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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: February 2007
Posted on 02/01/2007 7:36:02 PM PST by nwctwx
Have you heard anything on your local news as to what caused the Texas explosion?
No local on yet, I'm not sure where that city is.
Cable has been on Florida all day and I was at work dealing with some folks who are scamming us with bad checks. Ugh :(
Tehran, 2 Feb. 2007 - Iran is building a new, underground nuclear power plant in Natanz, diplomatic sources with the UN atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy agency (IAEA), told Adnkronos International (AKI) on Friday.
Tehran has also refused to install the CCTV cameras of the IAEA necessary to monitor Iran's nuclear programme, which the international community fears is aimed at building nuclear weapons. The new centrifuges to enrich uranium on an industrial scale will be allegedly placed in the new plant.
Iran has announced it means to inaugurate 3,000 new centrifuges and the official confirmation is expected on 11 February, the last day of celebrations marking the 28th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Update on news item posted earlier:
Gaza Security Forces Arrest Seven Iranian Arms Experts
Gaza, 2 Feb. 2007 - Security sources said Fatah-linked Palestinian security forces have arrested seven Iranian weapons experts who include an Iranian army general during a raid at the Islamic University in Gaza City - a Hamas stronghold. Another Iranian committed suicide during the raid, Palestinian reports said. Fatah gunmen also found 1,400 Kalachnikov rifles and rockets, as well as several missiles, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Neither the names nor photographs of the Iranians have been released, and Israel Radio said on Friday the Arab-language media has been cautious in reporting the Fatah claim out of concern it could be part of a Fatah-Hamas propaganda war.
Hamas official Islam Shahwan was quoted as denying the claim and said there were no Iranian citizens at the university. Fatah gunmen left the university compound after Shawan warned Fatah to end its assault of face "very serious consequences."
The raid came during a large scale assault on the university, led by the presidential guard which serves Fatah's party leader and Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, according to security sources. At least two people were wounded in the heavy gun battle and flames were seen leaping from two buildings.
The storming of the university is seen as a major psychological victory for Fatah in its struggle with Hamas. Thursday saw ferocious fighting between the two groups in which six died and 52 were wounded leaving a brief two-day truce in tatters. Hamas gunmen on Friday killed two members of a Fatah linked intelligence service in the Gaza Strip.
Thursday's clashes are believed to have been triggered by an attack by Hamas-linked gunmen on a truck crossing into the Graza Strip at the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom Crossing that Hamas said it believed contained arms from Egypt for Abbas' presidential guard. Five Fatah-affiliated Palestinians and a child were killed in the attack an an ensuring gun battle. Egypt has denied it has been supplying weapons to Fatah.
I was at work dealing with some folks who are scamming us with bad checks.
Sorry to hear you are having to deal with scamming scumbags, but, at least it's Friday!
Taleban seize 'truce' town from elders (Afghanistan)
February 03, 2007
Taleban fighters have seized control of a strategic town in southern Afghanistan left by British troops after a peace deal with local elders. More than 300 fighters went on the rampage in Musa Qala in Helmand province, the poppy heartland of the countrys opium trade.
They disarmed local police and terrified residents, setting their homes ablaze. They also destroyed a compound used by the district governor and the police. There were reports last night that the Taleban fighters were digging trenches in key positions to prepare for an attempt by Nato forces to regain control of the town.
High-powered guns 'fell off back of army truck' (Australia)
February 02, 2007
A FORMER federal agent says missing high-powered weapons were stolen from trucks transporting them from military and police armouries to a recycling centre. And he has accused the Australian Federal Police and defence department of ignoring warnings by police and military personnel that weapons were being "rebirthed" and sold back to the Government under the 1996 post-Port Arthur massacre $315 million guns buyback scheme.
In one case he says a worker at a military armoury surrendered 30 weapons under the Howard Government scheme, which paid up to $500 per gun.
Peter Smythe, who has written a book called The Wrong Arm of the Law, said truckloads of SLR military assault rifles were sent from the main armoury at the Defence National Storage and Distribution Centre (DNSDC) at Morebank, near Sydney, and several police armouries to the Port Kembla steelworks without an escort. "People handed in weapons that had literally fallen off the back of a truck," he said.
Other weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket launchers and explosives, were stolen by members of the Rebels motorcycle gang and armoury workers and then sold on to gun dealers.
Some weapons, including rocket launchers, have turned up in the hands of suspected terrorists. Sydney man Taha Abdul Rahman is accused of selling rocket launchers to terror suspect Mohamed Elomar.
