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World Terrorism: News, History and Research Of A Changing World #10 Security Watch
Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 08/25/2007 | Rich Lowry

Posted on 08/25/2007 2:26:58 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT

Lowry: The CIA's record leading up to Sept. 11 was one of failure By Rich Lowry Article Last Updated: 08/25/2007 09:07:06 AM MDT

The new report from the CIA's inspector general about the spy agency's pre-9/11 failings could be titled, ''What We Did During Our Holiday From History.'' The stretch between the end of the Cold War and the Sept. 11 attacks was supposed to be a shiny new era of globalized peace and prosperity, to which an intelligence service was considered quaintly irrelevant.

The CIA conformed to the zeitgeist by remaining quaintly irrelevant. George Tenet presided over the agency, failing his way to the second-longest tenure of any director of central intelligence, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a $4 million book advance. He made the Peter Principle work for him not just by advancing to his level of incompetence, but by benefiting from it handsomely.

Congressional Democrats pushed for the release of the scathing IG report, completed back in June 2005, to embarrass the Bush administration. But most of the failures identified in the report took place during the Clinton administration, which set the CIA's skewed priorities and selected Tenet in the first place. President Bush should be embarrassed only because he didn't fire Tenet upon taking office or after 9/11, while Bush also has failed to undertake a serious retooling of the sclerotic bureaucracy that is the CIA.

Tenet took terrorism seriously, ''sounding the alarm about the threat to many different audiences,'' in the words of the report. Maybe he should have gone on a lecture tour. Where Tenet fell down was in managing his agency. The thought may be father to the deed, but without the actual deed, the thought is only political cover in after-the-fact memoirs.

Tenet insists that he had a ''robust plan'' against al-Qaida. In reality, he only thought he had. He directed that such a plan be formulated, but according to the IG report, it never happened. Worse, Tenet did not ''work with the National Security Council to elevate the relative standing of counterterrorism in the formal ranking of intelligence priorities.''

In Tenet's defense, he operated within the context of a Clinton administration that basically was uninterested in intelligence. Tenet notes that the intelligence community lost 25 percent of its personnel in the 1990s and ''tens of billions of dollars in investment compared with the 1990 baseline.'' He implored the administration for funding increases in 1998 and 1999, but had to go ''outside established channels to work with then-Speaker Gingrich to obtain a $1.2 billion budgetary supplemental.''

Even with more resources, his managers repeatedly moved funds from counterterrorism programs to other needs, without ever raiding other programs to fund counterterrorism, according to the IG report. What could be more important than counterterrorism? Analytic resources were poured into addressing more pressing matters like the Balkans and the environment.

After 9/11, Clinton officials and Tenet argued whether the CIA had been granted the authority to kill Osama bin Laden, with the Clintonites, in a bout of retrospective bloodlust, insisting that it had. The IG report finds that restrictions on the CIA killing bin Laden had been ''arguably, although ambiguously, relaxed'' for a brief period in late 1998 and early 1999 (how Clintonian). But CIA managers refused ''to take advantage of the ambiguities,'' and even if they had, the agency didn't have the covert-action capability to kill bin Laden. Such was life during history's holiday.

What's more scandalous is how the CIA has escaped serious reform even today. Two CIA directors in a row have resisted the IG report's recommendation for an accountability board to evaluate the pre-9/11 performance of CIA officials. That word - not ''board,'' but ''accountability'' - raises hackles at Langley, where everyone is above-average at fighting al-Qaida. Even though as many as 60 CIA employees knew that two of the hijackers were in the U.S. before 9/11 and no one managed to get the word to the FBI, CIA Director Michael Hayden thinks holding anyone accountable for that or other failures would be ''distracting.'' And so the band plays on.

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Mara Salvatrucha

by Investigator Al Valdez
Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Street gangs form for a variety of reasons. The United States has experienced the growth of many types of street and prison gangs within the last 20 years. During this time period, influxes of legal and illegal refugees into the United States have had a documented effect on the formation of new street gangs.

In the early 1980s, a violent civil war began in El Salvador which would last more than 12 years. Approximately 100,000 people were killed in the war, and more than one million people fled from El Salvador to the U.S. The Salvadorian refugees and immigrants initially settled primarily in southern California and Washington, D.C.. Some of the refugees and immigrants had ties with La Mara, a violent street gang from El Salvador. Others had been members of paramilitary groups like the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMNL) during the civil war. FMNL was made up of Salvadorian peasants who were trained as guerilla fighters. Many were adept at using explosives, firearms, and booby traps.

Most of the Salvadorian refugees settled in the established Hispanic neighborhoods of the “Rampart” area of Los Angeles. However, Salvadorians were not readily accepted into the Los Angeles Hispanic community, and were frequently targeted by local Hispanic gangs. As a result, in the late 1980s, some refugees and refugee members of La Mara and FMNL formed what is now known as the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) street gang in Los Angeles. Like many other street gangs, MS initially formed for protection, but quickly developed a reputation for being organized and extremely violent. MS membership continues to be fed by refugees from groups like FMNL.

Since its inception in California and Washington, DC, Mara Salvatrucha has expanded into Oregon, Alaska, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Canada, and Mexico. MS is unique in that, unlike traditional U.S. street gangs, it maintains active ties with MS members and factions in El Salvador. Mara Salvatrucha is truly an international gang.

Mara Salvatrucha gang members maintain contact between groups in the United States and El Salvador for several specific reasons. In El Salvador, a hand grenade sells for $1.00-$2.00 U.S. currency and an M-16 rifle will sell for approximately $200.00-$220.00 U.S. dollars. This communication and alliance provides a mechanism for MS gang members to access military-style munitions and also establishes a network to traffic illegal firearms into the United States.

Although military weapons seem to be readily available to this gang, street intelligence indicates they often have difficulty obtaining handguns, which are not readily available in El Salvador. This creates a demand for small arms by MS members in the U.S. and El Salvador. This demand is so high that MS members will often take handguns as payment for drug transactions. The guns are then sent back to El Salvador, or used in the United States.

MS is also involved in exporting stolen U.S. cars to South America. The cars are often traded for drugs when dealing with cartels. It is estimated that 80% of the cars driven in El Salvador were stolen in the United States. Car theft is a lucrative business for MS.

The Mara Salvatrucha gang is involved in a variety of criminal enterprises. As with members of other gangs, MS members seem willing to commit almost any crime, but MS gang members tend to have a higher level of criminal involvement than other gang members. MS members have been involved in burglaries, auto thefts, narcotic sales, home invasion robberies, weapons smuggling, car jacking, extortion, murder, rape, witness intimidation, illegal firearm sales, car theft and aggravated assaults. In terms of drug trafficking activities, common drugs sold by MS members include cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine. Mara Salvatrucha gang members have even placed a tax on prostitutes and non-gang member drug dealers who are working in MS “turf.” Failure to pay up will most likely result in violence.

Originally, only Salvadorians could become members of Mara Salvatrucha. However, MS now includes members from Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Mara Salvatrucha also has a few African-American members. MS has broken the race barrier for membership, but most new members are still selected because of their ethnic (Central American) background. The majority of MS gang members are between the ages of 11 and 40 years old.

Mara Salvatrucha members identify themselves with tattoos such as the number 13,” or trece in Spanish. MS gang members will also use the Spanish word sureno, meaning “southerner” to identify themselves. Sometimes sureno is abbreviated to SUR. These terms make reference to the fact that MS gang members like to claim they are from southern California as opposed to northern California, and are rivals with northern California gangs. Often, this rivalry is taken outside the state of California. Additionally, Mara Salvatrucha gang members have several ongoing rivalries with large southern California gangs, including the 18th Street gang, and in California, commonly attack 18th Street gang members on sight. There are many Hispanic gangs, including MS, which use the number 13,” and the terms sureno and SUR as identifiers, including street/prison gangs outside of California. Thus, it is important to identify specific tattoos used by the Mara Salvatrucha gang, which include M or MS, in addition to the 13 or SUR identification. Another common tattoo seen is Salvadorian Pride. There is also a good chance that the member will also have the name of his particular clique tattooed on his/her body. Other tattoos encountered with MS members have included pentagrams and other occult symbols. These can be confusing when found in conjunction with gang tattoos and can cause misconceptions of Satanic involvement by the gang. The most common hand sign used by MS members is the letter M formed by using three fingers and pointing the hand downward. This hand sign can resemble the pitchfork sign used by Folk/People Nation gangs from the Midwest, and can be made with the fingers pointing up or down. The symbols used as tattoos are also used in graffiti and personal writings.

In general, Mara Salvatrucha members show no fear of law enforcement. They are not easily intimidated and frequently act defiantly. Mara Salvatrucha gang members have been responsible for the execution of three federal agents and numerous shootings of law enforcement officers across the country. MS gang members have been known to booby-trap their drug stash houses using antipersonnel grenades on the assumption that these structures will be searched by law enforcement. MS members at one time often bragged of assaulting law enforcement officers as a means of showing their loyalty and commitment to the gang. However, these claims have never been confirmed. Today, assaults on law enforcement officers are not required for membership, but are always an option. Thus, officers dealing with MS members (or any street gang members, for that matter) should always use extreme caution.

Law enforcement and the courts have used two primary methods to deal with criminal activity by MS: arrest/incarceration and deportation. Between April 1994 and August 1995, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) arrested and deported more than 100 MS gang members to El Salvador. Many Mara Salvatrucha gang members are currently in the United States illegally and are concerned about deportation. If a gang member is deported to El Salvador, there is a chance they will be targeted by the Sombra Negra (Black Shadow) death squad. Sombra Negra and similar groups are legendary in Central America. Gangsters and citizens alike believe that the Sombra Negra is made up of rogue cops and military personnel who target unwanted criminals and gang members for vigilante “justice.” While the presence of these death squads is officially denied by the governments of Central American countries, many MS members in the U.S. believe these groups exist, and fear that they will be targeted after being deported. Honduran MS gang members have the same fear. Sombra Negra has claimed responsibility for the deaths of several MS gang members in El Salvador. The existence or belief in the existence of these death squads could also be a chief motivation for hardcore MS gang members to come to the United States.

Al Valdez is currently employed as a District Attorney Investigator for Orange County, California. Valdez has a total of 21 years of experience with a special emphasis on narcotic and gang investigations and prosecutions. Currently, he is assigned to the North County T.A.R.G.E.T. (Tri-Agency Resource Gang Enforcement Team) Gang Unit for Orange County.

Copyright © 2000 Al Valdez. All Rights Reserved.

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By Jerry Capeci
Allie’s Secret Talks With Linda Schiro

November 22, 2007
By Jerry Capeci
Scarpa Gave Huge Help To FBI & Rudy Giuliani

A Gang Land Exclusive

Greg ScarpaThere is no question that Colombo soldier Gregory Scarpa (right) was a murderous, double dealing gangster who used his long relationship as a top echelon FBI informer to skate away from any serious prison time until he was a shell of his old self and dying of AIDS.

But lost in the shuffle of the stunning end to the murder trial of former FBI agent R. Lindley DeVecchio is just how valuable Scarpa was at getting and passing along important information to the feds during their onslaught against the mob in the 1980s.

Scarpa’s top-secret stuff helped launch prosecutions that sent mob leaders away for life, including seven in the much-lauded “Mafia Commission” case that Presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani has long pointed to as a major accomplishment of his, according to FBI reports that were filed during the DeVecchio trial.

In 1983, for example, Scarpa gave the FBI important insight about two key mobsters in the Commission case, which centered on a multi-family extortion and bid rigging scheme that gave the mob a 2% surcharge on all Manhattan construction projects over $2 million.

On one occasion, Scarpa told DeVecchio that Colombo soldier Ralph Scopo, then president of the powerful cement workers union that enforced the scheme by refusing to work on jobs in which the payoff wasn’t made, was “getting kickbacks from employers.”

In September, 1983, he reported that Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno, who would be convicted as Genovese boss in that case, was “one of the most powerful men in that family.” Scarpa detailed

Fat Tony Outside The Palma Boys Social Clubthe days that Fat Tony would hold court at his East Harlem headquarters, the Palma Boys Social Club, which the FBI successfully bugged.

The FBI, and prosecutors under Giuliani, for that matter, would have avoided some embarrassment down the line if they had paid closer attention to what Scarpa was telling them about the secretive and powerful Genovese leadership.

On January 17, 1984, nearly three years before Salerno was convicted in the Commission case as the family boss – erroneously, the feds would later concede – Scarpa reported “that Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante has been definitely established as the boss of the Genovese family.”

In addition to the historic Commission case, Scarpa provided crucial details that enabled federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and Manhattan to obtain bugs and wiretaps that led to separate prosecutions of leaders of the Colombo, Luchese and Genovese crime families.

In late 1983, six years before the feds would indict Gigante and leaders of three other families in the “Windows Case,” Scarpa reported that mob associate Peter Savino, who would ultimately cooperate and bring Gigante down at trial, was “involved in a bid-rigging scheme” involving the installation of storm windows in city housing units.

His knowledge also extended beyond the Five Families. He furnished information about the 1980 murder of Philadelphia boss Angelo Bruno that was later confirmed by other sources. He also

Donny Shacks Social Clubgave dirt about Russell Bufalino, the boss of the Pittstown family in Northeast PA, and New England capo Nicholas Bianco. Both were later convicted by the feds in New York.

And Scarpa, whose informant work began in the early 1960s, was an equal opportunity snitch. He gave up intelligence not only against rival wiseguys and leaders of his own family. He also fingered lesser members of his own crew, according to the reports.

In addition to Scopo – who was “not well liked” by other wiseguys – Scarpa gave the FBI details about the social clubs and other haunts frequented by many Colombo gangsters, including boss Carmine (Junior) Persico and legendary capo John (Sonny) Franzese.

He even drew a sketch of a social club that was the province of capo Dominick (Donnie Shacks) Montemarano and mobster John (Jackie) DeRoss in the early 1980s.

The same club would be the scene years later of a tense confrontation between Scarpa and mob rival William (Wild Bill) Cutolo that ended without bloodshed, ironically, in a dispute about a Scarpa crew member whom he had once fingered to DeVecchio.

In 1991, though, Cutolo, who would be the victim of a mob rubout eight years later, chose Scarpa as the target for the first shots fired in the bloody mob war that ended with 12 dead and many wounded in 1993, a year before Scarpa died in prison from AIDS.
Schiro: I Said Nothing About Wild Bill

Linda Schiro testifies in sketch by Chris CornellMeanwhile, Scarpa’s longtime lover Linda Schiro, whose testimony at DeVecchio’s trial contradicted tape recorded accounts of four murders she gave to reporter Tom Robbins and me 10 years ago, denies giving Cutolo’s mob rank to an FBI agent 12 years ago.

Schiro chimed in with rambling, angry words – via email and voice mail – about a mention in last week’s column that she told the FBI in 1995 that “word on the street” was that Wild Bill was the family’s acting underboss, four years before he was whacked, allegedly by acting boss Alphonse (Allie) Persico.

“I have no knowledge about that at all,” she said, disputing that she told then-FBI agent George Gabriel the statement about Cutolo that he attributed to her in a summary of an interview the agent had with her in February 1995.
A Happy Thanksgiving Story

John GambinoOver objections from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, a Federal Judge made today a Happy Thanksgiving for wiseguy John Gambino (left).

At a brief proceeding Tuesday, Judge Peter Leisure ended the mob capo’s three year term of supervised release even though the 67-year-old cousin of the late family patriarch, Carlo Gambino, had served only 13 months of it since getting out of prison last year.

Gambino underwent heart surgery behind bars and suffers from a myriad of physical ailments. But the actions of Manhattan Judge Peter Leisure, who gave the mobster 15-years and a $250,000 fine for drug dealing in 1994, were based on “fundamental fairness” and doing the right thing, not sympathy.

In May of 2005, six months before his scheduled release date, Gambino had paid his fine, and was set to be placed in a halfway house, when things suddenly went wrong. He was held 17 additional months on a deportation warrant until October of 2006, when it was dismissed as improper.

The least the feds should do, argued Gambino’s lawyer Charles Carnesi, was give his client credit for the 17 additional months he

spent behind bars, and terminate his strict supervised release next April.

The right thing to do, the lawyer said, was to end his restrictions now. He argued that the extra 17 months more than made up for the five month slide he would get if the feds ended his supervision, which is similar to what defendants face while on bail and what ex-cons endure while on probation or parole.

Nothing doing, countered Assistant U.S. attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown, citing several technical reasons Leisure could use to deny all relief.

When the judge stated that “fundamental fairness” seemed to be on Gambino’s side, however, the prosecutor quickly softened his position, and found another technical reason the judge could use to give Gambino partial relief, but not all that he wanted.

