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  1. -09-17-04 Tribute to Margaret Hassan (CNN News)
      "Dublin-born and raised in Britain, Margaret Hassan dedicated much of her life to improving the lives of ordinary people of Iraq." 11-04

  2. -11-28-04 Kean: Delay of Restructuring Endangers Lives (Bloomberg.com)
      "The U.S. will be at a greater risk of a terrorist attack if Congress further delays legislation to reorganize the nation's intelligence services, said Thomas Kean, chairman of the commission that recommended the overhaul."

      " 'We know there is another attack coming,' Kean, head of the Sept. 11 Commission, said in an interview on NBC News' 'Meet the Press.' 'This bill will pass. The question is whether it will pass now or after a second attack.' " 11-04

  3. -12-12-04 Homeland Security Official Terminated (ABC News)
      "The man who has issued many critical reports about the mismanagement and security flaws at the Department of Homeland Security was told Wednesday night that he was out of a job."

      "Clark Ervin made himself very unpopular by issuing a series of stinging reports on security programs that he said had failed, officials he called inept, and fraud that he suspected. His year-end report, out today, alleges that millions of dollars have been wasted or are unaccounted for by the department." 12-04

  4. 01-03-04 Brazil Fingerprints Americans Now (Miami Herald - Hall)
      "Federal Police in Brazil on Friday ordered immigration authorities to begin fingerprinting and photographing American tourists as they arrive at airports, cruise ship terminals and land borders in this continent-sized nation."

      "The decision was in response to a similar move by the United States. On Jan. 5, a U.S. rule takes effect across 115 U.S. airports that will require most visiting tourists, including those from Brazil, to have their photographs and fingerprints logged digitally as they clear immigration procedures."

      "Brazil's reaction is one more sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Latin America's most populous nation."

      "Brazil, a country of 170 million, traditionally has enjoyed warm relations with the United States. But President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva harshly criticized the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and the Brazilian media recently have taken a more hostile view of the United States."

      "In September, Brazil led a revolt by developing nations that caused U.S.-led global trade talks to collapse." 1-04

  5. 01-05-04 Supreme Court to Rule on Government Imprisonment Policies (CBS News)
      "The Supreme Court will announce this month whether it will broaden a review of the Bush administration's imprisonment of terror suspects."

      "The court already overrode the objections of the administration in November to take an appeal that asks whether foreigners held at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may contest their captivity in American courts." 1-04

  6. 01-29-04 Bush Opposes Restrictions on the Patriot Act (CBS News)
      "The Bush administration issued a veto threat Thursday against legislation introduced in Congress that would scale back key parts of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act." 1-04

  7. 02-11-04 Bush Speaks Against Spread of Weapons (USA Today)
      "Saying that terror groups wanted to use weapons of mass destruction as 'weapons of first resort,' President Bush called Wednesday for tougher global action against dangerous regimes and terrorist networks that seek those weapons."

      "In a proposal likely to anger nations such as North Korea and Iran, Bush called for preventing countries from acquiring nuclear enrichment and reprocessing technology under the guise of building civilian power facilities."

      "Bush also renewed his call, first made before the U.N. General Assembly last fall, for a new Security Council resolution demanding that all U.N. members enact stricter export controls and criminalize weapons proliferation."

      "Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., said the president's intentions seemed long on rhetoric and short on action. She criticized him for not stepping up funding for the program to secure Russia's weapons and for withdrawing the United States from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty."

      " 'He has consistently underfunded and even cut the nonproliferation programs that would make the United States safer,' Tauscher said." 2-04

  8. 02-11-04 Pakistan's Nuclear Shame (BBC News - Rashid)
      "Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan's best-known nuclear scientist, shocked the nation on Wednesday, when he went on television and confessed to leaking nuclear secrets. He said he took full responsibility for proliferating nuclear weapons to Iran, Libya and North Korea." 2-04

  9. 02-13-04 Rumsfeld: Gitmo Detainees to be Allowed Appeal (CBS News)
      "Suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba will be allowed to appeal their detentions to a new panel that would determine if they are an ongoing threat to the United States, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday."

      "About 660 alleged al Qaeda and Taliban fighters captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are being held at the maximum-security prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, though none has been charged."

      Human rights groups and some foreign governments have criticized the detainees' treatment and the lack of trials or access to lawyers."

      The Supreme Court will decide this year whether the Guantanamo detainees can be held indefinitely without lawyers and hearings. The Court announced in November that it would consider appeals on behalf of Guantanamo inmates." 2-04

  10. 03-18-04 AP: Bin Laden Top Aide Surrounded (Bloomberg.com)
      "Pakistani soldiers believe they have surrounded Osama bin Laden's top aide, Egyptian Ayman al- Zawahiri, near the Afghan border, the Associated Press reported from Islamabad." 3-04

  11. 03-19-04 Pakistanis Fight to Capture Top of Top Al-Qaeda (Bloomberg.com)
      "Pakistani forces along the border with Afghanistan are in a battle with as many as 400 fighters who may be protecting a 'high-level' target, an army spokesman said today." 3-04

  12. 05-21-04 Prisoners Beaten to Death in Iraq (FoxNews.com)
      Released Iraqi prisoners, who were rounded up for questioning, reported torture--to the point of death--in U.S. prisons in Iraq.

