Friday, August 11, 2006


Leakers On Notice - NYTimes Wets Pants

I don't think the crew of the Al-Qaeda Navy ship the AQN New York Times are gonna like this ruling.

Excerpted from Secrecy News Blog:

In a ruling in a case involving employees of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) who were charged under the Espionage Act with illegally receiving and transmitting classified information:

Judge Ellis ruled that "any First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of speech involving national defense information can be superseded by national security considerations" and

"Although the question whether the government's interest in preserving its national defense secrets is sufficient to trump the First Amendment rights of those not in a position of trust with the government [i.e. not holding security clearances] is a more difficult question, and although the authority addressing this issue is sparse, both common sense and the relevant precedent point persuasively to the conclusion that the government can punish those outside of the government for the unauthorized receipt and deliberate retransmission of information relating to the national defense," Judge Ellis wrote (p. 53).

Time to flush the head and clean out the holds.


Does Some Spam Mail Contain Terrorist Code Words?

They pay a bunch of people in spook circles alot of money to think outside the box about terrorism, countermethods, code breaking, etc. So here's my effort to think outside the box.

I received another bunch of spam mail today, and sometimes I open it. I always run the virus check and spyware software immediately after opening these tidbits, so I am pretty confident the computer stays clean. My email is disinfected by my ISP, too. Big deal, you say...well...

I believe that one way the Islamofascists are communicating is through spam mail. What better way to anonymously communicate than to spread spam mail around so it's hard to track the true intended recipient of a message? Of course, the originating email is bogus and traces back to no-where. The message also appears innocuous and wouldn't generate a second thought in most people except to hit the delete button.

Sounds coo-coo, right?

I receive these very generic requests for mortgages, refi-s and shall we say pharmaceutical stuff all the time (don't we all), but sometimes the "subject" line has an interesting word in it. Today's word was "hudna." A hudna is a false end to fighting or a cease fire used by muslim armies for centuries that is used to re-arm, re-equip and re-fight the cause. It lulls the enemy into thinking the conflict is resolved and then boom, fighting resumes with the element of surprise on the islamist's side. Ever wonder why cease fires never work with Israel? The other side is only biding its time to fight another day.

So, an interesting choice in the subject heading, huh?

The email looks normal even bland when you open it, but on the far right side (must scroll to see) are usually a bunch of letters that aren't words. On the bottom of the email (must scroll to see) is a nonsensical paragraph of real words that in no way relates to the purported intent of the email- mortgage, viagra, etc. So why are these things there? If you attempt to copy the contents of the email it shuffles the text of the email and an entirely new text emerges all interlaced together, not smushed but interspersed with the letters on the far right. If you try to highlight the text, the cursor bounces all over the content of the email highlighting single letters at a time.

This is today's text at the bottom:

The automated kitchen produced another stale sandwich, the machine
was half-knackered and out of adjustment, along with a lukewarm cup of
watery cocoa. I crunched and sipped gloomily, then found the bedroom

Could the automated kitchen be London's Islamist bomb factories, the stale sandwich be code for a foiled operation, the machine...cocoa, imply the materials were defective, and found the bedroom mean the email writer made it to a safe house?


Any stories or thoughts about this would be appreciated.


Vote of No-Confidence in the Offing for Olmert?

According to Inside Israel:

Some senior officers have been mentioning the C-word in private conversations. They have been saying that a coup d'etat might be the only way to prevent an outcome in Lebanon that could embolden the Arab world to join forces with Syria and Iran in an all out assault on Israel, given the fact that such a development would be spurred entirely by the Arab and Moslem world's perception of Israel's leadership as weak, craven and vacillating, and therefore ripe for intimidation.


An Airline Traveler Relates Experiences on UK Terror Plot Day

This post from AJ Strata is just an excellent read and I excerpt a portion here to whet your appetite to read further:

I had one of those truly amazing days. I had the honor to travel with millions of fellow Americans today, a day after the 24 terrorists were arrested in the UK and a day that was supposed to be filled with mayhem at airports across the nation. Well, I am here to tell the story I saw this day, which was very different. An amazing story of Americans sending a signal to Al Qaeda that is very different from the one the media and many on the left are sending. Especially Ned Lamont. But I will get to him in a moment.


Update on Dearborn Terrorist Bust

The two terror suspects arrested earlier this week had additional charges leveled against them today. In addition to money laundering in association with terrorism charges, the two have now been charged with soliciting or providing support for an ACT of terrorism. Reuters is reporting that the terror group is Hezbollah.

I wonder which ACT or attempted ACT they have been linked to? There will likely be more people rounded up in this incident as the government reports they are pursuing additional leads.

