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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: March 2007
Posted on 03/01/2007 8:28:33 PM PST by nwctwx
"Prisons clamp down on mobile phones"
04 March 2007 By John Burke
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "While prisoner access to mobile phones is not permitted, incarcerated criminals are known to use intimidation and coercion of other more vulnerable inmates, as well as the inducement of drugs, to obtain access to mobile phones."
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Senior gardai believe that, in a number of cases, gangland assassinations have been ordered by prisoners in jail via mobile phones, though the most common use is for the organisation of drug deals and other criminal activity.
Prison staff have recovered mobile phones wrapped in plastic in the u-bends of toilets and down drainholes."
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
This information is current as of today, Sat Mar 03 2007 20:56:43 GMT-0800.
December 22, 2006
"Pig tactics threatened
Norwegian anti-immigration politicians in Bergen have promised to chase off Muslims with pigs feet and squealing noises if Bergen's central square is used for prayers."
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The leader of the Demokratene, an extreme populist party formed by outcasts of the populist Progress Party, Vidar Kleppe, said Wednesday that he backed the remarks of city council representative Kenneth Rasmussen.
Rasmussen reacted with threats of porcine tactics after Labour Party politician Jerad Abdelmajid said that the city's Muslims could take their Friday prayers in Torgallmenningen, Bergen's central square, when they will be without a mosque from March 31. Building of a new mosque is behind schedule.
Abdelmajid's announcement provoked heated public debate.
"I completely agree with Kenneth Rasmussen that Muslims having their Friday prayers with their butts in the air in the city center is no solution. They can find other places," Kleppe told news agency NTB.
Kenneth Rasmussen told newspaper Dagbladet's web site that Bergen residents should hang up pig's feet and play pig squeals over loudspeakers to scare off Muslims, and claimed these tactics worked when he was a soldier for the United Nations in Somalia and Lebanon in the 1990s."
ON THE NET...
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US has arrested more than 500 Iranians in Iraq, pursued others into Iran
Middle East Times ^ | March 4, 2007 | Sherwood Ross
Posted on 03/03/2007 10:04:41 PM PST by jmc1969
The Cold War between the US and Iran is heating up.
US military and special-operations teams "have escalated their activities in Iran to gather intelligence" and reportedly "have also crossed the border in pursuit of Iranian operatives from Iraq," according to investigative reporter Seymour Hersh in an article in the March 5 issue of The New Yorker magazine.
Hersh quotes a former senior intelligence aide stating: "The word went out last August for the military to snatch as many Iranians in Iraq as they can. They had 500 locked up at one time. We're working these guys and getting information from them."
(Excerpt) Read more at metimes.com ...
ON THE NET...
"Teheran Agents Smuggled In Missile That Shot Down RAF Helicopter In Iraq"
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-3-2007 | Sean Rayment
Posted on 03/03/2007 6:57:28 PM PST by blam
"Teheran agents smuggled in missile that shot down RAF helicopter in Iraq, inquiry finds"
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:48am GMT 04/03/2007
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A missile which brought down an RAF Lynx helicopter and killed five British Service personnel was smuggled into Iraq by Iranian agents, an official inquiry into the attack will reveal.
The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that a British Army Board of Inquiry (BOI) into the events surrounding last May's attack will state that the weapon, a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile known as an SA14 Strella, came from Iran.
The attack, which was also responsible for the death of Flt Lt Sarah Mulvihill, the first British servicewoman to be killed on active service since the Second World War, appears to provide further evidence of Iran's direct involvement in the deaths of British troops serving in Iraq.
It is understood that the inquiry, which has assessed evidence from military engineers and scientists, will conclude that the aircraft was shot down with an Iranian SA14 missile. The inquiry, which is conducted by senior RAF and Army officers, will deliver its finding to defence chiefs next month."
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2007
Attorney General Gonzales Highlights Department Efforts
to Fight Gang Violence in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in highlighting the collaboration between the Department of Justice and the City of Los Angeles to curb the threat of violent gang crime in the city.
As with many other areas of the country, the Department and its components have partnered with state and local law enforcement in the Los Angeles area to form key partnerships and task forces aimed at actively investigating and prosecuting gang crime, preventing youth from becoming involved in gangs, and providing support to former gang members who are re-entering society.
