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FBI: Al Qaeda May Strike U.S. Shopping Malls in LA, Chicago
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Quote:The FBI is warning that al Qaeda may be preparing a series of holiday attacks on U.S. shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to an intelligence report distributed to law enforcement authorities across the country this morning.

The alert said al Qaeda "hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and has been planning the attack for the past two years."

Law enforcement officials tell ABCNews.com that the FBI received the information in late September and declassified it yesterday for wide distribution.

The alert, like similar FBI and Department of Homeland Security terror alerts issued over the past five years at holiday times, raised questions about the credibility of the information.

The bulletin acknowledges that U.S. intelligence officers are uncertain as to whether the information is real, and intelligence officers say there is a concern that it could be "disinformation."

Law enforcement officials at three different agencies told ABCNews.com the FBI alert was based on a source who has proved reliable in the past.

The source reportedly had only "indirect access" to al Qaeda and word of the actual threat came to U.S. intelligence officers "through a lengthy chain" of contacts.

With the shopping season approaching, however, the FBI officials decided it was necessary to share the information.

For the past few years, jihadist chat rooms have regularly posted comments from anonymous individuals who have suggested or boasted about similar plans to attack such soft targets as shopping malls.

"This document was intended for law enforcement and intelligence community partners for situational awareness," said FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko. "In the post-9/11 era, sharing information is our top priority. Al-Qa'ida messaging has clearly stated they intend to attack the U.S. or its interests; however, there is no information to state this is a credible threat. We remind people to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to authorities."

"We have no credible, specific information suggesting an imminent attack," a DHS official said.

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Can't see it happening, the election isn't due for another year.
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I pray for our leaders almost daily. Pray for the destruction of these clowns and the protection of us. Thankful to The Lord for what He has done for us.

However,let me save America a lot of cash and let us end the FBI and CIA. Likely adds $100 billion annually to our budget and I can fill their roles.

Here is my "FBI" input:

1)Terror attacks on all civilian entities,including large Churches and Synagogues are targets. This will include all large buildings of all sorts where large numbers of people congregate,ball games,etc. They take particular opportunity to attack what they see as competitors over their religious claims,so large Synagogues and Churches are the most likely target(hint,attend a small one).

a)These attacks may take the form of car bombs as we've seen in Baghdad or varied other explosive capabilities. All purveyors of all explosives should watch closely for oddities among potential customers and report such to their local police b)The attacks may also be oriented towards specific US government buildings the enemy view as our security oriented apparatus.

2) The infrastructure that enables the economy is targeted,bridges,rails,dams and subway systems are targets. There is a proven way to disrupt the economy already visited America by Muslims,but since I think they are myopically stupid,I won't repeat what it is so maybe the ding a lings won't repeat the exercise.

3) The water supply of all municipalities is targeted and as such sampling should be intensified on a routine basis adding poisons and biological agents to the sample protocol.

4)I won't even post what the most obvious and easy way to attack the USA military is,but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Expect it anyway America.

"CIA" Input:

1)All Americans are targets,be aware of your surroundings at all times where ever on earth you are and keep a low "American" profile. 2)There is nothing these Islamic fascists will not do to gain attention or success in their murder INC. campaign against Americans,Christians and Jews. 3)As an assist to our Canadian neighbors,understand these idiots will see you as Americans because you are ethnic Europeans,too.

Seriously,how hard is it to know these people based on the last 7 years alone? Who needs our FBI? Let my county sheriff handle the Muslims in my county,we'll take care of ourselves. We'll arrest all 5 of them and send them to Hooterville,Tennessee.
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The US is such a target rich environment that it could be anywhere and anything, and still cause terrible destruction to property and life. However, I still believe that shopping malls and subways are the preferred target because there are not only so may packed in, but it would be a high visibility attack, where cameras could be there almost instantly.

