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Posted on 05/01/2007 8:52:12 PM PDT by nwctwx

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U.S. Seeks Closing of Visa Loophole for Britons
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Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, showed the potential for disaffected young men to be lured as terrorists, a threat that British officials said they would have to contend with for a generation.

But the 25-year-old Mr. Khyam, a Briton of Pakistani descent, also personifies a larger and more immediate concern: as a British citizen, he could have entered the United States without a visa, like many of an estimated 800,000 other Britons of Pakistani origin.

American officials, citing the number of terror plots in Britain involving Britons with ties to Pakistan, expressed concern over the visa loophole. In recent months, the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, has opened talks with the government here on how to curb the access of British citizens of Pakistani origin to the United States.

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1 posted on 05/01/2007 8:52:15 PM PDT by nwctwx
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2 posted on 05/01/2007 8:52:34 PM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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Ping to May... with just a few hours (minutes here) to spare. ;)

3 posted on 05/01/2007 8:53:43 PM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday . . .

Welcome to HM Prisons. No jug of wine for you!

4 posted on 05/01/2007 8:54:09 PM PDT by dighton
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God bless you and thank you very much, nw.

5 posted on 05/01/2007 8:59:01 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 1, 2007

President Bush Rejects Artificial Deadline, Vetoes Iraq War Supplemental
Cross Hall

Video (Windows)
White House News
In Focus: Defense

6:10 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Twelve weeks ago, I asked the Congress to pass an emergency war spending bill that would provide our brave men and women in uniform with the funds and flexibility they need.

Instead, members of the House and the Senate passed a bill that substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgment of our military commanders. So a few minutes ago, I vetoed this bill.

Tonight I will explain the reasons for this veto — and my desire to work with Congress to resolve this matter as quickly as possible. We can begin tomorrow with a bipartisan meeting with the congressional leaders here at the White House.

Here is why the bill Congress passed is unacceptable. First, the bill would mandate a rigid and artificial deadline for American troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq. That withdrawal could start as early as July 1st. And it would have to start no later than October 1st, regardless of the situation on the ground.

It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing. All the terrorists would have to do is mark their calendars and gather their strength — and begin plotting how to overthrow the government and take control of the country of Iraq. I believe setting a deadline for withdrawal would demoralize the Iraqi people, would encourage killers across the broader Middle East, and send a signal that America will not keep its commitments. Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure — and that would be irresponsible.

Second, the bill would impose impossible conditions on our commanders in combat. After forcing most of our troops to withdraw, the bill would dictate the terms on which the remaining commanders and troops could engage the enemy. That means American commanders in the middle of a combat zone would have to take fighting directions from politicians 6,000 miles away in Washington, D.C. This is a prescription for chaos and confusion, and we must not impose it on our troops.

Third, the bill is loaded with billions of dollars in non-emergency spending that has nothing to do with fighting the war on terror. Congress should debate these spending measures on their own merits — and not as part of an emergency funding bill for our troops.

The Democratic leaders know that many in Congress disagree with their approach, and that there are not enough votes to override a veto. I recognize that many Democrats saw this bill as an opportunity to make a political statement about their opposition to the war. They’ve sent their message. And now it is time to put politics behind us and support our troops with the funds they need.

Our troops are carrying out a new strategy with a new commander — General David Petraeus. The goal of this new strategy is to help the Iraqis secure their capital, so they can make progress toward reconciliation, and build a free nation that respects the rights of its people, upholds the rule of law, and fights extremists and radicals and killers alongside the United States in this war on terror.

In January, General Petraeus was confirmed by a unanimous vote in the United States Senate. In February, we began sending the first of the reinforcements he requested. Not all of these reinforcements have arrived. And as General Petraeus has said, it will be at least the end of summer before we can assess the impact of this operation. Congress ought to give General Petraeus’ plan a chance to work.

In the months since our military has been implementing this plan, we’ve begun to see some important results. For example, Iraqi and coalition forces have closed down an al Qaeda car bomb network, they’ve captured a Shia militia leader implicated in the kidnapping and killing of American soldiers, they’ve broken up a death squad that had terrorized hundreds of residents in a Baghdad neighborhood.

Last week, General Petraeus was in Washington to brief me, and he briefed members of Congress on how the operation is unfolding. He noted that one of the most important indicators of progress is the level of sectarian violence in Baghdad. And he reported that since January, the number of sectarian murders has dropped substantially.

