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Threat Matrix: February 2008
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Posted on 02/01/2008 6:55:58 PM PST by nwctwx

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Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan?

It was malice in wonderland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday as Bush Administration envoys insisted things are getting better in Afghanistan, while angry lawmakers from both parties cited facts and figures showing just the opposite. Even the senior Republican on the panel, Senator Richard Lugar, found the Administration's claims wanting. "I'm not sure that we have a plan for Afghanistan," he said.

Long seen as the "forgotten war" eclipsed by Iraq in U.S. priorities, Afghanistan is in the Washington spotlight this week with the release of three independent reports concluding that without a change in U.S. policy there, the erstwhile sanctuary of Osama bin Laden would remain a failed state. Read More

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1 posted on 02/01/2008 6:56:01 PM PST by nwctwx
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ping to February!

2 posted on 02/01/2008 6:57:34 PM PST by nwctwx
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Thank you nw.

I do appreciate it.


3 posted on 02/01/2008 7:02:41 PM PST by Cindy
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After





4 posted on 02/01/2008 7:03:42 PM PST by Cindy
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Thanks for the ping, Ian. Thanks to you, Cindy and all of the outstanding linkers/researcher/educators on these threads.


5 posted on 02/01/2008 7:12:21 PM PST by PGalt
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To: nwctwx

Thank you!

6 posted on 02/01/2008 7:19:58 PM PST by good old days
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Thanks for all of the information and linking about Iran on your blog. Did you just start that December 7, 2007?

7 posted on 02/01/2008 7:23:33 PM PST by PGalt
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8 posted on 02/01/2008 7:34:59 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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An effective program I wish had been launched early on in Afghanistan, is a rational public works program, whose purpose is to hire every available person to rebuild their nation.

Afghanistan has such a small typical wage that vast numbers of people could have been hired to do this in parallel with military operations.

There are any number of nation-building objectives that would be met in the process, such as the creation of a national banking system, the creation of tens of thousands of small businesses with micro-loans, the repair of old infrastructure and the building of new.

And especially, to replace some of the tribalism with a sense of nationalism, uniting a very fractured country.

In many ways, such a public works program would be military activities by other means, in that it would accomplish many military goals in the process. This effectiveness of this has been demonstrated countless times in Iraq.

At the beginning, it would be a systematic process completely run by Americans, but teaching a new generation of management by younger Afghanis, not yet exposed to the endemic corruption, mismanagement, and sectarianism of their elders. Many would barely be high school age.

Much of their instruction would be anti-corruption indoctrination, plain and simple. To not just be rigidly honest themselves, and to insist on it in others, but to see it as a patriotic duty. To build an intolerant culture of honesty and efficiency.

It would be many years before such a generation is ready to lead, but at least one would be waiting in the wings, armed not just with a better way, but the understanding of why it is a better way.

9 posted on 02/01/2008 7:35:29 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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Thank you, Ian. For some reason I think this may be an eventful month.

10 posted on 02/01/2008 7:37:56 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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Thank you. Lurking but still here.

11 posted on 02/01/2008 7:45:05 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Just how will wrecking the U.S. economy save the planet?)
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I be here!

12 posted on 02/01/2008 8:09:19 PM PST by null and void (Conservatism. It's the new Black...)
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I be here!

I was wondering where you were!!!!!!!!

13 posted on 02/01/2008 8:21:06 PM PST by MamaDearest
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A mere thank you seems insufficient - but thank you anyway Ian!!!!!!

14 posted on 02/01/2008 8:22:07 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: PGalt

Yes, the original board began July 2007 and Iran in the global jihad section began December 7, 2007.

15 posted on 02/01/2008 8:41:07 PM PST by Cindy
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Blog Posting:
Gertz - Al Qaeda:'Large Operation in America, God Willing'
Friday, February 01, 2008

An Al Qaida Internet site reported last week that terrorists are planning a major attack in the United States in the coming weeks. The Jan. 12 posting titled “A Large Operation in America, God Willing,” stated that the upcoming attack was imminent. Other participants chastised the writer for tipping Al Qaida’s hand.

Counterterrorism analysts said the threat could be real or Al Qaida deception designed to test U.S. security by announcing an planned attack and observing the level of increased security.

For those seeking more information, the author of the posting said they should be patient but assured forum members that “the lions have taken off and you will see [the proof] in the coming weeks.” “We ask God to guide the aim of the jihadists and to grant them success in the revenge campaign for Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi,” the message said.


16 posted on 02/01/2008 8:48:24 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Thanks Oorang for the fyi.

17 posted on 02/01/2008 8:52:50 PM PST by Cindy
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30kg explosives found in beer barrel (Spain)
Thursday, January 31, 2008

A metallic beer barrel containing 30kg of the explosive material ammonal (ammonium nitrate) was found this morning on a path in the Andra Mari district of Getxo (Vizcaya).

At this stage it is believed that the explosives were due to be picked up by ETA activists, and it is possible that the barrel itself - which was fitted with a detonator cord that was not connected to a detonator - was designed to have provided the casing for a bomb.

A local man, who first spotted the device last night, contacted the Local Police this morning. The device was rendered safe by regional police bomb squad experts - who arrived at the scene at 12.30pm - and has now been removed for forensic analysis.

Bomb Threat Evacuates Part Of Danville (California)
February 1, 2008

Part of Danville was evacuated on Friday afternoon because of a report of a bomb like device, authorities said. The Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office was responded to an initial report of a "gun incident" near Diablo Road and El Cerro, according to the sheriff's office.

Someone called authorities about a gun in the 800 block of Diablo Road around 12:30 p.m., according to Sheriff Spokesman Jimmy Lee. He said police came across bomb making materials and called the Walnut Creek Bomb Squad to the scene.

The surrounding area including some local schools were evacuated, according to Lee. Lee said he does not believe anyone has been arrested in the case. Chopper 11 was over the scene and showed police barricades shutting down Diablo Road. Traffic moved slowly by the scene where a fire truck, police cars and a mechanical robot examined the area.

18 posted on 02/01/2008 9:00:08 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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You’re welcome Cindy.

19 posted on 02/01/2008 9:01:24 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Thanks Oorang for the fyi.


