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    Saturday, October 27, 2007

    WHY, WHY aren't these available to blogs???

    Leaflets against militants airdropped in Waziristan

    * One leaflet quotes Saudi cleric as warning youths against false jihad

    Staff Report

    MIRANSHAH: Two different pamphlets urging “foreign guests”, a reference to Al Qaeda and Taliban militants, to leave the tribal areas, and calling on the tribal people to join government forces, were airdropped in North Waziristan on Saturday in what appears to be a campaign to win hearts and minds.

    Residents said the pamphlets, written in Urdu, were airdropped in Miranshah and Mir Ali. One of them was issued by Pakistani and Saudi clerics while the second pamphlet was issued by “Waziristan’s hosts” (local people).

    A one-page pamphlet titled “You were my guests” obtained by Daily Times, read, “Please leave my home and my country so that we can live peacefully.”

    “Because of you [foreign militants], I am in trouble. My house is under attack and family members are dying and wounded because of you,” the pamphlet read. “You [foreign militants] are using my soil and you are spreading unrest in my area and country.”

    The second pamphlet, containing religious decrees against militancy, said a conspiracy was hatched to start an unending war between the tribal people and security forces, which would harm both sides at the end.

    “The enemies of Islam and Pakistan will achieve four objectives by making the tribal people and the government forces fight against each other. Their objectives are: to malign Islam and Pakistan, damage the country’s credibility, reduce the strength of tribesmen and the government forces and pit one against the other.”

    Saudi cleric: The pamphlet also quoted Saudi Mufti-e-Azam Sheikh Abdul Aziz as warning Muslim youths against elements instigating false jihad.

    The distribution of pamphlets comes days after operation Al Mizan against foreign militants in the Mir Ali area earlier this month in which around 200 militants, including 50 foreigners, were killed besides a number of civilians and troops.

    Separately, two Frontier Corps personnel were injured late on Friday after a rocket attack on a telephone exchange in Miranshah.





    Blogs can get MILLIONS of readings/looks/exposures of those flyers, if they are good.

    I mean the terrorists/insurgents/al Qaeda/taliban use the Internet, and an educated demographic from every area also using the Internet.



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    USA TROOPS protected, medical Assurance = LIFE

    Body armor could be a technological hero of war in Iraq

    Bullet-stopping ceramic plates help ground troops stay safe. New battle gear also includes skateboard-style knee pads.

    Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
    Forget JDAMs and MOABs, satellites and stealth bombers. For the American GI on the ground in Iraq, the true technological marvel may be four-pound ceramic plates slipped into flak jackets.

    Capable of stopping most bullets, the body armor worn by virtually all of the Army and Marine combat troops in Iraq is being credited with saving many lives. Soldiers shot at close range are walking away with no more than sore backs and broken ribs.

    While the newest smart bombs and electronic wizardry usually get more attention, unheralded improvements in soldiers' gear are improving performance and safety on the battlefield. The new body armor, in particular, may help dramatically reduce casualties in the frequent firefights troops are facing on the road to Baghdad.

    In addition to the lighter and more protective body armor, US soldiers and marines now wear more comfortable, stronger helmets and boots, as well as kneepads.

    "Everything they have is much better," says Robert Kinney, director for individual protection at the Army's Soldiers Center lab in Natick, Mass. "It means a tremendous increase in their quality of life."

    Some of the new equipment results from years of research and development at the Natick lab. Others are drawn from more unusual sources: The kneepads are offshoots of those worn by roller bladers.

    The new body armor, named "the interceptor," is composed of a layered Kevlar vest, similar to but stronger than ones worn by police, as well as attachments to protect the neck and groin. Two other plates slip into the vest and cover vital organs.

    As a result, far fewer casualties arrive at military hospitals with abdomen or chest wounds, says Air Force Maj. Mark Ervin, a surgeon at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. "That's kind of remarkable," Maj. Ervin says. Patients with shrapnel wounds from mines or other explosives often come with wounds along their extremities that stop "like a sunburn line" right where the body armor starts, Ervin adds.

    Altogether it weighs 16 pounds, a third lighter than the previous 20-year-old bulky design that protected only against shrapnel but couldn't stop bullets. Even the earlier vests, though, were far superior to the metal plates sewn into cloth worn by World War II aircraft gunners.

    The lighter weight is welcome relief for soldiers already carrying 100 to 120 pounds of gear. The military began developing the new body armor in the wake of the debacle in Somalia, when US soldiers were wounded after ditching their heavy armor.

    The new gear got its first major battlefield try out during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2001. Manufacturers credit it with saving the lives of 29 Americans. Similar lightweight ceramic equipment lines the cockpits of military helicopters.

    Manufacturer Simula Inc. has supplied the Army and Marines with 100,000 ceramic plates at a cost of about $800 per soldier, says the company's CEO, Brad Forst. Since January, Simula has ramped up production to 4,000 per week at its Arizona factory and started shipping the plates directly to Kuwait, Mr. Forst says.

    Soldiers' helmets have also evolved since the first Gulf War. Instead of the sling that secured the helmet, the new design uses form-fitting foam pads similar to those found in bicycle helmets.



    Army Medevac Unit Races Against 'Golden Hour'


    Morning Edition, October 25, 2007 · At around midnight, the radio traffic gets heavy inside Eagle Dustoff's operations center.

    Dustoff is an Army medevac unit made up of 90 soldiers and 12 Blackhawk helicopters.

    The unit works out of a remote corner at Balad Air Base, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. Their mission is simple: Evacuate anyone injured on the battlefield as quickly as possible.

    About every half hour, especially at night, an alert comes in.

    An instant messaging system that's attached to an electronic voice blares out the latest injuries in a staccato "Speak & Spell" voice: "LN2 has shrapnel all over the body. A hole in his back may be an exit wound from a chest injury."

    It's at this moment that the clock starts ticking and the "Golden Hour," an emergency medicine concept, begins.

    A dispatcher inside the operations center grabs a walkie-talkie to alert the crew on call to get moving.

    He shouts "MEDEVAC! MEDEVAC! MEDEVAC!" into the two-way radio.

    Mary Rone, from Berkeley, Calif., the only female pilot in the unit, is rustled from a deep sleep and rushes to the operations center.

    "If a soldier survives the attack, after the first couple of minutes, as long as they're transported to a facility within that hour, their chances of survival are over 95 percent," Rone said.

    Within three minutes, Rone will rush to runway to power up the Blackhawk along with the lead pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Alex Bonilla.

    Within eight minutes, the chopper will be on its way to evacuate the injured.

    First Lt. Samuel Diehl, a recent graduate of James Madison University in Virginia and also a pilot in the unit, says the there are two types of injuries he typically encounters.

    "The majority of injuries are pretty much traumatic amputations from explosions and a lot of extremity gunshot wounds, because [the soldiers are] covered by the body armor," Diehl said.

    As the on-call unit rushes into the operations center, their commander, Maj. Michael Pouncey, studies an electronic map of Iraq that shows shifting sectors colored in red. The red areas are danger zones — areas where the helicopters are likely to come under fire. So Pouncey quickly works out the safest route to get to the patient.

    It's been about 2 minutes since the medevac alert came over their walkie-talkies. The crew gets their orders and races out to the runway in near pitch darkness.

    The helicopter swoops up over Balad Air Base and heads east toward the grid coordinates.

    Inside the darkened cabin of the Blackhawk, the smell of diesel is thick. Outside, the pitch darkness is illuminated by colored streaks of red tracer fire and the occasional flash from a gun muzzle.

