Texas Participates in National Terrorism
Prevention, Protection Exercise 7/28/09 Office of the Governor News Release
July 28, 2009
Austin, Texas - The State of Texas this week launched Operation
Texas Watch, which is part of the five-day National Level Exercise
2009 (NLE 09) focused on terrorism prevention and protection,
coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As part of
this exercise, local, state, federal and select international
partners, are focusing on intelligence and information sharing for
the purpose of terrorism prevention and protection. The exercise is
designed to gauge coordination among varying agencies and the
overall level of preparedness the nation has achieved for terrorist
“A key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission was to increase the
level of information sharing among all levels of government,” Gov.
Perry said. “This exercise is an important step in increasing our
state and nation’s preparedness for all types of disasters, and I am
pleased that the federal government has recognized the importance of
engaging the many agencies participating in this exercise.”
In addition to Texas, participating states include Arizona, New
Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The states will be presented with a
scenario in which a terrorist attack has occurred outside the U.S.,
and will then be charged with implementing a response to prevent the
subsequent efforts by terrorists to enter the U.S. and carry out
In Texas, this charge means executing the response laid out in the
State Emergency Management Plan and the Texas Homeland Security
Strategic Plan 2005-2010. These plans include a coordinated effort
among local, state and federal agencies and private sector partners.
Operation Texas Watch will be coordinated from the Texas State
Operations Center in Austin.
Texas participants include:
•Border Star Unified Commands
•East Harris County Manufacturers Association
•El Paso Intelligence Center
•FBI Field Offices (Dallas, Houston, El Paso, San Antonio)
•Houston Police Department
•Houston Regional Intelligence Service Center (Houston Fusion
•Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers (JOICs)
•Joint Terrorism Task Forces
•Protective Security Advisors
•San Antonio Fusion Center
•Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
•Texas Attorney General’s Office
•Texas Border Security Operations Center
•Regional Councils of Government
•Texas Department of Criminal Justice
•Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
•Texas Department of Public Safety
•Texas Emergency Management Council
•Texas Fusion Center (TFC)
•Governor’s Division of Emergency Management
•Texas National Guard
•Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
•Texas Railroad Commission
•Texas State Operations Center
The completion of the exercise will be followed by an after-action
assessment to determine best practices and lessons learned.
To learn more about NLE 09, visit
National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09)
is taking place in the US. Scheduled to run from July 27 to July
31, 2009, NLE 09 is the first major exercise conducted by the
United States government to focus exclusively on terrorism
prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and
According to FEMA, NLE 09 is
designated as a Tier I National Level Exercise. Tier I exercises
(formerly known as the Top Officials exercise series or TOPOFF)
are conducted annually in accordance with the National Exercise
Program (NEP), which serves as the US's overarching exercise
program for planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating
national level exercises. The NEP was established to provide the
US government, at all levels, exercise opportunities to prepare
for catastrophic crises ranging from terrorism to natural
NLE 09 is a White House directed,
Congressionally-mandated exercise that includes the participation
of all appropriate federal department and agency senior officials,
their deputies, staff and key operational elements.
Representatives from Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United
Kingdom are also taking part.
National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09)
National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27
through July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise
conducted by the United States government that will focus
exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to
incident response and recovery.
NLE 09 is designated as a Tier I National Level Exercise. Tier
I exercises (formerly known as the Top Officials exercise series
or TOPOFF) are conducted annually in accordance with the National
Exercise Program (NEP), which serves as the nation's overarching
exercise program for planning, organizing, conducting and
evaluating national level exercises. The NEP was established to
provide the U.S. government, at all levels, exercise opportunities
to prepare for catastrophic crises ranging from terrorism to
NLE 09 is a White House directed, Congressionally- mandated
exercise that includes the participation of all appropriate
federal department and agency senior officials, their deputies,
staff and key operational elements. In addition, broad regional
participation of state, tribal, local, and private sector is
anticipated. This year the United States welcomes the
participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom
in NLE 09.
NLE 09 will focus on intelligence and information sharing among
intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between
international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private
The NLE 09 scenario will begin in the aftermath of a notional
terrorist event outside of the United States, and exercise play
will center on preventing subsequent efforts by the terrorists to
enter the United States and carry out additional attacks. This
scenario enables participating senior officials to focus on issues
related to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting
U.S. critical infrastructure.
NLE 09 will allow terrorism prevention efforts to proceed to a
logical end (successful or not), with no requirement for response
or recovery activities.
NLE 09 will be an operations-based exercise to include:
activities taking place at command posts, emergency operation
centers, intelligence centers and potential field locations to
include federal headquarters facilities in the Washington D.C.
area, and in federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private
sector facilities in FEMA Region VI, which includes the states of
Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and California.
Through a comprehensive evaluation process, the exercise will
assess prevention and protection capabilities both nationally and
regionally. Although NLE 09 is still in the planning stages, the
exercise is currently designed to validate the following
Intelligence/Information Sharing and Dissemination
Counter-Terrorism Investigation and Law Enforcement
Air, Border and Maritime Security
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Public and Private Sector Alert/Notification and Security
VALIDATING THE HOMELAND SECURITY SYSTEM
Exercises such as NLE 09 are an important component of national
preparedness, helping to build an integrated federal, state,
tribal, local and private sector capability to prevent terrorist
attacks, and rapidly and effectively respond to, and recover from,
any terrorist attack or major disaster that occurs.
The full-scale exercise offers agencies and jurisdictions a way
to test their plans and skills in a real-time, realistic
environment and to gain the in-depth knowledge that only
experience can provide. Participants will exercise prevention and
information sharing functions that are critical to preventing
terrorist attacks. Lessons learned from the exercise will provide
valuable insights to guide future planning for securing the nation
against terrorist attacks, disasters, and other emergencies.
For more information about NLE 09, contact the FEMA News Desk:
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to
ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and
improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond
to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Massive US Terrorism Simulation Involving Foreign
Agencies Begins Today
Mainstream media AWOL again as huge drill begins
Monday, July 27, 2009
A huge simulation coordinated by
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun today with no mainstream
media coverage at all.
The security exercise known as National Level
Exercise 09 (NLE 09) will last for five days and will involve
foreign security officials working in conjunction with the US
military, as well as Federal, State, Local Tribal and Private
According to a
factsheet in the recesses of the FEMA website, the
agency will host National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) on July 27
through July 31, 2009:
“NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the
United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism
prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and
recovery,” the factsheet states. It is designated as a Tier I
National Level Exercise, or TOPOFF, which are exercises conducted
annually in accordance with the National Exercise Program (NEP),
“which serves as the nation’s overarching exercise program for
planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating national level
exercises,” according to FEMA.
NLE 09 “will focus on intelligence and information sharing
among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between
international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private
The FEMA information sheet states that the exercise involves
a scenario that begins “in the aftermath of a notional terrorist
event outside the United States, and exercise play will center on
preventing subsequent efforts by the terrorists to enter the
United States and carry out additional attacks. This scenario
enables participating senior officials to focus on issues related
to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting U.S.
The exercise will also include agencies in Britain, Mexico,
Canada and Australia, the Department of Homeland Security has
said. The Navajo Nation will also participate.
“This year the United States welcomes the participation of
Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.” The
FEMA factsheet does not explain why the participation of foreign
officials is necessary, nor does it elaborate on the roles they
Canadian federal involvement was today
confirmed in a
press release attributed to “Public Safety
Canada”. The Press release also noted the involvement of the
United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico.
An independent reporter from Oklahoma (or FEMA
region VI) was informed that NLE 09 is not “media friendly”
because it largely involves people looking at computer screens in
Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
After asking if it would be possible to sit in
on the exercise,
Andrew W. Griffin
of Red Dirt Report was told by Brook Arbeitman,
the public information officer for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland
Security, that this was not possible and that the exercise is
Arbeitman, interestingly enough, could not
answer some more in-depth questions about NLE 09 because she is
a role player in the exercise, playing – you guessed it – a
public information officer for Oklahoma Office of Homeland
Security and as a result “is not privy” to some of the
“We will be playing along with everybody to whatever
extent the exercise” proceeds, Arbeitman said.
According to FEMA, the Departments of Homeland
Security, Defense, Justice, and State, the Office of the Director
of National Intelligence and a broad spectrum of component
agencies, offices and commands will all participate in the
NLE 09 activities will take place at command
posts, emergency operation centers, intelligence centers and field
locations throughout the country, including federal headquarters
facilities in the Washington, D.C. area as well as facilities in
Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and California.
previous story on NLE 09, we noted that this
exercise is a continuation of previous simulations under FEMA and
the DHS that have involved the rounding-up and internment of
American citizens labeled as “suspected terrorists”.
Under REX 84 and other operations, FEMA, in
association with 34 other federal civil departments and agencies,
has consistently trained to detain large numbers of Americans.
We also noted that several recently leaked
Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and local law enforcement
documents have stated that the focus of security operations should
be “rightwing extremists” who support the Second Amendment and
states’ rights and oppose abortion and open borders.
Watch Alex Jones’ previous analysis of NLE ‘09:
see video here:
Secretary Napolitano and National Security
Preparedness Group Discuss DHS Progress in Fulfilling 9/11 Commission
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet
Napolitano and members of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC)
National Security Preparedness Group (NSPG) met today to discuss the
Department’s progress in implementing the recommendations outlined in
the 9/11 Commission Final Report released five years ago this week.
(PressZoom) - Department of Homeland Security
( DHS ) Secretary Janet Napolitano and members of the Bipartisan
Policy Center’s ( BPC ) National Security Preparedness Group ( NSPG )
met today to discuss the Department’s progress in implementing the
recommendations outlined in the 9/11 Commission Final Report released
five years ago this week.
