Wry bye: We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. -- Edward R. Murrow
DoD vs. State? "Two competing foreign policy camps are emerging in the Bush
administration -- an ideologically conservative Pentagon and a more moderate
State Department -- which have already provided President Bush conflicting
advice on central issues," says the New York Times.
More on foreign policy: The Los Angeles Times adds to that argument by
asserting that "America's foreign policy community is increasingly anxious
about the Bush administration's abrupt, tough-guy approach to several of the
key challenges facing the United States. Many also charge that Washington
may jeopardize key initiatives that are shaping the post-Cold War era."
Chinese say US woman a spy: China accused a detained US-based Chinese
scholar, Gao Zhan, of "acting as a paid spy for overseas intelligence
agencies," says Reuters, "adding a serious new dimension to a case that has
irritated ties with Washington."
NKorea accuses US: North Korea accused the United States today of planting
"a time bomb" in their fragile relations and escalating tensions on the
divided Korean peninsula as a prelude to war, says AP.
Infrastructure quandary: Citing national security, the Environmental
Protection Agency has rescinded a Clinton administration proposal to
increase public access to information about worst-case consequences of
chemical plant accidents, says the New York Times. Releasing the info would
"help communities prepare for disasters like industrial explosions. But ...
the information ... could be used by terrorists to plot attacks."
Mole hunting: The US counterintelligence community is searching frantically
for one or more US government employees allegedly recruited by the Russian
intelligence service or SVR, says UPI.
ObL as 'mafia don': Gen. Henry Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, compares Osama bid Laden's organization to an international mafia,
warning "the US military must be prepared to fight terrorism as well as
war," says UPI.
'Heat gun' controversy: Inside The Navy reports that questions linger about
the health effects of DoD's "non-lethal" gun capable of controlling crowds
by heating people's skin with millimeter waves. The Marine Corps and Air
Force officials said the beam would be painful but "harmless." But "recent
Air Force research on the biological effects of millimeter waves (MMWs)
concludes there are potential health concerns."
New worm eats Linux: Some hacker-generated software named Lion is infecting
Linux servers via the Internet, "opening the door to devastating attacks,"
says UPI. (SNL computers are protected, but a Linux system at home may not