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(Galatians 4:16)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Online Poll Says More Than 70% of Americans Favor Invasion of Yemen

If we are to believe a recent poll posted on the Fox News website, more than 70% of Americans favor going into Yemen to get rid of al-Qaeda. “With over 20,000 people taking part in the poll, 71% voted that ‘the problem is not going away,’ and “troops need to be sent there to eliminate Al Qaeda and the threat it poses to national security.”
Fox News is infamous for providing propaganda for the neocons who engineered the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. A poll on the Fox News website will naturally reflect the views of neocon followers who are conditioned to accept the idea that a manufactured terrorist threat must be countered with Predator drone attacks and possibly direct U.S. military involvement in Yemen...

WAR IN YEMEN:Another last day prediction coming true...?

Among the ten signs of the last day--(according to (1)written by muslims)-- one is:
“A fire in Yemen that will drive people to the assembly area”
(1) (Taken from the book:"Signs of the Last Days in the modern Age")

Obama’s War On Yemen

Besides waging direct or proxy wars on multiple fronts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, the Philippines, Sudan, Eastern Congo, elsewhere in Africa, and likely to erupt almost anywhere at any time, Yemen is now a new front in America’s “war on terror” under a president, who as a candidate, promised diplomacy, not conflict, if elected.
In 2008, he told the Boston Globe that:“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
None exists, yet he’s done the opposite and much more. He:
– reinvented a “Cold War” with Russia;
– is encircling it and China with military bases, and proceeding with provocative plans to install interceptor missiles in Poland (for offense, not defense) and advanced tracking radar in the Czech Republic;
– escalated war in Afghanistan;
– appointed a hired gun assassin to lead it, General Stanley McChrystal, infamous for committing war crime atrocities as former head of the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC);
– authorized death squad assaults to pursue it, including extrajudicial assassinations, torture, and indiscriminate bombing of Afghan communities without regard for civilian lives;
– expanded the war into Pakistan and now to Yemen;
– is militarizing Latin America using Colombia and the Dutch islands of Aruba and Curazao to fly unmanned surveillance/attack drones over Venezuela and perhaps elsewhere in the region;
– plans to use Colombian insurgents to commit “false positive” border incidents blaming Venezuela as a pretext for a retaliatory attack, supported, of course, by Washington as a way to target and perhaps remove Hugo Chavez;
– failed to subvert Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection; continues destabilization tactics for regime change; and may, preemptively without cause, attack Iran’s nuclear facilities;
– ousted the democratically elected Honduran president, installing a fascist regime to replace him;
– supports the worst of Israeli war crimes and oppression against Palestinians;
– governs America under police state laws to resist unrest if it arises in the wake of outlandish administration policies; and according to some
– plans a major false flag US attack to enlist popular support, divert attention from the deepening economic crisis, and provide a pretext for new fronts in the “war on terror” with unlimited funding to pursue them at the expense of neglected homeland need...
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Obama Flubs His First Bay Of Pigs Moment As Terror Moles Escape Purge

Obama’s speech this afternoon was an incongruous performance. On the one hand, he angrily detailed a catastrophic breakdown in US intelligence procedures leading to the near-massacre of hundreds of airline passengers in the skies over Detroit on Christmas Day. On the other hand, there was no purge of the corrupt, complicit, and incompetent officials who had made this incident possible. No firings were announced. No heads rolled. The rogue network or invisible government of treasonous and subversive moles inside the US government which is behind the Detroit incident, and so many other incidents, remained untouched once again...

Agenda 21 Alert: Obama’s $250 Million Plan to Brainwash Your Children

On January 6, 2010, Obama proudly unveiled his “Innovative Agenda”. Financed by Public- Private Partnerships, the goal is to train over 100,000 elementary school math and science teachers. The Intel Foundation has committed to spending $200 million dollars to this venture, with 4 other companies providing another $50 million dollars.(1)
The mainstream media’s spin on this story was that this is a gift to increase American children’s test scores. And most people believe this is a wonderful investment in the future and don’t understand the real intention behind the “gift”, with strings attached.
Do you think that depopulation of the planet is wonderful?
Do you think that the destruction of individual rights and the Constitution is wonderful?
Do you think that clearing humans from 50% of America’s landscape is wonderful...?

Times Square Billboard of Obama Draws White House Ire

Fox News: The latest celebrity ad to grace a Times Square billboard doesn't feature an athlete, rock star or actor. It's President Obama sporting a black jacket made by the company Weatherproof. But the White House isn't happy about the newest exposure, saying the president's image -- captured by The Associated Press during his November trip to the Great Wall in Badaling, China -- is not supposed to be used for commercial purposes...

CBS News:"Obama Reneges on Health Care Transparency"

CBS News: President Obama wants the final negotiations on health care reform - a reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill - put on a fast track, even if that means breaking an explicit campaign promise. "The House and Senate plan to put together the final health care reform bill behind closed doors according to an agreement by top Democrats," House Speaker Nanci Pelosi said today at the White House. The White House is on board with that, too, reports CBS News political correspondent Chip Reid. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed today that "the president wants to get a bill to his desk as quickly as possible"...

