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  • 1. Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire 66 $1.00 — May vary outside metro Denver Sunday, March 23, 2003 · News updates at DenverPost.com Allies take cities, oil sites; troops halfway to Baghdad Forces race toward capital, but tank clash causes concern By Michael Booth and Karen Augé Denver Post Staff Writers U.S. and British forces rolled across the Euphrates River and pushed more than halfway to Bagh- dad on Saturday, securing southern Iraqi cities and key oil facilities without major bloodshed, although a fierce tank battle and huge explo- sions from 500 cruise missiles warned of bleaker scenes ahead. American tanks and troop carri- ers raced 200 miles north of Ku- wait, leapfrogging at least one problem area in Basra by sur- rounding it and moving on. Bagh- dad suffered most of the continu- ing “shock and awe” aerial cam- paign, with a new round of furious explosions from Tomahawk cruise missiles and guided bombs hitting the capital just after sunset. Invading forces captured and crossed an important bridge across the Euphrates, opening the way for a parallel race up another highway toward Baghdad. Iraqis lit pools of oil afire south of the capital city, reportedly to make U.S. bombing runs more diffi- cult. In Kuwait, a soldier from the 101st Airborne Division was killed and 16 were wounded Sunday morning local time when two hand grenades were thrown into the 1st Brigade technical operations cen- ter at Camp Pennsylvania, U.S. Army officials said. An American soldier was held as a suspect, an Army spokesman said. The soldier, who was not iden- tified, is a member of the 101st Air- borne and was found hiding in a Associated Press / Takanori Sekine bunker after the attack. An Iraqi soldier is detained by Army 3rd Infantry Division troops after he surrendered Saturday at An Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. Up to 2,000 Iraqi soldiers have surrendered. Max Blumenfeld, an Army spokesman, said the soldier’s mo- tive “most likely was resentment.” Marine platoon deals with death EXPANDED COVERAGE Accidental deaths continued to BEGINS ON PAGE 4A dominate the casualty reports, as two British navy helicopters collid- ed over the Persian Gulf, killing GRENADE ATTACK the seven on board, including one Blasts kill one, Comrade killed during first combat that also took lives of five Iraqi soldiers U.S. Navy officer. On Thursday, eight British and four U.S. Marines died when their helicopter crashed hurt up to 16; qi soldier in the first action by scores of Iraqi soldiers surren- and you see these four guys walk- By Doug Mellgren south of the port Umm Qasr, again without enemy fire anywhere in Echo Company’s 1st Platoon of the dered, many walking toward the ing toward you with their hands The Associated Press the area. 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit af- Americans in strict military for- up. We knew they were surrender- U.S. soldier SOUTHERN IRAQ — Lance Two U.S. Marines have died in ter it entered Iraq from northern mation under a white flag. ing.” Cpl. Joseph Willems was approach- combat: one battling Iraqi infantry Kuwait on Friday. But there were still a few hold- “But then somebody shouts, ing one of many bunkers dug into is held. 4A in southern areas to secure an oil- “The only time I freaked was outs. The Marines, covering each ‘There’s two in the hole! There’s Iraq’s desert when he saw the muz- pumping station, the second fight- when I saw his eyes, and my weap- other, stopped and scrambled over two in the hole!’ ” said Jacobs, who zle fire. ing near Umm Qasr. on jammed. I kept backing up and the ground, repeating the move- leads the 1st Platoon. “I looked down and saw shots be- Iraqi pronouncements said more it kept jamming,” Willems said. ments as they approached each The Marines reacted immediate- ing fired, and I just went ‘ooooh,’ HONORING THE FALLEN than 200 civilians were injured in It was early morning. By the bunker. There were bursts of gun- ly, and shot both, then threw in a and jumped back,” said the 19- the waves of missile strikes on end of the day, Echo Company had fire, often from machine guns, and grenade that blew a plume of sand year-old Marine from Kenosha, Profiles of Baghdad. The Arab-language net- lost one Marine, killed five Iraqis the heavy thud of hand grenades. and black smoke out of the bunker. Wis. “Saw a guy in a blue sweat work al-Jazeera showed gruesome and taken 400 prisoners. “It was very eerie,” said Lt. Will- “I didn’t want to get shot, so I shirt, and took a hip shot with my soldiers who images of children and other al- The Marines were clearing an iam Todd Jacobs, 24, of Cincin- shot him first,” Cpl. Juan B. saw.” leged casualties from bombing as area of bunkers in southern Iraq, nati. “There was smoke every- With his “saw” — slang for ma- forces surrounded Basra. Please see FRONT on 9A near the port of Umm Qasr, after where. It’s our first time in Iraq, chine gun — Willems killed the Ira- have died. 8A An apparent car bomb killed an Australian journalist and four Ira- Tens of thousands in U.S. qis in Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, where a radical Kurdish HEADING OUT group with ties to al-Qaeda prom- hit streets, decry attacks ised terrorist strikes. Three British Fort Carson journalists traveling on their own were missing in southern Iraq. troops prepare U.S. forces chief Gen. Tommy Staff and wire reports chanting, “This is what democra- Franks offered the first local brief- cy looks like.” Then, gesturing to- ing of the invasion’s progress from Anti-war activists throughout to depart. 18A ward the president’s residence, Central Command headquarters in the nation and around the world they shouted, “That is what hypoc- Qatar, promising the fighting returned to the streets Saturday would be “unlike any other in histo- risy looks like.” to protest the U.S.-led war in Iraq, SEEKING SOLACE ry.” Franks described both the suc- In Salt Lake City, demonstra- with demonstrations underway in cess of seeing hundreds of Iraqis at tors held a “Funeral for Democra- a number of U.S. cities, including In anxious a time heeding U.S. leaflets to sur- cy,” carrying coffins they said rep- New York, where a 3-mile-long render in mass formation, and the mass of marchers paraded down resented the death of the United grief from even limited casualties times, a turn Broadway. Nations, civil liberties, and civil- as pockets of Iraqi forces put up a New York’s rally was the larg- ians and soldiers in Iraq. fight. est, but there were other demon- In Chicago, about 500 war pro- toward the “There may be tough times strations and acts of civil disobedi- testers faced 3,000 people who ahead,” Franks said. Associated Press / Franck Prevel ence across the country. In Wash- gathered in Federal Plaza in sup- President Bush, in his weekly ra- familiar. 24A ington, a few thousand people Activists in Paris wave an Iraqi flag, left, and a partially burned U.S. Please see PROTESTS on 20A Please see WAR on 4A flag while protesting the U.S.-led war on Iraq. WORLD PROTESTS, 21A marched near the White House, GET READY MARCH MADNESS BLIZZARD OF 2003 3 TEENS DIE Index................ 2B Movies ............. 7F FOR OSCARS IN CRASH Crossword ....... 2L Obituaries ........ 6B The No. 1-seeded Arizona Stories of the stranded — and more Lottery ............. 2B Weather ........... 7B Get everything Three 16-year- Wildcats squeak by damage — from last week’s storm: you need to olds from CALL THE DENVER POST Gonzaga with a 96-95 win The town of Rollinsville curses and know about the Longmont are in double overtime; shrugs at its 87.5 inches. In Denver, Newsroom: 2B Academy killed when their Home delivery: CU’s women cruise past many assess what could top $25 Awards to prep car goes out BYU and will face North million in damage after roofs and walls 303-832-3232 for tonight’s of control on More numbers Carolina on Monday. buckled under the snow. show. 1F Interstate 25. 1B Sports, Section C Denver & The West, 1B on Page 2K
