Archive for April, 2008

CAIR supports Carter - HAMAS meeting

12 April 2008: HAMAS has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization under the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). That law states that the Secretary of State is authorized to designate an organization as a “foreign terrorist organization” if the following three conditions are met:

1. The organization is foreign;

2. The organization engages in terrorist activity;

3. The terrorist activity threatens the security of United States
citizens or the national security of the United States.

Under the AEDPA, people who provide funds or other material support to a designated FTO are breaking the law and may be prosecuted.

Despite the FTO designation, former U.S. President Carter is planning to meet with senior officials of the Palestinian terror group HAMAS next week. Commenting on Carter’s proposed visit, a U.S. State Department official said that “U.S. policy is that Hamas is a terrorist organization; we don’t believe its in the interest of our policy or in the interest of peace to have such a meeting.”

Meanwhile, Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said “Carter’s efforts demonstrate he’s a true partner in peace.”

Supporting discussions with HAMAS? Some background and a partial list of attacks by the HAMAS terrorist organization can be found at this link.

CAIR vs. the NYPD

11 April 2008: “[F]or Islamists in America, charges of ‘profiling’ and ‘inappropriate’ methods are the preferred reply to critical discussion of almost all significant matters.” –Excerpted from “The Wahhabi lobby attacks” - an article by Stephen Schwartz.

Mr. Schwartz details the response by the Council on American-Islamic Relations to the NYPD to their 2007 report on the terror threat from radical elements in the U.S. in an article published by The Weekly Standard.

The NYPD report - 90 page PDF file, can be downloaded at the following link: Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat. The Northeast Intelligence Network recommends its readers to download and save the report to your computer at this time (right click on the link, choose “save target or link as” and save the PDF report to your computer.

From the article: LAST YEAR THE New York Police Department (NYPD) issued a clear-sighted and path-breaking document titled Radicalization in the West: The Home-Grown Threat. Prepared by Mitchell D. Silber and Arvin Bhatt of the NYPD Intelligence Division, the report was serious, well-researched, and articulate. It traced radical Sunni Muslim activities in non-Muslim countries to the “jihadi-Salafi” ideology, better known as Wahhabism, created in Saudi Arabia and supported by major extremist resources in Pakistan (the jihadist movement of Mawdudi) and Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood). It was posted on the internet by Republican congressman Pete Hoekstra of Michigan and may be read here [see link above].

Radicalization in the West met with enthusiastic approval from anti-extremist, moderate Muslims, but with predictable condemnation from the “Wahhabi lobby” represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its allies. On November 23, 2007, as disclosed in documents made available to me, a statement was composed, in the name of the “Muslim community,” protesting against the NYPD’s release of the report. Employing the typically arrogant, peremptory, and militant idiom of the Islamist movements, the statement called on New York police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly:

Complete article-link

Give me Sanctuary from the New World Disorder!

By Dr. Laurie Roth

11 April 2008: Apparently Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has his knickers in a twist because of the Fed’s crack-down here and there on established businesses in L.A. to find illegal aliens. The L.A. times just reported that ICE has made 4,900 arrests in the work place, nationwide since 2007. This is dramatically more than during 2001. Apparently workers are being picked-up at various manufacturing plants and businesses in a random sort of way who are suspected of being illegal aliens. The Mayor has asked ICE to instead focus on bad employers who don’t play by “the rules” because so many business raids, in L.A. especially, are hurting business.

What Villaraigosa is really saying is that his tax money is drying-up because of the raids and illegal aliens are forced to flee from various businesses in town once in the spotlight. “Don’t take my money from me!” Who cares about right or wrong? Who cares if workers are fraudulently here from mystery countries and taking American jobs? Who cares if 1/3 of them end up in our prisons at our expense? Who cares if the rest of them suck dry our hospitals, schools and welfare system? Who cares if they knowingly broke laws to get here? Who cares if Mexico is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Don’t hold their Government accountable for creating hope and jobs in their own country?

