This archive represents 1.5 years of News headlines about terrorism related issues collected over a 1.5 year period before the event in June 2002. Many legacy links are likely no longer active.


CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:49 by TRC-News
05/29/0000
Syria - Internal Security Forces Day

05/30/1961
Dominican Republic - Assassination of Trujillo ending a thirty-year personal dictatorship.

05/30/1972
Israel - Japanese Red Army Massacre at Lod Airport killed twenty-six.

05/30/1967
Nigeria - Biafra Declares Independence

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Wiretaps May Have Foretold Terror Attacks
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:45 by TRC-News
Suspected Al Qaeda operatives wiretapped by Italian police in the 13 months preceding Sept. 11 made apparent references to plans for major attacks involving airports, airplanes and the United States, according to transcripts obtained by The Times on Tuesday. Full Story

Terrorism Focus Set For FBI
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:42 by TRC-News
The FBI will shift 480 agents from drug and other criminal investigations to counterterrorism posts and plans to more than double the bureau's anti-terror forces under a major reorganization that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is scheduled to announce today. Full Story

U.N. Prosecutors Giving Terrorism Evidence to U.S.
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:40 by TRC-News
U.N. war crimes prosecutors have been providing the United States with evidence of international terrorist activities they come across during their investigations, according to senior U.S. and U.N. officials. Full Story

Last Standing Steel Beam Removed From Ground Zero
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:38 by TRC-News
With bagpipes skirling, the last steel girder still standing at "ground zero" was cut down on Tuesday night, bringing a symbolic end to more than eight months of grueling recovery work at New York's World Trade Center site. Full Story

Moussaoui's Mom Hires Lawyer for Son
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:37 by TRC-News
A civil rights lawyer said Tuesday that the mother of terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui has hired him to try to persuade her son to abandon his plans to represent himself at trial. Full Story

U.S. Choppers Shot at in Philippines, No Injuries
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:36 by TRC-News
Muslim gunmen opened fire on two U.S. Pave Hawk helicopters in the southern Philippines but were driven off when the crew returned fire, Philippine military officials said on Wednesday. Full Story

US Exercise Mistaken for Enemy Fire in Philippines
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:35 by TRC-News
A firing exercise by two U.S. military helicopters in the southern Philippines was mistaken by Philippine officials for an attack by Muslim gunmen, officials from both sides said on Wednesday. Full Story

Jailers seize PFLP chief's mobile phone
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:32 by TRC-News
U.S. and British prison guards have confiscated the mobile phone of Ahmed Saadat, leader of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, to stop him from using it to make declarations to the media, a PFLP source said Wednesday. Full Story

Report: Al Qaida infests Pakistan cities
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:31 by TRC-News
Pakistani intelligence officials fear al Qaida fighters have infiltrated into many of the nation's large cities and have joined forces with anti-American guerrillas at a time when growing tensions with India have taken up more of the government's attention and resources. Full Story

US Offers $5M Reward for Philippine Kidnappers
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:27 by TRC-News
The U.S. government offered a reward of up to $5 million Wednesday for the capture of leaders of a Philippine Muslim extremist group that kidnapped two Americans and killed another. Full Story

India Minister Urges Terrorism Halt
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:26 by TRC-News
India's foreign minister said Wednesday that Pakistan must take urgent steps to halt cross-border terrorism and rein in Islamic insurgents in Kashmir. Full Story

Venezuela Coup Figure Leaves Country
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:25 by TRC-News
Venezuelan businessman Pedro Carmona, president during a coup that briefly ousted President Hugo Chavez, arrived in Colombia Wednesday after being granted asylum. Full Story

Israel Arrests Senior Militant After Suicide Bombing
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:19 by TRC-News
Israeli forces pushed into the West Bank city of Jenin today and arrested a senior Palestinian militant, the army and Palestinian officials said. The sweep, backed by helicopter gunships, came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at an outdoor cafe in a shopping center here, killing a baby girl and her grandmother and wounding more than 40 other people. Full Story

SPAIN: TERROR CASE THROWN OUT
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:18 by TRC-News
The Supreme Court threw out a terrorism case against a Basque political leader who ended a speech in France with the words "Long live Basque homeland and freedom." Full Story

Taliban, al-Qaeda linked to Kashmir
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:16 by TRC-News
Al-Qaeda and Taliban members are helping organize a terror campaign in Kashmir to foment conflict between India and Pakistan, U.S. intelligence officials and foreign diplomats say. Full Story

Instant messaging at work can open door to hackers
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:14 by TRC-News
That instant message you send from work could put your company's computer network at risk. That's because popular free IM systems, such as AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger, lack basic security features needed to protect corporate networks. That wasn't a problem when the systems, geared to consumers, were used for chitchat. But this year, 54 million people will use consumer IM systems on the job, research firm IDC says. Full Story

Libya offers $2.7B to families of Flight 103 victims
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:13 by TRC-News
Libya has offered $2.7 billion to relatives of the victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, a record $10 million per family that Libya hopes will end its pariah status in the United States, a lawyer for the families says. Full Story

Unita Says Camps Are Full of Phony Fighters
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:08 by TRC-News
Angola's Defence Minister Kundi Paihama said on Tuesday the demobilisation camps the government set up for Unita soldiers have taken in many people who have falsely claimed to belong to the rebel group. Full Story

Five Wounded by Colombian Market Car Bomb
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:07 by TRC-News
Suspected Colombian leftist rebels detonated a bomb hidden in a car carrying oranges outside a market in the capital Bogota on Tuesday, slightly injuring five people, police said. Full Story

Germany Predicts al-Qaeda Strikes
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:06 by TRC-News
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network has strengthened its operations in Europe in recent months and is recruiting militants capable of carrying out new terror attacks, according to German officials. Full Story

Arab Rakes Israeli Yeshiva With Gunfire; 3 Students Die
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:05 by TRC-News
A Palestinian gunman assaulted an Israeli settlement near Nablus late tonight, killing three young yeshiva students before being shot and killed. Full Story

Missing Cyanide Cargo Stirs Fears
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:04 by TRC-News
Nearly eight tons of sodium cyanide hijacked from a truck in central Mexico this month is still missing despite an extensive law enforcement search and concerns that it poses a potential security threat in Mexico and the United States. Full Story

Maoists Suffer Heavy Loss in Rukum
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:03 by TRC-News
Maoists suffered one of their worst reverses as a fierce retaliation by the security forces early Tuesday morning left at least 152 dead and many wounded in Khara area of Rukum district. The security forces also seized arms and ammunition in substantial quantity from the rebels. Full Story

Pakistan-based Militant Groups Say Musharraf Has Abandoned Them Like Taliban
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:02 by TRC-News
Islamic militant groups fighting in Kashmir said Wednesday they feel betrayed by Pakistan's president as he tries to ease tensions with their archenemy, predominantly Hindu India. Full Story

Kidnapping Is a Growth Industry in Mogadishu
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:01 by TRC-News
Whenever Mohamud Ali Abdi's captors went out, they tied one of his toes to the trigger of an AK-47 assault rifle pointed at his stomach. On their return, they would make more phone calls to his relatives demanding $7 000 in ransom. This went on for 80 days until the merchant's relatives abducted three of the kidnappers' own clansmen and threatened to kill one a day until Abdi was freed. They let him go. Full Story

Somali Faceoff after 30 Die
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:00 by TRC-News
The Somali capital was quiet on Wednesday a day after intense fighting between forces loyal to a Somali warlord battled with militiamen belonging to the transitional government. More than 30 people - civilian and militia - were killed and another 80 injured, independent sources told CNN. Full Story

Fatah Group Urges End to Suicide Attacks in Israel
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:57 by TRC-News
A major forum in Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement echoed Wednesday his calls for an end to suicide attacks inside Israel, saying the bombings harmed the Palestinian struggle for a state. Full Story

Klez Variant Crowned Virus King
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:53 by TRC-News
Klez.H clocking up one infection every 300 emails A variant of the Klez virus has taken the crown as the biggest virus of all time, usurping last year's SirCam outbreak and even the infamous Melissa and I Love You viruses. Statistics from antivirus firm MessageLabs found that the Klez.H variant overtook SirCam on Sunday, clocking up 775,000 copies. Full Story

Government, Internet Biz Fight Terror
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:50 by TRC-News
In the seven months since the passage of a sweeping law to combat terrorism, Internet and telecommunications companies have seen a surge in law enforcement requests to snoop on subscribers. Full Story

In New Era, Corporate Security Looks Beyond Guns and Badges
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:47 by TRC-News
Businesses have been forced to review their notions of corporate security. And with those assessments has come realization that the job calls for a new kind of corporate security executive — one with breadth of experience, analytic skills, business acumen and leadership qualities. The job, in other words, calls for a chief security officer, or C.S.O., as the emerging term of art would have it. Full Story

Tech firms vie for billions in homeland security deals
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
Technology companies are enlisting in the war on terrorism, seeking to profit by making Americans more secure. But some of the new technologies, including lie detectors that claim to read brain waves and electronic scanners that see through clothing, raise concerns about possible invasions of privacy. Full Story

Cadets keep NSA crackers at bay
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:41 by TRC-News
Cadets and midshipmen from the nation’s service academies faced off last month in real-world cybercombat. They used all their skills to keep production networks up and running while under attack by National Security Agency experts. In the end, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point kept the coveted NSA Information Assurance Director’s Trophy it won last year. Full Story

Hackers break into California state computers
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
Computer hackers have broken into a computer system that contains personal financial information of 260,000 state workers, including top officials, authorities said Friday. Full Story

Industry opposes security standards
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:37 by TRC-News
The private sector has signaled its opposition to language requiring the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop benchmark security standards for federal agencies. The wording was added May 17 to a bill passed by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Full Story

Intrusion-detection net revived
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:36 by TRC-News
The General Services Administration and Carnegie Mellon University this fall will start testing a new technology to analyze and report on patterns in the cyber intrusion information gathered across government, an idea that was first floated and eventually sunk two years ago. Full Story

NZ anti-DoS tool goes convincingly to war
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
It was a successful military exercise: Esphion's anti-denial of service attack tool performed well for the armed forces of five nations. Full Story

TRC Terrorist Group Profile - MRTA: Tupac Amaru
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
This group operates in Peru but has suffered from President Fujimori's government offensive against MRTA, as well as the ubiquitous Sendero Luminoso (SL). Nonetheless, the pro-Cuban MRTA has been responsible for more anti-American attacks than any other group operating in Latin America. These incidents have recently focused on kidnapping-for-ransom, a growing industry amongst such groups worldwide. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Bookstores Recommends - Destroying the World to Save It
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
Destroying the World to Save It is an examination of cults, specifically as they relate to terrorism and apocalyptic violence. A Booklist review states that "psychiatrist and National Book Award^-winner Lifton comes this astonishingly intimate portrait of Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that became world-famous when it released a nerve gas called sarin into the Tokyo subway. Lifton, who has written extensively both on Japan and on terrorism and genocide, interviewed former members of the cult, and his profile of Aum's leader, the charismatic con man Shoko Asahara, is extremely detailed and rather creepy. But the book is much more than a story of a single cult. It's an exploration of the idea of cults: how they grow, who joins them, who leads them." More Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 17:03 by TRC-News
05/28/1989
Japan - Anti-Narita Struggle Day

05/29/0000
Syria - Internal Security Forces Day

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FBI Director to Focus on Analysis, Intelligence
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 17:02 by TRC-News
FBI (news - web sites) Director Robert Mueller, under fire for the bureau's failure to prevent the deadly Sept. 11 attacks, will announce a series of changes at the FBI on Wednesday to boost analytical and intelligence capabilities. Full Story

Italy seals airspace as Russia joins Nato in anti-terror front
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 17:00 by TRC-News
Italy put 15,000 police and soldiers on alert yesterday, sealed off miles of coastline and closed Rome's airport to most traffic to prepare for a summit at which Nato and Russia will pledge a new alliance based on fighting terrorism. Full Story

Report: Taliban, Al Qaeda Plotting in Pakistan
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 17:00 by TRC-News
Senior Al Qaeda leaders and the Taliban have been driven out of eastern Afghanistan and are now in Pakistan plotting attacks to disrupt the selection of a new national government in Kabul next month, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Full Story

Terror Warnings Puzzling to Many
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:58 by TRC-News
The Taliban is history, al-Qaida is scattered and hundreds of suspected terrorists are in custody. So why all the hand-wringing in Washington? Full Story

Mag: Hijackers Took Test Flights
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:57 by TRC-News
The Sept. 11 hijackers made about a dozen dry runs last summer, checking out security and finding loopholes, it was reported yesterday. Full Story

U.S. power doesn't rally terror allies
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:56 by TRC-News
The Bush administration boasts that 20 nations have supplied troops for the U.S.-led military effort in and around Afghanistan, but all the talk of a robust coalition can't hide the fact that increasingly America is a military giant in a world of relative pygmies. Full Story

big security clampdown in the Yemen
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:52 by TRC-News
Arrests of 170 people suspected of links to al Qaida and new teams of bodyguards assigned to government officials around the country, is thought to presage the long-awaited attack on al Qaida bases in the deep interior near the Saudi border. Full Story

Congo Seeks International Probe into Kisangani Killings
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:45 by TRC-News
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is calling for an international investigation into recent slayings in Kisangani. The DRC also says it will seek legal action because of what it calls Rwanda's role in the killing of more than 150 civilians. Full Story

India Clashes Kill 19
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:44 by TRC-News
Ten soldiers and nine separatist rebels have been killed in two separate incidents of violence in India's troubled north-eastern region. In the state of Manipur bordering Burma, 10 troops of a paramilitary force were killed in an attack by separatist rebels. Full Story

Nine More Killed in Restive Aceh - Indonesia
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:43 by TRC-News
Despite the recent agreement between the government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), nine more people, including three rebels, were killed in separate gunfights in the conflict-ridden province over the weekend. Full Story

Forces On High Alert For Suicide Bombers In Jerusalem
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:41 by TRC-News
Security forces were put on heightened alert Tuesday following warnings that a terrorist or terrorists were planning to carry out an attack in north Jerusalem. Large police forces have been deployed in the capital and have set up roadblocks around the city. Police fear that the potential attackers would make there way to Jerusalem from Ramallah or villages around the capital. Full Story

Malaysia Police See Foreign Hand in Cargo Hijackings
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:40 by TRC-News
Malaysian police are tracking down foreign syndicates which they say are major buyers of stolen and hijacked goods around the country. Federal Serious Crimes Division Chief Assistant Commissioner Takbir Ahmad Nazir said police had gleaned the information from 197 people arrested in connection with cargo hijackings. Full Story

Soldiers Say Nigeria Ordered Massacre
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:39 by TRC-News
Soldiers accused of massacring more than 200 villagers in central Nigeria last year were acting on orders from President Olusegun Obasanjo's government, a former Nigerian army chief told an inquiry on Monday. Full Story

Abu Sayyaf Hostages Ailing, May Be Separated: Officials
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:38 by TRC-News
A US Christian missionary couple held hostage by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippines are both ill and may have been separated by their captors who are on the run from local troops backed by American forces, officials said Tuesday. Full Story

US Forces to Leave Philippines by July 31 as Planned
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:37 by TRC-News
Most US military forces in the southern Philippines will leave this summer even though the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group continues to operate in the region and hold an American couple captive. Full Story

Norway Pushes for Sri Lanka Peace
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:36 by TRC-News
Norwegian peace envoy Vidar Helgesen has held talks with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga amid signs that talks between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil Tiger rebels could be further delayed. Full Story

Zambia Cancels Congo Peace Summit
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:33 by TRC-News
Zambia said on Tuesday a regional peace summit planned for Thursday to try to end more than three years of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo had been cancelled for lack of a quorum. Full Story

Iran Confirms Ballistic Missile Test
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:28 by TRC-News
Iran confirmed recent U.S. reports Sunday that it had conducted a successful test flight of a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel. Full Story

European banks support Iran
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:27 by TRC-News
Two European banks have signed up to help Iran tap the international capital markets. The decision to help Iran flies in the face of the US view that the Middle Eastern state is the most active state sponsor of terrorism and a member of the "axis of evil". Full Story

Turkey Court Annuls Amnesty Program
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:25 by TRC-News
Turkey's top court on Tuesday annulled a government amnesty program for prisoners that could have benefited the man who shot Pope John Paul II. Full Story

Sinn Fein leaders bank on US funds
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:24 by TRC-News
In pockets of poverty where Ireland's boom barely echoes, Sinn Fein political posters are still plastered everywhere, promising economic equality, a united Ireland, better health care, and a hard line on drug dealers. Full Story

Report: Transcripts Show Italian Sept. 11 Link
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:17 by TRC-News
Italian police have intercepted phone conversations between Islamic militants that indicate Italy may have been used as a base for preparing the Sept. 11 attacks, Corriere della Sera newspaper reported Tuesday. Full Story

Germany Warns of Fresh Terrorism
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:16 by TRC-News
German security officials said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network is still active in the country, regrouping and recruiting new militants capable of carrying out terrorist attacks. Full Story

Mexicans Search For Lost Cyanide
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:12 by TRC-News
Nearly eight tons of sodium cyanide hijacked from a truck in central Mexico this month is still missing despite an extensive law enforcement search, heightening concerns that it poses a potential security threat in Mexico and the United States. Full Story

Uribe backs Colombia peace talks -- if rebels halt violence
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:10 by TRC-News
Elected with a mandate to crush marauding leftist rebels, President-elect Alvaro Uribe of Colombia called for the United Nations to launch new peace talks under one strict condition: that guerrillas lay down their arms. Full Story

25 Die in Somalian Fighting
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:07 by TRC-News
Heavy fighting broke out early Tuesday between forces of Somalia's transitional government and gunmen loyal to an Ethiopian-backed warlord, killing at least 25 people. Full Story

Rebel 'rout' in Nepal
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 16:05 by TRC-News
At least 150 insurgents have been killed in the latest clash between Maoist rebels and the security forces in western Nepal, the army says. Full Story

Digital Warriors
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:56 by TRC-News
Sifting through piles of intelligence data to spot a terrorist attack may require the use of artificially intelligent computer systems. But don't expect these smart systems to provide blanket protection in an uncertain world. Full Story

Hackers May Have Hit 265,000 State Workers
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:56 by TRC-News
Computer hackers gained access to the California state government's computer systems in April and sensitive financial and personal information about as many as 265,000 state workers, officials said Friday. Full Story

Klez-H Is The Worst Virus Ever - Official
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:55 by TRC-News
Klez-H is the worst virus ever, according to figures from managed services firm MessageLabs, which has blocked 775,000 copies of the pathogen since it first appeared on April 15. Klez-H overtakes the infamous SirCam worm. Full Story

Requests For Subscriber Information Concern Privacy Advocates
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:54 by TRC-News
In the seven months since a sweeping law to combat terrorism was passed, Internet and telecommunications companies have seen a surge in law enforcement requests to snoop on subscribers. Full Story

Security Researchers Warn of Worm Blitzkriegs
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:53 by TRC-News
Security researchers are warning of the availability of more powerful virus writing techniques, which call for a more co-ordinated approach to combat next generation worms. Full Story

Security Urged to Stop Hackers
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:52 by TRC-News
MOST Australian companies spend more on the office coffee than they do to make their computer networks secure from hackers. But the money saved is a false economy, with many set to lose a bundle through fraud, a US-based internet security firm claims. The Nasdaq-listed Watchguard claims one in two small to medium businesses will suffer hacker-induced losses in the next two years. Full Story

Yahoo Bug on the Rampage
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:51 by TRC-News
The latest version of the popular Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM) software has been hit by multiple vulnerabilities which may allow an attacker to hijack another user's machine. Because of the popularity of the software, the vulnerabilities may put as many as 60 million users at risk. Full Story

TRC Counterterrorist Organization Profile - Oman's Cobras
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:48 by TRC-News
Oman has not suffered from a persistent terrorist threat since the mid-1970's. Nonetheless, as with many Middle Eastern states, the great potential for activity from non-domestic threats exists and must be dealt with. Oman's answer was the raising of an elite unit known formally as the Sultan's Special Forces (SSF). The SSF was created after the end of the rebellion in Oman which lasted from 1962 to 1975. The Sultan of Oman had not presaged such an event occurring in his country and was thus caught unprepared when violence broke out. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Infowar Bookstore Recommends - Information Security Management Handbook
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - 15:46 by TRC-News
Information Security Management Handbook by Micki Krause and Harold F. Tipton (Editors). Since 1993, the Information Security Management Handbook has served not only as an everyday reference for information security practitioners but also as an important document for use by practitioners to conduct the intense review necessary to prepare for the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) examination. More Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:42 by TRC-News
05/27/1964
Colombia - Assault on Peasant "Republic"
On this date, government troops attacked the "independent republic" that Communist peasant groups had set up at Marquetalia, Caldas Department.

05/27/1991
Turkey - Constitution Day


05/28/1989
Japan - Anti-Narita Struggle Day

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FBI Warns About Small Planes
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:39 by TRC-News
The FBI has issued a fresh warning that terrorists may be interested in using small planes to carry out suicide attacks. Full Story

U.S. Says Al Qaeda Seeking Haven
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:38 by TRC-News
The al Qaeda terrorist network is trying to establish a safe haven in Pakistan, and the United States will deal with it when the time is right, the U.S. Army's second-in-command said today. Full Story

Most WTC Victims on Upper Floors
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:37 by TRC-News
An analysis of e-mail, phone calls and voice mail messages from the World Trade Center after the twin towers were attacked on Sept. 11 shows that most of those who died were on the upper floors of the towers, The New York Times reported Sunday. Full Story

Detainees Say They Were Charity Workers
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:36 by TRC-News
Attorneys for 11 Kuwaiti men held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba have released letters and documents to support their claim that at least some of them were innocent aid workers swept up in mass arrests that followed the U.S. attack in Afghanistan. Full Story

Threat Hits Home in Va. High-Rises
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:33 by TRC-News
Terror struck Justine McCoy where she works when American Airlines Flight 77 exploded into the side of the Pentagon on Sept. 11. This week, it found her again, in the place where she is supposed to feel safest -- her home. Full Story

Ashes drop sparks US terror alert
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:33 by TRC-News
An attempt to honour a dead baseball fan's last wish went horribly wrong on Friday, forcing the evacuation of Safeco Field, the home of the Seattle Mariners baseball team, amid fears of a bio-terror attack. Full Story

9/11 Hearings Set for June
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:31 by TRC-News
Responding to calls for an aggressive congressional inquiry into the government's actions before and after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the probe's two leaders announced yesterday that they will begin hearings early next month. Full Story

FBI Reorganizing Post-Sept 11, Lawmakers Say
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:29 by TRC-News
The FBI is moving forward with a major reorganization amid criticism the agency missed clues that would have helped uncover the Sept. 11 plot, congressional Republicans said Sunday. Full Story

Clamp on Drills Seen Raising Risk at U.S. Reactors
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:28 by TRC-News
When nuclear regulators put U.S. atomic reactors on high alert after the Sept. 11 attacks, they also froze training drills for the plant's security forces, a move critics warn weakens their defense. Full Story

Iraq Says It Forces Unmanned Plane to Land
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:27 by TRC-News
Iraq said Monday its air defenses had forced down an unmanned reconnaissance plane on a mission over northern Iraq to land. Full Story

Iran Reformers Vow to Meet Again on U.S. Ties
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:26 by TRC-News
Leading reformers in Iran's parliament vowed Monday to continue to explore ways of improving ties with the United States despite a judiciary ban. Full Story

Anti-Abortion Murder Suspect to Head for U.S. Trial
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:25 by TRC-News
An anti-abortion militant suspected of murdering a doctor has given up fighting his extradition order and will return to the United States to try and clear his name by standing trial, his lawyer said Monday. Full Story

Iraqi Kurds Worry About U.S. Action
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:23 by TRC-News
Kurds in northern Iraq have created a quasi-democratic, somewhat prosperous life under the protection of U.S. jets patrolling a no-fly zone and keeping Saddam Hussein's tanks away. Full Story

3 Die in Mall Explosion in Israel
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:21 by TRC-News
A bomb exploded Monday at a mall in the center of Petach Tikvah, east of Tel Aviv, killing three people including a suicide bomber, a police commander said. Full Story

In New Era, Corporate Security Looks Beyond Guns and Badges
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:16 by TRC-News
Ominously, vaguely, federal officials are again warning Americans to be on alert for some sort of terrorist attack. Will corporate America be ready? Full Story

Pakistani Militants' Ties to Military Make Radicals Hard to Dislodge
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:15 by TRC-News
For more than 20 years, the Pakistani government has used Islamic radicals as an instrument of both domestic and foreign policy. Now, many Pakistani security experts doubt that the government has the will or the means to neutralize what has become a huge network of violence. Full Story

Hard-Liner Elected in Colombia With a Mandate to Crush Rebels
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:13 by TRC-News
Bitter after three years of fruitless peace talks, voters gave a resounding victory today to a hard-right candidate for president who promises a sharp buildup in the armed forces to battle two rebel groups that have been waging war for 38 years. Full Story

Flight Schools See Downside to Crackdown
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:12 by TRC-News
The security crackdown meant to keep terrorist hijackers out of American flight schools has forced thousands of foreign students to train overseas, weakening the country's global dominance in aviation training, officials in the industry say. Full Story

Fact-Finding and Its Limits
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:10 by TRC-News
It's not surprising that many officials in Washington are talking about convening an independent panel to investigate the federal government's actions before the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

From Public, a Strong Voice for Rebuilding Twin Towers
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:08 by TRC-News
Given a chance to tell the people who will oversee the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan what they want to see there, hundreds of New Yorkers and others responded on Thursday with a surprising answer: rebuild the twin towers. Full Story

'Jihad': Predicting an Islamic Reformation
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:04 by TRC-News
Gilles Kepel, a French academic, argues that the militant Islamic theocracy movement has run its course. Full Story

Germany Is Negotiating Extradition of an Islamic Militant to Turkey
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:03 by TRC-News
German officials have been negotiating with the Turkish government to extradite a Turk who is serving a four-year sentence in Germany for operating a terrorist organization and calling for the murder of a rival, the German interior minister said today. Full Story

Nuclear Nightmares
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:02 by TRC-News
Experts on terrorism and proliferation agree on one thing: Sooner or later, an attack will happen here. When and how is what robs them of sleep. Full Story

President's Stance on 9/11 Inquiry Bucks Tradition
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 13:00 by TRC-News
The political dispute over whether to have an independent commission investigate intelligence and law enforcement lapses before Sept. 11 represents a reversal of normal form. Full Story

Seeing Strength, Too, in an Open Society
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:59 by TRC-News
Conventional wisdom has it that America's openness is its greatest weakness in preventing and tracking terrorist attacks. But there is an alternative view — one that sees the same openness as a source of some protection alongside the vulnerability. Full Story

Stock Adviser Knew About 9/11 Attacks, U.S. Suggests
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:49 by TRC-News
A San Diego stock adviser who is accused of bribing an F.B.I. agent to give him confidential government information may have had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal prosecutor said yesterday. But a judge disregarded that contention and the adviser's lawyer called the allegation ludicrous. Full Story

F.B.I. Agent Says Superior Altered Report, Foiling Inquiry
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:48 by TRC-News
A senior F.B.I. agent in Minneapolis has accused a supervisor at the agency's Washington headquarters of altering a report in a way that made it impossible for investigators to obtain crucial evidence in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker, before the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, government officials said today. Full Story

State Security Leaders Frustrated About Lack of Direction
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:47 by TRC-News
Despite this week's ominous warnings from the Bush administration about the threat of additional terrorist attacks, the nation's new coterie of state homeland security czars said they took no action because the alerts were too vague and their overburdened agencies already stand at heightened readiness. Full Story

Cameras to Seek Faces of Terror in Visitors to the Statue of Liberty
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:46 by TRC-News
In response to a warning of a potential terrorist attack on the Statue of Liberty, the National Park Service activated a face recognition surveillance system yesterday that takes pictures of visitors and compares them with a database of terror suspects. Full Story

Travel Warning: INDIA
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:43 by TRC-News
The Department of State warns Americans to defer travel to India, particularly all border areas between India and Pakistan including the Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Punjab, and to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The Indian Government has closed virtually all land and air links with Pakistan, ending travel between the two countries. Military movements continue along both the Line of Control in Kashmir and the border between India and Pakistan. Artillery firing along the Line of Control has caused death and injury in that area. Terrorist groups, some of which are linked to al-Qaida and have previously been implicated in attacks on Americans, are active there as well, and have attacked and killed civilians. The Department of State urges American citizens who remain in India to consider departing the country. Full Story

Travel Warning: PAKISTAN
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:42 by TRC-News
Tensions between India and Pakistan have risen to serious levels, and the risk of intensified military hostilities cannot be ruled out. Virtually all land and air links with India are closed. Military movements continue along both the Line of Control in Kashmir and the border between India and Pakistan. Artillery firing along the Line of Control has caused death and injury in that area. The possibility of threats to Americans and other civilian targets continues. Full Story

Public Announcement: JAPAN/KOREA WORLD CUP
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:32 by TRC-News
This Public Announcement is being issued to inform the American public that the U.S. Department of State and the American Embassies and Consulates in Japan and Korea stand ready to provide consular assistance and protection to U.S. citizens traveling to Japan and Korea for the 2002 World Cup. Full Story

Eleven Soldiers Die In Colombia Landmine Blasts
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:30 by TRC-News
Eleven soldiers were killed in the explosion of land mines placed by leftist rebels in northern Colombia, a police commander announced on Friday. Full Story

Nepal Crisis Talks Under Way
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:30 by TRC-News
High-level consultations are under way in Nepal to defuse a political crisis over Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's attempts to extend the state of emergency to fight Maoists rebels. A leading figure in the ruling Nepali Congress party, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, has returned to Kathmandu from London to oversee reconciliation efforts between Mr Deuba and a former prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala. Full Story

Pakistan Hails 'Auspicious' Test-firing
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:28 by TRC-News
Saying Pakistan did not want war but was ready for it if necessary, Gen. Pervez Musharraf hailed as 'auspicious' Saturday?s successful test-firing of a medium-range missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons deep into the territory of nuclear-armed rival India. Full Story

Somali Gunmen Release UN Captive
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:26 by TRC-News
A United Nations employee in the Somali capital Mogadishu has been freed after being kidnapped nearly four weeks ago. Mohamed Ali Abukar - a Somali working for the UN Development Programme - was said to be tired but unharmed. Full Story

Sri Lanka Truce Gains Momentum, But Problems Remain
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:25 by TRC-News
Sri Lanka's peace process took a step forward with the lifting of a ban on the supply of various items to rebel zones but a parliamentary group said on Saturday key points of the ceasefire had not been fully implemented. The government and minority Tamil guerrillas agreed to a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire in February in an effort to end a nearly two-decade conflict that has killed an estimated 64,000 people. Full Story

Venezuela Will Respect Asylum Decision For Coup Leader, Vice President Says
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:24 by TRC-News
Venezuela said it won't object if Colombia grants asylum to the figurehead of a short-lived coup who escaped house arrest and fled to the Colombian ambassador's residence. Full Story

Bulletins warned airports in '98
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:19 by TRC-News
The Federal Aviation Administration warned the nation's airports and airlines in late 1998 about a possible terrorist hijacking ''at a metropolitan airport in the Eastern United States'' and urged a ''high degree of vigilance'' against threats to US civil aviation from Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, according to classified security bulletins obtained by the Globe. Full Story

IMF Reports Further Anthrax Testing
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:16 by TRC-News
The International Monetary Fund said Friday that follow-up tests determined that no anthrax spores were present on mail it received. Full Story

State CIOs to advise on homeland
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:12 by TRC-News
Chief information officers from state governments have been asked to form a small working group to help the federal government on technology-related homeland security matters, including the creation of a national plan. Full Story

FBI shuts website showing Daniel Pearl murder
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:09 by TRC-News
The FBI has ordered an internet provider to stop hosting a video showing US journalist Daniel Pearl being murdered. Agents told the company Pro Hosters based in Virginia to delete the video which a customer had posted on a web site. a href=http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_594707.html> Full Story

Navy Domain Hijacked By German Pornography Site
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:08 by TRC-News
Due to a domain registration snafu, two Internet addresses used by the U.S. Navy for recruiting new sailors have recently been commandeered by other sites, including a pornography site. Full Story

GSA preps security solutions
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:06 by TRC-News
Agencies and vendors should expect to see some big opportunities for increasing government security as the General Services Administration readies several new solutions and solicitations this year. Full Story

NATO terminals link allies
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:05 by TRC-News
The United States and five of its NATO allies soon will have computer terminals in their respective capitals dedicated solely to military planning for coalition operations. Full Story

TRC Terrorist Group Profile - Shining Path, a/k/a: Sendero Luminoso
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:02 by TRC-News
Shining Path is considered by many to be the most dangerous and violent terrorist organization in the world. The group derives its name from Mariategui, an avowed Marxist, who once stated that Marxism was a "shining path to the future." Yet, despite this apparent connection, Shining Path espouses a neo-Maoist orientation and was formed as a splinter group of the Communisty Party of Peru. The goal of this organization is the destruction of the existing Peruvian government in favor of an Indian-run socialist system. Full Story and More Reviews

TRC Bookstores Recommends - America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack
Posted Monday, May 27, 2002 - 12:00 by TRC-News
America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack examines the potential NBC terrorism threat faced by the united States. The book presents the threat without hype, and provides policy recommendations. U.S. Senator Richarc Lugar said of the book, "I know of no more incisive, detailed assessment of the growing threat of mass destruction terrorism than America's Achilles' Heel. This outstanding book is essential reading for anyone with serious interest in American national security." More Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
05/25/1946
Jordan - Independence Day

05/25/1990
Spain - Sevillano Died (GRAPO Member) after a prolonged hunger strike.

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Agent Alleges Moussaoui Roadblocks
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:39 by TRC-News
Concerned that Washington headquarters was hindering their pre-Sept. 11 probe of terrorism defendant Zacarias Moussaoui, FBI agents in Minnesota took the radical step of contacting the CIA for help, an FBI whistleblower says. Full Story

Phoenix FBI Agent Accused of Naming Terrorism Informant
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:38 by TRC-News
The FBI agent who suggested last July that the bureau bear down on suspicious Arab pilots-in-training is also at the center of allegations that agents here mishandled a Chinese spy case and an undercover attempt to collect information about Palestinian terrorist organizations abroad, according to court papers and interviews. Full Story

Shoe Bomb Defendant Outlined Plot in E-Mail
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:37 by TRC-News
Two days before he boarded a flight in Paris armed with powerful explosive devices hidden in his shoes, Richard C. Reid told his mother that his alleged attempt to blow up the airliner was "part of the ongoing war between Islam and disbelief, and as such a duty upon me as a Muslim," government lawyers said in a court filing in Boston yesterday. Full Story

Taliban Supporters Held Over Bin Laden Pictures
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:31 by TRC-News
Afghan authorities have arrested three Taliban supporters in a southern border town for distributing anti-government leaflets and pictures of the fugitive Osama bin Laden, a local official said on Friday. Full Story

Pope Clears Bulgaria of Link to 1981 Murder Plot
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:30 by TRC-News
Pope John Paul cleared Bulgaria on Friday of any link to a 1981 attempt to assassinate him, rejecting years of speculation the Balkan state was tied to Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca in a communist conspiracy. Full Story

US wants end to Pakistani aid to militants
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
The United States has asked Pakistan to end its support of groups that have infiltrated into the Indian side of Kashmir to avoid a more serious military conflict. "We understand India's frustrations and anger over continued terrorist actions, but would reiterate that rather than being the solution, military action in this crisis would create even greater problems," State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said. Full Story

House OKs $29B Anti-Terror Bill
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:26 by TRC-News
The House approved $29 billion early Friday for the fight against terrorism overseas and at home as the two parties grappled in a bitter election-year spat over war and the growing national debt. Full Story

Rail Systems Given Terror Warning
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
The Transportation Department has warned transit and other railroad systems about possible terrorist attacks, a department official said Friday. Spokesman Chet Lunner said the information that triggered the alert cited "unconfirmed, non-specific reports that indicated attacks" that were being considered against subway trains. Full Story

NY Commissioners Seek Closer Ties for Fire Dept. and the Police
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
The commissioners of the New York City Police and Fire Departments said yesterday that for the first time they would exchange liaison officers and carry out specialized training together. The moves, they said, are intended to improve communications between the two agencies, but may also ease the tensions that have long divided some of their members. Full Story

Bomber Killed in a Bid to Drive Car Into a Tel Aviv Nightclub
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
A suspected Palestinian militant tried to ram a car full of explosives into a Tel Aviv nightclub crowded with teenagers early today but was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard. Full Story

A Chronicle of Horror, and Hope
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
EVEN as it adds to a timeless historical record, "In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01" is very much of this moment. Following Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani through that day, this gripping, sorrowful documentary includes images and sounds too terrible to be seen or heard eight months ago. Full Story

In Reichstag, Bush Condemns Terror as New Despotism
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
President Bush stood today in the well of Germany's reconstructed Reichstag and told Parliament that the terrorist groups the United States and its allies are hunting down constitute a "new totalitarian threat," and in a clear reference to Hitler, compared the current struggle to a past generation's battle against those who "killed in the name of racial purity." Full Story

Student Tied to Terror Suspect Gave F.B.I. Disturbing Portrait
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
Hours after Zacarias Moussaoui was taken into custody last August, nearly a month before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal agents in Minnesota were told that he believed it was "acceptable to kill civilians who harm Muslims" and that he approved of Muslims who died as "martyrs" in such attacks, classified federal documents show. Full Story

Changes to Sept. 11 Fund Would Extend Aid to Victims of Past Terror Bombings
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:11 by TRC-News
Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are nearing agreement on changes in the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund that would allow scores of American families from past terrorist attacks to receive hundreds of millions of dollars collectively in compensation. Full Story

Tourist sites on heightened alert
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:04 by TRC-News
After the surprise attack on America, homeland security came quickly to one of the nation's hottest tourist attractions. Full Story

Anthrax attacks put microbiologists' work under a magnifier
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
As always, the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting here this week was part science, part fellowship. But this year, the meeting of 10,000 members of the group was something else: part Agatha Christie. Full Story

Some fear Kashmir conflict could escalate to nuclear disaster
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
A festering regional dispute could spark the world's first nuclear exchange and make the Sept. 11 terrorism toll look minuscule by comparison. Full Story

Burundi Rebels Release Bishop
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:55 by TRC-News
Rebels in Burundi have freed a Roman Catholic bishop and his driver, who they had been holding since the weekend. Hutu rebels of the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) took Bishop Joseph Nduhirubusa, of the eastern Ruyigi diocese, to a pre-arranged meeting place in a clearing, north of the capital, Bujumbura. He was then handed over to representatives of the Catholic Church. Full Story

EU Reports Post-Sept. 11 Racism
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:54 by TRC-News
Anti-Islamic and anti-Jewish incidents have increased across the EU since the September 11 terror attacks and the intensification of the Middle East conflict, a report has concluded. Full Story

India 'Puts Off' Kashmir Attack
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
India is reported to be planning to give Pakistan two months to stop cross-border attacks in Kashmir before military action is taken. The influential Hindustan Times newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, said the plan was discussed at a meeting attended by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during his visit to Kashmir on Thursday. Full Story

Pakistan Asks UN to Intervene: War-like Situation
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:52 by TRC-News
Pakistan sought on Thursday the United Nations intervention for restraining India from warpath and bringing it to the negotiating table for defusing the present volcanic situation in the region. Full Story

Iranians Offended By U.S. Terrorism Report
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:50 by TRC-News
The giant rift between Iran and the United States over what defines terrorism is running squarely through Kazem Alavi's modest nut shop. Full Story

Fighting Breaks out in Two Towns Near Liberian Capital
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:49 by TRC-News
Heavy fighting has broken out between government and rebel forces around two towns near the Liberian capital, government officials said Thursday. Full Story

Troop Build-Up As Spectre of Civil War Looms in Madagascar
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
There was a steady build-up of soldiers in two of Madagascar's provincial towns on Thursday as president Marc Ravalomanana reiterated his intention to take military action if the blockade of the capital, Antananarivo, was not dismantled within four days. Full Story

Kidnapper's Testimony Reveals Network of Collusion in Mexico
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:47 by TRC-News
A kidnapping ringleader's confession has revealed a network of corruption and collusion that stretches from jewelers and drug traffickers to lawyers and law enforcement officials, according to the Mexican daily Reforma. Full Story

Departing U.S. Ambassador Expects More Attacks in Pakistan
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:46 by TRC-News
''I expect there will be another attack here,'' Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin said in an interview with The Associated Press a week before ending her assignment in Pakistan. She noted that two of the attacks (one in the heavily defended capital of Islamabad and the other against French engineers working for Pakistan's navy) were a direct assault on Musharraf's authority. Full Story

France may ask embassy staff to quit Pakistan
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:45 by TRC-News
France said on Thursday it was studying the possibility of emulating Britain and evacuating its diplomatic personnel from Pakistan, but that for the moment no decision hads been taken. Full Story

3 Communist Guerrillas Slain in Compostela Valley
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:44 by TRC-News
PHILIPPINE security forces killed three communist guerrillas in Compostela Valley in Southern Mindanao, the military said on Friday. Separate reports by radio RMN and the Agence France-Presse said government troops from the 60th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army ran into 20 members of the New People's Army (NPA) on Wednesday, igniting a gunbattle that claimed the lives of three guerillas. Full Story

Filipino-Chinese Businessman Abducted in Manila: Report
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
WESTERN Police District operatives are investigating the possible kidnapping of a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Manila on Friday, radio RMN reported. The victim was identified as one Ricardo Lim-Yu who was said to have been abducted by unidentified men between Makiling and Crisostomo streets in Sampaloc. Full Story

Somalia's Kidnapping Industry
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:42 by TRC-News
Armed Escorts Are a Fact of Life in Mogadishu The regularity of kidnappings in the Somali capital Mogadishu is a sign of continuing chaos in the war-ravaged country. The kidnappings are a blot on the country's image abroad and increase the suffering of a population afflicted by 12 years of lawlessness. Full Story

Car Bomb Explodes In Spanish City Of Pamplona; Two Injured
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
A car bomb blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA exploded Thursday in the northern city of Pamplona, injuring two people and sending a huge cloud of smoke billowing over the city center, authorities said. Full Story

Sudan Plane 'Bombs' Southern Village
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
Fifteen people are reported to have been killed and many more injured when a plane dropped bombs on a village in southern Sudan. The rebels Sudan People's Liberation Movement has accused the government of responsibility. An Antonov bomber attacked in the dark without warning early on Wednesday, according to foreign aid workers inside southern Sudan. Full Story

Venezuelan Coup Plotter Escapes
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:38 by TRC-News
The man who briefly replaced Venezuela's president during a short-lived coup was seeking asylum in the Colombian Embassy Friday after escaping from house arrest. Full Story

Poisoned Tea Kills 7, Injures 47 in Zimbabwe
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
Seven members of a religious sect in Zimbabwe - including a 4-year-old boy - died after drinking tea suspected to have been poisoned, police said Thursday. Full Story

Air marshals' skills doubted
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
The government has cut training for federal air marshal applicants and put new hires on flights without requiring the advanced marksmanship skills the program used to demand, USA TODAY has learned. Full Story

Computers to track biological, chemical threats
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:29 by TRC-News
National lab scientists are developing a plan to help cities track biological and chemical agents such as anthrax and other nearly invisible weapons of mass destruction. Full Story

Terror warning issued for nation's ports
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
A new terrorism warning surfaced this week indicating that as many as 25 terrorists of Middle Eastern origin may have slipped into the U.S. unnoticed after stowing away aboard cargo ships that entered four major U.S. seaports. Full Story

System tracks hazardous waste
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:25 by TRC-News
To better track hazardous waste, California is implementing a secure Web-based system for government agencies, manufacturers and haulers to keep tabs on the transport and disposal of used oil and other manufacturing byproducts. Full Story

Govt Probing Social Security Numbers
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:24 by TRC-News
The Social Security Administration, cracking down on the use of Social Security numbers in the aftermath of Sept. 11, no longer will issue numbers to foreigners to apply for driver's licenses even in states that require them. The agency also has stepped up efforts to identify mismatches between names and Social Security numbers with help from employers nationwide, sometimes revealing immigrants working in the United States illegally. Full Story

Panel casts partisan vote for homeland security department
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:22 by TRC-News
A bill to create a Cabinet-level homeland security department cleared the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday on a 7-3 party-line vote. Full Story

Police Records For Anyone's Viewing Pleasure
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:18 by TRC-News
A few weeks ago, RapSheets.com began selling national criminal background checks for $20 to $30 a pop. The tiny Tennessee firm claims its new criminal directory is the most comprehensive on the Internet, encompassing 50 million criminal records in 36 states (it includes Virginia but not Maryland or the District). Full Story

Klez virus claims US State Department's email identity
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:16 by TRC-News
The US State Department says it has been affected by the Klez computer virus. An official says hundreds of rogue emails have been in circulation claiming they're from one of its offices. Full Story

Net-centric warning delivered
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:14 by TRC-News
Network-centric warfare — which seeks to make data available to those who need it across the organization or on the battlefield — is the future of the U.S. military, but many potential pitfalls must be addressed to ensure its success, according to a top official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Full Story

Army is looking for a few good gamers
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:13 by TRC-News
After watching the popularity of video gaming grow into a $9 billion business last year, the U.S. military is launching a video game with an eye toward recruiting. Full Story

Corporate secrets are rich pickings on PDAs
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:11 by TRC-News
Corporate secrets are being left unprotected on personal digital assistants (PDAs), with one in four users not bothering to protect their PDA with a password. Full Story

Comment: Web sites insecure as ever
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:09 by TRC-News
Most, if not all, of corporate web sites are fundamentally insecure. And this insecurity can allow attackers to access databases, delete or change information, and cause absolute chaos with very little effort or technical know how. Full Story

TRC Terrorist Group Profile - Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK or MKO)
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:07 by TRC-News
This group was formed in the 1960s by the college-educated children of wealthy Iranian merchants. Their purpose in organizing was to counter what they perceived as excessive Western influence in the Shah's regime and to bring the nation more in line with their philosophical blend of Marxism and Islam. At a point early in the 1970's, the MEK concluded that violence was the only way to bring about change in Iran. Since then, the MEK has developed into the largest and most active armed Iranian dissident group. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Bookstores Recommends - Origins of Terrorism : Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind
Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 - 10:04 by TRC-News
Origins of Terrorism : Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind looks at the causes of terrorism. Two possibly conflicting thoughts on the origins of terrorism are proposed at the beginning of the book in the form of two essays: 1) Terrorism is a product of strategic choice, and 2) Terrorism is a product of psychological forces. The rest of the book uses essays and case studies to follow up on these two positions. This is not only a classic in the realm of terrorism research, but is also an interesting piece of work on what causes the phenomenon of terrorism. More Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 12:02 by TRC-News
05/23/1951
China (People's Republic of) - Tibet was "peacefully liberated" when representatives of the Dalai Lama signed an agreement with the Beijing government accepting Chinese rule in return for a promise of greater autonomy.

05/24/1993
Eritrea - Independence from Ethiopia

05/24/1984
Philippines - Urban Terrorism Begins

05/25/1946
Jordan - Independence Day

05/25/1990
Spain - Sevillano Died (GRAPO Member) after a prolonged hunger strike.

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Giuliani: World Safer Than Pre-9/11
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:57 by TRC-News
Former Mayor Rudoph Giuliani told emergency management officials from around the country on Wednesday that the world is safer now than before Sept. 11. Full Story

Suicide Bombings May Spread to Europe, U.S.
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:55 by TRC-News
International security agencies are concerned suicide bombings will spread to Europe and the United States much in the way airliner hijackings proliferated across the globe in the 1970s and 80s. Full Story

Mubarak calls for Islamic moderation
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:54 by TRC-News
President Hosni Mubarak, marking the Prophet Muhammad's birthday, called on Muslims to project a true image of a merciful and compassionate Islam by showing moderation and taking part in dialogue with non-Muslims. Full Story

GOP Hopes to Vote on Anti-Terror Bill
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:52 by TRC-News
A popular House bill throwing $29 billion at the fight against terrorism has become the battleground for an election-year tussle over the burgeoning national debt. Full Story

Suicide Bomber Kills 2 Israelis in Attack Near Tel Aviv
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:49 by TRC-News
Hours after the Israeli military killed a well-known Palestinian militant and two of his comrades, a young man with bleached-blond hair and a hidden bomb blew himself up at a park gazebo here, killing at least 2 Israelis and injuring 27 others. Full Story

Qaeda Tip Spurred Alert in New York
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:47 by TRC-News
The source of a tip this week that terrorists might strike at the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty was Abu Zubaydah, the highest-ranking Qaeda operative captured since Sept. 11, a senior law enforcement official said yesterday. That is one reason New York officials put the city on high alert and publicized details of the threat, something the Federal Bureau of Investigation never intended to do. Full Story

Bush Warns Germans on Terror; Has No Iraq `War Plans on Desk'
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:46 by TRC-News
In a wide-ranging speech that touched on the expansion of NATO, United States ties with Russia and the prospects of peace in the Middle East, President Bush told the German Parliament today that the dangers of terrorism were worldwide and that European nations were at risk. Full Story

FBI agent says he didn't foresee 9/11
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
The FBI agent whose concerns about radical Middle Easterners at U.S. flight schools were cast aside by the bureau last summer defended his troubled agency here this week, telling lawmakers that he did not foresee the attacks of Sept. 11. Full Story

Public Announcement: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:35 by TRC-News
Papua New Guinea will hold national elections in mid-June 2002. During the lead-up to polling and in the weeks after the results are announced, political meetings and impromptu demonstrations are likely. In the past, some of these have turned violent, especially in the Highlands region. Full Story

Al-Qaeda Using Gems to Hide Funds
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
Al-Qaeda's assets are being spirited away, the UN says. A UN Security Council monitoring group has warned that the al-Qaeda movement may be converting its financial assets in an attempt to avoid global constraints on the funding of terrorist networks. Full Story

Algerian Troops 'Killed In Ambush'
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
About 10 government troops have been killed in an ambush near the Algerian capital, reports say. The attack in the Blida region, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Algiers, comes amid increasing violence one week before Algerians are due to vote in legislative elections. Full Story

Angola Says US, Others Sending Food For Ex-Rebels
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
The Angolan government says the United States and other countries have begun sending food and other relief supplies for former UNITA rebels, some of whom are dying of malnutrition and disease. Full Story

War is Seen Spreading Outside Colombia
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:31 by TRC-News
The talk of the day in Latin American diplomatic circles: whether the expected electoral victory on Sunday of Colombia's hard-line presidential candidate Alvaro Uribe will bring about an escalation of Colombia's war that could spill over to neighboring Brazil, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador and Peru. Full Story

Executions Continuing in Kisangani, DRCongo
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:30 by TRC-News
Arrests and executions are continuing in Kisangani in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following a failed mutiny within an armed anti-government movement, UN Special Representative to the DRC Amos Namanga Ngongi said on Tuesday. Full Story

Sides Called to the Hague for Border Talks
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
Ethiopia and Eritrea traded accusations this week after a high-level meeting to iron out any potential problems over the border ruling, announced last month. Full Story

French Embassy in India Turns Into Fortress
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
Right-wing extremist leader Jean-Marie Le Pen may not be the only threat that France is facing. Rocked by the devastating May 8 explosion aboard a Pakistan Navy bus that left 11 of their countrymen dead in Karachi, the French are taking no chances. The aftershocks of the attack are being felt as far away as Chanakyapuri in Delhi where the French Embassy in India has retreated behind an imposing wall of impregnable security. Full Story

Indian PM Steps Back From Brink
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:26 by TRC-News
In a televised address to the nation, India's prime minister has stepped back from the strong military posturing that has marked his stance on the disputed territory of Kashmir. Full Story

Al-Aqsa Group Vows More Suicide Strikes On Israel
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
A leader of the militant group behind a suicide bombing that killed two Israelis in a city park vowed on Thursday to carry out more attacks. Full Story

Bomb Sets Fire to Israeli Fuel Depot
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
A bomb attached to a tanker truck exploded Thursday at Israel's biggest fuel depot in what police said was likely a Palestinian terror attack. The blast ripped through the driver's cabin and sent fuel pouring onto the tarmac, but the fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt. Full Story

Macedonian Army Says Attacked by Albanian Gunmen
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
The Macedonian army said on Thursday ethnic Albanian gunmen attacked an army post by the Kosovo border, describing it as one of the most serious incidents directed at its forces since last year's conflict. Full Story

Pakistan Plays Down Security Fears
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
IIslamabad has responded to warnings by foreign governments about the safety of their citizens living in Pakistan, saying it can provide all necessary security and calling for calm. Full Story

Suspects In Daghestan Bomb Attack Arrested
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
The head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says several people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a bomb attack which killed 43 people in Daghestan. Full Story

Sierra Leone Concerned About Pakistani Peacekeepers' Withdrawal
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
Officials in Sierra Leone are expressing concern about reports that Pakistan is considering withdrawing its troops from the U.N. peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone. The officials are worried a Pakistan pullout would jeopardize the country's return to peace. Full Story

Sri Lanka Talks 'In Doubt'
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
Landmark peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil Tiger rebels could be delayed because of a row over a key ceasefire accord, rebel radio has said. Full Story

Military questions Iraq plan Chiefs say forces already strained
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
As President Bush tries to rally European support for military action against Iraq, U.S. armed services leaders are questioning whether their forces are ready for another war. Full Story

Philippines Arrests Abu Sayyaf Leader for Bombing
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested a leader of a Muslim guerrilla group linked to the al Qaeda network on suspicion of masterminding a bombing that killed 15 people. Full Story

Nepal dissolves parliament and announces elections
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:13 by TRC-News
Nepal announced the dissolution of its parliament on Wednesday in a bid to head off a ruling party revolt, and said it would hold fresh elections in November. Full Story

Bush Warns Russia Over Iran Gaining Weapons
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:11 by TRC-News
President Bush said Thursday he would warn Russian President Vladimir Putin at talks Friday on U.S. concerns Russia is contributing to weapons proliferation by helping Iran build a nuclear plant. Full Story

Colombian War Zone Spreads to Cities
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
Soldiers crouched behind a Coca-Cola sign, squeezing off bullets at an unseen enemy. Frightened teen-agers stumbled through the streets, carrying wounded children in their arms. For many Colombians, images from this week's battle in Medellin underscored a terrifying new phase their country's long cycle of violence: urban warfare. Full Story

Church bombing: All sides accused
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:07 by TRC-News
The United Nations has released its much-anticipated report on events in Bojaya, where earlier this month more than 100 civilians sheltering in a church were killed when Marxist guerrillas bombed the building. Full Story

Ethiopia 'trained us to terrorise Somalia'
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
Dozens of Somali former military officials have said they were trained and armed by Ethiopia in its attempts to destabilise the Somalia's transitional government. Full Story

International financial agencies send workers home after anthrax scares
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
More than a thousand World Bank employees worked from home after an anthrax scare, and its sister agency, the International Monetary Fund found evidence of spores in its mail room. Full Story

Whitehall Begins Review of UK's Cybercrime Laws
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
The Government has begun a review of the Computer Misuse Act, acting on concerns that UK law contains loopholes that make it difficult for the police to prosecute the perpetrators of denial of service attacks. Full Story

Six Arrested Over 'Nigerian Email' Frauds
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:38 by TRC-News
South African police have made a breakthrough against organised criminals who spam Internet users in an attempt to defraud them of thousands of pounds Six people were arrested in South Africa last weekend on suspicion of being involved in the infamous Nigerian email and letter fraud. Full Story

New Version of E-mail Scam Purports to be From American Soldier in Afghanistan
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
A new e-mail scam from a purported American ''Special Forces Commando'' in Afghanistan who needs help getting terrorist drug money out of the country is making the rounds on the Internet. Full Story

Firewalls Are Still Sizzlin'
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:36 by TRC-News
It won't come as news to IT pros that cybercrime is soaring. But a new slate of stats reveals just how bad the situation really is. Research firm Computer Economics predicts computer crime will more than double this year while virus incidents are expected to increase by 22 percent. Full Story

2 FBI Agents Charged In Internet Fraud Scheme
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
Two FBI agents passed confidential information about investigations of companies to participants in a stock-manipulation scheme, according to a federal indictment unsealed yesterday. Jeffrey A. Royer and Lynn Wingate were charged with racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Royer, who resigned from the FBI in December and allegedly went to work for one of the stock manipulators, was also charged with extortion. Full Story

Certification deadline draws near
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:32 by TRC-News
In an effort to improve the security of the commercial software it buys, the Defense Department beginning in July will prohibit the military services from purchasing information assurance products that have not met a third-party security evaluation. Full Story

Philippine Govt Agencies Eye Computer Forensics
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:31 by TRC-News
The Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are teaming up for a computer forensics training and investigation program that would allow both organizations to respond immediately to computer-related problems, especially those related to hackings as well malware attacks. Full Story

International group eyeing IT security principles, standards
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:29 by TRC-News
An international body representing more than 30 nations, including the U.S., is developing a set of information security principles intended to help in the development of IT security standards, best practices and potential security-related laws. Full Story

Sophos Warns of World Cup Virus
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:27 by TRC-News
Seemingly harmless World Cup screensavers, spreadsheets and electronic wall charts could provide the ideal vehicles for virus and worm propagation. Sophos is advising employees and home PC users not to open unsolicited emails, download material from the Internet or use anything on their computer which is not known to be virus-free. Full Story

Waging war on computer viruses
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
New net technologies present opportunities for more than just entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Virus writers like them, too. Almost every novel internet technology, from e-mail to peer-to-peer networks, has been exploited by virus writers and vandals keen to cause havoc. Full Story

TRC Counterterrorist Organization Profile - Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG-9) of Germany
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:21 by TRC-News
GSG-9 was formed as a direct result of the inept response of German police to actions of Black September terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Following the end of World War Two, German authorities had been apprehensive about creating an elite military unit for any purpose. This, in addition to the desire to demonstrate to the world that Germany was no longer the fearsome entity it once was, caused planners to establish security that was as low-profile as possible. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Infowar Bookstore Recommends - Information Security Policies Made Easy
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 10:18 by TRC-News
Information Security Policies Made Easy by Charles C. Wood is a required bookshelf item for anyone involved in the development, maintenance or analysis of information security policies within a government or commercial organization. More Book Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:45 by TRC-News
05/22/1972
Sri Lanka - Republic Day - Also known as National Heroes' Day.

