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2A - The Michigan Daiy -- Monaay, November 20. 2000

NATION ORLD

6 etained in USS Cole bng

P Suspects say they have never
net but communicated through a
third party
ADEN, Yemen (AP) -- In one portrait emerging
from Yemen, the plotters who attacked a U.S. war-
ship in the port of Aden came from across the
region, inspired by hatred, hardened by war and
determined enough to try again and again until they
were able to strike a mighty target.
Yemeni sources close to the investigation of the
Oct. 12 bombing say authorities have detained six
Yemeni men they believe were key accomplices.
cores of people have been held so far, but the
.sources said these six are the first described as cen-
:itt I players - including a main plotter.
The sources, who spoke late last week on condi-
tion they not be named, said no charges would be
filed until the investigation was complete. Yemen's
Interior Minister Mohammed Hussein Arab told 26
September, a state-run weekly newspaper, that
charges would be referred to the judiciary "in the
,text few weeks."
The article, which ran in last week's edition, quot-

ed the minister as saying 'several key suspects' had
been arrested. It wasn't clear if those were the six
referred to by the AP's sources.
The sources said the main accomplice was in
charge of the operation in Yemen and coordinated
between different cells involved in the attack. He
reportedly told Yemeni investigators he received his
orders from a man in the United Arab Emirates
described as an Arab veteran of the U.S.-backed guer-
rilla war to drive Soviet forces from Afghanistan.
Quoting Prime Minister Abdul-Karim al-Iryani, The
Washington Post reported on Thursday that the two
men who carried out the suicide bombing have been
identified as Yemeni veterans of the Afghan war.
But according to the AP's sources, the man believed
to be a main plotter of the Aden bombing said one of
the suicide bombers may have been from Saudi Arabia.
The sources also said two small American govern-
ment planes left Aden for the United States Wednes-
day and Thursday carrying documents related to the
case. Details about the documents were not known.
After months of careful planning, two suicide
bombers brought a small boat laden with explosives
alongside the USS Cole and detonated it. The explo-
sion killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured 39.

The main accomplice reportedly told investigators
he never met either of the two men and communicat-
ed with them through a third party. The plotters
reportedly worked in cells of two or three people,
and many suspects did not know each other.
Ed Badolato, a former U.S. government anti-ter-
rorism official, said the plotters were organized in
cell structures that point to at least three militant
Islamic groups: Egypt's al-Gamaa al-Islamiya;
Afghan war veterans linked to America's No. I ter-
ror suspect, Osama bill Laden; or homegrown
Yemeni groups.
Both the Egyptian group, which aims to overthrow
its country's secular government, and bin Laden's fol-
lowers have historically had strong ties to Yemen,
where they have support among Yemenis able to pro-
vide them fake travel and identification documents -
either out of sympathy for their cause or for cash.
"They are famous for doing this, not just for bin
Laden, but f-or other groups " Badolato said.
Badolato said any govenment employees who
may have helped the Cole bombing plotters were not
sponsored by the govermnent. Yemeni authorities
have detained lower- and midlevel security officials
in connection with the attack.

