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Terrorists Seen Turning to Campuses for Skills
LA Times ^ | April 13 2006 | Sebastian Rotella

Posted on 04/13/2006 9:04:12 AM PDT by jmc1969

The cellphone's trail led from bloodstained Fallouja to the engineering school here, a modern campus where researchers in white coats stroll past labs and the breeze rustles through trees in courtyards dotted with pine cones.

Two years ago French investigators, aided by U.S. intelligence, detected calls from Iraq to a central figure in a suspected extremist cell in Montpellier. French intelligence officials say the calls came from a militant leader in Fallouja involved in the grisly killing of four American military contractors by a mob on March 31, 2004, an incident that became an icon of the savage conflict in Iraq.

The suspected cell included a group of Moroccan students accused of studying electronics, computer technology and telecommunications in the service of a North African terrorist group allied with Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The group is sending fighters to Iraq, developing alliances across North Africa and plotting attacks in Europe, investigators say.

The "responses suggest jihadists are able to draw on a wide range of highly skilled experts and that a significant number of Muslim scientists are prepared to help".

Extremist activity has grown at the University of Montpellier, where the approximately 1,100 Moroccan students are the biggest contingent of foreigners.

Officials say the case of the students, several of whom are under arrest, also illustrates a wider effort by terrorist networks to use universities and the Internet to replace former training camps in Afghanistan.

With Chraibi, a computer engineering major, allegedly in a lead role, the students plunged into the clandestine world of the Algeria-based Salafist Group for Call and Combat. At the urging of Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden, investigators say, the network has broadened across North Africa and concentrated on sending fighters to Iraq and plotting strikes on Europe.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaedafrance; alqaedainiraq; france; iraq

1 posted on 04/13/2006 9:04:13 AM PDT by jmc1969
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; marron; Cap Huff; AdmSmith; Marine_Uncle; Straight Vermonter; Dog; Coop; ...

Ping


2 posted on 04/13/2006 9:05:51 AM PDT by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969

I believe that the next terrorist attacks could very well occur on our campuses. Middle Eastern students blend in, security is lax, and there are sometimes classrooms and auditoriums that can hold up to 1,000 students, perfect for a potential hostage situation.


3 posted on 04/13/2006 9:07:02 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: dfwgator

I dunno. Why would terrorists attack their biggest supporters?


4 posted on 04/13/2006 9:10:29 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: Coop

They don't care who dies as long as they kill someone.
They blow up their own all the time.


5 posted on 04/13/2006 9:18:03 AM PDT by JerseyDvl ("Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"-Samuel Johnson to the Dems of today.)
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To: Coop
Why would terrorists attack their biggest supporters?

Because they are still infidels, atheists and morally compromised?
6 posted on 04/13/2006 9:18:37 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Coop

I agree. It is like claiming those against the port sale were afraid of them blowing up the ports. They would use the ports to get into the USA to attack else where in the country and they would use universities to gain knowledge to use else where.


7 posted on 04/13/2006 9:18:51 AM PDT by jjjf
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To: jmc1969

I would have thought they would go for university positions.


8 posted on 04/13/2006 9:21:55 AM PDT by DarkSavant
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To: jmc1969

Good thing the Democrats didn't manage to kill the terrorist surveillance program, or we wouldn't know about this.


9 posted on 04/13/2006 9:23:59 AM PDT by American Quilter
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To: dfwgator

But UNC Chapel Hill does not have Muslim Terrorists!

The universities need only worry about criminal acts unrelated to Islam, as was the case with UNC-CH!

CNN said so!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 04/13/2006 9:26:10 AM PDT by Emmet Fitzhume ("It is better to be alone than in bad company.")
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To: DarkSavant

Some of the people in Middle Eastern Studies departments almost certainly have terrorist connections. The last Edward Said was only the most prominent, then there's that fellow down in Florida.

As for killing students or blowing up colleges, it's not unlikely. What about that fellow at Chapel Hill? America's secular leftists are highly supportive of the terrorists, but that doesn't mean that Muslim fanatics like secular leftists in return, except as temporary allies of convenience.


11 posted on 04/13/2006 9:26:18 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Coop

Because they are likely unarmed, sheep, and passive.

