Voices in the News A montage of voices in the news includes Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams; Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain; Chief prosecutor Col. Morris Davis; Kyle Sampson, former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA); Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett; British Prime Minister Tony Blair; President Bush.
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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.

Mr. GERRY ADAMS (Leader, Sinn Fein): We've all come a very long way in the process of peacemaking and national reconciliation. We're very conscious to many people who have suffered. We owe it to them to build the best future possible.

Mr. PETER HAIN (Secretary, Northern Ireland): Those pictures of Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams will resonate around the world, a graphic manifestation of the power of politics, of the bigotry, bitterness and horror.

Col. MORRIS DAVIS (Chief Prosecutor, U.S. Military Commissions, U.S. Department of Defense): I'm not going to stand here and tell you that David Hicks is on par with Osama bin Laden; that would be ridiculous. But certainly, his conduct violates the laws of armed conflict, and he's accountable for that.

Mr. KYLE SAMPSON (Former Chief of Staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales): I don't think the attorney general's statement that he was not involved in any discussions about U.S. attorney removals is accurate. I remember discussing with him this process of asking certain U.S. attorneys to resign. And I believe that he was present at the meeting on November 27th.

Senator ARLEN SPECTER (Republican, Pennsylvania): So he was involved in discussions, contrary to the statement he made in his news conference on March 13.

Mr. SAMPSON: I believe yes, sir.

Senator MITCH McCONNELL (Senate Minority Leader; Republican, Kentucky): The president has said he'll veto any legislation that includes a surrender date, and which substitutes the judgment of politicians in Washington for the judgment of commanders in the field.

Representative NANCY PELOSI (Democrat, California; Speaker of the House): When the president says he wants to veto this bill, he says: I am vetoing accountability, accountability of my own administration and of the Iraqi government.

Ms. MARGARET BECKETT (Foreign Secretary, Great Britain): We need to focus all our bilateral efforts during this phase on the resolution of this issue. We will therefore be imposing a freeze on all other official bilateral business with Iran until this situation is resolved.

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (Great Britain): We had hoped to see their immediate release. This has not happened. It is now time to ratchet up the diplomatic and international pressure in order to make sure that the Iranian government understands their total isolation on this issue.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: The Iranians must give back the hostages. They're innocent, they were doing nothing wrong, and they were summarily plucked out of water, and it is, as I say, it's inexcusable behavior.

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