Buffalo Police Officer Mike Falzone posts a no-standing sign Monday outside Kleinhans Music Hall in preparation for the president's visit
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President expected to focus on successes of Patriot Act
Bush visits Buffalo
Lackawanna 6 case likely to be cited as terror war victory
By ROBERT J. McCARTHYNews Political Reporter
President Bush makes an election-year visit to Buffalo today aiming to highlight a success in the war on terrorism and reassure a jittery nation that efforts like his Patriot Act are making America safer.ó a local group with al-Qaida connections ó have been rooted out by a vigilant administration.
In a 9:30 a.m. speech in Kleinhans Music Hall, the president is expected to emphasize before a friendly audience of about 500 law enforcement and emergency personnel that potential threats like the Lackawanna Six
He also is expected to cite the Patriot Actís role in rounding up the Lackawanna Six as part of a re-election case that to a large degree revolves around his war against terrorism. The president even offered one of his top terrorism fighters, Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary of homeland security, to underscore that notion in a Monday telephone interview.
"The 9/11 commission has pointed out the historic problems of information getting put in a barrel and not getting out of the barrel to those who need it," Hutchinson ken down that wall so information can flow to the intelligence community and back to connect the dots. It has had success."
Following convictions of six Lackawanna men of Yemeni descent who had trained in Osama bin Ladenís camps in Afghanistan, federal law enforcement officials have always contended that they posed a genuine threat. Now, just days after the administra-
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