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  1. I haven't seen this in the UK press..



    Rumsfeld 'pocketed 9/11 souvenir'
    From John Solomon in Washington
    13Mar04

    A US Justice Department investigation that criticised FBI agents for taking souvenirs from the World Trade Centre site has also found that US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and a high-ranking FBI official kept items from September 11 attack scenes.

    The final investigatory report said the Justice Department inspector general confirmed Rumsfeld "has a piece of the airplane that flew into the Pentagon".
    The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report today.

    Investigators learned Rumsfeld had the plane part after an FBI agent saw a television interview in which the defence secretary was "holding up pieces of building from the WTC and the Pentagon, saying he kept those items on his desk to remember the terrorist attacks".

    A Pentagon spokesman did not immediately respond today for comment.

    The Justice Department investigation also collected testimony that Pasquale D'Amuro, FBI Director Robert Mueller's executive assistant director for terrorism until last northern summer, asked a supervisory agent to "obtain a half dozen items from the WTC debris so the items could be given to dignitaries".

    Six items that were not evidence were gathered and sent to D'Amuro, the report said.

    D'Amuro, now the head of the FBI's New York office, said that "he asked for a piece of the building as a memento" and that he was aware that agents had taken such items from other terrorist crime scenes over the years.

    He said he got a piece of the building in June 2003 but denied asking for items for dignitaries.

    D'Amuro left FBI headquarters the following month to become an assistant director in charge of the New York office.

    Joe Valiquette, a spokesman for the New York FBI office, declined to comment today.

    Surviving family members were surprised by the news.

    "Unbelievable," said William Doyle, whose son died in the World Trade Centre.

    A New York woman suing local authorities for alleged negligence in the September 11 attacks said any souvenir-taking by officials was part of a larger failure to keep enough items, like steel beams, as evidence.

    "Everybody has things that they probably should not have from the World Trade Centre site," said Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son died in the towers.

    "I'm sure there's probably all kinds of people that have all kinds of artifacts."

    This report appears on NEWS.com.au.
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