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Monday, October 16, 2006

National Security News Summary 10-16-2006

Headline Summaries Courtesy of National Terrorism Alert Center


Breaking News: 2nd Warning - Muslims Urged To Leave U.S. - Next Attack Imminent Urgent news from Peshawar.

The head of the Islamabad-based Al-Quds Media Center has received a message from a senior Taliban leader who calls upon all Muslims living in the United States to leave the country as soon as possible “because God’s punishment will fall upon America in the month of Ramadan.”

Jamal Ismail, a senior journalist at Al-Quds, received the call Thursday from Mulla Masoom Afghani. “Afghani said he was speaking from somewhere in the Kandahar province,” Ismail said. “He read the message in Arabic, which I recorded. In it he advised Muslim residents of America to get out to escape harm because the United States could face big attacks in the month of Ramadan.”

This is the second notice for Muslims to leave America. The first was issued to Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri in the wake of 9/11. Mir received the warning from Abu Dawood, the newly appointed commander of the al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, who said: Final preparations have been made for the American Hiroshima, a major attack on the U. S. Read More ... WorldNetDaily Article

NYC Students Charged Over Packages On Subway - October 14th, 2006

The dean of a Brooklyn arts college chastised two students who planted packages in the subway for a class project, saying it was like shouting fire in a crowded theater.

Robert Barrett and Jamie Davis, both 21, were arrested earlier this week on charges of placing fake bombs in the mass transit system - a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
They said the stunt was part of a class project at the Pratt Institute.

“There’s a difference between challenging paintings and thought-provoking conceptual projects and criminal activity,” Frank O. Lind, dean of Pratt’s School of Art and Design, told The New York Times. “This was shouting fire in a crowded theater.” Read More

Police Had A Second Mole In Terror Plot October 14th, 2006

The Globe and Mail has learned the identity of a second informer who was instrumental in Canada’s most sensational anti-terrorism sweep.

Around the time 18 individuals were arrested on terror-related charges in June, a man vanished from his home in a Toronto suburb.

At first, most of his friends and business partners had no idea why he would leave his home, disappearing with his immediate family. The man, who is in his late 20s, had been going through money problems, as he often had before, but nothing particularly serious. Read More

North Korea Threatens New York, Washington - October 12th, 2006

As reports circulated of a second imminent nuclear test, a high-ranking North Korean official who is called the unofficial spokesman for Kim Jong-il issued a not-so-veiled threat to the United States today in an interview with South Korean radio.

“Everything will be settled in a week,” said Kim Myong-chol on KBS Radio. “That is, whether we, Korean people, will remain as we are now, or lose, or New York will lose, or Washington, D.C., will lose, it will all be settled once and for all.” Read More

Chicago To Have Cameras On Every Corner - October 12th, 2006

Security and terrorism won’t be an issue if Chicago wins the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games because, by that time, there’ll be a surveillance camera on every corner, Mayor Daley said Wednesday.

“By the time 2016 [rolls around], we’ll have more cameras than Washington, D.C. … Our technology is more advanced than any other city in the world — even compared to London — dealing with our cameras and the sophistication of cameras and retro-fitting all the cameras downtown in new buildings, doing the CTA cameras,” Daley said. Read More

Homeland Security Plans Cargo Scanning - October 12th, 2006

The Homeland Security Department expects to formalize agreements with up to three foreign ports by the end of this year to scan all cargo containers before they are shipped to the United States, a senior department official said Wednesday. Read More

Man Admits Plotting UK and US Terror Strikes - October 12th, 2006

A London man today pleaded guilty to plotting to murder people in terrorist attacks on Britain and the US, with targets including the World Bank in Washington.

Dhiren Barot planned to use a radioactive so-called dirty bomb in one of a series of synchronized attacks in the UK, with the intention of causing “fear, terror and chaos”.

He intended to strike British targets in a conspiracy known as the gas limos project, packing three limousines with gas cylinders and explosives and detonating them in underground car parks. Read More

U.S. Brings First Treason Case In Over 50 Years - October 11th, 2006

A California-born convert to Islam, accused of making a series of al Qaeda propaganda videos, became on Wednesday the first American charged with treason since the World War Two era, U.S. Justice Department officials said.

Fugitive Adam Gadahn, 28, who is believed to be in Pakistan, was accused of treason, which carries a maximum punishment of death, and providing material support to al Qaeda, they said.
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Terror Cells At Work - October 11th, 2006

Terrorists jailed in Indonesia are translating Middle Eastern terror manuals for mass distribution, a leading terrorist expert said yesterday. International Crisis Group director Sidney Jones told a terrorism forum that translated manuscripts were being smuggled out of Indonesian prisons and mass-printed by commercial publishing houses or posted on the internet.

Indonesia has arrested more than 300 people over terrorism, including the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings, which together killed scores of Australians. Authorities had found jihadist terror manuals with many of them. Read More

al-Qaeda Leader Urges Attack - October 10th, 2006

A man believed to be a top al Qaeda militant who escaped from a U.S. jail near Kabul was shown in a new videotape broadcast on Tuesday exhorting followers in Afghanistan to fight on until they attack the White House.

“Allah will not be pleased until we reach the rooftop of the White House,” Abu Yahya al-Libi was shown telling fighters in the tape aired by the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television.
The channel said the tape was one-hour long, showing footage of Libi urging fighters to train hard and even to try to acquire nuclear technology.

“You have to get well prepared by starting with exercise, and then you have to learn how to use technology until you are capable of nuclear weapons,” he said. Read More

Al-Qaeda In Palestine Makes Its Presence Felt - October 10th, 2006

The Gaza branch of Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda terrorist network destroyed a local internet café on Sunday in what it said was only the start of a campaign against corruption and treason in the Palestinian ranks.

During the early morning hours, gunmen belonging to the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Swords of Justice shot at and detonated a bomb alongside a popular internet café in a northern suburb of Gaza City. Read More

Nightmare scenario: A-bombs for al-Qaeda - October 10th, 2006

The most alarming thing about Kim Jong-il’s new weapons, to many knowledgeable observers, is not the nuclear threat itself. It is the way the world’s major powers might respond to them.
The worst-case scenario goes something like this: Terrified by the nuclear threat next door, the Japanese decide to build their own nuclear arsenal, to the deep alarm of China. The United States beefs up its Pacific bases and begins threatening attacks on North Korean missile sites. In response to this new U.S. presence near its shores, China drastically increases its military strength and begins making overt threats, setting off a chain of military escalation. And North Korea, isolated and desperate after losing its last sources of economic support, sells its nuclear devices to al-Qaeda. Read More

North Korean Threatens Nuclear Tipped Missile - October 10th, 2006

The U.S. vowed not to be intimidated by North Korean threats Tuesday after Pyongyang reportedly said it could fire a nuclear warhead if Washington did not act to resolve the standoff.
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