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9/11: Chavez financed Al Qaeda, details of $1M donation emerge
Militares Democraticos ^ | 12/31/02 | Editor - Militares Democraticos

Posted on 12/31/2002 5:25:32 PM PST by shanec

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US STATE DEPARTMENT - Consular Information Sheet (as of January 27, 2003 --- Note: Link will always show the most current update)
http://travel.state.gov/venezuela.html

"U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520


Consular Information Sheet



This information is current as of today, Sun Feb 2 15:36:15 2003.

Venezuela



January 27, 2003

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Venezuela is a middle-income country with a well-developed transportation infrastructure. Scheduled air service and good all-weather roads, although sometimes poorly marked and congested around urban centers, connect major cities and all regions of the country. Venezuela's tourism infrastructure varies in quality according to location and price.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport and a visa or tourist card are required. Tourist cards are issued on flights from the U.S. to Venezuela for persons staying less than ninety days. Venezuelan immigration authorities have been requiring that U.S. passports have at least 6 months validity remaining from the date of arrival in Venezuela. Some U.S. citizens have been turned back to the United States for having less than 6 months validity. Passports should also be in good condition, as some U.S. citizens have been detained overnight for having otherwise valid passports in poor condition. For current information concerning entry, tax, and customs requirements for Venezuela, travelers may contact the Venezuelan Embassy at 1099 30th St. N.W., Washington D.C. 20007, tel: (202) 342-2214, Internet: http://www.embavenez-us.org. Travelers may also contact the Venezuelan consulates in New York, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Houston, San Francisco or San Juan.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS: In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments, including Venezuela's, have initiated procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of the relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation on hand is now required by Venezuelan law.

Venezuela's legal code mandates that minors (under 18) who are residents of Venezuela (regardless of nationality) and who are traveling alone, with one parent or with a third party, must present a copy of their birth certificate and written authorization from the absent parent(s) or legal guardian, specifically granting permission to travel alone, with one parent or with a third party. When a parent is deceased, a notarized copy of the death certificate is required in lieu of the written authorization. If documents are prepared in the United States, the authorization and the birth certificate must be translated into Spanish, notarized, and authenticated by the Venezuela Embassy or a Venezuelan consulate within the United States. If documents are prepared in Venezuela, only notarization by a Venezuelan notary is required. A permission letter prepared outside of Venezuela is valid for 90 days. A permission letter prepared in Venezuela is valid for 60 days.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: Cross-border violence, kidnapping, smuggling and drug trafficking occur frequently in areas along the 1,000-mile border between Venezuela and Colombia. Some kidnap victims were released after ransom payments, while others were murdered. In many cases Colombian terrorists were suspected. The Colombian terrorist group FARC recently stated that they were stepping up kidnapping operations and specifically targeting American citizens for ransom-related kidnapping. The State Department warns American citizens not to travel within a 50-mile area along the entire Venezuela/Colombia border. U.S. citizens who elect to visit areas along the border region with Colombia against this warning, apart from the Colombian terrorist threat, could encounter Venezuelan military-controlled areas and may be subject to search and arrest.

"Express kidnappings," in which victims are seized in an attempt to get quick cash in exchange for their release, are increasing in Venezuela's capital, Caracas. Kidnapping of US citizens and other foreign nationals, from homes, hotels, unauthorized taxis and the airport terminal is occurring on a regular basis. U.S. citizens should continue to be alert to their surroundings and take necessary precautions.

Additionally, U.S. citizens should also be aware of a recent increase in acts of piracy off the coast of Venezuela. There have been five cases of confirmed incidents of piracy in the past few months, two involving U.S. citizens. In all five cases, a group of five armed men boarded yachts, bound the crew and robbed them of their possessions. Although there have been no reported fatalities, these incidents have involved an unusual degree of violence, including the beatings and shootings of several of the victims. U.S. citizen yachters should exercise a heightened level of caution when selecting a place to moor their boats, and should not attempt to resist these robbers.

Political demonstrations occur regularly throughout Venezuela due to the current fluid political situation. Increased violence, including exchanges of gunfire, has occurred at more recent demonstrations. Demonstrations tend to occur at or near university campuses, business centers, and gathering places such as public squares and plazas.

