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Threat Matrix: December 2006
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Posted on 12/01/2006 8:36:14 PM PST by nwctwx

:::FreeRepublic's Threat Matrix:::
Fighting Jihad in Cyberspace
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The setting is familiar to anyone who watches the evening news. A large, executive-style desk, a laptop perched on top, a logo in the background and a screen showing shifting images to reinforce the newsreader's message. The only difference is the presenter, who is swathed in an Arab headdress and masked to hide his identity, and the subject of the broadcast, a call for an Islamic state for Iraq and a vow to use Iraq as a launching pad to crush the "Zionists" in Israel.

Welcome to the "Voice of the Caliphate", the latest offering from the Global Islamic Media Front, widely regarded as the mouthpiece of al-Qaeda and the worldwide jihadist movement.

Distributed over the internet, the mock news format is just one of many employed by al-Qaeda's highly sophisticated propaganda arm.

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Thanks to a Special Freepmailer for pointing to these links:

751 posted on 12/15/2006 8:05:38 PM PST by Cindy
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ASSIST News Service (ANS) - PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609-0609 USA
Visit our web site at: -- E-mail:

Friday, December 15, 2006

"American Attending Baptist Church in Kazakhstan Fined and Given" Deportation Order

By Jeremy Reynalds
Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "KAZAKHSTAN (ANS) -- After seven law-enforcement officials secretly filmed a foreign church member taking part in a Bible discussion at a state-registered Baptist church in Kazakhstan, he was forced to leave the country.
Kazakhstan is in central Asia, northwest of China; a small portion west of the Ural River in eastern-most Europe (

According to Forum 18 News Service, Dan Ballast, an American who for 11 years belonged to the Spring of Water Church, was fined the equivalent of three months average salary and given a deportation order.

Although the deportation order was later rescinded, Ballast left Kazakhstan on Nov. 22. "Dan was a member of our church for 11 years, but they said that as a foreign citizen he was not allowed to teach or even speak in the church," one congregation member told Forum 18. "Officials questioned us for an hour-and-a-half after the service, and we told them we didn't want to violate the law."

On Oct. 23, Forum 18 reported that Judge Y. Kuderbayev of the town administrative court found Ballast guilty of violating Article 394 part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offences, which punishes "failure of the goals of entry to accord with the goals indicated in the visa."

In addition to the deportation order, Forum 18 reported that Ballast was fined 41,200 tenge (or 320 U.S. dollars), about three months average salary in Kazakhstan. The East Kazakhstan Regional court annulled Ballast's deportation order on Nov. 14, as he was already due to leave the country when his contract at Oskemen's Kazakh-American Free University ended, and he was able to show the court his departure ticket. He left Kazakhstan after paying the fine.

A friend of Ballast in Kazakhstan told Forum 18 that, as a church member, Ballast should have every right to take part in the religious life of his chosen religious community regardless of his nationality."

752 posted on 12/15/2006 8:46:15 PM PST by Cindy
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"Specter's interest in Syria - and willingness to buck White House party line - is nothing new. The Republican has visited Syria 15 times since 1984 and even attended the funeral of Assad's father. The senator visited with then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 1990 and has tried repeatedly to engage officials in Iran, although to no avail."


"Defying Bush, Specter Plans Syria Trip"
NewsMax ^ | Dec. 15, 2006 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/15/2006 8:48:47 PM PST by kddid

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Sen. Arlen Specter, a 26-year Senate Republican, said he will visit Syria despite loud objections by the Bush administration, contending the situation in Iraq is so dire that it is time Congress step up to the plate and see what it can do.

Specter, R-Pa., said in an interview late Friday that he is planning a trip to the Middle East that will include Israel and Syria. The senator said he and other Republicans are concerned that the administration's policies in the Middle East are not working and that other GOP members may follow in his footsteps.

"I've talked to my Republican colleagues, and there is a disquiet here," Specter said.

The visit, coming on the heels of a trip by Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, would be a direct affront to the White House. The United States has limited diplomatic ties with Syria because of its support for Hezbollah and Hamas, which the U.S. deems terrorist organizations. President Bush has expressed reluctance to seek help from Damascus on Iraq until the Syrians curb that support and reduce their influence in Lebanon.

The White House sharply criticized Nelson, a Democrat, for visiting Syria despite Nelson's assertion that the meeting was helpful. Nelson said Syrian President Bashar Assad said he was willing to help control the Iraq-Syrian border, where foreign fighters cross into Iraq.

