September 1998 Intelligence News
- TEXT: CLINTON ON COUNTER-DRUG ASSISTANCE TO AMERICAS USIA 30 September 1998 -- The following is the text of a September 30 White House release concerning President Clinton's order on counter-narcotics assistance to the Americas.
- PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION ON FUNDS FOR PAN AM 103 TRIAL USIA 30 September 1998 -- President Clinton has authorized the transfer of funds to provide support for the establishment and functioning of the court proposed to be established in The Netherlands for the trial of suspects in the Pan Am 103 bombing case.
- Navy document proposes revamp of intelligence set-up The Times of India 29 September 1998 - In a scathing criticism of the functioning of the country's intelligence apparatus, an internal Navy document has recommended urgent revamping of the entire intelligence machinery, observing that this remained ``an extremely vulnerable area of national security''.
- IRAQ LIBERATION BILL INTRODUCED INTO CONGRESS USIA 30 September 1998 -- Democratic and Republican legislators September 29 introduced into Congress a bill entitled the "Iraq Liberation Act of 1998," calling for the removal of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and support for the Iraqi democratic opposition.
- White House Briefing September 30, 1998 -- Q Mike, speaking of secret units in the White House, do you know of any secret police operation in this White House? MR. MCCURRY: I do not. This arises, as you well know, from testimony that Mr. Dick Morris gave in front of the grand jury.
- Cohen Vows to Combat Terrorism American Forces Press Service -- 30 September 1998 -- Fight or fold -- that is America's choice when it comes to terrorism. Defense Secretary William Cohen vows America will never fold.
- Presidential Determination No. 98-41 September 30, 1998 - Providing international narcotics assistance to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago; and to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
- Security forces realign under air and space operations : 29 Sep 1998 by Staff Sgt. Michael Dorsey -- Security forces will join with operations at the air staff level Oct. 1 when the Directorate of Security Forces moves under the deputy chief of staff for air and space operations, reinforcing the Air Force's commitment to support the warfighter.
- U-N / LIBYA / TRIAL Voice of America 29 September 1998 -- LIBYA REJECTED SEVERAL OF THE TERMS OF A U-N SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION DEMANDING THE TRIAL IN THE NETHERLANDS OF TWO LIBYANS ACCUSED OF BOMBING A U-S AIRLINER OVER SCOTLAND IN 1988.
- GTE software fosters virtual intell community BY DANIEL VERTON Federal Computer Week SEPTEMBER 28, 1998 -- According to John Pike, a defense and intelligence analyst with the Federation of American Scientists, problems surfaced recently when analysts took "the better part of a week" to determine whether North Korea launched a missile or a satellite. That case "clearly indicates that analysts operating in different agencies [and] at different locations need vastly improved collaboration tools," Pike said. However, according to Pike, too many of the collaboration problems JIVA is trying to solve are the result of institutional and bureaucratic efforts to keep things separate.
- Army goes offline in reaction to Pentagon order BY BOB BREWIN Federal Computer Week SEPTEMBER 28, 1998 -- The Army slammed shut its door to the wired world last week, closing down all its World Wide Web sites in reaction to a new Pentagon Web security policy. The Army's move is in reaction to Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre's policy memo released Sept. 17, which directed all military organizations that maintain Web sites to review and then remove
sensitive information that could aid potential enemies.
- DOD's Hamre spells out Web rules BY DANIEL VERTON AND L. SCOTT TILLETT Federal Computer Week SEPTEMBER 28, 1998 -- Just one week after senior Defense Department officials expressed concern over the posting of sensitive information on DOD World Wide Web sites, Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre last week issued a departmentwide action plan to boost DOD's Web security policy.
- IRAN ENDS SALMAN RUSHDIE'S DEATH THREAT Voice of America 28 September 1998 -- EDITORIAL REACTION TO LAST WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENT BY IRAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER KAMAL KHARRTAZI THAT HIS GOVERNMENT IS DISASSOCIATING ITSELF FROM THE "FATWA" -- THE ISLAMIC DEATH THREAT AGAINST AUTHOR SALMAN RUSHDIE.
