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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336082 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Charlie was a scoundrel and I was only sixteeen, but oh those eyes. I wasn't pregnant after all.


Some people call me fly by night.


Hip Hop is not my cup of tea.

I love my fans.

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/07/2009 3:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Happy Birthday

Flash Gordon

Tina Majorino - 24 "Waterworld"

In case you missed the clunker Waterworld.

Robyn Lively - 37 "Teen Witch"

A lean day except for my dad's friend from USC, Buster Crabbe.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/07/2009 4:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Mildred, my what a larhe curtain you have.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 02/07/2009 5:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Pardon me, Mam, but I think you have an albino turkey on your head.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/07/2009 8:57 Comments || Top||

#5  I see! Capitalism is not working by his own. You need help! You need ration coupons! You need Obama for food and work. And Obama is Muslim.
How many of you has eaten today? Do you want some food from Morocco? We have some goats here and a lot of camels! Are you guys broke or something? Would you like to exchange some of your blondy women with some of our beautiful goats? :)
Posted by: Midoman || 02/07/2009 10:57 Comments || Top||

#6  far be it from me to judge, but i thought the sink trapped comment was reasonable...

and with the 'stimulus' moving forward, seems we have some surplus (Boxer,Pelosi,Solis,Hill, etc)females that i really wouldn't mind trading for some goats...

besides a year or two of first hand immersion in a Muslim paradise might leave them with an adjusted opinion of what exactly it is about America that makes it great.
Posted by: Abu do you love || 02/07/2009 13:29 Comments || Top||

#7  And yet you still watch Baywatch every night and wank off on the boob tube.
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 14:27 Comments || Top||

#8  yeah, Fidoman finds David Hasselhoff soooooo sexy. Catcher, definitely a catcher
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2009 14:40 Comments || Top||

#9  Midoman was indeed just being silly in this thread, Abu do you love. Sadly, the Troll Catcher automatically sinktraps all said commenter's posts without discriminating between horrid and otherwise. It's fair, though, because non-trollery is the threshold for being permitted to post, and Mr. Midoman preferred to throw fresh dung into the room rather than walk in politely.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/07/2009 22:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Bye,Midoman

Bye, Midoman
Posted by: badanov || 02/07/2009 22:15 Comments || Top||

Taliban stronghold destroyed by British and Afghan forces
A major Taliban stronghold has been destroyed by British and Afghan forces following 10 days of bitter fighting in southern Afghanistan. Hundred of insurgents were either killed or forced to flee from a stronghold in central Helmand which they had occupied for several months.

During the operation, Corporal Danny Nield of 1st battalion The Rifles, was killed after being blown up by an improvised explosive device and several British soldiers were injured.

A force of around 700 coalition troops launched a series of attacks against the stronghold in the area of Spin Masjid, north of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gar, where the British military headquarters is based. The Taliban had occupied the area for several months imposing "their version of law and order" on the locals and murdering anyone who supported the Afghan government, according to the Ministry of Defence. The area was also used as a base by insurgents to attack convoys supplying Nato bases.

The operation code named Attal, was one of an increasing number to be planned and executed by the Afghan National Army (ANA) with assistance from British, Danish and Canadian forces.

During the 10-day battle last month more than 30 IEDs were discovered and several senior Taliban commanders were killed. Insurgents were cleared from the area and a new patrol base was created to prevent the Taliban from recapturing their former base.

In his first visit to Afghanistan as a minister, Under Secretary of State for Defence, Kevan Jones, said that the success of the operation was proof that the British strategy was on course. He added: "The future for Afghanistan is with its own security forces -- they need to be able to protect the local population from the oppression of the Taliban and to uphold the rule of law. This latest operation is another example of how they are continually improving -- able to plan and execute complicated and hugely successful operations.

"The work of the British mentors, the 1st Battalion The Rifles who I met on this visit, has been central to this success, passing on the skills and experience of the British Army and setting the foundations for a safe and secure Afghanistan."

Capt Mike Richardson, 24 Commando Engineers Regiment, said: "The joint efforts of Afghan and ISAF troops saw 15 IEDs disposed of in an area approximately 2km by 1 km. The search skills and patience of the ANA, coupled with the expertise of British Bomb Disposal Teams undoubtedly contributed to the low casualty rate amongst locals and the coalition forces during this operation."
Well done, lads!
Posted by: Steve White || 02/07/2009 12:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This article left out the most important pieces of information - how many innocent civilians and fluffy bunnies were killed.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/07/2009 13:46 Comments || Top||

#2  no doubt Karzai will be providing that
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2009 14:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Another stunning victory for taliban military prowess. Stick to what you know best Midoman, beating women and raping children.
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 14:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Midoman -- spoken, oh, about like a high school freshman who is just practicing his "being the Devil's advocate" skills for a freshman debate team.

(The cheer-leading gave you away. No true student of history will frame an opposite view with "Taliban GO GO)
Posted by: Sherry || 02/07/2009 14:29 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't understand you guys why you're after talibans because they supposedly beat their women and supposedly rape their children!

How many of your own beaten women in the USA died every year and how many children are beaten and nobody invaded you to rescue them?

Are you sick?

