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    Saturday, April 19, 2008

    TERRORISTS poison Iraq's water supply

    Baghdad in 1932Image via Wikipedia
    Remember Zees Internet community meeting to answer questions?
    Where he said they don;t kill civilians?
    READ ON.

    Intercepted al-Qaida letter reveals tactics, strategy
    by John J. Kruzel
    Department of Defense

    WASHINGTON (April 16, 2008) – Use silenced guns to kill coalition forces at Iraqi security checkpoints, smuggle weapons in gradual shipments to reduce the risk of detection, and poison Iraq's water supply with nitric acid to spread disease and death.

    Such tactics were fleshed out in a terrorist letter intended for Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the foreign-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. But the document never reached Masri. Instead, Coalition forces lifted it from the body of a terrorist they killed last month during an operation 30 miles northwest of Baghdad.

    The slain terrorist and author of the 11-page missive was Abu Safyan, from Diyala, Iraq, according to military officials who made available all but two pages deemed "not releasable" on the Multi-National Force - Iraq Web site.

    Providing a glimpse into the proposed inner workings of al-Qaida in Iraq, the author discusses the need to split jihadists into three groups: snipers, assassination experts and martyrs. Each well-trained group should have an emir, or unit commander, at the lead. Through a series of coordinated surprise attacks, groups should work in unison to "bring down the city or the area," he wrote.

    In addition to outlining extremist combat methods, Safyan advocated waging economic and psychological warfare, and his roadmap for success hinged on "continuous conflict" between Iraq's Shiite government, Sunni members of "Awakening Movements" and Kurdish nationalists.

    "This will lessen the pressure against us and the Mujahidin brothers in all of Iraq when the enemies fight among themselves and weaken," according to the handwritten Arabic letter, penned in blue ink on lined paper, that coalition forces captured in a remote farmhouse March 5 along with a suicide vest and computer equipment.

    Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner, Multi- National Force - Iraq spokesman, said the intercepted pages offer insight into the mind of a terrorist and provide further evidence about al-Qaida's overarching strategy and tactics of violence.

    "This document is just one man's articulation, one terrorist's views about instigating conflict and turning Iraqis against each other. But it is also quite consistent with the patterns of violence we see from AQI," Bergner told reporters during a news conference in Baghdad, referring to al-Qaida in Iraq by the acronym AQI.

    To strike at Iraq's economy, the document proposes attacking the fields, wells and pipelines that make up the national oil infrastructure. The author recommends targeting oil tankers and ships, specifically those in Basra, Kirkuk and Baghdad.

    "Attack all the targets that strengthen the enemy economically and militarily," Safyan wrote. "Even the American Army will weaken since it depends on the Iraqi oil and gas wealth. The enemy will gradually drown step by step."

    The letter advises that a chemical offensive can inflict both physical and mental harm. Contaminating Iraqis' water can produce "killing and dangerous illness," and also convince the enemy "that we have a dangerous chemical weapon," Safyan wrote. "But in fact," he continues, "it's a psychological war that places fear in the enemy."

    Page 8 of the document focuses on instigating fights between Coalition forces and Iraqi groups, especially Sunnis who have rejected foreign extremism and terrorism in droves in what has been referred to as "Awakening Groups." Safyan suggested infiltrating the Sunni cadres before planting and detonating mines "in their villages and streets."

    Bergner said the author's call for violence against the Awakening movement typifies the kind of extremism many Iraqis have turned against. The confiscated document also reveals the threat such groups present to terrorists, he added.

    "These writings are further examples of the corrupt ideology that Iraqis are broadly rejecting," he said. "We have seen about 100,000 men choose a different path and join local volunteer groups like the Sons of Iraq instead."

    Later in the briefing, Bergner told reporters that Coalition forces had captured or killed 53 al-Qaida in Iraq leaders since his most recent news conference early this month. The 10 most significant targets, according to Bergner, were:

    Abd-al-Rahman Ibrahim Jasim Thair, the military emir responsible for al-Qaida's operations in Mosul. Thair is the former emir in Beiji, who moved to Mosul because of the city's importance to al-Qaida.

    • Muhammad Fathi Hammad Husayn, an al-Qaida cell leader in Sharqat. Like Thair, he also moved from Beiji, where he was formerly the emir in charge of assassinations.

    • Jasim Najm Khalaf Muhammad, a leader in al-Qaida's network in Khark who was attempting to reconstitute terrorist networks around Baghdad when coalition forces captured him in Tarmiyah.

    • Ali Mustashar Ali, a car bomb network operative in Baghdad. He and his associates moved explosives, vehicles and suicide bombers throughout the Iraqi capital.

