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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Sandy Berger Did It Before

July 31, 2004
This is the second time now that we have a documented case of Berger mishandling classified information,” said Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), recalling a 1999 incident that led him to take to the floor of the House to criticize “the outrageous and curious behavior of our so-called national security adviser.”

As a member of the Cox Committee charged with investigating the transfer of high-tech secrets to China during the Clinton administration, in January 1999 Rep. Weldon sent an advance copy of the committee’s report to Mr. Berger for his review. After seven months of closed-door, bipartisan hearings with no leaks to the press, the committee of five Republicans and four Democrats had unanimously recommended some three dozen steps that should be taken to protect America’s national security.

Within days, however, “Sandy Berger issued a statement to selected members of the media putting the White House spin on what was still a classified document,” congressman Weldon recalled. “He did that without asking any member of the committee. Before the CIA director could even read our report, Berger was already spinning. That sets the pattern for what may have occurred” in the Archives case, Rep. Weldon believes.

Though he planned to remain silent on the current controversy until more facts came to light, a reminder of Mr. Berger’s record was enough to change Rep. Weldon’s mind. “I remember this vividly now,” he told WORLD in his first interview on the subject. “I went through it in a detailed way on the floor of the House. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Berger pre-released classified information to benefit the White House.” ...
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Iranian editor predicts overthrow of govt in Iran

July 31, 2004
A prominent hard-line editor, Hossein Shariatmadari, wrote Saturday that the Paris talks [on Iran's nuclear program] may result in humiliation for Iran.

In an editorial in Kayhan, he predicted that America's European allies will produce a "silent overthrow" of the ruling Islamic establishment in Iran, and that they would use the nuclear program as a lever to that end. Shariatmadari is close to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.... FR Reprint.

Gen Franks: "Saddam said he had WMD's and would use them"

August 1, 2004
AMERICA’S Iraq war commander, General Tommy Franks, has disclosed the best-kept secret of the conflict: through a double agent called April Fool, he tricked Saddam Hussein into fatally bungling the defence of his country.

As a result, while American armoured columns raced to Baghdad from southern Iraq, Saddam held back many of his best divisions to fight expected attacks from the north and west, which never came. Inadequately defended, Baghdad fell in less than three weeks and the regime collapsed. ...

Franks, who retired after the war, insists he was never in any doubt that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, nor that President George W Bush and Tony Blair sincerely believed this.

Shortly before the war Franks visited Jordan’s King Abdullah and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. Both said they had been told by Saddam that he had WMD which he would use against the Americans. FR Reprint.

The French guide to laziness

August 1, 2004
FRANCE could be in big trouble. The appearance of a book advising people to be lazy at work is expected to become one of the best-read manuals of the summer, writes Matthew Campbell.

Some may scoff that it did not need to be written and Bonjour Paresse, or Hello Laziness, is unlikely to please a government trying to coax citizens into working longer hours. The subject is stated bluntly on the cover: “The art and necessity of doing as little as possible in the workplace.”

Corinne Maier, the author, insisted it was tongue in cheek but her employer, EDF, the French electricity company, is not amused. “It seems they did not like my book,” she said in an interview, adding that she has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing accused of trying “to rot the system from within”.

In her book she argues that loyalty and hard work are so rarely rewarded that employees lose nothing by doing as little as possible without being fired — a tactic she calls “passive resistance”. She recommends calling in sick and converting to Islam or Judaism simply to get days off for religious reasons. FR Reprint.

Al Qaeda Plotting to Attack New York City Corporations

July 31, 2004
ABC News has learned that federal and New York City officials have received credible intelligence that al Qaeda has been plotting to carry out suicide attacks on corporations based in the city.

Sources at several law enforcement agencies tell ABC News that an "overseas source" has provided the information about the threat to New York and that it is more significant than the usual "chatter" intercepted from likely terrorists that has prompted warnings in the past. ...

Intelligence sources say al Qaeda plans to move non-Arab terrorists across the border with Mexico.

Authorities already have in custody a woman of Pakistani-origin arrested after crossing into Texas. She carried a South African passport with several of the pages torn out, $7,000 in cash and an airplane ticket to New York. ...

Particularly disturbing to authorities were the intelligence reports that the attack may involve one or more suicide truck bombings, a tactic never seen in the United States, but one widely used by terrorists elsewhere.

"I think they want to try and shake our psyche again," says Jerry Hauer, an ABC News consultant and former director of New York City's Office of Emergency Management. "And I think the easy types of attacks right now are car bombs, truck bombs."

Law enforcement officials acknowledge such bombs are extremely difficult to prevent. As to the timing of any planned attack, sources say it could take place between now and Election Day in November. FR Reprint.

Is al Qaeda Preparing a Nuclear Hit?

July 14, 2004
Top U.S. officials are worried that al Qaeda is preparing a major assault before the November elections. The present level of concern was first voiced by the U.S. Attorney General, then by the Secretary of Homeland Security, and now by the acting Director of Central Intelligence. The warnings qualitatively differ from previous warnings. Two data points serve to explain this qualitative shift. The first data point is the claim that al Qaeda has nuclear weapons that are probably deployed on U.S. soil. The second data point is the fact that steps are being taken to cope with a major disruption of the November elections.
A new book by terrorism expert and former FBI consultant Paul Williams says that al Qaeda acquired 20 nuclear suitcase bombs from the Chechen mafia between 1996 and 2001. This agrees with similar statements made by Yossef Bodansky in his 1999 book, Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War On America. In saying that al Qaeda poses a nuclear threat, Williams takes his analysis a step farther. He says that al Qaeda has almost assuredly smuggled suitcase bombs into the United States. He also says that these bombs are in the10 kiloton range, capable of inflicting millions of casualties. Williams believes that al Qaeda will use several of these devices in simultaneous attacks against urban targets by the end of 2005. ... by J. R. Nyquist FR Reprint.

