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  • Charlize Theron and Ridley Scott tight-lipped on mysterious "Alien" prequel "Prometheus"

    07/29/2011 6:21:59 AM PDT · by tlb · 12 replies
    Comic-Con ^ | July 28, 2011 | N. Ehrbar
    In presenting his new film, Prometheus, at Comic-Con, Ridley Scott was torn between building excitement for the presumed Alien prequel and keeping the project shrouded in secrecy. “Ridley has been sort of very cryptically obtuse about everything, and he will probably kill us if we say too much about the movie,” screenwriter Damon Lindelof said. “If you were looking for answers, you came to the wrong place.” Theron was equally circumspect. When asked if she could share any details about her character, Meredith Vickers, she replied, “No, I can’t, sorry. I’m just here to be pretty.” One thing Lindelof did...
  • Saddam Hussein weighed nuclear 'package' deal in 1990, documents show

    03/10/2010 6:48:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 596+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2010 | Joby Warrick
    As troops massed on his border near the start of the Persian Gulf War, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein weighed the purchase of a $150 million nuclear "package" deal that included not only weapons designs but also production plants and foreign experts to supervise the building of a nuclear bomb, according to documents uncovered by a former U.N. weapons inspector. The offer, made in 1990 by an agent linked to disgraced Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, guaranteed Iraq a weapons-assembly line capable of producing nuclear warheads in as little as three years. But Iraq lost the chance to capitalize when, months...
  • Biden 2002 On Saddam: We Have To "Eliminate The Threat" (Biden 2/14/2010,"it wasn't worth it")

    02/14/2010 1:26:53 PM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies · 407+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/14/2010 | RCP
    Joe Biden in 2002: "We have no choice but to eliminate the threat. This is a guy who is an extreme danger to the world."
  • Lord of the Rings fan spends life savings creating prequel

    02/10/2010 1:24:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,309+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 2/10/10 | staff
    Actress Kate Madison, a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, spent six years and her entire life savings creating a prequel to the films. Miss Madison, 31, spent £25,000 on the film, Born of Hope, which has already been watched by more than half a million people on YouTube. The story was inspired by just a couple of paragraphs written by JRR Tolkein in the appendices of The Lord of The Rings. "The film has gone down really well with the fans and some say it is even better than the Peter Jackson movies which is amazing," she...
  • Airline Passenger Says Concerns Ignored (Muslim testing airline security?)

    01/28/2010 9:43:15 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,794+ views
    myfoxphilly.com ^ | Jan. 27, 2010
    A South Jersey woman got the scare of her life when she tried to report suspicious activity on board a plane Philadelphia International Airport. The woman shared details of her terrifying ordeal only with Fox 29 News on Wednesday. Now, she's wondering if it was some kind of sick joke or a test run for a terrorist. Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser reported that 12 days after her red-eye flight from Los Angeles, the US Airways passenger is still upset over an incident on her flight, the reaction to it by the flight crew, and the lack of reaction from authorities....
  • Unfriendly fire

    09/27/2009 6:36:44 PM PDT · by Saije · 11 replies · 1,031+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/27/2009 | John Dufresne
    On Aug. 6, 2001, our vacationing president was warned by the CIA for the 36th time in eight months that Osama bin Laden was determined to strike in the United States and that recent intelligence had suggested an attack might be imminent. There were at that moment, George W. Bush was told, 70 bin-Laden-related field investigations being conducted in the country. “All right,’’ our president told the CIA officer, “you’ve covered your ass.’’ On one level, Jon Krakauer’s “Where Men Win Glory’’ represents a detailed look at the tragic tale of Pat Tillman, the football star who quit the NFL...
  • 9/11: Bin Laden Admitted 9/11 IN ADVANCE -- 3 weeks bfore 9/11, unprecedented attacks on USA

    09/14/2009 8:09:32 AM PDT · by Moseley · 21 replies · 1,308+ views
    ABC News, Wash DC Local Channel 7 ^ | Sept 11, 2001 | ABC News
    Osama Bin Laden PRE-ANNOUNCED the 9/11 attacks 3 weeks in advance, promosing "unprecedented attacks" on the US 3 weeks before 9/11. This is reported at the end of this clip from ABC News, local Channel 7 from Washington, DC, broadcast on the evening of 9/11 2001. Osama Bin Laden promised that Al Qaeda would attack the US in an unprecedented way BEFORE it happened. Not only has Al Qaeda repeatedly and proudly admitted that Al Qaeda planned, funded, and executed the 9/11 attacks on the United States, but Osama Bin Laden announced (admitted) the 9/11 attacks 3 weeks in advance,...
  • France plotted to save allies in Saddam Hussein's regime

