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Iraq are becoming more skilled (``Secret is basic brutality confounds CIA,'' July 5).

He points out that suicide bombers only survive for one mission. Fortunately, most Herald readers are not morons and won't fall for his childish logic. The suicide bombers in Iraq do not act alone. They are merely the front line soldiers of the insurgency. The bomb makers and planners are undoubtedly improving their techniques as they gain experience.

May also tells us that terrorists trained at the Ansar al-Islam camp in northeastern Iraq. That may well be true, but the camp was in a part of Iraq that was not under Saddam Hussein's control. With the likes of George Tenet distorting CIA intelligence, giving President Bush cover to start his war in Iraq and then receiving the Medal of Freedom for his efforts, it's no wonder frustrated CIA agents are allowing a bit of truth to leak.

The war on terror has always taken a back seat to Bush's war on Iraq.

- William Blanchard, Cambridge

Life in Henley's lane

I am extremely disappointed in the Inside Track article about Don Henley. Everything Don Henley's spokesman said about me was a lie (July 5).

As a Christian woman, I would never push, shove, scream or move people out of my way. I have 10 people who can confirm that I was never ``removed'' from that area. Henley was just an old jerk who thought he was better than us handicapped people.

- Gail Collinson, Milton

LNG has positive energy

With the ever-rising price of gas and other forms of energy, we must seek alternative forms of energy and expand existing production facilities if we are to maintain our way of life and keep our economy growing.

LNG is an excellent source that could reduce dependence on foreign sources of oil as an energy-substitute for home heating, generation of electricity, and fuel for motor vehicles, significantly reducing pollution (``LNG prime example of pols' pandering,'' July 5). It would also create new jobs.

- Michael Pravica, Acton
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Anti-terror warriors armed by Mass. firms

Beware, terrorists!

Bay State high-tech companies have their 3-D eyes and heat beams aimed at you.

Last week's terrorist attacks once again brought attention to Massachusetts' burgeoning defense and Homeland Security industries.

Share prices of companies including Billerica-based American Science and Engineering and Wakefield-based Implant Sciences - both makers of explosives-detection systems - shot up on Wall Street after the horrific British transit blasts.

Hundreds of other state firms are laboring to come up with new cutting-edge, high-tech gadgets to help police and GIs battle terrorist killers.

Waltham's Raytheon Co.has developed a revolutionary new Active Denial System that shoots nonlethal millimeter-wide heat beams - stinging targets with an intense burning sensation comparable to hot iron pressed against the flesh.

Mounted on a Humvee and resembling a Buck Rogers ray gun, the ADS is being field-tested by the Pentagon, with some predicting it could soon be used at roadblocks in Iraq to stop drivers of suspect cars.

Meanwhile, Burlington's iRobot Corp. has developed the small PackBot robot that wheels around on treads and has already hunted for terrorists in caves in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Late last month, iRobot unveiled its latest PackBot model: PackBot Explorer. Hiding behind sand dunes or inside tall grass, PackBot Explorer can act like a ``prairie dog,'' lifting itself up with flippers and extending a ``head'' to record video of potential enemy threats.

From Peabody-based Analogic's 3-D X-ray machines that screen airport luggage to Wilmington-based Textron Systems' new armored security vehicles, Bay State companies are cranking out security and military products at a feverish pace.

Gene Gordon, a vice president at executive staffing firm McCormick Group Inc., said the defense and Homeland Security business is booming in Massachusetts.

``We're seeing a really big uptick in companies that are selling into the Homeland Defense industry,'' said Gordon, saying products being made range from high-tech identification cards to submarine weaponry.
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HEADLINE: Hub veterans get `Warrior' welcome

After coming home from the Middle East two years ago to bury her mother in Concord, Lt. Col. Jane E. Perkin finally got the homecoming she's been waiting for yesterday.

Perkin, a member of the Army Reserve's Boston-based 883rd Medical Company, was among 42 soldiers honored in South Boston with the Welcome-Home Warrior Citizen award for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

``Personally, this brings (my mother) here and here,'' said Perkin, a nurse and therapist, as she gestured to her heart and head.

Perkin's mother, Frances, died of cancer on April 15, 2003, after being diagnosed with the deadly disease just as her daughter was sent to Fort Drum, N.Y., for training. During her illness, Frances Perkin kept a photograph of her daughter at her bedside.

