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Spain / Madrid Terror Attack / Walsh Interview / Rail Safety #750585

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Mar 11, 2004
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Madrid: Christiane Amanpour) A bombing attack on the commuter trains of Madrid, Spain, featured; scenes shown from this war zone of wrecked train cars & victims; details given about whether the Basque separatist group ETA is to blame. [Two PEOPLE - {thru translator} describe what happened.] [Spanish interior minister Angel ACEBES†- {thru translator} comments on the investigation.] [King JUAN CARLOS - {thru translator} calls for end to violence & terrorism.] The emphatic view of the Spanish authorities that ETA is the prime suspect rather than Islamic groups discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with international security analyst Harvard University's Jim Walsh about the attack in Spain. [From Watertown, WALSH - lists the puzzles of the attack if ETA was involved & responsible while seeming to be on the defensive; comments on the evidence that makes up circumstantial links to Al Qaeda; speculates on a possible ETA-Al Qaeda link & how Al Qaeda has morphed into a "movement."]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jeanne Meserve) The issue of railroad security in the US examined in light of the Madrid bombings; details given about easy access to tracks & rail cars & of security measures. [Los Angeles County MTA Capt. Dan FINKELSTEIN†, Senator Joseph BIDEN- say this could happen here & there is no rail security.] [American Public Transportation Assn. William MILLAR†- cites the use of public transit.] [Surface Transportation ISAC's Dean WILSON†- comments on security information.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Amanpour, Christiane;
Meserve, Jeanne

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