President Obama admits some Islamic terror suspects pose too great a threat to be released

President Barack Obama said one of the “biggest problems” in shutting down the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may be how to deal with Islamic terror suspects who pose too great a threat to be released.

“It’s a messy situation. It’s not easy,” Obama told C- SPAN in an interview. “We’ve got a lot of people there who we should have tried early, but we didn’t. In some cases, evidence against them has been compromised. They may be dangerous, in which case we can’t release them, so finding how to deal with that I think is going to be one of our biggest problems.”

Obama, who called the Bush administration’s policy of indefinitely holding prisoners in Guantanamo a “mistake,” said he’s spoken to former President George W. Bush since taking office in January. He didn’t elaborate on the conversations, saying, “I think the general policy of keeping confidence with the predecessors is important.”

The Democratic president defended his decision to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay by early next year in a speech two days ago in Washington. He said some choices made by Bush and his advisers in pursuing the war on terrorism were “ad hoc” and “hasty” and left behind a “mess.” He repeated the criticism in the C-SPAN interview, which will air in full today at 10 a.m., Washington time.

Corners Cut

“There was a period of time after 9/11, understandably because people were fearful, where I think we cut too many corners and made some decisions that were contrary to who we are as a people,” Obama told the cable-television network.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush’s administration’s actions in a May 21 speech in Washington.

Cheney said the Bush administration employed tactics after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that saved lives, including using harsh interrogation techniques. He said he would support those decisions again “without hesitation.”

Obama has banned the interrogation techniques in question, including simulated drowning, or water boarding. He contends the measures betray the country’s “ideals” and aren’t necessary to “wage an aggressive battle against organizations like al-Qaeda that want to do us harm.”

“I’m confident that we are stronger when we uphold our principles, that we are weaker when we start pushing them aside,” he told C-SPAN.

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President Obama won’t meet Israeli PM Netanyahu

Has Obama started to revel his true colors or is he politically so naive for his series of anti-American policy blunders?? First he is praised Muslims in United states for changing the America for better, I ask which Muslim did what to change the face of America?? May be he is mentioning the 9/11 and the constant threat of a nuke attack our country is facing from the Muslim terrorist everyday. Then his bend over act before Saudi dictator, which makes everyone wonder how will he as the head of state dictate any US interests assertively when it comes to our relation with the Saudis and their Islamic extremist indoctrination of their own future generation and their spreading of evil Islamic teachings to the US by Islamic schools (Madrssas) in the US. Then came the reveling secret memos of our primary protector of the CIA, all this along with the latest that he will not meet with the leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, of a democratically elected and one of our best friends Israel

 

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday canceled his plans to attend the upcoming AIPAC summit, after it became clear that US President Barack Obama would not meet him during the conference.

Netanyahu announced that while he will not attend the conference in person, he will send a video-taped message to Washington.

Army Radio reported that the prime minister asked President Shimon Peres to represent Israel at the summit, scheduled to take place in Washington in the beginning of May.

According to the radio station, sources in the president’s bureau confirmed that Peres had received a request from Netanyahu and AIPAC officials to attend the summit, but noted that the president had not yet decided whether to accept the invitation. “

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I may be criticizing Mr. Obama, my intention is to point to his mistakes rather than stand opposed to him as a person, I’m not saying Obama is perfect, don’t we all make mistakes what I’m saying is Obama is the best bet we have when compared to Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin or any republicans who do not represent the middle class or people other than the white race or people other than the christian religion, nor do they agree to freedom of peoples choices.

 

 

 

 

We will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world: Baitullah Mehsud

Baitullah Mehsud, the brazen Taliban chief based in Waziristan, has been able to escape several attempts to kill and capture him because he has friends in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. An unnamed Pakistani official said in confidentiality that senior US officials had even shared with their counterparts in Islamabad “some intelligence indicating that renegade ISI elements helped Mehsud’s group train for the December 2007 assassination of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto”. But despite that and Pakistan’s purported knowledge of his whereabouts, “it’s a puzzle why they’re ignoring and avoiding any strike against him,” expressed one tribal elder in the region. “On several occasions over the past couple of years, security forces in Pakistan have launched operations to kill or capture him, and each time he has vanished without incident citing unnamed officials in Islamabad and Washington. Mehsud’s contacts, the theory goes, are tipping him off before Pakistani troops can pounce.” “Baitullah is very much mixed up in Afghanistan and with Al Qaeda,” said one Afghan Taliban commander, adding that Mehsud poses “a very real danger in Pakistan”, where he has ‘revitalized’ what it called “Pakistan’s jihadist network”. He has brought together disparate groups of Pashtun warlords, Jihadi fighters from Punjab and Al Qaeda fugitives from across the Muslim world.

