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Saturday, August 14, 2004

180 Massacred at UN Camp

August 14, 2004
Attackers armed with machetes and automatic weapons raided a U.N. refugee camp in western Burundi, shooting and hacking to death at least 180 men, women and children, U.N. officials said.

Burundian Hutu rebels claimed responsibility, insisting the camp for Congolese Tutsi refugees fleeing tribal fighting was a hide-out for Burundi army soldiers and Congolese tribal militiamen. But most of the victims appeared to be women and children. Their charred remains lay among the cooking utensils and the smoldering remnants of their former homes on Saturday. FR Reprint.

Illegals from terrorist nations crossing border into Arizona.

August 14, 2004
Investigators have spent the last three months talking to experts and eyewitnesses. The stories are compelling and the evidence is frightening, and just this week, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo released a report showing that the problem is worse than anyone thought. Here's what the Eyewitness News 4 Investigators uncovered.

"[A] Muslim prayer blanket. It was found about a mile and a half west from the Douglas port of entry in 2001." ...

In recent years, Vance says, the evidence some illegals leave behind is alarming. Vance says, "Other log books, diary-type things, other bits and pieces of paper with Arabic written on them found in the area over the last few years. ...

The investigators found that on this day, several individuals of this kind were being detained here, including some from Sudan, Iran, and even Iraq.
These are just the ones who were caught. ... Who are they? They're called 'Special Interest Aliens" or "SIA." According to Ben Anderson, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, The SIA that they don't want to talk about. That's special interest alien. These are people from those countries that we consider terrorist threats." ..."You will not read about that. You will not hear about that. They will not talk about that. They will not provide that info to the press. ... They pay to learn Spanish language skills, and by the time they reach the U.S., they're acting and talking like Mexicans to fool border agents. ...

Stoddard spent 17 years as a Border Patrol agent and supervisor in the Tucson Sector before retiring. "What's scary is that I can show you places out here on the line right now where 18-wheelers can be driven across." "These 18-wheelers can be loaded with anything -- illegal aliens, atomic weapons, whatever." ...

Tancredo says some illegals from terrorist nations are paying as much as $50,000 to be smuggled in. He says they're not paying that kind of money simply to work at a 7/11. FR Reprint.

Is Swiftvet John O'Neill a Bush stooge? No, He voted for Gore

August 13, 2004
A little more than three decades ago, a young man named John O'Neill served his nation aboard a swift boat in Vietnam. Today, the mild-mannered and eloquent attorney from Texas is serving his nation again.

O'Neill and the book UNFIT FOR COMMAND have become the biggest nightmare in the Kerry campaign as the campaign tries to fool Americans into actually making a totally unqualified man the commander in chief. From James Carvile to Lanny Davis to the rest of the hacks in the liberal media, O'Neill is being pummeled as a stooge of President Bush. ...

O'Neill is no Bush stooge. In fact, he has not voted for the Republican candidate for president since 1988. Much to the chagrin of his wife, in 2000, JOHN O'NEILL VOTED FOR AL GORE! (source: Hugh Hewitt interview with O'Neill, 8-14-04) FR Reprint.

Inside Al-Qaeda’s Hard Drive

September 2004
On the night before Kabul fell, Taliban officials were fleeing the city in trucks teetering with their personal effects. The looter who sold me the computers figured that al-Qaeda had fled as well, so he crawled over a brick wall surrounding the house that served as the group's office. Finding nobody inside, he took the two computers, which he had discovered in a room on the building's second floor. On the door of the room, he said, was the name of Muhammad Atef—al-Qaeda's military commander and a key planner of 9/11. ...

What emerged was an astonishing inside look at the day-to-day world of al-Qaeda, as managed by its top strategic planners—among them bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, Atef, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and Khalid Sheikh Muhammad...

To read the entire article click here. FR Reprint.

Kerry's Deliberate Deceptions Discovered: The End of Kerry?

August 14, 2004
For those of you who have not been fully following the Swift Vet's story, one of Kerry's traveling entourage (David Alston) claimed he was under Kerry's command on a PBF and found Kerry to be a great leader. He even gave a speech to that effect at the Democratic National Convention, where he said the following:

I know him from a small boat in Vietnam, where we fought and bled together, serving our country. There were six of us aboard PCF-94, a 50-foot, twin-engine craft known as a "Swift Boat." We all came from different walks of life, but all of us-including our skipper, John Kerry-volunteered for combat duty. And combat is what we got.
However,... Alston never served under Kerry because Alston was wounded and out of action before Kerry took command of Alston's boat. ...

Dale Sandusky, one of the few Swift boat veterans supporting Kerry and one that served on his boat, specifically gives the timing on Kerry's command of PCF-94:

In January 1969, Sandusky's boat, PCF-94, came under attack during one such ambush. Lt. Ted Peck, the officer in charge, and another crewman were seriously wounded. Sandusky had to take command.
With their officer headed home, the crew of PCF-94 needed a leader. And Lt. j.g. John Kerry, whose crew on PCF-44 had rotated back home, needed men to lead.

"I was sure glad he came along," Sandusky said, "because to be honest, I didn't want to take command."
From Jan. 30 to March 13, 1969, Kerry and the crew of the PCF-94 would conduct 18 missions in the Mekong Delta river system. In that time, Kerry would earn a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and add two Purple Hearts to the one he received earlier. ...

Alston received his serious wounds in that same exact battle that took Peck out of service. On January 29th, Alston was medevaced out to a hospital with head wounds and no records indicate that he ever returned to the unit. Kerry took command of PCF-94 the next day. Alston never served a day under Kerry's command. In fact, Kerry received a replacement, Fred Short, on 28 February as a replacement for Alston.

Now what does that tell us about Kerry and his Viet Nam narrative?

1. He and Alston conspired to deceive people about Alston's service under Kerry. That conspiracy was intended to give John Kerry cover against exactly the kind of campaign he faces from the other Swiftvets.

2. The "end of January" language on Kerry's website was intentionally vague in order to fuzzy up the timeline and keep Alston's true status a secret. Obviously, Sandusky remembers the dates well enough, and Kerry could easily have gotten them from him if he wanted to be as specific as his other dates on the timeline.

3. The DNC either were saps or actively participated in the conspiracy in order to assist Kerry in his Viet Nam mythology. Otherwise, why would they have allowed David Alston to speak at the convention about his experiences serving with John Kerry on the boat?

4. Kerry's band of brothers have some complicity in this cover-up as well. Those who served on PCF-94 surely remember that Alston never served under Kerry; Sandusky specifically recalls Peck being wounded and removed from command, but he wouldn't remember that Alston left at the same time?

5. One could argue that they served on the same boat, of course, and I look forward to that Clintonian parsing used in Kerry's defense. After holding Alston up as an expert on his leadership, he'll be hard pressed to explain how that expertise came to Alston from a hospital bed miles away from Kerry and his old PCF.

If this gets out to the mainstream media, this story kills Kerry's campaign. This isn't just a guy embellishing his war record -- this is a deliberate and longstanding attempt to mislead and defraud people by creating his own witnesses after the fact. FR Reprint.

New Video Rocks the Boat for John Kerry

August 13, 2004
A video released last week by the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth (, an organization aiming to refute John Kerry's Vietnam war record, has drawn the attention and skepticism of independent voters. ...

During an on-line poll of more than 1,200 pre-selected nation-wide voters - Republicans, Democrats and Independents - each were asked to respond on a sliding scale for interest and believability to what is said and shown in the video.

While viewed with doubt by a solid majority of independent voters, the video also appears to have an effect on placing doubt in the minds of independent voters that are leaning towards Kerry in the November election. More specifically, 27% of independents who either planned to vote, or were leaning toward voting for Kerry, indicated that they were no longer sure of voting for him after watching the video.
FR Reprint.

Another poll study as of 8/14/2004.

Taliban leadership 'falling apart'

August 14, 2004
THE leadership of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban movement appears to be "falling apart" as more and more Afghans turn against the rebels, the US military claimed today.

Two factions have emerged within the hardline militia, each backing different views of how their insurgency should proceed, American spokesman Major Scott Nelson said." There's a fissure developing," Major Nelson said. "That's a significant development which sort of demonstrates that the Taliban are sort of falling apart a little bit on the leadership side." ... FR Reprint.

Bioterror Defense

August 14, 2004
The threat of biological attack is considered so serious that President George W. Bush in late July signed Project Bioshield, creating a $5.6 billion fund to stockpile treatments for smallpox, botulism and anthrax over ten years, without the need for approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. This fall, Washington will start to free up hundreds of millions of dollars to stockpile anthrax antidotes and $1.4 billion to buy vaccine doses.

The Congressional Budget Office figures the bill could come to $8 billion over ten years. The National Institutes of Health will spend another $1.6 billion this year, up from $291 million in 2002, on bio-defense work. ... FR Reprint.

