This program is 29 minutes long
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) President Bush's nomination of US Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte to be the first director of national intelligence to oversee all US intelligence operations noted.
(White House: John Cochran) Negroponte's selection after several others, including Texas A&M president Robert Gates, spurned White House overtures examined; details given of Negroponte's resume, including five ambassadorships. [BUSH - praises his service in Iraq; states he will control the money, have influence & give the intelligence briefings.] [NEGROPONTE - comments on the reform of the intelligence community for the 21st century.]
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The challenges of this job examined; details given about the budget bureaucracy. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says terrorists' determination to attack is unabated.] [9/11 commission member John LEHRMAN- suggests Negroponte could save us from the next attack.] [9/11 commission member Timothy ROEMER- calls Rumsfeld an in-fighter; notes cultural changes will make the job demanding.] [Georgetown's Robert GALLUCCI- characterizes Negroponte as "notorious" for accomplishing a great deal.]
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) Statements from President Bush about Syria & the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri presented. [BUSH - says we have recalled our ambassador indicating that Syria is out of step in the greater Middle East.]
(Seattle: Peter Jennings; Studio: Dan Harris) Note: technical problems prevent introduction.
(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) Testimony before a House committee from veterans wounded in the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan featured; details given about the GAO's report on the Army's lack of plans for treating National Guard & Reservists. [Nevada National Guard Sgt. Joseph PEREZ - says the Army does not give a damn; states he became suicidal.] [Representative Christopher SHAYS- says the Guardsmen get treated like dirt.] [North Carolina National Guard Sgt. John ALLEN- outlines the problems he faced.]
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) Apology for the technical glitch given.
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) The certification of the recent election results in Iraq noted; diagram shown of the division of the National Assembly seats among the United Iraqi Alliance, the Kurdistan Alliance & the Iraqi List.
(Baghdad: Nick Watt) The two-horse race for prime minister of Iraq examined; details given about Dawa Islamic Party's Dr. Ibrahim al-Jaafari† & Iraqi National Congress Party's Ahmed Chalabi†, who was once a favorite of the Pentagon & each man's need for support from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani & the Kurds, who may become king makers. [CHALABI - comments.] [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Barham SALIH†- talks about the political atmosphere of horse trading.]
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Washington: Lisa Stark) Another warning from FDA government researcher Dr. David Graham about heart problems associated with Cox-2 inhibitor drugs featured; details given from the "New England Journal of Medicine" study on the drugs, including Celebrex; scenes shown from the public hearings. [GRAHAM - comments on the drug risks.] [FDA panel's University of Pennsylvania Dr. John FARRAR- asks questions.] [Vioxx user Dimitra POULOS, Celebrex/Bextra user Eileen LACIJAN- offer differing opinions on their drugs.]
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) House approval of new restrictions on class action lawsuits noted.
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) The views of Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan on President Bush's plans to change Social Security reported.
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) A closer look at another Northwest company, the aircraft maker Boeing, featured; scenes shown from the Renton facility, where the next generation of 737 is being built & of earlier models. [Boeing general manager Carolyn CORVI- says the goal is to build a higher quality product; comments on the industry's recovery from September 11, 2001.] [WORKER - backs the product over Airbus.] The challenge from the European aircraft consortium Airbus outlined.
(Seattle: Peter Jennings) Hand-held traffic gauges shown
(Tampa, Florida: Lisa Stark) The use of wireless technology to track cars in traffic featured; DaimlerChrysler animation & scenes of unmanned mini-helicopters that can send back pictures from a traffic accident site shown. [Center for Automotive Research Steve UNDERWOOD, DaimlerChrysler Chris WILSON- talk about the sensors & how they can ease congestion.] [University of South Florida professor Kimon VALAVANIS- explains how the copter video works to ease traffic at accidents.] [Center for Urban Transportation Research Larry HAGEN- talks about congestion.]