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  • Former U.S. Marine Hekmati retried, convicted in Iran: report

    04/12/2014 12:16:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11th, 2014 10:01pm EDT | Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - Iranian-American Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine whose previous death sentence in Iran on espionage charges was overturned, has been secretly retried, convicted of collaborating with the U.S. government and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the New York Times reported on Friday, quoting his lawyer. The newspaper quoted lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei as saying Hekmati, held since 2011, was not told by Iranian officials about the retrial, conviction or prison sentence. The Times quoted Tabatabaei as saying Hekmati was retried by a revolutionary court in December and convicted of "practical collaboration with the American government." :snip: The...
  • “Leave no fallen comrade behind”….except Afghan Terps?

    01/12/2015 1:04:23 PM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-12-15 | Wordsmith
    Iowa National Guard Lt. Pat Hendrickson, right, stands with Nabiullah Mohammadiin Afghanistan. “He was my right-hand man,” Hendrickson said.(Photo: Courtesy photo via The Des Moines Register) The price of aiding and abetting the U.S.? One of the most often repeated phrases in our military culture is “Leave No Fallen Comrade Behind.” Many service members relied so heavily on their Afghan and Iraqi translators that some were considered members of the unit. It goes without saying that, when troops are in the combat zone, their lives are in constant danger. But at the end of their tours, they get to go...
  • Microsoft Unveils Near-Real Time Language Translation For Skype

    05/28/2014 2:26:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/28 | Parmy Olson
    Skype hopes to make its international connections easier — though perhaps still a little awkward — with a new feature that automatically translates conversations almost in real time.Parent company Microsoft unveiled the new technology at the Code technology conference on Tuesday, where Skype vice president Gurdeep Pall made small talk in English with a German-speaking Skype manager in Europe.After saying a sentence in English, an automated voice translated his words into German. (You can watch the video here.)It’s not quite the real-time universal translator that characters on “Star Trek” used to speak to alien life forms. And inevitably for a technology...
  • Mandela memorial service interpreter admitted to psychiatric hospital

    12/19/2013 3:54:13 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 21 replies
    FOX ^ | DEC 18,2013 | FOX
    The man who sparked an international furor by offering bogus sign language interpretation at a major memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.
  • South African ‘interpreter’ fake-signed anti-white song, also accused of murder [VIDEO]

    12/13/2013 7:45:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 13, 2013 | Chuck Ross
    The man who used jibberish sign language at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service also used incoherent hand gestures to sign a notorious anti-white song sung last year by current South African President Jacob Zuma. Thamsanqua Jantjie, 34, late said that he is schizophrenic and was hallucinating during the Mandela memorial speeches. The interpreter also admitted that he’d been prone to fits of violence in the past, an admission that was worrisome given his proximity to President Barack Obama and other world leaders. According to NBC News, Jantjie has worked two other gigs on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC), South...
  • ‘Mandela signer faced murder rap in 2003’ (also kidnapping and rape)

    12/13/2013 8:50:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The schizophrenic South African sign language interpreter who said he hallucinated during Nelson Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday reportedly has an extensive criminal record, including murder, rape and kidnapping charges. According to South African news network eNCA, Thamsanqa Jantjie has “faced rape (1994), theft (1995), housebreaking (1997), malicious damage to property (1998), murder, attempted murder and kidnapping (2003) charges.”(continued)
  • French Translator Held for 'Provoking Terrorism'

    09/20/2013 2:28:36 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    THE LOCAL.fr ^ | September 20, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A webmaster from Normandy, northern France was arrested and charged on Thursday for "provoking" and condoning terrorism. He is accused of translating articles from the jihadist magazine Inspire into French." SNIPPET: "The 26-year-old, identified as Romain, was detained Tuesday for his role as administrator of the Ansar al Haqq website, a "reference" for the radical Islamist movement, and as a translator of magazines put out by militant group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Paris prosecutors said. Detained by intelligence officers in his native Calvados region of northern France, Romain said he converted to Islam when he was 20, prosecutors said. The Ansar...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains ‘4 to 5 inch Stack’ of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin

    08/28/2012 9:29:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 28, 2012
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains ‘4 to 5 inch Stack’ of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Filmmakers Obama Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications: Obama White House ‘trying to have visibility into the UBL (Usama bin Laden) projects.’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense (DOD) regarding meetings and communications between government agencies and Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker, and screenwriter Mark Boal in preparation for their film Zero Dark Thirty, which details the capture...
  • Puerto Rico Second Amendment Case(needs translator)

