After giving allegations and rumors about missing explosives in Iraq prominent, front-page coverage for a week, a qualified source comes forth with a report on the topic [news story, Oct. 30] and your paper buries the article at the bottom of Page A14. I am shocked, but not surprised.

I listened to Maj. Austin Pearson's news conference; he was well-spoken and cautious about making assumptions regarding prior management of the weapons. He was asked whether the weapons he removed represented the "377 tons" missing. He was cautious in explaining that he had no firsthand knowledge of the existence of the 377 tons of explosives but that he had removed some 250 tons, which represented all that was accessible. The figure of 377 tons has no recent reliable source, yet it has been seized on as a "fact." I found Pearson to be the first and only reliable source on this attempt at a scandal, and I am dismayed at your bias.

-- Thomas Fannon

Clifton

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I am deeply disappointed by The Post's decision to publish Ghaith Abdul-Ahad's Nov. 9 front-page article, "In Hideout, Foreign Arabs Share Vision of 'Martyrdom.' " The freelance report appears under the label, "With the Insurgents."

Most of the media have branded Abu Musab Zarqawi's butchers as "insurgents" or "militants" when in fact they are civilian-murdering terrorists.

Planting car bombs in civilian squares and decapitating innocent foreign workers is not the sign of an "insurgency," it is the hallmark of terrorist efforts to disrupt a newly sovereign nation.

Abdul-Ahad is embedded with an enemy of America, Iraq and the free world. By not providing the location of the terrorists' safe house to U.S. authorities, the freelance reporter and The Post have violated ethical standards and given indirect aid to terrorists.

The Post apparently intends to give its readers insight into the minds of psychopathic killers, while brave American and Iraqi troops try to stop them from taking more innocent lives. But as most Americans would undoubtedly agree, we received more than enough insight into the terrorist mind-set on Sept. 11, 2001.

-- Thomas Sileo

Vienna