disrupted a day after a suspicious powder, believed to be the poison, ricin, was discovered on Capitol Hill.
  • Britain plans tougher laws on terrorism PLA Daily 03 Feb 2004 -- The British government is planning tougher anti-terrorism laws so as to make it easier to convict British suicide bombers and terror suspects before they carry out any attack, Home Secretary David Blunkett announced Monday.
  • CONGRESS / RICIN VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- In Washington, authorities have confirmed that a suspicious white powder found in a U-S Senate office building has tested positive for the deadly poison ricin.
  • INDONESIA / TERROR THREAT VOA 03 Feb 2004 -- A new report says terrorism in Southeast Asia has been dealt a serious blow since the prosecution of the Bali bombers in Indonesia. But it also warns that there are longer-term problems that must be addressed.
  • U.S. DEA Announces Arrests in Colombian/Venezuelan Cocaine Case Washington File 02 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), working with law enforcement authorities in seven countries, has announced that it has "brought down" a major international drug-trafficking organization responsible for organizing multi-kilo cocaine shipments from Colombia and Venezuela to Europe and Australia.
  • Ridge Lists Improvements in U.S.Aviation Security Since 9/11 Washington File 02 Feb 2004 -- This column by Tom Ridge, who is secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was published in USA Today February 2 and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • KENYA/TERRORISM TRIAL VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- The prosecution in Kenya plans to link four men charged in connection with the November 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel to the al-Qaida terror network.
  • ITALY TERROR VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- An Italian court Monday convicted five Arabs of supporting terror groups with ties to al-Qaida and sentenced them to between four and eight years behind bars.
  • KENYA/TERRORISM TRIAL VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- The prosecution in Kenya plans to link four men charged in connection with the November 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel to the al-Qaida terror network.
  • Iran challenges Paul Bremer`s claims about al Qaeda movements IRNA 01 Feb 2004 -- Iran challenged on Sunday Iraq`s US governor Paul Bremer`s allegations that members of al Qaeda had fled to Iran from Iraq, calling on him to back up his claims with proof if there was any.
  • Security Concerns Cause Cancellation of US-Bound Flights VOA News 01 Feb 2004 -- Four transatlantic flights scheduled from Europe to the United States did not take to the skies because of security fears, and two more scheduled for Monday have been canceled.



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