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September 20, 2001

Sept. 20, 2001 -- Congressional leaders announced today that a House working group on terrorism and homeland defense would be upgraded to a full working subcommittee of the House Select Intelligence Committee.

The working group, chaired by Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), evaluates terrorist threats, U.S. vulnerability, counterterrorism, response resources and capabilities across the government, and all manner of domestic preparedness issues.

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September 19, 2001

Sept. 19, 2001 -- The Marine Corps is reminding its troops to keep their lips buttoned tight and make careful use of personal electronic devices such as cell phones in the wake of the worst terrorist strike in United States history.

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Sept. 19, 2001 -- The National Guard's weapons of mass destruction civil-support teams endured more than a year's worth of delays before the first units were certified to respond to possible WMD attacks in July. But the teams were ready for action when needed most -- after last week's deadly terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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September 18, 2001

Sept. 18, 2001 -- Taking out indicted international terrorist Osama bin Laden will not solve the terrorism problem, former CIA Director James Woolsey warned today.

Woolsey, speaking this morning at a panel discussion on terrorism sponsored by King Publishing, said the United States should not get into a mode of thinking the problem will end if it is able to capture or kill those responsible for helping last week's attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Sept. 18, 2001 -- One week after the deadliest terror attacks ever committed on U.S. soil, NORAD continues to direct the Air National Guard combat air patrols maintaining air sovereignty over Washington, DC, and New York City.

The Federal Aviation Administration has resumed its standard role of monitoring domestic air traffic, according to an FAA spokesman, while NORAD has reverted to its "normal" operation of tracking "all aircraft entering or attempting to enter U.S. airspace," an official said.

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Sept. 18, 2001 -- The Navy has successfully launched a Tomahawk cruise missile from a Seawolf-class submarine, marking the first time the widely used land-attack missile has been fired from the service's newest class of fast-attack subs, the service announced today.

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Sept. 18, 2001 -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham says the Bush administration remains steadfastly behind its efforts to expand the nation's reliance on nuclear power despite heightened concerns about the risks associated with radioactive materials following last week's terrorist attacks.

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September 17, 2001

Sept. 17, 2001 -- Large and mid-size defense industry stocks reaped the benefits of the heightened tension after last week's terrorist attacks -- benefits which one analyst believes will likely help sustain shares of defense contractors over the next five years.

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Sept. 17, 2001 -- Asked at a Pentagon media briefing if he wants indicted international terrorist Osama bin Laden dead, President Bush said today, "I want him -- I want justice."

"They used to put out there in the Old West a 'wanted' poster. It said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.' All I want, and America wants, (is bin Laden) brought to justice. That's what we want," Bush said, but he also pointed out that the United States is not targeting bin Laden exclusively.

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Sept. 17, 2001 -- Two congressional panels have scheduled hearings this week to assess the ability of the U.S. government to respond to terrorism.

The House and Senate hearings were called in response to last week's deadly terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Sept. 17, 2001 -- In the wake of last week's terrorist strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the Gilmore Commission has decided to adopt an accelerated schedule for completing its third and final report to the president and lawmakers.

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September 14, 2001

Sept. 14, 2001 -- The House and Senate today both unanimously approved a $40 billion supplemental appropriations package covering initial spending on recovery efforts and retaliation for Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Some of the funding may also be used for recovery efforts in Pennsylvania, where one of the four aircraft hijacked on Sept. 11 crashed.

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Sept. 14, 2001 -- The Air National Guard today received permission to call up as many as 13,000 personnel to perform homeland security and civil support missions as part of larger activation of up to 50,000 reservists.

The authorized Air Force call-ups will include pilots and support personnel needed to perform combat air patrols of indeterminate duration and scope over U.S. cities, senior officials said. These air patrol missions were instituted in the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack upon American soil Tuesday.

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Sept. 14, 2001 -- The stability of a large section of the Pentagon beyond the immediate site where terrorists deliberately slammed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building remains in question, according to Arlington County, VA, assistant fire chief Jim Schwartz.

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September 13, 2001

Sept. 13, 2001 -- NATO and Russian officials agreed today to cooperate to defeat the "scourge" of international terrorism in response to the deadly attacks Tuesday against the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council met and "expressed its anger and indignation at the barbaric acts committed against the people of the United States of America," according to a NATO statement issued today.

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today he does not yet know how much of the $20 billion in emergency spending requested yesterday by President Bush will be made available to the Pentagon.

While Wolfowitz said defense officials don't yet know the breakdown "because the needs are so enormous," he added that "a very great portion of those needs are to prepare our armed forces for whatever the president may ask them to do."

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- U.S. fighter jets and an airborne surveillance aircraft were scrambled minutes after an American Airlines 757 jetliner crashed into the Pentagon in a terrorist attack on the morning of Sept. 11, Gen. Richard Myers, the president's choice for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers today.

Those jets did not shoot down another airliner that crashed in rural Pennsylvania, Myers added. Myers is currently the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- A group of House Republican lawmakers today introduced a resolution to declare a state of war between the United States and international terrorists and their sponsors.

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- Army sources said today that Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude is among the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The Army and the Defense Department have not yet identified all of the personnel still unaccounted for, although DOD has released a list of Navy names.

However, service sources, including senior officials, said Maude, the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel, has not been heard from since the hijacked airliner plowed into the Pentagon. According to those sources, he is presumed dead.

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- The House Rules Committee has postponed a vote on a rule governing debate on the fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill because of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, and the committee is unsure when it will reconvene, a committee spokesman told InsideDefense.com.

The committee planned to vote on the rule yesterday but did not because "Congress has other priorities right now," the spokesman said.

The panel is considering more than 80 amendments to the $328 billion bill, which was approved by the House Armed Services Committee Aug. 1.

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