But Leisure, noting that “if justice is done, the government wins” released Gambino from all restrictions and gave him a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving Day.

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East Coast Gangs
Introduction to East Coast Gangs
by Sergeant Lou Savelli, Vice President,
East Coast Gang Investigators Association

With some of the world’s most lucrative drug markets, the East Coast is ripe for gangs to flourish. There is plenty of opportunity, potential recruits, and money for savvy gang members to gain fortune and power. Influences from the West Coast and the Midwest (”Super Gangs” such as the Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, and Gangster Disciples) have become prevalent throughout the eastern United States.

Gangs have been in existence for thousands of years. The word thug dates back to India in the year 1200 A.D. and refers to a gang of criminals (Thugz) that roamed the country, pillaging towns along their path. These Thugz had their own symbols, hand signs, rituals, and slang. In the United States, we grew up with tales of our own form of thugs like pirates and gangsters, therefore, gangs, undoubtedly, are not a new concept.

Throughout the 1800s, Americans were fascinated by gangs and gang members. The James Gang, Billy the Kid, and other outlaws ruled the Wild West according to legend. As the late 1800s roared in, the new generation of gangs and gang members was created by the new immigrants. Irish gangs like the Whyos, Dead Rabbits, and Plug Uglies, and Jewish gangs like the Monk Eastman Gang terrorized New York City streets. The most notorious gang during this era formed in New York City during the late 1890s and early 1900s. This gang, called the Five Points Gang, because its home turf was situated in the Five Points (Bowery) section of lower Manhattan, would change the mold of the American outlaw.

The Five Points Gang, led by Italian immigrant Paolo Antonini Vaccarelli, also known as Paul Kelly, and his second in command, Johnny Torrio, was the most significant street gang to form in the United States to this point. Johnny Torrio, who became a significant member of the Sicilian Mafia (La Cosa Nostra), recruited street hoodlums from across New York City to the Five Points Gang. The Five Points Gang became the “major league” to many young street gangsters, and a farm club for the Mafia. The most notorious recruit into the Five Points Gang was a teenaged boy of Italian descent who was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1899 to immigrant parents. His name was Alphonse Capone, but he was better known on the streets as “Scarface.” He became a member of the James Street Gang, which was a minor league, of sorts, to the Five Pointers. One of Capone’s childhood friends, and a fellow member of the Five Points Gang, was another street thug named Lucky Luciano.

In 1919, while being sought by authorities in connection with a mob-related murder in New York, Al “Scarface” Capone moved to Chicago when summoned by Johnny Torrio, who needed his assistance in maintaining control of Chicago mob territories. Capone eventually became the most violent and prolific gangster in Chicago, if not the United States, of that era. The “Al Capone” style of gangster has molded the American gang experience, and continues to influence America’s street gangs.

As street gangs, influenced by mobsters such as Capone, flourished during the 1920s and 30s, gangs became a symbol of lower income neighborhoods and ethnic ghettos. America’s new immigrant communities and ghetto neighborhoods saw their youth forming gangs. African-Americans, Asians, and Hispanics made up the majority of street gangs that sociologists studied during this period, but the majority of large American cities were experiencing street gangs to some degree. During the early 1900s, Mexican street gangs formed in the western U.S., and during the 1940s and 1950s, gangs like the Latin Kings and Vice Lords were formed in Chicago. During the 1960s, street gangs, with names like the Savage Skulls, La Familia, and Savage Nomads, formed in New York City. Another New York Street gang which was created during this time period was the Rampers. One Rampers member who has now achieved name recognition across the U.S. is Sammy “The Bull” Gravano.

By the late 1960s and early 1970s, Los Angeles and Chicago-based gangs had become violent and entrenched, and gangs from these cities, including the Bloods, Crips, and Surenos (Los Angeles) and the Latin Kings and Gangster Disciples (Chicago), had formed. These gangs would go on to evolve into “Super Gangs” during the 1980s and 1990s, serving as the models for street gang culture around the United States. Gang culture had spread even to the most rural areas of the U.S. by the end of 1999.

Super Gangs can be defined as gangs with a large membership, and whose normal operations meet the following criteria: Membership exceeds 1,000 members nationally.

The gang can be documented in multiple states.
The gang maintains extensive drug networks.
The gang exercises aggressive recruiting strategies.
The gang has a multiethnic membership.
The gang has advocated ambition for power and massive membership.

Groups in the Northeast which fit this criteria include:

Started in Chicago, Illinois, during the 1940s, this group is made up primarily of Hispanics. By the late 1970s, the Latin Kings were one of Chicago’s largest and most violent gangs. The group spread to the East Coast in the 1980s through the prison system, where two inmates in a Connecticut prison created the Almighty Latin King Nation of Connecticut. They fine-tuned the concept of the Chicago Latin Kings and created a well-written King Manifesto, which incorporated prayers and religious beliefs. This gang, which spread throughout the Connecticut prison system, quickly became the largest gang in Connecticut. In 1986, the manifesto was added to in the New York prison system, and a group called the Almighty Latin King Nation was formed at the Collins Correctional Institution. Within a few years, the Latin Kings had spread through the New York state prison system, and onto the streets. By the early 1990s, New York City had hundreds of Latin Kings members, and this population grew into the thousands throughout New York State and nearby New Jersey within a few years. From 1995 to 1999, the ALKN were the target of a series of RICO investigations, which resulted in the arrests of hundreds of ALKN members in charges connected to racketeering and drug distribution. Today, the Latin Kings on the East Coast remain loosely connected to the Chicago chapters. The Latin King Nation struggles for unity and is seemingly finding difficulty in reorganizing to its previous size.

The Pirus first evolved in Los Angeles during the 1970s as a black street gang which formed for self-protection from the Crips gangs which predominated in Los Angeles during this era. The Pirus were later known as the Bloods, because they claimed the color red. Blood gangs began to spread across the United States during the 1980s, and were frequently portrayed in music, movies, and other media formats.

The United Blood Nation, simply called the Bloods, formed in 1993 within the New York City jail system on Riker’s island. Prior to the formation of the Bloods, the Latin Kings were the most prevalent and organized gang in the NYC jail system. The Latin Kings and the Netas were large Hispanic gangs, who began targeting African American inmates with violence. The African American inmates, organized by some of the more violent and charismatic inmates, formed a protection group which they called the United Blood Nation (UBN). UBN emulated the Bloods street gangs in Los Angeles. Several of the leaders of UBN then formed eight Blood sets to recruit in their neighborhoods across New York City. By the mid 1990s, thousands of members of Bloods street gangs were establishing themselves as a force among gangs and were continuing steady recruitment. At this time, the Bloods were more violent than other gangs, but much less organized. A common ritual among these gangs involved shedding blood, through stabbings or slashings, as an initiation ritual. By the year 2000, the Bloods have become the most violent gang on the East Coast.

The Crips gangs originally formed in East Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. By the mid 1980s, offshoot Crip gangs could be found in most major cities around the U.S. During the 1980s, several Crip and Blood gangs developed in Belize (Central America). Gang-affiliated youth from this country immigrated to the United States during the late 1980s, especially into East Coast states like New York, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. In 1989, Belizian immigrants in New York City formed the Harlem Mafia Crips in Harlem, as well as several other Crip sets such as the Rolling 30s Crips, 92 Hoover Crips, and Rolling 60s Crips. During the late 1990s, Crip gangs were well-established in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, and other East Coast areas.

According to Gang Specialist John Guzman of the Chicago Police Department, several gangs in the Englewood area of Chicago formed the Gangster Disciples (GD) “nation” of gangs in the 1960s and 1970s. The 1990s showed an increase in the Gangster Disciple presence on the East Coast. Data gathered by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) indicates that Gangster Disciples can be found in most East Coast states. The Gangster Disciple’s recruitment strategies, drug networks, and large membership make the GD a force to contend with around the U.S. When incarcerated, GD are called Brothers (or Sisters) of the Struggle (BOS). Gangster Disciples is the largest Folk Nation gang in the U.S.


Oddly enough, while crime rates are down across the United States, gang membership is flourishing. Even more odd is the rapid increase in gang membership in suburban and rural areas. Gangs have reached across geographic, ethnic, and racial boundaries. Gangs are no longer true to their origins, but their traditions and identifiers have been distorted, diluted, and changed as they have relocated across the U.S. Gangs no longer match their media stereotypes, and law enforcement professionals need to take the time to understand their individual community’s unique gang problem. The face of the gangster has changed, and we must be prepared to change with it.

Sergeant Lou Savelli is the co-founder and Vice President of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association, an 18 year veteran of NYPD, a former member of the Broward County Sheriffs Department (FL) and Hollywood Police Department (FL) and a published author.

Copyright © 2000 Louis Savelli. All rights reserved.

4,204 posted on 11/22/2007 6:36:56 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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[live links at url]

Financial Scandals
A Guide with Links to Information Sources

Classic Financial and Corporate Scandals
BCCI, Barings, Daiwa, Enron, Sumitomo, Credit Lyonnais, Bre-X, Lloyds, NASDAQ, Savings and Loan, WorldCom, Parmalat etc.

Scandals involving Central Banks
Criminal or scandalous activity involving the pillars of the international financial system.

Political Corruption
Corruption in governments and official organisations in Great Britain, Europe, the United States, Japan and other countries.

Organized Crime: the Mafia etc.
The Cosa Nostra or Mafia, the Yakuza and other major criminal organisations and their role in financial scandals.

Money Laundering
How it is done and what is being done about it.

Bankers Behaving Badly
Cases of sexual harassment, racism, embarrassing e-mails, and outrageous extravagance.

Official Regulatory and Anti-Fraud Organisations
Links to the web sites of official organisations combating fraud.

Other Organisations Fighting Financial Crime
Professional Bodies, Investigative Services and Forensic Accounting.

Finding More Information about Business Scandals
Links to other sources of information.

Derivatives, non-existent gold reserves and impenetrable accounts, have been the stuff of frauds on an almost incomprehensible scale. The activities of Nick Leeson, Toshihide Iguchi, Yasuo Hamanaka, John Rusnak, and the bosses of Enron and Parmalat have made the bank robbing activities of Jesse James and the outlaws of the old Wild West seem like pathetic, kindergarten stuff in comparison. This is a guide with lots of links to information on these and other lesser-known financial scandals. While most of the cases in these pages involve real or suspected criminal activity a few are included simply because the scale of the incompetence or greed makes them scandalous.
Financial Scandals in Fiction
Is truth always stranger than fiction or can fiction forewarn us of dangers lying in wait? Information about the works of Linda Davies, former investment banker and now a novelist. A new edition of Into the Fire new! is just out!
Essays on Particular Kinds of Scandals

Dangerous Diamonds
An article on the history of the diamond industry and its role in wars, including civil wars, terrorism, and other, less threatening controversies.

Gambling on Derivatives: Hedging Risk or Courting Disaster?
A review of some of the reasons why there have been many cases of enormous losses associated with the use of financial derivatives.

The Psychology of Risk, Speculation and Fraud
What are the motivations that turn some people into lawful speculators and others into financial criminals? The text of a speech given at a conference on European Monetary Union.

The Rise and Fall of Alberto Fujimori
How the man who saved Peru from terrorism and hyperinflation became an exile in Japan, forced to flee after his right-hand man was implicated in bribery, arms trafficking, moneylaundering, and human rights abuses.

The largest section, Classic Financial and Corporate Scandals, in the collection of links above, includes the best known cases of recent years, e.g. Parmalat, Enron, Barings Bank, BCCI, BRE-X, etc. and some other very large ones that have received less publicity. In addition there are sections on related topics such as political corruption, money laundering, organised crime, official regulatory and anti-fraud organisations, other bodies fighting fraud, and financial scandals in fiction. That section is about the work of my sister, the novelist and former banker Linda Davies. Among the links from that page is one to a set of pages on the financial crime genre in general.

The Financial Scandals site contains links to sources of information on various frauds, scams, swindles or corporate scandals in banking, finance and related areas, and on corruption involving governments and business. It is maintained by Roy Davies. I make no judgements as to the reliability of the information. Presumably that from official bodies should be more reliable and authoritative than information from satirical magazines or individuals with an axe to grind - but then again it could be argued that official bodies have a vested interest in playing down their own shortcomings! Readers will have to make up their own minds about these issues.
[ Top ]
[ Banking Thrillers by Linda Davies ]
[ History of Money ]
[ Biography of Glyn Davies ]
[ Other Money links - Past, Present & Future ]
[ Inca Trail to Machu Picchu ]
[ Roy Davies’ Home Page ]

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Asian American Gangs

In recent years, the issue of Asian American youth gangs has gotten a lot of attention from the media and law enforcement. This phenomenon shares many similarities with other “gang problems” in the Black and Latino communities. However, certain ethnic and cultural aspects come into play with Asian gangs that make their situation and consequences of their actions unique.

Yakuza diary : doing time in the Japanese underworld / by Christopher Seymour.

Organized Crime and Gangs:

Title: The Threat of Russian Organized Crime
Series: Issues in International Crime
Author: James O. Finckenauer and Yuri A. Voronin
Published: National Institute of Justice, June 2001
Subject: International Issues: transnational/international organized crime

The Threat Posed from the Convergence of Organized Crime, Drug Trafficking, and Terrorism

Statement of

Frank J. Cilluffo

Deputy Director, Global Organized Crime Program

Director, Counterterrorism Task Force

Center for Strategic & International Studies

to the

Subcommittee on Crime

U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary

The Challenge We Face As the Battle Lines Blur

As we begin the 21st Century, America is faced with a new national security challenge that is both vexing and complex. The once clear lines between the international drug trade, terrorism and organized crime are blurring, crossing and mutating as never before. Unfortunately, Washington is only beginning to come to grips with this deepening phenomenon. The continued use of an inflexible 20th Century bureaucratic entanglement of government agencies will not answer this call. We must see this threat clearly. We must understand its roots. We must understand what it means to our future.


Statement of
Chris Swecker
Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Before the
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
House International Relations Committee
April 20, 2005

Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today about the FBI’s efforts to combat gangs in the United States, including Latin American or Hispanic gangs, such as MS-13.

Gangs and other criminal enterprises


Country Reports on Terrorism 2006 (html format)

U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism.

Background Information: Country Reports on Terrorism and Patterns of Global Terrorism

— Table of Contents
— Chapter 1 — Strategic Assessment
— Chapter 2 — Country Reports: Africa Overview
— Chapter 2 — Country Reports: East Asia and Pacific Overview
— Chapter 2 — Country Reports: Europe and Eurasia Overview
— Chapter 2 — Country Reports: Middle East and North Africa Overview
— Chapter 2 — Country Reports: South and Central Asia Overview
— Chapter 2 — Country Reports: Western Hemisphere Overview
— Chapter 3 — State Sponsors of Terrorism Overview
— Chapter 4 — The Global Challenge of WMD Terrorism
— Chapter 5 — Terrorist Safe Havens (7120 Report)
— Chapter 6 — Terrorist Organizations
— Chapter 7 — Legislative Requirements and Key Terms
— National Counterterrorism Center: Annex of Statistical Information
— International Conventions and Protocols on Terrorism
—04/30/07 Briefing on Release of 2006 Country Reports on Terrorism; Frank C. Urbancic, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism; Washington, DC

Balkan Organized Crime

The term “Balkan Organized Crime” applies to organized crime groups originating from or operating in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania.

Balkan organized crime is an emerging threat in the U.S. While several groups are active in various cities across the country, they do not yet demonstrate the established criminal sophistication of traditional Eurasian or La Cosa Nostra (LCN) organizations. However, they have proven themselves capable of adapting to expanding criminal markets and becoming involved in new activities, much like the historical growth of other organized crime groups.

History of Balkan Organized Crime

Organized crime in the Balkans has its roots in the traditional clan structures. In these largely rural countries, people organized into clans with large familial ties for protection and mutual assistance. Starting in the 15th century, clan relationships operated under the kanun, or code, which values loyalty and besa, or secrecy. Each clan established itself in specific territories and controlled all activities in that territory. Protection of activities and interests often led to violence between the clans. The elements inherent in the structure of the clans provided the perfect backbone for what is considered modern-day Balkan organized crime.

Many years of communist rule led to black market activities in the Balkans, but the impact of these activities was limited to the region. When communism collapsed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it led to the expansion of Balkan organized crime activities. Criminal markets once closed to Balkan groups suddenly opened, and this led to the creation of an international network. Within the Balkans, organized crime groups infiltrated the new democratic institutions, further expanding their profit opportunities.

