Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including spinach consumer Lucille Becker; Robert Bracken, Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf; former Dep. Secretary of State Richard Armitage; President George W. Bush; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (through translator); Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (through translator); U.N. Ambassador John Bolton; President George W. Bush; Sen. Lindsey Graham; Sen. John McCain.


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. LUCILLE BECKER (Mother): Well, I'm worried about my daughter. She had a spinach salad yesterday for lunch. We took her out for lunch, and I hope she's all right.

Mr. ROBERT BRACKEN (Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition): Once the organism is on the tissue itself, it is extremely difficult to eliminate. And even when the consumer washes in their homes, they're not going to get rid of coli if it's there.

President PERVEZ MUSHARRAF (Pakistan): The director of intelligence told me, that he said, be prepared to be bombed, be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.

Mr. STEVE KROFT (CBS News): Richard Armitage said you should be prepared to be bombed back to the Stone Age?

President MUSHARRAF: Yes.

Mr. KROFT: Were you insulted?

President MUSHARRAF: Yes. I thought it was a very rude remark.

Mr. RICHARD ARMITAGE (Former Deputy Secretary of State): I don't think I've ever uttered a threat that I wasn't prepared to follow through on. Since I wasn't authorized to use such florid language, I can assure you I did not.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Iran must abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. Despite what the regime tells you, we have no objection to Iran's pursuit of a truly peaceful nuclear power program.

President MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD (Iran): (Through translator) Will the American groups - government - allow the press to come and visit their nuclear facilities, their nuclear weapons arsenals? We've opened everything for everyone to see. If you come to Iran, you can go and see for yourself. The bottom line is we do not need a bomb, unlike what others think.

President HUGO CHAVEZ (Venezuela): (Through translator) Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world - truly, as the owner of the world.

Ambassador JOHN BOLTON (U.S. Ambassador to United Nations): We're not going to address that sort of comic-strip approach to international affairs. And as I say, the real issue here is he knows he can exercise freedom of speech on that podium, and as I say, he could exercise it in Central Park, too. Try giving the same freedom to the people of Venezuela.

President BUSH: I'm pleased to say that this agreement preserves the most single - the most potent tool we have in protecting America and foiling terrorist attacks, and that is the CIA program to question the world's most dangerous terrorists and to get their secrets.

Senator LINDSEY GRAHAM (South Carolina, Republican): We're going to be able to protect classified information, Mr. Chairman, from the House. We're going to be able to bring charges against people while the war is still going on. But we're going to do it in a way that won't come back to haunt us.

Senator JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona): I also believe that it's consistent with the standards under the Detainee Treatment Act, and there is no doubt that the integrity and letter and spirit of the Geneva Conventions have been preserved.

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