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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Bush: Eavesdropping saved American lives WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing angry criticism and challenges to his authority in Congress, President Bush on Saturday unapologetically defended his administration’s right to conduct secret post-Sept. 11 spying in the j United States as “critical to saving American lives.” Bush said congressional leaders had been briefed on the operation more than a dozen times. That included Democrats as well as Republicans in die House and Senate, a GOP lawmaker said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Caiif., said she had been told on several occasions that Bush had authorized unspecified activities by the National Security Agency, the nation’s largest spy agency. She said she had expressed strong concerns at the time, and that Bush’s statement Saturday “raises serious questions as to what the activities were and whether the activities were lawful.” Often appearing angry in an eight-minute address, the president made clear he has no intention of halting his authorizations of the monitoring activities and said public disclosure of the program by the news media had endangered Americans. Bush’s willingness to publicly acknowledge a highly classified spying program was a stunning development for a president known to dislike disclosure of even the most mundane inner workings of his White House. Just a day earlier he had refused to I talk about it. Since October 2001, the supersecret National Security Agency has eavesdropped on the international phone calls and e-mails of people inside the United States without court-approved warrants. Bush said | steps like these would help fight terrorists like those who involved in the Sept ll plot.From staff, wire reports LOCALNEW BRAUNFELS CRISIS CENTER COLLECTING USED CELL PHONES - The Crisis Center of Comal County is collecting used cell phones to loan to victims of domestic violence to use for 911 purposes when they are in danger. Those interesting in donating an old cell phone are asked to drop it off at the center or at one of the partnering cell phone merchants in town. Those merchants are Kraft Mobiltel, Communication Source, Lone Star Wireless, Cingular and One Call Communication. For more information, call 830-620-7520 or 1-800-434-8013. TEXASFORT WORTH DNA LINKS CONVICT TO 1995 SLAYING - A DNA database has linked a convicted felon currently charged in the 1986 rape and strangulation of an 11-year-old girl to the 1995 slaying of a woman at a park. Fort Worth police this week obtained an arrest warrant for Juan Mesa Segundo, 42, in connection with the sexual assault and strangulation of 32-year-old Maria Reyna Navarro. The body of the mother of three was found June 17,1995. Cold case Detective Manny Reyes said a DNA profile extracted from semen taken from Navarro’s body matched Segundo. Segundo remained in Tarrant County Jail on Saturday, where he has been held since April on $300,000 bail awaiting trial for the August 1986 slaying of Vanessa Villa. He was arrested this spring and charged with capital murder for that crime after the same database linked his DNA profile to evidence taken from the girl’s body. Reyes said police are re-examining the slayings of four other women between the years of 1986 and 1995 for possible links to Segundo. NATIONWASHINGTON MAJORITY OF AMERICANS OPPOSE LEAVING IRAQ IMMEDIATELY - A solid majority of Americans oppose immediately pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, citing as a main reason the desire to finish the job of stabilizing the country, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Some 57 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. military should stay until Iraq is stabilized, while 36 percent favor an immediate troop withdrawal. A year ago, 71 percent of respondents favored keeping troops in Iraq until it was stabilized. In an effort to build public support for his Iraq policy, President Bush planned an Oval Office address for Sunday night to discuss the U.S. mission and what lies ahead in 2006. The speech will be his first from the Oval Office since March 2003 when he announced the invasion of Iraq. In the past two weeks, the president has given four speeches on Iraq. In the poll, when people were asked in an open-ended question the main reason the U.S. should keep troops friTraq, 32 percent said to stabilize the country and 26 percent said to finish the rebuilding job under way. Only one in IO said they wanted to stay in Iraq to fight terrorism: just 3 percent said to protect U.S. national security. WORLDBAGHDAD, Iraq IRAQ EASES SECURITY AFTER VOTE - Cars and trucks returned to Iraq’s roads Saturday as authorities eased tight security imposed for the parliamentary election, and the main Sunni Arab alliance said it was open to forming a governing coalition with a religious Shiite bloc. With Thursday’s voting held peacefully, Iraqi officials also reopened border crossings, except on the frontier with Syria. They said the Syrian crossings would resume in a few days, but did not say why there was a delay. There were few violent inci dents reported for a third day. In four shootings, attackers killed a former Iraqi air force officer, a member of a prominent Shiite party and two policemen, authorities said. The U.S. command also reported the death of a Marine from a non-hostile wound. Although no official vote figures have been released, authorities estimate just under 70 percent of Iraq’s 15 million registered voters cast ballots Thursday. The big turnout — particularly among the disaffected Sunni Arab minority that boycotted the election of a temporary legislature last January — have boosted hopes that increasing political participation may undermine the insurgency and allow U.S. troops to begin pulling out next year. “It is a great thing that the election was violence free, contrary to many elections in the world," Adnan al-Dulaimi, a former Islamic studies professor who heads the main Sunni Arab bloc, said at a news conference. His Iraqi Accordance Front is expected to significantly increase the Sunni Arab presence in the 275-member parliament, where Sunnis won only 17 seats Jan. 30. A day after saying he might be able to form a ruling coalition from Sunnis, secular Shiites and Kurds, Al-Dulaimi said he also would consider working with the now governing United Iraqi Alliance, a religious-based group whose supporters come from the country’s Shiite majority. Lawmakers in weekend session dealing with deficit cutting, hurricane aid, military spending WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans agreed Saturday on $29 billion in additional aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the other powerful storms that lashed the United States earlier this year, far more than the Bush administration proposed earlier this fall. “We have a good agreement,’’ said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who has patrolled the Capitol for days in an effort to coax as much money as possible from lawmakers eager to adjourn for the year. Officials stressed the additional funds would not add to federal deficits, a priority for f Lady Janes Fashion Watches $15 - $30 Mon. - Sat. 10-6 • Sun 1-5 200 N. Seguin Ave. New Braunfels, TX 78130 (Basement of the Formerly Courtside Cafe) 625-2440 Solid Silver 2005 Christmas Available in mao? designs Come early for best selection /ii I Located in Historic Gruene, presents.. I I    IV fifty Iiii - ti uh’ {*w a ft* fit qui ta nsts Thursday December 22 NI) 7:00cm NO COVER 112 J Hunter Rd. 830.629.0777 IL AP www adobeverde com    www    montemontgomery    comHOWTO CONTACT US Herald-Zeitung 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 625-9144, fax (830) 625-1224 Published on Saturday, Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (LISPS 377-880), 707 Landa Street, or PO. 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