Archive for August, 2007

Untitled Terrorism

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

31 August 2007: There is an old saying that goes something like this: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it did its falling make a sound? To put it another way, if there was an earthquake and no one was around to feel the effects underneath their feet did the earth really move? Well, we’re told by science that the vibration of trillions of molecules creates audible sound and without a human ear to hear those vibrations the sound did occur without a human to detect the falling of the tree. Same goes for the earthquake. Seismographs might record the events in the dimensions of magnitude and duration, but nobody heard or felt them and the danger potential was not otherwise recorded or reported. Some of you are now shrugging your shoulders and saying, “yeah, so what?”

This is what. If there were numerous precursor events and actual events of terrorism going on all over the United States of America with neither the national mainstream media nor the government you elected were acknowledging their occurrence would you know those events had occurred? No, you would probably not, unless you read this website often or had been told by your friends about it via word-of-mouth or an email with a link. Otherwise these events are untitled terrorism, they do not exist. And if you did not know about those untitled terrorist events would you care one iota that they had occurred? Negative, you would not care. If you didn’t hear that “tree” fall near you or feel the “earth move” under your feet then there is no report of an imminent threat to you or your family and you believe you and family are perfectly safe and secure where you are. Believe me; nothing could be further from the truth.

America, are you aware of the threat to your beloved children on their way to school or in school? How many times over the past couple of years have you heard of this potential danger and then forgotten about it over time. The danger hasn’t gone away, so why are you comfortable now? Maybe I should inform you that in the Houston, Texas area the FBI, JTTF and local law enforcement are anything but comfortable. If you’re not a resident of the Houston area you did not hear this tree fall. Over the summer months, and while your attention has been upon everything but school, at least 17 school buses have been stolen from a variety of student transportation concerns, including private companies, charter schools and businesses. These thefts occurred within a specific geographical suburb of Houston. No known threat? Oh, yes, there is a very real promissory threat from Islamic terrorists to kill several million American children; this is just one avenue to accomplish that Islamic promise. Figuratively, this falling “tree” is a threat to our children and also involves a transportation system. Did you hear it?

In Washington, D.C. problems continue on the Metro transportation system. A month ago the Northeast Intelligence Network reported on the poison spread at various stations of the various systems lines and the sudden death of birds at these locations, which also was eerily similar to what occurred on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas back in January 2007. Not quite a month after the poison incidents the DC Metro experienced unexplained electrical power problems. Some enterprising public affairs officer blamed this two-day long failure on lightning. It is interesting to note here that one DC Metro power supplier, Virginia Dominion, did not record any electrical problems during the outages and fires on the affected segments of the system. Again, those who do not live in the DC Metro area probably never heard of these events and for you this electrical power and transportation “tree” never fell.

Then there are the various explosive events we have reported on over time and very recently. Do you recall the explosive events in Romulus, Michigan; Texas City, Texas; Spokane, Washington, and most recently the near identical incidents in Houston and Dallas, Texas? And I’ll bet you never felt the earth move under your feet unless you live near Henderson, Texas where a natural gas pipeline exploded without apparent cause and illuminated the night sky for a half-mile in every direction. This pipeline belongs to Kinder Morgan, which according to its website, is one of the largest pipeline transportation and storage companies in North America. In other words, this is part of American strategic national infrastructure. No comment from the national mainstream media, and no government commentary either.

Shhhh, be quiet America, the trees are not falling in the American forest, and the ground does not move under our feet. This September and during the school year dare not to express concern to your elected officials over the security of your children on their way to or while in their school. After all, Beslan is in Russia, not America. Fret not over your own security as you commute over rail lines, bridges and our national transportation infrastructure. A little nick of the razor in the morning is not really a problem, but ten thousand of them that you’re not aware of probably will kill you. The same is true for this country unless you demand the government do something to secure the razors, the axes felling the trees and the Improvised Explosive Devices moving the ground under our feet. It really is up to you to make a difference for your children, yourselves and the nation as a whole. Make some noise like a falling tree; make the government feel the earth move under its bureaucratic feet by stomping your own.

Until next time America.

