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The Latest from al Qaeda Terrorist Osama bin Laden: A Summary Analysis

A Eulogy to a dead terrorist and a warning that “Jihad” will continue and expand

30 June 2006: Late yesterday, Al Jazeera Network released the latest message from terrorist leader Osama bin Laden who eulogizes the much-dead al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s operations in Iraq (deceased compliments of a precision U.S. bombing strike on his hide-out north of Baghdad on 7 June 2006). Described by bin Laden as the “Lion of Jihad,” bin Laden speaks to U.S. President George Bush, who he bills as the “Pharaoh of the Ages,” about the status and intent of the al Qaeda organization. The video message, produced by al-Qaeda’s propaganda wing As Sabah, has a 19 minute 32 second run time and plays the voice of bin Laden over split video screen containing a still image of bin Laden alongside video clips of al Zarqawi. Osama bin Laden warns that al-Qaeda will continue to fight the US and its allies across the world. Addressing US president George W Bush, bin Laden called on US forces to return the body of Jordanian-born Zarqawi to his family and demanded that Jordan’s King Abdullah should allow the militant’s funeral to take place in his home town: “I say to Bush, you should deliver the body [of Abu Musab al Zarqawi] to his family, and also warned:

Do not be too happy because the banner of al Qaeda in Iraq did not fall, but has passed from one lion of Islam to another. We will continue, God willing, to fight you and your allies everywhere in Iraq and Afghanistan and Somalia and Sudan until we exhaust your money and kill your men, and you return your country to defeat as we defeated you before in Somalia.

Earlier this month a video message purporting to be from al-Qaida’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri was broadcast, in which he vowed that Zarqawi’s death would be avenged.. Combined with this latest message from bin Laden and considering that both Ayman al Zawahiri and bin Laden chose to eulogize Zarqawi in public broadcasts serves to underscore the importance of al Zarqawi’s role within the Al Qaeda organization, who has achieved “superhero status” among many Islamic jihad recruits.

Considering the attrition of top-ranking al Qaeda leaders not eulogized in this manner, the latest message indicates the significant role of Zarqawi’s al Qaeda operations in Iraq, his role in the implementation and operation of al Qaeda terrorist training camps on Iraqi soil, and the pre-existing relationship between bin Laden and Zarqawi prior to the 9/11 attacks inside the U.S.

Osama bin laden pointedly defended Zarqawi’s murder of Iraqis who cooperated with US-led forces against Muslims. He stated: “Abu Musab had clear instructions to focus his fight on the occupiers, particularly the Americans and to leave aside anyone who remains neutral. But for those who refused neutrality and fought on the side of the ‘crusaders’ against the Muslims, then he should kill them whoever they are, regardless of their sect or tribe. For supporting infidels against Muslims is a major sin,” added bin Laden.

If the voice is authenticated by US intelligence officials as being that of bin Laden, it would be the fourth audio message released by bin Laden this year.

RELATED: Many have wondered how such al Qaeda messages are recorded, and how they manage to make their way from the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan (or Iran) to the offices of al Jazeera. A report from the Associated Press chronicles the exploits of one cameraman who has reportedly taken part in this process. You can read about his exploits AT THIS EXTERNAL LINK.

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Possible Bomb Incident in Wilmington, Delaware

30 June 2006: It occurred at about 11:15 yesterday morning across the street from the Delaware Children’s Theater in Wilmington: a suspicious box was found when a postal worker opened the back of a blue U.S. Postal Service mailbox in the 1000 block of Delaware Avenue to remove the mail for processing. What the postal worker found was a package that had a note written on its outside, warning the finder of the box to call the bomb squad. State and Wilmington police bomb squads were called and immediately cordoned off the area. Bomb squad technicians used an explosive charge to disable the package. According to police, the package “was disabled” shortly before 3:00 p.m., however authorities have yet to detail the contents of the package or acknowledge that the package contained explosives. Investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network are following up on this matter.

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No Charges to be made against Saudi Men Who Boarded Tampa School Bus

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
E-Mail: director@homelandsecurityus.com

INSTEAD - “They have to write an essay in English documenting their experience,” said state attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Bondi, adding that it would “aid other students from other cultures” by showing them “what is allowable and acceptable in our country.”

