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July 2004 Security News

  • White House Developing Implementation Plan for 9/11 Report Washington File 31 Jul 2004 -- President Bush's task force to address the 9/11 Commission's recommendations met for nearly two hours on July 30, according to a senior administration official.
  • UZBEKISTAN / ATTACKS VOA 31 Jul 2004 -- Security forces in the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan were on high alert Saturday after suicide bombers detonated explosives near the U.S. and Israeli embassies as well as the general prosecutor's office. The death toll in the attacks rose to three after another policeman died overnight.
  • First Combatant Status Tribunal Conducted at Guantanamo Today 30 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense conducted the first Combatant Status Review Tribunal today for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This tribunal is a fact based administrative proceeding to determine if the detainee is properly classified as an enemy combatant and to present each detainee the opportunity to contest such designation as an enemy combatant.
  • CONGRESS / 9-11 VOA 30 Jul 2004 -- A U.S. Senate panel has begun hearings into recommendations by the September 11th commission aimed at improving the nation's ability to prevent terror attacks.
  • GUANTANAMO HEARINGS VOA 30 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. military is beginning (Friday) legal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to review whether nearly six hundred detainees being held there fall under the category of enemy combatants. The hearings are the first step in what could either lead to detainees being released or ultimately tried for war crimes.
  • Tribunals Begin for Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 30 Jul 2004 -- The tribunals to determine if detainees held at Guantanamo are enemy combatants began today, said Navy Secretary Gordon England.
  • First Review Tribunal Convenes in Guantanamo, Navy Secretary Says Washington File 30 Jul 2004 -- The first administrative proceeding to determine whether detainees being held at a U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are "enemy combatants" is under way, Navy Secretary Gordon England announced July 30.
  • Special Department of Defense Briefing with Navy Secretary Gordon England 30 Jul 2004
  • UZBEKISTAN / EXPLOSIONS VOA 30 Jul 2004 -- In Uzbekistan, at least two people have been killed and five others injured in a series of explosions near the U.S. and Israeli embassies and the prosecutor's office in the capital. The incidents come at the start of the trial of 15 people suspected of involvement in several explosions in February. There may be other reasons for the blasts as well.
  • At Least Two Killed In Tashkent Bombings RFE/RL 30 Jul 2004 -- At least three explosions were reported today in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, outside the U.S. Embassy, the Israeli Embassy, and the Prosecutor-General's Office.
  • Combatant Status Tribunal Implementation Guidance Issued 30 Jul 2004 -- Last night the Secretary of the Navy Gordon H. England issued the implementation guidance for the Combatant Status Review Tribunal Procedures for enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. England was appointed by Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to operate and oversee the process.
  • Pakistan questioning top Al-Qaeda suspect: minister IRNA 30 Jul 2004 -- Authorities in Pakistan are questioning a top Al-Qaeda suspect, wanted by the United States, who was arrested in the country`s eastern Punjab province on Sunday, said Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat Friday.
  • PAKISTAN AL-QAIDA VOA 30 Jul 2004 -- Pakistan has captured an alleged al-Qaida ringleader wanted by the United States for the 1998 attacks on its embassies in East Africa. Authorities are hoping the arrest will lead to other key al-Qaida figures.
  • PAKISTAN AL-QAIDA VOA 29 Jul 2004 -- Pakistan has captured an alleged al-Qaida ringleader wanted by the United States for the 1998 attacks on its embassies in East Africa. Authorities are hoping the arrest will lead to other key al-Qaida figures.
  • U.K.: Extradition Proceedings Begin In Case Of Radical Muslim Cleric RFE/RL 29 Jul 2004 -- It has been three months since the radical British Muslim cleric Abu Hamza was arrested in London on charges ranging from hostage-taking to aiding Al-Qaeda to attempting to create a terrorist training camp in the United States. American prosecutors are eager to try the 47-year-old cleric in a U.S. court. But the process has moved slowly, with extradition proceedings beginning only last week.
  • Saudi Arabia Understands Danger of Terrorism, Says Powell Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell praised Saudi Arabia's partnership with the United States in the campaign against terrorism and said bilateral relations between the two countries are "very strong."