If I really wanted to cause the maximum damage to the US, I would take out Hoover Dam, or one of the others along the chain, where one would swamp others and lead to the complete economic and habitat destruction of the SouthWest. Hyjack a jet and plow it right into the top of the dam structure.
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Since the US$ is tanking so rapidly, maybe the Chicoms will come in and take out the terrorists targeting holiday shopping. They would do this in order for the US$ to cease its free fall. They have to move soon, so that they have sufficient time to shift their US$ to Euros.
Jefferson: I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
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Palladin stated
Quote:1)Terror attacks on all civilian entities,including large Churches and Synagogues are targets. This will include all large buildings of all sorts where large numbers of people congregate,ball games,etc. They take particular opportunity to attack what they see as competitors over their religious claims,so large Synagogues and Churches are the most likely target(hint,attend a small one).
As a matter of fact, Palestinians never ever attacked any religious facility in Israel. No Synagogue or Church, no religious schoos. Muslims, unlike Christians, respect places of religious services of other religions. They bombed landmarks of secular Western culture, Discos, malls, pubs. It's not religions they attack, rather atheism.
For this reason, I never believed any of the news that reported Shia in Iraq bombed Sunni Mosques or vice versa.
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John,

I know,but how hard is it to know? We don't need the FBI for this nonsense.

Quad,

No person of any faith has any respect for another religion,it goes w/o saying or they would be a member of that religion. I have no respect for any religion personally,but I tolerate all religions so long as they leave me alone,Islam doesn't teach tolerance. Maybe they are good to buildings(I sort doubt it)but they're sort of jerks like you communists when it comes to humans.
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quadrat Wrote:Palladin stated
Quote:1)Terror attacks on all civilian entities,including large Churches and Synagogues are targets. This will include all large buildings of all sorts where large numbers of people congregate,ball games,etc. They take particular opportunity to attack what they see as competitors over their religious claims,so large Synagogues and Churches are the most likely target(hint,attend a small one).
As a matter of fact, Palestinians never ever attacked any religious facility in Israel. No Synagogue or Church, no religious schoos. Muslims, unlike Christians, respect places of religious services of other religions. They bombed landmarks of secular Western culture, Discos, malls, pubs. It's not religions they attack, rather atheism.
For this reason, I never believed any of the news that reported Shia in Iraq bombed Sunni Mosques or vice versa.


Quote:Palestinian suspected in synagogue fire

Israeli police are relatively certain that Palestinian assailants are responsible for fire that destroyed a synagogue in a small Jewish community in Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") late last week.

The fire was set overnight Thursday, though local residents only discovered the attack the next morning when they arrived for Friday prayers and found the synagogue charred and gutted and all of their prayer books and religious texts destroyed.

Police officials cited by Ynet said there was little doubt the attack was nationalistic in nature, and reported finding foot tracks heading in the direction of the nearby Palestinian town of Ramallah.

The synagogue was located in the small community of Yad Yair, which is named after Yair Mendelson, an Israeli who was murdered by Palestinians during the first intifada in the late 1980s. A memorial to Mendelson that stands adjacent to the synagogue was defaced by the assailants.

Quote: Tunisia agrees synagogue attack was terror act

TUNIS, Tunisia -- A gas truck explosion outside the oldest synagogue in Africa was a deliberate criminal attack -- not an accident -- the Tunisian government has acknowledged.

The statement came a day after Germany's interior minister, visiting Tunisia to check up on the investigation, said his country was "100 percent" convinced the April 11 incident was a terrorist attack. The blast killed 16 people, 11 of them German tourists.

Germany has raised the possibility Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network was behind the explosion at the 2,000-year-old Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba. If confirmed, it would be the first completed terror attack by al-Qaida since Sept. 11.

Tunisia had insisted until Monday that the explosion was an accident, but now says it was "a premeditated criminal act."

It said the blast was carried out by a Tunisian citizen, Nizar Naouar, and an accomplice who also lived in the North African country. Naouar is believed to have died in the blast, said German Interior Minister Otto Schily.

Schily said there is "technical proof" that the explosion was deliberate, citing how the gas tanks were mounted on the truck, the substance they contained and how the blast took place.

Last week, the London-based pan-Arab dailies Al-Quds Al-Arabi and Al Hayat said they had received a claim of responsibility from a group calling itself the Islamic Army for the Liberation of the Holy Sites.