Democrat’s Biggest Money Man Has Mob Connections

July 28, 2004
As Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards arrived in Boston today for the Democratic National Convention, so did the California man who is their single biggest contributor.

He is Stephen Bing, a wealthy film producer who, with little fanfare, has managed to steer a total of more than $16 million of his money to Democratic candidates and the supposedly independent groups that support them.

"To most of the people who track money and politics, they're like, who the hell is Steve Bing?" said Chuck Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog organization.

Bing is perhaps best known for sparking a tabloid frenzy when he publicly expressed doubt that he was the father of actress Elizabeth Hurley's baby. (A paternity test proved he was indeed the father.) He repeatedly has refused to say why he is funneling millions of dollars to the Democrats. Lewis thinks it is cause for concern. "We can identify who the big donors are, but how much do we really know about any of them?" he said.

In fact, Democratic Party officials said they knew nothing about the man who law enforcement officials tell ABC News is Bing's friend and business partner — Dominic Montemarano, a New York Mafia figure currently in federal prison on racketeering charges.

Montemarano has a long criminal record and is known to organized crime investigators by his street name, Donnie Shacks. "Donnie Shacks' main activity was murder. No question about it. That was his main function for the Colombo family and for organized crime in general. He was one of the top hit men in the New York area," said Joe Coffey, a former NYPD investigator. FR Reprint.

Since ABC News published this story it has mysteriously disappeared from their website. Instapundit has this to say:

"WEIRD: Earlier I linked to an ABC story about suggested mob connections regarding Hollywood moneyman Stephen Bing. Now when you follow the link you get a "content not available" page -- though the link and synopsis for the story still shows up when you search "Stephen Bing
" on the ABC site.

This either means that the story has been pulled because it contains errors, or because somebody persuaded ABC to pull it for other reasons. Since ABC doesn't say, we can only speculate."

Kerry's Foreign Policy

Jul 29, 2004
The Kerry foreign policy would be different from that of Bush in at least three areas: Under Kerry, the US would forswear the right of pre-emptive action against its foes. It will employ its military only in a multilateral context, with the consent of the United Nations.

Such a policy would give the UN and the allies, who are not identified, a veto on the use of force by the US. It also means that the US will act only after it is attacked, and not to prevent attack on itself or its allies.

Afghanistan is offered as an illustration of a "good war". It was right for the US to invade Afghanistan because the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington had been orchestrated by Al Qaeda from Afghan territory. This was also a "good war" because the UN approved it and the allies agreed to take part .

The Iraq war, however, was a bad one: the US should have waited until after an attack from Iraq before reacting. Call it the Pearl Harbor Doctrine, if you like, but, if adopted, it would offer insurance to such regimes as North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Pyongyang and Tehran would know that, short of attacking the US directly, they should fear no military retaliation.

* A Kerry administration would abandon Bush's commitment to promoting democracy, including by military pressure and/or action. Instead, the US will adopt the "soft power" method, using public diplomacy, battle of ideas, education, development aid, and human rights. (Here, the document echoes themes developed by Carter in 1976 .) ... FR Reprint.

Palestinians Have Been in Holy Land Since Creation, Video Says

July 30th, 2004
A new Palestinian poetry video, aired on Palestinian Authority television nearly every day for the past few weeks, says the Palestinian people have been in the Holy Land since man was created, according to an independent Israeli media watchdog group.

Despite historical evidence to the contrary, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and other PA officials have claimed for years that the land on which the State of Israel was established never belonged to the Jewish people; there was never a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City; and Jesus was not a Jew but a Palestinian.

"Denying Israel's right to exist by claiming the Jews have no historical roots in Israel is a backbone of Palestinian Authority cultural education, as is the attempt to reinforce Palestinian claims to the land by creating an ancient Palestinian history in Israel," said the Palestinian Media Watch in a report issued on Friday. FR Reprint.

Kerry's Marine Misfire

July 31, 2004 - New York Post
John Kerry's heavily hyped cross-country bus tour stumbled out of the blocks yesterday, as a group of Marines publicly dissed the Vietnam War hero in the middle of a crowded restaurant.

Kerry was treating running mate Sen. John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, to a Wendy's lunch in Newburgh, N.Y., for their 27th wedding anniversary — an Edwards family tradition — when the candidate approached four Marines and asked them questions.

The Marines — two in uniform and two off-duty — were polite but curt while chatting with Kerry, answering most of his questions with a "yes, sir" or "no, sir."

But they turned downright nasty after the Massachusetts senator thanked them "for their service" and left.

"He imposed on us and I disagree with him coming over here shaking our hands," one Marine said, adding, "I'm 100 percent against [him]."

A sergeant with 10 years of service under his belt said, "I speak for all of us. We think that we are doing the right thing in Iraq," before saying he is to be deployed there in a few weeks and is "eager" to go and serve. FR Reprint.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Web SlideShow!! EXPOSES John Kerry!

July 30, 2004

Bin Laden's network 'crumbling'

July 31, 2004
The network supporting Osama bin Laden was crumbling after the arrest of a top Al Qaeda operative, one of the world's most wanted men, a senior government minister said yesterday.

The Tanzanian-born Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani had a $5 million reward on his head, and is wanted by the United States for his role in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in East Africa.

