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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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To: JustPiper

Thanks for all the flu links JP.

4,101 posted on 04/13/2005 12:08:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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Emergence of Avian H1N1 Viruses in Pigs in China

genes to generate the Asian/57 (H2N2) and Hong Kong/68 (H3N2) pandemic strains earlier in this century


H2N2. First identified in China, this virus caused roughly 70,000 deaths in the United States during the 1957-58 season. Because this strain ... no one under 30 years old has immunity to this strain.

4,102 posted on 04/13/2005 12:10:02 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: Cindy

Welcome Cindy, after seeing the CDC press conference I was very emotional

4,103 posted on 04/13/2005 12:11:30 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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LONDON (AP) Four of five defendants acquitted of conspiracy to murder in discovery of the poison ricin in a London apartment.

4,104 posted on 04/13/2005 12:12:22 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: All
Another reason I do not fly. Another reason why I want the borders closed.

Illegal Workers Raise Security Concerns

None of those arrested appear to have terrorism ties. Nearly all used fraudulent or altered driver's licenses and Social Security cards to obtain security clearances. All worked in security-sensitive areas _ whether beyond passenger screening checkpoints at airports or in close proximity to nuclear reactors _ federal authorities say.

"These individuals pose potential vulnerabilities," said Marcy M. Forman, director of the investigations office at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an arm of the Homeland Security Department.

"Because many of them have utilized fraudulent documents, we don't know who they are," Forman said. "And if they're able to use fraudulent documents, what's to keep terrorists and criminals from doing similar things?"

As many as 11 million illegal immigrants live in the United States, according to a recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center, a private research group.

The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended 1.1 million illegal immigrants last year. Thousands more have been arrested or removed from their jobs since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, which triggered closer government scrutiny of hiring practices at potential target buildings.

Federal investigators regularly conduct unannounced checks of facilities with heightened security risks _ from a New Orleans oil refinery to the Sears Tower in Chicago. Illegal immigrants who are caught are usually deported or placed in immigration proceedings, and employers can face criminal sanctions.

Whom to blame for immigrants' apparent ease in slipping through gaps in security screening systems is not always clear.

Most of those arrested in March were contract employees sent to work at the facilities as janitors, mechanics, landscapers and other maintenance crew members. Security screening requirements vary widely among companies.

Moreover, an interim Homeland Security plan to protect critical infrastructure offers only vague guidance for businesses wishing to adopt employee security clearance programs.

Hiring illegal workers at secure facilities will likely continue until the government issues a standard employee screening process, said P.J. Crowley, a Clinton administration national security aide and analyst at the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy group.

"Most of these people do not pose security risks per se, but the illegal immigrant today could be someone with nefarious goals tomorrow," Crowley said.

Complaints from labor union employees tipped off company officials to six illegal immigrants working at the Crystal River Power Plant in Crystal River, Fla.

Only one man, a Mexican, worked on the highly secure nuclear side of the plant as part of a crew of supervised painters inside a turbine building, Harris said. The plant has since tightened its security measures even for supervised workers, verifying their Social Security numbers with a credit-checking company before granting access.

"The ability for someone to get into the plant under some false identity _ we want to shut that off," plant spokesman Mac Harris said.

At Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, Timco Aviation Services conducted five-year criminal background checks on all of its employees but left subcontractors to do their own screening, company spokesman Monty Hagler said. As a result of the arrests, Timco will require subcontractors to make background checks on their employees, he said.

At least two of the 27 airplane mechanics arrested at the airport bought fraudulent Social Security cards on a soccer field for between $50 and $70, according to court documents. But all the workers were supervised by certified mechanics, said Hagler, minimizing their security risks.

"Terrorism was not an issue in this. This was an immigration issue," Hagler said.

Immigration advocates said the arrests highlight the need to overhaul work laws for illegal immigrants. Last year, President Bush renewed his call for a guest worker program for immigrants seeking jobs.

"Part of reform needs to recognize that there are people here, living in the U.S., and working and paying taxes, who need to come out of the shadows," said Judy Golub, spokeswoman for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

"We're never going to enhance our security until we have immigration reform," Golub said.
4,105 posted on 04/13/2005 12:16:49 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Until the borders are closed there is NO security. Get Prepared. Stay Prepared.)
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To: JohnathanRGalt; All

April 13, 2005
"Six Hizballah sites go missing"


April 13, 2005

4,106 posted on 04/13/2005 12:17:09 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: appalachian_dweller

Missed first 2 paragraphs of above story.

The Homeland Security Department arrested 57 illegal immigrants last month working at airports and other risk-sensitive facilities around the country, underscoring concerns that lax employment background checks are leaving a security breach for terrorists to exploit.

In one example, a Peruvian was hired as an airplane mechanic in Greensboro, N.C., using a fake Social Security card he bought for $70 on a soccer field, according to court documents. In another, a Florida power plant was alerted to a Mexican working at its nuclear facility only after being tipped off by labor union employees, company officials said.

4,107 posted on 04/13/2005 12:18:25 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Until the borders are closed there is NO security. Get Prepared. Stay Prepared.)
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"Daily Terrorist Round-Up Stories - April 13, 2005 (Terrorists killed in Western Iraq)"

Posted on 04/13/2005 7:50:01 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter

4,108 posted on 04/13/2005 12:20:02 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: appalachian_dweller

That's interesting AD.
Thank you.