- EMBASSY BOMBING INDICTMENTS Voice of America 28 September 1998 -- TWO SUSPECTS IN THE BOMBINGS LAST MONTH OF THE U-S EMBASSIES IN KENYA AND TANZANIA WERE INDICTED TODAY (MONDAY) IN NEW YORK ON CHARGES OF CONSPIRING TO BOMB THE EMBASSIES.
- 3-tier plan to check infiltration The Hindustan Times 28 September 1998 - A new three-tier security system for tackling infiltration and dealing with militancy in the deep areas of Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur and Doda districts of Jammu region has come into operation.
- RDX seized from militants The Hindustan Times 26 September 1998 - In a massive haul of sophisticated explosives, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police
seized two kg of RDX and two kg of PETN from two different parts of the city yesterday.
- AFGHAN / IRAN Voice of America 26 September 1998 -- THE TALEBAN SAYS ITS FORCES HAVE MADE FURTHER MILITARY GAINS IN CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN, AN AREA DOMINATED BY MINORITY SHI'ITE MUSLIM AFGHANS WHO SHARE RELIGIOUS LINKS WITH IRAN.
- Secretary Caldera visits School of Americas by Sgt. Alberto Betancourt (Army News Service, Sept. 25, 1998)--Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera
visited Fort Benning Tuesday, urging continued support for the U.S. Army School of the Americas.
- Internet Presents Web of Security Issues By Paul Stone American Forces Press Service -- 25 September 1998 -- In a briefing room deep in the Pentagon earlier this year, Air Force Lt. Col. Buzz Walsh and Maj. Brad Ashley presented a series of briefings to top DoD leaders that raised more than just a few eyebrows. Selected leaders were shown how it was possible to obtain their individual social security numbers, unlisted home phone numbers, and a host of other personal information about themselves and their families – simply by cruising the Internet.
- DEPUTY SECRETARY HAMRE ORDERS REVIEW OF WEB SECURITY September 25, 1998 -- Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre today directed a department-wide review of information placed on publicly available Internet sites of the Department of Defense.
- IRAN/RUSHDIE REACT Voice of America 25 September 1998 -- SOME IRANIAN EXPERTS HAVE EXPRESSED SKEPTICISM WHETHER THE DEATH THREAT AGAINST SALMAN RUSHDIE HAS BEEN RENOUNCED, DESPITE THE GOVERNMENT'S ASSURANCES IT NO LONGER SUPPORTS THE
- RUSHDIE PRESS CONFERENCE Voice of America 25 September 1998 -- SALMAN RUSHDIE MET A GROUP OF REPORTERS IN LONDON FOLLOWING IRAN'S DECISION TO DISASSOCIATE ITSELF FROM THE DEATH EDICT AGAINST MR. RUSHDIE ISSUED BY THE LATE AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI.
- TEXT: COUNTER TERRORISM REWARDS PROGRAM IS WEAPON AGAINST THREAT USIA 25 September 1998 -- "The Counter Terrorism Rewards Program is not a panacea for peace of prosperity. But it is a very important weapon in our arsenal for reducing the threat of international terrorism," says Peter E. Bergin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Diplomatic Security Service at the Department of State.
- ELECTRONIC PRIVACY DISPUTE COULD GO TO WTO, EXPERT SAYS By Bruce Odessey USIA 25 September 1998 -- The U.S. complaint against European Union (EU) policy on electronic privacy could eventually wind up in the World Trade Organization (WTO), a Brookings Institution scholar says.
- NATIONS JOIN PRESIDENT CLINTON'S CALL TO FIGHT TERRORISM By Judy Aita USIA 25 September 1998 -- A majority of heads of state and foreign ministers joined with President Clinton at the 53rd General Assembly to highlight the new national security threat of terrorism.
- Hamre Orders DoD Web Security Review American Forces Press Service -- 25 September 1998 -- Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre directed a security review Sept. 24 to ensure information on publicly accessible DoD Internet sites does not compromise national security or place personnel at risk.
