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  • Sheehan Plans New Protest at Bush's Ranch

    01/29/2006 2:32:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 114 replies · 2,458+ views
    AP ^ | 1/29/6 | IAN JAMES
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who just announced that she is weighing a run for Senate, plans to protest again outside President Bush's Texas ranch, Venezuela's president said Sunday with Sheehan by his side. Hugo Chavez, his arm around Sheehan's shoulders, told a group of activists that Sheehan had told him that during Holy Week, in April, "she is going to put up her tent again in front of Mr. Danger's ranch." "She invited me to put up a tent. Maybe I'll put up my tent also," Chavez said, to applause from activists invited to his...
  • Brazen Mexican incursion stretches American credulity — and patience

    01/28/2006 8:46:53 AM PST · by Founding Father · 70 replies · 1,670+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | January 28, 2006
    With its restrictions on everything from foreign ownership of real estate to the carrying of sidearms by American drug agents assigned there, the government of Mexico has made its touchiness about its sovereignty clear time and again. But when it comes to the sovereignty of the United States of America, Mexican contempt seems to know few limits. The latest example came at 3:15 p.m. Monday, as yet another standoff between armed Mexicans and American law-enforcement officers took place in Texas at the very spot where a similar standoff (described by Paul Green in a column on the Opinion 2 page...

    01/24/2006 6:50:00 PM PST · by MillerCreek · 73 replies · 2,979+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 01/24/06 | Jack Chang, Knight Ridder News Service
    Posted on Tue, Jan. 24, 2006 LATIN AMERICA Bolivian praises coca and CastroEvo Morales' first day as president of Bolivia included meeting leaders of Cuba and Venezuela and the swearing-in of a leftist Cabinet. BY JACK CHANG, Knight Ridder News Service LA PAZ, Bolivia - Newly inaugurated Bolivian President Evo Morales began his historic, five-year term Monday by meeting with leaders from Cuba and Venezuela, two of Latin America's harshest critics of U.S. policy, before swearing in a Cabinet largely made up of political radicals. His Cabinet choices included a former housekeeper turned union activist as justice minister and a...
  • Officials fear drug money behind deadly strikes by Peruvian rebels

    12/22/2005 5:24:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 207+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 22 Dec 2005 | JEREMY MCDERMOTT
    IN ONE of the bloodiest incidents for more than a decade, Shining Path guerrillas ambushed and killed eight police officers, amid fears that money from drug trafficking is giving the Peruvian rebel group a new lease of life. The ambush was set along the road to Aucayacu, more than 240 miles east of Lima. As the vehicle carrying nine officers entered the rebel killing zone, 20 members of the Shining Path opened up with automatic weapons. The police driver managed to get the vehicle off the road, where those not killed in the initial hail of gunfire fought on for...
  • Reputed Afghan Kingpin Extradited to U.S.

    10/24/2005 6:16:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 311+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/05 | Larry Neumeister - ap
    NEW YORK - A Taliban-linked drug lord who allegedly sought to poison U.S. streets with millions of dollars of heroin in a deadly "American jihad" has become the first person extradited from Afghanistan to face federal charges, officials said Monday. Haji Baz Mohammad, one of the world's "most wanted, most powerful and most dangerous" drug kingpins, had helped finance the Taliban by selling opium since 1990, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrator Karen Tandy said. "In return, the Taliban protected Mohammad's crops, his heroin labs, his drug transportation labs and his associates," Tandy said after a conspiracy indictment was unsealed accusing Mohammad...
  • Rumsfeld, Peruvian President Share Defense Goals

    08/19/2005 3:54:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 315+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 19, 2005 | Donna Miles
    LIMA, Peru, Aug. 19, 2005 – Peru has become a leader in confronting terrorism and narcoterrorism, but it's critical that the region's countries all work together to deal with the common threats they face, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here Aug. 18 during a joint press conference with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. "The problems that our respective countries face of terrorism, ... narcotrafficking, hostage-taking (and) crime are problems that no one country can deal with alone," the secretary said in the Peruvian presidential palace. "It requires regional cooperation." Toledo called these challenges a "shared responsibility" among the South American community...
  • Big Money In Mexican Meth

    08/19/2005 9:49:45 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 10 replies · 2,428+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 19, 2005 | WorldNetDaily
    WND Exclusive CONTROLLING THE SUBSTANCES Big money in Mexican meth New laws cut down on U.S. labs, but drugs still flow Posted: August 19, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 While new state and federal laws are cutting down the number of U.S. meth labs, the deadly drugs continue to flow into the U.S. across the porous border with Mexico, say law enforcement authorities. The federal anti-meth law was recently amended to permit states to impose their own stiffer restrictions and penalties. In Oregon, for instance, legislators now require cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a principal ingredient in methamphetamine, to...
  • Colombia Three 'not in hiding' after surprise return (How low will the Irish Government go?)

