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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - Thread Thirty-Two
Posted on 11/01/2005 6:57:01 PM PST by nwctwx
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Ping to thread #32. November 3 is the 2yr anniversary of TM! Thanks to everyone who has helped us come this far.
Ping to thread #32. November 3 is the 2yr anniversary of TM! Thanks to everyone who has helped us come this far.
Thanks for all you do, BTTT, and placemark. All in one!
Thanks for your efforts to get out the needful truth...
Two years?! Wow, time flies when you're vigilant.
The thread looks great. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work. Happy Anniversary!!
Bravos, Kudos, and some of those Hollywood "air kisses" to you. Thanks, Ian.
Thank you very much nw.
Thanks Ian. As usual, nice work!
Seems #32 come amid threats to our Aussie FRiends....
and there's one more I can't track down...
Muslim fans say Giants Stadium security, FBI profiled them for praying
NEWARK, N.J. -- Several Muslim football fans claim they were profiled and unfairly detained by stadium security personnel and the FBI at Giants Stadium during a game in September when they were seen praying, alarming other fans who considered their behavior suspicious.
Five fans attending the New York Giants-New Orleans Saints game at the Meadowlands on Sept. 19 were removed from their seats and questioned by security personnel after other fans saw them prostrating themselves on the ground as part of daily Muslim prayers, which must be performed five times each day, Sohail Mohammed, a lawyer for one of the men, said Tuesday.
The men plan to detail their experience at a news conference Wednesday in New York designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and the religious practices of Muslims. (snip)
ON THE NET...
ON THE NET...
Happy Anniversary to all of you. Great thread.
Bond denied for suspect in fake flu shots
HOUSTON (AP) A federal judge denied bond Tuesday for a man accused of providing fake flu shots for hundreds of Exxon Mobil employees and senior citizens, declaring him a flight risk.
Iyad Abu El Hawa, 35, is charged with defrauding Medicare by giving senior citizens shots filled with water instead of flu vaccine and billing the government.
El Hawa's attorney, Alphonsus Ezeoke, suggested his client may have been set up by a man who owes him money.
"I don't see how he is a flight risk, especially when we are willing to surrender both of his passports and his green card," Ezeoke said. He said El Hawa is innocent and has business ties and a family in Houston. (snip)
***Isn't that nice? He's willing to surrender BOTH of his passports...
ON THE NET...
Thank you, excellent thread.......
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.)
The question is, "Are they for us or against us?"
UK police chief says attacks foiled - report
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has thwarted attempted terrorist attacks in the last few weeks and faces the continued threat of a repeat of the deadly July 7 London bombings, the country's top police officer said. Ian Blair, commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, said the force needed greater powers to cope with "a new reality" in the wake of the attacks on the capital.
"The sky is dark," Blair wrote in an article for the Sun newspaper on Wednesday. "Intelligence exists to suggest that other groups will attempt to attack Britain in the coming months."
He gave no details of the past or future threats. A London police spokesman declined to comment.(snip)
ON THE NET...
ICC-CCS.org: "THE WEEKLY PIRACY REPORT
Note: The following snippet is an exact quote:
Weekly Piracy Report
25-31 October 2005
The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 25 to 31 October 2005.
Somalia - NE and Eastern Coast
Twenty five incidents have been reported since 15.03.05. Heavily armed pirates are now attacking ships further away from the coast. A recent incident took place 120 nm off the eastern coast. Ships are advised to keep as far away as possible from the Somali coast.
"1 November 2005 - Global Islamic Media post describes next wave of Al Qaeda attackers as 'lily whites'"
"The Suicide Bombers Among Us"
Topic in soc.culture.iranian
Oct 27, 6:45 am
Associated Press (AP)
October 26, 2005
Serb discusses 1999 downing of stealth
Skorenovac, Serbia-Montenegro Colonel Zoltan Dani was behind one
of the most
spectacular losses ever suffered by the U.S. Air Force: the 1999
shooting down of an
F-117A stealth fighter
Now, for the first time since that night six years ago, the former
of an anti-aircraft missile battery has consented to speak publicly to
about the circumstances surrounding the unprecedented downing of a
The hit on the radar-evading plane on March 27, 1999, during the
78-day NATO campaign
over Serbia, triggered doubts not only about the F-117s, but also about
concept of stealth technology on which the U.S. Air Force has based its
generation of warplanes.