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Largest Terrorist Forum: Situation in Iraq is Very Difficult, Weapons are Few, Men Are Fewer
February/2/2008 | jveritas
Posted on 02/01/2008 8:33:51 PM PST by jveritas

In a very surprising thread posted tonight on Ekhlaas terrorist forum, the largest terrorist forum on the internet, the author of the thread was calling for urgent help to the terrorists in Iraq. He said that the last bastion controlled by the terrorists in Baghdad has fell in the hands of the US and Iraqi forces. He described the situation in Iraq as very dangerous and very difficult. He said that weapons are few but men are even fewer.

This thread on Ekhlaas terrorist forum is a very surprising admission of defeat and confirms without any doubt that they are running out of terrorists males in particular the foreign non Iraqi terrorists who used to conduct massive suicide terrorist attacks. Today we saw the terrorists using two mentally retarded women to unwillingly conduct terrorist attacks in Baghdad market by detonating them from a distance. Just six months ago the terrorists were saying that they must never use women in “Jihad”, in the last few weeks we have seen more suicide terrorist attacks conducted by women and now we are seeing them using mentally handicapped women to do their evil deeds.

In December 2007, I posted a thread on Free Republic about a speech by Al Qaeda spokesman in Iraq admitting that no more than two hundreds foreign terrorists were left in Iraq Al Qaeda Confession: Only 200 Foreign Terrorists are left in Iraq . His statement caused a lot of angst among the terrorists forum, but it now appears that surprisingly his admission was truthful.

We are winning this war against Al Qaeda in Iraq and we are winning it big. The terrorists have been utterly defeated and driven out of Anbar, Baghdad, and Diyala. Their remaining and defeated forces fled to Northern Iraq, and to the City of Mosul in particular where the Iraqi and US troops are going to conduct an eminent decisive attack against them.

God bless our brave troops.

PS: Ekhlaas terrorist forum is a password protected so even if I give the link to the thread you will not be able to access it until your register and wait for activation of your account. The Ekhlaas terrorist forum is hosted by an Internet Service Provider called Hosts located in Tampa Florida

20 posted on 02/01/2008 9:01:40 PM PST by Cindy
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Weapons Trader Allegedly Tied to China, Iran
abc ^ | Jan. 31, 2008 | By JASON RYAN
Posted on 02/01/2008 9:15:30 PM PST by Flavius

weapons trader wanted by multiple federal agencies for allegedly selling sensitive technology to Iran was arrested late last month, court documents and a U.S. government official confirm to ABC News.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

21 posted on 02/01/2008 9:27:39 PM PST by Cindy
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Director of Singapore Firm Arraigned on Charges of Illegally Exporting Controlled Aircraft Components to Iran

BROOKLYN, NY – Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Darryl W. Jackson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, and Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced that the director of a Singapore-based aviation company was arraigned today in federal court in Brooklyn on charges that she illegally exported controlled U.S. military aircraft components and shipped commercial aircraft components to Iran. Woodford pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be detained without bail by United States Magistrate Judge Viktor Pohorelsky.

Laura Wang-Woodford, a U.S. citizen who serves as the director of Monarch Aviation Pte, Ltd. (“Monarch”), a Singapore company that has imported and exported military and commercial aircraft components for more than 16 years, was arrested on December 23, 2007, at San Francisco International Airport after arriving on a flight from Hong Kong. Wang-Woodford and her husband Brian D. Woodford, a U.K. citizen who served as chairman and managing director of Monarch, were charged in a 20-count indictment returned in the Eastern District of New York on January 15, 2003. Brian Woodford remains a fugitive.

The indictment charges the defendants with one count of conspiring to export aircraft parts to Iran and 15 counts of exporting aircraft parts to Iran, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA); one count of conspiring to export defense articles without a license and two counts of exporting and attempting to export defense articles without a license, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); and one count of conspiring to launder the proceeds of the unlawful export of defense articles. If convicted of the charges, the defendants face a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment for each count of violating IEEPA, ten years’ imprisonment for each count of violating AECA and ITAR, and 20 years’ imprisonment for conspiring to launder money.

According to the indictment, between January 1998 and February 2000, the defendants exported controlled U.S. commercial aircraft parts from the United States to Monarch in Singapore and then re-exported those items to a company in Tehran, Iran, without obtaining the required U.S. government licenses. As part of the charged conspiracy, the defendants falsely listed Monarch in Singapore as the ultimate recipient of the parts on export documents filed with the U.S. government. The aircraft parts allegedly exported to Iran include aircraft shields, shears, “o” rings, and switch assemblies.

The indictment further charges that the defendants arranged for the illegal export of U.S. military aircraft components, designed for use in Chinook military helicopters, to Monarch in Singapore without first obtaining the required license or written approval from the U.S. government. Specifically, the defendants caused a U.S. company to falsely identify these components in export documents filed with the U.S. government as civilian components that did not require export licenses.

The indictment also charges the defendants with conspiring to transmit funds from Singapore to Cincinnati, Ohio, with the intent to promote the illegal export scheme, in violation of federal money laundering statutes.

As set forth in the government’s detention letter filed today, at the time of her arrest in San Francisco, Wang-Woodford possessed catalogues from a Chinese company, the China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (“CPMIEC”), containing advertisements for military technology and weaponry. The products advertised include surface-to-air missile systems and rocket launchers. CPMIEC has been sanctioned by the United States Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control, as a specially designated Weapons of Mass Destruction proliferator. All United States persons and entities are prohibited from engaging in business with CPMIEC.

“We will not waver in our efforts to protect the public from the national security threat posed by those who would profit from the illegal export of U.S. military technology,” said United States Attorney Campbell. Mr. Campbell thanked the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agencies responsible for conducting the government’s investigation.

“We have a long memory when it comes to those accused of profiting from the trade of sensitive commercial and weapons technology to state sponsors of terror,” said Assistant Attorney General Wainstein. “This prosecution and other recent export cases should serve as warning to others who would jeopardize America’s security through illicit transfers of U.S. technology.”

“Enforcement of our export controls with respect to Iran remains an important priority of this Administration,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Jackson. “Monarch is a significant diverter of aviation components to Iran.”

“Transshipment and false labeling schemes like those charged in the indictment have the potential to harm our country,” said Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Myers. “Today’s action shows that U.S. law enforcement will relentlessly pursue those who hide behind an international corporate veneer to smuggle sensitive weapons and commercial technology, and we will bring them to justice.”

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel S. Silver and Cristina M. Posa.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.



22 posted on 02/01/2008 10:25:34 PM PST by Cindy
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January 30, 2008

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to participating in a conspiracy to provide fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses to large numbers of Somali and Bosnian nationals.

Adil Majlovic, 21, a citizen of Bosnia who resides in Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to the charge contained in a Sept. 20, 2007, federal indictment.

