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April 2004 Security News

  • U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Cases on Detainees Washington File 30 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Supreme Court on April 27 heard oral arguments in two cases involving the individual rights of detained "enemy combatants," the extent of presidential authority, and the preservation of national security during the war on terrorism.
  • AMMAN/DAMASCUS TERROR CELLS TARGET ARAB 'COLLABORATORS' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 30 Apr 2004
  • U.S.: Bush Says He Answered All Questions Posed By 9/11 Panel RFE/RL 30 Apr 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush says he answered every question during a meeting yesterday with an independent government commission investigating the 11 September 2001 attacks on America.
  • AFRICA / TERRORISM VOA 30 Apr 2004 -- The U-S State Department's annual terrorism report singles out several African countries as "particular problems," but at the same time says a number of African nations are cooperating well with the United States in the battle against terrorism.
  • INDONESIA / BASHIR RE-ARREST VOA 30 Apr 2004 -- Islamic protesters have rioted outside the Indonesian prison where the suspected head of the terrorist group, Jemaah Islamiyah, was taken into police custody early Friday morning. Abu Bakar Bashir was re-arrested just after being released from prison on immigration violations.
  • JORDAN / ZARQAWI VOA 30 Apr 2004 -- A top al-Qaida operative is reported to be denying charges that his group planned a massive chemical weapons attack in Jordan. An audiotape attributed to the operative was broadcast Friday on an Islamic web site.
  • White House Report, April 29: 9/11 Commission Washington File 30 Apr 2004 -- President Bush and Vice President Cheney met with members of the September 11 Commission April 29 for three hours in the White House Oval Office.
  • CONGRESS - TERROR FINANCING VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- U-S Treasury Department officials came under fire from lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday for not doing enough to fight terrorism financing.
  • U-S / TERRORISM VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- The United States says governments have made progress in fighting terrorism, but need more resources and stronger political will to sustain the global fight against it. In a new report, the State Department praises Libya for renouncing terrorism but lashes out against Iran for what it says is Tehran's continuing sponsorship of state-backed terrorism.
  • Release of the 2003 "Patterns of Global Terrorism" Annual Report US Dept. of State 29 Apr 2004 -- Richard Armitage , Deputy Secretary of State
  • Government Leaders Detail Biodefense Plan, Initiatives AFPS 29 Apr 2004 -- The government's new plan to counter a bioterrorism attack on the United States was announced at an April 28 news conference here.
  • Some States Renounce Support for Terrorist Activities Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- Libya and Sudan have taken significant measures to cooperate with the global war on terrorism, but Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria have not taken steps to dissociate themselves fully from ties to terrorists, according to the Department of State's annual international terrorism report.
  • State Department Identifies 37 Foreign Terrorist Organizations Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- A listing of terrorist organizations and groups is included in "Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003", a report released by the Department of State on April 29.
  • Global Terrorist Attacks Fall to Lowest Level Since 1969 Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- The total number of international terrorist attacks in 2003 -- 190 incidents that killed 307 people -- was the lowest since 1969, according to the latest Department of State report on worldwide terrorism.
  • State Department Report, April 29: Terrorism Update Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- The Department of State's top counterterrorism official said April 29 that in 2003 "we saw unprecedented collaboration between the United States and foreign partners to defeat terrorism."
  • Ten More Groups Added to Terrorist Exclusion List Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- The State Department announced April 29 the addition of 10 more groups to the Terrorist Exclusion List (TEL).
  • State Dept. Issues Overview of Terrorist Threat in the Americas Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- The threat of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere in 2003 remained low compared to other regions of the world, the U.S. State Department says in a new report.
  • Treasury Unit to Consolidate Anti-Terrorist Financing Functions Washington File 29 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has established a new Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) to consolidate the department's intelligence, regulatory, law enforcement, sanctions and policy components.
  • BUSH / 9-11 VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney met in private Thursday with all 10 members of the commission investigating the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The historic session took place behind closed doors in the president's office.
  • U.S.: Bush, Cheney Appear Before Panel Probing 11 September RFE/RL 29 Apr 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney appear today before the commission investigating the U.S. government's handling of the attacks of 11 September 2001. They will not give sworn testimony, and their statements will be not be recorded. Only notes will be taken. Bush says he and Cheney are looking forward to helping the commission. But critics say the many conditions placed on their testimony indicate the information given may be less than candid.
  • INDONESIA / BASHIR VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- Investigators in Indonesia say they will keep a high-profile Muslim cleric in prison after his current sentence on immigration violations expires Friday. Police suspect Abu Bakar Bashir of being an influential figure in the regional terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.
  • BUSH / 9-11 VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney answer questions today (Thursday) from the 10 members of the commission investigating the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. Rthe session will take place behind closed doors at the White House.
  • BIO-TERROR DEFENSE VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- The Bush Administration has unveiled plans to boost U-S defenses and preparedness in case of attacks with biological agents.
  • U-N / TERRORISM RESOLUTION VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- The U-N Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Rhe measure requires all member nations to punish individuals dealing in nuclear, chemical or biological weapons technology or components.
