Exposed: Saudi Arabia’s secret nuke stash

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Riyadh ‘confident’ it has an atomic option

Pakistani missiles on display in Karachi in 2008.

By Aaron Klein

JERUSALEM – Pakistan’s nuclear weapons project was partially financed by Saudi Arabia, with the two countries sharing nuclear technology, a senior Egyptian security official told WND.

“The Saudis are confident they have a nuclear option via Pakistan,” said the security official. “The Pakistani nukes are also Saudi nukes.”

The official said an agreement between the two countries was secretly inked seven years ago, although at the time such a pact was strongly denied by both Saudi and Pakistani officials.

Pakistan in the late 1990s became the seventh country to successfully develop and test nuclear weapons. The Pakistani arsenal is estimated at between 35 and 95 warheads, according to the U.S. Navy Center for Contemporary Conflict.

Analysts have been keeping a close eye on the rise of Islamic militants in provinces close to Pakistan’s nuclear facilities.

Saudi-Pakistan cooperation has been extensive for decades. The two are both leading Islamic countries with close military alliances. As early as 1969, the Pakistan Air Force flew the aircraft of the Royal Saudi Air Force to help fend off an invasion from South Yemen. In the 1970s and 1980s, about 15,000 Pakistani soldiers were stationed in Saudi Arabia to protect the country’s oil fields.

According to recent media reports, Saudi Arabia negotiated the purchase of Pakistani ballistic missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

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Summit to address Islamic radicalism

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Attacks now facing authorities across widespread region

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The Taliban and al-Qaida long have been the reason for instability in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but neighboring nations in Central Asia now are facing increasing activities by radical Muslims, from Xinjiang province in China to the North Caucasus, according to a report fromJoseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The uptick in Islamic militant terrorist and insurgency attacks throughout the regions of the North Caucasus and Central Asia has prompted an emergency meeting in Tajikistan where clashes between police and Islamic militants are on the rise.

The meeting to be held in Tajikistan’s capital of Dushanbe is to include Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon, who is hosting the emergency terrorism summit.

In recent weeks, there has been increased unrest on Tajikistan’s southern border with Pakistan, particularly in the remote area of Rasht, close to the Afghan border.

Security experts believe the increased violence in Tajikistan is due to intensified efforts by Pakistan’s army against the Taliban and its supporters in the Afghan-Pakistan border area.

From Tajikistan, militants likely will renew attacks in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan. There have been numerous past militant attacks in Uzbekistan’s breadbasket and industrial center of the Fergana Valley and in the mountains that are only two hours from the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

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In the past, members of the group Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, or IMU, have staged in Tajikistan to launch attacks into Uzbekistan. It appears the IMU is regaining strength and is ready to resume its attacks. Tajik officials report that a senior IMU militant recently was killed.

The IMU actually is a coalition of Islamic militants from the Central Asian countries opposed to Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov. Regarded as a terrorist organization even by Russia, the IMU fought in the Tajikistan civil war from 1992 to 1997. After the war, the IMU moved into Afghanistan and joined forces with the Taliban.

The IMU’s last spectacular strike occurred in February 1999 when militants exploded five car and truck bombs almost simultaneously in Tashkent in an effort to kill Karimov, an old Soviet communist who was elected its first president after the fall of the Soviet Union. He has been Uzbekistan’s president ever since, running the secular Muslim country with an iron fist against militants.

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Pakistan invasion on tap for U.S.?

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Cites unraveling of nation’s ‘Af-Pak’ policy

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Pakistan – and not Afghanistan – stands to be the greater threat to U.S. strategic interests and offers the best chance through its military to align with al-Qaida while maintaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

And analysts say the result ultimately could be U.S. military intervention inside Pakistan – an invasion.

This is due to Pakistan being considered “beyond retrieval” from state-failure despite massive U.S. strategic, political and economic assistance over time, including support for the Pakistan Army that remains “sluggish” in going after al-Qaida and the Taliban which it helped create.

This assessment emerges as security analysts undertake a comparative risk forecast between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It comes as the U.S. puts the final touches on its Afghanistan-Pakistan Policy, now called the Af-Pak Policy, which reportedly dwells on Afghanistan but doesn’t address the more dire threats from Pakistan.

In essence, regional security analysts increasingly believe the Af-Pak Policy will not address the threats the U.S. seeks to eliminate. Instead, they believe approaches toward both countries need to be decoupled, with a greater emphasis placed on the dangers of a quickly eroding, failed-state that Pakistan is becoming.

