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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

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To: Rushmore Rocks

You are welcome.

But we do not have time to deal with foreigners, our senators will be busy with Foley's sex habbits, until after 2008 elections.

I could kick Foley.

151 posted on 10/01/2006 5:01:02 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: nw_arizona_granny

Disgusting, isn't it? I could just pull my hair out.

Off line for a while. Headed to the airport to pick up Mr. RR.

152 posted on 10/01/2006 5:11:26 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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China needs over 10,000 pilots

We could outsource US pilots.
153 posted on 10/01/2006 5:17:03 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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China needs over 10,000 pilots

We could outsource US pilots.<<<

OK, they are to all be Active Marine Pilots....................

154 posted on 10/01/2006 6:37:39 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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155 posted on 10/01/2006 6:40:24 PM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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[a post for study and research]

9/11 hijackers shown laughing in video

By JENNIFER QUINN, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 22 minutes ago

A new videotape shows two of the Sept. 11 hijackers smiling for a camera and reportedly reading a will in footage taken more than 18 months before they carried out the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Mohamed Atta and Ziad Jarrah look much different in the tape than they do in photographs made famous after the attacks in New York and Washington.

Both seem younger, are bearded, and the infamously bleak gaze of Atta, the ringleader of the attacks five years ago, is replaced by a somewhat softer expression. Osama bin Laden also appears on the tape, speaking to a large group of people in January 2000.

The Sunday Times, which originally reported on the video and posted it on its Web site, said the footage was taken in Afghanistan and was meant to be released after the men's deaths.

The soundless video appears to be a departure from previous releases by al-Qaida, which is "normally, very professional in their media," said Paul Beaver, an independent defense and security expert.

It did not appear on Web sites commonly used by the group. The newspaper quoted an unidentified American source who said that lip readers had been unable to decipher what the men were saying.

The Sunday Times said it had obtained the video "through a previously tested channel" but gave no further details. It said sources from al-Qaida and the United States had confirmed the video's authenticity on condition of anonymity.

A U.S. intelligence official, who declined to be identified, citing government protocol, told The Associated Press, "We're aware of the tape and we're reviewing it." The official declined to answer further questions.

The newspaper said the hourlong video was made at an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan, is dated Jan. 18, 2000, and contains the only known footage of Atta and Jarrah together.

Ben Venzke, head of the Virginia-based IntelCenter, which monitors terrorism communications, said the video was probably raw footage that al-Qaida had intended to edit into a package similar to one released last month showing the last testament of two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, Wail al-Shehri and Hamza al-Ghamdi.

For more than 30 minutes, the video shows Atta, who flew one of the planes that brought down the World Trade Center, and Jarrah, who piloted United Airlines flight 93, which crashed into a Pennsylvania field, sitting in front of a white wall, alternately alone and together.

The Egyptian-born Atta is wearing a dark sweater and pats his hair into place after trying on a hat for the camera. At one point, the camera pans out to show a machine gun leaning against the wall next to him.

Atta appears to be the more reticent of the two hijackers. During a portion of the tape showing them together, the Lebanese-born Jarrah laughs and smiles broadly as Atta shakes his head slightly. The conversation then seems to turn serious, and the tape shows the two sitting on the floor, hunched over papers, which The Sunday Times reported was Jarrah's will.

Bin Laden said a few years ago that he was saving Atta's last testament to release for a special occasion, Venzke said.

"It is highly unlikely that al-Qaida wanted the material to be released in this manner, and it is not consistent with any previous release," he said.

Diaa Rashwan, an Egyptian expert on militant groups, said he found it strange that the cameraman focused not only on bin Laden but also on his audience. He said normally al-Qaida videos of bin Laden just focus on him.

"Was this a video by al-Qaida or by a security agency?" Rashwan asked. "I have never seen such a video."

Although the video has no sound, it could contain valuable information, Beaver said.

"It helps build up a profile, so you can ID people in the future," he said.

But Robert Ayers, an international security expert, said the tape was more curiosity than valuable resource.

"The fact that these guys changed their facial appearance? Any actor on any stage in the world knows how to change their appearance, so why are we so surprised these guys changed their appearance?" Ayers said.

Previous mug shots released of the two men show them clean-shaven and with closely cropped hair.

The video also includes images of a man who appears to be bin Laden speaking to an audience outdoors. A time stamp indicated that footage was shot on Jan. 8, 2000, and The Sunday Times said it appeared to have been made at Tarnak Farm, once the base for bin Laden's family in the Afghan desert near Kandahar's airport.

It shows about 75 men, many in turbans or caps, sitting on the ground as bin Laden arrives to address them. A few children are in the crowd. The man who appears to be bin Laden stands in front of an expanse of bare dirt dotted with a few trees and windowless, one-story mud-colored buildings, some of them partly in ruins.

He appears calm, with a long beard and a tan cloak over a white robe that covers his head. He speaks for more than 10 minutes, although the camera frequently cuts away from him and onto the audience.

The Sunday Times said those shown listening to bin Laden included Ramzi Binalshibh, who allegedly helped plan the Sept. 11 attacks and is now being held in the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Also reportedly present was Nasir Ahmad Nasir al Bahri, a security guard who The Sunday Times said has claimed he was authorized to shoot bin Laden in the head if the leader was in danger of being captured.


Associated Press writers Foster Klug in Washington, Beth Gardiner in London and Bassem Mroue in Cairo, Egypt, contributed to this story.

Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

156 posted on 10/01/2006 6:46:55 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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The Sunday Times October 01, 2006

Watch the video: Osama Bin Laden's HQ
[This video has no sound]

Click here for clip 1

Speech by Osama Bin Laden on January 8, 2000, to 100 hardcore members of Al-Qaeda at his family clan base at Tarnak Farm, near Kandahar airport, Afghanistan.

Click here for clip 2

Faces in the audience include Ramzi Binalshibh, who was the co-ordinator of the September 11 attacks. He shared a flat in Hamburg with Mohammed Atta, the Egyptian-born leader of the team of 19 suicide attackers, and was arrested in Pakistan four years ago.
Click here for clip 3

Mohammed Atta, flanked by an AK-47, toys with a Pashtun hat and glances wryly at the camera as he prepares to read his handwritten will. He flew American Airlines flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Click here for clip 4

Ziad Jarrah, a middle-class Lebanese, joins Atta in high spirits, breaking out in smiles and laughter. Jarrah, who also lived in Hamburg, was ordered not to be seen with Atta in Germany. These are thought to be the only images of them together.

Click here for clip 5

Jarrah, wearing a collarless shirt, removes his glasses and reads out his will. He piloted United Airlines flight 93, which was assigned the target of Capitol Hill, but crashed.

157 posted on 10/01/2006 6:49:52 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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By PAT MILTON, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 54 minutes ago

The FBI's top counterterrorism official harbors lots of concerns: weapons of mass destruction, undetected homegrown terrorists and the possibility that old-fashioned mobsters will team up with al-Qaida for the right price.

Though there is no direct evidence yet of organized crime collaborating with terrorists, the first hints of a connection surfaced in a recent undercover FBI operation. Agents stopped a man with alleged mob ties from selling missiles to an informant posing as a terrorist middleman.

That case and other factors are heightening concerns about a real-life episode of the Sopranos teaming with Osama bin Laden's followers.

"We are continuing to look for a nexus," said Joseph Billy Jr., the FBI's top counterterrorism official. "We are looking at this very aggressively."

The new strategy involves an analysis of nationwide criminal investigations, particularly white collar crime, side by side with intelligence and terrorist activity.

"We have developed an ability to look harder and broader in a greatly enhanced way to see if there is any crossover," Billy said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Organized crime syndicates could facilitate money transfers or laundering, human smuggling, identification fraud or explosives and weapons acquisitions, officials said.

The options are many for terrorists groups.

There are the five reputed La Cosa Nostra families in New York, Russian criminal enterprises from Brighton Beach in the New York borough of Brooklyn to Moscow, and the emerging Asian crime syndicates that operate in many Islamic countries with al-Qaida offshoots.

A contract study produced recently for the Pentagon and obtained by the AP warned that the potential for organized crime assisting terrorists is growing.

"Although terrorism and organized crime are different phenomena, the important fact is that terrorist and criminal networks overlap and cooperate in some enterprises," the study said. "The phenomenon of the synergy of terrorism and organized crime is growing because similar conditions give rise to both and because terrorists and organized criminals use similar approaches to promote their operations."

The traditional mafia has highly developed networks for acquiring goods and services and money, all for a price.

The mob's potential interest in helping a terrorist has nothing to do with ideology or sympathy but with greed, said Matt Heron, head of New York FBI's organized crime unit.

"They will deal with anybody, if they can make a buck," Heron said. "They will sell to a terrorist just as easily as they would sell to an order of Franciscan monks. It's a business relationship to them."

"If the mob has explosives and a terrorist wants them and they have the money, they could become instant friends," he said.

Pat D'Amuro, a retired senior FBI official and now chief executive of Giuliani Security, said a Mafia boss once acknowledged that the mob would help terrorists.

"I am aware of a high-level Mafia figure, who was cooperating with authorities, being asked if the Mafia would assist terrorists in smuggling people into Europe through Italy," D'Amuro said. "He said, 'The Mafia will help who ever can pay.'"

Officials said they have no specific evidence that such a relationship has been cemented. But concerns were heightened last year after an Armenian immigrant was arrested in New York for allegedly leading a plot to sell military weapons to an FBI informant posing as a middleman for terrorists.

Arthur Solomonyan had claimed to be able to deliver shoulder-fired missiles from his connection in Russian organized crime to the informant, who claimed to have ties to al-Qaida, federal prosecutors said. Solomonyan and 17 others in New York, Florida and California were charged in the case.

Solomonyan is scheduled for trial this month. His lawyer, Seth Ginsberg, said he plans to "vigorously contest" the charges and call the government's confidential informant to the stand to challenge his motives. The Italian, Russian, and Asian mafia remain active, particularly in New York, even though the government has successfully prosecuted numerous figures in recent years.

In the past three years, well over 100 associates from all five La Cosa Nostra families have been arrested in New York, Heron noted.

While the potential of a gangster-terrorist marriage is on the FBI's radar, homegrown terror cells and weapons of mass destruction are also big concerns for those in the FBI given the job of stopping the next terrorist attack.

"We are not only aware that they want to come across the ocean to attack us but they may be physically here developing in our own homeland," Billy said.

The Internet has become the new Afghanistan, allowing terrorist sympathizers to promote their radical ideas and to recruit and train followers right their home computers. That makes it far more difficult for investigators to identify them.

Billy said his biggest concern remains weapons of mass destruction. While Hezbollah and Hamas are more defined terrorist groups, with a territorial focus and a political platform, al-Qaida is more unpredictable.

"We know they were trying to acquire it prior to 9/11, bin Laden's own words said that," said Billy. "What makes us think they are still not trying?"

Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

158 posted on 10/01/2006 8:10:00 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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The Sunday Times October 01, 2006

Focus: Chilling message of the 9/11 pilots
A video shows two of the world’s most infamous terrorists joking and laughing while filming their ‘death wills’ at Osama Bin Laden’s lair in Afghanistan. The journalist and author Yosri Fouda explains the terrible significance of the new find

Watch the video: Osama Bin Laden's HQ

Two bearded young men laugh and joke for the camera. They appear relaxed, well groomed, intelligent; they might be high-achieving students quietly celebrating an exam success. They look at a piece of paper and laugh some more.

What is so funny? Certainly not the piece of paper. There is Arabic script on it. Easily decipherable is the word “al wasiyyah”. This means “the will”.

It is the handwritten last testament of Ziad Jarrah, the lighter-haired and better-looking of the two young men. A well educated, middle-class Lebanese, he has been studying in Germany. So has his dark-haired companion, Mohammed Atta, also middle class and university educated, but born in Egypt. Atta has his will, too. Unsmiling, both men read them to camera.

These images are part of a videotape, nearly an hour long, that was filmed at Osama Bin Laden’s lair in Afghanistan 6½ years ago. They are revealed today for the first time, and they are a missing chapter in the searing story of the attacks on America on September 11, 2001.

Atta led the team of 19 suicide attackers and flew American Airlines flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Jarrah piloted United Airlines flight 93. His assigned target was Capitol Hill, but the plane crashed.

ATTA and Jarrah have never been pictured together before. Indeed, a key element of their tradecraft was that they steered clear of each other. They were leading figures in the September 11 story, not only because they flew the planes but also because they apparently had everything to live for. Unlike most of the other hijackers, who were mainly provincial Saudi fundamentalists, Atta and Jarrah fitted easily into western society.

To the Germans who knew them in Hamburg they seemed entirely normal. The tape explains this mistake. It would be hard to look less homicidal — until the camera pulls back and reveals that Atta is sitting next to an AK-47.

So the tape not only fills a gap in the story of September 11 but also provides chilling proof of the difficulty of fighting Islamic terrorism: these two “normal”, happy, unthreatening individuals turned out to have an explosive effect on the history of the 21st century.

The unedited video was passed to The Sunday Times through a previously tested channel. On condition of anonymity, sources from both Al-Qaeda and the United States have confirmed its authenticity. It has no sound — and lip-readers have failed to decipher it, according to a US source — but the images speak loudly for themselves.

The tape not only features Atta and Jarrah. It also gives a rare and intriguing sight of Bin Laden with his inner court.

It opens with 100 or so Al-Qaeda hardcore members sitting on the ground in the open air, obviously expecting something to happen. Among them are several children.

A very tall man surrounded by three armed bodyguards arrives in a sedate, presidential manner. It is Bin Laden, dressed in white from head to toe with an all-enveloping, light brown robe. He looks serene as he makes his way to a makeshift podium and beings to speak into a microphone.

The date recorded on this section of the video is January 8, 2000. That makes the occasion Eid al Fitr, the end of Ramadan.

There are a few recognisable faces among the audience, including Ramzi Binalshibh, Atta’s Hamburg flatmate who was later to become the co-ordinator of the September 11 attacks. And among the bodyguards is Abu Jandal, who was the only one with the authority to put two bullets in Bin Laden’s head if he was about to fall into enemy hands.

In the background are the tall mud-red walls of an impressive compound. It is clear that the location is part of a complex of about 80 buildings called Tarnak Farm in the desert near Kandahar airport. It was Bin Laden’s clan base during his Afghan sojourn — where he lived with his family and the inner core of Al-Qaeda.

American intelligence knew all about Tarnak Farm. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, “CIA officers were able to map the entire site, identifying the houses that belonged to Bin Laden’s wives and the one where he himself was most likely to sleep”.

Less than two years before the video was recorded, the CIA had a plan to work closely with some of the local tribes to grab Bin Laden as he slept. It was a clear-cut, well rehearsed “perfect operation”, according to Michael Scheuer, who ran the CIA Bin Laden unit at the time. But it was never executed and there is still controversy in America about who cancelled it.

TEN days after Bin Laden’s Eid speech, according to the date on the film, Atta and Jarrah read their martyrdom wills to the camera. This proof of their presence in Afghanistan at that time is just about the final main piece of the jigsaw: Atta, the man who decided zero hour on September 11 is for the first time on video, getting ready to record his “martyrdom” will.

Investigators have pieced together most of Atta’s life from his childhood as the son of a lawyer in Giza, northern Egypt, to the moment he boarded flight 11 — except for an unexplained absence from Hamburg in early 2000. The date on the tape perfectly corresponds with this.

Those who have been closely following the story had little doubt where Atta had been. Binalshibh told me, “Afghanistan, what else?” when I asked him during a secret meeting four years ago. But in their painstaking efforts to find the proof that connected the dots, US investigators and, especially, their German counterparts, have struggled with little more than circumstantial evidence and presumed facts.

This played nicely into the hands of conspiracy theorists, both in the Muslim world and in the West. Now the investigators have the proof, and only the flakiest of anti-American fantasists can go on claiming that Bin Laden, Atta, Jarrah and co had no hand in September 11.

We can now even reveal Atta’s itinerary. On November 29, 1999 he boarded Turkish Airlines flight TK1662 from Hamburg to Istanbul, Turkey, where he changed to flight TK1056 bound for Karachi, Pakistan. From there he would have crossed into Afghanistan by road, most probably through Quetta. On the return journey, he left Karachi on February 24, 2000 by flight TK1057 to Istanbul where he changed to flight TK1661 to Hamburg. Five months later he entered the United States to start flight training.

Unedited, the extraordinary footage also gives us a glimpse into the superficially ordinary character of the man who would later spearhead the devastating terrorist attack.

Wearing western clothes — black trousers and a dark brown, zip-collared sweater with zigzag stripes — Atta appears uncomfortable putting on a typical Pashtun hat.

He gives a how-do-I-look glance at the camera. The hat goes off, on, off and he throws it away with wry smile. Ready now. He crosses his legs and picks up his handwritten will.

Cool, gathered and deliberate, Atta reads to camera for 10 minutes before the tape cuts to a collector’s item: Atta and Jarrah together for the first time on camera.

With his stylish glasses, the handsome Lebanese is wearing a white, Saudi-style robe but appears to have western clothes on underneath.

Smiling, laughing and exchanging remarks, they discuss Jarrah’s will as he holds it — a superb set-up shot. Jarrah then gets his seven-minute exclusive appearance to tell the camera his last words.

THE significance of even a single frame of any of the September 11 pilots in Afghanistan could not be overestimated, let alone the sudden appearance of nearly 6,000 frames of the two most important and most puzzling hijackers.

Distinctively the black sheep of the whole lot — plotters and hijackers — Atta and Jarrah came from the two most liberal Arab countries, both from the heart of their respective communities, both from middle-class families, both intelligent, pleasant and trusted wherever they went, and both with impressive educational track records. Jarrah went to a Christian school in Beirut; Atta advanced his English at The American University in Cairo.

Then they both had ambitions beyond what they thought their countries could offer. They both went to Germany; Atta in 1992 to end up preparing a masters degree in city planning; and Jarrah in 1996 to end up preparing his in aeronautical engineering.

Again, they both could not cease to impress. So much so that Professor Dittmar Machule, who taught Atta at the Technical University in Harburg, a quiet suburb of Hamburg, still cannot understand what happened to the brilliant student he used to pick to fill in for him in seminars whenever he was busy.

While they lived in Hamburg, Atta and Jarrah were never meant to be seen together in one place at the same time, almost certainly on instructions.

Atta lived with other members of the Hamburg cell in a small flat while Jarrah was kept apart in a nicer part of Hamburg, living with a girlfriend and drinking alcohol. Yet in Afghanistan they appear at ease in each other’s company.

When in mid-2000 they travelled to Florida, they were separate once again — even though they enrolled at flying schools that stood virtually next to each other.

If the appearance of this video solves one mystery, the big question about both Atta and Jarrah is still with us: how on earth did such impressive young men with everything to live for develop such a mindset? Neither was mad and neither was brainwashed. If anything at all they were both the antithesis of such naive and easy explanations.

One would confidently argue that someone of the calibre of Mohammed Atta would have been incapable of being brainwashed.

When Atta taped his will, he was not yet the leader of the hijackers. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the organiser of the plot, had earmarked two other men — Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar — as his spearhead and had sent them to flight school in California. But he quickly changed his mind.

His protégés failed to live up to his expectations. One flight instructor actually called them “dumb and dumber”.

Much more importantly, Atta’s exceptional abilities had just been discovered.

The perfect soldier was here and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed could not have asked for more. I would even argue that had not Atta accidentally appeared on Khalid’s radar, the “aeroplanes operation”, as it is known to Al-Qaeda, may never have stood a chance of success.

# Yosri Fouda is the chief investigative reporter for Al-Jazeera Television Pictures: The Sunday Times Tarnak Farm, near Kandahar, where Mohammed Atta’s video was shot, has a special place in the history of Al-Qaeda: it was once Osama Bin Laden’s personal kingdom within Afghanistan.

