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  • US focus on 'terror war' sinks image to all-time low: report (AFP)

    11/06/2007 7:34:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 246+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/06/07 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States needs to shift from muscle-flexing to alliance-building when it seeks to wield power in the world if it wants to patch up its battered global image, said a report on Tuesday. "America's reputation, standing and influence are at all-time lows, and possibly sinking further," the report by a 20-member think-tank commissioned by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said, citing half a dozen opinion polls from around the world. "The terrorist attacks on 9/11 caused America to become a frightened and angry nation," it said. "We reacted in ways that alarmed people...
  • Ex-nuclear power plant engineer accused of illegally taking software to Iran

    04/21/2007 7:08:07 PM PDT · by semaj · 20 replies · 1,063+ views
    San Diego Union tribune ^ | 4/21/2007 | AP
    "Mohammad Alavi, who worked at the triple-reactor Palo Verde power plant west of Phoenix, was arrested April 9 at Los Angeles International Airport when he arrived on a flight from Iran, authorities said."
  • Bush not Wizard of Oz

    09/27/2006 1:03:58 PM PDT · by kathsua · 15 replies · 815+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 92706 | Kenneth B. Lucas
    Americans need to start living in the real world instead of the make-believe world portrayed by Hollywood. Presidents cannot completely solve every problem the way the Wizard of Oz supposedly could. President Bush may not be a great president, but he is doing a good job. In Hollywood, the overthrow of a tyrant results in everyone immediately living happily ever after. In the real world, the fall of a tyrant is often followed by the type of situation that currently exists in Iraq. The people of the Middle East have been killing each other for centuries. We cannot expect to...
  • London Police Plead Not Guilty in Death

    09/19/2006 12:13:28 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 52 replies · 1,147+ views ^ | 9 19 06 | JENNIFER QUINN
    LONDON - London's Metropolitan Police pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from the death of a Brazilian man who was shot last year after officers mistook him for a suicide bomber. Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was shot seven times in the head by Scotland Yard anti-terror officers as he sat aboard a train at a subway station in south London on July 22, 2005. Two weeks earlier, four suicide bombers had attacked London's transit system, killing 52 people. The day before de Menezes was shot, four other men attempted similar attacks that were thwarted. No individual officer was...
  • Iraq al-Qaida Says Pope, West Are Doomed

    09/18/2006 10:54:20 PM PDT · by XR7 · 74 replies · 3,780+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/19/06 | Anna Johnson
    An al-Qaida-linked extremist group warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he and the West were "doomed," as protesters raged across the Muslim world to demand more of an apology from the pontiff for his remarks about Islam and violence. The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified. The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross"...
  • Canadian Police Errors Led to Man's Torture -Probe

    09/18/2006 9:46:50 PM PDT · by anymouse · 15 replies · 740+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept 19, 2006 | David Ljunggren
    Canadian police wrongly identified an Ottawa software engineer as an Islamic extremist, prompting U.S. agents to deport him to Syria, where he was tortured, an official inquiry concluded on Monday. Maher Arar, who holds Canadian and Syrian nationality, was arrested in New York in September 2002 and accused of being an al-Qaeda member. In fact, said the judge who led the probe, all the signs point to the fact Arar was innocent. Arar, 36, says he was repeatedly tortured in the year he spent in Damascus jails, and the inquiry agreed that he had been tortured. He was freed in...
  • Plane Crashes into World Trade Center

    09/11/2001 5:56:49 AM PDT · by hellinahandcart · 976 replies · 91,202+ views
    NewYork1 | 9/11/01
    Just in. I am looking at a picture of the WTC with smoke pouring out of the western tower. Looks like a huge amount of damage. Debris raining down on people in the street.
  • Bush declares terror war is 'struggle for civilization'