“The 9/11 Commission provided DHS a roadmap to create a safer and more
secure America, and the Department is answering that challenge,” said
Secretary Napolitano. “Today’s meeting marked the next step in
continuing this critical dialogue and expanding our capabilities to
protect our country.”
The National Security Preparedness Group is a bipartisan coalition of
national security experts including former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge and
co-chaired by former 9/11 Commission Chair Thomas H. Kean and Vice
Chair Lee H. Hamilton.
“The members of the BPC’s National Security Preparedness Group look
forward to working with Secretary Napolitano and DHS to ensure the
continued implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations,” said
Governor Kean. “Part of the success of the 9/11 Commission and the
acceptance of its recommendations occurred as a result of our
commitment to bipartisanship. We remain dedicated to the bipartisan
mission of keeping the country safe and ensuring there are sufficient
resources to do so.”
Secretary Napolitano and members of the NSPG discussed the progress
report the Department released Wednesday, which outlined DHS’ advances
on a range of 9/11 Commission recommendations and reflected the
agency’s focus on enhanced science and technology, efficiency and
fiscal responsibility and reinvigorated coordination with state,
local, tribal and international partners.
The group also discussed new policies, initiatives and grant
opportunities to bolster the Department’s capacity to secure the
nation from an ever-changing array of threats to homeland security,
including cyber attacks and bioterrorism.
To view the Department’s full 9/11 Commission progress report, visit
Progress in Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations.
DHS launches YouTube channel
Updated at 11:03 pm, Sunday, July 26, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security has
launched the DHS YouTube Channel and announced the redesign of
www.DHS.gov — steps to enhance the Department’s Web presence,
increase transparency and provide accurate, up-to-date information to
“Social media plays an increasingly large role in our engagement
with the public, especially in the event of an incident or disaster,”
said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. “These new tools will facilitate
an open dialogue about the Department’s security efforts across the
nation and around the world.”
The YouTube Channel, found at
www.youtube.com/ushomelandsecurity, will allow DHS to use video to
highlight events, speeches, public service announcements and other
related content. DHS’s emphasis on Web 2.0 tools such as YouTube
allows the Department to provide greater transparency and access to
the public and our state, local, territorial, tribal, private sector,
and international partners.
DHS.gov was reorganized around Secretary Napolitano’s five major
responsibilities — counter-terrorism, border security, enforcement of
immigration laws, disaster preparedness and response and Department
unification — and redesigned based on user input and search analysis
to help visitors find relevant and timely information.
North Carolina Terror Arrests Timed to Coincide with NLE 09
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
On Monday, the feds swooped down on an alleged terror group
plotting murder and mayhem in North Carolina. A federal indictment
against the gang claims Raleigh a drywall contractor Daniel Patrick Boyd
and associates sought to wage “violent jihad” abroad and engaged in
“military-style training at home,” according to the
Associated Press. Specific details are not provided by the
|It is said drywall contractor Daniel Patrick Boyd
— a poster child for “white al-Qaeda” if there ever was one —
trained at a terrorist camp in Afghanistan in the late 1980s and
fought against the Soviet occupation of that country.
It is said Boyd — a poster child for “white al-Qaeda” if there
ever was one — trained at a terrorist camp in Afghanistan in the late
1980s and fought against the Soviet occupation of that country. Boyd was
associated with Hezb-e-Islami, or Party of Islam.
Red flags should go up on this one. Hizb-e-Islami was led and
founded by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who was carefully selected by the
Pakistani ISI and the CIA to wage jihad against the Soviets. Hekmatyar,
a drug dealer with little support in Afghanistan, was a favored son of
the CIA and the ISI. The U.S. worked with Hekmatyar over a ten year
period and over half of all U.S. aid to the mujaheddin went to his
faction (see Alfred W. McCoy, The
Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, pp.
475 and Robert Dreyfuss, Devil’s Game:
How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, pp.
CIA Director William Casey liked Hekmatyar because they shared a
goal of extending the fighting beyond Afghanistan into the Soviet Union,
according to Dreyfuss. In 1984 Hekmatyar developed a close relationship
with another CIA-ISI operative, Osama bin Laden, who at the time ran
Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), a front organization that funneled money and
arms to the mujahideen. “MAK [is] nurtured by Pakistan’s state security
services, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, the CIA’s
primary conduit for conducting the covert war against Moscow’s
reported in August of 1998, before everything changed. MAK was also
known as al-Kifah and its branch in New York was called the al-Kifah
Refugee Center. This branch played a pivotal role in the 1993 WTC
bombing and also had CIA ties (see the History Commons profile on
Another individual named in the indictment is Hysen Sherifi. “In
July 2008, Sherifi left for Kosovo to engage in violent jihad, but it’s
unclear if he did any actual fighting. He returned to North Carolina in
April 2009 to solicit funds and warriors to support the mujahedeen, but
again the indictment did not give details,” the AP reports.
Following the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the CIA-ISI
contrivance al-Qaeda was inserted in Kosovo to help ethnic Albanian
extremists of the KLA mount their terrorist campaign against Serb
targets in the region. “The United States, which had originally trained
the Afghan Arabs during the war in Afghanistan, supported them in Bosnia
and then in Kosovo. When NATO forces launched their military campaign
against Yugoslavia [in March, 1999] to unseat [Slobodan] Milosevic, they
entered the Kosovo conflict on the side of the KLA [Kosovo Liberation
Army], which had already received ’substantial’ military and financial
support from bin Laden’s network, analysts say,” Isabel Vincent wrote
for the National Post (see my
From Afghanistan to Iraq: Transplanting CIA Engineered Terrorism,
January 15, 2005).
But don’t take my word for it. Read the 1997 Congressional RPC
report detailing the “Bosnian pattern” that was replicated in Kosovo.
“With the complicity of NATO and the US State Department. Mujahideen
mercenaries from the Middle East and Central Asia were recruited to
fight in the ranks of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in 1998-99,
largely supporting NATO’s war effort,”
Michel Chossudovsky wrote in October, 2001. The KLA was armed and
trained by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and Britain’s Secret
Intelligence Services MI6, together with “former and serving members of
22 SAS [Britain's 22nd Special Air Services Regiment], as well as three
British and American private security companies,” according to The
Scotsman, 29 August 1999
In short, Hysen Sherifi and Daniel Patrick Boyd are intelligence
operatives or more likely patsies. As
Webster Griffin Tarpley has documented, patsies, dupes, useful
idiots and fanatics are integral to any false flag terror operation.
The North Carolina arrests are of particular interest now that
FEMA is conducting NLE 09. “The NLE 09 scenario will begin in the
aftermath of a notional terrorist event outside of the United States,
and exercise play will center on preventing subsequent efforts by the
terrorists to enter the United States and carry out additional attacks.
This scenario enables participating senior officials to focus on issues
related to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting U.S.
critical infrastructure,” a
FEMA press release explains.
The NLE 09 is considered “an important component of national
preparedness, helping to build an integrated federal, state, tribal,
local and private sector capability to prevent terrorist attacks, and
rapidly and effectively respond to, and recover from, any terrorist
attack or major disaster that occurs.”
The feds claim they have prevented a terrorist attack in North
Carolina. This is a well orchestrated propaganda effort timed to
coincide with NLE 09. It is particularly important to note this in the
wake of the manufactured deluge of propaganda and federal and state
reports portraying “rightwing” domestic terrorists as a threat to the
A particular egregious instance of this propaganda was released in
June when the
Washington Times — the cornerstone of Operation Mockingbird —
reported counterterrorism officials “authenticated” a video by a
supposed al-Qaeda recruiter who claimed he had the ability to smuggle a
biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico
border. In the video, Abdullah al-Nafisi suggested that al-Qaeda might
want to collaborate with “members of native U.S. white supremacist
militias who hate the federal government.”
It is no mistake Daniel Patrick Boyd is white.
7 arrested in North Carolina on terrorism charges
The men, all but one of whom are U.S. citizens,
conspired to wage jihad overseas, according to a
federal indictment. The men honed their weapons skills
in rural areas of the state, authorities said.
Reporting from Washington -- Federal authorities
in North Carolina on Monday arrested seven men who
they said had trained with high-powered weapons as
part of a terrorist conspiracy to wage an Islamic
holy war overseas.
The men -- including a father who, authorities said,
trained in jihad camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan,
and his two sons -- sought to provide material
support to terrorists and to murder, kidnap, maim
and injure people overseas, according to a
seven-count federal indictment. The indictment did
not allege that the group was plotting attacks on
If convicted, the suspects, all but one of whom are
U.S. citizens, could face life in prison.
At least some of the men were willing to die as
martyrs, according to the indictment, which described
a plot that began in 2006 and lasted until earlier
this month. It said that the North Carolina residents
had raised donations to support their training and had
recruited and radicalized others -- "mostly young
Muslims or converts to Islam, to believe . . . the
idea that violent jihad was a personal obligation on
the part of every good Muslim."
The men also offered weapons training and helped
arrange overseas travel and contacts for others
seeking to wage holy war, the indictment said.
Two federal law enforcement officials on Monday
said the men did not commit any violent acts.
Although the indictment provided few details, it
outlined a plan among four of the suspects "to meet
up" in Israel, as well as other overseas forays. The
conspiracy, according to the government, included
other suspects "known and unknown," and its aim was to
provide money, training, transportation and personnel
to those wanting to fight a holy war against countries
friendly to the United States.
David Kris, assistant attorney general for the Justice
Department's national security division, singled out
Daniel Patrick Boyd for conspiring "to recruit and
help young men travel overseas in order to kill."
