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Threat Matrix: August 2008
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Posted on 08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT by nwctwx

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Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority

Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue.

The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills acquired in Iraq and Afghanistan within a defense community heavily skewed in favor of expensive conventional and strategic modernization programs. Read More

Threat Matrix:
August 2008
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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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To: LucyT; devolve

Oh my Lucy. It would take me days to get through all of this thread!

Why the high target area up in the northeast, not industrial as to refineries or chemical plants, not sure about Military bases. Just population density?

I have always lived in areas with a large number of chemical plants and considered those a prime target.

141 posted on 08/05/2008 5:40:48 PM PDT by potlatch
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IRGC Commander: Strait Of Hormuz In Range Of Iranian Fire

IRGC commander Mohammad J’afari has warned that the Strait of Hormuz is in firing range of Iran, and that in wartime Iran could easily close it for an unlimited time.

He added that Iran’s response capability lay even beyond its borders, and that if Iran were attacked it would use all its capabilities, both missile and defensive, to harm the enemy.

He also said that in contrast to the West’s aspirations for a brief war, Iran would act to extend a war.

Sources: Kayhan, Iran, August 5, 2008; IRNA, Iran, August 4, 2008

Posted at: 2008-08-05

142 posted on 08/05/2008 5:49:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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August 5, 2008

“Treasury Designates the Financial Network of Major Sinaloa
Cartel Operator Rigoberto Gaxiola Medina”

Washington, DC-

143 posted on 08/05/2008 5:54:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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“ICE fugitive operations team arrest more than 60 fugitives and immigration violators in Lee and Collier County”


144 posted on 08/05/2008 5:56:20 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Nigerian rebels threaten to attack foreigners”
August 05 2008 at 08:51AM

145 posted on 08/05/2008 5:59:50 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to But Three Lefts Do for starting this thread.

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Maryland Teen Allegedly Had Weapons, Map of Camp David ^ | 8/5/08 | FoxNews
Posted on August 5, 2008 5:58:01 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

A map of President Bush’s motorcade to Camp David was found last week in the possession of a teenager accused of stockpiling weapons and bomb-making materials, according to prosecutors.

With the possibility that the motorcade was a target, federal authorities have joined police in investigating Collin Matthew McKenzie-Gude, 18, who allegedly was storing the weapons and materials just outside Washington, D.C., at the Bethesda, Md., home where he lives with his parents. reports that Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Feeney disclosed the discovery of the map of Camp David during a court hearing on Tuesday in Rockville, Md. The map was marked with a motorcade route to the secluded presidential compound in western Maryland, about an hour’s drive from Washington.

Police also reportedly discovered range-finding binoculars, a CIA identification and a Geneva Convention ID, like ones given to contractors in Iraq.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

146 posted on 08/05/2008 6:02:14 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: LucyT
I Raise One "Boomer"...;0) Image and video hosting by TinyPic
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Aaarrggh. You win; I concede. ( goes back to kitty threads)
148 posted on 08/05/2008 6:22:39 PM PDT by LucyT (What happens in Denver won't stay in Denver... August 25 - 28, 2008)
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“Within 10 Hours Two Explosion Kill Two People in Moses Lake”
Posted: Aug 5, 2008 06:21 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2008 06:21 PM

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “MOSES LAKE, Wash— Within ten hours two separate explosions killed two people. Three FBI teams have traveled to Moses Lake to help with the investigation.”


Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - Page updated at 03:35 PM

“Two dead in Moses Lake-area explosions”
Two explosions killed two

149 posted on 08/05/2008 6:48:39 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to a special freepmailer for pointing to this article:

“White House submits changes to budget request”
By Humberto Sanchez
August 4, 2008

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “HHS’ public health and social services emergency fund would get an additional $905 million to enhance preparedness against a bioterrorist attack, such as a flu pandemic. That boost would be offset by a $939.8 million reduction within the department, which would also partially offset other proposed increases.An additional $34.8 million is sought for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science and Technology and the Hazardous Substance Superfund accounts to address gaps in its anthrax-attack response plan. The proposed increases would be fully offset by reductions to other accounts.”

150 posted on 08/05/2008 7:50:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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August 05, 2008

“And So the Lies About Aafia Siddiqui Begin ...”

