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World Terrorism: News, History and Research Of A Changing World #5
CIA ^ | Page last updated: 07/27/2006 | National Intelligence Council's "Global Trends 2015

Posted on 09/30/2006 10:18:39 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT

"Global Trends 2015" Terrorism-Related Excerpts

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The following items are terrorism-related items from the National Intelligence Council's "Global Trends 2015: A Dialogue About the Future With Nongovernment Experts" report (December 2000).

Transnational Terrorism (page 50)

States with poor governance; ethnic, cultural, or religious tensions; weak economies; and porous borders will be prime breeding grounds for terrorism. In such states, domestic groups will challenge the entrenched government, and transnational networks seeking safehavens.

At the same time, the trend away from state-supported political terrorism and toward more diverse, free-wheeling, transnational networks—enabled by information technology—will continue. Some of the states that actively sponsor terrorism or terrorist groups today may decrease or even cease their support by 2015 as a result of regime changes, rapprochement with neighbors, or the conclusion that terrorism has become counterproductive. But weak states also could drift toward cooperation with terrorists, creating de facto new state supporters.

Between now and 2015 terrorist tactics will become increasingly sophisticated and designed to achieve mass casualties.

We expect the trend toward greater lethality in terrorist attacks to continue.

Reacting to US Military Superiority (page 56)

Experts agree that the United States, with its decisive edge in both information and weapons technology, will remain the dominant military power during the next 15 years. Further bolstering the strong position of the United States are its unparalleled economic power, its university system, and its investment in research and development—half of the total spent annually by the advanced industrial world. Many potential adversaries, as reflected in doctrinal writings and statements, see US military concepts, together with technology, as giving the United States the ability to expand its lead in conventional warfighting capabilities.

This perception among present and potential adversaries will continue to generate the pursuit of asymmetric capabilities against US forces and interests abroad as well as the territory of the United States. US opponents—state and such nonstate actors as drug lords, terrorists, and foreign insurgents—will not want to engage the US military on its terms. They will choose instead political and military strategies designed to dissuade the United States from using force, or, if the United States does use force, to exhaust American will, circumvent or minimize US strengths, and exploit perceived US weaknesses. Asymmetric challenges can arise across the spectrum of conflict that will confront US forces in a theater of operations or on US soil.

Threats to Critical Infrastructure.

Some potential adversaries will seek ways to threaten the US homeland. The US national infrastructure—communications, transportation, financial transactions, energy networks—is vulnerable to disruption by physical and electronic attack because of its interdependent nature and by cyber attacks because of their dependence on computer networks. Foreign governments and groups will seek to exploit such vulnerabilities using conventional munitions, information operations, and even WMD.

Terrorism.

Much of the terrorism noted earlier will be directed at the United States and its overseas interests. Most anti-US terrorism will be based on perceived ethnic, religious or cultural grievances. Terrorist groups will continue to find ways to attack US military and diplomatic facilities abroad. Such attacks are likely to expand increasingly to include US companies and American citizens. Middle East and Southwest Asian-based terrorists are the most likely to threaten the United States.


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1 posted on 09/30/2006 10:18:47 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT
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2 posted on 09/30/2006 10:24:25 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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Unclear and present danger
The public is still not fully aware of the gravity of the threat posed by Islamist extremists, Britain's anti-terror supremo tells Patrick Walters




September 23, 2006
BRITAIN'S top counter-terrorist cop has no doubt the nature of the threat has changed dramatically. Peter Clarke, Scotland Yard's 51-year-old head of counter-terrorism, talks with quiet resolution about the challenge of Islamist terrorism and how it has turned British policing upside down.
People often say to Clarke how well placed the British authorities must be to deal with Islamist terror given their long experience of Irish Republican Army killers.

No, he responds emphatically. It's a whole new ball game with no defined rules of engagement or carefully delineated boundaries.

"The current terrorist threat is almost the reverse of all those parameters," Clarke said in Canberra this week.

"What we see is global in origin, global in ambition, global in reach. The networks are loose, they are fluid and they are incredibly resilient," Clarke told a security conference.

Defeating the threat demands a level of resources, including sustained surveillance, unprecedented in modern law enforcement. "Unless you have pace and scale on your side, you will fail to deal with these terrorist conspiracies that we are currently seeing," he stressed.

Clarke tells Inquirer the threat posed by radical Islamists in Britain is growing in scale and complexity. "I think the only sensible conclusion is that it is ... because if you look at the pace of terrorist activity since 9/11, it's clearly unabated and there appears to be a consistency, almost a regularity, in the attack patterns.

"I don't want to sound unnecessarily gloomy, but I don't see many positive signs in terms of it being diminished."

He points out that British authorities have managed to foil four or five attacks in the past 12 months. But the "sad probability" is that another attack will get through at some time.

Clarke brings nearly 30 years of experience to his role as national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism investigations, having joined the Metropolitan Police in 1977 with a law degree from Bristol University.

His postings included a stint in the late 1990s as commander of the royalty and diplomatic protection department, with responsibility for the security of the royal family, before taking on his present job at New Scotland Yard in 2002.

Since 9/11 there has been a four-fold increase in the number of Metropolitan Police officers dedicated to investigating terrorism. In the next few weeks there will be a shake-up as Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch merges with the force's special branch to form a dedicated counter-terrorism command.

"That will be quite a historic change. It's a big move for us to do that," Clarke says. "That will create a single large department as big as many medium-sized police forces in the UK, which will greatly enhance our capabilities."

The Metropolitan Police will co-ordinate other counter-terrorism units across Britain's 43 separate local police forces, building surveillance, intelligence and analytical assets.

Clarke says Britain's experience of Islamist terror, including last year's London bombings and the recently thwarted plot to blow up airliners flying to the US, is driving far-reaching changes in the way police now operate.

It used to be that police would only intervene in the final stages of a terrorist plot, making arrests at or near the point of attack, with the strongest possible weight of evidence to put before a court. However, Clarke says the scale of the threat means "we can no longer afford to wait until that moment".

"It's a complete shift in scale. Mentally we have had to completely change our response in terms of interdiction and intervention to prevent an increased risk to the public."

Clarke says earlier action to pre-empt a mass casualty attack also dictates the need to engage closely with local communities as a key element of counter-terrorism strategy. He believes the British public is still not fully aware of the gravity of the threat posed by Islamist terror groups. This is despite the fact there are now 90 people awaiting trial on terrorism charges.

"We have a whole series of trials which over the coming months and years will unfold in the UK. When that hard evidence is produced the public are able to see what has been planned over the last months and years, that will contribute to their understanding of the threat."

When Metropolitan Police discovered a cache of military training equipment in the Finsbury Park mosque in January 2003, it took three years before the authorities could inform the public of the find because of contempt issues.

"From a law enforcement perspective, the scale of these investigations is simply immense. The level of investigative activity has never been higher," Clarke says.

He acknowledges that the number of people of interest to British authorities looking "right across the span of terrorist activity" is now in the thousands. These included at one end of the spectrum people prepared to mount attacks themselves, and at the other those who might simply facilitate travel or supply forged documentation, or those may one day join the jihadist cause.

"The numbers of people we have to be interested in are in the thousands but I am not saying that we have thousands of people under surveillance or that there are thousands of terrorists in the UK."

International co-operation between law enforcement authorities is critical and transnational intelligence sharing is growing all the time.

"What we are looking at is a global movement that operates across borders. They are extremely mobile. Travel is a key feature of how terrorists are planning and organising themselves."

Clarke says Britain is working closely with Pakistani authorities to better understand the extent of links with British groups, including the 2005 bombers.

The July disruption of a plot to blow up airliners travelling to the US involved the arrest of 17 suspects, of whom 11 have now been charged with conspiracy to murder.

Clarke warns it is vital that the aviation industry examines the implications of the foiled plot for air travel.

The plotters had been planning to smuggle liquid explosives on board several planes.

"I can't go into details about the methodology except to say its very innovative. That will give a clue to the fact that now in response ... new protective measures are required. The methodology is such that there must be an enduring threat to air transport."

So a serious threat to aviation safety remains which has to be addressed?

"Absolutely," comes the reply.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20459724-601,00.html


3 posted on 09/30/2006 10:30:08 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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Did He Really Say That?
By: Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. -- Posted Thursday, 28 September 2006

In the past two weeks I was treated to two particularly moronic public statements from market experts.

Last week, during an interview on CNBC, Dennis Gartman, editor of the highly regarded Gartman Letter, asserted that the storage currency of choice among drug traffickers, arms dealers, and the Russian Mafia had switched from $100 dollar US bills to €500 Euro notes. Gartman proclaimed the development to be bullish for the U.S. economy and bearish for the Euro zone. Say what?



Gartman’s “logic” was that when the dormant $100 bills sitting in attaché cases, safety deposit boxes, and mattresses returned to America, the additional spending would boost the US economy. Conversely, he asserted, the removal of euros from circulation would hurt the euro-zone economies. Basically, Gartman’s comments boiled down to the belief that economic growth can be created by introducing more money into circulation. Or, more precisely, that inflation creates prosperity.



The reality is that Americans receive a huge subsidy as a result of U.S. currency being stashed away in foreign suitcases. It’s like writing checks that no one cashes. Dollars circulating abroad do not bid up consumer prices at home, which results in Americans having more goods to consume at lower prices. If the hoarded bills were to suddenly return to domestic circulation, the result would not be more growth but only higher prices and interest rates. Alternatively, were those dollars deposited in foreign bank accounts, Americans would be required to pay interest on balances that previously earned nothing.



Any way you slice it, the fact that criminals are moving from dollars to euros is a negative development for an American economy accustomed to the subsidy. In addition, it reveals the diminishing prestige of the dollar and the increasing concerns others have for its reliability as a dependable store of value. Because cash under a mattress earns no interest, the only consideration given is it’s preservation of purchasing power. The fact that criminals increasingly prefer euros to dollars speaks volumes. If only Gartman had the good sense to listen.



Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, this week, in response to the first national year-over-year decline in housing prices since 1995, David Lereah, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors said “We've been anticipating a price correction and now it's here. The price drop has stopped the bleeding for housing sales. We think the housing market has now hit bottom.''



First of all, when did Lereah ever predict a price decline? Isn’t he the same guy who constantly assured us that real estate prices would never fall? That all that would happen to prices is that they would rise more slowly.



Second, what makes him an economist? Is he really employed to give an honest assessment of the future prospects of the housing market and real estate prices? Lereah is no more an economist than Henry Blodget was an analyst. Despite their titles, both were hired to help salesmen move inventory. For Blodget it was internet stocks, and for Lereah it is houses. Realtors cannot convince as many people to over-pay for houses if their own economist forecasts prices to drop. Why this man still gets taken serious by the media is beyond me. Anything he says should either be printed in the classified section or as part of a legitimate display advertisement for realtors.



Finally, what the hell is he talking about? How can he say that the bleeding has stopped, when its barely just begun? It reminds me of the Monty Python skit where the Black Knight claims his severed limb is “just a flesh wound.” Does it seem feasible that the biggest real estate bubble in U.S. history would bottom out after a mere 1.7% price decline? What signs could he possibly see to confirm that the housing market has bottomed? Let’s see, national home prices fell for the first time in 11 years, with 2006 likely to be the first calendar year in 70 where that occurred. Inventories are at record levels and still rising, sales have fallen for five months in a row and are down 12.6% in the past year, foreclosures are surging, builders are offering additional incentives to sell houses, reporting higher cancellation rates, and repeatedly lowering their earnings estimates. Further, over-stretched homeowners are facing a wave of ARM resets beyond their abilities to pay, the economy is headed for a recession and everyone is still expecting a soft-landing. Yep, it sure looks like a bottom to me.



Anecdotally, the house I rented two years ago, and moved out of six months ago, sits vacant, despite its advertised rent being 15% below what I initially leased it for. In addition, when I first rented it in New Canaan, CT there were only about a half dozen single family rentals available there. Now there are over a hundred.



The reality for real estate is that the only visible signs are those confirming the formation of a major top. It’s more likely that Mr. Lereah saw Elvis than a bottom in the housing market. My guess is that we are a very long way from a bottom, and by the time its visible, Lereah will be out of a job.



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-- Posted Thursday, 28 September 2006
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4 posted on 09/30/2006 10:41:10 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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Thanks for the ping. Somethin' commin' soon. I can feel it. Before the elections.
5 posted on 09/30/2006 10:42:02 AM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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THANKS.


6 posted on 09/30/2006 10:47:25 AM PDT by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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Belarus' president says merger with Russia would lead to violence worse than in Chechnya
The Associated Press

Published: September 29, 2006


MINSK, Belarus Belarus' authoritarian president railed Friday against a proposed merger with Russia, warning it could lead to violence and disorder worse than in Russia's restive Chechnya region.

President Alexander Lukashenko's blunt remarks highlighted the rising tensions between the two ex-Soviet allies amid strained talks over natural gas prices.

Moscow and Minsk signed a union treaty in 1996 that envisaged close political, economic and military ties, but stopped short of creating a single state. The Kremlin, increasingly impatient about subsidizing Belarus' Soviet-style economy with cheap gas, has since proposed that Belarus be absorbed into Russia.

Lukashenko, who has vehemently opposed such a union, reiterated his stance during a 4 1/2-hour news conference Friday. "Even (Soviet dictator Josef) Stalin didn't go as far as that ... I don't want to be the first and the last Belarusian president," he said.

The president, who has sought to cast Belarus as an oasis of calm amid other ex-Soviet nations in turmoil, said its incorporation into Russia could trigger chaos and even fighting.

"As soon as Belarus becomes part of Russia, it'll be worse here than in Chechnya," he said. "We'll have people coming in from Georgia, from Russia, Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries. They are ready today to come with weapons."

Lukashenko has ruled this country of 10 million people with an iron fist since 1994, and was re-elected to a third term in a March vote that the opposition and Western nations denounced as fraudulent.

A pariah dubbed "Europe's last dictator" in the West, Lukashenko has relied on close economic and military ties with neighboring Russia.

His comments Friday signaled a new rift, however, as the two nations hold tense negotiations over efforts by Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly OAO Gazprom to increase gas prices fourfold.

The price increase would initially be offset by the acquisition of Belarusian industrial assets, in particular a 50-percent stake in national gas transport company Beltransgaz, Gazprom officials have said, noting that such an arrangement would give Minsk time to reconfigure its economy to better handle the higher gas prices within a few years.

Lukashenko slammed the proposed hike as a "clear break in all relations, particularly economic."

Belarus now buys its gas from Russia at US$46.68 (36.87) per 1,000 cubic meters. Gazprom wants to charge US$200 (158) per 1,000 cubic meters, company spokesman Igor Volobuyev said Friday. Economists warned that such a high increase could hobble Belarus' industries.

Lukashenko said he was not against the sale of the Beltransgaz shares, but insisted Gazprom should buy them at a fair market price — suggesting the gas giant was undervaluing the stake.

Lukashenko warned Russia "you will lose your last ally, you will simply disgrace yourselves" if the increase is put into effect. "Belarus has been offered a higher price than Germany — we will insist on the original price."

Late last year, Russia re-negotiated natural gas contracts with several former Soviet republics, bringing them closer to European prices, which have soared in line with record oil prices.

Russia's move to sharply increase gas prices for Ukraine in January was widely seen as politically motivated Kremlin pressure on Ukraine's new, Western-leaning government before March parliamentary elections.

MINSK, Belarus Belarus' authoritarian president railed Friday against a proposed merger with Russia, warning it could lead to violence and disorder worse than in Russia's restive Chechnya region.

President Alexander Lukashenko's blunt remarks highlighted the rising tensions between the two ex-Soviet allies amid strained talks over natural gas prices.

Moscow and Minsk signed a union treaty in 1996 that envisaged close political, economic and military ties, but stopped short of creating a single state. The Kremlin, increasingly impatient about subsidizing Belarus' Soviet-style economy with cheap gas, has since proposed that Belarus be absorbed into Russia.

Lukashenko, who has vehemently opposed such a union, reiterated his stance during a 4 1/2-hour news conference Friday. "Even (Soviet dictator Josef) Stalin didn't go as far as that ... I don't want to be the first and the last Belarusian president," he said.

The president, who has sought to cast Belarus as an oasis of calm amid other ex-Soviet nations in turmoil, said its incorporation into Russia could trigger chaos and even fighting.

"As soon as Belarus becomes part of Russia, it'll be worse here than in Chechnya," he said. "We'll have people coming in from Georgia, from Russia, Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries. They are ready today to come with weapons."

