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  • 9/11 Plotter Released in Syria Prisoner Exchange

    03/11/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    AL-MONITOR.com ^ | Posted March 10, 2014 | Author John Rosenthal
    "9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange" SNIPPET: "The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front. A naturalized German citizen of Syrian origin, Mohammed Haydar Zammar left Germany shortly after the attacks and traveled to Morocco, where he was reportedly...
  • New Jersey state trooper caught shoplifting at Cabela's near Hamburg, police say

    02/03/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies
    TILDEN TWP., Pa. - A New Jersey State Police trooper asked an officer not to arrest him on shoplifting charges by mentioning he worked on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's security detail, police said. An attorney for William Carvounis confirmed the trooper has worked on Christie's security detail but denied he asked for special treatment. He also denied that Carvounis shoplifted items from the outdoor retailer Cabela's in Tilden Twp., Berks Co., near Hamburg, on Jan. 8.
  • A ban on autos? Major cities consider going carless

    01/27/2014 3:58:22 PM PST · by gooblah · 32 replies
    Cnbc ^ | Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Paul A Eisenstein
    home of the high-speed autobahn, is perhaps one of the few countries that has had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. But in an effort to go green, the country's second-largest city is studying ways to eliminate cars by 2034.
  • Startling Revelations from an Iranian Smuggling Case in Hamburg

    09/18/2013 1:43:22 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    ALGEMEINER.com - Commentary-Opinion ^ | September 17, 2013 | by Matthias Kuentzel
    SNIPPET: "I rarely attend trials, but this one is special. On July 24, 2013, the main hearing in the case of German businessman Rudolf M. and Iranian-Germans Gholamali K., Kianzad K., and Hamid Kh. opened at Hamburg’s Higher Regional Court. The defendants are charged with exporting 92 German-produced specialized valves for use in Iran’s Arak plutonium reactor and arranging the shipment of 856 nuclear-usable valves from India to Iran in 2010 and 2011. The reasons why the UN Security Council has ordered Iran to halt the construction of the Arak reactor are compelling. If this nuclear plant comes online in...
  • Shoplifter at Cabela's in Tilden Township took ammunition, troopers say ( Hamburg, PA )

    03/24/2013 4:30:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 42 replies
    readingeagle ^ | 3/24/2013
    A Bucks County man stole more than $1,000 in ammunition and gun accessories Saturday from Cabela's in Tilden Township, state police said. Craig Holtzman, 41, of Warminster was stopped by state police on Interstate 78 in Greenwich Township at 3:18 p.m., two hours after he took the items from the store, troopers said. Holtzman had fled Cabela's after being confronted by store security, according to troopers. Cabela's employees gave troopers a description of the vehicle, which they pulled over near the Krumsville exit on the interstate, police said. Inside the vehicle, the stolen items - $1,048 in ammunition and scope...
  • Bin Laden son-in-law seized, held by U.S.

    03/07/2013 10:44:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cnn ^ | 3/7/13 | Barbara Starr
    Osama bin Laden´s son-in-law has been captured and is in the hands of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, two administration officials said on Thursday. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, was captured within the last week in Jordan, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York. The lawmaker had been told of the capture by law enforcement officials. Congress was notified when Ghaith was taken into U.S. custody, the officials said.
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views
    EdwardJayEpstein.com ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovoi’s business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • Hamburg mosque may have violated anti-hate contract

    09/23/2012 10:53:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | 09/23/2012 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    House of prayer operators participate in march calling for Israel’s destruction. The Imam Ali Mosque in Hamburg, widely considered by experts in Germany and abroad the long arm of Iran’s regime in the Federal Republic, appears to have violated the spirit – and perhaps the terms – of its contractual partnership with the city of Hamburg. The mosque and its parent organization are said to have mobilized anti-Israel activists to call for the destruction of the Jewish state. ... Hamburg has the largest German-Iranian and Iranian community in the Federal Republic. The northern city is believed to have the second...
  • Thousands of Communists and Neo-Nazis clash in streets of Hamburg

    06/04/2012 10:43:48 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 57 replies
    AFP ^ | June 4, 2012 | AFP
    Clashes between neo-Nazi demonstrators and far-left counter-protesters overnight in the northern German port city of Hamburg left 38 police officers injured, police said Sunday. Security forces were pelted with rocks, bottles and fireworks and responded by turning water canon and pepper spray on the rioting groups who turned out at a march by the far right. At least two parked cars and a police cruiser were set ablaze. Police, who deployed 4,400 officers to keep the peace between the two sides, took 63 demonstrators into custody and formally arrested another 17. Around 3,500 people, mainly from the hard left, turned...
  • Subcommittee Hearing: Jihadist Use of Social Media...

