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June 2004 Security News

  • Terrorists Will Not Be Released, DoD Official Says AFPS 30 Jun 2004 -- No dangerous terrorists are going to get out of detention because of Supreme Court decisions handed down June 28, a senior DoD official said here today.
  • COPING WITH TERRORISM VOA 30 Jun 2004 -- Security experts say terrorism will be a fact of life for the foreseeable future, and that governments and businesses must learn to manage the risk. A panel of experts told a Los Angeles audience that the emergence of suicide bombers and rise of modern communications have created a new kind of conflict, which shows no signs of abating.
  • SCOTUS Detainee Ruling React VOA 30 Jun 2004 -- The U-S Supreme Court on Monday [6/28] struck down key elements of the Bush Administration's policy of indefinitely imprisoning so-called enemy combatants in the war on terror. And legal experts are weighing in.
  • Newly Designed $50 Bill To Enter Circulation September 28 Washington File 30 Jun 2004 -- A newly designed $50 bill featuring additional colors and enhanced security will begin circulating on September 28, the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has announced.
  • U.S. Military Establishes Guantanamo Tribunal Washington File 30 Jun 2004 -- On June 29, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base may challenge their classification as enemy combatants, the Pentagon announced the formation of a military tribunal, or commission, to adjudicate the cases against three of those prisoners.
  • U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Against Bush, Reaffirms Prisoners' Rights RFE/RL 30 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to President George W. Bush's strategy in the war on terrorism. In presenting its case before the court two months ago, the Bush administration argued that in order to protect the American people from terrorist attacks, it has the right to detain and interrogate Taliban and Al-Qaeda suspects captured in Afghanistan without interference from the courts. But the country's highest court has ruled that the administration must allow access to American courts for all prisoners, whether they are U.S. citizens or foreigners.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract Worth Approximately $250 Million To Begin Work on U.S. Coast Guard's Maritime Security Cutter Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2004 -- Under the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater program, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded approximately $250 million in production and long lead material contracts for the first Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL), formerly named the National Security Cutter, which is a highly capable high-endurance cutter.
  • Department of Homeland Security Awards Northrop Grumman New Human Resources Management System Contract Worth Up to $175 Million Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2004 -- The Department of Homeland Security has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to implement and maintain a new human resources management system, known as MAXHR, which will help build a high performing workforce, and improve recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Supreme Court Affirms Right to Detain Enemy Combatants AFPS 29 Jun 2004 -- In decisions handed down June 28, the Supreme Court strongly reaffirmed the president's ability to detain enemy combatants, including U.S. citizens, in the war on terror.
  • Defense Department Report, June 29: Three Detainees Will Have Trials Washington File 29 Jun 2004 -- MILITARY COMMISSION TO HEAR DETAINEE EVIDENCE / LARGE NUMBER OF IRAQ ARMY OFFICERS COMPLETE TRAINING
  • PENTAGON / SCOTUS VOA 29 Jun 2004 -- Defense officials were expecting what they believed would be a big court victory in the war on terrorism. But they were caught off-guard by this week's U.S. Supreme Court rulings that terrorist suspects held by the military, both foreign nationals and American, have the right to challenge their detention in the U.S. court system.
  • PENTAGON / DETAINEES VOA 29 Jun 2004 -- The Pentagon is moving ahead with its plans to put on trial three accused terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Navy Base in Cuba.
  • Military Commission Charges Referred 29 Jun 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that charges were referred to a military commission on three enemy combatants detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Appointing Authority John D. Altenburg, Jr. approved and referred charges on Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al Bahlul of Yemen and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi of Sudan and referred charges on David Hicks of Australia. Referral is the step in the military commission process where the appointing authority designates the presiding officer and panel members who will hear a particular case. A trial date has not yet been set.
  • PHILIPPINES/TERROR ARRESTS VOA 29 Jun 2004 -- Police in the Philippines have arrested at least four suspected terrorists on the eve of the inauguration of President Gloria Arroyo.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME United Nations 28 Jun 2004
  • SCOTUS / DETAINEES VOA 28 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a mixed decision on the status of people detained in the war on terrorism. The high court ruled Monday that the U.S. government has the authority to apprehend and indefinitely detain people, but added that they may legally challenge their detention.
  • Supreme Court Rules on Enemy Combatant Detentions Washington File 28 Jun 2004 -- In a pair of decisions released June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the circum-stances under which the executive branch can detain alleged enemy combatants without formal charges.
  • TERROR IN SAUDI ARABIA: 'AN ABHORRENT ACT OF BARBARITY' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 27 Jun 2004
  • Blair Personally Appeals to Bush for Guantanamo Detainees' Release VOA News 26 Jun 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has asked President Bush to return four British nationals who are being held as terrorist suspects at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • CIA Suspends Interrogation Tactics on Terrorist Suspects VOA News 27 Jun 2004 -- A U.S. newspaper says the CIA has stopped using some interrogation methods on terrorist suspects while officials study the legality of the measures.
