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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 11, 2002


Bush to ask for UN aid against Iraq NEWS IN BRIEF
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said yes- refused to conform to resolution after resolution after intelligence, and National Security Adviser Con- MA fl r


terday he will ask the United Nations "to deal with
the problem" of Iraq and dispatched top members of
his national security team to Capitol Hill to talk to
skeptical lawmakers.
Bush tied his goal of toppling Iraqi President Sad-
dam Hussein to the war on terror he began after the
Sept. 11 attacks a year ago.
"I'm deeply concerned about a leader who has
ignored the United Nations for all these years,

resolution, who has weapons of mass destruction,"
Bush said during a visit to the Afghan Embassy.
"And the battlefield has now shifted to America; so
there's a different dynamic than we've ever faced before."
The president does not plan to offer new informa-
tion about an Iraqi threat or recommend any specific
actions in his speech tomorrow, a senior White
House official said on condition of anonymity. Law-
makers said George Tenet, the director of central

doleezza Rice likewise gave no new information in
private congressional briefings yesterday.
U.S. allies and members of Congress have urged
Bush to give them more evidence that Saddam's
nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs
pose a direct threat.
In his U.N. speech Thursday, the administration
official said, Bush plans to respond with a challenge
of his own: "What more do we need to know?"

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closes due
to threats
TOKYO (AP) - New Zealand and
Australia commemorated the Sept. 11
attacks today and similiar ceremonies
were planned worldwide, even as ter-
rorism concerns spurred the United
States to keep several embassies
closed and increase security at others.
As New Zealand became one of the
world's first nations to begin com-
memorating the attacks, Prime Minis-
ter Helen Clark planted trees on the
grounds of the U.S. Embassy in com-
"This date has been forever etched
into our memories," Clark said. "The
world will never forget the tragedy
which took place. Those attacks were
acts of utterly incomprehensible vio-
lence which shook us all profoundly."
In Australia, flags flew at half staff
and people began laying wreaths at
makeshift memorials early today
amid warnings of terrorist threats to
Australian targets in East Timor.
Australian officials said the coun-
try had closed its embassy in East
Timor over what they termed were
unconfirmed generic threats to Aus-
tralian and U.N. interests.
In France, two powerful beams of
light were projected into the sky over
Paris last night to honor the memory
of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"With this gesture, it will be the
whole Parisian community who will
pay homage to New Yorkers, and
express its solidarity and its attach-
ment to common values," Paris city
hall said in a statement.
In Washington, Bush administra-
tionĀ° officials cited the threats
against U.S. embassies in southeast
Asia in raising the nation's terror
alert to "code orange," its second-
highest level.
German authorities raided a trading
company yesterday that a German
official said once employed a suspect-
ed al-Qaida recruiter accused of draft-
ing members of the terror cell that
dispatched the Sept. 11 suicide
hijackers, and Turkey was on alert for
the possibility that militants linked to
al-Qaida might be planning poison
gas attacks.
But the most direct threats were in
Southeast Asia,'where dozens of
Islamic hard-liners allegedly linked to
the al-Qaida terror network have been
arrested over the last year in Singa-
pore and Malaysia.
In Indonesia, the world's most pop-
ulous Muslim nation and home to
several hard-line Islamic groups, the
U.S. Embassy announced it was
closed until further notice because of
a "credible and specific"'terrorist
"We know that the al-Qaida net-
work is still far from defeated,"
Ambassador Ralph Boyce said. He
implied the warning was received
through intelligence sources, saying it
was "more than an anonymous e-mail
or a phoned in threat."
U.S. officials in neighboring
Malaysia, a mostly Muslim country of
23 million people, said the embassy
there would close until further notice
due to a specific threat.
The American diplomatic mission
in Cambodia will shut for at least
three days as a security precaution,
said charge d'affaires Alex Arvizu.

He gave no details.
U.S. embassies were also closed in
Vietnam, Pakistan, Tajikistan,
Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates
and Malawi.
U.S. embassies in Caribbean coun-
tries - Haiti, the Domincan Republic
and others - also heightened securi-
ty ahead of the anniversary of the
Sept. I1 terrorist attacks. In Puerto
Rico, U.S. military bases tightened
security yesterday following a gov-
ernment decision to raise its terror
alert warning to the second-highest
level - code orange.
In Europe, extra security was
ordered at airports, government
offices and embassies.

