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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: September 2008
Posted on 09/03/2008 6:13:02 PM PDT by nwctwx
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Thank you nw for this new thread.
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Reports In Russia On S-300 Missiles To Iran
The Iranian media are citing a Russian media report that Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, has said that following the increase in tension between Russia and the West, it is logical for Russia to supply S-300 missiles to Iran.
The reformist daily Etemad assessed that this statement attests to an increased likelihood that a Russia-Iran deal will be implemented.
Sources: Kayhan, Etemad, ISNA, Iran, September 3, 2008
Posted at: 2008-09-03
DHS.gov - Press Release: "HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY SYSTEM Current Threat Level" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: "The United States government's national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow. The U.S. threat level is High, or Orange, for all domestic and international flights.") (September 1, 2008) (Read More...)
FOX NEWS.com (AP): El Paso, Texas - "POLICE: MEXICAN CARTELS GIVE OK TO HIT U.S. TARGETS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Security is being heightened along the southern U.S. border because of a threat that warring Mexican cartels may send hit men into the United States, authorities said Monday.") (August 25, 2008) (Read More...)
YNET NEWS.com: "INTELLIGENCE BODIES WARN THREAT FROM GLOBAL JIHAD 'SUBSTANTIAL'" by Ron Sofer (SNIPPET: "Representatives from IDF Intelligence, Shin Bet, Mossad warn government global terror groups like al-Qaeda, which use civilian information technology to enlist, mobilizing operatives") (Published July 23, 2008, 19:23) (Read More...)
MID-DAY.com: "ALLEGED TERRORIST CONFIRMS LIQUID BOMB THEORY" by J. Dey (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The confession of alleged terrorist Raziuddin Naser has confirmed that jehadis are planning to launch large-scale chemical strikes across the country. Naser was nabbed in Goa early this year when he was trying to hijack a tanker containing 20,000 litres of hydrogen peroxide. Documents available with MiD DAY indicate that Naser had undergone 45 days of extensive training in the use of destructive chemicals at Dera Ismail Khan in Karachi, Pakistan in November last year. Forty other trainees also underwent similar training in Pakistan." ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The police have launched a massive manhunt for the 40 jehadis.") (August 21, 2008) (Read More...)
SEATTLE TIMES.com (AP): Centralia - "PROPANE TANK BOMB FOUND NEAR CENTRALIA POWER PLANT" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The State Patrol is helping the Lewis County sheriff's office investigate a bomb found near the TransAlta power plant at Centralia. The sheriff's office says it's a 5-gallon propane tank with a small amount of black powder and a blasting cap.") (Page updated August 21, 2008, 4:22 pm) (Read More...)
THE MEMRI BLOG.org ("Source: IRNA, Iran, August 20, 2008"): "AHMADINEJAD: ZIONIST REGIME TO BE DISMANTLED SOON" (SNIPPET: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today said, "The era of the Zionists has come to its end, and I recommend that the leaders of Europe and the U.S. not submit to the Zionists. If they help them, they will be harmed. Also among the leaders of Europe and the U.S. there is serious doubt regarding the existence of Zionism, and soon we will witness the disappearance of this corrupt germ from the region."") (Posted August 20, 2008) (Read More...)
JIHAD WATCH.org (CBS5.com): "SAVAGE DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST CAIR AFTER DEATH THREATS" (SNIPPET: "The court filing gave no details, but in a telephone interview Horowitz said the factors included an alleged phone threat to Savage. Horowitz said he wasn't accusing the Islamic group of making threats...") (August 15, 2008) (Read More...)
ADNKRONOS.com (AKI): Berlin - "GERMANY: SECURITY SERVICES WARN OF POSSIBLE HEZBOLLAH ATTACKS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Militant Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah could launch damaging terrorist attacks in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, according to a report by the country's security services.") (August 11, 2008) (Read More...)