"We think it's inappropriate," White House spokesman Tony Snow said Thursday of the planned congressional trips to the region. In addition to Nelson and Specter, Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., were expected to visit Syria.

"The concern here, among other things, is that this does not strengthen the hand of democracy in the region ... but instead allows the Syrians to dodge the real responsibilities they have," Snow said.

White House spokesman Alex Conant said late Friday that Snow's comments hold true for Specter as well."

753 posted on 12/15/2006 9:17:33 PM PST by Cindy
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15 December 2006

"U.S. Does Not Plan To Send Troops Against al-Qaida in Somalia
State’s Frazer calls for dialogue, support for U.N.-backed peacekeepers"

By Vince Crawley
USINFO Staff Writer

754 posted on 12/15/2006 9:35:57 PM PST by Cindy
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FRONTPAGE (THE EVENING BULLETIN): "THE DEMOCRATS' FREE MUMIA CAUCUS" by Michael P. Tremoglie (December 15, 2006) ("Via James Taranto's Opinion Journal - Best of the web, citing as source for the votes"): "INCOMING CHAIR OF HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE STANDS UP FOR COP-KILLERS" (SNIPPET: "The most disturbing name on the "no" list is that of John Conyers. Granted, this is only a symbolic vote, but is it really a good idea to entrust the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee to a man who casts a symbolic vote for a cop-killer and against his victim?") (December 7, 2006)

HOT - VENT with Michelle Malkin: "COP KILLER'S ANNIVERSARY" (December 8, 2006)

MICHELLE - blog: "DENOUNCING MUMIA CHIC" (December 7, 2006)

755 posted on 12/15/2006 9:57:12 PM PST by Cindy
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PAJAMAS "IRAQI INSURGENTS LAUNCH 24-HOUR TELEVISION STATION" by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Nick Grace (December 15, 2006)

BILL - THE FOURTH RAIL - blog: "AL-ZAWRAA: MUJ TV" (December 10, 2006)

GLOBAL CRISIS (mp3) (December 11, 2006)


756 posted on 12/15/2006 11:03:55 PM PST by Cindy
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A few more details...

"Test results expected Thursday as Idaho duck deaths climbs to 2,500"

Associated Press Writer Saturday, December 16, 2006

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The number of mallard ducks that have died in a bizarre cluster along a southeastern Idaho creek bed has climbed to 2,500, as vexed wildlife officials await test results from tissue samples.

Officials from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hope Thursday to have results of tests on tissue from the ducks' abdominal tract and on water samples from the creek that might provide clues to the unknown illness."

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The massive outbreak is puzzling scientists because only mallard ducks are dying. Golden eagles, geese, magpies, crows and other birds in the area all remain healthy."

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The ducks may have contracted a bacterial or fungal infection by eating grain treated with pesticides by local cattle farmers, Drew said. Farming chemicals may also have spilled into the small spring-fed creek, which measures just 3- to 6-inches deep.

Farmland surrounds the backwoods waterway. A cattle feedlot is close by and several corn and alfalfa feeds ring the nearby town of Oakley. Parrish said there are no factories in the area that discharge toxins into local streams and rivers. Wastewater does not run into the creek, he said."

757 posted on 12/15/2006 11:21:20 PM PST by Cindy
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"Olmert: Willing to trade land for peace
Israeli prime minister making "extraordinary efforts" to start peace negotiations with Abbas, expresses willingness to give up territories"
Published: 12.16.06, 07:35

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "According to Olmert, talks would not be easy because the Palestinian Prime Minister, Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh, was "not prepared to make any move towards peace".

Hamas has repeatedly and openly resisted international calls to reject violence and recognize Israel. In his recent visit to Tehran, Haniyeh pledged "never (to) recognize the usurper Zionist government and…continue our jihad-like movement.""

758 posted on 12/15/2006 11:32:37 PM PST by Cindy
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"Take Ahmadinejad Seriously, Bolton Urges"
By Patrick Goodenough Managing Editor
December 15, 2006

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "( - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must be taken seriously in his statements calling for Israel's destruction and his attempts to acquire the capability to do so, Washington's outgoing ambassador to the United Nations has urged.

"Historians often look back after huge tragedies have occurred and say, 'how is it that responsible policy-makers at the time didn't see this coming?' " John Bolton told an international symposium in New York Thursday.

In many cases, he said, people who were about to commit atrocities, and didn't hide their intentions, were dismissed by politicians and policy-makers, their statements viewed as " "the ravings of lunatics."

However, "there are times in history when people say things like, 'I'm going to do x,' and they say it repeatedly, and they're criticized for it, and they keep saying it - and then someday they actually do it."

