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Separatists bomb 7 Spanish cities NEWS IN BRIEF

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Iasque rebels renew violence on
anniversary of Spain's constitution

MADRID, Spain (AP) - Explo-
sions rattled seven Spanish cities Mon-
day following telephone warnings from
the armed Basque separatist group
ETA, in a resurgence of violence after
months of keeping a low profile since
the deadly Madrid train bombings by
Muslim militants.
Officials said ETA chose a highly
symbolic day for a fresh show of force -
the anniversary of Spain's constitution,
which established a system of regional
autonomy the Basque group rejects.
The nearly simultaneous explosions in
coffee shops, parks and other public plac-
es slightly injured
18 people. They "(ETA) want
stretched across \
Spain, with the attention, bu
that ETA can afford to kill
strike wherever t . why it
it wants - even Thats
with security bombs the s
forces on high
alert because of of chocolate.
five blasts Friday
claimed by ETA.
"Once again - Teo Uriarte,
ETA has tried to the Basque sep
scare us on a spe-
cial day," Interior
Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said. "But
today has to continue to be the day of the
constitution, not ETA's day."
The bombs went off in Vallado-
lid, Leon and Santillana del Mar in the
north, Avila and Ciudad Real in central
Spain, Alicante in the east and Malaga
in the south. They came about an hour
after two calls from people claiming
to represent the outlawed group to the
Basque newspaper Gara.
Authorities had time to evacuate the


places mentioned in the calls, although
in at least two instances the explosions
occurred in places not referred to by
the callers.
That was the case in the town of San-
tillana del Mar, where 15 people were
hurt by shards of glass or chunks of
wood when a bomb destroyed a tourist
information booth in a park. Three peo-
ple were wounded in Ciudad Real when
a bomb exploded while authorities were
evacuating a coffee shop.
The blasts were apparently calculated
to avoid loss of life. One Basque analyst
said this showed the constraints ETA
faces after the
s to draw March 11Madrid
train bombings
t cannot - which killed
191 people
people. - and the ensu-
they s off ing nationwide
set revulsion over
ze of a bar terrorism.
ETA is blamed
for more than
800 deaths since
the late 1960s,
former member of and was initially
aratist group ETA blamed for the
March 11 attacks
until the govern-
ment acknowledged an Islamic link.
"ETA wants to sow fear. It wants to
draw attention, but cannot afford to kill
people. That's why they set off bombs
the size of a bar of chocolate," said for-
mer ETA member Teo Uriarte, who
now leads an association working for
peace in the region.
Uriarte suggested the bombings
might have been planned by young
Basque militants acting in ETA's name
without specific orders from the group's

A policeman inspects the damages in a bar in Avila, Spain, after a bomb explod-
ed earlier yesterday. It was one of seven bombs that exploded across Spain.

Analysts in the Basque region say the
group is deeply divided among newer,
young members eager to keep fighting
and older leaders more inclined to nego-
tiate an end to the conflict.
More than 200 suspected ETA mem-
bers or sympathizers have been arrested

over the past two years in Spain and in
southern France, and officials in Spain's
previous, conservative government had
said the group was on its last legs.
ETA staged a string of small explo-
sions in Spanish resort towns over the
summer, causing little damage and only
a few minor injuries.

Deal said to clear path for
vote on new intelligence bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Legisla-
tion to revamp the nation's intelli-
gence agencies moved closer to a vote
and likely approval, perhaps as early
as today in the House, as a leading
Republican opponent announced his
plans, indicating that he would support
a compromise version.
Rep. Duncan Hunter of California,
chairman of the Armed Services Com-
mittee, had been one of the main road-
blocks in efforts to passage of a bill

Congressional Democrats had said there
were plenty of lawmakers prepared to
approve the legislation.