I am concerned about the gang problem in Los Angeles and applaud the strong coordination between federal law enforcement and our state and local partners to tackle this challenge, said Attorney General Gonzales. Enforcing the law in this area is important, but keeping kids out of gangs in the first place is the goal of all goals when it comes to combating gang violence.
During his visit to Los Angeles, the Attorney General joined Mayor Villaraigosa in touring Homeboy Industries, a gang prevention facility located in East Los Angeles that receives support from a Gang Reduction Program (GRP) grant through the Departments Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Homeboy Industries provides job opportunities, training and counseling to former and would-be gang members throughout Los Angeles County. The funding for Homeboy Industries is part of a GRP grant aimed at addressing gang issues in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, which is led by the Mayors office with assistance from federal and local law enforcement representatives.
Because many of the violent gangs in the Los Angeles area also have a presence in foreign countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the Department sponsored an International Chiefs of Police Summit on Transnational Gangs in Los Angeles in February. The summit brought together law enforcement officials from California and Central America to discuss and develop joint enforcement, information sharing, and intervention strategies aimed at addressing their common gang problems. A follow-up conference is scheduled for April in El Salvador.
Other successful partnerships between the Department, and state and local officials in the Los Angeles area include the following:
FBI, DEA, and ATF are assisting the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in two of LAPDs Gang Enforcement Initiatives for 2007 by identifying, targeting and investigating the most active and violent gangs and gang members in the city. As part of this effort, the FBI recently announced that it will be sending a team of agents to work in the LAPDs South Bureau, an area of the city with a particularly serious gang violence problem.
Last year, the Department selected a neighborhood in the Watts area of Los Angeles as one of six sites nationwide to participate in the Attorney Generals Comprehensive Anti-Gang Program. As part of the program, the area will receive $2.5 million in grant funds to enhance enforcement, prevention and prisoner re-entry efforts. Of this amount, $1.5 million will go directly to support prevention and re-entry programs designed with input from local citizens, community organizations, and parole and probation officials.
The Department provides funding to four Weed and Seed sites in the Los Angeles area. These sites couple enforcement with gang prevention programs ranging from gang resistance education for elementary school students to summer job programs for teens.
In conjunction with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department helps fund a Public Housing Safety Initiative in the Jordan Downs housing development in Watts. The initiative includes a community policing model to enhance the relationship between police and residents, and a coalition of social service providers who refer residents to a variety of social services, including childcare, tutoring, English as a Second Language classes, job training, and placement programs.
Sunday, March 4, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM
"Critic of Kremlin is shot near home"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A few hours after meeting a former KGB general outside the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., an outspoken critic of the Kremlin was shot Thursday outside his Maryland home."
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Joyal, 53, who was shot in the groin outside his home in Adelphi, Md., was in stable condition Saturday, police said."
"Expert in Russian poisoning case is shot"
NBC News ^ | March 2 2007 | Pete Williams
Posted on 03/02/2007 5:25:46 PM PST by jmc1969
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Here's an older map I saw on another thread:
Sunday, March 04, 2007
"Iran warns Azerbaijan to keep distance from US"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "On February 22, Azerbaijani media outlets reported that Iranian helicopters had violated the air space of Azerbaijan and by flying over the southern town of Astara for over 20 minutes. Reportedly, the flight took place right over the city administration building and caused considerable panic among the local residents.
Elchin Guliyev, the commander of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan, confirmed the news reports, noting that the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran had been immediately notified of the violation of the countrys air space and that a note had been sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan to follow up with the problem. Azerbaijans Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalaf Khalafov is currently visiting Iran to discuss this issue. Guliyev added that the incident had taken place while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was visiting northern Iran. Azerbaijanis commonly refer to this area as South Azerbaijan, because the Turkmanchay Treaty of 1828, between Tsarist Russia and Persia, effectively divided Azerbaijan along the Arax River, thus leaving the southern part of it within contemporary Iran. The area is a home to more than 25 million ethnic Azeris.
