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Afghanistan
Suicide bomber kills 3 in Kabul
A car carrying explosives blew up Sunday near the convoy of a senior politician in the Afghan capital, killing two suspected suicide attackers and a bystander and injuring four other people, police said. Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, the head of a commission leading efforts for reconciliation between the Afghan government and Taliban militants, was driving to work when the explosion occurred. Mujaddedi and others in his convoy were not hurt, police official Zalmay Huryakhil said.

Two vehicles in Mujaddedi's convoy were damaged, an Associated Press reporter saw. The four-wheel-drive vehicle with tinted windows usually used by Mujaddedi had shattered windows and one side was riddled with shrapnel. "It was a very dangerous conspiracy against Mujaddedi. Mujaddedi is fine. He is in his office," said Syed Sharif Yousafi, a Mujaddedi aide. Mujaddedi is also head of the upper house of the Afghan Parliament.
Sibghatullah is also a former president of Afghanistan, from 1992, I believe. He was chosen because he was inoffensive to most people. Even Hek didn't bother trying to bump him off.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 01:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:


Afghans bust Pakistani bombmaker
A Pakistani man accused of aiding al-Qaeda and the Taleban has been held in a joint US-Afghan operation, security sources have told the BBC. The governor of Kunar Province in Afghanistan said that Haji Nadir was a "trusted al-Qaeda number 3 operative" and was in Afghanistan to carry out attacks.

Security sources said Mr Nadir was suspected of training fighters and making bombs for use in Afghanistan. He has been taken to Bagram air base for questioning by American forces.
The new Gitmo.
Mr Nadir was arrested on Thursday in Afghanistan's Kunar Province, after crossing the border from Pakistan. Security sources said Mr Nadir, from Dir district in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, had been actively involved in the increasing number of roadside bombings carried out by insurgents in the eastern Kunar Province.

There have been at least 10 roadside bombs this year, compared to 17 in 2005 and five in 2005.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 00:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban behead 2 former officials in Helmand
Taleban insurgents have beheaded two former Afghan government officials in the southern province of Helmand, officials said today. Local officials said the bodies were dumped today beside a road in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of Helmand where British troops have started deploying as part of Nato's expansion plan.

One of the dead men was Abdul Razaaq, a former pro-government militia commander for the province, they said.

The interior ministry in Kabul said the beheadings were carried out by "Afghanistan's enemies", a term usually used by Afghan officials to describe Taleban and al Qaeda allies. A Taleban commander said Taleban militants were behind the beheadings. "We beheaded them because they had committed heinous atrocities," the commander said.

The incident is part of growing violence by militants in the restive province where one policeman was killed and five others wounded today after a roadside bomb hit their vehicle, a local official said. Yesterday two local police and one Taleban fighter were killed in a clash in another area of the province, according to local officials.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Hard boyz threaten ExxonMobil, say they aren't part of al-Qaeda
I'd note once again that the Ijaw ethnic group to which most of these twerps belong is majority Christian and should be distinguished from the sha'riah nuttiness by Islamists up in northern Nigeria. The former want to break away from the state while the latter want to take it over. The Nigerian government claims there's a vast terrorist conspiracy afoot, but so far there aren't the same kind of obvious connections that we see in say, Bangladesh, where there's all the usual "dual use" charity connections. So either the bad guys are being more subtle or the Nigerian government is full of it and I could see either being true.
Militants in the Niger Delta at the weekend vowed to inflict serious damage on the operations of ExxonMobil if the company fails to compensate victims of the 1998 devastating oil spill after the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum.

The renewed threat followed what the militants termed the arrogant posture of the company over the payment of compensation to the victims of the Idoho oil spill that ravaged the entire Niger Delta region.

The expected attack, code named ‘Operation Black Mamba’, according to them, would ground the operations of the company this month. “We shall go after every ExxonMobil’s operation in the Niger Delta without mercy. We shall bring to naught the fullness of their operations in the Niger Delta with frenzy,” the militants stated.

They had earlier written to the company to compensate the victims but ExxonMobil had asked them to initiate processes in line with due process rather than use force.

Spokesperson for the militant Martyrs Brigade, Cynthia Whyte, in statement online urged the company not to regard the ultimatum as an empty threat, adding that youths in the region would no longer condone any acts of irresponsibility from oil multinationals.

“If ExxonMobil refuses to honor its obligation to the victims of the 1998 oil spillage, we shall unleash a festival of carnage on all their operations in the Niger Delta,” the group said, describing its position as the final word.

The statement said militant groups in the region were building synergies and building partnerships to challenge the old ways of gross neglect of the region, describing the initiative as community-driven and bottom-up approach.

The militants said with the new initiative in place, exploited communities now have an open option to resort to strategic militancy to get their wishes done as a last resort and as a way of taking their destiny in their hands.

The group, however, denounced any link with terrorist groups or a network such as Al-Qaeda, explaining that its current armed campaigns were genuine attempts by a neglected, oppressed and subjugated people to mete out justice to their oppressors.

“We do not need the assistance of any terrorist network to get the job done. The anger in our hearts and the loss and theft of our livelihoods and resources is good enough motivation. We owe no allegiance to any terrorist organisation,” the statement added, explaining that the operations were in line with the doctrine and belief of its detained leader, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 00:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There is just something about Nigeria that brings out the utter swinishness in people, both locally and those who do business there. Why people would so consistently embrace "penny wise and pound foolish" ways of behavior is mystefying.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/12/2006 9:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Anonymoose---there is something about Nigerians that hot tap into petroleum pipelines for some free gas, too, and become crispy critters. Whatta place.
Posted by: Alaska Paul in Hooper Bay, AK || 03/12/2006 13:11 Comments || Top||

#3  This is one more reason we still need a couple of functioning battleships. Park one of these beasties off the coast of Nigeria and start lobbing shells at any and every Ijaw village, encampment, or local gathering. Show them what happens when you mess with the best. I'm sure it won't take too long for them to get the message. Our failure to vigorously defend ourselves from greedy little twerps the world over is coming back to haunt us. We need to grow a spine and retaliate, or this will not only continue, but will spread. One salvo would be all it would take to teach Caracas to leave Americans alone, but we have lost that option. Congress is both short-sighted and stupid, and has far too many people who believe WE'RE the enemy, instead of those that attack us. Something has to change, and quickly, or the United States will be in even deeper kimchee.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 03/12/2006 14:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Spooky circling in the sky would do the same message for the survivors, at least. Maybe we can arrange a shift of the scam email bidness to the Ijaws as a better income source?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2006 15:14 Comments || Top||


Britain
Sudan massacres suspect let into Britain
A SENIOR Sudanese security official blamed for massacres in the Darfur region of the country was allowed into Britain for medical treatment last week. Salah Abdallah Gosh, director of the national security and intelligence service in Khartoum, obtained a British visa even though a United Nations panel has recommended that he and 16 other officials be banned from travelling abroad.
Ohfergawdsake.
Gosh returned home on Thursday. The Sudanese embassy gave no details of his medical condition. The UN panel recommends that Gosh and two other Sudanese officials — Elzubier Bashir Taha, the interior minister, and Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein, the defence minister — be charged with war crimes. It says in an annexe to its report that Gosh failed to “neutralise and disarm non-state armed militia groups in Darfur” and could face criminal charges because he bore “command responsibility for acts of arbitrary detention, harassment (and) torture”. The panel has recommended freezing overseas assets such as bank accounts belonging to all 17 people on its list. Omar Hassan Ahmed el- Bashir, the Sudanese president, and Idriss Deby, his contemporary in neighbouring Chad, appear on a secondary list of five individuals being considered for future sanctions. Gosh is close to el-Bashir and, according to exiled opponents, may have been involved in other notorious security operations.

