Skip to comments.Major Terror Plot Against U.S. Ignored
Posted on 01/06/2006 8:03:18 AM PST by RVN Airplane Driver
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I picked it out of a google cache. The google search terms were ...
Bouhrama Achour Rabah and Tartaq Sami
The link (not cached) is http://emernet.emergency.com/ENNDAY.htm.
Here is the cached link. It does not cite a source.
Anybody here know where to look up changes in EU law regarding surveillance and privacy?
Rome, Italy, November 17, 2005 (AFP) - Italian anti-terrorist police said Thursday three Algerian men arrested earlier this week were members of a banned Islamic group and were "potentially" able to carry out a terrorist attack in Europe.
Three Algerian men were arrested in police operations late Tuesday in the southern port city of Naples and in Brescia in the north. The three are "members of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat," a Carabinieri spokesman told AFP.
The police gave no details about where or when the attack was to have taken place, but were to hold a news conference in Naples later Thursday.
Meanwhile, an interior ministry source told AFP that the Italian media had "overplayed" the arrests.
"The possibility, and I stress possibility, that they would carry out an attack, could concern Europe or another region of the world, not Italy," the source said. The men, named as Yamine Bouhrama, 32, Khaled Serai, 35, and Mohamed Larbi, 31, were expected to be formally charged with international terrorism on Friday, prosecutors said.
Italy has arrested scores of Muslims since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, usually in a blaze of publicity. However, a great number have been quietly released without convictions in the months following their arrest.
In the latest arrests, Bourhama was seized at Naples main railway station while the other two were arrested in Brescia. Police also searched several homes in the Brescia area.
"The arrest of more suspected terrorists is a worrying sign, but also it shows the efficient investigative and intelligence work going on in the north and south of Italy," said Gianni Alemanno, a minister in Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right government.
Italy has frequently received threats from extremist groups via the Internet for maintaining its 3,000-strong military contingent in southern Iraq.
In the wake of the London bombings last July, the government tightened anti-terrorist laws, giving investigators more scope in their surveillance of suspects.
Anti-terrorist police wiretaps and surveillance established that the men had contact with mujahedin groups in Bosnia and other Islamic fundamentalists living in Norway, France and Britain.
Police said Bouhrama and Serai had moved to France and then to Norway in the summer of last year, using false identification documents.
They returned after a few months and frequently moved between the Italian cities of Brescia, Vicenza, Naples and the southern province of Salerno. Bouhrama had spent time in training camps in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Georgia, investigators said.
Police reportedly decided to arrest the men after intercepting references to an attack in recent weeks, particularly after it appeared that one of the men was planning to leave Italy.
Sources told Italian media the men were in contact with members of the Armed Islamic Group GIA seeking the overthrow of the secular government in Algeria. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat in Europe is an offshoot of the GIA. One of its leaders, Djamel Lounici, was jailed by an Italian court after being arrested in Naples for giving logistical and economic support for terrorists in Algeria.
Police in Naples said the men were also linked to a group of North African men arrested in London in January 2003 after British police discovered a factory making the toxic chemical ricin.
According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the men first came to the notice of Italy's military intelligence service SISMI in 2002.
Italy, in common with other EU states, stepped up security in the wake of the London transport bombings in July and Berlusconi warned Italians they were in the "firing line" of terrorism because of Rome's support for the US-led war in Iraq. AFP http://www.quepasa.com/english/news/world/Italy.arrests.terrorists/394198.html
Here's a link to this article from the Assyrian News Agency:
And a link to News24 in South Africa (from 12/23/2005):
I got these links by doing a Google News search on "Bouhrama," one of the terrorists names:
So, USA Lame Stream Media, where are you on this? I thought so! :)
True. But I think they underestimate the American people. We've had plenty of movies about terrorists blowing up stadiums. We've had plenty of warnings about subways, railways, and malls. But people still use these things.
Since 9/11 there have been increased guards in Penn station, sometimes sniffer dogs, sometimes troops in fatigues. There are constant warnings from the loudspeakers not to leave a bag unattended. But people still use Penn Station.
People can adjust to these threats, once they are informed. An informed people is better able to defend itself, and to pull the lever for the right sort of politicians to help the defense.
Agreed. The United States doesn't have subjects, it has citizens. We have our fair share of wimps and hopeless leftists, maybe a third of the country. But we still have plenty of people who can be trusted to take care of themselves, their families, and their communities. The best thing we can do for national security is to involve our citizens in it by keeping them truthfully informed.
It's good politics, too, because the news media have been telling everyone to go back to sleep, nothing to worry about, just vote Democrat and you'll be comfortable again.
"How many elephants does the left think it can hide these days?"
This story came in on Newsmax as well. Apparently the left can hide as many elephants as it wants as long as it keeps depending on the leftist mainstream media to do its bidding and not make these stories available to the American public.
Re the Old Leftist Media: 'They're no longer "the press" in the original sense of the term, but rather advertising handouts promoting the nefarious goals of their masters.'
Bingo!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, yeah, prob'ly most of us would agree with that!
Here's a thought, FWIW; wouldn't it be instructive if someone would investigate how much "campaign advertising" money goes to the Old Media, from the Crats- is that the newest form of bribery?
Hmmmmmmm. Let's just suppose that the Pubs are charged 1 million for a specific ad/timeslot; and the Crats raise that, to say, 2 million and maybe get some of the choicest spots (prime time, etc) or even the same deal. Suppose the Crats have a standing order that they will always pay more, for the same type of deal? It would be one powerful reason for the Old Media types- the Chronkeeks and the Chronkettes- to slant their "news".
I've thought for a long time that one way to get some financial honesty in political campaigns would be to require not only where the money comes from, but also, where it goes.
Why else would these blowhards rate millions of dollars in salaries/perks- when their Nielsens are tanking? Or maybe it's just because they're so darned cute.
Or am I all wrong on this?
My gripe is that the 'RATS don't have to pay for ads; they get their vile messages printed gratis by having them woven into the "news" articles. Moreover, the MSM cherrypicks what it will print/broadcast directly from the DNC talking points. The cards are really stacked against the conservative view gaining exposure -- and RINO's like McCain haven't helped things.
Re your, "My gripe is that the 'RATS don't have to pay for ads... "
Don't let's be so sure about that! Besides which, everyone agrees the MSM is slanted- waaaay biased- to the Left and we are all justifiably upset about it.
The question remains: Wherefore? Wherefore are the egregious Leftist ones, S*** Heads, and not merely Talking Heads? Money talks.
Cherche La Buck.
It would also be interesting to find out if/how much Crat money is going to prop up the NYT. Or maybe I'm confusing the Crats with the NEA ... Oh, wait. It's hard to tell the difference. ;>(
Thanks for the information....
"Apparently the left can hide as many elephants as it wants..."
But only from itself. Not from everyone outside their media grip. If I'm not mistaken, the BS media dominance is aging: ABS, NBS, and See-BS [as Rush used to describe them]. What is the average age of such a viewer? 60?
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