Bin Laden's life: New Information

August 14, 2004
Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard has provided a rare glimpse of the terror chief's private life. Nasir Ahmad Nasir al-Bahri, known as Abu Jandal, gave his first ever interview to a London-based Arabic newspaper on Tuesday.

He told them he believed Bin Laden still had three of his four wives with him in Afghanistan, including one for whom he paid a $5,000 dowry. The Yemeni told the newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi that he met the al-Qa'ida chief at the end of 1996 and became his personal bodyguard. Among his responsibilities was running two of the organisation's "guesthouses" in Kabul and Kandahar in Afghanistan. ...

It is his description of the organisation's structure and decision-making that will interest the world's intelligence agencies, however. He said: "Al-Qa'ida pursues a method or principle that calls for the 'centralisation of decision and decentralisation of execution'. The decision was made centrally, but the method of attack and execution was the duty of field commanders."

He said that the body that "green-lighted" attacks on particular targets was called the "military affairs committee". Interestingly the Yemeni denied that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is Bin Laden's lieutenant in Iraq. "Al-Qa'ida had expected the fall of the Iraqi regime, and many elements entered Iraq and are now fighting with the Iraqi resistance."

He said the organisation had not been penetrated by Western intelligence because Bin Laden chose his key lieutenants, or "elements", from the "steel and the fire". "It is from within the battle that elements are chosen, and hypocrites and agents cannot join battlefronts." FR Reprint.

Christians face threat pushing Bible beliefs. Tax-exempt status to go for opposing gay marriage?

August 14, 2004
While an American pastor is the subject of federal investigations for delivering a pro-George Bush sermon on July 4, Christian churches in Canada are now facing the loss of their tax-exempt status should they become involved in partisan politics.

The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency has met with legal representatives of both the Catholic Church and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada to warn them of the action in connection with this year's campaign. According to LifeSiteNews, churches are not only admonished against recommending certain candidates or political parties, but they also face crackdowns for speaking out on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

"The best thing for a charity to do, especially during an election, is to stay away from those issues," Dawna Lynn Labonté, a spokeswoman for the minister of national revenue, told the news agency. "There are certain issues, especially during election times, that are very political." The gag order on religions is said to cover all moral issues, even poverty. ... FR Reprint.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Bin Laden arrest getting closer: Pakistan interior minister

August 13, 2004
Pakistani Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said that his country's capture of top Al-Qaeda suspects brought Islamabad closer to the arrest of the terror network's chief, Osama bin Laden. ...

"We have penetrated deep inside this network, and this is a big achievement for our security services. We will not spare any effort or capability to track down these elements and networks, in full cooperation with the international community. FR Reprint.

FBI Warns Of Possible Terror Link To Storage Units

August 13, 2004
The FBI is taking an interest in public storage facilities across Ohio, NBC 4's Elizabeth Scarborough reported. Self-storage units have already been searched in Toledo, and alerts have gone out in several cities, including Columbus, Scarborough reported. ...

Law enforcement said owners, workers and customers should be on the lookout for storage items like chemicals, pesticides, explosives, ammunition and laboratory materials, such as masks and rubber gloves, textbooks, and manuals, such as those explaining how to fly a plane. They should also look for large delivery vehicles, containers and equipment.

Owners are being asked to watch for customers who insist on paying in cash or who seem overly concerned about privacy and who visit the facility late at night. ... FR Reprint.

Hispanic Leader: Democrats head down wrong road

August 13, 2004
We have been hearing it from Democrats forever, it seems. That some Americans are racially oppressed "minorities," that we are to define ourselves as aggrieved outsiders, that the social and economic problems that affect some black and Hispanic neighborhoods are the result of racial discrimination. ...

Now a man named Alvaro Cifuentes is also challenging the Demos' conventional wisdom. But he is ...chair of the Democratic National Committee's Hispanic Caucus. ...

"I have never in my life felt discriminated against. ... We don't need to follow the models of the past." He went on to say he does not "believe in a minority approach." Here's a ...the point man for the DNC's effort to close down inroads Republicans are making among Hispanics -- and he says his party is doing it all wrong. ...

The challenge for Democrats, he says, is to change the minds of Hispanics who continue to hold on to the aggrieved minority paradigm. Racial preferences should disappear now. FR Reprint.

Bush 'to move 100,000 troops'

August 13, 2004
THE United States is expected to announce today that it is pulling 100,000 troops out of Europe and Asia, according to a British newspaper report.

The Financial Times said the withdrawals - the largest restructuring of Washington's military presence abroad since World War II - would be announced in a speech by US President George W. Bush. Citing "people briefed on the plan" in a front-page story datelined London, the newspaper said two-thirds of the reductions would be in Europe, with 70,000 troops - mostly from Germany - being sent back to stateside bases.

"In Asia, the drawdown is expected to include the 3500 soldier brigade from South Korea, recently deployed in Iraq, but will also include scaling down presences in several other countries in the region," it said. FR Reprint.

Was Rassmann even on Kerry's Boat?

August 13, 2004
Fox news just reported there are questions now about where Rassmann actually was. He said he was on Kerry's boat when it got ambushed, but Kerry's web site says Rassmann was on the boat behind his. Just more questions about kerry's seemingly faulty memory. FR Reprint.

Flashback: FBI Files Show Kerry Met With Communists More Than Once

June 4,2004
Newly released FBI files reveal that presumed Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry attended a second meeting with North Vietnamese communists in Paris in the early 1970s. Kerry has previously admitted to meeting only once with the North Vietnamese delegations in 1970.

According to the FBI files, Kerry met with representatives from the North Vietnamese government in Paris in 1971 in an effort to secure the release of captured American prisoners of war. Kerry has previously acknowledged meeting "both delegations" of Vietnamese communists in Paris in 1970, but has said nothing of the 1971 meeting.

Researcher and author Jerry Corsi, who began studying the anti-war movement in the early 1970s, believes Kerry is hiding key aspects about his anti-war past from the public as he seeks the presidency. "Kerry has admitted to one meeting with Madam Binh. Now we have reason to believe there was a second [meeting], so let's press them to admit the second [meeting]," Corsi told

"Kerry needs to explain to the American people why he directly went into negotiations with communists," Corsi added. Corsi has written an essay on Kerry's dealings with the Vietemese communists on the Internet site, ... FR Reprint.

Half of schools off list (No Child Left Behind success in TN)

August 12, 2004
About half of the Memphis City Schools listed as having trouble meeting federal standards last year are now off the list, officials said Thursday. But not all the news was good. Sixteen of the 19 schools rated in the worst shape statewide are in Memphis.

Results of how well area schools fared under the federal "No Child Left Behind" program were met with broad smiles and celebrations in schools in Memphis and Shelby County.

"We're finally moving in the right direction," said a jubilant Patrice Jordan Robinson, president of the city school board during a hastily called press conference. "This is a great day for Memphis City Schools. Give yourselves a hand."
FR Reprint.

Millions of Iranians boycott the governmental support of fanatism in Iraq

August 13, 2004
Millions of Iranians boycotted, today, the state sponsored rallies against the war in Najaf. Most of them ignored the repeated calls of the regime's leaders and the Office of Islamic Propagation by staying home or making short travels using their Friday most to enjoy than sharing the concerns of the shaky theocracy.

The Islamic regime was only able to bring into the streets of center Tehran and main Iranian cities just few groups of few thousands of professional demonstrators which were composed mainly of Bassij and foreign Islamist. Already, last week the regime passed under silence its fiasco of being able to stage another "popular" demo against the Coalition members following its ignored calls . ... FR Reprint.

The Iran-Iraq War, Again [a thousand Iranians killed]

August 13, 2004
The Iranians have succeeded to infiltrate the south and planning for the worst. The weakness of Iyad Alawi towards Sadr encouraged them to get more involvement. The Middle East region now is biased towards Iran. With weak Iraq Iran considers itself now the regional super-power! For the balance of the Middle East it needs a strong Iraq to balance Iran. The Iranian by Muqtada Sadr and his thugs succeeded to transfer the war from their land to inside Iraq.

There are news of about 1000 Iranian crossed with guns to area of Salman Bak and were confronted by the IP and US troops and most of them killed! (Unconfirmed report from local residents in the area)...

The Iranian leader of Qouds Revolutionary Guards Kasem Solaimani told in a lecture for the students of strategic defence studies in Tehran few days ago that Zarqawi and his leaders needs no permission to enter Iran from wherever they like to enter! In reply to one student about why Iran help Zarqawi yet he may be involved in killing the Shiite; Solaimani said the national security of Iran is served by what Zarqawi is doing now in Iraq. He added that a secular regime in Iraq friend of and supported by the US is more dangerous for Iran than the previous Baath regime!

