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Congress issues subpo

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress dug forcefully
into the Enron debacle yesterday with a second sub-
poena for Kenneth Lay, the former chairman of the
energy trading firm, and a sympathetic hearing for a
laid-off employee whose retirement sayings all but dis-
appeared when the company failed.
"This should not and cannot ever happen again in
America," said Deborah Perrotta, who tearfully told
lawmakers she lost $40,000 from her retirement
account when Enron's stock price plummeted last fall.
On a day in which hearings spilled across Capitol

Hill, lawmakers pummelled the head of Arthur Ander-
sen, Enron's former accounting firm, for its handling of
the energy firm's books. "At the end of the day we do
not cause companies to fail," said Joseph Berardino,
chief executive officer of Andersen Worldwide.
The vote was unanimous in the Senate Commerce
Committee to compel Lay's appearance on Feb. 12.
"We have no choice," said Sen. Byron Dorgan ,(D-
N.D.), one day after Lay scrubbed a voluntary appear-
Lawmakers predicted Lay would invoke his Fifth

ena to ay
Amendment right against self-incrimination when he
Lay's attorney, Earl Silbert, said he had already
accepted a subpoena from a second congressional
panel seeking testimony, this one in the House. The
lawyer said any suggestion that Lay was "making him-
self scarce" is "absolute nonsense. He's in Houston
with his family."
Congress aside, the Justice Department and Securi-
ties and Exchange Commission are investigating the
Enron bankruptcy.


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closing in
on Pearl's
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -
Authorities know the identity of reporter
Daniel Pearl's kidnappers and are "very
close to resolving the case," a top police
official said yesterday. Sources said
three men had been arrested for sending
last week's e-mails that contained pho-
tographs of Pearl.
Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh, in charge of
police here in Sindh province, refused to
say who was behind the kidnapping.
Pearl, 38, was last seen Jan. 23 on his
way to meet a Muslim fundamentalist
contact at a Karachi restaurant.
However, a U.S. State Department
official said yesterday that Pakistani
police are looking for Sheik Omar
Saeed in connection with the kidnap-
ping. Saeed was one of three men freed
by India on Dec. 31, 1999 to end a
hijacking of an Indian Airlines flight to
Kandahar, Afghanistan. Authorities said
the hijackers were acting in support of
militants in Kashmir - Indian territory
disputed by Pakistan.
The Washington official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said that Pearl
was supposed to be meeting with Saeed
at the time of his kidnapping.
"The fact is we know who has done
it," Sheikh told The Associated Press.
He said officials are drawing nearer to
resolving the kidnapping.
"There are questions which, if I
answer, could affect the case." he added.
"But it is enough to say that we might
conclude the whole thing very soon,
sooner than you think."
Sheikh said he believed Pearl was still
alive, adding, "there are so many things
I cannot talk about."
Although Sheikh gave no details of
any progress, other sources close to the
investigation said Karachi police hAve"
arrested three men - identified only as
Suleiman, Fawad and Adeel - believed
to have sent two e-mails that included
pictures of Pearl.

Lindh indicted on 10 charges by jury
A federal grand jury indicted John Walker Lindh on 10 charges yesterday,
alleging he was trained by Osama bin Laden's network and then conspired with
the Taliban to kill Americans.
Lindh's lawyers, nonetheless, pleaded for his release until trial, and said
"highly coercive" prison conditions forced him to waive his right to remain
silent - and confess his activities as a Taliban soldier to the FBI in Afghanistan.
With his arraignment scheduled for Monday, the indictment accused Lindh of
conspiring to provide support to terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, sup-
plying services to Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers and possessing weapons
during violent crimes. Lindh faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if con-
"John Walker Lindh chose to train with al-Qaida, chose to fight with the Tal-
iban, chose to be led by Osama bin Laden," said Attorney General John
Ashcroft. "The reasons for his choices may never be fully known to us, but the
fact of these choices is clear.
"Americans who love their country do not dedicate themselves to killing
Americans," Ashcroft told a Justice Department news conference called to
announce the charges.
Defense budget draws fire from Democrats
Democrats yesterday questioned whether President Bush's defense budget would
give him too much room to expand the war on terrorism without consulting Con-
At one point, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers acknowl-
edged it is "absolutely possible" American troops will come in harm's way in the
Philippines, where the anti-terror effort is already widening.
In a hearing on Bush's 2003 budget plan, Senate Armed Services Committee
Chairman Carl Levin asked about the Pentagon's plans for a proposed $10 billion
reserve fund for unspecified future war needs.
"Could those funds be used for any activity that the president or you decided to
use them for ... without further authorization or action from Congress?" Levin (D-
Mich.) asked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He noted Congress generally
doesn't appropriate money in advance for unidentified military operations.
Levin specifically asked about Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Bush called those
countries members of an "axis of evil," singling them out for what-analysts said was
a surprising and harsh warning in his State of the Union address last week.



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JENIN, West Bank
Mob storms court,
kills 3 defendants
An angry mob led by about two
dozen Palestinian gunmen and members
of the security forces stormed a heavily
guarded Palestinian courtroom in this
West Bank town yesterday and killed
three defendants charged with a vigi-
lante killing.
The three men's slaying appeared to
be part of a clan feud. They were killed
in the court's bathroom, where police
hid them after the mob charged into the
building, said a security official, who
spoke on condition of anonymity for
fear of retribution.
The assailants pushed their way into
the bathroom, pumped dozens of bullets
into the three defendants and dragged
their bodies into the streets, shooting in
the air in triumph, the security official
The defendants had been dressed in
Palestinian police uniforms. Court offi-
cials had tried to disguise their identities.
China warns U.S. not
to support Taiwan
A top Chinese official warned the
United States yesterday against tilting
toward greater political support for
Taiwan but at the same time stressed
that Beijing is willing to be more flexi-
ble toward the island's independence-
minded ruling party.
Just two weeks before President Bush
is to make his first state visit to China,
the senior official expressed deep con-

cern that Washington might swap its
historically ambiguous policy toward
Taiwan for more overt backing of Tai-
wanese President Chen Shui-bian's gov-
ernment, which Beijing distrusts.
In particular, the official cited
remarks last month by the top U.S.
envoy to Taipei, Richard Bush, who
said the United States would "help
Taiwan defend itself" if threatened.
Bush also appeared to criticize Bei-
jing's insistence on the so-called "one
China" principle.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia
Citizens hijacked
planes, Saudis admit*
Saudi Arabia acknowledged for the
first time today that 15 of the 19 hijack-
ers in the attacks on the World Trade
Center and Pentagon were Saudi citi-
"The names that we got confirmed
that," Interior Minister Prince Nayef
said in an interview with The Associat-
ed Press. "Their families have been
Previously, Saudi Arabia had said
the citizenship of the 15 hijackers was
in doubt despite U.S. insistence they
were Saudis.
Osama bin Laden - the chief sus-
pect in the Sept. 11 attacks the killed
more than 3,000 people - was Saudi
born but stripped of his citizenship in
Asked if he had information on
whether bin Laden was dead or alive,
Nayef said: "We have no information
and we have no interest in this subject."
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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