Even as sectarian attacks have declined, we continue to see spectacular suicide attacks that have caused great suffering. These attacks are largely the work of al Qaeda — the enemy that everyone agrees we should be fighting. The objective of these al Qaeda attacks is to subvert our efforts by reigniting the sectarian violence in Baghdad — and breaking support for the war here at home. In Washington last week, General Petraeus explained it this way: “Iraq is, in fact, the central front of all al Qaeda’s global campaign.”

Al Qaeda — al Qaeda’s role makes the conflict in Iraq far more complex than a simple fight between Iraqis. It’s true that not everyone taking innocent life in Iraq wants to attack America here at home. But many do. Many also belong to the same terrorist network that attacked us on September 11th, 2001 — and wants to attack us here at home again. We saw the death and destruction al Qaeda inflicted on our people when they were permitted a safe haven in Afghanistan. For the security of the American people, we must not allow al Qaeda to establish a new safe haven in Iraq.

We need to give our troops all the equipment and the training and protection they need to prevail. That means that Congress needs to pass an emergency war spending bill quickly. I’ve invited leaders of both parties to come to the White House tomorrow — and to discuss how we can get these vital funds to our troops. I am confident that with goodwill on both sides, we can agree on a bill that gets our troops the money and flexibility they need as soon as possible.

The need to act is urgent. Without a war funding bill, the military has to take money from some other account or training program so the troops in combat have what they need. Without a war funding bill, the Armed Forces will have to consider cutting back on buying new equipment or repairing existing equipment. Without a war funding bill, we add to the uncertainty felt by our military families. Our troops and their families deserve better — and their elected leaders can do better.

Here in Washington, we have our differences on the way forward in Iraq, and we will debate them openly. Yet whatever our differences, surely we can agree that our troops are worthy of this funding — and that we have a responsibility to get it to them without further delay.

Thank you for listening. May God bless our troops.

END 6:16 P.M. EDT

6 posted on 05/01/2007 9:01:47 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks - your effort is appreciated.

7 posted on 05/01/2007 9:02:25 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Thank you, and God bless.

8 posted on 05/01/2007 9:06:03 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Applewood smoked bacon is the new chipotle.)
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Thanks, Ian.
Happy May Day. :-)

9 posted on 05/01/2007 9:09:34 PM PDT by Velveeta
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After






10 posted on 05/01/2007 9:10:02 PM PDT by Cindy
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I know how these terrorists are inspired

By Ed Husain

Audio: Husain describes his journey to fundamentalism
The recent conviction of five young British Muslim men has yet again opened the debate about how Britain, famed for its plurality and tolerance, bred home-grown terrorists. And, more important, how do we heal the divisions and communal disintegration in our cities that continue to serve as an Islamist underworld in which the rhetoric of jihad and destruction goes unchallenged?

I know how these young men are inspired to wreak death and destruction because I have first-hand experience of being in one such cell. I have since seen the error of my ways.


11 posted on 05/01/2007 9:10:28 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Cindy
Good move on the Iraq war funding veto. I hope the same sentiment is attached to any illegal alien amnesty bill.
12 posted on 05/01/2007 9:23:02 PM PDT by Myrddin
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Thanks tons for all your work.

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Thank you!

14 posted on 05/01/2007 9:33:57 PM PDT by texpat72 (<><)
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Ditto that.

15 posted on 05/01/2007 9:52:52 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thank you for all your hard work.

16 posted on 05/01/2007 9:56:05 PM PDT by PeskyOne
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17 posted on 05/01/2007 10:03:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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Special Dispatch Series - No. 1567
May 2, 2007 No.1567

“Islamist Websites Monitor No. 93
Islamist Video: Interview with an Al-Qaeda Commander in Afghanistan”

SNIPPET: “On April 28, 2007, Islamist websites posted a 43-minute video featuring an interview with Sheikh Abu Laith Al-Libi, who is introduced in the film as “one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda in Khorasan, [Afghanistan].” The film was produced by Al-Qaeda’s media company Al-Sahab and is accompanied by English subtitles. The following are the main points of the interview.

Abu Laith states that the long-term goal of jihad is to establish Islam throughout the world, while its short-term goal is to rescue the Muslims from the oppression to which they are subject.”