Investigators are scouring a computer and several discs seized when they captured Ghailani and 13 others after a 14-hour gunbattle with security forces last weekend in the city of Gujarat, 175km southeast of Islamabad, intelligence sources said.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said that he was sure the African would prove a rich source of information on the Al Qaeda network that is supporting fugitive Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman Al Zawahri.

Both are believed to be hiding out in rugged mountains along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

"Osama bin Laden or Al Zawahri don't work in isolation," Hayat said. "They work through these networks."

The minister said those networks are "obviously in the process of crumbling at this point of time." "We have certainly gained important and valuable information as a result of these arrests," he said.

Intelligence sources said Ghailani had been flushed out of South Waziristan, a Pashtun tribal region on the border with Afghanistan.

The sources said Ghailani was captured along with his Uzbek wife and two South Africans after his driver led police to his hide-out. FR Reprint.

N.M. TERRORIST PLOT: Security foiled plans, FBI says

July 30, 2004
A possible attack against New Mexico or California was planned for May, but intelligence suggests it was thwarted by increased security in both states, said FBI Special Agent William Elwell.

Elwell, who is based in Albuquerque, said Thursday that he could not go into details. But he said the FBI received the information last week.

"We had obtained information that possible al-Qaida elements, which exist in California and possibly New Mexico, were planning a possible terrorist attack. It possibly was to have occurred in May in one of those states," Elwell said.

"But the attack was called off due to increased security. The attack was unspecific in its scope or location." FR Reprint.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: On John Kerry's Acceptance Speech

July 30, 2004
New York Post: John Kerry "Doesn't Get It" When it Comes to the War on Terror.(Editorial, "Kerry's Strategic Myopia," New York Post, 7/30/04)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
: Kerry Offered No Explanation Of "His Own Role In Sending U.S. Servicemen To War." (Editorial, "Passion At Last For Kerry," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/30/04)

Rocky Mountain News: Kerry Gave Few Answers.(Editorial, "Kerry's Tough Talk Leaves Many Questions," Rocky Mountain News, 7/30/04)

The Washington Post: Kerry's Speech "A Disappointment."(Editorial, "Missed Opportunity," The Washington Post, 7/30/04)

Balz: Kerry's Speech Only "Briefly Touched On Iraq." (Dan Balz, "A Challenge To The GOP On Values, Security," The Washington Post, 7/30/04)

Balz: Kerry "Appeared Willing To Cede The Battle Over Personality And Likeability To Bush." (Dan Balz, "A Challenge To The GOP On Values, Security," The Washington Post, 7/30/04)

The New York Times: Kerry Failed To "Provide A Clear Vision On Iraq." (Editorial, "John Kerry Speaks," The New York Times, 7/30/04)

USA Today: "Kerry Leaves Boston Still Not Having Formed In Voters' Minds An Image Of Where He'd Take The Nation On Its Most Urgent Issues." (Editorial, "Kerry's Challenge: Set His Own War-Time Course," USA Today, 7/30/04)

Los Angeles Times: Kerry Needs To Further Explain His Position On Iraq. (Editorial, "Kerry's Craft," Los Angeles Times, 7/30/04)

CNN Senior Analyst Jeff Greenfield: "In Terms Of Iraq – 'I Know What To Do With Iraq,' He Said -- Two-And-A-Half Sentences On What To Do." (CNN's "Newsnight With Aaron Brown," 7/29/04)

Jeff Jacoby Of The Boston Globe: Kerry "Didn't Close The Sale Last Night." (Jeff Jacoby, Op-ed, "Buzzwords And Cheap Shots," The Boston Globe, 7/30/04)

St. Petersburg Times: "Thursday's Speech Did Not Entirely Clear Up Kerry's Frustrating Vagueness On Iraq." (Editorial, "Strong Words," St. Petersburg Times, 7/30/04) FR Reprint.

Update: Terror in the Skys. Part Three

July 30, 2004
It's been two-and-a-half weeks since the first "Terror in the Skies, Again?" article was posted on and subsequently set off an international debate. From the cockpit to the coffee shop, from the water coolers to the halls of Congress, countless numbers of people have been talking -- and shouting -- about this article. It seems that anyone who reads the article develops a strong opinion, which in turn creates more questions. Flight #327 has opened Pandora's box.

Last week, when the name of the band was revealed (Syrian singer Nour Mehana) one side shouted: See, we told you so! Then, when we learned that 13 of the 14 Syrian musicians were traveling on expired visas (which no one from the FBI, the TSA, the LAPD, or the JTTF noticed), the other side shouted: No, we told you so! I watched the two sides rally back and forth all week until finally, to borrow columnist Michelle Malkin's words, Flight 327 Landed on Capitol Hill. And this is exactly where it should be. This week, I spoke at length with the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on the matter. It was an honor and a privilege, and I believe things are finally in the right hands. It seems to me that the highest-ups don't like having to get information that involves national security from articles written by yours truly -- and I don't blame them. Thanks to all of you from both sides of the argument who have been so boisterous, the heart of the matter -- which is to investigate exactly what happened on flight #327, how it was handled or mishandled, and how to improve airline security in the future -- has gotten to members of Congress.

I've kept quiet about numerous matters that have surfaced over the past few weeks. But there is something I must share because I find it so telling. Yesterday, I had a conversation with Dr. Imad Moustapha, the United States Ambassador of Syria. Earlier in the week, Dr. Moustapha wrote this letter to the Editor of The Washington Times.

