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November 15, 2005

US 'failing to stem terror risk'

And, yet... the headlines on the networks (including cable) lead with 1) escape murderes in Iowa, 2) the capture of an 18 year old murderer, and 3) really cool tornado footage.

Link: BBC NEWS | Americas | US 'failing to stem terror risk'.

"The most striking thing to us is that the size of the problem still totally dwarfs the policy response," said Mr Kean.

"We have no greater fear than a terrorist who is inside the US with a nuclear weapon."

He added that al-Qaeda had sought weapons of mass destruction for years, and had said it was willing to use them.

The group also criticised the Bush administration's efforts to improve its global image, tarnished by reports of the mistreatment of terror suspects.

The government "should work with its allies to develop mutually acceptable standards for terrorist detention", it said.

Lee Hamilton - who was co-chairman of the disbanded commission - added that "detainee abuse in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and elsewhere undermines America's reputation as a moral leader".

Mr Bush has previously defended his government's treatment of detainees, denying claims of torture and insisting "any activity we conduct is within the law".

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