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SUMMARY:

The FBI has traced and cleared the only woman to surface as a subject of investigation into the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Elsewhere, an Arizona resident of Middle Eastern descent was indicted Friday on charges of lying to the FBI about his alleged relationship with Hani Hanjour, whom authorities believe was the terrorist pilot who crashed an American Airlines flight into the Pentagon September 11.

Delta Air Lines canceled a non-stop flight from New York to Amsterdam Friday night after two men, described as Middle Eastern, bought one-way tickets and two others inquired about doing so, a source involved in the investigation told CNN.

Saying the United States has taken the "next step in the financial war" against terrorism, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said Friday all U.S. financial institutions have been notified to freeze the assets of 39 additional suspected terrorists, organizations or supporters.

UPDATE:

The 21-year-old American college student, identified in Spanish newspapers as 'Julie B.,' checked into the Hotel Casablanca in the Spanish resort of Salou July 16, minutes after Mohammed Atta checked in.

Authorities have identified Atta as one of the suicide hijackers. (Full story)

Faisal Michael Al Salmi of Tempe, Arizona was indicted by a federal grand jury in Phoenix for repeatedly denying any association with Hanjour.


  •  Summary

  •  Update

  •  Key questions

  •  Who's who

  •  Impact


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"The Department of Justice will bring the full weight of the law upon those who try to impede or hinder the investigation of the terrorist acts of September 11," Attorney General John Ashcroft said. (Full story)

Delta spokesman Tom Donahue would only say the flight was canceled due to a "security-related issue," and that two passengers were detained by the FBI prior to boarding at John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Full story)

The Bush administration also has asked other nations to use its list as part of a promised international crackdown on terrorist organizations and their financial sponsors. The 39 are in addition to the 27 names on the administration's initial list. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill signed the "blocking order," which went into effect at 8 a.m. EDT. (Full story)

KEY QUESTIONS:

How well is law enforcement cooperating globally to coordinate the investigation?

How will the expansion of law-enforcement powers affect Americans' civil liberties? Click here for more.

How are people identified as suspected terrorists communicating with each other? Click here for more.

How are law-enforcement authorities using technology such as encryption tools to hunt terrorists? Click here for more.

What groups are U.S. investigators focusing on, and what are their aims? Click here for more.

How would law-enforcement authorities go after financial assets of people identified as terrorists? Click here for more.

How did the September 11 attackers evade U.S. intelligence? Click here for more.

WHO'S WHO:

George W. Bush: U.S. president

Colin Powell: U.S. secretary of state Click here for more

Condoleezza Rice: National security adviser Click here for more

John Ashcroft: U.S. attorney general

Robert Mueller: FBI director Click here for more

George Tenet: CIA director. Click here for more

Osama bin Laden: U.S. authorities have named bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi exile living in Afghanistan, as the prime suspect in masterminding the September 11 attacks. Click here for more

IMPACT:

Information gained from the investigation could lead to fundamental changes in U.S. security and intelligence systems, as well as surveillance laws.



 
 
 
 



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