Question: Has Bush caused the US to be dangerously compromised?
The main Trend we have seen at Maravot News is that Bush's hostile policies worldwide have created new alliances among the EU, China, India, Russia, the Middle East and South America, with realignments away from the US. His mismanagement in diplomacy, wars, disasters and economics reflects an incompetence perhaps unparalleled in US history. Mel Copeland
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6.24.06 Miami terror cell: How big was the threat?
June 24 The alleged terrorism plot broken up in Miami is sending out shock waves as people realize terror threats can come from within the United States as well as abroad. But critics are raising questions about how serious the threat actually was. The seven men, members of a religious sect called the Sea of David, allegedly took photos of their targets but had virtually no money. And thus far, no explosives or weapons have been found. Officials say the men planned to take down some of the country's biggest buildings, including Chicago's Sears Tower and FBI buildings in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C., and "kill all the devils" they could.
6.24.06 Terror leader in our sights before 7/ 7, says US police
June 24 Police in New York have confirmed that more than two years before the July 7 bombings in London they had carried out an investigation into the activities of a British-born extremist who went on to lead the attacks. Mohammad Sidique Khan was implicated in a plot to blow up synagogues on the American East Coast in March 2003 and US officials who took part in the inquiry into his activities insist that British intelligence was aware of the operation.
6.24.06 Coalition, Afghan troops kill over 80 insurgents
KABUL, June 24 Afghan and coalition forces killed about 82 militants in multiple assaults across southern Afghanistan, the military said on Saturday. On Friday, troops fought more than 40 extremists during a five-hour gun battle after receiving enemy fire near the village of Mirabad, northeast of the capital in southern Uruzgan province, the military said in a statement. Most of the militants, who were firing from hidden positions in an orchard, ridgeline and compound near Mirabad, were believed killed, the coalition said. No coalition or civilian injuries were reported.
6.24.06 Saudi Arabia detains 43 suspected militants
RIYADH (AFP) June 24 Saudi audi security forces have detained 43 suspected Islamist militants, including two Somalis, an Ethiopian and an Iraqi, the interior ministry said on Saturday after a deadly gunbattle in the capital. The ministry said the arrests had been made in different parts of the oil-rich kingdom since May 9. Two arrests followed a firefight in Riyadh Friday in which six suspected Al Qaeda militants and a policeman were killed. Security forces, tracking down members of the "deviant group," rounded up 27 suspects, including two Somalis and an Ethiopian, in Riyadh, the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the oil-rich Eastern Province and the northern frontier region between May 9 and 23, a ministry spokesman said.
6.24.06 Zawahiri hails Zarqawi in new video
June 24 Al-Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has hailed the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as a soldier, an Islamic cleric and a prince of martyrs.
Al-Zawahiri addressed George Bush directly in the broadcast, and vowed to avenge al-Zarqawi's death. "Yes O Bush, none of us is killed without us avenging him, with the help of God," said al-Zawahiri. "You are not facing individuals but the whole of the Muslim nation. America will not dream in security until security has become a reality in Palestine and the other Muslim countries."
Among other things, Al-Zawahiri criticized Turkey for being a secular country which welcomed US bases and recognized Israel. He also attacked Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, and Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador to Iraq, saying al-Maliki "trades with Islam" for power and describing Khalilzad as "the Afghan apostate." Al-Zawahiri did not mention the new leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, which the group has declared to be Abu Hamza al-Muhajer. The omission of any reference to the successor might mean the tape was recorded before the successor was chosen, or it might indicate that al-Zawahiri does not endorse the new leader. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See Maravot News editorial note on As-Sahab, al-Qaeda's production agency who is believed to have an office in Kirachi, Pakistan.]
6.23.06 Information from US companies helped Israel locate terror cells
June 23 WASHINGTON, June 23 From the spring of 2003 until autumn 2004, the Shin Bet security service tracked down Palestinian terror cells in the West Bank thanks to information from the Western Union money transfer service, which was passed on by the FBI. This fact was disclosed in a book published this week about America's war on terror after September 11, 2001. In "The One Percent Doctrine," author Ron Suskind connects the transfer of intelligence from the FBI to the Shin Bet with several targeted assassinations carried out by Israel during this period.
