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Posted on 02/01/2007 7:36:02 PM PST by nwctwx

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How al-Qaida Fared in 2006
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In 2006, agents of al-Qaida, as well as those inspired by its ideology, continued their attacks. Violence in Iraq intensified, and Afghanistan saw its bloodiest year since 2001.

Despite worsening chaos on those fronts, counterterrorist forces arrested and killed high-profile terrorists and kept the West free from attack. But these actions don't appear to have weakened the appeal of al-Qaida's agenda. "Home-grown" militants around the world joined its jihad, as regional fighting heightened perceptions of a global war on Islam.

Here's an assessment of some of the most significant gains and losses for al-Qaida last year: Read more..

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1 posted on 02/01/2007 7:36:05 PM PST by nwctwx
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2 posted on 02/01/2007 7:36:32 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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ping to new thread

3 posted on 02/01/2007 7:37:33 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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4 posted on 02/01/2007 7:38:18 PM PST by null and void (<----- Shocked and odd...)
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5 posted on 02/01/2007 7:43:27 PM PST by processing please hold (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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New Poll Shows Worry Over Islamic Terror Threat, to Be Detailed in Special FNC Report

In a sample of 900 registered voters nationwide, 64% said the threats should be taken “very seriously” and another 24% thought they should be taken “somewhat seriously.”

The poll was conducted for a FOX News documentary, “Radical Islam: Terror in Its Own Words,” which premieres Saturday Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. and at midnight on the FOX News Channel.

The FOX News documentary also contains never-before-broadcast video of Islamic clerics in the United States predicting and even threatening violence against Americans at home.

6 posted on 02/01/2007 7:56:26 PM PST by FairOpinion (Tell Congress: Work for Victory in Iraq. Stop Hillary. Go to:
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To: nwctwx

Thanks thanks.

Has anyone had any dreams/visions re the Super Bowl?

or any other thread matrix related stuff via such a route?

7 posted on 02/01/2007 7:57:28 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE & HIS ENEMIES BE 100% DONE-IN; & ISLAM & TRAITORS FLUSHED)
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Not sure if this was posted in the other thread, came across it tonight searching things out. I think Williams is a few steps away from being nothing more than a scaremonger, but who knows..


New Evidence Ties Former Soviet Spy's Death to American Hiroshima
by Paul L. Williams and Jeffrey M. Epstein

New evidence has come to light that Alexander Litvinenko may have been involved with Islamic terrorists in the preparation of tactical nuclear weapons for use in the jihad against the United States and its NATO allies.

Litvinenko, a former KGB agent, died in London on November 23 after ingesting a microscopic amount of polonium-210.

Investigators have now uncovered the following: In a deathbed statement, Litvinenko blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the poisoning -- an accusation which the Kremlin has vehemently denied.

The denial was contradicted by the fact that polonium-210 is a rare radiological substance that is man-made by bombarding Bismuth-209 with neutrons within a nuclear reactor. It is expensive to produce and difficult to handle. Polonium-210 is also rare -- fewer than four ounces are produced annually. All of the reported production comes from Russian reactors. This amount is purchased annually by the United States, simply to keep the substance from leaking into the black market. Several rogue nations have been suspected of clandestinely producing polonium-210 for nefarious purposes. A quantity was detected in Iran by IAEA inspectors and in North Korea by U. S. airborne samplings.

When Russian officials resorted to nuclear poisoning in the past -- including the assassination of two Swiss intelligence officials who were engaged with Russia and South Africa in the nuclear black market -- they relied on such readily available radiological substances as cesium-137 in salt form.

According to nuclear expert David Morgan, killing a spy or political dissident with a grain or two of polonium-210 is as ludicrous as shooting a rat with a howitzer. Indeed, if Litvinenko was a victim of radiological assassination, his murder would represent the costliest hit in human history with a price tag of $30 million.

Litvinenko, who was born an orthodox Christian, was a convert to Islam with close ties to the Chechen rebels. His last words consisted of his desire to be buried "according to Muslim tradition."