  • 2. Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire 66 $1.00 — May vary outside metro Denver Sunday, March 2, 2003 · News updates at DenverPost.com ‘Kingpin of al-Qaeda’ arrested WAR WATCH Pakistan turns over suspected planner of 9/11 attacks to U.S. Missiles destroyed: Iraq begins destroying its Al Samoud 2 missiles, as ordered by the United over to the United States and taken to 400 al-Qaeda suspects have been de- called a joint operation in capturing Mo- By Erik Eckholm Nations. 27A an undisclosed location out of the coun- tained in a cooperative effort that has hammed. The New York Times U.S. troops rejected: Turkey’s try, a senior Pakistani official told The opened President Pervez Musharraf to “Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is one of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Khalid Associated Press today. criticism from Islamic political forces Osama bin Laden’s most senior and sig- parliament deals a blow to U.S. Shaikh Mohammed, suspected of plan- at home. The arrest represents a major victo- nificant lieutenants, a key al-Qaeda war plans by refusing to let ning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New ry in the U.S.-led global search for piv- “We have finally apprehended Khalid planner and the mastermind of the American troops begin preparations York and Washington and one of the otal leaders of al-Qaeda — the men Shaikh Mohammed,” Musharraf spokes- Sept. 11 attacks,” said the statement, Mohammed: to open a northern front. 27A FBI’s most wanted terrorists, was ar- who planned the suicide hijacking at- man Rashid Qureshi said late Saturday. issued by Ari Fleischer, the White One of three rested by Pakistani authorities on Satur- tacks on the World Trade Center and “He is the kingpin of al-Qaeda.” Arab summit: The United Arab House press secretary. terror suspects day morning, officials here said. Pentagon, and other terrorist acts. In Washington on Saturday, the White Officials suspect that Mohammed Emirates calls for Saddam Hussein arrested Satur- After he was interrogated by Paki- It was also the most prominent ar- House issued a statement praising Paki- to go into exile. 22A Please see ARREST on 27A stani officials, Mohammed was handed day in Pakistan. rest yet in Pakistan, where more than stani and U.S. officials for what it Academy ‘If they are above 10 years old, they will not take them. Once they turn 12, they send them home.’ M.D. Zahuruislam, trainer in Kuwait camel racing stables, on the child jockeys haunted by culture of distrust Rape victims’ treatment leads to calls for fundamental change By Amy Herdy, Erin Emery and Miles Moffeit Denver Post Staff Writers AIR FORCE ACADEMY — At the academy, fe- male cadets who have been raped face a culture that commonly neglects and even vilifies them for report- ing the crime. The academy itself has described an environment that can be “offensive, intimidating or threatening to women.” That was a decade ago, in a survey of ca- dets. More than two dozen interviews with current and former cadets, military officials including the secre- tary of the Air Force, parents, counselors and experts indicate little has changed. Women are offered little counsel or support if they are attacked. They live in a realm in which upper- classmen wield great power. Their complaints often are sidetracked, or their own behavior is used against them. They sometimes remain in close quarters with the men who raped them. The atmosphere is so bad, said former cadet Libby The Denver Post / Craig F. Walker Saum, “they need to prepare freshman female cadets A young jockey prods his camel toward the finish line at the third annual Kuwait Championship. Most jockeys are from outside Kuwait. for being raped, if not physically, then mentally.” And the leadership of the academy, while express- Saddled with a risky ride ing concern about sexual assault, rarely takes strong enforcement action against attackers, and is so dis- trusted that many women seek outside, civilian help. “Clearly, we’ve got a problem, and we need to fix it,” said Lt. Gen. John Dallager, superintendent of the academy. “The entire military atmosphere and the atmosphere within the Air Force and at the Air Force Child jockeys key to sport of camel racing in the Kuwaiti desert Academy is built upon trust and confidence. And, in my view, that is a character issue.” Please see ACADEMY on 6A cardboard boxes into trucks They also take turns The Kuwaitis for whom these Sudanese boys By Jim Hughes sitting astride milk crates. race refer to them in Arabic as “chicks.” They are Denver Post Staff Writer the subjects of complaints from human rights ad- They bounce and bounce, whipping their plastic SULAIBIYA, Kuwait — When they are not vocates, who say young children should not be put mounts until they crack. They move around on Embattled working, the little Sudanese boys crouch in the the sand, making the appropriate noises with astride large animals for sport. They allege that sand outside the gates of the Kuwait Camel Rac- their mouths. some camel jockeys essentially are slaves, sold ing Club, playing at their work. into the sport from poor countries like Sudan and, “Hit it with the stick! Hit it with the stick!” one Most of them are barefoot. Some wear socks. excited boy yells from atop the dune. more often, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Each has a thin white leash on his right wrist, USOC chief Usually, it is the men yelling, hoping one of Men involved in the sport here say camel rac- dragging the attached riding switch through the their expensive racing camels will carry a small ing allows these boys to keep in touch with a rich sand. When they argue, the boys brandish these boy around the club’s track fast enough to win part of their history and culture. sticks like swords. They make toys from trash, them a sterling silver sword, cash or, best of all, a which is strewn among the sand. Some pick up A sprawling neighborhood of white canvas tents Ward resigns car. plastic grocery bags, hold them open and release Please see RACING on 24A These boys are professional camel jockeys. them to the wind — kites without strings. Or turn By Bill Briggs Denver Post Sports Writer Friends of teen victims COLORADO SPRINGS — Lloyd Ward resigned Saturday as head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, end- gather at scene of crash ing a scandal-torn, 16-month reign marked by a staff mutiny and re- lentless criticism from everyone from senators to sponsors. 15-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl By John Ingold At least three of Ward’s lieuten- and a 14-year-old boy — all died Denver Post Staff Writer ants also were asked to step down Saturday by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Ward: Head of at the scene of the crash, on Ken A day after three Chatfield High Caryl Avenue just west of Conti- Campbell, who wants “a clean USOC had been School students died in a devastat- nental Divide Road. It was the sec- slate” at the top of the embattled dogged by six ing car accident, their friends, ond fatal crash involving Chatfield USOC. neighbors and families trudged ethics scandals. students this year. “Lloyd Ward did the right thing,” through a biting wind and snow to Among those killed in Friday’s said Campbell, a Colorado Republi- lay flowers, teddy bears and other accident was 15-year-old Michael can and one of three senators leading a congressional remembrances at the crash site. Heykoop, an avid basketball play- overhaul of the organization. “It seems to me whoev- Some came alone Saturday, hold- er and a ready learner, his family er he brought in on his management team should ing single bouquets of flowers. Oth- said. follow suit.” ers came in groups, in large vans Ward will receive no compensation package, unlike and caravans of cars. “I think the biggest thing about 16 former USOC officials who were paid a total of All came with questions. Michael, he was contagious,” said $4.5 million in severance over the past two years, “They were just the nicest guys,” Heykoop’s sister, Virginia. “He had records show. Ward will get one year of medical bene- 14-year-old Bailey Parker said of a contagious smile, a contagious the two boys who died in the crash. fits and a laptop computer. laugh. When Michael was around The Denver Post / Karl Gehring “And it’s, like, why did this have to and you were having a bad day, Since January, Ward has been dogged by six ethics Students from Deer Creek Middle School gather Saturday at the scene of an happen to them?” Please see DEATHS on 16A Please see USOC on 10A accident on Ken Caryl Avenue that killed three Chatfield High students. The three teenagers — a Call The Post Full index 2B LETTING SAFETY SLIDE BRICKLAYING NBA A BOLD VISION Newsroom: 2A What makes skiers and snow- The struggling Denver Nuggets’ With his dramatic plans for Home delivery: Crossword 2L Lottery 2B boarders risk injury or death in anemic scoring illustrates how far rebuilding the Twin Towers, 303-832-3232 Obituaries 5B Movies 7F avalanche areas? Often, just the offense has plunged in the National architect Daniel Libeskind captured More numbers Horoscope 4L Weather 7B on Page 2K thrill of the ride. 1B Basketball Association. 1C the international spotlight. 8A
