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Slew of Warnings on Nuclear, Biological Terrorism Prompt Worries of Fearmongering
U.S.News & World Report ^ | December 3, 2008 | Alex Kingsbury

Posted on 12/11/2008 7:01:47 PM PST by neverdem

After a series of dire new warnings about possible terrorist threats—capped by a government commission's report that terrorists are likely to stage a biological or nuclear attack somewhere in the world during the next five years—some experts are urging officials "to retire the fear card," as California Rep. Jane Harman puts it.

Former Sen. Bob Graham (R) joins with Sen. Jim Talent and other members of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism for a press conference on a new report on 'Preventing Nuclear and Biological Terrorism Threats' at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Former Sen. Bob Graham (R) joins with Sen. Jim Talent and others of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism for a press conference.

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"We need to educate and inform the American people, not terrify them with alarming details about possible threats to the homeland," she said, reacting to the 132-page report from the Commission for the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism released this week.

Harman, who heads the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Terrorism Risk Assessment, added, "It's time for the rhetoric about that threat to calm, instead of inflame, an anxious public."

The drumbeat started last month, when Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said that the potential for a WMD attack in the coming decades is growing. The probability is increasing, he said, that the world will see "large casualty terrorist attacks using chemical, biological, or, less likely, nuclear materials." And the U.S. intelligence community recently released a study warning of an increased risk of the use of mass-casualty weapons by 2025.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff echoed the WMD Commission's findings this week, telling reporters that the country is entering "a period of greater strategic threat."

The congressionally mandated WMD Commission, which spent six months studying the threat, did offer some concrete counterterrorism recommendations, including a plea for greater emphasis on biological terrorism. The biological sciences community, in particular, should be more attuned to the risks of potentially dangerous knowledge falling into the wrong hands, the report concluded. It called for awareness similar to that demonstrated by the physics community after the development of nuclear weapons.

"With a nuclear attack, it's a one-shot deal," says James Talent, a former congressman and vice chair of the panel. "With a biological attack, terrorists can strike a city, reload the aerosol can, and come back a week later with the same agent and attack again." The prospect of weaponizing organisms is now greater than ever, the report said, particularly given the explosion in the number and quality of advanced biotech labs at the world's colleges and universities. (Biology is routinely one of the hottest majors in college.)

At the same time, terrorist groups currently lack both the materials and the scientific know-how to produce biological weapons, Talent said. But, he added, that hurdle could be overcome if the price were right.

Chertoff, for his part, noted that over time, the knowledge needed to produce such weapons is expanding. "We've reduced our vulnerability" to terrorist attacks with WMDs, Chertoff said. "But over time, the knowledge base needed to carry out such an attack expands. We're in a race against time."

When the nuclear age began with a mushroom cloud, the commission notes, "all those who worked in the nuclear industry in any capacity, military or civilian, understood they must work and live under a clear and undeniable security mandate. But the life sciences community has never experienced a comparable iconic event. As a result, security awareness has grown slowly, lagging behind the emergence of biological risks and threats."

The danger should not spur security checks for every scientist hoping to study, say, plant genetics, commissioners said, but the dangers of a biological attack should prompt a change in the culture of the life sciences community, to one in which "sensitizes researchers to biosecurity issues and concerns."

As for warning of a likely attack in the next five years, that conclusion was reached after the commission interviewed more than 250 scientists, intelligence, governmental, and nongovernmental experts around the world from Vienna to Moscow to Sandia National Labs in New Mexico.

"We settled on the five-year time frame to show that this is a near-term rather than a long-term security issue," says Talent.

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1 posted on 12/11/2008 7:01:47 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

So the Muslim terrorists are not the problem — the warnings are the problem?

2 posted on 12/11/2008 7:06:33 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: neverdem

So, we’re supposed to stop worrying about national defense so the politicians can redirect that money to their favorite domestic/socialist programs? And, by ceasing to talk about the threat, it will go “poof” and be gone?