6.23.06 Bank data is sifted by US in secret to block terror
WASHINGTON, June 23 Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials. The program is limited, government officials say, to tracing transactions of people suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda by reviewing records from the nerve center of the global banking industry, a Belgian cooperative that routes about $6 trillion daily between banks, brokerages, stock exchanges and other institutions. The records mostly involve wire transfers and other methods of moving money overseas and into and out of the United States. Most routine financial transactions confined to this country are not in the database.
6.23.06 Karzai wants rethink on terror war as al-Qaeda urges uprising
June 23 Al-Qaeda's ideological leader urged Afghans yesterday to rise up against the British and US troops in Afghanistan as the coalition announced the deaths of four US soldiers. The appearance of Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Ladenıs deputy, on a three-minute video provoked a stinging response from Hamid Karzai, the Afghan President, who criticized both foreign militants in Afghanistan and the Westıs strategy in the War on Terror. The broadcast came amid the bloodiest period since the fall of the Taleban in 2001. About 600 people have been killed since May and more than 1,000 have died so far this year.
6.23.06 Sunni mosque bombed as sudden curfew imposed in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AFP) June 23 At least 22 people were killed in two bombings in Iraq on Friday, including one targeting a Sunni mosque on the day of Muslim prayers, as authorities imposed a sudden curfew in Baghdad. At least 12 people were killed and 20 others wounded when the bomb went off outside the Hibhib Al Kabir mosque in the village of Hibhib, north of Baghdad, as worshipers were leaving Friday prayers, police said. The bomb was planted close to the rear door of the mosque, police said, adding that the front gate of the shrine was closed for security reasons.
6.23.06 Policemen, 6 militants killed in Saudi shootout
RIYADH (Reuters) June 23 Six suspected Al Qaeda-linked militants and a policeman were killed in a shootout in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Friday, after police surrounded their house to prevent an imminent attack, Saudi officials and media said. Police cordoned off the upscale residential district where the shootout occurred. A seventh militant was wounded and arrested. Saudi state television showed police removing several vehicles from the scene, some of them damaged in the clash, as officers carried away what appeared to be bags of evidence. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television quoted security sources as saying the militants were on the verge of launching unspecified attacks. An Interior Ministry statement said the seven were linked to the "deviant group" a label used by authorities to describe supporters of Saudi-born Osama bin Ladenıs Al Qaeda network. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
6.23.06 Talks 'hopeless' and Azerbaijan ready for war with Armenia: president
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AFP) June 23 International mediation over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh enclave is "hopeless," oil-rich Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said, vowing to retake it by "peaceful means or by war," in a speech to the military. Aliyev, who's country fought its neighbor and fellow former Soviet republic Armenia over control of the majority-Armenian enclave in Azerbaijani territory from 1988 to 1994, also said he would use oil revenues to beef up the military.
6.21.06 Pyongyang wants dialogue with US
June 21 North Korea yesterday made it clear that the motive behind its missile diplomacy is to draw the United States into dialogue. Han Song-ryol, deputy chief of North Korea's mission to the United Nations, said "Pyongyang understands Washington's concerns and is willing to solve this situation through discussions," Yonhap News agency quoted him as saying. Han also denied that the missile test violates a self-imposed moratorium that was extended in 2004. "Some say our missile test launch is a violation of the moratorium, but this is not the case," Han was quoted as saying. He stressed that North Korea possesses the sovereign rights to develop, deploy, test fire and export missiles.
6.21.06 Iran won't sell cheap gas to India, Pakistan
TEHRAN, June 21 Iran will not sell its gas at knockdown rates to India and Pakistan, a senior oil official said on Wednesday amid a pricing dispute in talks over a planned pipeline. "The price suggested by India and Pakistan is almost half of the price we offered," deputy oil minister Mohammad-Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian said on state radio. "If the two governments intend to subsidies their domestic gas, there is no reason for Iran to pay this subsidy," he added.
