Saturday, July 12, 2008

Why Obama will fail!

One of the best analysis of the current US political situation comes from an Egyptian? At least HE understands the Middle East and how they will react to the new US President. One of the reasons I follow him is to see what the Arabs are thinking.

Rantings of a Sandmonkey: "Unarguably , Obama's number one foreign policy objective is to get things right with the arab and muslim world. And that's when you are going to watch the best circus in the world, because no a single leader, in the arab or the muslim world, really wants to get right with the US. Hell, our rulers have justified their entire existence in power by positioning themselves as opposed to America . They continue , in their state-sponsored media, to point fingers at the US and go ' See, those bloodthirsty Americans. They will kill you all, rape all of your women and drink the blood of your babies, if we are not here to protect you. So eat shit and shut up!', and If you think I am exaggerating please check Egypt, Syria, Iran, Yemen, etc.. etc.. Those people have built their entire rule on that whole notion, you think they are going to give that up because the silly Americans voted for a 40-something inexperienced Black dude? Get real!"

Intelligence: The CIA In Chains

Liberals never learn. They are the most self-centered jerks that the world has ever had inflicted upon humanity. They wish they were the nobility and they think and act like it. They only care about themselves and they do not care about the country as a whole.

What harms the CIA harms the country as has been proven in the past! Sure, limiting the CIA to overseas work made sense, but putting walls so that they can not share what they discover with the other intelligence groups is insane. Only a Liberal could think about creating a weaker country while crying about needing more government benefits.

Intelligence: The CIA In Chains: "The CIA In Chains

July 11, 2008: The U.S. Congress is again, as it did in the 1970s, trying to "rein in" the CIA. Congress wants to outlaw many real, or imagined, techniques that the CIA has employed since September 11, 2001. Much of this effort is political, to placate the many people, and politicians, who now take it as fact (or on faith) that the Islamic terrorist threat was overblown, or that the U.S. response was not commensurate (and itself a form of terrorism) with the threat.

It's already been forgotten what the CIA has gone through these past five years. There was the massive recruiting program (of analysts and field operators), and the introduction of lots of new technology (especially for the analysts) and techniques. All this was largely the result of the CIA being put into a sort of semi-hibernation in the late 1970s. This was an aftereffect of the Church Committee, an investigative operation sponsored by Congress, that sought to reform the CIA. The reforms were mainly about eliminating CIA spying inside the United States, and doing stuff for the president that Congress did not approve of. There was also a desire to avoid any CIA connection with foreign unpleasantness (like using unsavory people as spies or informants). This led to a growing list of restrictions on what the CIA could do overseas, and at home. Congress was out to make sure no future president (the CIA works for the president) could use the CIA as had been done during the Vietnam war, and before. The CIA interpreted this as "no more James Bond stuff," just use your spy satellites and write up your reports. The Church Committee insured that the CIA became a much less interesting place to work. A lot of the most capable people got out over the next two decades. Recruiting became difficult.

But after September 11, 2001, the CIA was tossed a huge pile of money and told to staff up and get going. The Church Committee restrictions were largely, if not completely, discarded. Recruiting efforts were greatly expanded, and since September 11, 2001, several hundred thousand applications were received. The agency has had a hard time keeping up with that.

This created some interesting personnel problems, especially in the operations division (the people who go to foreign countries and, well, sometimes do James Bond stuff.) There were few people left in the agency that remembered how to do field ops the old school way. By late 2001, many of recently retired field ops guys were being lured back to active duty. You now had a situation where the field ops population is like a cross between a college fraternity and retirement community. There are few people in the middle, age and experience wise. It's almost as bad in the analysis division (where the data is studied and reports prepared.)

The area of the CIA that has flourished in the last three decades has been the geek side of things. These folks were always flush, thanks to a Congress that felt safer with spy satellites, than with spies on the ground. But those days are over. Much of the new technology is going to the analysts (better computerized tools to dig quickly through information) and the field operatives (like Predator UAVs, at four million bucks each.) A lot of money is going into training (learning Arabic, Pushto, Farsi and Dari are encouraged, and sometimes demanded) and the use of consultants (often former CIA operatives who would not come back full time.)

