Patterico's Pontifications

8/10/2006

Terror Suspects Named

Filed under: General,Terrorism — Patterico @ 11:07 pm

The terror posts below (see here and here) have been updated numerous times. Here’s one point I don’t want you to miss — the names of some of the terror plot suspects:

Umir Hussain, 24, London E14

Muhammed Usman Saddique, 24, London E17

Waheed Zaman, 22, London E17

Assan Abdullah Khan, 22, London E17

Waseem Kayani, 28, High Wycombe

Waheed Arafat Khan, 24, London E17

Cossor Ali, 24, London E17

Tayib Rauf, 21, Birmingham

Ibrahim Savant, 26, London E17

Osman Adam Khatib, 20, London E17

Shamin Mohammed Uddin, 36, Stoke Newington

Amin Asmin Tariq, 23, London E17

Shazad Khuram Ali, 27, High Wycombe

Tanvir Hussain, 24, London E10

Umar Islam, 28, (born Brian Young) High Wycombe

Assad Sarwar, 25, High Wycombe

Abdullah Ali, 26, London E17

Abdul Muneem Patel, 17, London E5

Nabeel Hussain, 21, Waltham Forest

(Via Allah.)

AIPAC Case Decided: Opinion Opens the Door to Prosecution of the NYT and LAT for the Swift Disclosures

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Court Decisions,Dog Trainer,Terrorism — Patterico @ 10:48 pm

This is huge. Jonathan Adler reports:

The federal government may prosecute private citizens who illegally receive and retransmit classified information, held federal district court Judge T.S. Ellis III yesterday in United States v. Rosen. Judge Ellis denied a motion to dismiss filed by Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), who are being prosecuted under the Espionage Act for obtaining classified information and communicating it to third parties, including members of the media. According to Judge Ellis:

both common sense and the relevant precedent point persuasively to the conclusion that the government can punish those outside of the government for the unauthorized receipt and deliberate retransmission of information relating to the national defense.

The significance is obvious:

Under Judge Ellis’ interpretation, it also seems the federal government could prosecute reporters at the Washington Post and New York Times for their reports on secret prisons, NSA surveillance, and other classified counter-terror activities.

Don’t forget the Los Angeles Times!

In particular, newspapers might be prosecuted for disclosing the Swift counterterror operation, where the First Amendment argument is weak (because the public interest in disclosure was low, due to the program’s legality and strong safeguards) and the government’s interest in maintaining secrecy was high (due to the program’s effectiveness).

The extended entry contains a fuller discussion of the judge’s conclusions regarding the applicable elements of the relevant statute.

(more…)

It Could Never Happen — Oh, With That One Minor Exception

Filed under: General,Terrorism — Patterico @ 10:17 pm

Cori Dauber asks:

Okay, maybe everyone else figured this out months or years ago and I just missed it, but you know how everyone takes for granted that Syria and Iran are working hand and glove in the current crisis?

What does that do to the argument that a secular Ba’athist regime could never work with those motivated by “fundamentalist” Islam?

Just askin’.

Never say “everyone” — but otherwise, it’s a good point.

The “Real” Reason for the Code Red Alert

Filed under: General,Morons,Terrorism — Patterico @ 8:41 pm

Lefty blogger John Aravosis notes that President Bush has declared a Code Red Terror Alert for flights from Britain, and concludes that the motivating factor was Joe Lieberman’s loss in the Connecticut primary. Not the fact that Britain just broke a terror plot to blow ten planes out of the sky, or the fact that five suspects remain at large. No, it was Joe Lieberman’s loss in the Connecticut primary. (Via Pejman.)

If only Democrats took the fight against terrorism as seriously as the fight against Republicans.

UPDATE: And: if only journalists treated our enemies with the same hostility and skepticism that they treat Bush.

UPDATE x2: In comments, Allah notes that Hamsher [UPDATE: actually Christy Hardin Smith at Hamsher’s blog] has said the same thing:

See we’ve had a foiled terrorist plot overnight in Britain. Glad Scotland Yard was on the case…and what a coincidence it was foiled just as Lieberbush lost the election. Thank goodness for good police work.

(Via Seixon.)

UPDATE x3: More Hamsher [UPDATE: “Pachacutec” at Hamsher’s blog], via Ace:

The national security issue boogeyman is dead, dead, dead.

Or is that potential terrorist victims? Well, whatever.

