On February 10, 1995, a counterterrorism bill drafted by the Clinton Administration (Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995) was introduced in the Senate as S. 390 and in the House of Representatives as H.R. 896.
1.Authorized the Justice Department to choose crimes to investigate and prosecute based on political beliefs and associations;
2.Repeal the ancient provision barring the U.S. military from civilian law enforcement.
3.Expand a pre-trial detention.
4.Loosen the rules governing federal wiretaps.
5.Establish courts that would use secret evidence to order the deportation of persons convicted of crimes.
6.Permit permanent detention by the Attorney General of aliens convicted or suspected of crimes pending court.
7.Give the President unreviewable power to criminalize fund-raising for unlawful activities associated terrorist causes.
8.Renege on the Administration's approval in the last Congress of a provision to insure the FBI will investigate terrorist activities.
9.Resurrect the discredited ideological visa denial provisions of the McCarran Walter Act.
The Clinton administration fired 79 cruise missiles at bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan and at a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan in August 1998, less than two weeks after terrorist bombs killed more than 200 people at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The 79 missiles fired at the Zhawar Kili complex in Khost, Afghanistan--a base camp, a support camp and four nearby training camps--killed participants in what U.S. officials described as a meeting to plot further terrorist attacks.
But bin Laden survived the attack, and experts have questioned the use of expensive cruise missiles against "mud huts."
Still, the senior Clinton administration official contended that the 1998 missile strikes were highly effective. "You can't always judge by the number of buildings destroyed what the impact of an operation is," the official said.
2000 The Washington Post
CIA-run agents who had infiltrated terrorist groups in recent years aided in intelligence gathering that helped prevent two attacks in the past seven months against U.S. embassies abroad, new CIA Director George J. Tenet told Congress earlier this year. Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.), the first chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to have served as a CIA case officer, said such operations, particularly in the area of counterterrorism, represented a new type of clandestine activity. "There are a large number of hidden activities going on to meet transnational threats," he said, "but I'm reluctant to call them covert action." Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company
Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, September 14, 1997; Page A06 The Washington Post
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Thirteen Saudis and a Lebanese were indicted Thursday on charges of murder and conspiracy for the 1996 bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia. The indictment alleges that the suspects were directed by Iranian government officials.
The 46-count indictment alleges that all 14 men were members of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, which federal officials said received support and inspiration from individuals within the Iranian government.
Former CIA officer Douglas Groat was arrested Friday on charges of passing classified information to two foreign nation and attempting to extort money from the CIA in return for not selling more secrets.
Eyad Ismoil was sentenced to 240 years in prison and ordered to pay $10 million in fines Friday for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
INTELLIGENT NETWORK CONCEPTS, INC. April 6, 1998
Embassy bomb plot foiled in Uganda 1999
KAMPALA, Uganda - Ugandan authorities are holding 20 people in connection with a plot to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, and the FBI was invited into the East African nation to help with the investigation, a government minister said Thursday.
Regional cooperation minister Amama Mbabazi told a parliamentary session that the FBI agents were invited to Uganda following the Aug. 7 bombings of the U.S. diplomatic missions in neighboring Kenya and Tanzania in which 259 people, including 12 Americans, died.
"It is true that the Ugandan government through security services asked for and obtained services of the FBI for expertise on bomb attacks which are beyond our capacity to handle," Mbabazi said.
Over the weekend, security officials said 18 people had been arrested in connection with plans to hit American and Ugandan targets in the country. It was not clear when the other two people were detained.
More than a dozen FBI agents worked with the Ugandan Anti-Terrorism Squad to uncover the recent plot, seizing documents from the homes and businesses of the suspects.
The CIA warned border authorities to be on the lookout for the two ringleaders, who they said planned to direct the operation using local militants. Law enforcement sources told the Post that U.S. prosecutors are considering charges against them.
Bin Laden targeted U.S. embassy in India
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Indian police say suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden was behind a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy and two American consular offices in the country, local newspapers reported Wednesday.
The State Department expressed grave concern Wednesday over the reported threat, and an embassy spokeswoman said U.S. counterterrorism experts were in the Indian capital assessing the alleged plot.
Local newspaper reports said police had arrested four people, including a Bangladeshi man suspected of working for Pakistan's intelligence agency.
Four bin Laden followers indicted 1999
NEW YORK - Four followers of Islamic extremist Osama bin Laden plotted a far-reaching terrorist campaign to kill Americans, including the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, a sweeping federal indictment alleges.
The indictment, handed up Wednesday, marks the first time that authorities have linked the suspects to a single international plan to kill Americans.
And unlike earlier indictments against the suspects, this one charges three of them with more than 200 counts of murder - one for "each and every victim of the embassy bombings," U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White said in a statement.