Gosh has close links with the CIA, which regards him as an ally in the war on terror. The agency flew him to Virginia last April to discuss intelligence on Al-Qaeda but the trip provoked disquiet in Congress and the State Department and embarrassed President Bush, who has called the Sudanese government’s actions in Darfur “genocide”. The British government’s willingness to allow Gosh into the country has astonished critics of the Sudanese regime.
more at the link
Posted by: lotp || 03/12/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [401 views] Top|| File under:

#1  British judges are only interested in trying IDF officers.
Posted by: gromgoru || 03/12/2006 8:02 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
7,000 Chechen hard boyz have surrendered since 1999 - Kadyrov
The prime minister of Chechnya says that 7,000 insurgent separatists have surrendered to the Russian government since 1999.

Ramzan Kadyrov said that those who gave up arms have received amnesty, the Novosti news agency reported.

Kadyrov is the son of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in 2004 after switching from being a separatist to supporting the Russian government.

Kadyrov said that returning militants to normal civilian life was his father`s main aim.

Many of the former militants are now in military units fighting the insurgents, Kadyrov said.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Many of the former militants are now in military units fighting the insurgents, Kadyrov said.

If true, that's very interesting. Is it true?
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/12/2006 11:42 Comments || Top||

#2  This sounds like a Muslim repatriating muzzie terrorists back into circulation. They may be needed for splodydope duty next year. May as well get them familiar with the police station while it's still there.
Posted by: wxjames || 03/12/2006 13:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Recycling camel jockies. Interesting. Wonder if it's true, sounds like it. What is also interesting is the quranic law would call for these boys to be murdered. They must be betting on something.
Posted by: Icerigger || 03/12/2006 14:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Some more than once, I'll bet.
Posted by: gromgoru || 03/12/2006 16:05 Comments || Top||


Hard boy captured, arms cache seized
A militant wanted for crimes has been captured in the Chechen town of Achkhoi-Martan.

The man was involved in a series of terrorist attacks and acts of sabotage staged by his armed group against federal troops in 2000-2002, a local law enforcement source told Interfax-AVN by phone on Friday.

Two grenade launchers, a sub-machine gun, five shells, 12 hand grenades, 100 cartridges, and an improvised explosive device were confiscated from four caches found in the republic's Vedeno, Nozhai-Yurt, Sunzha and Shatoi districts.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 00:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus Corpse Count
At least seven Russian soldiers and a police officer have been killed in separate attacks by Chechen rebels. The news was reported by unidentified sources in the Russian nominated Chechen government, according to which all the victims lost their lives in ambushes. In one case, in the vicinity of Nozhai-Yurt, two Russian troops died as they prepared to throw a hand grenade at rebels, when the grenade blew up in their hands.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 00:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Those numbers make it a low intensity guerilla war. In that context, civilians are more willing to inform on terrorists.
Posted by: Listen To Dogs || 03/12/2006 8:32 Comments || Top||


Europe
Malmö restaurant peppered with bullets
Malmö. Hmmm, Malmö. I wonder what distinguishes Malmö from other Swedish cities.

Actually, despite the large immigrant population there, this might well have had to do with drugs or prostitution, both of which are funnelled through that part of Sweden from Russia to the rest of Europe.
A pizzeria in Arlöv, near Malmö, was shot at repeatedly with automatic weapons on Friday night. Shots were fired into areas where diners were sitting, but nobody was injured.

The shooting started when a Volvo pulled up outside the restaurant. According to a witness, around six unmasked men jumped out of the car. One of them was armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle, and shot indiscriminately through the pizzeria's windows. Nobody was hit by the bullets.

"They had a guardian angel," said Mats Attin at Malmö police. "It is amazing that there aren't ten people lying dead in there," he said.

Police forensic scientists found a large number of bullets in the walls and in other parts of the restaurant.

Following the shooting, the men got back into the car and drove away. "We don't know the reasons for the shooting, but there had been some kind of row earlier in the evening. We don't think it was aimed at the restaurant, but believe that it had something to do with a row between certain guests," Attin said. At the time of writing, police had not arrested anyone for the shooring.

Two witnesses said that they had seen what happened and were being questioned by police on Saturday morning. They have also given a general description of the men. "This is all we have at the moment," said police spokesman Bo Paulsson on Saturday morning.
"Yåh, wé håvé nøthïng sø får!"
Witnesses have so far not been able to identify any individuals, nor have the police found the Volvo.
Posted by: lotp || 03/12/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wait! This can't be right.

I'm pretty sure it's illegal to own automatic weapons in Sweden, so it couldn't possibly have happened....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/12/2006 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if this was the Volvo the bad guys pulled up in. A friend used to refer to this model as the "King Gustav hit car".
Posted by: Classical_Liberal || 03/12/2006 0:34 Comments || Top||

#3  One of them was armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle,

Oh the guns are there, all right. They'll come out of the woodwork when the time is right.
Posted by: Rafael || 03/12/2006 1:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Danish police accidentially stopped a car half an year ago on the way to swedish border, packed with weapons from former Yugoslavia. EU has practically no control inside the countries and weak control with outside countries. Situation will become more interesting soon.
Posted by: Nesvarbukas || 03/12/2006 5:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Beware the Volvo of Doom (tm)
Posted by: Carl in N.H. || 03/12/2006 8:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Sounds like it was the Soprannonsens.
Posted by: Matt || 03/12/2006 8:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Man, that's one ugly ride CL.
Posted by: 6 || 03/12/2006 13:46 Comments || Top||

#8  "They had a guardian angel," said Mats Attin at Malmö police. "It is amazing that there aren't ten people lying dead in there," he said.

No guardian angel needed. Most wannabe terrorist assholes fire from the hip and have no clue about muzzle rise. It always cracks me up in movies when the bad guy firing the automatic weapon sprays the ground around the good guy's feet. That never happens in real life. If you miss with an automatic weapon, you miss high.
Posted by: 11A5S || 03/12/2006 14:04 Comments || Top||

#9  ...Ya know, I drive an '89 Volvo 780 Bertone - and a smart-alec friend of mine said it looked like something 'a made guy from Stockholm' would drive.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/12/2006 15:38 Comments || Top||

#10  What's Swedish for “Umberto's Clam House”?
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 03/12/2006 19:22 Comments || Top||


French Preparations For Civil War
Training for Civil War in Alsace.

An exercise involving 400 soldiers will be held in Haut-Rhin, from March 14 to 16. The scenario strangely resembles repression of violent sedition carried out by an immigrant group. In effect, they are being trained in counter-guerilla tactics against terrorists in a section of Coteaux and Dornach (suburb of Mulhouse), a fortified Islamist zone. Rallying at the more European quarter of Stade de l'Ill, they will conduct a cleansing operation (or evacuation)...
Posted by: Listen To Dogs || 03/12/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [856 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I won't post much on this topic until English big media picks it up, but anti-Islamism is in rally time in France, under the banner of the "Blue Revolution." Every ideologue between Chirac and Le Pin has to take notice of "Le Bleus" for no other reason than that they wear blue scarves for visibility. If you remember your high school French, take a look at this
Posted by: Listen To Dogs || 03/12/2006 3:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Well red was for the Communards and that was so 19th Century vogue. The new 'in' color for Spring 2006 would have to be something else.

BTW, the French handling of the Communards would indeed be a good model for the next muzzie display of malcontent. It worked.
Posted by: Glising Chaviling8280 || 03/12/2006 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Interesting site, LtD. Thanks.
Posted by: lotp || 03/12/2006 9:34 Comments || Top||

#4  I suspect that an internal conflict like this would be more inclined to cross over into the ugly realm of "industrial war". Since it amounts to a police action, if the "insurgents" (interesting choice of words, now), commit some truly heinous acts, such as beheadings, the French might, unofficially at least, respond with summary executions.

