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Saturday, July 17, 2004

China sets deadline for reclaiming Taiwan

July 16, 2004
China's military leader says Taiwan must reunite with Beijing by 2020; experts say China's military could be ready to fight for the island as early as 2012.

Former President Jiang Zemin, still chairman of the Central Military Commission, set 2020 as the deadline for Taiwan's reunification in a recent speech to People's Liberation Army leaders, according to the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po newspaper.

Jiang reportedly also said that U.S. support of Taiwan had prolonged its separation from China, and accused the United States of using cross-straits tensions to constrain China.

Lin Chong-pin, a former Taiwan deputy defense minister currently teaching at Tamkang University, said that the PLA needs just eight years to strengthen its forces and its arsenal of global positioning satellites, cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft, the South China Morning Post reported Friday.

Lin also said by 2012 China would have planted enough infiltrators in Taiwan to assist its operations. He said Beijing's strategy was to paralyze and seize Taiwan with minimal bloodshed and damage. FR Reprint.

US sets sights on toppling Iran regime

July 17, 2004
THE US will mount a concerted attempt to overturn the regime in Iran if President Bush is elected for a second term.

It would work strenuously to foment a revolt against the ruling theocracy by Iran’s “hugely dissatisfied” population, a senior official has told The Times.

The United States would not use military force, as in Iraq, but “if Bush is re-elected there will be much more intervention in the internal affairs of Iran”, declared the official, who is determined that there should be no let-up in the Administration’s War on Terror. FR Reprint.

Friday, July 16, 2004

9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran

July 16, 2004  

Next week's much anticipated final report by a bipartisan commission on the origins of the 9/11 attacks will contain new evidence of contacts between al-Qaeda and Iran—just weeks after the Administration has come under fire for overstating its claims of contacts between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

A senior U.S. official told TIME that the Commission has uncovered evidence suggesting that between eight and ten of the 14 "muscle" hijackers—that is, those involved in gaining control of the four 9/11 aircraft and subduing the crew and passengers—passed through Iran in the period from October 2000 to February 2001.
Sources also tell TIME that Commission investigators found that Iran had a history of allowing al-Qaeda members to enter and exit Iran across the Afghan border. This practice dated back to October 2000, with Iranian officials issuing specific instructions to their border guards—in some cases not to put stamps in the passports of al-Qaeda personnel—and otherwise not harass them and to facilitate their travel across the frontier. The report does not, however, offer evidence that Iran was aware of the plans for the 9/11 attacks.  .... FR Reprint.

Something big is coming, says CIA director

July 15, 2004
Washington - Warnings that terrorists are plotting "something big" against the United States are based on "very, very solid" information, the CIA's acting director said on Wednesday, likening the threat reports to those that preceded the September 11, 2001 attacks.

John McLaughlin, the acting CIA director, noted in an interview with National Public Radio that the US had ample warning of an attack before the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington but no specifics on the timing and targets.

"But we did have conviction that something big was coming at us. We have that same conviction now," he said."

And the reason I say that it is serious is that I think the information I've seen is very, very solid.

We have very little doubt about the information we have in terms of its sourcing and its authenticity," he said. FR Reprint.

Bush Told Truth on Iraq --- Will Democrats Drop Their Wartime Demagoguery?

July 16, 2004
Well, the Democrats got their investigation -- in fact, they got two of them. But they didn't get the answer they wanted.

In the past week, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and the British government released separate reports on pre-war intelligence. Far from showing that the Bush Administration tried to "twist" facts, the reports provide evidence Joe Wilson twisted facts. FR Reprint.

Terror in the Skies, Again?

July 15, 2004
A WWS Exclusive Article
You are about to read an account of what happened June 29, 2004 during a domestic flight that one of our writers, Annie Jacobsen, took from Detroit to Los Angeles. The WWS Editorial Team debated long and hard about how to handle this information and ultimately we decided it was something that should be shared. Here is Annie's storyFR Reprint.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Why are Nearly 400 Members of Al-Qaeda Living in Iran?

July 15, 2004
Hundreds of alleged members of Al-Qaeda, including 18 of its top leaders, and other terror groups are living in Iran, some under tight security, the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

"More than 384 members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are present in Iran, including 18 senior leaders of Osama bin Laden's network," the daily said, citing a senior source in the Iranian presidency.