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R ECOUNT
Continued from Page 1A
With recounts under way in two
Democratic-leaning counties and a third
set to begin, Gore gained 96 votes,
which if allowed would cut Bush's lead
to 834. Yesterday, both sides objected to
county vote-counting procedures.
Gore narrowly won the national
popular vote and holds a slight edge
over Bush in the all-important Elec-
toral College tally, though neither man
can reach the required total of 270
electoral votes without Florida's 25.
The texas govern or spent the day
with his family in Austin, Texas. At a
church service he and his wife attend-
cd, the pastor, Ann Beaty, prayed: "We
continue our prayers for the political
process in this country and for those
most closely afected by it. May your
pat nce be their patience."
Gore canceled plans to attend a long-
scheduled conference in Tennessee, the
home state that deserted him for Bush
on Election Day. About 100 pro-Bush
protesters packed the sidewalks across
from his official residence in Washing-
ton. "We want Bush!"they shouted.
The identity of America's 43rd pres-
ident rests with the courts and in the
ballot-counting rooms of Palm Beach,
Broward and Miami-Dade counties,
where more than 1.5 million ballots
were cast, a majority from Democrats.
"It seems to be that they're doing
everything they can to stop the recount-
ing of votes because they're slightly
ahead and they fear that after the
recounting they won't be' Democratic
vice presidential candidate Joseph
Lieberman said.
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ACROSS TH E NATioN
Parties split on Electoral College review
More than a third of this year's Democratic presidential electors say they iant
to re-examine or scrap the Electoral College that takes the final vote on the next
person in the White House, while fewer than one in ten Republicans think the
nation should even consider tinkering with the system, an AP survey found. -
The partisan breakdown is not surprising, given that the Demoratic candidate,
Al Gore, may lose the presidency while winning the popular vote. Republica
George W. Bush, if declared the victor in Florida, would win the electoral vote.
The Associated Press interviewed 342 electors, or nearly two-thirds of the
538-member Electoral College.
"It's silly," said Gore elector Lana Boldi, a political coordinator for United Auto
Workers in Michigan. "We're 200 years or more past when we really need that safe-
guard. I think the average voter is intelligent enough to cast a popular vote."
"It's a well thought-out system. I believe it's just as valid today as it's ever
been," said Bush elector W.R. Timken Jr. of Ohio, a manufacturing executive
who was also an elector for Bush's father in 1988.
"If it was pure popular vote, the election would be all about the biggest cities
and biggest states, and the rest of the country would be forgotten."
Ninety-four Democratic electors, or 35 percent of the 267 Gore electors certi
fied so far, wanted either reform or debate on the future of the Electoral College.
That comes to 58 percent of 161 Democratic electors reached by the AP.
Thousands protest thesis is based on emotion and false-
r hood."
School of Americas Wearing plastic parkas, many of he
protesters shivered in near-freezing
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Police temperatures and occasional rain as
arrested 1,700 protesters who had they marched to a point where they
marched into Fort Benning yester- were halted by military and civilia
day demanding the closing of the police.
Army's School of the Americas, a
training center for Latin American .
soldier. Shipments begn
About twice that nutmber, including Shipmeintsnli
actor Martin Sheei, had entered the for Clinton libray
west-central Georgia post, chanting LITTLE ROCK - In the hotrrs
and carrying cardboard coffins and before dawn, 50 tons of President Clin-
crosses, while others continued the ton's memorabilia were unloaded yes-
protest outside the gates. terday into an old auto dealership
The demonstrations have been remodeled to store the country's largest
spearheaded for 11I years by Roy presidential collection.
Bourgeois, a Catholic priest who The fist shipment for the Clinton
served in Bolivia. Bougeois blames Presidential Library contained paint-
the school for human rights abuses ings, antiques, books, and gifts from the
committed by some of the school's heads of state of foreignlcountries, said
former students. Skip Rutherford, coordinator of the pri-
Army officials termed the charge vately funded S25 million project.
absurd. The gifts, which actually belong to
"I'd characterize it as false and as the United States, have "high intrinsic
propaganda," Maj. Gen. John value and high diplomatic value."
LeMoyne, the post commander, said Rutherford said. "They are one of a
at a news conference today. "Roy's kind."
AROUND TH E WORLD
Barak Arafat seak shooting, rather than the large-scae,
P sustained clashes that chaactergd
of restraint for crisis much of the conflict that has claimed
more than 230 lives, most of them
JERUSALEM - After seven Palestinian.
weeks of Mideast bloodshed, Israeli Previous lulls have lasted only
Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Pales- briefly, followed by renewed spasms
tinian leader Yasser Arafat aren't on of unrest. Still, both sides said yester-
speaking terms, but both are speaking day there were hopeful signs that calm
of restraint. could be restored.
Barak said yesterday that Israel
didn't want to escalate the conflict, and F --iin warns he
therefore was not planning to retaliate 1'
for the shooting death of an Israeli sol- will resign position
dier. Palestinian leaders said they were
working to implement Arafat's recent LIMA, Peru - President AbeiW
call for an end to shooting from territo- to Fujimori, whose 10-year author-
ry under his control. itarian rule has crumbled in recent
Unrest yesterday was scarce, months over scandals involving
though still deadly. A 14-year-old corruption, said in Tokyo early
Palestinian boy was killed and six today that he would resign wiflin
Palestinians injured in a brief clash in 48 hours.
the Gaza Strip, doctors said. Also, an Fujimori issued a brief written
Israeli diplomat suffered minor statement confirming announce-
wounds in a shooting attack in the ments made hours earlier in Peru
capital of neighboring Jordan. by his prime minister and his sec-
But overall; violence has ebbed. In ond vice president.
the past few days, most casualties
have come from brief outbursts of - Compiedfiom Dailv wIre reports.
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