Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Iran Says 'No Force' Can Stop Uranium Enrichment

A top Iranian official renewed Tehran's claim that it has a right to enrich uranium as part of its nuclear energy program, saying "no force" can stop it from doing so.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
"The enrichment of uranium is Iran's internal affair," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said at a press conference during a visit to Azerbaijan. "It is the right of any state and no force can prevent the state from exercising this right," he added. His comments came a day after the European Union made an offer of new direct talks on the disputed nuclear programme which Washington believes Iran is using as a cover for nuclear weapons development. Tehran has denied that and Mottaki reiterated Tehran's assertion that its nuclear program was solely to produce energy, not arms. "We are against producing and storing nuclear weapons. Atomic weapons in the whole world should be destroyed," Mottaki said. Mattaki offered no comment on the EU proposal or a Russian initiative announced last week under which Moscow would conduct uranium enrichment -- a process which can make both nuclear fuel and the explosive core of a weapon -- on Iran's behalf. Iran broke an agreement signed a year ago to suspend uranium enrichment-related work by resuming conversion -- a precursor to ultra-sensitive enrichment work. But the International Atomic Energy Agency put off taking Iran to the Security Council over its nuclear ambitions to give it time to mull the Russian plan.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Peace Activists Kidnapped In Iraq

Al-Jazeera broadcast an insurgent video Tuesday showing four peace activists taken hostage in Iraq, with a previously unknown group claiming responsibility for the kidnappings.
The Swords of Righteousness Brigade said the four were spies working undercover as Christian peace activists, Al-Jazeera said. The station said it could not verify any of the information on the tape. The aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams has confirmed that four of its members were taken hostage Saturday. German TV broadcast photos Tuesday showing a blindfolded German woman being led away by armed captors in Iraq. Six Iranian pilgrims, meanwhile, were abducted by gunmen north of Baghdad. The pictures of Susanne Osthoff were taken from a video in which her captors demanded that Germany stop any dealings with Iraq's government, according to Germany's ARD television. Germany has ruled out sending troops to Iraq and opposed the U.S.-led war. Two U.S. soldiers assigned to Task Force Baghdad were killed when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb north of the capital, the U.S. command said. At least 2,109 members of the U.S. military have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. A suicide car bomber killed eight Iraqi soldiers and wounded five more when he drove into an army patrol Tuesday in Tarmiyah, 30 miles north of Baghdad, police Lt. Ali Hussein said. A U.S. Army medical helicopter helped evacuate the wounded, he added. President Bush told reporters in El Paso, Texas, he would make decisions about U.S. troop levels in Iraq based on the advice of his military commanders. "If they tell me the Iraqis are ready to take more and more responsibility and that we'll be able to bring some Americans home, I will do that," the president said. "It's their recommendation." Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, who manages the training of Iraqi security forces, told National Public Radio on Tuesday that 212,000 people in the police and army are trained and equipped, although he suggested that more needed to be done.

Friday, November 25, 2005

North Korea Getting More Dependent On China

North Korea is becoming increasingly dependent on China in a development that could weaken inter-Korean cooperation, the National Intelligence Service told lawmakers Thursday. The NIS said Beijing is prodding Pyongyang to open its economy, saying it can offer more support when that happens. It said North Korean and Chinese officials frequently inspect each other’s military and economic facilities.
The NIS said North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appeared unusually often in public this year, especially at economic and military functions. An NIS official said Kim replaced older aides with a new generation to consolidate his regime. NIS data show that China’s investment in North Korea increased from US$50 million last year to $88 million this year, mainly in the mining, fisheries and construction materials industries so it can easily recoup its investment. The North’s economic dependence on the world’s most populous country deepened as a result. Trade volume between the two countries was $1.18 billion in the first nine months this year, up 32.9 percent from $895 million in the same period last year. The North’s trade with China accounted for 48 percent of its entire trade volume. But Pyongyang’s import of food from China dropped from 61 percent in 1994 to 22 percent last year, thanks to aid from South Korea and the international community.

