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Threat Matrix: May 2007
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Posted on 05/01/2007 8:52:12 PM PDT by nwctwx

:::FreeRepublic's Threat Matrix:::
U.S. Seeks Closing of Visa Loophole for Britons
-Full Story-

Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, showed the potential for disaffected young men to be lured as terrorists, a threat that British officials said they would have to contend with for a generation.

But the 25-year-old Mr. Khyam, a Briton of Pakistani descent, also personifies a larger and more immediate concern: as a British citizen, he could have entered the United States without a visa, like many of an estimated 800,000 other Britons of Pakistani origin.

American officials, citing the number of terror plots in Britain involving Britons with ties to Pakistan, expressed concern over the visa loophole. In recent months, the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, has opened talks with the government here on how to curb the access of British citizens of Pakistani origin to the United States.

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To: Godzilla

You have a point there, Godzilla.

However, France does have a “youth” problem; so all angles are examined.


801 posted on 05/16/2007 4:13:06 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/2007/05/13/2007-05-13_expert_penn_station_likely_next_target_f.html

“Expert: Penn Station likely next target for bombers”
BY JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
Sunday, May 13th 2007, 4:00 AM

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http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2007/05/terror_tv_tonight_mission_ops.html

“TERROR TV TONIGHT: ‘MISSION OPS: ASSIGNMENT IEDS’”
Posted by James Meek on May 15, 2007 12:49 PM


802 posted on 05/16/2007 4:20:27 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.bmi.bund.de/Internet/Content/Common/Anlagen/Broschueren/2007/Verfassungsschutzbericht__2006__de,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/Verfassungsschutzbericht_2006_de.pdf

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http://counterterrorismblog.org/2007/05/leftwing_extremists_and_salafi.php

“Left-wing Extremists and Salafi-Jihadists in Europe: Brothers in Arms?”
By Assaf Moghadam


803 posted on 05/16/2007 4:24:33 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

ADDING 1 link to post no. 796...

Same propaganda, another day...

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/016483.php

May 16, 2007

“Hamas: Palestinian infighting is the Jews’ fault”

SNIPPET: “Shocker! “The Israelis are behind all these events.”
“Hamas blames world, Israel and Arabs,” from AP”


804 posted on 05/16/2007 4:34:33 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=mexico

Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1834822/posts

4 Mexican policemen slain south of Arizona border
Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2007 | OMAN NEVAREZ

Posted on 05/16/2007 4:39:43 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

HERMOSILLO, Mexico — The bullet-riddled bodies of four Mexican policemen were found today about 20 miles south of the Arizona border, and the anti-kidnapping chief in another northern Mexico state was reported to have been kidnapped.

Sonora state Gov. Eduardo Bours said a group of armed men had seized the Cananea city police officers hours before they were found dead. He did not give a possible motive for the killings.

Mexico has seen a wave of attacks on police, military and intelligence officials as the government battles drug gangs.

State police were sent to reinforce security in the town.

Meanwhile, authorities in the northern state of Coahuila reported that men disguised as Mexican federal agents had kidnapped the state’s chief anti-kidnapping investigator.

Lucio Tello, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office, said that Enrique Ruiz Arevalo, director-general for investigations of kidnapping and organized crime for the agency, has been missing since Monday, when he was seized as he ate breakfast in a restaurant.

The four kidnappers carried rifles and wore black uniforms with the insignia of the Federal Agency of Investigation, Mexico’s equivalent of the FBI, when they grabbed Ruiz Arevalo and another agent in Torreon, 310 miles southwest of the U.S. border at Eagle Pass, Texas.

They released the other agent hours later. He said he had been blindfolded, roughed up and insulted.

Tello said the attorney general’s office knew of no motive for the abduction.


805 posted on 05/16/2007 4:43:01 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html

Printer friendly version Email

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Wed May 16 2007 16:46:04 GMT-0700.

Mexico

April 19, 2007


806 posted on 05/16/2007 4:46:19 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: fanfan; GMMAC; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=canada

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=train
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=trains

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070516.wtube16/BNStory/National/home

Thanks to fanfan for the ping to this post.
Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1834814/posts?page=5#5

From the ‘Globe and Mail’
Police probe video on how to disrupt trains

BILL CURRY

From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail

May 16, 2007 at 1:32 AM EDT

OTTAWA — A video posted on YouTube offering detailed instructions for disrupting train traffic has triggered investigations by the police forces for Canada’s two main rail lines, CP and CN.

