Antiterrorism fight moves to border, court
Federal authorities continued their battle against terrorism, inspecting university facilities across the United States for evidence of bioterrorism threats, pledging to reinforce the U.S.-Canada border with new technology and indicting an Algerian man suspected of helping draw up a millennium bombing plot in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, the New York Community Trust and the United Way announced the release of an additional $75 million to aid families of victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon for Zacarias Moussaoui, the first person charged with having a direct role in the September 11 terror attacks, the U.S. Attorney's office in New York announced. (Full story)
Bush administration officials expressed optimism late Wednesday that a deal could be struck soon on an economic stimulus bill following a one-on-one meeting between Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. (Full story)
The U.S. Army has been producing deadly anthrax at its Dugway Proving Ground in Utah but has told FBI investigators that none of the anthrax there is missing, an Army statement said Wednesday. (Full story)
The September 11th Fund announced Wednesday the release of an additional $75 million to aid families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. The fund, established by the New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City in the aftermath of the horrific attacks, has raised $347 million and had previously released $68 million in grants. (Full story)
The FBI has warned Texas of a "vague" and "unsubstantiated" threat issued against the state's public schools, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday. The threats came "in response to the bombings that are going on in Afghanistan," said Perry.
U.S. and Canadian officials meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, pledged Wednesday to use new technology to secure their vast border while promoting and protecting trade. Officials are looking at using biometric identifiers -- fingerprints, voice recognition, or retina scans -- in travel documents to make it easier to identify people who've been cleared through a screening process. (Full story)
In the wake of the recent anthrax attacks, federal officials Tuesday began an inspection program of university facilities across the United States that conduct research on viruses and bacteria with the potential to be used in bioterrorism, a university official said. (Full story)
A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted Samir Mohamed, an Algerian national being held in Canada, for his alleged role in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport during millennium celebrations. Mohamed is accused of assisting Ahmed Ressam, convicted in April of multiple counts related to terrorism. Ressam has admitted he trained for his 1999 bomb mission at a camp in Afghanistan run by Osama bin Laden.
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The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks.
WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, the death toll is 3,040. That figure includes 2,545 people who are missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes; 487 bodies have been identified.
PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 missing and presumed dead
PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane
The attacks of September 11 have sparked new debate about balancing the protection of U.S. citizens with the protection of the civil rights of those suspected of terrorism.
While the United States is proud of the freedoms and the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution, authorities and many citizens have argued those people who seek to destroy America do not deserve such protections while they represent an ongoing threat to the country.
While those arguments continue, so do the threats against U.S. interests. Security remains high at airports, certain industries and many government facilities.
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