    09/07/2009 2:26:50 PM PDT · by Shermy · 9 replies · 835+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 7, 2009
    Just as President Jacques Chirac was vehemently arguing against invading Iraq in late 2002, General Philippe Rondot wrote that he had been given the green light to "recover" top officials including Tariq Aziz, Saddam's foreign minister. Previously unseen extracts of Gen Rondot's private diaries were reprinted in the newspaper Libération. In a passage dated Dec 3, 2002, the general refers to an "agreement in principle to 'recover' if necessary Mr Aziz and Al-Rafai" – said to be a senior Ba'ath Party politician. The two men were believed to have been considered useful to the French while Gen Rondot knew Aziz...
  • Saddam, al Qaeda question and the CIA

    08/14/2009 11:44:30 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 41 replies · 1,581+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8-14-09 | Mark Eichenlaub
    Assertions relating to the Saddam Hussein/al-Qaeda controversy have filled countless news articles and books and cannot be completely recapped and answered in a few articles. But despite all of the ink and bandwidth spent on the topic, there are additional questions yet to be fully explored in the eyes of many. When one attempts to dig on questions, such as what meetings actually took place between Saddam Hussein’s regime and al-Qaeda members — where they took place and when, and what was discussed — the CIA emerges as one of, if not the major, intelligence players involved in public discussion...
  • Revisiting the Saddam Hussein/Al-Qaeda Relationship (For those who still care about history)

    08/14/2009 6:43:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 803+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8/14/2009 | Mark Eichenlaub
    Assertions relating to the Saddam Hussein/al-Qaeda controversy have filled countless news articles and books and cannot be completely recapped and answered in a few articles. But despite all of the ink and bandwidth spent on the topic, there are additional questions yet to be fully explored in the eyes of many. When one attempts to dig on questions, such as what meetings actually took place between Saddam Hussein’s regime and al-Qaeda members — where they took place and when, and what was discussed — the CIA emerges as one of, if not the major, intelligence players involved in public discussion...
  • Former Interrogator Reveals Saddam’s Regime DID Have Close Ties to Al-Queda

    07/11/2009 9:41:57 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies · 993+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-11-09 | Scott Malensek
    This is one of those articles that I really REALLY hope people will read before just commenting on the headline or the quoted sections. In fact, I think it's one of the best articles I've seen on this subject in half a decade. Yes, it's long, detailed, and forces many readers to question their previously held beliefs about regime ties to the Al Queda terrorist network, but it's not the typical anti-Bush/anti-war piece or a woohoo-Bush-was-right piece either. It is EXACTLY why: members of the 911 Commission, Sen Intel Com, as well as others (and why every investigation into the...
  • Saddam Hussein's FBI interview

    06/26/2009 10:31:20 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 13 replies · 1,448+ views
    James Gordon Meek of the New York Daily News has posted two recent stories based on documents he obtained through FOIA on the FBI's interview of Saddam Hussein. Meek says that, according to the documents, Saddam denied links to al Qaeda just as he did prior to the invasion and the Baath party recently denied again on their website. In one of the documented interviews Hussein referred to America as his enemy and in another interview discussed Iraq's relationship with, and level of support for anti-Israel groups linked with Abu Nidal and Abu Abbas, who he referred to as "guests."
  • FBI says Saddam's weapons bluff aimed at Iran

    07/02/2009 10:29:51 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 9 replies · 598+ views
    Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | July 2, 2009 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saddam Hussein believed Iran was a significant threat to Iraq and left open the possibility that he had weapons of mass destruction rather than appear vulnerable, according to declassified FBI documents on interrogations of the former Iraqi leader. "Hussein believed that Iraq could not appear weak to its enemies, especially Iran," FBI special agent George Piro wrote on notes of a conversation with Saddam in June 2004 about weapons of mass destruction. He believed Iraq was being threatened by others in the region and must appear able to defend itself, the report said. The FBI reports, released...
  • Saddam Said He Faked Having WMDs

    07/02/2009 7:03:04 AM PDT · by steve-b · 78 replies · 2,520+ views
    Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein told an FBI interviewer before he was hanged that he led the world to believe that his country had weapons of mass destruction because he did not want to appear weak to the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to declassified FBI documents released Wednesday. Hussein was quoted as saying that he was so concerned about radical Iranian leaders that he was ready to sign a security agreement with the United States guaranteeing protection from Iran.... Hussein also referred to Osama Bin Laden as a "zealot" and said that he did not deal with al-Qaida....
  • Last of Saddam's WMD ( that which wasn't moved to Syria before the war) secreted to Canada.

