Daily Archives: July 3, 2007

Lieberman calls for wider use of surveillance cameras

The Hill | Jul 1, 2007

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By Klaus Marre

Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said Sunday he wants to “more widely” use surveillance cameras across the country.

“The Brits have got something smart going in England, and it was part of why I believe they were able to so quickly apprehend suspects in the terrorist acts over the weekend, and that is they have cameras all over London and other of their major cities,” Lieberman said.

“I think it’s just common sense to do that here much more widely,” he added. “And of course, we can do it without compromising anybody’s real privacy.”

Lieberman lamented the “petty, partisan fighting” in Congress and called on his colleagues to join together to upgrade the nation’s electronic surveillance capabilities.

“Right now, we’re at a partisan gridlock over the question of whether the American government can listen into conversations or follow e-mail trails of non-American citizen,” he said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. “That’s wrong. We’ve got to solve that problem, pass a law to give the people working for us the ability to protect us.”

Lieberman, who is more closely aligned with the GOP than the Democrats he caucuses with on the war in Iraq and many national security issues and insisted Sunday that the surge in Iraq is working.

“You might say that, in Iraq, we’ve got the enemy on the run, but for some reason, in Washington, a lot of politicians are on the run to order a retreat by our troops even as they are beginning to succeed,” he said.

Lieberman stated it is not fair to conclude that he is more likely to endorse a Republican for president.

But he added that “so far I would say that Democratic candidates, in the larger questions of American security, have been disappointing, and I hope things will get better as this goes on.”

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Secret Document: U.S. Fears Terror ‘Spectacular’ Planned

ABC | Jul 1, 2007

Just make sure you read that headline correctly as: “Illuminati Plans Terror Spectacular”. All of this is designed to herd the masses into the New World Order because terrorism is nothing but a cattle-prod. If you consider yourself to be a human being, then stand firm and do not allow the social engineers to warp your mind. Even if they nuke Chicago, stand firm and do not surrender your freedoms to them.

And consider this fact: your chances of dying in a terrorist attack are less than that of dying from a lightening strike. Are you so gullible that you would surrender all your rights and freedoms to a criminal and corrupt government for that? To be sure, if they could control lightening (just as they use natural climate change to engineer society), they might use it to scare you into submission in the same way. Then in such a weird world, you might see headlines like “Lightening Could Strike You at Any Time. Homeland Security Demands all Citizens Surrender their Rights and Property to Stay Safe.” It sounds rediculous, but it is essentially the same thing.

Now to the brass tacks. The only reason they do this is dumb you down and enslave you and to have the option of then liquidating you systematically, should they so desire. This is the kind of life and death power that the government wants and the more power you give them, the more they will try to take from you. It is really that simple. If you don’t get this deep in your bones, you are politically, psychologically and spiritually lost!

PW

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Official Cites Resemblance to Warnings and Intelligence Before 9/11

By BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and RICHARD ESPOSITO

A secret U.S. law enforcement report, prepared for the Department of Homeland Security, warns that al Qaeda is planning a terror “spectacular” this summer, according to a senior official with access to the document.

“This is reminiscent of the warnings and intelligence we were getting in the summer of 2001,” the official told ABCNews.com.

U.S. officials have kept the information secret, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said today on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that the United States did not have “have any specific credible evidence that there’s an attack focused on the United States at this point.”

As ABCNews.com reported, U.S. law enforcement officials received intelligence reports two weeks ago warning of terror attacks in Glasgow and Prague, the Czech Republic, against “airport infrastructure and aircraft.”

The warnings apparently never reached officials in Scotland, who said this weekend they had received “no advance intelligence” that Glasgow might be a target.

Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff declined to comment specifically on on the report today, but said “everything that we get is shared virtually instantaneously with our counterparts in Britain and vice versa.”

Unlike the United States, officials in Germany have publicly warned that the country could face a major attack this summer, also comparing the situation to the pre-9/11 summer of 2001.

No hard evidence ties al Qaeda to mosque blast

McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS | Jun 30, 2007

U.S. defense secretary calls linkage of militant group to bombing of Shiite shrine “probably an analytical conclusion.”

By Nancy A. Youssef

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that the U.S. has no hard evidence that the Sunni Muslim insurgent group al Qaeda in Iraq was responsible for the recent bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, although Bush administration officials have cited the attack as proof that al Qaeda in Iraq is stoking sectarian violence.

It “seems to me that that’s probably an analytical conclusion. I’m not sure whether they have a lot of hard evidence about it,” Gates told reporters at the Pentagon.

His comments come as the Bush administration has renewed its focus on Iraqi insurgents who claim to be affiliated with al Qaeda. In a speech Thursday, President Bush called al Qaeda the biggest threat in Iraq and indicated that al Qaeda in Iraq was the same group that was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

On Friday, Gates said the June 13 attack on the Askariya mosque in Samarra was one reason why U.S. forces are targeting that insurgent group.

“I believe that it is al Qaeda that has done the most in terms of trying to stoke sectarian violence, from the bombing of the Samarra mosque a year ago February to the second bombing of the mosque just a couple of weeks ago, and to try and provoke exactly the kind of reaction that happened after February of last year,” Gates said. “So I think that at least in terms of the combat operations that we’re conducting now, the principal enemy that they are facing is in fact al Qaeda.”

But when a reporter asked him about the assertion, Gates said he knew of no hard evidence linking al Qaeda in Iraq to the attack.

No organization has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which toppled the shrine’s two remaining minarets, and U.S. officials have been careful in describing al Qaeda’s involvement in the blast.

In his Thursday speech, Bush said the bombing “had all the hallmarks of al Qaeda,” while U.S. military officials in Baghdad say they have “indications” al Qaeda was responsible.

Al Qaeda in Iraq hasn’t stepped forward to take responsibility for the explosion.

In a blog posted on a Web site commonly used by al Qaeda, one man disputed the suggestion that the group was involved. The blogger said al Qaeda would have hit the shrine at midday, not at dawn, to maximize causalities.

Also Friday, a senior American commander in Iraq said that, in the face of stiffening insurgent resistance, U.S. and Iraqi security forces now control about half of Baghdad.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, commander of Multi-National Division Baghdad, told reporters that progress in securing the Iraqi capital has been steady and that, though he could use more U.S. troops, he thinks he has enough to complete his mission.

“I see progress . . . in every neighborhood that we’ve cleared and then established a full-time presence,” Fil said.