Most major tourist destinations, including coastal beach resorts and Margarita Island, are not generally affected by protest actions. However, the city of Merida, a major tourist destination in the Andes, is the scene of frequent student demonstrations. Venezuela suffered two general strikes earlier in the year, and the potential for further strikes exists. Disruptions in public transportation services may occur as a result of strikes or work stoppages and may delay visitors' travel to the international airport at Maiquetia, block public roads, and interfere with ferry schedules to and from Margarita Island. In addition, due to the Government of Venezuela's difficulties in meeting some public payrolls, teachers, medical doctors, and other groups often threaten work stoppages, which may disrupt health services and cause temporary closure of businesses.

Harassment and intimidation of US citizens by pro-government groups, Venezuelan airport authorities and by some segments of the police have increased dramatically. Additionally, anti-American sentiment, expressed in graffiti, harsh political rhetoric, newspaper advertisements and rally pamphlets, has also risen noticeably.

The risk of encountering explosive devices in Venezuela, particularly in Caracas, appears to be on the increase. These appear to be associated with recent political unrest. Travelers who encounter a strange parcel or abandoned bag should not attempt to identify or move it, but should immediately notify authorities and stay clear of the area.

Travelers should keep informed of local developments by following the local press, radio and television. Visitors should also consult their local hosts, including U.S. and Venezuelan business contacts, hotels, tour guides, and travel organizers. U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Venezuela are advised to take common-sense precautions and avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, no matter where they occur. Additional advice about demonstrations may also be obtained from the U.S. Embassy at the telephone numbers listed below.

CRIME: Pickpockets concentrate in and around crowded bus and subway stations in downtown Caracas. The "barrios" or "ranchitos" (the poor neighborhoods of tin-roofed brick homes that cover the hills around Caracas) and isolated urban parks can be very dangerous.

There have been incidents of rock throwing from highway overpasses bordering the slum neighborhoods in an attempt to force cars to stop and assess damages. Once stopped, the passengers are robbed by waiting accomplices. In some cases this has led to injuries and death. Most criminals are armed with guns or knives and will use force. Theft from hotel rooms and safe deposit boxes is increasing, and theft of unattended valuables on the beach and from rental cars parked near isolated areas or on city streets is a common occurrence. A guarded garage or locked trunk is not always a guarantee against theft. Subway escalators are a favored site for "bump and rob" petty thefts by roving bands of young criminals, many of whom are well dressed to allay suspicion and to blend in with crowds of workers using the subways during rush hour. Armed robberies are common in urban and tourist areas, particularly in Caracas and Maracaibo. Criminal violence is on the rise. American citizens have been harassed, severely beaten or murdered during robberies. Travelers should exercise caution in displaying money and valuables. Numerous four-wheel drive vehicles have been targeted for carjacking in the Caracas and Maracaibo metropolitan areas, including vehicles driven by Embassy employees.

Incidents of unlicensed cabs ("piratas") overcharging, robbing and injuring passengers are rampant. Travelers should take care to use radio-dispatched taxis or those from reputable hotels. Travelers arriving late at night at the domestic terminal of the international airport should be aware that "pirata" cabs are known to prey on tourists arriving on delayed flights after licensed cabs have left for the evening. Travelers should call a 24-hour radio-dispatched taxi service from a public phone in the airport lobby or ask the airline representatives to contact a licensed cab company.

Visitors should note that public phones in Venezuela do not accept coins and that they will need to purchase a phone card from newsstands or kiosks. Drivers of licensed cabs permitted to carry passengers at the airport will have laminated identity cards, in addition to license plates reading "libre."

The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. U.S. citizens may refer to the Department of State's pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad," for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402; via the Internet at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su docs; or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov.

MEDICAL FACILITIES: Medical care in Caracas is good at private hospitals and clinics. Cash payment is usually demanded. Most hospitals and clinics, however, accept credit cards. In rural areas outside of Caracas, physicians and medical supplies may be scarce.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. U.S. medical insurance plans seldom cover health costs incurred outside the United States unless supplemental coverage is purchased. Further, U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United States. However, many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including emergency services such as medical evacuations.

When making a decision regarding health insurance, U.S. citizens should consider that many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to providing service and that a medical evacuation to the U.S. may cost well in excess of $50,000. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas often face extreme difficulties. When consulting with your insurer prior to your trip, ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses you incur. Some insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains in the event of death.

Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure, "Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad," available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax:
(202) 647-3000.

