Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: November 2008
Posted on 11/01/2008 7:30:38 PM PDT by nwctwx
ping to November
Many thanks for all you do.
Thank you nw and I appreciate your efforts.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After:
Special Links for November 2008 Only:
News.SKY.com/SkyNews: "BIO TERROR 'NEXT THREAT' FOR US" by Mark White (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Nuclear and biological terrorism is the emerging threat the next US President should focus on, the US security chief has told Sky News. In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials.") (October 31, 20082:43 pm UK) (Note: This url may expire.)
BROWNSVILLE HERALD.com: McCallen - "FBI: ZETAS ARMING FOR CONFRONTATION U.S. AUTHORITIES" by Jeremy Roebuck, The Monitor (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Recent U.S. efforts to disrupt drug smuggling routes through the Rio Grande Valley have prompted threats of retaliation against authorities on this side of the river, according to an FBI intelligence report.") (October 29, 2008, 9:05 am) (Read More...)
THE BULLETPROOF BLOG.com: "SHOPPERS ADVISED ABOUT DEADLY MALL ATTACKS" (SNIPPET: "In a joint effort between U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and Mall retail associations, mall employees and shoppers are being advised on how to protect themselves against assailants armed with guns.") (October 26, 2008) (Read More...)
CampaignSpot.NATIONAL REVIEW.com - blog: "DEATH THREATS SENT TO POLLSTER" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "After releasing this morning's numbers showing McCain ahead in Ohio and Florida, the Strategic Vision polling company received several death threats through the contact e-mail on the company's web site.") (October 24, 2008, 3:36 pm) (Read More...)
NY DAILY NEWS.com - blog: "OSAMA BIN LADEN WANTS A VOTE, SO BEWARE A LATE OCTOBER SURPRISE" by William Bratton & R.P. Eddy (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "State and local police, as well as commercial security officials, should be especially vigilant in guarding high-value financial sites. Preparations to prevent car- or truck-borne bombs should be enhanced and searches of building entrants should be increased, and such searches should be random or based on behavioral recognition.") (October 22, 2008, 1:03 am) (Read More...)
JPOST.com - THE JERUSALEM POST: "IRANIAN OFFICIAL CALLS FOR ATTACK ON UK" by Jonny Paul, Jerusalem Post Correspondent in London (ARTICLE SNIPPET: ""The most appropriate means of deterrence that Iran has, in addition to a retaliatory operation in the [Gulf] region, is to take action against London," Karimi said.") (Updated October 26, 2008, 1:28) (Read More...)
RECORD ONLINE.com: West Point - "WEST POINT REPORTS THEFT OF ITEMS TOTALING $400K; REWARD OFFERED" by Alexa James (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The stolen goods included 330 Motorola Portable Astro Digital XTS 5000 radios, worth $1,142 each, and about 600 Ni-Cad batteries worth $87 each.") (October 16, 2008) (Read More...)
ADNKRONOS.com (AKI): Cairo - "EGYPT: SUNNI SCHOLARS SANCTION 'ELECTRONIC JIHAD'" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The religious edict (fatwa) issued by a committee from the highest authority in Sunni Islam, Egypt's Al-Azhar University in Cairo, was published on the website of the Islamist Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement on Thursday." ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Muslim Brotherhood praised the fatwa, which comes in response to dozens of questions from radicals asking to be allowed to destroy Israeli and United States websites.") (October 16, 2008) (Read More...)
THE SOUTHERN.com: West City - "STOLEN TRUCK TRAILER WAS FILLED WITH COFFEE CREAMER" by Becky Malkovich (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "An Internet search revealed dozens of Web sites extolling the virtues of coffee creamer as an explosive and included several videos displaying its volatility.") (October 13, 2008, 11:18 pm CDT) (Read More...)
US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release: "Statement of Brian Roehrkasse, Director of Public Affairs, on Today's District Court Decision Ordering Release of the Uighurs Detained at Guantanamo Bay" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: ""Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered that 17 Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay -- individuals who have admitted to receiving weapons training at camps in Afghanistan -- be released into the United States. Today's ruling presents serious national security and separation of powers concerns and raises unprecedented legal issues."" (October 7, 2008) (Read More...)
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS.com: "HAMAS OFFERING ONLINE COURSES IN PRACTICAL JIHAD" by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Islamist Hamas terrorist organization has initiated an online course in explosives, military weapons and tactics for would-be jihad fighters. Aimed at the population of the Palestinian Authority, the course is called "Get Ready" and is designed to prepare the population for war with Israel.") (Published October 7, 2008, 5:13 pm) (Read More...)