3 posted on 12/11/2008 7:07:40 PM PST by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: neverdem

I agree on our Government keeping enemy guerrilla warfare threats against us within their secret Government circles. That way, when the attacks are carried out against us, it would be more exciting. And guessing next month’s price of oil would be more of a challenge. ;-)

4 posted on 12/11/2008 7:28:27 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote,
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If our government and politians secured our borders and rounded up all the illegal aliens who’s identities are unknown, maybe we would rest better at night.

5 posted on 12/11/2008 7:30:39 PM PST by Sammy67
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To: neverdem
...Prompt Worries of Fearmongering

I'm scared that they're trying to scare us!

6 posted on 12/11/2008 7:34:02 PM PST by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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To: neverdem
...some experts are urging officials "to retire the fear card," as California Rep. Jane Harman puts it.

Is that something like putting our heads in the sand? If we pretend it's not real then it's not real? Is Harman nuts?

7 posted on 12/11/2008 7:36:26 PM PST by GOPJ (Perverse incentives birth nasty unintended consequences.)
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To: neverdem

“some experts are urging officials ‘to retire the fear card,’ as California Rep. Jane Harman puts it.”

Does this include Biden?

8 posted on 12/11/2008 7:36:38 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: BenLurkin
"So the Muslim terrorists are not the problem — the warnings are the problem?"

The economy is booming too. Anyone that says different is a 'Doom & Gloomer.'

9 posted on 12/11/2008 7:39:14 PM PST by blam
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To: All


No comment.

I really can’t comment because I will be banned.

I won’t comment.



10 posted on 12/11/2008 8:05:25 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All
Off Topic. This is just a very small sampler of what I have looked at recently ON THE INTERNET:

THE MEMRI ("Source: Al-Mustaqbal, Lebanon, December 11, 2008"): "REPORT IN LEBANON: FEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO STRIKE AT UNIFIL" (December 11, 2008) (Read More...) - Press Release: "SUSPICIOUS WHITE POWDER LETTERS RECEIVED AROUND THE UNITED STATES" (December 10, 2008) (Read More...)

Travel.State.Gov: "TRAVEL ALERT: "MALI" (December 10, 2008) (Read More...) "PIRACY ALERT" (December 9, 2008) (Read More...) - Report: "WARDEN MESSAGE: CONTINUED THREATS, YEMEN" (December 8, 2008) (Read More...)

COUNTERTERRORISM "MEXICO: GROWING TERROR AND CLOSE TO COLLAPSE" by Douglas Farah (December 8, 2008, 12:25 pm) (Read More...)

Link (Read More...) "INDIA WARNS THAT AL-QAIDA TARGETING GOA" by Yaakov Lappin (SNIPPET: ""Today, Goa faces serious threat from terrorists and there were specific inputs that al-Qaida would target certain [tourist] installations in Goa. Goa has a coastline of 105 km., major sea ports and beaches," the state's chief secretary, J.P. Singh, wrote in a memo, according to Indian media.") (Updated December 8, 2008, 5:21) (Read More...)

JIHAD (ISLAM IN EUROPE, December 6, 2008): "SOMALIS LEAVING DENMARK TO WAGE JIHAD IN SOMALIA" (December 7, 2008) (Read More...)



JIHAD "EGYPTIAN CLERIC CALLS OBAMA TO CONVERT TO ISLAM" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Note the clear implication that if the one to whom this call is issued does not become a Muslim, his life and property will not be safe.") (December 4, 2008) (Read More...)
MEMRI - Video clip No. 1934: "Egyptian Cleric Hassan Abu Al-Ashbal Calls on President-Elect Obama to Convert to Islam, and Threatens: We Have People Who are Eager to Die" (November 27, 2008) (Watch Here.)

Video - Link (Read More...)

