- Reporter's Notebook: DARPA
When the Soviets beat the US into space with the 1958 launch of Sputnik, the Pentagon created the Defense Advanced Research Agency to start thinking outside the box. DARPA, which this week took the heat for proposing that people bet on future terrorist attacks, recently proposed to fight terrorism by looking at the medical records and credit card receipts of American citizens. Technology Daily-s William New give us a look at DARPA.
Saudi Links to Terrorism?
Despite requests from Riydah, President Bush has refused to declassify a portion of the Congressional report on September 11 which purportedly details Saudi Arabia's financing of extremist groups that engage in international terrorism. While the President says that revealing the 28 pages would jeopardize ongoing investigations, Senators of both parties claim the White House is giving the Saudis special treatment in the war on terror. Yet America-s cozy relationship with the royal family dates to World War II, and the US itself aided Muslim extremists during the Cold War. Are Saudi officials complicit in Islamic terrorism? Are they doing enough to stop it? How much of the problem did the American bring on itself? We speak with veteran journalists, an expert who testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, the founder of the National Council on US-Arab Relations, and a man who helped to organize an abortive 1995 coup attempt against Saddam Hussein.