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October 2004 Security News

  • Homeland Security/Bin Laden VOA 30 Oct 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge says Americans should feel safe going to the polls on Tuesday, despite Friday's broadcast statement by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Mr. Ridge said the videotape contains no specific threat information related to the election day. But he insisted that security officials are taking steps to enhance America's overall security level.
  • BUSH / KERRY / BIN LADEN VOA 30 Oct 2004 -- With three days to go before the U.S. election, President Bush and Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry are both reacting to the newly-released video tape from terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
  • KERRY / SATURDAY VOA 30 Oct 2004 -- Democratic Party presidential nominee John Kerry says Americans are united in fighting terrorism, and he is renewing criticism of Republican President Bush for the failure to capture terrorist Osama bin Laden more than three years after the September 2001 attacks on the United States.
  • EGYPT/BIN LADEN VIDEO VOA 30 Oct 2004 -- Some analysts in the Middle East say a videotaped statement from Osama bin Laden broadcast Friday marks the first time the al-Qaida leader has taken direct responsibility for the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
  • BUSH / BIN LADEN VOA 30 Oct 2004 -- President Bush has met with senior national security advisors to discuss the newly-released videotape from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The Bush campaign says Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry is trying to use that tape to influence the outcome of Tuesday's U.S. presidential election.
  • Bin Laden Tape Stirs Up U.S. Presidential Race RFE/RL 30 Oct 2004 -- A tape showing Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, apparently healthy and defiant, appeared on 29 October on the Arabic Al-Jazeera television channel.
  • KERRY / BIN LADEN VOA 29 Oct 2004 -- Democratic Party presidential nominee John Kerry says in response to the latest videotape from al Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden that Americans are determined to hunt down and destroy him and his organization.
  • BIN LADEN/CONGRESS/INTEL VOA 29 Oct 2004 -- The first videotape to appear in more than one year showing (al-Qaida terrorist leader) Osama Bin Laden threatening new attacks on the United States is already causing renewed concern on Capitol Hill. At the same time, the videotape has thrown more attention on the failure so far of congressional negotiators to finalize legislation to reorganize the U.S. intelligence community.
  • BIN LADEN TAPE VOA 29 Oct 2004 -- Four days before the U.S. presidential election al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has threatened new attacks on the United States. He appeared in a video broadcast on the Arab T-V network Al Jazeera claiming responsibility for the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.
  • U.S. Adopts Biometric Facial Recognition Standard Washington File 28 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced October 28 the adoption of its first biometric facial recognition standard, according to a DHS press release.
  • U.S. Officials Confirm Colombia Curtailing Narco-Terrorism Washington File 28 Oct 2004 -- U.S. officials from the State Department and White House rejected a Chicago Tribune editorial that they say paints an inaccurate picture of the situation in Colombia and makes false claims that U.S. help for the Andean nation is not working.
  • U.S. Sponsors Conference on Port, Vessel Security in the Americas Washington File 28 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will sponsor a three-day conference to provide guidance and training on the implementation of the International Maritime Organization's International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to an agency press release.
  • PAKISTAN EXPLOSION VOA 28 Oct 2004 -- A large explosion at a luxury hotel in Pakistan's capital of Islamabad has injured at least five people, including several foreigners and at least one U.S. diplomat. Government officials and eyewitnesses are offering different accounts.
  • As War Changes, So Must Homeland Defense, McHale Says AFPS 28 Oct 2004 -- The nature of war has changed, and the United States must change to meet the new threats, the Defense Department's top homeland defense civilian said here today.
  • End to Terrorism Called for KCNA 28 Oct 2004 -- It is the principled and consistent stand of the DPRK to oppose all forms of terrorism and any support to it. The DPRK will in the future, too, make every possible effort to root out terrorism and realize peace and security for all.
  • INDONESIA/BASHIR TERROR TRIAL VOA 28 Oct 2004 -- The alleged leader of Southeast Asia's most dangerous Islamic militant group has gone on trial in Indonesia charged with terrorist offenses that carry the death penalty. Abu Bakar Bashir appealed for his supporters to remain calm.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS CONFERENCE ON REQUESTED VISITS TO DETENTION CENTRES United Nations 27 Oct 2004
  • Terrorism Won't Be 'Wished Away,' Rumsfeld Says AFPS 27 Oct 2004 -- The outcome of the war against global terrorism "will determine the nature of our world for some decades to come," the U.S. military's top civilian said here today.