"I am responding to Audrey Hudson's article 'Scouting jetliners for new attacks' (Page 1, Thursday). We are shocked by this article. It only reflects paranoia verging on the point of hysterics. The woman mentioned most prominently in this article, Annie Jacobsen, is an advocate of ethnic profiling who survived a horrendous ordeal: a flight with 14 harmless Syrian musicians. "After this ordeal, and despite the fact that she reached her destination safe and sound, she 'spread 3,000 bigoted and paranoid words across the Internet,' as put it. "Your reporter failed to mention that the only 'crimes' these professional musicians were accused of committing were going to the lavatory, eating McDonald's food and talking to one another. "The fact that they have performed in the past six months in places such as the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and the Juilliard School did not prevent Mrs. Jacobsen from saying, 'Couldn't 14 terrorists learn to play instruments?' "The reporter for The Washington Times should have informed her readers that the whole story was a case of a group of talented musicians going to Los Angeles to play music, as simple as that." -IMAD MOUSTAPHA Ambassador of Syria

I called Dr. Moustapha to ask him if he had some kind of specific information about the "harmless" men on my flight. Perhaps, he, of all people, could clear some things up. What an opportunity! I thought. I've always maintained that if these 14 Syrians showed up on my doorstep and serenaded me, I'd still have some serious questions about their behavior at 30,000 feet. Remember, they themselves admitted to law enforcement in Los Angeles that they "acted suspiciously." Maybe Dr. Moustapha -- of all people in the United States -- with his long list of credentials and his diplomatic pull, might actually be able to get me in touch with these 14 members of Nour Mehana's back-up band. Maybe he could help put the lid back on Pandora's box. I mean, could it all really be as simple as reporter Joe Sharkey from The New York Times says it is -- that these Syrian individuals simply confused how to act on a 757 jet in America with how one might act on a bus in Damascus? The same way that someone from the North Pole might think it's OK to wear a ski mask into an American bank? Certainly Dr. Moustapha, a member of the Syrian team responsible for drafting reform strategies for the ministries of Culture, Education, and Higher Education, might be able to account for the behavior that I, other passengers, the flight crew and the federal air marshals found so disturbing.

After introductory pleasantries, I asked Dr. Moustapha why his letter suggested that these 14 Syrians played at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Julliard School, when according to my research, that's not at all the case. Dr. Moustapha said Nour Mehana and his back-up band had not played there, but that other Syrian musicians had. I told Dr. Moustapha that his letter to The Washington Times was at best misleading, and at worst, completely misrepresenting the facts. I added that I didn't consider doing so either diplomatic or fair. Dr. Moustapha told me that I was a paranoid racist. I asked Dr. Moustapha if, by suggesting that all Syrian musicians are innocent (not to mention talented) just because they are Syrian, wasn't that the same kind of gross generalization he'd accused me of? Dr. Moustapha told me again that I was a paranoid person and that the men did nothing wrong.

I reminded him that it was the in-flight behavior of the men (which has now been corroborated by other passengers) which caused alarm, not their Syrian heritage. He said a few more things that aren't fit to print. I suggested to Dr. Moustapha that we focus on a diplomatic solution, that perhaps he himself could help to locate the 14 Syrian musicians in question so that they could share their side of the story. I waited for an answer, but instead, Dr. Moustapha hung up on me.

Sounds like Dr. Moustapha won't be helping us find the band. Sounds like this matter is going to be left up to The Hill. FR Reprint.

Sudan rejects Security Council resolution

July 30, 2004
Sudan's government rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted Friday, saying it conflicted with existing agreements with the world body.

"Sudan expresses its deep sorrow that the issue of Darfur has quickly entered the Security Council and has been hijacked from its regional arena," Information Minister El-Zahawi Ibrahim Malik said in a statement issued in Arabic in Khartoum.

His declaration came hours after the Security Council endorsed the resolution, which gave the Sudanese government 30 days to disarm Arab militias blamed for the deaths of thousands in Darfur or face diplomatic and economic penalties. FR Reprint.

The UN's Attack on Self-Defense

July 30, 2004
Palestinians have decided to delay, until after the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, bringing a resolution to the United Nations Security Council that would endorse the July 9th, non-binding ruling by the UN International Court of Justice that called on Israel to dismantle its security barrier. Nothing better demonstrates the tangled, hermetic politics of the Middle East,

Unlike the General Assembly's July 20th vote, endorsing the ICJ ruling against Israel, a Security Council vote would have real legal teeth and could be used as the basis for imposing South Africa-type sanctions if the security barrier is not removed. Predictably, members of the powerful Arab/Muslim bloc, with 54 of the 190 member state votes, support such a resolution.

An American veto is a given — but not for the reasons that most assume. ...

One commentator, Lori Lowenthal Marcus, has put forth the theory that the Palestinian delegation is planning to use a little known mechanism to override an American veto. It is 377(A)(V), the "Uniting for Peace" Resolution introduced by the U.S. in 1950 as a means of overcoming the Soviet veto of Security Council efforts to deploy UN troops when North Korea, using Soviet-supplied arms and equipment, invaded South Korea. The legal theory behind 377 was that, because the primary responsibility of the Security Council is international peace and security, a veto by a permanent member could be overridden by a super-majority of the Security Council to deal with an imminent threat.

The fact that the ICJ made a point of invoking Resolution 377 as a basis for rejecting Israel's argument, that the court had no jurisdiction over the barrier, may presage its use in a challenge to the U.S. veto. Those who hold this position also point to the delay in bringing the resolution before the UNSC, believing that the Arab/Muslim bloc is concerned that such an open challenge to the U.S. would assist the Bush reelection campaign. FR Reprint.

Kerry in Favor of U.S. Bin Laden Trial

July 30, 2004
John Kerry said Friday he would put Osama bin Laden on trial in U.S. courts rather than an international tribunal to ensure the "fastest, surest route" to a murder conviction if the terrorist mastermind is captured while he is president.

