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  • FBI official leading anthrax probe off the case

    09/20/2006 12:37:05 PM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 22 replies · 1,160+ views
    NBC ^ | 9/19/06 | Jim Popkin
    Agency says it remains committed to solving the 5-year-old mystery WASHINGTON - The top FBI official in charge of the investigation into the deadly anthrax attacks has left the case, NBC News has learned. Richard "Rick" Lambert had been the inspector of the so-called AMERITHRAX case since September 2002, and had run every aspect of the five-year-old investigation. Just last month, he was transferred to the Knoxville, Tenn., field office of the FBI as its special agent in charge, according to the FBI. Lambert was the public face of the case, and his transfer is sure to fuel speculation that...
  • CIA Learned in '02 That Bin Laden Had No Iraq Ties, Report Says

    09/14/2006 11:21:17 PM PDT · by endthematrix · 53 replies · 1,488+ views ^ | Friday, September 15, 2006 | Washington Post Staff Writer
    The CIA learned in late September 2002 from a high-level member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle that Iraq had no past or present contact with Osama bin Laden and that the Iraqi leader considered bin Laden an enemy of the Baghdad regime, according to a recent Senate Intelligence Committee report. Although President Bush and other senior administration officials were at that time regularly linking Hussein to al-Qaeda, the CIA's highly sensitive intelligence supporting the contrary view was apparently not passed on to the White House or senior Bush policymakers.
  • Iraqi intelligence agent denies he met 9/11 leader

    12/13/2003 8:39:33 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 4 replies · 193+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Sunday, Dec 14, 2003
    A former Iraqi intelligence officer who was said to have met with the suspected leader of the Sept. 11 attacks has told US interrogators the meeting never happened, according to US officials familiar with classified intelligence reports on the matter. Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, the former intelligence officer, was taken into custody by the US in July. Under questioning he has said that he did not meet with Mohamed Atta in Prague in the Czech Republic, according to the officials, who have reviewed classified debriefing reports based on the interrogations. US officials caution that Ani may have been lying...
  • HELP! Need list of guest to Clinton White House!

    09/05/2002 6:05:47 PM PDT · by AlwaysLurking · 26 replies · 827+ views
    I have been a lurker here for literally years. This is my first time doing anything here but reading your wonderful insights, which I do daily! I am trying to elect a conservative US Congressman in my state. He is in a primary with a RINO. I am sure that this RINO has been a guest in the Clinton White House. I need the proof but have hit a brick wall finding the smoking gun. I think this visit would have happened in '97 or '98. Does anyone know a source to this information? Thanks!
  • New Book Reveals Secret War Operations (NYT&James Risen's Bunk of the Month entry)

    01/02/2006 3:45:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,442+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/2/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - A new book on the government's secret anti-terrorism operations describes how the CIA recruited an Iraqi-American anesthesiologist in 2002 to obtain information from her brother, who was a figure in Saddam Hussein's nuclear program. Dr. Sawsan Alhaddad of Cleveland made the dangerous trip to Iraq on the CIA's behalf. The book said her brother was stunned by her questions about the nuclear program because — he said — it had been dead for a decade. New York Times reporter James Risen uses the anecdote to illustrate how the CIA ignored information that Iraq no longer had weapons of...
  • Iraq: Exclusive Photos Show Al-Hanooti's Political Clout

    03/28/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 3/27/08 | Steven Emerson
    Before he was alleged to have become a spy for Saddam Hussein's regime, Muthanna Al-Hanooti's charity work and political activism provided him with access to the highest echelons of government. Newsletters collected by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, some published now for the first time, show Al-Hanooti photographed with dignitaries ranging from First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996 and Vice President Al Gore along with significant members of Congress. That may explain why Iraqi intelligence agents had confidence that Al-Hanooti would be able to persuade Congress to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses him of...
  • 2002 Document: Orders To Watch For Americans Burying WMD in The Western Desert (Translation)

    07/05/2006 7:28:40 AM PDT · by jveritas · 78 replies · 6,665+ views
    Document ISGQ-2003-0044 ISGQ-2003-00044390 390 contains a November/27/2002 Top Secret and Urgent memo from the Baath Party Command in Fallujah and in relation to another letter from the office of the Presidential Secretariat (Saddam Hussein Personal Secretary) and it is addressed to all the People Commands in the Anbar Province (The Western Desert) asking them to watch for Americans or Zionists (Israelis) forces that can potentially bury prohibited materials, WMD, in the Anbar province so it will frame Iraq and find an excuse to punish Iraq according to the memo. The Anbar province which is the hot bed of the terrorists...
  • Spooks Dig For Secrets Of Saddam