SNIPPET: “The video can be viewed at:

18 posted on 05/01/2007 10:08:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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HOT (JIHAD with Robert Spencer)
“Is There a War On Terror?”
(May 1, 2007)

19 posted on 05/01/2007 10:12:13 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Mark Steyn: ‘Top Hamas Official: Kill All Americans’ [Steyn Takes Condi To Task]”
National Review Online ^ | May 02, 2007 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 05/01/2007 10:18:25 PM PDT by jdm

20 posted on 05/01/2007 10:29:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Where the Nazi ‘Big Lie’ Endures

by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
May 1, 2007

21 posted on 05/01/2007 10:37:23 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Learning To Love the Islamic Bomb”
Commentary Magazine ^ | 5-1-07 | Gabriel Schoenfeld

Posted on 05/01/2007 7:24:27 PM PDT by SJackson

“Learning To Love the Islamic Bomb”
Gabriel Schoenfeld - 5.1.2007 - 12:22PM

22 posted on 05/01/2007 10:38:37 PM PDT by Cindy
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Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Tue May 01 2007 22:40:46 GMT-0700.


April 30, 2007

23 posted on 05/01/2007 10:41:00 PM PDT by Cindy
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Weekly Piracy Report
25 April-1 May 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 25 April to 1 May 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

18.04.2007: 2320 LT: Entrance Cartagena Colombia.
A container ship, while disembarking her pilot on the port side noticed, on radar, one unlit suspicious boat approaching from the stbd side at high speed. The master alerted the crew. The boat came very close to the vessel (about 10 m from the hull). On seeing the alert crew on ship’s side, the boat retreated and disappeared into the darkness. The master informed the Centre to alert other vessels calling Cartagena, Colombia.

Recently reported incidents

27.04.2007: 0140 UTC: Posn 06:17.0N - 003:21.7E, Lagos Outer Anchorage, Nigeria.
Two robbers armed with long knives boarded a product tanker at anchor. Alarm raised and crew alerted. Robbers threatened crew with knives and jumped into water with ship’s stores. They escaped in a boat with four accomplices.

23.04.2007: 0115 LT: Posn 06:16.67N - 003:15.47E, Lagos Outer Port Limit, Nigeria.
Duty officer onboard a tanker at anchor noticed a tug named “Captain Kola” approaching the vessel without reason. The tug came within a range of 35 meters on the port quarter. Crew alerted who kept a continuous watch on the tug. There were 4 persons on the tug looking at the vessel. The tug moved slowly to the stbd bow and then moved away.

29.04.2007: 0435 LT: Posn 01:05.60N - 103:28.20E, Off Karimun Island, Singapore Straits.
Four robbers boarded a chemical tanker at anchor via the poop deck by using hooks attached to a rope. Ship’s crew tried to prevent them from boarding but failed. The robbers entered the engine room by breaking the engine room door lock. The robbers caught the duty wiper. They stole engine spares and escaped. Authorities informed. Indonesian coast guard informed their officers were on their way however, the coast guard boarded the ship on 29 April 2007 at 1115 LT and left at 1145 LT after conducting an investigation.

27.04.2007: 0230 LT: Posn 01:18N - 104:14E, Off Singapore Eastern OPL, Malaysia.
Four robbers armed with long knives boarded a tanker at anchor. They entered the engine room via an unlocked main deck door. They threatened the duty engineer with a long knife. They assaulted him, blindfolded him, tied him up, and made him lie down. Duty engineer managed to release himself and raised the alarm. The crew mustered and found that the robbers had stolen engine spares and escaped via the steering gear room door.

25.04.2007: 1830 UTC: Posn 01:04N - 103:31E, Off Karimun, Indonesia.
An oiler noticed four armed robbers in the steering room of a LNG tanker during anchoring operations. Alarm was raised and crew mustered. Local authorities were informed. Coast guard boarded the ship and a through search was conducted. No intruders were found. No one was injured. No loss of cargo.

23.04.2007: 2100 UTC: Posn 06:14S - 108:26E, Balongan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Five robbers in a boat attempted to board a tanker from the stbd quarter by using a grappling hook. The duty AB spotted them and informed OOW, who raised the alarm, sounded the ship’s whistle and alerted crew members. Robbers aborted and moved away. Nothing was stolen.

21.03.2007: 0950 LT: Posn 14:03.6N - 049:07.0E, East Coast Yemen, Gulf of Aden.
Two suspicious vessels approached a yacht underway at high speed. Alarm raised, crew mustered and activated fire hoses. Yacht increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres. Vessels aborted the attempt and moved away.