    07/08/2012 4:46:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 7 July, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    The opinion is Asoc de Duenos de Armerias de PR Inc. v. Policia de Puerto Rico (P.R. Ct. App. June 28, 2012); I don’t know Spanish, but if any readers who do can post a quick summary of the court’s conclusion and its reasoning, that would be great. For earlier Puerto Rico Second Amendment opinions, see here and here.
  • MI6 'halted bid to arrest bin Laden'

    11/09/2002 6:34:08 PM PST · by ds2000 · 4 replies · 123+ views
    Startling revelations by French intelligence experts back David Shayler's alleged 'fantasy'about Gadaffi plot Martin Bright, home affairs editor Sunday November 10, 2002 The Observer British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. The latest claims of MI6 involvement with Libya's fearsome Islamic Fighting Group, which is connected to one of bin Laden's trusted lieutenants, will be embarrassing to the Government, which described similar claims by renegade MI5 officer David Shayler as 'pure fantasy'. The...
  • If You Must Talk To A Liberal You Will Need A Translator

    06/16/2011 4:17:33 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-16-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Ex-Army translator acquitted of working as Iraqi agent

    01/14/2011 5:42:37 PM PST · by markomalley
    A jury on Friday acquitted a former military translator of secretly working as an Iraqi agent in the US but convicted him of making false statements when he sought a security clearance. The split verdict offered some relief to Issam "Sam" Hamama, who claimed he was only passing along basic information about Iraqis in the US when he reached out to Iraqi officials in the 1990s during the regime of Saddam Hussein. "We've been vindicated. They were accusing him of voluntarily working as a spy," defense lawyer Haytham Faraj said. Hamama, 60, of El Cajon, California, was found not guilty...
  • Flagstaff soldier killed self after protest

    11/03/2006 12:34:35 PM PST · by absolootezer0 · 28 replies · 1,386+ views
    Az Daily Sun ^ | 11.03.06 | Larry Handricks
    The investigation into the shooting death of Spc. Alyssa Peterson found her suicide came soon after she was reassigned for objecting to prisoner interrogation techniques but did not specifically give a reason for her action. A Flagstaff soldier who died in Iraq committed suicide after she refused to participate in interrogation techniques being practiced by her U.S. Army intelligence unit, according to a report about an Army investigation aired by a Flagstaff radio station. U.S. Army Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, 27, died Sept. 15, 2003, in Tel Afar, an Iraqi city of about 350,000 residents in the northern part of...
  • Soldier's Fight to Bring Iraqi Translator to US

    10/11/2009 9:25:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 950+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | October 11, 2009 | SHARON COHEN
    They became good buddies during the war, the young American soldier and his invaluable Iraqi translator, an easygoing guy who could spot dangers in the shadows and calm jittery nerves in the streets. When it was time to go home, Joey Coon, then an Army National Guard sergeant, set up an e-mail account for Bandar Hasan. He gave his friend a quick lesson on how to use it so they could stay in touch. Joey didn't expect much; Bandar wasn't familiar with computers. But he did call on occasion, and the two joked about him coming to America one day,...
  • Translator collapsed during Khadafy's rambling diatribe

    09/24/2009 6:25:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies · 2,023+ views
    nypost.com ^ | Sept. 24, 2009 | CHUCK BENNETT and JEREMY OLSHAN
    After struggling to turn Khadafy’s insane ramblings at the UN into English for 75 minutes, the Libyan dictator’s personal interpreter got lost in translation. "I just can’t take it any more," Khadafy’s interpreter shouted into the live microphone – in Arabic. At that point, the U.N.’s Arabic section chief, Rasha Ajalyaqeen, took over and translated the final 20 minutes of the speech. "His interpreter just collapsed – this is the first time I have seen this in 25 years," another U.N. Arabic interpreter told The Post. Breaking with protocol, Khadafy brought his own interpreters from Tripoli for Wednesday’s speech rather...
  • Right to Work Technicians Unveil TOP SECRET Union Boss Translation Device

    08/03/2009 1:05:02 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 2 replies · 522+ views
    YouTube / National Right To Work ^ | 23 July 2009 | National Right To Work
    Right to Work Technicians Unveil TOP SECRET Union Boss Translation Device Foundation experts have been hard at work on a device that translates union boss propaganda into plain English. Watch the video for the results of this experiment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvXcrmD40VM(warning: profanity from the union thug)
  • Gitmo's 'Professor' linked to terrorism

