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World Terrorism: News, History and Research Of A Changing World #12 Security Watch
Homeland Security National Terror Alert ^ | July 28, 2008 | Homeland Security News

Posted on 07/28/2008 8:37:15 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT

Is U.S. Bioterror Attack Just A Matter of Time?

The overriding question is whether the U.S. is “ready” for a bioterror attack. The answer could well rely on the “other” question of what bio-agent and what’s the source? In 1991, 40,000 Russian scientists dispersed throughout the World, with knowledge of what the U.S.S.R. was doing in chemical and biological weapons. The question is to whom did they sell their knowledge? Some believe former Soviet scientists sold technology to countries like Iran, Syria, and North Korea. Lurking is the spectre of al-Qaeda, a group that the Pentagon says continues to pursue biological weapons.

Another scenario is an outbreak of a pandemic. How would the U.S. deal with an infectious disease outbreak? The picture, despite reassurances, is not pretty. Until now, the U.S. has experienced two major biological attacks.

In 1984, the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers attempted to take over the town of the Dalles, Oregon by contaminating salad bars in the town. In 2001, there was the as yet unsolved mystery of the anthrax letters that killed five people.

But the question of bioterrorism extends to potential threats against our food supply and our clean water resources. It also extends to the threat of outbreaks of diseases in our animals populations. Here, the concern are diseases that attack animals but that can jump to humans. These are referred to as zoonotic diseases. The World Health Organization defines zonnotic diseases as:

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http://www.ic3.gov/media/2008/081205-2.aspx

Intelligence Note

Prepared by the Internet Crime
Complaint Center (IC3)

December 5, 2008
Updated on December 8, 2008

New Technique Utilizing Private Branch Exchange (PBX) Systems To Conduct Vishing Attacks

The FBI
has received information concerning a new technique used to conduct vishingi attacks. The recent attacks were conducted
by hackers exploiting a security vulnerability in Asterisk software. Asterisk is free and widely used software developed to integrate PBXii systems with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP),
digital Internet voice calling services; however, early versions of the Asterisk
software are known to have a vulnerability. The vulnerability can be exploited by
cyber criminals to use the system as an auto dialer, generating thousands of vishing
telephone calls to consumers within one hour.

The vulnerability referred to in this alert is a known vulnerability. Digium, the
original creator and primary developer of Asterisk, released a Security Advisory,
AST-2008-003, in March of 2008, which contains the information necessary for users
to configure a system, patch the software or upgrade the software to protect against
this vulnerability.

If a consumer falls victim to this exploit, their personally identifiable information
(PII) will be compromised.
To prevent further loss of consumers’ PII and to reduce the spread of this new technique,
it is imperative businesses, using Asterisk, upgrade their software to a version
that has had the vulnerability fixed.

Further, consumers should not release personal information in response to unsolicited
telephone calls. Providing your PII will compromise your identity!

If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint at
www.IC3.gov.

1. Vishing utilizes caller ID spoofing via VoIP to contact potential
victims in order to gain access to their PII by convincing the victim that the criminal
is associated with a legitimate business with a need to know the victim’s PII.
2. PBX Systems are used by companies to allow telephone calls
between VoIP enterprise users on local lines while allowing all users to share a
limited number of external lines.


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http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2008/12/113071.htm

Remarks at Pathways to Prosperity Plenary Session I
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Panama City, Panama
December 10, 2008

SECRETARY RICE: Thank you very much, and I am really delighted to join my foreign minister colleagues and the trade ministers here for our Pathway ministerial. It’s our first opportunity to get together after the heads of state meeting. This groundbreaking forum is bringing together partners who share a fundamental commitment to expanding opportunities for their people. And that commitment is grounded in democratic values, and it is also grounded in a belief that open markets and free trade leads to growth, and that that can indeed be used to promote social mobility.

I want to thank especially President Torrijos for his opening remarks and for hosting us here, and to you, Sam, our good friend, for all of the wonderful work that you’ve done to make this ministerial possible, and to all of your colleagues for their efforts.

The Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Initiative aims to build on the remarkable democratic consolidation of our hemisphere over the last two decades. The nations of the region, amidst different traditions that we embody, are still consolidating the powerful convergence of ideals and interests. We agree on first principles, that the path to greater opportunity and social justice is different for every country. But its features are similar: democracy in the rule of law, responsible governance and open economies, and investment in the health and education of our people.

Our governments know that when you invest in people, they can fuel your societies’ economic and social transformation. Thus, democracy, development, and social justice are partners in delivering for humankind. Our governments also know that the truly great challenges of our day can best be met by marshaling our complementary strengths and abilities in the service of our shared goals. Our leaders recognized in their joint communiqué in New York on September 24th that to fully realize the benefits of trade liberalization and open markets, we must promote, integrate, and advance all aspects of our hemispheric, economic and development agenda.

Our discussions today will focus on five key paths to achieving these goals: increasing the capacity for small businesses and farmers to take advantage of trade; deepening regional trade; expanding regional cooperation on economic development and competitiveness; better coordinating labor and environmental standards and enforcement; and engaging the private sector and civil society in our efforts.

For the United States, the Pathways Initiative also builds on our bipartisan commitment to supporting democratic partners in tackling the challenges of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. Our hemisphere’s potential is enormous and our success is linked intimately to the success of our neighbors. In recent years, most democratic governments in our hemisphere – left, right and center – have been doing the right things to help more people prosper. They have been opening markets and expanding opportunities, boosting trade and attracting investment, fighting corruption and enforcing the rule of law. We respect the results that they are achieving and we are supporting them.

Under President Bush, with the support of Congress, the United States has doubled development assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean. We are working to unlock the vast potential of our region’s citizens by investing in improved healthcare and education, in access to capital, in economic infrastructure and security. Here in Panama, for instance, we have established the first regional healthcare training center where medical professionals from six countries are receiving training that they can carry home to their fellow citizens.

The United States has also worked to forgive billions of dollars in debt that too long hampered the potential of some of the poorest nations in the region. And through the Millennium Challenge Account initiative, we are allocating assistance where it will have the greatest impact: in countries that demonstrate a commitment to political and economic freedom, in healthcare and education for their people, in the sustainable use of natural resources, the control of corruption, and respect for civil liberties and the rule of law.

Through the Millennium Challenge, we have begun to fulfill nearly $1 billion in commitments to our compact partners like El Salvador and Peru and Paraguay that are governing justly, promoting economic freedom, and investing in their people. Our challenge in this period of financial turmoil, in this period of uncertainty, in this period, frankly, of great concern, we must sustain our commitment to the principles and practices that are proven to reduce poverty and expand social justice. Market economies and global trade and finance regimes, like any system designed by men and women, are not perfect. But they are engines of opportunity and social justice.

So I am gratified by the participation of so many important parties in this Pathways Initiative. By coming together to renew and build on our commitment to trade and investment liberalization, we send a powerful signal that we are not going to repeat the mistakes of the Great Depression when nations deepened that crisis by turning inward and adopting protectionist policies. Free trade and open markets remain the surest path to growth, and it is the path that our region will follow to prosperity.

There are other important ways for nations to demonstrate their commitment to open markets. One is to fulfill the G-20 commitments to refrain from imposing new trade or investment barriers for the next 12 months. The United States Congress also has an immediate opportunity by passing our free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama, and – as well as the South Korean Free Trade Agreement. And this Administration will continue urging it to do so.

Passage of FTAs would cap a decade and a half of dramatic expansion of free trade and economic integration in our hemisphere. More importantly, it would create an unbroken chain of free trading nations stretching from Canada to Chile, spreading prosperity and enhancing competitiveness of each country in today’s globalized economy.

So with a clear sense of the importance of this initiative, I look forward to learning about the priorities of our partners, to exchanging thoughts and proposals of how we can ensure that this shared vision of greater opportunity and social justice for all of our citizens is indeed realized. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

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Released on December 10, 2008


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http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1940.htm

Title of Video: Arab Islamist Clerics to Palestinians: Slaughter the Jews Like You Did in 1929; Blow Yourselves Up in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

#1940 - Arab Islamist Clerics to Palestinians: Slaughter the Jews Like You Did in 1929; Blow Yourselves Up in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
Al-Manar TV (Lebanon), Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza) -
December 3-5, 2008 - 00:04:00

#1939 - Palestinian Cleric Sa’d Abu Jleidan: The Jihad against the Jews Will Continue until Their Annihilation
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza) -
November 6, 2008 - 00:02:24

#1938 - French Author of Anti-American Conspiracies Thierry Meyssan, Who Moved to Lebanon: The US Assassinated Rafiq Al-Hariri
Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar) -
November 22, 2008 - 00:08:51

#1937 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Implies US Involvement in Mumbai Terror Attacks
Channel 1 (Iran) -
December 2, 2008 - 00:01:53

#1936 - Pro-Syrian Former Lebanese Minister Wiam Wahhab: Saudi Royal Family Was Originally Jewish; Was Behind Mumbai Terror Attacks
Al-Jadid/New TV (Lebanon) -
December 1, 2008 - 00:01:52

#1935 - Lebanon’s Taekwondo Champion Mustafa Najjar Learns Hebrew and Vows to Destroy Israel
Al-Manar TV (Lebanon) -
November 30, 2008 - 00:01:30

#1934 - Egyptian Cleric Hassan Abu Al-Ashbal Calls on President-Elect Obama to Convert to Islam, and Threatens: We Have People Who are Eager to Die
Al-Nas TV (Egypt) -
November 27, 2008 - 00:03:17

#1933 - PLO Ambassador to Lebanon Abbas Zaki: We Consider the U.S to Be an Enemy Country
OTV (Lebanon) -
November 7, 2008 - 00:01:14

#1932 - Saudi Cleric and Women’s Rights Activist Clash over Types of Common-Law Marriage in the Arab World
Abu Dhabi TV -
October 27, 2008 - 00:05:49

#1931 - Sudanese Islamist Hassan Al-Turabi and Egyptian Human Rights Activist Farida Al-Naqqash Clash over the Heritage of the Islamic Movement in Sudan
Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai/Saudi Arabia) -
October 16, 2008 - 00:04:12


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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2008/dec/113077.htm

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 10, 2008

Georgia: $1 Billion Assistance Commitment (Taken Question)

Question:How much of the $1 billion U.S. assistance package for Georgia has been received? How much has been used? On what has the money been spent so far?

Answer: To date, approximately $310 million has been provided as part of the $1 billion U.S. assistance package to Georgia. Another $447 million has either been allocated for specific projects and activities or is in the process of being allocated. The $243 million balance of the U.S. commitment will need to be requested by the next Administration and appropriated by the next U.S. Congress. All of the assistance is subject to standard U.S. Government monitoring and oversight.

Distributed to date:
$60 million in humanitarian assistance: Funding for the humanitarian effort has continued since the start of the conflict in early August. Initial funding provided emergency relief supplies such as food, water, bedding, and medicine.

$250 million in direct budget support to the Georgian Government: In the context of falling revenues in the aftermath of the conflict, direct budget support will enable the Government of Georgia to meet its fiscal responsibilities as it faces extraordinary expenditures to address both the needs of internally displaced persons and economic reconstruction. An agreement providing this assistance was signed between the United States and Georgia on October 22, 2008. The Georgian government has drawn down approximately 15 percent of the total to date in support of its obligations with respect to pensions for government retirees, State Health Care Program, allowances for post-conflict IDPs, financing of vouchers for secondary schools, and salaries for government employees. The agreement providing the budget support assistance adheres to standard U.S. Government provisions for monitoring and oversight, including requirements for monthly reporting from the Georgian government on the uses of the funding and the right to conduct an audit at any time up to three years after the last withdrawal of funds.

In process:
$100 million via MCC: On November 21, Georgian Prime Minister Grigol Mgaloblishvili and Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Ambassador John Danilovich signed an agreement to provide an additional $100 million to Georgia’s existing $295 million Compact. The funds will be disbursed over the course of the remaining two and a half years of Georgia’s Compact, and will be used to finance the rehabilitation of roads connecting the Samtskhe-Javakheti region to Turkey and Central Georgia, water supply and waste water projects outside Tbilisi, repairs to the trunk gas pipeline, and priority energy sector studies.
$50 million in urgent reconstruction and stabilization assistance: The U.S. Government is proceeding to obligate funds in support of projects to support the safe, voluntary and orderly return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to secure post-conflict areas and to support general economic recovery in the Shida Kartli region, which was hard hit during the recent conflict. Funding, will contribute to IDP food and shelter needs, help farmers reestablish their livelihoods, and enable the Georgians to provide police protection to its citizens in the region.

$176 million via OPIC: OPIC-provided financing will be used to help make affordable mortgages available to the people of Georgia and support commercial and residential property development projects. OPIC hopes to have agreements signed to provide this financing in late 2008-early 2009.

$121 million in other reconstruction and development assistance: In addition to the resource allocations listed above, the Administration is working to identify high-priority projects that support Georgia’s economic reconstruction needs, assistance for IDPs, energy-related programs, activities to strengthen Georgia’s democratization, and other development assistance. It is our goal to provide this funding to Georgia by early next year.

2008/1031

Released on December 10, 2008


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http://www.cbs8.com/stories/story.148486.html

3 Arrested, Woman Safe After Frightening Kidnapping
Watch Video

Last Updated:
12-10-08 at 1:05PM

Sheriff’s deputies who stopped a car today for a traffic violation in El Cajon discovered an apparent kidnapping victim inside, authorities said.

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After the car stopped, the men got out and fled on foot and the woman told deputies she had been kidnapped a couple of days ago, Munsey said.

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The car was registered to the woman, who lives in unincorporated La Mesa and was described by Munsey only as elderly. She was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, he said.

A local TV news station reported that the woman was found beaten, bound and gagged in the car’s trunk. Sheriff’s officials in the department’s public affairs office could not immediately confirm the report.

No other details were immediately released. The investigation was ongoing, Munsey said.


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http://www.cbs8.com/stories/story.148272.html

In Lean Times, SoCal Residents Trade Guns For Food

Last Updated:
12-08-08 at 8:52AM

LOS ANGELES — A program to exchange guns for gifts brought in a record number of weapons this year as residents hit hard by the economy look under the bed and in closets to find items to trade for groceries.

Continues and tells what is coming next.


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[has hidden links on site and photos]

Belgian weekly Knack is coming out with a series of articles about the radical Islam in Antwerp. The first article is titled “The Jihadis of Antwerp-North” (De jihadi’s van Antwerpen-Noord).

It brings an interview with the mysterious blogger responsible for the Islam Colonia blog and brings up interesting questions regarding the recent ‘terror threat’ video in Belgium.

Following is a translation of the first half. I will post the rest soon.

See also: Antwerp: Youth leave for Jihad training in Pakistan

Every year dozens of Muslim youth depart Antwerp for madrassas in Pakistan. But in addition small groups of extremists prepare themselves here in Belgium for Holy War. Flemish convert P. didn’t fall into the trap several years ago, became an informant for the security services, and now tells his story.

“In 2001, I was then seventeen, I didn’t feel good with myself. In my quest I felt more and more attracted to Islam. I had many Moroccan friends. I opposed Israel and supported a Palestinian state. Unwittingly I ended up in a radical community.” Speaking is P., a 25 year old Flemish, who converted to Islam seven years ago. “Newcomers without any background in Islam are the easiest prey for the extremists. They don’t know the religion and believe that what they are taught is the only right way.”

The recruiters who look for new recruits for the radical ideas leave no opportunity unused. Like a type of Jehovah’s Witnesses they go out to win new youth for the ‘true Islam’. They hang around non-profit (VZW), go to football matches and approach youth on the street. “When they hear that I wanted to be Muslim they checked up who I was, how were my relations with my parents, and what friends I had. Then it followed again and again in the same vein: they try to substitute your existing contacts by faith and the mosque. Internet and other cafes are the devils. Contact with infidels is only justified if you get an advantage from it. That I calculatingly wanted to convert in the year of the September 11 attacks yet speeded everything up.”

The whole time P. concealed his new religion and way of life from his nearest surroundings. At the beginning of 2002 his parents did learn about it. Mother couldn’t understand it. Father was afraid of radicalizing.

“Islam was omnipresent in my daily life. Evenings during the week I stayed sometimes till 10pm in the mosque to talk politics. The Americans were the great bogeyman, but also the Pakistani government must be fought because they collaborated with president George W. Bush.”

More and more Antwerp Muslim youth are approached to to go to the Middle East. P. was also told that he should go for forty days to Pakistan in order to become a better Muslim and better man.

Luckily for P. a Pakistani friend then convinced him not to go so far. “In that period I got a tape from an imam where Osama Bin Laden was glorified. The federal police in Antwerp found it interesting and wanted to collaborate with me further. It was 2003 and they had then yet little information about the Pakistani extremists in Antwerp.”

RADICAL IMAMS

The Pakistani mosque Khatim-Al-Anbia on Oranjestraat in Antwerp-North counts already for years as one of the most radical of Antwerp, particularly due to the presence of the extremist movement Khatme Nubuwwat. In 2004 and 2005 two famous Pakistani religious leaders came there. Although the security services were aware of the arrival of Sammy-Ul-Haq and Fazlur Rehman, heads of the Islamic party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, the two couldn’t be stopped at the border due to their parliamentary mandate.

Rehman is the son of Mufti Mahmood, who died in 1980, a supporter of the Afghan Jihad against the invasion of the Russians in 1979. Junior pronounced his fatwa against the whole West in 1998 in the Pakistani media, but was yet a few years later named a serious favorite for his country’s premiership. That he didn’t become prime minister had to do particularly with the presence of the US, which couldn’t tolerate an outspoken Taliban friend like Rehman in that position.

The Antwerp youth that each depart to Pakistan by the dozens spend their forty days without exception in the madrassa of Ul-Haq. Haqqania, as the big Koran school is called, is one of the most wide-known in Pakistan. Ul-Haq is principal and declared in 2005 in the Asia Times that whenever the Taliban put out a call for fighters, he would simply close down the madrassa and send his students off to fight.

P. knows a Kyrgyz who is known in Antwerp as Abdul Aziz. “He had lost his family in his homeland and let himself be carried away by imam Abdul Hameed. Day and night he was back in the mosque. One time I saw him back after a long time. He was just back from the madrassa in Pakistan. Later he departed again. The Pakistanis who come to Belgium during Ramadan confirmed to me that he’s again in Pakistan. But now he’s away already much longer than forty days.”

There was a large scale observation operation of the Belgian security services during the visits of Rehman and Ul-Haq. Since then the extremists in the area of Khatim-Al-Anbia are thoroughly aware that they are being watched by the security services. Imam Abdul Hameed, representative of the Pakistani Jamaat Tabligh, lives in Antwerp and in Athens. A number of British terror suspects appear in his address-book. Jamaat Tabligh or Tablighi Jamaat is an international organized fundamentalist movement that according to the anti-terrorism cell of the Belgian federal police often functions as a step on the way to a terror group.

In the big Moroccan mosque El Muslimin on Jan Palfijnstraat Nordin Taouil was an imam till 2006. Due to his numerous appearances in the media Taouil is one of the most famous imams of Flanders. In the Great Mosque of Brussels he keeps occupied with teaching Belgian converts. Less known is that he’s the man to which the faithful turn to for learning in the madrassas in Pakistan and Algeria. That’s why the infiltrators of the Moroccan intelligence service are also very interested in ins and outs of El Muslimin. Taouil was elected to the Muslim Executive in 2005 with 1360 votes, but he did not get a seat because the State Security Service delivered negative counsel.

Saïd Aberkan is the imam there for the past two years, but he’s not much more than a straw man. Behind the scenes Taouil holds the reins tight.

Nevertheless the presence of Taouil is perhaps one of the top reasons why El Muslimin missed recognition by the Flemish government and the matching subsidies last year. Flemish Minister of Internal Affairs Marino Keulen did not receive counsel from the State Security Service. Just like negative counsel, that means that the mosque cannot be recognized.

ATTACKS

Each of the 36 Antwerp mosques has its own community. But for the faithful who wish it so the dividing wall between most prayer houses is nonexistent. Fuad Ellouzati, a young man whom P. met a year and a half ago in Omar mosque on Tulpstraat (Antwerp-North) is a good example of that. Moderate Muslims who know him see with regret how in the past months he exchanged the Moroccan branch of the worldwide organization Jamaat Tabligh for the Pakistani in Oranjestraat.

“Abdul Hameed has Fuad completely in his power,” says P. “Fuad even lives in his house and is on the point of going to learn in a Pakistani madrassa.” Recently the security services have been onto Ellouzati. P. interviewd him at the beginning of this year with a camera while he was cleaning the Omar mosque and thereafter put the movie on YouTube.

Ellouzati calmly delcares there that what happened in Madrid, London and New York can also happen in Belgium. “We are soldiers of Islam. Ultimately every Muslim is a mujahedeen. It’s normal that the Twin Towers and the Pentago were attacked by plane. The Americans wanted to destroy Ilsam. The attacks are then normal, no? We have here in Europe also extreme Muslims. They go over bodies. It’s my right to commit attacks. Even if for that I must take innocent lives.”

The movie is still available on YouTube. Maybe this was the reason why the federal police dropped in on P. two weeks ago. There could be a link with the DVDs that were put into the post boxes of several Flemish media a number of days beforehand . Three agents called in by his parent’s house where he still live. When they heard that he wasn’t home they went to question him at work. After that they forced him and his mother to sign a paper in which he agreed to a house search. So they wouldn’t return 15 minutes later with wailing sirens, close off the whole street and seal up his room, they said.

After that all the closets in his room were searched, his mobile calls and contact numbers examined and his e-mail and other files downloaded.

After P. contacted the federal police in Antwerp in 2003 he decided in 2006 also to report to the State Security Service. For the n-th time he had seen on the street a Moroccan actively recruit young Muslims. Shotly afterwards his good friend Nezir Shala, an Albanian Kosovar, disappeared, he says. “He was a moderate Muslim who warned many youth against radicalizing,” says P. “He was afraid of nobody and gave out brochures advising against suicide attacks. He was threatened and physically attacked till bleeding. People from one’s own community who turn against radicalism, are the greatest enemies of extremists. A moderate Muslim is for them much more dangersou than an infidel. At the end of 2006 Shala left for a short trip to Tilburg. He was to meet a friendly imam. The evening before that he was yet attacked by men of Jamaat Tabligh. When after a while I inquired by his girlfriend where he was, she told me that he never returned from Tilburg.”

P. can only guess where Shala is now. “I tried then to call him. In the best case he’s living in hidign or he returned to his native land. But I fear that he could have been killed off.”

P. craved from Islam something other than a political battle. He wanted to be a moderate Muslim who depelted power from his faith. In all the mosques he visited he determined that there is always somewhere a small group of extremists who gathered also out of the prayer services. The leaders are not rarely intelligent young men who speak several languages, have a permanent job and most fear appearing in a negative light.


Posted By Esther to Islam in Europe at 12/10/2008 01:24:00 PM __._,_.___

Islam In Europe

News and Opinions about the Muslim
and Islamic Community in Europe and the West

http://islamineurope.blogspot.com


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Dozens of Muslim youth leave Antwerp every year for Pakistan. There they are immersed in radical Islam. But also in Belgium they prepare in and out of the mosques for the war with the West.

There are five mosques in Antwerp-North barely several hundred meters from each other. Besides being prayer houses for thousands of moderate Muslims they are also the base for small extremist groups who spread expressly anti-Western ideas. A not unimportant portion of the younger Muslims often leave for Pakistan to be instructed in madrassas or Koran schools. The most important destination for the Antwerp youth is the Haqqania madrassa of Samy Ul-Haq, a head of the Pakistani Islamic Party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam. Ul-Haq visited the Khatim-Al-Anbia mosque in Antwerp a couple of years ago. In 2005 he declared in Asia Times that whenever the Taliban put out a call for fighters, he would simply close down the madrassa and send his students off to fight.

The majority of the Antwerp youth return to Belgium after forty days. But here and there there’s one, such as Kirgies Abdul Aziz who never come back.

The Belgian security services are aware of the extremist danger of the groups. Some can easily get weapons in Belgium. They also organize “jihad trainings” in the Ardennes for the youth. When a few neighbors from Agimont (next to Dinant) complaints about the acts last year and the local police arrived on site, there was little to do. Nonetheless the youth were incited with anti-Jewish songs and considered the nightly trips as preparations for Holy War.

Belgian extremist groups are not limited to Antwerp. In Liege and Brussels mostly young Muslims are occupied with Jihad. They are often led by seemingly well integrated colleagues or older imams. The French sheik of Syrian origin Bassam Ayachi of the Centre Islamique Belge in Anderlecht is one such man. The federal police is happy that they’ve gotten rid of this dangerous person for a while. Ayachi was arrested in the Italian port city Bari several weeks ago. Five non-EU citizens who had been smuggled from the Middle East to Western Europe were found in a hidden compartment of his camper. In Italy there are very strict punishments for such crimes.

Flemish P. (25) converted to Islam when he was 17. He quickly got in touch with recruiters who very actively sought young recruits for the Holy War. When P. was ready to depart to Pakistan, he finally saw straight. He contacted the Antwerp police and later also became an informant for the State Security Service.

He was interviewed in Belgian weekly Knack (I will try to have it translated soon).