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$1 Billion in suspicious stock activity reminiscent of pre-9/11 conditions

29 August 2007: In the weeks preceding the 2001 attacks on America, there were very significant financial warning signs that something big and bad could be about to happen. Huge surges in purchases of “put options” on stocks of United Airlines and American Airlines, the two airlines used in the attacks, and “put options” on Merrill Lynch & Co., and Morgan Stanley, stocks of two financial services companies hurt by the attack were noted. Put options are essentially “bets” that a stock or stock index will drop on or before a certain date; the larger the drop, the bigger the gain for the purchaser of the option.

Fast forward to the present day, and we have the same type of trading that took place in the days that preceded the 9/11 attacks - but on a larger scale. Nearly $1 billion of “put options” have been purchased, basically betting that Standard and Poor’s 500 index will fall significantly by the third Friday in September. A large number of these options have also been purchased calling for 50% decline by September 21, 2007. For example, a 5% drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average would be the current equivalent of about 670 points. A decline of 11% would equal about 1,470 points in today’s market. Obviously, larger drops, such as a 50% decline, would cause an unprecedented market collapse. Money would be made for the purchaser(s) of the put options - but the same purchaser(s) stand to lose over $1 BILLION in the investment if the market remains relatively static through September 21, 2007.

The questions are: who can stand to lose $1 BILLION, who will gain in the wake of such a devastating collapse, who are the investors, and what do they know that we don’t?

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We are going to get hit again

28 August 2007: Although this is nothing new to those who have been paying attention to the threat posed by Islamic terrorists to the U.S., Canada and the West, retired Vice Admiral John Scott Redd, head of the National Counter-terrorism Center, stated “We have very strong indicators that Al Qaeda is planning to attack the West.”

“We’ve got this intelligence threat; we’re pretty certain we know what’s going on. We don’t have all the tactical details about it, [but] in some ways it’s not unlike the U.K. aviation threat last year. So we know there is a threat out there.”

Click here to read MSNBC/Newsweek article

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Connecting the dots

“The goal is for terrorists to gain admittance to the United States, and then produce ‘mass casualties.’” –Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.28 August 2007: In an article published today in The Washington Times, Frank Gaffney Jr. connects three important news items that succinctly summarize the magnitude of the threats we face in what truly is a War for the Free World.

This is a MUST READ analysis.

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OUTRAGE: Justice Dept. funding co-conspirator at convention

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

27 August 2007: Just when you think it cannot possibly get more bizarre, it does. The obviously bipolar United Stated Department of Justice - the same entity that is prosecuting the Holy Land Foundation for Relief & Development and has named 306 unindicted co-conspirators for that trial, is knowingly co-sponsoring a Chicago Labor Day event hosted by one of the co-conspirators.

If it is not complete incompetence at the highest levels of the United States Department of Justice, it is criminal collusion, with DOJ lawyer Susana Lorenzo-Giguere giving the proverbial finger to every American citizen by responding to this act by saying that “Chicago is lovely this time of year.” The ever-tenacious Washington Times reporter Audrey Hudson outlines the sickening details, including the flippant, in-your-face remarks by the DOJ rep in her article HERE.

Every American needs to read the article, and every American who gives a damn about the future of this country needs to be outraged enough to make their feelings known to the Department of Justice.

It is absolutely mind-boggling.

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Chemical from delivered packages sickens 16 near Philadelphia

FIRST REPORT: “Possible” radioactive material delivered to 2 hospital office buildings in Philadelphia24 August 2007: It was first reported as a “possible radioactive material” in packages delivered to 2 medical buildings and a third office building near Philadelphia yesterday. Now, it is an “unknown chemical substance” that sickened 16 people at 3 separate locations.

Initial Report: Five people have been quarantined and HazMat teams, police, fire and FBI officials have all responded to St. Lukes Hospital in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, outside of Philadelphia, PA after two packages delivered to the hospital yielded possible radioactive material.

One package was delivered via FedEx to the Estes Building, which is assigned to medical specialists and administrative offices on the hospital campus. The building was evacuated.

A second package was later discovered in the Doctors Pavilion, prompting the evacuation of that building as well. The five people in quarantine were inside the Estes building, each complaining of respiratory problems and other ailments.

UPDATE 25 August 2007: FBI: “not terrorism, not a threat.”