JAMESTOWN.org - TERRORISM FOCUS: "JIHADIS REACT OT INDICTMENT OF SUDAN'S OMAR AL-BASHIR" by Abdul Hameed Bakier (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Reacting to the International Criminal Court's (ICC) indictment of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, several jihadi internet forums discussed Sudan's situation in response to a posting entitled "Goodbye Omar al-Bashir and Wake Up Sleeping Cells" (al-ekhlaas.net July, 20). Other assessments of Omar al-Bashir's reign in Sudan were found at hanein.info (July 24).") (August 12, 2008) (Read More...)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "BORDER PATROL AGENT HELD AT GUNPOINT Officers fear Mexican military encounters will turn violent" by Jerry Seper (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A U.S. Border Patrol agent was held at gunpoint Sunday night by members of the Mexican military who had crossed the border into Arizona, but the soldiers returned to Mexico without incident when backup agents responded to assist.") August 6, 2008) (Read More...)
“EU High Court Invalidates Sanctions Against Al Qaeda”
By Jonathan Winer
(September 3, 2008)
ON THE INTERNET:
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After:
Note: The following text is a quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
Michigan Man Charged with Possessing Molotov Cocktails, Allegedly to Use at Republican National Convention
A 23-year-old Michigan man was charged last week in federal court for illegally possessing Molotov cocktails, which he allegedly intended to use at the Republican National Convention.
Matthew Bradley DePalma, Flint, Mich., was charged Aug. 30 with one count of possession of firearms that were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. DePalma made his initial appearance yesterday, and his complaint was unsealed today. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Minneapolis.
According to the criminal complaint, DePalma knowingly and intentionally possessed Molotov cocktails from Aug. 22 through Aug. 28.
The FBI, in close cooperation with our law enforcement and government partners, is working diligently to identify, investigate and respond to threats directed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area during the Republican National Convention, said Ralph S. Boelter, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs Minneapolis Office. Any criminal activities aimed at disrupting the convention or acts to harm persons or properties in violation of federal law will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted, as appropriate.
DePalma was arrested without incident Aug. 30 at approximately 6:15 a.m. by agents of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force at a residence in south Minneapolis.
According to a FBI affidavit, DePalma became known to the FBI in July 2008, when DePalma attended the CrimeThinc Convergence near Waldo, Wisc. During this event, DePalma allegedly stated his intention to travel to Minnesota to attend the RNC, and also expressed his desire to make some bombs and blow up things during the RNC.
The affidavit states that DePalma discussed with a FBI source his desire to make Molotov cocktails, describing in detail the use of ingredients that would make the flammable liquid more viscous so that it would stick to a target and burn longer and hotter than an ordinary gasoline-based Molotov cocktail.
The affidavit states that DePalma went to the Hennepin County Library on Aug. 18 and spent 90 minutes researching recipes for explosive devices. DePalma produced a handwritten list of items he would need to construct special Molotov cocktails that would stick to people and other targets.
DePalmas conversations, recorded on Aug. 20, described a plan to place a bomb near the Xcel Center during the RNC in an effort to disrupt the convention. The plan involved entering the tunnels near the center and using either Molotov cocktails or a chemical bomb to destroy electrical cables and cause a power outage. DePalma, the affidavit states, also described a related plan to use napalm-filled Molotov cocktails on the streets against police officers stating, I will light one of those pigs on fire.
The affidavit states that DePalma obtained supplies for making Molotov cocktails on Aug. 21-22.
On Aug. 22, DePalma allegedly manufactured two jugs of a homemade napalm-like substance for use in Molotov cocktails. He created a flammable gelatin, and described to another the proper technique for throwing a Molotov cocktail to obtain the best explosion. DePalma continued to discuss his desire to make a bomb for use at the Xcel Center on either the conventions first day (Sept. 1) or last day (Sept. 4).
According to the affidavit, DePalma stated that if he could bomb the center on Sept. 1 they might call off the convention. He added that a power outage would say a lot and that it was his main purpose.
DePalma also said that he would like to bomb the Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 4 so that the convention would end with a bang.
DePalma was observed traveling to a remote location in Rosemount for the purpose of assembling and testing Molotov cocktails. On Aug. 25, DePalma went to a remote location in Roseville for the purpose of experimenting with chemicals for a chemical bomb.