    08/05/2005 5:42:06 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 3 replies · 435+ views via ^ | Friday, 5th August, 2005 | Not stated
    The three Irishmen in hiding after being sentenced to 17 years in prison for training Farc rebels in Colombia have returned to Ireland and insisted they are not on the run. Martin McAuley, Niall Connolly and Jim Monaghan have been on the run since a Bogota court overturned their original acquittal in December. A Government spokesman has been quoted as saying the Government had no prior knowledge of the men's return. "This issue was not part of the Government's discussions with Sinn Fein and we had no prior knowledge of their return to Ireland," a spokesperson said. The Department of...
  • Colombian enemies team up in drug trade

    05/30/2005 11:07:19 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 697+ views ^ | May 29, 2005 | JOHN OTIS
    TUMACO, COLOMBIA - Tipped off by informants, Colombian authorities were nonetheless stunned by what they found on a jungle mission near the Ecuadorean border. In the largest-ever drug seizure in Colombia, police and naval forces seized eight boats on the Mira River that were packed with 15 metric tons of cocaine. Agents confiscated so many packets of white powder that the stash later burned for 19 hours in a police bonfire. But the quantity of cocaine, worth an estimated $400 million, wasn't the only surprise during the raid conducted earlier this month. According to Colombian authorities, the narcotics were produced...
  • Colombian Rebels Expanding Activities

    05/20/2005 2:48:57 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 504+ views
    ABC ^ | May 17, 2005
    BOGOTA, Colombia May 17, 2005 — Speedboats laden with tons of rebel-produced cocaine slip through Caribbean waters to the palm-fringed coasts of Central America, and return to Colombia stuffed with weapons for the guerrillas. Police investigate high-profile kidnappings in Venezuela and Paraguay, and find the fingerprints of Colombian rebels all over them. From the jungles of Central America to South America's southern cone, Colombia's main rebel group has been expanding its criminal activities, according to law enforcement officials and political leaders across the continent. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, began battling for the rights of peasants in...
  • Maoist insurgency thrives on narcotics trade: US

    03/06/2005 5:15:03 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 234+ views
    PTI ^ | MARCH 06, 2005
    WASHINGTON: Maoists in Nepal are reportedly involved in smuggling narcotics, mostly to India, to fund their insurgency and the Kingdom does not have laws to target drug-related corruption, the US has said. The state department, in its annual report on narcotic drugs, said the Maoist insurgency has an impact on rule-of-law and interdiction efforts in many parts of Nepal. "Police have reconfirmed that production of cannabis is on the rise in the southern areas of the country, and that most is destined for the Indian market," it said. The report said that police have also intercepted locally produced hashish en...
  • Drugs and Terror: Understanding the Link and the Impact on America

    04/14/2002 8:21:38 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 26 replies · 378+ views ^ | ? | the anti drug.
    Drugs and Terror: Understanding the Link and the Impact on America "It's so important for Americans to know that the traffic in drugs finances the work of terror, sustaining terrorists, that terrorists use drug profits to fund their cells to commit acts of murder. If you quit drugs, you join the fight against terror in America." President George W. Bush There is an undeniable link between acts of terror and illicit drugs. Law enforcement officials around the world have long recognized this close connection, but a changing world and recent events have made this link more relevant in the daily...
  • Drugs, Russia and Terrorism

    03/10/2002 3:05:54 AM PST · by xvb · 13 replies · 747+ views ^ | March 9 2002 | Joseph D. Douglass Jr.
    Drugs, Russia and Terrorism Joseph D. Douglass Jr. Editor's Note: This article is the first part of a two-part article. quot;When we fight drugs, we fight the war on terror,quot; President Bush explained on Feb. 12 as he announced an increase in the budget for the war on drugs. He is right. Additionally, we cannot wage a real war on terrorism without waging a real war on illegal drugs, because the two are closely coupled. The two are so intertwined that perhaps the real question is quot;How can we win a war on terrorism if we can't win a war...