05/22/1990
Yemen - North and South Yemen Reunited - day declared "Yemeni National Day."

05/23/1951
China (People's Republic of) - Tibet was "peacefully liberated" when representatives of the Dalai Lama signed an agreement with the Beijing government accepting Chinese rule in return for a promise of greater autonomy.

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Report Cites Victories in Battle Against Terrorism
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:41 by TRC-News
In its first official survey since Sept. 11 of the worldwide terrorism threat, the State Department reported Tuesday that U.S.-led efforts have made significant progress in capturing terrorists and persuading some "rogue" nations to change their behavior. Full Story

US stands firm on list of terrorist-tied nations
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
Libya and Sudan have curbed their support for militant groups and have cooperated with the US antiterrorism campaign, but their efforts are not yet enough to remove them from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to an annual government report released yesterday. Full Story

Conferees Agree on Bioterror Bill
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:38 by TRC-News
House and Senate negotiators agreed yesterday on the final version of legislation meant to ensure a sustained, comprehensive effort to shore up the nation's defenses against a bioterror attack. Full Story

Suspect Bag Briefly Shuts NY Bridge After Alert
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:35 by TRC-News
A police investigation of a suspicious bag closed the Brooklyn Bridge for an hour on Wednesday, a day after officials warned New Yorkers about vague threats against the landmark bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Full Story

Palestinian Militants Begin Life in Exile
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:35 by TRC-News
Twelve Palestinian militants began a life in exile Wednesday, flashing a "V" for victory sign as they left Cyprus for other European nations under a deal to end a siege by Israeli forces of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. Full Story

Jibril's son buried near Damascus
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:33 by TRC-News
Jihad Jibril, son of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command leader, was buried Wednesday in a refugee camp near Damascus while thousands of mourners pledged to take revenge on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Full Story

UN-Iraq talks resume in July, in Vienna
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
Talks between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri aimed at returning U.N. weapons inspectors to Baghdad are slated to resume in early July in Vienna, chief U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said Tuesday. Full Story

Brazilian forces massed near Colombia
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
In an interview with Brazilian radio earlier Tuesday, Minister of Defense Geraldo Quintao said the exercises -- the first major joint military operation involving the country's Army, Navy and Air Force -- were "especially important now, as we are facing problems such as smuggling, drug trafficking and the guerrillas in Colombia." Full Story

Daschle Is Seeking a Special Inquiry on Sept. 11 Attacks
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
Headed for a confrontation with the White House and Congressional Republicans, the majority leader of the Democratic-controlled Senate called today for an independent commission to investigate government action before the Sept. 11 attacks. He said such a panel was needed for "a greater degree of public scrutiny, of public involvement, of public understanding." Full Story

The Warning du Jour Comes via Rumsfeld, but Worriers Abound
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
Each day, another senior Bush administration official has come forward with a dire warning. One by one, they have predicted, with near certainty, that terrorists will strike again in the United States — culminating today with a warning that New York landmarks like the Statue of Liberty might be at risk. Full Story

Anti-U.S. Views at Pilot Schools Prompted Agent's Alert
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
At a closed-door Congressional hearing, an F.B.I. agent from Phoenix said today that he wrote a memorandum last July about a potential terrorist plot after conducting several interviews with Arab flight school students who expressed extreme animosity toward the United States, lawmakers said today. Full Story

Japan and South Korea Brace for World Cup
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
One million soccer fans are expected to visit Japan and South Korea for the coming World Cup, which for the first time is being played in Asia and has two countries as hosts. But the monthlong event, which garners the largest television audience in the world, may also be remembered as the first in which security gets top billing. In fact, the hosts are not sure whether to roll out or roll up the welcome mat. Full Story

Foreigners linked to terror tricked INS, report says
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
At least half of the 48 Muslim radicals linked to terrorist plots in the USA since 1993 manipulated or violated immigration laws to enter this country and then stay here, an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies says. Full Story

Public Announcement: MIDDLE EAST UPDATE
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
The U.S. Government continues to receive information about potential terrorist actions against U.S. interests abroad. There is growing concern that individuals may be planning terrorist actions against United States citizens and interests, as well as tourist sites frequented by westerners, in the region of the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula, and North Africa. U.S. citizens should exercise caution in those areas at this time. As indicated in the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement of March 17, 2002, increased security at official U.S. facilities may lead terrorists and their sympathizers to seek softer targets. Full Story

Travel Warning: LIBERIA
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
The Department of State reaffirms its warning to U.S. citizens against travel to Liberia due to the unstable security situation throughout the country. Dissidents have clashed with government troops in a number of areas, including the counties of Lofa, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Margibi and Bong. The fighting may spread to other areas of the country without warning. Full Story

Travel Warning: MACEDONIA
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Macedonia. The security situation in Macedonia is improving as a result of steps taken to implement the August 2001 Framework Agreement, which called for legislative and constitutional changes as the groundwork for a sustainable peace. Nevertheless, the situation remains unsettled and potentially dangerous. Although the overall level of violence has diminished, localized political and inter-ethnic violence, including armed exchanges, continues. Acts of intimidation and violence against American citizens remain possible, and land mines and unexploded ordnance pose a continuing threat. Full Story

Congo Rebels, Oppn Hold Talks with Mugabe
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:16 by TRC-News
Rwandan-backed Democratic Republic of Congo rebels and other political groups held talks with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Tuesday to try to get him to press Kinshasa for renewed peace talks, state TV reported. Full Story

DR Congo Police Officers 'Missing'
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
More than 100 police officers are reported missing in two towns in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, says the United Nations. Four policemen in the second city of Kisangani were confirmed dead and an inquiry has been opened to ascertain what had happened to the others, the head of the UN in DR Congo, Amos Namanga Ngongi, said on Tuesday. Full Story

Bush Seeks Europe's Support on Terror
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
US President George W Bush has left for a week-long tour of Europe where he will urge key allies to persevere in the war on terror. Full Story

Lebanon Probes Car - Bomb Murder Amid Security Fears
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
Police hunted for clues on Tuesday in the murder of a Palestinian guerrilla leader's son in Lebanon, a country still haunted by the specter of political killings that plagued it during a 15-year civil war. Full Story

Lebanon Terror Summit Didn't Include al Qaeda Leaders, U.S. Says
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
A widely publicized March meeting in Lebanon of Hamas and Hezbollah leaders did not include any senior al Qaeda representatives, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Full Story

Liberia Rebels Take Control Of Town
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:10 by TRC-News
Rebel forces have taken control of a key diamond-mining town in northwestern Liberia, military officials said Tuesday. The rebel fighters, using heavy weaponry, met little resistance from government troops when they burst into the town of Lofa Bridge three days ago, the officials said on condition of anonymity. Full Story

Key Island Bridge Blown Up in Madagascar
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
Another bridge on a key artery in Madagascar has been blown up, says an army officer loyal to disputed President Marc Ravalomanana, blaming the sabotage on the presidential rivals in a bitter power struggle. Full Story

Philippine Rebel Denies Ransom Row, Hostages 'Safe'
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:07 by TRC-News
A Muslim guerrilla leader in the southern Philippines on Wednesday denied newspaper reports his men were fighting over ransom for two U.S. hostages they have held for almost a year. Full Story

Sri Lanka Foes Hold Direct Talks
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
The Sri Lankan Government and Tamil Tiger rebels have held their first direct talks in seven years. A government team, accompanied by a diplomat from Norway, flew to a rebel stronghold to discuss a key road linking the northern Tamil heartland with the rest of the island. Full Story

Report: Al Qaeda, Taliban Smuggled Into Europe
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
Taliban and al Qaeda guerrillas have been smuggled into Europe in the last few months and are on their way to Britain, a German newspaper reported Wednesday, quoting a letter from Interpol to the German police. Full Story

Bush Says al-Qaida Still a Threat
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:02 by TRC-News
President Bush warned on Tuesday that al-Qaida terrorists still "want to hurt us," while his Pentagon chief said terrorists inevitably will acquire weapons of mass destruction from countries like Iraq, Iran or North Korea. Full Story

Lebanon Probes Car-Bomb Murder Amid Security Fears
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
Police hunted for clues on Tuesday in the murder of a Palestinian guerrilla leader's son in Lebanon, a country still haunted by the specter of political killings that plagued it during a 15-year civil war. Full Story

UK Pulls Diplomats From Pakistan, Warns Nationals
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
Britain said on Wednesday it was withdrawing some diplomats and their families from Pakistan and warned its citizens living and working in the country of a heightened risk to their safety after a number of serious bomb threats to British interests. Full Story

Long, quiet ethnic war in Burma
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:56 by TRC-News
The day after Burma's military rulers released democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, they also ordered the destruction of Kho Kay village, say ethnic leaders. Soldiers from three different battalions descended on the ethnic Karen village on May 7 and gave the residents an ultimatum: Leave or be shot. Full Story

Six more Pak soldiers killed
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:54 by TRC-News
At least six Pakistani soldiers were killed and several of their bunkers destroyed when the Indian forces resorted to retaliatory artillery fire on Pakistani positions across the LoC at the Noorpur, Shahpur, Khari Karmara and Sawjian areas of the Poonch sector throughout last night. Full Story

Indian PM Tells Troops Time for 'Decisive Fight'
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Wednesday told Indian soldiers confronting Pakistani forces across their border in disputed Kashmir that the time had come for a decisive fight. Full Story

Moderate Separatist Leader Is Assassinated in Kashmir
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:51 by TRC-News
Two masked men wearing police uniforms here today fatally shot a Muslim separatist leader who advocated a conciliatory approach to resolving the long-running dispute over Kashmir that has brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Full Story

Khmer Rouge rail murder arrest
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
A former Khmer Rouge commander has been arrested in Cambodia in connection with the murders of three Western backpackers in 1994, military officials said. Full Story

Army, Rebels Fight on Colombia City Streets; 8 Dead
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:46 by TRC-News
At least eight people were killed, including two children, when gunbattles erupted on Tuesday between government troops and Marxist rebels on the streets of Colombia's third-largest city, authorities said. Full Story

Failures in cargo security reported
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
A month after the Sept. 11 attacks, a government report warned federal officials that terrorists easily could plant bombs on passenger jets by shipping them as cargo. But the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has failed to remedy flaws that the report warns could prove ''catastrophic,'' government sources familiar with cargo security say. Full Story

Computer Virus Attacks Law Enforcement, Media
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
The State Department's e-mail identity was forged by a computer virus that sent itself to law enforcement and media outlets across the country, a department official said Tuesday. Variants of the virus, called Klez, have been spreading since the late 1990s and are transmitted through e-mails and attachments. Klez does not destroy computer files but can clog up mail systems and corporate networks. Full Story

Infosec Research Bill Amended
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:36 by TRC-News
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed a bill May 16 that would add millions to federal information security research funding and ? thanks to a last-minute amendment ? establish regularly updated baseline security standards for agencies. Full Story

Cyber Terrorism
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:35 by TRC-News
Over the last few years, we have been deluged with the new, hyped up, techno-phrase, "cyber terrorism". Many a noted expert has labelled cyber terrorism as a myth overused by fearmongers, moviemakers and sensationalists. Others have been quietly warning that the threat is real, new and remarkably hard to prevent. Full Story

IT Security Breaches on Rise in India
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
Information security breaches in India are on the rise. While virus infection continues to be the most chronic of all kinds of breaches, hackers and unauthorised users are responsible for over two-thirds of the security breaches. Some of the common forms of security breaches in India are manipulation of software application programmes and telecom-related frauds. Full Story

Leaky Cyber Borders
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:32 by TRC-News
A U.S. shield against foreign spam and hackers: national security or censorship? While the government vigilantly patrols our physical borders, it is doing precious little to control our electronic ones. Consider this: someone trying to bring fresh fruit from Europe into the United States will be stopped by an agent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But there's nothing to protect you from the electronic damage wrought by an infected Microsoft Word file sent to you by some computer hacker in Iraq. Full Story

TRC Terrorist Group Profile - Kurdistan Labor\Workers Party (PKK)
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:25 by TRC-News
The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is one of the most active and best-organized terrorist organizations in the world. It is their goal to establish an independent nation for Kurds, known as Kurdistan. To fully understand its current motives, however, it is necessary to understand the history of the Kurdish people. For centuries, the Kurdish people (estimates today suggest 20,000,000 Kurds) have inhabited an area in the Middle East encompassing southeast Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, with the majority residing in Turkey. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Bookstores Recommends - Toxic Terror : Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 - 10:22 by TRC-News
Toxic Terror : Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons, edited by Jonathan B. Tucker is an excellent work on past cases of chemical and biological terrorism. Separate authors take on the task of analysing in depth one of twelve cases (Aum Shinrikyo, Alphabet bomber, Rajneeshees, etc.), and do so by utilizing many primary sources. Toxic Terror provides a clear and unambiguous look into what has happened in the past and then looks to the future based on this realistic view of history. This book is a must for anyone who is studying the potential use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists. More Reviews

Patterns of Global Terrorism Report released
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 17:14 by TRC-News
Secretary Powell released the "Patterns of Global Terrorism" this report "marks the significant progress against terrorism that we and our coalition partners are making . . . [we] have strengthened law enforcement and intelligence cooperation. State Department Site
Link to electronic copy of Patterns of Global Terrorism
Secretary Powell’s Statement

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 17:09 by TRC-News
05/21/1991
India - Prime Mininster Rajiv Gandi Assassinated during a campaign rally in Tamil Nadu State.

05/22/1972
Sri Lanka - Republic Day - Also known as National Heroes' Day.

05/22/1990
Yemen - North and South Yemen Reunited - day declared "Yemeni National Day."

Full Story and More Dates

N.Y. Police May Issue Landmarks Alert-Official
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 17:05 by TRC-News
New York City may soon be issuing alerts about possible threats to the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, perhaps over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday. Full Story

U.S.: Iran Is Active Terror Sponsor
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 17:04 by TRC-News
Iran remains the world's most active sponsor of terrorism, while Sudan and Libya took some steps — but not enough — to "get out of the business," the State Department said Tuesday in an annual report to Congress. Full Story

Trial on Aid to Guerrillas to Begin
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 17:02 by TRC-News
Two men accused of helping run a cigarette-smuggling operation to benefit Lebanese guerrillas were brought by armored truck to a courthouse, where jurors were chosen amid tight security. Full Story

Two studies warn of terrorist threat
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 17:01 by TRC-News
The United States faces a substantial threat of a terrorist nuclear attack on an American city, and the federal government is not doing enough to prevent it, two scientific teams concluded in independent studies released yesterday. Full Story

FBI chief sees suicide blasts in US
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 17:00 by TRC-News
FBI director Robert S. Mueller III said suicide bombings similar to those that have plagued Israel in recent weeks are ''inevitable'' in the United States, adding his voice to the chorus of top-level Bush administration officials who have spoken in stark terms about what they describe as looming terrorist threats. Full Story

Iran to Hold Closed-Door Talks on U.S. Ties
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:58 by TRC-News
Reformists called on Iran to drop its "emotional" stance on ties with long-time foe the United States ahead of a meeting of MPs, senior political figures and foreign policy experts Tuesday to discuss the divisive issue. Full Story

Senate Leader Backs New Inquiry Into Sept. 11
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:56 by TRC-News
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, setting up a possible showdown with President Bush, voiced support on Tuesday for an independent commission to investigate events leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Full Story

Journalist, sister detained in Syria
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:54 by TRC-News
A Syrian journalist and her sister were arrested by Syrian security forces weeks ago but their whereabouts and reasons for their arrest were still unknown, a human rights group said Tuesday. Full Story

EU agrees on plan for 'Bethlehem 13'
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:53 by TRC-News
The European Union on Tuesday agreed on how to divvy up the 13 Palestinian militants stuck in Cyprus as a result of the deal to end the Israeli siege on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Full Story

Peru Rethinks Order for Arrest of Officers in '97 Rescue Raid
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:49 by TRC-News
Peru's justice minister said today that an arrest order for 11 army officers once hailed as heroes for helping end a 1997 hostage siege could be softened to a summons in an investigation into whether they executed rebel hostage-takers after the rebels surrendered. Full Story

Kidnappings Hinder Aid Efforts in Somalia
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:47 by TRC-News
Somali militiamen do not bite the hand that feeds them. Rather, they kidnap the hand, and the rest of the body, and hold the victim at gunpoint for ransom. Full Story

Tensions Mount Over Kashmir as Separatist Leader Is Killed
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:37 by TRC-News
A Kashmiri separatist leader was gunned down in Indian Kashmir Tuesday in the latest incident in a spiral of violence which is pushing India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Full Story

Ashcroft Learned of Agent's Alert Just After 9/11 but Bush Was Not Told
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:36 by TRC-News
Attorney General John Ashcroft and the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, were told a few days after the Sept. 11 attacks that the F.B.I. had received a memorandum from its Phoenix office the previous July warning that Osama bin Laden's followers could be training at American flight schools, government officials said today. Full Story

Rumsfeld Says Terrorists Will Use Weapons of Mass Destruction
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:32 by TRC-News
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned today that terrorist states will inevitably be able to attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction. Full Story

Americans back Bush, not agencies, on Sept. 11 actions
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:29 by TRC-News
A plurality of Americans think President Bush did all that he could have possibly done with his early warnings of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a Newsweek poll suggests. Full Story

With US on alert, Ridge lacks clout
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:28 by TRC-News
These are the times the Office of Homeland Security was created for – a rising level of warning over terrorist activity as intelligence officials report portentous chatter among terror organizations similar to that before 9/11. Full Story

Worker background checks raise privacy concerns
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:26 by TRC-News
Employers are carrying out more rigorous background checks since Sept. 11, but critics say the practice is trampling workers' privacy rights by going beyond traditional checks. Full Story

Alert hits home in apartments
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:25 by TRC-News
Landlords and tenants from San Francisco to New York went on alert Monday for suspicious persons and vehicles that could represent a terrorist threat to the nation's apartment buildings. The vigilance came after the FBI notified law enforcement agencies and apartment managers across the nation of intelligence reports that members of Osama bin Laden's terrorist group had discussed renting units in the USA and wiring them with explosives. Full Story

Multiple failures cited in approvals of hijackers' visas
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:24 by TRC-News
''Widespread failures'' within the Immigration and Naturalization Service led the agency to grant student visas to two Sept. 11 hijackers -- including alleged ringleader Mohamed Atta -- months after the terrorist attacks, an internal Justice Department review said Monday. Full Story

New military South chief vows to crush Sayyaf, rescue victims
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:16 by TRC-News
Newly appointed military southern command chief Major General Ernesto Carolina on Tuesday vowed to defeat the rebels and rescue the hostages. "We will rescue the hostages and crush the Abu Sayyaf. This is my priority," Carolina said. Full Story

Jungle, Rebels Hurt Philippines Search
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:15 by TRC-News
Nearly a year since Filipino Muslim extremists abducted an American couple, a massive U.S.-backed search has failed to pinpoint them, a U.S. general said Monday. Full Story

Burundi Rebels Say Kidnapped Bishop Is Alive
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:14 by TRC-News
Burundian rebels said on Tuesday that the Catholic bishop kidnapped in a road attack at the weekend was alive and would be released soon, along with his driver. Joseph Nduyirbusa, the bishop of the eastern Ruyigi province, and his driver were kidnapped on Saturday after their car was ambushed on a road some 40 km (25 miles) from the capital Bujumbura. Full Story

FARC Deserter Helps Hostages Escape
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:13 by TRC-News
Two foreigners held hostage for five months by Colombian guerrillas managed to escape after securing help from a deserter of the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, who led them to an army base and freedom. Full Story

Rebels Taking Aim at Bomb Squads
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:12 by TRC-News
It wasn't long ago that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had an unspoken agreement with the Colombian police. Rebels would plant a stick of dynamite, a timer and sometimes even a big sign, ''CAR BOMB!'' The bomb squad dismantled it, and everyone went home happy. The FARC got its publicity and chaos, and the techs made sure nobody was killed. Full Story

50 U.N. Trainees Unaccounted for Amid Alleged Rebel Slaughter of Congo Police
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:11 by TRC-News
U.N. authorities said Monday they were trying to locate 50 Congolese who had gathered for U.N. police training, amid reports that scores of Congolese policemen had been killed in rebel-held east Congo. "At the moment, we don't know their whereabouts," U.N. Congo mission spokesman Hamadoun Toure said in Kinshasa, Congo's capital. Full Story

Security Police: Finland Has Dozens of Potential Terrorists
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:10 by TRC-News
According to SUPO, the Finnish Security Police, Finland has up to a few dozen people living in the country with connections to international terrorist organisations. As SUPO sees it, some of them might be capable of perpetrating terrorist acts themselves. On the positive side, SUPO says that Finland has not had any terrorist attacks. Also, there are no terrorist organisations operating in this country, nor is there a concrete threat that any terrorist attacks might take place. Full Story

Indian PM Heads for Kashmir as Troops Trade Fire
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:09 by TRC-News
Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire in disputed Kashmir on Tuesday, just hours before Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was due to visit. War fears spooked financial markets in both countries as security forces in Jammu and Kashmir -- where a separatist revolt has raged for 12 years -- geared up for Vajpayee's arrival. Full Story

Madagascar PM to Visit Secessionist Provinces
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:06 by TRC-News
As the spectre of military confrontation loomed in Madagascar, Prime Minister Jaques Sylla was expected Sunday to tour parts of the country still under the control of a rival leader. Full Story

Rwandan Rebels Active in Uganda
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:05 by TRC-News
The rebels - extremist Hutu militiamen involved in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda - have set up camps in a Ugandan national park on the Rwandan border and are also believed to be in a forest north of the park that borders war-divided Congo, according to the report obtained on Monday by The Associated Press. Full Story

Southeast Asia to Coordinate Action Against Terror
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:04 by TRC-News
Southeast Asian nations on Tuesday sent a sharp warning to militants in the region by saying they would coordinate tactics to counter terror mongers. "We commit to counter, prevent and suppress all forms of terrorist acts," interior ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) said after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Full Story

Tamil Tigers Says Peace Bid S.Lanka's Last Chance
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 16:03 by TRC-News
A senior guerrilla leader was quoted by a pro-rebel Web site as saying a ceasefire in place since February and direct talks with the government planned for next month had to succeed. ''This is the last chance for peace. The Sri Lankan government should firmly grasp this opportunity and make the most of it to settle the conflict,'' rebel leader S. Karikalan was quoted as saying on Monday by Tamilnet. Full Story

FBI to polygraph workers in Md., Utah on anthrax
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:58 by TRC-News
The FBI will soon begin giving polygraph exams to scores of employees at the Army's bio- defense center at Fort Detrick in Frederick and at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah to see if a government insider mailed the anthrax that killed five people last fall, an FBI official confirmed last night. Full Story

Cipro Resistance Shows 'Alarming' Climb in Calif.
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:57 by TRC-News
Resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin has shown an "alarming" increase among patients at one of the western United States' largest rehabilitation facilities, a study released Monday shows. Full Story

World Bank Mail Tests Positive for Anthrax
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:56 by TRC-News
Some 1,200 World Bank employees were advised to stay home from work on Tuesday after inconclusive tests detected anthrax contamination on mail bound for their building, a World Bank spokeswoman said on Monday. Full Story

Grandmother admits to anthrax hoax
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:55 by TRC-News
A Bellingham grandmother known for caring for the elderly and the infirm pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to sending 18 threatening hoax letters to the state attorney general, six of them laced with white powder, at the height of last fall's anthrax scare. Full Story

Government Says Pilots Can't Have Guns in Cockpits
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:54 by TRC-News
After months of debate following the Sept. 11 terrorist hijackings, the Transportation Department has decided that airline pilots will not be allowed to have guns in the cockpits. Full Story

Thirty countries sign cybercrime treaty
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:52 by TRC-News
Thirty countries today signed a controversial international treaty to combat online crime. Representatives of 26 Council of Europe (CoE) member states, plus the U.S., Canada, Japan, and South Africa, put their signatures on the document at an international meeting in Budapest. Full Story

Alert issued for China's next cyber attack
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:49 by TRC-News
Washington's War Situation Rooms are abuzz these days with a score of major flashpoints scattered across the globe, from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Central Asia and North Korea to Cuba, and has now an issued alert of China's readiness to launch a cyber attack targeting key government computer systems. Full Story

Infosec research bill amended
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:47 by TRC-News
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed a bill May 16 that would add millions to federal information security research funding and — thanks to a last-minute amendment — establish regularly updated baseline security standards for agencies. Full Story

Senate committee sets up 'emergency technology guard'
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:46 by TRC-News
Legislation to make it easier for science and technology experts to assist government agencies during terrorist attacks or other national emergencies won quick approval Friday from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Full Story

The Viral Mind: Understanding the Motives of Malicious Coders
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:45 by TRC-News
Over the years I have seen many people offer opinions on why virus writers do what they do. While I accept that many of these people have indeed spoken to a small number of malware authors, it has become all too apparent that much of their text has been based on opinion and not fact. In this article, I will draw upon my own experiences as a virus writer and as a member of the virus (and anti-virus) community to explore some of the reasons that people would devote their time to developing viruses. Full Story

State Dept. virus exposes system flaw
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:44 by TRC-News
When the State Department sent out a computer virus to an e-mail list devoted to travel warnings last weekend, the incident exposed a larger shortcoming in the agency’s security. According to the company that manages the mailing list, the State Department list had been set up to allow anyone to send a message to all recipients — including journalists, foreign diplomats, overseas nationals. The virus proved it would have been easy for someone to send out a fake global travel warning in the name of the State Department. Full Story

TRC Counterterrorist Organization Profile - Forsvarets Spesialkommando (FSK) of Norway
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:39 by TRC-News
The Norwegian unit trains for counterterrorist actions mainly against oil rigs, which Norway has in abundance. FSK is not limited to this activity, however, and also trains for operations on airplanes, trains, and buildings. FSK are on 24 hour alert, however are held mostly in reserve in case the police should require special assistance. Another of their missions is also to protect the royal family, the government and the national assembly. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Infowar Bookstore Recommends - Cyberwar 2.0 : Myths, Mysteries & Reality
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 - 15:36 by TRC-News
Cyberwar 2.0 : Myths, Mysteries & Reality by Alan D. Campen, Douglas H. Dearth is a compilation of essays by some of the most influential thinkers on information warfare and cyberterrorism. More Book Reviews

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to Make Statement on Annual Terrorism Report - May 21
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:42 by TRC-News
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will deliver an on-the-record statement concerning the release of the Department's annual report "Patterns of Global Terrorism: 2001" on Tuesday, May 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the press briefing room. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:40 by TRC-News
05/20/1989
China (- Martial Law in Beijing. The death of Hu Yao Bang on April 15 set off protests, hunger strikes, and the occupation of Tienanmen Square by pro-democracy student radicals, which led to the imposition of martial law in Beijing.

05/20/1927
Saudi Arabia - Independence Day

05/21/1991
India - Prime Mininster Rajiv Gandi Assassinated during a campaign rally in Tamil Nadu State.

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Other Groups, with Al Qaeda, Said to Threaten U.S.
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:32 by TRC-News
Islamic groups like Hizbollah and Egypt's Islamic Jihad could be planning to attack the United States and may be more able to do so than the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden (news - web sites), the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said on Monday. Full Story

2 Tried in Alleged Terror Funding
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:30 by TRC-News
The trial of two men accused of funneling cigarette-smuggling profits to the terrorist group Hezbollah started Monday under tight security. Full Story

Foreigners Obtain Social Security ID With Fake Papers
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:29 by TRC-News
Tens of thousands of foreigners are illegally obtaining Social Security numbers by using fake documents, a typical first step to identity theft and other crimes, but federal officials still have not found a way to search immigration records to prevent the practice, federal investigators say. Full Story

Hollywood Shakes Off Fear of Terror Images
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:28 by TRC-News
"The Sum of All Fears," a political thriller in which the nation and its leaders are caught off guard by a terrorist attack, opens this month, the first film to be released since Sept. 11 to deal so explicitly with the sort of national trauma experienced that day. Full Story

A Surge in Al Qaeda Messages
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:26 by TRC-News
The government has intercepted a series of vague but menacing messages that appear to be communications among al Qaeda terrorists who could be planning a strike in the United States, senior administration officials said yesterday. Full Story

Threat to Orlando Water Supply Probed
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:22 by TRC-News
Federal and state authorities were investigating an unspecified threat to the water supply in Orlando, home to Walt Disney World, and alerted the public Sunday as a precaution. Full Story

Question Raised About Latest Bin Laden Video
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:21 by TRC-News
A British-based Islamic news agency released video footage of Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) Sunday which it said was filmed just two months ago. Full Story

U.S. Jets Hit Iraqi Radar Site in 'No-Fly' Zone
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:20 by TRC-News
U.S. warplanes on Monday attacked an Iraqi air-defense radar in response to threats against American and British jets policing a "no-fly" zone in southern Iraq, the Pentagon said. Full Story

Bush to Seek German Support Over Iraq, Rice Says
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:19 by TRC-News
President Bush will try to shore up support from German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in his alliance against Iraq during his visit to Berlin this week, a top White House official said. Full Story

Report Criticizes INS for Giving Hijackers U.S. Visas
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:16 by TRC-News
An investigative report released on Monday found "widespread failure" by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for giving two Sept. 11 hijackers student visas and approving them months after they already had carried out an attack on the World Trade Center. Full Story

Colombia's FARC offers peace for territory
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:15 by TRC-News
Colombia's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, offered Sunday to begin peace negotiations with the Colombian government in exchange for the demilitarization of two of the country's provinces. Full Story

NYC Mayor Sees Lessons From Attacks
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:13 by TRC-News
Emergency responders need better training and improved communication in order to prepare for more terrorist attacks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. Full Story

Docs Test Body Believed to Be Pearl's
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:12 by TRC-News
An autopsy report shows the body believed to be that of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was a white man whose neck had been slit and left hand tied with green rope, a source close to the investigation said Monday. Full Story

British Marine Commander to Be Replaced
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:11 by TRC-News
The commander of the British marine forces in Afghanistan is to be replaced after claims that he mishandled operations, lost the confidence of his men and infuriated British and U.S. officials. Full Story

Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:09 by TRC-News
A Palestinian militant detonated explosives at a busy intersection Monday as he was approached by police — killing himself, but causing no other injuries in the second suicide bombing in northern Israel in two days. Full Story

Officials: FBI shared suspicions
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:07 by TRC-News
The FBI asked the CIA to check on the backgrounds of Middle Eastern men taking flight lessons in Arizona months before Sept. 11 and were told the men had no direct connection to terrorists, senior government officials said Sunday. Full Story

W. Va. Guardsman killed in Afghanistan
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:06 by TRC-News
A West Virginia National Guardsman was killed in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan when his special operations unit came under fire, U.S. military officials said early today. Full Story

Bomber Disguised as Israeli Soldier Kills 3 in Market
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:04 by TRC-News
A suicide bomber disguised as an Israeli soldier blew himself apart on Sunday in a cramped market aisle here, ending almost two weeks of relative quiet in Israel by killing 3 Israelis and wounding more than 50 with a shrapnel-packed bomb. Full Story

Cheney Expects More Terror for U.S.
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:03 by TRC-News
Vice President Dick Cheney said today that he considered another major attack by Al Qaeda against the United States to be "almost certain." Full Story

Israel Arrests Settlers it Says Tried to Bomb Palestinians
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:01 by TRC-News
Israel's internal security agency, which usually searches for Palestinians deemed to be terrorists, now says it has uncovered a suspected Jewish network that apparently planned to bomb two or more Palestinian schools. Full Story

Early Warnings
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 12:00 by TRC-News
Last week, Democrats in Congress pounced on a disclosure that President Bush was cautioned last August, the month before the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, that Osama bin Laden might be planning a hijacking. Full Story

F.B.I. Knew for Years About Terror Pilot Training
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:58 by TRC-News
The F.B.I. had been aware for several years that Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network were training pilots in the United States and elsewhere around the world, according to court records and interviews at flight schools and with federal law enforcement officials. Full Story

Democrats Raise Questions Over Remarks on Warnings
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:58 by TRC-News
Some Congressional Democratic leaders and party strategists raised concerns today about remarks made by senior Bush administration officials last fall that they had received no warnings about the type of terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11. Full Story

Tribute Will Signal the End of the Search
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:55 by TRC-News
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delicately told New Yorkers yesterday that May 30 would be the day to move on. On that day, Mr. Bloomberg said, a minute before 10:30 a.m., Fire Department bells will ring and an honor guard made up of uniformed officers, ground zero workers and families of the dead will carry an empty stretcher draped with an American flag up a ramp that runs from the floor of the site to the street. The stretcher, representing the hundreds of bodies never recovered at the site, will then be placed in an ambulance and driven slowly up West Street. Full Story

Public Announcement: TURKEY
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:51 by TRC-News
The U.S. Government has received unconfirmed and fragmentary information that suggests unknown terrorists may be planning to conduct a terrorist incident, possibly to include activities directed against Civil Aviation. The Government of Turkey has already taken all prudent measures to address this possible incident. The U.S. and Turkey continue to consult and cooperate fully together in the war on terrorism. Full Story

Burundi Rebels Kill Guards, Kidnap Bishop
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:50 by TRC-News
Rebels in Burundi killed two guards and kidnapped a Catholic bishop and his driver when they ambushed their car on a road in the eastern part of the country, a local official said on Sunday. Full Story

Blast Damages Quebec City Synagogue
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:49 by TRC-News
A pre-dawn explosion Sunday at the only synagogue in Quebec City damaged the front door and shattered glass, but caused no injuries, police said. Full Story

Attacks Raise India-Pakistan Tension
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:48 by TRC-News
Fresh militant attacks on security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir and heavy exchanges of fire across the border are heightening fears of another Indo-Pakistani conflict. Full Story

Kashmir Just The Beginning in Jihadis' Vision of War
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:47 by TRC-News
The deadly hand of jihadis appears finally to have stoked the fires of confrontation to such an extent that a clash between India and Pakistan is inevitable. Full Story

Indonesian Muslim Militants Surrender Weapons
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:46 by TRC-News
Muslims in the riot-hit Indonesian province of Maluku yesterday surrendered hundreds of weapons and explosives to the security authorities. Full Story

Iranian Reformists Claim Responsibility For Bomb Near Militia Offices
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:45 by TRC-News
An explosion near offices of a hardline militia in Iran injured two pedestrians and caused minor damage, state radio reported Sunday. Full Story

Beirut Bomb Kills Militant Leader's Son
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
A car bomb has exploded in a busy commercial district of Beirut killing the son of hardline Palestinian leader Ahmed Jibril. Full Story

Liberian Rebels 'Holding' British Priest
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
Rebels in Liberia say they believe that some of their fighters have taken a British Roman Catholic priest prisoner. However, a spokesman for the rebels told Reuters news agency that he had no knowledge of the 60 blind refugees who had gone missing with Father Garreth Jenkins. In a bizarre coincidence, the rebel spokesman, William Hanson, said that he had once been taught by Father Jenkins and promised that he would not be harmed. Full Story

Opposition Mounts To Nepal Emergency
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
The Nepalese government's plans to extend a state of emergency have come under threat amid opposition to the move from a dissident faction within the ruling party. Full Story

Forum Vows to Resist Oil Firms' Threat
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
The recent decision by the major oil companies operating in the country to withdraw their monthly statutory three per cent allocation to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has come under strong criticism by the South-south Ideological Forum. Full Story

Philippine troops kill five suspected kidnappers
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:39 by TRC-News
Philippine troops killed five suspected kidnappers in a gun battle on Sunday with Muslim gunmen believed to be holding a South Korean hostage for more than three months, the military said. Full Story

5 Arrested for Abduction of Baguio Foreign Tourists
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
Philippine police have arrested a dismissed soldier and four other suspects in the abduction of a German woman and her Brazilian husband in a northern mountain resort, local authorities said Monday. Full Story

Al-Qaeda 'Responsible' For Tunisia Blast
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:31 by TRC-News
Al-Qaeda was responsible for last month's attack on a Tunisian synagogue which killed 19 people, a man described as an al-Qaeda commander has been quoted as saying. Full Story

FAA knew of Moussaoui arrest
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
A week before the Sept. 11 attack, investigators told the Federal Aviation Administration that student-pilot Zacarias Moussaoui had been arrested and was under investigation as a potential terrorist with a particular interest in flying Boeing 747s. But the agency decided against warning U.S. airlines to increase security. Full Story

Security Agency Mulls Emergency Number
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
Federal officials reviewing airline security are considering setting up toll-free telephone numbers that passengers in the air could use during emergencies. Full Story

Flight Crews' Reaction Mixed on a Lack of Pre-9/11 Alerts
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
Some pilots and flight attendants are criticizing airlines for not passing on to flight crews general warnings of terrorist threats that the federal government gave to the carriers before Sept. 11. But others say such vague warnings are useless and would have made little difference in the way they went about their daily routine. Full Story

Some Airport Workers Bypass Security
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:26 by TRC-News
While passengers and pilots pass through tightened airport security checkpoints, baggage handlers and other workers still bypass screeners and metal detectors by using identification cards that open locked doors. Full Story

Airlines Report Hearing Only Vague Caution
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
The two airlines whose planes were hijacked on Sept. 11 said today that they had received only general, vague warnings of terrorism last summer and nothing that would have prompted them to make major changes in their operations. Full Story

Applicants sought for part-time baggage screening jobs
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
The Transportation Security Administration will start considering job applications from people who want to work part-time as baggage screeners at the nation's airports, a spokesman said Friday. Full Story

Exporting weapons draws U.S. sanctions
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
Chinese and European arms exporters were hit with U.S. economic sanctions for selling cruise missile and chemical weapons goods to Iran, The Washington Times has learned. Full Story

Russia has loose grip on nuclear stockpiles
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
One day in February, Maxim Shingarkin, an antinuclear campaigner for Greenpeace Russia, led a Russian legislator and a camera crew past unwitting guards, around fences, and into the heart of a supposedly high-security restricted area in Siberia where 3,000 tons of highly radioactive, spent nuclear fuel are stored. Filming the whole way, traveling on well-worn footpaths, the six men spent several hours in the facility and left unnoticed. Full Story

No Decision on Anthrax Vaccine Program
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
The Defense Department is struggling toward a final decision on how to resume its controversial anthrax immunization program, balancing its need to protect U.S. troops with a desire to make the vaccine available to at-risk civilians. Full Story

W.H.O. Delays End of Smallpox Virus
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:18 by TRC-News
The World Health Organization agreed today to delay the planned destruction of the world's remaining stocks of the deadly smallpox virus to allow more time to develop new vaccines and treatments. Full Story

U.S. Dismisses July 4 Threat to Nuclear Sites
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:11 by TRC-News
White House and Justice Department officials Monday dismissed a recent intelligence tip about possible attacks against U.S. nuclear facilities on or around July 4, saying it is uncorroborated and came from an unreliable source. Full Story

Efforts to beef up port, rail security lose steam
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:10 by TRC-News
After Sept. 11, Congress was in a bipartisan rush to pass legislation to beef up transportation security. But after passage of an aviation security package last fall, security measures for railroads and ports appear to have all but drowned in a political quagmire. Full Story

TRC Terrorist Group Profile - ETA: Euskadi ta Askatasuna - Basque Group in Spain
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 11:04 by TRC-News
Located in the northwest corner of Spain, the Basque people have lived under centuries of semi-autonomous rule. During Franco's reign, however, this autonomy was drastically restricted. As a result, Basque nationalists, in conjunction with the newly-formed (1959) Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) began to carry out acts of violence against a variety of targets. As the Basque movement grew, so to did the ETA. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Bookstores Recommends - No One a Neutral: Political Hostage Taking in the Modern World
Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 - 10:59 by TRC-News
No One a Neutral: Political Hostage Taking in the Modern World by Norman Antokol and Mayer Nudell is an essesntial read on the topic of political hostage taking. While this book was published several years ago, one need only look at today's headlines to determine the need for insights into this continuing phenomenon. Please note that while Amazon says this book may take 6-8 weeks, it is still in stock and should be available to you within 1-2 weeks after ordering. More Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:23 by TRC-News
05/17/1989
Germany - Conviction of Mohammad Ali Hamadei of hijacking TWA flight 847 on June 14, 1985 and of the murder of a passenger, U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem.

05/17/1983
Israel - Israeli Troops Leave Lebanon

05/18/1980
Peru - The Maoist terrorist movement Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) began its armed struggle.

05/19/1928
Cambodia - Birthday of Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge.

05/19/1991
Turkey - Ataturk Holiday

05/19/1890
Vietnam - Birthday of Ho Chi Minh

05/20/1989
China (- Martial Law in Beijing. The death of Hu Yao Bang on April 15 set off protests, hunger strikes, and the occupation of Tienanmen Square by pro-democracy student radicals, which led to the imposition of martial law in Beijing.

05/20/1927
Saudi Arabia - Independence Day

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Democrats Press Ahead with Pre-Sept. 11 Probe
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:16 by TRC-News
Democratic leader Richard Gephardt said on Friday that inquiries into how much warning the U.S. government had of the Sept. 11 attacks would include members of Congress as well as the White House. Full Story

Mullah Omar Says Bin Laden Still Alive - Paper
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:15 by TRC-News
The world's most wanted man Osama bin Laden is still alive, said another top fugitive, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in remarks published by a leading pan-Arab newspaper on Friday. Full Story

Plane Worker Charged in Bomb Threat
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:11 by TRC-News
A federal grand jury indicted a French flight attendant for allegedly writing bomb threats aboard a London-to-Orlando flight, prompting a precautionary landing in Iceland. Full Story

State Dept. Report Investigating Arafat's Links to Terror Is at Odds With Israeli Claims
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:09 by TRC-News
A new State Department report has found "no conclusive evidence" that Yasir Arafat or other senior Palestinian leaders planned or approved specific terrorist attacks on Israel in the six months that ended in December, an assertion sharply at odds with recent Israeli claims. Full Story

Foreboding Increased, but No Single Agency Had All the Clues
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:08 by TRC-News
Foreboding grew in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, as President Bush and his national security aides studied intelligence reports hinting that terrorists could be plotting a major attack, Mr. Bush's National Security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, said today. Full Story

Machinery saved people in WTC
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:06 by TRC-News
The 16 people who escaped the burning top floors of the World Trade Center's south tower owe their lives to an unlikely hero: a row of giant elevator machines that shielded one stairway from destruction. Full Story

Macapagal defends pact with MILF
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:04 by TRC-News
President Macapagal-Arroyo said Wednesday there was nothing in a recent agreement signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that returned captured rebel camps to the MILF. Full Story

Public Announcement: NEPAL
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:02 by TRC-News
Recent reports of threats against and robberies of American trekkers, property destruction suffered by two businesses with an American affiliation, and increased anti-American rhetoric by the Maoist leadership indicate an increased risk to Americans in Nepal, particularly outside the Kathmandu Valley. Full Story

Public Announcement: VENEZUELA
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:01 by TRC-News
The Department of State cautions U.S. citizens in Venezuela to avoid demonstrations and to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from common crime. Because of the continued threat of kidnapping near Venezuela's border with Colombia, the Department of State advises against travel to that region. Full Story

Shed Where Pearl Held Believed Found
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 10:00 by TRC-News
Investigators searched a single-room shed on Friday where they believe Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was held for two or three days before he was killed and his body buried nearby. Full Story

Dozens Dead in Colombia Clashes
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:59 by TRC-News
Up to 80 people have been killed in Colombia as Marxist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries continue their war for territorial control in the north-western province of Antioquia. Full Story

Failed Attack on US Store in Berlin Ahead of Bush Visit
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:57 by TRC-News
Following the failed arson attack on a store of the US Wal-Mart supermarket chain in Berlin, police investigations are in full swing. However, no firm lead has been discovered yet, a police spokesman stated on Friday 17 May . It was not clear, either, whether the attempted attack was in any way related to the planned visit to Berlin by US President George W. Bush next week, he added. The police state protection office, which is responsible for crimes with a political background, has taken care of the investigations. Full Story

Kashmiri Group Vows To Continue Struggle
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:56 by TRC-News
Kashmir's main militant alliance vowed on Thursday to continue its armed struggle against Indian troops as New Delhi contemplated its response to a bloody attack in the state. Full Story

India, Pakistan Trade Fire After Army Camp Raid
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:54 by TRC-News
Indian and Pakistani troops traded unusually heavy border fire on Friday as New Delhi weighed its response to Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant groups it blamed for a raid on an Indian army camp. Full Story

Iran Faces Social Explosion
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:53 by TRC-News
Iran is on the verge of a social explosion, according to a leading conservative cleric. The cleric, Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini, is the deputy head of the influential and conservative Assembly of Experts - the body that has the authority to appoint or dismiss the country's supreme leader. Full Story

Liberian Fighters Claim Victory Over Encroaching Rebels
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:51 by TRC-News
Liberian forces claimed Thursday to have driven back the strongest offensive of a 3-year-old guerrilla campaign against President Charles Taylor's government after retaking a key central stronghold. Full Story

Mexico Continues Search for Stolen Cyanide
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:49 by TRC-News
Mexican police found a stolen truck today that was carrying 10 tons of sodium cyanide, but one drum containing the deadly chemical had been opened and most of the others were missing. Full Story

Death by Design
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:48 by TRC-News
The killing of Pakistan's most wanted terrorist Riaz Basra was hailed a success by the government but questions have been asked about the case, writes Rory McCarthy. Full Story

Bomb Injures Nine People in Philippine Market
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:46 by TRC-News
A homemade bomb exploded Thursday in a crowded public market in the southern Philippines, injuring nine people in a region on alert for possible attacks from Muslim rebels and extortion gangs, officials said. Full Story

Putin Puts Country on Alert
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:45 by TRC-News
One week after a bomb shattered a World War II Victory Day celebration killing 42 people in Dagestan, President Vladimir Putin ordered the nation's defense and security organizations to be on "permanent high alert." Full Story

Mailroom Meltdown at Library of Congress
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:42 by TRC-News
At the Library of Congress, the fight against terrorism has left a bit of a mess. The process of zapping the mail is so intense--postal officials originally used an irradiation level 25 times greater than that used to kill bacteria on beef--that letters routinely arrive yellowed, crinkled and sometimes burned beyond recognition. Even though the thermostat has since been turned down to a mere 10 times the normal zap, the mail is being cooked at temperatures as great as 170 degrees, and damage is noticeable. Full Story

Defense Agency Found Using Unsecure WLAN Security Cameras
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:39 by TRC-News
The agency responsible for the U.S. Defense Department's global networks and classified command and control systems has a gaping security hole in its front yard -- security cameras at its headquarters in Arlington, Va., are connected to a nonsecure and unencrypted wireless LAN. Chris O'Ferrell, chief technology officer at NETSEC Inc. in Herndon, Va., which provides intrusion-detection services to numerous federal agencies and commercial customers, detected the nonsecure wireless LAN at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DSIA) last Friday. Full Story

The Indian Cyber Criminal is Amongst the Best Brains in the World
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:37 by TRC-News
With the worldwide Internet population growing at an unprecedented pace, the task of dealing with a cyber criminal is getting complex each passing day. The increase in the quantum of sensitive data in cyberspace has particularly put the spotlight on cyber-policing and security measures. Supreme Court lawyer and cyber crime consultant Pavan Duggal spoke to eFE on the emerging challenges to deal with cyber crime in India. Full Story

Fire, infrastructure offices launch information-sharing effort
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:34 by TRC-News
The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) on Monday launched an information-sharing partnership to better inform the nation's "first responders" to emergencies of potential terrorist threats. Full Story

Fanatics with Laptops: The Coming Cyber War
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:32 by TRC-News
The blossoming of the Internet and its universal adoption have reinforced a trend toward interdependence of the world's political, economic and social systems. That increasing interdependence, however, becomes frightening when one considers that a next-generation cyber terrorist will likely not represent an aggressive world power. Full Story

Hackers turn on open source
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:30 by TRC-News
The hacker underground appears to be moving away from targeting Microsoft, as May turns out to be a hot month for attacks on open source security. Security watchers warned this week that May has seen a dramatic increase in defacements on Linux boxes, most noticeably on those from German speaking domains. Full Story

Face Recognition Technology Fails Again, ACLU Claims
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:28 by TRC-News
The civil rights group, a vociferous opponent of the technology that has figured prominently in national security planning since terrorist attacks in the U.S. last year, said the first four weeks of testing at the Palm Beach airport showed the technology was "less accurate than a coin toss." Full Story

Pentagon hires anti-terror sniffer bees
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:27 by TRC-News
The US government is hoping to use the wired up insects to sniff out minute residues of explosives and lead them to bomb factories and landmines. Each bee will carry a tiny wireless transmitter which can be tracked using a wireless connection to an army laptop computer. The bees are trained to think that TNT contains sugar so that they make a beeline for it. Full Story

TRC Terrorist Group Profile - PLO
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:24 by TRC-News
The Palestine Liberation Organization is undoubtedly one of the best known terrorist organizations in the world. Accordingly, the organization is led by perhaps the best known individual in the modern history of international terrorism; Yasser Arafat. The PLO was created in 1964 during a meeting known as the Palestinian Congress in an effort to give a voice to the large number of Palestinians living in refugee camps in Lebanon. It was not long before the group began to splinter into various factions, all of whom believed they knew the best way to achieve Palestinian liberation. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Bookstore Recommends - The World's Most Dangerous Places
Posted Friday, May 17, 2002 - 9:21 by TRC-News
The World's Most Dangerous Places, 4th Edition by Robert Young Pelton is one of the most fascinating books I've added to my library this year. Pelton provides an overview of the world's hot-spots (over 30 countries) that is so unique it has earned this book a spot on the CIA's required reading list. Pelton's insights are humorous, educational, and may just save your life should you ever find yourself face-to-face with terrorists, third-world rebels, or armed bandits. At over 1000 pages, you won't read this book in on sitting, but you will find yourself constantly referencing it, especially if you follow the news from some of the world's least popular places. More Book Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:19 by TRC-News
05/16/1983
Sudan - The Sudanese People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA) was founded.

05/17/1989
Germany - Conviction of Mohammad Ali Hamadei of hijacking TWA flight 847 on June 14, 1985 and of the murder of a passenger, U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem.