4,109 posted on 04/13/2005 12:24:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Old Sarge; TexKat; All

"Illegals Blocking Marine Training"
Newsmax ^ | 4/13/05

Posted on 04/13/2005 12:18:57 PM PDT by areafiftyone

4,110 posted on 04/13/2005 12:31:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Old Sarge; TexKat; All

Note: The following text is an exact quote:

7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

April 12, 2005
Release Number: 05-04-09



BAGHDAD, Iraq – Multi-national forces conducted a raid April 12 on a known foreign-fighter and weapons-smuggling ring located near the Iraqi border town of Al Qaim, five miles east of the Syrian border. The raid was the result of information gathered from intelligence and testimony from terrorists who were detained recently.

Terrorists immediately engaged Coalition forces with small arms fire and multi-purpose assault weapons. Initial reports indicate a number of foreign terrorists were killed, including at least one suicide bomber. No Coalition forces were injured in the raid.

Over the last week, two other raids in the Al Qaim area resulted in the capture of smugglers who confessed to bringing weapons, foreign fighters and money for terrorists across the Syrian border into Iraq.



4,111 posted on 04/13/2005 12:34:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy


4,112 posted on 04/13/2005 12:44:02 PM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: JustPiper
The W.H.O. is felony stupid to allow this to get into the open. The real danger here is that some terrorist or scientist looking to make a serious profit (and not caring it will kill millions) might capitalize on the vulnerability and try to get infected or pass the bug to a terror related third party. I'm not concerned about an infection happening at a lab where the flu was sent. I don't see a STAND (from the novel/movie by Stephen King) situation here. These labs are used to handling infectious agents. Of course it's their own lives on the line first, so they'll be extra careful. Also remember the levels of medicine and medical technology in 1957 were substantially less than currently available, so I wouldn't see quite the major pandemic EVEN IF it got out.
4,113 posted on 04/13/2005 1:42:51 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: appalachian_dweller

Worry too they will help smuggle this:

U.S. Tracking Dangerous Flu Strain Sent to Labs
19 minutes ago*

From WHO:
International response to the distribution of a H2N2 influenza virus for laboratory testing: Risk considered low for laboratory workers and the public*
12 April 2005

Killer flu: Could the world cope?

It is only a matter of time before a major outbreak of potentially deadly flu, according to scientists. Could the world cope?

There have been three flu pandemics during the past 100 years.

The Asian flu of 1957 was caught much earlier but still claimed one million lives.

4,114 posted on 04/13/2005 1:46:35 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: ExSoldier
We also have all the "missing scientists" to worry about Also the leaks in our labs And the worry that many of this strains didn't even reach their destinations, being many are UNaccounted for
4,115 posted on 04/13/2005 1:48:32 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: Cindy

Other accidents happened at Texas City refinery unit

Nuclear Plants Not Keeping Track of Waste
GAO Study Faults Federal Government for Failing to Implement Safeguards

4,116 posted on 04/13/2005 1:54:40 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: MamaDearest

Health ; Threat of 'flesh-eating' MRSA bug:

[Health News] US doctors warn of small but alarming rates of a flesh-eating type of superbug. Patients appear to have caught the MRSA infection that attacks the skin outside of hospital, reports the New England Journal of Medicine.

At a centre in California, 14 patients were identified between 2003 and 2004, and some needed to be hospitalised.

So far no cases have been seen in the UK, but health officials said they were monitoring the situation.

4,117 posted on 04/13/2005 1:56:21 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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Interesting from Promed concerning Marburg:
{Via email no link}
From: Philippe Hovette [translated by LM]

Angola: Comments on the Nature of the Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak

As an internist and tropical medicine specialist, I am interested in the outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Angola. I know little about diseases caused by iloviruses, and certain points intrigue me.

Firstly, this is the 1st epidemic caused by a filovirus which has developed in an urban environment, whereas previously they have been rural zoonoses. Which means of contagion allows an urban epidemic? In an urban zone rodents are the first suspects, but could fructivorous
bats, already accused in Durba and in the epidemics of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, be the origin of the spread?

Secondly, 75 percent of the deceased are children of less than 5 years of age (thus not in school and generally carried on the backs of their mothers), whereas in the 1st epidemic of Marburg hemorrhagic fever which developed in Durba in Zaire, miners and their associates were the victims. There is probably a local factor which has not been highlighted yet. Several assumptions can be considered: viral variation, a local activity responsible for the spread, or infection of children admitted to the hospitals of Uige for another infection [measles, malaria, and typhoid have all been reported from the adjacent Democratic Republic of Congo (see: WHO Bulletin of 19 Jan

Thirdly, more surprising is the fact that mothers are little affected despite very close contact with their infants.

Finally, it seems to me that the high mortality compared to the sporadic outbreaks (25 percent) and the epidemic of Durba (82 percent) are explainable by the fact that the population initially consults traditional practitioners and "kimbandeiros," since the disease is locally ascribed to fate. They go to hospital only after failure of these treatments and often arrive moribund. The sparse resources available to the centers of provincial care are also in
question as well as contaminations by re-used needles.


[This outbreak -- like prior outbreaks of viral hemorrhagic fevers -- began outside the urban environment but transmission was potentiated in the hospital setting. The index case may well have been an adult male whose wife was infected after caring for him, and who then infected their child(ren). An infected child was then hospitalized
in an environment where infectious disease isolation is not routinely practiced, and where supplies are limited so that needles and syringes (or other medical devices) may not be adequately sterilized between uses. Beds may have become contaminated and although washed between patients, perhaps not sufficiently to eliminate the virus.

All of the above were described as sources of transmission in prior viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in which the hospital served as a potentiator for transmission of the virus.