24 posted on 05/01/2007 10:43:11 PM PDT by Cindy
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Who is Behind Threat Letters?”


“FBI Asks for Public’s Assistance to Identify Sender of Threatening Letters”
(April 24, 2007)

25 posted on 05/01/2007 10:47:00 PM PDT by Cindy
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(Note: Includes Video)

Monday, April 30, 2007
“Gadafi’s Raving Taking a Darker Turn”

26 posted on 05/01/2007 11:06:17 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Terror Glorification In Britain”
Dominic Whiteman - 4/30/2007

27 posted on 05/01/2007 11:13:34 PM PDT by Cindy
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REWARDS FOR "WANTED TERRORISTS" (View Posters. Read More...) "MOST WANTED TERRORISTS" (View Posters. Read More...) - War On Terrorism: "SEEKING INFORMATION" (View Posters. Read More...) - Public Information: "MOST WANTED" (View Posters. Read More...)

28 posted on 05/01/2007 11:48:03 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Success Stories”

29 posted on 05/01/2007 11:52:05 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

As always, thanks for your wonderful work and keeping this lurker on the ping list.

30 posted on 05/02/2007 2:55:29 AM PDT by crabbie
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Good morning to you crabbie.
Still praying for you.

31 posted on 05/02/2007 3:36:08 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: NautiNurse; Judith Anne; MamaDearest; JellyJam; All

“California Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Turkey Products for Possible Listeria Contamination”

“Recall Release CLASS I RECALL

32 posted on 05/02/2007 3:39:21 AM PDT by Cindy
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Recall — State Press Release

“Bronson Advises Consumers To Check Refrigerators For Potentially Tainted Cheeses”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Tallahassee, FL — April 27, 2007

33 posted on 05/02/2007 3:43:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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FDA News
May 1, 2007

“FDA Warns Consumers about Counterfeit Drugs from Multiple Internet Sellers”

34 posted on 05/02/2007 3:46:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:


Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Wed May 02 2007 03:51:04 GMT-0700.

Worldwide Caution

April 10, 2007

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 October 11, 2006 and expires on October 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. The bomb attacks targeting buses carrying foreign workers in March 2007 and December 2006 in Algeria, a series of bombings in Thailand in May and September 2006 that targeted commercial and tourist destinations in the far south, and the bombings in the the Egyptian resort town of Dahab in April 2006 all 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 vehicle-based suicide attack on an oil facility near Mukalla and Marib in Yemen in September 2006 and the failed attack on the Abqaiq oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia in late February 2006 are such examples.

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 .

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 . 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.

35 posted on 05/02/2007 3:51:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Defiant Infidel”
By Bill Steigerwald | May 2, 2007

36 posted on 05/02/2007 3:58:20 AM PDT by Cindy
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Monday, April 30, 2007

““Bias in textbooks is the root cause of religious intolerance” in Pakistan”

By Sheraz Khurram Khan
Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service in Pakistan


37 posted on 05/02/2007 4:02:30 AM PDT by Cindy
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More Details UPDATE:

Note: The following text is a quote:

ASSIST News Service (ANS) - PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609-0609 USA
Visit our web site at: — E-mail:

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Turkey: German Seminary investigates Malatya murders

By Elizabeth Kendal
World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC)
Special to ASSIST News Service

AUSTRALIA (ANS) — The following report from Martin Bucer Seminary (MBS) Bonn, Germany, was compiled by Titus Vogt, MBS Dean of International Programs. The English translation was done by Thomas K. Johnson, Ph.D., MBS Professor of Apologetics and Ethics.

Elizabeth Kendal WEA RLC

Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel, and Tilmann Geske

The assassins deceived the victims in order to gain their trust.

Martin Bucer Seminary (Bonn, Germany) reconstructs the last hours of its student, Necati Aydin.

Martin Bucer Seminary (MBS) Dean for International Programs, Titus Vogt, led an investigation into the tragic events of 18 April 2007 by means of putting together the statements from all the witnesses. MBS remains close to the victims, survivors, and witnesses to the brutal murder in Malatya through its Turkish branch, as one of the victims, Necati Aydin, was their student. Until now, MBS has hesitated to give all the details to the public, but MBS President Thomas Schirrmacher has concluded now that nothing stands in the way of a full public statement of all the details.


