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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: January 2007
Posted on 01/02/2007 7:23:18 PM PST by nwctwx
ping to the January TM.
Happy New Year!
Thanks for all your efforts nwctwx.
Thank you, Ian. I wish you a most blessed and happy New Year.
We appreciate all you do.
OTTAWA -- Canada's spy agency says it is "quite surprising" that terrorists have not detonated a crude radioactive bomb, given the availability of materials and ease with which they could be made into a weapon.
A newly released Canadian Security Intelligence Service study concludes a so-called dirty bomb is the most likely means of deliberately spreading deadly radiation. But the CSIS study cautions that "a determined and resourceful terrorist group" could execute more elaborate forms of nuclear or radiological attack.
It says extremists could conceivably acquire an existing nuclear explosive device, fashion an improvised weapon from black-market material or sabotage a nuclear facility with the aim of triggering a radioactive release. A copy of the October study was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.
German Muslim with American family detained, denied U.S. entry
Tue, Jan. 02, 2007
A German businessman of Syrian descent who wanted to surprise his daughter with a holiday visit was detained for four days in a Las Vegas holding cell before being sent back home without explanation.
A civil rights group called authorities' treatment of Majed Shehadeh a case of anti-Muslim discrimination.
Shehadeh, 62, flew from Frankfurt to Las Vegas last Thursday, hoping to meet with his wife and drive to Bakersfield, Calif., where his American-born daughter had just gotten news she'd passed the California bar exam. Instead, he wound up shivering in a holding cell without ever being told why he couldn't enter the country, he said.
Roxanne Hercules, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, confirmed Tuesday that Shehadeh was denied entry, but would not discuss specifics of his case. She said Shehadeh's visa waiver could have been denied because "he could have a criminal record, or it could be a terrorism issue."
January 2, 2007 -- A Kosovo Serb, Vladimir Radosavljevic and his wife Bosiljka were shot at in the Kosovo Muslim Albanian stronghold of Klina after Radosavljevic filed papers with the Kosovo Housing and Property Directorate to have his illegally confiscated home returned.
Radosavljevic's were asleep when unidentified gunmen fired a round from an automatic weapon at their temporary shelter in Kosovo town of Klina where they were awaiting the authorities to evict the illegal Muslim Albanian occupiers of their property.
Police found 23 bullets among the broken glass and empty chargers in the street. The evidence, according to the police, suggests that the attackers used a Kalashnikov AK-47 in the shooting. Radosavljevic's were then evacuated from the premises by the police and placed in the apartment of their relatives in downtown Klina. Police made a statement that an investigation is in progress. In 1999, Radosavljevic's family fled Klina fearing Kosovo Muslim violence. Their home was then illegally occupied by a member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, a Muslim Albanian guerrilla force, who then rented the house to two other Muslim Albanians.
Alleged terrorist's assets seized in Albania
January 2, 2007
Albanian authorities have moved to block another set of properties belonging to alleged al-Qaeda terrorist Yasin al-Qadi.
Albanian authorities announced late last month that they have frozen more assets of an alleged associate of Osama bin Laden. According to the Finance Ministry, four apartments, a house, four bars and shops, as well as two hectares of land were seized. A spokesman for the ministry declined to give an exact figure regarding their value.
The property belongs to Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi businessman whom the US Treasury Department has designated a global terrorist, and who is also on a UN Security Council list of suspected terrorists. He allegedly channeled funds to al-Qaeda via a foundation he headed.
Al-Qadi, who left Albania years ago, is thought to be associated with Abdul Latif Saleh, who holds Jordanian and Albanian citizenship and is suspected of being linked to Egypt's Islamic Jihad, a terror group connected to al-Qaeda. The United States has alleged that bin Laden provided Saleh with funds to encourage the formation of extremist groups in Albania.
Saleh set up an Albanian jihadist organisation, financed by the al-Haramain Foundation, with the goal of destabilising Albania by "fomenting conflict among the different religious groups in the country", according to the US Treasury Department.
* Investigators say Qaeda, Lashkar and Mehsud killed Allama Turabi
* Bombs used in suicide attacks in Karachi prepared in tribal areas
KARACHI: After investigating the three bomb blasts that took place in Karachi in 2006, the police have come to the conclusion that terrorist groups with different priorities have ganged up. They are specifically worried about the Laskhar-e-Jhangvi, Al Qaeda and the Abdullah Mehsud-led group of Afghanistan.
