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  • Hundreds of Iraq police fall ill at meal

    10/08/2006 4:40:30 PM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 339 replies · 11,240+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 8, 2006 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hundreds of Iraqi policemen fell sick from poisoning Sunday at a base in southern Iraq after the evening meal breaking their daily Ramadan fast, and officials said they were investigating whether the poisoning was intentional. An official with the Environment Ministry said 11 policemen had died. However, the governor of Wasit province — where the poisoning took place — denied any deaths, though he said some of the victims were in critical condition. There was no immediate explanation for the contradictory reports. Some of the policemen began bleeding from the ears and nose after the meal, said...
  • Al-Qaeda 'plotted Ashes (UK) attack'(to kill UK & Australia cricket teams with sarin gas)

    10/08/2006 12:50:02 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 14 replies · 901+ views
    Australia News ^ | Oct. 9, 2006 | Andrew Ramsey and Simon Kearney
    AL-QAEDA plotted to murder the entire Australian cricket team in their change rooms during last year's Ashes tour of Britain using sarin nerve gas sprayed by the men who bombed the London Underground. A friend of one of the four bombers who killed 52 people when they bombed trains and buses in the British capital on July 7 last year told The Sunday Times newspaper that the al-Qaeda cell was initially ordered to kill the England and Australian cricket teams during the Edgbaston Test in Birmingham. The claim was made by a family friend of bus bomber Hasib Hussain, who...
  • Syria Says US Behind Attack On Own Embassy

    09/14/2006 10:17:26 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 50 replies · 1,200+ views
    AHN ^ | September 13 2006
    Senior Syrian government official have accused the US of being behind Tuesday's assault on its own embassy in downtown Damascus. A Baath party official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told WorldNetDaily, "We in the government are 100 percent sure America was behind this attack, which is not the same as other attacks by Islamic groups." He explained, "Only the Americans can succeed in carrying out an attack just 200 meters from President [Bashar] Assad's residence in the most heavily guarded section of Syria." The official charged that Washington had orchestrated the attack to "prove Syria is filled with terrorists...
  • Regional Officials Take On a Simulated (biological) Terror Attack on L.A.

    09/04/2006 6:21:56 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 353+ views
    LAT ^ | Sept. 4, 2006 | Jim Newton,
    The first hint of calamity came in deceptively routine form: a small fire in a rented Carson warehouse, apparently sparked by welders working on a lunch truck. But an investigation of that blaze turned up alarming details: respirators, a suspicious hookup on the truck, large sacks of rice flour. Within weeks, those puzzling discoveries would plunge Los Angeles into a whirlwind as a routine fire probe rapidly spun into an international investigation, uncovering a terrorist weapons lab in Mexico and a plan to douse the nation's second-largest city with anthrax and ricin. By the 40th day of the crisis, panic-stricken...
  • US unprepared for nuclear terrorist threat, report says

    09/01/2006 1:28:56 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 30 replies · 806+ views
    Monsters and Critics ^ | Sept. 1, 2006 | DPA
    Five years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US government remains unprepared for a nuclear terrorist threat, a nuclear nonproliferation group alleges in a report released Thursday. Physicians for Social Responsibility, an advocacy and policy group that focuses on stopping nuclear proliferation and protecting the environment, said that as many as 52,000 people could die in a nuclear bomb set off on a ship in the port of new York. Another 238,000 people would be exposed to direct radiation. The group analyzed three possible scenarios, the nuclear bomb explosion in the New York City port, a dirty bomb...
  • Al Qaeda Bugging Case Defines Election Stakes

    08/27/2006 5:22:28 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 18 replies · 1,281+ views
    Human Events ^ | Aug. 28, 2006 | Human Events
    In a nutshell, Judge Taylor claimed that under our Constitution, Hitchens’ right to never have his overseas telephone calls intercepted without a warrant trumps the right of Americans not to be blown to smithereens. The Constitution, however, says no such thing. The truth is, Democratic Presidents long before Bush conducted warrantless electronic surveillance for national security reasons—and every time the issue was reviewed by a federal appellate court, the court ruled for the President. In 2002, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review said: “The Truong court, as did all other courts to have decided the issue, held that...
  • Al Qaeda chief in UK terror attack call