Last March, President Barack Obama announced his Af-Pak Policy with a greater focus on Afghanistan, an effort to work with less radical elements of the Taliban there and a greater development of civilian institutions such as schools, roads and clinics in the tribal areas in the south. It also calls for greater Pakistani Army cooperation with the U.S. in going after the more radical Taliban elements, and al-Qaida. U.S. aid to Pakistan would be intricately tied to such cooperation.

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“Afghanistan has a vested positive interest in the success of the U.S. Af-Pak Policy,” said Subhash Kapila, an international relations and strategic affairs analyst with the South Asia Analysis Group.

“Contrarily, the Pakistan Army has a vested interest in impeding the successful implementation of the U.S. Af-Pak Policy as it doubly neutralizes Pakistan Army’s doctrine of ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan and liquidation of Pakistan Army’s strategic assets, usable against Afghanistan and India, namely, al-Qaida and the Taliban,” he said. “If ever the United States faces a Vietnam-like situation in the Af-Pak Region, it will not be in Afghanistan but in Pakistan.”

In this connection, Kapila and other analysts say that the next 12 to 18 months will be critical for the success of the Af-Pak Policy. They see the Pakistan Army “with its propensity to indulge in ‘minimal military operations'” against al-Qaida and the Taliban coming under mounting U.S. pressure to deliver on “U.S. strategic end-aims.”

“Sustained pressure from the United States could once again prompt the Pakistan Army to divert attention by military adventurism against India, a repeat of Mumbai 9/11 and a possible repeat of 9/11 in the United States,” Kapila said.

Kapila is one who does not dismiss the notion that the Pakistani Directorate for Inter-Service Intelligence, or ISI, had some knowledge of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., given its closeness to al-Qaida.

He expects within the next 12 to 18 months, the likely direction will be that the Pakistan Army will face U.S. ultimatums of direct military intervention within Pakistan, should it be sluggish in its operations against al-Qaida and the Taliban.

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Another Ice Age?

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In Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada’s wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced the mildest winters within anyone’s recollection.

As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.

Telltale signs are everywhere -from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest.Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.

Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds -the so-called circumpolar vortex-that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world. Indeed it is the widening of this cap of cold air that is the immediate cause of Africa’s drought. By blocking moisture-bearing equatorial winds and preventing them from bringing rainfall to the parched sub-Sahara region, as well as other drought-ridden areas stretching all the way from Central America to the Middle East and India, the polar winds have in effect caused the Sahara and other deserts to reach farther to the south. Paradoxically, the same vortex has created quite different weather quirks in the U.S. and other temperate zones. As the winds swirl around the globe, their southerly portions undulate like the bottom of a skirt. Cold air is pulled down across the Western U.S. and warm air is swept up to the Northeast. The collision of air masses of widely differing temperatures and humidity can create violent storms-the Midwest’s recent rash of disastrous tornadoes, for example.

Sunspot Cycle. The changing weather is apparently connected with differences in the amount of energy that the earth’s surface receives from the sun. Changes in the earth’s tilt and distance from the sun could, for instance, significantly increase or decrease the amount of solar radiation falling on either hemisphere-thereby altering the earth’s climate. Some observers have tried to connect the eleven-year sunspot cycle with climate patterns, but have so far been unable to provide a satisfactory explanation of how the cycle might be involved.

Man, too, may be somewhat responsible for the cooling trend. The University of Wisconsin’s Reid A. Bryson and other climatologists suggest that dust and other particles released into the atmosphere as a result of farming and fuel burning may be blocking more and more sunlight from reaching and heating the surface of the earth.

Climatic Balance. Some scientists like Donald Oilman, chief of the National Weather Service’s long-range-prediction group, think that the cooling trend may be only temporary. But all agree that vastly more information is needed about the major influences on the earth’s climate. Indeed, it is to gain such knowledge that 38 ships and 13 aircraft, carrying scientists from almost 70 nations, are now assembling in the Atlantic and elsewhere for a massive 100-day study of the effects of the tropical seas and atmosphere on worldwide weather. The study itself is only part of an international scientific effort known acronymically as GARP (for Global Atmospheric Research Program).

Whatever the cause of the cooling trend, its effects could be extremely serious, if not catastrophic. Scientists figure that only a 1% decrease in the amount of sunlight hitting the earth’s surface could tip the climatic balance, and cool the planet enough to send it sliding down the road to another ice age within only a few hundred years.