- LIBYA/LOCKERBIE Voice of America 24 September 1998 -- THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN HAVE CALLED ON LIBYA TO DELIVER TWO SUSPECTS TO THE NETHERLANDS FOR TRIAL IN CONNECTION WITH THE 1988 TERRORIST BOMBING OF AN AMERICAN AIRLINER THAT
CAUSED THE DEATHS OF 270 PEOPLE.
- CONGRESS / COLOMBIA Voice of America 24 September 1998 -- COLOMBIA'S NEW PRESIDENT ANDRES PASTRANA MET WITH U-S CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS IN WASHINGTON THURSDAY TO PROMOTE HIS FLEDGLING PEACE INITIATIVE TO END HIS COUNTRY'S DECADES-LONG INSURGENCY.
- MEXICO DRUGS Voice of America 23 September 1998 -- IN MEXICO, DRUG-TRAFFICKING AND CRIME IN GENERAL HAVE BECOME MAJOR THREATS TO SOCIAL ORDER. THE NATION'S ATTORNEY GENERAL FEARS A NEW THREAT, THE RISE OF DRUG DISTRIBUTION AND CONSUMPTION WITHIN NATIONAL TERRITORY.
- Senate Raps Investigation, Chemical Warfare Training By Douglas J. Gillert American Forces Press Service 23 September 1998 -- A new Senate report criticizes the federal investigation of Gulf War illnesses but generally supports findings suggesting there's no single cause of the illnesses.
- Pentagon curbs Web content By Sharon Machlis ComputerWorld 22 September, 1998 "Basically, the military does stupid things," said Ira Winkler, a former analyst at the National Security Agency and author of the books "Corporate Espionage" and "Through the Eyes of the Enemy". "The military does not exercise good operational security when it comes to their Web sites . . . There's no valid reason for a military unit to have a Web site," Winkler said.
- VIPs may lose NSG security The Hindustan Times 22 September 1998 - Home Minister L. K. Advani said today that efforts were on to remove the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos from VVIP security.
- EIGHTY-FIVE COUNTRIES RANKED FOR PERCEIVED
CORRUPTION By Phillip Kurata USIA 22 September 1998 -- The world's leading non-government organization fighting corruption says the battle to secure democracy, alleviate poverty and sustain investment and commerce hinge on curbing corruption in developing nations and across Central and Eastern Europe.
- CLINTON OPENS UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITH CALL TO COMBAT TERRORISM By Judy Aita USIA 21 September 1998 -- "Terror has become the world's problem," President Clinton told the delegates from 185 nations gathered for the opening of the 53rd UN General Assembly September 21.
- REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE OPENING SESSION OF THE 53RD UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY September 21, 1998 -- Because we are blessed to be a wealthy nation with a powerful military and a worldwide presence active in promoting peace and security, we are often a target. The new technologies of terror and their increasing availability, along with the increasing mobility of terrorists, raise chilling prospects of vulnerability to chemical, biological, and other kinds of attacks.
- TRANSCRIPT: NSC ADVISOR BERGER BRIEFING IN NEW YORK 21 September 1998 -- Later this week the President will submit to the Congress an emergency supplemental in the amount of $1.8 billion to renew and expand the fight against terrorism. And this supplemental will both have defensive, protective measures, as well as beefing up our offensive capacity to prevent and to find terrorists after the fact.
- KEY U.S. GOAL FOR UNGA: ACCELERATING FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM By Judy Aita USIA 21 September 1998 -- Emphasizing the Clinton administration's "full measure of support" for the United Nations, the chief U.S. delegate to the 53rd General Assembly said that U.S. priorities include furthering international cooperation against weapons proliferation, terrorism, and international crime.
- Response to the messages posted by former employees of Covert Action Quarterly: Bill Blum Mon, 21 Sep 1998 -- The firings had nothing -- repeat, nothing -- whatever to do with matters political, ideological, journalistic or editorial, no matter how many times the former editor Terry Allen may and will repeat this story. The firings had to do solely with interpersonal relations.