This wish was not fulfilled. The former spy was buried in a plain wooden coffin from a London mosque but was sealed in a Jacobean oak Garratt casket and laid to rest in Highgate Cemetery -- not the day after his death -- but on December 7, 17 days after his mysterious demise. The imam refused to allow the casket to enter the mosque because of fears of radiation contamination.

In recent years, considerable attention has been paid to suitcase nukes that were developed by U.S. and Soviet forces during the Cold War. Reliable sources, including Hans Blix of the United Nation, have confirmed that bin Laden purchased several of these devises from the Chechen rebels in 1996. According to Sharif al-Masri and other al Qaeda operatives who have been taken into custody, several of these weapons have been forward deployed to the United States in preparation for al Qaeda's next attack on American soil.

The neutron source or "triggers" of the reported suitcase nukes are composed of beryllium-9 and polonium-210. When these two elements are combined, the alpha particle is absorbed by the nucleus of the beryllium causing it to decay by emitting a neutron. Such "triggers" were a feature of early nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Soviet stockpiles.

Polonium-210 has a half-life of 138 days, necessitating the replacement of the triggers every six months. For this reason, the suitcase nukes are far from maintenance-free. In addition, the nuclear core of these devises emit a temperature in excess of one hundred degrees Fahrenheit -- further exposing the weapons to oxidation and rust. Small wonder that al Qaeda operatives including Adnan el-Shukrijumah, who are spearheading "the American Hiroshima" have received extensive training in nuclear technology.

Polonium-beryllium triggers are packaged in foil packs about the size of a package on sugar on a restaurant table. When the twin foil packages are crushed, the elements mix and the neutrons are emitted. A courier transporting nuclear triggers could have had a mishap causing the packages to rupture and a trail of contamination to occur.

Polonium-210 is a fine powder, easily aerosolized. Litvinenko could have inhaled the powder, or had a grain or two on his fingers when he ate the sushi.

The most probable source of the polonium packets, according to investigators, remains North Korea. The nuclear bomb which was tested by North Korea on October 9, 2006, registered 4.2 on the Richter scale -- displaying an explosive yield of five to 15 kilotons. The Bush Administration dismissed the test as a "fizzle." But the explosion matched the yield of a Soviet Small Atomic Munitions Device (SADM), such as a suitcase nuke with a plutonium core.

A dozen associates of Litvinenko have displayed symptoms of polonium poisoning. The list includes Andrei Lugovoi, a former KGB colleague of Litvinenko, who met with the deceased at the Millenium Hotel in London on November 1, 2006, the day Litvinenko became ill; Dimitry Kovtun, Lugovoi's business associate, who attended that meeting; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who had dinner with Litvinenko the evening of November 1 at the Itsu Sushi Restaurant; and Litvinenko's Russian wife, Marina.

Traces of the lethal substance have been found in Litvinenko's home in Muswell Hill, two London hotels, and two British Airways 757s.

In an interview with The Independent shortly before the poisoning became public, Scaramella said that Litvinenko had been involved in the smuggling of radioactive material to Zurich. He also said that black market dealings in radioactive isotopes provided Litvinenko with badly need revenue to meet his living expenses.

Litvinenko's father said that the former Soviet spy had converted to Islam before his death. He told the press: "He [Alexander] said I want to be buried according to Islamic tradition. I said okay son. It will be as you wish. We already have one Muslim in our family. The important thing is to believe in the Almighty. God is one."

8 posted on 02/01/2007 7:58:44 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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Here and thank you for the ping.

9 posted on 02/01/2007 8:01:32 PM PST by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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you're welcome

10 posted on 02/01/2007 8:05:48 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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11 posted on 02/01/2007 8:05:55 PM PST by null and void (<----- Shocked and odd...)
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Muslim rebels bust comrades out of Philippine

COTABATO, Philippines - Muslim insurgents using grenade launchers blasted their way into a prison in the southern Philippines early on Friday and freed 47 inmates, according to its warden.

Three guards were wounded in the pre-dawn attack on Kidapawan City prison, on Mindanao island, in the latest violation of a truce between the Philippine government and the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF.) Warden Red Marasigan said about 20 MILF guerrillas attacked the prison just before dawn, blasting a wall down with grenade launchers.

