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Mexican migrants from the state of Chiapas wait for nighfall to begin crossing the Arizona desert into the U.S. near the town of Sasabe, Mexico.
Migrants rush to Arizona bord

Bush's original W I intelligence was false
President Bush's claim three years ago that weapons of mass destruction
were found in Iraq was based on U.S. intelligence that was later proved false,
the White House acknowledged yesterday.
Spokesman Scott McClellan vigorously denied suggestions that Bush was
making claims that already had been debunked when he said that two small
trailers seized in Iraq were mobile biological laboratories.
McClellan did not directly answer questions about whether Bush, when he
made his statement, was aware that a team of experts had already concluded the
trailers were not involved with WMD manufacturing.
"The White House is not an intelligence-gathering agency," McClellan said.
He said Bush was relying on information from the Central Intelligence Agency
and the Defense Intelligence Agency that said the trailers were used to produce
biological weapons.
The Washington Post'reported yesterday that experts on a Pentagon-spon-
sored mission who examined the trailers concluded that they had nothing to do
with biological weapons and sent their findings to Washington in a classified
field report on May 27, 2003.
Iran vows to ramp up uranium enrichment
Iran intends to enrich uranium on a scale hundreds of times larger than its cur-
rent level, the country's deputy nuclear chief said yesterday, signaling its resolve to
expand a program the international community insists it halt.
AP PHOTO President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran for the first time had
succeeded on a small scale in enriching uranium, a key step in generating fuel for
a reactor or fissile material for a bomb. The U.N. Security Council has demanded
that Iran stop all enrichment activity because of suspicions the program's aim is
to make weapons.
.1. Iran's small-scale enrichment used 164 centrifuges, which spin uranium gas to
increase its proportion of the isotope needed for the nuclear fission at the heart of
a nuclear reactor or a bomb.
andoned Saeedi said Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that it
d them- plans to install 3,000 centrifuges at its facility in the central town of Natanz by late
hey were 2006, then expand to 54,000 centrifuges, though he did not say when.
ry again BAGRAM, Afghanistan
hacan Records stolen off military base, sold in markets
," Mon- A shopkeeper outside the U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Afghanistan was selling
computer memory drives yesterday containing seemingly sensitive military data stolen
not only from inside the base - including the Social Security numbers of four American generals.
nnesota, This shopkeeper was apparently not the only merchant in local bazaars trying to
cows on get some cash in exchange for hardware and software containing such files.
bout the The surfacing of the stolen computer devices has sparked an urgent American mili-
egally. tary probe for the source of the embarrassing security breach, which has led to disks
lenty of with the personal letters and biographies of soldiers and lists of troops who completed
ike they nuclear, chemical and biological warfare training going on sale for $20 to $50.
nits," he
re beingnvocecmp y
e United Enron CEO vouches for company founder
hat law- Former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling spoke up for company founder Kenneth
er. Lay for the first time in the executives' fraud and conspiracy trial yesterday, saying the
ghtened two were a "good team" that never knowingly broke the law.
g points The ex-CEO has focused on addressing prosecution testimony damaging to himself
e 1990s, since he took the witness stand on Monday.
migrants Even though most criminal counts pending against him and Lay allege crimes that
ol, mes- occurred at different times before Enron crashed in scandal in December 2001, an
risking overarching conspiracy count alleges they participated in a sprawling effort to portray
te hands Enron as strong when they knew accounting tricks hid bad news and weak ventures.

Possibility of reform in
immigration laws triggers
surge in migrants at border
NOGALES, Mexico (AP) - At
a shelter overflowing with migrants
airing their blistered feet, Francisco
Ramirez nursed muscles sore from
trekking through the Arizona desert
- a trip that failed when his wife did
not have the strength to go on.
He said the couple would rest for a
few days, then try again, a plan echoed
by dozens reclining on rickety bunk
beds and carpets tossed on the floor
after risking violent bandits and the
harsh desert in unsuccessful attempts
to get into the United States.
The shelter's manager, Francisco
Loureiro, said he has not seen such a
rush of migrants since 1986, when the
United States allowed 2.6 million ille-
gal residents to get American citizen-
This time, the draw is a bill before
the U.S. Senate that could legalize
some of the 11 million people now ille-
gally in the United States while tight-
ening border security. Migrants are
hurrying to cross over in time to quali-