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‘How Dare They’: CNN’s Cafferty Rips Obama for Failed Openness Pledge

"What a far cry from the election, when then-candidate Obama pledged to- quote, ‘broadcast health care negotiations on C-SPAN, so that the American people can see what the choices are,’ unquote. President Obama hasn’t even made a token effort to keep his campaign promises of more openness and transparency in government. It was all just another lie that was told in order to get elected."

Press Corps Grills Gibbs Over Obama’s C-SPAN Campaign Promise

"The President wants to get a bill to his desk as quickly as possible."--Gibbs...

THE C-SPAN LIE...???: See Eight Clips of Obama Promising Televised Healthcare Negotiations...

"One of my jobs as President will be to guide this process..."--BHO

C-SPAN CEO:"White House Has Allowed Only ‘One Hour’ of Health Care Coverage"

"We were used as kind of a political football during the campaign."

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Yemen official:"US troops not wanted"...

SAN'A, Yemen – As Yemen becomes the new front in the war on terror, its leaders want this to be clear: It does not intend to become another Iraq or Afghanistan with thousands of U.S. troops on the ground.Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi drew some red lines Wednesday in its burgeoning alliance with Washington against al-Qaida, telling The Associated Press that Yemen welcomes U.S. and foreign troops for training, intelligence and logistical support."But not in any other capacity," he said, adding, "there is a lot of sensitivity" among Yemenis about foreign combat troops. He underlined that Yemeni forces would remain under Yemeni command, without any joint authority with the Americans....

Couple's labored goodbye led to NJ airport breach

NEWARK, N.J. – Call it the tortured airport goodbye felt around the world.A man struggling to say goodbye to a female companion took advantage of a guard's absence to sneak past a Newark Liberty International Airport security checkpoint Sunday evening, causing a terminal shutdown the delayed flights across the globe and calling into question just how secure the nation's airports really are.The couple's actions emerged in a surveillance video released Thursday by the office of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who had pushed the Transportation Security Administration to release the footage. The video shows a man embracing a woman before she enters a secured, passengers-only area of the terminal.
The man stations himself near an exit lane, where departing passengers pass a security guard to leave the terminal. A minute or so later, after the guard leaves his podium for several seconds, the woman comes back toward the exit and motions to the man, who ducks under the rope and walks into the passenger-only area....

Wife 'proud' of CIA bomber

ISTANBUL-The Turkish wife of the Jordanian suicide bomber who killed seven CIA agents in Afghanistan expressed pride on Thursday in what he had done."I am proud of my husband. He carried out a great operation in this war. I hope Allah will accept his martyrdom, if he has become a martyr," Defne Bayrak told reporters in Istanbul, where she lives."I am not ashamed. He did this against the American occupation" of Afghanistan, she said, the Turkish news agency Anatolia reported.
Bayrak's husband, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, blew himself up at a US military base near the Pakistani border on December 30 in the deadliest attack against the Central Intelligence Agency since 1983.Turkish police officials said they will be asking Bayrak to face questioning from Istanbul's anti-terrorist unit, They did not elaborate....
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Picture Left:Defne Bayrak, Turkish wife of Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, talks to journalists in Istanbul.(AFP/Anatolia News Agency)

CIA Bomber al-Balawi Was No Double Agent, Say Jordanians

Senior Jordanian intelligence sources speaking to TIME on condition of anonymity have disputed the claim that Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, whose suicide bombing of a U.S. facility in Afghanistan last week killed seven CIA operatives, had been a double agent working for al-Qaeda all along. Instead, they say, after he was initially turned following his arrest by the Jordanians in 2007, al-Balawi had been a useful asset whose work helped the Americans target al-Qaeda leaders. But, they claim, his outrage at the high number of civilian casualties inflicted in the resulting strikes may be the factor that prompted him to go back to the other side. The Jordanians, of course, were greatly embarrassed by the incident, and their denial of the claim that al-Balawi had never been genuinely committed to the fight against al-Qaeda will be received by many with a measure of skepticism...
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Picture Left:This undated image provided Thursday, Jan. 7, 2009 by al-Jazeera purports to show Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, the suspected Jordanian double agent who killed seven CIA officers in Afghanistan on Dec. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/english.aljazeera.net)

2 Blackwater guards among dead at Afghan CIA base

RALEIGH, N.C. – Two of the CIA workers killed in Afghanistan were private contractors with the security company formerly known as Blackwater.An obituary released Wednesday for 35-year-old Jeremy Wise said he was a former Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach, Va., who was working with the company now known as Xe. MindyLou Paresi of Dupont, Wash., said in an interview with The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., that her husband, 46-year-old Dane Clark Paresi, was also a Xe contractor who was killed.Xe spokesman Mark Corallo declined to confirm whether the men worked for the North Carolina-based company. A former U.S. intelligence officials has said that a suicide bomber killed eight people inside a CIA base in Afghanistan, including four CIA officers, three security guards and a Jordanian intelligence officer....

