"Terrorism" and Blowback: A Chronology
by Janette Rainwater,
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October 21, 2001
Bob Woodward reports in the Washington Post that Bush
II signed an intelligence finding the previous month instructing
the CIA to do "whatever is necessary" to eliminate Usama
bin Laden and his al Qaida network. (So all that talk this past
month on whether or not President Ford's prohibition on assassination
of world leaders should be rescinded was just so much rhetoric.)
Additionally Woodward describes the "Threat Matrix," a
CIA document that arrives every morning on the desks of the top
officials in the Bush administration concerned with intelligence
and national security. The Threat Matrix contains the raw data on
all threats received of bombings, bioterrorism, hijackings, etc.
Washington Post, October 21, 2001, p. A01,
October 22, 2001
The Times of London reports that the FBI is considering
using torture to force suspected members of bin Laden's network
to talk. More than 150 of the 800 picked up after September 11 remain
in custody and are remaining silent. One of these is Zacarias Moussaoui,
a French Moroccan, who is suspected of being a hijacker who failed
to make it aboard the United Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania.
Two others whose silence the FBI would especially like to crack
are the two Indians who were apprehended on September 12th travelling
with false passports, knives and hair dye. There is speculation
that the current rather conservative Supreme Court would support
the curtailment of civil liberties of prisoners in terrorism cases.
Damian Whitworth, The Times (UK), October 22, 2001.
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