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World and US News Links – September 25 and 26, 2006

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2006

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September 25 & 26, 2006
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

THE POPE & ISLAM:

THE MARTYRED NUN: SISTER LEONELLA (nee Rosa Sgorbatti):

THE ASSASSINATION OF SAFIA AMAJAN – AFGHANISTAN’S DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S AFFAIRS, WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATE:

IRAN NUCLEAR CRISIS:

NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR THREAT:

THE TRIAL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN:

BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE?:

WAR, TERRORISM, AND POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD:

AFGHANISTAN:

AL-QAIDA/AL-QAEDA:

QUOTE:
     
     An Al-Qaeda supporter about to be extradited from Lebanon has warned that Australia “will suffer” if he is deported.
     
     Speaking from a jail in Beirut, Saleh Jamal, who professes admiration for Osama bin Laden, said Australia was an illegitimate state that should be ruled by Muslims…
     
- “
Shooting Suspect Warns Australia Over Extradition” – The Sydney Morning Herald

BRITAIN:

CANADA:

  • LOSING A SON” – by Stewart Bell – The National Post – CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. – Don Mills, Ontario, Canada – 25 September 2006

QUOTE:
     
     A National Post investigation has found that the banned terrorist group Mujahedin-e-Khalq recruited teens in Canada and sent them abroad to overthrow the Iranian government by force. Today, part two of a five-part series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with the guerrillas — and now regrets it.
     
- “
Losing a Son” – The National Post

CHINA:

ETHIOPIA:

INDIA:

IRAN:

QUOTE:
     
     State Security Forces (SSF) in the western city of Hamedan have announced that they would crack down on people eating in public during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
     
     Flyers distributed across the city by the SSF and the Ministry of Justice state that anyone spotted to be eating food in public would be arrested and handed over for prosecution.
     
     Residents told Iran Focus that they had been threatened by agents of the SSF that they would be forced to dig graves as punishment for eating in public.
     
[. . .]
     
     In previous years, people caught eating in public in Iran during the holy month have been flogged in public or sentenced to jail time.
     
- “
Iran Cracks Down on Public Eaters During Holy Month” – Iran Focus

IRAQ:

ISRAEL:

JAPAN:

LEBANON:

  • U.N. TROOPS WARY OF ATTACK IN LEBANON” – by Henry Meyer, Associated Press (AP) – The Seattle Post-Intelligencer – The Hearst Corporation – Seattle, Washington, US – 25 September 2006

NEPAL:

NORTH KOREA:

PAKISTAN:

POLAND:

SOMALIA:

SRI LANKA:

SYRIA:

THAILAND:

TURKEY:

AROUND THE WORLD:

AUSTRALIA:

  • LEADER ADMITS MEDIA LAWS MAY NEED TWEAK” – by Samantha Maiden, Political Correspondent – The Australian – News Limited – Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia – 25 September 2006

BRITAIN:

CHINA:

INDONESIA:

HEALTH & MEDICINE:

NATURE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

UNITED STATES NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

LEAKED NIE INTELLIGENCE REPORT:

Be sure to not to miss the following .pdf file provided by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: DECLASSIFIED NIE KEY JUDGEMENTS OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE “TRENDS IN GLOBAL TERRORISM: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES” (.pdf file – 4 pages – 68KB) – Office of the Director of National Intelligence - ODNI.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006 (Full NIE Report produced in April 2006) – Also see the entries under the National Blog Watch section below…

