Thursday, June 09, 2005

War on Terror Update: One cell at a time

Two terror suspects arrested in California
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has arrested two California men after one of
them admitted he attended an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan, Justice
Department officials said on Wednesday.

Hamid Hayat, 23, and his father, Umer, of Lodi, California, east of San
Francisco, were taken into custody over the weekend. Both men are being held on
charges of lying to federal authorities.

Two other men were arrested in Lodi for violating terms of their visas,
said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Dean Boyd.


Bush urges Congress to renew Patriot Act

WASHINGTON - President Bush is pressuring Congress to renew the Patriot Act
by highlighting the arrest of a man accused of plotting attacks on the Brooklyn
Bridge and an Ohio shopping mall.

Portions of the Patriot Act - signed into law six weeks after the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks to catch other terrorists - are set to expire at the end of
the year. The law bolstered FBI surveillance and law-enforcement powers in
terror cases, increased use of material witness warrants to hold suspects
incommunicado for months and allowed secret proceedings in immigration
cases.

Civil liberties groups and privacy advocates say the law undermines
freedom. But Bush calls the act vital to tracking terrorists and disrupting
their plans.

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