"I want him tried for murder in New York City, and in Virginia and in Pennsylvania," where planes hijacked by al-Qaida operatives crashed Sept. 11, 2001, Kerry said in his first interview as the Democratic presidential nominee. FR Reprint.

Pope Hits Out At Feminist Radicals

July 30, 2004
Pope John Paul II has fired a shot across the bows of radical feminism in a letter to Roman Catholic bishops to be published by the Vatican on Saturday.

In a letter to bishops "on the collaboration of men and women in the Church and in the world" the Vatican blames feminism for seeking to eliminate the biological differences between man and woman.

It says radical feminism's view of equality "has in reality inspired ideologies which for example call into question the family, in its natural two-parent structure of mother and father, and to make homosexuality and heterosexuality virtually equivalent..." FR Reprint.

Kerry's Israel problem-Kerry can be a friend of France or Israel,can't have it both ways

July 30, 2004
It is hard to know precisely what a Kerry presidency would hold in store for Israel specifically. ...

One thing though, is clear enough. In the unrelenting emphasis Kerry places on a certain brand of "multilateralism," he is providing undue, unreasonable and unacceptable legitimacy to a country that does not wish Israel well. Kerry can choose to be a friend of France, or he can choose to be a friend of Israel. But this is one area where he can't have it both ways. FR Reprint.

Iraq Police Arrest 270 Militants in Raids

July 29, 2004
Iraqi police have arrested 270 militants, mostly from neighboring countries, in recent raids, the interim interior minister said in remarks published Thursday.

Some of the militants were Syrian and Iranian, Falah Hassan al-Naqib told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily.

"I can confirm that 90 percent of those who carried out suicide operations are not Iraqis," al-Naqib said. "I believe that Iraqis' noncompliance with terrorists has made them a target." FR Reprint.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Muslim leader in U.S. 'intelligence coup'

July 29, 2004
An American Muslim leader is expected to admit being involved in an alleged Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's crown prince, CNN has learned.

Abdurahman Alamoudi is not charged in the assassination plot, but government sources said he has agreed to fully cooperate in what one senior government official called "a real intelligence coup for the United States."

Alamoudi has struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors and is expected to plead guilty in federal court Friday to charges related to his dealings with Libya.

"This guy was really well-connected and he knows who all the players are," the official told CNN.

Saudi Arabian and U.S. authorities have been investigating the alleged plot by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to assassinate Crown Prince Abdullah bin Aziz.

Libya has said the allegations are false. FR Reprint.


July 29, 2004

Capped by Kerry's primetime speech to accept the Democratic Party's nomination, Thursday's program will include appearances and remarks by Kerry's Swift Boat crewmates, the Kerry-Edwards campaign announced in a press release this morning.

But a group of veterans will soon try to convince a nation how what is presented on the convention stage tonight -- may not be the full story: "Only 2 of John Kerry's 23 fellow Swift boat commanders from Coastal Division 11 support his candidacy today."

A new bombshell book written by the man who took over John Kerry's Swift Boat charges: Two of John Kerry's three Purple Heart decorations (#1 and #3) resulted from self-inflicted wounds, not suffered under enemy fire.

The startling Purple Heart accusations, outlined in detail for the first time, are found in UNFIT FOR COMMAND, Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.

And that's just the beginning.

The book, previewed by the DRUDGE REPORT, will be unleashed next month by REGNERY.

The book hit #2 on the AMAZON sales chart on the eve of the Kerry acceptance speech in Boston.

Swift Boat Veterans began to fume after Kerry's campaign used a photograph of John Kerry and 19 other Coastal Division 11 Swift boat officers [taken at Ton Sun Nuht Air Base on January 22, 1969] in a pro-Kerry advertisement.

William Shumadine, a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth pictured in the photograph, explains in UNFIT: "John Kerry's use of a photograph with his nineteen comrades, with knowledge that eleven of them comdemn him and six who cannot or do not want to be involved, is a complete misreprentation to the public and a total fraud."

[A major campaign is being planned, beginning next week, over 200 anti-Kerry vets involved, with news conferences in battleground states.] FR Reprint.

Iraqi arrested at Twin Cities airport indicted; allegedly had lied to authorities

July 29, 2004
An Iraqi man arrested this month at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for immigration law violations was charged Wednesday with lying to authorities about his travels outside the United States and about anti-American material he was carrying.

When Ali Mohammed Abboud Almosaleh, 40, arrived at the airport on a flight from Amsterdam July 7, he told customs officers he had been out of the country for one month and had traveled to Syria, court documents said. But he actually had been gone for five months and had visited Iraq.

He told officers that his digital video discs with images of militant Iraqi Iman Muqtada Al-Sadr and his militia, accompanied by calls for resistance against the United States, were "just music," the documents said. Almosaleh also had video images of Saddam Hussein and the invasion of Iraq.

A law enforcement official has said Almosaleh was carrying a note that hinted at public suicide. Authorities are trying to determine whether Almosaleh's activities might be terrorism-related.

The court documents didn't say whether the Twin Cities area was his final destination.

Last month, a Minneapolis man with suspected connections to Al-Qaida was indicted on charges of making false statements. Mohamad Elzahabi, 41, a Lebanese man suspected of having Al-Qaida connections, was charged with lying to federal agents after saying that he didn't send walkie-talkies to Pakistan. Elzahabi, who lived in Minneapolis, is also charged with lying about his role in helping a man fraudulently obtain a Massachusetts driver's license.

