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Threat Matrix: 2010
Freerepublic.com ^ | 12/31/2009 | Freeper TMers

Posted on 12/31/2009 10:06:46 AM PST by Velveeta

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Al Qaeda’s Yemen Connection, America and the Global Islamic Jihad

December 30, 2009 — The attempt to destroy Northwest Airlines flight 253 en route from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day underscores the growing ambition of al Qaeda's Yemen franchise, which has grown from a largely Yemeni agenda to become a player in the global Islamic jihad in the last year. Since merging with the al Qaeda franchise in Saudi Arabia last January and renaming itself Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), it has stepped up operations in Yemen itself, struck into Saudi Arabia, and now operates on the global stage. The weak Yemeni government of President Ali Abdallah Salih, which has never fully controlled the country and now faces a host of growing problems, will need significant American support to defeat AQAP.

Al Qaeda has long been active in Yemen, the original homeland of Osama bin Laden's family, and one of its first major terror attacks was conducted in Aden in 2000, when an al Qaeda cell nearly sank the USS Cole. A year ago, the al Qaeda franchises in Saudi Arabia and Yemen merged after the Saudi branch had been effectively repressed by the Saudi authorities under the leadership of Deputy Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Nayif. The new AQAP showed its claws last August, when it almost assassinated the prince with a suicide bomber who had passed through at least two airports on the way to his attempt on Nayif.

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The attack on the Amsterdam-Detroit flight also shows that al Qaeda remains obsessed with striking the American airline industry, a target it has gone after repeatedly since 1999. If AQAP has now been told by the al Qaeda core leadership to take on the job, we can probably assume that other al Qaeda franchises in North Africa, Iraq, Southeast Asia and elsewhere have also been pressed to attack.

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To: JustPiper

The Oregon Air National Guard scrambled two F-15 fighter jets after a passenger on a Hawaiian Airlines jet to Maui refused to let go of his carry-on bag and passed what was described as a “disturbing note” to a flight attendant.
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TSA puts extra layers of security in place following Christmas bombing attempt.

Hawaiian Flight 39 was about 40 minutes into its trip to Maui’s Kahului airport when, at 12:30 p.m. PST, the pilot reported a disturbance.

The two planes intercepted the flight at about 1 p.m. and then escorted it back to Portland, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

The Boeing 767 headed back to the Portland airport, landing at 1:16 p.m. Law enforcement officers met the plane upon arrival and the passenger was removed. http://bit.ly/8VzR1c


801 posted on 01/06/2010 4:34:56 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: JustPiper; Rushmore Rocks; All
Thank you ALL so much for your prayers and support. I'd forgotten that unique family feel that TM'ers share.
802 posted on 01/06/2010 4:44:13 PM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: ExSoldier
Thank you ALL so much for your prayers and support. I'd forgotten that unique family feel that TM'ers share.

Please never again forget that! We have added you and your wife to prayer lists and prayer is VERY powerful, but am certain you already know that. Keep on posting - your wisdom is appreciated. Big hugs my FReeper friend!

803 posted on 01/06/2010 4:47:48 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: ExSoldier

Don’t ever forget, how does that old song go?.....”We are Family”.....

We’ve all been here together for many years.....how can we NOT care about one another?


804 posted on 01/06/2010 4:58:46 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks (Dollar a Day Member..............Free Republic is not Free!)
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To: ExSoldier

Prayers for your wife, ExSoldier and for you as well.


805 posted on 01/06/2010 5:04:37 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: null and void
Ever had occasion to take nitroglycerine, or absorb any through your skin?

No, never been around nitroglycerine. Thanks for explaining the side effects, I had no idea.

806 posted on 01/06/2010 5:04:53 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: null and void
Unfortunately, quite plausable.

Good to see you around these parts Nully. Your dry sense of humor is needed these days.

807 posted on 01/06/2010 5:06:33 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Prayers for you and your daughter, RR.


808 posted on 01/06/2010 5:06:58 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: WestCoastGal; Cindy; Oorang; ExSoldier; JustPiper; MestaMachine; blackie; Velveeta; ...
That must have been one heckova note. Thanks for the post!