Russia is full of beaten women and raped children!
Go and invade them!!
Posted by: Midoman || 02/07/2009 14:42 Comments || Top||

#6  It's triage Midoman. The worst offenders get priority attention. The Russians haven't built a religion around a "prophet" famous for abusing women and children. Nor do them attempt to emulate his every barbaric perversity, nor attempt to impose it upon the rest of the world. Most Russians, after they sober up, actually feel ashamed. Unlike muslims.
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 14:49 Comments || Top||

#7  I think that, if you have invaded Afghanistan, it's because you are afraid of seeing Talibans taking control over Afghanistan and simultaneously taking control over pakistan and the nuke bombs, you USA, have provided to Pakistan! You are really sick!
Posted by: Midoman || 02/07/2009 14:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Midoman -- let's see, in 2001, we did invade Afghan, and we did remove the Taliban from power, and they still haven't regain power over the entire country of Afghanistan...

We didn't take over Pakistan, we don't have their nukes. Where you been the last seven years? In one of those caves?
Posted by: Sherry || 02/07/2009 14:58 Comments || Top||

#9  I mean, you have a tremendous problem there!
You know that you can't stop Talibans. You know that talibans have roots in Pakistan and majorly supported by Pakistani tribes. In my opinion, instead of killing everbody their, take a look aat the geography and try to discuss the issues with them. You can't win!! Impossible!
Posted by: Midoman || 02/07/2009 14:59 Comments || Top||

#10  Midol, you are clearly emulating the originator of the Big Lie, one Joseph Goebbels. I suggest you take this to its logical conclusion and emulate his departure from the anti-American media world. Leave the kids out of it this time though.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 02/07/2009 15:02 Comments || Top||

#11  Don't be more stupid than you have to be Midoman. We both know the US attacked the taliban regime was because they harbored and protected Al Qaeda. The US could have easily have left the Pushtoon population that formed the taliban to the mercy of the non-Pustoon majority. That the US stayed and is working with the Afghans, including the non-taliban supporting Pushtoons to educate and bring up the standard of living of the Afghan population is more than I would have done.

Notice this offensive that this battle where "Hundred of insurgents were either killed or forced to flee" was "planned and executed by the Afghan National Army (ANA) with assistance from British, Danish and Canadian forces." Instead you far from Afghanistan support "murdering anyone who supported the Afghan government". I think the Afghans have had enough of your Arab support. That's why the Northern Alliance with the assistance of a few hundred US and western forces weas able to take back the entire country so swiftly from the Arab supported taliban and Al Qaeda.
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 15:07 Comments || Top||

#12  Insurgents were cleared from the area and a new patrol base was created to prevent the Taliban from recapturing their former base.

The task of manning this base must qualify for the title of "the worst job in the world". On the other hand, the soldiers assigned who joined up to see some adventure will get plenty of it.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/07/2009 15:11 Comments || Top||

#13  Midoman loves the Taliban, who: abuse women and children, who forbid music, dancing, literature, art, children playing, toys. Midoman, what would you do to the Taliban if we were gone and it was up to you. BTW, I think your excuse that it's okay to rape young men and women to trick them into being suicide bombers because you don't have the right weapons is weak. Nobody in the West is hurting Arabs, the Arab people, the culture, etc. This is a fiction which you all have been entertaining for many years. It allows you to scoot away from the real issues that you all find hard to deal with: corruption in your governments, religion, education, culture.

Any culture that allows men to dominate women is sick at the core--the Taliban being some of the worst offenders.

Posted by: ex-lib || 02/07/2009 15:12 Comments || Top||

#14  @ed
You made me laugh!
Afghans and Arabs are Muslims. We arabs, prefer some stupid talibans rulers than christian coalition targeting wedding gathering and killing children and women. It's a matter of muslims and muslims will resolve their problems if you let them alone!
Posted by: Midoman || 02/07/2009 15:15 Comments || Top||

#15  What do the Pharoahs, the Assyrians, the Alexandrians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Inquisition, the Czars, the Nazis, and the Stalinists all have in common?
Two things: They all sought to destroy the Jews, and they are all extinct.
Perhaps Arabs and other nouveau riche Muslims should stop listening to their depraved media and start studying real history. .
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 02/07/2009 15:19 Comments || Top||

#16  "It allows you to scoot away from the real issues that you all find hard to deal with: corruption in your governments, religion, education, culture."
Who is corrupting all muslims leaders? Isn't it USA to control arab populations.

You've bought all the arab and muslim leaders!
The ones you can't corrupt are Hamas, Hizbollah, Talibans, Saddam, Iranian guards etc and you're fighting them. I mean, as I said earlier, you have divided the world in two categories: friends and ennemies!
It's not fair! Because you have a super power hegemony, you kill everybody who says NON to you!
Posted by: Midoman || 02/07/2009 15:25 Comments || Top||

#17  And yet, the biggest killers of muslims are ... other muslims. The biggest murderers of muslim women and children in markets and schools are ... Arabs. It is the Afghan soldiers who just kicked the ass of the Arab and Paki puppet taliban.

That the days since September 2001 has shown so clearly that muslims, especially Arabs, eat their own children must come as disappointment to those who open their eyes. That you prefer muslim imperialism does not mean the majority in Afghanistan and Iraq who have experienced first hand Arab "solidarity" share your passion.

Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 15:28 Comments || Top||

#18  muslim Arab imperialism
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 15:30 Comments || Top||

#19  We are talking about now. If you want history, the largest mass murders in history have been muslims. Muslims had murdered in a few generations 80 million on the Indian subcontinent. That the Indians, who have long memories, will become the next superpower in a generation while the muslims will run out of oil and friends is going to be a very nasty surprise to the ummah.