The outbreak then took hold in the pediatric ward, among patients that were already admitted for other illnesses not related to Marburg. Because these were hospitalized children, the direct contact with their families was a bit more limited than if they had stayed home. But I suspect that there was more transmission to the family members who then stayed at home and were ill (and died) at home, away from the attention of the formal health sector. That
would explain the early apparent waves in the pediatric population, but now the shifting age distribution involving the hospital staff, and probably family members of the children. I suspect the final epidemiologic reports will reflect this.

With the above theory, the index case probably had the more "traditional route" (whatever that may be) of primary infection -- exposure to bat droppings (as postulated from an isolated Ebola case related to spelunking in Kenya, and for the outbreak in miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo), or exposure to an infected primate through skinning and preparing for food (I do not know if monkeys are eaten in Angola, but I suspect they are, especially in a zone where food resources are limited).

I suspect that the observed high mortality rate may be a function of "in-hospital" mortality rate, and the true rate may be closer to that seen in the Durba outbreak. The disparity from earlier reported mortalities with Marburg may be related to either a different strain,
or more likely to level of medical care available (earlier outbreaks were in more highly developed areas). It will be interesting to see if an analysis of CFR by age group indicates a differential based on age. A true CFR would require doing a baseline serosurvey in the community to establish the denominator of infected individuals. It
is possible that there are milder cases that are not within the radarscope of the health sector. Given the high emotional state in the area, I suspect that such a serosurvey will have to wait until after things quiet down and "return to normal".

Angola: Death Toll exceeds 200

Health officials in Angola said on Mon 11 Apr 2005 that 203 people out of 221 infected with Marburg virus had died, as local and international health workers race to stem the spread of the disease.

Most of the dead were children under 5 years of age, health workers in the northern Angolan province of Uige -- the most affected region -- said. It is the deadliest Marburg virus outbreak ever recorded.

Panic has spread through the region, with some people hiding their infected relatives and dead bodies from health workers, compounding the problem. Officials also told reporters that a local tradition of delaying the burial of loved ones risked increasing the spread of the
deadly virus. Health workers also said local residents lacked sufficient information about the disease and that hospitals failed to observe basic rules of hygiene that could help stem the epidemic.

4,118 posted on 04/13/2005 2:19:14 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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Strain of _Clostridium difficile_ produces high levels of toxins A and B

The emergence of a highly toxigenic strain of _Clostridium difficile_ may be responsible for an outbreak of disease at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) in Quebec, Canada, according to the results of a study to be presented tomorrow at the 15th annual scientific meeting of the Society for Healthcare
Epidemiology of America (SHEA) in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

According to an SHEA news release, the toxic strain is identical to that which caused outbreaks in 7 hospitals across 6 USA states from 2001 to 2004. Data presented in 2004 at the Infectious Diseases Society of America meeting suggest that the bacterium is resistant to fluoroquinolone therapy.

4,119 posted on 04/13/2005 2:20:55 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: Cindy

Iran nuke commercial hits TV markets
Spot depicting atomic terror attack in NYC to be seen in 20 cities

A commercial produced by an organization fighting for the freedom of Iran that depicts a nuclear terror attack in America – the kind many experts believe is possible should Tehran get the bomb – will run in 20 markets across the country this month.

Titled "An Atomic 9-11: When Evil is Appeased," the spot, sponsored by the Iran Freedom Foundation, is based on a scenario described in the new WND Books release "Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians," by Jerome R. Corsi, co-author of the best-selling "Unfit for Command."

4,120 posted on 04/13/2005 2:26:40 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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Iranians stashing away secret uranium cache?
U.N. nuke watchdog taking inventory of material after suspected diversion

Sharon: Iran 1 step away from enriched uranium
Israelis reportedly showed Bush photos of mullah's nuke facilities

4,121 posted on 04/13/2005 2:28:07 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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To: Cindy
Hi Cindy. You're welcome. Just trying to contribute when I see something. Pretty busy lately so I don't often have time to search. Hope you are doing well.
4,122 posted on 04/13/2005 3:01:14 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Until the borders are closed there is NO security. Get Prepared. Stay Prepared.)
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To: JustPiper

Hi JP. Thanks for the links. Scary stuff.

4,123 posted on 04/13/2005 3:01:53 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Until the borders are closed there is NO security. Get Prepared. Stay Prepared.)
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To: TexKat


4,124 posted on 04/13/2005 3:31:13 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Quix; Domestic Church; DAVEY CROCKETT; MamaDearest; All

Program Reminder:

NBC Apr 13 09:00pm(EST)
Miniseries/Drama, 60 Mins.
Episode #101.
While Dr. Massey is still recovering from the loss of his daughter to a maniacal murderer, he embarks on a journey through the unfamiliar world of faith with the guidance of Sister Josepha Montafiore.

Cast: Bill Pullman, Natascha McElhone, Michael Massee, Tobin Bell, Chelsea Coyle, Brittany Coyle, John Rhys-Davies, Chelsey Coyle.
Producer(s): Gavin Palone, David Seltzer.

Original Airdate: April 13, 2005.

4,125 posted on 04/13/2005 4:20:48 PM PDT by JustPiper (NoE your Enemy !!!)
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Airline refuses to fly robot made by Indiana students

Plane crashes in Bogalusa, killing pilot, passenger

Lighters banned from anywhere on planes

United jet lands in Denver after midair fight breaks out,1413,36~26385~2814171,00.html

Smoke aboard Midwest Connect plane delays flight at Milwaukee

Small plane crash-lands into 18-wheeler on I-17

British Airways finds no fault in crisis landing, but U.S. agency disagrees

British plane makes emergency stop in Turkey

4,126 posted on 04/13/2005 5:01:00 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: All

Man Arrested With Explosives in House (Walnut Creek)

4,127 posted on 04/13/2005 5:37:15 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: TexKat


4,128 posted on 04/13/2005 6:39:05 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: appalachian_dweller

I'm fine AD.
I can't complain.