  • Fact Sheet: Biodefense for the 21st Century The White House April 28, 2004
  • Biodefense for the 21st Century The White House April 28, 2004
  • HHS Fact Sheet: Biodefense Preparedness Public Health Emergency Preparedness "Transforming America's Capacity to Respond" Dept. of Health and Human Services 28 Apr 2004
  • Transcript: Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz Joint Press Conference with the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Homeland Security 28 Apr 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. Also participating Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson; Department of Homeland Defense Secretary Tom Ridge
  • U.S. Hails U.N. Resolution on Anti-Proliferation Washington File 28 Apr 2004 -- By adopting a resolution on weapons of mass destruction, the U.N. Security Council is responding appropriately to what all agree is a clear and present threat to global peace and security: the spread to terrorists and black marketeers of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery, U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham said April 28.
  • Security Council unanimously votes to keep WMDs out of terrorist hands UN News Centre 28 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today unanimously approved a binding resolution criminalizing the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by such private parties as terrorists and black marketers.
  • Money Laundering Targeted as Menace to Latin America, Caribbean Washington File 28 Apr 2004 -- Money laundering, described as the processing of criminal proceeds to disguise their illegal origin, is having a corrosive effect on the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
  • SYRIA / TERRORISTS VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- Syrian television says officials are investigating whether members of the terrorist group al-Qaida were behind Tuesday's shootout with Syrian security forces in Damascus that left four people dead. Some Syrian analysts believe the attack was intended to send a message to the west, while others say no one in Syria should be surprised by Tuesday's incident.
  • Australia Terrorism VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- Australia's government is preparing to ban the radical Palestinian group Islamic Jihad under the country's anti-terror laws. The premier of Australia's New South Wales province, Bob Carr, confirmed the proposal, saying he would endorse the banning of Islamic Jihad, which has carried out many suicide bombings against Israel.
  • EAST AFRICA/ANTI-TERRORISM VOA 28 Apr 2004 -- The United States says an East Africa anti-terrorism conference, held late last week in Uganda, has produced a broad agreement to enhance technology to better track the movements of terror suspects in the region.
  • SYRIA/CLASH VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- Explosions erupted in the Syrian capital of Damascus, and a shootout between security forces and masked assailants late Tuesday has resulted in at least four deaths.
  • RIYADH BOMBINGS: 'A NEW TWIST' IN THE TERRORIST THREAT TO SAUDI ARABIA US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 27 Apr 2004
  • Mueller Says U.S., Japan United Against Crime, Terrorism Washington File 27 Apr 2004 -- In confronting the threats of terrorism and international organized crime, the United States benefits from a close working relationship with Japan, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S. Mueller III.
  • U.S., EU Discuss Transportation, Border Security Washington File 27 Apr 2004 -- Officials from the United States and the European Union (EU) met in Brussels April 26 for the first high-level dialogue on transportation and border security issues.
  • Jordan: Officials Say Al-Qaeda Plot To Kill Tens Of Thousands Foiled RFE/RL 27 Apr 2004 -- Jordan says that it has foiled a plot by Al-Qaeda to launch attacks in the heart of the capital Amman that would have killed tens of thousands of people.
  • U-N / ARMS / TERRORISTS VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- The United States is pushing for speedy passage of a U-N Security Council resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. A vote on the measure could come as early as Wednesday.
  • AFRICA/W-M-D THREAT VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- The African Union is expressing deep concern about the possibility of some uranium-rich, but economically impoverished African countries selling the raw materials needed to manufacture weapons of mass destruction. The founder of Pakistan's nuclear program may have made numerous trips to Africa, seeking to obtain and traffic nuclear material.
  • JORDAN / TERRORISTS VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- On Monday, Jordan televised what it said were confessions of captured militants with links to al-Qaida. The militants said they were planning chemical attacks in Jordan aimed at killing thousands of civilians.
  • INDONESIA TERROR VOA 27 Apr 2004 -- Indonesia has opened the trial of another Bali bomber suspect - who is also charged in the attack on the J-W Marriott hotel in Jakarta. The suspect has admitted guilt but has shown little remorse.-N agency has also pointed to Vietnam's apparent success in containing the outbreak.
  • FOREIGN AID / TERRORISM VOA 26 Apr 2004 -- Development aid and humanitarian assistance have been key elements of U-S foreign policy for decades. Now the U-S Agency for International Development -- or A-I-D -- is taking on a more critical role in the war against terrorism.
  • U.S. Unveils New Design for $50 Bill Washington File 26 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing has unveiled a new design for the $50 bill -- the second in an ongoing series of U.S. currency redesigns that incorporate upgraded security features to guard against counterfeiting.
  • Alleged International Drug Trafficker Arrested in Mexico Washington File 26 Apr 2004 -- Otto Herrera-Garcia, alleged to be one of the largest drug traffickers in Central America, was arrested in Mexico on April 21 and an indictment against him was unsealed in Washington on April 23, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • ID cards vital in war on terrorism, says UK Home Secretary IRNA 26 Apr 2004 -- Home Secretary David Blunkett Monday argued his case for the introduction of a national identity card scheme in the UK by saying it was essential to prevent Britain from becoming a "soft touch" for terrorists.
