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Americans see 9/11 as most important event of their lives

Sept. 11, 2007 - According to a Zogby International telephone poll, eighty-one percent of Americans consider the September 11 attacks as the most significant historical event of their lives. Sixty-one percent said they think of the events at least once a week.
A full 91 percent said they believe the United States will be attacked again on US soil.

Warning says Iranian SCUD could do $771 billion damage

Sept. 11, 2007 - A new report from Sage Policy Group of Baltimore warns that a SCUD-type missile could be launched from a small ship 200 miles from the coast of the United States. If this missile detonated a small nuclear warhead 10 or more miles above the U.S. it could unleash a nuclear-generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over Washington, D.C. Such an explosion could cause $771 billion in damage, destroying all electronics within its range, and leaving the country with technology comparable to that available in the 1800s. Iran is racing toward development of a nuclear weapon, and at least four other rogue regimes and terrorists are also trying to acquire this weapon.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Al-Qaida warns Muslims: Time to get out of U.S.

Sept. 17, 2006 - when Adnan el-Shukrijumah, the new Field Commander for the Taliban in Afghanistan, was interviewed by Pakistani journalists, he warned Muslims to leave the U.S. – particularly Washington and New York – in anticipation of a major terror attack to rival Sept. 11. It is believed that el-Shukrijumah has already smuggled nuclear weapons into the U.S. via Mexico. He has said,
"Our brothers are ready to attack inside America. We will breach their security again... There is no timeframe for our attack inside America; we can do it any time."
Source: WorldNetDaily

Remembering 9/11

Sept. 11, 2006 -
September 11: Lessons Learned and Unlearned - Chuck Colson

Remembering 9/11

September, 2003 - Visit this special site that commemorates the anniversary of the tragedy.
September 11 was a wake-up call for America: a call to think about life and death; a call to cherish family and friends; a call to share the Good News of Christ; and a call to pray.
Source:Christianity Today (Story no longer online)

U.S.: Forces rolling into Baghdad

April 5, 2003 - U.S. ground troops and tanks performed reconnaissance missions into the heart of the city of Baghdad, taking out the spotty resistance they encountered.
U.S. officials said the Army's V Corps moved into the city from the south. The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force came in from the southeast.
Embedded reporters travelling with the troops were able to send live TV pictures of the incursion.

See: War In Iraq

U.S., Britain, Spain plan Iraq summit
Mar. 14, 2003 - President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar are scheduled to attend a week-end summit in the Azores islands in the North Atlantic. Their discussions will center on salvaging the U.N. resolution on Iraq.

U.S. tests massive bomb
Mar. 12, 2003 - The U.S. tested its largest conventional bomb yesterday at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. It is the new 21,000-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB (servicemen call it "the mother of all bombs"). It is bigger than the Daisy Cutters used in Afghanistan, and is designed to be used against large formations of troops and equipment or hardened above-ground bunkers. It is hoped that it will be a psychological deterrent to resistance by Iraqi troops.

Blix Cover-up Angers U.S.
Mar. 8, 2003 - In his oral report to the UN, Hans Blix did not mention an important illegal weapons delivery system - a drone aircraft with a 24-foot wingspan that is remote-controlled, and capable of carrying chemical or biological weapons. That fact, and others of importance were buried in the 174-page weapons inspections report. His failure to mention these things has outraged U.S. officials and cast serious doubt about his objectivity.

U.S. plans to make short work of Iraq
Mar. 5, 2003 - The Pentagon's top general says that the goal in Iraq would be to keep the conflict short.
"If asked to go into conflict in Iraq, what you would like to do is have it be a short conflict," said Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "And the best way to do that would be to have such a shock on the system the Iraqi regime would have to assume early on that the end is inevitable."
The initial phase of the attack would be much more intense than the Gulf War in '91, and, unfortunately, there will be civilian casualties.
Source:Washington Times (Story no longer online)

U.S. says war won't stop until Saddam goes
Mar. 3, 2003 - According to White House spokesman, Ari Fleischer, nothing less than total disarmament by Saddam Hussein could stop the plans for war with Iraq, and his stalling techniques will not be sufficient to delay the war. And once the war has begun, nothing short of the removal of Hussein will bring it to a stop.
Nobody should think -- not even for a second -- that military action could be possibly taken to disarm Saddam Hussein that would leave Saddam Hussein at the helm for him to re-arm up later. No, that's not an option.
Source:UPI (Story no longer online)