The affidavit states that DePalma manufactured three additional Molotov cocktails in a Minneapolis apartment on Aug. 28, where he was arrested. The affidavit states that DePalma possessed a total of five Molotov cocktails between Aug. 22-28, which were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by law.
If convicted, DePalma faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. All sentences are determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.
The defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.
“Putin offers Ukraine reassuring words”
kiya ^ | 9/4/08 | by Alina Pastukhova, Kyiv Post Staff Writer
Posted on September 3, 2008 4:56:40 PM PDT by Flavius
“Ukraine coalition collapses under Russian pressure”
The Telegraph ^
Posted on September 3, 2008 11:04:39 AM PDT by maquiladora
“Ukraine defense faces dilemma after Georgia crisis”
Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 2, 2008 11:18pm EDT | By Pavel Polityuk - Analysis
Posted on September 3, 2008 6:05:08 AM PDT by Perdogg
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 3, 2008
“Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Georgia
The United States Supports The Recovery, Stability, And Continued Growth Of Georgia’s Economy”
“U.S. to Provide $1 Billion for Georgia Reconstruction, Humanitarian Aid”
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2008
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Coalition Troops Kill Weapons Facilitator, Capture Terror Suspects
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2008 Coalition forces killed an al-Qaeda in Iraq weapons facilitator and detained eight suspected terrorists during operations targeting the terrorist network in the Tigris River Valley yesterday, military officials reported.
Coalition forces killed a weapons facilitator in Tikrit during an operation to disrupt the al-Qaida in Iraq bombing network in the area. Officials said intelligence reports indicate the man was trafficking rockets and bombing components for a Tikrit-based cell, and may have had ties to the al-Qaida in Iraq propaganda network.
When coalition forces called out for occupants of the target building to surrender, several people came out, but they told the force one man was still inside. During a security sweep of the building, coalition forces found the terrorist, dressed in women’s clothing and hiding under a bed with a rifle and military-style assault vest.
Perceiving hostile intent, officials said coalition forces engaged and killed the man, who later was determined to be the weapons facilitator. Coalition forces detained five suspected terrorists during the operation and found several weapons, body armor and bomb components.
Another suspected member of the same Tikrit-based al-Qaida in Iraq bombing cell was detained during a separate operation in the city. The suspect allegedly worked as a weapons facilitator with the man who was killed in the other Tikrit operation. Outside his house, coalition forces found a cache containing ammunition and a roadside bomb designed to penetrate armor-hulled vehicles, which they safely removed from the area.
Farther south, coalition forces targeted liaisons between senior al-Qaida in Iraq leaders during an operation near Tarmiyah, about 25 miles north of Baghdad. Two suspected terrorists were detained.
In other operations yesterday, coalition forces detained six suspected terrorists in the northern part of the country while targeting al-Qaida in Iraq network leaders.
As part of the continuing effort to destabilize the al-Qaida in Iraq facilitation network that brings foreign terrorists into the country to attack civilians and security forces, coalition forces detained two suspects in Beiji, about 100 miles south of Mosul.
Two more operations in Beiji targeted al-Qaida in Iraq leaders from Diyala province in eastern Iraq. Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists in the operations. Farther north, coalition forces targeted a member of the al-Qaida in Iraq propaganda network in Mosul and detained a suspected terrorist.
In other news from Iraq, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained several suspected criminals and terrorists during a series of searches in southern Baghdads Rashid district Sept. 1 and yesterday.
Soldiers of Company B, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, attached to the 4th Infantry Divisions 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, arrested a known Iranian-backed special groups member.
At about the same time, Soldiers of Company A, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, detained a suspected terrorist cell leader during a reconnaissance mission in southern Baghdad’s Saidiyah community. Later, soldiers of the 4th Infantry Divisions Company A, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, captured a known special groups platoon leader wanted for kidnapping and terrorizing Iraqi citizens.
Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Divisions Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, raided a house in Rashids Aamel community early yesterday, detaining two people suspected of working with terrorists in southwestern Baghdad to conduct roadside bombings and car-bomb attacks against the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people.
About an hour later, soldiers from the same unit detained three suspects during a target raid in Abu Tshir. The soldiers, working on precise military intelligence, captured a suspected financier who is believed to be responsible for supporting al-Qaida in Iraq fighters in northern Iraq, officials said.