05/17/1983
Israel - Israeli Troops Leave Lebanon

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Bush Was Told of Hijacking Dangers
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:15 by TRC-News
President Bush and his top advisers were informed by the CIA early last August that terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden had discussed the possibility of hijacking airplanes, according to reliable sources. Full Story

Congress Demands Answers of Bush About Pre-Sept 11
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:14 by TRC-News
Members of Congress demanded answers on Thursday on whether the U.S. government had enough information to head off the Sept. 11 attacks, as the White House went into damage control over disclosure that President Bush received a warning in August of a possible plot to hijack U.S. planes. Full Story

GIs Battle 'Ghosts' in Afghanistan
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:12 by TRC-News
The three men were acting suspiciously, running back and forth, pointing and ducking and carrying something into a streambed. Watching from a nearby hill, 1st Lt. Quinn Eddy and his men decided they could be hostile and prepared for a firefight. Full Story

Afghan Chiefs Say Bin Laden, Omar Likely Alive
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:10 by TRC-News
A provincial governor and a warlord from a part of eastern Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar were once believed to be hiding said on Thursday they thought the pair may still be alive. Full Story

FBI Agents Cross-Examined in Pearl Murder Case
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:09 by TRC-News
Pakistani prosecution and defense lawyers on Thursday cross-examined two U.S. FBI agents on key emails and video evidence in the kidnap and murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl. Full Story

Analysis: Tough times for Iran reformists
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:07 by TRC-News
A prominent reformist member of Iran's parliament predicts tougher times ahead for his colleagues and co-thinkers even as Iranian President Mohammad Khatami seeks to ease pressure on embattled reformists. Full Story

Analysis: U.S. and South Asia
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:05 by TRC-News
Yet another U.S. attempt to defuse tensions between South Asia's two belligerent nuclear neighbors -- India and Pakistan -- appears to have ended without much success. Full Story

Mystery Fever Strikes British Troops
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:04 by TRC-News
British forces racing to find the cause of a mystery fever that has struck 18 soldiers at an Afghan air base evacuated another six men to the United Kingdom for emergency treatment Thursday, a British military spokesman said. Full Story

AAA: Fewer to Fly Over Memorial Day
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:02 by TRC-News
Marking the start of the first summer travel season since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the former American Automobile Association said 35.2 million U.S. travelers are expected to go at least 50 miles from home on the holiday weekend. That's a 1 percent boost from the 34.9 million who traveled during the same period last year. Full Story

Palestinian Legislators Demand Vote
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:01 by TRC-News
In the most serious challenge yet to Yasser Arafat top Palestinian legislators demanded Thursday that general elections be held within a year, as part of wide-ranging reforms aimed at overhauling the corruption-ridden Palestinian Authority. Full Story

Asian Regional Antiterrorism Effort
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 12:00 by TRC-News
Defense ministers from Russia, China and three central Asian nations decided to pool their efforts to combat terrorism, extremism and separatist movements, saying they posed a threat to the entire region. Full Story

Drugs, Terror and Tuna: How Goals Clash
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:57 by TRC-News
This industrial city on the southern coast of Mindanao Island illustrates how America's various strategic aims in the wars on drugs and terrorism can clash, alienating important allies engaged in battling terrorism. Full Story

Defendant in Terrorism Case Balks at Psychiatric Testing
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:56 by TRC-News
Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, is refusing to submit to a psychiatric examination, leading a federal judge to warn that she may deny his request to represent himself at trial, according to a court document released today. Full Story

Secure often means secret
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:53 by TRC-News
In the eight months since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, the Bush administration has moved more quickly than any administration since World War II to make government activities, documents and other information secret, liberals and conservatives say. Full Story

Army officials on alert against attacks from above
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:51 by TRC-News
In the midst of their war on terrorism, the Army's leaders are waging another battle inside the Pentagon against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Last week's public fight between the Army and Rumsfeld over the future of the $11 billion Crusader artillery system was only the latest clash between the military's largest service branch and the Defense chief. In recent months, they have sparred over issues that range from new weapons the Army wants to possible troop cuts to the future role of ground forces in war. Full Story

State Department Public Announcement: ZIMBABWE
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:31 by TRC-News
U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe should be aware of continuing conditions that could adversely affect their personal security. The political, social, economic, and security situation in Zimbabwe remains fluid. There continue to be incidents of land seizures, police roadblocks, political violence and intimidation in urban, and especially rural areas. The possibility of mass demonstrations cannot be discounted. Growing food shortages and increasing numbers of internally displaced persons have added to social and economic tensions. Full Story

Angola Rebel Soldiers 'Starving'
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
Reports from Angola say Unita soldiers are starving in the demobilisation camps where most are now gathered as part of a ceasefire agreement to end decades of civil war. Full Story

Burma - KNU Claims Success in Skirmishes
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
Burma's ethnic minority rebels claim they have killed 25 government soldiers and their Buddhist Karen allies in two separate attacks on Tuesday and yesterday. Karen National Union soldiers wade across the Moei river towards Mae Konken village in Tak's Mae Sot district after an attack on a Burmese outpost yesterday. They were trying to return to their base via Thailand, but Thai soldiers pushed them back. Full Story

India Weighs Kashmir Response
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
Senior Indian ministers and security officials have been meeting in the capital, Delhi, to decide how to react to Tuesday's militant attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir. Thirty-four people, many of them women and chidren and including the attackers, were killed in the gunfight, the bloodiest in the region since last October. Full Story

Pakistan Prepared to Repulse Attack: Nisar Urges Peace with India
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
The government has sufficiently enhanced its military strength on borders to repulse any attack by the enemy, Information Minister Nisar Memon said on Wednesday. Full Story

Jakarta Action Against Militants Impeded by VP
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:26 by TRC-News
Indonesian Vice-President Hamzah Haz is courting several militant leaders, impeding government efforts to crack down on suspected terrorists in the country. Full Story

Singapore Strait Patrols Keep Pirates at Bay
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
Indonesia-Malaysia Joint patrols have kept the area safe but nearby Malacca Strait is still the most pirate-infested in the world. Full Story

Iraq Accepts Oil-For-Food Extension
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
Iraq has accepted an extension of the United Nations oil-for-food programme, but again rejected a new sanctions regime imposed by the Security Council. The UN Security Council unanimously passed the sanctions resolution on Tuesday, which frees up the delivery of civilian goods to Iraq but restricts imports which could be used for military purposes. Full Story

Foes Unite to Oust Liberia's Charles Taylor
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
Charles Taylor helped pile up a lot of bodies - a quarter-million, by rough count - and racked up a lot of enemies over a decade-plus of fueling conflicts at home in Liberia and among its neighbors. The dead are buried, but the enemies have united, and now they have one common goal: Getting rid of Taylor. "If he doesn't leave, we'll force him to leave," a rebel spokesman, William Hanson, declared from the bush in northern Liberia this week. Full Story

Arab Groups Mark Israel's Birthday With Subdued Protests
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
Police outnumbered pro-Palestinian protesters in Egypt at annual gatherings Wednesday to mark the creation of the state of Israel 54 years ago - a day mourned as catastrophic in the Arab world. Full Story

Pakistan Steps Up al-Qaeda Search
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
Pakistan has sent more than 1,000 troops near Afghanistan's borders as it steps up its search for suspected al-Qaeda and Taleban militants. The move comes shortly after US press reports said that Washington was not pleased with Pakistan's efforts in the region. Full Story

Briton, 4 Filipinos Injured in Davao Hotel Blast
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:16 by TRC-News
A British man and four Filipinos were seriously injured in two separate explosions in the southern Philippines on Thursday, police said. Full Story

Cops Kill 8 Kidnap Suspects
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
Eight suspected members of the "Oliver" kidnapping gang, who were allegedly about to kidnap a wealthy Batangas businessman, were killed while a policeman was wounded in an encounter here yesterday afternoon. Full Story

Cheers Greet Election Results in Sierra Leone Capital
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
Freetown's people cheered unofficial, incomplete results showing President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah far in the lead in war-scarred Sierra Leone's elections. Results Wednesday showed the party of reconstituted rebels trailing well behind. Full Story

Sri Lanka Government's Reconnaissance Flights Irk Tamil Rebels
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:13 by TRC-News
Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels are irked by the air force reconnaissance flights over the north and east of the country, claiming that it is a violation of a truce agreement signed between them and the government. Full Story

Sudan Ready to Respond to International Peace Efforts: President
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir on Wednesday expressed his sincere hope for peace and stability in his war-torn country. "The Sudanese government is ready to respond to all the effort made by Arab countries and the international community to achieve the objective," Bashir said after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. Full Story

Anthrax Vaccine Challenged
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
An attorney for two Air Force officers told a federal judge in Washington yesterday that the Department of Defense does not have the right to inoculate troops with an anthrax vaccine that has not received final approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Full Story

Massport hoping to create elite police unit at Logan
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:08 by TRC-News
Massport officials and Acting Governor Jane Swift said yesterday that state officials are negotiating with the police union to make all 144 officers of the State Police barracks at Logan International Airport part of a single, elite antiterrorism unit. Full Story

Replacing Airport Screeners Proves Tough
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:07 by TRC-News
After 4,800 people applied for 600 federal airport screening jobs at Baltimore-Washington International, the Transportation Security Administration confidently removed the job application from its Web site. Then the problems started. Hundreds of applicants either failed the government's tests for prospective screeners or they didn't even show up for the exam, according to a TSA official. Full Story

Jackal-Dog Created for Airport Security
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:05 by TRC-News
Russian scientists have let the wild dogs out by mating jackals with domesticated dogs to create a canine with a heightened sense of smell that can sniff out bombs, drugs and other threats to flight safety. Full Story

Securing The Center
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News
Heightened concerns about cyberterrorism and the increasing need to open internal networks to outside access are pushing corporations to bolster data center security, both on the IT front and physically. The goal is to add multiple layers of protection and redundancy around the data center infrastructure and software while still maintaining the levels of service demanded by the business. Full Story

Firms weigh in on national plan
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
The information technology and communications sectors May 13 formally submitted their input on the latest version of the plan for securing the nation's critical infrastructure. Richard Clarke, President Bush's cyberspace security adviser, is leading development of the national plan. Full Story

Deceptive Duo Suspects Netted In FBI Raids
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 10:55 by TRC-News
Teenager Robert Lyttle, notorious more than a year ago as the pro-Napster hacker Pimpshiz, has been linked to another round of high-profile Web-site defacements following FBI raids targeting a pair known as the Deceptive Duo. Full Story

Hackers Use Skills To Promote Politically Motivated Mischief
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 10:54 by TRC-News
American hackers aligned with others around the globe to penetrate, deface and possibly crash hundreds of Web sites based in the Middle East thought to be affiliated with the terrorists, Infowar.com reported. Full Story

Turkey Mulls Strict Net Bill
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 10:49 by TRC-News
A media bill to go before the Turkish parliament Tuesday could cripple the Internet industry, harm the nation's struggling economy and hobble free speech on the Web, observers say. The bill would expand already stringent regulations on all forms of media and would require websites to submit two hard copies of pages to be posted on the Internet to a government agency for prior approval. Full Story

Homeland security effort boosts e-gov initiatives
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 10:46 by TRC-News
"E-gov"--shorthand for the information technology-based initiative intended to make it easier for individuals to access government services, while also cutting costs--has been expanding throughout the past decade, as the Internet has reached into the homes of rank-and-file citizens. But it is receiving heightened attention since the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

TRC Counterterrorist Organization Profiles - Netherlands Bijzondere Bijstands Eenheid - BBE
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 10:39 by TRC-News
The Bijzondere Bijstands Eenheid, or BBE, is the elite counterterrorist unit of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. This unit was made famous in 1977 when they brought an end to the hijacking of a train by South Mollucan terrorists. This incident was one of the defining moments in the history of modern counterterrorism and provided lessons which are still being taught today. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Bookstore Recommends - InfoWar
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 10:35 by TRC-News
Winn Schwartau is one of the earliest architects of the information warfare concept. In this second edition of his most popular title "Information Warfare", Schwartau supplements his own thoughts and experiences in the fields with those of numerous other security professionals. This book is a must-read introdcution to the topic. More Book Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:30 by TRC-News
05/15/1979
Iraq, Israel - Arab terrorist group 15 May Organization Founded

05/15/1991
Israel - Palestinian Struggle Day

05/16/1983
Sudan - The Sudanese People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA) was founded.

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Blair Says He Wants to 'Get Rid' of Saddam
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday he favored getting rid of President Saddam Hussein, but signaled he might change his view if Iraq allowed U.N. weapons inspectors back in unconditionally. Full Story

Pakistan Court Hears E-Mail Links to Pearl Accused
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
Pakistani prosecutors produced two witnesses on Wednesday they said established links between two key e-mails and four men on trial over the kidnapping and murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl. Full Story

Arafat calls for change, reform
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Wednesday called for change and reform of the Palestinian Authority and new elections, and again denounced armed attacks that target Israeli civilians. Full Story

Report:IRA chief meets Colombia terrorists
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
A senior leader of the Irish Republican Army, on parole from a 24-year sentence for possession of a car bomb, traveled to Colombia to meet Marxist terrorists being trained by the IRA in exchange for drug money, a London newspaper reported Wednesday. Full Story

S.Korea, Japan stage anti-terrorism drill
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
South Korea and Japan, co-hosts of the upcoming World Cup soccer finals, conducted a joint maritime drill Wednesday aimed at honing tactics and skills that may be needed in the event of a terrorist attack or other types of trouble during the high-profile tournament. Full Story

L.A. to Accept Mexican ID Cards
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
The City Council approved a six-month pilot program allowing city agencies to accept identification cards issued by the Mexican consulate, giving thousands of immigrants greater access to government. Full Story

Gunmen Kill 30, Including 10 Children, in Kashmir
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
In one of the deadliest attacks India has witnessed in recent years, three men disguised in army fatigues killed 30 people today and wounded 48 with sprays of automatic gunfire in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim. Full Story

Report: India, Pakistan Were Near Nuclear War in '99
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:10 by TRC-News
Pakistan was preparing to possibly fire nuclear weapons during a 1999 border conflict with India, moving the countries closer to nuclear war than was commonly known at the time, according to a new article by President Bill Clinton's chief White House adviser on South Asia. Full Story

FBI Director to Propose 'Super Squad' for Terror
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News
A new FBI "super squad," headquartered in Washington, would lead all major terrorism investigations worldwide under FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III's plan to remake the agency in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said yesterday. Full Story

Air Testing After Sept. 11 Is Both Perplexing and Reassuring
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 10:55 by TRC-News
The ground-level atmosphere of Lower Manhattan has become one of the most intensely studied and sampled environments on the planet. Air monitors have been hung from trees and strapped to the belts of truck drivers. At least 11,000 people who worked at ground zero have had chest X-rays. Thousands more have been interviewed by researchers. What has been learned, scientists say, will have a far-reaching effect on urban disasters in the future. Full Story

US now holds a regional Taliban chief
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
US special forces have captured a former Taliban regional commander in the southern city of Kandahar, an Afghan general said yesterday. Abdul Salam was taken into custody late last week, after he met in Kandahar with American officers and an aide of the city's governor, said General Khan Mohammed, the head of the Afghan military in Kandahar. Full Story

Pre-Attack Memo Cited Bin Laden
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 10:52 by TRC-News
The classified memorandum written by an F.B.I. agent in Phoenix last summer urging bureau headquarters to investigate Middle Eastern men enrolled in American flight schools also cited Osama bin Laden by name and suggested that his followers could use the schools to train for terror operations, government officials said for the first time today. Full Story

Pentagon wants extra $10 million for Northern Command
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 10:51 by TRC-News
The Defense Department has included $10 million in its fiscal 2002 supplemental appropriations request to help set up the proposed Northern Command, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. Full Story

New Joint Task Force to Command U.S. Forces in Afghanistan
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 10:49 by TRC-News
An Army three-star general will assume command of a new joint task force that will consolidate operations in Afghanistan under one umbrella. Joint Task Force Afghanistan is scheduled to stand up in Kandahar in late May or early June, Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today in a Pentagon briefing. Full Story

TRC Terrorist Group Profiles - Hizballah
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 10:44 by TRC-News
Hizballah, or Party of God, is one of the more significant indepenence movements based in the Middle East. This Lebanese Shi'ite group was created in 1983 with strong guidance from the Islamic government in Iran. Its goal today, as always, is the creation of an independent, Islamic Lebanon and the ouster of anything related to the "godless West", which is borne out in their virulently anti-U.S. and anti-Israel activities. In light of these facts, it is no surprise that Hizballah has been extremely active in its efforts to disrupt the process. Full Profile

TRC Bookstore Recommends - American Terrorist
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck's American Terrorist is not only the most illuminating book on the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah building, but stands as one of the few books about a terrorist incident where the perpetrator expounds point by point on his crime. The authors were able to spend over 78 hours interviewing McVeigh, and countless days with over 150 others regarding the bombing. McVeigh's confession is brutal in honesty and lack of remorse. There will never be another book on the OKC bombing with this much detail, or McVeigh's own words. This is a book that all in the field of counter terrorism should read. More TRC Book Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 0:03 by TRC-News
05/14/1948
Israel - State of Israel Proclaimed as the British mandate in Palestine expired.

05/14/1948
Israel - First Arab-Israeli War Began shortly after the state of Israel was proclaimed.

05/14/1985
Sri Lanka - Tamil Separatists Attack Buddhist Shrine killing more than 150.

05/15/1979
Iraq, Israel - Arab terrorist group 15 May Organization Founded

05/15/1991
Israel - Palestinian Struggle Day

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Strike on Nuclear Plants Threatened
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:59 by TRC-News
U.S. intelligence officials have received threats that terrorists will strike a U.S. nuclear power plant July 4, and are reviewing the information to determine whether it is reliable. Full Story

Nuclear Plant Threat Called Unreliable
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:58 by TRC-News
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials have received information suggesting terrorists are planning an attack July 4 on a nuclear power plant, but they do not consider the threat credible enough to warrant a new alert, authorities said yesterday. Full Story

G8 Justice Officials Seek Action on Terror Funds
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:57 by TRC-News
The world's rich industrialized nations adopted a blueprint on Tuesday to battle terrorism and trans-border crime, urging countries to make extradition easier and choke off funds to terrorist groups. Full Story

Treaty's Dark Side: Threat of Terrorism
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:56 by TRC-News
To generations who came of age during the Cold War, the nuclear arms agreement announced Monday by U.S. and Russian officials has the ring of a once-impossible dream. Thousands of nuclear weapons would be removed from arsenals that defined decades of hostility between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Full Story

Ill. Charity Chief's Photos Released
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:54 by TRC-News
Photos discovered on a computer disk during a raid on an Islamic charity's office in Bosnia, including one of Osama bin Laden, were released by a judge as he refused to throw out perjury charges against the leader of the foundation. Full Story

Sifting the Last Tons of Sept. 11 Debris
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:53 by TRC-News
At the other place, the place called The Hill, things are winding down. Workers are decontaminating the barges, towing away equipment, spraying the ground with a gray concrete sealant. Soon, the makeshift village of sorrowful duty that sits on a remote landfill will exist only in the memory of a few. Full Story

San Diego Home to Many 9/11 Terrorists
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:52 by TRC-News
A "high number" of the Sept. 11 hijackers and their associates made their homes in San Diego, according to newly released court documents. Shortly after the attacks, federal authorities identified three hijackers on the plane that struck the Pentagon as having San Diego connections. Full Story

U.S. Troops in Thailand for Anti-Terror Exercise
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:50 by TRC-News
More than 20,000 troops from the United States, Thailand and Singapore began annual war games in Thailand on Tuesday, which for the first time include training in battling terrorism. Full Story

UK Marines insist hunt for al-Qaida was a success
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:49 by TRC-News
The Royal Marines have announced the end of Operation Snipe, their two-week search for al-Qaida fighters and weapons in mountainous areas of southeastern Afghanistan in which they saw no sign of the enemy. Full Story

Graham: Step up hunt for terrorists, scale back on Iraq
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:48 by TRC-News
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham said Monday that the Bush administration should slow down plans to attack Iraq but speed up efforts against terrorist groups, including the Middle East's powerful Hezbollah. Full Story

Chicago Judge Rules Against Muslim Charity
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:47 by TRC-News
A federal judge told a Muslim charity on Tuesday it may not proceed with a lawsuit to recover assets frozen by the U.S. government until a criminal complaint alleging it lied about supporting "terrorist activity" is settled. Full Story

Alabama Church Bombing Called 'Medal' for Klansman
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:46 by TRC-News
The 1963 bombing that killed four black girls at a Birmingham church was an accused ex-Ku Klux Klansman's "badge of honor," prosecutors told an Alabama jury during opening statements on Tuesday, in a case involving one of the most violent acts of the U.S. civil rights movement. Full Story

Operation to catch bin Laden, Omar soon
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:44 by TRC-News
A major operation to catch Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar will be launched in the next 10 days, Kandahar's governor said. Full Story

Pakistan kills a master terrorist
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:43 by TRC-News
Pakistan announced Tuesday the death of Riaz Basra, a man linked to dozens, if not hundreds, of sectarian murders across the country. Full Story

FBI makes rare Pakistan court appeareance
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:41 by TRC-News
In a rare display of cooperation, the FBI has allowed two of its agents to appear before a Pakistani court trying four men accused of kidnapping and slaying Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Full Story

Bush Signs Border Security Law
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:40 by TRC-News
President Bush signed legislation Tuesday to hire more investigators and invest in new technologies to keep tabs on foreign visitors. "We must know who's coming into our country and why they're coming," Bush said. Full Story

No Direct Questioning of Detainees
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:39 by TRC-News
Government lawyers Tuesday rejected direct questioning of military detainees in Cuba by attorneys for John Walker Lindh, the American who fought on the front lines with the al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners. Full Story

Lawyers Seek Release of American captured in Afghanistan
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:36 by TRC-News
The government is breaking the law by detaining without charges the second American-born prisoner captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan defense attorneys said in court papers. Full Story

Senator: Bin Laden still threat to U.S.
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:33 by TRC-News
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham said Monday that Osama bin Laden is probably alive and that eliminating the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ''by capture or death'' must remain a priority. Full Story

Study: Anthrax Tainted Up to 5,000 Letters
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:30 by TRC-News
Envelopes full of anthrax spores cross-contaminated as many as 5,000 letters in the eastern United States, almost certainly causing the mysterious deaths of two women in New York City and rural Connecticut, scientists said yesterday. Full Story

Man in UK Anthrax Hoax Case Sentenced
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:29 by TRC-News
A kitchen worker who sparked an anthrax alert a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by leaving an envelope packed with white sugar powder to play a joke on a colleague was ordered Tuesday to do 100 hours of community service. Full Story

Health officials building global collaboration on bioterror response
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:27 by TRC-News
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, health leaders across the globe are collaborating to prepare countries for possible bioterror strikes. Full Story

In US 'war on terror,' Syria is foe – and friend
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:24 by TRC-News
Since Sept. 11, Syrian information has been instrumental in catching militant Islamists around the world, say US officials. But at the same time, Syria's hatred of Israel – and the Jewish state's own "war on terrorism," directed at militant Palestinian organizations – has created a difficult balancing act for those who would seek better relations between the United States and Syria. Full Story

Spanish Court Convicts 17 ETA Suspects
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:20 by TRC-News
Spain's High Court Monday convicted and sentenced 17 members or collaborators of the violent Basque separatist group ETA, handing authorities a victory in their crackdown against the outlawed organization. Full Story

Annan urges Cyprus talks progress
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:19 by TRC-News
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has arrived in Cyprus to try to revive talks on the future of the divided island. Full Story

Pakistan Trial Views Video Showing Pearl Dead
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:18 by TRC-News
The four men accused of the kidnap and murder of Daniel Pearl sat unmoved on Tuesday as a Pakistani court viewed a video showing the Wall Street Journal reporter having his throat cut, lawyers said. Full Story

Nepal PM seeks British help
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:16 by TRC-News
Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has confirmed he is seeking military assistance from Britain in his talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair. Full Story

Nepal Army Regroups for New Strikes Against Rebels
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:14 by TRC-News
Nepal's ill-equipped army is regrouping to launch fresh strikes against Maoist rebels in their west Nepal stronghold after two of the deadliest battles in the six-year uprising, officials said Sunday. Full Story

Al-Qa'ida arms link to rebels in Nepal
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:13 by TRC-News
Western intelligence agencies suspect that al-Qa'ida is implicated in supplies of sophisticated weaponry reaching Maoist insurgents in Nepal, where six years of fighting have claimed more than 4,000 lives. Full Story

Malaysia and US to sign anti-terror declaration
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:11 by TRC-News
Malaysia and the United States will sign a declaration to combat international terrorism during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s visit here which begins today. Full Story

Rumsfeld Pushes Indonesia Relations
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:10 by TRC-News
It's time to rebuild military relations with Indonesia, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday, more than two years after programs were suspended because of human rights violations. Full Story

Indonesia says it won't allow anti-terror U.S. forces
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:09 by TRC-News
Indonesia will not allow U.S. forces on its soil to help in the fight against terrorism, but is eager to normalise military relations that had been severed in 1999, Indonesian Defence Minister Matori Abdul Djalil said on Monday. Full Story

Indonesia military suspected in Papuan leader's death
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:08 by TRC-News
Six months after the death, a government investigation committee has confirmed what many in Papua say they knew from the start: Eluay was the victim of an Army assassination. So far, six suspects have been detained, including Major Hutabarat and his commander, Colonel Hartomo, who both attended the memorial dinner. Full Story

Indonesia hands second death penalty over bombing
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:06 by TRC-News
An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced to death an accomplice of a Malaysian bomber over an explosion at a Jakarta shopping mall last year that was linked by the judge to an international terrorist network. Full Story

Fighting breaks out in DR Congo
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:02 by TRC-News
At least two people were killed in Kisangani early on Tuesday when soldiers from the rebel Rally for Congolese Democracy mutinied and took over a local radio station. Full Story

At Least 30 Killed in Kashmir by Suspected Islamic Militants
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:01 by TRC-News
In one of the deadliest terrorist attacks India has witnessed in recent years, three heavily armed men disguised in army fatigues killed 30 people today and wounded 48 in wild sprays of automatic gunfire on the outskirts of Jammu, the winter capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Full Story

Sierra Leoneans Vote After Decade of War
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 23:00 by TRC-News
Sierra Leoneans, some with hands hacked off by rebels, voted on Tuesday in elections to give their West African country a new start after a decade of war. Full Story

Liberia calls up military personnel
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:58 by TRC-News
The Liberian authorities have issued a call-up of all military personnel, instructing them to report to the main barracks in the capital, Monrovia. Full Story

U.N. Revamps Sanctions Against Iraq
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:57 by TRC-News
A unified Security Council revamped U.N. sanctions against Iraq Tuesday to speed the delivery of food and medicine and also strengthen an 11-year-old military embargo. Full Story

Philippine Gunmen Said Willing to Free U.S. Hostage
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:55 by TRC-News
The Philippine military said on Tuesday Muslim guerrillas might release a U.S. woman missionary who has been held hostage for almost a year because her health was deteriorating. Full Story

Federal security supervisor on way to beleagured Logan
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:53 by TRC-News
Logan International Airport, whose security was ridiculed after two airliners hijacked from there slammed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, is about to get a new federal supervisor responsible for security, according to high-level government officials. Full Story

Man removed from plane at BWI after making threat
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:52 by TRC-News
Reid Davis, an airline spokesman, said Flight 1446 from Atlanta was headed toward LaGuardia Airport in New York with 142 passengers. The MD-80 plane landed about 5:40 p.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Airport because of thunderstorms, Davis said. Full Story

Officials: Lack of trust undermines security
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:49 by TRC-News
Industry, government wary of info sharing. The private sector manages more than 85 percent of the nation's critical infrastructure and must therefore collaborate with the government to protect those resources, officials said at a Senate hearing last week. Full Story

Two Virginia Universities To Join Forces Against Cybercrime
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:47 by TRC-News
The Critical Infrastructure Protection Project - to be housed at the George Mason School of Law in Arlington - is a collaborative effort between GMU's National Center for Technology and Law and researchers and academicians at James Madison University. Full Story

War on cybercrime--we're losing
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:46 by TRC-News
Although law enforcement agencies are quick to trumpet their occasional victories against cybercriminals, they are rarely able to track down hackers sophisticated enough to pull off such complicated heists. Few hackers of this caliber are arrested, and fewer still spend time behind bars. Full Story

E-Defining Education
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:44 by TRC-News
Cyber Schools, Online Teaching and Testing, and Other E-Learning Initiatives are Changing How Schools Operate. Full Story

Biotech firms figure into homeland security
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:40 by TRC-News
Military and federal health officials, seeking cutting-edge technologies to defend the country against bioterrorism and protect soldiers on the battlefield, are turning to the biotechnology industry for help. Full Story

Complete STARS system is operating at Texas airport
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:39 by TRC-News
STARS, the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, has been implemented in El Paso International Airport, TX. The new STARS system will replace terminal radar in 172 Federal Aviation Association and 199 Department of Defense facilities. The next airport scheduled to complete the conversion is in Philadelphia, PA in November 2002. Full Story

Computer-based artificial societies may create real policy
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:38 by TRC-News
Agent-based modeling is an emerging computer technology that holds promise as a powerful tool for analyzing policy problems - and experts in the field believe it has the potential to fundamentally change the way social scientists and economists test theories, examine data, and create new policies. Full Story

TRC Counterterrorist Group Profiles - Australia's Tactical Assault Group
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:35 by TRC-News
The Australian SAS was formed in 1957 with the creation of the 1st SAS Company. By 1964, an additional two companies had been added and the Company was renamed the Special Air Service Regiment. The SASR saw action in Borneo just a year later where it found itself engaged in a widespread counterinsurgency campaign. Not long after, Regiment members were sent to Vietnam (although records indicate some may have been present as early as 1962) to aid in training the Australian Army. Full Story and More Profiles

TRC Bookstore Recommends - Information Warfare and Security
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 22:32 by TRC-News
Information Warfare and Security by Dorothy Denning provides one of the most comprehensive overviews on information warfare ever written. Denning's strength is in her expertise and comfort with the subject (she teaches a class on Information Warfare at Georgetown University) which she conveys to the reader chapter after chapter. A review in Dr. Dobbs Journal noted that "... part of what Denning has done in Information Warfare and Security is chronicle what seems to be just about every breach in computer security over the past few years. Page after page of hacks, cracks, phreaks, and psyopts by everyone from teenagers and thrill seekers to spies and nuts. Credit card numbers, passwords, bank accounts -- they're all fair game for anyone who is bright, persistent, online, and so inclined. Not that it was Denning's intent simply to titillate us with one interesting or exciting story after another. Instead, her goal is to provide us with a comprehensive overview of what's become known as "information warfare". More TRC Book Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:57 by TRC-News
05/13/1981
Italy - Attempt to Kill the Pope

05/13/1969
Malaysia - The Malay Uprising between Malays and ethnic Chinese led to numerous deaths.

05/14/1948
Israel - State of Israel Proclaimed as the British mandate in Palestine expired.

05/14/1948
Israel - First Arab-Israeli War Began shortly after the state of Israel was proclaimed.

05/14/1985
Sri Lanka - Tamil Separatists Attack Buddhist Shrine killing more than 150.

Full Story and More Dates

U.S. Fears Use of Belt Bombs
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:52 by TRC-News
The sheer number of suicide belt-bombers attacking Israel this spring, and the diversity of their backgrounds, has increased fear among terrorism experts that the tactic will be exported to the United States. Full Story

Single Firefighters' Families Object After Fund Excludes Them From Aid
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:51 by TRC-News
A bitter dispute has erupted over the decision by a firefighters' union to exclude the families of single firefighters who died on Sept. 11 from receiving any of the roughly $60 million collected through its Widows' and Children's Fund. Full Story

Sixth Briton held at Camp X-Ray
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:50 by TRC-News
A sixth Briton is being held by the US at Camp X-Ray, the Foreign Office has confirmed. Martin Mubanga was arrested in Zambia and then transferred to the maximum security base at Guantanamo Base in Cuba. Full Story

Qatar Lawyer Builds Case for Detainees At Guantanamo Bay
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:49 by TRC-News
The former justice minister of Qatar has assembled a legal team from a half-dozen countries to represent the families of 70 al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners held at a U.S. Navy base in Cuba and is preparing to ask the U.S. government to release them or hold hearings to determine their fates. Full Story

More opposition to detentions in terror probe
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:47 by TRC-News
A pair of high-profile lawsuits and the first signs of skepticism from the courts, all within the past month, are posing new challenges to Justice Department investigators who scoured the country for suspected terrorists in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

Terrorism Case Puts Judge in Quandary
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:46 by TRC-News
The federal judge who must decide whether Zacarias Moussaoui can fire his attorneys and represent himself in his terrorism conspiracy trial could face a stark choice, legal analysts say: allow an alleged terrorist to use his defense as a political platform or find him mentally incompetent and cancel the trial. Full Story

British Judge Says U.S. Court Should Try Qaeda Suspect
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:45 by TRC-News
A British judge ruled on Friday that an Algerian accused of being the leader of a London-based Al Qaeda cell and of plotting with Osama bin Laden to blow up Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium celebrations should be extradited to the United States. Full Story

Lax Federal Lab Safeguards Found
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:43 by TRC-News
Investigators reviewing federal safeguards against terrorism found lax oversight at hundreds of Agriculture Department laboratories where dangerous viruses are stored and say the Energy Department failed to closely track nuclear material sent abroad decades ago. Full Story

G8 Justice Ministers Focus on Terrorism, Crime
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:41 by TRC-News
Meeting for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks forced governments to rethink security, justice officials from the world's richest countries gather in an off-season Quebec ski resort on Sunday for talks on countering a global terrorist threat. Full Story

Jordanian King Says Mideast Crisis Bolsters Bin Laden
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:39 by TRC-News
King Abdullah of Jordan warned on Sunday that Osama bin Laden, "if he is alive," is drawing strength from the Middle East crisis. Full Story

U.S. to Press India and Pakistan as Fears Rise
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:38 by TRC-News
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca arrives in New Delhi Tuesday on a new round of shuttle diplomacy that analysts say is a sign of Washington's increasing concern over tensions between New Delhi and Pakistan. Full Story

Arafat Promises Statehood Despite Likud Vote
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:37 by TRC-News
Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) toured West Bank cities for the first time in five months Monday and reassured Palestinians they would win their own state, brushing aside a vow from Israel's ruling party never to allow it. Full Story

Arafat Says Foreign Powers Support Suicide Bombers
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:36 by TRC-News
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said Palestinian militants carrying out suicide attacks in Israel were being supported by international powers. Full Story

France buries Karachi blast victims
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:33 by TRC-News
French President Jacques Chirac vowed Monday that those responsible for a suicide bombing attack in Karachi, Pakistan last Wednesday would be caught and punished, and that the war against terrorism would continue. Full Story

Analysis: Balkans crack down on smugglers
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:32 by TRC-News
Seven European government leaders met this weekend in Greece to coordinate crime-fighting efforts in line with growing Western pressure to stop smugglers from moving people and cigarettes from the Balkans to the West. Full Story

Violence Blamed on Al-Qaida Influence
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:30 by TRC-News
Foreigners in Pakistan are falling victim to bombings and other savage attacks, and the country's Shiite Muslim minority is being terrorized by death squads. Full Story

Allied Forces Targeted in Afghanistan
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:29 by TRC-News
Two rockets were fired near a U.S. military unit in eastern Afghanistan, but nobody was hurt, an Afghan official said Monday. Full Story

Arafat Leaves Ramallah After 6 Months
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:28 by TRC-News
His travel ban lifted, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat toured West Bank towns Monday but skipped the devastated Jenin refugee camp, apparently to avoid possible heckling. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered defeat when his party voted overwhelmingly to oppose Palestinian statehood. Full Story

Arafat Leaves Ramallah After 6 Months
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:27 by TRC-News
His travel ban lifted, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat toured West Bank towns Monday but skipped the devastated Jenin refugee camp, apparently to avoid possible heckling. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered defeat when his party voted overwhelmingly to oppose Palestinian statehood. Full Story

6 EU Nations to Take Palestinians
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:26 by TRC-News
European Union (news - web sites) foreign ministers said Monday six EU nations will take in the 13 Palestinian militants who were freed last week from Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity and flown to Cyprus after a 39-day standoff with Israeli troops. Full Story

Shock of Sept. 11 Is Making Americans More Supportive of Israel, Polls Suggest
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:24 by TRC-News
American sympathy for Israel has been on the rise, a trend that has been on display in Congress and in recent opinion polls. Full Story

North Koreans Draw U.S. Into a Diplomatic Mess
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:17 by TRC-News
The eight North Koreans who tried to storm into two foreign consulates in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang this week were seeking asylum in the United States, not in South Korea, the requested destination of previous asylum seekers, a diplomat and rights advocates familiar with the group say. Full Story

Reliving 9/11: Too Much? Too Soon?
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:15 by TRC-News
A week after they've each lost a parent in the World Trade Center attack, two boys, ages 7 and 16, conduct an experiment. They take a map of the world into a local store in Tottenville, at the southern tip of Staten Island. As customers come in, the older boy hands them a marker and asks them to circle Afghanistan. Full Story

Iranian Official Warns U.S. of Widening Rift Over Israel
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:13 by TRC-News
In a series of public statements, Iran's foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, has suggested that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has stymied efforts by Iranian moderates to open a dialogue with the United States. Full Story

U.S. Agencies Seen as Slow to Move on Terrorism Risk
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:12 by TRC-News
Independent auditors at several federal agencies have issued new reports in recent weeks criticizing the agencies for moving too slowly to confront the risks of terrorist attacks. Full Story

The 13 Men on Israel's 'Most Wanted' List: Affiliations and Accusations
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:10 by TRC-News
Of the 13 Palestinians being deported from the Church of the Nativity to Europe, Israel says 9 are members of Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, a militia linked to Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement. Following are the deportees' names, with details provided by Israel on six of them. Full Story

F.B.I. Agent Suing Bureau for Barring Book on Terror
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:09 by TRC-News
An F.B.I. agent has sued the bureau for refusing to let him publish a book about what he says were botched efforts to investigate fund-raising by Hamas and other militant Islamic networks in the United States in the 1990's. Full Story

Prosecutors Say Terror Suspect Lied to Save Plot
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:07 by TRC-News
Zacarias Moussaoui told investigators a month before Sept. 11 that he had sought flight training in the United States for "personal enjoyment" and intended to go "sightseeing in New York City and Washington," federal prosecutors said today in arguing that he should be executed for conspiring in the attacks. Full Story

Atrocities Against Israelis Seem Also Aimed at Arafat
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:49 by TRC-News
The suicide bombing this week at a pool hall and slot-machine parlor near Tel Aviv, was aimed not only at Israelis but also at the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, whose credibility as a peacemaker was further tarnished, Palestinian officials and analysts say. Full Story

Feds target bogus 9/11 disaster-relief claims
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:46 by TRC-News
The generosity and compassion Americans have shown after the attack on the World Trade Center are well documented. But the tragedy also has spawned deceit and greed. Full Story

Mushrooming homeland security budgets face Hill scrutiny
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
Months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress remains eager to give the Bush administration billions of extra dollars to make the nation more secure within its borders. But some members are beginning to wonder how it is being spent. Full Story

VA panel authorizes construction, approves new bioterror research centers
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
The House Veterans' Affairs Committee approved a bill Thursday authorizing the Department of Veterans Affairs to launch 10 medical facility construction projects at a cost of $285 million. Full Story

Danger Drives Government, Police From Colombian Towns
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
Jose Guido Mena is the mayor of Rio Quito, but he works at somebody else's city hall. His own offices are too dangerous. Mena is one of 10 mayors in Colombia's northwestern Choco region who have been chased out of their hometowns. The mayors run their towns from the state capital. Their municipalities are left with no authorities, and often no police either -- most of them were killed years ago in rebel attacks and never replaced. Full Story

Cuba Opens Up for Carter
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:38 by TRC-News
Former US President Jimmy Carter has embarked on a busy schedule on the first day of his tour of Cuba - the first by an American president in more than 40 years. Full Story

Coke Plant bombed in Patna, India
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:37 by TRC-News
Three bombs were hurled by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants at the Coca-Cola's bottling plant here on late Sunday evening, the police said on Monday. Full Story

Sabotage Blamed for India Train Crash
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:36 by TRC-News
Officials in India say sabotage was probably to blame for a train derailment in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in which 12 people died. Up to 100 others were injured when 13 coaches of a 24-coach train jumped the tracks. Full Story

GAM Confirms Death of Rebel Spokesman, Five More Killed in Aceh - Indonesia
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:35 by TRC-News
A Free Aceh Movement (GAM) separatist leader in Aceh Besar, Ayah Sofyan, alias Zakaria Yahya, 37, was shot dead during a raid at a rebel base in Kuta Baro village on Saturday, officials and separatists confirmed. Full Story

Militant Islam Poses Stern Test for Indonesia
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
THE law has finally caught up with Islamic militant Jafaar Umar Thalib for inciting violence in the Maluku islands, but there is no certainty that justice will be served. Full Story

Iranian Hijacking Thwarted By Agents
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:33 by TRC-News
Security officers on an Iranian airliner overpowered a man threatening to explode two homemade bombs tied under his clothes, foiling an attempt to hijack the domestic flight, Iran's official news agency reported Sunday. Full Story

Failed Fire Attack in Milan Metro
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
Italian police are investigating a fire which broke out in one of Milan's main metro stations on Saturday night. The tap of a gas cylinder was set alight at around 2245 (2045 GMT), filling the station with smoke and delaying trains for about half an hour. Full Story

Fighting in Liberia Nears Capital Again
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
Rebels seeking to oust President Charles Taylor have attacked a town just 22 miles from the capital, both sides said yesterday. Full Story

Ethnic Clashes Rock Madagascar
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
Six people have been killed in a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence in Madagascar as the political confrontation continues between the two men who claim to be president. Full Story

Madagascar's President Asks Kadhafi to Mediate
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana asked Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to act as a mediator to solve the current crisis in his country, JANA the official agency reported. Full Story

Ashcroft Endorses Malaysia's Internal Security Act
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
US Attorney-General John Ashcroft has 'positively endorsed' the significance of Malaysia's Internal Security Act (ISA), saying that he understood the relevance, the use and the background of Malaysia having such a law. Full Story
For more info on Malaysia's law, see article below.

Mexican Police, Gang Shoot-out Kills Eleven
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
At least 11 people, including two policemen, have been killed in a shootout between police and an armed gang in the state of Sinaloa in northern Mexico, the Notimex news agency reported on Saturday. Full Story

An Anti-American Boycott Is Growing in the Arab World
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
Doughnuts may not be quite as American as, say, apple pie, but they come close enough to make Samir Nasier, a Saudi fast-food king, nervous. So nervous, in fact, that Mr. Nasier and his brothers are offering roughly $300,000 to anyone who can prove that their House of Donuts chain has any connection to the United States. Full Story

Nepal Rebels Set Fire to Sanskrit University
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
Some 500 Maoist rebels stormed a Sanskrit university in west Nepal, set the building on fire and destroyed office records, an official said on Monday. Full Story

Nepal Rebels Set Fire to Sanskrit University
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
Some 500 Maoist rebels stormed a Sanskrit university in west Nepal, set the building on fire and destroyed office records, an official said on Monday. Full Story

Musharraf Steps Up Terror Fight - CNN
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:18 by TRC-News
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has called off a three-nation trip so he can personally oversee a national "fight against terrorism," the government says. Full Story

Pakistan Resists Fighting Qaeda - Washington Post
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that the major remaining concentrations of Al Qaeda fighters are in western Pakistan, rather than in Afghanistan, but Pakistan has resisted U.S. pressure to mount large-scale attacks against them, according to officials in Washington and Pakistan. Full Story

Manila amenable to longer stay for US military engineers
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
The Philippines is amenable to letting US military engineers stay longer in southern Basilan island to complete projects aimed at boosting the fight against local allies of the al-Qaeda network, an official said here. Full Story

Philippines - Batangas Mayor Survives Slay Try
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
The mayor of Taal, Batangas survived an assassination attempt inside a cockpit in his town early yesterday morning, police said. His assailant was gunned down. Full Story

Philippines to Rein in Islamic Schools
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:13 by TRC-News
The government announced yesterday that privately owned madaris or Islamic schools - some of which were rumoured to be producing students sympathetic to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network - will be brought into the national educational system. Full Story

Editor of Tolyatti Paper Gunned Down
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:11 by TRC-News
The chief editor of the Tolyatti Review has been gunned down in what law enforcement officials and colleagues say was a contract killing for his newspaper's coverage of official corruption, organized crime and drug trafficking. Full Story

FSB Claims to be Closing in on Kaspiisk Terrorists
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:10 by TRC-News
Three people have been detained on suspicion of being involved in the vicious terrorist attack that tore through a Victory Day parade in Russia?s southern republic of Dagestan, claiming 42 lives. Top Russian law enforcers in charge of the investigation claim that the suspects would help bring to justice the mastermind behind the blast. Full Story

Riots Erupt Before Sierra Leone Polls
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
U.N. peacekeepers guarded the smashed-up party headquarters of Sierra Leone's former rebels on Sunday after a riot that marred the run-up to this week's landmark election, the first since the end of this nation's bloody civil war. Full Story

Somalis Flood into Kenya
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:08 by TRC-News
Some 10,000 Somali civilians, mostly women and children, have fled fighting in their country to Kenya over the last month, the UN refugee agency said on Monday. Full Story

Bomb Explodes Near Barcelona Bank, No Injuries
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
A bomb exploded Monday morning near an automatic teller machine of the La Caixa bank in a residential part of Barcelona, causing physical damage but no injuries, police told EFE. The blast, which occurred at 1:07 a.m. Monday morning (2307 GMT on Sunday) and could be felt more than half a mile away, caused a large cloud of smoke to envelop the seven-story building in which the ATM was located. Full Story

Turkmenistan in Row with U.S. Over Dissident Visa
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:05 by TRC-News
Ex-Soviet Turkmenistan has warned of a diplomatic row with Washington following a U.S. decision to give a visa to former foreign minister-turned-opposition figure Boris Shikhmuradov, wanted for serious crimes at home. Full Story

Church Official: Ugandan Rebels Kill Hundreds in Sudan
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
Ugandan rebels killed hundreds of people in southern Sudan as they retreated from the advancing Ugandan army, an official from Sudan's Roman Catholic Church said Sunday. Full Story

Passengers Train to Tackle Hijackers
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 11:02 by TRC-News
Flightwatch America has developed a training exercise aimed at creating a sort of citizens' army made up of frequent flyers who are willing to do what is necessary to prevent a repeat of 11 September. Full Story

Federal delays may snarl air travel
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
With the first summer of post-Sept. 11 travel just weeks away, Bay Area airports fear that federal delays in approving new security measures are going to mean a rerun of teeth-grinding lines for screening baggage, clearing checkpoints and boarding planes. Full Story

Goodbye, National Guard; Hello, Local Police Officers
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:56 by TRC-News
The occupation ended at midnight today. The men and women in green camouflage fatigues walked out the sliding doors of O'Hare International Airport here, rifles slung over their shoulders. In came their replacements, sauntering around with pressed blue shirts, metal badges and holstered handguns. Full Story

Questions, Answers on Anthrax Probe
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
Some questions and answers about the latest developments in the federal investigation of the anthrax attacks. Full Story

Smith Bill Raises Police Power Concerns
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:49 by TRC-News
For Alan Davidson, the associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, the greater issue involving H.R. 3482 -- the Cyber Security Enhancement Act of 2001 -- is not increased surveillance of Internet users by Internet service providers (ISPs), but, rather, giving greater police powers to law enforcement agencies. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday and now awaits a floor vote of the full membership. Full Story

Top Argentine Court Wants Law Against Hackers
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
Argentina's Supreme Court wants legislation to outlaw computer hacking after rights activists allegedly vandalized its own Web site but escaped punishment because no law covers digital attacks. Full Story

At Senate hearing, cyberterrorism fears on the rise
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:46 by TRC-News
With every passing day and with every new network installed, the U.S. becomes more vulnerable to terrorist activity online, federal officials said this week. Full Story

INS Tracking System Set to Roll
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:44 by TRC-News
A new system that will allow the Immigration and Naturalization Service to track approximately 1 million foreign students will be up and running in the next several months, Justice Department sources said yesterday. Full Story

Senate intelligence panel moves to bolster anti-terror campaign
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:42 by TRC-News
At a secret markup Wednesday, members of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee came up with a richer program to bolster the nation's anti-terrorist campaign but spent a lot of time complaining about the lack of cooperation from the CIA and the Justice Department in the committee's ongoing investigation of apparent intelligence lapses that may have failed to head off the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Full Story

New Defense agency will protect Pentagon
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
The Defense Department on Thursday announced the creation of a new agency to protect Pentagon workers and respond to terrorist threats. Full Story

Net Threats Monitored In Malaysia
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
Alert and attentive, the Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) records, reports and analyzes Internet-based PC security incidents as they impact on the Malaysian Net population. Full Story

TRC Terrorist Group Profiles - HAMAS Special Profile
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:35 by TRC-News
HAMAS was born in late 1987 in the Gaza Strip. By 1988, it was already seen as the primary rival to the established PLO. It was at this time that the "Intifada" began to explode throughout the occupied territories, and HAMAS' message was made available to the masses.
Links to Full Profile and Other Group Profiles

TRC Bookstore Recommends - Preparing for Terrorism: An Emergency Services Guide
Posted Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:31 by TRC-News
Preparing for Terrorism: An Emergency Services Guide, by George Buck, provides first responders an excellent resource in gaining an understanding of the phenomenon of terrorism and how best to respond. The book lays out a brief, but adequate, framework of terrorism, and then sketches out how to prepare and respond to a terrorist attack. Buck includes valuable resources, such as the Federal Response and Planning Guidelines to Terrorism, information on chemical and biological agents, and several incident management tools. This book is a great place to start for first responders interested in learning how to prepare for a terrorist attack. More TRC Book Reviews

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
05/10/1902
Cuba - Independence Day

05/10/0000
Jordan - Arab Resistance Day

05/13/1981
Italy - Attempt to Kill the Pope

05/13/1969
Malaysia - The Malay Uprising between Malays and ethnic Chinese led to numerous deaths.