Al-Qaeda has been threatening an attack on the United States perhaps before the November election.  Similarly, the Iranian government, a known supporter of terrorism has also been threatening action against the United States.

In a speech, last May, a top Revolutionary Guards official, Hassan Abbassi, an intelligence theoretician, who teaches at the Revolutionary Guards' Al-Hussein University, said, "there are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them, ‘ according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (
The Saudi-owned newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, said the terrorist leaders were living under tight protection, some of them in villas in the Namak Abrud region, near the town of Chalous on the Caspian coast, (60 miles) north of Tehran. Others are living in Lavizan, in the northwest of the capital, and which also houses a large military complex, it added.  Authorities in Tehran would not verify their report.

Who Voted for and Against the Proposed Constitutional Marriage Amendment?

July 15, 2004
Traditional family defenders cast yesterday's Senate defeat of a proposed constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman as only the beginning of a long battle.

The Senate yesterday rejected a move by Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennesee to end debate and vote on the amendment. Republicans garnered 48 votes in favor of cloture, far short of the 60 needed.

The tally showed 50 senators opposed. Every Senate Republican voted to keep the amendment alive except for Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, John Sununu of New Hampshire, Ben Campbell of Colorado, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island.

The only Democrats who voted in favor of an up or down vote were Zell Miller of Georgia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

Sen. John Kerry and his running mate Sen. John Edwards did not vote.

U.K. Report: Zarqawi Set Up Pre Iraq War Sleeper Cells

July 15, 2004
Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi set up "sleeper cells" in Baghdad before the Iraq war to attack American forces occupying the country, according to a British intelligence report.

The report, dated March 2003 and released as part of an overall review of British intelligence, forecast the string of Zarqawi's attacks against American targets during the past year "using car bombs and other weapons." It said he was setting up groups of fighters to be activated at a later time, known in the intelligence field as "sleeper cells."

Why Bush Snubbed the NAACP

July 15, 2004
The Democrat group that calls itself National Association for the Advancement of Colored People just can't understand why President Bush won't address it. Gee, could his reluctance have anything to do with the organization's recent history of hatemongering?

Although NAACP was a civil rights organization years ago, it has degenerated into a partisan attack dog for plantation boss Terry McAuliffe:

During the 2000 campaign it outrageously tried to blame President Bush for the sickening murder of James Byrd. (Note to NAACP: John Kerry, not Bush, is the one who opposes the death penalty for vicious killers).

Democrat Julian Bond, chairman of NAACP, in 2001 tried to compare the Bush administration to "the Taliban."

Last week Democrat NAACP boss Kweisi Mfume accused Bush of treating blacks like prostitutes and of wanting to "take blacks back to the days of Jim Crow."

UK Report: Weapons 'could still be found'

July 14, 2004
It would be "premature" to conclude even now that weapons of mass destruction will never be found in Iraq, the Butler report said.

Much of the potential evidence about the possible existence of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons may have been destroyed in the looting and disorder which followed the end of the war, it concluded.

Other evidence - and maybe even stocks of the weapons themselves - might be hidden in the sand, the report said.

"We believe it would be a rash person who asserted at this stage that evidence of Iraqi possession of stocks of biological or chemical agents, or even of banned missiles, does not exist and will never be found," the authors said.

The Butler report concluded that prior to the start of the Iraq war, Saddam Hussein's regime did have the "strategic intention" to resume banned weapons programmes when the United Nations' inspections relaxed.

It also concluded that Iraq was carrying out illicit research and development in support of that goal.

And it said that Iraq was developing ballistic missiles with a range longer than that permitted by the UN. ....

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Flashback: Al-Qaida Wants to Kill 4 Million Americans

June 12, 2002
Muslims have the right to kill 4 million Americans – including 2 million children – based on Islamic teachings, according to an article attributed to an al-Qaida spokesman.

"We have not reached parity with them," wrote Suleiman Abu Gheith, who contended that the U.S. has killed millions of Muslims around the world in places such as Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Sudan, the Philippines and Afghanistan.

"Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans'] chemical and biological weapons," Abu Gheith wrote on the Center for Islamic Research and Studies' website, which reportedly is linked to al-Qaida.

He warned that "America must prepare itself; it must go on maximum alert; ... because, Allah willing, the blow will come from where they least expect it. …"

The article was translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an independent, non-profit organization that analyzes Mideast media.

