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Iraq shot down a U.S. unmanned surveillance drone over southern Iraq on Monday, according to members of our military speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon.
The Predator drone was conducting a reconnaissance mission, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers told a Pentagon news conference. The plane is presumed a total loss, he said.
"They got a lucky shot today, and they brought down the predator," Myers said.
Iraqi fighter aircraft penetrated the southern no-fly zone over the country and fired on the Predator, and its controllers then lost contact with the $3.7 million plane, U.S. officials said.
"This action is the latest chapter in a lengthy list of hostile acts by the Iraqi regime," said Jim Wilkinson, a Central Command spokesman. Central Command is the U.S. military command that oversees operations in Iraq and the surrounding countries.
Iraqi air defenses have fired on U.S. and British warplanes patrolling the no-fly zones over Iraq almost 500 times in 2002, officials said. American and British aircraft have come under attack on 32 days since Nov. 8, when the United Nations' Security Council agreed on a new weapons' inspection regime for Iraq.
Does today's action bring us even closer to war? We'll ask retired Army Colonel David Hunt.
Then, Washington Democrat Senator Patty Murray recently spoke to a group of high school students, and according to The Columbian newspaper, she said this about Usama bin Laden, the man behind the 9/11 terror attacks: "We've got to ask, 'Why is this man so popular around the world?' He's been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure ...and the people are extremely grateful. We haven't done that." Say what?! Is there any way that the Senator could possibly have a point or is this kind of talk simply liberalism run amok? We'll bring you a lively debate when FOX News contributors Ellen Ratner and The National Review's Rich Lowry join us.
Plus, is the federal government giving military recruiters access to personal information about high school juniors and seniors, including their names, addresses and phone numbers? A provision in the "No Child Left Behind" act is creating controversy across the country. Is this a harmless security precaution now that our country is doing everything it can to fight terror or is it a threat to your family's privacy? We'll debate it with juvenile education and development expert and former teacher Dr. Gail Gross.
Also, yet another example of the fight against Christmas. Why was one Ohio school prevented from performing Handel's masterpiece The Messiah? Kari Renell, one of the students at the school enters the No Spin Zone to tell us about the fight over Handel's music.
And, the most controversial segment of the evening, technology expert Larry Magid says what the internet really needs is more soft core porn! Wait till you hear his controversial theory!
Finally, a mother is outraged after her autistic son is handcuffed by police at school. But she says if she had done the same thing, she'd be arrested! We'll hear Lisa Caluin's personal story tonight.
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