Balkan criminal organizations have been active in the U.S. since the mid-1980s. At first, these organizations were involved in low-level crimes, including bank robberies, ATM burglaries, and home invasions. Later, ethnic Albanians affiliated themselves with the established LCN families in New York, acting as low-level participants. As their communities and presence have become more established, they have expanded to lead and control their own organizations.

There is no single Balkan “Mafia,” structured hierarchically like the traditional LCN. Rather, Balkan organized crime groups in this country translated their clan-like structure to the United States. They are not clearly defined or organized and are instead grouped around a central leader or leaders. Organized crime figures maintain ties back to the Balkan region and have established close-knit communities in many cities across the nation.

Albanian organized crime activities in the U.S. include gambling, money laundering, drug trafficking, human smuggling, extortion, violent witness intimidation, robbery, attempted murder, and murder. Balkan organized crime groups have recently expanded into more sophisticated crimes including real estate fraud.

Organized Crime home

4,206 posted on 11/22/2007 10:55:06 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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I went and this is what Snopes has at the link.....

Subject: golden compass

go to the link at the SNOPES site below and read........all parents
impressionable children, I don’t care if you do or do not believe in
G-D as
an entity, it is what he/she represents in us, the good, the caring,
responsibility, etc (unless you are a muslim of course).

You may already know about this, but I just learned about a kids movie
coming out in December starring Nicole Kidman. I believe it’s called
Golden Compass, and while it will be a watered down version, it is
based on
a series of children’s books about killing God (It is the anti-Narnia).
Please follow this link, and then pass it on. From what I understand,
hope is to get a lot of kids to see the movie - which won’t seem too
bad -
and then get the parents to buy the books for their kids for Christmas.
quotes from the author sum it all up.


4,207 posted on 11/23/2007 12:50:33 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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Reasons To Establish Khilafah

A Proposed The Constitution of The Islamic State

A Draft Constitution (This constitution is always under review and debate)

[Sounds like he plans on setting it up, soon.

We will not like his rules.

4,208 posted on 11/23/2007 1:12:23 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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India : Dawood, terrorist groups target India’s oil assets

A Tribune Exclusive
Dawood, terrorist groups target India’s oil assets
by Swati Chaturvedi

New Delhi, November 21
India’s high value oil assets are being targeted by an unholy nexus of
underworld and terrorist groups such as the Jaish-e-Mohammed, says a
by the National Security Adviser, M K Narayanan, to the Cabinet
Committee on
Security Affairs.

Interestingly, the entire Dawood Ibrahim family has been awarded high
educational qualifications by the ISI to facilitate fake travel
and visas. In one passport issued to Ibrahim he holds a doctorate and
called Dr Altaf Mohammed while his wife Mehjabeen who is not even a
matriculate has been given a post-graduate degree. His 20-year-old son
other family members have also been given assorted higher education
qualifications by the ISI. Copies of the passports and other documents
available with the IB. This also points to the fact that the entire
still travels pretty freely. And Dawood is still roaming around without
getting caught in the Indian net.
Quoting several instances where containers and carriers of Indian oil
been targeted for hijack in Maharashtra, the report is categorical in
asserting that India’s old bugbear, wanted terrorist don Dawood
Ibrahim, is
behind this.

Commercial gain appears to be the main motive while targeting strategic
assets is in line with the operational framework of the jehadi groups
have significantly increased their operations in Mumbai and in other
of Maharashtra such as Yawatmal and Beed - bordering Naxalite affected
Andhra Pradesh.

Security forced have also uncovered some kidnap plots against senior
officials of the oil companies and the latest security review carried
out by
the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has suggested that round-the-clock
security has
to be provided to them.

Narayanan says that of late there has been a coalescing of threat to
value strategic assets rather than the random ``scattered terror’’. He
on to describe it as an unholy nexus.

Contrary to popular perception that Ibrahim has been marginalised he is
still active and with the help of the ISI coordinates with the jehadi
groups. The D-company has carried out several joint-operations with the
in vulnerable Mumbai.

Inter-group chatter picked up by the intelligence agencies points to a
deal of logistical planning and coordination between the terrorists.
trend is in consonance with the targeting of scientific institutions,
nuclear installations and the people working there.

A new trend identified by the report is the likely investment in
infrastructure such as telecom, power and ports by sovereign funds of
certain countries. To protect national interest the report suggests
that a
clear policy be formulated by the intelligence agencies in certain

For example recently the Chinese government owned funds have picked a
significant stake in Blackstone, a leading private equity involved with
investments in several projects.

This renewed concern over security related aspects comes in at a time
oil rich countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE with huge foreign
exchange reserves are investing in various parts of the world through
specially created funds.

It may be recalled that a move by the UAE to invest in a port in the
States had led to a furore and eventually the US government denied

The report says that the Cabinet should consider a countrywide freeze
keep out investment from South Korea, China and Pakistan.

4,209 posted on 11/23/2007 1:29:19 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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[Found this on my computer, could not read it, until I updated my Adobe reader, it has been awhile since I downloaded it, a google shows it at ISN.....granny]

Document number AFGP-2002-003677
This is 20 pages of handwritten text, including some key
aliases and codewords along with personal letters. Lines
prefixed with {TN} are my notes
Page (1)
1- The Muslim Islamic Movement (AIM)… 1
2- Terrorism Training Camps in Iran… 1
3- Terrorism Training Camps in Sudan… 4
4- Operation to Destroy the Marines’ Building and the
French Center in Beirut… 7
5- Operation to Blow Up the American Embassy in Beirut… 10
6- The Hizbullah Operation in Paris, Responsible for the
Paris Explosions… 11
7- Assassination of Shahbour Bakhtiar in Paris… 16
8- The Airport Operations in Rome and Vienna… 18
9- Hizbullah in Lebanon… 19
Page (2)
{TN} Back of page (1)
Page (3)
Partial cipher:
2 4 6 8 9 3 7 5 1
24 68937 51
Special cipher for Abi al Faraj
Page (4)
Codewords: SATTS (meaning) – when necessary, follows:
Azerbaijan – “LI (Ali)
Daghistan – ASAMA (Osama)
Chechnya – SIF (Saif)
Iran - :?HB (Shihab)
Sudan – M”AZ (Mi’adh)
Somalia – “BID? (Abida)
Djibouti – JLAL (Jilal)
Yemen – IASR (Yassir)
Bahrain – BLAL (Bilal)
America – AADM (Adam)
England – HMD (Hamad)
France – FARS (Faris)
Ethiopia – RFA”I (Rifa’i)
Kenya – TRAB (Turab)
Khartoum – TAJ (Taj)
Cairo – R;Q (Razq)
San’a – OALD (Khalid)
Alexandria – DLIN(Dalin)
Nairobi – ALUWIL (Taweel)
Addis Ababa – U? (Tah)
Mombassa – SLAM (Salaam)
Dar el-Salaam – ABW “BID? (Abu Abida)
Cambala – “ISI (‘Aissa)
Abu Abdullah – HM;? (Hamza)
Abu Hafs – ABD ALRHIM (Abdul Rahim)
Abu Talha – ALFATH (Al-Fatih)
Osama - :AML (Shamil)
Abu Islam – S?L (Sahal)
The Doctor – NWR (Noor)
Abul Hiz – ABRA?IM (Ibrahim)
Abul Faraj – XLAH (Silah)
Ashraf – RBI” (Rabi’a)
V.X – FITAMIN (Fitamin) [vitamin]
Saman – SHN? (Sahna) [expression]
Sarin – FITAMI 2 (Fitami 2) [vitamin 2]
Red Mercury – AL;AIED? (Al-Za`ida) [the additive]
Anthrax – ALJDDI (Al-Judadi)[the new ones]
Uranium – BWR (Bour) [port]
Plutonium – BRWFIN (Provine)(the F is written with three
dots, pronounced as V)
The Specialist – ALDKTWR (the Doctor)
Information – MLA;IA (Malaysia)
Intelligence – ALVRAIEB (al-dara`ib) [the taxes]
Prison – ALSAQI? (As-Saqi)[ditch]
Fax – ALRSAL? (ar-risala) [the letter]
The Brothers – ALAQARB (al-aqarib) [the relatives]
Press Agencies – X.B. (P.O. Box)
Operation – XDIQ (Sadiq) [friend]
{TN} Below the columns:
5,4 Fax messages to al-Fatih {TN: Above this is Abu Talha}
— —
Weapons from Muhammad ‘Atif’s group
(10,000) Dollars
NWR (Nour) contacts YASR (Yassir)
(1) Word of Safety – How are you – Praise God – Praise
God, Good (means there is danger)
(2) Appointments are two hours before, ex: Monday means
10 o’clock, Saturday means 8 o’clock, using GMT {TN:
Examples have been scratched out, but are still
(3) Regarding the friend (the operation), the timing
will be based on GMT
(4) Regarding telephone numbers, switch number 3 with
number 5
{TN: Parts of this page are wrinkled and covered over (top
right, bottom left) another copy, a look at the original
will yield a little more information}
{TN: Page (5)}
Report on Security Observations
America has failed to get any evidence on you. We expect
them to try to assassinate you again in another way, using
the following weapons:
1) Osama and his high-ranking assistants eat together
once a week (lunch on Friday)
a. Source of the food: the special kitchen in the
receiving building. That kitchen is thought to be
in a bad place, since so many Arabs and Afghans
know where it is, and there is so little
security. This is good for America, it is an open
door for them. first negative point
b. How the food is distributed: it is distributed
between the new and old people gathered second
negative point
c. While the plates are being handed out it is
clearly obvious which plate is for the Sheikh
third negative point
d. The way you drink your water: I’ve observed that
when you sit in the hangar, a glass of water is
brought to you by one of the accompanying guards
who is there for a general visit fourth negative
{TN} end of page 5, remainder of this letter is not present
{TN} Page 6, letter on Human Concern International
letterhead (Peshawar, Pakistan)
To Abu Abdullah (Osama bin Laden)
This is a thank you letter for all of his actions that
support Muslims worldwide. The author says we are sending
two men, ‘Ilam Farouq and Muhammad Tibb.
From Wazir Al-Hasan
{TN} Page 9
letter to Qari Saahib
asking for help getting the following brothers out of
1) Abul Jirah (Yemeni)
2) Abu Yousef (Sudanese)
3) Abu Abdullah Al-Laili Al-Milki
4) Abu Umran al Ghamdi
From Saif al’adl
Nov 19 1997
{TN} page 11
Letter to Abu Ibrahim
1) Ghazwan’s trip was five days, it went very well.
2) If anyone wants to come, living there is not bad
3) Abdul Jabar sold about 45 fudan which he was planting.
{TN: chances are this is a codeword}
4) Abu Tariq and al-Nawawi’s donkey (nuclear) is valued
at $350,000 even if it was sold for $100,000
a. {TN: chances are these are codewords}
5) We hope Abu Awaiss is well and can visit us to put his
things in order
6) The three member committee met after Abu Awaiss left
and they decided not to divide.
7) As for the papers of Khalifa, we will send them when
they are ready
8) For Omar Abdul Hasan the Mauritian, we met him through
the Mauritian Sheikh Abdullah… he wants to join the
company and be one of us, he was sent to Egypt
9) Jan (John) Agha is very worrisome, please don’t send
any letters to him until the last sign and pass this
on to the whole company.
From Muhammad Atif, 14 Aug 1996
{TN: Page 13&14, full translation}
Addendum to the first letter
Read after 5
1 – After the meeting with the prisoners who were released
a few days before this addendum, we are sure that our three
brothers who are with 85 Pakistanis really were moved more
than two months ago to Tajikistan, and from there to
Mashhad, Iran. Those prisoners remembered the names of all
of our brothers and they described them. They remembered
that they complained very strenuously to the administrator
of the prisoners, whose name was Mujahid, and he was a
corporal in charge of the prisoners within the prison. They
mentioned to him that they were not able to stay with the
Pakistanis in the same place, he moved them in with the
Afghanis, they also mentioned to him that they might act as
if they had recovered completely from their injuries, and
that their morale was very high. The prisoners said that
after they had moved the Arab and Pakistani brothers, under
an attempt to move the Afghani prisoners, these attempts
were a failure. The first attempt failed in Masoud’s
airplane which was coming to transport them. Another time,
the truck rolled over with the prisoners and guards,
killing eight guards, two Pakistanis and four Taliban and
injured others, and these events halted completely with the
arrival of the last airplane. Because of this, there were
ideas being tossed around that they were trying to get rid
of the most important of our brothers.
A – Operations to mediate, directly or indirectly, in
a limited way with the Iranians to talk about releasing the
prisoners. It will be somewhere between diplomacy and
threats with an operation which is something against their
B – The operation to take Iranian hostages to trade
for our prisoners will embarrass Iran quite a bit
nationally, as a truly moderate party in Afghanistan, then
for a country whose feelings clearly run that way. The
operation will become a statement to Muslims in general to
confirm and delimit their position. There will be
responses, both positive and negative, but it is not bad to
have discussions about it. Maybe the Taliban will benefit
from some of this.
C – Operation to bomb something Iran has an interest
in, and the threat to repeat that if they do not release
the prisoners. This could be in Pakistan or in an Arab
country, Iran’s interests are spread all over the world.
The first solution is best for us, and it could open the
door through which the Taliban may return as well.
2 – The time of Hamza’s (the Pakistani) punishment has
ended or passed. Please send him back to us, we need him
urgently. We have started to shrink unnoticeably, but the
training program is almost over and we will start the
operations training in the next few days. During this time,
I will go through the training for personality and courage,
and the necessary preparations to conduct an operation that
is successful, and has an impact on the general situation,
if God wills.
Signed Adbul Hadi Al-Ansari
Monday, 14 Rajb 1419h
{TN: Page 15-16}
A letter to Sheikh Abu Hafs
1 – With praise to God, we have destroyed one of the
enemy’s cars on the way to Maradbik using an 82 mm mortar,
and we destroyed another car on the way to Bakram using a
tank. Also, in Bakram we scored a direct hit of two enemy
tanks, and now we are trying to hit the third tank which is
in front of our position after they withdrew the fourth
tank. If you were here with us while we were shooting at
them using Abu Turrab’s tank, you would have laughed at the
way they were running away!
2 – After three days of unrelenting attempts, we were
finally able to meet with Sheikh Muhammad Rabbani. We
talked to him about:
a – things dealing with
the prisoners. After bringing up the issue of pursuing
their release, he asked me not to get inextricably involved
with any faction as an attempt for us (Arabs) to release
our brothers or to get support to them because we heard
that they are not in a good situation and they need money
(this is from the three who brought news that they are in
Bengshir). He said that we are sending them aid, which
will go to all of them without exception.
He specified one of the intelligence officials for us
to work with on this issue. He asked us not to attempt
trading with them for money, as this would open a door that
would not close.
b – I asked him for the paper for the car or for a
car. Then he told me that he heard that you had sent us
two cars. I denied this, and refuted the story of the cars
since the beginning of our participation. I told him how
the Sheikh (Abu Abdullah) sent us his personal car which is
now on the front lines. He said to me – and it appeared to
me that he did not believe what I said – that he would talk
to you about this car situation.
c – Afterwards, I asked him for a house for us to use
as a headquarters because we have tired from the rent and
the properties. He told me that they had moved away from
Wazir Akbar Khan and the center of Kabul. They had moved
to the outskirts of Kabul far from observation, because
Sulaiman Al-‘Amri(The Saudi Consul) has asked about us and
is concerned about our news. He has eyes to follow us, and
we must show deference to their (the Taliban) position and
not show defiance or embarrass them!!!!!!!!!??? So he sent
Mullah Hamad Allah Zahid to find us an appropriate house.
May God bless him and keep him standing in the truth.
Finally, he sent his greetings to all of you.
- Please talk to him about the cars, he promised that
he would.
3 – We have sent brother Mirouis (Shahib) on his way, after
supplying him with the necessary reasons and securing his
needs. Just about no one knows about this except me, may
God keep him.
4 – We have learned that one of the Pakistani prisoners has
been released from prison after his brother and father went
to Bengshir via the Pakistani and Afghani learned men. He
told them that in the Dashtarak prison in Bengshir there
were three Arab brothers, their names according to what he
remembered are (Ali, Mahmoud, Abeed), two of whom have leg
injuries, (Abeed and Ali). They were shot after they were
captured, and they sustained serious injuries. They have
gone without treatment until the Red Cross intervened and
began treatment, along with the rest of the injured. Now
their injuries are doing well. We also learned that their
fourth colleague with them was also injured. However, the
enemy shot and killed him when they were captured. He
doesn’t know him or his name, or where he comes from, or
anything about him or where he was. According to their
descriptions in their memory, (Abeed is Abu Abeeda – and
his name was Omran earlier) (And Mahmoud is Abu Yusef Al
Sudani) and (Ali is Abu Abdullah Al-Layli) and the other
two are from the group of the Sheikh’s son who joined us at
the end of the matter. The three were in the back of the
house belonging to the brothers there. The fourth one in
the house was Ibn al-Jarah who is possibly the one that was
killed (This is only a possibility). The brother who
visited us in the house also mentioned that that he heard
that there is an Arab with 12 Pakistanis who are now
prisoners, who are now in Jabal al-Siraj, and this brother
is possibly (Nabisha). This also is only a possibility,
since the last of the folks have come down from the
mountain. He could have been the last of the Afghanis and
Pakistanis, at that time he was on the mountain in
observation {TN: watch post} with Qutaiba al-Ghamadi who
came down a little before him.
If God permits, we will keep trying to find out about the
fate of the others and to get to know the brother in Jabal
al-Siraj with the Pakistanis.
We are waiting for your instructions.
We know that at last they asked Qari Saif Allah Akhtar for
one million Pakistani Kildar in exchange for releasing each
of them, after they had initially asked him for a one for
one exchange.
{TN: Last page of letter missing}
{TN: Page 17, 18 is back side}
To Abdul Aziz
(1) Concerning the program, we are waiting for two. As I
told you in the last letter, this is based on what Abu
Ihlam said, they are concentrating. I think, and God knows,
waiting is good for you until we receive it, and if God
wills it won’t be long.
(2) Concerning the issue of the drama you talked about in
your letter to the Sheikh, the Sheikh saw no problems with
it initially, but you should send us pictures of the
matter, how much it will cost and your opinion on it from
the perspective of security. It is appropriate to study it
from the security standpoint.
As for my opinion, I am afraid for your security. There is
no need for recklessness, God knows.
(3) Concerning the steel {TN: could be code word, ALHDID}
please turn it over to Abdul Hadi so he can take care of it
in a safe place until another place is designated. This is
because moving it now would raise a lot of questions.
My greetings to all who are with you,
Your brother, Ahmed Abdul Aziz
11 Ramadan, 1419 {TN: 1999}
{TN: next letter starts page 20, second half on 19}
{TN: does not mention name of addressee}
Concerning the situation on the front…
The situation on the front is very strange… I don’t know
who should pray for mercy for those brave Mujahideen who
died… how sad the things are that a person must see here…
but you are not saddened by this beginning which is not
given up… The position of the Taliban is strong and good
all along the front. Mas’ud’s position is shaky… the
Taliban have now begun shelling and striking and Mas’oud’s
groups have started to move to the rear. There are only
two or three posts left to take the advance… The Taliban
are advancing {TN: under crease in page} and they have
started to retreat, but there is no reason for them to
retreat… Mas’oud’s groups are again giving up their
positions… this is the way things have been repeated three
times here until the present… I am sure that if Mas’oud
advanced forcefully and didn’t have the mountains in front
of him, you would be seeing the Taliban’s vehicles with
Up to this point, I don’t have any ideas other than that
the Taliban have lost their will to sacrifice. The price
and unfortunately the severity of this situation has
created a bad response by a lot of our brothers who have
lost their will to stay for the Taliban… Consequently they
have lost the feeling that holds them together, as the
bombing against them is intense and there are injuries or
martyrs every day. The Taliban are not advancing…
Disregarding the position of the Taliban, if only they had
some semblance of the way the prophet behaved, or
something… This is with no indication of inoculating the
guys with a new motivation to work… and if they were to
open their mouths for something other than confirmation and
rumors… this is the short version of the situation I found
when I returned, and we ask God to guide you to a way to
fix this…
- Regarding the following line:
There is no official in Kabul that I can talk to on this
matter in any real way… The Secretary of Defense is in
Pakistan… Akbar Agha is in Kandahar… and the rest of them
are not qualified… I could probably go myself in the midst
or just two… and I don’t know where to get people to bring
here… The situation of the brothers has become as follows:
1 – The Yemeni brothers have all gone and none of them
remain except for Abdul Aziz, but you already know this.
2 – The rest of the remaining brothers are as follows:
a – Abu Khalid Yemeni and Ayoub wouldn’t stay on the front
line after Muhannad was killed without being forced. I told
them to write to you so you can know them yourself.
b – Anas and Abu Mahjan have family situations, one has a
sister getting married and the other is leaving in order to
see his relatives. He wants to meet you and get to know
you… He is a brave brother but he is in a hurry and was
impatient waiting with us on the day of the blessed tanks.
c – Al-Zabir al-Maliki and Zaid al-Khair say that they
have a special program to work on the peninsula {TN: Saudi
Arabia} and they want to consult you about it.
d – Samu’al arrived by way of the son of the Sheikh; he
has a letter of introduction for you to become acquainted
with him.
e – The guy from Ogadin {TN: Ethiopia} and his brother,
the first says that you put him in the new security group –
Eritria – and the second is to get married.
3 – The brothers who are staying on the front include:
a – the group at Baghram. Abu Ziyad is responsible for
observation… Abu Tamim Group BMI {TN: BMI is written in
English letters}… The Jordanian Abdul Hadi group, gharnai
{TN: place name or Russian word??}… The Triberlamini group,
tanks and the Iraqi brother is with them who recently
arrived from Jalalabad and you sent him to report… That’s
it, no more.