The new restrictions would outlaw things like the use of contractors for interrogations (even if there were no other source of manpower to do the job in time), the use of "vigorous interrogation", the detention of foreigners without giving them access to the U.S. criminal justice system, and many more items that most CIA officials know, from their own experience, will only get Americans killed. They know that because they paid attention to what the Church Committee restrictions did to degrade U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities. However, it looks like history is going to repeat itself. Not the first time that has happened.

Tony Snow Biography: 1955-2008

I used to read Mr Snow's columns all the time and I watched him on Fox near religiously. I have missed you Mr Snow and have been praying for your recovery. Not enough I guess.

Rest in Peace. - Tony Snow Biography: 1955-2008 - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum: " Robert Anthony Snow

Born: June 1, 1955, in Berea, Ky.; spent childhood in Cincinnati area.

Family: Wife, Jill Ellen Walker, and three children.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Davidson College in 1977. Did graduate work at the University of Chicago, in philosophy and economics, from 1978 to 1979.

Newspaper Career: Began as newspaper editorial writer for the Greensboro (N.C.) Record in 1979, then Norfolk Virginian-Pilot; named editorial page editor for the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press in 1982; became deputy editorial page editor at the Detroit News in 1984 and editorial page editor of the Washington Times in 1987; wrote columns for Detroit News, USA Today and syndication.

TV/Radio Career: Hired in 1995 by ABC's “Good Morning America” as a conservative voice in debates with Chris Matthews and served as replacement commentator for political talk shows like “Crossfire” and “Equal Time”; tapped in 1996 to host “FOX News Sunday,” the first news show on the FOX network, and began appearing on FOX News Channel when it was launched later that year; hosted FOX News' “Weekend Live with Tony Snow,” in 2003, as well as "The Tony Snow Show" on FOX News Radio.

White House Career: Left newspapers in 1991 to join staff of first President Bush as deputy assistant to the president for communications and director of speechwriting; later promoted to deputy assistant to the president for media affairs; appointed by second President Bush in April 2006 as White House press secretary after Scott McClellan resigned; served until September 2007, when colon cancer treatment and family financial pressures forced him to step down."

Friday, July 11, 2008

U.S. Troops in Iraq Face A Powerful New Weapon

The WaPo almost sounds happy that the terrorists have found a new weapon to kill with. Jerks.

Can we send these traitors over to live with their heroes?

U.S. Troops in Iraq Face A Powerful New Weapon - "Suspected Shiite militiamen have begun using powerful rocket-propelled bombs to attack U.S. military outposts in recent months, broadening the array of weapons used against American troops.

U.S. military officials call the devices Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions, or IRAMs. They are propane tanks packed with hundreds of pounds of explosives and powered by 107mm rockets. They are often fired by remote control from the backs of trucks, sometimes in close succession. Rocket-propelled bombs have killed at least 21 people, including at least three U.S. soldiers, this year.

The latest reported rocket-propelled bomb attack occurred Tuesday at Joint Security Station Ur, a base in northeastern Baghdad shared by U.S. and Iraqi soldiers. One U.S. soldier and an interpreter were wounded in the attack.

U.S. military officials say IRAM attacks, unlike roadside bombings and conventional mortar or rocket attacks, have the potential to kill scores of soldiers at once. IRAMs are fired at close range, unlike most rockets, and create much larger explosions. Most such attacks have occurred in the capital, Baghdad."

Between a rock and the hardest of places

So much logic that you know she is not a Liberal!

The demonization of Israel is almost complete so that the Arabs can slaughter the Jews and Europe will cheer. At least in the Muslim and Leftist regions. Ms Phillips is correct that the Left will pay for this tacit support by having to either cave in to Iranian demands or fighting the war they have been avoiding.

When appeasers finally discover how stupid they are, they have to blame others for their folly as the rational people have to clean up the mess they made. Sometimes it does not pay to be rational.

The Spectator: "It is very noticeable that, although Ahmadinejad and co regularly threaten the annihilation of Israel and are building the weapons to carry that out, there are – in Britain, at any event -- no expressions of horror or outrage, no statements of solidarity and commitment to prevent this second Holocaust from ever taking place. The reason is that a silent calculation has been made -- that Israel is eminently expendable.

Horrific as is such indifference to genocide, what such people fail to grasp is that a nuclear Iran will hold the rest of the world to ransom and force it to meet the demands of an apocalyptic messianic Islamist sect. That is not something with which the west can learn to live. If that were to happen, the west would die. But people also find Ahmadinejad’s bloodcurdling threats too ridiculous to be taken seriously – the mistake the west has consistently made about Islamic fanaticism, viewing it as it does through the prism of the arrogant western illusion that everyone in the world is at root a rational actor governed by a rational understanding of his own self-interest.