6.21.06 Group linked to al-Qaida says to kill Russian hostages
CAIRO (Xinhua) June 21 A group linked to the al-Qaida terror network in Iraq threatened on Wednesday to execute four Russian Embassy staff it had kidnapped in Baghdad earlier this month, according to an Internet statement. "The Russian government has failed to do what we have demanded within 48 hours... so the Islamic court of the Mujahideen Shura Council ruled to execute the hostages," said the statement posted on a Web site frequently used by Islamist militants. The Mujahedeen Shura Council is believed to be an umbrella grouping several insurgent groups in Iraq including the al-Qaida group. The authenticity of the statement cannot be verified.
6.21.06 Saddam lawyer executed by gunmen in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AFP) June 21 A lawyer for ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was found shot in the head on Wednesday after being kidnapped from his Baghdad home, the third defense attorney to be slain. Separately, an Iraqi insurgent coalition linked to Al Qaeda threatened to kill four Russian diplomats that it abducted earlier this month. Khamis Al Obeidi was snatched from his home in the predominantly Sunni Arab district of Adhamiyha at about 7:00 am (0300 GMT) by about 20 men, a security official and his wife said. His body was found a few hours later dumped at a nearby roundabout. The killing underscored the continuing lawlessness engulfing Baghdad despite a massive security clampdown launched in the capital a week ago. [More>>metimes.com]
6.21.06 British suicide bomber 'in link to New York mosque'
June 21 An American al-Qaeda operative who was a close associate of the leader of the July 7 bombers was recruited at a New York mosque that British militants helped to run. British radicals regularly travelled to the Masjid Fatima Islamic Centre, in Queens, to organize sending American volunteers to jihadi training camps in Pakistan. Investigators reportedly found that Mohammad Sidique Khan had made calls to the mosque last year in the months before he led the terrorist attack on London that killed 52 innocent people. New York police have confirmed that they are still trying to trace the real identities of British Muslims who have been making trips since before September 11, 2001.
6.21.06 Terrorist "Irhabi 007" arrested 15 months after tips given to authorities
June 21 A story published in hamiltonspectator.com details how a key cyber-terrorist who published and promoted al-Qaeda in Iraq and supplied bomb making instructions through the internet was tracked down. His name is Younis Tsouli, a cyber-extremist who inspired the 17 people arrested in the Toronto area. His internet name, "Irhabi," means "terrorist" in Arabic. The story of his capture does not speak well for government authorities who are purportedly tracking cyber-terrorists, and while the details of tracking down Tsouli are fascinating, the real story appears to be about the incompetence of US and British authorities in following up concrete information like a key cyber-terrorist's home address and finally finding and arresting the terrorist through serendipity.
6.21.06 Alarm over Afghan guidelines for journalists
KABUL (AFP) June 21 Journalists and legislators in Afghanistan have been outraged by the intelligence service©s new media guidelines that bar interviews with Taleban leaders and criticism of foreign troops. The 24-point list was delivered to editors of newspapers and television stations in Kabul in a document that bears only the name the "Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" and carries no signature or official stamp.
6.20.06 The ugly truth about everyday life in Baghdad (by the US ambassador)
6.20.06 Bodies of missing US soldiers recovered
BAGHDAD (AP) June 20 The bodies of two US soldiers reported captured last week have been recovered, and an Iraqi defense ministry official said Tuesday the men were "killed in a barbaric way." The US military said the remains were believed to be those of Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said US forces part of a search involving some 8,000 American and Iraqi troops found the bodies late Monday near Youssifiyah, where they disappeared Friday. The bodies were recovered early Tuesday. [More>>abcnews.go.com]
6.20.06 Another top al-Qaeda man killed
BAGHDAD (Reuters) June 21 A US air strike on a fleeing vehicle killed a senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leader on Friday in the same area where two American soldiers went missing a few hours later, a US military spokesman said. US forces had been on the trail of Mansur al-Mashhadani, identified as the top al-Qaeda religious leader in the country, before he was killed in the Yusufiya area just south of Baghdad, said Major General William Caldwell.
6.20.06 French Islamic leader arrested in terrorist funds probe
PARIS, June 20 The leader of a national Islamic group in France has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering activities linked to extremist Muslims, police said Tuesday. Dhaou Meskine, the secretary general of the Council of Imams of France, was apprehended Monday with 20 members of his family and aides as part of a swoop ordered by Paris prosecutors. Many of the arrests took place in the northwest Seine-Maritime region, where Meskine and his family have bought property with the aim of building a leisure park, officers said.
