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Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - Thread Twenty-Five

Posted on 03/05/2005 5:06:15 PM PST by nwctwx

Edited on 03/29/2005 8:49:43 PM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]

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Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat
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The Threat Matrix

The title refers to a daily report given to the president of the United States detailing the most serious terrorist threats against the country. To tackle those threats, the government has formed a top-notch task force to infiltrate the terror cells and cut off the danger.

"Every morning, the president receives a list of the top ten terrorist threats - this list is known as the threat matrix."

We here at FR are trying to be in conjunction with the daily reports around the world that involve threats. We try to provide a storehouse of information that takes hours of research.

YOU be the judge and get informed!
Threat Matrix - Daily Terrorism Threat

U.S. works 'day and night' to rein in al-Qaida
Full Story

WASHINGTON - Prompted by new intelligence indicating Osama bin Laden reached out to the most feared terrorist in Iraq, President Bush charged Thursday that "al-Qaida still hopes to attack us on our own soil."

"Recently, we learned that Osama bin Laden has urged the terrorist Zarqawi to form a group to conduct attacks outside Iraq, including here in the United States," Bush said at the swearing-in of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

The president vowed, "We're working every day and night to dismantle (bin Laden's) network and to bring him to justice."

Related:
Officials: Bin Laden Urges Zarqawi to Hit U.S.
Al-Qaeda's Completed Warning Cycle - Ready to Attack?


"I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat."



TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: terror; threat; threatmatrix
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To: Cindy

He refused to identify the man involved

Naturally


4,001 posted on 04/12/2005 1:27:24 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: freeperfromnj; Oorang; MamaDearest; All

Dhiren Barot: India-born jihadi in 9/11 net

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/818941.cms

Criminal Indictment
U.S. v. Dhirin Barot (a/k/a Issa al-Hindi),
Nadeem Tarmohamed, and Qaisar Shaffi

http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/terrorism/usalhindiind.html
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The Dems thought this was mere hype for the upcoming election last year and that the plans were 'old' so irrelevant, turns out they should be shamefaced


4,002 posted on 04/12/2005 1:31:16 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: MamaDearest
"Panel says nuclear plants may be vulnerable to terrorism"

Ya think?

I wonder which brainiac came up with that thought!!

LOL

4,003 posted on 04/12/2005 1:34:32 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (I'm taking Dale Jr to Texas Motor Speedway on Friday!!)
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To: WestCoastGal

Time to haul this out again?

4,004 posted on 04/12/2005 1:35:58 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Everything that I've written on it for the past two years is GONE!)
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INVASION USA
Illegals cost Texas $4.7 billion
Estimate based on analysis of Census data

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43755

Muslims, others to rally against terror
D.C. event brings together coalition to promote freedom, democracy

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43744

THE NEW WORLD DISORDER
George Soros behind Bolton opposition?
Billionaire globalist said bankrolling effort against Bush nominee
{I thought they got rid of him if/when Bush won?}

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43743



4,005 posted on 04/12/2005 1:36:13 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: JustPiper
The Dems thought this was mere hype for the upcoming election last year

You're right. I forgot all about that. They are all looking pretty stupid right about now.

4,006 posted on 04/12/2005 1:36:54 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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From LEOS (limited dissemination)

Ag-Security - Investigative Enquiry - Request for Assistance

Ag-Security Specialists,

Ag-Security.com has received a message of enquiry through Infragard-Birmingham asking for assistance in gathering additional information concerning a possible new identity theft technique being used in the Birmingham, Alabama area. The technique is described as follows:

Three girls are involved. They have a large shoulder bag and a PDA equipped with a bar code scanner. One will approach a victim and offer a package of cigarettes in exchange for completing a survey. They actually scan the victim's drivers license...

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Anyone who has something to contribute please PM me


4,007 posted on 04/12/2005 1:40:12 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: appalachian_dweller

For the most part, any biological attacks on us with smallpox or the plague would bite the Middle East and 3rd World Countries far worse than it would affect us.


4,008 posted on 04/12/2005 1:40:15 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: nwctwx

Secret Service visits art show at Columbia

Organizers of a politically charged art exhibit at Columbia College's Glass Curtain Gallery thought their show might draw controversy.

But they didn't expect two U.S. Secret Service agents would be among the show's first visitors.