CLINTON VS. BUSH:
[NOTES: This morning (9/27/06) on Good Morning America's ABC News Report on this "War" between the "Team Clinton" and "Team Bush" they exposed two "exaggerations" in both Clinton's and Rice's comments; 1.) Rice said they were not left a full comprehensive plan on how to fight al Qaeda, but a memo to Condoleezza Rice in January of 2001 shows that Dick Clark did leave at least some information about Al Qaeda, another ABC News Video Report (Print Story) by Jake Tapper stated that, it was a "comprehensive paper titled, "Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of al Qaeda".
2.) Clinton's statement in the FOX Interview that Bush's administration held "No Meetings at all" in the first 9 months of Bush's term is an outright fabrication. GMA's source: The 9/11 Commission Report which showed at least 3 meetings held on this very topic including a widely publicized meeting on September 4, 2001 -- this is the same 9/11 Commission Report that Clinton used to attack ABC Entertainment's production; "The Path to 9/11". I don't think Clinton can claim "plausible deniability" on this one. Good Morning America's Host also stated that the Clinton's had been invited to comment on this issue, but the Clinton's declined and she made mention of the Clinton's perhaps making their decision not to appear on ABC as related to the whole Path to 9/11 uproar. She also reminded the Clinton's that that movie was produced by ABC Entertainment, and not ABC News and that their offer still stands.]

INTERROGATION OF TERRORIST SUBJECTS:

CHINA TRIES TO DISABLE US SATELLITES?

ON THE HOMEFRONT:

MILITARY NEWS:
[For more military news be sure not to miss the Official U.S. Publications Section below...]

FOREIGN RELATIONS:

POLITICS & ACTIVISM:

  • ALLEN DENIES USING RACIAL SLUR IN SCHOOL – VA. Sen. George Allen denies ex-college football teammate’s allegation he used racial slur” – by Bob Lewis, Associated Press (AP) – CBS News – CBS Corporation – New York, New York, US – 26 September 2006
  • PELOSI ASKS FOR CLOSED HOUSE SESSION [DENIED]” – Associated Press (AP) – Yahoo! News – Yahoo! Inc. – Sunnyvale, California, US – 26 September 2006
  • COOPER, FIREARMS EXPERT, DEAD AT 86 – Instrumental in firearms training to thousands” – Obituary Column – The Prescott Daily Courier – Prescott Newspapers Inc. – Prescott, Arizona, US – 26 September 2006
    [NOTES: Jeff Cooper was a world-renowned firearms expert and founder of the Gunsite (American Pistol Institute) firearms training center in Paulden. Mr. Cooper was also a former member of the NRA Board of Directors. Cooper also served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and also in Southeast Asia, and Korea. Prayers of comfort are offered to Mr. Cooper's family and friends. Thank you for your service to our country, and for sharing your knowledge to allow people the ability to defend themselves and their loved ones Mr. Cooper, may you rest in peace. - Michelle K. & Family]
         
  • HOUSE DEMS WANT TO PROBE FINDINGS OF LEAKED INTELLIGENCE REPORT” – by Susan Jones, Senior Editor – CNS News – Cybercast News Service – Alexandria, Virginia, US – 26 September 2006
  • OHIO AGAIN THE FOCUS OF VOTING RIGHTS COMPLAINTS” – by Meghan Mulhern, Correspondent – CNS News – Cybercast News Service – Alexandria, Virginia, US – 26 September 2006
  • AMERICA’S VOTING MACHINES STILL FLAWED, DEMOCRAT ALLEGES” – by Monisha Bansal, Staff Writer – CNS News – Cybercast News Service – 25 September 2006
    [NOTES: I am not a fan of electronic voting at all, I think it is probably the single worst idea in regards to elections that our country has ever implemented. As far as I'm concerned the only way to prevent fraud and abuse from either side is to go back to a completely paper ballot system - or at the very least some system that would supply a paper trail of votes cast that can be checked against the machine's tally. Sometimes "moving forward" with technology isn't always what it's cracked up to be. I think the majority of American citizens who really care about fair elections wouldn't mind waiting a few weeks for the results of an election as long as they could be sure that every vote was counted by a human and not a machine, and there was clear physical evidence of votes cast. Despite the number of man-hours it would take, I think it could avoid some really nasty problems in the future that would only serve to divide our country.]

LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIARY & CRIME:

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

EDUCATION:

AROUND THE NATION:

CALIFORNIA:

ILLINOIS:

INDIANA:

NEVADA:

TEXAS:

ONLINE MAGAZINES & WEBSITE FEATURES:

COLUMNS & EDITORIALS:

NATIONAL BLOG WATCH:

HOT TOPICS IN THE “BLOGOSPHERE”:

TRANSLATED PRE-WAR IRAQ DOCUMENTS:

ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF HEZBOLLAH LEADER NASRALLAH’S SPEECH AT THE “VICTORY RALLY” HELD LAST FRIDAY IN LEBANON:

Anchorev has posted a .pdf version of an English translation of Hezbollah’s Secretary General Nasrallah, reportedly supplied by “a Shi’ite Group” at his blog; Blogging the Middle East. I cannot personally vouch for the authenticity of this translation, but I see no reason why Anchorev would mislead on this.

I’ll readily admit it was very hard for me to read this speech knowing that it was coming from this man who thinks that the U.S. was the one running the show during the Israeli-Lebanon war and blames everything on Condoleeza Rice. A man who supported untargetted bombing of civilian areas in Israel, when Israel at least warned those in the civilian areas before they bombed Hezbollah buildings. These are the same people who fired rockets from inside civilian areas, and then cried when innocents were killed by the Israelis taking out their rocket launchers (an obvious tactic in any war, and one which they themselves would employ if they had the capability).

Don’t get me wrong, killing of innocents is wrong — by either side. It happens in war, but there are ways to minimize the harm done to civilian populations. Instead it seems that Hezbollah fighters WANTED it to happen to prove a point. There are many investigations & reports that some of the horrific scenes broadcast around the world from inside Lebanon were staged, and some suggest that children and disabled persons were put in harm’s way purposely [See here and here]. Nasrallah even speaks of one of the proven deceptions in his speech – “I tell them: No army in the world can make us lay down our arms. [. . .] I am wagering on that old, noble woman, who stood among the debris and said: My house in Beirut was destroyed and my house in the south was destroyed…”, said Nasrallah. (I presume he is speaking of the woman that can be seen in some of the photos at the Zombietime Report on the Reuters Photo Scandal: A Taxonomy of Fraud.)

However, I think it’s important to know what he is saying so that we can set the record straight. I’ve picked out just one minor quote below, and I will leave the more in-depth examinations to the many experts who will do a far better job than I at seeing through the rhetoric, and know more of Hezbollah’s and Nasrallah’s history…

SELECTED QUOTE:
 
On Nasrallah’s Friend Hugo Chávez:
“Thank you for your steadfastness and resistance, Chávez, a man about whom I can say that he is a great Arab indeed, made that statement in the United Nations yesterday.”
 
[Did I miss something - how can Chávez be called an Arab? He is a Venezuelan Catholic - you know, a "worshipper of the cross", an "infidel" in accordance with the Islamic religion? What is Nasrallah's definition of an Arab? I think the only reason Nasrallah would put up with a man such as Hugo is because of both of their aspirations to institute dictatorial governmental systems. They are both fond of propoganda including huge photos of themselves in every possible place, as if they were "Gods" to be worshipped as if they are some sort of "savior" of the people. Something tells me that neither Jesus, nor Mohammed would agree with things like that. As far as Arab nations embracing Chávez; it seems to be a ploy to cover up their ultimate goal of establishing Sharia law throughout the world. Just remember... After Saturday, comes Sunday - this should be evident given the recent violence resulting from a few sentences uttered by the pope. By the way, if Chávez is a real Catholic, then he should be listening to the Pope's words - not supporting those calling for the pope's death.]

BOYCOTT CITGO BLOG INITIATIVE:

You may have noticed a new logo in the left column on my blog – the Boycott Citgo logo. Now I know it’s nearly impossible to buy any gasoline, or oil without supporting Venezuela in one way or another, but we can at least refuse to purchase from a company who’s profits go directly into funds Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez can use to further push his socialist (communist) goals upon the people of Venezuela. Therefore, I am a supporter of the boycott of CITGO – Michelle K.


“CITGO is owned by Venezuela, and Venezuela is controlled by Hugo Chávez… Let’s do ALL we can to STOP the flow of AMERICAN dollars to Chávez and his regime” – Texas Fred
Please stop by Texas Fred’s Boycott Citgo Blog to sign-up today & help spread the word!

