Alleged Terrorist May Get Tribunal

"You're going to see specific reporting about aircraft as weapons and what the intelligence community had on aircraft as weapons prior to 9/11," the congressional source said referring to information that will be revealed on Wednesday at the first open hearing of the joint congressional inquiry.


Report: Cantor Fitzgerald Says Terror Victims Fund Is Unfair

N E W Y O R K, Sept. 17 — Cantor Fitzgerald, the firm that lost two-thirds of its employees in the World Trade Center attack, has concluded that the federal compensation fund for the terror victims is unfair and violates several laws, according to a published report.

The bond broker, which lost 658 of the 1,050 people employed at its headquarters on Sept. 11, 2001, is expected to submit a report to the federal government this week, The New York Times reported today.

The report contains numerous objections to the way the payments are being calculated, and claims that the fund has placed an artificial cap on awards to highly paid employees like those at Cantor, the Times said.

It argues that capping payments violates the legislation that created the fund, which was part of the airline bailout bill passed by Congress after the terrorist attacks.

The report also argues that basing lost income on after-tax projections is illegal under New York State law, and that presumed payments of $250,000 for pain and suffering are "woefully inadequate," the Times said.

When reached by the Times, Kenneth Feinberg, the fund's special master, said he had not seen the report and could not comment on it.

"I look forward with great interest to receiving it," he told the Times. "I will review it with great care, because anything that will help me in the difficult task of computing awards in individual cases, I welcome." Still, Feinberg reiterated his previous statements that "there will be no change in the final rules and regulations."

The fund's awards are based on a formula that includes earning potential and a non-economic payout for pain and suffering of $250,000. Another $100,000 is added for a spouse or each dependent child, and life insurance and workers compensation payments are deducted.

Families who chose to participate in the fund must relinquish the right to sue the airlines and other entities.

Cantor Fitzgerald's formula for calculating awards for its relief fund uses gross income and higher estimates of future earnings than those used by the government, the Times said.

—The Associated Press

Pakistani Accused of Threatening to Kill Bush Mistakenly Freed

W A S H I N G T O N, Sept. 17 — Jailers mistakenly freed a student from Pakistan who threatened to kill President Bush a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a published report.

The student, Khushal Khan, and three other inmates were mistakenly freed last month, but Khan and one of the others later turned themselves in, The Washington Post reported in today's editions.

The District of Columbia jail was supposed to take Khan to federal authorities for a deportation hearing, the newspaper said.

Khan was on a student visa, studying for a master's degree in engineering at George Washington University, when he allegedly wrote a threatening e-mail to Bush.

The jail records office has been blamed in the mistaken release of at least nine inmates this year, including the four last month.

Khan and another of the inmates turned themselves in after they were discharged between Aug. 19 and Aug. 25, the Post said. One other who was serving six months for domestic abuse was apprehended. The fourth, wanted for violating her release after a drug conviction, remains at large.

—The Associated Press

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