The earth’s current climate is something of an anomaly; in the past 700,000 years, there have been at least seven major episodes of glaciers spreading over much of the planet. Temperatures have been as high as they are now only about 5% of the time. But there is a peril more immediate than the prospect of another ice age. Even if temperature and rainfall patterns change only slightly in the near future in one or more of the three major grain-exporting countries-the U.S., Canada and Australia -global food stores would be sharply reduced. University of Toronto Climatologist Kenneth Hare, a former president of the Royal Meteorological Society, believes that the continuing drought and the recent failure of the Russian harvest gave the world a grim premonition of what might happen. Warns Hare: “I don’t believe that the world’s present population is sustainable if there are more than three years like 1972 in a row.”

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China-Indian conflict simmering on low boil

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Troops, equipment being staged, airfields planned

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Arunachal Pradesh

With the two most populous nations of the world sparring for influence in South Asia, the effect of China’s recently renewed efforts to contain India is simmering at a low boil, and an eruption could have worldwide implications, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

China has renewed its claim over a swath of land called Arunachal Pradesh in China’s southern Tibet region, prompting India to move troops and deploy its SU-30 fighter aircraft to the disputed border.

For China, India’s advancement of its military along the border is part and parcel of a strategic plan it calls India’s Look East policy, which apparently aims to extend influence in areas China regards as within its sphere. In particular, China is concerned about India’s outreach in the Western Pacific to the Malacca straits in cooperation with Japan.

The Chinese regard India’s new initiative since the June 9 re-election of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a hardening of its “uncompromising stand on important questions relating to national security and interests.”

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At the same time, China sees India bolstered in its efforts due to Japan’s alliance with the U.S. and India’s strengthening of military relations with a number of Beijing’s neighbors. From Beijing’s perspective, such an effort is designed to “contain” China.

An official Chinese military paper, “China Strategy,” which represents the views of the Chinese government, states that India believes its power has already exceeded China’s. New Delhi perceives that the international situation has benefited it due to its support from the U.S. and Europe in pressuring Pakistan and in turn in “restricting” China’s military.

For that reason, India is attempting to change the Sino-Indian border status quo while accusing Chinese troops of carrying out incursions into the border area.

China has seen India dispatch to Arunachal Pradesh near China’s southern Tibet two additional divisions of more than 6,000 troops and two squadrons of SU-30 MK1 fighter aircraft, for a total of some 36 aircraft. To observers, this preoccupation makes the “China factor” more critical in overall Indian strategic thinking.

In response, the Chinese believe the Indians are no match for their troops, especially at the higher altitudes of the Tibetan plateau where the border dispute is simmering.

“India will not be in a position to conduct any border clash or any small or middle-scale war in the border,” a Chinese military specialist said.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, has deployed some 13 border defense regiments in eastern and western sectors of the Sino-Indian border, the 52nd Mountain Infantry Brigade to protect the southern Qinghai-Tibet region, the 53rd Mountain Infantry Brigade to protect the high plateau in the western sector, the 149th Division of the 13th Group Army in the eastern sector and the 61st Division of the 21st Group Army in the western sector.

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NEWS ALERT: Pakistan Christian Families In Hiding After Violence

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By Jawad Mazhar, Worthy News Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

BAHMANI, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)– Christian families in a volatile area of Pakistan’s Punjab province were in hiding Saturday, July 4, after angry Muslim mobs burned and attacked hundreds of Christian homes and churches, injuring over a dozen people, including women and children, witnesses said.

Rights investigators were on their way to the village of Bahmani in Punjab’s Kasur District, where most of this week’s violence took place, officials told Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife.

The violence, which began July 1, “left several Christian critically injured including children and women at Bahmani village,” explained Joseph Francis, the national director of Christian rights and advocacy group Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement’ (CLAAS).

Francis said that he and his team hired two mini-vans “to ferry injured Christians from Bahmani village to a CLAAS rehabilitation center. “So far nine women and four children have been shifted for medical treatment,” he told Worthy News.

Francis alleged that the women and children “sustained critical burns because they were attacked with acid.” Some were “drenched in acid” he said, without providing more details.

“LOOTED AND VANDALIZED”

He said some 100 churches and homes were torched while 200 other Christian homes were “looted and vandalized”.

The violence reportedly began after a Muslim cleric allegedly accused Christians of blasphemous teachings against Islam and Prophet Muhammad, making announcements in a local mosque’s loudspeaker.

Police forces soon arrived but were unable to rescue injured Christians or control the enraged mob comprising of thousands of fundamentalist Muslims, witnesses said.