Zarqawi was few months ago in Mehran city in one of its military camps of the RG, then he crossed the border to Baquoba!

Some of the members of Sadr militia have been trained in the same camp under the supervision of Ammad Moghanyiah a Lebanese [some Lebanese! The operational chief of Hezbollah, arguably the world's most dangerous man — M.L.] escaped from Lebanon while ago and submitted into several plastic surgery changes in his face. This man played a major link between Sadr militia and Qaeda leaders especially Aimn Dhawahiri! He visited Iraq and he assessed the ground for expanding the operations of Sadr militias and how to help its link with Falluja and Zarqawi groups. ... FR Reprint.

Kerry: I Wouldn't Respond to Nuclear Attack

August 13, 2004
[A]s Michael Dukakis' Lieutenant Governor, Kerry authored an executive order that said the state of Massachussetts would refuse to take part in any civil defense efforts in response to a nuclear attack on America. ...

Lt. Gov. Kerry's executive order on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts read in part: "Whereas the existing and potential strength of nuclear weapons is such that nuclear war can neither be won nor survived, it can only be prevented; and Whereas the only effective defense against the horrors of nuclear weapons lies in their elimination and in the prevention of nuclear war or attacks, [the Commonwealth of Massachusetts] shall seek to ensure the safety of its citizens by pursuit of policies reflecting a serious commitment to prevention of nuclear war." "Such policies," the Kerry directive continued, "shall include education of citizens concerning the real nature of nuclear war and efforts to influence national policy towards negotiation of an end to the nuclear-arms race."

The Kerry order stated emphatically, however: "No funds shall be expended by the Commonwealth for crisis relocation planning for nuclear war."

Monica Conyngham, Lt. Gov. Kerry's spokeswoman at the time, defended the controversial document, telling reporters, ''We believe that (evacuation) plans are absolutely futile and that there are no safehavens from nuclear war.'' Gov. Dukakis signed Kerry's "no nuclear defense" executive order into law on June 28, 1984. FR Reprint.

The Kerry Campaign's Funny Math

August 13, 2004
[T]he Kerry spending promises add up to an extraordinary amount of money. Our best estimate is that Kerry's proposals will add up to between $2 trillion and $2.1 trillion over the next ten years. Since the revenue from his tax proposals relative to the current baseline is actually negative, this implies that the Kerry proposal would increase the deficit by perhaps as much as $2.5 trillion over the next ten years. ...

What would he spend the money on? According to our analysis, roughly half of this additional spending is attributable to Senator Kerry's health care proposals that would add more than $900 billion in federal outlays. Education expenditure accounts for nearly one quarter of Kerry's new spending, with almost $500 billion added over ten years. A $400 billion expansion of military personnel and benefits for veterans comprises most of the remainder of Kerry's spending plans, with the balance distributed among numerous social programs and increases in international aid.

While making all of these promises, Kerry and his surrogates repeatedly have made the claim that they will restore fiscal discipline if elected. They have also promised to adopt a "pay as you go" rule that will guarantee deficit reductions. But they do this at the same time that they promise voters the moon and the stars. ... FR Reprint.

The Left's Numbers Charade

August 13, 2004
The losses are catastrophic. Over fourteen times more Americans dead than we lost on 9/11, and almost fifty times as many as have died in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s statue fell. In 2003, 42,643 people died on America’s highways.

I cite this number to put some of the outrageous claims made by the Left into perspective. To listen to their rhetoric, you’d believe that our efforts in Iraq are a bloody disaster with few parallels in history. But the fact is that more Americans are going to die on our roads this Labor Day weekend than we’ve lost in the occupation of Iraq. ... FR Reprint.

Israeli Jewish Birthrates On The Rise

August 13, 2004
Contrary to most demographic predictions regarding the population statistics of Israel, a revolution of sorts is underway in the Jewish Israeli birthrate. According to a Health Ministry report, the Jewish Israeli birthrate is on the rise, while the Arab Israeli birthrate remains unchanged.

In Israel of 2003, 144,625 babies were born, representing an increase of 3.4% over 2002. A breakdown of the statistics reveals that the Jewish population saw an increase of 4.8% and the Arab population saw no change. ... FR Reprint.

Economics 101: Walter E. Williams urges citizens to ask: What's the cost, who will pay and why?

August 13, 2004
How many times have we heard "free tuition," "free health care" and free you-name-it? If a particular good or service is truly free, we can have as much of it as we want without the sacrifice of other goods or services. Take a "free" library – is it really free? The answer is no. Had the library not been built, that $50 million could have purchased something else. That something else sacrificed is the cost of the library. While users of the library might pay a zero price, zero price and free are not one and the same. So when politicians talk about providing something free, ask them to identify the beneficent Santa Claus or tooth fairy. ...

How about the idea that if it saves just one life it's worth it? That's some of the stated justification for government mandates for childproof medicine bottles, gun locks, bike helmets and all sorts of warning labels. No doubt there's a benefit to these government mandates, but if we only look at benefits, we'll do darn near anything because there's always a benefit to any action.

For example, why not have a congressionally mandated 5 miles per hour highway speed limit? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 43,220 highway fatalities in 2003, with an estimated cost of $230 billion. A 5 mph speed limit would have spared our nation this loss of life and billions of dollars. You say, "Williams, that's preposterous!" You're right. Most people would agree that a 5 mph speed limit is stupid, impractical and insane. That's one way of putting it, but what they really mean is: The benefit of saving 43,220 highway deaths and the $230 billion that would result from mandating a 5 mph speed limit isn't worth all the inconvenience, delays and misery.

Admittedly, the 5 mph speed limit is an extreme example, a reductio ad absurdum. Nonetheless, it illustrates the principle that our actions shouldn't be guided by benefits only – we should also ask about costs. Again, when politicians come to us pretending they're Santa Clauses or tooth fairies delivering benefits only, we should ask what's the cost, who's going to pay and why. FR Reprint.

Cops say he taped here [NY] too - New Twist in Terror Case

August 13, 2004
Some of New York's top landmarks and tourist sights were videotaped by a Queens man who sparked terror fears across the South after he was arrested with footage of buildings from Texas to North Carolina, police said yesterday. ... FR Reprint.

Osama bin Laden calls for attacks

August 12, 2004
Osama bin Laden has called for attacks on targets in the United States and Britain, Pakistani intelligence officials said on Wednesday, but it was not clear if his appeal was accompanied by more detailed orders.

"Osama has given the go ahead to target important places and personalities in the U.S., U.K. and Pakistan," one Pakistani intelligence source said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said bin Laden's order emerged during the interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects in Pakistan caught in a month-long crackdown that has dealt the network a major blow. ... A one-line answer to a Saut al-Jihad reader's query said: "The plan you have drawn up to assassinate Bush is good but would need a lot of preparation." ... FR Reprint.

FDA Quietly Approves "Dirty Bomb" Antidote Drugs

August 11, 2004
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of two drugs, pentetate calcium trisodium injection (Ca-DTPA) and pentetate zinc trisodium injection (Zn-DTPA) for treating certain kinds of radiation contamination. The FDA is approving these two drugs as part of its ongoing effort to provide the American public the best available protection against nuclear accidents and terrorist threats.
... FR Reprint.

Al Qaeda's U.S. network

August 13, 2004
Before we convince ourselves al Qaeda is down for the count, check the stats.

Islamist extremists in the world as estimated by moderate Muslim leaders: about 12 million. Fundamentalist sympathizers: 120 million. Those numbers represent 1 percent and 10 percent of the world's Muslim population of 1.2 billion. The CIA puts the extremists much higher -- 40 million.

Then there's the number who trust Osama bin Laden more than President Bush: a majority in Muslim countries whose populations total 450 million. ...

Germany has 8,000 mosques, according to German intelligence officials, to minister to a Turkish minority of 2.4 million and some 500,000 North African Muslims. France has some 10,000 mosques for 6 million North Africans; the U.S. about 2,000. ... FR Reprint.

Seized Records Indicate (Terrorist) Surveillance of Buildings Was Updated This Spring

August 12, 2004
Al Qaeda operatives updated surveillance conducted at five financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington as recently as this spring, according to a senior White House official who said on Thursday that the authorities still had no direct evidence of an active terror plot.

Until Thursday, officials had said that the surveillance, which was carried out primarily in 2000 and 2001, had been updated no later than January. But additional analysis of computer records seized in Pakistan showed that they were updated in the spring, the White House official said.

The discovery of the surveillance operations led to a terrorism alert on Aug. 1 because, the authorities said, they thought the information might be connected to separate intelligence indicating that Al Qaeda hoped to launch a major strike in the United States this year to disrupt the fall elections. New intelligence from that channel said there was a greater risk of attack this month and next - the period covering the Republican National Convention and the first phase of the fall campaign - than in October or November, the official said. ... FR Reprint.