Suspected Jordanian Bomber of CIA Base Deceived Family

ZARQA, Jordan — The suspected Jordanian double agent who killed eight people on a CIA base in Afghanistan wanted to die in a holy war, and wrote fiery Internet articles calling for jihad against the U.S. and Israel, family and friends said Tuesday.A counterterrorism official said 32-year-old Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi turned against his Jordanian intelligence recruiters who offered him to their CIA allies as someone who would help them track down Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Instead al-Balawi struck the CIA base near the Pakistani border last week, killing seven CIA employees and his Jordanian recruiter, Ali bin Zaid, a relative of Jordan's King Abdullah II, said the official.Al-Balawi's family and friends said the Jordanian was a physician who practiced in a clinic at a Palestinian refugee camp near Zarqa, also the hometown of slain Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi....

CIA Base Bomber Was Jordanian Extremist Double Agent

The homicide bomber who killed eight people inside a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan last week was a Jordanian extremist double agent recruited by Jordanian intelligence, sources told Fox News.
The bombing killed seven CIA employees-- four officers and three contracted security guards-- and a Jordanian intelligence officer, Ali bin Zaid, according to a second former U.S. intelligence official. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the incident.
The former senior intelligence official and the foreign official said the bomber was Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a 36-year old doctor from Zarqa, Jordan. NBC News first reported the bomber's identity.He was arrested more than a year ago by Jordanian intelligence and was thought to have been persuaded to support U.S. and Jordanian efforts against Al Qaeda, according to the NBC report.He was invited to Camp Chapman, a tightly secured CIA forward base in Khost province on the fractious Afghan-Pakistan frontier, because he was offering urgent information to track down Ayman al-Zawahiri, Usama bin Laden's right-hand man....

California's Bakersfield Airport Re-Opens After Hazmat Scare

Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, Calif., has been re-opened following a hazmat scare, an FAA official said.Ian Gregor said the airport was re-opened at 11 a.m. local time.Earlier Tuesday, federal officials had suspended flights going to and from the airport after a hazardous substance was found in a piece of luggage.
Suzanne Trevino, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, says the material was found in a checked bag Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. local time. The discovery closed down the airport around 8:20 a.m., and officials called in a hazardous material crew and bomb squad as a precaution.When the TSA agents screened the passenger's bag, it tested positive for a hazardous substance...

The Other Terror War: Pentagon Eyes Foreign Aid to Fight Al Qaeda

The Obama administration, facing a growing terrorist threat out of Yemen, is turning to a counterterror tool that for the past four years has allowed the United States to battle extremism in dozens of countries outside the official war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan: cold, hard cash. The Pentagon since 2006 has budgeted more than $1 billion to train and equip foreign militaries and security forces through a program known in Congress as "Section 1206." Pakistan has absorbed more of that money than any other country, but other nations -- most notably Yemen -- are rising in prominence on the list of recipients.Gen. David Petraeus, head of Central Command, announced on a surprise visit to Yemen over the weekend that the United States will more than double its counterterrorism funding -- $67 million in fiscal 2009 -- to the country....

Report of 2nd man cuffed from Flight 253 confirmed:U.S. Customs and Border official apologizes, reverses himself – 'This is the FBI's 4th story'

After several days of denying eyewitness reports of a second man from Northwest Flight 253 being arrested following the attempted Christmas Day bombing of the plane by a Nigerian passenger linked to al-Qaida, the chief U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in the Detroit area has admitted another passenger was taken into custody.Ronald G. Smith sent an e-mail to the Detroit News, the paper reported, apologizing that the information provided to federal investigators by two attorneys aboard the plane had not been made available earlier.
As WND reported, Smith and other federal officials repeatedly denied accounts of the incident by Kurt and Lori Haskell of Taylor, Mich., who described authorities handcuffing and taking away a second passenger.Following the foiled terrorist attack, Haskell said passengers were corralled into a small, evacuated luggage claim area of an airport terminal. Then, he says, bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in....

Yemen dismisses Al Qaeda threat as 'exaggerated'

Reporting from Beirut - Yemeni officials on Sunday dismissed the threat posed by Al Qaeda in their country as "exaggerated" and downplayed the possibility of cooperating closely with the United States in fighting Islamic militants, even as the U.S. and Britain temporarily closed their diplomatic outposts in Yemen because of unspecified Al Qaeda threats.
The statements by Yemen's foreign minister, chief of national security and Interior Ministry came a day after the region's top American military commander vowed to step up U.S. military support for the beleaguered Arabian Peninsula nation.Analysts said the Yemeni statements reflected domestic political concerns about President Ali Abdullah Saleh appearing weak and beholden to the West as he faces numerous political challenges...
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Picture Left:Yemeni soldiers gather near the airport in Sana, the Yemeni capital. The Interior Ministry says Al Qaeda militants are "under surveillance around the clock." (Yahya Arhab / EPA / January 3, 2010)

