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Bush may release bin

Video showing al-Qaida leader
celebrating success of attacks
could be made public within days
WASHINGTON (AP) - Osama bin Laden claims
he calculated in advance how many casualties "the
enemy" would suffer on Sept. 11 and was delighted to
see his estimate surpassed, according to a videotape
President Bush wants the world to see.
The president said the tape "just reminds me of what
a murderer he is."
Two senior administration officials said privately
that Bush was leaning toward making public the tape
seized in Afghanistan. They said he was holding off on
a final decision while intelligence officials recheck
their Arabic translation and anything that might betray
intelligence-gathering methods. The tape could be
released in the next two days, officials said.
Bush, during a White House event celebrating
Hanukkah, did not address whether he would release
the tape but isaid of bin Laden: "This man wants to
destroy any semblance of civilization for his own
deal to cut
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia and the
United States are near agreement on
drastic cuts in long-range nuclear arse-
nals but remain at odds over a U.S.
missile defense, Secretary of State
Colin Powell said yesterday.
Russian Foreign Minister Igor
Ivanov said the arms-reduction deal
could be ready for the next summit
between President Bush and Russian
President Vladimir Putin, tentatively
scheduled for Moscow next spring.
But the U.S.-Russian disagreement
over missile defense is so deep that
Russia is bracing for the possibility of"
a U.S. withdrawal from the landmark |y
1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty,
Ivanov told a joint news conference
with Powell at the Kremlin.
"The positions of the sides remain
unchanged," Ivanov said. Palestinian
Despite the missile-defense which killed
impasse, both Ivanov and Powell were
upbeat about prospects for wrapping
up a deal to reduce nuclear warheads.
Powell said he was taking Bush;Isr
Russian recommendation on arms cuts
that responds to Bush's announcement
last month that the United States
would cut its nuclear arsenal over the m i
next decade by two-thirds, from just
under 6,000 warheads now to between
1,700 and 2,200. HEBROI
Powell did not disclose specifics. attack heli
But a senior State Department official, police post:
briefing reporters on Powell's plane, after Palesti
said the Russian recommendation was settlements
in the same ball park as the Bush snarl U.S. e
announcement. One pers
Ivanov said Russia prefers to see the latest Israe
reductions presented in treaty form. The buildin
Bush has opposed such a move in the attack, they
past, suggesting that the reductions The Israe
should be put on less formal grounds. was retalia
But Powell told reporters that both fire at Jewi
countries "recognize the need for a Israeli girl
codification of the new levels we're mortar shel
going to. ... It might be in the form of "despite Isr
a treaty, or some other way of codify- attacks ceas
ing it." Yesterda
"With respect to what that agreed missiles at
lower level will be, we're very close," Hebron in
Powell said. Palestinian

power" The chilling nature of the tape stands in con-
trast to the spirit of the holiday season, Bush said.
"For those who see this tape, they realize that not
only is he guilty of incredible murder, he has no con-
science and no soul. He represents the worst of civi-
lization," Bush said.
The tape, which was discovered about 10 days ago
in an abandoned apartment in Jalalabad, Afghanistan,
was described to reporters by the small circle of
administration officials who have seen the video or
read a translation of its contents. A date stamped on
the tape suggests it was produced in November, one of
the officials said.
"The body language that I saw, really was just dis-
gusting. I mean, that people would take delight in hav-
ing killed innocent civilians is horrible," said Deputy
Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.
Apparently made by an amateur with a handheld
camera, the videotape shows bin Laden being inter-
viewed or meeting with a cleric about the suicide
hijackings that killed thousands in New York, Wash-
ington and Pennsylvania. The suspected terrorist mas-
termind, speaking in Arabic, reportedly tells the story

-aden tape
of how he tuned into news shows on the morning of
Sept. 11, waited for reports of the first strikes on the
World Trade Center, and then told companions there
was more to come - evidently referring to planes that
later crashed into the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania
field. He says he had only expected New York's twin
towers to collapse only down to the level of where the
hijacked airliners struck.
Two intelligence officials, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said bin Laden also revealed that, in
advance of Sept. 11, he tallied up how many Ameri-
cans could be killed, a casualty estimate "for the
enemy." Some 3,300 people died in the attacks.
In another section of the crudely produced tape, bin
Laden's comments suggest that the plot's ringleaders
did not tell all the hijackers that their mission would
end in death. He also says that the suicide hijackers
will be awarded virgins in the afterlife, sources said.
"The president wants to share as much as possible
with the country, to be as forthright as possible and to
let people cope to their own judgments by seeing
things for themselves," said White House press secre-
tary Ari Fleischer, who read a transcript of the tape.

