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Spain / Madrid Train Bombings / US Rail Safety / Powell Interview #750876

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 12, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Madrid: Dawna Friesen) A day of mourning in Spain following the Madrid train bombings featured; scenes shown of the people in the rain, the wrecked train cars, shrines with black ribbons, abandoned cars left by the victims; telephone answering message translated. [SPANIARD - says we can't do anything.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush shown laying a wreath at the Spanish embassy in Washington, DC.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The question of who is responsible for the Madrid bombings examined; diagram shown of an intact bomb; details given of evidence linking ETA and/or Al Qaeda. [Terrorism expert Roger CRESSEY†- talks about a young. more radical ETA faction.] German intelligence report on ETA plans for bombings in Spain detailed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Robert Hager) The question of the safety of the American rail system examined; scenes shown; statistics cited on the scope of daily rail travel. [Undersecretary for Homeland Secretary Asa HUTCHINSON†- talks about the law enforcement presence on mass transit.] [Two rail PASSENGERS - comment.] [Senator Charles SCHUMER - says you cannot protect mass transit.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Taped interview held with Secretary of State Colin Powell about the terrorism is Spain. [POWELL - says the Spanish government believes it was ETA; notes Spain has suffered from terrorism for a long time; states we have not neglected the war on terrorism.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Friesen, Dawna;
Williams, Pete;
Hager, Robert

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