The outcome of this terminal frivolity is that since neither Israel nor the west can live with a nuclear Iran, the last resort of war may have to be activated – but it could have been avoided had the west not behaved over these past years with such reckless spinelessness. There can be no doubt that war with Iran is a fearsome prospect which might well unleash heaven knows what horrors. But there’s a worse prospect yet – a nuclear Iran. We are between a rock and a very hard place indeed."

A moral revival?

If morals are being allowed back into English society, will the US be allowed to discuss them again soon?

What is it that Lefties have against morality anyway?

The Spectator: "Cameron’s speech steered clear of this trap by correctly setting out the broad context for concern. He didn’t just identify the social ills of

family breakdown, welfare dependency, debt, drugs, poverty, poor policing, inadequate housing, and failing schools

and commit the Tories to the progressive task of remedying them and thus improving society, as opposed to the reactionary left which cements them in place and leaves people to rot in order to control their lives. He also identified the core issue beneath all these ailments as

a society that is in danger of losing its sense of personal responsibility, social responsibility, common decency and, yes, even public morality."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

British blogger being sued for hurting Hamas-UK's feelings

Being sued for hurting the feelings of terrorists? This is rich! If they win this, then I can sue them for the distress I have felt having to read about how they want to kill me because I refuse to live like a 6th century barbarian.

I would spit on them, but I will save my saliva for a target worthwhile. Like rapists and murderers who murder for fun, not religion.

Solomonia: British blogger being sued for hurting Hamas-UK's feelings: "It's bad enough that Hamas openly has a branch in the UK. It's worse that Hamas-UK is having a rally in central London. But I think we all have to agree with the political editor of the New Statesman, Martin Bright, when he says that when Hamas is allowed to sue a blogger for basically hurting the clerical fascists' tender feelings, this is 'a step too far'.

From We’re Being Sued By Hamas UK by David T.:

Last Friday, in the wake of a closely argued debate about whether Mohammed Sawalha, the President of the British Muslim Initiative, had used the phrase “Evil Jew” or “Jewish Lobby” in a speech, Harry’s Place received a letter. The letter is from Dean and Dean, a firm of solicitors who are acting for Mr Sawalha. Mr Sawalha has demanded that we take down certain articles from Harry’s Place, and publish an apology “in the attached wording”.

Hamas calls for all-Palestinian West Bank terror offensive

Hamas, the regional leader in Peace. They have a Peace Treaty and still continue to call for war. In the name of Allah and Mohammad, the breaker of treaties and slaughterer of the children. When he was not molesting them.

Peace be upon him. Rest in peace in your forgotten grave.

DEBKAfile - Hamas calls for all-Palestinian West Bank terror offensive: "Hamas media Wednesday night broadcast a call to all Palestinian organizations to enlist for an all-out terrorist offensive against Israeli military and civilian targets on the West Bank.

The immediate response was a bombing attack on an IDF vehicle on Route 60 south of the West Bank town of Hebron. No one was hurt.

Our sources add that Hamas is not threatening to end the Gaza truce.

Its West Bank terror offensive was announced to counter the IDF’s crackdown for the past week on its burgeoning presence on the West Bank by shutting down its institutions and sources of funding. The last straw for the Islamist Palestinian group was Israel’s military raid Tuesday of the Beit al Mal business mall in Nablus. The soldiers shut the center down for business, along with Hamas-owned bakeries and other profitable concerns.

DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources report that in Cairo, the talks Egyptian intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman has been holding with Hamas leaders from Damascus and Gaza have reached an impasse over scaled up Hamas demands of Egypt and Israel:

1. Egypt must pledge the immediate reopening of the Rafah border terminal twice or three times a week without waiting for Israel to concur as required by international accords.

2. Israel must allow twenty times the present tonnage of goods to transit the Sufa and Nahal Oz crossings into Gaza

3. Israel must transfer to Hamas in Gaza the share of customs duties due to the Gaza Strip (proportionate to its population), which are deducted on incoming Palestinian commodities, instead of handing the entire sum to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

Their leaders do not threaten outright to end the informal truce in Gaza, but they are avoiding discussing the fate of the Israeli soldier Hamas kidnapped more than two years ago."