fy for a possible guest-worker program
- and before the journey becomes
even harder.
"Every time there is talk in the north
of legalizing migrants, people get their
hopes up, but they don't realize how
hard it will be to cross," Loureiro said.
South-central Arizona is the busiest

detentions to an increase in the number
of Border Patrol agents.
"We've sent more technology and
agents there, and I think that's had an
impact," she said.
But Loureiro, who has managed the
shelter for 24 years, said the debate in
the U.S. Congress has triggered a surge
in migrants. In
March, 2,000

gling area, and
detentions by
the U.S. Bor-
der Patrol there
are up more
than 26 per-
cent this fiscal
year - 105,803
since Oct. 1,
compared with
78,024 for the
same period a
year ago. Along
the entire bor-
der, arrests are
up 9 percent.
Maria Valen-

"Every time there is
talk in the north of
legalizing migrants,
people don't realize
how hard it will be to

migrants stayed
at the shelter -
500 more than
last year.
migrants said
they were being
encouraged to
come now by
relatives living
in the United
One of them
is Ramirez, a
30-year-old who
earned about

legs cramped, their guide aba
them and the couple turne
selves in to U.S. authorities. ThI
But they said they would ti
when they regained their streng
"We can't go back to Mi
because there is no future there
dragon said.
Ramirez said the draw wasn
the prospect of work in Mi
where two of his brothers milk<
a ranch. He was also excited a
idea he might be able to do it le
"My brothers said there is p
work there, and that it looks i
will start giving (work) perm
Many of the migrants also a
driven by a desire to get into the
States before the likelihood th
makers further fortify the bord
Since the United States ti
security at the main crossing
in Texas and California in the
hundreds of thousands of r
have turned to the hard-to-patr
quite-covered Arizona desert,
rape, robbery and murder at th
of gangs and now facing arm
civilian groups.

- Francisco Loureiro
Migrant shelter manager

cia, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs
and Border Protection, said the rise in
detentions did not necessarily mean
more people were crossing. She attrib-
uted at least some of the additional

$80 a week at a rebar factory in Mexi-
co's central state of Michoacan.
He spent an entire night walking
through the Arizona desert with his
wife, Edith Mondragon, 29. When her

ed U.S.

- Compiled from Daily wire reports


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Defense to argue that
suspected terrorist was
mentally unstable, only
played small role
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Jurors
in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial lis-
tened yesterday to a recording of terri-
fied shouts and cries in the cockpit as
desperate passengers twice charged
panicked hijackers during the final half
hour of doomed United Flight 93 on Sept.

11, 2001.
"Is that it? I mean, shall we pull it
down?" one hijacker asked in Arabic 123
seconds before the 757 jetliner slammed
into a Pennsylvania field with 33 pas-
sengers, seven crew members and four
hijackers. "Yes, put it in it, and pull it
down" another voice replied in Arabic.
In the remaining two minutes, more
voices are heard than earlier, including
some that say in English:
"Go. Go"
"Move. Move."
"Push, push, push, push, push."

Then in Arabic: "Give it to me. Give it
to me. Give it to me."
Finally in Arabic: "Allah in the great-
est. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the
greatest. Allah is the greatest."
Then only the roar of static.
The government rested its case for exe-
cuting Sept. 11 conspirator Mouss-
aoui shortly after 17 jurors and
alternates and 150 audience mem-
bers became the first people other
than investigators and victims' rela-
tives to hear the only audible cockpit
recording recovered from the four

jetliners hijacked by al-Qaida in the
nation's most deadly terrorist attack.
Today court-appointed defense
lawyers will begin arguing that the
37-year-old Frenchman, who was
in jail in Minnesota on 9/11, played
so small a role and had such mental
problems that he deserves life in pris-
on instead of execution.
The jurors couldn't take their eyes off
the video screens - even during long
silent periods - as prosecutors used a
multimedia presentation to try to put
them inside the Flight 93 cockpit.

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