    12/05/2011 5:27:07 PM PST · by Cindy · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Quote: homeland.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-jihadist-use-social-media-how-prevent-terrorism-and-preserve-innovation Subcommittee Hearing: Jihadist Use of Social Media - How to Prevent Terrorism and Preserve Innovation Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence | 311 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Dec 6, 2011 2:00pm On Tuesday, December 6, 2011 the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence will hold a hearing entitled "Jihadist Use of Social Media - How to Prevent Terrorism and Preserve Innovation." The Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building. Witnesses Mr. Evan F. Kohlmann Flashpoint Global Partners Mr. William McCants Analyst Analyst for the Center for Naval...
  • Bathing blonde sculpture in central Hamburg (CAPTION!)

    08/05/2011 5:22:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    en.rian.ru ^ | 8/05/11
    Bathing blonde sculpture in central Hamburg5/8/2011 15:58 A giant head with made-up lips and eyes floats above the Inner Alster Lake in central Hamburg. Together with the naked knees sticking out of the water, it belongs to “The Blonde,” or “The Mermaid,” a gigantic sculpture that weights about two metric tons, and is four meters high and 30 meters long (approx. 13ft by 98ft).
  • Spy killed by $US10m worth of polonium

    12/17/2006 6:10:09 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 61 replies · 2,149+ views
    The Australian ^ | 18 Decenber 2996 | Daniel McGrory and Tony Halpin
    BRITISH investigators believe that Alexander Litvinenko's killers used more than $US10 million of polonium-210 to poison him. Preliminary findings from the post mortem examination on the former KGB spy suggest that he was given more than ten times the lethal dose. Police do not know why the assassins used so much of the polonium-210, and are investigating whether the poison was part of a consignment to be sold on the black market. They believe that whoever orchestrated the plot knew of its effects, but are unsure whether the massive amount was used to send a message - it made it...
  • The Fate of 11 Aspiring Jihadists from Germany

    10/18/2010 10:03:19 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies
    Der Speigel ^ | October 17, 2010
    In early 2009, a number of eager Islamists living in Hamburg, who worshipped at the same mosque as some of the 9/11 terrorists, decided to head to Afghanistan to volunteer for jihad. They fancied themselves fierce warriors, but they turned out to be major failures. They were 11 of them in all, nine angry men and two of their wives, and they all wanted to fight against the occupiers. But waging jihad can be hard -- especially if you're overweight or have been spoiled by your mother. When they set off for Afghanistan from Hamburg in early 2009, they were...
  • Travel Alert [Europe]

    10/03/2010 1:28:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Travel Alert U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Europe October 3, 2010 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions. Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation...
  • Treasury Department Targets Iranian-Owned Bank in Germany Facilitating Iran's Proliferation...

    NOTE The following text is a quote: September 7, 2010 TG-847 Treasury Department Targets Iranian-Owned Bank in Germany Facilitating Iran's Proliferation Activities WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Europäisch -Iranische Handelsbank (EIH), one of the few remaining European banks actively facilitating business with Iranian banks and handling billions of dollars worth of transactions on their behalf. Today's action was taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which blocks the property of designated weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferators and their supporters, thereby isolating them from the U.S. financial system. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, EIH provides financial...
  • Germany: Man Who Knew 9/11 Hijacker Blasts Bush

    06/21/2002 6:18:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 239+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 21 2002 | AP
    BERLIN- A Syrian-born businessman who knew Sept. 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and has been accused of operating an al-Qaida front lashed out at President Bush on Thursday and denied any connection to terrorism. Mamoun Darkazanli, described by the FBI as a well-connected agent of Osama bin Laden, was questioned by German police shortly after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But he was freed for lack of evidence and continues to live in Hamburg, Germany, where Atta and two other hijackers had lived. Speaking to The Associated Press in a telephone interview, Darkazanli bristled when...
  • Germany’s Imam Mamoun Darkazanli: Al-Qaeda's Alleged Financier and Logistician