A tense calm was reported Saturday, July 4. Francis said rights groups arrived at the scene want to pressure authorities to prosecute suspects. Police have so far been reluctant to take action, rights groups said.

There was no immediate comment from police officials. The latest violence comes amid growing concerns about reports of Islamic extremism and attacks against Christians in Pakistan.

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Afghanistan becoming Obama’s Vietnam?

Revival of Taliban attacks threatening American goals

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Afghanistan could prove to be a quagmire for President Obama, with the Taliban resurgence a threat to existing U.S. forces, which which will increase by 17,000 troops, and to Pakistan’s timid government, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Part of the problem for U.S. and NATO troops is that they are not trained for the type of insurgency that exists in Afghanistan. They are conventionally trained to go against an unconventional guerrilla Taliban force and are placed in remote outposts that would be in a position to be picked off before help could arrive.

This assessment comes as Pakistan within the past week has yielded the Swat Valley territory some 100 miles north of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.

While the capital is not under immediate threat, concessions of large swatches of land to the Islamic militants in the northwestern portion of the country that borders Afghanistan could embolden them to pursue further land acquisitions.

For example, the Taliban this week initially moved into the Buno district south of the Swat area, only 60 miles north of the Pakistani capital, but has offered to withdraw.

“Pakistan today is in dire straits where its very existence as a nation-state is at stake,” according to international relations and strategic affairs analyst Subhash Kapila.

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“Pakistan’s creeping Talibanization is no longer creeping but now galloping from its explosive western peripheries to the very heartland of Punjab. Pakistan’s galloping Talibanization is no longer a strategic menace for the United States and NATO Forces in Afghanistan only, or for that matter to India,” Kapila said. “Pakistan’s Talibanization has emerged today as an untreatable or malignant cancer afflicting Pakistan’s survival.”

The signs already are there for Pakistan. Its leadership under recently elected President Bilawal Bhutto Zadari is considered weak and doesn’t have the full confidence of the Pakistani military. In addition, Pakistan’s military isn’t trained to fight the growing insurgency in the country. Instead, Pakistani military doctrine is oriented toward conventional fighting to oppose Indian military forces.

Further, Pakistan’s intelligence service, the Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate, is increasingly being infiltrated by Taliban sympathizers and by mid-level military personnel who are sympathetic to it.

In fact, the Sunni Taliban originally was a creation of the ISI as a means of gaining influence in neighboring Afghanistan, first against the then-Soviet Union and to counter traditional Indian and growing Shiite Iranian influence in the country. Historically, Pakistan since its creation in 1947 has regarded Afghanistan as being in its sphere of influence.

“Pakistan is in the process of being gobbled by a Frankenstein’s monster of its own creation,” according to B. Raman, security expert with the South Asian Analysis Group.

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Arrest sparks rush on $1 million Gospel tracts

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‘The day that story broke people bought half a million’

By Bob Unruh



Million dollar Gospel tract

The Way of the Master, a Christian ministry run by evangelist Ray Comfort and former child actor Kirk Cameron, is reporting a sudden rush by people getting the million-dollar bill Gospel tracts its Living Water Publications produces.

Todd Friel, a spokesman at Way of the Master Radio, told WND that while “Gospel tracts usually turn out to be litter faster than a candy wrapper,” the opposite is true with these Gospel messages.

Even an event such as the recent incident in Pittsburgh when police arrested a man who handed a $1 million bill tract to a grocery store cashier generates a way for the biblical message to be spread.

Officers in that case reported the bill originated with the Dallas-based ministry, but the man was arrested after he flew into a rage, slamming an electronic funds-transfer machine into a counter and reaching for a scanner gun after the clerk refused to accept the tract as money and the manager confiscated it.

Friel said he sometimes wonders why a Gospel tract with a picture President Grover Cleveland and a message of salvation gets so much attention.

“That’s exactly the question we’re asking ourselves,” he told WND. “And with all the different phony bills out there, why does this particular one seem to get so much attention?

“Maybe it taps into that human desire for money,” he said, but whatever the reason, the ministry is happy to print and distribute them as fast as possible, based on its ministry mission statement.

Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron

“One hundred fifty thousand people die every 24 hours – most without the Savior,” that statement says. “We are deeply concerned that so few Christians reach out to the lost. Statistics show that this is as low as five percent. One of the reasons for this is that many don’t feel equipped. As a ministry, our sole purpose is to inspire and equip Christians – to teach them how to share the gospel simply, effectively, biblically … the way Jesus did.”