"These arrests today show there are people living
among us, in our communities in North Carolina and
around the U.S., that are honing their skills to carry
out acts of murder and mayhem," said Owen D. Harris,
special agent in charge of the FBI's Charlotte, N.C.,
division, which led the investigation. The Charlotte
division includes Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill,
N.C., where authorities say the men conspired.
The indictment alleged that Boyd, 39, traveled to Gaza
in March 2006 and attempted to enter farther into the
Palestinian territories with one of his two sons.
A year later, the indictment said, Boyd -- who called
himself Saifullah, or Sword of God -- his son Zakariya
Boyd and two other suspects went to Israel to wage
jihad but returned without success.
Defendant Ziyad Yaghi, according to the indictment,
traveled to Jordan in 2006 to "engage in violent
jihad." And Hysen Sherifi, a 24-year-old U.S. legal
permanent resident, traveled to his native Kosovo in
July 2008 to "wage violent jihad," then returned to
North Carolina to raise support for Islamic militants,
the indictment said.
Daniel Patrick Boyd and the other suspects showed
others how to fire Kalashnikov AK-47s and other
weapons similar to those used in Afghanistan,
Over the last two months, Boyd and some of the others
honed their weapons skills on private property in
rural Caswell County, the indictment said.
The seven men made preliminary court appearances
Monday and are due to appear at detention hearings
Thursday in federal court in Raleigh. No attorneys for
the men were listed in the criminal filings unsealed
Authorities would not comment on an unidentified
associate of the men who the indictment said left the
U.S. on Oct. 7, 2008, "to travel to Pakistan to engage
in violent jihad."
The indictment unsealed Monday has highlighted the
complexities of the U.S. presence in Pakistan and
Afghanistan in recent decades.
Daniel Patrick Boyd once fought in Afghanistan and
trained in guerrilla camps there and in Pakistan, the
But, it added, he did so between 1989 and 1992 in an
effort to fight the occupation of Afghanistan by the
Soviet Union. Washington led and financed that
campaign against its Cold War enemy with hundreds of
millions of dollars in military and intelligence
assistance, training and manpower.
The Associated Press reported that Boyd, a drywall
installer in Willow Spring, N.C., and his brother had
been convicted of bank robbery in Pakistan in 1991 and
of carrying identification showing they belonged to
the radical Afghan guerrilla group Hezb-i-Islami.
Arrests in Terror Case Bewilder Associates
Wake County City/County Bureau of
Investigation, via Reuters
Left to right, Daniel
Patrick Boyd, Hysen Sherifi, Mohammad Omar Aly
Hassan and Ziyad Yaghi have been charged with
supporting violent jihad.
WILLOW SPRING, N.C. — Daniel Boyd was a man
of rare conviction for these parts.
(article continues after the pictures)
Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times
Daniel Patrick Boyd
is said to have worshiped at the Ibad
Ar-Rahman mosque in Durham, N.C.
Chris Seward/News & Observer, via
The small town of
Willow Spring, N.C., was the scene of an
F.B.I. investigation Tuesday at the home
of Daniel Patrick Boyd.
(article continues) Rare because he and his family were Muslims
in this quiet rural subdivision where the
denominations generally run from Baptist to
Presbyterian. But also rare for his intensity.
“How many Christians you see standing in
the yard praying five times a day?” asked
Jeremy Kuhn, 20, who lives across the street.
“They just believed more than anyone else.”
But to the disbelief of Mr. Kuhn, the
federal authorities say Mr. Boyd and two of
his sons took their convictions beyond
religious faith and into terrorism. They were
among seven men charged on Monday with
supporting violent jihad movements in
countries including Israel, Jordan, Kosovo and
Pakistan. An eighth man was still being
sought, said a spokeswoman for federal
prosecutors in Raleigh, about 20 miles north
The men are charged with stockpiling
automatic weapons and traveling abroad
numerous times to participate in jihadist
movements. There is no indication in the
indictment that they were planning attacks
in the United States, though prosecutors said
they had practiced military tactics this
summer in a rural county close to Virginia.
Their plans apparently involved a suicide
attack, according to an e-mail message Mr.
Boyd sent in 2008 to another defendant, Hysen
Sherifi, about dying as a martyr.
Besides Mr. Boyd, who is 39, the indictment
names his sons Zakariya, 20, and Dylan, 22;
Anes Subasic, 33; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan,
22; Ziyad Yaghi, 21; and Mr. Sherifi, 24. All
are American citizens except Mr. Sherifi, who
is from Kosovo and has legal residence in the
United States. Detention hearings for the men
are set for Thursday.
Mr. Boyd, the son of a Marine, is a convert
to Islam, and received training from Islamic
radicals in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the
Prosecutors said much of the activity took
place over the last three years, citing coded
conversations, exchanges of cash, numerous gun
purchases and a Kalashnikov demonstration in
Mr. Boyd’s living room.
Mr. Boyd, the central figure in the
indictment, is also charged with lying to
federal agents in 2007 about his reasons for a
trip to Israel. According to the indictment,
he and several other defendants had intended
to join violent jihadists in the
Palestinian territories, though the trip
was ultimately unsuccessful.
It was the second trip to Israel mentioned
in the indictment. Mr. Boyd is said to have
taken his son Dylan to Gaza meet jihadists in
March 2006, though that, too, was apparently
Highlighted in the indictment, but not part
of the charges, was a period the authorities
say Mr. Boyd spent with his brother in
Afghanistan and Pakistan from 1989 to 1992,
training with and supporting fighters who were
trying to overthrow the Soviet-backed
government in Kabul. They were in the news at
the time, when the Pakistani government
charged them with bank robbery and sentenced
them to lose their right hands and left feet.
(The convictions were overturned by the
Pakistani Supreme Court at the urging of the
Federal officials in Washington said that
the men charged on Monday were not seen as
serious terrorist threats to the United States
or American interests abroad, and that there
were no indications of ties to
Al Qaeda or other militant groups. But the
officials said there was concern that they
were amassing a sizable number of automatic
weapons, given Mr. Boyd’s record as a foreign
“What essentially this is about is a guy
with foreign fighter experience,” said one law
enforcement official, who spoke on condition
of anonymity because of the pending
prosecution, “who comes back to the U.S. from
the conflict zone with street cred and a
network of contacts overseas, intending to
recruit others who were on the fence.”
Mr. Boyd’s wife, Sabrina, cited that same
period in defense of her husband. “He was
there fighting against the Soviets in a war
that had the full backing of the U.S.
government,” Ms. Boyd said through a
spokeswoman, Khalilah Sabra of the American
Muslim Society Freedom Foundation, an advocacy
Ms. Boyd is also an American, and,
according to a
1991 Washington Post report, the couple
were high school sweethearts in Northern
Virginia. A neighbor said the Boyds looked for
other churches before settling on Islam. The
Post profile said Mr. Boyd’s stepfather was a
“The charges have not been substantiated,”
Ms. Boyd said. “We are an ordinary family, and
we have the right to justice, and we believe
justice will prevail. We are decent people who
care about other human beings.”
Neighbors were startled, even angered by
the arrests, which they learned about when
federal agents, some carrying assault weapons,
swarmed over the lawn of the Boyds’ house.
The house, with a Ford Bronco in the
driveway and a swimming pool in the back,
looks like any other in the quiet subdivision,
and neighbors said the Boyds were generally no
different than anyone else, other than being
nicer than average. Mr. Boyd ran a company
installing drywall, for which his two older
sons often worked. The Boyds had two younger
sons, one of whom was killed in a car accident
two years ago, and a daughter.
Prosecutors said Mr. Boyd had stopped
attending mosques this year because of
“ideological differences” and had begun having
Friday prayer services at home.
The Boyds had the usual interactions with
the neighbors — tool swapping, rides to school
— and other than a day when the house was
egged, which neighbors attributed to their
religion, their faith did not seem to be an
“We never really had a problem with it,”
said Anthony Perfetto, 15, who used to have
after-school snacks at the Boyd home. “All
they’d say about it was like they had to go
pray, and that’s about it.”
All of which has left neighbors shaking
their heads and repeating that there must have
been some kind of mistake.
“I don’t believe any of this,” Mr. Kuhn
said. “And it’s going to take a whole lot of
evidence to convince me otherwise.”
US enlists citizens in anti-terrorism
NEW YORK — A top US domestic security chief announced
Wednesday a strategy to make ordinary citizens the first line
of defense against an increasingly multi-faceted terrorist
"For too long, we've treated the public as a liability
to be protected rather than an asset in our nation's
collective security," Janet Napolitano, secretary of the
Department of Homeland Security, said in a speech in New York.
"This approach, unfortunately, has allowed confusion,
anxiety and fear to linger."
Napolitano, who also announced an extra 78 million
dollars in anti-terrorism funding for 15 mass transit systems
nationwide, said modern communications had increased the
sophistication of threats since the September 11, 2001
"The tools for creating violence and chaos are as easy
to find as the tools to buy music online or restocking
inventory," she said. "If 9/11 happened in a web 1.0 world,
terrorists are certainly in a web 2.0 world now."
Napolitano urged a "much broader society response" in
which the public helps curb a growing phenomenon of so-called
Referring to a spate of arrests around the country of US
citizens and residents charged with jihad-type militancy,
Napolitano said that ordinary people were often the best eyes
"You are the ones who know when something is not right
in your communities," she said in her speech at the Council on
"Indeed if you look at the last couple of weeks, arrests
have been made in places like Minneapolis and North Carolina,"
"So I think better education, about the breadth of the
threat and how it can be carried out, is important."
