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  • Germany’s Imam Mamoun Darkazanli: Al-Qaeda's Alleged Financier and Logistician

    08/28/2010 12:52:03 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/2010 | Derek Henry Flood
    Police in Hamburg shut down the notorious al-Quds mosque, renamed the Taiba mosque in 2008, led by German-Syrian national and voluntary imam Mamoun Darkazanli. Darkazanli (a.k.a. Abu Ilyas al-Suri) has been a suspected al-Qaeda operative, primarily as a financier and logistician, in the European Union for close to two decades. Long active in al-Qaeda circles, Darkazanli first surfaced on the radar of Western intelligence agencies when he purportedly helped procure a cargo ship named “Jennifer” for Osama bin Laden as early as 1993 (Hamburger Abendblatt, October 16, 2004). Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA- Federal Criminal Police Office) admitted that it had been...
  • Free All The SEALs From Travesty

    04/23/2010 7:34:19 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 163+ views
    BlackwaterWatch ^ | April 23, 201010
    Abed was the mastermind behind the killing, burning and mutilation of four American contractors working for Blackwater USA in Fallujah, Iraq, in March 2004. …
  • Free All The SEALs From Travesty

    04/22/2010 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 452+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    <p>Military Justice: The first of three Navy SEALs charged with abusing a captured jihadist has been cleared. Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?</p> <p>The acquittal of Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, 29, of Blue Island, Ill., by a six-member U.S. military jury in Baghdad on Thursday is good news and the correct verdict.</p>
  • S.O.S. — Save Our (Navy) Seals

    03/05/2010 4:50:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 852+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Military: Two U.S. congressmen take the lead in proclaiming the obvious — that those who attack this country should be punished and not those who risk their lives to defend it. The Navy SEALs are a special breed of patriot and warrior. This highly trained and select group — the best of the best — is a daily participant in the long twilight struggle against the enemies of freedom that President Kennedy warned us about. Kennedy formally created the SEAL (sea, air, land) outfit as an elite force capable of combat operations in any environment. It was a team of...
  • Free the Navy SEALs Now

    12/10/2009 6:15:13 PM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies · 2,859+ views
    Investors Business daily ^ | December 10, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Law: American heroes are arraigned for allegedly punching a terrorist in wartime. What happens to Tiger Woods isn't vital to our country's future. What happens to Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe is. People are more likely to recognize the names of Tiger's alleged bimbo eruptions than the names of these three Navy SEALs we sent into battle. They are not household names in a nation consumed with Climate Gate, the public option and the antics of billionaire athletes. An administration consumed with apologies has said the architect of 9/11's massacre, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, must be given all the...
  • Dec 7 Navy SEALs Courts-Martial PROTEST - Norfolk Virginia

    11/30/2009 2:45:02 PM PST · by Saoirise · 60 replies · 4,551+ views
    Eagles UP | 11/30/2009 | Elyse A. Buongiorno
    Dec 7 Navy SEALs Courts-Martial PROTEST - Norfolk Virginia SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! Type: Causes - Protest Network: Global Date: Monday, December 7, 2009 Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm Location: Naval Station Norfolk City/Town: Norfolk, VA Description As most of you already know, some of our military’s most elite, the Navy SEALs are under fire from the US Government for none other than bloodying the lip of one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq, the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe & Petty Officer...
  • Blackwater Down

    01/07/2009 6:02:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies · 1,485+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 6, 2009
    Justice: Once again, Americans asked to put their lives on the line go on trial. Their crime was doing the very job we asked them to do in Iraq. Will they now be sacrificed for an ungrateful Iraq?On Tuesday, five members of a tactical support team of Blackwater Worldwide security guards in Iraq made their first appearance in U.S. District Court on charges ranging from voluntary manslaughter to the use of automatic weapons. The "crime" was protecting State Department personnel under fire in a war zone and firing back. On Sept. 16, 2007, 18 members of the "Raven 23" team...
  • Respect Blackwater - The firm's operations in Iraq are not sordid -- they're just business

    11/10/2007 12:55:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies · 67+ views
    PE.com ^ | Monday, November 5, 2007 | ROGER ROLAND
    Respect Blackwater The firm's operations in Iraq are not sordid -- they're just business Monday, November 5, 2007 By ROGER ROLAND The frenzied debate over the role of Blackwater USA in Iraq has resulted in more misconceptions than truths. The most common myth, propagated by the media and some politicians, is that Blackwater's private security contractors are mercenaries working for the United States military. This simply is not the case. Blackwater's contractors do not support U.S. armed forces in battle against terrorists and insurgents. They are not soldiers, but rather a corps of professionals who provide personal security to American...
  • Immunity deal hampers Blackwater inquiry