Elzahabi is accused of attending a jihad military training camp, fighting in Afghanistan in 1988 and 1989 and acting as a sniper, according to court documents. He has not been charged with plotting a terrorist act. FR Reprint.

Pakistan Says It Seizes Top Qaeda Suspect-Arabiya TV

July 29, 2004
Pakistan has arrested a top al Qaeda suspect wanted by the United States, Al Arabiya satellite news channel quoted Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as saying.
"The Pakistani president said the arrested person is Tanzanian who is married to an Uzbek woman, and who is wanted by the United States," the station said.

Musharraf told Al Arabiya the suspect was arrested on Sunday, but declined to name him, the station said.

Al Arabiya said the suspect may be Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian who is on the FBI's most wanted "terrorists" list for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings by al Qaeda of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Ghailani was among seven people about whom the United States said in May it was seeking information amid fears of a possible attack in the near future.

A Pakistani official said Tuesday that Pakistani security forces were holding three Africans, including a Tanzanian, suspected of being militants after a shootout last week. FR Reprint.

Al-Qaeda using genuine South AFrican passports

July 28, 2004
Federal authorities are investigating a South African woman whom they say tried to board a flight near the US-Mexico border with an altered passport, amid reports that South African passports have ended up in the hands of terrorists. ....

South African officials have acknowledged that al-Qaeda militants and other terrorists travelling in Europe have obtained South African passports.

Authorities believe they got them from crime syndicates operating inside the government agency that issues the documents, and are working to counter the threat posed by illegal passports.

Barry Gilder, director general of the Department of Home Affairs, said he had come across a number of instances in which SA passports were found in the hands of al-Qaeda suspects or their associates in Europe - both in his current capacity and as a former deputy director in the National Intelligence Agency. ...

"We do not want our country to be used either as a staging post or haven for terrorists," Gilder said.

Officials say crime syndicates are selling SA identity documents and passports for as little as R500. ...

The fact that these were genuine SA passports, not forgeries, was of particular concern, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said. FR Reprint.

Democrats' Chaplain who gave benediction was character witness to terror supporter

July 29, 2004
The Muslim imam who gave a closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Boston also served as a character witness to Sami al-Arian, the Florida professor indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on 50 counts of terror-related charges.

On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, Imam Yahya Hendi said the closing prayer of the night with some verses from the Quran.

Yet, last July, the 9-11 commission heard testimony from terrorism expert Steven Emerson that Hendi, one of the top Islamic clerics in the U.S., backed al-Arian – head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in North America. FR Reprint.

3 Middle Eastern Men Detained Trying To Board OIA Flight On National Do Not Fly List

July 29, 2004
The FBI and Orlando Police have confirmed 3 Middle Eastern men were detained last week trying to board a flight at Orlando International Airport.

In an exclusive story, 540 WFLA Melissa Hellervik has learned, as they were checking in for a flight to Oman at the ticket counter the name of one of the men appeared on a computerized "do-not-fly" list compiled by the Transportation Security Administration. All 3 men were placed into the custody of a federal agent.

A spokeswoman from the FBI told Newsradio 540 WFLA they will not comment with any details, because the 3 are continuing to be investigated. Several investigative agencies came together on this. FR Reprint.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Qaeda-linked group vows "bloody war" in Europe

July 28, 2004
Muslim militants claiming links to al Qaeda have vowed to launch a "bloody war" on Europe and say Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is its first target.

In a statement posted on an Islamic website, Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades made the threats after a "truce" offered by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden expired earlier this month.

"Today, we have declared a bloody war on you and we will not stop raids against you until you return to the correct path," said the statement, which called on European countries to pull out of Iraq and quit their alliances with the United States.

"After the truce determined by our sheik Osama bin Laden ended, and after you have not returned to the correct path, we declare a war in your faces and in the face of your silent people whose silence proves their support to you," it added.

The group warned it would start by attacking Berlusconi.

"We will shake the cities of Europe and we will start with you Berlusconi and we will make it bloody until you return to the correct path. Wait for us Berlusconi and your other allies as well, wait for our promise which we have revealed to you and are now revealing to Europe."

Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades warned on Monday of an attack in Italy if Berlusconi did not withdraw Italian troops from Iraq. Earlier this month the same group threatened a "bloodbath like September 11" if Berlusconi remained in power.

"Leaders and peoples of Europe withdraw your killer missions from Iraq and follow the way taken by others before you taste the bitterness of blood," said the new statement, the authenticity of which could not be immediately verified. FR Reprint.

Tehran breaks U.N. seals on nukes

July 28, 2004
Iran has broken seals placed on nuclear centrifuges by U.N. inspectors and resumed work on the equipment, raising fresh fears that a deal to keep Tehran from joining the world's nuclear-armed powers has collapsed. FR Reprint.

Believing in Hell Has Its Benefits

July 28, 2004
Economists searching for reasons why some nations are richer than others have found that those with a wide belief in hell are less corrupt and more prosperous, according to a report by the Federal Reserve (news - web sites) Bank of St. Louis.

Researchers at the regional Federal Reserve bank acknowledged the importance of productivity and investment in the economic process but looked at some recent unconventional efforts to explain differences in national prosperity.

The St Louis Fed drew on work by outside economists who studied 35 countries, including the United States, European nations, Japan, India and Turkey and found that religion shed some useful light.

"In countries where large percentages of the population believe in hell, there seems to be less corruption and a higher standard of living," the St. Louis Fed said in its July quarterly review.

For instance, 71 percent of the U.S. population believe in hell and the country boasts the world's highest per capita income, according to the 2003 United Nations (news - web sites) Human Development Report and 1990-1993 World Values Survey.