- DOD reels in content on Web sites BY L. SCOTT TILLETT Federal Computer Week SEPTEMBER 21, 1998 -- Concerned about the security risks posed by the availability of some types of information on the World Wide Web, the Defense Department has begun to pull pages from its Web sites while top DOD officials carry out a department-wide review. John Pike, a defense analyst with the Federation of American Scientists, said he is "extremely concerned" with talk of scrubbing Defense Web sites. "My view, though, is that if it is unclassified and if it is not Privacy Act Information...it should be available online."
- COLOMBIA PILOT Voice of America 18 September 1998 -- A U-S FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR IN A COLOMBIAN ARMY HELICOPTER HAS BEEN WOUNDED BY GUNFIRE FROM LEFTIST GUERRILLAS, BUT HAS RECOVERED.
- 41 Jurisdictions Receive Nearly $12 Million to Combat Domestic Terrorism Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Justice Department today awarded
41 localities approximately $12 million to help them acquire personal
protective, chemical/biological detection, decontamination and communications
equipment for response to terrorist incidents. The State and Local Domestic
Preparedness Equipment Support Program is administered by the Justice
Department's Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
- FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM FOCUS OF CLINTON SPEECH TO UNGA By Wendy S. Ross USIA 18 September 1998 -- President Clinton will discuss terrorism and the obligation of the international community to fight it in his September 21 speech before the United Nations General Assembly.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SANDY BERGER September 18, 1998 -- The President will address the U.N. General Assembly. As usual, the President of the United States is the first speaker to the General Assembly, after the President of the UNGA. The President will talk about terrorism and the common obligations of the international community to fight it.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 18, 1998 QUESTION: --There were reports in the British papers regarding that the Mossad is in position of transcripts of sensitive conversations that were garnered by wire tapping of specific phones, including the phone of the President. According to the reports in the British papers, these transcripts also include conversations between the President and Miss Lewinsky.
- New rules for getting onto the base become effective Oct. 5 The Rocketeer 17 September 1998 -- Starting Oct. 5, permanent changes will see China Lake returning to a guarded gate facility.
- TRANSCRIPT: ALBRIGHT REMARKS, Q&A, AT CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT 17 September 1998 After the Africa bombings, we can no longer consider any post a low-threat one. We must build secure facilities to replace those that were destroyed. We must address elsewhere the kind of security deficiencies that made the posts in Kenya and Tanzania tempting targets.
- DoD News Briefing, September 17, 1998 -- We've been looking at a way to balance the convenience of the web sites and to make them helpful and functional without giving away information that might lead to
compromises of personal or other types of security. Some of it is personal information such as social security numbers, home addresses, telephone numbers, home telephone numbers, things like that. Some of the information would deal with very specific information about the capabilities of weapons, particularly
weapons that are being developed through the contracting process, that might come out through the contracting process. A third area would be anything that looked like, that might provide very detailed floor plans of facilities.
- EMBASSY BOMBINGS Voice of America 17 September 1998 -- THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE HAS CHARGED HAROUN FAZIL WITH THE MURDER OF 12 AMERICANS IN THE EMBASSY BOMBING IN NAIROBI.
- At the mercy of crooks The Hindustan Times 17 September 1998 - The Government's decision to amend the concerned law to provide for death sentence to carriers of high-intensity explosives will be widely welcomed.
- U.S. OFFICIALS SEE TERRORISM AS A SHIFTING THREAT TO NATION By Ralph Dannheisser USIA 17 September 1998 -- A State Department official and a congressman outlined the changing face of terrorism before a business group, and warned that it poses increasing concerns for Americans at home and abroad.
- TEXT: ALBRIGHT REMARKS BEFORE CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT USIA 17 September 1998 -- "After the Africa bombings, we can no longer consider any post low-threat. Within the next few days, the Administration will submit a formal request for supplemental funds to beef up our diplomatic security and finance an even stronger counter-terrorism campaign. "
- TALIBANI, BARZANI SIGN HISTORIC ACCORD By Jane A. Morse USIA 17 September 1998 -- Two important Kurdish parties of northern Iraq have agreed to a specific timetable to reconcile their decades-old differences with the goal of power sharing, revenue sharing, and elections next summer.