  • United States, European Union Resolute in Opposing Terrorism Washington File 26 Jun 2004 -- The United States and the European Union renewed their commitment to cooperate in fighting terrorism while protecting fundamental human rights and freedoms in a declaration issued at the U.S.-EU Summit in Shannon, Ireland, June 26.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Enhancing Border Security, DHS Says Washington File 25 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the first sustained civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to curb illegal activities along Arizona's southern border.
  • U.S. Favors Multilateral Approach to Fight Terrorism, Ridge Says Washington File 25 Jun 2004 -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the United States favors taking a multilateral approach to the multidimensional problem of suppressing terrorism.
  • Greece Signs Container Security Agreement with U.S. Washington File 25 Jun 2004 -- Greece has become the18th country to sign a Container Security Initiative (CSI) agreement with the United States, giving its permission for U.S. customs officials to be deployed to the port of Piraeus to help screen U.S.-bound cargo shipments that could pose a terrorist threat.
  • U.N. / TORTURE VOA 25 Jun 2004 -- United Nations human rights investigators are calling for access to prisoners held by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. The request comes from the U.N. special investigators on torture.
  • BRITAIN/GUANTANAMO VOA 25 Jun 2004 -- Britain's attorney general says U.S. plans for military tribunals for terrorist suspects held at a U.S. base in Cuba are not acceptable, and will violate international legal standards.
  • DoD Values Red Cross Scrutiny, Ideas for Improvement AFPS 25 Jun 2004 -- The United States welcomes the International Committee of the Red Cross's scrutiny of detainee operations and listens closely to their suggestions, said defense officials during a background briefing at the Pentagon, June 24.
  • CONGRESS - PRISONER ABUSE VOA 24 Jun 2004 -- A Senate panel has met with officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross to discuss U.S. treatment of detainees in prisons overseas.
  • Transcript: International Committee of the Red Cross Interaction with Department of Defense on Detainees 22 Jun 2004 -- "My purpose in this brief is to give you background information about the role of the ICRC, how DOD interacts with ICRC, and to describe the confidential aspect of the communications between ICRC and detaining powers, which is quite significant and quite important."
  • U.S. Names More Members of Italian Al Qaida Cell Washington File 24 Jun 2004 -- The United States has designated six more persons as members of a terrorist cell loyal to international fugitive Usama bin Laden operating primarily in the Lombardi region of Italy.
  • Stolen Passports a Serious Concern for Visa Waiver Program Washington File 24 Jun 2004 -- A senior official from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) June 23 warned of the impact of stolen passports on visa waiver agreements between the United States and 27 other nations.
  • Status of Detainees in Guantanamo To Be Reviewed Annually Washington File 24 Jun 2004 -- Navy Secretary Gordon England, newly named to oversee an annual administrative review of the status of individuals detained at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, says his role is to push the review process along.
  • NATO agrees to support Greek Security Operation during Olympics NATO 24 Jun 2004 -- NATO agrees to support Greek Security Operation during Olympics
  • Middle East: Extremists Opting For Beheading As Weapon Of Choice In Terror War RFE/RL 24 Jun 2004 -- In a little more than a month, three hostages have been decapitated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The almost identical pattern of the murders suggests that some extremist groups see beheading as a new weapon of choice in their war of terror against Washington and its allies. But why do they choose this particularly gruesome method?
  • U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Contract Announcement Accelerates Offshore Patrol Cutter Program Northrop Grumman 24 Jun 2004 -- Ushering in another key milestone for the Integrated Deepwater System program, the U.S. Coast Guard and Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) today announced that preliminary design and final requirements work will commence immediately on the new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. This effort will lead to a new type of highly capable, cutting-edge, medium-endurance cutter. Today's action accelerates the effort to launch the OPC by a full three years, compared to the Deepwater program's originally proposed schedule. This initial OPC contract assigned to ICGS establishes the critical first-step engineering efforts that will occur over the next twelve months.
  • U.S.: Bush Challenged By Opposition Democrats On Prison-Abuse Scandal RFE/RL 24 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. administration is working hard to counter concerns about American soldiers and contract workers abusing or possibly torturing prisoners at U.S.-run detention facilities. This week, for example, it released documents indicating that President George W. Bush personally insisted that prisoners be treated humanely, even if they are not covered by international laws of war. But that is not enough for Bush's opponents in Congress, who hope to create an independent committee to investigate the scandal.
  • TURKEY / SECURITY VOA 24 Jun 2004 -- At least three people died and many others were injured by a bomb planted on a bus in Istanbul, where NATO leaders are scheduled to meet beginning Sunday. Earlier, a much smaller bomb exploded in front of a hotel in the Turkish capital, Ankara, where President Bush is scheduled to stay during an official visit Saturday.