ME - MIDDLE EAST TIMES: Washington, D.C. - "FEDS SCRUTINIZE U.S. LeT CELLS" by Richard Sale (Published December 5, 2008) (Read More...)


ABC - blog: "MUMBAI: WHERE ARE THE 14 OTHER PAKISTANI-TRAINED TERRORISTS?" by Len Tepper, Richard Esposito, and Brian Ross (December 3, 2008) (Read More...) - Discussion Forum (NDTV - PRESS TRUST OF INDIA, December 4, 2008): "ANTONY WARNS OF AIRBORNE TERROR THREATS, CALLS FOR ALERTS" (Posted December 3, 2008) (Read More...)


ABC - blog: "MUMBAI: WHERE ARE THE OTHER PAKISTANI-TRAINED TERRORISTS?" by Len Tepper, Richard Esposito, and Brian Ross (December 3, 2008) (Read More...)

UNINHABITED ISLANDS CAN BECOME JIHADI BASES" Vishwa Mohan, TNN (December 3, 2008, 0300 IST) (Read More...)


Link (Read More...) - News - Fact Sheet: "DEFENDING AGAINST WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION TERRORISM Commission Report Endorses Administration Initiatives and Calls for Continuation of Successful WMD Policies to Address Increasing Threat" (December 3, 2008) (Read More...)

LIFE IN (ANSA): Milan - "TERROR SUSPECTS 'TARGETING ITALY'" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The men are believed to have watched instructional films on terrorist attacks and researched methods on the Internet."ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Police also seized the Peace Cultural Centre in the Lombardy village of Macherio, where Ilhami worked as a preacher, during Tuesday's operation. According to investigators, small groups of fundamentalists met at the centre in the evenings after the day's official sermons were finished.") (December 2, 2008)

WEEKLY "CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER The Obama administration is about to discover that the terrorists detained at Guantanamo are there for good reason." by Thomas Joscelyn (December 1, 2008 Edition) (Read More...)
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THE MEMRI ("Source: Fars, Iran, November 25, 2008"): "IRANIAN NEWS AGENCY: HAMAS PREPARING FOR NEXT CONFRONTATION" (Posted November 28, 2008) (Read More...)

AMERICAN - blog: "MUMBAI: A MESSAGE FOR AMERICA" by Abraham H. Miller (December 2, 2008) (Read More...) "NYPD UPS SECURITY AFTER TERROR ATTACKS IN INDIA" -John Slattery reporting (November 28, 2008, 6:30 pm US/Eastern) (Note: Url May Expire.) (Read More...) - Discussion Forum: Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai, India (Note: UPDATES CONTINUING.) (November 26, 2008) (Read More...)

FOX (AP): "IRAN NUKE CHIEF SAYS COUNTRY RUNNING 5,000 URANIUM CENTRIFUGES" (November 26, 2008) (Read More...) - News & Happenings: "TSA STATEMENT ON NEW YORK" (November 28, 2008) (Read More...) - Discussion Forum ( - Breaking News: "FEDS WARN OF TERROR PLOT AGAINST NYC SUBWAYS..." (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "...but added that there may be an increased police presence in New York and other large cities.") (November 26, 2008) (Read More...)

ABC - blog - THE BLOTTER: "Exclusive: NY RAIL PLOT DETAILS BASED ON 'RELIABLE' SOURCE New Information in Last 48 Hours Led to Public Warning" by Richard Espoito (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The suspect is believed to have in the past resided in Suffolk County, Long Island. The island is a 7.5 million population peninsula that contains two boroughs of New York City - Brooklyn and Queens - as well as two suburban counties - Nassau and Suffolk, which have more than 1.4 million residents.") (November 26, 2008) (Read More...)