    Flying to the Wounded

    The helicopter hovers over a blackened field and attempts to land.

    But even with night vision goggles, the pilots can't locate a safe place to touch down.

    They are tense. They know someone is waiting for them, injured, maybe dying, almost certainly in agony.

    For several minutes, the chopper circles just a few hundred feet overhead. The medic and the crew chief double as the Blackhawk's security. They lean out the windows and scan the ground, hoping no one is aiming anything at the helicopter. Experience has shown that the painted red cross on the side of the chopper gives these soldiers little protection from those wanting to shoot it down.

    Finally, the pilots find a safe place to land. The medic, Sgt. Christopher Blesset, slips out of the open window to link up with the ground contact.

    He sees three soldiers dragging a nylon litter — a type of stretcher — through the dusty field. It's too loud to exchange any words, but Blesset knows it has been about 15 minutes since the person lying in the litter was shot. Blesset and the three soldiers load the litter into the Blackhawk.

    In what seems like seconds, the helicopter rises into the sky. The two pilots, Bonilla and Rone, cut through the darkness at top speed. At this point, Bonilla is focused on one thing only.

    "My goal is for the patient not to die in my aircraft," Bonilla said. "We do whatever we can to keep that patient alive until he gets to a higher level of care, so he can get better treatment than [what] we provide in the aircraft with the little bit of equipment that we have."

    In just seven minutes, the helicopter will touch down at one of the most advanced combat field hospitals in history.

    Medics from the trauma ward rush out to the pad to pick up the patients.

    Less than 25 minutes since the attack, the patient is inside the trauma ward at the Air Force hospital inside Balad Air Base....



    'Miracle Workers' Save Lives at Balad Field Hospital


    All Things Considered, October 25, 2007 · Air Force Maj. James Eadie is the coordinating surgeon on-call one recent evening at Balad field hospital in Iraq. He has just been informed that four U.S. soldiers are coming into the trauma ward.

    "OK, listen up," he shouts out to a crowd of about 30 medical technicians and doctors. "We got four patients coming in."

    Three have taken shrapnel from an IED blast. One of them has been hit in the thigh by a high-velocity round.

    At this moment, the clock starts ticking. Balad field hospital is located within Balad Air Base, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. It is the most advanced forward-operating combat hospital in the history of warfare.

    Within minutes, four medics wheel gurneys into the E.R. One soldier's left thigh is wrapped in a blood-soaked bandage. Dr. Eadie races to his side.

    "What's your name?" Eadie asks. "Mellinger," says the soldier. "Brad Mellinger."

    "Ok, Brad, can you touch your toes for me?" asks Eadie.

    Mellinger can't. His left femur is shattered in a hundred different pieces.

    Twenty minutes before, Mellinger, who goes by Brad but is named Kevin, was running a reconnaissance mission on the banks of the Tigris River when he went down.

    He's talking, which is a good sign. But he's in agony. A medic approaches the gurney and administers 10 milligrams of morphine.

    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bailey, the chief surgeon, takes notes. "He seems like a guy with a potentially life-threatening injury," Bailey says quietly.

    The femur is the strongest and longest bone in the body. It's in a part of the body that holds the most blood; a wound to the femur can mean death by bleeding unless the circulation is temporarily cut off.

    Dr. Jeff McNeil, a major in the Air Force, works to get the bleeding under control. It takes just minutes before McNeil can be confident that Lt. Kevin Mellinger will survive.

    About 45 minutes later, McNeil will move to the operating room to clean out Mellinger's wound, washing out bits of bullet and bone fragments from his thigh.

    "And then we'll get him on the next flight to the [U.S.] Army hospital in Landstuhl [Germany]," McNeil says.

    Unprecedented Survival Rates

    The case of Kevin Mellinger is instructive. It says a lot about how combat medicine has changed.

    In Vietnam, a soldier with Mellinger's wound had a 33 percent higher chance of dying. In Iraq, he can count himself among the 95 percent of the wounded who live.

    "It's a sad fact that surgery has advanced and benefited from all the tragedies and trials of war," said Lt. Col. Christopher Coppola.

    Coppola, like all the other doctors at the Air Force medical center at Balad, is a specialist back home. He does pediatric surgery, but in Iraq he's a trauma surgeon.

    Coppola says the kind of trauma he has seen here is incomparable to what he would see in the U.S. A single patient here may have a destroyed eye, shrapnel embedded in the body, massive chest wound and missing limbs.

    "And so you come over here and work for four months, as we Air Force surgeons do, and it's as if you work in a busy trauma center for two years," Coppola said.

    After Vietnam, the use of tourniquets went out of fashion. It often took six to eight hours to transport a Vietnam-era soldier from the battlefield to a trauma center. In that time, a tourniquet could lead to gangrene, infection and either an amputation or slow death.

    But in Iraq, the combination of tourniquets, chemical blood-clotting pads and lightning-fast transport to this field hospital have resulted in unprecedented survival rates. Most often, the field medics — sometimes a young private-first class — are the first ones to treat the wounded.

    "And they [the field medics] know not to waste time doing too many procedures," says Coppola.



    Combat Medicine: Fast-Tracking Troops to Germany


    Morning Edition, October 26, 2007 · The tiny hillside hamlet of Landstuhl, Germany, is barely a six-hour flight from Balad Air Base in Iraq. But it might as well be on another planet. Landstuhl is green and peaceful and far away from the dust-choked deserts of Iraq.

    Army Lt. Kevin Mellinger arrived at the U.S. Army Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl about 20 hours after being shot in the thigh by a sniper in Iraq. The high-velocity round shattered his femur into a hundred different pieces.

    The flight from Balad actually lands at nearby Ramstein Air Base, where a bus equipped to carry stretchers and medical equipment meets the patients.

    Landstuhl hospital is about 10 minutes away from Ramstein. When the bus arrives, dozens of hospital medics and volunteers are on hand to help off-load the patients.

    By the time Mellinger arrived at the medical center, he had already undergone one operation at Balad hospital in Iraq. At Landstuhl, doctors will perform a second, to wash out the bone and bullet fragments.

    After a few hours of rest and recovery, Mellinger wakes up to call his wife back home in Fort Bragg, N.C.

    "I told her that I was coming home for Christmas," he said. But his wife didn't quite understand. "What?" she asked incredulously. "I thought you were extended for 15 months. That's what they told me yesterday."

    But then Mellinger broke the news. "Babe, I got shot."

    Lessons in Trauma Care

    On the other side of the hospital, the doctor who operated on Mellinger at Landstuhl, Navy Capt. Charles Pasque, looks at the soldier's x-rays. Pasque sardonically calls it a "good war wound."

    The doctor explains that with physical therapy, Mellinger will recover within a year.

    He notes that Mellinger got lucky. The bullet struck a blood vessel in his thigh. But it also ricocheted off his femur, which slowed the bullet down and prevented a potentially worse exit wound.

    By the time Mellinger arrived at Landstuhl, the doctors already had a thick file with his medical records, including x-rays and a CT scan.

    It's another innovation of combat medicine. Doctors now transfer electronic files and scans back and forth between Landstuhl and the combat hospitals in the war zones.

    There is also a live video link between Landstuhl and the combat field hospitals in Balad and Bagram, Afghanistan.

    "We're able to prepare well in advance for the patient's arrival," explains Col. Stephen Flaherty, the chief of surgery at Landstuhl. "We know exactly what has happened to [the patient] and what interventions have already taken place."

    Flaherty says that since the start of the Iraq war, doctors have learned key lessons in trauma care. That's due in part to the distances and the speed at which critically wounded soldiers now travel.