The 3½-minute video surfaced on the Internet this week. The video was filmed at night showing a person standing over a train track. The person provides a step-by-step guide to setting off the red emergency lights that tell train conductors to stop immediately.

Mark Hallman, a spokesman for CN Rail, said the measures outlined in the video are extremely dangerous and urged YouTube to pull the video.

“[The video] depicts illegal activity and highly dangerous behaviour and this is obviously a source of considerable concern to the railway,” he said. “This could have serious safety repercussions.”
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The anonymous video simply states that it was produced by “the railway ties collective.”

The video begins with white words on a black screen stating that there are more than 800 native land claims pending in Canada and disrupting rail service could encourage provincial and federal governments to resolve them more quickly.

Though the video makes reference to Mohawk blockades in Tyendinaga and Caledonia, one sentence in the video suggests it might have been made by non-natives.

“By halting the freight and passenger rail service, we who support indigenous struggles for dignity and fairness will show governments that indigenous people are not alone,” it states. “When Justice Fails, Stop the Rails.”

Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice said: “I think it’s irresponsible and I think it should be taken down. Someone is going to be hurt. I call on all chiefs, the national chief in particular, to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

Phil Fontaine, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, urged those who are viewing and sharing the video to hold off on such measures, but did not say how long that wait should last.

“I urge caution to those people that have accessed this information [in the video],” he told reporters Tuesday. “Give us the opportunity to see if we can secure the kind of commitment that will change things here.”

Both CN and CP have federally regulated police forces that have the same powers as other forces.

A spokesperson for the RCMP said they too are aware of the video but could neither confirm nor deny whether the RCMP is also investigating the matter.

5 posted on 05/16/2007 4:49:12 PM PDT by fanfan (”We don’t start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done.”PMSH)


807 posted on 05/16/2007 4:54:55 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Jet Jaguar

MORE DETAILS Update

Thanks to Jet Jaguar for the ping to this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1834829/posts

“Three Taliban swapped for Italian journalist killed with Dadullah”
dailytimes.com.pk ^ | Thursday, May 17, 2007

Posted on 05/16/2007 4:51:11 PM PDT by Dog

KABUL


808 posted on 05/16/2007 5:05:35 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy; fanfan; MamaDearest; Godzilla; Domestic Church; Velveeta; All
Explosives stolen from Whitehorse business (Canada)
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The theft of 250 kilograms of explosives from a Whitehorse business over the weekend is under investigation, RCMP say. Cpl. Grant MacDonald said RCMP learned Tuesday afternoon of a break-and-enter at Yukon Pump, a mining and construction supply business in Whitehorse.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered that thieves broke into the building over the weekend and stole 10 boxes of an explosive blasting agent weighing a total of 250 kilograms. The business operators did not notice the materials were missing until Tuesday morning. The stolen boxes contained two cartridges each of a "putty-like substance" in white plastic tube-wraps with the word Tovite written in red on each cartridge. Each tube-shaped cartridge is about 13 centimetres in diameter and 90 centimetres long.

Excerpted

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/05/16/whse-explosives.html

Blast at coffee bar near US embassy in Albania
An explosion at a coffee bar near the US embassy in Tirana injured a waitress and caused slight damage today, Albanian police reported. The explosion at Bar Deus, yards away from the walls of the US embassy in the Albanian capital, was caused by less than an ounce of dynamite left at a table.

The blast occurred at 12.10pm (11.10am Irish Time), slightly injuring waitress Violeta Pano, 50, according to a police statement.

http://www.eecho.ie/news/bstory.asp?j=4664175&p=4664y9x&n=4664267


809 posted on 05/16/2007 8:52:07 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Cindy

FOX 11 News just broke from LAX saying “MORTAR SHELLS” were found in the search area at Terminal 2. The terminal has been evacuated.


810 posted on 05/16/2007 10:05:55 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

THANKS BurbankKarl.


811 posted on 05/16/2007 10:19:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Oorang

Thank you Oorang.

I wonder what those thieves are going to do with those explosives.