    11/03/2004 2:11:50 AM PST · by Nennsy · 33 replies · 2,318+ views
    Defence and Foreign Affairs | October 21, 2004 | Defence and Foreign Affairs
    Defense and Foreign Affairs, October 21, 2004 KLA Video Shows Holbrooke, Clark Raising Funds for Kerry Campaign from KLA-linked Albanians, and Shows Ongoing Acquisitions From GIS Station Amsterdam and other sources. A recent video produced by Albanians who identified themselves as members of the ostensibly-banned Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) has been broadcast on Dutch television, showing KLA members giving donations to members of the US Presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry. The video also shows former US Presidential candidate and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark and former US Ass. Sec. of State Richard Holbrooke - now both...
  • Subversion in the Senate: Kerry's Communist Constituency

    10/29/2004 9:30:27 AM PDT · by Fedora · 45 replies · 7,814+ views
    Original FReeper research | 10/29/2004 | Fedora
    John Kerry's Fellow TravellersA 5-part series exposing John Kerry's Communist connections.Part 4: Subversion in the Senate: Kerry's Communist ConstituencyBy Fedora *NOTE: The term "fellow traveller" as used in this article series refers to someone who is not a member of the Communist Party (CP) but regularly engages in actions which advance the Party's program. Some apparent fellow travellers may actually be "concealed party members": members of the CP who conceal their membership. Which of these classifications is applicable to the Kerrys is a question this series leaves unresolved. This series does not argue for any direct evidence of Richard or...
  • Beslan militants were drug-dependent, forensic study shows

    10/17/2004 6:07:53 PM PDT · by Walkin Man · 63 replies · 1,938+ views
    Beslan militants were drug-dependent, forensic study shows By C.J. Chivers Monday, October 18, 2004 MOSCOW Forensic analysis of the remains of 31 militants who seized the public school in Beslan last month has determined that all of them were dependent on drugs, a senior law enforcement official said in a statement reported by Russian news agencies Sunday. Nikolai Shepel, the deputy prosecutor general of Russia's southern federal district, also said that blood tests had found very high levels of heroin and morphine among a majority of the attackers who died at the siege, "which indicates that they were long-term drug...
  • Al Qaeda's Balkan Links

    11/01/2001 3:53:17 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 112 replies · 12,064+ views
    Wall Street Journal Europe | November 1, 2001 | Marcia Christoff Kurop
    The Balkans' uncharacteristically silent exit from the world stage as the most prominent international hot spot of the last decade belies its status as a major recruiting and training center of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. By feeding off the region's impoverished republics and taking root in the unsettled diplomatic aftermath of the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts, al Qaeda, along with Iranian Revolutionary Guard-sponsored terrorists, have burrowed their way into Europe's backyard. For the past 10 years, the most senior leaders of al Qaeda have visited the Balkans, including bin Laden himself on three occasions between 1994 and ...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • 10 hostages killed in Colombia by Marxist FARC

    09/15/2003 10:06:25 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies · 781+ views
    ITV ^ | 6 May 2003
    Marxist rebels in Colombia have killed ten hostages, after the army bungled a helicopter mission to rescue them. The captives, including Governor Guillermo Gaviria and former Defence Minister Gilberto Echeverri, were killed as Government soldiers approached the rebel camp where they were being held. President Alvaro Uribe confirmed that one hostage escaped unharmed and two others survived but were wounded. No rebels were captured or killed in the failed rescue operation. Gaviria and Echeverri were kidnapped on April 21, 2002, as they led hundreds of peace marchers from Medellin to the village of Caicedo to meet with the rebel commanders....
  • Maoist Shining Path Guerrillas Kill 7 in Peru

    07/12/2003 5:49:03 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 704+ views
    AP ^ | July 11, 2003 | MONTE HAYES
    PICHARI, Peru - Shining Path guerrillas ambushed a 30-man marine patrol in a section of steep, mountainous jungle, killing seven and wounding 10 in the Peruvian military's worst loss to rebels in at least four years, military sources said Friday. A marine captain, four other marines and two civilian guides were killed in the attack Thursday afternoon in the Ayacucho region when rebels opened fire after they stopped to take a break in a clearing, said an army officer who spoke on condition of anonymity. The attack was another strong sign of a resurgence in Shining Path activity. Last month,...
  • UPI hears ...