Bin Laden allegedly tried to kill Clinton 1999
NEW YORK - Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden, the alleged plotter of the U.S embassy bombings in Africa, directed his followers at least twice to kill President Clinton, but neither attempt was ever made, according to published reports Tuesday.
The first assassination attempt was to take place when Clinton visited the Philippines to begin a trip to Asia on Nov. 12, 1994, but it was abandoned because of heavy security, Newsday reported Tuesday, citing counterterrorism and intelligence sources.
A second attempt was planned for Pakistan in February, when Clinton had scheduled - but later canceled - a visit.
Yousef admitted his plan to kill Clinton to FBI agents who were escorting him from Pakistan to New York in 1995 for his trial in the bombing, the sources said. But he did not identify bin Laden as the mastermind, the sources said.
A federal grand jury in Manhattan recently heard details of the aborted assassination plot, the sources said.
Lets forget for the moment that Reagan & Bush bankrolled bin Laden & the Al Qaeda network and ignored warnings, taking a camel jockey & backwards flea infested tent dwellers and turning them into a Terrorist organization. Just set that aside for now.
Horrorwitz alleges "Americans were increasenly vulnerable to attacks and did nothing." That is a lie, Republicans know it is, Horrorwitz knows it is. So tell us why you deliberately perpetrate a lie?? Is it your own guilt for supporting an UnAmerican Dictator and Vietnam War Deserter? Curious what is going through your mind. HERE IS NOTHING AND IT MAKES HORRORWITZ A LIAR!!
Terrorism Legislation and Executive Orders:
Preparedness Against Terrorism Act of 2000 (Introduced in the House)
Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act (Introduced in the Senate)
Effective Counterrorism Act of 1996
Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995
Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995
Counter Terrorism Technology Research Act of 1995
Antiterrorism Amendments Act of 1995
Effective Death Penalty and Antiterrorism Act of 1995
Senate Omnibus Counter Terrorism Act of 1995
House Omnibus Counter Terrorism Act of 1995
Executive Order Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists
Senator Feinstein's Amendment to Prohibit the Distribution of Bomb Making Information on the Internet
Executive Order Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists
Highlights of President Clinton's Anti-Terrorism Legislation
Hearings on Wiretapping and other Terrorism Proposals
CRS Report for Congress -- Terrorism: Near Eastern Groups and State Sponsors, 2001 -- September 10, 2001
CRS Report for Congress -- Terrorism: Automated Lookout Systems and Border Security Options and Issues -- June 18, 2001
GAO Report Combating Terrorism: Threat and Risk Assessments Can Help Prioritize and Target Program Investments (April 1998)
1995 Patterns of Global Terrorism
The Clinton Administration's Position on Terrorism
OK Republicans, NOW THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED THAT HORRORWITZ IS A LIAR & NEWSMAX SPREADS LIES, how does it make you feel to perpetrate a lie?? We are talking about your character here.
First the Horrorwitz lie. He claims "Clinton’s own secretary of defense, William Cohen, in a July 1999 op-ed piece in the Washington Post, predicted a terrorist attack on America’s mainland." That statement is a LIE. Cohen didn't "predict" squat. He uses the word "COULD" twice in the Washinton Post article, not "WILL," as in will happen.
"In an editorial published in Monday's Washington Post, US Defense Secretary William Cohen argued that a biological warfare attack on the US could could cause "a plague more monstrous than anything we have experienced." Cohen warned that a surprise attack could infect "unsuspecting thousands" and turn hospitals into "warehouses for the dead and dying."
And here is what Clinton did, for the benefit of the Horrorwitz LIAR & his minion Republican followers who spread his LIES.
1.CIA-run agents who had infiltrated terrorist groups in recent years aided in intelligence gathering that helped prevent two attacks in the past seven months against U.S. embassies abroad, new CIA Director George J. Tenet told Congress earlier this year. Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.), the first chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to have served as a CIA case officer, said such operations, particularly in the area of counterterrorism, represented a new type of clandestine activity. "There are a large number of hidden activities going on to meet transnational threats," he said, "but I'm reluctant to call them covert action."
Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company
2."Although the US military is barred from domestic law enforcement, the Pentagon is assembling 14 specially trained National Guard and Army Reserve units to assist police and fire departments in coping with a possible NBC terrorist attack."
3."The Pentagon is said to be considering a temporary suspension of public tours because of heightened concerns of a possible terrorist attack by the followers of master terrorist Usama bin Laden."