6.20.06 Thirteen Iraqis killed in alleged US fire on poultry farm
BAQUBA, Iraq (AFP) June 20 Thirteen Iraqis working in poultry farms in a village near the restive city of Baquba were killed during overnight US raids in the area, Iraqi police and a rights organization said on Tuesday. The US military also said that it was pressing ahead with murder charges against three of its soldiers for killing three Iraqi detainees, while Japan for its part ordered its 600 troops to leave Iraq.
6.20.06 Romanian soldier, Turk among 24 killed in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) June 20 A Romanian soldier has died in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan while a Turkish civilian and three guards were gunned down. Authorities said they had also killed 19 rebels. The killings were the latest in a spiral of violence linked to a determined Taliban insurgency which coalition and Afghan troops are hoping to dent with a major new operation launched a month ago. The Romanian soldier died when his armored vehicle struck a bomb Tuesday about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the main US base in the south at Kandahar airfield, a coalition spokeswoman said. The soldier was the third Romanian to die in action in Afghanistan, where the country has nearly 500 troops. Another four soldiers were hurt, one of them seriously, coalition and Romanian officials said. Thirty-seven coalition soldiers have now been killed in action in Afghanistan this year, around half of them Americans.
6.20.06 US sanctions target Belarus president
June 20 The United States has imposed financial sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, in response to what it called a fraudulent presidential election in March. On Monday, President George Bush issued an executive order banning US companies from engaging in transactions with Lukashenko and other top Belarusian government officials. Tony Snow, a White House spokesman, said: "These persons will not be able to access any assets that they might have in the United States, and US financial institutions, wherever located, will not be able to provide any financial services to them." The move comes a month after the US imposed travel restrictions on Lukashenko. The Belarusian president was re-elected in an election denounced by Western governments as rigged. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See also kyivpost.com]
6.20.06 Safavian found guilty in lobbyist trial
WASHINGTON (AP) June 20 A jury found former Bush administration official David Safavian guilty Tuesday of covering up his dealings with Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff. Safavian was convicted on four of five felony counts of lying and obstruction. He had resigned from his White House post last year as the federal government's chief procurement officer.
6.20.06 Indonesian teenager dies of bir flu WHO
JAKARTA (Reuters) June 20 The World Health Organization has confirmed an Indonesian teenager who died last week was infected with bird flu, a health ministry official said on Tuesday, taking the country's confirmed bird flu deaths to 39. The head of Indonesia's bird flu information centre, Runizar Ruesin, said the 14-year-old boy was from south of Jakarta, but did not give details...The country of 220 million has an estimated 1.2 billion chickens, some 30 percent of them in the yards of homes in both rural and urban areas. The bird flu virus is endemic in poultry in nearly all of the 33 provinces in Indonesia, a country of 17,000 islands sprawling across some 5,000 kilometres. The head of Indonesia's bird flu task force, in the ministry of agriculture, said on Tuesday she hoped Indonesia would be free of the virus in 2008. [Full story>>thestar.com.my]
6.20.06 Russia, Italy agree energy access exchange
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) June 20 Russian companies will receive access to Italy's energy market in exchange for Italian companies obtaining access to Russian oil and gas deposits, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said Tuesday. Russian leader Vladimir Putin said: "It is extremely important to hear [proposals] on Russian energy companies' access to the Italian market in exchange for our willingness to give Italian companies access to oil and gas production on Russian territory." Putin said Russia was ready to grant access to its mineral resources to any countries that were prepared to engage in equal partnership, such as Germany and its energy corporation BASF. [More>>rian.ru]
6.19.06 Qaeda group claims it has 2 US troops
BAGHDAD, June 19 An Islamic militant group that says it represents Al Qaeda claimed it had kidnapped the two American soldiers who disappeared in an attack Friday night, but offered no proof. American military officials remained skeptical of the claim. In an unusually brief posting on an Internet site, the Mujahedeen Shura, or Council of Holy Warriors, an organization that says it oversees Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and a number of other militant groups, said it would provide more details "in the coming days."
6.19.06 Bin Laden's deputy 'plotted gas attack' on New York subway
June 19 An Al-Qaeda cell in the United States came within 45 days of launching a cyanide attack on the New York subway system that could have killed as many people as the attacks of 11 September 2001, according to a new book given broad credence by American police and intelligence officials.
