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Inquiry of Intelligence Failures Hits Obstacles

Sept. 11: The lawmakers leading the investigation voice concerns that the CIA and Justice Department are undermining efforts.


WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers leading the investigation of intelligence agencies' failures surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are increasingly concerned that tactics by the CIA and the Justice Department are actively impeding their efforts, congressional sources said Friday.


The '20th hijacker' had been a suspect for years - but he was ignored by intelligence agencie

By Ian Burrell, Andrew Gumbel and Kim Sengupta

11 December 2001

British and American intelligence agents trying to destroy the al-Qa'ida network worldwide have been forced to reassess the role of a London-based French Islamic radical who, according to the latest evidence, could have led them straight to the heart of the suicide hijacking conspiracy.


Judge, Congress Members Oppose Mountaintop Mining Rule

CHARLESTON, West Virginia, May 9, 2002 (ENS) - For a second time, a federal judge in West Virginia has ruled that mountaintop mining permits that allow the dumping of mine wastes into streams and valleys are illegal. The ruling comes within a week of a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency that would expand approval for such mining operations.

A mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia (Four photos courtesy Mountaintop Mining Lookout Group)

Thousands of Underground Fuel Tanks Leak Unseen

WASHINGTON DC, May 9, 2002 (ENS), More than 76,000 leaking underground storage tanks across the country are polluting the nation’s groundwater, while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can do little to solve the problem.

The leaks could be eliminated if Congress and the EPA would improve inspections and provide the necessary authority to bring tank owners into compliance with existing regulations, according to a top Congressional watchdog.

Breakaway Bergs Disrupt Antarctic Ecosystem

WASHINGTON, DC, May 9, 2002 (ENS) - Another large iceberg has newly calved from the Ross Ice Shelf, the National Ice Center has confirmed. Iceberg C-18 is the latest in a series of bergs to break away from the warming Antarctic ice mass.

National Ice Center analyst Judy Shaffier spotted the new iceberg Sunday while performing a weekly satellite image analysis of the Ross Sea using an image from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. The Ross Ice Shelf is a large sheet of glacial ice and snow extending from the Antarctic mainland into the southern Ross Sea.

Biotin Reference Information


Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, generally classified as a B-complex vitamin. After the initial discovery of biotin, nearly forty years of research were required to establish it as a vitamin (1). Biotin is required by all organisms but can only be synthesized by bacteria, yeasts, molds, algae, and some plant species (2).

Green Tea

Green Tea

Active Components:Catechins (polyphenols)

Homeopathy: Tincture of leaves

The Chinese have used green tea for thousands of years. Recently it was introduced onto the American natural health markets. Green tea is rich in bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are compounds that help fight damaging free radicals. One class of bioflavonoids, polyphenols, is especially abundant in this herb. Specifically, the catethins(polyphhenols with multiple linked ring-like structures) have extraordinary antioxidant ability, especially in the brain.