812 posted on 05/16/2007 10:21:19 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: BurbankKarl; Jet Jaguar; Old Sarge; Jim Robinson; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; All

NOTE: The following BREAKING NEWS (thanks BurbankKarl for the heads up) brief is a quote:

http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=3229980&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1

Possible Mortar Shells Found at LAX
Last Edited: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 10:15 PM PDT
Created: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 10:15 PM PDT
Breaking News

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LAX Live Camera
Possible mortar shells have been found at the Terminal 2 at LAX. The bomb squad has been called in to investigate the shells. Passengers have been evacuated from the departures area. Planes departing from Terminal 2 have been put on hold and traffic into the airport has been sealed off.


813 posted on 05/16/2007 10:25:48 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Jet Jaguar; BurbankKarl

It would be interesting to know what color those mortar shells are.
Thanks.


814 posted on 05/16/2007 10:26:38 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Brad's Gramma; Grampa Dave; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Dog; SandRat; WestCoastGal; ...

Ping to post no. 813

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1826963/posts?page=813#813


815 posted on 05/16/2007 10:29:18 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

(Note: Video included)

http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=3229758&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

“Suspected “Samurai-Wielding Arsonist” Killed in Shooting”
Last Edited: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 10:26 PM PDT
Created: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 10:26 PM PDT

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Man suspected of being the “samurai-wielding arsonist” who sliced a man’s arm and set fire to two bungalows on the grounds of a church in Lake View Terrace was fatally shot in a confrontation with police officers.”


816 posted on 05/16/2007 10:33:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

all clear, dummy shells


817 posted on 05/16/2007 10:50:01 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Jim Robinson; Jet Jaguar; Old Sarge; jveritas; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=sarin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=saringas

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=prewardocs
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iraq

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Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1834963/posts

Gas May Have Harmed Troops, Scientists Say
NY Times ^ | May 17, 2007 | IAN URBINA

Posted on 05/16/2007 10:43:37 PM PDT by neverdem

WASHINGTON, May 16 — Scientists working with the Defense Department have found evidence that a low-level exposure to sarin nerve gas — the kind experienced by more than 100,000 American troops in the Persian Gulf war of 1991 — could have caused lasting brain deficits in former service members.

Though the results are preliminary, the study is notable for being financed by the federal government and for being the first to make use of a detailed analysis of sarin exposure performed by the Pentagon, based on wind patterns and plume size.

The report, to be published in the June issue of the journal NeuroToxicology, found apparent changes in the brain’s connective tissue — its so-called white matter — in soldiers exposed to the gas. The extent of the brain changes — less white matter and slightly larger brain cavities — corresponded to the extent of exposure, the study found.

Previous studies had suggested that exposure affected the brain in some neural regions, but the evidence was not convincing to many scientists. The new report is likely to revive the long-debated question of why so many troops returned from that war with unexplained physical problems. Many in the scientific community have questioned whether the so-called gulf war illnesses have a physiological basis, and far more research will have to be done before it is known whether those illnesses can be traced to exposure to sarin. The long-term effects of sarin on the brain are still not well understood.

But several lawmakers who were briefed on the study say the Department of Veterans Affairs is now obligated to provide increased neurological care to veterans who may have been exposed.

In March 1991, a few days after the end of the gulf war, American soldiers exploded two large caches of ammunition and missiles...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


818 posted on 05/16/2007 10:50:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: BurbankKarl

Thank you BurbankKarl for that update.


819 posted on 05/16/2007 10:53:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Jet Jaguar; BurbankKarl

UPDATE:

http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=3229980&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1

“Bomb Squad Gives All Clear to LAX”
Last Edited: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 10:48 PM PDT
Created: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 10:15 PM PDT
Breaking News

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ARTICLE SNIPPET: “People were evacuated from the upper level of a Los Angeles Airport terminal after mortar shells were found at a security checkpoint, a law enforcement official said.

A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad responded to the scene around 9:40 p.m., said Lt. Jason Lee, a police department spokesman. No explosives were found.

“We found out that it was an inert round,” Lee said. “No explosives, just a shell.””


820 posted on 05/16/2007 10:57:41 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

http://www.lcsun-news.com/latest/ci_5909340

“Santa Fe Police Department looking into hiring Mexican nationals (10 a.m.)”
By The Associated Press
Article Launched: 05/16/2007 09:56:10 AM MDT

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “SANTA FE (AP) — The Santa Fe Police Department is considering the possibility of recruiting Mexican nationals to fill vacant police jobs.