    08/28/2010 12:52:03 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/2010 | Derek Henry Flood
    Police in Hamburg shut down the notorious al-Quds mosque, renamed the Taiba mosque in 2008, led by German-Syrian national and voluntary imam Mamoun Darkazanli. Darkazanli (a.k.a. Abu Ilyas al-Suri) has been a suspected al-Qaeda operative, primarily as a financier and logistician, in the European Union for close to two decades. Long active in al-Qaeda circles, Darkazanli first surfaced on the radar of Western intelligence agencies when he purportedly helped procure a cargo ship named “Jennifer” for Osama bin Laden as early as 1993 (Hamburger Abendblatt, October 16, 2004). Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA- Federal Criminal Police Office) admitted that it had been...
  • A Mosque that Should have Been Shut Down 9 Years Ago

    08/11/2010 10:23:43 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-11-10 | Wordsmith
    Well this is comforting news: BERLIN — Authorities in Hamburg said Monday they had shut down the mosque where several of the hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 attacks had met, asserting that it remains a source of radicalization. The Masjid Taiba mosque in Hamburg, known in 2001 as Al Quds mosque, was "closed effective immediately," officials said. 9 years after the events of September 11th is "Immediately"?! Over the past decade, police found again and again that Muslims in al-Quds mosque were being fed a steady diet of militant Islam. The mosque still hosted a steady parade of radical...
  • Mosque Used by 9/11 Attackers Shut Down

    08/09/2010 2:06:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    BERLIN -- A Hamburg mosque once frequented by some of the Sept. 11 attackers was shut down Monday because German authorities believe the prayer house was again being used as a meeting point for Islamic radicals. The Taiba mosque was closed and the cultural association that runs it was banned, Hamburg officials said in a statement. "We have closed the mosque because it was a recruiting and meeting point for Islamic radicals who wanted to participate in so-called jihad or holy war," said Frank Reschreiter, a spokesman for Hamburg's state interior ministry. He said that 20 police officers were searching...
  • Poor Decisions Haunting In Al-Awlaki Case

    03/26/2010 5:48:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 26, 2010 | DAVID IGNATIUS
    Last October, the Yemeni government came to the CIA with a request: Could the agency collect intelligence that might help target the network of a U.S.-born al-Qaida recruiter named Anwar al-Awlaki? What happened next is haunting, in light of subsequent events. The CIA concluded that it could not assist the Yemenis in locating al-Awlaki for a possible capture operation. The primary reason was that the agency lacked specific evidence that he threatened the lives of Americans — which is the threshold for any capture-or-kill operation against a U.S. citizen. The Yemenis also wanted U.S. Special Forces' help in pursuing al-Awlaki;...
  • Judge Orders Notorious Terrorist Freed from Gitmo

    According to the Wall Street Journal, a district judge has ordered Mohamedou Slahi – a known al Qaeda recruiter who worked for Osama bin Laden – freed from Guantanamo. The Journal’s account does not explain the judge’s reasoning and the decision was not immediately available online. But the decision is inexplicable in light of Slahi’s notorious track record. There is no doubt that Mohamedou Slahi is one of the worst terrorists held at Gitmo. (See here for a previous summary of Slahi’s dossier.) Recruiter for the September 11 attacks Among Slahi's most notorious recruits were four of the September 11...
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • Judge Orders Release of Gitmo Detainee Tied to 9-11

    03/22/2010 3:35:51 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 60 replies · 2,110+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3/22/2010 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — A suspected Al Qaeda organizer once called "the highest value detainee" at Guantanamo Bay was ordered released by a federal judge in an order issued Monday. Mohamedou Ould Slahi was accused in the 9/11 Commission report of helping recruit Mohammed Atta and other members of the Al Qaeda cell in Hamburg, Germany, that took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Military prosecutors suspected Slahi of links to other Al Qaeda operations, and considered seeking the death penalty against him while preparing possible charges in 2003 and 2004.
  • They Are “Magically” Dangerous.

    10/22/2009 7:49:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies · 657+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | October 22, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    Are we seeing the begining of the food police? Please. Stop. Just stop it. I’m not stupid. I know me Lucky Charms are not magic. I know Frosted Flakes are not …”Greaaaat” for you. I know Count Chocula isn’t a real monster and Tricks aren’t just for kids. Stop it pleaseeeeee. The federal government is wading into the supermarket aisle, making its first effort to provide better nutritional information on food products since it developed the black-and-white Nutrition Facts label 15 years ago.
  • Hamburg’s Terror Cell

    10/12/2009 2:35:12 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 407+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | October 12 2009 | Stephen Brown
    Eight years after 9/11, the city where the attack was planned is once more enjoying a sad reputation as a center for Islamic terrorism. The German media reported earlier this week that German security officials are tracking in Hamburg a new, ten-man Islamic terrorist group. Hamburg is the city that hosted Mohammed Atta and other key, 9/11 terrorists, while they planned their strike against the World Trade Center. Afterwards, history bestowed the city’s name on Atta and his associates, who ever since have been collectively called the “Hamburg Cell.” According to an internal intelligence report composed by Hamburg’s security agencies,...
  • The Future of the American Medicine Cabinet - All the wrong people are excited about Obama's...