Lukashenko has ruled this country of 10 million people with an iron fist since 1994, and was re-elected to a third term in a March vote that the opposition and Western nations denounced as fraudulent.

A pariah dubbed "Europe's last dictator" in the West, Lukashenko has relied on close economic and military ties with neighboring Russia.

His comments Friday signaled a new rift, however, as the two nations hold tense negotiations over efforts by Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly OAO Gazprom to increase gas prices fourfold.

The price increase would initially be offset by the acquisition of Belarusian industrial assets, in particular a 50-percent stake in national gas transport company Beltransgaz, Gazprom officials have said, noting that such an arrangement would give Minsk time to reconfigure its economy to better handle the higher gas prices within a few years.

Lukashenko slammed the proposed hike as a "clear break in all relations, particularly economic."

Belarus now buys its gas from Russia at US$46.68 (36.87) per 1,000 cubic meters. Gazprom wants to charge US$200 (158) per 1,000 cubic meters, company spokesman Igor Volobuyev said Friday. Economists warned that such a high increase could hobble Belarus' industries.

Lukashenko said he was not against the sale of the Beltransgaz shares, but insisted Gazprom should buy them at a fair market price — suggesting the gas giant was undervaluing the stake.

Lukashenko warned Russia "you will lose your last ally, you will simply disgrace yourselves" if the increase is put into effect. "Belarus has been offered a higher price than Germany — we will insist on the original price."

Late last year, Russia re-negotiated natural gas contracts with several former Soviet republics, bringing them closer to European prices, which have soared in line with record oil prices.

Russia's move to sharply increase gas prices for Ukraine in January was widely seen as politically motivated Kremlin pressure on Ukraine's new, Western-leaning government before March parliamentary elections.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/29/europe/EU_GEN_Belarus_Russia_Union.php


7 posted on 09/30/2006 10:48:28 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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I feel the same way if they don't hit us now they will wait till 2008. IMHO:)


8 posted on 09/30/2006 10:50:25 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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Hey Quix I have been reading your other pings just no replying. Praying and Thinking...
LUB


9 posted on 09/30/2006 10:52:12 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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Thanks.

Sorry I haven't gotten back to so many things. Many things falling through the cracks amidst my high priority busy-ness. Sorry. Maybe in due time. LOL.

Joel C Rosenberg's EPICENTER--his first nonfiction is excellent. I suggest you get it and read it. I hope to get a more indepth than usual review of it up in a week or so. Am almost finished with it. Have to write up the review and then get it OK'd by his outfit.

LUB,


10 posted on 09/30/2006 10:54:20 AM PDT by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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WHATS up with this?????? I hope we shot them down.

Russia's long-range aircraft fires four missiles during check
18:10 | 29/ 09/ 2006



ENGELS (Saratov Region), September 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russian long-range aircraft fired four cruise missiles during a routine check, the commander of Russia's Long-Range Aviation Command said Friday.

"Cruise missiles fired from the Tu-160 [Blackjack] and Tu-95MS [Bear] successfully hit their targets," Lieutenant General Igor Khvorov said.

He said a total of 18 cruise missiles were fired during the exercise and that 70 aircraft participated, including four Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers. He added that Tu-22M3 Backfires performed up to eight successful bombing runs on practice ranges.

Khvorov said crews demonstrated great skill in reaching missile launch points at the right times.

"The margin of error for the arrival of a strategic aircraft at a launch point is four seconds," he said. "If an aircraft misses this margin by even one second, we launch an investigation."

He said long-range aircraft flew over the North Pole while crossing the Arctic Ocean, and also reached Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Japan's western coast, without entering any country's airspace.

"All the aircraft involved flew over neutral waters, and none of them came closer than 12 nautical miles (25 kilometers, 16 miles) to the maritime borders of any country," he said.


http://en.rian.ru/russia/20060929/54383211.html


11 posted on 09/30/2006 10:55:30 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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How funny...

Putin tries a new look, but does it suit him?
Russians aren't quite sure what to make of the president's shift to more casual garb

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is not typically a flashy guy. He tends to dress in conservative colors, is spare with emotion and, despite his compact frame, gives off a tough-guy look.

From him, it can be said, one knows what to expect.
Which is why it was unusual, a touch unsettling even, to see the former KGB officer striking a jaunty pose recently in the pages of one of the nation's most popular newspapers, the tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.

There he was, the usually staid and stoic head of state, bereft of his conventional dark suit and predictable tie, exercising a bit of fashion freedom by sporting more casual garb--in daring colors, no less.

"Putin Has Changed His Wardrobe," announced the headline, above a full-page, inside spread that pictured him in four outfits.

In May, in the southern Russian resort town of Sochi, Putin showed up in a light beige suede jacket with black jeans.

In steamy Morocco, Putin appeared in a nearly transparent shirt that showed off his "rippling muscles."

At the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg in July, at an informal dinner with President Bush, Putin went with a suit in a color he had never been photographed in: mustard brown.

And he received members of the East Asia Economic Caucus last month in light-hued pants and jacket. His broad-striped tie was bright blue and red.

Trained in the ways of the secret police, Putin knows how to keep a straight face. His usual dress reflects that sentiment. In a 2002 survey of how the electorate viewed him, one respondent from Voronezh described the president as "buttoned up" and a "black box."

That's why this new attire makes him seem almost wild.

"What is the cause of this obvious `liberalization' of Putin's clothes?" Komsomolskaya Pravda wanted to know.

Perhaps, the newspaper suggested, he is feeling more self-confident and is expressing, through lighter-colored suits and jackets, an "inner freedom."

Russia's most esteemed fashion designer, Vyacheslav Zaitsev, declined to offer his thoughts on the matter, saying through a spokesman it is "immoral" and "taboo" to comment on the way politicians dress.

But Natalya Turkenich, an imagemaker and stylist at the Moscow-based Style Guide agency, which advises well-to-do businessmen and their wives, had a few words on the president's new look.

"When I noticed these changes for the first time, I thought, aha, he must have an imagemaker who whispered into his ear, `It's not correct to wear dark-colored suits all the time,"' she said. Then she noticed some faux pas which confirmed--in her mind, at least--that he was selecting his outfits: a beige shirt that made him look "pale and tired," and a light blue shirt with a red tie, a combination that grated on her eyes.

"It was not becoming for him," Turkenich said. "Seeing him wearing such a shirt, he was associated by many people with middle-level management.

"I was very pleased to see that he's no longer wearing boring dark suits," she allowed. "But he doesn't understand a thing about small details. Nuance in clothes is something he can't comprehend."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0609290153sep29,1,6504127.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true


12 posted on 09/30/2006 11:07:38 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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This is really a request for help. I lost my hard drive recently, and am trying to find a website I had in my "favorites"... someone had posted it a while ago, and it listed every terrorist attack going back years, and a lot of other information about terrorism...can anyone provide any help locating such a site or sites?


13 posted on 09/30/2006 11:07:48 AM PDT by Chuck_101
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Russia for equal terms on world uranium market - nuclear chief
MOSCOW, September 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will never tolerate discrimination against its nuclear companies on the world market, Russia's top nuclear official said Thursday.

Russia has been looking to increase its presence on the world nuclear fuel market, but has encountered resistance, particularly from the United States
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20060928/54342782.html

Closure of U.S. base in Iceland to mark end of an era
http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-09-29T203235Z_01_L29405555_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-ICELAND-USA-BASE-COL.XML&archived=False

Russia accuses new NATO members of illicit arms sales to Georgia


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Friday accused some new NATO members of illicit arms sales to Georgia, which was embroiled in a fresh dispute with Russia over alleged espionage.

"Some younger members of NATO" were supplying Georgia with arms and ammunition of Soviet production, which is in breach of international arms trade accords, Ivanov told a news conference after the NATO-Russia Council meeting in the Slovenian coastal resort of Portoroz.
http://english.people.com.cn/200609/30/eng20060930_307667.html

Russia may revise Georgia troops plan


By MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press

TBILISI, Georgia — Russia warned on Friday that its plans to close military bases in Georgia were in doubt and Georgia claimed Russia was moving troops near their shared border, as relations between the countries deteriorated in one of their worst crises since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Tensions between Russia and Georgia, which have increased since pro-Western President Mikhail Saakashvili came to power in 2003, escalated after the arrest in Georgia on Wednesday of four Russian military officers accused of spying.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4225350.html

Indian student’s killing triggers protests in Russia
Moscow: The brutal killing of an Indian in a suspected racial attack has triggered angry protests by foreign students in the Russian city of St Petersburg, prompting its governor to personally monitor the probe into the murder.
http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=5&articleid=929200622150671929200622144406

Putin to visit Germany October 10-11 (Part 2)
MOSCOW. Sept 29 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a working visit to Germany on October 10-11 at German Chancellor Angela Merkel's invitation, the presidential press service reported on Friday.
http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/politics/28.html?id_issue=11596529



14 posted on 09/30/2006 11:08:42 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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To: Chuck_101; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta
I remember that, lets ping for help...while looking....
15 posted on 09/30/2006 11:11:53 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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Here you go...

List of terrorist incidents
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents

Terrorist Acts Suspected of or Inspired by al-Qaeda
1993 (Feb.): Bombing of World Trade Center (WTC); 6 killed.
1993 (Oct.): Killing of U.S. soldiers in Somalia.
1996 (June): Truck bombing at Khobar Towers barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killed 19 Americans.
1998 (Aug.): Bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; 224 killed, including 12 Americans.
1999 (Dec.): Plot to bomb millennium celebrations in Seattle foiled when customs agents arrest an Algerian smuggling explosives into the U.S.
2000 (Oct.): Bombing of the USS Cole in port in Yemen; 17 U.S. sailors killed.
2001 (Sept.): Destruction of WTC; attack on Pentagon. Total dead 2,992.
2001 (Dec.): Man tried to denote shoe bomb on flight from Paris to Miami.
2002 (April): Explosion at historic synagogue in Tunisia left 21 dead, including 11 German tourists.
2002 (May): Car exploded outside hotel in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 14, including 11 French citizens.
2002 (June): Bomb exploded outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12.
2002 (Oct.): Boat crashed into oil tanker off Yemen coast, killing 1.
2002 (Oct.): Nightclub bombings in Bali, Indonesia, killed 202, mostly Australian citizens.
2002 (Nov.): Suicide attack on a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, killed 16.
2003 (May): Suicide bombers killed 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2003 (May): 4 bombs killed 33 people targeting Jewish, Spanish, and Belgian sites in Casablanca, Morocco.
2003 (Aug.): Suicide car-bomb killed 12, injured 150 at Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2003 (Nov.): Explosions rocked a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, housing compound, killing 17.
2003 (Nov.): Suicide car-bombers simultaneously attacked 2 synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 25 and injuring hundreds.
2003 (Nov.): Truck bombs detonated at London bank and British consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 26.
2004 (March): 10 bombs on 4 trains exploded almost simultaneously during the morning rush hour in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 and injuring more than 1,500.
2004 (May): Terrorists attacked Saudi oil company offices in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 22.
2004 (June): Terrorists kidnapped and executed American Paul Johnson, Jr., in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2004 (Sept.): Car bomb outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, killed 9.
2004 (Dec.): Terrorists entered the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing 9 (including 4 attackers).
2005 (July): Bombs exploded on 3 trains and a bus in London, England, killing 52.
2005 (Oct.): 22 killed by 3 suicide bombs in Bali, Indonesia.
2005 (Nov.): 57 killed at 3 American hotels in Amman, Jordan.
2006 (Aug.): More than 25 arrested in plot to blow up jetliners between London and U.S.
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0884893.html

International terrorism: significant attacks associated with Al Qaida
http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/page7930.asp


16 posted on 09/30/2006 11:18:53 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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The Bin Laden’s-Still-Alive Blame Game
September 29th, 2006



There is potentially no more deplorable aspect of politics in the new millennium than the backwards-looking blame game played by both Parties on a daily basis. Whether it’s the economy, taxes, budget deficits, or corruption, members on both sides of the aisle always have an extended finger ready to accuse the other for the problems in the world.

In the past four weeks, a new category for contestants has been created: The bin Laden’s-Still-Alive Blame Game.

When Doves Lie

It is certainly no great surprise that once all the faux hawks – the doves that felt so threatened by the 9/11 attacks that they actually wanted to respond militarily – started feeling less vulnerable, the country would return to its 9/10 divisions. However, nobody could possibly have envisioned that five years later, the political parties would actually be debating who was more responsible for the national tragedy that fateful day.

Alas, here we are, and suddenly there isn’t enough soap in the world to make any rational American feel clean. How sad.

Yet, more despicable than this current condition is that it was actually precipitated by a former president’s disgust with a television program, and inflamed by a simple question from a Sunday talk show host. Maybe this was to be expected given the utter failure of the 9/11 Commission to dispassionately look at all of the information that was available to it, and give the nation an honest and nonpartisan assessment of what truly happened in the years leading up to the attacks.

Instead, what we received was a purely political report that tap-danced around specifics to protect both presidential Administrations involved from embarrassment. As a result, we ended up with more questions than answers, wasting a lot of time and taxpayer money in the process.

Retort to the Commissioner

With that in mind, I recently sought the opinion of Michael Scheuer to try and navigate the current landmine that has been laid by those pointing the fingers, and determine what the facts are from someone that was actually involved with both White Houses.

For those unfamiliar, Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency who led the Osama bin Laden unit of the Counterterrorism Center from 1996 through 1999, and was Special Advisor to it from 2001 until he left the agency in 2004. He is the author of two books on the war on terror. He now serves as a terror analyst for CBS News and the Jamestown Foundation.

There are few people who have more inside information as to what was going on with the hunt for bin Laden than Scheuer, and, as he has no specific ties to either political party at this point in his career, his opinions appear nonpartisan.

Scheuer feels the 9/11 Commission did the country a huge disservice. The picture this panel painted was of an intelligence community in total disarray. Yet, the inability to catch bin Laden prior to the 2001 attacks was by no means due to a lack of information about the terrorist leader, or his whereabouts.

As Scheuer has said and written on many occasions, America had between eight and ten opportunities to kill or capture bin Laden. The failure to do so was not one of intelligence, but, instead, the inability of those given the information to literarily and figuratively pull the trigger.

For instance, the controversial scene depicted in ABC’s Path to 9/11 about an operation to capture bin Laden in 1998 is largely based on fact according to Scheuer, and is detailed on pages 111 – 115 of the 9/11 Commission report. Despite inaccuracies which are greatly up for debate, there was indeed such a mission that was cancelled for reasons that none of the principles questioned by the Commission agreed on.

But, that’s just one of the missed opportunities. According to Scheuer, there was another mission cancelled in late 1998 due to the fear that a nearby mosque could be accidentally hit with some shrapnel, and that this would inflame the region. This view is supported on pages 130 and 131 of the 9/11 Commission report. Keep in mind that “Mike” is actually Scheuer:

On December 20, intelligence indicated Bin Ladin would be spending the night at the Haji Habash house, part of the governor’s residence in Kandahar. The chief of the Bin Ladin unit, “Mike,” told us that he promptly briefed Tenet and his deputy, John Gordon. From the field, the CIA’s Gary Schroen advised: “Hit him tonight—we may not get another chance.” An urgent teleconference of principals was arranged.117

The principals considered a cruise missile strike to try to kill Bin Ladin. One issue they discussed was the potential collateral damage—the number of innocent bystanders who would be killed or wounded. General Zinni predicted a number well over 200 and was concerned about damage to a nearby mosque. The senior intelligence officer on the Joint Staff apparently made a different calculation, estimating half as much collateral damage and not predicting damage to the mosque. By the end of the meeting, the principals decided against recommending to the President that he order a strike. A few weeks later, in January 1999, Clarke wrote that the principals had thought the intelligence only half reliable and had worried about killing or injuring perhaps 300 people. Tenet said he remembered doubts about the reliability of the source and concern about hitting the nearby mosque. “Mike” remembered Tenet telling him that the military was concerned that a few hours had passed since the last sighting of Bin Ladin and that this persuaded everyone that the chance of failure was too great.118

Some lower-level officials were angry. “Mike” reported to Schroen that he had been unable to sleep after this decision. “I’m sure we’ll regret not acting last night,” he wrote, criticizing the principals for “worrying that some stray shrapnel might hit the Habash mosque and ‘offend’ Muslims.”

Hillary’s Questionable Claim

This revelation is all the more fascinating in the context of a recent statement made by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) concerning what the former president would have done if he had received the famed August 2001 Presidential Daily Brief.

