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September 28, 2002 | By James Kuhnhenn INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy led Democrats yesterday in a spirited attack on President Bush's Iraq policy, reflecting growing frustration about their inability to restrain the President's drive toward military confrontation with Saddam Hussein. In a nationally televised speech at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, Kennedy said Bush "has not made a convincing case that we face such an imminent threat to our national security that a unilateral, preemptive American strike and an immediate war are necessary.
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February 6, 2004 | By Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
CIA Director George Tenet declared yesterday that his agency's analysts "never said there was an 'imminent' threat" from Saddam Hussein. President Bush used the urgency of the threat Iraq posed to the United States as the reason to launch an invasion of Iraq. Tenet, stepping briskly into a heated battle over blame for faulty assessments of the danger from Hussein, acknowledged that the CIA might have overestimated some of Iraq's weapons programs, particularly its quest for nuclear arms.
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November 13, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are investigating how a bag of bullets ended up in the common area of a Main Line Hebrew school Wednesday, prompting a major law enforcement response and an early end to the school day. "There was never a threat or any type of imminent threat," Lt. Andy Block, a Radnor police spokesman, said of the discovery before noon of the ammunition at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on South Bryn Mawr Avenue. He said officers and dogs from the Radnor and Haverford police departments did a security check of the school and, because of the hour of the day, students were dismissed early.
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July 10, 1988 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The monthlong trial of Delaware Container Co. ended in federal court last week as an attorney argued that the hazardous-waste plant should be permanently shut down. Defense lawyers, however, said in closing arguments Wednesday that the plaintiffs had failed to prove that the Valley Township plant posed an imminent threat to the environment, the standard they said was necessary to trigger court intervention. "It's our position they offered no legally competent evidence with respect to an imminent threat to health," defense counsel Thomas Monteverde said.
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September 14, 2000 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When is it lawful to kill somebody? Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. knows the answer, and for now he's applying it in the case of Paul Bellina, who yesterday shot and killed a man he believed was trying to break into his house in Upper Gwynedd. The killing, Castor said, seemed to be a justifiable homicide, although a final determination will not be made until officers complete their investigation, which will include forensic, ballistic and toxicology tests.
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December 24, 2003
GEORGIA B. Makiver (Dec. 19 letter) says, "Iraq is the key to stability in the Middle East. " Iraq has always been a Third World country. The majority of its citizens live in abject poverty, so what threat were any of them to us? It's sad to think of the number of unsuspecting Americans who have been hoodwinked into this oil war by the conservative American media. Sadder still is the fact that none of these armchair and keyboard generals can explain why Bush went after Saddam when the 9/11 hijackers were overwhelmingly Saudi Arabian.
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September 29, 2003 | By Charles Krauthammer
"There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud. " -Sen. Edward Kennedy on Iraq, Sept. 18, 2003 The Democrats have long been unhinged by this president. They could bear his (Florida-induced) illegitimacy as long as he was weak and seemingly transitional. But when post-9/11 he became a consequential president - reinventing American foreign policy and dominating the political scene - they lost it. Kennedy's statement marks a new stage in losing it: transition to derangement.
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February 18, 2013
The nation's vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama's drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood. 1. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of enemies abroad? What criteria justify assassination? Answer: (a) imminent threat, under the doctrine of self-defense, and (b) affiliation with al-Qaeda, under the laws of war. Imminent threat is obvious.
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October 3, 2003
MARK WEISBROT'S op-ed piece, "Whacking George W. with the Truth" (Oct. 1), immediately proceeded to do the opposite - regurgitate a well-worn Democratic lie as its centerpiece. Weisbrot approvingly quotes Ted Kennedy's recent tirade against Bush - "There was no imminent threat. " Problem is, Bush never claimed that - here is his exact quote (i.e., the truth) from his 2003 State of the Union address: "Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike?
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February 7, 2013 | By Lara Jakes, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Uncomfortable with the Obama administration's use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America's authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed. The drone program, which has been used from Pakistan across the Middle East and into North Africa to find and kill an unknown number of suspected terrorists, is expected to be a top topic of debate when the Senate Intelligence Committee grills John Brennan, the White House's pick for CIA chief, at a hearing Thursday.