Full Story and More Dates

3 Mail Bombs Explode in Wash. State
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:37 by TRC-News
Three small bombs have exploded in mailboxes in northern parts of Spokane County, the U.S. Postal Service said Thursday. There have been no injuries and postal inspectors believe the bombs are pranks, said Dennis Larson, a postal inspector in Spokane. Full Story

White House Hopes Plan of Succession Stays Unused
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:36 by TRC-News
Uncle Sam's latest doomsday scenario is out. And it's nothing short of a bureaucratic pecking order that may be unlike any in the history of the republic. Full Story

Pipebomb Suspect to Face Iowa Court
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
The FBI said Luke Helder's alleged string of pipe bombings was part of an "elaborate plan" but wouldn't say if it included targeting mailboxes in a "smiley-face" pattern across the central United States, as Helder claimed. Full Story

Police Say Bomb Suspect Aimed to Make 'Smiley Face'
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:33 by TRC-News
The 21-year-old college student accused of planting pipe bombs across the U.S. Midwest planned to arrange the devices in the shape of a giant "smiley face" stretching across the map of the United States, authorities said on Thursday. Full Story

Bomb Suspect Traced by Cell Phone
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
Mailbox bomb suspect Luke Helder made a crucial mistake while on the run: He turned on his cell phone. As soon as he activated it, FBI agents quickly triangulated his position between two rural towns and had him in handcuffs within an hour Tuesday, according to Nevada authorities. Full Story

Defining terrorism in Colombia
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:18 by TRC-News
The Colombian guerrillas who fired gas cylinders filled with explosives into a crowded church Friday were not terrorists, at least not in the eyes of the European Union. Nor, according to the EU, was it a terrorist group who left the booby-trapped corpse of a teenage boy outside a Colombian army base last weekend. Full Story

FAA Investigated Hijacker in 2001
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:16 by TRC-News
Federal aviation authorities were alerted in early 2001 that an Arizona flight school believed one of the eventual Sept. 11 hijackers lacked the English and flying skills necessary for the commercial pilot's license he already held, flight school and government officials say. Full Story

Britain to Extradite Terror Suspect
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
A judge ordered the extradition Friday of an Algerian man suspected of links to Osama bin Laden and charged in the United States with masterminding a plot to blow up the Los Angeles airport. Full Story

Immigrants encounter red lights at state DMVs
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:08 by TRC-News
When Emmanuela Pierre went to renew her Florida driver's license, she found a roadblock facing foreign-born drivers nationwide: States are cracking down on non-citizens seeking licenses in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Full Story

Four villagers killed in south Philippines blast
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
Four people were killed and at least eight others injured on Thursday when a mortar shell accidentally exploded in a fishing village in the southern Philippines, police said. Full Story

Dagestan Blast Toll Climbs to 39
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:04 by TRC-News
The death toll from a blast that ripped through a VE Day celebratory parade in Dagestan is reported to have risen to 39. Full Story

Pakistan Hunts Bomb Suspects
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
Pakistani investigators are looking for three men in connection with a suicide bomb attack that killed 15 people, including 11 French nationals. The three men are believed to have bought the car used in the attack. Full Story

Key Liberian Town under Attack
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News
Rebel forces in Liberia are now in control of many areas of the strategically important town of Gbarnga, including the police station. Full Story

US Action on Iraq Slowed by Rift over Whom to Support
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
Despite repeated vows by President Bush to force Saddam Hussein from power, Bush administration officials are still at odds over which Iraqi opposition groups the United States should support, American officials and Iraqi opposition leaders say. Full Story

Palestinians Leave Nativity Church
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:59 by TRC-News
Palestinian gunmen, some waving or flashing V-signs, walked out of the Church of the Nativity on Friday, marking the end of a 39-day standoff with Israeli troops at one of Christianity's holiest shrines. Full Story

Exiled Palestinian Militants Arrive in Cyprus
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
The 13 arrived in a grey-painted C-130 Hercules aircraft under a European-brokered deal to end their 38-day standoff with the Israeli army. They had left the church earlier on Friday. The Palestinian fighters, one of whom was taken by stretcher from the plane to a waiting ambulance, walked off the plane and boarded a bus that drove off escorted by armoured police vehicles. Full Story

DRC Rebels Brief Mbeki
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:56 by TRC-News
Congolese rebel movement representatives will brief President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town this morning on their plans to advance the peace process in their war-torn country. Full Story

US Halts Anti-Drug Aid to Colombia
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
The Colombian authorities have launched an investigation into expenditure at the anti-narcotics police after the US suspended aid to the unit, alleging that some $2m had been diverted from a bank account provided to cover administrative expenses. Full Story

Ammunition Caches Found in Afghanistan; Jalalabad Airport Attacked
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:52 by TRC-News
British troops in eastern Afghanistan have found anti-tank and anti-aircraft ammunition in caves that local residents said were used by al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, a senior British commander said Thursday. The airport in Jalalabad, meanwhile, came under missile attack late Wednesday in an apparent new outburst of factional fighting in the east of the country. Full Story

Probe Turns Up Suspicious Items
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:49 by TRC-News
Federal agents searching a Falls Church address in connection with a student testing and visa scam found a flight manual, flight school brochures, a hand-drawn diagram of a plane hitting the World Trade Center and a datebook that contained only one entry -- on Sept. 11, according to government sources and court documents unsealed this week. Full Story

FBI makeover speeds along with 9/11 probe
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:47 by TRC-News
On the day last month when the FBI's attention was focused on threats that terrorists might strike banks in the Northeast, a two-page personnel announcement from headquarters didn't get much notice. Full Story

Smallpox Vaccine Knowledge Found Lacking
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:45 by TRC-News
Doctors and the public poorly understand the dangers of the smallpox vaccine and need to be better informed if vaccinations are to be reintroduced after an absence of 30 years, federal health officials and infectious disease experts said here today. Full Story

Anthrax Traces at Fed Could Be False Positives
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
The Federal Reserve said on Thursday it found traces of anthrax in about 20 pieces of its mail at an outside facility, but a U.S. official quickly said that the preliminary test could be wrong or due to cross-contamination from earlier incidents. Full Story

Study: Anthrax Used in Attack Genetically Distinct
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:39 by TRC-News
Researchers said on Thursday they had compared the genetic sequence of the anthrax that killed a Florida man to a standard laboratory strain, and found differences that may or may not help in the investigation of last fall's anthrax attacks. Full Story

Florida researcher says common pesticide will kill anthrax
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:38 by TRC-News
A common pest-control agent used to kill termites and fumigate citrus for shipment overseas could also be used to clean anthrax spores out of buildings, a researcher says. Full Story

Union Proposes Arming Flight Attendants With Clubs
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
If pilots get guns, flight attendants want 16-inch metal batons, the union for flight attendants told Congress. Full Story

Private Plane Ban To End at National
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:36 by TRC-News
Federal officials said yesterday that they are working on a plan that would allow private aircraft to return to Reagan National Airport as early as next month, ending a ban in effect for security reasons following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Full Story

In-flight cameras to curb hijack fears
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:35 by TRC-News
The spy in the sky could get even closer. It could soon be looking over your shoulder. Airbus, the European jetmaker, is contemplating a set of tiny, concealed cameras above its passenger seats. At the flick of a switch - whether the lights are on or off - a wary pilot could spot a potential hijacker. Full Story

Diverted Jet Inspected in Greenland
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
Bomb-sniffing dogs and Danish explosives experts arrived Wednesday in Greenland to inspect a Seattle-bound jetliner diverted to the Arctic island after threatening messages were found at the Seattle airport and a nearby restaurant. Full Story

Stopping the Cyber-criminals
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:28 by TRC-News
Police have adapted their methods to fight the new breed of cyber-criminal, with computer forensics experts often replacing the men in white coats at the scene of a crime. In Britain, the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) is responsible for tackling e-crime, an umbrella term for a vastly differing range of offences, including hacking, fraud, child pornography and any offline crime that uses computers. Full Story

'Cyber jihad' warning to terror experts
Posted Friday, May 10, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
A "cyber jihad" could be launched against the West as terrorists moved from the real world to an Internet-based virtual world, a US expert warned today. Michele Zanini, a consultant with the think-tank McKinsey and Company, said terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda were already making huge use of the web for communications, propaganda, recruitment and target data. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 12:28 by TRC-News
05/10/1902
Cuba - Independence Day

05/10/0000
Jordan - Arab Resistance Day

Full Story and More Dates

Mailbox Suspect's Dad Alerted Police
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 12:20 by TRC-News
The FBI zeroed in on 21-year-old Luke Helder as the suspect in the string of pipe-bomb attacks after his father called police about a disturbing letter in which his son warned, "Mailboxes are exploding," authorities said Wednesday. Full Story

Ridge's Room With a View--of All
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 12:12 by TRC-News
Dogged by questions about its readiness to meet the next terrorist threat, the Office of Homeland Security opened its doors Wednesday to showcase its new high-tech headquarters. Full Story

Reason Cited for Ousting of Terror Inquiry's Director
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 12:11 by TRC-News
The staff director of the Congressional panel investigating the government's handling of the Sept. 11 attacks was forced to resign last month because he did not alert the committee that he had hired an employee who was being investigated for failing a C.I.A. polygraph exam, government officials said today. Full Story

Iraq to Hold Referendum on Presidency This Year
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 12:06 by TRC-News
Iraq is making preparations to hold a referendum on the post of president this year, the official al-Iraq newspaper said Thursday. Full Story

Israel Approves Military Strikes After Suicide Bomb
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 12:04 by TRC-News
Israel's security cabinet gave the green light for military reprisals Thursday following a suicide bombing that killed 15 people, but kept the Palestinians waiting nervously for the first major strike. Full Story

Iraq said to sign oil deal with Syria
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 12:03 by TRC-News
Syria has been given permission to work an Iraqi oil field under an agreement covering fossil fuels, according to the weekly Al-Zawra, quoting an unidentified Iraqi oil source. Full Story

Pakistan Arrests 250 After Bombing
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 12:01 by TRC-News
More than 250 suspected Islamic militants were arrested Thursday as U.S. and French investigators joined Pakistanis to look for possible links between al-Qaida terrorists and a bombing that killed 14 people, including 11 French engineers. Full Story

Blast Rocks Southern Russian Town
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:57 by TRC-News
A remote-controlled bomb exploded Thursday as a Victory Day parade marched down the main street of this Caspian Sea port town near Chechnya. At least 32 people died, including 12 children, and 150 were injured as the town celebrated the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany. Full Story

Bomb Hits US Restaurants in Lebanon
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:57 by TRC-News
A bomb exploded outside two American-based fast-food restaurants early Thursday, leaving extensive damage but injuring no one, police said. Full Story

Papers: Suspect Had Flight Manuals
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:55 by TRC-News
A suspect in an alleged scheme to obtain fraudulent student visas had flight manuals, a drawing of a plane striking one of the World Trade Center towers and a date book with a lone entry: Sept. 11, according to court documents. Full Story

Colombian War Brings Carnage to Village Altar
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:54 by TRC-News
All that is left today of the church in this riverbank hamlet are four bullet-scarred walls. The roof was blown off. The wooden pews are splintered, the statue of Jesus smashed to pieces. The floor is covered with blood and maggots, evidence of the worst loss of civilian life in a single day in Colombia's seemingly endless civil conflict. Full Story

Indonesian Arrested in Manila Had Ties to Al Qaeda
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:49 by TRC-News
Philippine and Western intelligence officials have identified an Indonesian man apprehended at Manila's international airport with bomb-making equipment as a leader of a Muslim extremist group that helped train al Qaeda operatives, sources familiar with the investigation said. Full Story

Saudi Convicted in Embassy Bombings Sues
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
A man convicted in the deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 filed the first federal lawsuit today challenging a controversial rule that allows the Justice Department to eavesdrop on conversations between lawyers and inmates to prevent future acts of terrorism. Full Story

Senators Criticize FBI Chief For Not Acting on Warning
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:41 by TRC-News
In some of the strongest public criticism of the FBI since Sept. 11, Democratic senators yesterday upbraided the bureau for not aggressively pursuing an internal report last July that suspected terrorists might be enrolling in U.S. aviation schools. Full Story

Pirate Attacks Soar Worldwide
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
Pirate attacks surged worldwide in the first three months of 2002, with Africa rivaling Southeast Asia for the first time as a high-risk region. Full Story

Weapons Deals With Iran Spur U.S. Sanctions
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
Underscoring the growing concerns about Iran, the Bush administration has decided to impose new sanctions on Chinese, Armenian and Moldovan companies accused of aiding Tehran's alleged programs seeking weapons of mass destruction, a senior U.S. official said yesterday. Full Story

Hamas Says Attacks Against Israel Will Continue
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
The spiritual leader of Hamas said Israel's military operation in the West Bank had not crippled the organization and on Wednesday vowed additional attacks against Israel. Sheik Ahmed Yassin remarks came in an interview with The Associated Press a day after the group carried out a suicide bombing south of Tel Aviv that killed 15 Israelis. Full Story

Palestinian Police Arrest Hamas Members
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
Palestinian security forces have arrested 14 members of the Islamic militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip after President Yasser Arafat ordered measures to foil attacks on Israeli civilians, a security official has said. Full Story

Heavy Fighting Rages in Liberia
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
Heavy fighting is raging between Liberian Government forces and rebels known as Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd) near the central town of Gbarnga. Thousands of people are fleeing the city - which used to serve as the headquarters of President Charles Taylor's forces when he was a rebel leader. Full Story

Hundreds Dead in Nepal Clashes
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
At least 350 fighters and civilians have been killed in clashes between rebels and government troops in western Nepal, according to the country's state radio. It said some 250 Maoist rebels and villagers and more than 100 soldiers and police officers died in fighting over the past few days near the village of Gam. Full Story

Nepal Rebels Offer Truce
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:16 by TRC-News
Maoist rebels in Nepal have announced a unilateral ceasefire from next week. In an unsigned statement e-mailed to newspapers in the capital, Kathmandu, the rebels said the cease-fire would begin on Wednesday and last for a month. Full Story

Pakistan Court Rejects Pearl Suspect Plea on Venue
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected an appeal on Thursday by those accused of the kidnap and murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl against transferring the trial away from Karachi, a prosecution lawyer said. Full Story

President Putin Held an Urgent Sission in the Kremlin to Discuss the Terrorist Act in Kaspiisk
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:13 by TRC-News
At an urgent session in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin demanded that the criminals who committed a terrorist act in Kaspiisk (a city in Dagestan, Russia's North-Caucasian republic) should be "identified, accused and punished as soon as possible". Full Story

Sri Lankan Govt to Pursue Truce Pact: PM
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:13 by TRC-News
Sri Lankan Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the government must pursue an indefinite ceasefire agreement it signed with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels despite violations committed by the rebels. Full Story

Sudanese Govt. Order Civilians to Vacate Areas Occupied by Ugandan Rebels
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
Sudanese authorities have ordered civilians to vacate areas in the south, currently occupied by Uganda's Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebels as fighting intensifies, the New Vision newspaper reported on Wednesday. Full Story

Postal Theory: Mail Sorter Acted as Mill for Anthrax
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
Postal investigators say a chance extra run through sorting machines by the anthrax-tainted letter sent last fall to Senator Patrick J. Leahy may explain why its clumps of spores were smaller and more dangerous than those in a letter mailed the same day to Senator Tom Daschle. Full Story

First Responders Conduct Drill at Pentagon
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 11:02 by TRC-News
For those who witnessed the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon last year, the sounds of chaos that filled the building's center courtyard this morning may have been a vivid reminder of that tragic day. Full Story

Band's Sites Deluged After Mailbox-Bomb Suspect ID'd
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 10:56 by TRC-News
If suspected mailbox bomber Luke John Helder was looking for attention, he's getting it not only from the FBI. He's also getting noticed in a big way on the World Wide Web. Full Story

South Korea takes on World Cup bio-terror threat
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 10:54 by TRC-News
The South Korean government will deploy new biological agent-detection technology during the World Cup. The Defence Ministry has announced it will deploy 30 mobile units in 10 cities hosting matches. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 15:08 by TRC-News
05/08/0000
Algeria - War Dead Day

05/08/1945
Victory in Europe (VE) Day - Germany surrendered in World War II.

Full Story and More Dates

Pipe Bomb Suspect Arrested
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 15:06 by TRC-News
FBI agents and Nevada state troopers yesterday apprehended a troubled 21-year-old art student from Minnesota wanted in connection with the series of pipe bombs left in rural mailboxes across the Midwest, officials said. Full Story

Pipe Bomb Suspect Faces Slew of Charges
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 15:05 by TRC-News
A 21-year-old college art student accused of planting a series of pipe bombs in rural mailboxes across the U.S. Midwest in a campaign of "domestic terror" was being held in a Nevada jail cell on Wednesday and is expected to face a slew of criminal charges. Full Story

FBI: Pipe-Bomb Suspect Confessed
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 15:04 by TRC-News
The FBI said Wednesday that 21-year-old college student Luke Helder confessed to planting 18 pipe bombs in rural mailboxes in five states. Six people were injured in the spree. Full Story

Newspaper Prints Pipe Bomb Suspect's Manifesto
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 15:03 by TRC-News
In a rambling manifesto arguing that ghosts exist and marijuana be legalized, the college art student charged with planting pipe bombs across the U.S. heartland wrote that he and others may die "to change all of you for the better." Full Story

Congress Approves Border Security Bill
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 15:01 by TRC-News
In a move to strengthen security at the nation's entry points following the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress on Wednesday approved legislation beefing up efforts to screen visitors and track foreign students. Full Story

Interior Dept. Faulted On Sept. 11 Response
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 15:00 by TRC-News
A senior Senate Republican yesterday called for an immediate shake-up of Interior Department law enforcement operations in response to findings that officials did little to meet requests for assistance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Full Story

E.P.A. to Lead Cleanup Effort of Homes Close to Ground Zero
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:59 by TRC-News
The federal Environmental Protection Agency will lead an effort to clean up and test apartments south of Canal Street in Lower Manhattan that were fouled by the dust and ash from the destruction of the World Trade Center, a person who was briefed on the plan said. Full Story

Feds to Screen Foreign Students
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:58 by TRC-News
The Bush administration is creating a screening process for some foreign graduate students who want to do sensitive study that could be put to terrorist uses against the United States. Full Story

U.S. Official Cannot Confirm Any Secret Iran Talks
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:55 by TRC-News
A U.S. official said on Wednesday he could not confirm whether the United States and Iran, adversaries since the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, have held secret talks but said it was public knowledge that their officials talk in international forums about Afghanistan. Full Story

Gadhafi son wants observers to see Libyans
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:53 by TRC-News
Charity leader Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son, Wednesday called for international observers to check the well-being of three Libyan nationals being detained by the United States at Guatanamo Bay in Cuba. Full Story

Suicide bomber kills 15 in Israel
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:49 by TRC-News
A Palestinian suicide bomber struck with provocative timing and devastating force last night, killing 15 Israelis in a suburban snooker club, just as Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, was sitting down in Washington for talks with President George Bush. Full Story

Sharon Flies Home After Suicide Bombing
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:47 by TRC-News
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cut short a trip to the United States and flew back to Israel on Wednesday after a suicide bombing south of Tel Aviv killed 15 people and injured about 60 in a stunning reminder of the Middle East conflict his trip was intended to defuse. Full Story

Botched Suicide Bombing Near Haifa
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:45 by TRC-News
A bomber detonated explosives at a bus stop near the northern port city of Haifa on Wednesday, critically wounding himself but causing no injuries to others. Full Story

Arafat: Forces Ordered to Stop Terror
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:43 by TRC-News
In the wake of a deadly suicide bombing in Israel, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) told Palestinians in a televised address Wednesday that he has ordered security services to prevent "terror attacks against Israeli civilians." Full Story

Studies Cite Smallpox Vaccine Tradeoff
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:39 by TRC-News
A mass campaign to vaccinate Americans against smallpox might result in 200 to 300 deaths and make several thousand people severely ill -- yet could save thousands of lives in the event of a bioterrorist attack with the virus, according to research presented yesterday at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in Baltimore. Full Story

Washington Accuses Cuba of Germ-Warfare Research
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:37 by TRC-News
The Bush administration has accused Cuba of producing small quantities of germs that can be used in biological warfare and says Libya and Syria are also violating international treaties by making unconventional weapons. Full Story

U.S. Urges Sudan to Divide Oil Income as Step to Peace
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:34 by TRC-News
President Bush's special envoy for Sudan, John C. Danforth, has recommended that the Sudanese government share its oil revenue with rebels as part of an effort to end a decades-long civil war. Full Story

Dutch Charge Activist in Killing
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:33 by TRC-News
Dutch prosecutors charged an environmental activist with murder and illegal weapons possession Wednesday in the killing of populist leader Pim Fortuyn. Full Story

Taliban cruelty evidenced
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:30 by TRC-News
International experts say early evidence appears to confirm reports of ethnic massacres and other bloodletting in the six years of rule by the repressive Taliban regime. Full Story

Armchair anti-American warrior aims, shoots duds
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:28 by TRC-News
Suddenly, with no fanfare or mainstream press attention, Noam Chomsky has emerged as a best-selling author. According to articles in The New York Times and The Washington Post, Chomsky's 125-page paperback entitled 9-11 has sold well over 100,000 copies. More than six months after publication, it ranked No. 87 Tuesday evening on the amazon.com sales list of all books. Full Story

After 9/11, some workers turn their lives upside down
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:27 by TRC-News
For more than six years, Angela Yoo worked to become a journalist. She studied communications in college, tackled internships and landed a job at InStyle magazine in New York. It was what she'd always wanted. Full Story

Alleged shoe-bomber's lawyers protest order
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:25 by TRC-News
Lawyers for alleged terrorist Richard C. Reid have asked a federal judge to lift a court order they say amounts to a gag order on them and is preventing them from preparing an adequate defense of the man accused of trying to blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami. Full Story

Diverted Jet Inspected in Greenland
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:24 by TRC-News
Bomb-sniffing dogs and Danish explosives experts arrived Wednesday in Greenland to inspect a Seattle-bound jetliner diverted to the Arctic island after threatening messages were found at the Seattle airport and a nearby restaurant. Full Story

Feds: Airport Worker Lied When Hiring
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:23 by TRC-News
A woman responsible for hiring screeners at the Philadelphia airport was charged Tuesday with falsifying employment forms to enable people with murder, drug and weapons convictions to get jobs. Full Story

With the cease-fire truce in place, development in Southern Philippines promised
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:22 by TRC-News
With the cease-fire truce in place, the Philippines government and the country's main secessionist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), signed an agreement Tuesday to develop the war-torn areas in southern Philippines. Full Story

Nepal Rebels Attack Security Post, 100 Dead
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:20 by TRC-News
Maoist guerrillas and government forces in Nepal fought a pitched battle that killed scores overnight, as President Bush offered aid to the Himalayan kingdom. Full Story

Revised Sanctions On Iraq Backed
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:13 by TRC-News
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council have agreed to a fresh effort to slow the flow of military equipment to Saddam Hussein's government while easing the delivery of civilian goods to Iraq's isolated population. Full Story

Bomb Explodes Near Argentine Bank
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:09 by TRC-News
A small homemade bomb exploded in the parking lot of a Spanish-owned bank in central Argentina on Tuesday, police said, as public fury grew against a banking system demonized amid economic crisis. Full Story

Second Argentine Bank Hit by Small Explosive Device
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:09 by TRC-News
A small explosive device designed to scatter pamphlets detonated outside a branch of a foreign-owned bank in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, in the second such attack in as many days. Full Story

Colombian Troops Take Control of Bloodied Villages
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:07 by TRC-News
Colombian troops on Tuesday began securing control of two beleaguered villages five days after leftist FARC rebels killed 117 civilians when they bombed a church, apparently by mistake, during a battle with far-right militias. Full Story

DRCongo Delegation Off to South Africa
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:06 by TRC-News
About 10 opposition politicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) left Kinshasa on Wednesday for South Africa where they are to hold talks with President Thabo Mbeki, a delegation member said. Full Story

Iran Said to be Developing Long-Range Missile
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:04 by TRC-News
Iran, with an assist from Russia and other countries, is developing a long-range missile that would give it the ability to strike NATO countries in Europe, a senior administration official says. Full Story

US Top Official Ends His Visit To Central Asian
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 14:00 by TRC-News
US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met Sunday with the rulers of two former Soviet republics in Central Asia to bolster support for the war in nearby Afghanistan and for U.S. efforts to deny new sanctuaries for al-Qaida fighters. Rumsfeld stopped in Turkmenistan to see President Saparmurat Niyazov and then flew to Kazakhstan's capital for talks with President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Full Story

Pakistan Suicide Bomb Kills 12, Mostly French
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:57 by TRC-News
A suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives killed 10 French defense technicians, a bus driver and himself on Wednesday outside a hotel in Pakistan's volatile southern city of Karachi, officials said. Full Story

Bossasso Falls to Somali Warlord
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:56 by TRC-News
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, one of two men claiming the presidency of Somalia's autonomous state of Puntland, has seized the region's commercial capital Bossasso, following a three-day sweep across the region. Full Story

Homeland security report will lack consensus, Ridge says
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:47 by TRC-News
A report due to the president by mid-year on the status of homeland security likely will not have consensus, White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said Monday. Full Story

Dr. Chaos Indicted in Wisconsin Utility Attacks
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:46 by TRC-News
A man who calls himself "Dr. Chaos" and was accused of storing cyanide in Chicago's subway was indicted Tuesday on more than 50 acts of vandalism in 13 Wisconsin counties. Full Story

Infrastructure Open to Hacker Attack: Canadian Gov't Study Reveals
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:45 by TRC-News
Cyberterrorists using "weapons of mass disruption" pose an increasingly dangerous threat to global security, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns in a new report. Full Story

Warning on Cyberattack 'Exaggerated'
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:41 by TRC-News
It's no secret. In addition to the U.S., at least six countries are known to be actively developing information warfare programs designed to cripple the IT, economic and military infrastructure of their potential adversaries. Full Story

Army Layers Security Blankets To Guard Networks
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:39 by TRC-News
Shortly after a military surveillance plane collided with a Chinese fighter last April, a two-week “cyberwar” began, and U.S. Army Web sites took numerous hits. Full Story

Man Gets 10 Months For Ebay Exposives Auction
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:38 by TRC-News
Roger Ver, 22, of San Jose, Calif., received the sentence Friday after pleading guilty to several charges, including dealing in explosives without a license, illegally storing explosives and mailing dangerous explosive material in violation of postal regulations. Full Story

Upcoming IT security conferences in 2002
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:37 by TRC-News
Several 2002 security conferences are listed with contact information and general themes of the meetings. Conferences include: 14th Annual Computer Security Incident Handling Conference (FIRST 2002), Privacy Paradox: The Gain of Security vs. Privacy's Loss, DEF CON 10, Black Hat Briefings 2002, New Security Paradigms Workshop 2002, Fifth International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID), Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. Full Story

George Mason U. Project Looks at Legal Implications of Network-Security Efforts
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:35 by TRC-News
Bradford C. Brown, chairman of the National Center for Technology and Law at George Mason University, oversees a project set up to study the legal difficulties of guaranteeing computer networks' security. The project, in conjunction with James Madison University, is financed by a $6.5-million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Full Story

New York Contemplates Shielding Data It Collects
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 13:32 by TRC-News
The Pataki administration has proposed legislation that would severely restrict public access to any information the state collects in its efforts to thwart terrorists. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:17 by TRC-News
05/07/1948
Israel - Independence Day as observed by Arabs in the occupied territories.

05/08/0000
Algeria - War Dead Day

05/08/1945
Victory in Europe (VE) Day - Germany surrendered in World War II.

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FBI Names Pipe-Bomb Suspect
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:14 by TRC-News
The FBI issued an all-points bulletin Tuesday for a 22-year-old man, described as armed and dangerous, in connection with a wave of pipe bombs found in rural mailboxes, authorities said. Full Story

USPS Message To Customers In Pipe Bomb Areas
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:13 by TRC-News
The United States Postal Service understands your concerns about the pipe bombs placed in rural mailboxes in parts of Iowa and Illinois yesterday. Your safety - and the sanctity of the mail - are our primary concerns. Full Story

Mailbox Bombs Note
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:12 by TRC-News
Text of note left in mailboxes in the Midwest where pipe bombs were found Friday:
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Pipebomb Scares Spread to Texas
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:10 by TRC-News
A pipe bomb similar to those which have left a trail of terror across the rural American heartland has been found in a Texas mailbox, officials said on Tuesday, adding a fifth state to the shadowy bomber's targets. Full Story

US Accuses Libya, Syria and Cuba on Weapons Spread
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:08 by TRC-News
The United States on Monday accused three more states -- Libya, Syria and Cuba -- of pursuing weapons of mass destruction and warned it would take action to ensure they do not supply terrorists with such arms. Full Story

Libya denies U.S. weapons accusation
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:05 by TRC-News
Libya Tuesday rejected U.S. accusations that it was trying to acquire or produce weapons of mass destruction. Full Story

Argentine leader reasserts terror theory
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:04 by TRC-News
Argentina's president said again Tuesday he believed perpetrators of the Sept. 11 terror attacks also were responsible for the 1992 and 1994 attacks on Jewish targets in his country. Full Story

Pakistan, US to form anti-terrorism group
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:02 by TRC-News
A Pakistani delegation is scheduled to arrive in Washington this week for talks on forming a joint working group with the Americans to combat terrorism, officials at the Pakistani embassy said Monday. Full Story

U.N. Raps U.S. for Rejecting International Court
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 14:00 by TRC-News
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson on Tuesday criticized Washington's abandonment of a new international court for the world's worst crimes, calling it regrettable and worrying. Full Story

Emergency Session Set at U.N.
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:55 by TRC-News
Arab and developing nations were pressing to condemn Israel for alleged atrocities in the Jenin refugee camp and for blocking a U.N. fact-finding mission from looking into the fighting in the camp. Full Story

Dutch Elections to Go Ahead
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:53 by TRC-News
Dutch elections will go ahead on May 15 as scheduled, despite the slaying of right-wing leader Pim Fortuyn, the government announced Tuesday. Full Story

Clinton Likely in Timor Delegation
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:52 by TRC-News
President Bush intends to include former President Clinton in a U.S. delegation to the May 20 celebration of independence for East Timor. Full Story

Police departments balk at idea of becoming 'quasi-INS agents'
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:50 by TRC-News
Police from Austin to Nashville have worked in recent years to convince their large Hispanic immigrant populations to trust police and call them if they're robbed. Full Story

U.S. Military Leaving N. Philippines
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:47 by TRC-News
Nearly 6,000 U.S. and Philippine troops ended three weeks of training Monday aimed at strengthening the countries' military relationships amid the U.S.-led war on terror. Full Story

Stabbing of US sailor mars end of Balikatan
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:47 by TRC-News
THE stabbing of a US Navy man marred an otherwise incident-free conclusion of Balikatan 2002-02 yesterday. Full Story

Israelis Seek to Build Physical Barrier in West Bank
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:45 by TRC-News
For the last month, squads of construction crews have been busily throwing up chain-link fences all along the road leading to a disputed Jewish neighborhood on the southern edge of Jerusalem. Full Story

Arabs Fight Islamists, with Few Rules
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:40 by TRC-News
Authoritarian regimes in both Egypt and Tunisia have for years used their own "wars against terror" to restrict civil liberties and abuse human rights, say Western diplomats and rights activists in the Middle East, Europe, and the US. Full Story

Keep Off West Bank, Israel Warns Khartoum
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:38 by TRC-News
The Israeli embassy in Nairobi has condemned a plan by Sudanese elements in Sudan to train volunteers to fight in the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Full Story

The US Quietly Wades Into South Asia's Rebel Conflicts
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:37 by TRC-News
The insurgency in Nepal is just one of three deadly conflicts in South Asia which have brewed quietly in the background of the Afghan conflict. But the lack of media attention is no indication of a lack of US involvement. Full Story

South-East Asia Acts On Terror
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:35 by TRC-News
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have signed an anti-terrorism pact as part of South-East Asia's battle against regional militant groups. Full Story

Dutch Murder May Delay Election
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:31 by TRC-News
Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok is considering whether or not to postpone next week's general election following the murder of controversial anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn. Speaking after a meeting with members of Fortuyn's right-wing party, who said they wanted the election to go ahead on 15 May as planned, Mr Kok said he needed more time to consult other political leaders. Full Story

Dutch Politician's Party Says His Killer Was Animal Rights Activist
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:30 by TRC-News
The suspected killer of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is a vegan animal rights activist who declares on the Internet that "protecting animals is civilising people", according to a source close to Fortuyn's party. Full Story

Nepal Turns up Heat on Rebels
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:29 by TRC-News
The authorities in Nepal say troops on the ground and helicopters in the air have killed a large number of Maoist rebels in continuing assaults on rebel bases in western Nepal. Full Story

Saboteurs Blow up Sixth Madagascar Bridge
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:28 by TRC-News
Supporters of embattled Madagascan ruler Didier Ratsiraka blew up a sixth bridge on the island after the veteran leader's rival was sworn in as president, officials said on Tuesday. Full Story

UN Renews Liberia Sanctions
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:27 by TRC-News
The United Nations Security Council has voted to renew sanctions on Liberia for another 12 months. The government of President Charles Taylor "has not yet complied fully" with UN demands to end its support for rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone, the council said. Full Story

Real IRA Trio Sentenced to 30 Years by Britain
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:26 by TRC-News
Three Irish republican guerrillas who tried to buy arms in Slovakia for a bombing campaign were sentenced on Tuesday to 30 years imprisonment each. Full Story

Colombian Military Moves to Deadly Attack Site
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:24 by TRC-News
Colombian authorities attempted on Monday to reach the site of one of the bloodiest single episodes of this nation's internal conflict and rejected criticism that they failed to act on warnings that could have prevented the bloodshed. Full Story

Colombia Shoots Down Copter That Aided Paramilitary Fighters
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:21 by TRC-News
Colombia's air force said today that it had shot down a helicopter providing air support to outlawed paramilitary gunmen who last week battled leftist rebels in a fight that killed at least 108 people, among them 45 children. Full Story

Anthrax Sent Through Mail Gained Potency by the Letter
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:13 by TRC-News
Deepening the mystery of the biological attacks that terrified the nation last fall, federal investigators have discovered that the anthrax sent through the mail, in general, grew more potent from one letter to the next, with the spores in the final letter to be opened — the one sent to Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont — the deadliest of all. Full Story

For Anthrax Survivors, a Halting, Painful Recovery
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:12 by TRC-News
When he was laid up in the intensive care unit of the Winchester Medical Center with intravenous tubes sticking out at every angle, bleeding ulcers gnawing at his gut and the lymph nodes in his chest swollen up like cherry tomatoes, David Hose believed that anthrax would surely kill him. Full Story

DNA collected in Bin Laden hunt
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:09 by TRC-News
Troops from the US-led coalition in Afghanistan have been gathering human DNA samples in the mountains of Tora Bora to see if Osama Bin Laden died there. Full Story

Airline security fee hike sought Lawmakers want to double air tax
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:07 by TRC-News
House leaders want to double the security fee airline passengers pay per flight leg, from $2.50 to $5, to help cover the burgeoning costs of making aviation safer. Full Story

The Mideast Conflict Goes Cyber, Harsh Words and All
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:05 by TRC-News
Trying to steer world opinion, Israeli and Palestinian sympathizers are turning increasingly to the Internet, waging an online battle using passionate e-mail, partisan Web sites, and combative chat rooms. Full Story

Palestinian Websites Knocked Offline
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:04 by TRC-News
Israel's military action in the Palestinian territories has disrupted the region's computer networks. Many Palestinian websites run from the region have been knocked offline for weeks, including most government sites. Full Story

Cyberspace Full of Terror Targets
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 13:01 by TRC-News
Officials are most concerned that a cyber attack could be coupled with a conventional terrorist attack, such as those on September 11th, and hinder rescue efforts. Full Story

Al Qaeda's Anthrax
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 12:58 by TRC-News
October 5 may not be as famous as September 11, but it may prove more historic and seminal. On that day last year the United States suffered its first death ever from a biological warfare attack. Full Story

Cropduster Terrorism
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 12:55 by TRC-News
Before murdering thousands at the World Trade Center, Mohammad Atta made repeated trips to rural airports, trying to learn everything he could about crop dusters. Why? Most people think he was interested in spreading chemical or biological terror over a major city. Full Story

Eliminating the Tools of Terror
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 12:51 by TRC-News
"Deny-use" technology could prevent terrorism and jump-start the economy. Full Story

Fighting Drugs, Fighting Terror
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 12:50 by TRC-News
Criminal members of a powerful and shadowy international network conspire to enter the U.S., bringing with them implements to destroy Americans. To fight them, the government develops new strategies and new technologies, but the well-trained and well-financed malefactors continue to test the defenses, seeking any weak spots. Full Story

Bioterrorism preparedness plan expected this summer
Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 12:47 by TRC-News
Top administration officials intend to announce in June or July a comprehensive plan for defending the nation against biological warfare. Senior officials are hoping that by then they can offer enough details to reassure citizens and to guide lower-level officials, said Anna Johnson-Winegar, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for chemical and biological defense. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 12:34 by TRC-News
05/06/1915
Lebanon, Syria - Martyrs' Day

05/07/1948
Israel - Independence Day as observed by Arabs in the occupied territories.

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Terror alert issued in Europe
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 12:33 by TRC-News
Le Journal du Dimanche reports Sunday that Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network is preparing to kidnap hundreds of people throughout Europe over the next few days. Full Story

FBI: Mail Bombs Nearly Identical
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 12:28 by TRC-News
Pipe bombs left in mailboxes in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska were nearly identical and clearly came from the same source, the FBI (news - web sites) said Monday. Full Story

In Michigan, Anti-Terrorism Effort Goes Public
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 12:26 by TRC-News
When three immigration agents knocked on his apartment door in Ann Arbor, Mich., in December, Rabih Haddad already had his attorney on the phone. Full Story

House Passes Anti-Terrorism Bill
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 12:04 by TRC-News
Proposals aimed at cracking down on terrorism in the state sailed through the House of Representatives with little debate early Saturday, winning unanimous support. Full Story

After Sept. 11, hip-hop raises dissenting voices
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 12:03 by TRC-News
Now, some eight months after that horrible day, a handful of hip-hop artists are releasing songs that take a more contrary stance. Some criticize the military action in Afghanistan, and others are cynical about the praise heaped upon the New York Police Department. Full Story

A Willing Witness, a Painful Price
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 12:01 by TRC-News
Man Who Went to FBI to Detail His Trip With Hijackers Faces Deportation. Full Story

TV programs to join U.S. radio in offering American spin
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 12:00 by TRC-News
To counter the wave of anti-American rhetoric emanating from the Middle East, the United States is fighting fire with fire by creating its own programming for the region. On Monday, the House International Relations Committee authorized a bill to spend $245 million over two years for television and radio broadcasts aimed at the Middle East. Full Story

Key U.S. Pentagon Official Calls for Ties With Moderate Muslims
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:59 by TRC-News
The Bush administration's leading hawk on Iraq, in a speech warning of a dangerous gap between the West and Islam, has called for a broad American initiative to strengthen ties with moderate Muslim nations and with the "tolerant people in the Muslim world." Full Story

Nine arrested in raid on suspected al-Qaeda group in Philippines
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:57 by TRC-News
Nine men were arrested in the northern Philippines in raids on alleged cells of the al-Qaeda terror network, police said. Full Story

Priests tell Gloria: Probe deeper to solve Abu problem
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:56 by TRC-News
Senior Church leaders here have urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to probe deeper into why the military, with considerable help from paramilitary forces and United States troops, has not been able to solve the decade-old Abu Sayyaf problem in Basilan. Full Story

Despite twin PAF crashes, Balikatan 02-2 a success
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:55 by TRC-News
Despite two crashes of Philippine Air Force aircraft, Philippine and US military officials rated this year’s "Balikatan 02-2" war games in Central Luzon as successful. Full Story

Taliban Regrouping in Small Pockets
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:52 by TRC-News
Biding their time on the instructions of elusive leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban are regrouping in mountain hide-outs, waiting for the Afghan government to falter, a Taliban intelligence official in hiding said Sunday. Full Story

Reports: Islamists Kill 15 Troops in Algeria
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:51 by TRC-News
Suspected Islamic rebels killed 15 Algerian government soldiers and wounded seven others on Sunday in one of the deadliest ambushes of government forces this year, newspapers said on Monday. Full Story

Colombia Death Toll Rises to 108
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:50 by TRC-News
The death toll in an isolated village where rebels and paramilitaries were battling rose Sunday to 108 including 40 children while troops began to move into the region. Full Story

Colombia Sends in Army After Killings
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:50 by TRC-News
Colombian President Andres Pastrana has held emergency security talks in the western provincial town of Quibdo in Choco state after fighting in a remote jungle area left at least 108 people civilians, 45 of them children. Full Story

Germany Takes over Africa Anti-terror Watch
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:48 by TRC-News
Germany assumed command from the United States of a multinational patrol of sea routes off the east African coast on Sunday to try to prevent any al Qaeda fighters escaping to Somalia. Full Story

Hundreds of Nepalese Maoists Killed
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:45 by TRC-News
Army helicopters pounded the heartland of Maoist guerrilla territory, killing hundreds of rebels in overnight airstrikes, a government spokesman said Monday. Full Story

Uganda Claims 50 Rebel Deaths
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
The army has killed around 50 Ugandan rebels based in neighboring southern Sudan during two days of fighting, an army spokesman said Sunday. Full Story

US Wants to Oust Saddam Even If He Makes Concessions
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
The US may try to remove Saddam Hussein from power even if he agrees to new weapons inspections, the secretary of state, Colin Powell, said yesterday. Full Story

Terminal Evacuated at Cleveland Airport
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
One concourse at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was evacuated on Friday after a screening device detected possible explosives residue, officials said. Full Story

U.S. Renounces Obligations to International Court
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:38 by TRC-News
The Bush administration, flouting the advice of major allies and outraging human rights organizations, renounced on Monday legal obligations toward the treaty that set up the International Criminal Court. Full Story

WSJ Reporter Slaying Trial Adjourned
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:36 by TRC-News
Pakistan's Supreme Court said Monday that the trial of Muslim militants charged in the kidnap-slaying of Daniel Pearl can proceed until it rules on a defense request to move it back to its original venue in Karachi, where the Wall Street Journal reporter was abducted. Full Story

For Illegal Workers' Kin, No Paper Trail and Less 9/11 Aid
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
In his telephone calls to Mexico, Victor A. Martinez Pastrana had told his wife little beyond the fact that he lived in an apartment in Manhattan with a friend, whom he simply called "Chava," and washed dishes in a restaurant he never named at the World Trade Center with a fellow Mexican from Puebla. Full Story

Enlisting Data Seized in Raids, Israel Widens an Effort to Implicate Arafat in Terrorism
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:30 by TRC-News
As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon heads for Washington today, Israeli officials are presenting documents and other material seized in recent raids of Palestinian installations on the West Bank as evidence of what they call Yasir Arafat's direct role in supporting and sponsoring terrorism. Full Story

Israelis Release More Documents Accusing Arafat of Terror
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flew to Washington, Israeli officials intensified their campaign today to discredit Yasir Arafat, distributing three compilations of captured Palestinian documents to American officials here that Israelis contend are indisputable proof that the Palestinian leader personally approved terror attacks. Mr. Sharon is expected to show the documents to President Bush when he meets with him at the White House on Tuesday. Full Story

Bioterrorism Office Gets a New Director
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
A man who led the campaign to rid the world of smallpox is resigning as director of the campaign to protect Americans from bioterrorism. Full Story

Lieberman Bill Would Create Tech Homeland Security Office
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) wants $200 million to develop homeland security technologies under a new Science and Technology Office within a cabinet-level Homeland Security Department. Full Story

Cyberspace Full of Terror Targets
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
Government and private computer networks are facing new threats of terrorist attacks, ranging from an attempt to bring havoc to a major city to nationwide disruptions of finances, transportation and utilities. But people with knowledge of national intelligence briefings say little has been done to protect against a cyberattack. Full Story

Net Guard would function as a virtual National Guard
Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
Two bills to strengthen the nation’s cyberdefenses will come up this month before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a sponsor of the Science and Technology Emergency Mobilization Act, said his bill would establish volunteer rapid response teams to help restore critical infrastructures in the wake of disasters. The teams, which would be known as the Net Guard, would function like an IT equivalent of the National Guard. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:46 by TRC-News
05/04/1986
Japan - Chukaku-Ha terrorists Bomb Tokyo economic summit

05/04/1978
Namibia - Kasinga Day commemorates a raid by South African military forces that left hundreds dead.

05/04/1988
New Caledonia - French Forces Storm FLNKS stronghold holding 23 hostages.

05/04/1989
New Caledonia - FLNKS Chairman and assistant killed by rival group FULK.

05/04/1980
Serbia-Montenegro - Death of Tito

05/05/0544
Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand - Buddha was born circa 544 BC.

05/05/1981
United Kingdom - First PIRA Hunger Striker, Bobby Sands, Dies

05/06/1915
Lebanon, Syria - Martyrs' Day

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FBI Warned of Training Before 11th
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:38 by TRC-News
Two months before the suicide hijackings, an FBI agent in Arizona alerted Washington headquarters that several Middle Easterners were training at a U.S. aviation school and recommended contacting other schools nationwide where Arabs might be studying, law enforcement officials said. Full Story

EU Puts Kurdish PKK, Iran Rebels on 'Terror' List
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:37 by TRC-News
Kurdish separatist rebels in Turkey and Iraq-based guerrillas fighting the Iranian government have been added to the European Union's list of banned "terrorist" groups, EU diplomats said on Thursday. Full Story

Bin Laden Relative Linked to '93 Trade Center Bombers, Affidavit Says
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:35 by TRC-News
In supporting its arrest of the leader of an Islamic charity this week, the Justice Department has made public new information tying a wealthy Saudi businessman, who is Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law, to several people convicted in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 or in unsuccessful plots to bring down airliners and assassinate the pope. Full Story

After Sept. 11, a Little-Known Court Has a Greater Role
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
When the authorities charged the director of an Islamic charity with perjury this week, they buttressed their complaint with evidence gathered with the approval of a special antiterrorism court that law enforcement officials say has taken on a greater role since the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

Big Visions for Security Post Shrink Amid Political Drama
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
He was the "true patriot, a trusted friend" chosen by President Bush nine days after Sept. 11 to create a grand strategy for deterring terrorist attacks. Full Story

Ridge Briefs Congress Informally
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:31 by TRC-News
Sen. Robert Byrd lashed out at the Bush administration Thursday for letting Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge informally brief senators while Byrd's committee was holding a hearing at which Ridge had refused to appear. Full Story

Cash-Strapped Coast Guard Trims Security Force
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:30 by TRC-News
The U.S. Coast Guard, after beefing up security at the nation's ports within hours of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, said it began this week to cut back its "sea marshal" forces because it is running out of money. Full Story

Bush seeking tighter security in academia
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
At the direction of President Bush, White House officials have been meeting behind closed doors to debate an anti-terrorism policy that would keep some foreign students from studying "sensitive" academic subjects. Full Story

U.S. Flying More Detainees to Cuba From Afghanistan
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
The U.S. military flew another planeload of al Qaeda and Taliban captives from Afghanistan on Friday toward the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the second such flight in two days after a two-month delay to build a new prison, U.S. officials said. Full Story

British Troops Begin al-Qaida Sweep
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
British forces began sweeping through rugged terrain in southeastern Afghanistan on foot Friday as part of a large-scale operation to hunt down remaining pockets of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, a Royal Marines spokesman said. Full Story

Trial in Pearl Slaying On, Off
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
The closed-door trial of Muslim militants charged in the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl resumed briefly under tight security Friday after moving from Karachi because of prosecution fears of a terrorist attack, officials said. Full Story

Israeli Troops Attack Hamas Hideout
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
Israeli troops swooped down on a Hamas hide-out in the West Bank's largest city Friday, while Orthodox Christians in biblical Bethlehem marked a somber Good Friday with no sign of a break in the siege of the Church of the Nativity, now entering its second month. Full Story

Feuding trips up policy on Iraq
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
President Bush's hopes of building a strong insurgent group to replace Iraqi President Saddam Hussein have been set back by feuding among U.S. officials over who should lead the opposition. Full Story

For Eritrean Guerrillas, War Was Hell (and Calluses)
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
There are many more war memorials in the world than there have been wars, but almost certainly none is quite like the one here in the capital of Eritrea: a sculpture of two giant sandals. Full Story

Mournful Task Ending, Forever Unfinished
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
Through the blur of unnoticed seasons, in an effort without parallel, 1.6 million tons of material from the collapse of the World Trade Center have been dismantled, examined and carted off to be examined again. That fire-spitting, hellish mound — crushed concrete and scorched metal and body parts — has been reduced, one truckload at a time, to a few piles on a bedrock-bottomed pit. Full Story

Sharon Says Prisoners Implicate Arafat in Financing of Terrorism
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:10 by TRC-News
After releasing Yasir Arafat before dawn from a monthlong siege, the Israeli government declared late tonight that other Palestinian leaders under Israeli interrogation had implicated him in financing terrorist attacks. Full Story

Police Capture Abu Sayyaf Aide
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:07 by TRC-News
Police have arrested a senior member of the Abu Sayyaf, the al-Qaida-linked extremist group that the Philippine military is trying to destroy with American help. Full Story

4 die in grenade explosion in S. Philippines
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
Four people died in a grenade explosion that rocked a village in the southern Philippines late Wednesday night, police said Thursday. Full Story

Algeria Rebels Massacre 34
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:04 by TRC-News
Three were killed and a fourth kidnapped in the northwest of the country yesterday, just a day after 31 people were massacred in the same region, which is witnessing a surge of violence ahead of parliamentary elections on May 30. Algerian security services said two men and a woman were killed as they returned from their fields near Chlef, 200km west of Algiers, and a young woman was kidnapped. Full Story

Colombia Rebels Hijacked Copter, Foreigners - Army
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:02 by TRC-News
A helicopter which disappeared in Colombia last month was hijacked by leftist rebels, who have kidnapped two Canadians, a Frenchman and an Ecuadorean who were on board, military authorities said on Thursday. Full Story

Colombian Rebels Bomb Train
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News
A rebel bomb derailed a coal train and damaged a stretch of track, halting the transport of coal from one of the world's largest open-face mine, the mine's operator said Thursday. Full Story

Saboteurs Blow Up Fifth Bridge in Madagascar
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
Saboteurs blew up a fifth bridge in Madagascar on Friday to disrupt supplies into the capital, where African diplomats were due to hold talks to resolve a leadership crisis that has split the island. Full Story

Nepal Gov't: 58 Maoists Killed
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:59 by TRC-News
At least 58 Maoist guerrillas were killed in overnight battles with security forces in western Nepal, a government official said Friday. Full Story

Prisoner Count at Guantanamo Drops One, Now 331
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:56 by TRC-News
The number of al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has dropped to 331 from 332, said U.S. military officials, who declined to say on Thursday where the prisoner had been taken. Full Story

Luggage Bomb Scanning Could Prompt New Searches
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
Plans to use cheaper and more portable equipment to detect bombs in airline luggage in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks could trigger a large number of intrusive searches that might mean more delays and hassles for air travelers, a leading U.S. senator said on Thursday. Full Story

Weighing the need for sentries at 35,000 feet
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:52 by TRC-News
In the life of an air marshal, there are hours of boredom and seconds of unbelievable excitement. The big question: How many of them are really needed? Full Story

New security steps may cost airport up to $85 million
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:51 by TRC-News
Philadelphia International Airport officials are hastening to figure out how to pay a bill of up to $85 million this year to meet new federal security requirements that all luggage be checked for bombs before being loaded on planes. Full Story

Texas University Plans Cybercrime Institute
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
In what is billed as one of the first efforts of its kind, a Dallas university is teaming up with local and federal crime experts to establish a new institute aimed at fighting cybercrime. The University of Texas at Dallas is forming the Digital Forensics and Security Institute with the Greater Dallas Crime Commission, in an effort that also involves the nonprofit National White Collar Crime Center. The facility, which will offer a cybersecurity degree program, will open in September, the school said. Full Story

Hacking in the Shadow of 9/11
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:46 by TRC-News
Near a table laden with coffee, tea and croissants, David Dittrich, senior security engineer for the University of Washington, discusses the newest tools of the trade with a hacker-cum-security-consultant known as "K2." Full Story

Hacker Duo Say They Hack for Sake of National Security
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:45 by TRC-News
A pair of hackers who have been penetrating US government computer systems across the country said they are trying to call attention to vulnerabilities in national security. Full Story

US Pushes Industry on Biowarfare Research
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:42 by TRC-News
Scientists from the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health urged biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to develop treatments for biowarfare agents at an industry meeting on Tuesday, indicating the government is stepping up efforts to ensure it is prepared for bioterrorist attacks. Full Story

Biometric Security Not Quite Ready to Replace Passwords
Posted Friday, May 3, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
Biometrics vendors are doing their best to supplant passwords as the chief form of computer security, but Government Computer News Lab tests indicate that many of their products are not quite ready. Some developers have continued to improve already good devices, but others need to go back to the drawing board. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:56 by TRC-News
05/02/1945
Germany, Russia - Berlin Falls to Soviets

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US called slow to detect Islamic militancy
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:51 by TRC-News
Before the terrorist attacks on Sept 11, government officials did not press hard enough to counter anti-American views being preached in mosques in the United States and the Middle East, a former State Department official said yesterday. Full Story

Egypt Assails the Lumping of U.S. War With Israel's
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:50 by TRC-News
President Hosni Mubarak criticized Washington today for allowing Israel to lump the Palestinian struggle to end occupation into the same category as the war on terrorism, and he echoed the impatience of other Arab officials with the lack of peace initiatives from the United States. Full Story

FEMA to Reconsider NYC Rejections
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:49 by TRC-News
The government agency that helps people after disasters will reconsider thousands of applications for housing aid that were rejected after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Full Story

Post-9/11 Pain Found to Linger in Young Minds
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:48 by TRC-News
Tens of thousands of public-school children in New York City are experiencing chronic nightmares, fear of public places, severe anxiety and other mental health problems months after the World Trade Center attack, a study conducted for the Board of Education has found. Full Story

Investigators Breach Security in 4 U.S. Buildings in Atlanta
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:46 by TRC-News
Congressional investigators said today that they had forged identity badges and easily breached the security of four federal buildings here, and they warned that many other government buildings were wide open to terrorists who used similar methods. Full Story

Rules Would Restrict Foreign Students
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:44 by TRC-News
In a little-noticed anti-terror initiative, the Bush administration is trying to get colleges and universities to stop some foreign students from studying sensitive subjects. Educators fear they're being dragged into academic censorship. Full Story

Salaries for Airport Guards Set Off Complaints in Congress
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
Democratic congressmen complained today that the administration was proposing excessive salaries of $70,000 plus overtime for checkpoint guards under the new airport security system. Full Story

Proposal to arm pilots revived
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
Two senior House Republicans have bucked the Bush administration and airlines by proposing that pilots be allowed to carry firearms to fight off terrorists. Full Story

Indonesian Official Urges U.S. to Resume Military Assistance
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
A senior civilian official here has said that the United States should drop restrictions imposed almost three years ago on assistance to the Indonesian military and help restore what he called the "tarnished reputation" of this nation's army. Full Story

Basque Separatists Set Off Car Bomb Near Spanish Soccer Stadium
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:39 by TRC-News
The Basque separatist group E.T.A. detonated a car bomb close to a stadium in Madrid yesterday afternoon, hours before the start of an important European soccer game. Seventeen people were hurt, none seriously, in the blast. A second bomb, 30 minutes later, may have destroyed the bombers' getaway car. Full Story

U.S.-Led Raids in Afghanistan Press Search for Qaeda Fighters
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:31 by TRC-News
Hundreds of American-led forces are hunting for Al Qaeda holdouts in Afghanistan, although two senior Afghan commanders whose troops also joined six raids in the past three weeks said today that only two suspects had been detained and none killed so far. Full Story

Blast Targets British Council In Gaza
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:26 by TRC-News
There was an explosion late on Wednesday at the offices of the British Council in the Gaza Strip. Full Story

Seventeen Months Of Saudi Mystery
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
Reports at the weekend, since denied, that one of three Britons in custody Saudi Arabia had been secretly sentenced to death are typical of the mystery which has surrounded a spate of bombings in the country. Full Story

Nepal's Maoist Rebels Willing to Talk Peace
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
Nepal's Maoist rebels said on Thursday they were ready for talks to try to end a six-year-old bloody rebellion that has killed more than 3,600 people across the Himalayan kingdom. Full Story

Madagascar Province Secedes
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
A province that supports outgoing president Didier Ratsiraka will officially declare independence on Thursday. Full Story

Colombia Meets Rights Standards
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
Secretary of State Colin Powell has certified that the Colombian military has met congressionally mandated human rights requirements, freeing $62 million in U.S. military aid for that country, the State Department said Wednesday. Full Story

Algeria Hit By Two Massacres
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
Armed extremists have killed 31 people in two separate massacres in the Tiaret region of western Algeria, officials said on Thursday. Twenty people were killed and five wounded in an attack at Ksar Chellala - the worst single attack in Algeria this year. Full Story

Police find two bombs in public places in southern Philippines
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:18 by TRC-News
Bombs were found stuffed in a jacket in a department store and under a bus seat in two southern Philippine cities Thursday, police said. Full Story

Sayyaf tells government: Look for hostages’ dead bodies
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
Abu Sayyaf bandits withdrew yesterday their offer to negotiate with the government for the safe release of their three remaining hostages, and warned that two of the captives, American missionary couple Martin and Gracia Burnham, might be executed. Full Story

Blast rocks C’bato as cops kill 2 MILF members, nab 3 others in Davao del Sur firefight
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:16 by TRC-News
An explosion rocked Cotabato City even as police killed two members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and captured three others during an encounter in Davao del Sur yesterday. Full Story

Anthrax To Shut Postal Station
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:13 by TRC-News
The postal service's regional mail facility in Wallingford will be virtually shut down for two months, while technicians decontaminate letter-sorting machines where more anthrax was recently found. Full Story

Doctors Get Updated Anthrax Guide
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
An illustrated guide to anthrax, from how to detect an infection to how to dispose of victims' bodies, was published in one of the nation's leading medical journals this week to help doctors who could be on the front line in another such attack. Full Story

Creator of 'Melissa' Virus, Which Did Millions of Dollars of Damage, Sentenced to 20 Months
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
The creator of the "Melissa" virus was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in federal prison for causing millions of dollars of damage by disrupting e-mail systems worldwide in 1999. David L. Smith, 33, pleaded guilty in December 1999 to a state charge of computer theft and to a federal charge of sending a damaging computer program. In the federal plea, both sides agreed the damage was greater than $80 million. Full Story

In torn territories, technology suffers
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:05 by TRC-News
The grinding Mideast conflict is sending big ripples into the economies of Israel and the Palestinian territories. But at least one industry — Israel's fledgling technology sector — attributes its slowdown over the past year less to the violence than to the worldwide technology slump. Full Story

Lawmakers Court Controversy With Nationwide ID Plan
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
Two House lawmakers will introduce a bill on Wednesday that promises to stoke up the contentious debate about creating what critics say is a de facto national identification system. Full Story

US, India hold talks to combat cyber attacks
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News
The United States and India have launched high-level security talks to protect their information technology systems from attacks by hostile states and computer-savvy criminals, officials said on Tuesday. Full Story

Information-sharing bill on fast track in House
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
Rep. Jane Harman on Tuesday predicted that legislation to boost information sharing among federal agencies and state and local governments would be ready for House floor action within the next several weeks. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:45 by TRC-News
05/01/1945
Germany - Hitler's Suicide Announced

05/01/1993
Sri Lanka - President Premadasa Assassinated by suicide bomber during May Day celebrations in Colombo

05/02/1945
Germany, Russia - Berlin Falls to Soviets

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US Muslim charity head arrested
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
The head of a Muslim charity in the United States has been charged with perjury after he denied his organisation supported groups engaged in terrorism. Full Story

Search for Sept. 11 Suspect Focuses on a Visit to Spain
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
Last July 9, an important Al Qaeda member arrived at a small airport near here on a tourist flight from Germany. Unlike millions of other foreigners who flock here to the Gold Coast in search of sun and fun, Ramzi Muhammad Abdullah bin al-Shibh slipped into a shadow world. Full Story

No Case Vs. Man Who Knew Hijackers
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:39 by TRC-News
A federal judge threw out a perjury indictment Tuesday against a Jordanian college student who knew two alleged Sept. 11 hijackers, citing errors made when investigators applied for an arrest warrant. Full Story

Somali Man Guilty in Money Transfer
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:38 by TRC-News
A Somali man arrested in a terror-related sweep of money transfer businesses was found guilty Tuesday of operating without a state license. Full Story

Iraq Ready for Talks on Arms Inspections
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri is scheduled to begin talks today at the United Nations aimed at reaching an agreement to allow weapons inspectors back into his country--and, from the Iraqis' perspective, make it a bit harder for the United States to attack their land. Full Story

U.S. nixes Iraqi link to 9/11 hijackers
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
U.S. investigators no longer believe suicide hijacker Mohammed Atta met an Iraqi intelligence agent in Europe last year, eliminating the only known link between Saddam Hussein's government and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Full Story

Al Qaeda's new frontier: Indonesia
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:30 by TRC-News
On the steps of a humble mosque, Abu Jibril Abdurrahman quickens his cadence as he approaches the emotional crescendo of his sermon: "Oh God," he implores, "help us to destroy the infidels who have killed our children." Full Story

Iranian Leader Blasts United States, Praises Bombers
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a tirade against the United States Wednesday, accusing Washington of bullying. Full Story

NATO to End Unprecedented Air Patrols Over America
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
The NATO military alliance said it was ending its unprecedented operation to patrol the skies of the United States, launched after the Sept. 11 attacks, because U.S. air defense security had been improved. Full Story

U.S. Indicts Colombian Guerrillas in Killings
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and six of the guerrilla group's leaders were indicted Tuesday on federal charges in the 1999 killings of three Americans. Full Story

UN Envoys Head to Rebel Area in Congo Peace Bid
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
U.N. Security Council envoys trying to salvage faltering peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the rebel-held east on Wednesday to press for the demilitarisation of a key city. Full Story

Liberia Accused of War Crimes
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
A human rights group has accused the Liberian authorities of atrocities against civilians, and urged the United Nations to extend sanctions on the government. A report by the New York-based organisation Human Rights Watch says Liberian forces fighting rebel guerrillas have committed "war crimes" and other abuses. Full Story

Madagascar Bridge Blown Up, OAU Warns of Partition
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
Saboteurs blew up a key bridge in Madagascar on Tuesday, raising fears of a fresh wave of violence caused by the Indian Ocean island's prolonged leadership crisis. Full Story

Daniel Pearl Case Transferred to Hyderabad
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:16 by TRC-News
A division bench comprising Chief Justice, Justice Saeed Ashad and Justice Ghulam Rabbani of Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday has accepted both the applications of the government and transferred the hearing of Daniel Peal Case to the Central Jail of Hyderabad. Judge Anti -Terrorist Court, Syyed Ali Ashraf Shah will start hearing of the case from 3rd of May. Full Story

Extremist Group Threatens Hostages
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
A Muslim extremist group threatened Wednesday to kill an American missionary couple it is holding hostage, saying it is no longer interested in negotiations. Full Story

PKK Threatens EU: Inclusion Means War!
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
While the terrorist list of the European Union (EU) was expected to be announced on Thursday amid the debates whether a Turkish group would be included on the list or not, outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) threatened the EU for launching a war. Full Story

Senate Takes Up Terrorism Insurance
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:08 by TRC-News
Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached a consensus on the need to revive federal legislation that would put most of the burden of paying for a major terrorist attack on the government rather than insurance companies. Full Story

Report Assesses Trade Center's Collapse
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:07 by TRC-News
The twin towers of the World Trade Center sustained massive structural damage after two hijacked jets crashed into the 110-story buildings on Sept. 11, and the steel eventually buckled under the enormous heat generated by fires caused by spreading jet fuel, a federal team of engineers has concluded in a report to be released today. Full Story

Lacking a strategy, homeland security languishes
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:04 by TRC-News
The Bush administration is not doing enough to protect Americans from future terrorist attacks, according to lawmakers and a new study on homeland security released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Full Story

Customs steps up radiation screens
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:02 by TRC-News
The US Customs Service, acknowledging that it needs to increase its ability to detect radioactive material that is shipped to the United States, says that it is doubling its capacity to screen incoming packages. Full Story

U.S. scientists counter bioterrorism with new electronic sentinel systems
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
Stung by anthrax mailings after suicide skyjackings, the United States is hurrying to erect an electronic line of defense against further bioterrorism. At least five sophisticated biosurveillance systems are under development with federal funding to nonprofit and to proprietary ventures; two other groups already have products on the market. Full Story

Davis: Streamline homeland tech
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 10:58 by TRC-News
The war on terrorism has generated a flood of suggestions from companies about ways the government could use technology to improve homeland security. But government agencies lack the technical expertise to evaluate the solutions quickly and the buying authority to purchase them promptly, said Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.). Full Story

Cyberwar with China? Nope-- It's Just May Again
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 10:55 by TRC-News
Is it just the tenor of these jittery times, or is there really something to reports that China will soon launch a cyberattack against the United States and Taiwan? On Thursday, March 25, the Los Angeles Times wrote that, according to a CIA document they'd obtained, China could be preparing to attack U.S. and Taiwanese Web sites in a mass hack. Other media outlets, including the New York Times, quickly ran articles refuting the report. Who's right? Full Story

Network Forensics: Tapping the Internet
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 10:52 by TRC-News
During the Gulf War, computer hackers in Europe broke into a UNIX computer aboard a warship in the Persian Gulf. The hackers thought they were being tremendously clever -- and they were -- but they were also being watched. Full Story

Backpack allows remote emergency diagnosis
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 10:50 by TRC-News
A British firm has developed a backpack that sends detailed medical information to emergency response teams when wearers get into difficulty. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:51 by TRC-News
04/30/1980
United Kingdom - Seizure of Iranian Embassy

04/30/1975
Vietnam - Fall of Saigon

05/01/1945
Germany, Federal Republic of
Hitler's Suicide Announced

05/01/1993
Sri Lanka
President Premadasa Assassinated
A suicide bomber assassinated president Ranasinghe Premadasa during May Day celebrations in Colombo.