    08/12/2007 11:07:48 AM PDT · by Enchante · 4 replies · 809+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 08/12/07 | BEN FOX
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - After more than five years, the Pentagon revealed why it is holding a Saudi nicknamed "the Professor" at Guantanamo Bay, saying he once lived with a Sept. 11 conspirator and received a stipend from Osama bin Laden. Shaker Aamer's lawyer denies the allegations, made after British Prime Minister Gordon Brown last week requested the release of the Saudi, who has been an unofficial leader among the detainees, and four other former residents of Britain. The Bush administration, which has been urging other nations to accept Guantanamo prisoners amid international pressure to close the military jail,...
  • Face of Defense: Translator Assists Iraqis, Soldiers

    10/27/2008 5:03:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 143+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Justin Snyder, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2008 – Army Spc. Wilson Alnar does a lot of talking. That’s because he’s a translator with the Multinational Division Center Public Affairs Office. U.S. Army Spc. Wilson Alnar, an Arabic translator with the Multinational Division Center Public Affairs Office and a native of Sudan, speaks with an Iraqi policeman while on a mission in Kut, Iraq, Oct. 3, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Tommy Spagel  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “It’s my job to be that bridge between the Iraqi people and the coalition forces,” said Alnar, an Atlanta resident and...
  • US soldier missing 2 years after Iraq capture

    10/24/2008 1:03:55 AM PDT · by pasr · 5 replies · 1,034+ views
    AP ^ | Thu Oct 23, 2008 | BEN LEUBSDORF
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An Army translator kidnapped two years ago Thursday is still unaccounted for, the only U.S. servicemember who remains missing in the current Iraq war. Ahmed Kousay al-Taie was visiting his wife's family in central Baghdad Oct. 23, 2006, when a group of armed, masked men dragged him to a waiting car. Al-Taie, a 41-year-old specialist when he was captured, is now 43 and a sergeant. The last public news of him came in February 2007, when a Shiite militant group called Ahl al-Bayt Brigades released a 10-second video of him on the Internet. The military is...
  • Free iPod Phrase Books released

    02/25/2008 7:01:06 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 4 replies · 216+ views
    ipodnn ^ | 2/25/08
    Free iPod Phrase Books released Coolgorilla.com today announced that it has released a series of free iPod Phrase Books that are available for download from the iTunes Store. Provided via a sponsorship agreement with lastminute.com, the Phrase Books are available in six different languages to translate English text into French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Greek audio. A separate podcast for each language delivers the necessary sound files, while another download installs a familiar phrase book menu system on to an iPod for quick and easy access to hundreds of audio translations. "Say goodbye to guide books with their incongruous...
  • Feds Detain Man After Judge Releases Him {Montgomery County Liberian immigrant child molester}

    08/29/2007 11:52:13 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 32 replies · 1,203+ views
    WTOP Radio ^ | August 27, 2007 | Kate Ryan
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Rockville man previously accused of sexually assaulting two little girls, one just 18-months-old, would have left court a free man Monday if federal officials didn't step in. Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy says 23-year-old Mahamu Kanneh was being held on a federal detainer by ICE despite the fact that a Montgomery County judge ordered Kanneh released on his own recognizance after a bond hearing Monday. During the hearing, Deputy State's Attorney Laura Chase argued that Kanneh still presents a danger to the community. Prosecutors are asking that the charges against Kanneh, nine counts of child...
  • Iraqi translator has American dreams

    02/26/2007 6:14:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 528+ views
    CAMP TAQADDUM — He’s got the strut, the confident Devil Dog swagger. He peppers his speech with “awesome” (and more than occasionally drops the F-bomb). He’s definitely gung-ho. After three years of working with the U.S.-led coalition, “Sam,” an Iraqi translator for the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, has adopted the mannerisms of a typical young Marine. Now, he wants to be one.
  • Mahmoud and Me (by Ahmadinejad's translator in N.Y.)