As some insurgents kept guards pinned down with rifle fire, others entered the jail to free prisoners. Those who escaped all faced serious charges such as bombing and kidnapping. Among them was Ali Sultan, a suspected MILF member being held for allegedly bombing Kidapawan's commercial district in October 2003, injuring three, Marasigan said. It was the second jail break in recent months in the area. In December heavily armed men raided the provincial prison in Cotabato City freeing a Muslim guerrilla jailed for the 2003 bombing of the local airport. No one was killed in the bombing but the airport terminal was extensively damaged.

Military spokesman Colonel Julieto Ando said Friday the MILF "most likely had a hand" in the latest jail break, adding the military would soon lodge a complaint with the joint peace panel monitoring the truce. MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu denied the attackers and escaped detainees were members of the MILF, saying the jailbreak was likely carried out by relatives of the inmates. The government has ordered a hunt for the freed prisoners and those behind the attack.

The 12,000-strong MILF had been waging a separatist rebellion in Mindanao since 1978, but it signed a 2003 truce with Manila to pave the way for peace talks. Negotiations, however, are bogged down by MILF demands for economic control of areas they claim as "ancestral domain." Malaysia, which has been hosting the peace talks, has sent monitors to the island of Mindanao to make sure the ceasefire terms are not violated.;_ylt=A0WTUeg4s8JFH7UAYBJvaA8F;_ylu=X3oDMTA0cDJlYmhvBHNlYwM-

Taytay raid kills ‘bomber,’ nabs 3 (Phillipines)
Friday, February, 2 2007

An Islamic militant was killed and two others captured in a pre-dawn raid Thursday on their bases just east of the Philippine capital Manila, police said. Marines and police officers launched the assault on two villages near the town of Taytay, triggering a firefight that lasted several hours.

The raid was launched after intelligence indicated former members of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s “special operations group” were hiding in the area, said Senior Supt. Asher Dolina. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) announced the government had foiled a bombing plot, citing discovery of a chunk of the explosive C-4 and components in the manufacture of bombs.


12 posted on 02/01/2007 8:06:04 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: nwctwx

Thank you once again!

13 posted on 02/01/2007 8:08:47 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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Pakistan: Unearthed Terror Plots Raise Fears Of Greater Danger Ahead

Karachi, 1 Feb. 2007 - Authorities in Pakistan are concerned that the series of terrorist plots unearthed this week by security forces indicate that al-Qaeda is planning major attacks across the country, a top Pakistani security official has told Adnkronos International (AKI). Al-Qaeda's ire and its desire to sow destruction stems from a military strike in Pakistan's South Waziristan region last month, the official said speaking on condition of anonymity.

The security official who spoke to AKI is linked to the Pakistani National Crisis Management Cell - a body which coordinates the counter-terrorism activities of several law enforcing agencies and the interior ministry.

The strike, an aerial raid on a militant camp in which many people were killed prompted the chief of the Pakistan based Taliban in South Waziristan, Baitullah Mehsud, to announce a declaration of war against Islamabad.

The escalation of terrorist activities has been evident over the two days as security forces foiled planned attacks in several cities, including Dera Ismail Khan, Multan, and Peshawar. Dozens of terror suspects, including Afghan nationals were rounded up. “Many Uzbek members of al-Qaeda live in South Waziristan including the chief of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Tahir Jan (Tahir Yaldeshiv). They are real hardliners and the main source of many terror activities in Pakistan in the past," the official told AKI.

"When Pakistan signed an accord with the Taliban in South Waziristan, it was agreed that all foreign militants would be confined to the country's remote tribal areas and that they would not go to the tribal headquarter towns or Pakistan's cities. This measure proved to be a great help containing terrorism, to the extent that it almost came to a halt in Pakistan. It also helped to thwart al-Qaeda from pursuing its global agendas especially in European countries,” the official added.

“However, there is evidence that Baitullah Mehsud has allowed foreign militants to launch attacks against Pakistan. Initial inquiries show that the person who carried out the suicide bomb attack against the Hotel Marriort in Islamabad (last Friday which killed the bomber and a security guard) also come from Uzbek ethnic stock. We are now of the opinion that this destructive trend could spread all over the world and especially Europe,” the official maintained.

