|This thread has been locked, it will not receive new replies.|
Locked on 09/01/2006 9:06:58 PM PDT by Lead Moderator, reason:
New Thread here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1694213/posts
Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - August 2006
Posted on 08/01/2006 9:51:52 PM PDT by nwctwx
this is interesting...
ALARMING intelligence that an attack was imminent was the trigger for police raids which captured 24 terrorist suspects, including two white converts to Islam, The Times has learnt.
I'll be traveling Greyhound next week... just waiting to find one of these...
What's amazing to me is they were able to infiltrate and go so long before they busted them
Are you still in Minn? I'll always remember the kiosk and one student was also arrested there, wonder if it was...?
they are really respectable young Muslim men...
TV report this AM said they would have had at least 3 bombs per plane.......guessing that reduced the chance of failed attempts and/or second guessing if passengers attempted to subdue them.
Snip: A federal judge rejected claims Thursday that two former lobbyists' constitutional rights would be violated if they were prosecuted under a World War I-era espionage law for receiving and disclosing national defense information.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled that the 1917 Espionage Act is not unconstitutionally broad and vague when it seeks to bar receipt or disclosure of "information related to the national defense."
The indictment against Steven Rosen of Silver Spring, Md., and Keith Weissman of Bethesda, Md., alleges that they conspired to obtain classified reports on issues relevant to American policy, including the al-Qaida terror network; the bombing of the Khobar Towers dormitory in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel; and U.S. policy in Iran.
Rosen and Weissman, former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, are accused of sharing the information with reporters and foreign diplomats. No trial date has been set.
Smiling broadly - and thinking of the NY Slimes......
I am beside myself here at the library right now...
I live in a predominantly white, mid class area, at this library all the time...felt that warning tingle back of my neck,
turned around and what do I see sitting directly behind me?
two odd arab males...on the 15 min pc's
swarthy no sh, then one gets a cell call, goes off to huddle with a female (non-Arab but speaking their speak) by the books, they walk out
I've talked to the librarian, she has seen them before, she doesn't feel 'alerted'
I told her I give a crap about racial profiling, went outside to see if there were cops, usually by park, none, asked my daughter to use camera phone but she may not be able to
these assess are loud, talking Arab now, odd how they look 'other'
all 3 young
2 males appox 25, female about the same
Great to know you are here Kyla!
Yep, I went to three news sites and they all said deny an Israeli warship was destroyed, nw.
Here's just 1 of the articles.
This was interesting, though as I was searching for warship articles:
"Katyushas Smash into Israel; Launchers Quickly Destroyed"
14:13 Aug 11, '06 / 17 Av 5766
by Hillel Fendel
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Among the Katyushas that hit Haifa today were advanced 302mm types (more than a foot in diameter), known as Fajr rockets.
Within a short time after the rockets hit Israel, the Israel Air Force reported that it had destroyed the launchers from which some of them were fired. The launchers were destroyed in the area of Tyre, some 50 kilometers north of Haifa.
Another round of rocket-warning sirens was sounded in many northern areas around 2 PM; no word of casualties or damage was initially received.
A total of 142 soldiers and Katyusha-injured civilians are hospitalized in the three main hospitals in the north - Rambam in Haifa, Sieff in Tzfat, and the Nahariya hospital. Among the wounded are 27 in serious condition.
The Israel Air Force attacked 100 targets in Lebanon over the night, including Katyusha rocket launchers. At least eleven terrorists were reported killed in various battles or incidents."
That's disturbing freeperfromnj.
Let's see what the update is here.
Updates appreciates as to the name of the suspect.
"Greyhound Bus Evacuated, No One Hurt"
By RON WORD , 08.11.2006, 03:22 PM
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Lt. Bill Leeper, a spokesman with the Florida Highway Patrol, said officials received a call about 10:30 a.m. from the driver, who reported the man had a gun.
The driver and 38 passengers on the bus were evacuated and all were safe, Greyhound spokeswoman Anna Folmnsbee said. The bus was traveling from Jacksonville to Orlando.
The bus driver pulled to the shoulder after passengers feared the man might be armed, Pittmon said. The man, wearing a black leather trench coat, was acting strangely and attempted to open the bus windows.
Police have not released the man's name and were still questioning him, Pittmon said."
I wonder if any they called and asked directions to an Egyptian museum? (/sarcasm off)
Another one for the good guys. In NYC no less!
