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ACLU: Terror watch list 'out of control'

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July 15, 2008

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Thousands of travelers are subjected to extra security measures because of a bloated terrorist watch list, the American Civil Liberties Union said yesterday. "The list is out of control," said Barry Steinhardt, an ACLU director. He called the list a "Kafka-esque web of suspicion." The ACLU said 1 million individuals are covered by the list, but an FBI spokesman said about 400,000 people are on the list - 95 percent of whom are not US citizens or residents. In some cases, terrorists may use multiple aliases, bringing the total number of names to about a million. (Cox News Service)

Specter completes chemotherapy
Senator Arlen Specter has completed his last scheduled round of chemotherapy. He says he plans to celebrate with a martini and dinner with friends. The 78-year-old Republican from Pennsylvania traveled to Washington yesterday after receiving the 12th and final dose at a Philadelphia hospital. He was treated for the same type of cancer in 2005. He will next undergo tests. (AP)

north carolina
Marine is charged in death of his wife
FAYETTEVILLE - The husband of a Fort Bragg Army nurse whose remains were found amid a brush fire was charged yesterday with first-degree murder, and a fellow Marine was charged with being an accomplice. Marine Corporal John Wimunc, 23, also was charged with first-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson in the death of his wife, Army Second Lieutenant Holley Wimunc, a nurse from Dubuque, Iowa. Her body was found Sunday - three days after a fire was discovered in her Fayetteville apartment. (AP)

california
Search launched for adventurer's body
BRIDGEPORT - A 10-member team of elite athletes and expert mountaineers fanned out on foot yesterday in rugged mountains on the Nevada-California border, hoping to find what search planes and satellite imagery couldn't - Steve Fossett's body. The multimillionaire adventurer was declared legally dead in February, five months after he was last seen taking off by plane from a remote Nevada ranch owned by hotel magnate Barron Hilton. (AP)

Iowa
Advocates planning immigration rally
DES MOINES - Immigration reform advocates and religious leaders hope hundreds of people will descend on a small Iowa town this month for a rally in support of workers arrested in a large raid at a meatpacking plant. Organizers are using the raid at the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher meatpacking plant in Postville on May 12 as an example of what's wrong with the nation's immigration laws. Federal officials have called it the largest single immigration raid in the nation's history. The rally in Postville is scheduled for July 27. (AP)

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