That muslims have murdered 120 million Africans will also have to settled. That Africa is turning more Christian and western oriented each day while muslim Sahara is mired in uncivil murder and starvation. Even muslim religious leaders are mourning the fact 6 million muslims are converting to the more successful and modern Christianity each year, most in Africa. You and those like you will have pay for your insistence on jihad and slavery of the African. And the butchers bill is indeed expensive.
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 16:02 Comments || Top||

#20  Mods, are the fearless but ignorant Midoman's post now being deleted?
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 16:03 Comments || Top||

#21  Midoman will not be allowed to post here for a while and perhaps permanently. Yes, some of his posts were deleted by me a short time ago. New ones will either be deleted by the mods or filtered before they are made public. If he slips in, as he may since the mods have other things we do besides clean up troll droppings, his new comments will be deleted when we notice them.

Do us a favor and stop responding to any that slip through.

This is not because his opinion differs from that of most people at Rantburg. G*d forbid that this place becomes an echo chamber.

Rather, it's because he lacks the basic manners due our host, Fred. And because he's boring - he brings no facts, no thoughtful analysis, not even wit. Just obscenity and rather vulgar and repetitious hatred.

In short, he is like a dog that is not housetrained. Such beasts are not allowed to foul the floor of the house, nor to mingle with people until they have learned to live cleanly and appropriately with humans. And they are certainly not invited into civilized discussions.
Posted by: lotp || 02/07/2009 16:07 Comments || Top||

#22  Indeed, Ed. The Muslim world has nothing to offer but oil and a gullible media audience. The oil boom and the institutional media monopoly that started in the 60s were their best opportunity to finally recover from the devastation of the Mongol invasions 700 years ago, yet they have done nothing. Forty years is enough time to educate two full generations, yet countries like Saudi Arabia remain slavishly dependent on foreign workers. Now, both oil and institutional media are starting to fade and the Muslims have accomplished nothing worthwhile with their trillions in oil loot. They have blown it.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 02/07/2009 16:09 Comments || Top||

#23  I, too, deleted some of his comments. His words were nothing more than a waste of Fred's bandwidth.

Well said lotp.
Posted by: Sherry || 02/07/2009 16:14 Comments || Top||

#24  Ditto to lotp and Sherry.

Midoman: clean up your act. You haven't impressed us so far.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/07/2009 16:41 Comments || Top||

#25  I guess it's out of the question to just delete him.

I won't say anything nasty - don't wanna get sink-trapped.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 02/07/2009 17:09 Comments || Top||

#26  Midoman just got the banhammer.
Posted by: badanov || 02/07/2009 17:39 Comments || Top||

#27  well deserved. Good job, Mods, and Thor Badanov
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2009 17:45 Comments || Top||

#28  In short, he is like a dog that is not housetrained.

I'd have said piglet, but I've been to busy to savour the full flavour of his, uh, contributions.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/07/2009 17:51 Comments || Top||

#29  Back to the story, it's good to see the Brits doing an operation well. I'm sure they've been doing better than their press lately, and certainly better than their politicians deserve. Way to go.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/07/2009 17:56 Comments || Top||

#30  "hhh" - there's that mouth breathing thing again. Is that attractive in your circles?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2009 18:36 Comments || Top||

#31  Once you discover that they're not guys, I'm sure you'll change your mind.
Posted by: Mike N. || 02/07/2009 18:42 Comments || Top||

#32  Well now. Looking back, my comment above seems far les witty.
Posted by: Mike N. || 02/07/2009 18:45 Comments || Top||

Holy man potted in Kandahar
Two unidentified armed men have reportedly shot and killed a member of the Ulama Shura in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar.

The cleric, Mullah Baran, was leaving a mosque and heading home Friday mornng when he was targeted by Taliban militants. The assailant fled on a motorbike, the head of the Ulama Shura (scholars' committee) in Kandahar province told a Press TV correspondent. He also noted that the police have launched an investigation into the attack but have yet to make any arrests.

A Taliban spokesman, Kari Yousef Ahmadi, has said the group was not involved. Mullah Baran's death bring to five the number of religious leaders killed so far in Kandahar province.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Six Afghans Killed In U.S. Raid, Identities Unclear
U.S.-led forces killed six men during a night raid in the southern Afghan province of Zabul, but Afghan officials disputed a U.S. military report that the victims were Taliban fighters.

Mohammad Hashim, a member of Zabul's provincial council, said that the dead men belonged to two families and were not involved in militancy.

A U.S. military statement said the operation was aimed at Taliban insurgents and the "ensuing engagement resulted in six militants killed."

Though supported by the West, President Hamid Karzai's government has been undermined by civilian casualties inflicted by Western forces fighting the Taliban.

Karzai faces dwindling public support, analysts say, with a presidential election due in August.