  • 3. THE DENVER POST SPECIAL REPORT MONDAY, MAY 5, 2003 SECTION E A regime removed, a promise to keep Associated Press / Laurent Rebours Marine Cpl. Edward Chin of New York drapes a U.S. flag over a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad’s Firdos Square on April 9. The flag was removed before the statue was toppled. After ousting Hussein, the U.S. shapes Iraq’s future under pressure to tread lightly and leave quickly By Michael Booth and Kevin Simpson fear, then it is worth it,” she said. “How can you put a value on that? Is Denver Post Staff Writers that worth one life? Two? A hundred? If my husband had died, it would S addam Alwan Jabar was liberated by American troops just still have been worth it.” in time to help clean up the lawlessness that Saddam Hus- The takeover of Iraq reflected all this: American idealism, worldwide sein’s overthrow created in the streets of Baghdad. wariness, Arab apprehensions. “We want two things,” said Jabar, 55, a garbage man who America’s unmatched military forces put muscle to a bold new policy of was making his rounds voluntarily, with his young sons as preventive warfare, smashing through punchless Iraqi troops, dishearten- assistants, because he could no longer stand the stench from ing many on the streets from Cairo to Tehran and boosting Pentagon the trash piling up in his neighborhood. “We want America advisers who argue the best U.S. defense is a swift, wide-ranging offense. to get back our (everyday) security. And we want a new President Bush removed Hussein from power without the painful mili- government run only by the Iraqi people.” tary morass, domestic terrorist strikes or Middle East uprising predicted Thank you. by many critics. Armed forces transformed by precision air strikes took Now get out. all of Iraq at the cost of far fewer American lives than the 1991 Gulf War. It is a concise, sharply worded conclusion to an American invasion that Bush declared an end to the fighting last week. signaled a revolution in U.S. foreign policy and ousted the Middle East’s Twenty-four million Iraqis appeared grateful for the largely accurate most brutal dictatorship. and lightning-fast use of American force to liberate them but quickly But those who sacrificed to make it so refuse to grow cynical quite that turned sour about chaotic looting and the heavy hand of what some called quickly. an imperial occupation. Sharon Hoffstetter of Colorado Springs has been married to a military Now comes the challenge of Americans finding an attention span long man for 12 years and has been with him for only four. Lt. John Hoffstet- enough to make lasting changes in the Middle East. U.S. aid officials ter, an Army flight surgeon, is lucky to call home from Iraq once a week. started planning the reconstruction of Iraq before their colleagues in the Don’t sully the sacrifices of her husband, or the good intentions of the military had even begun deconstructing it. But the wilting U.S. economy United States, with petty second-guessing, Sharon Hoffstetter said. John demands attention, even as troops continue to search Iraq’s deserts and has missed precious years with his 10-year-old daughter, Ashley, to give palaces for the weapons of mass destruction that Bush used to justify his freedom to 10-year-old girls half a world away. “If a nation of little girls can now be educated and grow up without CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
  • 4. MONDAY The Denver Snow Post Online High 32, low 14 denverpost.com Complete weather, 8B 66 50¢ — May vary outside metro Denver December 15, 2003 ‘WE GOT HIM’ U.S. soldiers pull Saddam Hussein from hole in ground ‘A dark and painful era Tyrant faces interrogation Capture unlikely to end is over,’ Bush tells Iraqis and war-crimes prosecution insurgency, experts caution By John Aloysius Farrell Denver Post Staff Writer U.S. forces hauled Saddam Hussein out of a crude underground hiding place near Tikrit and took him into custody over the weekend, announcing his cap- ture as many Americans awoke early Sunday morning to televised proclama- tions of “We got him.” Widely broadcast video of an unkempt and wild-haired Hussein meekly submit- ting to physical examinations by his cap- tors was expected to boost the spirits of coalition forces, reinforce respect for American power in the region and reas- sure the uncertain Iraqi people, many of whom feared that the dictator might someday return to power. “I have a message for the Iraqi peo- ple,” President Bush said in a televised address at midday Sunday from the White House. “You will not have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again. … In the history of Iraq, a dark and pain- ful era is over.” Some 600 soldiers tracked Hussein to a dirt hole 8 feet deep outside a farm- house near his hometown, capturing the elusive dictator without firing a shot. The 66-year-old former Iraqi leader was taken captive after 8 p.m. Baghdad time on Saturday by members of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, acting on informa- tion gleaned during U.S. questioning of members of a family “close to him,” Army Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno, command- er of the division, said during a briefing. The small compound near the village of Adwar is about 10 miles southeast of Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, generally considered the seat of resistance in the country. The immediate area contained two farmhouses, a farmer’s field, a sheep pen and a hut in the middle where Hussein was hiding. It was close to the Tigris River, and soldiers found boats nearby, Odierno said. The bedroom of the two-room hut con- tained one chair, one bed and “lots of clothes strewn all over the place,” Odier- no said. A rudimentary kitchen had a sink with running water and an area to cook in. The hole where Hussein was found was outside the structure. Odierno said a Styrofoam insert and a rug cov- ered the opening, which were then cov- Associated Press SEE HUSSEIN ON 20A Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is shown on television Sunday after his capture near Tikrit. Hussein was said to be disoriented when U.S. forces found him. Boost for Bush could prove fleeting How they RISE AND FALL HUSSEIN’S RULE Chronicling Saddam Hus- found him: sein’s ruthless rule of Iraq, Several of Bush’s Democratic rivals, As Bush himself found out this year, By John Aloysius Farrell from his rise to power from and Mike Soraghan meanwhile, immediately attacked one of events can turn quickly. In May, the the nation’s Cabinet in their own, front-runner Howard Dean, who Denver Post Staff Writers flight-suited president landed on an aircraft Tip was key opposed the war in Iraq. carrier off the California coast, a prominent 1968 to his unceremonious WASHINGTON — President Bush, who The president, who offered brief, earnest banner declaring “mission accomplished.” played the capture of Saddam Hussein fall this year during a U.S.- remarks Sunday, could let the nonstop tele- Seen as a public relations coup then, it straight and somber Sunday, appeared to led war. 22A vision coverage of the developments in Iraq get a short-term political boost from the increasingly looked boorish and self-promot- By Eric Schmitt speak for him. weekend’s events. ing as the American death toll in Iraq The New York Times REACTION “In talking to the president this morning” But political experts cautioned that climbed. BAGHDAD, Iraq — The hunt for Sadd- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., Bush’s gain could be only temporary. Iraq “Unlike the gloating flyboy” of May, Bush am Hussein had become a maddening JOY AND CAUTION said on “Fox News Sunday,” “he made it still holds dangers for American soldiers acted with restraint this weekend, Demo- challenge. How the world is reacting very clear … that politics has nothing, noth- and foreign policy. And others, not Hus- Eleven times in the past several cratic pollster Peter Hart said. “I think he ing, nothing to do with today … that today sein, threaten the United States with terror- to the capture of Saddam months, members of a brigade combat SEE BUSH ON 23A ism. is a celebration for the Iraqi people.” team from the Army’s 4th Infantry Divi- Hussein — from Baghdad sion thought they had a bead on Hussein to Colorado. 25A, 27A-29A and launched raids to kill or capture Iraqis react with mix of cheers and questions him, only to come up emp- INSURGENCE ty, sometimes missing INSIDE their man by only a mat- WHAT’S AHEAD ter of hours, military offi- Anatomy of By Beth Potter the capture. Former dictator may hold a cials in Baghdad said. Special to The Denver Post But at 8:26 p.m. Iraq 21A valuable key to stemming BAGHDAD, Iraq — Many Iraqis took to the streets time on Saturday, less the tide of opposition to the Sunday after the announcement that U.S. forces had than 10 hours after receiving a decisive Iraq reconstruction. 