Source: Knack (Dutch)


Posted By Esther to Islam in Europe at 12/10/2008 08:33:00 AM __._,_.___

Islam In Europe

News and Opinions about the Muslim
and Islamic Community in Europe and the West

http://islamineurope.blogspot.com


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December 10, 2008 PM Anti-Terrorism News - UnitedStatesAction.com

(U.S.) Georgia: Terrorism charges against Georgians detailed
http://www.ajc.com/services/content/metro/stories/2008/12/10/georgia_terrorism_suspects.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=13
-— “Atlanta terrorism defendants Syed Haris Ahmed and
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee communicated with and gave
information to terrorists bent on waging violent jihad, according to new indictments by a federal grand jury”
-— “That includes their trying, in 2005, to join Lashkar-e-Taiba”
-— Praised attack on Pentagon in video
-— “Khan also had maps and timetables for the Washington
and New York public transit systems; information on truck routes
into New York; schematics of the financial district in lower Manhattan;
aerial photos of the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;
and information on paramilitary training camps in Pakistan, the indictment said”

(U.S.) Supreme court weighs lawsuit against FBI Director Robert Mueller, former Attorney General John Ashcroft
— Pakistani Muslim Javaid Iqbal lawsuit that “claims prisoners
detained after the Sept. 11 attacks were abused because of their religion and ethnicity”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081210/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_detainee_lawsuit

(U.S.) Economy puts emergency readiness in peril
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-12-09-biocutbacks_N.htm?csp=34

Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba training in US, Canada, UK, Australia
http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/dec/10mumterror-lashkar-training-in-us-canada-uk-australia.htm

(Pakistan) Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen praises Pakistan for arrest of militants
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081210/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_pakistan

(UK) Home Secretary Jacqui Smith: Councils to be told of local extremists and terror threat
— Daily Telegraph says “veiled reference to Hizb ut Tahrir”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/3701980/Jacqui-Smith-Councils-to-be-told-of-local-extremists-and-terror-threat.html

Iranian nuclear workers arrested for spying
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/12/10/iran.spy.arrests/index.html

Israel Pardons 45 Fatah Terrorists
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/128800

(Hamas) U.S. accused of meeting secretly with terrorists
— Hamas political adviser says Obama administration will favor dialogue
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83245

Arab Islamist Clerics to Palestinians: Slaughter the Jews Like You Did in 1929; Blow Yourselves Up in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/1940.htm

Somalia: Islamist Leader in Hiran Region Declares ‘Jihad On Ethiopia’
http://allafrica.com/stories/200812100054.html

Somali pirates ‘put down Ukranian hostage revolt’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/piracy/3698083/Somali-pirates-put-down-Ukranian-hostage-revolt.html

North Korea nuclear talks hit impasse
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081210/wl_nm/us_korea_north_22

Other News:

Somalia - Christian in Kenya Refugee Camp Attacked, Shot
— “Muslim zealots jail convert, burn home of another; in Somalia, a mother and daughter raped”
http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=short&idelement=5724&backpage=summaries

(Australia) Young Oz kids to be taught Islamic tenets at new Sydney center
http://www.newkerala.com/topstory-fullnews-58699.html
-— Global Islamic Youth Center
-— “A group founded by a Muslim extremist plans to build a huge complex in Sydney to teach young people Islam.”
-— GIYC founder Sheik Feiz Mohammad “was exposed two years
ago for having called on children to sacrifice themselves to Allah, describing Jews as ‘pigs’ and calling non-believers ‘filth’”
—— Australian Daily Telegraph: Teach the children - Sheik’s vile lesson of hate
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24777277-5001021,00.html?from=public_rss
—— Australian Daily Telegraph: Education in hate for ‘tender hearts’
——— Sheik Feiz Mohammad: “We want to have children and
offer them as soldiers defending Islam. Teach them this: there
is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a
mujahid (holy warrior). Put in their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom.”
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24777133-5001021,00.html?from=public_rss

(Canada) Dishonored in life, dishonored in death: Honor killing victim lies in numbered grave - Aqsa Parvez
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023865.php
http://www.torontosun.com/news/columnists/joe_warmington/2008/12/10/7692161-sun.html
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/12/canada-no-heads.html

(UK) Academics ‘have abandoned Israeli boycott’, say opponents
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/dec/10/boycott-israel-ucu-palestinians

UNHRC slams Israel for ‘crimes against humanity’
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728129426&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(U.S.) November 30: Homeland Security in disarray, officials warn
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2008/11/30/homeland_security_in_disarray_officials_warn/

Mattel Doll Related Stories
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/18245568/detail.html?rss=atl&psp=news#-
http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2008/12/10/local_news/doc4938c1f582483655025934.txt

ACT!For America — Northern Virginia & DC Metro Chapter
http://actdcmetro.wordpress.com/

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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2008/dec/113087.htm

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 10, 2008

1267 Committee Sanctions Lashkar e-Tayyiba Associated Individuals and Entities

Today the UN Security Council’s al-Qaida/Taliban Sanctions Committee (the “1267 Committee”) took several actions related to the terrorist group Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LET):

* It listed four members of the terrorist group Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LET) for targeted sanctions (including asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo). These individuals are Muhammad Saeed a.k.a. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Haji Muhammad Ashraf, and Mohmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq.
* It added a new alias for the group: Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), which is an LET front operation.
* It added additional aliases for Al Rashid and Al Akhtar Trusts, which have raised funds for LET.
o The Al Rashid Trust aliases are: Al Amin Welfare Trust, Al Amin Trust, Al Ameen Trust, Al-Ameen Trust, Al Madina Trust, Al-Madina Trust.
o The Al-Akhtar Trust aliases are: Pakistan Relief Foundation, Pakistani Relief Foundation, Azmat-e-Pakistan Trust, Azmat Pakistan Trust.

The United States is pleased that the Committee has decided to move forward on these high-priority designations. These actions will limit the ability of known terrorists to travel, acquire weapons, plan, carry out, or raise funds for new terrorist attacks. Today’s listings reaffirm the Council’s commitment to updating the 1267 Consolidated List to ensure it continues to serve as a tool to help member states deter terrorist activities of al-Qaeda and affiliated groups.

The 1267 Committee originally designated LET in 2005, citing its affiliation with al-Qaida. Pakistan banned LET in 2002. The United States and EU have also sanctioned the group.

2008/1035

Released on December 10, 2008


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http://albany.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/judge121008.htm

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of New York
100 South Clinton Street
Room 900; P.O. Box 7198
Syracuse, New York 13261-7198
(315) 448-0672

December 10, 2008

NEWS RELEASE

FORMER NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED EXTORTION AND BRIBERY

A former Supreme Court Justice of the Third Judicial Circuit of the State of New York was charged today with attempted extortion and federal program bribery, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division announced. Thomas J. Spargo, 65, was charged in an indictment returned today by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of New York.

According to the indictment, while Spargo was a state Supreme Court Justice in 2003, he allegedly solicited $10,000 from an Ulster County, N.Y., attorney who had cases pending before the judge. The indictment further charges that Spargo solicited the money by causing the attorney to fear that Spargo would use his official acts and influence to harm the attorney if he was not paid and, conversely, to help the attorney if he was paid.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorney Richard C. Pilger and Trial Attorney M. Kendall Day of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, headed by William M. Welch II, Chief. The case was investigated by the FBI – Albany Division.

An indictment is merely a charge, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


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http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20081209_mexico_and_war_against_drug_cartels_2008

Mexico and the War Against the Drug Cartels in 2008
December 9, 2008

Mexico’s war against drug cartels continued in 2008. The mission President Felipe Calderon launched shortly after his inauguration two years ago to target the cartels has since escalated in nearly every way imaginable. Significant changes in Mexico’s security situation and the nature of the drug trade in the Western Hemisphere also have occurred over the last 12 months.

In this year’s report on Mexico’s drug cartels, we assess the most significant developments of the past year and provide an updated description of the country’s powerful drug-trafficking organizations. This annual report is a product of the coverage we maintain on a weekly basis through our Mexico Security Memo and various other reports.
Mexico’s Drug-Trafficking Organizations

Gulf cartel: As recently as a year ago, the Gulf cartel was considered the most powerful drug-trafficking organization in Mexico. After nearly two years of bearing the brunt of Mexican law enforcement and military efforts, however, it is an open question at this point whether the cartel is still intact. The group’s paramilitary enforcement arm, Los Zetas, was the primary reason for Gulf’s power, but reports of Zeta activity from this past year suggest that the much-feared group now operates independently. Without the Zetas, the Gulf leadership has struggled to remain relevant.

Los Zetas: During the past 12 months, Los Zetas have remained a power to be reckoned with throughout Mexico. The group operates under the command of Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano. The organization’s leadership suffered significant losses during 2008, including the April arrest in Guatemala of Daniel “El Cachetes” Perez Rojas, who commanded Zeta operations in Central America. Even more significant, however, was the November arrest of Jaime “El Hummer” Gonzalez Duran, who was captured during a raid in the northwestern city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas state. Gonzalez was believed to rank third in the Zeta chain of command.

Beltran Leyva organization: The Beltran Leyva family has a long history in the narcotics business. Until this past year, the organization formed part of the Sinaloa federation, for which it controlled access to the U.S. border in Sonora state, among other responsibilities. By the time of Alfredo Beltran Leyva’s January arrest, however, the Beltran Leyva organization’s alliance with Sinaloa was over, as it is rumored that his arrest resulted from a Sinaloa betrayal. Since then, the organization has quickly become one of the most powerful drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico, capable not only of smuggling narcotics and battling rivals but also demonstrating a willingness to order the assassination of high-ranking government officials. The most notable of these was the May targeted killing of acting federal police director Edgar Millan Gomez.

Sinaloa cartel: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is the most wanted drug lord in Mexico. Despite the turbulence that his Sinaloa cartel has experienced this past year, it is perhaps the most capable drug-trafficking organization in Mexico. This turbulence involved the loss of key allies, including the Carrillo Fuentes organization in Ciudad Juarez, as well as the split with the Beltran Leyva organization. But the loss of these partners does not appear to have affected the cartel’s ability to manage the trafficking of drugs from South America to the United States. On the contrary, the Sinaloa cartel appears to be the most active smuggler of cocaine and has demonstrated the ability to establish operations in new environments like Central America and South America.

Carrillo Fuentes organization: Also known as the Juarez cartel, the Carrillo Fuentes organization is based out of the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state. The cartel is led by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, who took over after the 1997 death of his brother Amado, the cartel’s former leader. Throughout this year, the Juarez cartel has maintained its long-standing alliance with the Beltran Leyva organization, which has been locked in a vicious battle with the Sinaloa cartel for control of Juarez.

Arellano Felix organization: Also known as the Tijuana cartel, the Arellano Felix crime family has been weakened almost beyond recognition over the past year due to the efforts of both U.S. and Mexican law enforcement to capture several of its high-ranking leaders. Of these, perhaps the most symbolic was the October arrest of Eduardo “El Doctor” Arellano Felix. Fighting among the various elements of the cartel itself has resulted in the splitting of the organization into two factions that continue to do battle on a daily basis.
Calderon’s Success Story

Since taking office in December 2006, President Calderon has undertaken extraordinary measures in pursuit of the country’s drug cartels. The policies enacted by Calderon’s administration saw some progress during his first year in office, although it has only been during the past year that the continued implementation of these policies has produced unprecedented results in the fight against the cartels.

One such result has come in the form of record seizures of illegal narcotics, weapons and drug-manufacturing laboratories, including the July raid of the largest methamphetamine production facility ever discovered in Mexico, where authorities seized some 8,000 barrels of precursor chemicals. The Mexican government also has succeeded in pursuing the cartels’ leadership. Important members of nearly all the country’s drug-trafficking organizations have been arrested over the last 12 months, although the highest-ranking kingpins continue to evade capture. One indication that the government’s crackdown has made it increasingly difficult to smuggle drugs in and out of Mexico is the revelation that many drug traffickers have turned to other illegal activities, such as extortion, kidnapping and human trafficking, to supplement their incomes.

Despite the endemic challenges presented by bureaucratic infighting and rampant corruption, there is simply no denying that the Mexican government has disrupted the cartels’ operations in meaningful ways.
2008: A Year of Flux

One consequence of these achievements has been greater volatility in the balance of power among the various drug-trafficking organizations in the country. Mexican security forces’ relentless focus on the Gulf cartel has severely damaged the organization’s capabilities.

This development presented opportunities to the other criminal groups over the past 12 months, and it has led to even greater turf battles and power struggles. It is premature to predict which cartels will remain on top once the dust has settled.

Historically, the Mexican drug trade has been controlled by two large and competing drug cartels, each of which has had a base of operations in a Mexican city along the U.S. border. A similar outcome after the current flux is certainly possible, but changes in the country’s security environment and shifting areas of cartel operations might add new dimensions to the country’s criminal landscape.
Changing Geography

The year 2008 has seen a shift in the geography of the drug trade in the Western Hemisphere, nearly all of which can be attributed to the situation in Mexico. The United States remains among the primary destinations for drugs produced in South American countries such as Peru and Colombia, and Mexico continues to serve as the primary transshipment route. The path between South America and Mexico is shifting, however.

One of these shifts involves the increasing importance of Central America. After the Mexican government implemented greater monitoring and control of aircraft entering the country’s airspace, airborne shipments of cocaine from Colombia decreased more than 90 percent, according to an October report. Similarly, maritime trafficking reportedly has decreased more than 60 percent over a two-year period. As a result, Mexican smugglers have expanded their presence in Central American countries as they have begun to rely increasingly on land-based shipping routes to deliver drugs from South American producers. In addition — and likely as a result of the more difficult operating environment — Mexican drug-trafficking groups also have increased their operations in South America to begin providing drugs to markets there and in Europe.

The presence of Mexican cartels in Central and South America illustrates two important points. First, there is no question that Mexican groups are now the central figures in the drug trade in the Western Hemisphere. Nothing demonstrates this better than the fact that it is the Mexican traffickers — not the Colombian or Peruvian producers — who are conquering new turf and even expanding to other markets. The second point is that the drug trade does not necessarily have to revolve around U.S. consumers. While the United States remains a top consumer of cocaine, expanding markets in Latin America and Europe, as well as a continued crackdown in Mexico, could produce a more profound shift in drug-trafficking routes.
Deteriorating Security

One apparent paradox for the Calderon administration has been that, even while the government has clearly succeeded in damaging the cartels, the country’s security situation has continued to deteriorate at what appears to be an unstoppable rate. Just last week, the total number of drug-related homicides in Mexico in 2008 surged past 5,000. This puts Mexico on track to more than double the previous annual record of 2,700 killings, set in 2007.

In addition to the drastic rise in the number of killings, the violence has escalated in other important ways that are more difficult to quantify. For one, Mexican cartel violence has remained a brutal enterprise, with this past year registering perhaps the most significant beheading incident. Second, attacks on security forces have increased. Law enforcement and military personnel have represented some 10 percent of cartel casualties, compared to approximately 7 percent during 2007.

In addition, a series of assassinations of high-ranking government officials in Mexico City made it clear that almost anyone can be considered a cartel target. An expansion of the cartels’ arsenals also contributed to the escalation in violence, including the July discovery of explosive-actuated improvised incendiary devices in vehicles near a cartel safe house, and the February failed assassination attempt with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Mexico City.

Finally, 2008 witnessed the first clear case of the indiscriminate killing of civilians, when alleged members of the La Familia crime organization threw two fragmentation grenades into a crowd during Mexico’s Independence Day celebration in Morelia, Michoacan state.

Of particular concern to the United States is how this rampant violence continues to cross the border. No single incident better demonstrates this than the Phoenix home invasion in June. In that incident, cartel hit men armed with assault rifles and wearing Phoenix Police Department raid shirts killed a drug dealer. The assault had all the makings of a Mexican cartel hit, especially in the attackers’ willingness to engage police officers if necessary.
Looking Ahead

The deteriorating security situation certainly has become the top priority for the Calderon administration, with Mexico’s crime problem now officially considered a matter of national security. The government is considering the implications of increasing casualties, not only among security forces but also among civilians.

Moreover, the initial strategy of relying on the military only over the short term appears increasingly unfeasible, as police reforms have proven far more difficult to achieve than the administration anticipated. Despite the costs, Calderon has shown no signs of letting up. Assistance from the United States will begin expanding under the Merida Initiative, but foreign assistance is only one part of the solution. Perhaps recognizing that at present it is the cartels — not the government — that ultimately control the level of violence in the country, the Calderon administration is exploring plans to escalate the military’s commitment to the fight.

Of course, a sudden drop in violence could make such an escalation unnecessary. There is currently no indication that the violence will soon taper off, but it might also be premature to assume that the violence will continue to escalate in the way it has so far. Attacks involving IEDs or the indiscriminate killing of civilians, for example, have yet to be repeated.

Despite this caveat, the obvious danger is that the cartels have shown themselves to be remarkably innovative, vicious and resilient when backed into a corner. Given their powerful arsenals and deep penetration of the country’s institutions, a further increase in attacks against security forces and government officials seems all but inevitable.

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December 11, 2008 Anti-Terrorism News - UnitedStatesAction.com

(Iraq) At least 55 killed in Iraq restaurant bombing - north of Kirkuk
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28173545/

(Iraq) US captures 6 in raids against al-Qaida - near Tarmiyah
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081211/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq_7

(Iraq) US to begin transfer of Iraqi prisoners on Feb 1
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081211/wl_mideast_afp/iraqusmilitaryprisoners_081211151714

(Afghanistan) Coalition moves on Taliban before election
— “Persuading isolated locals to back government a tough sell”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/11/disruptive-operation-coincides-with-voter-registra/

(Afghanistan) US general David McKiernan warns British forces are in Afghanistan stalemate in war on Taliban
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2008/12/11/us-general-warns-british-forces-are-in-afghanistan-stalemate-in-war-on-taliban-115875-20961746/
-— Same General Kiernan that supported Afghan govt efforts for
“reconciliation” with Taliban, calls for “political solution,” view war against “bad guys”
-— When McKiernan asked why Taliban fight, he says “[p]overty, fear,
intimidation, some for ideological reasons, some because it’s the fighting season”
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/109.html#McKiernan

(Afghanistan) U.S. to send more troops to Afghanistan - Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12/11/gates.afghanistan/index.html
-— October 6, 2008 - AP reported that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates “endorsed efforts to reach out to members of the Taliban or other militants in Afghanistan who may be considered reconcilable, much like what has happened in Iraq.”
http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Oct06/0,4670,EUGatesAfghanistan,00.html
-— More on Gates and “reconciliation” with Islamic supremacist Taliban
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/109.html#Gates
-— More from the Defense Secretary who brought us the “War on Extremism”
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/04/13/Gates_Enemy_in_Iraq_is_extremism/UPI-69821208117940/
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/documents/national_defense_strategy_073108.pdf

(Pakistan) Mumbai terror mastermind placed on UN blacklist
— Pakistani LeT Jihadist Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5322840.ece

(Pakistan) UN says Pakistan charity front for terrorist group
— Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) front Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081211/ap_on_re_as/un_un_terror_sanctions
-— Lashkar founder says U.N. action defames Pakistan
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081211/india_nm/india369804
-— Pakistan vows to comply with UN curbs after Mumbai
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081211/india_nm/india369831

(Pakistan) Report: Pakistan closes charity linked to Mumbai attacks
— Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) front Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081211/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_88;_ylt=AqxgRJC5tTv1BcjRVJgNR3cBS5Z4
-— Report: Pakistan Govt launches crack down against Jamat-ud-Dawa
http://www.geo.tv/12-11-2008/30510.htm

(Pakistan) Report: Govt bans statements of banned outfits in media
http://www.geo.tv/12-11-2008/30506.htm
-— But will Pakistan Jihadists continue to directly contact members of counterterrorism community to spread propaganda?
http://counterterrorismblog.org/2008/11/jamatuddawa_let_political_wing.php

(Pakistan) Lashkar chief Hafeez Saeed remains defiant
-— Hafiz Saeed lead of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) front Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)
http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/mumbaiterrorstrike/Story.aspx?ID=NEWEN20080076157&type=News
— Terror chief in Mumbai attacks denial
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12/11/pakistan.mumbai.attacks/index.html?section=cnn_latest
-— AKI: “Pakistan: Charity chief challenges UN sanctions”
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2804587884
-— IHT: “Pakistani charity rejects being added to terror list”
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/11/asia/nations.php

(Pakistan) Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief brainwashed Mumbai attackers
— Hafiz Saeed lead of LeT front Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/LeT_chief_brainwashed_Mumbai_attackers/rssarticleshow/3823282.cms

Pakistan epicentre of terrorism, says Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/southasia/news/article_1447802.php/Pakistan_epicentre_of_terrorism_says_Indian_premier__2nd_Roundup__
-— Pakistan needs to do more: Manmohan
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Pakistan_needs_to_do_more_Manmohan/articleshow/3824381.cms
-— India demands Pakistan hand over 40 wanted ‘terrorists’
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5323757.ece

(Pakistan) NWFP: Bomb explosion wounds 12 Afghan refugees in Pakistan - in Kohat
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959424&Language=en

(Pakistan) Warning over danger posed by Pakistan-based terrorists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/3705889/Mumbai-attacks-Warning-over-danger-posed-by-Pakistan-based-terrorists.html
-— December 10, 2008: Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen praises Pakistan for arrest of militants
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081210/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_pakistan

(Pakistan) US increasingly entangled in Islamist web in south Asia
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081211/pl_afp/indiaattacksuspakistanafghanistan
-— Comment: Analysts never consider identifying enemy ideology of Islamic supremacism and developing strategy

(Pakistan) Mumbai Terror Group Trained American Jihadists
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/12/let-usa.html

(India) Mumbai attacks war on India, says India Congress MP Rahul Gandhi
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Mumbai_attacks_war_on_India_says_Rahul_Gandhi/articleshow/3824194.cms

(India) Transcript: Mumbai terrorist confession
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/beeea092-c697-11dd-97a5-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1

(India) War with Pakistan “no solution”, India says
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081211/india_nm/india369822

(India) Terror in India not linked to Kashmir: external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Terror_in_India_not_linked_to_Kashmir_Pranab/articleshow/3823846.cms

(India) IED defused in Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/IED_defused_in_Srinagar-Muzaffarabad_road/articleshow/3823644.cms

(India) Mumbai Attacks: Arrested terrorist Kasab remanded to police custody till Dec 24
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Arrested_terrorist_Kasab_may_not_be_produced_in_court_today/articleshow/3821920.cms

(U.S.) Officials Worry Attacks in Mumbai Could Spur Copycats in the West
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122895354114996367.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

(U.S.) Justices voice concerns about 9/11 detainee lawsuit
— by Pakistani Muslim Javaid Iqbal lawsuit
— “’”What you have to show is some facts,’ said a skeptical
Chief Justice John Roberts to the lawyer for the Pakistani native
bringing the suit, ‘showing that they (top officials) knew of a policy that was discriminatory based on ethnicity and country of origin.’
http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/12/10/scotus.detainees/index.html?eref=ib_us

(U.S.) Holy Land Foundation Post-Trial: U.S. Attorney responds to Star-Telegram column on Holy Land
http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/12/us-attorney-responds-to-starte.html
-— Prosecutor: Sanders draws wrong conclusion about trial
—— Sanders challenges Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders
who claimed convictions based on”religious bigotry and political pressure than facts”
http://www.star-telegram.com/242/story/1077640.html
-—— November 30, 2008: Star-Telgram: “SANDERS: Holy Land Five convictions mark sad day for American justice system
http://www.star-telegram.com/242/story/1064204.html

(U.N.) Security Council, Expressing Deep Concern Over “Continuous Terrorist Attacks”
-— Malaysia: “called on the international community to reject any attempt to link Islam with terrorism”
-— Azerbaijan: concerned about “unacceptable attacks against Islam... [and] “defamatory manifestations and misconceptions”
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/sc9524.doc.htm
—— clearly no concern about Islamic supremacism on 60th anniversary of UDHR
http://anti-jihad.org/blog/2008/12/human-rights/
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/119.html

(Iran) Obama’s atomic umbrella: U.S. nuclear strike if Iran nukes Israel
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1045687.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2008/12/11/report-obama-offer-israel-nuclear-umbrella-iran/

(Lebanon) US State Dept Dailey: There are few members of al-Qaeda in Lebanon
http://www.iloubnan.info/politics/actualite/id/30332/lebanon/Dailey:-There-are-few-members-of-al-Qaeda-in-Lebanon

(Israel) Army readies for Gaza border attacks
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728155998&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Somalia: Sheik Sharif Says Ethiopia is Committed to Withdraw
http://allafrica.com/stories/200812110672.html

(Somalia) Pirates cashed in $120m - UN
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_2440845,00.html
-— Somalia backs US plan to hunt Somali pirates
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/11/africa/AF-Somalia.php

Algeria: UN chief recalls victims of Al-Qaeda attack
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2804736067

(Russia) One person wounded in Ingushetia blast
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959404&Language=en

(Turkey) Chechen warlord gunned down in Instanbul
http://en.rian.ru/world/20081211/118804141.html