Afghanistan has seen a sharp escalation of violence in recent years and is going through its bloodiest period since U.S.-backed forces overthrew the Taliban in late 2001.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  After losing to the United States and its allies in Iraq, the mentally deficient are flocking to Afghanistan, hoping for a win there. I hope the additional troops will be sufficient to put an end to this mess once and for all. I doubt any progress can be made, however, until Pakistan no longer exists to stir up trouble.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/07/2009 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Let me add a clue. It starts with T and ends in aliban.
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 14:42 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Tuareg rebels flee Malian troops into Algeria
Tuareg rebels fleeing Malian troops entered Algerian territory on Thursday (February 5th), AFP reported. The information was reportedly confirmed by an Algerian member of the committee charged with monitoring the 2006 Algiers peace agreement. Mali blames Tuareg rebel leader Ibrahim Ag Bahang for refusing to participate in recent mediation efforts led by Algerian Ambassador Abdelkrim Gheraib. However, following the Malian army's refusal to stop the offensive, Ag Bahanga "officially" called Tuesday for renewed Algerian intervention.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

Algerian security services kill al-Qaeda brigade leader
Algerian security services killed terrorist Bentitraoui Omar, a.k.a Abu Khitma, in a restaurant near Boumerdes late Wednesday, Tout sur l'Algerie reported on Thursday (February 5th). Omar was a leader of the El Feth Brigade, one of al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb's five constituent groups. After Omar refused to surrender, the security services stormed the restaurant and shot him dead. Another brigade leader, Ali Ben Touati of the Al Ansar group, surrendered last week to Algerian security officers in response to former GSPC chief Hassan Hattab's appeal for Islamist fighters to lay down their weapons.

In related news, a terrorist attack Tuesday on an army patrol in Ait Chafaa, Tizi Ouzou province, claimed a second life, after one of nine wounded soldiers died Thursday of his injuries. One soldier was killed on the spot.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Morocco acquits convicted Madrid bomber of 2003 Casablanca bombings
A Moroccan appeals court acquitted Hassan El-Haski on Thursday (February 5th) of involvement in the 2003 Casablanca bombings, MAP and international press reported. El-Haski is currently serving a 13-year jail sentence in Spain for involvement in the March 2004 Madrid bombings. In September, Spanish authorities approved El-Haski's temporary extradition to Morocco to be tried for the Casablanca terrorist bombings.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe

Terrorist alert: Osama Bin Laden associates on run in Midlands
THREE members of a suspected terror cell with links to Al Qaida are on the run in the Midlands.

The alleged jihadists, who all have joint Libyan/British citizenship, have been placed on Interpol’s Most Wanted list over claims they funded terror plots for Osama Bin Laden.

The international police force has made the men subject to a Red Notice – the highest level of arrest warrant – and have traced them to areas in and around Birmingham.
Posted by: tipper || 02/07/2009 16:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  hummmmm.....

Posted by: Red Dawg || 02/07/2009 19:47 Comments || Top||

CIA warns Obama that British terrorists are the biggest threat to the US
American spy chiefs have told the President that the CIA has launched a vast spying operation in the UK to prevent a repeat of the 9/11 attacks being launched from Britain. They believe that a British-born Pakistani extremist entering the US under the visa waiver programme is the most likely source of another terrorist spectacular on American soil.

Information gleaned by CIA spies in Britain has already helped thwart several terrorist attacks in the UK

One former intelligence officer who does contract work for the CIA dismissed Britain as a "swamp" of jihadis.
Intelligence briefings for Mr Obama have detailed a dramatic escalation in American espionage in Britain, where the CIA has recruited record numbers of informants in the Pakistani community to monitor the 2,000 terrorist suspects identified by MI5, the British security service.

A British intelligence source revealed that a staggering four out of 10 CIA operations designed to thwart direct attacks on the US are now conducted against targets in Britain.
That's ... a lot.
And a former CIA officer who has advised Mr Obama told The Sunday Telegraph that the CIA has stepped up its efforts in the last month after the Mumbai massacre laid bare the threat from Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group behind the attacks, which has an extensive web of supporters in the UK.

The CIA has already spent 18 months developing a network of agents in Britain to combat al-Qaeda, unprecedented in size within the borders of such a close ally, according to intelligence sources in both London and Washington.
Good times for quadruple-agents.
Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who has advised Mr Obama, told The Sunday Telegraph: "The British Pakistani community is recognised as probably al-Qaeda's best mechanism for launching an attack against North America. The American security establishment believes that danger continues and there's very intimate cooperation between our security services to monitor that."

Mr Riedel, who served three presidents as a Middle East expert on the White House National Security Council, added: "President Obama's national security team are well aware that this is a serious threat."

The British official said: "The Americans run their own assets in the Pakistani community; they get their own intelligence. There's close cooperation with MI5 but they don't tell us the names of all their sources. Around 40 per cent of CIA activity on homeland threats is now in the UK. This is quite unprecedented."

Explaining the increase in CIA activity over the past month, Mr Riedel added: "In the aftermath of the Mumbai attack the US and the UK intelligence services now have to regard Lashkar-e-Taiba as just as serious a threat to both of our countries as al-Qaeda. They have a much more extensive base among Pakistani Diaspora communities in the UK than al-Qaeda."

Information gleaned by CIA spies in Britain has already helped thwart several terrorist attacks in the UK and was instrumental in locating Rashid Rauf, a British-born al-Qaeda operative implicated in a plot to explode airliners over the Atlantic, who was tracked down and killed in a US missile strike in November.