Wouldn't it be a hoot if they brought back the guillotine?
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/12/2006 9:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Careful, though. One of the linked articles has this, which identifies the problem as "noirs"-blacks. The French would do far better to make this an issue of ideology, not skin color. Yes, it's colloquial, but they will get far support by avoiding racist language.

"De quoi sont morts Ilan Halimi et le gendarme Raphaël Clin ? Le premier des tortures que lui ont infligées ses ravisseurs. Le second du refus d'assistance des témoins de l'accident dont il venait d'être victime. Dans les deux cas, les acteurs principaux sont des Noirs. Quels sentiments les animaient ? La haine. Comment des êtres humains ont-ils pu en venir à de telles extrémités, telle est la question que tous les Français doivent désormais se poser."

(Roughly translated) From what did Ilan Halimi and the police officer Raphael Clin die? The first, from tortures inflicted on him by his kidnappers. The second, by the refusal of witnesses to help him after the accident he had. In these two cases, the principal actors are blacks. What motivates them? Hate. How could human beings go to such extremes? That is the question that all French must, from this point forward, ask themselves.
Posted by: Jules || 03/12/2006 10:45 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: doc || 03/12/2006 10:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Sounds like "Operation Valkyrie"!
Posted by: borgboy || 03/12/2006 11:34 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Icerigger || 03/12/2006 14:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Jules

You have conveniently cut the text before the author develops his full thought: that Blacks are being brainwashed to hate both Jews and the French and the part in that brainwashing by chic leftism. So much for the racist author. Nice try but you are not the only one here who can read French and follow links.
Posted by: JFM || 03/12/2006 14:55 Comments || Top||

#10  :-) how far will this go JFM, A5089? A real backlash or temporary ?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2006 15:26 Comments || Top||

#11  Wow-JFM-what a heavy-handed reaction to what I wrote. My point wasn't an attack on the author for being a racist.

Question-Will you argue that it isn't commonplace in France to use the broadbrush term "noirs" when referring to the immigrants there? This is damaging to France. If an African-American has lived in France for 15 years and is a believer in western principles, is he a "noir" like an African Islamic militant who has lived there for 15 years and despises everything about France?

When the car riots were going on in France, what should have been universal international opposition to the rioters was undercut by the fact that many non-French had seen racist attitudes in France prior to the riots--the belief that people not born in France or people with dark skin weren't "truly French". I am not the only one to have remarked on it here.

Backlash against me, if you like, it doesn't matter. What matters is that outdated terms painted broadbrush to immigrants in France does not help France or the West. IMO, it goes to the real difficulty for France-living down a reputation of discrimination against people not born there. Our arguments in this struggle are better couched in terms of belief systems, not skin color. We cannot go on and on about past history, root causes, etc-there is no expiration date on vengeance if we do. I think persuasion for the Blue Scarves is more likely if we discard language that is loaded with negative history that has nothing to do with the threat to France today.

"Noir" is the color of skin, fine. "Noir" has a history, fine. Doesn't mean we have to use it every time we talk about immigrant problems in France.
Posted by: Jules || 03/12/2006 16:23 Comments || Top||

#12  Jules

My point is that a mix of cowardice and leftism for fils a papa is fuelling anti-Jew and anti-French propaganda.

Two examples: Nobody is asking Dieudonné why he is so keen on the sufferings of the Palestinians and why he cares so little about Arabs are doing to Blacks in Soudan, why he makes so much fuss about the abolished Frecnh slavery and so little about the current slavery of Blacks in Islamisc countries (the big cheese at Mecca declared in 2005: "Slavery is part of Islam")? I suspect Fofana motivations were not primarily money but hate of Jews incited by Islamists and by the victimization of pooooooooooor little Palestinians by French media. Had he not been brainwashed by our MSM the logical thing would have been that he had settled his sights on one of those bearded guys who abound in teh area where he lives.

Another example: last year teh Bibliotheque Nationale produced a presentation of the Crusades for high-schoolers and one of the things asked to the user was "Show that Jihad has been a reaction to the vciolences of the Crusades". In other words the Bibliotheque Nationale contributed to the victimist speech of the Islamists (who evert complain of beiong agressed all while they slice infidel throats) and pushes Magrebians to hate the "agressors" and the "Gaulois" to inhibition (it is normal they hate us after what we have done to them).

Same for presentation of colonisation of Algeria: teh French had enough of the harassing by Muslim pirates. Oh, and then the eeeeeeeevil French used torture in Algeria and our leftist teachers and MSM will not tell our immigrants that in fact the heroic FLN was putting bombs in school busses, machine gunning merry-go-rounds, that it was exterminating with utmost sadism entire villages of non FLN Algerians (be it pro-France or non-FLN independists) and that making captured FLN talk was the only way to prevent another massacre.

Do you wonder they hate us when we or more exactly our MSM and teachers presnet us as monsters and their monsters as heroes?


Posted by: JFM || 03/12/2006 17:25 Comments || Top||

#13  More accusations of "racism." I'm beginning to wonder if this site is actually run out of Howard Univ. Lets end the name calling shall we?
Posted by: Juque Ebbaitle6026 || 03/12/2006 18:48 Comments || Top||

#14  "Do you wonder they hate us when we or more exactly our MSM and teachers presnet us as monsters and their monsters as heroes?" (JFM)

Not at all-you and I agree, to the extent that liberals so quickly and easily blame everything on "the West" or whites and excuse anything that non-whites do. That self-loathing Westerners help them along with this is suicidal. Personally, I am just wondering when the day will come when things like skin color, eye shape, height-all physical things people are born with-are no longer the basis by which we esteem or distance ourselves from others. Seems like ideas and behaviors would be much more important.

"More accusations of "racism." I'm beginning to wonder if this site is actually run out of Howard Univ. Lets end the name calling shall we?"

"Noirs" in France is often used as a racist slur-it is a term with lots of baggage. It is not "namecalling" to point that out.

Back on topic-glad to see this exercise is taking place. It is reassuring to know that the French are stirring and recognizing the threat to their way of life.
Posted by: Jules || 03/12/2006 19:55 Comments || Top||

#15  I agree with the posters who protest linkage of "black" people to Arab extremists. Editors of Blue Revolution sites like France-Echos denounce anti black/Jew groups like the National Front, but they still post some anti-black material where objective comment is also made on Muslim aggression. I monitored France's largest black oriented forum (http://grioo.com/) during last year's riots and I found no incitement comment whatsoever, and much condemnation. In contrast the website of France's official Muslim group - UIOF - had to shut down its forum at the time, because Arabs were advising on which streets to conduct car burnings. If any blacks participated in the riots, they were probably Muslims who Arabs still refer to as "abds" (slaves).
Posted by: Listen To Dogs || 03/12/2006 21:49 Comments || Top||

#16  The French fighting muzzies on their own soil begs the question, who will surrender first? We can only wish the frogs good luck and hope this spills over to the rest of Europe. With any luck they will raze all the nursery burning mosques and be done with it.

Maybe someone can explain to me why anyone in their right mind would want korAnimals in their country? Dhimmtude anyone?
Posted by: Icerigger || 03/12/2006 14:36 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Feingold Calls for Bush's Censure For Spying
In an exclusive interview on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold called on the Senate to publicly admonish President Bush for approving domestic wiretaps on American citizens without first seeking a legally required court order.

