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  • Documents: Ivins had custody of purified anthrax

    08/06/2008 7:27:48 PM PDT · 59 of 70
    pttttt to Shermy
    Scott Shane wrote this:

    But at least 10 scientists had regular access to the laboratory and its anthrax stock — and possibly quite a few more, counting visitors from other institutions, and workers at laboratories in Ohio and New Mexico that had received anthrax samples from the flask at the Army laboratory.

    Scott Shane at NYT? Must have gotten promoted from his earlier gig on the Hatfill beat at the Baltimore Sun.

  • Anthrax suspect dies in apparent suicide

    08/04/2008 12:23:22 PM PDT · 149 of 149
    pttttt to Sacajaweau
    Something just isn't hitting me right on this. The man remains "innocent until proven guilty" so what court could prove him guilty and convict him. How do you convict a dead man?

    You can't. A dead person can't generally be libeled either (it's only a civil cause of action for living people who have been damaged by the libel). So anyone can say anything about him. Could be he also planted the bomb at the Atlanta Olympics, who knows (/sarc).

    The death leaves a lot of open questions.

  • Anthrax suspect dies in apparent suicide

    08/01/2008 1:00:35 PM PDT · 96 of 149
    pttttt to penelopesire
    Sounds like his own family had major suspicions about him. He was put in a ‘facility’ for ‘depression’ and had talked of suicide according to this report. Wonder if we will ever know about his motives?

    Not from him.

  • Boeing's Outsourcing of Aircraft Production

    03/10/2008 3:44:59 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    Without commenting on the recent Air Force tanker decision, this is not your father's Boeing. Many people may not be aware that they have already offshored a LOT of their aircraft production.
  • Lucent Technologies Inc. Agrees to Pay $1 Million Fine to Resolve FCPA Allegations [re China]

    12/22/2007 9:06:35 PM PST · 1 of 7
    Wonder how much more of this is going on?

    07/04/2007 9:23:10 AM PDT · 96 of 132
    pttttt to naturalman1975

    Uh-oh, feet are a dangerous weapon. Ban feet!

  • Patrick Henry's 1775 "Liberty or Death" speech for July 4

    07/04/2007 6:09:14 AM PDT · 1 of 11
  • Retired Marine Is Top Gun At Sub Shop (Subway Owner Hails Best Customer's Actions Alert)

    06/30/2007 5:43:27 AM PDT · 39 of 98
    pttttt to goldstategop
    From /,0,1772093.story:

    "But Gadson's [the surviving perp's] grandmother, Rosa Jones, said: "He ain't no hero. He is a murderer and God will serve justice."

    She and her husband, Ivory Jones, pastor of a Fort Lauderdale church, sat on their front porch in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday wondering how a man could shoot two people and not go to jail."

    Unfortunately, this true hero could be facing a lawsuit. But at least he's getting a little top cover with the surviving perp being charged with murder - good law!! That should keep these scumbags busy for a while.

  • Critics Blister Va. Tech on Campus Security

    04/16/2007 7:38:08 PM PDT · 37 of 69
    pttttt to kellynla

    Amen. We’ll hear more about it but the police knew that people had been shot, as far they knew the shooter was still at large, they could have at least put out a serious warning (what was that “use caution” business?), and they didn’t. Nothing to see here, folks.

    They may feel terrible about it but they dropped the ball big time and are now in damage control PR mode. There’s no reason to have any confidence in them or in campus security there. I would get out of there fast, or get my kid out of there fast.

    Right to keep and bear arms notwithstanding, colleges don’t generally let students bring guns onto campus and that isn’t likely to change (it sure won’t at Va. Tech after this), so you depend on campus security. Doesn’t sound like there is much there.

  • Bonds On The Ballot

    10/16/2006 5:42:57 AM PDT · 1 of 3
  • China knows our next Treasury secretary well

    07/06/2006 4:25:45 PM PDT · 32 of 32
    pttttt to Calpernia
    Speaking of foreign buyouts, look who owns the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States , aka CFIUS, and where this chap is going.
  • Pro-Illegal Alien Incumbents Swept Out of Office in Bellweather Election in Herndon, Virginia

    05/04/2006 6:44:01 AM PDT · 220 of 226
    pttttt to kristinn
    The margin of defeat for the incumbent mayor was 130 votes out of 2,596 votes cast.