4,129 posted on 04/13/2005 6:40:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: JustPiper

Thanks JP for all those links.

4,130 posted on 04/13/2005 6:41:06 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: JustPiper


4,131 posted on 04/13/2005 7:33:47 PM PDT by Quix (HAVING A FORM of GODLINESS but DENYING ITS POWER. 2 TIM 3:5)
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To: Cindy; All

Allah Akbar!! Good news for the believers!!!

In response to the order of Allah, who orders us to unite and to stay attached to His rope, and after our sheikh Abu Mouss'ab Al Zarqawi has sworn allegiance to our sheikh Abou Abdallah, Oussama Bin Mouhamad bin Laden, and after Allah has rewarded them in their jihad and has strengthened them in the Truth.

We announce ourselves, The Brigade of Men, composed of squadrons of "Khattab", of"Zalzala", of "Abi Bassir", of "Qa'qa", of "Hamdoun", of "Farouq", we announce having sworn allegiance to the organization of Jihad in the country of the two rivers, in listening to him and obedience.

We ask Allah to accept us, and to restore us identically to that which He loves, and that He will strengthen us in the Tawhid and the Jihad, and that he gives us even more by his grace and his triumph.

And Allah is the most Grand

And certainly pride returns to Allah, to his Messenger, and to the Mujahideen.

5 \ 1426
13 \ 4 \ 2005

Abou Abdallah Al Qurayshy

Emir of the Brigade of Men in Iraq

4,132 posted on 04/13/2005 7:44:36 PM PDT by penguino
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To: Cindy; All

Explosives in the belly!

Some new practices of the ETA were revealed by the Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo. Some militants of the separatist Basque organization " would disguise themselves" as pregnant women in order to hide explosives in their bellies. A true decoy, discovered by the police last February 17th at the time of the arrest of two presumed members of the ETA.

The women would in fact use a foam structure (in the shape of a belly) to hide 25 cartridges of dynamite 100 grams each. A dangerous baby!

What will my enemies do to me? Me, my paradise and my garden exist in my heart. Where I would go, they will always be with me.

If they imprison me, my imprisonment is a retreat, if they exile me outside of my country, my exile is a voyage. If they kill me, my death will be as a martyr on the path of Allah. There is in my heart the book of Allah and the _____ of his messenger.

4,133 posted on 04/13/2005 7:47:23 PM PDT by penguino
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To: Cindy; All
Scroll half way down for a look into a martyr's psyche

Lots of recent war photos


4,134 posted on 04/13/2005 7:54:55 PM PDT by penguino
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US universities slipping in programming contest

2005-04-11 Thomas Blythe

If the Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest is any indication of a country’s technological intelligence, the United States is one country that needs to pull up its socks and put in more efforts.

The United States, once the dominator of the top slots in the contest, have now slipped to a new low of the 17th position, much behind Russia, China, Poland and even Romania. So far, this is the worst performance that America has put up in the 29-year history of this international contest.

This year’s edition of the contest, held at Shanghai in China, saw China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University walking away with the first prize. Moscow State University and St Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics, both from Russia, bagged the second and third prizes respectively. From North America, Canada’s University of Waterloo in Ontario assumed the fourth position.

David Patterson, from the University of California at Berkeley, said, “After World War II, the US was ahead, as all other countries were recovering from the war. We had a head start, and we were a leader by default. But now they have caught up with us.” He added that the United States was spending less on research even though world competition was rising.

According to Jim Foley, chairman, Computing Research Association, the education system of the United States is to blame for the latest results. “The educational system has done a demonstrably poor job of teaching technical, scientific and computing,” he said.

Meanwhile, Asian countries like China and India are fast making technological progress. While China is going all out to speed up its technological progress, India is fasting making a name in the software and programming fields. South Korea is dominating the broadband data transmission market.


4,135 posted on 04/13/2005 8:00:08 PM PDT by penguino
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To: All
They even rigged up a pizza box bomb... Poison Menu Found in Terror Flat


4,136 posted on 04/13/2005 8:05:56 PM PDT by penguino
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To: penguino

Thanks for all the links and research penguino above and below this post.
Another day -- jihad.

4,137 posted on 04/13/2005 8:09:49 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: tmp02; Oorang; drymans wife; MamaDearest; nwctwx; Domestic Church; Rushmore Rocks; Labyrinthos; ...
Terrorism Summary 04/13/05

The potential for an attack on the Vatican has initally passed. However I am concerned about the potential strike against whoever is selected as the next Pope. Another good analysis from

Let me know if you want on or off the Ping list.

04/13/04  Current National Homeland Defense threat level is YELLOW

1. Attack threat windows - America
04/13/04  Primary Window:  Currently on a 60 day watch due to the 02/20/05 release of a video on Al-Jazerra of AQ number two - Al Zawahiri. Past history has shown that there is a strong likelyhood that this video may be the signal for an attack somewhere within the next 60 days. This watch ends approximately 21 April 2005.

04/13/04 Secondary windows:  None currently identified.

