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Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf arrives for
a luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington yester-
day hosted by the House international Relations
Richard Armitage, then deputy
secretary of state, allegedly
delivered threat shortly after 9-11
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Pervez Mush-
arraf of Pakistan nays the United States threatened to
bomb his country back to the Stone Age after the 9-11
attacks if he did not help America's war on terror.
Musharraf says the threat was delivered by Rich-
ard Armitage, then the deputy secretary of state, to
Musharraf's intelligence director, the Pakistani leader
told CBS-TV's 60 Minutes.
"The intelligence director told me that (Armitage)
said, 'Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go
back to the Stone Age,"' Musharraf said in the inter-
view to be shown Sunday on the CBS television net-
It was insulting, Musharraf said. "I think it was a
very rude remark," he told reporter Steve Kroft.
But Musharraf said he reactedresponsibly. "One
has to think and take actions in the interests of the
nation and that is what I did," he said.
According to 60 Minutes, Armitage disputed the
language attributed to him but did not deny the mes-
sage was a strong one. The former deputy secretary of
state could not be reached immediately by the Associ-
ated Press at his home or his office.
In a speech in January 2002, four months after the
attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,
Musharraf gave a speech in which he clearly came
down on the side of reform at home and opposition to
Pakistan to this day is considered a close ally of
the United States in the struggle with militant groups.
Sometimes, however, Pakistan appears reluctant to go
after Taliban, which controlled neighboring Afghani-
stan until 2001 and has intensified its insurgency in
the southern part of the country in recent months.
He is scheduled to meet today at the White House
with President Bush and then see Bush again next
week in a three-way meeting with President Hamid
Karzai of Afghanistan.
Thai coup leaders tighten controls
Thailand's new military rulers tightened their grip yesterday, restricting political
activities, assuming legislative powers and detaining some allies of the deposed
In announcements broadcast on all television stations, the military said it was
banning all meetings by political parties and the creation of new parties. It said it
was taking over the duties and responsibilities of parliament, which was dissolved
when the coup leaders threw out the 1997 constitution.
The Thai ruling council has also imposed media restrictions, including station-
ing soldiers at television and radio stations, and ordering the information ministry
to stop the distribution of information "deemed harmful" to its agenda.
Report: Able Danger couldn't have stopped 9/11
A Pentagon report rejects the idea that intelligence gathered by a secret military
unit could have been used to stop the Sept. 11 hijackings.
The Pentagon inspector general's office said yesterday that a review of records
from the unit, known as Able Danger, found no evidence it had identified ring-
leader Mohamed Atta or any other terrorist who participated in the 2001 attacks.
The report was ordered following the assertion last year that the unit had iden-
tified four of the 19 hijackers in 2000. That claim was made by a former intelli-
gence officer who worked on Able Danger, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, and by Rep.
Curt Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security
Weldon (R-Pa.), has said the unit used data-mining to link Atta and three other
hijackers to al-Qaida more than a year before the attacks.
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Space shuttle Atlantis touches down safely
NASA declared that it's back in the space-station assembly business yester-
day after shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts safely returned from a 12-day
mission to install a big new piece of the orbiting outpost.
"It was a great team effort. Assembly is off to a good start," commander
Brent Jett radioed as the shuttle touched down in the dark about an hour
Jett and his crewmates did the first construction work on the international
space station since the Columbia disaster 3 1/2 years ago, performing three
grueling spacewalks to hook up a 17 1/2-ton addition. The new piece included
a giant set of electricity-producing solar panels.
Bush, GOP Senate agree on detainee rules
The White House and rebellious Senate Republicans agreed yesterday
on rules for the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on terror, and
President Bush urged Congress to make them law before adjourning for
"I'm pleased to say that this agreement preserves the single most potent
tool we have in protecting America and foiling terrorist attacks," the presi-
dent said, shortly after administration officials and key lawmakers announced
agreement following a week of high-profile intraparty disagreement.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, one of three GOP lawmakers who told
Bush he couldn't have the legislation the way he initially asked for it, said,
"The agreement that we've entered into gives the president the tools he
needs to continue to fight the war on terror and bring these evil people to
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