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  • Miami Herald Staffers Give Tips on How to Commit Adultery

    12/16/2009 2:55:09 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies · 824+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 16, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    I'm not sure which is funnier about this Miami Herald story; that Adultery 101 was published in that newspaper or the fact that it was actually written by Herald staffers. It is so bizarre of a story that it should be marked down as a sign of desperation to attract readers in the midst of a calamitous circulation plunge. So let us now join the Miami Herald staffers as they present their readers with "helpful tips" on how to commit adultery with a celeb shoutout to Tiger Woods: So you're left scratching your head, wondering how a guy like Tiger...
  • Brazil Says Amazon Destruction Declining ('But-monkey')

    09/13/2006 9:14:55 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 6 replies · 300+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 5, 2006 | Staff
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The rate of destruction of the Amazon rain forest is slowing, although ranchers, loggers and soybean farmers are illegally removing thousands of square miles of trees each year, the Brazilian government said Tuesday. The rain forest, as big as Western Europe, lost 6,450 square miles between 2005 and 2006, a decrease of 11 percent from the year before, the environment ministry said citing preliminary figures. "We are now, once again, seeing a declining trend," Environment Minister Marina Silva told reporters in Brasilia, adding: "We have to combat illegal deforestation." Silva credited increased law enforcement and...
  • US lists 10 foiled terror plots

    02/09/2006 9:27:58 AM PST · by aculeus · 44 replies · 2,386+ views
    BBC News on line ^ | October 10, 2005 | Unsigned
    The White House has given details of 10 major terror plots that President Bush says have been foiled by the US and its allies since the 11 September attacks. Mr Bush cited the disrupted plans in a speech, designed to boost support for the so-called war on terror. They include a plot to use hijacked aircraft to hit the US East and West coasts and to attack Heathrow Airport. But the sketchy details provided by the White House make it hard to assess how serious or advanced the plans were. Most of the plots have been previously reported in some...
  • Memphis Fear Factor: The public is getting an incomplete picture of domestic terrorism threats

    12/17/2005 11:06:45 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 8 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Memphis Flyer ^ | December 17, 2005 | John Branston
    Acting U.S. attorney Larry Laurenzi says anti-terrorism is the "number-one priority" of his office. Memphis Police Department director Larry Godwin says "it's a matter of time" before suicide bombers begin attacking targets in the United States. "It's going to hit. I know it." My Harrison, the head of the local FBI office, says, "You don't hear of the terrorist acts that are preempted. There are some. There are many." And Willie Hulon, a former Memphis police officer who is head of the FBI's worldwide counter-terrorism operations, says, "We have to focus now on the potential for home-grown terrorists." All four...
  • Transcript of Curt Weldon Interview on the Sean Hannity Radio Show

    10/20/2005 8:45:41 PM PDT · by vadkins · 19 replies · 1,236+ views
    QT Monster's Place ^ | 10/20/05 | The Sean Hannity Show
    Rep. Curt Weldon: 2 weeks before the attack on the USS Cole and then again 2 days before the attack on the USS Cole, saw through their analysis that a major event was going to occur in Yemen. They told the Navy not to bring the Cole into Yemen harbor and it went in and was attacked. That information was also compiled and the analysis was done by Able Danger. That story has not been told. These people will testify to that story as well.
  • Data-Mining Offensive in the Works

    10/18/2005 8:43:02 AM PDT · by vadkins · 7 replies · 626+ views
    Government Computer News | 10/10/05 | Patience Wait
    A draft proposal floating behind closed doors would reconstitute and improve upon a former Army data-mining program called Able Danger. Able Providence, as the new program has been dubbed, would establish “robust open-source harvesting capabilities” to give military and law enforcement agencies the information to take the initiative in the war on terrorism—that is, to be able to plan and execute offensive measures—in addition to continued defensive actions. In addition, the program would be driven by a presumption that use of weapons of mass destruction within the United States is possible. As a result, Able Providence would need to detect,...
  • Able Danger: Curt Weldon Interviewed by Rush Limbaugh in the Limbaugh Letter