Indian mujahideen planning 9/11 type attack

A 9/11-type terror attack using hijacked aeroplanes stares India in the face with an Indian Mujahideen terrorist having acquired pilot training and waiting to strike, according to intelligence agencies.


 
Intelligence Bureau (IB) sources say Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu, one of the key accused in the September 2008 Delhi blasts case, learnt to fly planes in Bangalore and could now be planning to execute an airborne terror strike. A dozen other trained Indian Mujahideen terrorists are also at large and, together with Shahzad, pose a big security threat.

Jihadis inside the gate

Snip: .....the enemy is not just getting closer: he’s inside the gates. And the reason is because current U.S. national security policy is simply not adequate to the Islamic jihad challenge that’s coming at us.

US a house divided on terrorism

Snip: There's also a caution that engaging al-Qaida as though you're fighting a life-size game of "Risk" on a big map of the world against a single, mobile villain could inspire under-governed, lawless countries to see an al-Qaida franchise as the key to a new kind of fear-based security development.

Rogue Imam Anwar Al Awlaki's DVDs for sale in London - in America too?

Snip: Here is the text of Awlaki's speech "Constants on the Path of Jihad." http://theforceofreason.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Constants-on-the-Path-of-Jihad.pdf

It is readily available all over the Internet and there is even a video of it on Google. Why don't Google and the Feds get this jihadi hate rhetoric off the Internet?

The speeches of Awlaki available for sale online at places such as http://www.onlineislamicstore.com/audio-speeches-and-discourses-by-imam-anwar-al-awlaki.html. It seems obvious that al Qaeda has an enormous presence online and they are recruiting via the use of Awlaki's speeches.

UN suspends food aid to southern Somalia

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) pulled out of southern Somalia on Tuesday, citing repeated threats and raids by commanders of Al Shabab, the Al Qadea-linked Islamist militant group.

809 posted on 01/06/2010 5:13:05 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: WestCoastGal

Update to yours. Wth????

Federal authorities say a disruptive passenger has been released without charges after military jets escorted a jetliner back to Portland. The FBI says there is no known link to terrorists.
http://www.ktvz.com/Global/story.asp?S=11781432


810 posted on 01/06/2010 5:14:46 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: ExSoldier

Best wishes and prayers for you and your wife ExSoldier.


811 posted on 01/06/2010 5:16:30 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: MamaDearest; Velveeta

Those pesky notes will get you in trouble every time - now I see the party in question has been released.

I think he should have to, at the very least, pay for the NG scramble.


812 posted on 01/06/2010 5:22:24 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Yes but what’s a mixed metaphor here and there among friends :)


813 posted on 01/06/2010 5:26:28 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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CAIRO (AP) Egypt security and hospital officials: Drive-by shooting kills 6 leaving Coptic Christmas Mass.


814 posted on 01/06/2010 5:28:52 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: Rushmore Rocks; Cindy; WestCoastGal; LucyT
Teen recruited by Al Qaeda to bomb Western target in Yemen, sources say

Snip: Counter-terrorism authorities are said to be hunting for a 16-year-old boy from northern Yemen suspected of having been recruited by Al Qaeda to be a homicide bomber at one of five foreign targets in the southern port city of Aden, according to Western sources close to Yemeni security officials.

US intelligence accused of cluelessness

Snips: Written in a tone nearing exasperation, the report quotes a US officer as saying: "I don't want to say we're clueless, but we are. We're no more than fingernail-deep in our understanding of the environment."

The report said intelligence officials and analysts were "ignorant of local economics and landowners, hazy about who the powerbrokers are and how they might be influenced, incurious about the correlations between various development projects and disengaged from people in the best position to find answers".

He reserved greatest bile for officers who rely on sophisticated software to hide a lack of understanding of Afghanistan's elusive realities. "Sufficient knowledge will not come from slides with little more text than a comic strip," Maj Gen Flynn wrote. "Commanders who think PowerPoint storyboards and colour-coded spreadsheets are adequate for describing the Afghan conflict and its complexities have some soul searching to do."