    10/30/2007 4:32:15 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 25 replies · 50+ views
    AP, via Yahoo! News ^ | October 30, 2007 | LARA JAKES JORDAN
    The State Department promised Blackwater USA bodyguards immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month's deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, The Associated Press has learned. The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident that has infuriated the Iraqi government. (snip) FBI agents were returning to Washington late Monday from Baghdad, where they have been trying to collect evidence in the Sept. 16 embassy convoy shooting without using statements from Blackwater employees who were given immunity. (snip) The FBI...
  • Blackwater Guards Fired at Fleeing Cars, [U.S.] Soldiers Say; [ Incident Called 'Criminal']

    10/12/2007 7:20:43 AM PDT · by freedomdefender · 145 replies · 2,334+ views
    Wash Post ^ | Oct 12 07 | Sudarsan Raghavan and Josh White
    Blackwater USA guards shot at Iraqi civilians as they tried to drive away from a Baghdad square on Sept. 16, according to a report compiled by the first U.S. soldiers to arrive at the scene, where they found no evidence that Iraqis had fired weapons. "It appeared to me they were fleeing the scene when they were engaged. It had every indication of an excessive shooting," said Lt. Col. Mike Tarsa, whose soldiers reached Nisoor Square 20 to 25 minutes after the gunfire subsided. His soldiers' report -- based upon their observations at the scene, eyewitness interviews and discussions with...
  • Blackwater Probe Ignores their Perfect Record of Protection

    10/03/2007 12:15:48 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 17 replies · 538+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 03, 2007 | Rick Moran
    Democrats on the Hill are trying to portray Blackwater Corporation, the security company hired by the State Department to protect its employees in Iraq, as a bunch of out of control cowboys who shoot first and do not differentiate between civilians and insurgents. But the reality is something a little different as pointed out in StrategyPage.com: Iraqis are upset with Blackwater International, the security firm that provides protection for American diplomats (and many other VIPs) when they travel about. Blackwater recruits experienced military veterans, especially commandos, to do the job. When Blackwater is attacked, they attack right back. Blackwater's aggressiveness...
  • Blackwater founder defends role in Iraq

    10/02/2007 2:25:31 PM PDT · by RedRover · 59 replies · 353+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 2, 2007 | Peter Spiegel
    'I believe we acted appropriately at all times,' he says in a congressional hearing called after the private security firm is implicated in the deaths of Iraqi civilians.WASHINGTON — Blackwater USA, the private security firm in Iraq, defended its record today amid an FBI investigation into a deadly Baghdad shootout last month in which at least 11 Iraqi civilians were killed by Blackwater guards protecting U.S. diplomats. "I believe we acted appropriately at all times," said Blackwater founder Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL. He noted that 27 Blackwater contractors had been killed while guarding U.S. officials, and that no...
  • Can the U.S. Live Without Blackwater?

    09/19/2007 10:50:31 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 86 replies · 127+ views
    Time ^ | September 19, 2007 | BRIAN BENNETT/TRAVELING WITH SECRETARY RICE
    During a telephone conversation on Monday night, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed that U.S. diplomats must be free to travel around Iraq, but how they will do that is now a point of contention. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad relies heavily on Blackwater security to guard its personnel as they visit government ministries and other sites around Iraq. American diplomats have not been able to travel outside the Green Zone since Iraq suspended Blackwater's license following a firefight Sunday that resulted in the deaths of at least eight Iraqi civilians. "We're there...
  • 'America's private army' under fire for Illinois facility (Leftist peaceniks vs. Blackwater)

    07/23/2007 12:14:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies · 2,797+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6:11 AM CDT, July 23, 2007 | E.A. Torriero
    'America's private army' under fire for Illinois facility Anti-war activists, locals are wary about military contractor's new training site By E.A. Torriero Tribune staff reporter 6:11 AM CDT, July 23, 2007 MT. CARROLL, Ill. Strangers rarely venture onto the twisting gravel roads in this corner of the state, and those who do sometimes get lost amid the rolling hills. So it came as a surprise to many locals when the expert marksmen of Blackwater USA -- a controversial military contractor that provides armed security guards in the Iraq war -- took over an 80-acre rifle range and opened up a...
  • Al Jazeera In Potrero Covering Blackwater Training