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30 June 2006: Last month, the two men pictured above, both from Saudi Arabia and living in Tampa, were arrested after they boarded a school bus filled with high school students being transported to Wharton High School. Mana Saleh Almanajam, 23, and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran, 20 were charged with trespassing on school grounds as unlawful riders on a school bus. When questioned by authorities, the two men lied and “acted cagey,” according to law enforcement officials.

This week, officials at the Florida’s state attorney’s office said neither man would be prosecuted if they complete a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders. They were released after detectives “determined they meant no harm,” and immigration agents found that they were here legally. “We’ve said all along this was a mistake and a misunderstanding,” said Ahmed Bedier, director of the Central Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). “They are very naive as to how the system works here. They didn’t mean any harm.”

Incredibly, while Bedier didn’t object to the essay assignment, he still seemed upset by the initial treatment of Almanajam and Alsidran - namely, the days they spent in jail without bail and the assumption that they were considering a terrorist attack. “People were jumping to conclusions,” Bedier said. “This incident exposed the bias and the climate that exist for Muslims living in this country.”

It is important to note that further research by the Northeast Intelligence Network found that both men came to the US in January to study English at the University of South Florida ”as part of a Saudi-government sponsored program to boost post-September 11 Saudi enrolments in US schools and ease hostility.”

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The Politics of Iraqi WMD: What We’ve Not Been Told

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Senior Analyst, Military Affairs
sosborne@homelandsecurityus.com

26 June 2006: According to a portion of a report that has recently been declassified, U.S. forces have located 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003. At a news conference last week, Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum stated: “We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons.” The senator read from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, stating that “since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”

On Monday, June 26, 2006, retired AFOSI agent Dave Gaubatz was on the FoxNews Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” which aired at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. He discussed his findings about the presence of WMDs in Iraq with Mr. Cavuto.

[b][url=http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/iraqwmduncl.pdf]DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS: (PDF FILE)[/url][/b]

UPDATE: 9 pm EDT 24 June 2006: An unexpected source of corroboration has been located. This source can be found at THIS LINK. [b]Excerpt:[/b] An extremely plugged-in reader with sources on the Hill writes:

It is only partially true to say that the wmd counted in the [NGIC] report are old– There are NEW “things” which have NOT been uncovered before, and which MAY all be from that period, but some of it is in pristine condition. End of excerpt.

I have also been informed by Dave Gaubatz that some of the Iraqi sources who led him to the WMD storage sites have been assassinated since he left the country in 2003.

23 June 2006: Depending entirely upon one’s political point of view, one might be tempted to think that the issue of Iraqi WMD has been settled by the release of the unclassified portions of the April 2006 National Ground Intelligence Center report this past week. The declassification of certain portions of the NGIC report came, as has been reported by the Northeast Intelligence Network, as a result of the June 19 direct request of Congressman Peter Hoekstra to the Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte. Ambassador Negroponte then had the classified document reviewed and cherry-picked of data deemed releasable to the American public. Two days later the de-classified document was sent to Congressman Hoekstra and several other members of Congress. One day later the document was released to the public. Republican’s immediately claimed this de-classified report vindicated the pre-war intelligence from the Bush Administration of existing Iraqi WMD. Democrat’s immediately pooh-poohed the report as nothing of the sort by claiming the 500 recovered WMD weapons were far too old and degraded to be dangerous and were of pre-1991 manufacture.

Exclusive to the Northeast Intelligence Network these issues can be resolved and laid to rest, vindicating the Bush Administration and yet admonishing the Administration, the US intelligence community and the US military that the job of securing Iraqi WMD is not yet mission complete. Not by a long shot.

The Northeast Intelligence Network has learned from an anonymous source that what lies at the core of this issue is the fact that the United States military has found stocks of Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq which are in good condition. Quite to the contrary of the Democrat claims in dismissing the NGIC release, old bio-chemical weapons of mass destruction remain very lethal to human beings as well as comprising the banned weapons the regime of Saddam Hussein was supposed to have destroyed per the ceasefire agreement that ended the Gulf War of 1991. Furthermore the unreported Iraqi stocks found in good condition pose an even greater danger to civilians and Coalition troops engaged in insurgent warfare in Iraq and around the world. Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched, in part, to rid the world of Iraqi WMD. Now we’ve proven these banned weapons still do exist in Iraq, and the un-plugged holes in the Duelfer report are far more lethal than anyone outside of compartmented intelligence rooms realizes.