Court rules NY police can search bags at subways By Christine Kearney
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Random bag searches by New York police at subway stations are constitutional and an effective means of combating terrorism, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
"In light of the thwarted plots to bomb New York City's subway system, its continued desirability as a target, and the recent bombings of transportation systems in Madrid, Moscow, and London, the risk to public safety is substantial and real," the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling.
The court disagreed with the New York Civil Liberties Union, which last year sued the city claiming that the random bag searches police have conducted since July 2005 bombings on the London underground rail system were unconstitutional and would not deter an attack on America's largest subway system.
The NYCLU had argued the searches were ineffective as police had too few checkpoints and invaded privacy rights. But the court said the testimony of three counterterrorism experts showed the value of the searches.
"The expert testimony established that terrorists seek predictable and vulnerable targets, and the program generates uncertainty that frustrates that goal, which in turn, deters an attack," the court said.
A bit of an update here. Check those hypertext links in this article url.
Note: The following text is a quote:
August 11, 2006
Three Middle Eastern Men Found With 1000 Cell Phones
More cell phone jihad. As I noted about another case recently, cell phones contain a chip that can be extracted and used as a detonator. They're also an easy source of money and a means, if quickly discarded, of untraceable communications. From Michigan's WNEM, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Around 1:00am August 11th three men purchased cell phones from the Wal-Mart store on M-81 near the corner of M-24 in Caro. Wal-Mart places a limit on the number of cell phones that can be purchased at once, that number is three. The three men allegedly bought 80 by purchasing them three at time so that an alert wouldn't be triggered by the cash register. They also paid cash.
An alert clerk grew suspicious and called Tuscola County central dispatch. The Caro Police Department sent a unit and stopped the rented van on M-81 just east of Caro. The suspects were headed towards Bad Axe on M-81 where there is another Super Wal-Mart.
The three men were described as being of Pakistani descent but live in Texas. Police say the three, ages 19, 22, and 23 appear to be naturalized citizens. One man was driving while the other two were in the back opening the phone packages with box cutters throwing the phones in one box, batteries in another and the packaging and phone charger in another container. The suspects had 1000 other cell phones in the van. There was also a bag of receipts showing that someone was in Wisconsin the day before....
Posted at August 11, 2006 03:25 PM
THANKS for the map and summary Godzilla.
I guess they had a lot of calling to do, huh?
CNN reporting that one of the suspects in Britain has been released.
I don't have anything new yet.
Just about ready to eat lunch, but will check to see if there is a new number today.
THANKS Godzilla for the graphic here.
That is a common sense decision and GREAT NEWS freeperfromnj.
After ordering an expanded ground offensive, Olmert has now accepted the UN brokered cease fire. This has been cavated to be finalized on Sunday at which time Israel will recognize it. This guy waffles worse than Kerry. The IDF only has about 48 hours to secure positions favorable to Israel in order to force Hezbollah out under conditions favorable to them.
Waffling costs lives.
"Pakistan nabs 17 in airplane terror plot"
AP via Yahooooo ^ | August 11, 2006 | MATTHEW PENNINGTON
Posted on 08/11/2006 2:28:22 PM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever
Following is the text of the U.N. resolution, without the preamble.
