Only ABC assigned a reporter to follow up on the independence protests in Tibet. Stephanie Sy (embargoed link) was still forbidden from reaching the province. She filed en route from Szechuan where she saw the transport of "hundreds of army vehicles, including rented tour buses packed with armed soldiers." Sy resorted to talking to a Tibetan monk in India who had cellphone contact with monasteries in Lhasa. She thus relayed reports of police clubbing monks to death.
Meanwhile CBS claimed an Exclusive for its videotape of Baitullah Mehsud, the warlord of Waziristan in Pakistan's remote northwest. Bob Orr ticked off the raps against Mehsud: he is reputed to be the "supreme commander" of guerrilla forces in the tribal areas; the "accused mastermind" of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto; the alleged organizer of suicide bomber training camps for radical Islamist recruits from Europe; and the apparent guarantor of sanctuary to al-Qaeda. As Orr summarized the assessment of his unidentified spook sources working in US intelligence, Mehsud is "one of the most dangerous people on the planet."
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