By pleading guilty today, Majlovic admitted that he was involved in a mail fraud conspiracy from April 1, 2003, to Feb. 6, 2006, that defrauded others by denying the public the right of honest services of contract employees of the state of Missouri. The conspiracy involved fraudulent testing for commercial driver’s licenses on the part of the South Central Career Center Truck Driver Training School (SCCC) in West Plains, Mo.

Majlovic assisted the conspiracy by traveling to West Plains in December 2005 and participating in a scheme by co-defendants Orbin Dale May, 64, of West Plains, and Ernest Arnel White, also known as Mustafa, 50, of Kansas City, to simulate a driving test in order for White to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) by fraudulent means. May was employed at SCCC (at that time a division of the West Plains R-7 School District) to train truck drivers and administer CDL driving tests. White operated Muslim Brothers and Sisters (MBS), a trucking company that operated a truck driving training school in Kansas City, which directed individuals to SCCC in order to obtain a Missouri CDL.

Majlovic also attempted to arrange for White to train students that he directed to White’s school. Majlovic had reason to believe, based upon the circumstances, that the CDL driving tests these students would take would be improperly administered by May.

Majlovic is the seventh co-defendant to plead guilty to his role in the conspiracy.

White pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2007, to his role in the conspiracy. White admitted that he had an agreement with May that May would give incomplete or inadequate driving tests to MBS students, fraudulently certify that the students had legitimately passed the driving test, and mail the certifying documents to the Missouri Department of Revenue. May also provided students with a copy of the certifying document, which they could use to obtain the CDL from the Missouri Department of Revenue. White paid May $300 to $500 for each student that May passed in this way.

May pleaded guilty on Nov. 9, 2007, to his role in the conspiracy. May admitted that he gave incomplete or inadequate driving tests and fraudulently certified that applicants had legitimately passed the driving tests. During the course of the conspiracy and in furtherance of the conspiracy, May submitted fraudulent CDL forms, indicating that applicants had successfully completed the competency test, to the SCCC office, which then mailed them to the Missouri Department of Revenue. May would provide the applicant with a copy of the certifying document that could be used to obtain the CDL at a Missouri Department of Revenue office.

May also admitted that he received additional payment (above that which was required under law) to administer the tests, in order to ensure that applicants passed the CDL driving test.

Howard E. Schneider, 41, of Overland Park, Kan., pleaded guilty on Nov. 28, 2007, to his role in the conspiracy. Schneider is the owner of H.E. Schneider Trucking Company in Kansas City, Kan., and involved in the operation of Muslim Brothers and Sisters.

Schneider admitted that he assisted co-conspirators in directing individuals to SCCC in order to fraudulently obtain commercial driver’s licenses. Schneider also took the CDL driving test at SCCC on Jan. 24, 2005, and knew that the test was not legitimately administered.

Abdulfatah Osman Farah, 25, a citizen of Somalia living in Kansas City, pleaded guilty on Dec. 10, 2007, to his role in the conspiracy.

Farah admitted that he obtained a CDL after testing at SCCC on Dec. 28, 2004. According to the plea agreement, May administered the CDL driving test. While Farah took two of the three portions of the driving test, White drove the tractor trailer in order to assist Farah in successfully completing the last portion of the driving test. May then certified that Farah had passed his driving test, and sent a copy of the certifying document to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Afterward, Farah assisted White in taking students to SCCC in order to obtain a CDL in the same way. On several occasions, Farah simulated a driving test with May’s assistance, in order to help those students pass the CDL test.

Ahmed Muhidin Sharif, 29, a citizen of Somalia living in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty on Nov. 9, 2007, to his role in the conspiracy.

Sharif assisted White by transporting students from Muslim Brothers and Sisters truck driving school to SCCC, knowing that May would fraudulently administer the competency tests. Sharif made about 15 trips in which he transported 70 to 80 students of Somali descent to West Plains in order to fraudulently obtain CDLs. Sharif knew that the tests were being fraudulently administered by May, and observed May give incomplete or inadequate CDL driving tests to the students.

Abdiwahab Mohamud Mohamed, 38, a citizen of Somalia living in Minneapolis, Minn., pleaded guilty on Oct. 31, 2007, to his role in the conspiracy.

Mohamed, who had fraudulently obtained a CDL after purportedly testing at SCCC, directed students from the state of Minnesota to SCCC in order to obtain fraudulent CDLs. Mohamed was directed to White by an acquaintance in Minnesota who informed him that White’s school would only cost $800, as opposed to the $5,000 for a legitimate CDL school in Minnesota. White took Mohamed to SCCC, where he was tested by May. Mohamed, who had never driven a tractor trailer prior to traveling to West Plains, drove a tractor-trailer around the parking lot at SCCC for 10 minutes. Normally the CDL test takes two hours to complete.

A commercial driver’s license allows a person to operate heavy commercial trucks – such as 18-wheel tractors and trailers – and buses on the public highways. In order to obtain a CDL, a driver-applicant must first pass a written test. If the driver-applicant passes the written test, he is issued a temporary permit and must then take the practical “skills test” or “competency test” administered either by the Missouri State Highway Patrol or a third-party tester, such as SCCC. This second test requires the driver-applicant to physically demonstrate his knowledge and ability to inspect and safely drive a commercial vehicle. These tests are required and regulated by both federal and state laws.

Under federal statutes, each of the co-defendants could be subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Overland Park, Kan., Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Missouri Department of Revenue, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

23 posted on 02/01/2008 10:36:04 PM PST by Cindy
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(January 30, 2008)

24 posted on 02/01/2008 10:37:42 PM PST by Cindy
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January 31, 2008

“Fairfax County Police Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Computer Access”

(Alexandria, VA)

25 posted on 02/01/2008 10:39:59 PM PST by Cindy
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From The Times
February 2, 2008
“Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, faces death threats”
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, is under police protection after he and his family received death threats over his claim that parts of Britain had become “no-go areas” for non-Muslims.”

26 posted on 02/01/2008 11:00:45 PM PST by Cindy
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Canadian court frees suspected al-Qaeda collaborator
Published: 02.01.08, 23:55 / Israel News

A Canadian court freed suspected al-Qaeda collaborator Mohamed Harkat on Friday, but ordered him to remain under house arrest until his next hearing.