“I’m certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled `Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside United States,’ he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team,” Hillary Clinton said.

What makes this statement by Sen. Clinton so astounding are the following sentences from page 128 of the 9/11 Commission report:

On Friday, December 4, 1998, the CIA included an article in the Presidential Daily Brief describing intelligence, received from a friendly government, about a threatened hijacking in the United States. This article was declassified at our request.

The title of this PDB was “Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks.” Somehow this little piece of history slipped the Senator’s mind. Makes one wonder what Sen. Clinton feels “taken it more seriously” means.

So, what we have here is a PDB on December 4, 1998, warning the Clinton administration of an al Qaeda plot to hijack American planes. Sixteen days later, the CIA believed it knew of bin Laden’s whereabouts in Kandahar, and had a plan to take him out. Yet, for at least the second time that year, absolutely no action was taken.

Of course, what’s potentially more despicable concerning this issue is that the last time the powers-that-be chose not to act on a covert mission to capture or kill bin Laden in 1998, the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Africa occurred just a few months later.

Almost unbelievably, just four months after those embassy attacks, with a PDB warning of new ones in their hands, this December 20, 1998, plan to take out bin Laden was scuttled due to the risks to civilians and holy religious structures in the area. Despite protestations to the contrary, it quite seems the Clinton administration was more concerned with the politics of the region than in preventing the loss of life to Americans.

He Tried, But He Couldn’t Do It

This brings us to another glaring contradiction between recent statements made by former president Clinton, and what was in the 9/11 Commission report. During the now infamous Fox News Sunday interview, Mr. Clinton said repeatedly that he tried to kill bin Laden. However, for some reason, in February 1999, Mr. Clinton added ambiguous language to directives concerning bin Laden that made it more difficult for CIA operatives to actually kill him:

In February 1999, another draft Memorandum of Notification went to President Clinton. It asked him to allow the CIA to give exactly the same guidance to the Northern Alliance as had just been given to the tribals: they could kill Bin Ladin if a successful capture operation was not feasible. On this occasion, however, President Clinton crossed out key language he had approved in December and inserted more ambiguous language. No one we interviewed could shed light on why the President did this. President Clinton told the Commission that he had no recollection of why he rewrote the language.129

Later in 1999, when legal authority was needed for enlisting still other collaborators and for covering a wider set of contingencies, the lawyers returned to the language used in August 1998, which authorized force only in the context of a capture operation. Given the closely held character of the document approved in December 1998, and the subsequent return to the earlier language, it is possible to understand how the former White House officials and the CIA officials might disagree as to whether the CIA was ever authorized by the President to kill Bin Ladin.130 [emphasis added]

This appears to be another instance when supposedly the most intelligent president in American history couldn’t recall himself doing something, or why.

Around the time this change in presidential directives was inked in February 1999, America had another chance to get bin Laden according to Scheuer. Operatives had spotted the terrorist leader spending some time at camps south of Kandahar. An attack plan was again submitted, and, again scuttled as documented on pages 137 and 138 of the Report:

No strike was launched. By February 12 Bin Ladin had apparently moved on, and the immediate strike plans became moot.158 According to CIA and Defense officials, policymakers were concerned about the danger that a strike would kill an Emirati prince or other senior officials who might be with Bin Ladin or close by. Clarke told us the strike was called off after consultations with Director Tenet because the intelligence was dubious, and it seemed to Clarke as if the CIA was presenting an option to attack America’s best counterterrorism ally in the Gulf. The lead CIA official in the field, Gary Schroen, felt that the intelligence reporting in this case was very reliable; the Bin Ladin unit chief, “Mike,” agreed. Schroen believes today that this was a lost opportunity to kill Bin Ladin before 9/11.159 [emphasis added]

According to Scheuer, something the Commission chose not to include in its report was that the real concern about this mission was that it might jeopardize a large sale of F16s to the United Arab Emirates, the homeland of the “Emirati prince” referred to. It appears this financial transaction was more important to the Clinton administration than preventing further terrorist attacks by America’s public enemy number one.

Three Times Not a Charm

Adding it all up, there were three good, documented chances to take out bin Laden in about a nine-month period between May 1998 and February 1999. In all three, information and intelligence were not the problems. Some person or persons not being able to decide to act was.

This suggests that all the furor over ABC’s docudrama was a smokescreen, as was Mr. Clinton’s rant on Fox News. After all, regardless of the factual errors presented in the one depiction of a failed opportunity to capture or kill bin Laden in that program, there were others that the docudrama chose not to deal with. In particular, Path didn’t reference the December 4, 1998, PDB, about a hijacking plan by bin Laden, or the decision not to attack him sixteen days later.

Yet, the August 2001 PDB was referenced in the docudrama. With all the finger-pointing concerning this Brief, Scheuer addressed the constraints upon the Bush administration to actually act on its contents. At the time, bin Laden’s specific whereabouts were unknown, leaving virtually no military options at Team Bush’s disposal. In Scheuer’s words, “should Bush have bombed Cairo?”

In reality, there was a lot more that could have been depicted in this miniseries, but for time’s sake wasn’t. And, the inaccuracies presented regarding events immediately before 9/11 were conceivably much more fallacious than anything surrounding what occurred in the ’90s.

Path painted a picture of an extraordinary amount of information coming into the FBI and the CIA in the days just prior to 9/11 that made it seem as if a fool could have connected all the dots. At one point in the docudrama, the Northern Alliance’s Ahmed Shah Massoud called his contact in the CIA to warn him that: the attacks were imminent; they would be significant, and; would be by air. He also told his CIA contact that they had uncovered a plot by al Qaeda to attack the Northern Alliance, and that if he (Massoud) was indeed assassinated, it meant that a terrorist attack on America was just days away.

According to Scheuer, this is a total fiction. His recollection is that “chatter” was indeed higher than normal, but that large volumes of information are always coming into such agencies. Furthermore, at that time, there was nothing so definitive about anything imminent involving airplanes. And, this entire call from Massoud to someone inside the agency in his view was literary license.

This raises an important question: given the factual misrepresentations of events in 2001 by this docudrama, why didn’t the Bush administration lodge complaints to ABC? Is it possible that it recognized that this was just a television program, and that most Americans are intelligent enough to understand the difference between a documentary and a docudrama?

Oh What a Tattered Web We Weave

Finally, Mr. Clinton in his interview with Chris Wallace stated that after the USS Cole was attacked in October 2000, he and his team had come up with a detailed plan to get bin Laden, and that this was passed on to the Bush administration in January 2001. According to Scheuer, nothing could be further from the truth.

The Clinton administration’s reaction to the Cole attack in Scheuer’s view was one of inconvenience, as the presidential and Congressional elections were just weeks away, and they didn’t want to do anything that might upset the apple cart. As far as he was concerned, the only planning involved at that time was the identification of possible targets to hit inside of Afghanistan if another attack occurred before the January inauguration.

In the end, it is truly sad that America is actually having this discussion in such a political and acrimonious fashion. After all, Democrats and Republicans died on 9/11, and we are all still at risk from terrorism regardless of political affiliation. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could analyze what happened during this period in an exclusively factual manner in order to better protect this country from future attacks without the seemingly requisite blame game?

Noel Sheppard is a frequent contributor to American Thinker. He is also a contributing editor for the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters.org, and a contributing writer to its Business & Media Institute. He welcomes feedback.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=5898


17 posted on 09/30/2006 11:23:41 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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IMHO Omar killed binny boy before 2004...

Osama alive? Analysts react
Thursday, September 28, 2006 05:05:25 pm

‘I don’t know where Osama is. Do you?’ Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on America’s ‘Daily Show’
General Pervez Musharraf does appear to have a short term memory - a day after feigning ignorance on the whereabouts of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden to ‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart, he tells the Times of London, exactly where President Bush can hope to find the elusive terror master mind:

"It's not a hunch. We know there are some pockets of Al-Qaeda in Bajaur Agency. We have set a good intelligence organisation. We have moved some army elements. We did strike them twice there. We located and killed a number of them."

Mir dismisses Musharraf’s claim

So is Musharraf plugging his memoirs? Or are his revelations aimed at Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a man who has accused the Pakistani general of sheltering the Taliban and Al-Qaeda? We put that question to Hamid Mir, an authority of Osama Bin Laden and a journalist who has met Laden three times.

Mir dismissed Pervez Musharraf's claim. Drawing attention to the fact that the Pakistani President’s comments to the Times, a London daily, come after what the American press have called a ‘contentious meeting’ with the Afghan President Karzai at the White house on Wednesday, Mir suggested that President Musharraf was merely trying to get back at Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

“Like George Bush and Hamid Karzai, Musharraf does not have any exact information about the location of Osama Bin Laden,” said Mir, adding that the reason the general had made such a comment could perhaps be because “he is trying to taunt Mr Hamid Karzai – President Karzai has claimed many times that Bin Laden in hiding in Pakistan”.

Critical information

With reference to Musharraf’s claim that Osama was hiding in Aghanistan’s Kunar province, Mir said such information could not be ignored by serious analysts, coming from a head of state such as Musharraf. However, Mir expressed skepticism that the general could so easily have made public, facts about Osama’s location – were they indeed true.

“It is like providing an alert to Bin Laden that ‘we have come to know you are hiding in Kumar’, which would prompt him to change his position,” said Mir.

Whatever Musharraf's motivations, he might just be on to something, however - reports of Osama Bin Laden sightings have come from areas adjoining the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions. This is an area that includes the provinces of Khost, Waziristan, Paktika and the Kunar province.

Osama’s recent hideouts

The Bajaur Agency, where Musharraf insists Osama is hiding at present, is very close to the above four provinces. If Osama is holed up with the Afghan war lord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, it will be very difficult to get to him. The ravines provide for safe havens and easy escape routes that go undetected even under the gaze of spy satellites.

The trail of video tapes

At present, the US and its allies can only rely on a video trail - from 2001 to 2004, a number of videos have been released by the Al-Qaeda showing Osama Bin Laden at different points in time talking of different events. These at most, provide an inaccurate picture of the man and his whereabouts.

Osama dead?

The speculation over Osama's whereabouts hit fever pitch after a French Journalist Lad Sammari said last week that Osama had died. He said that he had acquired French Intelligence top secret reports that claimed as much.

Sammari writing in a French newspaper said:

“I think we can't contest that these documents of the DGSE (French foreign intelligence service), which are classified "defence confidential" are authentic. It's dated from September 21 and it's so authentic that the French president announced today that he must open an investigation to discover how they were leaked. It's the first time it made a report that is so precise and in which a source is noted, which is quite rare. And it says too that Saudi services will probably confirm the statement that Osama bin Laden has died.”

Why no news

Defence analyst Maroof Raza believes that the reasons why Bin Laden has not been appeared to the public for some time now, could be numerous. He says there is a possibility that Laden may be ill – but also that he simply might not be in complete control of al-Qaeda operations, or that he may have chosen to remain anonymous to get greater freedom of movement.

“There are assertions by some people that Bin Laden may have changed his facial persona a bit, maybe shaved his mustache or trimmed his beard to mingle with the crowd in the border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan , so that he gets a greater degree of autonomy,” says Raza.

“The other (reason) is, he could be very ill, and if he’s not in good health there would be no point showing a fumbling Bin Laden trying to address his followers worldwide. And third, it could be an indication that Bin Laden himself does not really control every operational aspect, and therefore his No 2 and No 3 can be well within their rights also, to make televised statements,” Raza says.

In any case, Raza notes that Bin Laden having initiated a process, it would continue on its own momentum regardless of whether Bin Laden survived or not.

For now, Osama's deputy Ayman al Zawahiri is making up for his absence. A TV channel in the Middle East says Zawahiri will soon release a tape about the Pope, US President Bush and the conflict in Darfur in Sudan.

War on Terror: tough roads ahead

As long as Osama evades capture, there will be pressure on Bush to deliver on his promise. For Bush and his allies - the greatest roadblock to finding Osama may actually come from the people – people who live in villages along the Pakistan - Afghan border, like Tazagram..

Here the small Pakhtun-speaking population has survived US and Pakistani forces, even the much-publicised air strike meant to target Al Qaeda No 2 Ayman Al Zawahiri earlier this year. But despite the fire power and the $25 million bounty - Bin Laden is a hero here.

“I would feel privileged if Osama comes and stays with me as a guest, because he is a great hero and he is the enemy of the USA. I would look after Osama and I would support him. There is no way that anyone here would hand over Osama for money. If anyone does this he would not be able to live here any more,” says Humayun Khan, a villager.

Added to this, is the peace deal worked out between Musharraf's generals and the pro-Taliban militia on Tuesday - a deal that many in the Bush administration are viewing as akin to harbouring terror elements, making their hunt for Osama even more difficult.

http://www.timesnow.tv/articleshow/2035902.cms


18 posted on 09/30/2006 11:31:17 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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binny boy should have handled this NOT Omar...

Pakistani tribal leader claims Taliban chief Mullah Omar backed truce
The Associated Press

Published: September 27, 2006


PESHAWAR, Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Omar purportedly approved the truce deal that ended fighting between Pakistani troops and tribal militants, a Pakistani political leader claimed Wednesday. A government official and militants rejected the claim.

Latif Afridi, a lawyer and top official from the pro-Pashtun Awami National Party, claimed that Omar gave his go-ahead for the Sept. 5 cease-fire, which ended more than four years of fighting in the semiautonomous North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Fears have been raised that the truce could make it easier for militants to operate in the region and send weapons and fighters across the porous border into Afghanistan. Pakistan's government says its military will not let this happen.

Afridi told The Associated Press that he has received a copy of a letter containing Omar's approval and written by one of Omar's aides, Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani.

"Osmani issued a letter on behalf of Mullah Omar approving this Waziristan agreement, and asking the Taliban in the area to stop fighting against the Pakistani army," Afridi said in Peshawar, capital of North West Frontier Province, which includes the North Waziristan region.

Osmani, who like Omar is at large, was an aviation minister in the Pashtun-dominated Taliban regime and corps commander of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar for the hard-line militia before it was toppled in the U.S.-led invasion after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Afridi said the letter also alleged that pro-Taliban militants in North Waziristan would fall under the command of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a front-line Taliban commander who served briefly as tribal affairs minister. He too remains at large.

Britain's Telegraph newspaper on Sunday first reported on Omar's purported role in the truce.

It was not immediately possible to verify Afridi's claims. He declined to make a copy of the letter available.

But Shah Zaman, government spokesman for Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, which includes North Waziristan, dismissed Afridi's claim as "baseless."

"I was deeply involved in the entire peace process, and let me tell you that Mullah Omar or any of his deputies or associates played no role before or after the signing of the agreement," Zaman told the AP.

Gul Hassan, a local pro-Taliban leader in North Waziristan's capital, Miran Shah, also said Omar played no role in the peace accord, which tribal leaders brokered between militants and the government.

"Mullah Omar didn't give us any signal to sign the agreement," said Hassan, who was among several militants freed recently by the government under the accord.

A purported spokesman for the militia, Mohammed Hanif, also denied Taliban involvement in the truce deal, telling the AP in a telephone interview that it was "Pakistan's internal affair."

Pakistan deployed 80,000 troops to the frontier after U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 attacks to topple the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding along the porous Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

But the Pakistani troop presence angered fiercely independent tribesmen and sparked a violent anti-government campaign that killed hundreds of soldiers, militants and civilians.

Under the truce, soldiers manning security posts throughout the region returned to their barracks and militants agreed to no longer take part in attacks in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Militants are also prevented from fanning extremism.

But in a worrying sign, militants on Wednesday vowed to use hard-line Islamic laws regarding punishment.

Militants opened an office in Miran Shah for people to report robberies, car thefts and murders and help bolster the peace deal, a militant said on condition he not be named, in line with the office's policy.

"Punishment will be given in accordance with Islamic laws and according to the crime," one of the militants said at the office, which was guarded by about 30 armed, bearded militants and opened Monday in a house in Miran Shah's main bazaar.

Separately, three Pakistani tribesmen detained on suspicion of attacking a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province on Sept. 19 were released in Miran Shah on Wednesday under the truce, intelligence officials said.

In neighboring South Waziristan, drive-by gunmen killed two militants and wounded three near the region's main town of Wana, officials said.

No one claimed responsibility, but an intelligence official said the attack may be linked to a local rivalry between pro-Taliban tribal militants and Uzbek fighters.

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Associated Press writers Bashirullah Khan in Miran Shah and Munir Ahmad in Islamabad contributed to this report.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Omar purportedly approved the truce deal that ended fighting between Pakistani troops and tribal militants, a Pakistani political leader claimed Wednesday. A government official and militants rejected the claim.

