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Kidnappers Used False IDs, E-Mail Trails on Journalist

THE WASHINGTON POST -- KARACHI, PAKISTAN

Kidnappers who abducted an American correspondent here six days ago led him into a trap using fake identities, cell phones bought under false names and e-mails sent from hard-to-trace Internet cafe connections, Pakistani law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

After two weeks of e-mails, telephone calls and a clandestine hotel meeting with a man claiming to be an intermediary, reporter Daniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal took a taxi to a downtown Karachi restaurant early last Wednesday evening believing he was going to meet the leader of a fundamentalist Islamic organization based in Pakistan. Instead, the interview offer turned out to be a hoax by abductors who then used the e-mail address, “kidnapperguy,” to notify several news organizations that Pearl had been kidnapped.

“Only a well-trained intelligence organization or an equally professional terrorist group could (carry out) such a well-planned kidnapping,” a senior Karachi police investigator said.

The kidnapping took place the day after a Pakistani reporter for Time magazine was detained in Karachi by people whose identities have not been revealed, then released more than 30 hours later. Time representatives have declined to discuss the details of reporter Ghulam Hasnain’s detention.

Particle Accelerator Endorsed By Physicists

NEWSDAY -- WASHINGTON

A group of physicists is recommending that the United States help build a large new particle accelerator as the next big step to understanding the basic building blocks and forces in the universe.

The group estimates the new machine, a linear collider roughly 18 to 20 miles long, would cost from $5 billion to $7 billion. It would collide electrons and their anti-matter counterparts, called positrons. The costly machine will require international collaboration, the group said, much as is happening at a circular collider, 16.6 miles in circumference, now being built in an existing tunnel at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva.

There is an international consensus on the need for a next-generation linear machine to complement the research scheduled to get under way at the new CERN machine in 2006, physicists said this week at a meeting here of the Department of Energy’s High Energy Physics Advisory Panel.

A subgroup of the panel delivered a 20-year road map for U.S. high-energy particle physics, including the call for support of the linear collider. It said more research and development will be required before the United States can mount a bid to host the machine, which also is being sought by Germany and Japan.