"This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors," said Feingold, D-Wis., a three-term senator and potential presidential contender.
and violator of political free speech. Censor and partisan incumbant protector
He said President Bush had, "openly and almost thumbing his nose at the American people," continued the NSA domestic wiretap program. President Bush has long asserted that the so-called 'warrantless wiretaps' are an essential tool in the war on terror.

But in a copy of the censure resolution obtained by ABC News, Feingold asserts the president, "repeatedly misled the public prior to the public disclosure of the National Security Agency surveillance program by indicating his administration was relying on court orders to wiretap suspected terrorists inside the United States." Feingold cites three instances over a year-long period in which Bush outlined the necessity of a court order or a judge's permission prior to a domestic wiretap of a U.S. citizen.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., also appearing exclusively on "This Week," defended Bush. "Russ is just wrong, he is flat wrong, he is dead wrong," Frist said.
he's an asshole too
The most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll put the president's approval rating at 41 percent, nearly a career low. But that not necessarily mean Feingold's censure resolution will succeed.
biased poll, biased results, and you can't get him below 41%? Well, where are the MSM in confidence ratings? 15%?
Censure, essentially a public disapproval by the Senate as a whole, has only been applied to one president, Andrew Jackson, in a politically-charged move the Senate historian's office describes as "unprecedented and never-repeated tactic."

Frist called the censure attempt "political" and a "terrible, terrible signal" to enemies of the U.S. abroad. He assured Stephanopoulos that the resolution would never gain traction in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Feingold, best known for his bipartisan fight for campaign finance reform with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., intends to introduce the resolution this week — insisting the move is not a cheap anti-american security political stunt. "We, as a Congress, have to stand up to a president who acts like the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were repealed on Sept 11, [2001]," Feingold said.

Video of Feingold's and Frist's full interviews will be posted at www.thisweek.abcnews.com.
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#1  Feingold must have been away on vacation -- he sorta missed that the MSM gave up and moved on to ports.
Posted by: Darrell || 03/12/2006 16:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Brain fart in wind
Posted by: Captain America || 03/12/2006 16:49 Comments || Top||

#3  well, he's supported by that icon of intellectual and ethical power, John Conyers (D-assholery)
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2006 16:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Gen Honore has an apt description for the Feingolds of the world.
Posted by: Cloth Snatch4013 || 03/12/2006 16:52 Comments || Top||

#5  question- isn't a cloth snatch kinda....well...abrasive?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2006 17:00 Comments || Top||

#6  I hope the majority of people in Wisconsin grow a pair and throw this idiot out of his job. Between the "camapign finance reform" and all his mouthings since then, he's proven that he has no idea what the Constitution says or means. Now if Arizona can end the political career of the other loser, John McCain, that would be a real reason to celebrate. A dead fish would be preferable to either of these two "Senators".
Posted by: Old Patriot || 03/12/2006 17:02 Comments || Top||

#7  I fart through silk, baby, lol.
Posted by: Cloth Snatch4013 || 03/12/2006 17:16 Comments || Top||

#8  We've been trying to throw this 'populist' out of office since before he got in. Too many "dead people" registered and voted from the National DNC voter rolls though. It was close in '98 when a schoolteacher/contractor almost got him, but the City of Madison (moonbat central) support for our gay congresswoman (moonbat to the ultimate) carried him with the 'sympathy vote'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/12/2006 17:27 Comments || Top||

#9  It is downright funny that democrats have called for the impeachment of every republican president since Gerald Ford. Conyers for Reagan, Henry "Fozzie Bear" Gonzales for Bush I, and now this lot for Bush II.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/12/2006 18:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Remember Feingold was the other half of the effort to eliminate the right to political free speech.
Posted by: DMFD || 03/12/2006 18:31 Comments || Top||

#11  I call for the censure of J-Rock for leaking ...
Posted by: doc || 03/12/2006 22:41 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Miranshah unrest spreading to other districts
Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao told the National Assembly on Saturday that unrest in Miranshah had spread to surrounding districts.

“These miscreants were continuously challenging the writ of the government, which forced us to take action,” Sherpao said.

He said that the situation had affected the settled areas of Tank and Mir Ali, where local Taliban had forced the closure of video shops and were asking people not to shave.

At least 120 security forces personnel and supporters of the government have been killed in North Waziristan Agency since March 1, NNI quoted the interior minister as saying.

“Miscreants and the so-called Taliban occupied government buildings, including the telephone exchange in Miranshah, and ambushed various government and security agencies’ convoys during the first week of this month,” Sherpao told the house.

Syed Nek Zaman, the member of the National Assembly (MNA) from the tribal region, had raised the issue of the military operation in the tribal areas, claiming that 500 civilians have been killed so far, NNI reported.

Sherpao was quoted by Online as saying that the tribal people were allowed to carry small arms, but missiles, RPGs, rockets and landmines were not light arms.

Opposition Leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman pledged complete cooperation from the opposition in the peaceful settlement of the Waziristan situation, but accused the government of non-cooperation.

Rehman said that the government was not sincere in wanting to restore peace in the tribal areas, and the army had been deployed in the region to serve US interests. Sherpao welcomed his offer of cooperation, saying that he hoped the opposition would support government efforts for the restoration of peace.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain expressed his displeasure at the government’s failure to produce Khawaja Saad Rafique in the house to attend the proceedings according to his directions. The opposition also protested the sacking of services of 2,700 employees of the Habib Bank Limited, and demanded that the government “stop terminating employees in the name of privatisation”.
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Pakistani plan to expel foreign madrassa students cancelled
As Pakistan's religious parties continue their campaign against president Pervez Musharraf, the government appears to have retreated from its original plan to expel all foreign students from the country's madrassas or Islamic seminaries. The decision was made after Musharraf met the leaders of Islamic seminaries two weeks ago and decision to back-track on the original 31 December deadline for expulsion, was announced this week.

After the London bombings in July, when it was confirmed that two of the suicide bombers had travelled to Pakistan before the attacks and one of them was also shown to have visited a Pakistani madrassa, Musharraf said that all foreign students in the madrassas, some 1400 of them, had to leave the country by the end of 2005. However the 31 December deadline came and went and the issue had been put on the back burner until this latest decision.

The president of the Sharia Education Board, Maulana Hanif Janlidari, told Adnkronos International (AKI) that 700 students of the 1400 foreign students in the Pakistani madrassas left Pakistan on their own will when the government intially announced the ban last year. The rest are still in the madrassas. However, sources have also told AKI that the foreign students who live in the registered madrassas located in Pakistan's cities do not pose any problems for the internal security of the country as local security agencies keep a vigilant eye on their activities and movements as well as their documents. The real problem lies in the unregistered madrassas, particularly those in the rural areas of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the south-western province of Baluchistan.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 01:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps it is time to send "mothers" (MOABs) to all these poor aimless waifs...
Posted by: DanNY || 03/12/2006 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Ok then they’re…ah…um… “students”…yeah, that’s the ticket. And it’s quite a grueling curriculum don’t cha know.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 03/12/2006 12:52 Comments || Top||

#3  MMA just took over from Perv
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2006 14:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Send in Cindy Sheehan. Maybe she can take them on a march to no where.
Posted by: Iceriggers || 03/12/2006 14:44 Comments || Top||


Jamaat-e-Islami urges continued jihad in Kashmir
Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Kashmir Sardar Mohammad Ijaz Afzal Khan Saturday urged the continuation of Jihad in occupied Kashmir which he said was the only way to liberate the territory.

During a meeting with Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik, the Jamaat leader said that not a pinch of flexibility on Kashmir could be expected from arrogant and deceptive India.

Ijaz said the Kashmir liberation movement would have to go on till its logical end. He added that people of Kashmir would never allow any bid to divided Kashmir.