    "You know, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, we were not flying people who were critically ill at 10,000 feet. We can do that now," Flaherty says.

    That's because of the risk of what's known as "compartment syndrome." High altitude sometimes causes muscles and tissue to swell and decay.

    But over the past three years, doctors at Landstuhl have learned that they often need to perform an immediate fasciotomy, a procedure where an incision is made deep into the skin, to relieve that pressure.

    'My Time is Not Yet'

    Back in the recovery room, Mellinger is emerging from a fog. Lying in his hospital bed, he starts to recall the incident that could have killed him.

    "It was scary, it was very scary. I thought I was gonna get shot again because they were close," Mellinger said.

    He pauses for a moment and remembers what went through his mind.

    "I thought to myself, 'Well, God, if this is my time to go, well, I know I'm going to heaven.' So I felt confident," he said. "But then I thought, 'Lord ... I know my time is not yet.'"

    Mellinger is just 24 years old, his whole life ahead of him. Indeed, he was lucky. He cheated death.

    But he also knows that since the war began, more than half of those who didn't make it out of Iraq were even younger than him.



    Now if you with al Qaeda or Taliban medical treatment is different.

    If you die you are a Martyr.

    If you are wounded you are given some heroin, hash or mary-jane, patched up and delivered to your family.

    If you are hurt bad, then you want to get caught, go to USA Army medical step #1 above.


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    Damascus making a dirty BOMB

    New Paki Company D.
    Recruiting Civilians.

    We would welcome any referrals, ideas feedback.


    DEBKAfile’s military sources report now that the media disclosures Wednesday in the United States confirm the revelation in DNW 320 of Oct. 5 that Damascus was setting up an installation for making “dirty bombs.”

    DNW 321 first reported Washington’s intention to start a dialogue with Damascus on Oct. 12.


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    Newbie Alert

    SISOFTWARE, producer of benchmarking and diagnostics program Sandra for Windows, has had its website hacked by someone calling himself Security^Ghost.

    The page, here, has been hacked to feature a small gif of the mask from corny teen slasher flick Scream and is full of vaguely cryptic, poorly written text - including a tag that says "Islamic Warrior" at the top.

    Two reasons are listed for the hack, which we can only interpret as a poorly conceived attempt at humour. "Security^Ghost" asks, "?? R U Saying Why I Hacking Your Site??" and replies himself with "1. Because I love U So Much : D" and "2. Just Fun : )" before saying "now u will tell police, please speed i am scared :( ".

    Hacked again


    A hack

    "Greetz" are also offered out at the bottom of the hacked site, a hallmark of spoddy hackers with too much time on their hands. Cool hacker guys such as " Weebi," "Sho0tr," "Mr.Max" and "Syntax_err" are all namedropped.


    " A word to the server owner, Peace be upon u and the mercy of god and his prayers -islamic greeting-

    Look brother, you are wondering why i hacked your server, maybe for one of these reasons:

    1. your server is hosting sites containing sexual content.

    2. your server is hosting a shii-website (shiia and sunaa are the branches of islam)

    3. your server is hosting a political site that violates the rights of any country.

    3. or your server is hosting a site that deviates the Quran, or even makes the slightest mistake about islam.

    iam ready to fully destroy your server

    check if your server doesn't have any of the above sites, then i'm wrong and i'm ready to offer you full protection for the server for free."

    from his accent, the hacker appears to be from the gulf countries.

    anyway, that's a good way to get free protection. :)
    posted by : M.A., 17 October 2007

    Some of the feel of the 'old' Electronic Jihad Group:

    Following up.


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    Friday, October 26, 2007

    ISI is doing just FINE, someone tell Biny

    Posted by umar rabies bro View Post Islamic State of Iraq has establish an islamic state in 8 provinces: Baghdad, Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Salahudeen, Ninawa, Babil and Wasit...
    Totally there are 18 provinces [muhafazah] in iraq, ISI are first focusing in the above mentioned provinces firstly and then there will expand their state to other provinces, once the occupiers and americans leave the country...
    ISI operates in the 8 province mainly but they also operate their operation in other provinces like: AL-Muthanna, Al-Qadisiyyah, As-Sulaymaniyyah, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Al-Basrah, An-Najaf, Dahuk...

    In the 8 provinces [Baghdad, Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Salahudeen, Ninawa, Babil and Wasit] where ISI has establish an islamic state there are 49 district...
    The district names are as follows:
    Baghdad; Adhamiya, Salah ad-Din; Al-Daur, Al-Faris, Al-Shirqat, Baiji, Balad, Samarra, Tikrit, Tooz, Diyala; Al-Khalis, Al-Muqdadiya, Baladrooz, Ba'quba, Khanaqin, Kifri, Wasit; Al-Hai, Al-Na'maniya, Al-Suwaira, Badra, Kut, Babil; Al-Mada'in, Al-Mahawil, Al-Musayab, Hashimiya, Hilla, Mahmudiya, Al-Anbar; Abu Ghraib, Al-Ka'im, Al-Rutba, Ana, Falluja, Haditha, Heet, Kadhimiya, Ramadi, Ninawa; Akre, Al-Ba'aj, Al-Hamdaniya, Al-Shikhan, Hatra, Mosul, Shekhan, Sinjar, Telafar, Tilkaif, Kirkuk also known as At-Ta'mim; Al-Hawiga, Daquq, Kirkuk, Makhmur...
    In all these 49 districts ISI has their fighters and leaders, ministers and their shariaah mahkam [office]...
    In most of the district which I have mentioned above, ISI has a good controll and the residence of these districts have they own pass made by ISI... All the womens wear their hijaab and all music/film has been banned... Hardly you are able to hear anyone listening to music and etc...
    Everyone trying their best to go according the shariaah law... In some places their are no mujahideens but the people happily abide the shariaah... And upon seeing the mujahideens of ISI their greet them and aid them...
    People are helping ISI to find the criminal and to establish the shariaah laws... People are leading ISI to the bases and houses of the gangsters.. People are also helping ISI to low the general crimes through out the provinces...
    The place where I live [diyala province], I have met fighters of AAS, IAI, JAM, ABR, 1920 RB and other fighters, these groups fighters are helping ISI physically aswell as materially.... I met an IAI figher few weeks ago and he told me he supports ISI and he says that he wants an Islamic state all over iraq... As I met a fighter of 1920 RB before ramadhan and he told me that he wanted to join ISI.. And now he is fighting the crusaders in Ba'quba under the flag of islamic state...
    As for the videos of al-furqaan, there are going to be some releases in a week or two... As I also give gladtidings to the nation of islaam and jihad that there is going to be an wonderful upcoming release from al-furqaan very soon, beiznillah....SOURCE:

    ISI creating infighting


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    JAWA strikes again.

    U.S. Companies Facilitating Iraqi Insurgents UPDATE: Jawa PWNS Terrorists...AGAIN

    UPDATE: All services to the Rashadeen Army have been discontinued. Websites down. All of them. No webhosts. No third party content hosting. No DNS. Nothing.

    How bad has the al Rashadeen Army completely and utterly owned? To get just how bad these guys have been tooled, you'll have to read this post in super slow motion. Blood and guts flying everywhere. The al Reshedeen Army in a daze as their propaganda empire is completely destroyed around them.

    I imagine it was something like this for the al Rashadeen Army. Only, we're the terrorists and they're the Care Bears. MORE:

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    Marines Want Pain Ray, ASAP

    Hmmm M-16 or Microwave HEAT?