But some US intelligence officers are irritated that valuable manpower and resources have been diverted to the UK. One former intelligence officer who does contract work for the CIA dismissed Britain as a "swamp" of jihadis.
Jonathan Evans, the director general of MI5, admitted in January that the Security Service alone does not have the resources to maintain surveillance on all its targets. "We don't have anything approaching comprehensive coverage," he said.
Thanks, Labour Party! Now the US tax-payer has to subsidize the British domestic intelligence service, too. And all of this pro-bono labor to save the lives and remaining liberties of the British people was done by order of the "Evil" George Bush and his administration. Just Americans doing the work the British can't-won't do.
The dramatic escalation in CIA activity in the UK followed the exposure in August 2006 of Operation Overt, the alleged airline bomb plot. The British intelligence official revealed that CIA chiefs sent more resources to the UK because they were not prepared to see American citizens die as a result of MI5's inability to keep tabs on all suspects, even though the Security Service successfully uncovered the plot.

MI5 manpower will have doubled to 4,100 by 2011 but many in the US intelligence community do not think that is enough.

For their part, some British officials are queasy that information obtained by the CIA from British Pakistanis was used to help target Mr Rauf, a British citizen, whom they would have preferred to capture and bring to trial.

Sensitivities over the intelligence arrangement formed a key part of briefings given to Mr Obama, since they are central to what is often called "the most special part of the special relationship" and could complicate his dealings with Gordon Brown.

Tensions in transatlantic intelligence relations which were laid bare last week during the High Court battle over Binyam Mohamed, the British resident held in Guanatanamo Bay. British judges wanted to publish details of the alleged torture administered to Mr Mohamed, an Ethiopian national, in US custody. But key paragraphs were blacked out after American officials threatened it could damage intelligence sharing between the two countries.

Intelligence experts said that a trusting intelligence relationship, in which one country does not publish intelligence data obtained by the other, is vital to both countries' national security.

Patrick Mercer, chairman of the House of Commons counter-terrorism sub-committee, said: "The special relationship is a huge benefit to us. It clearly works to our advantage and helps keep the people of the UK and the US safe. There is no doubt that a great deal of valuable intelligence vital to British national security is procured by American agents from British sources."

Mr Riedel added: "The partnership between the two intelligence communities is dynamic; it is one of great intimacy. We overuse the term special relationship, but this is an extraordinarily special relationship. Since September 11 the philosophy on both sides has been to err on the side of telling each other more rather than less. It is in everyone's interests that that continues."
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Binyam Mohamed
Rashid Rauf
Posted by: mrp || 02/07/2009 12:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336084 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Could it be that the CIA are running an elaborate plot to appear incompetent and overly politicized in Washington, DC in order to distract attention from the incredible work they are doing in places like Pakistan and Britain? Because it's clear they really are doing incredible work in Pakistan and Britain, and no doubt other places (Africa, anyone?) as well.

My heartfelt thanks to the quiet people in the CIA who accept the world's abuse as one of the costs they pay to keep us safe. And to former President Bush, who enabled them, and who deflected so much of the abuse onto himself so that they could/can do what needed/needs to be done.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/07/2009 17:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Your CIA shit are screwers and stupid.
Could it be that you are a stupid wife and a fat ass?
Posted by: Midoman || 02/07/2009 19:05 Comments || Top||

#3  I think the muzzies that can't write are more tolerable than those who can.
Posted by: Hellfish || 02/07/2009 19:23 Comments || Top||

#4  I don't think it makes much difference. Willful ignorance, dishonesty, and vileness is not tolerable whether it can use a keyboard or not.
Posted by: Darrell || 02/07/2009 20:23 Comments || Top||

#5  CIA warns Obama that British terrorists are the biggest threat to the US


The CIA believes that a British-born Pakistani extremist entering the US under the expanded visa waiver program are the most likely source of another terrorist spectacular on American soil.

Don't just send us a tiny fraction of your of your Tired Hate Filled Homicidal Bastards, We're enlightened Now and Recognize That Sovernty and Borders are the problem and not the Solution.

Why even the quaint notion of Citizen-Status is Passe and Reactionary...
In Fact:
Face the Music Folks; We enlightened types can now openly note:

US Citizenship is UN-AMERICAN!
Posted by: Red Dawg || 02/07/2009 20:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Goodness, Red Dawg!
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/07/2009 20:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Bye, Midoman

It's been real...
Posted by: badanov || 02/07/2009 22:14 Comments || Top||

'Greece holding Iran-bound missile ship'
Greek authorities are holding an Iran-bound ship carrying materials for the manufacture of surface-to-surface missiles, the Elefterotipia newspaper reported Friday. According to the Greek paper, the ship, called the Susanna, left a port in Slovenia more than a month ago.

The Jerusalem Post could not independently confirm the report.

Last week, the Cypriot Navy stopped a Syria-bound Iranian ship, believed to be carrying weapons for Hamas. The US military had previously stopped the vessel in the Red Sea, but allowed it to continue because the US could not legally stop its journey or seize its cargo.

The Cypriot-flagged Monchegorsk is currently anchored off the island's southern port of Limassol, and Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias said last Friday that the ship had violated UN resolutions.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  the US could not legally stop its journey

True, very true, unless times demand it, in which case the ancient law of Rule Britannia is invoked. Being the sucessor state and family member of said RuleMaker,the executive arm of the real Law-of-the-Sea will be allowed to, Stop, Board, Disable or Sink as circumstances require.
Posted by: .5MT || 02/07/2009 4:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Not under "We Are the World" Bambi.
Posted by: lotp || 02/07/2009 7:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Obambi is under a LOT of stress, lotp, with all his "friends" having tax problems or nanny problems. He may not make it to July without a major heart attack. That's going to be REALLY bad, because I don't think anyone wants slow-Joe Biden as president. Those people that elected the Obambi empty suit to a major position of both power and stress will soon find out why "executive experience" is absolutely necessary in a President.