The first suicide bombing took place on March 3 behind the US Consulate, killing diplomat David Foy and three others. Two men, Anwarul Haq and Usman Ghani, are being tried in an anti-terrorism court for the attack. The alleged suicide bomber was identified as Raja Mohammad Tahir, a resident of Karachi, who had spent time in Afghanistan and Wana and had alleged links with Al Qaeda. The car that was used in the attack had been fitted with the explosives in Wana, the police claim.
The second suicide bombing took place about a month later, on April 11, at Nishtar Park at an Eid Miladun Nabi prayer congregation. More than 60 people died, including the entire top hierarchy of the Sunni Tehreek (of the Barelvi school of thought). During investigations, the police, who termed it the biggest terrorist attack of the year, began to suspect that it was sectarian.
Up till now this case could not be solved completely, said a senior CID investigator, who did not wish to be named. But what has surfaced is that the Nishtar Park bombing was about a sectarian clash.
The third suicide attack was on July 14 in which Allama Hasan Turabi was killed along with his nephew outside his house in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. During investigations, the police caught a group from Karachi and identified the suicide attacker as a 16-year-old of Bengali origin named Abdul Karim from Karachi. The police followed clues that took them to Wana in this case, leading them to conclude that the LJ, Al Qaeda and the Abdullah Mehsud-led group of Afghanistan were behind the job.
Investigators told Daily Times that some LJ men with links to Karachi went to Wana where they got in touch with the Abdullah Mehsud-led group. They then befriended Abdullah Mehsuds cousin, Abid Mehsud. Through Abid they developed more links with Al Qaeda in Karachi and upon Abids advice roped in some young men from Orangi Town.
The jacket that was used in the Turabi suicide attack had been prepared in Darra Adam Khel by a man the investigators called Hazrat Ali, who was found dead after an explosion in a house in the area.
CID investigators said that for the first time it has been proved that LJ and Al Qaeda worked together in the sectarian case. Karim, who allegedly killed Turabi, was, however, neither linked to the LJ nor Al Qaeda, investigators pointed out, saying that they believed he was brainwashed into doing the job.
THANK YOU nw.
Militants rocket Afghan district from Pakistan
SHARAN, Dec 31 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Officials in the southeastern province of Paktika said Sunday Taliban fighters have fired 20 rockets from Pakistan on a border district of Afghanistan.
Paktika governor Dr Akram Khpalwak told Pajhwok Afghan News all the rockets fired Saturday evening hit Barmal district, but did not cause any casualties since they landed in farms and uninhabited areas in villages. The attack, however, has caused heavy material losses for people, said the governor.
Khpalwak blamed Pakistan for sending militants to Afghanistan for fighting and allowing them to use the Pakistani soil for attacks on border areas of Afghanistan. He said antigovernment elements were crossing the joint border from the neighboring country and were returning back after conducting attacks in Afghanistan.
Barmal district was visited the same day by defence minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak to encourage the national army soldiers for protection of their land by participating with them in the in the Eid festival.
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Thanks again, Ian!
Thank Oorang for the links.
So, he has more property blocked?
This is interesting.
"Alleged terrorist's assets seized in Albania"
January 2, 2007
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"Spain calls off ETA talks"
Jan. 2, 2007 at 11:55PM
I don't believe a newborn American is inherently more intelligent than a newborn Russian, Inuit, Irani or Aussie.
I believe the fact that the U.S. is a free country is the difference. In spite of our public educational system, young people grow up surrounded by freedom and the thirst for sharing freedom with other peoples.
The other factor that can't be ignored is that the U.S. is strong and uses that strength for the benefit of the World in a quest for spreading freedom beyond it's current bounds.
02 January 2007
"The 'Stamp Out Snitch' campaign, jihad style"
The problem is that about half of the country doesn't understand (doesn't WANT to understand) that we're in a war - a war that has been declared on us because of who we are, i.e. the leading Western power. Sadly, roughly half of our "leaders" (i.e. most of the Dem Party, and some Republicans) are either too stupid to understand what's going on, or they're not taking it seriously and using/fanning doubts about the war to serve their own political interests. The dinosaur media, which most of the public still pays attention to, is largely a cheerleader for the enemy, further compounding the problem.