Dumb Doctors

More excellent facts to ponder with your dinner.

Remember: an apple a day keeps your doctor away, so you might live longer.

Eat more apples

IMAO: Dumb Doctors: "FACTS TO PONDER :
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(Calculation) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.

(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.
(Yes, that's 80 million..)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(Calculation) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188
Statistics courtesy of FBI

So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do.'


Please alert your friends to this threat.
We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!
#18 - Posted by: Glen Halliday"

IMAO: Dumb Doctors

This is too good to miss! Even if it was in the comments section of another post.


Research on bread indicates that

1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.

2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.

3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.

4. More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.

5. Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!

6. Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low incidence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis.

7. Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days.

8. Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter, and even cold cuts.

9. Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.

10. Newborn babies can choke on bread.

11. Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.

12. Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.

In light of these frightening statistics, it has been proposed that the following bread restrictions be made:

1. No sale of bread to minors.

2. A nationwide "Just Say No To Toast" campaign, complete celebrity TV spots and bumper stickers.

3. A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.

4. No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.

5. The establishment of "Bread-free" zones around schools.
Posted by: heldmyw"

Is "black hole" a racially insensitive term?

The Left has Americans of African decent so worked up about how important racial politics are that even physics has to change to accommodate the politics of racism. These morons, especially the learned judge, should be fired for stupidity.

SciGuy: Is "black hole" a racially insensitive term?: "A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.

County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections 'has become a black hole' because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud 'Excuse me!' He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a 'white hole.'

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term."

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Toddlers who dislike spicy food racist, say report

The Left is getting so paranoid about everything that they even suspect toddlers. Can we just send all these morons to their own island someplace?

Toddlers who dislike spicy food racist, say report - Telegraph: "The National Children's Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations, has issued guidance to play leaders and nursery teachers advising them to be alert for racist incidents among youngsters in their care.

This could include a child of as young as three who says 'yuk' in response to being served unfamiliar foreign food.

The guidance by the NCB is designed to draw attention to potentially-racist attitudes in youngsters from a young age.
Article continues

It alerts playgroup leaders that even babies can not be ignored in the drive to root out prejudice as they can 'recognise different people in their lives'.

The 366-page guide for staff in charge of pre-school children, called Young Children and Racial Justice, warns: 'Racist incidents among children in early years settings tend to be around name-calling, casual thoughtless comments and peer group relationships.'

It advises nursery teachers to be on the alert for childish abuse such as: 'blackie', 'Pakis', 'those people' or 'they smell'."

Ex-Black Panther's Conviction in 1972 LODD Overturned

Is this judge insane? Just because of the original lawyer's failure to object to part of the testimony this killer is getting freed? I guess if you can't get a lawyer then get a piss poor lawyer so that your conviction will be overturned. I wonder what the testimony that is being rejected by this judge is about?

Despite the public lies of the defense lawyer, I am thinking that this was not false evidence. Stupid lawyers.

Ex-Black Panther's Conviction in 1972 LODD Overturned: Top News Stories at "A federal judge on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a former Black Panther in the 1972 stabbing death of a Louisiana prison guard.

Albert Woodfox, who was held in solitary confinement for over 30 years, is one of three former Panthers known as the 'Angola Three.' He and two other black prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola were convicted in the killing of guard Brent Miller on April 17, 1972.

U.S. District Judge James Brady issued a ruling late Tuesday approving a federal magistrate's June recommendation that Woodfox's conviction be overturned because one of his former lawyers failed to object to a prosecutor's testimony about a witness' credibility. Brady also found that Woodfox's trial lawyer failed to object to testimony from a witness who had died after the trial.

Woodfox's decades in solitary confinement attracted worldwide attention from activists who called him a political prisoner.

Nick Trenticosta, the New Orleans-based defense lawyer who handled the appeal, said Woodfox's immediate future lies in the hands of prosecutors, who could request a new trial. Trenticosta said he hoped Woodfox to be released without another trial.