The question now, he said, was whether the situation with Ahmadinejad was one such time."

759 posted on 12/15/2006 11:55:49 PM PST by Cindy
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Adding to post no. 758:

Page 1 of 2 next »

"Hamas, Fatah intensify clashes"
By Joshua Mitnick
December 16, 2006

760 posted on 12/16/2006 12:14:02 AM PST by Cindy
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you are here: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
"Warden Message: Bolivian Political Volatility, Protests"
Consular Affairs Bulletins
Americas - Bolivia
15 Dec 2006

761 posted on 12/16/2006 1:15:29 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

you are here: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: South Korea Bird Flu Outbreak
Consular Affairs Bulletins
East Asia / Pacific - Korea, South
15 Dec 2006

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11 Oct 2006
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement
9 Oct 2006
Warden Message: North Korea Nuclear Test
11 Aug 2006
Warden Message: Korean Liberation Day August 15
13 Jul 2006
Warden Message: Seoul Anti-FTA Demonstrations July 13-14
6 Jul 2006
Warden Message: Seoul Demonstrations July 10-14
U.S. Embassy Seoul issued the following Warden Message on December 15:

Since late November, there have been three reported outbreaks of Avian Influenza (AI) among domesticated poultry in South Korea. The Korean Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has destroyed poultry in a specified zone surrounding the areas and has established poultry quarantine and movement controls in order to prevent the spread of the AI virus. The MAF has stated that it will continue to conduct monitoring and surveillance throughout the country.

The Korean authorities have determined that the outbreaks involve the H5N1 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. All three outbreaks occurred on commercial poultry farms in North Jeolla Province, about 75 miles south of Seoul and 15 miles east of Kunsan Air Base. No human case of bird flu has been reported in conjunction with these outbreaks. (There have never been any reports of humans falling ill with H5N1 in Korea, but several of the workers involved in culling affected fowl during outbreaks in 2003 and 2004 developed antibodies for the disease.)

The Korean Ministry of Agriculture's website includes pages in English that have information on avian flu and the MAF's efforts to combat it:

The U.S. Embassy and State Department have issued worldwide guidance on measures you can take to protect yourself and your family, including getting a seasonal flu shot, practicing good hygiene, and preparing for a possible AI pandemic. For specific information on these topics, please see the Embassy webpage at:

Another excellent source of up-to-date avian flu information is

762 posted on 12/16/2006 1:17:18 AM PST by Cindy
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you are here: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: Baghdad Hotel Threat
Consular Affairs Bulletins
Middle East / N. Africa - Iraq
15 Dec 2006

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20 Nov 2006
Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement
11 Oct 2006
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement
28 Aug 2006
Iraq Travel Warning
28 Aug 2006
Travel Warning: Iraq
U.S. Embassy Baghdad issued the following Warden Message on December 15:

There is a threat against American Citizens at the Sheraton Hotel and vicinity in Baghdad, Iraq. Americans should increase vigilance as a result.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Consular Section at 1-240-553-0589 (US) or 0790-1-910-058 (Iraqna/AsiaCell/Atheer). You can also reach us via email at

763 posted on 12/16/2006 1:20:40 AM PST by Cindy
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you are here: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
"Warden Message: Philippines Demonstrations December 15-17"
Consular Affairs Bulletins
East Asia / Pacific - Philippines
15 Dec 2006

764 posted on 12/16/2006 1:23:46 AM PST by Cindy
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you are here: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: Tripoli Demonstrations December 19-20
Consular Affairs Bulletins
Middle East / N. Africa - Libya
15 Dec 2006

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20 Nov 2006
Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement
18 Nov 2006
Libya Attack on Female Expatriate
11 Oct 2006
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement
7 Aug 2006
Libya: Open for Business
U.S. Embassy Tripoli issued the following Warden Message on December 15:

A verdict in the case of the five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor imprisoned on charges of deliberately infecting over 400 children with HIV is expected to be issued on December 19, 2006. Depending upon the outcome, local sentiments may run high. Prior government approval is required for public demonstrations in Libya, and security oversight is routinely provided for participants and passersby. However, the U.S. Embassy wishes to remind American citizens of the potential for demonstrations to occur with little or no warning, and that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.