    Several lessons to be learned here:

    1. Local elections matter.

    2. Never forget to vote. 130 isn't many people but it made the difference.

    3. Remember who endorsed candidates, especially if they are facing upcoming elections.

    I wonder if illegals were voting in this one. In a lot of places, proof of citizenship is not required to register to vote. If so, that makes this even more impressive.

  • Sale of US firewall company (Sourcefire) to foreign buyer (Check Point) hits snag

    02/22/2006 5:19:41 AM PST · 1 of 2
  • Any port in the terrorist storm

    02/21/2006 6:42:40 PM PST · 25 of 28
    pttttt to Sabramerican
    In supporting the sale decision by a little-known interagency panel called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Bush administration dismissed security risk concerns. National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones said the sale of the ports for $6.8 billion to Dubai Ports World was "rigorously reviewed" by CFIUS, which, he said, considers security threats when foreign companies seek to buy or invest in American industry. Apparently money talked more than common sense.

    While this should concern Congress, there have been other foreign buyouts which should have concerned them a whole lot more (one can search FR for some of them).

    All the fuss now over a deal that's relatively easy to police doesn't make sense when compared with some of the stuff that's gone down almost unnoticed.

    Still, politics doesn't have to make sense. The Adminstration should have foreseen that this would upset people.

  • George Washington's 1st Inaugural Address

    02/19/2006 3:24:51 PM PST · 1 of 12
    Washington's birthday is February 22.
  • China Slows Ambitious Plans For 3G Networks

    01/07/2006 9:03:35 AM PST · 9 of 9
    pttttt to Defiant
    Well said. Such "standards" are a classic way for an government to extort technology transfer through regulatory policy.

    And the CCP hasn't backed off yet. See

  • Rick Santorum Criticizes Bill Frist on Stem Cells

    07/31/2005 7:25:16 PM PDT · 25 of 29
    pttttt to Tumbleweed_Connection
    Here's someone else who's harvesting human life: Chinese Harvesting of Prisoner Organs for Transplants.

    Conservatives elected Frist. Conservatives can also unelect him. Time to check out his business connections, which may not stand up under scrutiny.

  • UN wants control of Internet

    05/04/2005 3:12:46 PM PDT · 71 of 73
    pttttt to Calpernia
    That is one of the reasons they tried to buy Global Crossings.

    Well, actually they did buy an ISP. For some reason that one wasn't held up. See PCCW.

    PCCW is controlled by one Richard Li. Guess who he's the son of. No joke.

    With respect to the ITU: for some reason, having a veneer of legalistic correctness seems to matter to the Chicoms. Rather than simply try to stamp out the Catholic Church in China, they set up their own bogus one. Few dictatorships would go to that much trouble. They love the UN; it serves that purpose. Not surprised to see them playing at ITU. They appreciate diplomatic poker and use it to their advantage.

    For more on ITU and the Internet:


    ITU and Internet governance

    More on ITU and Internet

  • Hackers Target US Power Grid

    03/12/2005 7:03:29 PM PST · 56 of 57
    pttttt to timtoews5292004
    In his book Venton outlines a scenario where Al-Qaeda enlists the help of former members of the Russian FSB(our American NSA) to train, and also help carry out, the attacks. very interesting stuff.

    Could be that some former FSBers are Chechens, adding an ideological motivation. But the Russian Maf could also be acting as a body shop for AQ.

  • IBM's Lenovo Deal Faces U.S. Security Probe

    01/26/2005 6:53:03 AM PST · 1 of 1
  • Politician Wants Schwarzenegger To Lose Citizenship ("NOT WORTHY" TO BE AUSTRIAN)

    01/22/2005 1:10:04 PM PST · 22 of 37
    pttttt to srm913
    Too late. When a person becomes a naturalized US citizen, they are required to renounce all other citizenships as part of their swearing of the Oath of Allegiance. So Arnie would have had to do this. He's already renounced his Austrian citizenship -- under oath. They can't fire him, he's already quit.