(http://www.emergency.com/1999/0799thrt.htm Excerpted from: ERRI DAILY INTELLIGENCE REPORT-ERRI Risk Assessment Services-Thursday, July 29, 1999-Vol. 5 - 210-09:0CDT)
4."Senator Lugar, who is an expert in national security issues, said, "Our goal is to allow the Department of Defense and other federal agencies to transfer their knowledge of chemical, biological and nuclear warfare to civilian forces." (http://www.emergency.com/chgoprep.htm)
Horrorwitz claims the CIA could not get a meeting with Clinton after 1993. That is also a Big Lie.
The fact is, the CIA didn't attend the meetings.
DoD News Briefing Tuesday, November 10, 1998 - 1:45 p.m.
"Q: The President had meetings with some Pentagon officials today, evidently in response to his request for more information. Was that meeting sufficient for a response to what the President needed, or was there an additional request for additional information?
A: He didn't meet exclusively with military advisors. Secretary Albright was there and National Security Advisor Burger was also there. Secretary Cohen and General Shelton were there. It was a private meeting, and I think I should let the outcome of the meeting remain private."
The BIG LIE by Horrorwitz is that The national Commission On Terrorism in 2000 was somehow a Liberal effort to stop terrorist legislation, when in fact it was Trent Lott & Hatch that were openly opposed to the legislation and gutted the bill of enforcement issues.
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President wants Senate to hurry with new anti-terrorism laws July 30, 1996 Web posted at: 8:40 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Clinton urged Congress Tuesday to act swiftly in developing anti-terrorism legislation before its August recess.
"We need to keep this country together right now. We need to focus on this terrorism issue," Clinton said during a White House news conference.
But while the president pushed for quick legislation, Republican lawmakers hardened their stance against some of the proposed anti-terrorism measures.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, doubted that the Senate would rush to action before they recess this weekend. The Senate needs to study all the options, he said, and trying to get it done in the next three days would be tough.
One key GOP senator was more critical, calling a proposed study of chemical markers in explosives "a phony issue."
Taggants value disputed
Clinton said he knew there was Republican opposition to his proposal on explosive taggants, but it should not be allowed to block the provisions on which both parties agree.
"What I urge them to do is to be explicit about their disagreement, but don't let it overcome the areas of agreement," he said.
The president emphasized coming to terms on specific areas of disagreement would help move the legislation along. The president stressed it's important to get the legislation out before the weekend's recess, especially following the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park and the crash of TWA Flight 800.
"The most important thing right now is that they get the best, strongest bill they can out -- that they give us as much help as they can," he said.
Hatch blasts 'phony' issues
Republican leaders earlier met with White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta for about an hour in response to the president's call for "the very best ideas" for fighting terrorism.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, emerged from the meeting and said, "These are very controversial provisions that the White House wants. Some they're not going to get."
Hatch called Clinton's proposed study of taggants -- chemical markers in explosives that could help track terrorists -- "a phony issue."
"If they want to, they can study the thing" already, Hatch asserted. He also said he had some problems with the president's proposals to expand wiretapping.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, said it is a mistake if Congress leaves town without addressing anti-terrorism legislation. Daschle is expected to hold a special meeting on the matter Wednesday with Congressional leaders.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Congress passes anti-terrorism bill April 18, 1996 Web posted at: 6:30 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Congress on Thursday passed a compromise bill boosting the ability of law enforcement authorities to fight domestic terrorism, just one day before the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
The House voted, 293-133, to send the anti-terrorism bill to President Clinton, who has indicated that he will sign it after he returns from his overseas trip next week.
The measure, which the Senate passed overwhelmingly Wednesday evening, is a watered-down version of the White House's proposal. The Clinton administration has been critical of the bill, calling it too weak.
The original House bill, passed last month, had deleted many of the Senate's anti-terrorism provisions because of lawmakers' concerns about increasing federal law enforcement powers. Some of those provisions were restored in the compromise bill.
The bill imposes limits on federal appeals by death row inmates and other prisoners and makes the death penalty available in some international terrorism cases and in cases where a federal employee is killed on duty.
The bill "has some very effective tools that we can use in our efforts to combat terrorism," Attorney General Janet Reno said Thursday.
But she was less enthusiastic about the bill's limits on federal appeals by death row inmates and other prisoners. She was also concerned that the bill would make it more difficult for federal judges to overturn state court rulings.
Republicans were divided on whether the legislation would be effective.
"We have a measure that will give us a strong upper hand in the battle to prevent and punish domestic and international terrorism," Senate Majority Leader and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole said Wednesday.
But Sen. Don Nickles, R-Oklahoma, while praising the bill, said the country remains "very open" to terrorism. "Will it stop any acts of terrorism, domestic and international? No," he said, adding, "We don't want a police state."
Some lawmakers took a more prudent view of the bill. "The balance between public safety and order and individual rights is always a difficult dilemma in a free society," said Rep. Gerald Solomon, R-New York.