Latif Afridi, a lawyer and top official from the pro-Pashtun Awami National Party, claimed that Omar gave his go-ahead for the Sept. 5 cease-fire, which ended more than four years of fighting in the semiautonomous North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Fears have been raised that the truce could make it easier for militants to operate in the region and send weapons and fighters across the porous border into Afghanistan. Pakistan's government says its military will not let this happen.

Afridi told The Associated Press that he has received a copy of a letter containing Omar's approval and written by one of Omar's aides, Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani.

"Osmani issued a letter on behalf of Mullah Omar approving this Waziristan agreement, and asking the Taliban in the area to stop fighting against the Pakistani army," Afridi said in Peshawar, capital of North West Frontier Province, which includes the North Waziristan region.

Osmani, who like Omar is at large, was an aviation minister in the Pashtun-dominated Taliban regime and corps commander of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar for the hard-line militia before it was toppled in the U.S.-led invasion after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Afridi said the letter also alleged that pro-Taliban militants in North Waziristan would fall under the command of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a front-line Taliban commander who served briefly as tribal affairs minister. He too remains at large.

Britain's Telegraph newspaper on Sunday first reported on Omar's purported role in the truce.

It was not immediately possible to verify Afridi's claims. He declined to make a copy of the letter available.

But Shah Zaman, government spokesman for Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, which includes North Waziristan, dismissed Afridi's claim as "baseless."

"I was deeply involved in the entire peace process, and let me tell you that Mullah Omar or any of his deputies or associates played no role before or after the signing of the agreement," Zaman told the AP.

Gul Hassan, a local pro-Taliban leader in North Waziristan's capital, Miran Shah, also said Omar played no role in the peace accord, which tribal leaders brokered between militants and the government.

"Mullah Omar didn't give us any signal to sign the agreement," said Hassan, who was among several militants freed recently by the government under the accord.

A purported spokesman for the militia, Mohammed Hanif, also denied Taliban involvement in the truce deal, telling the AP in a telephone interview that it was "Pakistan's internal affair."

Pakistan deployed 80,000 troops to the frontier after U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 attacks to topple the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding along the porous Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

But the Pakistani troop presence angered fiercely independent tribesmen and sparked a violent anti-government campaign that killed hundreds of soldiers, militants and civilians.

Under the truce, soldiers manning security posts throughout the region returned to their barracks and militants agreed to no longer take part in attacks in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Militants are also prevented from fanning extremism.

But in a worrying sign, militants on Wednesday vowed to use hard-line Islamic laws regarding punishment.

Militants opened an office in Miran Shah for people to report robberies, car thefts and murders and help bolster the peace deal, a militant said on condition he not be named, in line with the office's policy.

"Punishment will be given in accordance with Islamic laws and according to the crime," one of the militants said at the office, which was guarded by about 30 armed, bearded militants and opened Monday in a house in Miran Shah's main bazaar.

Separately, three Pakistani tribesmen detained on suspicion of attacking a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province on Sept. 19 were released in Miran Shah on Wednesday under the truce, intelligence officials said.

In neighboring South Waziristan, drive-by gunmen killed two militants and wounded three near the region's main town of Wana, officials said.

No one claimed responsibility, but an intelligence official said the attack may be linked to a local rivalry between pro-Taliban tribal militants and Uzbek fighters.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/27/asia/AS_GEN_Pakistan_Tribal_Deal.php


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interesting, but: A Dialogue About the Future With Nongovernment Experts" report (December 2000)!!!.
20 posted on 09/30/2006 11:37:28 AM PDT by 1234 (WHO is Responsible for ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAWS?)
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Analysis: The wages of spin
By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
UPI Editor at Large
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's much-ballyhooed book "In The Line Of Fire," published Monday, contains the standard "sensational disclosure," pre-pub publicity de rigueur in such tomes. He claims soon after the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and Manhattan's Twin Towers, then Deputy Secretary of State Rich Armitage threatened to "bomb Pakistan back to the stone age" unless Musharraf signed on immediately to president Bush's global war on terror. Only problem with Musharraf's narrative is that Armitage didn't resort to Strangelovian Cold War language to get his point across. But Musharraf's intelligence chief did, hoping his boss would reject such a crude ultimatum.

Armitage's interlocutor Sept. 13, 2001, was Gen. Mahmoud Ahmad, the pro-Taliban chief of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. At the time of 9/11, ISI had 1,500 agents distributed throughout Afghanistan. The Taliban regime was entirely dependent on the Pakistani lifeline.

At all times, Ahmad knew exactly where Osama bin Laden was located. His agents tracked his every move. ISI was also aware of the planning for 9/11. Gen. Ahmad was even accused of authorizing British-born Pakistani terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh to make a $100,000 transfer to Mohammed Atta, the operational chief of the 9/11 conspiracy, a charge that met vehement denials.

"Sheikh Omar," as he became known, was tried and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl in 2002. But his ISI links spared him the gallows. There was little doubt some elements of ISI knew the outlines of the aerial plot against the U.S. and the evidence was turned over to the 9/11 Commission three days after its report had gone to press. It was never made public.

Gen. Ahmad arranged to be in Washington the week of al-Qaida's big terrorist attack -- presumably to take the Bush administration's pulse and gauge probable reactions. After seeing Armitage, he called his boss Musharraf in Islamabad and translated the either-you're-with-us-against-the-terrorists-or-against-us-with-the-terrorists threat to mean Bush planned to "bomb Pakistan back to the stone age" unless Musharraf complied with Washington's wishes.

Afghanistan was in Bush's gun sights before day's end on 9/11 and the U.S. wanted immediate access to Pakistan's air space. Also permission to use air bases for fighter-bombers and transport aircraft, and to support Special Forces. By distorting Armitage's warning, Ahmad was clearly hoping his chief would refuse to buckle to U.S. demands, as he did not believe the U.S. would invade another nuclear power whose population was anti-American and pro-Taliban.

ISI's Ahmad clearly miscalculated. Not only did Musharraf acquiesce to U.S. demands, but also dispatched Gen. Ahmad to Kandahar with orders to get Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban leader, to cough up bin Laden. Ahmad's delegation was made up of six religious leaders and six ISI officers. His gambling instincts failed him yet again. He ignored Musharraf's orders and advised Mullah Omar to hang tough and refuse to surrender bin Laden. Ahmad reported back to Musharraf Oct. 6, 2001 that his mission had failed to persuade the Taliban. The U.S. invasion began next day, Oct. 7.

Five years later, Taliban guerrillas are on the comeback trail, using the tribal areas that straddle the mountain range, which demarcates an imaginary line drawn on a map in 1893 between then British India and Afghanistan. Under U.S. pressure, Musharraf agreed to deploy over 80,000 troops in Federally Administered Tribal Areas where they had been banned since independence in 1947.

After losing some 700 Pakistani troops killed and some 3,000 wounded, Musharraf's generals hadn't made a dent in tribal support for the Taliban and al-Qaida. With some 12 million people from the same tribes on both sides of the non-existent border, Taliban and locals are indistinguishable.

Thoroughly frustrated by U.S. pressure and Afghan president Hamid Karzai's accusations that Pakistan was giving aid and comfort to the Taliban enemy, Musharraf decided to cut a deal -- with the tribal leaders that despise him and protect the Taliban. Musharraf agreed to stand down the army. In return, the turbaned tribal chiefs agreed to keep Taliban fighters from staging cross-border raids up and down an unmarked line of jagged mountains and deep ravines. Pakistan also agreed to release several hundred prisoners, many with known links to al-Qaida.

Heated denials notwithstanding, Taliban and al-Qaida now have privileged sanctuaries in North and South Waziristan where they no longer have to duck when they see a Pakistani soldier. Several thousand foreign guerrillas -- mostly Uzbeks, Tajiks and Arabs who made it out of the Tora Bora battle in Dec. 2001, or stayed on after the Soviets abandoned Afghanistan in 1989, and married local girls -- are also home free.

A year ago, when this reporter was in Waziristan, a score of trainers in suicide and roadside bombing techniques had arrived from Iraq. Today, suicide attacks in Afghanistan are almost as commonplace as in Iraq. Earlier this month, a suicide bomber killed Hakim Taniwal, the governor of Afghanistan's Paktia province. The very next day, at Taniwal's funeral, another suicide bomber killed five and wounded 30 mourners.

NATO commanders in Afghanistan say Musharraf's deal with Waziristan's tribal elders cannot possibly make a difference in Taliban infiltrations from Pakistan. NATO Supreme Commander James L. Jones says, "let's be patient and give it 30, 60 or 90 days to see if the border gets better, worse, the same, or whatever." Winter snow shuts down mountain passes, which is when Taliban prepares its spring offensive from its Pakistani sanctuaries.

Presidents Bush, Musharraf and Karzai will dine together Wednesday evening at the White House. The Pakistani will echo Gen. Jones. Be patient. Winter is coming. He'll also tell Bush if he orders U.S. troops into Pak tribal areas to hunt bin Laden, sans Pak hunting license, extremists will score big.

Gen. Jones appealed to NATO members for an additional 2,500 troops to reinforce the 20,000 NATO and 20,000 U.S. troops now on the ground in Afghanistan. The Poles volunteered 1,000, but not before next February, and then not for duty in the southern provinces where the heaviest fighting is taking place. Even Serbia, the country NATO fought over Kosovo in 1999, was solicited. Belgrade volunteered five airport security and logistics officers. Britain, Canada and Romania ponied up another 1,000. Allied armies are stretched thin with a wide variety of peacekeeping and peacemaking missions, most recently in Lebanon.

Friendly governments fear the new Afghan war is unwinnable short of a major 10-year commitment. But parliaments and national assemblies balk. Meanwhile, Afghans know from their centuries old experience sooner or later foreign conquerors leave -- and in this case the indigenous Taliban stays, lavishly funded by its cut of the opium poppy bonanza.
http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20060925-074525-1833r


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Al-Qaeda in Iraq: Test nukes on US bases

Terror group leader al-Masri calls in audio message for explosives experts, nuclear scientists to ‘join holy war against West’; adds: Field of jihad can satisfy your scientific ambitions, and large American bases in Iraq are good places to test your unconventional weapons

"The blood has been spilled in Iraq of more than 4,000 foreigners who came to fight," said the man, who identified himself as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir — also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri — the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The voice could not be independently identified.



The Arabic word he used indicated he was speaking about foreigners who joined the insurgency in Iraq, not coalition troops.

The speaker said "the field of jihad" could provide scientists with an avenue for experimentation.


"The field of jihad (holy war) can satisfy your scientific ambitions, and the large American bases (in Iraq) are good places to test your unconventional weapons, whether biological or dirty, as they call them," he said.



'Enable us to capture some Western dogs'

In the recording, al-Masri also urged Muslims to make Ramadan a "month of holy war" and called for insurgents in Iraq to kidnap Westerners. Sunni Arabs began observing Ramadan in Iraq on Saturday, while Shiites were to begin Monday.




Al-Masri called on insurgents in Iraq to capture Westerners so they could be traded for the imprisoned Egyptian sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted in 1995 of conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks.



"I appeal to every holy warrior in the land of Iraq to exert all efforts in this holy month so that God may enable us to capture some of the Western dogs to swap them with our sheik and get him out of his dark prison," the voice on the tape said.




Al-Masri, a Sunni Muslim, has been relatively silent since taking over control of al-Qaeda in Iraq earlier this year — a sharp contrast with al-Zarqawi, who frequently issued audiotapes and even a videotape that showed his face a few weeks before his death.



Al-Masri is believed to have succeeded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who died in a US air strike north of Baghdad in June, as the head of al-Qaedain Iraq.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3309393,00.html


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Iraq al-Qaeda: Pope, West are doomed



Extremist group vows to continue 'holy war' warns pontiff: 'We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax'

Associated Press Published: 09.18.06, 17:15


An al-Qaeda-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters returned to the streets across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence.


The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified.



The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross" saying "you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."



Islam forbids drinking alcohol and requires non-Muslims to pay a head tax to safeguard their lives if conquered by Muslims. They are exempt if they convert to Islam.



In Indian-controlled Kashmir, meanwhile, shops, businesses and schools shut down in response to a strike call by the head of a hard-line Muslim separatist leader to denounce Benedict. For the third day running, people burned tires and shouted "down with the pope."




Protests also raged in Iraq, where angry demonstrators burned an effigy of the pope in Basra, and in Indonesia, where more than 100 people rallied in front of the heavily guarded Vatican Embassy in Jakarta, waving banners that said the "Pope is building religion on hatred."

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3305450,00.html


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Terrorism Headlines of the Week



Domestic

Investigation of Islamic charity complicates Ramadan giving



DETROIT Before last week, AbuSayed Mahfuz didn't hesitate to donate to Life for Relief and Development, an international Muslim humanitarian organization that is active in Iraq and Afghanistan and has partnered with the U.S. government.



But an FBI search of the organization's Southfield, Michigan headquarters is making Mahfuz think twice about future contributions.



Just as the holy month Ramadan, which began Saturday, has many Muslims thinking about their religious obligation to give alms, the investigation of the prominent Islamic aid group has prompted fears that giving to charity could bring scrutiny from the U.S. government.



FBI agents assigned to a terrorism task force last Monday searched Life's offices, taking computer servers, donor records and other financial documents. They have also searched the homes of the charity's chief executive, an ex-employee and two board members.



"After hearing this, I don't feel secure at all," said Mahfuz, a computer consultant and editor of a Bangladeshi community newspaper. He said he would still consider supporting the organization, but the investigation would force him to weigh that decision carefully.



No charges have been brought in the case, and Life has sought to reassure the community that it is perfectly legal to donate money to the organization, which was founded in 1992 by Iraqi immigrants.



Source: AP





Experts: U.S. Must Protect Food Supply



The United States needs to continue taking steps to protect its food supply from terrorism just as it would its buildings, airports and other infrastructure, FBI deputy director John S. Pistole said.



"The threat from agroterrorism may not be widely recognized, but the threat is real and the impact could be devastating," Pistole said Monday. "The recent E. coli outbreak in California spinach has captured the public attention even without a terror nexus."



Pistole, keynote speaker at the second International Symposium on Agroterrorism, pointed to a nonterrorism example - a single case of mad cow disease in the United States in 2003 - to illustrate the potential impact.



"Days after the discovery, 53 countries banned U.S. beef imports. The economic loss to the U.S. cattle industry from the loss of beef imports just to Japan was more than $2 billion a year," Pistole said. "Almost three years later, countries have reopened their borders to U.S. beef, but exports still have not reached 2003 levels."



Source: AP





U.S. prosecution of Padilla no slam dunk so far



MIAMI -- The Bush administration's decision to drop the "enemy combatant" label from alleged al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla and prosecute him on civilian terror charges has not gone smoothly, with even the judge in the case raising questions about sketchy evidence and a vague indictment.



Trial for Padilla - an American once accused of planning to detonate a radioactive bomb - and two co-defendants was initially scheduled for early September. But it's now off until January and may be delayed further into 2007 if prosecutors file their expected appeal of U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke's dismissal of a crucial charge.



Cooke has also pronounced the U.S. case "weak on facts" and agreed with defense lawyers that prosecutors must provide more details about what crimes the trio may have actually committed instead of relying on sweeping allegations that they were involved in a violent Islamic jihad over a decade on several continents.



In response to one question about identities of any alleged victims, prosecutors listed armed confrontations against the Russian military in Chechnya and Tajikistan, opposing Muslim factions in Afghanistan and Serbian and Croat forces in Bosnia. They also cited violent acts against more moderate Muslim governments around the world.



Source: AP





International

Court delays verdict for 'Guantanamo six'



PARIS: A French court Wednesday postponed its verdict in the terrorism trial of six former Guantanamo inmates, scheduling more hearings for next May to consider new evidence from intelligence agents.



The court had been expected to hand down a verdict on the six defendants, who were held for up to three years at the US base in Cuba following their capture in Afghanistan in 2001.



"I am sorry," said Judge Jean-Claude Kross, addressing the lawyers. "We have to start again from scratch.



"We may have to consider obtaining access to classified intelligence material," he added.



The court notably wants to hear from French foreign intelligence agents who questioned the suspects in Guantanamo.



At the men's trial in July, defence lawyers accused France of colluding with the US authorities over the Guantanamo detentions by sending secret service agents to question them in Cuba, outside of any legal framework.



