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World and US News Links – August 26, 2006

Posted by Admin on August 31, 2006

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August 26, 2006
[Dear Readers: I’m still trying to catch up and bring you the news on a more timely basis… I appreciate you all bearing with me. (o: I hope you are all having a great week! – Michelle K.]
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SPECIAL REPORT: San Francisco Hit and Run Driver Kills 1, Injures 14

Posted by Admin on August 30, 2006

 

~ HIT & RUN RAMPAGE IN SAN FRANCISCO ~
Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Last Updated – 30 August 2006 – 8:00 a.m. (Added links, Edited main entry)
[Special Thanks to all who have sent me links to add to this page. It is greatly appreciated.]

 

 

EDIT NOTE: This piece has been edited to correct and add some information
– August 30, 2006 10:00 a.m.

One man was killed and at least 14 others injured including one child when a man went on a hit-and-run spree first in Fremont, and then continued his destructive rampage in downtown San Francisco. Witnesses and authorities say the suspect’s actions were intentional, as they could see him focusing and “aiming” for people. Witnesses also say that he had a “mean look” on his face. Another witness reportedly told Reporter Rob Roth at WTVU-TV that the suspect had referred to himself as “a terrorist”. Although authorities are claiming that this incident “was many things” but “it was not an act of terrorism.

2.gifThe Hit-and-Run spree lasted approximately 20 minutes in downtown San Fran. Authorities finally chased down Omeed Aziz Popal [pictured at left], 29 of Fremont, who was driving an SUV, by boxing in his vehicle and taking him into custody at shortly after 1 p.m.[picture below at right]. Witnesses say that the suspect was very peaceful as he sat near the scene in handcuffs. One woman featured in a video report stated that if you didn’t know what had just happened you never would’ve been able to tell that this man had committed such a heinous crime immediately before.

Mr. Popal is said to have driven with intent on mowing down pedestrians. Witnesses report that he went the wrong way down one-way streets, and in one case after hitting an elderly man in a crosswalk, made a U-Turn and started back down the street to hit him again. A witness was able to pull the man to the sidewalk before Popal reached their position. The man who pulled the other out of the way said that when Popal passed he looked at him and appeared to be “angry about something.”

Police are still investigating this incident, and at least one media outlet is reporting that the bomb 1.gifsquad was called in to check out Mr. Popal’s SUV for possible explosives. Again, authorities maintain that this was NOT an act of terrorism. They also do not know at this time whether drugs or alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Mr. Popal’s attorney, Majeed Samara told the press that his client was “mentally ill” but did not provide any further information. Mr. Samara is quoted as saying, “All I can tell you is he’s not all together.”

Ch. 5 KPIX-TV is reporting that Mr. Popal’s cousin, Zargona Ramish said he had been having nightmares about someone coming to kill him and he had apparently been taking medication. She is quoted as saying, “He thought the devil was coming to him.” She also stated that he was a very good person, herself asking “what’s wrong with him?”.

Ramish also stated that Mr. Popal had been in Afghanistan a month ago for his wedding, and his bride had not been able to make the trip to California yet.

Please note, authorities are asking anyone with information to contact; San Francisco Police Lt. Mahoney at (415) 553-1145.

– Michelle K.
Information for this report was compiled from various sources
Pictures; 1) Photo of Ohmeed Aziz Popal 2) Photo of Police Cars & Black SUV
– CBS Ch. 5 KPIX-TV, CBS Broadcasting Company Inc. – San Francisco, California

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NOTES ON CURRENT SPECULATION IN THE BLOGOSPHERE:

A poster at FreeRepublic.com who lives in California stated thing as Mr. Popal has an Afghani Surname, and that the second part of his rampage began outside the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco. Keep in mind the Mr. Popal would had have to drive 41 miles from his starting point in Fremont to the Jewish Community Center, and just a “1/2 mile from the main Jewish temple, Temple Emanu-El.” Indeed it is puzzling why Mr. Popal chose the neighborhood he did to conduct the second part of his spree — some point out that it is a Jewish neighborhood. Of course, this could all be coincidence, and anything pointing to terrorism at this point would be speculation based on the information currently available.