  • BRITAIN/IDENTIFY CARDS VOA 26 Apr 2004 -- Britain has begun testing a national identification card that authorities say should reduce the threat of terrorism and other criminal activities.
  • U.S. Urges Adoption of Resolution on Weapons of Mass Destruction Washington File 23 Apr 2004 -- The U.S.-sponsored draft resolution on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is the quickest way to stem the threat that terrorist groups will acquire the deadly weapons, U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham said April 22.
  • Lockheed Martin Opens New Center Focused on Technology Lockheed Martin 23 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) today opened a new technology integration facility that will provide improved capabilities to connect dispersed Coast Guard assets at sea, in the air and ashore.
  • AIR PATROL/SECURITY EXERCISE VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- As part of an effort to enhance homeland security, the Civil Air Patrol is conducting exercises nationwide to test capabilities for disaster relief and response to terrorist attacks. This weekend 21 fixed wing propeller planes will take to the air across the state of Texas to test statewide coordination.
  • The Patriot Act, Terrorists, and the Financial System Washington File 23 Apr 2004 -- This column by Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow was published in the Wall Street Journal April 23 and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • Saudi Arabia: Does Recent Violence Herald New Regional Instability? RFE/RL 23 Apr 2004 -- Saudi Arabia has been the target of an increasing number of terrorist attacks or attempted attacks in recent weeks. Saudi security forces have killed five suspected militants in the wake of a suicide car bomb on 21 April that killed four people and wounded almost 150 others. Neighboring Jordan has also foiled an attack that the authorities said would have killed thousands. Do these events indicate a broadening of efforts to destabilize the region?
  • UGANDA: Regional anti-terrorism conference closes IRIN 23 Apr 2004 -- The US-sponsored East and Horn of Africa Anti-Terrorism conference was in its closing session late Friday as ministers and delegates expressed confidence the talks would enhance cooperation between the 11 states in tackling the threat of terrorism in the region.
  • CONGRESS/CONTINUITY VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- The House of Representatives Thursday has approved a Republican-sponsored legislation aimed at ensuring the U-S Congress can continue to function should there be a catastrophic terrorist attack that kills or incapacitates large numbers of lawmakers. The vote was 306 to 97. Both Democrats and Republicans cite dangers from potential new terrorist attacks.
  • AIRPORT DISASTER DRILL VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- A disaster drill at Los Angeles International Airport captured some of the horror and confusion of a real-life runway air crash. The drill is intended to promote coordination among rescuers in all types of emergencies.
  • FBI Director Looks Forward to Building Strong Ties with Beijing Washington File 22 Apr 2004 -- Robert Mueller, director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), says he looks forward to good cooperation between Beijing and the United States in the area of law enforcement.
  • Crime Requires Global Law Enforcement Cooperation, Mueller Says Washington File 22 Apr 2004 -- Crime and terrorism have gone global and so must law enforcement cooperation, says the director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • U.S., EC Agree to Expand Container Security Initiative Washington File 22 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Community (EC) signed an agreement in Washington April 22 -- Earth Day -- to enhance cooperation against terrorism.
  • U.S. Says Colombia at "Decisive Point" in Fight Against Narcoterrorism Washington File 22 Apr 2004 -- Colombia is at a "decisive point" in its fight against anti-government terrorists who finance their operations through the sale of illicit narcotics, says Benjamin Mixon, director of operations for the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom).
  • SAUDI/BOMB REACT VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- A militant group linked to al-Qaida has taken credit for Wednesday's bombing of the national police headquarters in Saudi Arabia. Some analysts say the attack opens a new chapter in al-Qaida's fight against the West and its allies in the Middle East. Analysts in the region are offering explanations, and advice on what the Saudi government should do about it.
  • ASIA TERROR THREAT VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- Several Asian allies of the United States are stepping up security at foreign embassies and other facilities in response to threats to attack countries supporting the U-S-led war on terror. U-S officials also are warning about possible terror attacks in sea-lanes and financial centers.
  • HONG KONG FBI CHIEF VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- The head of the U-S Federal Bureau of Investigation says Washington's partnership with Beijing and Hong Kong is strong in the fight against terrorism - but warned the need for vigilance remains high.
  • ASIA COUNTERFEITS TERROR VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- A risk assessment agency in Hong Kong says counterfeit goods sold at high margins in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world can be traced to terrorist groups like Jemaah Islamiyah, Islamic extremists linked to the al-Qaida terror network.
  • SPAIN / U-S VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- Spain's foreign minister says his country's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq in no way signals a retreat from the larger war on terrorism.
  • TERRORISM / NARCOTICS VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- U-S officials in charge of worldwide counter-narcotics efforts have testified about the links between drug money and terrorist organizations. A House (of Representatives) committee heard (Wednesday) from a key Department of Defense official, and individuals responsible for counter-narcotics efforts in Asia and South America.
  • U.S. Must Keep Borders Secure but Doors Open, Powell Says Washington File 21 Apr 2004 -- This column by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was published in the Wall Street Journal April 21 and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • U.S. Supreme Court Hears Guantanamo Detainee Case Washington File 21 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Supreme Court on April 20 heard oral arguments on the first case to address the legal implications of the war on terror and the rights of the approximately 600 detainees being held at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to bring their cases before U.S. courts.