    04/12/2002 11:21:58 AM PDT · by Dallas · 2 replies · 205+ views
    Insider notes from United Press International for April 12 ... Angry at the slow pace of reform at Pakistan's still-powerful Inter-Services Intelligence, President Pervez Musharraf is asking the Bush administration for a more formal arrangement under which the FBI would take over a wholesale re-training of the Pakistani security agencies. The essential role of the CIA and FBI in tracking down the al Qaida cell in Faisalabad that led to the arrest of al Qaida's logistics and training chief Abu Zubaida convinced Musharraf that Pakistan's own forces were not up to the job. Musharraf was persuaded to call in the...
  • Gunmen kidnap six Colombian officials

    04/11/2002 12:13:47 PM PDT · by colette_g · 4 replies · 301+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 11 April, 2002, 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK | BBC News
    Gunmen kidnap six Colombian officials Rebels have carried out similar attacks in the past Gunmen have kidnapped six Colombian legislators in an attack on the regional assembly in the city of Cali. The assembly was in session when the armed men entered the building, set off an explosive device and took the officials hostage. During an exchange of fire, a policeman is reported to have been killed. There is no information on who carried out the attack, but left-wing rebels have staged similar kidnappings in the past. Armed raid Local radio reports said as many as 25 armed men dressed...
  • US takes role in Colombia to new level

    03/23/2002 11:26:13 AM PST · by Willie Green · 11 replies · 445+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday March 21, 2002 | Martin Hodgson in Arauca, Colombia
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Oil, not drugs, is the focus of a $98m aid package to fund an army brigade to protect a pipeline from sabotage by guerrillas The Cano Limon oil pipeline is buried 6ft underground, but its route through the rolling Colombian prairie is clearly marked by a swath of oil slicks and scorched earth - the result of incessant bomb attacks by leftwing rebels. Since it was completed in 1985, the pipeline has been holed so many times that locals call it "the flute". Some 2.9 million barrels of crude oil have...
  • Colombian Rebels Plan Strike in U.S.

    09/24/2001 6:26:19 PM PDT · by Dog Gone · 15 replies · 613+ views
    Reuters ^ | Monday, September 24, 2001 | Luis Jaime Acosta
    Colombian Rebels Plan Strike in U.S. BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian guerrilla leader has spoken of a plan to attack U.S. interests both here and in the United States in a tape recording that Colombian security sources confirmed on Monday was the voice of the military commander of the Marxist FARC rebels. Security sources provided Reuters with a copy of the tape which they said contained a message broadcast by Jorge Briceno -- alias ``Mono Jojoy'' -- to his top lieutenants some time during the past month. ``To combat them wherever they may be, until we get to ...
  • Colombia Bombs Rebel Territory

    02/21/2002 6:36:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 571+ views ^ | Feb 21, 2002, 9:35 AM ET | ANDREW SELSKY
    FLORENCIA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian warplanes began bombing a vast rebel territory Thursday and amassing troops nearby, following the president's decision to cancel peace talks and reclaim the region from leftist guerrillas, the military reported. President Andres Pastrana formally ended Colombia's three-year peace process Wednesday night, just hours after guerrillas hijacked a domestic airliner and kidnapped a senator on the flight. Pastrana set a midnight deadline for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, to abandon the zone in southern Colombia that he gave to the rebel group in 1998. Troops in camouflage uniforms tightly guarded a highway ...
  • The Other U.S. War: Columbia Elections 2002(my title)