Before I get too hard on the Mayor of L.A. for his concern about increasing raids on businesses, lets review the fragile, hypocritical and “pretend immigration” rules our country is now under. First of all, even though in 1996 federal law (the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act), which requires local authorities and leadership to cooperate with ICE and Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs enforcement, sanctuary cities all across this country flip-off enforcement in dealing with illegal aliens. Whether formal or informal sanctuary cities, the policy is basically to police, and other people in leadership, “look the other way,” “don’t ask and don’t tell”.

We are talking, L.A., New York, D.C. Miami etc….basically, most major cities in the whole country!

So then, why should anyone be mad at Villaraigosa if he doesn’t want certain businesses crashed by the Feds? It’s the sewage of hypocrisy all across the country, starting with the FEDs and our President anyway! Here are the national and local immigration rules. Come close, go away! You are in. You are out. It’s against the law to break into our country, but if and when you do, welfare, free medical, mortgages, housing and jobs are awaiting you. Most our cities in the U.S. play, and are good at playing the sanctuary game, so your crimes and exploitation of our services are covered.

Since the deranged masses say they want REAL border security, our politicians pretend to protect our borders. The truth is when some of the illegal alien drug thugs and other criminals come across and happen to collide with our border patrol, don’t worry. We will just throw those pesky, racist border patrol, Minute Men or police in prison.

The truth is pathetically obvious since the idiot law change back in the 60s by Kennedy opened the floodgate to illegal aliens, THERE IS AN ANTI-AMERICAN, GLOBALIST AGENDA GOING ON! Soon it will be hate speech to say the word “sovereignty, illegal alien, or border!!!” You are not a patriotic, law-abiding American because you want border security. You are a racist, uncompassionate pig. Christian, you say? How can you say you know God when you have no heart for poor people in need?

Listen to the very words of Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, taken right off their web site:

“The world’s 190-plus states now co-exist with a larger number of powerful non-sovereign and at least partly independent actors, ranging from corporations to non-government organizations, from terrorist groups to drug cartels, from regional and global institutions to banks and private equity funds. The sovereign state is influenced by them as much as it is able to influence them… as a result, new mechanisms are needed for regional and global governance that include actors other than states.”

What about all that psycho-babble isn’t clear to you all? The CFR already thinks sovereignty is hate speech!!! All three of our front-running President wanna-bes have ties to the CFR by the way. They also have ties to the Trilateral Commission, whose stated goal is to create a new international economic order. I will never forget Bush senior talking over and over again about the New World Order.

I will say it: CFRs talk of losing our borders is treasonous. Any politician or government leader who manipulates, schemes or plans to eradicate our borders, and morph us into another creation called the North American Union, is committing treason! We don’t need change! We don’t need a new world order! We don’t need a new international economic order! We need to reset our buttons to our precious bill of rights and U.S. constitution and submitting to God Almighty. Don’t you dare settle for anything less!

Laurie Roth is the host of The Roth Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard every weeknight in various markets across the U.S. Doug Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, joins Dr. Roth every Friday night to discuss terrorism related issues.

United 93 memorial: a call for an investigation

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

11 April 2008: Last July, I asked visitors to this web site to become “a juror” in the “case” of the United Flight 93 memorial planned for Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Flight 93, of course, was hijacked by Islamic terrorists on 9/11, crashed and all forty of the passengers and crew perished as a result. A memorial is planned at the crash site in Shanksville PA. A very strange memorial indeed. Now you CAN make a difference.

Please review the evidence HERE.

Make your voice known by signing the petition HERE..

The petition:

Many features of the chosen Flight 93 Memorial design are intolerable:

1. THE GIANT CRESCENT. The centerpiece of the original “Crescent of Embrace” design was a giant red Islamic shaped crescent. Every particle of this original crescent design remains completely intact in the so-called redesign, which only added a few irrelevant trees. The giant crescent is still there.

2. IT POINTS TO MECCA. The giant crescent points to Mecca. A crescent that Muslims face into to face Mecca is called a “mihrab,” and is the central feature around which every mosque is built. The Flight 93 Memorial is on track to become the world’s largest mosque.

3. THE ISLAMIC SUNDIAL. The minaret-like Tower of Voices is a year-round accurate Islamic prayer-time sundial (one of many typical mosque features that are realized in the crescent design, all on the same epic scale as the half mile wide central crescent).