    This is the US naturalization oath. it's pretty explicit:

    "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

    There may be some countries that won't recognize formal renunciation of their citizenships but I suspect euro-liberal Austria isn't one of them.

    The US Government does not favor dual citizenship but also has not outlawed it. It is possible to hold dual-US/other citizenship but only if you are a US citizen by birth -- not for naturalized citizens. One way this could happen is to be born of US parents in a foreign country.

    Also, unlike the US, not all countries require such a renunciation in their naturalization process. One example is Canada.

  • Kennedy Sister Dies At 86

    01/08/2005 6:47:47 AM PST · 238 of 305
    pttttt to JeanS
    Weird. St. Coletta's is about 30 miles from where I live. Rumor had it in this area that she died years ago.

    This would be consistent with the total information blackout about her even post-Internet - even when someone's in a coma, pictures get out and she couldn't have lived this long and been in a coma the whole time. Living persons are hard to hide when they stay in one place for decades. Someone would have had to have seen her and secrets have a way of getting out.

    So much about this whole sad story doesn't add up. If you look at the few pre-lobotomy photos there are of her, she doesn't look profoundly retarded by any means. Might have been either nothing or a learning disability. Maybe old Joe thought she needed to be shut up. Could she have been threatening to blow the whistle on him for something?

    I wonder who her surgeon was and who her guardian has been?

    It would also be interesting to know if there has been anything unusual observed about this school or its staff. It's a remarkable "school" which can hold someone incommunicado for decades.

  • China and Technology Standards

    12/26/2004 12:52:14 PM PST · 5 of 6
    pttttt to WilliamofCarmichael
    Do I really need to provide sources to prove the Chi-com state owned enterprises, et al. steal IP?

    I'm convinced they do. But thanks in advance for more sources.

  • Selling Out to China?

    12/26/2004 5:08:56 AM PST · 5 of 98
    pttttt to SmithPatterson
  • China and Technology Standards

    12/26/2004 5:05:33 AM PST · 1 of 6
    Could be more recent but still interesting. Something to consider while the news is focused on Iraq. With apologies to Clausewitz, the field of "standards" is policy by other means.

    And note that the PRC analyst refers to standards as a "war".

    Hope everyone had a merry Christmas.

  • CFI Spokesman: United Way, Target Should Get Nothing from Christians This Christmas

    11/25/2004 7:21:09 AM PST · 34 of 143
    pttttt to gbaker
    As a GOVERNMENT worker I was always concerned about giving to CFC. We can pick who our money goes to but I always wondered. I few years ago I noticed that you can pick a box on the form. One to allow the charitable agency to have your address or ask them to contact you. Forget how it actually reads. But its nice to have the charity send you a letter thanking you for your contribution. I'm just satisfied that my money didn't go elsewhere.

    I don't know how CFC works, but if it works like UW, your money does go elsewhere even if you designate a charity. They rake off a little bit from all contributions to put in a kitty to make up unfulfilled pledges, etc. So you could be supporting things you don't agree with.

  • Ramadan a challenge for busy young doctors

    10/17/2004 3:12:56 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    pttttt to Merry
    Physicians have to be licensed to practice medicine in the US.

    If there's a month or so where they're impaired and are distracted from the main task of treating patients full-time, maybe it's time to take this into account in licensing them.

  • FR Live Thread: Bush Kerry - First Debate - Thread 2 - Here we go!

    09/30/2004 8:37:37 PM PDT · 2,919 of 3,658
    pttttt to Admin Moderator

    I only saw a few minutes of it but I thought Bush looked and sounded good. These things aren't "won" by playing by debate-club rules - supposedly Richard Nixon "won" the debates with JFK this way but it didn't work for him. It's who makes the better impression.

    Kerry sounded like a gasbag with lots of factoids and little wisdom.