    03/11/2002 3:13:33 PM PST · by Sequitur · 10 replies · 327+ views ^ | March 11, 2002 | Al Giordano
    Issue # 18 Sign Up for Free Mailing List March 11, 2002 Narco News '02 Colombia Voters Reject U.S. War Ruling Parties Lose the Senate and the House By Al Giordano When Colombian voters went to the polls yesterday to elect a new Congress, they massively rejected the candidates of the traditional ruling two-party system of the Conservative and Liberal parties. The results also strongly suggested a rejection of the U.S.-imposed strategy of quot;frontal warquot; upon the Colombian rebels. This is a story, so far, untold by the U.S. press. President Andreacute;s Pastrana -- the U.S. government's delivery man...
  • It's a Jungle Out There

    02/28/2002 2:48:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 490+ views
    Financial Sense ^ | Monday, February 18, 2002 | J. R. Nyquist
    The world is full of bad people doing bad things. There are regimes that persecute Christians, Buddhists and others. There are double-crossing generals, arms and drug traffickers, treacherous diplomats and false fronts. There are double agents and blackmailed politicians. There is blood in the streets, revolution, war and hatred in today's world. You wouldn't know it from looking out a suburban window in America. But beyond our borders things aren't nice. People are suffering. On Feb. 11 reported that Chinese authorities were cracking down on Christian churches that operate outside government control. Nearly 24,000 Christians have recently been arrested ...
  • U.S. moves toward counter-insurgency aid to Colombia

    02/27/2002 4:58:17 PM PST · by Willie Green · 5 replies · 230+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Sun, Feb. 24, 2002 | Andres Oppenheimer
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Get ready for deeper U.S. military involvement in Colombia following last week's decision by President Andrés Pastrana to regain the territory he had somewhat naively ceded to leftist guerrillas as part of a peace effort more than three years ago. While U.S. officials say that U.S. troops will not be drawn into combat in Colombia, the Bush Administration may soon issue a ''national security directive'' expanding the nature of U.S. military aid to Colombia. Until now, the Bush Administration largely followed the Clinton policy of supporting Pastrana's peace talks with the ...
  • This Drug Ad A Hard Sell

    02/04/2002 4:19:30 AM PST · by Wolfie · 997 replies · 8,749+ views
    Newsday ^ | Feb. 03, 2002
    THIS DRUG AD A HARD SELL It's not all corporate pitchmen at this year's Super ( Ad ) Bowl. Joining Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi and tonight's other big-budget image buffers is one advertiser with a truly tarnished brand: White House drug czar John Walters, desperate to add some luster to the government's discredited war on drugs. Sorry, John. That'll take more than TV commercials, even during the Super Bowl. But Walters is a hard-nosed protege of tough-talking drug warrior Bill Bennett. Since being confirmed by the Senate in December, Walters has been an eager captive of the old-school lock-'em-up approach, emphasizing ...
  • War on terror worsens war on drugs: Opium production flourishes after defeat of Taliban

    11/30/2001 4:43:01 PM PST · by It'salmosttolate · 11 replies · 467+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | Friday 30 Nov 2001 | STRATFOR GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE UPDATE
    STRATFOR GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE UPDATE War on terror worsens war on drugs Opium production flourishes after defeat of Taliban Editor's note: In partnership with Stratfor, the global intelligence company, WorldNetDaily publishes daily updates on international affairs provided by the respected private research and analysis firm. Look for fresh updates each afternoon, Monday through Friday. In addition, WorldNetDaily invites you to consider STRATFOR membership, entitling you to a wealth of international intelligence reports usually available only to top executives, scholars, academic institutions and press agencies. © 2001 The downfall of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban and the rise of Northern Alliance forces ...
  • Russian Mob Trading Arms for Cocaine with Columbia Rebels

    04/10/2000 1:20:30 PM PDT · by Fulbright · 567+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/10/00 | Sue Lackey and Michael Moran
    Huge smuggling ring — an exclusive WASHINGTON, April 9 — Russian crime syndicates and military officers are supplying sophisticated weapons to Colombian rebels in return for huge shipments of cocaine, U.S. intelligence officials told A senior intelligence official described the smuggling ring as "literally an industry" that threatens to overwhelm the Colombian government and turn the U.S.-backed fight against the Colombia cocaine cartels into a losing proposition. Officials close to the investigation cited intelligence intercepts that show the IL-76 cargo planes use Royal Jordanian Airlines cargo facilities in Amman, where airline officials are bribed to ignore false ...
  • War On Terror: Prosperity For Poppy Growers?