Sources said that the latest escalation in terrorist activities occur at a time when the Taliban are on the verge of launching a spring offensive in Afghanistan, the preparations for which have been noted in Pakistan, especially all along the borderlands of south western province of Baluchistan and in the north-western tribal region.

As part of the campaign, thousands of youths are being recruited every week and are being sent to fortified hideouts between Pakistan and Afghanistan, prompting the concern that a major terror offensive could also target Pakistan.

14 posted on 02/01/2007 8:09:40 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: nwctwx

As always your work is greatly appreciated. Thanks once again for the ping.

15 posted on 02/01/2007 8:10:35 PM PST by angelsonmyside
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To: nwctwx

Thanks. Hope things are going well for you. Are you still happy with the new job?

16 posted on 02/01/2007 8:11:14 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Quix

I'll come out of the shadows on this one, I had a vision just recently of a vessel disguised as a Coast Guard patrol boat but was instead crewed by terrorists and I think the target was a huge natural gas cargo ship that they were going to explode. The predominate part of the dream was the focus of the terrorists using the igsignia to gain trust, I think this was formed by the recent attack in Iraq that killed our servicemen.

17 posted on 02/01/2007 8:17:39 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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Is it February already !?! What happened to January?

18 posted on 02/01/2007 8:19:23 PM PST by Godzilla (When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.)
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Yes, it's going well. Foreign Policy just hired a director of communications, so I finally have a boss. ;-)

Been there almost 11 months now! Today was my yr anniversary in DC... all is about as well as it could be I must say.

19 posted on 02/01/2007 8:19:37 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: nwctwx

Thank you for the ping.

20 posted on 02/01/2007 8:22:58 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Pray for peace, but prepare for the worst disaster. Protect your loved ones.)
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11 months?!? I thought it had only been about 6 months. Time flies, that is certain. Good for you and I hope things continue to go your way. You deserve it with all the effort you have put into your education. Keep up the good work.
21 posted on 02/01/2007 8:28:50 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Please ask amongst your network until you get a connection to a Spirit-filled Christian in homeland security . . . and inform that person of your dream ASAP.

If anyone hereon knows such a person who'd respect such input enough to raise the warning for that sort of thing--lease speak up on the thread or in FREEPMAIL.

22 posted on 02/01/2007 8:39:23 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE & HIS ENEMIES BE 100% DONE-IN; & ISLAM & TRAITORS FLUSHED)
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To: Eye of Unk

I do NOT think your dream was an average mental sorting dream.

23 posted on 02/01/2007 8:39:51 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE & HIS ENEMIES BE 100% DONE-IN; & ISLAM & TRAITORS FLUSHED)
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Iranians arrested in raid on Gaza's Islamic university

Palestinian security arrested seven Iranian citizens during a raid at the Islamic University, a Hamas stronghold in Gaza City, a security official said, and another committed suicide during the raid. The raid came during a large-scale assault by Fatah-affiliated gunmen on the university. A Hamas official denied the claim and said there were no Iranian citizens at the university.

The raid came at the end of a day of clashes that collapsed a three-day truce between the warring factions. Iran has supplied Hamas with funds, but there have been no previous claims of Iranians working with Hamas in Gaza.

U.S. Special Forces using Mullah Omar's compound in Afghanistan to plan missions
February 1, 2007

FIREBASE MAHOLIC, Afghanistan: Osama bin Laden built it. Taliban leader Mullah Omar lived in it. But today it's men of the U.S. Army's Special Forces who call it home.

Firebase Maholic, a sprawling and spacious compound on the outskirts of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, is plush living by typical standards of the Special Forces, known as the Green Berets. There's plenty of serious work here. A constant roar of shooting-range gunfire bounces off a towering granite peak behind the complex. Military missions are planned here. And Special Forces soldiers recently started training 130 new Afghan recruits for the country's fledgling auxiliary police force.

"The irony of this is that the home of the (Taliban's) supreme leader is being used to train forces whose mission it is to destroy the force he created," said Rusty, the team leader of a Special Forces detachment. Teams usually consist of 12 members. Rusty, like all Green Beret soldiers in the field, is not allowed to be fully identified.