    08/27/2006 2:57:36 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 47 replies · 1,596+ views
    UK Daily News ^ | Aug. 26, 2006 | Uk News
    An Al Qaeda chief is urging extremists to carry out more terror attacks against Britain ahead of the fifth anniversay of 9/11. In a chilling message issued on the Internet, Abu Musab al-Suri has ordered terror cells across Europe to "awaken" and "move fast" over his calls to action. According to reports, his rant has been posted on 20 Al Qaeda linked websites. In it he says: "Let our sleeping cells wake, the war is at its apex. The enemy is about to collapse. "We warn Britain: respect Muslim scholars in general or jihad people in particular. Doing anything to...
  • When Smugglers Try to Run You Over With a Vehicle...

    08/26/2006 11:19:50 AM PDT · by Texas Old Dude · 24 replies · 1,271+ views
    U.S. BORDER PATROL Local 2544 Tucson, Arizona ^ | August 26, 2006 | Texas Old Dude
    When Smugglers Try to Run You Over With a Vehicle........08-26-06 You're supposed to; A. Shoot at them; B. Chase them; C. Wave at them and say "Bienvenidos a Los Estados Unidos"; D. Throw a pamphlet at them on how to apply for Amnestia; E. Offer them food, water, medical care, and counseling at taxpayer expense; F. Beg them not to report you to OIG and/or the U.S. Attorney's office for using an expletive when you dive for cover; or G. Let them go. We realize you probably thought this was a trick question, but of course the correct answers are...
  • Video Discloses Alleged Plot To Target Sears Tower

    08/24/2006 1:21:12 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies · 1,184+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 24 AUGUST 2006 | CBS2CHICAGO
    Federal Judge Denies Request To Ban Video (CBS) -- MIAMI A federal judge has denied a request for a temporary injunction which would have prevented CBS 2 sister station WFOR-TV CBS 4 in Miami and their Web site, CBS4.com, from showing undercover surveillance video of seven men implicated in a terrorism scheme that involved a plot to blow up the Sears Tower. Attorney Ana Jhones had filed the request with Federal Court judge Joan Lenard at the US Courthouse in Miami, asking that CBS, and any other media outlet, be prevented from showing the undercover video showing her client, Narseal...
  • ANOTHER TRY: Terrorists tested liquid explosives on a jet in 1994 (lots of v interesting info!)

    08/11/2006 7:26:30 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 79 replies · 2,835+ views
    SFC ^ | Aug. 11, 2006 | Simon Reeve,
    Descriptions of the alleged plot uncovered by British authorities have distinct echoes of the so-called Operation Bojinka, an attempt by supporters of al Qaeda in the mid-1990s to simultaneously destroy airliners over the Pacific using liquid explosives. The explosives, which can be hidden in a small bottle, like those used for contact lens solution, are hard to detect, and were originally developed by Yousef, whose uncle, Mohammed, was the chief architect of the 9/11 attacks. In December 1994, Yousef tested his device using a fraction of the explosives planned for the main bombs. Halfway through the short flight, Yousef disappeared...
  • Analysis: Plot Feeds Political Frenzy

    08/10/2006 3:27:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 892+ views
    AP ^ | 8/10/6 | TERENCE HUNT
    After two wars, thousands of deaths and many billions of dollars, the United States is still vulnerable to terrorists. That painful reality has ignited a political frenzy over who's to blame and who's best qualified to protect Americans. The one thing that Republicans and Democrats agree on is this: Five years after the Sept. 11 disaster, terrorists want to strike again and the country is not safe. To hear both sides talk, the wonder is that America hasn't been hit yet. "We've taken a lot of measures to protect the American people," President Bush said Thursday. "But obviously we're still...
  • Terrorists Plot to Attack Americans Through Food Supply

    08/06/2006 12:13:51 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 46 replies · 1,305+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | Aug. 5, 2006 | Jim Kouri
    While airport security, seaport protection, illegal immigration, and other functions of the Department of Homeland Security garner more attention and news headlines, one of the most fear terrorist tactics is the use of the United States' domestic food supply chain to kill as many Americans as possible. Intelligence sources believe that this type of terrorist plot is being considered by members of several groups including Al-Qaeda. In fact, the DHS has a term to describe such a tactic: Agroterrorism. U.S. agriculture generates more than $1 trillion per year in economic activity and provides an abundant food supply for Americans and...
  • The new 'Prince' of terrorism