  • White House Releases Documents on Torture in War on Terror Washington File 23 Jun 2004 -- The Bush administration has released hundreds of pages of documents from the White House, the Defense Department and the Justice Department detailing internal debates, discussions and decisions related to the issue of torture in the war on terror. (...) Following is the text of Bush's February 7, 2002, memo and the transcript of the briefing that accompanied the release of the documents
  • Gitmo Detainee Review Process to Start Next Week AFPS 23 Jun 2004 -- Navy Secretary Gordon England detailed today the process he has devised to review the cases of each enemy combatant now held at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • White House, DoD Discuss Interrogation Process AFPS 23 Jun 2004 -- Even facing a different kind of enemy, the United States will continue to adhere to its values, international law and treaty obligations, White House and DoD officials said June 22.
  • CONGRESS/IRAQ/AL QAIDA VOA 23 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment calling on the to conduct an audit of any evidence it provided to the Bush Administration and Congress concerning a relationship between Iraq and the al-Qaida terrorist network before September 11th, 2001. The measure came as part of House action on legislation to fund U.S. intelligence agencies. That package passed the House, 360 to 61, late Wednesdat.
  • CONGRESS/IRAQ/AL QAIDA VOA 23 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment calling on the CIA to conduct an audit of any evidence it provided to the Bush Administration and Congress concerning a relationship between Iraq and the al-Qaida terrorist network before September 11th, 2001. The measure came as part of House action on legislation to fund U.S. intelligence agencies.
  • SAUDI / TERROR VOA 23 Jun 2004 -- Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, speaking Wednesday on national television on behalf of King Fahd, said Muslim militants have one month to surrender to security forces. The Saudi foreign minister said earlier in the day the government will continue its campaign to rid the country of terrorists.
  • Fight Terror Through Reform Washington File 23 Jun 2004 -- This column by Alina Romanowski, acting deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, was published in Forward Newspaper on June 11, 2004 and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • State Department Stops U.S. Issue of Certain Visas Washington File 23 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. State Department announced June 23 that it plans to stop issuing certain categories of visas in the United States on July 16.
  • U.S. Urges OSCE States to Adopt Biometric, Cargo Standards Washington File 23 Jun 2004 -- The United States welcomes the emphasis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on enhancing border security, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security James Loy told the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference in Vienna, Austria, June 23.
  • Navy Secretary to Oversee Enemy Combatant Admin Review 23 Jun 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that the Secretary of the Navy, Gordon R. England, has been named the designated civilian official to oversee the annual administrative review of the continued detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing with Secretary of The Navy Gordon England 23 Jun 2004 -- "I'm the Secretary of the Navy. But I'm not with you in that capacity today. Rather, I've been designated by Secretary Rumsfeld to operate and oversee a process to conduct an annual review of each enemy combatant held by the Department of Defense in Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba. Now these reviews will determine whether to release or continue to detain each combatant."
  • PENTAGON/GUANTANAMO VOA 23 Jun 2004 -- Defense officials soon plan to begin holding reviews to determine whether any of the al-Qaida and Taleban suspects held at the U.S. Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba should be released.
  • EUROPE / TERRORISM VOA 23 Jun 2004 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is making the fight against terrorism a major priority. It is encouraging cooperation among European governments, the United States, experts, and the pooling of resources.
  • Saudi Arabia: Riyadh Claims Breakthrough In Fight Against Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 23 Jun 2004 -- A wave of terrorist attacks has shaken Saudi Arabia, prompting concern there could be an exodus of foreign experts from its oil industry, the world's top supplier of petroleum. But after the recent killing of an American hostage, Riyadh said it struck key Al-Qaeda cells blamed for that killing and other attacks. So have the Saudis reached a breakthrough in their fight against Al-Qaeda, or are more attacks likely as the terror network simply finds new leaders and militants?
  • U.S.: Washington Says Terror Attacks Actually Rose Last Year, Despite Earlier Claims RFE/RL 23 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. State Department has corrected its global terrorism report, saying the original study was wrong to conclude that attacks worldwide dropped last year.
  • DoD Provides Details on Interrogation Process 23 Jun 2004 -- The Department of Defense today released documents related to the development of interrogation procedures at Guantanamo. These documents are made available to demonstrate that the actions of the U. S. Defense Department are bound by law and guided by American values.
  • BUSH TORTURE VOA 22 Jun 2004 -- The White House has released hundreds of pages of documents containing detailed rules for the treatment of prisoners captured during the fight against terrorism. Administration officials say they prove President Bush never authorized the use of torture.
  • Remarks on the Release of the Revised "Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003" Annual Report by Secretary Colin L. Powell US. Dept. of State 22 Jun 2004 -- "I am here today to brief you on the corrections that we have made to our Patterns of Global Terrorism Report for 2003. Let me start out with an observation about the report. (...) The results of our review, which will be spelled out to you in greater detail in a moment or two, shows that from 2002 to 2003, using the rules that have been in place to analyze incidents and categorize them one way or another, the number of incidents as categorized by our system went up from 198 in 2002 to a corrected number in 2003 that will be explained to you momentarily of 208, a slight rise in the overall number of incidents both in what are called significant events or significant incidents and non-significant incidents that arrive at this total. "
  • U.S. Expects New Global Standards to Boost Maritime Security Washington File 22 Jun 2004 -- Implementation of new international maritime security standards will boost the United States' and other countries' ability to prevent terrorists from attacking their ports or using ships as weapons, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says.
