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Posted on 01/02/2008 8:53:38 PM PST by nwctwx

:::FreeRepublic's Threat Matrix:::
Still in Control

Pervez Musharraf was calm, confident and—despite a flurry of rumors—not about to announce his resignation. Instead, the Pakistani president's "concession" to his troubled nation was an announcement that he would allow Britain's Scotland Yard to help local law enforcement agencies with their investigation into last week's assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Speaking in a nationally televised address two hours after Pakistan's election commission announced the postponement of the ballot to Feb. 18, six weeks later than had been scheduled, Musharraf was notably deferential in his remarks about Bhutto, often invoking her "martyrdom" and extolling her liberal democratic credentials. "May she go to heaven," he said. "I stand for the same things she said." Read More

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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The Global Terror Threat in 2008
Threat Matrix Highlight
Numerous plots have been stopped, leaders arrested and networks disrupted.

But al-Qaeda's violent worldview still has many followers and plenty of recruits for new attacks.

So what should we expect in the coming year?

In this, the seventh year following the attacks of 9/11, al-Qaeda's fortunes are mixed. Read More

Threat Matrix: Since November 3, 2003
"No matter where you live in the world, this is a message that bears repeating:
Your assistance is needed to prevent terrorist acts."
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Threat Matrix: Recommended Reading
January 2008
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The Idea of Pakistan
Stephen P. Cohen

Being prepared is a good thing, no matter where one lives; no matter what alert level we are on.
From TM'er and Freeper ~Cindy~
Intelligence is the best weapon against terrorism.
National Commission on Terrorism: 1999

1 posted on 01/02/2008 8:53:45 PM PST by nwctwx
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Ping to January 08 TM (slightly delayed).

2 posted on 01/02/2008 8:55:46 PM PST by nwctwx
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3 posted on 01/02/2008 8:57:39 PM PST by null and void (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth. - M203M4)
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To: nwctwx

Thank you very much nw and a blessed New Year to you.

4 posted on 01/02/2008 9:03:58 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All

“THIS YEAR IN 2007/Coming in 2008...”

5 posted on 01/02/2008 9:05:00 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All








SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After





6 posted on 01/02/2008 9:17:14 PM PST by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

Wishing all TMers a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

7 posted on 01/02/2008 9:17:36 PM PST by Velveeta (Duncan Hunter, 08' !!! The real conservative.)
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ty for the ping....I still read, just don’t have as much time to comment or research.

Blessings on all for a wonderful, safe new year.

8 posted on 01/02/2008 9:23:55 PM PST by kimmie7 (this year i will turn ffff....ffo........foooort.........i can't say it. i'll just be 20. twice.)
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A safe and peaceful new year to all.

9 posted on 01/02/2008 9:26:35 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Just how will wrecking the U.S. economy save the planet?)
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Note: The following text is a quote:

Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Wed Jan 02 2008 22:25:39 GMT-0800 (PST).


January 03, 2008

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran. Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty in departing Iran. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Iran issued May 31, 2007.

Some elements of the Iranian regime and the population remain hostile to the United States. As a result, American citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while traveling or residing in Iran. Recently, Iranian authorities prevented a number of Iranian-American citizen academics, journalists, and others who traveled to Iran for personal reasons from leaving for several months, and in some cases detained and imprisoned them on various charges, including espionage and posing a threat to national security. Americans of Iranian origin should consider the risk of being targeted by authorities before planning travel to Iran. Iranian authorities may deny dual nationals access to the United States Interests Section in Tehran, because they are considered to be solely Iranian citizens.
The Iranian regime continues to repress its minority religious and ethnic groups, including Bahai, Arabs, Kurds, Azeris, and others. Consequently, some areas within the country where these minorities reside, including the Baluchistan border area near Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Kurdish northwest of the country, and areas near the Iraqi border, remain unsafe. Armed attacks on the road between Bam and Kerman in May 2007 also render this area unsafe.

Large-scale demonstrations have taken place in various regions throughout Iran over the past several years as a result of a sometimes volatile political climate. U.S. citizens who travel to Iran despite this Travel Warning should exercise caution.

The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and therefore cannot provide protection or routine consular services to American citizens in Iran. The Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as protecting power for U.S. interests in Iran. Neither U.S. passports nor visas to the United States are issued in Tehran. The Iranian Government does not recognize dual citizenship and generally does not permit the Swiss to provide protective services for U.S. citizens who are also Iranian nationals. U.S. citizens of Iranian origin who are considered by Iran to be Iranian citizens have been detained and harassed by Iranian authorities. Former Muslims who have converted to other religions, as well as persons who encourage Muslims to convert, are subject to arrest and prosecution.