In the latest case, seven people were arrested Monday,
including an American-born Muslim convert and his two sons
living in a quiet North Carolina suburb.
Napolitano even called on children to join an effort
previously shouldered by police and other security services.
"There's actually an important role we can play in
educating even our very young about watching for, and knowing
what to do, if you're in an airport and you see a package left
with no one around," she said.
However, she stressed she was not advocating "a culture
of spying on one another."
She insisted that President Barack Obama's
administration was committed to repairing the erosion of civil
liberties that took place under his predecessor, George W.
"We have to be careful," she said. "That's a balance to
An example, she said, was the need to respect mosques
and other Islamic institutions.
"We have to be very careful about profiling a religious
institution just as we have to be careful about profiling
individuals," she said. "We have to be very, very careful
about interfering with the free exercise of religion."
Even as US troops become increasingly focused on
fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, more attention is being
paid to violent plots hatched within US borders -- often led
by US citizens or residents.
The Washington Post on Wednesday described the chief
suspect in the North Carolina arrests, Daniel Boyd, as the son
of a US marine who had a "typical American childhood" in the
suburbs of the US capital, Washington.
This week, a New York court unsealed a confession made
in January by a Long Island man, Bryant Vinas, who says he
joined Al-Qaeda to attack US forces in Afghanistan and had
plotted to attack a New York commuter train.
In May, five Miami men were found guilty of plotting to
blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago, which just this month was
renamed the Willis Tower.
Also in May, four New York men -- three of them US
citizens -- were arrested on charges of trying to blow up
synagogues and destroy a US military plane.
Copyright © 2009 AFP. All
Pittsburgh Grassroots Examiner
Mike Boda, a longtime anarchist and Pittsburgh resident,
has been involved in the struggle for social justice since
the late 1980s. Health problems forced to him to trade the
paving stone for the pen.
Pittsburgh Grassroots Examiner
Scare tactics and the tactics of the scared
July 15, 1:25 PM
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the
First, thanks to the observant reader who was kind
enough to point out the following articles in the two
dueling self-described "dailies". It would seem that the
local, self-described corporate, print "media" feels
compelled to carry out their civic duties of intimidating
opponents of the notion that the G-20 is qualified to run
our lives and demonizing those who will still be willing
to show up.
The "liberal", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (P-G), ran two
stories on the consequences of
the G-20 summit, one on the ways in which the
local legal/prison-industrial complex is turning itself
inside out for their September fines and court costs
another piece about the muscle for the G-20, cowering
in a "terrorist training camp", located in a "secure,
undisclosed location". The "conservative", Pittsburgh
Tribune Review, only wrote about the
re-opening of the old jail and the revenue generation
through arrests, skipping out on the story about the
skull-cracking and chemical weapons, possibly because the
right-wing has a serious problem with militarized
policing, but only when there is a Democrat in the White
If witnessing some well-fed men in pads and helmets,
lining up shoulder to shoulder, and pushing each other
around when a whistle blows will give participants in the
protests such an edge, then trips to Latrobe to watch the
Steelers train at St. Vincent's should be mandatory. On a
hopeful note, the P-G is
reporting that the instructors for this particular
terrorist training camp have been supplied by the
competent professionals from FEMA.
Police officials asked that the Post-Gazette not
reveal the location of the training or the specific
tactics being taught because of fears that protesters
will use the information to disrupt the summit, which
has spawned large demonstrations in other cities.
During the next several weeks, groups of 50 to 60
Pittsburgh police officers will gather at the training
site every three days. Most of the Police Bureau's
nearly 900 officers will participate.
Instructors from the Center for Domestic
Preparedness, a division of the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, are teaching the course, which is
called Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents, or
"The MCATI training prepares law enforcement for
crowd control and unlawful protest," said Shannon
Arledge, a public affairs specialist for the Center for
Domestic Preparedness. "It provides officers with the
knowledge to handle situations such as this in an
effective and professional manner to maintain safety of
everyone involved, including the public."
The center, based in Anniston, Ala., offers more than
40 courses for law enforcement agencies and emergency
responders. Teams of instructors can deploy across the
country to teach the courses, including MCATI.
Thousands evacuated amid Texas
A blaze at El Dorado Chemical Co.
in Bryan, Texas, sends a haze
throughout the town. No major injuries
have been reported.
A fire at a chemical storage
warehouse in Bryan, Texas, has
prompted the evacuation of about
70,000 people, according to the
town's fire marshal.
There have been no reports of major
injuries, Marc McFeron said, but
some people have been hospitalized
for skin irritation and smoke
The fire broke out around 11:45
a.m. Central time at a fertilizer
factory on the outskirts of Bryan, 100
miles northwest of Houston.
McFeron said the factory, El Dorado
Chemical Co., stores large amounts of
ammonium nitrate, a potentially
explosive chemical. Firefighters said
they were relieved that there were no
explosions during the blaze.
"Praise the lord for that," McFeron
The fire sent a thick plume of
smoke into the air, blanketing all of
Bryan. "It almost looks like a haze
throughout the whole city," he said.
McFeron said it was too dangerous for
fire crews to go near the factory
fire, so they planned to let it burn
out. Meanwhile, he said, emergency
crews would be monitoring the town's
The smoke was generally drifting
north. McFeron said that if it moved
southward toward nearby College
Station, officials might evacuate
students at Texas A&M University.
Yes .. that would be like
We watched Bryan on local TV.
The fire was going to be allowed
to burn itself out. I was quite
amazed at the amount of vehicles
they had set up about a block
away. Hospital units, ambulances,
all kinds of sheriff's vehicles,
tents which looked like triage
units. I was impressed. Didn't
realize they had such equipment.
According to what I heard at
5PM, the fire started about noon.
They had a mandatory evacuation of
the WHOLE CITY...70,000 according
to one report.
You will not find this on any
national news...I bet...there is a
Thousands evacuated at Chase's Polaris operation
after suspicious device found
Item turned out to be harmless equipment,
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 11:29 AM
By Steve Wartenberg and Dana Wilson
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
A couple thousand JPMorgan Chase employees were
evacuated from the company's massive McCoy
Center in Polaris this morning after a suspicous
device, later determined to be harmless, was
An employee discovered a black, box-like
device with lights and wires in a
conference room. The Columbus Division
of Fire bomb squad arrived at about
10:15 with a robot, said Capt. Steve
Wings J through P of the 2
million-square-foot building were
evacuated, said Chase spokesman Jeff
Lyttle. He said there were approximately
8,500 people in the building, but did
not know exactly how many were
Many of the employees waited in the
parking lot or cafeteria, while others
took an early lunch.
"It turned out to be a timing device
used when folks make presentations,"
Lyttle said. "It has lights on it and
sits in front of you and when you have
two minutes left, it prompts you, and
when you have one minute left, it
prompts you," he said.
"It's a very harmless piece of
Employees were allowed back in the
building just after 1 p.m.
Package sent to Walz forces Capitol
WASHINGTON – Word to the wise: Be careful
what you send to the U.S. Capitol.
package addressed to Congressman Tim Walz’s
office forced the evacuation of a Capitol
office building Wednesday afternoon after
police determined it to be suspicious. The
package contained a metal box and an
unidentified medal, said FBI Washington
Field Office spokeswoman Katherine Schweit.
Capitol Police called the FBI, who
X-rayed the package and transported it in a
reinforced containment vessel to the
Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia about
an hour away. At the base, bomb experts used
a “high-velocity water cannon” to dismantle
it, Schweit said.
“If it was a high-powered bomb it would
go off – potentially,” Schweit said of the
process. “But it would be in a place where
that would be OK
The package was determined to be harmless.
The person who sent the package was
identified and contacted but no charges have
been filed. The entire episode took about
“The Congressman’s offices are open to
serve the public,” said Walz spokeswoman
Sara Severs, who would not comment on the
details of the package. “Congressman Walz
would like to thank the Capitol Police for
their professionalism in handling this
The News & Messenger newspaper reported
that the package was initially viewed as
suspicious because of a “chemical stain.”
A Capitol Police spokeswoman would not
comment further on the package, but said the
building was evacuated because its contents
could not be easily identified."
Eric Roper • 202-408-2723
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Gas leak forces mall evacuation
BOUNTIFUL -- A gas leak in Bountiful forced
more than 15 businesses at the Colonial Square
shopping mall to be evacuated Wednesday
The leak was discovered outside at 500 West
and 2600 South in Bountiful, right behind Wade
Medical Plaza in the shopping center. The leak
was caused by a crew that was installing a
natural gas meter.
South Davis Metro Fire Chief Jim Rampton
said there were no injuries or sicknesses
reported as a result of the leak.
"It doesn't appear to be too big of a
deal," Rampton said. "But it certainly could
Firefighters eventually stopped the leak
and businesses were re-opened.
A second natural gas leak also forced
people from their homes Wednesday morning in
West Bountiful. A construction crew using a
backhoe hit a 2-inch natural gas line just
after 9 a.m. The leak happened in a
neighborhood near 700 West and 1000 North.
About a dozen homes were evacuated, but the
leak was fixed shortly afterward and everyone
was allowed to return.
July 30, 2009
Obama Participates in Terror
Health care reform was put aside for
a time today as President Obama headed
to the White House Situation Room to
oversee federal efforts to prevent a
terror attack on the United States.
It was part of an exercise for officials
at the highest level of the U.S.
government, including members of the
National Security and Homeland Security
What made "National Level Exercise 2009"
different from previous training events,
is that it focused "exclusively" on
preventing a terror attack - as opposed
to responding to and recovering from
A statement from FEMA, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, says
today's exercise, part of a week-long
program, was mandated by Congress to
give top officials realistic experience
in handling the threat of a catastrophic
Today's scenario according to FEMA,
began with a terrorist event outside the
U.S. It then became the responsibility
of Mr. Obama and other top American
officials to thwart efforts by the
terrorists to enter the U.S. and carry
out additional attacks.