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Dates to Watch
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:47 by TRC-News
MAY 01, 2002 (WORLDWIDE) International labor day also known as May Day is marked by protests and demonstrations in major cities around the world. Full Story and More Dates

Ridge: Alert System May Be Adjusted
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:46 by TRC-News
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge told newspaper executives Monday that the color-coded alert system used to keep the nation apprised of the danger of terrorist threats may have to be "tweaked" in the days to come. Full Story

Germany warns of terror 'hostage plot'
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:45 by TRC-News
German security officials have warned that a terrorist attack could be carried out in the country within the next three weeks. Full Story

Heightened Security On The Water
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
With the first boating season since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 about to begin, tough new rules are in place to protect the state's coastline. Full Story

US Set to Demobilize Reservists, Guardsmen
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:42 by TRC-News
The Bush administration plans a major reduction in the number of reservists and national guard troops on active duty despite a warning from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that forces were stretched thin, according to officials and internal documents. Full Story

Federal Buildings Fail Security Test
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
Working undercover, congressional investigators gained unauthorized access to four Atlanta federal buildings and easily sneaked briefcases and packages past security checkpoints. Full Story

9-11 Investigator Leaves Position
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:39 by TRC-News
The head of the congressional investigation into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has quit after little more than two months on the job. Full Story

Travel Warning: LEBANON
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:36 by TRC-News
This Travel Warning is being issued to update the security situation in Lebanon. During the recent increase in tensions in the Middle East, there have been a number of anti-U.S. demonstrations, some of them violent. Hizballah and Palestinian militants have also become more active along Lebanon's southern border. Full Story

Violence Seen Rising Since Poll in Zimbabwe
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
A state-sponsored campaign of political violence and intimidation has intensified in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe was re-elected to power almost two months ago, Zimbabwean human rights organisation said on Monday. Full Story

North Madagascan Province Declares Independence
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:33 by TRC-News
The governor of the north Madagascan province of Antsiranana on Tuesday officially proclaimed his territory a "sovereign state, independent within the confederation of Madagascar." Full Story

Guatemalan Human Rights Worker Shot Dead
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:31 by TRC-News
Gunmen shot and killed a member of a Guatemalan human rights organization in a restaurant on Monday in what rights activists said was a political murder disguised as a robbery. Full Story

U.N. Envoys Take Peace Mission to Congo's Kabila
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:31 by TRC-News
A U.N. Security Council mission opened closed-door talks with Congo's President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday to revive efforts to end Africa's biggest war after the main rebel group rejected a partial peace deal as a sham. Full Story

Colombian FARC Rebels Release Kidnapped Italian
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:30 by TRC-News
Colombia's largest Marxist rebel force has released a kidnapped Italian engineer for humanitarian reasons after holding the man hostage for five months, the Italian Embassy in Bogota said on Monday. Full Story

U.S. Anti-Terror Campaign Arrives in Georgia
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
American military experts have started arriving in Georgia to help the impoverished former Soviet state's rag-tag army fight Islamic extremists as part of the U.S.-led campaign against terror. Full Story

Libya Ready to Compensate Lockerbie Victims-Report
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:25 by TRC-News
Libya is ready to make a "substantial formal offer" to compensate families of the Lockerbie airliner bombing within a month, Time magazine said, but British relatives dismissed the move as political posturing. Full Story

Camp X-Ray Prisoners in New Cells at U.S. Cuba Base
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:24 by TRC-News
Camp X-Ray was emptied on Monday as the U.S. military finished moving 300 al Qaeda and Taliban captives out of the hastily built chain-link cells and into a more permanent prison at the U.S. Naval Base in southeast Cuba. Full Story

First Federal U.S. Airport Screeners Begin Work
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:21 by TRC-News
In an aviation security milestone on Tuesday, the nation's first team of federal screeners began checking airline passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Full Story

Troops Kill Four al-Qaida Suspects
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:20 by TRC-News
U.S.-led special forces battled suspected al-Qaida militants in two firefights, killing up to four of them, near the border with Pakistan, a region where allied patrols have been hunting the remnants of Osama bin Laden's terror network, the U.S. commander said Tuesday. Full Story

Training the cyberwar troops
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:14 by TRC-News
Systems administrator David Riebrandt's first hint that intruders had hacked the military network came from telltale electronic footprints. Full Story

Army Puts Crisis Guidance Online
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:13 by TRC-News
In the frantic days last October after anthrax attacks on targets in Florida, Washington and New York, Army personnel at commands across the country issued 14 different instructions on how to respond to suspicious mailings. A few offered conflicting advice. Some were simply wrong. Full Story

Academia makes cyber pledge
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - 10:11 by TRC-News
Higher education organizations have joined the fight to secure cyberspace by endorsing a framework for action. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
04/29/1967
Colombia - Founding of the EPL (Popular Liberation Army)

04/29/1986
India - Sikh Militants Seize Golden Temple

04/29/1916
Ireland, United Kingdom - Easter Rebellion Dublin

04/29/1992
Sierra Leone - Overthrow of President Momoh for failing to support military battling Revolutionary United Front (RUF).

04/30/1980
United Kingdom - Seizure of Iranian Embassy

04/30/1975
Vietnam - Fall of Saigon

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Study Urges Focus On Terrorism With High Fatalities, Cost
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
A million people could die if terrorists launch a biological attack that widely disperses smallpox, anthrax, ebola or other agents, according to a new study that analyzes the damage that could be caused by the use of weapons of mass destruction. Full Story
Report Announcement at Brookings Institution

Moussaoui Team Opposes Death Penalty
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
Lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui say the government wants to execute the man indicted as a Sept. 11 conspirator because he's the only one available to get the ultimate penalty for the attacks. Full Story

Business spreads out for security
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
The Federal Reserve Board is overseeing an effort by financial institutions to disperse people, records, and operations and to duplicate business functions at multiple sites - a change in strategy from the months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when most companies relied on security guards checking IDs in downtown office lobbies. Full Story

Daschle: Terror War First, Then Iraq
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
Senate leaders said Sunday there is broad support for toppling Saddam Hussein but that it is too early to take military action against Iraq. Full Story

Administration Split on Local Role in Terror Fight
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
In a rare disagreement, White House and Justice Department officials are divided over whether to declare that local and state police departments have the power to track down illegal immigrants as a new tactic in the global war on terror. Full Story

Top CIA official warns next terror attack unavoidable
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
A top Central Intelligence Agency official has warned Americans that a new terrorist attack is unavoidable, despite all efforts to prevent it and the fact that the CIA is now "stealing more secrets" than ever. Full Story

Interrogating Abu Zubaida: Fact? Fantasy? Manipulation?
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
U.S. government officials say they issued recent alerts about possible terrorist attacks on shopping centers and East Coast financial institutions because information that a captured al Qaeda leader provided interrogators overlaps with other intelligence gathered by the government. Full Story

Making stubborn prisoners talk
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:05 by TRC-News
“Has anybody talked to you about lying?” instructor John Giersdorf asks his freshman class. “We expect you to lie a lot. Your job is to convince someone to do something that could get him executed for treason.” Full Story

Top U.S. military official visits American troops in counterterrorism exercise
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff visited a war-torn southern Philippine island Sunday and met U.S. troops training Filipino soldiers to better fight an al-Qaida-linked Muslim extremist group. Full Story

Abu Sayyaf thumb nose at US-Philippine joint operations
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News
Muslim Abu Sayyaf rebels mocked a joint US-Philippine military campaign, saying the effort has failed to crush the gunmen halfway through its six-month timetable. Full Story

Burnham parents mum on ransom
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
THE PARENTS of American couple held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf bandits expressed hope anew their children would be freed soon, but have remained tight-lipped as to the involvement of ransom for their release. Full Story

Philippine Guerrillas Deny Ransom Deal for Americans
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:58 by TRC-News
Muslim guerrillas with suspected links to the al Qaeda network have denied receiving a hefty ransom for the release of a U.S. missionary couple held for almost a year in the southern Philippines. Full Story

Pakistan Denies U.S. Troops Operating on Its Soil
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:56 by TRC-News
Pakistan said Monday no U.S. or other foreign troops were operating in the country to pursue militants fleeing from neighboring Afghanistan. Full Story

'Suspicious' Fliers Reroute Plane
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:55 by TRC-News
The FBI told passengers on a flight forced to return after takeoff that their plane was rerouted because several passengers of Middle Eastern descent had purchased one-way tickets for cash that day, passengers said Monday. Full Story

Arabs in Disguise Kill Four Jewish Settlers in the West Bank
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
Two Palestinian gunmen dressed as Israeli soldiers cut through the fence surrounding this small Jewish settlement this morning and attacked the residents while they were relaxing on the Sabbath, killing four, including a 5-year-old girl, the Israeli Army said. Full Story

U.S. forces reportedly lead raid on Pakistan mosque
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
U.S. special operations forces reportedly raided a mosque and religious school in this tribal border village Friday in an unsuccessful attempt to pin down al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who may have slipped into the country from Afghanistan. Full Story

Navy medical personnel worldwide use software to collaborate
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:44 by TRC-News
The employees of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) are using collaboration software to help improve the health care they provide to 2.6 million active duty service members, retirees and dependents worldwide. Full Story

Pentagon finalizing Iraq plans
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
Leading Pentagon officials are putting the final touches on a military plan to invade Iraq, perhaps as soon as this summer, according to two senior administration officials. Full Story

States still seek federal funding on security needs
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:39 by TRC-News
New England communities, grappling with new security-related expenses after Sept. 11, are complaining to Congress that federal funding supplements fail two key tests: flexibility and retroactivity. Full Story

FEMA seeks input on first responder grants program
Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking feedback on a grants program that could provide state and local governments with $3.5 billion next year to help them prepare for terrorist attacks. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
04/27/1978
Afghanistan - Anniversary of the Revolution when Marxist government took power.

04/27/1993
Eritrea - Vote for Independence Carries

04/27/1961
Sierra Leone - Independence Day

04/28/1965
Dominican Republic - Last U.S. Marine Intervention

04/28/1937
Iraq - Saddam Hussein's Birthday

04/28/1945
Italy - Mussolini Killed At Lake Como

04/29/1967
Colombia - Founding of the EPL (Popular Liberation Army)

04/29/1986
India - Sikh Militants Seize Golden Temple

04/29/1916
Ireland, United Kingdom - Easter Rebellion Dublin

04/29/1992
Sierra Leone - Overthrow of President Momoh for failing to support military battling Revolutionary United Front (RUF).

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Rumsfeld in Central Asia, Warns of Al Qaeda Offensive
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:31 by TRC-News
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, starting a trip to Afghanistan and its Central Asian neighbors, Friday predicted an imminent spring offensive by Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan. Full Story

Afghan War Goes Through Dry Patch but Far From Over
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
Afghanistan no longer rings with gunfire or rumbles under bombing runs, but U.S. and British military officials Friday cautioned against letting the guard down against the Taliban or al Qaeda. Full Story

Survey: Many Unworried About Attacks
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
One in five New Yorkers worries a great deal about a future terrorist attack on their city, compared with about one in seven people living in Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston, a survey released Friday found. Full Story

Anthrax Found Again in Conn.
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:26 by TRC-News
Trace amounts of anthrax were found on the ceiling of a postal sorting center where the deadly bacteria was found last year, a state official said Thursday. Full Story

Pakistan lets U.S. go after al-Qaeda
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
Military officials said Thursday that the United States has won permission from Pakistani leaders to pursue al-Qaeda fighters from Afghanistan into the lawless tribal regions of Pakistan for the first time. Full Story

Ex-CIA chief revitalizes 'truth serum' debate
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
Former CIA and FBI director William Webster said Thursday that the United States should consider administering ''truth drugs'' to uncooperative al-Qaeda and Taliban captives at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere to try to obtain more details about terrorist operations. Full Story

US hostage family pays ransom in Philippines
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
The family of an abducted American missionary couple, Martin and Gracia Burnham, has confirmed it made a deal with the Abu Sayyaf rebels in the Philippines who are holding them. Full Story

Little Praise for Luggage Screening Plan
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:16 by TRC-News
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta unveiled a plan Wednesday to screen all checked airline baggage for explosives by the end of the year, but independent experts said the proposal was flawed. Full Story

Smaller explosives detectors get bigger role in air security
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
The Transportation Security Administration will rely primarily on portable machines that look for traces of explosives -- not more expensive devices that look for large amounts -- to meet a Dec. 31 congressional deadline for screening all checked baggage. Full Story

12 Killed, 30 Injured in Pak Bomb Blast
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
At least 12 women and children were killed and 30 others injured when a powerful bomb ripped through a gathering of minority Shiite Muslims in Pakistan, the police said on Friday. Full Story

Allegations 'Draining Credibility' of Irish Peace Process - Trimble
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:11 by TRC-News
Recent allegations about the activities of republicans are "rapidly draining away the credibility" of the North's government and the peace process, Mr David Trimble has said. Full Story

Hostage-takers Peacefully Leave Oil Rig off Nigeria
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:10 by TRC-News
Youths who seized an oil rig off southern Nigeria released their last 43 hostages and left the rig peacefully Thursday, after the oil company agreed to discuss their demands, officials said. Nobody was harmed and the rig was "back to normal," said Joe Jakpa, spokesman for Chevron Nigeria, a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco. Full Story

Nepal's King Escapes Brush With Death
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
Nepal's King Gyanendra escaped a brush with death when security forces detected two bombs planted by Maoist guerrillas in the path of his convoy, a national newspaper has reported. Full Story

French Mayor's House Damaged in Blast
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
An explosion damaged the house of a conservative mayor in southern France, but no one was injured, police said Friday. Full Story

UN Envoys to Visit Congo as Peace Hangs in Balance
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:05 by TRC-News
A U.N. Security Council mission makes a fresh Congo peace push next week with the vast African country teetering between reconciliation and more war. Peace efforts hang in the balance after a partial settlement reached at talks last week was roundly rejected by Rwanda, the main anti-government protagonist in Africa's biggest war. Full Story

Colombia Seizes 3.5 Tons Of Explosives In Bogota
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 11:04 by TRC-News
Colombian police on Thursday seized 3.5 tonnes of explosives near Bogota they said Marxist rebels fighting in the country's largely rural war planned to use in attacks on the capital. Police also arrested 17 suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- known by its Spanish initials as FARC -- in raids in the capital, said Col. German Jaramillo, chief of Colombia's secret police. Full Story

Justice Department slow to get anti-terrorism funding to states
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 10:58 by TRC-News
In the last three fiscal years, only 23 of 56 states and other jurisdictions have received federal funds from a Justice Department program to supply biological, chemical and radiological response equipment for emergency officials. Full Story

CIA Warns of Chinese Plans for Cyber-Attacks on U.S.
Posted Friday, April 26, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
U.S. intelligence officials believe the Chinese military is working to launch wide-scale cyber-attacks on American and Taiwanese computer networks, including Internet-linked military systems considered vulnerable to sabotage, according to a classified CIA report. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 12:00 by TRC-News
04/25/1992
Afghanistan - Mujahedeen Rebels Take Kabul marking end of 14 year Soviet occupation.

04/25/1988
Armenia, Greece, Turkey - ASALA (Armenian terrorist group) Leader Killed In Athens

04/25/0000 (annual event)
Egypt - Sinai Liberation Day

04/25/1980
Iran, U.S. - Anniversary of the failed U.S. military Desert One rescue attempt of the 52 American hostages.

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FBI Warns Agents of Shopping Terror
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:57 by TRC-News
The FBI (news - web sites) quietly warned its agents nationwide of unconfirmed information from a captured senior al-Qaida official that terrorists may be planning attacks against supermarkets or shopping centers, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Full Story

U.S. Units Attacking Al Qaeda in Pakistan - Post
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:56 by TRC-News
Covert U.S. military teams have been quietly participating in attacks on suspected al Qaeda hide-outs inside Pakistan in recent weeks, opening a new front in the battle along the Afghan-Pakistan border, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Full Story

Moussaoui Mental Exam Sought
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:55 by TRC-News
Zacarias Moussaoui's court-appointed lawyers asked a judge yesterday to determine that the alleged terrorist is mentally incompetent or to allow them out of the case because he believes they are part of a conspiracy to kill him. Full Story

Spanish Probe Broadens
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:54 by TRC-News
The Spanish interior minister released details Wednesday on how alleged terrorist financiers, hiding behind a facade of respectability, used profits from their construction and real estate companies to fund Al Qaeda activities around the world. Full Story

Six Taliban Leaders Still Dangerous
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:52 by TRC-News
Despite their fall from power, a half-dozen key Taliban leaders pose a threat to U.S. interests in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and elsewhere and remain high on America's target list. Full Story

Bomb rocks southern Philippines, no one hurt
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:51 by TRC-News
A bomb exploded in Cagayan de Oro City in the southern Philippines on Thursday but no one was hurt and police said they thought the blast was not the work of Muslim rebels linked to Osama bin Laden. Full Story

Deal to Free US Hostages in Philippines Collapses
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:49 by TRC-News
The family of a U.S. missionary couple held hostage by Muslim gunmen in the Philippines for almost 11 months accused the rebels on Thursday of reneging on a deal to free their captives. Full Story

Philippines considers plan for US military advisers on Basilan
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:48 by TRC-News
US military advisers may join Filipino troops on combat patrols in the southern Philippines island of Basilan if their respective governments approve a plan now under discussion. Full Story

Iraq Says Not Intimidated by U.S. Threats
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:45 by TRC-News
Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan was quoted as saying on Thursday that Iraqis would not be intimidated by a U.S. threat of military action, and that Iraq was capable of defeating the United States. Full Story

Palestinians Convict Assassins
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
A makeshift court inside Yasser Arafat's compound convicted four Palestinians on Thursday for the slaying of Israel's tourism minister, but the move was unlikely to bring an end to Israel's siege of the Palestinian leader. Full Story

USS Cole Comes Home to Norfolk
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:41 by TRC-News
The USS Cole returned to its home port Thursday a stronger, better ship than when a terrorists' bomb ripped it open and killed 17 of its sailors a year and a half ago in Yemen. Full Story

Arabic speakers answer FBI call for translators
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:38 by TRC-News
Arabic speakers, including hundreds of Arab-Americans, have flooded the FBI with applications for jobs as translators since Sept. 11, according to officials who say that some of those hired already are playing key roles in terrorism probes. Full Story

Public Announcement: MIDDLE EAST
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:35 by TRC-News
This Public Announcement is being updated to alert Americans to the potential for further terrorist actions against U.S. citizens abroad and that individuals may be planning terrorist actions against U.S. citizens and interests in the region of the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. Full Story

Islamic Militants Kill 16 In Algeria
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
Attackers believed to be Islamic militants killed 16 people, including eight children, in an assault Wednesday on nomadic families, the official Algerian news service reported. Full Story

Schily Warns of Possible Terror Attacks
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:33 by TRC-News
A day after police arrested 11 terrorist suspects in a nationwide sweep, German Interior Minister Otto Schily warned on Wednesday that the country could become the target of attacks. Full Story

One Killed, 16 Injured in Udhampur (India) Blast
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
A bus driver was killed and 16 passengers wounded early on Thursday in a landmine blast in Jammu's Udhampur district. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the blast as yet. Full Story

Blasts Hit Indonesia's Ambon, Mobs Torch Church
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
Several explosions rocked an area near the Muslim quarter of Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon on Thursday, wounding at least two people and triggering a mob to torch a church, police and witnesses said. Full Story

Nigeria Hostage Crisis Could End
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:27 by TRC-News
ChevronTexaco said on Wednesday it had received word from Nigeria that armed militants holding dozens of hostages on a drilling rig offshore Nigeria have agreed to leave the rig Thursday morning. Full Story

Bomb Threat Against Moscow Synagogue: Police
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
Worshippers were hastily evacuated from a Moscow synagogue after a telephoned bomb threat, police here said. Full Story

Russia 'Assassinates' Chechen Warlord
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
Russia's security service, the FSB, claims that Russian troops have succeeded in killing a leading rebel warlord in Chechnya. Full Story

Sri Lankan Navy 'Intercepts Tigers'
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
The Sri Lankan ceasefire faced a severe test on Wednesday when the navy said it intercepted three boats carrying some 40 Tamil Tiger rebels. Full Story

Zimbabwean Militants Target Indian Property
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
Government-backed militants have threatened to seize property owned by members of Zimbabwe's Indian community, who they have accused of being "economic looters", unless they hand it over to blacks. Full Story

At War College, Police Officials Will Work on Disaster Response
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:19 by TRC-News
Taking a page from the military, the New York Police Department will send some of its top leaders to the Naval War College, in Newport, R.I., next month to play out a variety of disaster situations and improve their ability to respond to a terrorist attack. Full Story

Cyber Terrorists Increase Attacks Against South KoreaSouth Korea's Fragile Computer Systems
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
The Cyberterror Response Center of the National Police Agency (NPA) said 22 hackers attacked 11,222 computer servers around the world from last August through March. Of the 6,287 servers whose locations were identified by the police, 39 percent were in South Korea, the highest figure in the world, the police added. The United States placed second on the list with 801 servers (12.5 percent). Full Story

Technology industry must innovate in fight against terrorists, Ridge says
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:05 by TRC-News
The technology industry must invent and invest in new ways to undermine terrorists targeting the United States, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said Tuesday night. Full Story

Anti-terror class uses world-class software
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
A team of experts is training students to become tomorrow's super sleuths by arming them with the most advanced crime and terrorism analysis tools available today to a university. Full Story

Coast Guard official warns of gaps in information systems
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
The Coast Guard must bridge "significant gaps" in its information and communications capabilities in order to fight terrorism abroad, protect maritime commerce and prevent high-risk cargo from entering U.S. ports, a top Coast Guard information official said Monday. Full Story

CIA Warns of Chinese Plans for Cyber-Attacks on U.S.
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
U.S. intelligence officials believe the Chinese military is working to launch wide-scale cyber-attacks on American and Taiwanese computer networks, including Internet-linked military systems considered vulnerable to sabotage, according to a classified CIA report. Full Story

British Judge Denies Extradition in Sept. 11 Probe
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:50 by TRC-News
Part of the U.S. criminal investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks fell to pieces today when a British judge refused to extradite Lotfi Raissi, saying the Justice Department had produced no evidence to back up its allegation that the Algerian pilot was involved in the conspiracy. Full Story

Albuquerque Airport Evacuated as Security Breached
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:44 by TRC-News
About 1,000 passengers were evacuated from the Albuquerque International Sunport airport on Wednesday after a person entered the terminal without first being screened by security officials. Full Story

Federal Airport Workers to Debut at BWI
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
Baltimore-Washington International Airport will become the first in the country to have an all-federal security force by about mid-June, marking the national debut of the government's air travel security system, officials said yesterday. Full Story

National to Restore Flight Rules
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:42 by TRC-News
The federal government has decided to return flight paths for Reagan National Airport to their earlier pattern, end a late-night ban on flights and welcome back 757 jets -- moving commercial aviation closer to the normalcy it knew before the September terrorist attacks. Full Story

Immigrants struggling after arrests
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
Martin Gonzalez was among 14 Logan International Airport workers arraigned Tuesday on federal charges of lying on applications and presenting false Social Security numbers for jobs as airport janitors, security checkpoint screeners, and food service workers. Full Story

Security concerns hobble return of airlines
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
Declaring that the nation's airlines face their biggest challenge since commercial aviation was deregulated in 1978, former American Airlines Chairman Robert Crandall said stimulating lagging customer demand after Sept. 11 is the biggest obstacle facing an industry that lost a staggering $6 billion last year. Full Story

Others Follow U.S. on Smallpox Vaccine
Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:33 by TRC-News
Israel, Britain and other countries are moving to acquire stocks of smallpox vaccine as the United States and Russia weigh proposals to begin vaccinating parts of their populations against the disease, according to American and Russian officials and health experts. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 11:17 by TRC-News
04/24/1915
Armenia, Turkey - Armenians observe this date as the anniversary of the 1915 Turkish "genocide" against Armenians.

04/24/1973
Philippines - Founding of the The National Democratic Front (NDF), a coalition of fourteen leftist groups supporting the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People's Army (NPA), in Manila.

04/25/1992
Afghanistan - Mujahedeen Rebels Take Kabul marking end of 14 year Soviet occupation.

04/25/1988
Armenia, Greece, Turkey - ASALA (Armenian terrorist group) Leader Killed In Athens

04/25/0000 (annual event)
Egypt - Sinai Liberation Day

04/25/1980
Iran, U.S. - Anniversary of the failed U.S. military Desert One rescue attempt of the 52 American hostages.

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Homeland security, state by state
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
Seven months after President Bush asked them to develop homeland defense programs, states have responded in a range of ways. Some have set aside money to begin planning; many others are awaiting further guidance from the federal government, which plans to distribute $3.5 billion in security funding beginning in October. A look at what the states have done toward setting up homeland defense programs with their own money. Full Story

Philippines probes al Qaeda link to bomb blasts
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 11:05 by TRC-News
Philippine police on Wednesday arrested three more Muslim suspects for bomb blasts that killed l5 people and said they were investigating possible links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. Full Story

Narrowly Drawn Rules Freeze Out Tens of Thousands of Indirect Victims, Report Says
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
Tens of thousands of indirect victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center are struggling to obtain services because of narrowly drawn eligibility requirements for federal money and for the charities set up after Sept. 11, according to a study to be released today by the United Way of New York City. Full Story

U.S. Opposes Access to Detainees for Lindh Lawyers
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
Citing "national defense and security" concerns, U.S. prosecutors opposed on Tuesday giving American Taliban John Walker Lindh's lawyers direct access to detainees captured in Afghanistan and being held at a U.S. military base in Cuba. Full Story

Indonesia, U.S. Open Sensitive Security Talks
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:58 by TRC-News
Indonesia and the United States opened sensitive security and defense talks on Wednesday that marked a step forward in dialogue following a rupture in military ties over violence in East Timor in 1999. Full Story

Bin Laden Lieutenant Talks
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:56 by TRC-News
Abu Zubaydah has plenty of reasons to lie to his American interrogators. After all, he's Osama bin Laden's top field commander and his knowledge of al-Qaida operations could be devastating to the terror network. Full Story

Witness: Pearl Worried About Meeting
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:55 by TRC-News
Slain Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl was concerned that a meeting he had requested with an Islamic fundamentalist might be dangerous, an assistant to the American reporter testified Wednesday. Full Story

VOA Station Spreading U.S. Message
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:54 by TRC-News
Voice Of America's Middle East Radio Network (Radio Sawa meaning Radio Together), went on the air March 23 with the avowed aim of getting the ear of Arabs from Morocco to Oman — more than a dozen countries - and seeking to lure the majority younger population of the region with music while also giving them news that doesn't sound much like the anti-American tirades they're accustomed to hearing on Arab stations. Full Story

How in a Little British Town Jihad Found Young Converts
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:49 by TRC-News
The young men lived within a few blocks of one another in a Muslim pocket in this small town near Birmingham. They were out of school and often on the streets, in the occasional fight, sometime smokers of marijuana. They were, in the slang of the British Midlands, "dossers" slackers, layabouts. Full Story

Colombia rebels could be target in terror war
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:47 by TRC-News
When the United States' top drug cop visited here recently, he traveled in bulletproof vans. Police with automatic weapons ringed the hotel where he slept. He was warned that if he left the city limits, he risked being kidnapped by rebels. Full Story

IRA and Cuban connection?
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:46 by TRC-News
Colombia's homegrown Marxist rebels have expanded greatly, forming training alliances and sharing bomb technology with terror groups from Ireland, Spain, Cuba and elsewhere, congressional investigators have concluded. Full Story

Officials may transfer al-Qaeda figure to U.S.
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:44 by TRC-News
Pentagon officials have been discussing whether to secretly transfer a high-level al-Qaeda operative captured late last month in Pakistan to the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia, sources close to the talks said Tuesday. Full Story

State Dept. Public Announcement: PHILIPPINES
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
This Public Announcement is being issued to reflect updated information concerning the general security environment in the Philippines and to add recent examples of threats and crimes against American citizens, including armed attacks and murder. Full Story

State Dept. Public Announcement: PERU
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist activity by Sendero Luminoso and other groups in Peru, in the weeks leading up to and following May 17, an important anniversary for these groups. Full Story

State Dept. Public Announcement: NEPAL
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:39 by TRC-News
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to an increase in Maoist violence, including within Kathmandu itself, during the lead up to their call for bandhs (general strikes). Full Story

Tunisia admits synagogue blast was no accident
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
A gas truck explosion outside the oldest synagogue in Africa was a deliberate criminal attack - not an accident - the Tunisian government has acknowledged. Full Story

Spain Detains 'Al-Qaeda Fundraiser'
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:32 by TRC-News
Spanish police have arrested a man thought to be a key figure in financing Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. Full Story

More Arrests Over Philippine Blasts
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:32 by TRC-News
Philippine police have arrested three more suspects over Sunday's bombings in the southern city of General Santos, in which 15 people were killed. The police said they were looking into possible links with Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. Full Story

Nigeria Oil Rig Workers Seized
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:31 by TRC-News
The American oil company ChevronTexaco has said that 43 of its workers are being held hostage on an oil rig off western Nigeria by local youths. Company official Dick Filgate said that about 40 youths had stormed the rig, originally holding 88 workers captive, including 22 foreigners. Full Story

Nepal Rebels Blow Up PM's House
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:30 by TRC-News
Rebels in Nepal have destroyed the family home of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Full Story

Kathmandu Issues Bounty for Capture of Maoists
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:29 by TRC-News
Nepal has put bounties on the heads of Maoist leaders, at the start of a five-day general strike called by the rebels to protest against the state of emergency imposed in November last year. Full Story

Rebels Kidnap Two Outside of Bogota
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:27 by TRC-News
Rebels kidnapped two men Tuesday on one of the few highways in Colombia considered safe from attack, the army said. Full Story

American, Activist Escape Kidnapping
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
American college professor and peace activist Bernard Lafayette came to Colombia hoping to meet with Colombian rebels. He got his wish and almost wound up being kidnapped by them. Full Story

Anthrax Vaccine Study Sees No Unusual Adverse Events
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:19 by TRC-News
Findings from the Anthrax Vaccine Expert Committee (AVEC) do not suggest a high frequency of medically important adverse events associated with anthrax vaccination. Full Story

Brooklyn Trial Revisits Fears Over Anthrax After Sept. 11
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:18 by TRC-News
In federal court in Brooklyn this morning, a 51-year-old man is scheduled to defend himself against charges that he threw fistfuls of powder into a mailbox outside an elementary school. Full Story

Clarke floats options for GovNet
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:12 by TRC-News
The Bush administration last week laid out a range of options for securing critical government information systems, including everything from simply beefing up security on existing systems to building a governmentwide intranet that would wall off systems from the Internet. Full Story

Airport Workers Charged In Sweep
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:08 by TRC-News
More than 140 employees at the Washington area's three major airports have been indicted on charges of lying about their identities or criminal pasts on applications to work near airplanes, runways and cargo, federal officials announced yesterday. Full Story

Man in O'Hare security breach unfit for trial
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:05 by TRC-News
A man accused of breaching security at O'Hare International Airport by carrying seven knives past a checkpoint has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, authorities said today. Full Story

Ridge Pushes Fast-Track 'Trusted Fliers' Screening
Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 10:03 by TRC-News
Random checks of passengers in airport lines do little to bolster security, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said yesterday, maintaining that the government and the airline industry must do a better job of identifying travelers who pose the greatest risk. Full Story

Calendar of Significant Dates
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 12:07 by TRC-News
04/23/1993
Sri Lanka - Opposition politician Lalith Athulathmudai assassintated during an election rally near Colombo.

04/24/1915
Armenia, Turkey - Armenians observe this date as the anniversary of the 1915 Turkish "genocide" against Armenians.

04/24/1973
Philippines - Founding of the The National Democratic Front (NDF), a coalition of fourteen leftist groups supporting the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People's Army (NPA), in Manila.

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Al-Qaeda claims 'dirty bomb' know-how
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 12:03 by TRC-News
Abu Zubaydah - Bin Laden's chief of operations until his capture in Pakistan last month - said the organisation also knew how to smuggle it into the United States, unnamed US officials have been quoted as saying. Full Story

Moussaoui Wants to Be Own Lawyer
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 12:00 by TRC-News
Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person facing American charges in the Sept. 11 hijackings, jarred a federal courtroom yesterday by telling a judge he wants to fire his court-appointed attorneys and praying for the destruction of the United States and Israel. Full Story

Muslim Charity's Lawsuit Raises 'Distressing' Issues, Judge Says
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:58 by TRC-News
A federal judge said yesterday that a lawsuit filed by the nation's largest Muslim charity raised "significant and distressing allegations" about government actions in its war on terror. Full Story

Gays Seek WTC Workers Comp Pay for Dead Partners
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:57 by TRC-News
Eugene Clark, who worked for insurance broker Aon Corp. on the 102nd floor of the south World Trade Center tower, was one of the nearly 3,000 killed when the complex was destroyed on Sept. 11. Full Story

Iran Denounces U.S. Ban on Visitors
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:55 by TRC-News
Iran on Monday denounced a U.S. move to bar visitors from what Washington calls terrorism-sponsoring countries. Full Story

Germany Arrests 11 Terror Suspects
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:55 by TRC-News
Authorities burst into apartments in several cities on Tuesday and arrested 11 alleged Islamic militants suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Germany, prosecutors said. Full Story

Congo Rulers Push on with Power-sharing Plan
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:45 by TRC-News
Congo's government said on Monday it was pushing ahead a power-sharing deal with a key rebel group, despite warnings it could drive Africa's third biggest country back to all-out war. Full Story

Palestinians in Hebron Kill Suspected Collaborators
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:44 by TRC-News
Hooded gunmen on Tuesday shot dead three men suspected of collaborating with Israel at the scene of an overnight Israeli missile strike that killed two Palestinian militants in Hebron, witnesses said. Full Story

Nepal Shuts Down as Rebels Call Strike
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
Nepal has closed down for a five-day national strike ordered by Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow the king and government. Full Story

Officer to Testify in Pearl Trial
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
Prosecutors were preparing to call a police officer to the stand Tuesday to testify that he heard a British-born Islamic militant admit his role in the kidnap-slaying of reporter Daniel Pearl. Full Story

Philippines On High Alert After Attacks
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:39 by TRC-News
Vowing to "fight terrorism to the end," President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo today sought to soothe her edgy nation a day after bombings killed 14 people. She put security forces on high alert and offered a $100,000 reward for information on the bombers. Full Story

Federal Cybersecurity Agency Gets New Name
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:36 by TRC-News
The U.S. Department of Commerce said Friday that its Bureau of Export Administration had been renamed the "Bureau of Industry and Security," to spotlight the agency's heightened role in the Bush administration's cybersecurity and homeland security efforts. Full Story

Mannheim to Harden Army Defense
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
The Army last week concluded the first exercise of an initiative designed to improve the service's ability to defend its networks against attacks. Full Story

Taiwan Organising Cyber War Drill
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
Taiwan is planning a drill to boost the island's Internet defence against any hacker attacks, especially from China, an official said Monday. Full Story

Debate Over Nuclear Lab Security Heats Up
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
The Department of Energy privately warned White House officials in late March that it lacked the funds to adequately protect the nation's nuclear weapons research facilities shortly after the administration had offered public assurances that security was more than adequate. Full Story

U.S. is all over the map on homeland defense
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
During the first big test of Oklahoma's new homeland defense plan, Gov. Frank Keating and other top state officials huddled in a Capitol ''war room'' here to confront a horrific terrorism scenario: a smallpox outbreak in Tulsa. Full Story

Court to decide anti-abortion protests case
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
The Supreme Court said Monday that it would decide to what extent federal racketeering law covers anti-abortion protesters who carried out a nationwide conspiracy to shut down health clinics by destroying property and attacking patients. Full Story

Spotting links to Terrorism, Inc.
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:18 by TRC-News
A new investing tool screens for firms tied to countries singled out by the US government as 'sponsors' of terrorism. But will it sully some upstanding firms? Full Story

Hijacked Web sites can become weapon in terrorists' arsenal
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:14 by TRC-News
Some free software and a little Web surfing can enable anyone to hide coded messages in the digital photos of ordinary Internet sites, turning a harmless company marketing tool into a conduit for spies and terrorists. Full Story

FBI Continues Bank Attack Warning
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:12 by TRC-News
The FBI said Monday its warning about possible terrorist attacks on banks in the Northeast remains in effect although the government has no new information that would substantiate reports of any specific threats or plots. Full Story

Why the U.S. Sounded the Bank Alarm
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 11:10 by TRC-News
The White House couldn't quite believe captured Al Qaeda strategist Abu Zubaydah about the threat to U.S. banks. But they couldn't ignore it either. Full Story

Significant Calendar Dates
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
04/23/1993
Sri Lanka - Opposition politician Lalith Athulathmudai assassintated during an election rally near Colombo.
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Scientists Weigh In With Deductions on Anthrax Killer
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
Microbiologists, like nature, abhor a vacuum, and in the absence of an FBI arrest in last fall's anthrax attacks, some of the nation's top scientists are offering their own theories. Full Story

Anthrax problems linger in survivors
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:23 by TRC-News
Six months after inhaling anthrax spores, several of the mail workers who survived the deadly disease have yet to make a full recovery and are experiencing serious fatigue and memory loss. Full Story

FBI Warns Banks of Terrorist Threat
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:13 by TRC-News
The FBI, acting on information from a captured senior aide to Osama bin Laden, warned banks and financial institutions throughout the Northeast on Friday that they face the threat of terrorist attacks. Full Story

Philippines Says Bomb Suspects Trained in Malaysia
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:09 by TRC-News
Police seized two Muslim guerrillas Monday they said had been trained in bomb-making in Malaysia and were hunting other suspects behind fatal weekend explosions in the southern Philippines. Full Story

Pakistan Charges Four as Pearl Murder Trial Begins
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:08 by TRC-News
A Pakistani court Monday began the trial of British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three other men for the murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped in Karachi in January. Full Story

Limits of DNA Research Pushed to Identify the Dead of Sept. 11
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
A right hand, a forearm and a clavicle, and the DNA they carried, were all investigators had to identify the remains of Timothy Stout, who worked on the 103rd floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center. Full Story

Cleric's secret file raises questions on terror role
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News
The government portrays him as a mystery man who traveled the world with no clear means of support, kept bricks of cash in a briefcase and founded a U.S.-based charity that fed money to terrorists. Full Story

Al Qaeda Interrogations Fall Short of the Mark
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:59 by TRC-News
The effort to obtain information from al Qaeda and Taliban fighters detained at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba has been hampered by inexperienced interrogators and linguists, military bureaucracy and squabbles among private language contractors, according to sources familiar with the government's mission there. Full Story

U.S. Weighing New Doctrine for Tribunals
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
Uncertain about how they will be able to prosecute many of the nearly 300 prisoners detained at a naval base in Cuba, Bush administration officials are considering a new legal doctrine that would allow prisoners to be brought before military tribunals without specific evidence that they engaged in war crimes. Full Story

U.S. Military Advisers Begin Training Yemen Forces
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
U.S. military advisers have begun training Yemeni troops hunting remnants of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, Yemen's president said in an Italian newspaper interview published Sunday. Full Story

New bin Laden tape found in Kabul
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
A videotape of Osama bin Laden made public Monday shows the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks again urging all Muslims to join him in a holy war against the United States. Full Story

17 years of war on terrorism
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:25 by TRC-News
Dick Stethem keeps a fat binder at home in Port Tobacco, stuffed with articles, reports and notes about a man he has never met. Imad Mugniyah is the terrorist who authorities say plotted the hijacking of a jetliner that resulted in the torture and murder of his son.
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Court Papers on Detainee Released
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:22 by TRC-News
The Justice Department reluctantly agreed yesterday to release immigration court documents in the case of a Lebanese activist detained in Michigan after Sept. 11, providing one of the first and most detailed official accounts of the government's secretive anti-terrorism campaign. Full Story

Official: Synagogue Blast an Attack
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:14 by TRC-News
The gas truck explosion at a historic Tunisian synagogue that left 16 people dead, mostly Germans, was definitely the result of a terrorist attack, Germany's interior minister said Monday. Full Story

Cab Driver Testifies in Pearl Case
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:13 by TRC-News
A taxi driver testified Monday that he saw a British-born Islamic militant drive off with Daniel Pearl in a white car the day the Wall Street Journal reporter went missing. Full Story

13 killed in GenSan (Philippines) blasts
Posted Monday, April 22, 2002 - 10:11 by TRC-News
At least 13 people were killed and 60 wounded when three bombs exploded yesterday afternoon in this port city, the Central Mindanao police reported. Full Story

Significant Calendar Dates
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
04/19/1995
United States - Oklahoma City Bombing killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

04/19/1993
United States - End of Branch Davidian Siege near Waco, Texas.

04/19/1980
Colombia - Founding of "April 19 Movement (M-19)" formerly leftist terrorist group, now a legitimate political party.

04/19/1960
South Korea - Students' Day commemorates resignation of president Syngman Rhee.

04/19/1960
Namibia - Founding of South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) former rebel group now legitimate and dominant political party.

04/19/1971
Sierra Leone - Proclamation of the Republic

04/20/1889
Germany - Adolf Hitler's Birthday

04/21/1967
Greece - Military Dictatorship Began

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Link to Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism

Dates to Watch
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
APRIL 19, 2002
UNITED STATES - The Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank are to be held in Washington, DC. The meetings will last until the 22nd. Anti-globalization and anti-war demonstrations are expected. Full Story and More Dates

Relatives hear Flight 93 hijack tapes
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:50 by TRC-News
Relatives of some of the people on board one of the airplanes hijacked on 11 September have been listening to the screams and struggles from the flight's final minutes. Full Story

Australians in dark over held 'terrorist'
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
In Sydney, he was regarded as a bit of a crank, but 46-year-old Mamdouh Habib has hit the Islamic fundamentalist big time. Full Story

Pilot whom al-Qaeda knew of is arrested
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:45 by TRC-News
The FBI has arrested a Tanzanian pilot in North Carolina on suspected immigration violations after U.S. intelligence officials found an al-Qaeda document in Afghanistan congratulating him on graduating from a Florida flight school. Full Story

Indonesian al-Qaeda bomb expert jailed in Philippines
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
An Indonesian alleged bomb expert for the al-Qaeda terror network was sentenced to up to 12 years in jail in the Philippines for illegal possession of explosives. Full Story

Bag-Screening Deadline in Doubt
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
House appropriators blasted the new Transportation Security Administration yesterday for trying to spend too much money and hire too many people as it sets up a nationwide airport security system. Full Story

Disaster recovery back in spotlight
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:35 by TRC-News
New Mexico's Information Systems Division (ISD) put together its first disaster recovery plan in the mid-1980s but, like information technology managers in others states, New Mexico officials found themselves focusing on other issues in the 1990s. Full Story

Crew Foiled Hijacking of Chinese Plane, Officials Say
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
An airline crew subdued a mentally ill passenger who was trying to hijack a domestic flight in China's northeast, officials said Thursday. Full Story

DR Congo Peace Talks in Deadlock
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:33 by TRC-News
Peace talks on the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo have collapsed as the Kinshasa government and the two main rebel movements failed to find a peaceful settlement to the country's civil war. Full Story

Kidnapped Indian Diplomat Traced
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:31 by TRC-News
The Islamabad kidnapping drama ended on Friday, with the discovery of an injured Indian diplomat. A R Khanna, an assistant in the Commission, was found by Islamabad police, many hours after he was abducted. Full Story

Israelis Arrest Top Hamas Official
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:30 by TRC-News
Israel Defense Forces arrested a top official in the military wing of Hamas on Thursday, the IDF and Palestinian security forces said. Full Story

Suspected Militants Arrested in Malaysia
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:29 by TRC-News
Malaysian authorities arrested 14 suspected members of a group linked to Al Qaeda in raids that turned up a map of the country's largest port, officials said today. Full Story

Rebels Bomb Airport in Nepal
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:27 by TRC-News
A bomb planted by Maoist rebels damaged an airport in the eastern part of Nepal but there were no injuries, police said on Friday. Full Story

Names of Tory Politicians on Republican List - Report
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
A list of Conservative politicians has been discovered on a republican hit list in Belfast, it has been reported. Full Story

Yemeni Police Fire Tear Gas at Anti-U.S. Protest
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:23 by TRC-News
Yemeni police fired shots in the air and used tear gas and clubs to prevent about 5,000 pro-Palestinian protesters from reaching the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, witnesses said. Full Story

U.S. Troops to Build Roads on Philippine Rebel Isle
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:21 by TRC-News
The United States is deploying 340 military engineers to build roads and water wells on a southern Philippine island stronghold of Muslim rebels linked to the al Qaeda network, officials said Friday. Full Story

Palestinian Sites Knocked Offline By Mideast Conflict
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:17 by TRC-News
Contrary to recent reports, Israeli Web sites have not born the brunt of the escalating violence in the Middle East, security experts said today. Full Story

Pearl Judge Removed Before Trial
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:15 by TRC-News
A Pakistani appeals court removed the judge hearing the case of slain U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl on Friday, just three days before the opening statements are scheduled to be heard, the chief prosecutor said. Full Story

White House cyber czar describes next phase of Internet plan
Posted Friday, April 19, 2002 - 10:09 by TRC-News
Speaking before a conference of hundreds of federal technology personnel and industry officials Wednesday morning, Richard Clarke, President Bush’s point man on national cybersecurity, outlined the next phase in the controversial plan to build an impenetrable information network for the federal government, known as Govnet. Full Story

Calendar of Significant Dates
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
04/18/1983
Lebanon - Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut killing 63, injuring hundreds. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

04/18/1980
Zimbabwe - Independence Day

04/19/1993
United States - End of Branch Davidian Siege near Waco, Texas.

04/19/1995
United States - Oklahoma City Bombing killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

04/19/1980
Colombia - Founding of "April 19 Movement (M-19)" formerly leftist terrorist group, now a legitimate political party.

04/19/1960
South Korea - Students' Day commemorates resignation of president Syngman Rhee.

04/19/1960
Namibia - Founding of South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) former rebel group now legitimate and dominant political party.

04/19/1971
Sierra Leone - Proclamation of the Republic

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Link to Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism

Dates to Watch
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
APRIL 19, 2002
UNITED STATES - The Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank are to be held in Washington, DC. The meetings will last until the 22nd. Anti-globalization and anti-war demonstrations are expected.

