March 15, 2005 |
Sensors at two military mail facilities detected signs of anthrax on two pieces of mail but Pentagon officials said the mail was irradiated, rendering any anthrax inert. Additional tests and other sensors at the two facilities, one of them at the Pentagon and the other nearby, found no presence of anthrax, which can be used as a biological weapon. There were no initial reports of illness.
December 23, 2004 |
A fuel tanker truck crashed near the Pentagon, sparking multiple explosions that sent flames nearly 50 feet in the air and shut down a major highway for several hours overnight. The driver died in the accident. The truck apparently struck a guardrail as it drove onto an exit ramp of Interstate 395. "It sounded ... like artillery," said John F. Moroz, a nearby resident.
January 11, 2004 |
Pentagon auditors spent 1,139 hours altering their own files in order to pass an internal review, say investigators who found that the accounting sleuths engaged in just the kind of wasteful activity they are supposed to expose.
December 3, 2003 |
The Pentagon postponed action on an $18-billion Air Force deal for 100 Boeing Co. 767 tankers until the deal is investigated, after Boeing's firing of two executives for ethics violations. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz told leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee in a letter dated Dec. 1 that he was ordering a "pause in the execution" of the Air Force contracts to lease and buy the midair refueling tankers, a major setback in Boeing's two-year effort to sell the planes.
July 24, 2002 |
The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to clear $28.9 billion in emergency funding for the Pentagon, U.S. homeland security efforts and New York's recovery after the Sept. 11 attacks. The Senate is expected to follow the 397-32 outcome today by passing the bill and sending it to President Bush, who first requested it over four months ago, to be signed into law. Lawmakers last week cut billions in spending from the bill in response to White House complaints that it had grown too large.
March 30, 2002 |
When FBI and immigration agents arrested Zacarias Moussaoui at his motel in suburban Minneapolis on Aug. 16, they suspected he might be a potential airline hijacker. He wanted to fly "the Big Bird," he'd said. He was in a hurry to learn. And despite more than 50 hours at the controls, he couldn't even solo a single-engine Cessna. But the only direct evidence of his breaking the law were technical violations of his visa. More than seven months later, U.S.