(Belgium) Brown in ‘suicide bomb plot’ as police seize 14 al-Qaeda terrorists ‘targeting EU summit’
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1093876/Brown-suicide-bomb-plot-police-seize-14-al-Qaeda-terrorists-targeting-EU-summit.html?ITO=1490
— Al-Qaeda terror plot fears at EU summit
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5326082.ece
— Belgian police ‘thwart imminent al-Qaeda attack’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/belgium/3708568/Belgian-police-thwart-imminent-al-Qaeda-attack.html

(Belgium) 14 alleged Islamic extremists held in Belgium
— “Terror expert says men wanted to free an imprisoned al-Qaida member” - Nizar Trabelsi
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28174400/
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,465292,00.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Belgian_police_arrest_14_al-Qaida_suspects/articleshow/3824019.cms?TOI_latestnews
-— “suspects include a man who was allegedly ready to launch a suicide attack”
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2804857308

German Islamists face no charges after deportation from Egypt
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/245774,german-islamists-face-no-charges-after-deportation.html

(Philippines) Damage, no injuries from south Philippines bomb
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/afp/20081211/tap-philippines-blast-unrest-5cc1ef8.html

Philippines says kidnappings may revive militants
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MAN280148.htm

(Philippines) In Basilan, Philippines, a US counterterrorism model frays
— Think-tank analyst Scott Harrison claims Philippines Jihad due to “Poverty, neglect, and abuse”
— No acknowledgement of Islamic supremacism
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20081211/wl_csm/ovacuum_1

China may be next in al-Qaeda’s crosshairs
http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1213078
Sri Lanka: Militants claim to have killed 89 soldiers
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2804627573

North Korean prison life detailed
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28170220/

Other News:

Iranian Activist Lawyer Not Allowed To Leave Tehran For Award — for Human Rights
http://www.payvand.com/news/08/dec/1109.html
-— Demonstrating the type of “human rights” that Iran’s support of “Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam” represents
http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/cairodeclaration.html
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/090.html#A
http://web.archive.org/web/20060501234759/http://mypage.bluewin.ch/ameland/Islam.html

MEMRI: “Eminent Indian Islamic Scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Calls for Deconditioning the Muslim Mind to Eliminate Supremacist Views and Hatred”
http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD214708

(U.S.) Texas: Controversial doll to remain on most store shelves
http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/2008/12/11/pasadena_citizen/news/113008_baby_doll.txt

Somalia: Islamists Destroy Graves, Kill Robbers
— “Sheik Hassan Yaqub Ali, the information secretary of the Islamic
administration in Kismayu told reporters that the graves in temples are against the Sharia law”
http://allafrica.com/stories/200812100134.html

Takaful Malaysia eyes Indonesia for expansion
http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews/idUSKLR14101020081210

The Rise of Islamic Banking in a Time of Economic Crisis
http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/world/2008/12/10/the-rise-of-islamic-banking-in-a-time-of-economic-crisis.html

Italy: Muslim cemetery to open in south
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Religion/?id=3.0.2801516997

(Australia) Court gives Islamic school project go-ahead - Bass Hill
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/12/11/2444237.htm
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24786462-5001021,00.html

November 13, 2008: Lawyers Broadside Mideast Bloggers, Media With ‘Hisba’ Lawsuits
http://www.metimes.com/International/2008/11/13/lawyers_broadside_mideast_bloggers_media_with_hisba_lawsuits/4257/

Philippine pigs found with Ebola Reston virus
— note that this has historically been found to be NOT harmful to humans
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/11/asia/AS-Philippines-Sick-Pigs.php
-— Ebola Reston discovered by USAMRID in 1989 in Reston, VA -— 20 miles from White House
-— documented by Richard Preston in “The Hot Zone”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_Reston
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hot_Zone

Propaganda:

(Egypt) Middle East Times: “Muslim Brotherhood Bloggers Could Be Washington’s New Hope”
— Khalil al-Anani questions how many “reformers” are within the Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood
— but Anani sugggests Washington “reach out” to so-called “reformer bloggers” who love “Charlise Theron and Brad Pitt”
http://www.metimes.com/International/2008/12/09/muslim_brotherhood_bloggers_could_be_washingtons_new_hope/6874/
—— Comment: no mention of Muslim Brotherhood’s inherent Islamic supremacist nature
—— IPT Profile on Muslim Brotherhood
http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/135.pdf
—— Muslim Brotherhood Movement Page (Hizb Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimoon)
http://www.ummah.net/ikhwan/
—— Theme: “Allah is our objective. The messenger is our leader. Quran is our law.
Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
—— June 11, 2008: Muslim Brotherhood: Friend or Foe – New IPT Profile
http://www.investigativeproject.org/article/685

Commentaries:

“Honest, rather than defensive, introspection about why terrorism
has found a home in Islam might help find the answer” - Frida Ghitis
-— No more mollycoddling: Attack jihad at source
http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2008/122008/12112008/430869

The Saudi plan: 100 years of dhimmitude? - by Elihu D. Richter
-— “The first requirement of any peace plan has to be respect for life and human dignity of all minorities.”
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728145886&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Hugo’s Hezbollah - by Alan Levine
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=DE00261D-D4E1-428C-A8AA-698495018B83

There is no moral equivalence — by Ramesh Thakur
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081210.wcoindia11/BNStory/specialComment/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20081210.wcoindia11

AIG and Sharia Finance - Sunday 5:30 PM ET Radio

Jeffrey of Anti-Jihad League of America will be addressing AIG and
its business ventures in Sharia-Compliant Finance
on Sunday, December 14, at 5:30 PM ET

on John Batchelor Radio Program
http://www.johnbatchelorshow.com/

New York, WABC-AM 770
Washington DC, WMAL-AM 630
San Francisco, KSFO-AM 560
Los Angeles, KFI-AM 640

— see related report
AIG Defies U.S. Taxpayers by Promoting Sharia in America
http://anti-jihad.org/blog/2008/12/aig-defies-us-taxpayers/
— ongoing petition
End U.S. Ownership of Sharia Business Now Petition
http://www.petitiononline.com/stopaig/petition.html

Sharia Finance Commentaries:

Learn Sharia Finance at MIT
http://mitsloan.mit.edu/academic/courses/15.994.php
http://bokertov.typepad.com/btb/2008/12/learn-sharia-fi.html

Islamic Banking - by Rachel Ehrenfeld and Samuel A. Abady
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=A3900E8D-E619-46F3-943F-EB6BB86A8C3A

Hugging Shari’a Finance at the Fed - by Alyssa A. Lappen
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=1EBFAAF7-CFB8-4B05-8966-B8DDF998A748

Against Nazi News:

(Germany) Munich prosecutors get Demjanjuk’s Nazi guard case
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/11/europe/EU-Germany-Nazi-Guard.php
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3,713 posted on 12/11/2008 11:08:09 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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To: Velveeta

Rush is saying this morning that the news media is talking about your Gov. needing to go in the hospital for mental problems, the old and current Russia method of canceling the opinion that they do not agree with.

This entire scene is so unreal, hard to think of it as normal American politics.

I would suggest that you move, but I do not know of the perfect spot to move to.

We are back to the cold war era, must find a mountain top that we can defend, grow our food and not be dependent on the rest of the loonies.

LOL, which will get us adjoining cells, for they will not allow folks to be free today in America.


3,714 posted on 12/11/2008 11:34:10 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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December 11, 2008 PM Anti-Terrorism News - UnitedStatesAction.com

(Afghanistan) Taleban tax: allied supply convoys pay their enemies for safe passage
-— One fuel importer: “We estimate that approximately 25 per cent
of the money we pay for security to get the fuel in goes into the pockets of the Taleban”
-— “Another boss, whose company is subcontracted to supply to
Western military bases, said that as much as a quarter of the value of a lorry’s cargo went in paying Taleban commanders”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5327683.ece

(Afghanistan) Taleban extract heavy tribute to let vital NATO supplies pass
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5327618.ece

(Pakistan) Pak media raises fears of a Taliban takeover
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Pak_media_raises_fears_of_a_Taliban_takeover/articleshow/3825455.cms

(Pakistan) Mumbai attacks ‘mastermind’ placed under house arrest
— Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) front Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)’s Hafiz Mohammed Saeed
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/3709448/Mumbai-attacks-mastermind-placed-under-house-arrest.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Pak_bans_Jamaat-ud-Dawa_arrests_Saeed/articleshow/3824291.cms

Pakistan on tightrope with raid on Jamaatud Dawa
-— Rand’s Christine Fair: “I almost see them as a state actor”
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg7_4
-— US hopes for Pakistani ‘shift’ on Lashkar
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg7_14

(Pakistan) NWFP: Taliban attack NATO supplies terminal in Peshawar
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg7_20

(Pakistan) NWFP/FATA: ‘Terrorist’ killed, another injured - Hangu/Orakzai
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg7_24

(Pakistan) FATA: Six killed in suspected US missile strike in S Waziristan
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg1_11
http://www.geo.tv/12-12-2008/30522.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/3710796/US-missile-strike-kills-6-in-Pakistan.html

(Pakistan) US to blunt any threat from Tribal Areas: Bush
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg1_10

(Pakistan) ‘Pakistan to defend itself if war imposed’
— Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg7_2

(Pakistan) ‘Terrorist camps exist in Pakistan’
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg7_21

(U.S.) Stop using songs to ‘break’ terror suspects: Pop stars
— Burce Springsteen and Britney Spears complain
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/No_songs_to_break_terror_suspects/articleshow/3825402.cms

Belgian police arrest ‘al Qaeda legend’
-— “federal prosecutor’s office in Belgium identified one of the suspects as Malika El-Aroud”
-— “El-Aroud’s late husband was one of two men who killed
Ahmed Shah Massoud, a leader of the Northern Alliance, in a suicide mission ordered by Osama Bin Laden”
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/12/11/belgium.terror.arrests/index.html
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023882.php
-— Belgian Police Break Up Plot Linked to al-Qaeda
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1865917,00.html?xid=rss-world

Greek protests spread to European cities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/3709695/Greek-protests-spread-to-European-cities.html

(Italy) AKI: “Italy: Jailed leader of Christian terror group wanted to target academic, police say”
-— “Jailed former far-left Italian terrorist Roberto Sandalo”
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2804874580

Other News:

Iran arrests blogger who visited Israel
— “Derakhshan had previously defended his visit, saying that it countered “horrific” Israeli propaganda”
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728163521&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Indonesia: Muslims burn Christian church, riot
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023881.php
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=17085&t=Muslims+burn+Christian+church+in+Indonesia

Nigeria-Six Pastors Killed, 40 Churches Razed in Jos Violence
— Compass report on Thanksgiving attack on Christians in Nigeria
http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=short&idelement=5725&backpage=summaries

MEMRI: Liberal Author Dr. Shaker Al-Nabulsi: Secularism Will
Triumph in the Arab World; Terrorism’s Crimes Are ‘The Death Struggle of Fundamentalism’
http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD214808

(Pakistan) Dancing girls of Lahore strike over ‘Taliban’ law
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/dancing-girls-of-lahore-strike-over-taliban-law-1062907.html

Commentaries:

How a Real “War Within Islam” Would Look - by Andrew Bostom
http://www.andrewbostom.org/blog/2008/12/11/how-a-real-%E2%80%9Cwar-within-islam%E2%80%9D-would-look/

(Afghanistan) Time: “Before he sends another U.S. soldier off to
die or be maimed in Afghanistan, President-elect Obama needs
to deliver the blunt message to the leaders of Pakistan and
Afghanistan that we will no longer tolerate their complicity in the
deaths of Americans and our allies, a slaughter that began on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and continues to this day”
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1865730,00.html?xid=rss-world
-— Comment: But Time article fails to identify the ideology of Islamic supremacism as the root problem
-— See also regarding “our allies”:
-—— December 9, 2008: Afghanistan ready to accept mediation with Taliban from Muslim countries
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959173&Language=en
-—— December 1, 2008: Pakistan’s The News - Army official calls Baitullah Mehsud, Fazlullah ‘patriots’
http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=18709
-—— November 26, 2008: Karzai Offers Taliban Leader Mullah Omar ‘Protection’ For Peace
http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20081126\ACQDJON200811261221DOWJONESDJONLINE000762.htm&selected=9999&selecteddisplaysymbol=9999&StoryTargetFrame=_top&mkt=WORLD&chk=unchecked&lang=&link=&headlinereturnpage=http://www.international.na
-—— November 25, 2008: Karzai: “If there is no deadline, we have the
right to find another solution for peace and security, which is negotiations”
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/11/25/asia/AS-Afghan-UN.php
-—— November 24, 2008: Karzai: Talks With Taliban Are The Only Solution To The Conflict In Afghanistan
http://www.thememriblog.org/urdupashtu/blog_personal/en/11611.htm
-—— November 23, 2008: CNN: “Obama promises Afghanistan more aid”
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/23/afghanistan.karzai.obama/index.html
-—— October 17, 2008 - Jihad and the “Reconciliation” with Islamic Supremacism
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/109.html
-—— October 15, 2008 - Christian Science Monitor: Some Afghans live under Taliban rule – and prefer it
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1015/p01s01-wosc.html
-—— October 3, 2008: Karzai proposes Mulla Umar to return to Afghanistan
http://www.geo.tv/10-3-2008/26156.htm
-—— August 1, 2008 - Pakistan and Delusions about Negotiating on Jihad
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/095.html
-—— June 10, 2008 - Pakistan and the Growing Threat of a Sharia Mini-State
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/087.html
-—— Pakistan Public Polls on Support for Sharia
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/sources_reconciliation.html#Pakistan_Sharia

Against Nazi News:

(U.S.) White Supremacist Leader Indicted on Federal Charges for Threats, Witness Intimidation
— “William White, the self-proclaimed commander of the neo-Nazi group
the American National Socialist Workers Party, was charged with five
counts of communicating threats in interstate commerce, one count of
communicating an extortionate threat in interstate commerce and one count of witness intimidation”
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,465684,00.html

Nazi hunters fault Australia, Hungary for inaction
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728164172&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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3,715 posted on 12/12/2008 2:43:44 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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To: nw_arizona_granny; All

Thanks for the link to Bostom’s “War Within Islam” article which includes a link to filmmaker Sean Langan’s account during his three month captivity.

Outstanding work, granny.


3,716 posted on 12/12/2008 5:43:32 AM PST by PGalt
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December 12, 2008 Anti-Terrorism News - UnitedStatesAction.com

Pakistan not to hand over its citizens to India
— “decided at a meeting of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani here on Friday”
http://www.geo.tv/12-12-2008/30556.htm

Pakistan seeks evidence against Mumbai suspects
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081212/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_99

Pakistan says crackdown on militants launched to avoid terrorist label
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959583&Language=en
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Crackdown_to_avoid_terror_state_tag_Pakistan/articleshow/3828607.cms
-— LeT’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa ban averted Pak being declared terrorist country: Defense Minister, Ahmad Mukhtar
—— Pakistan DM Mukhtar reportedly tells media: “Pakistan
could fight against enemy, but it is not possible to go on war against the entire world.”
http://www.geo.tv/12-12-2008/30550.htm

(Pakistan) Countrywide crack down against LeT’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa continues
http://www.geo.tv/12-12-2008/30532.htm

Pakistan PM Gilani admits links between Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa
-— Gilani: “the two groups have the same leadership.”
http://www.newsweek.com/id/173825

(Pakistan/Germany) Banning JuD not sufficient: Germany
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Banning_JuD_not_sufficient_Germany/articleshow/3829214.cms

(Pakistan/Germany) Lashkar-e-Taiba members (LeT) in Germany, interior minister says
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/245920,lashkar-e-taiba-members-in-germany-interior-minister-says.html

(Pakistan/Europe) Could Mumbai Attackers Have Europe in Their Sights?
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1865614,00.html?xid=rss-world

(Pakistan/U.S.) Senator Lugar: ‘US erred in not shutting down Lashkar, Jaish after 9/11’
http://in.rediff.com/news/2008/dec/11mumterror-us-erred-in-not-shutting-down-lashkar-after-911.htm
-— But Senator Lugar supports calls for negotiations with
Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood by endorsing U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project Report
http://www.usmuslimengagement.org/storage/usme/documents/rgl_us_muslim_engagement_dear_colleague.pdf
http://www.usmuslimengagement.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22&Itemid=51
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/engagement_with_mb.html
-— Report calls for engagement with Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/engagement_with_mb.html#engage_mb
-— Report calls for considering discussions with Islamic supremacist Hamas and Hezbollah
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/engagement_with_mb.html#engage1

(Pakistan) Probe Mumbai blasts thoroughly: US
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Probe_Mumbai_blasts_thoroughly_US/articleshow/3829741.cms
— Comment: like Pakistan’s investigation of Rashid Rauf?

(Pakistan) Captured terrorist Kasab my son, says father in Pakistan
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Captured_terrorist_Kasab_my_son_Pakistani/articleshow/3827622.cms
-— Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab, aka Azam Amir Kasab,
Ajmal Amir Kasab, Azam Amir Kasav, Ajmal Amir Kasab, Ajmal Amin Kamal, Ajmal Amir Kasav

(Pakistan) NWFP: NATO containers attacks’ investigation underway
http://www.geo.tv/12-12-2008/30545.htm
-— Planner of attacks on NATO supplies arrested? Taliban’s Musatafa Kamal Kamran Hijrat
—— Peshawar police dismiss as “gossip”
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\12\story_12-12-2008_pg7_19

Bangladesh Islamist party pledges military training in seminaries
— Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami seeks military training in madrassas
http://www.newkerala.com/topstory-fullnews-59413.html

(India) Mumbai police get Fahim Ansari’s custody
-— Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Fahim Ansari
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Mumbai_police_get_Fahim_Ansaris_custody_/articleshow/3829516.cms

(India) Manipur: Three militants shot dead in India
— “People’s United Liberation Front” (PULF)
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959551&Language=en

(Afghanistan) Gates Predicts ‘Sustained’ Afghan Mission
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121103382.html?wprss=rss_world
-— October 6, 2008 - AP reported that U.S. Defense
Secretary Robert Gates “endorsed efforts to reach out
to members of the Taliban or other militants in Afghanistan
who may be considered reconcilable, much like what has happened in Iraq.”
http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Oct06/0,4670,EUGatesAfghanistan,00.html
-— More on Gates and “reconciliation” with Islamic supremacist Taliban
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/109.html#Gates

Afghan troops losing support from locals
— NATO spokesman: “The insurgents however, seek to exploit
the civilian population, using them as human shields, causing
terror and destruction to their homes, infrastructure and livelihoods”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/3724570/Afghan-troops-losing-support-from-locals.html
-— October 15, 2008 - Christian Science Monitor: Some Afghans live under Taliban rule – and prefer it
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1015/p01s01-wosc.html

(Afghanistan) NATO: Forces kill 4 civilians in Afghanistan - bus refused to stop in Wardak
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/12/asia/AS-Afghan-Violence.php

(U.S.) Fort Dix jurors prepared for closing arguments
http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20081212/NEWS01/812120345/1006/RSS01
— Closings set for Monday in Fort Dix plot trial
http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/crime_courts/story/1011532.html

(UK) Time to tackle the non-violent extremists, says Home Secretary Smith
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/11/counter-terrorism-strategy-extremists
-— yet fails to define “extremism” or address Islamic supremacism

UK Jury: Police failures led to death of Brazilian mistaken for terrorist
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728174173&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(Iran) ‘Israel has reached the end of the road’
-— Iranian protestors “chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” as they demonstrated on streets leading to the Teheran University compound”
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728173271&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Iran accuses Barack Obama of ‘cowboy talk’
-— Ali Larijani: “We are proud of supporting Hizbollah since
they are defending their homeland and you are wrong in calling them terrorists.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/3711108/Iran-accuses-Barack-Obama-of-cowboy-talk.html

(Israel) 2 Kassam rockets hit western Negev
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728172230&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(Israel) Report: ‘US spies on Israel to gain info on its atomic capabilities’
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728174058&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(Yemen) ‘Muslim extremist kills Yemeni Jew’
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728172536&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
-— Moshe Yaish Nahari killed in Riydah

(U.S./Somalia) Minneapolis: Teen disappears: ‘Mom, I’m in Somalia’
— 17-year-old Burhan Hassan
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/12/12/minneapolis.somalis/index.html?eref=ib_topstories

(Somalia) ‘Thousands’ desert Somalia forces
— BBC: “More than 80% of Somalia’s soldiers and police have
deserted, some taking weapons, uniforms and vehicles, the UN says”
— “head of the UN monitoring group on Somalia, Dumisani
Kumalo, said Islamist insurgents got many of their weapons and ammunition from the deserters”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7779525.stm

Sudan: Gunmen kill leader of Darfur camp
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.2806501521
— 3 policemen, others die in attack in Darfur
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/12/africa/AF-Sudan-Darfur-Attack.php

Turkey keeping military option against Kurds: minister
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081212/wl_afp/mexicoturkeykurdsmilitarypolitics_081212041332;_ylt=AkPXXWcYi6qswuj_cZDYlND7SpZ4

(Belgium) 6 Suspected Al Qaeda-Linked Extremists Charged in Belgium
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,465855,00.html
-— Woman who preached jihad on internet charged with five other ‘al Qaeda militants’ over suicide plot to kill EU leaders
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1093876/Woman-preached-jihad-internet-charged-al-Qaeda-militants-suicide-plot-kill-EU-leaders.html?ITO=1490

(Belgium) Antwerp: The Jihadis of Antwerp North (1)
http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2008/12/antwerp-jihadis-of-antwerp-north-1.html
-— Antwerp: Youth leave for Jihad training in Pakistan
http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2008/12/antwerp-youth-leave-for-jihad-training.html

(Germany) Prosecutor: Computer terrorists now key part of Islamist network
— Monika Harms: “The desk man in front of a personal computer has become an essential component of the global jihad”
— DPA qualifies her comments adding “referring to the Arabic term for ‘struggle.’”
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/245932,prosecutor-computer-terrorists-now-key-part-of-islamist-network.html

(Spain) Dissident ETA prisoners moved to Basque jails: report
http://www.expatica.com/es/news/local_news/Dissident-ETA-prisoners-moved-to-Basque-jails_-report.html

(Europe) Der Spiegel: Anarchists in Europe - What Unites the Stone-Throwing Black Bloc?
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,595938,00.html
-— Greek Youths Also Angry at Govt’s Fiscal Policies
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=6447235

(Philippines) Metro bomb plot bared
— MILF’s Guiamalodin Edsrafil arrested
-—”Moro Islamic Liberation Front planning to carry out bomb attacks in key cities around the country”
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20081212-177647/Metro-bomb-plot-bared
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/139163/PNP-Arrested-MILF-member-was-out-to-carry-out-Manila-bombings
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/MAN124618.htm

(Philippines) UN: Muslim rebels agree to end use of child soldiers
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/7f01c65d06dce5276887d45369261f20.htm

(Philippines) Senator Pimentel hails plan to create advisory panel on talks with MILF
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/139089/Pimentel-hails-plan-to-create-advisory-panel-on-talks-with-MILF

Indonesia: Muslim separatists jailed for five years
— Suganda, Dedi Mulyadi, Dede Suparman
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Politics/?id=3.0.2806501703
Indonesia: Southeast Asian Informant Taken Off UN Terror List
— Jemaah Islamiyah’s Nasir Abbas,
http://www.mysinchew.com/node/19206?tid=37

China downplays attack on French embassy website
http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/local_news/China-downplays-cyber-attack-on-French-embassy-website-.html

(North Korea) French Doctor: Kim Jong Il Did Have a Stroke
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,465853,00.html

(Colombia) Betancourt urges Dutch government to talk to FARC Terrorist Group
http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/local_news/Betancourt-urges-Dutch-government-to-talk-to-FARC.html

(Colombia) France takes in first Colombian ex-rebel
— former FARC terror group member
http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/local_news/France-takes-in-first-Colombian-ex_rebel.html

Commentaries:

Jihad Made in the USA — by Patrick Poole
— “Incredibly, jihadist recruiting events in America have long been ignored by government and media.”
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/somalis-leaving-us-for-jihad/

Stop pampering Pakistan’s military — by Brahma Chellaney
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20081212/cm_csm/ychellaney_1

Let us be Realistic about relations with Pakistan - by Prem Prakash
http://www.newkerala.com/topstory-fullnews-59561.html

Other News:

(Pakistan) Rawalpindi: ‘Honour’ killing accused remanded in police custody
— Mustafa Syed charged with killing ex-fiancee Rizwana Juanjua for exercising free will
— she “feared that her family might kill her in the name of honour”
http://www.dawn.com/2008/12/12/top18.htm

“Pakistan to uphold human rights: Zardari”
http://www.dawn.com/2008/12/12/top16.htm
-—— August 1, 2008 - Pakistan and Delusions about Negotiating on Jihad
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/095.html
-—— June 10, 2008 - Pakistan and the Growing Threat of a Sharia Mini-State
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/087.html
-—— Pakistan Public Polls on Support for Sharia
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/sources_reconciliation.html#Pakistan_Sharia
——— See Also: December 10, 2008: Human Rights, Islamic Supremacism, and our Responsibilities
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/119.html

“Islam: The way of life of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad”
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023896.php
-— South Florida Muslims use bus ads, hotline to counter “Obsession” DVD campaign
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023894.php
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2008/12/south_florida_muslims_use_bus.php

Islamic supremacist terrorists gush over CNN coverage
— ‘Defeat for Christians,’ proof Islam ‘will shine all over the world’ gush over CNN coverage
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83407