  • GITMO DETAINEE LAWSUIT VOA 27 Oct 2004 -- Four British Muslims who were held by the U.S. military as enemy combatants in the war on terrorism are suing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. top military commanders for alleged abuses including what they say was torture.
  • State Department Implements Biometric Visa Program Washington File 27 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. State Department is now collecting digital fingerscans from all visa applicants at visa-adjudicating embassies and consulates worldwide in order to implement a biometric visa program.
  • United States Will Stand With Russia Against Terror Washington File 27 Oct 2004 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak went to the Rizhskaya Metro Station in Moscow October 27 to remember the victims of the August 31 terrorist bombing.
  • Dangers of Terrorism Must Be Confronted, Rumsfeld Says Washington File 27 Oct 2004 -- Each generation must relearn the lesson that weakness can provoke and embolden adversaries, and that "victory ultimately comes to those who are steadfast," Donald Rumsfeld says.
  • 9-11 FAMILIES/CONGRESS VOA 27 Oct 2004 -- With hopes all but completely faded for compromise on a final intelligence reform bill, families of victims of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks are blaming Congress and President Bush for failing to act before the U.S. election. Differences of opinion between two organizations representing families emerged during a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday
  • INDONESIA / TERROR TRIAL VOA 27 Oct 2004 -- The alleged spiritual leader of Southeast Asia's most dangerous terrorist group is due to go on trial in Indonesia Thursday. Militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is accused of involvement in at least two attacks on western targets. But prosecutors have a difficult job ahead of them.
  • General Dynamics Awarded ITSS III Contract to Provide IT Services to the Department of Justice General Dynamics 27 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded General Dynamics Network Systems a contract to provide state-of-the-art information technology services and project related hardware to DOJ organizations and other federal agencies. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a performance period of seven years and a ceiling value of $980 million. General Dynamics Network Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Germany: Court Appeal By Hizb Ut-Tahrir Highlights Balancing Act Between Actions, Intentions RFE/RL 26 Oct 2004 -- A date has been set for a German court to hear an appeal by the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir against the ban imposed on its activities almost two years ago. The case illustrates the thin line Germany is balancing in its efforts to combat Islamic radicals who have not been implicated in any terrorist activities but who are nevertheless perceived as a threat.
  • UN: Top Antiterrorism Official Disappointed In International Response To Threat RFE/RL 26 Oct 2004 -- Both the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) say they agree on the need for more cooperation between police and national intelligence agencies in the struggle to prevent acts of terrorism and to stop those who support it. The UN's top counterterrorism official was in Vienna recently to make the case for more intensive international efforts in this regard.
  • Russia: Rumors, Theories Still Swirl Around Beslan Tragedy RFE/RL 26 Oct 2004 -- A Russian intraparliamentary commission charged with investigating last month's school hostage massacre in Beslan recently returned from the city. The commission's official report is not due to be made public until the end of its investigation, which may continue for at least another six months. Meanwhile, unsubstantiated theories and rumors continue to swirl around the siege, during which 340 people, nearly half of them children, were killed, according to official figures.
  • INDONESIA / TERROR VERDICT VOA 26 Oct 2004 -- An Indonesian court has sentenced the brother of one of Southeast Asia's most notorious terror suspects to four years in prison. Rusman Gunawan was found guilty of funding the 2003 car bomb attack on the J.W. Marriott Hotel in the Indonesian capital.
  • Foreign Visitors to United States Need Machine-Readable Passports Washington File 25 Oct 2004 -- Citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries entering the United States must have either machine-readable passports (MRPs) or visas in their non-MRPs starting October 26.
  • Iraq Removed from List of State Sponsors of Terrorism Washington File 25 Oct 2004 -- The United States has officially removed Iraq from its list of state sponsors of terrorism to reflect the fundamental change in the country's leadership and policies, as well as to show support for Iraq's interim government, says State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
  • EGYPT/ARRESTS VOA 25 Oct 2004 -- Egyptian authorities have arrested five men they say carried out the bombings that killed at least 34 people earlier this month at seaside resorts on the Sinai Peninsula. The authorities say the leader of the group was a Palestinian who died in one of the explosions. They say he targeted Israeli tourists, and was motivated by anger over the situation in the Occupied Territories.