  • Powell Praises Saudi Fight Against Terror Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell congratulated Saudi Arabia on its recent successes in combating terrorism and thanked the Saudi leaders for their support of U.S. efforts around the world during his July 28 visit to the kingdom.
  • NATO Deploys Task Force to Assist with Olympic Security Washington File 29 Jul 2004 -- NATO has begun deploying personnel, vehicles and equipment from Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Spain to assist the government of Greece in ensuring the security of the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • BRITAIN / TERRORISM VOA 29 Jul 2004 -- A panel of British lawmakers warns that Afghanistan could "implode" and Iraq become a "failed state," without strong support from the West and neighboring countries.
  • U.S. Charity Charged with Supporting Terrorist Organization Washington File 27 Jul 2004 -- A major Texas-based Muslim charity has been charged with providing financing to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, U.S. Justice Department officials announced July 27.
  • INDONESIA / TERRORISM CHARGES VOA 28 Jul 2004 -- Indonesian police say they will not charge a militant Islamic cleric for the 2002 nightclub bombing on the island of Bali. The decision was made just days after Indonesia's Constitutional Court limited the use of the country's anti-terrorism legislation.
  • MUSLIM CHARITY/INDICTMENT VOA 27 Jul 2004 -- A federal Grand Jury in Dallas, Texas has indicted a Muslim charity based near that city on charges of aiding the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Spokesmen for the charity deny the charges and say money collected by the group was used for legitimate purposes.
  • Coast Guard Implementing New Security Measures AFPS 27 Jul 2004 -- The Coast Guard is "aggressively" putting new security measures into place to comply with a new law designed to protect U.S. ports and waterways from a terrorist attack, the Coast Guard commandant said today during a joint interview with the Pentagon Channel and the American Forces Press Service.
  • FRANCE / GUANTANAMO VOA 27 Jul 2004 -- Four of the seven French citizens held at the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been handed over to French authorities and flown to France. The men were immediately taken into custody and face interrogation by France's top anti-terrorist judge.
  • Transfer of French Detainees Complete 27 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred four detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the control of the government of France.These detainees are French nationals.
  • AUSTRALIA PLANE THREAT VOA 27 Jul 2004 -- A suspected bomb threat forced a United Airlines flight from Sydney to Los Angeles to make an emergency return to Australia. Officials say the written threat appears to have been a hoax.
  • U.S. Releases French Suspects From Guantanamo Prison RFE/RL 27 Jul 2004 -- The French Foreign Ministry says the United States has handed over four French detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison complex in Cuba.
  • 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT PORTRAYS A 'NATIONAL FAILURE' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 26 Jul 2004
  • Defense Department Provides Convention Support AFPS 26 Jul 2004 -- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard representatives are on the ground in Boston or on alert, ready to respond if called on for support at the Democratic National Convention.
  • AUSTRALIA TERRORISM VOA 26 Jul 2004 -- A group calling itself al Qaida's European branch has threatened to turn Australia into "pools of blood" if it does not withdraw its troops from Iraq. Canberra has blamed the threat, which also was made against Italy, on the decision by the Philippines and Spain to pull their forces out of the Gulf.
  • US / SEPT 11 COMMISSION VOA 25 Jul 2004 -- Members of the independent commission that investigated the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States are pressing for swift action to safeguard the country from further harm.
  • Commission Report Will Guide Homeland Security Efforts, Says Bush Washington File 24 Jul 2004 -- President Bush thanked the members of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, for their work and recommendations to prevent future terrorist attacks against the United States.
  • Bush Pledges to Follow Up 9/11 Report Recommendations AFPS 24 Jul 2004 -- President Bush today hailed the 9/11 commission's final report released July 22, pointing to its "serious and comprehensive" findings.
  • CONGRESS / 9-11 VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- A U.S. Senate panel next month will begin drafting legislation to enact some of the key proposals made by a bipartisan commission aimed at preventing terrorist attacks in the United States.
  • SAUDI / AMNESTY VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- Midnight Thursday marked the end of a month-long amnesty offered to militants in Saudi Arabia to surrender to authorities. Only six suspected militants took advantage of the offer with the last two giving themselves up just hours before the deadline.
  • United States Safer But Not Yet Safe, Says Rice Washington File 23 Jul 2004 -- National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said in interviews July 23 with morning talk shows that she agrees with assessment by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States that the United States is safer nearly three years after the terrorist attacks but not yet safe.
