Topics and Guests, September 20

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

Jim Angle reports: Declaring that the United States will never again be vulnerable to countries with strong militaries, the White House said Friday that its new, formal policy of pre-emption should not send up red flags to other nations. "What the world has seen is a benevolent America" that uses its strength around the world to make it a better place, said White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. "Democracy is on the march around the world with thanks to U.S. efforts."


•  Steve Centanni reports: Today a ceremony was held for National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld gave a speech and spoke to family members.  Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) who is a veteran of the Korean War and a former POW from the Vietnam War, spoke out about his opinion that the U.S. should go to war with Iraq.

•  Carl Cameron reports: Lawmakers examining intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks were troubled to learn more about that the case of the hijackers' meeting in Malaysia. The CIA was aware that Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi had met in Malaysia in January 2000 with a man later determined to be an Al Qaeda leader. The FBI was informed of the meeting. But the two men were not put on the State Department's watch list for denying visas until Aug. 23, 2001 — well after they entered the country and about three weeks before they helped hijack American Airlines Flight 77 and crash it into the Pentagon. 

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.

— Guests and topics are subject to change