Source: Agence France Presse





Tape Tied to Al Qaeda Urges More Attacks in Iraq



An audiotape posted on a Web site today and attributed to the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq called for an escalation of attacks and the kidnapping of foreigners to try to force the release of a high-profile Muslim cleric imprisoned in the United States.



A man’s voice, said to be that of the leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, called in the tape for fighters to come to Iraq and join a “jihad,” or holy war, during the current Muslim month of Ramadan. It was the second time this month that Mr. Muhajir has called in an audio message for attacks since he was named successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Qaeda leader who was killed by an American airstrike in June.



“It pleases me at the end of my speech to announce the beginning of a great militaristic campaign,” said an excerpt from the tape, as translated by the SITE Institute, which tracks jihadist messages. “By it, we will eradicate the limb of the infidel and the apostate.”



Source: New York Times





Iraq and jihad: A consensus surfaces



WASHINGTON – The bleak conclusions of a just-declassified intelligence assessment on terrorism are unlikely to push the Bush administration to change its policies in the fight against Al Qaeda. The report's finding - that Islamist terrorism continues to spread around the world - is far from new, say experts. The White House has known of its contents for months.

But the disclosure of the assessment's main points could put the White House on the political defensive at a crucial moment, with midterm elections only weeks away. It also reveals a depth of pessimism in the US government about near-term prospects for the fight against Al Qaeda that surprised some terrorism analysts.



National Intelligence Estimates, after all, represent the thinking of a wide range of US intelligence agencies. It is not as if the CIA alone has decided that the Iraq war is an underlying factor increasing Al Qaeda's appeal in the Arab world.



"It's not the assumptions that surprised me. It's the fact that this was a consensus document," says Jessica Stern, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a terrorism expert.



The existence of the terrorist NIE, along with some of its conclusions, were first revealed Sunday by the The New York Times. On Tuesday, President Bush ordered portions of the document declassified, saying that its contents were being distorted in the media. He said Wednesday he would not release the full report.



Source: Christian Science Monitor





Foreign jihadists seen as key to spike in Afghan attacks



Before the Taliban regime fell five years ago, al Qaeda trained its fighters in Afghanistan's cavernous mountains and dusty valleys, and then exported them to wage war in places like Chechnya and Kashmir.



Today, terrorism experts say, the direction of trade has reversed: Afghanistan now imports international jihadists who have honed their fighting skills in the vast deserts and shrapnel-scarred city streets of Iraq.



The growing involvement of veterans of the Iraq insurgency is a major factor behind the surge of attacks in Afghanistan -- the heaviest since the Taliban government fell in 2001, observers say.



Under their influence, a revived Taliban movement and newer groups are using suicide bombs and remote-controlled bombs to attack U.S. and coalition forces and Afghan civilians, instead of the Kalashnikov rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and unsophisticated land mines that were once the hallmarks of the Afghan guerrilla movement.



"The increase in vehicle bombings in Kabul -- that's straight-out-of-Iraq stuff," said Brian Jenkins, an expert on terrorism at the Rand think tank. "Now Iraq is the source of the expertise, and Afghanistan is receiving."



Last Monday, three bombings in different parts of the country killed at least 19 people, including four Canadian soldiers. On Tuesday, Afghan police arrested four militants in Kabul who had been hiding more than 15 highly sophisticated explosives in a mosque. Senior police official Ali Shah Paktiawal told Reuters that the bombs must have come from outside the country.



Source: San Francisco Chronicle





Key 9/11 planner linked to London bombings: Musharraf



ISLAMABAD - The chief architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks was also linked to last year’s suicide blasts on the London transport network, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says in his memoirs.



Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2003, confessed that Al Qaeda sized up London’s subway for an attack at the same time as it hatched a plan to crash jets into Heathrow, Musharraf says in ‘In the Line of Fire.’



Another Al Qaeda militant tasked by Mohammed to carry out the reconnaissance later revealed a connection to two of the bombers who struck in London on July 7, 2005, the controversial book published on Monday says.



‘We had learned from KSM (Mohammed) that Al Qaeda’s planners were thinking seriously about, and discussing, bombing Heathrow Airport in London ... as well as London’s subway system,’ Musharraf writes.



‘The suspect had been told by KSM to carry out reconnaissance of, and prepare a plan to attack, Heathrow Airport. After initial planning, he also suggested Canary Wharf and London’s subway system as additional possible targets.’



Mohammed, the self-proclaimed key conspirator behind the September 11 attacks on the United States, has previously been linked to the foiled Heathrow plot but not to the subway attacks.



Source: Agence France Presse





Bomber convicted for 1993 Mumbai bombings



Mumbai, Sept. 27(AP): An Indian court on Wednesday convicted a man for planting two bombs during the 1993 Mumbai terrorist attacks that killed 257 people.



Mushtaq Tarani was the 19th person found guilty by Judge Pramod Kode in the lengthiest trial in India's judicial history. More than 100 people have been charged and are awaiting the judge's verdict in the 11-year trial.



Tarani, 33, faces the death sentence for planting two bombs in Mumbai on March 12, 1993. Three people were injured when the suitcase bomb he placed in a hotel room exploded; another bomb he hid in a scooter parked on a crowded downtown street failed to explode.



Source: AP





Qaeda Operative Is Killed in Iraq



BAGHDAD, Sept. 25 — A senior operative of Al Qaeda who brazenly escaped from a high-security American prison in Afghanistan last year was killed Monday in a predawn raid by British soldiers in a quiet, wealthy neighborhood in southern Iraq, an American official and an official in Basra said.



About 250 soldiers wearing night-vision goggles and carrying specially equipped rifles stormed a house in the Junainah neighborhood of Basra, intending to capture the operative, whom the spokesman for the British military in Iraq identified as Omar al-Faruq, an Iraqi. They were fired upon as they entered, and shot back, killing Mr. Faruq.



The British military spokesman, Maj. Charles Burbridge, said Mr. Faruq was “a terrorist of considerable significance” who had been hiding in Basra, but declined to say whether he was the same man who had escaped from the American military detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan, in July 2005. An American official in Washington and an official in Basra, neither of whom was authorized to speak publicly on the subject, said Mr. Faruq was the same man.



At the time of his arrest, in Jakarta, Indonesia, in June 2002, Mr. Faruq was described as one of the most important Qaeda figures ever captured by the United States. He reportedly told C.I.A. interrogators at Bagram that he had been sent to the region to plan large-scale attacks against American embassies and other targets in Southeast Asia.



Source: New York Times




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Scientists develop more powerful nuclear fuel
Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:59pm ET
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By Scott DiSavino

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. researchers have designed a reactor fuel that they believe can make nuclear power plants 50 percent more powerful and safer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said.

Researchers say their new technology should be ready for commercial use in existing reactors in about 10 years.

In a nuclear reactor, the fission of uranium atoms provides heat used to produce steam for generating electricity.



Already, one pickup truck full of uranium fuel in a nuclear reactor can supply a city with enough electricity for a year. The MIT scientists believe they have found a way to make the fuel go even further, boosting output by about 50 percent.

Uranium fuel typically is formed into cylindrical ceramic pellets about half-inch in diameter. The pellets look like a smooth, black version of food pellets for small animals.

Pavel Hejzlar and Mujid Kazimi of MIT recently completed a three-year project for the U.S. Department of Energy, along with scientists from Westinghouse and other companies. The researchers looked at how to make fuel for pressurized water reactors more efficient while maintaining safety margins.

About two-thirds of the 103 reactors operating in the United States are pressurized, using high pressure to prevent the water from boiling.

The scientists changed the shape of the fuel from solid cylinders to hollow tubes, adding surface area that allowed water to flow inside and outside the pellets, increasing heat transfer.

The new fuel design also is much safer because it reaches an operating temperature of about 700 degrees Celsius, much lower than 1,800 degrees for conventional fuel and further from the 2,840 degrees melting point for uranium fuel.

Hejzlar, a principle research scientist in MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, said it could take up to 10 years to commercialize the new fuel concept.

Hejzlar did not have time to patent the concept before accepting more than $2 million in federal research money and publishing the results. He said several reactor manufacturers and utilities have expressed interest in the new fuel.
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Hezbollah

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Good read...IMHO China is becoming just a big capitalist country, BUT Russia we gots problems....

Oil weapon: It's time for a long, hard look at Russia
Robert R. Amsterdam International Herald Tribune

Published: September 29, 2006


LONDON A global economic challenge has been presented by Russia, driven by energy markets and threatening to distort the foundations of international trade.

This challenge to the world follows grand-scale state theft and the subjugation of the rule of law in Russia. It is based on a flawed meta-narrative avowing that Russia is a victim: The West victimized Russia in the 1990s through shock therapy and Market Bolshevism, resulting in the domination of the country by oligarchs and its enfeeblement on the geopolitical stage.

Therefore whatever path Russia takes today is somehow deemed acceptable as an antidote or corrective to the penuries of the 1990s.

Beyond this ideological screen the Kremlin's offensive represents the most brazen attack on the free market in a generation. It includes the development of state enterprises in the energy sphere acting as Trojan horses to freeze out Western players in Russia while at the same time distorting foreign energy markets by demanding access on the basis of free market principles.

The Kremlin has stolen one of the world's key oil producers and then resold it to Western investors who have now bought the same assets twice, with the complicity of Western banks.

It has steered its foreign relations so as to divide the West. No sooner does the Kremlin have Romano Prodi accept market access for Gazprom than Gazprom seals a deal with Algeria to tie up over two thirds of Italy's energy supply.

In addition to disaggregation there is asymmetry.

The failure to soften the Gazprom monopoly, which violates fundamental norms of competition, is somehow deemed acceptable because Western financiers and investors can participate in the resulting windfalls.

The true brilliance of the Kremlin's strategy is the concept of cooptation. Whether turning Germany against Poland or political leaders against their own people or ABN AMRO against a proud Dutch history of sensitivity to human rights, not only does everyone have a price, but everyone avoids shame while loudly declaring the beauty of the emperor's clothes.

The consequences are worrisome when political considerations trump capital markets logic and respect for law. It now seems that the first dividend of the Rosneft flotation was Russia's revocation of Shell's license to complete its $20 billion development of the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project. Who is next?

Another feature of the Russian offensive is speed. From Algeria to Iran to Venezuela, a new gas cartel is being formed. From Norway to Canada to Brazil, new opportunistic energy market players are being co- opted. From Slovakia to Lithuania to Poland and Ukraine, old-style energy hardball is being played involving everything from phony pipeline repairs to outright blockade.

Indeed, political realists should applaud the Kremlin: Behind the smokescreen of relations with Brussels, the Russians are preparing to dominate the EU's energy markets and are already driving wedges into the European economic space.

Russia's fuel diplomacy, and the abuses of state authority that have engendered it, present a challenge of historic proportions for the West.

Western leaders must challenge their own assumptions about the real nature of the current Russian regime. A parallel may be drawn to 1946, when George Kennan dispatched his celebrated "long telegram" from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The 8,000-word dispatch provided an elaborate explanation of the undercurrents of the emerging post-war Soviet foreign policy.

For more than a generation, Washington's Cold War strategy of containment was grounded in the analysis and recommendations in the telegram.

Today the world stands at a similar geopolitical turning point. Russia is mutating rapidly, and the post-Cold War window of opportunity to engage Russia as an ally and partner is closing.

It is time for someone to write the "long telegram" of 2006 - not to reignite a Cold War, but to avert one by awakening to the realities and implications of a kleptocracy that poses real threats to global economic and political security.

Robert R. Amsterdam, partner in the Canadian law firm Amsterdam & Peroff, is international defense counsel for Mikhail Khodorkovsky. This article expresses the author's personal views.
LONDON A global economic challenge has been presented by Russia, driven by energy markets and threatening to distort the foundations of international trade.

This challenge to the world follows grand-scale state theft and the subjugation of the rule of law in Russia. It is based on a flawed meta-narrative avowing that Russia is a victim: The West victimized Russia in the 1990s through shock therapy and Market Bolshevism, resulting in the domination of the country by oligarchs and its enfeeblement on the geopolitical stage.

Therefore whatever path Russia takes today is somehow deemed acceptable as an antidote or corrective to the penuries of the 1990s.

Beyond this ideological screen the Kremlin's offensive represents the most brazen attack on the free market in a generation. It includes the development of state enterprises in the energy sphere acting as Trojan horses to freeze out Western players in Russia while at the same time distorting foreign energy markets by demanding access on the basis of free market principles.

The Kremlin has stolen one of the world's key oil producers and then resold it to Western investors who have now bought the same assets twice, with the complicity of Western banks.

It has steered its foreign relations so as to divide the West. No sooner does the Kremlin have Romano Prodi accept market access for Gazprom than Gazprom seals a deal with Algeria to tie up over two thirds of Italy's energy supply.

In addition to disaggregation there is asymmetry.

The failure to soften the Gazprom monopoly, which violates fundamental norms of competition, is somehow deemed acceptable because Western financiers and investors can participate in the resulting windfalls.

The true brilliance of the Kremlin's strategy is the concept of cooptation. Whether turning Germany against Poland or political leaders against their own people or ABN AMRO against a proud Dutch history of sensitivity to human rights, not only does everyone have a price, but everyone avoids shame while loudly declaring the beauty of the emperor's clothes.

The consequences are worrisome when political considerations trump capital markets logic and respect for law. It now seems that the first dividend of the Rosneft flotation was Russia's revocation of Shell's license to complete its $20 billion development of the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project. Who is next?

Another feature of the Russian offensive is speed. From Algeria to Iran to Venezuela, a new gas cartel is being formed. From Norway to Canada to Brazil, new opportunistic energy market players are being co- opted. From Slovakia to Lithuania to Poland and Ukraine, old-style energy hardball is being played involving everything from phony pipeline repairs to outright blockade.

Indeed, political realists should applaud the Kremlin: Behind the smokescreen of relations with Brussels, the Russians are preparing to dominate the EU's energy markets and are already driving wedges into the European economic space.

Russia's fuel diplomacy, and the abuses of state authority that have engendered it, present a challenge of historic proportions for the West.

Western leaders must challenge their own assumptions about the real nature of the current Russian regime. A parallel may be drawn to 1946, when George Kennan dispatched his celebrated "long telegram" from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The 8,000-word dispatch provided an elaborate explanation of the undercurrents of the emerging post-war Soviet foreign policy.

For more than a generation, Washington's Cold War strategy of containment was grounded in the analysis and recommendations in the telegram.

Today the world stands at a similar geopolitical turning point. Russia is mutating rapidly, and the post-Cold War window of opportunity to engage Russia as an ally and partner is closing.

It is time for someone to write the "long telegram" of 2006 - not to reignite a Cold War, but to avert one by awakening to the realities and implications of a kleptocracy that poses real threats to global economic and political security.

Robert R. Amsterdam, partner in the Canadian law firm Amsterdam & Peroff, is international defense counsel for Mikhail Khodorkovsky. This article expresses the author's personal views.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/09/29/opinion/edamster.php


28 posted on 09/30/2006 12:29:23 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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Thank you for the new thread, it is perfect.

The prior threads in this series are:

World Terrorism prior threads:

WT Thread #1: [Started on January 1, 2006]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1550424/posts?page=4809

WT Thread #2: [The communist manifesto, muslim manifesto and list of elected in U.S. who belong to the Socialist party, on the first page of the thread]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1607641/posts?q=1&&page=4951

Thread #3:

Beginning of Israel/Lebanon War and so much more.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1650751/posts?q=1&&page=4601

Thread #4:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1679491/posts?q=1&&page=1

LOL, now to fill #5.


29 posted on 09/30/2006 12:32:14 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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plane crashes

Two die as small plane crashes in eastern Pakistan
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
A small plane crash in eastern Pakistani city of Lahore Friday killed two people on board, the NNI news agency quoting officials reported. ...
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Plane Crashes on I-75 Near Macon
WXIA-TV - NE Atlanta,GA,USA
Provided By: AP. MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities are responding to a report of a plane down near Interstate 75 in Macon. Bibb County ...




Single-engine plane crashes at El Paso airport (8:21 pm)
El Paso Times - El Paso,TX,USA
... investigation. The small airplane was considered an experimental plane because it was privately-built, El Paso airport officials said. ...
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30 posted on 09/30/2006 12:32:28 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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To: nw_arizona_granny; milford421

train derails

CPR coal train derails in BC Interior
CBC British Columbia - Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
A Canadian Pacific Railways coal train derailed Friday morning in a remote area along the Kootenay River near Cranbrook. Sixteen ...
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Brief evac in western Hennepin after CP train derails
Pioneer Press - St. Paul,MN,USA
... Twenty people evacuated their homes briefly when seven cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed. ... The 122-car train was headed from St. ...
See all stories on this topic


31 posted on 09/30/2006 12:35:15 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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http://www.globalcrisiswatch.com/060929.php

[There are several photos from video here and also listen to the radio program, it is the top of the home page..granny...]