      " 'Three brothers and sisters were detained together and brought to the prison, the two sisters are still in the quarantine and one of the three brothers was killed while the troops were torturing him,' he [former prisoner Ghazwan] said. 'They took him to the quarantine and brought him dying to his brother's (Ali Alizzi) cell and threatened him that if he will not talk or confess, he would face the same fate.' "

      "The prisoner died in his brother's arms, he said."

      Editor's Note: Torture is a violation of international law. 5-04

  13. 07-03-04 Freedom Tower Started (CNN News)
      "In an emotional ceremony Sunday, New York laid the cornerstone for the new Freedom Tower, promising it will reclaim the city's skyline, altered after the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001." 7-04

  14. 07-03-04 Freedom Tower to Rise 1,776 Feet (CNN News)
      "The Freedom Tower to be built at the site of the devastated World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan is still planned as the world's tallest building, according to a revised model unveiled Friday by the architects collaborating on its design." 7-04

  15. 08-02-04 Bush States Support for Security Chief (CNN News)
      "President George W. Bush said he wants to create the position of national intelligence director and an office to coordinate government-wide efforts to combat terrorism, two recommendations of the commission that studied the Sept. 11 attacks." 8-02

  16. 08-03-04 Bush Urged to Back Stronger Powers for Counter-Terrorism Chief (Bloomberg.com)
      "Bush yesterday endorsed creation of an office to coordinate counter-terrorism activities and the post of national intelligence director to oversee the U.S.'s 15 different intelligence gathering agencies."

      "He stopped short of backing the commission's recommendation that the new director oversee all intelligence agency budgets with power to hire and fire. Bush also declined to endorse placing the job within the executive office of the president." 8-04

  17. 08-03-04 Ridge Defends Alert Based on Old Information (Bloomberg.com)
      "Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge defended terror warnings issued Sunday based on the discovery of al-Qaeda surveillance documents three years old, saying the information was detailed and had been updated in January." 8-04

  18. 08-21-04 Prominent Persons Held Back on Security Checks (CNN News)
      "Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on border security Thursday that he's been stopped several times because his name appeared on an airline watch list." 8-04

  19. 09-01-04 Iran Steps Up Nuclear Program (CBS News)
      "Iran has announced it plans to turn tons of uranium into the substance used to make enriched uranium, the U.N. atomic watchdog agency said Wednesday in a report stoking concern about Tehran's nuclear agenda." 8-04

  20. 09-04-04 Putin: Attack Against Russia (CNN News)
      "Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the hostage massacre in Beslan an attack on the entire country and made a surprising admission of weakness in the face of terrorism." 8-04

  21. 09-04-04 School Siege Ends in Many Deaths (CBS News)
      "More than 340 people, including 155 children, were killed in the violence that ended a hostage standoff with militants at a southern Russian school, a prosecutor said Saturday. President Vladimir Putin accused the attackers of trying to spark an ethnic conflict that would engulf Russia's troubled Caucasus Mountains region."

      " 'Even alongside the most cruel attacks of the past, this terrorist act occupies a special place because it was aimed at children,' he said during a meeting with regional officials, which was broadcast on Russian television." "Putin called Saturday for a new approach to law enforcement in the wake of the school hostage crisis, and pledged the reform would be in accordance with the nation's constitution."

      "Putin said international terrorists had declared "a full-scale war" against Russia, and that due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the nation was weakened and unable to respond as effectively as it must." 8-04

  22. 09-15-04 Moher Makes Impossible Choice (CNN News)
      "After more than 24 hours in captivity in Beslan School No. 1 with her two daughters, Anetta had to make a choice."

      "The hostage-takers had struck a deal with a Russian negotiator to let a small group of mothers leave the school with their infants, but any older children would have to stay." 9-04

  23. 11-14-04 CIA in Free Fall (CBS News)
      "Insiders say the arrival of newly installed CIA Director Porter Goss has plunged the agency into turmoil unlike anything they've seen in nearly three decades, reports CBS News Correspondent Joie Chen." 11-04

  24. 12-05-04 Hunter and Senenbrenner Fight Homeland Security Overhaul (USA Today)
      "If House GOP leaders would allow a vote on post-Sept. 11 legislation overhauling the nation's intelligence community, it would easily pass, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle predicted Sunday."

      "House Speaker Dennis Hastert decided not to allow a vote on the legislation last month after two powerful committee chairmen, GOP Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, objected."

      "If lawmakers fail to pass an overhaul this year [December 2004], they'll have to start from scratch next year. With the new Congress in January, bills that failed to pass in the current session expire and new lawmakers and committee leaders would have to consider any new legislation." 12-04

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