Congressional leaders had initially promised to complete the bill six weeks after the Oklahoma City federal building bombing that killed 168 people last April 19.
Commentary on Terrorism and Terrorism Legislation:
Clinton Initiatives on Terrorism, Crime, Drugs
Terrorism in the U.S.
CDT's Counter-Terrorism Issues Page
Terrorism and Drug Trafficking
Terrorism: How Vulnerable is the USA
Clinton Terrorism Bill Threatens Constitutional Rights
The Other Side of the Coin: Feinstein v Bomb Information on the Net
Letter and Package Bomb Indicators
Bomb Threats and Physical Security Planning
Justice Dept., Issues and Recommendations for Upgrading Federal Building Security
Intelligence Authorization Act of 1996 - House Version
Economic Espionage and Protection of Proprietary Economic Information Act of 1995 (Introduced in the Senate)
Industrial Espionage Act of 1996 (Introduced in the Senate)
Economic Security Act of 1996 (Introduced in the Senate)
Economic and Industrial Espionage:
Economic Espionage: Information on Threat from U.S. Allies
Economic Espionage and Protection of Proprietary Economic Information Act of 1995 Industrial Espionage Act of 1996
Economic Security Act of 1996
Japanese Commercial Intelligence Gathering
Sources of Public Information on Privately Held Companies
Uniform Trade Secrets Act
1998 Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage
1997 Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage
1996 Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage
1995 Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage
U.S. Intelligence Related Documents:
Intelligence Authorization Act of 1996 - House Version
Making Intelligence Smarter: The Future of U.S. Intelligence
A Framework for Reform of the U.S. Intelligence Community
CIA World Fact Book
CIA Factbook on Intelligence
Executive Order on Foreign Intelligence and Physical Seraches
Profiles of the U.S. Intelligence Community
Checklist for the Future of Intelligence
Effective Counterrorism Act of 1996 (Introduced in the House)
Nuclear Terrorism Jurisdiction and Control Act (Introduced in the House)
Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)
Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995 (Introduced in the Senate)
Counter Terrorism Technology Research Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)
Antiterrorism Amendments Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)
Effective Death Penalty and Antiterrorism Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)
National Security Legislation:
National Security and Classified Information Protection Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)
Amendment to the National Security Act of 1947 to Establish a Director and Deputy Director of the National Security Council (Introduced in the House)
Law Enforcement Legislation:
Prison Security Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)
Law Enforcement and Industrial Security Cooperation Act of 1996 (Introduced in the House) Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 1995 (Introduced in the Senate)
Victim's Rights and Domestice Violence Prevention Act of 1995 (Introduced in the Senate)
Enhancement of Border Security in Southern California (Introduced in the House)
Crime Prevention Act of 1995 (Introduced in the Senate)
Background Security Records Act of 1997 (Introduced in the House)
The United States Code
Information Protection Legislation:
H.R.3332 -- Next Generation Internet Research Act of 1998 (ntroduced in the House)
A Bill to Protect the National Information Infrastructure, and for Other Purposes (S.982)
Government Information Security Act of 1999 (Reported in the Senate)
Cyber Security Information Act (Introduced in the House)
Computer Security Enhancement Act of 1997 (Passed by the House)
S.2067 -- Encryptian Protects the Rights of Individuals from Violation and Abuse in Cyberspace (E-Privacy) Act. (Introduced in the Senate)
Encrypted Communications Privacy Act of 1996 (Introduced in the Senate)
Security and Freedom Through Encryption Act (Introduced in the House)
Promotion of Commerce On-Line in the Digital Era Act of 1996 (Introduced in the Senate)
Miscellaneous Security Legislation:
The Mom and Pop Store Protection Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)
Private Security Officer's Quality Assurance Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)
Private Security Officer Quality Assurance Act of 1997 (House Bill Referred to a Senate Committee)
Anti-Counterfeiting Consumer Protection Act of 1995 (Passed in the Senate)
Neighborhood Security Act (Introduced in the Senate)
Aviation Safety Protection Act of 1996 (Introduced in the House)
Private Security Officer Quality Assurance Act of 1999 (Introduced in the House)
Safe School Security Act of 1999 (Reported in the Senate) S638.pdf
Privacy Protection Act of 1997 (Introduced in the House) HR 3261.pdf
The Aldrich Ames Espionage Case:
The Ames Espionage Case an NSI Special Report
The CIA Inspector General's Report on the Aldrich Ames Spy Case
1995 CIA Inspector Geneneral Statement before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Ames Affair
DCI Deutch Statement on the Ames Damage Assessment Oct. 95
DCI Deutch Statement befor the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Ames Damage Assessment Dec. 95
(National Security Institute's - Security Resource Net - http://nsi.org/Default2.html)