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March 12, 2002 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the Cold War, the purpose of U.S. nuclear weapons was straightforward: to deter an attack on the United States by the other nuclear superpower, the Soviet Union. But now the most frightening threats to American security come not from nuclear powers, but from terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and rogue states such as Iraq.
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March 12, 2002 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moments of silence, pledges that good will overcome evil and twin beams of light piercing the night sky on Monday commemorated the six months since terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. "We saw the worst of mankind. We saw the face of evil," New York Gov. George Pataki told an audience, some fighting back tears, who gathered in Battery Park to mark the moment that the first of two jetliners slammed into the twin towers. Pataki pledged that 8:46 a.m. on Sept.
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March 12, 2002 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
People rushing to work in the nation's tallest building--the 110-story Sears Tower--were more concerned about the cutting winter wind Monday than any security jitters exactly six months after the World Trade Center attacks. "People are over it," said Rick Carrier, 43, a sales and marketing executive with Universal Access, a telecommunications firm on the sixth floor. "I think we've all moved on."
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March 12, 2002 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush on Monday marked the six months that have passed since Sept. 11 by detailing the start of the counter-terrorism war's second phase, promising "a sustained campaign . . . anywhere in the world" to deny sanctuaries for those seeking to launch attacks.
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March 11, 2002 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was during Sunday school at St. Mark's Lutheran Church that Janice Vogel finally got angry. Her husband, Fritz, had been away from their Birdsboro, Pa., home for months. The Air Force recalled Fritz to active duty Oct. 21 to manage construction projects at an air base in New Jersey, part of the call-up in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. That was bad enough. But Fritz Vogel owns his own business, a small welding firm.
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March 11, 2002 | GEOFFREY MOHAN and ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Weary and sunburned but proud, 400 American soldiers who fought tenacious battles with Al Qaeda and Taliban troops in eastern Afghanistan returned here Sunday, some of them telling bitter stories of being let down by an Afghan commander. The troops represent about a third of the U.S. force sent to battle Taliban and Al Qaeda holdouts in the mountainous Shahi Kot region in a campaign dubbed Operation Anaconda.
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March 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
Homeland Security chief Thomas J. Ridge said Sunday he is preparing a five-stage, multicolored alert system that will allow federal authorities to more precisely warn the public about domestic terrorism dangers. The system is a response to criticism that the four broad terror alerts issued by the government since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have alarmed the public while providing little or no useful information.
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March 11, 2002 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S officials on Sunday defended the Pentagon's contingency plans for expanded use of nuclear weapons, saying the intent is to deter other nations from using biological or chemical weapons against Americans. The Bush administration wants to "send a very strong signal to anyone who might try to use weapons of mass destruction against the United States," National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
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March 10, 2002 | JOSH MEYER and ERIC LICHTBLAU and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Six months after the Sept. 11 skyjackings, the Justice Department is planning to send specially trained federal counterterrorism prosecutors to Europe to help press charges against the dozens of suspects taken into custody in recent months. Officials said they hope to reinvigorate law enforcement and intelligence gathering efforts that have achieved major success on some fronts--most notably by preventing numerous attacks against U.S.
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March 10, 2002
One new name, Thomas McCann, was added in recent days to the list of confirmed dead in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. This updates accounts of the confirmed dead that have appeared in The Times each Sunday since Sept. 11. The number of people unaccounted for, according to New York City officials, is now believed to be 158.
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