JIHAD ( "'TWIN CITIES MAN' BLEW HIMSELF UP IN SOMALIA SUICIDE BOMBING" (SNIPPET: "The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating whether Shirwa Ahmed had developed a terrorist recruiting network in the area.") (November 25, 2008) (Read More...)
JIHAD (MyFoxTwinCities): "SOMALIS LEAVING MINNESOTA, RETURNING HOME TO WAGE JIHAD?" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "They're known in the Somali community simply as The Missing. More than 20 young Somali men, between the ages of 17 and 22, who have left the Twin Cities in the last few months, without a single word to their families.") (November 25, 2008) (Read More...)

THE MEMRI ("Source:, November 22, 2008; Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, November 24, 2008"): "Following Calls For Attacks on Islamist Websites, Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya Asks Supporters To Refrain From Violent Operations To Free 'Blind Sheikh'" (SNIPPET: "In a communique, the Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya organization called on its supporters not to undertake any armed operation aimed at freeing Sheikh Omar Abd Al-Rahman. The communique followed official warnings in North Carolina and Minnesota about attacks to be carried out by extremists with the aim of freeing the sheikh. The warnings came in the wake of calls for attacks that appeared on Islamist websites.") (Posted November 24, 2008) (Read More...)
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FRONTPAGE "SOMALIA'S DANGEROUS WATERS" by Michael Radu (November 25, 2008) (Read More...) "THE WEEKLY PIRACY REPORT"

MEMRI - blog: "REPORT: TALIBAN PLAN TO ATTACK AIRPORTS AND MINISTRIES" (Posted November 25, 2008) (Read More...)

ONE NEWS "CHINA ACCUSED OF 'CYBER ESPIONAGE'" by Chad Groening (November 25, 2008, 6:00 am) (Read More...) - Opinion: "WHAT A SINGLE NUCLEAR WARHEAD COULD DO Why the U.S. needs a space-based missile defense against an EMP attack." by Brian T. Kennedy (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Consider Iran. For the past decade, Iran -- with the assistance of Russia, China and North Korea -- has been developing missile technology.") (November 24, 2008) (Read More...) - INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER (IICC): "Iran and Hamas declare digital war against Israel: Hamas recently participated in a digital communications exhibition in Tehran and was involved in establishing a group calling itself "The Digital Intifada." Its objective was to develop websites to fight Israel and encourage the criminal activity of hacking Israeli websites." (November 23, 2008) (Read More...)

CNS "RUSSIA REPEATS MISSILE WARNINGS AHEAD OF BUSH-MEDVEDEV MEETING" by Sergei Blagov (November 21, 2008) (Read More...) - THE JERUSALEM POST: "'Iran has enough material for one bomb'" by Yaakov Katz (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Iran will have enough highly enriched uranium by the end of 2009 to produce its first nuclear weapon, a former top official in the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission told The Jerusalem Post Thursday, refuting a New York Times article which claimed that the Islamic Republic already had sufficient nuclear material to create a weapon.") (Last updated Noember 20, 2008, 23:04) (Read More...) A LOOK AT IRAN (Read More...) - Reports - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Pakistan: "TRAVEL WARNING: PAKISTAN" (November 21, 2008) (Read More...) - Reports - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Nepal: "TRAVEL WARNING: NEPAL" (November 21, 2008) (Read More...)


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THE THIRD "Radical Islam's Vision For America" (Official Site) (Click Here.)

Video: "THE THIRD JIHAD" (November 20, 2008) "OPERATION BACKFIRE Help Find Four Eco-Terrorists" (November 19, 2008) (Read More...)

Link (Read More...) "IS THAT A PROMISE?" (November 19, 2008) (Read More...)

Link - Special Dispatch Series - No. 2121: "Al-Qaeda Deputy Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in message on Islamist Websites" (November 19, 2008) (Read More...)

OK "AFGHAN HEROIN COMES TO OKLAHOMA CITY UP INTERSTATE, ONTO TURNPIKE" by Ben Fenwick (SNIPPET: "Trafficking has traits in common with terror enterprises, he said.") (November 19, 2008) (Read More...) "THE DEBUTANTE ISLAMISTS: HIZB UT-TAHRIR AMERICA" (November 18, 2008) (Read More...)