  • Up to 10 Killed By Riyadh Car Bomb VOA News 21 Apr 2004 -- Reports from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, say up to 10 people have been killed by a car bomb explosion outside a Saudi security service building.
  • E-U / PASSENGER DATA VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- A plan for European airlines to provide the U-S government information on passengers flying to the United States has hit a legal obstacle. The European Union's highest court has been asked to rule on whether the measure violates E-U privacy laws.
  • Northrop Grumman Announces $337 Million Task Order for Development of Homeland Secure Data Network Northrop Grumman 21 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a seven-year, $337 million task order in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to design, operate and maintain the department's classified network infrastructure for its headquarters and directorates nationwide.
  • ITALY / U-S / ARMS SHIPMENT VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Italian authorities have seized more than seven-thousand Kalashnikov assault rifles and other weapons on a ship that was headed for the United States. The ship had pulled into the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro.
  • Bush Asks Congress to Renew Key Anti-Terrorism Law Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- President Bush is asking Congress to renew the USA Patriot Act in an effort to strengthen the ability of the U.S. intelligence community to deal effectively with terrorist threats against the United States.
  • U.S. Conducts Fight Against Terrorism Under Laws of War Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- This column by Thomas W. O'Connell, U.S. assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, was published April 20 in USA Today and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • Bush Says Permanent Anti-Terror Law Vital to U.S. Security Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- President Bush spent a second day April 20 campaigning to urge Congress to pass a permanent version of the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism legislation, saying he considers it vital to U.S. national security in the war on terror.
  • Revised Military Commissions Instructions Issued 20 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that minor adjustments were made to Military Commission Instructions No. 3, 4, and 6.
  • Key Military Commission Officials Announced 20 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced the names of two key military commission officials today. Army Col. Robert L. Swann has been selected as the chief prosecutor (succeeding Army Col. Fred Borch). Navy Lt. Susan McGarvey has been selected as the acting military commissions judge advocate spokesperson (succeeding Air Force Maj. John Smith).
  • U-S TERROR LEGAL VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Lawyers for some of the hundreds of so-called enemy combatants being detained by the Bush administration have asked the United States Supreme Court to allow their clients to seek their release through the U-S court system. The legal challenge to part of the administration's war on terrorism is drawing international attention.
  • DATA-MINING AND TERRORISM VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Law enforcement officials in the United States are using powerful new computer programs to look through millions of records, searching for information about terrorists. So called "data-mining" software searches for suspicious patterns in information stored in electronic databases. By quickly scouring criminal files or airline passenger lists, proponents say data mining has the potential to revolutionize detective work. But the powerful technology is also controversial.
  • BUSH TERROR VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- President Bush focussed on the war on terrorism in a speech Monday in Pennsylvania, an important state in his re-election campaign. Mr. Bush called on Congress to renew the controversial law, the U-S-A Patriot Act, which he says will help America stay strong and resolute in the face of a continuing terrorist threat.
  • U.S. Coast Guard to Help Evaluate Security in Foreign Ports Washington File 19 Apr 2004 -- The United States says it plans to work with its maritime trading partners to facilitate the implementation of an international security code aimed at protecting the global shipping industry from terrorist threats.
  • RIDGE/SECURITY VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- U-S Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is calling for stronger security for high-profile events scheduled to take place by the end of the year.Mr. Ridge announced plans to increase cooperation among U-S agencies and private security organizations.
  • BRITAIN / TERROR VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- British police have arrested 10 people in and around the northern city of Manchester for suspected terrorist activity.
  • Pentagon Plans Test of Atmospheric Dispersion 19 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that an atmospheric dispersion survey will be held in and around the Pentagon from April 19 to May 15, 2004. The survey will advance knowledge about the weather conditions and movement of simulated airborne contaminants around and inside the Pentagon. The resulting data will be used to improve, refine and verify a computer model that simulates the atmospheric transport of potential contaminants around the Pentagon.
  • SPAIN / TERROR VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- Outgoing Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar says he believes the terrorist bombings last month in Madrid caused his party to lose an expected election victory.
  • BUSH / KERRY VOA 17 Apr 2004 -- President Bush used his weekly radio address to call for the extension of a controversial anti-terrorism law. His presumptive Democratic challenger in this year's election criticized the president's handling of Iraq.
  • E-U / SECURITY VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- Europe's interior ministers said Friday greater cooperation in the fight against international terrorism is necessary, especially after enlargement of the European Union next month.
  • MEXICO/DRUGS VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- Aided by good weather, Mexico produced a bumper crop of opium poppies last year. U-S officials say the Mexican government has made major progress in the fight against illegal drugs. But drug cartels are responding by boosting cultivation and fighting eradication efforts.
  • PENTAGON / HORN OF AFRICA VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- A senior U-S military commander says the United States and its coalition partners in the Horn of Africa region have been "quite successful" in tackling the terrorist threat.
  • SPAIN/SOCIALISTS VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- Spain's parliament on Friday voted in the new Socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, as the country prepares to re-define its role in the international fight against terrorism.