    03/19/2009 2:20:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 703+ views
    Reason ^ | March 17, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
    All the wrong people are excited about Obama's FDA picks.Over the weekend, President Barack Obama nominated Margaret Hamburg to serve as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Joshua Sharfstein to serve as principal deputy commissioner of the agency.The FDA regulates about a quarter of all the consumer products that Americans buy, which roughly equals $1 trillion. Many analysts predict that Hamburg and Sharfstein will divvy up their functions in the agency with Hamburg focusing chiefly on food issues and Sharfstein being charge of drugs and medical devices. What should we expect? To some extent, their...
  • FDA Pick Was NYC Health Chief

    03/11/2009 8:05:12 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 2 replies · 359+ views
    WAPO ^ | 3/11/09 | Rob Stein and Lyndsey Layton
    The Obama administration has tapped Margaret A. Hamburg, a physician and former New York City health commissioner with an interest in bioterrorism, to run the struggling Food and Drug Administration, according to people familiar with the choice. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner, will serve as Hamburg's chief deputy, according to these sources. Sharfstein won national attention when he took on the drug industry and petitioned the FDA in 2007 to restrict the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medications for young children.
  • Margaret Hamburg said to be Obama's pick to head the FDA (picture tells all you need to know)

    03/11/2009 8:29:59 PM PDT · by pissant · 117 replies · 8,466+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/11/09 | Naom Levy
    Reporting from Washington -- President Obama has decided to nominate former New York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to head the Food and Drug Administration, turning to a onetime Clinton administration official to help right the beleaguered regulatory agency, a source briefed on the choice said Wednesday. Hamburg, 53, a physician who has worked extensively on bioterrorism issues, is a senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington-based foundation focused on threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
  • Church of Scientology and Anonymous: Guess Which Group Didn’t get Invite to German Seminar

    09/13/2008 3:04:35 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 2 replies · 489+ views
    DBKP ^ | September 13, 2008 | LBG
    On September 4 in Hamburg, Germany, an unusual event occured: Germany's Department of Interior Affairs' Ursala Caberta held a 3-hour seminar on the dangers of Scientology while members of the Church were told to "stay away". Caberta has been head of the "Working Group on Scientology" since 1992. The 3-hour seminar, titled, "That is Scientology! Reports from the USA" included actor and former Scientologist Jason Beghe, former Scientologists Marc Headley and and Larry Brennan, attorney Graham Berry, as well as representatives from the anti-Scientology group, Anonymous. The Church of Scientology, who was not invited, sued to be allowed in the...
  • BUSINESS, CULT OR RELIGION? - Hamburg Official Wants a Germany-Wide Ban on Scientology

    12/05/2007 12:41:46 AM PST · by Atlantic Bridge · 41 replies · 403+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | December 04, 2007 | msm/ap
    German suspicion of Scientology resurfaced in Hamburg this week after a security official said he would seek a nationwide ban against the organization. He's arguing that Scientology is an "unconstitutional" big business. Germany and Scientology have never been the best of friends. German officials consider Scientology a business, not a religion, and tax the outfit accordingly. Scientology has responded by complaining about "religious discrimination." Yet Berlin has a Scientology center, and the famous Scientologist Tom Cruise came to Berlin this year to film a big-budget Hollywood film -- even, after some debate, in restricted Nazi-era buildings. Now an official in...
  • German court hands (Arab Muslim) Moroccan max for 9/11

    01/08/2007 8:17:36 PM PST · by PRePublic · 8 replies · 546+ views
    Herald News ^ | 01-08-07
    German court hands Moroccan max for 9/11 By SIMONE UTLER, Associated Press HAMBURG, Germany - A Moroccan man convicted of aiding three of the four suicide pilots who committed the Sept. 11 attacks was sentenced Monday to the maximum of 15 years in prison for his role in the terror plot. "Anyone who helped in this has earned stiff punishment," presiding Judge Carsten Beckmann said after announcing Monday‘s verdict. Defense lawyers said they would appeal. Dominic Puopolo Jr. fought back tears and held up pictures of his mother, Sonia Morales Puopolo, an American Airlines flight attendant, as he joined prosecutors...
  • All You Need Is Love: New Beatles Album Woos Fans