Ireland, not far behind the United States in terms of income, likewise has a healthy fear of a nether world with 53 percent of the population acknowledging hell's existence. FR Reprint.

Iran said seeking nuke bomb "booster"

July 28, 2004
Iranian agents are negotiating with a Russian company to buy a substance that can boost nuclear explosions in atomic weapons, according to an intelligence agency report being circulated by diplomats.

The two-page report cited "knowledgeable Russian sources" for the information, which Washington will likely point to as more proof that Tehran wants to acquire nuclear weaponry.

"Iranian middlemen ... are in the advanced stages of negotiations in Russia to buy deuterium gas," the report said.

Iran denies wanting atomic arms and says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes. Deuterium is used as a tracer molecule in medicine and biochemistry and is used in heavy water reactors of the type Iran is building.

But it can also be combined with tritium and used as a "booster" in nuclear fusion bombs of the implosion type. FR Reprint.

AL-QAIDA Suspect Arrested in Texas

July 28, 2004
A South African woman picked up in Texas almost 10 days ago may turn out to be a key, high-level al-Qaida operative.

Her name is Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed. She was stopped at McAllen Miller International Airport on July 19 headed to New York.

Eddie Flores of the U.S. Border Patrol office in McAllen, Texas tells that a review of her papers raised some concerns.

"In looking at her documents, they did not find any entry documents in her passport where she was legally admitted into the United States," says Flores.

Ahmed produced a South African passport to the agents with four pages torn out, and with no U.S. entry stamps. Ahmed reportedly later confessed to investigators that she entered the country illegally by crossing the Rio Grande River. Ahmed was carrying travel itineraries showing a July 8 flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to London. Six days later, Ahmed traveled from London to Mexico City before attempting to travel from McAllen to New York.

Government sources tell that capturing this woman could be comparable to the arrest of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of 9/11. It was revealed in court Tuesday that she was on a watch list and had entered the U.S. possibly as many as 250 times.

Tuesday, the South African government issued a warning that Al-Qaida militants and other terrorists traveling through Europe had obtained South African passports, and authorities believe they got them from crime syndicates operating inside the government agency that issues the documents. FR Reprint.

Some Iraq suicide bombers 'forced'

July 28, 2004
The U.S. has evidence that some suicide bombers in Iraq may have been forced against their will to carry out attack missions.

A military official with the U.S. Central Command tells CNN that in one case after an attack, troops found a body with a foot tied with a rope inside a vehicle.

The official says there also is evidence of some individuals having their entire family held by extremists who then force them into suicide car bomb attacks.

In some attacks, suspected bombers have run from their cars and come to U.S. forces, officials said.

In other cases, mentioned by the official, extremists with remote detonators have followed drivers to set off car bombs. FR Reprint.

Terrorists Probing Hospitals?

July 28, 2004
I received the following information via an email bulletin from our Corporate Security Office.

Report of Suspicious Activity Occurring at Hospitals ______________________________________________________
The FBI has provided information and their concerns that terrorists or criminals may be collecting intelligence on hospital security measures, response capabilities, medical supplies, ICU/ED bed capacities and specific staffing. Their concerns result from suspicious telephone and personal inquiries, the majority of which have occurred in Illinois.

In June 2004, five hospitals received calls from an unidentified female inquiring about their security. In Chicago, a male (who would not provide ID) professed interest in volunteer opportunities, but then asked about the number of beds in the ED and ICU and the number of staff working each shift. In yet another incident, a male claiming to be a physician called a hospital asking if there is a 24-hour pharmacy available and inquired about pharmaceutical and antibiotic supplies (purportedly for a patient with the flu who never came in).

I am requesting your assistance in alerting our staff not to provide any specific information about our security program, security procedures or general hospital capabilities to unknown individuals.

Additionally, anyone receiving a suspicious call/inquiry should: • Take careful note of what is asked. • Request with whom the caller is affiliated. • Note the caller's phone number if possible. • Note any specific information about the call (background noise, voice characteristics, gender, etc.).

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Driver Tells Troopers of Terror Plans

July 27, 2004
A driver stopped on an Iowa highway this month was found with flight-training manuals, Arabic documents and night-vision goggles, and he told troopers he knew of terrorist plans to shoot up trains in San Diego, according to court papers.

Michael Wagner, 44, of San Diego, said he had knowledge of terrorist activities and people and groups tied to al-Qaida and the Taliban. Wagner also said that he knew about things in the Muslim communities in San Diego that would interest federal authorities. ...

A state trooper stopped the sport utility vehicle Wagner was driving on July 14 after the trooper noticed he was not wearing a seat belt. Wagner told the officer he had no identification and gave a false name. The vehicle license number was "suspicious," court documents said.

The officer called a canine unit to search the SUV and found flight-training manuals, flight-training software, three bulletproof vests, night-vision goggles, a night-vision scope for a rifle, a telescope, a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, a bag of ammunition and marijuana residue in the ashtray.

Also found in the vehicle were numerous pages of literature and documents with Arabic printing, court papers said.

Some of the items were hidden inside a hollowed-out computer hard drive, the papers said. FR Reprint.

The Times reports Iran just “months away” from making nuclear bomb

July 27, 2004
Iran is just “months away” from being able to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb, Britain’s The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting Western diplomatic sources.

Iran appears to be further advanced in acquiring the relevant nuclear technology than we had initially thought,” a British official told the newspaper.

Teheran had bought time through appearing to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and with a diplomatic initiative led by Britain, France and Germany, the report said.

But officials now believed the situation was “grave”, it added. FR Reprint.