As-Sahab Releases "Bush, the Catholic Pope, and Darfur: The Crusader's Wars"
By Nick Grace and Richard Lafayette
September 29, 2006

The thirteenth video of al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri was released on the Internet today by as-Sahab, the terror network's media wing. The 18-minute production, titled "Bush, the Catholic Pope, and Darfur: The Crusader's Wars," is not as well produced as previous Zawahiri messaging products and appears to have been rushed by as-Sahab "onto the street" in order to respond quickly to current events.

The video features two separate videos of Zawahiri - one which is well-produced using computer-generated and bluescreening techniques, and a second one that appears to have been hastily taped in front of a tarp in an open air environment. The well-produced segment is an 8-minute response by aZawahiri to a speech that President Bush delivered on September 7, 2006, relating to the Global War on Terror and the intelligence gains the U.S. has achieved through detainee interrogations. The second and poorly produced video is a 10-minute speech about the situation in Darfur and the controversial September 12, 2006, lecture by Pope Benedict XVI. The transition between the two segments is a hard cut in the video.

Interestingly, a key theme that has been visible in recent as-Sahab products but which is conspicuously absent from this video is al Qaeda's effort to undermine secular and moderate Muslims.

The video
The contrast between the cameras, lighting and environment used in both segments is light and day, and it is clear that the second video was recorded somewhat in haste. What remains unclear is why as-Sahab chose to bundle the two speeches into a single messaging product.

http://www.globalcrisiswatch.com/aq/060929_zawahiri.rm [38.1 Megs]

In advance of the product release onto the Internet , an animated gif banner was posted in advance on the al-Bouraq and Ekhlaas Forum message boards late on Wednesday, September 27.

The video was released in three file formats (DixX, RealMedia and 3GP) and packaged in the RAR format, which is usually used to "zip" multiple files together. The RAR files are password-protected, presumably to block the video from being opened and viewed by Web surfers who discover the files through random searches, with the password, "AVdeoC2008."

A total of four different file sizes have been posted to exactly 328 links on free file transfer sites.

183 Megs (DivX): 56 links
28.2 Megs (RM): 84 links
18.9 Megs (RM): 111 links
5.52 Megs (3GP): 77 links

Interestingly, the name of the RAR file varies on some of the links.
183 Megs (DivX): nd2-k.rar, ikjiokkkkkkawaer.rar, uytp.rar, oipf.rar, sauder4555.rar, tttttyttttyuucd.rar, 8iuuyyyyuuuu7.rar
28.2 Megs (RM): pend2m.rar
18.9 Megs (RM): dr_paN.rar, p-G3nd.rar, dr-paN.rar, drpaN.rar, N_low.rar
5.52 Megs (3GP): pGGnd.rar

The reason for the use of multiple file names is probably for security and counterintelligence purposes. In the event of a leak or mole within as-Sahab's nebulous network of Internet seeders, al Qaeda could determine the source of the leak by identifying who had access to and responsibility for a compromised file.

Segment 1
The first segment features Zawahiri wearing a white tunic and black turban and sitting in an office environment and reading from cue cards held just to the left of the camera. Close examination of the video, however, reveals that the "office" is a well-produced 3D graphic. Behind him is a flag bearing "No God but Allah" written in Arabic, a smaller desk flag, which cannot be identified, to his left and to his right a miniature model of a cannon, which symbolizes the ceremonial cannon used in the Middle East that is fired daily at sunset during the month of Ramadan to announce the break of the fast.

Indeed this segment has clearly been bluescreened. Although As-Sahab's bluescreening capabilities are increasingly sophisticated with the release of each new messaging product, the lighting used in the raw video footage is too bright against the softer tones of the background collage. The hard edges of the bluescreen matte is visible in his finger when he points upwards and also on his left shoulder, directly under the model cannon. The sides of his beard also display a "halo effect," which is a common problem when bluescreening is attempted. The "halo effect" is also noticeable in the blur of his hand and finger when he moves quickly. See examples here and here. Furthermore, the light of the lamp to his right does not contain a "hot spot" where the bulb would be and also does not shine onto the flag that "hangs" on the wall.

This segment is subtitled in English and appears to have been translated by a native English speaker. Common grammatical mistakes - leaving commas outside of end quotes - are prominent and the acronym "KIA" (Killed in Action) is used.

Zawahiri addresses President Bush, "the lying failure" and "deceitful charlatan," and focuses heavily on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), whose interrogations Bush specifically cited in his September 7 speech on the Global War on Terror. While stating that the "liberation" of KSM and other al Qaeda assets in U.S. custody is "a debt on our shoulders which we must fulfill," Zawahiri takes pains to make the point that KSM "has hurt you thousands of times more than you have hurt him."

Zawahiri claims that the U.S. is retreating in the face of advances by the Mujahideen in Iraq and Afghanistan, and repeatedly calls Bush a "liar" whose bluff the speech is meant to counter. "Can't you be honest at least once in your life," he states, "and admit that you are a deceitful liar who intentionally deceived your nation when you drove them to war in Iraq... And do you have the courage to stand in front of your people and tell your nation that you lied to them and drove them – and continue to drive them – to terrible things because of foolish fantasies?"

The video ends abruptly and hard cuts to the second segment.

Segment 2
The second segment features Zawahiri sitting in front of a brown tarp and appears to have been recorded in an open air environment with ambient lighting. The overall effect is odd, especially in comparision with the first segment, because the lighting is very poor and it appears that the source video was of very low quality. The sound of wind against the microphone clipped to his shirt is audible at times and the tarp ripples throughout the video. Nevertheless, Zawahiri is more relaxed in the segment as he reads cue cards to the side of the camera, gesticulates with both of his hands and even cracks a smile at one point.

This segment is not subtitled in English and its publication seems to have been rushed.

Zawahiri connects two subjects in the speech - the September 12 lecture by Pope Benedict XVI that led to outrage and riots across the world as well as the proposal over the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers to war-torn Darfur.

Regarding the Pope, Zawahiri calls him a "charlatan" and states that the Pope "accused Islam of being incompatible with rationality while forgetting that his own Christianity is unacceptable to a sensible mind." According to the SITE Institute, he calls upon the Pope and Christians to convert to Islam. "We will call upon him," he says, "and all of the Christians to become Muslims who do not recognize the Trinity or the crucifixion, and say that Allah united with the human."

He then rallies his audience to converge onto Darfur, where a largely Christian black minority is under siege from Sudanese Muslim Arabs, and states "O Muslim nation, come to defend your lands from Crusaders masked as United Nations (forces). Nothing will protect you except popular jihad."

Transcript of Segment 1
In the name of Allah, and all praise is due to Allah, and may peace and prayers be upon the Messenger of Allah, and his family, companions and allies. Muslim brothers everywhere: peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.

The murderer and spiller of Muslim blood, Bush, has stated that he has secret prisons, in which he holds the dangerous leaders of the group Qaida al-Jihad, including the Mujahid brother Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad (may Allah free him), and he has stated that during the three years after Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad’s arrest, the interrogators have been able to get from Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad valuable information which has helped the Crusaders to kill and arrest a number of leaders of al-Qaida.

But I ask this lying failure: who are these leaders of al-Qaida whose killing or capture was facilitated by the information extracted from Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad?! And I say to him: you lying failure!

What is the extent of your losses after the capture of Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad (may Allah free him)?

Bush – you deceitful charlatan – three and a half years have passed since your capture of Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad, so how have you found us during this time?

Losing and surrendering? Or – by the grace of Allah – attacking, seeking martyrdom, advancing and injuring you on a daily basis, with Allah’s help?

The strikes of the Mujahideen have deprived you of the pleasure of quenching your thirst for revenge with the capture of our champions, those who repeat what Abu Firaas said:

I have been captured, although my friends are not defenseless in war
Nor is my horse a foal or its master unskilled
But if the elimination of a man is decreed
Then neither Earth nor sea can save him
And my friends said, “Either flight or death”
So I said: they are two things the sweetest of which is bitter
But I will go to that in which there is no shame
And enough for you are two things the best of which is captivity
They say to me, “You’ve sold safety for death”
So I said: by Allah, I have not suffered loss
And will death abandon me for an hour if captivity doesn’t abandon me?
Death is loss, so choose that which preserves your memory
For man has not died as long as his memory is preserved.

And I tell him: you lying failure, why can’t you be brave at least once in your life and inform your nation of the disasters being faced by your forces in Afghanistan and Iraq? Why don’t you tell them how many million citizens of America and its allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people’s sons in order to increase your profits?

Can’t you be honest at least once in your life, and admit that you are a deceitful liar who intentionally deceived your nation when you drove them to war in Iraq under the pretext of the presence of nuclear weapons there and under the pretext of al-Qaida’s connections with Saddam Hussein, following which evidence proved that you intentionally lied and misled?

And do you have the courage to stand in front of your people and tell your nation that you lied to them and drove them – and continue to drive them – to terrible things because of foolish fantasies?

And I tell him: you foolhardy charlatan, if the arrest of Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad (may Allah free him) has helped you in the “war on terror,” why then are your forces retreating in secret from the south and east of Afghanistan and being replaced by the forces of NATO which are screaming for help due to the horribleness of what is happening to them at the hands of the Taliban and al-Qaida?

And I tell him: if the capture of Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad (may Allah free him) has enables you to inflict blows on al-Qaida, why then are your forces hastily arranging their pullout from Iraq?

And I tell him: Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad (may Allah free him) has hurt you thousands of times more than you have hurt him.

Abu Firaas says,

They boast of removing my clothes, while
My clothes are red with their blood
And a sword’s hilt whose blade broke in them
And the butt of a spear whose head was destroyed in them

Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad is a soldier of Islam who has been fighting its enemies, the Russians and the Americans, for more than 20 years.

And I tell him: Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad is the leader of a march, pioneer of an awakening and vanguard of a nation, and he has left behind him thousands who have either learned from him or learned from those who learned from him and who take as their example his life story and his continuing sacrifices and giving of himself in Allah’s path for the word of Allah to be the highest and the word of the unbelievers the lowest.

And I say to him: what you have perpetrated against Khalid al-Shaykh Muhammad and the other Muslim captives in your prisons and the prisons of your slaves in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and elsewhere, is not hidden from anyone, and we are a people who do not sleep under oppression and who do not abandon our revenge until our chests have been healed of those who have aggressed against us.

And we, by the grace of Allah, are seeking to exact revenge on behalf of Islam and Muslims from you and your soldiers and allies.

So persevere – if you can – through the horrors of war, because we – with Allah’s help – are persevering.

Al-Baroodi (may Allah have mercy on him) said,

When the people call on each other and the spears cross
And the war turns on its axis
When the people want to flee from death
And the horses’ chests heave and the blows become severe
And when the empty earth turns with us as if we
Have drunk of a cup from which no one awakes
I persevere in it until its sky clears
And I persevere when misfortune strikes

Bush, you deceitful charlatan: you’ve captured Ramzi Yousef, Umar Abd al-Rahman, Wali Khan, Ibn al-Shaykh, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Khalid al-Shyakh, Abu al-Faraj al-Libi and hundreds of Mujahideen and champions of Islam in your war against Islam which you call the “war on terror.”

And you agents in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have captured thousands of the youth and soldiers of Islam whom you made to taste at your hands and the hands of your agents various types of punishment and torture.

But we, by Allah’s grace, are taking revenge on their behalf daily from your troops and the troops of your allies and agents in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula and all Muslims countries from Indonesia to Morocco, and moreover, on your own soil every day.

And the terribleness of the fighting only increases our determination to sacrifice and give of ourselves in the Path of Allah.

Abd al-Rahman, son of Hassan bin Thabit (Allah was pleased with them both) said,

I am from an honorable people who increase in
Hostility and courage with the severity of events

Bush, you deceitful charlatan: be aware that the liberation of our captives is a debt on our shoulders which we must fulfill, with Allah’s help and power.

And be aware, you deceitful charlatan, that you are not facing individuals or organizations, but rather are facing the Muslim nation in which the spirit of Jihad flows and which refuses humiliation under Zionist/Crusader arrogance.

So are you able to kill or capture the nation of Islam?

Therefore, stop the bluffing that you have captured so-and-so and killed so-and-so, because Iraq and Afghanistan are overflowing with the bodies of your KIAs, and their buddies are fleeing from death to death, suicidal and despondent.




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32 posted on 09/30/2006 12:39:19 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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[I think the President spoke for your new thread subject, this morning..]

30 September 2006
Bush Says Iraq Action Has Not Worsened Terror Threat

Says United States will keep its commitments to Iraqis who desire liberty and peace

President Bush rejected the notion that the 2003 U.S. and coalition military action in Iraq has worsened the threat from terrorism. He also warned that a premature withdrawal from Iraq would embolden extremists.

Speaking September 30 in his weekly radio address to the American public, Bush made his comments in reference to portions of the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that recently were leaked to the press and, in the president’s words, have “created a heated debate … and a lot of misimpressions about the document's conclusions.” (See related article.)

The president said the NIE concludes that extremists are exploiting four factors in an effort to attract supporters.

“[F]irst, long-standing grievances such as corruption, injustice, and a fear of Western domination; second, the jihad in Iraq; third, the slow pace of reform in Muslim nations; and fourth, pervasive anti-Americanism,” he said.

He warned against “buy[ing] into the enemy's propaganda that the terrorists attack us because we are provoking them,” and said the United States and Americans are targeted by terrorists because “they hate everything America stands for, and because they know we stand in the way of their ambitions to take over the Middle East.”

The president said the United States “keeps its commitments to those who long for liberty and want to live in peace,” and would not withdraw its forces from Iraq until their mission is accomplished.

“We will stand with the nearly 12 million Iraqis who voted for their freedom, and we will help them fight and defeat the terrorists there, so we do not have to face them here at home,” he said.

A withdrawal also would embolden extremists, he said. “It would help them find new recruits to carry out even more destructive attacks on our Nation, and it would give the terrorists a new sanctuary in the heart of the Middle East, with huge oil riches to fund their ambitions.”

The president also said that the only way for the United States to protect its citizens is to go on the offensive against terrorists around the world.

“When terrorists spend their days working to avoid capture, they are less able to plot, plan, and execute new attacks on our people,” he said.

An audio link to the president’s remarks is available on the White House Web site.

Following is the transcript:

(begin transcript)

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Saturday, September 30, 2006

RADIO ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE NATION

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Today I want to talk to you about a matter of national security that has been in the news -- the National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism. The NIE is a classified document that analyzes the threat we face from terrorists and extremists. Parts of this classified document were recently leaked to the press. That has created a heated debate in our Nation's capital, and a lot of misimpressions about the document's conclusions. I believe the American people should read the document themselves and come to their own conclusions, so I declassified its key judgments.

The National Intelligence Estimate confirms that we are up against a determined and capable enemy. The NIE lists four underlying factors that are fueling the extremist movement: first, long-standing grievances such as corruption, injustice, and a fear of Western domination; second, the jihad in Iraq; third, the slow pace of reform in Muslim nations; and fourth, pervasive anti-Americanism. It concludes that terrorists are exploiting all these factors to further their movement.

Some in Washington have selectively quoted from this document to make the case that by fighting the terrorists in Iraq, we are making our people less secure here at home. This argument buys into the enemy's propaganda that the terrorists attack us because we are provoking them. Here is what Prime Minister Tony Blair said this week about that argument: "This terrorism isn't our fault. We didn't cause it. It's not the consequence of foreign policy." Prime Minister Blair is right. We do not create terrorism by fighting terrorism. The terrorists are at war against us because they hate everything America stands for, and because they know we stand in the way of their ambitions to take over the Middle East. We are fighting to stop them from taking over Iraq and turning that country into a safe haven that would be even more valuable than the one they lost in Afghanistan.

Iraq is not the reason the terrorists are at war against us. Our troops were not in Iraq when terrorists first attacked the World Trade Center in 1993, or when terrorists blew up our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, or when they bombed the USS Cole, or when they killed nearly 3,000 people on September the 11th, 2001. Five years after the 9/11 attacks, some people in Washington still do not understand the nature of the enemy. The only way to protect our citizens at home is to go on the offense against the enemy across the world. When terrorists spend their days working to avoid capture, they are less able to plot, plan, and execute new attacks on our people. So we will remain on the offense until the terrorists are defeated and this fight is won.