5 US suspects in Pakistan defend 'jihad' plans

SARGODHA, Pakistan – Five Americans detained in Pakistan told a court Monday they intended to cross the border into Afghanistan to wage jihad against Western forces but denied any links to al-Qaida or plans to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan.The admission could be a prelude to possible U.S. conspiracy charges but might also draw sympathy from an increasingly anti-American Pakistani public. Such feelings have complicated U.S. efforts to persuade Pakistan to do more to crack down on militants carrying out cross-border attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan."We are not terrorists," one of the five men, Ramy Zamzam, told The Associated Press as he entered the courtroom in the eastern Pakistani city of Sargodha, where they were arrested in December."We are jihadists, and jihad is not terrorism," said Zamzam, a 22-year-old Egyptian American who was a dental student at Howard University in Washington, D.C....
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Detained American Muslims, center, talk to police officer Pakistani police officers as they leave after appear in an anti terrorist court in Sargodha, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Yemen says Nigerian may have met radical cleric

SAN'A, Yemen – The Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a U.S. passenger plane on Christmas met in Yemen's remote mountains with regional al-Qaida leaders, possibly including a radical American cleric who was also in contact with the alleged Fort Hood shooter, Yemen's deputy prime minister said Thursday.
However, Rashad al-Alimi insisted that 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was recruited by al-Qaida in Britain, before he arrived in Yemen last summer, and that he obtained the explosives used in the failed airliner attack after he left Yemen.
Al-Alimi, the deputy prime minister in charge of defense and security, offered his government's most detailed account yet of Abdulmutallab's activities in the months leading up to the bombing attempt. He disappeared in Yemen for weeks before leaving the country on Dec. 4....

Yemen kills militants it says threatened embassies

SANAA-Yemeni forces on Monday killed at least two al Qaeda militants they said were behind a threat that forced the U.S. and European embassies to close, as concern grew about the poor Arab country's stability.The raid took place after the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day thrust Yemen into the foreground of the U.S.-led war against Islamist militants.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said fighting in Yemen was a threat to regional and global stability."We see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region," she said.
The West and Saudi Arabia fear al Qaeda will take advantage of Yemen's instability to spread its operations to the neighboring kingdom, the world's biggest oil exporter, and beyond. Yemen itself produces a small amount of oil....

MI5 Knew of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s UK Extremist Links

The security services knew three years ago that the Detroit bomber had “multiple communications” with Islamic extremists in Britain, it emerged this weekend. Counterterrorism officials said Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was “reaching out” to extremists whom MI5 had under surveillance while he was studying at University College London.
Officials said the 23-year-old Nigerian was “starting out on a journey” in Britain that culminated in his attempt to bring down flight 253 as it prepared to land in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day.
None of the information was passed to American officials, which will prompt questions about intelligence failures prior to the attack...
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Census Bureau kicks off once-a-decade head count

WASHINGTON-The Census Bureau kicks off its $300 million campaign Monday to prod, coax and cajole the nation's more than 300 million residents to fill out their once-a-decade census forms.The bureau will mail out the 10-question forms to about 120 million households in March.On Monday, Census Director Robert Groves starts the nationwide campaign with an event in New York City where he is scheduled to unveil a 46-foot trailer called "Mail It Back." In all, 13 vehicles are to be present at about 800 events around the country, from small community happenings to the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four."The whole purpose is to reach out to people at local events," Groves said.
Residents can expect to receive letters in early March notifying them that census forms will arrive between March 15-17. Residents who don't respond will get a follow-up postcard. Those who still don't respond can expect a visit from a census taker by early May...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Shades of Things to Come:"Israeli Airport Debuts Biometric System"

As international aviation officials look to Israel for techniques to safeguard air travel after the failed Christmas Day bombing, Ben-Gurion airport on Tuesday launched a biometric security system for outbound passengers, heralding a new era of hi-tech passenger screening.
The Unipass Airport Management System, developed by the Israel Airports Authority, is initially being tested on El Al Matmid Frequent Flyer Club members, before being gradually expanded to include, within two years, all departing passengers who voluntarily register, the IAA said.The IAA said the timing of the biometric security program’s launch, amid heightened international air travel security following the Al-Qaeda terrorist plot to blow up a US airliner over Detroit last month, was purely coincidental....
PS:There is NOTHING COINCIDENTAL with the NWO....!!!!!
Don't ever forget that....!!!!!
As in the days of Noah....

Kazakhstan takes helm of OSCE amid concern over rights

VIENNA-Kazakhstan took over the leadership of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Friday for the next year amid concern over its human rights record.
It is the first former Soviet state to chair the 56-nation trans-Atlantic security body, after making promises of democratic reforms.
"We have concerns about the situation of human rights, media and other areas ...throughout the region, including Kazakhstan," Janez Lenarcic, director of the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, said last month.While conceding that "no state is without problems," Lenarcic said at a meeting of ministers in Athens on December 2, "clearly there is a challenge for the incoming chairmanship whether they will be able to lead by example"...