26A captured Saddam Hussein. tip from a member of his tribal clan, 600 U.S. soldiers and special-operations forc- Bursts of gunfire heralded the news from morning es backed by tanks, artillery and Apache VIOLENCE through the lunch hour as word spread like wildfire. helicopter gunships surrounded two ru- Some children and young people danced. Drivers BOMBING KILLS 17 ral farmhouses and near one of them honked their horns. found Hussein hiding alone at the bottom But most were not out to celebrate. Instead, as Suicide car bombing out- of an 8-foot hole. He surrendered with- evening fell, hundreds of drivers waiting in miles-long side a Baghdad police out a shot. lines to buy gas gathered in small groups to discuss station kills 17; another “He could have been hiding in a hun- the previously unthinkable situation. blast strikes early today in dred different places, a thousand differ- For many, news of the capture was bittersweet. ent places like this all around Iraq. It Baghdad. 30A Because Hussein’s Baath Party ruled with an iron fist just takes finding the right person who for 35 years, it was shocking to hear he had been will give you a good idea where he might hiding in a hole. Some people said they were sur- COMPLETE COVERAGE be,” Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, com- prised he had not committed suicide or come out 20A-30A mander of the 4th Infantry Division, told shooting. reporters at his headquarters in Tikrit “Saddam now seems like a normal person,” said on Sunday. Khalid Issa, 48, a construction foreman. “I’m not sure In recent weeks, U.S. officials had CALL THE DENVER POST how to feel.” started a new analytical effort to draw Newsroom: Others questioned whether the disheveled man they up a list of people likely to be hiding 2B saw on television with the long beard really was Hus- Hussein. The list included bodyguards, Los Angeles Times / Carolyn Cole Home sein. former palace functionaries, tribal lead- Eight-year-old Hiba Ahmen Qusai celebrates with her family Sunday night in delivery: “How long does it take to do a DNA test?” asked ers and others not prominent on previ- front of the Iraqi Communist Party headquarters in Baghdad. Most Iraqis were 303-832-3232 SEE IRAQIS ON 27A more subdued in their reaction to the news of Saddam Hussein’s capture. SEE CAPTURE ON 20A More numbers on Page 2E
  • 5. WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2004 PERFECTLY AGED TONY RANDALL, RANDY JOHNSON OLDEST 84, DIES TO PITCH PERFECT GAME > NATION, 3A > SPORTS, SECTION D Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire | | S DENVERPOST.COM | © THE DENVER POST 50 CENTS may vary outside metro denver | ÁÁA Brutal interrogation in Iraq Five detainees’ Commission prescribes “profound changes” for CU athletics deaths probed Report “VERY TROUBLING” Pentagon records provide pins the clearest view yet of the U.S. tactics used at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere to coax secrets from Iraqis. blame By Miles Moffeit Denver Post Staff Writer Brutal interrogation tech- at top niques by U.S. military person- nel are being investigated in connection with the deaths of at least five Iraqi prisoners in war-zone detention camps, Pen- Tharp, Byyny tagon documents obtained by The Denver Post show. harshly scolded The deaths include the killing in November of a high-level Ira- Leaders from Hoffman on qi general who was shoved into a sleeping bag and suffocated, down are faulted for not according to the Pentagon re- halting the use of sex and port. The documents contradict alcohol to lure recruits. an earlier Defense Department statement that said the general died “of natural causes” during By Jim Hughes an interrogation. Pentagon offi- Denver Post Staff Writer cials declined to comment on the new disclosure. There is “no clear evidence” What the investigative panel said about Hoffman, Byyny, Tharp and Barnett Another Iraqi military officer, University of Colorado officials records show, was asphyxiated endorsed the use of sex and alco- From the Independent Investigative Commission’s report on top officials at the University of Colorado: after being gagged, his hands hol to recruit football players, tied to the top of his cell door. the independent commission in- Betsy Hoffman Richard Byyny Dick Tharp Gary Barnett Another detainee died “while vestigating CU’s football scan- undergoing stress technique in- University president Athletic director Head football coach CU-Boulder chancellor dal has found. terrogation,” involving smother- But university leaders at sev- “Regents … should evalu- “Tharp evaded and ig- “Barnett has been widely “Byyny failed to follow ing and “chest compressions,” eral levels failed to stop players ate whether Hoffman can nored repeated directives praised for being a strong through on his directives according to the documents. assigned as hosts for visiting provide the leadership and to implement policy chang- leader and a firm discipli- Details of the death investiga- to increase controls and su- high school recruits from using tions, involving at least four dif- vision needed to restore es and failed to place appro- narian. He continues, how- pervision of recruits first in “sex, alcohol and drugs … as foot- ferent detention facilities includ- the University’s integrity priate boundaries around ever, to resist some recruit- ball recruiting tools,” the com- 1997 and again in 2001. He ing the Abu Ghraib prison, pro- mission says in its final report. and reputation. As the Uni- the football coach. (He) es- ing changes and demon- allowed the Athletic De- vide the clearest view yet into The report, given to the CU versity’s chief administra- poused a philosophy of strates an unproductive de- partment to operate autono- war-zone interrogation rooms, Board of Regents on Monday tor, Hoffman failed to exer- ‘plausible deniability’ when fensive attitude. He and his mously for years, and con- where intelligence soldiers and and released publicly Tuesday, cise sufficient oversight un- faced with accusations of coaching staff provided in- sequently failed to imple- other personnel have some- sharply criticizes athletic direc- til pressured by the gover- misconduct by student-ath- sufficient supervision of re- times used lethal tactics to try to ment the University’s stat- tor Dick Tharp, CU-Boulder coax secrets from prisoners, in- nor and lawmakers.” letes and employees; isolat- cruits, and he did not fol- ed goal of putting academ- chancellor Richard Byyny, CU cluding choking off detainees’ ed himself from his staff low proper protocols re- president Betsy Hoffman and ics above winning on the Findings: Complete summary of football coach Gary Barnett. and has not given his full at- garding sexual assault and playing field.” > See PRISONERS on 19A the investigation into athletic “The university’s leadership tention to his responsibili- sexual harassment on at recruiting practices at the must be held accountable for ties. …” least two occasions.” Insurgency: Shiite cleric urges University of Colorado. > 20A systemic failings that jeopar- radical militia and U.S. troops to dized students’ safety and al- Panel makes case for national reforms withdraw from holy cities. > 15A lowed for ongoing misconduct in the football recruiting pro- Plan: Iraq “underestimated.” > 17A gram,” the report says. But one regent said he did not Big money and a recruiting the country. who win, making coaches account- Big change: think the case was made for the Investigators Former CU The CU report asserts that inter- able for off-the-field player behavior dismissal of any CU officials. “arms race” are cited as president collegiate athletics is a troubled uni- and possible NCAA sanctions if un- With some exceptions, the re- damaging to college sports. blends verse, driven by a recruiting “arms derage student athletes are caught port mostly certifies previously seek OSHA’s Vanderbilt’s race” and compromised by big mon- drinking alcohol. reported facts and allegations. athletics into By Alicia Caldwell ey. And while it offered little evi- Wally Renfro, senior adviser to It goes on to offer broad recom- help in probe the rest of the dence to buttress those claims, the the NCAA president, discounted the Denver Post Staff Writer mendations for increasing the university. report recommends that the NCAA panel’s recommendations as lacking oversight of athletics and for The panel investigating the Uni- > 20A be encouraged to adopt nationwide relevance to the NCAA’s mission. making officials throughout the of girder fall versity of Colorado’s recruiting prac- reforms. “To some degree, they reflected university more responsive to Woody Paige: tices did more than criticize a cul- Those reforms include the return the lack of understanding of the role allegations of sexual assault and It’s time for