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November 13, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are investigating how a bag of bullets ended up in the common area of a Main Line Hebrew school Wednesday, prompting a major law enforcement response and an early end to the school day. "There was never a threat or any type of imminent threat," Lt. Andy Block, a Radnor police spokesman, said of the discovery before noon of the ammunition at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on South Bryn Mawr Avenue. He said officers and dogs from the Radnor and Haverford police departments did a security check of the school and, because of the hour of the day, students were dismissed early.
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February 18, 2013
The nation's vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama's drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood. 1. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of enemies abroad? What criteria justify assassination? Answer: (a) imminent threat, under the doctrine of self-defense, and (b) affiliation with al-Qaeda, under the laws of war. Imminent threat is obvious.
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February 7, 2013 | By Lara Jakes, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Uncomfortable with the Obama administration's use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America's authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed. The drone program, which has been used from Pakistan across the Middle East and into North Africa to find and kill an unknown number of suspected terrorists, is expected to be a top topic of debate when the Senate Intelligence Committee grills John Brennan, the White House's pick for CIA chief, at a hearing Thursday.
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October 24, 2007 | By Trudy Rubin
Hold on to your seats, ladies and gentlemen. It sounds like the president and vice president are planning a war with Iran. Never mind that our military is overstretched by two ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Never mind that our latest National Intelligence Estimate says the main threat to our homeland lies with al-Qaeda, whose leaders and bases are in Pakistan. I'll repeat. The main threat lies in Pakistan, which already has nuclear weapons, and whose political scene is being shaken by foreign and home-grown jihadis.
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January 16, 2007 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia police officers who killed an agitated man wielding a knife early Sunday appear to have complied with the law on use of deadly force, say experts on police shooting. Police say officers twice tried to tame the man in Center City with shots from a Taser electronic stun gun before he lunged at them with the knife, yelling, "Kill me! Kill me!" The five officers shot him down in a fusillade. He was the second man killed by police gunfire this year. Police yesterday disclosed few new details about the 2 a.m. confrontation, which was captured by surveillance cameras outside the Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building on Market Street near Ninth.
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October 20, 2004 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the Bush administration did not anticipate the quick collapse of Iraqi government institutions after the initial military victory, hampering U.S. efforts to stabilize the country. But in an interview with The Inquirer, Rice rejected criticism that the United States had not committed enough troops to the effort, arguing that pouring more soldiers into the country might have created a new set of problems by further alienating the Iraqis.
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February 16, 2004 | By Walter Cronkite
Even before David Kay's bombshell statement on the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the story of things gone wrong began to leak from fissures in the Bush administration's facade of self-righteous certainty. But, since he had just resigned as head of the search for those weapons, Kay's statement had weight. Assumptions of blame focused, of course, on the CIA and other spy agencies whose faulty intelligence had misled America into war. Kay himself tightened that focus by saying the intelligence community owed the President an apology.
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February 10, 2004
President Bush took to television Sunday to convince Americans he was right to wage war against Iraq. The claim he made on NBC's Meet the Press went something like this: I, President Bush, never said Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. What I'm saying is that the world is better off without that madman in power. This is known as changing the question so you can answer it on favorable ground. Now that no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, the President is making a big deal of a semantic point.
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February 6, 2004 | By Warren P. Strobel and Jonathan S. Landay INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
CIA Director George Tenet declared yesterday that his agency's analysts "never said there was an 'imminent' threat" from Saddam Hussein. President Bush used the urgency of the threat Iraq posed to the United States as the reason to launch an invasion of Iraq. Tenet, stepping briskly into a heated battle over blame for faulty assessments of the danger from Hussein, acknowledged that the CIA might have overestimated some of Iraq's weapons programs, particularly its quest for nuclear arms.
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January 16, 2004 | By Dana Hull and Drew Brown INQUIRER NATIONAL STAFF
The chairman of the Republican National Committee said yesterday that Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark endorsed President Bush's policy on Iraq two weeks before Congress voted to authorize Bush to go to war, but Clark said that was false. A transcript of Clark's testimony to a House committee Sept. 26, 2002, shows that he did not endorse Bush's policy and that the Republican assertion was based on selected excerpts of his remarks. GOP chairman Ed Gillespie accurately quoted portions of Clark's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in which the retired Army general said he believed that Saddam Hussein possessed chemical and biological weapons and that the Iraqi was seeking nuclear weapons.
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