    10/17/2005 9:09:06 PM PDT · by vadkins · 8 replies · 887+ views
    The Limbaugh Letter ^ | September 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    I did not take the story to the media first when I was told about Able Danger in June. I'd been working on datamining with the Army's LIWA (Land Information Warfare Assessment) facility for six years, since 1999...When I first found out about Able Danger three months ago, I went to the House floor after I investigated this. I went to two 9/11 commissioners, a Democrat and a Republican. And John Lehman told me I should pursue this publicly. He said, "Curt, if you don't, nobody else will." I went to the House floor and did a speech, and no...
  • Louis Freeh's Able Danger Remarks on Meet The Press

    10/17/2005 12:15:31 AM PDT · by vadkins · 16 replies · 2,564+ views
    The Intelligence Summit ^ | 10/16/05 | Tim Russert
    Louis Freeh: No I disagree with that. And you know, while we're on the subject of the 9-11 Commission, I'm very interested and I know the country is in the Able Danger report. We have now very honorable military officers telling the United States, Tim, that in 2000 not only had Mohammad Atta been identified, by photo and name, but was earmarked as an Al Qaeda operative in the United States...
  • National Security Watch: Disquieted whistle-blowers

    10/12/2005 11:07:20 AM PDT · by vadkins · 25 replies · 3,263+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | 10/11/05 | Kevin Whitelaw
    One of the biggest names of the conference never even uttered a word. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer is the military intelligence operative who recently went public with a controversial claim that a year before September 11, his top-secret task force "Able Danger" was able to identify the man who later turned out to be the lead hijacker as being connected to al Qaeda. Shaffer is a veteran of top-secret operations against terrorists, including some in Afghanistan, and several of his DIA colleagues have come out publicly to confirm that they remember Mohamed Atta being identified in 2000 as part of...
  • If Only We Had Acted

    10/08/2005 10:40:54 PM PDT · by vadkins · 7 replies · 855+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/9/05 | F. Michael Maloof
    Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, correctly asserts the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001, could have been averted. The assertion was based on his efforts as early as 1999 to create a national collaborative or fusion center. It would data-mine vast amounts of information from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement to confront such asymmetrical threats as terrorism, proliferation, illegal arms trafficking, espionage, narcotics and information warfare and cyber-terrorism. It was a process that produced, among other things, the Able Danger open-source analysis that reportedly revealed hijacker Mohamed Atta as a potential terrorist before the attack. Mr. Weldon first...
  • The Able Danger Foxtrot Continues

    10/05/2005 4:18:27 PM PDT · by vadkins · 5 replies · 863+ views
    The Daily Standard ^ | 10/5/2005 | Ed Morrissey
    "It really does raise the question about where the [Armed Services] committees are on this," Zaid said. He emphatically states that the two Armed services have "done nothing, at least with respect to contacting Able Danger team members." Shouldn't these two panels at least have some curiosity about what information the DoD had about al Qaeda prior to 9/11? Everyone else seems to want answers--except those closest to the Pentagon. And Zaid wants Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer to be allowed to supply them. It's extraordinary that the Armed Services committees would continue to act as wallflowers while the Pentagon they...
  • Report due in Able Danger probe

    10/05/2005 7:19:45 AM PDT · by vadkins · 28 replies · 1,434+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/5/2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Senate Intelligence Committee has taken closed-door statements in an inquiry that could clear up whether the intelligence program Able Danger identified September 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta a year before the attack. A spokesman said yesterday that the committee likely will release a report or a statement in the next two weeks that makes conclusions, or at least determines the facts. Most of the attention on Able Danger has come from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which already has conducted one public hearing on the intelligence-collection program. It is now asking the Pentagon to allow personnel associated with Able Danger, such...
  • Able Danger: Zaid's Rebuttal To The AP

    10/01/2005 9:48:23 PM PDT · by vadkins · 12 replies · 983+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 10/1/05 | Mark Zaid, Esq.
    This is my first post on this blog and I want to use this opportunity to comment on something that I find to be very important, and that is the issue of LTC Shaffer's security clearance. The AP story that was issued Friday entitled "Pentagon revokes clearance of 'Able Danger' officer" was replete with many errors and unfortunate omissions that portrayed my client, who the reporter never interviewed, in a false light. I would like to set the record straight so that everyone knows the situation. I set up the story so that a full and balanced portrait could be...
  • Inside the Ring/Atta's Photo

