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Al-Qaida poised to strike the United States, says Ashcroft
Associated Press ^ | 08-03-03

Posted on 08/03/2003 8:53:00 AM PDT by Brian S

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:43:09 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

There is a "very real potential" that the al-Qaida terrorism network could again strike the United States, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Sunday.

"Al-Qaida is still bent on injuring the United States," he said. Ashcroft later said that he believes Osama bin Laden's organization wants "to strike us whenever and wherever they can."


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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alzawahri; ashcroft; audiotape; doj; threats; wot

1 posted on 08/03/2003 8:53:00 AM PDT by Brian S
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To: Brian S
Brit was waaaaay to easy on Att. Gen Ashcroft this morning. As a citizen curious to know more about sneak and peek seaches and other Patriot Act related issues, especially in the wake of the overwhelming vote in the House rescinding certain powers, I would have preferred to see Ashcroft facing Russert. It's no wonder Russert leads the pack.
2 posted on 08/03/2003 8:55:58 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Brian S
So we delayed and obstructed the 911 hearings into how this mess came about and now we are told to expect another one. Thanks George
3 posted on 08/03/2003 8:55:59 AM PDT by steve50 (the main problem with voting is a politican always wins)
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To: Brian S
Al-Zawahri, is evidence of the continued threat.

Where is this pig? Lets find him and kill him, then bury him with a pig's foot stuck up his anus.

Every time one of these animal psychos threatens American's lives we should make it a top priority to find and kill them.

4 posted on 08/03/2003 8:57:18 AM PDT by AAABEST
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To: steve50
The only way to stop terroist attacks in this nation is martial law. At least they are warning us.
5 posted on 08/03/2003 8:57:38 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Huck
It's no wonder Russert leads the pack.

Maybe in ratings. As for journalistic honesty, he is no better than anyone else. He slobbering all over Hillary last month..

6 posted on 08/03/2003 9:00:53 AM PDT by cardinal4 (The Senate Armed Services Comm; the Chinese pipeline into US secrets)
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To: cardinal4
Sorry! He WAS slobbering all over Hillary..
7 posted on 08/03/2003 9:01:46 AM PDT by cardinal4 (The Senate Armed Services Comm; the Chinese pipeline into US secrets)
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To: KevinDavis
The only way to stop terroist attacks in this nation is martial law. At least they are warning us

Used to be some threads here about klintoon declaring martial law under similiar conditions, most seemed to imply that under no circumstances was it acceptable.

9 posted on 08/03/2003 9:05:26 AM PDT by steve50 (the main problem with voting is a politican always wins)
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To: AAABEST
A virgin pig at that.
10 posted on 08/03/2003 9:06:59 AM PDT by djr
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To: steve50
I'm not for Martial Law, but there will be more terrorist attacks in America (the sad truth), unless we stop this PC bs mentallity.
11 posted on 08/03/2003 9:08:11 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Huck
I'm interested to hear what all these new provisions to the Patriot Act will be (the ones Ashcroft touched on this morning)...
12 posted on 08/03/2003 9:14:21 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: AAABEST
Good idea. Then let's tell the Muslim world that if we are attacked again plan on one of your large cities to be leveled in 24 hrs. The next one we destroy Mecca. Want to bet that we will not have to go to Mecca.
13 posted on 08/03/2003 9:28:20 AM PDT by Digger
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To: NittanyLion

I'm interested to hear what all these new provisions to the Patriot Act will be (the ones Ashcroft touched on this morning)...

That's a bit arrogant planning to add to the "Patriot" Act when parts of it are being stripped in the House.

14 posted on 08/03/2003 9:32:25 AM PDT by Sparta (Send the Palestinians to their homeland, Jordan.)
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To: Brian S
The tape warns America that it will pay dearly if it harms detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, and it urges Muslims to avenge the prisoners.

We already paid dearly. That's why the detainees are at Gitmo...they are part of a group of murderers!

15 posted on 08/03/2003 9:35:02 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Sparta
That's a bit arrogant planning to add to the "Patriot" Act when parts of it are being stripped in the House

Indeed. Ashcroft said some provisions are being addressed in the House already, but it sounded like the Administration has a proposal in the works.

16 posted on 08/03/2003 9:36:00 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Digger
We have to start with Mecca!
17 posted on 08/03/2003 9:37:30 AM PDT by Ippolita (Si vis pacem para bellum)
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To: NittanyLion

Ashcroft said some provisions are being addressed in the House already, but it sounded like the Administration has a proposal in the works.

Hopefully, it's a proposal to repeal it, but I doubt it.

18 posted on 08/03/2003 9:38:41 AM PDT by Sparta (Send the Palestinians to their homeland, Jordan.)
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To: Sparta
Hopefully, it's a proposal to repeal it, but I doubt it.

It's defintely not that...

Ashcroft cited examples of a couple changes, but I can't remember them at the moment. The gist of both was increased federal powers.

19 posted on 08/03/2003 9:40:19 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Brian S; AAABEST; SLB; Joe Brower; Travis McGee; patton
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Stay Safe !