  • INDONESIA BASHIR TERROR VOA 16 Apr 2004 -- In Indonesia, police have started legal moves against the alleged leader of an al-Qaida-affiliated militant organization. The move is intended to keep the militant in jail.
  • FRENCH AMBASSADOR/TERRORISM VOA 15 Apr 2004 -- France's ambassador to the United States says the two countries remain united in the war on terrorism, despite what he calls a diplomatic hurricane in recent relations. French envoy Jean-David Levitte spoke in Los Angeles Thursday. The diplomat is urging U-S officials to work closely with the United Nations in rebuilding Iraq.
  • POWELL / BIN LADEN VOA 15 Apr 2004 -- U-S officials say the new audio tape being carried by Arabic T-V channels said to be of Osama bin Laden appears to be authentic. They are welcoming the unanimous rejection of the terrorist leader's offer of what is termed a "truce" to countries in Europe that withdraw troops from Muslim countries.
  • ARAB / BIN LADEN TAPE VOA 15 Apr 2004 -- A new audiotape purportedly from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was aired by two Arab satellite television stations. The man on the tape offers to stop acts of terror against European countries, but vowed to continue to fight the United States. The purported offer has been rejected by European leaders.
  • EU Leaders Reject Purported Al-Qaeda Peace Offer RFE/RL 15 Apr 2004 -- European nations are rejecting an offer of a truce, purportedly made by Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on an audiotape played by Arab satellite channels earlier today.
  • 9/11 COMMISSION: RICE TESTIMONY, PDB REVEAL 'NO SMOKING GUNS' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 14 Apr 2004
  • U-S INTELLIGENCE REFORM VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The failure to detect the September 11th plot has heightened calls for changes in the U-S intelligence apparatus. Both the F-B-I -- responsible for domestic intelligence -- and the C-I-A -- the foreign intelligence arm -- have come under criticism at the hearings of the commission investigating the terrorist attacks. But changing the way U-S intelligence agencies do business and interact with each other won't be easy.
  • 9-11 PROBE VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The director of the U-S Central Intelligence Agency said Wednesday that it will take another five years to improve the agency's ability to counter al-Qaida and other terrorist threats. C-I-A Director George Tenet made the comment to the independent commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
  • BUSH NEWS CONFERENCE VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- At his news conference Tuesday evening, President Bush reasserted his commitment to put down the violence in Iraq and to transfer power to a democratic government by June 30th. Many U-S dailies give the president credit for his resolve, but fault him for failing to admit any mistakes, or provide details on Iraq's future.
  • U.S.: Former FBI Chief Says Bureau Lacked Resources Prior To 9/11 REF/RL 04 Apr 2004 -- The former head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says his bureau lacked the resources to wage a vigorous counterterrorism campaign prior to the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.
  • U.S.: CIA Chief Says Much Needs To Be Done On Counterterrorism REF/RL 04 Apr 2004 -- The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says it will take another five years to set up an effective network to successfully counter Al-Qaeda and other groups that seek to attack the United States and damage U.S. interests abroad.
  • PHILIPPINES/ANTI-TERROR EFFORTS VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The Philippines has been one of Washington's staunchest Asian allies in its global war on terror over the past two and a half years. But Manila's commitment to fighting terrorism has been questioned in the wake of its patchy record in reining in local militants.
  • President Addresses the Nation in Prime Time Press Conference The White House 13 Apr 2004 -- "Q Mr. President, why are you and the Vice President insisting on appearing together before the 9/11 Commission? And, Mr. President, who will you be handing the Iraqi government over to on June 30th?
    THE PRESIDENT: We will find that out soon. That's what Mr. Brahimi is doing; he's figuring out the nature of the entity we'll be handing sovereignty over. And, secondly, because the 9/11 Commission wants to ask us questions, that's why we're meeting. And I look forward to meeting with them and answering their questions."
  • AFRICA TERROR FORUM VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- The United States is increasingly focusing attention on ways to combat terrorism and other security concerns in Africa. But at a recent symposium in Washington, four experts said more focus on Africa is needed to eliminate the conditions where terrorism thrives.
  • 9-11 PROBE VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- The independent commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington highlighted a series of missteps and missed opportunities Tuesday by U-S intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the months before September 11th.
  • HUNGARY / TERROR VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Hungarian police say they have prevented a terrorist attack on a Jewish museum in the capital and arrested three suspects of Arab origin. The police raids came as Israeli President Moshe Katsav arrived in Hungary for a three-day visit.
  • BRIEFING MEMO CONTROVERSY VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- sharp debate has erupted in the American press concerning President Bush's response to a classified briefing memo in August of 2001 warning of a possible terror attack. The much-discussed memo was declassified and released by the White House over the weekend. Newspapers are divided on whether the president's reaction was appropriate
  • 9-11/PROBE VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- The independent commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington has issued a report highly critical of the performance of U-S law enforcement agencies in the period leading up to the September 11th attacks.
  • BUSH - 9-11 VOA 12 Apr 2004 -- President Bush is continuing to defend his handling of the terrorist threat prior to the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the United States, but admits the U-S intelligence community may need further reform. For the second day in a row he faced questions about the classified information he received five weeks before the attacks.
