Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

Russia: Three arrested in connection with Moscow bomb

February 9, 2011
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Reuters    

"The brother and sister of the alleged suicide bomber who killed 36 people at Russia's busiest airport have been arrested for helping him, along with a third accomplice, Russian media said Wednesday. ... Russia's top Islamist rebel Doku Umarov said earlier this week he ordered the devastating airport attack -- the second on the capital in 10 months. He has pledged to inflict 'blood and tears' on the Russian heartland ahead of 2012 presidential elections." (02/09/11)

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Stop and rethink police powers

January 6, 2011
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Eamonn Butler  

"It seems that senior police officers have told ministers that they need new counter-terrorism powers to stop and search people without having to suspect them of any involvement in crime. Police, including the Met, believe they need these powers to guard against attempted attacks on big events such as the 2012 Olympics. Hmm. As we know from bitter experience, if we give the police these powers, they will be used -- and not necessarily for the purposes for which they were intended." (01/06/11)

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Leading conservatives openly support a terrorist group

January 3, 2011
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Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Imagine if a group of leading American liberals met on foreign soil with -- and expressed vocal support for -- supporters of a terrorist group .... on December 23, a group of leading conservatives -- including Rudy Giuliani and former Bush officials Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge, and Fran Townsend -- did exactly that." (01/03/11)

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Nigeria: Bombs hit political rally

December 29, 2010
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Reuters    

"Two bombs exploded in a southern Nigerian city during a political rally on Wednesday, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks in the country. ... Baylesa state police commissioner Aliyu Musa said no one had been killed but a number of people had been taken to hospital with injuries." (12/29/10)

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Denmark: Five arrests “stop terror attack”

December 29, 2010
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The Sun [UK]    

"Five men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack against a newspaper which printed controversial Prophet Mohammad cartoons. Four of the men were arrested in Denmark and one in Sweden. Danish and Swedish authorities worked together to stop the planned attack on the headquarters of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in the Danish capital Copenhagen." (12/29/10)

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Nigeria: Muslim group claims attacks on two cities

December 28, 2010
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Bloomberg    

"A Muslim group in Nigeria identifying itself as Jama’atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda’Awati Wal Jihad said it carried out Christmas Eve attacks on the cities of Jos and Maiduguri that killed at least 86 people. ... Multiple bomb blasts in Jos, capital of the central state of Plateau, targeted public places, including a Catholic church, killing at least 80 people .... Two churches were also attacked by gunmen on the same day in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, killing six people, said Mohammed Abubakar, the commissioner of police." (12/28/10)

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State Department claims US embassy in London was terror target

December 27, 2010
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ABC News    

"The U.S. State Department [alleges] that the 12 terrorism suspects arrested in the United Kingdom last week had targeted the American Embassy in London. British authorities arrested 12 men Dec. 20 for suspicion of terrorism. Few details of a possible plot emerged until a court hearing in London today for the nine men still in custody. A British police statement released earlier in the day did not provide a list of targets but said the men had conspired to cause 'explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.'" (12/27/10)

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Obama orders stepped-up security theater to annoy holiday travelers

December 23, 2010
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USA Today    

"It was Christmas Day 2009 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria was accused of trying to blow up a Northwest flight to Detroit by detonating an explosive device hidden in his underwear. Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, didn't address the incident publicly for several days. White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan released a fact sheet on holiday security today .... Federal authorities have 'taken steps to ensure past anti-terror failures are not repeated,' Brennan said at the top of today's White House briefing, adding that past 'deficiencies' are being addressed." (12/22/10)

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Italy: Two injured in embassy blasts

December 23, 2010
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Los Angeles Times    

"Two parcel bombs exploded inside the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome on Thursday, wounding two men in attacks that bore similarities to a wave of diplomatic letter bombs in Greece last month. An anarchist organization claimed responsibility for at least one of the blasts, the Italian news agency ANSA reported." (12/23/10)

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The dangerous myth of “homegrown” terrorists

December 22, 2010
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Fox News Forum
by Michael Ledeen  

"If U.S. officials and the media can be believed, America faces an epidemic of 'homegrown' terrorism. Yet from U.S. Army shooter Nidal Hasan to would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad to so-called Christmas tree bomber Mohamed Mohamud, all of these mass murderers or potential mass murderers believed they were working on behalf of a foreign organization. ... Journalists should challenge government officials to prove that terrorists do not think they are acting as members of an international jihadi network." (12/22/10)