    • Hamid Awayd Muhammad, a car- and truck-bomb attack operative in Baghdad. Once the al-Qaida emir responsible for Anbar province, he handled the logistics for vehicle-bomb attacks north of Baghdad at the time of his capture.

    • Ahmad Husayn Ghanim Ali, the security emir for eastern Mosul.

    • Abu Mansur, al-Qaida's deputy emir for Mosul, who acted as a judge in the terror network's illegal courts. The role of Mansur, who died March 8, was to "cloak their corrupt ideology with religious sanction."

    • Tumah Khalaf Mutar Hassan, the leader of al-Qaida's cell in Samarra, who worked closely with the area's emir. Coalition forces captured him in Samarra in early March.

    • Muqdad Ibrahim Abbas Husayn, al-Qaida's military emir for Jalam, located east of Baghdad. He coordinated terror operations with counterparts from Tikrit, Samarra and Mosul, and arranged al-Qaida leadership meetings in the Tigris River valley. Husayn also oversaw kidnappings for ransom that terrorists relied on for operational funding.

    • Mahmud Abd-al-Hamid Isa Aaywi, al-Qaida's military emir for southern Karkh. His operations focused on trying to use car and truck bombs in Rashid, Karrada and Mansour.

    "These terrorists are just one component of the mosaic of security threats that seek to destabilize Iraq and incite a cycle of violence the Iraqi people broadly reject," Bergner said. He noted that recent violence against Iraqi citizens "highlights the need to keep going forward and the need to keep pursuing these terrorists."

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    Friday, April 18, 2008

    Makes you grind your teeth,

    • Mozilla Firefox memory corruption

      - 14 hours ago

      Memory corruption in Javascript garbage collection. Applications: Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird 2.0, SeaMonkey 1.1 (18.04.2008)



    • Iraq Ops Update

      - 3 hours ago

      US soldiers captured a man suspected of leading an Iranian-backed Special Groups cell in Baghdad


    • E-spionage

      - 13 hours ago

      Espionage Trojans : On Monday SANS Internet Storm Center wrote about a targeted attack against CEOs . The e-mail messages were directly sent to senior corporate executives and properly identified them by name. The message ...





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    Every squad to get drones?

    Street sign for Wal*Mart Drive near Gordon, PennsylvaniaImage via WikipediaWent to a party this week end on a farm.
    Great time and there were a group of 20 + yr olds
    that had a remote batt. powered Jet.
    ( 20 min.recharge time )
    The Plane had large intake vents on both sides,
    a large propeller in the middle of the plane, inside and smaller
    exhaust vent, hense the ID of jet.
    It flew for 10 or 15 min, at 40 to 75 feet,
    they could fly higher but didn't.

    They flew it out 500 to 700 feet away over tree lines
    and over fence rows. ( It could fly further )

    This wasn' the fly and crash toys of my
    childhood but hand thrown
    And they flew it for 25 or 30 huge ovals or fig.eights.
    And were able tocontrol it to the extent they could fly
    it 5 feet over my head, no crashes.

    They had this plane for four days.
    And trained themselves on it from written instructions.

    Controls consisted of two buttons, right and left,
    and power, more less, to control height.

    It is a remarkable piece of aviation engineering at $30. ( $40 sorry )

    They did hve some crashes in the begining and repaired it
    with tape, it had been at one time in a dozen Styrofoam pieces
    after a crash, and they just taped it back together and it flew.

    This technology is off the shelf at Wal marts and cost $30

    Now I know the military would be more comfortable
    paying $10,000 each.

    But the technology is there for every combat squad
    In the world to have several drones with lipstick cameras
    to hunt Taliban in wood rows.

    Now it is susceptible to shotgun fire.

    But at $30 a pop and being recyclable.
    Thats a cheap price for tatget acquisition $30.
    It flys low enough to know exactly where the fire
    is coming from.
    These are cheap enough to be used as bait, to draw fire
    and find targets.

    The Plane is about 24 inches wide and 24 inches long.

    A company could have 16 of these flying perimeters and FOP.

    Each squad could carry 3 or more and have eyes in it sky
    anytime they want, any where for squad level force protection.

    I will obtain maker and model # later today.

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    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Ahmadinejad orders Iranian press what to write/

    Iranian Regime Instructs on Press How to Report on Nuclear Issue and Iraq

    On March 5, 2008, the online daily Rooz exposed a secret letter dated February 11, 2008 from Iran's Supreme National Security Council to the editors of Iranian newspapers and news agencies. The letter, signed by the Deputy Minister of Education and Islamic Guidance, was sent in preparation for the publication of the report by International Atomic Energy Agency director Mohamed ElBaradei (on February 22, 2008) and the U.N. Security Council's third sanctions resolution against Iran (on March 3, 2008). It contained instructions for the reporting of various issues - especially on the ElBaradei report, which assessed the extent of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA, on the Iran-U.S. talks regarding Iraq, and on the recent elections in Iran. It also contained guidelines regarding the proper line to take towards the U.N. and the West.

