This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Aaron Brown) "The Whip" introduced.
(Atlanta: Nic Robertson; Pentagon: Barbara Starr; Collinsville, VA: Jeanne Meserve) "NewsNight"'s major headlines previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Page two & a half: more stories previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Barbara Starr) The discussion with President Bush's administration over whether to attack an Al Qaeda biological & chemical weapons facility in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq examined; details given about what a covert mission might have entailed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) "Terrorism on Tape" report introduced.
(Studio: Nic Robertson) The videotape archive obtained by CNN on the chemical tests carried out by Al Qaeda examined; videotapes shown of a dog being poisoned, of Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden††'s security, of weapons testing & terrorists in training. [Al Qaeda analyst Rohan GUNARATNA†- talks about the Al Qaeda tapes, which were not for public consumption, but for the Al Qaeda leadership only.] The issue of the authenticity of the videotapes discussed.
(Studio: Nic Robertson) Longer excerpts shown from the Al Qaeda videotape of the gruesome poison gas test on dogs. [While watching the tape, Science Applications International Group John GILBERT†, former U.N. weapons inspection David KAY†- analyze the videotape of a powerful chemical that acts like a nerve agent like sarin.] [Monterey Inst. of International Studies Jonathan TUCKER†- believes the poison is more like a cyanide gas than a nerve agent.] [Retired Army Inst. of Chemical Defense Dr. Frederick SIDELL†- speculates on what the poison may be.] [GILBERT - cites the implications for Al Qaeda or another terrorist group attacking people in a closed area; states the discovery of the tape is a significant look at Al Qaeda chemical & biological weaponry.] Courtroom sketches shown by Bill Robles from the trial of Ahmed Ressam† & an excerpt quoted from the interrogation of Ressam about poison gas experiments on digs. [GUNARATNA†- explains where the experiments were likely carried out.] [KAY - cites the questions raised by the tapes.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown, Nic Robertson) Live interview held with "New York Times" reporter Judith Miller about the Al Qaeda videotapes of chemical tests. [MILLER - says these tapes are Al Qaeda "up close"; says previously we had seen Al Qaeda recruitment tapes while this tape was for internal consumption; suggests US intelligence has never seen tapes like these.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The White House response to these CNN videotapes noted. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says these tapes indicate the kind of enemy we face.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) CNN's week-long coverage of "Terror on the Tape" announced.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Roswell: Ed Lavandera) The discovery of illegally owned weapons at a counter-terrorism school in New Mexico featured; details given of charges against company president David Hudak. [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Thomas MANGAN- says ATF takes an interest in these weapons.] [HEAT security director Frank FISH- says the school is in compliance.] [Wife Leslie HUDAK- comments on the speculation.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The pullout of Israeli troops from Bethlehem while the Palestinians have promised to try to reign in violence reported.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Death of Palestinian terrorist leader Abu Nidal; the floods in Germany & the departure of Pope John Paul II from Poland reported; scenes shown from Weesenstein, Germany & Krakow.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The search for 9-year-old Jennifer Short of Virginia, whose parents were murdered, updated.
(Collinsville, Virginia: Jeanne Meserve) Jennifer's story presented from her teachers' viewpoint; scenes shown from the Figsboro Elementary School in Collinsville, Virginia; videotape of Jennifer shown. [Teacher Laurie YOUNG- outlines how Jennifer's story will be presented to her classmates.] [Teacher Phyllis WARRICK- talk about Jennifer.] The possible reasons for the murder/kidnap discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) CNN Website for submitting proposals for what to do with the World Trade Center site cited on screen; new plans shown from Christine Cox, Rabbi Don Channen, Dennis Bredow.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Sports Illustrated" senior writer Alan Shipnuck about golfer Rich Beem, who won the PGA Championship yesterday; scenes shown from the golf course. [From New York, SHIPNUCK - says Beem wound up at one time as a country club pro; says Beem's win is an "all-time shocker."]