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December 11, 2001
MILITARY FRONT Bin Laden: As tribal fighters advance on a suspected mountain hide-out of Osama bin Laden, a senior defense official asserts that the alleged terrorist chief is increasingly isolated and vulnerable. HUMANITARIAN EFFORT Food deliveries: Aid is getting into Afghanistan, where at least one in three of the 25 million people are hungry. But the hasty effort leaves some with less than they feel they deserve and others with goods they don't need.
December 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
The No. 2 official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was named Friday to head the law enforcement agency. Bradley Buckles, a longtime ATF official, has been the agency's deputy director since 1996 and replaces John Magaw as director. As Magaw's deputy, Buckles assisted in the day-to-day management of the bureau.
After only seven months on the job, the head of the Transportation Security Administration resigned under pressure Thursday amid widespread concerns about the huge new federal law enforcement agency, said administration and congressional officials. No reason was publicly given for the departure of John W. Magaw, a career Secret Service executive with a distinguished record.
March 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
Screeners at airport checkpoints will not frisk passengers of the opposite sex, the head of the Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday. John Magaw, who heads the security agency, said male screening agents would pat down males and female workers would do the same for women. "You will not have a male frisking a female," Magaw said. In addition, the security agency is setting standards for when to frisk passengers at airport checkpoints, Magaw said.
December 4, 1992 | From Associated Press
Presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. wants to take holiday leaves from a mental hospital where he was sent after shooting President Ronald Reagan, but the government says he is still a security threat. Hinckley's petition for court permission to leave the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital with his parents on legal holidays cites "great progress in his treatment" that has resulted in "greater privileges and liberties."
February 21, 2002 | From Reuters
The U.S. government has told commercial airlines to close the VIP lines that allow their most valued customers, mainly business travelers, to avoid long waits for security checks at airports, officials said Wednesday. The elimination of the perk was ordered by the Transportation Security Administration, which took over airport passenger and baggage screening from the airlines at more than 420 airports Sunday.
President Bush named former Secret Service director John Magaw as head of the new Transportation Security Administration on Monday, bypassing the usual confirmation process by making the appointment while the Senate is in recess. Bush's action means that Magaw can serve without confirmation for about a year, until the end of the Senate's next session. The agency Magaw will head is an arm of the Transportation Department and was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
February 15, 2002 | From Associated Press
The new federal office in charge of airline security announced Thursday that 15 airports will be the first group to have government employees conduct passenger and baggage screening. The 15 airports--including Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Boston, O'Hare in Chicago and Kennedy in New York--are being studied by the new Transportation Security Administration as it prepares to replace the private companies now handling security. By Nov. 19, passengers at all 429 commercial airports in the U.S.
October 1, 1993
Despite all that went wrong with the raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on the Branch Davidian compound last February, the thorough and complete report released Thursday by the Treasury Department shows that much in its aftermath is going right. By airing its tragic mistakes now, the federal government can, we hope, take the steps necessary to prevent such debacles in the future.
April 24, 2002
After Sept. 11, the government and airlines properly rushed to institute sweeping security measures to restore public confidence in flying. But the hours-long lines and delays created by random searches of passengers are not enhancing security. Homeland Security Director Thomas J. Ridge is correctly urging that the airlines and government move quickly to establish a "trusted fliers" program that would both speed up travel and bolster security checks.
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