The tract in question says:

The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven? Here’s a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart.” Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That’s not God’s will. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you. Jesus took your punishment upon Himself -“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus, and God will grant you everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.

The publishers hope the demand for the tract is because of the message. At a minimum, they know the message is getting distributed.

“The day that this story broke – God has a funny way of working things – people bought half a million of these tracts,” Friel said. “Maybe they were afraid they’d all be confiscated.”

He said the ministry, which produces more than 24 million of all of its tracts annually, has discovered that the million dollar bill has staying power.

“At a baseball game, I’ve almost been mauled when I start handing them out,” Friel said. “People actually want them. I’ve been stopped at Customs and they see them in my luggage and everyone wants one.”

He said he’s also seen them posted in bank windows, stashed in tip jars and he’s heard from Muslims in Pakistan who have gotten them and seen a positive change in their lives.

The tracts have been in the news before: About a year ago the U.S. Secret Service seized a stock of the tracts in Texas, alleging they were counterfeit, even though since 1969 the highest legal denomination in the United States has been the $100 bill. That case currently is on appeal.

Friel said the message will continue, no matter what the outcome.

“If the government takes these million dollar bills, the ministry has a Billion Dollar bill tract that is in full color, and very popular. If those are seized the ministry has plans to get a Brazilian Dollar Bill printed, with a picture of the Brazilian president on it,” he said.

So far, they’ve also been subjected to confiscation in Nevada and California.

Jim Thomas, who with his wife Charlene had just finished an evangelism training program at their church, told WND he was handing out the tracts near an escalator at a downtown Los Angeles mall “and everything was going very well.”

Then, he said, a man approached him and told him that “there’s a problem here.”

He introduced himself as a Secret Service agent.

“He began to ask me questions, like ‘have you read the rules and regulations about bills similar to currency?'” Thomas said. “So he just kind of informed me what I could do to be in compliance.”

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New al-Qaida threat: Thermobaric bombs

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Packs power like a nuke, but easier to build, blow up


Massive destruction from Islamabad terrorist attack

Investigators now believe the bombing on Sep. 21 that killed dozens and left massive damage at the Islamabad Marriott, including a gaping hole in the ground in front of the building, was a crude form of a device that intensifies and enhances an explosive – a thermobaric bomb, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The bomb was delivered in a truck that contained what investigators believe was aluminum powder in addition to grenades and artillery shells. The aluminum power is believed to have been responsible for the acceleration and expansion of the impact of the bomb.

While barriers around the hotel kept the truck bomb at some distance from the structure, the devastation indicated that there had to be something capable of raising the devastation level considerably.

The blast was thought to be targeting Americans, since the hotel is a central location for U.S. personnel including intelligence agents to meet outside the U.S. embassy. The hotel also is a temporary residence for U.S. personnel staying in the country.

Some five dozen people, including U.S. government employees, were killed by the truck bomb which was said to include more than a ton of explosives.

If this analysis of the presence of aluminum powder is confirmed, it means that terrorists with the capability can make such bombs without detection, since all ingredients are off-the-shelf.

Al-Qaida and related terrorist groups such as the Tehrik-e-Taliban of Pakistan are thought to have made the attack on the Islamabad Marriott hotel. If that is accurate, then by extension al-Qaida has developed an ability to fashion thermobaric bombs of huge potential.

“Thermobaric bombs … may be emerging as a weapon of choice for terrorists,” declared Tom Burky, an explosives expert at the Ohio-based Battelle defense research institute.

Burky pointed out that thermobaric bombs are meant to take out big buildings and cave complexes where metal fragmentations from traditional bombs don’t work well. He added that thermobaric blasts can push around corners and down corridors or deep inside caves.

When an explosion occurs in a bomb using aluminum powder as in the Islamabad Marriott hotel blast, metal powder creates a fireball as it contacts the air.

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U.N. grants status to homosexual-rights groups

FROM WND

By Matt Sanchez

Opponents fear loss of sovereignty, ties to pedophilia advocates

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United Nations New York

The U.N. recently accorded two homosexual-rights groups “consultative status,” raising opposition from pro-family advocates who see the move as a weakening of national sovereignty that could result in lowering the age of consent for homosexual sex.

U.N. watchdogs also cite homosexual-rights groups’ historical alignment with organizations advocating pedophilia.

The U.N.’s Economic and Social Council, the organ facilitating international cooperation on standards-making and problem-solving in economic and social issues, has accepted COC Netherlands and the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals and Bisexuals of Spain.