  • BOYCOTT CITGO” – by Texas Fred – Boycott Citgo Blog – Rowlett, Texas, US – 25 September 2006

ALSO SEE THESE RELATED ARTICLES & EDITORIALS:

  • CHAVEZ’S CITGO IS NO FRIEND OF AMERICA” – by Mac Johnson – Human Events Online – Eagle Publishing – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006 [ AUDIO: Available at the page above.]
  • REPORT: 7-11 DUMPS CITGO (UPDATE: DROPPED BEFORE)” – by Ian – Hot Air – Hot Air Network, LLC – US – 26 September 2006
    [NOTES: According to WFLA-TV in Orlando, Florida 7-11 is ending it's 20-year supply agreement with CITGO Petroleum Company when the contract ends next week. They will instead be making agreements with U.S. Suppliers. Kudos to 7-11!]
  • CHAVEZ SPEECH PROMPTS CALL TO CANCEL CITGO CONTRACT” – by Jim Ash, Capitol Bureau Chief – The Tallahassee Democrat – Gannett Co. Inc. – Tallahassee, Florida, US – 25 September 2006
  • A WHIFF OF THE DEVIL” – by Jeff Jacoby – Townhall.com – Salem Web Network – Arlington, Virignia, US – 25 September 2006
    [NOTES: Mr. Jacoby gives us some background information on the Hugo Chávez's past, and the changes he is making within Venezuela - not to mention his friendships with the fascist dictators who are the enemies of America.]
         
  • CITGO LOSES SECOND MAJOR CONTRACT – SUPPLIER SAYS LOSS OF SUSSER STORES WORKS WITHIN ITS RECENT REALIGNMENT STRATEGY” – by Mitch Morrison – CSP Daily News / Magazine - CSP Information Group – US – 23 August 2006
    [NOTES: Susser Holdings Corp. has decided to award American Owned Valero a virtual supply exclusive which "radically downsizes its 18-year relationship with CITGO". This loss represents 3% of CITGO's roughly 13,100 CITGO-branded locations. Thanks to Ian at
    Hot Air for this link.]

With your help spreading the word of the boycott, hopefully this will be the beginning of an end to Venezuelan-controlled CITGO in America.
Remember to sign-up and show your support for the CITGO Boycott today!

THE DEATH OF SAFIA AMAJAN – DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S ISSUES, AFGHANISTAN:

DEATH OF A MARTYR: SISTER LEONELLA (nee Rosa Sgorbatti):

CLINTON GONE WILD & THE AFTERMATH:

THE NIE REPORT DECLASSIFICATION:

THE ARIZONA 9/11 MEMORIAL:

BLOGGERS ATTEND THE PORKBUSTERS BILL SIGNING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:
[Also see: Transcript and related features listed in the U.S. Government Official Publications Section below...]

OTHER NEWS & VIEWS:

  • CIVILITY IN POLITICAL DISCOURSE” – by The Anchoress – The Anchoress Online – US – 26 September 2006
    [NOTES: This is one of the things that bugs me the most when attempting a discussion with most of today's liberals. It seems that most fall back on personal attacks, criticisms and outright disrespect. I was the victim of this just yesterday when posting a comment on someone's blog regarding the whole situation about FOX News pulling videos off YouTube.com. I got called basically every name in the book, and was accused of many things like being a "Shill for FOX", and other things I can't publish here on my blog. There seems to be so much anger within the liberal crowd these days. So much rage, and so much pure disrespect. I, much like the Anchoress, do not have time to waste "debating" those who stoop to ad hominem attacks, or abusive behavior. I prefer to do as Jesus would, and pray for those who are so blinded by their hatred, and pre-conceived judgements that they can't engage in a respectful discussion. I hope it's just because most of these outspoken people are young and think themselves cool, but too many older & "mature" people seem to enjoy it as well nowadays. What's perhaps more disturbing though is that this kind of behavior is what is tearing our country apart from within all the while the people exhibiting it claim to be defending our nation. It's a truly baffling phenomena...]
         