CIA reportedly ordered Blackwater to murder 9/11 suspect

In 2004, the CIA sent a team from the private security firm Blackwater, now Xe, to Hamburg to kill an alleged al Qaeda financier who was investigated for years by German authorities on suspicion of links to al Qaeda, according to a little-highlighted element in a Vanity Fair article to be published this month.
The report cited a source familiar with the program as saying the mission had been kept secret from the German government.
“Among the team’s targets, according to a source familiar with the program, was Mamoun Darkazanli, an al Qaeda financier living in Hamburg who had been on the agency’s radar for years because of his ties to three of the 9/11 hijackers and to operatives convicted of the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa,” writes Vanity Fair’s Adam Ciralsky...

"Turkey, Georgia, UAE bankroll Caucasus rebels":Russian television

MOSCOW-Militants in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan have received financing from supporters in Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates, television said Saturday, after a special operation yielded notebooks of expenses kept by rebels.
The notebooks seized during a special operation in Dagestan conducted by the Federal Security Service (FSB) on New Year's Eve show the rebels had received hefty donations from their foreign sponsors, national television said, airing footage from the press department of the Dagestan branch of FSB.
"Tens of millions of rubles came from the United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Turkey and Azerbajan," NTV channel said. Rossia television channel added that supporters from Saudi Arabia were also among the foreign sponsors.
"The sums are huge," Rossia channel said. "There was never any doubt anyway that militants in the North Caucasus have been generously bankrolled. But that generously...."
The notebooks show that rebels also extorted money from local businessmen and unscrupulous officials, television reports said.
"The money was distributed among various groups" in Dagestan and was used to finance purchases of arms, medicine and cars, they said....

Harassed War Reporter:"We Must Stand Up To TSA Thugs"

A war reporter who was detained, interrogated and handcuffed at Seattle airport for refusing to answer personal questions about his income has warned that Americans need to start standing up to TSA thugs because entering the country is now a more stifling experience than some of the worst police states on the planet.
“No country has ever treated me so badly,” Michael Yon wrote in a Facebook message. “Not China. Not Vietnam. Not Afghanistan. Definitely not Singapore or India or Nepal or Germany, not Brunei, not Indonesia, or Malaysia, or Kuwait or Qatar or United Arab Emirates. No county has treated me with the disrespect that can be expected from our border bullies.”
“Yon was taken aside by the TSA and asked a series of questions, many of which seemed to have no bearing on national security. Finally when asked what his personal income was, he refused to answer because he felt it was none of their business. At this point they handcuffed and detained him until he was eventually released by Port Authority police because the TSA had no legitimate grounds to hold him,” reports Blog Critics...

JPost Says “Taliban-style Group” May Be Taking Over Somalia

A hard-line Islamist militia known as Al-Shabab is capturing key areas throughout Somalia, but analysts differ over whether the group can actually take over the country.
Al-Shabab has become the focus of much Western media coverage recently for its use of Taliban-style justice, including stoning suspected adulterers and severing the limbs of thieves.
The Al-Shabab administration in Kismayo, around 500 kilometers south of the capital Mogadishu, began by clamping down on clothing, making men shave their moustaches, grow beards and wear pants no shorter than ankle length.
But Richard Cornwell, an independent expert on Africa and a former research fellow at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, said the probability that Al-Shabab will takeover the Somali government is “highly unlikely.”
“Al-Shabab itself is fracturing along ideological lines,” he told The Media Line. “The domestic Somalis and the ‘Jihadi tourists’ are breaking away from each other. There are those who still want to put Somalia first and others have a more global view of Jihad.”

Afghan authorities distance themselves from CIA 'black ops'

KABUL-Afghan authorities were distancing themselves Friday from investigations into a suicide bomb attack that killed seven CIA agents, the US spy agency's biggest single loss of life in almost 30 years.
As questions swirled about how the attacker managed to penetrate security at the base in Khost province, near the Pakistani border, the Afghan defence ministry again denied reports that any ministry personnel were involved.
The government had no comment and a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said there would be no official involvement in any investigation.
The CIA agents were killed on Wednesday when a suicide bomber breached the forward operating base (FOB) Camp Chapman and detonated an explosives-filled vest in a basement gym....

Dutch Authorities Claim Underwear Bomber Had No Accomplice at Airport

According to Reuters, Dutch authorities have announced that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the terrorist who penetrated the Dutch security system on Christmas Day on Flight 253 to Detroit, acted alone with no accomplices at the Amsterdam airport.
This directly contradicts the first-hand, eye-witness account from Kurt Haskell, a lawyer from Taylor, Michigan who was on board Flight 253. We have reported Mr. Haskell’s account here at Big Government as well as his interview with Andrew Breitbart on The Dennis Miller Show, the nationally syndicated radio program on Westwood One.
Mr. Haskell tells us he is sticking to his story. “I’m not surprised, we expected this. They are trying to discredit me without actually PROVING me wrong. But, I’m not going to shut-up about this.“
When asked if the FBI or the Dutch authorities had contacted him to assist in viewing the video tape from the airport to pinpoint the moment where he saw a gentleman of Indian descent trying to usher Mr. Mutallab through the standard security procedures because he did not have proper paperwork, Mr Haskell replied, “No, they have not asked me to help them at all. I asked the FBI to let me see the video tape, and I have heard nothing back. I only want to see a two-minute section of the tape. Until they can show me the tape, I will stick to my story.”
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bin Laden daughter should be free to quit Iran:Saudi Arabia

