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Iraqi policemen show their bruises, allegedly caused by torture, as they are treated at Yarmouk Hospital in Bagh-
dad yesterday. The policemen said they suffered beatings by men who identified themselves as Interior Ministry
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A top Inte-
rior Ministry official said yesterday the
173 malnourished prisoners found by U.S.
forces included all Iraqi sects, playing
down allegations of a campaign by Shi-
ite-led security forces to suppress Sunni
Arabs ahead of next month's election.
The Shiite-led government sought to
dampen Sunni outrage over revelations
Tuesday by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-
Jaafari that the detainees, some showing
signs of torture, were found last weekend
by U.S. troops at an Interior Ministry
lockup in the capital. Most were believed
to be Sunni Arabs, the leading group in
But the deputy interior minister, Maj.
Gen. Hussein Kamal, said the detain-
ees also included Shiites, Kurds and
Turkomen. He gave no breakdown.
President Jalal Talabani said there was
"no place for torture and persecution in
the new Iraq" and that anyone involved
"would be severely punished."
And government spokesman Laith
Kubba defended the Interior Ministry,
saying all the detainees were legally
arrested and most were referred to courts
for prosecution. They were kept at the
detention center in the Jadriyah district
because of a lack of jail space, he said.
"The Interior Ministry is doing its job
at a difficult time and some mistakes
happen," he said.
That did little to assuage Sunni Arab
anger, with Sunni politicians saying the
Jadriyah center was not the only place
where detainees are tortured. Sunni lead-
er Adnan al-Dulaimi said he had com-
plained to the government about abuses
at three Interior Ministry compounds.
He and several other Sunni politi-
cians demanded an international inquiry.
Some alleged that Shiite-led security
forces were trying to intimidate Sunnis
from voting in the Dec. 15 parliament
elections. Many Sunnis saw the hand
of Shiite-dominated Iran, which offered
sanctuary to many Iraqi Shiites during
Saddam Hussein's Sunni-led regime.
"Some government officials want
to keep the Sunnis away from the
next elections by terrorizing us,"
Saad Farhan, a Sunni merchant in
Ramadi, said, adding his brother and
cousin had been held in Jadriyah. "We
believe that Iran's agents are behind
it because normal and genuine Iraqis
never do this."
Raad al-Dulaimi, a farmer near Rama-
di, said security services were dominated
by "pro-Iranian elements" bent on "settling
old sectarian scores with the Sunnis."
At a Baghdad news conference, Tariq
al-Hashimi, secretary-general of the Iraqi
Islamic Party, held up photos of the bod-
ies of people who appeared to have been
tortured and said: "This is what your
Sunni brothers are being subjected to."
The photos were later determined to
have been from an incident last summer
in which Sunnis died after being locked
in an Interior Ministry van in 100-
degree-plus heat. The ministry said the
ventilation system failed.
The Sunni call for an international
investigation drew support from Man-
fred Nowak, a special U.N. investigator
"That torture is still practiced in
Iraq after Saddam Hussein, that is
no secret," Nowak told The Associ-
ated Press. "It is shocking, but on
the other hand, we have received
allegations of these secret (deten-
tion) places in Iraq already for quite
a long time."
Torture allegations illustrate the
brutal nature of the Iraq conflict,
where insurgents blow up cars among
civilians, kidnap and decapitate "col-
laborators" and settle scores in drive-
by shootings on crowded streets.
With Sunnis dominating the insur-
gency, Shiites and Kurds in the
security forces often round up large
numbers of Sunnis in hopes of get-
ting a few insurgents. Reprisal kid-
nappings and killings are common.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House and
Senate negotiators have struck a tenta-
tive deal on the expiring Patriot Act that
would curb the FBI's investigative power
and require the Justice Department to
more fully report its secret requests for
information about ordinary people.