U.S. troops may leave Iraq within 4 years
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld expressed hope yesterday, but did not
explicitly predict, that American troops would be out of Iraq by the end of Presi-
dent Bush's second term.
When a reporter asked whether Rumsfeld believed the troops would be gone
before the end of his term, he prefaced his answer by saying he took that to mean
four years. Then he said that during his first four years in the Bush administration
he had been careful not to make predictions about how long U.S. troops would
have to remain.in a given country, noting they stayed far longer in Bosnia than the
Clinton administration had predicted when they first went in.
Then he added, speaking on whether troops would be out of Iraq within four
years: "I would certainly expect that to be the case, hope that to be the case. But
the answer to your question is not that. The answer is the president has said they'll
stay as long as they are needed and not a day longer."
Also today, in central Baghdad, a heavy gunfight broke out on a dangerous street
within blocks of the country's most fortified facilities, including the U.S. embas-
sy and interim Iraqi government headquarters. Five more American troops were
killed in the volatile Anbar province.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
FBI letter reveals Guantanamo interrogation
FBI agents witnessed "highly aggressive" interrogations and mistreatment of
terror suspects at the U.S. prison camp in Cuba starting in 2002 - more than a
year before the prison abuse scandal broke in Iraq - according to a letter a senior
Justice Department official sent to the Army's top criminal investigator.
In the letter obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI official suggested the
Pentagon didn't act on FBI complaints about the incidents, including a female
interrogator grabbing a detainee's genitals and bending back his thumbs, another
where a prisoner was gagged with duct tape and a third where a dog was used
to intimidate a detainee who later was thrown into isolation and showed signs of
"extreme psychological trauma."
One Marine told an FBI observer that some interrogations led to prisoners "curl-
ing into a fetal position on the floor and crying in pain," according to the letter
dated July 14, 2004.
Troops who refused orders will remain in Amy
Twenty-three Army reservists who refused a dangerous mission to transport fuel
in Iraq will face punishments such as extra duties or reduction in rank but won't be
court-martialed, the military said yesterday.
A U.S. soldier appeared in military court to face a murder charge for the death of
an Iraqi man in an impoverished Shiite Muslim quarter of Baghdad, scene of clashes
between U.S. troops and insurgents this year.
The reservists from the 343rd Quartermaster Company are being disciplined for
failing to follow orders under Article 15, which means no court proceedings will be
held and the identities of the soldiers involved will not be released, Lt. Col. Steve
Boylan said.
KEV, Ukraine
Ukraine's leaders reach election compromise
Ukraine's opposition and pro-government lawmakers tentatively agreed on a
compromise yesterday to ensure a fair vote during the re-run later this month of the
fraud-ridden presidential runoff and gradually shift some powers from the presi-
dency to parliament.
Ukraine's outgoing president, Leonid Kuchma, and Russian President Vladimir
Putin said they would abide by the results of the new election, removing major ques-
tion marks surrounding the Dec. 26 rematch. The vote was ordered by the Supreme
Court, which last week struck down the election commission decision that Kremlin-
backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych won the Nov. 21 runoff.
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implementing the Sept. 11 commission's
terror-fighting recommendations.
Hunter had wanted the bill to ensure
that the Pentagon would retain some
control over the tactical agencies that


operate the nation's spy satellites and
analyze the results for troops on the
He said yesterday in a joint statement
with Senate Armed Services Chairman
John Warner, (R-Va.), Pending a review
of the rest of the legislation, we are pre-
pared to support the bill as amended by
this new language."
With that agreement in place, House
Republicans probably will meet today
to decide how to move the bill forward.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert had
refused to move the legislation to a vote
before Thanksgiving because of objec-
tions from GOP chairmen including
Hunter and House Judiciary chief James
Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin.
Congressional Democrats had said
there were plenty of lawmakers pre-
pared to approve the legislation, and
they had asked President Bush to
press fellow Republicans to bring the
bill to a vote.
Sensenbrenner remains opposed to
the bill because he wants such issues as
illegal immigration and asylum changes
dealt with as well.
The bill's supporters had said it would
not interfere with the military opera-
tions Hunter spoke about.
However, language was added say-
ing the new national intelligence direc-
tor 'shall respect and not abrogate the
statutory responsibilities of the heads
of the departments of the United States
If lawmakers fail to pass an overhaul
this year, they will have to start from
scratch next year after the new Congress
is sworn in.
The agreement came as Bush prodded
Congress to finish work on the legisla-
tion that would re-organize the govern-
ment's 15 intelligence agencies under a
single national intelligence director.
At the White House, spokesman Scott
McClellan said, "We feel very hopeful
that this legislation will get passed this
Democratic senators also said Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist, (R-Tenn.),
had told them compromise language
had been reached.
"I think it will bring enough House
Republicans on to cause Speaker Hast-
ert to feel confident to bring up the bill,"
said Sen. Bob Graham, (D-Fla.), a for-
mer Senate Intelligence chairman.
Earlier yesterday, Bush said, "I
believe we've addressed the concerns,
by far, of the majority of the members
of both the House and the Senate."
Bush, speaking during an Oval Office
meeting with Iraq's interim President
Ghazi al-Yawer, said, "It's a piece of leg-
islation that is important for the security
of our country."

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