Congress may dock Pakistan aid over bin Laden

(AP) - Congress may consider cutting the almost $1.3billion in annual aid to Pakistan if it turns out the Islamabadgovernment knew where Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON - (AP) - Congress may consider cutting the almost $1.3billion in annual aid to Pakistan if it turns out the Islamabadgovernment knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding, the head of theSenate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she wants more detailsfrom CIA director Leon Panetta and others about the Pakistanigovernment's role. Feinstein spoke to reporters about the raid thatkilled bin Laden early Monday and the questions raised by hishiding place deep inside Pakistan.

The No. 2 House Democratic leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland,said if Pakistan doesn't ease doubts about its dedication tofighting terrorists, Congress should explore whether it makes senseto reduce U.S. aid to that country.

"I don't know whether it would be effective orcounterproductive, we'll have to look at that," he told reporters,adding, "It needs to be looked into."

Incredulous lawmakers are pressing Pakistan for answers to twosimple questions: What did its army and intelligence agents know ofbin Laden's whereabouts and when did they know it?

The al-Qaida terrorist leader behind the Sept. 11 attacks livedand died in a massive, fortified compound built in 2005 and locatedon the outskirts of Abbottabad, miles from the capital ofIslamabad. It stood just a half-mile from the Kakul MilitaryAcademy, Pakistan's equivalent of West Point, and close to variousarmy regiments.

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