Saudi police seize armed man entering Mecca mosque
Fri Feb 2, 2007

RIYADH - Saudi police arrested a man with weapons hidden under his clothes as he tried to enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest site, a Saudi security official said on Friday.

Police stopped the man late on Thursday because he appeared to be acting strangely. He was carrying a revolver and a sub-machinegun under his clothes, and was wearing what appeared to be a suicide belt but which later proved to be fake. The man's nationality was not clear.

Militants sympathetic to Al Qaeda launched a campaign to topple the U.S.-allied Saudi monarchy in 2003. Sunni-Shi'ite Muslim violence in Iraq and Lebanon has raised fears of sectarian strife across the region. Militants stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, in a rebellion that was crushed two weeks later.

24 posted on 02/01/2007 8:44:57 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After





25 posted on 02/01/2007 8:51:06 PM PST by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

THANK YOU nw for starting this new thread.

26 posted on 02/01/2007 8:53:22 PM PST by Cindy
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More Mugniyah (January 31, 2007) - weblog (NEWSWEEK): "MUGHNIYEH MAKING A COMEBACK?" (January 28, 2007) - Terrorism Monitor: "IRAN'S TERRORIST ASSET: A HISTORY OF IMAD MUGNIYAH" by Carl Anthony Wege (September 8, 2006) - INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S.): "Argentina accuses Iran of responsibility for the Hezbollah terrorist attack which destroyed Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, 1994. The Argentinean Attorney General's office announced it had found Iran responsible for the terrorist attack and an Argentinean judge issued arrest warrants for seven senior Iranians and one senior Hezbollah member" (November 14, 2006)



27 posted on 02/01/2007 8:58:48 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All; backhoe; piasa

=== - Videos - Topic: "IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM"


"Iran President Vows to Push Nuke Program"
AP by way of Forbes ^ | 02FEB07 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI

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"Bush's backdoor attack: Iran via Hizbullah"
YnetNews.Com ^ |

Posted on 02/01/2007 6:45:00 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2



"[Hillary] Clinton wants talks with Iran"
Reuters ^ | Feb 01, 2007 | Michelle Nichols

Posted on 02/01/2007 8:29:42 PM PST by jdm

NEW YORK (Reuters)

28 posted on 02/01/2007 9:09:20 PM PST by Cindy
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Paper no. 2119

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

29 posted on 02/01/2007 10:21:21 PM PST by Cindy
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"48,000 in baby formula seized in national case"
Updated at 12:54 p.m.
Updated at 3:21 p.m.
Updated at 4:46 p.m.
February 1, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "STUART — State agents and local deputies have captured members of a baby formula theft ring that is part of a national operation, according to officials and reports released Thursday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with the Martin County Sheriff's Office, arrested seven people and seized $48,000 worth of formula mix, FDLE spokeswoman Susie Murphy said and the reports showed."

30 posted on 02/01/2007 10:29:44 PM PST by Cindy
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February 01, 2007
"This was predictable..."


"Hamas: We seized American weapons"
Claims arms meant for Abbas forces taken by terrorists in Gaza ambush
Posted: February 1, 2007
10:36 a.m. Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "JERUSALEM – Hamas today carried out an ambush in which it obtained an American weapons shipment transferred last night to militias in the Gaza Strip associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, top Hamas officials told WND.

Fatah at first told reporters the shipment contained medical equipment and tents and then claimed the shipment consisted of engineering equipment.

The U.S. weapons were provided to Abbas purportedly to bolster Fatah forces against Hamas, according to defense sources. The two factions have engaged in nearly two months of deadly clashes after Abbas called for new Palestinian elections in a move widely seen as an attempt to dismantle the Hamas-led PA.

Palestinian officials and sources in the Israeli Defense Forces told WND four trucks filled with U.S. weapons were transported last night from Egypt through the Kerem Shalom crossing into Israel and from there delivered by an IDF convoy to Fatah security officials.

The American weapons shipment, the sources said, contained rocket-propelled grenades, more than 1 million rounds of ammunition and bullet-proof vests."