The JI leader said that the so-called process of dialogue has given nothing except disappointment to the people of Kashmir.

Referring to the formation of the MMA chapter in Azad Kashmir, the Jamaat leader said this development would usher in a new impetus for Kashmir liberation in the region.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 03/12/2006 01:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Uh huh.. jihad has been real successful.. any day now Kashmir will be declared part of Pakistan.

I see it now... burkas everywhere, public floggings and amputations, executions in the Srinagar stadium..

And the green flag of islam will be flying over the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi..

My mistake, that was the Old Fort, and it was the devil Bush on the ramparts, giving a speech to the dirty hindoo kafirs

Posted by: john || 03/12/2006 7:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, well, I wouldn't bet on that. The Indians are slow to rile, but once they reach a boiling point, they are quite capable of massive retaliation. They will exterminate as many cockroaches as necesssary to keep from being over run.
Posted by: SOP35/Rat || 03/12/2006 11:03 Comments || Top||


Consolidating Power in Talibanistan
Bill Roggio discusses the implications of the Talibanization of the Waziristans. It's not a pretty picture.
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International-UN-NGOs
Weekly Piracy Report 28 February-6 March 2006
Suspicious crafts:

March 05 2006 at 0500 UTC in position 14:42N - 051:42E, Gulf of Aden. Six fast crafts doing over 20kts, yellow-red coloured hull with four persons in each craft approached a bulk carrier underway. Coalition warships in the vicinity tried to contact the crafts but received no response. Master sounded alarm and crew mustered and crafts sped towards northern Somali coast.

March 02 2006 at 1722 LT in position 01:28N - 052:42E, 350 nm from east coast, Somalia. A white-hulled trawler doing 12.6 knots followed a general cargo ship underway. Master took evasive manoeuvres and trawler moved away.

Recently reported incidents:

March 05 2006 at 0605 LT in position 03:01.5S - 107:18.5E, Gelasa straits, Indonesia. Six masked pirates with long knives in a speedboat approached a container ship underway. D/O raised alarm and crew mustered. Pirates aborted attempt and moved away.

March 05 2006 at 0345 LT at Chittagong ‘C’ anchorage, Bangladesh. Four country boats approached a container ship. Two boats came close to port side. 12 robbers boarded at port side and two boats approached at stern. Robbers threatened duty A/B and tried to break into storerooms. Crew mustered and robbers escaped. Port control and coast guard informed.

March 04 2006 at 2340 LT at Chittagong ‘C’ anchorage, Bangladesh. Twelve robbers attempted to board a container ship at port side. They threatened duty A/B who raised alarm. Crew mustered and robbers escaped in two country boats.

March 04 2006 during early morning, at anchorage off Talara, Peru. Seven armed robbers boarded a product tanker. They held the master and crew at gunpoint. They stole cash, equipment and personal belongings of crew and escaped.

March 02 2006 at 2155 LT in position 00:54.31N - 105:53.18E, Indonesia. Several persons in two fishing crafts attempted to board a large motor yacht underway. First craft approached at port bow on collision course and the second approached at stern. Skipper took evasive manoeuvres and increased speed and boarding was averted.

March 01 2006 at 2245 LT off Tioman islands, Malaysia. Robbers boarded a yacht and stole cash, personal belongings and other portable items. Police arrested three suspects and have recovered some of the stolen items. Suspects are under investigation and soon will be charged in the court.

February 28 2006 at 0330 LT at Samarinda anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a bulk carrier. They broke storeroom locks and attempted to steal ship's stores and property. Alert crew foiled attempt.

February 27 2006 at 0255 LT in position 03:12S - 116:20E, North Pulau Laut outer anchorage, Indonesia. Three robbers armed with guns and knives boarded a bulk carrier via anchor chain. They took hostage a watchman at gunpoint and forced him to lie down on deck. Robbers stole ship's stores and property and escaped.

February 21 2006 at 2000 LT off Tioman islands, Malaysia. Robbers boarded a yacht and stole cash, personal belongings and other portable items. Local police arrested three suspects and have recovered some of the stolen items. Suspects are under investigation and soon will be charged in the court.

February 17 2006 at 2055 LT at Chittagong ‘C’ anchorage, Bangladesh. Ten robbers armed with long knives, rods and battens boarded a container ship. They took hostage a duty crew, assaulted him, tied him and threatened him with a long knife at his neck. D/O raised alarm and crew mustered. Robbers broke into forward locker, stole ship's stores and escaped. Coast guard and port control informed and next day coast guard came for investigation.
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Iraq
Bombs kill 44, wound 200 in Baghdad Shiite slum
The feared resumption of mass sectarian violence erupted Sunday in a Baghdad Shiite slum when bombers blew apart two markets shortly before sundown, killing at least 44 people and wounding about 200.

The bloody assaults on Sadr City came only minutes after Iraqi political leaders said the new parliament will convene Thursday, three days earlier than planned, as the U.S. ambassador pushed to break a stalemate over naming a unity government.

The attackers struck with car bombs, including a suicide driver, and mortars at the peak shopping time, destroying dozens of market stalls and vehicles as the explosives ripped through the poor neighborhood as residents were buying food for their evening meals.

The neighborhood was quickly sealed off by Mahdi Army militiamen of radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr amid pandemonium as residents searched wildly for survivors and put charred corpses into ambulances and trucks to be taken away.

Smoke billowed into the evening sky and angry young men kicked the decapitated head of the suicide attacker, who appeared to be an African, that lay in the street at a shop door, according to AP Television News video.

The nature of the attack, its use of a suicide bomber, bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida in Iraq, which has said it hoped to start a Shiite-Sunni civil conflict.

Police said they defused a third car bomb, likely preventing an even higher death toll.

Bomb blasts, rocket and gunfire also killed at least 12 other people — 10 in Baghdad — and wounded 34 Sunday. The low thud of mortar fire periodically rumbled over the city.

The Sadr City bombers struck shortly after U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and leaders of Iraq's main ethnic and religious blocs concluded a news conference to announce agreement to move forward the first session of the new parliament to Thursday.

The political leaders said they would open marathon meetings on Monday in an attempt to reach agreement on a new government. Khalilzad said he would be available to join the talks at any time.

Among the issues to be discussed are how many positions various blocs will get in the new government, which will fill key posts and the government's program of action.

The first parliamentary session will take place three months after Dec. 15 elections and a month after the results were certified. It sets in motion a 60-day deadline for the legislature to elect a new president, approve the nomination of a prime minister and sign off on his Cabinet.

President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, stood by Shiite leader Adbul-Aziz al-Hakim and other Kurdish, Sunni Arab and secular leaders to make the announcement.

Khalilzad said a permanent government needed to be in place quickly to fill the "vacuum in authority" at a time of continuing effort by "terrorists to provoke sectarian conflict."

"To deal with the threat, (there is) the need on an urgent basis to form a government of national unity," Khalilzad said.

Al-Hakim, head of the powerful Shiite Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, agreed that forming a government was imperative.

"There was a determination from all the leaders to assume their responsibility to deal with this crisis. We have to get Iraq out of the situation it is in now," he said, standing outside Massoud Barzani's Kurdish Democratic Party headquarters.

Present in addition to Khalilzad, Talabani, al-Hakim and Barzani were Adnan al-Dulaimi, leader of the largest Sunni bloc in parliament and Adnan Pachachi, a secular Sunni representing Ayad Allawi, a Shiite and former prime minister.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, a Shiite, did not attend the meeting in the U.S.-controlled Green Zone but met earlier Sunday with Talabani.