  • U.S. / TERRORISM REPORT VOA 22 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. State Department, in an embarrassing admission, said Tuesday that 625 people were killed in terrorist attacks last year, more than twice what it initially reported in April. But senior officials said there had been no attempt to manipulate figures in the original report to make the Bush administration's record on terrorism look better.
  • SAUDI / AMERICANS VOA 22 Jun 2004 -- Some Americans living in Saudi Arabia say they are beginning to feel trapped in the kingdom because they will suffer financial penalties if they leave quickly. VOA's Greg LaMotte reports from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the U.S. embassy in the kingdom says it has no legal authority to help.
  • War on Terror Must Be "Global Effort," Frist Says Washington File 20 Jun 2004 -- The war on terror must be a "global effort," and success depends on involving the international community, according to the U.S. Senate majority leader.
  • White House Report, June 21: Saudi Arabia, 9/11 Commission Washington File 21 Jun 2004 -- Saudi Arabia recognizes domestic terrorist threat, says White House; administration cites cooperation with 9/11 Commission
  • U.S. Working With Saudis to End Terrorist Financing, Snow Says Washington File 20 Jun 2004 -- The United States is working closely with Saudi Arabia to end the flow of financing to terrorist organizations like al Qaeda, according to Treasury Secretary John Snow.
  • SAUDI / AFTERMATH VOA 20 Jun 2004 -- While the U.S. State Department is urging Americans to leave Saudi Arabia as the result of a series of terrorist attacks and killings, including that of American Paul Johnson, many Saudis say they do not want to see Americans leave the kingdom. Even so, like their own government, they acknowledge there will likely be more acts of terror, despite the killings Friday of four wanted al-Qaida militants.
  • BUSH 9-11 COMMISSION VOA 20 Jun 2004 -- Leaders of the commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States are downplaying differences with the White House over a possible link to Iraq. But at the same time, they make clear they want more information from top figures in the Bush administration.
  • SAUDI KILLING VOA 19 Jun 2004 -- The Saudi government confirms the top al-Qaida terrorist in the royal kingdom Abdulaziz al-Muqrin was killed late Friday along with three of his associates. The body of decapitated American businessman has not yet been found. U.S. officials warn of security risks for Americans residing in Saudi Arabia.
  • SAUDI / SECURITY VOA 19 Jun 2004 -- Recent killings and kidnappings of foreigners in Saudi Arabia, including the beheading of American Paul Johnson by al-Qaida terrorists Friday, has brought fear among foreigners living in the kingdom. Many say they plan to leave the country as soon as possible. But, some Saudis say a mass exodus of foreigners would prove to be victory for the terrorists.
  • SAUDI / TERROR VOA 19 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. Ambassador in Riyadh Saturday praised Saudi Arabia's authorities after the killing of four wanted militants involved in the beheading of an American hostage. But he cautions that the battle against terrorism will be a long one.
  • Saudis Claim Top Al-Qaeda Leader Killed RFE/RL 19 Jun 2004 -- Saudi state television has shown pictures it says are of the country's top Al-Qaeda leader and three other militants killed in a shootout with Saudi security forces late yesterday.
  • Response to a question at the press conference following the meetings of the Eurasian Economic Community Interstate Council and Collective Security Treaty Organisation's Collective Security Council President of Russia 18 Jun 2004 -- "I can confirm that, following the events of September 11, 2001 and up until the beginning of military operations in Iraq, Russian intelligence did indeed receive on several occasions information that official organisations in Saddam Hussein's regime were preparing terrorist attacks on U.S. territory and against U.S. military and civilian targets abroad. This information was indeed passed on through our cooperation channels to our U.S. colleagues."
  • SAUDI KILLING / BUSH VOA 18 Jun 2004 -- President Bush has condemned the killing of American Paul Johnson by Islamic militants in Saudi Arabia. The body of the civilian engineer was found Friday in Riyadh, six days after his abduction. Mr. Bush, speaking in Seattle, said the United States will not be intimidated.
  • Pelosi: 'Bush Administration Misrepresents Depth of Iraq-al Qaeda Relationship' House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi 18 Jun 2004 -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today after Vice President Cheney's mischaracterization of the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda
  • Commission Confirms Iraq/Al-Qaeda Link, Hadley Says Washington File 18 Jun 2004 -- This column by Stephen J. Hadley, who is deputy national security adviser to President Bush, was published in USA Today June 18 and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • SAUDI KILLIN WRAP VOA 18 Jun 2004 -- Saudi security forces stormed a central Riyadh neighborhood in search of the terrorists who beheaded an American hostage. The security forces say the alleged Al Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz al-Muqrin was killed during the assault. The decapitated body of Paul Johnson was found north of the Saudi capital Friday after pictures of his severed head and body were flashed on several Islamic web sites.