Sgts. Gillian Alessio and Marvin Paulk, who are in charge of the department’s recruiting and training, said Tuesday they are considering alternative approaches to fill 20 vacancies on the city’s 155-person police force.

But Police Chief Eric Johnson said New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy regulations prohibit non-citizens from serving as police officers.”


821 posted on 05/16/2007 11:42:18 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; backhoe; piasa

http://www.jamestown.org/terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2373397
TERRORISM FOCUS

“The Kurdistan Brigades: Al-Qaeda’s Kurdish Henchmen”
By Lydia Khalil
(May 15, 2007)


822 posted on 05/16/2007 11:51:50 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Jet Jaguar; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; All

ON THE NET...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=globaljihad
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=internet
http://internet-haganah.org/hmedia/27apr07/27apr07-salafy_forums.html

www.alhanein.com/vb/

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http://www.jamestown.org/terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2373395
TERRORISM FOCUS

“Jihadis Encourage Lone Acts of Terrorism”
By Abdul Hameed Bakier

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “A new article posted on the jihadi forum alhanein.com on May 4, entitled “Supporting the Islamic State by Single-Handed Terrorism,” instructs Islamist fighters to conduct lone acts of terrorism against people and groups involved with the Iraqi government. The article is authored by a user with the name Fahid al-Hadaithi who is relatively new to the forum (his first post was in February of this year), but already has more than 500 posts attributed to his name.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “When conducting individual terrorist acts, al-Hadaithi says that the mujahid fighter does not have to belong to a group physically since that could compromise his mission. While individual teams are recommended, al-Hadaithi says that the largest possible cell should include no more than five people.”


823 posted on 05/17/2007 12:23:01 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; nwctwx

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=gwot
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=wot

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http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/016472.php

May 16, 2007
“’Should I call someone or is that being racist?’”
(NYPOST.com)

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=globaljihad
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=jihad


824 posted on 05/17/2007 12:43:12 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/016473.php

May 16, 2007
“’These days it sometimes feels really hard to be a Muslim in America’”


825 posted on 05/17/2007 12:45:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

ON THE NET...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ned=us&q=%22sudden+jihad+syndrome%22&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=nw

http://www.danielpipes.org/search/?v=8648839711&searchtext=sudden+jihad+syndrome&submit=Search

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=suddenjihadsyndrome
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=suddenjihad

http://www.jihadwatch.org/cgi-bin/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&search=sudden+jihad


826 posted on 05/17/2007 12:55:22 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=chlorine
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=chlorinegas

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http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18351103&BRD=1718&PAG=461&dept_id=74409&rfi=6
(KENT COUNTY DAILY TIMES)

“IT WAS ONLY A DRILL”
Amanda K. Lowe, Daily Times
05/17/2007

COVENTRY -

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The Coventry Emergency Management Agency and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency jointly sponsored the exercise involving a simulated emergency.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The subjects walked unnoticed through the chorus and band area and were approached by Kim Sturdhal, a behavioral specialist at the school. The subjects shot Sturdhal and threw their chlorine bombs. An administrator heard the commotion and called for a lockdown of the school.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “First the students underwent gross decontamination, in which they were sprayed down by a fire hose. Next, the students entered a decontamination tent in which a team in fully enclosed suits washed the chemicals off the students. Ambulatory students were able to walk through the tent and non-ambulatory victims rode a conveyor belt through the tent.

“There are four chambers inside the tent,” said Frank Brown, Hopkins Hill Fire District chief. “There is an undress chamber, a wash chamber, a rinse chamber, and a redress chamber. They are washed with warm water and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo because that works best and is much less intrusive. The students are IDed by priority of who needs medical attention, and shipped to the hospital. It is a critical step to get the chemicals off the victims and to prevent the chemicals from getting on anyone else.””


827 posted on 05/17/2007 1:20:08 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html

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http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/html/tehran_1979.htm

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC)
May 14 , 2007

“Iran preserves the ethos of the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran
by militant students in 1979”


828 posted on 05/17/2007 1:57:00 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; backhoe; piasa; JohnathanRGalt; nwctwx; Godzilla

ON THE NET...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iaea
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=nuclear
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iran
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=globaljihad

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http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=28349

“Iran Crosses the Red Line “
By Kenneth R. Timmerman
FrontPageMagazine.com | May 17, 2007

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http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/016469.php

May 16, 2007
“Bolton: We must attack Iran before it gets the bomb”
(TELEGRAPH.co.uk)