    Marines Want Pain Ray, ASAP

    By Noah Shachtman EmailMarch 05, 2007 12:33:04 PM

    The Pentagon says its millimeter-wave pain ray won't be ready until 2010, despite years and years of tests. Marines in Iraq can't wait that long. They want the weapon -- which uses invisible waves to heat up the top layer of the skin and cause a whole lot of hurt -- ASAP, according to InsideDefense.

    10,000 trial exposures

    I Was a Pain Ray Guinea Pig

    Pain Ray Heading for L.A. Streets?


    DEPLOY ASAP: It sounds/looks ready NOW.


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    Banks Still Doing Business in Tehran

    DEBKAfile Reports: An Iranian organization (Hizballah's Friends) declares every American a “terrorist” after Washington unveils a new package of extra-tough sanctions Thursday

    October 25, 2007, 11:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

    The package was announced jointly by secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and treasury secretary Henry Paulson and include branding Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and the al Qods Brigade sponsor of terrorists. These steps are unprecedented. DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources recall that the Islamic regime announced in advance that approval of these measures would be deemed tantamount to an American declaration of war on Iran and call forth retaliation. Tehran would target US interests in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan or Israel by means of Special Groups, i.e. Iran’s foreign intelligence networks, Hizballah or Hamas.

    DEBKAfile’s sources reveal that these reprisals may be delayed some days because Iran's leadership is in the throes of a profound power struggle between hardliners and pragmatists. However, since the supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is commander-in-chief of Iran’s armed forces, including the IRGC and its al Qods Brigade, Tehran cannot afford to let Washington’s accusations go unanswered.

    The new sanctions package includes US financial penalties for any world firms trading with the Revolutionary Guards. They would apply to more than 1,000 companies in Europe, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Asia. Our Iranian sources note that since IRGC-owned companies control more than 35 percent of Iran’s economic activities, the new sanctions will have a crippling effect on its national economy. This is already hard hit by Washington’s systematic blockage of Iran’s dealings with international banks, which has left Tehran seriously short of cash flow, foreign currency and basic commodities.

    According to DEBKAfile’s sources, Iran very recently sent Indonesia an “emergency appeal” for gasoline and heavy oil, because it has run out of currency to pay for imported refined oil products. Tehran offered to reward Jakarta with a concession for building big new oil refineries, which Iran lacks. ( they are spending their money on nuke tech. )

    Indonesia has not yet replied. Its government must take into account that no serious world oil enterprise would be willing to cooperate in a refinery project in Iran for fear of a backlash from the American boycott.



    Addendum -- Banks Still Doing Business in Tehran.
    After the 3rd round of sanctions.

    Agricultural Bank of Iran (Bank-e Keshavarzi), Teheran;
    ANZ Grindlays Bank, Teheran
    Banca di Roma, Teheran;
    Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Teheran;
    Banco Central Hispanoamericano, Teheran;
    Bank Agricultural, Teheran;
    Bank Center Iran, Teheran;
    Bank Commerce, Teheran;
    Bank e Sanat o Madan, Teheran;
    Bank French Paysbas, Teheran;
    Bank Fuji, Teheran;
    Bank Iran Mashhad, Teheran;
    Bank Markazi Jomhouri Islam, Teheran;
    Bank Maskan, Teheran;
    Bank Mellat, Teheran;
    Bank Melli Iran, Teheran;
    Bank of Industry and Mine (trading facility),Teheran;
    Bank of Tokyo,Teheran;
    Bank Ostan, Teheran;
    Bank Refah Kargaran, Teheran;
    Bank Saderat, Teheran;
    Bank Sepah, Teheran;
    Bank Sumitomo, Teheran;
    Bank Tejarat, Teheran;
    Bank Tokai, Teheran;
    Berliner Bank, Teheran;
    Credit Lyonnaise, Teheran;
    Deutsche-Iranische Handelsbank, Teheran;
    Deutsche Bank, Teheran;
    Dresdner Bank, Teheran;
    Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank, Teheran Export Development Bank of Iran (EDBI), Teheran;
    ING Bank, Teheran;
    Kredietbank, Teheran;
    Lloyds Bank, Teheran;
    Mitsubishi Bank, Teheran;
    Pamok Bank, Teheran;
    Swiss Bank Corporation, Teheran;
    Representative office: Banca Commerciale Italiana, Teheran;
    Commerzbank , Teheran

    OK Thats French, Italian, German, Japanese, Swiss and Great Britan Banks still working there.
    ING is an American Bank isn't it?


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    To the Iranian Gov. leaders: with love.


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    Taliban Sports, Kabul Stadium

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    Al Capone, vs Al Qaeda.

    Seems there are some similarities between Europe's Muslim immigrants / Islamofacisits and America's immigrants and the Italians / Mafia.

    NOTE: I did not call all the Italians mafia or call all the Muslims Islamofacisits.

    The comparison is to the power/force each group can generate.

    The gangs in AMERICAN also could fit into this comparison.

    Thinking of a hierarchy some structure to put these groups into.

    al Qaeda,( non-state sponsored ) attacks governments.

    But the Mafia seldom attacked the government.

    al Qaeda uses small arms, automatic weapons, RPG's, and shaped charges.

    The Mafia ( non-state sponsored ) used explosives, car bombs, small arms, and automatic weapons.

    Gangs ( non-state sponsored ) use small arms, automatic weapons and explosives, car bombs.
    In Chicago the Government felt Law Enforcement needed help to take on the Mafia and Al Capone.

    This may illustrate some road posts to decide when Law Enforcement or the Army is used.

    Some of these Islamofacisists groups are equivalent to criminal gangs, small arms, automatic weapons and explosives.

    The scale tipping happens when you realize the Mafia didn't have a chance to use Nukes.
    And I don't think Al Capone would have used nukes, bad for image.
    But I do think the Al Qaeda would.

    Al Capone, vs Al Qaeda.



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    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    "The darkness: become pitch black" - Biny on Iraq situation

    "The darkness has become pitch black" - Osama bin Laden on Iraq situation

    October 24, 2007 6:19 PM ET
    By Bill Roggio

    Transcript of bin Laden's latest audiotape shows the Iraq situation is viewed as dire. Bin Laden shows a tactical awareness of the decline in IED capabilities, contempt for the Saudi king, fear of the Iraqi military, and calls for Muslims to continue the fight.


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    Problem with AK-47's, on fire

    Problem with AK-47's, on fire.


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    Afghan peoples fed up with Talbi

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Taliban and their extremist allies have been winning territory but losing hearts and minds in Pakistan, where they are meeting fresh resistance and polls show the broader population turning against them.

    The Taliban, al-Qaeda and other militant Islamic groups along the lawless border with Afghanistan have alienated the Pakistani public with harsh tactics even as they have seized more territory, said Latif Afridi, a politician in the unruly Northwest Frontier province.

    "Ordinary people are fed up with Talibanization," Afridi said. "They have killed hundreds of people and have burned down homes."

    Pakistan's government has sent 90,000 troops to drive militants from the tribal zone but has unable to stop the Taliban.

    In remote villages, militants are imposing a strict version of Islam: beheading moderate clerics and pro-government officials; closing girls schools; ordering women indoors; banning computers and TV; torching video stores; and bombing barbershops out of a belief that Muslim men should not be shaven.

    U.S. intelligence agencies, in this year's National Intelligence Estimate report, warned of a "heightened threat environment" partly because the tribal areas have become a haven from which al-Qaeda can plan and train for terror attacks.

