- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

President Bush yesterday announced a "most wanted" list of 22 terrorists with rewards up to $5 million as part of an effort to ensure that "no corner of the world will be dark enough to hide in."
"Terrorists try to operate in the shadows. They try to hide. But we're going to shine the light of justice on them. We list their names, we publicize their pictures, we rob them of their secrecy," Mr. Bush said at FBI headquarters, standing in front of two photographs of wanted terrorists.
"Terrorism has a face, and today, we expose it for the world to see. Eventually, no corner of the world will be dark enough to hide in," he said
Meanwhile yesterday, Mr. Bush relented on his threat to restrict the flow of classified information to members of Congress after one leaked top-secret material from a CIA briefing. Also, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice asked television networks not to air taped messages from Osama bin Laden or other terrorists in their entirety, fearing they may contain hidden messages for terrorists.
In his FBI speech, Mr. Bush lauded the coalition that has emerged since the attacks on America and said the new list "is part of a worldwide assault on terror. All our allies and friends will now be familiar with these evildoers and their associates. For those who join our coalition, we expect results."
Later in the day, Mr. Bush praised NATO Secretary-General George Robertson for his role in building and sustaining the coalition.
"Within 28 hours of the assault on September 11, NATO, for the first time in its 52 years of existence, invoked the Collective Defense Clause. It didn't take long for our friends to respond. A lot of that had to do with the leadership of Lord Robertson," Mr. Bush said in a Rose Garden ceremony after meeting in the Oval Office with the leader of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
But Mr. Bush noted the coalition goes well beyond the 19 NATO countries. "Russia is sharing intelligence and offering strong diplomatic support. The Organization of American States invoked the collective defense clause of the Rio Treaty. Japan and Korea are offering logistical and other support," Mr. Bush said.
In addition, China, Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and several African countries are offering assistance in various ways, he said.
Mr. Robertson said the atrocities of Sept. 11 moved NATO to invoke the collective defense clause, in which "the language is clear and simple: An attack on one is an attack on all of the nations of the alliance."
The NATO secretary-general also joined Mr. Bush in saying the coalition will defeat international terrorism.
"These terrorists are not 10 feet tall, they are not insuperable. They're not unvanquishable. But we are, and we can win, and we certainly will win. And I'm very, very proud that NATO and the 19 nations of the alliance are at the heart of a global coalition against the most evil criminals of our age," said Mr. Robertson.
The list of terrorists includes bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which merged with the Afghanistan terrorist cell al Qaeda in 1998. Al-Zawahiri is now a top adviser to bin Laden and believed to be living in Afghanistan.
The list also includes several suspects in the U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania already named in U.S. court filings, as well as other terrorists involved in the bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel.
"They have blood on their hands from September 11 and from other acts against America in Kenya, Tanzania and Yemen," said Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, who announced a State Department reward program offering large bounties for assistance that leads to the terrorists' arrest.
Yemen was a reference to last year's bombing of the USS Cole, in which 17 U.S. servicemen were killed. None of the 22 terrorists on the list, however, are cited for that attack.
The faces and other "identifiers" of the 22 men will be placed on posters, matchbooks, fliers and newspaper ads and distributed worldwide. The White House is also working with the executives of the television show "America's Most Wanted" to put together a broadcast to highlight the new list.
The White House touted the list as an effective tool in the fight against terrorism, pointing to its role in the arrest of international terrorist Ramzi Yousef, who was convicted of plotting the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
While the list does not mostly target terrorists suspected in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, bin Laden, his two top deputies and several members of his al Qaeda network are included on the list for previous bombings against U.S. interests.
"These 22 individuals do not account for all the terrorist activity in the world, but they're among the most dangerous: the leaders and key supporters, the planners and strategists," Mr. Bush said.
"They must be found; they will be stopped; and they will be punished. This is our calling. This is the calling of the United States of America, the most free nation in the world. A nation built on fundamental values that rejects hate, rejects violence, rejects murderers, rejects evil," he added.
Others on the list include:
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and Sheik Ahmed Salim Swedan, whom British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a speech last week are al Qaeda operatives who carried out the U.S. embassy bombings in August 1998.
Mustafa Mohamed Fadhil, another al Qaeda operative whom Mr. Blair said was suspected in the embassy bombings.
Saif Al-Adel, whom Mr. Blair identified as a senior member of al Qaeda believed to have provided training to terrorists in Somalia, where U.S. troops were attacked and killed in 1993.
Ibrahim Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub and Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed Al-Nasser, both named as suspects in the federal grand jury indictment issued in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing.
Others listed are suspects in the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and a foiled 1995 plot to bomb airliners in the Far East.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, who introduced the president at FBI headquarters, said the worldwide publicity of the list will leave terrorists "no place to hide."
The Justice Department has a "9/11 Task Force," comprised of prosecutors from U.S. attorneys offices in New York and Northern Virginia and from the department's terrorism and violent crimes unit, that will prosecute terrorism cases and focus on preventing further attacks.
Mr. Powell, whose agency runs the reward program, said the money would be paid for "information that thwarts a terrorist attack on American or other interests or brings a terrorist to justice."
The State Department has about $25 million available for its rewards program, and Congress is considering giving even more money, a department official said.
Officials at the State Department said a Web site set up to take information www.dssrewards.net has seen its daily visits go from 4,000 to 25,000 since Sept. 11.

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