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http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_videos&search_query=Ahmadinejad&search_sort=video_date_uploaded&search_category=0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKybO-zBkXQ
“Ahmadinejad in Iranian Club in Dubai”
(Added May 14, 2007)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPQIocPCHg8
“Iran’s Ahmadinejad preparing for the coming of the 12th Imam”
(Added April 2, 2007)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-ZtamS9D8M&mode=related&search=
“Inside Iran: Signs of the Apocalypse - Imam Mahdi”
(Added February 15, 2007)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykd-syzZ4ZY&mode=related&search=
“Iran’s Ahmadinejad on Holocaust”
(Added October 8, 2006)

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http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S5&P1=148

http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S5&P1=156


829 posted on 05/17/2007 2:58:17 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: bd476; Godzilla; All

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/5/16/worldupdates/2007-05-16T170027Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_-298485-3&sec=Worldupdates

“Laos earthquake shakes Bangkok, Hanoi buildings”

By Crispian Balmer and Jon Boyle

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “BANGKOK (Reuters) - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northern Laos on Wednesday, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok some 800 km to the south, and Hanoi to the east.

Shoppers fled some of the Thai capital’s many malls in panic and some high-rise office blocks were evacuated after they swayed.

People in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, also felt the tremor and office workers were ordered to leave some tall buildings.

An office worker holds his laptop after evacuating his office building in Bangkok May 16, 2007. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northern Laos on Wednesday, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok some 800 km (500 miles) to the south, and Hanoi to the east. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
“The building shook quite a bit and we were told to evacuate,” said Michael DiGregorio, a programme officer at the Ford Foundation, a U.S. philanthropic organisation with offices on the 15th floor of a Hanoi building.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said on its Web site (http://earthquake.usgs.gov) the quake hit at 0856 GMT with its epicentre 92 miles (148 km) from the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang.”


830 posted on 05/17/2007 3:10:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; AmericanInTokyo

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/T330384.htm

“Gunman shoots three, takes hostage in Japan”
17 May 2007 10:24:12 GMT
Source: Reuters

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “TOKYO, May 17 (Reuters) - A gunman, believed to be a former gangster, shot three people including a police officer in central Japan on Thursday, then holed up in his house with a female hostage and kept police at bay, local media said.

A man and a woman, whom Kyodo news agency said were the gunman’s son and daughter, were taken to hospital but the wounded police officer, who was lying on the ground in front of the house, could not be rescued because of threats from the gunman, media said.”


831 posted on 05/17/2007 3:40:15 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following news brief is a quote:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3401287,00.html

Livni: Israel to act on ending Sderot attacks

Published: 05.17.07, 12:55 / Israel News

“In the absence of an effective plan by the international community to stop the rocket fire towards Sderot, Israel will act to end the attacks on its citizens,” Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Thursday during a telephone conversation with Germany’s foreign minister.

“Israel expects the European Union to be involved in diplomatic efforts to stop Qassam fire,” Livni added, and demanded that Europe unequivocally condemn the rocket attacks. (Ronny Sofer)


832 posted on 05/17/2007 3:42:44 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

PERSECUTION.ORG
http://www.persecution.org


833 posted on 05/17/2007 3:46:43 AM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Thu May 17 2007 03:48:05 GMT-0700.

Worldwide Caution

April 10, 2007


834 posted on 05/17/2007 3:48:07 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Oorang

Quite a collection of articles, Oorang.


835 posted on 05/17/2007 6:39:58 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Cindy

>>>>“Judge in Internet Jihad trial: “I don’t really understand what a Web site is””

Okaaaay....sheesh.


836 posted on 05/17/2007 6:52:26 AM PDT by Velveeta
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Suspect in Fort Dix plot asks for bail

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Of the six men charged last week with plotting to attack soldiers at Fort Dix, Agron Abdullahu had the smallest role - and did not intend to kill anyone, prosecutors say.

But, the U.S. Attorney’s Office argues, he should still be held in a detention center until his case is decided.

A judge on Thursday was to decide whether he should be freed on bail.