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The Federal Reserve, faced with an economy now officially suffering through
a recession and shedding jobs at the fastest pace in two decades, is widely
expected to cut interest rates today for the 11th time this year.
But many economists believe the central bank will also signal that its aggres-
sive credit lowering is drawing to a close by making a quarter-point reduction
instead of the bigger half-point moves it has favored for most of this year.
Some analysts had thought that the central bank might decide to leave rates
unchanged at its final meeting of the year given some tentative positive signs,
such as stronger-than-expected auto sales in October and November and a big
jump in factory orders. Those views changed on Friday when the government
reported that the unemployment rate shot up to 5.7 percent in November as
another 331,000 Americans lost their jobs, bringing total job losses over the past
two months to 800,000, the largest total in 21 years.
The central bank launched the current easing campaign with a surprise half-
point cut on Jan. 3, in between its regular meetings. In the 10 rate cuts so far this
year, seven came at regularly scheduled meetings and three occurred between


Bus company busted for smuggling migrants.

Federal law enforcement officials have broken up a large illegal immigrant
smuggling ring that used a Los Angeles-based bus company to transport immi-
grants from U.S. cities near the Mexican border to locations around the Western
part of the country, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft announced yesterday.
Thirty-two people were indicted in "Operation Great Basin," including the
president and other corporate officers of Golden State Transportation, a regional
bus company, and six alleged smugglers, Ashcroft said. They were charged with
"transporting and harboring illegal aliens for profit," he said.
The indictments allege that Golden State officials conspired with smugglers to
transport between 50 and 300 migrants a day from the southwest border to such
cities as Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Las Vegas. The alleged scheme involved
immigrants already in the United States who had been taken to private homes to
await transportation to other cities. Bus company officials allegedly allowed
smugglers to buy large blocks of tickets in advance and schedule arrivals and

is gather around the car hit by Israeli helicopter m in the West Bank town of Hebron yesterday. The missile attack,
d a 3-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, was apparently targeting an Islamic Jihad activist who was riding in the car.
ael coninues retaliation;
Issiles kill -2 boys In car

Armey might step
down at end of term
House Majority Leader Dick
Armey, second-ranking leader among
Republicans and an advocate for tax
cuts and smaller government, has told
associates he may retire at the end of
his term, sources close to the Texas
lawmaker said last night.
A decision to step down could open
up a lively race among fellow Republi-
cans eager to claim his powerful post.
One source, who spoke on condition
of anonymity, said Armey had notified
House Speaker Dennis Hastert and
other Republicans that he may not seek
re-election to a 10th term in 2002.
Armey, 61, faces a filing deadline of
Jan. 2 in Texas, but he could announce
his plans sooner, possibly within days.
One source familiar with Armey's
thinking said the Texan was not consid-
ering retirement for reasons of health or
Annan accepts Nobel
Peace PriZe for U.N.
OSLO, Norway
Saying the world "entered the third
millennium through a gate of fire"
ignited on Sept. 11, U.N. Secretary-
General Kofi Annan accepted the cen-
tennial Nobel Peace Prize yesterday.
with a call for humanity to fight pover-
ty, ignorance and disease.
Annan said the terrorist attacks in

the United States showed that "new
threats make no distinction between
races, nations or regions." The world
now has "a deeper awareness of the
bonds that bind us all - in pain and in
prosperity," he said.
"Today, no walls can separate
humanitarian or human rights crises in
one part of the world from national
security crises in another," he said.
"What begins with the failure to
uphold the dignity of one life, all too
often ends with a calamity for entire


Study links Gehrig's
disease, Gulf service

N, West Bank (AP) - Israeli
copters struck a Palestinian
in northern Gaza early today,
nians fired mortars at Jewish
in violence that continued to
fmorts to arrange a truce.
on was slightly injured in the
li strike, Palestinians said.
ig was evacuated before the
eli military said the air strike
tion for Palestinian mortar
sh settlements in Gaza. An
was slightly wounded by a
, a military statement said,
aeli demands that the mortar
y, Israeli helicopters fired
a car waiting at a stoplight in
the West Bank, killing two
boys, ages 3 and 13, and

wounding at least seven people -
including a suspected Islamic militant
who was the target of the attack.
The raid drew an angry response
from the Palestinian leadership and fur-
ther complicated peace efforts by U.S.
envoy Anthony Zinni, who shuttled
between meetings with Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat in a renewed bid to
halt the violence.
European Union foreign ministers
meeting in Brussels, Belgium, issued a
statement yesterday calling on Arafat to
dismantle Palestinian radical groups and
declare an end to the violent uprising
against Israel. European countries have
traditionally tilted toward the Palestini-
ans, and the move pointed to the
increasing international pressure on
Arafat to crack down on militants.