American citizens are, therefore, urged to avoid areas where demonstrations could potentially occur - such as the court building, the Bulgarian embassy and areas around the Corinthia Hotel and Fateh Towers, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. American citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security, especially on December 19th and 20th. U.S. citizens should keep a low profile, exercise caution when traveling around the country and to avoid crowds and areas where demonstrations may occur.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site, where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements can be found. The Department of State urges American citizens to take responsibility for their own personal security while traveling overseas. For general information about appropriate protective measures travelers can take in an overseas environment, see the Department of State's pamphlet A Safe Trip Abroad.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli can be reached by telephone during office hours at 021-335-1235 or via e-mail at In the event of an emergency involving an American citizen, the after-hours mobile telephone number is 091-220-0125.

765 posted on 12/16/2006 1:26:49 AM PST by Cindy
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you are here: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: Nepalese Maoist Intimidation
Consular Affairs Bulletins
South / Central Asia - Nepal
15 Dec 2006

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8 Dec 2006
Travel Warning: Nepal
7 Nov 2006
Warden Message: Nepal Maoist Demands
11 Oct 2006
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement
15 Sep 2006
Warden Message: Kathmandu Demonstrations Through October 27
13 Sep 2006
Kathmandu Demonstrations Called Off
U.S. Embassy Kathmandu issued the following Warden Message on December 15, 2006:

The Embassy was informed on December 14, 2006 of a number of cases of Maoists approaching American residents of Kathmandu demanding "donations" be made to the Maoists; in some cases the demands were accompanied by threats. The Embassy is extremely concerned about this matter and has already lodged a complaint with the Government of Nepal.

The Embassy urges American citizens to inform us immediately if you are approached by Maoists demanding housing for their cadre, or for any other assistance. (Please contact the Regional Security Office at 441-1179 during working hours or the Embassy Duty Officer at 441-1179 ext. 0 during non-working hours. Americans can also send an email to The Embassy will keep this information confidential, but, with your permission, will raise specific cases with the Government of Nepal in hopes of stopping this behavior. (It is our experience that raising specific cases of human rights and other abuses with the authorities and with the human rights community has had an ameliorating affect on the abusive behavior.)

Although the Government of Nepal no longer considers the Maoists to be terrorists, the State Department designation of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" organization under the "Terrorist Exclusion List" of the Immigration and Nationality Act and under Executive Order 13224 remains. These two designations make Maoists excludable from entry into the United States and bar U.S. citizens from transactions such as contribution of funds, goods, or services to, or for the benefit of, the Maoists.

For further information about security conditions in Nepal, American citizens are encouraged to refer to the Consular Information Sheet for Nepal and the current Travel Warning for Nepal issued on December 08, 2006 ( American citizens are also encouraged to refer to the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement for additional travel safety and security information. These documents are available on the homepage of the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs at and the American Embassy in Nepal's home page at The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs maintains an information line at 1-888-407-4747 toll free or (202) 501-4444 Monday through Friday (excluding U.S. Government holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Specific information may also be obtained by calling the Embassy at 977-1-444-5577 during working hours and at 977-1-441-1179 during evenings and weekends and asking for the American Citizen Services unit of the Consular Section.

766 posted on 12/16/2006 1:29:17 AM PST by Cindy
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767 posted on 12/16/2006 1:31:17 AM PST by Cindy
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Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Sat Dec 16 2006 01:32:22 GMT-0800.

Worldwide Caution

October 11, 2006

768 posted on 12/16/2006 1:32:41 AM PST by Cindy
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Updated: December 15th, 2006 12:51 PM EDT
Home > Airline and Airport Security News
"NY Man Accused of Disrupting Flight Due in Houston Court"
Cindy George
The Houston Chronicle

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A 66-year-old passenger charged with interfering with a Continental Airlines flight attendant while the plane was en route to Houston is due in federal court this morning.

Federal agents on Wednesday arrested Noboru Akao, a Japanese citizen and U.S. permanent resident alien living in New York state, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Akao was held after he arrived from Honolulu, a news release from U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle said.

Akao was apprehended after an on-board episode officials described as "disruptive" and "combative" behavior."

769 posted on 12/16/2006 1:37:17 AM PST by Cindy
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December 16th, 2006
"Home Invasion Involves Grandkids of Senator"
Dec 15th - 6:55pm

Mark Segraves, WTOP Radio


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Montgomery County Police say four masked men burst into the home of the daughter of Republican Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM). A 42-year-old nanny was at the home in the 2400 block of Hayden Drive, watching a one-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl when the gunmen came through the front door."

"Home Invasion in Falls Church"

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Police in Fairfax County say three Vietnamese men broke into a house in the 6400 block of South Street Friday afternoon.