Terrorists aim at Pearl Harbor
Mar. 3, 2003 - Bill Gertz of the Washington Times reports that Al Qaeda is planning an attack on Pearl Harbor, using hijacked airliners from the nearby Hololulu International Airport. Airliners could target some of the 30 Navy and Coast Guard warships stationed there. There are 18 nuclear submarines in the area.
According to officials familiar with the reports, al Qaeda is planning an attack on Pearl Harbor because of its symbolic value and because its military facilities are open from the air.
Security is high at Pearl Harbor and at nearby Hickman Air Base.
Source:Washington Times (Story no longer online)

US 'ready for Iraq war'
Feb. 21, 2003 - According to Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the US and other countries have "ample" troops in place in the Gulf region, ready to respond to the order to strike Iraq. Turkey, a key ally, has demanded financial concessions before allowing the US to stage troops in their country, but there are signs that that issue can be solved soon. The UN has not given its agreement to the war, but the US is still working to obtain their approval.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said he would introduce a new resolution on Iraq to the UN next week, while insisting there was already authorisation for military action.

Terror Level Raised to 'High'
Feb. 8, 2003 - Attorney General John Ashcroft said that intelligence sources believe that there was an "increased likelihood" that Al Qaeda terrorists would attack "soft targets" such as hotels, apartment buildings and other unprotected places.
The Bush administration raised the national terror threat level from yellow to orange Friday, meaning the country is at "high risk" of a terrorist attack.

Bush to raise terrorism threat level
Feb. 7, 2002 - The official terrorist threat level will be raised today from an elevated risk (yellow) to a high risk (orange). The change is prompted by the interception by intelligence sources of "chatter" between terrorists on the Internet and the continuing confrontation with Iraq.
Highest alert since 9-11 - WorldNetDaily

Powell presents U.N. 'irrefutable' evidence
Feb. 6, 2003 - At the U.N., Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered powerful evidence that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction. He gave facts that would normally be secret classified information, including satellite photos, intercepted communications, and information from defectors.
The secretary of state said his "irrefutable and undeniable" evidence was culled from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources and "people who have risked their lives to let the world know what Saddam Hussein is really up to."
Text of Powell's speech

Powell takes Iraq case to UN
Feb. 5, 2002 - Secretary of State Colin Powell will give a multi-media presentation showing hard evidence to skeptical members of the United Nations that Iraq has failed to comply with UN demands to disarm.
The presentation has been kept under tight wraps but is expected to include transcripts and recordings of intercepted Iraqi conversations, and satellite images of activity at sites about to be visited by weapons inspectors.

Iraq 'only weeks from war'
Feb. 1, 2002 - After a meeting at the White House, President Bush and Tony Blair held a joint conference, in which they warned that war is just weeks away unless Iraq complies fully with UN demands to disarm.
Both leaders believe UN Resolution 1441 allows for the use of force against Iraq without further authorisation, but correspondents say they differ on the desirability of a second Security Council vote in favour of military action.

Bush approves nuclear response
Jan. 31, 2003 - A classified document, signed by by President Bush, states that "The United States will continue to make clear that it reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force — including potentially nuclear weapons — to the use of [weapons of mass destruction] against the United States, our forces abroad, and friends and allies."
Source:Washington Times (Story no longer online)

Bush gives Iraq timetable
Jan. 31, 2003 - U.S. officials say that President Bush has decided to wage war against Iraq within a matter of weeks, not months, if it does not disarm. Secretary of State Powell will give the U.N. new evidence on Feb. 5, and will challenge them to back up their own resolutions. Skeptical members of Congress are also getting special attention.
Mr. Powell, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a CIA official gave a closed-door presentation of evidence to about 100 House members yesterday. The proof included links between Iraq and Osama bin Laden's terrorist group.
Source:Washington Times (Story no longer online)

European leaders rally behind US
Jan. 30, 2003 - Although France and Germany oppose war with Iraq, a joint statement of solidarity with the U.S. has been issued by the heads of eight European countries: Britain, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.
BBC Iraq Navigator

Pentagon's "Futurist-in-chief"
Jan. 30, 2003 - Read this interview with Andrew Marshall, the most elusive and most influential person in the Department of Defense.
For 40 years, the man Pentagon insiders call Yoda has foreseen the future of war - from battlefield bots rolling off radar-proof ships to GIs popping performance pills. And that was before the war on terror.