4. THE 44 BLOCKS. There are 44 glass blocks on the flight path, equaling the number of passengers, crew, AND terrorists.

Intentional or not, these features are entirely unacceptable. This travesty must stop and investigations must begin.

1) We the undersigned call on our state and federal legislators to undertake their own thorough and independent investigations of the Flight 93 Memorial design. The truth must come out.

2) We ask that the crescent design be scrapped entirely and that it be replaced with a new design that is not tainted by Islamic or terrorist memorializing symbolism.

3) We demand a fitting and proper memorial that HONORS the brave men and women of Flight 93.

Nuclear material stolen

Security camera sees person carrying away a 50 pound container of nuke material

9 April 2008: A radioactive substance that can be used to make a dirty bomb has been stolen in Japan, police and officials said on Tuesday, warning the public not to go near it.

A sealed metal container holding a small amount of iridium 192 was stolen on Monday from the office near Tokyo of a company that inspects industrial products, police said.

Iridium 192 is commonly used in cancer radiation treatment but it is also cited in scenarios by anti-terrorism investigators as an ingredient for a makeshift nuclear bomb.

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NYC cab driver promoting Islamic terrorism

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

8 April 2008: It is a classic example of a Muslim terrorist supporter and sympathizer using the freedoms granted to him by the United States to promote an agenda of violence and terrorism. Meet the abysmal and morally bankrupt Yousef al-Khattab, arguably one of the most despicable wastes of genetic material ever to suck American air. Spewing anti-Semitic propaganda, pro-Muslim rhetoric and arguably seditious speech, this dim-witted display of Islamic intellectualism is shown in the image below expressing his joy at a NY issued POW license plate.

Formerly known as Joseph Cohen, he runs a pro-Muslim terrorist web site known as RevolutionMuslim.com and an interactive web forum appropriately named ModeratesRefuted.com from his Queens, New York residence.

Among the more hideously inciting projects by the yellow-toothed Cohen, a/k/a al-Khattab, is a video creation that mocks the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, entitled “The Daniel Pearl Comedy Show.” Still images from this video, hosted with apparent impunity by YouTube, are provided below:

This 39 year-old portrait of perversion bears watching - and we are. More will be forthcoming.

Jihad Comes to Wall Street

“Sharia finance” does exactly what it promises, financing the spread of sharia — and terror.

By Alex Alexiev

4 April 2008: If you’ve seen Geert Wilders’s film Fitna, you may not have noticed a single headline amongst all the bombings, beheadings, and earnest expressions of Islam’s eventual world domination: Halal-fund: investments for Muslims. But the investment vehicles referenced are an essential part of radical Islam’s efforts to insinuate itself into Western societies in order to destroy them from within.

EXCERPT: Sharia is a reactionary-to-the-core medieval Islamic doctrine that claims control over every aspect of every Muslim’s life. It imposes such “ethical” mandates on Muslims as the obligation to discriminate against women and non-Muslims; to kill homosexuals, adulterers, and apostates; to establish and maintain Muslim rule around the world; and to carry out violent offensive jihad against infidels. Notably, for those Muslims who cannot engage in physical jihad using force of arms, sharia requires that they support jihad financially. This is what sharia finance is all about.

Complete article - CLICK HERE

America’s Final War

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

3 April 2008: All of the wars and battles that America has fought since the April 19, 1775 engagement at Lexington and Concord through to Operation Desert Storm in 1991, as imperative and world-changing as they have been, they are but a fleeting blur when placed in contrast to the war declared upon us by Islamic fundamentalism and with respect to our national response. My intent in the next few paragraphs is to relate, in the most succinct way possible, how and why this could well be America’s final war due to the abject, unconscionable failure of our leadership and barring a drastic and comprehensive shift of focus in the prosecution of the war.