Japan moves carefully toward Islamic finance
http://islamicfinanceupdates.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/japan-moves-carefully-toward-islamic-finance/

Saudi Arabia may be making more than just peace with the Taliban.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/173828

(Israel/Belgium) Haaretz: “Far-right Belgian party Vlaams Belang says invited to Jerusalem meet”
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1046051.html

(U.S.) Washington Post: “Pentagon May Have Mixed Propaganda With PR”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121103319.html
-— Comment: according to Washington Post, an unapologetic propaganda arm for Islamic supremacists
-—— June 20, 2007: Washington Post - Engage With Hamas - We Earned Our Support - by Ahmed Yousef
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/19/AR2007061901736.html?sub=AR
—— Washington Post: Hezbollah Supporter - Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah - Muslims Speak Out
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/muslims_speak_out/2007/07/sayyed_fadlallah.html

Propaganda:

(Saudi Arabia) Saudi Gazette: “Efforts in human rights exemplary, says HRC “
-— states “[t]he Kingdom’s efforts and contributions in protecting
human rights have been widely praised by the concerned international organizations and institutions”
-— boasts over Islamic supremacist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia support for “human rights”
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2008121224123
—— Ignores Saudi “abstention” in support of Universal Declaration on Human Rights
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights#History
-—— see also:
——— December 10, 2008: Human Rights, Islamic Supremacism, and our Responsibilities
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/119.html

(Saudi Arabia) VIDEO: Call for dialogue on Islam - Saudi King Abudallah during Mecca coverage by CNN
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/12/12/nasr.islam.internal.dialogue.cnn
-— November 12, 2008: Saudis in move to improve image of Islam
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4bd05afa-b03b-11dd-a795-0000779fd18c.html
— November 13, 2008: Saudi King Abdullah “advocating peace, justice and tolerance as the key Islamic values”
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\11\13\story_13-11-2008_pg7_1
— November 15, 2008: Bush: Changing your religion is a right
—— “Addressing the UN General Assembly, he said that
the UN Declaration of Human Rights, adopted 60 years ago,
enshrines ‘the right to choose or change religions and the right to worship in private or public.’”
—— “European speakers stressed the supremacy of
individual human rights in speeches that amounted to veiled criticism of Muslim governments.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3454228/Bush-Changing-your-religion-is-a-right.html
— November 18, 2008: Saudi Arabia: Asian immigrant forced to clean mosques for ‘skipping prayers’
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Religion/?id=3.0.2720941512

(Saudi Arabia) Middle East Online: “Jihadis doing mea-culpa as Riyadh preaches anti-terrorism”
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=29177
-— “However, Hamza Wahid Hashem, political science professor
at the University of King Abdel Aziz, said that extremism is inherent in Saudi society”

Financial Times: “Islamists are questioning the merits of their embrace of the political process”
-— Roula Khalaf portrays Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood as “moderate”
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fbb33f82-c7b5-11dd-b611-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1
http://www.ft.com/comment/columnists/roulakhalaf
-— May 28, 2005 - Roula Khalaf: US should open dialogue with Islamists
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0f03208a-cee4-11d9-8cb5-00000e2511c8,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0f03208a-cee4-11d9-8cb5-00000e2511c8.html&_i_referer=

Against Nazi News:

Germany gets go-ahead to prosecute ‘Ivan the Terrible’ in last Nazi trial
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/3724126/Germany-gets-go-ahead-to-prosecute-Ivan-the-Terrible-in-last-Nazi-trial.html

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3,717 posted on 12/12/2008 9:47:49 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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To: All

http://dallas.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel08/dl121208.htm

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2008 FBI Dallas
Contact: Special Agent Mark White
(972) 559-5000

Suspicious White Powder Letters Received Around the United States

Since Monday, letters containing a note and suspicious white powder have been received by the offices of more than 30 governors across the country, said Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Dallas FBI.

The white powder in each of these letters has been field screened and the tests have met with negative results. The powder has been forwarded to local laboratories for further testing. The FBI has contacted the governors’ offices to be on the lookout for additional letters.

To date, all letters have been postmarked from Texas. It’s likely there will be more. These letters are all similar in nature.

Sending a hoax letter is serious and can have severe consequences. This is a great drain on each city’s response teams.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI and United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).

Anyone with information on who may be sending these letters is requested to contact the FBI, USPIS, or local law enforcement.

If you receive a letter, please notify the FBI and your local authorities. Information on how to handle a suspicious package can be found on www.fbi.gov.


3,718 posted on 12/12/2008 1:29:27 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://dallas.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/dl120508.htm

For Immediate Release
December 5, 2008 Richard B. Roper, U.S. Attorney
Northern District of Texas
Contact: (214) 659-8600

Arrests Dismantle Cocaine and Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization in
Abilene, Texas
Defendants Arrested are Members of the West Texas Puro Tango Blast Prison Gang

ABILENE, TX—Ten members of the West Texas Puro Tango Blast prison gang allegedly involved in a major cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in the Abilene, Texas, area, and throughout North Texas, were arrested without incident this morning by federal, state and local law enforcement officers in an early morning round-up, announced U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas. The arrests were made in the Abilene area as well as in Brownsville, Arlington, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Two additional alleged members of that organization are already in custody on related charges; another alleged member is a fugitive. All 13 defendants are charged in a 13-count federal indictment returned in Lubbock last month and unsealed this morning.

U.S. Attorney Roper said, “Today’s enforcement action, the culmination of a nearly two year investigation, has effectively shut down a dangerous drug trafficking organization operating in Abilene. Once again, an operation such as this demonstrates the commitment of federal, state and local law enforcement to work together to aggressively address drug dealing and take the profit out of illegal narcotics sales.”

“Today marks the culmination of a successful two year investigation into the criminal activity of the west Texas Puro Tango Blast prison gang,” said Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas FBI. Casey continued, “This collaborative effort on the part of the federal government and local law enforcement to aggressively deal with drug, gun and violent gang activity here in West Texas continues to achieve positive results. The FBI remains committed to the disruption and dismantlement of these organized violent gangs through the continued multi-agency Task Force concept. I would specifically like to thank the efforts of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Abilene Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Arlington Police Department, Brownsville Police Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Security Threat Group, West Central Texas Inter-Local Task Force, U.S. Marshal’s Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

Those defendants arrested this morning are:

Ricardo Valdiviez, a/k/a “Ricky,” 24, Brownsville, Texas
Ramiro Olivo, a/k/a “Burrito,” 28, of Arlington, Texas
Steven Ildefonso Flores, 33, of Abilene, Texas
Larry Villareal, 32, of Abilene, Texas
Serafin Moreno, a/k/a “Serf,” 31, of Corpus Christi, Texas
Eric Tonche, a/k/a “Quat,” 27, of Abilene, Texas
Jacob Adam Garcia, a/k/a “Little Jake,” 25, of Abilene, Texas
Lorenzo Barela, 29, of Abilene, Texas
Rolando Solis, 27, of Abilene Texas
Jennifer Grace Cortez, 26, of Abilene, Texas

Defendant Fidel Hernandez Gomez, a/k/a “Gordo,” 44, an illegal alien who resided in Abilene, is already in custody on federal charges and defendant Joe Anthony Diaz, 26, of Abilene, Texas, is in custody on state charges.

Defendant David Rodriguez, 34, a/k/a “Super Dave,” remains a fugitive.

James L. Capra, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Dallas Division, said “The arrests and seizures made today will significantly impact and disrupt this large scale drug trafficking organization. Today’s actions of determined federal, state and local agencies ensure that our communities will be safer. Illegal drugs do not discriminate, and they attack the very core of our society. The people of the Abilene area need to know that we are committed to serving this fine community and we will be relentless in our efforts to ensure that our communities continue to be safe and a great place to live and raise children.”

All of the defendants will make their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Abilene, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Philip R. Lane, on Tuesday, December 9, 2008.

Defendants Ricardo Valdiviez, David Rodriguez, Ramiro Olivo, Steven Ildefonso Flores, Joe Anthony Diaz, Larry Villareal, Serafin Moreno, Eric Tonche, Jacob Adam Garcia, and Jennifer Grace Cortez are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Defendants Fidel Hernandez Gomez, Ramiro Olivo, Steven Ildefonso Flores, Larry Villareal, Serafin Moreno, Eric Tonche, Jacob Adam Garcia, and Rolando Solis, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Several of the defendants are also charged in substantive counts and defendants Eric Tonche and Lorenzo Barela are also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant Rolando Solis is also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The indictment alleges that participants in the conspiracy, as members and associates of the West Texas Puro Tango Blast criminal organization, distributed, and possessed with intent to distribute, cocaine and methamphetamine. They would acquire large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine, transport it to various locations, and then store it at various locations.

An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. However, if convicted, each of the defendants, with the exception of Lorenzo Barela, faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million. Barela, who is not currently charged in the conspiracy, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

While stating the investigation is ongoing, U.S. Attorney Roper praised the excellent investigative efforts of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), FBI, DEA, Texas Department of Public Safety, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, West Central Texas Interlocal Crime Task Force, Abilene Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Security Threat Group Gang Intelligence Unit.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cody L. Skipper of the Lubbock, Texas, U.S. Attorney’s Office.


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To: All; milford421

http://dallas.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/dl120508.htm

For Immediate Release
December 5, 2008 Richard B. Roper, U.S. Attorney
Northern District of Texas
Contact: (214) 659-8600

Arrests Dismantle Cocaine and Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization in
Abilene, Texas
Defendants Arrested are Members of the West Texas Puro Tango Blast Prison Gang

ABILENE, TX—Ten members of the West Texas Puro Tango Blast prison gang allegedly involved in a major cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in the Abilene, Texas, area, and throughout North Texas, were arrested without incident this morning by federal, state and local law enforcement officers in an early morning round-up, announced U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas. The arrests were made in the Abilene area as well as in Brownsville, Arlington, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Two additional alleged members of that organization are already in custody on related charges; another alleged member is a fugitive. All 13 defendants are charged in a 13-count federal indictment returned in Lubbock last month and unsealed this morning.

U.S. Attorney Roper said, “Today’s enforcement action, the culmination of a nearly two year investigation, has effectively shut down a dangerous drug trafficking organization operating in Abilene. Once again, an operation such as this demonstrates the commitment of federal, state and local law enforcement to work together to aggressively address drug dealing and take the profit out of illegal narcotics sales.”

“Today marks the culmination of a successful two year investigation into the criminal activity of the west Texas Puro Tango Blast prison gang,” said Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas FBI. Casey continued, “This collaborative effort on the part of the federal government and local law enforcement to aggressively deal with drug, gun and violent gang activity here in West Texas continues to achieve positive results. The FBI remains committed to the disruption and dismantlement of these organized violent gangs through the continued multi-agency Task Force concept. I would specifically like to thank the efforts of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Abilene Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Arlington Police Department, Brownsville Police Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Security Threat Group, West Central Texas Inter-Local Task Force, U.S. Marshal’s Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

Those defendants arrested this morning are:

Ricardo Valdiviez, a/k/a “Ricky,” 24, Brownsville, Texas
Ramiro Olivo, a/k/a “Burrito,” 28, of Arlington, Texas
Steven Ildefonso Flores, 33, of Abilene, Texas
Larry Villareal, 32, of Abilene, Texas
Serafin Moreno, a/k/a “Serf,” 31, of Corpus Christi, Texas
Eric Tonche, a/k/a “Quat,” 27, of Abilene, Texas
Jacob Adam Garcia, a/k/a “Little Jake,” 25, of Abilene, Texas
Lorenzo Barela, 29, of Abilene, Texas
Rolando Solis, 27, of Abilene Texas
Jennifer Grace Cortez, 26, of Abilene, Texas

Defendant Fidel Hernandez Gomez, a/k/a “Gordo,” 44, an illegal alien who resided in Abilene, is already in custody on federal charges and defendant Joe Anthony Diaz, 26, of Abilene, Texas, is in custody on state charges.

Defendant David Rodriguez, 34, a/k/a “Super Dave,” remains a fugitive.

James L. Capra, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Dallas Division, said “The arrests and seizures made today will significantly impact and disrupt this large scale drug trafficking organization. Today’s actions of determined federal, state and local agencies ensure that our communities will be safer. Illegal drugs do not discriminate, and they attack the very core of our society. The people of the Abilene area need to know that we are committed to serving this fine community and we will be relentless in our efforts to ensure that our communities continue to be safe and a great place to live and raise children.”

All of the defendants will make their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Abilene, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Philip R. Lane, on Tuesday, December 9, 2008.

Defendants Ricardo Valdiviez, David Rodriguez, Ramiro Olivo, Steven Ildefonso Flores, Joe Anthony Diaz, Larry Villareal, Serafin Moreno, Eric Tonche, Jacob Adam Garcia, and Jennifer Grace Cortez are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Defendants Fidel Hernandez Gomez, Ramiro Olivo, Steven Ildefonso Flores, Larry Villareal, Serafin Moreno, Eric Tonche, Jacob Adam Garcia, and Rolando Solis, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Several of the defendants are also charged in substantive counts and defendants Eric Tonche and Lorenzo Barela are also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant Rolando Solis is also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The indictment alleges that participants in the conspiracy, as members and associates of the West Texas Puro Tango Blast criminal organization, distributed, and possessed with intent to distribute, cocaine and methamphetamine. They would acquire large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine, transport it to various locations, and then store it at various locations.

An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. However, if convicted, each of the defendants, with the exception of Lorenzo Barela, faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million. Barela, who is not currently charged in the conspiracy, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

While stating the investigation is ongoing, U.S. Attorney Roper praised the excellent investigative efforts of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), FBI, DEA, Texas Department of Public Safety, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, West Central Texas Interlocal Crime Task Force, Abilene Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Security Threat Group Gang Intelligence Unit.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cody L. Skipper of the Lubbock, Texas, U.S. Attorney’s Office.


3,720 posted on 12/12/2008 1:38:51 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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To: PGalt

You are welcome.

I am glad you are still reading.

I got hopelessly behind on my pings during the election, so have missed many that were sent to me.

Did not know if I should be worried about you or not.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.


3,721 posted on 12/12/2008 1:45:15 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://oklahomacity.fbi.gov/pressrel/2008/oc121108.htm

[photos on site]

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

3301 W. Memorial Road Oklahoma City, OK 73134 405-290-7770 Fax: 405-290-3885

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: December 11, 2008

Contact: Gary R. Johnson, (405) 290-3678

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Oklahoma, and William Citty, Chief, Oklahoma City Police Department, announced a reward for information leading to the arrests of ten individuals related to an investigation by the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Gang Task Force.

Following a two year investigation by the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Gang Task Force, at approximately 7:00 a.m. this morning, nineteen individuals believed to be members or associates of the Shotgun Crips gang were arrested.

Approximately 200 law enforcement personnel were involved with the arrests including the Oklahoma City Police Department, Internal Revenue Service, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, United States Marshal’s Service, United States Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force, Ponca City Police Department, Del City Police Department and the FBI. All were arrested related to Federal Drug Trafficking.

Ten individuals who have been charged in the investigation remain at large. The FBI and Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for any information leading to their arrest. Those wanted include:
Sherwood Adams Paul Jay Doyle LaTonya Ellison John Fletcher Keno Fletcher
Sherwood Adams, aka Thump, black male, 33 Paul Jay Doyle, aka Pimpin’ Paul, black male, 45 LaTonya Ellison, black female, 44 John Fletcher, aka Big Loc, black male, 38 Keno Fletcher, aka Pint, black male, 33
Marilyn Flecher Donald R. Hastings Kevin Lawrence Mumford Roshawn Thomas Lenora Wright
Marilyn Flecher, black female, 53 Donald R. Hastings, aka D-Dog, aka D-Loc, black male, 36 Kevin Lawrence Mumford, aka Playboy, black male, 35 Roshawn Thomas, black female, 29 Lenora Wright, aka Big Baby, black female, 41

The investigation was conducted by the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Gang Task Force and the Internal Revenue Service. The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Gang Task Force is comprised of the Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

If anyone has any information regarding the location of any of the ten fugitives, please contact the FBI at (405) 290-7770 (24 hour number) or the Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers at (405) 235-7300. The FBI and OKC Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest of any of the ten fugitives.


3,722 posted on 12/12/2008 1:48:32 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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[A month old, but odd enough to read.]

http://oklahomacity.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/oc111408.htm

United States Attorney John C. Richter

Western District of Oklahoma

November 14, 2008

CONTACT: Bob Troester

405/553-8999

HARRAH MAN SENTENCED TO SERVE 77 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULT WITH MACHETES

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – JESSE SMITH TREVINO, JR., 40, of Harrah, Oklahoma, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti to serve 77 months in federal prison for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. According to court records, on April 28, 2008, Trevino, an Indian, got into an altercation with another man on Indian land and used two machetes to attack the other man. The assault resulted in multiple cuts to the victim’s arms, shoulder, head, neck and back areas requiring that he be transported via medical helicopter to OU Medical Center. As part of the sentence, Judge DeGiusti ordered Trevino to pay $38,012.87 in restitution.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kickapoo Tribal Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Robinson.


3,723 posted on 12/12/2008 1:51:39 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/nyfo121008.htm

United States Attorney Southern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 10, 2008

CONTACT:
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
YUSILL SCRIBNER
REBEKAH CARMICHAEL
JANICE OH
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
(212) 637-2600

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLYMAN INDICTED FOR HONEST SERVICES MAIL FRAUD

LEV L. DASSIN, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that a federal grand jury in Manhattan returned an Indictment today charging ANTHONY SEMINERIO, a New York State Assemblyman, with one count of honest services mail fraud. SEMINERIO, who has served as a member of the Assembly representing New York’s 38th Assembly district in Queens since approximately 1978, was previously charged in a criminal Complaint filed in federal court on September 9, 2008. According to the Indictment filed today in Manhattan federal court:

From approximately April 2000 through September 2008, SEMINERIO defrauded the public of his honest services as a member of the Assembly by using an alleged consulting firm, Marc Consultants, to solicit and receive “consulting” payments from persons and entities having business before the State of New York.

SEMINERIO, however, did little or no consulting work. Instead, SEMINERIO received approximately $1 million from various entities with business before the State of New York, in connection with his position as a member of the Assembly and with the performance of his official duties, resulting in favorable treatment for those entities in New York State Government. The entities that made these payments included hospitals and related entities; a consulting firm associated with an educational institution; and a firm engaged in marketing supplemental insurance packages to public institutions.

SEMINERIO, 73, of Queens, New York, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment on the charge set forth in the indictment.

This case is assigned to United States District Judge JOHN G. KOELTL.

Mr. DASSIN praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys DANIEL STEIN and WILLIAM HARRINGTON are in charge of the prosecution.

The charge contained in the Indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


3,724 posted on 12/12/2008 1:57:42 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/nyfo120908.htm

CONTACT:

United States Attorney
Southern District of New York

U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
YUSILL SCRIBNER
REBEKAH CARMICHAEL
JANICE OH
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
(212) 637-2600

HEALTH OFFICIAL SENTENCED TO 87 MONTHS IN PRISON IN SCHEME TO STEAL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM FEDERAL PROGRAM DESIGNED TO ASSIST LOW-INCOME MOTHERS AND CHILDREN

LEV L. DASSIN, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced that CAROL PEIRCE, former Director of the federal Women, Infants, and Children (”WIC”) Program at the New York and Presbyterian Hospital (”New York-Presbyterian”), was sentenced today to 87 months in prison on charges arising out of a scheme to defraud the WIC Program out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition to the sentence, United States District Judge RICHARD J. SULLIVAN ordered PEIRCE to pay forfeiture of $100,000, and ordered restitution to be decided at a later date. PEIRCE’s sentencing comes after a Manhattan federal jury in February found her guilty on all five charges against her after a two-week trial before Judge SULLIVAN. According to the Indictment, evidence at trial, and documents filed in the case:

The WIC Program is designed to provide nutritious foods and nutritional counseling to low-income mothers, expectant mothers, infants, and young children. Among other things, the WIC Program provides participants with food vouchers for certain specified nutritious foods, such as milk, infant formula, and baby cereal. Mothers and expectant mothers also can participate in periodic nutrition education programs such as the New York- Presbyterian WIC’s “food demonstrations” where they learn such things as how to prepare nutritious meals. PEIRCE was formerly Director of the WIC Program at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City from 1990 through August 2005; after that, she became Nutrition Program Director for the Palm Beach County, Florida, Health Department.

One way PEIRCE defrauded the WIC Program was by using her WIC Program credit card to purchase tens of thousands of dollars’ of items and services for her personal benefit. PEIRCE purchased many of the items in the vicinity of her new second home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. These purchases included airfare from New York to Florida; car rentals; home improvement and building supplies; home decorations including a stained glass ceiling lamp, a bordeaux bench, and a wall sculpture; kitchenware including an ice cream maker, silver plates, a hostess set, and a Fortunoff tea kettle; and various electronics including a Sony Camcorder. PEIRCE had the WIC Program to pay her credit card bills by submitting false expense reports identifying the expenses as legitimate Program expenses.

PEIRCE also defrauded the Program by entering into a secret kickback agreement with ProGlow, a cleaning company she hired to clean the New York-Presbyterian WIC Program offices. ProGlow was owned and operated by PEIRCE’s secretary, MIRIAM COLGAN, a fact PEIRCE did not disclose. In exchange for hiring ProGlow, COLGAN had the company send an employee to clean PEIRCE’s home in Teaneck, New Jersey approximately two times per week. The woman who cleaned PEIRCE’s home did so for over three years, and was paid approximately $85 per day in WIC program money for her services. ProGlow inflated the costs of its cleaning services by tens of thousands of dollars each year to cover for this, ultimately billing the New York-Presbyterian WIC Program over $311,000 in connection with this part of the scheme.

PEIRCE and COLGAN also embezzled approximately $15,275 by having the WIC Program pay a number of fraudulent invoices submitted on behalf of a Queens bodega known as “Mejia Grocery” and “Joance Mini Market” (referred to herein as “Meija Grocery”).

PEIRCE directed COLGAN to falsely bill the New York-Presbyterian WIC Program for food and services that Mejia Grocery purportedly had provided for “food demonstrations” for WIC Program participants. In fact, Mejia Grocery had not provided any of the food or services listed on the invoices. Instead, after the New York-Presbyterian WIC Program had paid thousands of dollars to Mejia Grocery based on the phony invoices, COLGAN arranged with the owner of Mejia Grocery to have the fraudulently obtained money paid back to her.

PEIRCE also defrauded the WIC Program by submitting time sheets that falsely stated that she was working at the New York-Presbyterian WIC Program during a two-month period in August and September 2005, when she in fact already had left that job and moved to Florida, where she was working as the Nutrition Program Director for the Palm Beach County, Florida Health Department.

PEIRCE was found guilty of one count of conspiracy; two counts of mail fraud; and two counts of theft from a federally-funded program. The mail fraud counts stem from the scheme involving the payment of personal credit card charges, and the kickback scheme involving ProGlow. The theft charges stem from, respectively, the Mejia grocery and time sheet schemes, discussed above.

At the sentencing Judge SULLIVAN found, among other things, that PEIRCE had obstructed justice when she testified falsely during her trial. Judge SULLIVAN further remarked that PEIRCE’s crime, which involved stealing from a program designed to help the neediest persons in society, is “more than wrong—it’s despicable.”

PEIRCE, 53, resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

COLGAN, of Newark, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before United States District Judge LORETTA A. PRESKA to one count of conspiracy; one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds (pertaining to the Mejia Grocery scheme) and one count of mail fraud (pertaining to the ProGlow scheme).

Mr. DASSIN thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the State of New York Department of Health Investigative Services Unit for their assistance in this investigation. Mr. DASSIN also thanked New York-Presbyterian Hospital for its cooperation in the investigation. Mr. DASSIN stated: “The federal WIC program is designed to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our community in times of great need. We will vigorously prosecute anyone who steals from such programs to satisfy their own greed.”

This prosecution is being handled by the Major Crimes Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys MARCUS A. ASNER and MARIA E. DOUVAS are in charge of the prosecution.

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http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/nyfo121008a.htm

United States Attorney
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 10, 2008

WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/NYS/

CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
YUSILL SCRIBNER
REBEKAH CARMICHAEL
(212) 637-2600

COUPLE ARRESTED FOR STEALING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

LEV L. DASSIN, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the arrest today of JOHN BZDIL, III, and his wife, HEATHER BROOKE RINEHART, on charges stemming from a scheme to defraud Columbia University by submitting phony invoices for expenses and purchases purportedly related to services provided by the Pediatric Neurosciences Department of the Neurological Institute at Columbia University.

According to the Complaint unsealed earlier today in federal court:

BZDIL, the former Manager of the Pediatric Neurosciences Department of the Neurological Institute at Columbia University, and his wife, RINEHART, among other things, submitted reimbursement requests for spinal muscular atrophy studies purportedly performed by a medical professional affiliated with Columbia University. BZDIL authorized payment of these reimbursement requests by Columbia University, which totaled approximately $112,500. The services detailed in the reimbursement requests submitted by the defendants were never performed.