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I will post more information and links as they become available, and as I am able. If you find information you think should be included on this page, please don’t hesitate to email me at; WausauWord @ gmail. com (NO SPACES)

MAP SHOWING VICTIM LOCATIONS:
(Map from KPIX-TV Ch. 5 (CBS) – CBS Broadcasting Company Inc. – San Francisco, CA, US)
[NOTE: Click on the picture below to see full-size]


~ RESOURCE LINKS ~
Following are resource links I have gathered regarding the Hit-and-Run Incident in San Francisco on August 29, 2006. Links will be added to this list on a regular basis as new information is uncovered. If you have any information or links to add to this page please feel free to
email me
[ LibertyRocksBlog @ gmail.com (no spaces)].

 

MAJOR MEDIA COVERAGE:

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VIDEO REPORTS:

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PICTURES & SLIDESHOWS:

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  • SLIDESHOW AT SFGATE.com” – Picture Slideshow – The San Francisco Chronicle – SFGate.com – Hearst Communications Inc. – San Francisco, California, US – 29 August 2006
  • SLIDESHOW: S.F. HIT & RUN SCENE PHOTOS” – Ch. 5 KPIX-TV (CBS) – CBS Broadcasting Company Inc. – San Francisco, California, US – 29 August 2006

 

BLOGS, ORGANIZATIONS & MAGAZINE COVERAGE:

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  • SOME DETAILS ON AFGHAN-AMERICAN WHO RAN DOWN 14” – Posted by Steve Gilbert @ Sweetness & Light – 30 August 2006
    Summary:
    Steve Gilbert provides some great links to various resources. He has also done some digging and has found some information about Mr. Popal’s relatives who are commenting in the press, particularly one cousin, Mr. Hamid Nekrawesh. Sweetness & Light points out that the KTVU piece does include the following; [QUOTE FROM SWEETNESS & LIGHT:] “The KTVU Piece does deign to mention that the indescribable driver ended up near a Jewish Community center. And that “one witness said he referred to himself as a terrorist. Of course the reporter quickly goes on to assure us, “but police say this case might have been many things, but it wasn’t an act of terrorism.”

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EXTRA INFORMATION:

REGARDING THE SUSPECT OMEED AZIZ POPAL:

MISCELLANEOUS RELATED RESOURCES:

SIMILAR INCIDENTS:

SEATTLE SHOOTING AT THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER SEATTLE:

  • SHOOTING IN SEATTLE: MUSLIM REVENGE” – by Michelle Malkin – MichelleMalkin.com – 28 July 2006
  • MEET THE MUSLIM SHOOTING SUSPECT” – by Michelle Malkin – MichelleMalkin.com – 29 July 2006
  • A RANDOM GALLERY OF “LONE” SHOOTERS” – by Michelle Malkin – MichelleMalkin.com – 29 July 2006
    Summary:
    Ms. Malkin looks at some of the “lone” shooter we have seen over the last few years. In all of the cases a history of “mental illness” has been mentioned. She compiled this posting after the shootings in Seattle. It has been reported that the hit and run driver in San Francisco also had a history of “mental illness”. [LibertyRocks Notes: If we look at the belief structure of the Radical Jihadist, or Militant Muslim I believe that most all of them would meet a few of the clinical definitions in the DSM manual for some sort of mental illness. I believe this is due to the similarities between the leaders of these radicals, and that of cult leaders. There are many similarities, and most are brainwashed into believing outrageous things that a rational person would know is not true; i.e. That Christians and Jews are made from pigs and monkeys, that Jewish people must have Matzo Bread during Passover made with the “blood of a Christian”, etc… (See the movie “Obsession” for confirmation of these assertions about their view of Jews and Christians.)]
  • PAMELA WAECHTER, R.I.P.” – by Michelle Malkin – MichelleMalkin.com – 30 July 2006