OP1. Calls for a full cessation of hostilities based upon, in particular, the immediate cessation by Hizbollah of all attacks and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations;
OP2. Upon full cessation of hostilities, calls upon the government of Lebanon and UNIFIL as authorized by paragraph 11 to deploy their forces together throughout the South and calls upon the government of Israel, as that deployment begins, to withdraw all of its forces from Southern Lebanon in parallel;
OP3. Emphasizes the importance of the extension of the control of the government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory in accordance with the provisions of resolution 1559 (2004) and resolution 1680 (2006), and of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, for it to exercise its full sovereignty, so that there will be no weapons without the consent of the government of Lebanon and no authority other than that of the government of Lebanon;
OP4. Reiterates its strong support for full respect for the Blue Line;
OP5. Also reiterates its strong support, as recalled in all its previous relevant resolutions, for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon within its internationally recognized borders, as contemplated by the Israeli-Lebanese General Armistice Agreement of 23 March 1949;
OP6. Calls on the international community to take immediate steps to extend its financial and humanitarian assistance to the Lebanese people, including through facilitating the safe return of displaced persons and, under the authority of the Government of Lebanon, reopening airports and harbours, consistent with paragraphs 14 and 15, and calls on it also to consider further assistance in the future to contribute to the reconstruction and development of Lebanon;
OP7. Affirms that all parties are responsible for ensuring that no action is taken contrary to paragraph 1 that might adversely affect the search for a long-term solution, humanitarian access to civilian populations, including safe passage for humanitarian convoys, or the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons, and calls on all parties to comply with this responsibility and to cooperate with the Security Council;
OP8. Calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution based on the following principles and elements:
- full respect for the Blue Line by both parties,
- security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities, including the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11, deployed in this area,
- full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and of resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006), that require the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision of July 27, 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese state,
- no foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its government,
- no sales or supply of arms and related materiel to Lebanon except as authorized by its government,
- provision to the United Nations of all remaining maps of land mines in Lebanon in Israel's possession;
OP9. Invites the Secretary General to support efforts to secure as soon as possible agreements in principle from the Government of Lebanon and the Government of Israel to the principles and elements for a long-term solution as set forth in paragraph 8, and expresses its intention to be actively involved;
OP10. Requests the Secretary General to develop, in liaison with relevant international actors and the concerned parties, proposals to implement the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006), including disarmament, and for delineation of the international borders of Lebanon, especially in those areas where the border is disputed or uncertain, including by dealing with the Shebaa farms area, and to present to the Security Council those proposals within thirty days;
OP11. Decides, in order to supplement and enhance the force in numbers, equipment, mandate and scope of operations, to authorize an increase in the force strength of UNIFIL to a maximum of 15,000 troops, and that the force shall, in addition to carrying out its mandate under resolutions 425 and 426 (1978):
a. Monitor the cessation of hostilities;
b. Accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the South, including along the Blue Line, as Israel withdraws its armed forces from Lebanon as provided in paragraph 2;
c. Coordinate its activities related to paragraph 11 (b) with the Government of Lebanon and the Government of Israel;
d. Extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons;
e. Assist the Lebanese armed forces in taking steps towards the establishment of the area as referred to in paragraph 8;
f. Assist the government of Lebanon, at its request, to implement paragraph 14;
OP12. Acting in support of a request from the government of Lebanon to deploy an international force to assist it to exercise its authority throughout the territory, authorizes UNIFIL to take all necessary action in areas of deployment of its forces and as it deems within its capabilities, to ensure that its area of operations is not utilized for hostile activities of any kind, to resist attempts by forceful means to prevent it from discharging its duties under the mandate of the Security Council, and to protect United Nations personnel, facilities, installations and equipment, ensure the security and freedom of movement of United Nations personnel, humanitarian workers, and, without prejudice to the responsibility of the government of Lebanon, to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence;
OP13. Requests the Secretary General urgently to put in place measures to ensure UNIFIL is able to carry out the functions envisaged in this resolution, urges Member States to consider making appropriate contributions to UNIFIL and to respond positively to requests for assistance from the Force, and expresses its strong appreciation to those who have contributed to UNIFIL in the past;
OP14. Calls upon the Government of Lebanon to secure its borders and other entry points to prevent the entry in Lebanon without its consent of arms or related materiel and requests UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11 to assist the Government of Lebanon at its request;
OP15. Decides further that all states shall take the necessary measures to prevent, by their nationals or from their territories or using their flag vessels or aircraft,
(a) the sale or supply to any entity or individual in Lebanon of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned, whether or not originating in their territories, and
(b) the provision to any entity or individual in Lebanon of any technical training or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of the items listed in subparagraph (a) above, except that these prohibitions shall not apply to arms, related material, training or assistance authorized by the Government of Lebanon or by UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11;
OP16. Decides to extend the mandate of UNIFIL until 31 August 2007, and expresses its intention to consider in a later resolution further enhancements to the mandate and other steps to contribute to the implementation of a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution;
OP17. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council within one week on the implementation of this resolution and subsequently on a regular basis;
OP18. Stresses the importance of, and the need to achieve, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, based on all its relevant resolutions including its resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973;
With everything happening around Detroit and Minneapolis, I'm starting to get a bad feeling for Chicago.
I've also seen some suspicious looking characters on the beach near my home in Norfolk, talking on cell phones, pointing at ships out in the Chesapeake Bay, and pretending to fish. I told police. I hope they followed up. I may go down there this evening and see if they're back.
Notice there is nothing there about the two soldiers that were taken captive..........
