2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Actions are part of
tightening D.C. security,
N.Y. airports closed
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two days
after the worst terrorist attack in Ameri-
can history, officials widened the secu-
rity buffer around the White House,
moved Vice President Dick Cheney to
Camp David and closed New York's
three airports to incoming flights.
The Capitol was evacuated as well,
lawmakers and aides streaming down
the front steps in haste.
White House spokesman Ari
Fleischer declined to describe the
reasons behind the change at the
Cheney's spokeswoman, Juleanna
Glover, said the vice president had
been moved as a "purely precautionary
The president remained in the White
House, according to Fleischer.
Federal Aviation Administration
spokesman William Shumann said
planes scheduled to flyto LaGuardia,
Kennedy or Newark could not take off
from their departing airports. He cited
FBI activity as the reason.
The Capitol was ordered evacuated
during the middle of a Senate vote,
and as lawmakers in the House were
receiving a briefing from FBI and CIA
officials about the terrorist attacks that
hit New York and Washington on
Tuesday. It was not clear whether the
Capitol evacuation was connected to
the other steps, since members of Con-
gress said they had been told that
police dogs had picked up suspicious
scent inside the Capitol.
In a further sign of concern, the Lin-
coln Memorial and Jefferson Memori-
al also were closed after being
reopened earlier in the day for the first
time since terrorist attacks earlier in
The events unfolded in a capital still
reeling from the attacks that leveled
the World Trade Center twin towers
and left the Pentagon badly damaged
- and as Bush was just beginning his
efforts to marshal a worldwide cam-
paign against terrorism.
Fighting back tears, the president
vowed earlier in the day to "lead the
world to victory" in a struggle that he
termed the first war of the 21st century.
Secretary of State Colin Powell
identified Osama bin Laden as the
prime suspect in Tuesday's attacks.
"There is a quiet anger in America,"
Bush said, adding he would travel
tomorrow to- New York, site of the
World Trade Center twin towers oblit-
erated in fearsome attacks earlier in
Some 4,763 people were unaccount-
ed for in New York, where terrorists
on Tuesday flew hijacked jetliners full
of fuel into first one tower and then the
other. The death toll was likely to
reach 190 at the Pentagon, which took
a similar hit.
The nation's anger rising as the death
count climbed, Congress hastened to
vote $20 billion as a first installment on
recovery and anti-terrorism efforts.
There also was discussion about pas-
sage of legislation authorizing a military
response to the attacks, although admin-
istration officials made clear they
believed the president already had the
authority he needed.
Two days after the terrorists hit, offi-
cials said they believed there had been'
18 hijackers in all on four planes-one
crashed in a field in Pennsylvania-
and were pursuing thousands of leads
in the investigation.
NEWS IN BRIEF: Y
HEA LINS FOMAROUND T EWORLD
Israelis kill 3 Palestinians, wound 21
Israeli tanks and bulldozers shelled buildings and exchanged fire with Pales-
tinian gunmen in the West Bank towns of Jenin and Jericho early yesterday,
killing three Palestinians and wounding at least 21 others.
The Israeli army said the latest incursions into Palestinian territory,
which lasted several hours, were intended to "root out terror." Palestinians
accused the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of exploiting the
world's preoccupation with terror attacks in the United States to escalate
its military strikes.
Amid the tensions, Secretary of State Colin Powell called Sharon and Pales-
tinian leader Yasser Arafat late Wednesday.
Arafat agreed to a Powell request that he meet as soon as possible with Israeli
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. Meanwhile, Peres said there was tentative agree-
ment on a meeting for truce talks, but details were not yet finalized.
The prospect of truce talks did not calm the highly charged atmosphere.
Sharon compared Arafat to accused terrorist Osama bin Laden, a leading sus-
pect in the attacks against the United States this week.
"Everyone has his own bin Laden. Arafat is our bin Laden, Israel radio quot-
ed Sharon as saying in his telephone conversation with Powell.
Macedonian peace process moving slowly
Macedonia's peace process inched forward yesterday, with NATO completing
the second phase of weapons collection and parliament deflecting a move to put
proposed concessions to ethnic Albanians to a referendum.
Under the peace accord, ethnic Albanian rebels surrender their weapons to
NATO troops in three separate batches.
The completion of each phase is to coincide with the passage of new legisla-
tion giving ethnic Albanians more rights, a key pillar of the effort to end the six-
Formally announcing the completion of phase two, Maj. Gen. Gunnar Lange,
commander of NATO's arms-gathering mission, said he informed President
Boris Trajkovski that more than two-thirds of the 3,300 weapons slated for col,
lection had been handed over.
"We hope we can continue with the momentum in this process," Lange said as
he left parliament.
NATO spokesman Mark Laity described yesterday as "another day of hope,
another good day."
Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with reporters at the StateDepartment in
Washington yesterday to discuss Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Powell identified
Osama bin Laden as a prime suspect in the attacks.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Unit-
ed States will launch sustained mili-
tary strikes against those behind the
terrorist attacks on New York and
Washington as well as their support
systems, a senior Pentagon official
In the most explicit description yet
of the Bush administration's inten-
tions, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul
Wolfowitz said the military retaliation
would continue until the roots of ter-
rorism are destroyed.