  • Saudi Arabia: Few Militants Surrender As Saudi Amnesty Expires RFE/RL 23 Jul 2004 -- Over the last year, amid a rising wave of terrorist attacks, the government of Saudi Arabia seems to have realized that it is as much a target of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network as the United States. In June, as attacks against locals and foreigners increased, Saudi officials seeking to thwart further violence offered an amnesty to militants who surrendered. But the amnesty has drawn in only one top suspect. Four fugitives surrendered in total, while 27 others were repatriated from abroad. Still, Saudi officials insist the amnesty has achieved progress as part of a wider government crackdown that this week included a raid on the home of Al-Qaeda's chief in Saudi Arabia that yielded a gruesome discovery.
  • U.S.: Will Recommendations Of 9/11 Commission Be Welcomed -- Then Ignored? RFE/RL 23 Jul 2004 -- The recommendations made on 22 July by a U.S. commission investigating the attacks of 11 September 2001 are not the first to be offered to the American people and their government about the threats posed by terrorism. But findings presented by similar panels before the attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania were largely ignored. There are mixed expectations about the fate of the latest report.
  • Rafsanjani blames West and US for world terrorism IRNA 23 Jul 2004 -- Expediency Council (EC) Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here on Friday said that terrorism is a problem that has its roots in the West and the US.
  • INDONESIA TERROR LAW VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- Indonesia's constitutional court has overturned the country's tough anti-terror law. Friday's decision casts doubt on recent convictions, in particular those involving the deadly bomb attack on the island of Bali in 2002.
  • BUSH / 9-11 COMMISSION VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- President Bush says he agrees with the findings of the commission that investigated the September 11th, 2001 attacks and will seriously consider the panel's recommendations.
  • New Law to Provide Medical Countermeasures Against WMD Attack Washington File 22 Jul 2004 -- Following is the text of the White House factsheet on Project BioShield -- an initiative to provide enhanced medical countermeasures for Americans in the event of terrorist attack using weapons of mass destruction -- that President Bush signed into law on July 21
  • CONGRESS / 9-11 VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- U.S. lawmakers are vowing to implement recommendations in the September 11th commission report aimed at improving the nation's ability to prevent terror attacks.
  • US / TERRORISM / PREPARATIONS VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- Bush administration officials say extensive planning and exhaustive preparations have been undertaken to assure rapid and effective responses in the event of a terrorist attack at the Democratic or Republican national conventions.
  • America Safer, But Still Vulnerable to Terrorism AFPS 22 Jul 2004 -- America is safer today against potential terrorist attack, but still remains vulnerable, the Sept. 11 commission chairman said here today.
  • 9-11 REPORT VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- The independent commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks is proposing a sweeping overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering in its final report to Congress and the Bush administration.
  • 9-11 COMMISSION/INTELLIGENCE VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- The report of the commission on the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks has recommended a major overhaul of the U.S. intelligence structure. Some changes will be harder to implement than others, as they are likely to run into bureaucratic and political resistance.
  • U.S.: Panel Cites Lack Of Imagination In Failure To Prevent 9/11 Attacks RFE/RL 22 Jul 2004 -- The special commission investigating the attacks of 11 September 2001 has concluded 20 months of investigation and hearings with a report that says the U.S. government failed to protect the American people. The panel says the blame lies not with either U.S. President George W. Bush or his predecessor, Bill Clinton, but with the nation's security apparatus, which it said did not adapt to new threats in a changing world.
  • BUSH 9/11 COMMISSION VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- President Bush says a bipartisan commission investigating the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks has made constructive recommendations about how to prevent future attacks. Leaders of the commission presented their report to the president today (Thursday).
  • CACI Awarded Blanket Purchase Agreement With Transportation Security Administration CACI 22 Jul 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement through its General Services Administration (GSA) Management, Organizational and Business Improvement Services Schedule to provide program management support services to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is a new client for CACI. Under the terms of the multiple-award contract, CACI will compete with two other contractors for task orders potentially worth up to $45 million or more. The award positions CACI to increase the size and range of its ongoing support for homeland security.