31 posted on 02/01/2007 10:45:20 PM PST by Cindy
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32 posted on 02/01/2007 10:46:19 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy



33 posted on 02/01/2007 10:50:41 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All; Judith Anne; NautiNurse; Jeff Head


"Study: China's Army Harvesting Body Parts From Live Prisoners, Particularly Falun Gong Members"

Thursday, February 01, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "China's military is harvesting organs from unwilling live prison inmates, mostly Falun Gong practitioners, for transplants on a large scale — including to foreign recipients — according to a study.

The report's authors — Canada's former secretary of state for the Asia Pacific region David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas — implicated dozens of hospitals and jails throughout China in July, after a two-month investigation.

Chinese officials denied those allegations.

Matas and Kilgour's second report, released today, includes interviews with organ recipients in 30 countries and Canadian hospital staff who cared for more than 100 patients who had undergone suspicious transplant surgeries in China."

34 posted on 02/01/2007 10:55:03 PM PST by Cindy
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Recall -- Firm Press Release
FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Whole Foods Market is Voluntarily Recalling 6,000 Jars of 365 Everyday Value Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Whole Foods Market

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Austin, TX -- January 31, 2007 -- Effective immediately, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 6,000 jars of a 32,000-jar lot of its 365 Everyday Value Kalamata Olive Tapenade because the product may contain glass fragments, which may cause injury if ingested.

The code for the product is found on the top of the lid and the number is: B.B. 14/09/2009 L 257/06 with time stamps ranging from 14:00 through 16:00. Jars with time stamps within this range should be discarded and not consumed. The recalled product was distributed nationwide to Whole Foods Market stores. It comes in an 8.12 ounce jar with a purple and brown label. The barcode number (UPC) for the product is 0009948241757. The decision for the recall came after the Company received two reports in Texas of glass being found in the product.

Customers can return the affected product to their local store for a full refund. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Whole Foods Market at 512/542-0656 or



"Arkansas Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products for Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination"
(January 29, 2007)


"Oregon Firm Recalls Smoked Hams Due To Possible Underprocessing"
(January 26, 2007)

35 posted on 02/01/2007 11:03:56 PM PST by Cindy
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Press Release
January 30, 2007


36 posted on 02/01/2007 11:08:20 PM PST by Cindy
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"Terrorists and Criminals Gain Entry Into US Through Fraud"
January 23, 2007
Vox Populi
By Jim Kouri, CPP

37 posted on 02/01/2007 11:09:54 PM PST by Cindy
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January 30, 2007

Federal jury convicts Indian national on 5 counts for role in large-scale human smuggling ring
Defendant arranged transportation for aliens smuggled from India and Pakistan

SEATTLE - An Indian national from Kent, Wash., faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted here yesterday for his role in a large-scale human smuggling network that illegally brought Indian and Pakistani nationals across the U.S.-Canada border into Washington state.

Following a seven-day trial, a federal jury found Harminder Singh, 38, guilty on charges of conspiracy to smuggle and transport illegal aliens, bringing an illegal alien to the United States, two counts of transporting illegal aliens, and one count of harboring an alien. Upon completion of his jail term, the government will seek Singh's deportation from the United States.

Singh's conviction follows a far-reaching investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection into the human smuggling scheme. The multi-agency probe revealed that the defendants charged aliens between $20,000 to $35,000 for passage through Canada into the United States. According to testimony in the case, Singh served as the point of contact for the smuggled aliens and arranged for their transportation to cities throughout the United States.

"This case illustrates that ICE, working closely with our federal and international counterparts, is committed to identifying and dismantling human smuggling operations," said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Seattle. "Individuals who engage in this type of activity will be brought to justice."

During the investigation, Singh was recorded on numerous wire-tapped phone calls discussing smuggling activities with his Canadian co-conspirators. Singh also accompanied a smuggled alien from Seattle to New York, paying $2,000 in illegal transportation costs.

A total of 19 defendants were charged in two separate indictments in connection with the smuggling ring. To date, 11 have been convicted or entered guilty pleas. Four additional defendants are being extradited from Canada to face charges in the United States.

Singh remains in federal custody pending his sentencing. No sentencing date has yet been set.

