December 11, 2001 |
Justice Department lawyers have filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge to remove a member from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights so that a Bush administration appointee can succeed her on a board that tilts toward Democrats. The appointee--Peter N. Kirsanow, a Cleveland labor lawyer--was also named as one of the plaintiffs against Commissioner Victoria Wilson, who is clinging to her seat despite the White House's contention that her term expired at the end of November.
December 7, 2001 |
Government scientists have opened the anthrax-laden letter sent to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and found it to be "virtually identical" to one mailed to a colleague, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), the FBI said Thursday. The disclosure came as scientists continued a painstaking examination of the Leahy envelope and the particles inside it, presumed to be anthrax bacteria, at the Army's biological defense unit at Ft. Detrick, Md.
November 30, 2001 |
President Bush's controversial choice of Cuban American activist Otto Reich to head the State Department's Western Hemisphere bureau is unlikely to clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a committee staff member said Thursday. The committee has told the White House that approval of the nomination is not expected and that lawmakers would prefer a different nominee, the staffer said.
November 18, 2001 |
The discovery of a second letter to a Democratic U.S. senator apparently containing anthrax has strengthened federal investigators' belief that the attack through the mail is the work of domestic rather than foreign terrorists, officials said Saturday. After sorting through 268 barrels of quarantined congressional mail, federal investigators found no additional suspicious letters besides an envelope discovered Friday that was addressed to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), officials said.
October 9, 2001 |
As a second day of attacks in Afghanistan left many Americans jittery about their own safety, President Bush's new director of homeland security took office Monday and began working to strengthen defenses against terrorism on U.S. soil. The new director, former Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge, will coordinate the work of 40 or so federal agencies that have a role in preventing or responding to terrorist attacks.
October 8, 2001 |
When he takes the oath of office today as the nation's first director of the Office of Homeland Security, one day after the U.S. launched strikes on Afghanistan, former Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge assumes a heavy burden: to keep the nation safe from future acts of terrorism. But critics say he faces another task that could prove just as difficult: taming the turf-conscious bureaucracy being marshaled to the nation's defense.