State of the Union Address: Free People Will Set The Course of History
Jan. 29, 2003 - President Bush, in his State of the Union message, said that the union is strong, but we must stand firm in the war against terror. He reviewed the situation in Iraq.
Almost three months ago, the United Nations Security Council gave Saddam Hussein his final chance to disarm. He has shown instead his utter contempt for the United Nations, and for the opinion of the world.
He also said that Secretary of State Powell will present information and intelligence to the U.N. about Iraq's attempts to hide weapons from inspectors; and its links to terrorist groups.
Poll: 81% of Americans agree with the President

The message from the Bush camp: 'It's war within weeks'
Jan. 25, 2003 - President Bush plans to "turn up the heat" on Iraq during his State of the Union message next Tuesday. Experts believe military activity will start within the next few weeks.
Powell: U.S. has 12 allies on Iraq
US 'will be patient on Iraq'

Anti-War Movement Racing the Clock, Support for Bush
Jan. 18, 2002 - A series of anti-war events are scheduled for Saturday. Organizers say it is the movement's last chance to convince the American public that there are alternatives to war in Iraq. Ramsey Clark, a former U.S. attorney general, is a leading voice in the movement. Various groups, such as the Green Party, and Common Cause are also involved.
And last month, more than 100 Hollywood figures joined to publicize a letter, saying war with Iraq would "increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks, damage the economy and undermine our moral standing in the world."
Today's Anti-War Movement

U.S. expects Iraq to hit Israel hard
Dec. 30, 2002 - Intelligence sources indicate that it is possible that Iraq will respond to the initial air attack by the U.S. with deadly weapons of mass destruction, aimed at Israel. Biological and chemical warheads are undoubtedly available to them, and possibly some nuclear weapons.
"When he is certain his time has come," said one [U.S. military analyst], "he will launch his doomsday weapon. He wants to go down in history as the man who destroyed Israel."

More Military Units Put On Alert For Rapid Deployment
Dec. 28, 2002 - In addition to the forces already on the scene in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered the Navy to prepare two aircraft carriers, two amphibious assault vessels, the cruisers, destroyers and submarines that escort them, and a hospital ship for possible action in Iraq.

Nato chief defends Bush on Iraq
Dec. 26, 2002 - Lord Robertson, Secretary General of Nato, said that President Bush has worked closely to support the U.N. in regard to disarming Iraq's weapons programs, and that Nato is obligated to support the U.S. if we now go to war over the issue.
Responding to charges that President Bush is preparing to by-pass the UN on Iraq, Lord Robertson said America could not act alone in the event of war, if only because it needed other states for airspace and bases.

U.S. presses U.N. on Iraq ‘breach’
Dec. 20, 2002 - Yesterday Colin Powell criticized the Iraq weapons report was in “material breach” of U.N. resolutions. Today President Bush is expected to make similar charges, setting the stage for an invasion of the country. The U.S. has indicated that it will wait a little while while Iraq is asked to clarify its report.
If Iraq’s “deception” continues in the weeks ahead, Powell warned, “then we’re not going to find a peaceful solution to this problem.”
Source:MSNBC (Story no longer online)
Also: Missing: four tons of nerve gas, 8.5 tons of anthrax, and assorted nuclear bomb parts - (Story no longer online)

Iraq invasion timetable set
Earliest U.S. strike late this month, deadline for move comes in March
Dec. 18, 2002 - There is apparently a 90 day window, starting later this month, and ending in March, 2003, when the strike against Iraq would take place, if, in fact, their weapons report is found to be false or inadequate.
The 90-day window is necessary because of the massive military buildup in the area. Hundreds of thousands of tons of vehicles, armor and other equipment continue to pour into the region in support of the invasion.