February 02, 2007
"Imam prays to stop oppression and occupation at Democratic National Committee meeting"
(Note: Includes Video)
"Video: Imam prays to stop oppression and occupation at DNC meeting Update: Imam IDd"
"Fed-up shopkeeper foils robbery (Slice of Life DownUnder NZ)"
Waikato Times (New Zealand) ^ | 3 February 2007 | MARK TAYLOR and ANDREW McALLEY
Posted on 02/02/2007 3:07:11 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter
Interesting thread just started on a mole in UK re: the British soldier who was to be kidnapped and beheaded.
Yes, I'm following this thread.
and thanks for the ping.
Thanks to ali veritas for the ping to this thread:
"FR Exclusive! Scorching memorandum obtained from the Lt. Nathan Phan hearing"
Free Republic Exclusive | February 1, 2007 | RedRover
Posted on 02/01/2007 7:10:42 PM PST by RedRover
ON THE NET...
Thanks to The Spirit of Allegiance for the ping to this thread:
"Free Inquiry? Not on Campus"
City Journal ^ | 2/1/07 | Leo
Posted on 02/01/2007 6:39:48 AM PST by pabianice
...In their 1993 book, The Shadow University, Alan Cha
Just makes me wonder and worry more about all the files stolen from our veterans records etc. recently.
It was a day that would cost and change so much: Sept. 11. Now at commercial airports, we're willing to be scanned and scrutinized so a similar attack will never happen again. But national experts say consulted by 11 News say we're making another mistake. Take Mary Schiavo, an expert in general aviation methods and security and the former Inspector General for the U. S. Department of Transportation.
"The terrorists have moved onto other plans," Schiavo said. "And there's really nothing to stop them." So what's the problem?
While Uncle Sam spends billons a year on commercial airport security, thousands of smaller general aviation airports are almost going unnoticed. In fact, the TSA only has suggested security guidelines for these airports that often house anything from single-prop Cessna aircraft to larger commercial airline jets.
Hence experts like Schiavo say that inattention is leaving the door wide open. For example, if a terrorist wanted a jet, rather than hijack as in 9/11, the fear is he might just steal it from one of these airports. What's worse: Especially in the Houston area, terrorists could create a disaster far bigger than 9/11 with such a vehicle.
We'll tell you more on that later. First, we decided to check out the first half of the problem, security. So this winter we visited some of the area's general aviation airports to test how locked down they were. Our first stop was Hooks Airport in northwest Harris County.
Here we just simply drove up to a metal gate with a call box and asked: "Can you open her up?" A loud buzzing occurred and the gate slid open letting us past the barb wire and onto the tarmac. No one asked us any questions. Once inside we found a large corporate jet with the door open and no one in sight. But we wondered if such easy access might just be a fluke. So a few days later we returned.
Once again we buzzed the call box at the gate. "Hey can you guys let me in?" we asked. "Uh, who is this?" asked a voice from the call box. Our cameraman gave his name and said "I'm just here to see the plane; I was over here last week." "All right," said the voice and the gate opened, again giving us access to plenty of planes.
However after awhile we were stopped by an airport employee who told us: "Yeah this is homeland security here." He never asked for our ID, but he did give us a friendly ride back to our truck. This is homeland security," repeated the employee."As in U.S. Homeland Security." "Well how in the heck did I get in here then?" we asked. His answer: "That's what I was wondering." And we left the airport with no problems.
Next we visited the Sugar Land Regional airport. It's has a luxurious new terminal, but we found its security fence doesn't go all the way around, leaving a gap of several hundred feet for anyone to enter through. Despite that, we also found a locked gate, but there were also unlocked doors that led to the hangers and a number of unattended corporate jets.
But, perhaps the most troubling of all was our last stop: Lone Star Executive Airport in Montgomery County.
KHOU-TV 11 News was able to just drive up onto the tarmac and to an empty and large commercial jet at a Montgomery County airport. At the front door was a warning sign saying to report "suspicious activity" and a photo of the burning World Trade Center. But because the airport had no interior fencing, we were able to just drive up onto the tarmac and to an empty and large commercial jet.
Having videotaped our "adventures" we shared them with expert Schiavo. "Oh wow!" she exclaimed as she watched us walk up to the commercial jet. "If he's this close, I mean he's basically in the plane at this point"
Her reaction to what we found at all three airports? "It's not acceptable," she said. "Absolutely not acceptable. People don't realize, they assume there's much more security than there is."