As a further part of the fraudulent scheme, BZDIL and RINEHART submitted reimbursement requests for items, including personal cosmetics and other consumer products, purchased from Amazon.com for their personal use. BZDIL authorized these purchases as goods and services related to his employment at Columbia University. The defendants purchased, and Columbia University paid for, over $84,000 worth of such personal items, none of which related to services provided by Columbia University. BZDIL and RINEHART also submitted reimbursement requests of more than $25,000 for charges incurred at a luxury resort, the Skytop Lodge, in Skytop, Pennsylvania, in connection with the “Rinehart/Bzdil wedding.”

Through this fraudulent scheme, BZDIL and RINEHART caused Columbia University to make reimbursements payments totaling well over $200,000 for expenses and purchases wholly unrelated to services provided by its Pediatric Neurosciences Department.

BZDIL, 34, and RINEHART, 28, reside in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Both are charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. BZDIL is also charged with one count of mail fraud and an additional count of wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of the greater of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

BZDIL and RINEHART were arrested this morning in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and are expected to be presented Friday, December 12, 2008, before U.S. Magistrate Judge DOUGLAS F. EATON.

Mr. DASSIN praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This prosecution is being handled by the Major Crimes Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney JULIAN J. MOORE is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/nyfo121108.htm

United States Attorney
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 11, 2008

WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/NYS/

CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
YUSILL SCRIBNER
REBEKAH CARMICHAEL
(212) 637-2600

INVESTMENT ADVISER AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF NASDAQ STOCK MARKET ARRESTED FOR MULTIBILLION DOLLAR PONZI SCHEME

NEW YORK - Bernard L. Madoff, the founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, a registered investment adviser, and former Chairman of the NASDAQ Stock Market, was arrested today and charged with one count of securities fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Lev L. Dassin and Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York Office Mark J. Mershon announced.

According to the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Bernard L. Madoff is the founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (the Firm), a securities broker dealer with its principal office in New York City. According to the Firm’s website, the Firm: (a) “is a leading international market maker. The firm has been providing quality executions for broker-dealers, banks and financial institutions since its inception in 1960”; (b) “[w]ith more than $700 million in firm capital, Madoff currently ranks among the top 1% of U.S. Securities firms; and (c) “Clients know that Bernard Madoff has a personal interest in maintaining an unblemished record of value, fair-dealing, and high ethical standards that has always been the firm’s hallmark.”

According to two senior employees of the Firm (the Senior Employees), Madoff conducts certain investment advisory business for clients that is separate from the firm’s proprietary trading and market making activities. According to the Senior Employees, Madoff ran his investment adviser business from a separate floor in the New York City offices of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. According to a Senior Employee, Madoff kept the financial statements for the firm under lock and key, and Madoff was “cryptic” about the firm’s investment advisory business.

According to a document filed by Madoff with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Jan.7, 2008, Madoff’s investment advisory business served between 11 and 25 clients and had a total of approximately $17.1 billion in assets under management.

On Dec. 10, 2008, Madoff informed the Senior Employees, in substance, that his investment advisory business was a fraud. Madoff stated that he was “finished,” that he had “absolutely nothing,” that “it’s all just one big lie,” and that it was “basically, a giant Ponzi scheme. Madoff stated that the business was insolvent, and that it had been for years. Madoff also stated that he estimated the losses from this fraud to be at least approximately $50 billion. Madoff further informed the Senior Employees that, in approximately one week, he planned to surrender to authorities, but before he did that, he had approximately $200-300 million left, and he planned to use that money to make payments to certain selected employees, family and friends. Madoff, 70, currently resides in New York City.

The securities fraud charge in the complaint carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000,000. Madoff is expected to be presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas F. Eaton today.

Mr. Dassin praised the investigative work of the FBI and thanked the SEC for its assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Litt is in charge of the prosecution. The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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3,727 posted on 12/12/2008 2:10:20 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://albany.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/explosives120508.htm

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of New York
100 South Clinton Street
Room 900; P.O. Box 7198
Syracuse, New York 13261-7198
(315) 448-0672

December 5, 2008
NEWS RELEASE

Andrew T. Baxter, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, and John F. Pikus, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), confirmed today that AARON A. SCORSONE of Watervliet, New York and JONATHAN PLUNKETT of Troy, New York were arrested by members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and were charged by criminal complaints alleging that they conspired to unlawfully engage in the business of manufacturing and dealing in explosive materials, without a license to do so, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Sections 2, 371, 842(a)(1) & 844(a). AARON A. SCORSONE and ADAM HANSEN of Troy , New York were separately charged in federal complaints alleging that they manufactured and distributed marijuana in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a) and 846, and used the telephone to facilitate these drug trafficking offenses in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 843.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the New York Police Department Intelligence Division’s Operation Sentry, the Troy Police Department, the Watervliet Police Department, the North Greenbush Police Department, the New York State Police, the Schenectady Police Department, the Colonie Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is comprised of representatives from the Troy Police Department, the Albany Police Department, the New York State Police, the Vermont State Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Federal Air Marshal Service.

The complaints alleging the offenses under Title 18 charge that since late September of 2008, AARON A. SCORSONE, PLUNKETT and others have agreed to manufacture and sell home-made explosive devices.

The complaints alleging offenses under Title 21 charge that in October and November of 2008 AARON A. SCORSONE and ADAM HANSEN, on at least two occasions, engaged in extensive telephonic conversations on how to maintain and improve their marijuana growing operations, took steps to facilitate those operations, and on several occasions sold or distributed marijuana.

FBI Special Agent In Charge John Pikus confirmed that search warrants were also executed by members of the JTTF at the residences of PLUNKETT, AARON A. SCORSONE and RYAN HANSEN.

Acting U.S. Attorney Baxter had high praise for the collaborative efforts of those agencies that participated in this case. Mr. Baxter noted that “various law enforcement agencies working together in a coordinated and cooperative fashion is essential for the effective investigation of criminal activities such as these.”

This prosecution will be handled in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Belliss.

LOCAL CONTACT:
Rick Belliss
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel (518) 431-0247


http://albany.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/alfo121008a.htm

Acting United States Attorney Andrew T. Baxter
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2008
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/NYN

THREE CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY MANUFACTURING AND SELLING EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS

Andrew T. Baxter, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, and John F. Pikus, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that AARON SCORSONE, 18 of Watervliet, New York; Jonathan Plunkett, 22 of Troy, New York; and Scott Monroe, 26 of Watervliet, New York were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in Albany, New York. The indictment charges all three defendants with conspiracy (agreeing) to unlawfully manufacture and sell explosive materials in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Sections 371, 842(a) and 844; as well as Title 26 United States C ode Sections 5811, 5812, 5861(b),(e) and 5871. If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

AARON SCORSONE and JONATHAN PLUNKETT were also charged with aiding and abetting one another in the unlawful possession, manufacture and sale of explosive and destructive devices on September 25, 2008 (Count 2 - an explosive device), on October 4, 2008 (Count 3 - destructive devices), October 27, 2008 (Count 4 - a destructive device), and on November 16, 2008 (Count 5 -explosive devices). If convicted of those counts charging the unlawful manufacture, possession and sale of an explosive device, each defendant faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of the unlawful manufacture or sale of a destructive device, that is, an explosive device containing fragmentation, each defendant faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. In addition, AARON SCORSONE is charged with unlawfully dealing in explosive materials (Count 6 -15 explosive devices) on December 4,2008, as well as the unlawful possession of a fully automatic AR-15 assault rifle at the time of his arrest (Count 10). If convicted of the later charge, AARON SCORSONE faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Additionally, SCOTT MONROE is charged with unlawfully engaging in the business of manufacturing and dealing in explosive devices (Count 7) in violation of Title 18 United States Code Sections 842(a) and844(a). If convicted of these offenses, he too faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Counts 8 & 9 charge AARON SCORSONE with unlawfully manufacturing, and also, possessing with intent to distribute, marijuana in violation of Title 21 United States Code Section 841(a)(1). And finally, Count 11 charges AARON SCORSONE with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm that has moved in interstate commerce in violation of Title 18, United States Code Sections 922(g) and 924(a)(2). If convicted of Counts 8, 9, and 11 respectively, AARON SCORSONE will face up to five years in prison (Counts 8 & 9), 10 years in prison (Count 11), and an additional fine of up to $250,000 per count.

The indictment alleges that the group’s unlawful activities had been underway since approximately June of 2008, several months before an informant working with the New York Police Department (NYPD) Intelligence Division - Operation Sentry made the first controlled buy on September 25, 2008, and that is when the case was initiated. Judicially authorized electronic surveillance was thereafter promptly commenced in an effort to identify other co-conspirators.

Several additional controlled buys were thereafter made, culminating in the arrest of AARON SCORSONE on December 4, 2008 as he exchanged 15 explosive devices as a down payment on a fully automatic AR-15 assault rifle. Scorsone’s arrest was followed by the arrest of JONATHAN PLUNKETT and SCOTT MONROE, as well as the execution of search warrants or consent searches at their homes.

During the course of the ten week investigation, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), with the assistance of the New York State Police (NYSP) Bomb Disposal Unit, seized nearly 80 homemade explosive devices, which were recovered during transactions between the NYPD Source and the subjects, or seized during seven searches that were conducted during a two day period on December 4th and 5th, 2008 in the Troy and Watervliet, New York, areas. At one of the search locations, investigators uncovered sufficient pre-cursor chemicals and materials to produce a significant number of additional homemade explosive devices. Investigators also seized seventeen weapons from the various search locations, including a .50 caliber rifle, along with other rifles, pistol grip shotguns, and tear gas guns.

The following agencies provided significant assistance to the FBI JTTF during the course of the investigation: The NYPD Intelligence Division - Operation Sentry, the United States Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the NYSP, the Troy Police Department, the Watervliet Police Department, the North Greenbush Police Department, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, and the Colonie Police Department.

Acting U.S. Attorney Baxter had high praise for the unwavering support provided to the Joint Terrorism Task Force by the local law enforcement agencies despite budgetary constraints. “We greatly appreciate that our law enforcement partners at every level are willing to support the counterterrorism mission, understanding that national security and public safety at the local level are inextricably linked. The collaborative efforts of the agencies participating in this investigation provide a textbook example of what can be accomplished when local, state and federal law enforcement agencies work together. It is precisely what the public expects and deserves from law enforcement.”

This prosecution will handled in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Belliss. .

CONTACT:

Rick Belliss
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel (518) 431-0247


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http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel08/topten_121208.htm

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2008

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending December 12, 2008

1. Chicago: Illinois Governor Arrested

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff John Harris were arrested on federal corruption charges including conspiring to trade or sell the Illinois’ Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Full Story

2. New York: Former Chairman of NASDAQ Arrested

Bernard L. Madoff, investment advisor and former Chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, was charged with securities fraud in a multi-billion Ponzi scheme. Full Story

3. San Diego: CEO Sentenced in $3 Billion Stock Manipulation Scheme

Stephen Parker Gardner, former Chief Executive Officer of Peregrine Systems, Inc. was sentenced on charges of conspiracy, securities fraud, and obstruction of justice. Full Story

4. Washington Field Office: Blackwater Employees Indicted on Manslaughter Charges

Five Blackwater employees were charged with killing 14 unarmed civilians and wounding 20 others at Nisur Square in Baghdad. Full Story

5. Boston: Former State Senator Indicted

Former Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson and Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner were charged with multiple federal felony charges including extortion. Full Story

6. Albany: Former State Supreme Court Justice Indicted

Thomas J. Spargo, former Supreme Court Justice of the Third Judicial Circuit of the New York State was charged with attempted extortion. Full Story

7. Cleveland: City Council Member Charged with Bribery

Cleveland City Council Member Robert J. White, III was charged with accepting a bribe in exchange for the performance of his official duties. Full Story

8. Boston: Chinese Nationals Arrested

Zhen Zhou Wu, Yufeng Wei and Bo Li were charged with conspiring to violate U.S. export laws by falsely identifying the ultimate destination of U.S. goods. Full Story

9. Louisville: Deputy Jailers Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

Wesley Lanham and Shawn Freeman, former deputy jailers at Grant County Detention Center, were sentenced for arranging the rape of a teenage traffic offender by inmates. Full Story

10. Kansas City: 110 Arrests in Violent Gang Crime Sweep

More than 160 federal, state and local investigators conducted a large-scale, two-day sweep to combat the city’s rising homicide rate. Full Story


3,729 posted on 12/12/2008 2:32:56 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://boston.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/exportviolations120808.htm

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan

District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: CHRISTINA DiIORIO-STERLING

December 8, 2008 PHONE: (617)748-3356

WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/MA

E-MAIL: USAMA.MEDIA@USDOJ.GOV

THREE CHINESE NATIONALS CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO VIOLATE U.S. EXPORT LAWS

BOSTON, MA—Three nationals of the People’s Republic of China were arrested and charged Friday in U.S. District Court with conspiring to file, and causing others to file, false export control documents in violation of Executive Order 13222, Export Administration Regulations, and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The Complaint charges that from not later than July 9, 2005 and continuing through in or about December 2008, three current officers and employees of Chitron Electronics, Inc. (“CHITRON-US”), a Massachusetts corporation, filed and caused the filing of Shipper’s Export Declarations with the U.S. government which falsely identified the end users and ultimate destination of U.S. origin goods that CHITRON-US shipped overseas.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, John McKenna, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Commerce - Office of Export Enforcement, Boston Field Office, Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Office of Investigations in Boston, Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division and Tyrone G. Barney, Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation - Boston Field Office announced today that ZHENZHOU WU a/k/a ALEX WU, YUFENG WEI a/k/a ANNIE WEI and BO LI a/k/a ERIC LEE were charged in a Complaint with willfully and knowingly violating Executive Order 13222 and the Export Administration Regulations in that they did unlawfully conspire, combine, confederate, and agree with each other and others to file, and cause the filing of, false export control documents, including Shipper’s Export Declarations. In addition, ZHEN ZHOU WU a/k/a ALEX WU is charged with filing false tax returns and making materially false statements in Chitron-US’ corporate income tax returns for tax years 2002-2007.

The Complaint alleges that Chitron-US was a wholly-owned and controlled subsidiary of Chitron Electronics Company Limited a/k/a Shenzhen Chi-Chuang Electronics, a Chinese company based in Shenzhen, China (“Chitron-CHINA”). The Complaint further alleges that Chitron-China had several offices in China, including one in Hong Kong. According to the Compliant, the Hong Kong office was merely a transshipment point or shipping office; it was set up to act as a freight forwarder—to receive shipments from Chitron-US and re-ship or transship them to Mainland China thereby circumventing U.S. export laws and license requirements. The Complaint alleges that Chitron-US filed hundreds of false Shipper’s Export Declarations and the defendants engaged in concerted and coordinated effort to file and cause the filing of these false documents. It is alleged that these Shipper’s Export Declarations falsely identified Hong Kong freight forwarders and Chitron’s Hong Kong office as the ultimate consignee or end-user and the country of ultimate destination as Hong Kong when in fact the ultimate end users of the U.S. origin products shipped by Chitron-US were located in Mainland China.

If convicted on these charges, each defendant faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment on the conspiracy charge, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $1,000,000 fine. ZHEN ZHOU WU a/k/a ALEX WU faces an additional three years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine for filing tax returns and an additional five years imprisonment and $250,000 for making false statements.

The case is being investigated agents of the Department of Commerce - Office of Export Enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys B. Stephanie Siegmann and John Capin of Sullivan’s Anti-Terrorism and National Security Section.

The details contained in the Complaint are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


3,730 posted on 12/12/2008 2:35:36 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://boston.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/publiccorruption120908.htm

The United States Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2008
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/MA

CONTACT: CHRISTINA DiIORIO-STERLING
PHONE: (617) 748-3356
CHRISTINA.STERLING@USDOJ.GOV

FORMER SENATOR WILKERSON AND CITY COUNCILOR TURNER INDICTED IN PUBLIC CORRUPTION CONSPIRACY

BOSTON, MA—Former Massachusetts State Senator DIANNE WILKERSON and Boston City Councilor CHUCK TURNER were indicted this afternoon as co-conspirators on a federal public corruption charge.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Office and Police Commissioner Edward Davis of the Boston Police Department announced today that DIANNE WILKERSON, 53, of 74 Howland Street in Boston, Massachusetts, and CHARLES “CHUCK” TURNER, 68, of 63 Beech Glen Street, Boston, Massachusetts were charged by federal indictment this afternoon.

WILKERSON and TURNER were charged with conspiring to extort cash under color of official right. TURNER is also charged with one count of attempted extortion under color of official right in connection with his acceptance of $1,000 in cash to assist a Boston-area businessman obtain a liquor license, and three counts of false statements to FBI agents. In total, the indictment handed down today charges WILKERSON with nine federal felonies and TURNER with five federal felonies. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of the funds paid to WILKERSON and TURNER by undercover agents and a cooperating witness as part of an 18-month covert investigation into their alleged corrupt activities.

If convicted WILKERSON faces up to 20 years imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on each of the nine charges. If convicted TURNER faces up to 20 years imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on each of the two extortion charges. He faces up to 5 years imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on each of the three false statement charges

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Office, in conjunction with the Boston Police Department Anti-Corruption Unit and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation - Boston Field Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. McNeil in Sullivan’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


3,731 posted on 12/12/2008 2:40:08 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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[Why do I associate this name with the clintons?...granny]

http://www.google.com/search?q=Anthony+Pellicano&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

LOL, here it is:

http://www.google.com/search?q=Anthony+Pellicano+clinton&btnG=Search&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&sa=2


http://washingtondc.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/wfo120808b.htm

U.S. Department of Justice

Jeffrey A. Taylor

United States Attorney

for the District of Columbia

Judiciary Center

555 4th Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20530

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 8, 2008

For Information, Contact Public Affairs

Channing Phillips (202) 514-6933

PRESS RELEASE

Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supervisory
Special Agent Pleads Guilty to Criminally Accessing FBI Database

WASHINGTON - Mark T. Rossini, a former Supervisory Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (”FBI”), pled guilty today to five separate counts of criminally accessing a sensitive FBI database for personal purposes, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor and Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Glenn A. Fine announced today. The conviction was the result of investigative efforts that were initiated by a referral from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California to the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.

Rossini, a resident of New York, N.Y., pled guilty to five counts of Criminal Computer Access in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before the Honorable Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola, and faces a maximum sentence of up to five years of incarceration and a $500,000 fine. According to the federal sentencing guidelines, Rossini would likely receive a sentence of between zero and 6 months. Rossini, an FBI Special Agent since 1991, has resigned from the FBI. Sentencing has been set for March 13, 2009.

According to the Statement of Offense to which Rossini pled guilty, between January 2007 and July 2007, Rossini made over 40 searches of the FBI’s Automated Case Support System (ACS), which contains confidential, law-enforcement sensitive information that relates to historic and on-going criminal investigations initiated by, and supported by, the FBI. Each of these searches exceeded the defendant’s authorized use of the ACS system, and was not part of any of his assigned work. Many of Rossini’s improper searches related to the criminal case of United States v. Anthony Pellicano (Pellicano case), an on-going criminal case that is being prosecuted in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles). That case is pending sentencing. Rossini was never assigned to work on the Pellicano case, and he had no official reason to search the ACS for these records. By making these searches, and reviewing the result of these searches, Rossini obtained official and confidential information that he was not authorized to obtain. The five charges that Rossini pled guilty to today represent separate and independent criminal acts of criminal computer access of the ACS system.

As set forth in the Statement of Offense, on January 26, 2007, Rossini improperly downloaded a copy of a confidential informant’s FBI report the contained information relevant to the Pellicano matter. Rossini provided a copy of the report to X, a person with whom Rossini had a close personal relationship. X also had a previous relationship with Anthony Pellicano, and X provided a copy of the FBI report to an attorney for Anthony Pellicano in San Francisco, California. The FBI report was filed by Mr. Pellicano’s attorneys in the Pellicano case to the court that the United States was improperly withholding exculpatory information from the defense in that case. Unbeknownst to Mr. Pellicano’s attorneys, in November 2006, the judge in the Pellicano case had previously ruled, ex parte, that the 302 report was not exculpatory to
Mr. Pellicano’s defense.

Despite news coverage of Rossini’s possible connection the Pellicano case in July 2007, Rossini consistently informed his supervisors that those news stories were completely false. On February 25, 2008, Rossini was interviewed by agents from the DOJ Office of the Inspector General, and he intentionally lied to these agents. Among his false statements, Rossini falsely denied that he obtained FBI information without authorization, or that he provided any FBI information to persons outside of the FBI, or to X.
In announcing today’s guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Taylor and Inspector General Fine praised the hard work and persistence of the investigative agents who worked this matter on behalf of the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General. In addition, they extended their thanks to the assistance provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, particularly Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Ciaffa, and Investigators Timothy Fitzsimmons and Jeremy Crider. They also acknowledged the efforts of Legal Assistant Lisa Robinson, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal S. Chawla who is prosecuting this matter.


3,732 posted on 12/12/2008 3:06:34 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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Gun store theft cracked after school arrests
KING5 Seattle Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:31 PM PST
A handgun seized at a Pierce County school helped authorities solve a Vancouver-area gun store theft that netted about 130 weapons.

http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_121108WAB_gun_store_theft_school_KC.54b89e7b.html?npc

126 guns recovered.


3,733 posted on 12/12/2008 3:36:15 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://www.king5.com/localnews/north/stories/NW_120808WAB_zamora_hospital_SW.43f068ad.html

Judge orders Zamora to hospital

06:07 PM PST on Monday, December 8, 2008

Associated Press

Video: Zamora found incompetent to stand trial

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - A judge has ruled that a man charged with killing six people in a Sept. 2 Skagit County shooting spree is mentally incompetent to stand trial and must be hospitalized and medicated before any more court proceedings.

Twenty-eight-year-old Isaac Zamora is also accused of injuring four other people.

continues.


3,734 posted on 12/12/2008 3:42:09 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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CWIHP News is a free newsletter available to anyone interested in the Cold War International History Project. It provides information on past and future CWIHP events, new publications, calls for papers, and conference news.

For more information about the Project, visit www.cwihp.org.

The above sent this information and it has all the links to the documents.
granny

http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1409&fuseaction=topics.item&news_id=494012

New Kuklinski Documents on Martial Law in Poland Released

December 11, 2008

The Central Intelligence Agency today released 83 documents relating to one of the most significant espionage cases of the Cold War, the case of Polish Army Col. Ryszard Kuklinski. Kuklinski, a senior officer on the Polish General Staff and aide to Polish prime minister and communist party chief (and later president) Wojciech Jaruzelski, had volunteered his services to the United States Army during a sailing trip to northern Germany in 1972. For over nine years, Kuklinski provided the CIA with more than 40,000 pages of documents regarding the innermost secrets of the Warsaw Pact, “the secrets of the kitchen” (Jaruzelski), including war plans—intelligence that was deemed of “truly great strategic significance” by Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s national security adviser. Much of the documentation photographed by Kuklinski at great personal risk (with the door to his office unlocked) was passed to the CIA through clandestine exchanges during boat trips, some 63 moving car exchanges and also through dead drops.

During the 1980-81 Polish Crisis he continued to provide information on Warsaw Pact planning, internal Polish developments and Soviet pressures. From the initial outbreak of labor unrest and the rise of the independent trade union “Solidarnosc” (Solidarity) to the declaration of Martial Law on 12/13 December 1981 Kuklinski provided period reporting and commentary on the chaotic progression of events. His reporting focused on the refinement of the plans for introducing martial law (with which, much to his frustration he was tasked), internal debates within the party and military leadership, and the constant pressure from Moscow on the Polish communist regime to contain and destroy the labor union.

The documents released today (see links below) include a 1977 document outlining governmental tasks in the event of a threat to national security; 18 reports by Kuklinski on information and impressions gained from his close contacts on the Polish General Staff and from contact with Soviet officers; 42 reports relaying Martial Law planning documents, 16 reports based on Kuklinski information disseminated after the declaration of Martial law on 13 December 1981, as well as one 1983 report prepared by Kuklinski after his (and his family’s) extraction to the United States.

Further study will be required to assess the significance of these newly released materials. They add to Kuklinski materials released earlier and reprinted (in part) in CWIHP Bulletin No. 11, and to CWIHP Special Working Paper No. 1, Soviet Deliberations During the Polish Crisis, 1980-1981, which provides other crucial internal Soviet documents on the Martial Law Crisis.

Additional Warsaw Pact materials will soon be published on the CWIHP website.

New Kuklinski Documents Released by the CIA
1972 Letter from Col. Kuklinski to U.S. Embassy in Berlin Offering to Spy for United States.
Download pdf

continued.


3,735 posted on 12/12/2008 3:56:17 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://www.ready.gov/america/about/pressreleases/release_121208.html

NOW’S THE TIME: THE READY CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES AMERICANS TO RESOLVE TO BE READY IN 2009

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010
For Immediate Release
December 12, 2008

With the new year approaching, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Ready Campaign is reminding Americans to Resolve to be Ready in 2009. Resolve to be Ready is a nationwide effort designed to encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action and prepare for emergencies in the new year.

“Individual planning is the cornerstone of emergency preparedness,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “Since establishing this department and Ready, we have come a long way in raising the baseline of preparedness in this country, but we still have a long way to go. As 2009 approaches, I urge all Americans to consider the importance – and real value – of being prepared for all hazards.”