  • GUESS WHAT’S BEEN BANNED NOW?” – by Andrew R. – Ace of Spades HQ – US – 26 September 2006
    [NOTES: File this under A MODERN POLICY OF APPEASEMENT -- now one of Germany's leading opera houses, Deutsche Oper Berlin has cancelled a controversial retooling of an opera originally written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! This is getting ridiculous, people... So much talk about censorship, but it's alright if it's done in the name of pacifying Muslims, eh? Why? Because of the threat of violence. Appeasement only gives more power to them who would use fear and intimidation against others to push their agenda. The goal of those Muslims who would commit violence because of a perceived insult is to re-create society to fit with their personal religious agenda - to institute Sharia law wherever they live. They do not support any sort of democracy - only their brand of fascism. If you don't understand this you are either naive, or completely daft. This is the real threat of "political correctness" and it is not confined to Europe either.]
         
  • VIDEO: KARZAI RESPONDS TO REPORTER’S QUESTION ABOUT TERRORISM; UPDATE: REPORTER WAS LEFT-WING SHILL JENNIFER LOVEN” – by AllahPundit – HotAir – HotAir Network, LLC – US – 26 September 2006
    [You can read a transcript of this press conference posted at
    WhiteHouse.gov. I have it listed below in the Official U.S. Government Publications Section under; "From the White House" along a link to the complete video coverage, and several related documents offered.]
         
  • ‘VILE’ CORRUPTION ALLEGED IN DALLAS SCHOOLS” – by Mark Memmott – On Deadline Blog @ USA Today – Gannett Co. Inc. – McLean, Virginia, US – 26 September 2006
  • SAMI AL-ARIAN: A VALUABLE WITNESS?” – by Brian Hecht & Tamar Tesler – Counterterrorism Blog – Counterterrorism Foundation – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
  • COL. CHAVEZ: SEND MONEY, GUNS AND DOCTORS” – by Aaron Mannes – Counterterrorism Blog – Counterterrorism Foundation – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
  • WHAT THE FBI NEEDS NOW” – by Michael R. Fedarcyk, Guest – Posted by Andrew Cochran – Counterterrorism Blog – Counterterrorism Foundation – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
  • AP RUNS TO THE WASHINGTON POST” – by Michelle Malkin – MichelleMalkin.com – US – 25 September 2006
  • U.S. MEXICO BORDER FENCE ISSUE: PUT-UP OR SHUT UP” – by Michelle Malkin – MichelleMalkin.com – US – 25 September 2006

PRESS RELEASES, STATEMENTS,
RESEARCH REPORTS & TRANSCRIPTS:

OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS:

[Photo: The Third U.S. Infantry Regimental Commander, The Old Guard, Col. Robert Pricone (left), U.S. Army, escorts Afghan President Hamid Karzai as he inspects the troops during an Armed Forces Full Honors Arrival Ceremony on Sept. 25, 2006. DoD photo by Helene C. Stikkel (Released) - For full-size photo click here.]

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE:
[Office of the Press Secretary @ WhiteHouse.gov]

  • PRESIDENT BUSH WELCOMES PRESIDENT KARZAI OF AFGHANISTAN TO THE WHITE HOUSE” – News Release: Remarks given in The East Room – U.S. Government, President George W. Bush, Office of the Press Secretary – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
    Related Links:
    1.) Video Available: Click on the link available at the page above.
    2.) “
    IN FOCUS: AFGHANISTAN” – Web Presentation of Information Regarding Rebuilding Efforts in Afghanistan – WhiteHouse.gov - Washington, D.C., US
    3.) “
    IN FOCUS: GLOBAL DIPLOMACY” – Web Presentation of Information Regarding Global Diplomacy – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US
         
  • PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS FEDERAL FUNDING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ACT” – News Release: Remarks Made During Signing Ceremony – U.S. Government, President George W. Bush, Office of the Press Secretary – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US
    Related Links:
    1.) Video Available: Click on the link available at the page above.
    2.) “
    FACT SHEET: ACHIEVING GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT” – News Release – U.S. Government, Office of the Press Secretary – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
    3.) “
    IN FOCUS: BUDGET MANAGEMENT” – Web Presentation of Information Regarding “Fiscal Discipline: Managing for Results” – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US
         