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MEMRI - blog: "JAZEERATALK.NET FORUM MEMBER: AL-QAEDA IS BEHIND HIJACKING OF SHIPS OFF SOMALIA" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "On November 19, 2008, a member of the Al-Faluja Islamist forum presented a posting from the forum, reproduced verbatim, to the effect that the hijacking of ships off Somalia in recent months had been part of Al-Qaeda's strategy aimed at luring U.S. forces into the region.") (Posted November 19, 2008) (Read More...) "THE WEEKLY PIRACY REPORT" (Read More...) "Letter From Iraqi Muslim Group Orders All Christians Out of the Country" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A Christian bishop received a threatening letter written by Ansar al-Islam, a Kurdish Muslim group affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq. The letter ordered the Christians to leave Iraq en masse and stated it is sending a final warning to Christians in Baghdad and other Iraqi governorates to leave Iraq permanently.") (Posted November 18, 2008, 1:32) (Read More...)
Link "ASKING RHETORICALLY (AND NOT SO RHETORICALLY) ABOUT JIHADI RECIDIVISM" (November 18, 2008) - Inquiry and Analysis Series - No. 474: "AL-RAI TV -- A SYRIAN PLATFORM FOR IRAQI TERROR BROADCASTS" by Y. Feldner and G. Lustig (November 18, 2008) (Read More...)

Link (Read More...) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report - Eritrea - Warden Message: "ERITREA SUSPENSION OF NON-EMERGENCY EMBASSY SERVICES" (November 17, 2008) (Read More...)

JIHAD "'Using our democracy to topple our democracy'" (November 17, 2008) (Note: Video included.) (Read More...)

GATEWAY PUNDIT - blog (REUTERS): "TALIBAN THREATENS PARIS ATTACKS" (November 17, 2008) (Read More...) "HIZBALLAH, HAMAS AND PIJ SERVICE PROVIDERS, REVISTED. (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Nothing much is changed here. The fact that all three organizations are designated by the United States as Terrorist Entities has done little to prevent US companies from providing them with services for many years now. The sites are those highlighted in reports from the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center in 2007 and 2008.") (November 17, 2008) (Read More...) (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "CHAIRMAN: AMERICANS NEED SERIOUS DEBATE ABOUT SECURITY INVESTMENT" (November 17, 2008) (Read More...) "RUSSIAN SPY IN NATO COULD HAVE PASSED ON MISSILE DEFENCE AND CYBER-WAR SECRETS" by Roger Boyes in Berlin (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A spy at the heart of Nato may have passed secrets on the US missile shield and cyber-defence to Russian Intelligence, it has emerged. Herman Simm, 61, an Estonian defence ministry official who was arrested in September, was responsible for handling all of his country's classified information at Nato, giving him access to every top-secret graded document from other alliance countries. He was recruited by the Russians in the late 1980s...") (November 16, 2008) (Read More...)

YNET (AP): "OLMERT CALLS FOR WORLD TO STOP IRAN NUCLEAR BOMB" (November 16, 2008) (Read More...) "A LOOK AT IRAN" (Read More...)

THE "THE THINGS HE CARRIED" by Jeffrey Goldberg (November 2008) (Read More...) (REUTERS): "U.S. WANTS TO EXPAND VISA-FREE ENTRY" (November 14, 2008, 12:08 pm) (Read More...)