-- ICE --

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January 30, 2007

"'BEST' officers arrest 3 tractor-trailer drivers, seize their rigs
15 Mexican nationals found hidden inside 18-wheelers, SUV after illegally entering United States"

EL PASO, Texas

39 posted on 02/01/2007 11:19:04 PM PST by Cindy
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Weekly Piracy Report
24-30 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 24 to 30 January 2007.


Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
Forty seven incidents have been reported since 28.01.2006. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Ships are advised to take extra precautions.

The 2006 Annual IMB Report on Piracy and Armed Attacks against Ships is now published. Please see the end of this page to order.

Suspicious crafts

28.01.2007 0610 UTC in position : 11:20.0N - 065:09.9E, Indian Ocean.
A vehicle carrier underway received a call on VHF ch.16 from a small craft asking for fresh water. The craft closed in to 2 nm from the starboard quarter. Two other craft approached the ship on the port and stbd bow. Ship increased speed, raised alarm and sounded whistle. Later, the craft reduced speed and moved away.

Recently reported incidents

27.01.2007 0530 LT in position 07:01.38N – 079:39.22E, Colombo Roads, Sri Lanka.
While a container ship was waiting for pilot, port control instructed master to proceed to open sea at full speed. Whilst underway, small boats followed the ship and one of the boats with two persons on board hit ship’s hull at stbd quarter and exploded. Another boat continued to chase the ship. Master immediately called port control for assistance. Two naval boats attended and finally destroyed the boat. Five doors to accommodation and six empty containers damaged.

26.01.2007 0330 LT in position : 06:12.64S - 108:26.01E, Balongan anchorage, Indonesia.
A tanker had one of its liferafts stolen while she was at anchor. The robbers boarded via a small boat. Local police and port security were informed via the local agent.

22.01.2007 1800 UTC in position 01:42N - 101:29E at Dumai anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty officer on an oil tanker at anchorage raised the alarm and alerted the crew when he noticed one robber on board and another attempting to board. The robbers jumped over board and escaped.

21.01.2007 2025 UTC in position 03:38.7N - 099:30.0E, 16nm off Kuala Tanjung, Indonesia.
Several unlit fishing boats approached a container ship underway. The master, suspecting piracy increased speed and started taking evasive action. One of the boats was hit on the stbd bow. The emergency alarm was raised and a search carried out. Two persons were found onboard. No one was injured. No arms were found on them however they were carrying mobile phones. Fearing further attacks and repercussions, the master continued his passage towards Singapore. The owners/agents are making arrangements to handover the two persons to authorities for investigations.

20.01.2007 0930 UTC in position 05:33.5N - 005:24.5E, Chanomi Creek, Nigeria.
Armed militants blocked the channel with many boats with sophisticated heavy weapons. They forced the master to stop the vessel, drop anchor and to lower the gangway. 17 crew members were abducted by the militants who boarded the vessel. The remaining militants took seven crewmembers as hostage and hijacked the vessel. The pilot, on board at the time, was later released. Negotiations between Nigerian authorities and militants are in progress

16.01.2007 2240 LT in position 12:01.75S - 077:11.77W, Callao anchorage, Peru.
Five persons, armed with knives, were seen climbing the stbd side of a general cargo ship at anchorage. The master raised the alarm and the robbers escaped in a wooden boat. The attempt was aborted.

40 posted on 02/01/2007 11:22:39 PM PST by Cindy
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Updated: February 1st, 2007 01:27 PM EDT
Home > Airline and Airport Security News

"Paris-Rome Air France Flight Diverted by Bomb Threat"
The Associated Press

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A bomb alert prompted the pilot of a Paris-Rome flight to divert to Lyon in southeast France on Thursday, and police searched the plane after passengers and crew disembarked, French authorities said.

Authorities in Lyon said the search did not turn up anything suspicious, adding the bomb alert had been received in Rome."

41 posted on 02/01/2007 11:25:41 PM PST by Cindy
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"Blackfive rips Arkin"
(Added February 01, 2007)


"'If they’re going to support us, support us all the way.'"
posted at 10:39 am on January 30, 2007 by Bryan


"Don't Underestimate Antiwar Forces"
By David Limbaugh
Friday, February 2, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "With the growing influence of the antiwar left in this country, particularly emboldened by the November congressional elections, I fear for our nation as I consider the strong possibility it could elect a liberal, antiwar commander in chief during wartime.