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5 seek medical attention after United Airlines treats employees to Thanksgiving dinner


1:34 a.m. November 23, 2007

CHICAGO – Five United Airlines workers sought medical attention for nausea and vomiting after the company provided a Thanksgiving meal to employees.

United offered the turkey dinner Thursday to nearly 3,000 mechanics, baggage handlers and other employees working the holiday at O’Hare International Airport. Flight crews didn’t participate.


154 evacuated safely from cruise ship after it struck ice off Antarctica

By Bill Cormier

7:02 a.m. November 23, 2007

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A Canadian cruise ship struck ice off Antarctica and began taking on water, but all 154 passengers and crew took to lifeboats and were rescued safely Friday by a passing Norwegian liner, officials said.

The passengers and crew from the Explorer were picked up by the Nordnorge, a Norwegian cruise ship that was nearby and responded to the distress call, said Susan Hayes of G.A.P. Adventures of Toronto, which owns the stricken vessel.

The 91 passengers included at least 13 Americans, 22 Britons and 10 Canadians, officials said. In addition to the passengers, there were nine expedition staff members and a crew of 54, Hayes said.

“The passengers are absolutely fine,” Hayes said. “They’re all accounted for, no injuries whatsoever.”


Refusal to allow U.S. carrier into Hong Kong, perplexes Pacific commander

By Audrey McAvoy

8:40 p.m. November 22, 2007

HONOLULU – The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific said he’s “perplexed and concerned” by China’s last-minute decision to deny a U.S. aircraft carrier entry to Hong Kong for a previously scheduled port visit.

The USS Kitty Hawk and its escort ships were due to dock there for a four-day visit Wednesday until they were refused access. Hundreds of family members had flown to Hong Kong to spend Thanksgiving with their sailors.

“It’s hard to put any kind of positive spin on this,” Adm. Timothy Keating told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday while flying back to the U.S. after visiting troops in Iraq. “I’m perplexed and concerned.”

China later reversed its decision and said the ships could enter on humanitarian grounds, but the notice came while the vessels were already on their way back to their home ports. The vessels chose not to turn around.

Thousands of sailors aboard the Kitty Hawk and its carrier battle group marked the Thanksgiving holiday at sea.

“The crew members were disappointed, but that did not deter them from celebrating Thanksgiving on the ships with meals and movies,” said Lt. Cmdr. Steven Curry, a spokesman for the 7th Fleet, which has its home port in Yokosuka, just south of Tokyo.

It was the second time in a week that China refused to let U.S. Navy ships into the port.


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Feds: Homemade video shows Egyptian college student talking about remote explosives


9:00 p.m. November 22, 2007

TAMPA, Fla. – An Egyptian college student arrested after authorities said they found explosive chemicals in his car made a video suggesting that “martyrdom” can be avoided by using remote-controlled explosives, authorities said.

A court filing released earlier this week provided new details about the video, which is a key piece of evidence in the case against University of South Florida student Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed. He faces federal explosives charges.

Mohamed said in his video that instead of carrying out “martyrdom operations,” people can use the remote-controlled explosives and save themselves for the real battles, according to prosecutors.

Mohamed and fellow USF student Youssef Samir Megahed were pulled over by police in August for a traffic stop in Goose Creek, S.C., about 15 miles northwest of Charleston and near a Navy weapons station.

Officers found explosives in their car and a laptop belonging to Mohamed that contained the video he made that demonstrates how to convert a remote-control toy car into a detonator for bombs, the FBI said.

The laptop was used to upload the video onto YouTube, the court filing said, and it contained a record of an e-mail sent to YouTube in July asking why the submitted video hadn’t been posted on the Web site.

A folder labeled “Bomb Shock” in Mohamed’s laptop contained files about ingredients for explosives, according to the filing by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hoffer in Tampa.


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Immigrant Smugglers Use Crooked Firms


PHOENIX (AP) — Smugglers who bring illegal immigrants into the U.S. are getting crucial help from seemingly legitimate businesses that supply them with cars, lodging, plane tickets and other services, knowing full well what’s going on.

Investigators say the number of these corrupt businesses is small, but they play a significant role in helping illegal immigrants reach the country’s interior.

The accomplices have included landlords and rental agents who provide homes for smugglers to hide immigrants; taxi drivers near the border who bring immigrants to the closest cities; used-car dealerships that let smugglers register vehicles under false names; and travel agencies that sell blocks of plane tickets for immigrants.

“At every stage along the way, a process has been taken over, corrupted, in order to facilitate the transportation” of illegal immigrants, said Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, whose office has prosecuted such cases.

Authorities are unable to estimate the number of businesses helping smugglers but say the biggest concentration is in Arizona, the busiest illegal gateway into the United States. Immigrant smuggling in Arizona is believed to be a $1.7 billion-a-year business.

Businesses also are cooperating with smugglers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas.

Immigration agents said some of these accomplices are criminal operations through and through. But others are bona fide businesses willing to break the law now and then for the extra bucks.

Authorities have prosecuted only a modest number of businesses, saying smuggling operations are often family-run and difficult to infiltrate with informants or undercover officers. Also, recorded conversations are needed to prove that businesses knew they were breaking the law.

The businesses “are willfully blind to what on the face should be obvious,” said Alonzo Pena, chief of investigations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona. But “we can’t convict someone for willful blindness. We have to show an actual element of knowledge or intent.”

One success was a 2005 case in which undercover agents posing as smugglers were rented rooms at six motels in Mesa, Ariz. The motel operators were accused of coaching the agents on how to conceal their illegal activities.

In 2004 and 2005, 16 people associated with car lots in Arizona were convicted on various charges of helping smugglers.


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November 23, 2007 Anti-Terrorism News -

(Iraq) Twin bombings kill at least 26 in Iraq - in Baghdad pet market and suicide bomber in Mosul;_ylt=AkHiwkzAgdpbnduIfqCTZZFX6GMA

Iraqi school guard and wife beheaded as children watch — by three suspected al Qaeda militants,
including two sisters, in Diyala

(Iraq) 34 killed as Qaeda fighters attack Iraqi villages - update on Wednesday attacks

(Iraq) Al Qaeda rolodex’ found in Iraq

(Afghanistan) Taliban militants behead 7 police in southern Afghanistan

(Afghanistan) Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan during attack on Taliban bomb makers

(Afghanistan) Leaders deny Taliban rules half of nation — Afghan president, NATO secretary-general
dispute The Senlis Council report - Afghan president seeks to negotiate with Taliban -,25197,22812288-15084,00.html
— Senlis report - “Stumbling into chaos: Afghanistan on the brink” (PDF file)

Pakistan imposes food blockade on militants: officials;_ylt=AuSmGvIpJ81BVvx0PGqD9A3zPukA

(Pakistan) ‘Foreigners in Pakistan planning global attacks’\11\23\story_23-11-2007_pg7_52

(Pakistan) Family urges Pakistan to drop extradition of British bomb plot suspect

(Pakistan) Explosion cuts power supply to Lasbela

(India) Terror strikes Uttar Pradesh, 14 killed in six blasts — Blasts in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad;_ylt=AuInVVUa35.o9u_PbGYLrfYTv5UB

(India) HuJI behind multiple blasts in UP?

(India) After UP blasts, security stepped up in Delhi

(India) Bomb attacks hit 3 Indian courthouses — where lawyers had decided not to defend
terrorism suspects

India: Anger over controversial writer had brewed for 15 days

(India) Exiled Bangladeshi writer asked to leave western Indian city fearing attacks by Muslims

(India J&K) Missing Kashmir terror financier had RAW links

Iran rejects UN sanctions as invalid

(Iran) West, Tehran split as IAEA meets on Iran;_ylt=AjvM01kWJMGq9UCCaXbWyElSw60A

(Iran) Split widens over Iran’s nuclear plans

Iran is ready to defend itself: commander;_ylt=ArDFsfuQ.IMLZoAxHPa6pelSw60A

(Iran) Germany probes 50 firms over atomic sales to Iran

(Syria) Israeli: Syrian site hit not a nuclear reactor — but was probably a plant for assembling a nuclear bomb;_ylt=AieP1BhIaL8He63aeDosrYmCscEA

US weekly: Syrian radar destroyed before strike

Hamas and Islamic Jihad to convene ‘Anti-Annapolis’ conference Monday,7340,L-3474823,00.html

(Israel) IDF arrests 5 terror suspects in West Bank

(Israel) IDF psychiatrist suspected of attempting to spy for Iran

(Saudi Arabia) Ex-Fighter in Iraq Tells His Story - Young Saudi, brainwashed to fight in Iraq, repents
& warns other Saudis

Somalia: Country Appoints New Prime Minister, Violence Kills 3

Nigeria charges five suspected al-Qaida-linked militants with terrorism

Algerian expelled from UK jailed for terror links

(Russia) Five dead in bus blast in Russia: police

Danish Muslims convicted in bomb plot trial;_ylt=AvqyvC_fuKWu0bT_53kjua8Tv5UB

German Police Chief Calls for Wider Powers to Fight Web Crime, Terrorism

(Belgium) More anti-terrorism detectives needed

(Indonesia / Australia) Bali bomber warns: Australia is next,23599,22808468-2,00.html

(Thailand) 8 suspected insurgents arrested in Narathiwat

Philippine police arrest 2 suspected extortionists in deadly shopping mall bombing

(Sri Lanka) Sea battle off Sri Lanka’s northwest coast kills 17 Tamil rebels, says military

(North Korea) Restoring disabled N.Korea nukes would need year: U.S.;_ylt=AjQir67r5jU1pKJpgceF0EeCscEA

N. Korea nuclear talks could resume in early December

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RFE/RL: A Year After Litvinenko’s Death, A Legacy Of Mistrust And Fearc

A Year After Litvinenko’s Death, A Legacy Of Mistrust And Fear

By Brian Whitmore

November 23, 2007 (RFE/RL) — Just over a year ago, KGB defector Oleg
Gordiyevsky received a phone call from his friend Aleksandr Litvinenko.

Litvinenko, a former Russian security officer and fierce Kremlin
had fallen ill and was laid up in a London hospital. His health was
deteriorating rapidly. Gordiyevsky, a former KGB officer who defected
Britain in the 1980s, says Litvinenko suspected foul play.

“He phoned me from the hospital and informed me of the circumstances.
said that he felt very poorly. Very, very poorly,” Gordiyevsky recalls.

“I said, ‘what has happened? How did it happen? You must be poisoned.’
And he said, ‘Yes, it looks like I am poisoned.’”

Less than two weeks later, Litvinenko was dead from a lethal dose of
highly radioactive polonium-210. On his deathbed, he accused Russian
President Vladimir Putin of being personally responsible.

Moscow-London Chill

Today marks the first anniversary of Litvinenko’s death, an event that
roiled Britain’s Russian emigre community, caused an enduring chill in
Russian-British relations, and deepened the West’s suspicion of Moscow.

It also led to a climate of fear among Kremlin critics.

Litvinenko fled Russia in 2000 after claiming that the Federal Security

Service, the main KGB successor, was behind the deadly September 1999
apartment-building bombings in Moscow and other cities. He became a
British citizen in October 2006.

Longtime Russia-watcher Edward Lucas, the deputy international editor
“The Economist,” calls Litvinenko’s death — which many have called the

assassination of a British citizen on British soil by foreign agents —

a “game-changing event” that significantly altered Russia’s relations
with the West.

“I think that the Kremlin lost its last threads of trustworthiness and
credibility in the eyes of at least some Westerners who were prepared
give it the benefit of the doubt until then,” Lucas says. “This was
something that was so alarming, and so dangerous, and so brazenly rude
as well.”

