Monthly Archives: November 2007

3 Arrested & Nuclear Material Seized in Slovakian/Hungarian Operation

This is particularly frightening if it turns out it the material is in fact enriched uranium as some have reported:

Slovak and Hungarian police seized a kilo (2.2 lbs) of radioactive material and arrested three people in a joint operation on Wednesday, a spokesman said.

Slovak police spokesman Martin Korch said the material was being examined and did not confirm a report carried by the Slovak news agency SITA that it was enriched uranium.

“This one kilogram should have been sold for one million U.S. dollars,” Korch said.

These cases are not uncommon in and around the former Soviet Union. It is truly just a matter of time before terrorists get their hands on enough material to make a radiological weapon.

Gillian Gibbons Charged Over A Teddy Bear Named Mohammed

She faces up to 40 lashes, up to a year in prison, or some kind of fine. I’m sure that the British government is doing their best to prevent the worst:

Gillian Gibbons, 54, is being held by police in the capital Khartoum after she asked her class of seven-year-olds to come up with a name for the toy as part of a school project, Robert Boulos, the head of Unity High School told CNN.

It is expected that she will appear in court Thursday, Sudan state media reported.

A British Foreign Office spokeswoman said Gibbons had been charged under Article 125 of Sudan’s constitution, the law relating to insulting religion and inciting hatred.

Need to Know 10.28.2007 – Blackwater, NASA, Annapolis, Darrick Michael Jackson, Mark Penn & Ten Little Indians

Blackwater Facts
A group of trial lawyers that includes a representative of an al Qaeda front group and a longtime advocate of terrorists has filed suit against Blackwater in US district court. The suit claims to be on behalf of victims of the September 16 shooting incident at Nisoor Square. But why the lawyers’ terrorist connections? And why didn’t AP and other news organizations report those connections, which are on the public record? The Associated Press and other news organizations don’t report it that way, of course, citing only the lead attorney who is not known to be tied to terrorists. But as this blog has reported several times, the cooperating attorneys are well known for their terrorist connections.

Defense Tech
Moderate temperatures, nearly perpetual sunshine, flat landing areas and subterranean resources make the rim of the Shackleton Crater — situated within the solar system’s largest impact crater — an ideal location for a lunar homestead, down near the moon’s south pole. NASA hopes to send the first pioneers there by 2020.

FrontPage Magazine
Moral inversion was well manifested in the Israeli-Palestinian “joint statement”—pursued like a sacred elixir for months by Secretary of State Rice and finally read out by Bush at the start of the conference—in which the sides “express our determination to . . . confront terrorism and incitement, whether committed by Palestinians or Israelis.” With those words Israel—a democracy struggling against sixty years of violent aggression that does not engage in terrorism or incitement any more than Finland or Iceland—trashed its achievements, its identity, its Jewish heritage, and equated itself with one of the most terroristic and incitement-ridden societies of all time.

The Associated Press
A former security guard at Andrews Air Force Base who failed to put his Muslim name on a job application was trying to conceal his ties to a controversial Washington imam, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Michelle Malkin
I told you earlier today about the NAACP’s war on the high school students who wanted to perform Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians” at their school. One of the high school students, Lakota East High School senior Alicia Frost, e-mailed me an update. The students are trying to put the show on outside of school and they could use the public’s help.

Mark Twain, famously warning against getting into a spat with newspapers, said “never pick a fight with someone who buys their ink by the barrel.” To his chagrin, Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s chief campaign strategist, is learning a modern corollary: never pick a fight with someone with three hours of national airtime. And for gosh sakes, don’t use arguments in picking the fight so false as to be child’s play to disprove.

Noah Shachtman
For the first three years of the Iraq insurgency, American troops largely retreated to their fortified bases, pushed out woefully undertrained local units to do the fighting, and watched the results on feeds from spy drones flying overhead. Retired major general Robert Scales summed up the problem to Congress by way of a complaint from one division commander: “If I know where the enemy is, I can kill it. My problem is I can’t connect with the local population.” How could he? For far too many units, the war had been turned into a telecommute. Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon were the first conflicts planned, launched, and executed with networked technologies and a networked ideology. They were supposed to be the wars of the future. And the future lost.