"Chill out," you say. "These people have been protesting for years. They're just fringe extremists and no one listens to them."

Really? It would be nice if they could be so easily dismissed. But these so-called extremists -- many of them Sixties radicals -- just happen to dominate our universities, and their sympathizers "own" the mainstream media. There are far more of them in government and politics than you think, and their impact is significant.

One of them would be commander in chief today but for some 120,000 votes in Ohio, or the noble efforts of certain Swift Boat patriots to highlight the other side of his military record."

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"New Iraq Report Makes Case for Victory"
(January 30, 2007)


Attainable Victory vs. The Propaganda of Defeat"

43 posted on 02/01/2007 11:54:00 PM PST by Cindy
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Iran Seeking Longer-Range Strike Force ^

Posted on 02/02/2007 12:35:00 AM PST by DTAD

Iran is working to increase the strike range of its air force to deliver "more powerful strategic weapons systems," including through cooperation with Syria, Jane's Defence Weekly reported Thursday. Citing Western defence sources, the Jane's military information group publication also said Tehran was seeking ways of delivering nuclear payloads other than by missiles.

The weekly said the Islamic republic had been conducting night-time refueling exercises and has increased training of pilots for long-range missions, which it implies could involve a target in the Mediterranean.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

44 posted on 02/02/2007 1:00:43 AM PST by Cindy
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Well now, this is NOT nice:

Thursday, February 01, 2007
"Video: Muslim Students Disrupt Daniel Pipes Speech at UC Irvine"



45 posted on 02/02/2007 1:15:23 AM PST by Cindy
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"Dude, like, send Borat packing"
By Howie Carr
Boston Herald Columnist
Friday, February 2, 2007 - Updated: 01:57 AM EST

COLUMN SNIPPET: "What exactly does a noncitizen have to do to get deported around here?

I guess Peter “Borat” Berdovsky, native of Belarus, won’t answer that because it’s not a hair question. And the Russky Rastaman is now officially a victim - a victim of Chernobyl, as his lawyer/foster father put it in court yesterday, before they went out outside to discuss his hair, which he doesn’t appear to have washed since leaving his native Third World hellhole.

The subcontractor on the moronic Turner Broadcasting terror stunt arrived here as an exchange student, then sought asylum as a political refugee - stop me if you’ve heard this one before."


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"Video: The Boston hoaxers’ surreal, moronic press conference"
posted at 3:18 pm on February 1, 2007 by Allahpundit


"Suspects Refuse to Answer Questions on Botched 'Aqua Teen' Marketing Scheme"
Thursday, February 01, 2007


46 posted on 02/02/2007 1:49:06 AM PST by Cindy
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stepping back in time (Regarding toys and explosives) RECAP:
"Bomb Workshop Uncovered in Nablus"
(Added November 27, 2006"


"Bombs found hidden in toys - police"
From correspondents in New Delhi
January 01, 2007 05:06am

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "TWO suspected Islamic militants had been arrested with explosives hidden inside toys which they planned to blow up at a busy market in New Delhi, Indian police said today.

Samimullah and Ali Mohammad, both from Indian Kashmir, were arrested at a New Delhi railway station on suspicion of belonging to pro-Pakistan militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, senior police official Karnal Singh said.

The arrests came amid tight security in the Indian capital ahead of New Year festivities.

"We received a tip-off that the two men would be coming by train from Jammu (the winter capital of Indian Kashmir)," Mr Singh said.

"We detained them and during interrogation they admitted to being members of the Lashkar, and their plan was to plant two explosive devices."

In their luggage, a bomb disposal squad found two boxes with the toys - a toy duck and a toy bus - filled with explosives, he said.

"It took the squad around three hours to deactivate the two bombs.""


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Re: "Borat"

That hair really was nasty.

48 posted on 02/02/2007 2:12:50 AM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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OPINION: Ditto that...send that guy back to Belarus with a case of shampoo.

49 posted on 02/02/2007 2:15:52 AM PST by Cindy
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50 posted on 02/02/2007 2:16:29 AM PST by Cindy
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