"One has to say it's not just simply a
matter of capturing people and hold-
ing them accountable, but removing
the sanctuaries, removing the support
systems, ending states who sponsor
terrorism," he told a news conference
in a Pentagon briefing room that still
smelled of smoke and soot.
Other defense officials, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said the
administration was considering
options that included the use of air, sea
and land forces over a lengthy period.
They said it was clear the administra-
tion would go ivell beyond the limited
strikes of recent years against Iraq,
Afghanistan and Sudan.
"This is not going to be a short pro-
gram," said Navy Secretary Gordon
In comments at the White House,
President Bush was less explicit about
the military's role but emphatic that
action would be taken in response toa
attacks that he has called acts of war.
"Now that war has been declared,
we will lead the world to victory,"
Wolfowitz made clear the adminis-
tration is not thinking of a limited
"One thing that is clear is you don't
do it with just a single military strike,
no matter how dramatic," he said.
The Navy has two aircraft carrier
battle groups - each with 75 war-
planes aboard -- in the vicinity of the
Arabian Sea, said Adm. Vern Clark,
the chief of naval operations. That is
twice the usual number for that part of
tQe world. The USS Enterprise, which
was due to return home after being
relieved earlier this month by the USS
Carl Vinson, has been ordered to
remain in the area indefinitely.
Those battle groups normally
include cruisers and submarines,
which could be used to launch long-
range cruise missile strikes, perhaps as
part of a prelude to attacks by manned
aircraft such as B-2 stealth bombers or
There were no indications yesterday
of a buildup of American forces in the
Middle East or elsewhere.
Neither Wolfowitz nor other defense
officials hinted at when the United
States might begin military strikes. On
Capitol Hill, some lawmakers urged
the administration to gather more
information about the perpetrators of
Tuesday's attacks and their supporters.
"This has got to be a very sophis-
ticated inquiry," said Sen. Dick
Lugar (R-Ind.) a senior member of
the Senate Foreign Relations Com-
Lugar was asked whether he
beljevge the United $,tates should,
launch a massive military response.
"There's no way of being able to
decide that prior to knowing how.
extensive the harboring or aiding and
abetting and organizing is," he said.
"That is why I would counsel that we'd
better know that before we begin sug-
gesting particular tactics of retalia-
Wolfowitz would not discuss specif-
ic military options.
"We're going to keep after these
people and the people who support
them until this stops," he said.
Second person gets
A man was implanted with a self-
contained artificial heart yesterday,
becoming only the second patient
in the world to receive the experi-
Tom Christerson, 70, was resting
comfortably at Jewish Hospital,
spokeswoman Barbara Mackovic,
The first implant was done at the
same hospital in early July.
"The patient is now recovering in
the intensive care unit at Jewish
Hospital," Abiomed Inc., the
device's maker, said in a news
The procedure on Christerson, of
Central City, Ky., was performed by
University of Louisville,,surgeons
Laman Gray Jr. and Robert Dowl-
ing, who also implanted an Abio-
Cor artificial heart in the chest of
Robert Tools on July 2.
U.S. accused of attack
in southern Iraq
An official Iraqi news agency
accused U.S. and British warplanes of
dropping bombs in southern Iraq on
yesterday - a claim denied by the Pen-
The official Iraqi News Agency said
an attack on villages in Wasit province,
115 miles south of Baghdad, caused no
casualties, but "led to the destruction of
several houses and the frightening of
children and citizens."
At the Pentagon, spokesman Navy
Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Davis said the United
States had not attacked Iraq. British
officials did not immediately com-
U.S. and British planes started
enforcing a "no-fly" zone in southern
and northern Iraq following the 1991
Gulf War. Iraq disputes the legitimacy
of the zones and regularly contests
allied patrols by firing missiles and
Convicted killer still
at large in Texas
The FBI issued a nationwide
alert yesterday for a convicted
killer who remained at large for a
second day after escaping from a
Texas prison through.a hole he
widened around a ceiling light fix-
Harold Laird, 26, was believed to
be driving a pickup truck reported
stolen shortly after he fled early
Wednesday from the state prison
near Beaumont, about 80 miles east
of Houston. Inside the truck was a
.22-caliber rifle and 500 rounds of
Authorities reported no sightings
yesterday of Laird or the truck.
"The inmate is extremely agile, cun-
ning and persuasive," prison
spokesman Larry Todd said.
"He is probably desperate at this
stage, and knowing that he is armed,
we consider him very dangerous."
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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JERUSALEM -The catastrophe
that struck the United States this week
will significantly shift the dynamics of
war and peace in the Middle East, for
good or for bad.
Israelis and Palestinians, witnessing
the extremes reached by terrorism on
American soil, may find new impetus
for ending their own carnage. Or, with
attention riveted elsewhere, the bloodlet-
ting here could escalate.
The Israeli government believes its_
military and diplomatic hand is
strengthened. Palestinian Authority
President Yasser Arafat, aware of
mounting anti-Arab sentiment through-
out the West, sees his position weak-
ened. Many here think he may be at a
crossroads that will determine his own
With some people casting this con-
flict as a clash of civilizations, Israel is
eager to join what it sees as an emerging
Western alliance against Islamic radical-
ism. In official statements, commen-
taries and radio broadcasts, Israel is
attempting to tar the Palestinian Author-
ity with the same brush as the terrorists
who crashed hijacked'airplanes into the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"Arafat is our Osama bin Laden,"
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