Facing grim choices in the war on terror

Snips: .......millions of Americans are only one tragedy away from losing all restraint. Regular, everyday Americans simply won't stand quietly by for any more smoldering wrecks followed by gleeful video messages from bearded, cackling, wide-eyed madmen.

Before that happens, we need to step back and think about whether we want to prevent it. We can, but not by continuing to pretend that we're the study hall monitor of the world. What's better? Aggressive profiling at airports like the Israelis have successfully used for years, or sending in the cruise missiles to indiscriminately wipe out entire villages? What makes more moral sense? Indefinite detention and forceful, no-holds-barred interrogation of captured terrorists, or setting fire to the skies over the cities where the terrorists were born?

These are grim choices, but the crazy little al-Qaida terrorist in Detroit proved that the only choices we have left are all grim.

815 posted on 01/06/2010 5:31:22 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: All

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: Bin Laden’s Son Has Arrived in Damascus

http://www.thememriblog.org/


816 posted on 01/06/2010 5:31:47 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Thanks, Vel.


817 posted on 01/06/2010 5:34:41 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks (Dollar a Day Member..............Free Republic is not Free!)
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To: WestCoastGal; JustPiper; caww; Candor7
Checking in after a long night. Got the GO from Jim Rob to launch new action for RINO FREE AMERICA, so spent the whole night editing and formatting.

Candor7!!!! As much as we've been through together, please don't tell me you don't know I'M A GIRL person.

HAR!!!

818 posted on 01/06/2010 5:35:56 PM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: MestaMachine

LOL! I knew you were a “GIRL person”.

That said, sometimes it’s hard to tell from postings and not viewings.


819 posted on 01/06/2010 5:38:26 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks (Dollar a Day Member..............Free Republic is not Free!)
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To: WestCoastGal; Velveeta
I think he should have to, at the very least, pay for the NG scramble.

For those of us who have had flight delays, some of us sitting on the tarmac for an hour or more before given flight clearance, I commiserate with those aboard who, ontime or not, will have to run like the wind to catch the next link of their flight.

820 posted on 01/06/2010 5:38:51 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Rushmore Rocks; All

Obama Orders Air Marshal Surge by Feb. 1: ‘Race Against Time’

U.S. Fears More Airplane Bombers Are in the Terrorist Pipeline.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/air-marshal-surge-race-time/story?id=9493323


821 posted on 01/06/2010 5:38:55 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Ben Lad. son was in Iran...looks like they’re all getting out of Iran. Humm, any more news on what’s happening there? Too quiet on the news.


822 posted on 01/06/2010 5:54:35 PM PST by caww
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To: MamaDearest

Chasing 16 year old terrorists and clueless intelligence - just great


823 posted on 01/06/2010 5:55:14 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Did you all see Dennis Miller on OReilly?

Hillary Clinton = cheated on more than a blind woman playing scrabble with gypsies (Dennis Miller)

New Christmas gift “documentary about the Hindenburg {the system worked} LOL Should have passed it along to Naclownitano


824 posted on 01/06/2010 5:59:57 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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I see crawl along Fox News screen - Hasan will be evaluated next month to see if he’s mentally capable of standing trial - UGH!!


825 posted on 01/06/2010 6:01:36 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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Breaking on main thread - The feds not only knew the Christmas day terrorist was on board, but were going to interview him. KFI Los Angeles


826 posted on 01/06/2010 6:04:38 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: WestCoastGal

LA Times link http://bit.ly/7WkcBO


827 posted on 01/06/2010 6:09:28 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Yeah, but Candor7 and me, we are in the same foxhole alot. You’d think he had a clue. LOLOLOL!!!
Sorry.
I am a little giddy today. Ready to launch a major activism project early tomorrow and I am sooo proud of it.
Got THIS when I logged on this evening!

From Jim Robinson | 01/06/2010 11:43:10 AM PST read

Woo hoo!! Print it, baby!!

Not going Galt, going Sarah!!

Jim


828 posted on 01/06/2010 6:10:16 PM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: MestaMachine

Woo Hoo!! Ping us to it when you’re ready to roll.