The agents turned up Thursday evening, just before the public opening of "Axis of Evil, the Secret History of Sin," and took pictures of some of the art pieces -- including "Patriot Act," showing President Bush on a mock 37-cent stamp with a revolver pointed at his head.

http://whatcounts.com/t?ctl=CCE578:312D3A4


4,009 posted on 04/12/2005 1:45:07 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: ladyjane

>> biological attacks on us with smallpox or the plague would bite the Middle East and 3rd World Countries far worse <<

Because we have better medical care?

What are your thoughts. Can you expand?


4,010 posted on 04/12/2005 1:45:39 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Until the borders are closed there is NO security. Get Prepared. Stay Prepared.)
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Beyond the Axis of Evil: Additional Threats from Weapons of Mass Destruction

http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=7125

Dark Siberian 'Aida' recalls war traumas

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/04/11/features/aida.html


4,011 posted on 04/12/2005 1:50:41 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: appalachian_dweller

We have better medical care, better nutrition and better hygiene. We also have better public health surveillance and an older population that was immunized repeatedly for various communicable diseases.

I'd be interested in hearing the other side of the argument, however.


4,012 posted on 04/12/2005 1:52:36 PM PDT by ladyjane
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NEW IRAQI TERROR GANG GRABS ENVOY

http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/42527.htm

Expert: BP unit poorly designed, dangerous

TEXAS CITY — A piece of equipment at the center of an investigation into the deadly blast at BP’s refinery was so badly designed it was inherently dangerous, a federal official says. Meanwhile, various sources indicate the company knew of problems with the isomerization unit.

http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=53f27ee97f5a25d5


4,013 posted on 04/12/2005 1:55:09 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: Cindy

That was interesting Cindy, thanks for posting it.


4,014 posted on 04/12/2005 2:04:15 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (I'm taking Dale Jr to Texas Motor Speedway on Friday!!)
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To: MamaDearest; All

STAPH. AUREUS (MRSA), COMMUNITY ACQUIRED - USA (MICHIGAN)




Drug-resistant staph infection spreading


A man admitted Fri, 8 Apr 2005, to the Kent County Jail complained about boils on his skin, and while lab tests aren't back, jail officials suspect he has a staph infection that has plagued groups ranging from inmates to athletes. The sometimes deadly infection is
known as MRSA, or methicillin-resistant _Staphylococcus aureus_.

http://www.mlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1113230765246670.xml?muchronicle?NETR
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Angola: Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Angola - WHO Update 10



http://www.who.int/topics/haemorrhagic_fevers_viral/en/
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E. COLI O157: H7, UNPASTEURIZED MILK - CANADA (ONTARIO)


http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2005/11/c4361.html
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EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS, EQUINE - USA (FLORIDA)


http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14294660&BRD=2150&PAG=461&dept_id=430589&rfi=6>
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4,015 posted on 04/12/2005 2:10:49 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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CNN Reports:

In their own words, detainees judge U.S. justice

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a development the Bush administration had hoped to avoid, the stories of about 60 detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base have spilled out in court papers.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/12/guantanamo.detainees.ap/index.html
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New bag-screening system takes effect in Texas

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- An automated bag-scanning system has gone into effect at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, part of a national effort to make airports safer after the September 11 attacks.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/04/12/airport.screening.ap/index.html
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Police arrest 30 in connection to Cairo bombing
Suspect's mother, brothers among detainees

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian police have detained 30 people in connection with last week's deadly bombing in a Cairo tourist bazaar, including the suspected bomber's mother, three brothers and 16 other relatives, prosecutors said.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/04/11/egypt.bombing.ap/index.html
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KLM incident raises security questions
Homeland Security considers emergency amendment

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An incident in which U.S. officials refused to allow a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 747 to fly over the United States has brought to light a potential hole in the nation's homeland security safety net.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/04/11/klm.flight/index.html
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NYC subway gets a computerized facelift

NEW YORK (AP) -- A subway train rattles halfway into Manhattan's Union Square station and shudders to a halt. Over a crackle of static, a voice on the PA system announces congestion ahead and says it will be several minutes before service resumes.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/04/12/nyc.subway.ap/index.html
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Pentagon to use lasers to warn pilots

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon said Monday it will use lasers to warn pilots when they've flown into restricted airspace near the Capitol, even though federal officials have warned that terrorists might use the beams of light to blind pilots as they approach airports.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/04/12/lasers.planes.ap/index.html


4,016 posted on 04/12/2005 2:15:35 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: MamaDearest

Interesting articles there MamaD. Thanks.