Terrorist try to buy cruise ship employee I.D.

August 12, 2004
On the local AM Skagway station this AM it was broadcast that there is an ongoing investigation as to possible terriorist approaching cruise ship employees to buy their identification cards and board the ships. The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing an investigation. Skagway is a small port about 60 miles from Juneau, AK. ... FR Reprint.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

January -- Not Christmas -- Kerry In Cambodia

August 12, 2004
TOUR OF DUTY author and John Kerry historian Doug Brinkley is rushing a piece for the NEW YORKER: to set-the-record-straight on Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia tale, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Kerry has turned to author Brinkley for a "modification" after it was exposed that Kerry was not in Cambodia during Christmas of 1968, as he once claimed from the Senate floor.

The Brinkley piece for the NEW YORKER will now say that Kerry was not in Cambodia during Christmas, but rather in January, publishing sources tell DRUDGE. ... FR Reprint.

Chinese reporters expelled from Athens. Caught Photographing Patriot missile sites

August 12, 2004
Just reported on AntenaTV. One of the satellite TV channels received in the USA. Chinese reporters were arrested for photographing patriot missile batteries control areas. Greek security has established "secure zones" relating to security which are forbidden for any reporters to cover. These are control areas, and areas relating to security and counter terrorism.

The Chinese were not the only reporters caught. Greek security reported that they were in a forbidden zone and when caught and confronted they suddenly went "stupid". (forgive the translation is not exact, essentially the Chinese reporter though by acting stupid the security would be fooled and release them)

security is showing no mercy to reporters. Also arrested were a British reporter for the Observer. (the British have been particularly brutal in Greek coverage and sky news has earned the ire of the nation after a video clip of a reporter ridiculing the Greek national anthem made the rounds.) Other reporters arrested were Mexican reporters who also violated secure zones.

Reporters are on notice that officials are now considering incarcerating further violators until the end of the games and THEN expelling them out of the country. ... FR Reprint.

Rift grows as Iranians caught fighting for Sadr

August 13, 2004
Security officials in Baghdad were last night urgently investigating the background of 30 Iranians who were caught fighting for a rebel Shia cleric in Iraq, amid mounting concern over the involvement of the Tehran regime in the uprising. The Guardian has learned that the most senior members of the Iraqi government were briefed about the capture of the men yesterday, and also told of other evidence that fighters and equipment have been crossing the border from Iran.

The 30 men were captured in the southern city of Kut on Wednesday and officials are trying to establish whether they have any links to Tehran. "We are checking their identities but if they are found to have links to the Iranians then that would be tantamount to a declaration of war by them," said a senior Iraqi source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The source said members of Iraq's national security committee had yesterday been presented "with revealing information about the extent of Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs", which was being taken seriously at the "highest echelons of government". ... FR Reprint.

Militants Turn to Crime to Fund Terrorism

August 12, 2004
Members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida and other militants are turning increasingly to crime - from dealing drugs to selling knockoff shampoos and pirated CDs - to pay for attacks amid a crackdown on the movement of terrorist funds through world banks, security officials told The Associated Press.

As terrorist cells become more self-reliant, they are calling into question the notion they need an international financial support network to stage attacks, according to the independent commission that investigated al-Qaida's deadliest assault yet on Sept. 11, 2001. ... FR Reprint.

Terrorists considered plan to poison water supplies

August 12, 2004
Before Nine-Eleven, terrorists discussed recruiting treatment plant workers to poison water supplies in major urban areas. That's according to a federal bulletin sent out yesterday to law enforcement and water agencies nationwide.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal quotes the four-page document as detailing discussions by unnamed terrorists who had been under government surveillance. But the document doesn't refer specifically to Las Vegas or any other city. The bulletin describes the terrorists as showing "a certain degree of operational sophistication" about unsecured water facilities. The bulletin advises authorities nationwide to adopt 15 protective measures against certain possible terror scenarios. FR Reprint.

Settling Global Warming Science

August 12, 2004
How many times have we heard from Al Gore and assorted European politicians that "the science is settled" on global warming? In other words, it's "time for action." ...

Well, the science may now be settled, but not in the way Gore and Blix would have us believe. Three bombshell papers have just hit the refereed literature that knock the stuffing out of Blix's position and that the United Nations and its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). ...

Neither annual satellite nor balloon trends differ significantly from zero since the start of the satellite record in 1979. These records reflect temperatures in what is called the lower atmosphere, or the region between roughly 5,000 and 30,000 feet. ...

The science is settled. The "skeptics" -- the strange name applied to those whose work shows the planet isn't coming to an end -- have won. FR Reprint.

Huge GOP Turnout in CO This Week - Higher than Polling Models

August 12, 2004
“Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker notes there was a 33% jump among GOPers from the high of ANY competitive GOP primary in CO's history. What’s energizing voters in MO and CO? Is the RNC's 72-hour-program that good in CO? Early voting getting popular? As Coker explains, polling can look skewed if turnout increases as greatly as it did in CO. Keep that in mind when examining polling for Nov. as anecdotal evidence continues to show we’re headed for one of the highest turnouts ever.”

Traditionally, higher turnout is believed to help Democrats. But high turnout in a GOP primary suggests that maybe the pool of Republican voters has expanded. ... FR Reprint.

Bin Laden To Air Message Ending Truce Offered To Europe: Islamic Website

August 12, 2004
An Islamic website said Thursday an audio message is due to be released by al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden or his number two to declare the end of a truce offered to Europe if it pulls out troops from Iraq. ...

"To all Muslims: expect an audio message from Sheikh Osama bin Laden on one of the satellite channels during which he will announce the end of the truce that he has given to the Europeans for a pullout from Iraq," it said. ... FR Reprint.

Taiwan Could Fend Off China Attack for 2 Weeks

August 12, 2004
Taiwan could withstand an attack from China for two weeks, military sources told the China Times, in comments seen aimed at assuaging fears raised by a computer simulation showing that Taipei could be captured in six days. ...

But the mass-circulation China Times quoted "authoritative military sources" as saying the computer had made certain assumptions -- such as no help from the United States -- and it did not mean Taiwan would be defeated so quickly.

"The sources indicate, in the event of a 'first strike', the air force and navy can preserve of their fighting capabilities while the army can maintain 80 percent of its fighting capabilities," the newspaper said. "Under these circumstances, Taiwan can hold on for two weeks in the event of a war in the Taiwan Strait." ... FR Reprint.

Mother of All Blackouts

August 12, 2004
[I]magine a blackout that lasts for months, or years. That was the job of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the U.S. from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack. ...

An EMP attack occurs when an enemy sets off a nuclear explosion high in the Earth's atmosphere. The electromagnetic pulse generated by the blast destroys the electronics and satellites in its field of vision. For a detonation above the Midwest, that could mean the entire continental U.S.

No American would necessarily die in the initial attack, but what comes next is potentially catastrophic. The pulse would wipe out most electronics and telecommunications, including the power grid. Millions could die for want of modern medical care or even of starvation since farmers wouldn't be able to harvest crops and distributors wouldn't be able to get food to supermarkets. Commissioner Lowell Wood calls EMP attack a "giant continental time machine" that would move us back more than a century in technology to the late 1800s. ...

China and Russia have the capability to launch an EMP weapon -- and have let us know it. ... But it's a relatively unsophisticated EMP weapon in the hands of terrorists that really scares the Commission. All it would take is one nuclear warhead attached to a Scud missile launched from a barge off the U.S. coast to shut down much of the country. ... FR Reprint.

FDA Warns of Terrorist Drug Tampering

August 12, 2004
"Cues from chatter" gathered around the world are raising concerns that terrorists might try to attack the domestic food and drug supply, particularly illegally imported prescription drugs, acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester M. Crawford says.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Crawford said Wednesday that he had been briefed about al-Qaida plans uncovered during recent arrests and raids, but declined further comment about any possible threats. ... FR Reprint.

Part V: Terror in the Skies, Again?

August 12, 2004
A few days ago, received an important email. It was from Billie Jo Rodriguez, another passenger who was on Northwest Airlines flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 29. Billie Jo is a Certified Public Accountant living in Oxnard, California. She had some additional, disturbing information about flight 327 that she felt someone needed to know. She had been so terrified by what happened on the flight that she sent two emails to the Department of Homeland Security telling them about the experience, but she hadn't heard back from them. Then, through a series of events, she heard about my article, "Terror in the Skies, Again?" She and I have had numerous conversations and she is willing to share her story on the record.

The following interview is based on conversations Billie Jo and I have had, as well as a discussion she had with my editor.