She also emphasized the planes we found someone "can turn ... into a lethal tactical weapon." Schiavo said that's because planes like what we found at Sugar Land Regional, "most likely, the planes can be powered up and ready to go" Schiavo, a pilot herself, also showed us how many planes and jets don't require keys. She also said larger passenger jets like we found may be locked but that many use the same key.
"Once you're moving, there's no stopping you" she said, like the man who stole this seven million dollar jet two years ago from Atlanta. In that case it was a joyriding prank.
Note: See video.
Friday, February 02, 2007
"Video: UK Muslims React to Beheading Plot Busts"
OH WOW is an understatement! I speak periodically with some guys that work south of Houston in the oil industry. They know that whole coastline is a major catastrophe waiting to happen. Our government is NOT involved in making these airports wake up and smell the coffee. Someone needs to be in charge because the individual manager, owner operator only thinks of his/her immediate situation like are we making money? It also is quite evident that the feds are sitting on their arses thinking about politics rather than protecting their citizens.
BTW she says it's unacceptable which is beyond an understatement, of course it's not! But, what IS really unacceptable to me is that she didn't know or even have a clue about this!!
I am going to print that article and forward it.
"Steven Emerson & Walid Phares Featured in New Documentary on Radical Islam"
By Andrew Cochran
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "On Saturday at 9 pm ET and again at midnight (and Sunday, February 4 at 4:00 pm ET and Monday, February 5 at 3:00 am ET), the Fox News Channel will broadcast Radical Islam: Terror in Its Own Words, a special documentary with the jihadists proclaiming their intent to kill, maim, and destroy the West. Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism and Walid Phares contributed to the documentary."
"The Shocking Culture of Radical Islam Where Kids Are Raised to Be Suicide Bombers!"
Friday, February 02, 2007
By E.D. Hill
Snip: vCJD in humans, BSE in cattle (mad cow disease) and scrapie in sheep are all forms of a brain degenerative disease where abnormal versions of proteins called "prions" clog up the brain synapses and stop messages passing between cells. The abnormal prions get into the brain and reproduce by making the natural prions change shape into the unnatural form. Eventually the brain develops a spongy-like form.
Humans get vCJD from eating BSE infected meat products and also from receiving the blood of someone who is infected.
Snip: To explore things further, they worked with flies that carried a mutation that prevents the proteins that perceive odorants from making their way to the surface of their nerve cells, leaving the flies unable to smell. Female flies that ate a normal diet but lacked this gene saw their lifespans shoot up by over 50 percent (males were affected, but not as dramatically). Even losing one of the two copies was enough to raise lifespan by about 25 percent. The results indicate that, to an extent, smelling your food is lethal. It doesn't account for the full longevity effect, however, as cutting back on calories in the mutants pushed survival out to even longer periods.
Snip: I've said before that we're not fighting a war between the West and Islam but between the 21st and the 12th centuries. Here's more proof: Saudi Arabia's top religious leaderswho have declared jihads, ordered women cloaked head to toe, and fostered extremism worldwidemay now ban the letter "X" because it resembles the Christian cross. This peculiar news comes from a New York Sun story by the estimable Youssef Ibrahim, the Egyptian-born former New York Times reporter. The Saudis' latest fatwa on "X" comes from their highest religious authority, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice a body so sage that in 1974 it declared the Earth flat.
U.K. Mosques Exposed: If you need more evidence about the role of our pals in Riyadh, check out Undercover Mosque, a new documentary by Britain's Channel 4 program Dispatches. The producers put an undercover reporter into mosques run by some of the U.K.'s most prominent Islamic groups, which publicly present a face of being moderate and mainstream. The result: a chilling hour's worth of calls to jihad, hatred of infidels and democracy, and medieval attitudes toward women and gays. Behind the spread of extremism in British mosques, the program finds, is Saudi Arabia, through its funding of imams, schools, books, and DVDs. Could the same thing be happening in America? It already has. See the Center for Religious Freedom's 2005 study of U.S. mosques and their follow-up report on Saudi textbooks.
Chop Chop Square: Finally, here's a bit on the Saudis' charming custom of chopping off heads and other appendages. Back in November, Lebanon's LBC TV scored an interview with the man it called "the most renowned executioner in Saudi Arabia," Abdallah bin Sa'id al-Bishi (the gentleman pictured above). Under sharia, or Islamic law, Saudi Arabia still severs the heads, arms, and hands of those deemed guilty of various crimesusually in a public square. The sentence comes the old-fashioned way, by sword. As the LBC correspondent said of al-Bishi, "There is no negotiating with him once the heads have ripened." Here's an excerpt, courtesy of the folks at MEMRI:
First TV host: When you behead more than three or four people at once, does it affect you? My second question is: Do you need a break between executions? Does it affect you or not?