HEALTH INFORMATION: Information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); fax 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or via CDC's Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Venezuela is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Safety of Public Transportation: good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: fair to good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: poor
Availability of Roadside Assistance: poor

Traffic jams are common within Caracas during most of the day. Driving regulations are similar to those in the U.S. although many drivers do not obey them. Defensive driving is a necessity. Child car seats and seatbelts are not required and are seldom available in rental cars and taxis. Outside the major cities, night driving can be dangerous because of unmarked road damage or repairs in progress, unlighted vehicles and livestock. Even in urban areas, road damage is often marked by a pile of rocks or sticks left by passersby near or in the pothole or crevice, without flares or other devices to highlight the danger. Stops at National Guard and local police checkpoints (alcabalas) are mandatory. Drivers should follow all National Guard instructions and be prepared to show vehicle and insurance papers and passports. Vehicles may be searched. Economical bus service is available to most destinations throughout the country. Peak holiday travel occurs during summer and winter school breaks and major civil and religious holidays, including Carnival, Easter, Christmas and New Years holidays. Lengthy delays due to road congestion are common during these peak periods.

For additional general information about road safety, including links to foreign government sites, see the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, home page at http://travel.state.gov/road_safety.html. For information concerning Venezuelan driving permits, road taxes, vehicle inspection or insurance requirements, contact the Embassy of Venezuela at (202) 342-2214, or visit their website at: http://www.embavenez-us.org.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Venezuela's civil aviation authority as Category 2 -- not in compliance with international aviation safety standards for the oversight of Venezuela's air carrier operations. While consultations to correct the deficiencies are ongoing, Venezuelan air carriers currently flying to the U.S. will be subject to heightened FAA surveillance. No additional flights or new service to the U.S. by Venezuelan air carriers will be permitted unless they arrange to have the flights conducted by an air carrier from a country meeting international safety standards. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA's Internet website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. In addition, DOD does not permit its personnel to use air carriers from Category 2 countries for official business except for flights originating from or terminating in the United States. Local exceptions may apply. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact DOD at (618) 229-4801.

AIRPORT SECURITY: As a result of the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, airport security around the world has tightened significantly. Travelers flying out of Caracas on international flights should be prepared to arrive at the airport at least three hours ahead of their scheduled departure time. Travelers on Venezuelan domestic flights should arrive at the airport at least one hour ahead of departure. Travelers may also notice increased law enforcement presence throughout airport terminals. Please note that in most airports only ticketed passengers are permitted beyond security checkpoints and in the departure lounges.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: Venezuelan customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Venezuela of items such as plant and animal products, firearms, medications, archaeological or "cultural heritage" items, and pirated copies of copyrighted articles. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington or one of Venezuela's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Venezuela's laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Venezuela are strict and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines. Prison conditions are extremely harsh, as numerous foreigners (including U.S. citizens) arrested for possession or trafficking of drugs can attest. The minimum prison sentence for trafficking (with no differentiation for category or quantity of drugs) is ten years.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: U.S. citizens who do not have Venezuelan "cedulas" (national identity cards) must carry their passports with them at all times. Photocopies of passports, which should be safeguarded in a separate location, prove valuable in facilitating their replacement should they be lost or stolen.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS: Foreign exchange transactions must take place through commercial banks or exchange houses at the official rate. Hotels and banks often restrict transactions to their clients only. Money exchange by tourists is most easily arranged at "casas de cambio" (exchange houses). Credit cards are accepted at most upscale tourist establishments. Visa, MasterCard and American Express have representatives in Venezuela.

CREDIT/DEBIT CARD FRAUD: Because of a recent wave of fraud in Venezuela involving credit cards and debit cards, sometimes known as cloning, visitors should be cautious about the use of credit or debit card at Venezuelan commercial establishments. Credit and debit card numbers and other information are lifted by employees at the commercial establishments, or are taken from receipts found in garbage bins. If you choose to use a credit card or debit card to pay for a purchase, be sure to keep the credit card in sight during the entire transaction. Also, take and destroy any carbons that may have been used in the transaction. Finally, if you use your credit card to guarantee a hotel room or other rental, and later settle the bill in cash, be sure to obtain and destroy the imprint taken at time of check-in. You should also check subsequent credit or bank statement to ensure that no unauthorized purchases have been made on your account. Outside the major cities, a good supply of Venezuelan currency is necessary, as it may be difficult to find exchange houses. Most major cities have ATMs with 24-hour service where users may withdraw up to the equivalent of 100 U.S. dollars in local currency daily. The ATMs are linked to many global networks.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Venezuela is an earthquake-prone country and is occasionally subject to torrential rains, which can cause major disasters such as the one in Vargas State in 1999. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available via the Internet from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at http://www.fema.gov/.

CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information on international adoption of children and international parental child abduction, please refer to our Internet site at http://travel.state.gov/children's issues.html or telephone (202) 736-7000.

REGISTRATION/EMBASSY LOCATION: U.S. citizens living in or visiting Venezuela are strongly encouraged to register at the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas or the Consular Agency in Maracaibo and obtain updated information on travel and security within Venezuela. The U.S. Embassy is located at Calle Suapure and Calle F, Colinas de Valle Arriba, Caracas. The Embassy is open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday, telephone (011)(58)(212) 975-6411. In case of an after-hours emergency, callers should dial (011)(58)(212) 975-9821.

Direct consular office phone lines are as follows:
(011)(58)(212) 975-6411 ext. 2208 for information on applications for U.S. passports, or 975-9234 (preferably mornings) for information on Reports of Birth or other U.S. citizen services. The American Citizens Services fax number is (011)(58)(212) 975-8991. Additional information is also available at the Embassy's Internet website at: http://embajadausa.org.ve.

A part-time consular agent in Maracaibo provides services for U.S. citizens in western Venezuela. The agent is available to the public every Monday from 8:15 am to 12:15 pm, at the Centro Venezolano Americano del Zulia (CEVAZ), Calle 63 No. 3E-60, Maracaibo; telephone (011)(58)(0261) 791-1436 or 791-1980.

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This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated September 5, 2002, to update the section on Crime.

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101 posted on 02/02/2003 3:38:54 PM PST by Cindy
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To: backhoe
LINKS OF INTEREST:

FREEREPUBLIC.com - Discussion Threads - Search Term: "IRAN AND IRAQ"

***INA TODAY.com - INTERNATIONAL NEWS TODAY: "IMPENDING TERROR THREAT UNREPORTED" by Toby Westerman (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Iran -- a burgeoning nuclear power and one of the nations comprising the "axis of evil" -- is strengthening its ties with Cuba, a Marxist nation with a demonstrated capacity to easily infiltrate the territory and government of the United States. Demonstrating its developing commitment to Cuba, Iran's ambassador to Havana, Ahmad Edrisian, last week defined his nation's relations with the Caribbean island nation as "excellent," and one which will "continue to grow" in "political, economic, and cultural" areas, according to Radio Havana Cuba, the official broadcasting service of the Cuban government. The U.S. suspects Iran of assisting Cuba in the development of biological weapons, but Iran claims that it is engaged in "humanitarian and scientific" exchanges with the communist-dominated island. Iran, however, declares that it is joined with Cuba in a "common struggle."")(February 16, 2003)

***MIAMI.com - THE MIAMI HERALD: "FOUR CUBAN BORDER GUARDS ARRIVE IN KEYS UNDETECTED" by Jennifer Babson (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "KEY WEST - Four armed defectors from Cuba's border guard, clad in green camouflage and black boots, walked onto Key West's main drag after arriving undetected early Friday -- the same day that the U.S. attorney general put the nation on a heightened state of terrorist alert. The men tied their 30-foot go-fast boat behind the Hyatt Key West Resort and Marina, stashing it within a short distance of the Coast Guard station, which failed to spot their 4 a.m. arrival. Police found two AK-47s and eight magazines of ammunition inside the Cigarette speedboat. The incident occurred six days after five Cuban fishermen in a large rickety boat landed on U.S. Naval property close to a cruise ship.") (February 8, 2003)

***An Interesting Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding an CHANNEL5BELIZE.com article: "10 IRAQIS DETAINED IN JAMAICA WERE HEADED TO BELIZE" (CHANNEL5BELIZE.com ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Jamaican police are remaining tight-lipped about the status of ten Iraqis who are being held in Montego Bay. The men arrived in the resort town on Sunday and were in transit on route to Belize. They flew into Jamaica on a flight from Cuba before becoming stranded after their flight to Belize from Jamaica was cancelled.") (February 13, 2003)

***MILITARES DEMOCRATICOS.com: "BIO-WEAPONS LAB IN VENEZUELA FOR SADDAM AND CASTRO" (December 19, 2002)

MILITARES DEMOCRATICOS.com: "BRAZILIAN PLOTTER BUYS TIME FOR CHAVEZ, HAS LINKS TO TERRORISTS AND SADDAM" by Johan Freitas, in Caracas (December 28, 2003)