4,017 posted on 04/12/2005 3:05:58 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: Cindy

Interesting links, except for the bed bugs :-). Thanks Cindy.


4,018 posted on 04/12/2005 3:14:03 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: Velveeta

Very interesting Vel, thanks for posting.


4,019 posted on 04/12/2005 3:40:14 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: ladyjane

>>...better nutrition and better hygiene...immunized repeatedly for various communicable diseases...<<

Thanks LJ. I'd overlooked those very good points.


4,020 posted on 04/12/2005 3:43:22 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Until the borders are closed there is NO security. Get Prepared. Stay Prepared.)
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To: freeperfromnj

Thanks for all the info on that case ffnj.


4,021 posted on 04/12/2005 3:46:21 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: JustPiper
Mexican army escorts border drug-runners

Thanks for the links JP. I'm usually not a pessimist, but, with this situation I'm becoming one. Argggg.

4,022 posted on 04/12/2005 3:48:45 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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bookmark


4,023 posted on 04/12/2005 3:50:16 PM PDT by Godzilla (It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.)
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To: All; Oorang; appalachian_dweller; Cindy; nw_arizona_granny; Calpernia

NZ PM in mid-air drama
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,12841390%255E1702,00.html

(snip)A SMALL plane carrying New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark was forced to make an emergency landing this morning after rapidly losing altitude when a door swung open in mid-air, flight officials confirmed.(snip)





4,024 posted on 04/12/2005 5:10:28 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: jerseygirl
The Marburg situation is truly frightening. I read that even one bead of sweat from a victim can transmit the disease. From the clusters of deaths occurring, I am wondering if there are other vectors we are not yet aware of (e.g. biting insects?)
 
Bats are still a suspect, but quite frankly from what I have read, they just don't know.

4,025 posted on 04/12/2005 5:11:22 PM PDT by united1000
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To: Oorang

You're most welcome.


4,026 posted on 04/12/2005 5:11:59 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: jerseygirl

I agree.


4,027 posted on 04/12/2005 5:13:25 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta; shaggy eel

The door opened and no one died? AMAZING!

Shaggy, did you hear any more about this one?


4,028 posted on 04/12/2005 5:14:03 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Scary, isn't it?

If those 2 officers hadn't been with her, or hadn't been strong enough to hold the door, the NZ PM may have been killed today.

(So....WHO did the maintenance check on the plane?)


4,029 posted on 04/12/2005 5:21:22 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Old Sarge; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; All

Note: The following text is an exact quote:
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http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2005/April/05_crm_180.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2005
WWW.USDOJ.GOV

CRM
(202) 514-2008
TDD (202) 514-1888



THREE BRITISH NATIONALS INDICTED ON CHARGES OF CONSPIRING TO USE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT TO TERRORISTS




WASHINGTON, D.C. - Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, Assistant Attorney Christopher A. Wray of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley of the Southern District of New York, and FBI Executive Assistant Director Gary Bald announced today that three British nationals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, providing material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiring to damage and destroy buildings.


The four-count indictment names: Dhiren Barot, a/k/a “Esa al-Britani,” “Abu Esa al-Britani,” “Esa al-Hindi,” and “Issa al-Hindi”; Nadeem Tarmohamed; and Qaisar Shaffi. The indictment alleges that the defendants entered the United States in 2000 and 2001 to conduct surveillance of several buildings in New York, Northern New Jersey and Washington, D.C. as part of a conspiracy to damage and destroy the buildings. After discovery of the surveillance activities, the Homeland Security Advisory level was raised from “Elevated” (Yellow) to “High” (Orange) for those communities until November 2004. As indicated in the indictment, the conspiracies to attack buildings were ongoing until August 2004, when the defendants were arrested in the United Kingdom.


The defendants are charged with: conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against persons within the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332a (a)(2); conspiracy to provide and conceal material support and resources to terrorists, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339A; providing and concealing material support and resources to terrorists, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339A; and conspiracy to damage and destroy buildings used in interstate and foreign commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844 (i) and (n).


The defendants are currently in custody in the United Kingdom, facing criminal charges in that country. At the conclusion of those proceedings, the United States intends to seek the extradition of all three defendants so that they may stand trial in this country.