For example, given your choice of hostages, would you pick:

A. NASCAR crowd;

B. Rodeo tractor pull;

C. Random movie theatre in Texas where several members of the audience surely have a CCP;

C. A bunch of unarmed thin-knecked liberals who probably will get Stocholm Sydrome because they are 90% in your corner already?


12 posted on 04/13/2006 9:27:07 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: MeanWestTexan

Sorry change second "C" to "D"


13 posted on 04/13/2006 9:27:29 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: jmc1969
Why do we even admit any students from foreign countries to American universities?

No one from abroad should get in until every American citizens who applies for admission gets in. This applies to high school exchange programs, too.

BTW, doesn't someone do any vetting of all foreign students?
14 posted on 04/13/2006 9:28:45 AM PDT by Crispus Attucks Patriot (The first to give his life for your liberty was a Black man!)
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To: JerseyDvl

Satan's instructions to Mohammed are quite clear:

The Koran orders Muslims to kill any who oppose Islam (to include other Muslims who are "cooperating" with non-Muslims).


15 posted on 04/13/2006 9:28:54 AM PDT by Emmet Fitzhume ("It is better to be alone than in bad company.")
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot
Why do we even admit any students from foreign countries to American universities?

$$$$$$


16 posted on 04/13/2006 9:30:37 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: MeanWestTexan

You are right.

Hostages at Yale would probably praise Islamic Terrorism while simultaneously denouncing US efforts to rescue them.

It is apparent with their tolerance / acceptance of a woman-beating, 9-11 supporting scumbag like Hashemi.

They will meet their Karma soon enough.


17 posted on 04/13/2006 9:34:52 AM PDT by Emmet Fitzhume ("It is better to be alone than in bad company.")
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To: dfwgator

To steal a play from the gun control book... just ban all universities. They are obviously too dangerous to have around.


18 posted on 04/13/2006 9:35:16 AM PDT by noobiangod
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To: dfwgator

Wasn't it Yale who let that terrorist supporter in to its college. If handgun manufacturers can be held liable, why can't we get together and sue colleges that teach terrorists deadly skills.

They are spreading deadly knowledge to people who may be killers. The case should be much stronger than the cases against gun makers. At the very least it could be so costly to colleges that they pay much more attention to who they let in. Also, it can put a spotlight of public attention to a sickening situation. They would have to spend their time on the defense rather than brainwashing individuals.


19 posted on 04/13/2006 9:35:31 AM PDT by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: Cicero
My personal favorite was a Middle Eastern Studies class in college, where my TA tried to convince me that Islam spread through trade. That was a real laugh.

The first half was a whitewash of Islam and their history, along with gross distortions of the state of Euroope for good measure. The second half was blatant Israel bashing, and the prof urging students to attend pro-'palestinian' rallies.
20 posted on 04/13/2006 9:44:32 AM PDT by DarkSavant
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To: jmc1969

College science and technology labs have always been the place of military and civilian research.....

'Clinton only nose' how many chi coms are working on US campuses doing research right now?...


21 posted on 04/13/2006 9:50:50 AM PDT by joesnuffy ( 'This Guest Worker Program' is the only way to keep us safe and warm at night)
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To: dfwgator

forget the 1000 person auditorium, think sports stadiums.


22 posted on 04/13/2006 9:52:10 AM PDT by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascism)
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To: SFC Chromey

Usually they do searches before you enter the stadiums, so that somewhat mitigates the threat. But there's little to stop them from just going into a building during a normal day.


23 posted on 04/13/2006 9:54:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: jmc1969
I must ask myself the following question. If in essence a new Iraqi government is formed soon, and shows all indications it will be of national unity type design. I am not dealing with the if factor, obvious that is a subject within itself.
But if things move along as we hope in Iraq. I wonder if all these groups are going to continue targeting Iraq by sending goons in do do bad stuff.
Interesting in that Afghanistan continues to appear less desirable to go to, based on what we know is going down.
This world wide war on terror is just that. There is no major HQ that one can eliminate. New ones simply spring up.
And sadly to many forgetting all the attacks on US interests both foreign and stateside leading to what GWB felt obligated to do, will point the finger at him as starting this stuff not realizing it would have come to past regardless of what the US did. They are after our throat.
24 posted on 04/13/2006 12:20:18 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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