  • WTC/BUILDING INVESTIGATION VOA 18 Jun 2004 -- A government agency investigating the structural reasons behind the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, says some of the fireproofing in the towers may have been inadequate, and that the skyscrapers were not built as strongly as they could have been.
  • CONGRESS/HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 18 Jun 2004 -- The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved, by a margin of 400 votes to five, a bill that provides about 32-billion dollars in spending on homeland security for the coming (2005) fiscal year. Lawmakers debated, but ultimately rejected, a proposal to require mandatory screening of all cargo put aboard commercial airline flights
  • POWELL / SAUDI KIDNAP VOA 18 Jun 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has condemned the killing of American hostage Paul Johnson in Saudi Arabia as an act of barbarism, and says it will prompt U-S and Saudi authorities to re-double efforts to root out terrorism. U-S officials are renewing a travel warning for Americans visiting the Middle East and North Africa.
  • SAUDI KILLING / BUSH VOA 18 Jun 2004 -- President Bush has condemned the killing of American Paul Johnson by Islamic militants in Saudi Arabia. The body of the civilian engineer was found Friday in eastern Riyadh, six days after his abduction. Mr. Bush, speaking in Seattle, said the United States will not be intimidated.
  • Powell Asserts Iraqi Contacts with Al-Qaida, but Denies 9/11 Link Washington File 18 Jun 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said there were ties between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein's Iraq, but denied that the Bush administration has ever claimed that Iraq was involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • Evaluation Process for Anti-Terrorism Technology Act Washington File 18 Jun 2004 -- The Department of Homeland Security issued a fact sheet June 18 explaining the application and evaluation processes of the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (SAFETY Act).
  • IRAQ / AL-QAIDA VOA 18 Jun 2004 -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney is disputing the conclusion of a special commission probing the nine-11 attacks that Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida did not have a collaborative relationship. The vice president spoke out in an interview Friday
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 18 Jun 2004 -- Security forces in Pakistan have killed a rebel tribal leader in an operation against al-Qaida-linked terror suspects in a remote mountainous region. Pakistani officials say that nearly 70 suspected terrorists have been killed in the area in less than two weeks.
  • PRESS BRIEFING ON ANDEAN COCA CULTIVATION United Nations 17 Jun 2004
  • CONGRESS/9-11 COMMISSION VOA 17 Jun 2004 -- Republicans and Democrats in Congress argued Thursday over the latest conclusions of a commission investigating the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, as one key lawmaker reiterated the finding of an earlier joint congressional probe that no collaborative links existed between Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida terrorist organization.
  • 9-11 PROBE VOA 17 Jun 2004 -- An independent commission said Thursday that the United States air defense system was completely overwhelmed by the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. But U.S. military officials insisted that they would be able to handle such an attack today.
  • DoD Wasn't Geared to Internal Threats on 9/11, Panel Told AFPS 17 Jun 2004 -- National policy that geared the Defense Department toward external threats was part of the reason DoD couldn't do more to prevent some of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the 9/11 commission here today.
  • 9-11 Commission Criticizes Response To Attacks RFE/RL 17 Jun 2004 -- The independent government commission investigating the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States today described the response by military and civil-aviation officials as confused and even clumsy.
  • U.S.: Panel Says 9/11 Mastermind Envisioned Far Worse Attack RFE/RL 17 Jun 2004 -- Al-Qaeda's original plans for the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States included flying 10 hijacked jets into U.S. targets across America and Asia in a bid to cripple the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, Iraq never cooperated with the terrorist network, contrary to claims by members of the Bush administration.
  • ASIA PACIFIC/TERROR VOA 17 Jun 2004 -- Asia-Pacific countries have been warned at a special counter-terrorism conference near Sydney that their region is a "breeding ground for extremism." The three-day conference marks an unprecedented attempt by more than a dozen nations to co-ordinate efforts against the al-Qaida terrorist network and its Southeast Asian allies.
  • White House Report, June 16: Saudi Arabia Washington File 16 Jun 2004 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters June 16 that President Bush is closely watching the situation involving an American hostage in Saudi Arabia and that U.S. officials have been in touch with the man's family
  • 9-11 Panel Finds No Hussein, Al-Qaeda Links RFE/RL 16 Jun 2004 -- The 9-11 Commission has said Osama bin Laden sought help from Saddam Hussein 10 years ago -- but the then-Iraqi president ignored the plea.
  • 9-11 PROBE VOA 16 Jun 2004 -- Independent investigators said Wednesday they have found no evidence that Saddam Hussein cooperated with al-Qaida terrorists to target the United States. The conclusion came in a report released by the independent commission probing the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
  • U-S-SAUDI KIDNAP VOA 16 Jun 2004 -- The State Department said Wednesday U.S. officials are working closely with Saudi authorities in an effort to secure the release of kidnapped American engineer Paul Johnson, the apparent prisoner of al-Qaida militants in Saudi Arabia. U.S. citizens in that country are again being "strongly urged" to depart.
