Archive for September, 2006

Al Qaeda’s Hidden Roots

What we don’t care to know could hurt us again.

By By Laurie Mylroie

22 September 2006: Cyrus Nowrasteh, scriptwriter for ABC’s docudrama The Path to 9/11, defends the film’s controversial, invented scenes, noting that the first attack on the World Trade Center occurred one month after Bill Clinton took office, and eight years passed in which Clinton did little to thwart the growing menace. Nowrasteh makes a crucial point, but it is not necessary to resort to fiction. Our understanding of the terrorist attacks — going back to the 1993 Trade Center bombing — has become loaded with errors obscuring Clinton’s fecklessness. Correct those errors, which, unfortunately the film reproduces, and this essential point is far clearer.

The film links Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 bombing, to Osama bin Ladin. But, in fact, Yousef and bin Ladin had nothing to do with each other. Bin Laden is not indicted for the Trade Center bombing — intended to topple the towers and kill 250,000 people — despite an extensive effort to discover such links. Nor is that attack included in the military charges against Guantanamo Bay detainees, which outline al Qaeda’s conspiracy against America. Indeed, bin Laden was not indicted until June 1998, when he was charged with one count: “conspiracy to attack defense utilities of the United States.” The target is not identified, and no actual attack occurred.

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NOTE: Having had the privilege to talk with Dr. Mylroie and appear with her in a 2004 radio interview discussing matters pertaining to terrorism, I strongly urge everyone to read this article and carefully review the extremely insightful analysis of the author. Frequently, the question arises about the absence of a bin Laden indictment for his role in the 9/11 attacks. Quoting Dr. Mylroie, “This would help explain how a virtually unknown organization like al Qaeda managed to bomb two U.S. embassies nearly simultaneously and then carry out the most lethal single attack in U.S. history a mere three years later.”  –Douglas J. Hagmann, Founder & Director, Northeast Intelligence Network.

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This Ramadan May Be Quite Different

The Tet holiday shares this similarity to Ramadan. For years there was pre-Tet holiday paranoia that the North Vietnamese would use the Tet holiday to launch attacks just as we have done with Ramadan over the last five years. The similarity is uncanny if you think about it. We are now treating Ramadan each year much as we did the Tet holiday in years prior to 1968.

By Randy Taylor Independent Analyst
rtaylor@homelandsecurityus.com

22 September 2006: I remember right after September 11th 2001 there was much apprehension in the air in both 2002 and 2003 that Ramadan, the Islamic holy month would be when we could expect trouble from al Qaeda and Islamic terrorists. Both years as I was in contact with authorities there was a certain nervousness and uneasiness in the voices of the people I was communicating with.

Both Ramadan time periods came and went without an incidents and there was the obvious sigh of relief. Since then we have seen the Ramadan periods of 2004 and 2005 also pass without incident. Somehow, I think this is going to change in 2006.There are many indicators that something is in the final planning stages and whatever it is appears to have possibly been scheduled earlier, was delayed and whatever it is, it doesn’t seem to be isolated to any one geographical region.

There are indications that there will be a huge upsurge in violence in Iraq. There was a communiqué recently in an al Qaeda communications area that stated during the month of Ramadan we could expect an official announcement that the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah will be joining the ranks of the al Qaeda umbrella organization of the Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq. This is significant in that the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah has long been independent of MSC making it a very effective terrorist insurgent organization operationally because it hasn’t received the dedicated attention of the coalition forces and Iraqi forces near as much as the MSC has prior to the death of it’s longtime leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The number of insurgents in this organization of the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah is a significant number in comparison to the smaller groups under the MSC umbrella.

If you watch their films closely where the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah perform firefight type frontal attacks and raids on police stations and Iraqi National Guard compounds and installations, they always show up in significant numbers, more than enough to devastate their opponents. They are every bit as ruthless and cunning as any insurgent group and they are sure to give the overall insurgent ability to wage attacks a substantial boost especially in man power. I fully expect to see what I will call a huge “Ramadan Offensive” take place in Iraq especially around Baghdad.

There have been many written hints at freeing prisoners from somewhere and I don’t think that “place” is Guantanamo as it seems to indicate somewhere in the Middle East. I would go as far as to speculate on the possibility of an attempt to free Saddam Hussein and his henchmen from captivity, however unsuccessful that attempt may turn out to be. If by chance they did free Saddam, the political fallout for our current administration would be devastating beyond repair. Thus, this could and may be a viable plan in the works. The enemy is well aware of the growing unpopularity of this war in this country and they may well intend to capitalize on this. Breaking the former dictator out of captivity and giving him asylum in Syria or Iran would be a political death blow here at home for the people who have defended the reasons for the war in Iraq.

