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Monday, June 05, 2006

Pacific Ocean (June 4, 2006) - An SH-60B Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Seven (HSL-47) conducts a vertical replenishment from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). The Lincoln Strike group is currently underway in the Western Pacific on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Brandon C. Wilson

Life sentence for Iraqi in Hassan murder plot

By Simon Freeman and Daniel McGrory
June 5, 2006

The only man to be convicted in connection with the murder of British aid worker Margaret Hassan in Iraq was jailed for life by a court in Baghdad today.

After a trial lasting only two hours before a panel of three judges, Mustafa Salman was found guilty of aiding and abetting kidnappers who snatched Mrs Hassan as she drove to work in the capital in October 2004...

Read the Rest - at the UK's Times Online
by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Larson
June 2, 2006
Sgt. 1st Class Darren Atterbery, from 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, launches an RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle near Taji, Iraq.

Mr. Bush, Put Up TWO Walls...

By now, you must have heard about Canada’s terror raid over the weekend, in which they netted seventeen individuals, and, among other things, “three tons of ammonium nitrate that authorities reported Saturday had been acquired by a group of Muslims apparently inspired by Al Qaeda.” (Fox News) You'll remember amonium nitrate from Oklahoma City...

But what wasn’t quite so obvious, quite so clear in the story, was the fact that some experts are now saying this may just be the beginning of the threats infiltrating Canada. If you read the Fox story on the raid, you discover that the lawyer representing some of those arrested reveals an interesting tidbit or two about some of the suspects:

Ahmad Ghany, 21, is “a health sciences graduate of McMaster University who was born in Canada...”

Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, is “an unmarried computer programmer of Egyptian descent, Galati said. He emigrated from Egypt at age 10 with his father, who is an engineer on contract with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., a private firm that provides services to nuclear utilities in Canada and other countries."

And two others "Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, already are in an Ontario prison serving two-year terms for possession of illegal weapons.”

Hmm….McMaster University. Now why is McMaster familiar? Oh, I know - isn’t that where Adnan El Shukrijumah trained as a nuclear technician? Why, yes, it is….

Our buddy Adnan, by the way, is probably just misunderstood. I’m sure those meetings with South American gangs (with ties in Mexico and the U.S.) were just social gatherings. What’s that? The FBI puts Adnan in the top five of people they’d like to have a nice sit-down with? They call him “the next Atta?” Can’t be. He’s a nice guy – his parents say so. OK, so he’s been on the radar for a while – pure coincidence.

Well, surely even if he is one of the top Al Qaeda nutjobs, there can’t be any relationship between a highly respected Canadian University and terrorism, right?

Take a look at the McMaster website, and you’ll start to get that creepy, hair-standing-up feeling on the back of your neck. Or you'll start looking for the tinfoil.

For starters, maybe it’s my suspicious and cynical nature, but any University that bills itself as "the only North American host site of a United Nations University" worries me.
Not that the U.N. is weak on the issue of terrorism, or anything.

And McMaster boasts “The Center for Peace Studies.” Hmmmmm. How much tinfoil do you need for a Moonbat-proof suit?

According to the McMaster site, “Peace Studies is concerned with war and peace, violence and nonviolence, conflict and conflict transformation. Peace researchers also study concepts of justice and the ways in which people organize and wage conflict to achieve what they perceive as just ends. By focusing attention on problems of conflict, particularly of a violent nature, researchers attempt to improve our methods of analyzing and dealing with these problems. Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field, encompassing subject areas from the Faculties of Science and Social Sciences as well as Humanities.”
Egads. Moonbat U. Here’s the course list for 2005-2006.

OK, so maybe, like one of my co-workers says, I’m just far too Machiavellian. Peace studies doesn’t necessarily make a problem. They’re studying 9/11, too – in a balanced manner. The research study info says so.

And so what if they have a nuclear reactor, where Saudis with terrorist ties are trained as nuclear technicians – why should we be concerned?

The McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) began operating in 1959 as the first
university based research reactor in the British Commonwealth. Today our users range from students, academics, and small businesses to international industry leaders. McMaster decided to keep its reactor open because its unique combination of facilities, skills and people fills a real need to match student learning with research and industry.