Monday, November 21, 2005

My Apologies

Due to computer & internet problems my blogs will TEMPORARY be out of commission. I hope to have all the bugs worked out early this week

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Influential Filipino Muslim Killed In Ambush

Unidentified gunmen yesterday killed an influential Muslim politician and four of his bodyguards in an ambush in the southern Philippine city of Pagadian.
Sultan Abdul Marcaban
Police said Councilor Sultan Abdul Marcaban and four soldiers were killed in the attack near the village of Tiguma. Marcaban was on a private vehicle when gunmen, who were on a van, opened fire with automatic weapons, a police report said. Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co said investigators were still looking into a possible motive of the killing. Marcaban, a philanthropist, was a former president of Federation of Barangay Seaweeds Planters’ Association and headed the Association of Barangay Chairmen in Pagadian City at the time of his death. Marcaban belonged to one of the most influential and respected clans in the southern Philippines and a government supporter. In December, unidentified gunmen also ambushed and wounded Marcaban and his two bodyguards in the village of Tawagan Sur.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Jordan To Fast-Track New Anti-Terror Law

Jordan is to fast track tough new security measures in the wake of last week's suicide attacks against three Amman hotels that cost the lives of 58 people, Interior Minister Awni Yervas. The new anti-terror law "will be based on the British law and some laws from Arab countries," Yervas told journalists, without elaborating, adding that a committee has been convened to draw it up. "A new law was already being worked on after the Aqaba attack in August, but the government has (now) decided to give it an urgent priority," he said.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Eddie Guerrero Found Dead In Minneapolis

A World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., wrestler was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis on Sunday morning.
Eddie Guerrero
Eduardo Gory Guerrero, 38, didn't respond to a wake-up call Sunday morning, so hotel security at Minneapolis Marriott City Center and Chavo Guerrero, Jr., Eddie Guerrero's nephew forced entry into the room, according to Minneapolis police.
Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Authorities say there's no apparent signs of foul play. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office will perform an autopsy. Guerrero is survived by his wife Vickie and three daughters: Shaul, 14, Sherilyn, 9, and Kaylie Marie, 3. He was a featured star on the UPN series "WWE Smackdown!" and son of Mexican wrestler Gory Guerrero. He was scheduled to appear Sunday night in a WWE Supershow at Target Center.

CNN Declares Black People World Wide Are African-American

The Paris riots have highlighted more than any other issue in recent years not only the bias, but the ignorance of the "old media." Internet readers have studied the situation in Europe for years. Numerous writers, from Mark Steyn to Ba'at Yeor to Debbie Schlussel, have long predicted the decline of Europe and the jihad that we have seen over the past few weeks.
Carol Lin
But the "old media" personalities still have no clue as to what is going on. And their reporting and commentary has taken on an almost comical quality as a result. Years after "new media" readers began to understand the consequences of French policies toward Islamic immigrants, CNN's anchor Carol Lin referred (on November 6th) to some of the participants in the Paris fiasco as African-American. When the MSM seeks to use euphemisms to ignore the real issue, they run the risk of sounding stupid and bringing ridicule upon themselves. It would be far easier to identify correctly the rioters in the first place. It makes one wonder why they don't do things the easy way. Lin’s comment came about 10 minutes into CNN’s 10pm EST Sunday Night, as reporter Chris Burns was reporting on the rioting in France. Burns reported: “The priority right now is to restore order before trying to deal with some of the underlying issues, but even after what [French President Jacque] Chirac said, we’re seeing more violence. What you could point out, though, is that there is at this point about half as many vehicles torched as the night before, so you might call that progress, Carol.” “Hard to say,” Lin responded, “because it’s been 11 days since two African-American teenagers were killed, electrocuted during a police chase, which prompted all of this.” The two teenaged boys, who ran into high-voltage equipment and were killed on October 27, weren't American at all. They were actually French citizens of Tunisian origin.

Al-Qaeda Calls Queen Elizabeth An ‘Enemy Of Islam’