There are communications being analyzed by myself and others which may also indicate something happening in the country of Saudi Arabia and possibly involving the Royal family there. There is nothing definitive or concrete that I can share with you, just rumblings in various places. Odd little snippets of information that indicate troubled times ahead for the House of Saud. Once again, that type of coup, overthrow or assassination would prove very troublesome for not only the current administration but this country in multiple aspects.

Let us not forget that we were just recently issued a warning under the guise of “an Invitation to Islam” by Ayman al-Zawahiri and Adam Gadahn which by Sharia law the bad guys are required to do before they attack and kill us.

If we hear from Osama Bin Laden in the next week or so suddenly, then it would be safe to say that even more sinister plans are underway perhaps even here in the United States. According to the well known Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, who has access to people like Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, this is exactly what will transpire. We have to wait and see.

The delicate cease fire between Hezbollah and Israel may be in jeopardy as well since there is no indication that the two Israeli soldiers will ever be released and we are on the verge of the Jewish New Year followed by Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday. Rumor had it that Osama Bin Laden’s son recently was headed in the direction of Palestine and Gaza to take over operations there against Israel, so that entire regional tinderbox could go up at any time. I think we all know that al Qaeda, the Taliban, Iran and Syria would like to see a Jewish New Year drenched in the blood of the infidels. They thirst for our blood.

The other primary reason I surmise that there could be a huge Ramadan offensive is because al Qaeda and our enemies have studied us in detail for many years. They know our successes and our failures in warfare over the years. More than once Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi brought up the comparison of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to the Vietnam war. The people of Islam and al Qaeda consider the US as having lost that war and they certainly have taken great care to model much of their strategy on the same strategies used by the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong. In fact there is little to no difference in the war on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan from the Vietnam war except the terrain and climate. Small hit and run attacks, mortar attacks, reprisals against civilians and police, booby traps, ambushes, etc.

When you consider these facts, it is quite possible that al Qaeda and the Islamic terrorists planners also saw the Tet Offensive in 1968 as the major turning point in the war. The Tet holiday shares this similarity to Ramadan. For years there was pre-Tet holiday paranoia that the North Vietnamese would use the Tet holiday to launch attacks just as we have done with Ramadan over the last five years. The similarity is uncanny if you think about it. We are now treating Ramadan each year much as we did the Tet holiday in years prior to 1968. I think that this has been noted by al Qaeda and the other Islamic terrorists and we may well see history repeat itself. I look for massive enemy movement in Iraq, multiple attacks on multiple fronts and an overall huge offensive with multiple targets unknown. Problem is in 1968 we were fighting in a more defined area. Today, the area of warfare is the entire world. This could mean offensives against the US and coalition forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and may be compounded by attacks against Israel by Hezbollah, Hamas, Ezzedeen Martyrs Brigades and al Qaeda in Palestine with the backing of Iran and Syria.

If there is action against the government is Saudi Arabia by al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, and the potential for attacks in non-Muslim countries such as the UK, US, Italy, Germany, France, Canada or Denmark then we would have our hands full. The only reason I mention so many places and so many targets is because of the numerous references recently in communiqués, documents and other methods of communication that thousands of mujahideen have been dispatched to numerous places. There have been some conservative estimates of 200,000 to 300,000 al Qaeda trained operatives scattered throughout the world and we have only killed and captured maybe some 5000-6000. That leaves the vast majority unaccounted for.

Food for thought as we witness the beginning of Ramadan.

Be safe, stay vigilant.

09.22.06

Study confirms prisons are being used to recruit “homegrown” terrorists

21 September 2006: Our review of a recent report released Tuesday at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “homegrown” terrorists confirmed what we the Northeast Intelligence Network has been reporting for some time: [b]“Radicalized prisoners are a potential pool of recruits by terrorist groups. Prisons have long been places where extremist ideology and calls to violence could find a willing ear, and conditions are often conducive to radicalization. The U.S., with its large prison population, is at risk of facing the sort of homegrown terrorism currently plaguing other countries. “[/b] The joint study conducted by George Washington University and the University of Virginia found that the state prison systems are ill-equipped, either by funding or training of personnel, to identify, track and stop radicalized behavior by inmates or religious counselors. The U.S. prison system currently houses about 2 million people; an estimated six-percent, or about 120,000 of the inmates are Muslim, cites the study. Most importantly, the study confirmed that jailed Islamic “extremists” with violent interpretations of the Qu’ran are exploiting the weak monitoring of our prison population to spread their ideology to other inmates in U.S. prisons.