    09/11/2006 7:02:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,316+ views
    AP on North County Times ^ | 9/11/06 | Terence Hunt - ap
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush, marking five years since the Sept. 11 attacks, said Monday the war against terror is nothing less than "a struggle for civilization" and must be fought to the end. He said defeat would surrender the Middle East to radical dictators with nuclear weapons. "We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations," Bush said in remarks prepared for a prime-time address from the Oval Office. Two months before November elections, the president attempted to spell out in graphic terms the stakes he sees in the unpopular war in Iraq and the broader...
  • 9/11/2001 Remembrance Thread & Free Republic Archives from 9/11/2001

    09/11/2006 12:34:37 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 84 replies · 7,054+ views
    Free Republic Archives | September 11, 2001 | FReepers
    Here are some links from the FR archives in observance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11/2001 - Threads list of several breaking news items - Latest Articles The first post reporting the attacks by OldEconomyBuyer - World Trade Center Posted on the first anniversary - Associated Press newswire - September 11, 2001 - Chronology of news alerts, bulletins and flashes
  • Airline terror baggage ban hits a bum note: musicians

    09/10/2006 8:02:03 PM PDT · by Westlander · 182 replies · 2,582+ views
    AFP ^ | Sun Sep 10 | Katherine Haddon
    A group of top classical musicians has warned of the threat to artistic life from a hand baggage ban introduced after police foiled an alleged bomb plot against transatlantic airliners. Many performers refuse to let their instruments, often centuries old and extremely valuable, out of their sight when they travel on planes in case they are damaged in the hold.
  • American Appears in New al-Qaida Tape

    09/03/2006 1:37:45 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 39 replies · 1,680+ views
    Comcast & AP ^ | September 2, 2006 | LEE KEATH
    CAIRO, Egypt - An American thought to be an al-Qaida activist appeared in a videotape with the terror group's deputy leader Saturday and called on his countrymen to convert to Islam and for U.S. soldiers to switch sides in the Iraq and Afghan wars. The 48-minute video, posted on an Islamic militant Web site, had footage of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, and of Adam Yehiye Gadahn, a 28-year-old American who the FBI believes attended al-Qaida training camps in Pakistan and served as an al-Qaida translator. It was the second time Gadahn appeared in the same video with al-Zawahri....
  • DEFENCELESS. Airline Bomb Plot Cops' fury at ban on guns in terror raids

    08/19/2006 11:37:13 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 37 replies · 1,171+ views
    UK Mirror ^ | Aug. 20, 2006 | Justin Penrose
    UNARMED police were sent to search homes in the airline terror plot - despite a cache of weapons being uncovered in one house. It is thought police chiefs did not want to risk another bungle like the Forest Gate raid or the shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes. But a senior intelligence source said: "The decision not to go in with armed officers was dicing with death. What would have happened if the came up against an armed suspect? All 23 arrests in High Wycombe, Walthamstow and Birmingham were carried out by Metropolitan Police's unarmed Territorial Support Group.
  • Defense attorneys outraged as terror case switches to fraud (Michigan Mackinac Bridge case)

    08/17/2006 9:15:23 PM PDT · by idsujmxzcg · 146 replies · 2,545+ views
    The Saginaw News ^ | Thursday, August 17, 2006 | JOE SNAPPER
    BAY CITY -- Lawyers for three Texas men once accused of plotting to blow up the Mackinac Bridge claim the government is bailing out an overzealous prosecutor by bringing unprecedented charges. Until Wednesday, even the FBI said the business of buying and altering cell phones -- as the men claim was their only motive -- was a legal enterprise, and that the only issue was whether proceeds end up in terrorist coffers. But now, the FBI and U.S. attorneys in Bay City say the entrepreneurial behavior of three Americans of Palestinian descent amounts to fraud, not terrorism. <excerpted>
  • Bali Bombing Convict Freed on Indonesia's Independence Day