Being Ready for emergencies can be an easy new year’s resolution to keep by following the Ready Campaign’s three simple steps: 1) Get an emergency supply kit; 2) Make a family emergency plan; and 3) Be informed about the types of emergencies that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses.

By taking these three steps – in particular having an emergency supply kit both at home and in the car – Americans will be prepared for winter mainstays like power outages and icy roads. Each of these kits should include basic necessities such as water, food and first aid supplies to help you survive if you are without power or become stranded in your vehicle. Complete checklists for each kit are available at www.ready.gov.

This year, the Ready Campaign is employing new media strategies to promote emergency preparedness. By using Twitter, a social networking tool, Ready hopes to not only reach new audiences, but also to open the lines of communication with the public, ensuring emergency preparedness is top of mind year-round. Twitter users can stay up-to-date on the latest Ready activities by following their username, “ReadydotGov,” on Twitter.

By making the decision to Resolve to be Ready in 2009 and following the simple preparedness steps in advance, Americans will minimize the impact of emergencies on themselves, their family and their businesses. By visiting www.ready.gov or calling 1-800-BE-READY, individuals can access free materials that will help them make and keep a new year’s resolution that will bring their families peace of mind.

February 2008 marked the Ready Campaign’s fifth year at the Department of Homeland Security. Launched in 2003 in partnership with The Advertising Council, Ready is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. It has proven to be one of the most successful campaigns in Ad Council’s more than 65-year history. Since its launch, the campaign has generated more than $756.5 million in donated media support. Individuals interested in more information about family, business and community preparedness can visit www.ready.gov.

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3,736 posted on 12/12/2008 4:06:30 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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Hugo’s Hizballah

December 11, 2008

by Alan Levine

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has defied the United States unlike any other leader in the Western Hemisphere since Cuba ‘s Fidel Castro. Chavez has strong ties with state sponsors of terror, suppresses democracy at home, and has worked to destabilize his neighbors. Recently, Chavez has also helped the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah establish a base in the Western hemisphere.

For years, the U.S. State Department has stated its concern that Hezbollah raises funds ‘among the sizable Muslim communities’ the South America, and that weak rule of law could ‘tempt terrorist groups to seek to establish safe havens’ in the tri-border area between Brazil , Argentina , and Paraguay . Indeed, with the aid of Iranian embassies, the area was believed to be a staging ground for Hezbollah’s 1992 and 1994 bombings of Jewish and Israeli targets in Buenos Aires , Argentina .

It was the U.S. Treasury Department, however, that provided recent evidence that Hezbollah had found a safe haven in Venezuela . In January 2008, Treasury’s Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed two Venezuelans—including one prominent diplomat—on its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, for providing financial support to Hezbollah. Adam Szubin, director of OFAC, noted that the Venezuelan regime was ‘employing and providing safe harbor for Hezbollah facilitators and fundraisers.’

According to the Treasury, Ghazi Nasr al-Din, a former official of the Venezuelan embassies in both Lebanon and Syria, provided counsel on fundraising to Hezbollah supporters, and provided information on where to deposit money that would go directly to Hezbollah.

Fawzi Kanan, a businessman, was also designated by OFAC. The owner of two travel agencies, Kanan used his businesses in Venezuela to transfer funds to Hezbollah and to facilitate travel for Hezbollah operatives. He even met Hezbollah officials in Lebanon about possible kidnappings and terrorist attacks.

Instead of opening an investigation, Chavez said that the world was using the allegations to ‘make a move’ against him. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the United States : ‘If they want to search for terrorists, look for them in the White House.’

Venezuela’s support for Hezbollah doesn’t end there. It was reported a few months later that the Venezuelan minister of the interior, Tayek al-Ayssami, was working directly with al-Din to recruit young Venezuelans of Arab descent that were supportive of the Chavez regime to train in Lebanon with Hezbollah. Reportedly, the purpose was to prepare these youths for asymmetric warfare against the United States in the event of a confrontation. According to this report, Hezbollah also established training camps inside Venezuela , complete with ammunition and explosives, courtesy of al-Ayssami.

Reports also indicate that Hezbollah has been responsible for converting a number of indigenous tribes in Latin America to their radical version of Islam, including the Venezuela-based Wayuu tribe. These tribe members now make up much of the membership of ‘Hezbollah Venezuela ,’ a group tied to the attempted bombing of the U.S. embassy in Caracas in 2006.

Chavez, meanwhile, is perhaps the most open apologist for Hezbollah in the hemisphere. During the Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006, Chavez withdrew the Venezuelan ambassador to Israel . He later accused Israel of conducting its defensive war in ‘the fascist manner of Hitler.’ After making those comments on al-Jazeera television, Chavez returned home and continued to malign Israel on his weekly television broadcast, Aló Presidente, where he labeled the United States ‘a terrorist nation’ for supporting Israel.

Chavez’s rhetorical and material support for Hezbollah likely stems from his affinity for the group’s benefactor and ideological inspiration, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who refer to each other as ‘dear brother,’ are proud to share ‘revolutionary views.’ Chavez says the two countries are ‘united like a single fist.’ Despite their differing faiths, they joined hands and prayed for the peoples of the world ‘to destroy [ U.S. ] world hegemony.’

The U.S. Treasury should be commended for designating Venezuelan individuals and entities that support Hezbollah. Effective sanctions against the Venezuelan government, however, will be impossible to implement until the United States breaks its reliance on Venezuelan oil. Until that day comes, Washington should strengthen its alliances with Venezuela ’s neighbors in an effort to weaken Chavez’s power. Congress can assist by passing a free trade agreement with Colombia , a staunch anti-Chavez ally. Failure to take these and other important steps will only encourage Hezbollah to expand in America ’s backyard.

Alan Levine is an intern at the Jewish Policy Center, and a fourth year undergraduate at the University of California , Santa Barbara .

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=DE00261D-D4E1-428C-A8AA-698495018B83


3,737 posted on 12/12/2008 5:38:50 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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A Belgian Victory over al-Qaeda: More Lessons to be Learned

December 12, 2008

by Walid Phares

Agence France Presse and the Associated Press are reporting that Belgian authorities have arrested 14 suspected Al Qaeda terrorists including a jihadi who was allegedly planning a suicide attack. Sixteen raids were executed by 242 police officers in Brussels and in the eastern city of Liege . Security and judicial sources described the arrests as the ‘most important anti-terrorism operation in Belgium .’ Citing the Federal prosecutor’s office, AFP reported that the move was targeting ‘a Belgian Islamist group involved in training as well as fighting on the Pakistan-Afghan border in cooperation with important figures in Al Qaeda.’

Expanding on the arrests campaign, Le Parisien wrote that since 2007 four Belgians and individuals from other nationalities joined a middleman by the name ‘M.G’ in Pakistan (to undertake jihadist activities). A few months ago, two of the men came back to Belgium and were put under surveillance. A third man joined them on December 4. The initial investigation began last year based on information related to a plot to liberate Tunisian Nizar Trabulsi, an Al Qaeda cadre who is currentlly serving 10 years for preparing an attack against a Belgian base.

Sources added that a woman by the name of Malika al Aroud ‘has played an important role in the investigation.’ Al Aroud was married to the assassin of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the anti-Taliban commander in September 2001. Her second husband is a member of the arrested group.

The Nouvel Observateur wrote that the current investigation which was opened in December 2007 ‘may have prevented an attack in Brussels .’ Based on reports in France Info, Le Figaro and other specialized sources, the most likely target of the Al Qaeda network could have been European institutions in Brussels . It should be noted that the arrests were made on the eve of an important European economic summit scheduled to take place in Brussels .

What should we learn from this preemptive strike in Belgium aimed at Al Qaeda’s European network? Based on the scope of the operation, its precision and its timing and my own knowledge gleaned from four years of meetings with European counterterrorism officials as well Belgian national security officials, the short answer is we can learn a lot from this December 11 strike against terror:

1) Belgian authorities have demonstrated significant success by waging an all out investigation against Al Qaeda for over a year without being infiltrated. This accomplishment alone is a victory at a time when jihadists are trying to penetrate Western security systems. Knowing the enemy, its ideology and its tactics are paramount elements for gradual victories. In this case the Belgian security forces and judicial authorities got it right. For example, Glen Audenaert, the director of the Federal Belgian Police, as well as his counterterrorism deputies have educated themselves on the nature of the beast they are dealing with inside this small European democracy. They were aware of the ideological nature of the group and thus were equipped to pursue it. This is a lesson for other democracies in general and the U.S. in particular: Know your enemy, learn about its ideology and make sure your institutions aren’t penetrated.

2) The arrests and just released reports about them reveals the link between European-based cells and overseas Al Qaeda battlefields. The detained Al Qaeda members have traveled back and forth to Pakistan . One of their members was killed as he assassinated a major anti-Taliban leader in 2001. His wife was also involved with the group and remarried a member of the network. — Female jihadists have been indoctrinated in Belgium for suicide operations in the Middle East , including a convert married to a jihadist and the list goes on. There is a highway between the ‘jihad lands’ in the region and the ‘jihad bases’ in the West, including in Belgium . They also exist between the UK , France , Germany and Spain . This should only call for increased international cooperation against a ‘world jihadi network.’

3) The issue isn’t local. This is yet another example that demonstrates that while many assert that the root causes for terrorism are found in suburban disenfranchisement, in this case Brussels, revelations from the dismantled network prove otherwise. The jihadists’ ‘cause’ is not the socio-economic situation in Brussels . They most likely were aiming at the Place Luxembourg in order to crumble the political will of the European Parliament. Their aim was not to send a message on social security or healthcare. They were targeting Greens, socialists and liberals as well as conservatives; they had marked democracy as a whole, not one of democracy’s debates.

4) Last but not least, this episode should remind strategists that the campaign against jihadism is much bigger than the wars in Iraq or in Afghanistan . Like India , Belgium was opposed to the invasion of Iraq and isn’t a main partner in Afghanistan . Yet it was and remains a target for the combat Salafists. This is further evidence that the jihadi threat is truly global and that the response must also be global. Today the Belgians have scored a daring victory for the international community.

Source: http://counterterrorismblog.org/2008/12/a_belgian_victory_over_al_ qaed.php


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Pakistan Govt Bans Statements of Banned Orgs in Media

December 12, 2008

The government has banned the statements of banned outfits from being aired on public and private TV channels.

Source: http://www.geo.tv/12-11-2008/30506.htm


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Jihad Made in the USA
December 11, 2008

by Patrick Poole

Incredibly, jihadist recruiting events in America have long been ignored by government and media.

The funeral for Shirwa Ahmed last week in Burnsville , Minnesota , punctuated a growing national security threat metastasizing inside the U.S. — one Homeland Security and law enforcement authorities have quickly taken note of. Ahmed, who killed himself in a suicide bombing attack in Somalia in October, is just one of up to 40 men from the Twin Cities area who have disappeared and are feared to have returned to their homeland for training with the al-Shabaab terrorist group to wage jihad.

The FBI is investigating similar disappearances in other major Somali communities in Columbus , OH , Atlanta , Boston , San Diego , and Seattle . There are even reports coming from Europe, recently from Denmark , of Somali men returning home to fight with al-Shabaab and other terrorist organizations.

ABC News also reports that a Somali from Boston, Tarek Mehenna, a U.S. citizen, was arrested last month on his way to Somalia to wage jihad after being in contact with Daniel Maldonado, a Muslim convert currently in federal prison after pleading guilty to training at a Somali terror training camp after being captured in Kenya with a Somali terrorist cell.

Predictably, Somali leaders in many of these cities are claiming surprise and shock that anyone from their communities and mosques would be leaving the U.S. for jihad. But as Daveed Gartenstein-Ross explained in a Fox News report, there exists an active recruiting and transportation network in the U.S. , including Minneapolis , for Somali-run terrorist training camps, many of which have recently reopened. In many instances, these same Somali leaders purporting ignorance and innocence for the local media are not only aware of these recruiting operations, but have actively participated in them.

A year ago I reported here at Pajamas Media (’Homeland Insecurity: Terrorist Fundraising in the Heartland’) on a November 2007 jihadist fundraising and recruiting event held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis, featuring two high-ranking representatives of the Eritrean-based Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS). The event was sponsored by local organizations. Homeland Security officials were warned in advance of the attendance of the two ARS officials, but no effort was made to prevent their entry into the U.S. They later conducted another event in the Washington , DC , area at the Days Inn in Falls Church , VA , which was also sponsored by Somali organizations in Virginia , Minnesota , and Ohio .

One U.S. Somali leader, Abdurahman Warsame, executive director of the Terror Free Somalia Foundation, expressed his amazement that the ARS officials would even be allowed to enter the country, let alone be able to openly conduct fundraising and recruiting for jihad:

This event was definitely intended to organize and mobilize the extreme elements of the Somali community here to support the armed struggle against the internationally recognized Somali government and oppose U.S. foreign policy. [ARS deputy chairman Zakaria Mahmoud Haji] Abdi was openly calling for jihad and directing supporters to use the underground hawala networks to circumvent U.S. controls to prevent terrorism financing overseas. These funds will be used to support the insurgency that is killing civilians, civil servants, and anyone who works for or with the government, in order to further weaken the country and open the doors for foreign terrorists to take control of the country. Why would this man be allowed in the U.S. ?

A year later, however, the local media are scratching their heads in wonderment about what has been happening right under their noses. And the same Homeland Security and law enforcement officials who had taken a laissez faire approach to these fundraising and recruiting events are finally reexamining these activities. One Homeland Security official I spoke with last week even cited last year’s Minneapolis event as one of the tipping points in radicalizing certain segments of the local Somali community.

So why are authorities suddenly concerned?

In the past year developments within the Somali terrorist organizations have resulted in splits and fractionalization, with the most radical element, al-Shabaab, the former armed wing of the Islamic Courts Union movement, breaking away and forging closer alliances with al-Qaeda. As a result, Somalia is quickly becoming a new safe haven for al-Qaeda. Al-Shabaab and its leaders were designated a terrorist organization by the State Department back in March.

The most specific concern of Homeland Security officials about the departure of Somalis and other American Muslims for the terror training camps in Somalia is not that they will be killed, as was Minneapolis suicide bomber Shirwa Ahmed, but that they will get trained in the Somali terrorist camps and return home to wage jihad against the U.S. from within.

And al-Shabaab has made clear its intent to attack the U.S. and kill Americans.

MEMRI has translated a video that recently appeared on numerous Somali websites — many of them run from the U.S. — in which al-Shabaab called on Americans and Europeans to join the jihad in Somalia . The video directly threatens Americans with extermination:

I’m telling the kuffar [infidels], the English people, the American people. … We’re coming for you! We’re going to exterminate you all!

Fox News also reported recently on an al-Shabaab statement vowing to ‘throw the West into hell.’

Back here in the U.S. , many of these sentiments can be heard in many mosques preaching violence and hatred towards America , the country which gave hundreds of thousands of Somalis refuge. In Minneapolis , much of the focus is on the extremist Abubakar as-Saddique mosque, where many of the missing men appear to have been radicalized and recruited. So concerned are Homeland Security authorities about the potential radicalization from the mosque that its imam and youth coordinator were prevented from leaving the country last week to attend the hajj in Saudi Arabia .

In Columbus , several mosques openly preach against America and encourage jihad. One mosque, Masjid Omar Ibn el-Khattab, nearby the Ohio State University campus, was the center of the largest known al-Qaeda cell in the U.S. since 9/11. Three members of that cell have been convicted and are serving prison sentences for terrorism support, though at least 10 others known to be involved have not yet been charged. One of those al-Qaeda members, Nuradin Abdi, a Columbus Somali resident, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years after threatening to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall.

Another U.S. citizen, Ruben Luis Shumpert, an ex-convict Seattle barber and Muslim convert, was killed in Somalia earlier this year while fighting with al-Shabaab. Shumpert fled the U.S. for Somalia in 2006 before being sentenced on gun and counterfeit convictions associated with terrorism. In a taunting phone call to FBI agents after he had fled, Shumpert vowed that he and his Somali terrorist associates ‘would destroy everything the United States stood for.’

Thus, as seen in these cases from Minneapolis , Boston , Columbus , and Seattle , fears by authorities of Somali terror spreading to the U.S. through the local Somali community are hardly unfounded. Why Homeland Security and FBI officials have been so slow to respond to this growing threat remains unanswered.

One area they are beginning to take action in is with the flow of funds from the U.S. to Somalia . As noted in a Somalitalk article on the Minneapolis event last year, the hundreds of attendees were instructed on how to illegally transfer funds through the virtually untraceable hawala money transfer networks based in the U.S. The Columbus Dispatch reported two weeks ago that banks in the Columbus area, which is home to the second largest Somali population in the U.S. behind Minneapolis, are closing accounts for these U.S.-based hawala operations concerned about their inability to track where exactly the money goes after the transfer overseas.

Amazingly, however, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and his Somali staff liaison, Abdirizak Farah, are pressuring the local banks to create alternatives to keep the money flowing back to Somalia .

For several years, the media and Homeland Security authorities have failed to take seriously the terrorist threat that has been growing in many communities. Now stunned by these disappearances in Minneapolis and other locations, they are finally beginning to take notice. Whether these very recent efforts will be able to dismantle the extensive terrorist support network here before the threat rebounds from the terrorist camps in Somalia back to the U.S. remains to be seen.

Patrick Poole is a regular contributor to Pajamas Media, and an anti-terrorism consultant to law enforcement and the military.

Source: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/somalis-leaving-us-for-jihad/


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Islamic Banking
December 11, 2008

by Rachel Ehrenfeld and Samuel A. Abady

If ‘cash is king,’ then Middle East coffers are irresistibly enticing. During a recent tour of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states , Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt applauded the ‘growing role’ of Arab banks in the U.S. economy. Treasury is seeking buyers for its newly acquired bailout assets because more than $1 trillion in cash is urgently needed to rescue the largest U.S. banks.

However, cash from the Arabian Gulf comes with a vital string attached: Islamic banking, erroneously viewed as an ancient practice. In fact, Islamic banking is a newly invented institution: ‘Neither classical nor medieval Islamic civilization featured banks in the modern sense, let alone ‘Islamic’ banks,’ notes Timur Kuran, professor of economics and law at the University of Southern California . According to the Dinar Standard, ‘assets managed by Islamic banks are in excess of $700 billion - predominantly concentrated in the Middle East .’

Islamic banking took off in the 1970s, but was first concocted by Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna in the 1920s. The stated goal was to penetrate the Western finance system, corrupting it from within in hopes of creating a parallel system to re-establish a global Islamic empire governed by Islamic law (Shariah). Islamic rules of commerce (fiqh al-muamalat) forbid interest (riba) and investing in a prohibited (hara’am) enterprise. They also mandate tithes on wealth (zakat). However, the Koran fails to precisely define these concepts. Imams and ayatollahs differ, for example, on whether riba prohibits all interest or only usurious interest.

While the overhaul of American and Western banking regulations is urgent, Islamic banking cannot be the answer because Muslim clerics - not U.S. laws and regulators - make the rules. In 1969, the Saudis created the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which is now leading the charge for global expansion of Islamic banking and has established new regulatory, accounting and auditing organizations to govern such banks. Notably, the OIC’s charter is to ‘liberate Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa [mosque] from Zionist occupation.’

Not surprisingly, zakat from Islamic banks often funts terrorist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood’s Hamas. That organization’s agenda was exposed during the Dallas trial of The Holy Land Foundation, a Hamas front group and an American Muslim charity just convicted of terrorism crimes. Evidence of the charity’s true purpose included an 18-page ‘explanatory memorandum’ outlining its ‘strategic goal … that all their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad (holy war) in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.’

Sharia financing forbids loans to entities labeled hara’am, such as industries that use alcohol, and to all Israeli businesses The Arab League Council established the boycott against Israel on December 2, 1945, (more than two years before creation of the Jewish state). The boycott prohibits all Arab states, companies and individuals from any financial or trade relations with Israel . Companies worldwide are blacklisted for doing business with Israel , as are companies doing business with boycotted firms. The OIC high commissioner for the boycott of Israel coordinates the efforts of its 57 member states from the Central Boycott Office in Damascus .

In response, the United States made it illegal for individuals or companies to cooperate with the Arab boycott. The law mandates reporting of boycott requests and imposes civil and criminal penalties against boycott participants. Arab boycott requests have risen sharply in tandem with the U.S. financial crisis and the rapid growth of Islamic banking. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security reported a 20 percent increase in Arab boycott requests overall from 2005 to 2006, and the Congressional Research Service reported 24 boycott requests to U.S. companies in fiscal 2007 from little Bahrain alone.

On April 5, 2006, Congress unanimously condemned Saudi Arabia for its continued enforcement of the boycott - which violated commitments the Saudis made to the World Trade Organization in 2005. Nonetheless, last August Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states threatened to boycott Nissan, which aired a commercial on Israeli television promoting a fuel-efficient car, and demanded the Japanese carmaker’s apology. Not a word from Washington .

Instead, the Treasury Department, hungry for petrodollars, is holding seminars to promote Islamic banking and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill. This practice must stop. Islamic banking corrupts our financial system, enables the illegal Arab economic boycott of Israel and entangles government with Islam in violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

Rachel Ehrenfeld is director of the American Center for Democracy. Samuel A. Abady is a civil rights lawyer.

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=A3900E8 D-E619-46F3-943F-EB6BB86A8C3A


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December 12, 2008 PM Anti-Terrorism News - UnitedStatesAction.com

(Pakistan) Popularity of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) zooms on jihadi websites, chatrooms
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/LeT_popularity_zooms_on_jihadi_sites/articleshow/3830090.cms

(Pakistan) We will challenge ban in court: LeT’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/We_will_challenge_ban_in_court_JuD/articleshow/3829949.cms

(Pakistan) Gulf Times: LeT’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah “Charity gets JuD nothing but trouble”
-— “’Our aim is to establish the supremacy of Islam in the world.
To fulfil this duty we are ready to devote our life, property, and abilities.
For the supremacy of Islam, we will employ all means,’ said a charter posted in Urdu section of the organization’s website.”
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=260441&version=1&template_id=41&parent_id=23

(Pakistan) Action against Jamaatud Dawa to please India: Jama’at-i-Islami (JI)
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_45

Pakistan acting against terror ‘but army support in doubt’
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg1_12
-— December 1, 2008: Pakistan’s The News - Army official calls Baitullah Mehsud, Fazlullah ‘patriots’
http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=18709

(Pakistan) No military action if Pakistan tackles terror: US
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/No_military_action_if_Pakistan_tackles_terror_US/articleshow/3827674.cms
-— India must act with restraint: Negroponte
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_49
-— Washington does not fear Pak-India war, says Rice
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg1_6

‘Pak driven by terror tag fear’ — Times of India report on previously reported story
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pak_driven_by_terror_tag_fear_/articleshow/3830657.cms
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg1_3
-— Ex-DG ISI Javed Ashraf justifies raids on Dawa
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg1_2

Pakistan paper Dawn establishes Faridkot link to Mumbai terror attack
— Mumbai Jihadist Amir Kasab link to Pakistan village of Faridkot
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pak_paper_Dawn_establishes_Faridkot_link_to_Mumbai_terror_attack/articleshow/3828933.cms
-— Dawn: “Crackdown hints at Faridkot-Mumbai link”
http://www.dawn.com/2008/12/12/top6.htm
-— Report: “Poverty turned Mumbai attacker to terrorism, says father”
http://www.antara.co.id/en/arc/2008/12/12/poverty-turned-mumbai-attacker-to-terrorism-says-father/

Pakistan tightens screws on Jamaatud Dawa
-— “Banned group says 150 operatives held, 46 offices sealed in NWFP”
-— “Five offices sealed in Rawalpindi, two in Lahore”
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg1_1

(Pakistan) NWFP: Police arrest would-be suicide bomber — Dera Ismail Khan
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_9

(Pakistan) NWFP: Taliban abduct retired policeman - in Hangu
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_12

(Pakistan) NWFP: MNA’s house, school blown up in Swat
-— “According to official statistics, the number of schools
destroyed by the Taliban over a year in Swat has risen to 148,
while more than 180 schools have been closed for fear of attacks.
Around 90,000 students have been affected by the Taliban attacks on schools.”
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_7
-— December 11, 2008 - Pakistan President Zardari “reiterated the resolve that Pakistan would uphold basic human rights”
http://www.dawn.com/2008/12/12/top16.htm
—— June 10, 2008 - Pakistan and the Growing Threat of a Sharia Mini-State
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/087.html
—— Pakistan Public Polls on Support for Sharia
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/sources_reconciliation.html#Pakistan_Sharia

(Pakistan) NWFP: Peshawar the new front line in the fight with Taliban
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081213/FOREIGN/446079960/1002/rss

(Pakistan) NWFP: Containers carrying supplies for NATO troops destroyed in militants attack
-— 30 trucks destroyed on Friday night in Peshawar
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959618&Language=en
-— Taliban attack terminal storing NATO supplies
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg1_9
-— Pakistan sends troops to guard NATO supply trucks
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081212/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_afghan_supply_line_1

‘Pakistan most dangerous in world’ - Bruce Reidel
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_13
-— Reidel also states: “It is one of the most important allies we have”
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,595148,00.html