2. Attack Indicators
04/13/05  Al-Zawhari video message (see above).  No other significant indicators

3. Current Terrorist Operations

04/08/05 Jihadwatch noted on 28 February 2005 that there had been a significant increase in the number of Egyptians using the Al Ansar forum (currently called So no, Jihadwatch not surprised by this attack, nor do I expect it to be the last.
Neil MacFarquhar (New York Times): A bomb stuffed with nails exploded Thursday near the heart of the main tourist bazaar in Cairo, killing 2 people including a French woman and wounding 18 others, including four French, three Americans, an Italian, a Turk, and nine Egyptians. Nurses said many had nails more than an inch long embedded in their bodies. Shopkeepers said they feared that the bombing, the first such attack on foreigners in the capital in more than seven years, would scare away tourists who have been visiting Egypt in record numbers.
Godzilla note - Traffic level monitoring is a key indicator. However, it would have been better to have some transcripts to confirm topic(s) as there could be other factors involved.

04/13/05 Godzilla - I’ve noted various comments that AQ is struggling to focus its efforts regarding what to do post-Iraq. Al-Zarqwai wants to liberate Iraq from the crusaders, Al-Zawhiri wants to take over Saudia Arabia, and OBL wants another strike against the US. This is causing different sectors to operate independently without any stratigic guidance or goals, all the while consuming resources.

              Southern  ASIA Region

General Seaborne
04/12/05  A spate of pirate raids on ships in the Malacca Strait could tempt terrorists to stage a seaborne attack, the vice-commandant of the US Coast Guard said Friday.   "We have some concerns that what the pirates might be doing is showing the terrorists where opportunities exist," Vice-Admiral Terry Cross told reporters.   Cross, who is on a tour of Asia to bolster maritime cooperation and port security, was speaking against the background of five pirate attacks on ships in the Malacca and Singapore straits in the past six weeks.
The Malacca Strait is used by about 50,000 ships a year carrying a third of world trade, and the ease with which pirates board vessels has given rise to concern that terrorists could hijack a tanker to use as a floating bomb or to block the vital channel and disrupt world trade.   In the latest attack, a gang of pirates attempted to board a huge Japanese-owned crude oil tanker off Indonesia's Karimun islands, where the southern tip of the Malacca Strait joins the Singapore Strait.  The tanker managed to outrun the pirates, but in four earlier attacks ships were boarded and robbed and crew members were kidnapped.

Indonesia  - State Dept. Travel Warning issued 03/24/05 
04/13/05   An Indonesian court jailed two Muslim militants, one of them from Malaysia, on Wednesday for involvement in the 2003 bombing of the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.   Sunarto, a 56-year-old Indonesian man also known as Adung, was jailed for seven years for providing assistance to the bombmakers and possession of a firearm.>

Monitoring - AQ attack watch #2 through 12/31/05
The documents show that in 2005, the militants plan to attack "soft targets" such as the tropical beach resorts of Pattaya and Phuket, which draw tourist from around the world. Recent attacks have hit other resort areas not affected by the tsunami.

04/09/05 THE bombing of Hat Yai airport last weekend was the latest in a succession of attacks causing regional security experts to ask if southern Thailand's insurgency is evolving into something even nastier. Specifically, has a revived and Islamised separatist movement among the ethnic Malays who predominate in the three southernmost provinces, under pressure from a heavy-fisted government, adopted a terrorist strategy of striking at civilian targets?,5744,12798937^2703,00.html

4/8/05 Four soldiers were injured Monday in a blast in Thailand's Muslim-dominated South, less than 24 hours after three bomb rocked the region, sources to Xinhua said. In Yala, one of the three southernmost border provinces in the kingdom, an explosion occurred at 1:30 p.m. Monday on a college campus where a football [match] was held. Four soldiers were seriously injured in the blast. The bomb, planted in the area where the military vehicles were parked, was triggered by remote control, said the source.

              East  ASIA Region

04/12/05  Many American and Filipino counter-terrorism officials believe that the southern Philippines is becoming a new base for training terrorists. In that region, members of al Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiah  (JI), Abu Sayyaf, and factions of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are cooperating to train new terrorists, and carry out attacks in the area. The Filipino government, however, believed that the situation in the southern islands is under control. While sometimes called a "new Afghanistan," the southern Philippines is also full of police, troops and pro-government civilians.

       Middle East / SW Asia

04/13/05  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. ...snip...
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..

04/12/05  Pakistani security forces have arrested four Iraqi nationals suspected of having links with Al Qaeda militants, a local security official said yesterday. …snip…
The suspects had identified themselves as Iraqis, he said. They were captured on a tip off from an intelligence source on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. One of the detainees, identified as Abdul Aziz, is a fluent speaker of the local Pashtu language. He was caught with computer discs and other documents, the official said.

04/13/05 Godzilla - Lots of RUMINT about the status of Iran’s nuclear program and that it could be as little as one month away from having enriched uranium. France seems to think a nuclear Iran wouldn’t be a bad thing (no suprise here). Israel’s patience with the EU’s bargaining has got to begin to wear thin soon. However, Sharon is having troubles at home and could either be too focused on that or is holding out the wag-the-dog option to distract the public from internal trouble and rally behind him.

04/12/05  Twelve Taliban insurgents were killed on Monday in a battle with U.S. and Afghan government forces in the volatile southeast of the country, police said.  Two soldiers from the U.S.-led foreign force in Afghanistan were wounded in the fighting which also involved U.S. aircraft, a U.S. military spokeswoman said. The two wounded troops were in stable condition.

04/08/05 US troops and warplanes reinforced Afghan forces that were ambushed on a high mountain pass in a firefight that killed about 12 fighters and wounded two American soldiers, officials said Tuesday. In other reminders of Afghanistan’s instability, farmers fought a gunbattle with counternarcotics police in the south, and authorities said they arrested three men suspected of trying to abduct an American in the capital.

