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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 13, 2001


Passengers may have thwarted terrorists

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SI-IANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Just before United
Flight 93 crashed, some of the passengers learned of
the attacks on the World Trade Center and may have
tried to overpower their hijackers and keep the jetlin-
er from hitting another landmark.
Authorities have not disclosed whether there was a
struggle aboard the plane, and have not said what
caused the airliner carrying 45 people to plunge into a
Pennsylvania field.
But some of the victims telephoned relatives from
the plane and said that they had resolved to wrest
control of the flight back from their captors.
Passenger Jeremy Glick telephoned his wife,

Liz, after terrorists took over, Glick's uncle Tom
Crowley said yesterday. She conferenced the call
to a 911 dispatcher, who told Glick about the New
York attacks.
"Jeremy and the people around them found out
about the flights into the World Trade Center and
decided that if their fate was to die, they should
fight," Crowley said.
"At some point, Jeremy put the phone down and
simply went and did what he could do" with the help
of an unspecified number of other passengers.
Among them was Thomas Burnett, a 38-year-old
business executive from California. In a series of

four cellular phone calls, Burnett had his wife,
Deena, conference in the FBI and calmly gathered
information about the other hijacked flights.
Burnett said "a group of us are going to do some-
thing," his wife said, and he gave every indication
that sacrificing the passengers wasn't part of their
"Ile was coming home. He wasn't leaving. He was
going to solve this problem and come back to us,"
she said at her home in San Ramon, Calif.
The three other hijacked planes in Tuesday's
attacks destroyed New York's twin towers and
severely damaged the Pentagon.


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High court lets stand execution stay *
The Supreme Court yesterday turned down Ohio's request to allow the state to
move ahead with the execution of a killer who has chosen the electric chair over
lethal injection.
The court, with three justices dissenting, refused to overturn a stay that an
appeals court granted earlier this week to John W. Byrd Jr.
Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence
Thomas said Ohio should be allowed to immediately put Byrd to death.
"John Byrd's case has lingered in the courts long enough," Ohio Attorney
General Betty Montgomery told justices in an appeal filed yesterday.
Byrd, convicted in the 1983 stabbing death of a Cincinnati convenience store
clerk, has chosen the electric chair over lethal injection to illustrate what he says is
the brutality of capital punishment. Ohio gives its death row inmates that option.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Byrd's
requests to re-examine his appeal on Monday. But the execution was postponed
from 10 a.m. Yesterday until Oct. 8 because one judge asked for more time for
the full court to study the case.
The dissenting justices said that was not enough justification to delay his exe-
Palestinian militants killed in latest violence
Israeli troops killed at least seven Palestinians and wounded dozens more yes-
terday during fighting in and around the West Bank city of Jenin, drawing
charges from Palestinians that the Jewish state is using the terrorist attack on the
United States as an excuse to escalate military action.
Among the dead were two leaders of the militant Islamic Jihad movement.
Security sources identified them as Wael Assaf and Assad Dakah who were
killed along with a third militant, Sufian Arda, in the village of Arrabeh.
Security sources described Assaf as the leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern
West Bank and Dakah as the group's leader in the town of Tulkarm. In a state-
ment, the army said the three were killed in an exchange of fire when special
forces tried to arrest them.
Palestinians said the three died when Israeli forces shelled the home of the
Arda family. Sufian Arda's 12-year-old sister, Balqees, also died in the attack,
Palestinian sources said.
Tanks first surrounded Jenin late Monday night. Forces shelled a refugee camp,
then briefly moved into the city yesterday morning.


MANAMA, Bahrain
Inquiry expanded on
downed spy plane.
American military experts were
examining data yesterday transmitted
from an unmanned U.S. spy plane to
ground controllers to determine why it
went down over southern Iraq.
Iraqi television, meanwhile, showed
footage yesterday of what it described
as the wreckage of the plane Baghdad
says it shot down one day earlier. Five
or six pieces of debris, including part
of a twisted wing, were shown scat-
tered in a 70-square-foot area.
The United States says it has lost two
unmanned Predator spy planes in the past
month - both of which Iraq claimed to
have shot down - but has not acknowl-
edged any hits by hostile fire.
The losses of both Predators were
under investigatign, said Maj. Brett
Morris, a U.S. Air Force officer and
spokesman for a Saudi-based joint task
force that oversees the air patrols over
southern Iraq.
KABUL, Afghanistan
Attorneys ask Taliban
to see detained clients
Parents and Western diplomats pressed
the Taliban for access to eight jailed aid
workers so they can develop a legal
defense as their trial on charges of preach-
ing Christianity entered its second week.
Inside the muddy brown supreme
court building in Kabul, Chief Justice
Noor Mohammed Saqib was sequestered
away in his office Monday at a weekly
meeting of judges from throughout this

devoutly Muslim country.
The case of the eight foreign workers
was one of several to be discussed
throughout the day, said court officials,
who asked not to be identified. The
judges were not expected to make any
decisions regarding the case.
Grappling with Afghanistan's unfa-
miliar legal system, diplomats from
the United States, Germany and Aus-
tralia sent a request to the Taliban's
foreign ministry asking to see their
detained nationals on Sunday.

17-year-old computer
hacker sentenced


A 17-year-old computer hacker who
jammed major websites, raising ques-
tions about global Internet security, was
sentenced yesterday to eight months in a
detention center and fined $165.
{ Judge Gilles Ouellet said the youth
showed a "high degree of preparation
and premeditation" in carrying out
attacks on Internet sites including
Amazon and CNN.
"The motivation was undeniable.
The adolescent had a criminal intent,"
Ouellet said.
Known by his Internet nickname of
Mafiaboy, the youth pleaded guilty
earlier this year to 58 charges related
to attacks and security breaches of
Internet sites in Canada, the United
States, Denmark and Korea in Febru-
ary 2000.
He was 15 at the time and faced a
maximum sentence of two years of*
youth detention.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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