  • DoD Seeks Technology For Anti-Terrorism Fight AFPS 12 Apr 2004 -- The Defense Department is seeking out technology suitable for use in combating terrorism, a senior DoD official said here April 8.
  • DoD Ready to Assist in Event of Homeland Attack AFPS 12 Apr 2004 -- The Defense Department stands ready to assist authorities at the federal, state and local levels in the event of another terrorist attack on the homeland, a senior DoD official said here April 8.
  • 9-11 PROBE VOA 12 Apr 2004 -- The premier U-S law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is expected to come under harsh scrutiny this week in hearings held by the independent commission investigating the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • U.S.: Bush Dismisses Criticism He Did Not Do Enough To Prevent 2001 Attacks RFE/RL 12 Apr 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has dismissed criticism he did not do enough to try to prevent the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
  • Bush Says August 2001 Briefing Did Not Warn of September 11 Attacks Washington File 11 Apr 2004 -- President Bush says that nothing in the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB), titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.," gave any warning of the terrorist attacks upon the United States that would take place a month later.
  • White House Releases Text of Declassified Intelligence Briefing Washington File 11 Apr 2004 -- The White House released on April 10 the declassified text of the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB), titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.," and a fact sheet explaining how the PDB was viewed by the administration before the terrorist attacks on the United States September 11, 2001.
  • 9-11 COMMISSION VOA 11 Apr 2004 -- Two members of the bipartisan commission investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States are welcoming the president's decision to declassify a document, issued a month before the attacks. It outlines intelligence regarding a possible strike inside the United States by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network
  • 9-11 COMMISSION VOA 11 Apr 2004 -- Two members of the bipartisan commission investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States are welcoming the president's decision to declassify a document, issued a month before the attacks. It outlines intelligence regarding a possible strike inside the United States by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
  • PHILIPPINES/ESCAPE VOA 11 Apr 2004 -- Philippine security forces are still hunting for more than 30 prisoners - including suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group - who took part in a mass jailbreak on the remote southern island of Basilan.
  • BUSH 9/11 10 Apr 2004 -- The White House has released a classified presidential briefing from August of 2001 the outlined plans for an al-Qaeda strike inside the United States. The document was released at the request of a commission investigating the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • U.S.: Rice Provides Spirited Defense Of Bush On Terror RFE/RL 09 Apr 2004 -- U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice testified yesterday before a special commission investigating the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. The commission is looking into whether the attacks could have been prevented and whether the government took appropriate action after the attacks. Rice's appearance was exceptional in that for weeks she had declined to appear -- and only relented under political pressure.
  • BULGARIA/GAS ATTACK VOA 09 Apr 2004 -- Bulgarian government officials say at least 40 people have been injured, some of them seriously, in a toxic gas attack on a police station in the capital, Sofia.
  • Uzbek Authorities Claim Al-Qaeda Link To Attacks RFE/RL 09 Apr 2004 -- Uzbekistan's prosecutor-general today announced charges against 45 people so far in connection with deadly attacks last week and claimed he has evidence of a link between the Al-Qaeda terrorist network and the violence.
  • Tradewinds 2004 Marine Corps News 08 Apr 2004-- Selected 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism) Marines will conduct training April 10-27 in the Dominican Republic with other military and civilian forces from the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
  • Anti-Terrorism unit evaluates rifle Marine Corps News 08 Apr 2004-- Selected 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism) Marines will conduct training April 10-27 in the Dominican Republic with other military and civilian forces from the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
  • SPAIN/TERRORIST ALERT VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- Spain, despite the beginning of the Holy Week holiday period, security forces are on a high anti-terrorist alert. Gil Carbajal reports from Madrid that the seriousness of the alert has been underlined after a video tape made by Islamic militants was found threating more attacks unless Spain withdraws its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • 9-11 COMMISSION WRAP VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration understood the importance of the terrorist threat from al-Qaida before the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. Ms. Rice made her comments before the independent commission investigating the attacks
  • RICE / TERRORISM VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- U-S National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice says there was no "silver bullet," or instant solution, that could have prevented the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • Afghanistan Was First Priority After 9/11, Rice Says AFPS 08 Apr 2004 -- Senior U.S. officials decided to focus on the al Qaeda-Taliban connection in Afghanistan rather than on Iraq shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told the 9/11 panel here today.
  • Rice: No Warning of Al Qaeda Using Planes As Bombs AFPS 08 Apr 2004 -- Although the U.S. government was aware of the al Qaeda threat, senior policy makers had received no warning that the terrorists would use planes as bombs to attack the homeland, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told the 9-11 panel here today.
  • RICE / 9-11 COMMISSION VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration understood the seriousness of the terrorist threat prior to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. But in sworn testimony before the commission investigating the 9-11 attacks, she said no one thing could have prevented the tragedy. Ms. Rice strongly defended the administration's actions.
  • PHILIPPINES/TERROR SUSPECT VOA 08 Apr 2004 -- The Philippine army says it has killed one of the top leaders of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, a man who was wanted by the United States for kidnapping and murder.