British prosecutors announced in May that they were charging Russian
businessman and former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi with killing Litvinenko

by spiking his tea with polonium-210 in a London hotel on November 1.

Extradition Refusal

Moscow, citing a constitutional prohibition, has refused to extradite
Lugovoi — who is now running for a seat in the State Duma and has been

treated as a hero in Russia.

As a result of Russia’s refusal to hand over top suspect Lugovoi,
Britain in July expelled four Russian diplomats, sparking the
tit-for-tat expulsion of four British diplomats from Moscow.

For his part, Lugovoi has alleged that Litvinenko was probably an agent

with Britain’s MI6, and said his death was “useful” to the British
establishment, which had long sought to “humble and discredit Russia.”

“Britain’s MI6, always invisibly involved in this scandal, has done and

will continue to do all it can to sideline an objective investigation,”

Lugovoi told reporters in Moscow earlier this month.

Moscow has repeatedly and strenuously denied any involvement in
Litvinenko’s death. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has called
suggestions of Russian involvement “pure nonsense.”

The Kremlin’s denials, however, have been met with widespread
in the West.

David Satter, author of “Darkness At Dawn: The Rise Of The Russian
Criminal State,” says the Kremlin’s reaction to Litvinenko’s killing
those of other critics have fueled suspicion.

“Even if we argue, hypothetically, that the highest authorities are not

responsible for these killings,” Satter says, “they are definitely
responsible for the way in which they have responded to these killings
— in the most callous and contemptuous way possible, with thinly
disguised satisfaction over the death of their opponents.”

Politkovskaya Death

Litvinenko’s death came fewer than two months after another Kremlin
critic — journalist Anna Politkovskaya of “Novaya gazeta,” who wrote
extensively about human-rights abuses in Chechnya — was shot dead in
her Moscow apartment building on October 7, 2006.

Lucas says that as a journalist he has noticed that in the aftermath of

Politkovskaya’s and Litvinenko’s deaths, his contacts in Russia are
becoming more reluctant to criticize the regime openly.

“It is more difficult now to get Russians to talk critically on the
record about what is going on, and that’s a pity,” Lucas says. “And I
would say it is not quite as bad as Belarus, but I think twice before
phoning someone up who I don’t know and talking on their main phone

And Satter says he believes this was precisely the message the Kremlin
was trying to send.

“It does appear that elements in the Russian leadership are issuing a
thinly veiled warning to real and potential critics of the regime that
they may resort to these methods under certain circumstances,” Satter
says. “Under these circumstances, of course, it’s clear that the level
of security for anyone who is critical of Russia or who in some way
crosses the Russian authorities, is not what it should be and even not
what it was. And this is to a certain extent an aftermath of the
Litvinenko case.”

Former world chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov, for
example, has said that he only consumes food and drinks prepared by
people he knows and trusts.

The jitters that followed the March 2007 shooting of Paul Joyal, an
American security consultant specializing in Russian affairs, were
indicative of the new climate of fear that followed the Litvinenko

Joyal was shot and wounded outside his home in Maryland days after he
said in a televised interview that Litvinenko’s death was a warning to
all critics of the Putin government. Joyal’s shooting initially sparked

speculation might be a Litvinenko-style hit in the United States.

“The fact that people were even considering the possibility [of Russian

involvement] is itself an indication of how the atmosphere has
Satter says.

Police determined that the shooting was a simple case of street crime,
but Lucas says that given the circumstances, it was disturbing

“I think people were quite alarmed when Paul Joyal got shot,” he says.
“It’s not quite clear whether that was just street crime or something
more sinister. But my feeling is that Politkovskaya was a warning to
Russians; Litvinenko was a warning to emigres; and there is yet to be a

warning to Westerners who say nasty things about Russia — but I think
it will come.”

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Litvinenko releases more secrets in his newly published book


The anniversary of death of ex-FSB and -MI 6 agent Mr. Litvinenko was
marked in London by releasing his book Allegations.

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of the dead agent, told to the BBC Russia,
that this book includes the already published books Blowing Up Russia
and Lubyanka Criminal Group. It also contains the articles Mr.
Litvinenko published in the Internet. For the first time it’ll be
as a separate edition. The book is in English. The Russian version is
be published much later in America.

The event devoted to the first anniversary of the death of Alexander
Litvinenko and the book presentation was organized by Lord Pearson of
Rannach. It was also attended by a UKIP MEP, Gerard Batten, Mr.
Litvinenko’s father Vladimir Bukovsky, Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer,
Akhmed Zakayev, the ex-leader of Chechen separatists, who lives in the

Alexander Litvinenko was killed in London on November 23, 2006.

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Village deputy chief found dead in burnt car in Chechnya

GROZNY, November 23 (Itar-Tass) — The deputy chief of the Geleny
village administration was found dead in the burnt car in Chechnya.

“The body of the man was found at the driver seat of the burnt car
VAZ-21099 on the outskirts of Geleny in the Nozhai-Yurt district on the

roadside leading to Zandag. The man was identified as the deputy chief
of the Geleny administration, Selimkhadzhi Khansultanov, 44,” a source
in the Chechen Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Friday.

No traces of the crash are found in the car. A forensic expertise is
underway to establish the causes of the official’s death.

To visit your on the web, go to:

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PW: Said Batalov deported. - Re: Czech Republic deports Chechen citizen to Russia (!) - RIAN

23.11. - Chechen national Said Batalov, who was today repatriated from
the Czech Republic to Russia, has become the first person to whom the
Russia-EU agreement on visa facilitation and readmission has been
applied, Prague Watchdog has learnt at Russia’s Federal Migration

A new law in Russia, allows them to stop russia escapers and get them returned to Russia, as they did to this sportsman.

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Operation Bell Bottoms

Operation Bell Bottoms
Investigators’ files tell of possible Hezbollah link


A criminal element exposed in a recent series of federal indictments
an alarming shadow over the already dangerous L.A. County suburbs of
and Bell.

A multi-agency task force led by the Justice Department’s national
unit and FBI counter-terrorism agents arrested and charged 12 people on
November 6 with drug trafficking, counterfeiting clothes, and

But the takedown, dubbed Operation Bell Bottoms, which nabbed Hispanic
Middle Eastern residents of the two neighboring cities, was about more
drugs and blue jeans. As the New York Daily News reported on November
9, the
criminal conspiracy actually was targeted for funding Lebanese terror
organization Hezbollah.

Federal court records, police reports, and interviews with local law
enforcers suggest that criminals of Middle Eastern descent in the area
not a new phenomenon. And that if drug and counterfeit clothing
are aimed at Hezbollah funding, then such enterprises could make for
local bedfellows.

The task force descended on a house at 4235 Live Oak Street in Cudahy
November 6, where they arrested 48-year-old Moussa Matar, among others.
Matar is charged with structuring financial transactions to conceal
from the government.

Matar is not the first Middle Easterner at that address to be
prosecuted. In
2001, Hassan Khanafer, a fugitive from New York, was charged and
of conspiracy and credit card fraud. Sources familiar with the
say Khanafer sold the Live Oak Street house to Matar in 2003 for cash,
below-market price.

There are other apparent connections between Khanafer and Operation
Bottoms defendants. Bell resident Mazen Hassan Saleh put up a house at
Brompton Avenue as surety for a bond for Khanafer. Two brothers in Bell
the same last name are the proprietors of a store named in the
indictment -
Star City A&H - and are accused of trafficking counterfeit goods
through the
store and attempting to smuggle cash out of the country.

Law enforcers seized 30 kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of thousands
dollars worth of counterfeit clothing in the operation. Police sources
it is rare that such criminal activity takes place in Cudahy without
18th Street Gang looking to levy street taxes - even on alleged drug
transactions originating in Mexico and resulting in proceeds the
believes are bound for Hezbollah.

Which might explain a bizarre sequence of events spelled out in an
filed in the case - if not a seemingly innocuous traffic stop in 2006:

On March 30, according to the affidavit, Cudahy resident Juan Galindo,
suspected multi-kilogram cocaine trafficker, reported to Maywood Police
Department an attempted robbery at his apartment at 5022 Elizabeth
According to a report of the incident, police regarded the incident as
drug deal gone bad and left. However, an inspection of Galindo’s
revealed evidence of drug trafficking and he was arrested. According to
sources close to the investigation, Galindo claimed he was being taxed
the 18th Street Gang. Then he dropped the name of Vice Mayor Osvaldo
a grocery store owner best known around Cudahy as a man who commands
on the street, and who has a taste for the nightlife.

A different incident - seemingly unrelated to Operation Bell Bottoms -
concerns another well-known local figure: Hector Marroquin is a
18th Street Gang member and suspected Mexican Mafia tax collector who
charged this year with selling machine guns and assault rifles to
ATF agents.

Shortly after midnight on April 26, 2006, Marroquin was pulled over by
Gardens police for driving a 2006 Lincoln Navigator with dealer paper
but without displaying temporary registration.

When police searched the vehicle they found his license plates tucked
between the seats, but they found something else that might have made
sense at the time: 40-50 pairs of $120 jeans with generic labels that
Marroquin said he bought on the internet - and two small envelopes
containing a total of $14,000 in cash.

Marroquin, according to a police report obtained by CityBeat, told
police he
is a businessman and owns several businesses in Cudahy. Besides hanging
around a restaurant he owns in Cudahy, Marroquin is often seen at the
One-Stop lube shop on Florence Avenue in Bell, test riding his Harley
getting one of his vintage cars worked on.


In 2001, Hassan Khanafer, a fugitive from New York, and his email address is in the link above this one:

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Jihad and the Saudi petrodollar II
BBC Middle East analyst Roger Hardy investigates Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia’s austere brand of Islam, which is accused by its critics of funding religious extremism.

In the second of his two-part series, he meets top US investigators who have had the frustrating task of finding out where Saudi cash ended up.

In 2002, just a year after the 11 September attacks, the US authorities shut down a Saudi charity headquartered in Chicago.

“It was a big hoopla,” recalls Sam Roe, an investigative journalist who covered the story for the Chicago Tribune.

“The US attorney general at the time, John Ashcroft, flew out to Chicago and held a press conference.

“It was trumpeted as one of the first major victories in the ‘war on terrorism’.”

The charity was the Benevolence Foundation.

‘Al-Qaeda front’

The Benevolence Foundation had been set up in Chicago a decade earlier by a wealthy Saudi businessman, Adel Batterjee.

I never met Osama Bin Laden. I have never flown to any of these hot places
Soliman al-Buthi
But he soon handed over the running of it to his right-hand man, a Syrian called Enaam Arnaout.

The two men had met in Afghanistan in the 1980s when both had been helping Muslims fight the Soviet occupation forces.

The charity began to arouse the suspicions of the US authorities in the 1990s. But it was only after 11 September that the case acquired any real urgency - and attracted the attention of a star US attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald.

Speaking to me at his office in an imposing federal building in Chicago, he told me how he became convinced the Benevolence Foundation was an al-Qaeda front.

Documents found at its office in Bosnia, he says, described al-Qaeda’s founding meeting, its membership and the shipment of weapons.

But however strong his suspicions, Patrick Fitzgerald could not make the terrorism charges stick.

Wealthy and respected

On the eve of the trial, he struck a deal with Mr Arnaout, who was convicted on a racketeering charge.
He was found guilty of supplying boots and uniforms to Bosnian Muslim fighters, while pretending he was only helping civilians.

It was, at best, an ambiguous victory for the US authorities. They had shut down a charity but had failed to prove its links to al-Qaeda.

While Arnaout serves out his jail term, his former boss Adel Batterjee remains in the Saudi city of Jeddah, a wealthy and respected businessman.

Did he break his ties with Benevolence in the 1990s, as he has always claimed? Or did he run it from afar, as the court documents suggest?

After repeated efforts to hear his side of the story, I spoke briefly to him on his mobile phone - but he declined to be interviewed.

For Saudi Arabia, however, the charity issue refused to go away.


In 2004, at a joint press conference in Washington, the US and Saudi governments announced the closure of five branches of a prominent Saudi charity, al-Haramain.

Have the Saudis bankrolled the global jihad? They certainly have a case to answer
Eventually 10 branches - stretching from the Netherlands to Indonesia - were designated “financiers of terrorism” and shut down.

Set up in the 1990s, al-Haramain was a large and prestigious organisation with close ties to the Saudi government and ruling family.

At its height, it had some 50 branches worldwide.

Its literature proclaimed it had built hundreds of mosques, run orphanages and helped equip clinics and hospitals.

At a tent in a Riyadh suburb, I met the Saudi who had set up a branch of al-Haramain in Ashland, Oregon.

He is now a wanted man.

‘Compelling evidence’

Sitting on cushions drinking tea, in the company of two American lawyers, Soliman al-Buthi laughed off the charge that he was a “specially designated global terrorist”.

“I never met Osama Bin Laden,” he told me.

“I have never flown to any of these hot places - Bosnia or Chechnya or Afghanistan or Pakistan.”

He insists that he was engaged in the non-violent propagation of Islam - and that no real evidence has ever been presented against al-Haramain.

But for investigators like Dennis Lormel, a senior FBI official who worked on the case, the evidence of links to al-Qaeda was compelling.

Persuading the Saudi authorities to take it seriously, however, was another matter.

It took more than two years of sustained US pressure for them to act.

Eventually 10 branches of al-Haramain were shut down, and its director in Riyadh was sacked.

The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel Jubeir, told me the kingdom was not responsible for the overseas branches of its charities.

He acknowledged that a Saudi charity commission responsible for activities overseas - whose birth he himself had announced in 2004 - had still not materialised.

But he insisted that over the last few years Saudi Arabia had taken draconian steps to regulate its charities.


The two case studies show how hard it has been for the American authorities to turn suspicion into proof.

It is a striking fact that, in these and other Muslim charity cases in the US, they have not managed to secure a single conviction on a terrorism charge.

But what’s also clear is that, for decades, Saudi charities were virtually unregulated.

Have the Saudis bankrolled the global jihad? They certainly have a case to answer.

The export of Wahhabism - which got going with the oil boom of the 1970s - acquired a dynamic of its own and ended up empowering radical Islamists.

After 11 September, the chickens came home to roost.

The second part of Roger Hardy’s series Jihad & the Petrodollar will be broadcast on the BBC World Service on Friday, 23 November.
Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/11/22 12:27:14 GMT


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Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 23, 2007

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories
For the Week Ending November 23, 2007

1. FBI Releases 2006 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI’s 2006 Hate Crime Statistics, released on November 19, 2007, includes data from hate crime reports submitted by law enforcement agencies from across the country. Full Story

2. FBI Laboratory to Increase Outreach in Bullet Lead Cases

The FBI Laboratory has undertaken an additional round of outreach, analysis, and review efforts concerning bullet lead analysis. Full Story

3. Baltimore: Former State Senator Sentenced on Racketeering Charges

Former Maryland State Senator Thomas L. Bromwell was sentenced for racketeering conspiracy and filing a false tax return. Bromwell’s wife was also sentenced for mail fraud. Full Story

4. Houston: Laredo Woman Sentenced to Prison for Kidnapping Scheme

Maria Christina Rodriguez, 31, a legal permanent resident alien, was sentenced to 168 months for her role in conspiring to hold two U.S. nationals hostage in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, until payments were made for their release. Full Story

5. New York: Former District Court Judge Sentenced

Former Nassau County District Court Judge David A. Gross was sentenced for conspiring to launder money obtained through the sale of purportedly stolen diamonds and watches. Full Story

6. Dallas: Operation Fish Bowl Defendants Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms

As a result of Operation Fish Bowl, three defendants were sentenced to substantial prison terms for their roles in a crack cocaine distribution organization. Full Story

7. New York: U.S. Army Officer Arrested in Gas-for-Cash Scheme

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Crenshaw was arrested for participating in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for stealing fuel from Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Full Story

8. Albany: Suspicious Powder Mailed to FBI Office

The FBI along with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies is conducting a joint investigation into the mailing of 12 letters which contained a powdery substance. Full Story

9. Albany: Guilty Plea in Violating Airport Security

William Contreras Ramos pled guilty to entering an aircraft and airport area in violation of security requirements. Full Story

10. New Orleans: Former City Council Member Sentenced on Public Corruption Charges

Former New Orleans City Councilman Oliver Thomas was sentenced for soliciting and accepting illegal cash bribes. Full Story

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Al Qaeda in Europe: New Islamist Video Threatens Germany, Austria,2144,2958508,00.html

Terrorism | 20.11.2007
New Islamist Video Threatens Germany, Austria
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Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift:
This screenshot taken from the video shows Austrian politicians

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said his government is
taking seriously a new threat contained in an Islamist video demanding
that Germany and Austria pull their troops out of Afghanistan.

