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Vice Prez Company Does Biz with Terror Countries

When New York City comptroller William Thompson, who oversees the city's pension funds, asked Halliburton, General Electric and ConocoPhillips for information about their dealings with Iran and Syria, he found that all three companies were involved. Halliburtion was using a Cayman Islands shell company to do business with Iran.

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Al-Qaeda: Destroy West by Destroying Oil

Al Qaeda is trying to get recruits in the Middle East to attack oilfields in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait if the U.S. attacks Iraq, according to U.S. intelligence. The recruitment campaign is looking for radical Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Yemen who are willing to conduct suicide attacks and sabotage. There are also signs that Saddam Hussein's...

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Smallpox Shots can Spread

Two women developed infections after touching their eyes after contact with soldiers who were vaccinated against smallpox. Health authorities say you should keep the spot where you were inoculated covered and avoid touching the skin and the bandages that cover it. The smallpox vaccine is made with a live virus called vaccinia, which can cause...

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More New York Terror Attacks Planned

Before he was captured, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was plotting attacks against bridges, apartment buildings and hotels in New York, according to documents seized from his apartment, as well as notes taken from his pockets. Authorities are now searching for two accomplices in New York City, as well as a third person who probably lives in suburban...

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Al-Qaeda May Nuke Oilfields

U.S. intelligence thinks al-Qaeda may have nuclear weapons, and says a secret stash of nukes may still exist somewhere in Afghanistan. In December, enough low-grade uranium-238 was discovered in tunnels near a former al-Qaeda base there to make one "dirty" bomb. They probably got the material on the black market, which has been thriving ever...

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Bin-Laden Sons Captured?or Not?

Pakistan intelligence has announced that 7 al-Qaeda members were killed and 8 wounded in a recent operation carried out by "allied forces" in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, and that 2 of the wounded are Osama bin-Laden's sons. However, the U.S. denies that the sons were captured. Pakistan official Sanaullah Zehri says, "This is what I...

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Lawyer Arrested While Using Internet

Former Santa Fe public defender Andrew J. O'Connor was handcuffed last Thursday at the St. John's College library and interrogated by Secret Service agents for several hours. He was taken from the school's library about 9 p.m. while he was using a computer. "They Mirandized me, handcuffed me and took me to the police station where two Secret...

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911 Funded by New York Muslims

With the January arrest of the chief fundraiser for al-Qaeda, it's been discovered that 911, which affected New Yorkers the most, was financed with funds raised in Brooklyn. Mohammed Ali Hassan Al Moayad, who was arrested in Germany on Jan. 10, transferred tens of millions of dollars to Osama bin-Laden, and most of it came from Brooklyn Muslims...

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An Antidote to Fear

Is duct tape really the answer? No Such Thing as Doomsday by Philip L. Hoag cuts through the nonsense with sober, sensitive advice that will really help! This classic book is invaluable in the current climate of fear, because it offers specifics about which products to buy and where to get them in order to give yourself a measure of security...

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Witness Claims Terrorist not Arrested--May Already be Dead

The sister of a Pakistani man arrested this weekend says he was the only man arrested in the raid and that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of 911, wasn't there. Pakistani intelligence officials say Khalid Shaikh Mohammed died in an earlier shootout in Karachi. Another senior al-Qaeda figure, Ramzi Binalshibh, was taken alive...

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Airlines to Check You, Not Just Your Bags

A new government plan would look up background information on you and assign you a threat level every time you buy a airplane ticket. A nationwide computer system will check credit reports and bank account activity and compare passenger names with those on government watch lists. "This system threatens to create a permanent blacklisted...

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War This Weekend?

Will Washington start a full-out war against Iraq this weekend? George Friedman, of Strategic Forecasting, says, "This is the best weekend militarily to do it. There is no moon, and if you ever have been on the desert in special operations, you know you don't want a moon when you need to take bridges and other strategic posts?[The president]...

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New Terrorist Attack Next Week?

Could rumors of terrorist attack themselves be a form of terrorist attack? An attack will hit the U.S. next week, according to an Islamist website. On Monday, the site said, "the train of death is on its way" within 10 days, and "nothing will stop its riders." The article was written anonymously by someone who calls himself "The Prince of...

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Bombmakers Can be Traced

A bombmaker's identity can be traced from DNA left on bomb fragments after an explosion. This will make it easier for terrorists to be brought to trial. When researchers set up an experiment to see whether DNA could be detected on exploded bomb fragments and matched to a suspect, they found traces of DNA on one in five bombs.

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Model Rockets Shot Down by Homeland Security

The demise of model rocketry may seem like a small price to pay for homeland security, but for those who love to build and fly them, it's a major tragedy. But they can't fly without solid rocket motors, and UPS has stopped shipping them due to the Safe Explosives Act, which is part of the new Homeland Security provisions. Rocketeers are...