  • Afghanistan: Success Of 'DDR' Seen As Key To Post-Taliban Transition REF/RL 16 Jun 2004 -- The Internet is becoming an increasingly vital medium for Islamic militants. Whether through websites featuring videos of Americans being executed or texts inspiring attacks, the Internet has become a key tool for propaganda and for the exchange of ideas among militants.
  • INDONESIA/SECURITY VOA 16 Jun 2004 -- The authorities in Indonesia have tightened security around several foreign embassies and areas frequented by expatriates after warnings of increased terrorist threats to western interests in the country. Diplomats have been warning of renewed threats for the past couple of months.
  • State Department Urges Delay in Passport Upgrade Washington File 15 Jun 2004 -- The Department of State is urging Congress to postpone a legal deadline on the adoption of more sophisticated passports because neither international nor U.S. immigration agencies are able to meet the October 26 target.
  • Homeland Security Agencies Work to Combat Trafficking Washington File 15 Jun 2004 -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is being aggressive in its pursuit of networks that engage in trafficking in persons, according to a June 14 statement from the department.
  • FRANCE /TERROR ARRESTS VOA 15 Jun 2004 -- French police have arrested more than a dozen people near Paris, and seized a handgun in a suspected terrorist hideout.
  • Prepared Remarks of Attorney General John Ashcroft: Abdi Indictment Announcement Dept. of Justice 14 Jun 2004
  • U-S TERROR PLOT VOA 14 Jun 2004 -- A Somali native living in America has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack in the United States.
  • Somali Man Indicted for Ohio Mall Bombing Plot AFPS 14 Jun 2004 -- A Somali immigrant was indicted today by an Ohio federal court for suspicion of planning to blow up a Columbus shopping center, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced.
  • OHIO MAN INDICTED FOR PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT TO AL QAEDA, FALSELY OBTAINING AND USING TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Dept. of Justice 14 Jun 2004 -- Attorney General John Ashcroft, Assistant Attorney General Christopher A. Wray of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Lockhart of the Southern District of Ohio, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announced today that a federal grand jury in Columbus, Ohio has indicted an Ohio man for providing material support to al Qaeda, as well as obtaining and using fraudulent travel documents.
  • Somali Native Charged in a Bomb Plot, Ashcroft Says Washington FIle 14 Jun 2004 -- A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted a 32-year-old Somali native for plotting with other members of an al-Qaeda cell to bomb a Columbus, Ohio-area shopping mall, Attorney General John Ashcroft said June 14.
  • Pakistan Arrests Al-Qaeda Suspects With Links to Uzbek Militants RFE/RL 14 Jun 2004 -- Pakistan says it has arrested a leading Al-Qaeda member along with at least eight foreign militants -- including some from Central Asia. Their previously unknown extremist group is being linked to Uzbek militants near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.
  • SAUDI/SECURITY VOA 14 Jun 2004 -- Despite increased security throughout Saudi Arabia, acts of terrorism, including kidnapping, continue. One American is missing and another was recently shot and killed. But many Arab analysts and U.S. officials believe the kingdom's security forces will eventually prevail.
  • RAFAEL-Elbit to Collaborate on DIRCM Rafael 14 Jun 2004 -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) and RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd. announced today that RAFAEL and Elbit Systems, through its wholly owned subsidiary Elop Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. (El-Op), have formed a team to complete the development, manufacture and marketing of the advanced self-protection suite against Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), also known as Shoulder-Launched Missiles.
  • Key Al-Qaeda suspect among 10 arrested: Pak official IRNA 14 Jun 2004 -- Pakistani law enforcement agencies have arrested a key Al-Qaeda suspect and nine others blamed for last week`s assassination attempt on a senior military commander, the interior and information ministers said Sunday.
  • INDONESIA/BASHIR DETENTION VOA 14 Jun 2004 -- An Indonesian court says suspected terrorist leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, will remain in custody pending charges. The court dismissed his complaint that his current incarceration is illegal. Bashir is believed to be the spiritual head of Jemaah Islamiyah, which bombed a Bali nightclub and an American-run hotel in Jakarta.
  • Pakistan Arrests Al-Qaeda Suspects With Links to Uzbek Militants RFE/RL 14 Jun 2004 -- Authorities in Islamabad say they have arrested the nephew of a top former Al-Qaeda planner along with eight other Islamic militants suspected of carrying out recent attacks across southern Pakistan.
  • U.S. / SAUDI KIDNAP VOA 13 Jun 2004 -- The Bush administration says Saudi Arabia is cooperating fully in the search for militants who kidnapped an American and killed two others.
  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA ARRESTS VOA 13 Jun 2004 -- Authorities in Pakistan say that they have arrested ten suspected foreign militants of the al-Qaida terror network, including a key member of the group with a one-million dollar bounty on his head.
