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America at home: Anthrax outbreaks may be domestic terrorism, official says

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SUMMARY:

Anthrax-tainted letters sent to a Senate office and to the media are probably the work of a domestic terrorist, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. He cautioned that authorities still have not identified a culprit in the anthrax outbreaks.

Sources told CNN that an anthrax-filled letter addressed to U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, may have been misdirected through the mail system and sent to the State Department by mistake. That means the letter may have gone to the State Department mail facility in Sterling, Virginia, where a mail employee contracted inhalation anthrax, the sources said. The employee is expected to recover. (Full story)

Elsewhere, the Justice Department said Monday two areas of a Bureau of Prisons headquarters mailroom in Washington have tested positive for "scant contamination."

UPDATE:

President Bush announced Monday the U.S. shipment of thousands of tons of food worth more than $5 million to Afghanistan, senior administration officials told CNN. (Full story)

The war on terror has caused major changes in the news content of U.S. network television, with traditional hard news eclipsing celebrity and lifestyle coverage on morning and evening newscasts, according to a study released Monday. (Full story)

The Russell and Dirksen Senate office buildings on Capitol Hill that had been closed over the weekend for anthrax testing reopened Monday. (Full story)


  •  Summary

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  •  Key questions

  •  Who's who

  •  Victims

  •  Impact



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KEY QUESTIONS:

Will a military commission afford suspected terrorists appropriate protection of their civil rights, and are non-U.S. citizens entitled to those rights?

What is the government doing to fortify homeland defense? Click here for more

Is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention equipped to handle bioterrorism attacks?

Does the U.S. Postal Service have the proper resources to make the mail safe? Click here for more

How is Congress helping out in the recovery process? Click here for more

What are tips to know in the wake of the attacks? Click here for more

WHO'S WHO:

George W. Bush: U.S. president Click here for more.

Laura Bush: First lady of the United States, she has become more visible since the terrorist attacks, making public appearances urging parents and teachers to help reassure children that everything is being done to try to keep them safe. Click here for more

Tom Ridge: Director of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security, a new Cabinet-level position Click here for more

Richard Clarke: Head of efforts to safeguard information systems for the Office of Homeland Security Click here for more

Wayne Downing: Retired Army general tapped as deputy national security adviser Click here for more

Joe Allbaugh:The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Click here for more

Dr. David Satcher: Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Click here for more

Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of New York Click here for more

Michael Bloomberg: Mayor-elect of New York

Anthony A. Williams: Mayor of Washington

Dr. Ivan Walks: Director of the Department of Health for the District of Columbia

Paul O'Neill: Treasury secretary

Norman Y. Mineta:Transportation secretary

Jane Garvey: FAA administrator

VICTIMS:

The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following totals for the number of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks.

WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, 3,962 are missing, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 490 bodies have been identified.

PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 dead or missing

PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane

IMPACT:

The events of September 11 exposed the vulnerability of the world's greatest superpower, presenting the United States with the challenge of recovering emotionally and physically.

The U.S. economy, threatened by recession before September 11, has suffered a number of blows in the weeks since. Several industries -- particularly the airline industry -- were hit hard by the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, and leading economic indicators dropped in September. Yet the nation's financial markets have thus far weathered the uncertainty, making up losses experienced in the days after reopening.

Incidents of anthrax found in mail have frightened many, and the notable increase of security at offices and public places indicates America to be a warier, more cautious place. But daily life has not been put on hold: People are still attending entertainment events, going to ballgames, and getting out. Psychologically, the country appears to be finding its way.



 
 
 
 



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