An Algerian refugee living in Ontario since 1995, Harkat was arrested in December 2002 on suspicions that he is an Islamic extremist and member of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network. Harkat has vehemently denied the allegations. (AP)

27 posted on 02/01/2008 11:08:35 PM PST by Cindy
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Levels: Expected - Moderate - Unknown
Code: SAME = CEM
Expires: 01:24 PST on 2008-02-02

28 posted on 02/01/2008 11:11:40 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

Thank you BurbankKarl.

Praying for a good outcome to this incident.

29 posted on 02/01/2008 11:18:15 PM PST by Cindy
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Feb 1, 2008 16:46 | Updated Feb 2, 2008 8:47
“Egypt looking for four terrorists”
RAFAH, Gaza Strip

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The search follows the arrests of 15 Palestinians over the past few days who were caught carrying weapons and explosives in the town of el-Arish, located some 35 kilometers from the border, and other remote parts of the Sinai desert.

Twelve of those arrested were members of Hamas, said a senior intelligence officer in northern Sinai, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The group consisted of two cells arrested separately as they attempted to sneak out of el-Arish carrying explosives, electric circuits, machine guns and ammunition, the official added.”

30 posted on 02/01/2008 11:23:49 PM PST by Cindy
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“Gunmen attack Israel embassy in Mauritania, 3 hurt”
Fri Feb 1, 2008 3:30pm EST

By Daniel Flynn

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “NOUAKCHOTT, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on Israel’s embassy in Mauritania on Friday, wounding three bystanders including a French woman.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Some witnesses said the attackers, who numbered at least three, shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) as they exchanged fire with guards at the fortified embassy in a tree-lined street of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.”

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Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC)

“News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation”
January 22-29, 2008

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RECAP - Small Sampler:

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...)

YNET - Israel News: "AIR FORCE CHIEF WARNS OF POSSIBLE ATTACK ON SATELLITES Ten days aftter launch of Iraeli Tecsar satellite, Air Force commander speaks of possible threat to Israeli assets in space" (Published January 30, 2008, 12:33) (Read More...)


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MEMRI - Clip #1668 Broadcast: January 25, 2008: "Title of Video: The Emir of the Pakistani Taliban By'atullah Mahsoud: We Will Destroy American and Britain, But Will Not Use Nuclear Bombs" (Watch Here.)

MEMRI - Video Clip No. 1668: TRANSCRIPT (Read More...)



ABC NEWS: "URGENT MANHUNT ACROSS EUROPE FOR TERROR PLOTTERS Spanish AG: 3 Cell Members May Be on a Mission to Attack Outside of Spain" by Richard Esposito and Paco Medina (January 25, 2008) (Read More...)

WASHINGTON "SUPER BOWL DEEMED A TARGET IN FEDERAL THREAT ASSESSMENT" by Audrey Hudson (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The upcoming Super Bowl game will be a desirable target for terrorists, according to a threat assessment by federal security officials, which outlines several scenarios of possible attacks and security precautions for the Feb. 3 event.") (January 25, 2008) (Read More...)

YNET (YNET NEWS, ISRAEL NEWS): "FATAH: MORE ATTACKS TO COME" (Published January 24, 2008, 23:52) (Read More...)

HUNTINGTON Huntington, WV - "EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM CHARLESTON COULD JAM EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS" by Tony Rutherford (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "According to a Huntington TV station, ten break-ins at three separate sites (Garfield, North Charleston, North Gate Business Park) resulted in the loss of a radio receiver/transmitter (repeater) and frequency counter.") (January 24, 2008) (Read More...) "CIA HACKERS SHOOK UP POWER GRIDS The threat is real." (January 20, 2008) (Read More...)

Blog - "CIA: HACKERS SHOOK UP POWER GRIDS (Updated)" by Noah Shachtman (January 19, 2008) (Read More...)

THREATS "CIA: CYBER ATTACKS TURN OUT THE LIGHTS" by Michael Tanji (January 18, 2008) (Read More...) (IDG NEWS SERVICE): "CIA SAYS HACKERS PULLED PLUG ON POWER GRID" by Robert McMillan (January 18, 2008) (Read More..)


IBD "NEW TERROR THREAT" by Investor's Business Daily (SNIPPET: "Homeland Security: Terrorists are increasingly looking to Europe as both a target and a staging ground for U.S. attacks. Their ticket may be the Visa Waiver Program, a major security loophole.") (January 17, 2008, 4:20 pm PT) (Read More...)
Link (Read More...) Dallas - "'CLONED' VEHICLES USED FOR ILLEGAL OPERATIONS" by Rebecca Lopez (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Law enforcement agencies across the country have been warned to be alert for vehicles that have been made to look like commercial or law enforcement vehicles, but in actuality are "clones" being used for illegal activities.") (January 16, 2008, 08:29 am CST) (*Note: This url may expire.) (Read More...) "THE 'LONE WOLF' AND AL-QAEDA SLEEPER CELLS IN THE UNITED STATES" by Abdul Hameed Bakier (January 15, 2008) (Read More...) - Special Dispatch Series - No. 1814: "Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Calls to Attack Capitals of African Countries Participating In Peacekeeping Force in Somalia: 'We [Join] the Mujahideen in the Global Islamic War Against the Cross" (January 15, 2008) (Read More...)

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MEMRI - blog ("Source:, January 6, 2008"): "JIHADI SOURCES: PRESIDENT BUSH MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THE REGION IS NOT SAFE FOR HIM" (Posted at January 10, 2008) (Read More...)

THE MEMRI ("Source: Al-Hayat, London, January 10, 2008"): "NEW PALESTINIAN ORGANIZATION THREATENS TO ASSASSINATE BUSH" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "...a new organization, the Army of the Ummah, has been announced in the Gaza Strip.") (Posted January 10, 2008) (Read More...)

JIHAD (AP): "'We are coming, not to Bush in Tel Aviv, but God willing to Washington'" (January 10, 2008) (Read More...)

GLOBAL INCIDENT ( France - "AL-QAEDA'S 'BLACK WIDOW': FRANCE TO BE PUNISHED" (January 21, 2008) (Read More...)

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Link (Read More...) - Special Dispatch Series - No. 1816: "PARTICIPANTS IN ISLAMIST FORUMS DISCUSS PROPOSAL FOR TERRORIST ATTACK IN PARIS" (January 18, 2008) (Read More...) (AP): Paris - "FRENCH PROBE E-MAIL THREATENING PARIS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "They said only that the message went to an Internet site run by Salafists, or Islamic fundamentalists.") (January 9, 2008, 4:52 pm (Read More...)