Iraq tells Arabs to attack U.S. interests
An Iraqi vice president threatened yesterday to engulf the United States in a
wider conflict if his country is attacked, urging Arabs outside Iraq to respond by
striking at U.S. interests all over the world.
"We categorically believe that the aggression on Iraq is an aggression on all
the Arab nations," Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said at a news confer-
ence in the Jordanian capital, Amman. He called on "all Arab and good people
to confront the interests of the aggressors, their materials and humans, wherev-
er they are."
Arabs should use "all means" to respond, he said.
Ramadan's exhortation was among the most confrontational made by senior
Iraqi officials in response to growing fears here of a U.S. attack. Although Iraq
has long sought to elicit support and sympathy from Arabs beyond its borders, it
hasn't before made such a public call to arms.
Despite the escalation of rhetoric, there was no sign of crisis on major
Baghdad streets that foreign reporters traveled en route to a tour of a bombed-
out Iraqi nuclear facility. Traffic flowed normally; ordinary people patronized
shops and restaurants. Conversations with government officials who were
made available to reporters didn't suggest a sense of panic.
Martha Stewart fraud investigation to begin
Lawmakers asked the Justice Department yesterday to begin a criminal investi-
gation into wheth'er Martha Stewart lied to a House committee trying to determine
if she received inside information before selling her ImClone stock.
"As members of Congress we believe it is our obligation to forward spe-
cific and credible information in our possession that could suggest a federal
crime has been committed," the Republican and Democratic leaders of the
House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to Attorney General John
Shares of Stewart's company, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, jumped almost 10
percent immediately after the lawmakers' announcement yesterday afternoon.
Analysts said investors apparently viewed the referral to the Justice Depart-
ment as preferable because it spares Stewart from having to appear before
Congress under subpoena.
The shares closed yesterday at $9.05, up $1.30, or 16.8 percent, from a day
earlier in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.


Senate gives farmers
help with drought
The Senate voted overwhelmingly
yesterday to provide almost $6 billion
for ranchers and farmers battered by the
drought, ignoring President Bush's
objections and highlighting the pres-
sures lawmakers face as elections for
congressional control draw near.
With crops and pastures withering
across the West, Midwest and South-
east, the measure was approved by a
bipartisan 79-16 margin. Thirty-one
Republicans joined 47 Democrats and
one independent in supporting the
proposal, as senators showed little
taste for opposing a new boost in
farm assistance at the height of the
campaign season.
"'Help us with the drought,"' was
the plea from agrarian states, said
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle,
(D-S.D.), the chief sponsor. "'Provide
us assistance. Do what is right."'
Secret court. ordered
to reveal its decision
Senators yesterday called for a
secret appellate court to make public
its decision on whether to give the Jus-
tice Department more power to wire-
tap suspected terrorists and spies.
However, those same members of
the' Senate Judiciary Committee
squabbled over how the Justice
Department has been interpreting
the changes Congress made in the
wiretap laws after the Sept. 11
attacks last year.
For the first time in its 24-year exis-

tence, the United States Foreign Intel-
ligence Surveillance Court of Review
had to meet Monday to review a Jus-
tice Department request to use espi-
onage wiretaps for criminal
Its lower court in August struck
down a Justice Department surveil-
lance request and its assertion that it
can use Foreign Intelligence Surveil-
lance Act wiretaps for criminal as well
as espionage operations.
Previously, the FISA wiretaps could
only be used for foreign intelligence
Homeland security
rated less than good
Governments and the private sec-
tor have spent more than $150 bil-
lion upgrading homeland security
precautions since the Sept. 11
attacks. The results have been mixed
at best: Cockpit doors are rein-
forced, but explosive detection
devices exist only on paper at most
airports; the FBI is hiring more
counterterror agents, but borders are
still porous.
"I think we are safer than we were
on Sept.11," Homeland Security
Director Tom Ridge said. "But we still
have a long way to go across the board
to do our best with the human
resources and the technology that is or
will be available to us to protect our-
selves. We've made a lot of progress.
We still have a long way to go."
The Washington Post asked
experts to grade the homeland secu-
rity effort.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.



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