Three packages, all delivered separately to three different locations – two medical office buildings at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill, (Lehigh County), Pennsylvania and a warehouse type building containing three businesses in nearby Bethlehem were reportedly contaminated with a foul-smelling chemical that authorities still have not identified. That substance sickened a total of 16 people at three locations. All victims of the oily type substance were treated for respiratory symptoms and ultimately released. The three packages were all delivered by FedEx and each originated at their Hanover Township facility, located about 15 miles from St. Luke’s Hospital during the course of the day, yesterday. That is as much as is being made public by authorities - except that the incident has no nexus to terrorism.

The series of incidents began at about noon yesterday, when a parcel was delivered to the third floor of the Estes building, a three-story building across from St. Luke’s Hospital. Five employees were sickened by fumes and were taken to the emergency room. Shortly before 4:00 p.m., a box delivered to the Doctors Pavillion at the St. Luke’s complex, also had a foul odor and caused several people there to seek medical treatment. HazMat teams, first responders and ultimately the FBI evacuated both buildings A separate office in a building 15 miles from the first incident also received a package containing the same or similar foul-smelling chemical substance, sending office workers for medical treatment for respiratory problems as well.

Initial reports yesterday afternoon suggested that the “chemical” was radioactive in nature. Currently, authorities are saying they have no idea what the substance is, but to seek medical treatment if you were exposed to the chemical and have symptoms of respiratory distress. The FBI, the agency reportedly in charge of the investigation, publicly stated they believe the incident to be an accidental contamination of some type.

The Northeast Intelligence Network will continue to monitor this situation.

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WA ferry vehicle from Victoria, BC breaches U.S. Customs Port of Entry

UPDATED - Vehicle & occupants found, fined: The four people who failed to stop at a Customs checkpoint (story below) were located in a Port Angeles hotel after midnight. A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection, said the group, “all American citizens,” had been screened by Customs and Border Patrol agents in Victoria before boarding the ferry where citizenship verification is performed.

According to police reports, the driver of the car, identified as a resident of Seattle, Washington mistaken believed he had been cleared in Victoria and might have driven in the wrong lane…

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24 August 2007: Police in Port Angeles report that a gray SUV or large similar vehicle with at least four male occupants of Asian appearance sped through the U.S. Customs port of entry off the ferry from Victoria on Wednesday night, failing to stop for inspection. The vehicle was on the MV Coho, the last southbound ferry at approximately 9:20 p.m. and sped past customs that none of the officials were able to obtain a license number or determine the state or province of origin of the vehicle. All vehicles from the ferry are inspected in covered lanes between the ferry landing and Railroad Avenue. According to police, the vehicle sped eastbound onto Railroad Avenue from the port and disappeared from sight before police had a chance to respond.

It is noted that citizenship verification is performed by U.S. officials at the ferry’s Black Ball Transport terminal in Victoria, British Columbia before passengers and motorists board the 341-foot ferry. Investigators are performing an investigation at that location in an effort to determine whether any possible identification of the fleeing vehicle can be made. It is also noted that this is the same Port Angeles port of entry where al Qaeda terrorist Ahmed RESSAM was caught with bomb making materials on 14 December 1999. RESSAM was convicted in federal court of conspiring to detonate a bomb at the Los Angeles International Airport.

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A third, larger IED delivered in Ontario

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, & Judi McLeod, Editor, Canada Free Press

“There is serious, deadly intent, and [we] expect that there will be more of these.” –Ontario police official, speaking exclusively to the Northeast Intelligence Network and Canada Free Press.

23 August 2007: As we reported on 21 August 2007, the expectation of additional IED bombs by police sources close the investigation and providing information exclusively to Canada Free Press and the Northeast Intelligence Network has proven correct. This time, a third bomb, this time a much larger and more deadly configuration but with similarities of the previous two envelopes, was delivered to a home in Guelph, Ontario yesterday, making it the third “bomb delivery” in as many weeks. When the parcel was discovered, several homes were evacuated and the package detonated in a controlled event.

The package was sent to the residence of John Becker of Guelph, and was confirmed to “contain an explosive device, combustible material and projectiles that, upon opening, would have detonated and killed the person handling the package.” The police official speaking to both the Northeast Intelligence Network and Canada Free Press confirmed that the package was delivered in a Canada Post Xpresspost envelope. Police detonated the package in place, which blew a large hole in his backyard deck and was loaded with shrapnel, most of which became embedded in the deck.