    11/22/2006 4:57:28 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 86 replies · 2,527+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 22, 2006 | Staff
    LONDON (AFP) - Fans have rushed to buy the first "new" Beatles album for a generation -- a radical remixing of some of the group's most famous songs -- more than 35 years after the break-up of the iconic band. "Love", which has the backing of surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, comprises 26 of the Fab Four's hit songs, but many of them mixed together using previously unheard material from the studio. "I hope this will help people to hear Beatles music again," said Giles Martin, son of the group's original producer Sir George Martin who is often...
  • Court orders retrial of 9/11 hijacker friend (Germany; MOTASSADEQ; Never-ending story continues)

    11/16/2006 1:39:30 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 3 replies · 337+ views
    KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's highest court of appeals on Thursday ordered that a Moroccan friend of the September 11 hijackers must face a third trial on charges of aiding the deadly 2001 attacks on the United States. Judge Klaus Tolksdorf, who has said that Mounir El Motassadeq clearly knew his acquaintances from Hamburg were planning plane attacks, ordered the retrial. Motassadeq was convicted last year of belonging to a terrorist organisation and sentenced to 7 years in prison, but cleared of the more serious charge of abetting mass murder. He was unexpectedly freed from a Hamburg prison in February...
  • Ressam at times defiant in 2 days of questioning (Religion of Peace update)

    12/19/2002 9:17:32 PM PST · by Abar · 1 replies · 583+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 19, 2002 | Mike Carter
    Ressam at times defiant in 2 days of questioning By Mike Carter Seattle Times staff reporter After more than a year of cooperating with federal prosecutors, Ahmed Ressam has become a sometimes difficult and defiant government witness. Ressam was at times surly and evasive during two days of closed-door questioning this week in Seattle by German lawyers who need his help prosecuting Mounir el-Motassadeq, a Moroccan accused of helping the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers. Ressam, convicted of conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism, might be endangering his deal with federal prosecutors to serve as few as 27 years...
  • The Hitler Bible

    08/09/2006 10:00:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies · 2,728+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 08/09/2006 | Joseph Crowley
    The U.K. Daily Mirror is not the first paper most think of when it comes to serious breaking news. But the Mirror was the first to break the story of Adolf Hitler doing a little editing of the Bible so he could use the power of the religion he hated to his further his maniacal cause. It’s said that approximately 100,000 Third Reich Bibles were actually published and distributed to thousands of churches in 1941.It’s believed this particular copy, discovered in church offices in Hamburg, is one of the few if not the sole surviving “Deutsch mit Gott – Germans...
  • U.S. enters World Cup with newfound swagger

    06/04/2006 12:02:58 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 101 replies · 1,631+ views
    Journal Gazette ^ | 6/4/06 | Ronald Blum
    HAMBURG, Germany – American soccer players finally are larger than life. A 70 1/2 -foot billboard in New York this spring showed Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley, proclaiming in huge yellow letters: “THE WORLD NO LONGER WANTS TO PLAY US.” In May, a new sign was put up with American players and the inscription: “BEWARE,” an ad that also overlooked San Francisco’s Union Square. Faster, fearless and filled with desire to earn respect, the U.S. team is confident it will advance from a difficult first-round World Cup group that includes the Czech Republic, Italy and Ghana. “Beas and...
  • The Americans arrive to much fanfare [Soccer World Cup]

    06/03/2006 5:08:00 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 27 replies · 910+ views
    MercuryNews.com ^ | Jun. 03, 2006 | Filip Bondy
    The Americans arrive to much fanfareBY FILIP BONDY New York Daily News HAMBURG - Bugenhagenstrasse, the narrow, cobbled road behind the Park Hyatt, was blockaded at both ends on Friday afternoon, with 20 policemen standing guard to protect the precious cargo inside the hotel. That would be the U.S. national soccer team, with its special security needs and its modest World Cup expectations. "Second round or bust," is the unspoken motivational motto around here, at least until further notice. The players landed Friday morning at 6:03 a.m., were mobbed by German media, and soon discovered this isn't Korea anymore. In...
  • Top Port Operators Pose Dubai-like Risks