04/12/05  Godzilla - This guy at has been hitting it squarely on the nose in connecting the post-Iraq election dots that the MSM seems to overlook.

The rift between hard-line Sunnis, and more moderate ones, seems to be widening. While many imams (religious leaders) are not openly siding with the 64 Sunni Arab clerics who issued a Fatwa (religious decree) saying Sunnis should support the new government and join the security forces, the more extreme imams who tried to issue counter-decrees have apparently been ignored. The Sunni religious leaders are caught in a bind. Much to their dismay, their calls to fight the “occupiers” has only resulted in a lot of Iraqis getting killed by other Iraqis and foreign Moslems. No one expected this, but the Americans proved expert at defending themselves. The next available targets were Iraqi police and soldiers. These poor guys were not as good at defending themselves from terrorist attacks. And when the terrorists hit the police and troops, they tended to kill nearby Iraqi civilians as well. In some cases, this included numbers of children. Even before the Second Battle of Fallujah last November, the videos of dead Iraqi children, slain by Islamic terrorists, was forcing the Sunni Arab clerics to reconsider their position as cheerleaders for the terrorists.

Then came the Second Battle of Fallujah last November. To most Iraqis, it was no surprise that the Americans tore right through the town, killing or capturing several thousand terrorists and anti-government fighters assembled there to slaughter the “occupiers.” Again, the Americans proved expert at avoiding casualties, while wiping out the “Holy Warriors” who swore they would prevail. Then came the January 30th election debacle. Hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed in January, as terrorists did all they could to discourage Iraqis from voting. It didn’t work, and failed in a spectacular fashion as millions of Iraqis fearlessly came out to vote.

In February, you could hear the sermons at Friday prayers were getting less bloodthirsty. Many clerics were having second thoughts about whose side they were on. The terrorists and anti-government gunmen were looking like losers and killers who had only Iraqis for victims. Many of the Sunni Arab clerics believed the sermons they were preaching, calling for armed insurrection against the occupiers. The Sunni Arabs saw themselves as the guardians of Islamic orthodoxy in a sea of Shia blasphemy. But what’s the point if you can’t get at the occupying infidels, and they can kill you with impunity. What’s the point when the Sunni Arab “Defenders of Islam” can only kill Moslem civilians.

But it was getting worse. The police and soldiers were getting better at defending themselves. The Americans not only provided training, but also materials and assistance in building attack proof police stations. These little forts used the same plans and security methods the Americans used to make their own bases impregnable. The Iraqi police certainly had an incentive to listen to the Americans, for the alternative was death at the hands of some Sunni Arab suicide bomber. By March, it had been four months since a police station had been successfully attacked. 

Iraqi police were increasingly seen patrolling with American troops. The Iraqi police knew who they were looking for, and with American troops as backup, knew they were invincible if attacked. The Americans also trained thousands of Iraqi police and soldiers in SWAT tactics, making it possible for more raids on mosques. Americans had refrained from raiding mosques, even though it was widely known that the terrorists were using places of worship for storing weapons and housing gunmen and bomb makers. As the number of raided mosques increased, more evidence of religious leaders participating in the violence appeared. 

More and more terrorist sells and anti-government gangs were going dark, just disappearing. Sunni Arab clerics could tell by the regulars who were not showing up for Friday prayers anymore. Inquiries revealed that the missing men were dead, in prison, or had hastily moved away. There was no place left to hide for many terrorists.

The clerics still hate the Americans for taking power away from Sunni Arabs, and letting the despised Shia Arabs take over. But you have to be realistic. During the 1990s, most Sunni Arabs didn’t get all the lavish handouts from Saddam that the Sunni Arab clergy received. Most Sunni Arabs were not happy with the way the Sunni Arab clergy were urging on the Sunni Arabs to kill, especially when most of the dead were Sunni Arab civilians. Preachers could tell from the number of frowns and scowls they were now getting during their fiery sermons. The violence began in the mosque, and that’s where it’s sputtering to an end.

Although the radical Shia leader Muqtada al Sadr is not happy with the course of Iraqi politics, he apparently is trying to curb the more radical elements among his supporters. He organized a mass demonstration for April 9th, which attracted more Western media attention than participants. Al Sadr has  reined in proposals to resume armed resistance. Despite this, he is also believed to be trying to rebuild his militia.

Saudi Arabia  
Monitoring - AQ attack watch has ended, however threat of an attack is still high.
Call for attacks on oil infrastructure in Iraq and Gulf region by Osama bin Laden

04/07/05  Saudi security forces killed another key al Qaeda operative, Abdulrahman al-Yazji, in raid Wednesday in S. Riyadh. He was one of four still free on Saudi wanted list of 26, after three-day battle in northern town of Ar-Rass left 14 terrorists dead, among them Saudi al Qaeda cell leaders, Saud al-Oteibi and Moroccan Abdel Karim al-Majati.
Godzilla - The claim that al-Yazji ‘s death has been disputed in more recent commentaries.

Yemen -  State Dept Travel Warning issued 4/8/05
Godzilla - This area is becomming a hot spot, possibly due to AQ suspecting that the government is unable to sustain counter-terror operations to prevent AQ from establishing a new operational base in the region.

04/12/05  On 11 April 2005, the U.S. Embassy reopened after remaining closed for two days due to security concerns. Though no specific threat has been reported, the embassy indicated that it had received information related to general security threats. A diplomatic source reported that the closure was not related to ongoing clashes between government forces and Shiite rebels in the northern province of Saada. The embassy of the United Kingdom, which also closed on 9 April, reopened on 10 April.