SNIPPET: “I knew this was coming. The jihadi intertubes and their allies in the “human-rights movement” were all abuzz about “Prisoner 650” prior to the news that Aaifia Siddiqui was captured in Afghanistan on July 17th. According to various “rumors” a woman has been held by the U.S. at Bagram Air Base, tortured, and raped since 2003. Who started the rumor? None other than al Qaeda itself in a video called “Escape from Bagram” in which several al Qaeda members, including Abu Yahya al-Libi himself, claimed they tried to rescue the poor woman from the evil infidels.

Laughable, no? Well, no. Because tens of millions—possibly hundreds of millions—of Muslims actually believe that “Prisoner 650” exists.

Recently several “human rights groups” began to associate “Prisoner 650” with Aaifia Siddiqqui. Based on what? Nothing other than believing that “Prisoner 650” exists, that Siddiqqui was missing and wanted by the FBI, and one of Siddiqqui’s uncles claiming he thought she had been picked up by the ISI for questioning.

If you looked closely at these “human rights groups” you’d see that they were not so much interested in, say, the rights of Tibetans for self-government as they are about getting Khalid Shiekh Mohammad martyr status. The most important being the self-styled “human rights” group at Cage Prisoners who are really a front for the followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed and Abu Hamza. Take a gander at the prisoners they’re trying to get set free and you’ll see names like Johnny Walker Lindh (admitted American Taliban), Jose Padilla (suspected in a plot to commit “dirty bomb” attacks), and, unsurprising, the blind mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing, Sheikh Omar Abdur Rahman.

Are we getting the picture here?”

151 posted on 08/05/2008 10:03:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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US - Press Release: New York - "AAFIA SIDDIQUI ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO KILL UNITED STATES OFFICERS IN AFGHANISTAN" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: "On July 17, 2008, officers of the Ghazni Province Afghanistan National Police ("ANP") observed Siddiqui outside the Ghazni governor's compound. ANP officers questioned Siddiqui, regarded her as suspicious, and searched her handbag. In it, they found numerous documents describing the creation of explosives, as well as excerpts from the Anarchist's Arsenal. Siddiqui's papers included descriptions of various landmarks in the United States, including in New York City. Siddiqui was also in possession of substances that were sealed in bottles and glass jars.") (August 4, 2008)
Complaint - Link


152 posted on 08/05/2008 10:04:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Afghanistan: Mapping the rising violence”
August 5, 2008 8:16 PM
By Chris Radin and Bill Roggio

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Afghanistan has seen its worst bout of violence since the US overthrew the Taliban government in 2002. Taliban-related attacks and incidents have skyrocketed as the Taliban seeks to destabilize and de-legitimize the weak Afghan government and break NATO’s will to fight a protracted counterinsurgency campaign.

The number of Taliban-related incidents per day has jumped by almost 50 percent, according to data compiled by Vigilant Strategic Services Afghanistan. The data compares the Taliban-related incidents from the Jan. 1 to July 13 time periods in 2007 versus 2008.”


Page last updated at 17:19 GMT, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 18:19 UK

“Taleban ‘burn Pakistan schools’”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Suspected pro-Taleban militants have burnt down three more girls’ high schools in the Swat valley of north-west Pakistan, officials say.

Ten schools have been destroyed in the district in the last four days.
Nearly 70 state-run schools have been burnt down in the area in recent months, affecting over 17,000 students.”

153 posted on 08/06/2008 12:45:07 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Pentagon to Keep Marine Unit in Afghanistan an Extra Month”

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2008

154 posted on 08/06/2008 12:46:10 AM PDT by Cindy
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JIHAD "MULLAH KREKAR SUES NORWAY FOR 'INHUMAN TREATMENT'" (August 6, 2008) - News from Norway: "KREKAR SUES THE GOVERNMENT" (First published August 5, 2008, 13:50)

ARAB TIMES Oslo - "MUSLLIM LEADER TAKES NORWAY TO EUROPEAN RIGHTS COURT: LAWYER" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Mullah Krekar, founder of radical Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, has filed charges with Europe's human rights court against Norway, where he lives...") (August 5, 2008)

155 posted on 08/06/2008 12:59:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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Page last updated at 16:18 GMT, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:18 UK

“Milan mosque ‘to be closed down’”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Now, after years of complaints from local residents, Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni has said he will close the mosque by August.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “It has come under the spotlight several times for alleged links to extremism.”



