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  • The Late, Great American WASP ('bout time somebody said it)

    12/23/2013 6:29:03 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 58 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/20/13 | JOSEPH EPSTEIN
    The U.S. once had an unofficial but nonetheless genuine ruling class, drawn from what came to be known as the WASP establishment. Members of this establishment dominated politics, economics and education, but they do so no longer. The WASPocracy, as I think of it, lost its confidence and, with it, the power and interest to lead. We are now without a ruling class, unless one includes the entity that has come to be known as the meritocracy—presumably an aristocracy of sheer intelligence, men and women trained in the nation's most prestigious schools. The acronym WASP derives, of course, from White...
  • The Late, Great American WASP

    12/21/2013 7:26:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 20, 2013 | Joseph Epstein
    The old U.S. ruling class had plenty of problems. But are we really better off with a country run by the self-involved, over-schooled products of modern meritocracy?
  • Protestants no longer the majority in US, study says

    10/09/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2012
    NEW YORK –  For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have...
  • A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years

    10/09/2012 2:04:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    IO9 ^ | October 9, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years Paleontologists have discovered beautifully preserved species trapped in amber before — but this one is extraordinary. It features a parasitic wasp that has become ensnared in a spider's web, with the owner bearing down on it for an attack. But just before the spider was about to have its meal, a drop of resin flowed down from above, freezing the moment in time. Researchers date the scene to the Early Cretaceous between 97 to 110 million years ago in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar — a...
  • White Protestants, your monopoly is over

    09/09/2012 6:15:13 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/8/2012 | Dean Obeidallah
    Attention white Anglo-Saxon Protestants: Your days of running things are over. You have jumped the shark. But there's no need to feel bad for WASPs. They've had an amazing run. Every single president in our nation's history, except for John F. Kennedy -- a Catholic -- and Barack Obama, has been a white Protestant. Except for a handful of exceptions, for over 200 years the presidential nominees of both major political parties have been WASPs. WASPs had almost as many victories in a row as The Harlem Globetrotters. But it's over. Look at this year's presidential tickets: A Mormon, an...
  • Bizarre "King of Wasps" Found in Indonesia

    03/31/2012 4:27:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    nationalgeographic ^ | March 27, 2012 | Dave Mosher
    A new species of giant, venomous wasp has been found on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (map), scientists say. The two-inch-long (five-centimeter-long) black insects are shrouded in mystery—all of the wasp specimens caught so far have been dead. "I'm not certain any researcher has ever seen one alive, but they are very bizarre-looking," said study co-author Lynn Kimsey, an entomologist at the University of California, Davis, who co-discovered the insect. "It's the extreme version of the [larrine wasp] subfamily they belong to." Larrine wasps typically dig nests for their eggs and larvae in open, sandy areas. The adults grow no...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 47) December 2

    12/02/2011 5:11:38 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 79 replies
    Free Republic | 12-2-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I can’t believe it is already December, Brrrrrrrrr! It is 27 this morning in East Central Mississippi and is forecast to be in the mid 60s this afternoon. There are no plans to do any outside work for this gardener today. What needs to be done can wait until Saturday and Sunday when it is supposed to be in the high 60s and into the 70s. Just waiting for Spring now. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in...
  • Wireless drone sniffs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, phone signals(war flying?)

    08/05/2011 7:25:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    CNET ^ | 08/04/11 | Declan McCullagh
    Wireless drone sniffs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, phone signals By: Declan McCullagh August 4, 2011 11:19 AM PDT LAS VEGAS--Forget Wi-Fi war driving. Now it's war flying. A pair of security engineers showed up at the Black Hat security conference here to show off a prototype that can eavesdrop on Wi-Fi, phone, and Bluetooth signals: a retrofitted U.S. Army target drone, bristling with electronic gear and an array of antennas. "Nobody's really looking at this from a threat perspective," said Mike Tassey, a security consultant who works for the U.S. government intelligence community. "There's some pretty evil stuff you can do from...
  • Calgary Researcher Hunts Bizarre Wasp in Africa