UPDATE x4: Meanwhile, don’t forget about the Dearborn terror arrests — which involve people who, as Power Line reminds us, had “$11,000 in cash, flight manifests, information on airport security checkpoints and 12 tracphones.”

UPDATE x5: Or the 11 Egyptian students who all failed to show up to Montana State University.

Granted, there may be nothing to this story — but we shouldn’t be too quick to simply assume it, in light of current events.

UPDATE x6: Two of the quotes above were incorrectly attributed to Hamsher; in fact, they came from other posters on her blog. Thanks to DWilkers for the correction.

Allah on the Terror Plot

Filed under: General,Terrorism — Patterico @ 6:34 pm

When stories are breaking fast, the guy you want to go to is Allah. I learned that during Rathergate. He takes a huge mass of information and brings together the important stuff in readable chunks, with links and smart commentary. The guy is absolutely indispensable, and it’s days like this that demonstrate why.

Here is his latest on the terror plot.

UPDATE: Here is even more.

UPDATE x2: The names of three of the ringleaders: Rashid Rauf, Mohammed al-Ghandra, and Ahmed al Khan. (And here I figured it would be Joe, Bob, and Ted.) They are all of Pakistani descent. There are five still at large.

UPDATE x3: Good thing the New York Times didn’t find out about the plot before the arrests were made. They might have called the terrorists for their comments.

UPDATE x4: More names:

Umir Hussain, 24, London E14

Muhammed Usman Saddique, 24, London E17

Waheed Zaman, 22, London E17

Assan Abdullah Khan, 22, London E17

Waseem Kayani, 28, High Wycombe

Waheed Arafat Khan, 24, London E17

Cossor Ali, 24, London E17

Tayib Rauf, 21, Birmingham

Ibrahim Savant, 26, London E17

Osman Adam Khatib, 20, London E17

Shamin Mohammed Uddin, 36, Stoke Newington

Amin Asmin Tariq, 23, London E17

Shazad Khuram Ali, 27, High Wycombe

Tanvir Hussain, 24, London E10

Umar Islam, 28, (born Brian Young) High Wycombe

Assad Sarwar, 25, High Wycombe

Abdullah Ali, 26, London E17

Abdul Muneem Patel, 17, London E5

Nabeel Hussain, 21, Waltham Forest

(Via Allah.)

More Media Manipulation by Hezbollah

Filed under: General,Media Bias,War — Patterico @ 6:29 pm

Via Instapundit comes more proof that Hezbollah is manipulating the media. Watch in horror as a dead child’s body is dragged back out of an ambulance so that the photographers can get better shots.

If you think the Reuters controversy is about a single picture with a little too much smoke, you just aren’t getting it. It’s about media coverage of a war being manipulated by propagandists.

UPDATE: Here is a girl who fell off a swing being portrayed as a victim of Israeli violence.

The L.A. Times and Crickets

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 6:47 am

I live in a quiet, peaceful area. When you walk out my front door, you don’t hear cars racing by, or people making noise. During the day, you hear birds. And at night, you hear crickets.

Oh, hey — that reminds me of a few things.

A local L.A. publication has done a good story on Reutersgate. The L.A. Times? Don’t make me laugh heartily! No, the L.A. Weekly.

The L.A. Times? Crickets.

Oh, and as for that e-mail I sent to the Readers’ Representative regarding the paper’s false statement about Murtha getting briefed by Hagee before speaking out about Haditha? Did I get a response?

Sorry. Crickets.

(Readers.Rep@latimes.com)

What about when I wrote Dean Baquet asking him if I could tell the world his reason for refusing me an interview regarding the paper’s disclosure of the legal and effective Swift counterterror program? Did I hear back from him?

You got it. Crickets again.

Hey, it’s a peaceful, relaxing sound.

A Gentle Reminder That There Are People Out There Who Want to Kill Us All

Filed under: General,Terrorism — Patterico @ 6:43 am

The BBC reports:

A plot to blow up planes in flight from the UK to the US and commit “mass murder on an unimaginable scale” has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.

It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled in hand luggage on to as many as 10 aircraft.

Reading between the lines, it sounds like the plot involved Pakistanis, possibly backed by Al Qaeda. According to this story, they were to bring “liquid explosives” which “could have been mixed during the flight into a lethal concoction.” The plot was close to fruition.

But, you know, nothing to see here. This whole war on terror thing is a phony construct made up by Bush.

Via Allah, who (as always) has much more.

UPDATE: To clarify, the suspects are British-born but may be of Pakistani descent.


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