Military analysts debated how the planes would fare in a war against a
sophisticated opponent if an obsolescent air defense such as Serbia's
could manage to
track and destroy them.
In an interview this week with The Associated Press, Colonel Dani said
the F-117 was
detected and shot down during a moonless night just three days
into the war by a
Soviet-made SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missile
"We used a little innovation to update our 1960s-vintage SAMs to
Nighthawk," Dani said. He declined to discuss specifics, saying the
exact nature of
the modification to the warhead's guidance system remains a military
It involved "electromagnetic waves", was all that Colonel Dani who
now owns a small
bakery in this sleepy village just north of Belgrade would divulge.
The F-117 was developed in great secrecy in the 1970s. It entered
service in 1983 but
was not revealed officially until 1988. It saw its first combat in the
of Panama and was a star of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
"Long before the 1999 war, I took keen interest in the stealth fighter
and on how it
could be detected", said Colonel Dani, who has been hailed in Serbia as
a war hero.
"And I concluded that there are no invisible aircraft, but only less
The F-117 was one of only two allied aircraft shot down in the war. The
other was an
F-16 fighter, which the U.S. Air Force said was also hit by an SA-3.
bailed out and were rescued by NATO helicopters.
Dani said his anti-aircraft missile regiment, tasked with the
of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, downed the F-16.
Several other NATO warplanes were damaged by missile hits but
managed to struggle
back to bases in neighboring Bosnia, Macedonia or Croatia. At least one
is said to
have ditched into the Adriatic Sea as it attempted to regain its base in
Despite NATO's near-total air supremacy, the alliance never succeeded
in knocking out
Colonel Dani's batteries.
The Serb SAMs remained a potent threat throughout the conflict,
warplanes to altitudes above 15,000 feet (4.6 kilometers), where they
were safe from
surface-to-air missiles but far less effective in a ground attack role.
NATO won the war in June 1999, after President Slobodan Milosevic
decided to withdraw
his largely intact army from Kosovo, following the destruction of
buildings, bridges and other infrastructure targets throughout Serbia.
"The Americans entered the war a bit overconfident", Colonel Dani said.
they could crush us without real resistance."
"At times, they acted like amateurs", Colonel Dani said, listing some
ways the Serbs
managed to breach NATO communications security, including
eavesdropping on pilots'
conversations with AWACS surveillance planes.
"I personally listened to their pilots' conversations, learning about their
and bombing plans", Colonel Dani said.
Colonel Dani said that his unit has had annual reunions on every March
27 since 1999
when a cake in the shape of the F-117 is served.
E-PRISM.org: Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center THE PROJECT FOR THE RESEARCH OF ISLAMIST MOVEMENTS (PRISM) OCCASIONAL PAPERS Volume 3 (2005), Number 8, Director and Editor: Reuven Paz: "RAKAN BEN WILLIAMS: The Next Generation of Jihadi Terrorists in Europe" by Reuven Paz (November 2005) (pdf)
1 November 2005 - Amsterdam trains halted after suspicious package found on rails; belonged to 2 men in Islamic garb who hid in bathroom
I would definitely classify a package as suspicious if it were dumped on the railroad tracks by 2 guys in Islamic garb who immediately ran and hid in the bathroom.
Hang on a second. That means I would be profiling.
On second thought, if someone wearing full Islamic gard throws a package on the tracks and then runs and hides, I'd have to say he probably deserves to be profiled and locked up.
Trains Halted at Amsterdam Central Station
Tuesday November 1, 2005 5:16 PM
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Eastbound train traffic at Amsterdam's central station was halted Tuesday afternoon after a suspicious package was found on an international train arriving from Frankfurt, Germany, Amsterdam police said.