    The instructions stressed the following propaganda messages: Iran must be presented as having scored a victory in the nuclear arena, regardless of the findings of the ElBaradei report; threats must be made against the West, and especially against Europe, against persisting in their anti-Iran policy; Western policy must be presented as motivated by a desire to keep the Islamic world in a state of technological backwardness; Iranian public opinion must be presented as uniformly supportive of the nuclear program; the Islamic world must be presented as unanimously sympathetic to Iran and to its nuclear achievements; the sanctions resolution must be described as illegal, and a contemptuous tone must be taken towards the U.N. institutions and its resolutions. The letter was stamped "secret" (for a photograph of the original letter, as published by Rooz, see the appendix to this report).

    Citing a source in the Iranian President's Office, Rooz also reported that this office received instructions to prepare public festivities to celebrate the favorable findings of the ElBaradei report - this, two weeks before the report was published. The source also stated that, after the publication of report, the President's Office reviewed the headlines of the major Iranian papers, and ranked them according to their compliance with the letter of guidelines to the media. According to the source, the Tehran Chief Prosecutor's office was instructed to take punitive steps against the daily Etemad, which presented an independent analysis characterizing the ElBaradei report as "ambivalent."

    Following the publication of the IAEA report, dissident journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi condemned Ahmadinejad's government for the slanted manner in which it had presented this report to the Iranian public. Zeidabadi wrote that Ahmadinejad's government habitually lies to the people, and distorts reports and quotations in order to gain the public's support for its policies.

    The following are excerpts from the Rooz reports and from Zeidabadi's article.

    The Supreme National Security Council's Secret Letter of Guidelines

    "To: All editors of the national press and local news agencies.

    "Dear sirs,

    "Following are the decisions of the Media Policy Committee of the Supreme National Security Council secretariat regarding [coverage of] the nuclear issue, Iraq, the elections, etc., brought to you for perusal and implementation.

    "A. The Nuclear Issue




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    Taliban Screwing up BIG TIME.

    Pakistan reining in its madrassas
    The Plain Dealer - - Cleveland,OH,USA
    Lahore, Pakistan -- Faced with complaints that some of its madrassas remain terrorist breeding grounds, Pakistan is trying to reform the image of the ...


    Pakistan’s cultural capital loses kite festival to violence ...
    Boston Herald - United States
    By AP LAHORE, Pakistan - A festival that draws thousands to Pakistan’s cultural capital to usher in spring by flying colorful kites has fallen victim to the ...


    The Taliban blowback
    Guardian - UK
    In one of the largest attacks, a massive car bomb gutted a seven-storey police headquarters in Lahore. For days afterwards terrified city residents streamed ...



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    What is an al Qada headache?

    30 choppers in your back yard:
    5 Black Hawk escorts and 25 Chinook.
    Equals a major al Qaeda migraine.



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    Tuesday, April 15, 2008

    Ops and Intel UPDATE

    Exclusive: Amid new Iranian threat, Israel connects to America’s Ballistic Missile Early Warning System

    April 15, 2008, 12:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

    The 12th Space Warning Squadron, Greenland

    The 12th Space Warning Squadron, Greenland

    Israel requested the hook-up to the BMEWS for early warning to defend itself against Iranian missile attack. Tuesday, April 15, Iran’s deputy C-in-C Mohammad Reza Ashtiani threatened to eliminate Israel from “the scene of the universe” if it launches a military attack on the Islamic state.

    Israel could find itself targeted in a US or Israeli strike against Iran, or any war situation involving Israel, Syria or Hizballah. Tehran might also stage a pre-emptive strike if early intelligence was received of an impending US or Israeli attack on Iran, Syria or Hizballah.


    Syrian armored division masses on Israeli-Lebanese borders

    April 14, 2008, 7:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

    DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Damascus has deployed the 10th armored corps at the Massaneh crossing of Mount Hermon. It links up with the northwestern positions the 14th division took up last month on the Syrian-Israeli border which cuts through the Hermon range.

    Syrian troops are now strung along a continuous crescent-shaped line from the central Lebanese mountains through Mt Dov on the western slopes of Mt. Hermon and up to southeastern Lebanon. This deployment, commanding Syria’s Israeli and Lebanese borders, is under the command of the president’s brother, Maher Assad.