To read the update click here. FR Reprint.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Iraqi Scientist: Saddam two years from nuclear bomb

August 11, 2004
Iraq scientist on tv states that if left alone, Saddam would have finished a nuke in two years. To see a clip of the broadcast, click here. ... FR Reprint.

Media Fund Ad Misquotes Bush

August 11, 2004
An ad released by the Media Fund Aug. 11 is targeted to Ohio, featuring Ohio residents criticizing the President for loss of jobs overseas. In it, one of them says, "When President Bush says he's going to help companies outsource jobs, it's infuriating."

Maybe it would be infuriating if Bush really had said that, but he didn't.

What Bush has actually said is this: "The best way to deal with job creation and outsourcing is to make sure our businesses are competitive here at home." ... FR Reprint.

Judge grants Democrats' request to block election results [November Preview?]

August 11, 2004
A federal judge temporarily blocked certification of Missouri's primary election results in federal and statewide races Wednesday and set a hearing for next week on whether to count the ballots of some people who voted at the wrong polling places. ... FR Reprint.

Economist: Forget Polls; Bush Easily Wins

August 11, 2004
NEW YORK For all you pundits and political reporters out there who think the Iraq war will have a major influence on the fall election, or who think the Bush-Kerry race is a toss-up, Yale University economist Ray C. Fair has a message for you: forget both. Iraq won't matter and Bush will win in a landslide.

In an interview to be published in next Sunday's "New York Times Magazine," Fair told Deborah Solomon, "My latest prediction shows that Bush will receive 57.5% of the two-party votes ... the chances that Bush loses are very small."

Fair, who claims to be a Kerry supporter, is described by the Times in the Aug. 15 issue as being known for creating an econometric equation that "has predicted presidential elections with relative accuracy." His most recent book, in fact, is titled, "Predicting Presidential Elections and Other Things." ... FR Reprint.

Columnist Says Barack Obama 'Lied To The American People

August 11, 2004
"I feel sad having to expose Barack Obama," says Martin, "but the man is a complete fraud. The truth is going to surprise, and disappoint, and outrage many people who were drawn to him. He has lied to the American people, and he has sought to misrepresent his own heritage. ...

"Fiction: Obama stated in his Convention speech: 'My father ... grew up herding goats.' The 'goat herder' claim has been repeated endlessly. It is a lie. Fact: Obama's grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama was a prominent and wealthy farmer. His son, Obama's father, was a child of privilege, not privation. He was an outstanding student, not a herdsman.

"Fiction: Obama was given an 'African' name. Fact: Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion. I am a strong supporter of the Muslim community, and I believe Muslims have been scapegoated. ... Baraka is an Arabic word meaning 'blessed.' Baraka comes out of the Koran and Arabic, not Africa. ...

"Fiction: Obama Senior was a harmless student 'immigrant' who came to the United States only to study. Fact: Obama was part of one of the most corrupt and violent organizations in Africa: the Kenyatta regime. ...

"Our investigation is continuing. In he meantime, Crown Books should stop selling Obama's novelization of his life. We have asked Crown to do that. Obama is living a lie." ... FR Reprint. To Read the entire press release click here.

Israelis believe President Bush better for them than Kerry: poll

August 11, 2004
Israeli Jews overwhelmingly want President George W. Bush to beat his Democrat challenger John Kerry (news - web sites) in the US presidential election on November 2, according to an opinion poll.

A total of 49 percent of people questioned said they preferred Bush, with just 18 percent wanting Kerry to win.

Seven percent believed the two candidates were equally good for Israel, while two percent said they were equally bad for the Jewish state. The rest offered no opinion. ... FR Reprint.

Polling the SwiftVets Ad

August 11, 2004
Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates (FMA), a Republican polling and strategic consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA, has just completed their second likely voter survey with interviews conducted ONLY in the 19 battleground states.

The battleground states are defined as those in which the Bush and Kerry campaigns have been focusing their paid media efforts throughout the campaign.

Nearly 6 in 10 likely voters claim that they that they recently saw, read or heard something about the TV ad “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” released and began airing in several key battleground states questioning the truthfulness of Senator Kerry’s Vietnam War record.

Among those who claimed to have seen, read or heard something about the ad, a majority overall and among undecided voters said it would not impact their vote either way. However to the extent it did impact voting intentions, it was a negative for Sen. Kerry by as much as nearly a 3 to 1 margin. ... FR Reprint.

DNC Ad Says Bush Lost Manufacturing Jobs

August 11, 2004
The Democratic National Committee released an ad Aug. 6 saying 2.7 million manufacturing jobs had been lost under Bush. That's true, but ignores the fact that manufacturing jobs started their decline three years before Bush took office.

The ad also says "Bush protects tax breaks favoring corporations that move their headquarters overseas" and that Kerry would "end job-killing tax loopholes." But as we've said before , "offshoring" accounts for just a small fraction of jobs that are lost, and even Democratic economists say changing the tax code won't end the overseas job drain anyway. ... FR Reprint.

Al Qaeda: Anyone but Bush

August 11, 2004
"The goal of the next attack is twofold: to damage the U.S. economy and to undermine the U.S. election," the official said. "The view of al Qaeda is 'anybody but Bush.' " FR Reprint.

Alleged Tie Between Heinz-Kerry, Cuba

August 11, 2004
Three local Cuban-American lawmakers are trying to tie John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry to Fidel Castro.

At a Tuesday press conference, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Ballart, his brother Mario Diaz-Ballart and Rep. Iliana Ros-Lehtinen claimed Heinz-Kerry's foundation, Heinz Endorsements, gave millions of dollars to a foundation called Tides, which in turn gave money to another foundation that provides Internet access to the Cuban government. ... FR Reprint.

Separate Hotel Rooms After Shouting Match

August 11, 2004
Democrat presidential hopeful John Kerry and his wife got into a heated argument after a campaign rally in Arizona Sunday night -- a heated argument so hot they spent the night in different rooms!

A well-placed law enforcement source tells DRUDGE how Kerry and Teresa Heinz moved to separate suites at Flagstaff's Little America Hotel.

"It was a cooling off, nothing more," says a top source. The stress of the campaign and the nonstop tour of battleground states is taking a toll on the Kerrys. FR Reprint.

Exploding the myth that brave Kerry said "send me!" to the fight... in his own words!

August 11, 2004
As it turns out, Kerry joined the Swift boats hoping for an easy assignment where he would see little risk. Not quite the same as saying you were volunteering for one of "the most dangerous assignments of the war."

As he usually does, Kerry wants to have it both ways.

According to Boston Globe reporter Michael Kranish on 6/16/03, Kerry said...

"I didn't really want to get involved in the war," Kerry said in a little-noticed contribution to a book of Vietnam reminiscences published in 1986. "When I signed up for the swift boats, they had very little to do with the war. They were engaged in coastal patrolling and that's what I thought I was going to be doing." FR Reprint.

Iran Tests New Version of Shahab-3 Missile

August 11, 2004
Iran's Defense Ministry on Wednesday carried out a field test of the newest version of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile, state television reported.

Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said earlier this month Iran was working on improvements to the range and accuracy of Shahab-3, which defense experts say Tehran could use to strike arch-foe Israel or U.S. military bases in the Gulf. ... FR Reprint.

Pelosi Critical of Goss Nomination, Despite Earlier Support

August 10, 2004
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi stands opposed to the nomination of Rep. Peter Goss (R-Fla.), an eight-term congressman and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to head the CIA, but just two months ago, Pelosi pledged to support Goss for the position.

On Tuesday, Pelosi suggested Goss is too "political" to be named director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "But I will say what I said before is that there shouldn't - a person should not be the director of central intelligence who's acted in a very political way when we're dealing with the safety of the American people," she told CNN. ...

But on June 5, 2004, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Pelosi saying that if Goss were nominated for the post, she would support him, having worked closely with Goss during the congressional investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks. ... FR Reprint.

Iraqi south threatens secession

August 10, 2004
Deputy Governor of Basra Salam Uda al-Maliki has said he is to announce the separation of some Iraqi southern governorates from the central government in Baghdad.

Informed sources told Aljazeera that al-Maliki said the breakaway province would include Basra, Misan and Dhi Qar governorates. He also wants to shut Basra's port, and effectively stop oil exports. ... FR Reprint.

IRS to Scrutinize Exec Pay at Non-Profits

August 10, 2004
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday some 2,000 charities will be reviewed under a new IRS enforcement effort to see if they're overpaying their executives.

"We are concerned that some charities and private foundations are abusing their tax-exempt status by paying exorbitant compensation to their officers and others," said IRS Commissioner Mark Everson. ... FR Reprint.

US wants ships within 2000 miles to check in

August 11, 2004
Eager to expand its reach in the war on terror, the United States wants new global rules to make all ships within 3200km of a country's shores identify themselves and give their location, the head of the Coast Guard said on Tuesday.