  • PRESIDENT NAMES TONY FRATTO AS DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY” – News Release – U.S. Government, Office of the Press Secretary – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
  • PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENT” – News Release – U.S. Government, Office of the Press Secretary – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
    [NOTES: President Bush announced his intention to nominate four individuals to serve within his administration. Nominated for various positions are; Kevin M. Kolevar, Michigan, Assistant Secretary of Energy (Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability) - Jane C. Luxton, Virginia, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere - Phillip L. Swagel, Maryland, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Economic Policy) - Thurgood Marshall, Jr., Virginia, Governor of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. Additional details about the positions and the nominees' personal background are available in the release. Related Link: "
    NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE" - News Release - U.S. Government, Office of the Press Secretary - WhiteHouse.gov - Washington, D.C., US - 26 September 2006; This release again names the nominees as well as the names of people they will be replacing and why.]
         
  • PRESIDENT BUSH DISCUSSES THE ECONOMY IN OHIO” – News Release: Transcript from Speech given at Meyer Tool, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio – U.S. Government, President George W. Bush, Office of the Press Secretary – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 25 September 2006
    Related Links:
    1.) En Español:
    DECLARACIÓN DEL PRESIDENTE SOBRE LA ECONOMÍA
    2.) Video Available: Click on the link available at the page above.
    3.) “
    IN FOCUS: JOBS & ECONOMY” – Web Presentation of Information Concerning the Economy – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US
         
  • PRESIDENT MEETS WITH BUSINESS LEADERS ON LEBANON PRIVATE SECTOR” – News Release: Presidential Remarks from Meeting in the Oval Office – U.S. Government, President George W. Bush, Office of the Press Secretary – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 25 September 2006
    Related Links:
    1.) Video Available: Click on the link available at the page above.
    2.) “
    IN FOCUS: PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST” – Web Presentation of Information Concerning Efforts for Peace in the Middle East Region – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US
         
  • PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATION TO ATTEND 50th ANNIVERSAY OF THE 1956 HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY” – News Release – U.S. Government, Presidential Announcement, Office of the Press Secretary – WhiteHouse.gov – 25 September 2006
  • MRS. BUSH’S STATEMENT ON ASSASSINATION OF SAFIA AMA JAN, PROVINCIAL DIRECTOR OF AFGHANISTAN’S MINISTRY OF WOMEN’S AFFAIRS” – News Release – U.S. Government, First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush – WhiteHouse.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 25 September 2006

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE:

  • pdf-mini.gifDECLASSIFIED NIE KEY JUDGEMENTS” (.pdf document – 4 pages – 68kb) – Declassified Portions of the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States originally produced in April of 2006 – U.S. Government, Office of the Director of National Intelligence – ODNI.gov – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006

AMERICAN FORCES INFORMATION SERVICE (AFIS) NEWS ARTICLES:

QUOTE:     
     “So my message for the American soldiers in Afghanistan is that they have liberated us from tyranny, from terrorism, from oppression, from occupation into a country that is now moving towards prosperity, that is once again the home of all Afghans. I don’t know if it resonates with you. It’s a very important thing for Afghanistan. Afghanistan was not the home of all Afghans. Today it is. Everybody’s back in that country with a parliament, with a constitution, with a market economy, with a free press, with all that.” – Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
     
- “
Karzai Expresses Gratitude to U.S. Troops” – AFIS News Article

FROM THE OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM WEBSITE
(OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE – IRAQ):

  • MEDICS REACH OUT TO RESIDENTS OF GHAZALIYAH” – by Spc. Joshua Ramey, 2nd BCT PAO, 1st Armored Division – Operation Iraqi Freedom, Official Website of Multi-National Force Iraq – Iraq – 25 September 2006

FROM THE U.S. DEPT. OF STATE (STATE.gov):

FROM THE U.S. DEPT. OF DEFENSE (DoD):

  • DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MEET IN LONDON ON ANTI-WMD TRAFFICKING” – News Release No. 959-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
  • DoD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY” – News Release No. 960-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Department of Defense has announced the death of a soldier who passed away due to injuries received when and IED exploded near his vehicle during combat operations in Taji, Iraq on September 23, 2006. Prayers of comfort are being offered for the family and friends of Spc. Windell J. Simmons, 20, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky who was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas. Thank you for your service to our country and the cause of Freedom Spc. Simmons, may you rest in peace. - Sincerely, Michelle K. & Family.]
         