829 posted on 01/06/2010 6:17:02 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks (Dollar a Day Member..............Free Republic is not Free!)
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To: MamaDearest; WestCoastGal; TigersEye; Godzilla; appalachian_dweller; Oorang; Rushmore Rocks; ...
I believe Islamic terrorists will open fire in crowded public places throughout the USA sometime soon.

My prediciton is based upon Muslim males apparently going off the radar in the USA and the Israel agent warning of such an imminent attack.

For the Israeli agents warning see the man with the plan obama is ignoring

For information about the male Muslims disappearing see Major Islam attack soon

Major Islam attack on USA soon (((Top Post)))

Beginning of AOL thread

830 posted on 01/06/2010 6:39:52 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: MestaMachine

Trying to catch up on reading...I am so looking forward to your new project!

Honestly, I don’t know how or when you sleep with all you’re doing to advance conservatism. I can only guess you’re waaaay younger than I am!!

Good luck, stay safe and PLEASE ping me when you post it.


831 posted on 01/06/2010 6:48:53 PM PST by azishot
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To: WestCoastGal

These indients will keep you crazy busy pal


832 posted on 01/06/2010 6:50:40 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: ExSoldier

We all come and go, disappear, but buddee we all keep that love for certain folks...we ARE here for you, as Mama D shows


833 posted on 01/06/2010 6:52:10 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: caww; FARS

The best updates regarding Iran come from FARS.
Follow his updates. ;-)


834 posted on 01/06/2010 6:55:51 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: MamaDearest; All
Warren Fire Department chemical reader helps terror probe

Everyone Go Back To Sleep - There is no problem with home grown terrorism in America. Everything is under control. Hit the snooze button, OK?

Down with the most anti-american and the first non american president in our history as a nation. We have suddenly turned into a communist nation in just a few months. ITS CRAZY! and not a damn person out there sees it. they just parade around worshiping this ignorant fuck like he was the son of man. and turn to us calling us extreme and terrorist. well to hell with that and to all of these fools.

Wake Up & Fight!

835 posted on 01/06/2010 6:57:00 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: WestCoastGal

Stunning.


836 posted on 01/06/2010 6:58:31 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta
Former bin Laden bodyguard is among ex-guerrillas in Yemen
837 posted on 01/06/2010 6:58:55 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: MestaMachine

I thought you were a gurl :)


838 posted on 01/06/2010 6:59:55 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: JustPiper

Many of us will be firing back.


839 posted on 01/06/2010 7:00:32 PM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Especially a Freeper profile


840 posted on 01/06/2010 7:00:46 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: MamaDearest
Some good airline stories on this thread
841 posted on 01/06/2010 7:03:05 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: MestaMachine

I’m waiting for that!!! Post link here first :)


842 posted on 01/06/2010 7:05:04 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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wow incidents I mean


843 posted on 01/06/2010 7:06:07 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: Candor7

Come get me when it breaks?


844 posted on 01/06/2010 7:07:17 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: MestaMachine
You never told ME! OMG! I AM IN LOVE!!!!!
845 posted on 01/06/2010 7:10:57 PM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: Velveeta

Thanks so much Velveeta. Much appreciate.


846 posted on 01/06/2010 7:12:23 PM PST by caww
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To: azishot

Sleep? I THINK I sleep sometimes, but I might just be hallucinating. Or dreaming.
Couple hours in the early morning before the baby wakes up, and good to go. ‘Cause when she’s up, she’s UP! Then sleep is just a four letter word with a p after it.
Of course I will ping you. I love you to pieces!


847 posted on 01/06/2010 7:14:12 PM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: Candor7

AW GEEZZZZ!!!! What the freakin’ heck is THAT??? bam’s fairy godm-father?


848 posted on 01/06/2010 7:16:22 PM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: Candor7
USA: Announcing the Second International Islamic Cartoon Contest
849 posted on 01/06/2010 7:17:54 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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To: Candor7

As if she’s married dork


850 posted on 01/06/2010 7:18:52 PM PST by JustPiper (The AUDACITY of DOPES)
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