    Unless there was a major collapse I didn't see, it looked like W was handling himself well.

  • Authenticity backed on Bush documents [Boston Globe shills for CBS]

    09/11/2004 7:49:03 AM PDT · 57 of 95
    pttttt to Safety
    Even if these were typed on a Selectric, that doesn't make them authentic.

    There's a big trade in typewriters - see and others (no endorsement intended).

  • Israel denies reports it has spy in the Pentagon

    09/11/2004 7:39:46 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    pttttt to saradippity
    More at


    September 6, 2004

    Spy Case Renews Debate Over Pro-Israel Lobby's Ties to Pentagon


    WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 - It began like most national security investigations, with a squad of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents surreptitiously tailing two men, noting where they went and whom they met. What was different about this case was that the surveillance subjects were lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and one of their contacts turned out to be a policy analyst at the Pentagon.

    The ensuing criminal investigation into whether Aipac officials passed classified information from the Pentagon official to Israel has become one of the most byzantine counterintelligence stories in recent memory. So far, the Justice Department has not accused anyone of wrongdoing and no one has been arrested.

    Aipac has dismissed the accusations as baseless, and Israel has denied conducting espionage operations in the United States.

    Behind the scenes, however, the case has reignited a furious and long-running debate about the close relationship between Aipac, the pro-Israel lobbying organization, and a conservative group of Republican civilian officials at the defense department, who are in charge of the office that employs Lawrence A. Franklin, the Pentagon analyst.

    Their hard-line policy views on Iraq, Iran and the rest of the Middle East have been controversial and influential within the Bush administration.

    "They have no case,'' said Michael Ledeen, a conservative scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a friend of Mr. Franklin. "If they have a case, why hasn't anybody been arrested or indicted?''

    Nearly a dozen officials who have been briefed on the investigation said in interviews last week that the F.B.I. began the inquiry as a national security matter based on specific accusations that Aipac employees had been a conduit for secrets between Israel and the Pentagon. These officials said that the F.B.I., in consultation with the Justice Department, had established the necessary legal foundation required under the law before beginning the investigation.

    A half dozen people sympathetic to Aipac and the civilian group at the defense department said they viewed the investigation in different terms, as a politically motivated attempt to discredit Aipac and the Pentagon group. Supporters of Aipac have said the organization is being dragged into an intelligence controversy largely because of its close ties to a Republican administration and the Israeli government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    Friends and associates of the civilian group at the Pentagon believe they are under assault by adversaries from within the intelligence community who have opposed them since before the war in Iraq. The Pentagon civilians, led by Paul D. Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary, and Douglas J. Feith, the undersecretary for policy, were among the first in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks to urge military action to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, an approach favored by Aipac and Israel.

    Mr. Wolfowitz and Mr. Feith were part of a larger network of policy experts inside and out of the Bush administration who forcefully made the case that the war with Iraq was part of the larger fight against terrorism.

    The Pentagon group circulated its own intelligence assessments, which have since been discredited by the Central Intelligence Agency and by the independent Sept. 11 commission, arguing that there was a terrorist alliance between the Hussein regime and Al Qaeda.

    The group has also advocated that the Bush administration adopt a more aggressive policy toward Iran, and some of its members have quietly begun to argue for regime change in Tehran. The administration has not yet adopted that stance, however, and the Pentagon conservatives have been engaged in a debate with officials at the State Department and other agencies urging a more moderate approach to Iran.

    To Israel, Iran represents a grave threat to its national security. Pushing the United States to adopt a tougher line on Tehran is one of its major foreign policy objectives, and Aipac has lobbied the Bush administration to support Israel's policies.

    Mr. Franklin was an expert on Iran in the office of Mr. Feith and among the material he is suspected of turning over to Aipac is a draft presidential policy directive on Iran, which would have provided a glimpse at the Bush administration's early plans.

    But skeptics of the case have said that the United States and Israel routinely share highly sensitive information on military and diplomatic matters under an officially sanctioned understanding. In addition, most of the contents of policy drafts affecting either country are well known to people outside the government who follow American-Israeli affairs.

