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FBI, CIA believe mass-casualty al Qaeda strike more likely
The Washington Times ^ | Feb. 11, 2003 | Bill Gertz

Posted on 02/10/2003 11:52:08 PM PST by FairOpinion

Edited on 07/12/2004 4:00:51 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Al Qaeda's latest threat of terrorist attacks is focused on operations in three areas: the continental United States, the Persian Gulf region or Southeast Asia, according to intelligence officials.

Intelligence from both the FBI and CIA indicates that al Qaeda is preparing to conduct a major attack that will cause mass casualties, like the September 11 attacks, according to officials.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; attack; biochemical; biological; bomb; casualties; chemical; nuclear; project112; projectshad; radiological; terrorism; wmd
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I think unfortunately these attacks are indeed very likely and these continuing drip-drip news reports are deliberate to prepare us psychologically.
1 posted on 02/10/2003 11:52:08 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
You're probably correct..
2 posted on 02/10/2003 11:55:57 PM PST by AntiGuv ()
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To: FairOpinion
I do agree with you. May God bless and keep our troops and may God bless America.
3 posted on 02/11/2003 12:05:51 AM PST by TexKat
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To: FairOpinion
It would be nice if the gubmint would level with us and lay out a plan of action and give us the facts as opposed to this random drip of info. It seems extremely ad hoc at the moment.
4 posted on 02/11/2003 12:33:21 AM PST by zarf ()
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To: FairOpinion
Agreed (feeling that spiritual sock to the stomach)
5 posted on 02/11/2003 12:38:03 AM PST by JustPiper
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To: zarf
It would be nice if the gubmint would level with us and lay out a plan of action and give us the facts as opposed to this random drip of info. It seems extremely ad hoc at the moment.

If your following the series 24, you know the President has told the public all they 'need' to know due to the fact there was not enough time to evacuate LA and causing panic when the nuke may be removed, would kill more than not. So....Keifer did say he gets the stories from everyday news.

6 posted on 02/11/2003 12:40:14 AM PST by JustPiper
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To: JustPiper
If your following the series 24,
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What is the "series 24" and where do I find it?

I am afraid that you may be right, that even if the gov knows the city to be attacked, trying to evacuate it is just not feasible. You mentioned LA, the place would just become a huge parking lot, with everyone watching the nuke from their cars, I think that people would have a better chance of surviving at home, where they may have some supplies.
7 posted on 02/11/2003 12:46:20 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Hi Fair...24 is in its second season on FOX and they a re closing in on the terroists and the nuke in LA tonight, check your local listings.Keifer Sutherland produces and stars. Excellent show. That and Alias ;)
8 posted on 02/11/2003 12:48:52 AM PST by JustPiper
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To: Aaron0617
Then orange isn't enough. Ashcroft needs to turn that baby up to full red.

Praying for the best.

9 posted on 02/11/2003 12:49:39 AM PST by Aaron0617
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To: FairOpinion
How does someone get a post to the bump list? Not many night owls like us.
10 posted on 02/11/2003 12:49:45 AM PST by JustPiper
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To: JustPiper
How does someone get a post to the bump list?


Sorry, I don't have a clue. But I expect some others do, or maybe the Moderator can keep this on top of the breaking news. I don't know how the bump lists work.
11 posted on 02/11/2003 12:54:33 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: JustPiper
on FOX and they a re closing in on the terroists and the nuke in LA tonight
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Thanks, I'll check! That nuke in LA really makes my day, since I live here. :(
While everyone thinks they will strike in NY, they could come and blow up LA instead. After all, they are looking for soft targets.
12 posted on 02/11/2003 12:58:04 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: Aaron0617
Ashcroft needs to turn that baby up to full red.

Absolutely!!!

13 posted on 02/11/2003 12:58:57 AM PST by JustPiper
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To: FairOpinion
That nuke in LA really makes my day, since I live here. :(

Me too because my three sisters are there and I have been holding my breath since China infilitrated Long Beach.My one sis lives Anaheim minutes from Disney, my niece works at Disney and my other two Pasadena and Ventura, them I feel are safe.