This “means we can join the efforts at the U.N. to address human rights violations against people with an alternative sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Björn van Roozendaal, COC Netherlands international advocacy officer.

But members of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute accuse homosexual groups of attempting to weaken sovereignty and impose “gay rights” through a “well-coordinated” international stealth campaign tainted by associations with pro-pedophilia groups.

The pro-homosexual lobby consistently has attempted to advance through the U.N. since 1993, when an umbrella homosexual advocacy group, the International Lesbian Gay Association, or ILGA, achieved U.N. consultative status.

But after revelations that several ILGA members were pedophile organizations, the late Republican Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina led a campaign to suspend ILGA’s U.N. status.

Four pro-pedophile groups were associated with ILGA.

  • The American NAMBLA, the North American Man-Boy Love Association, advocates for intergenerational “consensual sexual relations.”
  • The Dutch-based MARTINJN works “for acceptance of pedophilia and adult-child love relationships.”
  • U.S.-based Project TRUTH
  • The German Verein für Sexuelle Gleichberechtigung, or Association for Sexual Equality.

In 1994, the U.N. took the unusual step of suspending ILGA membership. ILGA then, by a vote of 214-30, voted out all of its pro-pedophile groups, except for VSG. The German group, however, later was suspended for its vocal support of NAMBLA.

Following the revelations and suspension of ILGA’s NGO consultative status, NAMBLA issued statements detailing its working relationship with ILGA and claimed to have helped draft ILGA’s constitution.

In 2003, IGLA petitioned to have its consultative status reinstated but was denied by a vote of 29 to 17.

Cameroon, China, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Senegal, Sudan, the U.S. and Zimbabwe cast votes against ILGA, while France, Germany and Romania voted for the organization.

Following the vote, a U.N. communiqué stated, “The vote in favor of not granting status to that NGO would reaffirm the will and commitment of the international community to protect children.”

In 2006, however, the U.N. granted consultative status to a gay-rights Danish group associated with ILGA-Europe.

Well-coordinated campaign

Responding to the newly granted status given the Spanish and Dutch group, Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Program at Human Rights Watch, said “This vote ensures that two more voices will be raised to defend basic human rights at the U.N.”

But critics see a reason for concern in what has been called “well-coordinated international campaign.”

As director of government relation for Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute – which advocates for “the preservation of international law by discrediting socially radical policies at the United Nations and other international institutions” – Samantha Singson has worked on pro-life, pro-family international policy for over eight years.

Singson told WND there is a great concern for screening LGBT, or “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual,” groups for any ties to pedophilia.

“These nominations are getting a lot more scrutiny, because of the past affiliations,” she said.

Responding to the concern, Scott Long, director of the LGBT rights program for Human Rights Watch, wrote in a statement to WND, “ILGA has made clear that it supports the right of all children to be free of abuse, including sexual abuse.”

But it’s clear that none of the pedophile groups consider sex with a minor “abuse.” On the NAMBLA website, the association calls itself a “voice testifying to the benevolent aspects of man/boy love.”

Brend Varma, the human rights spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, told WND that Ban Ki-Moon will always advocate that “we believe in human rights for all people; specific policies towards sexual orientation throughout the world is a matter for the member states.”

Yet it’s not clear that “all people” includes all ages. In Canada, Israel, the UK and Australia, homosexual activists consistently have pushed for lowering age of consent laws, to align the homosexual age for consensual sex with that of heterosexuals.

International advocacy coupled with local activism could pressure governments to lower the age.

Piero Tozzi observed that the UK is particularly active in pushing for the inclusion of LGBT non-governmental organizations into the U.N. system.

In an interview with WND, Tozzi said the representatives from Egypt, Poland and Malta have been “very prepared” in defending their opposition to LGBT activism under the guise of “non-discrimination.”

Human Rights Watch’s Long criticized the Egyptian delegation for asking, “Is your organization forcing people to adopt a particular lifestyle that will lead to the eventual extinction of the human race?”

Long called the question “ridiculous.”

Singson said “non-discrimination” and “in the spirit of inclusion” have become “code terms for sneaking in pro-LGBT language into important international human rights documents.”

“There is a tendency for LGBT advocates to change terms like ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ to the ambiguous ‘partner,'” she said.

“We’ve even had lively debates about the term ‘family’ vs. ‘families,’ a term that could include same-sex arrangements, she added.

“There’s a crisis in human rights,” said Singson. “Countries agree to universal rights, but they get something entirely different when they agree to recognize these groups.”

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