    11/29/2010 12:32:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2010 | JAMIE KOMARNICKI
    In the mid-1890s, a French entomologist published a paper describing a bizarre, oversized wasp with two spoon-like structures protruding from its abdomen. A pinned specimen of the insect — the only one of its kind known to have been collected — had found its way into the Paris Natural History Museum. Since then, it seems no other samples of the mysterious Synagris elephas have been discovered. More than a century later, a University of Calgary instructor has launched a search for the unusual wasp, beginning a journey that has led him to West Africa. “Nobody else has found it. But...
  • 93-year-old WASP flies WW2 trainer

    04/24/2010 10:56:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies · 869+ views
    upi ^ | April 24, 2010
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- More than 60 years after she flew military planes during World War II, a 93-year-old Florida woman got a chance to fly an AT-6 Texan again. Tex Meacham had a large cheering section Friday as she got into the cockpit of the training plane at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, The Miami Herald reported Saturday. She was serenaded by the men's choir of John Knox Village in Pompano Beach while about two dozen members of the village chapter of the Red Hat Society applauded the woman they call their "queen bee." Meacham spent two years in the Women...
  • World War II's Unsung Women Pilots

    03/06/2010 7:36:40 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 13 replies · 766+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/6/10 | AMY GOODPASTER STREBE
    The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II will finally be given the recognition and honor they deserve on March 10. That's when they will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to be held at the United States Capitol. These pilots were trailbrazers, a group of 1,102 female civilians that flew military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces. They flew more than 60 million miles in 78 different types of aircraft, from the smallest trainers to the fastest fighters and the largest bombers. They undertook every type of mission except combat....
  • Blackie Lawless: ‘Obama Reminded Me Of Hitler’

    01/11/2010 8:47:20 PM PST · by southern rock · 24 replies · 1,157+ views
    ClassicRockMagazine.com ^ | 11/09/2009 | ClassicRockMagazine.com
    W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless gained notoriety in the 1980s for throwing raw meat at his suitably rabid fans, and for stage shows featuring semi-naked women on torture racks. His best-known songs include F**k Like A Beast, Wild Child and L.O.V.E. Machine. But overtly sexist topics have been on the back-burner for a number of years now, as Blackie increasingly explores a socio-political agenda. W.A.S.P.’s upcoming new album, Babylon, is themed around biblical visions of the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse – because Blackie reckons “our so-called world leaders are on a mission to march people straight into hell”. Highlights from...
  • Politicizing Society: as seen by an Indonesian Immigrant

    12/06/2009 8:19:10 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies · 502+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | December 6, 2009 | Cindra Crisman
    Politically Correctness is intended to politicize not civilize a society. It is said to be racially motivated to question a morally twisted Middle-Eastern Army Officer shouting “Allah Akbar” before his shooting rampage toward his fellow countrymen, and yet it is not so to omit the WASP from the racial compositions of American society in a Social Study. “No one said anything about the WASP race, why is that?” asked my mixed-races 9 year old daughter. It was the WASP Americans who framed and founded this Republic, and Politically Correctness views other races as inferior to this supreme achievement. If the...
  • WWII female pilots finally get recognition

    09/12/2009 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 46 replies · 2,092+ views
    The McAllen Monitor ^ | September 11, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Muriel Martin spent four years helping train fighter pilots as a Women's Airforce Service Pilot, or WASP, during WWII.Muriel Martin struggles these days to remember the years she spent as a World War II U.S. Army Air Force pilot. The dates have run together in her mind and the details of her training and experience long ago faded into the background of a life filled with child rearing and community service. But some days, the memories push through and she finds herself back in her 20s and in the cockpit again. “I was flying to Dallas earlier this year and...
  • Alien-Wasp Swarms Devouring Birds, Bugs in Hawaii

    07/25/2009 7:12:57 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies · 1,141+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | July 23, 2009 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Attacking from nests as big as pickup-truck beds, invasive western yellowjacket wasps in Hawaii are munching their way through an "astonishing diversity" of creatures, from caterpillars to pheasants, a new study says. Adult yellowjackets consume only nectar. But they kill or scavenge prey to deliver needed protein to their growing broods. "They basically just carry it in their mandibles—you see them flying with their balls of meat," said lead study author Erin Wilson, who just finished her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. In their native habitat in the western U.S., the wasps die off in winter. But...
  • Female Pilot Proud of WASP Legacy

