2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 10, 2002
Tarot card linked to D.C. sniper
NEWS IN BRIEF
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BALTIMORE (AP) - A tarot card with the taunt-
ing words "Dear policeman, I am God" and a shell
casing emerged yesterday as potential clues in the'
hunt for the sniper terrorizing Washington's suburbs.
The card and casing were found near a middle
school in Bowie, where a 13-year-old boy was criti-
cally wounded by the gunman Monday, a source
familiar with the investigation said on condition of
Authorities said the shell was .223-caliber, the
same kind of bullet used to kill six people and wound
another in Washington and its Maryland and Virginia
suburbs in the last week. The casing is believed to be
the first one recovered since the slayings began.
Michael Bouchard, an agent with the Bureau of Alco-
hol, Tobacco and Firearms, would not say whether
authorities had linked the casing to the attacks.
Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose
also wouldn't comment when asked about the tarot
card, and angrily suggested unapproved information
had been leaked.
"I need to make sure I don't do anything to hinder
our ability to:bring this person or these people into
custody," Moose said.
The message left on the tarot card called the Death
card was first reported by WUSA-TV and then by
The Washington Post. Police sources told the news-
paper the items were found 150 yards from the
school in a wooded area on matted grass, suggesting
the gunman had lain in wait.
Tarot cards, used mainly for fortunetelling, are
believed to have been introduced into western
Europe by Gypsies in the 15th century.
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Bush, Chirac disagree over war on Iraq
President Bush gained important new Democratic support for his war resolu-
tion yesterday, bolstering his expected margin of victory in Congress for broad
authority to use force against Iraq. But the administration was having less success
on the international front.
A 25-minute phone call between Bush and French President Jacques Chirac
failed to produce a breakthrough over wording of a new U.N. Security Council
resolution to disarm Saddam Hussein. "This is intricate diplomacy and we are
continuing our consultations," said White House spokesman Sean McCormack.
He cited a "mutual desire" to find common ground.
Both the Republican-led House and the Democratic-ruled Senate forged ahead
with debate on a resolution giving Bush authority to use U.S. force against Iraq
- with or without U.N. participation.
The White House cited a new CIA assessment - suggesting Saddam might
launch terrorist attacks if he concluded a U.S. military attack was inevitable - as
further justification for strengthening the president's hand. Opponents used the
same document to argue against a US. first strike.
But more Democrats closed ranks with the president and leaders of both parties
were predicting passage by wide margins by week's end.
Israel prepares for spill-over from war in Iraq
Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinians in a clash in the Gaza Strip yesterday, and
in the West Bank soldiers started dismantling illegal Jewish settlement outposts.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned, meanwhile, that "clouds of war"
were gathering over the region, a reference to a possible U.S. attack on Iraq.
The Gaza clash developed in a place where there are daily confrontations - the
Gaza-Egypt border, which is patrolled by Israel under the largely ignored interim
peace accords. Palestinian witnesses said soldiers in tanks opened fire with
machine guns at Palestinians throwing rocks at them from the Rafah refugee
camp, killing two and wounding 17. The Israeli military said soldiers returned fire
after gunmen shot at them.
Sharon visited an Israeli army base in the south of Israel and praised soldiers for
defending "against the Palestinian and Arab terror."
In a reference to the growing likelihood that the United States will attack Iraq,
Sharon said, "There are clouds of war that are casting a shadow over our region."
Reading from a prepared text, he said, "I hope they won't reach us. But we have to
know that if Israel is attacked, it-will protect its citizens."
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Jailed terrorist leader
running for election
Nisar Khuhro spent the first 23 days
of his election campaign in various
courts, fighting an order barring him
from seeking office because his daugh-
ter had defaulted on a bank loan.
As Khuhro, head of the Pakistan Peo-
ple's Party in Sindh province, battled that
ban, the opposition group's national
leader and two-time prime minister,
Benazir Bhutto, faced a similar fight:
She had been ordered disqualified from
running yesterday because she had failed
to appear in an anti-corruption court.
And yet Maulana.Azam Tariq, leader
of a terrorist group outlawed by President
Pervez Musharraf, has been allowed to
stand for election to the National Assem-
bly from jail. A pro-Musharraf candidate
even pulled out of the race to support the
extremist leader, who is running as an
independent and whose group, Sipah-e-
Sahaba, is blamed for killing hundreds of
minority Shiite Muslims in bombings,
shootings and grenade attacks.
Terror attacks may be
planned by local cells
The small-scale nature of Tuesday's
shootout in Kuwait and last week's
bombing in the Philippines - both sus-
pected of links to Osama bin Laden's
terrorist network - support the idea that
al-Qaida has decentralized, leaving the
plotting of attacks to local operatives,
U.S. counterterrorism officials say.
Both attacks are still being investigated
for connections to al-Qaida, officials said.
Neither was particularly sophisticat-
ed, with the attack in Kuwait amounting
to a drive-by shooting and the Philip-
pines strike using a nail-packed bomb
mounted on a motorcycle.
Al-Qaida's calling card is spectacu-
lar attacks, using lots of explosives,
often against multiple targets simulta-
Although both attacks killed U.S.
military personnel, there's no evidence
they are connected, said a U.S. coun-
Russia begins first
Russia launched its first post-Soviet
census yesterday, and President
Vladimir Putin told a nervous censis-
taker that he works in the "service" sec-
tor and speaks Russian fluently.
The head of the Russian Orthodox
Church, whose answers also were tele-
vised, proudly said "18th century"
when asked when his home was built.
But Patriarch Alexy II didn't know if
his stove was gas or electric.
The television appearances were
aimed at encouraging a wary popula-
tion to open its doors and be counted
as the government tries to gather sta-
tistics to help it understand the dra-
matic economic and social
transformations that have swept the
sprawlirg country since the collapse
of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The weeklong door-to-door survey will
quantify the dramatic shifts in Russia.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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