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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - August 2006
Posted on 08/01/2006 9:51:52 PM PDT by nwctwx
Ayman al-Zawahiri's July 27 statement on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict deftly advanced al-Qaeda's own interests, as well as al-Qaeda's goal of putting the world's multiple ongoing Islamic insurgencies into the context of a single, Shiite-and-Sunni struggle against "the Zionist-Crusader aggression." The struggles in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan are all connected, al-Zawahiri said, and "the whole world is an open field for us. As they attack us everywhere, we will attack them everywhere"....which would be an improvement over the current situation, where the Sunnis and Shias continue their centuries-long struggle against their sworn enemies -- each other.
Heh, found ya.
Thanks for the new thread.
Is it hot out by you yet?
We've had a couple of real scorchers.
THANK YOU nw for this new Threat Matrix thread.
TODAY'S UPDATES AND RECAP:
Watching the news tonight and in the wee hours regarding Fidel Castro.
Cuba IS ready for a change.
ON THE NET...
WASHINGTON TIMES.com - Today's Editorial:
"Cuba After Fidel"
August 2, 2006
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
"Tearfund confirms Death of Worker in Darfur"
By Jeremy Reynalds
Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "TEDDINGTON, ENGLAND (ANS) -- A member of a Tearfund relief team has died after being attacked in West Darfur, Sudan."
"Man imprisoned for son's Christian name
Muslim authorities charge converts from Islam with apostasy"
Posted: August 2, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "An Iranian man who with his wife chose a Christian name for their newborn son has been arrested and imprisoned by Muslims on allegations of apostasy.
Issa Motamadi, whose son became known to authorities seven months ago, faces a trial before a national Revolutionary Tribunal, according to a World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission report published by Assist News Service."
OFF TOPIC - UPDATE:
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2006
"TSB finishes initial probe into Air France crash"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "TORONTO -- One year after Air France Flight 358 skidded off a runway at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Transportation Safety Board investigators have finished their preliminary probe into what caused the crash.
Investigators examined whether the crash was caused by human error, mechanical failure or bad weather and have given a draft report of their conclusions to the safety board for review.
However the findings won't be made public just yet."
ON THE NET...
"Hugo Chavez's Magical Misery Tour"
Investor's Business Daily ^ | 31 July 2006 | Editorial
Posted on 08/01/2006 5:30:47 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Globalization: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is having a grand time cavorting around the world on his Axis Of Evil tour. But we notice he's disgusting as many countries as he's wooing."
HOT AIR.com - VENT with Michelle Malkin: "WHAT HAPPENED IN QANA?" (Video)
August 1, 2006
Thanks for the link Cindy.
ON THE NET...
"Video: Kevin Cosgroves 911 call from the World Trade Center"
posted at 5:54 pm on July 27, 2006 by Allahpundit
You're very welcome fatima.
July 31, 2006
"Serial identity thief sentenced to more than four years following ICE probe
Defendant targeted mailboxes of King and Snohomish County residents"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "KENT, Wash. - A Burien woman has been sentenced to 57 months in state prison and ordered to pay restitution after admitting her role in an identity theft scheme primarily targeting residents of King and Snohomish Counties.
Tabitha Watkins, 36, pleaded guilty July 21 in King County Superior Court to state charges of receiving stolen property, identity theft, and forgery. The plea follows a 10-month investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in coordination with the Clyde Hill Police Department and the United States Attorney's Office.
In court documents, King County prosecutors alleged Watkins obtained credit card information on more than 20 people and businesses in the area, but during the investigation, ICE agents recovered fraudulent identity documents linked to Watkins bearing the names of more than 200 different individuals.
ICE became involved in the case in September 2005 after Watkins attempted to enter the Seattle Federal Building carrying a supply of marijuana and was arrested by ICE officers assigned to the Federal Protective Service. At the time, Watkins presented false identification claiming to be another person."
Note: The following text is a quote:
July 31, 2006
Leader in massive marriage fraud ring pleads guilty to charges stemming from ICE investigation - "Operation Newlywed Game"
SANTA ANA, Calif. - One of the key conspirators in an elaborate Orange County-based marriage fraud scheme faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to charges of visa fraud and conspiracy.