    Spy photos reveal 'secret launch site' for Iran's long-range missiles
    BY: Michael Evans, London Times

    The secret site where Iran is suspected of developing long-range ballistic missiles capable of reaching targets in Europe has been uncovered by new satellite photographs.

    The imagery has pinpointed the facility from where the Iranians launched their Kavoshgar 1 "research rocket" on February 4, claiming that it was in connection with their space programme.

    Analysis of the photographs taken by the Digital Globe QuickBird satellite four days after the launch has revealed a number of intriguing features that indicate to experts that it is the same site where Iran is focusing its efforts on developing a ballistic missile with a range of about 6,000km (4,000 miles).

    A previously unknown missile location, the site, about 230km southeast of Tehran, and the link with Iran's long-range programme, was revealed by Jane's Intelligence Review after a study of the imagery by a former Iraq weapons inspector. A close examination of the photographs has indicated that the Iranians are following the same path as North Korea, pursuing a space programme that enables Tehran to acquire expertise in long-range missile technology.


    Tahir Yuldash: US fiasco is nearing. Look us up in Washington

    Ferghana.Ru news agency 15 april 2008

    Life story of Tahir Yuldash, leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan whose elimination in Afghanistan was reported but never confirmed. The US Army offers a bounty ($200,000) for Yuldash's head. Yuldashev first gained prominence in Uzbekistan and abroad in the early 1990s when the Soviet Union was tottering on the brink of disintegration and Central Asian republics were getting their first taste of the values promoted by Western democracies. Uzbekistan was the last of all Soviet republics to initiate preparations for a nationwide election of the president.


    New Intel on Al Qaeda's Western Recruits

    By James Gordon Meek

    On the heels of CIA Director Gen. Mike Hayden's recent "Meet the Press" appearance, in which he disclosed that Al Qaeda is recruiting and training operatives who "look western" in order to penetrate the U.S., another top spook offered a few additional scraps of information about the new threat on Friday.

    "There is attention being given to finding people who can live in the west, have lived in the west, comfortably, and who can appear western, wear western clothing," Charlie Allen, chief of intelligence and analysis at the Homeland Security Department, told reporters. "I'm talking about people who are Caucasian and non-Caucasian."

    Allen, who spent decades as a top CIA official, said there was "a shift in Al Qaeda's strategy" after the late 2005 assassination of Al Qaeda's external operations commander, Abu Hamza Rabia.

    According to recent congressional testimony by Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, it only took Osama Bin Laden's fanatics a mere six months to begin bringing western converts into Pakistan's lawless tribal areas for training. The New York Daily News reported last year that top counterterror officials fear the western-looking operatives can more easily penetrate U.S. security by blending in.

    "I would think that you'd believe that Al Qaeda would look to Europe and to North America for such operatives. That's something to which we're very attentive," Allen said.

    He also echoed recent comments Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff made to The News, that no Al Qaeda operatives are known to have crossed the southern border from Mexico into the U.S. But, he added, "We do know that going back to 2004, the southern border is something Al Qaeda senior leadership has looked at."

    April 14, 2008 03:41 PM Link


    What Does Iran Want From Latin America?

    By Douglas Farah

    Yesterday I spoke at a program sponsored by the Hudson Institute's Latin America center on the growing ties among Iran, Venezuela, and non-state armed actors such as the FARC, and the strategic challenges these alliances pose for the United States.

    The topic that dominated the discussion (the panel consisted of Brian Fonseca of FIU, Julio Cirino of Fundacion Pensar, and was moderated by Hillel Fradkin) was the reasons for Iran's multi-billion dollar investment in a region where it has no historic ties, little economic interest and only a very small base of Shite Muslims to influence.

    I explored some of these economic issues in paper I did last year for the International Assessment and Strategy Center but did not really answer the question asked yesterday, which is fundamental to our understanding of the dynamics in Latin America.

    The enigma is what common ground could there be between a leftist, populist leader like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, whose broad vision is a somewhat ill-defined, unified Latin America as Simon Bolivar dreamt of, to a radically conservative religious leader who theistic vision seems to be a world controlled by Sharia law, like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.

    The answer suggested seemed to be two-fold: a shared hatred of the United States and a desire to make Washington as nervous as possible about as many issues as possible; and a shared view of each other's regimes as revolutionary and fighting broadly for justice or a more just world order.

    What is clear is that Iran sees a reason to do this, in a rather methodical and pre-meditated fashion. Given the financial and political strains in Iran, it must be important because it has continued uninterrupted for the past five years, at least. And if it is important to Iran, then it should be important to the United States. My full blog is here.

    April 9, 2008 01:35 PM Link


    Iraqi WMD Found…In Syria?!

