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SEPTEMBER 26, 2005
 1:42 PM

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Arrests in D.C. / Killing in Puerto Rico / Terrorism Conviction in Spain

WASHINGTON - September 26 -

Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in combat, founded "Camp Casey" in Crawford, Texas. Cleghorn and Lessin are with Military Families Speak Out. Zappala's son Sgt. Sherwood Baker was the first Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since World War II. They are engaging in civil disobedience in front of the White House (Lafayette Park side) this afternoon.

Berrigan is with the War Resisters League. She said today: "Forty of us were arrested this morning for shutting down two entrances to the Pentagon. ... This was the largest arrest at the Pentagon since the beginning of the 'War on Terrorism.'"
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A longtime and well-known political analyst in Puerto Rico, Juan Garcia-Passalacqua is a columnist with the San Juan Star. AP is reporting today: "An autopsy indicated a Puerto Rican nationalist killed in a shootout with FBI agents did not die immediately, a justice official said Sunday, fueling criticism of the FBI for waiting almost 24 hours to enter the farmhouse where the fugitive lay wounded."

Today, a Spanish judge sentenced the al-Jazeera correspondent Taysir Alluni to seven years in prison for collaborating with al-Qaeda. Currently in Spain, Andoni is a consultant to al-Jazeera Television. She said today: "This is an incredibly dangerous precedent for journalism. The prosecution used Taysir Alluni's interview with Bin Ladin as evidence of collaboration with al-Qaeda." Al-Jazeera has said today it would appeal the verdict.
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