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New command designated to protect North America
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:26 by TRC-News
The Pentagon announced yesterday it is creating a new military command to help defend North America from future attack, marking the first time in modern history that US military forces operating on USsoil will have as their principal assignment detering and responding to threats by land, air, and sea. Full Story

Five Arrested in Shoe Bomber Case
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:25 by TRC-News
Police and security agents on Wednesday questioned five Pakistanis suspected of providing logistical support to Richard C. Reid before he boarded a Paris-Miami flight with explosives-laden shoes, judicial officials said. Full Story

Egypt holds 'terrorist' Britons
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:24 by TRC-News
Four Britons have been arrested in Egypt apparently on suspicion of being members of an Islamic terror group. Full Story

US to Maintain Philippines Support
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:22 by TRC-News
A top U.S. military commander refused to comment Tuesday on reports Washington was involved in negotiations with Muslim extremists to win the release American missionaries held by the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group for more than 10 months. Full Story

14 Muslim separatists surrender in southern Philippines
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:21 by TRC-News
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leader Tahir Mayo and his men turned over their weapons to the army in the town of Alamada on Monday, military southern command spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Fredesvindo Covarrubias said. Full Story

Green Berets vs Sayyaf
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:20 by TRC-News
American troops have been given orders to participate in combat missions if necessary to pressure the Abu Sayyaf into freeing its remaining three hostages. Full Story

More police assigned to Denver Int'l Airport security
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:16 by TRC-News
Twenty additional Denver police officers will be assigned to Denver International Airport in May once the Colorado National Guard ends its eight-month security stint there. Full Story

$1,000 fine for blades aboard plane
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:15 by TRC-News
A Chester County businessman who, in the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, demonstrated airport-security shortcomings by twice taking razors and box-cutters aboard airliners was fined $1,000 yesterday after pleading guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge. Full Story

U.S. Admits Ignorance on bin Laden
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:13 by TRC-News
Despite a massive number of tips, rumors and other intelligence, the U.S. military has never had good enough information on Osama bin Laden's whereabouts to mount a mission to go after him, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday. Full Story

Germany Raises al-Qaida Suspicion
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:10 by TRC-News
Germany has for the first time raised the possibility that a truck bombing at a Tunisian synagogue that killed 16 people was an al-Qaida terrorist attack. If verified, the blast would be the first terror attack by Osama bin Laden's terror network since Sept. 11. Full Story

Sixteen Police Killed in Chechnya
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:08 by TRC-News
Sixteen police were killed Thursday when a land mine blew up the bus carrying them in the Chechen capital of Grozny, Russian officials said. Full Story

U.S. leans on Pakistan to plug holes in border
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
U.S. law enforcement officials pressed Pakistan on Wednesday to strengthen counterterrorism operations in the country's interior and to upgrade border controls. Full Story

Ugandan Army Captures Large Number of Rebel Arms
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:03 by TRC-News
The Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) have dug up on Sunday and Monday a large number of arms and equipment in former camps of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in southern Sudan, UPDF Spokesman Major Shaban Bantariza said on Thursday. Full Story

Tamil Tigers Upset Over Truce Delay
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:02 by TRC-News
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have hinted that peace talks with the government could be deferred. Full Story

Russia Closes Door on Bin Laden
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News
One of the world's most wanted men, founder and sponsor of the al-Qaida terrorist network, Osama Bin Laden, seen by many nations as the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks against the United States, is officially no longer welcome in Russia. Full Story

Bomb Reportedly Kills Three in Peshwar
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
A bomb exploded Thursday in the main market of the southeastern Afghan town of Khost, killing three people and injuring others, the Afghan Islamic Press reported. Full Story

Nepal Blast Leaves Six Wounded
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:59 by TRC-News
Police in Nepal say suspected Maoists rebels have carried out at least three bomb explosions in the capital Kathmandu. Full Story

Lebanon Reinforces Southern Border
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:58 by TRC-News
Lebanon reinforced on Wednesday its southern border with Israel by setting up nine roadblocks, said Lebanese security sources. Full Story

Hijackers Overtake Hooligans as World Cup Threat
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
World Cup authorities in Japan and South Korea, on the alert after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, are bracing for everything from hooligans to hijacked planes, officials said Thursday. Full Story

DR Congo Signs Deal with Ugandan-backed Rebels
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:56 by TRC-News
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a deal in South Africa Wednesday with Ugandan-backed rebels under which rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba will become prime minister, government representative Vital Kamerhe told Nampa-AFP. Full Story

Data vulnerable to attack, Auditor-General warns
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:44 by TRC-News
Sensitive information collected by Ottawa about Canadians is vulnerable to cyber-attacks because the government has failed to monitor and update its electronic security systems, the federal Auditor-General said yesterday. Full Story

Survival in an Insecure World
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
To defeat cyberterrorists, computer systems must be designed to work around sabotage. David A. Fisher's new programming language will help do just that. Full Story

Database launched for crime victims
Posted Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
The Victim Notification System, launched Tuesday, is a joint project of the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, all units of the Justice Department. GRC International, a subsidiary of AT&T, was awarded the contract to develop the system in July 2000. Full Story

Calendar of Significant Dates
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 12:02 by TRC-News
04/17/1989
Burma - United Wa State Army founded

04/17/1946
Syria - Independence Day

04/17/1992
Turkey - Turkish raid on Kurdish guerrillas on this date leads to numerous Kurdish reprisals citing this date.

04/18/1983
Lebanon - Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut killing 63, injuring hundreds. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

04/18/1980
Zimbabwe - Independence Day

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Bush Predicts More Terrorism
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:58 by TRC-News
Amid fresh questions on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, President Bush on Wednesday predicted a "spring thaw" that will bring an increase in terrorist activity as bin Laden's network tries to regroup and strike again. Full Story

Civil Rights Lawyers to Sue Ashcroft
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:56 by TRC-News
Alleging widespread abuse of hundreds of Middle Eastern men detained on immigration violations after Sept. 11, civil rights attorneys said they planned to sue Attorney General John Ashcroft and other U.S. officials. Full Story

U.S. Says Relations to PLO Tied to Terror Fight
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:53 by TRC-News
The Bush administration said Tuesday it would allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to keep an office in Washington for another six months, but warned that it could be kicked out and have funds cut off in future if Yasser Arafat fails to crack down on terrorism. Full Story

Israelis Mark Independence
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:50 by TRC-News
Israel has no Sept. 11, a single, cataclysmic episode of terror. It has been more like water torture, one suicide bomb after another, slowly eating into the nation's soul. The result is the same. Full Story

U.S. Cautioned Leader of Plot Against Ch�vez
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:49 by TRC-News
The Bush administration, under criticism for its role in the ouster of President Hugo Ch�vez of Venezuela, acknowledged today that a senior administration official was in contact with Mr. Ch�vez's successor on the very day he took over. Full Story

Proposal Sets National Rules For State IDs
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:45 by TRC-News
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) outlined legislation yesterday that would set national standards for state-issued driver's licenses, permitting rapid data-sharing among certain government agencies. Full Story

Tunnel vision for disaster
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
One of America's best hopes to handle a terrorist attack effectively lies in West Virginia coal country, down a dirt road and past a speck of a town cradled between huge shoulders of mountainside. Full Story

Pentagon Revamping Command Structure
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
The Pentagon is revamping its worldwide command structure, underscoring the new priorities of defending against terrorist attacks and injecting more innovation into how the military trains, equips and fights. Full Story

Al Qaeda link suspected in Tunisia blast
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:40 by TRC-News
A group linked to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network has claimed responsibility for an explosion at a historic synagogue in Tunisia last week that killed 16 people, including 10 German tourists, according to two London-based Arabic newspapers. Full Story

Group Linked To al-Qaida Claims Yemen Blast
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:38 by TRC-News
An explosion damaged several buildings in downtown San'a on Tuesday, including one that witnesses said houses a Yemeni intelligence office. A group saying it backs the al-Qaida terror network has claimed responsibility. Full Story

Officials Thwart FBI Probe Of Journalist's Death
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:37 by TRC-News
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has said experts with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) invited to help investigate the death of a reporter have left the country after they were denied access to evidence. Full Story

PKK Officially Appears With a New Face in Europe
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:36 by TRC-News
The Kurdish terrorist group that carried out a 15-year terrorist campaign against Turkey announced a name change and shift in strategy on Tuesday, claiming it now wants to campaign peacefully for greater Kurdish rights. Full Story

Mediator Meets Tamil Rebel Leaders
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:35 by TRC-News
The Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidar Helgesen, is in rebel-controlled northern Sri Lanka to discuss the logistics of holding peace talks. Full Story

Security Upped at Panama Canal
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:34 by TRC-News
Authorities are beefing up security at the Panama Canal, enlisting more guards to patrol the waterway and building an automated system that will better identify approaching vessels. Full Story

Dissidents Suspected of Police College Blast
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:33 by TRC-News
Dissident republicans are suspected of having carried out a bomb attack on a police training centre in east Belfast, a senior police officer said today. Full Story

U.N. Dilemma on Liberia Sanctions
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:32 by TRC-News
A U.N. expert panel has recommended the Security Council retain some sanctions against Liberia, although it acknowledges Monrovia is no longer fueling a civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone. Full Story

5 Killed in Kashmir Shootout
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:30 by TRC-News
At least five persons, including two school boys, were killed and two were injured in a shootout by three gunmen at Balhama-Rafiabad in Baramulla on Tuesday evening, official sources said on Wednesday. Full Story

Gusmao Triumphs in East Timor
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:29 by TRC-News
Former guerilla and poet Jose Alexandre Gusmao has won a landslide victory to become the first president of a soon-to-be independent East Timor. Full Story

Bin Laden Fled Tora Bora, Because US Did Not Commit Troops
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 11:28 by TRC-News
Osama bin Laden probably got away during the battle for Tora Bora late last year because the US military failed to commit ground troops to the mountainous region in eastern Afghanistan, The Washington Post said quoting US intelligence officials. Full Story

Hackers target Israel
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 6:50 by TRC-News
The conflict in the Middle East is being fought in cyberspace as well as on the ground, showing that hacking is developing into a recognised form of international warfare, according to a leading security analyst. Full Story

Israel under hack attack
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 6:49 by TRC-News
Israel has been suffering a barrage of hack attacks since the start of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000. Full Story

Filtering Out Terrorists?
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 6:47 by TRC-News
Internet Cafes Struggle With Issues of Terrorism vs. Privacy. Full Story

Calendar of Significant Dates
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 11:08 by TRC-News

04/16/1990
PR China - Lhasa Monks Expelled further alienating Tibet.

04/16/1991
Iraq - U.S. Troops Enter North Iraq to create Kurd safehaven.

04/16/1980
Israel/Palestinian Authority - Palestinian Prisoners Day declared by PLO

04/16/1988
Tunisia - Abu Jihad Assassinated

04/17/1989
Burma - United Wa State Army founded

04/17/1946
Syria - Independence Day

04/17/1992
Turkey - Turkish raid on Kurdish guerrillas on this date leads to numerous Kurdish reprisals citing this date.

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Dates to Watch
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 11:01 by TRC-News

APRIL 16, 2002. ISRAEL. Independence Day

APRIL 16, 2002. ITALY. The three major labor unions in Italy have called for a general strike. The eight hour stopage is expected in most Italian cities and could cause transportation delays. The unions claim 12 million members.

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Bin Laden Appears in New, Undated Video
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 11:00 by TRC-News
Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden was shown in an undated videotape excerpt aired on Monday, sitting silently alongside a top aide who praised the September 11 attacks on America as a "great victory." Full Story

Sept. 11 Hijacker Vows to Kill Americans in Will-TV
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:59 by TRC-News
Al-Jazeera television aired on Monday what it said was the videotaped will of one of the men who carried out the September 11 attacks, pledging to die as a "martyr." Full Story

Al-Qaida bomb plot led from UK, trial papers say
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:57 by TRC-News
British-based men will be at the centre of the biggest trial of al-Qaida suspects since September 11, when it starts tomorrow in Frankfurt. Full Story

Innocent Pleas in Terrorism Case
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:53 by TRC-News
Two men who helped run the Virginia branch of a Somali-based financial network accused by the Bush administration of giving money to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network pleaded innocent Monday to charges of evading federal banking rules. Full Story

Amnesty blasts US over detainees in Afghanistan and Cuba
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:52 by TRC-News
Amnesty International published a report hitting out at violations of the rights of prisoners being held by the US army in Cuba and Afghanistan. Full Story

No Injuries in Early Yemen Explosion
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:50 by TRC-News
A powerful explosion in downtown San'a on Tuesday damaged several buildings, including one housing a Yemeni intelligence office, witnesses said. No injuries were reported. Full Story

Ukraine Holds Eight Over Synagogue Raid
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:49 by TRC-News
Ukrainian police say eight people are being questioned in connection with an attack on the city's main synagogue on Saturday. Full Story

Kurdish Rebel Group Changes Strategy
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
The Kurdish rebel group that waged a 15-year war against Turkey announced a name change and shift in strategy Tuesday, saying it now wants to campaign peacefully for greater Kurdish rights. Full Story

Suspected NPA Rebs Burn Heavy Equipment in Samar
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
For its alleged failure to pay the revolutionary tax, a Zamboanga-based firm lost 15 million pesos worth of heavy equipment in Samar when 30 armed men believed to be communist rebels set them on fire the other day. Full Story

Maoists Blast Bottlers Nepal Office in Chitwan
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:47 by TRC-News
The Maoists blasted the Coca Cola factory of Bottlers Nepal based in Gondrang of Chitwan district and six other local government offices causing a loss of property worth millions of rupees, the Nepal Samacharpatra daily reported quoting its local correspondent. Full Story

Congolese Rebels, Government Agree to Let Kabila Lead Transition, Government
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
Delegates at talks on Congo's future have agreed to let President Joseph Kabila lead the transition to democracy in efforts to end a 3 1/2-year civil war and reunite their nation, a rebel official said Tuesday. Full Story

Colombia's Pastrana Urges US Congress to Increase Anti-Rebel Aid
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:42 by TRC-News
Colombian President Andres Pastrana urged the U.S. Congress in an opinion piece published Monday to allow U.S. anti-drug aid to his country to be used to fight his country's guerrilla groups. Full Story

Gusmao Takes Lead in East Timor
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
Former guerrilla leader Xanana Gusmao has taken an unassailable lead in East Timor's first presidential elections, according to preliminary results released Tuesday. Full Story

Islamic Group Claims Tunisia Synagogue Attack
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:38 by TRC-News
London-based Arabic newspapers said on Tuesday a group possibly linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network had claimed responsibility for an explosion last week outside a Tunisian synagogue that killed 16 people. Full Story

Chaotic Start to German Trial of Al Qaeda Suspects
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
A German trial of a group of Algerian men suspected of a bomb plot and links to the al Qaeda network got off to a chaotic start on Tuesday as a defendant disrupted proceedings by shouting that God would defend him. Full Story

Improved security to hasten border checks
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:30 by TRC-News
U.S. companies that agree to impose tougher anti-terrorist safeguards will be rewarded with faster processing times at the USA's borders, Bush administration officials are expected to announce Tuesday. Full Story

Ashcroft orders more info sharing
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 10:28 by TRC-News
Declaring that "information is the friend of prevention," Attorney General John Ashcroft has instructed six federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to do a better job of sharing information as they fight the war against terrorism. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:42 by TRC-News
04/15/1989
PR China - Death of Hu Yao Bang sparked Tienanmen Square protest.

04/15/1982
Egypt - Sadat's Assassins Executed

04/15/1986
Libya - U.S. Bombs Tripoli and Benghazi

04/15/1992
Libya - Sanctions Take Effect

04/16/1990
PR China - Senior Lhasa Monks of Tibet Expelled

04/16/1991
Iraq - U.S. Troops Enter North Iraq to create Kurd safe haven

04/16/1980
Israel - Palestinian Prisoners Day declared by PLO

04/16/1988
Tunisia - Abu Jihad, senior PLO official assassinated

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Dates to Watch
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:33 by TRC-News

APRIL 15, 2002. NORTH KOREA. North Koreans are expected to turn out en masse for public rallies and celebrations marking the 90th birthday of deceased Great Leader Kim Il-sung.

APRIL 15, 2002. SENEGAL. NEPAD summit begins in Dakar, continues through April 17. African presidents, representatives of international organisations including the United Nations and European Union, and journalists will attend the New Partnership for Africa's Development(NEPAD)summit.

APRIL 16, 2002. ITALY. The three major labor unions in Italy have called for a general strike. The eight hour stopage is expected in most Italian cities and could cause transportation delays. The unions claim 12 million members.

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Spain holds al-Qaeda finance suspect
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:24 by TRC-News
The Spanish authorities have arrested an Algerian man they suspect is al-Qaeda's financial chief in the country. Full Story

Companies Capitalize on War on Terror
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:23 by TRC-News
When the Pentagon talks about training the new Afghan National Army, it doesn't mean with its own soldiers. The Green Berets and other elite U. S. troops are needed elsewhere. Instead, the Defense Department is drawing up plans to use its commandos to jump-start the Afghan force, then hire private military contractors to finish the job. Full Story

New York's 'Tribute in Light' fading to black
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:20 by TRC-News
After a monthlong tribute, two pillars of light beamed skyward in memory of those killed in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center faded out as Saturday night yielded to Sunday morning. Full Story

Al Qaeda Suspect Said to Be Talking to Interrogators
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:17 by TRC-News
A senior al Qaeda official who was seriously wounded during his capture in Pakistan last month has begun to talk to U.S. interrogators but has not provided any significant information, a Bush administration official said yesterday. Full Story

Afghanistan War to Cost $10.2B
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:16 by TRC-News
U.S. costs for the fighting in Afghanistan should be $10.2 billion this year, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst is estimating, about one-third what President Bush wants for the Pentagon's overall war against terrorism. Full Story

Moussaoui Says Rights Violated
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:14 by TRC-News
Defense: The accused terrorist is being denied attorney-client privilege in jail, his lawyers argue in a court motion. Full Story

Guarding the Coast, and More
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:13 by TRC-News
Already protecting 95,000 miles of shoreline, the smallest U.S. military branch found itself on the homeland defense front lines after Sept. 11. Full Story

Interpol Says Global Terror Watchlist Imminent
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:11 by TRC-News
The head of international police body Interpol said on Friday a global terror database containing thousands of suspects' names and details of stolen passports was expected to be up and running within days. Full Story

In Pakistan, a Troubling Victory in Hunt for Al Qaeda
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:09 by TRC-News
This industrial city deep in the interior of Pakistan was never high on the list of places deemed likely to provide sanctuary to Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden's terror network. Full Story

5 Months After Sanctions Against Somali Company, Scant Proof of Qaeda Tie
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:08 by TRC-News
The Bush administration's assault on Somalia's biggest money-transfer company was swift and severe. Full Story

Nepal Fears 300 Killed in Maoist Violence
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:04 by TRC-News
Nepal's king on Sunday appealed for peace and unity in a New Year message to his nation, three days after more than 300 people were believed killed in the increasingly bloody communist revolt to topple him. Full Story

Powell Addresses Hezbollah Attacks
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:02 by TRC-News
Secretary of State Colin Powell made a quick trip Monday to Lebanon seeking support for a crackdown on guerrillas who have been rocketing Israel from sanctuary in the southern part of the country. Full Story

Chavez Thanks Venezuelan Paratroopers
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:01 by TRC-News
President Hugo Chavez, newly restored to office after a botched coup attempt, told paratroopers who remained loyal to him "I will always be with you," but also made a conciliatory gesture to opponents. Full Story

Tunisian Jews Stunned by Explosion
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 7:00 by TRC-News
After a decades-long exodus of tens of thousands of Jews from Tunisia, Djerba's grand rabbi is hopeful that the small Jewish community of this Mediterranean island has turned a corner and is poised to grow. Full Story

Vote Counting Begins in E. Timor
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 6:58 by TRC-News
Election officials began counting votes Monday from East Timor's first presidential polls as political leaders predicted a landslide victory for former resistance leader Xanana Gusmao. Full Story

Colombian Candidate Uribe Survives Bus Bomb
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 6:56 by TRC-News
Colombia's leading candidate for the May 26 presidential elections survived an apparent assassination attempt on Sunday when a bomb exploded on his campaign route, killing three people and injuring at least 13 others, authorities said. Full Story

U.S. Pacific Chief Visits Tense South Philippines
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 6:55 by TRC-News
Police beat back protesters at the U.S. Embassy in Manila Monday as the top American commander in the region visited the remote southern island where his troops are helping Philippine soldiers fight Muslim guerrillas. Full Story

Oklahoma Bombing Museum Opens Sept. 11 Exhibit
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 6:53 by TRC-News
Oklahoma City, site of the deadliest assault on U.S. civilians before the Sept. 11 attacks, will mark the 7th anniversary of the bombing on Friday with an exhibit focusing on the shared experiences of people caught up in the two disasters. Full Story

Superior Israeli Firepower Isn't Likely to End Terror
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 6:51 by TRC-News
The Israeli military operation in the West Bank is a sweeping counterinsurgency campaign that given enough time could reduce but not end bombing attacks by Palestinian militants, Israeli officials and American experts agree. Full Story

Terror insurance goes up and away
Posted Monday, April 15, 2002 - 6:50 by TRC-News
Outside New York and Washington, not many terrorist targets are as juicy as the Golden Gate Bridge. The grand Art Deco span with the killer views is a landmark known worldwide. Tourists gambol between its red towers year-round. And with more than 115,000 vehicles crossing daily, it's a key link in a major commuter artery. Full Story

Calendar of Significant Dates
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:52 by TRC-News
04/12/1980
Liberia - Coup Led by Samuel K. Doe

04/13/1699
India - Sikh Religion Founded

04/13/1975
Fighting In Lebanon Begins

04/14/1949
Israel - Holocaust Memorial Day

04/15/1989
PR China - Death of Hu Yao Bang which led to Tienanment Square protests.

04/15/1982
Anwar Sadat's Assassins Executed

04/15/1986
U.S. Bombs Tripoli and Benghazi

04/15/1911
North Korea - Birthday of Kim Il Sung

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Dates to Watch
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:45 by TRC-News

APRIL 13, 2002. ETHIOPIA/ERITREA. Eritrea and Ethiopia will hear from a UN border commission the final decision on where their common border should lie. The final decision will be announced on April 13 in the Hague at the Peace Palace.

APRIL 14, 2002. COMOROS. General elections. Prime Minister Hamada Madi intends to run for president, and may evolve as the front runner.

APRIL 15, 2002. NORTH KOREA. North Koreans are expected to turn out en masse for public rallies and celebrations marking the 90th birthday of deceased Great Leader Kim Il-sung.

APRIL 15, 2002. SENEGAL. NEPAD summit begins in Dakar, continues through April 17. African presidents, representatives of international organisations including the United Nations and European Union, and journalists will attend the New Partnership for Africa's Development(NEPAD)summit.

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At Least Four Die in Jerusalem Suicide Bomb
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up at Jerusalem's main outdoor market on Friday, killing at least four people in an attack that coincided with a peace mission by Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites), police said. Full Story

Al-Qaida Interrogated in Pakistan
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:38 by TRC-News
A top al-Qaida official denied knowledge of who was behind the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States when interrogated shortly after his arrest here, Pakistani officials said Thursday. Full Story

Logan Gets Counterterrorism Expert
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:36 by TRC-News
A former White House adviser on counterterrorism was appointed Thursday as head of the agency that oversees Logan Airport. Full Story

Flaws found in FAA's airline safety oversight system
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:35 by TRC-News
An airline safety oversight system that came under close examination and severe criticism for not identifying maintenance problems at Alaska Airlines before the crash of Flight 261 is still not working properly, the Transportation Department's inspector general has found. Full Story

Gov. Must Explain Secret Evidence
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:31 by TRC-News
A federal judge has given the Justice Department (news - web sites) until Tuesday to explain why it must use secret evidence, so far shown only to the judge, against an Islamic charity accused of having terrorist links. Full Story

U.S. Tied to Ransom Deal with Bin Laden Allies
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:29 by TRC-News
A senior U.S. official said Washington helped pay ransom last month to Muslim guerrillas in the Philippines linked to Osama bin Laden, but the Manila government said on Friday that no such incident took place. Full Story

Pearl Murder Trial Adjourned Again in Pakistan
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
The trial in Pakistan of British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three alleged accomplices for the kidnap and murder of American reporter Daniel Pearl was adjourned for 10 days on Friday, lawyers said. Full Story

U.S. Is Given Papers That Israelis Assert Tie Arafat to Terror
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:24 by TRC-News
Israel has given the United States a cache of documents that Israeli officials say were captured in raids in the West Bank and establish that Yasir Arafat financed and oversaw terrorist attacks by Palestinian militants. Full Story

3 databases will flag suspected terrorists
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:19 by TRC-News
Federal authorities plan to share with state and local police information on tens of thousands of suspected terrorists to try to improve homeland defense, Justice Department (news - web sites) officials say. Full Story

Intelligence agencies put their heads together
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:18 by TRC-News
Six months into the U.S. war on Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist network, the largest manhunt in history appears to have reached a dead end. Full Story

Bin Laden noticeably MIA from Bush's vocabulary
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:17 by TRC-News
There are six syllables President Bush really doesn't want to say aloud: Osama bin Laden. Full Story

Tighter Security Planned for New York Airports
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:14 by TRC-News
Gov. George E. Pataki plans to begin a sweeping program to sharpen security at New York City's area airports, going beyond some new federal restrictions by requiring criminal background checks of workers in airport shops, the governor's senior aides said today. He also wants to install fingerprint scanners quickly for all airport employees and do away with simple plastic passes. Full Story

Drug Makers to Help U.S. Inform Doctors on Bioterrorism
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:13 by TRC-News
Major drug companies teamed up with the federal government today to make sure doctors obtain bioterrorism information from a powerful delivery device: their sales forces. Full Story

Pentagon's Missteps Stalled New Vaccines
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:11 by TRC-News
Six months after last fall's deadly anthrax attacks, the Pentagon is scrambling to develop a new generation of vaccines to protect troops and perhaps the American populace from biological weapons. Full Story

U.S. State Dept. - Public Announcement - April 11, 2002
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:09 by TRC-News
Venezuela
U.S citizens should defer travel to Venezuela until further notice. There has been violence in Caracas between anti-government and pro-government protesters, as well as large demonstrations and disruptions of public services throughout the country. Full Story

U.S. State Dept. - Public Announcement - April 10, 2002
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:07 by TRC-News
Middle East Update
This Public Announcement is being updated to alert Americans to large demonstrations and other incidents, some of them violent, taking place throughout the region in response to the increased tensions and conflict in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza over the last few weeks. Full Story

Terror Attack 'Foiled By Police' On Queen Mother Funeral Day
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:04 by TRC-News
Police believe they may have foiled plans for a terrorist attack in central London on the day of the Queen Mother's funeral. Full Story

Rebel Group's Presence Growing Near Peru's Capital
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:03 by TRC-News
The mayor of a Lima suburb has received death threats that he says are from the Shining Path. Full Story

Amnesty Witnesses Nigerian Vigilantes Attempt Execution
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 9:58 by TRC-News
Amnesty International observers witnessed a vigilante band trying to burn a man alive outside the offices of a Nigerian state governor, the rights group said, in a report sounding an alarm over increasing vigilante killings here. An Amnesty delegation watched as members of the Bakassi Boys, an anti-crime, state-supported militia also known as the Anambra State Vigilante Service, poured gasoline on their unidentified victim, who was trussed up and badly beaten, Amnesty said in a report released Wednesday. Full Story

More Than 100 Dead in Maoist Assaults on Police in Nepal
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 9:55 by TRC-News
Thousands of Nepalese Maoist rebels killed 84 policemen in night-time raids that left more than 100 people dead and marked a bloody escalation of their six-year-old insurgency, officials said. Full Story

'Monk Killed' In Madagascar
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 9:53 by TRC-News
A Roman Catholic monk has been killed in political clashes in Madagascar's third town of Fianarantsoa, according to the French news agency AFP. Full Story

Soccer Team Attacked in France
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 9:52 by TRC-News
In the latest anti-Semitic incident in France, a Jewish amateur soccer team was attacked during a training session in a Paris suburb, police said Thursday. Full Story

East Timor Readies for Landmark Poll
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 9:52 by TRC-News
Thousands of people have joined rallies in East Timor's capital Dili on the last day of its first ever presidential election campaign. Full Story

Congo To Merge Army And Rebels
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 9:50 by TRC-News
The Congolese army is to merge with rebels forces in a deal brokered by the government to end the country's civil war. Full Story

Colombian Rebels Kidnap 12 Provincial Lawmakers
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 9:50 by TRC-News
Leftist Colombian rebels masquerading as police rescuers kidnapped 12 provincial lawmakers in a daring raid on the legislative assembly in the city of Cali on Thursday, luring victims into buses by announcing a bomb-threat, authorities said. Full Story

Chavez quits Venezuelan presidency
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 8:41 by TRC-News
President Hugo Chavez resigned Friday under pressure from Venezuela�s military in the wake of violent protests against his administration�s oil policies which left at least 13 people dead and more than 100 others wounded. Pedro Carmona, head of Venezuela�s largest business association, announced he would head a transitional government to be installed later Friday. Full Story

Just Another Taliban on the IRC
Posted Friday, April 12, 2002 - 8:39 by TRC-News
Intending it as a "good deed to serve Islam," a born-again computer programmer in Pakistan has released an online-chat program with bells and whistles specifically designed for the Taliban. Taliban's IslamicIRC Script, a customized version of the popular mIRC chat client, automatically connects users to two Islamic channels on the DALnet Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network. Full Story

CALENDAR OF SIGNIFICANT DATES
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:58 by TRC-News

04/11/1968
Lebanon, Syria, Occupied Territories
PFLP-GC Founded In Syria

04/12/1988
Japan, United States
Arrest of JRA Terrorist

04/12/1980
Liberia
Coup Led by Samuel K. Doe

April Calendar Dates

Dates to Watch
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:54 by TRC-News

APRIL 13, 2002. ETHIOPIA/ERITREA. Eritrea and Ethiopia will hear from a UN border commission the final decision on where their common border should lie. The final decision will be announced on April 13 in the Hague at the Peace Palace.

APRIL 14, 2002. COMOROS. General elections. Prime Minister Hamada Madi intends to run for president, and may evolve as the front runner.

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Suicide bomber kills 8 on Israeli bus
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:52 by TRC-News
A Palestinian suicide bomber killed eight people and Israel pressed on with an offensive that has sent the Palestinian death toll soaring, undermining hopes for Secretary of State Colin Powell's peace mission. Full Story

Al Qaeda Leader Was Arrested on Tip From U.S. Agents
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:48 by TRC-News
The arrest of Osama bin Laden's senior aide Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan stemmed from information gathered by U.S. interrogators of arrested Pakistanis in Kabul, an intelligence source said on Thursday. Full Story

Off-duty police replacing Guardsmen at airport
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:45 by TRC-News
The National Guard, which has patrolled Hartsfield International Airport since last fall, will work its last day Saturday. Full Story

Egyptian held in Britain faces US charges for helping Islam cleric
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
An Egyptian detained in Britain is among four people charged by US authorities yesterday, accused of helping a jailed Islamic terrorist leader to communicate with his followers from his prison cell. Full Story

FAA Sends Newsletter to Hijacker
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:42 by TRC-News
The Federal Aviation Administration mailed its regional pilots newsletter to one of the Sept. 11 hijackers just last month. Full Story

Al Qaeda sought nuclear scientists
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
Two Afghan nuclear scientists, in the strongest indication yet that al Qaeda was trying to construct a nuclear bomb, have revealed how the terrorist group attempted to recruit them. Full Story

U.S. 'ALLY' PAYS BOMBERS
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:39 by TRC-News
Saudi Arabia has joined Saddam Hussein in giving "blood money" to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers - a policy that could complicate relations between America and one of its principal Arab allies. Full Story

FBI information systems still at 'substantial risk,' officials say
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
The FBI runs major risks of having its information systems infiltrated despite the agency's recent overhaul efforts, top FBI officials said Tuesday. Full Story

Bush adviser says U.S. has game plan against terror
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
Winning the war on terrorism requires a strategy similar to that used by the Detroit Red Wings coach, Gen. Richard Myers told a luncheon crowd of 400 people Tuesday in Livonia. Full Story

Easy theft: radioactive bomb parts
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:27 by TRC-News
Stolen commercial radioactive devices could be used to make 'dirty bombs.' Full Story

Anthrax agent was 'not routine'
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:25 by TRC-News
Whoever concocted the wispy white powder used in the anthrax attacks last autumn followed a recipe markedly different from the ones commonly used by scientists in the United States or any other country known to have biological weapons, according to law enforcement sources. Full Story

Feds could make bioterror 'impossible,' expert says
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:23 by TRC-News
The United States could make it “impossible” for biological agents to be used as effective weapons of terror if the country spends $10 billion to $30 billion a year to revamp its ailing public health system, one of the nation’s leading biological defense experts told Global Security Newswire yesterday. Full Story

Flyzik moving to Homeland office
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:22 by TRC-News
The Treasury Department's chief information officer, Jim Flyzik, will take a new job starting April 21, advising homeland security chief Tom Ridge on information technology issues. Full Story

Pentagon balances anti-terrorism efforts, transformation plans
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:20 by TRC-News
The Defense Department's transformation programs were scrutinized on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as lawmakers sought ways to balance budgetary constraints with the military's need to win the war on terror while also moving from the industrial age to the information age. Full Story

Team Hears 'We've Been Waiting for You' When Public Safety's at Risk
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:18 by TRC-News
Members of the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team have spent a lot of time at Yankee Stadium, but they haven't had any chances to relax and take in a ball game. Full Story

Bomb kills Bolivian media chief's wife
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:15 by TRC-News
The wife of the owner of one of Bolivia's main national newspapers El Diario has been killed in a car bomb explosion in La Paz. Full Story

Colombian Rebels Declare War on Oil
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:13 by TRC-News
One of Colombia's biggest rebel groups has declared that oil companies working in the country are now "military targets". Full Story

Mbeki Tries to Save Congolese Talks
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:13 by TRC-News
South Africa's President, Thabo Mbeki, has put forward new power-sharing proposals to end the deadlock at peace talks on the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full Story

Three killed in Philippine bomb blasts
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:09 by TRC-News
Three civilian volunteers attached to the Philippine army were killed and 13 people were wounded in two separate bomb blasts in the south of the country, officials said on Thursday. Full Story

U.S. Hostages Spotted in Southern Philippines
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:08 by TRC-News
Two Americans held by Muslim guerrillas in the southern Philippines were seen this week near a small town on the eastern coast of Basilan island, local officials said on Thursday. Full Story

Police Leave Students to Save Themselves
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:06 by TRC-News
In the face of indifference from police, universities said this week that they are having to employ security guards and even form self-defense teams to protect their 70,000 foreign students from racist attacks. Full Story

Sri Lanka Sees Silver Lining in Tiger Demands to End Bloodshed
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:05 by TRC-News
Sri Lanka welcomed remarks by the top Tamil rebel leader that he was committed to Norway's peace bid even though he was not ready to give up arms immediately. Full Story

Blast Kills 5 At Tunisian Temple
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:04 by TRC-News
A truck filled with natural gas crashed into a wall surrounding a synagogue on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba on Thursday, killing five people and injuring about 20, the official news agency reported. Full Story

Calendar of Significant Dates
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:30 by TRC-News
04/10/1986
Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto's Return

04/10/1993
South Africa
Assassination of Chris Hani

04/11/1968
Lebanon, Syria, Occupied Territories
PFLP-GC Founded In Syria

April Calendar Dates

Lloyd's of London: WTC Loss $2.8 Billion
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:25 by TRC-News
Lloyd's of London insurance market on Wednesday estimated its net loss from the attacks on the World Trade Center at 1.98 billion pounds ($2.85 billion), compared to an earlier 1.9 billion pound forecast. Full Story

Attorney Will Fight Terror Aid Charge
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:21 by TRC-News
A defense attorney with a reputation as a zealous advocate has become a defendant herself, accused of crossing the line by conspiring to help an imprisoned client relay messages to his radical Islamic followers. Full Story

Suspects Arrested in Afghan Attacks
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:19 by TRC-News
Nine suspects have been arrested in recent attacks on international peacekeepers and an apparent assassination attempt against the defense minister, officials said Wednesday. Full Story

Attack Follows Ambush That Killed 13 Israeli Troops
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:17 by TRC-News
A suicide bomber exploded a powerful bomb on a bus in northern Israel during rush hour this morning, killing at least 8 people, a day after 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in an ambush in the West Bank city of Jenin. Full Story

Grants to bolster GIS, homeland
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:14 by TRC-News
In the interest of boosting homeland security, ESRI — one of the leading companies in the geographic information system field — has set up a $2.3 million grant program to jump-start GIS initiatives in small cities and help set up crisis centers for local government agencies. Full Story

Plugging a Very Porous Northern Border
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:13 by TRC-News
A shallow ditch is all that separates Boundary Road, which winds through the fields and farmhouses of this dairy community, from 0 Avenue, a similar rural highway that parallels it just 12 feet away -- in Canada. Full Story

Bush Plans Push for Terrorism Insurance
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:12 by TRC-News
In a meeting today with business and labor leaders, President Bush will emphasize the possibility that jobs could be lost if the Senate does not act on terrorism insurance legislation, a senior administration official said. Full Story

U.S. Warns Russia of Need to Verify Treaty Compliance
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:09 by TRC-News
The Bush administration has informed Moscow that Washington is curtailing many new disarmament projects because of concern about Russia's compliance with treaties banning chemical and biological weapons, according to senior administration officials. Full Story

BOMB THREAT GROWS HERE
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:08 by TRC-News
The escalation of Palestinian suicide bombings in Israel makes an attack by a lone bomber on a target inside the United States a "serious threat," according to American intelligence. Full Story

Angola's Fragile Peace Rests on a New Guerrilla Leader
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:04 by TRC-News
Thousands of Angolans sang and danced through the rutted streets of the capital last week to celebrate a cease-fire that may finally end nearly a quarter-century of war. But even as the nation rejoiced, it was clear that its fragile peace rested uneasily on the shoulders of one man. Full Story

Bombings in Colombia Raise Fear of Urban Terror
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:03 by TRC-News
A sudden wave of bombings struck Colombia's capital Tuesday, when several low-level blasts went off in downtown Bogota, injuring a 6-year-old girl and signaling the possible start of an urban terror campaign that had been feared since the collapse of peace talks here. Full Story

Five Killed, Four Injured in J&K Terrorist Attack
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 10:01 by TRC-News
Terrorists killed five people, including three children, in an attack on the house of an alleged informer in Kashmir, police said Wednesday. Full Story

Sri Lanka Awaits Tiger Chief
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 9:59 by TRC-News
Tamil Tiger rebel leader in Sri Lanka Velupillai Prabhakaran is due to hold a rare press conference in a few hours' time in the rebel-controlled town of Kilinochchi. Full Story

Taliban warn: Don't help Americans
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 9:53 by TRC-News
Taliban leaders have warned Afghans not to help U.S. forces or their allies and insist they will face consequences if they ignore the pleas. Full Story

Terrorists trained by Iran tracked from Uzbekistan
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 9:50 by TRC-News
Iran is secretly training Islamic terrorists from Uzbekistan for future operations in Central Asia, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Full Story

Ridge Says States Must Develop Plans to Thwart Terrorism
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 9:36 by TRC-News
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge says all 50 U.S. states must develop local, regional, and then statewide comprehensive plans to thwart terrorism. Full Story

Four Indicted on Terror Charges
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:33 by TRC-News
An attorney and three other people were indicted Tuesday on charges they helped an Islamic militant imprisoned in the United States communicate with his followers in Egypt. Full Story

'Rialto plotter' walks free in India
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:31 by TRC-News
The man accused of plotting to fly an aircraft into the Rialto Towers has been released from jail. Full Story

INS Sets New Rules for Student Visas
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:30 by TRC-News
Hoping to better track foreign visitors and keep out would-be terrorists, immigration officials are tightening student visa rules and proposing shorter U.S. trips for tourists and business travelers. Full Story

Nuclear Sites Delay Tighter Security Plans
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:29 by TRC-News
Nearly three-quarters of the nation's nuclear reactor sites are seeking a delay in fully responding to tighter security regulations, a watchdog group said yesterday. Full Story

PM promises India's partnership in countering terrorism
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:26 by TRC-News
Asserting that it was time for the Asia-Pacific countries to jointly confront terrorism, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday committed India's partnership to the region on security issues and said the entire region has crucial stakes in protecting common commercial lanes, combating piracy, choking off narco trade and curbing gun running. Full Story

Report: Anti-Terror Money Not Given
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:23 by TRC-News
The Justice Department has failed to distribute more than half the hundreds of millions of dollars available to state and local governments for anti-terrorism programs since 1998, according to a report Monday by the department's inspector general. Full Story

Hotels increase security after terrorist attacks
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:19 by TRC-News
Guests staying at the traditional hotel haunts of the business traveller maybe unaware of many of the measures taken to increase security since the terrorist attacks of September 11 - but they are in place nevertheless. Leading groups such as Six Continents and Marriott are on heightened alert, constantly reviewing their security status and tailoring their procedures to local situations. Full Story

Insurance rates spiral up in wake of Sept. 11
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:12 by TRC-News
Everyone from commuters to school kids is paying a price for rising insurance costs – due in part to the recent spike in terrorism-coverage rates. Full Story

American Airlines Sued in WTC Attack
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:11 by TRC-News
American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp was sued for more than $50 million on Monday by the husband of a highly paid portfolio manager who was killed on Sept. 11 in her World Trade Center office. Full Story

Security Breach Closes Ky. Terminal
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:09 by TRC-News
A Delta Air Lines terminal was shut down for part of Monday morning at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport because a carry-on bag that appeared to contain a knife may have gotten past security. Full Story

Cost of Fortifying Airports May Top $6 Billion in 2002
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 14:00 by TRC-News
The cost of bolstering airport security is mounting rapidly, and this year alone could run more than triple what has been budgeted, congressional and aviation industry officials say. Full Story

Since Sept., little alarm for soldiers at airport
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 13:58 by TRC-News
In the six months that the National Guard has been on patrol at the Philadelphia International Airport, they have actually seen little that has alarmed them. Full Story

Logan's security breaches at issue
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 13:56 by TRC-News
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Logan International Airport has experienced double the number of terminal evacuations because of security breaches than similar-sized airports, according to federal statistics provided to the Globe. Full Story

US: Terror Now Harder for bin Laden
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 13:53 by TRC-News
The U.S. military hasn't tracked down Osama bin Laden during its six-month war in Afghanistan, but it has made it harder for his al-Qaida terrorist network to operate — and that's better than nothing, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said. Full Story

Pulitzer Prizes Honor Sept. 11 News Coverage
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 13:50 by TRC-News
Coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks on America dominated the Pulitzer Prizes awarded on Monday, with The New York Times winning a record seven of the 14 journalism awards. Full Story

'Thousands' could be anthrax suspects
Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 13:47 by TRC-News
Potential suspects with the scientific expertise to carry out last year's deadly anthrax attacks are believed to number in the ''thousands,'' far more than the dozens previously reported, a senior federal law enforcement official said Monday. Full Story

Terror suspect ordered jailed
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:42 by TRC-News
An Algerian man and two roommates who were arrested in Detroit a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were planning to conduct holy war against the United States, a federal prosecutor said in court Friday. Full Story

Crackdown on Terror Funding Is Questioned
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
The U.S. government's much-touted financial war on terrorism has been hamstrung by bitter turf battles among federal agencies, questionable evidence against targeted Middle Eastern groups and a lack of cooperation by foreign allies, senior government officials said. Full Story

Middle East Conflict Blurs Bush's Anti-Terrorism Focus
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:38 by TRC-News
Since the shock of Sept. 11, President Bush has pursued a sharply focused foreign policy agenda with single-minded zeal: Terrorism was civilization's mortal enemy, he said, and his historic mission was to stamp it out, beginning in Afghanistan and moving on to Iraq. Full Story

G.I.'s Search Afghan Caves, Finding Trove of Material
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
A team of American soldiers completed a sweep today of a large cave network believed to have been used recently by Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, carrying away photos, dossiers and vials containing an unidentified white powder. Full Story

U.S. Finds No Trace of Bin Laden in Cave Network
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:36 by TRC-News
The U.S. military said Sunday they had found no evidence to support rumors a network of reinforced caves found in eastern Afghanistan had been used as a refuge for Osama bin Laden or other al Qaeda leaders. Full Story

D.C. Probing Terror Insurance Reports
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:33 by TRC-News
District insurance regulators are investigating reports that businesses and properties around the White House are having trouble obtaining terrorism insurance or are paying steeply increased premiums for the coverage. Full Story

Nuclear Agency Steps Up Post-Sept. 11 Security
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:32 by TRC-News
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it was stepping up its oversight of security risks at the nation's 103 nuclear power plants by developing contingency plans for emergencies and assessing potential terrorist threats. Full Story

Job of Protecting N.Y. Falls to 'Can-Do Guy'
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:30 by TRC-News
Ex-FBI official Kallstrom directs an effort to guard against attacks. His colleagues say he's up to the task. From his corner office in Manhattan, James Kallstrom can see the Chrysler Building with its gleaming steel spire and a thicket of other skyscrapers. The vista is a daily reminder of the task he faces. Full Story

IRA Puts More of Its Arms Stockpile Beyond Use
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:24 by TRC-News
The Irish Republican Army has followed up last year's first step toward disarmament by putting another batch of its illegal weapons beyond use, Northern Ireland's disarmament body said Monday. Full Story

Kidnapped Priest Freed in Philippines
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 10:13 by TRC-News
With the safe recovery Monday of an Italian priest abducted by Muslim rebels in the Philippines six months ago, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vowed to step up the fight against gangs who kidnap for ransom. Full Story

Afghan minister escapes bomb attack
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 9:04 by TRC-News
A bomb exploded Monday near a convoy carrying Afghanistan’s defense minister, killing four bystanders and injuring 16 others, a local official said. It was the latest incident to raise concern about the security in post-Taliban Afghanistan, after international peacekeepers found rockets aimed at their Kabul headquarters twice in as many days. Full Story

Sharon Vows to Press on with Offensive, Defying U.S.
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 8:59 by TRC-News
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed Monday to press ahead with a sweeping military offensive in the West Bank in direct defiance of U.S. demands for a withdrawal. Full Story

Car bomb kills 11 near Bogota, Colombia
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 0:51 by TRC-News
A car bomb early Sunday killed 11 people and wounded at least 70 others in an entertainment district near the Colombian capital of Bogota, police said. The blast occurred about 1 a.m. (2 a.m. EDT) in a car in central Villavicencio, a town 45 miles southeast of Bogota, police said. Police were having trouble identifying the victims as they sorted through a tangle of body parts. Three of the wounded were police. Full Story

How Two Lives Met In Death
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 0:40 by TRC-News
Suicide bombings have driven the conflict in the Mideast to new and dangerous levels. This is the story of two teens whose paths tragically intersected: an innocent Israeli and the Palestinian girl who became a walking weapon of terror. Full Story

A Sophisticated Strain of Anthrax
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 - 0:38 by TRC-News
Last fall FBI profilers announced that the person who sent deadly anthrax-laced letters to news organizations and Capitol Hill was probably a grudge-bearing, sociopathic male laboratory nerd with knowledge of the geography of Trenton, N.J. But a new scientific analysis sent to top government officials suggests the anthrax attacker may be a scientific whiz so smart that he succeeded in making a “weaponized” form of the bacterium more sophisticated than any previously known. Full Story

Ridge to Brief Congress, Not Testify
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:44 by TRC-News
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge soon will brief lawmakers on two House committees but will not testify as a Senate committee has insisted. Full Story

Texan Gets Death for Killing Indian Over Sept. 11
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:43 by TRC-News
A Dallas-area stone worker who went out to shoot immigrants in revenge for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States was sentenced to death Thursday for killing a gas station owner born in India. Full Story

Top Al Qaeda Aide in 'Serious' Condition
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:41 by TRC-News
The top-ranking al Qaeda leader who was shot three times trying to escape capture last week in Pakistan is in "fairly serious" condition, hindering close questioning of the highest-ranking suspected al Qaeda leader to be apprehended in the administration's war on terrorism, a senior administration official said. Full Story

Malaysian Denies Sept. 11 Link
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:40 by TRC-News
A suspected Islamic militant on Thursday denied putting up two of the Sept. 11 hijackers in Malaysia and belonging to a group accused of plotting attacks on Western targets in Singapore. Full Story

Judge Rejects Closure of Terrorism Hearings
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:39 by TRC-News
A federal judge in Detroit ruled Wednesday that a government policy to close deportation hearings of individuals targeted in the sweeping terrorism investigation launched after the Sept. 11 attacks is unconstitutional. Full Story

U.S. to Set New Rules for Fight on Terrorism
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:37 by TRC-News
Homeland security director Tom Ridge served notice Wednesday that the federal government planned to set new safety standards to protect Americans from terrorism and would expect private industry to bear some of the cost. Full Story

US task: Get inside head of captured bin Laden aide
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:35 by TRC-News
A pivotal player in Al Qaeda's multinational operations, Abu Zubaydah is one of the few people likely to know about impending terrorist plots against Americans. But as a hard-core militant trained in secrecy and ways to resist interrogation, he is also likely to do everything possible to thwart US investigators who urgently seek to get inside his head. Full Story

The Terrorists Next Door
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:34 by TRC-News
Al Qaeda Suspects Posed as Traders Before Capture in Pakistan. Full Story

Afghan nomads cloaked Al Qaeda
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:32 by TRC-News
Bin Laden deputy was guided by Kuchi tribes near Pakistani border, say Afghans. Full Story

Singapore Uncovers Plane Crash Plot
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:30 by TRC-News
A Singaporean member of an Islamic militant group linked to al-Qaida is suspected of planning to hijack a plane and crash it into the city-state's international airport, Singapore's prime minister said Friday. Full Story

Five Detained in French Attack
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:29 by TRC-News
Police detained five people for questioning after Molotov cocktails were hurled at a synagogue outside Paris, and three suspects in a similar attack in southern France confessed to the crime, officials said Friday. Full Story

American Prisoner Being Moved From Cuba
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:27 by TRC-News
An American-born prisoner captured in Afghanistan (news - web sites) among Taliban and al Qaeda fighters was being moved on Friday from a U.S. Navy (news - web sites) base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S. mainland, a U.S. official said. Full Story

Pakistan Adjourns Pearl Murder Trial for a Week
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:26 by TRC-News
The trial of British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three alleged accomplices for the murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl was adjourned on Friday shortly after starting, lawyers said. Full Story

Lebanon Holds Palestinians for Rocket Attacks
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:24 by TRC-News
Lebanon said on Friday it had arrested a group of Palestinians whom it blamed for launching rockets at Israeli targets from southern Lebanon in recent days. Full Story

Pilots unions' plea to Bush: Allow guns in cockpit
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:21 by TRC-News
The nation's five largest pilots unions have asked President Bush to intercede personally to let pilots arm themselves aboard commercial jets. Full Story

Attendants question ground security
Posted Friday, April 5, 2002 - 10:19 by TRC-News
Flight attendants are stepping up pressure to close what some call a back door to airport terrorism: ground-crew security. Full Story

Al-Qaida Chief Pleads Guilty in Jail Attack
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 8:08 by TRC-News
A man described by authorities as the highest-ranking member of al-Qaida being held in the United States, pleaded guilty yesterday to attempted murder and conspiracy in the near-fatal stabbing of a federal jail guard two years ago. Full Story

11 September revenge killer guilty
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 8:06 by TRC-News
A jury in the United States has convicted a man who shot dead an Indian immigrant in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks. Full Story

Financial Firms Help Terror Probe
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 8:05 by TRC-News
Top financial companies are working to figure out how to use public and private consumer databases to catch possible terrorists and whether the information banks are up to the task. Full Story

Ex-smuggler describes Iraqi plot to blow up US warship
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 8:03 by TRC-News
Iraq planned clandestine attacks against American warships in the Persian Gulf in early 2001, according to an operative of Iranian nationality who says he was given the assignment by ranking members of Saddam Hussein's inner circle. Full Story

Two-way pagers fight terrorism
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 8:01 by TRC-News
Massive airport security systems, such as x-ray machines and baggage inspectors, seem to be getting all the attention. But a small, relatively simple device just might end up being the weapon of choice in the war against terrorism and airport crime. BlackBerry pagers are trickling into the hands of airport cops on both coasts, allowing instant wireless access to national crime information data. And according to people familiar with the initial pilot project, the pagers, produced by Research in Motion, have gotten “rave reviews. Everybody seems to love them.” Full Story

U.S. Defends Small-Airport Plan
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:57 by TRC-News
The Transportation Department yesterday defended its decision to use different methods to inspect luggage for explosives at small airports and large hubs, saying its plan for smaller airports is not a "second-class system." Full Story

Man Flees Tampa Airport Checkpoint
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:56 by TRC-News
A terminal at Tampa International Airport was evacuated for about three hours Tuesday when a passenger grabbed his carry-on luggage from a checkpoint and fled after a security official thought he saw a pistol in the bag. Full Story

Woman Arrested After Boarding Plane
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:55 by TRC-News
A woman was arrested at Miami International Airport after she crashed her pickup truck through a security gate, hopped a 10-foot barbed wire fence into a restricted area and boarded a plane that was being cleaned in a hangar. Full Story

U.S. urges judge to toss challenge to screener law
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:54 by TRC-News
The Bush administration defended an impending citizenship requirement for airport baggage screeners in federal court yesterday, saying it will deter terrorist infiltration and promote loyalty in the workforce. Full Story

US: Iran Gives al-Qaida Safe Passage
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:49 by TRC-News
Al-Qaida terrorists fleeing Afghanistan have been allowed safe passage through Iran, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday, criticizing Tehran for a second straight day as a supporter of global terrorists. Full Story

American Taliban Fighter Lindh Back in Court
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:46 by TRC-News
Prosecutors in the case of U.S. Taliban John Walker Lindh need not prove he killed Americans, but they must show he knowingly belonged to groups that had this deadly goal, a judge said on Monday. Full Story

UN Tribunal on Rwanda Genocide Adjourns Until September
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:44 by TRC-News
A U.N. tribunal on Wednesday adjourned until September the trial of the man accused of masterminding the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, officials said. Full Story

Suspected al-Qaida Members Arrested
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:41 by TRC-News
Pakistani authorities arrested 23 men suspected of links to al-Qaida in late night raids in two cities as they continued to track down terrorists seeking refuge their nation, police said Thursday. Full Story

Pearl Murder Trial to Go Ahead in Pakistani Jail
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:38 by TRC-News
The trial of British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three alleged accomplices for the murder of American reporter Daniel Pearl will go ahead in a Pakistani jail on Friday, lawyers said. Full Story

Suspected Philippine Muslims Extremists Killed
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:35 by TRC-News
Philippine troops killed three suspected Muslim guerrillas Wednesday in a clash at sea near a small southern island where U.S. surveillance equipment recently detected the presence of armed men, a military official said. Full Story

U.S. Planes Track Down Hostages on Philippine Isle
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:33 by TRC-News
U.S. spy planes in the Philippines have for the first time tracked down the possible location of two American hostages held by Muslim guerrillas linked to Osama bin Laden, a top Philippine general said on Thursday. Full Story

Guantanamo Detainee Claims U.S. Citizenship
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:32 by TRC-News
The Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday that a Guantanamo Bay detainee who claims U.S. citizenship was born in the United States, apparently the second American Taliban to have been captured in Afghanistan. Full Story

NASA Breaks Secrecy on Shuttle Launch Time
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:30 by TRC-News
NASA broke its silence on Wednesday to reveal one of its worst-kept secrets -- Thursday's launch time for the space shuttle Atlantis, which has been kept under wraps as part of the U.S. space agency's anti-terrorism plan. Full Story