  • BUSH/ RICE VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies Thursday before a commission investigating the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • U.S.: Rights Group Challenges Airline Security Effort RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- The United States has recently taken further steps to protect itself from potential terrorists traveling into -- and over -- its territory. It has increased the number of nations whose citizens will undergo extra scrutiny upon entry into the United States. And it is enforcing a so-called no-fly list, which bars from flying those people believed to pose a threat to security. The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush says it is merely trying to protect the public. Critics say the U.S. government is going too far.
  • Germany: Muslim Groups Denounce Terrorism RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- Two Muslim umbrella organizations in Germany have issued a statement condemning all forms of terrorism as un-Islamic. One group represents Muslims of varied backgrounds, the other mostly ethnic Turkish Muslims. Both in recent years have denounced terrorism repeatedly, but this is the first time they have issued a joint statement.
  • INDONESIA US MILITARY VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- Terrorism experts have long feared for the safety of shipping traveling the Malacca Strait between Indonesia and Malaysia. However neither the Indonesians nor the Malaysians are welcoming a U-S suggestion that American troops be used in the area to deter attacks.
  • LUGAR / NUCLEAR TERRORISM VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- In focus today, nuclear proliferation -- It's the main issue in the second part of my interview with Senator Richard Lugar -- a Republican from Indiana -- and the widely respected Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. I asked Senator Lugar about concerns over nuclear weapons programs in Iran, North Korea, and now Brazil.
  • Stopping Terrorism Starts at the Border, Rep. Gallegly Says Washington File 06 Apr 2004 -- This op-ed column by California Republican Representative Elton Gallegly, chairman of the House Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights, was published in the Washington Times April 6 and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • European Union Joins U.S. in Designating Colombian Group as Terrorists Washington File 06 Apr 2004 -- The European Union (EU) has joined the United States in designating Colombia's second-largest rebel group as a terrorist organization.
  • U-S SECURITY-LEGAL VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- A leading U-S civil liberties group has filed a legal challenge to a government program that seeks to bar people with suspected links to terrorists from traveling on commercial airliners.
  • U.K.: Muslim Groups Condemn Terrorism, Urge Cooperation With Police RFE/RL 06 Apr 2004 -- A leading British Islamic organization has issued a call for vigilance and is asking Muslims to assist the police in dealing with terrorist threats. The statement -- sent to the country's 1,000 mosques -- has largely been welcomed across Britain, and was followed by a similar appeal by Muslim groups in Germany.
  • Spain: Rapid Progress Under Way In Madrid Bombing Arrests RFE/RL 06 Apr 2004 -- Spain appears to be making rapid progress in its efforts to capture the terrorists responsible for the Madrid bombings. Sixteen suspects are now in custody, and another five -- including the suspected ringleaders -- appear to have committed suicide rather than submit to arrest. Spanish authorities say they believe the core of that particular group is now shattered. But how can they be sure that more terrorists are not awaiting their moment to make fresh attacks?
  • Pakistan angrily reacts to US envoy`s remarks over Taliban IRNA 06 Apr 2004 -- Pakistan angrily reacted on Tuesday to remarks by US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmey Khalilzad on the Taliban`s activities in Pakistan, describing his remarks as irresponsible.
  • PAKISTAN / AFGHANISTAN / U-S VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- Pakistan officials are angrily rejecting criticism by the U-S ambassador to Afghanistan about Islamabad's anti-terror efforts.
  • World Bank, IMF Focus on Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing Washington File 05 Apr 2004 -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank are moving to enhance and coordinate their efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing while boosting technical assistance to countries trying to bring their financial systems into line with global standards.
  • BUSH/ RICE TESTIMONY VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- President Bush says he is looking forward to his National Security Advisor testifying Thursday before a commission investigating the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • SPAIN / TERRORISM VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Spanish authorities have now confirmed the identity of four of the five suspected terrorists who blew themselves up when surrounded by police on Saturday. Police have announced the arrest of two more men in connection with last month train bombings.
  • U.S.: Analysts Say Terrorism Not A Major White House Focus Before 9/11 RFE/RL 05 Apr 2004 -- For the past two weeks, aides to U.S. President George W. Bush have been disputing accusations that the threat of terrorism was not an especially high priority in his administration in the months before the attacks of 11 September 2001. But analysts say the evidence indeed shows that the White House had more pressing priorities in the months before the attacks.
  • Madrid Bombing Leader Reportedly Dies In Explosion RFE/RL 05 Apr 2004 -- Spanish Interior Minister Angel Acebes said the ringleader of last month's Madrid railway attacks is among those who blew themselves up on 3 April in a suburban Madrid apartment.
  • Letter To Spanish Daily Threatens More Attacks RFE/RL 05 Apr 2004 -- A group claiming responsibility for the 11 March Madrid bombings sent a letter to a Spanish newspaper over the weekend threatening to turn the country into an "inferno" if it does not halt its support for the United States and pull its forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Spain Confirms Identity Of Alleged Ringleader RFE/RL 05 Apr 2004 -- Spain confirmed today that an alleged ringleader of the Madrid bombings last month was one of five suspects who blew themselves up yesterday to avoid police capture.
  • BUSH - TERRORISM VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies this week in public and under oath about the events leading up to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. She will appear Thursday for more than two hours before the independent commission investigating the attacks.