    As a result, some of Mr. Franklin's associates regard his efforts as an attempt to obtain Aipac's help to influence the Bush administration rather than an effort to provide Israel with information. They believe the case is the latest in a series of assaults by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, who they believe are determined to diminish the influence of conservative civilians at the Pentagon.

    In their view, there have been other attempts to embarrass them. In May, American officials said that Ahmed Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress and a longtime ally of the Pentagon conservatives, had told Iranian intelligence officials that the United States had broken Iran's communications codes.

    The F.B.I. began a still-open investigation to determine who in the government had told Mr. Chalabi about the secret code-breaking operation. The investigation, which has included the use of polygraph examinations, has focused on Defense Department employees who both knew Mr. Chalabi and knew of the highly classified code-breaking operation.

    The F.B.I.'s inquiry of the Chalabi leak may overlap with the Franklin case because some of the same Defense Department officials had access to information that was believed to be compromised.

    But officials who have briefed on the case say they remain two separate inquiries being conducted by separate teams of investigators, one with jurisdiction over Iranian matters and one with jurisdiction over Israel issues.

    The focus and direction of the Franklin investigation, which was publicly disclosed Aug. 27, remains unclear. The officials said the inquiry first focused on Aipac, but later became more intense after F.B.I. agents gathered evidence indicating that Aipac officials had obtained classified information from Mr. Franklin, which was turned over to Israel.

    But it is unclear who, if anyone, is likely to be charged with wrongdoing and whether the government is more interested in Aipac, Mr. Franklin or the Israelis who may have received the classified material. Officials say Mr. Franklin has been cooperating with the F.B.I. since being confronted by agents several weeks ago.

    Two officials at Aipac, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, have also been interviewed by the bureau.

    "I know that this is part of a campaign against us,'' said Michael Maloof, a former Pentagon analyst who worked in a special-intelligence unit created by Mr. Feith after Sept. 11. Mr. Maloof lost his security clearances because of an investigation that he believed was unfair.

    He now believes that Mr. Franklin is being unfairly targeted as well. "They are picking us off, one by one,'' Mr. Maloof said.

    But leading critics of the Pentagon hard-liners have repeatedly argued that Mr. Wolfowitz, Mr. Feith and others have used the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to pursue issues that in some ways mirror the interests of Israel's conservative Likud government.

    One piece of evidence repeatedly cited by the critics is a 1996 paper issued by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, an Israeli think tank, calling for the toppling of Saddam Hussein in order to enhance Israeli security. Entitled "A Clean Break," the 1996 paper was intended to offer a foreign policy agenda for the new Likud government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The paper argued: "Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq - an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right - as a means of foiling Syria's regional ambitions."

    Among those who signed the paper were Mr. Feith; David Wurmser, who later worked for Mr. Feith at the Pentagon and now works for Vice President Dick Cheney; and Richard Perle, a leading conservative who previously served as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a group of outside consultants to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

    In the Reagan administration, Mr. Feith served as Mr. Perle's deputy at the Pentagon.

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

    For education and discussion purposes only.

  • Some Fort Detrick Labs Closed

    09/01/2004 4:36:12 PM PDT · 159 of 296
    pttttt to maquiladora

    So many ponds (to drain), so little time...

  • Israel denies reports it has spy in the Pentagon

    08/28/2004 12:19:54 PM PDT · 8 of 14
    pttttt to yonif
    More on the individuals named - reported before the spying allegations came out:

  • Seven Charged in Scheme to Sell Weapons to China

    08/20/2004 2:42:42 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    pttttt to danzima
    The indictment, from the US Attorney's office, has a lot more details, very interesting. One might think someone in the press would have picked up on this, but I haven't found anything. Of course, they're innocent until proven guilty (the accused, not the press).

    Wonder how many more of these there are.