Al-Jaafari's candidacy for a second term as prime minister is one of the major issues in dispute as some Kurdish, Sunni and secular leaders argue he is too divisive and did too little to contain the sectarian that killed hundreds after being unleashed by the Feb. 22 destruction of the famed golden dome atop the Askariya shrine in Samarra.

Iraqis had feared such an attack like the one that hit the Shiite slum on Sunday was coming, especially after al-Sadr's fighters stormed out of the slum to take revenge on Sunni Muslims and their mosques after the Samarra attack.

"After Sadr City's reaction to the bombing of our holy shrine in Samarra, we were expecting bombing attacks," said Amer al-Husseini, a black-turbaned cleric who serves as an aide to al-Sadr.

He said the Mahdi Army militia had mobilized its members Sunday night.

The Iraqi Islamic Party, the country's largest Sunni Muslim group, condemned the bombings, which it said were "carried out by the enemies of our nation who don't like to see Iraqis united or living in a stable country."

In a statement, the group urged all Iraqi political groups to cooperate "in order to put an end to the bloodshed that has targeted all Iraqis of all religions and sects and to speed the formation of a national unity government that works for the security of citizens."

On March 4, Gen. John Abizaid, chief of the U.S. Central Command, also predicted another such attack by terrorists trying to spark all-out civil war in the country.

"They'll find some other place that's undefended, they'll strike it and they'll hope for more sectarian violence," the general said after a two-day visit to Baghdad.

Formation of a strong central government is key to U.S. hopes to announce troop withdrawals beginning this summer. Key military leaders were expected to make recommendations on that step in meetings with President Bush in the coming days. The intensification of Khalilzad's political efforts appeared dictated by the need for progress before the coming meetings in Washington.

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Gunmen kill senior editor from Iraq state TV
BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed a senior editor from Iraqi state television, shooting him dead in his car as he was being driven to work on Saturday in Baghdad, police and the channel said. He was the second Iraqi television journalist to be killed in a week.

Iraqiya television and police sources said that Amjad Hameed had just left his house in central Baghdad when a car blocked his way and gunmen shot him in the head and seriously wounded his driver. Hameed, married with three children, began working at the channel more than a year ago. Iraqiya, whose editorial line is close to that of the Shi’ite Islamist parties leading the interim government, broke into its programmes and aired verses from the Koran in a sign of mourning.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel threatens to kill prisoners
Except that they'll do it if they cease being prisoners, in which case they won't be prisoners but unpunished murderers.
ISRAEL is prepared to assassinate four Palestinians accused in the 2001 murder of an Israeli tourism minister if they are released from jail, Israeli television reported today. Security forces and the army are prepared to take immediate action to either "eliminate or arrest" the militants if Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas organises their release from the West Bank's Jericho prison, Israel's second television channel said.

The report said Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz had already warned several times Israel would not allow the four, who are part of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), to live in freedom. Among the four is jailed PFLP leader Ahmed Saadat, who was voted into parliament in January's Palestinian general election.

Abbas said on March 7 he was ready to release Saadat, provided the PFLP took all responsibility for his security.

"I have no objection to Ahmed Saadat leaving prison tomorrow on condition that I receive a letter from the (PFLP) political office stipulating that I am not responsible for what happens to him," Abbas said. Abbas has recently said he feared Saadat could be assassinated by Israel if released from prison. Israel accuses Saadat, who has been jailed since August 2002 under British-US supervision, of being involved in the killing of Israeli tourism minister Rehavaam Zeevi, shot dead by a PFLP militant in 2001.
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#1  Al-Reuters will then report the "activists" as "shot dead"...
Posted by: borgboy || 03/12/2006 19:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe they'll get Racel Corrie'd. I'd hate to see them waste 4 perfectly good bullets.
Posted by: anymouse || 03/12/2006 19:45 Comments || Top||


Foley Killers Hanged
Two men convicted of killing an American official were hanged before dawn Saturday in Jordan's first execution of militants linked to Al Qaeda.

Salem Saad Suweid, a Libyan, and Yasser Freihat, a Jordanian, were executed for gunning down Laurence Foley, a 60-year-old administrator with the U.S. Agency for International Development, outside his Amman home in 2002. The plot was blamed on Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian who is the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Suweid was convicted of shooting Foley and Freihat with driving the getaway car.

Jordan, a U.S. ally and the target of Al Qaeda plots such as hotel bombings that killed 60 people last year, has sentenced scores of militants to death in recent years, but until Saturday, executions had been carried out only against Islamists not linked to known terrorist groups.

About 2,000 people protested in the West Bank village of Freihat's family. Freihat's father is a colonel in the Palestinian security forces. Islamic Jihad and Fatah set militants fire to photos of Jordan's King Abdullah II and chanted, "Death to USA, death to Israel, death to the betrayer Abdullah."

Suweid and Freihat were said to be part of an 11-member cell headed by Zarqawi.
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#1  That was quick, guilty last week, dead today. We could learn from this.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/12/2006 12:28 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran builds a secret underground complex
Iran's leaders have built a secret underground emergency command centre in Teheran as they prepare for a confrontation with the West over their illicit nuclear programme, the Sunday Telegraph has been told. The complex of rooms and offices beneath the Abbas Abad district in the north of the capital is designed to serve as a bolthole and headquarters for the country's rulers as military tensions mount. The recently completed command centre is connected by tunnels to other government compounds near the Mossala prayer ground, one of the city's most important religious sites. Offices of the state security forces, the energy department and the Organisation of Islamic Culture and Communications are all located in the same area.

The construction of the complex is part of the regime's plan to move more of its operations beneath ground. The Revolutionary Guard has overseen the development of subterranean chambers and tunnels - some more than half a mile long and an estimated 35ft high and wide - at sites across the country for research and development work on nuclear and rocket programmes.

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) learnt about the complex from its contacts within the regime. The same network revealed in 2002 that Iran had been operating a secret nuclear programme for 18 years. The underground strategy is partly designed to hide activities from satellite view and international inspections but also reflects a growing belief in Teheran that its showdown with the international community could end in air strikes by America or Israel. "Iran's leaders are clearly preparing for a confrontation by going underground," said Alireza Jafarzadeh, the NCRI official who made the 2002 announcement.
...more...RTWT...
Posted by: Cloth Snatch4013 || 03/12/2006 07:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [596 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Iran builds a secret underground complex

You misspelled Tomb again....

Someday Spelinkers(sp?) will be exploring the 'Tombs of the Mad Mullahs...'
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/12/2006 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2  With all this underground complexes, they are beginning to remind me of super villians in comic books.
Posted by: djohn66 || 03/12/2006 8:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh, gawd no - I am so NOT ready for mullahs in spandex outfits.
Posted by: lotp || 03/12/2006 9:27 Comments || Top||

#4  ROFL, lotp - you guys are a scream. :-D

Question: If the "underground complex" is so secret, how is it in the news?

And haven't the MM™ ever heard of bunker busters?

Just sayin', 's all.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/12/2006 9:58 Comments || Top||

#5  The MM's are eerily reminiscent of the Human enclave in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes." To them, the Bomb is God and the Ayatollah is his Prophet.

Glory be to the Bomb and to the Holy Fallout. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world with out end. Amen...

My dear everlasting bomb come down among us, to make heaven under earth like the hour of darkness. Oh instrument of god. Grant us thy truth. The truth to define in us. Feel that truth and through that flicker...

Let everyone go to his private shelter. Empty the streets. There to find the city of the dead. Let the blessing of the Bomb Almighty and the fellowship of the Holy Fallout descend on us all, this day and forever more...