Aside from federal departments and
agencies, state and local authorities
were taking part in the exercise in
addition to officials from Australia,
Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
The exercise is deemed by FEMA to be "an
important component of national
preparedness." The White House and other
parts of the government will be
evaluated on such capabilities as
intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism,
border security, public notification and
FEMA says the terrorism prevention
efforts in today's exercise would be
allowed "to proceed to a logical end –
successful or not."
Mark Knoller is a CBS News White
House correspondent. You can read more
of his posts in Hotsheet
here. You can also follow him on
Campus safety focus of FEMA training plan
Originally published July 30, 2009
In a small room crowded with tables, the phones rang incessantly, each call
delivering more bad news.
An explosion and subsequent fire wracked a college campus. Injuries and
fatalities were piling up and more help was needed. And then came the worst
news of all -- a terrorist group was claiming responsibility and told
college officials more bombs were planted across the campus.
This was not a real-life situation but rather an exercise, part of a
three-day emergency planning workshop at Mount St. Mary's University this
Representatives from six colleges and universities participated in the
pilot program "Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education"
presented by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Developing a comprehensive, uniform emergency plan for colleges and
universities was spurred by such violent events as the 2007 Virginia Tech
shootings where 32 people died before the lone gunman killed himself, but
schools need these plans for many reasons, according to Barbara Nelson, a
FEMA training specialist.
Higher education institutions must be prepared to deal with natural
disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes, as well as
man-made disasters and acts of violence or terrorism.
She noted the extensive damage to Tulane University in New Orleans during
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as an example of natural disasters that can turn a
college operation upside-down and put lives in peril.
FEMA hired C2 Technologies to develop the program curriculum, which has
been a year in the making, Nelson said.
When the curriculum was ready to be tested, the Mount offered to host a
pilot program. Invitations were sent to about 15 colleges and universities
within 50 miles.
Millersville University, Gettysburg College,
Frederick Community College, Howard University and the University of
Maryland, College Park, all offered to be guinea pigs for the course.
During the simulated fire and explosion, Bob McKibben, a contractual
instructor for C2 Technologies, said the group was doing a great job.
"This group came in with varying degrees of experience in emergency
management," he said. "They've learned a lot here and I'm pleased with how
they have reacted."
Half the group played university officials reacting to the on-campus
incident and the other half played support staff in the emergency operations
center, providing what the people in the field needed to manage and contain
The catastrophe was scripted, but the operations center staff had no idea
what to expect, McKibben said.
"They came in here completely blind to the scenario," he said.
The group burst into applause at the conclusion of the session.
The course is designed to provide colleges and universities with
knowledge and strategies to protect lives, property and operations more
effectively and efficiently, according to the syllabus.
Barry Titler, director of public safety at the Mount, said the course
will benefit the university which already has an emergency response plan in
The benefits of participating in the pilot course, which started Tuesday
and ends today, are two-fold, Titler said.
"In this business, you want to learn from everyone. We're able to borrow
ideas that other schools have that are proven to work."
Comments and suggestions from participants could improve the course
before it is published and offered to all colleges and universities. FEMA
hopes to launch the final version in the fall.
"We can affect not only this campus, but indirectly be able to affect the
safety of campuses across the country," Titler said.
A portion of Charlotte/Douglas
International Airport was evacuated for more
than an hour Thursday afternoon after security
staff members raised concerns about a piece of
Administration officials said the suspicious
luggage that set off explosive detectors
turned out to be a portable combustion
analyzer, a piece of equipment used to monitor
the operation of heating devices.
But while a police bomb squad
investigated, the luggage --and the response
that it triggered -- brought a portion of the
airport to a standstill. Authorities evacuated
Concourse A while TSA employees examined the
The device was found about 1:20 p.m., and
passengers told the Charlotte Observer they
were allowed to return to the concourse before
One family reported that its
flight was canceled, but the FAA indicated
most flights were not affected.
evacuated in NYC, 1 in custody
AP – In
this cell phone photo provided by
Blair Allen, travelers gather
outside Laguardia Airport during
By STEPHANIE NANO,
Associated Press Writer
Associated Press Writer –
NEW YORK – The main terminal at
New York's LaGuardia Airport was
Saturday morning, stranding
hundreds of passengers, after a man
entered the building with a fake bomb in a
bag, police said.
The terminal was
evacuated at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday
after the man approached security in the
airport's C concourse,
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
John Kelly said.
It wasn't clear if the man made a
threat, but security officials said he
"was just acting crazy," Kelly said. The
man's name was not released.
The device in the man's bag was a few
batteries and wires, but was not
dangerous, police said.
Police later reopened the main
terminal, and passengers began re-entering
shortly before 9 a.m.
It was not immediately clear how many
flights were delayed or canceled by the
evacuation, but the airport's Web site
said passengers should check with their
airlines for information.
Among the stranded passengers were
12-year-old Samantha Casady and her
10-year-old brother, Patrick, of Norwich,
Conn., who were supposed to fly out to
Dallas at 7:15 a.m. by themselves to visit
Their mother, Colleen, said she and her
husband were accompanying their children
through a long
security screening line when there
was a commotion "and just a swarm of TSA."
Casady said she later saw a man in
handcuffs, surrounded by police.
The family was initially directed to go
to another security gate, but it was
closed, "and a few minutes later, they
evacuated the building," she said.
The evacuation also meant that Irma
Quidore, of Denville, N.J., had to delay a
Monterrey, Mexico, for a second
time with her two daughters, Sofia, 6, and
They had originally planned to fly out
on Thursday, but a delay that would have
forced them to miss a connecting flight
prompted them to reschedule their trip for
Saturday, Quidore said.
"I guess we're going to make the
trip to Mexico, but a little bit
late," Sofia said as she pushed her little
sister in a stroller toward the terminal.
NOTE: If anyone believes this was a real
event - WAKE UP!!!
Government Preparing Mass Graves, Martial Law For Swine Flu Pandemic
July 27, 2009
On March 25,
Shepard Ambellas, reporting for Infowars, documented preparation of
mass graves at the Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery in Phoenix,
A UK Home Office cabinet committee brought up the
specter of the Great Plague and burial pits used during the
Ambellas’s story followed a harrowing report by
D. H. Williams of the Daily Newscaster in February. Williams
reported on revelations of an Indiana county municipal official in the
vicinity of Chicago who detailed FEMA and DHS discussions with county
officials about the prospect of mass graves and a mass vaccination
On March 28,
we reported on a large expansion of graves at the Houston National
Cemetery in Texas.
Aaron Dykes, reporting for The Jones Report on April 3, detailed how
the State of New York Division of Cemeteries sent out “Mass Fatality
forms” to cemeteries in that state to collect data about their ability
to deal with the high volume of casualties that would occur if their
were a flu pandemic or other disaster. “Should a prolonged mass fatality
disaster or pandemic flu occur in your community would your cemetery be
able to provide temporary or permanent internment space for a
significant number of disaster or flu deaths in additional to your
current burial services?” the form stated.
In response to the mass grave stories posted on the Infowars and
Prison Planet websites,
Larry Scott, a self-described Veterans Administration critic, went
on the Thom Hart radio program in late March and characterized the
stories as “rumor-mongering.” According to Scott, the expansion of
graves around in Phoenix was part of a standard upgrade intended to
accommodate a record number of veteran deaths. Larry Scott put the
number at an astounding 700,000 per year. Other critics have also
characterized the stories as preposterous.
And yet, according to an
AFP news item, governments are indeed planning for mass graves in
response to a flu pandemic. In Exter, England, the city council recently
moved to use underground burial chambers, currently a tourist
attraction, to store the corpses of swine flu victims if the pandemic
worsens. “A council spokesman said the plan could be put into operation
if the cemeteries and the crematorium could not keep up with funeral
catacombs were constructed in response to a cholera epidemic, which
led to the death of 402 people in Exeter between July and October 1832.
In 2006, the
UK Home Office announced plans to use mass graves in the event of a
widespread pandemic. “According to a confidential report seen by the
Sunday Times, 320,000 people in Great Britain could die as a result of a
flu pandemic originating from a mutated H5N1 bird flu virus strain.” A
cabinet committee brought up the specter of the Great Plague and burial
pits used during the seventeenth century.
Earlier this year, Alan Johnson, the British Health Secretary,
unveiled the National Pandemic Flu Framework. “Mass graves, inflatable
mortuaries, 24-hour cremations and ‘express’ funerals could all be used,
government papers show,” the
Telegraph reported. “Some scientists say a flu pandemic is now
overdue, either from the mutation of the normal human flu virus, or of
the H5N1 strain that infects birds.”
A report issued by the government in Scotland claims a pandemic
would force mortuaries, crematoriums and cemeteries “to operate round
the clock, with old warehouses, council buildings, refrigerated lorries
and specialist inflatable mortuaries being requisitioned to temporarily
store the dead,” the
Guardian reported on July 22. “With deaths expected to peak sharply
within six to seven weeks of an outbreak, crematoriums would in many
areas have to operate 24 hours a day, while every town and city would
require temporary mortuaries and body storage facilities.”