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WASHINGTON "'SUDDEN JIHAD SYNDROME' POSES DOMESTIC RISK" by Sara A. Carter (January 2, 2008) (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report: Europe - Belgium: "WARDEN MESSAGE: BRUSSELS HEIGHTENED TERRORIST THREAT" (December 21, 2007) (Read More...) - Special Dispatch Series - No. 1791: "Leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan: 'Allah Willing, America Will Soon Be Annihilated... We Will Reach America... The Eyes of the Nation of Muhammad are set on Washington. London. Moscow, Paris, Delhi, Beijing'" (December 21, 2007) (Read More...) ("Sources: Stratfor, Ya Libnan"): "IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL VISITS LEBANON" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Beirut - A senior Iranian intelligence officer arrived in Lebanon the week of Dec. 9, and Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah official in charge of foreign operations accompanied the officer to his meetings there, Stratfor sources said Dec. 16") (December 17, 2007, 6:32 pm) (Read More...)
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N Korea may have made 30-40 kg of plutonium
Japan Today ^ | Friday, February 1, 2008 at 15:19 EST
Posted on 02/01/2008 5:45:36 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin

AMHERST, Massachusetts — North Korea is expected to declare it has produced 30 to 40 kilograms of plutonium when it gives a full account of its nuclear programs under a six-party deal, top U.S. nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill said.

That is less than about 50 kg the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs had earlier suggested. Hill’s remarks may reflect the information he received from Pyongyang as he called for the state’s fulfillment of its six-way obligations. “They are supposed to give us a full figure on that, which will be in the neighborhood of 30, 40 kilos, something like that,” he said in a speech at Amherst College on Wednesday.

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updated 11:23 a.m. EST, Mon January 28, 2008

“TSA tester slips mock bomb past airport security”
By Jeanne Meserve and Mike M. Ahlers


stepping back in time to January 2007:

“Muslim Group Assists TSA with ‘Sensitivity Training’”
(Added January 17, 2007)


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“Warden Message: Mauritania Restaurant Complex Attack”
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U.S. Embassy N’Djamena released the following Warden Message on February 2, 2008:

The U.S. Embassy would like to request that any American citizens who wish to be evacuated should come to the embassy immediately. If you have any questions please call the embassy immediately.

American citizens should closely monitor news media and the U.S. Embassy’s website. American citizens in Chad are urged to keep family and friends in the U.S. apprised of their whereabouts.

American citizens are urged to register with the Embassy at for updated information on travel and security in the region, go to The U.S. Embassy is located in N’Djamena on Avenue Felix Eboue: mailing address is B.P. 413, tel: 251-7009. For emergencies after regular hours or on holidays, please call the Marine guard at 251-4299.

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“Worldwide Caution”
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 31, 2008

President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror in Las Vegas, Nevada
Emerald at Queensridge
Las Vegas, Nevada

White House News
9:30 A.M. PST

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for the warm welcome. Thank you. So what Ranson didn’t tell you is he believes in free speech, and that’s what I’m here to give. (Laughter.) I appreciate the invitation. (Laughter.)

Sharon, thank you very much, as well. I’m honored to be here with the Governor. Governor — the Governor has been a friend of mine for a long time. We served together in Washington. He came back to Nevada — (laughter) — to serve the great state. (Applause.) As my wife said, when you get over there don’t mispronounce it again. (Laughter.) I learned my lesson. But Governor, thank you for being here. I appreciate all the state and local officials who are here, and I want to thank you for giving me a chance to come by and share some thoughts about the world in which we live.

I do appreciate very much your advocacy of open markets, ownership. I believe the ownership society is necessary for a hopeful America. We want people owning their homes. We want people owning and managing their own health care accounts. We want people managing their pension plans. We ought to trust people. And at my State of the Union, one of the themes at the State of the Union was that government ought to trust people and empower them to make their own decisions about their future. And this Institute does that, and I appreciate it very much. I thank you for being on the forefront of good, optimistic thought.

The world in which we live is a dangerous world, but a world full of great opportunity. We’re involved in an ideological struggle — the likes of which we have seen before in our history. It’s an ideological struggle between those of us who love freedom and human rights and human dignity, and those who want to impose their dark vision on how people should live their lives. This is a — not a political conflict — I mean, a religious conflict. And I’ll tell you why: because one of the tactics, and the main tactic of those enemies of freedom, is to murder the innocent to achieve their objectives. Religious people do not murder the innocent. (Applause.)

And so we’re facing this ideological struggle of people who use asymmetrical warfare. What distinguishes this ideological struggle from previous ideological struggles — those with — against fascism or communism, is that in this war, individuals use weapons to kill innocent people — car bombs and suicide vests. And they do so to frighten the West. They do so to create chaos and confusion. They do so with the aim of creating vacuums into which their hateful ideology can flow. And that’s why you see the September 11th attacks, in London, in Madrid, in Jordan — attacks around the world. Some will say these are just isolated moments of — where all we need is a good, strong law enforcement response. I think they’re all part of an ideological struggle.

And the interesting development that is taking place in the beginnings here of the 21st century is, the freedom movement is on the march. I’m not surprised, and you shouldn’t be either. I believe there is an Almighty. I believe the gift of that Almighty to every man, woman and child is freedom. I believe that people, if given a chance, will always go to freedom — and that’s what you’re beginning to see. (Applause.)

And yet every time freedom tries to advance, these ideologues murder innocent people — in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Israel, in Palestine. People who can’t stand the thought of free societies unleash their hatred by killing innocent people. And the great challenge facing America and the world is, one, will we recognize the challenge? Do we understand the consequences of success and failure? And will the United States be bold and stay in the lead? And my answer is, we have been, we will continue to be, and we must be engaged in making sure we lay the foundation of peace for the sake of our children and grandchildren. (Applause.)

We will prevail. We will prevail in this ideological struggle because liberty is powerful. Liberty is hopeful. The enemy we face can only convince people to join their cause is when they find hopelessness. And so our strategy is threefold: one, protect the homeland; two, stay on the offense against these folks; and three, provide an alternative — a hopeful alternative to despair and doubt and hopelessness.

So today I want to spend some time on the strategy. The first — our most important job in government — whether it be the federal government, state government, or local government — is to protect you. And remember the lessons of September the 11th: that oceans cannot protect us, that we face cold-blooded killers who, in our case, resorted to mass murder to send a message. We’ve got — you know, thankfully there hasn’t been an attack on our homeland since then. That’s not for the lack of effort by these evil people.