    08/17/2006 7:59:43 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 664+ views
    An Islamic militant jailed in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings was released from prison Thursday while 11 others linked to the blasts received sentence reductions. The militants had their sentences cut by four months to mark Indonesia's independence day. The reduction allowed one of the men to walk free after completing his jail term. Officials say the 12 militants carried out robberies, financed the attacks and sheltered key figures in the nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists. Indonesia often reduces prison terms on holidays, but the move is likely to draw protests from Australia...
  • Are you ready for some football?(Florida Judge Blocks Terror Preventing Searches At Football Games)

    08/11/2006 12:14:28 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 1,751+ views ^ | 8 10 06 | mdjonline
    Isn't it ironic that one of the things our enemies, the Islamofascists, hate about America is the very thing that enables them to operate here? I'm talking about our openness. Our rights to privacy. The many freedoms granted us by the U.S. Constitution. And the protections and even special treatment afforded Muslim organizations in the U.S. We're a society like no other. Take for example last week's decision by Federal District Court Judge James Whittemore of Florida, who ruled in favor of ACLU lawyers last week that pat down searches before football games should be prohibited because they violate fans'...
  • 2 recruiters disciplined for signing autistic teen

    08/10/2006 11:00:28 PM PDT · by DuxFan4ever · 46 replies · 2,179+ views
    Oregonlive ^ | Thursday, August 10, 2006 | MICHELLE ROBERTS
    Inquiry - Jared Guinther's parents call the Army's actions fair, saying they just wanted to "get our son out"The U.S. Army has disciplined two recruiters who were involved in signing up a Portland teenager with autism, military and congressional officials confirmed Wednesday. S. Douglas Smith, a civilian spokesman for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, Ky., said a military investigation found that one of the two recruiters improperly concealed 19-year-old Jared Guinther's disability, which should have made him ineligible for service. That recruiter, Cpl. Ronan Ansley, has been relieved from recruiting duties and will be reassigned. Military officials...
  • US to Hold Reuters Cameraman for Six Months (8/31/2005)

    08/07/2006 7:57:05 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 30 replies · 1,350+ views ^ | 8/31/2005
    Reuters cameraman being held without charge in Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison is to be detained for a further six months while the US military reviews his case. By Claire Cozens. A Reuters cameraman being held without charge in Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison is to be detained for a further six months while the US military reviews his case. Ali Omar Abrahem al-Mashhadani has been in custody since he was arrested by US forces on August 8, and a military tribunal held in secret this week ruled that he should be held for another six months. Another Reuters cameraman,...
  • TV, books face Big Brother law

    08/01/2006 1:08:07 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 681+ views ^ | 7 26 06 | David Marr and Lisa Murray
    THE nation's attorneys-general will consider banning books that praise terrorism and placing fresh restrictions on reality shows like Big Brother when they meet tomorrow. The federal Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, has placed these proposals on the agenda following the uproar over the "turkey slapping" incident on Big Brother this month and after only two of eight "hate" books he submitted to the Classification Review Board were banned a fortnight ago. Mr Ruddock has told his state and territory colleagues the difficulty of banning the books shows that present classification codes "may not provide sufficiently clear guidance" at a time when "there...
  • ***video alert*** OBSESSION: Radical Islam's War Against the West ***click and play

    07/31/2006 5:22:15 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 38 replies · 3,623+ views
    OBSESSION <---click back thereObsession is a new documentary culling together media reports within the Middle East that incite violence and spread complete fabrications of events and outright lies about the West as a whole. The “West” though is a term used to describe everyone who lives outside of the Middle East. Terrorism analysts such as Steve Emerson as well as former PLO terrorist Walid Shoebat and a daughter of a ‘martyr’ are featured in the film. It’s fairly long (1 hour, 17 minutes) which is why I’m posting it on the weekend, but well worth the watch. You can pre-order...
  • Nation Breaking-soldier finds training the Iraqi army is an unwinnable battle [for strong stomachs]