    09/29/2006 7:04:13 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 1,302+ views
    Mahmoud and Me September 28, 2006 New York Observer Hooman Majd Ahmadinejad’s Wild Week, by His Translator: ‘I Heard You Sounded Great!’; Meet the Wife; Asks for Michael Moore; Big Dinner at Hilton. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the day of his now-famous speech, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad entered the General Assembly at the United Nations and sat down with his foreign minister and the Iranian U.N. ambassador. He waved in my direction, and I waved back. Me and Mahmoud, I thought to myself. I had seen the text of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s speech before he’d even arrived in Manhattan on Monday,...
  • Mahmoud and Me (Ahmadinejad’s Wild Week, by His Translator)

    09/27/2006 9:12:08 AM PDT · by SirJohnBarleycorn · 6 replies · 521+ views
    New York Observer ^ | 9/27/06 | Hooman Majd
    On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the day of his now-famous speech, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad entered the General Assembly at the United Nations and sat down with his foreign minister and the Iranian U.N. ambassador. He waved in my direction, and I waved back. Me and Mahmoud, I thought to myself. I had seen the text of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s speech before he’d even arrived in Manhattan on Monday, Sept. 18: I was his interpreter, or at least his English voice, at the U.N. snip What were not covered by the media were Mr. Ahmadinejad’s last two appearances on the Thursday afternoon...
  • The Translator

    08/02/2006 5:30:16 AM PDT · by winner3000 · 4 replies · 318+ views
    National Review ^ | 8/2/2006 | Michael Rubin
    A U.S. injustice to an invaluable Iraqi. The murder of freelance journalist Steven Vincent a year ago today made international headlines. Vincent was in Basra, completing research on his second book. He broke the story about Shia death squads; ironically, this may be what led to his death at their hands. Vincent was special. Many journalists parachuted into Iraq, talked to a handful of established contacts, and spent more time in the Green Zone than out and about. Their accounts might have been best-sellers, but they were riddled with mistakes and superficiality. Vincent’s first book In the Red Zone, in...
  • Trial and record of the accused Hicks (Australian held at Guantanamo Bay)

    08/05/2005 8:58:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 440+ views
    The Australian ^ | 6th August 2005 | David Nason and others
    TRUTH in the David Hicks affair remains as elusive as ever after fresh allegations this week from inside the US military that the Guantanamo Bay commissions are so seriously flawed that a fair trial is impossible. The most damaging blows yet to the commissions -- still supported by the Howard Government -- came from three US Air Force prosecutors involved in the trials who have quit the investigation in protest. One, John Carr, said the process appeared to have been rigged and that the first four cases -- including Hicks -- had been been "handpicked" and would not be acquitted....
  • Languages

    03/22/2006 8:50:27 PM PST · by Madamoiselle · 17 replies · 522+ views
    I need some expertise on reading the greek language, or greek translated to latin. . . to english. I'm a bit lost.
  • Access to Memos Is Affirmed

    02/22/2005 10:13:59 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 369+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2005 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    The Justice Department has backed away from a court battle over its authority to classify and restrict the discussion of information it has already released, handing a local advocacy group a victory by granting it explicit permission to publish letters written by two senators that contain the contested information. The case was considered a potential test of limits to the government's power to restrict access to information in the public domain on national security grounds. Former attorney general John D. Ashcroft had strongly defended the practice in this case by likening it to putting "spilt milk" back in a jar...
  • Court Closes FBI Case Arguments to Public

    04/21/2005 8:42:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 751+ views
    AP ^ | 4/21/5 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court turned aside efforts to open to the public closed-door arguments Thursday in the case of a fired FBI contractor who alleged there were security breaches and misconduct at the bureau. Sibel Edmonds is seeking to revive her lawsuit against the government. It was thrown out of U.S. District Court when the Bush administration invoked the state secrets privilege, which allows the government to withhold information to safeguard national security. Edmonds says she was dismissed from her job as a wiretap translator because she told superiors she suspected a co-worker was leaking information to targets...
  • Prosecutors say Army translator from Brooklyn had links to Iraqi insurgency

    11/07/2005 3:59:48 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 27 replies · 1,095+ views
    AP ^ | November 7 2005 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    NEW YORK -- An Arabic interpreter for the Army may have secretly helped Iraqi insurgents by improperly taking classified documents from Iraq home to Brooklyn, where he made dozens of phone calls to numbers linked to the insurgency, a federal prosecutor said Monday. The man's attorney said he simply had been maintaining innocent relationships with Iraqi contacts approved by his military supervisors. After returning to the U.S. earlier this year, the man had more than 100 cell phone conversations with numbers directly involved with the insurgency, Buretta said, including numbers found at suspected safehouses for Jordanian extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,...
  • After long road to freedom, interpreter returns to Iraq