If convicted of the charges in the United States, the defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison on the charge of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, 15 years in prison on each material support count, and 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiring to damage and destroy buildings.


“The conspiracy laid out in the indictment was designed to kill as many Americans as possible, and the alleged surveillance of these buildings makes these allegations all the more serious,” said Deputy Attorney General James Comey. “Through the hard work of many of our law enforcement partners both here and overseas, we were able to hold those behind the conspiracy accountable for their actions and ensure that their plans to harm our homeland never materialized.”


“The fact that these terrorists stalked their targets while surrounded by innocent and unsuspecting Americans going about their everyday affairs reminds all of us that a successful campaign against terrorism calls upon all of us to be ever-vigilant,” said U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley of the Southern District of New York. “The entire law enforcement community is committed to this battle and will travel the globe to bring to justice any and all terrorists, particularly those plotting to commit terrorist acts on our soil.”


Gary Bald, the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence, said, “These indictments show once again that the battle against terrorism is global, and to win it, we must be able to investigate aggressively and piece together intelligence from the country and across the world. This case is a success story because of strong cooperation between the New York and New Jersey Joint Terrorism Task Forces, other JTTFs across the country, our Legal Attache Office in London, our counterparts in the U.K., and other international partners.”


The indictment alleges that at various times from on or about Aug. 17, 2000 through April 8, 2001, the three defendants visited and conducted surveillance on buildings and surrounding neighborhoods in the United States, including the International Monetary Fund World Headquarters and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Prudential Corporate Plaza and World Headquarters Building in Newark, New Jersey, and the New York Stock Exchange Building and the Citigroup Centre in Manhattan, New York. This surveillance allegedly included, among other things, video surveillance conducted in Manhattan in or about April 2001. The indictment alleges that the surveillance was part of the conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.


The indictment alleges that in or about 1998, Barot served as a lead instructor at a jihad training camp in Afghanistan where recruits were taught to use weapons and received other paramilitary training. In about June 2000, Barot allegedly applied to a college in New York to conceal the true purpose of his subsequent trips to the United States. While he was admitted to the college for the 2000 and 2001 school years, the indictment alleges that he never enrolled in or attended any classes at the college. The indictment details several trips that the defendants made between the United Kingdom and the United States during the course of the charged conspiracy.


The prosecutors responsible for this case are George Z. Toscas of the Counterterrorism Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric B. Bruce and Joon H. Kim of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs assisted in this matter. The investigation was led by the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York Police Department and the Joint Terrorist Task Force, with assistance from FBI agents and JTTF members across the country and at the FBI Legal Attache’s Office in London, England.


The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless convicted in a court of law.


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05-180


4,030 posted on 04/12/2005 5:22:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta

It's getting to the point where all planes should be grounded until they all pass a thorough inspection.

All ground crew need to be thoroughly inspected too!


4,031 posted on 04/12/2005 5:25:27 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: JustPiper

The ulta fast internet?

That's about all I know.


4,032 posted on 04/12/2005 5:25:37 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Oorang

Yep.
I was researching something else and bedbugs of all things kept cropping up; so thought I would add it to the mix here.


4,033 posted on 04/12/2005 5:31:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: JustPiper

OPINION...

Anyone at any business who has ever used a bar code scanner knows that a bar code must be present and available to the scanner in order for the scanner to read it.

One should never show their ID to be scanned to complete strangers. Doing so, would be considered ridiculous.


4,034 posted on 04/12/2005 5:35:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Calpernia

,,, yep, it was news here a few hors ago. I live at the south end of Paraparaumu Airport... mainly light charters and recreational use out of there. My wife phoned me to tell me and I said "if she wants a cup of tea or to use the phone, we're closed!" It's election year and we want her run so far out of town she ends up in Beijing.


4,035 posted on 04/12/2005 5:47:21 PM PDT by shaggy eel (kicking it downunder)
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To: Old Sarge; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; JustPiper; All

Thanks to Just Piper for pointing to this article.

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http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/04/11/egypt.bombing.ap/index.html

"Police arrest 30 in connection to Cairo bombing
Suspect's mother, brothers among detainees"

Monday, April 11, 2005 Posted: 7:26 PM EDT (2326 GMT)


CAIRO, Egypt (AP)

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Police arrested the family members after identifying the mangled body of the bomber, who died in the blast that killed two French tourists and an American and wounded 18 others in Cairo's Khan al-Khalili bazaar on Thursday night.