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Travel.State.Gov - TRAVEL ALERT: "MEXICO" (October 14, 2008) (Read More...) Washington - "EVERY MAJOR TERROR THREAT INVOLVES PAKISTAN: CIA" by Anwar Iqbal (November 15, 2008) (Read More...) "TRANSCRIPT OF REMARKS BY CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY DIRECTOR MICHAEL HAYDEN AT THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL" (SPEECH SNIPPET: "To quickly review, al-Qa`ida has suffered serious setbacks, but it's a determined, adaptive enemy. Secondly, today, al-Qa`ida is resilient and vulnerable. And, third, it remains the most serious threat to the nation." SPEECH SNIPPET: "But the American people are right to expect that CIA does not feel that way and remains focused on that date, September 12th. They expect us to do all we can do to stop those with a clear intent to attack us. They're right to expect that we will do all we can to disrupt this most urgent and deadly threat. We have and we are doing that, and we're doing it, and we have done it with lawful tools, lawfully applied.") (November 13, 2008) (Read More...)
JIHAD "CIA DIRECTOR: ""[E]very major terrorist threat confronting the world has ties to Pakistan"" (November 15, 2008) (Read More...)

JIHAD (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD): "CIA: "If there is a major strike on [the US], it will bear the fingerprints of al-Qaeda"" (November 14, 2008) (Read More...) Jasper, GA - "TAPE SHOWS THIEVES STEALING GUNS FROM PICKENS COUNTY STORE" (Updated November 13, 2008, 2:53 pm) (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Three masked men broke into the Bargain Barn in Jasper early Saturday morning, smashed display cases and got away with 36 semi-automatic weapons and six rifles." ARTICLE SNIPPET: "If you have any information, you're asked to call 888-ATF-TIPS. You may receive an award.") (Updated November 13, 2008, 2:53 pm) (Read More...) "EX-HITLER YOUTH'S WARNING TO AMERICA 'Every day brings the nation closer to Nazi-style totalitarian abyss'" (November 13, 2008) (Read More...) "Danger Room Debrief: Gang Threat Could Top Al Qaeda, Mr. President-Elect" (November 17, 2008) (Read More...) - SOCIETY FOR INTERNET RESEARCH: "THE GLOBAL JIHAD ON YOUTUBE" (November 12, 2008) (Read More...)

SUNDAY GAZETTE Winfield, W. VA - "$50,000 REWARD OFFERED IN JOHN AMOS BOMB THREATS" by Veronica Nett (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "To contact the authorities with information about the threats, call AEP security at (866) 747-5845, the Putnam County Sheriff's Department at 586-0260, or the State Police at 586-2000.") (November 12, 2008) (Read More...)

CNS "IMAGES ON SOCCER BALLS OFFEND MUSLIM SENSIBILITIES" by Patrick Goodenough (November 12, 2008) (Read More...)

JIHAD (MAREEG): "SOMALI AL-QAEDA GROUPS THREATENS DENMARK OVER MOTOONS: "Sleep with thoughts of our sword, which is dripping with your blood"" (November 11, 2008) (Read More...) A Look at More Than Cartoons (Read More...)

PRIESTS FOR - blog: "PRO-CHOICE VIOLENCE" (SNIPPET: "Some other pro-life leaders received a similar message, and it has been reported to law enforcement.") (November 10, 2008) (Read More...)

ONE NEWS "CONSERVATIVE EXPRESSION ON CAMPUSES IN PERIL" by Pete Chagnon (November 10, 2008, 7:00 am) (Read More...)

FRONTPAGE "OBAMA'S ROAD TO DAMASCUS" by John Perazzo (NOVEMBER 11, 2008) (Read More...) "I'M PRETTY SURE THE ROAD TO TEHRAN PASSES THROUGH DAMASCUS (SNIPPET: "And I'm pretty sure the road to Damascus is all downhill.") (October 22, 2008) (Read More...)

YNET "HAMAS SAYS MET OBAMA ADVISORS IN GAZA" by Roee Nahmias (November 11, 2008, 9:40) (Read More...)

YNET "HAMAS, THE ISLAMIC RESISTANCE MOVEMENT" (Latest update December 19, 2007) (Read More...)