 

The US had announced a $5 million reward on Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud 10 days ago, “elevating him… to the rank of a senior Al Qaeda leader” “Since February, CIA drones have concentrated their missiles on Mehsud’s mountainous demesne,” On Monday, he responded in the way he knows best, by attacking on a police academy in Lahore.

Mehsud claimed responsibility for the attack. An “increasingly-emboldened” Mehsud has claimed credit for several attacks in Pakistan and also threatening to attack the US. “Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world Although US General David Petraeus said he was ‘galvanized’ by the claim, few analysts take the threat seriously.baitullah-mehsud

Pakistan helping Taliban in Afghan strikes: NYT

Washington: The Taliban’s widening campaign in southern Afghanistan is made possible in part by direct support from operatives in Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, according to the New York Times.

This was so “despite Pakistani government promises to sever ties to militant groups fighting in Afghanistan, according to American government officials”, the influential US daily said.

The support consists of money, military supplies and strategic planning guidance to Islamic Taliban commanders who are gearing up to confront the international force in Afghanistan that will soon include some 17,000 American reinforcements.

Support for the Islamic terror group Taliban, as well as other Islamic militant groups, is coordinated by operatives inside the shadowy S Wing of Pakistan’s spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Times said citing unnamed officials.

There is even evidence that ISI operatives meet regularly with Islamic Taliban commanders to discuss whether to intensify or scale back violence before the Afghan elections, it said.

The Times said details of the ISI’s continuing ties to militant groups were described by a half-dozen American, Pakistani and other security officials during recent interviews in Washington and Islamabad.

The American officials were cited as saying proof of the ties between the Taliban and Pakistani spies came from electronic surveillance and trusted informants.

The Pakistani officials interviewed said they had firsthand knowledge of the connections, though they denied that the ties were strengthening the insurgency, the Times said.

American officials have complained for more than a year about the ISI’s support to groups like the Taliban.

“But the new details reveal that the Pakistani spy agency is aiding a broader array of militant networks with more diverse types of support than was previously known – even months after Pakistani officials said that the days of the ISI’ s playing a ‘double game’ had ended,” the Times said.

The Big question though remains why Obama administration is agreeing to give away more tax payers billions to a terrorist nation like Pakistan with out any strong strings, while people in America can’t even afford their own health care.

Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) could stage next attack on US: Report

Chicago: US security experts believe that the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), with the help of a “global jihadist syndicate” of disaffected young Pakistanis, could well stage the next major attack on the American mainland.

“We are and should be concerned about the threat LeT poses, given its global network,” Juan Zarate, deputy national security adviser for counter-terrorism in the Bush administration, told the Chicago Tribune in an interview published Sunday.

According to Zarate, the FBI and other US intelligence agencies had been focussing on the LeT as the next big threat to US security even before the Nov 26-29, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks. The Tribune quoted US authorities as saying that the LeT was in many ways a bigger threat than the Al Qaeda, whose leadership was on the run from numerous Predator strikes in the Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas.

Zarate’s remarks come amidst reports that the LeT had got a new set of commanders to replace Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarrar Shah who the Pakistani authorities detained after the Mumbai carnage that India has blamed on the terror group.

Pakistani investigators initially pointed to an LeT hand in last week’s attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore but later ascribed it to the Al Qaeda.

“We are and should be concerned about the threat LeT poses, given its global network,” Zarate told the Tribune.

“It doesn’t just reside in South Asia. It is an organisation that has potential reach all over the world, including the US,” he added.

Bruce Riedel, chairman of the Obama administration’s Pakistan-Afghanistan strategy review team, said he believed such a “global jihadist syndicate” of disaffected young Pakistanis was the most likely mechanism for launching an attack on US soil.

The Mumbai attacks, according to Riedel, was only the latest of several such by such militants on soft targets frequented by Americans, including hotels in Kabul and Islamabad. The Mumbai mayhem had claimed the lives of over 170 people, including 26 foreigners – six of them American citizens. India had subsequently given the FBI access to Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole terrorist captured alive during the carnage.

India says Kasab and nine other LeT operatives, all of whom were killed during the attacks that lasted for over 60 hours, had staged the assault.

India had also asked the FBI to examine evidence collected from five GPS phones used for coordinating the attack, requesting the FBI to analyse the data. The FBI established that the attack was mounted from the sea.

The Tribune said that Washington wanted Pakistan to not only dismantle LeT but also other similar groups founded during the Afghan war or later to participate in the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir.