    07/08/2006 5:30:35 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 21 replies · 1,010+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 9, 2006 | Mohamad Bazzi
    HE was told not to grow a beard, wear Islamic clothing or show any sign of religious devotion. During his recruitment as a soldier in the global jihad, Assem Hammoud was told to act like a typical young, secular Lebanese man and warned not to attract attention, a senior Lebanese security official said. Hammoud was an ideal recruit because he did not have any apparent ties to militants. "He had no criminal history, and no history of involvement with militant groups," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "He was living a normal life, far from any...
  • Times must share blame if people die in attack

    07/04/2006 7:59:30 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 32 replies · 1,246+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | July 2, 2006 | Jay Ambrose
    One of these days, if you lose a son, a daughter, a cousin or a good friend in a terrorist attack, blame whoever perpetrated the deed first, but secondly blame The New York Times, whose irresponsibility may have enabled the killers to obtain necessary financing. This story on how the government tracks terrorist funding likewise hurts the paper while also hurting America as a whole by telling the enemy how he might be found out. Said Tony Snow, presidential press secretary, the Times and other papers that broke the story "ought to think long and hard about whether a public's...
  • 'He was the first and closest target'[Jihad attack in Maryland]

    06/17/2006 5:02:14 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 173 replies · 4,723+ views
    Balto Sun ^ | 17 jun 06 | Nick Shields and Josh Mitchell
    In what police described as a random attack, Paul Schrum, a 62-year-old medical supplies salesman from Pikesville, was shot dead while watching a movie at Loews Valley Center 9 in Owings Mills. About 20 minutes into the film, police said, the gunman stood, told everyone to get on the floor and fired four shots. [snip] The suspect is a 24-year-old man, a 2000 graduate of Mount Hebron High School in Howard County and a 2005 graduate of Loyola College, where he majored in biology. Mujtaba Rabbani Jabbar's family home is a house valued at more than $1 million in one...
  • Zarqawi Planned to Top 9/11 Attacks

    06/11/2006 9:10:27 AM PDT · by edpc · 28 replies · 1,865+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | June 11, 2006 9:42 a.m. EDT | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    The New York Times reports today that before his death, top al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi trained about 300 foreign fighters in Iraq and sent them back to their home countries, where they awaited orders to carry out strikes. But the paper makes no mention of Zarqawi's most ambitious foreign attack plot, which nearly succeeded two years ago: a weapons of mass destruction strike that intelligence officials estimated would have killed 20,000. The death toll planned by Zarqawi would have far exceeded the destruction wrought by Osama bin Laden on Sept. 11. The April 2004 attack, which was...
  • Terror cell 'was planning nerve gas attack on capital' [London]

    06/04/2006 8:54:49 AM PDT · by angkor · 18 replies · 1,113+ views
    Telegraph.co,uk ^ | 04/06/2006 | Andrew Alderson, Sean Rayment and Patrick Hennessy
    Terror cell 'was planning nerve gas attack on capital' By Andrew Alderson, Sean Rayment and Patrick Hennessy (Filed: 04/06/2006) Terrorists were planning a chemical attack in London similar to the outrage on the Tokyo underground, according to police and the security services. MI5 operatives suspect that al-Qa'eda sympathisers intended to produce a nerve agent - probably sarin - and release it in a confined space, such as a tube carriage, to maximise the number of casualties. The sarin attack on three railway lines in the Japanese capital killed 12 people and injured more than 5,000 in March 1995. It was...
  • Indonesian raid 'stopped terror attack'

    05/01/2006 6:30:18 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 382+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | May 2, 2006 | AAP
    An Indonesian police raid which killed two militants appears to have foiled a terrorist attack in the late planning stage, a United States intelligence think tank believes. The raid, conducted with the help of Australian Federal Police (AFP) in the Javanese town of Binangun on Saturday, followed a fresh Australian travel alert issued on April 20 warning of a possibly imminent terrorist attack somewhere in Indonesia. In its analysis, private sector intelligence group Stratfor said the raid was aimed at Noordin Mohammad Top, one of South-East Asia's most wanted, who is believed responsible for a series of bombings, including the...
  • Arrests foil plot: Nixon

