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Hays, Kansas
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Friday, September 20, 2002
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WASHINGTON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A9 Officials say they were aware of threats WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Bush administration officials told lawmakers Thursday they knew before the Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden might attack Americans, but don't remember being warned that terrorists could fly passenger jets into buildings on U.S. soil. "I don't recall any warning about the possibility of a mass casualty attack using civilian airliners," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul . Wolfowitz told the House and Senate intelligence committees. The committees are holding a joint inquiry examining intelligence failures leading up to the attacks. Wolfowitz and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage appeared before the committees one day after the inquiry's staff director, Eleanor Hill, detailed many previously undisclosed warnings of possible terrorist attacks received by intelligence agencies before Sept. 11, 2001. At least 12 involved the use of airplanes as weapons. On Thursday, the committees examined how top government officials from past and present administrations have used intelligence and to what extent they were aware of the threat bin Laden posed. "What we had was an emerging threat which we were slow to realize," Rep. Porter Goss, R- Fla., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters after the hearings. In his written testimony, Armitage said officials "knew that bin Laden had the means and the intent to attack Americans, both at home and abroad." "We did not know exactly what target al- Qaida intended to attack and how and when," he said. Samuel Berger, who served as President Clinton's national security adviser, said he had heard of the possibility of airplanes being used as weapons as one of many possible threat scenarios. "But I don't recall being presented with any specific threat information about an attack of this nature or any alert highlighting this threat or indicating it was any more likely than any other," he said. CIA spokesman Bill Harlow issued a statement Thursday disputing some aspects of Hill's report, particularly suggestions that the agency did not devote significant resources to fighting terrorism before the attacks. CIA offi- cials say, despite declining budgets, they directed substantial dollars and personnel to fighting terrorism, and stopped several attacks before they took place. "We had no illusions about how hard that fight would be," Harlow said. The agency doubled personnel in its Coun- terterrorism Center,— the nerve center for fighting terrorism — between 1997 and the attacks, Harlow said. Before Sept. 11, the agency had 115 analysts looking at terrorism issues — nearly three times what Hill's report states. In addition, Harlow said the agency had a few dozen analysts in its center specifically monitoring al-Qaida, plus another 200 field operatives assigned to counterterrorism duties, contrary to lower numbers in Hill's report. The center now has expanded to more than 800 people, more than twice what it had on Sept. 11. The committees' inquiry is supposed to be completed by February, but with time running out in Congress, some committee members have expressed doubt it will be finished in time. Support has been building for an independent commission to investigate the attacks. Briefs Report: U.S. looking for pilot linked to al-Qaida WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and CIA are searching for a Sudanese air force pilot who reportedly has entered Canada and plans to hijack an airliner and fly it into the White House, it was reported today. Citing unnamed intelligence sources, The Washington Tunes said the pilot was trained in Afghanistan and is linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network. Authorities know the name of the pilot, who is said to have entered Canada last week, but declined to disclose it, the Times reported. It said that Canadian authorities had no record of the man entering the country. Spokesmen for the CIA and FBI declined to comment. Daschle rebukes Bush on environmental protection WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle attacked President Bush's environmental record Thursday, accusing •thetadmindstration.of "a distunb- 'mg^erid of rollbacks." »''""«•", "• In a speech/to the League of Cbn- servatidn Voters,'Daschle aCcused the Bush administration of scuttling a variety of environmental regulations, slowing toxic waste cleanup and packing advisory panels with pro-industry scientists. Daschle singled out administration actions to expand oil and gas drilling on federal land now off limits; approval of a less ambitious efficiency standard for air conditioners; and efforts to ease air pollution requirements on power plants. Bush endorses Homeland Security alternative WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans remained at an impasse Thursday over worker rights in the proposed Homeland Security Department as President Bush endorsed a new alternative. In a 50-49 test vote along party lines, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to prevent major GOP changes to a Democratic version of the bill. Bush has threatened to veto that version because it does not give him broad authority he seeks to rapidly hire, fire and deploy the agency's 170,000 workers to respond to terrorist threats. A few hours after the vote, Bush endorsed an alternative be- dng.'u circulated .vby.;> Sensi."'PMlj Zell Millet, ! U.S. food supply vulnerable to terrorists, scientists say WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is vulnerable to terrorism aimed at farms that produce the nation's food, scientists say Such an attack could easily happen, the National Research Council said in a report released Thursday. "It's not a matter of 'if.' It's a matter of 'when,'" said