(India) LeT Mumbai Attack Mastermind Lakhvi’s son was killed in J&K encounter in 2007
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Lakhvis_son_was_killed_in_JK_encounter_in_2007/articleshow/3830086.cms

(Afghanistan) Four British marines killed in Afghanistan blasts
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081212/wl_uk_afp/britainmilitaryafghanistantoll_081212223929

(Afghanistan) Taliban use lad, 13, to kill troops
-— “Once the unsuspecting child got close enough, fanatics
hiding nearby detonated the giant payload by remote control. The boy also died.”
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/article2033568.ece

(Afghanistan) Karzai reviews process for Afghanistan air strikes
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081212/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/ml_navy_karzai_1;_ylt=Ah3yC64IYcreYwpUkh7fIbsBS5Z4

(Afghanistan) SAS to take on Taleban ‘decapitation’ mission after leaving Iraq
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5333416.ece
— Comment: Tactical measures certainly, challenging the ideology of Islamic supremacism another matter
—— October 5, 2008 - London Times: War on Taliban
cannot be won, says army chief -— Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith
-—— says British public should be “prepared for a possible deal with the Taliban”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4882597.ece

Afghan improvised roadside blasts rise sharply
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE4BB09J20081212

Iraq may need U.S. troops for decade: Iraqi official
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081211/ts_nm/us_iraq_usa_troops_2;_ylt=Asyago0wl59YWkRx_iTDJ9b5SpZ4

(Iraq) Soldiers Fearing Terrorism Take Toy Guns From Iraqi Kids
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,466049,00.html

US calls on Europe to take Guantanamo inmates
— London Times: “America is putting increasing pressure
on Britain and other European countries to take in dozens of
Guantanamo detainees so that Barack Obama can close down the infamous prison camp.”
-— “A senior State Department official confirmed that the
response from Britain and most European Union members
had been to refuse. Mr Bellinger said: ‘It is not helpful for
countries to keep calling for the closure of Guantanamo while doing nothing to enable us to do it.’”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5333753.ece

(UK) On YouTube This Week - Islamist Protest in London
to Free Abu Hamza: ‘Pharaoh Had a Dream That One Day His Kingdom Would Fall’
http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD214908

(UK) Police launch investigation into how restaurant bomber was radicalized by Pakistani extremists
— “British police have launched an investigation in Pakistan
to hunt down two men suspected of radicalising nail bomber Nicky Reilly”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/3725980/Police-launch-investigation-into-how-restaurant-bomber-was-radicalised-by-Pakistani-extremists.html

(U.S./Lebanon) Jimmy Carter regrets not meeting with Hezbollah
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/dec/12/jimmy-carter-regrets-not-meeting-with-hezbollah/
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/world/story/411478.html
-— Carter, who seeks to promote “human rights” misses not having a chance to legitimize Islamic supremacist Hezbollah
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/01/jimmy.carter.rights/index.html
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/119.html

Palestinian president to meet Bush for ME peace talks
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_50

Morocco arrests Islamists in anti-terrorism swoop
http://africa.reuters.com/country/MA/news/usnLC719838.html
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/12/africa/AF-Morocco-Terror-Arrests.php

Africa: Another anti-terrorism front
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/12/africa/mali.php

(Somalia) U.S. Navy: Land attack on pirates unwise
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28197285/

Belgium: “Mother of al-Qaeda in Europe” saved by Belgian secret service
-— More on Malika El-Aroud
-— “The Belgian intelligence services knew already then
that she was involved with a dangerous extremist. But they
hoped that by saving her they could convince their compatriot to go over to their side”
http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2008/12/belgium-mother-of-al-qaeda-in-europe.html
-— Source: HLN (Dutch)
http://hln.be/hln/nl/957/Belgie/article/detail/546202/2008/12/12/Europese-mama-van-al-Qaida-door-onze-staatsveiligheid-gered-in-Afghanistan.dhtml

(Russia) Car carrying chief of investigative office in Karabulak blown up
http://www.interfax-news.com/3/454639/news.aspx

Russia’s lower house votes to end jury trials for terrorism and treason
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/12/europe/russia.php

Turkish authorities announce 670 PKK insurgents killed this year
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959609&Language=en

(Malaysia) Al Qaeda’s anthrax scientist
— follow-up on Yazid Sufaat released by Malaysia
http://weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/907cjrcs.asp?pg=1
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/12/al_qaedas_anthrax_sc.php

Other News:

U.S. Plans to Sign Nuclear Pact With U.A.E.
— “Proposed Cooperation With Middle Eastern Nation Would Face Hurdles in Congress on Proliferation Fears”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122904102094400097.html
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_51
-— “In recent months, the U.A.E. signed agreements with
two American engineering companies — Thorium Power Ltd.
of Virginia and CH2M Hill of Colorado — to oversee the development of its nuclear-power program.”
-— “The Bush administration also is working on nuclear-cooperation
agreements with the governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan
and Bahrain... Washington to share nuclear fuels, technologies and know-how...”
-— Comment: why would U.S. have a “nuclear pact” with ANY Islamic supremacist country?
—— See Also:
—— ‘Pakistan most dangerous in world’
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_13
— Comment: does U.S. govt seek to create more “Pakistans”?

(Pakistan) NWFP: Movement of 46 clerics restricted during Moharram in NWFP
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg7_14

(UK) Mohamed Ali Harrath: CEO of Islam Channel, Anti-Semite, and Convicted Terrorist
http://www.hurryupharry.org/2008/12/12/mohamed-ali-harrath-ceo-of-islam-channel-anti-semite-and-convicted-terrorist/

(UK) Birmingham Muslims ‘made to feel guilty’ about Western lifestyles
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2008/12/12/birmingham-muslims-made-to-feel-guilty-about-western-lifestyles-65233-22465617/

(UK) “Non-Muslim children will be taught Arabic and study the Koran under plans for a new faith school”
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/62092/Learn-the-Koran-muslims-bid-to-teach-your-kids/

(UK) Church leaders fear religious Christmas stamps will be scrapped
— “Church leaders fear religious Christmas stamps could be
scrapped for pantomime designs after Royal Mail forced them to be sold ‘under the counter’”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/3723487/Church-leaders-fear-religious-Christmas-stamps-will-be-scrapped.html

(Denmark) UN reschedules 2009 climate talks for Muslim feast
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/12/europe/EU-Poland-Climate-Talks-Muslims.php

Yemenite Cleric Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani Presents ‘Scientific’ Proof that Women Cannot Talk and Remember Simultaneously
http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD215008

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3,742 posted on 12/12/2008 6:20:14 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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Thanks to Mark Taylor and Milford421

FLORIDA USED CAR DEALERS ARRESTED, SERGIY ZHELEZNYAK IN SARASOTA AND ALI
HASSAN HAMMOUD IN MIAMI, STOLEN CARS TO RUSSIA AND MIDDLE EAST, VIN
SWITCHING

VIN Switching: The Ultimate Alias for Auto Theft.

Sarasota used car dealer Sergiy Zheleznyak had obtained 36 phony car titles for
nonexistant vehicles, late model vehicles such as six 2009 Mercedes Benz sedans, two
2008 BMW’s, and an assortment of 2008 and 2009 Honda Accords, Accra’s and Toyota’s.
Sergiy Zheleznyak runs MS Auto a small used car/body shop in North Port Fl, there is no
possible way he could have actually paid cash for almost $1 Million in late model luxury
vehicles.

Sergiy Zheleznyak was obtaining the phony titles on the non-existant vehicles from the
Sarasota County Tag office for his associate Alexksandr Mikhaylov in New York City. “Auto
Body Repairs and Painting” MS Auto is also listed as body shop repairs and painting in
local phone listings.

Sergiy Zheleznyak, as MS Auto, was going to obtain $100 each for the phony titles from
Alexksandr Mikhaylov in New York City as Mr. Mikhaylov needed the new titles to ship
vehicles matching the description (stolen possibly) on the titles to Russia. All of the
supposed 36 vehicles that Sergiy Zheleznyak registered in Sarasota were new, full size
sedans, SUV’s and pick-up trucks with 5 to 50 miles listed on the odometer, with no lien
holders, free and clear, but of course they did not ever exist in Sarasota, on paper only, but
in New York City that is a different story.

See my prior post, Tuesday, July 01, 2008, ALBANIAN MUSLIM MAFIA RUNS
INTERNATIONAL STOLEN CAR RACKET THAT FUNDS TERRORISM OUT OF NY & NJ DOCKS
TO DUBAI UAE FOR RESALE.

VIN Switching: The Ultimate Alias for Auto Theft, a technique used by thieves to disguise
the identity of a stolen vehicle. They will replace the VIN on a stolen vehicle with a VIN
that is not associated with an active theft record. The vehicle thief will then try to resell the
stolen car to an unsuspecting customer, or ship the vehicle out of the country. In addition
to manually switching the VIN, some VIN switchers will also develop fraudulent titles and
registrations to go along with the vehicle.

It appears that Alexksandr Mikhaylov had a shopping list of possible stolen cars in New
York City that he needed phony titles from Sergiy Zheleznyak in Sarasota in order to ship
his cars out of the docks of New York and New Jersey, (past U.S. Customs and Border
Protection), to Russia and re-sell his $1 Million inventory.

In Miami Fl, we have used car dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud, who was arrested in July 2008
for attempting to steal $5.7 Million from the State of Florida. Ali Hassan Hammoud
operated his chop shop under the name of Germanco Auto Parts, also as Germanco Parts
Depot Inc, and as Germanco Auto Sales Inc, all linked to the 9741 NW 27th Ave address of
“Zamaiss Import Export Inc.” as seen in the story below. Ali Hassan Hammoud also
appears to be linked to a second Florida car business that appears to have been exporting
stolen used cars to Africa and selling the vehicles with altered VIN’s.

During the last 30 days I have receives phone calls from around the State of Florida in
regards to phony Bank Checks (Cashier Checks) that Ali Hassan Hammoud had written on
his “Zamaiss Import Export” account at Regions Bank to the tune of about $900,000, that
is not recoverable. The $900,000 was for cars, trucks and over the road vehicles for
shipment to the Middle East.

SEE MY PRIOR POST ON ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD, Monday, September 08, 2008, ARROGANT
MIAMI FBI AGENT BLOWS OFF INFO ON MUSLIM USED CAR DEALER ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD
WHO STOLE MILLIONS FROM STATE OF FLORIDA & WIRED CASH TO BEIRUT

Hammoud, a native of Lebanon who lives in Miramar, was arrested Friday July 24th 2008
at Miami International Airport by FBI agents arrest as he was attempting to fly to Beirut.
Muslim used car dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud was able to steal $5.7 Million from the State
of Florida and wire transferred at least $3 Million to Beirut Lebanon (can you say
“Hezbollah”).

Hezbollah has been involved in the stolen car racket to support terrorism for years,
Hezbollah theft rings have stolen luxury cars in Canada and sent them to Lebanon for use
by senior Hezbollah officials.

Muslim Used Car Dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud was deeply involved in the stolen car
rackets see below, he was scheduled for Court, July 31st, just prior to his trying to flee the
Country;

State Case#: 132006CF001421B000XX
Name: HAMMOUD, ALI
DOB: 12/20/1972
Date Filed: 01/15/2006
Date Closed: OPEN
Warrant Type: Felony
Hearing Date: 07/31/2008Previous
Case: F06001427
Charge ...Type... Disposition
CHOP SHOP/OPERATE.............................. FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE .........FELONY
Dade County Clerk Records-Criminal Case-Ali Hassan Hammoud
Case ................Filed date .......Closed Date ................First Charge
F06001421B ....01/15/2006.........OPEN.........CHOPSHOP/OPERATE
F06001432 ......01/14/2006..........OPEN ........GRAND THEFT AUTO 2NDDEG
M06002336 .....01/15/2006 ....10/04/2006.....BUSINESS W/OLIC
F06001427 ......01/15/2006 .....02/13/2006 ...CHOP SHOP/OPERATE

On or about August 8th, 2008 I received a phone call from a Miami body shop owner who
claimed he had also been a victim of Ali Hassan Hammoud, Hammoud had used his State
of Florida used car license (with his approval) to purchase used cars from CoPart, but the
supposed Certified Checks that Ali Hassan Hammoud presented to CoPart for the vehicles
were forgeries and the Miami body shop owner is now on the hook for thousands of
dollars as it was his license used to purchase the cars.

Copart auctions used and salvage vehicles to auto parts dismantlers, rebuilders, used car
dealers, wrecking yards, and the public for insurance and rental car companies and
manufacturers. Ali Hassan Hammoud could not purchase used cars as a dealer in the State
of Florida as his license had been revoked, something about all those stolen car charges
and operating a Chop Shop.

Ali Hassan Hammoud was more than likely sending stolen vehicles out of the country after
switching the VIN’s from the Copart auction cars to the stolen cars and then via the Port of
Miami to the Middle East through his Zamaiss Import Export company.

Bill Warner
Private Investigator
WBI Inc Private Detective Agency
Phone 941-926-1926
e-mail wbi@comcast.net
www.wbipi.com


3,743 posted on 12/13/2008 1:08:01 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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Thanks to Mark Taylor and Milford421

Islamic Blogger Malika El Aroud Arrested, She Was Pandered to in a Sarasota Herald
Tribune Article, Belgium Charges 6 others in Terror Investigation

Belgium Charges 6 in Terror Investigation By STEVEN ERLANGER, Published: December 12,
2008 PARIS — Authorities in Belgium charged 6 suspected extremists Friday with
membership in a terrorist group, as per the federal prosecutor’s office.

The six were among 14 people arrested in raids early Thursday, including a woman who
writes jihadist screeds on the Internet and three men the Belgian authorities said had just
returned from training camps along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. One had “said
goodbye to his loved ones,” according to the Belgian federal prosecutor, Johan Delmulle,
leading to fears of an imminent suicide attack.

Lieve Pellens, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, said in a telephone interview that
the six suspects charged Friday included the woman, Malika El Aroud. She said that the
other eight were released because a judge had determined that there was not enough
evidence to press charges.
The suspects charged Friday are all Belgian nationals and most are of Moroccan origin, Ms.
Pellens said. She said that they should be arraigned within five days.

For a jihadist blogger, ‘Writing is also a bomb’ May 28th 2008.
Malika El Aroud insists she is breaking no laws. But if she is imprisoned, she said, “That
would be great. They would make me a living martyr.”
By ELAINE SCIOLINO and SOUAD MEKHENNET THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 4:01 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, May 28,
2008 at 4:05 a.m.

OPEN LETTER TO THE SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE AND THE NEW YORK TIMES, CAUTION
PANDERING TO ISLAMIC RADICAL MALIKA EL AROUD IS HARMFUL TO “OUR HEALTH” On
Wednesday May 28th 2008 the Sarasota Herald Tribune reprinted a story from the NY
Times concerning and romanticizing Malika El Aroud a Belgium female “Islamic Blogger”
with blue slippers monogrammed in gold SEXY, she advocates the violent over through of
the USA, the UK and every other “non-believer” Western Country, quote “She calls herself a
female holy warrior for Al-Qaida” the same al-Qaida that Osama ben-Laden admits was
responsible for the attacks on September 11th 2001 in the USA.

Malika El Arouud’s first husband had a part in the execution of the beginning of the
9/11/01 attacks, in early 2001 she followed her husband Abdessater Dahmane to
Afghanistan as he trained at an al-Qaida camp, she was installed in a camp for foreign
women in Jalalabad, her husband became ready for his mission and two days before the
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, carried out a suicide bombing in Afghanistan that killed the
anti-Taliban resistance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud at the behest of Osama bin Laden.

Massoud was the target of a suicide attack which occurred at Khwaja Bahauddin on
September 9, 2001. The attackers were two Arabs, Abdessater Dahmane and Bouraoui el-
Ouaer both Tunisians, Malika El Around’s husband Abdessater Dahmane was killed, and
she took to the Internet as the widow of a martyr (this woman is a terrorist).

The September 9, 2001 suicide bomb attack in which Dahmane and another man
assassinated Ahmed Shah Massoud, the legendary leader of the anti-Taliban Northern
Alliance in Afghanistan was a vital mission: Taliban support needed to be shored up in
anticipation of al Qaeda’s 9/11/01 attack on America. Dahmane and a fellow Tunisian,
Bouraoui el Ouaer, posing as television journalists arranged an interview with Massoud.

A bomb that had been hidden in the camera exploded. Dahmane, a Tunisian al Qaeda
recruit was, like his wife Malika El Around were/are devoted to Osama bin Laden. The same
scenario with a “supposed” interview with President Bush almost occured in Sarasota Fl on
9/11/01.

On September 11th 2001 at around 6:00 AM Longboat Key Fire Marshall Carroll
Mooneyhan was at the front desk of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort in Sarasota Fl as
Bush prepared for his morning jog. From that vantage point, Mooneyhan overheard a
strange exchange between a Colony receptionist and security guard.

A van occupied by men of Middle Eastern descent had pulled up to the Colony stating they
had a “poolside” interview with the president, Mooneyhan said. The self-proclaimed
reporters then asked for a Secret Service agent by name. Guards from security relayed the
request to the receptionist, who had not heard of either the agent or plans for an
interview, Mooneyhan said. The receptionist gave the phone over to a nearby Secret
Service agent, who said the same thing: no one knew of an agent by that name or of any
poolside interview.

The agent told the occupants of the van to contact the president’s public relations office in
Washington, D. C., and turned them away from the premises, Mooneyhan said. Zaine
labdeen Ibrahim Omer called Sarasota police on Sept. 11, hours before Bush left town with
concerns about 3 Sudaneese men in town led by “Ghandi” who had made violent threats.”

Several hours before the alleged assassination attempt took place of President Bush on
9/11/01, Zaine labdeen Ibrahim Omer delivered his warning. Its right there in black and
white in the police report, which was taken at 4.07 AM on the morning of September 11.
The Sarasota police immediately called in Secret Service agents guarding the President,
who was spending the night at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, on Longboat Key, just
off Sarasota.

Within hours Secret Service agents were searching an apartment in Sarasota, where they
took a number of Sudanese men into custody (see complete Sarasota Police report) . They
arrested three occupants from Sudan; they were questioned for the next ten hours,
according to one, Fathel Rahman Omer. The Secret Service also raided a beauty supply
store in Sarasota, owned by one “Hakim,” who identified the mysterious “Ghandi” as a
member of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, itself closely allied with the Taliban
and Al Queda.

In a August 24th 2006 interview with CNN, Malika El Around she said “It’s easy for me to
describe the love my husband felt because I felt it myself,” she said. “Most Muslims love
Osama. It was he who helped the oppressed. It was he who stood up against the biggest
enemy in the world, the United States. We love him for that.” She remarried Moez
Garsalloui, a Tunisianin in 2005/2006 , and she and her new husband were convicted in
Switzerland for operating pro-al-Qaida Web sites.

Now, according to the Belgian authorities, she is a suspect in what they believe is a plot to
carry out attacks in Belgium. (this woman is a terrorist) “Vietnam is nothing compared to
what awaits you on our lands,” she wrote to a supposed Western audience in March about
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Ask your mothers, your wives to order your coffins.” (this
woman is a terrorist).

Her new “husband” Moez Garsalloui, was detained last December with 13 others in what
the authorities suspected was a plot to free a convicted terrorist from prison and to launch
an attack in Brussels. But Belgian law required that they be released within 24 hours,
because no charges were brought and searches failed to turn up weapons, explosives or
incriminating documents, Moez Garsalloui has now dropped out of sight, on another al-
Qaeda venture.

Now, even as Malika El Aroud remains under constant surveillance, she is back home
rallying militants on her main Internet forum and collecting more than $1,100 a month in
government unemployment benefits. (this woman is a terrorist).

Perhaps the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the New York Times (which owns the Sarasota
Herald) could spend their journalistic efforts in helping to get websites such as Malika El
Aroud’s (which spew terrorist propaganda 24/7 with “Death to the West” at the fore front)
shut down and perhaps help prevent another 9/11.

Certain groups such as the “Jawa Report” and the “Internet Haganah” work very ward in
shutting down jihad websites like Malika El Aroud’s, she is the enemy, she is a terrorist,
she wants you and everyone of the non-believers to either convert to Islam or perish, it is
just that simple.

In the very short time that I have worked with major main stream newspapers in shutting
down terrorist websites nationwide we have obtained very positive results in Tampa Fl
Phoenix AZ, Boston MA and National Press with Fox News.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman has made public statements and requested that YouTube cancel
the numerous terror videos that show US soldiers shot or blown up by al-Qaeda in Iraq or
the Taliban in Afghanistan, YouTube shut down 80 such videos, but many more exist.Al-
Qaeda is winning the propaganda war on the Internet and the Sarasota Herald Tribune and
the New York Times need not help them along.

posted by bill warner
WBI Inc Private Detective Agency
Sarasota Fl
www.wbipi.com


3,744 posted on 12/13/2008 1:15:39 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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Muslim lawyer Anjem Choudary brands Christmas ‘evil’
Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary has branded Christmas “evil” in a sermon posted on the internet.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3699565/Muslim-lawyer-Anjem-Choudary-brands-Christmas-evil.html

By Murray Wardrop
Last Updated: 12:39PM GMT 10 Dec 2008
Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary has branded Christmas evil in a sermon posted on the internet.
Choudary sai Christmas was ‘the pathway to hellfire’. Photo: PA

The lawyer, who recently praised the Mumbai terror attacks, urged all Muslims to reject traditional Christmas celebrations, claiming that they are forbidden by Allah.

The 41-year-old shocked Christians and even those of his own faith by branding yuletide festivities as “the pathway to hellfire”.

Choudary, who is chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers, ruled out all celebrations, including having a Christmas tree, decorating the house or eating turkey.

continue.


3,745 posted on 12/13/2008 2:08:42 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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http://www.preventwmd.org/

Preventing Terrorism: Assessing the Nation’s Progress

Bob Graham

Jim Talent

In its report to the American people in 2004, the 9/11 Commission warned that “the greatest danger of another catastrophic attack in the United States will materialize if the world’s most dangerous terrorists acquire the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

Congress heeded that warning in 2007 when it established the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. Republicans and Democrats alike recognize that stopping terrorists from obtaining nuclear and biological weapons must be an urgent national priority.

The mandate of our Commission is to build on the work of the 9/11 Commission and complete a critical task: to assess our nation’s progress in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, and to provide a roadmap to greater security with concrete recommendations for improvement.

We’re examining the government’s current policies and programs, identifying gaps in our government’s prevention strategy and recommending ways to close them when we issue our report in December.

Since May, we have interviewed over 200 experts inside and outside of government. We have met with counterterrorism and intelligence officials here at home and abroad who are working to stop proliferation and terrorism.

Seven years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the threat of a terrorist attack on the United States is still very real. We are not yet safe. There is more that can and must be done. The security of the United States – and the world – depends on it.

Bob Graham, Chairman

Jim Talent, Vice Chairman


3,746 posted on 12/13/2008 10:53:58 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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This could be a preview of what our economic situation could become.

The background of the posts is this: the government of Argentina allowed the public treasury to assume private company debt incurred in the 1980s and 1990s (possibly in fraudulent transactions). Sound familiar? The debt grew and grew, and when it became too burdensome in 2001, Argentina defaulted.

Overnight, the Argentine peso lost two thirds of its value (33 cents instead of one US dollar). The money supply collapsed. If you had $2000 in the bank, then the bank decided (I’m sure with the collusion of the government) that you actually had only $666 pesos, not $2000. The author insists that the banks (perhaps it was also the Argentine treasury, or the IMF, or someone else, in addition to the banks) stole 2/3 of the deposited money. I suppose that could be debated. With runs on the banks, no one gets all their money back immediately.

Eventually some of the accounts were settled, but in the meantime, there was a huge cash flow problem. People lost their jobs, crime skyrocketed, goods in the stores disappeared, mobs began to riot and loot with abandon, and no one was safe any more.

I urge everyone to read this account. Especially pay attention to the beginning where he describes the “pyramid” analogy. It will help you understand what follows. It may portray our future:

http://www.rapidtrends.com/blog/surving-argentinas-economic-collapse-part-1-3/

http://www.rapidtrends.com/blog/surving-argentinas-economic-collapse-part-2-3/

http://www.rapidtrends.com/blog/surving-argentinas-economic-collapse-part-3-3/

The author calls himself Ferfal.

His ongoing blog is here:

http://ferfal.blogspot.com/

He has posted a series of videos here, describing the history of Argentina’s descent into chaos and poverty:

http://ferfal.blogspot.com/2008/07/video-worth-watching-argentinas.html

As he says, the videos are written and presented from a leftist point of view, but worth watching to see the process of devaluation. This was a watershed date for the country. Everyone refers to “before 1:1” or “since 2001.” They universally hate the International Monetary Fund.

A couple more videos I found, I have not reviewed them so I don’t know if they are tin-foil hat material:

http://www.anglofareast.com/crash_course.php

http://www.iousathemovie.com/?lk=7659286-7659286-0-34076-fcXszkyoaFuEeycRQu5oKhzRvYTkf764

Thank you BananaSlug.com!!