  • Hopes Now Outpace Stem Cell Science

    07/29/2004 9:21:03 PM PDT · 12 of 26
    pttttt to neverdem
    "The core ethical problem is that this research requires destroying human beings at the embryonic stage,"

    So how is this different from what the Red Chinese are doing with harvesting transplant organs from condemned prisoners?

    What the Chicoms are doing in sacrificing human lives for treatment of others is actually more ethical. Organ transplants are therapeutically proven. But there are no stem cell cures. So this is sacrificing human lives in the hope of eventually finding cures that require more sacrificing of human lives.

  • Congressman: Al Qaeda entering southern border and changing names to Mexican surnames

    07/16/2004 7:45:11 PM PDT · 212 of 593
    pttttt to Joe Hadenuf
    Here's a pre-9/11 report on Islamic terror groups in Mexico.
  • Ron Reagan Shocker: Stem Cells WON'T Cure Alzheimer's

    07/14/2004 8:03:42 AM PDT · 53 of 92
    pttttt to kattracks
    "Scientists theorize that the cells, which give rise to all other cells and tissues in the body, could yield treatments for Parkinson's disease, diabetes and, perhaps, Alzheimer's disease, which former President Reagan had."

    COULD yield treatments. Maybe. IS raising human beings to harvest and cannibalize them.

    The Red Chinese are criticized for taking transplant organs from prisoners - sometimes while they're still alive. But these DO result in cures. Embryonic stem-cell is harvesting human cells WITHOUT even knowing if there's a cure at the end of it.

    They're both bad, but what the Red Chinese are doing is actually more defendable.

  • Gay Activists Say Virginia Is For Haters

    07/10/2004 9:32:03 AM PDT · 10 of 18
    pttttt to lainie
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gay activists are urging a boycott of Virginia because of a new ban on civil unions and other marriage-like arrangements for same-sex couples.

    One more good thing about the Old Dominion.

  • Brother May Have Driven Missing US Marine To Lebanon -NBC

    07/08/2004 7:46:11 PM PDT · 23 of 28
    pttttt to HAL9000
    Not that there's necessarily any parallel whatsoever, but here's another strange Marine-in-the-embassy story from the past. There were several well-orchestrated defections of service and intelligence people to the USSR around this time.

    "Oswald goes to the U.S. Embassy to renounce his U.S. citizenship and demands to see the U.S. Consul, Richard Snyder. Says Snyder: "He also volunteered the information that he'd been -- while in the Marines -- a radar technician and that when he became a Soviet citizen, he intended to offer to the Soviet authorities everything that he had learned." Snyder reports Oswald's intentions to Washington. Marines change their radar codes and begin proceedings for an "undesirable discharge" for Oswald.

    Yekaterina Furtseva, the highest-ranking woman in the Politburo under Nikita Khrushchev, champions Oswald's cause and demands the KGB reverse its decision and allow him to stay."

    It'll be interesting to find out what was really going on. If we ever do.

  • Gunbattle Near U.S. Marine Hassoun's Lebanon Home

    07/08/2004 7:32:49 PM PDT · 20 of 37
    pttttt to Batrachian
    I think this dude deserted, or might actually have been working with the terrorists.

    Could be. First hand knowledge of Marine training and tactics would be useful for terrorists. The early claim by the Islamists of "infiltrating" the Marine base is troubling. So are the strange clustered casualties being taken by Marine sharpshooter teams.

    There is also the possibility that it might have been a fake triple-agent defection to sniff out and target the Islamists, where he seemed to be defecting but was actually still working for us. But that's hard to believe.

  • Ron Brown's Body: How One Man’s Death Saved the Clinton Presidency and Hillary’s Future

    07/04/2004 2:57:25 PM PDT · 97 of 108
    pttttt to GVgirl
    And not to forget Barbara Alice Wise, another strange US Department of Commerce death around that time. One of several old Free Republic threads on that one.
  • Iraqi Special Tribunal could cut plea bargains with Saddam henchmen

    07/04/2004 2:37:40 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    pttttt to TexKat
    In this image cleared by the US military, Ali Hasan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, appears in a courtroom at Camp Victory, a former Saddam palace on the outskirts of Baghdad, Thursday, July 1, 2004.