In the video received by the Austrian broadcasting corporation ORF on
Tuesday, Nov. 20, a group calling itself the Global Islamic Media
Front indirectly threatened attacks in Germany and Austria if the two
states do not pull their troops from Afghanistan.

It also demanded that Austria release two Islamists held in detention

Austrian Interior Ministry spokesperson Rudolf Gollia said the roughly
four-minute-long video was predominantly focused on Germany and that
Austria was mentioned toward the end.

“The German soldiers still occupy Afghanistan and we repeat our call
from the last video that Germany withdraw its troops from
Afghanistan,” the video’s German subtitles say. “This only serves your
own security in your country.

“The same applies to Austria too. The Mujahideen have spared you so
far, therefore the number of dead soldiers is not particularly high.
But this will now change...”

Germany has some 3,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the ISAF
mission. Three Austrian soldiers serve as part of ISAF in Kabul.

No immediate threat

“There is no identifiable, immediate threat, but nevertheless such a
message needs to be taken seriously,” the ministry’s Rudolf Gollia
said. Austria has not raised security levels for government members
depicted in the video.

The video, among other things, glorifies the terrorist attacks on the
United States of Sept. 11, 2001, and announces a winter offensive of
the Taliban in Afghanistan, he said.

Gollia said the video also mentions the arrest of two alleged Islamic
militants in September in Vienna over another Online threat, calling
their detention a “mistake.”

Schäuble said although Germany was taking the threat seriously, it did
not require a reappraisal of the general security situation by the

ORF said it planned to air the video Tuesday evening. In an online
report, ORF also said the Austrian Interior Ministry had admitted to
having received a copy of the video “a few days ago” and that it was
“working closely” with Germany’s Federal Office of Criminal

DW staff (kh)

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Missing radioactive material worries officials

CanWest News Service

Friday, November 23, 2007

OTTAWA - A record number of low-level radioactive materials, the kind terrorists could fashion into dirty bombs, have gone missing in Canada this year, raising concerns about the effectiveness of federal controls over nuclear materials.

News of the jump in thefts and lost material coincides with an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Europe at which nuclear counter-terrorism specialists were told this week of an almost fourfold increase in nuclear smuggling since 2006, a further indication al-Qaeda-inspired radicals may be trying to obtain radioactive material for a bomb.

As of Wednesday, 26 radioactive sources have been reported lost and stolen so far this year in Canada, compared to 15 last year and a dozen in 2005 and previous recent years, according to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the federal nuclear regulator.
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2007

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Danish court jails three men for planning bombings


Friday, November 23, 2007

by Slim Allagui

A Copenhagen court on Friday sentenced two suspected Islamist militants
to 11 years in prison and a third to a four-year jail term for
planning terrorist bombings in Denmark.

The men were found guilty of acquiring chemicals and laboratory
instruments to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP) explosives, often used by
Islamist suicide bombers.

TATP devices were used in the July 2005 London bombings.

Mohammad Zaher, a 34-year-old Dane of Palestinian origin, and Ahmed
Khaldhahi, a 22-year-old Iraqi Kurd, were sentenced to 11 years each,
while Abdallah Andersen, a 32-year-old Dane who converted to Islam,
received a four-year sentence.

The three had risked life in prison.

A fourth man on trial, a 19-year-old Dane named Riad Anwar Daabas, was

“There is every indication that the group had concrete and serious
discussions about three possible targets in Copenhagen: the city hall
square, the parliament and political meeting (areas),” prosecutor Charlotte
Alsing Juul said Friday, insisting the plans “endangered state

She had called for the men to be sentenced to between 10 and 14 years
behind bars.

The four men on trial, who frequented a mosque known for its radical
interpretations of Islam, were part of a group of nine arrested in a
September 2006 swoop in Odense in central Denmark.

Six of them were released, including Daabas, while the three others
have been held in custody since then.

The Danish intelligence agency PET revealed in April that a Dane
identified only as Lars had infiltrated the group to obtain information. PET
had paid the man 84,000 kroner (11,750 euros, 16,700 dollars) for the

Lars, 33, who had converted to Islam and went by the name Youssouf, was
a former municipal employee who wrote the intelligence agency an email
in December 2005 stating that he had met radical Muslims at the Odense

The agency considered him credible and he was hired as an informant and
equipped with hidden microphones and recording materials, according to
Lars’s testimony.

The defence argued that Lars had encouraged the group to do and say
things they would not normally have done, and said he had bought and paid
for the chemicals used to make explosives.

Lars was considered an active member of the group, and helped identify
potential targets, the defence lawyers said.

Judge Folmer Theilmann however said Thursday that the court considered
Lars a “credible” witness and a “good citizen”.

The trial was the second terrorism-related case held in Denmark.

In the first case, which wound up in February, a Copenhagen jury found
four young suspected Islamists guilty of planning terrorist attacks in
Denmark or Europe.

However, the judges overturned the decision and acquitted three of the

Justice Minister Lene Espersen, acting on the recommendation of
Denmark’s prosecutor general, meanwhile ordered one of the acquitted to appear
in a retrial with a new judge and jury.

No date has been set for the retrial.

Copyright © 2007 Agence France Presse. All rights reserved.


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The insurgents are building their network in the province of Badghis,
in an attempt to open a gateway to Afghanistan’s north.

By Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi in Mazar-e-Sharif

While the attention of the Afghan government and the media is focused
on major battles in the south of the country, the Taleban are making
major headway in a northern region.

Badghis, a north-western province wedged between Herat and Faryab, has
been the scene of heavy fighting for the past two months, and the
insurgents have occupied three of the province’s seven districts. They have
also established intelligence and operational networks in most district

This was the first of the north-western provinces to fall to the
Taleban in 1997. Now the insurgents are looking to repeat their earlier
success, using Badghis as a launchpad for operations in the provinces
further east, which include Jowzjan, Balkh, Takhar, and Badakhshan.

In Faryab, directly to the north of Badghis, the Taleban have
established a foothold in mountainous areas, and are trying to expand their
networks there as well. The Taleban have launched several sorties in both
provinces in the past two months and claim that the Bala Murghab,
Ghormach and Qades districts of Badghis are largely in their hands.

“We are trying to open up this route just as we did in the past,” said
Mullah Dastagir, a self-proclaimed Taleban commander in Badghis. “Our
policy is different up here. We have openly engaged the government and
foreign forces in the south, but in the north we are quietly expanding
our area. The government is weaker here than in the south and the
mountains have provided good terrain for our operations.”

Dastagir claimed that the Taleban were in control of many mountainous
parts of Badghis.

“We would like to occupy the province right away, since the capital
[Qala-ye Nau] and some of the districts are still under government
control. We could do it in one single attack, but we are waiting for a larger
operation. Our strategy is to go for many provinces at once,” he said.

The Taleban are increasing their military presence in the area and will
soon be ready for action, said Dastagir, adding, “We are trying to
work under cover now, and we see that people are welcoming us warmly. Soon
we will occupy the whole entrance to the north.”

The Taleban attacked Badghis’s Bala Murghab district on September 20,
in a three-hour battle that left four policemen and 20 insurgents dead.
Two days later, the Taleban attacked Qaisar, a district in Faryab,
resulting in the capture of an insurgent commander named as Rassulak.

On September 25, a police vehicle hit a roadside mine in the Ghormach
district of Badghis, killing three and injuring four. Officials blamed
the insurgents. When a helicopter belonging to NATO’s International
Security Assistance Force crashed in Ghormach the same day, the Taleban
claimed responsibility. Also that day, a Chinese road construction company
worker was kidnapped by the insurgents in the Qaisar district.

Afghan government forces launched a counter-offensive in the Ghormach
and Bala Murghab districts, and official reports put the death toll
among the Taleban at more than 20. The rebels denied this.

The governor of Badghis, Ashraf Naseri, denies that the Taleban are
gaining ground in his province.

“The Taleban’s claims that they have captured mountainous areas show
that they are weak,” he told IWPR. “They cannot fight on flat terrain;
they hide out in the mountains where normal people don’t live.”

But officials in Faryab confirm that the Taleban are making headway.

“Yes, they are coming to us through Badghis,” said General Khalilullah
Ziayee, Faryab’s security commander. “They are trying to attract people
to their side.”

The general insisted that the north would not go the way of the south,
where the insurgents control large swathes of territory.

“The Taleban do not have military operations in this province they way
they do in the south,” he continued. “They are acting covertly,
gathering intelligence. Sometimes they carry out attacks on motorbikes, just
to show that they are active here.

“Our mountainous areas like Qaisar, Almar and Kohistan are becoming
vulnerable. We have expanded our operational and intelligence activities.
We have increased our forces in some particularly exposed areas and
have even sent forces to Ghormach district to help the Badghis police. The
Taleban cannot operate freely.”

But residents of Badghis and other northern provinces say that the
Taleban now exert an influence that is felt in their daily lives.

“The Taleban have reached the area,” said Fazel Rahman, a resident of
Bala Murghab district. “It is not important how many buildings are under
the government’s control. The Taleban are present in the villages and
many people have joined them. Unemployment and the government’s failure
to help people have resulted in this situation – the Taleban are
getting stronger by the day.”

According to Fazel, clashes between the Taleban and government forces
most often result in victory for the insurgents.

“The police just return to their bases after the fighting, but the
Taleban remain to spread their message among the people,” he said. “The
government knows exactly where the Taleban are concentrated, but they
cannot do anything; they just watch as the Taleban gain ground.”

The Afghan government, backed by NATO, has recently deployed more
forces in Badghis to combat the Taleban’s growing influence. Brigadier
General Dieter Warnecke, the NATO commander for the northern region,
confirmed that the Taleban have established small centres in the north-western
part of Afghanistan from which to launch their operations.

Speaking at a press conference in September, he said the Taleban have
set up camps in Faryab where they plan attacks on other parts of the

“According to our information, Pakistan and Iran play a significant
role in establishing and developing these centres in north-western parts
of Afghanistan,” he said. “For this reason, Faryab has become a
trouble-spot for us.”

Satar Barez, the deputy governor of Faryab province, agreed with the
NATO commander’s assessment.

“Currently the army, police and NATO forces have been deployed in
Faryab, particularly in Qaisar district,” he said. “This is the only thing
that can prevent the further expansion of the Taleban.”

He insisted the Taleban forces here consisted largely of mercenaries
and foreign fighters, and not local recruits.

“People in this region will not cooperate with these Taleban,” he said.

But many people are not optimistic about the government’s attempts to
stop the insurgents’ forward advance here.

Maulawi Sheikh Ahmad, a member of parliament from Faryab province,
blames the international troops for the Taleban expansion.

“It is the presence of foreign forces that has caused an increase in
the number of Taleban,” he said, speaking at the funeral of a former
militia commander in late October. “In the past, there were no foreigners
and no Taleban. Now that foreigners have come into the region, the
Taleban have followed. The foreigners have provoked them, and this will
result in people joining hands with the Taleban. Our people do not have
good memories of foreign operations in the south and the east.”

Political observers believe the high concentration of NATO and Afghan
forces in Badghis and Faryab is evidence that the government is taking
the threat seriously.

“The government’s statements that they have increased their deployment
of NATO and Afghan troops in Badghis and Faryab show that the Taleban
have a lot of influence in these provinces,” said Qayum Babak, an editor
and analyst in Mazar-e-Sharif. “Up until now, the government has been
underestimating the threat.”

Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi is an IWPR staff reporter in Mazar-e-Sharif.

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Helmand’s farmers are chopping down their pomegranate trees for the
more lucrative opium plants, while blaming the government for failing to
help them.

By Mohammad Ilyas Dayee in Lashkar Gah

The beautiful red flowers of the pomegranate tree used to cover
Helmand, a province which was famous for the luscious red fruit. But these
days a different sort of flower blooms, as more and more of Helmand’s
sandy soil is given over to the opium poppy.

“I had 1,500 pomegranate trees five years ago,” said Abdul Jabbar, a
resident of Nawzad district. “They gave a very good yield. We loved the
orchard, and I would never have destroyed it, but what else could I do?
There was no market to sell the fruit. Birds would destroy the
pomegranates on the branch, or else we’d pick them and they would rot at home.”

He finally decided to cut his losses and grow poppy.

“The government says it’s against poppy, but drug traffickers go from
house to house and buy our crop and give us a lot of money,” he said.
“Find me a market for my pomegranates. Everyone hates poppy cultivation.”

Pomegranates cannot hope to compete economically with opium, which
provided Helmand’s farmers with an estimated 530 million US dollars in
2007. Last year, this one remote province in southern Afghanistan furnished
nearly half the world’s opium and its major derivative, heroin.

An average farmer can earn over 4,000 dollars per hectare for poppy,
while the yield for pomegranate is barely one-tenth of that. Added to
that is the problem of markets and storage.

But farmers like Abdul Jabbar say that they would prefer fruit to
opium, if only the government would provide storage facilities and help them
develop markets. The government, in turn, insists that farmers are not
asking for help but are rushing to cut down their trees to make way
for poppy.

While exact figures are difficult to come by, Helmand farmers say that
the majority of the province’s pomegranate orchards have been destroyed
in the past few years. This corresponds inversely to the astronomical
rise in opium production over the same period. The amount of land given
over to poppy in Helmand has nearly quadrupled in the past two years,
rising from some 27,000 hectares in 2005 to 103,000 in 2007, according
to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Runaway poppy production has been fuelled by the growth of the Taleban
presence, which has made control all but impossible. Widespread
corruption among government officials has contributed to the failure of a
loudly-trumpeted crop eradication effort, and leads to a disdain for the
law among citizens of the province.

Expensive alternative livelihood projects have mostly failed, in part
because of the same factors, the insurgency and corruption.

Opium is easier to store and sell than almost any other commodity,
insist Helmand’s farmers.

“I used to have 300 pomegranate trees, now I have just 20. The rest of
my land is being used for poppy,” said Jahan Gir Aka, a farmer in
Babaji district.

There was simply no market for the fruit, he said. “I believe that if
the government could find us markets at a national and international
level, all of Helmand’s farmers would go back to growing pomegranates,” he

Another problem is the absence of adequate storage facilities for
pomegranates, which are perishable.

Naseem Kharotai has a shop in Bolan, near Lashkar Gah, and has 500
kilograms of pomegranates to sell.

“If I don’t sell them soon, they will rot,” he said. “If we had cold
storage, we could earn a good income on pomegranates. They aren’t very
expensive right now, but if we had storage facilities we could sell them
at a higher price in winter.”

Pomegranates keep well when stored properly, he said.

In neighbouring Kandahar, where the United States Agency for
International Development has helped provide cold storage and quality control,
earnings on pomegranates have nearly doubled.

But security problems have held back development in Helmand, and
farmers complain that the government has been slow to provide assistance. For
their part, officials say the farmers are not asking for help.

“Not a single farmer has come to us to ask for help in finding markets
of building storage facilities,” said Engineer Ghulam Nabi, the head of
the department of agriculture in Helmand.

Even if they did, the government has limited resources, he admitted.

“If the farmers come to us to demand markets and storage facilities, we
might be able to do something for them,” he said. “We don’t have the
capacity to do it on our own, but we could seek assistance from donor
organisations. The important thing is that the farmers should come to

The internationally-funded counter-narcotics programme, which in the
past few years has pumped well over 100 million dollars into alternative
livelihood programmes in Helmand, might be able to help.

But Engineer Abdul Manan, head of Helmand’s counter-narcotics
department, told IWPR that it was not the job of his office to help farmers with
other crops.

“No one has come to us to ask for such services,” he said. “If they do,
we can send them to the department of rural development. But we do
hope that farmers will turn to other crops than poppy for their

It will take more than hope, however.

Nano Aka, a farmer in the Nawzad district, is against growing opium
poppy. But he too cultivates the crop because, even with the risk of
eradication, harvesting wages, tithes to local mullahs and bribes for the
government, it brings him more income.

“I really don’t like poppy,” he said. “No one would grow it apart from
the fact that it brings in money. Me, I like cultivating pomegranates.”

Mohammad Ilyas Dayee is an IWPR staff reporter in Helmand.

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Friday, November 23, 2007
Terror Threat Issued In Run-Up to Annapolis Summit

Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R) shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in Jerusalem November 19, 2007, in this picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO- Reuters).

US authorities issued an alert for possible terrorism in the run-up to the Annapolis Summit that is planned for next week.
The AP reported:

Federal authorities have advised local law enforcement agencies to be alert to possible terrorism threats because of the Middle East peace conference next week in Annapolis, Homeland Security and FBI officials said Friday.