Al-Qaeda has threatened the Queen by naming her as “one of the severest enemies of Islam” in a video message to justify the July bombings in London. The warning has been passed by MI5 to the Queen’s protection team after it obtained the unexpurgated version of a video issued by Al-Qaeda after the 7/7 attacks. Parts of it were broadcast on Al-Jazeera, the Arabic satellite channel.
Queen Elizabeth II
In the video, Ayman al- Zawahiri, second-in-command to Osama Bin Laden, targets the Queen as ultimately responsible for Britain’s “crusader laws” and denounces her as an enemy of Muslims. A senior Whitehall official said: “MI5 is aware that there are some pieces of that video that have not been aired. They are aware of the bit of al- Zawahiri talking about the Queen and they have notified the relevant authorities.” Reporters have obtained the full 27-minute video, which is circulating on secure jihadist websites in the Middle East used to recruit and inflame prospective terrorists. In Britain it has been posted by Muhammad al-Massari, the London-based Saudi extremist, on his website Tajdeed. It also contains inflammatory material from Mohammad Sidique Khan, ringleader of the London bombings which killed 52 commuters. He is urging Muslims to take part in jihad and seek martyrdom. Khan, 30, incites British Muslims to ignore the moderate Islamic leaders who want integration with British society. “Our so-called scholars of today,” he said, “are content with their Toyotas and semi- detached houses” in their desire for integration. The message is believed to be the first of its kind in which a British suicide bomber calls on fellow UK Muslims to follow his example. The attack by al-Zawahiri prompted intelligence officers to alert Buckingham Palace that the Queen had become a specific target of Al-Qaeda. Her security had already been upgraded after September 11, 2001. In the video al-Zawahiri not only labels the Queen as one of Islam’s “severest enemies” but also sends a warning shot to British Islamic leaders who “work for the pleasure of Elizabeth, the head of the Church of England”. He said those who followed her were saying: “We are British citizens, subject to Britain’s crusader laws, and we are proud of our submission . . . to Elizabeth, head of the Church of England.” In a possible reference to the role of the Muslim Council of Britain, which had issued instructions to mosques to inform on potential terrorists, he criticised “those who issue fatwas, according to the school of thought of the head of the Church of England”. In the previously unseen footage, Khan, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, said: “It is very clear, brothers and sisters, that the path of jihad and the desire for martyrdom is embedded in the holy prophet and his beloved companions. “By preparing ourselves for this kind of work, we are guaranteeing ourselves for paradise and gaining the pleasure of Allah. “And by turning our back on this work, we are guaranteeing ourselves humiliation and the anger of Allah. Jihad is an obligation on every single one of us, men and women.” Khan’s message was condemned by Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the Muslim Council’s secretary-general, as a “perverse interpretation of Islam”. “The victims of Sidique Khan were innocent people . . . It’s clearly inciteful. It’s trying to incite people to commit murder,” he said.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Japan Leans Toward Pulling All Troops From Iraq By September

Japan's exit policy in Samawah is pointing toward a complete troop withdrawal by September, when Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is scheduled to step down as the nation's leader, sources said Friday.
The U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq has been asked to remain in the country for a limited period of about three months after the new Iraqi administration kicks off, likely at the end of this year. Tokyo concluded that pulling the Ground Self-Defense Force out of Iraq after the three-month period would be possible, the sources said. If the withdrawal plan is given the official green light, the GSDF troops could start returning home in the first half of next year. Koizumi "intends to seek closure while he is still in office because he is the one who decided to dispatch the SDF troops," a government official said. Japan has stationed ground troops in Samawah, southern Iraq, since early 2004. Their humanitarian mission is scheduled to end on Dec. 14, but Koizumi is expected to extend it by six months to a year. Currently, about 500 troops are in the city. The government also intends to continue and even expand the Air SDF's transportation support duties after the withdrawal of the ground forces from the war-torn country, the sources said. The ASDF currently transports humanitarian goods and U.S. military supplies between Kuwait and southern Iraq. "The transportation needs of materials related to U.S. troops still remain high," a senior Defense Agency official said. The ASDF might later increase its transport routes to cover other points in Iraq. The ASDF may also start flying between Kuwait and Qatar, where the U.S. central command is located, the sources said. The GSDF's support activities in Samawah include restoring public facilities such as schools and supplying water for residents. The government believes the GSDF has performed its role in supporting Iraq, the sources said. For example, water purifiers were installed in February this year using Japan's official development assistance. A senior Defense Agency official said, "Since the GSDF's activities are not directly linked with security duties, other countries' operations won't be influenced even if the troops are pulled out." Some government officials speculate that Britain and Australia, whose militaries are in charge of security in southern Iraq, are considering withdrawing their troops. For that reason, Japan will decide the timing of its own withdrawal through discussions with the United States, Britain, and Australia, the sources said. "When the new Iraqi administration is stabilized, even the U.S. would accept the withdrawal of the GSDF," a government official said. Iraq approved its new Constitution in October and is expected to hold a general election on Dec. 15, enabling the country to launch the new official administration later that month. The provisional Iraqi government said two to three months would be needed to see if public safety can be secured after the new government takes shape, a Japanese government official said. Tokyo speculates the GSDF withdrawal would take about three months to complete. "We could take about three months to pull out starting from June," a former foreign minister said. The basic plan that regulates the contents of SDF activities based on Law Concerning the Special Measures on Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance in Iraq will expire on Dec. 14. The government is set to extend the basic plan, but Koizumi's announcement of the decision will likely be delayed until December. Some officials have suggested an extension of one year in light of a decision by the United Nations Security Council allowing the multinational force to remain in Iraq until the end of 2006. If the six-month extension is decided, it would be legally acceptable for some GSDF troops to stay in Iraq until September, as long as they start pulling out within the half-year period.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Rep. Duncan Hunter's Bill Proposes 2,000 Mile Fence