    07/06/2009 5:45:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 843+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Dilia Ayala, USAF
    Maj. Gina "Torch" Sabric, an F-16 fighter pilot and 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing flight-safety officer, sits on her aircraft after a flight. Sabric proudly attributes the progression of women in aviation to the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). President Barack Obama presented the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest and most distinguished award Congress can award a civilian, July 1. Courtesy photo, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. BALAD — It's been more than 60 years since the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) took the skies by storm as the first women in U.S. history trained to fly American...
  • W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS: 'God Help Us… God Bless America' (Voting for McCain)

    11/02/2008 10:39:35 AM PST · by chuknchez · 16 replies · 1,556+ views
    blabbermouth.net ^ | 11/2/2008 | Blackie Lawless
    W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS: 'God Help Us… God Bless America' - Nov. 2, 2008 W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless has released the following message via the band's official web site, W.A.S.P. Nation: "'We the people of the United States.' These are the first seven words of the constitution of the United States of America. As I stood in the reception area of the Pentagon in Washington D.C. early this year, a large recreation of that constitution was posted on the wall. It's the first thing you see as you enter the building. 'We the People of the United States,' I stared at...
  • From Bloomingdale's to Bloomington

    09/09/2008 7:17:08 PM PDT · by oblomov · 15 replies · 421+ views
    WSJ ^ | September 5, 2008 | HANNAH KARP
    The nation's largest freshman class in history is moving into college dorms, hanging posters, meeting roommates and learning fight songs. In Indiana University's Assembly Hall last Friday, a remarkably large chorus hailing from private high schools in the Northeast was singing the school's ode to the "Cream and Crimson" in a pronounced New York accent. Freshman Jess Berne, from New York's Westchester County, crosses the Indiana University campus. It's a striking byproduct of one of the most competitive college admissions sessions ever -- an influx of East Coast prep-school students in Indiana. Indiana University welcomed about 260 students from the...
  • Tribute to Margaret Ringenberg

    07/30/2008 6:04:03 AM PDT · by milbuf · 4 replies · 141+ views
    Lasting Tribute.co.uk ^ | 29 July 2008 | unknown
    Female pilot with a lifelong love of flight and distinguished racing career Margaret Ray Ringenberg, who died on 28 July, 2008, was an American aviator who flew for over 60 years and wracked up more than 40,000 hours in the air, including
  • Britain on alert for deadly new knife

    07/17/2008 6:12:06 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 104 replies · 174+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/17/08 | Staff
    Britain on alert for deadly new knife with exploding tip that freezes victims' organs Senior police officers have been warned to look out for a new knife which can inject a ball of compressed gas into its victim that instantly freezes internal organs. The 'wasp knife', which can deliver a ball of compressed gas capable of killing its victim at the press of a button, may be heading for Britain, the Metropolitan Police fear. A needle in the tip of the blade shoots out the frozen ball of gas which instantly balloons to the size of a basketball, freezing organs....
  • 'Medicine Cabinet' Found In Wasps' Antennae

    04/02/2007 5:07:37 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 556+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-2-2007 | Rowan Hooper
    'Medicine cabinet' found in wasps' antennae 12:57 02 April 2007 NewScientist.com news service Rowan Hooper Male beewolf wasp (Philanthus triangulum) with antennae that contain useful bacteria (Image: Martin Kaltenpoth) Beewolf wasps, named for the females' habit of hunting bees, have special reservoirs in their antennae, filled with bacteria. But not any old bacteria: beewolves (Philanthus triangulum) cultivate the antibiotic-producing Streptomyces and secrete them into their underground brood cells. Watch a video of a female wasp doing just that (2MB, wmv format). When a beewolf larva is ready to pupate, it applies the bacteria onto the silk threads of its cocoon....
  • It's time for a Tea Party (V)

    11/26/2006 9:00:26 AM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 4 replies · 426+ views
    Well, don't you think?Here's the plan...
  • Research discovers oldest bee, evolutionary link