U.S. to deploy missile defense by ’04
Dec. 17, 2002 - Once banned by the Cold War's 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, the U.S. is now free to develop defensive weapons to protect us from incoming missiles. President Bush has ordered the installation of these devices in a phased program.
The plan calls for 10 ground-based interceptor missiles at Fort Greeley, Alaska, by 2004 and an additional 10 interceptors by 2005 or 2006.
Recent tests of anti-ballistic missiles prove that we can actually "hit a bullet with a bullet.”
Source:MSNBC (Story no longer online)

Hi-tech arms 'would finish war in a week'
Dec. 16, 2002 - New American weaponry may be so advanced that it could shorten the duration of an attack to a little more than one week. One weapon in the arsenal is a satellite-guided smart bomb, using improved satellite program that can distinguish between a tank and a bus, even through thick clouds. Bunker-busters have been developed that can penetrate underground areas and even determine how many levels deep it has gone before exploding at a certain depth. Microwave bombs have been developed to explode in the air and release magnetic waves that will burn out electrical systems and computers. These devices cause a burning sensation on the skin of people exposed, but do not kill them.
Other new or updated weapons include an improved battle tank, the Abrams MI A2, the Apache Longbow helicopter and a high-altitude version of the unmanned Predator drone, which can be used to carry satellite surveillance equipment or Hellfire missiles.
A new weapon for fighting on the ground is also ready to be deployed. It is the Stryker, an armored fighting vehicle that is highly maneuverable.
Source:Independent (UK) (Story no longer online)

U.S. Prepared to Use Nukes, White House Says
Dec. 11, 2002 - Going beyond the published strategy of earlier administrations, the White House threatens to use nuclear response if any nation attacks the U.S. or our allies with weapons of mass destruction. A six-page "National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction," will be delivered to Congress today.
The United States "reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force — including through resort to all of our options — to the use of WMD [weapons of mass destruction] against the United States, our forces abroad and friends and allies," the statement reads.

Bush Signs Homeland Security Bill
Nov. 26, 2002 - President Bush spoke briefly before signing the Homeland Security Bill.
"The Homeland Security Act of 2002 takes the next critical steps in defending our country. The continuing threat of terrorism, the threat of mass murder on our own soil, will be met with a unified, effective response," he said.
The new department will combine the efforts of 22 federal agencies, employ 170,000 people, and have a $38 billion dollar budget! It will have very broad powers, coordinating the information of existing intelligence organizations (See Police State USA).
Source:Fox (Story no longer online)

The Quiet Power of Condi Rice
Dec. 16 edition - This cover story from Newsweek illustrates the quiet confidence of our National Security Advisor. They call her the ‘Warrior Princess’—Bush’s secret White House weapon.
Source:Newsweek (Story no longer online)

U.S. Captures Al Qaeda's Persian Gulf Chief
Nov. 23, 2002 - Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspected mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in 2000, has been captured. It has not yet been revealed which nation captured and turned him over to the U.S.
Al-Nashiri is probably the highest-ranking Al Qaeda figure seized since the March capture of Abu Zubaydah, the Palestinian who is thought to have been the terror network's chief coordinator of cells around the globe.

U.N. approves new Iraq resolution
Nov. 8, 2002 - By a unanimous vote, the U.N. Security Council has passed a new resolution, calling for Iraq to disarm or face possible military action. The vote is a diplomatic triumph for the United States.
Source:MSNBC (Story no longer online)

CIA missile team stalked bin Laden's top man for months
Nov. 6, 2002 - The missile attack on a top al Qaeda terrorist in Yemen (See previous article on this page), was the result of months of surveillance by American CIA and Yemeni intelligence agents.
Source:News.telegraph - UK (Story no longer online)

Sources: U.S. kills Cole suspect
Nov. 5, 2002 - Abu Ali, an al Qaeda chief wanted in the bombing of the USS Cole, was killed Monday in Yemin by a missile launched by a CIA drone. Ali was a former bin Laden security guard. Five other people were also in the car which was completely demolished.
It was the first direct U.S. strike against Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network outside Afghanistan since the U.S.-led war on terrorism began after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Key Nations Oppose U.S. Iraq Demand
Nov. 1, 2002 - A U.S. proposal for a U.N. resolution about Iraq weapons inspections is bogged down by concerns from Russia, China, and France. They want to ensure that Iraq is given a chance to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors before any military action is authorized.
Source:NY Post (Story no longer online)
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