  • Al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Saudi Attacks RFE/RL 13 Jun 2004 -- Al-Qaeda today claimed responsibility for yesterday's killing of an American contractor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the kidnapping of another American civilian contractor in the military sector.
  • One American Killed, One Kidnapped in Riyadh VOA News 12 Jun 2004 -- An Islamist website has posted a purported al-Qaida statement claiming responsibility for kidnapping one American and killing another Saturday in Saudi Arabia.
  • U-S-TERRORISM REPORT VOA 11 Jun 2004 -- The State Department acknowledged Thursday there were errors in its latest report on global terrorism that greatly understated the number of terrorist attacks and resultant casualties last year. It insists that this was not a deliberate attempt to make the Bush administration's record on fighting terrorism appear better than it was.
  • GUANTANAMO DETAINEE CHARGED VOA 10 Jun 2004 -- The Pentagon has announced that an Australian man captured by the U.S. military in Afghanistan in 2001 will be tried before a military tribunal on charges of attempted murder and providing aid to al-Qaida. David Hicks has been detained at a U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for nearly three years.
  • U-S-TERRORISM REPORT VOA 10 Jun 2004 -- The State Department acknowledged Thursday there were errors in its latest report on global terrorism that greatly understated the number of terrorist attacks and resultant casualties last year. It insists that this was not a deliberate attempt to make the Bush administration's record on fighting terrorism appear better than it was.
  • U.S. Cites Hizballah Member for Terrorist Financing in Tri-Border Area Washington File 10 Jun 2004 -- A prominent member of the Hizballah terrorist organization and two of his companies were designated as responsible for terrorist financing in South America's tri-border area (TBA) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on June 10.
  • Defense Department Report, June 10: Detainee Issues Updated Washington File 10 Jun 2004 -- The Defense Department announced June 10 that Australian David Hicks -- held in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- will tried by a U.S. military commission for his alleged al-Qaeda association while in Afghanistan.
  • Powell "Very Disturbed" by Errors in 2003 Terrorism Report Washington File 10 Jun 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is very disturbed by errors in the 2003 edition of the department's annual terrorism report, but he indicated that corrections will be made following a thorough review.
  • White House Counsel Says "Terrorists Are Different" Washington File 10 Jun 2004 -- This column by Alberto R. Gonzales, who is White House counsel to President Bush, was published in the USA Today June 10 and is in the public domain.
  • Guantanamo Detainee Charged 10 Jun 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that three charges were approved against Guantanamo detainee David Hicks of Australia who will be tried by military commission. The charges include: conspiracy to commit war crimes; attempted murder by an unprivileged belligerent and aiding the enemy. Hicks is the third Guantanamo detainee charged.
  • Traveler Security Focus of "SAFTI" Plan Adopted by G8 Washington File 09 Jun 2004 -- An action plan to counter terrorist attacks on the international transportation system -- including attacks from shoulder-launched missiles known as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) -- was adopted at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Sea Island, Georgia, June 9.
  • Fact Sheet: Travel Safety Initiative Adopted by G8 Countries Washington File 09 Jun 2004 -- The Group of Eight (G8) countries have adopted a 28-point action plan to enhance the security of travelers while improving the efficiency and ease of travel.
  • U.S. / HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 09 Jun 2004 -- Democratic senators have strongly criticized the Bush administration for leaving in place customs regulations which, they say, allow terrorists easy entry to the U-S. The nation's homeland security chief says the administration is working hard to enforce customs regulations to keep terrorists away.
  • Saudi Arabia: Could Islamic Militants Bring Down The Royal Family? RFE/RL 09 Jun 2004 -- With militant attacks in Saudi Arabia intensifying, experts are comparing the situation there to the foment in Iran prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But is the situation really so dramatic?
  • U.S.: Ashcroft Denies Breach Of Torture Laws, But Refuses To Turn Over Memos RFE/RL 09 Jun 2004 -- The United States' top law-enforcement official has told Congress that President George W. Bush issued no orders contrary to U.S. or international laws that forbid the torture of military prisoners.
  • International Travel Security High on G8 Agenda Washington File 09 Jun 2004 -- The world's major industrialized countries have agreed on plans to make international travel, especially air travel, more secure, senior Bush administration officials say.
  • CONGRESS / ASHCROFT VOA 08 Jun 2004 -- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is refusing to turn over to U.S. lawmakers documents that are said to advise the White House that some torture could be justified during interrogations in the war on terrorism.
  • EUROPE / TERROR ARRESTS VOA 08 Jun 2004 -- Police in Italy and Belgium have arrested at least 17 suspected Islamic extremists in a coordinated operation. Officials in both countries say they believe the men were planning an attack.
  • ITALY/TERROR ARRESTS VOA 08 Jun 2004 -- Police in Italy have arrested a Moroccan they say was one of the planners of the March bombings in Madrid, which killed 191 people. Another suspect was arrested in Milan as similar anti-terror raids were carried out in Belgium, France, and Spain.