    He looks pretty good for someone who's been killed several times.

  • Report: Iraqi group denies beheading Marine

    07/04/2004 2:24:27 PM PDT · 58 of 72
    pttttt to Brian Mosely
    Recalling one of the early reports of this, and reading between the lines, sounds like there was uncertainty on the US side about just what happened here and the US hadn't ruled out defection to the other side as a possibility. (Could have changed by now, but haven't heard anything specific.)

    Though that doesn't mean the bad guys wouldn't still kill him if they thought they could gain something by it (like proving how tough they were relative to rival groups - that dynamic would be part of the mix). Something for any Islamacists in the coalition armed forces to think about.

    Militants in Iraq threaten to behead hostages, including U.S. marine  

    Chris Tomlinson

    Canadian Press

    June 28, 2004

    BAGHDAD (AP) - Arab television broadcast videotapes Sunday of two men taken hostage by militants, one described as a U.S. marine lured from his base and the other a Pakistani driver for an American contractor. Insurgents threatened to behead them both.

    Also, militants hit a coalition transport plane with small arms fire after takeoff from Baghdad's airport, killing an American passenger and forcing the aircraft to return. Earlier on Sunday, Turkey rejected demands by militants threatening to behead three Turkish hostages unless Turkish companies cease business with U.S. forces in Iraq.

    Death threats against hostages as well as insurgent attacks on U.S. and Iraqi security forces have accelerated as Iraq's interim government prepares to assume sovereignty Wednesday. [surprise!]

    The U.S. military confirmed that a marine named Wassef Ali Hassoun had been missing from his unit for nearly a week. It said it was unclear if he had been taken hostage, but Hassoun's name was on a marine "active duty" identification card shown by militants in the videotape aired by the Al-Jazeera network.

    Late Sunday, Hassoun's family in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan confirmed that he was the kidnapped marine who appeared in the videotape.

    "We accept destiny with its good and bad," Hassoun family friend and spokesman Tarek Nosseir said in a brief statement Sunday to reporters. "We pray and plead for his safe release."

    In the video, the hostage had a white blindfold covering his eyes. He wore military fatigues, and his moustache was trimmed. The U.S. military said Hassoun was of Lebanese descent, though the Al-Jazeera report said the hostage's origins were Pakistani.

    The kidnappers claimed to have infiltrated a marine outpost, lured Hassoun outside and abducted him. Al-Jazeera said the militants demanded the release of all Iraqis "in occupation jails" or the hostage would be killed.

    They identified themselves as part of Islamic Response, the security wing of the National Islamic Resistance - 1920 Revolution Brigades. The name refers to the uprising against the British after the First World War.

    The group, which has claimed responsibility for previous anti-American attacks, first surfaced in an Aug. 12 statement claiming the United States was hiding its casualty tolls in Iraq to help President George W. Bush's election chances.

    U.S. officials believe the insurgency consists of several groups with different ideologies, among them Arab nationalists, former Baath party members and Islamic extremists.

    Earlier Sunday, the Pakistani driver was shown on a tape broadcast by a different Arab television station, Al-Arabiya. The hostage displayed an identification card issued by the U.S. firm Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Vice-President Dick Cheney's former company Halliburton.

    Four masked men holding assault rifles across their chests said they would behead the Pakistani within three days unless Americans freed prisoners held at Abu Ghraib near Baghdad and three cities of central Iraq - Balad, Dujail and Samarra.

    The gunmen said they captured the Pakistani near the U.S. base at Balad, 80 kilometres north of Baghdad. They did not say whether they were affiliated with any group,

    The hostage, who gave his name as Amjad, urged Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to close his country's embassy in Iraq and to ban Pakistanis from coming to Iraq.

    "I'm also Muslim, but despite this they didn't release me," he said, bowing his head. "They are going to cut the head of any person regardless of whether he is a Muslim or not."

    It was unclear how either set of kidnappers was linked to Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who claimed responsibility for the decapitation deaths of American businessman Nicholas Berg and South Korean translator Kim Sun-il last week.

