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daily archive: 09/03/2004
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Word to my momma
My momma had big plans for me when I was growing up. For one thing, she always hoped I'd never play soccer. She didn't let me play soccer when I was little so I had to sneak around to do it. She wouldn't let me wear pants either - and worse, she would put big pink bows in my hair - so I would play soccer in a dress. A lacy dress or some horror like that.

Her other plan was that I was gonna be a good girl. You know, like not say "fuck you" and "asshole" and shit like that. That didn't work out well either.

Her third plan was that I would keep a clean house and cook well. Sorry mom, I failed you again! Hot damn! Three out of three so far.

I cannot tell all in this post. I've let my mother down and seeing these words in print I feel guilty. Well not really actually, I just realise that I should feel guilty but I don't and that kinda makes me feel guilty.

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All your internet are belong to us
The arrest of alleged Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, captured this summer with 51 optical discs and three computers chock-full of terror intelligence, is the most recent indicator of just how technically adept terror groups have become.

Computer and terrorist experts say Khan is one of many central nodes in a decentralized network of terrorists who have been using the Internet and cutting-edge technology as a way to organize terror campaigns and promote their cause online.

"In the post-September 11 climate, Islamic extremists see the Internet as a vital tool to communicate, indoctrinate, and spread their message," says Mark Rasch, former Justice Department (news - web sites) computer crimes prosecutor and current chief security counsel for Solutionary, a managed computer security provider.

"They are very tech savvy and they know how to avoid being caught," Rasch adds.

Double-Edged Sword

But while terrorists can work invisibly online, Khan's arrest illustrates that technology can be turned against them. Technology can make it easier to conceal information and communicate covertly using digital tools such as encryption. But it also leaves digital trails of evidence. For example, police hunted down the suspected kidnappers of Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl by tracking e-mail that was designed to be anonymous.

Computer intelligence found on Khan's computers was instrumental in the arrests of Pakistani and UK terror suspects. Its discovery is credited for disrupting planned terror strikes in the United States. Subsequent arrests in Britain, which stem from intelligence gathered from Khan, led investigators to confiscate more than 1000 discs, according to reports from the New York Times.

"Unfortunately, there is no single computer mastermind behind Al Qaeda, just as there is no single Al Qaeda group," says Gabriel Weimann, a terrorism and communications expert and author of The Theater of Terror. He says Khan was one of many Al Qaeda information touchstones spread across the globe and connected by the Internet.

For the past ten years, dissidents from the Middle East, Chechnya (news - web sites), and Latin America have used the Internet to further their cause, says Josh Devon, a senior analyst at the SITE Institute, a terrorism research group that monitors the Web. Al Qaeda is fundamentally no different, he says.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is tracking nine "pro-Al Qaeda" Web sites out of a watch list of 25 Islamist Web sites and message forums.

Al Qaeda's Tech Traps
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A volunteer carries a
A volunteer carries a small child after special forces stormed a school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan in the province of North Ossetia near Chechnya, September 3, 2004. A hundred or more people were killed when Russian troops stormed a school on Friday in a chaotic battle to free parents, teachers and children who had been held hostage for 53 hours by Chechen separatists. (Stringer/Russia/Reuters)

More than 150 dead so far, the news are saying some of the gunmen have taken children to another house nearby, over 600 wounded, some of the dead terrorists are Arabs and there's suspected involvement from the local Al Qaeda head honcho in Chechnya. What a surprise.

UPDATE: It's over. The terrorists are either dead or arrested. THe Russian troops had no intention to storm the school, the whole thing started because two bombs went off accidentally in the gym. Three terrorists have been caught alive, dressed in clothes they took from the hostages. It's also been reported that there may be eight "black widows" dispersed in various cities in Russia. The plane bombings, the metro bombing and the school seizure are only the beginning of a new campaign of terror.

Yahoo News Slideshow

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Ticking Bomb
Steve Forbes writes:

The news from Iran is grim. This Islamic dictatorship--the biggest source of terrorist training and financing in the world and the nation that's doing all it can to stir up trouble in already combustible Iraq--is clearly on the cusp of becoming a nuclear power. The clerical fascists running the country have dropped just about all pretense of their atomic programs being energy-related only. Tehran announced in July that it had resumed making the centrifuges needed to produce highly enriched uranium, a key ingredient for nuclear bombs. It is, in essence, tearing up last fall's agreement with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency to keep its nuclear program transparent and to do nothing that could be construed as developing nuclear weapons.

Iran, more than Iraq or the reorganization of our intelligence agencies, is the crisis flashpoint in our war against Islamic fanaticism. What to do? John Kerry's advisers and many Bush Administration officials think we should deal directly with Iran. The Europeans would support us. The goal: to persuade Iran--through cash, trade agreements (its economy is a mess) and pats on the back--to halt its nuclear arms program. These so-called realists in this instance are the dreamers, the fantasizers.


