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    Monday, June 11, 2007

    Intel and Ops update

    install a novel albeit unfinished automatic device called the See-Shoot system, our military sources reveal, to partly reinforce the 60-km Israel-Gaza border fence.

    Produced by the Israel Armament Development Authority Rafael as a defensive system, See-Shoot uses sensors, aerial drones and surveillance aircraft to feed data to fortified command centers which transmit them to towers from which weapons automatically open fire on approaching targets.

    An element of the See-Shoot border defense system


    Two weeks ago, the UN inspectors reported Iran had assembled 1,600 centrifuges at its underground facility at Natanz. Sunday, the unnamed diplomats at the IAEA Vienna headquarters said the number had risen to more than 2,000 and was expanding at the rate of about 300 per week.


    Iran's deputy interior minister on security, Mohammad Bager Zolghadr, issued this warning Sunday, June 10, with an eye on the joint US-Israel air maneuver which began the same day in the Negev. The unusually explicit threat by a senior Iranian official was prompted, say DEBKAfile's Tehran sources, by his government's interpretation of the seven-day Negev exercise as a preparatory step for a US-Israeli air attack on their nuclear sites.

    His threat to send oil prices skyrocketing to $250 a barrel hinted that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz to oil exports from the Gulf.

    Last week the American carrier USS Stennis and its strike group practiced fending off small fast boats carrying explosives, torpedoes and missiles in the strategic strait, after Tehran announced the expansion of its fleet of small vessels.


    With CAIR, ISNA as Unindicted Co-Conspirators in Terrorism Case, Will USG Policy Toward them Change?
    By Douglas Farah

    How many organizations designated as uninindicted co-conspirators in terrorism-related cases still get invited not only to participate, but to play lead roles in major U.S. government events?

    Not many, but there seems to be an exception for the Islamist-Muslim Brotherhood groups, who stand front and center in upcoming Department of Justice events and recent events with the Department of Defense.

    It is hard to believe the word has not gotten out in government circles, but maybe is hasn't.

    In an event that past largely unnoticed, the U.S. government, in open court filings, for the first time named several of the most prominent Islamist groups in the country, (including CAIR and ISNA) as unindicted co-conspirators in the upcoming prosecutions of those associated with the Holy Land Foundation (itself as specially designated terrorist entity by the U.S. government).

    The filing also for the first time identified ISNA, NAIT, and MAYA as part of the U.S. structure of the Muslim Brotherhood. It listed CAIR as a member of the "US Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee."

    Being named an unindicted co-conspirator is not an accusation of guilt, but it does have interesting connotations.


    Muslims Fleeing CAIR in Droves

    This may be the best news of the week. Audrey Hudson at The Washington Times is reporting that membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has declined by more that 90% since 9/11. Apparently the Washington Times is just giving us a teaser for a lengthier article to follow in tomorrow's dead tree edition. But check this out:

    According to tax documents obtained by The Times, the number of reported members spiraled down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006, a loss of membership that caused the Muslim rights group's annual income from dues to drop from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35.

    The organization instead is relying on about two dozen individual donors a year to contribute the majority of the money for CAIR's budget, which reached nearly $3 million last year.

    CAIR only has about 1,700 dues paying member and they want you to believe that they speak for Muslim Americans?


    U.S. Arming, Fingerprinting Former Foes

    By Noah Shachtman EmailJune 11, 2007 | 4:59:00 PMCategories: Biometrics, War Update

    U.S. soldiers aren't just giving guns to their former foes in Iraq; they're taking fingerprints, too. It's part of a larger effort to track Iraqis by biometric data. The New York Times notes:


    One of the conditions set by the American commanders who met in Baghdad was that any group receiving weapons must submit its fighters for biometric tests that would include taking fingerprints and retinal scans. The American conditions, senior officers said, also include registering the serial numbers of all weapons, steps the Americans believe will help in tracing fighters who use the weapons in attacks against American or Iraqi troops. The fighters who have received American backing in the Amiriya district of Baghdad were required to undergo the tests, the officers said


    Sources in the government have said that ministers have held informal discussions on TIMES NOW's report that Pakistan is building bunkers too close to the zero line.

    Since TIMES NOW broadcast the story on Pakistani bunkers, the Centre has sounded an alert to the local authorities in the Jammu sector.

    "Infiltration in the month of April has gone up. We cannot say this is a general trend. We have to watch. We have to watch throughout the summer," said AK Antony, Defence Minister.

    Sources in the Indian army have also said that there has been an increase in infiltration. In 2005, between January and May, the army says 37 infiltrators crossed into India. Over the same months in 2006, 78 men crossed over illegally. But this year has seen a sharp rise; till May-end, there have been more than 100 infiltrators.

    With Pakistan using the ceasefire to consolidate its positions on the international border, now there are fears that these moves are helping infiltrators.



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