IOW, we're fighting a very limited engagement with our hands tied behind our back. Welcome to the first PC war (and hopefully the last). I pray that we survive despite ourselves, and learn the appropriate lessons. Bismarck's quote "God protects fools, drunks and the United States" remains accurate, as does Churchill's that "the Americans always do the right thing, after trying everything else first."
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Imminent Release of "First Islamic Computer Program for Secure Exchange [of Information] on the Internet"
On January 1, 2007 the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) announced the imminent release of new computer software called "Mujahideen Secret." According to the advertisement for the software (see below), it is "the first Islamic computer program for secure exchange [of information] on the Internet," and it provides users with "the five best encryption algorithms, and with symmetrical encryption keys (256 bit), asymmetrical encryption keys (2048 bit) and data compression [tools]."
02 January 2007
"Speaking of jihadi counter-intelligence efforts..."
"China's Second Artillery Corps: New Trends in Force Modernization, Doctrine and Training"
(January 2, 2007)
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Weekly Piracy Report
2-8 January 2007
The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 2 to 8 January 2007.
Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
Forty one incidents have been reported since 28.01.2006. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Ships are advised to take extra precautions.
The IMB Report on Piracy and Armed Attacks on Ships from January to September 2006 is now published. Please see the end of this page to order.
None reported during the week.
Recently reported incidents
26.12.2006 0200 UTC in position 07:06S-039:41E, 10nm off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Pirates from a 6 metre wooden fishing boat boarded a container ship underway in the forepart. They broke open 8 containers and stole cargo contents. The pirates escaped and were seen heading towards the shore.
26.12.2006 1950 LT in position : 12:01.2S-077:11.0W, Inner Anchorage No.1 , Callao, Peru.
Three robbers armed with guns and knives boarded a bulk carrier and tied up the watchman. Another watchman noticed the robbers and informed the bridge. Master sounded whistle and general alarm. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship's stores.
23.12.2006 early hours, 8.2 nautical miles off Mullaithievu, NE Sri Lanka
A general cargo vessel at anchor, with engine problems was surrounded by six small boats with armed LTTE personnel on board. Shots were fired and the vessel was boarded by the armed group who forced the Master to weigh anchor. Communication and computer equipment from the vessel was said to have been stolen from the vessel. The 25 crew members were taken from the vessel to a rebel camp ashore and finally released to the International Committee for the Red Cross in Colombo. The condition of the vessel and the 14000 tons of rice cargo on board are not known.
19.12.2006 at 1932 LT in position 00-32:6S 043:57.8E, off Somalia
A bulk carrier underway received a distress call from a ship asking for help. The unidentified ship was at that time at five miles off the starboard bow and there were a group of men on deck. The vessel did not appear to be in distress. Master suspected piracy attempt took evasive manoeuvres and increased speed. The suspect ship followed for two miles before aborting the attack.
Let's hope 2007 is a quiet year. I have no reason to believe it will be.
Updated: January 2nd, 2007 04:04 PM EDT
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"Emergency Crews Answer Calls at O'Hare 3 Times a Week"
The Chicago Sun-Times
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "To passengers, they can be unnerving. To pilots and firefighters, they are fairly routine.
At least three or four times a week on flights bound for O'Hare Airport, emergencies are called by pilots during flight, bringing fire trucks and ambulances to the runway area as a precaution. Almost always, the plane lands safely.
In 2006, there were 177 of these emergency calls -- known as "stand-bys" when they occur during flight and "emergency alerts" when they happen on the ground -- according to figures provided by the Chicago Fire Department.
Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said stand-bys and emergency alerts "happen more often than people think," but they represent a small fraction of the more than 900,000 flights O'Hare handles each year."
"DC has new radio show on homeland security"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Washington-area public radio station begins airing next week a weekly magazine show dedicated to homeland security.
WAMU will broadcast the hour-long program, "Homeland Security: Inside and Out," on Wednesday evenings, the station said on its Web site.
The program is produced by Texas A&M University radio station, KAMU, and is co-hosted by David McIntyre, director of the university's Integrative Center for Homeland Security, and retired Air Force Col. Randall Larsen, director of the Washington-based Institute for Homeland Security.
The program has been on the air since March last year in a 30-minute format, and will expand to its new length on its home broadcast on KAMU Tuesday evenings, Larsen told United Press International."