Spokesman Gerard Vrooland said the incident had been turned over to the national police, which have the only Dutch bomb squads.
The national NOS television reported that the package belonged to two Dutch-speaking men in tradition Islamic dress who were arrested after initially hiding in one of the train's bathrooms.
A spokesman for the national police said he could not immediately confirm the NOS report.
There was no immediate word on whether the package was dangerous.
Heightening public nervousness, the alert came on the eve of first anniversary of the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by an Islamic radical, which a court ruled was an act of terrorism.
ON THE NET...
17 July 2005
"It could mean nothing or it could be pre-operational surveillance"
ON THE NET...
Thanks, nw, excellent as usual.
Updated advice from FEMA:
Assemble and maintain a disaster supply kit with food, water, medications, fuel and personal items adequate
for up to 2 weeks - the more the better.
Thanks Calpernia for the link.
They've already released the detained subjects.
Article Snippet: "Television images showed the young men being escorted from the train with their faces obscured by masks placed by police to protect their identity. They were released after interrogation, Vrooland said."
ON THE NET...
TheCourierMail.news.com.au (AAP): "$500,000 IN DESIGNER PERFUME STOLEN" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "DESIGNER perfume worth thousands of dollars has been stolen during two ram-raid attacks on a Sydney warehouse. Three men forced a security guard out of his car before using it ram the door of the warehouse at Camellia, in Sydney's west, about 4.30am (AEDT) today. The balaclava-clad thieves threatened the guard with a steel bar before loading three crates of perfume into a second car, police said.") (November 1, 2005) (Read More...)
Thanks for the update!
stepping back in time...
Note: The following text is an exact quote:
22 June 2004
THE VALUE OF PAYING ATTENTION...
Shlomit was driving on a main highway in Israel, on her way to a town inside the green line, to visit her married daughter and grandchildren. She found herself behind a large garbage truck, but, not being in a hurry and preferring not to pass on a busy road, she drove contentedly along behind him, listening to a CD of Devora Gila, a religious female Joan Baez-type singer. The yellow license plate on the truck in front of her indicated that it was owned by an Israeli. The cars of Palestinian drivers living under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority have white or green plates. There are, however, Arab-owned vehicles with yellow plates those belonging to Arab residents of East Jerusalem.
Shlomit noticed that other cars were flying by them, but a car with white plates remained steadfastly behind her. She was sandwiched between the two.
After a while, the garbage truck pulled over to the side of the road and Shlomit passed it. Something made her glance up at her rear view mirror, and she saw that the Palestinian car was also pulling over. Shlomit saw the driver get out and hand a small package to the driver of the garbage truck.
This, she thought the transfer of something from a white-plate to a yellow-plate driver was a little odd.
So Shlomit, being a good citizen, upon reaching a roadblock several miles up the road, told the story to a soldier manning the post.
"Would you mind sticking around for a few minutes?" he asked.
"No problem," said Shlomit and settled down with a cup of coffee kindly offered by the young man in the bulletproof vest and helmet.
A few minutes later the garbage truck rolled into the roadblock lane. Having yellow plates, it should have passed through fairly easily. But the soldiers, tipped off by Shlomit, examined his cab even more carefully than usual. They found the little package and opened it.
It contained explosives. My friend Shlomit probably saved some lives that day.
Note: The following post is an exact quote:
Pentagon: Top al-Qaida Operative Escaped
AP ^ | 11/01/05 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
Posted on 11/01/2005 8:33:35 PM PST by jdsteel
FORT BLISS, Texas - A man once considered a top al-Qaida operative escaped from a U.S.-run detention facility in Afghanistan and cannot testify against the soldier who allegedly mistreated him, a defense lawyer involved in a prison abuse case said Tuesday.
Omar al-Farouq was one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in the summer of 2002 and turned him over to the United States.