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The suspects were between 20 and 30 years old and between 5-feet-7 inches and 5-feet-10 inches tall. One of the men was skinny and the other two had stocky builds.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131."

770 posted on 12/16/2006 1:42:37 AM PST by Cindy
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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 December 2006, 00:01 GMT

Drug resistant TB 'more severe'

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The problem of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis may be even more severe than previously thought, experts warn.

A survey of 79 countries by the World Health Organization published in the Lancet found TB drug resistance in virtually every one.

Particularly high levels of resistance were seen in regions of the former Soviet Union and parts of China.

About a third of the world's population is infected with the TB bug, with 8.9 million developing TB each year.

In 2004, the respiratory disease caused 1.7 million deaths worldwide.

Kazakhstan: 14.2% of new cases
Tomsk, Russia: 13.7%
Uzbekistan: 13.8%
Estonia: 12.2%
Liaoning province, China: 10.4%
Lithuania: 9.4%
Latvia: 9.3%
Henan province, China: 7.8%

Anti-microbial drugs have proved very effective at treating TB.

But experts believe their misuse has given the bacteria too much chance to evolve new defences which render the drugs less effective.

The biggest problem is patients failing to complete a full course of the drugs.

Even though symptoms might have disappeared, small amounts of the bacteria may remain, and are capable of mutating.

Multidrug-resistant TB strains are those that are resistant to at least the two most potent drugs, isoniazid and rifampicin.

More dangerous strains

Scientists have recently reported an even more worrying from - extensive drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) - which has been found among people with HIV in South Africa."

771 posted on 12/16/2006 1:46:13 AM PST by Cindy
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Off Topic, but fyi:

Dec. 16, 2006 7:29
"US: On-board fire forces emergency landing"

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A personal air filter sparked a fire on a Continental Airlines jet with 160 people on board, forcing an emergency landing.

Six people were taken to a hospital, officials said. Their condition was not immediately known, John McGinley, Colorado Springs Airport's assistant director of operations, told The Gazette of Colorado Springs."

772 posted on 12/16/2006 1:55:37 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:,7340,L-3340638,00.html

Suspicious envelope with white powder found at UN
Published: 12.16.06, 07:12

A suspicious envelope containing white powder is being analyzed at UN headquarters, prompting security officials to take precautionary measures, including decontamination of some staff, UN spokesmen said.

Security officials said the envelope, found on the building's fourth floor in CNN's mailbox, was taken down to the second-floor media liaison unit and then to the security office on the ground floor for examination. All those areas were sealed off by UN security as New York police experts were brought to examine the package. (AP)

773 posted on 12/16/2006 1:58:30 AM PST by Cindy
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What is a personal air filter?

774 posted on 12/16/2006 2:00:53 AM PST by texpat72 (<><)
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I guess I should have read the article before I asked the question!

775 posted on 12/16/2006 2:04:49 AM PST by texpat72 (<><)
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According to the article it is: "The battery-powered device, which is worn around the neck and filters air near the person wearing it..."

776 posted on 12/16/2006 2:16:12 AM PST by Cindy
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Smiling...I guess I should have scrolled down.

777 posted on 12/16/2006 2:16:38 AM PST by Cindy
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Saturday, December 16, 2006
"On the trail of E. coli in California"


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Where does E. coli come from?

Although cows are certainly prime suspects when E. coli surfaces, researchers know that the bacteria can make a home in the gut of almost any warm-blooded animal.

No one yet knows for sure how the latest outbreaks of a nasty E. coli strain came about.

But in California's Salinas Valley, source of at least nine national outbreaks of E. coli in the past 11 years, a team of scientists is on the hunt for every possible source of E. coli contamination."

778 posted on 12/16/2006 2:26:37 AM PST by Cindy
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"Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Protecting the Homeland: Meeting Challenges and Looking Forward"
Release Date: December 14, 2006
Washington, D.C.
George Washington University

779 posted on 12/16/2006 2:28:10 AM PST by Cindy
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Clarification of comment in “The Iraq Study Group Report”

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2006

The Defense Intelligence Agency appreciates the time and effort the Iraq Study Group members put into drafting their report, and we are studying the report and its recommendations. The report stated the Study Group was told that there are ‘fewer than 10 analysts on the job at the Defense Intelligence Agency who have more than two years’ experience in analyzing the insurgency.’ Many news organizations have quoted this inaccurate statement; therefore the Defense Intelligence Agency has found it necessary to correct the record.