14 posted on 02/11/2003 1:00:43 AM PST by JustPiper
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To: FairOpinion

15 posted on 02/11/2003 1:05:11 AM PST by ppaul
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To: FairOpinion; madfly; FITZ; Bill Davis FR; mhking; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Elkiejg; barker; ...
BTTT
16 posted on 02/11/2003 2:01:34 AM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (An American Fellowship of Freedom loving Conservatives..... <*[[[[[><)
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To: FairOpinion
If there is an attack of this nature in the US, I would not want to be a middle eastern looking person living here.
17 posted on 02/11/2003 2:09:28 AM PST by exnavy
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To: JustPiper
Not many night owls like us.

Hey now. Don't forget about us really early risers!

18 posted on 02/11/2003 2:10:59 AM PST by LurkerNoMore!
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To: JustPiper
It would be nice if the gubmint would level with us and lay out a plan of action and give us the facts as opposed to this random drip of info. It seems extremely ad hoc at the moment.

Probably not what you are looking for, but here's a start: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/keepsafe/unexpected.html

19 posted on 02/11/2003 2:16:26 AM PST by LurkerNoMore!
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To: LurkerNoMore!
hmmmm.

http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/keepsafe/unexpected.html
20 posted on 02/11/2003 2:17:46 AM PST by LurkerNoMore!
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To: FairOpinion
LINKS OF INTEREST:

YAHOO! News (AP): "'JIHAD' VALENTINE GETS YANKED OFF SHELVES" by Todd Spangler (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Nick Poillucci, 37, said he purchased the set at a Target on Saturday for his 3-year-old daughter to give out in her preschool class. He said he noticed the word "Jihad" upon opening the box at home. "At first, we just thought it was in really bad taste or maybe some radical in the art department of this company or something," Poillucci said. He said he became more concerned because a drawing of a clock in the picture had red lines emanating from it, as if it might suggest an explosion.") (February 11, 2003)

***SACBEE.com - SACRAMENTO BEE (AP): "TRUCK WITH BORIC ACID STOLEN FROM RIVERSIDE" (ARTICLE NOTE: 44,000 pounds of "powdered boric acid" was stolen.) (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Stofila said the green, 1996 Freightliner truck with California license plate 9B89830 was likely stolen between 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday. He said it was parked in Corona at the intersection of Bonnie Circle and Pomona Road, off of Route 91, the major highway connecting Riverside and Orange counties. The flatbed trailer carrying the acid had Oregon plates HQ57530.") (February 8, 2003)

"Safety Data for Boric Acid"

***NY POST.com: "TARGET: SUBWAY" (February 9, 2003)

DEPARTMENT of HOMELAND SECURITY: THREAT ALERT: ORANGE - "HIGH" (February 7, 2006)

***U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT: "WORLDWIDE CAUTION Public Announcement" (Click Here Now to read the complete text of this Worldwide Caution notice.) (February 6, 2003)

FBI.gov: "MOST WANTED TERRORISTS" (CLICK HERE NOW to view the WANTED Posters.)

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? (Click Here to view this FBI poster.)

***An Informative Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding an article by IDF.il - Spokesperson's Unit dated January 19, 2003: "AL-QAEDA IS A DANGER TO THE FREE WORLD" (updated 021103)

GULF1.com: "NUCLEAR MICE" -Commentary by Robert L. Pappas, Col. USMC, Ret. (February 10, 2003)

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: ATTACK ON AMERICA!