    10/26/2006 3:17:58 PM PDT · by Boxen · 66 replies · 1,591+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 25-Oct-2006 | David Stauth
    CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered the oldest bee ever known, a 100 million year old specimen preserved in almost lifelike form in amber, and an important link to help explain the rapid expansion of flowering plants during that distant period. The findings and their evolutionary significance are outlined in an article to be published this week in the journal Science. The specimen, at least 35-45 million years older than any other known bee fossil, has given rise to a newly-named family called Melittosphecidae – insects that share some of the features of both bees and...
  • Appeals court rejects new trial request for Cuban agents

    08/09/2006 8:59:13 PM PDT · by David1 · 1 replies · 338+ views
    ATLANTA - Five men convicted in Miami for being unregistered Cuban intelligence agents are not entitled to a new trial, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The five argued on appeal that pervasive community prejudice against the Cuban government and publicity surrounding the case prevented them from receiving a fair trial. A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit threw out all the convictions last August, ruling that pretrial publicity combined with pervasive anti-Castro feeling in Miami didn't allow for a fair trial. The government asked the full appeals court to reconsider. The entire 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, with...
  • W.W. II Pilots Relive Glory (Great Story! Especially from Mercury News)

    06/02/2006 10:02:10 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 19 replies · 696+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 6/1/06 | Renee Koury
    For Wednesday's flight from Livermore to Moffett Field, Eleanor Wortz wore the same uniform and silver wings she wore as a 23-year-old member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.They defied convention -- and defied gravity -- six decades ago when they became the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military as Women Airforce Service Pilots.On Wednesday, three of the World War II aviation pioneers, now in their 80s and living in the Bay Area, made a short return flight.Eleanor Wortz of Los Altos, Jean McFarland Koehler of Sunnyvale and Maggie Gee of Berkeley flew through crystal blue...
  • Miami Professor, Wife Alleged Cuban Spies

    01/09/2006 3:14:59 PM PST · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 1,314+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/9/06 | AP
    A college professor and his wife, a college administrator, have been charged with being longtime illegal agents of Cuban President Fidel Castro, according to documents filed Monday. Carlos Alvarez, a psychology professor at Florida International University, and his wife, Elsa Alvarez, were charged with acting as agents of Cuba without registering with the U.S. government as required, said the documents filed in U.S. District Court. The two were scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrea Simonton, according to the documents. An indictment further describing the charges was expected to be unsealed after that appearance,...
  • Question: Who was the Southern White Protestant SCOTUS Justice?

    10/15/2005 9:02:18 AM PDT · by gobucks · 29 replies · 512+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 15 October 05 | gobucks
    After thinking it over for a bit, the Miers outrage among 'conservatives' seems to have one major feature: she is a Southern, White, Protestant. And that type of individual has not been on the SCOTUS for a long long time. I don't think this is an 'accident' of history.
  • Preschool Honors Wasp for Armed Forces Day (Tissues needed)

    05/20/2005 5:40:05 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 5 replies · 405+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | May 20, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class (SW/AW) Mark C. Schultz
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The London Bridge Baptist Preschool presented the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) with a 10-foot by 10-foot banner to thank Wasp crew members for their service in a brief ceremony May 11. The banner was created in honor of Armed Forces Day, observed at the end of the month. “We have a lot of military families come here,” said Jennifer Connolly, wife of a Wasp Sailor. “Many of those service members are deployed to Iraq right now.” The preschool decided to make the large banner, decorated with the handprints of more than...
  • Killen to kids: 'Keep on keepin' on'

    03/16/2005 12:29:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 212+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Wednesday, March 16, 2005. | ALISHA SEMCHUCK
    PALMDALE - Ty Hughes-Killen won't accept defeat. She never has. Even when faced with some of life's toughest adversities and deepest sorrows - like the death of her first husband in wartime - she kept plugging forward. And, she encourages others to follow her lead. The former World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot, commonly referred to as a WASP, delivered her message of hope and persistence to a group of 125 seventh- and eighth-grade students Thursday at Juniper Intermediate School. "Keep on keepin' on," Killen reiterated to the youngsters - a mix of students from Juniper and Pinecrest schools....
  • You Were Once Exiles