    11/28/2001 8:29:13 AM PST · by Starmaker · 8 replies · 322+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | November 28, 2001 | Beth Goodtree
    Afghanistan was the world´s largest grower of opium poppies until the Taliban took over. Perhaps the only positive thing the Taliban ever did was to prohibit the growing of them. Now that the Taliban are no longer in control, Afghani farmers are already planting their first opium crops, with initial harvesting expected in April. Because of this, our ‘War On Terror´ could be a boon for the drug industry and ultimately result in disaster for us. Opium growing has a long history in Afghanistan. After the Taliban outlawed growing opium, the only source of poppy production was in lands held ...
  • Victorious warlords set to open the opium floodgates

    11/25/2001 7:51:14 PM PST · by Magician · 12 replies · 331+ views
    The Observer (UK) | Sunday November 25, 2001 | Paul Harris in Peshawar
    Sayed Ali welcomed the fall of the Taliban, but the new political and social freedoms now on offer mean little to the poverty-stricken Afghan farmer. What is important is that he can grow opium poppies again - he has already planted his first crop. In the small mud-brick village of Chinar Khalia, near the eastern city of Jalalabad, Ali and other local farmers are now looking forward to a bumper harvest around mid-April. The Taliban ban on poppy-growing, which slashed Afghan opium production by 94 per cent last year, is over. And the impact on the West will be huge ...
  • Bin Laden & Taliban Closely Linked To Heroin Production Infecting U.S.

    09/20/2001 6:38:34 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 53 replies · 367+ views
    US Newswire
    Robert Weiner, former White House drug policy director of public affairs and spokesman for Drug Czars Barry McCaffrey and Lee Brown, is suggesting the investigation and prosecution of terrorist Osama bin Laden through the Taliban's "nurturing" of funds from Afghanistan's world-leading opium poppy cultivation, the raw product for heroin production, as an additional way to expose and prosecute the way "bin Laden and those who harbor him may get a great part of their operational money. As evidence grows of Osama bin Laden and his network's connection to the most horrific terrorism in our history, and as President Bush ...

    11/11/2001 8:52:51 PM PST · by pkpjamestown · 3 replies · 374+ views
    Wall Street Journal (US) ^ | Wed, 07 Nov 2001 | Jennifer Clark, Alessandra Migliaccio
    ROME -- Italy's financial police face a huge challenge unraveling the money trail from the Mafia's illegal drug trade to find the strand that leads back to the Taliban in Afghanistan. "You'd need a crystal ball to tell how much of the money generated from the Mafia's illegal activities can be traced back to the Taliban," said Sandro Senatore, head of the Guardia di Finanza's operations to combat money laundering. "There's no way to tell until you get to the very end of the money trail." With the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan entering its fifth week, new urgency is being ...
  • Border Patrol in alien 'hell'

    07/12/2004 8:10:59 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 17 replies · 1,144+ views
    WND ^ | July 12, 2004 | Paul Sperry
    his is a WorldNetDaily printer-friendly version of the article which follows. To view this item online, visit Monday, July 12, 2004 HOMELAND INSECURITY Border Patrol in alien 'hell' Despite new anti-terrorism demands, DHS freezes payrolls, frees illegals Posted: July 12, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Paul Sperry © 2004 WASHINGTON – Despite increased anti-terror demands, immigration inspectors guarding the nation's borders are laboring under an internal budget crisis that has forced freezes on overtime pay and new hiring – as well as the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention centers. The funding crisis, which some lawmakers...
  • Taliban back in drugs, terror business

    05/30/2004 3:30:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 413+ views
    The Australian ^ | Rory Callinan | May 31, 2004
    IT was just after 11pm when heavily armed Taliban guerillas crept into a tiny village in the Panjwai district of southern Afghanistan. One group trained their weapons on the governor's residence while four others moved towards the local compound of the Afghan charity Co-ordination of Humanitarian Assistance. In the front garden, they found CHA worker Syed Abdul Jamil. "You are NGO workers," one of the gunmen said as he shot dead the 35-year-old father of one. Jamil's colleague rushed to the doorway shouting: "Why are you doing this?" The answer came in another fatal spray of bullets. The killers then...
  • Illegal Entry From Mexica to U.S. Spikes