An Informative Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding this article on www.MilitaresDemocraticos.com by Johan Freitas, in Caracas, with Luis Garcia, in Miami: "9-11: CHAVEZ FINANCED AL QAEDA, DETAILS OF $1M DONATION EMERGE" (123102)

HIPAKISTAN.com: "OSAMA BIN LADEN'S SON SPOTTED IN IRAN: REPORT" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "RIYADH: Osama bin Laden's eldest son, Saad, who was with his father during the US-led air campaign against Afghanistan in 2001, is currently in Iran, a Saudi-owned newspaper reported Thursday. "Saad, the eldest son of Osama bin Laden, head of the al-Qaeda network, was spotted in Iran," Al-Sharq Al-Awsat said, citing a diplomatic source and without giving further details. The pan-Arab paper added that bin Laden himself "is not in Iran." Asharq Al-Awsat reported last July that Saad had taken over the command of al-Qaeda since the US offensive against al-Qaeda bases in Afghanistan. That disclosure, the daily said at the time, "substantiates the theory that Osama was killed or seriously wounded" in the US-led military campaign.") (February 15, 2003)

***WASHINGTON TIMES.com: 'BIN LADEN SON, AL QAEDA TERRORISTS SPOTTED IN IRAN" by Bill Gertz (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "U.S. intelligence agencies say Osama bin Laden's oldest son, Sad, is in Iran along with other senior al Qaeda terrorists, as Iranian military forces have been placed on their highest state of alert in anticipation of a U.S. attack on Iraq, according to intelligence officials. Sad bin Laden was spotted in Iran last month, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports. Sad is believed to be a key leader of the al Qaeda terrorist network since U.S. and allied forces ousted the ruling Taliban militia in Afghanistan.") (February 15, 2003)

***MEMRI.org - MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE: "EDITOR OF IRANIAN CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT DAILY ATTACKS PRESIDENT BUSH AND CALLS ON MUSLIM YOUTH TO LAUNCH MARTYRDOM OPERATIONS AGAINST THE U.S." (ARTICLE NOTE: The editor is identified as Hussain Shariatmadari.) (NOTE: "Martyrdom" is also known as "Shehada.") (012303)

An Interesting Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding an AP Article via TBO.com: "REPORT: IRAN DETAINED ONE OF BIN LADEN'S SONS" (November 2, 2002)

ANANOVA.com: "BIN LADEN'S SON 'IN CHARGE OF AL-QAIDA SINCE OCTOBER'" (ARTICLE NOTE: The son is identified as Saad Bin Laden.) (072902)

SMH.com.au: "BIN LADEN'S ELDEST SON 'TAKES OVER AL-QAEDA'" (July29, 2002)

GOOGLE Search Term: "SAAD BIN LADEN"

GOOGLE Search Term: "SAD BIN LADEN"

ALBAWABA.com: "REPORT: IRAN, INDIA TO SHARE INTELLIGENCE" (111303)

***WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "U.S FEARS IRAN HAS 'PRETEXT' FOR NUKES" (February 11, 2003)

CNS NEWS.com: "ISRAEL QUIETLY 'CONCERNED' ABOUT RUSSIAN-IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL" by Julie Stahl (122702)

NewsMax.com: "IRAN MAY SOON HAVE THE BOMB -- WITH RUSSIAN HELP" (072902)

102 posted on 02/16/2003 1:34:13 AM PST by Cindy
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To: shanec
LINKS OF INTEREST:

BBC NEWS: "GATWICK GRENADE SUSPECT DUE IN COURT" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A man arrested at Gatwick Airport allegedly carrying a live grenade in his baggage is to appear before magistrates in London. Hasil Mohammed Rahaham-Alan, 37, from Venezuela, has been charged with terrorism offences. Customs officials stopped him after he flew in to the UK from Caracas on a British Airways jet last Thursday.") (February 17, 2003)

BBC NEWS: "TERROR ARRESTS NEAR HEATHROW" AIRPORT (February 14, 2003)

BBC NEWS: "TERROR PLAN TO SHOOT DOWN PLANE" (February 13, 2003)

JOY JUNCTION.org: "ARE BRITISH MUSLIMS PLANNING SURPRISE TERROR ATTACK IN THE UK?" by Jeremy Reynalds (February 15, 2003)