    04/01/2006 5:48:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 415+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 2nd April 2006 | Carly Crawford
    COUNTER-terrorism police have indicated more arrests could follow the dramatic raids that foiled a potential terror attack on home soil. Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said yesterday the arrests of three Melbourne men on Friday night had overcome a genuine threat. "We believe (these) arrests have significantly disrupted the activities of a group alleged to be making arrangements to carry out a terrorist act in Australia," she said. The Australian Federal Police's counter-terrorism manager, Assistant Commissioner Frank Prendergast, said Operation Pendennis, which led to the raids, was complex. He declined to say whether more arrests were imminent, but said: "We don't...
  • Zawahiri Threatening U.S. Attacks Because Of Cartoons

    03/04/2006 2:08:52 PM PST · by KJC1 · 169 replies · 3,686+ views
    FoxNews Alert | 3-4-06 | FoxNews
    Per a FoxNews Alert: New tape shows Zawahiri threatening attacks against the U.S. because of the Mohammed cartoons. Mention was made of "another 9-11, another Madrid." The tape appears to be authentic, according to Fox. No link yet.
  • Saudi says 2 tonnes of explosives used in Qaeda raid

    02/26/2006 12:46:25 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 19 replies · 944+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 26, 2006 | Reuters
    RIYADH, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda suicide bombers in Saudia Arabia used two tonnes (4,400 lb) of explosives in their foiled attack on the world's largest oil processing plant, the Saudi Interior Ministry said on Sunday. A ministry statement said each of the two pick-up trucks used in Friday's attack carried one tonne of an explosive made with ammonium nitrate. There were also unspecified quantities of other explosives including nitroglycerine and RDX. Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia vowed more attacks after the foiled raid which caused a massive explosion at the gate of the site in eastern Saudi Arabia,...
  • Al Qaeda Note Pledges More Saudi Attacks

    02/26/2006 1:26:15 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 21 replies · 641+ views
    Los Angeles Times & AP ^ | February 26 2006 | AP
    A day after a foiled attack against Saudi Arabia's vital oil infrastructure, an Al Qaeda branch warned in an Internet statement Saturday that there would be more suicide bombings. "There are more like them who are racing toward martyrdom and eager to fight the enemies of God," the posting said. ADVERTISEMENT A successful strike on the Abqaiq complex, near Saudi Arabia's Persian Gulf coast, would be devastating. Nearly two-thirds of the country's oil flows through the facility for processing before export. Friday's attack, which was repelled by Saudi security services, demonstrated the country's success in putting tough security around the...
  • Al Qaeda set to keep Saudi oil in sights: analysts

    02/25/2006 10:55:58 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 7 replies · 370+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 25, 2006 | Andrew Hammond
    RIYADH (Reuters) - A failed al Qaeda attack on a Saudi oil facility this week may have seemed poorly planned, but determined militants, boosted by experience in Iraq, will keep the key oil sector in their sights, analysts said on Saturday. Security police killed suicide bombers riding what appeared to be cars of the Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco as they tried to drive into the heart of the world's biggest oil processing plant at Abqaiq on Friday. An al Qaeda statement later said the radical Islamist network headed by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden was behind the attempt to penetrate...
  • Death Wish (Ollie North)

    02/09/2006 8:29:47 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 127 replies · 3,642+ views
    GOP USA ^ | 2-10-06 | Oliver North
    Death Wish By Oliver North February 10, 2006 "[T]he president is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons." So reads "S.J. Res. 23," a Joint Resolution of the Congress, sponsored by then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and signed into law on Sept. 18, 2001, seven days after the most devastating attack...
  • Thwarted Terror Plot Detailed (CBS News says torture used to get intel on 2002 attacks)

    02/09/2006 7:12:35 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 38 replies · 1,225+ views
    CBS News ^ | Febuary 9 2006
    Its pretty good video that goes into several of al-Qaeda's other 2002 attack plots.
  • White House to lash out at media coverage of terror surveillance