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, who chairs the Armed Services Committee in the House of Representatives, hopes to win enough support to pass a bill in Congress.
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter
The U.S. Republican is pushing for the construction of a 2,000-mile fence along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border. More than one million Mexicans are stopped from entering the U.S. each year to seek work. The fence would be surrounded by a new border buffer zone to the north and would be studded with 25 new official points of entry along its route. "Illegal aliens continue to funnel directly into many of our local communities and adversely impact our way of life," said Mr Hunter, a California congressman.

Chai Vang Gets Life, No Possiblity Of Parole

A Hmong immigrant convicted of murdering six deer hunters and attempting to kill two others after a dispute over trespassing in northwestern Wisconsin was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday with no chance for parole.
Chai Vang
Judge Norman Yackel ordered Chai Soua Vang, 37, to serve six life prison terms, one after the other, guaranteeing he would never be freed from prison. Wisconsin does not have a death penalty. Yackel described Vang as a "time bomb ready to go off" at the slightest provocation. "These crimes are not isolated acts, but a pattern of anti-social conduct," the judge said. Vang, a truck driver from St. Paul, Minn., was convicted of six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted homicide in the Nov. 21 slayings on private hunting land south of Hayward. The homicide charges carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison, but Yackel could have set a parole eligibility date for Vang. The judge also sentenced Vang to three concurrent terms of 40 years in prison on the attempted homicide charges. A jury deliberated 3½ hours Sept. 16 before finding Vang guilty following a six-day trial, agreeing with prosecutors that Vang gunned down the hunters in a rampage. Vang testified he shot in self-defense after one hunter angrily shouted profanities at him and used racial slurs before another fired at him. The murders, on the second day of the gun deer season, rocked the northwoods - four of the victims were shot in the back, two as they tried to run away and two as they rode out an all-terrain vehicle to help. All but one were unarmed. The slayings also exposed racial tension between the predominantly white northwoods and Hmong people who have immigrated to the Midwest. Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager sought the maximum sentence for Vang, a father of seven children. She argued Vang would kill again unless he was locked up for the rest of his life, given his "explosive temperament" and lack of true remorse or regret. According to trial testimony, Vang said he got lost, went into a tree stand on the private land and was asked by another hunter, Terry Willers, to leave. Vang said he apologized and started walking away. Other companions of Willers arrived, and there was an angry verbal confrontation and threats to report Vang to game wardens for trespassing. Vang testified the white hunters used racial slurs and profanity before Willers fired the first shot as Vang walked away. Willers and the other wounded hunter, Lauren Hesebeck, said no one in their group pointed a gun at Vang before he opened fire. Willers and Hesebeck indicated only one shot was fired at Vang - by Hesebeck, who was already wounded and some of his friends lay mortally wounded on the ground. Vang was convicted of killing Robert Crotteau, his son Joey Crotteau, Denny Drew, Allan Laski, Jessica Willers and Mark Roidt, all from the Rice Lake area. All were relatives and friends who gathered to hunt from the Crotteaus' cabin near Exeland. Yackel also sentenced Vang to 40 years in prison for the attempted homicide charges.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Escapee Charles Victor Thompson Captured In Shreveport, La.