    07/05/2005 4:11:54 PM PDT · by saquin · 193+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | 7/5/05 | Lance Cpl. Evan M. Eagan
    FALLUJAH, Iraq(July 5, 2005) -- After fleeing from his native Iraq in 2001 and embarking on a journey, which took him through five different countries and eventually to the United States as a refugee, an interpreter with II Marine Expeditionary Force, Headquarters Group, II MEF (Forward), has returned home to aid Marines in the rebuilding process in the city of Fallujah. Johnny, a name he uses in place of his birth name to keep his identity hidden, works in the S-4 shop of the II MHG headquarters office, translating documents and helping bridge the communication gap between Marines and local...
  • For Interpreters, Working in Iraq Is a Deadly Proposition

    05/22/2005 10:10:30 AM PDT · by paltz · 4 replies · 348+ views
    AP ^ | 5/22/05 | By JIM KRANE, AP
    <p>One by one, little noticed in the daily mayhem, dozens of interpreters have been killed - mostly Iraqis but 12 Americans, too. They account for 40 percent of the 300-plus death claims filed by private contractors with the U.S. Labor Department.</p>
  • FBI Admits Accidentally Giving Classified Files Back to Man Who Took Them

    03/28/2005 3:24:34 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 414+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 26, 2005 | Michael Kunzelman
    BOSTON (AP) - The FBI admitted Saturday it accidentally gave classified documents back to the American translator who pleaded guilty to taking them from the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Ahmed Fathy Mehalba, who was released from jail earlier this month, contacted the FBI's Boston office Tuesday after he realized agents had inadvertently given him the compact disc containing the secret files along with his personal property. Mehalba had the disc in his possession for only a "matter of hours" before the FBI retrieved it, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ricciuti. "Someone in the bureau obviously made a...
  • Translator sentenced in Guantanamo documents case

    02/19/2005 7:47:22 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 779+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Feb. 19, 2005 | Shelley Murphy
    An Arabic translator who took classified documents from the US military base at Guantanamo Bay yesterday received a 20-month sentence in US District Court in Boston and said he was trying to do a good job by working on the material at home. Ahmed Mehalba, 32, a linguist, admitted he removed a computer disk containing 368 secret documents from the military base, but his lawyers urged leniency, because he was off his medication for bipolar disorder at the time. In the summer of 2003, Mehalba took the disk with him to his native Egypt during an emergency leave from the...
  • Suspect's warning exposes English skills (al Qaeda Financeer)

    12/07/2004 4:24:11 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 3 replies · 630+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Yemeni sheik accused of funneling millions of dollars to terrorist networks warned U.S. agents that "Allah will bring storms" to America because of his arrest, according to newly filed court papers. Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad made the remark last year after a German court ordered him extradited to the United States to face charges that he helped finance al Qaeda and Hamas, prosecutors said in the documents filed in U.S. District Court. The statement — spoken in English to agents bringing al-Moayad from Frankfurt, Germany, to New York on Nov. 16, 2003 — counter defense...
  • U.S. Marine in Mysterious Case Declared Deserter

    01/05/2005 6:09:09 PM PST · by ovrtaxt · 55 replies · 1,260+ views
    reuters ^ | Jan 5 | Will Dunham
    U.S. Marine in Mysterious Case Declared Deserter   Jan 5, 5:05 PM (ET) By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, charged a month ago with desertion in a mysterious case in which he left his unit in Iraq only to turn up in Lebanon, has failed to return to his base in North Carolina, the Marine Corps said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Marines said that Hassoun "has been declared a deserter" after not returning on Tuesday to Camp Lejeune from authorized leave. The statement said Hassoun had been required to return to the...
  • AIM Report: Saddam's Secret Campaign to Stop the War

    12/25/2004 11:28:41 PM PST · by Nick Danger · 25 replies · 1,523+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 23, 2004 | AIM
    The U.S. is engaged in a bloody war in Iraq for the purpose of eliminating the remnants of a terrorist regime, foreign terrorists, and bringing democracy to Iraq and the region. It is a big gamble that has put radical Islam on the defensive around the world. But shocking evidence demonstrates that controversial former U.S. Marine and former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter, who now writes for the anti-American Arab "news" organization Al Jazeera, was involved in a controversial effort to stop the war by enlisting prominent personalities in a "peace" campaign.
  • New details of Saddam capture