The Defense Intelligence Agency has more than 300 dedicated analysts focused on the many complexities of Iraq. They include a core cadre of 49 analysts focused exclusively on the insurgency, at least half of whom have more than 2 years experience working this issue. DIA analysts are rotated to assignments in Iraq to provide support to U.S. Central Command and to gain additional on-the-ground experience and insight.

DIA is committed to providing the best possible military intelligence to the men and women in uniform and to the nation in its ongoing war against terrorism and extremism.

Released by the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of Public Affairs

780 posted on 12/16/2006 2:32:33 AM PST by Cindy
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"[Fascist] Pelosi Targets Grassroots Freedom of Speech"
Human Events ^ | Dec 18, 2006 | Amanda B. Carpenter

Posted on 12/15/2006 6:03:14 PM PST by Jim Robinson

781 posted on 12/16/2006 2:36:21 AM PST by Cindy
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December 16, 2006

"Was the Flying Imam incident staged in order to get anti-profiling legislation passed?"

SNIPPET: "I have been saying for some time now that the Flying Imam rage incident was staged to help garner support for anti-profiling legislation. Just before the Flying Imams incident happened I noted that Nancy Pelosi had come out in favor of such legislation, and suggested here and here in late November that a push for such legislation was what was behind the incident."

782 posted on 12/16/2006 2:39:09 AM PST by Cindy
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Laser Pointed At Commercial Jets
December 13, 2006

SAN JOSE -- A raid staged at a San Jose home was the latest attempt by Santa Clara and federal authorities to find the source of a blinding laser beam that is being flashed into the cockpits of commercial aircrafts trying to land in the Bay Area.

Serge Palanov, a spokesman from the Santa Clara Sheriff's Department, said deputies searched a home near Cambrian Village -- about seven miles south of San Jose's Mineta International Airport -- on Monday. The search did not find any evidence of the laser.

"We received several calls from the FAA and also from some citizens stating that there was a green laser emanating from a residence pointing at some commercial airliners," Palanov said. "Our own helicopter -- Star One -- went up in the air into vicinity and they also experienced this green laser pointing at them." Lasers -- small lasers commercially available and used commonly as light pointers -- can beam a high intensity light over a long distances. If the beam were to strike a pilot's eyes, it could blind him or her.

San Francisco International Airport spokesman Mike McCarron -- a former Navy airman -- said lasers -- even small seemingly harmless ones -- can be threatening to the safety of the airplane and its passengers. "It can temporarily blind you for that split second and then it takes you another 20- 30 minutes for your eyes to readjust fully to see outside that cockpit again," McCarron said. "Because what you want the pilots to do is to be able to see outside the cockpit -- see other aircraft …see obstacles... obstructions lights... the flashing red lights on radio towers and stuff like that…It can be very critical on the most critical part of the flight."

A recently released FAA analysis shows that nationwide in a three month period ending in January of last year, lasers were aimed at aircraft 84 times -- almost once a day -- and half of those were aimed at airliners. Palanov said South Bay authorities will be extra vigilant over the next several weeks in an attempt to find the source of the laser. "This could be punished as a felony with state prison time," he said. "This is a very serious offense."

Toledo Express flight evacuated after bomb threat is found in seat pocket
Friday, December 15, 2006

Thirty-five passengers boarding a noontime Delta Connection flight at Toledo Express Airport were evacuated, and the plane was removed to a remote area of the airfield for inspection, after a passenger found a bomb threat scrawled on an aircraft information card in a seat pocket, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority reported.

Written on the card, which shows an aircraft’s basic layout and provides emergency instructions for travellers, was an obscenity about America and an arrow leading toward the back of the plane to the word “bomb,” said Kelly Rivera Nye, a port authority spokesman. The card was found aboard the plane to be used for Flight 6241 to Cincinnati, operated by Chautauqua Airlines.


Peru toasts al Qaeda with poisonous bubbly
Sat Dec 16, 2006

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Some Peruvian winemakers have ditched Santa Claus this festive season, instead turning to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to help their sales but authorities said the booze was unsafe to drink. Authorities in northern Peru this week uncovered a case of sparkling wine labelled "Bin Laden Champagne" that illegal local brewers hoped to sell at Christmas fairs for $1 a bottle.

"Anyone who drunk the stuff would probably be seriously ill," said Carlos Segura, a town hall official in Chiclayo north of Lima, who had no idea why the wine was named after Bin Laden. "We tipped it into the sewers," he added.

783 posted on 12/16/2006 10:51:54 AM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Building evacuated after workers fall ill
December 15, 2006

Three people were hospitalized today with allergic-type symptoms possibly linked to a suspicious package received by employees of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.