  • DoD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY” – News Release No. 961-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Department of Defense has announced the death of a soldier who passed away due to injuries received when an IED exploded near his vehicle during combat operations in Taji, Iraq on September 23, 2006. Prayers of comfort are being offered to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Carlos Dominguez, 57, Savannah, Georgia, who was assigned to the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion based in Utica, New York. Thank you for your service to our country and the cause of Freedom Staff Sgt. Dominguez, may you rest in peace. - Sincerely, Michelle K. & Family]
         
  • DoD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTIES” – News Release No. 962-06 – U.S. Government Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 26 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Department of Defense has announced the deaths of two soldiers who passed away due to injuries sustained when an IED exploded near their vehicle during combat operations in Riyadh, Iraq on September 23, 2006. Prayers of Comfort are being offered to the family and friends of; Sgt. Velton Loclear, III, 29 of Lacey, Washington & Pfc. Kenneth E. Kincaid, IV, 25, of Lilburn, Georgia. Both men were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofiled Barracks, Hawaii. Thank you for your service to our country and the cause of Freedom Sgt. Loclear & Pfc. Kincaid, may you both rest in peace. - Sincerely, Michelle K. & Family.]
         
  • DoD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY” – News Release No. 949-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 25 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Department of Defense has announced the death of a soldier who passed away due to injuries sustained when an IED exploded near his vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq on September 15, 2006. Prayers of comfort are being offered for the family and friends of Cpl. Cesar A. Granados, 21, of LeGrand California, who was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas. Thank you for your service to our country and the cause of Freedom Cpl. Granados, may you rest in peace. - Sincerely, Michelle K. & Family]
         
  • DoD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY” – News Release No. 953-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 25 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Department of Defense has announced the death of a soldier who passed away due to injuries received when a "suicide vehicle-borne" IED detonated near her mountain patrol during combat operations in Mosul, Iraq on September 19, 2006. Prayers of comfort are being offered for the family and friends of 1st Lt. Ashley L. (Henderson) Huff, 23 of Belle Mead, New Jersey, who was assigned to the 549th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, based at Fort Stewart, Georgia.]
         
  • DoD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY” – News Release No. 952-06 – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 25 September 2006
    [NOTES: The Department of Defense has announced the death of a soldier who passed away due to injuries suffered when an IED exploded near his vehicle during combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq on September 21, 2006. Prayers of comfort are being offered for the family and friends of Sgt. Allan R. Bevington, 22, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania who was assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division based in Baumholder, Germany. Thank you for your service to our country and the cause of Freedom Sgt. Bevington, may you rest in peace. - Sincerely, Michelle K. & Family]
         
  • PRESS AVAILABILITY WITH SECRETARY RUMSFELD AND AFGHANISTAN PRESIDENT KARZAI” – News Transcript – Presenters: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld & President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 25 September 2006
    [Photo: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) hosts an arrival ceremony for Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) at the Pentagon on Sept. 25, 2006. Following the ceremony Rumsfeld and Karzai will meet to discuss defense issues of mutual interest. DoD photo by Helene C. Stikkel (Released) - For Full Size Photo
    Click Here.]
         
  • BACKGROUND BRIEFING BY DoD OFFICIAL TO NATO INFORMAL MINISTERIAL” – News Transcript – Presenter: Senior Defense Official – U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – DefenseLink.mil – Washington, D.C., US – 25 September 2006

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS):

FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI):

FROM THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA):
(Preliminary Accident & Incident Data)

MULTIMEDIA LINKS (IMAGES, AUDIO & VIDEO):

  • MUSIC VIDEO: “WHITE & NERDY”” – by Weird Al Yankovic – College Humor Video – Posted on 20 September 2006
    [NOTES: Weird Al does a great job with this video. Good for some great laughs -- especially if you're "white & nerdy"!]

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