20 posted on 08/03/2003 9:40:46 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Digger
If we had taken out their moon rock on sept 12 instead of passing a bunch of laws to restrict U.S. citizens the war on terror would be over by now.
21 posted on 08/03/2003 9:40:56 AM PDT by Lotec
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To: NittanyLion

Ashcroft cited examples of a couple changes, but I can't remember them at the moment. The gist of both was increased federal powers.

To be applauded by many FReepers I'm sure.

22 posted on 08/03/2003 9:42:15 AM PDT by Sparta (Send the Palestinians to their homeland, Jordan.)
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To: Digger
Third world Arabs respond to strength and fear. They'll either gravitate towards strenght as a means of protection/survival or hide from it if it's an adversary. They live in a culture not unlike what we read about in the old testament.

You're right about the drastic measures, we must cause them the primitives police themselves. All of the conventional military victories in the world won't solve the problem of the millions of children they're raising to hate and destroy the West.

Suicide bomber's families need to be gone after and the threat of the end of Islam needs to be on the table. Yes, we could end Islam right now if we had the will or had a mindset similar to theirs.

23 posted on 08/03/2003 9:49:24 AM PDT by AAABEST
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To: Squantos
LOL!

I didn't get you at first, but you made a funny!

I'm like you, every time they start talking about "threats" I gotta wonder if they're real or if someone is pushing for some new empowering (anti-American) legislation.

24 posted on 08/03/2003 9:53:08 AM PDT by AAABEST
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To: AAABEST; Squantos
I agree with your position that if we cannot convince them to police themselves, this will never end.

However, nuking Mecca is not the answer. It would start a global war, and I am not convinced that we would win. Nor would I want to live in the resulting police state.

There exist other, more subtle, ways to convince the Arab nations to police themselves.

25 posted on 08/03/2003 10:06:05 AM PDT by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: patton
I don't want to "nuke Mecca" now, but they need to know that we will if it comes to that. Further, if it does come to that we need to do it, without any hesitation whatsoever.

I disagree that we would not win global war with the Ishmaelites. We most certainly can and would win IMO. We can make them wish that their fraud-demon Mohammed never walked the earth if we should be so inclined.


26 posted on 08/03/2003 10:16:56 AM PDT by AAABEST
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To: Brian S
And while Al Qaeda "could" attack us, the Mexican invasion continues unabated.
27 posted on 08/03/2003 10:20:20 AM PDT by Mini-14
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To: AAABEST
I'm like you, every time they start talking about "threats" I gotta wonder if they're real or if someone is pushing for some new empowering (anti-American) legislation.

What are you willing to risk to find out?

28 posted on 08/03/2003 10:20:52 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Brian S
Some of the villagers are weary of this cry of Wolf! and will probably be eaten one of these days. This style of war is just not America's style. Can't we mobilize and have it out once and for all? It's not like we have a grand, new ethical system that everyone understands.
29 posted on 08/03/2003 10:27:08 AM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: tsmith130
What are you willing to risk to find out?

If it means having to give John "agree with me or you're aiding terrorists" Asscroft one more of his freedom grabbing, anti-American bills then I'm willing to risk being killed by terrorists.

30 posted on 08/03/2003 10:28:23 AM PDT by AAABEST
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To: AAABEST
Every time one of these animal psychos threatens American's lives we should make it a top priority to find and kill them.

Oh, no no no no no, AAA. See, if we try tracking him down here in the USA, we might um, accidently find out that YOU checked out a biography of Malcolm X in your local library...see, John Ashcroft wants to track every move you make and catalog it so he can blackmail you later.

In fact, you better stop reading Free Republic, 'cause someday the Internet Police will knock on your door and ask you why you read such material. <\sarcasm>

31 posted on 08/03/2003 10:31:18 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: AAABEST
Can you tell me one freedom YOU have personally lost since the Patriot Act?

BTW...you may be willing to risk be killed by terrorist, but perhaps the person seated next to you isn't.
32 posted on 08/03/2003 10:35:10 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: AAABEST
Ahscroft has to corner the fear market to maintain his position as the king of chicken little inc .......IMHO I we have no theft then the lock industry goes bankrupt per se !

If our goobermint really wanted to keep us all safe , cars wouldn't go faster than the speed limit, our borders would be closed, all immigrants would have to prove they have worth and can "contribute" to our society versus suck the welfare teat dry.......ect ect ect.

Murderers would be tried, allowed to make two appeals and then be put to death. Criminals would be the manual labor force versus clients or guests at club fed adventure camps we currently call prison.

Our military would be allowed to seek , destroy and leave the nation building to the losers with the understanding that they attack America .....then they foot the bill for life and materials.

I have ideas but don't have the answers............just my opinion of course.

Stay Safe AAA !

33 posted on 08/03/2003 10:36:52 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: KevinDavis
The only way to stop terroist attacks in this nation is martial law.

Well, it does seem to be working well in Iraq.