History in Brief

On Monday, October 22, 1979 Iranian Supreme-Leader Ayatollah Khomeini declared America to be the “Great Satan” and the “Enemy of Islam.” Thirteen days later, in the early morning of November 4, the war began in earnest with the seizure of sovereign American territory, our Embassy in Tehran and most of its staff and Marine Corps defenders. The war has been waged in fits and spurts of violence ever since. During the 1980s this war raged in Lebanon with repeated attacks on our Beirut Embassy, Marine Barracks bombing, numerous kidnappings, murders and assassinations, in hijacked and bombed commercial aircraft, as well as onboard the civilian cruise ship Achille Lauro in Egyptian territorial waters. This war continued internationally as well as on the soil of the American homeland throughout the 1990s in attacks and military engagements with which we are, or should be, very well familiar with. These actions culminated with the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, Washington, D.C., and preemptively by American patriots on-board United 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Declaring War on a Methodology

The response of the American government to the attacks of September 11 was to immediately declare war upon a methodology. Almost instantaneously gone from longstanding American military endeavor were the tried and tested true doctrines of preparing the battlefield and the warfighter for the coming military campaigns. Gone is the ancient and quintessential military imperative to know the enemy, to name the enemy, to study his ideology, tactics and warfighting doctrines, or to identify the ultimate objective of the war. In short, America entered this war against “terrorism” without a comprehensive plan with which to prosecute the war against a specific enemy. In declaring war against the ambiguous ”terrorist” enemy our leaders have effectively decided to engage in operations consisting of massive, unending counter-psychological warfare operations and brute force kinetic warfare against trained yet irregular non-state forces as well as their designated state sponsors. The irregular forces have been devastated by our military; yet their state-sponsors remain untouched with the lone exception of the Ba’athist Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein. The real enemy itself has yet to be identified. That enemy is Islam, its doctrine and its concept of warfare.

The Way Forward

Notwithstanding what this author wrote above, there are several senior military leaders who have performed military due diligence with respect to this enemy. Of the notes and suggested reading list which follows, I strongly recommend a thorough review of all those resources, but particularly those of LTC Myers, MAJ Zimmerman and MAJ Coughlin, and still others which they in turn cite and recommend within their work. Those cited books, essays, articles and theses should form the basis of the requisite American military doctrine to fight this war to a successful and unconditional conclusion, if that were possible. Time will tell if it is, although I have my doubts based upon the previous 6 years of warfare on the battlefield, on our streets, in our malls and in our courts, FISA or otherwise.

The Enemy

Based upon the multiple volumes of material read and researched in preparation for this endeavor, here is an abridged version of those listed below for the Northeast Intelligence Network reader.

To understand the nature of the enemy we must understand his ideology down to its most basic level. In virtually every aspect that ideology is theologically based in the Quran and the Hadith. To date every attempt to educate Americans and the Judeo-Christian West in general about these things has been met with raucous protests from Muslims the world over. Those protests are invariably accompanied by death threats against the infidel, apostate or former-Muslim author. A short list of such individuals would include Salman Rushdie, Wafa Sultan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Theo van Gogh, and Geert Wilders as the most recent example. The so-called “offense to Islam” perpetrated by the above is to unveil the true face of Islam by citing the same verbatim text of the Quran read by Muslims the world over or preached to them by “rightly guided” Imams during Friday sermons.

Forget about what you hear or read about Islam from the vast majority of Western media, the vast majority of it is as deceptive and disinformative as if it came from Usama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahri, some Iranian Ayatollah or a representative of CAIR on your favorite evening news program.

According to John Clark Mead there are “Cultural Muslims” who have no ill-intent and wish to live in peace for the duration of their lives. They adhere to social norms. The problem arises when “Quranic” or “Fundamentalist Muslims,” (i.e. those Muslims who adhere to specific Quranic ‘revelation’) proselytize them into what is undoubtedly radical, core Islam which seeks nothing less than a global Islamic world order under Shari’a Law. What all Muslim’s have in common is that they self-identify as serving the cause of “Allah.” What the radical “brothers” (al-Ikhwan) do is cite various offenses to Islam and the subsequent requirement of all their fellow true believers to join them in a Jihad for the defense Islam, for the sake of “Allah.” This is true whether the physical location is in the Middle East, Europe, or Main Street, USA. This is in every sense of the phrase a “group mentality” and one of the most basic aspects of Islam. The “group” of Islam is the “Ummah”. In other words from the Islamic prespective, it is “us” (the Ummah) against “them,” “Them” is “us” infidels (kuffar). America, Israel and the West are evil, un-Islamic, and for the sake of the Allah, the creator of the world, we (the ‘kuffar’) must be converted, submitted to their rightful rule or summarily dispatched into the hereafter.