“Islam, Islamism and Jihadism in Italy”
By Lorenzo Vidino

(August 6, 2008)

156 posted on 08/06/2008 1:12:38 AM PDT by Cindy
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IDF trains for simultaneous Hezbollah, Iran, Syria missile strikes
Ha’aretz ^ | 06/08/2008 | Staff
Posted on August 6, 2008 1:35:52 AM PDT by forkinsocket

The Israel Air Force’s anti-aircraft division on Tuesday carried out a large exercise testing its response to simultaneous missile strikes by Syria, Hezbollah and Iran.

The exercise began with a single Syrian missile strike on Israel.

Experts predict that a real strike would comprise of multiple strikes from a number of different countries, which was what happened next in Tuesday’s exercise. The simulated Syrian attack was soon joined by salvos of missiles launched by Hezbollah and Iran.

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157 posted on 08/06/2008 1:47:32 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Coast Guard Celebrates 218 years of Service”


PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: “This year’s birthday coincides with a historic event and an important step forward in the Coast Guard’s modernization, the commissioning of the first National Security Cutter, Bertholf, in Alameda, Calif.”

158 posted on 08/06/2008 2:04:31 AM PDT by Cindy
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“DHS Releases National Emergency Communications Plan”
(July 31, 2008)

159 posted on 08/06/2008 2:05:59 AM PDT by Cindy
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July 25, 2008

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DHS Awards $1.8 Billion in Preparedness Grants

The Department of Homeland Security announced approximately $1.8 billion in grants to bolster state, urban area and tribal government efforts to improve the nation’s readiness, response and recovery capabilities for both natural and man-made emergencies. The department will award approximately $3 billion in Fiscal Year 2008, and has provided roughly $25 billion in grants since Fiscal Year 2002 to state, local, and tribal governments, as well as non-profit organizations.

“These awards reflect a continued and serious commitment to first responders throughout the homeland, particularly in the highest threat areas,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “The American public understands that risk management does not mean risk elimination. Investments are made where risk is greatest, and where recipients have a clear need and plan to produce results. We have continually worked to refine the grants process, and in just a few years have enabled unprecedented capabilities building in communities around the country.”

The grant awards announced include:

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) - $1.69 billion. HSGP is comprised of four programs:

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) - $861.3 million to enhance state, territorial and local capabilities through planning, equipment, training and exercise activities. States must dedicate at least 25 percent of SHSP funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. This includes planning, organization, equipment, and training and exercise activities.

Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) - $781.6 million to build capabilities in high-threat, high-density urban areas across the country. The seven highest risk urban areas will receive a combined total of $429.9 million, and 53 high-risk urban areas will receive a total of $351.7 million.

Metropolitan Medical Response System Program (MMRS) - $39.8 million is divided evenly among 124 MMRS jurisdictions to enhance mass casualty preparedness and response capabilities.

Citizen Corps Program (CCP) - $14.5 million to states and territories to engage citizens in community preparedness.

State Homeland Security Program Tribal (SHSP Tribal) - $1.6 million will go to 12 tribes to build preparedness and response capabilities, and implement homeland security plans. This program provides supplemental funding directly to eligible tribes, pursuant to the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Act of 2007.

Operation Stonegarden Grants (OPSG) - $60 million to land border states to enhance law enforcement border security operations. Dedicated OPSG funds will be provided, for the first time, to states on the northern border.

Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) – $60 million to bolster catastrophic incident preparedness in designated UASI jurisdictions. Ten urban areas are receiving awards.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) - $15 million to support target-hardening activities at 232 nonprofit organizations at high risk of an international terrorist attack.

These five grant programs support objectives outlined in the National Preparedness Guidelines, the National Incident Management System, the National Response Framework, and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Please visit for additional information on Fiscal Year 2008 preparedness grants.

This page was last reviewed/modified on July 25, 2008.

160 posted on 08/06/2008 2:11:15 AM PDT by Cindy
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