***CANADA.com: "TERRORISTS TO STRIKE 'WITH A VENGEANCE'" by Lynne Koziey, A Citizen Special (February 10, 2003)

***FBI.gov: MOST WANTED TERRORISTS: "IMAD FAYEZ MUGNIYAH" aka "Hajj" (WANTED POSTER SNIPPETS: "Mugniyah is the alleged head of the security apparatus for the terrorist organization, Lebanese Hizballah."..."The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension and/or conviction of Imad Fayez Mugniyah."..."SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS")

PAK TODAY.com - PAKISTAN TODAY: "THE FRANCHISING OF HEZBOLLAH" by Avi Davis (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Western intelligence has now revealed a high level of cooperation between Bin Laden and Imad Muganiyeh, the Hezbullah terrorist who masterminded some of Hezbollah's most spectacular atrocities and kidnappings in Lebanon. Reports have Muganiyeh first meeting with Bin Laden as early as 1995 and those meetings have continued. More than this, since al-Qaida fled Afghanistan at the end of last year, the Sunday Telegraph reports, between 80 and 100 al- Qaida fighters were provided with false passports by Hezbollah before being relocated to southern Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The same report acknowledges that Hezbollah, working hand in hand with al-Qaida, has set up cells in the Far East - including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. It is well known that Hezbollah has operated in Gaza and the West Bank for years, but the recent revelation by the Shin Bet in Israel that al- Qaida has now also joined them there, is chilling evidence of a level of cooperation previously unsuspected. Such news comes as a dire warning to American, Israeli and Jewish communities throughout the world.") (122702)

ALBAWABA.com: "IS HIZBULLAH INVISIBLE LEADER INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES IN CANADA?" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "In the United States, authorities believe that perhaps one of the world's most wanted men is behind the Canadian organization, which has raised funds, falsified documents and purchased military equipment for Hizbullah. In Washington, officials currently suspect that the agents sent to Canada to gather support for the Hizbullah work for Mugniyah, a top-level Hizbullah leader and the suspected mastermind of numerous attacks worldwide.") (120102)

NATIONAL POST.com: "LEADING TERROR SUSPECT TIED TO CANADIAN CELL Imad Mugniyah: Academic Fears Operations Could Be Launched 'In and From' Canada" by Stewart Bell (111202) --- UPDATE: This url has expired.

***MEMRI.org - MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE Special Dispatch Series No. 467: "THE IRAQ CRISIS: IRAQ PREPARES FOR WAR" (February 11, 2003)

***NEWS.INDEPENDENT.co.uk: "'DR. GERM' CLAIMS SADDAM NEVER PLANNED TO USE HIS DEADLY TOXINS" by Anne Penketh (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Dr Taha said she was not ashamed of her work developing biological weapons...") (February 10, 2003)



*WHITEHOUSE.gov: "ARE YOU READY? National Security Emergencies" (click here)
*U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WASHINGTON D.C. - FACT SHEET: "CHEMICAL-BIOLOGICAL AGENTS UPDATE" (click here)

"I Remember September 11, 2001" (A Resource Link Site for citizens Remembering the attack on America, Archived Resource Information, Encouragement and Help links, and links of interest for CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT in Fighting Terrorism.) *ATTENTION RESEARCHERS: This 9-11 Site is updated on a regular basis and includes links to THE TALIBAN, JIHAD, SUICIDE-HOMICIDE BOMBERS and more.

21 posted on 02/11/2003 2:33:25 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
bump.
22 posted on 02/11/2003 2:40:49 AM PST by Route66 (America's Mainstreet)
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To: FairOpinion
As I posted on another thread...

Al Qaida is known to plan large-scale simultaneous attacks on dates that have some significance to past actions or events. September 11, 2001 is the mother of all significant events, and I suggest today may be just such a date for an attack against US interests -- it's a Tuesday and the 11th day of the 2nd month. In the mind of a dedicated islamist, it could be a good day to launch the 2nd wave.

I hope I'm totally wrong.
23 posted on 02/11/2003 2:52:44 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
re post no.23: I hope you're wrong too, but your guess is a real posibility -- unfortunately...


***An Informative Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding an article by IDF.il - Spokesperson's Unit dated January 19, 2003: "AL-QAEDA IS A DANGER TO THE FREE WORLD" (updated 021103)

24 posted on 02/11/2003 3:09:13 AM PST by Cindy
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To: FairOpinion
I am SO grateful that we live in a rural area.