  • U.S.: Ten Freed Guantanamo Detainees Reportedly Fighting Again RFE/RL 25 Oct 2004 -- Among the fighters now opposing U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are at least 10 who reportedly were released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba after U.S. military officials concluded that they were not a threat. "The Washington Post" says they include a leading Pakistani militant and a teenage boy who was among a group of Taliban fighters recently captured outside Kandahar. The United States has released 202 prisoners from Guantanamo in response to pressure from human rights groups and other governments, who say Washington was wrongly holding the prisoners. Now the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush faces the embarrassment of having released at least some who evidently should have been kept.
  • Nation Making Progress on Homeland Security Needs AFPS 23 Oct 2004 -- His signing of the 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Act Oct. 18 provides the "essential resources" needed to protect the nation's skies, ports and borders, President Bush noted today during his weekly national radio address.
  • Cambodia could become terror source, warns Security Council panel chairman UN News Centre 22 Oct 2004 -- Cambodia could become a breeding ground for terrorism if it does not receive urgently needed international cooperation to boost its ability to confront the scourge, the Chairman of the United Nations Security Council's committee on sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban warned today.
  • New Passport Requirement Will Not Cause Border Disruption Washington File 22 Oct 2004 -- The United States is working to ensure that travelers entering the nation will not be turned away at the border when a new document requirement takes effect October 26.
  • U.S. Urges "Unrelenting" Global Effort Against Terrorism Washington File 22 Oct 2004 -- The general counsel to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations says the global anti-terrorism campaign is better coordinated than ever before, but there is much more to be done.
  • U.S. To Allow One-Time Exemption for New Passports Washington File 22 Oct 2004 -- Effective October 26, nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries must have either machine-readable passports (MRPs) or visas in their non-MRP passports in order to enter the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said October 22. But DHS also announced that immigration officials will allow a one-time exemption to this policy and allow travelers from 22 countries entry without MRPs or visas in their passports.
  • Global Group Urges Focus on Cash Smuggling to Combat Terrorism Washington File 22 Oct 2004 -- Governments should take stronger measures to prevent cross-border currency movements that could be used to finance terrorism, says the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international body that plays a leading role in the campaign against money laundering.
  • Travelers to U.S. Need Visas or Machine-Readable Passports Washington File 22 Oct 2004 -- Visitors entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must have machine-readable passports by October 26, or the traveler must apply for a visa to enter the country. But immigration officers will offer noncompliant travelers from 22 VWP countries a one-time exemption from the requirement and admit them to the United States.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY CHAIRMAN OF SECURITY COUNCIL’S 1267 SANCTIONS COMMITTEE United Nations 22 Oct 2004
  • U.S. Removes Iraq From List of State Sponsors of Terrorism AFPS 22 Oct 2004 -- The State Department's removal of Iraq this week from its list of state sponsors of terrorism represents an important symbolic act and show of support for Iraq's interim government, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • United States Helping Africa Win Its Fight Against Terrorism Washington File 21 Oct 2004 -- The war against terrorism is being waged with vigor in Africa, and the United States is committed to helping African nations achieve terror-free -- and more prosperous -- societies, pledged Ambassador Cofer Black, the U.S. coordinator for counterterrorism.
  • Levin Releases Report on Pre-War Intelligence Office of Senator Carl Levin 21 Oct 2004 -- Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) released a report today of an inquiry he initiated on June 27, 2003 and conducted by the SASC Minority Staff.
  • Department of Defense Statement Regarding The Levin Minority Report 21 Oct 2004 -- The Levin report appears to depart from the bipartisan, consultative relationship that exists between the Department of Defense and the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Department cooperated carefully with Senator Levin's investigation, knowing that Senator Levin might decide, as he did, not to seek a unanimous -- or at least bipartisan -- report.
  • CONGRESS - IRAQ VOA 21 Oct 2004 -- A key Senate Democrat is accusing the U.S. Defense Department of exaggerating the threat from Iraq to justify the war.
  • LAOS/US TERROR WARNING VOA 22 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. State Department says opponents of the communist government of Laos may be planning bomb attacks in the capital city of Vientiane next month, during a planned summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
  • Military Commission Panel Changes Announced 21 Oct 2004 -- The Office of Military Commissions Appointing Authority, John D. Altenburg Jr,. has granted three of the five defense counsel challenges to military commission panel members, retaining three commission members, including Col. Peter E. Brownback as the presiding officer.