- Mutant Prayer, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
Posted by: doc || 03/12/2006 10:09 Comments || Top||

#6  To #5: "BUGLER, SOUND THE ADVANCE!"
__________________________________
Famed words of General Urko as he leads the Gorilla Army through the Forbidden Zone and its holograms of 'The Lawgiver' - Proteus - burning...
Posted by: borgboy || 03/12/2006 11:30 Comments || Top||

#7  It NEVER ceases to amaze me how little people learn from history. Saddam had his secret underground complex too -- and look where he is now
Posted by: Darrell || 03/12/2006 12:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Most likely the important parts of these underground complexes are under significant mosques, holy sites, hospitals, etc. The expectation is that the West will at least hesitate before destroying such sites, and quite possibly forego attacking them at all. They are probably correct.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/12/2006 12:06 Comments || Top||

#9  Nope! 3 years ago I would agree. Now all the mosque's are to our pilots is a visual reference point. I've been ranting for the last 26 years we need to nuke these idiots. My fear, Glenmore, is the US will wait until they strike first with a WMD before any action is taken.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/12/2006 12:21 Comments || Top||

#10  fuel air pumped into the bunkers would be interesting.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/12/2006 12:26 Comments || Top||

#11  "The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) learnt about the complex from its contacts within the regime."

Condider the source!

The United States, which lists National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as a terrorist organization, closed the NCRI's Washington office in 2003.

In 1986, to bring opposition to the Iranian regime under one umbrella group, the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) formed the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK ) is the military wing of the NCRI.

The MEK was funded and assisted the Hussein regime in suppressing opposition within Iraq, and performed internal security for the Iraqi regime. In the early 1970s, MEK members killed several U.S. soldiers and civilians working on defense projects in Iran. They are also responsible for numerous terrorist attacks on western civilian construction projects. MEK members also were involved with the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Maryam Rajavi, MEK’s principal leader and her husband, Massoud Rajavi are often referred to as “Cult leaders”.

Posted by: DepotGuy || 03/12/2006 12:27 Comments || Top||

#12  Don't we have a bomb that penetrates the earth a bit then spills 2 chemicals together which produce millions of cubic meters of chloroform ?
Chloroform is an invisable fluid which flows down hill like water. One breath, fast death. Hiding underground is not smart, but then again, if they were smart, why would they embrace Islam ?
Posted by: wxjames || 03/12/2006 13:00 Comments || Top||

#13  The mosques will become target coordinates (Lat-Long) for the bunker busters. We have tried to be PC and respectful of mosques in our war actions. The enemy has not. They have used the mosques for ammon dumps, armories, observation posts, and sniping points. There will be a tipping point, just like Sammy put civilians on top of his C&C bunkers. When we work out the terrible equations of war, we are going to have to go through the mosques, baby milk factories, orphanages, baby duck petting zoos, ad nausium to get to the source of the evil. The M²s will eventually force us to by their actions. The longer we wait, the more horrendous it will become.

Frank G is right. Taking out the The M²s and their personal assets will send a message to these cowards. They will sing a different tune, just like G'Daffy did in 1986 when we attacked him with F-111s.
Posted by: Alaska Paul in Hooper Bay, AK || 03/12/2006 13:22 Comments || Top||

#14  gracias AP. These MM's are a gang pretending to religious authority. Admaninutjob is different, truly a fruitcake
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2006 14:24 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Icerigger || 03/12/2006 14:31 Comments || Top||

#17  If we really had a viable space program, we'd have the capability of going out to the asteroid belt, selecting one rather dense, half-mile diameter rock, and dropping it on Qom at about 55M/S. The resulting release of energy would destroy most if not all of Iran's above-ground structures, and collapse 2/3 to 3/4 of any underground structures. It would have the secondary effect of releasing any pressure on any fault line within 1500-2000 miles, and put the fear of whatever into anybody and everybody. A second one on Riyadh would have the effect of totally decapitating any Wahabbi manipulations forever. Sure, lots of people would die, but I doubt the numbers will reach the point they would exceed the numbers that are dying anyway while "the Religion of Peace" massacres people around the world. Of course, San Francisco might seceed from the United States, but that would only legitimize what is already taking place. I doubt many others would complain - at least, not openly.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 03/12/2006 14:37 Comments || Top||

#18  I wonder if the MMs have used the same architects for their underground bunkers that Osama used for his fivce story bu8nkers in Tora Bora.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/12/2006 14:39 Comments || Top||

#19  Maybe ther are digging for ancient Islamic texts or artifacts.

I think I'll go write the screenplay,
"Indiana Jones and the Hidden Imam".
Posted by: Penguin || 03/12/2006 15:51 Comments || Top||

#20  Barbara Skolaut
And haven't the MM™ ever heard of bunker busters?

Knowing my Muslims, the bunker is either under Teheran's principal hospital, or largest school complex.
Posted by: gromgoru || 03/12/2006 16:04 Comments || Top||

#21  Penguin: Harrison Ford HAS signed on to do one more IJ move
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2006 16:22 Comments || Top||

#22  OP said: If we really had a viable space program, we'd have the capability of going out to the asteroid belt, selecting one rather dense, half-mile diameter rock, and dropping it on Qom at about 55M/S. The resulting release of energy would destroy most if not all of Iran's above-ground structures, and collapse 2/3 to 3/4 of any underground structures. It would have the secondary effect of releasing any pressure on any fault line within 1500-2000 miles, and put the fear of whatever into anybody and everybody.

In the course of such a strike you'd kill more than 100 million people throughout the region and downrange through secondary effects. The resultant earthquake/shockwave alone would be felt in this country on the other side of the world as air happens to be an excellent transmitter of pressure waves.

What would happen to the oil fields in the region is beyond comprehension. Essentially - they're all gone. Oil fields, terminals, refineries, any shipping in the gulf at the time of the strike (and possibly in the Arabian Sea and beyond) - all gone.

Devastation would be massive, unprecendented, and ghastly. Even Israel would feel the effects for a loooonnnngggg time.

You would likely plunge the world into a years-long decrease in temperatures as the dust blown into the upper atmosphere dissipated (remember - you're talking about a kilometer wide dense, so likely nickle-iron, chunk of rock travelling at a significant velocity when it impacts (and it will impact - not explode in the upper atmosphere) - when it impacts, it has the energy to blow a significantly larger portion of whathever it strikes into the atmosphere as well, will liberate all of its energy, and will transfer that energy into the ground and atmosphere at the target point - that then radiates outwards very quickly). The US and the rest of the world would suffer, evetually, almost as much as the Middle East would.

As much as I dislike the Moslem culture and the idiocy of the "religion of peace", dropping a kilometer wide rock (roughly 1/2-mile as cited above) on them is like killing the patient to cure the disease.

Thanks,
Greg
Posted by: FOTSGreg || 03/12/2006 17:32 Comments || Top||

#23  FYI:

Atmospheric Entry:

The projectile begins to breakup at an altitude of 7220 meters = 23700 ft
The projectile reaches the ground in a broken condition. The mass of projectile strikes the surface at velocity 11 km/s = 6.82 miles/s
The impact energy is 2.52 x 1020 Joules = 6.03 x 104MegaTons.
The broken projectile fragments strike the ground in an ellipse of dimension 1.43 km by 1.01 km

Major Global Changes:

he Earth is not strongly disturbed by the impact and loses negligible mass.
The impact does not make a noticeable change in the Earth's rotation period or the tilt of its axis.
The impact does not shift the Earth's orbit noticeably.

Crater Dimensions:

Crater shape is normal in spite of atmospheric crushing; fragments are not significantly dispersed.

Transient Crater Diameter: 12.1 km = 7.52 miles
Transient Crater Depth: 4.28 km = 2.66 miles

Final Crater Diameter: 16.8 km = 10.5 miles
Final Crater Depth: 0.692 km = 0.43 miles

The crater formed is a complex crater.
At this impact velocity ( < 12 km/s), little shock melting of the target occurs.