04/10/05 OPINION SNIPPET: "The recent reports about armed followers of some of the Salafi extremist groups entering mosques brandishing their guns and demanding that even the government appointed Friday Sermon preachers step down from the speaker’s platform so that their speaker takes over is a serious new development. One is inclined to pray that our extremist brothers have not decided to take on a more militant posture at this time, especially with the war on terror still at its zenith. This is exactly what Common Sense was pointing out in the last column in noting that the Government is indeed giving the extremists what they need in terms of a signal to proceed with taking over all the religious activities in our society and imposing their own uncompromising dogma on the good Moslem citizens of this country. Because they are unable to develop a majority following amongst the mostly moderate Moslems of Yemen, they are now insisting that any new mosques built should be controlled by extremist preachers and caretakers. With most traditional Moslem institutions being either marginalized by the state and not enjoying the privileges that these extremists have been allowed to enjoy over the last couple of decades, including the right to roam around in bands of armed men, even in the middle of the major towns, these extremists have become a frightening sight to most common citizens. Now with their open assaults on mosques, the moderate peace loving worshippers will not even be able to enter mosques to pray until they swear allegiance to the extreme renditions of Islam that these militants insist on imposing upon the society."

04/09/05 The US embassy in Yemen has closed to the public for security reasons after the State Department warned Americans not to travel to this volatile Arabian Peninsula nation, diplomats said. ...snip...
On Friday, the State Department said the security threat to US citizens remained high due to "terrorist activities", and authorised the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and eligible family members. It also advised US citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Yemen.
The State Department said it was concerned extremists might carry out attacks against US citizens or interests and that the embassy might temporarily close or suspend public services occasionally for security reasons. ....snip....
"The American warning is more than a week old and the British warning is three days old," the official said, adding there was no specific threat linked to either.

04/12/05  Egyptian security forces have arrested three Islamists suspected of planning last week's suicide bombing in a Cairo bazaar which killed three foreigners, an interior ministry source said.  The source also revealed that the suicide bomber who carried out the attack which killed two French nationals and an American was identified as an Egyptian from the Nile Delta region of Qaliobya, north of Cairo.    The suicide bomber -- whose name is to be revealed at a news conference at an unspecified date -- planned the attack along with the three detained accomplices, the source told AFP.

04/12/05  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.  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.

04/10/05 Egyptian authorities are investigating whether a homicide bomber carried out an attack that killed three people, including an American tourist, in a packed Cairo (search) market, officials said Saturday. The rudimentary 7-pound bomb packed with nails exploded Thursday in Khan al-Khalili (search) tourist bazaar, killing an American, a French woman and an unidentified third person, who investigators have said probably was a homicide bomber.,2933,152964,00.html

04/13/05 Godzilla - Relatively low levels of activity. Minor human bomb incidents. More definite were concerns that a radical group of Jews would storm the temple mount, igniting warfare.


04/13/05 Godzilla - Europe has been relatively quiet now that the Pope’s funeral and Prince Chaz’s wedding are over.

04/13/05 Some new practices of the ETA were revealed by the Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo. Some militants of the separatist Basque organization " would disguise themselves" as pregnant women in order to hide explosives in their bellies. A true decoy, discovered by the police last February 17th at the time of the arrest of two presumed members of the ETA. The women would in fact use a foam structure (in the shape of a belly) to hide 25 cartridges of dynamite 100 grams each. A dangerous baby!

         The Americas

United States
04/12/05  Three men have been indicted on charges they plotted to attack financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington. 
A four-count indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses Dhiran Barot, Nadeem Tarmohammed and Qaisar Shaffi of scouting the New York Stock Exchange and Citicorp Building in New York, the Prudential Building in Newark, N.J., and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in the District of Columbia.   The three men, already in custody in England, were charged with three conspiracy counts and providing material support to terrorists.
U.S. officials claim that Barot is a senior al-Qaida figure, known variously as Abu Eisa al-Hindi, Abu Musa al-Hindi and Issa al-Britani, who scouted prominent financial targets in the United States at the behest of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.   Prosecutors say the men conducted surveillance on the buildings between August 2000 and April 2001, including video surveillance in Manhattan around April 2001.
Last August the government raised the risk of a terrorist attack to "high" for those specific financial institutions. The color-coded threat level for the rest of the nation remained at yellow, or elevated, the middle of a five-point scale.   Federal authorities, who acknowledged the threat was based mainly on years-old intelligence, said the decision to raise the threat level was based on an abundance of caution and because of the lengthy planning and plotting record of the terrorist network known as al-Qaida.   The threat level was lowered to yellow for the buildings in November.

04/08/05 An anti-terrorism task force headed by the FBI has issued a special alert bulletin concerning a man who authorities said took flight lessons while in the United States illegally. The man, Zayed Christopher Hajaig, has been located in the United Kingdom, said Steve Emmett, a special agent with the FBI in Atlanta.

04/07/05  Two 16-year-old girls from New York City were arrested last month and charged with immigration violations after the F.B.I. asserted that they intended to become suicide bombers, according to a government document. A spokesman for one of their families, however, said the accusation was false and said the government had probably misinterpreted a school essay written by one of the girls.

4. Attack method.
11/23/04  No real change in the preferred method of choice of AQ which are bombs - the bigger the better.  There are special concerns regarding the use by terrorists of the following types of vehicles:

1.  Uhaul type cargo trucks.
2.  Gasoline / Propane supply / tanker trucks.
3.  Emergency vehicles (ambulances, police cars, fire trucks)

04/13/05 Godzilla - Bio-terrorism concerns have increased due to avaian flu, Marburg and other deadly diseases breaking out in the third world. CDC is very sensitive to this and the President has updated an executive order to included avaian flu actions and quarantines.