    09/14/2002 8:35:54 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 183+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 9-15-2002 | Peter Beaumont/Ed Vulliamy
    Spooks dig for secrets of Saddam As Blair prepares to issue his dossier on Iraq's weapons, Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy assess the quality of intelligence - and the difficulty of obtaining it Peter Beaumont in London and Ed Vulliamy in New York Sunday September 15, 2002 The Observer He is there at almost every official photo-opportunity with Saddam Hussein, a compact and wiry military officer, his khaki shirt rolled up to his elbows, a beret pulled across his brow. A heavy handlebar moustache hangs over a solid jaw, grey with a permanent five o'clock shadow. The recent prominence of...
  • Key Republicans say Chuck Hagel now likely to be confirmed

    02/17/2013 2:48:32 PM PST · by haffast · 93 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 17, 2013 | Brad Knickerbocker
    If nothing else, the congressional break for the week of Presidents’ Day is a cooling-off period for the fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense. Questions about President Obama’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including the US ambassador – an issue, by the way, which Mr. Hagel had nothing to do with – are being answered to the apparent satisfaction of Republicans … at least to the point where they’re willing to end their de facto filibuster of Hagel’s nomination. snip Sen. Graham, along with Sen. John McCain,...
  • Senate Committee Votes to Confirm Hagel

    02/12/2013 12:09:30 PM PST · by xzins · 93 replies
    NBC ^ | 12 Feb 13 | NBC
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  • Rejecting Chuck Hagel (no longer under consideration?)

    12/19/2012 11:09:35 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama’s favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon. Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor of direct unconditional talks with Iran and for backing sizable cuts to the defense budget.
  • The Naysayer

    11/21/2005 2:15:32 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies · 393+ views ^ | November 21, 2005 | Thomas Joscelyn
    N THE AFTERMATH of September 11, more than several former national security and intelligence officials fashioned new careers as critics of the Bush administration's war on terror. Among the more prominent of these former officials is Daniel Benjamin, who worked for the National Security Council from 1994 to 1999. Benjamin's criticism flows from his belief that prior to the war in Iraq, as he wrote in Time magazine earlier this year, "there was no pre-existing relationship between Baghdad and al-Qaeda." Still worse, the invasion of Iraq has made us "less safe" and "above all, the invasion and occupation of Iraq--have...
  • Two men are charged with smuggling Middle Easterners for $20,000 each

    09/15/2002 8:24:29 AM PDT · by browardchad · 37 replies · 311+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/14/02 | Associated Press
    Two men from Pakistan and Sri Lanka were held without bail Friday on charges that they smuggled Middle Easterners into the United States through third countries for $20,000 each. Iqbal Munawar and Chelliah Sri Kajamukam were arrested late Thursday at Miami International Airport on charges filed in New York, federal authorities said.They made federal court appearances Friday and were ordered to return to court for bond hearings Thursday.An Indian businessman led the smuggling ring, which illegally flew people to Miami and New York and carried them to the United States by boat, FBI agent Timothy Ryan wrote in a court...
  • Suspected Terrorist Arrested In Florida

    09/16/2002 11:28:43 AM PDT · by testforecho · 105 replies · 768+ views
    Channel 3000 ^ | September 14, 2002 | Channel 3000
    Suspected Terrorist Arrested In Florida Iqbal Munawar Arrested In Alleged Immigration Scheme UPDATED: 3:25 p.m. EDT September 14, 2002 MIAMI -- Iqbal Munawar, who was on the FBI's list of suspected terrorists, was jailed as he tried to fly from Miami to Tampa, Fla., Friday morning. Munawar and two other men have been charged with smuggling illegal aliens from the Middle East into the United States on airplanes through Miami International Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport. The suspects are accused of making more than $100,000 in the smuggling operation, selling more than 1,000 false visas to illegal immigrants. Miami-Dade...
  • Alleged terrorist threat prompts another police search in S. Florida

    09/17/2002 8:08:13 AM PDT · by browardchad · 35 replies · 221+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 9/17/02 | Ryan Pastrovich
    Royal Palm Beach · Police issued a bulletin Monday morning after receiving a report that six men were overheard discussing plans to travel to the Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport and "blowing things up." No government agency reached Monday could confirm the veracity of the report. No arrests or incidents at the airport in Broward County had been reported late Monday. (snip) The resident said the men were talking at a shopping center at Southern Boulevard and Royal Palm Beach Boulevard about 10 a.m. and transferring black bags from one vehicle to another. "They were speaking in Arabic about blowing...
  • U.S. citizen gets five years in drugs-for-missiles plot

    04/10/2006 6:46:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 229+ views
    An Indian-born U.S. citizen was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison for his role in a plot to obtain and sell Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the Taliban and al-Qaida. Ilyas Ali, 58, formerly of St. Paul, Minn. also was ordered to serve five years probation following his release. Ali pleaded guilty in 2004 to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and hashish, and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Two other men both from Pakistan pleaded guilty to the same charges. Muhamed Abid Afridi, 32, also was sentenced to nearly five years...
  • 3 Retired Generals Warn of Peril in Attacking Iraq Without Backing of U.N.