Iraq uranium claim not based on fakes - UK

July 14, 2004
A claim that Baghdad sought nuclear material in Africa was not based solely on forged documents, a British inquiry into pre-Iraq war intelligence found on Wednesday.

"We've looked at the intelligence on which the assessment was made and that intelligence did not rest on the forged documents, which only came to the attention of the Secret Intelligence Service subsequently," inquiry chairman Lord Butler told reporters.

Man arrested with suicide note on flight

July 14, 2004
The U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Ali Mohamed Almosaleh is in federal custody in the Twin Cities. He was being detained on an immigration law violation, but federal sources confirmed there is much more than that to this investigation.

Sources confirm Almosaleh was carrying a suicide [note] when he was arrested. They say that note indicated a specific time and date for carrying out some sort of public suicide. He was also carrying CDs and DVDs, which federal sources say contained anti-American material. A source also confirms Almosaleh had something with him indicating a connection with at least one known terrorist.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Al-Qaida Fleeing Iraq

July 14, 2004
Iraq: Al-Qaida and its terrorist allies are on the run in Iraq and elsewhere. Just as President Bush vowed two years ago, they're running out of room — and friends.

The news reported by the main media is almost unremittingly bad. But the reality isn't. Take just one recent event: Iraqi police, working with coalition backup, on Tuesday nabbed 524 criminals in a major raid....

What's all this have to do with al-Qaida? Plenty.

The terrorist group and its affiliates often operate in areas marked by lawlessness and social chaos, where it's easier for them to blend in. As the Iraq government and coalition forces crack down on crime, they'll also make greater inroads against al-Qaida.

Indeed, that may already be happening. A recent report on the respected notes that "al-Qaida operations in Iraq have encountered unexpected problems. Iraqis have become increasingly hostile to al-Qaida's suicide bombing campaign."

So life in Iraq is getting harder for partisans of al-Qaida. Many are fleeing to their last stronghold of Fallujah. Others are leaving Iraq for good. In other nations where al-Qaida holes up, such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, the message is also getting through. Fellow travelers are returning to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria and Egypt. They've had enough....

This is important. As al-Qaida is rolled back, reformers are emboldened. Leaders in Afghanistan are even now busy preparing for national elections. So are Iraqis. And Saudi Arabia said Saturday it will hold municipal elections in September — the first since the 1960s.

In such a manner, a trickle can fast become a flood. That which was unthinkable only a few years ago — a more open, democratic Mideast — becomes quite thinkable today....

More Threats of Destruction from Iran's Leaders!

July 14, 2004
In recent weeks, prominent Iranian figures have issued statements against the West, both within the government and in the newspapers close to the regime. These statements include threats to U.S. and European interests and targets throughout the world. The following is a collection of recent threats and is part of a comprehensive report on Iran's nuclear policy, to be published soon:
Recent Threats

In a speech to the residents of the city of Hamedan on July 5, 2004, Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei said: "We, the Iranian people, within the borders of our country, will cut off any hand that harms our scientific, natural, human, or technological interests. We will cut off the hand that is sent to invade and work against our people's interests. We will do this with no hesitation.... If the enemy has the audacity to harm and invade, our blows against it will not be limited to the borders of our country... If someone harms our people and invades [our country], we will endanger his interests anywhere in the world."

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Political Bureau head General Yadollah Javani wrote in the conservative daily Kayhan, which is close to Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei on July 8, 2004: "Threats of this kind are nothing new, but Iran must respond to these threats. To deal with the invader, Iran will use all its capabilities within and outside Iran....

"Today we have in our possession long-range smart missiles which can reach many of the interests and vital resources of the Americans and of the Zionist regime in our region. Thus, if the enemies show stupidity and make any mistake towards Iran, [Iran] will certainly use all the means and capabilities at its disposal....

In an editorial, the July 6, 2004 edition of Kayhan stated: "The entire Islamic Middle East is now a volatile and tangled trap, and will be set off by the smallest bit of silliness - and will reap many victims of the sinful adventurers... Indeed, the White House's 80 years of exclusive rule are likely to become 80 seconds of Hell that will burn to ashes everything that has been built.

Polish Troops Find WMD's

July 2, 2004
Terrorists may have been close to obtaining munitions containing the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin that Polish soldiers recovered last month in Iraq, the head of Poland's military intelligence said Friday....