34 posted on 08/03/2003 10:38:36 AM PDT by templar
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To: Brian S
WOLF ! ... again.
35 posted on 08/03/2003 10:39:27 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: patton
There exist other, more subtle, ways to convince the Arab nations to police themselves.

Less subtle, yet non violent, ones as well. Like developing our own oil reserves instead of buying theirs. Without our money inflow, they fall apart overnight, IMO.

36 posted on 08/03/2003 10:46:49 AM PDT by templar
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To: patton
However, nuking Mecca is not the answer. It would start a global war, and I am not convinced that we would win.

That's what the liberal naysayers said about our going into Afghanistan and Iraq. These jerks said, "let's all be nice so we don't piss off the Islamic (the religeon of peace) people" (that live for no other reason than killing people).

If there is another 9/11 type of attack on this country, I would sure-as-sh!t nuke Mecca. I'm fed up, sick and tired of the liberal Jane Fonda peacenik mentality in this country. Furthermore, I could give a damn what our allies (France/Germany) think.

38 posted on 08/03/2003 10:53:59 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: The Ghost of Richard Nixon
Why is it that suicide attacks have become such a popular military tactic in the last 50 years? Answer: Because in the past, entire families, villages, towns, cities, and even nations would have been wiped out in responses to such attacks.

The last people to do suicide attacks on Americans (and military forces at that) ended up with the rubble of two of their cities glowing in the dark.

39 posted on 08/03/2003 12:30:04 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: Squantos
Good post, very good.

I've got to ask for use of copyright on this one:

Chicken Little Inc

Heh. I'm going to be stealing that one and using it.

40 posted on 08/03/2003 12:31:41 PM PDT by AAABEST
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To: Recovering_Democrat
In fact, you better stop reading Free Republic, 'cause someday the Internet Police will knock on your door and ask you why you read such material. <\sarcasm>

You're such a intelligent and relevant poster that I'll be getting back to you ASAP on all of the precient points you've made, since you've framed my position on the issue perfectly. </ sarcasm>

41 posted on 08/03/2003 12:35:59 PM PDT by AAABEST
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To: Squantos
"Ahscroft has to corner the fear market ..."

What fear? There's been concern about a possible attack and anger at those who may do it. But the only fear I've seen is on the part of Democrats who are scared out of their minds that Bush will trounce them in the next election.

42 posted on 08/03/2003 12:47:46 PM PDT by Dave Olson
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To: AAABEST
I think yer gonna have to deal with the new management at Disney aka..... Rump Rangers E-Ticket Rides..... for that copyright thang old buddy !

Stay Safe !

43 posted on 08/03/2003 12:49:54 PM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: tsmith130
Can you tell me one freedom YOU have personally lost since the Patriot Act?

Oh the old dunderheadish "what freedom have you lost blah blah blah". You've been hanging with roscoe, sinkspur and kevin? They think they're bright or something when they ask that one.

Where do I start. The Freedom not to have my house robbed by the fedswithout disclosure. The Freedom to not have some a$$hole undereducated imbecile rifling through my medical, financial and whatever other personal info they choose. The freedom to not treated as a potential terrorist. The freedom to have a lawyer and a clear charge and public trial. The freedom not to have a drooling moron attorney general seize power for himself and the exectuive.

Wait.... I knew it was written down somewhere, here it is!

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

I'm glad to have shown you this simple English text for the first time in your life. Now you have no excuse for parroting other posters by asking brain-dead dumb assed questions like "What freedoms have you lost...."

The reason why most of us don't answer that question is because it's too damned stupid to dignify a response with.

44 posted on 08/03/2003 12:55:38 PM PDT by AAABEST
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To: Mini-14
Tancredo 04
45 posted on 08/03/2003 1:03:29 PM PDT by MatthewViti
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To: AAABEST
:) I was agreeing with you, tripleA!!
46 posted on 08/03/2003 2:13:54 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Oh, my apologies and you're back on my OK list.

See, I judge people's value as human beings solely on whether they agree with everyting I say!

47 posted on 08/03/2003 2:22:46 PM PDT by AAABEST
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To: AAABEST
BWA HA HA ha ha, yeah right me too...not! Good one.
48 posted on 08/03/2003 2:57:41 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: AAABEST
I decided a long time ago that I'll not get into discussions with people who try to prove their intelligence by call others insulting names. It's pointless.

If you prefer to be killed by terrorist than allow someone to have access to the knowledge you had an appendectomy 10 years ago...who am I to stop you.

49 posted on 08/04/2003 9:16:42 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: tsmith130
If you ask someone a stupid 2nd or 3rd hand question (that wasn't as much a serious question as it was a debating tactic) and they have to take time out of their life to answer it for you, than don't be surprised if they get pissed off. Some people don't apprectiate having their time wasted.

I see you don't even give a damn about reading the f***ing answer to the question you asked because you came back with an irrelevant response about my appendix.

50 posted on 08/04/2003 5:04:00 PM PDT by AAABEST
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