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

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August 24 & 25, 2006 – Part II
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

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.

IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM:

AHMADINEJAD’S JULY LETTER TO GERMANY:

  • IRAN LETTER TO GERMANY SAYS BOTH FACING “TYRANNY”” – Reuters Today – The Reuters Foundation – London, England, UK – 24 August 2006 [Note: Reuters has obtained a copy of the letter Ahmadinejad wrote to Merkel back in July from a diplomat who asked not to be identified.]

QUOTE:

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that their two countries had been subjected to “tyranny” from the World War Two victors and should cooperate to end the “imposed” world order.

– “Iran Letter to Germany says Both Facing “Tyranny”” – Reuters Today

HEATHROW TERROR PLOT INFORMATION:

KIDNAPPED JOURNALISTS IN GAZA:

2002 BALI BOMBINGS:

RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH IN UKRAINE:

WAR AND TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD:

AUSTRALIA:

  • WARNING ON PORTABLE MISSILE THREAT” – Agence France-Presse (AFP) – The Australian – News Limited – Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia – 24 August 2006

AFGHANISTAN:

AL QAEDA:

BELGIUM:

BRITAIN:

QUOTE:
[emphasis mine]

Abu Hamza, who recently won the right to appeal his conviction, was jailed in the UK for inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder. Hamza claims he has been victimized for his religious beliefs and his attorney is said to be using a novel defense.

Edward Fitzgerald, Hamas’ attorney who has complained about the conduct of virtually everyone involved in prosecuting his clients’ case, is reported to be using the Koran as his defense strategy. Fitzgerald is said to have stated that since the Muslim Koran teaches the murder of infidels, his client was and is only following and preaching his religious beliefs.

Koran Used to Justify Cleric Soliciting Murder” – TCV News

CHECHNYA:

CANADA:

DARFUR:

EGYPT:

FRANCE:

GAZA:

GERMANY:

HAITI:

HEZBOLLAH / HIZBULLAH:

QUOTE:

Tehran’s interim Friday prayers leader Seyed Ahmad Khatami on Friday stressed that no power may succeed in disarming the Lebanese Hezbollah Movement.

Cleric Terms Disarmament of Hezbollah an Illusion” – FARS News Agency

INDIA:

IRAN:

IRAQ:

IRELAND:

ISRAEL:

JAMMU & KASHMIR:

JORDAN:

  • JORDAN DEFENDS ITS MUSLIM BROTHERS” – United Press International (UPI) – Washington D.C., US – 24 August 2006
  • ZARQAWI COUSIN, OTHERS ON TRIAL IN JORDAN” – United Press International (UPI) – Washington D.C., US – 24 August 2006
    Summary:
    Omar Khalyleh, 30 (the cousin of slaim al-Qaida leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi), and 3 co-defendents; Salem Ajeimi, 32, Wissam Dimawi, 30, Riyad Udwan, 26, appeared in the State Security Court for a hearing on Wednesday (August 23) on charges related to terrorist activities in Jordan. The group has been charged with recruiting militants to fight in Iraq, undermining Jordan’s relations with another country, and “subjecting the kingdom to hostile acts”. A fourth co-defendant, Raed Nawasheh is a fugitive and is being tried in absentia. All men present denied their guilt in the case. The trial is scheduled to resume on September 6, 2006. Also mentioned in the article is the start of a State Security Court trial which has been adjourned till August 30th, against 7 alleged al-Qaida members in connection to allegedly planning attacks on the Amman International Airport, Jordanian Hotels, and against Americans within Jordan. The group of seven, 3 of whom are still at-large, is also charged with possession of 8 pounds of explosives with intent. The 4 suspects were arrested in February, and according to the UPI consist of 5 Iraqis, one Libyan, and one Saudi Arabian.

LEBANON:

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD:

NIGERIA:

PALESTINE:

PHILIPPINES:

POLAND:

QATAR:

RUSSIA:

QUOTE:

Russian investigators probing terrorism cases in the North Caucasus have noted a growing number of ethnic Slavs among the perpetrators of such acts.

The pro-Kremlin daily “Komsomolskaya pravda” published on August 16-19 an investigative report claiming that more than half of the members of a recently liquidated terrorist group in Karachayevo-Cherkessia were Russians or Ukrainians.