CU ture of easy sex and alcohol: It to a rule prohibiting freshmen from sexual harassment. of the NCAA,” Renfro said. “You to clean house By Jeffrey Leib offered a broad blueprint for the playing on varsity squads, eliminat- at the top. > 1D Denver Post Staff Writer > See CU on 21A > See NCAA on 21A retooling of college athletics across ing financial incentives for coaches The team investigating Satur- day’s fatal girder collapse asked Tuesday for additional techni- Catholics vote with wallets cal help from the U.S. Occupa- tional Safety and Health Admin- istration as members continued on bishop’s Communion ban to sort through possible causes of the tragedy. “We’ve been requested by One prominent donor says he will gy abuse scandal. (the National Transportation Kethcart, a central figure in the dio- Safety Board) to give them withhold $100,000, but others cese’s Douglas County fundraising, is some technical assistance in the double their contributions. threatening to revoke a $100,000 pledge to investigation,” said John Healy, his Highlands Ranch parish’s building OSHA area director in the agen- By Eric Gorski project and is enlisting others to take simi- cy’s Englewood office. Denver Post Staff Writer lar steps. A local OSHA representative “We don’t penalize people for standing joined accident task force mem- A prominent donor to the Colorado back and letting other people seriously bers in Tuesday’s meetings, and Springs Roman Catholic Diocese is lead- make their own judgments on moral is- an engineering specialist from ing a charge to revoke large gifts to the dio- sues as long as they properly consider all OSHA’s Washington, D.C., cese unless the bishop reverses his Com- elements,” said Kethcart, a longtime sup- headquarters will arrive in Den- munion clampdown on Catholic voters. porter of Colorado Democrats. He shared ver later this week to help with In a scathing “open letter” to Bishop the letter with other prominent lay Catho- the investigation, Healy said. Michael Sheridan, Parker lawyer and busi- lics and some clergy. Today, investigators were ex- John Leyba The Denver Post nessman Ric Kethcart says Sheridan’s Peter Howard, Sheridan’s executive as- pected to begin in-depth inter- Ric Kethcart leads efforts to revoke big gifts to the Colorado Springs dio- stance hearkens back to McCarthyism > See CATHOLICS on 10A > See GIRDER on 19A and threatens his flock more than the cler- cese after its bishop linked Communion access to voting decisions. Dry and sunny: Mild state- Annie’s Mailbox ...8F Crossword ........10F Market Basket .....2F Obituaries .....9-10C People .................2F 84˚ 50˚ How to reach us: wide with thunderstorms Classified .....1-28G Editorials ...........6B Markets ..........6-8C Opinion ...........6-7B Sports ..........1-12D Switchboard: 303-820-1010 HIGH LOW in the mountains. > 8B Comics ..........9-10F Inside Colorado ...5B Movies ...............7F Outdoors ..........12D Television ..........11F Directory on page 8B
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The others held her down, pulled up her sweater and burned her with a cigarette. Then they told the terrified 10th-grader that they knew where she lived and when she would be alone. Monica never returned to Aurora Central High School. “They burned me on my hand Sgt. Erik Houghton, left, examines the engine of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle that broke down with an oil leak. Up to 5,200 Fort Carson-based and on my stomach,” she said, leaving scars troops in the 3rd Armored Cavalry are on their second Iraq tour; they say their work is difficult and dangerous, but it beats sitting around. she can still see. “I was kind of scared to even walk outside.” Aurora police considered the attack on Mon- 3RD ARMORED Story by Bruce Finley, Denver Post Staff Writer | Photos by Craig F. Walker, Denver Post Staff Photographer ica an aggravated assault. But in its yearly re- CAVALRY REGIMENT port to parents, Aurora Central said there BY THE NUMBERS South of Baghdad, Iraq ing engine repair, to sitting behind were no assaults or fights during the 2003-04 TURKEY H ot gravel crunching be- sandbags on their rickety green cots. school year. neath their boots, Pfc. “I just want to get it through Parents got the same report from every oth- Nicholas Sauceda and sev- with,” said Sauceda, 21, of Phoenix. SYRIA IRAQ er high school in Aurora: There were no as- IRAN en fellow soldiers gath- “And the busier we are, the faster it saults or fights last year. ered around the broken en- goes by.” Colorado requires that schools provide to gine of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle on JORDAN With the possibility of running Baghdad all parents a yearly report — called a School Thursday afternoon. They ran their fin- across improvised explosive devic- Accountability Report — that is supposed to gers over the metal searching for an oil es, or IEDs, never far from their SAUDI ARABIA 5,200 leak. minds, and with occasional bursts > See ASSAULTS on 6A KUWAIT Their eyelids hung heavy after a of small-arms fire and mortar thuds troops nighttime mission that had them in the distance, some of the troops 5.5% grinding along roads in gun-mounted Humvees outside have modest goals for this tour in Iraq. their camp here, in an area military commanders say has Spec. Arturo Lopez, 20, of Mission, Texas, said: “Just Move “drives are women experienced increased attacks on U.S. troops by insur- hope I don’t get blown up.” gents — up to 72 a day. Here for about a month, Sauceda has already written 60% Sauceda and crew are among up to 5,200 Colorado- five letters, used up eight 550-minute phone cards, and have been in Iraq before stake into” based troops in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment start- mailed a Kuwaiti blanket and ring to his fiancée, Megan ing their second stint in Iraq. As they gathered around the Blanton, 19, a first-year student at the University of Colo- 400 Bradley, they could have been catching up on sleep, but rado at Boulder. had three-week courses the soldiers — scouts trained for a variety of duties, in- “It’s not like we don’t want to think about home,” Sauce- Qwest’s heart in Arabic to help them cluding providing security for regimental commander communicate with Iraqis > See IRAQ on 10A Col. H.R. McMaster — prefer just about anything, includ- Verizon buys out MCI’s leading John Paul’s legacy takes shareholder in a quick counterstrike. Qwest refuses to concede defeat. priority, cardinal says By Ross Wehner Denver Post Staff Writer Verizon slammed Qwest with a surprise roll of Elvis Presley” from his expe- Denver’s archbishop-turned- punch Saturday, buying out MCI’s largest rience as bishop in Memphis. shareholder, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, cardinal James Stafford says And he will carry with him Butter- for $1.1 billion. age and nationality are fly Hill in Cherry Creek State Park The move was a quick counteroffensive to secondary in choosing a pope. outside Denver, the site of the Qwest’s announcement Friday that sharehold- World Youth Day Mass celebrated ers holding a majority of MCI stock preferred Toby Melville The Associated Press By Eric Gorski by Pope John Paul II in 1993 and its bid for MCI over Verizon’s. Stafford’s crowning achievement Denver Post Staff Writer “This drives a stake into the heart of Qwest,” Britain’s Prince Charles and his new wife, Duchess Cam- in his 10 years as Denver archbish- said Pat Comack, an analyst with Zachary In- illa, leave St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Rome — Cardinal James Francis op. vestment Research in Miami. “Verizon wants Stafford will carry much with him In a two-hour interview with The this war to stop now, and they are willing to Prince Charles’ mistress becomes eight days from now when he and Denver Post at his Vatican resi- pay for it.” his colleagues file into the Sistine dence Friday night, Stafford said he Some of MCI’s largest shareholders who sup- his wife in simple civil ceremony Chapel and begin secret delibera- feels the weight of expectations of ported Qwest on Friday are now on the fence. tions to choose the next pope of the the world’s Catholics as he pre- “I would have to seriously consider Veri- Roman Catholic Church. pares for the historic task before zon’s offer,” said Bruce Berkowitz, whose He will carry the memory of an him and 114 other cardinal electors. By Glenn Frankel waving Union Jacks, lined the Fairholme Capital Management controls 3.4 elderly black woman from the Balti- “We need to know the people of street and cheered as the couple ar- The Washington Post percent of MCI. “We’re in an auction, and the more projects whom he met during the church are praying for us,” rived and again when they came next move is Qwest’s.” his time as archbishop there. Each Stafford said. “And knowing that, out of the hall’s double red doors at Windsor, England — Prince Denver-based Qwest isn’t conceding defeat. morning she would wake to the we experience the church as a de- about 12:50 p.m. (5:50 a.m. MDT). Charles married his longtime lover, Sources close to the company said that it sound of a rooster crowing in a mocracy. Hundreds and hundreds Camilla Parker Bowles, on Satur- However, a smattering of boos may file a proxy statement for a hostile take- neighbor’s yard, and she would of people in the last week have indi- day in a relatively simple civil cere- was heard, too. over early this week and that Qwest has the pray. The cardinal calls the woman cated, ‘We’re praying for you.’ That mony at the 17th-century Guildhall The wedding came more than cash, financial backing and willpower to in- one of the great human beings he gives me a sense of further responsi- here, surrounded by about 30 close seven years after the death of crease its offer to $9.75 billion, or $30 a share. has met and “a pillar for my life.” relatives and friends. > See STAFFORD on 4A > See WEDDING on 11A > See QWEST on 10A He says he will carry “the rock ’n’ Thousands of spectators, many Back to winter: Cold, with 38˚ 27˚ Books ........11-14F Crosswords .....17F Lottery .............7C Obituaries .30-31A Real Estate .......4K How to reach us: up to a foot of snow in the Classified ....1-38G Editorials ..........6E Market Monitor 10K Paper Trails .......3T Science ...........26A Switchboard: 303-820-1010 metro area. > 7C HIGH LOW Consejos ............8L John Farrell .....25A Movies ...............4F People ................2F Your Money ....11K Directory on Page 7C
  • 7. 10A The Denver Post g Sunday, April 10, 2005 FROM THE FRONT QWEST: Verizon’s stock buy bolsters its MCI bid < CONTINUED FROM 1A Qwest said it will continue fighting for MCI, which has more than $5 billion in cash, a na- tional fiber-optic network and a lucrative roster of government and corporate clients. The battle for MCI has gone back and forth since early Feb- ruary, with Qwest bidding as high as $8.9 billion. But last week, Ashburn, Va.-based MCI spurned a higher Qwest offer for a third time, saying it would merge with industry giant Veri- zon for $7.5 billion. Verizon, by taking over Slim’s 13.4 percent stake, becomes MCI’s largest shareholder and removes the biggest wild card in the bidding war for MCI. Verizon chief executive Ivan Pvt. 2 Martin Gaymon, center, helps prepare a Humvee for a mission. Troops from Fort Carson are in the midst of their second deployment to Iraq. Seidenberg hinted at the possi- bility of offering more money to MCI shareholders in a state- IRAQ: GIs work, wait, worry in second stint ment Saturday. “While this was an opportuni- ty for us to purchase a block of shares under unique circum- chanics. “Take them this hose. They can < CONTINUED FROM 1A DISPATCHES FROM IRAQ stances and is an important step make a new one.” forward in our acquisition of An occasional series da said. “But it makes the time pass hard- “Crescent wrench,” said Staff Sgt. Jeff MCI, we will continue to assess er when you’re always thinking about Marjerrison, 28, of Widefield, south of the situation as we move to- home.” Colorado Springs, moving to discon- ward a vote by the MCI share- So they worked. It was hot. They wore nect it from the engine. holders,” he said. T-shirts, no flak vests, as they picked Marjerrison and Monson muscled If Verizon buys more stock, it over the Bradley’s engine. About half- bolts loose, then sliced open an empty could trigger MCI’s “poison pill” way between northern Kuwait and drinking water bottle and caught more provision, which releases a flood Baghdad, the vehicle broke down at black oil. of new stock whenever any sin- night. At dawn, Pfc. Reed Monson, 20, of The aviation mechanics couldn’t gle stockholder acquires more Boise, Idaho, noticed a shiny black pool make a new hose right away. That than 15 percent of the company. beneath it and, when he checked the oil meant one less Bradley Fighting Vehi- The provision, however, can be level, found the engine was dry. A truck cle for now. The 3rd Armored Cavalry voted down by MCI’s board. hauled the Bradley into camp here. has about 125 Bradleys, along with 120 or New York-based Verizon’s Now Capt. David Rozelle, 32, the com- so main battle tanks and more than 40 $7.5 billion merger agreement Denver Post photographer Craig F. pany commander, wanted it fixed. Ro- helicopters. with MCI comes to $23.10 per Walker and reporter Bruce Finley ar- zelle stood in the shade of a shipping Meanwhile, the troops turned to gear- MCI share in stock and cash. rived in Iraq last week to report on container, watching. He lost his lower ing up Humvees for another convoy That is less than the $25.72 in the men and women of the Fort Car- right leg when a Humvee he was riding through a hot zone known as “the mix- cash per share being paid to son-based 3rd Armored Cavalry Reg- in set off a land mine his first time in ing bowl.” Slim, who had criticized Veri- iment as they begin their second de- Iraq, in June 2003 in the western Anbar Gunner Pvt. 2 Martin Gaymon, 19, of zon’s bid as insufficient. The ployment to Iraq. province. Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomed the upcoming deal also allows Slim to benefit The troops of the 3rd ACR trained After a few months back at Fort Car- mission even as he reread a prayer card. if Verizon’s share price rises at Fort Carson; some are Coloradans. son with his wife and toddler, Rozelle He’d be out front on this one. above $35.52. Finley and Walker will bring their became the first amputee to return for a “As long as you are doing something, Qwest’s $8.9 billion offer Iraq experiences and individual sto- Sgt. Jeff Marjerrison of Widefield second tour in Iraq. When his war is you feel like, the reason you are out amounts to $27.50 per share in ries to readers, starting today. rests against a Bradley Fighting over, he’s slated to go to work at Walter here, it’s worth it,” he said as they head- cash and stock. Reed Army Medical Center in Washing- ed out Friday morning. “I’d rather be Vehicle that needs engine work. In a statement, Qwest criti- Bruce Finley, 43, international af- ton, D.C. out on a convoy.” cized Verizon for creating “two fairs writer for The Post, has report- zelle. That’s the future. Today, he needs his Sauceda would be driving a hardened classes of shareholders,” those ed from 30 countries and has made Rozelle: “That’s easy!” soldiers to find the leak. Humvee behind him. getting $23.10 a share and Slim. three trips to Iraq. He filed dispatch- Houghton: “Can you find me one, Sgt. Erik Houghton, 34, of Massillon, “I just want to get it done,” he said. It affirmed its position that its es from seven Arab countries after sir?” Ohio, spotted the tear. “In the hose, sir, “Get back in here with everybody bid remains superior. the Sept. 11 attacks, and has reported Rozelle sent him to base aviation me- to the oil filter,” Houghton called to Ro- alive.” Qwest continues its cam- from the Pakistan-Afghanistan bor- paign to raise $2 billion in cash derlands, Uzbekistan and Turkey. from large investors, which Finley grew up in Colorado Springs could be pumped into a sweet- and began his career with The Associ- ened bid for MCI. Denver finan- ated Press in Denver. He and his wife, cier Philip Anschutz, who con- Claire Martin, also a writer at The trols 16.5 percent of Qwest, said Post, have two children. Thursday through a spokesman that he will not participate. As a photographer for The Post, Verizon also will file proxy pa- Craig F. Walker has covered some of pers this week for a special MCI the most critical events following shareholder meeting in late the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He June or July to approve its merg- chronicled the attacks’ aftermath in er with MCI. New York City, the war in Afghani- But after the Slim deal, ex- stan, the inauguration of Afghan perts say Verizon will have to President Hamid Karzai and the de- make a similar offer to the hedge ployment of American troops in Ku- funds and sophisticated Wall wait. His photograph of a child rac- Street investors that control an ing camels in the Kuwaiti desert was estimated 70 percent of MCI. awarded first place last year by the “The Slim deal buys them (Ve- National Press Photographers Asso- rizon) a lot of ire from the share- ciation. holder community,” said Tim Before coming to The Post, Walk- Gilbert, an analyst with Princi- er worked as a photographer for the pal Global Investors of Des Pittsfield, Mass., Berkshire Eagle, Moines, Iowa. where he chronicled the final six Berkowitz said Verizon’s per- months