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December 13, 2008 Anti-Terrorism News - UnitedStatesAction.com

(Pakistan) Militant group goes underground in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (LeT’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah)
http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/dec/13mumterror-militant-group-goes-underground-in-pok.htm
— Major Jihadi groups in Pak go underground
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/Major_Jihadi_groups_in_Pak_go_underground/rssarticleshow/3832025.cms

(Pakistan) Jamaat-ud-Dawa may have moved funds before UN ban
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/Jamaat-ud-Dawa_may_have_moved_funds_before_UN_ban/rssarticleshow/3832005.cms

(Pakistan) “The house arrest of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, accused of
indirect links to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, seems more of a forced vacation”
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/13/asia/pakistan.php

(Pakistan) I am going away for jihad: Kasab told his mother in Pak
http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/I-am-going-away-for-jihad-Kasab-told-his-mother-in-Pak/398067/
— Captured terrorist Kasab my son, says father in Pakistan - another report
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/3827622.cms

(Pakistan) FATA: Pakistan militants kill 2 alleged US spies: Police - in North Waziristan
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pakistan_militants_kill_2_alleged_US_spies_Police/articleshow/3832621.cms

(Pakistan) US denies move to brand Pakistan terrorist state
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/US_denies_move_to_brand_Pakistan_terrorist_state/articleshow/3832794.cms
— Pakistan not a terrorist-assisting state: US
—— US State Department Sean McCormack
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/Pakistan_not_a_terrorist-assisting_state_US/articleshow/3832053.cms

Pakistan Commentators: ‘Time to bid goodbye to jihad diplomacy’
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Time_to_bid_goodbye_to_jihad_diplomacy/rssarticleshow/3831524.cms
— Pakistan’s The News: “Degrading... but do we have a choice?” by Ayaz Amir
http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=151432
-— Amir: “From which the slow conclusion emerges that it may be
time to bid a final farewell to the diplomacy of ‘jihad’. There was a
time when Pakistan could get away with the sponsoring of
cross-border ‘jihad’. We did it in Afghanistan, forgetting that
what made that such a resounding success was American
sponsorship. Profiting by the Afghan experience, and indeed
spurred by it, we did it again in Indian-occupied Kashmir. When
a few thousand fighters tied down nearly half a million Indian troops we considered it brilliant strategy.”
-— Amir also seeks: Pakistan to say “goodbye to the military alliance with the United States which sits like a yoke round our neck”

India to share Mumbai evidence once probe ends
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/India_to_share_Mumbai_evidence_once_probe_ends/articleshow/3831784.cms

(India) PM asks govts ‘in our region’ to act swiftly against terror
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/PM_asks_govts_in_our_region_to_act_swiftly_against_terror/articleshow/3832351.cms?TOI_latestnews
— India heaps fresh pressure on Pakistan
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081213/wl_afp/indiaattacksdiplomacy_081213111341;_ylt=Aqe7tFjlNXh0rfgUHOMDqpgBS5Z4

(India) RDX used in Nov 26 taxi explosions: Police
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/RDX_used_in_Nov_26_taxi_explosions/articleshow/3832936.cms

(India) Human chains circle terror sites in Mumbai
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/12/Human_chains_circle_terror_sites_in_Mumbai/UPI-79141229143261/

(India J&K) One killed, six injured in J&K poll clashes
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/One_killed_six_injured_in_JK_poll_clashes/articleshow/3832483.cms?TOI_latestnews

(India) Maoists kill four in Jharkhand
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Maoists_kill_four_in_Jharkhand/articleshow/3832545.cms

(Afghanistan) Police: Taliban renew attack on NATO cargo
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12/13/pakistan.violence.nato/index.html?section=cnn_latest

(U.S.) Gates asks Middle East nations to help fight spread of terror
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728175766&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Iraqi PM dismisses comment US to stay 10 years
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081213/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq_30

(Iran) Tehran diplomat says nuclear sanctions have united Iran
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iranqa13-2008dec13,0,4414011.story?track=rss

(Syria) IAEA: ‘Syria must cooperate within three months or be punished’
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728176077&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(Israel) Palestinians fire Kassam into western Negev; none wounded
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728176309&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(Saudi Arabia) A Saudi’s luxurious plight in terror’s shadow — Yassin Kadi
— US Treasury OFAC Director Adam Szubin on Yassin Kadi: “we have found that he is a supporter of terror.”
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/12/africa/profile.php

(Somalia) Seattle Jihad Barber Killed in Somalia fighting for al Qaeda
-— Ruben Shumpert (aka, “Amir Abdul Muhaimin”)
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/195408.php
http://fredfryinternational.blogspot.com/2008/12/escaped-criminal-suspected-terrorist.html
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/187514.php

(Somalia) US lacks intelligence to fight pirates in Somalia: Robert Gates
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/US_lacks_intelligence_to_fight_pirates_in_Somalia_Robert_Gates/articleshow/3832790.cms?TOI_latestnews

(Somalia) Indian Navy repulses attack on ship off Somalia
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Navy_repulses_attack_on_ship_off_Somalia/articleshow/3832886.cms

(Somalia) Pirates release seized chemical tanker
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24794947-23109,00.html

(Yemen) Police arrest 8 in Yemeni Jew’s murder
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728172536&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(Philippines) 3 killed in suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) attack in Basilan; 3 snatched by Abu Sayyaf
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/139290/3-killed-in-MILF-attack-in-Basilan-3-snatched

(Philippines) Gov’t, MILF may resume talks on Dec. 22 - Palace
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/139225/Govt-MILF-may-resume-talks-on-Dec-22-—Palace

(Thailand) Rebel attacks kill four in Thai Muslim south - in Pattani and Yala
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BKK333736.htm

Other News:

(U.S.) Oregon: Officer killed, police chief injured in Oregon bank explosion - rationale unknown
http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/12/12/oregon.bank.bomb/index.html
-— AP: West Coast Bank and Wells Fargo banks received telephone bomb threats
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081213/ap_on_re_us/bank_bombing_10

(U.S./Canada) ID Rules To Change For Canada Crossings
DHS Defies Congress By Going Forward Now
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/21/AR2008012101961.html?wprss=rss_world%2Fnorthamerica

(Egypt) Christian-Muslim Strains Flare At Cairo Church
-— After Christians have “secret” service in abandoned warehouse in Cairo
-— “A crowd of angry Muslims quickly gathered, threw stones at the building
and burned banners that said, ‘No to the church.’ They tried to storm the gates,
clashed with police and chanted, ‘The church has fallen, the priest is dead,’ according to witnesses.”
http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2008/12/13/religion/121308cairochurch.txt

(Iran) Calls in Iran to Topple Egyptian, Saudi Regimes
http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA47908

(UK) British Muslims must follow law of the land: Sir Ghulam Noon
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ET_Cetera/British_Muslims_must_follow_law_of_land/articleshow/3826929.cms

(U.S.) Harvard Conference: “If we’re careful, Al Qaeda may self-destruct”
— Harvard University has speaker Nelly Lahoud claiming “some people
undertaking jihad ‘because they either wanted to redeem themselves
or had nothing better to do.’ Many are ignorant of religion and lacking
knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence, a deficiency bemoaned by other jihadis.”
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/12/13/if_were_careful_al_qaeda_may_self_destruct/
http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/3794/will_alqaida_self_destruct.html
http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/experts/1822/nelly_lahoud.html?back_url=%2Fpublication%2F18664%2Fislamic_responses_to_europe_at_the_dawn_of_colonialism.html&back_text=Back+to+publication
http://www.lsu.edu/artsci/groups/voegelin/EVS/2003%20Papers/N.Lahoud2003.htm

(Pakistan) Obama associate Kerry likely to visit Pakistan: Policy options for South Asia to be discussed
http://www.dawn.com/2008/12/13/top20.htm

Commentaries:

How Can We Make the Dog Bark? by Bill Warner
http://www.actforamerica.org/index.php/home/10-newsmaster/652-how-can-we-make-the-dog-bark-

Propaganda:

Washington Post: The Other Front by Sarah Chayes
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/12/AR2008121203290.html
— claims only reason Taliban successful is due to ineffective government
— completely ignores ideology of Islamic supremacism
—— In Response See:
-—— October 17, 2008: Jihad and the “Reconciliation” with Islamic Supremacism
http://anti-jihad.org/blog/2008/10/reconciliation/
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/109.html

Against Nazi News:

(UK) Neo-Nazi Racist who had bomb kit jailed for campaign against couple — Nathan Worrell
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/13/uk-security-nazi-terrorist-jailed

(U.S.) White Supremacists: Obama plotters’ case set for April
— Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/12/Obama_plotters_case_set_for_April/UPI-37101229133469/

AIG and Sharia Finance - Sunday, December 14 5:30 PM ET Radio

Jeffrey of Anti-Jihad League of America will be addressing AIG and
its business ventures in Sharia-Compliant Finance
on Sunday, December 14, at 5:30 PM ET

on John Batchelor Radio Program
http://www.johnbatchelorshow.com/

New York, WABC-AM 770
Washington DC, WMAL-AM 630
San Francisco, KSFO-AM 560
Los Angeles, KFI-AM 640

— see related report
AIG Defies U.S. Taxpayers by Promoting Sharia in America
http://anti-jihad.org/blog/2008/12/aig-defies-us-taxpayers/
— ongoing petition
End U.S. Ownership of Sharia Business Now Petition
http://www.petitiononline.com/stopaig/petition.html
__._,_.___

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(Iraq) Green Zone comes under missile attack during Bush’s visit
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959963&Language=en

(Iraq) Gunmen shot, injure Iraqi professor in Mosul
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959947&Language=en

(Afghanistan) ISAF soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959814&Language=en

(Afghanistan) Taliban kidnaps seven in Afghanistan, one dead
-— Taliban: “We abducted them after they continued to sing and
play music despite a recent ban on music announced by Taliban. One of them died of a heart attack”
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Taliban_kidnaps_seven_in_Afghanistan_one_dead/articleshow/3836898.cms

(Afghanistan) 3 Afghan police killed in Kandahar bomb blast
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/14/asia/AS-Afghanistan.php

(Afghanistan) Taliban’s 12 Child Bombers
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/75627/Taliban-s-12-child-bombers-chain-of-terror-that-brought-child-killers
-— UN Denounces Taliban’s ‘Unscrupulous’ Use of 13-Year-Old Bomber
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=abLWUJvvpRrE&refer=worldwide
-—— Comment: But not enough to condemn the Islamic supremacist ideology behind Taliban

(Afghanistan) 35 Taliban militants killed in ‘clean-up’: Afghan commander
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081214/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunresttalibanhelmand

(Afghanistan) UK PM Gordon Brown ready to defy Barack Obama over Afghanistan troop surge
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5342404.ece
-— October 5, 2008: War on Taliban cannot be won, says army chief -— Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith
-— says British public should be “prepared for a possible deal with the Taliban”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4882597.ece

Pak’s intelligence agencies no longer backing Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT): Pakistan President Zardari
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ISI_no_longer_backing_Lashkar_says_Zardari/articleshow/3835222.cms
-— No ISI link with LT, says Zardari
—— Comment: Zardari continues to think U.S. are fools: “Maybe
before 9/11, that may have been a position. [But] since then, things have changed to a great extent”
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\14\story_14-12-2008_pg1_1

(Pakistan) Blacklist terror charity still open
— “Main complex of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, linked to Mumbai attacks, is still open four days after it was placed on UN terrorist list”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5340567.ece

Pakistan yet to formally ban Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD): Report
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pak_yet_to_formally_ban_JuD_Report/articleshow/3837159.cms
-— “’There is no need to issue any such notification against the
organisation once it is banned by the UN,’ the official was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper on Sunday.”
—— Dawn: “’Formal notification not required to proscribe Dawa’: Over 100 offices sealed, 50 leaders held”
http://www.dawn.com/2008/12/14/top18.htm
—— No proof Dawa is terror front, says Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\14\story_14-12-2008_pg1_2

(Pakistan) Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) ban not under Indian pressure: Pak PM Gilani
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Jamaat_ban_not_under_Indian_pressure_Pak_PM/articleshow/3836725.cms
-— Dawa leaders have right to appeal UNSC decision: Pakistan UN Ambassador Haroon
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\14\story_14-12-2008_pg7_53
-— ‘Dawa cannot appeal to ICJ against UNSC resolution’ — say legal experts
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\15\story_15-12-2008_pg7_26
-— ‘Action against Dawa to continue until goals met’
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\14\story_14-12-2008_pg1_6

(Pakistan) Detained Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leaders may be let off: Pak police
-— “he told The News daily that detained leaders would be freed
if no evidence of their involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks is received from India.”
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Detained_Jamaat_leaders_may_be_let_off_Pak_police/articleshow/3836500.cms

(Pakistan) ‘JuD transferred money out of most banks’
http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=18967
-— Money Eludes Pakistan’s Crackdown on Accused Terror Group
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122913894799103941.html

(Pakistan) Mumbai attacks: How Indian-born Islamic militants are trained in Pakistan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/3741868/Mumbai-attacks-How-Indian-born-Islamic-militants-are-trained-in-Pakistan.html
-— India did not present evidences of Mumbai attacks: SM Qureshi
http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=62243

(Pakistan) India, Pakistan should stop blame game, says Pakistan’s Malik
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Stop_blame_game_Pakistan_tells_India/articleshow/3837881.cms

(Pakistan) Terrorists in Pakistan planning over 20 attacks on Britain, says Gordon Brown
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/3757357/Terrorists-in-Pakistan-planning-over-20-attacks-on-Britain-says-Gordon-Brown.html
— UK PM Brown blames Pakistan militants over Mumbai — Lashkar-e-Taiba
— Pakistan ‘linked to 75% of all UK terror plots’, warns Gordon Brown
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5339975.ece
— Brown: “three-quarters of the most serious terrorist plots investigated by the British authorities have links to al Qaeda in Pakistan.”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081214/ts_nm/us_india_mumbai_brown_5
-— Britain promises more anti-terror aid to Pakistan
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_south_asia_brown_visit;_ylt=ArwYt21tnEZAB6smlQsfJECROrgF
-— UK PM offers pact to stop Pakistan exporting terror
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/dec/15/pakistan-gordon-brown-terrorism-pact

Pakistan must take ‘significant action’ against terrorists: McCain
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Pakistan_must_take_significant_action_against_terrorists_McCain/articleshow/3838403.cms?TOI_latestnews
-— December 6, 2008: US senators says Pakistan will act
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/06/asia/AS-Pakistan.php
-— McCain with Pakistan PM Gilani
http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Gilani-Prime-Minister-Sen-John-McCain-Pakistan/photo//081206/481/7e643ab9c8684570850f809d34753e81//s:/ap/20081206/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_4
-— December 3, 2008: US will not back Indian attack against Pakistan: McCain
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\03\story_3-12-2008_pg1_2

‘Pakistan needs improved gear to fight Taliban’
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\15\story_15-12-2008_pg1_9
-— December 12, 2008: Pakistan acting against terror ‘but army support in doubt’
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\13\story_13-12-2008_pg1_12
-— December 1, 2008: Pakistan’s The News - Army official calls Baitullah Mehsud, Fazlullah ‘patriots’
http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=18709
—— Pakistan Public Polls on Support for Sharia
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/sources_reconciliation.html#Pakistan_Sharia

(Pakistan) Heavy artillery movement causes scare in Lahore
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Heavy_artillery_movement_causes_scare_in_Lahore/articleshow/3836633.cms

(Pakistan) NWFP/FATA: Taliban (TTP) owns attacks on NATO supplies, warns of more assaults
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\15\story_15-12-2008_pg1_7
-— Taliban torch 11 more NATO trucks
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\14\story_14-12-2008_pg7_6

(Pakistan) NWFP: Taliban kill rival cleric, eight followers in Swat
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\15\story_15-12-2008_pg1_4
— Militants kill rival chief, capture 22 in Swat
http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=18970

(Pakistan) NWFP: Taliban torch 18 CD shops — in Hangu
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\15\story_15-12-2008_pg7_9

(Pakistan) FATA: Taliban commander, three Afghans killed in Bajaur Agency
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\14\story_14-12-2008_pg7_2

(Pakistan) Baluchistan: Two killed in Dera Bugti bomb blast
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\12\15\story_15-12-2008_pg1_8

(India) Stop terrorism for better ties: PM to Pak
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Stop_terrorism_for_better_ties_PM_to_Pak/articleshow/3837719.cms

(India) Mumbai attacks: Kasab can’t be denied legal aid, say experts
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Kasab_cant_be_denied_legal_aid_say_experts/articleshow/3836854.cms

(India) Mumbai gunman’s confession sheds light on massacre
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081213/ap_on_re_as/as_india_shooting

(India) Mumbai attacks: British agents want to interview surviving suspect
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/3757260/Mumbai-attacks-British-agents-want-to-interview-surviving-suspect.html

(India) Jurists call for curbs on countries soft on terrorism
http://www.hindu.com/2008/12/15/stories/2008121554231300.htm
-— Comment: like UK, as well as Pakistan?

(UK) Terrorism adviser to Scotland Yard is on wanted list — Mohamed Ali Harrath
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342730.ece
-— Interpol notice urges arrest of Islam TV chief
-— Tunisian Islamic Front (FIT)’s “Mohamed Ali Harrath has been the subject of the Interpol red notice since 1992”
-— “Tunisia has accused Mr Harrath, the chief executive officer
of the Islam Channel in Britain and an adviser to the Scotland Yard
Muslim Contact Unit, of seeking help from Osama bin Laden.
It says that the FIT wants to establish ‘an Islamic state by means of armed revolutionary violence.’”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342730.ece
-— http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1094792/Wanted-terror-suspect-Scotland-Yard-advisor-Muslim-extremism.html?ITO=1490
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1094792/Wanted-terror-suspect-Scotland-Yard-advisor-Muslim-extremism.html?ITO=1490

(UK) Tunisia claims exile met Osama bin Laden and recruited trainees for terror camps
-— Mohamed Ali Harrath
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342735.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093

(UK) Unanswered questions about a ‘man of peace’ on Interpol list — Mohamed Ali Harrath
-— “The Islam Channel founded and run by Mohamed Ali Harrath,
who is wanted by Interpol, is watched by 59 per cent of Britain’s 1.6 million Muslims”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342734.ece

(UK) Mohamed Ali Harrath: “Nothing criminal about trying to establish an Islamic state”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342766.ece

(U.S.) Chertoff: Obama shouldn’t rush on Guantanamo Bay
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081214/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_chertoff_1

(Iran) ‘Offering ‘carrots’ to Iran a mistake’ — Republican Senator Kit Bond
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728196448&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(Israel) Conference on Jihad Tackles Islamic Totalitarianism Head-On
— “Facing Jihad” conference in Jerusalem
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/128850
http://facingjihad.com/
-— Wilders: “Islam is a Totalitarian Ideology”
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/TV/?act=one&id=2964
-— Text of Wilders’ speech
http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2008/12/geert-wilders-speech-in-jerusalem.html

(Gaza) Palestinians launch missile towards Israel
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959887&Language=en
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959821&Language=en

(Gaza) Islamic Jihad: Gaza will be “graveyard for Israelis”
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023924.php

(Gaza) IMF/World Bank: Top officials: Israel’s halting cash flow to Gaza counterproductive
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728198239&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(Hamas) Former US president Carter meets Hamas leader
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728196097&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Hamas plays hardball with Israeli ceasefire
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83639

Somalia: 20 Feared Dead in Lower Shabelle Clashes between Ethiopian Soldiers, Insurgents
http://allafrica.com/stories/200812140002.html

Algerian army kills 2 Islamists after gun battle
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/14/africa/AF-Algeria-Violence.php

(Russia) Five police, one soldier wounded in Russian Caucasus attacks
http://www.focus-fen.net/?id=n163028

(Greece) Militants firebomb Athens police after death vigils
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/greeceviolence;_ylt=Apa6yS3q.uM8cpQu_GA5u79g.3QA
-— Greek riots spark fear of Europe in flames
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5337633.ece
—— Comment: history of Anarchist terrorism

(Philippines) Suspected Abu militants abduct trader in Jolo
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/139363/Suspected-Abu-militants-abduct-trader-in-Jolo
http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20081214\ACQDJON200812142157DOWJONESDJONLINE000468.htm&&mypage=newsheadlines&title=Muslim%20Extremists%20Kidnap%20Filipino-Chinese%20Businessman

(Philippines) Cops hunt rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) bomb squad
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20081214-177899/Cops-hunt-rogue-MILF-bomb-squad

(Philippines) Palace to resume talks with MILF
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/topstories/topstories/view/20081214-177966/Palace-to-resume-talks-with-MILF
— MILF: Talks on resumption of talks empty talk
http://www.tribune.net.ph/nation/20081215nat1.html

(China) Beijing holds anti-terrorist drill
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081214/wl_asia_afp/indiaattackschina

Sri Lankan military: Battle kills 2 Tamil rebels
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/14/asia/AS-Sri-Lanka-Civil-War.php

Other News:

(U.S.) Act for America: AIG responds
http://www.slantright.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1530

(U.S./Iran) Aayan Hirsi Ali decries sharia law for women
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=33&idsub=128&id=17176&t=Aayan+Hirsi+Ali+decries+sharia+law+for+women

Somalia: Islamists Execute Two Men
— “Judge Mohamed Abdirahman Awow from the Islamic administration
in Lower Shabelle region told Radio Shabelle that they did the first step
of practicing Sharia law since Al-shabab formed the new Islamic administration in the region”
http://allafrica.com/stories/200812150010.html

(Israel) High Court delays release of 227 Palestinian prisoners
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728196416&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

(U.S.) New York: Islamic star and crescent join town’s Christmas tree
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83620

(U.S.) Arrest Made in Oregon Bank Bombing - rationale unknown
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,466884,00.html

(Australia) Report: “Sheik Feiz Mohammad ‘dumped’ as leader of Sydney youth centre”
http://sheikyermami.com/2008/12/13/sheik-feiz-mohammad-dumped-as-leader-of-sydney-youth-centre/

(Afghanistan) Bush arrives in Kabul for talks with Karzai
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081215/ts_afp/usafghanistanbushtalks_081215033103;_ylt=AmBsJbSUjZBjV9g4t.ylWh4BS5Z4
-— Bush says US committed to Afghanistan on surprise visit
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/246220,bush-says-us-committed-to-afghanistan-on-surprise-visit-.html

(Iraq) Shoes thrown at George Bush during surprise farewell visit to Iraq
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3759214/George-Bush-makes-surprise-farewell-visit-to-Iraq.html

(India) US Senator John Kerry arrives in India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/US_Senator_John_Kerry_arrives_in_India/articleshow/3836671.cms

Commentaries:

Separating the Terror and the Terrorists — Clark Hoy
-— Comment: NYT’s version of “stop the presses” commentary
-— Hoy manages to gather enough backbone to say that terrorists should be called terrorists, talks about “T-words”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/opinion/14pubed.html

Propaganda:

Christian Science Monitor’s Caryle Murphy: “Ideological clash of two jihadi titans shakes Al Qaeda”
— Murphy writes from Saudia Arabia how Al-Sharif is “an example of how some once-fierce zealots of violent jihad are having second thoughts”
— More nonsense about “reformed” Sayyed Imam al-Sharif - ignoring Sharif’s continued support for Jihad
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1215/p01s01-wome.html
-— “Fadl [aka Al-Sharif] does not condemn all jihadist activity, however.
‘Jihad in Afghanistan will lead to the creation of an Islamic state with the
triumph of the Taliban, God willing,’ he declares. The jihads in Iraq and
Palestine are more problematic. As Fadl sees it, ‘If it were not for the
jihad in Palestine, the Jews would have crept toward the neighbouring countries a long time ago.’”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/13/heretic.alqaida.part.two
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/092.html#Al-Sharif

Columbia University’s Philip Bobbit: “’Terror’ Is the Enemy”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/opinion/14bobbitt.html?_r=1
— Refuses to identify enemy ideology of Islamic supremacism - the word Islam not even in article

CNN’s Peter Bergen - “Safe at Home”
-— More don’t worry, be happy nonsense from the journalist who wants to convince America to engage with Islamic supremacists
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/opinion/14bergen.html
—— December 5, 2008: CNN’s Peter Bergen claims “WMD terrorism fears are overblown”
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/05/bergen.wmd/index.html
-— Bergen is more focused on getting U.S. to “engage with Islamists
.... [who] are not our enemies and can even be our friends.” (Reference, New America Foundation working papers, page 11).
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/107.html#Bergen
http://www.americaspurpose.org/downloads/working_group_papers.pdf
—— Bergen “not to engage with Islamists is ridiculous”
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/107.html#Bergen
-— and more recently, Bergen dismisses Islamic supremacist Jihad in Mumbai as merely a “regional problem”
-—— Bergen: “It is a regional problem requiring a regional solution”
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/04/bergen.pakistan/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Against Nazi News:

German police chief stabbed, neo-Nazi suspected
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/14/europe/EU-Germany-Officer-Attacked.php
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3,749 posted on 12/15/2008 2:41:20 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion; DAVEY CROCKETT; milford421

Thank you for posting this, it does tie into what is happening to the world now.

I just read that they expect the protests in Greece and Europe to last until after the first of the year.......the economy is so bad and people are so upset.

I just posted a new set of news links, not fun ones at that, downright troubled times we are in.

Milford and Davey, the article will appeal to your interests and take time to play with the bananaslug.com search engine, it might surprise you.


3,750 posted on 12/15/2008 3:03:55 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=7451 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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