In my recent speeches, I've said we are in the early hours of a long struggle for civilization, and that our safety depends on the outcome of the battle in Iraq. The National Intelligence Estimate declares "perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere." It also says that "Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight."

Withdrawing from Iraq before the enemy is defeated would embolden the terrorists. It would help them find new recruits to carry out even more destructive attacks on our Nation, and it would give the terrorists a new sanctuary in the heart of the Middle East, with huge oil riches to fund their ambitions. America must not allow this to happen. We are a Nation that keeps its commitments to those who long for liberty and want to live in peace. We will stand with the nearly 12 million Iraqis who voted for their freedom, and we will help them fight and defeat the terrorists there, so we do not have to face them here at home.

Thank you for listening.

(end transcript)

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

http://usinfo.state.gov/utils/printpage.html


33 posted on 09/30/2006 12:42:04 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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URGENT OPEC: Nigeria, Venezuela to slash oil production from Sunday
http://www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2006/09/29/afx3055391.html

UPDATE 2-Strong quake jolts Venezuela, Trinidad
http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?type=bondsNews&storyID=2006-09-29T221045Z_01_N29402073_RTRIDST_0_QUAKE-VENEZUELA-UPDATE-2.XML

****** long but good read...
SAVING AFGHANISTAN
The Wild East
By Susanne Koelbl

Sheer desperation is driving many Afghans back into the arms of the fanatical Taliban movement. Once again, the holy warriors have taken control of entire regions and are seeking to ensnare the Western allies in a bloody guerilla war.

The two Western intelligence agents in Kabul can finally breathe a sigh of relief. This day, this bloody, violent day, is finally drawing to a close. It seems like the beginning of the end.

Bombs went off at hourly intervals in the Afghan capital. The first struck a military bus ferrying young Afghan soldiers downtown. Screaming, the blood-soaked officers scrambled through the shattered windows, flames licking at their uniforms. In all, 39 people were hurt. The next exploded beside a bus filled with employees from the Trade Ministry. Six civilians were seriously injured; one didn't make it to the hospital. A third blast in the eastern part of the city ripped apart another army transporter.

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The militias still receive infusions of cash from sponsors in Saudi Arabia and Egypt; both rich private donors and religious foundations generously fund their cause. But the poppy fields remain the Taliban's biggest money spinners. The spokesman for the one-eyed Mullah Omar announced the summer offensive to a British reporter via satellite telephone: "When the foreigners arrive, we will turn the country into a river of blood."
http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,440017,00.html





34 posted on 09/30/2006 12:47:33 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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6 wounded in grenade blast in southern Philippine university, police rule out terrorism
The Associated Press

Published: September 28, 2006


MANILA, Philippines An unidentified man tossed a grenade during a concert at a university in the southern Philippines, wounding six people, police said Friday.

The grenade went off late Thursday, about 200 meters (yards) from an area where more than 5,000 students at the state-run university in Kabacan town in North Cotabato province, about 900 kilometers (560 miles) southeast of Manila, where watching a band play, police said.

The town's police chief, Senior Superintendent Abello Junggaya, ruled out terrorism, but didn't elaborate.

Muslim and communist rebels are active in the area.

MANILA, Philippines An unidentified man tossed a grenade during a concert at a university in the southern Philippines, wounding six people, police said Friday.

The grenade went off late Thursday, about 200 meters (yards) from an area where more than 5,000 students at the state-run university in Kabacan town in North Cotabato province, about 900 kilometers (560 miles) southeast of Manila, where watching a band play, police said.

The town's police chief, Senior Superintendent Abello Junggaya, ruled out terrorism, but didn't elaborate.

Muslim and communist rebels are active in the area.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/29/asia/AS_GEN_Philippines_Grenade_Blast.php



Two killed by trash bomb in Philippine capital



At least two Filipinos were killed and one wounded in Pasig City, Metro Manila, when an improvised bomb in garbage they were collecting exploded on Friday, local radio reported.

The explosion occurred at Manggahan Village, a urban residential community, radio station dzBB quoted police as saying.

The victims have yet to be identified, but the radio report said they could be poor scavengers.

Typhoon Xangsane hit the Philippine capital Thursday, killing at least 18 people and leaving the city streets with a mess of debris, authorities said.

Police have been placed under full alert by the government since Wednesday to keep public order.
http://english.people.com.cn/200609/29/eng20060929_307548.html



35 posted on 09/30/2006 12:51:23 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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To: Founding Father; Velveeta; Calpernia; milford421; LucyT; justche; Pepper777; struwwelpeter; ...

The "World of Terrorism #5" is open and ready for posting.

Please join us in the learning and keep up to date, on the world of terrorism.

My thanks to Davey Crockett for keeping us supplied with blank threads to fill with the world's reports.


36 posted on 09/30/2006 12:53:53 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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Zawahiri Attacks Bush in New Video Posted on Web
Friday, September 29, 2006

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CAIRO, Egypt — The deputy leader of Al Qaeda called President Bush a failure and a liar in the war on terror in a video statement released Friday, and he compared Pope Benedict XVI to the 11th century pontiff who launched the First Crusade.

"Can't you be honest at least once in your life, and admit that you are a deceitful liar who intentionally deceived your nation when you drove them to war in Iraq," Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a portion of the video released by the Washington-based SITE Institute.

Al-Zawahiri also criticized Bush for continuing to imprison Al Qaeda leaders in prisons, including Al Qaeda No. 3 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind who was captured in Pakistan in March 2003.

"Bush, you deceitful charlatan, 3 1/2 years have passed since your capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, so how have you found us during this time? Losing and surrendering?" he said, according to the SITE Institute.

"What you have perpetrated against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other Muslim captives in your prisons and the prisons of your slaves in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and elsewhere is not hidden from anyone, and we are a people who do not sleep under oppression and who do not abandon our revenge until our chests have been healed of those who have aggressed against us," the Virginia-based IntelCenter quoted the message as saying. "And we, by the grace of Allah, are seeking to exact revenge on behalf of Islam and Muslims from you and your soldiers and allies."

Al-Zawahiri, the deputy to Usama bin Laden, accused the United States and its agents of torturing Muslim prisoners seized across the Middle East.

"Your agents in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have captured thousands of the youth and soldiers of Islam whom you made to taste at your hands and the hands of your agents various types of punishment and torture," al-Zawahiri said, according to the IntelCenter. "But we, by Allah's grace, are taking revenge on their behalf daily from your troops and the troops of your allies and agents in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula and all Muslim countries from Indonesia to Morocco, and moreover, on your own soil every day."

According to the IntelCenter, al-Zawahiri said Benedict is reminiscent of Pope Urban II, who in 1095 ordered the First Crusade to establish Christian control in the Holy Land.

Al-Zawahiri's remarks about Benedict were a clear response to the pontiff's comments earlier this month that sparked outrage across the Muslim world. In that speech, Benedict cited a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as "evil and inhuman," particularly "his command to spread by the sword the faith."

"If Benedict attacked us, we will respond to his insults with good things. We will call upon him, and all of the Christians to become Muslims who do not recognize the Trinity or the crucifixion," al-Zawahiri said, according to the SITE Institute.

Al-Zawahiri also called a U.N. resolution to send peacekeepers into Sudan's war-torn Darfur region a "Crusader plan" and implored the Muslims of Darfur to defend themselves.

"Do not allow the government of Khartoum to interfere, nor the governments of the Western Crusaders to interfere in your business. Be ready to stop the Crusaders campaign against you," he said, according to the SITE Institute.

The nearly 18-minute statement, titled "Bush, the Pope, Darfur and the Crusades," was produced by Al Qaeda's media arm, as-Sahab. An initial segment shows al-Zawahiri in an office-type setting, while in the second part, he is in front of a brown backdrop, according to the IntelCenter. The first segment also has English subtitles.

After conducting a technical analysis of the videotape, the CIA concluded "with confidence" that the speaker is in fact Ayman al-Zawahiri, said a CIA spokesperson who spoke on condition of anonymity.

An intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. experts view the latest video as a typical propaganda message, whose main thrust is a call for more people to join the jihad, or holy war.

It wasn't immediately clear when the message was recorded, but al-Zawahiri's reference to the pope indicated the message was produced sometime after Benedict's comments about Islam, which were made on Sept. 12, the official said.

Al Qaeda has released a string of videos earlier this month timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, showing increasingly sophisticated production techniques in a likely effort to demonstrate that it remains a powerful, confident force despite the U.S.-led war on terror.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,216697,00.html


37 posted on 09/30/2006 12:54:59 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

just the highlights too many links to open...

Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda's No. 2 Zawahiri Blasts Bush, Pope in New Video
FOX News - USA
Al Qaeda's no. 2 Aymen al-Zawahiri attacks President Bush and the pope in a new videotape that surfaced on the internet Thursday. ...


Latest al-Qaeda video lambastes Bush
USA Today - USA
CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri ... this month. al-Qaeda released a string of videos for the anniversary of Sept. 11, showing ...
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Zawahiri: Bush failed in war on al-Qaeda
Aljazeera.net - Qatar
Aljazeera reports that Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's number two, in a new video message has called US President George Bush a liar who had failed in his war ...
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Al-Qaeda and Iraq prompted Madrid bombings
Daily Telegraph - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
THE war in Iraq and al-Qaeda provided the stimulus for the March 11, 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid which left 191 dead and 1900 injured, according to a ...
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CHRONOLOGY-Messages attributed to al Qaeda
Reuters.uk - UK
Sept 29 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al Zawahri called US President George W. Bush a "lying failure" for saying progress had been made in the war ...
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Taliban-al-Qaeda Alliance Defies Truce
ThreatsWatch.Org - USA
In another open defiance of the truce deal signed between the Pakistani government and the Taliban-al-Qaeda alliance in North Waziristan, the Taliban have ...
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Al Qaeda in Iraq beckons nuclear scientists
Boston Globe - United States
BAGHDAD -- Al Qaeda in Iraq's leader, in an audiotape released yesterday, called for nuclear scientists to join his group's holy war and urged insurgents to ...
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US confirms voice on audiotape is that of al-Qaeda leader in Iraq
Kuwait News Agency - Kuwait
... Abu Hamza assumed the leadership of al-Qaeda in Iraq last June after US bombers in Iraq killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former head of al Qaeda in Iraq. ...


Tribes fight Al Qaeda; capture five
Peninsula On-line - Qatar
ramadi • Iraqi tribes who have vowed to take on Al Qaeda captured five militants yesterday, including three foreign fighters from Yemen, police and tribal ...
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Bush called out by Al-Qaeda!
Blogger News Network - USA
... Quit.....bring home the troops....impeach Bush...dismantle the military...and pretend that Al-Qaeda wont ever bother us any more. ...
See all stories on this topic


38 posted on 09/30/2006 12:56:33 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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your new thread subject



NO NO NO Granny's New Thread Subject. It is a good one too.


39 posted on 09/30/2006 1:00:14 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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WAY off topic even for granny and I. This is just a trashy story you have to read to believe, thanks to granny RITFLOL>>>>>


Daddy's Girl
A local millionaire learns a valuable lesson: Don't sleep with your daughter and then sue her
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/2006-09-28/news/feature.html?src=news_rss


40 posted on 09/30/2006 1:05:39 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (John 16:...33In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.")
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Thanks for the ping, Granny...........I've been reading it. Thanks also to Davey and the wonderful job she does keeping this going.

There is just so much stuff going on all over the world, it's hard to keep track of it all. With this thread, the Threat Matrix, and the daily Mid-East thread.........it really helps.

On a personal note, Mr. RR flies home from Latvia tomorrow, and RR, Jr. returns from China on Monday. If there is anything threatening that appears on your collective radars, I would appreciate a ping. Thanks to you both for all you do.


41 posted on 09/30/2006 1:15:08 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

LOL...Suspect the devil is at your place today.

re: daddy's girl............


42 posted on 09/30/2006 1:18:18 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Good that you can check in, with the men on the move, you must feel like sitting in the corner and praying.

Will keep you in mind, as the news come in, but keep checking, as sometimes, I go on strike and don't ping folks, it jams there message box, as bad as mine is.

I will be praying for their safety.


43 posted on 09/30/2006 1:23:34 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=September&x=20060929184809AJatiA0.2562982

29 September 2006
Burma Must Change Its Policies, Conduct, Ambassador Bolton Says

U.S. to seek Security Council action if visit by U.N. official shows no results

By Judy Aita
Washington File United Nations Correspondent

United Nations -- If the Burmese government does not substantially change its policies and conduct over the next few months, the United States will be submitting a resolution to the Security Council to take action, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says.

"Absent substantial changes in policy by the government in Burma in connection with drug trafficking, with refugee flows, political repression, HIV/AIDS, and the like -- all the reasons that we felt Burma's policies and conduct amounted to a threat to international peace and security," the United States will press the council to take action, Bolton told reporters prior to a September 29 meeting between U.N. Security Council members and U.N. Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari.

The 15-nation council placed the situation in Burma on its agenda September 15 at the request of the United States and held its first formal session on the issue September 29. (See related article.)

Bolton said the United States is "prepared to move ahead" on a resolution but will "wait and see the results" of Gambari's visit to Burma in early November.

"We'll wait and see the results of the briefing and the visit, but we thought it was significant that we give advance notice," the ambassador said. "We didn't put this issue on the agenda simply to have briefings."

UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL ASKED TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS DURING VISIT TO BURMA

Gambari said that the Security Council asked him to intensify his efforts during his upcoming visit to Burma, known officially at the United Nations as Myanmar.

The under secretary-general said that he did not see council action as complicating his efforts. "But also it is important to say that my engagement with the government of Myanmar [Burma] should not be for the sake of engagement, but we expect some results in terms of progress in addressing the issues," he added.

Gambari said much work remains on the four main issues raised during his visit to the country in May: freeing political prisoners, making the democratization process more inclusive, ending hostilities against the Karen people and improving humanitarian access to those in need, especially in conflict-affected areas.

Although one prisoner was released after Gambari's May visit, during which he met with Senior General Than Shwe, the government renewed for another year the house arrest of pro-democracy leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. (See related article.)

BURMA RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL U.N. AGENCIES

United Kingdom U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said that the condition of Burma's people "in terms of poverty, drugs, HIV/AIDS, oppression, lack of human rights, governance, . . . cry out for the international community to do more to support the people."

Jones Parry said that Burma, officially known as Myanmar, is not just the responsibility of the Security Council, but all U.N. agencies. With the "right sort of response from the government" the country could change, he said. "The shared interest we have is to have a peaceful, prosperous, free Myanmar -- nothing less than that, nothing more."

Human Rights Watch, an independent nongovernmental organization, has urged the Security Council to call for democratic reform and respect for human rights in Burma.

In a September 28 press release, Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said "the Security Council must act on the human rights situation of a country where violence and repression from the military are an everyday fact of life. The military doesn't allow a free press, independent civil society organizations or opposition parties, and it arrests and tortures those who speak out. These are the issue the council must address."

Adams pointed out that on September 27 Burma's military junta arrested three prominent student activists for advocating Security Council action.

During the opening of the 61st General Assembly September 19, U.S. first lady Laura Bush convened a roundtable discussion to highlight the repressive situation in Burma and the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as discuss what could be done to secure the release of political prisoners and reconcile the country. (See related article.)

The first lady said that the United States would work hard with other members of the Security Council to ensure that the crisis in Burma is not overlooked.

For further information, see U.S. Support for Democracy in Burma.

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)


44 posted on 09/30/2006 1:29:39 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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Thanks............and bless you.


45 posted on 09/30/2006 1:30:19 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=September&x=20060928113812lcnirellep0.301388

28 September 2006
New WHO Influenza Pandemic Task Force Meets in Geneva

Thailand, Indonesia, Iraq report new human cases of avian flu

By Cheryl Pellerin
Washington File Staff Writer

Health workers carry out an anti-avian flu exercize in Hong Kong, September 27, 2006. (©AP Images)

Washington -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Influenza Pandemic Task Force met for the first time September 25 at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, according to a September 26 WHO press release.

The 21-member task force, established to comply with a 2006 World Health Assembly resolution, meets as Thailand, Indonesia and Iraq report new human cases of avian flu, bringing the total number of cases to 250 worldwide, with 147 deaths.

The task force will advise WHO on potential public health issues of international concern related to avian and pandemic influenza, including issues such as determining the appropriate phase of pandemic alert, declaring an influenza pandemic, and implementing the appropriate international response measures to a pandemic.