According to police, John Becker is a self-employed contractor, owning a home remodeling business. The police source speaking to the Northeast Intelligence official this evening stated that police are uncertain whether the bomb was actually intended for BECKER, or if it was randomly sent. “It’s a large part of this investigation, and I’m not prepared to make any specific comment on that [for the purpose of this report],” he stated.

“One thing I believe is certain,” stated this official. “There are - or will be more.”

Earlier this year, a series of letter bombings in the U.K. left nine people wounded. Seven letter bombs, all in padded envelopes, were sent over a period of three weeks to addresses in England and South Wales and appeared to be targeting forensic laboratories and companies involved with the tracking and monitoring of motorists. Police arrested a school janitor in connection with that incident, according to published reports.

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FBI seek men behaving suspiciously on Washington State Ferries

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

21 August 2007: The FBI is asking the public for their help in identifying the two men depicted below, both “passengers” aboard Washington State ferries on several recent occasions, and both showing a high level of interest in security vulnerabilities of the boats.

Unidentified "Suspects"

Unidentified "Suspects"

Unidentified "Suspect"

Unidentified "Suspect"

Both men were seen on more then one ferry and more than one run over the past several weeks, taking photos of strategic areas and specific parts of the boat and engaging in other acts that aroused the suspicions of both passengers and crews.

Ferries have been identified as top potential maritime terrorist targets, and numerous incidents of surveillance by men - mostly of Middle Eastern appearance - have been reported over the last few years.

Anyone who knows the identity of the men shown in the images above are asked to call the FBI at (206) 622-0460.

We would also like to hear from you as well, and if necessary, are willing to assist you in providing information to the FBI should you desire an alternate method of contact. You may send us an e-mail at director(AT)HomelandSecurityUS.com, replacing (AT) with the traditional @ sign.

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IED Warning - Toronto, Ontario Canada

21 August 2007: As first reported today by Canada Free Press, police in Toronto, Ontario Canada are extremely concerned about two apparently connected incidents that have occurred within the last 2 weeks involving the delivery of packages that were designed to explode when opened by the recipients.

According to police reports, one 8 1/2? x 11?, plastic, bubble-wrapped envelope was found at a home in the Victoria Park Avenue - Lawrence Avenue East area at about 9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, 11 August 2007. When the intended recipient opened the package, it exploded, causing serious but non life-threatening injuries.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, 19 August 2007, a similar envelope was found at a home in the Yonge Street - Sheppard Avenue West area. The recipient noted a strong smell of petroleum coming from the parcel and notified police, who safely detonated the package.

Neither Toronto victim, one living on the west side of Toronto and the other on the east side, has been publicly identified by police. Toronto police also remain silent on the possible motive behind the package deliveries, according to Judi McLeod, editor of Canada Free Press, who initially received the intelligence brief from authorities.

Northeast Intelligence Network director Doug Hagmann conducted separate interviews late this evening with Ms. McLeod and a confidential police source in the GTA who is involved in the investigation. Both Ms. McLeod and the police official confirmed that the packages contained petroleum-type fluid and were constructed specifically to detonate upon opening, and both packages were the same size and had similar, properly-addressed courier receipts attached to the outside of each parcel.

In separate interviews late this evening with by Doug Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, there is significant concern over both incidents. “[According to my sources], this might just be the beginning of something much more serious,” stated Ms. McLeod, veteran Canadian journalist who has well-placed police and intelligence sources throughout Ontario. That sentiment was echoed by the police source interviewed by the Northeast Intelligence Network. “There are things [about these incidents] that have us very concerned, despite the deceitful amateurish nature of the devices. There is serious, deadly intent, and [we] expect that there will be more of these.”

When questioned about the motive of the crime and whether the incident might have any connection to Islamic terrorism, the police official refused to comment. “We are working on a few theories, and cannot, at least not now, make any public rulings on intent,” stated this source. “We are urging the public or anyone who believes they might have information that could help us to call 416-808-3638. If they wish to remain anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.”

Canada Free Press and the Northeast Intelligence Network are following this case closely.

Canada Free Press article

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