Counterterrorism consultant Daveed Gartenstein-Ross told senators that “chilling” interpretations of the Quran and other radical Islamic literature was commonly given to prison inmates, citing his experience when he worked for the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, an international charity that served as a major al-Qaeda source of funding. In prepared testimony to the Senate panel, Gartenstein-Ross stated that the literature urged Muslims “to wage war against non-Muslims who have not submitted to Islamic rule.” He added that the prison system never rejected the dissemination of the literature due to its radical content.

The report identified several high-profile examples of terrorists who became “radicalized” while incarcerated, including the now infamous British shoe bomber [b]Richard Reid[/b] and [b]Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman,[/b] the Egyptian cleric who plotted to bomb New York City landmarks in 1993. Abdel-Rahman, sentenced to a life term, issued a decree from his federal prison cell ordering Muslims to kill Americans “wherever you find them.” Terror leader Osama bin Laden confirmed that edict by Abdel-Rahman gave religious authority for the 9/11 attacks. The report also cited the formation of the Islamic terrorist group Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS) by Kevin James, who organized the group while he was an inmate at California State Prison in Sacramento.

The study noted that state and local prison officials have been using contractors and volunteers from the private sector to provide counseling to the Islamic prison population, promote Islam within the prisons, and conduct Muslim prayer services. The program is largely unmonitored. As a result, there have been a number of cases of imams espousing and spreading a violent Islamic agenda to the inmates, who are already disenfranchised. “In the absence of monitoring by authoritative Islamic chaplains, materials that advocate violence have infiltrated the prison system undetected,” the report concluded.

TV reporters coddle Muslim-Americans

From the NY Post

20 September 2006: An article in the NY Post addresses a few key issues involving Muslims complaining about their loss of personal freedoms while traveling by air from, to and within the U.S. The article also notes the failure of today’s reporters to ask salient follow-up questions of those complaining. The article is available via the above link, and is a near perfect illustration of the situation we reported about at the airport in Huntington, West Virginia.

Illegals & KI Tablets - an alternative possibility

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

20 September 2006: As a result of our recent article Law Enforcement Sources Confirm: Illegals crossing border carrying “KI Tablets,” an astute visitor to this web site offered an alternative possibility for illegals carrying KI (potassium iodate) tablets that has nothing to do with potential nuclear smuggling or with any planned nuclear terrorism. It has to do with disease - a sad indication of the state of our border control problem.Quoting from this source:

“One other explanation for the illegal’s carrying the potassium iodate tablets, could relate to it’s use as a treatment in certain diseases, that transmit from animal to man, or from animal, to plant, to man. Often potassium iodide is one drug used in a regimen to fight these relatively rare diseases and fungi.”

In theory, if someone is trekking across a desert, or thru the bush it’s possible one might have heard thru the illegal immigrant grapevine “hey, you should take some of these pills with you, it’s treats a lot of strange infections and fungus.”[/i]

You may be asking yourself now, “what diseases?” Well, that’s exactly what I was thinking just a very short while ago during a private discussion on this issue. Then I remembered something I saw just this morning, although it was originally published in a Washington Times article article last week: (Excerpted):

Long-nosed bats evict a covey of aliens

“CABEZA PRIETA N.W.R., Ariz. — Three years ago, the endangered lesser long-nosed bat [Leptonycteris curasoae verbabuenae] had been ousted from a cave here, one of just four known maternity roosts in the United States, by illegal aliens who used the cave as a cool rest stop on their route north. …

Years of border-control efforts to the east and west have funneled illegal aliens straight into southern Arizona and across its three wildlife refuges, national forest and park land, an Air Force bombing range and the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation.

It’s a fragile ecosystem where car tracks or even walking trails can remain for decades after they are last used. And aliens leave behind abandoned vehicles and [b]millions of pounds of garbage — estimates run between 5 and 8 pounds per illegal crosser.

“Some areas are so polluted by trash and human waste that the cleanup has to be contracted to professional companies with employees outfitted with haz-mat suits[/b],” said Roger DiRosa, Cabeza Prieta’s manager.