    02/05/2006 7:44:02 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 40 replies · 1,352+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Feb. 6, 2006 | Edward Alden and Christopher Swann
    The Bush administration will tell the Senate today that the National Security Agency's programme for terrorist surveillance has been badly distorted by media reports, and that the scheme is a strictly limited one aimed at al-Qaeda members and affiliated groups. In the first Senate hearing on the controversial programme, which was set up secretly in 2002 and revealed publicly in December, Alberto Gonzales, the attorney-general, will say that the press accounts "are in almost every case, in one way or another, misinformed, confused or wrong," according to Time magazine, which has obtained documents outlining the planned testimony. "Contrary to the...
  • Bush to Tout Surveillance Program at NSA Headquarters

    01/25/2006 10:11:37 AM PST · by Pragmatic_View · 6 replies · 446+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Jan. 25, 2006 | FoxNews
    President Bush on Wednesday will try to boost the morale of National Security Agency workers carrying out his controversial eavesdropping program. While critics call it a domestic spying program, the White House calls it a "terrorist surveillance program." After receiving harsh criticism from civil liberties groups and Democrats when news of the program was leaked by The New York Times, defending the program is a top priority of the Bush administration. The president on Wednesday will visit behind closed doors with employees of the super-secretive agency — which traditionally conducts only overseas surveillance. He will then make some remarks to...
  • Bush to visit NSA in defense of domestic spying

    01/20/2006 1:21:22 PM PST · by flixxx · 15 replies · 391+ views
    msnbc from ap ^ | 1 20 06 | ap
    Updated: 2:21 p.m. ET Jan. 20, 2006 WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is opening a campaign to push back against criticism of its domestic spying program, ahead of congressional hearings into whether President Bush has the legal authority to eavesdrop on Americans. President Bush will visit the ultra-secret National Security Agency on Wednesday, underscoring his claim that he has the constitutional authority to let intelligence officials listen in on international phone calls of Americans with suspected ties to terrorists. “We are stepping up our efforts to educate the American people,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said about Bush’s trip...
  • Bin Laden Expert: Muslim Tradition to Offer Truce Before Attack

    01/21/2006 5:18:21 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 77 replies · 2,952+ views
    Human Events ^ | Jan. 20, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    The former chief of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit says bin Laden’s “truce” offer comes from a long-established Muslim tradition of warfare -- sending a clear signal to the United States that an al Qaeda attack is more than likely. Twenty-two-year CIA veteran Michael Scheuer, who wrote “Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror,” says bin Laden has offered his final warning before launching his next strike. “Warning your enemy before you attack him is very much a tradition in Islam from the prophet to the times when Saladin was fighting the Crusaders, he would...
  • Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends

    01/16/2006 8:27:31 PM PST · by blogblogginaway · 41 replies · 1,135+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Jan. 107 2006 | LOWELL BERGMAN, ERIC LICHTBLAU, SCOTT SHANE and DON VAN NATTA Jr.
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month. But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans. F.B.I. officials repeatedly complained to the spy agency that the unfiltered information was swamping investigators. The spy agency was collecting much of the data by eavesdropping on some Americans'...
  • Major Terror Plot Ignored (Again)

    01/12/2006 7:04:50 PM PST · by grandpa jones · 5 replies · 664+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 01/12/06 | Grandpa Jones
    Algerian Group Suspected of Planning US Attacks.
  • I deserve a medal for stopping Olympic terror, says radical sheik (New sedition laws in Australia)

    01/09/2006 12:03:13 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 15 replies · 674+ views
    The Australian ^ | Jan. 9, 2006 | Richard Kerbaj
    FIREBRAND Muslim cleric Mohammed Omran reckons the Howard Government should give him an Order of Australia for helping ASIO, instead of trying to silence his extreme views. Sheik Omran -- who has been attacked by John Howard and moderate Islamic leaders for denying Muslims were behind the September 11 attacks -- claims to have foiled a terror plot to bomb the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He said he should be awarded a "Queen's medal" for his regular contact with the domestic intelligence agency. The firebrand imam has also warned that any moves to jail him or shut down his association...
  • HIV Bombers. Al-Qaeda's plot to infect troops with AIDS virus