Why 9/11?

Why did 9/11 occur? Two of the sources referenced below cite the reason for 9/11 and several other mass-casualty terrorist attacks very well. The attack was launched for the purpose of Islamic “Strategic Provocation and Retaliation.” Mead refers to this as “SPAR warfare” as does the relatively unheralded thesis of Major Ronald Zimmerman, Jr. The Quranic warfighting doctrine underlying such strategic strikes was to strike terror in our hearts; to strike the symbolic economic and military core of this nation on our home turf in order to precipitate a massive American military retaliation against Muslim lands. The ensuing conventional war would be fought on more or less equal conventional terms. This was Usama bin Laden’s core strategic objective is his calculation that the American military could be drawn into Afghanistan thus affording his Islamic mujahideen the opportunity to repeat the success they achieved against the former-Soviet Union. Just as American forces were on Saudi soil in the 1990’s we were drawn into Islamic land and the “defense of Islam” stratagem could be invoked across the planet, enjoining all Muslims to join the Jihad against the infidel invaders. Is there any wonder why Al Qaeda also invoked this same stratagem in the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom?

North American Ikhwan

As stated above this war is also being fought on our streets, malls, airports, schools, and most recently in our courts – FISA and otherwise. The biggest court battle to date is the U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation trial. From the federal evidence (cited below) admitted in that trial I think it imperative to inform the American public of the agenda the so-called “moderate” Muslims living among us have been executing for at least the past 20 years. This is completely unambiguous and one-hundred percent definitive of the objective of the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimuun) and their brethren, including all un-indicted co-conspirators (such as CAIR, MAS, MSAs, et al.) in the American homeland: (bold for emphasis)

“The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and [“Allah’s”] religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

In Conclusion

This author could have written a book on this subject. Many of you are probably thankful I have not. That aside, I wish to pose one final, massive question.

With America now occupied in open warfare in several Islamic countries, and without an official and comprehensive warfighting doctrine against this enemy, much less an identification of his threat doctrine or warfighting strategy, and notwithstanding a public which remains as uninformed, ill-informed or misinformed as to why this war is being fought, where it is being fought, how it is being fought, by whom and what the ultimate objectives are, is there any reason not to realize that this could well be America’s final war?

This is an existential war for the United States of America. We The People ignore it and permit our leadership to ignore it to ‘our great detriment.’

NOTES and Suggested Reading1.Malcolm W. Nance, The Terrorist Recognition Handbook (Guildford, CT, The Lyons Press, 2003)

2. John Clark Mead, The New World War (Fairfax, VA, Xulon Press, 2002)

3. LTC Joseph C. Myers, “The Quranic Concept of War”, (Parameters, Winter 2006-07, pp. 108-21) Review essay of Brig.Gen. S.K. Malik’s book of the same title (Lahore, Pakistan, Associated Printers, 1979) http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usawc/Parameters/06winter/win-ess.htm

4. Maj. Ronald E. Zimmerman, Jr., Thesis: “Strategic Provocation: Explaining Terrorist Attacks on America”, (Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL, 2002)

http://stinet.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA420581&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf

5. Maj. (USAR) Stephen Collins Coughlin, Thesis “To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad” (NDIC, 2007) http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/PDF/CoughlinExtremistJihad.pdf

6. Government Exhibit 003-0085 3:04-CR-240-G, U.S. v. HLF, et al.,
Bate #ISE-SW/ 1B10/ 0000413-0000418, Page 21 (English translation).

http://www.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/nefaikhwan1007.pdf

7. Issue Brief, “Saving Afghanistan: An Appeal and Plan for Urgent Action”, (Atlantic Council of the United States, 2008) http://www.acus.org/docs/012808-AfghanistanbriefwoSAG.pdf

Binghamton, NY: Eyes Wide Shut

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

2 April 2008: The city of Binghamton, New York granted them the necessary permits to have a parade this Saturday to celebrate Muhammad’s birthday. According to the city’s web site, such events are arranged through Tarik Abdelazim, Executive Assistant to the Mayor. According to Andrew Block, Director of Community Relations, the Muslims of the Americas (MOA) - the name used by the Hancock, NY based group - have the blessings of the Binghamton, NY police Department to parade.

