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International terrorist activity down, State Department says

April 30, 2004 The number of international terrorist incidents continued to decline in 2003, reaching its lowest level since the late 1960s, according to an annual State Department report released Thursday. Last year, a total of 190 terrorist attacks were conducted throughout the world, a slight decrease from the 198 attacks reported in ...

Energy Department restructures efforts to recover foreign uranium

April 15, 2004 The Energy Department Wednesday announced the restructuring of an effort to recover spent U.S.-origin nuclear fuel from foreign research reactors around the world. In February, Energy's inspector general released a report critical of the agency's "takeback" policy, which allows foreign research reactors that use U.S. uranium fuel to return the ...

White House strikes back at former counterterrorism adviser

March 23, 2004 The White House Monday launched a multipronged attack on former White House "counterterrorism czar" Richard Clarke, who has recently criticized the Bush administration for its handling of the war on terrorism and for seeking nonexistent connections between prewar Iraq and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In an interview with ...

White House urged to order staffers to cooperate with CIA leak probe

January 7, 2004 The White House came under criticism Tuesday for failing to order employees to comply with a new Justice Department tactic in the investigation of the leak of a CIA operative's identity. The Justice Department is investigating the leak of the identity and CIA status of the wife of former U.S. ...

Brentwood postal facility in Washington to reopen Friday

December 2, 2003 The Brentwood mail processing facility in Washington, which became tainted with anthrax during the 2001 anthrax attacks and was subsequently decontaminated, is set to reopen Friday, a Postal Service spokeswoman told Global Security Newswire Tuesday. Administrative employees are scheduled to return to the facility Friday, the spokeswoman said, adding that ...

Former CIA official: White House leak retaliation against agency

October 27, 2003 A former CIA counterterrorism specialist accused the Bush administration Friday of leaking the identity of a CIA operative in revenge for the lack of support by the U.S. intelligence community for charges that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was seeking to rebuild his nuclear weapons program. The Justice Department is ...

Biopreparedness plans should include hoax response, official says

October 22, 2003 WASHINGTON-Emergency response plans for biological incidents need to include planning for responding to hoaxes, a Washington-area emergency response official said Tuesday. Speaking yesterday at a Harvard University's Biosecurity 2003 conference here, Arlington County, Va., Fire Chief Edward Plaugher said that false incidents have the potential to overwhelm emergency response systems. ...

Two years later, anthrax culprit still at large; cleanup continues

October 10, 2003 Two years ago this month, the first reports emerged that people in the eastern United States had become infected with the biological warfare agent anthrax. By the end of November, the 2001 anthrax attacks killed five people in Connecticut, Florida, New York and Washington, and sickened 13 others. Over the ...

CIA requests probe into leak of operative's identity

September 29, 2003 CIA Director George Tenet has requested a Justice Department investigation into charges that the White House leaked the name of the wife of former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who traveled to Niger last year to investigate claims that Iraq had attempted to purchase uranium there, according to reports. In a ...

Postal Service completes test of new anthrax detection system

September 9, 2003 The Postal Service last month completed a 15-city test of a new anthrax detection system, an agency spokesman told Global Security Newswire Tuesday, describing the test as a "resounding success." The system works by testing the air surrounding mail-handling equipment for anthrax spores, according to reports. If spores are detected, ...