Although intelligence reports indicate no credible threats by domestic extremist groups to the conference or Islamic or Jewish sites in the Annapolis area, “nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security does not discount the threat of the lone wolf terrorist, including individuals radicalized by homegrown extremist groups or Internet content,” said a bulletin issued by the agency and the FBI.

The threat assessment bulletin highlights about a dozen groups, including the radical Islamic fundamentalist organization Hamas, and Hezbollah, the Lebanese umbrella organization of radical Islamic Shiite groups that is a bitter foe of Israel.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Laura Keehner said the bulletin was sent to law enforcement agencies “in an abundance of caution.”

“It’s basically saying we’re mindful of those who wish to do us harm,” she said.

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War on Christmas showdown in Fort Collins
By Michelle Malkin • November 21, 2007 09:02 AM

As Thanksgiving draws nigh, ’tis the season for War on Christmas skirmishes. In Fort Collins, Colorado, the city council staved off a move to secularize the city’s traditional Christmas displays:

City Council members heeded the call of “don’t mess with tradition” on Tuesday when they rejected a proposal to create a strictly secular, multicultural display of the holiday season starting next year.

The council’s 6-1 decision means the traditional show of colored lights, ornamented greenery and Christmas trees will remain on city property, as it has for many years.

The council also agreed to pursue a city-appointed task force’s idea to create an inclusive multicultural “religious” exhibition at the city museum. The educational display would create a wide- ranging exhibition showing how at least nine religions celebrate a winter holiday.

The decision came during a meeting that drew a crowd of 150 people, lasted more than three hours and included 43 speakers. Speakers implored the council to honor Christmas as the holiday celebrated by a majority of local residents.

The task force, on the other hand, wanted strictly white lights, bare garlands and secular symbols such as snowflakes because colored lights and ornamented trees were too suggestive of a religious Christmas.

The council decision echoed the opinion of Mayor Doug Hutchinson, who said 95 percent of the 200 e-mails he received recently said “don’t diminish Christmas . . . don’t mess with tradition.”

Local blog Slapstick Politics attended the marathon council meeting and reports here.

They’ve only just begun…

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Bremerton - Bomb Squad Removes Suspicious Device

November 23, 2007

Bremerton police called in the state patrol bomb squad Sunday evening after discovering a suspicious device near the Westpark housing area.

The item was found at about 6:30 p.m. off of Russell Road. It was a large plastic water bottle wrapped in a sweatshirt and secured with electrical wire. The bottle’s opening was sealed with plastic, tape and a zip tie to possibly contain pressure. The bottle had broken into several pieces, possibly from pressure inside it.

It appeared to be some sort of pressure device, like a dry ice bomb, according to a police report.

The device was checked out by a robot, loaded into an explosives trailer and taken to the Bremerton firing range, where it was rendered safe.

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Brisbane Australia - School In Lockdown Over Mystery Rash

November 21, 2007

This may turn out to be nothing, but as of right now 69 Students have been isolated, parents have been asked to stay away and 11 ambulances are on the scene at Stretton State College, south of Brisbane. Scientists are on scene attempting to determine what the students may have come in contact with.

A Queensland school has been placed in lockdown for scientific testing after several students developed rashes. Queensland Ambulance Service officers were called to Stretton State College, south of Brisbane, around 10.30am (AEST) after three students rapidly developed a rash.

An additional 69 students, all believed to be in Year Two, were isolated from the rest of the student population amid fears they may have come into contact with an unknown substance.

The three students were to be taken to hospital for observation while the remainder showered as a precaution.

The school has been placed in lockdown while Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officers conduct scientific testing of the area to determine the cause of the reactions.

Parents were notified but told they could not collect their children until the lockdown finished. They were advised to avoid the area, although up to 30 turned up at the school.

“The whole school is in lockdown at the moment, which means that kids are being held in the classrooms where they were at (at the time of the contamination),” the police spokesman said.

“It will be in lockdown until the QFRS have completed their scientific tests or until they are satisfied to such an extent that there’s no danger present.”

Eleven ambulances have been called to the school including the Special Operations Response team.

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Bronx - ATF Agents Shoot Suspect With Hand Grenade During Undercover Operation

November 21, 2007

Two officers were injured and a suspect was shot and killed Tuesday night after what authorities say was an undercover explosives buy gone bad in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

Officials from the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms say they were trying to negotiate the sale of a grenade.

But when the suspect brought the grenade with him, agents tried to arrest him.

An ATF spokesman says the suspect tried to make a quick getaway, dragging an agent alongside his car. That’s when the agent fired once, striking the suspect in the head.

The bomb squad was called in to secure the area. The ATF agent and an NYPD detective were taken to the hospital.

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Bronx - ATF Agents Shoot Suspect With Hand Grenade During Undercover Operation

November 21, 2007

Two officers were injured and a suspect was shot and killed Tuesday night after what authorities say was an undercover explosives buy gone bad in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

Officials from the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms say they were trying to negotiate the sale of a grenade.

But when the suspect brought the grenade with him, agents tried to arrest him.

An ATF spokesman says the suspect tried to make a quick getaway, dragging an agent alongside his car. That’s when the agent fired once, striking the suspect in the head.

The bomb squad was called in to secure the area. The ATF agent and an NYPD detective were taken to the hospital.

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FBI Warns Al Sharpton Of Possible Package Threat

November 21, 2007

The FBI warned the Rev. Al Sharpton that an inmate at an upstate New York prison was talking about sending a “dangerous substance” in the mail to his New York City offices.

An official said the inmate might have sent as many as 12 threatening letters, some containing a powder believed to be harmless.

“A couple of the letters have already arrived and tested negative,” the official said speaking on condition of anonymity.

“For his safety, we have been advised that he or his staff should not open any packages or letters from a specific addressee or any mail that looks suspicious,” said lawyer Sanford Rubenstein, an associate of Sharpton.

Sharpton also sent word to National Action Network offices around the nation “of this potential danger,” Rubenstein said.

The FBI has confirmed the reported threat.

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Nothing Found on Suspicious Plane That Flew In From Canada To Pasco Washington

November 21, 2007

This is one of those stories that asks more questions than it answers. For instance, isn’t Pasco Washington about 300 miles from the Canadian Border?

Investigators say the suspicious plane that landed at the Pasco Airport Tuesday flew in from Canada but never filed a flightplan or stopped for customs.

Investigators now say the suspicious plane that landed was coming from Saskatchewan.

They won’t say who was on the plane, only that it was just the pilot and a passenger.

Neither were detained and nothing was seized from the plane.

Investigators say the reason the plane was searched was because it didn’t radio or land after it crossed the U.S.-Canada border.

“We keep track of all international aircraft arriving in the U.S. from foreign countries and this particular one had not either given us advance notification and had not landed at an international airport that provides customs and border protection clearance,” said Mike Milne with Customs.

Customs enforcement says the plane was intercepted by a customs jet as it landed here in Pasco, but that it did land voluntarily, and it was after that that police surrounded the plane.

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Firefighters To Help In Fight Against Terrorism - ACLU Speaks Out

November 23, 2007

Firefighters in major cities around the country are being trained for a new role in the fight against terrorism… As lookouts.

Unlike police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel don’t need warrants to enter a building. And now, they are being asked to keep an eye out for suspicious items like building blueprints or bomb-making materials that could be a sign of terrorist activity or planning.

The Department of Homeland Security began testing a program in December with the New York City fire department. It’s sharing intelligence information so firefighters are better prepared when they respond to emergency calls and it’s training them to identify materials and behavior that may indicate terrorist activities.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is opposed to the idea. Mike German, a former FBI agent who is now the National Security Policy Counsel to the ACLU feels this is another step toward Americans giving up personal privacy rights.

There are no doubt very good arguments on both sides of this issue.

Comments are open on this thread.

Eileen Sullivan of The Associated Press has written a very detailed article.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Americans have given up some of their privacy rights in an effort to prevent future strikes. The government monitors phone calls and e-mails; people who fly have their belongings searched before boarding and are limited in what they can carry; and some people have trouble traveling because their names are similar to those on terrorist watch lists.

The American Civil Liberties Union says using firefighters to gather intelligence is another step in that direction. Mike German, a former FBI agent who is now national security policy counsel to the ACLU, said the concept is dangerously close to the Bush administration’s 2002 proposal to have workers with access to private homes such as postal carriers and telephone repairmen report suspicious behavior to the FBI.

“Americans universally abhorred that idea,” German said.

The Homeland Security Department is testing a program with the New York City fire department to share intelligence information so firefighters are better prepared when they respond to emergency calls. Homeland Security also trains the New York City fire service in how to identify material or behavior that may indicate terrorist activities. If it’s successful, the government intends to expand the program to other major metropolitan areas.

As part of the program, which started last December, Homeland Security gave secret clearances to nine New York fire chiefs, according to reports obtained by The Associated Press.

“They’re really doing technical inspections, and if perchance they find something like, you know, a bunch of RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) rounds in somebody’s basement, I think it’s a no-brainer,” said Jack Tomarchio, a senior official in Homeland Security’s intelligence division. “The police ought to know about that; the fire service ought to know about that; and potentially maybe somebody in the intelligence community should know about that.”

Even before the federal program began, New York firefighters and inspectors had been training to recognize materials and behavior the government identifies as “signs of planning and support for terrorism.”

When going to private residences, for example, they are told to be alert for a person who is hostile, uncooperative or expressing hate or discontent with the United States; unusual chemicals or other materials that seem out of place; ammunition, firearms or weapons boxes; surveillance equipment; still and video cameras; night-vision goggles; maps, photos, blueprints; police manuals, training manuals, flight manuals; and little or no furniture other than a bed or mattress.

The trial program with Homeland Security opens a clear information-sharing channel which did not exist before between the fire service and Homeland Security’s intelligence division.

“We’re there to help people, and by discovering these type of events, we’re helping people,” said New York City Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano. “There are many things that firefighters do that other law enforcement or other agents aren’t able to do.” He added, “A normal person that doesn’t have this training wouldn’t be looking for it.”

Cassano would not discuss specifics, but he did say that some terrorism-related information has been passed along to law enforcement since firefighters and officers began the training three years ago. “They’ve had some hits,” Cassano said. “It’s working.”

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Report: “U.S. Military Vulnerable to China’s War Systems”

By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
November 22, 2007

The U.S. military is vulnerable to China’s advanced war-fighting systems, including space weapons and computer attacks that would be used in a future conflict over Taiwan, according to a congressional commission’s report released yesterday.

The full report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission also provides more details than the summary released last week, showing that China is engaged in a “large-scale industrial espionage campaign” with “scores” of cases involving spies seeking U.S. technology.

The full report presents a harsh assessment of China’s military buildup and plans for a war against the U.S. if Beijing decided to use force against the island nation of Taiwan.

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China Conducts Multi-Nation Cyber Defense Drill
November 23, 2007 by johnibii

VietNamNet Bridge – Yesterday, November 22, Vietnam took part in a regional network security protection rehearsal with 13 organisations from 12 Asia-Pacific economies.

The scenario was that the Chinese Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team (CNCERT) detected hackers launching large-scale attacks from many countries on the official site of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and they requested assistance from emergency response technical teams in Asia-Pacific, including Vietnam.

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[links to mentioned declassified papers in article, hidden____ __ ]

Monday, November 19, 2007
Phoenix, Part 1

In United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui, Criminal Case No. 01-455-A, the government, for once, had to present its case, under oath and under adversarial conditons, for its version of the events of 9/11. As a result of that, many documents were released to the public, which otherwise would likely not have been released.

At the link provided, you can see documents that the defense presented. The image above is from the now-famous “Phoenix Memo”, drafted by one Kenneth J. Williams and dated July 10, 2001. This memo was Defense Exhibit 129 at the Moussaoui trial. In this series of posts, entitled Phoenix, many documents from the Moussaoui trial will be referenced. To see these documents, merely go to the link and scroll to the appropriate exhibit number.

As you can see in the above image, the content of this memo can be summarized that agents in the FBI’s field office in Phoenix had become aware of people associated with Osama bin Laden (spelled by the FBI at the time as Usama bin Laden, thus abbreviated UBL), and who were attending schools learning about civil aviation.

This was described as an “inordinate number of individuals of investigative interest” on the first page of the memo.

In hindsight, we (supposedly) know a great deal about what happened. At the time, the agents of the Phoenix office had some information, some ideas as to how to interpret it, and some concerns and suspicions. Specifically, they felt “that a coordinated effort [was] underway to establish a cadre of individuals who will one day be working in the civil aviation community around the world.” Ominously, they were concerned that “[t]hese individuals [would] be in a position in the future to conduct terror activity against civil aviation targets.”

“Phoenix believes that it is more than a coincidence that subjects who are supporters of UBL are attending civil aviation universities/colleges in the State of Arizona.”

The Phoenix Memo was not written in a vacuum.

On April 13th of 2001, the Usama Bin Laden Unit (UBLU) sent out a tasking to all field offices (Defense Exhibit 428):

The memo warned that UBL’s organization was “capable of long term surveillance and planning in a target area that enables them to recognize and exploit vulnerabilities, including those that have a limited window of opportunity.”

The tasking then pointed out: “Historically, attack planning and execution have taken at least several months.”

With these thoughts in mind, having UBL’s people attending civil aviation schools — which takes “at least several months” to arrange and then actually do — may have reasonably come to mind as something that the UBLU was looking for.

The tasking also pointed out that explosives and arms were being smuggled for use against U.S. and Western targets.

The tasking finally directed:

Offices are requested to task all resources to include electronic databases and human sources for any information pertaining to the current operational activities relating to Sunni extremism. Recipients are again reminded that the information in this communication should not be used or referred to during discussions with sources/assets.

In other words, FBI personnel should check with their people on the streets, but should not let on why they were asking.

The tasking concluded by directing that anything turned up through investigations be communicated immediately to FBI Headquarters, Usama Bin Laden Unit:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the best America has to offer. FBI agents are intelligent, brave, loyal, dedicated, and well-trained. There are, of course, exceptions, and anyone can have a bad day. But, despite those exceptions and those bad days, the FBI is second to none.

Sure, there are bureaucrats who lose sight of the goal; but, to offset them, there are also highly talented agents — agents who are to law enforcement, counterterror and criminal investigation what Mozart was to music.

Having sent out such a specific tasking from headquarters earlier in the year, how was it that the FBI then failed to recognize in July the answer to the question that had been asked in April? Put another way, how was it that the best of the best failed to “connect the dots” of a picture, when they already had some vague idea what the picture looked like?

Did these Einsteins of investigation actually fail to “connect the dots”?

Or, was someone hindering them? Derailing the investigations, burying the leads, mischanneling the efforts — erasing the lines among the dots, and redrawing them where they shouldn’t be?

In the Phoenix series, we shall consider this question, examining declassified FBI documents and other official records.

This series is dedicated to Sibel Edmonds and the other whistleblowers, and to all those working on their cases, and to all who are interested in the truth about 9/11.

Posted by Yankee Doodle at 4:30 PM

Labels: FBI Corruption, Patriot Games, Phoenix, The Killing


pela68 said...

Hmmm. As we say in Sweden. There seems to be a dog buried here (something like “it smells fishy”)!

Nice one YD!
November 20, 2007 2:55 PM
Debbie said...

Have you read the book “The Volunteer”? Excellent read, and there is something mentioned by the author, a former Mossad undercover agent, on this very topic. The Mossad was shocked that the FBI would not investigate the leads they were given on these flight school students.

Right Truth

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Friday, November 23, 2007
Phoenix, Part 2

We continue from Part 1.

Another defense exhibit from the Moussaoui trial was a declassified report.

The report had been classified Top Secret, and was the product of a February, 2002 joint inquiry by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. One part of the report addressed pre-9/11 information on the use of aircraft as weapons:

A key finding was that going back at least to 1994, it was known to the US Intelligence Community that terrorists had been contemplating using aircraft as weapons:

These types of operations were mainly associated with Islamic terrorists, especially with Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network...

...although not all of the reports had been disseminated within the Intelligence Community. (Notice the classification at the top, crossed out upon release of the document for the Moussaoui trial.)

It should be noted that both Condoleeza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz had indicated that they were not aware of this possibility.

The report indicated that “Even within the Intelligence Community, the possibility of using aircraft as weapons was apparently not widely known.”

This would seem to support the statement made by Condoleeza Rice:

However, Rice’s statement strains credibility in light of the committee’s discovery that at least a dozen times such a threat had been reported within the US Intelligence Community:

Here is the list for your consideration (note again the crossed-out classification):

Many of these reports, most of which dealt not just with Islamic terrorists, but specifically with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, found their way to FBI Headquarters:

(Some of the warnings even made their way to the FAA.)