  • U.S. Breaks Up Mexican Drug-Trafficking Organization Washington File 21 Oct 2004 -- The United States has broken up a Mexican money-laundering and drug-trafficking organization in a case which resulted in the arrests of 83 people, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • U.S. Drug Agency Breaks International Money, Drug Ring Washington File 21 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced the arrests of 83 suspects across the nation in connection with an international money-laundering and drug-trafficking organization. DEA announced the results of Operation Money Clip October 19.
  • PAKISTAN SECURITY VOA 21 Oct 2004 -- Pakistan is reporting the capture of a communications operative from the al-Qaida terror network.
  • Bush Renews Sanctions on Colombian Drug Trade Washington File 20 Oct 2004 -- President Bush has signed an executive order renewing nine-year-old sanctions against individuals and businesses involved in Colombian drug trafficking.
  • BUSH TERRORISM VOA 20 Oct 2004 -- President Bush says democratic challenger Senator John Kerry does not understand what's needed to win the fight against terrorism. The president campaigned Wednesday in three key Midwest states that could go either way in this election.
  • State Department Invests in Improving the Visa Process Washington File 20 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Department of State issued a fact sheet October 20 summarizing the many steps it has taken since 2002 to increase transparency, efficiency and predictability of the visa process.
  • American Eurocopter Receives Contract for the Re-engining of U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopters EADS 20 Oct 2004 -- American Eurocopter, a subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest manufacturer of commercial helicopters in the world, and a business unit of EADS North America, has signed a contract to provide re-engining kits for 95 U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphins. The contract was announced at the Grand Opening ceremonies for American Eurocopter’s new production facility in Columbus, MS.
  • American Eurocopter Receives $124 Million Contract for the Re-engining of U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Helicopters EADS 20 Oct 2004 -- Eurocopter welcomes the $124 million contract signed in Washington DC by American Eurocopter to provide re-engining kits for 95 U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphins in a multi-year upgrade program that will significantly improve the maritime service’s operational capabilities.
  • Pakistani forces pound militants` positions in tribal areas IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- The Pakistani military intensified its operation in the country`s tribal region on Wednesday to capture a militant leader whose men had kidnapped two Chinese engineers last week, local correspondents and reports said.
  • UN Puts Al-Zarqawi Network In Iraq On Terror List RFE/RL 20 Oct 2004 -- A United Nations committee monitoring sanctions against Al-Qaeda has added a militant group allegedly controlled by Jordanian Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi.
  • New head of UN anti-terrorism office outlines comprehensive battle plan UN News Centre 19 Oct 2004 -- The senior United Nations official charged with counter-terrorism today pledged to intensify efforts to bring together governments, international organizations and other key players in a comprehensive fight against the scourge.
  • Four New Ports in U.K. to Implement Container Security Initiative Washington File 19 Oct 2004 -- The ports of Liverpool, Southampton, Thamesport, and Tilbury in the United Kingdom are ready to implement the Container Security Initiative (CSI), which is aimed at securing maritime cargo shipments against the threat of terrorism.
  • U.S. Identifies 39 Groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations Washington File 19 Oct 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has designated 39 groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, according to a Department of State fact sheet released October 19.
  • Bush Signs Bill to Increase Homeland Security Funding Washington File 18 Oct 2004 -- President Bush signed the fiscal year 2005 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security October 18, providing a 6 percent increase over 2004 funding levels.
  • U.S., EU Discuss Participation in Visa Waiver Program Washington File 18 Oct 2004 -- U.S. officials met in Brussels, Belgium, October 18 with officials from the European Commission, the Dutch European Council Presidency, and the 10 EU member states that do not participate in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
  • SPAIN/ARRESTS VOA 19 Oct 2004 -- Spanish police have arrested eight suspected Islamic militants. Gil Carbajal reports from Madrid, authorities say they were planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the center of the capital.
  • PAKISTAN / PROTEST LAW VOA 19 Oct 2004 -- Pakistan is again tightening laws against religious terrorism. The latest legislation comes amid a boycott by the political opposition against President Pervez Musharraf.
  • BUSH / TERRORISM VOA 18 Oct 2004 -- President Bush says Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry does not understand what is needed to fight terrorism and would weaken efforts to protect against another attack.
  • INDONESIA/BASHIR VOA 18 Oct 2004 -- trial of an alleged leader of the Southeast Asian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah is set to start next week. Abu Bakar Bashir is to be tried for involvement in a series of deadly attacks on Western targets in Indonesia.
  • INDIA/US/CYBER SECURITY VOA 17 Oct 2004 -- The United States is urging India to tighten its laws regarding cyber security
  • INDONESIA/BASHIR TERROR VOA 16 Oct 2004 -- Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been charged with involvement in the 2002 terrorist bombings on the resort island of Bali, which killed 202 people.
