Judge Rebuffs Detainees at Guantánamo, NYTimes
Excerpts: The authorities also said they
thought the base would be out of reach of American courts.(...)
Both parties, she said, were seeking for the court to issue a writ of
habeas corpus (...).
"Although Defense Department officials have acknowledged that some of
the detainees at Guantánamo are completely innocent and don't belong there,
none have been allowed to meet or speak with their families or with counsel,
and none have even been informed of the charges, if any, against them," Mr.
Judge Orders Names of Sept. 11 Detainees Released, NYTimes,
Excerpts: The ruling was a significant
setback to the Bush administration's policy of secret detentions of immigrants
in connection with the investigation into the terrorist attacks.
Judge Gladys Kessler, of the United States District Court for the District
of Columbia, dismissed the Justice Department's argument that disclosure would
hinder its investigation of terrorists. (...)
Judge Kessler noted that the government has said it had detained 751
individuals on immigration violations over the course of its Sept. 11
investigation. As of June 13, only 74 still remained in custody.
Scientists Worry Journals May Aid Terrorists, NYTimes
Several requests, he said, concerned DNA primers, the
snippets of DNA used to extract specific genes from an organism. One
application of primers is in sensors designed to quickly detect microbes in a
biological attack. An adversary's genetic engineers could foil the sensors if
they knew what primers were used.
But Dr. Atlas said he feared that if authors were allowed to withhold
information, the journals might find themselves publishing papers that could
not be reproduced.
An Insecure Alliance,, WorldLink
Excerpts: The US, unsurprisingly, has
different priorities. Stunned by its vulnerability, it seeks above all
immediate security. (...) From its friends and allies Washington wants
cooperation without constraint. Coalitions of the willing, yes; new treaties,
charters and conventions, no. (...)
The immediate sources of tension are obvious enough: the consternation in
Europe at Mr Bush's "axis of evil" speech, European frustration with the US
administration's reluctance to use its political and diplomatic authority to
mediate a settlement in the Middle East, (...).
Al Qaeda Forming New Cells Worldwide
Excerpt: Al Qaeda members
who fled Afghanistan after the U.S.-led counter-terrorism offensive began last
fall are forming what anti-terror coalition intelligence analysts are calling
"super cells" in locations stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia.
Coalition intelligence said al Qaeda operatives in coalition custody told
their interrogators that men who trained in Afghan camps run by Osama bin
Laden have returned to their home nations. There, they have formed alliances
with other extremist groups to create "super cells," while the main al Qaeda
leadership struggles to regroup, sources said.