Under current international tracking regulations, ships must be equipped with an identification system by December 2004 that broadcasts their position and other information when they come within about 80km of a country's coast. ...

If the 3200km extension goes into effect, ships in the Caribbean, much of Central America, parts of South America and Canada, as well as swathes of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans would have to broadcast identification information, which US authorities could pick up. ...

[T]he Coast Guard now requires 96 hours notice of a ship's arrival, up from 24 hours previously. This gives the agency more time to vet information on the cargo and crew. Since September 11, the Coast Guard has also been given access to US intelligence which it had not been before. ... FR Reprint.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

US Officials: Al Qaeda Plans Major Assassination; Bin Laden will signal attack

August 10, 2004
U.S. intelligence officials say a high-profile political assassination, triggered by the public release of a new message from Osama bin Laden, will lead off the next major al Qaeda terrorist attack, the WASHINGTON TIMES has learned.

The assassination plan is among new details of al Qaeda plots disclosed by U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports who, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the killing could be carried out against a U.S. or foreign leader either in the United States or abroad.

The new details of al Qaeda's plans were found on a laptop computer belonging to arrested al Qaeda operative Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan of Pakistan, Bill Gertz is set to report in a page one blockbuster.

'We're talking about planning at the screwdriver level,' one official said. 'It is very detailed.' FR Reprint.

Bush Says National Sales Tax Worth Considering

August 10, 2004
President Bush said on Tuesday that abolishing the U.S. income tax system and replacing it with a national sales tax was an idea worth considering. "It's an interesting idea," Bush told an "Ask President Bush" campaign forum here. "You know, I'm not exactly sure how big the national sales tax is going to have to be, but it's the kind of interesting idea that we ought to explore seriously."

Republican economists who speak regularly to the White House have said that the Bush campaign has been mulling the idea of an overhaul of the tax code as part of an agenda for a second term should Bush win reelection.

Some lawmakers have floated ideas of simplifying the tax code by putting in place a "flat" income tax rate or a national sales tax. But those ideas have so far not gained much traction in Congress. Opponents say such a system would not be in the best interests of the poor and the middle class who would pay the same tax rate as the wealthy even though they have less disposable income. FR Reprint.

Heinz Foundation supporting radical groups?

August 10, 2004
Three members of Congress are alleging that Teresa Heinz Kerry's foundation, The Heinz Endowments, has given millions to radical groups, some linked to terrorists, and located Heinz factories overseas.

The Heinz Endowments and the Kerry-Edwards campaign are categorically denying these claims and call the allegations "bogus." WTVJ covered the news conference held by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in Miami. ...FR Reprint.

Hand over nuclear weapons and know-how, Iran tells Britain

August 10, 2004
Iran has issued an extraordinary list of demands to Britain and other European countries, telling them to provide advanced nuclear technology, conventional weapons and a security guarantee against nuclear attack by Israel.

Teheran's request, said by British officials to have "gone down very badly", sharply raises the stakes in the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme, which Britain and America believe is aimed at making an atomic bomb.

Iran's move came during crisis talks in Paris this month with senior diplomats from Britain, France and Germany. ... FR Reprint.

U.S. to Give Border Patrol New Powers to Deport Illegal Aliens

August 10. 2004
The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it will speed up deportations of certain illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico to improve U.S. border security.

"This announcement today ... is a border security effort," Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson told reporters. "Those who choose to break our nation's immigration laws will be promptly removed from the United States."

In the past 16 months, U.S. officials along the Southwest border caught 42,000 illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico. In the past, these would have been sent to an immigration court where cases take an average of one year to be processed. Now, these immigrants will be immediately returned to their home nation. ...FR Reprint.

Screening Air Travelers

August 10, 2004
For the record, however, we'd also like to draw readers' attention to another Transportation Department missive. It is a consent order dated June 21 and signed by the Department's deputy general counsel. It asserts that Delta Air Lines discriminated against passengers undergoing its screening procedures and directs the carrier to spend $900,000 over the next two years to provide "civil rights training to its pilots, flight attendants, and passenger service agents."

Delta denies the charges that it violated federal law by removing from flights or denying boarding to "persons [who] were, or were perceived to be, of Arab, Middle Eastern or Southeast Asian descent and/or Muslim." The carrier says its actions were based solely on safety and security concerns. It agreed to the settlement to avoid litigation or fines.

Transportation notes that it has reached similar settlements with United, American and Continental -- all of which also speak for themselves, and don't make us feel safer. ... FR Reprint.

FBI: 'Missing' nuclear weapon disks never existed (Los Alamos)

August 10, 2004
The presumed missing computer disks that forced the security shutdown and political uproar at Los Alamos National Lab, appear to not be missing at all. KRQE News 13 has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has concluded the disks, thought to have contained nuclear weapon secrets, were never missing. ...

The clerical error appears to center around the bar codes used to track classified material. The bar code stickers that would have been found on the supposed missing disks were instead discovered still affixed to their original printed forms. ... FR Reprint.

Arrest of Pakistani- videotaping bank buildings in Charlotte, NC

August 10, 2994
Pakistani Foreign National just arrested in Charlotte, NC on immigration charges. The man was seen videotaping the major banks here, Wachovia, and Bank of America. Report alleges terrorist ties. Ongoing...
To view TV report click here. FR Reprint.

Update: Federal authorities in North Carolina have seized a videotape containing images of Austin [Texas] landmarks, including the state Capitol and Mansfield Dam, from an arrested Pakistani man, law enforcement officials said Monday night. ... FR Reprint.

Another Update: The tapes included video of buildings in other major U.S. cities, such as Atlanta, Austin, Dallas and New Orleans. FR Reprint.

Iranian Nuclear Demands Stun Europeans

August 10, 2004
Iran is demanding Europe's leading powers back its right to nuclear technology that could be used to make weapons, dismaying the Europeans and strengthening Washington's push for U.N. sanctions, a European Union official and diplomats said Monday. ...

But diplomats said Iran's demands undermine the effort by France, Germany and Britain to avoid a confrontation. They had hoped to persuade Tehran to give up technology that can produce nuclear arms, but now are closer to the Bush administration's view that Iran should be referred to the U.N. Security Council for violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the diplomats said. ... FR Reprint.

Kerry staff: "Unfit not a problem, media is committed to seeing us win"

August 10, 2004
According to a Kerry campaign source, senior campaign advisers tasked two Washington-based campaign staffers to vet the recently published Unfit for Command. ...

The campaign source said that the book was not considered a "serious" problem for the campaign, because, "the media wouldn't have the nerve to come at us with this kind of stuff," says the source.

"The senior staff believes the media is committed to seeing us win this thing, and that the convention inoculated us from these kinds of stories. The senior guys really think we don't have a problem here." ... FR Reprint.

LA Times: In the Cold War, Kerry Froze

Aug. 10, 2004
The Cold War also provides our best measuring stick for estimating how Kerry might perform as commander in chief, and in that conflict Kerry's instincts were always awry. Had the country heeded his counsel, we might not yet have won it.

Many leaders had a hand in Washington's Cold War triumph, but Ronald Reagan's contributions were pivotal, and Kerry opposed every one of them.

All in all, in his 20 years in the Senate, Kerry ranks as one of the five most dovish or liberal members on foreign policy if you tally up the key votes selected by the liberal advocacy group, Americans for Democratic Action. ... FR Reprint.

The Kerry's: Paranoid and Delusional

August 10, 2004 | Mark Noonan
Here's was Teresa Kerry had to say in Missouri yesterday:

"We don't have to fear being hung from a lamppost or shot or sent to jail. Not yet. Not yet. And please God, not ever," she said.

That is the paranoid bit; here now the delusional part from John Kerry:

"My friends, the harsh fact now is that in the last election, more than 1 million African-Americans were disenfranchised in one of the most tainted elections in history. ... FR Reprint.

Cambodia 'Mission' Never Happened: Shipmates

August 10, 2004
John Kerry's claim that he was ordered to conduct an illegal combat mission in Cambodia on Christmas Day in 1968 is made up, Navy vets charge in a new book. The veterans say Kerry "would have been seriously disciplined or court-martialed had he gone there."

Three of the vets quoted in the book were part of the five-member crew that served on Kerry's own boat: Bill Zaldonis, Steven Hatch and Steve Gardner.

They deny they or their boat were ever in Cambodia. The other two crewmen declined to be interviewed for the book, "Unfit for Command," which raises questions about Kerry's military service.

The issue of Cambodia was first highlighted by Kerry, who made a dramatic speech in the Senate in 1986 recounting his experience aboard a gunboat on a combat mission five miles into Cambodia in 1968. ... FR Reprint.

Saddam's Uranium Enough to Yield 142 Nukes.

