This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) The day’s major diplomatic developments in the showdown with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reviewed.
(Pentagon: David Martin) The Defense Department’s war plan featured; details given of the “shock & awe” concept involving massive numbers of precision-guided missiles dropped on Baghdad, beginning on “A-Day.” [National Defense University Harlan ULLMAN- explains how the concept is intended to wear down the Iraqi leadership physically, emotionally and psychologically.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(London: Mark Phillips) Evidence that Saddam is preparing a counter-offensive involving the destruction of his oil fields & a strike against invading troops with poison gas examined. [Iraqi National Coalition Albert YELDA- shows smuggled Iraqi documents containing chemical warfare plans.] [Former U.N. weapons inspector Steve BLACK- says the plans fit with expectations.] [Terrorism expert M.J. GOHEL- says Saddam is trying to frighten coalition forces coming into Iraq.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The FBI’s hunt for people of Iraqi origin in the US, aimed at uncovering terrorist cells, reported.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Arrests of terror suspects near Barcelona, Spain; the investigation in Britain of North African men accused of trying to put ricin in the food supply for military personnel; the study of documents seized in a London, England, mosque and the arrest in Italy of five Moroccans in a raid that uncovered a map of London and plastic explosives reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Court papers filed in Buffalo, New York, describing the meeting of one of the arrested Yemeni men from Lackawanna with Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) The swearing-in of Tom Ridge as Secretary of Homeland Security reported.
(Washington: Bob Orr) The burden on local governments to pay for homeland defense, as the Homeland Security Department’s budget remains hung up in a political fight between Congress & the White House, examined. [Denver, Colorado, Mayor Wellington WEBB- says if Homeland Security money is not forthcoming, we’ll spend it ourselves.] [Boston Mayor Thomas MENINO- says we need funding now.] [Franklin County, Ohio, emergency manager J.R. THOMAS- says police are not protected against a chemical or biological attack.] [RIDGE – says governors & mayors still haven’t seen dime one.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The first round of volunteers to get smallpox vaccinations reported; scenes shown of health care workers getting shots in Hartford, Connecticut.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Extremely cold temperatures across the nation reported; map shown of locations with record low temperatures; scenes shown from Boston, Massachusetts, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
(New York: Richard Schlesinger) The economic impact of the cold weather featured; scenes shown from Watertown, New York, Outer Banks, North Carolina, and elsewhere. [Solomon Smith Barney John DAVIS†- comments on higher heating bills; notes some businesses will profit from the cold.] [Florida farmer Roger SIZEMORE†- estimates damage to his crop.] [In New York City’s City Bakery, Brianna DIENER†- says we’re selling a lot of hot chocolate.]
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(East Palo Alto, California: Cynthia Bowers) Telephone fraud in which hackers figure out voice mail passwords and change the outgoing message to say the phone accepts third party calls featured; details given of an elaborate scheme carried out in East Palo Alto, California. [Phone fraud victims Rich BECK, East Palo Alto Mayor Patricia FOSTER- describe what happened to them.] [AT&T fraud prevention Clemmie SCOTT- says passwords should be made harder to figure out.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The words of late-night television comedians about the week’s news featured. [Hosts Jon STEWART, David LETTERMAN, Craig KILBORN- joke about the cold weather and the possibility of war in Iraq.] Senator Edward Kennedy shown denouncing a possible war.