This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) "The Whip" introduced.
(Atlanta: Nic Robertson; Washington: Kelli Arena; Atlanta: Gary Tuchman) "NewsNight"'s major headlines previewed.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Page two & a half: more stories previewed.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.
(Atlanta: Nic Robertson) An audiotape message attributed to Al Qaeda's number two man Ayman al-Zawahiri calling for attacks on Western interests reviewed; several tape excerpts translated. The audience for & aim of the al-Zawahiri tape discussed.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.
(Riyadh: Sheila MacVicar) The scary story of the arrest at the airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, of three terrorists carrying documents indicating a possible airplane suicide hijacking reviewed.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Live in-studio interview with "The Age of Sacred Terror" author David Benjamin. [BENJAMIN - talks about al-Zawahiri's "classic" argument; outlines the role of the AL Qaeda tapes in keeping up the spark among the group & related groups; comments on the effort during President Clinton's terms to go after Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Extra security during Fleet Week in New York City's harbor reported.
(Washington" Kelli Arena) Security measures in response to high alert in case of a possible terrorism attack examined; details given about intelligence "chatter" about terror threats & about increased security presence, especially around "soft targets." [FBI director Robert MUELLER- says we have no specificity.] [Homeland Security undersecretary Asa HUTCHINSON- outlines the security concerns.] [Harvard University Jim WALSH- says you have to prioritize.] The indications of terrorism threats discussed.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) An explosion in a law school classroom at Yale University reported; scenes shown from near the building.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Live interview held with Council on Foreign Relations fellow Stephen Flynn about terrorism & safety. [New York, FLYNN - states we are unprepared to respond to a catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil; outlines the incentives for enemies going to September 11-style attacks; notes the assessment of ports have not been carried out for financial reasons; indicates we need to assess our vulnerabilities.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The charging in Buffalo, New York, of another American citizen for undergoing training in a terrorist camp; the charges against two adults in the high school hazing incident in Illinois; a compromise Congressional agreement on a tax deal & a Florida appeals court's overturning of the class action lawsuit against tobacco companies reported.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Four nations' ban against Canadian beef following the case of mad cow disease noted.
(Atlanta: Gary Tuchman) The problem of finding out where beef in America comes from examined; details given about cattle & beef imports from Canada. [Agriculture Secretary Ann VENEMAN- says Americans can be assured meat meets strict standards.] [Georgia secretary of agriculture Tommy IRVIN- says consumers are protected.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Statement from Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretin about the case of mad cow disease in Canada noted. Live interview held with Consumers Union research scientist Michael Hansen about mad cow disease. [From New York, HANSEN - explains the delay in testing the cow's head for disease; states this specific cow did not come from Britain, so it was infected by something it ate & other animals received this same feed; outlines worst case scenarios in which more feed is tainted; offers consumer advice about meat.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) An earthquake in Algeria; more climbers reaching the summit of Mt. Everest on the 50th anniversary of the ascent by Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay% reported; scenes shown of quake damage & from Mt. Everest.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Live interview held with "New York Times" reporter Judith Miller about the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. [From New York, MILLER - says the experts determined the mobile labs had to be mobile germ factories, but the units had been decontaminated; notes a team of international experts will be invited in; assesses the state of the hunt for chemical weapons.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The lurid Black Dahlia murder mystery in California reviewed; details recalled about the mutilation murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947. ["Black Dahlia Avenger" author Steve HODEL- comments on the murder case; describes the state of Short's body after the murder; speculates on the likely crime scene in a Hollywood "house of horrors"; describes the murders carried out by his own father; shows pictures from his father's small photo album; quotes the tape recording in which his father mentioned the "Black Dahlia."] Photos shown of surgeon Dr. George Hodel, the former detective's father, who died in 1999. [Los Angeles assistant district attorney Steve KAY- says he concluded Hodel has enough circumstantial evidence for two murder cases, including the "Black Dahlia."] Other theories about the murder case noted.