The group, which said it was retaliating for "Israeli crimes" against Palestinians, used the same name as a group that claimed responsibility for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. That 1998 claim described bin Laden as a "source of inspiration" and referred to him as the "warrior sheik."

Quote: Italy Gives Arab a Life Term In a 1982 Synagogue Attack

Quote:Terrorists’ plot to attack Modi'in synagogue thwarted

Shin Bet apprehends 12 PFLP members who planned to attack shul in Modi’in, kidnap American citizens in order to swap them for group’s imprisoned leader Saadat

Efrat Weiss
Published: 06.19.07, 19:01 / Israel News

In the past few months the Shin Bet, along with IDF forces, apprehended members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) south of Mt. Hebron, it was cleared for publication Tuesday.


The 12 terror cell members said during their interrogation that they were directed by PFLP members in Gaza and plotted to carry out several attacks in Israel, including an attack on a synagogue in Modi’in.


They also plotted to kidnap American citizens in the West Bank in an attempt to later swap them for imprisoned PFLP Secretary-General Ahmed Saadat.



The Shin Bet got its first lead last February with the arrest of PFLP member Ramzi Sharona, who named his fellow terror cell members and told interrogators he was in close contact with leading group members in the Strip.


Those members, he said, were planning to establish additional cells in Nablus and Jenin and ordered Sharona to set up a cell in Hebron.


The PFLP members in Gaza later asked that he recruit a suicide bomber for an attack in a synagogue in Israel "to avenge the Jewish activities in the Temple Mount (Mugrabi Gate)”.


Sharona, who was an illegal worker at a construction site located near the synagogue in Modi’in, said he planned to blow up the structure when it was empty and then flee to Ramallah.


He also told interrogators he scouted out the synagogue as part of the preparations for the attack.


The investigation revealed that the PFLP cell attempted to kidnap an American citizen over a year ago, but the man resisted and was immediately set free.


The terrorists also plotted to carry out another attack in Modi’in, as well as stab and shoot at IDF soldiers in the Hebron area.


“The cell’s activity gives us further indication that terrorists in Gaza are behind terror in the West Bank,” a security official said.

Quote:Terrorism Massacre in the Synagogue

In a poor neighborhood not far from Istanbul's Galata Tower, the small group of worshipers assembled for the 8 a.m. Sabbath service last Saturday at Neve Shalom, the ancient city's largest synagogue. A little more than an hour into prayers in the temple's cool, newly white-washed interior, the reader began reciting the verses of Deuteronomy 16. Among the lines is the well-known biblical injunction "Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live." ;

Suddenly the pious atmosphere was shattered. Two young men who had been loitering outside, posing as tourists, pulled out Polish-made submachine guns and shot the custodian at the gate. Shouting in Arabic, they burst into the sanctuary, dropped an iron bar across the door to block it and, standing ten yards apart, began strafing the congregation. Shopkeepers nearby, just opening their stores or stalls for business, listened in horror to the rattle of gunfire and the screams of the dying. "I heard gunshots," said one bystander. "Then I saw a young man with injured feet come out yelling."

Just as the killers were fleeing the gruesome scene, police arrived, forcing them back inside. Then, either by mistake or by suicidal design, a bomb or grenades carried by one of the terrorists exploded inside the synagogue, killing both of them and dismembering nearly everyone inside. Said Avram Albohayre, general secretary of the synagogue's foundation: "Pieces of the bodies are all over the place. It is barbaric." The bloody toll in the congregation: 22 worshipers dead, reportedly including seven rabbis.

In the smoke and confusion that followed, Turkish officials initially believed two or three other terrorists escaped. Police immediately launched a manhunt around the city for them. Authorities tightened security at the city's gates, and Arab students were detained for questioning in Istanbul and Ankara, the capital. Turkish Prime Minister Turgut Ozal convened an emergency Cabinet meeting in Ankara to review the situation and then dispatched Interior Minister Yildirim Akbulut to oversee the investigation in Istanbul. But after extensive searches, police said they believed only two terrorists were involved, and both had died in the attack.