This is the primary reason the Northeast Intelligence Network must insist that the Bush Administration, the many Congressmen, the Department of Defense and the US Intelligence community who are well aware of this urgent issue take immediate measures upon the actionable intelligence we have reported coming from retired AFOSI agent Dave Gaubatz. Mr. Gaubatz met with US government agents from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Wednesday, 14 June 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The highly professional agents assured Gaubatz the issue was being looked into. Additionally we also know that prominent Republican Congressmen have known of the four additional WMD sites due to direct briefings given by Dave Gaubatz. They also knew that this issue was going to receive mass media attention with impending reports by media giants such as the New York Times. Therein rests the rationale for the hasty and partial declassification of the NGIC report and its subsequent release exactly one week to the day later since Dave Gaubatz met with federal agents of the DIA and CIA. The American people were thus thrown a virtually meatless bone with the release of the declassified report and Dave Gaubatz’ self-imposed mission to have the four WMD sites his AFOSI team discovered in Iraq was subjected to a politically-based preemption.

There are viable and in good condition biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction still in Iraq TODAY. There are four additional sites, and perhaps many more, which HAVE NOT been secured, searched and exploited for their potential WMD contents since 2003. This is 2006 and everyone in the government and many in the media are aware of the race against time to secure such weapons from getting into terrorist hands. That threat is an unthinkable, unmentionable horror to all civilized people around the world. It is the duty of the US government to get the job done immediately without another moment’s hesitation or politically expedient delay. We demand such action NOW.

Addendum of FACTS regarding the Iraqi chemical weapon known as “Mustard Gas”:

* The weaponized blister agent produced by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and known commonly as ‘Mustard Gas’ (HD) has been found in international lab testing to be not less than 80% pure. This FACT renders Iraqi-produced Mustard Agent to be capable of long periods of storage in bulk or weaponized forms.

* In corroboration of the above, in tests conducted by both UNSCOM and UNMOVIC the Iraqi Mustard agent was found to be in good and deployable condition years after its original production.[/b]

*Iraq had received assistance from many German companies dating back to the 1980’s up to as recently as 1990.[/b] Germany was the originator of the worlds most lethal versions of chemical weapons. The German version of mustard agent had the chemical compound symbol C1Ch2-Ch2-S-Ch2-Ch2CI. Most of Iraq’s blister and nerve agents (ie: Sarin, Tabun, Toxic-B) are derived directly from the German chemical weapons technologies.

According to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Chemicaland Biological Weapons Threats to America: Are We Prepared? testimony of Dr. Christine M. Gosden of April 22, 1998:

“Persistence in environment and other features. Mustard gas has low volatility and thus may be very persistent on earth and solid surfaces and in contribution to water table. Mustard gas can persist for many years unless hydrolysed in alkaline soils, or if the soil is treated with bleach. May persist in acid soils, and thus potentially in the water table for many years. It is thus important to identify those conditions after a mustard gas attack when this is the case and treat the affected areas with bleach or alkali. Hydrolysis is PH and temperature dependent.”

There is evidence that Islamic terrorists in Iraq have long since procured and are in possession of an undermined amount of Iraqi-produced WMD. Almost exactly two years ago, in June 2004, a terrorist chemical warfare attack within the so-called ‘Green Zone” of Baghdad occured. Mustard was the suspected agent. Confirmation of this attack has not been made for political reasons.

References:

http://www.un.org/Depts/unmovic/documents/6mar.pdf

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1998_hr/s980422-cg.htm

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/iraq/cw/program.htm

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/iraq/cw/az120103.html

http://www.cfr.org/publication/9551/

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39158

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Buffalo, NY Businessman & Leader of Yemeni Community Enters Guilty Plea

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
director@homelandsecurityus.com

Funneled an average of $270,000 per week to Yemen (2001-2002)

Taken by Douglas J. Hagmann (c) 2006 Northeast Intelligence Network

Taken by Douglas J. Hagmann (c) 2006 Northeast Intelligence Network

26 June 2006 (Full Article): Mohamed T. ALBANNA, 167 Lehigh Street, Lackawanna, NY. a prominent member of Lackawanna’s Yemeni community and vocal proponent of the innocence of the “Lackawanna-Six,” along with two of his relatives admitted in U.S. District Court last Friday that they ran an unlicensed money-transfer business.Mohamed Albanna is the owner of Queen City Cigarettes and Candy, (pictured above) a cigarette and candy wholesale operation located at 1282 Clinton Street, Buffalo, NY. He is also the uncle of “Lackawanna six” member Shafal MOSED, one of six Lackawanna residents who is serving a federal prison sentence for providing material support for terrorist organizations.