    07/07/2006 7:44:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 50 replies · 2,233+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 7-7-06 | Joe W. Guthrie
    I didn’t grow up with dreams of spreading democracy. I was an all-American kid from a small southern town who went to college on a baseball scholarship and joined the National Guard to earn some extra money. During graduate school, recruiters persuaded me to join the Army through ROTC so that after graduation I would enter as an officer. I bought their pitch and believed our newly elected president when he promised no more nation building. My dad told me, “It’s a great time to join the military. It has done an excellent job of repairing itself after Vietnam.” I...
  • U.S. Soldiers Serving in Afghanistan Become American Citizens

    07/05/2006 4:49:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 695+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, July 5, 2006 – Twenty-seven U.S. soldiers serving on the front lines of the war on terror in Afghanistan became the newest American citizens here yesterday during a special Independence Day overseas military naturalization ceremony here. Army Pvt. 1st Class Joyce Nanquil (front row, second from right), recites the oath of allegiance during a special July 4 naturalization ceremony at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Nanquil, assigned to Company E, 310th Aviation Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, and a native of the Philippines, was one of 27 U.S. soldiers serving on the front lines of the war...
  • 10 'Grannies for Peace' Arrested in Philly

    06/28/2006 9:24:56 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 758+ views ^ | 6 28 06 | JOANN LOVIGLIO
    35 minutes ago PHILADELPHIA - Police arrested ten elderly members of the anti-war group called the Granny Peace Brigade who refused to leave a military recruiting center Wednesday after they were told they were too old to enlist. Several dozen protesters, some using wheelchairs, canes or walkers and many sporting flower-festooned hats, held signs and chanted outside the downtown Armed Forces Recruiting Center. Some drivers waved and honked their horns in support, and the grandmothers replied by cheering and clapping. A few of the women went inside the recruiting facility to speak with military recruiters and to try to dissuade...
  • Congress eliminates aid to Saudi Arabia

    06/09/2006 1:05:48 PM PDT · by Sabramerican · 22 replies · 1,656+ views
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | Jun. 9, 2006 | AP
    Congress eliminates aid to Saudi Arabia Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 9, 2006 The House of Representatives voted Friday to forbid US aid to Saudi Arabia, a statement of far more symbolic importance than economic. The 312-97 vote was to eliminate $420,000 from the $21.3 billion Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The money has financed $20,000 in military training and education and a $400,000 anti-terrorism program. President George W. Bush considers Saudi Arabia a vital ally in his campaign against terror, which he began after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The Bush administration has praised the...
  • Judge Dismisses Khobar Towers Case Against Iran

    06/09/2006 4:59:38 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 1,208+ views ^ | 6 9 06 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    WASHINGTON -- A magistrate judge in the District Court of Washington, D.C. has dismissed a lawsuit by the survivors and families of victims of the June 25, 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that sought millions of dollars in damages against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In an opinion handed down June 6, 2006, Judge Deborah A. Robinson asserted that the plaintiffs "offered no evidence regarding the action of any official, employee or agent" or the Iranian regime, its intelligence ministry (MOIS), or the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, IRGC. The opinion comes at a delicate...
  • Spain Acquits Sept 11 Suspect of Conspiracy Charge

    06/01/2006 6:47:27 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 34 replies · 2,872+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters) ^ | 6/1/2006 | n/a
    Spain acquits Sept 11 suspect of conspiracy charge MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's High Court acquitted on Thursday a man accused of conspiring to help commit the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, court papers said. Judicial sources said the man, known as Abu Dahdah, would serve 12 years in jail for leading a terrorist group rather than the full 27 years to which he had been sentenced. Abu Dahdah, whose full name is Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, was accused of being an al Qaeda member. "We must absolve, and we do absolve, Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas of the...
  • Intelligence behind raid was wrong, officials say (UK Chemical vest story fades)