    01/08/2006 3:53:00 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 73 replies · 2,610+ views
    UK Mirror ^ | Jan. 8, 2005 | Rupert Hamer
    AL-QAEDA is recruiting suicide bombers who are infected with the AIDS virus, according to documents revealed to the Sunday Mirror. Terror chiefs are also targeting fanatics who suffer other lethal blood diseases such as hepatitis and dengue fever in order to increase their "kill rate" from an explosion. The chilling new threat is revealed in papers distributed to British military camps in Iraq and across Europe. Under the heading "HIV/Hepatitis" the document states: "There is evidence that terrorists might be deliberately recruiting volunteers with diseases that are spread by blood transference." Experts have found that bones and other blood-spattered fragments...
  • Complete 911 Timeline: Able Danger program

    01/07/2006 11:47:17 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 14 replies · 1,984+ views
    http://cooperativeresearch.org/ ^ | Center for Cooperative Research
    A report commissioned in mid-1999 by Rep. Curt Weldon (R) looks into possible Chinese front companies in the US seeking technology for the Chinese military. Dr. Eileen Preisser and Michael Maloof are commissioned to make the report. Dr. Preisser, who runs the Information Dominance Center at the US Army's Land Information Warfare Activity (LIWA) and will later become closely tied to Able Danger, uses LIWA's data mining capabilities to search unclassified information. According to Maloof, their results show Chinese front companies in the US posing as US corporations that acquire technology from US defense contractors. When the study is completed...
  • The Maginot Department. Homeland security is about more than playing defense.

    12/30/2005 10:50:42 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 551+ views
    WSJ OpinionJournal ^ | Dec. 30, 2005 | WSJ Editorial
    Instead, what we have is a kind of antiterror version of France's pre-World War II Maginot Line; an expensive, highly visible static defense against a nimble adversary. Congress loves it because it offers the chance to throw money at domestic constituencies, and liberals love it because it allows them to sound hawkish on terror without having to fire a shot. The rest of us, however, need to be realistic about its abilities. This is especially the case as Congress becomes increasingly unserious about the domestic threat. It says something about the current state of play that Mr. Bush must now...
  • More Women Support a Tough Policy on Domestic Terror and Favor Surveillance Then Men

    12/27/2005 5:50:08 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 22 replies · 566+ views
    PR Web ^ | Dec. 27, 2005 | PRWeb
    Scooop.net (www.scooop.net), a next-generation media site based on democratic voting principles and active participation of its members, released the results of its weekly “Hot Topics” survey held last week which asked whether the U.S. government has “gone too far” regarding the domestic war on terror. When asked whether the U.S. should authorize the National Security Agency or Central Intelligence Agency to provide surveillance of U.S. citizens concerning the war on terror, almost 50% of women said yes. Men who were surveyed were not so willing to allow the government the right to monitor U.S. citizens. Of those men surveyed, 56.2%...
  • Constitutional Spying ~ The solution to the FISA problem

    12/27/2005 1:48:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 661+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/02/2006, Volume 011, Issue 16 | Gary Schmitt
    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is a chronic problem. The controversy over President Bush's decision to bypass FISA warrants in the electronic surveillance of al Qaeda operatives has highlighted the act's limitations. But FISA has been a problem ever since it became law in 1978. Congress passed and President Carter signed the bill regulating electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence collection in the wake of an extended, post--Watergate debate about the so--called "imperial presidency." The debate was given added urgency by reports and official investigations of indiscriminate snooping in this country by elements of the U.S. intelligence community. However, like...
  • Bush was denied wiretaps, bypassed them (FISA Court denied them in unprecedented numbers)

    12/27/2005 10:47:23 AM PST · by Pragmatic_View · 579 replies · 10,298+ views
    UPI ^ | Dec. 27, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush decided to skip seeking warrants for international wiretaps because the court was challenging him at an unprecedented rate. A review of Justice Department reports to Congress by Hearst newspapers shows the 26-year-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court modified more wiretap requests from the Bush administration than the four previous presidential administrations combined. The 11-judge court that authorizes FISA wiretaps modified only two search warrant orders out of the 13,102 applications approved over the first 22 years of the court's operation. But since 2001, the judges have modified 179 of the 5,645 requests...
  • Bush Violates Terrorists' Nuclear Privacy

