'New war' to be fought with unprecedented secrecy
By Jamie McIntyre
WASHINGTON (CNN) --America's "new war" against terrorism will be
fought with unprecedented secrecy, including heavy press restrictions not
seen for years, Pentagon sources said Monday.
Planning for possible military action has been "highly compartmentalized" to ensure
the fewest number of people possible have access to classified war plans, the
According to Pentagon officials close to the process, the Bush administration has
decided to clamp down on even routine information because it could prove of some
use to potential terrorists.
"I want to make it clear to the American people that this administration will not talk
about any plans we may or may not have," President Bush said Monday. "We will
not jeopardize in any way, shape or form, anybody who wears the uniform of the
In response to the attacks, the U.S. Defense Department has stopped posting on the
Internet the general location of U.S. warships. The department's Web pages that
show ship location haven't been updated since September 10, the day before
hijacked airplanes struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
In addition, the Pentagon currently has no plans to allow reporters to deploy with
troops, or report from warships, practices routinely carried out in the 1991 Persian
Sources said the Pentagon is drawing up "high-end" and "low-end" options for
The "high-end" options include air strikes against countries that support terrorists,
while "low-end" plans include the use of special forces to capture or kill terrorist
leaders, such as Osama bin Laden, sources said.
The actual plans are under close guard and have not been shared with news
agencies. The rationale, according to Pentagon officials: Terrorist organizations lack
the intelligence-gathering capacity that nations possess, relying instead on news
organizations to find out what their enemies are doing.