Saddam Raises Bomber Pay to $25,000, Rumsfeld Says
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:29 by TRC-News
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has raised the amount offered to relatives of suicide bombers from $10,000 per family to $25,000, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday. Full Story

Numerous Planes Diverted From Washington Airport
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2002 - 7:27 by TRC-News
An uproar over a Frontier Airlines jet that flew over the White House this week prompted disclosures on Wednesday that numerous planes have failed to follow post-Sept. 11 security procedures when operating near the nation's capital, government officials said. Full Story

U.S. to issue more secure passports
Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 10:22 by TRC-News
The State Department Tuesday unveiled a new "state-of-the-art" passport designed to prevent misuse of American passports by terrorists. Full Story

Iraqi funds, training fuel Islamic terror group
Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 10:20 by TRC-News
The US Operation Anaconda has squeezed many Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters out of Afghanistan, but some of those forces are simply joining a budding conflict nearby, in Iraq, local security officials warn. Full Story

Musharraf repeats suspicion that Osama bin Laden may be dead
Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 10:18 by TRC-News
Pakistan's president said Tuesday he suspects Osama bin Laden may be dead. Speaking to reporters in the Afghan capital, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said he had no conclusive information on bin Laden's whereabouts since the United States launched attacks on Afghanistan on Oct. 7. Full Story

Americans Warned to Avoid Israel
Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 10:06 by TRC-News
The State Department, citing a "deteriorating security situation," urged Americans who live in Jerusalem to leave the city on Tuesday and encouraged dependents of American diplomats to return to the United States. Full Story

Philippines Foils Rebel Bid to Escape Hostage Isle
Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 10:04 by TRC-News
Philippine troops killed three Muslim guerrillas on Wednesday as they tried to flee the southern island of Basilan, where members of their group are holding two Americans and a Filipina hostage. Full Story

Expert: Zubaydah Has al-Qaida Names
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 9:25 by TRC-News
The capture of Abu Zubaydah, al-Qaida's top surviving operational commander, is one of the most significant accomplishments in the U.S. war on terrorism, officials and experts said Monday. Full Story

Hackers, Viruses Fuel Security Market, Not 9-11
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 9:22 by TRC-News
According to a survey by market research firm In-Stat/MDR, increasing business spending on information and network security is mainly unrelated to the events of September 11, 2001. Instead, the survey found that fear of computer viruses and hackers drives investment in security products, such as firewalls or virtual private networks (VPN). Full Story

Spreading out the safety net
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 9:21 by TRC-News
Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, many companies reviewed their business continuity and recovery plans. Subsequently, there has been a movement away from centralizing technical and operational resources to distributed models. Full Story

Hungary Tightens Measures to Combat Cybercrime
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 9:18 by TRC-News
As of tomorrow, Hungarian computer hackers will not be able to make illegal IT entries without being penalized. Full Story

Thailand's E-law Takes Step Into the 21st Century
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 9:15 by TRC-News
The country's first cyber law not only gives legal recognition to electronic evidence, it also provides the potential to cut costs. Full Story

Clinton White House axed terror-fund probe
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 9:06 by TRC-News
The Clinton administration shut down a 1995 investigation of Islamic charities, concerned that a public probe would expose Saudi Arabia's suspected ties to a global money-laundering operation that raised millions for anti-Israel terrorists, federal officials told The Washington Times. Full Story

DISA seeks detection system
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 9:03 by TRC-News
The Defense Information Systems Agency last week announced plans to work with GRC International Inc. to develop a system to help detect, analyze and defend against cyberattacks across Defense Department networks. Full Story

Eagan company product seems to kill anthrax
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 9:02 by TRC-News
A small biotechnology company in Eagan has developed a complex carbohydrate from the cell walls of baker's yeast that appears to kill anthrax spores in the lungs of mice and may combat the deadly effects of radiation. Full Story

Citing Sept. 11, Bush to Transfer Island to N.Y.
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 8:49 by TRC-News
President Bush said on Monday he would hand over historic Governors Island to New York, promising to help put the former military base off the southern tip of Manhattan to "good use" as an education center after the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

Muslim Nations Won't Define Terrorism
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 8:46 by TRC-News
Muslim nations sidestepped defining terrorism at a conference aimed at addressing the issue Tuesday, but said they rejected any attempt to label the Palestinian struggle as terrorism. Full Story

Bush: Iran, Iraq, Syria Aid Terror
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 8:45 by TRC-News
The Bush administration accused Iran, Iraq and Syria of formenting terror while it urged Yasser Arafat on Monday to ban suicide attacks on Israel. Full Story

American Taliban Fighter Lindh Back in Court
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 8:39 by TRC-News
Prosecutors in the case of U.S. Taliban John Walker Lindh need not prove he killed Americans, but they must show he knowingly belonged to groups that had this deadly goal, a judge said on Monday. Full Story

Police to Replace Military Troops at Airports
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 8:37 by TRC-News
Police will replace military troops patrolling U.S. airports beginning next month until the government can provide new law enforcement staffing, according to a new security directive. Full Story

Iran Rejects U.S. Accusation It Sponsors Terror
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 8:36 by TRC-News
Iran rejected U.S. accusations it sponsored terrorist attacks on the West Bank, saying on Tuesday that Palestinian suicide bombers were resisting occupation by Israel. Full Story

Car Bomb Explodes in Jerusalem's Old City
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 8:32 by TRC-News
Calling Yasir Arafat "the enemy of the entire free world," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared Israel on Sunday to be in a war. He spoke after a suicide bomber blew himself apart in a restaurant in the seaside city of Haifa, killing at least 14 other people, while Israel was tightening its ring of tanks and rifles around the Palestinian leader. Full Story

Mideast violence could impact war on terror
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 8:29 by TRC-News
The Bush administration's six-month struggle to keep its war on terrorism separate from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict may have collapsed this weekend, Middle East experts say. Full Story

U.S. Handed Alleged al-Qaida Leader - Abu Zubaydah
Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 - 7:43 by TRC-News
Pakistani authorities have handed over to the United States a man thought to be the biggest catch yet in the war on terrorism: Abu Zubaydah, a senior al-Qaida leader believed to be leading an attempt to reconstitute the group in Afghanistan. Full Story

Muslims Split Over Suicide Bombers
Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 - 7:40 by TRC-News
Muslim countries were split over whether to condemn Palestinian suicide bombers as terrorists Monday at the start of a major international Islamic conference on terrorism. Full Story

Bin Laden's Uncle Dies at Age 75
Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 - 7:36 by TRC-News
Abdullah Awad bin Laden, patriarch of one of the wealthiest families in Saudi Arabia and uncle of terror suspect Osama bin Laden, has died at the age of 75. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&u=/ap/20020331/ap_on_re_mi_ea/obit_abdullah_bin_laden_2

High-Tech Firms Vie to Fight Terrorism
Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 - 7:33 by TRC-News
Tim Wright had an idea about how to help fight terrorism and he wanted to tell someone about it. So he called the Office of Homeland Security and asked for an appointment. Full Story

US Courts Face Terror Case Workload
Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 - 7:31 by TRC-News
The federal courthouse in Alexandria where "the American Taliban" and the alleged "20th hijacker" will be tried is known as the Rocket Docket for the speed with which it disposes of case. Full Story

TV Drama, Pentagon-Style: A Fictional Terror Tribunal
Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 - 7:29 by TRC-News
The scene is a makeshift courtroom aboard an aircraft carrier, where the third-ranking leader of the Qaeda terrorist network, a Saudi citizen in an orange jumpsuit, is on trial accused of plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

Antiterrorism Trainers in Philippines May Extend Their Stay on a Jungle Island
Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 - 7:21 by TRC-News
The American troops sent here with fanfare last month to train the Philippine military in counterterrorism and to help rescue two American hostages will most likely stay longer than the originally announced six months, American and Philippine officials said this week. Full Story

Unmanned U.S. Spy Plane Crashes in Philippines
Posted Monday, April 1, 2002 - 7:18 by TRC-News
An unmanned U.S. spy plane which has been used to help Philippine forces battle Muslim guerrillas linked to Osama bin Laden crashed into the sea while on a training mission on Sunday. Full Story

Sunday Suicide Blast in Israel Kills 12
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:50 by TRC-News
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded restaurant near a shopping mall in this northern port city Sunday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 40 in the fourth Palestinian attack in Israel in five days. Full Story

Angolan Army and Rebels Sign Cease-Fire
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:47 by TRC-News
Angola's armed forces and UNITA rebels signed a preliminary cease-fire agreement on Saturday intended to pave the way for an end to one of Africa's longest and bloodiest wars. Full Story

Uganda Army Says Flushes Rebels Out of Sudan Camps
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:46 by TRC-News
Uganda captured all four bases of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army in southern Sudan on the second day of an offensive to crush their 16-year-old insurgency, Uganda's defense minister said on Saturday. Full Story

Saturday - Explosion in Tel Aviv, Many Casualties
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:45 by TRC-News
A huge explosion, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, ripped through a busy restaurant in downtown Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, wounding over 20 people. Full Story

Pakistan Hands Over Al-Qaida Suspects
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:40 by TRC-News
Pakistan has handed over to U.S. authorities about 20 Arabs arrested last week in raids on suspected al-Qaida hideouts, a senior intelligence official said Sunday. Full Story

Only few al-Qaida fled to Pakistan, U.S. general says
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:38 by TRC-News
The commander of the military campaign in Afghanistan said yesterday that hundreds of al-Qaida terrorists were killed in Operation Anaconda earlier this month in the mountains near Gardez but that small numbers likely fled into Pakistan. Full Story

Bin Laden Brother Says Family Is Not to Blame
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:36 by TRC-News
Breaking the official family silence the bin Ladens have kept since Sept. 11, Abdullah bin Laden, one of Osama's 53 siblings, says the bin Ladens should not be blamed for the actions of their notorious relative. Full Story

Islamic Group Creates Defense Fund
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 12:33 by TRC-News
An Islamic advocacy group hopes to raise $1 million for a legal defense fund to help people alleging civil rights violations since the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

Al Qaeda, Taliban Leaders Elusive
Posted Saturday, March 30, 2002 - 12:36 by TRC-News
Nine senior al Qaeda members have been killed and three captured during the war in Afghanistan, leaving the whereabouts of an additional 15 on the Pentagon's list of most-wanted terrorist network leaders still unknown to U.S. military authorities, government officials said yesterday. Full Story

U.S. Agents Seize Terror Suspects in Pakistan Raid
Posted Saturday, March 30, 2002 - 12:33 by TRC-News
A team of American law enforcement and intelligence officials stormed several houses in Pakistan early Thursday and captured five Taliban fighters and 25 Arabs suspected of having links to Al Qaeda, senior Pakistani law enforcement officials said today. Full Story

Towers Withstood Impact, but Fell to Fire, Report Says
Posted Saturday, March 30, 2002 - 12:32 by TRC-News
Fireproofing, sprinkler systems and the water supply for hoses were all disabled in the twin towers on Sept. 11 in the face of a blaze so intense that it drove temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees and generated heat equivalent to the energy output of a nuclear power plant, a federal report on how the towers fell has concluded. Full Story

Hizbollah Says Israel Will Pay for Raid on Arafat
Posted Saturday, March 30, 2002 - 12:28 by TRC-News
Lebanon's Hizbollah group warned on Saturday that its fighters would not sit idle while Israel laid siege to Palestinian cities and forced its way into the headquarters of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. Full Story

Hezbollah, Israel Trade Strikes
Posted Saturday, March 30, 2002 - 12:27 by TRC-News
Hezbollah guerrillas fired rockets at Israeli posts in a disputed border region Saturday, prompting Israeli missile strikes in south Lebanon and raising worries of a new front heating up as Israel wages an assault against the Palestinians. Full Story

Al-Qaida Official May Be in Custody
Posted Saturday, March 30, 2002 - 12:25 by TRC-News
U.S. and Pakistani authorities are trying to determine whether an Arab arrested in raids here this week is a key lieutenant of Osama bin Laden, a senior police official said Saturday. Full Story

US Seeks Death Penalty for Moussaoui
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:45 by TRC-News
The Bush administration said Thursday it will seek to execute Zacarias Moussaoui in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks and appealed to European allies to keep cooperating with terrorism investigations despite their opposition to the death penalty. Full Story

Arabic Paper Claims bin Laden E-Mail
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:43 by TRC-News
A London-based Arabic newspaper said Wednesday it received an e-mail it claims might be from Osama bin Laden denouncing Saudi Arabia's Mideast peace plan. Full Story

FBI links charity, bin Laden ex-aide
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:39 by TRC-News
An FBI document filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday ties a Bridgeview-based charity to a convicted Al Qaeda terrorist who once was the personal assistant to Osama bin Laden. Full Story

Terror's Confounding Online Trail
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:31 by TRC-News
For all the sophisticated electronic tools the United States government has at its investigative disposal, tracking the activities of suspected terrorist groups online has proved to be not unlike the search for Osama bin Laden and his operatives on the ground. Full Story

In Disaster Exercise, Flaws -- and Progress
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:29 by TRC-News
A recent two-day anti-terrorism exercise found large and potentially serious gaps in the government's ability to remove debris, clear roads and preserve public sanitation in a large-scale attack on the nation's capital. Full Story

French National Charged Over Mid-Air Bomb Hoax
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:19 by TRC-News
A Virgin Atlantic flight attendant suspected of writing a false al Qaeda bomb threat was ordered held on $250,000 bail on Thursday after U.S. authorities charged him with claiming to have found the note on a transatlantic flight that was then diverted to Iceland. Full Story

April Trial Date Set in Pearl Case
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:17 by TRC-News
A court in Pakistan on Friday set an April trial date for four men accused in the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl — a case widely seen as a test of Pakistan's commitment to combat religious extremism. Full Story

Smallpox Vaccine Can Be Increased
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:15 by TRC-News
Doctors can safely dilute the nation's 15.4 million doses of smallpox vaccine to make up to 10 times more inoculations, according to new research that comes as the government attempts to buy still millions more doses discovered in a drug company's freezers. Full Story

Thailand to Host Sri Lanka Talks
Posted Friday, March 29, 2002 - 7:13 by TRC-News
Thailand will host landmark peace talks between Sri Lanka's government and separatist guerrillas who have fought an 18-year war on the Indian Ocean island, officials said Friday. Full Story

U.S. Warns of Easter Terror Threats in Italy
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:21 by TRC-News
Washington's embassy in Italy said in a statement the U.S. government had received "credible reports" that extremist groups were planning attacks in Venice, Florence, Milan or Verona. Full Story

Suicide Bombing Kills 20 Israelis
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:19 by TRC-News
Israel said Thursday it would exercise its right to self defense, but stopped short of formally abandoning U.S.-backed truce efforts following a Palestinian suicide bombing in a hotel banquet hall. It killed 20 diners and wounded more than 130 during a festive Passover Seder, the ritual meal ushering in the weeklong Jewish holiday. Full Story

3 Groups Added to U.S. Terror List
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:16 by TRC-News
Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday designated three Middle East groups as terrorist organizations, including the al-Aqsa brigades, a Palestinian militia linked to the Fatah faction of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Full Story

Spike in Depression, PTSD Found in Post-Sept. 11 Manhattan
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:13 by TRC-News
The Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center had a devastating psychological effect on Manhattan residents, a survey finds, and the worst may be yet to come -- not only in New York City but all across the nation. Full Story

Mess Hall for WTC Workers Closing
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:12 by TRC-News
A tent at the World Trade Center site where recovery workers eat meals and take showers will be removed and replaced with a hotel parking lot, an official said. Full Story

U.S. to Start Wireless Priority Access Trial in May
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:10 by TRC-News
A pilot program unveiled on Tuesday will allow national security and emergency personnel in Washington and New York to use mobile phones to speed calls through overloaded wireless and landline networks that blocked calls on Sept. 11. Full Story

Legal war on terror lacks weapons
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:08 by TRC-News
In the six months since Sept. 11, police across the United States and Europe have arrested nearly 1,400 people in connection with the attacks on New York and Washington. But they have charged only one of them in connection with the worst terrorist outrage in history. Full Story

Transit security soon to extend beyond planes
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:06 by TRC-News
Train, boat and bus passengers could soon be screened for weapons and have their bags searched for bombs just as airline passengers do, the nation's transportation-security czar said yesterday. Full Story

Cockpit Tape Offers Few Answers but Points to Heroic Efforts
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:05 by TRC-News
Families of passengers and crew members aboard United Flight 93, the hijacked plane that crashed outside Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, will hear nothing to resolve crucial questions about their loved ones' last minutes when they listen to the cockpit voice recorder next month, say officials who have heard the tape or read transcripts of it. Full Story

Man Charged With Perjury
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:04 by TRC-News
Federal authorities charged a Virginia man yesterday with lying to a grand jury after he and another man flew from New York to Israel carrying a letter that an F.B.I. agent described as a terrorist's farewell. Full Story

US officials admit bin Laden's trail has gone cold
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 7:01 by TRC-News
US military officials said yesterday that the hunt for Osama bin Laden remains a key objective of US and coalition forces in Afghanistan, but they acknowledged that the trail has run cold, despite newly reported sightings by local Afghans. Full Story

Pakistan Says Bin Laden Not in the Country
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 6:57 by TRC-News
Pakistan's government said on Wednesday it was confident that fugitives Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar were not in the country, and it would not allow U.S. troops to look for them there. Full Story

Gen. Franks Expects Long Terrorism War
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 6:56 by TRC-News
Back in his Texas hometown for the first time since commanding U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Tommy Franks on Wednesday said the country's declared war on terrorism could last longer than his own life. Full Story

Report: Forgotten Doses of Smallpox Vaccine Found
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 6:53 by TRC-News
A French pharmaceutical company has discovered as many as 90 million long-forgotten doses of smallpox vaccine in its freezers, in a find that ensures the United States an adequate supply in the event of a bioterrorist attack, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Full Story

Judge Orders Details Released on Sept.11 Detainees
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 7:24 by TRC-News
In a setback for the government, a superior court judge ruled on Tuesday information on people held in two New Jersey jails after the Sept. 11 attacks must be disclosed, including their names and the reasons why they were detained. Full Story

Pakistan Issues Sketch of Church Attack Suspect
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 7:23 by TRC-News
Pakistani police released a sketch Wednesday of a clean shaven young man with curly hair they suspect lobbed grenades into an Islamabad church during a service killing five people, including two Americans. Full Story

Bin Laden reported near Pakistan
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 7:16 by TRC-News
A senior Afghan intelligence official said Monday that he is confident Osama bin Laden is hiding in a southeastern Afghanistan frontier area along the border with Pakistan. Full Story

Pakistani Plotted to Bomb Florida Power Plants, Officials Say
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 7:09 by TRC-News
Federal immigration officials have arrested and are seeking to deport a young Pakistani immigrant who they say plotted last spring to blow up power plants and other sites in South Florida, law enforcement officials said today. Full Story

Workers to Clear Asbestos Near WTC
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 7:06 by TRC-News
Dozens of contract workers in protective suits will spend about two months in lower Manhattan cleaning potentially hazardous World Trade Center debris from surrounding buildings, officials said Tuesday. Full Story

More fake passports may be in terrorists' hands
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 7:04 by TRC-News
A fraud artist may have left an unknown number of illegal Canadian passports in the hands of Osama bin Laden's network before being deported. Full Story

Fire Dept. Has Pinpointed 700 New Human Remains
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 7:02 by TRC-News
More bodies were removed from ground zero yesterday as the gruesome recovery efforts continued in some of the final areas of the World Trade Center ruins to be searched. The effort to find remains has proven especially productive in the last three weeks, as Fire Department searchers mapped more than 700 new discoveries. Full Story

Nuclear Plants Said to Face Big Attack Risk
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 6:59 by TRC-News
The nation's 103 nuclear power reactors are vulnerable to a potentially catastrophic terrorist attack but have taken few safety countermeasures since Sept. 11, even though they have been targeted by Al Qaeda, a congressman alleged in a report released Monday. Full Story

Ridge Offers Compromise to Congress
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 6:56 by TRC-News
Under bipartisan fire from Congress, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge offered Monday to compromise in his refusal to testify to lawmakers about the White House's counter-terrorism budget. Full Story

Judge eases US limits on Reid
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 6:55 by TRC-News
A federal judge yesterday quashed the Justice Department's attempt to place extraordinary restrictions on suspected terrorist Richard C. Reid, including preventing him from meeting in person with expert witnesses for the defense, psychiatrists, and investigators. Full Story

Mass. antiterror team takes shape
Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 6:53 by TRC-News
Pepperell doesn't have a supermarket or a traffic light, much less many potential terrorist targets like nuclear plants or military installations or transportation infrastructure - unless you count the wood-covered bridge over the Nashua River at Jo Blood's crossing. Full Story

NIPC split causes concern
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9:15 by TRC-News
The National Infrastructure Protection Center's future may be in doubt within the FBI, but Director Robert Mueller last week assured Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that he would discuss any plans with the senator before making a final decision on whether to dismantle the center. Full Story

Hackers attack US Air Force Base
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9:13 by TRC-News
Hackers operating outside the US tried unsuccessfully to enter the computer network at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, officials say. Full Story

Homeland security cuts upset sheriffs
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9:09 by TRC-News
Instead of increasing a popular program to put more police on the streets, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge has told a group of sheriffs that it will be cut, forcing small Oklahoma towns to fight terrorism with fewer law enforcement resources. Full Story

Ridge Offers Compromise to Congress
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9:07 by TRC-News
Under bipartisan fire from Congress, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge offered Monday to compromise in his refusal to testify to lawmakers about the White House's counter-terrorism budget. Full Story

Interviews Begin in Moussaoui Case
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9:05 by TRC-News
The daughter of one of the Sept. 11 victims told prosecutors Monday she isn't sure she supports the death penalty in the case of an accused conspirator — because that might be what he wants. Full Story

FBI raids pro-Republicans
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9:03 by TRC-News
The target of an anti-terrorist raid in the United States last week provided funds for an Islamic group with close ties to the Republican party and the White House. Full Story

Pakistan announces crackdown on agents of terror
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9:02 by TRC-News
Pakistan has moved to allay Western fears about terrorist attacks by promising new measures to crack down on Islamic militants in the country. Full Story

Terrorism Fears Push Md. Toward Wider Police Power
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9:00 by TRC-News
Maryland's House of Delegates is preparing to pass anti-terrorism legislation today that would dramatically expand the ability of police to tap phones and eavesdrop on the e-mail and Internet activity of suspected criminals -- part of a deluge of terror-busting measures under consideration in nearly every state capital. Full Story

In the heartland, a call to mobilize
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 8:58 by TRC-News
For years, one of Montrose Police Chief Gary Mecham's biggest concerns was making sure that residents here locked their doors before they went away on vacation. Full Story

U.S. Embassy in Bosnia Reopens
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 8:56 by TRC-News
The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo reopened Monday after shutting down for four days amid fears that al-Qaida terrorists were planning a major attack on Americans in Bosnia. Full Story

Tests show no screening improvements post-Sept. 11
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 8:54 by TRC-News
In the months after Sept. 11, airport screeners confiscated record numbers of nail clippers and scissors. But nearly half the time, they failed to stop the guns, knives or simulated explosives carried past checkpoints by undercover investigators with the Transportation Department's inspector general. Full Story

Lawmaker Faults Nuclear Facility Security Policies
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 8:53 by TRC-News
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not know how many foreign nationals are employed at nuclear reactors and does not require adequate background checks of employees that would determine whether a worker was a member of a terrorist organization, according to a report released today. Full Story

White House calls for Web site review
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 8:50 by TRC-News
The White House has ordered all federal offices to review the content of their Web sites for sensitive materials in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the move is raising questions about whether the Bush administration is simply using the attacks to justify a policy that began well before September. Full Story

FBI to Let Relatives Hear Sept. 11 Flight Tape
Posted Monday, March 25, 2002 - 14:32 by TRC-News
The FBI will permit family members of passengers who died on United Airlines flight 93 to listen to the cockpit recording of the hijacked jet's final minutes before it crashed in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Full Story

U.S. Says al-Qaida, Taliban Regroup
Posted Monday, March 25, 2002 - 14:30 by TRC-News
Taliban and al-Qaida fighters are regrouping in Afghanistan after the recent end of the biggest ground offensive of the war, and are expected to try to mount attacks against U.S. troops there, Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday. Full Story

Troops Find Suspected Biowarfare Lab in Afghanistan
Posted Monday, March 25, 2002 - 14:12 by TRC-News
U.S. troops have found a laboratory under construction in southern Afghanistan where al Qaeda guerrillas apparently planned to produce biological weapons, the United States said on Saturday. Full Story

Lockerbie MP demands inquiry
Posted Monday, March 25, 2002 - 14:10 by TRC-News
A Scottish MP has vowed to push for a government-backed inquiry into the Lockerbie bombing when he meets Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Full Story

Bush vows to help Peru in fight against terrorism
Posted Monday, March 25, 2002 - 14:06 by TRC-News
President Bush, visiting Peru three days after a deadly car bombing near the US Embassy here, vowed yesterday that the United States would help the country battle terrorism. Full Story

Hijacker's lesion deepens mystery
Posted Monday, March 25, 2002 - 13:53 by TRC-News
A top federal bioterrorism official said yesterday that he found "awfully suspicious" the fact that a Sept. 11 hijacker sought treatment for a lesion resembling cutaneous anthrax. Full Story

Dormant terror groups awaken
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:48 by TRC-News
Two terror attacks on two continents this week, attributed to groups the authorities thought they had beaten long ago, suggest just how hard it is to win a war against terrorism. Full Story

Indictment - U.S. vs. Moussaoui
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:45 by TRC-News
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How evidence stacks up on military tribunals
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:37 by TRC-News
When President Bush authorized the creation of military tribunals for suspected terrorists last November, he insisted they would provide "full and fair" trials. Exactly how full and how fair is now coming into sharper focus. And as new details are disclosed, they're only adding more fuel to an already fiery debate over the propriety of the United States seeking to carve out a special, ad hoc brand of justice for those accused of terrorism. Full Story

Congress, White House Fight Over Ridge Status
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:33 by TRC-News
The dispute between Congress and the White House over whether Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge will testify before lawmakers has mushroomed into a constitutional struggle with stakes far greater than the relatively small value of a single official's words. Full Story

Terror raid warrant names Al-Arian
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:30 by TRC-News
Federal agents on Wednesday raided 14 homes and offices around northern Virginia for information about terrorist financial networks, an operation aimed in part at Sami Al-Arian. Full Story

U.S. Adds Al-Aqsa Brigades to 'Terrorist' List
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:27 by TRC-News
Secretary of State Colin Powell has decided to designate the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Jerusalem on Thursday, as a "foreign terrorist organization," State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said on Thursday. Full Story

Bush sets rules for terror trials
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:24 by TRC-News
The Bush administration plan for trying suspected foreign terrorists before special military courts gives some ground to critics who feared the tribunals would run roughshod over due-process rights, but it retains some tough features that will make it easier for prosecutors to win convictions. Full Story

Ashcroft: U.S. to interview 3,000 more Arab nationals
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:19 by TRC-News
Over the objections of Arab-American groups and civil libertarians, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft announced Wednesday that investigators plan to interview 3,000 more young Arab men, following a similar set of 5,000 requested interviews that began in November. Full Story

U.S. Moves Toward Death Penalty in Moussaoui Case
Posted Friday, March 22, 2002 - 7:03 by TRC-News
Federal prosecutors are paving the way toward seeking the death penalty against Zacarias Moussaoui, the first person indicted in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, if the French citizen is convicted of conspiring to kill thousands of people. U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty and lead prosecutor David Novak spelled out the government's intention in a March 7 letter to victims' families inviting their participation in the prosecution.
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U.S. Concludes Al Qaeda Lacked a Chemical or Biological Stockpile
Posted Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 10:09 by TRC-News
After months of searching the bomb-ravaged wreckage of terrorist training camps and other sites in Afghanistan, investigators have concluded that while Al Qaeda researched chemical and biological weapons there is no indication that it acquired or produced them, government officials say. Full Story

Red Brigades Justify Execution
Posted Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 8:11 by TRC-News
A group claiming to be an offshoot of the Red Brigades guerrilla movement in Italy has posted a 26-page document on the Internet explaining why it "executed" a top government adviser. Marco Biagi, 52, was shot dead on Tuesday in Bologna with the same pistol used to kill another government aide in 1999, the interior minister said. Full Story

Israelis, Palestinians pledge to continue talks
Posted Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 7:24 by TRC-News
A joint security meeting with Israelis and Palestinians ended early Thursday without a cease-fire agreement because of "gaps and differences" on both sides, a senior Israeli defense ministry official said. The official, however, said the two sides agreed to another security meeting and will continue negotiating in the coming days. The official would not elaborate on what the main stumbling blocks were. FullStory

Car bomb outside U.S. Embassy in Peru kills 9
Posted Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 7:23 by TRC-News
Only days ahead of a visit to Peru by U.S. President Bush, a car bomb exploded late Wednesday in a shopping center parking lot near the U.S. Embassy in Lima, killing at least nine people -- including two embassy security guards -- and injuring at least 25 others, according to government and law enforcement officials. Peruvian Vice President Raul Diez Canseco said the government condemns and rejects criminals acts of terrorism and will make every effort to find those responsible for the bombing. Full Story

Indonesia: A haven for al Qaeda?
Posted Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 7:23 by TRC-News
A surveillance videotape found in what the U.S. military calls an al Qaeda safehouse in Afghanistan shows, what authorities say, the reach of a Singapore terrorist cell. The group is called Jemaah Islamiya, or JI, and Singapore officials arrested key members last December at about the same time U.S. officials released the videotape. Full Story

Planned INS student probes blocked
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:20 by TRC-News
Two years ago, the Immigration and Naturalization Service was moving forward on an ambitious plan to beef up its checks of foreign nationals seeking permission to study in the United States, an effort designed to thwart terrorists from manipulating the loosely controlled student visa system. Full Story

Terror’s Cash Flow
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:18 by TRC-News
In neo-Nazi circles, 74-year-old Albert Huber is something of a celebrity. The retired Swiss journalist gives talks to far-right groups around the world, condemning Zionists and arguing that the Holocaust was exaggerated. Over the past two decades he made regular trips to the United States, lecturing at Aryan youth and Nation of Islam meetings. Huber’s rants are especially popular among radical Muslims. Born a Christian, the blue-eyed, silver-haired Huber converted to Islam in the 1960s. He now calls himself Ahmad, and preaches that neo-Nazis and Muslims should join ranks to defeat Israel. “The United States is now controlled by a small Jewish faction,” he says. “We are making a link between Islamic movements and the New Right in Europe.” The late Iranian dictator Ayatollah Khomeini was so impressed with his theories that Huber was once invited to sit at his feet at a gathering in Tehran. More recently, Huber says he has been approached at Islamic conferences by people introduced as representatives of Osama bin Laden. Full Story

Terror Suspects Linked to Golkar and PAN
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:15 by TRC-News
Two of the three Indonesians arrested in the Philippines last week have claimed links with leading political parties, police sources said yesterday. One of them has also admitted to being a key lieutenant of Muslim cleric and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader Abu Bakar Bashir. Full Story

The jihad files: Qaeda life in Afghanistan
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:13 by TRC-News
On Aug. 17, 1995, Amir Maawia Siddiqi, the son of a bookshop owner in a small village in Pakistan, set down his oath of allegiance. "I, Amir Maawia Siddiqi, son of Abdul Rahman Siddiqi, state in the presence of God that I will slaughter infidels my entire life," he wrote. "And with the will of God I will do these killings in the supervision and guidance with Harkat ul Ansar." Full Story

Makings of a 'Dirty Bomb'
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:12 by TRC-News
Six months ago, they were mere Cold War trash: hundreds of small radioactive power generators scattered across the Soviet Union decades ago and largely forgotten, except when the odd lumberjack turned up with severe radiation burns. But in the aftermath of Sept. 11, these aging but potentially lethal devices are being viewed in a troubling new light: as possible components in a weapon to be used in a terrorist strike. Even more troubling, some of them have vanished. Full Story

Worshippers Dead in Pakistan Attack
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:11 by TRC-News
A grenade attack on a Protestant church packed with Sunday worshippers killed five people — including an American woman and her daughter — in an assault clearly aimed at Pakistan's foreign community. Full Story

Afghan 'Operation Anaconda' Draws to Close
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:11 by TRC-News
U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks, in overall charge of coalition forces in Afghanistan, said Monday that "Operation Anaconda" was drawing to a close. Full Story

FBI Alerts Allies on Al Qaeda's Nuclear Plans
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:10 by TRC-News
The United States has alerted its allies to watch out for attempts by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network to produce weapons of mass destruction, FBI chief Robert Mueller said Monday. Mueller, in Manila, raised the concern in talks with Philippine officials before flying back to the United States at the end of a tour of Southeast Asia. He has said the region is a potential sanctuary for members of al Qaeda, prime suspects in the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Full Story

Israel, Palestinians Meet with Zinni on Pullout
Posted Monday, March 18, 2002 - 9:09 by TRC-News
U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni brought top Israeli and Palestinian security officials together Monday for talks on an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian- ruled areas and a cease-fire. Full Story

U.S. Will Take Action Against Iraq, Bush Says
Posted Thursday, March 14, 2002 - 22:20 by TRC-News
President Bush declared yesterday that "all options are on the table" -- including nuclear weapons -- to confront states that threaten to use weapons of mass destruction, as he issued his strongest warning to date that his administration plans to take on Iraq's Saddam Hussein. "He is a problem, and we're going to deal with him," Bush said of the Iraqi leader. The president used his first full-scale news conference in five months to make clear that America's deterrence strategy would extend to states such as Iraq, Iran and North Korea to discourage them from using chemical or biological weapons against the United States or its allies. Full Story

DOD aids first responder system
Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 0:48 by TRC-News
As part of an annual program supporting advanced technology projects, the Defense Department is funding development of a system to improve communications among state and local public safety agencies and DOD personnel. Full Story

CIA says risk of nuclear attack greater than ever
Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 0:46 by TRC-News
The chance that a missile with a nuclear, chemical, or biological warhead will be used against US forces or interests is greater today than during most of the Cold War, a senior US intelligence official said yesterday. Robert Walpole of the CIA told a Senate panel that analysts believe the threat from Iran's nuclear program has grown over the past two years. He said Iran and North Korea have developed enough expertise to share missile technology with other countries. Full Story

Probe Spawns Unparalleled Intelligence-Sharing
Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 0:46 by TRC-News
For a glimpse into the new world of U.S. intelligence gathering since Sept. 11, consider the meandering path of a simple telephone number. Retrieved from the rubble of Afghanistan -- whether from an address book, a computer hard drive or a scribbled note -- this hypothetical telephone number is first reviewed by Defense Intelligence Agency analysts at Bagram air base, north of Kabul. Full Story

Ridge Against the Machine
Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 0:44 by TRC-News
If you give them the Kentucky Derby, then they’ll want Pimlico and the Preakness, the whole Triple Crown,” Tom Ridge says. “Where do we stop?”Full Story

Massive Israeli Force Enters Ramallah
Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 0:43 by TRC-News
Israel again expanded the scope of its offensive against Palestinian towns and refugee camps today, sending thousands of troops and more than 150 tanks and armored vehicles into the West Bank city of Ramallah and an adjacent camp. The assault, coming on the heels of a similar attack overnight in the Gaza Strip, touched off day-long gun battles, deepening the sense of open-ended conflict here 48 hours before the scheduled return of a U.S. peace envoy. Full Story

National Alert System Defines Five Shades of Terrorist Threat
Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 0:42 by TRC-News
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge yesterday unveiled a new system to alert government, law enforcement and the public to the risk of terrorist attacks, even as he acknowledged that it could be many years before the country is secure enough to enjoy the lowest warning level. The five-level, color-coded system was crafted to reduce the confusion caused by a series of vaguely worded alerts issued by the federal government since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Many officials said the alerts did little more than alarm the public. Full Story

Terrorist Pilots' Student Visas Arrive
Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 0:41 by TRC-News
Exactly six months after terrorists Mohamed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi flew two jetliners into the World Trade Center, the Florida flight school that trained the men received paperwork showing that their student visas had been approved. The two suicide hijackers had applied for the visas through their flight school, Huffman Aviation International, in August 2000. But because of backlogs and an antiquated processing system at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, notification of the approval did not arrive at the Venice, Fla., flight school until Monday. Full Story

New alert system would target areas
Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 - 8:35 by TRC-News
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge is preparing to unveil a new terrorism alert system that would give state and local governments and the public more precise information when the government issues warnings of potential attacks, officials said yesterday. Full Story

Oklahoma victims seek payout
Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 - 8:34 by TRC-News
A group of Oklahoma City bombing survivors and relatives of those killed launched a petition on Saturday asking Congress to give them the same multibillion dollar financial aid as those harmed in the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. Full Story

Suspects sent to third countries
Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 - 8:33 by TRC-News
Arriving here from Pakistan in mid-November, Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni told acquaintances that he had come to Indonesia to disburse an inheritance to his late father�s second wife. But instead of writing a check and leaving, he settled into a small boarding house in a crowded, lower-middle-class neighborhood, where he visited the local mosque and spent hours on end watching television at a friend�s house. Full Story

Testing Aiport Security
Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 - 8:31 by TRC-News
Whether it�s an overlooked gun or an unplugged metal detector, security breaches at U.S. airports still make daily headlines, reflecting the fact that improved airline security is a work in progress six months after Sept. 11. To get a sense of how security at America�s busiest airports measures up next to more vigilant international ones, MSNBC.com visited five key airports in five days. Traveling with a carry-on filled with perfectly legal items that experts told us should at least draw attention, we found out that when it comes to security, inconsistencies still abound. Full Story

FBI fails to expose al-Qaeda networks
Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 - 8:28 by TRC-News
Thousands of FBI agents have rounded up more than 1,300 suspects across America since September 11, but they have failed to find a single al-Qaeda cell operating in the United States. Tom Ridge, the Director of Homeland Security, admitted yesterday that he suspected that there were active cells in the US, but he could not explain why none had been caught. �I think we should assume and we should operate under the notion that some still are in the United States,� he said. Security authorities in more than 60 countries have arrested suspects linked to Osama bin Laden, but none of the hundreds detained has yet been found to have any links with terrorism. Full Story

New York Plans Emotional 6-Month Sept. 11 Memorial
Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 - 8:24 by TRC-News
An emotional commemoration of the six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center will be observed in New York City on Monday as two memorials to the roughly 3,000 victims will be unveiled in ceremonies near "Ground Zero." Full Story

Cheney, Blair to Discuss War on Terrorism
Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 - 8:24 by TRC-News
Vice President Dick Cheney will discuss the U.S. war on terrorism on Monday with Washington's "strongest ally," British Prime Minister Tony Blair, six months to the day since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Full Story

Powell: U.S. Secret Nuke Targets Were Routine Planning
Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 - 8:23 by TRC-News
ecretary of State Colin Powell said on Sunday a classified Pentagon report reviewing U.S. nuclear options was simply "sound, military, conceptual planning" and not a precursor to any imminent U.S. action. Full Story

Israel Blasts Arafat HQ as Suicide Bomb Kills 11
Posted Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 12:59 by TRC-News
Israel retaliated Sunday for a Palestinian suicide bombing that killed 11 Israelis in a Jerusalem cafe by destroying the Gaza headquarters that Yasser Arafat used as a showcase for Palestinian sovereignty. Full Story

Buffett to limit insurance against terrorism
Posted Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 12:56 by TRC-News
Warren Buffett, the veteran investor, vowed on Saturday to limit insurance policies against terrorist attacks after his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, after suffered heavy losses because of September 11. In his annual letter to shareholders, Mr Buffett admitted that General Re, Berkshire's reinsurance subsidiary, had not charged enough in past years to insure against the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Full Story

Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable
Posted Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 12:49 by TRC-News
The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the "axis of evil"--Iraq, Iran, and North Korea--but also China, Libya and Syria. Full Story

Array of unknowns still troubling U.S.
Posted Friday, March 8, 2002 - 9:57 by TRC-News
Early last summer, FBI analysts who monitor anti-American terrorist groups became nervous about what they were hearing: nothing. Full Story

Watching the Homeland
Posted Friday, March 8, 2002 - 9:55 by TRC-News
Patricia Holliday is downright disgusted with the drugs, and last week she began organizing her Annapolis Gardens neighbors to go after the dealers -- and the bullets and mayhem they bring -- with a new Neighborhood Watch program. This week, she and her neighbors were handed another target: international terrorists. Full Story

Some See Panic as Main Effect of Dirty Bombs
Posted Friday, March 8, 2002 - 9:54 by TRC-News
Radioactive materials in wide use in the United States could be turned into weapons of terror that would probably kill few people but would spread panic and produce severe economic damage, scientists told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. Full Story

Moment of impact at Pentagon
Posted Friday, March 8, 2002 - 9:52 by TRC-News
Never-before-seen photos obtained by NBC News show American Airlines Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon on Sept. 11. NBC�s Jim Miklaszewski explains that the sequence of five photos, taken from a Department of Defense security camera, shows the Boeing 757 hitting the ground an instant before it plows into the building and explodes in a deadly fireball. The crash left 189 people dead, including 59 victims and five hijackers who were aboard the aircraft. Full Story

How Sept. 11 changed America
Posted Friday, March 8, 2002 - 9:51 by TRC-News
Throughout the country, offices, schools, transportation systems and public places such as stadiums have tightened security. I.D. badges on chains are now a standard part of many people�s workday wardrobe. Air travelers expect to be scanned from head to toe. Full Story

Deadliest day in Mideast uprising
Posted Friday, March 8, 2002 - 9:50 by TRC-News
A year and a half into the current Palestinian uprising, the Mideast conflict saw its deadliest day Friday as Israeli troops killed 32 Palestinians in raids of villages and refugee camps. News of the impending return of President Bush�s chief envoy to the region did little to dampen violence, which included a deadly Palestinian attack on five Israeli teen-agers and an Israeli assault that killed two children and a Palestinian general. Full Story

ETA Youth Supporters Arrested
Posted Friday, March 8, 2002 - 9:49 by TRC-News
Eleven people were arrested on charges of belonging to a youth organisation that supports the armed Basque separatist group ETA, a government spokesman told CNN. The members, belonging to the group Segi, were arrested at various locations across Spain. Full Story

Palestinians, Israelis Killed In New Violence
Posted Friday, March 8, 2002 - 9:48 by TRC-News
Israeli troops raided towns in the West Bank and Gaza Strip early Friday, killing 26 Palestinians, including a general. A few miles from one of the battles, a Palestinian gunman attacked dormitories and a Bible study hall in a Jewish settlement in Gaza, killing five Israeli teenagers. Despite the fighting, the bloodiest in 17 months of conflict, President Bush announced unexpectedly Thursday that he was sending an envoy back to the region to try to negotiate a cease-fire. Full Story

'First responders' to terrorism seek federal strategy, equipment
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 21:32 by TRC-News
A national training standard should be established and maintained by the federal government for first responders who are poorly prepared and equipped to recognize or respond to a weapon of mass destruction attack, emergency officials told a congressional subcommittee yesterday. The United States should also ensure that first responders possess equipment that is lightweight, mobile and easy to use, federal, state and local officials told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Procurement. Full Story

Neighborhood Watch enlisted in war
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 8:58 by TRC-News
In a striking example of how much has changed since Sept. 11, National Neighborhood Watch, the folksy community program that has helped nab burglars and muggers for 30 years, will be expanded to help detect and deter suspected international terrorists. Full Story

ETA Violence Prompts Security Review
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 8:56 by TRC-News
Basque security chiefs in northern Spain are meeting in the regional capital, Vitoria, to review the current security arrangements for local politicians amid a continuing threat of attack by the Basque separatist group, ETA. The Spanish Government has recommended that people in public life in the Basque region are escorted everywhere by bodyguards, but this has not stopped the shootings and bomb attacks which are a regular feature of political life in Spain. The Basque Government has also invited representatives of all political parties and the interior ministry to the meeting in Vitoria. Full Story

US Considers Boosting Aid for Colombia
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 8:55 by TRC-News
The United States Congress has approved a proposal which could expand US military involvement in Colombia. It follows concerns over an intensification of fighting between the Colombian Government and the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) following the collapse of peace talks. Colombia is one of the main recipients of US aid, but under current law it can only be used to tackle drug-traffickers, not against the left-wing rebels who the Americans consider to be terrorists. Full Story

Colombian Rebels Step Up Violence
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 8:54 by TRC-News
Leftist rebels blockaded roads and seized several motorists as hostages, stepping up actions following the collapse of peace talks, authorities said Wednesday. Violence around the South American nations surged after President Andres Pastrana broke off talks and ordered a military offensive against the rebels. The president was retaliating for the hijacking of an airliner and the kidnapping of a senator on Feb. 20. The Catholic Church decried the upsurge in recent violence. "We see our country as morally sick," Monsignor Alberto Giraldo, president of the church's governing Episcopal Conference, told a gathering of bishops. Full Story

Israel Steps Up Offensive, Arafat Defiant
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 8:53 by TRC-News
Israeli troops backed by tanks and aircraft fought their way into two Palestinian refugee camps on Thursday, defying U.S. pressure to end an offensive that has increased fears of all-out war. Full Story

U.S. Deports Israelis Amid Warnings of Espionage Activities
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:29 by TRC-News
Authorities have arrested and deported dozens of young Israelis since early last year who represented themselves as art students in efforts to gain access to sensitive federal office buildings and the homes of government employees, U.S. officials said. A draft report from the Drug Enforcement Administration - which first characterized the activities as suspicious - said the youths' actions "may well be an organized intelligence-gathering activity." Full Story

Powell condemns 'war on Palestinians'
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:27 by TRC-News
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has strongly criticised Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, as Israel launched more attacks against Palestinian targets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Full Story

White House says counterterrorism tactics aiding drug war
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:25 by TRC-News
Bush administration officials have concluded that the same walls erected to keep terrorists out of the country and off commercial airplanes could also stem the steady flow of illegal drugs into the United States. Full Story

Philippine Mayor Seeks Hostage Swap
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:20 by TRC-News
A southern Philippine mayor said Wednesday that his followers seized eight relatives of Muslim extremist rebels in a bid to force them to swap an American couple and a Filipino nurse they hold hostage. Full Story

Jewish Group Claims Sur Bahir School Bombing
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:19 by TRC-News
Jerusalem police are trying to determine who placed the medium-sized bomb that went off in the courtyard of a high school in the southeastern Jerusalem village of Sur Bahir yesterday morning, lightly wounding seven students and a teacher. A heretofore unknown Jewish group calling itself "The Avengers of the Oppressed" took responsibility in pager messages to several police reporters around the time of the explosion. However, the murky claim could not be independently confirmed, and police stressed they were looking into "all angles." Full Story

Israeli Troops Storm Into Gaza
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:18 by TRC-News
At least seven Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers have been killed amid an intensified Israeli military offensive in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli forces carried out one of the most extensive assaults on Gaza since the current intifada began, after a rocket fired by Palestinians hit an Israeli town for the first time on Tuesday night. The upsurge in violence came after Israel's security cabinet decided on "increased security operations" in response to a wave of Palestinians attacks which killed more than 20 Israelis in the past few days. Full Story

Thirty-Two Killed as Gunbattles Rage in India's Disputed Kashmir
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:17 by TRC-News
At least 32 people, including 22 suspected Islamic guerrillas, were killed in clashes as separatist violence gathered momentum in India's troubled Kashmir state, a police spokesman said. Three people were killed Tuesday as Muslim separatists holed-up in civilian homes exchanged heavy gunfire with Indian troops in northern Kashmir, the spokesman said. Full Story

U.S. to assess Cuba as terror sponsor
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:13 by TRC-News
The White House is launching a review of its policy toward Cuba which will assess the communist country�s threat to U.S. interests, and examine the possibility of seeking an indictment against President Fidel Castro for the 1996 shootdown of two Miami-based private planes, U.S. officials said. The evaluation may well lead to a tougher stance toward the island nation. Full Story

How al-Qaida keeps in touch
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:11 by TRC-News
Despite its losses on the battlefield, Osama bin Laden�s al-Qaida is still attempting to communicate, and U.S. officials say they have indications that the group is using most, if not all, of their original high-tech means to do so. Ironically, al-Qaida has taken advantage of Internet and security technology developed by American companies. Here�s a glimpse into the system. Full Story

U.S. commander: Enemy forces 'taking a beating'
Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 - 0:08 by TRC-News
Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in the eastern Afghanistan mountains are "taking a beating" at the hands of U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces, U.S. operation commander Maj. Gen. Frank Hagenbeck said Wednesday in Afghanistan. But U.S. officials in Washington cautioned that they have indications that al Qaeda and Taliban fighters were regrouping across the border in Pakistan. Full Story

CIA details found on Google
Posted Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - 23:59 by TRC-News
Security experts demonstrated today just how effectively determined attackers can use freely and openly available information on the internet to gather intelligence about a target organisation. Security firm Matta this week released a white paper on internet-based counter intelligence using the CIA as the target. According to the firm, the results were "surprising". Full Story

Intercepted Al Qaeda E-Mail Is Said to Hint at Regrouping
Posted Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - 23:57 by TRC-News
Newly detected Internet traffic among Al Qaeda followers, including intercepted e-mail messages, indicates that elements of the terror network may be trying to regroup in remote sanctuaries in Pakistan near the Afghan border, government officials say.United States officials said they had discovered the existence of new Web sites and Internet communications that appeared to be part of a concerted Al Qaeda effort to reconstitute the group and re-establish communications after the war in Afghanistan. Senior counterterrorism officials said that Al Qaeda's effort to rebuild itself outside Afghanistan appeared to rely heavily on the Internet for communications among highly mobile operatives, who often check their messages in public Internet cafes around the world, making them difficult to track. Full Story

Report: Mineta opposes pilots� guns
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:48 by TRC-News
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta opposes pilots� demands for firearms to defend the cockpit against hijackers but would support stun guns that use an electric current to temporarily incapacitate an attacker, Saturday�s Los Angeles Times reports. Full Story

Canada called easy prey for terrorists
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:48 by TRC-News
A Canadian Senate report released on Friday said poor security in the country�s ports makes them easy targets for terrorists trying to travel or transport illicit materials, in part because the ports are infested by organized crime. One concern is that terrorists will use the port environment to stage an attack on the United States, which shares a long and mostly unguarded border with Canada. Full Story

Airports screened 9 of hijackers
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:47 by TRC-News
Nine of the hijackers who commandeered jetliners on Sept. 11 were selected for special security screenings that morning, including two who were singled out because of irregularities in their identification documents, U.S. officials said this week. Full Story

Cyanide pops up again in Italy probe
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:46 by TRC-News
Police in Italy are investigating whether six men arrested last week, including some alleged members of Osama bin Laden�s al-Qaida network, were plotting a bio-terrorist attack involving cyanide, judicial sources said on Sunday. The arrests apparently foiled the second such threat in less than a month. Full Story

U.S. embassies remain vulnerable
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:45 by TRC-News
Despite miles of new concrete barriers, towering walls, bomb-residue tests, metal detectors, gas masks and tight restrictions on diplomats� travel, a recent tunnel found near the U.S. Embassy in Rome makes clear that America�s overseas missions remain strikingly vulnerable. Full Story

U.S. sets stage for role in Yemen
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:45 by TRC-News
Afghanistan, the Philippines, Georgia and now Yemen � the latest front in the U.S. war on terrorism will be the mostly desert nation on the Arabian Peninsula. On Friday, the Yemeni government confirmed reports that U.S. forces will train and advise the army in what would become the fourth stage in the U.S. campaign. The Pentagon believes the government needs help to track down suspected al-Qaida terrorists hiding out in the remote northern reaches of the country. Full Story

U.S. using sensors for nuclear threats
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:44 by TRC-News
Alarmed by growing hints of al Qaeda�s progress toward obtaining a nuclear or radiological weapon, the Bush administration has deployed hundreds of sophisticated sensors since November to U.S. borders, overseas facilities and choke points around Washington. It has placed the Delta Force, the nation�s elite commando unit, on a new standby alert to seize control of nuclear materials that the sensors may detect. Full Story

FBI investigating possible bomb during Olympics
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:43 by TRC-News
The FBI is investigating the possibility that a power outage on the last day of the Winter Olympics was caused by a bomb, The Associated Press has learned. Electricity was cut to 33,000 customers � including the airport and the main media center downtown � for up to two hours Sunday morning when a circuit breaker exploded at a substation. Investigators later found that a security fence had been cut. A law enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity said railroad spikes found at the scene had caused clear indentations in metal near the site of the explosion. The source said those marks were one of the factors that led investigators to consider the possibility of a bomb. Full Story

Palestinian Sniper Kills 10 Israelis
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:41 by TRC-News
A Palestinian sniper opened fire on Israeli soldiers and civilian cars at an army checkpoint in the West Bank, killing 10 people, officials said. Israel responded with a series of strikes against Palestinian security installations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that killed at least four policemen. Full Story

Bloody Indian State Mainly Calm; Toll Nears 500
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:40 by TRC-News
Indian troops and police appeared to have brought most of Gujarat state under control Sunday after hundreds people died in the nation's worst Hindu-Muslim bloodshed in a decade. Full Story

Israel Pledges to 'Put the Brakes on Terror'
Posted Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 20:39 by TRC-News
Pledging to "put the brakes on terror," Israel said it would exert constant military pressure on the Palestinian Authority and militant groups after a rash of deadly attacks that stunned the country. Full Story

Israeli Assault on W.Bank Camps Dims Peace Hopes
Posted Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 21:01 by TRC-News
The Israeli army kept up its unprecedented assault on two Palestinian refugee camps on Friday despite U.S. calls for restraint and fears that the upsurge in violence could derail a new peace initiative. Full Story

'Suspicious' Air India Passenger Released, FBI Says
Posted Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 21:00 by TRC-News
case of mistaken identity sparked an international air furor that raised the specter of Sept. 11 on Thursday as Canadian and U.S. jet fighters accompanied an Air India flight into New York believed to be carrying a suspicious passenger. The passenger, who authorities did not identify except to say he was British, was released by authorities soon after he was escorted off Air India Flight 101 when it landed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport at 4:45 p.m. Full Story

Clinton calls for IT to fight terrorism
Posted Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 20:58 by TRC-News
Addressing a gathering of over 1800 delegates from over 55 countries at the 2002 World Congress on Information Technology, former U.S. president Bill Clinton called for developed nations to use IT to bridge the digital divide, and use technology to make partners--not terrorists--of developing nations. "You can make a compelling argument for technology having created a more interdependent world, but so far we have failed to create a more integrated world," Clinton said. He pointed out that during his presidency, technology had been responsible for 30 percent of U.S. economic growth, and emphasised the importance of technological development for debt-burdened countries. Full Story