Did you know McMaster also has a

  • Cyclotron
  • Accelerator
  • Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) Detector
  • Wide Angle Neutron
  • Scattering Facilities?
No, I didn’t know that – and I’m entirely sure I didn’t want to.

OK, so maybe there are slightly shady individuals at McMaster. Come on, Yale has a Taliban…. Maybe having terror ties is just what it takes to keep up with the University Joneses… And it may not just be the students - there are allegations of questionable faculty leanings, too.

Keep an eye on this story that experts are saying is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to terrorists in Canada….home of 4,000 miles of largely unsecured border.

Yep, keep an eye out, and keep stocked on tinfoil.

So do you still think we don’t need a wall? Or two?

Oh, and if you haven't been spooked enough today, British authorities are reportedly now saying it's possible that there is a "death vest" somewhere in London - a small pack designed to be worn under the clothing in order to spread chemical agents...
FALLUJAH RAID — An assault team from B Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, conducts a raid on a possible suicide vehicle bomb workshop in Fallujah, Iraq, May 28, 2006. The Marines searched the vacant garage after receiving intelligence that the owner might be supporting insurgents. Story

In Today's News - Monday, June 5, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Iraq is a long way from [the USA], but what happens there
matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state
will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us
or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."

-- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Feb 18, 1998

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraq Gunmen Raid Bus Stations, Kidnap 50
Saddam Arrests Protested
50 Kidnapped in Iraq
Rice: Iraq needs to fill security posts

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Imam: Canada suspects didn't seek violence
Islamic militia says Mogadishu captured

Troops on Trial
General Vows Full Probe Into Iraqi Deaths

Other Military News
Rumsfeld eyes boosting military ties with Vietnam
Vietnam to Help Recover MIAs Remains
IDs of Active Duty Also Stolen

Immigration / Border Control
Border Engagement Begins
First National Guard troops in Arizona

Worldwide Wackos
Iran oil fears hit stocks
Rice says "wait and see" on Iran oil threat hint
Solana to hand Iran incentives package on Tuesday - Video
Oil up $1, Iran hints of Gulf supply disruption - Video
US welcomes anti-Chavez backlash at meeting - Video
Palestinians receive some money but showdown looms - Video

Politics / Government
Senate Takes UpGay Marriage Debate

Is "daggy" Manilow the answer to loud cars?
Lioness in zoo kills man who invoked God
Hell, Mich., heats up for 6-6-6 party

Other News of Note
Man Caught Trying to Jump White House Fence

Fox News
D.C. Murder Suspects Caught
Alan Garcia Regains Peruvian Presidency in Runoff
Man Accused of Killing Wife On Jet-Ski Prepares for Trial
'The Break-Up' Beats 'X-Men'
Stocks to Watch: JetBlue
Two Found Dead Inside Deflated Balloon in Florida
Space Center
Video Gaming Center

Reuters: Top News
Amid bird flu, activists plead for humane culling
Chronic fatigue traced to mothers: study
World's key deserts in danger from climate change
Cloned mule finishes third in Nevada race
New acts building a fan base try to phone it in
YouTube channeling its users
Amid bird flu, activists plead for humane culling
Mia Farrow returns to horror in "Omen" remake
Combination "smart bombs" future of cancer therapy
Jennifer Aniston finally gets box office "Break"
"Wedding Crashers" reigns at MTV movie awards
Chesapeake buys Barnett Shale sites
Micron, Lexar directors approve amended deal terms
Officials close to rules that benefit Boeing: report
BNP Paribas says no preferred Euronext merger plan
Motorola invests $60 mln to expand in Singapore
UK's Channel Five to launch two new channels
Palomar rises, Cutera jumps on Inet
Chesapeake Energy rises 1.4 pct on Inet
SanDisk rises on Inet
Stocks hope for a gentle slowdown
Dour market goes for alcohol
Housing futures flag a cool-down

AP World News
Martina Hingis advances at French Open
Stanley Cup finals start tonight
Wie trying to make history at U.S. Open
Suspect held in Indianapolis slayings
East Timor Cabinet chief meets rebels
`The Sopranos' ends on disappointing note
Japan fund manager admits insider trading
Cardinals win first game without Pujols
Life without Albert: Cards lose slugger
Hundreds Make Mine-Protected Vehicles
Horses Help Wounded Walk Again