Meanwhile, an article in the New English Review reinforces our investigative findings about those who will be marching in Binghamton on Saturday: they are “[T]he best positioned group to help al-Qaeda launch an attack in the US.”

Nevertheless, the city of Binghamton, NY has given them their blessings for a parade on Saturday.

Investigation conducted by this agency - and myself personally - determined and confirmed that The Muslims of the Americas (MoA) is the “front group” for the terrorist organization Jamaat ul Fuqra. They have pledged their allegiance to their leader, Sheikh Mubarek Ali Gilani of Lahore, Pakistan.

Make no mistake: the leader of Jamaat ul Fuqra, Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani, is an INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC TERRORIST. He met with Islamic terrorist leaders including Osama bin Laden in 1993. He is a very dangerous man, and those who follow his teachings should be considered dangerous and enemies of the United States, Canada and all of Western civilization.

Nevertheless, the city of Binghamton, NY has given them their blessings for a parade on Saturday.

I have personally investigated this terrorist organization. My investigative findings appear in a 2006 report authored by the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC) that was disseminated to law enforcement. Jamaat ul Fuqra is directly linked to a number of murders, arsons, and violent crimes in the United States and Canada. There is nothing benign about the intentions of Jamaat ul Fuqra - they seek to “purify Islam” through violence. Associates of Jamaat ul Fuqra include Rodney Hampton-El (1993 World Trade Center bombing), John Allen Muhammad (the Beltway sniper), and Richard Reid (the shoe-bomber).

Nevertheless, the city of Binghamton, NY has given them their blessings for a parade on Saturday.

Furthermore, I have been the subject of a delusional diatribe by Gilani himself, who bills himself as the “sixth Sultan ul-Fuqra,” and a direct descendant of Muhammad. There is nothing benign about the activities and intentions of this international terrorist - a man who appears on film chanting, “Down, down with the USA!” “Down, down with the CIA,” and “Death to the Jews.”

Nevertheless, the city of Binghamton, NY has given them their blessings for a parade on Saturday.

Without any doubt, the first amendment of the U.S. constitution guarantees the freedom of speech and expression, regardless of the popularity of the message. But questions must be asked of city officials in Binghamton:

Do you know who you are dealing with?

Perhaps visitors to this site would like to ask such questions of those who approve of the parade:

Matthew T. Ryan
Mayor
38 Hawley Street, 4th Floor
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 772-7001
(607) 772-0508 fax
mayor@cityofbinghamton.comTarik Abdelazim
Executive Assistant to the Mayor
tabdelazim@cityofbinghamton.com

Andrew Block
Director of Community Relations
awblock@cityofbinghamton.com

Kathleen McDonald
Secretary to the Mayor
kbmcdonald@cityofbinghamton.com

Read the article by Jerry Gordon HERE.

Coordinated laser attacks against passenger aircraft in Australia

1 April 2008: Starting last Friday, at least six passenger aircraft flying into Sydney, Australia were “painted” by lasers as they approached the airport in Sydney. According to Australian authorities, the attacks forced the airplanes to change their flight paths and delay their landings into Sydney. The attacks against the aircraft, described as “coordinated,” consisted of four separate lasers situated in separate locations and lasted upwards of 15 minutes. An investigation of the incident determined that the lasers appear to have originated from the Bexley area of south-western Sydney.

Another laser incident was reported last night, disrupting the flight path of another Sydney-bound plane. Australian police reported that a laser was pointed at a commercial aircraft that was traveling from Cairns to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport. The incident took place at about 9:30 p.m. local time and apparently originated from the Bossley Park area.

Laser “attacks” against commercial and military aircraft is not new, especially in the U.S. The Northeast Intelligence Network has been reporting on such attacks worldwide for the last four years, including laser activity in Australia in March 2007.