Carolyn

25 posted on 02/11/2003 3:12:20 AM PST by CDHart
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I hope I'm totally wrong.

Me too. I can stand number nuts.

26 posted on 02/11/2003 4:06:21 AM PST by Captiva (DVC)
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To: FairOpinion
Hit Mecca, Medina and other Arab cities with dirty bombs if that's the game they like.
27 posted on 02/11/2003 4:09:51 AM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: FairOpinion
I think unfortunately these attacks are indeed very likely and these continuing drip-drip news reports are deliberate to prepare us psychologically.

Unfortunately, I think you're right. Just this morning, I've noticed that in addition to the news networks carrying "Terror Alert High" bugs along with their on-screen graphics, one of our local stations, WAGA /Atlanta (Fox 5) has added the same tag to their time/temp bug during their newscasts.

Something is in the wind, and it ain't good.

28 posted on 02/11/2003 4:17:39 AM PST by mhking ("The home team Iraqis have won the toss and elected to receive...")
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To: exnavy
If there is an attack of this nature in the US, I would not want to be a middle eastern looking person living here.

Or one of the anti-American liberal/socialist appeasers (of any complexion, race or religion)

29 posted on 02/11/2003 4:25:55 AM PST by Freebird Forever
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To: dennisw
Since Saudi money was a major source of the funding to get AQ started in the first place, I hope that the Saudis are very nervous and I hope that Bush/Rumsfeld are keeping the choke collar real real tight.
30 posted on 02/11/2003 4:26:13 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: dennisw
Hit Mecca, Medina and other Arab cities with dirty bombs if that's the game they like.

It will never happen. Neither our (America's) leaders nor our citizenry have the stomach to do what is necessary. America has been sucessfully pussified because we're even afraid of being called names by third world thugs.
31 posted on 02/11/2003 4:26:42 AM PST by pyx
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To: mhking
"Something is in the wind, and it ain't good."

I agree. The rats are rather fragrant right now.

32 posted on 02/11/2003 4:37:12 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Cindy
Wouldn't it be a good idea if someone put up that graphic that shows the locations of the islam 'nests'? (sorry, having a brain fart on how to label that 'politely'.)

IF an attack is in the works for INSIDE this country again, those locations may have an increase in unusual traffic/behaviors.

33 posted on 02/11/2003 4:52:27 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: mommadooo3
i'm bumping....this is too important.
do my fellow freepers really believe we're in for another attack? i've been hoping this is just an over-reaction by the gov't or a message to the islamoroaches that we know what they're up to.
34 posted on 02/11/2003 5:28:58 AM PST by contessa machiaveli
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To: CDHart
Yes, Carolyn, it is good to live in a rural area. Having a top-quality wood stove (to replace the heat pump if it goes out), a well usable by non-electric means if necessary, and a stockpile of food and water, all these comfort us.
35 posted on 02/11/2003 5:39:54 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: FairOpinion
Bump.
36 posted on 02/11/2003 6:06:06 AM PST by auboy
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To: contessa machiaveli
Another attack is likely. Unfortunately, we can't hope that the govt would give any specifics. A lot of people can justify that.

But if the govt has an 'idea', we'd be 'better off' knowing where/what is expected. That way, the folks who live in that area would be on a 'higher awareness'. This generalized, and often, alerting seems to be desensitizing people.

I'm no expert, but I believe if there's another attack, it will come during 'business hours'. These animals want to have the MOST 'soft targets' taken out, when they hit.

I wouldn't live in a state of constant fear or such, too stressful. If you live in a city, make plans to stay with family/friends who live in the country, if TSHTF. Silly as it sounds, all those 'preps' for Y2K would be a good thing.

As for the 'over-reacting' or the 'forewarning' to the islame whackjobs....only God knows. Stay in prayer, stay vigilant.

