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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - Thread Twenty-Seven
Posted on 06/02/2005 9:27:09 PM PDT by nwctwx
Threat Matrix HTML designed by: Ian Livingston
ping to new thread.
ping to new thread.
Wow, that was quick nw!
I left out the Arabic links from this thread, but added a link to the top.. I am in the process of changing that page up a bit, and did not want the older version with the new thread... I'm not sure if I should keep including it with the first post anyway, don't know if people enjoy it.
I'm also doing some more organizing of things behind the scenes, some of the other links up top may be unavailable from time to time.
Only Slightly OFF TOPIC and ON THE NET...
CNN.com: Washington - "FBI SPY CHIEF ASKS PRIVATE SECTOR FOR HELP" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence David Szady, cited Russia, Iran, Cuba and North Korea among countries he said engage in espionage against the United States, but he focused heavily on activities by Chinese. "There are 150,000 students from China. Some of those are sent here to work their way up into the corporations," Szady said. There are about 300,000 Chinese visitors annually, and 15,000 Chinese delegations touring the United States every year, 3,500 of them in the New York area alone, he said.") (February 10, 2005) (Read More...)
NZHERALD.co.nz (REUTERS): Beijing - "CHINA GOES UNDERCOVER TO SWAY OPINION ON INTERNET" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "China has formed a special force of undercover online commentators to try to sway public opinion on controversial issues on the Internet, a newspaper said yesterday. China has struggled to gain control over the Internet as more and more people gain access to obtain information beyond official sources. The country has nearly 100 million Internet users, according to official figures, and the figure is rising. A special force of online commentators had already been operating in Suqian city in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu since April, the Southern Weekend said.") (May 20, 2005) (Read More...) (Note: This url may expire.)
RewardsForJustice.net - "WANTED": "MUSTAFA SETMARIAM NASAR (Mustafa Sitmaryan Nassar") (Note: "Aliases: Abu Musab al-Suri, Umar Abd al-Hakim") (View Photos; Read More...)
FBI.gov - Seeking Information: "ADNAN G. EL SHUKRIJUMAH" (ALIASES: "Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah; Abu Arif; Ja'far Al-Tayar; Jaffar Al-Tayyar; Jafar Tayar; Jaafar Al-Tayyar") (VIEW POSTER. Click Here.)
A Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a May 15, 2005 LOS ANGELES TIMES article: "L.A. VIOLENCE CROSSES THE LINE" (Note: "trans-border Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) street gang") (Read More...)
Thanks for your work.
I know we have some people who are good with graphics here. I would like to replace both the top TM images at some point in the near future. I am moderately able in that dept., but not nearly as much so as others. If anyone has time in the next few weeks/months, and decides to try something out, let me know... always happy to use freeper ideas here.
I was also thinking it might be helpful to break up TM by month in the future, especially at the rate of current posting. It would make for smaller threads, and easier recollection of data. Any thoughts on this would be welcome as well.
Thanks for the new thread.
"Islam's double standard"
June 2, 2005
"Sherlock Holmes Returns in New Books"
Sify ^ | Wednesday, 01 June
Posted on 06/02/2005 11:21:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "New York: Sherlock Holmes, the detective famed for his icy logic, is hot again, brought back to life by authors who believe the supremely rational character strikes a chord in this age of post-9/11 uncertainty.
Seventy-five years after the death of his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes is popping up in historical locales from Hiroshima to Holocaust-haunted Europe in recent portrayals by literary-minded US writers."
Note: The following text is an exact quote:
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
This information is current as of today, Fri Jun 03 2005 00:40:39 GMT-0700.
June 2, 2005
This Travel Warning is being issued to remind U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist actions in Uzbekistan. The Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members of U. S. Embassy personnel and urges all U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Uzbekistan. This Travel Warning supercedes the Public Announcement of May 27, 2005.
The United States Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning attacks, possibly against U.S. interests, in Uzbekistan in the very near future. Due to the nature of the threat, the Department of State has authorized the departure from Uzbekistan of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent. American citizens currently in Uzbekistan should consider departing Uzbekistan via available commercial options.