A death row inmate who slipped out of a Texas jail wearing street clothes was captured tonight in Shreveport, La., the U.S. Marshals Service said.
Charles Victor Thompson
Marianne Matus, a Marshals spokeswoman in Houston, confirmed tonight that convicted killer Charles Victor Thompson was in custody. No details about how authorities found him were immediately released, but Matus had said earlier in the day that they had received valuable tips about his possible whereabouts. A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his capture. Thompson, 35, had been convicted in 1999 for the shooting deaths a year earlier of his ex-girlfriend, Dennise Hayslip and her new boyfriend, Darren Keith Cain. An appeals court threw out his sentence, but on Oct. 28, another jury sentenced him to death. On Thursday, he was in the Harris County Jail awaiting transfer to a state prison when he was taken to a room for a meeting with an attorney, though not his attorney of record, authorities said. After the attorney left, Thompson was alone. Somehow, he removed his handcuffs, changed out of his bright orange prison jumpsuit into the clothes he wore during his sentencing, and got out of the prisoner's booth in the visiting room, authorities said. Using a falsified ID badge, he got past at least four jail employees and walked out of the building. Sheriff's spokesman Lt. John Martin said Friday that Thompson's escape resulted from ``multiple errors'' by jail personnel. The escape frightened his victim's relatives, who were notified by authorities and given police protection. Prosecutors had earlier accused Thompson of trying to hire hit men to kill witnesses against him, as well as members of Hayslip's family.

Obviously Uneducated Filipino Activists Want U.S. Military Out

Foolish activists called Friday for the scrapping of an agreement allowing joint exercises between Philippine and U.S. troops after a Filipino woman CLAIMED she was raped by six Marines.
A ignorant protester raises a clenched fist in anger over the treatment of a Filipino woman who "CLAIMS" she was raped by six U.S. Marines.
Five of the six accused — part of a contingent that took part in recent joint counterterrorism exercises — have been barred from leaving the country. Authorities have been unable to identify the sixth suspect. The alleged attack occurred Tuesday at the former Subic U.S Navy base near Manila. On Friday, about 30 activists from the League of Filipino Students and women's rights group Gabriela marched through Manila with placards reading "U.S troops out now!" Police stopped them before they reached the U.S. Embassy. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has instructed officials "to ensure that justice is done and that the proper procedure and provisions (of the accord) are properly followed and observed," Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo described the alleged gang rape as a "heinous crime" and said the U.S. Embassy has pledged to cooperate in the investigation. Rep. Satur Ocampo of the left-wing Bayan Muna party said in a statement that more such abuses would occur if the U.S. military remains in the Philippines. He called for the Visiting Forces Agreement to be abolished. The accord spells out the privileges and obligations of American troops in the Philippines. Under the agreement, judicial proceedings must be completed within a year. After that, the U.S. government, which maintains custody of the Marines, would not be obligated to turn them over for proceedings. Foreign Undersecretary Zosimo Paredes said the proceedings would "be expedited so that we will not go beyond the one-year period." "There will be no whitewash," he added. A complaint of rape has been filed against the five Marines in Olongapo city, near Subic and located 50 miles west of Manila. They have yet to be charged in a court. The state prosecutor will determine if there is sufficient evidence for any of them to be indicted, said Raymond Viray, an assistant prosecutor. U.S. Embassy spokesman Matthew Lussenhop said U.S. authorities are involved in the investigation, but refused to identify the five Marines or their unit. Rep. Ruffy Biazon said the allegations against the Marines "will be a test of U.S. sincerity and respect for Philippine law," but added that the incident should not hinder joint counterterrorism efforts. Gang rape is punishable by life imprisonment or death. Washington and Manila negotiated the Visiting Forces Agreement following the 1992 closure of all permanent U.S. military bases, which are banned under the Philippine Constitution.