37 posted on 02/11/2003 6:12:56 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: OldPossum
One Sept 11th, I watched the news (in shock) and by noon time of that day, I had gone to the store, cleaned out a cabinet and filled it with emergency food. It shouldn't take a billion dollar color code chart to tell Americans that "something has changed" in this country.
Get batteries, ammo, (and nuke pills if you are outside of an immediate blast zone of a nuclear power plant. Iosat: Potassium Iodide tablets). I bought our nuke pills last year. Also invested in a large tool box and stocked it full of first aid stuff and even an army field surgical kit.
Keep gas tank full in car, camp stove and fuel and have a plan for rendevous with family members.
Being prepared is all we can do and it doesn't seem like much, but life is like being on a ship and no one sails without a life boat.
:)
38 posted on 02/11/2003 6:41:37 AM PST by aeronca
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To: mommadooo3
"Spray 'em with Raid and hit 'em with a broomhandle"
39 posted on 02/11/2003 6:53:39 AM PST by mikhailovich
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To: zarf
The government says get out your duct tape, get some plastic sheeting for windows and three days worth of food and water (why three?).

Why are they not deporting all illegals? It's driving me crazy!

40 posted on 02/11/2003 6:58:15 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: zarf
It would be nice if the gubmint would level with us and lay out a plan of action and give us the facts as opposed to this random drip of info.

The government is doing a very good job at keeping the public informed. You unfortunately want all the answers. Intelligence is normally not that neat and clean. So the government issues warnings (and some of the general intel that raised the alerts) as well as precautionary measures. Very prudent move, in my view.

41 posted on 02/11/2003 7:15:37 AM PST by Coop
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To: mommadooo3
you can use the locator by zipcode from this site -

http://islamicity.com/orgs/action.lasso?-database=services&-layout=orgs&-response=orgslist.shtml&-op=bw&Category=Mosques&-maxRecords=20&-sortField=Name&-sortOrder=ascend&-token=Mosques&-search

i agree with your thinking.

marlin
42 posted on 02/11/2003 7:32:14 AM PST by marlin
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To: dennisw
Dirty bombs...nahh...Large nukes....We could just use those being dismantled right now- save us the cost of dismantling and storage.....
43 posted on 02/11/2003 7:46:14 AM PST by TheBattman
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Massive deportation of ALL illegals, including a major sweep to round up illegals makes too much sense - and like a previous poster indicated: America has been sissyfied to the point that we are afraid of what the rest of the world thinks and says.

To rightfully defend ourselves, we need to be willing to destroy major centers of radical islamists, to round up and mass deport illegals (not just muslims), and to close our borders. All of this is possible without further infringement of our constitutional rights. OF course, I truly believe that anyone who comes to our country illegally has no rights anyway.
44 posted on 02/11/2003 7:52:13 AM PST by TheBattman
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To: TheBattman
Exactly. It would be win-win. Less enemy within, less need for more measures for security that take away citizens rights.

45 posted on 02/11/2003 8:30:20 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: TheBattman
Dirty bombs...nahh...Large nukes....We could just use those being dismantled right now- save us the cost of dismantling and storage.....

Just rejacket a couple of B-83s with cobalt, set for surface burst and we'd solve both problems with a nice, big, fully-radioactive hole where Mecca/Medina/Qom were.

46 posted on 02/11/2003 10:22:55 AM PST by steveegg (The Surgeon General has determined that siding with Al-Qaeda is hazardous to your continued rule.)
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To: LurkerNoMore!
Hey now. Don't forget about us really early risers!

Hehe, I do that too.

48 posted on 02/11/2003 10:36:28 AM PST by JustPiper
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To: Cindy
Wowsers Cindy great links!!!
49 posted on 02/11/2003 10:37:26 AM PST by JustPiper
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To: contessa machiaveli
I know we do, check out this thread:

Click Here

50 posted on 02/11/2003 10:39:51 AM PST by JustPiper
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