Albanna, his younger brother Ali, and his cousin Ali TAHER ELBANEH were scheduled to stand trial next month on charges of operating a money transferring business without the proper license. A forth defendant, Abdul KUSHASHA is currently in Yemen. While the charges may sound trivial and prosecutors are quick to note that ALBANNA and his co-defendants were not charged with any involvement in terrorism, more in-depth investigation suggests a larger and more convoluted aspect to these allegations.

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At the heart of the issue has been the allegation by federal investigators that ALABNNA and the co-defendants operated an unlicensed and therefore illegal money transfer business. Investigators stated that through this money transfer business, the defendants sent at least $3.5 million to individuals in Yemen from the greater Buffalo, NY area between (approximately) November 1, 2001 through December 17, 2002 – a period of about 13 months.

Investigators, however, found financial documentation that more than $6.7 million was actually transferred by the defendants’ money transfer business to Yemen between 1999 and 2002 – a three year period. According to the government’s figures, the amount of money that would have been transferred at that rate would be at least $35,000.00 per business day - every business day - for four consecutive years.

According to Albanna, the money transfer business was meant to help Yemeni-Americans in the Buffalo area who lacked access to banks to send cash to family members in their homeland. He has publicly stated that he is confident none of the money went toward the funding of terrorist activities.

An inspection of court documents, however, found that one recipient of funds funneled through Albanna’s business was Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad, a Yemeni cleric formerly of New York City, Al Moyad was sentenced last year to serve 75 years in prison for conspiring to support al-Qaeda and HAMAS. Court documents identify the sender of those funds as the former Imam of the Lackawanna Mosque, Abdulwahab Ziad. Ziad was the Imam at the mosque in September 2002, when six members of the Lackawanna community were arrested for providing material support to terrorism.

A review of court documents also determined that a member of the Lackawanna-6 “terrorist cell,” Yaya Goba, was scheduled to testify for the prosecution, stating that he used Albanna’s money transfer business to send money to Kamal Derwish, an al-Qaeda terrorist killed by a CIA missile strike in 2002 in Yemen. Derwish spent time in the Lackawanna, NY area recruiting area Muslims to attend terrorist training camps in Afghanistan prior to the attacks on September 11, 2001.

In an interesting maneuver that would have pitted brother against brother, it was discovered that Ali TAHER ELBANEH was been prepared to testify against his brother Mohamed Albanna, as well as against Ali Albanna, his own son, if the plea negotiations broke down and the case went to trial.

Defendants

Mohamed ALBANNA
167 Lehigh Street
Lackawanna, NY

Ali ALABNNA (a/k/a Ali SALEH ALBANNA, a/k/a SALEH)
58 Ingrahm Avenue (Lower)
Lackawanna, NY

Ali TAHER ELBANEH
58 Wilkesbarre Street
Lackawanna, NY

Abdul KUSHASHA (a/k/a Abdulwali KUSHASHA)
Sanaa, Yemen

Mohammed Albanna and Queen City Cigarettes & Candy:
Defendants in Civil Action Filed by Familes of 9/11 Victims

An issue that has yet to be addressed is the status of Mohamed Albanna and his business, Queen City Cigarettes and Candy being named as additional defendants in a ONE-TRILLION DOLLAR civil suit filed by the families of victims of the September 11th attacks. On February 21, 2003, Mohamed Albanna and his business were enjoined as defendant numbers 191 and 192 in a 15 count, 400-plus page complaint.