Abdullahu, 24, is charged with helping illegal immigrants obtain weapons, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

(snip)

He told an FBI informant he did not intend to kill anyone but wanted to learn about bomb making “just in case somebody pushes me to the limits,” according to a government legal brief filed Wednesday. (snip)

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/24hour/nation/v-special/story/3621158p-12928062c.html


837 posted on 05/17/2007 7:17:21 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Cindy

LAX terminal evacuated after inactive mortar shells found in luggage

BY JASON KANDEL, Staff Writer

Article Last Updated: 05/17/2007 07:52:28 AM PDT

Travelers were evacuated from Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport last night after baggage screening equipment detected two inactive World War II-era mortar shells inside luggage at a security checkpoint, police said this morning.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad were called out to the airport just before 10 last night, said Los Angeles Police Officer Karen Smith, a spokeswoman.

Officials found the shells, inert novelty mock World War II drop bombs, which weighed about 5 pounds and were 10-inches long, inside the luggage of an unidentified woman in her 30s traveling to Canada. The bomb squad determined that the shells were not a threat and the shells were confiscated. The woman was not arrested.

About two hours later, the evacuated passengers were allowed back into the airport.


838 posted on 05/17/2007 9:34:46 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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placemark


839 posted on 05/17/2007 11:09:42 AM PDT by Godzilla (Give me ambiguity or give me something else.)
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Explosion may have caused fish kill *Barbados*
Published on: 5/17/07.

AN EXPLOSIVE of unknown origin might have been responsible for the recent fish kill along the northern and eastern shorelines.

This was the word yesterday from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“The types of injuries observed in the specimens, such as bloody eyes, bleeding from the gill region and the anus, along with general disfigurations in many, were consistent with the fish being exposed to a strong blast of some kind,” the ministry explained in a statement.

However, the Fisheries Department will continue investigations into the incident which left hundreds of fish dead. The species mostly affected were John Jacks which washed up on the beaches of River Bay, St Lucy; Martin’s Bay, St John; and Cattlewash and Bathsheba in St Joseph. (BGIS)

http://www.nationnews.com/story/307924399358785.php


840 posted on 05/17/2007 11:32:43 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: BurbankKarl; All

LAX terminal one being evacuated.
Per FOX news


841 posted on 05/17/2007 12:33:29 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Again? more Canadian tourists?


842 posted on 05/17/2007 12:37:30 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Velveeta

Yep, I said something like that, too, Velveeta.
(Total understatement.)


843 posted on 05/17/2007 12:42:38 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta

Ask away...no bail, in my opinion.


844 posted on 05/17/2007 12:43:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: BurbankKarl

Thank you BurbankKarl for that update.

Either she is dumber than dirt or a tester, in my opinion.


845 posted on 05/17/2007 12:45:11 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta

LOS ANGELES — Authorities evacuated Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday after a “prohibited item” was found in checked luggage, according to the airport officials.

Nancy Castles of Los Angeles World Airports said a bomb squad was sent to the terminal.

Passengers are being kept away from the upstairs ticketing area. Traffic is being cdiverted from the upper-level loop near Terminal 1, Castles added.


I just saw one of the bomb squad members at Starbucks a little over 2 hours ago.


846 posted on 05/17/2007 12:45:29 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Velveeta; Godzilla

“The species mostly affected were John Jacks...”

Wouldn’t an explosion affect all species equally or are there more John Jacks in that area than any other species? Just a thought.


847 posted on 05/17/2007 12:48:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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“American Hezbollah”
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 4:20 PM PT

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Hunter has stated that last year some 155,000 illegals were caught coming into this country classified as OTMs (other than Mexicans). In light of the Albanian nationality of the Fort Dix Six, a group that included illegal aliens whose original point of entry is unknown, this should be a matter of some concern.

The actual number, according to the Border Patrol, is 98,153 for the fiscal year ended last September. The number Hunter used is from a year earlier. But his point that border security is also an issue of national security remains valid.

Coast Guard Adm. James Loy, who was acting homeland secretary before the confirmation of Michael Chertoff, told the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2005 that “several al-Qaida leaders believe illegal entry is more advantageous than legal entry for operational security reasons.” Loy made the point that “al-Qaida has considered using the Southwest border to infiltrate the U.S.”
Texas Rep. John Culbertson has noted that federal prosecutors have told him that Middle Eastern men with al-Qaida links were adopting Hispanic names, acquiring fake Mexican IDs and mixing with illegals coming across our southern border.