  • BIOMETRICS TO BE USED AT CANADIAN AIRPORTS - LAUNCH OF TWO ENHANCED SECURITY PROJECTS Transport Canada 15 Oct 2004 -- Transport Canada and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) today announced the beginning of the implementation phase of a new restricted area identification card. Through the use of biometrics, this card will enhance the restricted area pass system currently in place at Canada's twenty-nine major airports. Also announced today is a pilot project to deploy new document screening equipment to detect explosives at pre-board screening checkpoints.
  • Five Countries Removed from U.S. Coast Guard Targeting List Washington File 14 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Coast Guard says U.S.-bound ships registered in Singapore will no longer be subject to the increased scrutiny introduced after the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) international port and ship security standards went into force July 1.
  • Zarqawi Group Formally Designated Terrorists by State Department Washington File 14 Oct 2004 -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group of radical Islamic terrorists has been formally designated as a foreign terrorist organization, the State Department announced.
  • U.S. Treasury Department Targets Colombian Drug Cartel Washington File 14 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Treasury Department targeted two leaders and 15 businesses of the Colombian North Valle drug cartel on October 14 by adding their names to the list of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs).
  • BRITAIN / UZBEKISTAN VOA 15 Oct 2004 -- Britain has withdrawn its ambassador to Uzbekistan after he leveled charges that U.S. and British intelligence agencies obtained information from suspects tortured by Uzbek security services.
  • INDONESIA / TERROR CHARGE VOA 15 Oct 2004 -- Indonesian prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against the militant Muslim cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir.
  • Analysis: Suspected Al-Qaeda Links Emerge In Egypt, Libya RFE/RL 15 Oct 2004 -- Disturbing reports of suspected Al-Qaeda activity have begun popping up throughout the Middle East and North Africa, with suspected terrorists in Lebanon and Libya being linked to the terrorist network and suspicions of its involvement in bombings in Egypt.
  • U.S., Canadian Officials Cite Progress on Smart Border Action Plan Washington File 14 Oct 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan met in Ottawa October 14 to highlight progress on the Smart Border Action Plan for enhancing security along the countries' common border.
  • Islamic African Relief Agency Aiding Terrorists, U.S. Government Says Washington File 14 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury October 13 announced its determination that the global network of the Islamic African Relief Agency (IARA) and five of its senior officials have been providing financial contributions to terrorist organizations.
  • PAKISTAN/CHINA HOSTAGES VOA 14 Oct 2004 -- Security forces in Pakistan killed five kidnappers as they tried to rescue two Chinese engineers. Officials say one of the hostages died during the rescue while his companion received minor injuries.
  • DETAINEE HEARING VOA 13 Oct 2004 -- Lawyers representing some of the more than five hundred detainees being held without charge by the U.S. military in the war on terror were in court in Washington Wednesday arguing that the government continues to hold their clients without justification.
  • U.S.: Rights Group Says Terrorist Suspects Have 'Disappeared' While In U.S. Custody RFE/RL 13 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. government has again found itself accused of violating the human rights of suspects captured in the war on terrorism. First, there was the nebulous status of suspected terrorists being held at a prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Then there was the scandal over the abuse and torture of prisoners in Iraq.
  • Russia: Mourning Period Ends For Beslan Tragedy Amid Fears Of Interethnic Violence RFE/RL 13 Oct 2004 -- The 40-day mourning period for the victims of the Beslan hostage crisis has ended, and there are fears that interethnic violence could reignite in the region. The hundreds of victims of the school siege -- nearly half of them children -- were mostly North Ossetians. Relatives of the victims blame militants from neighboring Ingushetia for the tragedy. Tensions between Muslim Ingush and Christian Ossetians go back many decades.
  • RUSSIA / BESLAN MOURNING VOA 12 Oct 2004 -- Orthodox Christians in Russia are marking the end of the 40-day mourning period for the more than 300 people, half of them children, killed in the siege of a school in the North Ossetian town of Beslan. There are fears that in the days to come some people could seek to carry out revenge attacks, but the Russian government and religious leaders have called for peace.
  • DIAMOND SMUGGLING VOA 12 Oct 2004 -- Diamond smuggling in West Africa has become a steady, almost untraceable source of funding for U.S.-listed terror groups like al-Qaida and Hezbollah, according to information discovered by journalist Douglas Farah. These hidden transactions are among the most difficult for law enforcement officials to cut off.