Exclusively Arab, it was home for Bin Laden’s wives and children, as well as for the elite fighters being trained for special operations. And, as we now know, for a few weeks in early 2000 it was home to Atta, leader of the 9/11 hijackers.

The farm, which covered about 100 acres, lay on a patch of desert about three miles south of Kandahar airport. It had originally been constructed by the Afghan government as an agricultural co-operative.

A mud-brick wall was built 10ft high to create a compound; inside there were about 80 one and two-storey buildings, including dormitories, storehouses, a small mosque and a building that Bin Laden converted into a medical clinic for his family and followers.

US intelligence knew Bin Laden, already a wanted terrorist, used Tarnak as his base, and in spring 1998 the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center began working on a plan to capture him at the compound, partly with the help of Afghan tribal fighters.

Afghans scouted and mapped the farm, and the CIA photographed it from space. The plan called for about 30 fighters to assemble at a staging post before driving to a second position a few miles from Tarnak.

From there the main raiding party would walk to the farm, arriving at 2am and avoiding minefields by crawling through drainage ditches. A second group would make its way towards the front gate, taking out the two guards as the main party attacked the group of huts where Bin Laden’s wives slept.

The plan was to bundle Bin Laden into a Toyota Land Cruiser and drive him to to a cave complex 30 miles away already stocked with food and water.

However, getting the plan accepted at CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia, was not straightforward. It was known that dozens of women and children lived in the compound, and security chiefs feared there would be many casualties.

By June 1998, much to the disappointment of the field officers responsible for devising the plan, nobody at a senior level within the CIA seemed willing to support it. Nor was there any support within the White House.

The plan was called off shortly afterwards. CIA abandoned plan to snatch Bin Laden from Afghan farm

Atta's journey to mass murder

September 1, 1968 Born in Kafr el-Sheikh in the Nile delta, Egypt

October 1986 Joined Cairo University to study town planning; graduated in 1990

July 24, 1992 Arrived in Germany on a cultural exchange programme

November 23, 1992 Registered for a master’s degree in urban planning at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg

End 1997 Thought to have travelled to Afghanistan for the first time, staying close to the compound of Osama Bin Laden near Kandahar

November 1, 1998 Moved into an apartment in Germany with other members of what later became known as the Hamburg cell. Many Al-Qaeda members lived in this apartment at various times; the September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed visited repeatedly. Ziad Jarrah, the flight 93 pilot with whom Atta is pictured above, moved close by at about the same time

November 29, 1999 Atta flew from Istanbul to Pakistan. From there he travelled to Afghanistan

January 2000 At Bin Laden’s Tarnak Farm he is filmed laughing and joking with Jarrah while filming his last will and testament

March 2000 From Germany, Atta contacted 31 US flight schools to discuss pilot training

June 3, 2000 Entered US for the first time

July 2000 Atta enrolled at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Florida. Jarrah trains at a flight school nearby

November 2000 Both earned their instrument certificates from the FAA

December 29, 2000 Atta practised on a Boeing 727 simulator in Miami

January 4, 2001 Atta flew to Spain to co-ordinate with Ramzi Binalshibh, a key Al-Qaeda planner, returning to America a week later

April 11 2001 Atta rented an apartment in Coral Springs, Florida, and assisted with the arrival of other hijackers

July-September 2001 Atta made eight or nine flights around America, some to meet other hijackers, some to carry out reconnaissance

August 28, 2001 Atta and other hijackers buy flight tickets for September 11

The other hijackers

# Nineteen men hijacked four planes. They acted in teams of five, except on United Airlines 93, which had four hijackers led by Jarrah

# Fifteen of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates. Atta came from Egypt, while Jarrah came from Lebanon. Only Atta and Jarrah were highly educated

# Four weeks before the attacks Zacarias Moussaoui, the 20th hijacker, had been arrested, ostensibly on immigration charges, after the FBI became suspicious about his pilot training

# He later denied knowing about the September 11 attacks, but did plead guilty to conspiring to hijack planes. He is serving life in a US prison

# It is thought that 18 of the 19 terrorists recorded video wills. Before this weekend only five had come to light and none from the four pilots

The attacks and the toll
# United Airlines flight 175 and American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center towers on the morning of September 11, 2001. A total of 2,602 people died in the towers and on the ground

# American Airlines flight 77, carrying 64 people, crashed into the Pentagon shortly afterwards: 125 people died on the ground

# United Airlines flight 93 is thought to have been heading for Capitol Hill. But it crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back. Forty crew and passengers died

# There were no survivors from any of the planes, which were carrying 265 people. In total, the September 11 attacks are thought to have killed 2,973 people, although some others are still listed as missing

Copyright 2006 Times Newspapers Ltd.

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Poll: 65% Surprise attack possible, 70% Don't count on state-military
leadership, 54% Fear for state, only 6% recommend children emigrate
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 1 October 2006

Telephone poll of a representative sample of 500 adult Israel Jews (not
including Arab Israelis) carried out by Teleseker "some ten days ago"
report declines to cite a specific date) for Maariv and published in
the Yom
Kippur Eve edition 1 October 2006:

Is it possible that Israel will be surprised again by an attack it was
surprised in teh Yom Kippur War?
Yes 65% No 30%

[IMRA: Questions asked recently about counting on the IDF showed the
majority count on the IDF]
To what extent do you count on the state-military leadership?
Rely 29% Don't 70%

Do you fear for the very existence of the state?
Yes 54% No 45%

What do you think is the most dangerous threat for the State of Israel
Current survey:
Iran 54% Palestinians/Hamas 8% Hizbullah 7% Syria 7% Ourselves 7% Other
states 3%
Survey in 1997:
Iran 31% Palestinians/Hamas 29% Hizbullah 13% Syria 13% Ourselves 0%
Arab states 2%

What state would you prefer to live in?
Israel 63% USA 9% Australia/New Zealand 6% Switzerland 5% Canada 3%

Would you recommend to your children to remain in Israel?
Current survey
Yes 59% They should decide themselves 35% Should migrate 6%
Survey in 1997:
They should migrate 10%

Who was the best prime minister in Israel's history?
Begin 28% Ben Gurion 19% Rabin 18%
Sharon 14% Eshkol 5% Netanyahu 4% Shamir 4%
Meir 3% Peres 1% Barak 0.4% Sharet 0.1%

Was each of the following recent decisions correct or incorrect?
Disengagement Right 40% Wrong 55%
Not carrying out convergence plan(a major withdrawal from West Bank):
60% Wrong 29%
Not negotiating with Hamas: Right 66% Wrong 28%
Going to war: Right 73% Wrong 23%

Are you sorry about the party you voted for?
Yes 20% No 69%

Percent sorry how they voted in the last elections by party they voted
Labor 40% Kadima 38% Retirees 23% Meretz 16% Likud 8%
Yahadut Hatorah 5% National Union/NRP 2%
Yisrael Beiteinu 0% Shas 0%

Election results if elections held today. There is a note explaining
the results are only an indication because only Jews were surveyed.
note does not explain how it allocated 10 seat to Arab parties.

The question was asked twice:

#1 With the current party leadership.
#2 Ehud Barak heading Labor and Tzipi Livni heading Kadima
The actual mandates in the current Knesset are in [brackets]

#1 #2
25 24 [12] Likud
13 12 [11] Yisrael Beiteinu
23 29 [29] Kadima
12 13 [19] Labor
10 10 [12] Shas
10 10 [10] Arab parties
11 10 [09] Nat'l Union/NRP
05 05 [05] Meretz
05 05 [06] Yahadut Hatorah
06 02 [07] Retirees
Maariv 1 October 2006

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730

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October 1, 2006 Anti-Terrorism News

Al-Qaeda to target westerners in Iraq - New leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq
targeting contractors in Iraq,,2089-2383146,00.html

Focus: Chilling message of the 9/11 pilots - Yosri Fouda, who obtained
new video, analyzes messasge,,2089-2382788,00.html

The laughing 9/11 bombers - Exclusive film of suicide pilots at Bin
Laden’s HQ - UK "Sunday Times" obtains film of 9/11 bombers with OBL in

Smiling Atta in apparent martyrdom tape - Sept. 11 hijacker pictured at
bin Laden speech in Afghanistan in Jan. 2000

Iraq says it's closing in on terror head (Abu Ayyub al-Masri aka Abu
Hamza al-Muhajir);_ylt=AnYkgdJmpFvP1u.rKORxT2RX6GMA;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

(Iraq) 23 corpses found around Baghdad; signs of torture

(Iraq) U.S.: Guard planned Green Zone attack;_ylt=A0SOwk_VCB9FZoABPQys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--

(Iraq) Curfew lifted after terror arrest,23599,20507511-1702,00.html

(USA) Senate passes Iran sanctions bill

US, EU fail to reach airline passenger data deal

(Southeast Asia) Homegrown jihadists 'ready to go' - network of
homegrown converts to radical Islam has emerged as a major terrorist threat in
South-East Asia,23599,20508703-1702,00.html

India to Give Pakistan Bombings Evidence - of ISI involvement - ,
India's foreign secretary said Sunday

Pakistani spy agency under fire from all sides

(Pakistan) Militants fire rockets at military base in Pakistani tribal

Yemeni forces kill two top al-Qaeda fugitives,23599,20509083-1702,00.html

(Turkey) Three injured in hospital bomb blast,23599,20508944-1702,00.html

Jordan's king pardons 2 Islamist MPs;_ylt=AtGjBIaHp5HVU4KJTOUiMk8LewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--

Release of two Jordanian Islamist MPs "insufficient"

Gulf nations fortify against terror attacks

NATO to Lead U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Extremist Islam may be rising in Morocco;_ylt=ArpqWbxSz.SOFwVybBwggkys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b3JuZGZhBHNlYwM3MjE-

Israel Forces Complete Pullout From Lebanon,2933,216870,00.html

(Israel) Security forces on high alert for Yom Kippur

Commentary: One Last Thing | Post-9/11 conflicts rooted in history

Commentary: Adieu France, 'allo land of the free,,2092-2382612,00.html

Commentary: I'm sorry... for the terrible crimes committed by Muslims

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The West at the Gates

// Russia and the U.S. are fighting over Georgia//

Russian President Vladimir Putin has openly accused the West of
throwing its weight behind Georgia, saying Georgian authorities act
"with support of foreign sponsors." Thus he has made clear that Moscow
in fact fights Washington rather than Tbilisi in the current
Russian-Georgian conflict. Russia and the United States have entered
an open struggle over Georgia and do not even try to hide it.
Russia Makes a Threat

Vladimir Putin said yesterday at a session with permanent members of
the Russian Security Council in his Novo-Ogaryovo residence who
actually is behind the spy scandal in Georgia and arrests of Russian
officers. "There are forces whose job is to create more new crises,
thinking that it will distract attention from old problems," the
president said. "It may have this effect in the short term outlook.
But it will hardly help settle old deep-rooted international crises."

Putin complained that despite Russia's adherence to the troops
pull-out from Georgia, "our servicemen have been arrested and thrown
to prison" there. He called actions of Georgian authorities "state
terrorism and hostage taking. The president virtually drew a
comparison with the crisis in Lebanon in which Israel launched a
strike on the neighboring state in response to the capture of its
soldiers by Hezbollah. "They try to pinch and provoke Russia as much
as they can, which must be obvious for everyone. In all likelihood,
those who do it think that the anti-Russian course of Georgia serves
interests of the Georgian people," Vladimir Putin said.

Trying to point to those who are encouraging the insolent behavior of
Georgian authorities, Putin explained clearly whose protection Tbilisi
hopes to secure in the conflict with Russia. "These people think that
under the protection of foreign sponsors they may be safe and sound,"
the president said, almost openly accusing the West of inciting
Georgia to confront Russia. "Is it really so? I would like to listen
to opinions of representative of civil services and military experts."

The press did not get to listen to the answer of the Siloviks as the
session of the Security Council was to finish behind close doors.
Meanwhile, all Russian military bases in Georgia have been transferred
to martial law and alertness state, following the order of Defense
Minister Sergey Ivanov. A well-informed source of Kommersant at the
ministry did not rule out the most severe steps towards Georgia: "All
diplomatic steps used in this kind of tensions have been exhausted.
The break-off of diplomatic relations and a military operation could
be the next step. All options are under consideration now."

Georgia Stands Firm

Russia's military mood leaves Georgia unfazed, though. Tbilisi is
still rejoicing that their intelligence forces managed to catch Moscow
red-handed. What is more, Georgia's Interior Ministry reported last
weekend that it has information that the detained Russian officers not
only spied but were also engaged in sabotage and terrorist activities.
They are suspected of organizing a terrorist attack in the city of
Gori in 2005 and participating in bombing the Liakhvi and Kartli-2
power lines as well as blowing up the oil pipeline in Khashuri and the
groundwork of the railroad in Kaspi in 2004.

Georgian Defense Minister Irakliy Okruashvili, the country's chief
hawk, said that the arrest of Russian officers helped not only to
disarm dangerous spies but also to achieve an important foreign
political goal.

"First, we have broken up a spy network," Okruashvili said in an
interview with the Imedi TV channel. "But, more importantly, the world
has finally seen that conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are no
ethnic clashes. These are conflicts between Georgia and Russia.
Therefore, when we say that Russian peacekeepers should leave the
conflict zones we mean that Russian leave talks on settling the
conflict. We don't need this sort of mediator."

Georgia's Foreign Ministry also picked up the aggressive tone of the
Defense Ministry, releasing an irate declaration on the participation
of Abkhazia and South Ossetia's presidents Sergey Bagapsh and Eduard
Kokoity in the Kuban-2006 economic forum in Sochi. "We are all the
more concerned and shocked as the event is organized by official
agencies of Russia – Russian Foreign Ministry, Economic Development
and Trade Ministry and Trade and Industry Chamber," the statement
reads. The Georgian Foreign Ministry called these actions of Russia "a
violent interference in domestic affairs of Georgia and another
example of the policy of creeping annexation." "Russia's emphatic
support for separatism shows that the Russian Federation is no
impartial and unbiased mediator in the settlement of conflicts on the
territory of Georgia. It shows one more time that the current format
of negotiations and peace keeprng forces must be altered," the
Georgian Foreign Ministry concluded.

Nino Burdzhanadze, speaker of the Georgian Parliament, also answered
to Moscow. She said the uproar caused by the arrest of Russian
officers was a wrong reaction. "Russia should have first found out
what grounds for the accusations we had, and then they might as well
mention a political bias and threaten Georgia with nuclear war, or
whatever," the speaker said.

Foreign Countries Rush to Help

The confidence of Georgian officials in the confrontation with Russia
is evidently due to the support it gets from the West at any moment of
the exacerbation of tensions. When Moscow submitted a draft of a
strict resolution condemning "provocations of Georgia" at an
extraordinary session of the UN Security Council in New York last
Friday, the United States blocked the vote. "We are not satisfied with
the document as it is," US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton explained
Washington's stance.

The resolution was re-worded following a request of the American
delegation. Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian mission at
the UN, told the press that "amendments of the American party have
changed the nature of the statement and made it impossible to be
adopted." Yet, Moscow does not lose spirit and hopes to get back to
the discussion of the resolution in a few weeks. "We will try to have
this resolution adopted," Andrey Krivtsov, deputy head of the press
department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said.

In the meantime, Washington made another emphatic step to demonstrate
its approval of Tbilisi's actions last weekend. A draft bill to back
Georgia's accession to the NATO was submitted to the U.S. Senate on
Saturday. Among the bill's movers are a group led by Bill Frist,
leader of the Republican majority at the Senate. Head of the Foreign
Affairs Committee at the Senate Richard Lugar and quite influential
Senator John McKane have also thrown their support behind Georgia. The
draft backs the further enlargement of the NATO, including such
countries as Georgia, Albania, Croatia and Macedonia. The 2006 Act on
Freedom Consolidation at the NATO provides for the allocation of $19.8
million to assist the aforementioned countries in the field of
security. The greatest part of the money, $10 million, is to be
earmarke for Georgia. "I am looking forward to athe day when Georgia,
Albania, Croatia and Macedonia will become America's allies at the
NATO and when the most successful alliance in the history will become
even stronger," Bill Frist said, commenting his initiative.

Russian Officers Called Spies

The Georgian Interior Ministry has put video on its official web-site,, showing testimony of Georgian nationals who admitted to
cooperating with the detained Russian officers. The four men admitted
to have cooperated with officers of Russia's Chief Investigations
Department in their espionage activities.

Artashes Baloyan said that he "collaborated with an officer of the
Russian intelligence service, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Saava and
made commissions for him."

Goderdzi Dzuliashvili, another Georgian accused of parricide, said
that he also "collaborated with the military intelligence of the
Russian Federation." "I was commissioned to obtain information on the
disposition and movement of units of the Georgian Defense Ministry,
including a tank unit in Gori, a Navy element in Poti and the
Sanakskaya brigade," Dzuliashvili said during the interrogation. Pyotr
Ashrapyan also admitted to ties with Russian intelligence services: "I
cooperated with officers of the Chief Investigation Department of
Russia who worked under cover at the 12th Russian military base in

Another Georgian arrested for espionage, Viktor Orekhov has given a
detailed report about the people he collaborated with. "In 1997-1998,
I did military service at the Grouping of Russian Forces in
Transcaucasia as an officer of reconnaissance equipment. I carried on
working them under the name of Filbert. I was commissioned to help
Russian intelligence officers in their reconnaissance activities after
the pull-out of Russian forces," Orekhov said. "In 1999, I was in
contact with the head of the Russian military intelligence abroad
Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Shulga. In 2002, I assisted Colonel Alexey
Kutygin. In 2004 I was in contact with Lieutenant Colonel Alexander
Terekhov. I have been in touch with Colonel Dmitry Kazantsev up to the
latest moment." Viktor Orekhov said that he "was given commissions to
search for information on political and economic situation in Georgia,
large business projects and state of affairs in the country's armed
forces." In addition, "his sphere of interests embraced the situation
on the Georgian-Turkish border, including the passport and visa

Vladimir Solovyev

All the Article in Russian as of Oct. 02, 2006

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Pakistan said to play both sides on terror war

Accusations from Mumbai to Kabul to London finger Pakistan's spy agency
backing terror and the Taliban.


Mark Sappenfield | Staff writer of The Christian Science
October 02, 2006

Indian officials pointed a warning finger at Pakistan this weekend,
that Pakistan's top intelligence agency masterminded and funded July's
bombings in Mumbai (Bombay).

The accusations continue the neighboring countries' decades-long
pattern of
blame and denial. This time, however, other nations are joining the

Last week, a think tank in Britain's Defence Ministry released an
report saying that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency
been supporting terrorism and extremism, whether in London ... or in
Afghanistan or Iraq."

On top of that, Afghan President Hamid Karzai spent most of the past
condemning Pakistan for ignoring and even abetting extremism, while
frustrated American military officials decried Paki- stan's inability
clamp down on the Taliban in its border territories.

Pakistan's contradictions in the war on terror have long been obvious:
It is
both a crucial American ally and a primary training-ground for
But events in recent weeks suggest that, for the moment at least,
on Pakistan is increasing as the United States and Britain seek
solutions to
problems in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"The [Pakistani] Army's dual role in combating terrorism and at the
time promoting the MNA [a coalition of Islamist parties], and so
supporting the Taliban through the ISI, is coming under closer and
international scrutiny," said the British Defence Academy report.

It added: "Indirectly Pakistan, through the ISI, has been supporting
terrorism and extremism whether in London on 7/7 or in Afghanistan or

ISI plans attacks too, says India
But India's claims of ISI involvement break new ground. Indian
have long accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism in India in order to
foment communal riots and destabilize the nation. The Mumbai (formerly
Bombay) blasts on July 11, which killed 187 people, were no different,
Mumbai police.

