- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 24, 2002

Thompson considers leaving Bush Cabinet
MADISON, Wis. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said yesterday he is not committed to staying in his job past February and is entertaining offers to return to the private sector.
Mr. Thompson, who was Wisconsin's governor for 14 years before taking the Washington job in February 2001, told President Bush when he took the job that he would stay for two years.
"I certainly will comply with that," Mr. Thompson said after a health event at Madison's Meriter Hospital. "If he wants me to stay after the election, we'll sit down and talk. But I'm not making any commitments at this point in time."
There has been some speculation that Mr. Thompson, who has run afoul of conservatives for his support of embryonic stem-cell research, might be the first Cabinet member to leave the Bush administration.
Mr. Thompson said Mr. Bush recently asked him to stay on into a potential second term.
But he added that he has received offers from individuals in the private sector, although he did not elaborate on the details.

Bodies of missing pilots found at crash site
The bodies of two U.S. Army pilots whose helicopter crashed into a hillside in South Korea were found yesterday, more than a day after the chopper was reported missing on a training flight.
Defense officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press the crash site was about 13 miles south of Camp Page, a U.S. base at Chuncheon, 50 miles east of Seoul, the South Korean capital.
The AH-64A Apache attack helicopter had taken off from Camp Page early Thursday morning. It slammed into a hillside above a car tunnel. No civilians on the ground were injured, the officials said. The cause of the accident was being investigated.

Lawyer seeks release of Muslim activist
An American Muslim activist from Seattle who is being held as a witness in the terrorism investigation should be released from detention because he has not been charged, his lawyer told a judge yesterday.
The attorney for James Ujaama, 36, who has been held for more than a month, said he told U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee during a closed hearing that continued detention would violate his client's constitutional rights.
"You have somebody who has not been charged and wants to be back with his family," defense attorney Greg Stanbaugh said after the hearing.
Mr. Stanbaugh said the judge indicated he would rule within 60 days.
Mr. Ujaama was arrested in Denver last month and is being held as a material witness, allowing authorities to keep him indefinitely because they believe he has important information.

Think tank blasts anti-Saudi remarks
The president of the Rand think tank yesterday repudiated "in the strongest terms" comments that were reportedly made by a Rand analyst to the Dubai-based Arabian Business magazine that negatively described Saudis.
Laurent Murawiec, a French national who made headlines last month with an anti-Saudi presentation to the Pentagon, denied making the remarks.
Arabian Business released a tape of the interview on Wednesday.
"The comments on the tape recording on the Web site ITP.net are offensive and repugnant, and Rand repudiates them in the strongest terms," Rand President James Thomson said in a statement.
"Rand was unaware of these comments until they were reported by ITP.net."

Police say bombs were meant for mosques
TAMPA, Fla. A podiatrist arrested after authorities found guns and explosives in his home planned to destroy an Islamic education center and dozens of mosques, court documents said yesterday.
Deputies searching Dr. Robert J. Goldstein's home near St. Petersburg found up to 40 weapons, 30 explosive devices and a typed list of about 50 Islamic worship centers in the state, according to a complaint filed yesterday.
Deputies also found detailed plans to bomb an Islamic education center, the complaint said. The location of the center was not disclosed.
Dr. Goldstein, 37, was charged yesterday with possession of a nonregistered destructive device and attempting to use an explosive to damage and destroy Islamic centers.

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