    06/06/2006 12:44:44 AM PDT · by tlb · 6 replies · 534+ views
    Guardian ^ | Tuesday June 6, 2006 | Vikram Dodd, Sandra Laville and Richard Norton-Taylor
    Senior counter-terrorism officials now believe that the intelligence that led to the raid on a family house last Friday in a search for a chemical device about to be used to attack Britain was wrong, the Guardian has learned. Counter-terrorism officials were under pressure last night after days of meticulous search of the house in east London failed to produce anything to link the two men they arrested to a chemical plot. But a senior police officer said they had been left with "no choice" but to force entry into the house because there was specific intelligence of a threat...
  • Bush regrets tough talk on terror

    05/25/2006 10:42:29 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 59 replies · 2,358+ views
    BESET by low ratings and an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq, US President George W. Bush concluded today that perhaps all his trash talk in the war on terror was not such a good idea. At a news conference with his British ally Tony Blair, Mr Bush expressed regret for calling for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden to be brought in "dead or alive" and taunting Iraqi insurgents by saying "bring 'em on". The blunt-speaking Texan said it was "kind of tough talk that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe a little...
  • (Philippines) RP, US forge new security deal

    05/23/2006 1:22:32 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 2 replies · 424+ views ^ | 5 24 06 | Ana Marie Pamintuan
    The government will unveil today a new security arrangement with the United States that will allow US military involvement in addressing "non-traditional threats" including terrorism, piracy, disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Philippine security officials emphasized that the new arrangement is not a treaty but an "institutional framework" that will cover issues not specifically cited in the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and the Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries. The Philippine government proposed the crafting of the framework about a year ago. Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, a lawyer, noted that the MDT commits both countries to come to each other’s...
  • The game has not changed, we face the same enemy, same challenges. The Beast never dies!

    05/11/2006 12:52:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 599 replies · 11,866+ views
    May 10, 2006 | Jim Robinson
    <p>The game has not changed, we face the same enemy, same challenges. The Beast never dies!</p> <p>President Reagan faced down the Soviets and ended the cold war, but the Beast is still with us. It simply changes form. Whether it appears in the form of Bolshevism, Nazism, fascism, communism, Islamofascism, etc, it is the same enemy: Totalitarianism. The all powerful state.</p>
  • UNC attacker: 'I aimed to exact casualties' (Mohammed Atta one of my role models)

    05/13/2006 4:17:44 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 39 replies · 1,631+ views ^ | 5 12 06 | Observer Staff
    CHAPEL HILL - A man charged with trying to kill students at the University of North Carolina by driving through a popular campus gathering spot says in a series of letters he does not deserve punishment. He also talks about his youth in Charlotte, referring at one point to a school fight he said he started at Myers Park Traditional Elementary School. And he refers to Mohammed Atta, ringleader of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, aqs "one of my role models." Mohammed Taheri-azar is accused of driving a Jeep Cherokee into a crowd of students gathered at...
  • Wounded Marine in iconic Fallujah photo awarded Navy Cross

    05/05/2006 4:01:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 87 replies · 5,201+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Floto
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (May 4, 2006) -- Sgt. Maj. Bradley A. Kasal feels he did what any good Marine would’ve done. That includes taking enemy rifle fire on Nov. 14, 2004, absorbing a grenade blast and refusing medical attention inside Fallujah’s “House of Hell” during Operation Al Fajr (New Dawn). For his extraordinary heroism and leadership in Fallujah, Iraq, as the Weapons Company first sergeant for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Kasal was awarded the Navy Cross during a ceremony here Monday. “The word hero is tossed around pretty loosely these days,” said Maj....
  • American Accused of Afghan Torture Is Free

    04/30/2006 12:01:36 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 2 replies · 438+ views ^ | 4 30 06 | PAUL GARWOOD
    KABUL, Afghanistan - An American jailed for two years in Afghanistan on charges of torturing alleged terrorists in a makeshift jail was freed two months early on Sunday after a government decree. Edward Caraballo, 44, from New York, waved to reporters at Kabul's international airport as he arrived in the back of a four-wheel drive vehicle accompanied by heavily armed American security personnel. A U.S. Embassy official said an American consular officer accompanied Caraballo to the airport from the Pol-i-Charki prison, where he had been held since July 2004. He later caught a flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on...
  • 18 Granny Anti-War Activists Acquitted