    07/01/2007 7:28:37 AM PDT · by Ladycalif · 21 replies · 834+ views
    News 8 KFMB ^ | 6/20/07
    Blackwater USA is trying to bring a training camp for its private security forces to Potrero, and now a crew from Al Jazeera's English-language TV station has shown up at the site. Former American network news correspondent Rob Reynolds greeted a News 8 camera as he interviewed a Potrero resident for his new boss -- the 24-hour Al Jazeera English TV channel, which launched last fall. The Washington-based reporter was in town to do a story on the controversial proposed Blackwater military training project, which would be built on a vacant 800-acre chicken ranch. Once the three-person unit spotted our...
  • Blackwater: America’s (Deadly) Secret Mercenary Army

    06/03/2007 6:28:20 AM PDT · by Valin · 92 replies · 3,641+ views
    Islamdaily ^ | 6/3/07 | Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    It’s a big, evil secret behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq - a 100,000 strong mercenary force that the Bush administration has hired to do the U.S. government’s riskiest and dirtiest operations. It works behind the scenes and is virtually above the law. Its name is Blackwater USA -- and it’s a private army with a license to kill. More evil still is the fact that Blackwater USA is run by a multimillionaire Christian fundamentalist who has also bankrolled President Bush’s election campaigns. And what makes the whole exercise so frightening is that American mainstream media - supposedly the champions...
  • High Court Asked to Explore Contractor Liability for Deaths in Iraq

    02/24/2007 6:11:34 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 9 replies · 735+ views
    Legal Times via Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/22/07 | Legal Times
    The grisly details of the murder and dismemberment of four U.S. citizen contractors in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have found their way onto U.S. soil in a dispute that may reach the Supreme Court. In the case, the estates of the four late contractors filed suit against Blackwater Security, a company with whom the decedents contracted to perform military escort services. The estates attribute the contractors' deaths to the allegedly negligent and deceitful actions of the contracting companies, asserting claims of common-law fraud and wrongful death under North Carolina law. Blackwater, however, contends that the state law claims are...
  • Blackwater: Inside America's Private Army

    07/23/2006 11:13:30 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 51 replies · 2,537+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 7/23/06 | JOANNE KIMBERLIN AND BILL SIZEMORE
    Private military companies are becoming a critical part of 21st century warfare, and Blackwater USA is on the leading edge. The company offers an academy that turns out corporate warriors who work in hot spots around the world. Above, trainee Gregory Collier screams for team members to evacuate the area during an executive protection drill. chris curry / the virginian-pilot   Part 1 of 6 MOYOCK, N.C. - Today's after-lunch lesson: How to break a man's arm with your bare hands.The students pay close attention. On a patch of grass under a powder-blue sky, they pair off to practice...
  • Former Blackwater Employee Claims Pain Killers Led to Her Extortion Charge

    07/07/2006 7:43:29 PM PDT · by RDTF · 12 replies · 914+ views
    Fox 5DC ^ | July 7, 2006 | AP
    CAMDEN, N.C. — A former Blackwater USA employee said Friday an addiction to prescription pain killers led her to try to extort $1 million from the security company by threatening to leak information about the killings of four contractors in Iraq. Laura Holdren-Nowacki, 35, of Moyock, made the admission in a statement released after she pleaded not guilty to one count of extortion. District Attorney Frank Parrish said outside of court that, at Blackwater's request, he will ask Monday for the charge to be dropped. Holdren-Nowacki said she suffered from "significant depression and severe migraine headaches" and had taken significantly...
  • Need help with defensive driving? Try Blackwater USA's training track

    04/09/2006 3:09:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 603+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 4/9/06 | Jeffrey Hampton
    A man jumped up from behind a car on the side of the road and started shooting at a three-car motorcade just before a car bomb went off nearby. The three cars, carrying a dignitary in the middle car, squealed into reverse in unison to escape the trap, running backward at high speed for several hundred feet before wheeling around and speeding away. The man shot only paint ball ammunition, and the car bomb was no more than small explosives set off for effect. The location was a 3-mile-long paved practice track at the Blackwater USA compound in Moyock that...