• 'Dead or alive.' After this month's horrendous attacks on the United States, some people are urging the government to up its reward offer of $5 million for information about suspected mastermind Osama bin Laden, whom President Bush said he wants brought to justice 'dead or alive,' and other terrorists. With Pentagon and World Trade Center economic losses mounting to tens of billions of dollars and personal losses incalculable, $5 million might be a little low. Particularly in light of the likely costs of an extended war on terrorism, in which bin Laden has been named a prime target.

  • Turf war. Even the national crisis couldn't smooth over the traditional rivalry between the legislative and executive branches. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, the White House put out word that the Boeing 757 that hit the Pentagon had originally been aimed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A GCN source at the Office of the Architect of the Capitol disagreed. She said her colleagues thought the terrorists had planned to take out a more important target than the White House'the Capitol.

  • What's a Threatcon? It's a term that's about to join 'situational awareness' in the public's lexicon. Threatcon Delta, the military's readiness level as of Sept. 11, is short for the 'terrorist threat condition' after an attack has occurred. The milder Threatcon levels are Charlie, indicating an imminent attack; Bravo, meaning a generalized threat; and Normal. Route your rumor traffic to [email protected].
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