    By David Schenker

    Yesterday, the Jerusalem Post ran a short story about a soon-to-be released US-Israeli report on the September 6, 2007 attack on the alleged North-Korean supplied Syrian nuclear facility. The Post says the (Israeli) attack was related to Saddam’s WMD. This is the text of the relevant part:

    'Report on Sept. 6 strike to show Saddam transferred WMDs to Syria': An upcoming joint US-Israel report on the September 6 IAF strike on a Syrian facility will claim that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein transferred weapons of mass destruction to the country, Channel 2 stated Monday.

    It’s a pretty remarkable story. Given Syria’s support for Saddam in the run-up to the war and the Asad regime’s ongoing efforts to support former regime elements after the fall of Baghdad, it wouldn’t be surprising if some of Iraq’s WMD actually made it to Syria. While many still believe that Saddam transferred his WMD out of Iraq on the eve of the 2003 US invasion, however, to date, no evidence has been found to corroborate the theory.

    April 8, 2008 02:09 PM Link


    tehran times : Iran ready to share nuclear technology with all ...

    TEHRAN -- Iran is prepared to share its valuable experiences in “peaceful nuclear technology with other nations within the framework of the International ...


    Iran Nuke Laptop Data Came from Terror Group Leaked: Mar-13-2008
    Location: Tehran, Tehran, Iran

    POLITICS: Iran Nuke Laptop Data Came from Terror Group By Gareth Porter WASHINGTON,(IPS) - The George W. Bush administration has long pushed the "laptop documents" -- 1,000 pages of tec...


    Unspoken Paradigm.



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    Iran provides targets for US Airforce Pratice

    Iran provides targets for US Airforce Pratice

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    oFF Subject, apolgies

    oFF Subject, apologies.

    For some reason Google servers take 4 min to load my blog from 1:30 am EST on.

    I have no idea what Google is doing, or why but I apologize for the slow response time.
    And I'm running on a T1 line.


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    Boycott Mexico, don't visit.

    Boycott Mexico:
    Don't travel there, don't visit.
    Going to Mexico puts your life at risk.

    Join this boycott: add this number to your blog with your post.
    This way we can see participation. 849537bcn23

    The US Government isn't doing much, imagine 3,000 kidnappings a year.
    Mexico's tourism industry generates almost $1 Billion USD a month.
    A good boycott would hurt them and force the Mexican Government
    to respond to the problem.


    Kidnapping for ransom is an established criminal activity in Mexico. Most incidents go unreported to police. Unofficial estimates of kidnapping levels vary wildly, from 600 to
    3,000 per year countrywide. In most cases, the ransom is paid and victim set free. The usual victim practice is not to notify police authorities, as the popular belief is that the police may be involved in the crime or certainly are unable to resolve the situation.
    Express kidnappings are a common type of abduction and are based on the 24-hour withdrawal limit placed on ATM cards industry-wide. The victim is generally held for 24 to 48 hours and is forced to withdraw funds from a series of ATMs.

    Crime Threats

    The overall crime and safety situation in Mexico varies widely depending upon location. The State Department's Critical Crime Threat Level for Mexico City, however, continues to be well-deserved. Armed robberies, taxicab express kidnappings, car thefts, carjackings, credit card fraud, and various forms of kidnapping continue. The latest statistics from government sources indicate that crime rates in most major categories in Mexico City have leveled off over the past two years. Still, in the categories of murder, rape and robbery, Mexico's Federal District posts 3 to 4 times the incidence of these crimes than major U.S. cities. There is no evidence to indicate that criminals are specifically targeting U.S. citizens. Criminals select victims based on an appearance of vulnerability, prosperity or inattentiveness. Within the embassy community, Mexican employees fall victim to crime far more frequently than do their American employee colleagues, a fact attributable to the differing demographics between upscale expatriate neighborhoods and the rest of the city in general. Ostentatious displays of wealth are magnets for thieves in Mexico City. The wearing of expensive jewelry, watches, and displays of large amounts of cash can draw unwanted attention. Jewelry and expensive watches can be sold easily. Stolen cell phones in Mexico can be resold easily as well. While Mexico City employs strict gun-control laws, thieves and robbers do not comply and are usually armed with knives or handguns.

    Police Response

    Police corruption and police involvement in criminal activity occur in Mexico. Consequently, citizens are often indifferent to police authority. The general perception is that the majority of crime victims do not report crimes against them due to fear of reprisals by the police, the belief that police are corrupt, or the feeling that nothing would come from such reports. Mexico City police are sometimes considered to be underpaid, poorly trained and corrupt. Mexican police enjoy limited respect from the general population. Reporting crime is an archaic, exhausting process in Mexico, and is perceived to be a waste of time except for the most serious of crimes or when a police report is required for insurance purposes.