"Dems slam border screening rules"
By Shaun Waterman Jan 2, 2007, 16:37 GMT
ARTICLE SNIPPET: WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- A computer system that screens those arriving in the United States for potential indicators of terrorist activity is in danger of violating the Fourth Amendment, says the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
In public comments filed Friday on the privacy implications of the Automated Targeting System for Passengers, or ATS-P, operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., expressed several concerns about the system, including the way it makes the travel records of U.S. citizens available to other government agencies."
"These sneakers will track your every move"
Miami Herald ^ | 2 January 2007 | Bridget Carey
Posted on 01/02/2007 10:24:54 PM PST by bd476
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
"Clear Guidance's New Home"
"Islamic Networking > General Discussions > Current Affairs
Must Read: Why did I take arms against the United States?"
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Tuesday, January 02, 2007"Iranian Special Weapons Facilities
Images and Locations of Iran's special weapons facilities from FAS.org:"
Daniel Pipes' Weblog
"Islamists in the Hospital Ward"
December 29, 2006
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Argentina wants talks on Falklands
The Australian ^ | January 03, 2007
Posted on 01/02/2007 11:37:32 PM PST by Dundee
ARGENTINA today reaffirmed its claim of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and urged Britain to agree to discuss the thorny issue which led to a brief war in 1982.
The foreign ministry, in a statement on the eve of the 174th anniversary of Britain's control of the Atlantic islands, reiterated that gaining authority over the islands was a "permanent and inalienable objective".
The ministry said it was incomprehensible that Britain refused to discuss Argentina's claim over the Falklands since the UN and Organisation of American States had urged both countries to "renew bilateral negotiations".
The Atlantic islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas, have been a British territory since 1833.
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CAPTURED TERRORISTS AND CONVICTED TERRORISTS:
"Help us put more terrorists behind bars"
Thanks for your work Ian. Healthy and Happy 2007 to you. BTTT!
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"Russian Air Defense Sales to Iran, Syria Continue on Schedule"
Posted on 01/03/2007 12:00:04 AM PST by DTAD
"Russian Missile Failures"
Charles R. Smith
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006
COLUMN SNIPPET: "There are signs that relations between Washington and Moscow are not all wine and roses. One ongoing argument between Russia and the U.S. centers on nuclear technology sales to Iran. Russia support for Iran also includes sales of sophisticated air defense systems to protect Iranian nuclear sites."
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"Don't forget to wash your hands"
-Dr. Art Hister with updates from the MediResource clinical team
"Victoria is superbug 'epicentre'
About 800 cases seen here since April as highly infectious bacteria makes its way across country"
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2007
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Greater Victoria is the Canadian hotspot for a highly infectious superbug spreading across the country that can cause weeping sores or, in extreme cases, pneumonia or death."
"Three times as deadly as MRSA - and new superbug is on the rise"
LYNDSAY MOSSHEALTH CORRESPONDENT
SNIPPET: "Clostridium difficile (C difficile) superbug cases rising
New particularly virulent strain - 027 - potentially a 'huge problem'
100 deaths in Scotland in 2005, with 2006 figures in later this year"
Thanks for the ping. I have a feeling this thread is going to get a lot busier in the new year......
Many thanks, nwctwx!
Happy New Year and the best of health and happiness!
Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2007, 07:53 GMT
"Bangkok on alert after bombings"
Good morning crabbie and SheLion.
A blessed New Year to you both.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Wed Jan 03 2007 02:50:14 GMT-0800.
January 1, 2007
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IDF force finds 60 kg explosive near Jenin
Published: 01.03.07, 11:44
An IDF force found a 60 kg (132 lbs.) bomb west of Jenin. Tuesday night, an IDF lookout point noticed Palestinians laying a bomb west of Jenin, and detonated the bomb Wednesday morning in a controlled manner by Border Guard sappers.
According to the IDF, the explosive was meant to hurt IDF forces operating in the area. (Efrat Weiss)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Wed Jan 03 2007 03:32:06 GMT-0800.
October 11, 2006
January 3rd, 2007
"More Warnings for Travelers Going Abroad"
Jan 3rd - 4:53am
J.J. Green, WTOP Radio
"QuickTime zero-day bug threatens Macs, PCs"
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: January 2, 2007, 11:50 AM PST
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