A Pentagon official in Washington confirmed Tuesday evening that al-Farouq escaped from a U.S. detention facility in Bagram, Afghanistan, on July 10...
Capt. John B. Parker, a prosecutor, said al-Farouq and three others escaped from the Bagram detention center and have not been found.
"If we find him ... we will make him available," Parker said.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
ON THE NET...
TerroristWarning.com Urgent Alert 11/01/2005 # 1
TerroristWarning.com Editor: Australia has apaprently learned of a specific and immediate terror threat, and is recalling their legislature to deal with the threat.
While the information made available to the public and news media is limited, there must be a very serious level of concern to take this action, to recall
legislature to work overnight to pass new anti-terror laws to deal with the threat.
[Bloomberg] AUSTRALIA - Australia Has Advice of Specific Terrorist Threat
[Herald Sun] AUSTRALIA - Immediate terrorist threat, PM warns
"After question time today, the attorney-general will introduce into the House an urgent amendment to the existing counter terrorism legislation,"
"We will seek passage of that amendment through all stages this evening."
[Southern Maryland Online] MARYLAND - Explosive Devices Left at Doors in Waldorf [Multiple devices, locations]
[nbc4i.com] OHIO - Suspicious Package Found Outside Police Headquarters [ Chemicals, odor, arrest]
[El Paso Times] USA - Soldiers report immigrants to Border Patrol [TW Editor - This is overdue and should be happening all along our borders]
[Voices Magazine / Jim Kouri] USA - U.S. Missile Base Being Invaded By Illegal Aliens?
[KWTX] TEXAS - Three Texas Air Force Workers Die In Mysterious Accident
"car in which they were riding slammed into a concrete barrier at a base entrance gate"
"Base officials say there is no indication that the crash was a terrorist attack"
[Voices Magazine / Jim Kouri] USA - DHS To Increase Private-Sector Security
[UPI] USA / SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi student numbers in U.S. rise
[Counterpunch] VERMONT - The Vermont Independence Convention [ TW Editor: United We Stand, Divided we fall ]
"to provide an example and a process for other states and nations which may be seriously considering separatism, secession, independence, and similar
[WSBTV] GEORGIA - Midtown Street Reopens After 'Suspicous' Device Scare [False alarm]
[AP] CALIFORNIA - Suspicious package shuts down Hollywood Boulevard
[Science News] USA - After a dirty-bomb attack, special formulations could counter radioactive contamination
[AP] USA - Government Misses Dozens of Security Deadlines Since Sept. 11 Attacks From Asap
[SysInternals.com] USA - COMPUTER SECURITY - Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far
[kBSD] KANSAS - Suspicious device found in Pratt
See also http://www.pratttribune.com/articles/2005/10/31/news/01_bomb.txt
[Los Angeles Times] USA / MEXICO BORDER - Violent Border Clashes Surging
[WRAL] NORTH CAROLINA - Missing Gauges Containing Radioactive Material Believed To Be In Durham
[KOTV] OKLAHOMA - State Officials Seeking Help In Finding A Missing Radioactive Camera
"stolen from an office on West 41st Street Monday"
[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] PENNSYLVANIA - Teen injured by explosive device in West Mifflin
[First Coast News] FLORIDA - Suspicious Bag Downtown Turns Out Harmless
"backpack was spotted hanging off a transformer"
[Daily Record] NEW JERSEY - Fake bomb in Chatham station derails commuters [Dry run, or hoax?]