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al-Zawahiri’s Latest Video; English Subtitles - His message in his own words

26 June 2006: On 23 June 2006, the al Jazeera network broadcast an Arabic language video of Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second-in-command. This weekend, a video containing English subtitles was released by As-Sahab Productions; the Northeast Intelligence Network was provided a copy of the video courtesy of “Archangel.” An analysis of the video was conducted and key points of the video were identified. Although al Zawahiri began his video message by eulogizing the deceased Islamic terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi, it is important to point out that the tribute itself to al Zarqawi was minimal. The actual message of the video appeared to be directed at the American people as well as any nation cooperating with the U.S. (Continued)The following images were copied from the video and provide relevant highlights of the video message:

Interestingly, this portion of the video suggests that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still alive and didn’t die from kidney failure as some have claimed. Al Zawahiri is essentially saying that any members of the al Qaeda leadership who have died – have died in battle as martyrs. Obviously, the veracity of his claims is contingent on the amount of credibility assigned to him and his statements.

Ayman al Zawahiri takes a jab at President Bush and reiterates that the global war of Islam versus the West will never go away - even if we killed all the top leaders of al Qaeda. Analysts agree that the Islamic war is a worldwide movement that is not simply confined to a group of terrorists. As leaders die, are captured or are killed in battle, there will be numerous others to fill the positions of leadership.

In this portion of the video, al Zawahiri state that true Islam being “perverted” by countries that are cooperating with the United States and names Turkey in particular. It is important to point out that Ayman al Zawahiri has reaffirmed that Muslims who fail to adhere to the most orthodox tenants of Islam are apostates.

Following the warning to Turkey, al Zawahiri includes Egypt and the countries in the Arabian Peninsula who continue to cooperate with the U.S.

Continuing, al Zawahiri warns any nation that cooperates with the United States is equal to the U.S. as an enemy of true Islam.

In this video, Ayman al Zawahiri appears to be less animated than in previous videos and is actually observed smiling at times. He is wearing his traditional white robes and a black turban; his trademark rifle is at his side. In this video, however, the recording appears to have been made from an interior location – perhaps a house – as opposed to the traditionally plain backdrops that lack any geometrical definition.

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Terrorists are using our Immigration System – with help from the inside

“The integrity of the United States immigration system has been corrupted and the system is incapable of ensuring the security of our homeland.”

Nearly 20% of the complaints against agents of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services allege criminal activities. “Alleged crimes include bribery, harboring illegal aliens, money laundering, structuring, sale of documents, marriage fraud, extortion, undue foreign influence, and making false statements, among other things. Also included among these complaints are national security cases; for example, allegations of USCIS employees providing material support to known terrorists or being influenced by foreign intelligence services.”

–Michael J. Maxwell, (former) Director, USCIS Office of Security and Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
director@homelandsecurityus.com

29 June 2006: Michael J. Maxwell is a true American patriot with an impressive resume who cares deeply about the security and future of our country. Until last February, he was Director of the Office of Security and Investigations (OSI) at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is the part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that processes all applications for immigration status and documents filed by aliens who are already present in the United States, or the filings by U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and employers who seek to bring an alien to the U.S., either permanently or temporarily.

The Office of Security and Investigations is a “department” within USCIS, and was created to “regain the public trust in the immigration service” by identifying, reporting, and resolving any security vulnerabilities that would permit the successful manipulation of the immigration system by either external or internal agents. To be sure, OSI has other duties, but insuring that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services – a vital part of the Department of Homeland Security, is operating properly is of primary importance. Mr. Maxwell headed the operation that identifies and reports on the internal problems at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. He took his job seriously, discharged his duties passionately, and as a result, is paying a heavy price.

Yesterday, I interviewed Mr. Maxwell about the testimony he provided to the United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation, Committee on Internal Relations on April 6, 2006. The information he provided during this interview was absolutely riveting – and frightening. Terrorists are using our own immigration system to enter and imbed themselves inside the United States, and in some cases, they are receiving help from the inside. When Mr. Maxwell informed senior government officials about the national security vulnerabilities he found that jeopardize the security of the U.S. and consequently, places the lives of every American citizen at risk, they chose to ignore them. Not only did these high-ranking officials ignore the problems he identified, they actually ordered Mr. Maxwell ignore them as well, even though it was his very job was to address them. When he refused these orders out of a sense of duty to his country, he was subjected to retaliation and suddenly became a modern day “Serpico” within the Department of Homeland Security. The retaliation was so significant, Mr. Maxwell found it impossible to carry out his duties as the director of the Office of Security and Investigations.After leaving his position, Mr. Maxwell provided documentation and evidence of the wrongdoing he found within the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to the FBI in a series of meetings encompassing upwards of 30 hours. According to Mr. Maxwell, the FBI was overwhelmed at the magnitude and severity of the issues he brought forward.