CENTCOM: News Releases









Department of Defense
Investigations Check 'Moral Compass' - Story
Investigation Clears Coalition Forces
Alleged Incidents Don't Reflect Majority
Rumsfeld Thanks Sailors for Gulf Service - Story
Rumsfeld: Global Cooperation 'Critical'
Iraqi Democracy Continues to Progress
Accident Kills Civilians; Troops Nab Suspects - Story

Oil-Stained Mechanics Keep Infantry Moving - Story - On Assignment
Iraqi Training Proceeds in Anbar Province - Story - On Assignment
Marine Adviser Builds Iraqi 'Super Company'
Soldiers See Army Success as 'Ticket Home'
Iraqi Scouts Raid Car Bomb Cell - Story

Coalition Mission Delivers Meals to Sadr City
Wildlife Awareness Needed with Summer Heat
Iraqi Soldiers Deliver Donated School Supplies
‘Lava Dogs’ Hand Off Ops to ‘Chosin Few’
Marine Mechanics Keep Vehicles in the Fight
Sailors Save Iraqi's Life in Oil Platform Fire

Afghan Army, Coalition Celebrate New Bridge
Engineers Improve Bagram Pedestrian Route

Father, Son Reunite in Iraqi Desert - Story

Sketches Memorialize Sacrifices - Story

Commander Orders Values Training
Government Fosters Encouragement
Soldiers Discover Weapons Caches
Ramadi Solution Up to Iraq
Terrorist Leaders Nabbed in Ops
2 Troops Killed; Bodies Recovered
Report Cites Successes, Challenges
Haditha Investigation Continues
Renewal In Iraq
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (PDF)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Kandahar
Bomb Maker Captured
Insurgents Bomb Yaqubi Bazaar
Symposium Topic: IEDs
Convoy Accident Incites Unrest
Unit in Afghanistan Honors Troops
Afghanistan Update

Midshipmen Affirm Commitment
NORTHCOM 'Truly Impressive'
Grads Ready to Defend Freedom
Cooperation Vital to Security
Reagan Concludes Arabian Gulf Ops
U.S., U.K. to Increase Intel
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Soldier Dies; Casualties Identified - Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


Today in History
1661 - Isaac Newton is admitted as a student to Trinity College in Cambridge.
1794 - Congress prohibits U.S. citizens from serving in foreign armed forces.
1863 - The raider CSS Alabama captures the clipper Talisman in the Mid Atlantic.
1912 - U.S. Marines invade Cuba.
1940 - The Battle of France begins.
1944 - The first B-29 bombing raid occurs; one plane is lost due to engine failure.
1945 - The U.S., Great Britain, France, and the U.S.S.R. declare supreme authority over Germany.
1950 - The U.S. undermines the legal foundations of segregation.
1956 - A federal court rules racial segregation on Montgomery buses unconstitutional.
1968 - Sirhan Sirhan shoots Senator Bobby Kennedy, who dies the next day.
1977 - The Apple II, the first personal computer, goes on sale.
1980 - The Soyuz T-2 is launched, transporting two cosmonauts to the Salyut 6 space station.
1991 - The Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) is launched.

1825 - Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, educator (Rep-AL)
1878 - Francisco (Pancho) Villa, Mexican revolutionary / guerrilla leader

1864 - Confederate Brigadier General William E. "Grumble" Jones, in battle at Piedmont, WV
1916 - Horatio H. Kitchener, British General
1988 - Clarence M. Pendleton chairman of the Commission on Civil Rights

Reported Missing in Action
Haines, Collins H., USN (NJ); RF8G shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired from as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Ibanez, Di Reyes, USMC (CA); KIA, body not recovered

McManus, Truman Joseph, USMC (CT); KIA, body not recovered

Cavaiani, Jon R., US Army SF (CA); (w/Jones), released by PRG March, 1973, retired as a Sergeant Major - alive as of 1998

Jones, John R., US Army SF (TX), KIA, body not recovered (w/Cavaiani)

Kraner, Davis Stanley, USN (CA); KIA, body not recovered

Payne, Kylis Therod, USN (MD); KIA, body not recovered