Word of the deaths spread quickly through Clichy-sous-Bois, a grim collection of housing projects an hour by train and bus from the center of Paris. Two teenage boys had been electrocuted while trying to hide near a transformer the night of Oct. 27. Rumor said they were running from police. Soon, dozens of angry young men came from the soulless high-rises looking for cops to fight and cars to burn on streets named, as it happens, after heroes of French culture: boulevard Emile Zola, allee Albert Camus, rue Picasso. Dead white men. "It's Baghdad here," the rioters shouted. Night after night last week, rage spread through the ghettos that ring Paris, then beyond to every corner of France. When a tear-gas canister exploded near a mosque in Clichy-sous-Bois on the fourth violent evening, a new cry went up. "Now this is war," said one of the vandals. Others cried "jihad." It was neither, in fact, and Paris—the capital known to tourists—was not burning. But by using cell-phone text messages to coordinate their incendiary flash-mobs, rioters in the city's suburbs managed to burn thousands of cars, as well as buses, warehouses and stores. More than 200 people were arrested and there were many injuries, some serious, even if by last weekend no one had been killed. (The Los Angeles riots of 1992, by contrast, took the lives of more than 50 people.) What really shook the French government, and badly, was its inability to contain the metastasizing anger. Decades of French policies intended to force the integration of immigrants and their children—and children's children—into French society had failed, and no Plan B was apparent. Fears also grew that in the age of terror, rage like this could swell the ranks of radical Islamists in the heart of Europe. The first and most obvious casualty was the reputation of French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. He's been angling for the presidency in 2007, posturing as France's most confident can-do politician. During the first days of violence, Sarkozy denounced the gangs burning cars as "scum" and told them in effect to bring it on. They did with a vengeance, and didn't stop. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who is Sarkozy's main rival, reined him in publicly. Prodded by President Jacques Chirac, the two of them eventually tried to show a united front behind the slogan "Firmness and justice." That didn't work either. The greatest challenge in the days to come is to keep the violent fringe from winning even wider sympathy. There are more than 12 million people of Muslim origin in Western Europe, roughly half of them in France. Many have adapted easily and well to European life. But constant tensions and deep resentments do remain, especially among those left behind in blighted communities that others managed to escape. In a report issued just days before the violence broke out, the French government counted 751 neighborhoods deemed "sensitive urban zones." Most of the people there have roots in Africa and Islam. Average unemployment is 21 percent, more than twice the national average, and rising. Among men under 25, the rate jumps to 36 percent. Disconnected from their past in the Muslim world and uncertain about their future in Europe, they've come to see themselves as citizens of nothing but "Neuf-trois," 93, the postal code for the outer edges of the Paris urban area. The alienation and anger in these neighborhoods is not new. Riots broke out in the 1980s and 1990s, prompting new government programs supposed to bring hope to the projects. But as memories of the violence faded, so did funding. Outreach programs have been cut and neighborhood-based police have been pulled out. "We haven't paid attention for such a long time, there is a sense of abandonment," says French Sen. Dominique Voynet, who represents the main conflict zone. In Clichy-sous-Bois, where it all began, calm was restored after the fourth night by young men from the local mosque. The government was thankful and hopes similar measures can work elsewhere. Some analysts are wary. Calling on mosques to restore order "validates the postulate that Islam is the answer to everything," says Dounia Bouzar, author of several books on French Muslims. Yet without the mosque, it would seem, the only option for the people along allee Albert Camus is what the author of "The Stranger" called "the tender indifference of the world."

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Trash Linked To Vikings Sex Boat Party

One week after several Vikings players held a lewd party on a Lake Minnetonka boat, two players were seen throwing trash in a dumpster at a construction site in Eden Prairie. local reporters obtained exclusive access to the trash - and the information it revealed.
Bryant McKinnie and Mewelde Moore were seen throwing bags of trash in the dumpster. The eight bags contained what appeared to be remnants of a party, including aluminum tins of food, beer and champagne bottles, fireworks, disposable camera boxes, hallowed out cigars, something that looks like a marijuana bud, sexual and feminine hygiene products and Victoria's Secret underwear.
There was also a drink receipt with Bryant McKinnie's credit card number and boarding passes with his name on them, as well as a list of women's names. The list was titled "Incoming Flights (pickups)" and was written on a piece of Minnesota Vikings paper. It contained women's names, airlines and flight times. The names 'Iris and Liris' are at the top, followed by 'Nivie + 5', 'Ayana and Dionne and Aisha', 'Sandra' and 'Tanika plus 3'. The total is 16.
One of those names is familiar to a vice investigator from Atlanta. He says Ayana Angel is well known for operating all over the U.S. On her Web site she describes herself as a courtesan, which the dictionary defines as a prostitute with upper class clientele. The site also directs visitors to her starring roles in several triple x-rated movies.
Ayana Angel
Reporters found her living in a nice suburb of Atlanta. "I really was legitimately going to go," Angel says. "Actually, I didn't go because they had a similar situation here with some other football players. But it's something they do every year." Angel says every year Vikings players bring in girls from Atlanta for a rookie party. "They're mostly strippers that they fly up and - given the situation - if you pay them, they'll do extracurricular activities," Angel says. According to Angel, the price is roughly $1,500. Angel says that the women are often paid in cash. "As the girl, you really don't care who paid you." When reporters asked McKinnie about women being paid for extracurricular activities, he responded "That's a lie. No lady on this list told you that.
No woman would say, 'Yeah, I'm a prostitute.'" McKinnie did admit to dumping the garbage in the construction dumpster, but he says it is from a birthday party he had two weeks prior to the boat party. McKinnie's lawyer denied that there was any evidence of marijuana, and McKinnie says the women on the list were just friends. He describes them as everyday working women. Moore would not talk about the list or the boat cruise. He did admit to dumping garbage with McKinnie, but says it was just his home garbage that wouldn't fit in the barrel. The garbage is now in the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the items.

