- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 25, 2002

FBI seeks records for leak probe
FBI agents investigating the leak of classified information have asked members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for telephone records, schedules and other documents indicating any conversations lawmakers had with reporters.
In an Aug. 7 letter to the Senate general counsel's office that was forwarded to committee members, the FBI seeks a broad range of records from senators and aides that might indicate press contacts, including schedules maintained on electronic devices such as Palm Pilots, people familiar with the investigation said yesterday.
The FBI wants information on any contact those senators had with reporters between noon on June 18 to 3:15 p.m. on June 19. That is when CNN reported the details of two Arabic-language messages the National Security Agency intercepted Sept. 10 making vague references to an impending attack on the United States. Other news organizations also reported on the messages.

First West Nile deaths found in Michigan, N.Y.
NEW YORK West Nile virus is suspected in the deaths of an 81-year-old man on Long Island and a 65-year-old man in Michigan, health officials said yesterday.
If confirmed, the two cases would bring the number of deaths from the disease this year to 18.
So far this year, more than 370 human cases of West Nile have been confirmed in the country's worst outbreak since the virus first appeared here in 1999.

Deported professor lands in Lebanon
TAMPA, Fla. A deported Palestinian professor who had been jailed on secret evidence that prosecutors said linked him to terrorism landed yesterday in Beirut, supporters said.
Mazen Al-Najjar was granted a six-month visa, and arrangements have been made for him to move permanently from Lebanon to another country, his brother-in-law, Sami Al-Arian, said at a news conference.
Mr. Al-Arian said he wouldn't disclose which country for fear the nation would rescind the visa.
"He's extremely happy, and he said to me he can now resume his intellectual activity," Mr. Al-Arian said.
Mr. Al-Najjar, who has a doctorate in engineering, spent more than 3 years in jail on secret evidence that prosecutors said linked him to terrorism. He was released in 2000, then arrested again in November and held until he was deported on Thursday.

Major sentenced for $400,000 theft
SAN DIEGO A Marine Corps major was sentenced to five years in military prison for plotting to use credit cards to steal $400,000 from the government.
Maj. Darryl Phillips was also dismissed from the Corps on Friday and fined $400,000 after being convicted by a military jury a day earlier. For an officer, a dismissal is the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge.
Phillips had faced up to 60 years in prison, and his sentence was less than the 15-year minimum sought by Marine Corps prosecutors. But the 10-member jury of officers at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar effectively stripped Phillips, a former supply officer, of his retirement pay and benefits after a 22-year career.

Governor seeks change in execution system
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Gov. George Ryan took legislation meant to punish terrorists with the death penalty and altered it to include new safeguards in the state's capital punishment system.
The changes he made Friday include having the state Supreme Court more closely review each death sentence, barring the execution of mentally retarded defendants and recommending that confessions in capital cases be videotaped.
Mr. Ryan drew national attention two years ago when he put a moratorium on executions in the state.
He said the reason was in the statistics: Since 1977, 12 Illinois inmates had been executed, while 13 other death row inmates were released after it was shown they had been wrongly convicted.

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