RIYADH-Saudi Arabia urged Iran on Saturday to allow a daughter of Osama bin Laden, who fled house arrest and sought refuge in the Saudi embassy in Tehran, to leave the country if she wishes.
Iman bin Laden and five siblings had been held in Tehran since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported last month. Iman, 17, escaped during a rare trip outside in November and made her way to the embassy, the paper said.Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference in Riyadh that Iman should be allowed to leave Iran.
"We consider this to be a purely humanitarian issue and we are in talks with the Iranian government to treat it as such and leave the choice of leaving to the girl," he said.Asharq al-Awsat, owned by a cousin of Prince Saud, has reported that the Saudi embassy has issued Iman with a temporary travel permit to allow her to return to Saudi Arabia....

Iraq takes steps to 'bring Blackwater to justice'

BAGHDAD-Iraq said on Friday it had begun taking steps to "bring Blackwater to justice" over the deaths of 14 civilians in 2007, one of the bloodiest incidents involving a private security firm in the country.A US court decision on Thursday to drop charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of the deaths has unleashed anger in Baghdad.
Human Rights Minister Wejdan Mikhail told AFP she was "astonished" by the decision to dismiss the criminal charges against the guards."There was so much work done to prosecute these people and to take this case into court and I don't understand why the judge took this decision," she said.
Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said "the Iraqi government has started to take the necessary measures to bring Blackwater to justice for the killing of 17 Iraqi citizens"...

Pakistan volleyball bomb toll rises to 99: police

PESHAWAR, Pakistan-The death toll from a suicide attack at a volleyball game in Pakistan rose to 99, police said Sunday, as authorities struggled to cope with one of the country's bloodiest-ever bombings."A total of 99 people have been killed. There are 87 injured who are being treated in three different hospitals," Bannu district police chief Mohammad Ayub Khan told AFP by telephone from the northwest region.
Another police officer in the area, Habib Ullah Khan, confirmed the toll.There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, but police said the bomber came from South Waziristan, the neighbouring district where Pakistan has been waging an offensive on Taliban militants since October....

US, UK close Yemen embassies over al-Qaida threats

SAN'A, Yemen – Western embassies in Yemen locked up Sunday after fresh threats from al-Qaida, and the White House expressed alarm at the terror group's expanded reach in the poor Arab nation where an offshoot apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner.
President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, cited "indications al-Qaida is planning to carry out an attack against a target" in the capital, possibly the embassy, and estimated the group had several hundred members in Yemen. Security reasons led Britain to act, too; it was not known when the embassies would reopen.The U.S. is worried about the spread of terrorism in Yemen, a U.S. ally and aid recipient, Brennan said, but doesn't consider the country a second front with Afghanistan and Pakistan in the fight against terrorism....

Britain, US backing Yemen anti-terror police unit

LONDON – Britain and the United States are assisting a counterterrorism police unit in Yemen amid fears of an increasing threat of international terrorism emanating from the country, the British government said Sunday.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office said that he and President Barack Obama agreed to "intensify joint U.S.-U.K. work to tackle the emerging terrorist threat from both Yemen and Somalia" in the wake of the failed Detroit terror plot.
"Amongst the initiatives the PM has agreed with President Obama is U.S.-U.K. funding for a special counter-terrorism police unit in Yemen," the statement said.
The U.S. embassy in Yemen closed on Sunday, citing ongoing threats by the al-Qaida branch that has been linked to the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S. airliner headed to Detroit. The embassy would not say if there was a specific threat...

Dozens of Names Shifted to No-Fly List

The Obama administration has transferred dozens of names from a broad terrorism database to watch lists that are more closely monitored in an effort to plug security holes revealed by the Christmas Day airline-bombing attempt.President Barack Obama met Monday with Central Intelligence Agency officials and White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan ahead of a broader security team meeting Tuesday.
That meeting will discuss assessments provided by intelligence agencies of how Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was able to allegedly smuggle explosives onto a Northwest Airlines flight, despite warnings about him and numerous signs a terrorism plot was in the works.
Obama has attributed the plot to the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen, which also has claimed credit for sending Abdulmutallab on his alleged mission...

Cuba denounces new U.S. airline security measures

HAVANA-Cuba denounced as "anti-terrorist paranoia" new U.S. security measures for air travelers from the island and 13 other countries, but passengers waiting to fly from Havana said on Monday thorough checks before heading to the United States were nothing new.
The measures call for inspecting baggage and patting down U.S.-bound passengers from four countries -- Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria -- that the U.S. government considers state sponsors of terrorism and 10 other "countries of interest."Granma, the newspaper for the ruling Communist Party, called the measures a "desperate directive" that was "part of the (U.S.) anti-terrorist paranoia"...