    09/23/2002 9:38:37 PM PDT · by newsperson999 · 68 replies · 351+ views
    NYT via TargetIraq ^ | ERIC SCHMITT
    Iraq news wires here WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 — Three retired four-star American generals said today that attacking Iraq without a United Nations resolution supporting military action could limit aid from allies, energize recruiting for Al Qaeda and undermine America's long-term diplomatic and economic interests. "We must continue to persuade the other members of the Security Council of the correctness of our position, and we must not be too quick to take no for an answer," Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The officers' testimony came on...
  • Ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton urges Africans to team up for economic growth

    09/23/2002 8:14:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 389+ views
    Associated Press | September 23, 2002
    ACCRA, Ghana, Sep 23, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Monday urged Africans to team up to fight poverty, saying boundary-less cooperation means boundless economic potential. "Through cooperation and collaborative efforts, termites have been able to pull down strong edifices," Clinton said. "Bees have been able to build houses for humans to tap heir honey from." Clinton, who is in Africa to promote efforts to fight AIDS and encourage economic development, was speaking to an assemblage of government ministers, traditional rulers and academics at the launch of Ghana President John Kufuor's Foundation for...
  • Pakistani suspect in shoe bomber case detained

    06/18/2002 3:35:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 253+ views
    The Times of India ^ | June 18 2002 | AFP
    PARIS: A Paris court on Tuesday ordered that a Pakistani national placed under investigation at the weekend for allegedly helping accused "shoe bomber" Richard Reid remain in detention, court sources said. Ghulam Mustafa Rama, along with two Frenchmen, is being investigated on suspicion of having "conspired to prepare a terrorist act". One of the French nationals was placed in preventive detention on Monday. Reid, 28, was caught with explosives in his shoe on an American Airlines jet from Paris to Miami in December, and has pleaded not guilty to charges in the United States of terrorism, attempted murder and attempting...
  • Dutch Arrest Kurd Suspected of Bin Laden Link

    09/13/2002 11:19:49 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 6 replies · 158+ views
    ABC.News | Sept. 13 | Reuters
    — AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) - Dutch police Friday arrested a Kurdish man suspected by the United States of having links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, Dutch television reported. A Justice Ministry official confirmed that a man had been arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol international airport on the outskirts of the Dutch capital but declined to give any details of his identity. "The man was refused entry to the Netherlands on the grounds of public security. He was arrested. The Dutch immigration service, AIVD (secret service) and Justice Ministry are discussing what steps to take next," a spokesman said. The...
  • TNT Residue Found On Luggage Of Somali Religious Leader Arrested At Portland Airport

    09/09/2002 5:12:29 PM PDT · by Shermy · 57 replies · 1,274+ views
    KATU-TV ^ | September 9, 2002
    PORTLAND - Tests indicated explosives residue on the luggage of a local Islamic religious leader arrested at the Portland International Airport on charges of document fraud, a federal prosecutor said Monday at the man's arraignment. Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, 41, was arrested at the airport without incident around noon Sunday and booked at the Multnomah County Jail. Kariye on Monday pleaded innocent to two felony charges of using false information - including a changed name - while applying for and receiving three different Social Security cards between 1983 and 1995. The federal indictment also alleges that Kariye used an altered...
  • Scuds turned on Israel as Saddam girds for war

    09/08/2002 5:31:28 PM PDT · by knak · 16 replies · 89+ views ^ | 9/8/02 | Paul McGeough, Herald Correspondent in Amman
    The four trucks moved under the cover of darkness, each hauling the block-like shape of a mobile Scud missile-launcher into the western deserts of Iraq, from where they could target Israel. As the Herald drove from Baghdad to Amman on Friday night, the convoy of Saddam Hussein's most feared missiles loomed out of the night as another piece of his defence plan being set up in the face of an imminent United States attack. At the end of the 1991 Gulf War international forces set about destroying all of the Iraqi President's long-range Scud missiles, but he is thought to...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Feds Say Man With $12 Million In Bogus Checks Offers Help With Al Qaida (Shishani - New Details)

    07/24/2002 10:28:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 30 replies · 660+ views
    AP ^ | July 24, 2002
    DETROIT - A man charged with smuggling dlrs 12 million in bogus cashiers checks into the United States told agents the man named on the checks may belong to al-Qaida, authorities said Wednesday. Omar Shishani, 47, also told investigators during an interview that "if you want to know about terrorism, I can help you with that," Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Straus said during a hearing. Defense attorney Nabih Ayad denied his client ever made such statements. Shishani, who was born in Jordan but is of Chechen descent, was arrested last week after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on a flight...
  • A search for answers in the case against the Lackawanna Six (terrorists arrested 5 years ago)