Americans who travel or reside in Iran despite this Travel Warning are strongly encouraged to register through the State Department’s travel registration website, If they are in Tehran, American citizens may also register in person at the U.S. Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy at Africa Avenue, West Farzan Street, no. 59, Tehran. The local telephone numbers are 021-8878-2964 and 021-8879-2364, fax 021-8877-3265, e-mail:

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s Consular Information Sheet for Iran, and the current Worldwide Caution and Middle East and North Africa Public Announcements, which are located on the Department’s Internet web site at American citizens may also obtain updated information on travel and security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or Canada, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444.

10 posted on 01/02/2008 10:25:55 PM PST by Cindy
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YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
“Warden Message: Paraguay Safety Concerns”
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2 Jan 2008

11 posted on 01/02/2008 10:27:45 PM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following news brief is a quote:,7340,L-3489800,00.html

Qassam rocket lands in Ashkelon; no injuries reported

Published: 01.03.08, 08:22 / Israel News

A Qassam rocket fired from northern Gaza landed in the town of Ashkelon Thursday morning.

No injuries or damage were reported. (Shmulik Hadad)

12 posted on 01/02/2008 10:33:18 PM PST by Cindy
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Jan 2, 2008 23:24 | Updated Jan 3, 2008 3:19
“J’lem to stress to Bush PA’s terror ties”

13 posted on 01/02/2008 10:35:02 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All “Weapons of Mass Destruction”

14 posted on 01/02/2008 10:38:16 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Happy New Year to you and everyone on this thread.

Wow! I didn’t realize the “Threat Matrix” has been going on for over 4 years.

I think THIS is another major obstacle in the War on Terror, trying to hamstring the CIA again, as they were before 9-11, keeping them from efficiently fighting against the terrorists. The CIA agents will have to focus more on being “PC”, than on obtaining information from terrorists, that may keep us safe.

Justice Dept. Sets Criminal Inquiry Into C.I.A. Tapes

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said Wednesday that the Justice Department had elevated its inquiry into the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency interrogation videotapes to a formal criminal investigation headed by a career federal prosecutor.

The announcement is the first indication that investigators have concluded on a preliminary basis that C.I.A. officers, possibly along with other government officials, may have committed criminal acts in their handling of the tapes, which recorded the interrogations in 2002 of two operatives with Al Qaeda and were destroyed in 2005.

C.I.A. officials have for years feared becoming entangled in a criminal investigation involving alleged improprieties in secret counterterrorism programs. Now, the investigation and a probable grand jury inquiry will scrutinize the actions of some of the highest-ranking current and former officials at the agency.

15 posted on 01/02/2008 10:46:39 PM PST by FocusNexus
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The Democrat-led Congress (with assistance from certain RINOs) have demonstrated admirably that they do not understand and/or do not want to
understand who are enemies are.

Our enemies are enjoying this and find great propaganda value in the
anti-American talking points spewed forth on an almost daily basis
via anti-Americans in various media formats.

I thank God everyday for our troops who do understand who are enemies

16 posted on 01/02/2008 10:57:20 PM PST by Cindy
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A blessed New Year to you FocusNexus.

17 posted on 01/02/2008 10:58:07 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
"The Democrat-led Congress (with assistance from certain RINOs) have demonstrated admirably that they do not understand and/or do not want to understand who are enemies are."

You are absolutely right, especially the part I bolded, because I consider that the key characterization of the Democrats -- nobody can be that naive, the do NOT want to understand the magnitude of the danger and who our real enemies are, which emboldens our enemies.

18 posted on 01/02/2008 11:01:27 PM PST by FocusNexus
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19 posted on 01/02/2008 11:06:59 PM PST by Cindy
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(”Source: Al-Hayat, London, January 1, 2008”)

“’Awakening’ Forces In Iraq: We Will Fight Al-Qaeda Until It Is Expelled From The Country”

Posted at: 2008-01-02



“New Osama bin Laden Audio Message”

SNIPPET: “On December 29, 2007, Al-Qaeda’s media production company Al-Sahab posted an audio message by Osama bin Laden on various Islamist websites, among them Al-Ikhlaas ( ).”

Posted at : 2007-12-30

20 posted on 01/02/2008 11:11:10 PM PST by Cindy
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