Friday, November 04, 2005

United States Understands Israeli Action

The United States declined to criticize Israeli raids on Palestinian territories and called on the Palestinian leadership to take action against militants.
Sean McCormack, National Security Council Spokesman
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said: “We urge the Palestinian Authority to take action.” Mr McCormack said the United States wants the Palestinian leadership ‘to take actions, to stop terror and to dismantle those terrorist networks’. He added: “We certainly understand Israel’s right and need to defend itself. We understand that, in any democratic society, that people look to their government to protect them. “What we do in our public statements as well as our private diplomatic communications is we urge Israel, in taking steps to defend themselves, to consider the consequences of their actions on the overall goal that all share. “And that is moving toward two states living side by side in peace and security — re-energizing the roadmap” to Middle East peace. The spokesman said the United States and others had tried to help the Palestinian Authority ‘to build up their security force capabilities, and they have made great progress. So we encourage them to live up to their obligations’.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Philippines On Alert For Terrorist Retaliatory Attacks

The Philippine National Police on Thursday placed its antiterrorism operatives on heightened alert following a report that the jihadist Rajah Solaiman Movement would launch attacks in Metro Manila in reprisal for the arrest of RSM founder Hilarion del Rosario, alias Ahmad Santos.
Filipino soldiers escort Hilarion Del Rosario Santos, center, leader of the jihadist Rajah Solaiman Movement
Director Vidal Querol, Metro Manila police chief, said he has ordered the antiterror task force, led by Senior Supt. Federico Laciste, to remain vigilant against possible terrorist attacks. “That's why every now and then I ask for community involvement. We have to develop the national culture of vigilance,” Querol told DZMM. Military intelligence officials earlier revealed that they had lost track of suspected Islamic extremist Tyrone Dawud Santos who was released on bail last April. Santos, brother of RSM founder Ahmad Santos, was arrested in Cubao, Quezon City, in March on a charge of gun possession and was implicated in a plot to bomb a club in Malate, Manila, during Holy Week. He was freed on bail a month later. Rear Adm. Tirso Danga, Armed Forces deputy chief of staff for Intelligence (J-2), said the AFP had been keeping Santos under constant surveillance since his release but “that he dropped from the screen” sometime last week. His “disappearance” coincided with the arrest of Ahmad Santos in Zamboanga City. Danga warned that he had received information that Dawud Santos was contacting suspected bombers in Metro Manila. "Based on our report, (Dawud) has been talking to some bombers in Metro Manila...Because we caught their leader and several followers, it will be the people who will get hurt if they decided to retaliate," he said. He added that Indonesian fugitives wanted for the deadly 2002 Bali bombings also financed the plot to bomb a Malate nightclub. A military intelligence operative who asked not to be named said the pair, Dulmatin and Omar Patek, gave the Santos group P250,000 (about $4,562) to bomb a Malate nightclub in March. "It was used for the purchase of the chemicals to be used," said the official. He said Hilarion del Rosario revealed the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) link under military questioning after his arrest last month. Military intelligence officials earlier said the two JI agents may have been sheltered by Filipino Islamic militant allies in Mindanao. The United States has offered an 11-million-dollar reward for information leading to their capture. Dulmatin and Patek are also being sought by Indonesia for the October 2002 bombings in the tourist resort of Bali that claimed 202 lives.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Sobering Video

This video clip is from a Russian news programme. There was an accident at a coal mine and people were accused of drinking on the job.
The interviewer is trying to see if there is any truth in the rumour.