Thermal Radiation:

At this impact velocity ( < 15 km/s), little vaporization occurs; no fireball is created, therefore, there is no thermal radiation damage.

Seismic:

At a range of 1200 km from impact of a 1-km (0.6 mi.) diameter asteroid, you can expect the following (minimum impact velocity BTW is 11 km/sec),

The major seismic shaking will arrive at approximately 240 seconds.
Richter Scale Magnitude: 7.8
Mercalli Scale Intensity at a distance of 1200 km:

I. Not felt except by a very few under especially favorable conditions.

II. Felt only by a few persons at rest, especially on upper floors of buildings.

Ejecta:

The ejecta will arrive approximately 551 seconds after the impact.
At your position there is a fine dusting of ejecta with occasional larger fragments
Average Ejecta Thickness: 111 micrometers = 4.37 1/1000 of an inch
Mean Fragment Diameter: 149 micrometers = 5.87 1/1000 of an inch

Air Blast:

The air blast will arrive at approximately 3640 seconds.
Peak Overpressure: 2030 Pa = 0.0203 bars = 0.288 psi
Max wind velocity: 4.73 m/s = 10.6 mph
Sound Intensity: 66 dB (Loud as heavy traffic)

Remember, all of this (except the cratering) is what you'd experience 1200 km away from the target (Qom).

Thanks,
Greg
Posted by: FOTSGreg || 03/12/2006 17:45 Comments || Top||

#24  Greg, how does this compare with a volcano ?
Two volcanos ?
Posted by: wxjames || 03/12/2006 18:12 Comments || Top||

#25  MM's attempt to enter Guinness Book for the World's Largest Mausoleum ...
Posted by: Thromort Spotle9087 || 03/12/2006 18:14 Comments || Top||

#26  Favorably?

Actually, the size of the asteroid being discussed and its' impact velocity is similar for the amount of debris a typical major volcanic eruption blows into the atmosphere. The asteroid and the volcano both have massive energy and delivers that energy almost directly into its target (the whole planet for the asteroid and the upper atmosphere for the volcano).

Volcanoes blow a considerable amount of energy into the atmosphere, but their blast footprints are considerably different from what an asteroid would have.

The asteroid has to blow through several tens of km of atmosphere before it strikes the earth. All that energy goes directly into the target. There are orders of magnitude difference between a volcanic explosion and an asteroid hit is quite different (hundreds of megatons of energy compared to thousands or millions for asteroid hits).

Look at the data. St. Helens blew what, about 3-9cu km of rock into the atmosphere? An asteroid hit does the same, roughly, but transfers a far greater amount of energy into the atmopshere and the shock wave as it's coming in.

Thanks,
Greg
Posted by: FOTSGreg || 03/12/2006 18:25 Comments || Top||

#27  Let us handle this...
Posted by: Halliburton Volcano Division || 03/12/2006 18:33 Comments || Top||

#28  FOTSGreg, where'd you get those calcs? Would love to see you around here more often, cut through all of the rhetoric and slogans/catchphrases. :-)
Posted by: Edward Yee || 03/12/2006 23:51 Comments || Top||

#29  Leave it to a mooslum to hide in a hole.
Posted by: Icerigger || 03/12/2006 14:31 Comments || Top||

#30  With all due respect, we already knew that the morlocks live underground.
Posted by: Poitiers-Lepanto || 03/12/2006 14:28 Comments || Top||


Lebanon busts al-Qaeda cell
Four Palestinians and four Lebanese nationals with suspected links to Al Qaida, who are believed to have been involved in rocket attacks on northern Israel in December, were recently arrested by Lebanese security officials.

Lebanese media reports over the weekend revealed that the suspects were arrested by Lebanese Army Intelligence officials in various areas extending from Beirut to the Beka'a Valley and the south.

The Al Safir and The Daily Star newspapers, stated that a large stockpile of weapons, including missiles, rockets and explosives, that had been stashed in caves and on lands the suspects owned, were also seized.

According to sources quoted in the newspapers, the Lebanese intelligence had been monitoring the network for some time after receiving tip off's regarding their activities. The investigation is still ongoing.

After the Al Qaida claimed responsibility for the December katyusha attacks on Kiryat Shomona, Shlomi and the western Galilee, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz declared the Israeli security establishment would closely monitor the situation in southern Lebanon.

"In the past two years we have noticed that Al Qaida is focusing more and more on the Middle East and Israel," Mofaz told reporters while touring the northern border. "We are prepared to deal with that reality," he added. According to security officials, Palestinian terror factions operating in southern Lebanon assist Al Qaida operatives.

At the time, Mofaz estimated that security assessments show that the situation is expected to become more complex in 2006.

The Hizbullah denied involvement in the December rocket attacks, and Israeli intelligence officials estimated that Ahmed Jabril's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was responsible.

Two days after the katyusha attacks, Al Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility, issuing a statement on an Islamic website, "The lion sons of Al Qaida launched a new attack on the Jewish state by launching ten missiles... from the Moslem lands in Lebanon on selected targets in the north of the Jewish state."

Media reports in Lebanon claim that in recent months Lebanese officials have been alarmed over the influx of weapons from Syria that reach militant Palestinian groups based in the Beka'a Valley and the Na'ameh area south of Beirut.

Last Wednesday, the Lebanese Army deployed troops in two villages located near the Nahr al Kabir river, that separates Syria from Lebanon in an attempt to prevent the entry of "illegal foreigners" and weapons into Lebanese territory.

The measures were in addition to a number of military checkpoints set up by the Lebanese Army days earlier, in an attempt to prevent the flow of weapons from reaching the Hizbullah, or Palestinian groups based in southern Lebanon. According to the reports, the check points were set up in the mountain passageways in the Upper Hemel, where the Syria and Lebanese borders meet.

On Thursday, Lebanese parliament member Walid Jumblatt expressed hopes that "the last shipment of weapons which recently entered the country, would be the last one smuggled into Lebanon from Syria." Speaking at the UN headquarters, Jumblatt was referring to truckloads of arms and missiles that arrived from Syria and were destined for the Hizbullah in February this year.

At the time the weapons haul was made public,
Jumblatt indicated that while the Lebanese army had intercepted the arms shipment, it had allowed its delivery to Hizbullah and Palestinian groups. According to the Al Safir report, Jumblat informed Terje Ried-Larsen at Thursday's meeting that he had received assurances from the Lebanese Army commander Michel Suleiman that it will not happen again.
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Leb army deploys troops in North along Syria border
The Lebanese Army deployed troops in two villages Wednesday along the Nahr al-Kabir river, which separates Syria from Lebanon in the North. The national news agency reported on Friday that more troops will be deployed along the river on Saturday. Foreign Minister, Fawzi Salloukh told The Daily Star that "these measures were taken to prevent the illegal entry of foreigners into Lebanese territory," Salloukh refused to comment any further.

This step comes a week after the army had erected permanent military points and closed all illegal crossings along the mountain passageways linking Syria to Lebanon in the Upper Hermel. Elias Hanna, a researcher on military affairs, told The Daily Star that a military decision at this level was "very important" and must have been preceded by a political decision. Hanna said that deploying the army would help in preventing the illegal entry of individuals as well as the flow of weapons, but stressed that it was more important to control weapons already present in Lebanese territories.

According to Hanna, deploying the army would allow the army to gather "good intelligence" information about the flow of arms and individuals across the borders with Syria. But he added that coordination between the army and the Internal Security Forces was vital to guarantee the success of the army in deterring that flow.
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