    09/10/2007 3:33:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 416+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 9/09/07 | Mark Sommer
    A search for answers in the case against the Lackawanna SixBy Mark Sommer NEWS BOOK REVIEWER Updated: 09/09/07 6:29 AM The arraignment of the Lackawanna Six attracted national attention. Derek Gee/Buffalo News It was five years ago today that police apprehended the first member of what was quickly dubbed the Lackawanna Six. Headlines blared far beyond Western New York, as news stories raised the specter of homegrown terrorists training with al-Qaida in southern Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden, it would later be revealed, was present, too. President Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller quickly proclaimed the Lackawanna...
  • Alleged terrorist Time Canada's Newsmaker of the Year

    12/23/2004 9:39:36 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 2 replies · 508+ views
    CFP ^ | December 23, 2004 | Arthur Weinreb
    The Canadian edition of Time Magazine has chosen Syrian born Maher Arar as its Newsmaker of the Year. The Ottawa Ontario resident landed at JFK International Airport in New York in September 2002 after returning from Tunisia where his wife has family. The Canadian citizen was detained in New York and then shipped off to his native Syria where he was detained and tortured for over a year before being released. After returning to Canada, Arar chose not to blend into the woodwork but forced the Canadian government to hold an inquiry into his arrest and detention and to examine...
  • US Establishes Base in Bin Laden’s Backyard: 21 killed

    08/21/2006 6:02:19 PM PDT · by wjersey · 42 replies · 2,599+ views
    Afgha ^ | 8/17/2006 | Matt DuPee
    In the small rural community of Kamdesh, Nuristan province, US troops recently constructed a base that houses hundreds of troops, making it the first such outpost of its kind to be built in one of the most untamed areas of Afghanistan. The base at Kamdesh is dug into a rugged mountain side that backs up to a sheer mountain side; prime real estate in the insurgent saturated northeast. Serving as an extension of forward operating base Naray, which lies due south in Kunar province, Kamdesh aims to reach further into the northern areas, namely Nuristan, to help the locals with...
  • 2002 Document: Chemical Material Hidden Underground (Translation)

    06/02/2006 11:13:28 AM PDT · by jveritas · 206 replies · 20,553+ views
    Document Document ISGQ-2003-00004530 dated September 15 2002 is a memo from a General in Saddam Feedayeens to the Supervisor of those Feedayeens who is not other than Uday Saddam Hussein. The memo talks about a hidden large container that contain a Chemical Material and that it was buried under the ground near Fallujah back when Hussein Kamal Hussein was in charge of the Iraqi Military Industrialization Commission. Hussein Kamal was the brother in law of Saddam who fled to Jordan in 1995 exposed to the world that Saddam still have WMD and then Saddam tricked him to come back by...
  • Democrats Target Pentagon Planning

    11/24/2003 3:19:36 PM PST · by Maria S · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The sordid tale now making the rounds in the "mainstream" press of a rogue Pentagon intelligence operation has all the elements of an urban legend: heavy breathing, a secret basement office "down by the ramp" and government officials who form a hidden alliance based on long-ago ties to an obscure but influential university guru. Only the work of a few good men with the courage to face up to this "cabal" - and a few crusader-journalists to help them - can make the demons scatter and scare the dark ones into the light. Or so the story goes on those...
  • 'Chemical Ali' Found Dead in Basra

    04/07/2003 12:17:00 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 111 replies · 674+ views
    Monday, April 7, 2003
    <p>BASRA, Iraq (AP) - Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed ``Chemical Ali'' by opponents of the Iraqi regime for ordering a poison gas attack that killed thousands of Kurds, has been found dead, a British officer said Monday.</p> <p>Maj. Andrew Jackson of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment told The Associated Press that his superiors had confirmed the death of the man who is also President Saddam Hussein's first cousin.</p> <p>Jackson said the body was found along with that of his bodyguard and the head of Iraqi intelligence services in Basra.</p>
  • McDermott, Bonior And Thompson: Did The Democrats and Their Media Allies Make A Deal with Hussein?

    07/16/2003 10:00:30 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 46 replies · 409+ views
    WND,FR, other media sources ^ | July 16, 2003 | my squash
    In September of 2002, Jim McDermott (D-WA), David Bonior (D-MI) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) traveled to Baghdad to meet with Saddam Hussein. Before they left for Baghdad, Jim McDermott made the following public statement: "the President of the United States will lie to the American people in order to get us into this war." After McDermott returned, he continued to make similar statements. While the 3 Democrats were in Baghdad, did they make representations to Saddam Hussein that their fellow Democrats and the Democrats' friends in the mainstream liberal media were willing to commit seditious acts to buttress Hussein's increasingly...