JPOST.com - THE JERUSALEM POST: "JEWISH AGENCY UPGRADES SECURITY WORLDWIDE AHEAD OF YOM KIPPUR" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Security has been upgraded in Jewish Agency institutions worldwide ahead of Yom Kippur, a day on which a record number of Jews congregate in synagogues and community centers around the world for prayer.") (October 7, 2008, 23:08) (Read More...)
DeepBackground.MSNBC.msn.com: "FBI WARNS OF POTENTIAL TERROR ATTACKS ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS" by Jim Popkin (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Saudi security forces killed al-Ayeeri in 2003. The Audiotape: The FBI and DHS said al-Ayeeri's audiotape walks potential suicide bombers through the following scenario:") (October 6, 2008, 5:54 pm ET) (Read More...)
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: ""SHEMA YISRAEL"" (COMMENTARY SNIPPET: "This led Tim to wonder if my view of things was perhaps the result of the many death threats I have received. The short answer is "no." My own experience has been quite positive. While death threats are an annoyance, they also have the effect of validating the worth of the work I do.") (October 4, 2008) (Read More...)
TIMESONLINE.co.uk - SUNDAY TIMES: "PALMTOP COMPUTER STOLEN FROM OPEN WINDOW IN MI5 HIDEOUT" by Dwayne Senior (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A burglar who climbed into the property in Greater Manchester on Sunday night got away with the terminal which contained highly sensitive information about national security." (October 2, 2008) (Read More...)
THE SUN.co.uk: "FOR SALE: SECOND HAND CAMERA, GOOD CONDITION, CONTAINS TOP SECRET MI6 TERRORIST RECORDS AND PICS" by Anthony France, Simon Hughes and Andy Crick (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Alongside them were photos of rocket launchers and missiles which spooks believe Iran is supplying to Osama Bin Laden's henchmen in Iraq.") (Published September 30, 2008) (Read More...)
NY SUN.com: Washington - "BIN LADEN'S SON MAKES RETURN TO PAKISTAN Could Signal a New Phase of Iran's Relationships with Al Qaeda" by Eli Lake (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Al Qaeda is consolidating its leadership in the territory under its control in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden's son and heir apparent, Sa`ad bin Laden, has returned to Pakistan from his safe haven in Iran, according to messages posted on a Qaeda jihad Web forum known as al-Hesbah.") (September 29, 2008) (Read More...)
November 2, 2008
“Bali bomber’s mother: “I feel that killing infidels isn’t a mistake because they don’t pray.””
“Young Radicals Divided”
The Straits Times ^ | Oct 26, 2008 | AFP
Posted on October 25, 2008 10:54:56 PM PDT by Marc Tumin
Note: The following blog entry is a quote:
Syria Has Increased the Presence of Its Forces along the Lebanese Border
Syrian forces stationed on Lebanon’s border in the north spread yesterday to the eastern part of the border as well. Lebanese military leaders reported October 30, 2008 that Syrian Chief of Staff General ‘Ali Habib had announced to the Lebanese Army Commander Jean Qahwaji that in the next few days Syrian units would spread along Syria’s side of Lebanon eastern border.
Al-Mustaqbal, Lebanon, October 31, 2008.
Posted at: 2008-10-31
Note: Photo included.
FOX NEWS.com (AP): Stockton Springs, Maine - "FUGITIVE GUNMAN TACKLED, ARRESTED AFTER HOLDING FIFTH-GRADERS HOSTAGE IN MAINE" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Police said Randall Hofland, 55, had released all the students and had turned over a loaded gun to one of the young hostages before he was taken into custody at Stockton Springs Elementary School.") (October 31, 2008)
“OVER THE BORDER”
by Jay Fraser
(October 29, 2008)
“FBI says Mexican violence may be moving north”
“The FBI is warning that one of Mexico’s most brutal drug cartels could be making a renewed push... here... in the United States.”
By Michael Board
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “There’s a renewed worry that Mexico’s drug war violence will spill over into the United States.
“We’re talking about a very specific group called Los Zetas,” FBI Special Agent Eric Vasys tells 1200 WOAI news radio. “They are a paramilitary drug trafficking group operating in Mexico who have been known to conduct some operations in the united states.
The FBI’s San Antonio field office has put out a joint assessment bulletin, warning that one of Mexico’s most brutal drug cartels is trying to regain control of the major trafficking routes. The Zetas are well known in Texas for their brutality. Vasys says the bulletin is a warning for all law enforcement.”