  • SAUDI / AL-QAIDA WARNING VOA 07 Jun 2004 -- A statement attributed to al-Qaida is warning of new attacks against Western interests in Saudi Arabia.
  • ASIA TERRORISM VOA 06 Jun 2004 -- Malaysia is pledging to work with the United States on fighting terrorism in Southeast Asia, but warns a U-S military presence could galvanize radical Muslim groups. The United States and other countries fear a terrorist attack in the Malacca Straits, the pirate-infested shipping lane bordering Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
  • Northrop Grumman Upgrades Navigation Systems for Coast Guard Icebreaker Northrop Grumman 04 Jun 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has just completed a major upgrade of the Integrated Bridge System (IBS) aboard the U.S. Coast Guard's icebreaker USCGC Healy (WAGB 20).
  • U.S. / BIOTERROISM VOA 04 Jun 2004 -- Public health experts and members of the U.S. Congress accuse the Bush administration of making slow progress toward defending the country against a potential bioterrorist attack. But the government says it has made substantial advances in the three-and-a-half years since the terror attack on New York and Washington and the sending of deadly anthrax powder through the U-S mail.
  • GITMO Yielding Valuable Intelligence in a Safe, Disciplined Environment AFPS 03 Jun 2004 -- Interrogations procedures being used at the detention facility at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are safe, humane and disciplined - and approved personally by the secretary of defense with input from the DoD general counsel and U.S. Justice Department, the head of U.S. Southern Command told Pentagon reporters today.
  • Transcript: Media Availability with Commander, U.S. Southern Command General James T. Hill 03 Jun 2004
  • Defeating Terrorists on the Waterfront Washington File 02 Jun 2004 -- This article by Commander James Pelkofski, U.S. Navy, commanding officer of the USS Deyo (DD-980), was published in the June 2004 Proceedings, a U.S. Naval Institute magazine, and is in the public domain. No republication restrictions
  • World: Schroeder, Blair Link Oil Dependence, Vulnerability To Terrorism RFE/RL 03 Jun 2004 -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and British Prime Minister Tony Blair today warned that dependence on oil makes the world more vulnerable to a terrorist attack.
  • KHOBAR ATTACKS: 'FAR FROM AN INTERNAL SAUDI PROBLEM' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 02 Jun 2004
  • SAUDI / TERRORISM / CHARITY VOA 02 Jun 2004 -- Saudi Arabia has announced it is folding all of its private charities that send money overseas into a single commission in an effort to crack down on funding for terrorists.
  • Saudi Arabia: Officials Seek To Downplay Oil-Terror Fears RFE/RL 02 Jun 2004 -- Recent terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia -- like this weekend's fatal hostage-taking of foreign oil workers in Al-Khobar -- have sparked fears that oil facilities in the world's largest exporting country may become targets for Islamist militants. But Saudi officials are downplaying such concerns, saying production will remain steady.
  • UN nuclear watchdog draws attention to possible terrorist scenarios UN News Centre 02 Jun 2004 -- Highlighting the battle to prevent nuclear weaponry from falling into the hands of terrorists, the United Nations atomic watchdog agency is drawing attention to the role it can play in reinforcing national efforts to detect smuggling of nuclear material and equipment that could be used in crude explosive devices and so-called dirty bombs.
  • OECD Urges Integrated Approach to Container Security Washington File 02 Jun 2004 -- Governments, transport authorities, and shipping and other industries must work together within an integrated framework to reduce the risk of freight containers being used in terrorist attacks, says a report from a research group for the largest developed countries.
  • U-S TERROR CASE VOA 01 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. government has released new information about Jose Padilla, one of two American citizens being held as so-called enemy combatants in the war on terrorism.
  • U.S., Russia Expand Cooperation in Combating Terrorist Financing Washington File 01 Jun 2004 -- U.S. and Russian financial authorities have announced an "ambitious agenda" to strengthen their partnership in combating terrorist financing and money laundering, said U.S. Treasury Department official Juan Zarate following a May 28 meeting in Moscow with officials from Russia's finance and foreign affairs ministries.
  • POWELL / SAUDI TERROR VOA 01 Jun 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he has no reason to doubt the ability of the Saudi government to maintain stability and continue oil exports, despite the weekend terrorist attack and hostage crisis at the Saudi oil town of Khobar. Mr. Powell said he expects Saudi authorities to redouble anti-terrorism efforts.
  • AUSTRALIA TERROR VOA 01 Jun 2004 -- Australia has sentenced its first convicted terrorist to nine years in jail for plotting to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Canberra. As Anne Barker reports, prosecutors had called for the maximum penalty of 25 years for British-born Jack Roche - who confessed to working with the al Qaida terrorist network.
  • ASIA-PACIFIC SECURITY CONFERENCE VOA 01 Jun 2004 -- The host of an Asia-Pacific security conference, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, says the United States must shoulder blame with Muslim extremists for a sharp increase in terrorism.



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