    Kidnappings, crime, and violence at the border have gotten the attention of US law enforcement, intelligence organizations, and some news media. Kidnapping is becoming a Mexican industry, and is expanding to American victims and into US territory. Incidences of gunfire, including pitched battles, at the border are increasing rapidly, including incursions across to the US side. Mexico is the second deadliest nation for journalists, behind Iraq, and several American journalists have been targeted. Tourists to Mexico are urged to be watchful, and tourism to Mexico is down 50%. Most of the problems are related to powerful drug cartels based in Mexico, which have worldwide affiliations with other crime and terrorist organizations, including street and prison gangs within the US.

    The Mexican drug cartels are thought to have recently resolved power struggles between them, and essentially conglomerated under unified leadership. An effort to use American-trained commandos backfired when the commandos "defected" to the cartels, thus they have access to advanced training in a number of military arts. The Mexican Army is seriously compromised, as is much of their police.
    Since the drug cartels have access to the rich American drug market and the border, and various Islamist terrorists have access to areas producing drugs, the relationship between them is natural.The presence of al Qaeda operatives within the cartel is strongly indicated.The cartels do business with criminal organizations in South America and around the globe, including FARC. The wealth of the cartels allows them to purchase advanced weaponry illegally, and law enforcement in US border states is presently outgunned. They have infiltrated and corrupted the Mexican government to the point of having relative immunity.
    The cartels are also developing alliances with both street and prison gangs in the US, their clients and distributors. Gangland hits have been carried out well into the central US. They are pursuing a program of taking political control of cities and small towns in the US, using the same methods that worked for them in Mexico. It is to be assumed that their program of bribery and infiltration proceeds within US organizations pertinent to their criminal or political activities, as it does in Mexico.

    Probably it will be more difficult to find leads about this problem than Islamic terrorism. Because of how the jihadis must recruit, starting points to investigate are easily found. The Mexican cartels are vertically organized, as opposed to cellular, and while it is very likely they use computers, it is less likely that operational information and communication is on the web. What is on the web is likely to be encrypted or in code, since they need not influence a large audience to recruit and get support.
    It must be assumed that corruption exists on the US side as well as the Mexican side, and thus information we might not question in the context of investigating jihadis could need closer examination in this context.

    Our goals must be limited to be effective. Large issues of culture, governance, morality and politics are outside our scope. We can interface with others, i.e. law enforcement or government on the one hand with sensitive information, and possibly on the other hand with credible political action groups, bloggers and news media with less sensitive information. It would be wise to develop a broader base of knowledge before releasing information which could alert the subjects that their data was compromised. It doesn't appear that we know much about them.
    Taking down 'bosses' has the advantage of possibly initiating wars of succession, but it would be vital that we not lose information sources in the process, until we know more avenues to that information. I think we would need to have a pretty clear idea of chains of command, and who the potential heirs apparent are, before trying to lop off heads.
    Partly because of the real threat to journalists writing on this, few Americans are aware of how ominous this situation really is. Feeding blogs with non-sensitive information about it could simultaneously increase awareness and reduce danger to journalists, plus have some political potential. Allowing these problems a continued low profile won't improve them. Journalists who are knowledgeable could be valuable allies. It would be worth carefully contacting a few to inquire.
    In a couple hours of searching, I found no real leads, where I would have found several jihadi supporters. The news articles and videos did not offer much real intelligence. So the first objective would be to develop leads, and relationships with those who already have them.We could contact people who may already have good leads, such as Richard Valdemar, previously with the LA County Sheriff; Ricardo Ravelo, a Mexican journalist; and others who have specialized in this field.
    A potential direction is investigating pharmaceutical trading, particularly ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, manufactured legally in India, but sold to the cartels for making meth.
    We could try Spanish language music boards or blogs, since music extolling narco-crime has become popular, and Spanish language sites about immigration organizations such as La Raza. There are also some sites for rehabilitating gang members that would be potential sources of information for our purposes, since gang ex-members participate. I think it more likely to find useful information working inward from prison gangs, street gangs, and other potential affiliates than working top-down from the names of cartel 'bosses'. Information about these peripheral groups is more easily available, and security may be weaker.