Shoring up against bioterror
Posted Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 20:57 by TRC-News
The threat of biological weapons is growing and states have a vital national security role to play in preparing against such actions, several health experts said at the National Governors Association winter meeting this week. "We have been very complacent about bioweapons and we have been very complacent about infectious diseases," Dr. Donald Henderson, director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness in the Department of Health and Human Services, told several governors Feb. 24 in Washington, D.C. Full Story

Data-sharing gap puts agencies at risk
Posted Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 20:56 by TRC-News
At a hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement, chief information officers from federal agencies said turf wars and "stovepipes" of information created by incompatible computer programs are frustrating efforts to bolster homeland security. Full Story

War On Terror Changes Focus For Govt IT Managers - Study
Posted Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 20:56 by TRC-News
The U.S. government's so-called war on terror has prompted a new focus for federal chief information officers, according to a new study by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).
The ITAA study said the focus for federal CIOs before Sept. 11 was on implementing the Bush administration's "Quicksilver" plan to design and approve e-government projects to improve the way government works with citizens. Full Story

Electric Power System Is Called Vulnerable, and Vigilance Is Sought
Posted Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 20:54 by TRC-News
The computers that control the electric power system around the nation have been probed from the Middle East, and terrorists may have inspected the physical equipment, said experts at a conference on the security of the electric system. Government experts identified nuclear power plants as perhaps the most attractive targets but said dams, gas pipelines and oil refineries were not far behind. Federal officials urged companies that generate, transmit and distribute electricity to take steps to increase security. Full Story

FBI probes death of driver's license examiner
Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 - 23:18 by TRC-News
The death of a Tennessee driver's license examiner accused of helping six illegal immigrants get false drivers' licenses was no accident, the FBI said Friday. Katherine Smith was found burned to death in her car early Sunday, a day before she was to be arraigned on federal charges she helped five men and one juvenile get fake driver's licenses earlier this month. The five adults are under investigation for possible ties to the September 11 terrorist attacks, law enforcement officials said. Full Story

Somalia Urges U.N. to Help It Fight Terrorism
Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 - 8:44 by TRC-News
The shaky transitional government in Somalia -- a possible target of the U.S. war on terrorism -- has called for urgent international help in combatting terrorist activity. In a report circulated Wednesday, the government said the United Nations has two choices: watch the country slide back into anarchy and chaos or lend active support to the government in its struggle against terrorism. Full Story

Homeland Security Update
Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 - 8:42 by TRC-News
On the home front in the war on terror, the Bush administration moved this week to tighten security at the nation's 103 nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ordered more rigorous employee screening and guard training, as well as the stopping of any vehicles on approach roads to nuclear power plants. Full Story

U.S. tightens nuclear plant security
Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 - 8:32 by TRC-News
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday it is ordering nuclear power plant operators to adopt new security measures and to formalize two dozen other advisories issued since Sept. 11. The agency did not cite a specific threat, but the order is part of its ongoing top-to-bottom security review ordered after the attacks on the United States, and it comes as lawmakers weigh even tougher action. Full Story

Iran says it detains Taliban, al-Qaida
Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 - 8:31 by TRC-News
Iran has arrested 150 suspected Taliban and al-Qaida members near its border with Afghanistan, the country�s Islamic Republic News Agency reported Thursday, citing an �informed source.� The detainees, some of them women and children, are from Arab, African and European countries and some carried French, British, Belgian, Dutch and Spanish passports, according to the report, which could not be independently confirmed. Full Story

U.S. to take over airport security
Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 - 8:30 by TRC-News
The Transportation Department plans to replace all Argenbright Security units at U.S. airports within several weeks of taking over baggage and passenger screening contracts from the airlines next week following security breaches after the Sept. 11 attacks, a senior agency official said Thursday. Full Story

U.S. links Yemen clan to Sept. 11 and East Africa attacks
Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 - 8:29 by TRC-News
The family phone of an al-Qaida suspect who killed himself Wednesday to avoid capture by Yemen�s security police had been used to relay orders to the Sept. 11 hijackers and the terrorist cells responsible for the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa and the USS Cole, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News on Thursday. Full Story

Telecom Network Protection A Priority Post-Sept. 11
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 15:45 by TRC-News
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center caused a significant amount of damage to America's telecommunications infrastructure. According to a new study, protecting the network has become a high priority in the months following the attacks. The study, by research firm Cahners In-Stat/MDR, called Sept. 11 the "biggest catastrophe" ever to hit the nation's telecom infrastructure. According to Henry Goldberg, a senior analyst with In-Stat, three service providers were "hit hard," while a fourth - AT&T -suffered significant damage to its local network capabilities in Manhattan. Full Story

Terrorists used Internet to get info on potential targets
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 15:44 by TRC-News
The Bush administration's top cyberdefense official said today there is evidence that the terrorist group al-Qaeda was using the Internet to gather intelligence about critical facilities in the U.S., and other terrorist groups and nations may be doing the same. But so far, said Richard Clarke, the head of the White House's Office of Cyberdefenses, al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations have limited their use of the Internet for communication and propaganda purposes. "None of those traditional terrorist groups has yet to attack over the Internet," said Clarke, who appeared today before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, but "that may be about to change." Full Story

Report: New Al Qaeda Leader Plans More U.S. Attacks
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 11:06 by TRC-News
A 30-year-old Palestinian has become Al Qaeda's new chief of operations and is believed to be organizing remnants of the network to carry out new attacks against the United States, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Full Story

DOT to pursue biometrics
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:57 by TRC-News
The new Transportation Security Administration plans to incorporate biometrics into pilot programs at airports nationwide, according to Rick Lazarick, an integration lead for airport security technology with the Federal Aviation Administration. "We're going to spread it out and get a look at a lot of different things," Lazarick said at the Biometric Consortium Conference Feb. 13. Full Story

White House to form cybersecurity center
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:56 by TRC-News
The White House plans to set up a central office to coordinate the government's response to cybersecurity attacks, said Richard Clarke, President Bush's cyberspace security adviser, speaking to Congress on Feb. 13. The Cybersecurity Information Coordination Center will be modeled on a similar operation that coordinated the government's response to the Year 2000 computer crisis two years ago. Clarke, who serves under both Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, oversees all federal cybersecurity policy, including the interagency Critical Infrastructure Protection Board setup by Bush in an October 2001 executive order. Full Story

Aviation security agency challenged by explosive-detection deadline
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:54 by TRC-News
The Transportation Security Administration must find new ways to screen checked baggage for explosives, or it will miss a key deadline in the 2001 Aviation and Transportation Security Act, Transportation Inspector General Kenneth Mead told a House panel on Wednesday. The agency will not be able to install enough explosive-detection machines in the nation�s airports to meet a Dec. 31 deadline for screening all checked baggage, Mead told members of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. Full Story

Homeland security chief touts benefits of 'EZ-Pass' system
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:54 by TRC-News
The nation's homeland security chief on Wednesday highlighted new ways that technology is helping the United States meet its long-term goals for better security along borders and within transportation systems, while not suffocating commercial industry and economic growth. Full Story

CIA, FBI developing intelligence supercomputer
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:53 by TRC-News
After months of criticism that they do not work well together, the CIA and FBI have begun jointly developing a new supercomputer system designed to improve their ability to both cull and share information, White House and other U.S. officials told Global Security Newswire yesterday. Under a directive issued by President Bush, and overseen by Office of Homeland Security officials, CIA and FBI officials are �working like crazy� to create a comprehensive database that could used by various federal and, in some cases, state agencies, officials said. Full Story

The Reluctant Terrorist?
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:51 by TRC-News
It was an odd moment in a kidnapping, as one of the captors felt a pang of discomfort. The American backpacker had climbed willingly into the conspirators' van, lured by the false promise of dinner with a local Delhi family. Now it was time to tell him he was a hostage. The crisis of conscience was short-lived, but it was significant enough for the kidnapper to recall later in a confession he penned in jail. "All of a sudden, I felt terribly embarrassed," he wrote. So embarrassed that, hoping to evade responsibility, he begged his co-conspirator in Hindi, "Kidnap me also." His cohort growled, "Don't kick up a fuss." And they carried out the crime. Full Story

Film plan for Twin Towers hero
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:50 by TRC-News
Hollywood couple Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are to make a film about the 11 September attacks in New York, focusing on the bravery of a British security officer. Robbins and Sarandon are to base their film on the bravery of Rick Rescorla, a Cornwall-born war hero, who died in the attacks saving thousands of people. Full Story

Bin Laden in hiding near US missile strike
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:48 by TRC-News
The CIA Hellfire missile attack in eastern Afghanistan that killed three men believed to be senior al Qaida leaders came as Afghan forces planned to raid a nearby village where Osama bin Laden was thought to be holed up, United Press International has learned. Controversy still surrounds the Feb. 3 missile attack, launched remotely by the CIA from an unmanned Predator aircraft. Locals have told journalists that the three men were residents collecting scrap metal. The U.S. military is investigating, but says it is "in a comfort zone" about the strike, and does not believe the men were innocent. Full Story

Jetliner Lust Attracts F-16s
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:47 by TRC-News
A randy, drug-fueled romp in a New York-bound jet's rest room sparked a midair terror scare that sent a pair of F-16 fighter jets scrambling, authorities revealed yesterday. But the red alert aboard American Airlines Flight 101 from London on Friday gave way to red faces when authorities discovered all the fuss was over two amorous British men. Full Story

Bush Adviser Warns Cyberterrorists
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:40 by TRC-News
The United States might retaliate militarily if foreign countries or terrorist groups abroad try to strike this country through the Internet, the White House technology adviser said Wednesday. "We reserve the right to respond in any way appropriate: through covert action, through military action, any one of the tools available to the president," Richard Clarke said at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on cyberterrorism. Full Story

US to deploy anti-terror forces for World Cup: report
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:39 by TRC-News
US aircraft carriers and spy planes will be deployed around the Korean peninsula during this year's World Cup finals and Asian Games, a South Korean report said. The deployment was requested by South Korea, and the United States agreed to position AWACS surveillance planes over the peninsula, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said Thursday. US military authorities said the deployment of additional equipment is "always possible" for key events in South Korea where some 37,000 American soldiers are stationed under a mutual defense pact. Full Story

Washington Plans Unprecedented Camera Network
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:38 by TRC-News
Washington police are building what will be the nation's biggest network of surveillance cameras to monitor shopping areas, streets, monuments and other public places in the U.S. capital, a move that worries civil liberties groups, The Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday. The system would eventually include hundreds of cameras, linking existing devices in Metro mass transit stations, public schools and traffic intersections to new digital cameras mounted to watch over neighborhoods and shopping districts, the Journal said. Full Story

Al Qaeda's Asian 'quartermaster'
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:37 by TRC-News
His beard was more grunge goatee than a flowing symbol of religious devotion, and his portable CD player pumped out American pop music more frequently than Koranic lectures. Yet Fathur Roman al-Ghozi was the man Al Qaeda trusted to get things done in Southeast Asia, intelligence officials here say. Full Story

Two men arrested outside Pentagon
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:25 by TRC-News
Two men were in federal custody Wednesday after they were arrested this week in a tow truck carrying fake identification near the Pentagon, law enforcement officials said. Law enforcement officials said one of the men had previously been interviewed as part of the investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and claimed to have known one of the terrorists responsible for them. Full Story

FBI issues alert for teddy bears
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:23 by TRC-News
The FBI has asked police and the public to be on the lookout for red-and-white teddy bears, made for Valentine�s Day, that could be used to conceal a bomb. Full Story

Dead al-Qaida Suspect Related To Sept. 11 Hijacker
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:22 by TRC-News
suspected al-Qaida member who blew himself up after being cornered by security forces was related to one of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers, Yemeni security officials said Thursday. Sameer Mohammed Ahmed al-Hada, who died in the confrontation with police Wednesday, was a brother-in-law of Khalid Almihdar, the officials said on condition of anonymity. Full Story

Colombia Paramilitary Boss Predicts Bloodshed
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:21 by TRC-News
The reputed leader of a feared paramilitary army is forecasting an even bloodier chapter in Colombia's civil war, saying he plans to nearly double his forces in the next year. In a rare interview under the watch of armed guards, Salvatore Mancuso said the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, has already swelled to 14,000 combatants from just 850 a decade ago. "There are 6,000 men in training at this moment in our centers in all the country," Mancuso said in the exclusive interview with The Associated Press. "In April, another 6,000 will begin the training course." Full Story

American Taliban Fighter Pleads Not Guilty
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:20 by TRC-News
American John Walker Lindh, who fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a 10-count indictment that includes charges he conspired to kill Americans abroad. Full Story

Bush Keeps Iraq Options Open, but Secret
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:17 by TRC-News
President Bush, speaking as his administration considered ways to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, said on Wednesday he reserved all his options to act but he would not disclose them at this time. `I will reserve whatever options I have. I'll keep them close to my vest. Saddam Hussein needs to understand that I'm serious about defending our country,'' Bush said during a news conference with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf. Full Story

U.S. to Open Philippine Front in Anti-Terror War
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:16 by TRC-News
The commander in chief of U.S. special forces met his troops in the southern Philippines Thursday, 72 hours before the United States opens a second front in its global war on terror. Full Story

Suspect Tells Court He Thinks Pearl Is Dead
Posted Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 8:16 by TRC-News
The chief suspect in the kidnapping of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl told an anti-terrorism court in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi Thursday he thought the U.S. reporter was dead. Full Story

Air cargo security another challenge for new federal agency
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 20:27 by TRC-News
As they scramble to meet a year-end deadline for thorough screening of all checked airline passenger baggage, federal officials are also trying to address a security concern that has received much less public attention: air cargo. Many passenger planes carry mail and freight packages in their bellies, and hundreds of other cargo-only planes zip through the skies every day. But pilots and aviation industry experts worry that cargo is not receiving as much scrutiny as luggage. Full Story

U.S. Borders Remain Vulnerable Despite New Measures, Ridge Says
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 20:25 by TRC-News
Five months after the attacks on New York and Washington, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said yesterday that U.S. borders remain disturbingly vulnerable to terrorists and complained that there is no "direct line of accountability" for agencies charged with protecting them. Ridge said the nation's borders with Canada and Mexico remain "pretty vulnerable" despite deployment of several hundred National Guard troops, a number of new policies designed to tighten border security and President Bush's proposal for record spending increases to beef up the forces guarding the borders. Full Story

National infrastructures key to military strategy, Defense official says
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 20:24 by TRC-News
The nation�s critical infrastructure is vital to carrying out the nation�s military strategy, a senior Defense Department official told technology vendors Tuesday. Just as the United States usually targets other nations� infrastructures when it is at war, so have potentially hostile nations planned to attack infrastructures in the United States, said Jeffrey Robert Gaynor, special assistant for homeland security in the Defense Department�s Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security and Information Operations. �No one attacks their opponent�s strengths,� he said at a breakfast meeting sponsored by FSI, a McLean, Va.-based IT market research and consulting firm. Full Story

Critical infrastructure office reaches out to states, localities
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 20:23 by TRC-News
The Commerce Department's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) this week will begin a series of regional conferences with state and local officials and industry in an effort to find effective ways of protecting the nation's critical infrastructure, including computer systems. To launch in Texas, the four meetings will address the new threats of the 21st century, which is going to require "unparalleled cooperation" between government and industry, CIAO Deputy Director Nancy Wong told the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors on Friday. Full Story

U.S. Computer Systems Vulnerable to Cyber Attack
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 20:22 by TRC-News
Cyber terrorism goes beyond typical computer hacking or cracking, as some techies call the more malicious activities meant to do damage or carry out crime. In 1998, an unknown perpetrator broke into the computer systems of the U.S. Department of Defense. Iraq, which at the time was resisting U.S. weapons inspections, initially became suspect. One cyber trail led the FBI to the United Arab Emirates to no avail. Full Story

Protests Coincide With Congressional Testimony From Eco-Terror Group
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 8:05 by TRC-News
Investigating the threats of eco-terrorism against national forests, a congressional committee has subpoenaed a well-known spokesman for an underground environmental group that has taken credit for the destruction of $40 million in property damage in recent years. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., chairman of the House Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, said he was forced to subpoena Craig Rosebraugh, one of the few faces of the clandestine Earth Liberation Front, to answer questions about the group's attacks on unsuspecting communities. "We must strip away the Robin Hood mystique and perceived high ground that some have given these radicals," McInnis said in a statement announcing the hearing on eco-terrorism and lawlessness on the national forests. Full Story

In Iran, 'Death to America' Is Back
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 8:01 by TRC-News
The first home-made American flag put to the torch took awhile to light yesterday, as tens of thousands Iranians celebrated the 23rd anniversary of their Islamic revolution with renewed gusto. Finally, it burst into flame, spreading fire to a dozen more flags clustered nearby. Chanting "Death to America," the crowd parted like the Red Sea as the fireball spread above their heads, engulfing an effigy of President George W. Bush and an Uncle Sam. Full Story

Islamist hide-outs in Virginia
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 7:48 by TRC-News
A radical Muslim sect with ties to international terrorism is seeking to create a patchwork of "hide-outs" in rural southern Virginia for would-be terrorists and other extremists, according to law-enforcement authorities here. These sanctuaries, which are communes located throughout the sparsely populated, hilly countryside, have been established to follow the teachings of Sheik Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani. One encampment, in nearby Red House, has named its main thoroughfare "Sheik Gilani Road." Sheik Gilani is a Pakistani cleric who founded the tax-exempt Muslims of the Americas sect in 1980, which is linked to Jamaat al-Fuqra, a terrorist group with a stated commitment to bringing jihad, or holy war, against the United States. Full Story

Seeking funds without fetters
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 7:47 by TRC-News
Even as President Bush pledges $3.5 billion to cities and counties for homeland security, local officials are asking Congress for federal funds that do not carry too many restrictions on how that money can be used. Full Story

Heathrow raid raises security fear
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 7:45 by TRC-News
A multi-million-dollar robbery has raised questions about the effectiveness of efforts to strengthen security at Heathrow airport after September 11. Police and airport authorities were trying to find out on Monday how two robbers entered a secure cargo loading area near Terminal 4 the day before with security passes believed to be genuine. Full Story

Photos of Terrorism Warning Suspects
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 7:42 by TRC-News
Twelve of the associates of terrorist suspect Fawaz Yahya al-Rabeei, are seen in this combo of photos released by the FBI on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. The FBI issued an extraordinary terrorist alert Monday night, asking law enforcement and the American public to be on the lookout for al-Rabeei, and several associates who might be plotting a terrorist attack as early as Tuesday, Feb. 12. See Photos

Terror Suspect Wins Bail in British Court
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 7:41 by TRC-News
An Algerian-born pilot suspected of training some of the pilots behind the Sept. 11 attacks was granted bail by a British court Tuesday in a major setback to U.S. efforts to round up the perpetrators. Lotfi Raissi was ordered by the high-security Belmarsh court in London to post $14,280 bail and live at a set address. He must also surrender his passport and cannot apply for any visas. Full Story

Pakistan Arrests Prime Suspect in Pearl Kidnap
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 7:39 by TRC-News
Pakistani police said they had arrested their prime suspect in the case of kidnapped U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl, British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, in the eastern city of Lahore Tuesday. Full Story

Hill Panel To Probe Terrorism Response
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 23:31 by TRC-News
The Senate and House intelligence committees plan an unprecedented joint investigation into the U.S. intelligence community's response to terrorism over the past 16 years, including the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Although joint select committees have headed major congressional inquiries before -- including the 1945 investigation into the Pearl Harbor attack -- this is the first time House and Senate intelligence panels led by members of different political parties have combined for an investigation. Full Story

U.S. gathers DNA from attack site
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 21:44 by TRC-News
U.S. military investigators have gathered DNA from body parts at the site of a U.S. attack to help determine exactly who died when a CIA drone aircraft fired Hellfire missiles in southeastern Afghanistan last week. Some Afghans say innocent people were killed in the strike. Full Story

FBI terror alert warns of new plot
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 21:41 by TRC-News
The FBI issued its most specific terrorist alert yet on Monday, asking law enforcement and the American public to be on the lookout for a Yemeni man and several associates, who might be plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. interests as soon as Tuesday. A senior law enforcement official tells NBC News that the new FBI alert �has nothing to do with the [Winter Olympic] Games at all.� Full Story

Three Countries Targeted in Attack Plan
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 21:40 by TRC-News
Three terrorist hit squads - codenamed Jibril, the Arabic transliteration of Gabriel the archangel - agreed on simultaneous attacks in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. This is what they planned, as detailed in a 15-page document entitled Jihad Operation in Asia. Full Story

Grenade Explosion Injures 12 in Aceh Amid US Envoy Visit
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 21:39 by TRC-News
A grenade blast in the capital of Indonesia's restive Aceh province injured 12 people on Monday just a few hours before U.S. ambassador Ralph Boyce arrived for a two-day visit here. Suspected Free Aceh Movement (GAM) members threw the grenade at a crowd of people between a BNI bank building and a market in Banda Aceh around 8:30 a.m., an official said. Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Agus Dwiyanto said the grenade missed a police patrol car and landed instead near the crowd in the market. Full Story

ELN Blamed for Bomb That Destroyed Arauca Shopping Center
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 21:38 by TRC-News
The blast Sunday that leveled a large shopping center in the northeastern Colombian city of Arauca was a terrorist act committed by National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas, officials said.
A bomb containing 30 kilos (66 pounds) of explosives left in front of a branch of Banco Ganadero caused extensive damage in a four-block radius, but no injuries were reported, Arauca Mayor Jorge Cede?o said. Full Story

Telecom Infrastructure an Open Book
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 21:35 by TRC-News
Large telecommunications firms and local communications companies publish a vast amount of sensitive information on their Web sites about critical nationwide networks. A recent Computerworld survey of eight national and local telecommunications service providers uncovered enough information to produce a relatively accurate blueprint of the major network backbones serving businesses across the U.S. In addition to network maps, the survey found detailed information on the locations of current and planned Internet data centers, router locations, major nodes of metropolitan-area networks. Virtual tours of data centers, maps depicting East Coast termination points of all long-haul undersea communications cables and street-level maps of fiber-optic networks are also available. Full Story

Energy, Nuclear Infrastructure Exposed
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 21:34 by TRC-News
Detailed information about the nation's nuclear power plants and other energy infrastructures is readily available on the Internet. An examination of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Web sites revealed maps that provide the approximate locations of all nuclear waste storage facilities, nuclear reactors and surplus plutonium storage sites in the country. Full Story

Web sites seen as terrorist aids
Posted Monday, February 11, 2002 - 21:31 by TRC-News
A major financial institution this week will receive a report outlining the extent to which its Web site exposes it to potential attacks by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization and other terrorists. The audit, produced by security consulting firm Stroz Associates LLC, is one of the first of its kind in the private sector. It marks a growing trend by companies in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to assess whether content on their Web sites increases their risk of being targeted by terrorist organizations. Full Story

Bioterror expert criticizes CDC, NIH for poor communication
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 19:49 by TRC-News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health must drastically revamp the way they do business if they are to best utilize the record amounts of funds being poured into their bioterrorism programs, one of the nation�s leading bioterrorism scholars said Wednesday. Both the CDC and the NIH need to dramatically improve their communications with outside doctors and scientists--and key government officials--to best protect the United States from any biological attacks, Tara O�Toole, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, told Global Security Newswire. Full Story

Investigators draw clues from kidnappers' e-mails
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 19:49 by TRC-News
While the e-mail messages sent by kidnappers of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl offer investigators many clues about their origins, tracking down their senders is far from simple. Full Story

Cybersecurity a Top Priority
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 19:48 by TRC-News
The unusual announcements from three of the technology industry's most powerful men came just weeks apart. Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates declared that making his company's software less vulnerable to security breaches would take precedence over adding new features. Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison pledged to make his company's database programs "unbreakable." Cisco Systems Inc.'s John Chambers told clients at a private conference that he no longer regarded security enhancements on equipment that directs traffic across the Internet as extras but as necessities. Full Story

GAO Finds Security Risks At Treasury
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 19:03 by TRC-News
Key financial systems run by the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service are vulnerable to security breaches. The service is at significant risk of fraud, unauthorized disclosure and modification of sensitive data and applications, misuse or damage to computer resources, and disruption of critical operations, according to a report made public Monday. The new vulnerabilities have been discovered since the General Accounting Office's 1999 security audit of the Financial Management Service. The most recent audit also found that the service had "corrected or mitigated" only 35 of the 61 computer-control weaknesses found in 1999. Full Story

Bush Plans Early Warning System for Terror
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 19:02 by TRC-News
President Bush said today that he envisioned a broad emergency alert system to warn the country of biological attacks, calling for an updating of the cold war's Distant Early Warning system for an age of terrorism. Full Story

Revisiting Homeland Security
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 19:01 by TRC-News
In naming Tom Ridge to head the newly created Office of Homeland Security last fall, President Bush essentially asked the nation to make a leap of faith that the former Pennsylvania governor could bring order to the multitude of federal, state and local agencies that play a role in protecting the home front from attack. Four months and a rash of anthrax attacks later, that remains the case. As far as we can tell, Mr. Ridge has done a vigorous and commendable job of trying to redirect and coordinate the work of these organizations and has just proposed a hefty but reasonable increase in spending by many of them. But Mr. Ridge's job description is so amorphous and his powers so opaque that even Congress is having trouble determining how much he has accomplished. Full Story

Ridge Facing Major Doubts on His Ability
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:59 by TRC-News
Four months into his tenure as director of homeland security, Tom Ridge is facing significant doubts about his authority and ability to do his job. The law enforcement agencies he is supposed to coordinate remain fiercely protective of their own power and independence. Mr. Ridge does not have direct authority over any of the agencies, even as spending for domestic security surges. And while officials from several of the agencies said they appreciate Mr. Ridge, respect him and get along with him well, some came close to being dismissive of his office's effectiveness and influence over their operations.
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Transportation Security Administration faces strict deadlines
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:57 by TRC-News
The newly created Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is scurrying to meet strict deadlines mandated by an aviation and transportation security law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. John Magaw, the head of TSA, told the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday that requirements already met by the Transportation Department include the federalization of baggage screeners and the mandate that air carriers begin to electronically transmit passenger lists from foreign airlines. Full Story

Where antiterror doctrine leads
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:55 by TRC-News
One bright afternoon in June 1981, Israeli F-16 jets streaked low across the Iraqi desert. Spotting the gleaming domes of the unfinished Osiraq nuclear reactor, the pilots decimated it with bombs - a bold preemptive strike in the name of self-preservation.
The world reaction to the strike was swift and critical, with the United States and the rest of the UN Security Council unanimously condemning it. But now, two decades later, the Bush administration - warning of time-bomb terrorists and the spread of deadly mass weapons - proposes a far more open-ended, sweeping use of preemptive force than Israel's. Full Story

Tigers Willing to Drop Demands for Homeland
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:53 by TRC-News
Tamil Tiger rebels "appeared to be willing" to give up their long-standing demand for a separate homeland following approaches from peace-broker Norway, the Norwegian Prime Minister said in an interview broadcast yesterday. Full Story

Manila Police Seize 104 Passports
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:52 by TRC-News
Philippine police have arrested a Malaysian man at Manila international airport who was carrying 104 passports and $50,000 in cash. The man arrested, Azmi Bin Salleh, said he was a travel agent based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Full Story

Emboldened By US Jibes, Hizbullah Prepares For War
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:50 by TRC-News
A heated diplomatic campaign waged by the United States and Israel against Iran and its Lebanese protege, Hizbullah, could have an unintended and potentially destabilizing backlash. Instead of cowing Tehran and its Islamist allies, the verbal salvoes and Israel's hardline policies against the Palestinians are providing encouragement and inspiration to Hizbullah and radical Palestinian groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The result could be a new explosion of violence in the Middle East. "Hizbullah and Iran feel comfortable that the drums of war are beating so loudly," says Professor Nizar Hamzeh, head of the political science department of the American University of Beirut. Full Story

Arab Gunmen Open Fire in South Jerusalem - Police
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:45 by TRC-News
At least two masked Arab gunmen opened fire on people strolling on a popular hilltop promenade in south Jerusalem on Friday, police sources said. Police chased the attackers and shot at them in the Forest of Peace downhill from the promenade, wounding one lightly, officials said. Full Story

Military to Get New Mandate to Crush GAM
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:44 by TRC-News
The government, which has come under strong criticism from human rights activists for reviving the Aceh military command just this week, is now set to give a new mandate to the military to crush the separatist movement in Aceh. Full Story

Mosque Under Seige: One Militant Killed, Two Villagers Taken Hostage
Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 - 18:43 by TRC-News
One of the three Hizbul Mujahideen militants holed up inside a mosque in Totigund village in Kupwara has been killed in a fierce encounter with 21 and 24 Rashtriya Rifles toops. However, two villagers, who were trying to persuade the militants to surrender, have been taken hostages. Full Story

Fresh U.S. Air Strikes Stoke Bin Laden Speculation
Posted Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 11:45 by TRC-News
U.S. planes bombed suspected Taliban and al Qaeda positions in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday as a missile attack by a pilotless CIA drone triggered speculation that Osama bin Laden himself had been killed. < a href=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020207/ts_nm/attack_afghan_dc_7&cid=578>Full Story

Man Tries to Enter Cockpit on Flight to Argentina
Posted Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 11:43 by TRC-News
A passenger tried to force his way into the locked cockpit of a United Airlines flight halfway from Miami to Argentina on Thursday, but pilots hit him with an ax and subdued him, the airline said. The man was arrested when the Boeing 777 landed safely in Buenos Aires. United Airlines spokesman Joe Hopkins confirmed in Chicago that the man was a Uruguayan but did not have details on his name or age. Full Story

Israel launches airstrike after attack
Posted Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 11:42 by TRC-News
Israeli jets launched a late night retaliatory strike after a Palestinian dressed in an Israeli army uniform entered the Jewish settlement of Hamra on Wednesday and killed three Israelis before being killed himself. "Due to the horrible terrorist attack that took place tonight at Hamra, the Israeli air force bombed a terrorist target in Nablus," an Israeli army statement said. Full Story

CIA's Tenet Defends Agency, Warns of Fresh Plots
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 16:53 by TRC-News
CIA Director George Tenet on Wednesday defended the intelligence agency against congressional criticism that it failed to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks and said further plots were being hatched by al Qaeda. Intelligence will never give you 100 percent predictive capability on terrorist events," Tenet said in his first public testimony to Congress since the attacks. Sen. Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee and one of Tenet's harshest critics, said Americans deserved an explanation about why the intelligence agencies failed to provide adequate warning. Full Story

Interior Dept: No End in Sight for Web Site Woes
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 16:50 by TRC-News
Government officials said Wednesday they did not know when computer systems that provide everything from oil and gas royalty payments to information on wildlife management programs would be up and running again. Interior Department officials said at a congressional hearing that they were working long hours to bring their computers back online, but had no idea when a court-appointed investigator would give them the green light. Full Story

Russian hacker arrested in bank extortion case
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 16:42 by TRC-News
Russian law enforcement, with help from the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrested a computer hacker who had attempted to extort $10,000 from a U.S. bank, according to a Secret Service agent. The hacker, whose name was not revealed, was arrested after breaking into a server owned by financial ASP (application service provider) Online Resources (ORCC) and attempting to extort money from one of ORCC's client banks, said Ray Crosier, the company's president and chief operating officer. Full Story

Bush Plans Early Warning System for Terror
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 16:40 by TRC-News
President Bush said today that he envisioned a broad emergency alert system to warn the country of biological attacks, calling for an updating of the cold war's Distant Early Warning system for an age of terrorism. Mr. Bush, pushing his budget requests for sharply increased spending for domestic defense, came here to draw attention to a system developed by the University of Pittsburgh to track, in real time, unusual increases in illnesses, flulike symptoms and other outbreaks of disease at emergency rooms around western Pennsylvania. A version of the system will be used starting later this week in Utah hospitals near the sites of the Winter Olympics, part of the precautions against a terrorist attack at the Games. Full Story

A Security Net of Sawhorses and Soldiers
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 15:17 by TRC-News
On the floor of Montana's Bitterroot Valley, so far, far away from lower Manhattan, Jane Ellis finds herself on the front lines of a war she never contemplated, trying to prepare for attacks she can barely imagine. Ellis directs the county Office of Emergency Management in Missoula. On a fine, crisp day, she showed a visitor around her piece of the American homeland, pointing out possible terrorist targets: the shopping mall and public waterworks, government buildings and chemical storehouses. While not wanting to seem a "Chicken Little," Ellis said it only made sense to revisit old assumptions, to look at familiar landmarks with new eyes and to "do some brainstorming: What if?" "The realm of possibilities," Ellis said, "has increased infinitely since Sept. 11." Full Story

Lindh returns to court on bail request
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 9:26 by TRC-News
Surrounded by armed federal marshals, John Walker Lindh was taken back to a courthouse Wednesday, where a U.S. magistrate will decide whether the so-called American Taliban should remain in custody or be released pending trial. On Tuesday, a federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging Lindh with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals abroad. Full Story

Exclusive interview with Arafat
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 9:25 by TRC-News
In an exclusive interview with MSNBC�s Ashleigh Banfield, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said he remains committed to the peace process, though it is difficult for him to take action against militants while the Palestinians are under seige. Since mid-December, Israel has surrounded Arafat�s West Bank headquarters with tanks, keeping him a virtual prisoner and demanding he arrest militants behind the assassination in October of an Israeli cabinet minister. Arafat told Banfield he�s done the best he can. �No one can get 100 percent results,� he said. �Even the American administration cannot get 100 percent results.� Full Story

Saudi Arabia Says 15 of Sept. 11 Hijackers Were Its Citizens
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 8:54 by TRC-News
Saudi Arabia said for the first time 15 of the 19 hijackers behind the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. were Saudi citizens, the Associated Press cited Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as saying.
``The names that we got confirmed that,'' Nayef said in an interview with AP. ``Their families have been notified.'' Full Story

Philippine Gunmen Seize Korean, Businessman
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 8:52 by TRC-News
Gunmen abducted a South Korean national and a Filipino businessman Wednesday on the politically volatile southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Police said between eight to 10 gunmen blocked a vehicle carrying the pair on the border between Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat provinces and took them away as well as their driver. A police source said the gunmen later freed the driver, who called the family of the Filipino hotel owner to report the abduction. Full Story

16 Policemen, Seven Maoists Killed in Nepal Clash
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 8:51 by TRC-News
At least 16 policemen have been killed in the bloodiest attack by Maoist rebels since Nepal's government declared a state of emergency late last year, the home ministry revealed. Seven guerrillas also died in the three-hour battle after the Maoists attacked a police post at Bhakundabesi in Kabhre district, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Kathmandu, on Monday night. Full Story

'No Question' al-Qaeda Are in Iran: Rumsfeld
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 8:51 by TRC-News
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that there was no question that al-Qaeda terrorists have taken refuge in Iran and that the Iranian government has failed to cooperate with the United States. "There's no question but that there's al-Qaeda and folks that are in there," Rumsfeld told reporters when asked whether Iran was harboring terrorists. Full Story

Bomb Explodes in School
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 8:42 by TRC-News
A powerful bomb made up of wrapped fireworks exploded at the Engjaskoli school in Grafarvogur, a suburb of Reykjavik, yesterday morning. According to local police it seems that the bomb was placed in a drawer in a teacher?s desk. The desk blew up when the bomb exploded and the nearby bookshelves caught fire. Classes were cancelled yesterday due to the incident, which created a lot of smoke in the building. Full Story

French Activist Gets Jail for McDonald's Attack
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 8:38 by TRC-News
France's highest court upheld on Wednesday a three-month jail sentence for anti-globalization activist Jose Bove over his ransacking of a McDonald's restaurant to protest U.S. trade barriers. The ruling announced by the court means the sheep farmer and left-wing campaigner has exhausted all means of appeal against his conviction for the 1999 assault on the site of a planned new fast-food outlet in the southern French town of Millau.
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Pakistan Links Militants to Reporter's Kidnap
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 8:37 by TRC-News
Pakistani investigators on Wednesday said they had narrowed the search for kidnapped U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl to a banned Islamic militant group suspected of having ties to Osama bin Laden. Full Story

Key Government Computers Remain Vulnerable - Report
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 21:11 by TRC-News
Government computers that handle trillions of dollars in tax refunds and Social Security benefits remain vulnerable to cyber attacks despite previous warnings, a government report released on Monday said. The report by the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm, found that computer-security controls at the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service remain lax, despite warnings dating back to 1997. Full Story

Airline Web sites seen as riddled with security holes
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 21:09 by TRC-News
Increasing concerns about the potential for hackers to manipulate critical back-end administrative systems through security holes commonly found in corporate Web sites have prompted at least one major airline to take preventive measures. "We are trying to defend our Web sites," said David Yaacobi, information systems security manager at El Al Israel Airlines at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Lod, Israel. "Hackers could go inside your Web sites and inject wrong or malicious code." Full Story

Agencies urged to report cyberattacks
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 21:09 by TRC-News
As federal agencies work to improve their information security programs, the central organization for incident warnings and analyses recently announced a series of tools that will be available this year to help them do so. The Federal Computer Incident Response Center (FedCIRC) is enhancing its resources to decrease the government's vulnerability to cyberattacks, said Sallie McDonald, assistant commissioner for information assurance and critical infrastructure protection at the General Services Administration. FedCIRC is now in its second year of appropriated funding through GSA. Full Story

The encrypted jihad
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 10:18 by TRC-News
Here's a tip for Treasury Department agents tracking al-Qaida's finances: You might want to pay a visit to the volume discount department at Dell Computer. Al-Qaida, it seems, has been an avid consumer of computers over the last several years, and is especially fond of laptops. It isn't hard to understand why. With his hectic, on-the-go lifestyle, no self-respecting terrorist can function without a computer that fits comfortably on an airplane tray table. Alleged "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui, for instance, used his to research crop dusters, quite possibly in preparation for a biological attack on a densely populated American city. Ramsi Yousef used a laptop he accidentally left in a Manila apartment to plan his extensive itinerary, which included assassinating the pope in the Philippines, attacking an Israeli Embassy in Thailand, and bombing the World Trade Center in 1993. Full Story

Iran "Supplied Hezbollah with Missiles"
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 8:09 by TRC-News
Iran has supplied Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon with 8,000 missiles capable of striking Israeli cities, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said yesterday. Mr Peres, in New York for the World Economic Forum, told the International Herald Tribune that Israel would not tolerate any missile attack from Lebanese territory. Full Story

Israel, Iran exchange harsh rhetoric
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 8:07 by TRC-News
A day after Tehran warned of an �unimaginable� response if Israel attacked an Iranian nuclear power plant, Israel on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that it was planning such a strike. The latest exchange deepened a war of words between the two after Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Iran was turning Lebanon into a �ball of explosives� and ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Washington. Full Story

Portland Spokesman Returns to ELF
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 8:01 by TRC-News
After five months without an official spokesman, the Earth Liberation Front again has a public face. Portland student Leslie James Pickering, 23, says he will answer questions about the ELF and explain the militant environmental group to the public. In a statement issued Saturday, Pickering said the ELF would "not be intimidated" by the war on terrorism and increased law enforcement powers after Sept. 11, and would continue its fight for the environment. Full Story

Flight on Maui canceled after white powder found
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 8:00 by TRC-News
American Airlines grounded a 757 jet plane on Maui late Saturday, after a flight attendant discovered a white powdery substance aboard when it arrived from San Jose. Full Story

Pakistani Police Name 3 in Hunt for U.S. Reporter
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 7:57 by TRC-News
Pakistani police said Tuesday they were hunting for three men involved in arranging meetings for U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped in the southern city of Karachi almost two weeks ago. Full Story

Rumsfeld: Raid May Have Killed 'Friendly' Afghans
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 7:56 by TRC-News
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld conceded on Monday that U.S. troops may have killed "friendly" Afghan forces in a raid north of Kandahar last month but declined to comment on reports that U.S. troops had already apologized and paid compensation. Full Story

9/11 workers on right wavelength
Posted Monday, February 4, 2002 - 19:29 by TRC-News
A new report reveals that most local public safety agencies initially responding to the attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11 had little difficulty communicating with one another. Full Story

States get infusion of bioterror funds
Posted Monday, February 4, 2002 - 19:27 by TRC-News
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced Jan. 31 that $1.1 billion in federal funds had been earmarked for states to strengthen their bioterrorism preparedness, with $200 million being released immediately so state officials can start planning. Full Story

Bush keeps photo hit-list of enemies
Posted Monday, February 4, 2002 - 9:36 by TRC-News
President Bush has been keeping a "war on terrorism scorecard" in his desk drawer and using it to cross off photographs of al-Qa'eda and Taliban leaders as they have been killed or captured. "Early on, I said, 'I'm a baseball fan. I want a scorecard'," Mr Bush explained in an interview with Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. Full Story

New anti-drug pitch: Fight terrorism
Posted Monday, February 4, 2002 - 9:22 by TRC-News
The ads by the President�s Office of National Drug Control Policy aired during last night�s Super Bowl marked an escalation in the selling of the administration�s war on drugs � for the first time, the illegal narcotics trade is linked to terrorism. Full Story

Reporter search shifts to underworld
Posted Monday, February 4, 2002 - 9:21 by TRC-News
Police in Pakistan expanded their search for kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl into Karachi�s murky criminal underworld and to other regions of the country on Monday, after leads into Islamic extremist groups looked to go nowhere. After a spate of hoaxes and an erroneous report that the journalist�s body had been found in Karachi, Pearl�s fate remained unclear 12 days after his abduction. Full Story

Piracy Terror Attack Warning
Posted Monday, February 4, 2002 - 9:19 by TRC-News
Freighters carrying payloads of fuel could be hijacked and used in terror operations similar to the 11 September attacks on America, according to a new report. The study, by a global piracy watchdog, says ships transporting liquified natural gas could be used by terrorists "to undergo suicide missions for their cause". Full Story

Iran Warns US Against Attack
Posted Monday, February 4, 2002 - 9:17 by TRC-News
Protests against US condemnation of Iran are growing. Iran on Monday warned the US to stop accusing it of supporting terrorism after American Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed it was harbouring al-Qaeda members. Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi dismissed Mr Rumsfeld's charges and those of President George W Bush, who last week said Iran was developing weapons of mass destruction as part of an "axis of evil" with Iraq and North Korea. Full Story

Palestinians Blame Israel for Four Deaths in Gaza
Posted Monday, February 4, 2002 - 9:16 by TRC-News
Four Palestinian militants were killed when their car was blown apart in the Gaza Strip on Monday in an explosion which Palestinian officials said was caused by an Israeli missile attack. Full Story

Second Car Bomb In A Week
Posted Sunday, February 3, 2002 - 15:36 by TRC-News
A car bomb rocked the eastern city of Cucuta on Friday, just hours after Colombia's government pledged a concerted effort against a wave of terrorist violence. No one was injured. A stolen taxi loaded with explosives was detonated in front of a warehouse at 1:30 a.m. (0730 GMT), wrecking it and several buildings nearby, police said. Full Story

Suicide Bomber Kills Xinjiang Police Officer
Posted Sunday, February 3, 2002 - 15:35 by TRC-News
A suicide bomber killed a senior policeman and injured two other officers yesterday in the capital of the tense Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, local officials said. The explosion happened outside a department store in Urumqi, the biggest city in the far western region, an Urumqi police spokeswoman said. Full Story

Al-Qaida studied U.S. security brief
Posted Sunday, February 3, 2002 - 15:33 by TRC-News
Among the documents found on an al-Qaida computer in Afghanistan was a U.S. Government Accounting Office report on shortcomings in security in and around Washington, D.C., U.S. officials told NBC News. The report detailed how undercover agents easily penetrated two airports and 19 federal buildings, including CIA headquarters, the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan National Airport. Full Story

Powerful Gun Found Stashed In Vicinity of Olympic Venue
Posted Sunday, February 3, 2002 - 15:25 by TRC-News
Utah law enforcement and Olympic security officials on Saturday confirmed the discovery of a .50-caliber rifle stashed in a box in the woods of Wasatch County, reportedly in the mountains surrounding the Soldier Hollow cross country skiing venue. The rifle, a high-powered weapon that can be used on targets, including vehicles, from more than a mile away, is being analyzed at the state Crime Lab. "They are checking for fingerprints and the operational ability of the weapon," said Sgt. Doug McCleve of the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS). Full Story

Terrorist Cells All Over
Posted Sunday, February 3, 2002 - 15:21 by TRC-News
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines caused a stir last month by inviting American Special Forces to her country to fight the Muslim terrorist group known as Abu Sayyaf (“Bearer of the Sword”). Left-wing Filipinos warned of a new Vietnam, and at least one senator accused Arroyo of treason. But Arroyo has withstood the criticism well—in part because she has vowed that the Americans will stay no longer than six months. Full Story

Far below ground zero, 'Dirt Team' sifts through debris -- and their emotions
Posted Sunday, February 3, 2002 - 13:34 by TRC-News
The excavation of endless geological grief called the World Trade Center dig has now lasted nearly five months. Digging is the kind of job you hope never to do in the first place. This isn't digging ditches, or digging for pipe, or digging to plant bulbs that will bloom in the spring. The diggers lift some dirt, and put it over there, and go through it with their gloved hands, looking for human remains. They move it a shovelful at a time, until they are spent, or until they come across the dread prize. Full Story

Cyber Assault Hits Global Leaders' Summit
Posted Sunday, February 3, 2002 - 13:15 by TRC-News
An invisible cyber assault has cut off access for the second day running to the Web site of the World Economic Forum, organizers of the gathering of the world's political and business elite confirmed on Friday. Full Story

Worldwide Caution
Posted Saturday, February 2, 2002 - 13:03 by TRC-News
The U.S. Government remains deeply concerned about the security of Americans overseas. As a result of U.S. military actions in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, there is a potential for retaliatory actions to be taken against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world by terrorists and those who harbor grievances against the United States. The Department urges Americans to review their circumstances carefully and to take all appropriate measures to ensure their personal safety. Americans are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. The Department will continue to develop information about potential threats to Americans overseas and to share with them credible threat information through its Consular Information Program documents. These documents are available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. Full Story

Rumsfeld: Cyberwar among possible threats faced by U.S.
Posted Friday, February 1, 2002 - 16:29 by TRC-News
The vulnerability of U.S. information networks and a belief that a future attack against the U.S. may be launched in cyberspace is high in the mind of U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as he plots to change the U.S. armed forces so they can better defend against unconventional threats. "Our challenge in this new century is a different one," Rumsfeld told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, according to a transcript. "It's really to defend our nation against the unknown, the uncertain and, what we have to understand, will be the unexpected. That may seem on the face of it an impossible task but it is not." Full Story

Terror data repeatedly mentions Seattle
Posted Friday, February 1, 2002 - 10:00 by TRC-News
Seattle is repeatedly mentioned in information gathered by U.S. intelligence sources monitoring suspected al-Qaida terrorists and their sympathizers, and the Department of Justice has ordered an investigation to find out why. The references to Seattle and the recent discovery of photographs of the city on a computer hard drive recovered from Osama bin Laden's fractured stronghold near Tora Bora, Afghanistan, led to a decision by Justice officials to determine whether the city or any of its landmarks, such as the Space Needle, may be a target, a source said yesterday. Full Story

Government to Spend $22 Billion on Homeland Security
Posted Friday, February 1, 2002 - 8:28 by TRC-News
The federal government will spend $22.2 billion this year for domestic security, 29 percent more than last year, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday in a first stab at defining what defending the homeland involves. Domestic security is a growing, mostly undefined program. Members of both parties realize that whoever defines this area of spending can use the designation to protect favored programs or expose others to cuts, or create the impression that the government is spending a lot -- or a little -- to combat terrorism. Full Story

Report: al-Qaida headed to Lebanon
Posted Friday, February 1, 2002 - 8:27 by TRC-News
Osama bin Laden�s al-Qaida terrorist network is trying to shift its base of operations to Lebanon following the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, a British newspaper reported Friday. The report comes amid the airing of an interview in which the Saudi dissident describes himself and his followers as �terrorists� and says the United States is headed toward �unbearable hell.� Full Story

N.Y. unveils counterterror net
Posted Friday, February 1, 2002 - 8:23 by TRC-News
New York state officials unveiled an intelligence network Jan. 29 that eventually will enable local law enforcement agencies statewide to share information electronically in the fight against terrorism. Officials said it is the first of its kind in the nation. The Counter-Terrorism Network (CTN) will be deployed in the state's 16 law enforcement zones in a pilot program. Initially, the system will send out electronic alerts to recipients who will be provided with a stand-alone, flat-screen computer system. Full Story

Security Agencies Challenged By Series of High-Profile Events
Posted Friday, February 1, 2002 - 8:22 by TRC-News
Amid President Bush's warning that tens of thousands of terrorists remain at large worldwide, the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies today begin a nine-day stretch of security challenges that will tax them as never before. More than 17,000 federal, state and local government personnel -- including SWAT teams, sniper details, explosives specialists, air patrols and National Guard units -- will provide security at the World Economic Forum that begins today in New York, Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans Sunday and the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which open Feb. 8 and continue through Feb. 24. Full Story

Grants to help city prepare for terrorism
Posted Friday, February 1, 2002 - 8:21 by TRC-News
Garland is a leader in preparing a defense against weapons of mass destruction, according to Darrell Toups, the city's emergency management coordinator. The city was one of 120 nationwide � and five in the Dallas-Fort Worth area � chosen for a preparedness program long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Now, the city is finalizing three grants designed to improve its ability to respond to conventional, biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. Full Story

Anthrax: The Hunt Narrows
Posted Friday, February 1, 2002 - 8:20 by TRC-News
Nobody just waltzes into the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. The lab, better known as USAMRIID, sits on the grounds of Fort Detrick, in rural Maryland, about an hour north of Washington, and before you can even get close to the mostly windowless concrete building, you have to get on the base itself. Employees must flash their badges, and visitors must show two forms of photo ID--and open their trunks and glove compartments--before guards will let them pass. To enter the lab itself, armed security guards, present around the clock, must wave you through. Full Story

FBI director says threat far from over
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 23:46 by TRC-News
FBI Director Robert Mueller arguably had the shortest honeymoon of any FBI director in the bureau�s history. He was on the job for just a week when terrorists turned four commercial airplanes into weapons of mass destruction. Full Story

Bush Issues New Warning to Suspect Nations
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 22:42 by TRC-News
President Bush stepped up his rhetoric against Iraq, Iran and North Korea on Thursday and told them to ''get their house in order'' or face the consequences. Full Story

Rumsfeld warns of threats far deadlier than Sept. 11 attacks
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 21:52 by TRC-News
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday the United States must prepare now for potential surprise attacks "vastly more deadly" than the Sept. 11 terrorist hijackings. In a speech laying out the Bush administration's justification for proposing a $48 billion increase in the 2003 defense budget, Rumsfeld said the nation is vulnerable to new forms of terrorism ranging from cyberattacks to attacks on U.S. military bases abroad to ballistic missile attacks on American cities. Full Story

Pakistani Group Extends Deadline for Reporter
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 21:49 by TRC-News
A group claiming to hold a kidnapped U.S. reporter said on Thursday it was extending by one day a deadline for the United States to release Pakistani prisoners from the Afghan war, or they would kill their captive. Full Story

Bin Laden Defiant in October Interview Aired by CNN
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 21:48 by TRC-News
Osama bin Laden, accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, said two weeks after the United States started hunting for him in Afghanistan that ``the battle has moved inside America,'' in an interview shown by CNN Thursday. Full Story

Nuclear plant target of attack, document warned
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 21:03 by TRC-News
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a warning that terrorists were plotting to crash a commercial U.S. jetliner into a nuclear power plant somewhere in the United States, according to a document obtained by CNN. Full Story

Terrorists plotted more U.S. attacks
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 14:49 by TRC-News
U.S. officials have uncovered documents in Afghanistan indicating that al-Qaida planned terrorist attacks on Seattle�s landmark Space Needle, the Los Angeles International Airport, the Grand Coulee Dam and the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, NBC News� Jim Miklaszewski has learned. Other reports indicated that the terror network also is or was planning attacks on nuclear power plants and public water supplies. Full Story

Rumsfeld seeks big rise in budget for Pentagon
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 14:47 by TRC-News
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called Thursday for tens of billions of dollars in new spending on high-tech weapons to defend the United States against �the unknown, the uncertain, the unseen and the unexpected,� warning that the nation�s military must now prepare for potential surprise attacks �vastly more deadly� than those of Sept. 11. Full Story

US Tourist Killed; German Rescued from NPA: Military
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 14:46 by TRC-News
Philippine troops on Thursday rescued a German seriously wounded in a suspected communist insurgent ambush but the body of his foreign companion has not been recovered, military officials said. Siegfried Whitman, 78, was picked up by an air force helicopter a day after he and his friend, Bryan Smith, were ambushed while trekking towards Pinatubo volcano in the northern Philippines, military officials said. Full Story

Plan to Kidnap Indian Cricket Stars
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 14:44 by TRC-News
The man who has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on the American Center in Kolkata also planned to murder a high-profile Indian nuclear scientist and kidnap two Indian cricket stars, a report says. The report, published in the Hindustan Times on Wednesday, said that a former scientific adviser to the prime minister, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, current Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar were on the hit-list. Full Story

Israeli PM Regrets Arafat Not 'Eliminated' in 1982
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 14:42 by TRC-News
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview on Thursday Israel should have killed Yasser Arafat in 1982 when it had the Palestinian leader under siege in Beirut. Sharon's comments underlined the depth of animosity between himself and Arafat after 16 months of violence and pushed the prospects of them holding peace talks even further back. Full Story

Powell: U.S. Trying to Rescue Kidnapped Reporter
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 14:41 by TRC-News
Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Thursday the United States was doing ``everything we can'' to rescue an American reporter kidnapped in Pakistan but there would be no negotiations over his captors' demands. A group claiming to hold Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, 38, said on Thursday it was extending by one day a deadline for the United States to release Pakistani prisoners from the Afghan war, or they would kill their captive. Full Story

Bush Warns Suspect Nations to Get 'House in Order'
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 14:40 by TRC-News
President Bush warned nations that might seek to terrorize the United States they had ``better get their house in order'' or face the consequences as he stepped up harsh rhetoric on Thursday against Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Full Story

FBI: Terrorists Use Internet
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 14:39 by TRC-News
The FBI said al-Qaida terrorists may have been studying American dams and water-supply systems in preparation for new attacks and sought information on the Internet about insecticides and pest-control products. The bureau's National Infrastructure Protection Center said Wednesday that a computer belonging to a person with "indirect ties" to Osama bin Laden contained architectural and engineering software as it related to dams and other water-retaining structures. Full Story

Suspected shoe-bomber 'did not act alone'
Posted Friday, January 25, 2002 - 14:54 by