North Korea may stage second nuclear test
Saturday, December 16, 2006

SEOUL: North Korea may stage a second nuclear weapons test to strengthen its hand during upcoming negotiations on scrapping its nuclear programme, South Korea’s new defence minister warned Friday. Kim Jang-Soo, a former army chief of staff, ordered the 650,000-strong military to step up combat-readiness to deter possible aggression from the North, the defence ministry said. “We have to be thoroughly prepared to counter the possibility of a second or third nuclear test by North Korea and a possible hostile act by it in the process of negotiations over its nuclear weapons programme,” Kim said in a written order to his troops.

The six-nation nuclear talks are set to resume in Beijing on Monday, 13 months after the North walked out. They involve the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia. The North staged its first nuclear test on October 9, sparking international condemnation and United Nations sanctions.

784 posted on 12/16/2006 11:03:08 AM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang

"Bin Laden Champagne" yuk...real flat bubbles, I guess.

785 posted on 12/16/2006 1:02:07 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All; backhoe; JohnathanRGalt

Special Dispatch Series - No. 1396
December 15, 2006 No.1396

"Islamist Websites Monitor No. 36"

786 posted on 12/16/2006 1:16:44 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa
Saturday, December 16, 2006
"Tony Blair's Tapestry"

787 posted on 12/16/2006 1:40:57 PM PST by Cindy
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WASHINGTON "IMAMS SEEK TO SETTLE WITH AIRLINE" by Audrey Hudson (December 11, 2006)




MICHELLE - blog: "FLIGHT CLUB: RULES OF THE FLYING IMAMS" (December 4, 2006, 09:55 pm)




WASHINGTON "IMAM DISPUTES TIE TO HAMAS" by Audrey Hudson (December 1, 2006)

FRONTPAGE "IMAMS GONE WILD" by Paul Sperry (November 30, 2006)

WASHINGTON "MARSHALLS DECRY IMAMS' CHARGES" by Audrey Hudson (November 29, 2006)


WASHINGTON "HOW THE IMAMS TERRORIZED AN AIRLINER" by Audrey Hudson (November 28, 2006) - blog/video: "THE FLYING IMAMS" (November 28, 2006) - Video: "A STUDY IN PROPAGANDA" (Added November 27, 2006)

FRONTPAGE "PUTTING HOMELAND SECURITY FIRST" by Robert Spencer (November 22, 2006) "IMAM OMAR SHAHIN OF PHOENIX YOU SAY?" (November 21, 2006)



788 posted on 12/16/2006 1:42:29 PM PST by Cindy
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New York Post, ^ | 12.15.06 | ARYE MEKEL

Posted on 12/16/2006 10:23:44 AM PST by Mia T

789 posted on 12/16/2006 2:31:07 PM PST by Cindy
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790 posted on 12/16/2006 4:22:35 PM PST by Godzilla (JESUS - The REASON for the SEASON)
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To: All; backhoe; piasa; JohnathanRGalt; ganeshpuri89; yonif




Special Dispatch Series - No. 1397
December 15, 2006 No.1397

Iran Holocaust Denial Conference Announces Plan to Establish World Foundation for Holocaust Studies – To Be Eventually Based in Berlin and Headed by Iranian Presidential Advisor Mohammad Ali Ramin Who Has Said: ‘The Resolution of the Holocaust Issue Will End in the Destruction of Israel’""


Inquiry and Analysis Series - No. 307
December 15, 2006 No.307

"The Role of Holocaust Denial in the Ideology and Strategy of The Iranian Regime"
By Yigal Carmon*.

SNIPPET: "Today, December 14, 2006, a symposium titled "Holocaust Denial: Paving the Way to Genocide" was held at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. MEMRI President and Founder Yigal Carmon spoke at the symposium.

The following are his remarks:


791 posted on 12/16/2006 4:56:35 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Thanks for the links, Cindy.

You are always on the job!

792 posted on 12/16/2006 4:59:24 PM PST by Palladin ("Open a new window; open a new door; travel a new highway.")
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To: Palladin

You're very welcome Palladin.