    02/25/2006 8:55:35 PM PST · by Carl/NewsMax · 21 replies · 956+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    One of most powerful arguments against the takeover of six major U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World is that two of 9/11 hijackers were born in the United Arab Emirates, home to the embattled ports operator. Indeed, the 9/11 Commission report has no fewer than 18 references to Dubai, noting that several hijackers traveled through the city repeatedly and used a Dubai-based relative of Khalid Sheik Mohammed to transmit financing for the attacks. But it turns out that the companies most qualified take DPW's place pose similar security risks, at least by the standards currently applied to the DPW takeover....
  • Al-Qaida 'bought uranium' in Congo

    11/14/2003 8:54:23 AM PST · by joyful1 · 59 replies · 922+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | 11/13/2003 | Aljazeera.net
    Al-Qaida 'bought uranium' in Congo Friday 14 November 2003, 19:18 Makka Time, 16:18 GMT Bin Ladin's network alleged to have 'dirty bomb' capability Related: Al-Qaida threatens more attacks Saudi regime v al-Qaida: Only one survives Tools: Email Article Print Article Send Your Feedback An al-Qaida representative bought enriched uranium capable of being used in a so-called dirty bomb from the Congolese opposition in 2000, according to a French newspaper report. In sworn testimony an unnamed former soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has told investigators looking into the murders of two Congolese opposition figures in France in December...
  • What we call Islam is a mirror in which we see ourselves

    09/15/2005 5:02:26 AM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies · 877+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | September 15, 2005 | Timothy Garton Ash
    Sitting in the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a metal arrow on the ceiling of my hotel room pointing to Mecca and the television showing a female news presenter in full hijab, I feel impelled to write about our troubles with Islam. Four years after the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, which were perpetrated in the name of Allah, most people living in what we still loosely call the west would agree that we do have troubles with Islam. The vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists, but most of the terrorists...
  • German police search Hamburg for terror suspects

    08/26/2005 12:53:57 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 25, 2005 | Reuters
    HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - More than 1,000 German police were deployed in a large-scale search for three terror suspects in the north German port city of Hamburg on Thursday, a police spokesman said. Roadblocks and controls were set up at 12 points in Germany's second city after an Arabic-speaking witness overheard the men at a bus stop on Wednesday, praising Allah and heroism in Arabic. One of the men was carrying a backpack.
  • Moroccan Islamist jailed in 9/11 retrial

    08/19/2005 8:00:26 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 256+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 19 August 2005
    Moroccan man who was friends with three of the 9/11 suicide hijackers has been found guilty in Germany of belonging to a terrorist organisation. Mounir al-Motassadek, 31, was sentenced to seven years in prison following a year-long retrial. However, the court in Hamburg ruled there was no proof that he knew about the 11 September 2001 plot. Motassadek was originally convicted of those charges in 2003 but the verdict was overturned and a retrial ordered. After the original conviction was quashed by Germany's Supreme Court last year, the retrial heard new evidence - excerpts of interviews with key al-Qaeda suspects...
  • The Hamburg Al Qaeda cell: dead, caught or at large

    08/18/2005 4:58:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 445+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | August 18, 2005 | AFP
    HAMBURG, Germany - A German court will rule Friday in the retrial of the only man ever convicted of involvement in the plot behind the September 11 attacks. Moroccan national Mounir El Motassadeq, 31, was the first person worldwide to be convicted over the attacks but a federal tribunal ordered a new trial in March 2004 on the grounds that key witnesses in US custody were not allowed to testify. Following are brief details—according to prosecutors in Germany and US investigators—of those believed to have been most involved in the so-called Hamburg cell in the northern German port city where...
  • Germans Uncovered Iraqi Spy Ring During 9/11 Planning (9/11 Commission Omission)

    08/16/2005 9:44:09 PM PDT · by Stellar Dendrite · 105 replies · 4,986+ views
    Captain's Quarters Blog ^ | 8-17-05 | Captain Ed
    The Daily Standard has just published my latest column, which reveals to those who missed my earlier post on the arrests of two Iraqi spies in Heidelberg during February 2001. The discovery of these agents, especially given the time frame, should set off warning bells about potentially devastating connections to the 9/11 plot: In the years following the 9/11 attacks, there has been much argument about the nature of Saddam Hussein's connections to terror. How could the U.S. government and the 9/11 Commission fail to consider this, given the other activity occurring in Germany during this period: * Mohammed Atta...
  • 20 criminal suspects released in Germany after top court ruling