August 9, 2004
Physicist: Saddam's Uranium Stockpile Enough to Yield 142 Nukes. "You have a warehouse containing 500 tons of natural uranium; you need 25 kilograms of U235 to build one weapon. How many nuclear weapons can you build? "The answer is 142."

Though most reporters continue to insist that Iraq had abandoned its nuclear weapons program after the first Gulf War, chief U.S. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer told Congress earlier this year that the Iraqi scientists were "preserving and expanding [their] knowledge to design and develop nuclear weapons." One laboratory at al Tuwaitha "was intentionally focused on research applicable for nuclear weapons development," the top weapons inspector revealed. ... FR Reprint.

Additional Source. FR Reprint.

Palestinian inquiry blames Arafat for anarchy

August 10, 2004
A Palestinian Legislative Council investigation into the reasons for the chaos in the Palestinian Authority found that the main reason for the anarchy is that the PA and its leader, Yasser Arafat, have failed to make a clear political decision to end it. The report also calls for an end to Qassam rocket fire into Israel and attacks inside Israel, the resignation of the members of the Qureia government and general elections.

"The main reason for the failure of the Palestinian security forces and their lack of action in restoring law and order," says the report prepared by the five-member PLC committee, "is the total lack of a clear political decision and no definition of their roles, either for the long term or the short." ...

"It is threatening the entire national project ... we have been handling the problems all wrong. We discuss the problem with the person who created it and give into their illegal demands ... we encouraged this and accepted it, against the law and against the very spirit of statehood. There is no deterrence of criminals and collaborators, and we are forced to deal with problems using clan methods, rather than legal methods. If this continues, it will send difficult messages to our people, to the Israelis who claim there is no Palestinian partner and to the international community, that we don't deserve a state." ... FR Reprint.

The Mary Ann myth: Kerry falsifies NH woman’s story

August 8, 2004
NEXT TIME John Kerry accuses President Bush of misleading the American people, remember Mary Ann Knowles. Knowles is the Hudson woman whose battle with breast cancer Kerry has turned into a campaign anecdote. Here is what Kerry said about Knowles during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 29:

What does it mean when Mary Ann Knowles, a woman with breast cancer I met in New Hampshire, had to keep working day after day right through her chemotherapy, no matter how sick she felt, because she was terrified of losing her family’s health insurance? America can do better. And help is on the way.”

What it means is that John Kerry is fibbing. As Union Leader correspondent Scott Brooks reported on Sunday, Mary Ann Knowles did not have to work through her chemotherapy for fear of losing her health insurance. Employed by Elderhostel, the Boston-based non-profit travel organization for people 55 and older, Mary Ann had 26 weeks of paid disability at her disposal. More was available for a long-term illness. She did not have to work through her chemotherapy. She chose to.

Knowles would have lost some income had she taken the disability leave, said her husband, who is unemployed. But she would not have lost her health insurance, as Kerry has repeatedly misstated. ... FR Reprint.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Al Qaeda arrests yield 1,000 disks

August 9, 2004
Nearly 1,000 computer disks were recovered last week as part of a series of arrests in the United Kingdom of alleged al Qaeda operatives, U.S. government sources have told CNN.

Both British and American authorities are analyzing the information in the disks for any potential clues to possible al Qaeda attack plans. ... FR Reprint.

Mass arrests of Christians in China

August 9, 2004
More than 100 Chinese Christians were arrested in Henan province on Friday at the beginning of a two-week retreat for leaders of the underground Protestant house-church movement, according to the human rights group China Aid Association. Meanwhile, three Christians were sentenced to jail for giving information to a foreign magazine. ... FR Reprint.

Afghan Taliban splits, says breakaway commander (Mullah Omar losing control)

August 9, 2004
A rift has emerged in the ranks of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban militia, with members of the breakaway faction saying they no longer recognise fugitive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. ...

Momin told Reuters the faction had the support of about one third of Taliban fighters, and did not recognise the one-eyed Mullah Omar, one of the world's most wanted men for helping shelter Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network until late 2001. ... FR Reprint.

EU sees no genocide in Sudan

August 10 2004
The European Union has said it has found no evidence of genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur, although killing is widespread, with little evidence of government efforts to protect civilians. The conclusion of a fact-finding mission put the EU at odds with the U.S. Congress, which has levelled accusations of genocide at Sudan over a campaign of looting and burning by Arab militiamen against African village farmers. ... FR Reprint.

2 Air Marshals Removed From Cleveland Flight For Violating Dress Code

August 9, 2004
Some federal air marshals complain that rigid dress codes and grooming rules have made them easy to spot. "It's a joke," one air marshal, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Plain Dealer.

For months, marshals have been trying to get the dress code rules relaxed because they say their formal dress makes them stick out, not blend in. "You can't go out on Southwest Airlines on a weekend in a business suit," said John Amat, a spokesman for the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association. "It just doesn't cut it."

Amat and air marshals say if the casual traveler can spot an air marshal, so could a potential terrorist. The biggest fear among some air marshals is that terrorists will specifically target them and use their weapons to hijack a plane. Federal officials vigorously defend the dress code and say the complaining marshals are exaggerating the issue. ...

The issue took on renewed urgency last month, when two marshals were removed from a Southwest Airlines flight leaving Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, after a supervisor saw them improperly dressed. Their sport coats were not visible, the newspaper reported, citing law enforcement sources familiar with the incident. The marshals were not replaced on the flight, the sources said. ... FR Reprint.

Kerry: Form Neighborhood anti-terror watch groups.

August 9, 2004
Sen. John F. Kerry said Americans should form neighborhood watch groups to look out for potential terrorists and to learn how to respond in case of a terror attack.

``If you're going to be on the alert for terrorists, and these color codes are going to mean anything, then people ought to know what they're being called on to do,'' Kerry said. ``If we do that to protect ourselves against vandals or a burglary, why would we not do it to protect ourselves against a terrorist?'' ... FR Reprint.

Iraq Cleric Vows Fight to Death Vs. U.S.

August 9, 2004
The fighting continued between U.S. forces and Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia. Explosions and gunfire were heard throughout the city and U.S. helicopters hovered overhead. A Najaf hospital spokesman said three were killed, including two policemen, and 19 were wounded.

A senior U.S. military official in Baghdad estimated Monday that 360 insurgents died in Najaf in the first four days of the battle, although al-Sadr's militia insists the toll has been far lower.

Al-Sadr vowed to keep up the battle. "I will continue fighting," al-Sadr told reporters. "I will remain in Najaf city until the last drop of my blood has been spilled." ... FR Reprint.

No Extra Scrutiny for Middle Eastern Illegals at Mexico Border

August 9, 2004
U.S. government policy requires that young Middle Eastern men who are caught crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico be treated the same as illegal aliens from elsewhere in the world--meaning that if they don't have criminal records, don't appear on government watch lists and are not deemed to be suspicious by the federal law enforcement officers who interview them, they most likely will be released into the U.S. population.

All 19 of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were young men from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. None of them had criminal records, not all were on watch lists, and few apparently raised significant suspicions among American border or visa authorities.

"The law does not differentiate based on nationality. So enforcement does not differ based on nationality," says Reed Little, Detention and Enforcement Officer for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He added that ICE officials must justify their actions before immigration judges. Asked if a 25-year-old man from Saudi Arabia would be treated at all differently from other illegal aliens coming across the Mexican border, ICE spokesman Manny Van Pelt said, "No." ... FR Reprint.

Iran Accused of Sending Weapons to Iraq

August 9, 2004
With fighting raging for a fifth day in Najaf, Iraq's interim defense minister on Monday accused neighboring Iran of sending weapons to Shiite insurgents here.

Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan made the comments during an interview broadcast on the Arab-language television network al-Arabiya. "There are Iranian-made weapons that have been found in the hands of criminals in Najaf who received these weapons from across the Iranian border," Shaalan said.

Asked if Iran is still considered the "top enemy" of Iraq, he answered ambiguously. "From far and near, the facts that we have say that what has happened to the Iraqi people is done by the one who is considered the top enemy," he said. "For the first time, the Iraqis see the bodies of children, the body parts of children, the bodies of women and the body parts of women on the street. Yes! This is the truth." ... FR Reprint.

Terrorist 'Probing Attacks' Said to be Happening Nationwide

August 9, 2004
[T]he Washington Times quoted an airline pilot describing an incident in which a "man of Middle Eastern descent" locked himself in a lavatory for a long period of time before an air marshal forced his way in. The pilot told the Times that the air marshal found "the mirror had been removed and the man was attempting to break through the wall. The cockpit was on the other side."