Stated Mr. Maxwell:

“The same senior leaders who absolutely refused to allow OSI to obtain the necessary resources to fulfill its mission also refused, time and time again, to act when confronted with major national security vulnerabilities my team and I identified in the immigration process.”

“Each of the security breaches described below was brought immediately to the attention of top-level officials at USCIS. These breaches compromise virtually every part of the immigration system, leaving vulnerabilities that have been and likely are being exploited by enemies of the United States. Despite the fact that each identified threat has significant national security implications, USCIS leadership consistently failed—or refused—to correct them. Instead, top officials chose to cover them up, to dismiss them, and/or to target the employees who identified them, even when the solution was both obvious and feasible.”

“As the office responsible for internal affairs, OSI received 2,771 complaints about employees between August 2004 and October 2005. Over 1800 of these were originally declined for investigation by the DHS Office of the Inspector General and referred to OSI. Most of the remaining complaints were delivered to OSI by the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility once they gave up jurisdiction over USCIS complaints. The majority of all complaints received by OSI are service complaints (e.g., an alien complaining that he did not receive his immigration status in a timely way) or administrative issues (e.g., allegations of nepotism).”

“However, almost 20 percent of them—528 of the 2,771—allege criminal activities. Alleged crimes include bribery, harboring illegal aliens, money laundering, structuring, sale of documents, marriage fraud, extortion, undue foreign influence, and making false statements, among other things. Also included among these complaints are national security cases; for example, allegations of USCIS employees providing material support to known terrorists or being influenced by foreign intelligence services. Complaints with clear national security implications represent a small share of the total, but in cases such as these, even one is too many.”

As I spoke with Mr. Maxwell, I sensed his passion for former job, his love for our country, and his concern for our future. As Mr. Maxwell has documented, we not only face enemies from the outside, our enemies have effectively infiltrated the very government agencies that are charged with protecting us. When he identified the threats to our national security, he was rebuffed by high-ranking government officials. The more he tried to make his superiors aware of the severity and magnitude of the problems he found, greater was the resistance he encountered.

Because of his effectiveness in discharging his duties, former OSI director Michael Maxwell lost his job, his pension, and is placing his own safety –even his own life at risk by coming forward to expose the corruption he found within DHS. During our conversation, he told me that “this is just the tip of the iceberg – there is more, much more to be told.”

We are at war with terrorists who, as part of their long-term plan of taking control of the United States, are imbedding individuals within various departments of our own government. Terrorists are presently using our immigration system – and individuals who hold positions within that system - to infiltrate the United States. In this case, one man has done his duty to investigate and identify threats to the security of our nation only to be rebuffed by the senior leaders of the government agencies who have the ability to repair the problems and close the holes in our national security.

I am thankful for the courage and candor exhibited by former director Michael Maxwell and the men and women who are currently working to keep our country safe. I am grateful that he has placed the safety and security of our nation over his own by exposing the threats to our national security from the inside.

Now, we need to act on his findings while we still can. Time is running short, the immigration system is out of control, and there are individuals on the inside – those who have already been identified, who continue to provide material support to known terrorists as the taxpayers of the U.S. continue to pay their salaries.

As Mr. Maxwell stated, this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the coming days, weeks and months, more of that iceberg will be exposed – you can count on it.

Michael J. Maxwell can be contacted through his attorney, Rosemary Jenks, President of NumbersUSA (at ww.NumbersUSA.com).

[url=http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/Checking terrorism at the border.pdf]LINK: Testimony of Michael J. Maxwell (PDF file)[/url]

© Copyright 2006, Northeast Intelligence Network. [b]Reprint permission is granted with proper attribution and link to this web site.[/b]

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North Korean Missile Crisis- Setting Dangerous Precedents

By Randy Taylor, Independent Analyst

25 June 2006: We’ve all been watching intently this issue with North Korea threatening to test their Taephodong-2 long-range missile despite warnings from the United States against this action.