ONE NEWS (AP): Washington - "OBAMA PLAN WILL FREE SOME GITMO TERRORIST SUSPECTS" by Matt Apuzzo and Lara Jakes Jordan (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Under plans being put together in Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and many others would be prosecuted in U.S. criminal courts.") (November 10, 2008, 5:10 am) (Read More...)

LA "OBAMA TO FACE A THIRD WAR -- AGAINST STATELESS EXTREMIST NETWORKS" by Sebastian Rotella (November 9, 2008) (Read More...)



NY Washington - "BIN LADEN'S SON MAKES RETURN TO PAKISTAN Could Signal a New Phase of Iran's Relationships with Al Qaeda" by Eli Lake (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Al Qaeda is consolidating its leadership in the territory under its control in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden's son and heir apparent, Sa`ad bin Laden, has returned to Pakistan from his safe haven in Iran, according to messages posted on a Qaeda jihad Web forum known as al-Hesbah.") (September 29, 2008) (Read More...) "REPORT IDENTIFIES UK TERRORIST ENCLAVES Secret enclaves of al-Qaeda extremists based in London, Birmingham and Luton are planning mass-casualty attacks in Britain, according to a leaked Government intelligence report." by Sean Rayment (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The document, which was drawn up by the intelligence branch of the Ministry of Defence, MI5 and Special Branch, states that "some thousands" of extremists are active in the UK. They are predominantly UK-born and aged between 18 and 30, and many are believed to have been trained in overseas terrorist camps. Under the heading "International Terrorism", the report, which is marked "restricted" states: "For the foreseeable future the UK will continue to be a high-priority target for international terrorists aligned with al-Qaeda. It will face a threat from British nationals, including Muslim converts, and UK-based foreign terrorists, as well as terrorists planning attacks from abroad."") (Last updated November 9, 2008, 6:48 am GMT) (Read More...) - SCIENTIFIC AMERICA: "TAINTED HEPARIN SEIZED FROM OHIO COMPANY" (SNIPPET: "Federal drug regulators have seized batches of the tainted blood thinner heparin from a Cincinnati manufacturer that used a Chinese-made ingredient linked to 81 U.S. deaths earlier this year.") (November 7, 2008) (Read More...) "ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE..." (November 7, 2008) (Read More...) - SNIPPET: "Many of the urgent policy concerns identified here are critical and time sensitive and require prioritized federal action. They include oversight of financial institutions and markets, U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, protecting the homeland, undisciplined defense spending, improving the U.S. image abroad, finalizing plans for the 2010 Census, caring for service members, preparing for public health emergencies, revamping oversight of food safety, restructuring the approach to surface transportation, retirement of the Space Shuttle, ensuring an effective transition to digital TV, and rebuilding military readiness. There are many other issues which the next Congress and the Obama administration will need to deal with well beyond the transition period and which are also vitally important." (Read More...)
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MEMRI - Special Dispatch Series - No. 2107: "CLERICS ISSUE FATWAS AGAINST U.S. - IRAQ PACT" (November 7, 2008) - Consular Affairs Bulletins - Report: "WARDEN MESSAGE: Ethiopia - "ETHIOPIA TERRORIST THREAT; SECURITY INCREASED" (November 6, 2008) (Read More...)

WASHINGTON - OpEd: "WHETZEL: TROUBLE TO THE SOUTH Vigilance needed in Caribbean" by Howard Whetzel (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Iranian Hezbollah has set up training camps in Venezuela.") (October 30, 2008) (Read More...) - TERRORISM FOCUS: "IS AL-QAEDA SEEKING ALLIES IN LATIN AMERICA?" by Murad Al-shishani (October 30, 3008) (Read More...) (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "PACIFIC COMMANDER SAYS THREATS TO EMBASSIES HAVE 'MODEST CREDIBILITY'" (November 6, 2008) (Read More...) "JIHADISTS CALL ON MUSLIMS IN INDONESIA TO ATTACK U.S., BRITISH AND DANISH EMBASSIES, WESTERN INTERESTS" (November 6, 2008) (Read More...)