6.19.06 How the superjet designed to unite Europe is now tearing it apart
June 19 A year ago the Airbus A380 Superjumbo soared into the skies above Toulouse on its maiden flight. Down below, Tony Blair, President Chirac, Gerhard Schröder, then the German Chancellor, and thousands of onlookers hailed the world©s biggest passenger jet as an emblem of European integration. But today the A380 has become a symbol of all that is wrong with Europe incompetence, misplaced ambition, greed and bickering.
6.19.06 Iran prepares nuclear counter proposal
TEHRAN (AFP) June 19 Iran said on Monday that it was preparing a counter-offer as officials rejected a key stipulation in a proposal by world powers for the Islamic republic to halt uranium enrichment ahead of nuclear talks. A day after other regime officials implicitly rejected the international incentives offer - which hinges on Tehran's suspension of sensitive nuclear fuel cycle work - by refusing any preconditions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad weighed in with a similar statement. "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always favored a just and equal dialogue with no preconditions," state television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in a meeting with Iran's top officials and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. [More>>metimes.com ; See also haaretz.com, June 19, "Bush says Iran faces sanctions if it rejects nuclear offer."]
6.19.06 Iranian economists lash out at Ahmadinejad's policies
TEHRAN (AFP) Junes 16 A group of 50 prominent Iranian economists wrote an open letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday, criticizing his government policies for promoting skyrocketing inflation. Iran's Central Bank has put the inflation rate of last Iranian fiscal year (ended March 20) at 12.1 percent, while the unofficial sources estimate that the figure is close to double that rate. Ahmadinejad's policies are "lacking scientific and expertise basis, with such haste as to cause persistent inflation," leading university academics wrote in a letter printed in Iranian press. The experts also criticized a governmental order to cut bank interest rates regardless of its consequences.
6.19.06 Self-styled 'Al Qaeda member' in custody
DUBAI, June 19 A detainee at the Muraqqabat Police Station claims he is a member of Al Qaeda and was arrested at the Dubai International Airport on arrival from Ethiopia to allegedly hold secret meetings with German Intelligence. Dr. Mohammed Omar, who claimed to be a member of Al Qaeda responsible for hiring of people for the Al Qaeda organisation in the Middle East, said he visited the UAE several times before, entering the country by using different passports.
6.19.06 Baghdad hit by more bombings as Al-Qaeda threatens revenge
BAGHDAD (AFP) June 17 At least 23 people were killed in Baghdad on Saturday in a string of bombings that ripped through the massive security crackdown in the capital, as Al Qaeda threatened to avenge the killing of Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi. The latest wave of attacks in Baghdad came a day after a suicide bomber carrying explosives in his shoes blew himself up in the Shia Baratha mosque, killing 11 people and wounding 25. [More>>metimes.com]
6.19.06 China, India to reopen border trade at Tibetan mountain pass
LHASA (Xinhua) June 18 China and India agreed on Sunday to reopen border trade at the Nathu La Pass on July 6 after 44 years' closure. Officials from both sides ended the discussion on the issue in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, and signed on the agreed minutes on Sunday. The Natu La Pass is 4,545 meters above sea level. It is 460 kilometers away from Lhasa and 550 kilometers from the Indian coastal city of Calcutta. The pass used to be an important trade passage between China and India. The reopening of the pass is expected to give a major boost to bilateral trade between the two most populous countries. Trade in this area accounted for 80 percent of the total border trade volume between China and India in the early 1900s. Trading through the pass was suspended in 1962 after border conflicts. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
LISBON, May 21 Adam Porter reports: Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.
August 9 (Maravot News, Mel Copeland) A trend in combatting terrorism has to do with what constitute's extremist activity, including teachings by immams, publication of books and retail book stores, etc. Statements like (8.09.05) Bakri Mohammed's, "...it would be 'against Islam' for him to inform the police of any terrorist attacks that he knew were being planned in Britain..." are better understood through an examination of modern scholastic trends in reinterpreting the Koran. See:
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2005 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
05.23.06 Architect of New War on the West and Bin Laden via As-Sahab website
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