– “Russia: Slavic Converts to Radical Islam Pose New Threat” – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

SOMALIA:

SRI LANKA:

SYRIA:

THAILAND:

TURKEY:

UGANDA:

UNITED NATIONS:

UZBEKISTAN:

VENEZUELA:

AROUND THE WORLD:

BOSNIA:

QUOTE:

Bosnian Muslim leader Sulejman Tihic has told local Serbs to stop talking about a possible referendum on independence, because Bosnia was indivisible and those who don’t like it should leave the country. Tihic, who currently chairs Bosnia’s three-man rotating state presidency, has been an outspoken advocate of Muslim demands for the abolition of Bosnia’s Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS). Local Serbs for their part have threatened to hold a referendum on independence.

[. . .]

But Tihic said in a written statement on Wednesday [August 23], indirectly addressed to foreign minister Mladen Ivanic and RS Prime Minister Milorad Dodik, to “stop entertaining the public and deceiving RS citizens that a referendum on secession was possible”.[. . .]

– “Bosnia: Like it or Leave, says Muslim Leader” – ADN Kronos International

BRITAIN:

CZECH REPUBLIC:

CHINA:

QUOTE:

Authorities in the Saudi City of Mecca have banned the sale of pet cats and dogs at the request of religious police, the Arab News reported Thursday.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice made the request after many young Saudis had gone outdoors with their pet dogs thus violating the kingdom’s culture and traditions.

– “Authorities in Saudi Arabia Ban Sale of Pet Cats and Dogs” – The Playfuls.com

SOMALIA:

SWEDEN:

THAILAND:

TURKEY:

UKRAINE:

UNITED NATIONS:

VENEZUELA:

YEMEN:

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

ENTERTAINMENT:

SPORTS:

UNITED STATES NEWS:

ON THE HOMEFRONT:

  • FEDS TURNING TO LOCAL POLICE TO FIGHT HOMEGROWN TERROR” – by Bruce Finley, Staff Writer – The Denver Post – The Denver Newspaper Agency – Denver, Colorado, US – 25 August 2006
  • CALIF. MAN IN TERRORISM PROBE PUT ON SUPERVISION” – Reuters Today – The Reuters Foundation – London, England, US – 25 August 2006
    Summary:
    Umer Hayat has pled guilty in a plea agreement to making a false statement to the FBI during the investigation into his son’s possible ties to terrorism training camps. He has been held for a nearly a year after being arrested during the aforementioned investigation. Hayat was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Garland Burrell, Jr. to time served, 36 months supervision and was levied a fine of $3,600. A previous federal trial on charges of lying during the investigation of his son ended in a hung jury back in April of 2006. He faced a possible 16 years in jail if convicted during the federal trial. Hayat’s son, 23-year-old Hamid Hayat was convicted last April of providing material support of terrorists and attending terrorist training camps in Pakistan, and he is also charged with lying to FBI investigators for telling them he had $10,000 when he actually had tried to smuggle $28,000 in cash out of the U.S.. FBI agents arrested both of the Hayats after investigation of the Pakistani immigrant community in Lodi, California.
  • PAKISTAN-BORN MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR JIHAD LINK TO INDIA” – Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) – The Raw Story – Raw Story Media, Inc. – Cambridge, Massachusetts, US – 25 August 2006
  • INTELLIGENCE ROUNDUP – AUGUST 25” – by John C.K. Daly – Monsters & Critics News – WOTR Ltd. – Glasgow, Scotland, UK – 25 August 2006
  • FAUX BIN LADEN ASSAULTS OCEAN CITY POLICE” – by Sherelle Roberts – Ch. 4 WMDT-TV (ABC) – Delmarva Broadcast Service – Salisbury, Maryland, US – 24 August 2006
  • [COLORADO] HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT CHIEF RESIGNS” – Summit Daily News – Summit Daily – Frisco, Colorado, US – 24 August 2006
  • HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS DIPUTE WEST VIRGINIA SURVEY” – Associated Press (AP) – NBC4.com Ch. 4 WRC-TV (NBC) – NBC Universal – Washington D.C., US – 24 August 2006

OTHER TOP STORIES:

VERMONT & NEW HAMPSHIRE BOMBING SPREE CASE:

QUOTE:

Five teenagers have been charged in a string of nearly a dozen pipe bombings in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

No one was injured in the bombings, which targeted pay phones, residential mailboxes and portable toilets. The explosions took place over four days, ending Sunday.