in the life of a woman with share offer to Slim and Qwest’s AIDS. He began his career at the per-share offer are roughly Marlborough Enterprise in Marlbor- equivalent, because Slim’s deal ough, Mass. Among his honors, a allows him to benefit if Veri- portfolio of his work was awarded a zon’s share price rises. first-place National Headliners The deal with Slim also re- Award in 2002. flects how much Verizon needs Walker, 38, grew up in York, Pa. He MCI to compete with an aggres- is married to MaryBeth and has a Pfc. Nicholas Sauceda, 21, of Phoenix secures his helmet before leaving on a mission outside Camp Striker south of sive SBC Communications, 19-year-old stepson. Baghdad. Troops on their second deployment to Iraq prefer to stay occupied: “The busier we are, the faster it goes by.” which is gaining regulatory ap- proval for its $16 billion merger Iraqis mark Hussein’s fall in ’03 with call for U.S. pullout with AT&T. “MCI is a valuable asset,” Berkowitz said. “You could give Verizon $10 billion and five cently begun to participate in democrat- from American-controlled prisons. homes of their allies in Sadr City, the im- In a peaceful protest in Baghdad, years, and I don’t think they ic politics. Banners held aloft during the march poverished district that is named for could re-create the enterprise housands of followers of a rebel The demonstrators gathered at Fir- also called for a rapid trial for Hussein al-Sadr’s father and that forms the heart (corporate and government) hiite cleric demand a timetable dos Square in central Baghdad, where and the elevation of Islam as the official of his support. business that MCI has now.” for the withdrawal of U.S. forces. American troops and Iraqis pulled religion of Iraq. Last year, al-Sadr’s armed followers, Verizon has the resources to down a huge statue of Hussein on April Demonstrators held up large photo- called the Mahdi Army, were routed by win a bidding war, with $4.5 bil- By Dexter Filkins 9, 2003, in a moment that defined the graphs of Hussein that were taken after American forces after they rose up in lion in cash and revenues of $71 fall of Baghdad. his capture, showing the former dicta- cities across the south. The New York Times billion. Despite the symbolism of the day, the tor looking shaggy and old. The march- The mauling of his army is believed to Qwest, the smallest of the re- Baghdad, Iraq — Tens of thousands rest of Baghdad was mostly quiet. The ers also burned large photos of Presi- be one of the chief factors behind gional Bell operating compa- of Iraqis marked the second anniversa- demonstration was peaceful, and far dent Bush and Prime Minister Tony al-Sadr’s entry into the political main- nies, has $1.8 billion in cash and ry of the fall of President Saddam Hus- smaller than the 1 million people Blair of Britain. stream. revenues of $14 billion. It’s also sein on Saturday by marching in the cap- al-Sadr’s aides had predicted would “We are asking that the occupier On Saturday, insurgent sympathizers saddled with $17 billion in debt. ital to demand the withdrawal of Ameri- turn out. leave our country,” said Amer Shihab, a passed out leaflets at mosques in Mosul, can forces. Representatives of the Association of university student who had come from the Sunni-majority city, threatening Staff writer Ross Wehner can Meanwhile, one of the most lethal in- Muslim Scholars, a leading Sunni group Kut in southern Iraq. “Iraq now has Sunnis if they join the police and armed be reached at 303-820-1503 or surgent groups threatened Iraqis if they that has expressed sympathy for the enough competent forces to maintain forces. rwehner@denverpost.com. join the country’s army and police guerrilla insurgency, said its followers security by itself.” The leaflets were labeled “al-Qaeda force. had taken part in the march. The demonstration illustrated the of Mesopotamia,” the group led by Abu The battle for MCI: Before Most of the protesters were followers The marchers echoed the demands by ability of al-Sadr to mobilize his follow- Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian mili- Verizon’s stock purchase, Qwest of Muqtada al-Sadr, the rebel Shiite cler- al-Sadr and the Sunni clerics: a timeta- ers peacefully, with thousands of dem- tant who has pledged support to al-Qae- touted a survey showing that the ic who has led several armed uprisings ble for the withdrawal of American forc- onstrators traveling by bus from south- da and is believed responsible for the holders of a majority of MCI stock against American forces but who has re- es and the release of Iraqi detainees ern cities and staying overnight in the deaths of hundreds of Iraqi civilians. preferred its bid. > Business, 14K
  • 8. SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2005 DARK HORSE THE ROCKS ROCK Legendary venue draws 500,000 50-1 longshot Giacomo surges at the wire in the “offseason” > Business, 1K for second-largest payoff in Derby history > 1B Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire & | | ** S DENVERPOST.COM © THE DENVER POST 8 DENVERPOST.COM | © THE DENVER POST $1.00 MAY VARY OUTSIDE denver $1.00 may vary outside metro METRO | ÁÁ DENVER DISPATCHES FROM IRAQ | On the ground with the Fort Carson-based 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment CIA has Progress, one raid at a time eye on Federal Center Beauprez IDs site for division’s move Intelligence experts say the agency’s domestic unit may be headed for the Denver area to be more centrally located and to spread out operations. By Mike Soraghan, John Aloysius Farrell and Alicia Caldwell Denver Post Staff Writers Washington — The CIA plans to move its domestic operations division to Colorado and is eyeing the Denver Federal Center, U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez told The Denver Post. Beauprez, a Republican from Arvada, said he learned within the past two weeks that CIA officials plan to move a chunk of their Wash- Up to his chin in cover, Sgt. Yassar Alem Khashan al-Bedri, of the Iraqi Intervention Force, signals his position in a field south of ington operations to Denver and are looking Baghdad. Iraqi troops are taking ever-increasing roles in raids on insurgents. “They can get intelligence we can’t,” a U.S. soldier said. at the Federal Center, which is on West Sixth Avenue surrounded by Lakewood. Sweeps near Baghdad put dent in insurgency, with Iraqi troops’ help “The CIA is looking to increase staffing and mission (in Colorado),” Beauprez said in an in- terview with The Post on Friday. He said he wasn’t told how many people By Bruce Finley, Denver Post Staff Writer Photos by Craig F. Walker, Denver Post Staff Photographer would be involved, but “I got that it’s a signifi- Ar Ridwaniyah, Iraq cant responsibility and a significant number of O n a recent morning here south of Baghdad, insur- jobs.” gents detonated a remote-controlled bomb. It The Washington Post reported Friday that blew a crater in a hard-packed rural road sec- the intelligence agency was eyeing Denver. A onds before a U.S. armored vehicle passed. CIA spokeswoman, who refused to provide “We’re Within hours, Iraqi troops backed by the Colorado- her name, declined to comment. genuinely based 3rd Armored Cavalry stormed into a farm com- “That story we are not commenting on,” she pound half a mile away. They’d planned to hit it the said. “I can understand your interest.” trying to night before, when Iraqi Lt. Col. Jassim Abbas received The unit, officially called the National Re- a tip from a vegetable-warehouse caretaker that this sources Division, consults with academics let the Iraqis was where killers hung out. and debriefs American business travelers who Now U.S. Capt. Andy Watson was inside the home, go abroad. It also collects intelligence on for- take over. looking over items found around the farm. A bundle of eign nationals in the United States and re- It’ll help us batteries wrapped in black tape with wires sticking out. cruits them to work for the CIA when they re- Switches and plugs disconnected from appliances. Cell- in the long phone chargers and boxes, minus the phones. Bullets > See CIA on 20A Iraqi army Sgt. 1st Class Salah Saluka questions 25- swept under plush rugs. A pencil sketch showing main run, because year-old detainee Rahman Hamzi Mohammed. U.S. military routes through Iraq. Downloaded propa- ganda printouts urging Iraqis to join the Islamic Army we are the T-REX pact and “do anything you can to resist the Americans.” gleaned by the Iraqis, he added. Watson and 1st Lt. Carlos Montalvan, liaisons work- Now they needed the triggerman who set off the ‘infidel.’ ” ing with the Iraqi troops, smiled. bomb that blew that morning. “This guy makes bombs,” Montalvan said. Three women sat silently in their kitchen as a dozen Capt. a drive down Nodding, Watson spoke into his radio headset to or so U.S. and Iraqi soldiers combed their home. A blue Michael Davis Capt. Michael Davis in a Humvee outside, coordinating flame burned beneath a pot on the stove. this raid with others. wrong lane > See IRAQ on 6A “Definitely a good hit,” Watson said. “Good info” Those involved cite good intentions, “How can people be so desperate to avoid paying 75 cents?” Feds: Haste but a deal steering work to a minority firm was found to be a “pass-through.” made waste in By David Migoya U.S. security Denver Post Staff Writer The main T-REX builder asked concrete gi- By Eric Lipton ant Aggregate Industries to share its work with a minority-owned company in order to The New York Times satisfy a large chunk of the $1.7 billion project’s Washington — After spend- hiring goals. ing more than $4.5 billion on David Armendariz saw it as a shot at the con- Photos courtesy of the E-470 Public Highway Authority screening devices to monitor struction-industry big time for his tiny Delta Cameras snap photos when E-470 tolls aren’t paid. Often, license plates are deliberately obscured. the nation’s ports, borders, air- company. ports, mail and air, the federal But the three-year partnership of Aggregate Toll-evaders on E-470 stop at nothing government plans to replace or and Armendariz — one that both sides say was alter much of the anti-terrorism born of good intentions — is dissolving amid equipment, after concluding allegations it became a sham. that it is ineffective, unreliable A government audit determined that the $39 or too expensive to operate. By Jeremy Meyer placed mud over the license plate ap- Officials estimate that 300 to 500 million arrangement between Aggregate and Ar- Many of the monitoring tools pears in six photos taken on separate times a month, people tamper with mendariz was really a “pass-through” in which Denver Post Staff Writer — intended to detect guns, ex- days. But the cameras also catch a their license plates to obscure them Armendariz’s two-employee company served Aurora — A man dangles off a plosives, and nuclear and bio- business name and phone number — which has been illegal since 2004. as a Latino-owned front that padded the logical weapons — were bought car’s trunk, shielding the license printed on the truck, giving authori- The evidence is in photos that show project’s state-mandated minority-hiring goals. during the blitz in security plate from a camera at an E-470 toll ties an easy opportunity to catch the plates hidden with cardboard, mud For a time, the setup allowed T-REX prime spending after the attacks of booth. culprit. or plastic covers. contractor Southeast Corridor Constructors to Sept. 11, 2001. In another photo of scofflaws, a Officials at the E-470 Public High- Jo Snell, spokeswoman for the au- count the money Armendariz was paid toward In its effort to create a virtual person holds what appears to be a way Authority have seen it all and thority, keeps copies of the strangest the project’s $177 million goal in contracts for mi- shield around America, the De- child out of an SUV’s rear window heard it all from people trying to get photos taken by the cameras. nority- and women-owned businesses, known to block the plate from the camera. around paying tolls on the 47-mile > See SECURITY on 20A > See E-470 on 17A > See T-REX on 17A And a truck with strategically highway east of Denver. 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  • 9. gg The Denver Post 25A Sunday, May 22, 2005 SECOND A SECTION Catholics flexing DISPATCHES FROM IRAQ | On the ground with the Fort Carson-based 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment muscles in D.C. Sharing the risks Washington E vangelical Catholicism has arrived as a new and politically potent voice here in the nation’s capital. On Friday, in just its second year of existence, the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast lured President Bush to downtown’s biggest hotel ballroom. THE NATION Two U.S. senators, 11 repre- John Aloysius Farrell, Denver Post sentatives, White House politi- Washington Bureau Chief cal adviser Karl Rove and some 1,600 others braved a down- pour of near-biblical proportion their beliefs into law. for early morning Mass and pan- After all, “all law is the impo- cakes. sition of somebody’s beliefs on The keynote address was giv- somebody else,” he said. en by one of the movement’s he- Cella’s group is nonpartisan roes, the archbishop of Denver, but leans Republican. On a day the Rev. Charles J. Chaput. when the headlines announced They love the guy. new advances in stem-cell tech- “Someday: Chaput for pope!” nology and the Senate was in said Austin Ruse, the master of knots over judicial nominations ceremonies, after the archbish- and abortion, there were contin- op had spoken. ual references, from Bush and They love Bush too. He was other speakers, to the “culture greeted by an exceptionally of life.” Later that morning, warm and lasting ovation. If he Bush would threaten to veto leg- had not done so well with such islation to expand federally conservative and moderate funded embryonic stem-cell re- Catholics in last fall’s campaign, search. the president might not be presi- Give Cella credit. He re- dent. served as much time on the pro- Joseph Cella, the founder of gram for Sister Margaret Mary, the breakfast, says he and other of the Little Sisters of the Poor, evangelical Catholics take their as he did for the archbishop of Army Col. H.R. McMaster, center, commander of the Colorado-based 3rd Armored Cavalry, leads a platoon on a re- inspiration from John Paul the Denver or the president of the connaissance mission south of Baghdad. Soldiers say it means the world when a commander joins them in the field. Great, as the late pope is now United States. known, who called for “a New The holy sisters devote their Commander eschews safety of base camp to join his troops Evangelization … in ardor, meth- lives to caring for impoverished ods and expression.” senior citizens and conducting Catholics spent America’s other acts of Christian charity By Bruce Finley, Denver Post Staff Writer Photos by Craig F. Walker, Denver Post Staff Photographer first two centuries trying to “be in near anonymity in Denver accepted,” Chaput said. But and 29 other American cities. Tigris Valley, Iraq a crash survivor. A few days before that, insur- now it is time for Catholics to I’ve come to believe that F lying 150 feet above the jade waters of the Ti- gents attacked a Humvee ground convoy carry- examine “the cost of fitting in.” Christians can be divided, no gris River in an open Black Hawk helicopter ing McMaster by detonating a remote-controlled “Since the 1960s, many Ameri- matter their denomination, into recently, U.S. Army Col. H.R. McMaster bomb. The blast killed gunner Pfc. Joseph Knott, can Catholics have been acting two camps. There’s the Sermon looked out and studied riverside villas with satel- atop a Humvee in front of McMaster, and critical- like we’re lucky just to be toler- on the Mount Christians, who lite dishes on top. ly wounded Command Sgt. Maj. John Caldwell. ated … in other words, we’d bet- aspire to be blessed as merciful Displaced honchos from the Saddam Hussein McMaster directed counterfire and radioed for “The way you ter not be too Catholic or some- seekers of justice and peace, era live here. And as commander of the Colo- air support and medevac. body will be offended,” Chaput and the Ten Commandment rado-based 3rd Armored Cavalry, McMaster was “There is some risk” in leaving base camps, Mc- win this is by said. Christians, who place more em- headed to check on some 150 ground troops he Master said now as the Black Hawk swooped helping the “That’s a mistake,” he said. “If phasis on obeying the “Thou had sent to work with Iraqi troops sweeping south. we don’t conform our lives to Shalt Nots.” through the area. But he and other commanders speak confident- Iraqis what we claim to believe, then For the former, the sisters are Soldiers say it means the world when a com- ly about U.S. operations around Iraq. “We can we’re living a lie.” like rock stars. Chaput is known mander joins them in the field, rolling down the see the way ahead, we can see it clear as a bell,” win it.” Once Catholics have con- as a social conservative, but he same risky roads, quizzing Iraqis frustrated and McMaster said. Commanders are convinced that formed, Chaput said, they are ambivalent as the war rages on. by working patiently with Iraqi soldiers to win “a morally bound to try to turn A few days before, insurgents had shot down a > See FARRELL on 28A > See COMMANDER on 30A helicopter north of Baghdad and then butchered Col. H.R. McMaster COLORADO VOTES IN CONGRESS > 30A