    08/05/2004 11:35:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 982+ views
    CNN ^ | 08/05/04 | N/A
    New details of Saddam capture Pulled from spider hole, Saddam asks: "America, why?" Thursday, August 5, 2004 Posted: 1:46 AM EDT (0546 GMT) Saddam Hussein after his capture (CNN) -- After an extensive search of an Iraqi farm on December last year, U.S. Special Forces and a translator named Samir brushed aside leaves and dirt from one area of the farm, uncovering the spider hole where Saddam Hussein was hiding. "I grabbed him," Samir told CNN in a recent interview. "I was like I am not going to let him go." "I told him that if you're a real...
  • Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Fired FBI Translator

    07/07/2004 3:31:30 PM PDT · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 11 replies · 502+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2004 | Ted Bridis
    Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Fired FBI TranslatorBy Ted Bridis Associated Press Writer Published: Jul 6, 2004 WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Tuesday by a whistle-blower who alleged security lapses in the FBI's translator program, ruling that her claims might expose government secrets that could damage national security. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said he was satisfied with claims by Attorney General John Ashcroft and a senior FBI official that the civil lawsuit by Sibel Edmonds could expose intelligence-gathering methods and disrupt diplomatic relations with foreign governments. The judge said he couldn't explain further because...
  • DNA: Lebanon Translator Killed in Iraq

    06/25/2004 12:58:04 PM PDT · by TexKat · 4 replies · 180+ views
    AP ^ | 6/25/04 | ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A Lebanese translator who disappeared in the first week of the Iraq war was killed in the same firefight that claimed the life of a veteran British TV correspondent, the translator's employer, ITN DNA tests carried out by British military investigators indicate that remains found at the site of the gunbattle are those of Hussein Osman, ITN said in a statement. Osman's father, Hosni Osman, told The Associated Press the British Embassy in Beirut told him his son's body had been found and that it would be flown to Lebanon for burial within the next two weeks....
  • Hostage Video Ignites Protest in S. Korea

    06/21/2004 9:51:27 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 44 replies · 962+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6-22-04 | Anthony Faiola and Joohee Cho
    SEOUL, June 21 -- Jolted by video footage showing one of their countrymen being held in Iraq by kidnappers threatening to behead him, hundreds of South Koreans joined candlelight vigils and prayer groups Monday while the government scrambled to negotiate the hostage's release. In the video, first broadcast Sunday by the Arabic satellite TV network al-Jazeera and rerun countless times here Monday, Kim Sun Il, 33, screamed for his life while his hooded, armed captors demanded that South Korea quit the international military coalition in Iraq. The video was released three days after the government had finalized plans to begin...
  • Iraqi native helps train Soldiers who will rebuild her nation

    01/23/2004 11:48:12 AM PST · by A_Niceguy_in_CA · 7 replies · 195+ views
    Army News Service ^ | January 23, 2004 | By Spc. Ryan Wood
    Iraqi native helps train Soldiers who will rebuild her nation By Spc. Ryan WoodJanuary 23, 2004 FORT POLK, La. (Army News Service, Jan. 23, 2004) -- A native-born Iraqi, who began her career as an elementary school teacher in Baghdad, now works as a translator and cultural specialist for the U.S. Army at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk. Daily, Noora Alshahlan translates news broadcasts into Arabic for broadcast into “the box,” a training area established to replicate the situation in Iraq. Soldiers who are preparing for deployment to the Middle East train in the “box” and...
  • Spy suspect arraigned

    01/14/2004 1:45:45 PM PST · by Holly_P · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 14, 2004 | Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
    <p>TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE -- Senior Airman Ahmad Al Halabi, the 24-year-old Syrian-born translator accused of espionage at the Guantánamo Naval Base in Cuba, was arraigned Tuesday amid complaints from his attorneys that the Air Force is blocking them from representing him adequately. Al Halabi, who was arrested in July while en route from Guantánamo to his planned wedding in Syria and charged with spying, did not enter a plea Tuesday. His attorneys have said he is not guilty.</p>
  • Case opens for accused Guantanamo spy