But it’s not just al-Qaida we have to worry about. According to Erick Stakelbeck of the Investigative Project, a counter-terrorism research group, Hezbollah has established a base in the Americas in what is known as the Tri-Border area, where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. As Stakelbeck reports, “the area is home to roughly 20,000 Middle Eastern immigrants — mostly from Lebanon and Syria — and has long been a hotbed for terrorist fundraising, arms and drug trafficking, counterfeiting and money laundering.””


848 posted on 05/17/2007 1:00:39 PM PDT by Cindy
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RECAP:

FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS.org - "EXCLUSIVE: WOULD IRAN TARGET THE AMERICAN MAINLAND? HEZBOLLAH'S TERROR NETWORKS IN US BEAR WATCHING" by Joel Himelfarb (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The U.S. government is offering a $5 million reward for the capture of Mugniyeh, who divides his time between Lebanon and Iran, where he is protected by the Islamic Republic. In their 2005 book "Lightning Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil," perhaps the most detailed study to date of Hezbollah's operations in this country, authors Tom Diaz and Barbara Newman wrote that Mugniyeh "directs Hezbollah's network of cells in the Western Hemisphere." The FBI and other law-enforcement agencies are loath to talk publicly about specific Hezbollah cells or operatives or to speculate about the possibility that Hezbollah could stage attacks in the United States. "Hezbollah is here, now...."") (April 16, 2007) (Read More...)
STRATFOR.com: "THE BRITISH DETAINEES: WHY A RESCUE ATTEMPT WAS NEVER IN THE CARDS" by Fred Burton (April 4, 2007, 17:24 GMT) (Read More...)

TERRORISM-INFO.org.il - INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER at the Israel Intelligence' Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC): "Following an appeal from the Argentinean Attorney General, Interpol issued international extradition warrants for five senior Iranians and one senior Hezbollah operative. The charge was involvement in the suicide bombing attack of the Jewish community center building (AMIA) in Argentina in 1994.") (March 28, 2007) (Read More...)
TERRORISM-INFO.org.il - INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S.): "Argentina accuses Iran of responsibility for the Hezbollah terrorist attack which destroyed Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, 1994. The Argentinean Attorney General's office announced it had found Iran responsible for the terrorist attack and an Argentinean judge issued arrest warrants for seven senior Iranians and one senior Hezbollah member" (November 14, 2006) (Read More...)
TIME.com: "COULD A MISSING IRANIAN SPARK A WAR?" by Robert Baer (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "As IRGC commander in Lebanon, Asgari was also one of Hizballah's stepfathers. In the late '80s and early '90s, he was Hizballah Secretary General's Hasan Nasrallah's primary Iranian contact, and certainly in a position now to provide evidence of Nasrallah's involvement in terrorism. Asgari was the primary Iranian contact for one of the world's most lethal and capable terrorists, 'Imad Fa'iz Mughniyah. Mughniyah is indicted in the U.S. for the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the murder of a Navy diver.") (March 22, 2007) (Read More...)
CEDARS REVOLUTION.net - blog (WASHINGTON TIMES.com): "SYRIA'S TERROR NETWORKS" by Farid N. Ghadry (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Sources say that Mugniyeh was designated by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah as the head of Force 2800.") (February 22, 2007) (Read More...)

LittleGreenFootballs.com - weblog (NEWSWEEK): "MUGHNIYEH MAKING A COMEBACK?" (January 28, 2007) (Read More...)

JAMESTOWN.org - Terrorism Monitor: "IRAN'S TERRORIST ASSET: A HISTORY OF IMAD MUGNIYAH" by Carl Anthony Wege (September 8, 2006) (Read More...)

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com (WEEKLY STANDARD): "MIND OF MUGNIYEH" by Dan Darling (July 25, 2006 (Read More...)

REWARDS FOR JUSTICE.net - WANTED: "IMAD FAYEZ MUGNIYAH" (Read More...)

FBI.gov - MOST WANTED TERRORISTS - WANTED POSTER: "IMAD FAYEZ MUGNIYAH" aka "Hajj" (VIEW POSTER; Read More.)

"www.waronline.org/terror/bin%20laden/mugniyah-2.jpg" (VIEW PHOTO. Click Here.)

849 posted on 05/17/2007 1:02:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.memri.org/jihad.html

http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=subjects&Area=jihad&ID=SP158807
Special Dispatch Series - No. 1588
May 17, 2007 No.1588

“Islamist Websites Monitor No. 101”


850 posted on 05/17/2007 1:13:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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