Yet Mumbai Police Commissioner A.N. Roy went further when he announced
findings of his investigation Saturday. In the past, Pakistan was
only of helping terrorists by allowing them to train in the country. In
case, Mr. Roy said the leading July 11 terrorists were Pakistanis, and
ISI plotted the attack before handing over the execution to the
group Lashkar-i-Tayyaba.

So far, police authorities have presented little evidence to support
claims, though officials say they hope their findings are strong enough
win convictions within two years.

Pakistan has denounced the accusations. "The reported statement by
Mumbai Police Commissioner is irresponsible and [it is the] repetition
baseless allegations," reads an e-mail statement by Pakistan's Foreign

Yet Pakistan has frequently found itself on the defensive in recent
Pakistan's truce with militant tribes has led to a threefold rise in
across the border in Afghanistan, according to US military officials.

Afghan President Karzai's repeated complaints about Pakistan's
to rein in radicals forced last week's meeting in Washington, where
President Bush sought to soothe tempers between America's divided
Karzai and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Perhaps the most surprising criticism, however, has come from Britain.

report from the Defence Ministry think-tank was so inflammatory that
Minister Tony Blair had to personally reassure President Musharraf that
leaked document was merely the work of some government analysts, not
government policy.

And in a London court just a few days earlier, an accused terrorist
testified that he had attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan
run by
the ISI. Thereafter, he refused to give any further testimony, saying
agents had threatened his family.

If true, "this is quite sensational, because it is the first official
confirmation of the involvement in terrorism of the ISI, an agency of a
country which Washington and London has regarded as an ally, and
gives $3 billion in aid to," says M.J. Gohel, a terrorism expert at the
Asia-Pacific Foundation in London.

A history of suspicion surrounding ISI
The Mumbai police report only sharpens scrutiny of ISI, an organization
a well known history of incubating militant outfits. In a bid for
influence in Afghan affairs, ISI is believed to have helped the Taliban
during its rise a decade ago. Indeed, Pakistan was one of only three
countries to recognize the Taliban government. The ISI is also widely
believed to have become involved with terrorist groups directed toward
conflict in Kashmir.

Islamabad claims it disbanded those groups after 9/11. But many
analysts and
critics suggest that some continue to operate under different names and
fronts, often unofficially supported by factions of the intelligence

"Gradually after 9/11 there's been a restructuring of militant
says Ayesha Siddiqa, a defense analyst in Islamabad. "In the process,
have gone, some have been merged, some have been divided, but the
still remains."

She and others argue that ISI compartmentalizes its policy where it
Pakistan's strategic goals - for example, by fighting international
terrorist groups like Al Qaeda while at the same time unofficially
supporting other elements of the militant community.

The dual policy exposes Pakistan's peculiar view of terrorism in the
analysts say.

"People in Pakistan believe that the conflict in Kashmir is a freedom
movement, and that those people should be able to fight," says Kamal
Matinuddin, a retired general who is now a military analyst in

"That is where the difference arises between the people of Pakistan and
rest of the world."

Musharraf's next move
Whether the recent criticism of ISI will force Musharraf to take some
is open to question. Bob Ayers of Chatham House, a London think-tank,
it will. Blaming "Pakistan is the flavor du jour," he says.

At least Musharraf is playing along with the West, he says. Mr. Ayers
other Western analysts fear that if the US pushes too hard, Musharraf
fall, and someone far more problematic could come to power. "This is
just a
cycle," says Ayers. "It deflects attention away from our lack of
results in
the war on terror."

It could have much greater consequences for the eggshell-strong peace
process with India, though. Last month, the leaders of India and
took an unprecedented step - agreeing to share intelligence as part of
antiterror efforts.

Saturday's announcement will present a new obstacle.
Some see it merely as a blip. "All that will happen is that talks will
delayed by 15 or 20 days," says Pakistani retired General Matinuddin.

But the prejudices among the intelligence agencies on either side of
border are deep, and they indicate how difficult a joint intelligence
project could be.

Hamid Gul, a former ISI director dismisses the idea that ISI is a rogue
agency working to terrorize India.

"Pervez Musharraf is in complete control of the ISI. To assume or
that there is a cavity in the ISI that is pursuing its own agenda is
wrong," says Mr. Gul.

Instead, he suggests that India is blind to its own problems. The
on the ground in India, including poverty and discrimination against
Muslims, provide ample reason for disgruntled Indians to wage war
their own government, he says.

By contrast, a former senior Indian intelligence official says the ISI
just up to its old tricks. "Pakistan uses terrorism as a tactical move
achieve what its Army cannot on the war front and what its bureaucrats
cannot on a negotiating table," says Ajit Doval, former chief of
Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

India's foreign secretary said Sunday that he will share evidence from
Mumbai investigation with Pakistan. "This will be the test case of the
[joint] mechanism," says Mr. Doval. "If they are sincere, they'll act
on the

But he is skeptical. Echoing the sentiments of many Indians - and
to the level distrust to be overcome - he asks: "What is the point of
sharing evidence with someone who is party to the crime?"
. Correspondents Anuj Chopra in Mumbai; David Montero in Islamabad,
pakistan; and Mark Rice-Oxley in London reported for this article.

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Kidnap suspects being questioned in Yemen
Gulf Times - Doha,Qatar
The security forces also freed substitute hostages delivered to the
in return for the Frenchmen’s release, the paper said. ...
See all stories on this topic:

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Voter fraud charges still tripping up voting rights group
By Andrew Welsh-huggins
Associated Press Writer

Published: Oct 01, 2006 11:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An advocacy group that registered about a million voters two years ago is wrestling with new charges of voter fraud and sloppy work weeks before crucial midterm elections.

In Philadelphia, the city's voter registration office has rejected about 3,000 cards submitted by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now since April because of missing information or invalid addresses.

Election officials in three of Ohio's largest counties have cited problems with hundreds of voter registration cards. ACORN is accused of submitting cards with nonexistent addresses, forged signatures and in one case for someone who died seven years ago.

"In my opinion there's a lot of words but little action in terms of fixing the problem," said Matt Damschroder, the elections board director in Franklin County in Ohio.

County election officials in Denver forwarded about 200 cards to the secretary of state's office after discovering identical handwriting on signatures. Colorado officials investigated similar problems two years ago.

ACORN, which has about 220,000 members nationally, registered 1.2 million people to vote in 2004 and is running voter registration drives in 17 states this year.

The nonprofit dispatches workers and volunteers to poor neighborhoods, gas stations, courthouses and other places to sign up new voters such as April Harris, 40, a car wash manager in Jacksonville, Fla., who said the group's pitch "made me feel I can try to change things."

Voter registration has become a battle cry for parties and advocacy groups in recent years. In the Nov. 7 election, Democrats hope to regain control of the U.S. House and narrow or erase the GOP majority in the Senate. Ohio, which gave President Bush the White House in 2004, has tight campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate this fall in two of the most closely watched races in the country.

ACORN also was accused of fraud in 2004 in Ohio, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina and Virginia and in 2003 in Missouri.

Prosecution is rare, and federal lawsuits against the group were dismissed in Florida. More often, the allegations have led to changes in state law.

ACORN says it's working to reduce problems, and officials with the Ohio group promise to fire any workers found committing fraud.

"We'll continue to personally encourage people to register to vote and exercise their franchise, and we're going to continue to stand up for people's voter rights," said Kevin Whelan, a spokesman for the New Orleans-based group.

Such statements do little to appease critics. Even groups supporting the organization's efforts question why fraud allegations keep cropping up.

"They're sort of their own worst enemy," said Bill Faith, who directs Ohio's largest homeless advocacy group and shares many of ACORN's goals.

"They want low-income people to register to vote but because of the kind of problems that come from their program, it provokes a reaction from the Legislature that actually makes it harder to run such programs," Faith said.

The Denver Election Commission says it's been unsuccessful in working with ACORN to reduce problems with voter registration cards.

ACORN says it meets regularly with election officials to address concerns. The Colorado chapter has registered about 42,000 voters since 2004.

"We hold our workers to a very high standard, we ensure they make every vote count and we're going to continue to do that work," said Ben Hanna, head ACORN organizer in Colorado.

In Franklin County, prosecutors are looking at almost 400 cards the county elections board said included already registered voters or people with the wrong address.

The elections board is also looking at hundreds of other ACORN cards with alleged irregularities. The Hamilton County board is concerned about errors and missing information on hundreds of ACORN cards, while problems with about a dozen cards were reported in Summit county.

Meanwhile, ACORN continues a largely successful legal campaign to reduce voting obstacles for the poor. In September a federal judge in Ohio threw out a requirement that individuals who register voters — instead of groups — must turn in the completed forms, in a lawsuit brought by ACORN and other voting rights groups.

ACORN has filed a similar suit against Georgia's voter registration laws. It won a similar case in Washington state this year and in Maryland last year.

In a steady rain outside the Franklin County Courthouse, ACORN employee Carlos McCoy — wearing sunglasses and juggling a black umbrella and clipboard — politely but assertively approaches person after person, asking if they're registered to vote.

Only 17, McCoy is already a veteran ACORN canvasser, having worked at similar jobs since 2004. A high school senior, he spent a few days registering voters for $9 an hour before school started.

He attributes problems with other ACORN workers to inexperience and asking the wrong questions. He says he took the job for the money but also because he likes being involved in politics and community organizing. A resident of the city's poor south side, he says the work affects his life.

"You want where you live to be taken care of," McCoy said.

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Seven Women Face Stoning in Iran
Alison Langley*

BERLIN, Sep 29 (IPS) - Amnesty International has issued an urgent
appeal calling on its members to write letters to the Republic of Iran
asking them not to stone seven women.

Nearly all of the women have been sentenced to die by stoning for
adultery. Officially Iran had placed a moratorium on the cruel and
practise in 2002, but Amnesty claims sentencing continues. The group
received credible reports that two people were stoned to death in May.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled that treating
adultery and fornication as criminal offences does not comply with
international human rights standards.

"The sentence of execution by stoning for adultery breaches Iran's
commitment under article 6(2) of the International Covenant on Civil
Political Rights that death sentences will be imposed 'only for the
serious crimes'," Amnesty wrote in its appeal.

Under Shari'a law, a prisoner is buried up to her breast, her hands
restrained. Rules also specify the size of the stones which can be
so that death is painful and not imminent. Both men and women can be
sentenced to die by stoning. In practise, however, an overwhelming
of women receive that penalty.

"It's high time this brutal practise ends. Not only are people deprived
of their right to life by the state but they are tortured in the
process," Nicole Choueiry, Amnesty's Middle East press officer, told

"Iran should review its legislation as a matter of urgency to bring it
into line with international human rights standards," she added.

According to an independent legal analysis of the country's penal code,
Iranian judges are required to issue these mandatory sentences. Rarely,
IPS sources inside Iran said, are these sentences carried out.

One lawyer, who asked not to be named, told IPS that the head of the
judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, frequently has been able to postpone
executions. He does not, however, have the authority to commute death
sentences to life imprisonment.

In addition to the seven women mentioned in the latest report, Amnesty
earlier issued reports of two other Iranians also allegedly at risk of
being stoned.

According to Amnesty, Parisa A. received her execution sentence while
working as a prostitute in the city of Shiraz. She claims she had been
forced into prostitution by her husband due to her family's poverty.
sentence was upheld by a branch of the Supreme Court in November 2005.
Her case is under review by the high court.

Iran E., an Ahwazi Arab from the Bakhtiari clan, was sentenced to be
stoned for adultery. Her verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court in

Khayrieh V., another Ahwazi Arab, was reportedly subjected to domestic
violence by her husband when she allegedly began an affair with one of
his relatives, who then murdered her husband, the Amnesty report said.
She has denied any involvement in the murder but has admitted to

The Supreme Court has upheld her sentence and the case now apparently
has been sent to the Head of the Judiciary for permission to be
implemented. Amnesty quoted her as saying, "I am ready to be hanged,
should not stone me. They could strangle you and you would die, but it
is very difficult to have stones hitting you in the head."

Shamameh Ghorbani (also known as Malek), was sentenced to die by
stoning for adultery in June after relatives killed a man they found in
home. Her case is being re-examined.

Kobra Najjar, 44, is at imminent risk of execution, Amnesty said. She
claims to have been forced into prostitution by her husband, a heroin
addict who was violent towards her.

"In 1995, after a severe beating by her husband, she told one of her
regular customers that she wanted to kill her husband. The customer
allegedly murdered her husband after Kobra Najjar took him to an
meeting place. The customer was sentenced to death, but he was pardoned
by the victim's family, to whom he paid blood money," Amnesty added.

Soghra Mola'i was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for being an
accomplice to the January 2004 murder of her husband Abdollah and to
execution by stoning for adultery. She claims her lover killed her
Her boyfriend has been sentenced to hang for the homicide, after
receiving 100 lashes for "illicit relations."

In May 2005, a Tehran court sentenced Fatemeh, whose surname is
unknown, to pay retribution for being an accomplice to murder, and to
stoned for having an "illicit relationship" with a man named Mahmoud.
husband has been sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment as an accomplice
the murder. Her case is under review with the Supreme Court.

In addition to these women, Amnesty officials said the human rights
group was concerned about the fates of Ashraf Kalhori and Hajieh
Esmailvand, also convicted of adultery and sentenced to be stoned.

* Kimia Sanati in Tehran contributed to this report. (END/2006)

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Sun., October 01, 2006 Haaretz
Doors of re-entry shut to Palestinians
By Amira Hass

AMMAN - Seven months after Swedish citizen Somaida Abbas was refused
entry through Ben-Gurion International Airport, the insult can still be
heard in every sentence spoken by this successful economic adviser
describing his efforts to return to his wife and three children in
Ramallah. Finally, they came to him in Amman.

His wife, Saada Shobaki, took a half-year's leave of absence from the
Palestinian Economy Ministry. His kids left their school and
kindergarten. They now live in a rented, furnished flat without
character except for the charming mess of the children's toys and
drawings. Hanging by the door are the keys to Abbas' house in Ramallah.
He already lost one set of keys -- to his house in Jerusalem. Abbas was
born in 1959 in Jerusalem, where he lived and studied until about 20
years ago. Because he went to study and work abroad, Israel revoked his
residency rights.

Abbas was among the first Palestinians with Western citizenship to be
hurt by the new, undeclared Israeli policy of prohibiting Palestinian
re-entry to the country. This policy affects people who want to visit
family or return and live in the occupied territories, as they had for
the previous 10 or 15 years on tourist or work visas that only Israel
has the authority to grant, and did so until 2000.

The massive wave of refusal of entry and non-renewal of visas began in
early spring of this year, after the establishment of the Hamas
government. Abbas was refused entry on February 6 when he returned from
a short business trip to Sweden and Turkey. In Sweden he took part in
initiative to advance economic cooperation between Palestinian, Israeli
and Swedish business people. In Turkey he talked with officials from
Turkish Foreign Ministry about re-opening the Erez industrial zone.

At first Abbas, his friends, and the many people with which he was
professionally involved, including many Israelis, thought that a
had been made, that there was a misunderstanding. After all, only a
mistake could bar entry to a senior economic adviser appointed by the
Palestinian Authority to develop the idea of shared Israeli-Palestinian
industrial zones after Israel began increasingly to limit the entry of
Palestinian workers to its territory.

"If Moses wouldn't come to the mountain, we'll send the mountain to
Moses," Abbas said was the idea. "Industrial zones would insure income
for the Palestinians and security for the Israelis. The donor nations
would finance it. Yitzhak Rabin, Yossi Beilin, Abu Ala (Ahmed Qureia, a
senior PA figure) -- everybody believed in the idea. And I was
to lead the project in 1995. The intent was that these zones would
compete [by offering lower wages - A.H.] at first with countries like
Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Egypt and then with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
the Philippines."

The hope that this economic horizon would mark the way to peace, Abbas
says, led to him leave a lucrative job in Sweden, where he had studied
and became a citizen years ago. The dozens of meetings he took with
Israeli representatives were held in Defense Ministry offices in Tel
Aviv, where he entered "without their even checking me," and in the
Civil Administration offices in Beit El and Tul Karm.

But all this did not help him when he landed at Ben-Gurion Airport in
February with his Swedish passport. "The woman took my passport, and I
waited. An hour went by. That's normal. When two hours went by I felt
something bad was going on. A Russian [-Israeli] officer came - I knew
he was Russian by his accent - and said 'Abbas, that's enough. You're
cheating the State of Israel. You work in Israel.' I answered him, 'I
never worked in Israel, I work in Ramallah.' I showed him my file
in (the Civil Administration) in Beit El. But he kept on. 'This is not
legal.' 'How is it not legal?' I answered him. In 1996 I got a work
permit every half-year. We stopped getting work permits from Beit El in
2000, but we renewed our tourist visas every three months. My wife and
children are in Ramallah, not in Israel.' But he said: 'Nonsense,"
Ramallah belongs to Israel.'"

Abbas landed at one o'clock in the morning on what he calls "black
Sunday." At 7 A.M., the shift of "the Russian" ended, and he wanted to
put Abbas back on a plane to Stockholm. Abbas refused. Voices were
raised. He demanded that the two tough policemen not touch him. He
called the emergency number for the Swedish Embassy, which could do
nothing because it was Sunday, and Israel was a sovereign country. He
called an acquaintance at the Peres Center for Peace. He could do
nothing either. Abbas was put in a detention cell at the airport.

"Suddenly I became a criminal," he said and did not hide his tears of

"They persuaded me that it was just a question of laws and procedures
and that I had to receive a 'service visa' and then there would be no
problem." They put Abbas on a plane to Turkey, from which he went on to
Jordan. More than a month later, with the intervention of an Israeli
businessman in the department for the peace process in the Foreign
Ministry and of a United Nations development company in which he
Abbas received a service visa from the Israeli Embassy in Amman for
three months. It was signed by Consul Shaul Moseri.

But on March 22, at the Allenby Bridge, Abbas was refused entry. The
visa was from the Foreign Ministry, and the Interior Ministry did not
approve his entry, he was told.

"I can find work in 16 different countries," Abbas says. "But Sweden
spoiled me. I got used to being a human being, who is treated with
respect, who has rights like other people. No one has the right to take
a father from his children. Not even Ehud Olmert. You are preventing
Palestinian parents from living with their children in their country,
and then you ask why the Palestinians hate Israel."

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These examples of cruelty supported by people who follow this religion are exactly why it makes me so angry that the "left" is defending these ___ (fill in the blank). Thanks for posting this. BTW, didn't see your message earlier till now, and yes I do wish we could think of other things and deal with problems less serious than those we face today. I guess this has been going on in one form or the other since the beginning of time though, so what are we to do? Keep fighting for what is right I guess and trying to persuade those who are confused to come around somehow -- so frustrating.

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To: nw_arizona_granny; DAVEY CROCKETT

Thanks for the new thread Davey, and the ping Granny. (o:

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Issue 113 , August 2005
A British jihadist
by Aatish Taseer
Hassan Butt, a 25 year old from Manchester, helped recruit Muslims to
in Afghanistan. Like most of the London bombers, he is a British
who journeyed from rootlessness to radical Islam
Aatish Taseer is a former "Time" reporter. He is now a freelance
It is not hard to imagine what the Leeds suburb of Beeston was like
it became known that three of London's tube bombers worked or lived
For someone like me- a Punjabi with parents from each side of the
India/Pakistan border-the streets of Beeston reveal a pre-partition
of Punjabi Muslims and Sikhs. Despite the commotion caused by half the
world's media, men in shalwar kurta (traditional dress from the
subcontinent) stand around on street corners chatting as if in a bazaar
Lahore. They oppose Britain's involvement in the Iraq war, they "hate"
America, they might even think that the west has united in a fight
Muslims, but these are not the faces of extremism. Their involvement in
is a generational one: they have raised the people who are the genus of
Islamic extremism in this country-the second-generation British

One appears next to his father on the street corner. Unlike his father,
there is nothing about his appearance that indicates he is a Punjabi
He is wearing long Arab robes and keeps a beard cut to Islamic
specifications. I ask him why he is dressed the way he is. "It's my
traditional dress," he says in English. "Isn't your father in
dress?" I ask. "Yes, but this is Islamic dress," he clarifies. His
looks embarrassed. A man standing next to me jokes of how he complained
his neighbour that his son never did any work, and the neighbour said,
think that's bad, mine's grown a beard and become a bloody maulvi

As a half-Indian, half-Pakistani with a strong connection to this
country, I
have observed the gulf between what it means to be British Pakistani
British Indian. To be Indian is to come from a safe, ancient country
more recently, from an emerging power. In contrast, to be Pakistani is
begin with a depleted idea of nationhood. In the 55 years that Pakistan
been a country, it has been a dangerous, violent place, defined by
hatred of
the other-India.