On July 25, the
Los Angeles Times reported the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention expects the flu pandemic expected this autumn to kill
hundreds of thousands. “The number of potential deaths is much higher
than that usually seen in seasonal flu, which kills an estimated 36,000
Americans a year, and is even higher than the nation’s most recent
pandemic.” The 1957 pandemic of Asian flu killed 70,000. The 1918
Spanish Flu claimed between 500,000 to 675,000 lives in the United
The CDC announced last week that it will no longer keep track of
the number of people killed by the virus. “Health officials from the CDC
said the virus was too widespread to continue counting,” the
Digital Journal reported. “Health experts say millions have likely
been infected worldwide.”
The U.S. government has bought 195 million doses of H1N1 swine flu
vaccine for a possible autumn vaccination campaign, a U.S. federal
Reuters on July 23. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department
has also contracted for 120 million doses of adjuvant, a compound to
stretch the number of doses of vaccine.
In addition, HHS has created a website “to help state and local
governments, the medical community and citizens prepare for H1N1 and the
fall flu season,” according to
America.gov, a site produced by the U.S. Department of State.
F. William Engdahl notes, even though the H1N1 virus has killed a
relatively small number of people and no “government or private agency
in the world has yet to scientifically isolate, to photograph with means
of electron microscopy and to list the chemical characteristics of the
‘novel H1N1 Influenza A virus’ as it is now officially called,” this has
not stopped WHO from declaring a “Pandemic Alert” Phase 6 alarm. The
hyped “pandemic” has prompted the Obama administration and Congress to
approve an astounding $7.65 billion for the non-proven pandemic
On Friday, the
World Health Organization said the H1N1 virus and pandemic is
“gaining speed” and will likely strike this coming winter.
In response to an outbreak of swine flu in 1976, the U.S.
government ordered a mass vaccination program. The experimental and
untested vaccine killed dozens and left an undetermined number of people
with Guillian-Barre syndrome, a debilitating neurological paralysis. The
vaccine killed more people than the virus.
In late April, sources close to investigative journalist
Wayne Madsen reported that the outbreak of swine flu was the result
of the introduction of a human-engineered pathogen capable of producing
a widespread global pandemic. “A top scientist for the United Nations,
who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as
well as HIV/AIDS victims, concluded that H1N1 possesses certain
transmission ‘vectors’ that suggest that the new flu strain has been
genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon,”
“Our best intelligence estimate is that pandemic Avian Flu has
already been created through genetic engineering in the United States,
fusing the deadly genome of the 1918 Pandemic, misnamed the ‘Spanish
Flu’, with the DNA of the innocuous H5N1 virus in a growth medium of
human kidney cells, according to the National Institutes of Health and
the vaccine’s manufacturer. Some virologists believe that this would
insure that the man-made mutant virus recognizes human cells and knows
how to invade them,” writes
Rima E. Laibow, MD, head of the Natural Solutions Foundation, a
citizen watchdog group monitoring the pharmaceutical industry.
In addition to planning mass graves and crematoriums operating
around the clock, governments are planning to implement martial law in
response to a pandemic.
In late 2007, the Bush administration issued a “directive”
establishing a “National Strategy for Public Health and Medical
Preparedness” based on
Biodefense for the 21st Century. Prior to this, in May of 2007, the
U.S. military had the foresight to “plan for a possible avian flu
pandemic that could kill as many as three million people in the United
States in as little as six weeks,” according to
Yahoo News. Guidelines and “planning assumptions for US military
services and combatant commands” were published in a document entitled
“Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza.”
“Possible scenarios include US troops being called in to put down
riots, guard pharmaceutical plants and shipments, and help restrict the
movement of people inside the country and across its borders,” Yahoo
summarizes. “The plan envisions fast moving, catastrophic waves of
disease that would overwhelm health facilities and cripple the ability
of state and local authorities to provide even basic commodities or
The “hidden agenda consists in using the threat of a pandemic
and/or the plight of a natural disaster as a pretext to establish
military rule” and “suspend Constitutional government and allow the
Military to intervene in civilian affairs in violation of the Posse
Comitatus Act,” author Michel Chossudovsky wrote in 2005.
Infowars reported last week, on July 27 FEMA will conduct National
Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09), scheduled to run through July 31. NLE 09
will ostensibly focus on “terrorism prevention and protection,”
according to the FEMA website. In addition to the participation of
domestic “partners,” the FEMA exercise will include foreign troops.
“This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia,
Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.”
FEMA website states that “Fire and Emergency Medical Services will
play a crucial role in the event of a pandemic. Planning for pandemic
influenza is key.”
Natural Disasters and the Militarization of America, Chossudovsky
details how deployment of the military in response to a pandemic “would
be governed by the same criteria in conformity with the basic tenets of
the ‘war on terrorism.’ The latter also characterize the workings of
FEMA…. Under the NRP [Homeland Security's National Response Plan]…
civilian organizations are directly under the authority of the DHS, FEMA
and the Pentagon.”
In short, martial law will be declared. Is it possible this is
what NLE 09 is gearing up for?
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your health!!! This bill gives the government ABSOLUTE POWER OVER
SO MUCH OF YOUR LIFE. SURPASSING THE WILDEST DREAMS OF GEORGE ORWELL
IN HIS BOOK 1984 Just look at what is in the bill!
113 reasons to be
afraid of your government.
1.• Sec. 113, Pg 21-22 of the Healthcare (HC) Bill MANDATES a
government audit of the books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure in
order to “ensure that the law does not provide incentives
for small and mid-size employers to self-insure”! The businesses
will end up paying for the audits, will they be Joint audits with
2• Sec. 122, Pg 29, lines 4-16 - YOUR HEALTHCARE WILL
3• Sec. 123, Pg 30 - THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
deciding what treatments and benefits you get.
4• Sec. 142, Pg 42 - The Health Choices
Commissioner will choose your benefits for you. You
have no choice! Choice of treatments? not under this!
5• Sec. 152, Pg 50-51 - HC will be provided to ALL NON-US
6• Sec. 163, Pg 58-59 beginning at line 5 - government will have
real-time access to individual’s finances & a
National ID Health care card will be issued!
7.Sec. 163, Pg 59, lines 21-24 -
government will have direct access to your banks
accounts for electronic funds transfer. YOUR BANK ACCOUNT WILL BE
DRAINED!!!! Just imagine trying to pay bills when the government
keeps taking your money!
8• Sec. 164, Pg 65 is a political
payoff - subsidized plan for retirees and their families in
unions & community organizations (ACORN).
9• Sec. 201, Pg 72, Lines 8-14 - government is
creating an HC Exchange to bring private plans under government
10• Sec. 203, Pg 84 - government mandates ALL benefit
packages for private Health Care plans in the
11• Sec. 203, Pg 85, Line 7 - Specifications of benefit
levels for plans means that the government will define your HC plan
and has the ability to ration your healthcare!
12• Sec. 205, Pg 95, Lines 8-18 - The government will use
groups (i.e., ACORN & AmeriCorps) to “inform and educate” (sign up)
individuals for government plan.
•13 Sec. 205, Pg 102, Lines 12-18 - Medicaid
eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid.
No freedom to choose.
14• Sec. 223, Pg 124, Lines 24-25 -
No company can sue the government for price-fixing.
No “administrative of judicial review” against a government
monopoly. Companies must accept whatever the government decides to
15• Sec. 225, Pg 127, Lines 1-16 –
Doctors - the government will tell YOU what you can make. “The
Secretary shall provide for the annual participation of physicians
under the public health insurance option, for which payment may be
made for services furnished during the year.”
16• Sec. 312, Pg 145, Line 15-17 - Employers
MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan.
17• Sec. 313, Pg 149, Lines 16-2 - ANY Employer with payroll
$400,000 and above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on
18• Sec. 313, Pg 150, Lines 9-13 - Businesses with payroll between
$251,000 and $400,000 who do not provide public option pay 2-6% tax
on all payroll.
•19 Sec. 401.59B, Pg 167, Lines 18-23 - ANY individual who does not
have acceptable care, according to government, will be taxed 2.5% of
20• Sec.59B, Pg 170 Lines, 1 - Any
NONRESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will
pay for their healthcare.)
21• Sec. 431, Pg 195, Lines 1-3 -
Officers and employees of HC Administration (government)
will have access to ALL Americans financial and personal
records. The government intruding into every aspect of your life..
No warrents needed. This is "Legal" search and seizure!!
22• Sec. 441, Pg 203, Lines 14-15 - “The tax imposed under this
section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that.
23• Sec. 1121, Pg 239, Line 14-24 – The
government will limit and reduce physician services for Medicaid.
Seniors, low income and poor are the ones affected.
24• Sec. 1121, Pg 241, Line 6-8 - Doctors, it
does not matter what specialty you have; you’ll all be paid the
same. “Service categories established under this paragraph shall
apply without regard to the specialty of the physician furnishing
25• Sec. 1122, Pg 253, Line 10-18 – The
government “validates relative value unit’s” (sets value of
doctor’s) time, professional judgment, methods etc. (defining the
value of humans).
26• Sec. 1131, Pg 265 - Government mandates and controls
productivity for private HC industries. “Incorporating Productivity
Improvements into Market Basket Updates that Do Not Already
Incorporate Such Improvements.”
27• Sec. 1141, Pg 268 – The government regulates rental and purchase
of power-driven wheelchairs.
28• Sec. 1145, Pg 272 - Treatment of certain cancer
hospitals: Cancer patients and their treatment are open to
29• Sec. 1151, Page 280 - The government will penalize
hospitals for what government deems preventable readmissions.
(Incentives for hospital to not treat and release.)
30• Sec. 1151, Pg 298, Lines 9-11 - Doctors, treat a patient during
initial admission that results in a readmission and the government
will penalize you for that action.
31• Sec. 1156, Pg 317, Line 13-20 - “PROHIBITION on
physician ownership or Investment.” government tells doctors
what/how much they can own.