  • 9/11 Commission Set to Release Report VOA 21 Jul 2004 -- The final report of the "9/11 Commission", scheduled to be released Thursday, is expected to list as many as 10 missed opportunities to deter or derail the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings.
  • Bush Signs $5.6 Billion BioShield Legislation AFPS 21 Jul 2004 -- President Bush today signed bipartisan legislation designed to make America safer in the face of a biological attack.
  • New Legislation Will Transform Bioterrorism Defense, Bush Says Washington File 21 Jul 2004 -- The Project BioShield Act "will help America purchase, develop and deploy cutting-edge defenses against catastrophic attack" and is a part of the "broader strategy" to protect the nation from attacks using weapons of mass destruction, said President Bush as he signed the legislation into law July 21.
  • Head of Slain Hostage Found During Raid on Terrorist Hideout VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- Saudi police say they have recovered the head of U.S. hostage Paul Johnson, who was killed on June 18. Officials say the discovery was made during a raid on a militant hideout in Riyadh. Two suspected militants were killed in the raid that targeted the newly appointed leader of al-Qaida terror operations in the kingdom.
  • Iran Rejects Suggestions of Links to 9/11 Terror Attacks VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- Iran has rejected as fabrication and fantasy President George Bush's suggestions Tehran may have been involved in the September 11th terror attacks on the United States.
  • Bush: White House Looking Forward to 9/11 Report Conclusions VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- President Bush says he looks forward to hearing the conclusions of the bipartisan commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Leaders of that commission are briefing Bush administration officials on their findings ahead of Thursday's public release of their report to the public.
  • President Bush Signs New Bioterror Law VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- President Bush has signed into law new measures to better prevent and respond to potential biological, chemical, or nuclear attacks against the United States.
  • Saudi Police Kill Two Militants VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- Saudi police say they killed two militants during an exchange of gunfire in Riyadh and have detained the family of the suspected leader of al-Qaida in the country. The Saudi Defense minister is calling for all suspected militants to give themselves up in the few days remaining of an official amnesty.
  • Republican Lawmakers Briefed on Contents of 9/11 Report VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- U.S. lawmakers are being briefed by the co-chairmen of the independent commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on its report, expected to be issued on Thursday.
  • US Boosts Security Measures Amid Election Terror Fears VOA News 20 Jul 2004 -- Democrats open their national nominating convention in Boston next Monday and when they do, they will face unprecedented security measures to protect against a terrorist attack.
  • Cold War Group Returns to Battle Terrorism VOA News 20 Jul 2004 -- Citing what they call the need for a more aggressive war of information against, and education about, Islamic extremism, two U.S. lawmakers appeared Tuesday at a news conference formally announcing the latest reincarnation of a group that had its beginnings during the Cold War.
  • The Present Danger Washington File 20 Jul 2004 -- This column by Joe Lieberman, Democratic senator from Connecticut, and Jon Kyl, Republican senator from Arizona, was published in The Washington Post July 20 and is in the public domain. They are honorary co-chairmen of the Committee on the Present Danger. No republication restrictions
  • Homeland Security Works to Improve Immigration Process Washington File 20 Jul 2004 -- A senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security July 20 outlined new immigration procedures and policies at a Washington press conference.
  • Global Fight Against Terrorism Remains Urgent, Danforth Says Washington File 20 Jul 2004 -- The global campaign against terrorism remains a high priority for the United States and Washington is committed to see that the United Nations continues to play an important role in that fight, U.S. Ambassador John Danforth said July 19.
  • U.S.: Analysts Say Washington Unlikely To Act On Reported Iran-Al-Qaeda Link RFE/RL 20 Jul 2004 -- The decision by the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush to go to war in Iraq was based in part on the belief that Saddam Hussein had links with groups like Al-Qaeda. Now the independent U.S. commission investigating the attacks of 11 September 2001 has reportedly concluded that Iran approached Al-Qaeda seeking to collaborate on attacks against common enemies. But the panel -- whose conclusions are expected to be issued on 22 July -- reportedly says Al-Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden, rebuffed Iran's advances because he did not want to offend his Sunni Muslim supporters by allying himself with rival Shi'as.