For young British Muslims, if Pakistan was not the place to look for an
identity, being second-generation British was still less inspiring.
their parents were pioneers, leaving Pakistan in search of economic
opportunities, enduring the initial challenges of a strange land, the
generation's experience has been one of drudgery and confusion.
who owns a convenience store on Stratford Street in Beeston and who
knew all
the local bombers, says, "They were born and raised here, we did the
and these kids grew up and they haven't had a day's worry. They're
they don't do any work, they have no sense of honour or belonging."

Britishness is the most nominal aspect of identity to many young
Pakistanis. The thinking in Britain's political class has at last begun
move on this front, but when our tube bombers were growing up, any
that an idea of Britishness should be imposed on minorities was seen as
offensive. Britons themselves were having a hard time believing in
Britishness. If you denigrate your own culture you face the risk of
newer arrivals looking for one elsewhere. So far afield in this case,
for many second-generation British Pakistanis, the desert culture of
Arabs held more appeal than either British or subcontinental culture.
times removed from a durable sense of identity, the energised
worldview of radical Islam became one available identity for
second-generation Pakistanis. The few who took it did so with the
zeal: plus Arabe que les Arabes.

The older generation of Beeston is mystified as to where some of their
children found this identity. By all accounts it was not in the mosque.
met Maulana Munir of the Stratford Street mosque, which, according to
newspapers, was attended by some of the London bombers. Munir, a small,
soft-spoken man, said he had never known them. "This younger
generation," he
says, "are owners of their own will, they come when they like, they
when they don't like. The mosque is not responsible for these people."
Munir, like the others of the older generation, is a man cut off from
youth movements around him. He has not faced their loss of identity and

Hassan Butt, the young British Pakistani who was a spokesman for the
extremist group al-Muhajiroun, and active in recruiting people to fight
against the coalition forces in Afghanistan, embodies this journey from
frustration and rootlessness to radical Islam. The world he describes
he was first approached, aged 17, by members of the Islamist group,
ut-Tahrir (HT), was a disordered one. When I interviewed him last year,
described HT as showing him an Islam that could bring order to his
Accepting Islam meant the creation of a social equilibrium that had
absent before. Islam was playing the role it had in 7th-century Arabia
bringing law and structure to decaying communities.

Butt parted ways with al-Muhajiroun (itself a breakaway from HT) and
founder Omar Sheikh Bakri because they supported the Islamic idea of a
"covenant of security," by which Muslims in Britain are forbidden from
type of military action in Britain. Butt believed that military action
against Britain would be unwise for the practical reason that it would
jeopardise the protection "Londonistan" was offering radical Muslims,
but he
could not tolerate the position that such action was un-Islamic.

I was reminded of Butt's cold hatred for Britain when a colleague of
said that Beeston's younger generation were saying to her, a week after
London bombs, "Well what's the difference between al Qaeda and MI5
and "It's sad people died, but what about the ones who died in Iraq?"

There it is again, the extra-national sentiment, in which no nation
save the Islamic nation and its Arab culture. Butt spoke passionately
Arabia and wants to go there. "I believe the Arabic language will give
that key to have access to those things I don't have access to at the
moment." Again, that yearning for Islam to fill the gaps in his own

And yet, on the one occasion he came close to having a national
identity, he
seemed to love it. From the way he described his two years in Lahore,
sounded like the only place he ever felt a sense of belonging. "I've
had a better two years in my life. I see Pakistan as the only country
the potential to lead the Muslim world out of the disarray it is in."

Butt is an ardent supporter of "martyrdom actions." Whether he will
the martyrdom he desires remains to be seen. But during our interview,
did say something very interesting in the light of the London bombs.
someone were to attack Britain, they would be a completely and utterly
cannon. It would be someone who wasn't involved in the network." What
worried me when I went to Beeston and met some of its youth, many as
full of
vitriol as Butt, was that maybe the London bombings had been such a
cannon" operation. The bombers certainly had outside support, but there
seemed to be a frighteningly independent quality about the operation, a
cottage-industry terrorism growing in Hamara youth centres.

Radical Islam draws recruits from many walks of life, but in Britain
agents are of a type-second-generation British Pakistanis. Somehow they
been worst hit by the populations shifts of the last 50 years and the
alienation that came with them. A few have rallied under a banner which
brings an intense sense of grievance. And when they are done chasing
dreams of caliphates, there is always martyrdom. "For me there's
bigger," said Butt. I met many in Beeston with his makings: small,
lives, seeking bigger things.

Butt briefly became a minor celebrity of British Muslim extremism when
returned from his recruitment activities in Lahore in December 2002. He
arrested, had his passport revoked, and remains under surveillance.
interview took place last year in his home town, Manchester. Butt is
but powerfully built and was wearing robes. He has an Islamic beard and
pleasant, friendly face. He collected me at the station and we went to
Sanam, a restaurant in Manchester's curry mile which does not serve
Everyone there knew him and greeted him like a celebrity.

Butt: I used to be part of al-Muhajiroun, but we parted because of
differences. They have this idea-derived from the Koran, a valid
opinion but not one I believe is applicable to British citizens-of a
"covenant of security." This means Muslims in Britain are forbidden
from any
military action in Britain. Now, I am not in favour of military action
Britain, but if somebody did do it who was British, I would not have
trouble with that either. Islamically, it would be my duty to support
praise their action. It wouldn't necessarily be the wisest thing to do,
it wouldn't be un-Islamic, as al-Muhajiroun said.

This, I believe, is a compromise when it comes to representing certain
concepts of Islam. I've always had a policy that if you're going to
come to
the media, either speak the truth or don't speak at all. Don't come to
media if the heat is too hot for you.

Taseer: Where do you think the covenant of security idea comes from? I
to an imam who said that you cannot strike against your host country.
If you
want to support Iraqis, go there and support them.

Butt: Most imams, as you know, have come here not as British citizens.
is a difference between a citizen who is born in a country and someone
is here on a visa or a permit. Islamically, I agree that someone who
from the middle east-where people like me are persecuted-and says,
I want you to protect me" has entered a covenant of security. They say,
"Look, protect my life and as a result I won't do any harm to you."
That I
agree with 100 per cent, but most of our people, especially the youth,
British citizens. They owe nothing to the government. They did not ask
to be
born here; neither did they ask to be protected by Britain.

Taseer: So they've entered no covenant?

Butt: They have no covenant. As far as I'm concerned, the Islamic hukum
(order) that I follow, says that a person has no covenant whatsoever
the country in which they were born.

Taseer: Do they have an allegiance to the country?

Butt: No, none whatsoever. Even the person who has a covenant has no
allegiance, he just agrees not to threaten the life, honour, wealth,
property, mind, and so on, of the citizens around him.

Taseer: Your argument is based on these people being "British," so
they necessarily have some loyalty to Britain?

Butt: No, that's what I'm saying. They have no loyalty whatsoever; they
no allegiance to the government.

Taseer: Perhaps not the government, but to the country?

Butt: To the country, no.

Taseer: Do you feel some?

Butt: I feel absolutely nothing for this country. I have no problem
with the
British people. but if someone attacks them, I have no problem with

Taseer: Who do you have allegiance to?

Butt: My allegiance is to Allah, his Shari'a, his way of life. Whatever
dictates as good is good, whatever as bad is bad.

Taseer: Has it always been this way for you?

Butt: Always? No. I grew up in a very open-minded family; there are
four of us. My parents never made us pray, never sent us to the mosque,
which was very different from your average Pakistani family who would
sure that the child learned something. I learned absolutely nothing.

Taseer: So how did you discover Islam, or rediscover it?

Butt: Well, being Kashmiri, I'm hot-headed by nature, and so are my
brothers. Even before I was a practising Muslim, I was very hot-headed.
hot-headedness was leading us down a path of destruction. A lot of the
people I grew up among were on drugs, were involved in crime,
at very young ages. I remember when I came across the first Muslim who
talked to me about Islam in a language I understood. He pointed out
that I
had a lot of anger and frustration that I should direct in a more
manner. It was from there that I got discussing Islam seriously-even
we were hotheads, me and my brothers always had brains, we weren't
thugs. We
were still excelling in our studies and getting top grades in our

Taseer: How old were you when you changed?

Butt: I was 17 when I really started practising.

Taseer: Was it through a mosque?

Butt: No. It was through individuals whom I met, who started speaking a
language that I understood, who went beyond just the prayer. I
the huge importance of that.

Taseer: How did they approach you?

Butt: My elder brother was in college, I was still at secondary school.
college being a bit more open to Islamic activities than high school,
we met
some members of Hizb ut-Tahrir inside a masjid (mosque) and got
talking. At
that time the masjid was full anyway, since it was Ramadan. They showed
that beyond the recitation of the Koran, the praying, the fasting, the
hajj-that Islam is a complete system, a complete way of life, and how
applied to us and our place in society.

Taseer: What is the philosophy of Hizb ut-Tahrir?

Butt: The idea is that Muslims in Britain need to keep to their Islamic
identity and work for the re-establishment of an Islamic caliphate, or
khalifah as they would say, based upon the first four caliphates of

Taseer: Where?

Butt: In the Muslim countries. That is one of the differences I had

Taseer: You would like to see the caliphate here too?

Butt: Absolutely. How could we restrict something that initially
started in
Medina but then spread through the entire Muslim world?

Taseer: Would everyone have to be a Muslim, or would it work within our
existing society?

Butt: No, it's a structure of law and order.

Taseer: A central authority?

Butt: A central Islamic authority. Whether the people are Muslim or not
irrelevant. But even orientalist authors like Gilles Keppel agree that
was so powerful that it was the only way of life that both the
conquered and
the conqueror embraced. When the Mongols attacked Islam, they became
Muslims; the same happened with the Turks. Even the people Islam
they themselves embraced the way of life. People say it was forced by
sword, but if so, when the sword was removed, why did these people not
revert back? Simply because it was never actually forced upon them. The
inherent beauty of Islam made people want to embrace it.

Taseer: There are places it didn't happen, like India.

Butt: For me, the subcontinent was a tragedy; it never had the Islam
was introduced in Spain, for example, or north Africa. Very early on,
Mughals took power and India distanced itself from central Islam. The
Muslims never concentrated on these people enough, which is why the
of Muslims there never embraced it.

Taseer: You said that you were once hot-headed; are you calmer today?

Butt: I find myself just as emotional as I was then, but more able to
express that emotion in an Islamic manner. I would hate to be an
person. You hear this a lot in the Muslim world today, from certain
intellectuals: "Don't be emotional about it, think rationally, think
logically." I guess it's an imperial complex from being under British
for so long. British people are seen as being very cool-headed, calm
collected, but if your sister has been raped, your mother tortured and
father is being brutalised, how could you stay without emotion? Having
emotion is like being a brick. Now I can channel my emotion in an
way rather than an un-Islamic way.

Taseer: Tell me a bit about your daily life. Do you read books and see

Butt: No, no, no. (He laughs)

Taseer: How do you pass the day?

Butt: Daily routine would be getting up to pray the fajr without
staying awake for as long as I can, for at least an hour, an hour and a
half, reciting the Koran, purely in Arabic.

Taseer: Is your Arabic good?

Butt: My Arabic, unfortunately, is not the best and I guess I have my
parents to blame for that. But I do plan, once they give me back my
passport, to go to an Arab country. I think it's the key to everything.

Taseer: Do you work?

Butt: I don't want to go into specifics. I do have business partners,
they don't like me coming out publicly and saying that they're
with me. I do various different trading things. I don't have a normal
nine-to-five type of job. Whenever I have applied for a job in the
they have found out who I am and the views I hold, and as a result they
don't want me. But wherever I go, I will always be involved in Islamic

Taseer: At work?

Butt: Even at work. I'm always trying to help my colleagues, as
Muslims, to
have a more Islamic way of life.

Taseer: How would you describe yourself as a Muslim, given that there
are so
many labels bring thrown about-"moderate," "extremist" and so on?

Butt: I would agree to being called a radical and one day I may even be
called a terrorist, if Allah permits me. That is something it would be
honour to be called.

Taseer: Surely, even in an Islamic context, that can't be a positive

Butt: There is a speech by the Prophet in which he says: Allah gave me
things. One of them was the power to strike fear, to strike terror into
heart of the enemy from a mile's distance, and this was a reference to
battle he had commenced. The way the warriors had prepared themselves
was so
terrifying that the enemy didn't even turn up to the battle. Besides
in the Koran the word irhab is the root word for terror in Islam, and
irhabiyun is the word for terrorist. Allah mentions the word in the
many times-the one who strikes terror into their hearts is an
irhabiyun. If
I could have that title Islamically then I would be more than happy to
it and be proud of it. But unfortunately, I haven't reached that level

Taseer: Why not?

Butt: Because I am stuck in this country. It would be unwise to carry
military operations here.

Taseer: Why?

Butt: It would harm a lot of people. Britain is a very liberal country
comparison to America where Muslims don't have many rights. This is the
of country where you do have a lot more rights. Now with Afghanistan
the Muslims don't really have a place where they can come back to and
regroup, have time to think and relax, without the authorities
down your neck.

Taseer: Was it difficult growing up here as a Muslim? Did you sense an
anti-Islamic feeling?

Butt: The British establishment has always hated Islam. Look at the
crusades. I watched that programme on the BBC, The Secret Policeman (an
undercover report on trainee policemen) and one of the police officers
the honesty to admit what he felt: he said he would kill a Muslim if he
could get away with it. What he said briefly is that he represents the
majority, the only difference being that he has the courage to
it. And I do believe in my heart of hearts that the majority of British
people-the majority being outside of London-would do that if they had
opportunity. Historically speaking, there has always been an enmity. I
experienced it as I was growing up, going into majority white schools
having a problem trying to be a Muslim.

Taseer: Would you try to leave?

Butt: If they give me my passport, I will fly straight out of here. I
be here a day longer than I have to.

Taseer: And never come back?

Butt: And never come back unless absolutely necessary.

Taseer: Until they give you your passport back, you can't leave?

Butt: There's no point in my leaving. I could leave if I wanted to, but
would be illegal and it wouldn't be very hard for them to start taking
criminal proceedings against me.

Taseer: In the past you have demonstrated the failures of British
Has it improved?

Butt: It's funny you asked me that. I have been reading a book-Jihad by
Gilles Keppel-not for the sake of learning anything, but to see whether
these people have understood us. In the past, and I'm talking 100, 200
ago, the reason the British were successful in destroying Islamic
or the Ottoman caliph is that they actually lived among them and they
an effort to understand what they wanted to destroy. Now they're trying
understand something that is a theory. It's in my mind, it's in
minds, but it's not a practical manifestation of the system that we
towards, so it's very hard for them to contain it. As a result of that,
security services have lost their ability to analyse how Muslims
mean real Muslims, the ones who are not ashamed to talk about their
and to express them in public. That is why they will lose this war on
terror, because guys like Keppel don't understand us.

Taseer: Do many Muslims in Britain feel like you do?

Butt: I would say the majority of Muslims in this country care about
moderate nor radical Islam; they care about living their day-to-day
They're happy with that. But of those people who are practising, the
majority of them hold my views. The difference is that some people come
publicly and others keep quiet.

Taseer: What would you say the size of this latter group is?

Butt: Official figures say there are 3m Muslims here. [There are in
1.6m.] Out of that, I would say there are 750,000 who have an interest
Islam and about 80 per cent of those were over the moon about 9/11.

Taseer: Why?

Butt: The motivation is the pleasure of Allah, first and foremost.
says in the Koran "We have sent you,"-the Muslims-"the best nation in
world, to mankind." But there are conditions attached to that because
must enjoy goodness and forbid evil. As long as Muslims do this, they
see themselves as the best nation. And the reason why the majority of
Muslims feel this inspiration is because we understand that Islam is by
nature beautiful; it is not a backward, medieval-type way of life as a
of westerners believe. That's why, historically, even after Islam had
these areas as a political force, people still held on to its way of
Even in the crusades you had Muslims and Jews fighting alongside one
in order avoid Roman rule because they said Islam was just towards
Islam gave them rights. In the 15th century, during the Spanish
where did the Jews run to? To the Ottoman caliphate, Islam was an
inspiration. All human rights are based on Islam, to ensure peace and
security in the world.

Taseer: So given the situation in the world today, what is the duty of

Butt: Every Muslim must work for the Shari'a to be implemented as a
political way of life. They can do that physically, by involving
in revolutionary coups, or through political means. As long as they
attack or compromise other Muslims who are doing something different
them, I have no problem with any of these ways of establishing the

Taseer: Is it going to be possible for Muslims to live alongside

Butt: We did it in the past, why can't we do it now?

Taseer: Would it have to be a Muslim polity?

Butt: Yes.

Taseer: Or could it be like England?

Butt: No, it couldn't be like England. The so-called liberal countries
the world, France for example, boast about liberty and their so-called
revolution, but they are banning headscarves. Where have the rights of
Muslims gone there? Where are the rights of Muslims in Britain to be
able to
support their brothers who are being attacked in Kashmir? So many of
organisations proscribed by the British government are Kashmiri freedom
fighters, or terrorists as you would call them.

Taseer: Why is it that an attack on Muslims in another part of the
affects British Muslims?

Butt: Because Allah is the way of love. Racism has infiltrated
and Judaism. It is inbred in the people. Christians never see
themselves as
one brotherhood, but rather many dominions, whereas Muslims, no matter
colour they are, no matter what race they are, no matter what
they are, see themselves as one brotherhood. Ultimately this is what
teaches; that black, white, brown, red, green-if there were aliens in
Mars-these people are brothers. Poor or rich, it has no effect on how
should treat one another. It doesn't mean that we should divide. And
that is
why when Muslims are being attacked, the majority of Muslims kick up a
because these are their brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, there are
Muslims today whose only reason to pick up a cause is for political
or their personal ambitions. Ultimately, if your brothers and sisters
being killed in any part of the world, you would make your utmost
effort to
try to help them.

Taseer: Where do you see Muslims under attack?

Butt: Everywhere. It's not limited to just one place. Wherever Muslims
they are under attack and until they start viewing themselves like
they will always remain an inferior nation.

Taseer: And why are they under attack?

Butt: If they're not being attacked physically, they are being attacked
mentally. They are being told that their way of life is backward,
being told that for women to cover themselves is against human rights,
they're being told that to cut the hand of the thief, which Allah
ordains in
the Koran, is outdated. They're being told that their way of life is
inferior and bad and should not be followed. And they're often stripped
their identity, as they were in Bosnia: Muslim by name only, no culture
whatsoever. That is still a war as a far as I'm concerned.

Taseer: Why is there a "Muslim problem" today? Ten or 15 years ago
wasn't the sort of movement you see today. What changed?

Butt: I don't agree with you. Ten to 15 years ago the Muslims had just
experienced their first victory of the 20th century, against the
Soviets in
Afghanistan. The belief that this was due to American support is
Muslims, especially from the middle east, financed the jihad just as
if not more. This is well documented. With that victory under their
the Muslims began to realise that they could control their own
destiny, whether by revolution or other violent means. To be honest
you, I don't think the Americans, British or French are the best
on how to change a society, simply because they have themselves
revolution to attain the way of life they believe in. So why, when we
do it,
are we so different from them? Muslims woke up. You then had Iraq being
attacked, you had Chechnya, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Algeria, you had
these Muslim areas being attacked and you had Muslims waking up and
"Hang on, this isn't a coincidence."