Hopefully, this terror plot has been foiled.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


News Round up on UK Terror Plot

The Islamofascists planned to blow up as many as 10 planes with a TATP cocktail brought aboard the aircraft disguised as bottled sports drinks by teams of 2-3 members, each carrying a part of the cocktail and detonating device. They intended to detonate the devices over the Atlantic in follow on attacks of 3 or more planes an hour for 3 hours.

As of this posting, 24 suspects are in custody and the authorities are "urgently" searching for another ten. British authorities are reporting that they have found at least one martyr video. Martyr videos are made by Islamofascists terrorists as an affirmation of their participation in an operation and to express their desire to martyr themselves. This would confirm that the attack was definitely planned for the very near future.

According to the Jawa Report, these terrorists are linked to Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammad. Bakri was essentially deported from the UK this year when he was basically told he was not "conducive to the civil good." He fled to Lebanon leaving his family in England. When the Israeli/Hezbollah fighting broke out in July, he attempted to board a ship for British refugees from the war for passage back to England. He was removed from the boat and fumed that he was appealing to the British authorities on "humanitarian grounds." For more information on Bakri.

The terrorists captured today have been described as British 2nd and 3rd generation Pakistanis; many of their families were originally from Kashmir. Most are from middle class families and between 17 and 40 years of age.

The operational details of the arrests are beginning to be released. The terrorists were planning a "dry run" within days with the actual attacks planned a few days after that. The Pakistani, US, UK and possibly other enforcement agencies worked in coordination to bring this plot to light and disrupt it. NSA intercepts of international phone calls were used to track this plot, and "sneak and peek" warrants were used to track the groups activities. The suspects purchases and other transactions were also scrutinized. A "sneak and peek" warrant allows authorities to surveil suspects by entering residences and other property of suspects without notification. FISA warrants were obtained to track their phone calls. Both "sneak and peek" warrants and the phone intercepts were authorized in the United States Patriot Act and the UK Civil Contingencies Bill. Both measures have been met with resistance from civil liberties groups as too intrusive on citizen's rights to privacy.

Michael Chertoff, head of DHS, appeared on the O'Reilly Factor on Thursday, Aug 10, and said that the operation came to a head on Wednesday afternoon with the British authorities determination that the plan was about to be executed with a "dry run" in the next few days. It is possible to speculate that the tickets for the "dry run" had been purchased in the last few days which set the take-down in motion. The authorities have confirmed that Continental, American, British Airways and United were the airlines targeted and that the flight's destinations were New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

It is also apparent that the British authorities have collected some, if not all, of the devices that were to be used. Mr. Chertoff said that "once [the US] gets our hands on the devices, we will reverse engineer the devices." He said this would be done to refine our screening techniques at all security checkpoints to pinpoint any necessary changes in our screening procedures.

According to Fox News, the British authorities had an undercover operative insinuate himself with the terror cell, and he was keeping the authorities abreast of their activities. reports that the Bank of London has frozen the accounts of 19 of the suspects that have been identified in the plot. Here are the names, ages and hometowns of the terror suspects whose accounts have been frozen:

Umir Hussain, 24, London E14
Muhammed Usman Saddique, 24, London E17
Waheed Zaman, 22, London E17
Assan Abdullah Khan, 22, London E17
Waseem Kayani, 28, High Wycombe
Waheed Arafat Khan, 24, London E17
Cossor Ali, 24, London E17
Tayib Rauf, 21, Birmingham
Ibrahim Savant, 26, London E17
Osman Adam Khatib, 20, London E17
Shamin Mohammed Uddin, 36, Stoke Newington
Amin Asmin Tariq, 23, London E17
Shazad Khuram Ali, 27, High Wycombe
Tanvir Hussain, 24, London E10
Umar Islam, 28, (born Brian Young) High Wycombe
Assad Sarwar, 25, High Wycombe
Abdullah Ali, 26, London E17
Abdul Muneem Patel, 17, London E5
Nabeel Hussain, 21, Waltham Forest

Until the authorities are satisfied that the plot has been fully averted, the new, more stringent safety precautions at airports will remain in place.


This plan has striking similarities to prior attack attempts including Ramzey Yousef's plot to down planes over the Pacific and Richard Reid's foiled "Shoe Bomber" attempt. In 1995, Ramzey Yousef plotted to explode liquid chemical bombs on planes originating in Asia.