``She told people, `That's my daughter. She's serving in the war,' '' said Perkin, who now lives in Dover, N.H.

Army Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. James R. Helmley authorized the new award - a packet that includes a folded and framed American flag, a global war on terrorism commemorative coin and lapel pins. Another 135 soldiers will receive the award today at the Devens Reserve Forces Training Area.

``Not only did you do your mission, but you brought everyone back home,'' said Col. Cedric F. Wingate, an officer with the 94th Regional Readiness Command, addressing the honorees. ``When I stand before you looking at your faces, I know that you really deserve (this honor). It doesn't matter how many times we honor you all. It's never enough.''

The awards ceremony came just as members of the medical company gear up to be redeployed to the Middle East next month.

``It feels good to be honored for what I did,'' said Robert Davis of Newton, an EMT in Waltham and father of an 11-year-old boy named Robert.

Davis is among those returning overseas. Added his wife Beth: ``I'm not looking forward to it, but I've done it once and we'll do it again.''
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G-8 leaders unite to condemn terror

The deadly attack in London is likely to boost support for President George W. Bush and the war on global terrorism, international terrorism experts said yesterday, as political leaders united to condemn the bombings.

``I think this will probably help Bush because it will reinforce the sense that this is a very real threat,'' said Louise Richardson, executive dean at Radcliffe's Institute for Advanced Study. ``People are frightened and when they are frightened they tend to rally around what is familiar.''

Bush, in Scotland for the G-8 summit, joined British Prime Minister Tony Blair in denouncing the terrorists and stating resolve to stay the course in Iraq.

``The war on terror goes on,'' Bush told reporters on the lawn of the Gleneagles Hotel as Blair's helicopter lifted off behind him bound for London. Bush said the resolve of G-8 nations to fight terrorism ``is as strong as my resolve. We will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists.'' The G-8 leaders, many of whom have differed sharply with Bush and Blair over the war in Iraq, came together to pledge solidarity.

In a statement on behalf of all 13 participants - the G-8's United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Russia, plus China, India, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa - Blair said ``We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation but on all nations and on civilized people everywhere.''

Here at home, experts said the attacks will probably unite Congress on such issues as increased military funding, and give Bush a boost on other war-related issues.

``We should make sure we stand by the British people in their tragedy, and I think we should use the moment to focus attention on our own rail security,'' U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) said. ``I think we would be ill-advised to assume it cannot happen here. I think we need to take appropriate steps. We've got five times as many Americans that travel by rail as travel by air.''

Bush may also see more support for his argument that centering intelligence in one American domestic security agency will not increase safety, since its longstanding counterpart in Britian - MI5 - was unable to prevent yesterday's bombings, said retired U.S. Naval intelligence Cmdr. Erik Dahl, a doctoral student at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

However, U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) saw the London transit bombings as further evidence the war in Iraq is distracting attention and resources from the war on terror.

``We should have done the job right the first time once and forever. We got dragged into a side issue, a distraction. Osama bin Laden should be captured and dead now,'' Capuano said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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The most powerful men in the world were meeting hundreds of miles away, but terrorists yesterday took their battle against the mighty to the rush-hour streets of London where ``ordinary Londoners'' like Gemma Signes felt its fury.

The 32-year-old hotel worker was on a subway train leaving King's Cross station when one of four blasts went off, killing at least 53 people and injuring hundreds of commuters on trains and a double-decker bus.

``Everyone was screaming and panicking; no one knew what to do,'' Signes told the Times of London last night. ``There was so much shoving, people pulling and pushing. I just focused on getting to the surface.''

``There was a massive bang, and smoke and glass everywhere. I've still got some in my hair,'' said Fiona Trueman, 26, who was on the same train on the Picadilly Line. ``We sort of cushioned each other during the impact because the compartment was so full. It felt like a dream; it was surreal.''

The coordinated attacks - three on London's fabled ``tube'' system and another on one of the city's ubiquitous red double-decker buses - set off a massive manhunt for those responsible.

A shaken Prime Minister Tony Blair called the attacks ``particularly barbaric'' and vowed an intense hunt for whoever was responsible before leaving the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland to lend support in the capital.

``They are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cow us,'' he said. ``They should know they will not succeed.''