***ANANOVA.com: "SHEIK WARNS OF UK SUICIDE BOMBERS THREAT" (February 11, 2003)

stepping back in time...COMPUTER WORLD: UPDATE: OMAR BAKRI MUHAMMAD: BIN LADEN'S MAN IN LONDON" by Dan Verton (November 18, 2002)

stepping back in time...WWW.MEMRI.DE: "RADICAL ISLAMIST PROFILES: SHEIK OMAR BAKRI MUHAMMAD IN LONDON" by Yotam Feldner (December 24, 2001)

103 posted on 02/17/2003 2:17:52 AM PST by Cindy
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To: shanec; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe
��INISIGHT On The����� News online: "FROM VENEZUELA, A COUNTERPLOT" By Martin Arostegui (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "As Washington prepares a high-stakes military venture in the Persian Gulf, a growing physical threat is being posed by Iraq, Libya and Iran to the soft underbelly of the United States. Hundreds and possibly thousands of agents from rogue Arab nations are working hard to help President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela take control of South America's largest oil industry and create al-Qaeda-friendly terrorist bases just two hours' flying time from Miami.") (February 19, 2003)
http://www.insightmag.com/main.cfm/include/detail/storyid/370704.html
104 posted on 02/19/2003 1:35:57 AM PST by Cindy
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To: shanec; backhoe; yonif; JohnathanRGalt
An Interesting Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a GUARDIAN.co.uk article: "ANTI-CHAVEZ PROTESTERS MURDERED" by Owain Johnson in Caracas (February 20, 2003)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/848374/posts
105 posted on 02/21/2003 12:45:13 AM PST by Cindy
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To: shanec; HAL9000; backhoe
An Informative Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a REUTERS article via YAHOO! News: "VENEZUELA'S CHAVEZ TELLS WORLDS TO BACK OFF" (February 23, 2003)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/850385/posts
106 posted on 02/24/2003 1:55:51 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All
FREEREPUBLIC.com - Discussion Thread - Topic: EL PAIS (Madrid): VENEZUELA - "AN EXPLOSION SHAKES THE SPANISH EMBASSY IN CARACAS" (February 25, 2003)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/851096/posts
107 posted on 02/24/2003 11:37:39 PM PST by Cindy
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To: shanec
An Interesting FREEREPUBLIC.com thread regarding a Reuters article AND photos via Yahoo! News: "VENEZUELA - COLUMBIAN CONSULATE AND SPAIN'S EMBASSY HIT BY BLASTS" (February 25, 2003)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/851313/posts
108 posted on 02/25/2003 10:59:54 PM PST by Cindy
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To: shanec
Well, hoss, looks like we might have us a commie country ta liberate after Iraq!
109 posted on 02/25/2003 11:01:08 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (There be no shelter here; the front line is everywhere!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
Note: this topic is from 2002.
Whaaat?!? "I will sit down and talk with him, without preconditions."
Note: this topic is from 2002.
The man who control's the largest oil reserves in the Western hemisphere gave $1 million to the world's most wanted terrorist right after the 9/11 attacks... The work, as ordered by Chavez, was to help Al Qaeda but to make it look like he was helping the Taliban, using humanitarian grounds as the excuse... The aid to the Al Qaeda's camps was supposed to open the channel of communications directly. It was a way of telling Osama Bin Laden that he had a friend in Hugo Chavez.... On October 3, 2001, a representative of the Venezuelan government then contacted Kris Janowski of the UNHCR in Pakistan. The purpose: To create a cover story of humanitarian help for the Taliban, so that there would be plausible deniability in case anyone asked about the Al Qaeda money. According to the plan, Walter Marquez would buy and transport food from New Delhi (India) or Teheran (Iran) where Venezuela has embassies... Hugo Chavez is growing increasingly desperate in his hold on power, in Venezuela where a month-long general strike has cut off oil exports and his source of income. He refuses to hold free and democratic elections, and has publicly vowed to stay in power until "at least 2021... Referendum to remove me? That is not possible, don't waste time. I will not go in a referendum, I say that to the country and the world. It's like this: I won't go," Hugo Chavez said in November. Ah, no, no, forget about fairytales. Not even if we suppose that they hold that referendum and get 90% of the votes, I will not leave. Forget it. I will not leave."
Note: this topic is from 2002.
110 posted on 10/11/2008 5:01:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________Profile updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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