- TRANSCRIPT: ALBRIGHT, TALABANI, BARZANI REMARKS USIA 17 September 1998 -- Two important Kurdish parties of northern Iraq have agreed to a specific timetable to reconcile their decades-old differences with the goal of power sharing, revenue sharing, and elections next summer.
- TRANSCRIPT: GORE, OTHER OFFICIALS ON ENCRYPTION EXPORTS USIA 16 September 1998 -- Vice President Gore has announced revision to U.S. policy relaxing export controls on encryption, a compromise aiming to satisfy the interests of U.S. business, law enforcement and national security.
- FACT SHEET: WHITE HOUSE ON REVISED ENCRYPTION POLICY USIA 16 September 1998 -- Under a revised policy, the Clinton administration is allowing certain U.S. exports of unlimited strength encryption software to certain sectors in 45 countries.
- TEXT: WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT ON NEW ENCRYPTION POLICY USIA 16 September 1998 -- Following several months of review, the Clinton administration has decided to relax controls on U.S. exports of strong encryption products.
- Declassified documents shed new light on American support to Dalai Lama Redif On The NeT 16 September 1998 -- A detailed story in The Los Angeles Times says for much of the 1960s, the CIA provided the Tibetan exile movement with $1.7 million a year for operations against China, including an annual subsidy of $180,000 for the Dalai Lama.
- Administration Updates Encryption Policy September 16, 1998 STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY -- The Clinton Administration today announced a series of steps to update its encryption policy in a way that meets the full range of national interests: promotes electronic commerce, supports law enforcement and national security and protects privacy.
- Administration Updates Encryption Policy FACT SHEET September 16, 1998 -- Exports of 56-bit DES and equivalent products (hardware and software) will be streamlined (under license exception). Requirements for key recovery plans are eliminated.
- Administration Updates Encryption Policy PRESS BRIEFING BY THE VICE PRESIDENT, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN PODESTA, PRINCIPAL ASSOCIATE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROBERT LITT, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE FBI CAROLYN MORRIS, UNDER SECRETARY OF COMMERCE WILLIAM REINSCH, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JOHN HAMRE, AND DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR JIM STEINBERG -- September 16, 1998
- DoD News Briefing , September 15, 1998 - Q: Do you have an assessment of what kind of damage the Cuban spy ring might have done to security itself?
- DoD News Briefing, September 15, 1998 - Q: There was a report last week about an impending memorandum from Dr. Hamre to lay out some stricter guidelines on what the DoD posts on its web site.
- Lessons for India (By Raja Menon) The Hindustan Times 15 September 1998 - Even today, we talk glibly of 57 training camps or 90 training camps used for training Kashmir terrorists, but cannot produce one photograph of a camp either to show to the people of India or to use in preparing a case for the UN, the US Congress or the world court. The absence of adequate photo reconnaissance, of land attack cruise missiles, of heliborne FLIR and aircraft of the kind the Americans brought into Kashmir when the foreign militants were kidnapped are all symptoms of a larger malaise in the command and control of the Indian armed forces.
- Pune police crack suspected ISI operation Redif On The NeT 14 September 1998 -- The Pune police believe that the fake major, Irshadur Rehman, 25, who hails from a well-to-do family in Bhagalpur, Bihar, and Bombay-based Mohammed Yusuf Yakub Sipra, 36, who posed as his personal assistant, are part of an international espionage ring.
- HACKERS / "TIMES" Voice of America 14 September 1998 -- COMPUTER HACKERS REPLACED THE USUAL "THE NEW YORK TIMES" INTERNET WEB NEWS COVERAGE WITH OBSCENE TEXT AND PICTURES OF NUDE WOMEN. COMPUTER VANDALS SAID THE INTRUSION WAS A PROTEST AGAINST THE IMPRISONMENT OF KEVIN MITNICK.