    04/28/2006 2:56:17 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 758+ views ^ | 4 27 06 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    (April 27) - They came, they shuffled, they conquered. Eighteen "grannies" who were swept up by the New York City police, handcuffed, loaded into police vans and jailed for four and a half hours were acquitted yesterday of charges that they blocked the entrance to the military recruitment center in Times Square when they tried to enlist. After six days of a nonjury trial, the grandmothers and dozens of their supporters filled a courtroom in Manhattan Criminal Court to hear whether they would be found guilty of two counts of disorderly conduct for refusing to move, which could have put...
  • Taliban are snubbed in their hometown -- Fighters seeking shelter find closed doors

    04/17/2006 8:22:54 AM PDT · by Clive · 17 replies · 1,426+ views
    Globe and Mail (Toronto) ^ | 2006-04-17 | Graeme Smith
    KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — In the moonlit hours before attacking Canadian and Afghan troops in one of the biggest battles this country has seen in months, the ragged band of Taliban rebels needed a place to sleep. The insurgents had reason to expect they would find hot meals and comfortable beds in the village of Sangisar. The long stretch of mud-walled farms alongside a river about 40 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City has gained infamy as the birthplace of the Taliban movement. Mullah Mohammed Omar, the suspected planner behind Afghanistan's insurgency, once served as Sangisar's village preacher. But the Taliban's hometown...
  • Ex-USF professor Sami Al-Arian to be deported in terrorism case

    04/14/2006 8:03:34 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 709+ views
    AP ^ | April 14th, 2006
    Federal authorities have decided to deport a former University of South Florida professor and long-time Palestinian rights activist after failing to convict him on charges he helped finance terrorist attacks in Israel. Two lawyers familiar with the case say Sami Al-Arian has reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge and be deported. The lawyers spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been made public by the court. It isn't clear where Al-Arian will be sent. Al-Arian has been in jail since a Tampa jury acquitted him in December on eight of the...
  • Terror Charges for Boys Accused in Plot

    CAMDEN, N.J. - Four teenagers accused of plotting to kill about 25 people in a lunch-period massacre at a high school were charged Thursday under a terrorism law created after the Sept. 11 attacks. The boys, ages 14 to 16, were arrested Wednesday after police heard about the alleged plot from administrators at the school, where three of the teens are students. Their names were not released because of their ages. Authorities said the teens planned to attack students, teachers and others at Winslow Township High. The four boys appeared in family court, and a judge ordered them held for...
  • Message from a Time Traveler

    04/06/2006 4:33:24 AM PDT · by Mr170IQ · 892 replies · 25,928+ views
    Dan Simmons - Official Web Site ^ | April 1, 2006 | Dan Simmons
    The Time Traveler appeared suddenly in my study on New Year’s Eve, 2004. He was a stolid, grizzled man in a gray tunic and looked to be in his late-sixties or older. He also appeared to be the veteran of wars or of some terrible accident since he had livid scars on his face and neck and hands, some even visible in his scalp beneath a fuzz of gray hair cropped short in a military cut. One eye was covered by a black eyepatch. Before I could finish dialing 911 he announced in a husky voice that he was...
  • Prosecutors Can't Prove Informant's Claims(lodi CA terrorism investigation)

    03/30/2006 9:48:33 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 2 replies · 496+ views ^ | 3 31 06 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In a potential blow to their terrorism case against a father and son, federal prosecutors on Thursday said there is no evidence to support statements by their key witness that a top aide to Osama bin Laden attended a northern California mosque in the late 1990s. The surprise move was designed to dissuade the defense from calling witnesses who would challenge the story's credibility. The witness, an FBI informant, told agents when they recruited him in 2001 that he had seen a high-ranking al-Qaida official and two other international terrorists when he lived in Lodi during the...
  • U.S. Seeks Reversal of Moussaoui Ruling