The conflict can also be dangerous. One-third of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which neighbors Cabeza Prieta and shares a 30-mile border with Mexico, is now off-limits to visitors because authorities do not feel they can provide adequate protection. ”

The illegals with the KI tablets might use them for biological and health reasons to keep disease at bay. Bats defecate tons of feces - guano - and along with tons garbage and human waste that place must be a biological nightmare.

Hat’s off to Brian.

Islam Validates the Popes Comments Worldwide

By Randy Taylor, Independent Analyst
rtaylor@homelandsecurityus.com

19 September 2006: It’s about time someone in a highly respected position spoke up and said something truthful about Islam and the intentions of Islam even as seen by a man many centuries ago. My hat is off to Pope Benedict XVI and will remain unless he retracts his statements. Hang in there Pontiff. You are the leader of Western religion, so don’t drop the ball. That gets done enough already.

Of course now the Islamic lunatics around the planet are calling for the death of the Pope, which is to be expected from these Islamic scumbags who are followers of Islam, under the false claim of being a religion of Peace, Love and Tolerance. Doesn’t sound very peaceful to me, no love for the Pope being shown and Tolerance for his opinions are zero. This simply exposes what we have said for years about the so called “religion” of Islam which is not a religion at all but instead a death cult, Nazi like fascist movement growing like weeds and about as welcome.

The following comments were taken from a news wire service which said: “On Friday, a prominent hard line Mogadishu cleric called for Muslims to “hunt down” and kill the pontiff for his remarks.

“Whoever offends our Prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim,” Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin told worshippers at a mosque in southern Mogadishu.

“We call on all Islamic communities across the world to take revenge on the baseless critic called the Pope,” he said.

Yeah man, I can feel the love of this “peaceful religion”. So much love that some Islam gunmen broke into a hospital in southern Mogadishu and gunned down a seventy year old Catholic nurse in revenge for the Popes comments. Christian churches are being attacked overseas and have been since the Popes statement. That murder and these church attacks are a straight forward view into Islam and why it is such a threat to this world. These Islamic fascists refuse to co-exist with anyone or anything non-Islamic.

One day and probably soon, there will be a terrorist act within this country that will make it very difficult to blame just “isolated Islamic extremists” as some like to refer to these murderers as. One fine peaceful Sunday morning when several of your local churches are blown off the face of the map with thousands of casualties, will we still claim that this isn’t a religious war, a war between good and evil? We have this unbelievable PC rhetoric that is used by western world leaders to claim that Islam is a peaceful religion and that the religion has been hijacked by a few violent ones. The old byline of how Islam was hijacked by a few bad people is hogwash. Unfortunately, that limited view and outright failure to recognize the threat and speak out about it will get many Americans and Europeans killed.

Just recently there was a seizure of multiple explosives, lists of churches taken from a facility in Tennessee. That seems to indicate that this will become a full blown religious war quite soon and it will be made quite apparent.

How can it be that Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri can openly and repeatedly state that this is a religious war but we cannot? Seems we are doing ourselves a severe injustice hiding behind our little catch phrases and comments that seem to indicate that this war is simply about “rogue terrorism” versus the free world.

This war is about “Islam versus the Free World”. Nothing less than that. To say anything else is insinuating that we, the American people are stupid and cannot see the truth. Islam has no desire to co-exist and the proof is all around us every day.

See, if the government would seriously clamp down on the Islamic mosques, the centers of hate against Americans that operate freely here and were to clamp down on these Islamic fascist organizations that operate here and are steadily inciting hate then maybe, just maybe we would start showing a posture of intolerance for their violent and hate driven Islamic rhetoric. If we remove the hate centers, it will force them underground or out of the country. It will force them to hide like the criminals they are instead of courting the media and our government out in the open like they currently do.

There is a wonderful aspect and freedom referred to as Religious Freedom here in this country. BUT, once you step over the line and conspire or train to kill Americans or commit acts of terror, you should lose that freedom because you abused it. Just like having the freedom to do anything, once you abuse it, you lose it. If your mosque is a hate center and teaches followers to kill Americans, then you should be charged with hate crimes and conspiring to murder Americans and you should be jailed and the mosque bulldozed to the ground. It’s that simple. Eliminate the threat.

The Pope made his statement regarding the use of violence to further a religion and instantly there are death threats, retaliation against Christians and Christian places of worship worldwide. The entire nation of Islam worldwide and uniformly has proven exactly what the Pope said to be the truth. Yet, we still don’t get it. Islam is about death, murder and the destruction of anything non-Islam.