Two words stand out here. The word “Threat” from North Korea that they intend to conduct this test and the word “Warning” from the United States against such a test.

The very fact that North Korea has this missile on the launch pad, despite warnings from the United States to stand down, makes this a future precedent setting scenario. If we use empty words with the North Koreans then every nutcase with a missile in their possession will feel free to set up long range missiles on the launchers. This means quite simply that Iran, Russia, China and others with missiles could set them up and fuel them, ready to launch at any time. Kind of scary at that point, since they are ready to launch and all that has to be done is initiate the countdown. At that point do we just try to guess which ones might reach us? Or maybe which ones have nuclear warheads?

North Korea is one third of the Axis of Evil as named by the United States a few years back. So what are we waiting on? Do you think for one second that Iran isn’t watching this intently to see our reaction? Has anyone considered that Iran may have put North Korea up to this to test the resolve of the United States? Remember, Iran is under the gun from the United States over the nuclear facilities and uranium enrichment that we “warned” them against. We have also warned them about stalling the “talks” regarding their own actions. Iran, the master of distraction may well be buying more time by using this North Korean missile issue to distract and buy time as they develop the materials to assemble nuclear weapons. Seems every time we put the pressure on Iran, there is a world-wide media covering distraction that switches the spotlight off of them for days or even weeks.

Truthfully, I’m not worried near as much about North Korea launching this missile as I am about the precedent we are setting by letting them threaten us with a launch and doing nothing about it. We are inviting trouble by delaying action against them. Even if they launched the missile and it headed towards our country, it would be the last thing North Korea ever did on this planet. I’m far more concerned with the message we are sending by letting them threaten us in such a manner and delaying in our response.

We are under a barrage of assaults against the United States and our interests through terrorist attacks, Islam itself, the organizations within this country that are trying to shove Islam down our throats, third world countries that control oil that we consume, the terrorist and insurgent groups attacking our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. When will this “Sleeping Giant” wake up and set a precedent that is in the favor of this country and will send a message worldwide that says ‘Don’t even consider threatening this country”?

I was very impressed with the advisors that said we should destroy the missile in place, on its launcher with a Tomahawk Cruise missile. We aren’t talking about killing a large civilian population with by knocking the missile and facility out, as the missile launch site at the Musudan-ri Missile Test Facility is in a remote area. As you weigh out the advantages to a precise strike by the United States, the answer becomes quite clear.

  • The immediate threat of a missile being fired at us by North Korea would be eliminated
  • The missile facility isn’t located within a densely populated area
  • The loss of life would be minimal
  • The message sent by a strike against the facility would be quite clear
  • Iran would realize the seriousness of even opening a silo or setting up a launch vehicle
  • Japan, our ally would be safe from the missile which is more likely to land on Japan intentionally or by error than ever reaching the continental US
  • The same missile that can hit the United States can hit Israel as well and North Korea’s relationship with Iran (who has openly promised the destruction of Israel) cannot be ignored
  • The Axis of Evil would realize that threatening the US will bring death and destruction to them instantly

I think back to previous moments in history when the action of readying missiles capable of hitting the United States came into play. What would we have done then? What will we do now?

Time will tell.

Be well. Stay safe.

06.25.06

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North Korean Missile Crisis- Setting Dangerous Precedents

“I think back to previous moments in history when the action of readying missiles capable of hitting the United States came into play. What would we have done then? What will we do now?”

By Randy Taylor, Independent Analyst

25 June 2006: We’ve all been watching intently this issue with North Korea threatening to test their Taephodong-2 long-range missile despite warnings from the United States against this action.

The two words that stand out here are threat and warning. The word “threat” as used by North Korea that they intend to conduct this test, and the word “warning” from the United States against such a test.The very fact that North Korea has this missile on the launch pad, despite warnings from the United States to stand down, makes this a future precedent setting scenario. If we use empty words with the North Koreans then every nutcase with a missile in their possession will feel free to set up long range missiles on the launchers. This means quite simply that Iran, Russia, China and others with missiles could set them up and fuel them, ready to launch at any time. Kind of scary at that point, since they are ready to launch and all that has to be done is initiate the countdown. At that point do we just try to guess which ones might reach us? Or maybe which ones have nuclear warheads?

