Monthly Archives: September 2007

New Osama bin Laden Video Features 9/11 Hijacker Waleed al Shehri

Back to back videos. It’s kind of odd:

People in the intelligence community who have seen the tape feel it is directly related to the 9/11 anniversary since the al Qaeda leader introduces the prerecorded martyr video of one of the 9/11 hijackers, Waleed al Shehri.

Waleed al Shehri was one of the hijackers on American Airlines flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

No word on whether he’s still working off the Democratic playbook (or are they using his?) in this latest installment but if the trend continues look for him to release one in broken Spanish soon.

Israel Reacts to Syrian Attempt to Shoot Down IAF Planes

The Israeli response it pretty funny actually. According to them it’s just not a big deal:

In the first reaction from an Israeli official to Wednesday night’s alleged IAF foray over Syria, Science, Culture and Sports Minister Ghaleb Majadle said Friday that IAF planes enter Syrian airspace on a daily basis, adding that he did not believe the latest alleged incident would spark off a war.

Majadle told the Nazareth-based A-Sinara newspaper that while he had no specific information about the latest alleged operation, it was likely that “the planes either entered Syrian airspace to take photographs or in error.”

So they were either spying or there accidentally. I’ll let you decide which.

Norman “Hillraiser” Hsu Arrested in Colorado

Hillary is getting bad news for breakfast:

Norman Hsu’s quickly jumpstarted life on the lam came to a screeching stop less than 48 hours after it began when he got sick on the California Zephyr and was nabbed after being rushed to a Colorado hospital, according to the FBI.

The prolific Democratic fundraiser and fugitive was busted at 7 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time by FBI agents from the Denver office, according to Special Agent Joseph M. Schadler in the FBI’s San Francisco office.

He was still in St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction – 250 miles west of Denver – Thursday evening, according to Pete Smarr, a nursing supervisor. Smarr declined to say what Hsu was suffering from – other than to report him in custody and in “fair” condition.

Hsu was traveling on Train #6, according to Cliff Cole, an Amtrak spokesman. Hsu boarded the train in Emeryville and was scheduled to get off the train in Denver, Cole said. Cole had no information as to who – if anyone – Hsu may have been traveling with.

Hsu was arrested on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to a statement released Thursday night by the FBI.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist but you have to wonder about this guy’s sudden illness given the number of powerful people who’d like to see him vanish. Then again he was probably eating Amtrak food. I guess we’re lucky to have him alive.

Why would he try to escape via the California Zephyr anyway? Apparently his final stop was in Colorado:

Cliff Cole, a spokesman for Amtrak in New York, said Hsu was on the California Zephyr and boarded the train in Emeryville, Calif. He said Hsu’s ticket indicated his destination was Denver.

I’m guessing Denver International Airport was his intended destination but who knows.

Update II:
The State Department assisted:

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the US State Department Diplomatic Security Service assisted in the investigation.

From the Bureau of Diplomatic Security website:

Operating from a global platform in 25 U.S. cities and 159 foreign countries, DS ensures that America can conduct diplomacy safely and securely. DS plays a vital role in protecting U.S. embassies and personnel overseas, securing critical information systems, investigating passport and visa fraud, and fighting the war on terror.

Michelle Malkin is up late:

Allah had the same reaction I did to reports saying that the federal charges of unlawful flight will be dropped when he lands back in California: Huh?

I’m not sure if that’s standard procedure but it sure sounds odd.