    12/26/2005 7:50:26 AM PST · by harpu · 37 replies · 1,707+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 12/26/05 | Mac Johnson
    Just over a week ago, the New York Times revealed the shocking news that the Bush administration has been spying on the international communications of suspected terrorists, thus setting off a rippling artificial scandal in the Times private reflecting pool, the increasingly stagnant mainstream media. Not to be outdone, U.S. News and World Report put on its water wings Friday and tried to create a splash of it own, by reporting that the same renegade Bush administration has been monitoring radiation levels in the public air -- without a warrant! Gasp! The power-mad Bushies have done this in a diabolical...
  • Leaks Put Americans in Danger, Rumsfeld Says (FLASHBACK)

    12/24/2005 8:41:22 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 633+ views
    AFPS/Global Security ^ | July 16, 2002 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, July 16, 2002 -- Military and civilian personnel who leak classified data are putting national security at risk and the practice must stop, said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a memo to all members of the department. "I have spoken publicly and privately countless times about the dangers of leaking classified information," the secretary wrote. "It is wrong. It is against the law. It costs the lives of Americans. It diminishes our country's chances for success." Rumsfeld amplified his remarks during an interview on CNBC July 15. "Every once in a while, there are people in the United States...
  • Fixing the leak

    12/24/2005 8:25:40 AM PST · by ncountylee · 40 replies · 1,976+ views
    toledoblade ^ | December 24, 2005 | Kelly, Jack
    FINALLY, some good may come from the Valerie Plame kerfuffle - if Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has the stones to do what's right. A grave crime was exposed Dec. 16 when New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau published a story revealing President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to listen in on conversations between al-Qaeda suspects abroad and people in the United States without first obtaining a warrant. "We're seeing clearly now that [President] Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator," wrote Newsweek's Jonathan Alter. But the scandal was not the program Mr....
  • FBI Official Defends Radiation Monitoring (program stopped)

    12/23/2005 7:07:18 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 60 replies · 1,378+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | Dec. 23, 2005 | LARRY MARGASAK,
    WASHINGTON - A classified radiation monitoring program, conducted without warrants, has targeted private U.S. property in an effort to prevent an al-Qaida attack, federal law enforcement officials confirmed Friday. While declining to provide details including the number of cities and sites monitored, the officials said the air monitoring took place since the Sept. 11 attacks and from publicly accessible areas — which they said made warrants and court orders unnecessary. U.S. News and World Report first reported the program on Friday. The magazine said the monitoring was conducted at more than 100 Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area —...
  • Unit 8 Investigation: Nuclear terror threat to Portland?

    12/22/2005 7:41:20 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 60 replies · 1,431+ views
    KGW ^ | Nov. 30, 2005 | VINCE PATTON
    According to National Planning Scenarios complied by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an improvised nuclear bomb going off in an American city is not a farfetched idea. In fact, it's the number one risk to the nation. Nuclear physicists using a Defense Department computer program to calculate the consequences of a nuclear attack on downtown Portland found that casualties would be surprisingly high. While few people think Portland could be a terrorist target, experts say think again, including the head of Oregon Emergency Management. Director Ken Murphy says, "We don't ever want to think we're not a target because...
  • US Warns of Possible Terror Attacks in Middle East, North Africa

    12/17/2005 3:06:15 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 605+ views
    VOA ^ | Dec. 17, 2005 | VOA News
    The United States has warned of possible terrorist attacks against its interests in the Middle East and North Africa, and has cautioned American citizens to be vigilant about their security in those areas. In a statement posted Saturday on the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait's website, the State Department says potential attacks could include bombings, hijackings, hostage taking, kidnappings and assassinations. It also warned that chemical and biological agents must be considered a possible threat. The State Department singled out Westerners, oil workers and U.S. contractors working with the military as potential targets. The statement pointed to last month's bombings of...
  • Delhi bus bomb hero speaks(Bus driver carried bomb away to save lives)