Taseer: Why do you think that is?

Butt: Because after the fall of communism, America began to realise
Islam was a threat.

Taseer: The larger fall of communism wasn't the result of Islam even if
think that that may be the case in Afghanistan...

Butt: That's what I'm saying; it was a catalyst for collapse in

Taseer: Why?

Butt: Because Islam is a way of life, a way of life superior to
and capitalism. Christianity is a mere religion and can't cater for
way of life, but Islam can. With the fall of the Soviet Union, people
started turning to Islam as a way of life, whereas America wanted to
capitalism across the world. That's why Islam became the enemy.

Taseer: Yes, but why are Muslims the only enemy? Are they the only ones
fighting American colonialism?

Butt: No, you have your South American states that are involved in the
struggle. But with the exception of them and a few African nations, the
majority of the people fighting against American colonialism are not
nations, but Muslim people. Muslim governments are more than happy to
embrace the other way of life in order to stay powerful.

Taseer: Do you consider yourself a religious teacher of sorts? Do you
to people in the community?

Butt: I speak to a lot of people in the community. I have a gym in my
where I invite people to come back and exercise and we have regular
circles at my house.

Taseer: What sort of people are these?

Butt: A lot of them are youth because I believe that when Islam is
practised by youth, Islam will be alive. If it's practised by the older
generation, it will always remain old, slow.

Taseer: Are they receptive to your views or do they resist and say,
"No, we
want to go out with girls and drink" and so on?

Butt: A lot of people will say that to me, but when it comes to their
absolute happiness, a lot of people realise that Islam is their way of

Taseer: What do you say to them?

Butt: One of the first questions I ask them is: why do you celebrate
Eid? If
you like their way of life, celebrate Christmas. That provokes thought
their head that the reason they celebrate Eid is because they are
It's not just Eid or Christmas, it's their whole way of life being
different. How they speak to their people, how they speak to their
brothers and sisters, how they speak to their teachers, how they
progress in
their education: they have different ways. Ultimately, if someone
in Allah and his messenger, he will always have at the back of his mind
notion that he'll go back to Allah when he dies. And I'll ask people,
lie for the sake of me, you don't have to say something to please me,
but do
you believe in Allah? Ask yourself that question, do you really, really
believe in Allah? Do you really believe that there is hellfire, do you
really believe that there is heaven and hell, or not?" And if someone
believes that, there is no reason why they won't realise that, "Yes,
life does belong to us." And from there, we'll go further. To those
who say, "I pray all the time," I reply, "That's not enough: give your
for Allah, that's what he wants, he wants you to live and die for him,
is the ultimate sacrifice, he gave you that life, give it back to him."

Taseer: Given that the Koran is incontestable to the letter, and that
it is
unique because there is no another religion in which there is a text so
pure, handed down from God to man, can there be a moderate Muslim?

Butt: No. You've hit the nail on the head. If someone believes that
it's the
incontestable word of Allah, how can he take a moderate view? We must
if it is the will of Allah. I don't want to say that Muslims don't
in Allah, but what I will say is that their faith in Allah is weak.
fear man the same way that the Jews feared the pharaoh, who they feared
than Allah and that's why they were afraid to do anything against him,
Moses came and liberated them. The lack of leadership in the Muslim
community is simply because they are too afraid to stand up against
so-called undefeatable giant of the United States.

Taseer: Coming back to the youth, are they angry?

Butt: Many are from quite wealthy families, as I am.

Taseer: So you don't see this rise of extremism among British Muslims
rooted in economic disadvantage?

Butt: I think that's a myth, pushed forward by so-called moderate
If you look at the 19 hijackers on 9/11, which one of them didn't have
degree? Muhammad Atta was an engineer [he was actually an architect and
planner] at the highest level. His Hamburg lecturer said, "I didn't
have a
student like him." These people are not deprived or uneducated; they
are the
peak of society. They've seen everything there is to see and they are
rejecting it outright because there is nothing for them. Most of the
I sit with are in fact university students, they come from wealthy
Islam caters for everybody: the economically deprived and the most
person. It doesn't make any difference: the message will still be the
But this myth-that the only reason these people go for Islam is because
have nothing else to do-is a lie and a fabrication. People who say that
should be very careful. Even Osama himself, Sheikh Osama, came from
that I could never dream of and he gave it all up because it had no
value to
him. Who can say he came from an economically deprived condition? It's

Taseer: Clearly you have a sense of an enemy. What is the face of this
enemy? Is it America?

Butt: At the moment, America.

Taseer: Who else is part of it?

Butt: You have an apparent enemy and a hidden enemy.

Taseer: The apparent enemy?

Butt: The American enemy. As far as I'm concerned, you have America
spearheading the attack, followed by Britain, France, the EU, the UN,
World Bank, the IMF.

Taseer: India?

Butt: India.

Taseer: Thailand?

Butt: Thailand, especially after what happened recently. [Attacks on
rebels in the south of the country]

Taseer: What does it take to join the enemy?

Butt: To support them. The Japanese only have 500 troops in Iraq; as a
result they've declared war on Islam. China from day one has been
its nuclear missiles in the Xinjiang province; it's a Muslim...

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Keep fighting for what is right I guess and trying to persuade those who are confused to come around somehow -- so frustrating.<<<

No one can ask more than this of us.

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The Sunday Times October 01, 2006

Focus: CIA abandoned plan to snatch Bin Laden from Afghan farm

Tarnak Farm, near Kandahar, where Mohammed Atta’s video was shot, has a special place in the history of Al-Qaeda: it was once Osama Bin Laden’s personal kingdom within Afghanistan.

Exclusively Arab, it was home for Bin Laden’s wives and children, as well as for the elite fighters being trained for special operations. And, as we now know, for a few weeks in early 2000 it was home to Atta, leader of the 9/11 hijackers.

The farm, which covered about 100 acres, lay on a patch of desert about three miles south of Kandahar airport. It had originally been constructed by the Afghan government as an agricultural co-operative.

A mud-brick wall was built 10ft high to create a compound; inside there were about 80 one and two-storey buildings, including dormitories, storehouses, a small mosque and a building that Bin Laden converted into a medical clinic for his family and followers.

US intelligence knew Bin Laden, already a wanted terrorist, used Tarnak as his base, and in spring 1998 the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center began working on a plan to capture him at the compound, partly with the help of Afghan tribal fighters.

Afghans scouted and mapped the farm, and the CIA photographed it from space. The plan called for about 30 fighters to assemble at a staging post before driving to a second position a few miles from Tarnak.

From there the main raiding party would walk to the farm, arriving at 2am and avoiding minefields by crawling through drainage ditches. A second group would make its way towards the front gate, taking out the two guards as the main party attacked the group of huts where Bin Laden’s wives slept.

The plan was to bundle Bin Laden into a Toyota Land Cruiser and drive him to to a cave complex 30 miles away already stocked with food and water.

However, getting the plan accepted at CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia, was not straightforward. It was known that dozens of women and children lived in the compound, and security chiefs feared there would be many casualties.

By June 1998, much to the disappointment of the field officers responsible for devising the plan, nobody at a senior level within the CIA seemed willing to support it. Nor was there any support within the White House.

The plan was called off shortly afterwards.

Copyright 2006 Times Newspapers Ltd.

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More military flights over Oaxaca City
By Dan Feder,
Posted on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 03:34:47 PM EST
The Mexican news agency Notimex reports:

OAXACA: A Mexican Navy helicpter again flew over both the outskirts and center of the state capital, provoking uneasiness among the members of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish initials) and teachers who have occupied parts of the city since May.

Just after 10:30 a.m., an aircraft could be heard in the cloudy Oaxacan sky that was later confirmed to be one of the two that flew by the night before, but on this occasion its flight was slower and higher in altitude.

People who have participated in the barricades and on the APPO’s Security and Vigilance Committee launched rockets, just as they had the night before, but did not manage even to slow the aircraft.

Just after noon, a Mexican Navy airplane also passed over the city. The radio station 710 AM, “The Law of the People,” occupied by the APPO since August 21, broadcast messages requesting that people not make rash decision: “Let us not fall into making decisions out of desperation; let remain calm.”


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[there are several versions of this battle, that I will be posting here]

Preparations for War in Oaxaca
Military Aircraft Doing Reconnaissance Flights Over APPO Encampments

By Diego Enrique Osorno and Óscar Rodríguez

October 1, 2006

The Mexican Navy carried out a reconnaissance operation over the buildings and public spaces occupied by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish initials).

Two MI-17 helicopters and one CASA C212 Navy airplane with registration number AMP-118 flew over the streets of the city – where opponents of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz have maintained several encampments over the past 130 days – for about 40 minutes.

The zocalo, or central city square, the Oro and La Ley radio stations, the state government building, the Brenamiel and El Rosario radio antennas, as well as the Department of Finance building – all places where the rebels have installed protest camps – were reconnoitered by low-level flights of military aircraft.

As they passed over the Radio Oro facilities, the two helicopters were fruitlessly “attacked” with rockets and fireworks that teachers of the National Education Workers’ Union local Section 22 launched from Conzatti Garden. The airplane then made four more passes over the areas around the zocalo and returned to the airport, where five other military aircraft were stationed.

At 5:30 that afternoon, the naval surveillance plane and two AMHT-202 and AMHT-205 helicopters landed on a city airstrip and let out 18 soldiers in black-and-grey camouflage, bulletproof vests, helmets and firearms.

Lino Celaya Luría, state secretary of Citizen Protection, confirmed that the objective of the military flights was to “reconnoiter” the scene of the conflict, but claimed not to know if this was the prelude to an eventual federal operation to remove the protesters.

The state official limited himself to saying: “We were informed that a flight would occur over the areas where the dissidents are present. We believe this is to obtain field information on the situation.”

Meanwhile, from the occupied radio stations, the rebels again declared a maximum alert in the face of what they imagine could be the beginning of a removal/eviction operation against the popular and teachers’ movement.

Broadcasting on the radio station 710 AM, known as “The Law of the People,” the Popular Assembly’s “vigilance committee” directed a message to listeners, urging them to remain calm and prudent in the face of what they called an “act of provocation.”

In several different city neighborhoods, residents and APPO sympathizers began building barricades hours earlier than what has become a nightly custom, and also unleashed a thundering chorus of fireworks to alert the general population to the situation.

At night, a convoy of 30 military vehicles mobilized on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. At 10:00, Section 22 reinforced its barricades and warned over the radio that it will block people from entering or leaving the city.

Flavio Sosa, a member of the provisional leadership committee of the APPO, warned assistant interior secretary Francisco Yáñez Centeno via telephone: “Fox is going to stain his hands with blood if he allows this to happen.”

“They hope to bend us through terror,” said teacher Rogelio Pensamiento, another member of the leadership committee. “Nevertheless, the APPO has demonstrated its political capacity because we are willing to negotiate, but only under conditions of equality. We will not accept them intimidating us. We call for people to remain in the encampments.”

Translation: Narco News

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Zapatistas in Atenco: Chapias Caracoles Reopen Today; “Intergalactic” Gathering Is Called for December 30 to January 2, 2007
Comandanta Hortensia Will Travel North with Marcos

By Juan Trujillo
The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign in Mexico City

October 1, 2006

MEXICO CITY, September 30, 2006: After his arrival last night in this city, Insurgent Subcomandante Marcos and seven comandantes from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-General Command (CCRI-CG in its Spanish initials) of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) met this afternoon in the town of San Salvador Atenco. This information has been confirmed to Narco News by Jorge Salinas – a telephone operator and member of the Other Campaign and one of the people who faced the brutal repression begun on May 3 in Atenco. Salinas was invited to the meeting at the Emiliano Zapata auditorium at 1:00 p.m.

Marcos and Zapatista delegates prepare to leave Chiapas
Photos: Irene Sanchez and Chris Alonso
Speaking to Narco News later in the day, at an event in memory of slain student Alexis Benhumea, Salinas said that the meeting between the EZLN comandantes and subcomandante and the members of the Peoples’ Front in Defense of the Land (FPDT) was “private” in nature, a first step toward the direct support that the Chiapas-based indigenous rebel group has promised to the communal farmers of Atenco.

The seven comandantes constitute a new group of delegates that will support not only Subcomandante Marcos (“Delegate Zero”), but also the fight for the release of the 28 political prisoners still held in the Santiaguito Prison, in Mexico state. The rebel leaders who will hold public events with the FPDT in Mexico City and Atenco are: Grabiela (“Delegate One”), Zebedeo (“Delegate Two”) and Miriam (“Delegate Three”). Comandanta Gema (“Delegate Four”) and Comandantes David (“Delegate Six”) and Tacho (“Delegate Seven”) will return soon to Chiapas. As for Comandanta Hortencia (“Delegate Five”) and her young daughter Lupita (“Delegate Five-and-a-Quarter”), they will accompany Subcomandante Marcos (“Delegate Zero”) in his tour through northern Mexico beginning October 8.

According to Salinas, the message of “brotherhood” from the CCRI-CG of the EZLN, through the voice of its representatives, was one of total solidarity with the farmers of Atenco. “You are not alone,” the comandantes expressed, “we will support you in this struggle until the last prisoner is released.” With an emotional tone in his voice, Salinas said that Comandante David remarked “the pain we all feel is provoked by capitalism,” and asked: “How long will this pain go on that we all feel, farmers, women…? Until we organize ourselves in a unified manner.”

Salinas commented that in the meeting, three “axes” of action were delineated: 1) the organization of the comandantes; 2) the call for an international encounter (the long-awaited “Intergalactic?”) in Chiapas from December 30 to January 2, 2007; and 3) the reopening of the Zapatista caracoles in the rebel autonomous territories of Chiapas, with the goal of spreading information. There was no decision to lift the Red Alert that has been in effect in rebel towns since May 3.

Finally, the elder peasant-farmers of the FPDT presented several machetes to the Zapatista comandantes, which symbolize their struggle. They announced that a commission of Atenco leaders will travel to the north of the country with Subcomandante Marcos.

“Alexis Lives, the Struggle Continues”

As an example of the self-organization of the different collectives that have adhered to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, an homage to Ollin Alexis Benhumea was held this afternoon and evening in the Contraras Cultural Forum (located just in front of the offices of the Mexican intelligence agency known as the Center for Research and National Security, or CISEN). Benhumea died in a Mexico City hospital on June 7, after a long period of agony that resulted from being struck on the left part of the head with a teargas grenade in the early morning of May 4 in Atenco.

Organized by the Benhumea family and the Other Campaign’s west Mexico City section, the event saw five hours of dances, music, theater, poetry, photography and live expressions of art. Some 200 people, between relatives, friends and Sixth Declaration adherents and Other Campaign members, including Jorge Salinas, were in attendance to proclaim that “Alexis lives, the struggle continues.”

Peoples’ faces expressed solidarity and confusion, although there was also an insatiable spirit for the continuation of the Other Campaign and the struggle for the freedom of the political prisoners. The message was clear: the people must be made aware of what happened in Atenco, and must remember Alexis.

As Chela, the mother of the slain student, danced to danzon music with six other women, down in the auditorium seats, to this reporter’s left, Alexis’ aunt spoke with great sadness of the great nostalgia that such tributes produce in her. She let a few tears fall and said, “Olli Alexis must be here, watching his mother being happy.”

The sound of the sublime language of poetry was constant at this forum. The actors with their monologues and performances came and went but lingered in the minds and hearts of the hundred-or-so people who heard them. A musical group went onstage as a sensual flamenco dancer finished her short but beautiful presentation.

Outside the auditorium, Alexis’ father, Ángel Benhumea, a member of the workers’ sector of the Other Campaign, spoke with Narco News about the national and international criminal case being prepared on the issue of his son’s murder, and about the struggle for the prisoners’ freedom. He said that he is working with attorney Barbara Zamora and a team of lawyers from the Other Campaign and the Miguel Agustín Pro Human Rights Center. In the past, there had only been partial legal actions. Nevertheless, he said that now “we are awaiting the best time to file the criminal complaint. According to Ángel, this legal action will be announced in less than a month and will name the Mexican state as his son’s murderer. It will make public the participation of President Vicente Fox and the governor of Mexico state, Enrique Peña Nieto.

The goal of the legal struggle is for the case to “be heard by the Supreme Court of Justice and for a commission to be named that will judge those responsible for the death of my son, and to also take on the issue of Atenco in general, including the political prisoners.”

In response to a question on the public actions that the seven EZLN comandantes will hold in Atenco and the capital, Ángel emphasized that “the commandants will strengthen not just the struggle for the prisoners’ release, but also the punishment of the guilty.”

Alexis’ father occasionally interrupted the tribute event to salute his people and thank them for their shows of solidarity. He looked happy. On the Other Campaign’s current situation, he said, “the organization here and in the north must be reinforced. We must pick up the pieces and find the people who have come on board in the last few years, and thus build the National Program of Struggle.”

For his part, Jorge Salinas, asked about the struggle for the freedom of the prisoners, said that “we will keep building the pressure; there is not nor will be there be any retreat. This all depends on how strong we are as the Other Campaign.” Alluding to the speech by Comandanta Hortensia this afternoon in Atenco, he concluded: “As she would say, we are not afraid of the government’s bullets, and they will have to understand that the struggle continues.”

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[Something tells me, that we are about to be hit from south of the border, this is a rabble rousing post]

Tijuana Sí
The Workers at this Border City Keep on Fighting

By Gloria Muñoz Ramírez
La Jornada

September 27, 2006

Thousands of people, the majority women, suffer so much exploitation everyday at the border that it has elements of human slavery. In the industrial park of Otay, one of the biggest in Tijuana, one can see food stands, groups of men and women, many of them young, and several buses, which transport the worker women wearing their ragged uniforms, waiting for their shift to start. They cannot waste a single minute. All of them, from the time the wake up until they go to bed exhausted, work in one of the more than eight hundred maquiladoras (sweatshops) that the huge transnational companies have built here since 1965, the year when the Border Industrialization Program was launched.

The workers come from different states in México, mainly from Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán and Hidalgo (it is estimated that eighty percent come from other parts of México, while twenty percent come from the city of Tijuana and neighboring towns). They face ten hour shifts everyday, and in some companies, such as the multinational company Sony, the shifts are 12 hours, with half-hour breaks for lunch and a half hour-break for dinner. Here, there are no eight-hour shifts as the Constitution dictates.

The average salary in these ignominious centers is 750 pesos per week (less than $70 dollars), a ridiculous pay in one of the most expensive areas of the country, where the minimum rent is 1,500. To this expense, they need to add transportation, food, clothing, education and healthcare expenses for their families.

Margarita suffered humiliation and exploitation in five maquiladoras. She came from Puebla, where she worked in the countryside and then as a domestic worker before she moved to Tijuana looking for a better life. With more than five years of hard work, occasionally taking shifts up to twenty-four hours, she endured low salaries, poor working conditions, long shifts, discrimination, exposure to toxic substances, illegal contracts of one, two and three months, pregnancy tests (also illegal), irrational punishments for being one minute late and an unending list of daily offenses.

There have been many struggles here led by the working class. “We’ve given them two or three good punches,” says Jaime Cota, a social activist, former maquiladora worker and, since, 1991 defender and counsel to the workers in the legal processes they face.