  • MALACCA STRAIT TERROR VOA 20 Jul 2004 -- Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are launching coordinated patrols to improve security in the Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. The waterway is already notorious for piracy and there is increasing concern it could become a target for terrorists.
  • CHINA-U.S. WEAPONS VOA 20 Jul 2004 -- U.S. experts are calling on China to help prevent nuclear weapons from ending up in the hands of terrorists.
  • IRAN / 9/11 VOA 19 Jul 2004 -- President Bush says the United States is still investigating whether Iran played any role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Acting CIA chief John McLaughlin has said Tehran had no direct link to the attacks, but according to news reports, the commission investigating September 11th will report this week that some of the hijackers may have travelled through Iran.
  • U.S.: Big Week Begins For Prisoners Held By Pentagon RFE/RL 19 Jul 2004 -- The status of prisoners captured by U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan and Iraq is a controversial issue in the United States. Lawmakers continue to receive new reports of abuses of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops. And the Supreme Court has sought to clarify the legal status of foreign detainees at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying they have the same rights as prisoners incarcerated in the United States.
  • BRITAIN/SECURITY VOA 19 Jul 2004 -- British police have opened an investigation into how top-secret anti-terrorist security plans for London's Heathrow airport apparently ended up on roadside.
  • BUSH/9-11 COMMISSION VOA 18 Jul 2004 -- Members of the commission investigating the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States are expected to submit their findings and recommendations this week. There are signs they will call for a major restructuring of the nation's intelligence agencies.
  • PENTAGON/GUANTANAMO DETAINEES VOA 16 Jul 2004 -- The Pentagon says all of the nearly 600 detainees being held at a U-S Naval base in Cuba have now been notified of their opportunity to contest their status as enemy combatants, and to challenge their detention in U-S courts. The first detention hearings for people picked up by the U.S. military in Afghanistan could begin as early as next week.
  • Guantanamo Detainees Notified of Rights; Tribunals to Begin Soon AFPS 16 Jul 2004 -- Roughly 95 percent of detainees held at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "responded positively" to being notified they have a right to contest their status before a tribunal and be appointed a personal representative.
  • Transcript: SecNav Briefs on Review Tribunals 16 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of the Navy Gordon England
  • SUPREME COURT GUANTANAMO RULING: 'DECISION FOR THE AGES' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 15 Jul 2004
  • Defense Department Report, July 15: Former Bin Laden Driver Charged Washington File 15 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense (DOD) is pressing charges against Salim Ahmed Hamdan of Yemen, accusing him of being a personal driver and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden.
  • AUSTRALIA / TERROR ARREST VOA 16 Jul 2004 -- A man has appeared in an Australian court accused of plotting to kill members of Saddam Hussein's former ruling Baath Party in Iraq. The man was arrested in an operation by police and counter-terrorism units in the West Australian city of Perth.
  • SAUDI/MILITANT SURRENDER VOA 14 Jul 2004 -- Saudi media are hailing the surrender Tuesday of al-Qaida suspect Khaled al-Harby, a disabled militant thought to be closely associated with Osama bin Laden, as a significant victory in the fight against terrorism. James Martone reports from Cairo many Saudis say the surrender is a clear sign a 30-day amnesty is working.
  • Yemeni Detainee to Face Military Commission AFPS 14 Jul 2004 -- An enemy combatant from Yemen being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will face a military commission on terrorism-related conspiracy charges, Defense Department officials announced today.
  • Additional Military Commission Charges Referred 14 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that charges were referred to a military commission on one enemy combatant detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Appointing Authority John D. Altenburg, Jr., approved and referred charges on Salim Ahmed Hamdan of Yemen. 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.
  • SAUDI/MILITANT SURRENDER VOA 13 Jul 2004 -- A suspected Saudi al-Qaida militant was flown back to the Saudi Kingdom Tuesday after surrendering in Iran. The surrender comes under a government amnesty ending next week, for the country's militants to turn themselves in.
  • Continuity Irish Republican Army Designated as Terrorist Group Washington File 13 Jul 2004 -- The Secretary of State has designated the terrorist group Continuity Irish Republican Army, along with its aliases Continuity Army Council and Republican Sinn Fein, as a foreign terrorist organization.