In Sharqat yesterday, about 55 miles south of Mosul, coalition forces detained two wanted men and three additional suspects. One of the wanted men is believed to be a cell leader and senior advisor in an area stretching from Kirkuk to the Tigris River Valley. The other wanted man allegedly has ties to al-Qaida in Iraq senior leaders.
Coalition forces detained four suspected terrorists yesterday in Baghdad, including a man who reportedly is involved in a terrorist facilitation network. Intelligence reports indicate the group brings foreigners into Iraq and provides false documents to help them move around the country and conduct attacks against civilians.
Two suspected terrorists were detained in an operation targeting an al-Qaida in Iraq extortion cell yesterday in Mosul, and coalition forces discovered bomb-making materials with the suspects. A wanted man and an additional suspect were detained in Mosul Sept. 1 during an operation targeting the al-Qaida in Iraq propaganda network.
Coalition forces continued to strike al-Qaida in Iraq elements near the Hamrin Mountains on Sept. 1, detaining three suspected terrorists. One of the detainees is believed to conspire with an al-Qaida in Iraq leader who operates a kidnapping cell to finance other terrorist activities, officials said.
In northern Iraq, police in Tal Afar were informed of an enemy weapons stockpile Sept. 1. The police found 33 57mm rockets, 37 grenade-launcher rounds, 168 mortar shells, 40 rockets, and 44 anti-aircraft rounds.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)
ON THE INTERNET:
“Bank of China may escape terror funding probe [Hamas, Islamic Jihad]”
Times of India ^ | 3 Sep 2008, 1814 hrs IST | Saibal Dasgupta
Posted on September 3, 2008 7:40:13 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
SNIPPET: “BEIJING: The Chinese government has indicated it is not interested in investigating allegations that the Bank of China was involved in transferring millions of dollars to Hamas and Islamic Jihad for carrying out terrorist activities in Israel between 2004 and 2007.”
Thank you for pinging me and for keeping the TM going.
Snippet: Iranian death squads are again up and running in South America.
The second tanker, hijacked by unknown pirates in international waters off the coast of Yemen at 9.50pm, was carrying 41 crew members, of whom 36 were Malaysians and five, Filipino temporary maintenance crew. The fully laden tanker with 30,000 MT of petrochemicals, was heading towards Singapore from Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, at the time of the incident.
Referring to the trans-State dynamics of the serial bombing, he said: Thats the way terrorists operate, thats the way they operate within the state, within a country and now within the world. We have to take trans-border actions. Terrorists take advantage of bureaucracies. They are going to hide in the seams of society and thats what they do best and we who seek to protect society have got to break down those barriers between states, between governments and thats true internationally.
A new police tactic has caused alarm among Chicagos immigrant community. The term poli-migra has emerged in the local Spanish lexicon to reflect ongoing police efforts that have blurred the lines between local, state and federal authority. Immigrants from Latin American countries detained by Chicago police officers for minor infractions are increasingly ending up in immigration hold status. Fabiola Pomareda reports for Chicago's La Raza newspaper.
A tunnel used by a drug gang has been found between Mexico and the United States, state police in the northern Mexican state of Baja California said today.
The tunnel was 1.5 metres high and had lighting and ventilation systems, an elevator and air conditioning, said police director Juan Miguel Guillen Gutierrez. Its entrance was 60 metres from the border and went six metres deep. The tunnel was 120 metres long.
Following an anonymous tip, police arrested eight people allegedly linked to the drug trade in the house where the Mexican entrance to the tunnel was found.
Thank you for those links, MamaDearest.
The term poli-migra<<<
Thanks, I had not heard that phrase before.
I think it is backwards, it would sound easier as “Immigration-Police”.
TERRORISM-INFO.org - INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER (IICC): "Two years after the second Lebanon war the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were exchanged for five Lebanese prisoners, including the terrorist murderer Samir Kuntar, and 199 terrorist remains. Hezbollah exploited the exchange to produce a propaganda campaign aiming to strengthen its political position in Lebanon.") (July 16, 2008)
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