Condoleeza Rice should have heard of at least one of these reports, yet she denies this.

Was she that incompetent?

Or were the people surrounding her that incompetent that she was never briefed on this?

Did anyone get fired as a result of this?

Indeed, Condoleeza Rice has since been promoted, from National Security Advisor to Secretary of State.

What about the FBI?

FBI Headquarters 1) received some of these reports about the plans of terrorists — especially Osama bin Laden & Co. — to use aircraft as weapons, and then 2) sent a tasking to all field offices specifically seeking information about Sunni extremists and their long-term plans.

We are to believe that FBI Headquarters then failed to understand the significance of the Phoenix Memo when it pointed out that suspicious individuals who were associated with Osama bin Laden were congregating in the civil aviation industry, “individuals [who] will be in a position in the future to conduct terror activity against civil aviation targets.”

Was FBI Headquarters so incompetent, as well?

Posted by Yankee Doodle at 3:15 PM

Labels: FBI Corruption, Patriot Games, Phoenix, The Killing

[there are photos of the declassified pages in both articles]

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The Islam Karimov Gulag: Memoirs of an Uzbek prisoner

05.11.2007 21:21 msk


The author of the autobiographical notes presented here for the attention of the public and the press is Uzbekistan national Mukhammadsolykh Abutov who served eight and a half years in Uzbekistan labour camps for his religious beliefs.

This document requires no commentary; it needs only to be read. What Abutov went through has been the fate of thousands of his compatriots, citizens of a country with which enlightened Europe is seeking to establish “constructive dialogue”, and for this reason is removing the sanctions imposed after on Uzbekistan after the Andijon Tragedy..

«Stalin would have probably been jealous if he’d found out that there are people in this world even better than him at frightening people» - we read in Mukhammadsolykh’s testimony.

Three years after his release, Abutov is again in custody – this time in Russia since the Uzbekistan authorities are again persecuting him for religious motives and demanding his extradition.


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This caught my eye, for the same thing is happening in the day and night in San Diego.

Black bandana mask and black clothes, I have to laugh at the gangs there, it appears they either wear a hoodie sweat shirt or no shirt at all.

In the last couple days there have been reports of men all in black, with rifles and they are shooting people.

The people that get shot, are not other gang members, but old ladies and babies.........and a fair share of gang members.

The things that I am learning, from the police scanner.

Masked gunman kills boy, 13 (at 12:40 am on a School Night) ^ | November 13, 2007 | DAVID PORTER

Posted on 11/22/2007 3:39:06 PM PST by Coleus

A masked gunman strode onto a city street early Monday and fired several shots, killing a 13-year-old boy riding on a bike and wounding another youth, authorities said. According to police, three youths were approached at about 12:40 a.m. by a man wearing a black mask and black hooded sweat shirt who emerged from between two parked cars and opened fire.

The 13-year-old, identified by his parents and police as Elijah Henderson, was fatally shot in the head. A second youth, also 13, was shot several times but his wounds were not life-threatening, police said. The second boy was able to stagger away and was found several blocks from the shooting scene. The third youth fled, apparently unharmed. The two boys who were hit were taken to University Hospital in Newark, where Henderson was pronounced dead at 1:36 a.m. The second victim, identified by Henderson’s father as Isaiah Davis, was treated and released approximately 90 minutes later, according hospital spokesman Rogers Ramsey.

A surveillance video from an apartment building caught most of the crime. The grainy footage shows one boy, believed to be Davis, walking in the street while Henderson and the other boy are riding double down the sidewalk on a bike. Suddenly, a figure appears out of the shadows and crosses the street toward the youth on foot. A flash from a gunshot can be seen, followed by other shots, and the gunman runs back across the street. A separate segment of video shows the injured youth staggering down the street.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office said it has not determined a motive for the shooting. “He was my only son,” said Henderson’s father, Cordell Henderson, of East Orange. “I just want justice. I just want to know why someone took away what was so precious to me.” Jacqueline Purdie, the slain youth’s mother, wept as she watched the surveillance video in a television news truck. The crime scene is about three-quarters of a mile from her house.

“He was on his way home,” she said. Witnesses said a suspect left in a green Mercedes Benz, according to broadcast reports. Cordell Henderson said his son was a bright youngster who loved video games and hoped to someday play football on an organized team. He wondered why the youth who was operating the bicycle on which Elijah was riding — who has not been identified by police — apparently left the scene without trying to help Elijah. “If they were friends, you would think he would have gone back and tried to at least pull him along,” he said.

4,241 posted on 11/24/2007 3:15:44 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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Iran will pile tsunamis on enemies [”if they continue to plot against Iran.”]
PRESS TV, Iran ^ | 23NOV07 | PRESS TV, Iran

Posted on 11/23/2007 10:55:56 PM PST by familyop

The chief of the IRGC has warned that the enemies will have to suffer the tsunamis of resistance if they continue to plot against Iran.

Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Ja’fari said on Friday the Iranian nation is ready to fend off any attacks from the West.

“Our enemies should know that although Iran has so far been patient with the West, this is the calm before the storm,” he cautioned.

“If the Leader of the Islamic Revolution issues an order, the nation and the Basij volunteer forces will not hesitate even one second to thwart the plots hatched by the enemies,” he told a congregation of worshipers on Tehran University campus.

Earlier Jafari had told reporters in the northeastern city of Mashhad that ‘Iran’s Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are prepared better than ever to respond to any offensive against the country’.

“They [the enemies] have repeatedly threatened to attack our country but we never take their threats seriously,” he concluded.


4,242 posted on 11/24/2007 4:44:08 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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November 24, 2007 Anti-Terrorism News -

(Iraq) Iran-backed militants behind Baghdad bombing: US;_ylt=ArcYwNJeEqpFr8i7wwV0D71X6GMA

(Iraq) Thousands roar support for Sadr in Baghdad bastion

(Iraq) Municipal official in Kirkuk, assassinated

(Iraq) Curfew imposed as Iraqi forces launch major offensive in oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk

Iraqi husband and wife journalists escape assassination attempt in Baghdad

(Iraq) U.S. military says Mosul bomb attacks killed 21 - updated death toll on Friday attack

(Iraq) 5000 US troops to withdraw from Iraq,23599,22817154-23109,00.html

Afghan suicide attack leaves 7 dead - in Kabul - including 3 children and Italian soldier;_ylt=ApzrCF.5izzoTdWMzzxy5l_OVooA

(Afghanistan) Taliban exact revenge in area claimed by Canadian and Afghan forces -
Charghulba area checkpoint

(Pakistan) 2 suicide attacks kill 35 in Pakistan - in Rawalpindi - checkpoint outside army HQ
and suicide car bomb rams bus carrying ISI intelligence officers;_ylt=AnDNg7Tq.6XYZFNVfPJU6nrzPukA

(Pakistan) New sectarian clashes kill 50 in Pakistan - in Parachinar district

Pakistan-based militants planning worldwide attacks: Musharraf

(Pakistan) Troops amassing for Dir operation\11\24\story_24-11-2007_pg1_9

(Pakistan) Militants vacate Alpuri

(Pakistan) 3 cops killed in Quetta violence\11\24\story_24-11-2007_pg1_6

(Pakistan) Eight hurt in explosion — in Mahmoud tehsil of Bajaur Agency

Report: Pakistan warned US of plans on emergency rule\11\24\story_24-11-2007_pg1_3

(India J&K) Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HUJI) “commander” killed by associates in Kashmir

India hunts bombers after explosions kill 13 - in Uttar Pradesh

UP blasts blamed on terror groups, says Jaiswal

Indian governor escapes assassination attempt - Goa

(India) Bag containing explosives recovered from Patna railway junction

(India) Bag allegedly containing bomb making items found in Ayodhya

(Bangladesh) Hizb-ut Tahrir Islamists protest US naval presence for cyclone relief

(U.S.) Annapolis, Maryland: Summit terror threat advisory issued;_ylt=Aoqntd5sjcPwEMYicYuY6HQTv5UB

(U.S.) ‘Lone-wolf terrorists’ may threaten Mideast summit

(U.S.) Firefighters trained as lookouts for terrorism

(U.S.) National Guard: Study Jihadists, take advantage of DOD foreign culture,
language programs, Guardmembers urged

(U.S.) “Saudi Islamic school in Virginia again defending its reputation”

Iran has produced nuclear fuel pellets for its heavy water reactor

(Lebanon) US urges calm in Lebanon — Lebanon outgoing pro-Syrian president Lahoud
declares state of emergency and ordered army to take control;_ylt=AuNvy2.JbyC4yENA9HQi6MbagGIB

Hamas: Deadlier rockets can be developed in a short period

Hamas ‘shocked’ at Arab backing of Annapolis

Gaza militants stage mass protest against Annapolis conference

Arabs will go to Annapolis

Palestinian fighters attack Israeli troops on outskirts of Gaza Strip

IDF troops fire at two Palestinians in northern Gaza Strip

(Saudi Arabia) Surprise, Surprise: Yet More Evidence that the Majority of Foreign Fighters in
Iraq Come from Saudi Arabia

(Algeria) Maghreb al Qaeda defiant after senior figure dies

Algeria: A court sentences Al Qaeda-linked terrorist to eight years in prison

Nigerians trained in Al-Qaeda Algerian camps face trial

Sudan : Jihad a tradition not stopped by peace agreements

Report: “Egypt: Extremists call on supporters to adopt new non-violent Jihad” - Jemaa al-Islamiya
seeks to “avoid bloodshed in Islamic societies” and “avoid internal wars and divisions”

(Canada) Terror attacks of 9-11 drove Mounties and CSIS to work together, inquiry told

(UK) Maker of Undercover Mosque documentary considers suing police

(Turkey) One PKK rebel killed in SE Turkey

Turkish PM says more democracy will finish off Kurdish rebels;_ylt=At6aD.uuewc5nqv5zwaOm9jtfLkA

(Thailand) Three killed by southern insurgents

(Thailand) Insurgent core leader detained in Songkhla

Sri Lankan military: Fighting kills 17 rebels in north, Blast kills 2 policemen in east

(North Korea) U.S. official goes to Asia for nuke talk;_ylt=AhIlZp4iyY0HUdK9ELi_eS6CscEA

(Columbia) US calls for proof hostages in Colombia alive

Other News:

(France / Sweden) Sarkozy: ‘too many Muslims in Europe’

Muslim population in European cities

(France) Marseilles: Building of Great Mosque

Netherlands: Pressure on freed doctor not to lodge complaint against Libya

(Denmark) Nationalist leader says Danish identity under threat from Muslim immigrants

Islamic bank gives OIC over USD 27 billion

2nd “fiqh” (jurisprudence) conf. for Islamic financial institutions

Against Nazi News:

Klarsfeld family of Nazi hunters honored

(Germany) Neo-Nazi questioned in swastika attack on youth

German rightist jailed for Hitler salute

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4,243 posted on 11/24/2007 8:56:18 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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Smoking Guns and Mushroom Clouds

November 25, 2007
Smoking Guns and Mushroom Clouds

The New Shape of Nuclear Danger.
By Jonathan Schell.
251 pp. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company. $24.

The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race.
By Richard Rhodes.
Illustrated. 386 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $28.95.

It is a reasonable assumption that three nuclear powers, the United
States, India and Israel, have prepared a variety of more or less
contingency plans to neutralize Ptakistan’s nuclear arsenal of some 40
or so warheads, should Islamist militants appear to threaten the regime

of President Pervez Musharraf. There have been ominous signs that other

Middle Eastern states, including Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, are
considering their own nuclear options as they contemplate a future that

may feature a nuclear-armed Iran.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, five declared nuclear powers and
constituted the nuclear club. Today India, Pakistan and North Korea
joined their number. Iraq under Saddam Hussein came within perhaps a
year of doing so, and Iran is waiting in the wings. We are poised on
brink of a new age of multiple nuclear powers.

Jonathan Schell, writing 25 years after his seminal “Fate of the Earth”

revitalized the antinuclear movement, places the blame for this change
squarely on the Bush administration. He maintains in “The Seventh
Decade” that the United States has launched a historic revolution in
nuclear affairs, embracing a first-strike policy to combat
proliferation, and pursuing new generations of nuclear weapons. This
thinking was spawned in the Pentagon from 1989 to 1993, when Dick
was defense secretary; it fell into quiescence during the Clinton
but has been reborn with vigor now that Cheney is vice president.


4,244 posted on 11/24/2007 9:07:05 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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Hezbollah supporters in US police custody

Published Date: November 24, 2007

KUWAIT: Diplomatic sources revealed that US security officials arrested
group of Lebanese men in the United States in connection with smuggling
cigarettes and liquor to various Arab nations. The group was headed by
Lebanese man named Mahmoud Ashmar (29) and during interrogations,
confessed that the revenues of the smuggled cigarettes and liquor were
to fund Hezbollah and some Kuwaiti and Saudi people were involved in

The FBI started contacting its counterparts in various GCC states in
to identify the names of the group’s GCC contacts. The FBI then
referred the
case to the CIA after the FBI discovered that the group was associated
the Lebanese Hezbollah party. Ashmar also confessed that the group had
connections in Canada and the CIA is now asking Canadian officials to
participate in the investigation.

Ashmar stated that the group received financial support from Arab
disguised as tourists to the United States who came to the US during
summer. He said the group used to receive envelopes from their contacts
each envelope contained around $300,000. Ashmar further said numerous
envelopes came from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Ashmar pointed out that their Saudi connections would give the
envelopes to
Shiite merchants in Kuwait and then the merchants brought the envelopes
the United States and Canada. FBI agents discovered a letter inside one
envelope stating that the envelope was sent from Kuwait. Ashmar also
that some envelopes were handed over to groups by women touring the US.
noted that the women did not know that they were funding Hezbollah and
thought they were giving donations to charitable organizations.


4,245 posted on 11/24/2007 9:23:37 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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Putin meets top Saudi official as Russia eyes arms sale
Agence France Presse(AFP) ^ | 11/24/07

Posted on 11/24/2007 7:28:56 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Putin meets top Saudi official as Russia eyes arms sale 17 hours ago

4,246 posted on 11/24/2007 5:31:35 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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Iran to Launch Home-Made Submarine, Destroyer
FARS News Agency (FNA),Iran ^ | 2007-11-24

Posted on 11/24/2007 9:21:46 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Iran to Launch Home-Made Submarine, Destroyer

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian army’s naval commander said that the country is due to launch a home-made destroyer and a submarine on Wednesday.

Freepers have posted photos and plans for homemade subs in this thread, it is a must see.

4,247 posted on 11/24/2007 5:59:57 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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a 1999 thread:

FBI Director Admits Russians May Have Secret Weapons in U.S.

News/Current Events News Keywords: BURIED NUKES
Source: newsmax
Published: 8 Nov. 1999
Posted on 11/08/1999 07:57:05 PST by flamefront

FBI Director Louis Freeh admitted that Russia may yet have stored weapons – including nuclear suitcase bombs – at secret locations around the U.S.

The stunning revelations appeared in yesterday’s editions of the New York Post. The paper quoted Congressman Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) as having had a conversation with Freeh in the past two weeks.

Weldon said that Freeh “acknowledged the possibility that hidden weapons caches exist in the United States . . .”

Weldon, a leading congressional expert on Russia and chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on military research and development, said, “There is no doubt that the Soviets stored material in this country. The question is what and where.”


There is a useful, very long list of old F.R. threads in post 65 of this thread, amazing what Freepers know:

4,248 posted on 11/24/2007 8:29:54 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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Southern California Wildfires (Live thread)
Local news | Today | Me

Posted on 11/24/2007 6:46:08 AM PST by al baby

MALIBU, Nov. 24, 2007 - Residents were ordered to evacuate their homes early Saturday ahead of a wildfire that scorched about 250 acres in the hills above Malibu as the dry Santa Ana wind returned to Southern California.

The San Diego police scanner was busy this afternoon, lots of small fires, and the dispatcher said ‘set’.

I could not keep the reports separate, they no more than called for fighters, then there was a new one.

4,249 posted on 11/24/2007 9:06:51 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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[latest thread]

Celebrities flee, homes gutted as wildfire ravages Malibu [Matthew McConaughey, Minnie Driver...] ^

Posted on 11/24/2007 4:37:19 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Celebrities flee, homes gutted as wildfire ravages Malibu Nov 24 05:47 PM US/Eastern Hollywood stars were among nearly 10,000 people forced to flee as wind-driven wildfires tore through the celebrity enclave of Malibu on Saturday, gutting at least 35 multi-million dollar homes and threatening hundreds more, officials and reports said.


4,250 posted on 11/24/2007 9:33:07 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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