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Weekly Headline Recap from National Security Alert Center 11/27/2006

Posted by thebosun on November 27, 2006

This Week’s Headline Summary courtesy of National Terror Alert Response Center

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FBI Searches For Rental Car Suspect

November 26th, 2006

The FBI was helping in the search Sunday for a person who left a suspected explosive device in the trunk of a rental car at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Bloomington Police Department’s bomb squad detonated the device, finding it contained no explosive material. But airport spokesman Pat Hogan said it appeared to be an attempt at either crafting a bomb or something that looked like one.

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2 Acid Bombs Set Off In Wal-Mart

November 26th, 2006

UPDATE: Two teenage boys have been charged with setting off two homemade bombs inside a Wal-Mart filled with holiday shoppers, authorities said.

The boys, both 15, were taken into custody after photos from the store’s security cameras where shown on television newscasts.

The explosion of two homemade bombs inside Wal-Mart Saturday afternoon sent a store full of holiday shoppers scurrying for the exits.

Two acid bombs detonated in two separate aisles as the store was crowded with shoppers around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, said Sgt. Joel Davis, fire investigation supervisor for the State Fire Marshal’s Office. One of the bombs detonated in the pet area. The second was in the store’s toy section, Davis said.

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Ex-spy Litvinenko – Victim Of State Terror

November 25th, 2006

Britain’s intelligence agencies last night claimed that the poisoning of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko bore the hallmarks of a “state-sponsored” assassination.

A senior Whitehall official told The Times that confirmation that the former Russian spy, who had become a British citizen, had been poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 and other evidence so far not released pointed to the murder being carried out by foreign agents.

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Osama bin Laden Allies Enter The Philippines

November 25th, 2006

Suspected allies of international terrorist leader Osama bin Laden were able to enter the Philippines using fake visas and other forged travel documents, Philippine Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said on Friday.

The information was contained in a confidential report received by the Department of Justice recently, a report by GMA news network quoted Gonzalez as saying.

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Al Qaeda Blamed For Iraqi Attack Killing 150

November 23rd, 2006

Mortar shells and car bombs devastated several streets in the Shia neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad today, killing nearly 150 people in what Iraqi officials said was an al-Qaeda attack.

The bombs detonated 15 minutes apart, hitting Jamila market, al-Hay market and al-Shahidein Square in Sadr City. Whole streets were destroyed, leaving bloodied remains and fierce fires burning amid the ruined shells of cars.

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Rainier Valley Barber Shop Owner Flees U.S.

November 22nd, 2006

Ruben Shumpert, who federal agents allege made his Rainier Valley barber shop a kind of “anti-American training ground for Muslims” where children were taught “how to shoot and fight the Americans,” has telephoned the FBI to say he won’t be going to prison anytime soon.

Shumpert, who faces sentencing on federal counterfeiting and weapons charges, has fled to Somalia.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Shumpert, who is also known as Amir Abdul Muhaimin, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Redkey said. He was to be sentenced Tuesday.

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U.S. To Require Passports For Nearly All

November 22nd, 2006

Nearly all air travelers entering the U.S. will be required to show passports beginning Jan. 23, including returning Americans and people from Canada and other nations in the Western Hemisphere.The date was disclosed Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in an interview with The Associated Press. The Homeland Security Department plans to announce the change on Wednesday.

The department had been expected to institute the passport requirement for air travelers around the beginning of the year. Setting the date on Jan. 23 pushes the start past the holiday season.

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Jericho, Heroes Spark Concern With Civil Defense

November 21st, 2006

Brian Camden, president of Harden Structures/Harden Shelters in Virginia Beach, Va., said he has witnessed a significant uptick in business particularly following North Koreas first nuclear weapons test last month.

I can tell you it’s picked up since the test, Camden told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It’s not just across the country but around the region. Their nerves are rattled.

Sharon Packer of Utah Shelter Systems reports getting as many telephone calls as just after Sept. 11. Brian Duvaul of American Safe Homes of Oregon, who sells $10,000 prefabricated do-it-yourself concrete shelter kits, expects sales to reach $1 million this year.

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Jerusalem On Alert For Suspected Terror Attack

November 21st, 2006

Jerusalem district police were on alert on Tuesday morning after receiving warnings that a suspicious car was on its way to the city, local media reported.

A spokesman of Jerusalem police confirmed that the car could be carrying terror suspects.

Checkpoints were set up along the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, causing traffic jams near the entrance to Jerusalem. The policemen working to direct the traffic called on drivers to come to Jerusalem through the Jerusalem-Modiin Roa.

 

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