Some months ago the murderers gained the trust of their intended victims. To do this, the assassins indicated an interest in the Christian faith and said they wanted more information about the Bible and its contents. What deception could be more powerful to Bible publishers who were themselves adult converts from Islam to Christianity? Under this guise, they met repeatedly with their future victims. Clearly the attack was planned well in advance.

On the morning of 18 April, two of the murderers came to the office of Zirve Publishing House in Malatya, which is an extension of a Protestant publisher based in Istanbul, with distribution offices in various Turkish cities. Among other things, they discussed the Christian faith with Necati Aydin, as they had done frequently over the previous months. On this particular morning, in addition to Tilmann Geske, the bookkeeper, Emin M., was also in the office. Everything seemed to be completely normal. In the course of the morning, M. left the office, not suspecting that he would never see Aydin and Geske alive again.

Shortly thereafter the three other assassins arrived and tied up the first two victims, while they threatened them with pistols. Two days before, the assassins had been taken into custody because of wielding weapons in public, but they had been set free because they were only carrying warning pistols.

As soon as the victims were tied up, the murderers began stabbing them with knives all over their bodies. A short time later Ugur Yuksel came into the office; he was immediately grabbed by the murderers and tied up. Right after that Gokhan H., also a Christian, stopped by the Zirve office, but he could not open the door, because it was locked from inside and the lock was jammed. H. tried to call the office and finally reached Ugur on the telephone. Ugur said that the planned meeting was not going to be held in the Zirve office; it would instead be held in a particular hotel. H. had the impression that something was wrong, so he called a friend in the city. This friend advised him to call the police, which Gokham H. did.

When the police arrived a few minutes later, the victims were still alive. The police demanded that the criminals open the door, at which they slit the throats of the victims. When the police forced the door and stormed the office, they found Aydin and Geske already dead. Yuksel was still alive and was rushed to a local hospital. In spite of emergency surgery and 51 units of blood, he died of his numerous and massive knife wounds.

The autopsy reports lead to the following picture: The bodies were covered with about 156 knife wounds in the pelvis area, lower body, anus, abdomen, and back. Their fingertips had been sliced repeatedly; and they had massive slashes on their necks which severed the windpipe and oesophagus.

The distinctively ritual manner of the murder, particularly the slicing of fingertips, is convincing observers of the consciously religious motivation of the assassins. The perpetrators seem to have been following the instructions of Sure 8:12, from the Koran. There it says (in the Rudi Paret German translation of the Koran), “I will strike terror into the hearts of unbelievers. Flay their necks (with a sword) and strike every finger.” The last half of the sentence is translated in even more striking terms in some versions. In the Rassoul and Zaidan translation it says, “chop off every finger;” the Azhar and Ahmadeyya translation says, “chop off every finger tip.”

Three of the attackers were arrested directly in the office, where the attack was occurring; two tried to escape by climbing down an external downspout pipe. One more attacker was arrested in the second floor of the building, one floor below the crime scene. The final assassin, who is described by the others as the leader of the group, fell to the street from a significant height when the downspout pipe broke off from the wall of the building. He was brought to a hospital and spent some days in a coma, but he is now awake and is being questioned by police.

In the course of the next few days, some other suspects were taken into custody, including the son of a mayor (AKP party) from a town near to Malatya.


At a press conference a day after the attack, Pastor Ihsan Ozbek (from Ankara), President of the Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey, said “Yesterday Turkey was buried in the darkness of the Middle East.” He compared the common, country-wide, widely hawked conspiracy theories which accuse Christians of conspiring against Muslims with the medieval witch hunts in Europe. These conspiracy theories contain a deep phobia of foreign missionaries. In responding to an inquiry of why Geske, a foreign missionary, was in Malatya, Ozbek said this is already an unconscionable question, since in a truly democratic state one may not ask “why are you or they in Malatya?” The pastor used very pointed words to portray the background of the murders which led the Turkish media to entitle a report on the news conference, “A gruesome brutality, but no surprise.” Ozbek said he was convinced that, “it is not the last martyrdom, though we hope from the bottom of our hearts that it could be the last martyrdom.”

Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel are the first known Muslim converts to Christianity to be martyred, since the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Ugur Yuksel was buried according to Islamic/Alevitic rituals at the orders of his family which vehemently denies his Christian faith. The German victim was buried on 20 April in the Armenian cemetery in Malatya, following the wishes of his widow. This occurred after a bitter fight with the local authorities who unconditionally wanted to prevent Geske’s burial in their city. Because of pressure applied by the German government, his burial was only delayed by three hours, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eye witnesses say that about 100 mourners from across Turkey came to his funeral. Necati Aydin, who was pastor of the local Protestant church in addition to his work in the Zirve Publishing House, was laid to rest on Saturday, 21 April, in his home town of Izmir. The roughly 500 mourners who attended his funeral were very deeply moved.


There has been an enormous media storm in Turkey following these events. Many Turks sent letters to the newspapers to express their deep disgust. The widow, Susanne Geske, earned tremendous admiration for her words in a TV interview the day after the massacre. She said she forgave the murderers of her husband, the way Christ forgave his murderers, citing Jesus’ prayer, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” This is the reason why she wants to stay in Malatya with her children. Many letters to the newspapers are saying that now they really want to read the New Testament or even to describe themselves as Christians, since they no longer want to have anything to do with Islam.

This brutal attack is not really the act of a group of deluded youth, since the media has been provoking antagonism against Christians for a long time. One of the most harmless media lies is that Christian are paying Muslims to convert to Christianity; one of the more disturbing is that Christians offer prostitutes to Muslims, in order to entice them to become Christians. Two events related to the funeral of Necati Aydin serve to illustrate the deep ambivalence of Turkish society toward Christians. When his coffin was to be flown from Malatya to Izmir, it would not fit into the x-ray machine in airport security. The Turkish newspapers reported that the airport security staff simply broke the handles off the coffin, a sign of their feelings. And during his funeral, one of the police officers standing guard over the funeral called one of the mourners “a son of a whore.”

Last Sunday (22 April 2007) the services of many Protestant churches took place under heavy police guard. In one small congregation in one of the parts of Istanbul, two top local police officials came to enquire about their security needs and to urgently suggest the installation of an alarm system and security cameras. And because of the continuing massive threats, many pastors are now accompanied by security guards. This causes great concern for believers in Turkey. In spite of truly positive developments in the realm of freedom of religion in recent years, they now see their freedom of religion as deeply threatened.


Elizabeth Kendal is the Principal Researcher and Writer for the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC) This article was initially written for the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty News & Analysis mailing list.

Elizabeth can be contacted by e-mail at

** You may republish this story with proper attribution.

38 posted on 05/02/2007 4:06:05 AM PDT by Cindy
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39 posted on 05/02/2007 4:06:47 AM PDT by Cindy
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27 April 2007
Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center
Volume 2 (2007), Number 2 (April 2007)
By Dr. Moshe Terdman
Director and editor: Reuven Paz

SNIPPET:”Inside this Issue:
• News Briefs from Around the Continent
• The Mogadishu Insurgency
• The Effects of the Somali Crisis on Kenya Muslims”


“New Report of Terrorist Camp in South Africa”
By John Solomon

40 posted on 05/02/2007 4:29:10 AM PDT by Cindy
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“JI Adopts New Strategy: Targeted Assassinations”
By Zachary Abuza

41 posted on 05/02/2007 4:30:59 AM PDT by Cindy
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16 March 2007
Palestinians swear allegiance to Bin Laden”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “It’s on our Top Ten list for a reason.”


“Jihadi Website Advises Mujahideen on Equipment to Bring to Iraq”
By Erich Marquardt
(May 1, 2007)

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “On April 19, the jihadi website posted an in-depth article on the necessary equipment for the mujahideen in Iraq. The information was in response to a posting by a user who inquired about the most important equipment a fighter must prepare before joining the Iraqi jihad. In response, a user who goes by the alias “Terrorist 11” posted a long document from Sheikh Yusuf al-Uyayri (alternatively known as Yusuf a-Ayyiri), a Saudi-born top al-Qaeda strategist who was killed by Saudi security forces in 2003. The extensive document outlines various guerrilla tactics to be used by a mujahid fighter in a zone of conflict. Al-Uyayri describes a mujahid as a “multi-type combat businessman,” who must be prepared for many different situations. “

42 posted on 05/02/2007 4:43:06 AM PDT by Cindy
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Thank you!

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Putin not able to track all nukes
By Bill Gertz
Published May 2, 2007 (snipped)

Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Bush he could not account for all of Moscow’s nuclear weapons at the same time al Qaeda was seeking to purchase three Russian nuclear devices on the black market, former CIA Director George J. Tenet said.