    Militants have already spread terror into Pakistan's cities with suicide attacks. The latest came a week ago, when a suicide bombing in Karachi killed more than 130 people and disrupted the homecoming of exiled former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    After the slaughter in Karachi, "more people will come forward and offer information" about the extremists, said Ikram Sehgal, political analyst and editor of Pakistan's Defense Journal. "It was pure carnage. … It will turn the majority against them."

    The fight seems to be shifting:

    •Some local militias have taken up arms against the Taliban's al-Qaeda-linked allies.

    Early this year, tribal leaders backed by the Pakistani government, drove extremists from Uzbekistan from parts of South Waziristan, a border district. A similar campaign against foreign fighters began this week in North Waziristan, said military spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad. Anti-Taliban tribal forces have attacked militants near the Khyber Pass, Afridi said.

    "In the entire tribal area, people hate them," said Sailab Mahsud of the Tribal Union of Journalists.

    •The percentage of Pakistanis supporting suicide bombings has fallen to 9% from 33% in 2002, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, released in July.

    •The percentage of Pakistanis who call extremism a serious problem for the country rose to 74% in August and September from 64% in June. One factor: terror attacks that followed the government's decision to storm a radical Islamabad mosque. The figures come from a poll of 4,009 Pakistanis by the International Republic Institute, democracy-promoting arm of the U.S. Republican Party.



    Second, a fully fledged assault on Waziristan is due within days. "This has now become inevi table," a high-ranking military officer told the NS. "We are taking daily casualties. If we don't take the militants on with our full might, the morale of the army will sink even further." Unlike previous operations, which target ed specific militant bases or tried to block guerrilla movement between Pakistan and Afghanistan, "the aim now is to pacify the entire province".

    Forces would be deployed in all major cities, such as Mir Ali, Angor Ada and Magaroti, with the aim of establishing permanent army bases manned by thousands of military and paramilitary troops. The entire region will come under Pakistani military control, administered under the direct command of the newly appointed vice-chief of the army staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani. (When and if Musharraf removes his uniform, General Kiani will take over as chief of the army staff.) "We estimate the all-out assault will destroy the centralised command structure of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, making their operations sporadic and largely ineffective," says the military officer.


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    NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands - When NATO put out a call for more equipment in southern Afghanistan, it was expecting guns and helicopters - not cameras and video-cataloguing gear.

    But that's what it got from Denmark: an offer of 1 million euros, or about C$1.4 million, to buy video equipment that will ultimately be used to deliver documented Taliban outrages to a television near you - or to the popular video website U-Tube.

    At the end of a two-day informal meeting of defence ministers in the Netherlands, NATO's secretary general reiterated Thursday that the alliance needs to do a better job in public relations both in home countries and Afghanistan.

    "What we can do is improve our public messaging," Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told reporters.

    "Part of that public messaging could be to show to the people - and they can draw their own conclusions - what our opponent, our enemy in Afghanistan, looks like; what they do."

    He accused the Taliban of performing "the most horrendous human rights violations."

    Two weeks ago, de Hoop Scheffer made a pitch to declassify video surveillance footage shot by NATO forces throughout the Afghan conflict. Allied countries have a variety of electronic intelligence-gathering means at their disposal.

    The Danes responded with an initiative to provide equipment to transfer and catalogue existing video taken by the various countries involved in fighting the insurgency war. There will also be cameras so that more video can be shot.

    The alliance, for all its high-tech hardware and gizmos, does not have such a facility right now, said Canadian Col. Brett Boudreau, a spokesman for Gen. Ray Henault, head of NATO's military council.
    Faced with sagging support in countries like Canada and the Netherlands for the Afghan mission, NATO sees the videos as a way of shoring up public opinion

    Lets hope NATO make full use of equiptment.
    Give every trooper a vid phone, upload every thing to NATO.

    Why has NATO CLASSIFIED Talbi ourages?
    NATO apparently possesses a trove of classified, clandestine footage.

    USE IT.


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    Crooked answers.

    Army officer in over his head. Not straight answers. Afraid to speak the truth.
    Like something out of the 1950's, the Army officer, said "yes we have 500 marines ready to go and fight the Calf. fires." The question was did the USA have troops ready to go fight the forest fires?

    Then the officer replied, after additional training and certification they can go.
    Spin till I was dizzy.


    The army command should have forseen the need for firefighters, based on past fires that a fire could get out of control in the future and require federal or Army help.

    NO contingent planning.

    And the Command need more than just 500 trained, make it a new mos, train 5,000+.
    25,0000, Marines and regular Army.

    What other new mos DOES 911 call for?

    They did do an outstanding job of gearing up and setting up emergency communications.

    Arnold surprised me , moved and sheltered a MILLION PEOPLE, ALMOST OVER NIGHT.
    CUDOS, CUDOS. Other cities will be studying this.
    I'd like to see some time lines for evacuation of that million people.

    This will be important in the future. NY needs to study this.
    ( ref: 911 nuke scare & inaction. )

    Over all looks like Calf, should get a B+.


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    Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    Massive wild fires in Lebanon: terrorism...

    Massive wild fires in Lebanon suspected to be terrorism
    Wednesday, 24 October, 2007 @ 8:15 PM

    Eioun al-Samak, Lebanon - Fires raged on Wednesday for the second time this month across hectares (acres) of forest in Lebanon, threatening the natural wealth of a country once known as the Switzerland of the Middle East.

    forest fires lebanon 3.jpgInterior Minister Hassan Sabaa pointed an accusing finger at unidentified assailants charged of starting the fires.

    "The big question is: how did these fires start late at night and in areas that are not linked to the road network," Sabaa told Voice of Lebanon radio.

    He disclosed that in the "Eioun al-Samak region of the Minyeh district residents observed smoke billowing from the nearby mountain, they innocently headed to the source of smoke to extinguish the blaze, but they were shot at."

    fire- deir el qamar -house destroyed 2.jpg"This supports suspicion that these fires are intentional," Sabaa added.

    Earlier this month, more than 2,500 hectares (6,200 acres) of woodland were destroyed in fires that swept through several regions of Lebanon, leaving one woman dead and dozens injured.

    What about Orange County CA?.....

    Nothing conclusive: Investigation continues.


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    Al-Ekhlaas, Sheikh orders "kill them"

    Update: Sept 13, 08
      al-ekhlaas hs been taken down it all its hundreds of urls,
      Seems the Jahiddies don't know where to go.
      So sorry.
      BSU's are picking up a lot of activity ( 1,400% increase ) in chatter and background noise regarding al-ekhlaas.....Gerald

    Special Dispatch Series - No. 1749
    October 25, 2007 No.1749

    Jihad Commander in Afghanistan Sheikh Al-Ustadh Yasser in New Al-Sahab Video: 'The American is an Infidel Fighting the Muslims – Hence, the Muslims Must Fight Him Everywhere'

    On October 21, 2007, the Islamist website Al-Ekhlaas,
    hosted by Layered Technologies, Inc. in Texas, USA, posted a 90-minute video, produced by Al-Sahab, featuring an interview with Afghani jihad commander Sheikh Muhammad Yasser (known as Sheikh Al-Ustadh Yasser). The sheikh was released from an Afghan prison in March 2007 in exchange for an Italian journalist abducted by the Taliban. According to the video, he served as a minister in the three governments that preceded the rise of the Taliban, and later resigned from politics to become a lecturer at the Da'wa and Jihad University in Peshawar. The video further states that he supported the Taliban when it came to power. The following are the main points of the video:

    Sheikh Yasser devoted most of his address to the topic of religious scholars, saying that the Islamic world needs religious scholars who are also jihad fighters, like those of the Taliban. He called on religious scholars to be faithful to the truth and not to fear imprisonment - just as he himself did not fear it, but established a group of religious scholars and preachers who carried out martyrdom operations for the sake of Allah.