“The Status & Future of Counter-Terrorist Financing Efforts”
By Andrew Cochran
(October 31, 2008)
Fyi - UPDATE:
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 31, 2008
“Executive Order: Settlement of Claims Against Libya”
“Austrian student tracks down Nazi war criminal”
SNIPPET: “As part of research on Burgenland massacre of Jews during WWII, political science student Andreas Forster traces 89-year-old former SS member to western Germany. In video interview, man denies involvement; student files complaint, investigation launched against man”
Published: 10.31.08, 14:18 / Israel Jewish Scene
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TSA Week At A Glance (October 20, 2008 - October 26, 2008)
19 passengers were arrested due to suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents
20 firearms found at checkpoints
4 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints
13 incidents that involved a checkpoint closure, terminal evacuation or sterile area breach
For immediate release: October 27, 2008
“Metro Transit Police to begin bag inspection program”
“Police to increase visibility to enhance security and heighten awareness”
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) will begin a bag inspection program and look into passengers bags prior to them entering the Metro system in an ongoing effort to protect Metro riders, employees and facilities. Officers will be inspecting bags for explosive devices.”
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Coalition forces degrade AQI networks, detain 17 suspects
BAGHDAD Coalition forces detained 17 suspects during operations Friday and Saturday targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq networks throughout the country.
Friday near Qayyarah, about 60 km south of Mosul, forces targeted a man assessed to be an AQI facilitator. Forces captured the suspected terrorist and detained another man for further questioning.
Also Friday, forces detained five suspected terrorists in Bayji, about 160 km south of Mosul. One of them is an alleged AQI weapons transporter.
Two men suspected to be foreign terrorist facilitators were captured by Coalition forces Saturday in Mosul. The men, who reports suggest have connections to AQI leaders in the Jazeera Desert, were detained along with one additional suspect.
In Baghdad Saturday, forces targeted and captured an alleged AQI weapons and explosives facilitator. Reports also suggest the man has connections to AQI operatives throughout the region. Another man, assessed to be an associate of the suspected terrorist, was detained for further questioning.
Also Saturday, Coalition forces targeted another suspected weapons and explosives purchaser about 41 km west of Kirkuk. There, one suspect was detained for additional questioning.
A Fallujah-based car bomb facilitator was the target of an operation that netted two suspects Saturday about 43 km southwest of Baghdad.
Two more suspected terrorists were detained Saturday during another Coalition force operation targeting AQI leadership about 32 km southwest of Baghdad.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20081101-04
Nov. 1, 2008
1st BCT Soldiers detain suspected Special Groups terrorist in Aamel
Multi-National Division Baghdad PAO
BAGHDAD Multi-National Division Baghdad Soldiers detained a suspected criminal while on patrol Oct. 31 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.
At approximately 9 p.m. in the Aamel community, Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, apprehended the suspect.
The Soldiers transported the detainee, who is a known roadside bomb emplacer, to a nearby combat outpost for processing.
Capturing known criminals who engage in unlawful activities shows the commitment of U.S. Soldiers to provide a safe and secure environment for the 1.6 million residents of the Rashid district, said Maj. Dave Olson, 1st BCT spokesman, 4th Inf. Div. This suspected criminal will now face justice in an Iraqi court of Law. The 1st Raider Brigade and the Iraqi Security Forces patrol the streets of Rashid daily as the ISF transition to the lead role in Rashid.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs
This information is current as of today, Sun Nov 02 2008 03:16:35 GMT-0800 (PST).
October 14, 2008
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Friday, October 31, 2008
Pastor Kidnapped in Tijuana
By Jackie O’Neal
Special to ASSIST News Service
TIJUANA, MEXICO (ANS) — According to the Baptist Press http://bpnews.net over a week has elapsed since San Diego pastor, Manuel Jesus Tec was abducted on Oct. 21 in Tijuana, the Mexican border town.
His family still continues not to get word of him. Mickey Noah writing for The Baptist Press went on to say that the kidnappers demanded a $1 million dollar ransom for Tec’s safe return, but two calls earlier this week, revealed the kidnappers lowered the ransom amount to $ 500,00 and subsequently to $ 200,000.
The Baptist Press reported that Pastor Manuel Jesus Tec, 59 was kidnapped after crossing the border from San Diego into Tijuana with his family, wife, Maria and son, Giovanni. The kidnappers stopped the car around 5 a.m. and sequestered Tec, but left his wife and child free and unharmed.
Tijuana continues to have a reputation as a dangerous border town for visitors and residents alike. An axis for drug traffic, rival gang conflicts have been the cause for the deaths of an estimated 2,000 persons last year.
Tijuana estimates show a homicide nearly daily and two abductions a week on average.
Johnny Tec said, “We are totally hopeful and faith-filled. Mom is holding up pretty good. We’ve been holding prayer meetings every night at the house and we give credit to the prayers of so many people out there.”
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