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Subpoena coming in Enron case
NEWS IN BRIEF"
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional commit-
tees took steps yesterday to subpoena Enron's no-show
former chairman, while the Justice Department reject-
ed a Democratic call for a special prosecutor to investi-
gate the collapse of his energy-trading company.
Former chairman Kenneth Lay was to have been the
star witness at congressional hearings this week, but he
abruptly backed out Sunday night.
The Senate Commerce Committee scheduled a vote
today on a subpoena to force Lay's appearance.
Rep. Michael Oxley (R-Ohio), said the House
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Financial Services Committee would issue a subpoena
to compel Lay's appearance "at the earliest practical
Lay, who resigned as chairman on Jan. 23, quit his
remaining position as a director yesterday.
"It's not possible to figure out what caused this huge
Enron ship to capsize if you can't hear from the cap-
tain," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), chairman of the Sen-
ate Commerce Committee, said a special prosecutor
was needed because the Bush Justice Department
could not be relied on to investigate objectively.
The Justice Department said in a statement that it
sees no reason to appoint a special counsel to investi-
gate Enron. "No person involved in pursuing this
investigation has any conflict, or any ties that would
require a recusal," the department said.
Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped aside from
the investigation last month because he had received
campaign donations from Enron in his failed 2000
Senate bid. The probe is being led by Deputy Attorney
General Larry Thompson.
Bush wants increase
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - On
the day he submitted his new budget to Con-
gress, President Bush called on lawmakers to
rally behind his $48 billion increase for the Pen-
tagon just as they've supported him in the war
"We're unified in Washington on winning this
war," Bush told military personnel. "One way to
express our unity is for Congress to set the military
budget and the defense of the United States as the
No. 1 priority and fully fund my request."
For his tough-talking speech to promote his
defense budget, Bush wore a leather bomber
jacket with an American flag patch stitched
over his heart. Air Force personnel in camou-
flage fatigues welcomed him into a hangar
with a deafening cheer.
Back in Washington, lawmakers began review-
ing the four-volume, $2.12 trillion spending plan
that Bush formally submitted yesterday. In it, he
asked Congress for a $48 billion increase in Penta-
gon spending. The money would build new high-
tech weapons and equipment as well as improve
military salaries and health benefits.
The successful campaign in Afghanistan
proved the value of precision weapons, not only
in defeating the enemy but in sparing innocent
lives, Bush said. "And the budget I submit
makes it clear we need more of them."
"We need to be agile, quick to move. We need
to be able to send our troops on the battlefields in
places that many of us never thought there would
be a battlefield. We need to replace aging aircraft
and get ready to be able to defend freedom with
the best equipment possible," he added.
Bush said the Sept. 11 terrorists were getting
more than they perhaps bargained for when they
struck the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Editor pleads for Pearl's safe return
After a series of hoax e-mails, the managing editor of The Wall Street Jour-
nal issued an open letter yesterday to the group he believes responsible for the
kidnapping of reporter Daniel Pearl, asking for a private dialogue to "address
Pearl's wife, meanwhile, issued an impassioned appeal for his life and said
she was willing to die in his place.
Paul Steiger, the Journal managing editor, addressed the letter to the National
Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty.
That organization signed the first e-mail sent on Jan. 27 claiming to have
abducted Pearl who disappeared four days earlier. Attached to that claim were
photographs of the journalist - one with a gun pointed at his head, another
with Pearl holding a newspaper dated Jan. 27.
That communication demanded that Washington return Pakistani prisoners
held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for trial in Pakistan. The
Bush administration has ruled out any negotiations.
"I know that the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty
is very serious and wants others to know about its movement. To assure that this
happens it is important for you to respond to this message," Steiger's letter said.
Five Palestinians slain in surge of violence
The Israeli military's legal adviser reportedly proposed tightening criteria for
targeted killings of Palestinian extremists - just as five members of a radical
Palestinian group were slain yesterday in what Palestinians said was the latest
Israeli assassination of suspected militants.
Israel remained silent about its role in yesterday's deaths, but the development
focused new attention on the controversial Israeli policy in which dozens of
Palestinians accused of terrorism have been killed.
Palestinian security officials said Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car car-
rying five members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine near
Rafah in the Gaza Strip. The attack left the car a mass of twisted, smoldering
metal and killed four passengers instantly; a fifth died later.
"I heard a huge explosion and then I saw fire coming from the car" said Suleiman
Abu Arza who said he saw "bodies, arims of people spread all over."
Israel had no comment on the strike, but the DFLP, a radical wing of Palestin-
ian leader Yasser Arafat's PLO, threatened revenge in a leaflet that promised to
"very soon... shake the land under the feet of the occupiers."
President Bush waves to servicemen and their families as
he visits Eglin Air Force Base in Florida yesterday.
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Two warlords in northern
Afghanistan are ready to withdraw
from the region's main city, a
spokesman for one of the factions
Between them, the warlords control
the volatile north and pose some of the
biggest challenges to Afghanistan's
interim government as it tries to assert
Envoys for Atta Mohammed and
Gen. Rashid Dostum, a longtime rival,
agreed to the pact mediated by a third
faction led by Muhammad Mohaqqeq,
according to Wasiqullah, a top aide to
Wasiqullah said the factions agreed to
pull out of Mazar-e-Sharif and forge a
new security force. They also pledged to
eventually demobilize tens of thousands
of fighters who have protected the war-
lords' interests for years, said Wasiqul-
U.S. may fight Iraq
without allies' help
Allies who strongly support the war
on terror are squirming as the Bush
administration debates whether Iraq
should be the next target.
Russia, the Europeans and Arabs -
even NATO - all have made clear they
won't necessarily support military
attacks on Iraq. America must identify
"real dangers rather than imaginary,"
Russia's prime minister said yesterday
after meeting with President Bush.
And Germany's deputy foreign min-
ister, noting "the United States has old
scores to settle with Iraq," warned, "This
terror argument can't be used to legit-
imize old enmities."
U.S. officials have, in turn, made clear
they would be willing to act alone. Iraq,
one of three nations along with Iran and
North Korea that Bush termed "an axis
of evil;' poses such a dangerous threat
that pre-emptive action might be need-
ed, they say.
Sen. John McCain has been diag-
nosed with another case of melanoma,
the most serious form of skin cancer,
and was scheduled to undergo surgery
last night in Phoenix, according to 'his
It's the third time McCain, R-
Ariz., has been diagnosed with skin
Thelesion, which is a tiny freckle on
the left side of McCain's nose, is not
related to any melanoma that McCain
has had before and is not life-threaten-
ing, according to his office.
McCain (R-Ariz.) had a lesion
removed from his upper arm in 1993
and his temple during his 2000 presi-
He was headed to the Mayo Clin-
ic Hospital yesterday evening for
the surgery, according to an aide
who spoke on condition of
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