DANIEL "Thank you for being candid, Daniel Pipes." -Cindy (November 6, 2008) (Read More...)

DANIEL - blog: "PREDICTING THE 2008 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION" by Daniel Pipes (UPDATE: "I had confidence that the American people would reject Obama when they learned about his extremist political views, dubious associations, and biographical mysteries. I am astonished that these problems hardly registered, I feel bewildered by my own country, and apprehensive by what comes next.") (Updated November 5, 2008) (Read More...)

ONE NEW "ADVICE TO CHRISTIANS: DEFEND LIFE, PREPARE FOR PERSECUTION" by Chad Groening and Allie Martin (November 5, 2008) (Read More...) - Daily Devotional (BIBLE: 1 Samuel 8:1-21): "GOD REMOVES HIS HAND FROM THE UNITED STATES" (November 5, 2008) (Read More...)

stepping back in time...SEATTLE "NATIONS WILL NOT ESCAPE GOD'S JUDGMENT" -Column by Billy Graham (December 9, 2005) (Read More...)

THREATS - blog: "REVISITING THE CHINESE X-RAY MACHINE" by Jay Fraser (November 3, 2008) (Read More...)


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11 posted on 12/11/2008 8:11:11 PM PST by Cindy
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To: neverdem

If my memory is accurate, 21,000 kilos of Mexican weed were confiscated by the US last week - discovered in a cloned UPS truck - inside our borders. Terrorists may as well hide a WMD within such packages. We have MUCH to fear as long as such weapons of horror exist - but fear can be replaced with preparation. I wish a ‘healthy fear’ upon every citizen to the degree that each not have to endure the terror of panic after such an event occur.

Merry Christmas!
Happy Chunukah!

12 posted on 12/11/2008 8:12:48 PM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (''Undocumented nukes want to do the job that American nukes won't do.'')
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To: neverdem
So they can play the fear card for Global Warming and rapid climate change, in spite of the scientific evidence. But in the face of real terrorism, both state sponsored and "freelance" we're not to warn people? What kind of f'd up inverted logic is that?
13 posted on 12/11/2008 8:29:13 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar
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To: CodeMasterPhilzar
What kind of f'd up inverted logic is that?

fifth-column logic.

14 posted on 12/11/2008 8:56:25 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (appeasement is collaboration.)
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Quiet, please - Using rubber rather than steel tracks on military vehicles could reduce wear and tear on both soldiers and equipment

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15 posted on 12/11/2008 11:22:10 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: BenLurkin

“So the Muslim terrorists are not the problem — the warnings are the problem?”

Well, that and the fact that some people might say mean things to Muslims. Those are the real problems. Terrorism is just a narrative used by right-wing Christian extremists to create these problems.

16 posted on 12/12/2008 12:49:58 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Cindy

Excellent !


17 posted on 12/12/2008 2:38:44 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: BenLurkin

In a sense, the muslim terrorists are not the problem.

The problem is our reluctance to face it head on. That’s the part that gives them power.

If we were willing to say “I don’t care if I live or die, but I will not live my life in fear!” than the problem would be solved.

The only “government” muslims recognize is Allah.

That makes them ALL TRAITORS!

So are you happy that your wife lives in fear? The questions from your children you can’t answer?

It’s like we have an asteroid heading towards Earth and we’re sitting around saying “Yeah, but it seems like a nice asteroid. It likes us, that’s why it’s coming here”

18 posted on 12/12/2008 2:45:07 AM PST by djf (...heard about a couple livin in the USA, he said they traded in their baby for a Chevrolet...)
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To: Squantos

Thank you Squantos.

19 posted on 12/12/2008 2:51:52 AM PST by Cindy
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To: neverdem

But Biden himself warned us of such an attack if Obama got elected.

He wouldn’t lie to us, now would he?

20 posted on 12/12/2008 6:57:17 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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