Supporters of terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Al-Qaida, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement are active in the region. These groups have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and may also attempt to target U.S. Government or private interests in Uzbekistan. The Department of State urges Americans in Uzbekistan to exercise extreme caution, including avoiding large crowds, celebrations, and places where Westerners generally congregate. In the past, these groups have been known to conduct kidnappings, assassinations and suicide bombings.
Uzbekistan experienced a wave of terrorist violence in 2004. Three suicide bombings occurred in July 2004 in Tashkent, including one outside the U.S. Embassy. Other targets included the Israeli Embassy and the Uzbekistani Prosecutor Generals Office. The Islamic Jihad Union released a statement claiming responsibility for these attacks.
Multiple attacks also occurred in Tashkent and Bukhara in late March and early April 2004. These attacks used suicide bombers, mainly focused at police and Uzbek private and commercial facilities. In late July, approximately 15 people pled guilty in an Uzbekistan court to charges related to the attacks. The Islamic Jihad Union also claimed responsibility for these operations.
In 2003, the U.S. Embassy received information indicating that terrorist groups had planned attacks against hotels in Uzbekistan frequented by Westerners, as well as against other institutions affiliated with or representing foreign interests.
Terrorist groups do not distinguish between official and civilian targets. As security is increased at official U.S. facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers seek softer targets. These may include facilities where Americans and other foreigners congregate or visit, such as residential areas, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, outdoor recreation events, and resorts.
In addition, on May 13, armed militants stormed a local prison, released its prisoners, and then took control of the regional administration and other government buildings. By the end of the day fighting broke out between government forces and the militants. There were reports indicating that several hundred civilians died in the ensuing violence. There were no reports of U.S. citizens who were affected by these events.
Although the city is reportedly calm at the present time and all registered American citizens in Andijon have reported with the Embassy, Americans are advised to limit unnecessary travel to the Andijon province due to small pockets of unrest. Some U.S.-sponsored or supported humanitarian organizations have decided at this time not to return to Andijon.
Other U.S. government agencies continue to operate and travel normally throughout the region. According to the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, border crossings and all airports, except in Andijon, are currently open.
The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent continues to employ heightened security precautions. U.S. citizens should report any unusual activity to local authorities and then inform the Embassy.
The Uzbek Government maintains travel restrictions on large parts of the Surkhandarya province bordering Afghanistan, including the border city of Termez. Foreign citizens intending to travel to this region must obtain a special permission card from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs or Uzbek embassies and consulates abroad.
Americans traveling to or remaining in Uzbekistan despite this Travel Warning are strongly urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Uzbekistan. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent may close temporarily for general business from time to time to review its security posture. The U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan is located at 82 Chilanzarskaya St., Tashkent, Uzbekistan 700115. The telephone number is 998-71-120-5450. The fax number is 998-71-120-6335. The website is http://www.usembassy.uz.
Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Uzbekistan, the Central Asia Regional Public Announcement, and Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or Canada, and 202-501-4444 from overseas.
ON THE NET...
ICC-CCS.ORG: THE WEEKLY PIRACY REPORT
"22 ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MARRIAGE FRAUD
ICE investigation results in the arrest of 13 U.S. citizens and 9 Kenyans; more arrests expected"
DES MOINES, Iowa
"SUICIDE TERROR - AN OVERVIEW OF THE THREAT"
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"Euro dives on Italian call to quit currency"
Reuters -UK ^ | Friday June 3rd, 2005 | Naomi Tajitsu
Posted on 06/03/2005 12:41:25 AM PDT by M. Espinola
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "TOKYO (Reuters) - The euro suddenly spiked lower on Friday after an Italian minister said that Italy should quit the single currency and revert back to the lira."