  • EAST AFRICA / TERRORISM VOA 13 Jul 2004 -- The new commanding general of the U.S.-led counter-terrorism task force in East Africa says he does not see a need for additional American troops to be deployed in the region, even though it is widely considered a hotbed of terrorism. U.S. Marine Brigadier General Samuel Helland says the two-year-old Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, has made great progress toward preparing partner countries in the region to take on greater security responsibilities.
  • SAUDI/MILITANTS VOA 13 Jul 2004 -- Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Prince Nayef says the 30-day amnesty for militants who turn themselves in will not be extended. Observers in the country say they expect the government to come down hard on suspected militants once the deadline expires.
  • U.S.: Did Intelligence Blunders Leave The Country More Vulnerable To Attack? RFE/RL 13 Jul 2004 -- In a report issued on 9 July, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed what many had long suspected -- that the analysis provided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) vastly overstated Saddam Hussein's arsenal of chemical and biological weapons. For many, this raises the question of whether the United States diverted resources to address a limited threat from Iraq that would have been better used against Al-Qaeda, which is blamed for the attacks of 11 September 2001.
  • Raytheon to Provide Information Security for Homeland Secure Data Network Raytheon 12 Jul 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Information Technology has selected Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to provide information security systems for its Homeland Secure Data Network (HSDN) program.
  • Defense Department Report, July 12: Update on Guantanamo Detainees Washington File 12 Jul 2004 -- Defense Department Report, July 12: Update on Guantanamo Detainees
  • Detainee Status Review Tribunals to Begin Within Weeks AFPS 09 Jul 2004 -- Defense Department officials plan to begin a series of status-review boards for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within the next several weeks.
  • Transcript: Secretary of the Navy England Briefing on Combatant Status Review Tribunal 09 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of the Navy Gordon England
  • U.S.: Rights Lawyer Says Washington Doing Too Little For Guantanamo Detainees RFE/RL 09 Jul 2004 -- Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense Department must grant court hearings to each of the approximately 600 detainees captured in Afghanistan and held at the U.S. naval station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The court said the U.S. Constitution requires that the prisoners have the opportunity to challenge their status as enemy combatants, which gives the United States the right to hold them virtually indefinitely. In response, the Pentagon announced on 7 July that it will hold military reviews for the men.
  • U.S DETAINEES VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Defense Department is setting up a new legal procedure to allow detainees held in military custody to challenge their detention. The new procedure is a result of a Supreme Court ruling last week allowing the detainees access to a neutral body to review their status. Legal experts say the U-S government is establishing the new process in an effort to head off an expected wave of legal petitions from the detainees.
  • DoD to Review Status of All Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 08 Jul 2004 -- Within 10 days, all 594 detainees held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be informed of their right to contest their status under new procedures.
  • Ridge: Political Conventions Likely Terrorist Targets AFPS 08 Jul 2004 -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge today warned Americans that al Qaeda is planning to attack somewhere in the United States between now and the national presidential election.
  • DoD to Assist Security Efforts for U.S. Political Events AFPS 08 Jul 2004 -- The Defense Department is ready to provide support to safeguard this fall's Democratic and Republican national conventions and the presidential election, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.
  • U.S. Will Permit Enemy Detainees at Guantanamo to Seek Review Washington File 08 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Defense Department will permit the 594 detainees being held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, to contest their enemy-combatant status.
  • Ridge Says Al-Qa'ida Plans Large-Scale Attack on U.S. Washington File 08 Jul 2004 -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said July 8 that the international terrorist group al-Qa'ida intends to carry out a large-scale attack against the United States, with the goal of disrupting the two national political conventions and the November 2 national elections.
  • U.S. TERROR THREAT VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. official in charge of homeland security warned Thursday that al-Qaida terrorists are planning to disrupt the presidential election process.
  • Transfer of Swedish Detainee Complete 08 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred for release one detainee from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.This detainee came from the country of Sweden.
  • Combatant Status Review Tribunal Order Issued 07 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today the formation of the Combatant Status Review Tribunal for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This tribunal will serve as a forum for detainees to contest their status as enemy combatants.
