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  • My Jerusalem Bus Line

    07/02/2008 7:27:55 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 3 replies · 168+ views
    Jerusalem Diaries ^ | July 2, 2008 | Judy Lash Balint
    Today's terror attack in Jerusalem--a personal perspective.
  • America in Ashes?--On the trail of al-Qaeda's nuclear jihad.

    05/23/2008 5:36:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 112 replies · 1,134+ views ^ | May 23, 2008 | Christopher S. Carson
    The latest audio message from al-Qaeda, reportedly from Osama bin Laden himself, is only the most recent confirmation that the jihadist threat to the West remains real and deadly serious. But the fact that it could take the form of nuclear terrorism should be most worrying to citizens and policy makers alike. Where a nuclear attack once may have been beyond the capacities of stateless terrorists, that is no longer the case. One need only consider Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM), mastermind of 9/11 and chief operating officer of al-Qaeda, who revealed under intensive interrogation -- including the much-maligned tactic of...

    01/22/2007 12:16:37 PM PST · by maquiladora · 246 replies · 14,238+ views
  • WOT - Moscow Cell Phone Service Shut down in Subways

    01/18/2007 7:08:03 PM PST · by Milwaukee_Guy · 28 replies · 813+ views
    St.Petersburg Times/AP ^ | 01-18-2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    Security Stepped Up After Terrorist Threat Excerpt In Moscow, which was last hit by terrorist attacks in 2004, officials took the unusual step of ordering cell phone service shut off in the subway system. The measure appeared to be an effort to avert the possibility of explosives being detonated by the phones. Full article:
  • Terror threat shuts down Asian summit: Philippine sources(tempering water supply)

    12/09/2006 3:27:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 484+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/09/06
    Terror threat shuts down Asian summit: Philippine sources CEBU, Philippines (AFP) - The Philippines abruptly called off a high-profile summit of Asian leaders, blaming a looming tropical storm even as foreign ministry sources said terror threats were the reason. The cancellation came a day after six nations including the United States issued a warning for Cebu, the resort island hosting the summit, due to threats of a terrorist strike. Australia said attack plans were in the "final stages." Foreign ministers from across Asia and other top diplomats were racing late Friday to sign a series of planned agreements before leaving...
  • Al-Qaeda 'planning for nuclear attack'

    11/13/2006 11:51:01 PM PST · by MadIvan · 78 replies · 2,495+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | November 14, 2006 | Staff
    Al-QAEDA is determined to acquire the technology to carry out a nuclear attack on the West, a senior Foreign Office official warned yesterday.She said that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network was trawling the world for the materials and know-how to mount an attack using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. The latest warning echoes the remarks last week of the MI5 director-general, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, that future terror attacks in Britain could involve weapons of mass destruction. Asked if she had any doubt that al-Qaeda wanted to obtain the materials to carry out a nuclear attack on the West, the Foreign...
  • Airport alert renewed after FBI warning on al-Qaeda raid

    11/12/2006 3:30:07 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 59 replies · 3,368+ views
    Asutralia News ^ | Australia News
    INDIA renewed a high security alert at its airports following a warning that the al-Qaeda terror network could try and hijack US-bound passenger flights. ?We sounded an alert after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) forwarded an email that spoke of the possibility of an al-Qaeda attempt to hijack US-bound flights from India,? a home ministry official said. The official, who did not wanted to be named, said the email written by an ?unknown entity? appeared to have originated from India and was received by the FBI Saturday at its headquarters in the US. ?While the 'target' was US-bound flights,...
  • Air Plot Said to Target [US] Cities

    11/04/2006 9:58:09 AM PST · by meg88 · 21 replies · 1,581+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 2,2006 | Dan Eggan
    A group of alleged terrorists arrested in London in August planned to blow up airliners over U.S. cities to maximize casualties, rather than over the Atlantic Ocean as many intelligence officials originally thought, according to recent remarks by a senior FBI official. The comments by Mark Mershon, head of the FBI's New York field office, indicate that U.S. and British intelligence officials now think that the airliner plot was aimed at maximizing the potential loss of life and economic impact. "The plan was bring them down over U.S. cities, not over the ocean," Mershon said Oct. 24 at the Infosecurity...
  • 2nd warning for Muslims to leave U.S. before attack

    10/16/2006 8:14:46 PM PDT · by Firefigher NC · 75 replies · 3,243+ views
    WASHINGTON – Another Pakistani journalist is reporting receiving another threat – this one from a senior Taliban leader – warning all Muslims to leave the U.S. in anticipation of a major terrorist attack before the end of Ramadan. The head of the Islamabad-based al-Quds Center reported receiving an audio message from Mullah Masoom Afghani urging U.S. Muslims to get out of the country "because Allah's punishment would fall on America in the month of Ramadan." Muslims are observing Ramadan this year Sept. 24 to Oct. 23. Jamal Ismail is the journalist who received the message. He formerly worked for al-Jazeera....
  • Terror WMD feared in police poisoning. Hundreds of Iraqi officers, some bleeding from ears, ill

    10/08/2006 10:15:15 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 46 replies · 2,209+ views
    WND ^ | Oct. 8, 2006 | WND
    Hundreds of Iraqi policemen fell sick from poisoning tonight at their base in the southern part of the country after the evening meal breaking their daily Ramadan fast, raising fears of a new type of terrorist attack – perhaps even involving chemical, biological or nerve agents. Some of the policemen reportedly began bleeding from the ears and nose immediately after the meal... The suddenness and severity of the mass poisoning immediately raised fears of a new kind of terrorist attack for the nation of Iraq where weapons of mass destruction have not been used since Saddam Hussein was in power....
  • 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
    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,, 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 ^ | June 11, 2006 9:42 a.m. EDT | Carl Limbacher and 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,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 ^ | 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 (, 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...