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  • Was Sa’ad Bin Laden Managing Al-Qaeda from Iran? (Osama's son more than just a "low-level" target)

    07/29/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/29/2009 | Annie Jacobsen
    When Osama bin Laden was banished from Sudan in 1996, he left the country in a rented Soviet jet — an aged and antique Tupolev flown by a Russian pilot he did not trust. With him were a few bodyguards, his military commander, Saif al-Adel, and two sons named Sa’ad and Omar — both young men in their late teens. Although it was the corrupt Islamic government of Sudan that had robbed Osama bin Laden of much of his vast personal wealth, he blamed America for his misfortunes, according to Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright. “He held America responsible for the...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Al Qaeda seen planning attack on U.S.

    02/06/2008 11:29:38 AM PST · by STARWISE · 119 replies · 208+ views
    WashTimes ^ | 2-6-08 | Sara A. Carter
    Senior al Qaeda leaders have diverted operatives from Iraq across the globe and are increasing preparations to strike the United States, senior intelligence officials told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday. They said the terrorists had plans to attack the White House as recently as 2006. "Al Qaeda is improving the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S. — the identification, training and positioning of operatives for an attack in the homeland," said Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, which oversees all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. "While increased security measures at home and abroad have caused...
  • How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won

    08/12/2007 4:39:05 AM PDT · by Laverne · 21 replies · 790+ views
    Washington Post On-Line ^ | 12 Aug 07 | Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus
    For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down. "This is the issue," said the plain-spoken retired vice admiral and Vietnam veteran, "that makes my blood pressure rise." snip...
  • Intelligence czar to leave post, go to State: NBC [John Negroponte.....]

    01/03/2007 4:42:12 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,008+ views
    ntelligence czar to leave post, go to State: NBC Wed Jan 3, 2007 7:30 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, will leave his post to take a senior position at the State Department, NBC news reported on Wednesday. Negroponte was the first U.S. intelligence czar