    04/27/2004 12:15:17 PM PDT · by joesnuffy · 91 replies · 1,048+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue, Apr 27, 2004 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    llegal Entry From Mexico to U.S. Spikes 57 minutes ago By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer SASABE, Mexico - After a four-year decline, illegal immigration from Mexico is spiking as several thousand migrants a day rush across the border in hopes of getting work visas under a program President Bush (news - web sites) proposed. Many also are trying to beat tighter security to come in June. The U.S. border patrol told The Associated Press that detentions — which it uses to judge illegal migration rates — jumped 25 percent to 535,000 in the six months ending March 31...
  • Osama bin Laden a 'narco-terrorist'

    01/21/2004 10:08:25 PM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 170+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/22/04 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The al Qaeda terror group has embraced heroin trafficking to such an extent that its leader, Osama bin Laden, is now a "narco-terrorist," says a U.S. congressman just back from a fact-finding mission in Pakistan and Afghanistan.</p> <p>"It seems clear to me heroin is the No. 1 financial asset of Osama bin Laden," Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, Illinois Republican, told The Washington Times. "There is a need to update our view of how terrorism is financed.</p>
  • Dog gets Iraq bravery award

    12/09/2003 10:27:05 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 25 replies · 433+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 10, 2003 | From correspondents in London
    GOOD boy! Buster, a six-year-old Springer spaniel, earned more than a pat on the head overnight when he was awarded Britain's highest animal bravery medal for his role in breaking a resistance cell in Iraq. The British army canine received the Dickin Medal at a ceremony at London's Imperial Museum for discovering a cache of weapons and explosives in Safwan, southern Iraq, in March. Danny's handler, Sgt Danny Morgan, said the building was thought to be the headquarters of extremists responsible for attacks on British forces, and that Buster succeeded after soldiers found nothing. Buster quickly gave Morgan an indication...
  • Report: Venezuela aids Colombian FARC rebels

    09/10/2003 11:54:01 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies · 734+ views
    UPI ^ | 9/10/2003 | Martin Arostegui
    Colombia is investigating instances of Venezuelan air force planes entering its airspace to cover left-wing Colombia guerrillas who were retreating into sanctuaries across the border, internal government documents obtained by United Press International show. The Colombian army is investigating more than a dozen reported Venezuelan military incursions to aid narco-guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in their decades-long struggle against Colombia's U.S.-backed government and right-wing paramilitaries. The most serious clash took place March 21. Some diplomats say Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may want to pick a fight with Colombia to deflect the attention of his armed...
  • WAR

    09/07/2003 1:25:02 PM PDT · by Dubya · 9 replies · 2,983+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Sep. 07, 2003 | Karen Brooks
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico - The ghosts of the world's most infamous, powerful and ruthless drug lords have risen violently in this turbulent city along the South Texas border. For years in cities such as Medellin, Colombia, and Tijuana, Mexico, men such as Pablo Escobar and the Arellano-Felix brothers used murder, kidnapping and extortion to terrorize law officers and enemies alike. Those men are now gone, killed or in custody. But a new generation has emerged, and this one has set its sights on Nuevo Laredo, a city of 500,000 people across the Rio Grande from the fastest-growing U.S. border city,...
  • The Southern Terror Front - Why is the State Department hindering the war on narcoterrorists?

    08/27/2003 7:52:58 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 82 replies · 739+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 23, 2003
    <p>Donald Rumsfeld's recent visit to Colombia is a welcome signal of solidarity toward America's most reliable Latin American ally in the war on terror.</p> <p>"The Colombians are in every sense holding up their side of the partnership against narcoterrorism, and so we are always trying to find ways that we can be helpful," the Secretary of Defense said in an interview en route to Bogota. Perhaps even some holdouts in the State Department will now get the message.</p>
  • Peddling Terror: In Peacetime, Do Militants Prefer to Trade in Terror Rather Than Peace Initiatives?