This high concentration of ethnic Azeris in northern Iran is the main reason that Iranian-Azerbaijani relations have been at odds for much of the 1990s. Iran, fearing a secessionist movement among ethnic Azeris, has prohibited education in the Azerbaijani language and limited human rights. The recent warming of bilateral relations has been largely a consequence of the efforts of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to build peaceful relations with all of his neighbors. Yet, the constant insecurity of the Iranian political leadership regarding a possible U.S. military strike against Iran -- and possible Azerbaijani support for such an action -- leads to occasional provocations, such as the case with the Iranian helicopters.
Local analysts in Baku believe that the incident did not happen by accident. On the contrary, it is a clear warning to official Baku to stay out of the U.S.-led campaign against Irans nuclear program and not to support -- either politically or logistically -- any possible military action against Tehran. Azerbaijan, with its shared border with Iran, would serve as a perfect staging ground for anti-Iranian actions."
Day.az, Echo, Zerkalo, Xalq Qazeti (February 21-28)
posted by Marko at 3/04/2007 03:15:00 PM
stepping back in time ( a bit):
"AZERBAIJAN KEEPS SOLIDARITY WITH GEORGIA DESPITE RUSSIAN ENERGY SUPPLY CUTS"
Jamestown.org ^ | 12/8/06 | Vladimir Socor
Posted on 12/09/2006 4:48:40 PM PST by Valin
"China to increase military spending[17.8%]"
AP ^ | 04 March 2007 | AUDRA ANG
Posted on 03/04/2007 1:11:07 AM PST by FLOutdoorsman
"Al-Imam al-Mahdi, The Just Leader of Humanity"
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project ^ | unknown | Ayatollah Ibrahim Amini
Posted on 03/04/2007 2:04:31 AM PST by Dajjal
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Tamil rebel mortar fire wounds 3 soldiers in Sri Lanka's north
Published: 03.04.07, 10:29 / Israel News
Three soldiers were wounded Sunday in an exchange of mortar fire with Tamil separatist rebels in Sri Lanka's volatile north, the military said.
The Tigers fired mortar rounds into Vavuniya district, wounding the three troops, said Lt. Col. Upali Rajapakse, a senior defense ministry official. (AP)
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Sun Mar 04 2007 03:09:26 GMT-0800.
October 11, 2006
This Public Announcement updates information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests overseas. This supersedes the Worldwide Caution dated June 6, 2006 and expires on April 9, 2007.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics to include assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings.
Ongoing events in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East have resulted in demonstrations and associated violence in several countries. Americans are reminded that demonstrations and rioting can occur with little or no warning.
In August 2006, British authorities arrested a significant number of extremists engaged in a plot to destroy multiple passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United States. The September 2006 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Syria and the March 2006 bombing near the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, illustrate the continuing desire of extremists to strike American targets.
Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. A series of bombings in Thailand in May and September 2006 which targeted tourist destinations, the bombings in the Egyptian resort town of Dahab in April 2006, the bombings at a market in Palu, Indonesia in December 2005, the hotel bombings in Jordan in early November 2005 and the bombing of a crowded marketplace in New Delhi in October 2005 illustrate how terrorists exploit vulnerabilities associated with soft targets. Additional examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas and locales where Americans gather in large numbers, including during holidays. Financial or economic targets of value may also be considered as possible venues; the failed attack on the Abqaiq oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia in late February 2006 is one such example.
In the wake of the August 2006 plot against aircraft in London, numerous terrorist attacks on trains in India in 2006, the July 2005 London Underground bombings, and the March 2004 train attacks in Madrid, Americans are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems. In addition, extremists may also select aviation and maritime services as possible targets.
U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. For additional information, please refer to A Safe Trip Abroad found at http://travel.state.gov.
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. Americans abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
>FBI, DEA, and ATF are assisting the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in two of LAPDs Gang Enforcement Initiatives for 2007 by identifying, targeting and investigating the most active and violent gangs and gang members in the city.<
When the data is compiled it will be stored for a report should Congress request one.
As always, many thanks, Ian.
Hi all, I'm still lurking here when I can.
I think about you all so often, 3rd small recurrence, weekly chemo, feeling strong!
That's good news, Crabbie. Continued prayers for you and yours.
Thanks so much for letting us know, AD. Prayers up.