    Turning to the topic of the Americans, he called the American an infidel who is fighting the Muslims, and said that it is therefore incumbent on all Muslims to fight him everywhere. He argued that were this not the case, i.e. if the "Crusaders and the Jews" were not regarded as infidels who are fighting the Muslims, it would mean that in today's world there is no infidel who is fighting the Muslims, and that all the Koranic verses that say "Kill them" and "Fight them" were obsolete - and this cannot be. Consequently, he called on religious scholars to issue fatwas that, at the very least, designate the Americans as infidels, in order to clarify that their conflict with the Muslims is religious rather than political.

    On the topic of Iraq, Yasser said: "The attack on Iraq has opened the door for victory and jihad in Iraq, which used to be one of the weaker countries in terms of Islamic and jihadist awakening. [In the past,] no one could have imagined that a group of jihad fighters would rise up and oppose the American imperialism so [mightily]." He added that the establishment of a jihad front in Iraq had solved a problem for the Arab youth: In the past, they had had to travel to Afghanistan in order to embark on jihad, which posed difficulties in terms of distance and language, but today Allah has given them an opportunity to wage jihad close to home. Yasser went on to say that the American presence in Iraq serves the interests of the jihad fighters, since the Americans have fallen into a trap - the longer they stay in Iraq, the heavier the losses they incur in money, human life and morale.

    At the end of the interview, Yasser called on all Muslims to join jihad, because it is "a path to victory and glory." He said: "If a group of Taliban and Al-Qaeda [fighters] has managed to shake up the West and its leaders, [think] what will happen if all of you followed the path of jihad and stood up to the West as one. Would the infidels be in a position to toy with us [then]?" SOURCE:
    Sheikh Al-Ustadh Yasser: munaafiqeen,
    '' Honor, power and glory belong to Allah, to his messenger, and to the believers, but the extremist hypocrites know not. '' For, can a wolf ever guard a flock of sheep? Call the people towards Allah. Jihad against the munaafiqeen (hypocrites).

    Tâghût (Satan). So fight you against the friends of Shaitân (Satan). Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitân (Satan the false Moujahedeen ). ] al-Nissa:76.

    Layered Technologies, Inc. in Texas, USA...

    "NOT responsible for any deaths caused by websites they HOST....." WOULD BE THE SPIN I WOULD PUT ON IT.

    Islamist Websites Change Tactics: The Case of the Al-Ekhlaas Forum

    In July 2007, MEMRI launched a campaign to expose Islamist/jihadist websites, in particular those hosted by servers in the West. [1] The goal of the campaign is to hinder jihadists' efforts to spread their extremist message among increasingly wider audiences, thereby broadening their support base.

    As a result of MEMRI's efforts, many ISPs in the West have removed Islamist websites from their servers, forcing the jihadists to seek new strategies. One such strategy is operating through multiple ISPs, so that the site continues to be available even if one ISP shuts it down.

    An example of this is the Islamist forum Al-Ekhlaas, which has in recent months become one of the most prominent and popular Islamist forums. Al-Ekhlaas posts communiqués and videos by terrorist organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq (affiliated with Al-Qaeda Iraq) and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, as well as materials by religious scholars who support the mujahideen, including fatwas, essays and books. In addition, it serves as a platform where Islamists exchange information and views on operational and ideological issues.

    Al-Ekhlaas is currently hosted by four different servers: three in the U.S. and one in Malaysia. Below is a list of the site's URLs and the ISPs that host it: NOC4Hosts Inc., Tampa, FL, USA
    IP NOC4Hosts Inc., Tampa, FL, USA
    IP NOC4Hosts Inc., Tampa, FL, USA
    IP NOC4Hosts Inc., Tampa, FL, USA
    IP NOC4Hosts Inc., Tampa, FL, USA
    IP SiteGenie, LLC, Rochester, MN, USA,
    IP CrystalTech Web Hosting Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA
    IP TMIDC-MY, Malaysia,
    IP TMIDC-MY, Malaysia,

    REWARD: report terrorist in Secret

    Bin Ladens own words:3.19.08 & video

    Current terrorist web sites.

    al Qaeda #3 dead, killed.Abu Laith al-Libi

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    Daniel Pearl's widow drops lawsuit VS al-Qaida

    Daniel Pearl's widow drops lawsuit against bank, al-Qaida

    NEW YORK: The widow of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl has withdrawn a lawsuit seeking damages against al-Qaida, a dozen reputed terrorists and Pakistan's largest bank.

    In a letter Tuesday to the U.S. judge presiding over the case, lawyers for Mariane Pearl noted that Habib Bank Limited and the other defendants had not answered the lawsuit filed in July, but they otherwise did not explain their reason for dropping the action.

    Messages left with the law firm representing Mariane Pearl were not immediately returned Wednesday.

    The lawsuit had sought unspecified damages against people and organizations that Mariane Pearl alleged were involved in the kidnapping, torture and murder of her husband.

    Pearl, 38, the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau chief, was abducted from Karachi, Pakistan, while researching a story on Islamic militancy after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    His execution and beheading were videotaped by his kidnappers and displayed on the Internet. His remains were found in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Karachi.

    Among the defendants in Mariane Pearl's lawsuit were al-Qaida; the al-Rashid Trust, an outlawed Islamic charity; and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the imprisoned al-Qaida No. 3 leader and mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Several men charged in the Pearl kidnapping and murder case have been convicted in Pakistan, including British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh.

    He was sentenced to death in 2002, and three of his accomplices were given life prison terms. Their appeals are pending.

    Mohammed, caught in Pakistan, is being held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He claimed he personally beheaded Pearl, according to a partial Pentagon transcript of his testimony at a military tribunal.


    When the background on this breaks it will light up the cable networks.


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    Biny admits errors because he is not getting cooperation from other insurgent groups.They have come to recognize al Qaeda for what it is. And aQ is no friend to insurgents, it want s to be MASTER.

    Lets look at Binys requirement for a hidding place.

    Isolated, no action that could lead to accidental discovery.
    No terrorist actions that could draw ops into his area.
    Large covered area so he can go outside without fear of satlite discovery.
    No large al Qaeda or Taliban presence that could draw ops.
    Not cross roads area where a passerby could discover clues about him,
    low traffic location.No reporters, and strangers driven away by custom, so as not to attract attention. And would have no or very few news stories about area.
    Place where Permits for trophy hunting were all bought up by locals, so outsiders won't hunt there. ( Toshi Game Reserve in Chitral for $81,000, showing an increase of $24,000 against the previous year rate of $57,000, informed NWFP Wildlife Department Chief Conservator Dr Mumtaz Malik.... Was it bought by a local? G )

    Ok so USA might be looking for area without known Talibi or al Qaeda presents.
    No waring, or trouble, isolated, few visitors.
    Out of the way untraveled area.

    What agency in the NWFP does this fit, readers please comment.
    It's NOT Waziristan.


    USA is loosing the war for the hearts and minds of Muslims.
    Look at the propaganda effort aQ is putting out for the minds and hearts of the Weatern block.
    All in English.
    Where is the same effort for the Arabic speaking minds of the Middle East?
    USA isn't in this battle on the Internet. Where are the HOT websites for the war effort in Arabic? The USA side of the story in Arabic?

    USA can't win the war for the minds and hearts of Arabic speaking demographic if they are not speaking to them.

    So far it has been the "civilian" sector.

    Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group

    Has been taking up the slack, underfunded, under staffed and over worked and not appreciated.

    USA miltary has the natural HOTNESS, ( but maybe not the knowledge ) and draw to set up a HOT Iraq, Afghan, etc war sites, and draw millions of hits from the Middle East, appeal the the minds to which the hearts are attached to.

    So far USA is a no show and al Qaeda is the default winner.
    And USA doesn't understand why they are loosing the war for hearts and minds?

    Who controls the Internet Paradigm?


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    FLY OVER NORTH Waziristan...Terrorist hideout

    FLY OVER NORTH Waziristan...

    By Bill Roggio

    NWFP/FATA map. Red agencies/ districts controlled by the Taliban; yellow under threat. Click map to view.

    The fall of North and South Waziristan and the rise of the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan was an event telegraphed by al Qaeda and the Taliban. During the winter of 2006, Osama bin Laden announced his strategy to establish bases and pockets of territory along the Afghan-Pakistani border. The Taliban and al Qaeda (virtually indistinguishable in this region at this point in time) had been fighting a long term insurgency against the Pakistani Army after President Musharraf put troops in the region shortly after 9-11.

    But two developments accelerated al Qaeda's plans to conquer the agencies of North and South Waziristan: the airstrike against Ayman al-Zawahiri in Damadola, and the attack on the Danda Saidgai training camp in North Waziristan. In both instances, al Qaeda's senior leadership was targeted, and in Danda Saidgai, Osama bin Laden and his praetorian 'Black Guard,' or personal bodyguard, were the subject of the attack.

    While bin Laden and Zawahiri escaped, senior commanders such as Abu Khabab al-Masri (WMD chief) and Imam Asad (chief trainer of the Black Guard), among others were killed. Al-Qaeda could no longer countenance a Pakistani presence in the region. The time had come to force the Pakistani Army to withdraw and force the government to accept terms of surrender. Al-Qaeda retaliated for the airstrikes by murdering a U.S. official at the Consulate in Karachi.

    South Waziristan fell some time in the spring of 2006 (I suspect sometime in late March). On March 6, I referred to South Waziristan as 'Talibanistan.' Shariah Law was declared in South Waziristan at this time and the Taliban began to rule openly. A single political party was established in South Waziristan, a party loyal to the Taliban. It is said a secret accord was signed between the Pakistani government and the Taliban around this time. All along the fighting in North Waziristan increased over the course of 2006.

    You can listen to Bill's discussion with John Batchelor on Waziristan, Pakistan, which was recorded on October 15.


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    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    Iran has crossed red line

    Olmert sounds alarm: Iran has crossed red line for developing a nuclear weapon. It’s too late for sanctions

    October 22, 2007, 9:37 AM (GMT+02:00)

    This is the message prime minister Ehud Olmert is carrying urgently to French President Nicolas Sarkozy Monday and British premier Gordon Brown Tuesday, according to DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources.

    Last week, Olmert placed the Israeli intelligence warning of an Iranian nuclear breakthrough before Russian president Vladimir Putin, while Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak presented the updated intelligence on the advances Iran has made towards its goal of a nuclear weapon to American officials in Washington, including President Bush.

    Olmert will be telling Sarkozy and Brown that the moment for diplomacy or even tough sanctions has passed. Iran can only be stopped now from going all the way to its goal by direct, military action.

    Information of the Iranian breakthrough prompted the latest spate of hard-hitting US statements. Sunday, Oct. 21, US vice president Cheney said: "Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions.''

    Friday, the incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen said US forces are capable of operations against Iran’s nuclear facilities or other targets. At his first news conference, he said: “I don’t think we’re stretched in that regard.”

    It is worth noting that whereas Olmert’s visits are officially tagged as part of Israel’s campaign for harsher sanctions against Iran, his trips are devoted to preaching to the converted, leaders who advocate tough measures including a military option; he has avoided government heads who need persuading, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Italian prime minister Romano Prodi.

    The Israeli prime minister hurried over to Moscow last Thursday after he was briefed on the hard words exchanged between Putin and Iran’s supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran Tuesday, Oct. 16.

    According to DEBKAfile’s sources, the Russian leader warned the ayatollah that the latest development in Iran’s nuclear program prevented him from protecting Tehran from international penalties any longer; the clerical regime’s options were now reduced, he said, to halting its clandestine nuclear activities or else facing tough sanctions, or even military action.

    The Russian ruler’s private tone of speech was in flat contrast to his public denial of knowledge of Iranian work on a nuclear weapon. It convinced Olmert to include Moscow in his European itinerary.

    Our sources in Iran and Moscow report that Putin’s dressing-down of Khamenei followed by his three-hour conversation with the Israeli prime minister acted as catalysts for Iranian hardliners’s abrupt action in sweeping aside senior nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani Saturday, Oct. 20 and the Revolutionary Guards General Mahmoud Chaharbaghi’s threat to fire 11,000 rockets and mortars at enemy targets the minute after Iran comes under attack.

    Our military sources say Tehran could not manage to shoot off this number of projectiles on its own. Iran would have to co-opt allies and surrogates, Syria, Hizballah, Hamas and pro-Tehran militias in Iraq to the assault.

    DEBKAfile’s US military sources disclosed previously that if, as widely reported, Syria is in the process of building a small reactor capable of producing plutonium on the North Korean model, Iran must certainly have acquired one of these reactors before Syria, and would then be in a more advanced stage of plutonium production at a secret underground location.

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    Binny WHINING, LYING, BEGGING on video

    Binny WHINING:
    Begging forgiveness ( idarat al-tawahhush )

    He talks of those that go on Jahid, rather than set home with the women folk.
    Did he mean the ones who Jihad, day after day, for a live time and don't leave widows and children behind, to shift for themselves?

    The one's who do not throw Allah's greatest gift back in his face, life?
    The ones that do the hard work, jihad day in and day out for a life time?

    Biny denigrates the Jihad of every Moslem.
    He is turning "Jahid" into a dirty word world wide.

    He begged for volunteer suicide bombers, ISLAM denied him.
    He asked for more attacks on USA forces, they are down, again Islam denies him.
    He killed women, children, bombed Mosques and market places, promoted Muslim killing Muslim. Now he is losing the WAR and begs forgiveness.
    Islam is denying him, for good reason, violating Allah's word.


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    Al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden called yesterday for Iraqi insurgents to unite and avoid "extremism", days after US generals declared that al-Qa'ida in Iraq was fatally wounded.

    "I advise myself, Muslims in general and brothers in al-Qa'ida everywhere to avoid extremism among men and groups," he said.

    "Everybody can make a mistake, but the best of them are those who admit their mistakes," he said. "Mistakes have been made during holy wars but mujaheddin have to correct their mistakes."

    Too Little, Too late:

    Killing 3,000 + on 911 , with out proper and legal warning demanded by Allah and the Koran.

    Killing women, children, bombing Mosques amd Market places.

    al Qaeda Muslims killing Muslims.








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    What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, on Permanent record

    From Casinos to Counterterrorism
    Las Vegas Surveillance, U.S. Security Efforts Involve Similar Tactics

    By Ellen Nakashima
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, October 22, 2007; A01

    LAS VEGAS -- This city, famous for being America's playground, has also become its security lab. Like nowhere else in the United States, Las Vegas has embraced the twin trends of data mining and high-tech surveillance, with arguably more cameras per square foot than any airport or sports arena in the country. Even the city's cabs and monorail have cameras. As the U.S. government ramps up its efforts to forestall terrorist attacks, some privacy advocates view the city as a harbinger of things to come.