300 U.S. spies in Bosnia watch mujahedeen

July 27, 2004
Hundreds of U.S. intelligence agents have been moved into Bosnia and Herzegovina to track suspected Islamic militants, the Telegraph said Monday.

European intelligence sources say almost a decade after the end of the war in the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a "one-stop shop" for Islamic militants heading from terrorist battlegrounds in Chechnya and Afghanistan to Iraq. FR Reprint.

Kerry Dumps Joe Wilson From Campaign Team

July 27, 2004
Talon News reported that Kerry's anti-terror policy was removed from the candidate's web site immediately following Berger's dismissal as a campaign advisor. But in the last few days, another advisor has apparently been jettisoned from the Kerry campaign. All traces of former Ambassador Joe Wilson, the central figure in the controversy of faulty intelligence about Iraq and uranium has disappeared from the Kerry web site. Wilson had appeared on a web site where he restated his criticism of the Bush administration. The link now goes directly to the main page of and no reference to Wilson can be found on the entire site. FR Reprint.

Spies in Church Pews: The New Strategy of the Left

July 27, 2004
Liberal groups are seeking to intimidate churches and pastors that take stands on public policy issues. Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed 50 complaints in the past decade urging the IRS to deny tax-exempt status to particular churches and ministries. Additionally, a local group in the Kansas City area is actually sending spies to church services in an attempt to catch pastors engaging in prohibited political activities. FR Reprint.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Arafat hoping Bush will be defeated

July 25, 2004
IDF Military Intelligence chief Major General Aharon Ze'evi said Sunday that Arafat is biding his time until November, in hopes that U.S. President George W. Bush will lose his bid for re-election and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government will fall by then, Army Radio reported. FR Reprint.

Iran helping Al Qaeda Avoid US Intelligence Monitors

July 25, 2004
Al Qaeda is able to avoid US intelligence efforts to monitor their electronic communications with the help of Iran. The UK online news site,, in an interview with a Jamil Yousif, a former Pakistani police investigator, has learned that Al Qaeda and associated terrorists “are hiding near the Pakistan-Afghan border. They have sophisticated satellite phones which enable them to use Iranian land phone lines to log on to the internet.

"They are using land lines in one country and hiding in another, which enables them to dodge the security agencies."

Iran has long admitted to having an Al Qaeda presence. The evidence of Iranian support for terrorists is well known. Bi-partisan Congressional support for action against Iran appears to be building.

Flood Of Non-Speaking Middle Eastern Males Crossing Border

July 24, 2004
Border Patrol field agents have shared some disturbing information with the hope the information will make it to the general public.

A flood of middle-eastern males have been caught entering the country illegally east of Douglas, Arizona. In the last month at least two documented accounts of Border Patrol agents encountering large groups of non-Spanish speaking males in the Chiricahua foothills and on trails along the high mountain areas.

On or about the early morning hours of June 13, 2004 Border patrol agents from the Wilcox station encountered a large group of suspected illegal border crossers, estimated to be around 100, just east of the Sanders Ranch near the foothills of the Chiricauha Mountains. 71 suspected illegal aliens were apprehended; among them were 53 males of middle-eastern decent.

According to a Border Patrol field agent, the men were suspected to be Iranian or possibly Syrian nationals. "One thing's for sure, these guys didn't speak Spanish and after we questioned them harder we discovered they spoke poor English with a middle-eastern accent, then we caught them speaking to each other in Arabic…this is ridiculous that we don't take this more seriously, and we're told not to say a thing to the media, but I have to," said the agent, whose name will obviously remain anonymous.

The agent stated the men were wearing the traditional uniform of migrants - baseball caps, tennis shoes, some had work boots, denim jeans and many had t-shirts with patriotic American flags and slogans. The agent added the following description "A curious thing I noticed was that they all had brand new clothing and they looked as if they had just been to the barber shop, you know, new haircuts. They were clean cut and they all had almost the exact cut of mustaches."

The information was corroborated by a local rancher in the area who reports that sightings of groups similar to these are on the rise. "We've had groups in the hundreds coming through again. They were gone for awhile but now they're back. Many other ranchers in the area have been frustrated with the lack of response from Border Patrol.

After calling over and over again, to the Wilcox headquarters, we might get a response a few hours later. We call them in to the Border Patrol, we only have the Wilcox station, and they're so darned far away. By the time they send in the helicopters these groups are long gone. I don't know how many they catch but they're coming through here heavy right now."

On or about the evening of June 21, 2004, agents from the Wilcox Border Patrol station apprehended 24 members of a larger group of Arabic speaking males located just east of the Pierce/Sunsites area of Cochise County. At least half of the males escaped capture and disappeared into the United States. FR Reprint.

Pakistanis sneak up to Bin Laden

July 24, 2004
CIA-sponsored Pakistani agents have infiltrated the outer core of Al Qaeda in the high-gear American effort to grab Osama bin Laden.

The Pakistani agents, who are joined by Afghans and Uzbeks, are “beyond foot soldiers but not in the inner circle.” These agents “are more senior than the agents (the United States had) three years ago, who were on the periphery,” a senior intelligence official told Washington Post, according to a report published Saturday.

US intelligence believes that Al Qaeda today has a far less capable team than it had before the 9/11 attacks. However, Al Qaeda would “still want to continue to attack us in the ways they did three years ago,” the official said.

According to a CIA official, “We have busted plots repeatedly” undertaken by “serious Al Qaeda players” involving both aircraft and ships, some in Northeast Asia, others in Southeast Asia. He said intelligence on the possibility of other attacks had recently been strong. FR Reprint.