    Although there is some overlap between our Islamist inquiries and the Mexican problems, in many ways they are very different. The cultures and languages differ, but probably most importantly the motivations are almost opposite, although both groups seek wealth. The Mexican gangs need no religious justification, and their recruitment incentive is wealth, power, and 'rep', which is why they don't need videos on YouTube.
    Thus a specialized team could be more effective than general team members who are mostly focused on Islamic terror. Mexican crime is a direct and growing threat, and likely to snowball, and so is worth dedicating a team to the effort.
    At least it is more likely that we will have Spanish-speaking team members than Arabic, Farsi, or Urdu linguists. If we are fortunate enough to have members who are fluent in Spanish, they could be part of a team specializing in this area. We would need training in some cultural concepts, such as Latino name conventions, which are difficult for most Americans to follow, and make tracking individuals more difficult.
    Those of us not fluent in Spanish could support by working leads and identifying sites where a Spanish-speaker could concentrate and accomplish more - no translation is the equivalent of understanding the vernacular. We could learn more about gangs and organized crime and how to follow money. Perhaps another team member could interface with vetted information inputs and outputs.
    If we were to find sites containing valuable information pertinent to the Mexican criminal organizations, it would probably be more valuable to stay covert than to hack them significantly or take them down.
    Finally, since we don't know enough to establish informed goals, we must frequently reassess where we stand and where we are going, brainstorm potential information sources, and think creatively about new or existing opportunities. Regular online team meetings would probably help motivate and inform.

    SOURCES: (partial list)

    desertsnow Company C analysist.

    We are forming a Mexican/Spanish cyber force.
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    Fly on the wall
    Mar 14 2008, 1:45 AM EDT
    You know some where in the world heavily armed guys with turbans are meeting with Mexican from the Drug cartels also heavily armed also. I wonder what Arabic with a Mexican accent would sound like, or, Spanish with an Arabic accent.

    With the Terrorist / Mexican drug link it makes for a very unusual Border Paradigm in America.
    But the Intel that paradigm generates in and of its self, we are keeping classified.


    Alex Horan, who directs the FBI's violent-crime squad in San Diego.

    "It's not a pleasant experience. Victims have reported beatings, torture and there have been rapes. . . . Handcuffs and hoods over the head are common," he said.

    He described the kidnapping groups as sophisticated operations similar to terrorist cells, each with a boss and clear divisions of labor. Usually, one group is involved in scouting, another carries out the kidnapping, a third holds the victim and a fourth handles the ransom.

    “They know who they're going after. I think they have a list,” Horan said. “These are kidnapping cells. . . . That's what they do. They do kidnappings all year long.”

    While the FBI wouldn't say what the ransom demands are, or how often they're paid, agents said money is driving the increase.

    “This is not about terrorizing people or retaliating. This is about making money, and obviously this is good business for them,” Horan said.

    While driving in Mexico, this person is pulled over by as many as 10 people posing as police.

    They're carrying weapons, wearing vests and using police jargon. Within a minute or two, someone is shoving a hood over the victim's head and dragging him into a vehicle. His car is left on the side of the road.

    "We've had victims held for days to months," Horan said.





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    Monday, April 14, 2008

    More Insurgent FAKED vidoes

    In this video they jerk the camera around to cover the lack of damage or injuries.
    The bombed humvee has just stopped and then continues on, cut not to show movement after explosion.

    This is clip just after shot, note the "fog" white cloud just left of center,
    That is where the bullet proof glass stopped the bullet.

    Here you see the troops head, black just right of center.

    Here he is standing again, head top right of center, dark object.

    here you see the troops helmet small black box to right of boxes, center bottom.
    Troop is still looking around.

    After shot you see troop seeking cover, and note darkest part,
    center bottom troops arm and weapon pointed towards direction of shot.


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    vids expose insurgents impotence, weakness.

    Terrorist propaganda arm violating the basic law of propaganda.
    Attack on a MINESWEEPER in Tikrit city.
    The minesweeper kept going, the explosion scratched the paint only.
    The media "experts" at al Qaeda cut the film AGAIN right after the explosion
    so the viewer can't see the minesweeper drive on,

    This "attack" didn't even get mentioned in the press.

    Insurgent vidoes are loosing all remnants of believability or any authority.
    Note the eletronicly enhanced voice at the start,
    The insurgents are exhibiting doubt about their own manliness with this ploy.

    Evidence of the lack of professionalism and inexperienced 3rd and 4th level cadre
    trying to mount a media campaign without any successes to trumpet,
    they are reduced to trickery in an attempt to boost flagging moral and
    falling recruitment numbers.

    They are exposing their weakness and impotence in these sad sad, ineffective vidoes.


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    Yunis Al-Astal, Hamas MP and cleric on Drugs

    Yunis Al-Astal, Hamas MP and cleric on Drugs

    Hamas MP/Cleric's Friday Sermon: We Will Conquer Rome, the Two Americas, and Eastern Europe

    In a Friday sermon that aired on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV on April 11, 2008, Yunis Al-Astal, Hamas MP and cleric, told worshipers that Rome, "the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital," would soon be conquered by Islam, just as Constantinople was. It then, he said, would become "an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe."