Still, the violence overshadowed the
diplomatic initiatives.
In Hebron, one of the most*volatile
spots in the West Bank, a pair of Israeli
helicopter gunships fired two missiles
that damaged at least three cars waiting
at a traffic light in a bustling part of the
A car carrying Islamic Jihad activist
Mohammed Ayoub Sidr, 26, took a
direct hit, wounding him and turning the
vehicle into a charred, smoking ruin.
Another passenger in the car, 3-year-
old Burhan Himouni, was dismembered,
while his father lost both legs, said Dr.
Jamil Haslamoun at Ahli Hospital. The
two men in the car were related by mar-
riage, and relatives said they had been
headed to a bakery to buy traditional
sweets for the Muslim holy month of

Americans who served in the Gulf
War were nearly twice as likely to
develop Lou Gehrig's disease as other
military personnel, the government
reported yesterday. It was the first
time officials acknowledged a scien-
tific link between service in the Gulf
and a specific disease.
The Department of Veterans Affairs
said it would immediately offer disabili-
ty and survivor benefits to veterans with
the disease who served in the Persian
Gulf during the conflict a decade ago.
"The hazards of the modern day bat-
tlefield are more than bullet wounds and
saber cuts," said Anthony Principi, sec-
retary of Veterans Affairs.
The research, which included nearly
2.5 million military personnel, is one of
the largest epidemiological studies ever
conducted and offers the most conclu-
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


Three months later, America still reeling

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WASHINGTON (AP) - From a never-imagined
war to a micromanaged manhunt, the pursuit of justice
for the terrorist attacks has shifted in the three months
since Sept. 11.
At home, the horrific attacks cast a pall over the
economy and the holiday season. Abroad, backed by
U.S. firepower, local fighters routed the Taliban out of
its last stronghold last week, forcing the core still loyal
to Osama bin Laden and his now-fugitive host, Mullah
Mohammed Omar, into the hills.
Both men remain very much wanted by the United
States, and officials warned that although the war is on
a different footing, it is far from over.
U.S. involvement was likely to deepen as emphasis
shifts to the hard-core supporters. Marines mobilized
near the fallen Taliban stronghold of Kandahar yester-
day to cut off escape routes for Taliban leaders and
fighters from bin Laden's terror network.
"There are still a lot of senior al-Qaida and senior

Taliban people left," said Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld. "Our job has got a long way to go."
In some respects, it's come a long way.
In 66 days since the bombing began Oct. 7, coalition
forces have shredded the Taliban as a political and mil-
itary force.
Al-Qaida terrorist training camps have been
destroyed and B-52s are dropping heavy bombs on a
network of caves in eastern Afghanistan.
Nine U.S. personnel have died, and the numbers of
Afghan casualties - while difficult to assess - are
likely in the thousands.
Even as its soldiers keep fighting, the United States'
diplomats are pressing the case for a stable postwar
Afghanistan, working closely with the United Nations
to set up the provisional government.
Four Afghan factions have agreed to a six-month
interim government and named a leader, Hamid
Karzai. The scion of a ruling family respected at home

for his nationalism and in the West for his moderate
outlook, Karzai pledged to restore rights for women -
naming two to his Cabinet - and rejected any truce
that would allow Omar to go free.
The Bush administration -hoping to draw Islamic
nations into a postwar effort to stabilize the region -
has stressed the mission's humanitarian thrust. So far,
U.S. aircraft have dropped 2.1 million food packs to
war-beleaguered Afghans.
Yesterday in Kabul, Americans reclaimed the U.S.
Embassy 12 years after it was abandoned.
Progress in the war did little to stem the economic
downturn that Sept. 11 accelerated.
The nation's unemployment rate shot up to 5.7 per-
cent in November and.the job loss total for the past two
months hit 800,000, the worst in more than two
decades. The figures reflect huge post-attack layoffs
across a swath of the U.S. economy, with airlines and
other travel industries particularly hard-hit.

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