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Hamas vows retaliation for strike

NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -
Threatening bloody revenge, Islamic
militants and supporters of Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat marched side-by-
side yesterday in the funeral proces-
sion for Hamas members killed in an
Israeli commando raid, including one
of the group's top terror masterminds.
Hamas said it would unleash "all-
out war" in retaliation for the killing of
four members of its military wing,
Izzedine al Qassam. Israel, in turn,

said it would respond to a shooting
spree by a Palestinian gunman who
killed two women and wounded 14
bystanders in downtown Jerusalem on
Israel's new military intelligence
chief, Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-
Farkash, told legislators that Israel
must brace for a wave of Palestinian
attacks, "worse than what we have
experienced so far in Israeli cities," the
Yediot Ahronot daily said.

In a phone call yesterday, Arafat
asked Secretary of State Colin Powell
to send U.S. envoy Anthony ZinniZin-
ni back to the region. However, State
Department spokesman Richard
Boucher said there are no such plans.
Palestinian officials said it was the first
such phone call in 15 days.
The four Hamas members were
killed before dawn Tuesday in an
Israeli commando raid on their hideout
and explosives lab in the West Bank

town of Nablus.
When the Hamas men realized
they were surrounded by Israeli
forces, they detonated a bomb that
inadvertently blew open the door to
the apartment, military sources
said. The commandos killed the
four with handguns equipped with
silencers, according to Yediot.
Three men were killed in the sleep-
ing quarters and one in the bath-

Enron hean'ngs start as CEOresigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Enron's lead outside
auditor will refuse to testify before Congress yester-
day about his role in the destruction of financial doc-
uments, his lawyer said.
With a House panel nonetheless compelling the
Arthur Andersen auditor, David Duncan, to show up
at its hearing, Congress' public inquiry into the
shredding of documents headed for a dramatic open-
The drama intensified at Enron's Houston head-
quarters, meanwhile, with the surprise announce-
ment that embattled Chairman Kenneth Lay, one of
President Bush's biggest campaign donors, was
resigning. FBI agents have been in the building
investigating Enron's own alleged shredding of

financial documents.
Duncan warned Enron's chief accounting officer
last October that the wording of the company's draft
press release announcing huge third-quarter losses
could be misleading for investors, according to a
memo Duncan wrote for the files on Oct. 15 that was
obtained by investigators. It says his advice - made
after consulting with Andersen attorneys - was
One of the attorneys was Nancy Temple, who also
was subpoenaed to testify at today's hearing.
According to another document, Temple asked Dun-
can to delete her name and any reference to having
consulted with the Andersen attorneys from his

"If my name is mentioned it increases the chances
that I might be a witness, which I prefer to avoid,"
Temple wrote.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee
served a subpoena on Duncan yesterday. But one of
Duncan's attorneys, Robert Giuffra, told the commit-
tee in a letter that "he will rely on his constitutional
right not to testify" unless the panel grants him
Congress can compel witnesses to show up but
cannot force them to answer potentially incriminat-
ing questions without granting them immunity from
criminal prosecution.
Duncan already has talked to committee investiga-

Bush asks for increased war spending
President Bush called yesterday for nearly $50 billion in additional military
spending for the war on terrorism, the largest increase for the Pentagon in two
Privately, he assured Republican and Democratic leaders that he has "no
ambition whatsoever" to exploit the war on terrorism for political gain in this
election year.
With his chief political strategist, Karl Rove, seated behind him in the Cabinet
Room, Bush gave House and Senate leaders an update on the fight against ter-
rorists and added: "I have no ambition whatsoever to use this as a political issue.
There is no daylight between the executive and the legislative branches."
No one in the room for the closed-door morning meeting responded, accord-
ing to congressional and White House sources who related the scene to The
Associated Press.
Rove had caused a stir among Democrats last week when he told a GOP con-
ference that Republicans would do well to talk up the popular war in this year's
midterm elections.
In an afternoon address to the Reserve Officers Association, Bush gave the
first details of the $2 trillion budget that he submits to Congress on Feb. 4.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan
U.S. forces seize Afghan warlord's weapons
U.S. special forces and their Afghan allies confiscated thousands of weapons
from a local warlord yesterday, officials said, as troops pressed the search for Tal-
iban and al-Qaida renegades in southern Afghanistan.
At the U.S. military base outside Kandahar, the FBI director said mem-
bers of Osama bin Laden's terror network detained here have provided
valuable information that has prevented new attacks against U.S. targets
In the southern province of Helmand, anti-Taliban fighters and U.S. special
forces searched house-to-house in four villages looking for al-Qaida and Taliban
renegades, including the deposed Islamic militia's supreme leader, Mullah
Mohammed Omar; according to Afghan sources.
The search turned up no trace of Omar, who refused to turn over bin Laden for
his role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
However, special forces and their Afghan allies confiscated about 2,000
weapons ranging from small arms to heavy artillery, according to Khalid Pash-



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tun, an aide to Kandahar Gov. Gul Agha.
Congress forcasts
2-year deficit
Projected federal surpluses over the
next decade have plunged 71 percent
from last year's estimates and annual
deficits are back for the next two
years, says a new congressional fore-
cast that heralds a budget squeeze
sure to color this fall's elections.
The nonpartisan Congressional
Budget Office estimated yesterday
a 10-year surplus of $1.6 trillion, a
staggering $4 trillion less than the
$5.6 trillion the office estimated
only a year ago. Both projections
by CBO, Congress' official budget
analyst, are for 2002 through 2011,
and assume no changes in current
tax or spending programs.
Further dramatizing the worsen-
ing fiscal pressures faced by Presi-
dent Bush and Congress, CBO is
now projecting one-year deficits' of
$21 billion this year and $14 billion
in fiscal 2003, which starts Oct. 1.
Prison will decrease
number of entrants
The Pentagon said yesterday it was
holding off sending more of the al-
Qaida and Taliban figures to Cuba for
security reasons. A defense official,
speaking on condition of anonymity,
said the makeshift prison is reaching
capacity, and it could be easier for the
captives to create problems if they
were doubled up in cells while more
are being built.

White House spokesman Ari
Fleischer said President Bush is
"perfectly satisfied" conditions at
Guantanamo are humane and fair.
Bush also believes that the
detainees are linked to al-Qaida,
"and if they were free they would
engage in murder once again."
The detainees are settling into a
mundane routine of eating and
praying in this tropical prison, bro-
ken by occasional showers and
bouts of despair.
Identity theft tops
FTC complaints
Identity theft was the leading con-
sumer fraud complaint reported last
year, far exceeding gripes about Inter-
net auctions and services.~- " ,
Of the 204,000 complaints com-
piled by the Federal Trade Commis-
sion; 42 percent involved identity
theft, the agency said yesterday. The
figures come from a government
database that collects complaints
from more than 50 law enforcement
and consumer groups.
Other top consumer fraud com-
plaints were problems with Internet
auctions (10 percent), involving
goods that were delivered late or not
at all and items less valuable than
advertised; deceptive trial offers and
charges from Internet and computer
services (7 percent); and shop-at-
home and catalog offers that failed to
deliver or honor guarantees (6 per-
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