    03/15/2006 11:46:58 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 764+ views ^ | 3 16 06 | MATTHEW BARAKAT and MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN,
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to reconsider her decision to toss out half of the government's case against confessed terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. They acknowledged that altering the judge's ruling is their only hope of salvaging the death-penalty case. In a motion filed with U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, prosecutors said the aviation security evidence she barred because a government lawyer coached the witnesses "goes to the very core of our theory of the case." At the very least, the prosecutors argued they should be allowed to present a newly designated aviation security witness who had no contact...
  • Drug war trumps port safety

    03/13/2006 8:53:55 AM PST · by JTN · 19 replies · 724+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 03/12/2006 | Mike Krause
    The top objective of the U.S. Coast Guard's anti-terrorism strategy is to protect what's called the "U.S. Maritime Domain," including American ports. But it is hard to take seriously the idea that ports are being effectively protected when the Coast Guard spent more tax dollars last year fighting the war on drugs than has been spent in total on port security since Sept. 11, 2001. Since becoming part of the Department of Homeland Security in early 2003, the Coast Guard reports interdicting at sea some 340 tons of cocaine bound for the United States. For 2005 alone, it was 150...
  • The World's Toughest Bus

    03/12/2006 7:08:03 PM PST · by Flavius · 23 replies · 1,289+ views
    damn interesting ^ | March 11th, 2006 | Greg Bjerg
    f you're traveling one of the toughest bus routes on Earth you might want to be in a vehicle tough enough to take everything thrown at it. That bus is called a Rhino Runner and it's a cross between a local metro bus and a tank. One route the Rhino Runner runs is what’s called “Route Irish,” the local name for the highly dangerous road between the secure Green Zone in Baghdad and the Baghdad Airport. There were so many ambushes, Improvised Explosive Devices, and insurgent attacks on this route that only helicopters were used for some time and State...
  • Librarians Against the Patriot Act

    02/27/2006 7:38:32 PM PST · by William Tell 2 · 53 replies · 844+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 2-27-06 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Who is the ultimate authority on whether a homeland security surveillance measure is appropriate: the president, Congress, or the Supreme Court? According to its president, the answer is the American Library Association. Dom Giordano, talk show host for Philadelphia’s radio station WPHT 1210-AM, interviewed American Library Association (ALA) president Michael Gorman on February 9. One of issues addressed concerned the ALA’s policy towards governmental investigation of library patron’s reading materials. During the interview Gorman reiterated the policy of the ALA, which instructs librarians to ensure that any search warrants they receive from the FBI regarding library records are legal. They...
  • British Make Arrest in Iraq Video Case

    02/13/2006 2:11:00 PM PST · by ncountylee · 32 replies · 917+ views
    AP/TBO ^ | February 13, 2006 | ROBERT BARR
    LONDON (AP) -- British military police said Monday they have arrested a man in their investigation of a video that allegedly showed British soldiers beating prisoners in Iraq. The Ministry of Defense declined to identify the man, who was arrested Sunday night. The governor of the province where the incident allegedly took place said he planned to meet with the Iraqi youths to determine whether they wished to pursue charges against British soldiers. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani condemned the apparent abuse, but said he was pleased that British authorities moved quickly to investigate. Video images first reported by the News...
  • Picture of Islamic extremists protesting at Ground Zero in NYC just the other day