  • SPAIN/TERRORISM VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- Spain's acting interior minister says the suspected ringleader behind the March 11th train bombings in Madrid killed himself as police closed in on him. He and others who blew themselves up were preparing to carry out more terrorists attacks.
  • 3 Bombing Suspects, Police Officer Die In Madrid Explosion VOA News 03 Apr 2004 -- Spain's Interior Ministry says three suspects in the deadly Madrid train bombings have blown themselves up during a police stake-out, also killing a police officer.
  • SPAIN/TERRORISM VOA 03 Apr 2004 -- Spain's acting interior minister has confirmed that a bomb planted on a railway track between Madrid and Seville was made from the same brand and type of explosives used in the March 11 train bombings.
  • Extension of Biometric Passport Requirement Sought Washington File02 Apr 2004 -- The Bush administration is seeking from Congress a two-year extension of a requirement that "visa waiver countries" issue machine-readable passports that incorporate biometric identifiers.
  • U-S / Visa Rules VOA 02 Apr 2004 -- The United States says it will begin in September to require visitors from all countries except Mexico and Canada to be digitally fingerprinted and photographed when they enter the country. Nearly 30 countries, mainly in Europe, had previously been exempt from the security requirements.
  • PENTAGON / AL-QAIDA / AFRICA VOA 02 Apr 2004 -- A senior U-S military commander says the al-Qaida terrorist group has been profiting from the diamond trade in West Africa and is seeking other support in the region.
  • PENTAGON / LIBYA / AFRICA VOA 02 Apr 2004 -- A senior U-S military commander says Libya could become a partner in North Africa's efforts to combat terrorism, especially the activities of an al-Qaida linked organization called the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat.
  • PENTAGON/UGANDA VOA 02 Apr 2004 -- The senior American commander in charge of military operations in sub-Saharan Africa says the United States is interested in helping Uganda eliminate the threat posed by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army.
  • PENTAGON / AFRICA TERROR VOA 02 Apr 2004 -- The top American general overseeing military operations in sub-Saharan Africa says the hunt is continuing for fugitive members of the Salafist terrorist group in the Pan-Sahel region of north-central Africa.
  • Declaration on Terrorism: Issued at the Meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers Session held in Brussels on 2 April 2004 NATO 02 Apr 2004 -- "The atrocities perpetrated in Madrid last month have once again shown the acute threat posed by terrorism to innocent people around the world. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those killed in the attacks in Madrid, to those who were wounded, and to all the people of Spain. As our governments condemned the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, and in Istanbul in 2003, we also condemn these and other murderous acts of terrorism, including those recently committed in Iraq and Uzbekistan."
  • Detainee Transfer Completed 02 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today it transferred for release 15 detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These detainees came from several countries, including Afghanistan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Sudan, Iraq, Jordan, and Yemen.
  • 9/11 COMMISSION: MEDIA ASSESS FALL-OUT FROM CLARKE 'BOMBSHELL' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 02 Apr 2004
  • PHILIPPINES/TERROR THREAT VOA 02 Apr 2004 -- The Philippine government has beefed up security in Manila this week, after police said they had foiled a plot by suspected Islamic militants to bomb the city. The president has warned the country is facing an increased threat from terrorists.
  • TERRORISM/AFRICA VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- The Africa subcommittee of the U-S House of Representatives has heard testimony from a State Department official and other witnesses about efforts to prevent al-Qaida and other terrorist groups from establishing sanctuaries in African countries. Some lawmakers and experts say the United States needs to intensify its intelligence-gathering in African countries to reduce their vulnerability to terrorist infiltration:
  • 9/11 COMMISSION: MEDIA ASSESS FALL-OUT FROM CLARKE 'BOMBSHELL' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 01 Apr 2004
  • N-Y / ANTI-TERRORISM TRAINING VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- New York is stepping up anti-terrorism efforts ahead of the Republican National Convention this summer.
  • CONGRESS/INTELLIGENCE/AL-QAIDA VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- Congressional Democrats have announced a plan for reorganizing the country's intelligence system, based on lessons learned from both the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq. The announcement comes as committees heard more testimony from a U-S counter-terror official about the war against the al-Qaida organization:
  • Uzbekistan: Standoff Ends When Suspects Blows Himself Up; Police Continue Sweep RFE/RL 01 Apr 2004 -- Police and security forces in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, are conducting sweeps of the city in an effort to track down suspects following a series of bombings and violent clashes that have left at least 43 people dead.
  • Uzbekistan: After Days Of Bombings And Armed Clashes, Citizens Remain Wary RFE/RL 01 Apr 2004 -- More than 40 people are reported to have been killed in Uzbekistan since 28 March in a wave of bombings and clashes that authorities are blaming on Islamic militants. What is the mood in the capital, Tashkent, and how are ordinary Uzbeks reacting to the violence?
  • ITALY / TERRORISM VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- Italian police say they have broken up the terrorist cell of a Turkish leftist group with links to Italian extremists. Five people were arrested in Italy and raids were carried out in other European countries at the request of Italian investigators.
  • BRITAIN / TERRORISM VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the Muslim community needs to stand up against radical clerics who are enticing young British Muslims to support terrorist movements.



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