The implications of a nuclearized Iran are appalling. Fanatics in Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere will be emboldened to undermine existing governments. Israel may well feel the need to strike, just as it did against Iraq's nuclear facility in 1981.

The all-too-real possibility of a violent Israeli reaction--Israel has long considered Iran's black-robed fascists to be its ultimate enemy--may be the only possible deterrent to Iran's final nuclearization. But that's not likely, given that the mullahs have probably dispersed their nuclear capabilities around the country. Iran, moreover, is not defenseless; it has missiles that can hit Israel.

Bottom line: Through every avenue possible, we should make clear to Tehran that continued nuclearization will mean the U.S. will back any Israeli response to the hilt. Furthermore, we will strike, perhaps even before the Israelis do. For starters, we will embargo Iranian oil exports, crippling Iran's economy and its source of military funding. We should also forthrightly support Iranian democrats and opposition groups, which have a considerable following, especially among the young. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty-like broadcasts should bombard Iran 24 hours a day via the airwaves and Internet.

(Via ActivistChat)

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Living in the gadjikano world
"I am afraid of Gypsies because they steal," said Vera Petrova, 62. "I clutch my bag with all my force to keep off Gypsy pickpockets."

One recent editorial in the popular daily newspaper 24 Chasa (24 Hours) called some Gypsies "more harmful than ... locusts."


Official statistics show that most of the 370,900 Gypsies in Bulgaria live in misery. Unemployment among them is at 50 percent, with roughly two-thirds of those out of work claiming they are jobless because of discrimination.

They are among some 8 million Gypsies in Europe. As in Bulgaria, the Gypsies in Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Hungary and the Czech Republic are among the most impoverished, uneducated, and underprivileged citizens of those countries.

Kanev said a 1997 study on ethnic attitudes in Bulgaria showed that 66 percent of Bulgarians would not vote for a Gypsy politician, 72 percent would not have a Gypsy as a friend, and 68 percent would not live in the same neighborhood as a Gypsy.

"These results remain more or less the same today," Kanev said. "The two ethnic groups do not communicate with each other — they live separately."

In Bucharest, the Romanian capital, Ilie Dinca, a government official who handles Gypsy-related issues, said there is a widespread belief among Romanians that Gypsies are responsible for most crimes — even though police reports show the contrary.

"I don't know if it will be possible to eradicate from people's mentality the prejudice that Roma are dirty, stink, lie and steal," said Osman Balic, a prominent official at the Roma Association in Belgrade, Serbia.

Gypsies Focus of Controversy in Bulgaria
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Why I must read
By Guest Contributor, Qur'an Pundit

Have any of you ever tried to find some unbiased information about Islam? I did and found that there is none. Everyone commenting on Islam, the Middle East or Muslim culture has an agenda or (usually fringe) point of view. I looked hard in February and March of 2004 for real information after watching a news program where a parade of talking heads went on and on about "Religion of Peace" and that al Qeada did not represent "real" Islamic beliefs or ideals. It struck me as very disingenuous of a news organization to have person after person paraded out in front of me to convince me I had no reason to think that Islam itself was a threat to my family. This thought rolled around my head for a few days and I realized that I needed to do something to resolve the feelings of being a target of media propaganda in favor of Islam.

I decided it was time to go to the source and read the Qur'an myself. I am not an expert on religion; I am not even personally religious. I am a typical Midwestern American, somewhat self absorbed and not very knowledgeable about other cultures. The events of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq forced me to think outside my "box". I needed to know what my country was facing and was I personally could expect if we were to fail. My motivation was to find out for myself if these pundits were right or wrong, if my country was acting in the cause of good or evil.

If you go all the way back and read my archives, you will find this earnest man trying to find some simple answers. He tried to be fair and posted a number of verses that showed the good and the bad, the peaceful and the violent. During this time I went to my first protest march. In Peoria, IL a group of Rachael Corrie supporters were marching on the world headquarters of Caterpillar. I honestly went down there to meet some of the pro-Israel people on LGF and to take some pictures. When I got down there, I found myself repulsed by the protesters and welcomed by the Israel supporters. The level of hate in the protesters was in direct contrast to the calm and reasoned responses of the leaders of the pro-Israel group. I had never been called such nasty names before in my life, I have never been prouder to have such enemies. This experience undoubtedly led to some bias in the blog meirav-was-two-redux, objectivity, complete what I started.

Qur'an Project has temporarily descended into warblogging. Once the election is over I will return to the original topic, finish the Qur'an reading and move into more study of Muslim culture (because I find it fascinating). Your comments and suggestions are welcome and will have an impact on the direction of my guest blogging.

With the kind permission of our hosts, I will recount some of the highlights of my journey over the next few weeks. After the recap, I will begin a weekly series of observations on the Qur'an, Muslim culture, and Islamic nutcases.

Qur'an Pundit

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