When the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR) come into force June 15, 2007, the task force will disband and an emergency committee will be convened if needed to advise WHO on disease events of international public health importance.

PANDEMIC ADVISERS

"The International Health Regulations are a key element in strengthening global health security,” said Dr. Guenael Rodier, the WHO director responsible for coordinating IHR implementation. (See related article.)

“By bringing this group of experts together and ensuring that we have established effective means of working together when disease outbreaks occur,” Rodier added, “we can ensure that we are getting both the best advice for WHO and building a platform of shared knowledge and ability to respond to rapidly evolving health emergencies worldwide"

The first meeting covered administrative issues such as roles and responsibilities, and set out how meetings would be run. In urgent situations, most future meetings probably will be held via teleconference or videoconference because of the need for a quick response.

Until June 15, 2007, the task force also will serve as an expert advisory group to WHO's Global Influenza Programme (GIP). After that date, two separate groups will meet as needed -- an IHR emergency committee and an expert advisory group to GIP.

Dr. Mike Ryan, director of WHO's Department for Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response, says the task force “will complement other technical partnerships and networks such as the Global Outbreak and Response Network and the Global Influenza Surveillance Network, and ensure that the IHR, when they come into force, move quickly from being simply a legal framework to being a functional support to our efforts to improve global health security.”

HUMAN CASES OF AVIAN INFLUENZA

In Thailand, the Ministry of Public Health has confirmed September 27 the country’s 25th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case, which was fatal, was the third detected in 2006 and the third fatality.

The case involved a 59-year-old farmer from Nong Bua Lam Phu province in northeastern Thailand. He developed a fever on July 14, was hospitalized on July 21 and died August 10.

Possible H5N1 infection was suspected when relatives reported the sudden death, in the days before the victim’s symptom onset, of several fighting cocks that the farmer raised. Local veterinary authorities noted several poultry outbreaks of H5N1 in the area.

Of the 25 cases confirmed to date in Thailand, 17 have been fatal. Poultry outbreaks were confirmed in two provinces of Thailand in late July after a lull in outbreaks dating back to November 2005.

In Indonesia, the Ministry of Health confirmed two more cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus September 25. Both cases were fatal.

The first case involved an 11-year-old boy from East Java province. He developed symptoms of fever and cough on September 16, was hospitalized September 18 and died the same day. Poultry in the child's household began dying the month before the onset of his symptoms, and poultry deaths continued in his neighborhood.

The second case was a 9-year-old boy from South Jakarta. He developed a fever and a runny nose September 13, was hospitalized September 20 and died September 22. His history showed recent contact with sick chickens that he kept as pets.

Of 67 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 51 have been fatal.

In Iraq, the Ministry of Health confirmed the third case of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza September 19. The 3-year-old boy was hospitalized in Baghdad, Iraq, March 15. His illness was mild and he recovered.

During the outbreak in Iraq, now considered at an end, the country faced problems with shipping specimens for external verification of diagnostic tests. For September 19 case, initial test results were inconclusive, possibly because the sample deteriorated during shipment. Repeated testing using different methods was needed for diagnostic confirmation.

The two cases previously confirmed in Iraq occurred in January 2006. Both were fatal.

For ongoing coverage of the disease and efforts to combat it, see Bird Flu (Avian Influenza).

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)


46 posted on 09/30/2006 1:32:34 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=September&x=20060930122041zjsredna0.2784235

30 September 2006
Insurgency in Ramadi "Beatable," Says U.S. Commander

Coalition "setting the conditions for success" for Iraqi forces

The following article by the American Forces Information Service was published September 29 on the Web page of the U.S. Department of Defense. There are no republication restrictions.

(begin byliner)

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

Washington – The battle for Ramadi has "tipped" in favor of the government of Iraq and the coalition, the commander of 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, said today.

Army Col. Sean MacFarland told the Pentagon press corps in a video teleconference call that attacks are down 25 percent over the past couple of months, and coalition forces, together with the Iraqi security forces, have steadily increased their presence inside of the city.

Ramadi, the capital and largest city in Anbar province, has been an al Qaeda in Iraq and Sunni insurgent hotbed. But now the tide seems to have turned, MacFarland said. “The Iraqi police recruiting has soared tenfold, and the Iraqi army readiness has improved to the point where Iraqi army battalions are now assuming the lead in portions of the city and its suburbs,” he said.

Coalition-sponsored public works projects are bringing improvements in Iraqi quality of life. “Water and power projects are moving forward,” he said. “And by February, we will have more than doubled both basic services.”

MacFarland said he is encouraged by the attitude of the people of the city. The people who were fence-sitters in the battle between the Iraqi government and al Qaeda in Iraq are stepping forward and cooperating with Iraqi security forces against al Qaeda, he said.

“I think al Qaeda has been pushed up against the ropes by this, and now they're finding themselves trapped between the coalition and (Iraqi security forces) on the one side and the people on the other,” the colonel said. “Now it's the al Qaeda forces that need to be worried about living in those neighborhoods. They stick out like a sore thumb. Everybody knows who the terrorists are.”

Local sheikhs are cooperating with the Iraqi government. Tribal leaders are steering new recruits to the police, and they are becoming more effective. MacFarland said that Iraqi police in Ramadi today intercepted insurgents driving a car loaded with rocket-propelled grenades. “The insurgents tried to run away,” he said. “(The police) chased them, and they killed or captured the entire group.”

In another instance, the police intercepted a suicide car bomber before he could detonate the car at an Iraqi police position.

“There's still a lot of work to be done, but I'm very encouraged by the direction of events here,” he said.

The colonel said the insurgency is “beatable” in Ramadi, but it will not be coalition forces that do the beating. “The instrument of their destruction will be the Iraqi security forces,” he said. “And that's why we've been working so hard to develop the Iraqi police and the Iraqi army in and around Ramadi, and to that end the acceleration of their readiness has been very heartening.”

The aim of U.S. forces in the city is to drive the level of violence in Ramadi down to a level that the Iraqi security forces will be able to manage after the coalition’s departure. “So I am responsible for setting the conditions for success for the (Iraqi forces), and I think we're making good headway on that,” he said.

But MacFarland again stressed the importance of getting the population on the Iraqi government’s side. “It's got legs; it's moving forward, and it's because success begets success,” he said. “The people are beginning to recognize that the coalition and the Iraqi security forces mean business, that they're here to stay -- especially on the Iraqi security force side -- and that they have the ability to stay.

“At the same time, they've come to recognize that al Qaeda offers them nothing, nothing but death and destruction, and that they are turning away from the al Qaeda fighters and turning toward their own sons who are in the Iraqi security forces.”

For more information, see Iraq Update.

(end byliner)

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)


47 posted on 09/30/2006 1:35:53 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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Moscow riled by Georgia's spy charges

By Alex Rodriguez
Tribune foreign correspondent
Published September 29, 2006

MOSCOW -- Russia reacted furiously Thursday to the Georgian
government's arrests of five Russian military officers on spying
charges, labeling Georgia's actions "wild and hysterical" and calling
for a partial evacuation of Russian diplomats and their families from
its southern neighbor.

Georgian authorities have yet to fully lay out the charges against the
five officers, saying only that the men set up a spy ring that for
several years sought information about Georgia's defense capabilities,
energy security and integration plans with NATO.

The officers were arrested Wednesday in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi,
and in the Black Sea port of Batumi. Georgian police also have
cordoned off Russia's military headquarters in Tbilisi, where
authorities say a sixth Russian military intelligence officer is
hiding to avoid arrest.

The arrests drew condemnations from Russia's top leaders, including
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, who demanded the officers' release and
called the charges "moronic and absolutely far-fetched."

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was concerned about the safety of
Russian Embassy workers and their families in Georgia and would begin
a partial evacuation Friday. A statement on the ministry's Web site
also urged Russians to avoid traveling to Georgia.

The ministry also recalled its ambassador to Georgia, and Russia's
Embassy in Tbilisi stopped issuing visas to Georgians seeking to head
to Russia.

Moscow's relationship with Georgia has always been strained, but it
worsened considerably with the rise of Georgian President Mikhail
Saakashvili, the Western-educated reformist who led the so-called Rose
Revolution against Eduard Shevardnadze in 2003.

Saakashvili has turned his small mountainous republic on Russia's
southern border into a strong U.S. ally that vigorously pursues
membership in NATO and integration with Europe.

As Georgia has drawn closer to the West, Moscow has stepped up
pressure on Tbilisi. This year Moscow imposed a ban on imports of
Georgian wine and mineral water, claiming they were unsafe.

Georgia also accuses Russia of keeping alive separatist movements in
the provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by providing military
support to those movements and maintaining peacekeeping contingents in
both regions.

Russia has military bases in Batumi and near the Georgian-Armenian
border, holdovers from the Soviet era that house about 3,000 troops.
However, the Kremlin has pledged to shut those bases by 2008.

The officers arrested Wednesday were members of Russia's military
intelligence service and are not protected by diplomatic immunity,
Georgian authorities said. At least 10 Georgian nationals allegedly
working with the officers also were arrested.

Georgia's interior minister said the men would be formally charged
Friday and that reporters would be given audio and video evidence that
supports the allegations.

Speaking on Georgian television, Saakashvili defended the arrests,
saying the activities of the officers crossed "a certain boundary that
no one should cross. . . . Everyone should understand that we are no
longer the vague territorial entity we once were under Shevardnadze,
but a proper, efficient and effective democratic state."




ajrodriguez@tribune.com


48 posted on 09/30/2006 1:44:53 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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JCSLink JuSt Posted

September 29, 2006

Photo-- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace congratulates Corpsman Nathaniel Leoncio, while he is being presented the 2006 USO Servicemember of the Year award at the 65th USO World Gala in Washington, D.C, Sept 28, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

USO Honors Servicemembers for Heroism
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2006 – The United Service Organizations celebrated its 65th anniversary last night and honored troops from each branch of the military for heroism. Story http://www.defenselink.mil/News/NewsArticle.aspx?id=1334

Transcript—Chairman and Defense Secretary Hold Pentagon Town Hall Meeting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2006 – The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held a Pentagon Town Hall Meeting Sept. 22, 2006. Read entire transcript at http://www.jcs.mil/chairman/speeches/060922PentagonTownHallMeeting.html

Transcript—Chairman and Defense Secretary meet with press after House Armed Services Committee Meeting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2006 – The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld speak to media after a House Armed Services Committee meeting Sept. 21, 2006. Read entire transcript at http://www.jcs.mil/chairman/speeches/0600921afterHASChearing.html

Transcript—Chairman and Defense Secretary meet with press after Senate Armed Services Committee Meeting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2006 – The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld speak to media after a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting Sept. 21, 2006. Read entire transcript at http://www.jcs.mil/chairman/speeches/0600921afterSASChearing.html

Visit JCSLink at www.jcs.mil


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Zawahiri Attacks Bush in New Video Posted on Web

Friday , September 29, 2006

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,216697,00.html

Al Qaeda's no. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri called President Bush a "deceitful charlatan" in a new video message posted on the Internet Friday by the group's media arm.

"Why don't you tell them how many million citizens of America and its allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people's sons in order to increase your profits?" Zawahiri asked in the video found on the Internet by the terrorist tracking organization SITE.

The new 17-minute video message, titled "Bush, the Pope of the Vatican, Darfur, and the Crusader Wars," was posted in two parts and carried the label of As-Sahab, Al Qaeda's media arm.

In the first part, which carries English subtitles, Zawahiri is in an office with a lamp, a cannon and a flag bearing "No God, but Allah." In the second, the deputy Al Qaeda leader appears dressed entirely in white and there is no background.

"Bush, you deceitful charlatan, be aware that the liberation of our captives is a debt on our shoulders which we must fulfill, with Allah's help and power," Zawahiri said in the video.

"You are not facing individuals or organizations, but rather are facing the Muslim nation in which the spirit of Jihad flows and which refuses humiliation under Zionist/Crusader arrogance" he said.

The video was the latest to come from Zawahri since earlier this month. Al Qaeda released a string of videos for the anniversary of Sept. 11, showing increasingly sophisticated production techniques in a likely effort to demonstrate that it remains a powerful, confident force despite the U.S.-led war on terror.

An intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. experts view the tape as a typcial propaganda message, whose main thrust is a call for more people to join the jihad.

It wasn't immediately clear when the message was recorded, but Zawahri made a reference to the pope, indicating the message was produced sometime after Pope Benedict XVI's controversial comments about Islam on Sept. 12, the official said. SITE said the message was posted on Sept. 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



September 29, 2006
New Video Released With Al Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri
By Andrew Cochran

http://counterterrorismblog.org/2006/09/new_video_released_with_al_qae.php

The new video, promised earlier this week, is out, in which Zawahiri attacks Pope Benedict XVI and President Bush a "lying failure" and "deceitful charlatan." You can see it thanks to Laura Mansfield. Rita Katz of SITE Institute has a one-minute clip for non-subscribers, the picture below, and this analysis: "As-Sahab, al-Qaeda’s multimedia production arm, issued today, Friday, September 29, 2006, a 17:51 minute video speech featuring Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and titled: “Bush, the Pope of the Vatican, Darfur, and the Crusader Wars”. He appears in two scenes: one, subtitled in English, with an office-setup background with a lamp, flag bearing “No God, but Allah”, and a cannon; the other is without a background, and depicts Zawahiri dressed entirely in white, without subtitles. To U.S. President George W. Bush, Zawahiri questions: “why don't you tell them how many million citizens of America and it's allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people’s sons in order to increase your profits?” He also addresses the capture of Khalid Shaikh Muhammad and questions that if it helped in the "war on terror" then “why are your troops retreating in secrete from the south and east of Afghanistan?... Bush...be aware that the liberation of our captives is a debt on our shoulders which we must fulfill”."

Zawahiri also names other important captured Al Qaeda leaders: "You’ve captured Ramzi Yousef, Umar Abd al-Rahman, Wali Khan, Ibn al-Shayhk, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Khalid al-Shaykh, Abu al-Faraj al-Libi..." This finishes a busy month of September for Al Qaeda central, which began with the Zawahiri video with American Adam Gadahn, then two 9/11-related videos, one with Zawahiri and another video with clips of Osama Bin Laden.

Picture courtesy of SITE Institute:SITEInstAZ092906-1.bmp




A Video Speech from Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri: Bush, the Pope of the Vatican, Darfur, and the Crusader Wars, by as-Sahab Productions
By SITE Institute
September 29, 2006

http://siteinstitute.org/bin/articles.cgi?ID=publications215406&Category=publications&Subcategory=0




As-Sahab, al-Qaeda's multimedia production arm, issued today, Friday, September 29, 2006, a 17:51 minute video speech featuring Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and titled: "Bush, the Pope of the Vatican, Darfur, and the Crusader Wars". The video features two scenes: one, subtitled in English, with Zawahiri against an office-setup background of a lamp, flag bearing "No God, but Allah", and a model cannon; the other is without a background, and depicts Zawahiri dressed entirely in white, without subtitles.

To U.S. President George W. Bush, Zawahiri brands him a "deceitful charlatan" and liar, and questions: "why don't you tell them how many million citizens of America and it's allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people's sons in order to increase your profits?" He questions his motives for initating the War in Iraq, ridiculing the false prexets under which it was conducted. To this end he cites the purported links of Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda, and the presence of weapons of mass destruction. He also addresses the capture of Khalid Shaikh Muhammad and questions that if it helped in the "war on terror" then "why are your troops retreating in secrete from the south and east of Afghanistan?... Bush...be aware that the liberation of our captives is a debt on our shoulders which we must fulfill". Other individuals who have been captured, such as Ramzi Yusef, Omar Abdul Rahman (the "Blind Sheikh") and Abu al-Faraj al-Libi are also cited.

In the Arabic portion, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri discusses the issue of the Pope Benedict XVI's slanderous comments to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, by prefacing such attacks as beginning with the Satanic Verses of Salmon Rushdie, followed by desecration of the Qur'an at Guantanamo Bay, and banning of the hijab in French schools. He states that the current pope is reminiscent of Pope Urban II, who "provoked the people of Europe to fight the Muslims" in the Crusades. Zawahiri disregards Christianity due to its "supersitions" and alleged irrationality, but avers that Muslims are not enemies of Jesus as Pope Urban II claimed. On the pope's comments directly, Zawahiri adds: "if Benedict attacked us, we will respond to his insults with good things. We will call upon him, and all of the Christians to become Muslims who do not recognize the Trinity or the crucifixion, and say that Allah united with the human."


50 posted on 09/30/2006 1:51:30 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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