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Afghanistan / Bin Laden Hunt / Assassination Policy #653889

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 17, 2001
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Tora Bora: Jim Avila) The hunt for "most wanted" Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan featured; scenes shown of the caves, Al Qaeda prisoners kept in a mud hut and Afghan fighters.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The ongoing search for bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar featured; details given of the holding of captured American Taliban fighter John Walker and others on board a United States ship. [Pentagon spokesman R/Admiral John STUFFLEBEEM - says "it's anybody's guess" about bin Laden.] [On plane, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - comments on the hunt.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The debate over the "official assassination" of bin Laden and other terrorists examined; details given of the legislation banning assassination and of reports that Bush gave the CIA broader authority to assassinate Al Qaeda leaders. [On Friday, President BUSH - says we want bin Laden dead or alive.] [STUFFLEBEEM - says we have not participated in assassination.] [Former White House counsel C. Boyden GRAY - comments on the legislation.] [September 18, former President Bill CLINTON - says the ban against assassination applies to heads of state.] [Former CIA officer Larry JOHNSON - says we should be able to kill them.] [Senator Richard SHELBY - questions assassination policy.]

Avila, Jim;
Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea

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