- CUBAN SPY ARRESTS Voice of America 14 September 1998 -- THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SAYS IT HAS BROKEN UP A SPY RING IN MIAMI, FLORIDA RUN BY THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT. TEN INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ESPIONAGE IN WHAT FEDERAL AGENTS ARE CALLING AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT BY THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.
- AFGHAN / BEN LADEN Voice of America 13 September 1998 -- TALEBAN LEADERS IN AFGHANISTAN SAY THEY HAVE BARRED DISSIDENT SAUDI MILLIONAIRE OSAMA BIN LADEN FROM MAKING PUBLIC STATEMENTS. THEY DENY REPORTS SAYING HE HAS BEEN PLACED
UNDER HOUSE ARREST.
- Set up apex intelligence agency to protect India against missile strikes: service chiefs Redif On The NeT 11 September 1998 -- Defence sources said the proposal along with the three service chiefs' recent communication to Vajpayee to immediately establish a National Command Authority to handle a possible nuclear war is part of an elaborate security strategy being planned by the armed forces.
- AMBASSADOR NEWTON APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF RADIO FREE IRAQ USIA 11 September 1998 -- Ambassador David G. Newton has been appointed to be the director of Radio Free Iraq, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) new Arabic language service that will begin broadcasting to Iraq this fall.
- TEXT: GILMAN LETTER TO HAVEL RE: RADIO FREE IRAQ, IRAN BROADCASTS USIA 11 September 1998 -- Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, Chairman of the Committee on International Relations, has called on Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel to help ensure that Radio Free Europe/Radio
Liberty (RFE/RL) will be able to begin broadcasting to Iraq and Iran this fall.
- CONGRESS PREPARES TO ENACT ANTI-CORRUPTION LEGISLATION By Phillip Kurata USIA 10 September 1998 -- Congress is in the final stages of enacting legislation that would make the United States the first country to implement an international treaty outlawing bribery of foreign officials.
- Flaws in India's Kashmir policy (By N.B. Grant) The Hindustan Times 11 September 1998 - So far, any other solution to the problem, like a plebiscite for instance, was taboo, and has even been considered unpatriotic due to the emotional attachments of the old Nehru-Gandhi clan to its ancestral abode in the Valley. Now that this family attachment is no longer there, one could venture, or if I may say dare, to get away from the beaten track and explore other avenues.
- TEXT: CROWE TO CHAIR REVIEW BOARDS ON AFRICA EMBASSY BOMBINGS USIA 10 September 1998 -- Former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain and one time chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral William Crowe was sworn in by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on September 9 to chair Accountability Review Boards charged with investigating the August 7 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
- PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RAND BEERS AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AFFAIRS September 10, 1998 -- THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary
- Elaborate defence strategy chalked out The Hindustan Times 09 September 1998 - The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee has chalked out an elaborate defensive strategy, including the revival of a proposal for omnibus Defence Intelligence" Agency to guard against pre-emptive enemy strikes. Originally mooted to overcome the near-total drought of what services headquarters called "actionable intelligence", the problem has only been highlighted by the US missile strikes at targets in Afghanistan.
- DoD News Briefing Tuesday, September 8, 1998 -- I think there's a strong feeling within this building and within the Administration generally that in this grave new world of terrorism, where we can expect greater challenges from terrorist organizations around the world, that we
need to probably say less when we do more. And we want to preserve as many options as possible. One of the ways we want to preserve those options is to, when we think it's appropriate, say as little as possible to give as little information away to those who may
be on the receiving end of future operations.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 8, 1998 -- SECURITY OF EMBASSIES (STATE DEPARTMENT) Inspections of posts/Assessment teams/Proposal to Congress/Operation status of embassies/Definition of "closed" and "adjusted" embassies/Rumors of incidents happening at many embassies (copy cats)/Situations that can lead to change of status at an embassy/Bonn embassy and movement to Berlin
- AFOSI opens to senior airmen; seeks more officers and NCOs : 8 Sep 1998 (AFNS) -- The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is recruiting larger numbers of officers and noncommissioned officers to be special agents.