    07/01/2009 8:05:27 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 16 replies · 1,715+ views
    ( The media and the democrats knew all along Saddam had WMD...we sent an engraved invite we were coming three months in advance, of course he moved his WMD to Syria----but the bloodthirsty "Bush Lied" chorus was allowed to perpetuate to destroy Bush) Secret U.S. mission hauls uranium from Iraq Last major stockpile from Saddam's nuclear efforts arrives in Canada updated 6:57 p.m. ET, Sat., July 5, 2008 The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program — a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium — reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a...
  • Dutch Supreme Court upholds mustard gas conviction (Saddam's WMD precursor buyer in Dutch Jail)

    06/30/2009 1:01:51 PM PDT · by xzins · 11 replies · 1,208+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tue, Jun 30, 2009 (5:42 a.m.)
    The Dutch Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the war crimes conviction of a businessman for selling chemicals to Saddam Hussein that his regime in Iraq turned into poison gas and unleashed on Kurds and Iranians. ... In May 2007 a Hague appeals court upheld Van Anraat's 2005 conviction for complicity in war crimes and increased his sentence from 15 to 17 years. ... Presiding Judge Leo van Dorst said that from the mid-1980s Van Anraat was Iraq's sole supplier of a chemical called TDG, or thiodiglycol, for its mustard gas production program. "The suspect knew ... the TDG he was...
  • EXCLUSIVE: U.S. contacted Iran's ayatollah before election

    06/23/2009 7:30:46 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 91 replies · 6,320+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/24/09 | Barbara Salvin
    Prior to this month's disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling for an improvement in relations, according to interviews and the leader himself. Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed the letter toward the end of a lengthy sermon last week, in which he accused the United States of fomenting protests in his country in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential election. U.S. officials declined to discuss the letter on Tuesday, a day in which President Obama gave his strongest condemnation yet of the Iranian crackdown against protesters.
  • 9/11, Info Sharing, and “The Wall”

    06/22/2009 5:00:40 PM PDT · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 10 replies · 1,161+ views
    9/11, Info Sharing, and “The Wall” The rise of “the wall” between intelligence and law enforcement personnel that impeded the sharing of information within the U.S. government prior to September 11, 2001 was critically examined in a detailed monograph (pdf) that was prepared in 2004 for the 9/11 Commission. It is the only one of four staff monographs that had not previously been released. It was finally declassified and disclosed earlier this month [http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/wall.pdf --searchable HTML transcript at http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:KyzY5fDka0AJ:www.fas.org/irp/eprint/wall.pdf+%22legal+barriers+to+information+sharing:+the+erection+of+a+wall+between+intelligence+and+law+enforcement+investigations%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]. In April 2004, Attorney General John Ashcroft testified (pdf) that the failure to properly share threat information in the summer of...
  • Cheney: No 'evidence' of Iraq, 9/11 link

    06/02/2009 6:30:23 PM PDT · by americanophile · 34 replies · 1,749+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 2, 2009 | Andy Barr
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there was “never any evidence” that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq played any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. “On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9/11, there was never any evidence to prove that,” Cheney said during an interview Monday night with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “There was some reporting early on, for example, that Mohammed Atta had met with a senior Iraqi intelligence official,” Cheney said. “But that was never borne out.” In a 2003 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cheney...
  • Iraq Prime Minister Says There Is Now Proof of Ties Between Saddam’s Regime and Al Queda (2003)

    05/02/2009 1:01:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies · 1,599+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 9:22 am | Scott
    Maybe now that President Obama’s in charge of the war in Iraq, and there’s no need to lie, distort, or half quote truths to oppose the war (can’t oppose it if it’s run by a Democrat)…maybe now people will realize: 1) the matter was never closed by any investigation 2) there’s hundreds of times more information demonstrating ties than there is dismissing them BAGHDAD — The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki said Al Qaida worked closely with former operatives in Saddam Hussein regime. Officials said leading members of the Al Qaida network have coordinated operations with Saddam...