Julie Tran, 50, pleaded guilty here Friday to charges stemming from Operation Newlywed Game, a landmark investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting a marriage fraud scheme involving hundreds of Chinese and Vietnamese nationals. Tran, who has been linked to as many as 75 sham marriages and the filing of more than 100 bogus visa petitions, was arrested by ICE agents in November 2005. Following a consensual search of her Garden Grove residence, agents recovered U.S. passports, miscellaneous immigration and financial documents, and approximately $3,500 in cash.
According to court documents, the marriage fraud scheme, which resulted in 44 indictments, involved a loose-knit network of facilitators, recruiters, and petitioners based in Orange County's Little Saigon. At the heart of the conspiracy were the facilitators, including Tran, who charged up to $60,000 to orchestrate sham marriages for foreign nationals with U.S. citizens for the purpose of submitting fraudulent immigrant visa petitions on behalf of the aliens. The facilitators often used recruiters, who typically received $1,000 for each referral, to identify U.S. citizens willing to marry the aliens and submit the immigration visa petitions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The U.S. citizen petitioners were paid thousands of dollars, plus travel expenses.
Since the foreign nationals often resided in Vietnam or China, the facilitators would then make arrangements for the U.S. citizen petitioners to go overseas to marry the aliens. After the sham marriage, the facilitators assisted the petitioners and aliens with filing bogus immigration petitions. The facilitators would also coach the petitioners and the aliens on what to say at subsequent adjustment of status interviews to persuade the USCIS officer that the couple had a legitimate marriage.
Marriage fraud and other forms of identity and benefit fraud are threats to national security and public safety because they create a vulnerability through which illegal aliens, criminals, and terrorists can enter the United States and remain here illegally, said Robert Schoch, special agent in charge of the ICE office of investigations in Los Angeles. This case should send a clear message that ICE is working aggressively to ensure that this kind of criminal activity does not go unchecked or unpunished.
As part of Operation Newlywed Game, investigators reviewed scores of immigration files, as well as employment and travel histories to determine each defendant's role. According to investigators, the suspects went to elaborate lengths to make the sham marriages appear legitimate, posing for wedding pictures, fabricating love letters, and even creating fraudulent joint tax returns.
Tran is scheduled to be sentenced on October 30, 2006. Conspiracy to commit visa fraud carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Filing a fraudulent visa petition carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Consequently, Tran faces a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Since April 2006, seven other defendants charged in connection with Operation Newlywed Game have pleaded guilty. Julie Tran's sister, Kathy Tran, who was identified by ICE as another primary facilitator in the scheme, is scheduled to go on trial October 17, 2006.
-- ICE --
ON THE NET...
22 March 2006
"The Hamas Charter: Analysis, Translation and Arabic Source"
Aliases: Harakat al-Muqawammah al-Islammiyya, Islamic Resistance Movement
Base of Operation: Israel; West Bank/Gaza"
"CHRONOLOGY-Major attacks on trains"
12 Jul 2006 10:43:24 GMT
Thanks to freeperfromnj for pointing to this thread:
Note: The following post is a quote:
Suitcase bomb found in German train [make that two]
EXPATICA ^ | 1 August 2006 | German news
Posted on 08/01/2006 9:37:24 AM PDT by wolf78
Suitcase bomb found in German train
1 August 2006
DORTMUND, GERMANY - A bomb has been found aboard a German train, with prosecutors saying Tuesday, the morning after it was discovered, that it had been powerful enough to maim or even kill.
Bomb-disposal specialists disabled the device Monday evening in the main railway station in the western German city of Dortmund.
"The contents were capable of severely injuring or even killing people," said prosecutor Ina Holznagel.
The device included a canister of propane gas, a timer and wires.
(Excerpt) Read more at expatica.com ...
Note: See video here, too.
01. August 2006 Druckversion | Versenden | Leserbrief
"Terrorermittlungen nach Bombenfunden in Koblenz und Dortmund"
Note: Includes photos.
(August 1, 2006)
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