- CHICAGO / HAMAS Voice of America 08 September 1998 -- FEDERAL OFFICIALS IN CHICAGO ARE INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE LINKS BETWEEN SEVERAL SUBURBAN HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS AND THE ISLAMIC MILITANT GROUP HAMAS.
- The New Face of International Terrorism NBC NIGHTLY NEWS NBC TV 07 September 1998 -- JOHN PIKE [Federation of American Scientists]: We're going to have no more success in eradicating terrorists than we've had in eradicating drug smugglers. You can make their life more difficult, but you can't make their life impossible.
- 2kg cyanide seized: ISI planned to poison Army areas The Hindustan Times 07 September 1998 - Punjab police have unravelled a sinister plan of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to virtually resort to chemical warfare by planning selective targeted mass killings with lethal cyanide and a very strong anesthetic flouthene seized from arrested terrorists.
- ISI behind dropsy deaths? The Hindu : 06-09-1998 :: Pg: 07 :: After insurgency and bomb blasts, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) network of Pakistan seems to have found a comparatively silent but more lethal way to cause mass deaths in India. If police and intelligence reports are to be believed, poisoning is the new watchword in this proxy battle. Referring to the dropsy deaths in Delhi, a senior Delhi police officer said the percentage of argemone found in some samples of oil was exceptionally high. ``Recent seizures of huge quantities of cyanide indicate that there is a definite plan to kill people en masse silently.''
- LIBYA/LOCKERBIE Voice of America 06 September 1998 -- LIBYAN LEADER MUAMMAR GADHAFI SAYS CERTAIN GUARANTEES WILL BE NECESSARY BEFORE LIBYA WILL ALLOW THE EXTRADITION OF TWO LIBYAN SUSPECTS FOR TRIAL IN THE BOMBING OF A PAN-AM PASSENGER JET 10-YEARS AGO OVER LOCKERBIE, SCOTLAND.
- FBI DIRECTOR FREEH SAYS TERRORIST ACTS LIKELY TO ESCALATE By Susan Ellis USIA 03 September 1998 -- U.S. strikes on suspected terrorist sites in Afghanistan
and Sudan August 20 were about continuation of terrorism, not
retaliation, says Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- PANAMA CALLED IMPORTANT TO U.S. EVEN AFTER CANAL TRANSFER By Eric Green USIA 03 September 1998
Asked about the status of talks to keep U.S. troops in Panama after
the 1999 transfer in order to run an international anti-narcotics
center, Benson indicated that they remain at an "impasse," with "no
real action" on resuming them at this time.
- US AIR FORCE COLD WARRIORS TO BE BURIED AT ARLINGTON USIA DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT 02 September 1998 -- The Pentagon has announced that the remains of 17 US Air Force airmen shot down during the Cold War have been identified as a group and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery September 2. The airmen were crewmembers aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft on September 2, 1958 when it was shot down by MiGs over Soviet Armenia.
- CJCS awards Joint Meritorious Unit Award to intel center 01 September 1998 -- (AFNS) -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has approved the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for exceptional meritorious achievement for members of the Joint Intelligence Center-Pacific at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
- KURDS / IRAQ / U-S Voice of America 01 September 1998 - THE LEADER OF ONE OF THE MAIN KURDISH FACTIONS BASED IN NORTHERN IRAQ -- MASSOUD BARZANI -- HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE KURDISH RESISTANCE MOVEMENT AGAINST SUCCESSIVE IRAQI REGIMES. HIS UPCOMING TRIP TO WASHINGTON HAS TRIGGERED SPECULATION THAT HE'LL BE DISCUSSING PLANS WITH U-S OFFICIALS TO REVIVE THE IRAQI OPPOSITION MOVEMENT.
- COMBATING GLOBAL TERRORISM: ROOT CAUSES OF THE SCOURGE USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report September 1, 1998 - Twelve days since the air strikes against suspected terrorist-linked sites in Afghanistan and Sudan,
foreign commentary continued apace, with editorialists focusing on the counter-terrorism value of the strikes and strategies for combating terrorism worldwide.
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