A while back I contacted Mark Schliebs of News.com in Australia about a case involving a "Sheik" who sent a letter to the family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. The harrassing letter offended a lot of folks and I asked Rusty if they could look into it. I wrote Mark and told him Rusty and his crew were on the case and it might make an interesting story. Well, I guess it worked out well.
The Yemeni government argues that its approach is in keeping with their deeply conservative society, where Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein remain popular figures.
The article is about the fine line walked by the government of Yemen in dealing with their own jihadi problem. A very good article in fact. Yemen is home to one of the most extreme Islamic sects, known as Wahhabiism to some. And this source of Islamic jihad loves Saddam? Just like the Pakistani Islamic jihad groups. Just like the Palestinian jihad groups. And the Jordanian ones. Mmmmmmmm....come to think of it, seems like a lot of Islamic extremists, far from hating Saddam, actually supported him.
Now what was that about Saddam the infidel?
Yes, I know some al Qaeda, even UBL have called him an infidel, but they call everyone an infidel, even each other.
Sorry NY Times, you may never use that line of reasoning in another hit piece because your own pages just discredited it.
More confirmation that Putin is a double talking KGB piece of crap out to destroy America.
A former Russian top spy says his agents helped the Russian government steal nearly $500 million from the U.N.'s oil-for-food program in Iraq before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Sergei Tretyakov, who defected to the United States in 2000 as a double agent, says he oversaw an operation that helped Saddam's regime manipulate the price of Iraqi oil sold under the program — and allow Russia to skim profits.
Tretyakov, former deputy head of intelligence at Russia's U.N. mission from 1995 to 2000, names some names, but sticks mainly to code names. Among the spies he says he recruited for Russia were a Canadian nuclear weapons expert who became a U.N. nuclear verification expert in Vienna, a senior Russian official in the oil-for-food program and a former Soviet bloc ambassador. He describes a Russian businessman who got hold of a nuclear bomb, and kept it stored in a shed at his dacha outside Moscow.
The 51-year-old Tretyakov had never spoken out about his spying before this week, when he granted his first news media interviews to publicize a book published Thursday. Written by former Washington Post journalist Pete Earley, the book is titled "Comrade J.: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America after the End of the Cold War."
"It's an international spy nest," Tretyakov said of the U.N., during an interview this week with The Associated Press. "Inside the U.N., we were fishing for knowledgeable diplomats who could give us first of all anti-American information."
The UN is an international spy nest. No kidding. When I was in Kosovo, our intelligence officer told us about a UN official with the refurgee commission. He said that the UN official would follow our vehicles to a village and run and and grab the village leader and order them not to tell the Americans anything.
Now I am not saying this was an official UN position, but it was pretty obvious that the official had an agenda and was working for some one other than the UN. All we were trying to do was find illegal weapons to stop the fighting and this official was trying to block our efforts. What would be the point of that?
Her Majesty's government is not alone in feeling it's not always helpful to link Islam and the, ah, various unpleasantnesses with suicide bombers and whatnot. Even in his cowboy Crusader heyday, President Bush liked to cool down the crowd with a lot of religion-of-peace stuff. But the British have now decided that kind of mealy-mouthed "respect" is no longer sufficient.