I hope you take heart in knowing there are a lot of really fine people working long, long hours to get the best information possible to protect the homeland. There’s a — unbelievably dedicated folks. And as I said in the State of the Union the other night, we owe these folks a debt of gratitude. And we owe them more — we owe them the tools necessary to protect the American people.

And one such tool in this different kind of war is to fully understand the intentions, the motives, the plans of people who use suicide and bombs to kill the innocent. If these terrorists and extremists are making phone calls into our country, we need to know why they’re calling, what they’re thinking, and what they’re planning. In order to protect the American people, our professionals need to have the tools necessary to do their job you expect them to do. And one such tool is a surveillance program that guarantees the rights of our citizens, but doesn’t extend those same guarantees to those who would do us harm. (Applause.)

Congress passed such a bill last year. They recognized that this tool was important to protect America. And yet, unfortunately, the bill they passed is set to expire tomorrow — or was set to expire tomorrow. Now, it’s an interesting train of logic, isn’t it? The tool was necessary six months ago, and yet it was set to expire as if the threat to our country was set to expire. But it’s not. There’s still ongoing threats.

I will sign today, here in Las Vegas, an extension, 15-day extension to the Protect America Act. This will give people and Congress time to pass a good piece of legislation that makes sure that our professionals have the tools necessary to do their job, and provides liability protection to carriers who it is assumed helped us in protecting the American people. This Protect America Act and its strengthening is essential to the security of the United States of America. I will sign the extension, but I expect members from both political parties to get this work done so our professionals can protect the American people. (Applause.)

The second part of our strategy is to stay on the offense against these folks — I mean every day stay on the offense; an unrelenting effort to find them and bring them to justice. It’s hard to plot, plan and attack America if you’re running and hiding. It’s hard to recruit if you’re cutting off money. It is hard to spread your poison if other reasonable people join the cause. And so we spend a lot of time doing everything we can to keep the pressure on these folks. And we got some good people working it.

I repeat to you, I know there’s some good folks who think this is just simply a law enforcement matter. It is not. This is an effort that requires all assets of the United States, and requires coalitions working together. I mean, we need to be sharing intelligence. We need our military on the hunt. We need to be working with allies to keep the pressure on them, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. America must not relent. If our most important job is to protect the American people, we have got to stay on the offense, and defeat the enemy overseas so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.)

The third part of our strategy is to spread liberty. I love to tell folks that one of the most unique relationships I had as your President was with the Prime Minister of Japan, Prime Minister Koizumi. He’s no longer the Prime Minister, but for a good period of time during my presidency, he was. You might remember, he’s the fellow that Laura and I took to Elvis’ place in Memphis. (Laughter.) He loved Elvis, and he wanted to go to Elvis’ place. (Laughter.) And it was a — we had a — it was a remarkable experience. (Laughter.)

Even more remarkable was the fact that the United States had no stronger ally in defeating terror, no stronger ally than understanding the power of freedom to be transformative. I say “no stronger ally” — Tony Blair was strong; there was a lot. But so was Prime Minister Koizumi. What’s ironic about that is that my dad fought the Japanese. Many of your relatives fought the Japanese. They were the sworn enemy of the United States of America. There was unbelievable hatred in our culture toward the Japanese. After all, they attacked us — the second largest attack on American soil; the first being that on September the 11th, 2001.

And yet 60 years later, the son of a Navy fighter pilot was sitting at the table with the Prime Minister of the former enemy, strategizing on how to win this ideological war. I find it ironic. The summary I’ve come away with is that liberty is transformative. People want to be free and, if given the chance, will be free, do the hard work necessary to be free. And liberty has got the capacity to transform an enemy to an ally.

And therefore we ought to have confidence in liberty’s power to bring the peace we want, and not shy away from helping people realize the great blessings of freedom. We’ve got to be confident in the transformative powers of liberty, recognizing that deep in everybody’s soul is the desire to be free. I recognize that is a — there are some in the world who dismiss the capacity of liberty to take hold in parts of the world. There used to be a foreign policy that advocated stability as the cornerstone of our policy. But stability just masks the hopelessness that seethed beneath the surface. If you believe this is an ideological struggle like I do, then it’s paramount to help people realize a different ideology than that of the enemy. And that’s what you’re seeing unfold.

And the two most evident places that that’s happening right now is in Afghanistan and Iraq. Both those countries are part of the war on terror. These aren’t separate, you know, wars; they’re part of the same war; different theaters, certainly different circumstances, but the outcome is essential for our security. So I want to spend a little time on Afghanistan and a little time on Iraq.

In Afghanistan — the interesting lesson on Afghanistan for the world to see is that how the vision of the enemy would be implemented — in other words, these poor folks had the Taliban as their oppressors. The Taliban also, as you might remember, provided safe haven to those who came and attacked us. But if you lived in Afghanistan in those days and were a mom of a child — particularly a female child — you had no hope. These thugs didn’t believe in freedoms, they didn’t believe in women having equal status, they didn’t believe young girls should be educated. And if you dared express your opinion that didn’t mesh with theirs, you’d be whipped in the public square or killed. These are brutal people. That’s the vision that these folks have for the world. That’s what they want. Some Americans probably just missed that and say, oh, that’s just a pipe dream, pie in the sky on their part.

I think the United States needs to take that vision seriously. I think it’s in our interest to liberate people. I think it’s in our interest that when we find human suffering we help deal with it. (Applause.) In Afghanistan I am proud to report that the United States of America, thanks to a brave military, liberated 25 million people and gave them a chance to realize the blessings of liberty. Since liberation from the Taliban and since al Qaeda was routed out of that country, where they no longer had safe havens to plot and plan an attack, the people of Afghanistan voted for a President; they voted for a parliament; girls now go to school; highways are being built; health clinics are being constructed around the country.

Is it a perfect government? No, but neither were we. I would remind our fellow citizens that we believed all men were created equal and for a hundred years had slaves. Afghanistan is working on their — on democracy. And it’s hard work. It’s not easy. It doesn’t happen overnight. But it’s in our interest to help them. It’s in our interest to help them because we believe that liberty is transformative. And a part of the world that was once a safe haven for an enemy that attacked us will be a more hopeful place when freedom takes hold.

The other night to the nation I said, we’re sending 3,200 Marines in to supplement our troops there. And the reason why is because this enemy is relentless in trying to overthrow this democracy, and it’s in our interest to stop them. See, we’ve got to do the hard work now to make sure that a future generation of Americans can grow up in peace.

