This program is 29 minutes long
NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen from 5:52:20 to 5:54:40 and 5:55:30 to end.
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Washington: Pete Williams) The investigation of the role of Pakistani-American Mohammed Babar, who was arrested in Britain, in the Al Qaeda plot against US financial institutions featured; details given of Babar’s background, his possible connection with a British cell that included Issa al-Hindi, and his meetings in Pakistan. [In 2001, BABAR – says his loyalty will always be with the Muslims.] [Terrorism expert Bruce HOFFMAN- says our ability to link disparate Al Qaeda activity in different countries has improved since September 11.]
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: Jennifer Eccleston) The conflict in Iraq between US & Iraqi forces and militants loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reviewed; scenes shown of fighting in Najaf, Kut and Baghdad’s Sadr City, and of a protest in Nasiriyah against interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi; details given of US plans for a final assault on Najaf and Iraq’s dependency on the US for security. [Iraq analyst Amatzia BARAM- comments on al-Sadr’s followers and his ability to create trouble for the government.]
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) The CIA’s debunking of a video on an Islamic militant Website purporting to show the beheading of a CIA agent in Iraq noted.
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) Occasional series that looks at groups of voters who could make a big difference in the presidential election introduced.
(Albuquerque, New Mexico: David Gregory) The fight between President Bush & Senator John Kerry to win Hispanic voters featured; map shown of Hispanic battleground states; Spanish-language ads shown. [In New Mexico & Arizona, BUSH, KERRY – speak Spanish.] [Southwest Voter Project Antonio GONZALES- notes Hispanics have become “sexy.”] [Election analyst Roberto SURO- states education is the top issue for Hispanics.] [Casa Grande, Arizona, voters Francisco MEDINA, Rosa MARTINEZ- state views.]
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) The return of the Olympic torch to Athens, Greece, after its trip around the world noted; scenes shown.
(Athens: Richard Engel) The extraordinary security measures in Athens launched by Greece & NATO forces featured; scenes shown of AWACS planes and a Kevlar-skinned blimp on patrol and of other security efforts; details given of the difficulty in monitoring the extensive coastlines and an increase in Al Qaeda chatter about Athens; map shown of known Al Qaeda cells nearby. [AWACS radar surveillance officer Capt. Mario LaROSE- comments.] [Terrorism expert M.J. GOHEL- notes the temptation of the Olympics for global jihadists.] The attention to Piraeus harbor, where VIPs, including the US basketball team, will be staying on cruise ships & yachts, noted; scenes shown of a security drill in the harbor.
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) The duties of US Ambassador to Greece Tom Miller, who helped Greece orchestrate the security requirement for the Olympic Games, featured; details given of Miller’s diplomatic background. [MILLER – expresses his hope that most of the security will not be seen; notes the importance of letting terrorists know about security efforts; comments on the opportunities for the US at the Games; talks about working with the US Olympic Committee on not displaying an image of American arrogance.]
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) The threat to Florida from Hurricane Charley and Tropical Storm Bonnie and the cleanup from severe thunderstorms in Oklahoma noted; weather map shown; scenes shown from Ft. Walton Beach & Oklahoma.
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) The request by prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant rape case to put the trial on hold indefinitely noted.
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) Saudi Arabia’s announcement that it is prepared to raise oil production noted; oil prices & Stock Market Report cited.
(Athens: Tom Brokaw) Swimmer Michael Phelps’ quest to win 8 Olympic gold medals, surpassing Mark Spitz’s 1972 record, at the Athens games featured; scenes shown of Phelps in the pool; details given of his training regimen, records and background. [PHELPS – comments on the comparisons to Spitz; mentions his endorsement offers.]
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