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CIA: Iraq was never imminent threat NEWS IN BRIEF !


WASHINGTON (AP) - Intelligence
analysts never told President Bush before
the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hus-
sein's rule posed an imminent threat,
CIA Director George Tenet said yester-
day in a heated defense of agency find-
ings central to the decision to go to war.
Also yesterday, an administration
official, speaking on the condition of
anonymity, said Sen. John McCain (R-
Ariz.) would be one of nine members
on the panel to look into the Iraq intel-
The urgency of the Iraqi threat was
Bush's main argument for the war. But
the president said yesterday he still
would have invaded Iraq if he'd known
no weapons stockpiles existed - adding
a new element to the much-debated
question of whether the United States
went to war based on faulty assumptions.
Tenet, addressing such questions for
the first time after weeks of silence,
acknowledged that analysts believed
before the war that Saddam had chemi-
cal and biological weapons, although
none have been found. He said he
believes some of what U.S. intelligence
predicted about Iraq will turn out to
have been right - and some wrong -
as is often the case in such matters.
He made clear that analysts dif-
fered among themselves all along on
important aspects of Saddam's chem-

ical, biological and nuclear programs
and spelled out those disputes in an
October 2002 intelligence estimate
given to the White House.
"They never said there was an immi-
nent threat" Tenet said in a speech at
Georgetown University. "Rather, they
painted an objective assessment for our
policy-makers of a brutal dictator who
was continuing his efforts to deceive and
build programs that might constantly sur-
prise us and threaten our interests."
Tenet's remarks hit back at his for-
mer special adviser on Iraqi weapons,
David Kay, who said last month "we
were almost all wrong" about Iraq's
weapons of mass destruction.
The comments also seemed
designed to inoculate the CIA from
becoming a scapegoat in the fight over
whether the war was justified.
Speaking in Charleston, S.C., Bush
acknowledged that the weapons have not
been found, although investigators have
discovered evidence of possible pro-
grams. He said the war was still justified.
Bush was expected to announce today
the panel, which will look at the Iraq
intelligence and weapons proliferation
issues worldwide.
Republicans on the Senate Intelli-
gence Committee, are also completing
work on a report detailing intelligence

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Forces arrest more than 100 Iraq suspects
U.S. and Iraqi forces captured more than 100 suspected guerrillas in
raids across the country yesterday, arresting one of Saddam Hussein's intel-
ligence chiefs and another Iraqi believed to have been involved in a suicide
bombing last month, a U.S. commander said.
The raids occurred as daily attacks on U.S. forces are climbing after a recent lull.
Rebels lobbed a mortar shell yesterday at a checkpoint near Baghdad International
Airport, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding another, the U.S. command said.
The attack outside the airport, which serves as a major American military
base, brought to 529 the number of American troops killed since the Iraq
war began March 20.
American forces are also tracking a shadowy militant group that claimed
responsibility for Sunday's back-to-back suicide bombings, said U.S. Army Brig.
Gen. Mark Kimmitt. The bombings, which devastated gatherings at Kurdish polit-
ical offices in the northern city of Irbil, killed at least 109 people, including sen-
ior Kurdish politicians who were strong U.S. allies.
A statement from a group calling itself the Ansar al-Sunna Army said it target-
ed the "dens of the devils" because of the Kurds' ties to the United States.


Investigators widen search for toxin source

CIA Director George Tenet speaks at Georgetown University in
Washington yesterday. Tenet said U.S. analysts never claimed
before the war that Iraq posed an imminent threat.

Pakistani president pardons nuke scientist

Investigators expanded their search yesterday for the source of ricin dis-
covered on Capitol Hill after intensive testing of a Senate office mailroom
failed to turn up the deadly poison's origin.
The ricin was discovered in Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office. Law
enforcement officials say no letter or note has been found indicating how it got
there, who was behind it and whether the Tennessee Republican was the target.
"We're not at the point in time where we can say how it was delivered,"
said Michael Mason, assistant FBI director in charge of the Washington
field office. "We have not found a hot letter."
Mail has been the primary focus of the probe since Monday, when an intern
found a small amount of ricin on a mail-sorting machine in Frist's office. But no
further ricin or other evidence was in the stacks of letters nearby.
Because no answers have come from mail or items in the mailroom, investigators
now must consider if the ricin was placed on the machine by someone or if it had
spilled out of an older letter and been there for a long time. If so, investigators would
have to trace the paths of these older letters, some of which may have been destroyed.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf par-
doned the father of Pakistan's nuclear
program yesterday for giving technolo-
gy to Iran, Libya and North Korea.
The Pakistani leader's pardon headed
off a showdown with the political and
religious groups which strongly opposed
punishment for Abdul Qadeer Khan.
Musharraf accepted the scientist's
plea for mercy after he admitted the
leaks in a televised apology.
"There's a written appeal from his
side and there's a pardon written from
my side," Musharraf said at a news
Details of the pardon were not
made public, including whether
Khan would have to repay any of
the money he received for selling