    In Baghdad, meanwhile, an American soldier was killed Sunday when a rocket slammed into a U.S. base on the southeastern outskirts of the city, the military said.

    Gunmen dressed in black killed six soldiers of the Iraqi National Guard, formerly the Iraqi Civil Defence Corps, and wounded four others at a checkpoint in Jalawla, 120 kilometres northeast of Baghdad. In first reports of the attack on the transport plane, U.S. military officials said the aircraft was American. Later, however, Australia's Nine Network television said it was a C-130 transport from the Royal Australian Air Force. The plane was about 20 kilometres from the Iraqi capital when it was fired on and forced to return to Baghdad International Airport.

    Australia Broadcasting Corp. radio reported that a passenger on the plane who died of injuries was a U.S. citizen. U.S. Brig.-Gen. Mark Kimmitt also said the victim was believed to be an American, according to the report.

    Attacks against coalition aircraft around Baghdad have occurred before, although no fixed-wing planes have been shot down. The main road linking the airport to central Baghdad also has become increasingly dangerous because of ambushes.

    In Istanbul, Turkish Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul rejected demands by al-Zarqawi's group for Turkish companies to quit doing business with U.S. troops in Iraq to spare the lives of the three Turkish hostages.

    "Turkey will not bow to pressure from terrorists," Gonul told the private CNN-Turk and TV8 television stations.

    The demand was issued as Bush and other western leaders gathered in Turkey for a NATO summit Monday. Turkey, the only Muslim country in NATO, was put in a difficult position trying to balance alliance solidarity with national interests.

    The U.S. mission in Iraq is deeply unpopular in Turkey, and it was feared that any killing of Turkish hostages could intensify anger against the United States.

    More than 40 people from several countries have been abducted in Iraq since April - many of them released or freed by coalition soldiers. Several kidnappings have been blamed on the al-Zarqawi group.

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  • Seven Charged in Scheme to Sell Weapons to China

    07/03/2004 10:16:42 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    pttttt to Coleus
    Thanks. I never did find a website for UTI.

    Manten also lists a parts inventory.

  • Seven Charged in Scheme to Sell Weapons to China

    07/02/2004 3:21:01 PM PDT · 10 of 14
    pttttt to nuconvert
    Here's the website of one of the companies: Manten Inc. Universal Technologies Inc. of Mount Laurel NJ is proving to be harder to locate.
  • Seven Charged in Scheme to Sell Weapons to China

    07/02/2004 3:11:43 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    pttttt to nuconvert


  • Little Rock is Surprise Money Laundering Center

    06/29/2004 7:11:21 PM PDT · 1 of 14
    Whooda thunk it. Little Rock of all places. Next they'll be saying it's going on in Hope or Hot Springs. Not that BJ Clinton ever gets back to any of them much.
  • Intelligence backs claim Iraq tried to buy uranium

    06/29/2004 6:51:43 PM PDT · 83 of 84
    pttttt to NavySEAL F-16

    Interesting and no great surprise. Wonder why this is coming out now.

  • CIA analyst attacks war on terror. Anonymous author sharply critical of Bush administration

    06/29/2004 6:49:22 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    pttttt to Orblivion
    Hey I bet if we nuke israel

    They really want us to nuke ourselves too. Bad enough they're against Israel's right to exist, they're against the entire West's right to exist.

  • Execution terrorists say help was given by Saudis (AL QAEDA, THE SAUDIS IN BED ALERT)

    06/21/2004 6:11:40 AM PDT · 17 of 17
    pttttt to pttttt
  • Execution terrorists say help was given by Saudis (AL QAEDA, THE SAUDIS IN BED ALERT)

    06/21/2004 6:09:49 AM PDT · 16 of 17
    pttttt to MadIvan

    Could be. Complex situation. The Saudis have a long tradition of double-dealing, trying to appease both sides - not exactly "friends" in the sense that the word is understood in the West. This is a pretty detailed account, so some of the claims could be checked maybe.