5. Personnel
04/13/05 Nothing significant to report.

6. Significant meetings canceled:
04/13/04 No new cancellations.

7. Security has been heightened in specific cities
04/13/04  NYC is at a locally declared ORANGE where it had been since. 9/11/01.

GENERAL: Ongoing work to upgrade security at sea ports and airports.

8. Military operations. 
04/13/05  No announced operations out of normal.  

9. Dept of Homeland Security. / State Department
04/8/05 Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
This information is current as of today, Mon Apr 11 07:28:26 2005.
This Travel Warning is being issued to warn U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Yemen at this time and inform them that the Department of State has authorized the departure of dependents and non-emergency personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa on a voluntary basis.  This supersedes the Travel Warning for Yemen issued on November 16, 2004.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Yemen.  The security threat to all U.S. citizens in Yemen remains high due to terrorist activities in Yemen.  The Department is concerned about possible attacks by extremist individuals or groups against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses and perceived interests and therefore has authorized the voluntary departure from Yemen of non-emergency personnel and eligible family members.  From time to time the Embassy may temporarily close or suspend public services for security reasons.  Emergency assistance to U.S. citizens during non-business hours (or when public access is restricted) is available through Embassy duty personnel. …snip…

10. Suspicious Domestic Incidents Not Currently Linked to Specific Terrorism Attempts
04/11/05  Wayne County deputies and the FBI are investigating an explosive placed under a railroad track just east of Fairfield. A potentially dangerous situation was averted, but what makes this case so un-nerving is this incident could very easily be repeated with devastating results. Wayne County chief deputy David Zola says, "It would have been a real bad situation, yes."
Railroad employees working on the tracks just east of Fairfield found a pipe bomb nestled between the gravel and the rail. "We believe the bomb was powerful enough that it would have done some significant damage on this one rail causing the very next train coming down the railroad to possibly derail."
Zolar says the bomb’s fuse was lit, but for some unknown reason the fuse went out.  ….snip….

4,138 posted on 04/13/2005 8:12:34 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: Godzilla

Thank You!!!!!!

"Minor human bomb incidents"

If Zappa came back to life this would be the title of his next CD.

4,139 posted on 04/13/2005 8:32:57 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: Godzilla

THANK YOU Godzilla.
A well put together summary.

4,140 posted on 04/13/2005 8:43:29 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Godzilla

Just finishing up my taxes here, and Wow! thanks, Godzilla, there's nothing like seeing the big picture!

4,141 posted on 04/13/2005 8:51:02 PM PDT by penguino
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To: Velveeta

Incredible plane articles Velveeta.

A plane into a semi...can't wait to read
the updates on that one.

4,142 posted on 04/13/2005 8:56:19 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy; all4one; JustPiper; lainie; Brad's Gramma; RightWhale; grizzfan; Lori675; dennisw; ...

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory Ping....

First half-hour: Investigative reporter Jon Rappoport returns to update the flu vials story.

Hours 2, 3, 4 S.Q. will share an update on terrorism and discuss his newest book, Lucifer’s Luggage: Suitcase Nukes in America.

4,143 posted on 04/13/2005 9:03:43 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

Thanks for the ping Karl.

4,144 posted on 04/13/2005 9:05:20 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: BurbankKarl

Hello Karl! How are you tonight?

4,145 posted on 04/13/2005 9:11:45 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: warsaw44

Oh, great...a little tired after that Titanic show...they ended up talking about the Edmund Fitzgerals, and surprise, the S.S. Cyclops disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle.

4,146 posted on 04/13/2005 9:13:11 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

well I missed it. I crashed about 10 minutes after signing off last night. One of the problems trying to catch interesting guests on Noory's show. I wish I had heard the rest. The gent seemed to really know his history. Some time ago I had bookmarked an article about giant sulfuric bubbles causing ships to sink if I can recall. It might have been a National Geographic article. Did that subject come up?

4,147 posted on 04/13/2005 9:17:39 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: Old Sarge; backhoe; piasa; JohnathanRGalt; penguino

Message Snippet:

"In response to the order of Allah, who orders us to unite and to stay attached to His rope, and after our sheikh Abu Mouss'ab Al Zarqawi has sworn allegiance to our sheikh Abou Abdallah, Oussama Bin Mouhamad bin Laden, and after Allah has rewarded them in their jihad and has strengthened them in the Truth.

We announce ourselves, The Brigade of Men, composed of squadrons of "Khattab", of"Zalzala", of "Abi Bassir", of "Qa'qa", of "Hamdoun", of "Farouq", we announce having sworn allegiance to the organization of Jihad in the country of the two rivers, in listening to him and obedience."

"Allah Akbar!!"



4,148 posted on 04/13/2005 9:33:21 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: ladyjane
Right. But if a person is sick they can go to any emergency room and they won't be turned away. Illegals can go too and not worry that they'll be reported.

This is true, but the illegal has nothing to lose. The uninsured citizen stands to go into deep debt to pay the bill and the possibility of losing their home and car to satisfy the bill, which could be HUGE in a pandemic, especially if multiple family members are seriously ill.

4,149 posted on 04/13/2005 9:52:01 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: appalachian_dweller
"We're never going to enhance our security until we have immigration reform," Golub said.


4,150 posted on 04/13/2005 9:58:03 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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