    08/13/2003 8:51:41 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 178+ views ^ | Aug. 11 | Leela Jacinto
    Looking grim and neat in their pressed shirts and ties, the three Irishmen at the center of a diplomatic storm that threatens to rattle the fragile Northern Ireland peace process appeared in a Colombian court for the first time last month since their controversial trial began a year ago. Suspected IRA members, from left to right,James Monaghan, Martin McCauley and NiallConnolly are accused of helping arm and trainColombian rebels. (Javier Galeano/AP Photo) The strange, compelling saga of three Irishmen in a Colombian court dates back to August 2001, when Martin McCauley, James Monaghan and Niall Connolly were arrested in the...
  • Narco-Terrorism: International Drug Trafficking and Terrorism (BICE) (Clark) (Senate) 5/20/03

    07/12/2003 8:28:18 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 450+ views
    Statement of John P. Clark Interim Director, Office of Investigations Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 20, 2003 Good Morning, Chairman Hatch, Senator Leahy, and distinguished members of the committee. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be here today to discuss the efforts undertaken by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE) in its role in investigating international drug smuggling and money laundering as it relates to narco-terrorism. Prior to beginning my specific testimony, I would like to provide some background on our new Bureau. With the creation of the new...
  • Colombian Men Undergo Vasectomies for Land

    06/30/2003 7:42:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 278+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2003 | Nelson Bocanegra
    Marquelis is one of 40 men who in the last year and a half have had vasectomies in the humble towns of El Tigre and Rio Cedro on Colombia's Caribbean coast. In return for undergoing the operations, the men receive plots of land from a 54-year-old movie producer who sees sterilization as a way to reduce poverty. The man, who declined to be identified, pays for the operations. While female sterilization campaigns in Latin America have met with outrage in the past, Colombia's vasectomy-for-land scheme is cheered by locals. The program's sponsor, who himself has two daughters and has had...
  • Mexican Police Issue Wanted Poster for 31 Army Deserters Accused of Working as Drug Hitmen

    06/19/2003 11:58:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 48 replies · 746+ views
    AP ^ | Jun 19, 2003
    Federal police issued a wanted poster Thursday for 31 soldiers who have deserted from the Mexican Army and are now allegedly working as hitmen for a drug cartel. The soldiers apparently formed a gang, known as "The Zetas," or the "Z's" which operates in Mexican border communities, gunning down rivals of the Gulf drug cartel, the Justice Department said. The department released a wanted poster with the men's names and photographs, but declined to make any offer of rewards for information leading to their capture. Mexican soldiers and army officers play a large role in anti-drug enforcement, and several have...
  • Beijing's ambitions and the Panama canal

    06/10/2003 1:24:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies · 3,626+ views
    BrookesNews.Com ^ | 10 June 2003 | Peter Zhang
    Chinese control of the Panama canal has fuelled wild speculation in the US as to Beijing's plans for this strategic piece of real estate. Though I am not party to Beijing's military intentions I do know that they do not include submarine bases or sabotage, both of which would be obviously self-defeating. On the contrary, the Chinese will, as former President Clinton inadvertently blurted out, bend "over backwards to make sure that they run it in a competent and able and fair manner." What matters, however, is not how the canal is managed but how Beijing will use the Hutchison...
  • Australian frigate captures North Korean 'drug ship'

    04/20/2003 3:07:02 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 430+ views
    The Times ^ | April 21, 2003 | Roger Maynard
    A CARGO vessel thought to be the mother ship of an international drugs-smuggling operation was escorted in to Sydney last night after being boarded by the Royal Australian Navy in a high-seas raid. Police, navy personnel and customs officials went on board the North Korean- registered Pong Su about 70 miles off the central New South Wales coast after a chase through stormy seas to international waters. Surveillance teams were alerted last Wednesday, when 50 kilograms (110lb) of high-grade heroin believed to have come from Golden Triangle in South-East Asia was found on a beach at Lorne, on the coast...
  • Medical Thefts in Baghdad Well Organized, Says WHO

    04/19/2003 6:02:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 291+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | 4-19-03 | Lisa Schlein, Geneva
    The World Health Organization says it believes the looting of medicines, equipment and hospital records from a Health Ministry warehouse and WHO offices in Baghdad was well organized. WHO spokesman Iain Simpson says looters stole all the medicines and supplies stored in the Ministry of Health's main warehouse in Baghdad. He says the stocks were worth millions of dollars, and were badly needed across the country. Mr. Simpson says looters also destroyed the WHO office in Baghdad. "They turned up with a truck and with equipment, which enabled them to get into a safe," he said. "This clearly was not...