  • Human Rights Watch: Al-Qaida Suspects in US Custody 'Disappear' VOA News 12 Oct 2004 -- A U.S.-based human rights group says at least 11 al-Qaida suspects have "disappeared" in U.S. custody, and that some may have been tortured.
  • Transfer of Detainee Control Completed 11 Oct 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred Yaser Esam Hamdi, an enemy combatant held at the Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C., to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hamdi arrived in Saudi Arabia on October 11.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS, CRIME United Nations 11 Oct 2004
  • PAKISTAN/CHINESE HOSTAGES VOA 11 Oct 2004 -- The kidnappers of two Chinese engineers in Pakistan are threatening to kill them if their demands are not met. The kidnappers want safe passage with their captives to the mountain hideout of their commander.
  • Bin Laden Hunt Continues 24/7, DoD Leaders Report AFPS 10 Oct 2004 -- The manhunt for Osama bin Laden continues "every day, 24 hours a day," the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan told NBC News this week.
  • Captors of Chinese engineers linked to al-Qaeda: Pak minister IRNA 10 Oct 2004 -- The captors who kidnapped two Chinese engineers in Pakistan`s semi-autonomous tribal region may have links with al-Qaeda, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao said on Sunday.
  • EGPYPT/BLASTS/INVESTIGATION VOA 10 Oct 2004 -- Rescue efforts are winding down at the site of three terrorist bombings in Egypt's Sinai peninsula. The bombs, which exploded outside a hotel and two camping resorts Thursday, killed at least 34 and wounded more than 120. Egyptian and Israeli officials are reconstructing how the attacks were carried out.
  • EGYPT/SINAI/BLASTS VOA 09 Oct 2004 -- Explosions at three resorts along Egypt's Red Sea coast on Thursday killed 33 and wounded over 120, many of them Israeli tourists. Seven Egyptians also died. This is the first terrorist attack in Egypt since the Luxor massacre in 1997 when 58 tourists were killed. The Egyptian media and public are debating who might be responsible and worrying about the consequences of the attacks.
  • Terrorist Targeting of Civilians Unjustifiable, United Nations Says Washington File 08 Oct 2004 -- A resolution adopted unanimously by the U.N. Security Council October 8 states that terrorism is "one of the most serious threats to peace and security," and establishes a working group to propose practical counterterrorism measures.
  • UN / TERRORISM RESOLUTION VOA 08 Oct 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council has adopted a Russian-sponsored resolution seeking to strengthen the international effort against terrorists. The vote was unanimous, but the effect of the measure remains vague.
  • US / EGYPT BLASTS VOA 08 Oct 2004 -- The United States is condemning Thursday's terrorist attacks in Egypt's Sinai peninsula "in the strongest terms." Secretary of State Colin Powell telephoned condolences to the foreign minister of Israel, whose citizens made up most of the casualties.
  • Security Council condemns recent string of terrorist attacks UN News Centre 08 Oct 2004 -- Fresh off the passage of a new resolution targeting terrorists around the world, the Security Council today strongly condemned a string of attacks this week in Pakistan and Egypt as well as the beheading of a British civilian in Baghdad.
  • New Security Council resolution directs aim at all terrorists UN News Centre 08 Oct 2004 -- Condemning terrorism as one of the most serious threats to peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today unanimously called on countries to prosecute or extradite anyone supporting terrorist acts or participating in the planning of such schemes.
  • U.N. Security Council Declares Terrorism "Serious Threat to Peace" Washington File 08 Oct 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council October 8 unanimously adopted Resolution 1566, which declares terrorism to be "one of the most serious threats to peace and security" and calls upon countries to prevent terrorism and to punish or extradite those who participate in terrorist activities, as well as their supporters.
  • Middle East: Blasts Target Egyptian Resorts Popular With Israeli Tourists RFE/RL 08 Oct 2004 -- At least 12 people have died in a series of blasts at tourist resorts in Egypt. The largest explosion hit the Taba Hilton, a hotel near the border with Israel. It was followed about an hour later by two smaller explosions at nearby campsites.
  • EGYPT/BOMBINGS VOA 08 Oct 2004 -- Egyptian and Israeli emergency and security staff are sifting through the rubble of a hotel in Taba and two camping resorts in the Sinai peninsula looking for survivors and clues of Thursday's bombings that killed at least 22 people and injured more than 160 others.
