Law enforcement tactics under scrutiny
The ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked Attorney General John Ashcroft to testify at a lengthy hearing to discuss new law enforcement measures issued by the Bush administration.
Ashcroft "owes the country an explanation" of the Bush administration's new antiterrorism enforcement measures, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said.
In an interview on NBC's Meet The Press, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said he wants Ashcroft to appear before his committee to discuss President Bush's order allowing the use of military tribunals to try suspected terrorists. Leahy said he also wants to review a Justice Department decision to monitor phone conversations between suspects and their lawyers and question thousands of people of Middle Eastern descent. (Full story)
Leahy also said that an anthrax-laced letter mailed to his office may contain enough spores "to kill well over a 100,000 people." Investigators have yet to open it, he said. (Full Story)
Despite recent economic jitters exacerbated by the threat of terrorism, early figures from the key Thanksgiving shopping weekend provide "encouraging news" about the recovery of the American economy, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said Sunday. (Full story)
The death toll from the destruction of the World Trade Center has dropped significantly, according to numbers released Wednesday by New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. A total of 3,682 people are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead, the mayor said. Authorities have come up with a new way of reporting the numbers, he said. (Full story)
Portland, Oregon, police have refused a U.S. Justice Department request for help in interviewing Middle Eastern immigrants as part of its sweeping terrorism investigation, saying it would violate state law. (Full story)
Will a military commission afford suspected terrorists appropriate protection of their civil rights, and are non-U.S. citizens entitled to those rights?
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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
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
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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