Today, the organized movement is smaller, but there is always a group of workers who, tired of so many injustices, start getting to know their rights, organizing, and, more importantly, they start envisioning a different life, a more dignified one. To support them in their organizing to demand their labor rights, you can go to El Centro de Información Para Trabajadores y Trabajadoras or send an email at

Published in Spanish in Muñoz’ “Underdogs” column of September 23 in La Jornada

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Tijuana’s Resistance
The Other Campaign Comes to the Border

By Gloria Muñoz Ramírez
La Jornada

September 27, 2006

Tijuana is the bustling city of immigrant passage. It represents the exploitation of the worker in more than 800 maquiladoras (sweatshops), the trafficking of women and children destined for the sex trade, the impunity with which the drug traffickers move, the displacement of Indian communities from their ancestral lands, and a myriad of other violations perpetrated against a population that is in constant movement. But Tijuana is also a place of social struggle and resistance.

In Tijuana, Mexican Independence Day was the point from which to begin conversations about displacement and exploitation and, above all, to discuss the social organizing taking place on this and the other side of the border. The invasions of the lands of the Kumiai, Kiliwa, Pai Pai, Cucapas, Mayos and Series of northeastern Mexico; the resistance to the creation of gas plants along the coast of Baja California; the struggle against the toxic waste plant in Siobac, Sonora; the Yaquis’ organized rejection of the “Escalera Nautica” project [the “Nautical Stairway,” a multibillion-dollar series of marinas intended to attract vacationers]; the extreme marginalization in which the Triqui and Mixtec people (of Oaxacan origin) survive in this zone, and the tireless defense of the precious Tiburon Island, were just a few of the topics that initiated the first Across-Borders Meeting of the Other Campaign.

At the intersection of 2nd St. and Constitution, in the centre of the city, on one side of the red-light district known as La Coahuila, the voice of more than 30 men and women of San Salvador Atenco, who have been unjustly held in prison for more than three months, could be heard. Men and women from Mexicali, Ensenada, Tijuana, Sonora, San Diego, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Oakland and San Francisco gathered here to demand the liberty of these prisoners and the punishment of the authorities responsible for the violations and many abuses committed against the population of San Salvador Atenco during the police operations that occurred on the 3rd and 4th of May.

The testimony of Josefina, the representative of the Peoples’ Front in Defense of the Land, reminded us that the resistance of Atenco has been persecuted by the government. The Mexican state holds political prisoners, has forced some to become fugitives and has raped women. This community today still suffers harassment at the hands of the state and continued persecution in its subjection to daily police rounds.

A convention of “women with rebel faces” was held beside one of the hundreds of “table-dance” venues that proliferate in the city. In the Sotano de Rita, work in the maquiladoras and the mistreatment of women was discussed, poetry was recited, prehispanic and Arab dances performed, painting and photography shown, and an eclectic variety of stage performances was presented. Upstairs, a half-naked woman pleased a handful of customers. Outside, thousands of youths, some of them having had a few too many drinks, from this and the other side of the border, filled the streets, dressed in national colors and riding in vehicles that – I swear – appeared to dance on their tires. This is Tijuana.

Voices of the indigenous resistance could be heard in an old cinema that is today known as the Multikulti. Here, a Kumiai woman, an indigenous leader of the Pena Blanca community, spoke of the constant invasions into her territory and of the unceasing struggle in defense of these lands. “They invade us, but we do not abandon our lands,” she said.

Published in Spanish in Muñoz’ “Underdogs” column of September 19 in La Jornada

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Signs of Al Qaeda's Weakening Apparent in Zawahiri's Message?

by Laura Mansfield

The video released yesterday by Al Qaeda second-in-command Dr.
Ayman al Zawahiri was supposed to be a ranting attack against the US
administration, with vitriolic jabs at President George W. Bush, and
was intended to influence the US public just a month before the 2006
interim elections.

Instead the video gave the appearance of an organization that has
become distracted and is on the run.

It is surprising what can be gleaned from a mere 18 minutes or so of
video tape.

The first ten minutes of the tape containing the diatribe
against Bush is recorded in what appears to be some sort of studio,
like the last several Zawahiri tapes, with proper lighting and what is
most likely a chromo-key backdrop. That portion of the tape has English

The backdrop features a white flag containing the words "There
is no God but Allah; Mohamed is the Messenger of Allah" in Arabic.
These words form the Islamic "shahada", the words that a person must
recite to become a Muslim and which are readily recognizable to anyone
familiar with Islam. Al Qaeda uses these same words on their black flag
of jihad that is seen so frequently on Islamist websites. (As a side
note, these same words are found in white letters on green on the flag
of Saudi Arabia.)

On his left, there is a small cannon pointed to his right, and a light
on his left side as well.

Zawahiri's trademark weapon, which has appeared in many of his
videotapes, is missing in this video.

Approximately ten minutes into the tape, when the portion
discussing Bush ends abruptly, a dramatic shift in video quality is

The remaining two segements of the three-segment tape are
videotaped in front of what appears to be a sheet of brown fabric.
Although Zawahiri wears a microphone, the lighting is of a much poorer
quality, as is the sound quality, resulting in a dramatically different
appearance for Bin Laden's lieutenant.

Based on the way the hanging fabric backdrop moves, it is possible that
this portion of the tape was filmed outdoors.

It's interesting to note that in the first portion of the tape,
Zawahiri wears a white robe with a black turban and scarf; but in the
second and third portion of the tape he wears a white turban.

The tape, which was released just two weeks after the remarks
by Pope Benedict XVI regarding Islam, gives the appearance that the
first portion was complete and ready to release, but that the
statements of the Pope compelled Zawahiri to film a postscript of sorts
to address those comments.

The fact that Zawahri did not film the portions of the tape
dealing with the Pope and Darfur in his studio may indicate some sort
of time pressure to get the tape out on schedule. It also seems to
demonstrate the existence of some sort of logistical issues in reaching
his usual studio or having a cameraman with a portable studio come to
his location.

This is further evidenced by an examination of the digital
signatures of the different portions of the tape, which indicates that
they were filmed using two different camera types.

In addition to examining the tape itself, a review of the
content of the message is also somewhat different that previous
Zawahiri messages.

The first ten minutes or so of the tape was devoted to the
diatribe against President Bush, with Zawahiri calling him a liar
repeatedly, as well as a charlatan, and claiming that he is lying to
the American people about the "disasters they face in Iraq and

In each tape, Zawahiri, who has never been a Bush supporter,
seems to become bolder and more overtly hostile to President Bush, this
time spewing insults at the President repeatedly.

He stresses over and over that the US could not possibly have
gotten any valuable information from captured Al Qaeda mujahid Khalid
Sheikh Mohamed. In fact, after listening to his repetition of this
claim several times during the first few minutes of the message, the
phrase "me thinks he doth protest too much" comes to mind.

Instead of convincing the world that no information has been
obtained from Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, Zawahiri gives the impression that
valuable intelligence has in fact been obtained, and that it has hurt
his organization.

Zawahiri shows that he is in touch with western media reports,
echoing the sentiments of the American anti-war movement, claiming that
the reasons that Bush cited for going to war with Iraq were
fabricating, citing the failure to find nuclear weapons in Iraq and the
lack of evidence linking Al Qaeda with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Zawahiri implies the existence of current Al Qaeda terror
attacks in the US on a daily basis but offers no proof or even specific
information about these alleged attacks in this statement: "But, by the
grace of God, we are taking revenge on their behalf on a daily basis
from your soldiers and the soldiers of your allies and agents in
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, and all Muslim
countries from Indonesia to Morocco and even in your own country every

The Bush portion of the tape appears incomplete; it is possible that we
will see more of this tape at some point in the future.

It is interesting to note that Zawahiri made no mention
whatsoever of Ramadan in the tape; some sort of Ramadan greetings would
have been expected. That may indicate that the portion of the tape
dealing with Bush was not specifically planned to be a Ramadan message.
That makes it even more likely that we will be seeing another tape from
Zawahiri in the next week or two. (Note: It would be very
uncharacteristic for neither Zawahiri nor Bin Laden to address the
Ummah on the Eid at the end of Ramadan.)

There is also no mention of the rumors of the death of Bin
Laden; in fact, Zawahiri doesn't even mention Bin Laden's name at any
point in the nearly eighteen minute tape. This may simply be a timing
issue, and it may be something he addresses in another message in the
near future.

The remaining seven minutes of the tape discuss the Pope's comments,
and make reference to the situation in Darfur, Sudan.

Zawahiri calls the Pope a charlatan, and compares him to Pope
Urban II, who launched the first Crusade in 1095. Zawahiri threatens
the Pope with the same fate as that of Urban II, which is somewhat
confusing considering that Pope Urban II died fourteen days after
Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders.

Zawahiri accuses Pope Benedict of blaspheming the Prophet
Mohamed. He claims the Pope has forgotten that the book (a reference to
the Bible) "does not have an authentic source and did not descend on

He accuses the Pope of pretending to forget that "Christianity
cannot be accepted by a sound mind because it includes superstitions
like the trinity, the crucifixion, redemption, the original sin, the
infallibility of the pope, and the church's forgiveness of sins."

In the segment on Darfur, Zawahiri tells the Muslims of the
region that they must stand up against the "Zionist-Crusader threat",
which their own government is too weak or corrupt to withstand. It's
worth noting that although Zawahiri called upon the people of Darfur to
stand up to the "Zionist-Crusader" threat, he did not reiterate his
previous promise to send fighters to help this. This may very well
indicate that a further degradation in the strength of Al Qaeda;
Zawahiri may simply not have mujahideen available to send to assist in

Please see the full translation for more information.

For more translations and news on terrorism, visit

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More Jihadists ready to go

By Emma-Kate Symons in Manila
October 02, 2006 12:46am

Article from:


A NETWORK of homegrown converts to radical Islam has emerged as a major
terrorist threat in South-East Asia, teaming up with higher-profile
offshoots Jemaah Islamiah and Abu Sayyaf to plot attacks on Western and
local targets.

Manila's top anti-terrorism official has told The Australian that the
of former Christians known as Rajah Solaiman is highly educated and
well-financed and lacked the profile of traditional Islamist terrorist
groups, making it easier to evade detection.

His warning came as Indonesian and Australian mourners remembered the
people killed in JI's

last major terror attacks, at Jimbaran Bay and Kuta in Bali a year ago
Terrorist experts believe that while JI has suffered some significant
setbacks in the past 12 months, its alliance with southern Philippines
groups such as Rajah Solaiman mean it is still a potent force.
The Australian understands that Canberra is closely monitoring the
of Rajah Solaiman, which shares JI's goal of a pan-Islamic state in

Rajah Solaiman has direct links to al-Qaeda's leadership and to JI's
Bali bombers Umar Patek, who was killed last month, and Dulmatin, who
still on the run in the war-torn southern Philippines.

Philippines defence undersecretary Ricardo Blancaflor said Rajah
was hiding out in the country's impenetrable south, conducting joint
training exercises and plotting terror attacks with its JI and Abu

Mr Blancaflor said Rajah Solaiman was a "classic case of homegrown
terrorism" that could be compared to Australia's problems with small
extremist groups of Lebanese Muslim migrants.

"These homegrown terrorists are messengers of hate - hate of the West
and of
Christianity," he said.

"We have to understand that terrorism today goes way beyond al-Qa'ida,
has no boundaries and no geographical limits."

He called on Australia to support a UN blacklist of the new force,
which is
understood to have carried out JI's orders in executing the 2004
SuperFerry bombing that killed 116 people - the second-worst terrorist
attack in South-East Asia after the 2002 Bali bombs.

Rajah Solaiman's name is taken from a 16th-century Filipino king, a
who was the last of the homegrown monarchs before the Spanish conquest.

Australian authorities believe it poses a significant threat not only
Philippine interests, but also to Western interests abroad, including
Australia's - from foreign embassies to shopping malls, passenger
and nightclubs popular with Western tourists.

Rajah Solaiman leader Ahmed Santos, captured late last year in
even sheltered Patek and Dulmatin at his family farm in the southern
Philippines, where JI, Rajah Solaiman and Abu Sayyaf operatives
a joint training camp, where bomb-making was taught.

Santos converted to Islam in the 1990s via the Islamic Studies Call and
Guidance, a group linked by US intelligence to Osama bin Laden's
brother-in-law Mohammed Jamal Khalifa.

Dulmatin and Abu Sayyaf leader Khaddafy Janjalani and members of Rajah
Solaiman have managed to evade capture despite the sustained US-backed
Philippines military offensive in Mindanao and the Sulus. This has been
under way since August 1, and has led to the deaths of at least 15
Philippines soldiers and dozens of militants.

The US has offered a $10 million bounty for the capture of Dulmatin,
Malaysian explosives expert who is believed to have planned the 2002

Last month, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the September 11,
attacks in the US, a leaked Philippines intelligence report said two
Solaiman explosives experts had arrived in Manila.

This followed arrests of three Muslim converts in May, suspected of
to bomb malls and foreign embassies in Manila.

The Philippines military has been attacking southern rebels since
August 1,
with the support of the US, in an operation that has resulted in the
of more than a dozen Filipino soldiers and perhaps dozens of rebels.

"One of our aims is to make the southern Philippines as inhospitable
these guys as possible. So we have them on the run," Mr Blancaflor
"And if we have them on the run we are going to catch them sooner or

He also called on Canberra and Manila to go further with a military
currently before the Philippines Senate, which would see Australian
conducting training exercises in the country's south.

"The agreement needs to go beyond the military," Mr Blancaflor said.
defence agreement is the usual stuff - guns, boats and armaments. But
agreement should also have non-military stuff - like desktop computers
communications equipment.

In Jakarta, a former senior JI member warned that more attacks by
leader Noordin Top could not be ruled out, as police admitted they
still had
no idea where Indonesia's most wanted man was hiding.

Nasir Abas, a Malaysian whose sister Farida is married to death-row
bomber Ali Ghufron, warned that while Top's ability to conduct large
had been diminished as the police net around him tightened, he remained
control of an unknown number of small cells that could still launch
effective strikes.

"Noordin's potential to conduct a major bombing is quite small, since
Azahari's gone, as has Jabir, so that the number of people he could use
an operation) is diminished," Mr Abas said.

"However I would also point out that his intention is to murder people
- and
that doesn't have to be a big operation. His ability has been reduced
his desire to kill has never diminished."

Mr Abas has been a key source of information on JI since his defection
the organisation after being arrested in 2003.

Mr Abas cast some doubt on a recent leaked US intelligence report
JI was acquiring the ability to spread further across the archipelago
possibly launch attacks against US allies including Australia.

"Well, that's according to them," Mr Abas said, pointing out that the
terror elements in JI were now more focused on small cells operating
independently of each other under Top's direction. "Just as with the
Bali bombing, they continue to be directly organised by Noordin," he
"He is the big boss, with (Abu Bakar) Bashir continuing to be revered
as a
leader of the movement."

These cells, if they are indeed planning attacks, are doing so under
radar of national and international intelligence agencies, who admit
have no indication there is a strike being planned for the current
"bombing season".

However, it was precisely one such cell, answering directly to Noordin,
carried out the triple suicide bombings in Kuta and Jimbaran exactly a
ago, much to the surprise of those whose job it was to anticipate such

180 posted on 10/01/2006 10:42:18 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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West must accept the true jihad

THE need for a dialogue between Islam and the West has never been more
acute. But Pope Benedict XVI's recent use of a 14th century quotation
described Islam as evil and inhuman is clearly not the best approach.
In his lecture, the Pope made several references to Islamic theology on
nature of God, reason and faith, but his passing reference to jihad
the stereotypical Western view of the concept, which ignores extensive
Islamic debates on the topic.

The word jihad appears in more than 40 verses of the Quran with varying
connotations. No single reading of the verses can claim primacy. It is
surprising that a theologian of the pontiff's stature sees jihad as an
Islamic holy war in the Christian tradition.

The meanings of jihad in Islamic jurisprudence have included, first,
personal striving for achieving superior piety; second, justifications
early Arab conquests of non-Muslim land; third, struggle for Islamic
authenticity; fourth, resistance against colonialism; and finally, now,
struggle against the perpetrators of what sections of Islamists have
labelled Muslim holocaust.

For contemporary Islamists, jihad is neither simply a blind and
bloody-minded scrabble for temporal power nor solely a door from which
pass from this life into the hereafter. It is, in fact, a political
in which the pursuit of immortality and martyrdom is inextricably
linked to
a profound endeavour in this world to establishing a just community on
Earth. It is a form of political action whose pursuit realises Gods
plan on
earth and immortalises human deeds in its pursuit. The penultimate
focus of
jihad is: ``Human beings must change so that they may change the

From this perspective, jihad can be viewed as a revolutionary process
stages that proceed from the spiritual to the temporal realm of
This interpretation is counter to the prevailing conceptions, primarily
Western and like the one given by the Pope, which view jihad in terms
destruction and suffering inflicted by religious fanatics on civilians.
It is seen as a pure and simple expression of violent impulses born of
religious conviction. Such interpretations ignore the political
dimension of
the action. In doing so, they also ignore the violence, genocide and
coercion undertaken in the name of political convictions such as
with the war in Iraq just one example. American sociologist Michael
Mann has
called this method of implementation the dark side of democracy.

Throughout history humans, inspired by faith, have undertaken action to
for themselves and their group immortality. In this respect, the
Muslim jihadists such as al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Hizb ut-Tahrir
Laskar-i-Taiba have much in common with the constant warfare waged by
Puritan saints of the European Reformation.

They fought their own natural inclinations to fulfil their visions of
ordered society and improve their chances for divine salvation. The
Christians, by linking military action and politics to scripture,
to American philosopher Michael Walzer, were transformed into political
revolutionaries, instruments of God for whom action in pursuit of the
Commonwealth on Earth became the ultimate expression of faith.
The irony of modern jihadists is that the West contributed to building
structures and institutional frameworks that sustained their jihadist
consciousness and these structures continue to exist to this day.
In the 1980s, with the assistance of Western governments, jihadists
recruited from across the Muslim world, asked to support the people of
Afghanistan in resisting the cruel and unjust occupation of the Russian

President Reagan called them freedom fighters battling an evil empire,
stating: ``To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle
arsenals with hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love
freedom.'' These jihadists have since turned into Frankenstein's
taking on the task of destroying their one-time sp

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CAIR’s Catholic Blood Money
By Joe Kaufman | October 3, 2006

On Sunday, September 24, 2006, Ahmed Bedier led a delegation of Muslims from his organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in a visit to the St. Paul’s Catholic Church of St. Petersburg, Florida. At the end of the visit, Bedier handed a check for $5000 to the pastor of St. Paul’s for the repair of churches that had been damaged recently in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, over one sentence spoken by the Pope. The money was for a good cause, but accepting the money came with a price.

Pope Benedict XVI, in a speech he gave during a trip to Germany on September 12, quoted a 14th Century Byzantine emperor as saying, “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” This set off a firestorm across the Muslim world, resulting in violence. Enraged crowds took their frustrations out on symbols of Christianity. This included the murder of an Italian nun and the firebombing of churches located in the West Bank and Gaza.

Taking advantage of this sensitive situation was CAIR, an organization that pawns itself off as a “civil liberties” group, while having numerous ties to Islamic extremism, including links to individuals convicted for terrorist crimes. At a press conference, on Thursday, September 21, Ahmed Bedier, the Director of CAIR’s Tampa office, and Rev. Robert Gibbons, the Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, held aloft a large poster-board check for $5000 bearing CAIR’s insignia. The money was said to be for the half-dozen churches that had been attacked, five of which were firebombed and shot at, the other doused with gasoline and set aflame.

It was a disquieting scene as Ahmed Bedier stood side by side with a high-ranking Diocese official. Exactly two months prior to the event, Bedier hosted a radio show where all three of his guests lauded Hezbollah, a group that is found on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. One of the guests went as far as to label the group “heroic.” One must question if Rev. Gibbons was aware of this fact.

The check, which CAIR described as “seed money,” was made out to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a humanitarian relief program run by the Catholic Church, based in New York City. Additionally, a CNEWA fund was created in CAIR’s name, to raise further monies.

