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FBI: More attacks are possible NEWS IN BRIEF
WASHINGTON (AP) -The FBI warning about a put under orders to detain any of them immediately. Officials acknowledged they did not know JERUSALEM
possible terrorist attack against the United States or
against Americans in Yemen lists individuals with
suspected ties to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida,
U.S. officials said yesterday.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, speaking in San
Antonio, Texas, urged citizens and law enforcement
officers across the country to "be on the highest
alert." The FBI distributed photographs of men
believed to be involved and police nationwide were
Ashcroft described the men as "individuals who
may be associated with Osama bin Laden and the al-
The warning identified one possible attacker as
Fawaz Yahya al-Rabeei, a 22-year-old from Yemen. A
U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said
al-Rabeei is believed to have links to al-Qaida but is
not believed to have been involved in the attack against
the USS Cole in the Yemen port ofAden in 2000.
whether al-Rabeei was in the United States and could
not be sure even that he was still alive. A hurried
review of U.S. immigration records indicated al-
Rabeei has never been in the United States, a Justice
Department official said yesterday.
Internationally, allies were trying to determine
where al-Rabeei and his associates have traveled
recently, but those efforts were being hampered by
aliases the men might be using.
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Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres yesterday revealed details of a plan he
worked out with the Palestinian parliament speaker to try to halt the bloodshed of
the past 16 months and clear the way for Palestinian statehood.
Before Peres went public, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who heads Peres' Labor Party, dismissed the plan as a
nonstarter, and other ministers in Sharon's coalition government were skeptical.
Peres said the three-phase plan starts with a cease-fire, soon after which a
Palestinian state would be declared, with the borders still to be defined. It would
be recognized by Israel while Palestinians would recognize the Jewish state.
The borders of the Palestinian state would be worked out in the final stage, a
process Peres said he envisages as taking up to a year. The plan would be imple-
mented in the course of a second year.
"We will recognize a Palestinian state, they will recognize the State of Israel,"
Peres told Israel Radio.
He said the new state initially would comprise territory already ruled in full or
part by the Palestinian Authority. That would amount to about two-thirds of the
Gaza Strip and 40 percent of the West Bank.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sponsors
of a sweeping campaign finance bill
agreed yesterday to leave current
free-spending rules in effect until
after this fall's election as they
labored to solidify support before a
"The time for reform has arrived,"
said Rep. Martin Meehan of Massa-
chusetts, as he lobbied fellow Democ-
rats by phone. "It's time for the
members (of the House) to stand up
and be counted."
"I think it will be very close tomor-
row," said Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a
member of the GOP leadership united
in its opposition to the bill.
House Republican critics readied a
series of amendments aimed at frac-
turing the coalition behind the bill,
fearful its passage would threaten
their hold on power. They claimed
support from inside the White House,
but worked without overt help from
"The president is not lobbying, no,"
White House spokesman Ari Fleisch-
er told reporters.
At the same time, though, Republi-
can party chairman Marc Racicot cir-
culated a memo to lawmakers
declaring that certain aspects of the
bill were of "vital concern" to the
GOP, and urged them to take Bush's
views into account.
Republicans are particularly con-
cerned that organized labor would be
permitted to continue using dues
money for political purposes without
getting permission from members of
the rank and file.
Apart from objections on political
grounds, lawmakers on both sides of
the bill agree it is open to constitu-
The bill is "clearly unconstitution-
al," argued Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio)
sponsor of an alternative that limits
soft money donations without ban-
ning them. In particular, he cited a
provision banning a certain type of
late-campaign television commer-
The measure, long advocated by
Sen. John McCain and his allies in
both houses, provides for the most
sweeping overhaul of campaign
finance laws since the post-Watergate
reforms of a quarter-century ago.
The House bill, advanced by Mee-
han and Rep. Christopher Shays (R-
Conn.), would ban the unlimited,
unregulated "soft money" donations,
typically in five- or six-figure
amounts, that corporations, unions
and individuals make to national
State and local parties would be
permitted to raise soft money, but
only in amounts of $10,000 or less.