  • ISRAEL/SINAI/BLASTS VOA 08 Oct 2004 -- The death toll from car bombs that hit three Egyptian Red Sea resorts filled with vacationing Israelis now stands at 22 with more than 100 injured .Authorities expect the figure to rise.
  • FRANCE/BOMB VOA 08 Oct 2004 -- A small bomb exploded in front of the Indonesian Embassy in Paris early Friday, injuring 10 people. Lisa Bryant reports from the French capital, authorities are calling the explosion a criminal action.
  • Canadian Forces Contribute Maritime Surveillance Assets to NATO's Campaign Against Terrorism Department of Defence/Canadian Forces 08 Oct 2004 -- Two Canadian Forces (CF) CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft and more than 65 air force personnel are deploying to Sigonella, Italy this month on Operation SIRIUS , Canada's participation in a NATO Campaign Against Terrorism mission known as Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR .
  • ISRAEL EXPLOSION VOA 07 Oct 2004 -- Three explosions have ripped through popular Red Sea resorts in the Egyptian Sinai late Thursday killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more. Israeli security officials say there is growing evidence that the blasts were the result of a terror attack.
  • U.S. Condemns Terrorist Bombing in Multan, Pakistan Washington File 078 Oct 2004 -- Following is a statement by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, condemning the terrorist bombing in Multan, Pakistan, October 7
  • Uzbek Court Sentences 15 For Terrorist Bombings RFE/RL 08 Oct 2004 -- An Uzbek court today sentenced 15 people to jail terms for their part in bombings earlier this year in Tashkent and Bukhara.
  • USAID Awards $34 Million to Enhance Food Security Washington File 07 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is investing $34 million over five years in enhancing food security and achieving sustainable agricultural programs in developing countries. The announcement comes in an October 7 press release from the institution conducting the work for USAID, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
  • Senators Review U.S. Visa Policies Washington File 07 Oct 2004 -- Praising the contributions of international students at U.S. universities, prominent senators say they are determined to ensure U.S. visa policy does not hinder legitimate educational exchange.
  • U.K.: British High Court Judges Hear Challenge To London's Detention Of Foreign Terrorism Suspects RFE/RL 07 Oct 2004 -- The British government's continued detention without trial of nine foreign terrorism suspects has been challenged in an unusual hearing in the House of Lords, Britain's upper chamber of parliament. The detainees' lawyers and civil rights organizations argue that the detentions -- under the 2001 Anti-Terrorism, Crime, and Security Act -- are illegal. They say this is so because the same law has not been applied in cases involving British citizens. A rare sitting of nine high court judges heard the challenge. The nine suspects are being held under British laws enacted after 11 September 2001. To do so, Britain had to opt out of Article 5 of the European Union's Convention on Human Rights, the only government to do so. The detainees, who include Abu Qatada, a suspected head of Al-Qaeda in Britain, are being held in the high-security Belmarsh prison -- seven of them for more than two years.
  • Head Of FSB Says Al-Qaeda In North Caucasus RFE/RL 06 Oct 2004 -- The director of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has said the Al-Qaeda terrorist network is active in Russia's volatile North Caucasus.
  • FRANCE/TRIAL VOA 06 Oct 2004 -- Ten people suspected of plotting a terrorist attack on the eastern French city of Strasbourg are on trial in Paris. The suspects are believed to have ties with the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • CONGRESS - INTELLIGENCE VOA 05 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a sweeping reorganization of the nation's intelligence community as early as Wednesday, following the recommendations of a bipartisan commission that probed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • CONGRESS/9-11 VOA 05 Oct 2004 -- The House of Representatives will soon debate major legislation to reorganize the U.S. intelligence system, as the Senate also moves toward a vote on a separate bipartisan intelligence reform bill. Although lawmakers all believe in the objective, Democrats and Republicans continue to passionately defend their methods for achieving it
  • SECURITY/ SHIPPING VOA 05 Oct 2004 -- Most of the world's goods are moved by ship, but only a small percent of that cargo is inspected for possible bombs or chemical weapons. Despite recent efforts to improve screening at ports in the United States and around the world, several public and private sector experts say serious problems remain in the supply chain, leaving global trade wide open to potential acts of terror.
  • The EC120 Confirms Its Supremacy: 55 EC120s for the US Border Patrol EADS 05 Oct 2004 -- Eurocopter is proud to announce the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) decision to choose the EC120 for the US Border Patrol. The 75 million dollar contract specifies the delivery of 55 aircraft and 5 options.