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Taking the Terror Out of Terror Weapons

The general media is feeding the fires of terror by warning us about the possibility of chemical and biological agents being unleashed without also telling us how to survive. SFC Red Thomas (Ret) Armor Master Gunner offers a reality check. Remember: terror weapons are designed to spread fear. If we are afraid, the terrorists win, no matter how...

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Will You be Watched on the Web?

A document drafted by Attorney General John Ashcroft called the "Domestic Security Act of 2003," which has been leaked to the media, calls for laws that will expand the Patriot Act to give the government the right to read private e-mail messages and monitor web surfing. "I think that the average web surfer is not going to notice a thing. That's...

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New 911 Planned

According to U.S. intelligence, al-Qaeda is planning a new attack as big as September 11, although it may have been disrupted by arrests of terrorists during the past few months."The attack will be large-scale," one official says. The major attack will be preceded by smaller-scale strikes, including assassinations of prominent people in the...

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Fight Back with Cola!

Many Muslims no longer want to drink Coke, since it's a U.S. product, so Tawfik Mathlouthi invented Mecca Cola, with the slogan, "No more drinking stupid, drink with commitment." He says the drink fights "America's imperialism and Zionism by providing a substitute for American goods and increasing the blockade of countries boycotting American...

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Radioactive Patients Set Off Alarms

Patients who are being treated for cancer with radioactive materials may set off anti-terrorism devices installed in public places. A 34-year-old man with a thyroid condition who was being treated with radioactive iodine was strip-searched twice in New York subway stations. "Police had identified him as emitting radiation and had detained him...

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Only 12 Finance al-Qaeda

U.S. intelligence has identified the origins of al-Qaeda funding and discovered that the terrorists are supported by only 12 wealthy sources?all of them from Saudi Arabia. "It is our first big break in understanding al-Qaeda's financial network," says an official. "At first, the network was so big that we didn't think could find major channels...

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Israelis Say Bin Laden is Dead

Israeli intelligence has discovered that Osama Bin Laden is dead but his heir has been chosen and the terrorist campaign against the U.S. will continue. The new head of al-Qaeda hasn?t been identified, but it's probably not Bin Laden's son Saad, who is in his 20s and works within the terror organization. The Israelis think Bin Laden probably...

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Protecting Tall Buildings from Terrorists

Since skyscrapers are a symbol of Western power for terrorists, we should figure out how to protect them from the fate of the World Trade Center. The lightweight construction that enabled the World Trade Center towers to rise so high proved fatal on September 11, when terrorist-controlled jets easily sliced through them, fatally severing their...

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We Warned Them, They Warned Us

During the last 5 years, we warned our allies in the Middle East about several al-Qaeda plots of suicide attacks in Egypt, Israel and Turkey. "In October 1996, the intelligence community obtained information regarding an Iranian plot to hijack a Japanese plane over Israel and crash it into Tel Aviv," says Eleanor Hill, of the U.S. Intelligence...

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War May Make Terrorism Worse

An invasion of Iraq may make terrorism worse, because we would not be able to take over control of the country immediately. In the meantime, terrorists inside Iraq would have a chance to move or sell their weapons and locate elsewhere, where they could plan retaliation strikes.

According to Iraqi defectors and UNSCOM, the UN special...

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Evidence Bin-Laden is Dead

A slip of the tongue by a member of al-Qaeda may have betrayed the fact that Osama bin-Laden is dead. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has confessed to being one of the masterminds behind the September 11 attacks, made the mistake during a TV interview to be broadcast on the first anniversary of 911 on al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite TV network....

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The Terrorism Problem?How We Can Solve It

Whitley Strieber posted this Journal on September 27, 2001: Before September 11, we were one country. Now we are another. In the old America, we were self-assuredly embarking on what was actually a very strange and forked road. On the one hand, our new administration was promoting globalism and free trade. On the other, it was pursuing a policy...

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Waging War in the Name of God

Anne Strieber posted this Diary entry on September 17, 2001: Last week I attended a typical charity dinner, celebrating the raising of $15 million to make needed additions and renovations to San Fernando Cathedral here in San Antonio. It was an ecumenical event and ministers from several faiths stood up and gave speeches. I noticed how nervous...

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What Next?

Whitley Strieber posted this Journal on September 12, 2001: September 11, 2001 was the worst day of all of our lives. In that awful sense, it brought us together in a new way. The images that haunt me--the doomed woman stretched to her limit, leaning out of a window above the flames; the dark shadow that seems to cover the second plane as it...

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This Time It's Us

Anne Strieber posted this Diary on September 12, 2001: When the World Trade Center in New York City was reduced to rubble by terrorists on Tuesday, September 11, it hit me especially hard, because I lived in New York for 30 years and it will always be my hometown. I wasn?t fond of the Twin Towers?I remember watching them being built and...

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