The suspected bomber, Hassan Rafaat Ahmed Bashandi was a student who became a religious extremist after his father's death, the Interior Ministry said.

Bashandi, who was 17 or 18 years old, appeared to be acting alone in the attack, the ministry said in a statement. He was carrying 3 kilograms (6.61 pounds) of TNT in a leather bag filled with nails and it exploded prematurely, the ministry said."


4,036 posted on 04/12/2005 5:47:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta

Thanks for the ping Velveeta. Sounds like the NZ PM had a wild ride today. Glad the PM is okay.


4,037 posted on 04/12/2005 6:17:33 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Until the borders are closed there is NO security. Get Prepared. Stay Prepared.)
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To: All
Security threat closes Karachi’s US consulate
Wednesday, April 13, 2005

KARACHI: The United States closed its consulate here on Tuesday after receiving a security threat, an official said.

Americans have been told to avoid the area around the consulate and the nearby Marriott hotel, said Greggory Crouch, press attache at the US Embassy in Islamabad.

“The consulate is closed today,” Crouch told AFP. “We have received credible information of a threat and that has heightened our security concern,” he added.

The heavily-guarded consulate was closed on the orders of Consul General Douglas Rohn, said Crouch. “It is my understanding that the staff were sent home,” he added. However, Crouch said it was expected the consulate would resume normal operations today (Wednesday). The US Embassy in Islamabad and the consulates in Lahore and Peshawar remained open, while the Karachi consulate had “closed its public operations indefinitely due to security concerns”, the consulate’s website said.

Two senior police officials told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that an officer posted outside the diplomatic mission received a threat on his cell phone on Monday night. agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_13-4-2005_pg1_2

4,038 posted on 04/12/2005 6:22:43 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: MamaDearest; JustPiper; Cindy; All
Algerian Offer: Let's Establish Ottoman Nations Community
By Suleyman Kurt
Published: Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Algerian President Abdulaziz Buteflika has suggested the establishment of a structure similar to the British Commonwealth of Nations to include countries that once formed the Ottoman Empire.

Buteflika hosting Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul in Algeria sent an important message that they yearn for the peaceful and tranquil period of 1518-1830 during which time the Ottomans ruled the Middle East. Buteflika suggested constituting a structure consisting of the countries that once formed the Ottoman Empire and that the structure could be similar to the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Algerian President said, "Gaps remained after the Ottomans that could not be filled. We need the strong and tolerant Ottoman order now more than at any other time. Can't we recreate the Ottoman order again?" "Britain established The Commonwealth with its former colonies and the order continues. The Ottomans did not colonize us; why shouldn't we maintain the Ottoman order?" continued Buteflika. The Algerian leader emphasized that they took lessons from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in their independence from the French.

He informed that Algeria earmarked $55 billion for reconstruction of the country over the next five years and that they will give priority to Turkish companies.

Buteflika met with Gul for two hours and later hosted a dinner for the Turkish delegation. Gul expressed his impressions as: "They shown us an incredibly exciting time. I wish, every one could hear the things we have spoken about" at the dinner in which Algerian President clearly revealed his thoughts on Turkey and the Ottoman Empire.

According to information given, Buteflika requested that Turkey not view Algeria as just another Arab country and suggested the establishment of the Ottoman Commonwealth. He went on to say that Turkey had saved Algeria from Spain and that the Algerians had not wanted Turks to leave, but at the time, Turks had left the country of their own free will. Buteflika showed that the current turmoil in the Middle East as proof that gaps have remained after the Ottoman Empire that has still not been filled. He continued that the key for a solution in the Middle East is Turkey and that if Turkey wishes law and order could return to this region.

He also expressed content for the developments in Turkish-Syrian relations.

http://www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20050413&hn=18370

4,039 posted on 04/12/2005 6:31:45 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: shaggy eel

Those officers that held the door shut are amazing!

Was the P.M.'s plane chartered?


4,040 posted on 04/12/2005 6:33:50 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: All
Monday, April 11, 2005

U.S. Citizens Warned as Afghan Kidnapping Foiled
by Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL:- The United States has warned its nationals in Afghanistan about dangers including suicide attacks, hijacking and assassination and urged them to keep a low profile.