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Homeland Security is getting stuck on stupid

December 22, 2010
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  

"Since terrorist activity is rare, many counterterrorism agents are finding 'there is just not enough terrorism-related work to do.' So they're using spy technology to fight ordinary crime -- and have even been caught monitoring Tea Party meetings and antiwar rallies. The British Empire, it was said, developed in 'a fit of absence of mind.' So too with the bureaucratic empire we're building around counterterrorism." (12/21/10)

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Italy: Defective bomb found on Rome subway

December 21, 2010
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New York Times    

"With tensions high on the eve of what is expected to be another round of large demonstrations here, the Rome police found a rudimentary, defective bomb under a seat in the subway on Tuesday, officials said. The authorities isolated a subway stop, but did not shut down the system, and the mayor said the bomb would not have been able to explode." (12/21/10)

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Iran hangs 11 Sunni rebels, urges Pakistan to act

December 20, 2010
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Reuters    

"Iran has hanged 11 people linked to a Sunni rebel group that killed 39 people in a mosque bombing, the Justice Ministry said on Monday. ... President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, urging Pakistan to arrest 'identified terrorists' and hand them over to Iran, state television reported. The Justice Ministry said those executed were all supporters of Jundollah, which claimed a double suicide bombing of Shi'ite worshippers in the southeast on December 15." (12/20/10)

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Latest terror threat: Poison food?

December 20, 2010
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CBS News    

"CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports the latest terror attack to America involves the possible use of poisons -- simultaneous attacks targeting hotels and restaurants at many locations over a single weekend. A key Intelligence source has confirmed the threat as 'credible.' ... The plot uncovered earlier this year is said to involve the use of two poisons -- ricin and cyanide -- slipped into salad bars and buffets." [editor's note : Not sure about you but I'm not buying this yet -  SAT] (12/20/10)

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The WikiLeaks Bollywood anti-terror conspiracy

December 20, 2010
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Mother Jones
by Emily Loftis  

"Kurbaan starts just like any other Bollywood flick: An unknown woman is irritated by an unknown man who'll eventually win her heart. In this case, the man tricks her and takes the cab for which she was waiting in line. But this film is not your typical Mumbai-based song-and-dance production: It's a heavy-handed action film ... and a cautionary tale for terrorists! And according to a WikiLeaked State Department cable, it may be the product of a conspiracy between American diplomats and Bollywood bigwigs to propagate an 'anti-extremist genre' in Indian films." (12/18/10)

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We can’t always be lucky

December 20, 2010
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Charles Pena  

"There are just too many potential targets and too many different ways they can be attacked to successfully defend every target against every attack. Trying to do so would be a recipe for endless spending on more — and more intrusive and expensive, given our penchant to view technology as a silver bullet — security. ... Moreover, much of that spending would be wasted because the very nature of terrorism is to find a weakness and exploit it." (12/20/10)

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UK: Major bomb plot disrupted, say police

December 20, 2010
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ABC News    

"British police arrested 12 men early Monday morning who were allegedly in the final stages of a major bomb plot. The plot was allegedly directed at targets inside the U.K. The men were arrested after weeks of surveillance by law enforcement and MI5 in raids in London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent. The men are between 17 and 28 years old and are mostly British citizens from Bangladeshi backgrounds. " (12/20/10)

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King plans hearings on “radical Islam”

December 19, 2010
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Wall Street Journal    

"The incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday that he will hold hearings on the 'radicalization of the American Muslim community.' In an op-ed piece in Newsday, Rep. Peter King said such hearings are critical because al-Qaida 'is recruiting Muslims living legally in the United States -- homegrown terrorists who have managed to stay under the anti-terror radar screen.'" [editor's note: This is the same idiot pol who, after years of open support for the Provisional IRA, called for classifying Wikileaks as a "terrorist organization" - TLK] (12/19/10)

 

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Airports urged to overhaul security system

December 19, 2010
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Washington Post    

"Nine years after the Sept. 11 attacks and decades after hijackers first began to target passenger airliners, the United States has invested billions of dollars in an airport system that makes technology the last line of defense to intercept terrorists. It has yet to catch one. In every known recent attempt, terrorists have used a different tactic to evade the latest technology at airport checkpoints, only to be thwarted by information unearthed through intelligence work -- or alert passengers in flight." [editor's note: And so "don't-call-it-profiling" takes over from the porno cams and physical molestation? I'll believe it when I see it! - SAT] (12/18/10)

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