    10/01/2005 1:55:16 PM PDT · by vadkins · 21 replies · 1,759+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/30/2005 | Bill Gertz/Rowas Scarborough
    The purported photo of Atta was later reproduced on a chart that had the names of up to 60 suspected terrorists that Mr. Weldon says he gave to Stephen J. Hadley in 2001, when he was White House deputy national security adviser. Frederick Jones, an NSC spokesman, said that Mr. Hadley does not recall ever seeing the chart with the Atta photo, but does not rule out the possibility that he was given the photo by Mr. Weldon. The photo was purchased from the woman by Orion Scientific Systems Inc., a government contractor that was involved in an early phase...
  • Atta known to Pentagon before 9/11

    10/01/2005 1:50:48 PM PDT · by vadkins · 8 replies · 1,043+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 9/28/2005 | John Crewdson and Andrew Zajac
    Information unearthed The Washington-based FBI agent who was Shaffer's liaison has recalled, in interviews with her superiors, that Shaffer told her his group had unearthed important information on suspected Al Qaeda operatives with links to the U.S., but without mentioning Atta's name. When Shaffer, who is also a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, asked to whom at the FBI that information should be communicated, the agent gave him the name and phone number of an official at FBI headquarters, according to the senior FBI official. Shaffer explained in a telephone interview that although Able/Danger never had knowledge of Atta's...
  • Triangle Ed-Op Interviews: Congressman Curt Weldon

    09/30/2005 1:28:27 PM PDT · by vadkins · 12 replies · 684+ views
    The Triangle Online ^ | 9/30/2005 | James Mack, Jr.
    Curt Weldon: So, what I've had to do is to fight with both of them, both the 9-11 Commission and the [Bush] administration, who I think neither of whom wants this information to be put out to the American people. Now, what bothers me is that the bulk of the information in Able Danger acquired was open-source information; it wasn't classified. To deny these military officers, who are very dedicated, loyal Americans, to tell their story not only flies in the face of everything this country stands for, but it is also a personal attack against them. It also flies...
  • Disabling Able Danger

    09/28/2005 4:21:03 PM PDT · by vadkins · 8 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Washington Post Blog ^ | 9/28/2005 | William Arkin
    As I wrote yesterday, Shaffer is pretty lonely in his recollections. Of some 80 people interviewed by the Defense Department as part of its Able Danger internal investigation, the Pentagon says that three additional workers remember seeing either a chart with a photo or a reference to Mohamed Atta.
  • The Secret History of Able Danger

    09/27/2005 8:39:39 AM PDT · by vadkins · 71 replies · 3,465+ views
    The Washington Post Blog ^ | 9/27/2005 | William Arkin
    First, to debunk the myths: As best as I can determine, having spent tens of hours talking to military sources involved with the issue, intelligence analysts did not identify anyone prior to 9/11, Mohammed Atta included, as a suspect in any upcoming terrorist attack. It is not even clear that a "Mohammed Atta" was identified, let alone that it is the same Atta who died on 9/11. No military lawyers prevented intelligence sleuths from passing useful information to the FBI. Able Danger itself was not an intelligence program. As a representative of U.S. Special Operations Command said at a special...
  • U.N. Report Cites U.S. and Japan as the 'Least Generous Donors'

    09/07/2005 7:49:56 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 47 replies · 1,273+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 8, 2005 | CELIA W. DUGGER
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 7 - A week before world leaders gather here to set a course for combating global poverty, a United Nations report released on Wednesday names the United States and Japan as among "the least generous donors" and says American and European trade policies are hypocritical and contribute to impoverishing African farmers. The report also highlights shortcomings in developing countries. It notes that India's and China's progress in reducing the easily preventable deaths of children has slowed even as their economic growth has surged. India has 2.5 million deaths of children a year, while China is second, with...
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal's "Courage" to Hate America (Don Feder On More Hollyweird America-Bashing Alert)

    04/29/2005 1:42:24 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 2,035+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 04/29/05 | Don Feder
    Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has an angelic face, an odd name – and not much else. (Her most memorable role to date was playing a masochist in the movie, "The Secretary.") But Gyllenhaal knows how to get the attention of the Hollywood establishment: just bash America. Tell the world how conscience compels you to trash your country. Make vague allegations about the awful things America has done and how we brought terrorism on ourselves. All the while, congratulate yourself for your honesty and nobility in taking such a courageous stand. The actress, who appears in "The Great New Wonderful Thing" (about...