- Making News: London Identifies Four Suicide Bombers
As the death count rose to 53, all activity in London stopped for two minutes today to remember the people who died in the terrorist bombings exactly one week ago. Meantime, Scotland Yard confirmed the names of two bombers and released videotape of the one thought to have killed himself on the No. 30 bus, asking for help from the public in identifying him. Sebastian Rotella is reporting from London for the Los Angeles Times.
- Reporter's Notebook: Did Valerie Plame's Outing Compromise CIA Assets?
President Bush refused to comment yesterday on whether he still supports his top political aide. Democrats are demanding Karl Rove's ouster for allegedly leaking the identity of Valerie Plame to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Republicans say that's dirty politics. Larry Johnson, former counterterrorism official in the State Department, worked with Plame when he was an analyst for the CIA.
Has Homeland Security Finally Gotten Its Act Together?
Under its first director, Tom Ridge, the Department of Homeland Security was known for bureaucratic turf wars, wasteful spending and ineffective planning. Yesterday, the new director, Michael Chertoff, said he'll re-structure DHS to produce a "risk-based" system that makes "tough choices" according to potential consequences. Prevention of transit bombings like those in London will not be the major focus of the Bush Administration. It's worried about less likely but potentially more destructive scenarios such as nuclear explosions, "dirty bombs" and chemical or biological agents. We hear more about the inevitability of terrorism on US soil and the extend to which Americans can be protected from experts in homeland security, transportation and immigration, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a consultant on Chertoff's restructuring plan.