R. James Cook, a council member from Washington State University "While there may be a very low probability now, what about in 20 years?" The council report said an attack on food production probaljly wouldn't lead to famine or malnutrition, but it could hurt public confidence in the food supply and disrupt the economy, costing millions if not billions of dollars. The panel, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, pinpointed weaknesses in the U.S. plan of defense against bioterror- ism in its report, one of the most comprehensive reviews of farm security to date. Since last year, scientists have considered ways terrorists could D-Ga., that makes" sortie modest 1 ' cohc'e s'sib' n's "to 1 ' Democrats' 1 dft ''the ' crucial issues of civil service and union protections. disease, contaminate grain fields or spread anthrax. The Sept. 11 hijackings and anthrax-by-mail attacks heightened scientists' worries. The panel urged U.S. officials to improve their communication with intelligence agencies, universities and farm groups to help the public cope with food and farm security threats. It also suggested the government strengthen its border inspections by adding new equipment to detect harmful bacteria and diseases. "Many of these efforts identified in the NAS report are already under way," Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said in a written statement. Veneman said the agency had given $43 million to states and land grant universities to improve screening equipment. It also is renovating its laboratories that would handle testing of samples of suspicious materials thought to be anthrax or other diseases. This year the agency was given an additional $328 million for .security,;! ' f. j>j? '• It divided a country. It created a nation. '•'' '''*'"'' " '' : '•'•tt'isttiifi^^f Friday, Sept. 2O Doors open 8pm $5.00 cover charge THE WILD ROSE 7th & Fort, Hays, Ks. I i L. iVI i) ^""^ Smoky Hijjs PUBLICTFIFVISIOIM More drought relief available WASHINGTON (AP) — While farmers wait to apply for their share of the Bush administration's $752 million in drought relief, members of Congress facing fall elections are in a race to take credit for the aid. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced the program during a conference call Thursday. Some Republican lawmakers — including Rep. John Thune of South Dakota, and Sen. Craig Thomas of Wyoming — joined her to deliver the news to reporters, but Democrats tried to beat them to it. Thune's opponent for the Senate, incumbent Democrat Tim Johnson, wanted to claim credit a day ahead of the administration's announcement. Johnson said he and Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., the Senate majority leader, had asked the Bush administration for the money. But Thune was backed by the White House. Thune and Johnson are running in a farm state that could help tip the balance of power in Congress. They promoted the package as an excellent step toward helping farmers who have suffered financially because of the drought. Against President Bush's wishes, the Senate approved a $6 billion drought assistance package last week. Bush had opposed the move, saying that Congress should provide aid for the farmers by taking money from the $180 billion, six-year farm bill passed in May. Daschle said this latest relief, will not be enough for farmers and ranchers. His office estimates that South Dakota's economy alone loses $5 million every day of the drought. South Dakota is among 30 states MALL 8 705-G28-1211 www.dlr. BANGER SISTERS (R) BALLISTIC (R) BARBERSHOP (PG13) TRAPPED(R) FOUR FEATHERS (P013) SWIM FAN (PGI3) STEALING HARVARD (PG13) XXX|PGI3) with some counties that have been declared disaster areas to qualify for aid. Veneman also has declared seven entire states disaster areas, including Arizona, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina and Utah. The compensation program announced Thursday is backed by money raised through custom fees on imports. Veneman has broad discretion on how a share of the money is used. The money will go to buffalo, cattle and sheep producers who live in the disaster areas. Dry, hot weather has wilted pastures and singed crops grown for animal feed. Some ranchers were forced to sell their herds because they can't afford to feed the animals. Other farmers have struggled to outlast the wicked heat. To date, the Agriculture Department has provided $1.3 billion in relief through various farm programs, including $150 million to help ranchers in extremely parched states to feed their herds. HAYS RECREATION COMMISSION Sept. Deadlines September 25. After School Volleyball Creepy, Crawly Spiders Dish Critter Crafts Ribbon Embroidery Session I: After School Basketbnll Session I: After School Cheerleading Session II: After School Basketball Session II; After School Cheerleading Simply Stickers Stained Glass Tuesdays Creative Crafting Young Reader Conference September 30 Science Investigations 1105 Canterbury Dr. Hays, KS 785-623-2650 Hays Family Radio presents Jasper $10.00 dinner tickets available at The Good Book Store, 1019 Main, Hays, Kansas 628-3815 or 1-800-281-3815 Ticket deadline 9/24/9002 A free will offerlns will be taken to cover expenses CHICKEN We're More Than Just GREAT CHICKEN! Try our Roast Beef, Chicken Fried Chicken, Pork Chop and Chicken Fried Steak Dinners. Our Salads Are A Meal Fat Free pressings Available Grilled Chicken Salad Chef Salad Crispy Chicken Salad Garden Salad Dine in- Carry out 740 E. 8th 625-3013 Hays, KS 29th Annual Hansen Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday, September 21, 2002 Logan, Kansas 10 a.m.-5 p.m. SPACE WALK TENTS CLOWN Delores Knowles CORCORAN FERRIS WHEEL POP-A-SHOT QUILT RAFFLE TROJAN LICENSE PLATES Snow, Cones Kettle Korn urkey & Noodles B Sloppy Joes Pie i Funnel Cakes Taco Pies Onion Blossoms Hot Dogs Egg Rolls Crab Rangoons Nachos & Cheese ; Gator Tatbrs BBQ Brisket Polish Sausage Baked Goods : Roast Corn Turkey Legs Chili Cheese Dogs |f • Hamburgers Brants

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