793 posted on 12/16/2006 5:19:01 PM PST by Cindy
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To: JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; All
"Hacker Sentenced"

794 posted on 12/16/2006 5:19:53 PM PST by Cindy
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To: JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; LayoutGuru2; Oorang; penguino; All




795 posted on 12/16/2006 6:00:31 PM PST by Cindy
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To: nwctwx; backhoe; piasa; JohnathanRGalt


796 posted on 12/16/2006 6:06:12 PM PST by Cindy
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"On patrol with 3 Company, 3-2-1 Iraqi Army in southern Fallujah"
(December 16, 2006)

"Battling the Insurgency in Fallujah
The Fallujah security situation; a nighttime raid with Charlie Company 1/24"
(December 14, 2006)

797 posted on 12/16/2006 8:47:38 PM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

Rumsfeld: U.S. at ‘Time of Great Consequence’

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2006 – The war on terrorism is a difficult task, but it is not hopeless or without purpose, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld addresses the audience during his farewell parade at the Pentagon on Dec. 15. Photo by Cherie A. Thurlby '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.
Breaking convention one final time in his farewell speech at the Pentagon ceremony in his honor, Rumsfeld spoke not about his accomplishments of the past, but the challenges of the future.

“This is a time of great consequence,” Rumsfeld said. “Our task is to make the right decisions today so that future generations will not have to make much harder decisions tomorrow.”

Speaking with the perspective of the only defense secretary to have served for two presidents in two different centuries, Rumsfeld warned that today, just as in the Cold War, weakness is provocative to America’s enemies. Today’s world is one of unstable dictators, weapons proliferators, rogue regimes, and friends and allies with declining defense investment and capabilities, he said. This environment creates vulnerabilities, he added, and requires even more U.S. dedication.

“Today it should be clear that not only is weakness provocative, but the perception of weakness on our part can be provocative as well,” he said. “A conclusion by our enemies that the United States lacks the will or the resolve to carry out missions that demand sacrifice and demand patience is every bit as dangerous as an imbalance of conventional military power.”

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, awakened Americans to the global extremist movement, Rumsfeld pointed out. This movement has tens of thousands of adherents who believe it is their calling to kill Americans and other free people, and it cannot be ignored, he said.

“It may well be comforting to some to consider graceful exits from the agonies and indeed the ugliness of combat, but the enemy thinks differently,” Rumsfeld said. “Under the president's leadership, this country made a decision to confront the extremist ideology of hatred that spawned a worldwide movement and to take the fight to the enemy. The alternative was inaction and defense, a pattern that history has shown only emboldens the enemy.”

The war on terror will be long, and even after five years, it is still complex and unfamiliar, Rumsfeld said. Though Americans have an understandable dislike for war, they also have a grit and determination that has carried them through all past conflicts, he said.

“It is with confidence that I say that America's enemies should not confuse the American people's distaste of war, which is real and which is understandable, with a reluctance to defend our way of life,” he said. “Enemy after enemy in our history have made that mistake to their regret.”

Addressing America’s servicemembers, Rumsfeld urged them not to forget that the U.S. example is a message of hope for people around the world. “America is not what's wrong with this world,” he said “Ours is a message that was heard and fought for in places like Berlin, Prague, Riga, Tokyo, Seoul, San Salvador, Vilnius, and Warsaw, and that message is even now being whispered in the coffee houses and the streets of Damascus and Tehran and Pyongyang. The great sweep of human history is for freedom, and America is on freedom's side.”

Rumsfeld leaves office Dec. 18, when defense secretary designee Robert Gates takes over.

798 posted on 12/16/2006 8:53:44 PM PST by Cindy
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SNIPPET (from post no. 798):

""Today it should be clear that not only is weakness provocative, but the perception of weakness on our part can be provocative as well,” he said. “A conclusion by our enemies that the United States lacks the will or the resolve to carry out missions that demand sacrifice and demand patience is every bit as dangerous as an imbalance of conventional military power.” The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, awakened Americans to the global extremist movement, Rumsfeld pointed out. This movement has tens of thousands of adherents who believe it is their calling to kill Americans and other free people, and it cannot be ignored, he said."

799 posted on 12/16/2006 8:56:56 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All; bd476

"Heavy fire causes widespread power outages"

Story Published: Dec 16, 2006 at 8:59 PM PST
Story Updated: Dec 16, 2006 at 10:01 PM PST
By KATU Web Staff
BEAVERTON, Ore. - "Investigators aren't sure what started the blaze."


FYI and thanks to bd476 for starting this thread:

"Breaking in Portland Oregon: Heavy fire causes widespread power outages (110,000 without power")
Friend, KATU and Portland General Electric ^ | 16 December 2006 | KATU, PGE, Friend in Portland and Me

Posted on 12/16/2006 9:42:46 PM PST by bd476

800 posted on 12/16/2006 10:11:19 PM PST by Cindy
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