32• Sec. 1156, Pg 317-318, Lines 21-25, 1-3 -
“PROHIBITION on Expansion of Facility Capacity.” The government
will mandate that hospitals cannot expand (“number of operating
rooms or beds”).
33• Sec. 1156, Pg 321, Lines 2-13—Hospitals have opportunity to
apply for exception BUT community input required.
34• Sec. 1162, Pg 335-339, Lines 16-25 – The government
mandates establishment of outcome based measures. Rationing.
35• Sec. 1162, Pg 341, Lines 3-9 - The
government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans
(Part B), HMOs, etc. This will force people into a government plan.
“The Secretary may determine not to identify a Medicare Advantage
plan if the Secretary has identified deficiencies in the plan’s
compliance with rules for such plans under this part.”
36• Sec. 1177, Pg 354 - Government will
RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people! “Extension of Authority
of Special Needs Plans to Restrict Enrollment.”
37• Sec. 1191, Pg 379 - Government creates more
bureaucracy – “Telehealth Advisory Committee.” HC by phone or the
Internet – dial 1 for your healthcare advise?
38• Sec. 1233, Pg 425, Lines 4-12 -
Government mandates Advance (Death) Care Planning consultation.
Think Senior Citizens and end of life. END OF LIFE COUNSELING. SOME
IN THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE ALREADY DISCUSSED RATIONING HEALTH CARE
FOR THE ELDERLY.
39• Sec. 1233, Pg 425, Lines 17-19 - Government WILL instruct and
consult regarding living wills and durable powers of attorney.
Mandatory end-of-life planning!
40• Sec. 1233, Pg 425-426, Lines 22-25, 1-3 -
Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding
you in death.
41• Sec. 1233, Pg 427, Lines 15-24 - Government mandates
program for orders for life-sustaining treatment (i.e. end of life).
The government has a say in how your life ends.
42• Sec. 1233, Pg 429, Lines 1-9 - An “advanced care
planning consult” will be used as patient’s health deteriorates.
43• Sec. 1233, Pg 429, Lines 10-12 - “Advanced Care Consultation”
may include an ORDER for end of life plans – from the government.
44• Sec. 1233, Pg 429, Lines 13-25 – The government will specify
which Doctors (professional authority under state law includes Nurse
Practitioners or Physician’s Assistants) can write an end of life
45• Sec. 1233, Pg 430, Lines 11-15 - The
government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end
of life according to pre-set methods (not individually decided).
46• Sec. 1302, Pg 468, Lines 16-21 - “Community
Based Home Medical Services means a non-profit community-based of
47• Sec. 1302, Pg 472, Lines 14-17 - PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED
ORGANIZATION: One monthly payment to a community-based organization.
48• Sec. 1308, Pg 489 - The government will cover
Marriage and Family therapy. This will involve government control of
49• Sec. 1308, Pg 494-498 - The
government will cover Mental Health Services including: defining,
creating and rationing those services.
50• Sec. 1401, Pg. 502 - Center for Comparative
Effectiveness Research Established. Big Brother is watching how your
51• Sec. 1401, Pg 503, Lines 13-19 – The government will
build registries and data networks from YOUR electronic medical
records. “The Center may secure directly from ANY department or
agency of the United States information necessary to enable it to
carry out this section.” Your tax records and other private
information is now more public.
52• Sec. 1401, Pg 503, Lines 21-25 - The government may
secure data directly from any department or agency of the US
including your data.
53• Sec. 1401, Pg 503, Lines 21-25 - The “Center” will collect data
both “published and unpublished” (that means public & your private
54• Sec. 1401, Pg 506, Lines 19-21 - An “Appointed Clinical
Perspective Advisory Panel” will advise The Center and recommend
policies that would allow for public access of data.
54• Sec. 1401, Pg 518, Lines 21-25 - The Commission will have input
from HC consumer representatives.
55• Sec. 1411, Pg 524, Lines 18-22 - Establishes the “Comparative
Effectiveness Research Trust Fund.” More taxes for ALL.
56• Sec. 1441, Pg 621, Lines 20-25 – The government will define “NEW
Quality” measures in HC. Since when does government know about
57• Sec. 1442, Pg 622, Lines 2-9 - To pay for the Quality Standards,
government will transfer money from “qualified entities” (government
Trust Funds) to other government Trust Funds. More Taxes.
58• Sec. 1442, Pg. 624, Lines 19-23 - Qualified Entities: “The
Secretary shall ensure that the entity is a public, nonprofit or
academic institution with technical expertise in the area of health
59• Sec. 1442, Pg 623, Lines 5-10 - “Quality” measures
shall be designed to assess outcomes and functional status of
60• Sec. 1442, Pg 623, Lines 15-17 -
“Quality” measures shall be designed to profile
you including race, age, gender, place of residence, etc.
61• Sec. 1443, Pg 628 The government will give
“Multi-Stake Holders” pre-rulemaking input into selection of
62• Sec. 1443, Pg 630-31. Lines 9-24, 1-9—Those
Multi-Stake Holder groups include. Unions and groups like ACORN
deciding what constitutes quality.
63Sec. 1444, Pg 632, Lines 14-25 - The
government may implement ANY “Quality measure”
of HC services as that bureaucrats see fit. Absolute power.
64• Sec. 1444, Pg 632-333, 14-25, 1-9 - The Secretary
may issue non-endorsed “Quality Measures” for physician and dialysis
65• Sec. 1251 (beginning), Pg 634 to 652 - “Physician Payments
Sunshine Provision” – government wants to shine sunlight on Doctors
but not government. “Reports on financial relationships between
manufacturers and distributors . . . and between physicians and
other health care entities.”
66• Sec. 1501 (beginning), Pg 659-670 - Doctors in Residency
– government will tell you where your residency will be, thus where
you’ll live. this and other areas will create government
corruption. I can get you this or that.
67• Sec. 1503 (beginning), Pg 675-685 - government will
regulate hospitals in EVERY aspect of residency programs, including
68• Sec. 1601 (beginning), Pg 685-699 - Increased funding to fight
waste, fraud, and abuse. (Like the government with an $18 million
69• Sec. 1619, Pgs 700-703 - If your part of HC plan isn’t in the
government’s HC Exchange, but you qualify for federal aid, you don’t
have to pay.
70Sec. 1128G, Pg 704-708 - If the Secretary determines there is a
“significant risk of fraudulent activity,” on HC provider or
supplier, the government can do a background check.
71Sec. 1632, Pg 710, Lines 8-14 - The Secretary has broad
powers to deny HC providers and suppliers admittance into HC
Exchange. Your doctor could be thrown out of business.
72• Sec. 1637, Pg 718-719 - ANY
Doctor who orders durable medical equipment or home medical services
are REQUIRED to be enrolled in, or eligible for, Medicare.
73• Sec. 1639, Pg 721 - Government MANDATES that Doctors
must have face to face with patient to certify patient for home
74• Sec. 1639, Pg 723-24, Lines 23-25, 1-5—The same government
certifications will apply to Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s health
plan: Your kids).
75• Sec. 1640, Pg 723, Lines 16-22 – The government reserves right
to apply face to face certification for patient to ANY other HC
76• Sec. 1651, Pg 734, Lines 16-25 -
Proposes, for law enforcement sake, that the Secretary of HHS will
give Attorney General access to ALL medical data. so much for
77• Sec. 1701 (beginning), Pg 739-756 – The
government sets guidelines for subsidizing the uninsured (and you
have to pay for them).
78• Sec. 1704, Pg 756-761 – The government will shift burden of
payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) to states (your
79• Sec. 1711, Pg 764 The government will
require preventative services - including vaccinations (no choice).
Anything the government wants you to take you must!!! Let's say they
want to prevent Pregnacy..- any goes.. litterally!
80• Sec. 1713, Pg 768 – Government-determined Nurse Home Visitation
Services (Hello union paybacks).
81• Sec. 1713, Pg 768, Lines 3-5—Nurse Home Visit Services – Service
#1: “Improving maternal or child health and pregnancy outcomes or
increasing birth intervals between pregnancies.” Compulsory
82• Sec. 1713, Pg 768, Lines 11-14 - Nurse Home Visit Services
include determinations of economic self-sufficiency, employment
advancement and school-readiness.
83• Sec. 1714, Pg 769 - Federal government mandates eligibility for
State Family Planning Services. Abortion and government control
84• Sec. 1733, Pg 788-798 - government will set and
mandate drug prices, therefore controlling which drugs are brought
to market. (Goodbye innovation and private research.)
85• Sec. 1744, Pgs 796-799 - Establishes PAYMENTS for
graduate medical education. The government will now control your
86• Sec.1751, Pg 800 Sec 1751 - The government will
decide which Health Care conditions will be paid. Say “RATION!”
87• Sec. 1759, Pg 809 - Billing Agents, clearinghouses,
or other alternate payees are required to register. The government
takes over private payment systems too.
88• Sec. 1801, Pg 819-823 – The Government will identify
individuals “likely to be ineligible” for subsidies.
Will access all personal financial information.
89• Sec. 1802, Pg 823-828 - Government sets up
Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund. Another bottomless
90• Sec. 4375, Pg 828-832, Lines 12-16 - Government will
impose a fee on ALL private health insurance plans including
self-insured to pay for Trust Fund!
91• Sec. 4377, Pg 835, Lines 11-13 - Fees imposed by
government for Trust Fund shall be treated as if they were taxes.
92• Sec. 440, Pg 837-839 – The government will design and implement
Home Visitation Program for families with young kids and families
that are expecting children.