Abdallah al-Bishi: Allah be praised, there is nothing to it. Three, four, five, or sixthere is nothing to it. It's entirely normal. An execution is an execution, and as long as the person stands straight ... as long as the person stands straight, it makes our job much easier.
That vCJD study looks interesting.
Note: The following text is a quote:
Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Fighters
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2007 Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces killed more than 10 Taliban fighters today in a small-arms engagement near the village of Farah in Farah province, Afghanistan.
The battle occurred after Taliban fighters attacked an Afghan army checkpoint. The Afghan National Army, along with coalition forces, immediately responded with direct fire.
One Afghan soldier was killed in the engagement, and two were wounded.
In another operation, Afghan and coalition forces conducted combat operations against terrorists in the Bermel district of Paktika province today.
Coalition forces spotted a group setting up rockets and engaged the group with indirect fire. The forces requested, and received, air support to eliminate the threat. Coalition aircraft dropped two munitions on the site and another one on five personnel moving into a dry river bed.
A ground patrol moved to the site and confirmed that two were killed, and another five are suspected dead.
(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 76 news releases.)
"Musa Qala and the NATO offensive
The Brit concede Musa Qala is under Taliban control, the US said it will retake it, and NATO plans to prevent a Taliban offensive."
(February 2, 2007)
"Taliban linked to string of suicide attacks in Pakistan
Baitullah Mehsud, operating from Waziristan, is the ringmaster; Pakistan's real intent in negotiating "peace" in South Waziristan"
"With Friends Like These"
investors.com ^ | 1/30/2007
Posted on 02/02/2007 4:47:14 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Go to the link and print the whole thing. There is much more about the Houston area. Major "Yikes!" article.
Thanks for the links Cindy. Iran seems to have their fingers in alot of pies. I wonder what the world will be like in just another two years. *sigh*
OPINION:Even another 2 months could be interesting, too.
ON THE NET...
This is an OLDER speech. Nothing new. Posting it here for archival purposes.
I sure am glad I was born an infidel in the good ole USA. Thanks for posting MamaD.
"Arming the Guard not a bad idea"
Arizona Sun ^ | February 2, 2007 | Editorial
Posted on 02/02/2007 5:43:37 PM PST by Graybeard58
February 1, 2007
"Miami Super Bowl fraud initiative
ICE teams up with the NFL, MDPD and CBP to target those engaged in the illegal sale of counterfeit Super Bowl XLI merchandise"
"Superbowl Website Compromised"
Posted: 5:09 PM Feb 2, 2007
Last Updated: 9:18 PM Feb 2, 2007
MERIDEN, Conn. -- Four employees of the state Department of Transportation were sickened by a suspicious powder they encountered near near Interstate 91 Friday afternoon. A state DOT spokesman said the workers were clearing brush when they found a 5-gallon container off the road near exit 17 in Meriden.
A puff of yellowish powder came out when one of the workers kicked the container to see what it contained. The workers said the powder irritated their eyes, noses and throats. They were taken to MidState Medical Center by ambulance as a precaution to be checked.
I-91 was not closed, but state police and environmental workers have been on the scene for the last few hours to check and move the container. Officials said they still don't know what the substance is or who left it there.
News 4 has learned that there was a security breach at Lambert Airport this evening. (St. Louis, Missouri)
Authorities tell News 4 that the breach was in the main terminal. The terminal was evacuated for some time. The evacuation caused delays for passengers and air traffic. At last check, security was beginning to reopen the terminal. We will bring you more information as it becomes available and we will have a full report on News 4 at 10 p.m.
Canada mission evacuated
Saturday 3rd January 2007
LONDON: The Canadian High Commission in central London was evacuated and surrounding streets closed yesterday after a suspect package was found, a police spokesman said.
"A suspect envelope has been found ... we are checking it out at the moment," a police spokeswoman said. "The roads in the immediate area have been closed off as a precautionary measure." The Canadian diplomatic mission to London is on Trafalgar Square, parts of which were also closed off due to the scare, witnesses said.
Sesame Street will have to remove that letter as soon as the ACLU gets word of this. I agree 100% it's difficult to absorb the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia as "buddies."
The whole concept of barbarism, Sharia law, and hatred (and justified killing and lying to) of infidels is an obstacle not easily overcome IMHO.
Thanks for that post Oorang. Anyone flying these days needs to give themselves extra time for connections in case of airport evacuations and shutdowns, which as of late have become more prevalent.