Although Turkey's population is more than 98% Muslim, the government has a secular constitution, and religious freedom is respected throughout the country. In addition, Islamic practice forbids an attack on anyone at worship, even a non-Muslim enemy. Remarking on that prohibition, Ozal told reporters, "It is inconceivable to do this to people who come together to pray." Turkish police had reportedly not given the synagogue any special protection because no house of worship in the country had ever been assaulted.

t was not immediately clear who was behind the massacre. In Beirut, an anonymous caller claiming to represent Islamic Resistance, a code name for groups linked to the pro-Iranian Hizballah (Party of God), told a Western news agency that "one of our groups operating in Istanbul carried out the suicide attack." The caller said Islamic Resistance, which has claimed responsibility for attacks on Israeli occupation forces in southern Lebanon, was retaliating for the "aggressions committed by gangs of the Israeli military against our people in the south (of Lebanon), especially near the village of Zibqin." The day before the Istanbul attack, Israeli troops raided a guerrilla camp in southern Lebanon, about four miles from the Israeli border. One Israeli soldier was killed, and four guerrillas were captured. "We are warning Israel," said the caller. "From now on we will retaliate for every Israeli action. We will take Israeli children all over the world as our targets."

Meanwhile, some Turkish officials were reported to have said the gunmen who launched the attack were members of Islamic Jihad, another pro-Iranian group, which is holding American and French hostages in Beirut. And in Nicosia, Cyprus, a previously unknown group calling itself the Palestinian Revenge Organization also claimed responsibility for the suicide mission in a call to a Western news agency. Said the woman caller: "Wait for more attacks in revenge for our martyrs."

According to some Middle East intelligence experts, the new name may be a cover for Abu Nidal's organization, Fatah Revolutionary Council. That group was responsible for murderous attacks against synagogues in Vienna in 1981 and Brussels in 1982 that killed two people and injured more than a score, as well as last December's airport massacres in Rome and Vienna, which left 19 dead and 112 wounded.

On the basis of Abu Nidal's past operations, Middle Eastern intelligence analysts suspect that he most likely masterminded the attack. His group has carried out terrorist activities around the world, while Hizballah and Islamic Jihad rarely strike outside the Middle East. In addition, it seems unlikely that Hizballah, under the name of Islamic Resistance, could have staged an attack in Turkey to revenge the Zibqin raid just hours after it happened.

In Washington and Jerusalem, the response was sharp. A U.S. State Department spokesman condemned the "cowardly attack" and said the U.S. would assist Turkey in unmasking the people who were behind it. In an interview on Israeli army radio, Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir said, "The Jewish blood spilled obliges the Jewish state to intensify the war against terror organizations in , every place and in every way." In the past, Israel has retaliated for attacks against Jewish or Israeli targets with reprisal raids against Arab targets. Last October Israeli planes bombed Palestine Liberation Organization offices in Tunisia in response to an attack on Israelis in Cyprus. And so far this year, several other air raids and numerous infantry attacks have been launched against purported guerrilla bases in Lebanon. In the wake of last week's Pan Am Flight 73 hijacking and the synagogue attack, the Middle East's spiral of reprisals seems certain to continue.


Islamic terrorist have respect for nothing.
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Warbicycle,
really, who would believe the Jewish media in the tradition of Brothers Grimm?
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quadrat Wrote:Warbicycle,
really, who would believe the Jewish media in the tradition of Brothers Grimm?

Of course Q lives in his own imaginary world when it comes to Jews and palestinians. He would rather believe the heavily controlled and politically controlled media releases of the Palestinians than those of a democratic Israel. Yes, the Israeli media have their own prejudices but you can find many different points of view among them.

Q, it is difficult to see reality when one wears blinders to block any point of view but your own.
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Seif,

Q doesn't live in his own little world,he doesn't believe the pro Islamic trash he posts anymore than we do. He knows the Palestinians are robots to a sick ideology,he just can't find much to bother us with since communism is kaput and China isn't quite ready to take our role on earth.

Give him time and he can change his mantra to China.
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Of course there are always terrorists looking for opportunities and planning attacks - you are at war, WOT, remember? S2
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