Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including Ann Hurst (Homeland Security Attache); Pam Paugh (JonBenet Ramsey's aunt); Anthony Romero (executive director, ACLU); Alberto Gonzales (U.S. Attorney General); Ramez Maalouf (professor of journalism, Lebanese American University, Beirut); President Bush; Shasha Mier (of Kiryat Shmona); John Reid (British Homeland Security); Michael Chertoff (U.S. secretary of Homeland Security).

LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Ms. MARY LACEY (District Attorney, Boulder, Colorado): We should all heed the poignant advice of John Ramsey yesterday. He said do not jump to conclusions, do not jump to judgment, do not speculate. Let the justice system take its course.

Unidentified Woman: He has been charged by the state of Colorado for first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping, and sexual assault on a child.

Ms. PAM PAUGH (JonBenet Ramsey's Aunt): We're excited that this killer is finally going to be off the streets, but it's bittersweet in the fact that for us as a family it brings up every sad memory that we have of this entire ordeal.

Mr. ANTHONY ROMERO (Executive Director, ACLU): In a time when the Bush administration has tried to argue for even broader law enforcement powers and this idea of a unilateral president, where you can have these inherent powers accrue to him because of the war on terror, it's a sound and it's a very strong rejection of those arguments.

Mr. ALBERTO GONZALES (United States Attorney General): We disagree with the decision - respectfully disagree with the decision of the judge, and we have appealed the decision. There is a stay in place, and so we will continue to utilize the program to ensure that America is safer.

Professor RAMEZ MAALOUF (Lebanese American University): Everybody is happy that the cease-fire is on. People regard what happened as a victory for Hezbollah. They're calling it the first Arab victory against the Israelis.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Hezbollah attacked Israel. Hezbollah started the crisis. And Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis.

Mr. SHASHA MIER (Resident, Kiryat Shmona, Lebanon): (Through Translator) There's no winners in war. There's just losers and more losers.

Mr. JOHN REID (British Home Secretary): The public needs to know that there may be other people out there who may be planning to attack against the United Kingdom. That is why there are a number of other security service operations underway. There is still a very serious threat of an attack.

Mr. MICHAEL CHERTOFF (Secretary, Homeland Security): And we've only been a couple of days since we've had the takedown. We have a lot of material to go through. So until we've completely got our arms around this, we're going to assume that we have to keep looking to flesh out this scheme.

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