The warning came at the weekend, hours before an American man escaped a kidnapping attempt on Sunday in Kabul's upmarket Wazir Akbar Khan district, which is home to many foreign residents.

"The U.S. embassy in Kabul reminds American citizens living and traveling in Afghanistan that potential remains for attacks against U.S. citizens and interests in Afghanistan," the U.S. embassy in Kabul said.

Dangers included rocket attacks, suicide operations, assassinations, hijackings, shootings and bombings, said an announcement, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

U.S. citizens were told to maintain a high level of vigilance, to increase their security awareness and to restrict their movements.

The embassy has issued similar warnings in the past.

The latest comes after a series of Taliban guerrilla raids in southern and eastern parts of the country and worry over rising crime in the capital.

On Sunday, an American escaped kidnappers who bundled him into the boot of a car in broad daylight in Kabul's Wazir Akbar Khan area, where several countries have embassies and where many foreigners have homes and offices.

A Western security source said the man, who he did not identify, escaped by using a spanner to open the boot of the vehicle.

The embassy gave no details of the incident but warned Americans to avoid places where foreigners congregate, such as restaurants, markets and internet cafes, as well as places such as government buildings and military facilities.

Last month, a British adviser to the government was shot dead near a U.N. guest house. A road-side bomb hurt several people including one Filipino in Kabul several weeks ago.

In October, members of a Taliban splinter faction seized three foreigners helping organize a presidential election and held them for nearly a month before releasing them.

The same month, an American woman and an Afghan girl were killed in a suicide bombing on a Kabul shopping street.

The Taliban, ousted in 2001 by U.S.-led forces for sheltering al Qaeda and its chief Osama bin Laden, the architect of Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. cities, have taken responsibility for most of the attacks.

http://www.sabawoon.com/news/miniheadlines.asp?dismode=article&artid=22062

4,041 posted on 04/12/2005 6:41:19 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: ladyjane
For the most part, any biological attacks on us with smallpox or the plague would bite the Middle East and 3rd World Countries far worse than it would affect us.

Depends. If you're speaking of any normal strain of plague or smallpox, you'd probably be correct. But a true bio-attack would involve strains that are in fact weaponized and that is something else altogether!

4,042 posted on 04/12/2005 6:43:50 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: Calpernia

Back around 1989 I knew someone who was traveling quite a bit in Russia. I know, NZ is a far cry from Russia, but, he said on quite a few of the flights of smaller Russian commuter airlines, the doors were held shut with bailing wire. Yikes.


4,043 posted on 04/12/2005 6:45:13 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: All; Pegita; trussell

PRAYER REQUEST on the following thread:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1380134/posts?page=409#409


4,044 posted on 04/12/2005 6:47:42 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All
Libya, Radical Islam and the War on Terror: A Libyan Oppositionist's View

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4,045 posted on 04/12/2005 6:54:57 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: Oorang

>>>commuter airlines, the doors were held shut with bailing wire

Yup. This is why I'm glad I'm a law abiding citizen. I would never break the laws 'of gravity' ;)


4,046 posted on 04/12/2005 6:56:43 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Cindy

Oh no. I just caught up on the thread and read the latest news. Prayers to TC.


4,047 posted on 04/12/2005 6:59:26 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: Cindy
Couldn't resist :-)

Hundreds Of Bed Bug Bites Sicken Couple On Cruise

4,048 posted on 04/12/2005 7:02:41 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: Calpernia

,,, I think flights are chartered from time to time if her schedule doesn't tie in with regular air carriers or if an Air Force plane is unavailable. I suspect this particular flight may have been a small NZ Air Force plane for city hopping.


4,049 posted on 04/12/2005 7:11:39 PM PDT by shaggy eel (kicking it downunder)
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To: All
Note: The source of this article (Kavkaz Center) is pro-jihad.

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted on Tuesday, April 12, a resolution calling for combating defamation campaigns against Islam and Muslims in the West.

The measure, put forward by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), was voted for by 31 countries and 16 against, with five abstentions and one delegation absent, Reuters reported.

“There was a growing trend of defamation of Islam and discrimination faced by Muslims and the people of Arab descent in many parts of the world,” Pakistan's UN envoy, Masood Khan, said in a speech.

Excerpted

http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2005/04/13/3702.shtml

4,050 posted on 04/12/2005 7:15:12 PM PDT by Oorang ( OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
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