    11/27/2005 7:07:59 AM PST · by samsonite · 15 replies · 834+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 November 2005
    A Delhi bus driver who saved the lives of around 70 passengers when he took a bomb from his vehicle during last month's terror attacks has been speaking of his experience. More than 60 people were killed and hundreds were injured when three bombs exploded in busy shopping districts in the Indian capital on 29 October. Among the wounded was Kuldeep Singh, who carried a bomb off his bus after it was found by one of the passengers. Mindful of the fact that the bus was fuelled by highly-explosive compressed gas, he urged the 70 passengers to flee while he...
  • TERRORISM: THREAT TO 'DECAPITATE' BERLUSCONI (BUSH, BLAIR, KOIZUMI, HOWARD) on Islamic website

    11/24/2005 10:13:31 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 26 replies · 1,029+ views
    ADNKI ^ | Nov. 24, 2005 | AKI
    Rome, 24 Nov. (AKI) - A message menacing Western leaders including Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlsuconi appeared on an Islamist website on Thursday. The message - whose authenticity has yet to be verified - threatens to "decapitate" US president George W. Bush, Britain's prime minister Tony Blair, Berlusconi, Japan's prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, and Australian premier John Howard. A section of the message - which reveals a good knowledge of Italian affairs on the part of its author- attacks Berlusconi, announcing: "the plan for his abduction has been laid - it only needs the go-ahead to be given." "Our appointment...
  • Jordan rounds up 120 in bombing investigation (Halloween Producer Mustapha Akkad has died)

    11/11/2005 5:01:14 AM PST · by CurlyBill · 9 replies · 1,089+ views
    Globe & Mail (AP) ^ | November 11, 2005 | Paul Garwood
    Amman, Jordan — Jordanian police said Friday they had rounded up 120 people, mainly Iraqis and Jordanians, in a nationwide hunt for those behind the triple Amman hotel bombings. The toll rose to at least 60 on Friday with the death of Syrian-American filmmaker Mustapha Akkad, whose 34-year-old daughter was also killed in the bombings. Mr. Akkad, who was 75 and lived in Los Angeles, had suffered serious injuries and a heart attack in the attack. He was the producer of the Halloween horror movies. The death toll included the three suicide bombers. Al-Qaeda in Iraq, led by Jordanian-born Abu...
  • Australia foils major attack

    11/07/2005 1:12:16 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 131 replies · 7,357+ views
    Australia foils major attack Mon Nov 7, 2005 03:52 PM ET SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities foiled what they believed to be a large-scale terrorist attack, arresting 15 people during raids in the country's two biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on Tuesday. "I am satisfied that we have disrupted what I would regard as the final stages of a large-scale terrorist attack, or the launch of a large-scale terrorist attack here in Australia," New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney told ABC radio. The arrests come less than a week after Prime Minster John...
  • Antiterrorism Officials Reveal New Details of 2002 Terror Plot

    10/07/2005 9:28:27 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 476+ views
    NYT ^ | October 8, 2005 | DAVID E. SANGER
    Government counterterrorism officials gave new details on Friday of what the White House said was a foiled 2002 plot to fly hijacked airplanes into targets on the West Coast, but their account suggested that the Bush administration might not have understood the dimensions of the plot until two major terror suspects were caught in 2003. Both suspects, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, had been involved in plans for such an attack, they said. President Bush referred obliquely to the planning in a speech on Thursday, when he said the United States and its partners had...
  • Despite Mofaz warning, 2nd Kassam rocket hits Sderot

    09/27/2005 11:53:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 852+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/27/5 | ARIEH O'SULLIVAN AND JPOST STAFF
    Palestinians fired another Kassam rocket at the western Negev town of Sderot on Tuesday night. The rocket landed in one of the town's neighborhoods, fortunately causing no injuries or damage. For in-depth focus on the post-pullout situation in and around Gaza, check out SPECIAL REPORT: GAZA UPHEAVALEarlier, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz warned terror groups against further shooting. "We'll hit them and hit them and hit them until they understand that Israel will not accept shooting into its borders," Mofaz said during a visit to IDF units on the border with Gaza. "This artillery battery behind me is not just for...