The war on terror has been about scaring people, not protecting them

So there was no ticking time bomb. No urgent need ever arose to torture anybody who was withholding crucial details, so that civilisation as we know it could be saved in the nick of time. No wires had to be tapped, special prisons erected or international accords violated. No innocent people had to be grabbed off the street in their home country, transported across the globe and waterboarded. Drones, daisy-cutters, invasions, occupations were, it has transpired, not necessary.
Indeed, when it actually came down to it, to forestall a near-calamitous terrorist atrocity in the US the authorities didn't even have to go in search of information or informants. The alleged terrorist's father came to the US embassy in Nigeria of his own free will and warned them that his son, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had disappeared and could be in the company of Yemeni terrorists....

Catching terrorists: Why profiling is not the answer

Pre-empting his own quickie review into aviation security, Gordon Brown announced on Sunday that "the use of full body scanners" would soon be phased in. The move follows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's alleged attempt to down a plane at Christmas. Naked imaging is now in prospect for all sorts of passengers, except under-18s – for whom an exception will have to be made if the fight against one collective anxiety is not to inflame another.The costly new machines will exacerbate the delay and hassle of air travel, without necessarily preventing another Abdulmutallab-style attacker from boarding a plane. Some experts insist that the low-density materials deployed on Christmas Day would not get picked up, and the sense that the decision is being rushed in advance of the evidence only inflames the doubts. Such controversies, however, concern the detail....

Brown gives go-ahead for full-body scanners at Britain's airports

An employee stands inside a body scanner during a demonstration at a press briefing at Schiphol airport, Netherlands.
(Photograph: Cynthia Boll/AP)
Full-body scanners are to be introduced at Britain's airports after Gordon Brown gave the go-ahead for the technology in a move which pre-empted his own urgent review of airline security.
Despite questions over the effectiveness of the devices, the prime minister said yesterday that passengers would see their "gradual" introduction, along with hand luggage checks for traces of explosives. Even those travelling through UK airports in transit would have to go through the heightened security screening.
BAA, which runs six UK airports, said it would install the £100,000 machines "as soon as is practical" at Heathrow. Experts have cast doubt on whether the scanners are able to detect the type of explosive that 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of using in an attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day....
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New scanners break child porn laws

A 12-month trial at Manchester airport of full body scanners only went ahead last month after under-18s were exempted.
(Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)
The rapid introduction of full body scanners at British airports threatens to breach child protection laws which ban the creation of indecent images of children, the Guardian has learned.
Privacy campaigners claim the images created by the machines are so graphic they amount to "virtual strip-searching" and have called for safeguards to protect the privacy of passengers involved.
Ministers now face having to exempt under 18s from the scans or face the delays of introducing new legislation to ensure airport security staff do not commit offences under child pornography laws. They also face demands from civil liberties groups for safeguards to ensure that images from the £80,000 scanners, including those of celebrities, do not end up on the internet. The Department for Transport confirmed that the "child porn" problem was among the "legal and operational issues" now under discussion in Whitehall after Gordon Brown's announcement on Sunday that he wanted to see their "gradual" introduction at British airports...
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Monday, January 4, 2010

CNN Propaganda On Airport Body Scanners

Terahertz Wave Body Scanners Destroy DNA

Editor’s note: Airport body scanners not only show you naked, they also have the potential to wreck your DNA. The body scanners use terahertz waves to show your privates and terahertz waves rip apart DNA, as the following article explains.
A new model of the way the THz waves interact with DNA explains how the damage is done and why evidence has been so hard to gather.
Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation that fills the slot in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes , paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and “frisk” people at distance.
The way terahertz waves are absorbed and emitted can also be used to determine the chemical composition of a material. And even though they don’t travel far inside the body, there is great hope that the waves can be used to spot tumours near the surface of the skin.
With all that potential, it’s no wonder that research on terahertz waves has exploded in the last ten years or so...

Gordon Brown promises full body scanners at UK airports

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has given the go-ahead for full body scanners to be introduced at Britain’s airports.
BAA, which runs six UK airports, said it would now install the machines “as soon as is practical” at Heathrow.
Experts have questioned the scanners’ effectiveness at detecting the type of bomb allegedly used on Christmas Day in an attempted plane attack over Detroit.
But Mr Brown said it was essential to “go further” than the current technology allowed...

Clinton says Yemen situation is global threat...

WASHINGTON-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that the situation in Yemen was a threat to both regional and global stability.
"We see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region," Clinton said after a meeting with the visiting prime minister of Qatar.
Clinton said a decision on reopening the U.S. embassy in Yemen -- shut for two days due to what it described as al Qaeda threats -- would be taken "as conditions permit"....

Nigeria:"New security checks discriminatory..."

Nigeria has criticised new security measures for passengers flying to and from the United States as unfair and said they amounted to discrimination against 150 million people.
The US government has announced that travellers from 14 countries, including Nigeria, are to be subjected to extra checks including body pat-downs, after a young Nigerian was accused of trying to blow up a US jet on Christmas Day.
But Nigeria Information Minister Dora Akunyili said that Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, did not have a history of terrorism and such a move could not be justified."It is unfair to include Nigeria on the US list for tighter screening because Nigerians do not have terrorist tendencies," Ms Akunyili said."It is unfair to discriminate against over 150 million people because of the behaviour of one person"...