Pakistan's nuclear secrets.
Earlier yesterday, the Cabinet had
sent a recommendation to Musharraf
that Khan be pardoned for selling
nuclear secrets.
In a televised apology Wednesday
after meeting Musharraf, Khan accept-
ed full responsibility for nuclear leaks
he said were made without government
knowledge or approval and asked for
Two weeks ago, Musharraf vowed to
move against proliferators he con-
demned as "enemies of the state," but a
decision to prosecute Khan would have
outraged many Pakistanis.
Yesterday, Musharraf said he had
sought to balance Pakistan's domes-
tic interests and international
demands that proliferation activities

be brought to light.
"Whatever I have done, I have tried
to shield him," Musharraf said of Khan,
a national hero. But the president said
"one has to balance between interna-
tional requirements and shielding."
"You cannot shield a hero and dam-
age the nation," the president said.
Musharraf refused to give further
details about the pardon, a decision
that he said was made on the recom-
mendation of the National Command
Authority - which controls the coun-
try's nuclear assets - and the Cabinet.
Asked about Khan's motives, Mushar-
raf said; "What is the motive of people?
Money, obviously. That's the reality."
He said Pakistan wouldn't submit to
any U.N. supervision of its weapons
program, and that no documents would

be handed over to the U.N. nuclear
watchdog, the International Atomic
Energy Agency. He also ruled out an
independent investigation of the mili-
tary's role in proliferation.
However, he said the IAEA was wel-
come to come and discuss the prolifer-
ation issue with Pakistan.
"We are open and we will tell them
everything," Musharraf said.
Director-General Mohamed El
Baradei, the head of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters
before the pardon was announced that
it wasn't up to him to comment on
"whether (Khan) would be pardoned,
apprehended or decorated."
A trial of Khan could have uncov-
ered embarrassing revelations about
top government and military officials.


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Poultry vaccinations
could stop bird flu
U.N. agencies backed targeted poul-
try vaccination yesterday as part of a
broader strategy to combat the bird flu
ravaging Asia's farms, saying it could
avoid some of the economically devas-
tating consequences of mass slaughter
while still protecting human health.
Experts ending a two-day conference
on the crisis said the epidemic is so
widespread that some governments
cannot afford to compensate farmers,
many of whom are resisting killing off
healthy birds.
They said that when it comes to
infected birds, slaughter is the solution,
but that under some circumstances vac-
cination of healthy birds could help
stop the spread of the disease.
Sharon questioned
about bribery case
Police questioned Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon for more than two hours yesterday
about a bribery case that could force him
out of office, as criticism grew that his
surprise proposal to remove Israeli settle-
ments in Gaza was meant to deflect atten-
tion from the scandal.
The prime minister again denied

wrongdoing, Israel TV said. Sharon
told investigators he did not know of a
lucrative marketing contract his son
Gilad signed with a real estate develop-
er despite apparent lack of experience
needed for the job, the report said.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces in about 30
vehicles entered the town of Jenin at the
northern edge of the West Bank late
yesterday, exchanging heavy fire with
Palestinian gunmen.
Corkscrew in brain
could stop strokes
A tiny experimental corkscrew
threaded deep into the brain can
pluck out deadly blood clots and stop
a stroke in its tracks, potentially giv-
ing doctors an entirely new tool
against this major killer.
Nearly 90 percent of all strokes result
from clots that lodge in, the brain's
arteries, cutting off circulation and
starving brain cells of oxygen and
nutrition. The goal of the new device is
to extract these clots before they do
permanent harm.
"It's like pulling the cork out of a
wine bottle," said Sidney Starkman, co-
director of the UCLA Stroke Center.
"What you want is to get the blood
flowing back to the brain."
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