North Korea is one third of the Axis of Evil as named by the United States a few years back. So what are we waiting on? Do you think for one second that Iran isn’t watching this intently to see our reaction? Has anyone considered that Iran may have put North Korea up to this to test the resolve of the United States? Remember, Iran is under the gun from the United States over the nuclear facilities and uranium enrichment that we “warned” them against. We have also warned them about stalling the “talks” regarding their own actions. Iran, the master of distraction may well be buying more time by using this North Korean missile issue to distract and buy time as they develop the materials to assemble nuclear weapons. It seems that every time we put the pressure on Iran, there is a world-wide media covering distraction that switches the spotlight off of them for days or even weeks.

Truthfully, I’m not worried near as much about North Korea launching this missile as I am about the precedent we are setting by letting them threaten us with a launch and doing nothing about it. I believe that we are simply inviting trouble by delaying action against them, because if they launched the missile against the United States, it would probably be the last thing North Korea ever did on this planet. I’m far more concerned with the message we are sending by letting them threaten us in such a manner and delaying in our response.

We are under a barrage of assaults against the United States and our interests through terrorist attacks, Islam itself, the organizations within this country that are trying to shove Islam down our throats, third world countries that control oil that we consume, the terrorist and insurgent groups attacking our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. When will this “Sleeping Giant” wake up and set a precedent that is in the favor of this country and will send a message worldwide that says “Don’t even consider threatening this country?”

I was very impressed with the advisors that said we should destroy the missile in place, on its launcher with a Tomahawk Cruise missile. We aren’t talking about killing a large civilian population by knocking the missile and facility out, as the missile launch site at the Musudan-ri Missile Test Facility is in a remote area. As you weigh out the advantages to a precise strike by the United States, the answer becomes quite clear.

- The immediate threat of a missile being fired at us by North Korea would be eliminated;

- The missile facility isn’t located within a densely populated area and therefore, the loss of life would be minimal;

- The message sent by a strike against the facility would be quite clear;

- Iran would realize the seriousness of even opening a silo or setting up a launch vehicle;

- Japan, our ally would be safe from the missile which is more likely to land on Japan intentionally or by error than ever reaching the continental US;

- The same missile that can hit the United States can hit Israel as well and North Korea’s relationship with Iran (the latter having openly promised the destruction of Israel) cannot be ignored;

- The Axis of Evil would realize that threatening the US will bring death and destruction to them instantly.

I think back to previous moments in history when the action of readying missiles capable of hitting the United States came into play. What would we have done then? What will we do now?

Time will tell. Be well. Stay safe.
06.25.06

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Terror Arrests in Miami: “Potentially Effective but Not Pretty”

INDICTMENT: “CONSPIRACY TO LEVY WAR AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES” and other lesser charges.

Government describes “mountain of evidence” against those arrested, identified as:

Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lygleson Lemorin, Rotschild Augustine.

23 June 2006; 0515 a.m. ET Update 3: The group of Black Muslims who pledged “bayat” or allegiance to al Qaeda by “blood oath,” is being described as “potentially effective but not pretty” by one federal law enforcement official who spoke to this agency on the condition of anonymity. According to the information provided, “around a dozen arrest warrants were issued – not all for individuals in Miami” – for members of this terror cell with Islamic goals and agenda. Also according to the source close to this investigation, at least one Arab Muslim and one mosque has been under surveillance for “supporting” this group and their associates. All but one man were arrested in Miami; another was arrested in Atlanta while federal and local law enforcement officers were conducting an investigation “of individuals who assisted the group in Chicago.”

Two boxes of materials, including paramilitary style training manuals including some documents written in Arabic, crude drawings of targets that included the federal building in Miami, one prominent bank building/financial center in Miami, an unspecified location near the Port of Miami, and the Sears Tower in Chicago were taken from one location in the Liberty City section of Miami, Florida during the execution of the warrants. Additionally, a warehouse owned by George F. and Maysoon Mobassaleh was searched by federal authorities after they entered using a blowtorch to remove external locks on the building.

All of those already in custody or being sought are believed to be part of one operational terrorist cell based in the Liberty City section of the city of Miami. They have been training in paramilitary style exercises.

Note: As this is an active law enforcement operation that is taking place at this hour, information about locations are being withheld to avoid compromising the efforts and activities of law enforcement agents. Additional details to follow.

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