Iraq. The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision. The world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power. (Applause.) And so are the Iraqi people. There has been some interesting progress in Iraq. They wrote a constitution. They voted. Imagine a society going from a brutal tyrant to being able to vote in a short period of time.

And yet the enemy — in this case, al Qaeda, as well as militia, militia fighters, some sponsored by Iran, some of them just pure criminals — resented the fact that freedom was moving, and in early 2006 began a campaign, and they were looking like they were successful. There was unspeakable violence, and I was concerned about it. I was concerned about it because I understand the consequences of failure for our peace, for the future peace for our children.

I had to make a tough decision. And the decision I made was based on the considered judgment of military people, considered judgment of a lot of folks who were following Iraq. It was not based upon any Gallup poll or focus group. It was based upon what was right for the future of the United States, and that is, as opposed to pulling troops out, send more in. (Applause.) And we went in with a counterinsurgency strategy, all aimed at, of course, helping the Iraqis stand up and do the hard work necessary, but in the meantime making sure that when the enemy was cleaned out of neighborhoods, there was somebody there to provide security for the folks.

Our surge, by the way, was more than just military. We surged diplomats and public service officials, provincial reconstruction teams to make sure that in neighborhoods where an enemy had been routed — and we have folks there, along with the Iraqis, to provide security — that there was also a opportunity to improve life for the average citizen. The Iraqis surged. They created 100,000 new soldiers and police. But curiously enough, and I don’t know whether a lot of our citizens understand this, 80,000 local citizens stepped up and said, we want to help patrol our own neighborhoods; we’re sick and tired of violence and extremists.

I’m not surprised that that happens. I believe Iraqi moms want the same thing that American moms want, and that is for their children to grow up in peace. That’s what I believe. (Applause.) I don’t believe that people welcome violence. They got sick of it. People want to be free. People want to live in peace, whether you’re Methodist or Muslim, whether you’re American or Iraqi. And what you’re watching play out now is that — folks are becoming more confident in their capacity to self-govern. They’re becoming confident that if they step up and expose these extremists or push these extremists out of their neighborhood, there will be enough muscle to help them.

The surge is working. I know some don’t want to admit that, and I understand. But the terrorists understand the surge is working. Al Qaeda knows the surge is working. They thought they could live safely in Anbar province. This was the place from which they were going to launch attacks throughout Iraq and throughout the Middle East. This is a place where they proudly proclaimed, this is our safe haven. They no longer have a safe haven in Anbar province; they’re on the run. We’re going to keep them on the run, and it’s in our interests for our own security to keep them on the run. (Applause.)

As a result of our successes, some of our troops are coming home. A Marine expeditionary unit and one Army brigade came home in December. It’s not going back. I don’t know whether my fellow citizens understand that or not. We surged, we accomplished missions, the Iraqis are more capable. The commanders on the ground say that now we can do the same job with less troops. So folks came home for Christmas. It is anticipated that five more Army brigades and two Marine battalions will be coming home by July.* That’s over 20,000 troops will be coming home — (applause) — because we’ve been successful, that’s why.

You know, a lot of folks say, well, what’s next, Mr. President? And my answer is, we have come too far in this important theater in this war on terror not to make sure that we succeed. And therefore any further troop reductions will be based upon commanders and conditions. Iraq is important for our security. I will be making decisions based upon success in Iraq. The temptation, of course, is for people to say, well, make sure you do the politically right thing. That’s not my nature. That’s not exactly what we’re going to do. (Applause.)

The fundamental question is whether or not democracy can take hold. In other words, the security situation is improving, and therefore will there be efforts by the Iraqi people to seize the moment? Reconciliation is taking place at the local level. People — as I told you, the basic instinct of people is to want to live in peace, and one way you do that is you put this horrible past as best you can behind you, and look forward.

So the two things I look for are: one, economic development — you know, a good economy will lead to a more hopeful future, therefore causing people to be more likely to reconcile; and politics. On the economic front, the interesting thing about Iraq, as opposed to Afghanistan, is that they’ve got assets and a lot of money. And we, of course, want to help them build the ministries and the bureaucracies necessary to make sure that money gets spent on people. I know that may sound counterintuitive to you, but governments do need the capacity to take a budget and distribute monies throughout the country in an equitable basis in order for people to say, well, this experience in democracy is worthwhile. I just want to make sure the bureaucracy doesn’t get too big when you do it. (Applause.)

And so we — you know, we chart business startups and markets. And all I can tell you is I talk to our ambassador and General Petraeus on a weekly basis, and they report that markets that were once shut down in dismal places as a result of attacks are beginning to come back and flourish, and life is improving dramatically. Baghdad — the capital of Baghdad is — which was once subject to unbelievable sectarian violence, is improving, and life is returning — and that’s positive.

So we watched a lot about the inflation rates and unemployment rates — and they’re doing pretty well, they really are, given the fact that they’ve come from a tyrannical regime that let the infrastructure of the country fall apart.

The other question is politics. One of the lessons of democracy is, a lot of times what happens at the local level informs people at the central government level. And competition is pretty healthy in a democracy. As I told you, the local folks are reconciling; they’re getting along better, they understand they have a common future. And the people in Baghdad are beginning to respond. They pass budgets. They’re now arguing about their 2008 budget. I’m not sure which government does their budget work better — ours or theirs. (Laughter.) I can tell you this: We definitely have an issue with earmarks. (Laughter.) I don’t know if they do yet or not. (Laughter.)

And by the way, I’m going to do something about earmarks. I signed an executive order the other day, basically saying if you slip these — slip this spending into bills that don’t get debated or voted on, we’re not going to spend your money. And this executive order will — (applause.) Let me rephrase that: The money will be spent, but just not on those projects necessarily. (Laughter.) Not on those projects necessarily. And this executive order goes beyond my presidency.

But they passed budgets. They’re sharing oil revenues. They need to pass a law codifying the oil issue there, but they are sharing oil revenues. They’ve got revenues, namely from oil, and they’re distributing those revenues to the provinces. They passed a pension law and a de-Baathification law, which basically is a part of reconciling with the past. They’re now in the process of debating a provincial powers law.

And what’s important about that is the — there’s a constant debate in free societies — at least in our free society — about the relationship between the federal government and state governments. The Governor is most interested in that debate. (Laughter.) We believe to the best extent possible that we ought to devolve power. Of course, we even take it — this group here, including me — takes it a step further. We devolve power not only in local government, but more importantly to the individuals, which help define the political landscape of those state and locals. (Applause.)