    07/21/2005 10:30:06 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 4 replies · 336+ views
    AFP ^ | 07/21/05 | AFP
    20 criminal suspects released in Germany after top court ruling Document Actions 21/07/2005 Twenty criminal suspects have been released from German jails this week since the country's top court ruled that the implementation of a new EU extradition order was unconstitutional, the federal crime office (BKA) said. All the suspects in question were wanted in European Union countries for serious crimes including murder and drug dealing, the BKA said. Their release was ordered after the federal constitutional court upheld the appeal of a suspected Al-Qaeda financier, Syrian-German businessman Mamoun Darkazanli, against his extradition to Spain. The tribunal concurred with Darkazanli's...
  • Terrorist involved in Madrid and 9/11 bombings released by German court

    07/18/2005 8:54:46 AM PDT · by Stultis · 99 replies · 4,089+ views
    Terrorist involved in Madrid and 9/11 bombings released by German court July 18, 2005 German-Syrian Mamoun Darkazanli Germany says terror arrest illegalMIM: If the Germans don't want to hand over one of their citizens, why don't they start proceedings to strip him of his citizenship instead of releasing him to continue his terrorist activity with the use of a German passport?http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/18/germany.extradite/BERLIN, Germany -- Germany's high court has ordered the release of a Syrian-born German man whom Spain wanted extradited in connection with the 2003 Madrid bombings.The Federal Constitutional Court ruled Monday it would be illegal to extradite Mamoun Darkazanli, a...
  • Moroccan preacher linked to attacks - met with 9/11 pilots, influence in other bombings

    07/06/2005 1:44:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies · 311+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 6, 2005 | TERRY MCDERMOTT
    TANGIER, MOROCCO - A Moroccan preacher imprisoned here for inspiring deadly bombings in Casablanca and implicated in the Madrid, Spain, train bombings last year also had significant contact in Hamburg with leaders of the Sept. 11 attacks, say members of a Muslim congregation in Germany. Mohammed Fizazi frequently gave sermons at Hamburg's Al Quds mosque while three of the hijack pilots were living in the city, attending Al Quds and becoming more deeply involved in radical Islam. Fizazi initiated several private meetings with the future pilots, says Fath Franzmathes, a member of the Al Quds congregation who later assisted German...
  • Lawyers worry about 9/11 convict's future (Hamburg al-Qaida cell)

    06/05/2005 10:57:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 373+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/5/05 | David Rising - AP
    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) - Lawyers for the first person convicted in the Sept. 11 plot say they believe new evidence from the U.S. will allow him to beat charges that he helped the Hamburg al-Qaida cell plan the attacks - but fear acquittal here may put Mounir el Motassadeq in U.S. custody. If el Motassadeq is found not guilty after a yearlong retrial that ends this summer, German authorities say they'll send him to his native Morocco - a move defense attorneys say could result in his transfer to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or elsewhere. El Motassadeq's...
  • 9/11 conspirator passed date of attack to al-Qaeda leaders

    05/25/2005 5:56:53 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 3 replies · 307+ views
    BIG News ^ | 5/25/05
    A German-based Moroccan fugitive played a more significant role as a messenger in the U.S. terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, than previously thought. According to an intelligence report given to a German court by the United States, Zakariya Essabar allegedly traveled from Germany to Pakistan in August 2001 bearing a simple message for the al-Qaida leadership -- eleven-nine, which is an alternate version of the Sept. 11 date, the Washington Post said Tuesday. Germany named Essabar a fugitive shortly after the attacks as investigators began unraveling the trail left by the Hamburg-based cell to which many of the hijackers...
  • The battleground: Europe has become a hiding place for terrorists: (coddling its embedded enemies!)

    05/22/2005 2:48:58 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 667+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW.COM ^ | MAY 22, 2005 | MARK HOUSER
    Editors note: To find out what governments and courts are doing to stop the growing threat of Islamic terrorist groups in Europe, reporter Mark Houser visited Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Spain in March and April on a journalism fellowship from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Today's stories are the first in a series of reports on what he discovered. Despite the brutal slaying of an Amsterdam filmmaker and tension broiling between Muslims and non-Muslims, Dutch courts continue a string of acquittals in terrorism trials. Europe, the cradle of Western Civilization, also is a hiding place for...