I'm pretty lost on why this would be accepted by Israel. I mean, I understand the theory behind preventing escalation that spirals completely out of control, but this is peculiar.
1. When did we decide it's ok to negotiate with terrorists?
2. Does Israel really believe that Lebanon can or will disarm Hezbollah?
I hope they follow up, too.
(Freepmail in a minute.)
Olmert will continue march to Litani.
Note: The following text is a quote:
Foreign Ministry: Operation aimed at enabling Lebanese army to take over
A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said that the continuation of the Israel Defense Forces operation in Lebanon is aimed at paving the way for the Lebanese army to take over the area.
Earlier it was reported that the IDF will continue its operation in southern Lebanon in spite of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's decision to recommend on Sunday that the government accept the UN ceasefire agreement. (AP)
Paving the way for the Lebanese = clearing out Hezbollah IMHO.
I hope so.
Thanks to Jet Jaguar for the ping to this thread:
"Looking for Map of Cell Phone Purchases"
self | August 11, 2006 | madison10
Posted on 08/11/2006 3:01:13 PM PDT by madison10
SNIPPET: "Has any one made a map, or done any tracking, of cities/towns the cell phones are being purchased? or of where the suspects are being picked up?
"...the concensus was that things would start
rolling in Europe first then the UK and quickly spread to the U.S"
I remember this but I thought it was something posted by a jihadi potty.
I knew the cell phone cell was picked up but I didn't realize they were arrested on on terrorism charges.
3 Arrested on Terrorism Charges in Mich.
I think he's speaking a little too soon. He really ought to wait until the investigation overseas is complete.
Chertoff Declares No U.S. Link To Bomb Plot
It's that tiny last paragrahp that is interesting.
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The men, Ali Houssaiky and Osama Abulhassan, both 20 and from Dearborn, have been charged with two felonies money laundering in support of terrorism and soliciting or providing support for acts of terrorism and misdemeanor falsification. A preliminary hearing on the felony counts was set for Tuesday."
"Day of terror strikes was planned for August 16"
Daily Mail ^ | 8/11/2006
Posted on 08/11/2006 7:11:41 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
The only reason that Israel would accept it is because of Olmert. Previous PM's would never have let this go this long or far. Olmert is a warning to us if we elect a leftie Demonrat to the presidency.
As far as negotiating with terrorists....it may be side stepped in that it specifies Lebanon, not Hezbollah. But then all can see through that smoke screen.
I think the IDF will do all they can to facilitate Lebanon taking control. The still have friends there and after the Syria-inspired assination, there Syria is even less liked, along with Hezbollah. Does the leadership of Lebanon have the moxie to disarm and kick Hezbollah out? Highly doubtful IMHO, so within a year Israel will be forced to act again. Hopefully, this wakes up the citizenry and gets someone who competent militarly in charge, not the pamper brigade of Olmert's cabinet.
"I guess they had a lot of calling to do, huh? "
But we must never, ever violate their civil rights to plan terrorist attacks on us, by listening in on their conversations, when they are talking to their fellow terrorists to plot the attacks to kill us. (/sarc)
Tehran, 11 August (AKI) -
One of Osama bin Laden's sons, Saad, together with a number of top al-Qaeda commanders, including Seif al Adel, are hiding in Iran and are not in Syria as reported by several Western papers this week, a well informed source told Adnkronos International (AKI). The source, a top Iranian intelligence official until a few months ago, said al-Qaeda and members of Iran's powerful revolutionary guard, the Pasdaran, are negotiating coordinated actions against the United States and Israel.
Iran: 'Allah's Widow' Claims 56,000 - A Third Women - Ready For Suicide Missions
Tehran, 8 August (AKI) - An Iranian hardline Islamist journalist claims she has recruited 56,000 Iranians, a third of them women, to carry out suicide attacks against American, British and Israeli targets. Afrouz Rajai, who in 1979 was among a group of Iranian students who held 52 US diplomats hostage in the American embassy in Teheran for 444 days, also told Adnkronos International (AKI) that 35 of the would-be terrorists are "of the Jewish faith."
The firebrand activist, dubbed "Allah's widow," by her detractors in Iran formed what she said was a "non governmental organisation" three years ago to recruit volunteers prepared to "carry out suicide actions against the United States, Britain, the Zionist entity (Israel) or any nation or person hostile to Muslims or the Islamic faith," she said.