But this debate is now ongoing in Iraq. Isn’t it interesting? I know four years seems like an eternity, particularly in this world of instant news and 24-hour whatever on TV. But it’s — but Saddam is removed — and now a government elected by the people, debating the proper role between central government and provincial government. And that’s an important debate. And it’s ongoing in the council of representatives now, and we anticipate them passing that bill.

What I’m telling you is you’re watching a democracy evolve. You’re watching people become more confident in their ability to self-govern. And it’s important that we help them. It’s important we help them for our own security, and it’s important that we help them as a part of this freedom movement. People have said, freedom can’t take hold in the Middle East. I strongly disagree. I believe freedom will take hold in the Middle East, and Iraq is an essential part of this strategy. We will succeed in Iraq. (Applause.) We will succeed because the Iraqi people want to succeed. And it’s in our interest to help them. Success in Iraq will show the world that freedom can take root in the Middle East and inspire others. Success in Iraq will mean that we’ll have an ally in this struggle against extremists in the heart of the Middle East.

Success in Iraq will send an interesting message to its neighbor, Iran. Failure in Iraq would cause people to doubt the sincerity of the United States when it comes to keeping commitments. Failure in Iraq would embolden the extremists. Failure in Iraq would say to thugs and killers, the United States is a paper tiger. Failure in Iraq would embolden other extremists in the Middle East. Failure in Iraq would embolden Iran. It’s in our strategic interests that we succeed. And we will succeed. We have done this kind of work together.

I said in my speech the other day that it is vital for this generation to do the hard work. It is vital for this generation to assume the responsibilities of peace and take the lead, so that when we look back 30 to 40 years from now people will say, thank goodness America didn’t lose faith with liberty. Thank goodness they didn’t abandon a value system that they believe is universal. And I believe an American President will be sitting down with elected from the Middle East saying the same thing to audiences in Nevada that I said about Prime Minister Koizumi. (Applause.)

I hope that you are inspired by the fact that people are willing to take risks for freedom. I hope these examples of Iraqi citizens who step forward to protect their neighborhoods and their families and children inspire you. They certainly inspire me. I hope you’re inspired by political figures who defy killers. They inspire me. And I hope you’re inspired by our military.

I want to tell you an interesting story. When I was in Reno, I met a guy — a family named the Krissoff family. They had lost a son in Iraq. He was a Marine. And one of my duties is to meet with the families of the fallen. I did so last night in Northern California. It’s an inspiring experience, by the way. It is a — you know, in many ways the comforter becomes comforted by the spirit of these — and pride of these families.

And so I met the Krissoffs. Mr. Krissoff is a 60-year-old guy — I shouldn’t be calling him “mister” because I’m a little older than he is — (laughter) — but he’s a baby-boomer just like me, and a successful doctor. He said something very interesting to me. He said that he wanted to honor his country and honor his son by joining the military. I looked at the guy and said, yes, okay. (Laughter.) I said, why don’t you? He said, well, some of the folks think I’m a little old. (Laughter.) I said, I don’t — with him being a younger fella. (Laughter.) So I helped him.

And in Laura’s box at the State of the Union sat Lieutenant Commander Bill Krissoff, serving the United States of America.

Ours is a fabulous country. We are a dedicated, compassionate people, aiming to lay the foundation of peace for generations to come. I told you early, some see the world and tremble. I see the world and see opportunities. And the great opportunity before us is to lay the foundation of peace, and that is exactly what we’re doing. God bless. (Applause.)

Thank you all. Okay, I got a little bit of business to do. If you don’t mind sitting down for just a second, I am now going to sign this 15-day extension to give members of the House and the Senate time to get this bill to my desk for the sake of our security, and thank you for witnessing this. (Applause.)

(The bill was signed.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. God bless. (Applause.)

END 10:03 A.M. PST

*It is anticipated that four more Army brigades will be coming home by July. One Army brigade and two Marine battalions have already returned home and will not be replaced.

42 posted on 02/02/2008 12:59:59 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 31, 2008

President Bush Signs H.R. 5104 Into Law

On Thursday, January 31, 2008, the President signed into law H.R. 5104, the “Protect America Act Extension,” which extends the Protect America Act through February 16, 2008.

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43 posted on 02/02/2008 1:01:13 AM PST by Cindy
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“Female suicide bombers kill 73 in Iraq”
By Sharon Behn and Sara A. Carter
February 2, 2008

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Iraqi officials said at least 73 persons were killed in the bombings, which would make them the deadliest to hit Baghdad in months. U.S. officials reported 27 dead and 53 wounded.

It is common that death toll numbers vary widely between U.S. and Iraqi statements.

Brig. Gen. Qasim al-Moussawi told the Associated Press that the remotely detonated bombs had been strapped to the bodies of two women, both of whom had Down syndrome. It was not clear how Gen. al-Moussawi made the diagnosis without an autopsy.”

44 posted on 02/02/2008 1:30:10 AM PST by Cindy
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“New Operation to Put Heavily Armed Officers in Subways”
NY Times ^ | February 2, 2008 | AL BAKER
Posted on 02/02/2008 1:49:30 AM PST by neverdem

45 posted on 02/02/2008 1:58:41 AM PST by Cindy
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(”Source: IRNA, Iran, January 31, 2008”)

“Ahmadinejad: Iran’s Name Shines Throughout The World – Iranian Nation Is Today Nuclear”

Posted at: 2008-01-31

46 posted on 02/02/2008 2:36:00 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Oorang

Re #16

Thanks for the report Oorang. I wonder it this is tied to the increased police patrols in NYC starting in March.

Stay safe folks.

47 posted on 02/02/2008 3:43:02 AM PST by appalachian_dweller (Live each day as if it's your might be.)
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To: nwctwx

Thank you!

48 posted on 02/02/2008 6:39:34 AM PST by angcat (We Gave the Clintons A Chance We Got 9/11..........Stop Hillary Now!)
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To: MamaDearest
I was wondering where you were!!!!!!!!

'sok, I frequently find myself wondering where I am.

49 posted on 02/02/2008 7:37:06 AM PST by null and void (Conservatism. It's the new Black...)
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To: nwctwx

A belated “THANK YOU” Ian.
Your dedication is appreciated by many of us who rarely post anymore yet continue to follow the Matrix threads.

50 posted on 02/02/2008 8:30:47 AM PST by milkncookies (Molon Labe)
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