I'm sure we have a nuke hunter-killer sub in the Med, with some excellent torpedos. It would be nice for these vessels carrying weapons to Hamass to catch one in the keel. Do it on a "dark and stormy night".
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/07/2009 12:43 Comments || Top||

Djerba bomb suspects sentenced in France
A Paris court sentenced Christian Ganczarski, a German convert to Islam, to 18 years in prison on Thursday (February 5th) for his role in the deadly 2002 suicide bomb attack on the Tunisian vacation island of Djerba which killed 14 Germans, five Tunisians and two French nationals, international press reported. Walid Nouar, the brother of the suicide bomber, received a 12-year prison term. Both defendants denied the charges and said they would appeal the verdict. The alleged mastermind of the Sept 11th, 2001 terror attacks in the US, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was also charged with planning the Djerba suicide bombing, but the Paris court chose not try him in absentia.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe

High school blown up in Bajaur Agency
Militants have reportedly blown up a high school in Bajaur Agency on Friday night, Geo News reported. According to sources, the incident was reportedly occurred in tehsil Salarzai of Bajaur Agency while this latest havoc has taken the number of schools blown up in this year to 28. Political administration said, it has imposed indefinite curfew on some restive tehsils of Agency.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Rocket attack on NATO supply containers
Unknown militants launched rocket attack on NATO supply containers leaving one container on fire on Ring road, police sources said on Friday. Police sources added, fire brigade was called in immediately after rocket attack however, one container was totally tipped through by fire. Firefighting workers brought soon ablaze under control, rescue sources said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Pakistan: Carbomb blast wounds seven in northwest
(AKI) - A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives at a checkpoint in Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan, wounding seven people on Friday, an official said. The bombing took place in the town of Jamrud, through which trucks pass carrying supplies for Nato forces in Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the blast, which damaged other vehicles nearby.

The spokesman threatened to sever the NATO supply route for good unless the Pakistan government halts military operations against the group.

Traffic was suspended on the crucial road across the Khyber into Afghanistan on Tuesday after militants blew up a bridge near the near the Ali Masjid fort landmark. Militants have in the past few months stepped up attacks against NATO convoys in the Khyber Pass.

A suicide attack in NWFP's troubled Swat district on Friday wounded at least thirteen members of Pakistan's security forces, reportedly leaving six in a critical condition. Before the bombing, three rockets were fired against a police station, Pakistan's Geo News reported.

Geo News said periodic fire continued in Swat on Friday, which has this week seen fierce fighting between militants and security forces. Also on Friday, militants blew up a girls school in NWFP's Mardan district. No casualties were reported, Geo said.

Militants on Thursday killed three women in Swat they accused of colluding with security forces, and kidnapped three men when they stormed a house in Dagai village, Dawn daily reported.

A girls' primary school and a boy's high school were blown up in Matta and the house of a local policeman was set on fire in the Kala Kalley area of Kabah tehsil, Dawn said.

All banks, courts and government offices remained closed in Swat despite the easing of a 12-day curfew.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  Warn all the civilians and Pakistani forces out of the NWFP, and then level the place with wave after wave of attacks using every weapon the US owns, short of nukes. Totally destroy everything. If there's any repair work done, hit that area again. Keep it up until six months have passed with no human activity in the NWFP. Then let the civilians back in to rebuild, with our help. The Talibunnies will all be dead from starvation, if nothing else.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/07/2009 13:15 Comments || Top||

#2  i believe you are under the misunderstanding that there are civilians.

you need 'civil' to have civilians
Posted by: Abu do you love || 02/07/2009 13:45 Comments || Top||

Arms cache seized in Diyala, 2 suspects nabbed
Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi army forces seized a weapons cache and arrested two suspects in southern Mandili, Diala province, on Friday, a security source said. "The Iraqi military launched a raid on Friday (Feb. 6) in al-Nada area, southern Mandili district, (55 km) east of Baaquba, seizing a cache and arresting two suspects nearby," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The cache contained 80 improvised explosive devices, six explosive belts, 40 mortar shells, 25 Katyusha rockets, dozens of bullet magazines and several light weapons," the source added. "The detainees are under investigative custody," he said, not giving more details.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

2 wanted persons arrested in Amara
Aswat al-Iraq: Policemen in Missan arrested two men wanted on "terrorist" charges in central al-Amara city on Friday, a senior security official said. "Policemen from the 3rd Emergency Police Department arrested two men wanted on terrorist charges in the old neighborhood of al-Hussein, central Amara," Col. Sadiq Sallam, the Missan Police Department's Relations & Information Director, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336073 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

2 killed in tribal feud in Mosul
Aswat al-Iraq: Two persons were killed in an armed tribal dispute in a village west of Mosul city on Friday, a security source in Ninewa police said. "Two young men from al-Asi clan were killed on Friday (Feb. 6) in an armed feud in the area of al-Ulwaniya, northeast of Talafar district," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The two relatives came under fire while they were in a sheep souk (market)," the source added.

Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336072 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

2 wanted men arrested, explosives seized in Basra
Aswat al-Iraq: Two wanted men were captured while C4 explosives were seized and an improvised explosive device dismantled near a mosque in northern Basra province on Friday, a police spokesman said. "Two wanted persons were arrested during a search raid in different areas of Basra," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The bomb squad seized a bag containing 25 kg of C4 explosives and TNT and defused an IED weighing 5 km in the area of al-Ablah, (8 km) northern Basra, near the mosque of Ali al-Safi, a top aide of Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani," the source said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

2 unknown bodies found in Diyala
Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi army forces found to unidentified bodies in Diala province on Friday, according to an official military source.

"Iraqi army soldiers found two bodies of people aging 20-30 years old in the area of al-Saadiya, (35 km) southern Khanaqin district," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "There were no signs of the bodies having been shot. We don't know how they were killed so far but the investigations will show all details," the source added.

He said that the two corpses were left in the open for several days before they were found.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  He said that the two corpses were left in the open for several days before they were found.
"Hey, Mamoud. What's that Smell?" "What smell, Abdulla?" "Something smells REALLY bad.". "It always smells really bad here, Abdulla.?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/07/2009 13:28 Comments || Top||

IAF strikes south Gaza targets after two rockets hit Israel
The Israel Air Force struck targets in southern Gaza on Friday a few hours after Palestinian militants fired two rockets from the coastal strip into Israel. An Israel Defense Forces spokesman confirmed the air strikes. The spokesman said the targets included four smuggling tunnels, as well as a weapons storage facility, which caused a series of secondary explosions to be heard in the area.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Palestinian witnesses said no one was wounded in the IAF strikes.

The first of the rockets fired by Gaza militants Friday hit the Sha'ar Hanegev region, the IDF said. The attack caused no casualties or damage. Three hours later, a rocket hit near the coastal city of Ashkelon. No casualties were reported in that attack either.

An IDF spokesman said the first rocket was fired from the northern Gazan town of Beit Lahiya.

On Thursday evening, IDF soldiers killed a Palestinian militant who approached the Gaza-Israel border and drew a grenade. The grenade subsequently exploded as a result of the soldiers' gunfire, killing the militant.
No virgins for you!
There were no casualties among the troops, who were from the Golani infantry brigade. The incident took place near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. The troops later searched the area from which the militant had come, Army Radio said, then returned to Israeli territory.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  The grenade subsequently exploded as a result of the soldiers' gunfire, killing the militant.

Bet that was a very long 4 seconds of a short life.
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 12:45 Comments || Top||

Trucks carrying NIS 175m. cross to Gaza
Supreme Court rejects petition to prevent transfer of PA tax monies to Gaza; funds meant to pay salaries.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Trucks?
Okay, casks of silver or what?
Posted by: .5MT || 02/07/2009 5:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Idiots.
Posted by: Rednek Jim || 02/07/2009 11:49 Comments || Top||

Rockets launched at Israel after Palestinian militant death
(AKI) - Palestinian militants on Friday launched two homemade Qassam rockets into southern Israel, which landed in open areas near the Shaar Hanegev regional council, located in the Western Negev desert. There were no injuries or damage. Three hours later, another rocket hit near the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing no injuries. No Palestinian militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, the attacks took place hours after a Palestinian militant was killed near the Sufa Crossing, located in southern Gaza.

Israeli Defence Forces say they fired warning shots against the man, who allegedly pulled out a hand grenade from his bag as he approached the border fence. The grenade then exploded after the militant was shot.

Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth says that the IDF Gaza Division has instructed soldiers operating near the coastal strip to assume any Palestinian approaching the border fence is seeking to commit an act of terror.

"I recall talk of disproportionate retaliation to the rocket attacks, but unfortunately the attacks are continuing and there is no response.

"I fear that even after the elections, nothing will be done, so we will suffer from the rocket fire for at least another month," said David Buskila, mayor of the Israeli city of Sderot, quoted by Yedioth Ahronoth.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

President Obama Authorizes Hamas Migration to the United States
Presidential Determination No. 2009-15 of January 27, 2009

Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related To Gaza

Memorandum for the Secretary of State

By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the ``Act''), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

(Presidential Sig.)

Washington, January 27, 2009
Posted by: Ebboque Glomoling7679 || 02/07/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336083 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sumbitch really wants to destroy this country, doesn't he?

I'd suggest he move them all into his house in Illinois, them being such fine upstanding citizens and all - he's not using it right now.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 02/07/2009 0:05 Comments || Top||

#2  President Obama Authorizes Hamas Migration to the United States

I second the motion Big Time Barb...

Yea if he wants the ill-gotten Spawn so bad then he should dump them all into hiz Illinois House!!.... O-Bammi-Whammi!...........
Posted by: Red Dawg || 02/07/2009 0:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Good for you! Obama is muslim and will convert u all into Islam! Hail Hamas, Haniya and Khalid Mich3al
Posted by: Midoman || 02/07/2009 0:41 Comments || Top||

#4  There is unmatched foolishness in this decision.
Moslems think he's a joke and a pushover, and they will treat all the rest of us that way as well.