NOTE: The following post is an exact quote:
US embassy in Jakarta warns of extremists attacks
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-06/03/content_3041441.htm ^ | 2005-06-03 | Xinhuanet
Posted on 06/03/2005 1:19:36 AM PDT by Deetes
JAKARTA, June 3 (Xinhuanet) -- The US embassy in Jakarta said Friday it has learned that as of June 1, there were plans by extremists to conduct bomb attacks in the capital city. The planned attacks target "the lobbies of hotels frequented by westerners in Jakarta," the embassy said in a statement. "The attacks were to occur circa noon on an unspecified date," it said, adding that there is no additional information on the timing for or the method of the attacks. The warning was the second issued by the embassy in the last ten days. The embassy on May 26 closed services due to a "security threat." Enditem
(Excerpt) Read more at news.xinhuanet.com ...
Thanks to nw_arizona_granny for the ping to this thread:
"Suspect package at Parliament (Australia)"
The Australian ^ | June 3, 2004
Posted on 06/02/2005 11:59:32 PM PDT by RWR8189
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A SECTION of Parliament House was sealed off this morning after a suspicious package sent to the Foreign Minister was found in the building's loading dock.
The package contained a sealed plastic bag of white powder, the Department of Parliamentary Services said. An ACT police spokesman said this afternoon the contents of the package were, tests showed, "clearly harmless".
It was addressed to Mr Downer and was found at 9.05am (AEST) today during routine screening in the loading dock."
"Student sues after Bible study banned
Claims principal abruptly interrupted discussion during recess"
Posted: June 3, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A 10-year-old elementary school student filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against district officials for barring students from reading and discussing the Bible during recess.
Luke Whitson and his parents, represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, claim Principal Cathy Summa at Karns Elementary School in the Knox County district in Tennessee violated constitutional rights by stopping a playground Bible study.
The lawsuit alleges: "Principal Summa abruptly interrupted certain fourth-grade students while they were in the midst of a Bible discussion during recess, demanded that they stop their activity at once, put their Bibles away and from that point forward, cease from bringing their Bibles to school.""
Friday, June 3, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
"Writer's slaying rattles Beirut"
By Nicholas Blanford
The Christian Science Monitor
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ARTICLE SNIPPET: "BEIRUT, Lebanon Samir Kassir, one of Lebanon's leading journalists and a prominent anti-Syrian campaigner, was killed when his car exploded yesterday, stunning a country that had begun to believe that the recent violence was finally over."
"Latin America:Fragmentation and Forecasts"
Heritage Foundation ^ | June 2, 2005 | Carlos Albert Montaner
Posted on 06/02/2005 11:47:51 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
"**ON THE ALERT FOR AL-QAEDA COMING THROUGH EL SALVADOR AND NICARAGUA** (La Opinion, translated)"
La Opinion Hispanic Newspaper (in Spanish) Los Angeles, translated ^ | 25 May 2005 | Juan Jose Dalton
Posted on 05/25/2005 6:58:43 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
June 03, 2005
"Extradition for 9/11 suspect linked to London ricin flat"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "More on this case from the Times Online, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
AN AL-QAEDA suspect linked to the September 11 atrocities and the ricin plotters in London can be extradited to Spain, a court ruled yesterday.
Hedi Ben Yousseff Boudhiba, a Tunisian, is an alleged associate of Kamel Bourgass, the terrorist serving life for the murder of a British policeman and the plan to make chemical weapons.
Mr Boudhiba, 45, has been named in a Spanish indictment as a key figure in a cell that helped the 9/11 planners in Hamburg and, more recently, recruited men to fight in Iraq."
April 20, 2005
"UK Ricin plot informant faces trial in Algeria"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "What made him give this information? Unfortunately, the story doesn't say. "Ricin plot informant faces trial in Algeria," from Reuters, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
ALGIERS - A suspected al Qaeda agent who divulged a plot to attack Britain is due to go on trial on terror-related charges in Algeria on Wednesday, officials said.
Mohamed Meguerba, 37, was arrested in Algeria in December 2002 after jumping bail in Britain, where he had given police information in the biggest British terrorism case since the September 11 attacks in the United States.