    The following are excerpts from Al-Astal's sermon:

    To view this clip, visit: .

    To view Al-Aqsa's MEMRI TV page, visit: .

    To view Hamas' MEMRI TV page, visit: .

    Yunis Al-Astal: "Allah has chosen you for Himself and for His religion, so that you will serve as the engine pulling this nation to the phase of succession, security, and consolidation of power, and even to conquests thorough da'wa and military conquests of the capitals of the entire world.

    "Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our Prophet Muhammad.

    "Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam. This capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe.

    "I believe that our children, or our grandchildren, will inherit our jihad and our sacrifices, and, Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them.

    "Today, we instill these good tidings in their souls – and by means of the mosques and the Koran books, and the history of our Prophets, his companions, and the great leaders, we prepare them for the mission of saving humanity from the hellfire at whose brink they stand."


    Terrorism: Al-Qaeda linked website launches Italian section -


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    Lock and Load

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    Global Food Crisis

    Council on Foreign Relations:

    TOP OF THE AGENDA: Global Food Crisis

    Food shortages and skyrocketing prices are putting pressure on many of the world’s poorest nations. The Wall Street Journal reports that at spring meetings of policymakers from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, some assigned partial blame to U.S. biofuels policies. The meetings produced “few concrete results” on the way forward. World Bank President Robert Zoellick is calling for a “New Deal on Global Food Policy.” and said the bank plans to double agricultural lending to sub-Saharan Africa. Meanwhile, street riots have broken out across Latin America (Miami Herald), and in Haiti, where the prime minister was ousted from office on Saturday after protests against rising food prices ground the country to a halt (NYT). East Asia is also feeling pinched, with many countries limiting exports—particularly of rice—to meet domestic demand (ISN Security Watch). The Philippines has called for an emergency regional meeting to discuss the region’s food crisis (Bloomberg).

    A recent Podcast examines what the next U.S. president should do about global food prices.



    Council on Foreign Relations MISSED the point, and is blaming the wrong enity.

    They said nothing about OPEC boosting oil prices over $100 a BBL.

    There lies the problem, OPEC will cause another world recession, they did it once before by pushing

    oil prices through the roof.

    So Council on Foreign Relations please place the blame where it belongs, not on Americas response to



    Series 7 & 13


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    Sunday, April 13, 2008

    IA has been saying this for quite a while.

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    al Qeda proxy suicide bombs Iran

    al Qaeda plays Iran for a sucker again.

    Some believe that the group, known as Jundallah, is linked to al-Qaeda. Jundallah, or God's Brigade, has been waging a low-level insurgency in southeastern Iran.
    SOURCE: Washington Post:

    Seems al Qaeda is playing Iran for a sucker both ways, accepting funding, weapons, IED's, medical assistance and then suicide bombing Iran.

    Qods are caught between a rock and a hard place, they can't stop supporting al Qaeda, that might bring al Qaeda's full wrath against Iran and Iran is powerless to stop the bombongs.



    Commander Ali Moayeri, Fars province police chief, said that a display of munitions could have caused Saturday's blast.


    Mohammad Anjavinejad, the preacher who was addressing the crowd at the mosque, reportedly cast doubt on the accident theory, saying that the force of the blast and the presence of an individual who planted a package in the building suggested otherwise.

    "Some parties are trying to show this was an accident to portray the city as safe. But it is their duty to implement security," he told the Alef news website.

    Fars said the force of the blast shook houses more than one kilometre away.

    "There was a huge blast and the whole place lit up. Everyone started shouting and screaming and tried to help each other," Marzian Mohammadnejad, a witness, told Iran's English language Press-TV.


    Toothless Iran, 10.18.09: Suicide bomber kills 2 Iranian Genrals.


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    Suicide strange phenomenon

    False premise: For Suicide phenomenon.
    He is equating suicide bombers with male bonded violence.
    While male bonded violence DOES go back 3 to 7 million years, Suicide killing DOES NOT.
    The premise is false.
    Every suicide bomber has SOME reservations
    Suicide runs contrary to DNA hard wired into us in the
    form of self and species preservation, with a history
    of as much as 3 to 7 million years in our species Family tree.

    He misses the point.
    Suicide does NOT equate to male bonded violence, even though suicide is a form of male bonded
    While male bonded violence explains part of the motivation for Suicide bombing.
    Suicide bombing is not caused by male bonded violence.
    His evidence does not equate.
    He provides NO evidence of any suicide behavior in our ancestors.
    Suicide runs contrary to evolution and nature.


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