This program is 30 minutes long
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) The indictment on charges of conspiracy of French Moroccan Zacarias Moussaoui† on the three-month anniversary of the September 11 attack featured; specific charges listed; scenes shown of memorial ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York City and the Pentagon. [Attorney General John ASHCROFT†- says the indictment is a chronicle of evil.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.
(Kandahar, Afghanistan: Christiane Amanpour) The latest developments in the military campaign in Afghanistan reviewed; details given about the attack on Tora Bora by American and Afghan troops, the ultimatum given to Al Qaeda and Taliban forces by the Eastern Alliance and the interim Afghan leader’s vow to end terrorism in Afghanistan; scenes shown from a captured cave complex at Tora Bora. The question of how long Al Qaeda forces can resist discussed. Studio: Wolf Blitzer) More about the war on terror on “Live from Afghanistan with Christiane Amanpour” noted.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The efforts to prevent Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders from escaping Afghanistan examined; details given about the Pentagon’s concerns about the surrender ultimatum; scenes shown from the devastated cave complex. [President BUSH - says no cave is deep enough to escape American justice.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- says our objective was to kill Al Qaeda.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD†- says sealing the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is very difficult.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with Intelligence Committee vice chairman Senator Richard Shelby†, former NATO Supreme Commander retired Gen. Wesley Clark† and Johns Hopkins University Eliot Cohen† about the surrender ultimatum given to Al Qaeda and the possible fates of Al Qaeda members; map shown of the Tora Bora area in eastern Afghanistan. [SHELBY - says Al Qaeda forces should surrender; says Americans should be alert, but not panicky, about terror cells; states Al Qaeda must be hunted down and extinguished; comments on the possibility that interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai may have let Mullah Mohammed Omar escape; talks about the improving intelligence on Afghanistan.] [CLARK - explains the "rule of thirds" for surrender; says America will be aggressive if Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden gets away; comments on the build-up of anti-terrorist measures since 1980; agrees that intelligence about Afghanistan is good; praises Special Operations forces.] [COHEN - says this will not be the end of Al Qaeda; comments on where bin Laden might go; talks about terror cells worldwide; cites reasons contributing to the effectiveness of the US military.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion continued with Intelligence Committee vice chairman Senator Richard Shelby†, former NATO Supreme Commander retired Gen. Wesley Clark† and Johns Hopkins University Eliot Cohen† about when and whether to release the recently discovered videotape of Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden and possible reactions in the Arab world. [SHELBY - says the tape should be released because it is a “smoking gun”; calls bin Laden's gloating over September 11 damnable; defends the administration’s refusal to release earlier bin Laden tapes; praises the Pentagon leadership.] [COHEN - says the release of the tape will not make a difference for those who do not believe the US; states Americans need to understand what we’re dealing with; agrees that strong leadership makes things easier for the troops and generals.] [CLARK - says the administration knows the video release will be controversial; states we’re dealing with a war of ideas; praises the leadership of the US military in Afghanistan.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) President Bush’s plan to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty with Russia; the approaching deadline for Al Qaeda members to "surrender or die" and the three-month anniversary of the September 11 attack on America reported; scenes shown of President Bush leading a memorial ceremony in Washington.