Security blanket = disallowed item (when needed most).
Thanks to fanfan for the ping to this thread:
"Sleeper Cells in the United States and Canada"
American Thinker ^ | February 02, 2007 | Dave Gaubatz
Posted on 02/02/2007 7:16:58 PM PST by neverdem
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "There is every reason to suspect that we will endure suicide missions by Islamist sleeper cells. They are already in place. They are waiting for the right time. I know this from experience.
I have worked over 15 years as a U.S. Federal Agent, a U.S. State Department Arabic linguist, and the first civilian Federal Agent deployed into Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Since returning from Iraq I have been involved in terrorism analysis, specifically the mindset of terrorists. During my extensive research on sleeper cells I have talked with hundreds of people from the Middle East from all walks of life, and have talked with Iraqi Government officials, Iraqi military, and Iraqi police officers. In addition I have interviewed numerous counter-terrorism specialists in the U.S. and abroad. In the last year alone I have trained over 4000 U.S. Law Enforcement officers in Basic Investigative Arabic and counter-terrorism. The conclusion of my research is the title of this article."
Thanks to Oorang for the ping to this thread:
"Is Houston A Sitting Duck For Terrorism?"
KVUE.COM ^ | Feb. 2, 2007
Posted on 02/02/2007 6:32:14 PM PST by Oorang
Note: the following post is a quote:
Philippines - Muslim rebels hold Manila's military chief hostage
Reuters (excerpt) ^ | February 2, 2007
Posted on 02/02/2007 8:53:54 PM PST by HAL9000
MANILA, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Muslim separatists in the southern Philippines are holding Manila's military chief, the head of the government's truce panel, a colonel and an undetermined number of soldiers hostage, senior military sources said on Saturday.
Members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were refusing to let Brigadier-General Ben Dolorfino, the commander of military forces in the capital, and Ramon Santos, government undersecretary for the peace process with the MNLF, leave their camp until their jailed founder was released.
Local media reported that more than 20 senior military, defence and government officials were being held at the MNLF's camp near Panamao town on Jolo island, 600 miles (950 km) south of Manila but senior military sources, who declined to be identified, would only confirm three hostages.
Dolorfino, a Muslim convert who had flown to Jolo for talks with the MNLF, told reporters by text message that he was safe.
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(Excerpt) Read more at alertnet.org ...
Italy: Police officer killed in riots; all Serie A and B matches suspended(Soccer riot)
Canadian Press ^ | 02/02/07 | Maria Sanminiatelli,
Posted on 02/02/2007 8:32:44 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Police officer killed in riots; all Serie A and B matches suspended
Friday, February 02, 2007
"Trail of terror for cyclists may lead to prison (ecoterrorist moonbat alert)"
Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | 2/2/07 | Jason Womack
Posted on 02/02/2007 7:32:41 PM PST by hispanarepublicana
This headline should have been a no-brainer!
"This headline should have been a no-brainer!"
OPINION: It should be a "no-brainer," but some people are sitting on their politically-correct brains. These same people need to get their heads out of the dark space and see the light.
too many lawyers take the very low road and with the help of some judges*, it will take them straight to hell one day.
*especially those who treat pedophiles with virtually no punishment for crimes against young children and incapacitated people.
Snip: It was reported yesterday that the British government is preparing legislation that will encourage the development of Islamic finance. The Treasury Ministry defined this project as a "top priority."
In a statement to AFP, Treasury Secretary Ed Balls said that it is necessary to ensure that "the tax system and rules encourage the development of sharia-compliant products" and to make the United Kingdom "a centre for international Islamic finance."
Snip: Police investigating allegations of fraud involving state and Federal Government student subsidised funding programs raided three suburban campuses of the Australian Islamic College in Perth yesterday morning.
Hundreds of boxes of documents and a large amount of computer data in hard drives were seized during the raids.
Snip: I had hoped that September 11th was a wake up call to the United States, but it was not, says Brigette Gabriel, a former Arab news anchor. Americans hit the snooze button and went back to sleep. And right now our enemy is telling us exactly what they want to do.
In yet another California rally, the speaker tells his American audience, Eventually you're gonna to have to struggle here whether you like it or not.
Note: Could someone ping the states of Washington and Idaho please with these links? Thank you.
"I had hoped that September 11th was a wake up call to the United States, but it was not, says Brigette Gabriel, a former Arab news anchor. Americans hit the snooze button and went back to sleep. And right now our enemy is telling us exactly what they want to do."