Confusion in Europe after US demands more security

LONDON-Airline passengers bound for the United States faced a hodgepodge of heightened security measures across Europe on Monday, but airports did not appear to be following a U.S. request for increased screening of passengers from 14 countries.
U.S. officials in Washington said the new security measures would be implemented Monday but there were few visible changes on the ground in Europe, which has thousands of passengers on hundreds of daily flights to the United States.
Large hubs such as London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt alone account for 20-30 trans-Atlantic flights a day each.In Britain, a major international transport hub, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation said he was still trying to decipher the practical implications for Britain of the new U.S. rules. He refused to give his name due to the sensitivity of the subject...

Are Airport Full Body Scanners A Health Menace...?

Dear readers, the headline may seem alarmist, so let’s work though the claims and counter claims:
Full body scanning involves radiation. The medical profession has been pretty remiss about pointing out the dangers of radiation, even though radiation can cause cancer. That’s probably because a quite a few diagnostic tests involve the use of radiation, and they are too often cavalier about it (has any doctor about to give you an X-ray bothered asking how many you’ve had over your lifetime?) Yes, we’ve had some exceptions, like doctors arguing against the recent fad of annual full body CT scans because the dose is equal to that of several years of background radiation, but that posture is comparatively rare (one of my pet beefs has long been the until recent recommendation to get annual mammograms starting at age 40. Mammograms are a terrible test, with a high level of false positives and false negatives; a manual exam by an experienced practitioner has a much higher success rate of catching the fast-growing, dangerous cancers, but doesn’t fit the modern idea of what a test should look like. Oh, and all those radiologists have an installed base of equipment they need to pay off. Think that might have an effect on their view of the situation?)...

World Copes with ARCTIC WEATHER...

--US:Winter of 2009-2010 Coud be Worst in 25 Years
--Temps Plunge to Record as Cold Snap Freezes North, East States...
--CHILL MAP...
--Vermont sets 'all-time record for one snowstorm'...
--Iowa temps 'a solid 30 degrees below normal'...
--Power goes out at Reagan National outside DC...
--Peru's mountain people 'face extinction because of cold conditions'...
--Beijing -- coldest in 40 years...
--World copes with Arctic weather...
--Miami shivers from coldest weather in decade

TSA Tightens Security for International Travel

Passengers flying into the United States from Nigeria, Yemen and other "countries of interest" will be subject to enhanced screening techniques, such as body scans and pat-downs, the Transportation Security Administration said Sunday.Starting Monday, all passengers on U.S.-bound international flights will be subject to random screening.
In addition, anyone traveling from or though nations regarded as state sponsors of terrorism — as well as "other countries of interest" — will be required to go through enhanced screening. The TSA said those techniques include full-body pat-downs, carry-on bag searches, full-body scanning and explosive detection technology.The State Department lists Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism. The "other countries" whose passengers will face enhanced screening include Nigeria, Yemen and Pakistan....

Hundreds of cars torched in France at New Year...

PARIS-Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year's Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.Car burnings are regular occurrences in poor suburbs that ring France's big cities, but the arson is especially prevalent during New Year's Eve revelry.The number of vehicles torched was only 10 short of the record 1,147 burned this time last year, even though the Interior Ministry mobilized 45,000 police during the night -- 10,000 more than 12 months ago....
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Picture Left;Cars torched on New Year's Eve in the region of Strasbourg are piled up at the police pound in Strasbourg, eastern France, on January 1, 2010.Credit: REUTERS/Jean-Marc Loos

Gloom and fury as Pakistan attack toll nears 100

SHAH HASAN KHEL, Pakistan – Tribal elders in a Pakistani village where a suicide car bomber killed nearly 100 people insisted Saturday that residents will keep defying the Taliban, even as the bloodshed laid bare the risks facing the citizens' militias that make up a key piece of Pakistan's arsenal against extremism.The New Year's Day attack on the northwest village of Shah Hasan Khel was one of the deadliest in a surge of bombings that has killed more than 600 across Pakistan since October. Police believe the attacker meant to detonate his 550 pounds (250 kilograms) of explosives at a meeting of tribesmen who supervise an anti-Taliban militia. Instead, the blast went off at a nearby outdoor volleyball court, killing at least 96 people....

Pakistan Increases Airport Security for U.S. Flights

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's airline is increasing security screening for passengers heading to the United States, after the U.S. Transportation Security Administration said those arriving from certain countries would be subject to enhanced screening techniques.A spokesman for Pakistan International Airline said Monday the company began applying new security standards from Jan. 1 on U.S.-bound passengers.Sultan Hasan says the passengers are subjected to special screening, including full body searches, in a designated area of the departure lounge. He said the airline had run advertisements in newspapers to warn prospective passengers of the increased safety measures...