None of the funds could be spent on
The measure also would ban "issue
ads" within 60 days of an election or
30 days of a primary. These ads are
financed by soft money, and while
they stop short of expressly advocat-
ing the victory or defeat of a candi-
date, they often are harshly critical.
With debate scheduled to begin
later in the day, the bill's main spon-
sors set a strategy of standing aside
for votes on one or two changes
demanded by various members of
their coalition. At the same time, they
labeled other proposed changes as
"poison pills" designed to stop them
from passing the bill, winning quick
Senate acquiescence and sending it to
Bush's desk for his signature.
The bill's supporters announced
one change on their own. Officials
said the effective date, originally set
for 30 days after enactment, would be
pushed back to Nov. 6, 2002 - the
day after this fall's elections.
Meehan said the change was a bow
to reality, given that it would take
several months for the Federal Elec-
tion Commission to implement
rules.But others said they feared an
erosion of sunnort if the new rules
Kenneth Lay, the presidential pal who built Enron into a darling of Wall Street
only to see it collapse in scandal, exercised his constitutional rights yesterday and
refused to testify to Congress.
"I am deeply troubled about asserting these rights," Lay said. "It may be per-
ceived by some that I have something to hide"
But he said his attorneys had advised him not to testify. "I cannot disregard my
counsel's instruction' he said.
In a brief statement, Lay expressed a "profound sadness" about what had hap-
pened to Enron. Before being called to the witness table, Lay sat glumly as he was
criticized by senator after senator for maintaining his silence.
"Obviously Mr. Lay, the anger here is palpable," said Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
William Powers, an Enron director and dean of the University of Texas Law
School, who led an internal company investigation, later testified that documents
shredded at Enron's Houston headquarters may have contained financial informa-
tion that congressional investigators were seeking.
Police arrested a British-born Islam-
ic militant yesterday who they say
masterminded the kidnapping of Wall
Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl -
the biggest break yet in the quest to
free him. An official close to the
investigation said the suspect told
police Pearl is alive.
Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, 27, was
arrested yesterday afternoon in the east-
ern city of Lahore, according to Tas-
neem Noorani, a senior official of
Pakistan's Interior Ministry. Saeed was
expected to be transferred to Karachi
for further questioning.
Following the arrest, police fanned
out across this city of 14 million peo-
ple, raiding homes of suspected Islamic
extremists and searching settlements
along the bleak and thinly populated
Pakistani coast. Police cautioned that
rescuing Pearl could still take time.
takes class hostage
A former student claiming to have
a bomb was holding six students and
a professor hostage inside a universi-
ty classroom last night, authorities
At one point, there were 23 people
inside the Fairfield University class-
room, but the suspect released 16 of
the students after several hours of
negotiations with police, said police
Detective Sgt. Gene Palazzolo.
"He's been very calm throughout this
entire ordeal," Palazzolo said. "He's
speaking coherently and his demeanor
The suspect took over the religious
studies class at the Catholic school in
southwestern Connecticut late yester-
day afternoon, said school spokes-
woman Nancy Habetz.
Some 300 students were evacuated
from the building, Canisius Hall.
FTC cracks down
on spam e-mail
More than 2,000 people involved
in an Internet chain letter that prom-
ises "$46,000 or more in the next 90
days" are receiving government
warnings that the scheme is illegal,
the Federal Trade Commission said
"This is the kind of activity that
somebody's grandmother could be
engaging in without fully appreciat-
ing that it's illegal," said Eileen Har-
rington, a director with the FTC's
division of marketing practices. "The
vast majority of participants will lose
The warnings say the FTC has
already sued people for being
involved with the chain e-mail.
Recipients of the warning are told
that, to avoid a similar fate, they
should stop promoting the chain and
return any money they have received.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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