In his new book, Mr. Tenet states that shortly after the September 11 attacks, Mr. Bush briefed Mr. Putin about a Pakistani nongovernmental group, Umma Tameer-e-Nau. The group, whose members included extremist nuclear scientists, was helping the Taliban and al Qaeda develop nuclear arms.

The president “asked Putin point blank if Russia could account for all of its [nuclear] material,” he states in his book, “At the Center of the Storm.”

“Choosing his words carefully, the Russian president said he was confident he could account for everything — under his watch,” Mr. Tenet stated, noting that the deliberately ambiguous response tended to confirm reports of nuclear smuggling shortly after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Mr. Tenet said the CIA informed Russian intelligence about former Soviet nuclear scientists who were working with al Qaeda.

Russian officials “refused to delve into any matters related to the security of their nuclear facilities and nuclear weapons, including reports sourced to Russian officials concerning possible theft of Russian ‘suitcase nukes,’ “ Mr. Tenet stated.

The comments contradict Russian government claims for the past 16 years that no nuclear arms were missing.

Alexander Lebed, a former Russian national security adviser, stated in 1997 that Russia could not account for about 80 portable nuclear weapons, a claim later denied by Moscow.

Mr. Tenet disclosed the presidential exchange in explaining detailed intelligence reports from late 2002 to spring 2003 stating that senior al Qaeda leaders were “negotiating for the purchase of three Russian nuclear devices.”

The former CIA chief identified the al Qaeda nuclear procurement group as including No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri and Abdel al-Aziz al-Masri, who is described as the “nuclear chief” for the terrorist group. . .

44 posted on 05/02/2007 5:27:23 AM PDT by callmejoe
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Looks like we’ve come full circle to thread 1.

Gertz is ‘in the know’ on this and has been on this story for a long time:

Bin Laden said to have nukes
Report: Extent of fugitive leader’s arsenal ‘no longer a doubt’

Posted: April 28, 2001

45 posted on 05/02/2007 7:04:41 AM PDT by Velveeta
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46 posted on 05/02/2007 7:06:33 AM PDT by jmcenanly (Cowards take hostages. We do not.)
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47 posted on 05/02/2007 7:33:45 AM PDT by Godzilla (OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?)
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Khawaja’s appeal denied

Wednesday, noon: Supreme court refuses terror suspect’s challenge of secrecy provisions


The Federal Court of Canada has dismissed a constitutional challenge to the Canada Evidence Act by a man accused of terrorism.

Mohammed Momin Khawaja, facing seven terrorism-related charges under the Anti Terrorism Act, challenged a section of the evidence act which allows the government to present secret evidence to trial judges in ex parte hearings without the accused person being present.

However, Chief Justice Alan Lutfy of the federal court writes in his April 30 decision that while the section does violate the principle of open courts, it still takes into consideration the rights of accused persons and that a number of “procedural safeguards,” exist.

One of those safeguards, he writes, is that the Federal Court may where necessary, appoint a scrutiny cleared “amicus curiae,” lawyer to to read, hear, challenge and respond to the ex parte representations made on behalf of the government.

However Greenspon, responding to the decision, said he doesn’t believe the Canada Evidence Act allows for the appointment of an amicus curiae.

“If you make a secret hearing not secret anymore is it still unconstitutional? Probably not,” he said. “That’s not the question that was before the court.”

Greenspon said he and his client would wait to make a decision on appealing the decision until the release of another Federal Court decision expected later this week concerning disclosure of secret documents pertaining to the case.

Khawaja has been in jail for three years awaiting trial. Greenspon says he doesn’t believe his client’s criminal trial will begin before September.

Khawaja is accused of assisting a terror cell in the United Kingdom by allegedly designing a remote detonator for a fertilizer bomb and in securing funding for the organization.

This week a jury in London convicted five of the seven men initially accused of participating in the cell on a variety of terrorism-related counts.


48 posted on 05/02/2007 10:04:46 AM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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"Khawaja is accused of assisting a terror cell in the United Kingdom by allegedly designing a remote detonator for a fertilizer bomb and in securing funding for the organization."

THANKS for the update fanan. I appreciate it.

49 posted on 05/02/2007 12:56:17 PM PDT by Cindy
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THANKS callmejoe for pointing that out.

50 posted on 05/02/2007 1:00:33 PM PDT by Cindy
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