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WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush told Congress yesterday to "untie
the hands" of law enforcement officials
and arm them with wider legal powers
to combat terrorists, saying the groups
that struck America two years ago are
wounded but still dangerous.
He specifically called for expanding
use of the federal death penalty,
tougher bail restrictions and greater
subpoena powers that he said are avail-
able for other crimes, such as drug traf-
ficking and embezzling, but can't be
used against terrorism. "This disparity
in the law makes no sense," Bush said
in a speech at the FBI Academy in
nearby Quantico, Va.
Bush's appeal threw the White
House into a growing debate over the
anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act enacted
after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Crit-
ics say the law is too intrusive and a
threat to civil liberties and fear that the
administration is trying to pass a sec-
ond version of the measure in piece-
meal fashion. Even some House and
Senate Republicans have talked about
rolling back portions of the Patriot Act.
"For the sake of the American peo-
ple," Bush said, "Congress should
change the law and give law enforce-
ment officials the same tools they
have to fight terror that they have to
fight other crime."
Bush acknowledged that not all mem-
bers of Congress agree with the need to
tighten the law but said a lot of them do.
The White House indicated Bush sup-
ports tougher laws in other areas beyond
the three instances he cited.
The American Civil Liberties Union
said that "further erosions of judicial
oversight and the basic checks and bal-
ances ... are the wrong path to take."
The president's speech vied for
attention with new video and audio
tapes of terrorist leader Osama bin
Laden and his deputy, broadcast on
the Arabic satellite channel Al-
Jazeera. A voice said to be that of
bin Laden praised the Sept. 11
attacks for causing "great damage to
the enemy." Another voice attributed
to bin Laden top aide Ayman al-
Zawahri called on Iraqi guerrillas to
"bury" American troops in Iraq.
"Haven't heard it yet," Bush said
about the tape as he toured a ballistics
room and a chemistry lab at Quantico,
where he saw sensitive equipment used
to identify material from explosions at
the USS Cole, embassies in Africa and
the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad.
On the eve of the second anniversary
of Sept. 11, the White House issued a
progress report on the anti-terrorism
war and Bush renewed the national
emergency he declared two years ago
to mobilize reserve military forces and
take other steps. Nearly two-thirds of
al-Qaida's key leaders have been cap-
tured or killed, the report said, and ter-
rorist networks have lost access to
"We've thwarted terrorists in Buffa-
lo, and Seattle, Portland, Detroit, North
Carolina and Tampa, Fla.," Bush said,
drawing from information in the
report. "More than 260 suspected ter-
rorists have been charged in the United
States courts; more than 140 have
already been convicted."
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -
Israel bombed the home of a Hamas
leader yesterday, killing his eldest
son and a bodyguard in retaliation
for two suicide bombings.
The Palestinian prime minister-
designate said he will quickly form a
government to forestall even harsher
Israeli reprisals. Israeli Prime Minis-
ter Ariel Sharon cut short a visit to
India and arrived home this morning,
planning to convene senior Cabinet
ministers and security commanders
for urgent talks after the two blasts
killed 15 Israelis.
An official on Sharon's plane said
the Israeli leader would consider
far-reaching options, such as forc-
ing Yasser Arafat into exile or
ordering a large-scale invasion of
Most Americans do not believe their individual freedom has been eroded by post-
Sept. 11 laws to combat terrorism, but two-thirds are worried that it could happen,
according to an Associated Press poll.
The survey also found sharply partisan differences on how people view Attorney
General John Ashcroft, an ardent supporter of the anti-terrorism laws that he says
have been instrumental in preventing another attack against the United States.
About two-thirds of respondents said they are somewhat or very concerned about
the possible loss of freedom from such measures. On a separate question, only 31
percent said they think people's legal rights have been violated while 58 percent said
they had not, according to the poll conducted for the AP by ICR/International Com-
munications Research of Media, Pa.
"They have to restrict some freedoms to keep the majority of the people safe, said
Blair Palm, a 48-year-old conservative from Stafford, Va., who considers herself
politically independent. "I hope we'll be able to nip the terrorism threat before things
go too far."
Four aid workers killed in Afghanistan
Suspected Taliban rebels on motorcycles stopped a car filled with aid workers, tied
them up and executed them by the side of a dusty road in southeastern Afghanistan,
raising fears in the aid community that vital reconstruction work is becoming too
risky to carry out.
The attack follows intense fighting in the south and east of the country that has
killed four American soldiers and thrown into question the ability of the U.S.-backed
government to control this war-shattered country.
Yesterday, the United States and Germany asked NATO to consider expanding the
mandate of its 5,000-strong peacekeeping force beyond the capital, Kabul, to help
protect reconstruction teams outside the capital.
Aid agencies, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and President Hamid Karzai
have long called for the International Security Assistance Force, now commanded by
NATO, to expand its operations throughout the country.
The four aid workers, Afghans who worked for the Danish Committee for Aid to
Afghan Refugees, were killed Monday afternoon in the Mokur district of Ghazni
province, Gov. Haji Asadullah told The Associated Press.
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Enron exec sentenced
to five years in prison
Enron's former treasurer pleaded
guilty to conspiracy and was led
away in handcuffs and ankle chains
yesterday to begin serving five years
behind bars - the first executive to
go to prison in the scandal that
brought down the energy company
and rocked Wall Street.
Federal prosecutors said that Ben
Glisan Jr. made no deal to implicate
higher-ups such as former Chairman
Kenneth Lay but that the sentence -
the maximum under the law - should
send a "somewhat chilling message."
Glisan, 37, admitted helping
design financial deals that enriched
him and illegally kept losses off
"I think I would simply like to say I
take full responsibility for my actions,"
Glisan softly told U.S. District Judge
Senate stops rewrite
of overtime pay rules
The Senate voted yesterday to halt the
administration's effort to rewrite
decades-old rules on overtime pay, risk-
ing a veto showdown with President
Bush and heeding labor's claims that the
changes would harm millions of work-
ers at a time of economic uncertainty.
The 54-45 vote marked a rare defeat
for business interests in the GOP-con-
trolled Congress and left the fate of the
emerging Labor Department regulations
unclear. The House backed the new rules
this summer, and congressional negotia-
tors will have to resolve the issue.
"The Bush administration proposal
is not only anti-worker and anti-family;
it is bad economic policy," said Demo-
cratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, who
led the assault on the regulations. "If
will take money out of the pockets of
hardworking Americans and will npt
create one new job." a
during shopping trip
Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh,
one of the country's most popular politi:
cians, was stabbed repeatedly yesterday
while shopping at an exclusive depart-
ment store in downtown Stockholm.
Police said they did not believe the
attack was politically motivated and were
searching for a man wearing a camou-
flage jacket who fled the store. Lindh
was undergoing surgery at the Karolins-
ka Hospital and her wounds were setriots
but not life-threatening, a Foreign Min-
istry spokesman said.
Lindh, who is No. 3 in the govern-
ment, often has been touted as a possible
successor to Prime Minister Goeran Pers-
son. She did not have bodyguards.
The attack comes just days before
Swedes decide whether to adopt the euro,
which polls show faces strong opposition
in the country.
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