    01/14/2004 7:54:50 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1-14-2004 | KIM CURTIS
    Case opens for accused Guantanamo spy January 14, 2004 BY KIM CURTIS TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A court-martial opened Tuesday against an Arabic translator for the Air Force who is accused of spying at the Guantanamo Bay military prison camp. Senior Airman Ahmad I. Al Halabi, 24, is accused of trying to deliver more than 180 written and e-mail messages from Guantanamo detainees to Syria. The government says he stored the messages on his laptop and planned to carry them overseas. He also is accused of trying to deliver secret documents about prison camp operations and names and...
  • Court-Martial on for Air Force Translator

    01/13/2004 3:17:49 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 171+ views
    AP ^ | 1-13-03 | KIM CURTIS
    TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A court-martial opened Tuesday against an Arabic translator for the Air Force who is accused of spying at the Guantanamo Bay military prison camp. Senior Airman Ahmad I. Al Halabi, 24, is accused of trying to deliver more than 180 written and e-mail messages from Guantanamo detainees to Syria. The government says he stored the messages on his laptop and planned to carry them overseas. He also is accused of trying to deliver secret documents about prison camp operations and names and other personal information about detainees to Syria with "reason to believe...
  • Iraqi Translators React to News (of Saddam's capture)

    12/17/2003 6:43:37 AM PST · by AF_Blue · 7 replies · 186+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 16 Dec 2003 | TSgt J. WIlliams
    “No more nightmares,” said Mohammed Taha. “A lot more good will happen in Iraq after 35 years of nightmares.” Taha was just one of thousands of Iraqis who reacted with joy about the news that Saddam Hussein was captured Dec. 13 and is now in U.S. custody. What makes Taha unique is that he is one of a handful of Iraqi exiles working as a translator for the U.S. Air Force here. After the initial shock and disbelief, Taha reflected on the wounds Hussein and the Ba’ath party inflicted on his family. “My brother was killed. Three or four of...
  • Arabic-speaking Marine chosen as Linguist of the Year

    11/19/2003 5:21:37 PM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies · 214+ views
    marinelink ^ | 11-18-03 | Lance Cpl. Ruben D. Maestre
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.(Nov. 18, 2003) -- In waging the War on Terror, Arab linguists are a hot commodity for America and her allies. On the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, where many civilians and combatants speak Arabic, linguists are needed more than ever. One Woolwich, Maine, native, was recently recognized for his linguistic skills and contributions during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and is currently assigned to 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force here. "I never thought I would have been doing what I've done," said Sgt. Chad E. Lindsey. The Chop Point School graduate now looks back on...
  • GCHQ Translator 'Revealed Secrets' (US Spies On UN)

    11/13/2003 6:11:06 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 190+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-14-2003 | Neil Tweedie/John Steele
    GCHQ translator 'revealed secrets' By Neil Tweedie and John Steele (Filed: 14/11/2003) A former employee of GCHQ, the signals intelligence agency, was charged yesterday with leaking details of an Anglo-American operation to eavesdrop on members of the United Nations Security Council in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Katharine Gun, 29, who was sacked from her job as a translator with the agency, is accused of passing classified information to an unauthorised person under Section 1 (1) of the Official Secrets Act. The charge follows the publication of an article in The Observer in early March disclosing a request...
  • Ex-Guantanamo Bay translator indicted

    11/12/2003 6:30:13 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 178+ views
    AP | 11/12/03
    BOSTON (AP) — A former Guantanamo Bay translator arrested after he was found with classified documents at Logan International Airport was charged Wednesday with gathering defense information and making false statements. The grand jury's indictment alleges that Ahmed Fathy Mehalba, who has been in federal custody since his arrest, lied to investigators when he told them he was not carrying any government documents from Guantanamo Bay. Customs agents found 132 compact discs in his luggage, including one that contained hundreds of classified documents labeled "SECRET." He also allegedly lied about not understanding the meaning of the term "secret" with regards...
  • Guantanamo Translator to Be Tried on Spy Charges

    11/07/2003 11:11:17 AM PST · by jjm2111 · 20 replies · 184+ views
    Volkischner Beobachter , oops I mean Reuters ^ | Fri, Nov 07, 2003 | Charles Aldinger
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force translator who worked at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for al Qaeda and Taliban suspects will face a court-martial on charges of spying and aiding the enemy but will not be sentenced to death if convicted, the Air Force said on Friday. Reuters Photo   The general who ordered the espionage trial for senior Airman Ahmad al Halabi of Detroit, Michigan, "did not refer the case as a capital case," the Air force said in a statement. Capital cases may carry the death penalty. Al Halabi, 23, is being held at Vandenberg Air...