    02/06/2006 8:30:10 PM PST · by CaliFReeper1 · 99 replies · 6,012+ views
    This picture of Islamic extremists at Ground Zero was taken by UAC members of protesters who showed up to protest against the National Rally Against Islamofascism Day. This image is free to publish everywhere, let's get it out to as many Americans as possible. Publish this everywhere you can and send it to everyone you can. Anti-UAC Protesters at Ground Zero protesting the United American Committee's Rally Against Islamofascism on February 1. Keep in mind this is at GROUND ZERO where 3,000 Americans were murdered by Islamic extremists. You have permission and we ask that you please publish this picture...
  • USS Cole Bomber Escapes Jail

    02/05/2006 6:23:55 AM PST · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 146 replies · 6,384+ views
    Fox News Alert | 2/5/2005
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  • [Prince] Harry will go to danger zone

    01/31/2006 6:09:15 PM PST · by saquin · 100 replies · 1,759+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/1/06 | Thomas Harding
    Prince Harry is to be sent to Iraq next year as a troop commander and is likely to patrol the hazardous border with Iran, defence sources have disclosed. The third in line to the throne will join the Army's 1st Mechanised Brigade, which will be deployed to Basra in May 2007. The prince has told colleagues that he is determined to go on operations and be treated as normally as possible - not kept out of the line of fire. Defence chiefs, in consultation with the Prince of Wales's office, will have to devise a plan that will not put...
  • London’s Met ‘faked evidence’ on shot Brazilian

    01/29/2006 7:00:22 PM PST · by voletti · 20 replies · 847+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 1/30/06 | AFP
    * Report says Special Branch officers changed surveillance log to hide evidence of mis-identification LONDON: Undercover London police officers faked vital evidence to cover up their fatal role in the shooting of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, mistaken for a suicide bomber, a newspaper alleged on Sunday. Special Branch officers from London’s Metropolitan Police tried to change a surveillance log detailing the electrician’s movements to hide the fact that they had wrongly identified him, the News of the World weekly claimed. De Menezes, 27, was shot seven times in the head on a London Underground train at Stockwell station...
  • No Jail Time for Officer Convicted of Killing Iraqi General

    01/24/2006 1:05:26 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,330+ views
    FORT CARSON, Colo. (Jan. 24) - A military jury recommended a simple reprimand Monday for an Army officer who killed an Iraqi general by stuffing him headfirst into a sleeping bag and sitting on his chest during an interrogation. As soldiers applauded in the courtroom, Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. hugged his wife after hearing the surprisingly light sentence, which will be reviewed by Fort Carson's commander, Maj. Gen. Robert W. Mixon. The commander cannot order a harsher sentence, defense attorney Frank Spinner said. Welshofer, 43, was charged with murder, but was convicted over the weekend of negligent homicide...
  • JAG temporarily banned Army and Marine Corps snipers from using a highly accurate open-tip bullet.

    01/22/2006 2:35:38 PM PST · by radar101 · 111 replies · 5,434+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | Bill Gertz, Rowan Scarborough
    JAG, we are told, mistakenly thought the open-tip round was the same as hollow-point ammunition, which is banned. The original open-tip was known as Sierra MatchKing and broke all records for accuracy in the past 30 years. The difference between the open-tip and the hollow point is that the open tip is a design feature that improves accuracy while the hollow point is designed for increasing damage when it hits a target. About 10 days ago, the Army JAG in Iraq ordered all snipers to stop using the open-tip 175-grain M118LR bullet, claiming, falsely, it was prohibited. Instead of the...
  • NYC sued over right to shoot video, pictures in public

    01/13/2006 12:21:45 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 48 replies · 1,462+ views ^ | 1 13 06 | First Amendment Center Online
    NEW YORK — The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the city yesterday, challenging restrictions on people's right to photograph public places after an award-winning filmmaker from India was blocked from videotaping near the MetLife building. In its lawsuit, the civil rights group highlighted the plight of Rakesh Sharma, who said he was left feeling ashamed and humiliated when he was detained in May 2005 after police saw him use a hand-held video camera on a public street in midtown Manhattan. Sharma was taping background footage for a documentary examining changes in the lives of ordinary people such as taxi...