Quoting US and allied intelligence sources, the report claimed that potentially tens of thousands of Pakistanis had been trained in the LeT’s guerrilla camps in Pakistan, many of whom had gone on to fight for the Al Qaeda.

This includes a small number of US residents, some of who are believed to have returned home. Nearly a dozen Americans, including many members of the so-called Virginia Jihad Network, have been convicted in US courts of training at LeT camps and conspiring to provide material support to the group.

The US is also concerned about the thousands of disaffected Westerners and Pakistanis in Britain and other countries in Europe who travel frequently to Pakistan, the newspaper said.

Citizens of these countries do not need a visa for coming to the US. An unknown number of those have trained in LeT camps, and after getting “indoctrinated in its hatred of the West and returning home, they were free to travel to the United States with virtually no background check”, the Tribune said.

Obama sent envelopes containing HIV-infected blood

hiv-p1220314Saad Hussein, a Muslim Ethiopian refugee from President Obama’s hometown of Chicago has been arrested for allegedly sending Obama and his staff envelopes containing HIV-infected blood, in the hopes of killing or harming them.

It’s only the second time ever that HIV-infected blood has been sent with malicious intent through the U.S. mail system, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said.

 

In the weeks leading up to Obama’s inauguration, Saad Hussein, an Ethiopian refugee in his late 20s, sent an envelope addressed to “Barack Obama” to offices of the Illinois government in Springfield, Ill., according to court documents. 

The envelope contained a series of curious items, including a letter with reddish stains and an admission ticket for Obama’s election-night celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park. Court documents said Hussein, who takes drugs to treat a mental illness, later told FBI agents he is “very sick with HIV” and cut his fingers with a razor so he could bleed on the letter.

Hazmat teams were called in after the envelope was opened, and offices of the Illinois Department on Aging and the Department of Revenue were locked down for nearly two hours, locking 300 staffers in their offices, court documents said.

Hussein, with his brother acting as an interpreter, told FBI agents he was actually “an admirer” of Obama and was “seeking help from the government,” according to court documents. He also told them he was hoping to obtain tickets to the Inaugural ceremonies in Washington, the documents said.

Days after sending the letter to Obama, Hussein allegedly placed two more letters in the mail, one addressed to “Emanuel,” an apparent reference to Obama’s current Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. The two letters contained what appeared to be dried blood, the court documents said.

Hussein, who has never held a job in the three years he’s been in the United States, was arrested last month. He was charged with “knowingly” mailing letters “containing HIV-infected blood, with the intent to kill or injure another,” in violation of federal law.

 

Mumbai-type terror attacks on US cities: FBI

Extremists “with large agendas and little money can use rudimentary weapons” to sow terror, raising the spectre that the Mumbai attacks could embolden terrorists seeking to attack US cities, warned the top US investigation agency FBI.

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is expanding its focus beyond al-Qaeda and into splinter groups, radicals who try to enter the country through the visa waiver programme and “home-grown terrorists,” FBI Director Robert S Mueller said at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on Monday.

 

“The universe of crime and terrorism stretches out infinitely before us, and we too are working to find what we believe to be out there but cannot always see,” said the head of the agency charged with protecting the US against domestic and international terrorism.

 

“Our primary threat continues to come from Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Mueller added. “But we are seeing persistent activity elsewhere, from the Maghreb and the Sahel to Yemen.”

 

US, he said was increasingly concerned with pockets of people around the world that identify with al-Qaeda and its ideology. “Some may have little or no actual contact with al-Qaeda. Yet fringe organisations can quickly gain broader aspirations and appeal.”

 

Citing a planned attack against Fort Dix, he noted the men FBI convicted had engaged in target practice in the woods of Pennsylvania. They had watched al-Qaeda training videos. They had a map of the base and a plan to get in. And they had purchased semi-automatic weapons from an FBI sting operation.

 

“Like the Mumbai attackers, these men wanted to inflict as much damage as they could. And as the Mumbai attacks illustrate, the simplest of weapons can be quite deadly when combined with capability and intent,” Mueller said.

 

One particular concern, the FBI director said, springs from the country’s background as a “nation of immigrants”. Federal officials worry about pockets of possible Islamic radicals among melting-pot communities in the United States such as Seattle, San Diego, Miami or New York.

 

A Joint Terrorism Task Force led by the FBI, for instance, continues to investigate a group in Minneapolis after one young man last fall flew to Somalia and became what authorities believe to be the first US citizen to carry out a suicide bombing.

 

“The prospect of young men,  indoctrinated and radicalised in their own communities . . . is a perversion of the immigrant story,” Mueller added.

 

 

 

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