[. . .]

The five teenagers, ranging in age from 16 to 18, surrendered to authorities Thursday. They were released on citations and are scheduled to appear in court early next month for arraignment.

Allen Picken, 18, of Orange N.H., faces charges in Vermonth and New Hampshire. Vermont authorities have accused him of four counts of possession of a destruction device, and four counts of use of a destruction device. In New Hampshire, he is charged with possession of an infernal machine.

The other defendents face Vermont charges only. Joshua Martin and Brady Jennings, both 16 of Enfield, N.H. are accused of four counts of possession of a destruction device and four counts of use of a destruction device.

Donald Cross, 17, of Enfield, N.H., faces one count of possession of a destruction device and one count of use of a destruction device.

Adam George, 16 also of Enfield, N.H., faces two counts of possession of a destruction device and two counts of use of a destruction device. [. . .]

– “Police Charge Teens in Bomb Spree” – The Rutland Herald

FORMERLY MISSING EGYPTIAN STUDENTS:

  • EGYPTIAN STUDENTS” – Ch. 5 WQI-TV (ABC) – Capital Communications – Des Moines, Iowa, US – 24 August 2006

U.S. NAVY SAILOR & FORMER LOBBYIST CHARGED WITH ESPIONAGE ( PETTY OFFICER ARIEL J. WEINMANN & STEVE ROSEN):

  • JUDGE ORDERS PROBE OF LEAK IN SPY CASE” – by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press (AP) – The Washington Post – The Washington Post Company – Arlington, Virginia, US – 24 August 2006

ALLEGED CUBAN SPY CHARGED:

BROTHERS TO THE RESCUE PILOTS CASE:

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION:

SIX ALLEGED TAMIL TIGER SUPPORTERs IN CUSTODY IN U.S.:

QUOTE:

FBI agents have swooped on a physician whose relief organisation is suspected of raising funds for LTTE, even as US today said there will be no letup in its ongoing probe into an alleged plot to buy weapons for the Tamil tigers from a black market source in the country.

– “FBI Agents Swoop on Physician Who Heads Lanka Charity” – The Hindu News Update Service

ILLINOIS MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING C-4 EXPLOSIVE:

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

POLITICS & ACTIVISM:

LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIARY & CRIME:

MILITARY NEWS:

AROUND THE NATION:

CALIFORNIA:

FLORIDA:

ILLINOIS:

INDIANA:

LOUISIANA:

MASSACHUSETTS:

NEW JERSEY:

NEW YORK:

PENNSYLVANIA:

RHODE ISLAND:

TENNESSEE:

TEXAS:

UTAH:

QUOTE:

A Hilldale construction company that recently paid an $8,745 fine for using minors at work sites illegally allowed a 15-year-old to use a power saw in June, federal labor officials allege.

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a new complaint in Utah’s federal court Wednesday and asked for a preliminary injuction to halt Paragon Contractors Corp. from using underage workers. [. . .]

– “Building Firm Again Accused of Using Teen in Hazardous Jobs” – The Salt Lake Tribune

VIRGINIA:

WASHINGTON:

WASHINGTON D.C.

WEST VIRGINIA:


EDITORIALS:
[Disclaimer – LibertyRocks does not necessarily agree with the viewpoints expressed
in the following editorials, the viewpoints expressed are those of the authors.]

OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS:

  • AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU HOSTS 2006 FREEDOM WALK” – Press Release – United States Marine Corps, Public Affairs Office, Release #0825-06-1212 – Washington D.C., US – 25 August 2006
  • DoD NEWS BRIEFING WITH COL. SCURLOCK LIVE FROM IRAQ” – News Transcript – Presenter: Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Teams, 1st Armored Division, Colonel Robert Scurlock – United States Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – Washington D.C., US – 25 August 2006

PRESS RELEASES, STATEMENTS,
RESEARCH REPORTS & TRANSCRIPTS:

NATIONAL BLOGS, NEWSLETTERS & MAGAZINE WATCH:

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