"device left on a Chatham platform apparently built to resemble a bomb"
[AP] COLORADO - Colorado Springs Testing Radiation Monitors
"network to cover 100 intersections"
[San Mateo County Times] USA - Report blasts security at explosives facilities
[Reuters] UNITED KINGDOM - UK police foil terrorist attacks
[Telegraph] EUROPE - Terror cell 'smuggled missiles into Europe'
"Islamic terror cell has smuggled two surface-to-air missiles into Europe in a plot to shoot down planes at one of France's main airports"
[AP] ISRAEL - Israeli missile kills Islamic Jihad official in new offensive
[WND] ISRAEL - Abbas-linked group involved in Hadera blast - Terror leader of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades promises more attacks to come
[Voices Magazine] ISRAEL - Palestinian Authority Says Militants Will Cease Attacks Against Israel
[AP] IRAN / ISRAEL - World Expresses Dismay Over Iran Remarks
[AFP] IRAN - Iran Says Not Afraid Of War, Sanctions
[Iran Focus] IRAN - Irans Supreme Leader appoints new defence intelligence chief
[MENL] IRAN - IRAN VOWS REGIONAL INTERVENTION
[Iran Focus] IRAN - Irans military hails anniversary of U.S. embassy seizure
[MENL] LEBANON / ISRAEL - LEBANON ALLOWS INCREASE IN HIZBULLAH
[Reuters] IRAQ - Two al Qaeda members killed in Iraq - US military
[Stars and Stripes] GERMANY - Suspicious package triggers evacuation at Darmstadt
[National Post] CANADA - Accused terrorist's low-key life
[Belfast Telegraph] IRELAND - Experts tackle explosive device
[AP] IRAQ - Gunmen Assassinate Brother of an Iraqi Vice President; Another U.S. Service Member Dies
[New Zealand Herald] NEW ZEALAND - Suspect white powder harmless
[VOA News] NORTH KOREA - N. Korea: U.S. Flew 180 Spy Missions in October
[Guardian] AMSTERDAM - Trains Halted at Amsterdam Central Station
"suspicious package was found on an international train arriving from Frankfurt, Germany"
"package belonged to two Dutch-speaking men in tradition Islamic dress who were arrested after initially hiding in one of the train's bathrooms"
[National Ledger / Jim Kouri] IRAQ - Rebuilding Iraq: Challenges Remain for Security and Stabilization
[AP] RUSSIA - Russia says it's not building Asian military alliance
[AFP] ETHIOPIA - Five killed, 13 wounded in clashes in Ethiopian capital
[AKI] SYRIA - Muslim Brotherhood Denis Requests For Links With U.S.
[Arutz Sheva] ISRAEL - IDF Kills Hadera Attack Mastermind
[UPI] DENMARK - Danish arrests tied to terror cell
[AP] INDONESIA - Indonesian security forces on high alert
[Sofia News Agency] EGYPT - Al Qaeda Threatens Actor Omar Sharif - Report
[AP] SRI LANKA - Bomb attack by suspected LTTE militant kills policeman in Lanka
[Pravda] RUSSIA - Teenager detained on terrorist charges
"court found insufficient evidence that he had prepared attacks on Schiphol international airport or the Dutch nuclear reactor"
[China Daily] CHINA - Radioactive metal bar kills 1, poisons 100
[Epoch Times] CHINA - Mystery Surrounds Hunan Girls Death; Are Chinese Authorities Covering Up Again?
"He Yin and her brother became ill after eating infected poultry"
House, Senate differ on flu plan
By Jeffrey Young
The initial response by House and Senate
Republicans to President Bushs new request
for billions of dollars to pay for pandemic-flu
preparedness demonstrates the divide
between the two chambers on rising
While the Senate GOP leadership moved
quickly in an attempt to accommodate at
least part of the $7.1 billion request, the
House leadership indicated that rank-and-file
members would demand that the new
spending be offset.
Underlying these differences may be the
recognition that the administrations
unprecedented federal investment in public
health since 2001 has stood as only a first
The bulk of the presidents call for $7.1 billion
would go toward developing, purchasing and
stockpiling vaccines and drugs and to
promoting the expansion of the domestic
vaccine manufacturing system.
Nearly $1 billion, however, is targeted to the
public-health system, including money for
state and local governments, and would build
on money distributed in the past four years
for similar efforts to ready the country for a
We must ensure that all levels of
government are ready to act to contain an
outbreak, Bush said during his speech at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) in
Bethesda, Md., yesterday.