    In secret rooms in casinos across Las Vegas, surveillance specialists are busy analyzing information about players and employees. Relying on thousands of cameras in nearly every cranny of the casinos, they evaluate suspicious behavior. They ping names against databases that share information with other casinos, sometimes using facial-recognition software to validate a match. And in the marketing suites, casino staffers track players' every wager, every win or loss, the better to target high-rollers for special treatment and low- and middle-rollers for promotions.

    "You could almost look at Vegas as the incubator of a whole host of surveillance technologies," said James X. Dempsey, policy director for the Center for Democracy and Technology. Those technologies, he said, have spread to other commercial venues: malls, stadiums, amusement parks.

    And although that is "problematic," he said, "the spread of the techniques to counterterrorism is doubly worrisome. Finding a terrorist is much harder than finding a card counter, and the consequences of being wrongly labeled a terrorist are much more severe than being excluded from a casino."

    Eyes in the Sky

    The casino industry, like the national security industry, is seeking information to answer a fundamental question: Who are you?

    "It's, are you a good guy or a bad guy? A threat or a non-threat?" explained Derk Boss, the vice president for surveillance for the Stratosphere hotel and casino, whose crew operates under what he calls the IOU system: Identify, Observe and Understand.

    "There are going to be people that just want to come and gamble and enjoy your services," ( LOOSE ) he said. "And there are going to be people that are going to come to take your money. ( WIN ) Our job is to distinguish between those two groups." ( YOU CAN BE BANNED FOR WINNING. )

    In the surveillance room, 50 monitors are linked to 2,000 cameras, from the casino entrance to the tower observation deck. Two employees keep an eye on the monitors. Guests are on camera from the moment they enter -- except in their rooms and in bathrooms. An investigator tracking a suspect could go back and review old tape, assembling a mosaic of a visitor's moves for the past two weeks.

    What happens in Vegas does indeed stay in Vegas -- for a lot longer than most patrons realize.

    On a recent Friday night, the surveillance team at the Stratosphere is watching a casino host they suspect of handing out unwarranted "comps," or vouchers for free rooms and meals to guests. Might he be taking kickbacks?

    Down on the floor, the pit boss is observing players, looking for "tells" -- behavioral signs of cheaters or other undesirables ( WINNERS ). The night before, investigators identified a blackjack player as a card counter. Casinos dislike card counters because they can determine when the cards are to their advantage and raise their bets accordingly. ( WIN ) When the pit boss told the card counter he could bet only the minimum amount, he cashed in his chips and left.

    While casinos have been monitoring suspicious behavior for years, the Department of Homeland Security is just now deploying specially trained officers to look for behavioral clues and facial expressions.

    Casinos have tried to use facial-recognition software to identify known cheats in real time, but with little success. Casino lighting is often dim, and a player who wants to conceal his identity can hide behind a hat, sunglasses or a false beard.

    But in a few years, some say, iris-scan technology will be mature enough to use in gaming. Casinos might ask people to sit for a scan of the iris, which, like a fingerprint, has a unique pattern. That pattern would be transformed into a template to be matched against a database.

    After Sept. 11, 2001, several airports tested facial-recognition software, with little success. But the government is continuing to invest in biometric technologies, and the military already uses iris scans on suspects captured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Following the Links

    On occasion, national security and casino security interests directly intersect. Jeff Jonas discovered that after he developed a computer program for the casino industry that helps detect cheats using aliases. ( OR ANYONE ELSE )

    A 43-year-old technology visionary and high-school dropout, Jonas soon realized that his system could also identify employees colluding with gamblers, say, by discovering that they share a home address. He calls his program NORA -- for Non-Obvious Relationship Awareness. ( CHECK INTO VEGAS AND GET YOUR LIFE HISTORY IN A PERMANENT RECORD )

    Every time a player registers for a loyalty card or a hotel room, Jonas explained from his lab near the Strip, the player's name, address and other data are sent to NORA. Also in the casinos' NORA database is information about employees and vendors.

    NORA can spot links that a casino employee probably would never discover, such as a phone number shared by two different names, Jonas said. It once identified a casino promotions director who picked a winning ticket that belonged to her sister, he said.

    The idea was so powerful that the CIA's private investment arm, In-Q-Tel, poured more than $1 million into NORA to help root out corruption in federal agencies. Then, after the Sept. 11 attacks, it became clear that link analysis could be useful in tracking terrorist networks.

    In 2002, Jonas shared his technology with Pentagon officials, who were researching a more controversial technique called pattern-based data mining. Their aim was to identify terror networks from patterns of behavior, by plowing through vast beds of data such as hotel, flight and rental-car reservations. Jonas, now an IBM chief scientist, said narrowly focused link analysis is less invasive because it starts with a known suspect rather than casting about in the general population.

    At the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, for example, investigators have used link analysis to track money laundering. From one Suspicious Activity Report -- which financial institutions are required to send to the government -- they have identified a money launderer's partners in crime. FinCEN has a decade's worth of data on 170 million report forms. "We find a tremendous amount of connectivity," said Steve Hudak, FinCEN spokesman. "We find suspects linked by addresses, suspects linked by phone numbers. So we definitely know that these people are operating together."

    But privacy advocates warn that the farther it moves from the suspect, the more likely link analysis is to snare innocent people.

    Chips Tracking Chips

    Rolland Steil moves a stack of 34 casino chips across the felt of a baccarat table. On a monitor linked to the table in this desert laboratory, 34 numbers pop up. Each chip is embedded with a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that enables the casino to track how much money is being wagered on this roulette number or that baccarat spot.

    Steil, a product manager for Progressive Gaming International, which developed the chips, expects all casinos to use RFID-enabled chips soon -- to detect counterfeiters, to keep track of chip flow at tables, to know instantly how much a player has bet, won or lost.

    "We're providing so much data to the casinos, they're drooling for it," he said.

    In the outside world, counterterrorism and Homeland Security officials are looking for ways RFID technology can help them, too. RFID chips are in new passports, EZPasses, credit cards and building passes. Soon they might be in clothing.

    All this electronic data is trackable, as are text messages sent from cellphones or instant messages from laptops. Following the trail could uncover a terrorist network.

    Or an innocent group of, say, bird-watchers.

    "We often hear of the surveillance technology du jour, but what we're seeing now in America is a collection of surveillance technologies that work together," said Barry Steinhardt, the American Civil Liberties Union's technology and liberty project director. "It isn't just video surveillance or face recognition or license plate readers or RFID chips. It's that all these technologies are converging to create a surveillance society."

    'We Know Who You Are'

    Under the elegant chandeliers at Caesars Palace, 10,000 people a day willingly give up personal information -- name, address, birthday -- and allow their gambling habits to be tracked so they can win free hotel rooms and show tickets. In nearly a decade, 40 million have signed up for Harrah's Total Rewards loyalty card.

    Harrah's Entertainment, owner of Ceasars Palace and the industry leader in data mining for marketing, can then customize the gambler's experience. A guest celebrating her birthday might insert her card in a slot machine and be surprised by a promotions manager bearing a birthday card and a cookie. ( IN EXCHANGE FOR THE GUEST's PRIVACY )

    "It's really about, how do we convince these people to be more loyal and give them a sense of 'We know who you are,' " said David W. Norton, senior vice president at Harrah's.

    Guests may or may not see that as a good thing.

    In December 2003, faced with a warning that terrorists were about to attack Las Vegas, the FBI asked hotels, rental-car agencies and airlines for customer data. Some balked, but others produced the data, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes when presented with a subpoena.



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