Democrats and civil libertarians said
that while the tentative deal makes some
improvements, it doesn't address their
chief concern: the curbing of FBI power
to gather certain information by requir-
ing the investigators to prove the subject's
records are connected to a foreign agent
"It gives a nod toward checks and
balances without fixing the most fun-
damental flaws in the Patriot Act," said
Lisa Graves of the Americans Civil
The agreement, which would make
most provisions of the existing law per-
manent, was reached just before dawn
Wednesday. But by midmorning GOP
leaders had already made plans for a
House vote today and a Senate vote by
the end of the week. That would put the
centerpiece of President Bush's war on
terror on his desk before Thanksgiving,
a month before more than a dozen provi-
sions were set to expire.
Officials negotiating the deal described
it on condition of anonymity because
the draft is not official and has not been
signed by any of the 34 conferees.
Any deal would mark Congress's
first revision of the law passed a
few weeks after the Sept. I terror
attacks. In doing so, lawmakers said
they tried to find the nation's comfort
level with expanded law enforcement
power in the post-9/l era - a task
that carries extra political risks for
all 435 members of the House and a
third of the Senate facing midterm
elections next year.
For Bush, too, such a renewal would
come at a sensitive time. With his
approval ratings slipping in his second
term, the president could bolster a tough-
The tentative deal would make perma-
nent all but a handful of the expiring pro-
visions, the sources said. Others would
expire in seven years if not renewed by
Congress. They include rules on wiretap-
ping, obtaining business records under
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
and new standards for monitoring "lone
wolf" terrorists who may be operating
independent of a foreign agent or power.
By noon, House Democrats on the
panel were issuing complaints about
the seven-year expiration, arguing
that since the House had endorsed the
four-year expiration dates enacted as
part of the Senate bill, the three pro-
visions should "sunset" at four years,
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Post reporter knew Plame's identity
The Washington Post reported that at least one senior Bush administration official
told editor Bob Woodward about CIA operative Valerie Plame about a month before
her identity was publicly exposed.
The newspaper reported that Woodward told Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald,
who is investigating the leak of Plame's identity, that the official talked to him about
Plame in mid-June 2003. Woodward and editors at the Post refused to identify the
official to reporters other than to say it was not Libby.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Karl Rove's legal team, said Rove was not the
official who talked to Woodward. Rove is a top deputy to President Bush and was
referred to, but not by name, in Libby's indictment, as having discussed Plame's iden-
tity with reporters.
Just hours before, Vice President Cheney's former top aide, indicted last
month on perjury and obstruction charges, reviewed documents yesterday at
a federal courthouse.
Accompanied by his legal team, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby walked into the court-
house without the crutches that he'd been using during a court appearance two weeks
ago when he pleaded not guilty to charges in the CIA leak investigation.
Senate approves pension overhaul plan
Hoping to reverse the deterioration of pension plans covering 44 million Ameri-
cans, the Senate voted Wednesday to force companies to make up underfunding
estimated at $450 billion and live up to promises made to employees.
The action came a day after the federal agency that insures such plans
reported massive liabilities and predicted a troubled future.
The Senate legislation, passed 97-2, takes on the daunting task of compel-
ling companies with defined-benefit plans to live up to their funding obli-
gations - without driving those companies into abandoning the plans and
further eroding the retirement benefits of millions of people.
"This bill honors a promise that we made way back in 1974" when Con-
gress passed legislation to protect pensions, said Finance Committee Chair-
man Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). "If you've been promised a pension, we are
going to make sure that you receive it."
BUSAN, South Korea
Bush looks for support from Asian leaders
Counseling resolve and patience, President Bush is looking for a show of unity
among Asian leaders to press North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.,
Among those gathering here for a 21-nation summit are the leaders of the five coun-
tries - the United States, China, South Korea, Russia and Japan - negotiating with
North Korea for its nuclear disarmament. Bush is meeting today with South Korean
President Roh Moo-hyun after talks yesterday in Japan with Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi that included a call for dismantling North Korea's nuclear program.
South Korea has resisted the tough approach advocated by the Bush administra-
tion for ending the impasse with North Korea, opposing the idea of military action if
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China reported its first human cases of bird flu on the mainland yesterday,
including at least one fatality, as health workers armed with vaccine and dis-
.infectant raced to inoculate billions of chickens and other poultry in a mas-
sive campaign to contain the virus.
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