In order to make a donation to the fund, people have been asked to forward their checks to the CNEWA office under the title, “CAIR Palestine Damaged Churches.” The term “Palestine” denotes statehood and seems to have been injected into the fund’s address purely for political purposes. If that is the case, the Catholic Church is being used for nothing more than to make a political statement, and being as such and the fact that the church accepted the money, the implication is that the church is in full agreement with the statement.

A situation similar to this occurred in October of 2001, when Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a CAIR financier, offered New York City a check for $10 million dollars to go towards relief efforts, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The check was rejected by the former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, on the grounds that the money was attached to a political statement made by Bin Talal, concerning America’s relationship to the Mid East.

While visiting the wreckage, Bin Talal called the attacks “a tremendous crime.” He added, “We are here to tell America and to tell New York that Saudi Arabia is with the United States wholeheartedly.” However, in a written statement handed out by his publicist, the Prince had another message for America. He stated, “At times like this one, we must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack. I believe the government of the United States of America should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.”

Mayor Giuliani responded by stating, “There is no moral equivalent for this attack. The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification when they slaughtered 5,000, 6,000 innocent people. Not only are those statements wrong, they're part of the problem.” He said the statements were “highly irresponsible and very, very dangerous.”

Rudy Giuliani showed integrity, when he returned the check. The Catholic Diocese could have done the same. Instead, they kept the money and all of the extremist baggage that went along with it, while CAIR used the church to gain legitimacy and manipulated the media to gain publicity.

When Ahmed Bedier led his delegation to St. Paul’s, it was not to have dialogue with Catholics, as CAIR had stated in press releases and elsewhere. It just appeared that way, because, while Bedier acted like he was a friend to the Catholic community, the following day something occurred that would severely contradict the “friendship.”

On September 25, on WTVT-Tampa’s ‘Your Turn with Kathy Fountain,’ Bedier lashed out at the Pope, the figure whose picture adorns the website of the CNEWA, the group CAIR is raising money through. Bedier angrily stated, “He said his intention was to start a dialogue. Well, if you want to start a dialogue with someone, you don’t start it off by slapping them across the face and calling them names and say, ‘Well, now let’s talk.’” It seems CAIR was acting in the same disrespectful manner towards Catholicism’s most revered, as it was accusing the Pope of acting towards Islam’s most revered -- except in this case, while extremists across the world were screaming “Death to the Pope,” Catholics were embracing them by taking their money.

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Somali Islamic militias to unite, official says

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Muslim fundamentalist militias who have
control of much of war-ravaged Somalia are to be unified under one
army, an official said Friday.
Fighters are to be brought together in the coming days at a training
camp on
the outskirts of the capital, Mogadishu, and be under the direct
control of
the Union of the Islamic Courts.
"This is a unified Islamic Force," Sheik Mukhtar Robow, deputy chief
security of the Islamic group, said. "We will be more organized than
Despite a cease-fire agreement with the virtually powerless government,
Islamic group has continued its advances in the country. The
of one unified army would been seen as further provocation to Somalia's
administration, set up in 2004 with U.N. help.
Islamic forces are divided along clan and ideological lines, with some
radical in their interpretation of Islam than others.
Robow declined to give details on the numbers in the force or when it
be ready.
Somalia has not had an effective national government since 1991, when
warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and then turned on one
another, throwing the country into anarchy.


184 posted on 10/01/2006 11:20:02 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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10/01/2006 Gulf News

Mideast targets investments in Asia and Africa

By Ahmad Ameen, Special to Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The Middle East is looking at more investments in Asia and
Africa rather than the US and Western economies, according to a senior

"The new South-South trade corridor is picking up strongly, with Asian
econ-omies achieving remarkable progress," said Gerard Lyons, Chief
Economist and Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered Bank.

"With South Asia hosting one fifth of the world's population and
producing one fifth of the world's GDP, and yet accounting for one
hundredth of world trade, one might expect that such a trend is about
change," he added.

The Middle East countries' pursuit of investments in Asia is not merely
a result of the way the US handled DP World's acquisition of P&O's
assets in the US as well as other such Middle East investments, but it
is mostly due to purely economic reasons, according to Lyons.

"In the coming 10 years, more than one billion jobs are expected to be
created in the Middle East and Africa, which indicates a dramatic
in the economic dynamics for these regions, as this would result in a
growing middle class and hence stronger domestic markets," he


Recently, the OECD economies have underperformed, while Asian and
Eastern economies have outperformed, with remarkable success in
diversification especially in the UAE which is witnessing an investment
boom in infrastructure.

"Earlier, the additional revenues of oil price increases were not
invested in the region, but now these are serving in job creation,
capitalising on the Middle East's relatively young population," Lyons
said, explaining that regulations, education, and taxation should be
major concern of the Middle East governments, to create a better

Lyons said the rigid relationship with the US dollar is not serving the
needs of economies here. He suggested that the new single currency
should not fall into that trap, while interest rates should have more
room for manoeuvring.

Creating more jobs in the UAE will serve in strengthening the domestic
market, and accordingly rendering the country more attractive for
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), he said.

"Tourism is a very important job creator, and the sector is growing
remarkably in the UAE, with Dubai becoming the second most popular
long-haul destination, after New York, in the UK market," he said. He
also warned that the environment would be the biggest challenge in this

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02 October 2006

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Intelligence Brief: Escalating Tension between Georgia and Russia
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Russian troops in Georgia were put on "high alert" on Sunday and ordered to "shoot to kill if provoked" while defending Moscow's two military bases in the Caucasian country. Tensions between Russia and Georgia are escalating after Tbilisi arrested four Russian officers on September 27 on spying charges.

As a consequence, Moscow withdrew its diplomats from Tbilisi and warned that it could postpone pulling out its troops by 2008 as initially planned. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the press on September 27 that the situation is "very serious," and, therefore, "when the U.N. Security Council will consider the Georgia-Abkhaz settlement in the next two weeks, we will insist on assessing Georgia's activities as subversive."

The crisis has its roots in the pro-Western, pro-U.S. turn of Georgian national elites epitomized by President Mikhail Saakashvili and his "Rose Revolution." The situation had already worsened in August when Georgian security forces attempted to secure control of the Abkhazian river valley of the Kodori Gorge in order to regain control of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Tbilisi then called for the replacement of Russia as the official mediator in Georgia's regional conflicts. Moscow maintains peacekeepers there along with two military bases.

This escalation signals that Georgia is likely to become the catalyst for U.S.-Russian geopolitical conflict for strategic and economic influence in the Caucasus. Washington criticized Moscow's reaction to the officers' arrests and continues to sponsor Tbilisi's gradual integration into N.A.T.O. Saakashvili has never concealed his pro-U.S. stance and frequently accuses Russia of being the destabilizing force behind breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Although Moscow officially says that Georgia is a sovereign state and is free to join N.A.T.O., Russia is working to maintain strong influence in the Trans-Caucasus region.

As PINR pointed out on September 19, the recent Russian-backed Transdniester pro-independence referendum may be a pattern for the two Georgian separatist regions' attempts to gain national independence. The United States and N.A.T.O., however, are likely to be more active in preserving Georgia's national integrity by strongly supporting Saakashvili than they have been in Transdniester. Therefore, a continued dispute between Tbilisi and Moscow with significant U.S. and European participation on the Georgian side is to be expected in the coming months. [See: "Intelligence Brief: Transdniester Votes for Independence"]


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100,000 Malaysian Muslims opt out of RoP

According to the official goverment news agency of Malaysia, Bernama,
Perak Mufti, Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria, has

claimed that
folks have walked out of the Religion of Peace in Malaysia.

"I am prepared to provide a report but please come to see me," he said
asked to comment on the statement by Jakim director-general Datuk
Abdul Rahman asking those who had conducted a study and found that
Muslims had become apostates to submit a report to the department.
in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Dr Abdullah Md Zin, Sunday
also asked Harussani to substantiate his claim that 100,000 Muslims had
become apostates.

Either Zakaria is lying or 100,000 Malaysians have given up on Islam.
So in
the best case, we have Muslims who hase seen the light. In the worst
we have a Muslim clergyman who is caught lying publicly. Either way it
is a
win-win for the infidels of Malaysia.

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10/01/2006 Gulf News
Published: 10/01/2006 12:00 AM (UAE)
American who ran private jail in Afghanistan released

Kabul: An American imprisoned in Afghanistan in 2004 for running a
private jail and illegally detaining and torturing people has been
released by Afghan authorities.

Brent Bennett was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found
guilty along with two other Americans, Jonathan Idema and Edward
Caraballo. An appeals court cut their sentences, with Bennett serving
just two years.

Prison commander Abdul Qayoum said, "He was released from Pul-i-Charkhi
prison and was flown out of the country."

The men were arrested in Kabul in 2004 after a shootout with security
forces. Authorities found eight men in detention in their house.

Idema remains in detention at the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the outskirts
of Kabul. Qayoum said he had no idea he might be freed.

Idema later insisted he was in Afghanistan with US and Afghan
sanction to help track down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and other
militants, something Washington denied.

Caraballo, a 45-year-old film maker, was released in April after his
eight year sentence was cut to three.

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Kommersant, Sep.30, 2006

Moving to Non-Alignment

// Lukashenko has ditched Russia//

The united state of Russia and Belarus will not be created within the
next three yeas – as long as Vladimir Putin is in office in Russia,
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday. Lukashenko has
declined to sell 50 percent in Beltransgaz to Gazprom for $300 million
and threatened to walk out of the treaty on the united state in case
Moscow hikes gas prices for Belarus. Moscow's closest ally has
attacked it just when the Kremlin is on the brink of war with Georgia.
Alexander Lukashenko invited Russian journalists yesterday to tell
them everything he thinks about Moscow, Russia's current authorities
and the outlook of the united state. He started by saying that he does
not hope to come to an agreement about anything with the current
Russian leadership. "The hot time is coming in the Russian Federation
– time of parliament and then president election. There will be a
break in taking serious and even radical decisions in the bilateral
relations within the next three years," he said. Alexander Lukashenko
then tried to prove that the Kremlin is to blame for the fact that the
united state has not been created yet.

Belarus' president told that the Russian president's administration
had turned down his draft Constitutional Act since it transferred too
many powers to bodies of the united state. Moscow thought that the
Belarusian leader had thus tried to secure his key role in the
structure of the would-be state. The Kremlin came up with its
amendments which Lukashenko thought were turning the united state into
a kind of the European Union whereas he would like to see something
resembling the Soviet Union. "You must have already heard that the
president of Russia wants to build a European Union. What for? We were
living in one country just yesterday. The European Union was not," the
Belarusian leader noted.

Alexander Lukashenko attributed this behavior of Russian authorities
to a striving to annex Belarus to Russia. "I don't want to be the
first and the last president of Belarus," Mr. Lukashenko said. "Once
Belarus has entered Russia, we will have things here far worse than in
Chechnya. People from Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Baltic
countries will come down here. They are already ready to come here
with arms. They will even get money for this."

Complaining about the enmity of Russian authorities, Alexander
Lukashenko made an announcement that Moscow has recently stopped
executing package agreements of 2002. "You have just walked out of the
agreement on equal conditions on pricing. What kind of united state
are you talking about if you break an agreement with your main ally?!"
the Belarusian president was raging. This information was considered
confidential and was available only in diplomatic circles. Russia's
Foreign Ministry sent a note to Minsk late August informing that it
stops executing agreements on supplying gas to Belarus at Russian
domestic prices after Minks had declined to sell 50 percent in
Beltransgaz to Gazprom. A source at the Russian Foreign Ministry
explained then that there was no need to denounce the agreement on the
principles of pricing as it was expiring in April 2007. Therefore
Gazprom will have no more formal grounds to keep gas prices low for

Belarus now pays $46.68 for 1,000 cu. meters of Russian gas but
Gazprom sent a contract for 2007 to the Belarusian government this
April with the bottom gas price of $200. A source of Kommersant at
Gazprom said that there was no approaching of positions on gas prices
and value of Beltransgaz.

Alexander Lukashenko cited some fresh statistics yesterday. He said
Gazprom is wiling to pay only $300 million for the half of Beltransgaz
while it was offering $700 million two years ago. "If we put
Beltransgaz up for sale, and Americans offer $2 billion, but not $300
million as Gazprom is now offering, what are you going to do then?"
the president asked the Russian journalists. "Do you want to sell gas
at market prices? Buy things at market prices, then. I am not saying
`Pay $2.5 billion tomorrow.' You can pay by gas. I don't mind."

Reaching the sorest point with him – a hike in gas prices – Alexander
Lukashenko did not talk about temporary differences. He spoke about a
breakup. "Raising gas prices to these highs clearly means a breakup of
relations." After counting that Belarus will have to pay one billion
more to Russia if the prices are raised, Mr. Lukashenko exclaimed: "I
must ask you: what do you want from Belarus? You don't anything! You
don't want this union. Your elite don't want it. We won't die because
of this billion, but you will lose an ally and just disgrace

Alexander Lukashenko has chosen the right time to deal a blow on his
Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The Russian president is now
trying to reach an agreement with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and
French President Jacques Chirac on guarantees for Russian gas supplies
in exchange for amending the energy charter of the EU. Alexander
Lukashenko's words that Russia does not meet its obligations even with
its closest ally may cause substantial damage to Moscow's reputation
and make talks between Moscow and the European Union more difficult.

Russia can hardly benefit from a row with Belarus in the view of a
growing escalating conflict with Tbilisi. Moscow appeals to the world
community, asking the UN to interfere in the trial of Russian
officers. Georgia also makes attempts to get the West by its side and
accuses Russia of blackmail. Now Belarus has joined the choir of those
lambasting the Kremlin. Alexander Lukashenko's rallying with Russia's
enemies obviously makes their arguments sound more substantial in
front of the world community.
Mikhail Zygar and Nataliya Grib

All the Article in Russian as of Sep. 30, 2006

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Arrested in Afghanistan: Abdullah, 25, an Iranian jihadist 'rejected by the Taliban'

Officials claim there is a new stream of support for the insurgency coming from Iran
Declan Walsh in Ghazni
Monday October 2, 2006

Knock-kneed with fear, the young prisoner perched on the edge of his chair in the windowless Afghan intelligence office. Eyes bloodshot and hands trembling, he blurted out his story.

Abdullah had reached the end of a pitifully short career as a Taliban fighter. He had been arrested hours earlier, just 10 days after signing up to the insurgency. But the 25-year-old with a soft face and a neat beard had something unusual that aroused the intelligence agents' curiosity.

"I come from Iran," he said in a quavering voice, wringing his hands nervously. "They told me the Americans had invaded Afghanistan and I should go and fight jihad. But I was cheated. Now I am very sorry that I ever left."

As a hurricane of Taliban violence tears across Afghanistan - the latest suicide bombing killed 10 people in Kabul on Saturday - accusations of foreign support have centred on Pakistan, where fighters can shelter, organise and rearm.

But recently Afghan and western officials have started to detect a second, albeit far smaller, stream of support from within Afghanistan's other powerful neighbour, Iran.

Military and diplomatic sources said they had received numerous reports of Iranians meeting tribal elders in Taliban-influenced areas, bringing offers of military or more often financial support for the fight against foreign forces. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the meetings took place in Helmand province, where more than 3,000 British troops are based, and neighbouring Nimroz, a lawless desert province bordering eastern Iran.

Although the reports are hard to confirm due to security fears, officials say the direction of flow is unmistakable. "There's definitely an Iranian hand," insisted one western official, who said the phenomenon was being quietly monitored by western intelligence and militaries. A top-ranking Afghan military official said he had received similar information. "The Iranians were offering money and weapons. This is a very sensitive issue," he said.

Identifying the source of the clandestine support is difficult. One foreign official with long experience in Afghanistan singled out Baluch militants from eastern Iran. The Baluch nationalists are violently struggling against the Tehran government and are also believed to be involved in the drugs trade. Iranian Baluchistan is one of the prime smuggling routes for heroin, so instability in Afghanistan - where nearly the entire world supply is sourced - is in the smugglers' interest. They also have ideological ties with the Taliban, especially through Jundullah (Soldiers of God), a militant group with an extremist interpretation of Islam.

Dirty tricks

Far more controversial are possible links with the Iranian state. One official with long experience in southern Afghanistan said elders from Nad Ali district in Helmand told him they had been visited by an Iranian intelligence officer six weeks ago. "They say he stayed two nights, trying to indoctrinate them and offering support," he said. As tensions rise between Tehran and the US over the nuclear issue, such interference makes geo-strategic sense. Continued turmoil in Afghanistan keeps the 40,000 foreign soldiers stationed there, half of them American, very busy.

But others discount Iranian dirty tricks as being highly unlikely. When in power during the late 1990s, the Sunni-dominated Taliban were at daggers drawn with Iran's Shia government, which funnelled aid to the Taliban's enemies. Since 2001, Tehran has closely allied itself with President Hamid Karzai, sending aid and cooperating closely on combating cross-border drug smuggling. Iran is one of Afghanistan's biggest trading partners and the border crossing near the western city of Herat is a major economic lifeline. Every day hundreds of visa applicants queue outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul, many of them economic migrants looking for work. The most striking thing about rumours of Iranian interference, one western official in Kabul said, "is how little we hear of them". If it wanted to, Iran could play havoc in Afghanistan, he continued, "but my impression is they are holding back, that they haven't played their cards". Attention is concentrated on Pakistan which, along with Afghanistan's weak police and corrupt government, is seen as a major driver of the insurgency. In London last week, President General Pervez Musharraf angrily denied allegations his ISI spy agency is supporting the Taliban.

Ten days ago Barnett Rubin, an academic and expert on Afghanistan, warned the US Senate that "anyone who tries to sell you intelligence reports that Iran is destabilising Afghanistan is misrepresenting the facts". Pakistan is the principal factor in the destabilisation of Afghanistan, he said, "regardless of the fact that President Musharraf speaks good English, wears a suit and says things that we like to hear".

Whatever the truth about official support, it is clear the Taliban has ideological soul-mates in Iran. Abdullah's journey to jihad, from a quiet town in western Iran to the battlefield of Afghanistan, suggests the conflict has started to attract freshly indoctrinated foreigners and their shadowy mentors.

In the dingy intelligence office in the central Ghazni province, the distraught young man told his story. Abdullah said he had left his home in Kamyaran in the western province of Kurdistan six weeks earlier, telling his family he was going to Tehran to work. Instead he continued hundreds of miles east until he reached the desert city of Zahedan and slipped across the Afghan border. All he carried was an address given him by a jihadi leader named Abdullah Shafi, he said.

Secret training

Shafi, a Kurdish militant from northern Iraq, is a former leader of Ansar al-Islam, a Taliban-like group with links to al-Qaida. After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Shafi became known for despatching suicide bombers to Baghdad. Although Shafi was subsequently expelled from Iran, Abdullah said his organisation is still recruiting fresh militants - like him.

Abdullah was sent to a secret training camp near the Iraqi border that he believed was run by the Iranian government. "They gave us weapons, money and accommodation, and made sure we would not be arrested," he said. "Our government doesn't like America. It wants to install a Shia government in Iraq like in Iran. It is doing its best to achieve that."

Most graduates at the camp were destined for Iraq or Lebanon, Abdullah said - 19 of his 20 classmates were subsequently sent to Iraq - but Abdullah Shafi told him to go to Afghanistan. Travelling alone, he claimed, he made his way to Ghazni, a once peaceful central province, by early September and knocked on the door of a Taliban organiser named Mansoor. After a brief interrogation, Mansoor confiscated his Iranian identity card and gave him a bed. But when a group of Taliban fighters turned up late that night, Abdullah said, they refused to take him with them. "They said I would be caught because I didn't have a gun," he said.

But days later, while US bombers pounded the area, Abdullah and a Taliban fighter were arrested and brought to the NDS intelligence services offices. It was impossible to confirm his story, although he spoke in Iranian-accented Farsi and officials corroborated the details of his capture. If true, his account supports a report that argues Iraq is shaping "a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives". Last week the National Intelligence Review, a group of 16 US intelligence agencies, said the Iraq conflict "would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere".