  • U.S. Committed to Humane Treatment of Detainees in War on Terror Washington File 05 Oct 2004 -- A U.S. Department of Defense official responsible for treatment of detainees in the war on terrorism told a human rights conference October 5 that the United States still stands by its commitments and fundamental principles, including the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture.
  • Transcript: Council on Foreign Relations 04 Oct 2004 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld / "Mr. Secretary, what exactly was the connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda? (...) I have seen the answer to that question migrate in the intelligence community over the period of a year in the most amazing way. Second, there are differences in the intelligence community as to what the relationship was. To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two. There are -- I just read an intelligence report recently about one person who's connected to al Qaeda who was in and out of Iraq and there's the most tortured description of why he might have had a relationship and why he might not have had a relationship. There are reports about people in Saddam Hussein's intelligence service meeting in one country or another with al Qaeda people from one person to another, which may have been indicative of something, or may not have been. It may have been something that was not representative of a hard linkage."
  • A Statement From Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld 04 Oct 2004 -- A question I answered today at an appearance before the Council on Foreign Relations regarding ties between Al Qaeda and Iraq regrettably was misunderstood.
  • U.S. Charges British Citizen With Helping Convicted Terrorist AFPS 04 Oct 2004 -- A U.S. grand jury indictment unsealed in a Boston court today accuses a British citizen of assisting convicted terrorist Richard Reid in a scheme to blow up airplanes and passengers.
  • American Eurocopter Wins $75 Million U.S. Border Patrol Contract to Support the Department of Homeland Security EADS 04 Oct 2004 -- American Eurocopter - a subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest manufacturer of commercial helicopters in the world, and EADS North America-, announced on Monday that the company has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to supply more than 55 aircraft to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. The value of the award is potentially $75 million over the five-year term of the contract.
  • United States Indicts British Terror Suspect Washington File 04 Oct 2004 -- The United States has indicted British terror suspect Saajid Mohammad Badat for conspiracy and attempted murder in a plot with convicted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid to attack American interests and commercial aircraft, Attorney General John Ashcroft said October 4.
  • INDONESIA IRAQ HOSTAGES VOA 02 Oct 2004 -- Kidnappers holding two Indonesian women hostages in Iraq are demanding the release of a militant cleric accused of leading a terrorist group in Southeast Asia. But the cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, has condemned the kidnapping.
  • Message Purportedly From Al-Qaeda No. 2 Aired RFE/RL 01 Oct 2004 -- The Arab satellite television network Al-Jazeera today aired an audiotape purportedly from Al-Qaeda senior lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahiri.
  • GUANTANAMO / TORTURE CHARGE VOA 01 Oct 2004 -- A British man detained by the U.S. military as an enemy combatant in the war on terror says he was tortured while held in Afghanistan and claims he saw fellow detainees killed by American soldiers there. The U.S. military is promising an investigation into this latest claim of prisoner abuse.
  • Terrorist-Tracking System 'Much Improved' AFPS 01 Oct 2004 -- America's ability to track and intercept potential terrorists before they can enter the country to do harm is "much improved" since the 9/11 attacks, a senior Homeland Security Department official said here Sept. 30.
  • Annual Reviews of Detainee Cases to Begin at Guantanamo AFPS 01 Oct 2004 -- Officials are gearing up to begin the first hearings to determine if enemy-combatant detainees held at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are still a threat or can be released to their home countries.
  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing 01 Oct 2004 -- Secretary of the Navy Gordon England
  • United States, China Discuss Ways to Stop Terrorist Financing Washington File 01 Oct 2004 -- U.S. and Chinese delegates to the 16th Session of the U.S.-China Joint Economic Committee September 30 discussed a range of topics, including macroeconomic policy, financial sector issues, and efforts to combat terrorist financing and money laundering, according to a joint statement released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury October 1.
  • Defense Department Report, October 1: Enemy Combatant Reviews Washington File 01 Oct 2004 -- Navy Secretary Gordon England says the process to review the status of detainees at a U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to see if they should continue to be held as "enemy combatants" ought to be completed by year's end.
  • PAKISTAN/MOSQUE BOMB VOA 10 Oct 2004 -- An apparent suicide bombing at a mosque in eastern Pakistan has killed at least 18 people and injured dozens of others. The deadly incident may be linked to the recent killing of a top-level terror suspect by Pakistani security forces.



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