Many incidents of suspicious videotaping have also been reported. Last month, two security guards at Iran's mission to the United Nations were expelled by the U.S. State Department after they were caught taping landmarks and infrastructure in New York City. The Iranians, according to State Department officials, were expelled on a technicality related to their official capacity, but most individuals caught videotaping are simply questioned and released.

Another videotaping incident involved a Jewish girls' school near Baltimore, Md., last October. The Baltimore Jewish Times reported that outside the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, "a man described as Middle Eastern in physical appearance was observed videotaping the school. ...

Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, a Washington Times article reported that the U.S. Navy was "investigating 11 incidents in which 'Arab' or 'Middle Eastern' males appeared to be conducting surveillance of naval bases, and, on one occasion, a truck loaded with munitions." The Naval Criminal Investigative Service issued a press release, stating that Arabic males near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington state "were on the beach with fishing gear; however, [they] did not do any fishing and their gear was not appropriate.

"The same individuals had been ordered out of a restricted area by park rangers earlier in the day where they were observed videotaping the Deception Pass Bridge," the Naval Criminal Investigative Service stated. ... FR Reprint.

Boy Scouts: Legal bigots?

August 9, 2004
One must truly be vile to be legally classified as a bigot. Bigot is the label that may soon be branded by the American Bar Association upon individuals who volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. And under a newly proposed ABA conduct rule, America's judges would be prohibited from associating with the Boy Scouts.

When the 400,000-member American Bar Association passes judicial ethics rules, state and federal courts generally adopt and abide by those rules. The latest rule proposal would force judges to end any current involvement they have with organizations that exclude homosexuals, just as judges are not allowed to be a part of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi groups or other racist organizations. An ethics panel is discussing the new rule and it could be approved next year.

The leader of the ABA legal ethics panel is attorney Mark Harrison of Phoenix who explained that the goal of the anti-Boy Scouts proposal is to "make sure that judges aren't viewed as bigots." ... FR Reprint.

London: 'Tube flood plan' to kill thousands

August 9, 2004
A terror plot to detonate a bomb inside a Tube tunnel beneath the Thames has been uncovered by MI5 chiefs, it was reported yesterday.

The explosion would pierce the bed of the river, leaving tens of thousands of rush- hour commuters to be drowned or trampled underfoot in the panic as people tried to flee.

Blueprints for an attack on the Underground and maps of the tunnels were reported to have been discovered at an al- Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, a Sunday newspaper reported. It is the latest in a series of terror scares. ... FR Reprint.

Allies Not in Formation on Kerry's Troops Plan

August 9, 2003
Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry has staked much of his campaign on a proposal he hopes will convince voters that he can extricate the United States from Iraq more quickly and at less cost than President Bush.

But Kerry's plan, which promises to effectively shift much of the Iraq war burden from America to its allies, so far is failing to receive the international support the proposal must have to succeed. ...

"I understand why John Kerry is making proposals of this kind, but there is a lack of realism in them," Menzies Campbell, a British lawmaker who is a spokesman on defense issues for the Liberal Democratic Party, said in a typical comment. ... FR Reprint.

France Moves Fast To Expel Muslims Preaching Hatred

August 9, 2004
France has taken one of the hardest lines of any Western country in fighting Islamic extremism. Other democracies, including the U.S., have been criticized for excessive methods, such as holding prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But few have been as systematic and zealous as France in attempting to stamp out Islamic militancy. ... FR Reprint.

Immigrants Raise Call for Right to Be Voters

August 9, 2004
For months, the would-be revolutionaries plotted strategy and lobbied local politicians here with the age-old plea, "No taxation without representation!" Last month, some of the unlikely insurgents - Ethiopian-born restaurateurs, travel agents and real estate developers in sober business suits - declared that victory finally seemed within reach.

Five City Council members announced their support for a bill that would allow thousands of immigrants to vote in local elections here, placing the nation's capital among a handful of cities across the country in the forefront of efforts to offer voting rights to noncitizens. ...

Calling for "democracy for all," immigrants are increasingly pressing for the right to vote in municipal elections. In Washington, the proposed bill, introduced in July, would allow permanent residents to vote for the mayor and members of the school board and City Council. ... FR Reprint.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

The Source of Islamic Intolerance

August 8, 2004
By and large, Western political analysts steer clear of criticizing Islam when seeking to explain Muslim hatred toward Israelfor fear of appearing to deviate from the social etiquette of tolerance. Tolerance is regarded as the best way to protect the liberty of all members of society irrespective of political or religious opinions. But in order to defend our liberty, we must never deceive ourselves into accepting the maxim of unconditional tolerance

Occasionally, we must be intolerant of intolerance. By censuring the Islam of either precept or practice, we run the risk of being labeled Islamophobic; however, the real danger comes from turning a blind eye to the hatred encouraged by the doctrinaire approach to religion so widespread in the Muslim world. ...

From where does this loathing derive? The answer to this question may be found by investigating two Islamic principles: Dar Al-Islam and infidels.

…(T)he world is divided into two camps: Dar Al-Harb — lands not yet under Islamic rule — and Dar Al-Islam — lands where Islamic shari'a law exists. Once under Islamic rule, land remains a part of Dar Al-Islam until Judgement Day. Thus, since Palestine was once under Muslim control (634-1099 CE), it can never be relinquished.

The second confrontational Islamic teaching is the classification of people as either Muslim or infidel. The latter is further divided into "tolerated" (which includes Jews and Christians, who are recognized by the Prophet Muhammad as recipients of a Divinely revealed scripture) and "not tolerated" (polytheists). ...

In the words of Amos Funkenstein, "[From a Muslim perspective] the world has to be politically 'secure' so that no Muslim is dominated by 'infidels.' Infidels, even if they are tolerated [Jews and Christians], are not to occupy positions of leadership in the Dar El-Islam [Dar Al-Islam]." ... FR Reprint.

Kerry, NOT Bush, paralyzed by 9/11 attacks / Hear Kerry admit he could not think

August 8, 2004
Kerry, NOT Bush, paralyzed by 9/11 attacks. Hear Kerry admit he could not think. Click here. Note: Connection may take some time, be patient. FR Reprint.

Unconfirmed: Islamist Website- American General Abducted Monday in Ramadi Region While Traveling to Command Post

August 6, 2004
A website identified with Islamist organizations in Iraq reported that fierce battles were raging in the Ramadi region after Islamic resistance forces managed to abduct on Monday an American general accompanying and American convoy on its way to one of the coalition command posts. ... FR Reprint.

Rice Says World Is Determined to Prevent a Nuclear-Armed Iran

August 8, 2004
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice also said the Bush administration sees a new international willingness to act against Iran's nuclear program. She credited the changed attitude to the Americans' insistence that Iran's effort put the world in peril. ...

``I think we've finally now got the world community to a place, and the International Atomic Energy Agency to a place, that it is worried and suspicious of the Iranian activities,'' she said. ``Iran is facing for the first time real resistance to trying to take these steps.'' ...

On NBC's ``Meet the Press,'' Rice reasserted that the world has fallen in line on Iran and said she expects next month to get a very strong statement from the IAEA ``that Iran will either be isolated, or it will submit to the will of the international community.''

She also said, ``We cannot allow the Iranians to develop a nuclear weapon. The international community has got to find a way to come together and to make certain that that does not happen.'' FR Reprint.

German Peaceniks Openly Supports Iraqi Terrorism

August 6, 2004
The German TV news program “Panorama” uncovered some of the wonderful activities that particularly dedicated cadres of the German peace movement are currently engaged in. In the spirit of peace, a number of groups have started a fund-raising campaign entitled “10 Euros for the Iraqi Resistance”. The money will be provided to the Iraqi Patriotic Alliance (IPA) a group dedicated to carrying out attacks against US soldiers in Iraq in collaboration with Saddam loyalists. The common goal is to "liberate” the Iraqi people from the evil imperialist American occupiers. On their website these groups gush with enthusiasm about turning Iraq into another Vietnam for the USA. ... FR Reprint.

Dems Plan Assault on Vets

August 8, 2004
The Democrat National Committee has prepared a full-scale assault against the Vietnam Veterans for Truth to draw their character and veracity into question, according to one anonymous source inside the DNC. The campaign of character assassination is scheduled to coincide with the release of the book Unfit for Command which reveals inconvenient facts for the Kerry campaign.

We have prepared what we call ‘Brown Books’ that contain damaging military records, personal credit histories, medical histories, psychiatric histories, divorce records, you name it,” our source told us. The “Brown Books” are so-called because of their distinctive plain brown covers, which contain no words. Some books have already been delivered to Kerry-friendly reporters. Others are on their way, our source told us. When asked if we could have a copy, our source declined, saying there is a limited number of “Brown Books” and they have been carefully inventoried to control in whose hands the books ended up.

Ultimately the “Brown Books” will end up in the hands of pro-Kerry news agencies and reporters. FR Reprint.