    10/06/2004 2:16:19 PM PDT · by skellmeyer · 23 replies · 537+ views
    Bridegroom Press ^ | Steve Kellmeyer
    You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him as for yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God.” (Leviticus 19:34) Now, some people would find that kind of Scripture quoting offensive. Indeed, some would simply mutter “and the devil himself uses Scripture for his own devices.” And they would be right. A single verse does not an argument make. However, the debate about immigration is raging, and we have all heard from the Democratic, Republican,...
  • One Nation, Out of Many: Why “Americanization” of newcomers is still important

    09/28/2004 8:31:58 PM PDT · by rmlew · 18 replies · 453+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | September 2004 | Samuel Huntington
    America's core culture has primarily been the culture of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century settlers who founded our nation. The central elements of that culture are the Christian religion; Protestant values, including individualism, the work ethic, and moralism; the English language; British traditions of law, justice, and limits on government power; and a legacy of European art, literature, and philosophy. Out of this culture the early settlers formulated the American Creed, with its principles of liberty, equality, human rights, representative government, and private property. Subsequent generations of immigrants were assimilated into the culture of the founding settlers and modified it, but...
  • .jpg scans for Korean & Vietnam Vets

    08/23/2004 5:38:52 PM PDT · by sonofatpatcher2 · 11 replies · 941+ views
    8-23-04 | self
    Here are some .jpg scans that Korean War and Vietnam War Vets & their families can save and use....
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) - March 21st, 2004

    03/21/2004 4:47:04 AM PST · by snippy_about_it · 78 replies · 2,114+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Bred for Power (Howard Dean's elitist background)

    09/13/2003 6:17:40 AM PDT · by veronica · 47 replies · 3,545+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9-13-03 | By DAVID BROOKS
    If you were to pick a presidential candidate on the basis of social standing — and really, darling, who doesn't — you'd have to pick Howard Brush Dean III over George Walker Bush. The Bush lineage is fine. I'm not criticizing. But the Deans have been here practically since Mayflower days and in the Social Register for generations. It's true Bush's grandfather was a Wall Street financier, a senator and a Yale man, but Dean's family has Wall Street financiers going back to the Stone Age, and both his grandfathers were Yale men. The Bush family properties were in places...
  • Man Burns Down Apartments in Wasp Hunt

    08/27/2003 10:12:33 AM PDT · by bedolido · 48 replies · 471+ views
    Yahoooooooooo News ^ | 08/27/03 | Staff Writer
    ZURICH (Reuters) - A man who tried to fight bothersome wasps with insect spray and a cigarette lighter burned down his apartment and two neighboring flats, Swiss police say. A police spokesman said Tuesday the man used a whole can of insect spray on a wasp nest underneath an overhanging roof outside his apartment. When he tried to fend off the angry wasps with his lighter, the fumes ignited and set the flats ablaze. No one in the apartment block was hurt, but the blaze caused more than $350,000 in damage.
  • USS Wasp Buries Legendary Shipmate, World War II Hero

    12/02/2002 7:32:24 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 14 replies · 371+ views
    Navy News Link ^ | 11/30/2002 | Signalman 3rd Class (SW/AW) Derrick M. Ingle
    ABOARD USS WASP, At Sea (NNS) -- With bowed heads and a 21-gun salute, shipmates paid their last respects to a former USS Wasp (CV 7) Sailor and World War II hero. Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (PR) 1st Class Clarence G. Leggett, 79, was buried at sea 60 years after being aboard the WWII-era Wasp. One of Leggett’s last requests was to have the ashes of he and his wife scattered into ocean by the tenth Wasp, LHD 1. The 12-year veteran’s story of bravery and heroism is one to be noted in U.S. naval history. During a three year deployment...
  • Castro's Connections

    05/13/2002 6:04:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 408+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | May 12, 2002 | Paul Crespo
    The U.S. government's detaining of Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo naval base in Cuba is supremely ironic given Fidel Castro's long-standing support for global terrorism. As we continue our worldwide battle against terrorists, this sly but significant terror monger on our very own doorstep should not be overlooked. Castro is a bankrupt dictator with a decades-long history of support for violent, anti-American terror groups, obsessive hatred of the U.S., sophisticated spy rings operating on our soil and a potentially deadly biowarfare capability. While he has not been directly linked to the attacks of Sept. 11, considerable circumstantial evidence ties...