  • Transcript: Defense Department Background Briefing on the Combatant Status Review Tribunal 07 Jul 2004 -- A Senior Defense Official and A Senior Justice Department Official
  • Presidential Military Order Applied to Nine more Combatants 07 Jul 2004 -- The DoD announced today that the President determined that nine more enemy combatants currently detained by the United States are subject to his military order of Nov. 13, 2001. Today's action makes these individuals eligible for trial by military commissions. The President determined that there is reason to believe that each of these enemy combatants was a member of al Qaida or was otherwise involved in terrorism directed against the United States.
  • PHILIPPINES / TERROR TRAINING VOA 06 Jul 2004 -- In a strongly worded speech Tuesday the U.S. ambassador to Manila said terrorist training camps in the Philippines threaten Southeast Asia and the United States wants to see the militants driven out.
  • Space: Data From Saturn Probe Making Previous Theories About Planet Ring False RFE/RL 06 Jul 2004 -- The first data transmitted from Saturn by the joint U.S.-European Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is prompting scientists to consider abandoning existing theories about the ringed planet and its many moons. The spacecraft is now in orbit around the planet after a voyage of seven years and 3 billion kilometers.
  • PAKISTAN/U-S SECURITY VOA 05 Jul 20004 -- A terrorist threat in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, forced the closure of the British embassy there. Pakistan's government is seeking to calm fears over the situation.
  • Cassini Spacecraft Finds Fascinating Puzzles in Saturn's Rings Washington File 03 Jul 2004 -- Within days of entering orbit around the planet Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft is providing scientists with fascinating and often puzzling data about the composition of the planet's rings, according to a NASA press release July 2.
  • Cassini Glimpses Surface of Saturn's Giant Moon, Titan Washington File 03 Jul 2004 -- Instruments operating in hundreds of wavelengths aboard the Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn have succeeded in penetrating the dense atmosphere of the moon Titan and identifying physical features on its surface, according to a July 2 NASA press release.
  • Lawsuit Challenges Guantanamo Prisoners' Detention VOA News 03 Jul 2004 -- Lawyers seeking the release of nine suspected terrorists held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have filed suit demanding the U.S. government justify their clients' detention.
  • Kuwaiti Detainees in Guantanamo Allowed to Meet With Lawyers VOA News 03 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. government says it will allow lawyers representing 12 Kuwaiti inmates at the U.S. military prison in Cuba to visit their clients - the suspected terrorists' first access to legal counsel since their capture by American forces two years ago.
  • FATF / MONEY LAUNDERING VOA 02 Jul 2004 -- An international watchdog group has praised several countries for cracking down on money laundering. But the annual report of the Financial Action Task Force warns of worrying new trends in financing crime.
  • Greece Mounting Unprecedented Security for Olympics VOA News 02 Jul 2004 -- Greece is mobilizing its army, navy, coast guard and police forces this week in a huge security operation designed to prevent terrorist attacks on this summer's Olympic Games in Athens.
  • New UN anti-terrorism official outlines plans to tackle scourge UN News Centre 02 Jul 2004 -- The new head of the United Nations Counter-terrorism Committee's (CTC) Executive Directorate today outlined plans to tackle the scourge by working with allies in the fight and operating with maximum efficiency.
  • Full Enforcement of Electronic-Manifest Rule for Sea Cargo Begins Washington File 02 Jul 2004 -- The United States will on July 6 begin full enforcement of a regulation concerning electronic sea-cargo notification intended to combat terrorist threats, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY CHIEF OF COUNTER-TERRORISM EXECUTIVE DIRECTORATE United Nations 02 Jul 2004
  • Strict new UN-sponsored maritime anti-terrorism measures come into force UN News Centre 01 Jul 2004 -- Far-reaching international maritime security measures went into force today as part of a wider United Nations strategy to combat terrorism, with governments, port authorities and shipping companies required to take detailed steps to prevent such scenarios as oil tankers being used as massive fire bombs near ports.
  • World: Tracing, Closing Terrorist Websites Not As Simple As It Sounds RFE/RL 01 Jul 2004 -- Terrorist groups are increasingly using the Internet to publicize and promulgate their causes. Groups like Al-Qaeda use the Internet to raise money, recruit members, convey messages and sometimes to terrify -- as with recent images of beheadings of Westerners in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. But every computer connected to the Internet -- in theory, at least -- has a unique electronic address. Why can't law enforcement officers trace terrorist websites in much the same way they trace telephone calls?



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