FIGHTING THE ENEMY \ Updates in the war
The latest developments:
A key congressional Republican signaled his opposition Wednesday to one of the central recommendations for reforming the intelligence community, saying he will not be "steamrollered" into creating a new post of national intelligence director. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said he feared that putting one official in charge of all 15 U.S. intelligence agencies, as proposed by the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks, might hamper the ability of the Pentagon to wage war. Hunter said that in war zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq, commanders rely on real time intelligence flows to make war-fighting decisions. "It makes sense that you shouldn't have that intelligence stopped or impeded by some guy back in Washington, D.C., who says, 'I want to use that platform for something else,'" Hunter said.
Federal agents and city police conducted an overnight raid on a mosque in Albany, N.Y., with armed officers sealing off a block in downtown for several hours. Two men were arrested and are suspected of providing material support for terrorism, WTEN-TV reported. CBS News, citing unidentified law enforcement officials, reported today that the two were caught in a sting operation and tried to buy shoulder-fired missiles from an undercover agent.
Pakistan gave British authorities images of London's Heathrow Airport and other sites that were found on the computers of two arrested Al-Qaida fugitives, intelligence officials said today. It was not clear, however, if the information helped lead to the arrests of about a dozen suspected terrorists Tuesday in Britain. Maps, photographs and other details of possible targets in the United States and Britain were found on computers belonging to Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani -- a Tanzanian indicted for his role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa -- and a Pakistani computer expert identified as Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, said two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Source: Combined dispatches