Information he gave interrogators led to the arrests of 100 people in an anti-terrorism sweep in Britain. One of them, Kamel Bourgass, was convicted last week of a plot to launch chemical and bomb attacks.
Meguerba faces accusations of being a member of a terrorist organisation operating abroad and of one active in Algeria. He also faces charges of using fake documents and other more minor crimes....
Fearing extradition, Meguerba told Algerian authorities that plotters in Britain were keeping deadly ricin poison in a skin-cream jar and planned to smear it on door handles. British police did not find the poison but found recipes to make it."
Paper no. 1401
03. 06. 2005
"THE REAL IMPLICATIONS OF POSSESSION OF AIR CAPABILITY BY LTTE"
by Commodore RS Vasan IN (Retd)
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "1. The whole of last month has been an eventful one for a small illegal Air Force.With all the publicity and the kind of analysis that seems to have gone with the acquisition of the two fixed wing aircraft and possibly a couple of helicopters many theories have surfaced. Well, many of the flying clubs in the country would have more assets than the inventory in question and no questions would be raised. Yet the acquisition of such air assets by the most successful Guerilla outfit and a declared Terrorist organisation has alarmed observers around the world. If the Prime Minister of India himself expressed concern at this development.it shows the kind of grudging respect that LTTE seems to get from different quarters including India . The Foreign Minister of India likewise was alarmed at this development.
2. The addition of a new capability itself would have not been so worrisome, but when coupled with the proven intent of the LTTE, which has its own suicide squads; it is indeed a matter of concern."
Paper no. 1398
02. 06. 2005
"THE WORLD'S FIRST TERRORIST AIR FORCE"
excellent new start. How do you find the time?
Below is the clipped message from #30 above, my education continues, learned not to put < marks on quotes, it does
not print them....LOL
"exit Syrian from deporting bricks and termination first to final
liquidations of glass of the scientist started!"
Final liquidations of glass sound clearly nuclear (many in FR have
spoken heatedly about turning Iran to glass if they start something)
...out of Syria from dropping/unloading at port "bricks" (all bricks are
radioactive by nature to one degree or another, the "heaviness" of the
brick is an oblique reference to radioactive isotopes possibly
)...deporting could reference those water ports we were all watching a
while back..."termination first"... deadly detonation with a follow-up
blast. For example, in the Clancy story Sum of All Fears I think the
blast that hit Baltimore was only the small detonation part of what
could have been a much bigger explosion.
4,421 posted on 06/02/2005 7:52:23 PM PDT by Domestic Church
All but a handfull of the army vehicles are missing from the Armory this morning. First time since I've lived here, 2 1/2 years . . .
Thanks, Ian. Now that school is almost over (end of next week!) I'm going to be sending you a small addition to put in with my "invaluable tips" link above. Is that okay?
Yes, sounds good... I still have to reformat the info you sent me (months) ago as well. I will be getting to all that shortly, as well as some other lists/info I have marked off on books I have read.
Thanks for the PING, nwctwx...had to step back from the THREAT MATRIX for a bit, but I'm ready to return! Don't have anything to 'report' so I'll just lurk while "coast watching."
Thanks for the ping.
Great job, this is the most informative thread on FR!!
News Break - Report that a Virgin Airline Flight 45 from London to NY is sending out a signal that the flight has been hijacked. It is approx. 10:25 a.m. EST on Friday June 3rd. The flight has been diverted to an airport in Canada. There has been communications with the pilot who is saying that the signal is a manfunction and that the cockpit is secured.
I will be checking for official news reports and posting a link as soon as I find one.
Opssible Hijacking on Transatlantic flight from London to
JFK. Hijack signal was sent. Per FOX
Poss. hijack live thread here:
Jet's Signal Being Investigated
A New York-bound Virgin Atlantic flight is transmitting a hijacking code, although the company says it is a mechanical error. Canadian fighter jets have been sent to intercept the plane, which has been diverted to Canada.
Thank you for the ping!!
I don't have a TV yet so please let me know what's happening!!