At this moment, there is no pandemic
influenza in the United States or the world.
But if history is our guide, there is reason to
be concerned, Bush said, citing the nearly 50
million people killed by pandemic flu strains
during the 20th century.
Bush looked to allay public fear of avian flu
while emphasizing his view that the need for
preparations is urgent. The president
undertook a similar balancing act when
selling his bioterrorism plans to Congress
several years ago. The administration would
not say whether it had knowledge of an
imminent bioterrorist attack but urged that
preparations be made quickly nonetheless.
With its primary focus on developing and
procuring vaccines and drugs, the presidents
flu proposal has many differences from the
bioterrorism strategy. Parts of it, however,
represent a continuation of steps taken in
recent years to prepare the country for a
terrorist attack using a biological agent, such
as the October 2001 anthrax incidents on
Capitol Hill and in New York and Florida.
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks, Bush introduced plans to shore up
the nations defenses against a bioterrorist
attack using killer diseases such as smallpox
and anthrax. By extension, the new initiative
would establish stronger safeguards against
naturally occurring diseases such as the flu,
administration officials repeatedly said at the
Near the end of his remarks, the president
urged Congress to fund his plan. All the
steps Ive outlined today require immediate
resources, he said.
Congress has provided billions of dollars in
funding for local and state agencies, hospitals
and other components of the public-health
infrastructure since 2001.
However, a Congress wearied by massive
emergency spending requests for the war in
Iraq, Gulf Coast hurricane relief and other
administration priorities may turn a skeptical
eye toward ramping up funding for
improvements to the public-health system.
I think there will be a strong desire in our
conference, and hopefully in the Senate as
well, to pay for those things as they come
up, House Majority Leader Roy Blunt
(R-Mo.) told reporters yesterday.
House Republicans take this matter seriously
and will be working with the administration
on it, said a spokesman for House Speaker
Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). The Labor, Health
and Human Services Subcommittee of the
House Appropriations Committee will hold a
hearing on flu preparedness today.
The Senate has already acted by approving a
Democratic plan to provide $8 billion for flu
preparedness by voice vote last week. One of
the lead sponsors of the legislation, Sen.
Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), was a guest of
the president at the NIH yesterday.
In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Harry
Reid (D-Nev.) remarked, Im glad to see
that the president has finally followed our
lead and released his avian-flu plan today.
Shortly before the presidents speech, Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd
Gregg (R-N.H.) proposed dedicating almost
$4 billion to flu preparedness by redirecting
savings from cuts in the Senates
Bushs call for the same actions for pandemic
flu as for bioterrorism suggests the previous
investments may not have been as broadly
targeted as the administration intended.
Public-health officials warned that
policymakers should not view the presidents
request for more money as a sign that the
previous billions were spent in vain.
Leah Devlin, the top public-health official in
North Carolina, cautioned that public-health
preparedness is an ongoing process. Its not
a destination; its a journey, she said. Well
never be done.
The public-health system is much better
prepared to react to infectious-disease
outbreaks, be they natural or terrorist in
nature, than it was four years ago, agreed
Patrick Libbey, executive director of the
National Association of County and City
Health Officials. Libbey emphasized that
financial resources at the local level continue
to be stretched.
American Public Health Association Executive
Director Georges Benjamin said that results
should be measured using a realistic
assessment of where the process started in
2001. The hole was huge in the
public-health system, so four years of new
federal funding has gone only so far, he said.
Benjamin also said that the narrow targeting
of the bioterrorism grants issued to states
and localities encouraged officials to make
sure that all of the dollars were directed to
bioterrorism-specific expenses. As a result,
money was not spent on activities that could
have had broader use.
Moreover, Benjamin noted that the fact that a
biological attack had actually taken place
using anthrax provided an obvious motivation
to focus attention on that area.
Administration officials and members of
Congress in both parties have acknowledged
that the United States is unprepared to
respond adequately to a pandemic flu.
