Nick Clegg was tonight forced to clarify his position on the Iraq war after he stood up at the dispatch box of the House of Commons and pronounced the invasion illegal. The deputy prime minister insisted he was speaking in a personal capacity, as a leading international lawyer warned that the statement by a government minister in such a formal setting could increase the chances of charges against Britain in international courts. Philippe Sands, professor of law at University College London, said: “A public statement by a government minister in parliament as to the legal situation would be a statement that an international court would be interested in, in forming a view as to whether or not the war was lawful.”
We have received reports that there are spam email messages circulating that contain links to this site. This can sometimes indicate a concerted attempt to get a site shut down by their hosting provider or blacklisted in spam directories. However, such actions, when concerted, usually involve the spoofing of IP addresses to further abuse complaints. We have received a copy of one of the messages, which is reproduced below. It contains a link to a collection of news items we posted regarding the former president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and his supposed looting of the country’s banks prior to his departure from office. The message says that it is from a Taras Shevchenko, who claims to be a “family lawyer” to the former president, and is offering to tell you about the $1 Billion that the president is hiding. He’ll let you have $300 million if you’ll only be discrete about it. The message is also careful to apologize if it “offends your moral values”.
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Mines, Mineral Mining Law and Regulations, February 14, 2010.
(U//FOUO) FBI CJIS Future Trends in Law Enforcement Brief, November 2009.
Earlier this week, the owner of a Wordpress-based blogging platform Blogetery.com was informed by the site’s hosting provider Burst.net that their servers had been deactivated following a request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although preliminary reports attributed this takedown to copyrighted content, it has since been discovered that the removal was due to “terrorist materials”. A press release from BurstNet explains “Upon review, Burst.net determined that the posted material, in addition to potentially inciting dangerous activities, specifically violated the BurstNet Acceptable Use Policy. This policy strictly prohibits the posting of ‘terrorist propaganda, racist material, or bomb/weapon instructions’. Due to this violation and the fact that the site had a history of previous abuse, BurstNet elected to immediately disable the system.” Burst.net later posted comments to a forum indicating that they would not allow the customer access to his data. “We cannot give him his data nor can we provide any other details. By stating this, most would recognize that something serious is afoot.”
At first glance, the process looks chaotic, but after a minute of watching the orchestration a brilliant concert plays out. One of the young men of the Alabama National Guard is from a town not far from the work on Dauphin Island’s west end, as are many others in his outfit. He says that being on active duty in the place he calls home is something state guards hope for. Though they go wherever and whenever they are deployed, often overseas, working to protect home surf and turf is always a welcome assignment. Sweat-stained brows, hands sticky with salty sand, throats parched from Gulf Coast winds and heat, these soldiers of Alabama are producing a visible protection as mile after mile of shoreline become lined with a solid defence against the oil spill should it come ashore. These ‘boxes’, when full of sand are often used as barriers against mortar fire in war zones. Some of these guardsmen have been behind them overseas. They don’t seem to care, however, whether they are used to stop weapons or an oil spill – they care that what they are accomplishing as a team is protecting home.
Elements in the Pakistan Government, in particular its intelligence establishment, know where Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, is hiding inside the country, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said, declaring America will not be satisfied till it gets the most wanted fugitive of the world. “I don’t want to put a proximity or timeline on it (getting bin Laden). As I’ve said, we have gotten closer because we have been able to kill a number of their trainers, their operational people, their financiers,” Clinton said in an interview to the Fox News channel in Islamabad.
(U//FOUO) The Intelligence Community currently has no specific, credible intelligence indicating that domestic or international terrorist organizations intend to use Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) against targets within the Homeland. However, both foreign and domestic terrorist groups continue to use IEDs/VBIEDs as a frequently employed method of attack, and in particular, the frequency of lethal IED incidents overseas is cause for continuing concern.
FOUO Minnesota National Guard (MNNG) advisory to personnel with respect to travel to the United Mexican States (Mexico).
Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, has reportedly issued a new directive in which he calls on his fighters to capture and kill any Afghan working for foreign forces. Nato said they stumbled upon the five-point directive after intercepting a letter that the Taliban chief wrote to his field commanders. The letter calls on commanders to fight foreign troops to the death and capture them whenever possible as well as instructing fighters to obtain more heavy weapons. The appeal also instructs Taliban field commanders to recruit anyone with access to foreign military bases in order to obtain information on international troops.
To establish a single source of facts documenting the 728th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron‘s deployment to Baghdad in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF). This final report is based on information collected from each of the squadron’s work centers in garrison, prior to deployment and during operations at Camp Griffin, Baghdad International Airport, Iraq.
Virginia Fusion Center (VFC) Overview Brief, April 22, 2009.
(U//FOUO//LES) California Military Department Antiterrorism Bulletin March 2010.
(U//FOUO) Terrorists could use the explosive Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), also referred to as acetone peroxide, in an attack against the United States. In December 2001, British shoe-bomber Richard Reid tried to detonate an explosive device with TATP as the initiator while aboard a flight from Paris to Miami. TATP can be made from hydrogen peroxide, acetone, and sulfuric acid. These ingredients are commonly available from drug stores, hardware stores, and car batteries. TATP is extremely sensitive to impact, friction, static/sparks, and heat, and may react violently to drug field testing.
The Sunni rebel group Jundullah has claimed responsibility for the double suicide bombing outside of a Shi’ite mosque in the Iranian provincial capital of Zahedan. At least twenty-seven people were killed in the attacks and more than two-hundred and seventy have been injured. While the U.S., Canada, and the UN, have all publicly denounced the attacks, Iranian officials have stated that the group claiming responsibility for the attack is supported by the U.S. Reputable sources outside of the Iranian government confirm this association and in February of this year, the leader of the Jundullah gave a televised confession describing the support he had received from U.S. sources and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Commander, International Security Assistance Force Campaign Overview June 2010.
(U//FOUO) DHS Protective Security Coordination Division, March 31, 2010.
(U//FOUO) HITRAC Homeland Security Threat Overview, October 2007.
India’s top security official has accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of controlling and coordinating the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks that killed 166 people. In an interview with the Indian Express newspaper published Wednesday, Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai alleged that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) played a much more significant role in planning and executing the attacks than was earlier known. Pillai said the level of Pakistan’s involvement became clear through last month’s interrogation of David Headley, a suspect being held in the United States.
This manual provides guidance for training Army special operations forces (ARSOF) personnel in the techniques of animal pack transport and for organizing and operating pack animal units. It captures some of the expertise and techniques that have been lost in the United States (U.S.) Army over the last 50 years. The chapters on care, feeding, and veterinary medicine compose a considerable portion of the manual; however, this material is not intended as a substitute for veterinary expertise nor will it make a veterinarian out of the reader. ARSOF personnel must have a rudimentary knowledge of anatomy and physiology, common injuries, diseases (particularly of the feet), feeding, and watering to properly care for the animals and to avoid abusing them from overloading or overworking.
EU Restricted, U.S. Confidential Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) July 2010 Draft.
The following document is reportedly the full and “uncorrupted” version of the Inspire Magazine said to be produced by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The file was removed from Scribd after it falsely claimed to have received a notice from the “copyright holder” of the magazine. The authenticity of the following document should be deeply scrutinized. We have also been unable to remove password protection and security settings from the file, something that we are normally able to do quite easily with government documents.
A car bomb and gunfight at the entrance of a police headquarters killed three U.S. troops and five civilians in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said Wednesday. An Afghan police officer also died in the attack on the compound of the elite Afghan National Civili Order Police late Tuesday night, a provincial spokesman said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.