“Actions speak louder than words,” so the saying goes. I’d say Islam has said it all in the last few days, the last few years and will continue to do so.

Be safe, stay vigilant.

09.19.06

Law Enforcement Sources Confirm: Illegals crossing border carrying “KI Tablets”

18 September 2006: In an article provided exclusively to the Northeast Intelligence Network and Canada Free Press by Dr. Paul Williams and Mr. David Dastych on Saturday, “final preparations have been made for the next major attack on the US” identified as “American Hiroshima,” suggesting the attack will be nuclear in nature. Since we published that report, confidential sources in law enforcement positions have privately confirmed to the Northeast Intelligence Network that a “disturbing trend” is being reported on both of our borders - a pattern that is consistent with a potential nuclear attack scenario against the US. According to these sources, a “significant and alarming number” of illegal aliens attempting entry into the US, caught by border patrol agents, have been found to be carrying Potassium Iodide tablets, which are used to protect against exposure to radiation in emergency situations.* According to our sources, the illegal aliens who have been caught have been described as OTMs (other-than Mexicans), and consist primarily of Chinese and Iranian nationals on our southern border, and Asians and others from a variety of Middle Eastern countries at the US-Canadian border. Law enforcement sources providing this information to the Northeast Intelligence Network agreed that this is “a very recent phenomena,” but one that has increased to “alarming levels” and is of particular concern to government officials.

*NOTE: An astute and well-educated reader accurately points out that Potassium Iodate, also referred to as KI, protects only one organ in the body (the thyroid) from ONE form of radiation (I-131). And it does so only if a person takes the tablet BEFORE (or just after) being exposed to I-131, as the KI fills up the thyroid gland with “good” salt instead of the radioactive version.

Too many people nationwide already falsely believe that KI is a so-called “anti-radiation” pill that will protect them from all forms of radiation. If a person takes the tablet and fails to leave/evacuate a radioactive area, they will still be exposed to radiation and will likely become ill or even die from radiation sickness. Further, Gamma radiation, (the type of radiation that killed so many people in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, after the atomic blasts in 1945) is deadly; Potassium Iodate offers no protection on this type of nuclear radiation.

For further and more specific information, you may download the KI Fact Sheet compiled using information from the National Institutes of Health, Food & Drug Administration, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (PDF File).

Security breach at US Capitol as man crashes barricade, runs into Capitol

18 September 2006: Shortly before 8:00 am., a yet-unidentified man crashed his SUV through a security barricade at the U.S. Capitol and into a water fountain on the plaza in the middle of an area undergoing construction. The man then jumped from his vehicle and ran into the building near the Rotunda with Capitol Police in pursuit. According to witnesses, police caught up with the man who was apprehended in a construction area on the third floor of the Capitol complex. Hill staffers were instructed to remain in their offices while police investigated the incident.
The Northeast Intelligence Network is closely following this incident.

US Navy Chaplain faces reprimand, loss of pay

18 September 2006: While top U.S. military leaders along with representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) dedicated an Islamic Prayer Center at the Marine base in Quantico, US Navy chaplain Lieutenant Gordon Klingenschmitt was in a battle for his career for disobeying orders that prevented him from “praying in ‘Jesus’ name” while in uniform.

Although those were not the actual legal charges filed against Klingenschmitt, he contends that his expression of beliefs are at the epicenter for his trial and ultimate conviction.It is interesting that during a time when politicians and government leaders appear to be bending over backwards to accommodate the wishes of Muslims in our military and elsewhere, and demanding sensitivity for those professing the Islamic faith, a jury recommended that Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt receive a letter of reprimand and forfeit $250 dollars pay-per-month for a year, which is the equivalent of two-thirds of his pay.

In an interview about the actions of the Navy chaplain, Mikey Weinstein, a 1977 Air Force Academy graduate and former Reagan White House official asked rhetorically, “Could there possibly be a worse time for this fundamentalist Christianity to be pushed in our military, when we’re in a war and the people we are fighting are recruiting their members by saying we’re Christian crusaders?” Interesting question.

The Pope calls a Spade a “Spade”

By Randy Taylor Independent Analyst

17 September 2006: It’s about time someone in a highly respected position spoke up and said something truthful about Islam and the intentions of Islam even as seen by a man many centuries ago. My hat is off to Pope Benedict XVI and will remain unless he retracts his statements. Hang in there Pontiff. You are the leader of Western religion, so don’t drop the ball. That’s gets done enough already.

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