But in the dingy Ghazni office where Abdullah waited to be transferred to Kabul, there was little bravado or talk of jihad. "I am so sorry," he said, seeming on the verge of tears. "I regret ever leaving home. I just want to be released."


Although dominated by Pashtun tribesmen from south Afghanistan, the Taliban draws on sponsors and influences from many countries. During a battle in Kandahar last month, Nato intelligence detected Arab, central Asian and Pakistani fighters among their ranks. The surge in suicide attacks and roadside bombs this year has been linked to the Iraq conflict. Westerners trying to track their funding see links with wealthy, religiously conservative businessmen in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia. But the Taliban's greatest source of support comes from closer to home.

Pakistan's ISI spy agency nurtured the Taliban in the 1990s and helped it seize power in 1996. After 9/11, President Musharraf severed the link but that didn't stop hundreds of Taliban fleeing into Pakistan's tribal belt. Many are still there, a fact Afghan and western military officials says has been critical to the insurgency's comeback this year. President Musharraf is less convinced. After admitting to cross-border infiltration during a recent trip to Kabul, he seemed to change his mind by the time he reached the US last week. Nato chief Gen James Jones' claim that the Taliban were headquartered in Quetta, west Pakistan, was "the most ridiculous statement", he said.
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Prisons failing to tackle terror recruitment

Officers call for policy to stop al-Qaida radicalising ethnic minorities in jails
Alan Travis, home affairs editor
Monday October 2, 2006

The prison service has no strategy to tackle al-Qaida operatives radicalising and recruiting young African-Caribbean and other ethnic minority prisoners in British jails, according to prison officers.

Britain now houses more suspected terrorist prisoners - the number is in the high hundreds - than any other European country, with many housed on normal wings alongside ordinary offenders.

The Prison Officers' Association says some of these terrorist prisoners are targeting for radicalisation and recruitment other alienated ethnic minority groups, as well as the smaller number of younger Muslim prisoners, and they are providing "rich pickings". Many of those held, whom they describe as "dangerous and highly capable", are "high up" in groups using the al-Qaida name and their lives have been dedicated to radicalising younger and more vulnerable people.

But senior prison managers have admitted in official correspondence that despite being aware of the problem they are waiting for a recently formed extremist prisoner working group to report before they do anything about it.

The POA has warned the government that urgent steps need to be taken to prevent the more dangerous suspected terrorist prisoners engaging in criminal integration and collusion, as well as their adoption of new radicalising and recruitment techniques.

Terror suspects and convicted terrorists are concentrated in high-security prisons, including Belmarsh in London and Woodhill in Milton Keynes. Despite being given the highest security, category A rating, most are kept on normal prison wings as the resources do not exist to deal with them all in separate secure units.

Steve Gough, the POA's vice-chairman, said he did not think there were "al-Qaida-controlled wings" yet in British prisons but said the stage had already been reached where they were recruiting prisoners sharing their cells or impressionable youngsters in the cell next door.

"Prison staff are very good at intelligence-led surveillance but it is difficult gathering intelligence listening to people who are having conversations in languages you don't understand. There are now many high-profile terrorist prisoners locked up on normal location, on normal wings with any other prisoner instead of in special environments."

The shoe bomber Richard Reid, the son of two non-Muslims, a white mother and a Jamaican father, has revealed how being radicalised while inside Feltham young offenders' institution led to his conversion to violent jihadism.

Lord Carlile, the independent watchdog on the government's anti-terror laws, this year identified the recruitment of radicalised youth in prisons as a problem and raised concerns about the activities of a small number of imams in prisons.

But more than a year after the bombings in London highlighted the need to tackle the radicalisation of Muslims the prison service has admitted that it has done little about it.

Peter Atherton, the deputy director-general of the prison service, has told the POA that "while there are some concerns that some people might be radicalised, there is little hard evidence that it is happening to date".

In a letter to Mr Gough, he disclosed that the prison service has recently formed an extremist prisoner working group, but senior managers are waiting for it to report before drawing up a prison service strategy for combating terrorism.

Meanwhile the Metropolitan police special branch has set up an intelligence unit in the prison service headquarters and there is also a system for monitoring terrorists held in high security.

Mr Gough said this response was entirely inappropriate: "This isn't a problem that will occur in the next few years. This is something the prison service should have been planning for since 9/11."
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US pushed MI5 into airport terror swoop

Fight over suspect in Pakistan revealed as Musharraf quashes terror claims
Jamie Doward and Mark Townsend
Sunday October 1, 2006

The US warned Britain that it was prepared to seize the key suspect in the UK's biggest ever anti-terrorism operation and fly him to a secret detention centre for interrogation by American agents, even if this meant riding roughshod over its closest ally, The Observer can reveal.

American intelligence agents told their British counterparts they were ready to 'render' Rashid Rauf, a British citizen allegedly linked to al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and who was under surveillance in Pakistan, unless he was picked up immediately. Rauf is the key suspect in the alleged plot to detonate explosives on up to 10 transatlantic planes that was exposed in August and, according to the police, would have brought 'mass murder on an unimaginable scale'.

The Americans' demand for Rauf's quick arrest dismayed the British intelligence services, which were worried that it could prompt terrorist cells in the UK working on separate plots to bring forward their plans or go underground. In the weeks preceding his arrest it is understood that MI5 and MI6 discussed with their US counterparts the best way to dismantle the alleged plot. Britain wanted more time to monitor Rauf, but the US was adamant that Rauf should be arrested immediately.

The revelation casts new light on the nature of America's relationship with Britain in the war on terrorism and provides further evidence of its suspicions that Pakistan was not fully committed in the war against al-Qaeda.

It comes as Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, today launches a fierce defence of claims that his country has fuelled Islamic terrorism and attacks Britain for failing to integrate Muslims into its society.

US intelligence has harboured fears for many years that Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, has not done enough to combat al-Qaeda and as a result was worried it would allow Rauf to flee. But the British intelligence agencies were concerned that seizing Rauf too soon would compromise further investigations. Although there were allegedly significant amounts of wire-tap evidence, this could not be made use of in a British court, so a decision was taken to continue with Rauf's surveillance.

However, a senior intelligence source has told The Observer that US agents had agreed on a plan to seize Rauf and fly him to an interrogation centre at a secret location if he remained at large.

Immediately following the US's veiled ultimatum that MI6 should 'lift' Rauf, which was communicated to ISI, he was arrested by Pakistani intelligence officials, a move that forced the British police to carry out a series of arrests as they looked to pick up those allegedly linked to him. Rauf's father, Abdel, was arrested in Pakistan. Rauf's brother, Tayib, from Birmingham, was arrested and later released without charge.

The intelligence source said the alleged plot had not been at the advanced planning stage.

Rauf remains in custody in Pakistan. Britain is now looking to extradite him in connection with the murder of his uncle in Birmingham in 2002.

Tellingly, although Britain's Home Secretary, John Reid, was full of praise for the part played by Pakistan in uncovering the alleged plot, the US did not pay tribute to the country's role.

American concerns about Pakistan's role in the war on terror were echoed last week. A leaked document from a Ministry of Defence think-tank, the Defence Academy, suggested that Pakistan was sabotaging British efforts in Afghanistan. The report blamed the ISI for 'indirectly supporting terrorism and extremism, whether in London on 7/7 or in Afghanistan or Iraq'.

Today, Musharraf uses an interview on ITV's Sunday Edition to fiercely reject claims the 7/7 bombers were indoctrinated in his country. 'The main problem is here in your society, which is allowing these youngsters to be indoctrinated and then attack you through suicide bombs,' Musharraf tells the programme.

Musharraf also says he believes Osama bin Laden could be hiding in Pakistan but rules out US forces being allowed to enter the country to hunt for him. 'We are in the hunt for Osama together,' Musharraf says. 'When we locate him, we'll hunt him down.'

Separately, it has emerged that a senior government official has joined a growing list of experts to warn the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have exacerbated the threat from Islamic terrorism.

David Richmond, the director general of Defence and Intelligence at the Foreign Office, states in a paper for the Royal United Services Institute that concerns over foreign policy are used by al-Qaeda to justify attacks and have helped terrorist cells to recruit. According to Richmond, misgivings over foreign policy among elements of the Muslim community are 'exploited by al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups to justify terrorism and ... propagate their message and seek new recruits'.
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Furious Moscow orders 'shoot to kill' as Georgia crisis escalates

· High alert as four officers are held on spying charge
· Putin accuses leadership of act of state terrorism
Michael Mainville in Moscow
Monday October 2, 2006

Infuriated by the arrests of four Russian officers on spying charges, Moscow has put its troops in Georgia on high alert and ordered them to "shoot to kill" to defend their bases in the former Soviet republic.

In his first public comments on the escalating crisis, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, yesterday accused Georgia of "state terrorism" and compared the arrests to the repressions of Stalin's secret police chief, Lavrenty Beria.

The commander of Russian military forces in Georgia, General Andrei Popov, said Russian law authorises the use of force to defend bases abroad from aggression. "We are ready to thwart any possible attempts to penetrate our facilities using all means, including shoot to kill," he said. Mr Putin held an urgent meeting with armed forces chiefs, top ministers and the heads of intelligence services to discuss Russia's response to the arrests.

"As a result of his meeting ... the president termed the actions of Georgia's leadership as an act of state terrorism with hostage taking," the Kremlin said in a statement. Mr Putin said on national television that the arrests were "a sign of the political legacy of Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria". A Georgian - like Stalin - Beria ran the feared NKVD secret police that purged millions of Soviet citizens in the 1930s and 1940s. In a clear reference to US support for Georgia, Mr Putin also warned Georgia not to count on foreign backing in the crisis. "These people think that under the roof of their foreign sponsors they can feel comfortable ... is it really so?" he said.

Russia has about 4,000 troops at two military bases in Georgia, along with another 2,500 soldiers deployed as peacekeepers in its breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. On Saturday, the Russian military said it was suspending a planned withdrawal of the bases by the end of next year, but yesterday the Kremlin announced they would go ahead.

Tensions between Russia and Georgia have reached an unprecedented high since the arrests of the Russian officers, whom Georgia accused of gathering sensitive military information, organising an explosion that killed three police officers and planning a "serious provocation".

Moscow has recalled its ambassador to Tbilisi and evacuated all but two staff and guards from its Georgian embassy. Georgian troops have maintained a blockade of Russia's military headquarters in Tbilisi to demand the handover of another Russian officer accused of spying.

The Georgian foreign minister, Gela Bezhuashvili, said yesterday that Russia is trying to punish Georgia for its pro-western course under President Mikhail Saakashvili, who has pledged to join Nato. He called for Russia to end its support for separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which broke away from Georgia in bloody wars in the early 1990s.

Mr Bezhuashvili said Mr Putin had met the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Saturday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. "This is an open support of separatism by Russia's leadership," he said. Members of Russia's parliament have reacted furiously, with some calling for a military response. The speaker of the upper house, Sergei Mironov, said the spying charges were "either a load of bull or a peculiar pre-emptive strike on Russia".

At a glance

Moscow annexed Georgia in the 19th century. After the 1917 revolution Georgia enjoyed a brief period of independence, until the Soviet Union invaded four years later.

The Soviet break-up in 1991 marked an era of seesawing relations. They took a downward swing in January 2004 when Mikhail Saakashvili came to power in the rose revolution, promising a turn toward Nato and the west. Since then ties have soured further.

Russia raised the price for gas supplies to Georgia in January, later banning imports of Georgian wine.

Relations have been aggravated by disputes over Georgia's separatist regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both supported by Russia.
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Chavez Says He Has White House Informant

Monday October 2, 2006 6:16 AM

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Associated Press Writer

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he has received warnings from within the White House that the Bush administration is plotting to assassinate him or topple his left-leaning government.

Citing what he said were warnings from an alleged White House informant, Chavez told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally that President Bush has ordered him to be killed before he leaves office in 2008.

Bush ``has said that before he goes, Hugo Chavez shouldn't be the president of Venezuela,'' Chavez told the crowd. ``The president of the United States has said it, especially in recent days. What he doesn't know is that I have friends in the White House.''

The Venezuelan leader has claimed before that the U.S. government is out to kill him - allegations that U.S. officials deny.

The latest accusation came a day after he alleged that there had been a recent attempt to assassinate him and said those responsible had since fled to neighboring Colombia.


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October 02, 2006

Cronulla Riot's report delayed by Muslim friendly state Labor government.

Riot report delays 'suspicious'
September 30, 2006 11:22am

THE New South Wales Opposition has called for the immediate release of an independent report into last year's Cronulla riot and retaliatory attacks that occurred in the hours and days after the event, accusing the government of having something to hide.

Liberal member for Cronulla, Malcolm Kerr, said the report of Assistant Commissioner Norm Hazzard into last December's beachside violence, was due for completion at the end of August.

"It was to be handed to Cabinet by September, and it was up to Cabinet to decide whether it would be released to the public," Mr Kerr said.

"We are now at the end of September. It's now scandalous that they haven't released it.

"How long does it take to do a report?"

"I think you have to have a suspicion that they have something to hide."

Opposition police spokesman Mike Gallacher asked government upper house leader John Della Bosca in parliament on Thursday why the report had not been released, Mr Kerr said.

"He never answered the question."

Until the report's release it was impossible to have informed public debate on the riot and its aftermath, he said.

Mr Kerr also called on the NSW government to appeal against the sentence yesterday handed to a Sydney teenager who sparked the Cronulla race riot by assaulting a lifesaver.

Ali Osman, 18, of Bankstown, was sentenced to 300 hours community service after pleading not guilty to the assault of a lifesaver at North Cronulla Beach on December 4, 2005.

"The government does have to appeal against that, because it does send the wrong message," Mr Kerr said.

"Even the magistrate's remarks show that this was a violent attack, a reprehensible crime that, I would have thought, warranted a custodial sentence to send a message of deterrence."

NSW Opposition Leader Peter Debnam said it was in the best interests of the government to withhold the report. "That was the most fundamental breakdown of law and order in NSW for 100 years, I'm sure the report is going to be damning," Mr Debnam said.

"There's no doubt that the government would want to hide that report until they deem it a suitable day to release it, no doubt it will be a very busy news day."

He also called for an appeal to Osman's "slap on the wrist" sentence, saying it sent a permissive message about violence and intimidation.

"This thug not only attacked lifesavers but attacked our way of life," he said.

"Unless we get the judiciary to do their job properly this culture of violence is going to continue."

Posted on October 02, 2006 at 03:16 PM in "Cronulla Riots" & Lebanese

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4 Canadians arrested in cocaine bust

Four Canadians were being questioned yesterday after Portuguese navy officials boarded a luxury yacht and seized 800 kilos of cocaine with a street value of about $200 million (U.S.).

A navy spokesman said that the four — three men and a woman — were arrested when the U.K.-registered yacht was boarded as it headed north in the Atlantic, some 300 kilometres off the coast of Portugal.

From Star wire services

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Quebec to probe overpass collapse
No way of predicting tragedy: Charest
Five die in cars crushed by concrete
Oct. 2, 2006. 01:00 AM

MONTREAL—Quebec's provincial government has ordered a public inquiry into an overpass collapse north of the city that crushed three members of a suburban Montreal family and also claimed the lives of a young couple expecting their first child.

Premier Jean Charest toured the accident site yesterday afternoon as crews continued to haul away the rubble created when a 20-metre section of the three eastbound lanes of a major thoroughfare gave way Saturday afternoon, sending hundreds of tonnes of concrete and asphalt onto the highway below.

Five people who were in vehicles crossing the viaduct on Blvd. de la Concorde E. at the moment of the collapse remain in hospital — one in critical condition — while a sixth was recovering at home yesterday.

It took rescue crews in Laval, a sprawling city north of Montreal, until nearly 3 a.m. yesterday, more than 15 hours after the accident, to reach two cars crushed under the deluge of reinforced concrete. One vehicle was so severely compressed its roof came up to mid-shin on a firefighter standing next to it.

It emerged yesterday that the fallen overpass was designed by Quebec-based Dessau-Soprin. The same firm designed an overpass a few kilometres west of the accident site that collapsed while under construction in June 2000, killing a 50-year-old motorist. A coroner's inquiry found negligence and faulty bracing methods were to blame for his death.

Though Transport Quebec confirmed it received at least two reports of debris falling from the bridge in the minutes before it collapsed Saturday, Charest insisted the tragedy couldn't have been foreseen.

"We're not talking about a situation the government was aware of. We weren't aware of it," said Charest. "For the moment this is inexplicable. This bridge broke in a place where normally this does not happen."

Police released the identities of three of the victims: 40-year-old Jean-Pierre Hamel, his girlfriend Sylvie Beaudet, also 40, and his brother Gilles, 44. All were from Laval. Hamel and Beaudet are survived by their 8-year-old son.

The names of the two other victims were not made public, but sources told La Presse they were a pregnant Laval woman and her boyfriend.

Quebec Transport Minister Michel Després told a news conference he has closed a second overpass built on a similar design to the one that failed, adding that engineers with his department have pored over blueprints and plans for all 4,900 bridges and viaducts in the province, concluding that 20 merit closer scrutiny.

The accident also means months of heavier commuter traffic for motorists who use the already-overburdened highways that link downtown Montreal with the northern suburbs.

Laval officials warned of several weeks of traffic slow-downs because what remains of the overpass will almost certainly have to be demolished. The area will be closed indefinitely, Transport Quebec said.

Després also announced he has appointed former Parti Québécois premier Pierre-Marc Johnson to preside over the public inquiry into the collapse.

There were few details, however, concerning the precise scope of Johnson's mandate.

Quebec's Order of Engineers called for a full and complete inquiry that considers the broader question of infrastructure maintenance.

Charest acknowledged Quebec's road system is aging rapidly, but pointed out his government has doubled road maintenance and construction budgets over the past three years.

Irate municipal officials pointed out Transport Quebec's budget was cut in the 1990s, along with those of other departments under PQ governments, and that both the provincial Auditor-General and transport ministry bureaucrats have raised alarm bells recently over deteriorating infrastructure.

A government analysis released in late 2005 said as many as 2,200 of Quebec's 4,900 bridges and overpasses were in need of repair, and nearly 800 were structurally deficient.

Charest defended his government's efforts at improving the province's increasingly dilapidated highway infrastructure, and bristled at the suggestion they have skimped on repairs.

"When it's a question of security, money is no object. Whenever we've had a situation that put the security of the population in peril, we've never, never, hesitated to spend the money on getting the work done," he said.

Després pointed out the overpass underwent a full structural inspection just over a year ago, which revealed no structural problems or weaknesses.

"This structure was built in 1970, the experts estimate the life-span of such a bridge is 70 years," he said.

With files from La Presse

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RCMP probe anthrax scare at Alberta firm
Oct. 1, 2006. 08:57 PM

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — RCMP were investigating an anthrax scare at an oil and gas company in northern Alberta on Sunday.

Television station CFRN reported that 12 workers subcontracted to Talisman Energy Inc. had been put under quarantine after an electrician opened up a box of screws and found white powder and a note reading: "Welcome to Anthrax."

RCMP Cpl. Wayne Oakes would not confirm the incident was an anthrax scare, but he said RCMP experts from Edmonton had been dispatched to test a substance found at the worksite.

He said he was hopeful the testing would be concluded Sunday.

"Part of it is going to be determined by how quickly they're able to get there," he said. "It is a fairly remote area so once they get there, they'll have to go through the process of testing. I do not believe it's a lengthy test process."

The RCMP said in a news release the incident did not pose any risk of harm to the public or the environment but "as a safety precaution, officials are treating this as if the threat is real."

The incident took place at a compressor station located about 90 minutes southwest of Grande Prairie.

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