From Wikipedia:

Starting on January 21, 1995 and ending on January 22, 1995, they would set the bombs on 11 United States-bound airliners that had stopovers all around East Asia and Southeast Asia. All of the flights had two legs. The bombs would be planted inside life jackets under seats on the first leg, when each bomber would disembark. He would then board one or two more flights and repeat. After all of the bombers planted bombs on all of the flights, each man would then catch flights to Lahore, Pakistan. The men never needed U.S. visas, as they only would have stayed on the planes on their first legs in Asia.
United States airlines had been chosen instead of Asian airlines to maximize the shock toward Americans. The flights targeted were listed under operatives with codenames: "Zyed", "Majbos", "Markoa", "Mirqas" and "Obaid". Obaid, who was really Abdul Hakim Murad, was to hit United flight 80, and then he was to go back to Singapore under another United flight which he would bomb.

Zyed, probably Ramzi Yousef, was to hit Northwest Flight 30, a United Flight going from Taipei to Honolulu, and a United Flight going from Bangkok to Taipei to San Francisco.

The bombs would have been timed before the operatives stepped off the planes. The aircraft would have blown up over the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea almost simultaneously. If this plan worked, several thousand would have perished, and air travel would have been shut down worldwide for days, if not weeks. The U.S. government estimated the prospective death toll to be about 4,000 if the plot had been executed.

Richard Reid attempted to use a plastic explosive device aboard a flight from Paris to New York in December 2001. He was actually able to board the flight and was taken down by passengers during the flight. A flight attendant observed him attempting to light a detonation cord attached to his shoes. Analysis of the shoes showed they were were made of PETN with a TATP detonator.

Other plots to take down aircraft using chemical and liquid devices have been successful including a Japanese plane that was brought down with the explosives hidden in bottles of wine in 1994. For more information on planes taken down with bombs.


Update Terror Alert

The planes were to take off from regional airports in the UK and would blow up consecutively at the destination airports. So the bombers intended to blow up the planes on approach and then pile on so to speak. That would take out the first responders at each site.



Update on Terror Plot in UK


The terror plot involved 6 planes and, according to an unnamed source via Fox, as many as 50 people have been arrested, but they are not confident they got them all. The unnamed source goes on to state that it has the "footprint of al-Qaida." The plot was characterized as imminent.

"They were not yet sitting on a plane, but they were very close to travelling."

Would that mean that they had applied for visas to the US, with travel dates. If so, what about domestic flights? No visa needed. Betcha that is why domestic flight alert has been raised to ORANGE. International flights are RED.


Terror Alert Raised to High

The terror alert level has been raised to HIGH for travel in the US.

An unnamed source on CNN is quoted as saying "this is the real deal."

No liquids will be allowed on flights and if we follow the UK lead, then the following will be in place:

NO Liquids
Key fobs
carry on luggage
cell phones
other elec devices

You may carry on necessities in a plastic bag such as:

tissues (no boxes)
sanitary items (no boxes)
diapers (no boxes)
formula (must be tasted in front of airport security)
pharmaceuticals (only as needed for the duration of the flight)
glasses/sunglasses (no containers)
documents for travel
small wallet

All shoes will be removed and examined and x-rayed.

Basically, pack it all in the luggage and check it through. Oh, and keep your pockets empty.

Betting by the end of the day, most flights will have been cancelled and the stock market will be down down down.


Terror Suspects Busted in US

Could the prior post be related to this threat?

It looks like the summer is getting red hot in more ways than one.


Terrorist Plot to Blow up Planes bound for US Thwarted

Breaking news from Fox:

The UK has thwarted a plot to blow up as many as TWENTY flights bound for the US from the abroad. The plot is believed to involve the use of carry-on luggage.

The terror alert level has been raised and carry on luggage has been banned on all flights.


True Blue Bush Haters Club

The democratic party held a vote last night and voted Joe Lieberman out of the clubhouse. And in a move that caught the older kids off guard, the netroot newbies are demanding some new rules for the clubhouse.

1. The new party name is the "True Blue Bush Haters Club."
2. The new password is "Hippies Rule, Republicans Drool."
3. The new leaders of the gang will be Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, Kos, and Howard Dean.
4. All candy and toys must be turned in and will be distributed by the netroot newbies from now on.
5. All new candy and toys will be screened for cooties. No GI Joes, Barbies or Monopoly allowed.
6. No one is allowed to be friends with anyone who is not in the club and must refer to them as Nazis or fascists.
7. All members must kiss Michael Moore's Oscar every day.
8. All of Lieberman's toys will be destroyed because they have cooties.
9. All gang meetings outside of the clubhouse must be approved by the newbies.
10.All signs must contain a peace sign and the words Bush/Hitler, Nazi, Anti-War or Pro-Choice.

A representative of the older kids had no immediate comment, but one was heard muttering something about time-outs and soap.

A comment is expected soon, but the clubhouse lights were out for nappy time.

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