The spread of avian influenza, known as the
H5N1 strain of flu, across Asia and into
Europe has seized the attention of the
administration and lawmakers and created
anxiety among the public.
No evidence has emerged that the disease
can be transmitted from one person to
another, and only people in very close
contact with infected birds have so far
become infected. Nevertheless, migratory
birds to date have carried the disease as far
as Eastern Europe. Federal officials and
public-health experts agree that birds will
continue to become infected and worry that
the disease will mutate and become more
contagious to humans.
The administration wants to make sure that,
in the event of an outbreak of avian flu, the
government can prevent the spread of the
disease, treat the sick and vaccinate as many
people as possible. An outbreak would have
to be detected early, local authorities would
have to respond quickly, and local, state and
federal agencies would have to coordinate
with each other and with private-sector
entities such as hospitals. In the meantime,
the United States will closely watch for signs
of an outbreak anywhere in the world and
fund research into better vaccines and drugs.
The plans focus on domestic vaccine
development reflects the concern many
policymakers have had for years that the
shortcomings of this sector pose a serious
Bush laid much of the blame for the vanishing
U.S. vaccine market on the companies
exposure to liability. In the past three
decades, the number of vaccine
manufacturers in America has plummeted, as
the industry has been flooded with lawsuits,
Last years shortage of vaccine made abroad
for the ordinary flu provided a possible
preview of what could happen during a
pandemic if vaccine is not available on U.S.
soil, proponents of liability protections have
Senate Republicans attempted to include a
liability shield for vaccine makers in
bioterrorism bills that passed in recent years
but relented to assuage Democratic
The Bush plan also would give $2.8 billion to
the NIH for research into new, more efficient
and speedier vaccine manufacturing
techniques. Currently, scientists must obtain
an actual sample of a new flu virus before
they can begin the months-long process of
creating a vaccine.
Legislation penned by Sen. Richard Burr
(R-N.C.) includes provisions similar to the
Burr wants to expand the two-year-old
Project BioShield, which been criticized for
failing to generate adequate interest among
the drug and biotechnology companies it
needs to succeed. Project BioShield was
intended to encourage companies to research
and develop treatments for diseases that
could be used for terrorism by guaranteeing
that the government would stockpile the
House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) has been
drafting a flu bill for several months and
tentatively plans a hearing for next week, a
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Israel Hasbara Committee
Abbas DilemmaBy Khaled Abu ToamehIHC Abstract^T4The Hadera suicide bombing in Israel has
escalated Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas political crisis that resulted in a heated
session of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah. Fatah, Islamic Jihad members and masked
gunmen belonging to Fatah and Islamic Jihad held a joint press conference in Gaza City claiming
responsibility for the Hadera attack. Sources in Tulkarm stated Islamic Jihad operative Luai Sa'd
and Majed al-Ashkar, a senior leader of Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, had formed a
joint Fatah-Islamic Jihad. Militiamen belonging to Abbas' ruling Fatah party are operating openly
together with Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, Jenin, Nablus and Gaza Strip. The growing cooperation
between Fatah and Islamic Jihad activists in the West Bank has prompted some of Abbas' top aides to
voice concern that Islamic Jihad elements would now try to infiltrate the PA security forces. The IHC
recommends you read the article in full
Source:The Jerusalem Postwww.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1129540608375&pagename=JPost%2FJPA
rticle%2FShowFullAbstract written by an IHC volunteer.Edited by IHC Staff, www.infoisrael.net^t4
Israel Hasbara Committee - http://www.infoisrael.net
You can find this article online at www.infoisrael.net/cgi-local/text.pl?source=4/b/iv/011120053&lang=
"Do we really care about children?"
Nov 2, 2005
by Walter E. Williams
AL-ARIAN TRIAL UPDATE...
Thanks to F15 Eagle for the ping...
"Al-Arian trial's end in sight after 5 months"
sptimes.com ^ | Published November 2, 2005 | By MEG LAUGHLIN
Posted on 11/01/2005 10:45:52 PM PST by F15Eagle
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