3 More at Pentagon
Recall Early ID of Atta
Pentagon officials said yesterday that they have found three more people who recall an intelligence chart that identified Mohamed Atta, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, as a terrorist one year before the hijackings. But they have been unable to find the chart or other evidence that it existed.
Last month, two military officers, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and Navy Capt. Scott Phillpott, went public with claims that a secret unit code-named "Able Danger" used data mining -- searching large amounts of data for patterns -- to identify Atta in 2000. Shaffer has said three other Sept. 11 hijackers also were identified.
In a briefing yesterday, four intelligence officials said they interviewed at least 80 people over a three-week period. They found three, besides Phillpott and Shaffer, who said they remember seeing a chart that either mentioned Atta by name as an al Qaeda operative or showed his photograph. Four of the five recalled a chart with a photo of Atta; the other person recalled only a reference to his name.
Cargill Inc. will spend about $130 million to upgrade pollution-control devices at 27 corn and oilseed plants in the Midwest to settle a clean-air lawsuit, federal officials said yesterday.
The food and agricultural products company has also agreed to pay $1.6 million in civil penalties and spend an additional $3.5 million on other environmental projects around the country.
The government had filed a lawsuit in Minnesota alleging that Cargill had significantly underestimated emissions from its operations in 13 states. The agreement announced yesterday will result in a reduction of about 30,000 tons of pollution a year, officials said.
FBI Stops Lead Tests
Used to Match Bullets
The FBI said yesterday that it would halt tests that match bullets by lead content, a practice criticized for a high rate of false matches between crime-scene bullets and bullets taken from suspects.
The bureau spent more than a year reviewing a National Academy of Sciences panel's report that criticized the reliability of conclusions based on the lab tests.
Bullet lead exams determine the amounts of trace elements in the bullets. That analysis allows crime-scene bullets to be compared with bullets found in a suspect's possession or weapon, the FBI said.
The bureau said it has performed the examinations in 2,500 cases since the early 1980s but the results were used in less than 20 percent of those cases.
-- From News Services