You Mr President, and that Congress come from the bottom depths of hell.
Posted by: newc || 02/07/2009 0:42 Comments || Top||

#5  I think that's just cash money to fill in the gap when the racist UN cut off the terror resupply line humanitarian aid trucks.
Posted by: Seafarious || 02/07/2009 1:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Not only is this money old news, but its got nothing to do with moving Hamas vermin stateside.
Posted by: Mike N. || 02/07/2009 1:24 Comments || Top||

#7  I wouldn't be at all surprised to see special immigration status granted these people. This is only the beginning. Charges against USS COLE Terrorist Abu al-Nashiri have been dropped. USS Cole victim families (all but one) got a smoochy, smoochy visit with The One. In his book, Dreams of My Father, he said "If the political winds turn, I will stand with the Muslims." The GWOT is over and he'll be releasing all of the detained terrorists soon. It won't be him however, it will be Eric Holder siting "the law." And we all know The One must follow "the law" Anshallah.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/07/2009 3:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Dear Rantburgers

Instead of sitting, go and speak around you (that includes news organizations) that he is allowing into the states those people who handled candy on 9/11. Then tell about probability that given how much they hate the US they perpetrate acts of terror or help in their perpetration.
Posted by: JFM || 02/07/2009 4:18 Comments || Top||

#9  The title doesn't seem to match the article contents.
Posted by: Cherelet and Tenille1095 || 02/07/2009 8:15 Comments || Top||

#10  This just appears to be additional funding for humanitarian aid
Posted by: john frum || 02/07/2009 9:36 Comments || Top||

#11  Time to buy another case of ammunition.
Posted by: SR-71 || 02/07/2009 10:32 Comments || Top||

#12  It's not for migration. He's just funding more rocket production for Hamas.
Posted by: DMFD || 02/07/2009 10:46 Comments || Top||

#13  It doesn't, per se, indicate they are allowed into US. It also doesn't say they aren't. With Hillary running State, ask yourself if Visas for these scum would be permitted. She'd give them a first class ticket and a grant of say $10,000 per head to get them settled. And probably let the PeaNut from Georgia be in charge of the relocation plans. It really indicates one thing which has beeen obvious for so long. Bambi is a Muzz. He favors them. He's going to coddle them. He's going to allow them to hit us again. They bought him & he's got to deliver. If you're still a doubter, just sit and watch. And, mebbe you oughta start drawing up plans for a bunker in your back yard, similar to the nuke shelters popular in the 50's.
Posted by: Woozle Elmeter 2700 || 02/07/2009 11:45 Comments || Top||

#14  Settle them in Plains Georgia.
Posted by: Rednek Jim || 02/07/2009 11:53 Comments || Top||

#15  This most obviously runs counter the our national interest and our national security. The people of Gaza wanted war and they got it. If allowed into this country or any other country they will certainly engage in the kinds of terrorist activities for which they are famous in Gaza. Can we start impeachment proceedings now?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/07/2009 12:54 Comments || Top||

#16  Anything to enhance the Democrat majority.

We have a new contestant in the Worst President Ever Contest.
Posted by: Baba Tutu || 02/07/2009 12:55 Comments || Top||

#17  In office barely 19 days, and the seeds of disaster are already well sown. This idiot will cause the needless death of thousands if not millions. My only prayer is that he screws the pooch so badly that the Democrat Party is destroyed.

Whatever steps that are needed to rebuild this once great nation after he is gone, are going to be a terrible hardship for several generations. I sometimes despair, he could be the end for my beloved America.

May the Marxists and Islamists reap what they have sown. When the pendulum swings back the other way, there shall be no mercy for these creatures.
Posted by: Trader_DFW || 02/07/2009 13:17 Comments || Top||

#18  Yeah, and Midoman, I could have told you that would happen. You were fun for a while but if all you can deliver is juvenile bathroom humor it gets very boring very quickly and the mods at this site have very little patience for it. Post something intelligent that pertains to the thread, if you can, and they might let you even if they disagree. If you can't just shut up and read. Who knows? You might learn something.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/07/2009 13:20 Comments || Top||

#19  hell no don't send them too GA just send Jimmy Carter too them
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 02/07/2009 13:49 Comments || Top||

#20  My God, what has Obama done? We are F*$ked!!! Even Egypt keeps the Palios out, they know how screwed up they are. We are in big trouble.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 02/07/2009 14:04 Comments || Top||

#21  Only 1442 days to go.
Posted by: ed || 02/07/2009 14:23 Comments || Top||

#22  On January 27, Israel had already pulled back from its invasion of Gaza after being attacked for months via Qasom missiles from Gaza.

However, Hamas and the Palestinians had again begun attacking Israel on January 27, the day that President Barak Obama issued the order below to bank roll Gaza which is controlled by Hamas.
Posted by: Ebboque Glomoling7679 || 02/07/2009 17:25 Comments || Top||

#23  afterbeing attacked for months via Qasom missiles from Gaza.

Years, actually, Ebboque Glomoling7679. It started with the second Intifada, but really took off after Israel pulled completely out of Gaza in 2005.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/07/2009 22:21 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Former terror spy gunned down in southern Thailand
A Muslim man who police said used to spy on officials for terrorists insurgents was killed in a drive-by shooting here Saturday morning.

Police said Dusa-ing Kumor, 48, was shot and killed by a pillion rider on his way back from his rubber plantation at 8:30 am. The shooting took place on a village road in Nada village in Tambon Rusoh in Narathiwat's Rusoh district. Police said Dusa-ing used to spy on the authorities for terrorists insurgents but had surrendered and undergone an orientation programme.
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