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My notes on Att'y Gen / FBI 1 p.m. news conference
Ashcroft:
NEWS CONFERENCE WITH NO NEWS
1:05 no new photos of terrorist suspects, just re-release of old ones
1:06 citizens "should be aware of their surroundings" (wow!) FBI has created a Task Force (wow!) and it is going over old leads to see if anything has been missed (wow!)
1:09 "We seek unprecedented levels of cooperation with state and local law enforcement" on sharing intelligence... no major terrorist attack on US soil for 32 months now.
FBI head Mueller:
Big gatherings ahead include 4th of July celebrations, national political conventions, etc.
1:11 we do not know what forms the threats may take... "we must be prepared for any plan..."
[Ashcrost went over the old photos and reiterated why each person is being sought]
1:15 We have established a Task Force... "last week I talked with SACs in every FBI field office"... "simply be aware of your surroundings" and report anything suspicious.

Q-Any intelligence linking threats to photos? "Some of them are very familiar with the United States..." (not really an answer)
Q-Why reissue photos? "We believe the public needs a reminder..."
Q-Is Ridge on a different page? No.
This contradicts quote from Ridge that nothing new has happened:

Tom Ridge this morning: "I can confirm that we have seen for the past several weeks a continuous stream of reporting that talks about the possibility of attacks on the United States, but not unlike what we've seen for the past several years."

4:45pm NY Times update on the news conference

PREVIOUS: Terrorists plan major US summer attack "There is clearly a steady drumbeat of information that they are going to attack and hit us hard," said the official, who described the intelligence as highly credible.

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Hey Brad:
What's with this big terror/security threat this summer? I thought Bush was supposed to have made the world a safer place for the U.S. by turning Iraq into a bloody, chaotic mess. And aren't we supposed to be safer now that so many of our civil and judicial rights have been stripped away by the Patriot Act?
Carolyn

 

IRAQ

USA TODAY
Timing of general's departure questioned Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez is likely to be judged the highest-ranking casualty of a foundering occupation and a corrosive prisoner abuse scandal, both of which tarnished the year he has been the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

Army desperate, may send training units to war In a sign of the Iraq war's strain on the U.S. military, the Army is planning to send into combat thousands of soldiers whose normal job is to play the role of the "enemy" at training ranges in California and Louisiana

Abuse of Iraq captives "widespread" An Army summary of mistreatment and death of prisoners in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan shows a widespread pattern of abuse.

Prosecuting civilian contractors not easy "civilians working for the military are subject to neither Iraqi nor military justice."

More on the life and work of cell tower repair entrepreneur Nick Berg, who was beheaded by terrorists in Iraq

< Berg working on a cell tower in Washington in 2003

 

ALL THE POSITIVE NEWS from Iraq in today's military newspapers, for those who complain they never hear about the GOOD things happening over there.

 
 

 

No positive news. These are the top headlines:
• Army plans to send OPFOR troops to Iraq
• In war college speech, Bush reaffirms commitment to Iraq mission
• U.S. struggles to breach wall of Iraqi skepticism
• Najaf shrine hit during fighting
• Soldier wounded in rocket attack of Baghdad police station, hotel
 
 
 
    No positive news. Stories include
• Army says 2nd ID troops won't lose AIP bonus pay while deployed to Iraq
• Team helps U.S. troops deal with combat-related stress
 
 
 
    No positive news. Stories include
• Senators want military health insurance extended to Guard members, reservists
 

 

1 3 in 4 of state's juniors passed TAKS
2
Perry praises Edison juniors for TAKS performance

 

 

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Bush and Iraq RESULT
posted 12am-11pm Tue 5/25/2004
I believe that President Bush's Monday-evening speech about Iraq will
Increase support for him among Americans
91
33%
Have little effect on his support
132
48%
Detract even further from his support
52
19%
Total votes 275

 

Accused fragger to undergo sleep study "unable to stay awake in court"

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