The bombings came a day after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, prompting the British organizers to cancel plans for celebrations.

``This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty,'' said London Mayor Ken Livingston before rushing home from Singapore. ``It was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners.''

Bombs went off on trains at three subway stations within 26 minutes - beginning at 8:51 a.m. at Aldgate station near the Liverpool Street railway terminal followed by blasts at Edgware Road and King's Cross in north London and Old Street in the financial district. Then death moved above ground, with an explosion atop the No. 30 double-decker bus at Russell Square, near the British Museum, at 9:47 a.m. London police could confirm only 37 dead last night, with at least 700 wounded, but the death toll was expected to rise. London newspapers pegged the count at 53 and rising.

Authorities, uncertain if the bombs were triggered by suicidal terrorists or by triggermen armed with cell phones, jammed some mobile phone towers to prevent further carnage.

From Scotland, President Bush warned Americans to be ``extra vigilant,'' and his administration raised the terror alert for U.S. transit to orange. In London, Queen Elizabeth II ordered the Union Jack over Buckingham Palace lowered to half-staff, as millions walked home, their transit system paralyzed by the worst violence visited on the city since the Blitz in World War II.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the explosions have the ``hallmarks of an al-Qaeda related attack.'' He added that neither Britain's police nor the intelligence services had any warning of the attacks.

A group calling itself the ``Secret Organization of al-Qaeda in Europe'' claimed responsibility for the London attack on a Web site, declaring: ``Britain is burning with fear.'' The group said the bombings were in retaliation for British involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and warned Italy and Denmark could be next if they do not withdraw troops from the Middle East.

The group's claim was not immediately verified.

Investigators, meanwhile, were uncertain if whoever carried out the attacks were a collection of homegrown British terrorists - shoebomber Richard Reid, convicted here of trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic airliner, fell in with radical Islamists at South London's Brixton Mosque - or an imported al-Qaeda cell linked to the same European network responsible for the rush-hour bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people last year.

Several suspects in the Madrid slaughter also had London ties including the alleged mastermind, Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, a 46-year-old Syrian al-Qaeda veteran who remains at large with a $5 million reward over his head. Three other men are now jailed in London and fighting extradition to Spain for their alleged roles in that terrorist operation.

While Spanish authorities say they had been warning Scotland Yard of a possible Madrid-like attack on London since last March, British intelligence yesterday said the bombings came out of the blue. Only last month the nation's alert status had been lowered to ``substantial'' from its post-9/11 status of ``severe general.''

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Pros: Beware Qaeda, the sequel

Al-Qaeda is back.

The elusive hydra-headed beast never left, terrorism experts say. But yesterday's bloody attack on London fits the long-term pattern of al-Qaeda's offensive against U.S. allies - and shows alarming new signs of adaptation.

``This attack is different,'' said James Walsh of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The bombings were timed to coincide with the G-8 summit, when security was high in Britain. And the bombers managed to escape the notice of British counterterrorism authorities, who have heavily infiltrated local Islamic groups and benefit from massive technical surveillance of British society.

The terrorists' message yesterday, Walsh said, was: ``We're going to attack even when you're prepared for it. . . . They still want to attack the U.S. We should expect more of the same.''

What sub-group of al-Qaeda carried out the attack remains unclear. British police said they could not confirm a claim of responsibility from ``The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe.'' But Prime Minister Tony Blair blamed Islamic extremists, and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the bombings have the ``hallmarks of an al-Qaeda-related attack.''

Osama bin Laden is on the run and al-Qaeda's core leadership has been disrupted, Neil Livingstone of GlobalOptions Inc. said, but their ability to inspire and possibly support attackers remains a threat.

``We're within a pattern, part of a rolling campaign that will go on for years,'' said Charles Heyman, a British counterterrorism expert with Janes publications. There have been nine deadly attacks around the world attributed to al-Qaeda since Sept. 11, 2001.

Al-Qaeda's goal may be to drive a wedge between U.S. allies, but the effect of yesterday's bombing in the long-term war remains to be seen. Livingstone noted the 2004 Madrid attack was instrumental in bringing down a U.S.-allied Spanish government, and other attacks have inflicted heavy economic damage.

Juliette Kayyem of the Kennedy School said she believes a political resolution in

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