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- China is purchasing the capability to destroy entire carrier battle groups, the backbone of the US ability to project power globally. That turns out to be what the strategic bomber purchase from Russia we reported recently was about.
- Russia officers are implicated in the Belsan massacre. Two high ranking officers have been arrested.
- Al Qaeda failed to thwart the Iraq elections as it vowed to do.
- North Korea is reported to have purchased a complete nuclear bomb from a former Soviet Republic or from Pakistan. Speaking of which, is the Juche regime finally starting to collapse?
Other Topics Today Include:
U.S. possibly testing Iran's air defenses; Iran is manufacturing chemical weapons; EU negotiations with Iran hit a wall; Iran nearing nuclear point of no return; El Baradei wants more intelligence on Iran; Turkey sounding alarm over Kurds in Kirkuk; Oman roundup; Hamas, Hezbollah stick to their suicide belts; Israel considering freeing schoolbus bombers; Iran, Russia equip Hezbollah, Syria with missiles respectively; contract awarded for new fleet of Marine One helicopters; domestic sabotage reports examined; Islamic charity terror links probed shocka; somebody set us up the antimatter bomb; Lenovo purchase of IBM PC division in jeopardy; tighter border security; Qaddafi whines; Sudan bombs Darfur; Phillippines bombs JI/Al Qaeda camps killing 40; Congress waking up to China threat; Pakistan breakup coming?; China wheels and deals with Chavez; Get your national security documents on Kazaa; UK officials lament loss of terrorist detention powers; Israelis develop TATP-explosives detection device; China reselling missile designs it developed for Iran; Hezbollah hiring European spies; bioterror response wargame shows preparedness gaps, Albright involved for unfathomable reasons; rogue elements in Nicaragua dealing in MANPADs and more...
- An intelligence source claims the United States is entering Iranian airspace to test its air defenses and stir the pot during the EU-3/Iran nuclear negotiations. A Department of Defense official denies the claims.
- Iran is manufacturing chemical weapons, with the aid of China and Russia.
- The EU-3 has has hit a wall in the Iranian negotiations.
- Shaul Mofaz warned that Iran was nearing the point of no return in its nuclear program, and added that Iran would be stopped.
- El Baradei wants more intelligence to be shared with him, he said at Davos. Suuurrrre...
- Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi looks at the horrid human rights conditions in the Islamic Republic.
THE MIDDLE EAST
- Turkey is displeased with US laxity towards Kurdish moves to control Kirkuk.
- A massive roundup is conducted in Oman.
- Three suspected terrorists are killed in a gunbattle with Kuwaiti security forces.
- Israel considers freeing Palestinian terrorists involved with bus bombings and prepares for a forced withdrawal from settlements in Gaza.
- Iran is equipping Hezbollah with medium range missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.
- Russia will equip Syria with missiles. The Word Unheard has the breakdown of the arms deal.
AMERICAN DOMESTIC SECURITY
- The contract to develop and build a new, more-maneuverable fleet of Presidential helicopters has been awarded to a coalition of Lockheed and a British-Italin joint venture. Any helicopter that the President is on is "Marine One".
- Global Guerrillas looks at various reports of domestic sabotage and scouting activities.
- The Islamic American Relief Agency is under investigation for ties to terrorism.
- The Air Force has been seeking to develop antimatter weapons. Defensetech says it isn't happening anytime soon.
- The federal government is investigating-and may possibly block-the sale of IBM's PC division to China's Lenovo on national security grounds.
- An immigrant smuggler who was returned to Mexico 76 times finally met justice, receiving a four year federal prison sentence. This extraordinarily prolific smuggler is only 23 years old. Meanwhile, the US is boosting border security.
- Moamar Gaddafi is upset that he has not been properly compensated for dismantling his WMD program. Perhaps he should receive some of these immediately via air mail.
- More killing in Darfur. Kofi Annan calls for the United Nations to consider sanctions against Sudan.
ASIA & AUSTRALIA
- An airstrike on terrorist camps kills 40 MILF and Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the Philippines. Filipino police and Marines kill twelve well armed "bandits" in a raid.
- A U.S. Congressional delegation returns from China worried about the military buildup and the goals of the emerging Asian powerhouse.
- Is Pakistan about to break up again? (The first time Pakistan broke up was when Bangladesh came into existence)
- Classified Dutch military documents related to border security and human trafficking were found on the filesharing network Kazaa.
- The UK will create a decontamination service to clean up after chemical and biological attacks.
- UK officials say the struck-down terrorist detention laws had helped deter and prevent multiple terrorist attacks and should have been kept.
- A wanted Serbian army general has surrendered and will face the war crimes tribunal in the Hague.
- French terror suspects are linked to the Algerian GSPC.
- Eaglespeak reports that the situation in Kosovo is deteriorating.
THE GLOBAL WAR
- Israeli science once again saves lives as Technion researchers in Israel have developed a ballpoint-pen sized device to detect triacetone-triperoxide explosives. They've recently become popular among terrorists for use in improvised explosives (the Dolphinarium, Richard Reid) because undetectable to bomb-sniffing dogs.
- Missiles being marketed by a Chinese factory are identical to Iran's arsenal. Iran has claimed several Chinese-developed missiles as its own.
- The US State Department has confronted Nicaragua with evidence that elements of its military have a secret stash of MANPADs for sale to terrorists, and a sting was carried out with US and Nicaraguan officials present. Nicaragua is investigating.
We try to close on a lighter note if possible.
- Former chess champion Bobby Fischer claims that a lack of spirits, among other things, is the cause of his deteriorating health. How the mighty have fallen. Meanwhile, Tyrone Biggums considers suing the state because he was denied crack in the slammer.
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