Dukaczewski refused to give any further details about the terrorists or the sellers of the munitions, saying only that his troops thwarted terrorists by purchasing the 17 rockets for a Soviet-era launcher and two mortar rounds containing the nerve agent for an undisclosed sum June 23....

The warheads all contained cyclosarin, multinational force commander Polish Gen. Mieczyslaw Bieniek said.

"Laboratory tests showed the presence in them of cyclosarin, a very toxic gas, five times stronger than sarin and five times more durable," Bieniek told Poland's TVN24 at the force's Camp Babylon headquarters.

Al Qaeda warns Europe that truce ending soon

July 2, 2004
A purported statement from an al Qaeda-linked group vowed to carry out attacks in Europe after the expiry of a three-month truce offered by Osama bin Laden in April, London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper said on Friday.

Al Qaeda leader bin Laden, in an audio tape on April 15, extended a truce to Europeans if they withdrew troops from Muslim nations and said the offer would last three months.

"To the European people ... you only have a few more days to accept bin Laden's truce or you will only have yourselves to blame," said the statement purported to be from Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, which claimed responsibility for the March 11 bombings in Spain.

Flashback: Michael Moore's View of Americans

November 3, 2003
Take his description of his fellow countrymen and their blind pursuit of the American Dream: "They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet... in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug p****s.

"We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don't know about anything that's happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing. National Geographic produced a survey which showed that 60 per cent of 18-25 year olds don't know where Great Britain is on a map. And 92 per cent of us don't own a passport."

More Sites for info on Michael Moore:
Moore Lies
Moore Watch
Michael Moore Hates America

Monday, July 12, 2004

Outsourcing: The Facts Ignored

July 9, 2004

Outsourcing opponents routinely focus on only one side of the issue, while ignoring the gains in lower prices, higher efficiency, and insourced jobs...

This market flexibility and dynamism does mean that some jobs are lost, but those job losses tend to be small compared to the number of jobs that are created. The only official study on the impact of off-shoring jobs, released by the Department of Labor on June 10, found that only 4,633 job losses were associated with overseas relocations in the first quarter of 2004.3 That represents only 2 percent of total layoffs in America.

Aside from debunking inflated fears about the export of American jobs, it is necessary to recognize the many benefits of outsourcing. Outsourcing is a two-way street. There are currently 6.4 million jobs in the U.S. in which the employer is a foreign company. These "insourced" jobs are growing at a faster rate than jobs in general are being lost. According to the Organization for International Investment, "Over the last 15 years, manufacturing `insourced' jobs grew by 82%--at an annual rate of 5.5%; and manufacturing `outsourced' jobs grew by 23 percent--at an annual rate of 1.5%."4

Furthermore, outsourcing is a means of increasing output while reducing input costs. This leads to lower consumer prices, higher living standards, and more jobs in a growing economy. Outsourcing also lets competition run its course and encourages companies to become more efficient. In the end, having a pool of highly competitive and efficient companies bidding for homeland security contracts will only further the quality of America's security.

Flashback: Kerry in 1971 "We cannot fight communism"

April 22, 1971
John F. Kerry before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said...
"we cannot fight communism all over the world, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now."

Flashback: Putin Warned Bush "Saddam preparing terrorist attacks in the US"

June 18, 2004
ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Russia gave the Bush administration intelligence after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that suggested Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq was preparing attacks in the United States, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Putin said he couldn't comment on how critical the Russians' information was in the U.S. decision to invade Iraq. He said Russia didn't have any information that Saddam's regime was actually behind any terrorist acts.

"After Sept. 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, the Russian special services, the intelligence service, received information that officials from Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist attacks in the United States and outside it against the U.S. military and other interests," Putin said.

Bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee Report Slams Ambassador Wilson's Claims

July 10, 2004
Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, dispatched by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq sought to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program with uranium from Africa, was specifically recommended for the mission by his wife, a CIA employee, contrary to what he has said publicly.

Wilson last year launched a public firestorm with his accusations that the administration had manipulated intelligence to build a case for war. He has said that his trip to Niger should have laid to rest any notion that Iraq sought uranium there and has said his findings were ignored by the White House.

Wilson's assertions -- both about what he found in Niger and what the Bush administration did with the information -- were undermined yesterday in a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report.

The panel found that Wilson's report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson's assertions and even the government's previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush's January 2003 State of the Union address.
Michael Ledeen has produced a follow-up to this story.