ATTACK WITH SUV AT UNIV. OF N. CAROLINA IN CHAPEL HILL – MARCH 3, 2006:
[Special Thanks to Cindy @ FreeRepublic.com for many of the links below…]

.PDF FILES FROM THE DAILY TARHEEL OF MOHAMMED TAHERI-AZAR’S LETTERS
(Thanks to Cindy @ FreeRepublic.com):

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World and US News Links – August 24 and 25, 2006 (Part II)

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2006

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August 24 & 25, 2006 – Part II
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4 HELD IN DENMARK ON CHARGES OF SUPPLYING EXPLOSIVES FOR PLANNED EUROPEAN TERROR ATTACK:

  • FOUR FACE TERROR TRIAL IN DENMARK” – BBC News – British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – 24 August 2006
    Summary:
    Four young muslim men are facing a trial on charges under new anti-terrorism laws in Denmark. The alleged terrorists are between the ages of 17 and 21, neither their names nor nationalities have been released due to a court order barring the release of that information. The four men have lived in Denmark a long time, according to reports. The men have been held since October when they were arrested following tips from Bosnian officials. Prosecutors in the case say that they had contact with two men previously arrested in Bosnia who allegedly helped them obtain “weapons and explosives with the aim of committing a terror act.” No date for trial has been set.

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World and US News Links – August 24 and 25, 2006 (Part I)

Posted by Admin on August 28, 2006

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August 24 & 25, 2006 – PART I

[Dear Readers & Subscribers: I apologize for the delay in posting the news links over the last few days. I had this list nearly complete, but somehow forgot the number one rule when working with computers – Save, Save, Save…LOL. I could blame it on the medications for my neck pain I suppose, but I really should know better anyway! (o: Part II of this installment should be published sometime this evening if all goes well, and I will hopefully catch up and be “up-to-date” by the middle of this week. Again, I appreciate everyone’s understanding as I recover from my neck procedure. I hope you all have had a great weekend, and a here’s hoping for a great (& peaceful) week ahead for all of us! Sincerely, Michelle K.]

WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

4 HELD IN DENMARK ON CHARGES OF SUPPLYING EXPLOSIVES FOR PLANNED EUROPEAN TERROR ATTACK:

  • EX-SPY CHIEF LINKS SUSPECTS IN DENMARK TO U. RADICAL” – Associated Press (AP) – The International Herald Tribune – The New York Times Company – Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 25 August 2006
    Summary:
    Four Muslim men aged 17 to 24 have been charged in Copenhagen, Denmark with supplying explosives to be used in a planned terror attack on Europe. The charges come in connection to a Bosnian terror investigation which has also yielded arrests in Britain. The four men had been under surveillance for two years — ever since they met with Omar Bakri Mohammed, a radical Islamic cleric/leader in London. Bakri, was once the leader of the defunct radical Islamic group al-Muhajiroun. Bakri had lived in London for 20 years, and is barred from returning to England. He is now living in Lebanon and the AP points out that he is not a suspect in this investigation. Authorities in Denmark were tipped off to the men in connection with the arrests of Mirsad Bektasevic and Abdulkadir Cesur in Sarajevo last October on suspicion that the men were planning an attack. All together 12 people are facing charges; 3 in Britain, 3 in Bosnia, the 4 mentioned in Denmark, as well as the 2 mentioned arrested in Sarajevo. Both the suspects held in Denmark and Sarajevo have maintained their innocence. More details are available in the article.
  • DENMARK CHARGES 4 WITH PLOTTING ATTACK” – Townhall News – Salem Web Network – Arlington, Virginia, US – 25 August 2006

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World and US News Links – August 23, 2006

Posted by Admin on August 25, 2006

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August 23, 2006
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