93• Sec. 1904, Pg 843-844—This Home Visitation Program
includes the government coming into your house and teaching/telling
you how to parent!
94• Sec. 2002, Pg 858 – The government will establish a Public
Health Fund at a cost of $88,800,000,000 (That’s Billions).
95• Sec. 2201, Pg 864 - The government
will MANDATE the establishment of a National Health Service Corps.
96 Sec. 2201 - “Fulfillment of
Obligated Service Requirement”
97 Sec. 2201, Pg 864-875 - The NHS Corps is a program
where Doctors perform mandatory HC for 2 years for partial loan
98• Sec. 2212, Pg 875-891 - The government
takes over the education of Medical students and Doctors through
education and loans.
99• Sec. 340L, Pg 897 - The government will establish a Public
Health Workforce Corps to ensure an adequate supply of public health
100Sec. 340L, Pg 897 - The Public Health Workforce Corps shall
consist of civilian employees of the United States as Secretary
101• Sec. 340L, Pg 897 - The Public Health
Workforce Corps shall consist of officers of Regular and Reserve
Corps of Service.
102• Sec. 340M, Pg 899 - The Public Health
Workforce Corps includes veterinarians. Will animals have heath
103• Sec.2233, Pg 909 - The government will develop, build and run
Public Health Training Centers.
104• Sec. 2241, Pg 912-913 - Government starts a HC affirmative
action program under the guise of diversity scholarships.
105• Sec. 2251, Pg 915 - Government MANDATES cultural
and linguistic competency training for HC professionals. Why not
just mandate everyone speak English as an official language.
106• Sec. 3111, Pg 931 - The government will establish
a Preventative and Wellness Trust fund, with initial cost of
$30,800,000,000 (Billions more).
107• Sec. 3121, Pg 934, Lines 21-22 - Government will identify
specific goals and objectives for prevention and wellness
activities. More control of your life.
108• Sec. 3121, Pg 935, Line 1-2 The government will
develop “Healthy People & National Public Health Performance
Standards.” They will tell us what to eat?
109• Sec. 3131, Pg 942, Lines 22-25 - “Task Force on
Community Preventive Services,” More government? Under the Offices
of Surgeon General, Public Health Services, Minority Health and
110• Sec. 3141, Pg 949-979 - BIG GOVERNMENT core public
health infrastructure includes workforce capacity, lab systems,
health information systems, etc.
111• Sec. 2511, Pg 992 - Government will
establish school based “health” clinics. Your children will be
indoctrinated and your grandchildren may be aborted! Will this new
cost be pushed onto local school districts?
112• Sec. 399Z-1, Pg 993 - School Based Health Clinics will be
integrated into the school environment. More government brainwashing
113• Sec. 2521, Pg 1000 - The government will establish a National
Medical Device Registry. Will you be tracked?
Your Democrats, Your President and Vice President and
some Republicans Screwing you, Correction - RAPING YOU, Violating
your freedoms and rights, Again!
There is no Tort reform. Lawyers still favored over doctors. Tort
reform can reduce medical costs
A huge new buracray is created that will create a huge annual
expense taking that money out of providing care.
And of course this is BEFORE the standard last minute
The Obama Care health care bill (HR 3200) which
Congress is about to force every citizen to live under,
except members of Congress- they get to keep their private insurance
health care - paid for by you!
Members of Congress will be exempt from being forced into
this plan. They will have their own. The liberals, Democrats and some
Republicans - while forcing you to join the plan - refuse to include
themselves. Members of Congress will have a better plan which gives
them freedom you will be denied.
You can read an updated and revised
overview of HR 3200 compiled by Liberty Counsel.
Or, go to the
full text of HR 3200 and read directly from the
government website what this bill does!
Your Senators and Representative will soon be home for the August
recess of Congress. Get a car load of friends and go meet with your
Senators and Representative. Find out where he or she is holding
Townhall meetings. Go to those meetings and ask for some answers! Some
of them may try to avoid discussing ObamaCare. Don't let them!
Find your Senators and Representative
local offices here.
2,500 anti-terror searches but no arrests
Jul 21 2009 By
Surrey Police officers who have made more
than 2,500 stop and searches under the Terrorism Act
Police stopped more than 2,500 people in Surrey under
anti-terrorism laws – but no-one has been arrested.
The figures, released this week show that between 2007 and 2008,
police officers stopped and searched 2,559 people across the county
under section 44 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
But the force recorded no terrorism arrests over this period of
A spokeswoman for Surrey Police said: "The fluctuation in the
number of searches carried out is directly attributable to the varying
threat of terrorist activity and the number of designated search
"Following the London bombings on July 7 2005, the threat level
was increased, raising the number of searches, and during this time,
defined areas for searches were in the north and east of the county,
close to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, which are policed by
"In July 2007, Glasgow Airport and the Tiger Tiger nightclub in
London were targeted, which increased the threat to public
entertainment venues and, accordingly, designated section 44 areas
were widened to include some town centres in Surrey. This explains the
increase in searches during 2007.
"Following a review in 2008, these areas returned to those close
Designated areas where stop and search powers are used have to
be renewed by police forces every 28 days. Surrey Police consult with
members of the public when it reviews the need for these powers.
And since April this year, Surrey Police has not applied for any
more Section 44 powers, as the threat of terrorism is now the lowest
it has been for three years.
But unlike neighbouring police force Hampshire, who have decided
to stop the use of Section 44 powers because they were being overused
with very few arrests, Surrey Police have said they will use them
again if the threat of terrorism rises.
Martial Law and the
War on Terrorism
by James Bovard
by James Bovard:
McNamara's Other Debacle
The New York
Times reported last week that the Bush administration considered
sending in the U.S. military to arrest the so-called Lackawanna Six in
2002. Ironically, one of the worst prosecutorial overreaches by the
Justice Department in the war on terror almost resulted in a temporary
period of martial law.
Six was a group of half-a-dozen Yemeni-Americans from a Buffalo suburb
who traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the spring and summer of
2001 and attended an al-Qaeda training camp. Some members of the group
asserted that they fled the camp after they heard appeals for violence
After the six
were arrested by the FBI and local police in September 2002, the Justice
Department announced that it had "identified, investigated and disrupted
an al-Qaeda-trained, terrorist cell on American soil." President Bush
hyped the arrests of an “al-Qaeda cell” in Buffalo in his State of the
Union address a few months later. While the president, the Justice
Department, and legions of federal officials speaking anonymously to the
media touted the Lackawanna Six as terrorists, the feds never dared make
such a suggestion in court. Salon noted that “prosecutors never
offered evidence that the Lackawanna defendants intended to commit an
act of terrorism.” A secret FBI report in early 2005 admitted: "To date,
we have not identified any true 'sleeper' agents in the U.S." nor any
“evidence of concealed cells or networks acting in the homeland as
But the feds did
“persuade” the defendants to plead guilty to “material support of
terrorism” – an amorphous charge that could mean something as simple as
paying for their food at the camp. The feds coerced the plea bargain by
threatening to label the men “enemy combatants” and send them to
Guantanamo – and to charge them with treason, for which they could be
executed. Neal Sonnett, chairman of the American Bar Association's Task
Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants, observed: "The [Lackawanna]
defendants believed that if they didn't plead guilty, they'd end up in a
black hole forever. There's little difference between beating someone
over the head and making a threat like that."
University law professor David Cole commented: "It's the first time in
American history where people are going to prison for going to a
training camp.” Virginia lawyer and human rights activist Elaine Cassel
commented: “The idea is, 'Let's go out and arrest people before they
actually commit a crime, or even think of a crime.'" The Bush team
considered sending in the military in part because of the lack of
evidence. The New York Times noted that the Justice department
was concerned “that there might not be enough evidence to arrest and
successfully prosecute the suspects in Lackawanna.” Vice President
Cheney reportedly “argued that the administration would need a lower
threshold of evidence to declare them enemy combatants and keep them in
In other words,
the idea was that it would require less evidence to totally nullify all
of a person’s rights (including the “right” not to be tortured) then to
arrest him on a felony charge. This judicial philosophy keeps getting
stranger and stranger.
officials supported Cheney’s proposal to send in the troops to grab the
Lackawanna Six. Other administration officials objected, and Bush
eventually decided to avoid the overt appearance of martial law for this
was invoking a secret memo from Justice Department Office of Legal
Counsel’s John Yoo, who had written: “The president has ample
constitutional and statutory authority to deploy the military against
international or foreign terrorists operating within the United States.”
Since some of
Yoo’s memos leaked out in recent years, we have heard that they are
irrelevant because they were only academic-type posturing. But the New
York Times article makes it clear that Cheney and others wanted to seize
new powers and fundamentally change the nature of the United States.
illustrates how there are no idle pro-Leviathan legal errors. Instead,
any such error is like a ticking time bomb – waiting to be exploded
under the people’s rights and liberties.
for Bush would insist that it would not have been a dictatorship because
one lawyer in the Justice Department assured the vice president that the
White House was entitled to such power. Supposedly, it only takes one
weasel lawyer to nullify all the constitutional checks-and-balances
accumulated over centuries. Some Bush administration officials viewed
using the military for the Lackawanna arrests as “testing the
Constitution.” In reality, it would have tested how much dictatorial
power Americans would permit the Bush team to seize. And the mainstream
media might have raised scant protest. As one wag quipped online: “If
the tanks rolled down the streets on the same day the American Idol
winner was named, you'd never even hear about the tanks.”
July 29, 2009
James Bovard is the author of the just-released
Attention Deficit Democracy,
The Bush Betrayal, and
Terrorism & Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice, and Peace to Rid the
World of Evil. He serves as a policy advisor for
of Freedom Foundation. Visit
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