'The man was convicted on false evidence, and he's been held in solitary for almost 40 years. Let's release him,' Trenticosta said"

What Terrorizes Terrorists The Most

Intelligence: What Terrorizes Terrorists The Most: "What Terrorizes Terrorists The Most

July 8, 2008: The U.S. has revealed that many terrorists it arrests, or kills, in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world, already have arrest records in the United States and other nations. They know this because early on in the war on terror, the Department of Defense adopted many practices that major police departments have long taken for granted. One of the more useful techniques is biometrics. That is, every time the troops encounter a 'person of interest', they don't just take their name and address, they also use portable electronic tools to take fingerprints, a retinal scan and photos. All this is stored in a database, which now contains hundreds of thousands of records for Iraqis, Afghans, and other 'persons of interest'. The fingerprints are particularly useful, because when they are stored electronically, you can search and find out immediately if the print you have just lifted from somewhere else, like the fragment of a car bomb, is in there or not. The digital photos, from several angles, are also useful, because these pictures are run through software that creates a numeric ID that can be used by security cameras to look for some one specific, or for finding someone from a witness description. Other nations are digitizing their mug shots, and this enables these people to be quickly checked against those in the American database.

For decades, the U.S. military has regularly collected huge amounts of information from accidents, or even combat encounters. So now, it's no surprise that forensics teams examine each bombing (car or roadside), to see if they can get fingerprints. Often bomb makers are found this way, because raids frequently encounter suspicious characters, but no evidence to justify arresting them. It only takes about two minutes per subject to take the biometric data, so any suspicious characters are added to the database. Now, after several years of this, raiding parties know to grab any guy who seems to panic at the sight of the biometrics equipment coming out. The terrorists know that biometrics is bad news for them, and they fear it."

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Gateway Pundit: This is Guaranteed To Make Democratic Heads Explode...

I could hug all these guys! Semper Fi! You make us proud back here at home.

Gateway Pundit: This is Guaranteed To Make Democratic Heads Explode...: "This was one for the record books--
More than 1,200 US troops serving in Iraq signed up for extended service in the military to mark America's Independence day on Friday.

General David Petraeus led the airmen, Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers in their oath to defend their country against all enemies both foreign and domestic."

Horror!... Syrian Prison Guards Desecrate Koran

Hmmm, I am not sure I can anything to GW's comment! I just wish I had beat him to it, because now my snarky humor will just seem weak.

Gateway Pundit: Horror!... Syrian Prison Guards Desecrate Koran: "Clashes between guards and prisoners at a jail in Syria have resulted in many deaths, a human-rights group says.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 25 people had been killed after military police fired live bullets at Islamist inmates.

The Syrian authorities have not yet commented on the situation, which remains unclear. One inmate told the BBC he believed more than 25 had died.

Prisoners said the clashes were sparked by raids in which guards beat inmates.

They said the guards had also desecrated copies of the Koran.

The Islamists take desecrating the Koran seriously... When they can tie it to the US."

Illegal immigrants face threat of no college

Waaaaaa! Cry me a river, on your way back over the Rio.

Save the tax dollars for the tax payers! Worse is the stupid idea of in-state tuition for people who are not even citizens of the country! Who came up with this moronic notion in the first place?

Illegal immigrants face threat of no college - "Some states are making it harder for illegal immigrants to attend college by denying in-state tuition benefits or banning undocumented students.

In the past two years, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma have refused in-state tuition benefits to students who entered the USA illegally with their parents but grew up and went to school in the state. That represents a reversal from earlier this decade, when 10 states passed laws allowing in-state rates for such students.

This summer, South Carolina became the first state to bar undocumented students from all public colleges and universities.

North Carolina's community colleges in May ordered its 58 campuses to stop enrolling undocumented students after the state attorney general said admitting them may violate federal law.

'The new trend is to kick illegal aliens out of college altogether,' says William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, which opposes taxpayer subsidies for undocumented immigrants."

Analysis: Will terrorists go nuclear?

Of course the terrorists want something with a big boom! They love to demonstrate power. The ones who want bioweapons do not want power, they want deaths. They want to destroy life on this planet. They are pure evil.

This article is simple enough for even a Liberal to understand. I think. I have trouble reading down to that level, so it might be too advanced still. You might want to forward it to your Liberal friends so that they can understand what the Experts fear.

Analysis: Will terrorists go nuclear? - "One recurring question that has been at the forefront of most intelligence agencies since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by al-Qaida on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon just 1 mile outside Washington concerns the ongoing efforts by terrorist groups to acquire weapons of mass destruction: chemical, biological and mostly nuclear.

Each of the NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) weapons comes with a certain advantage and disadvantage -- for the terrorist, that is."

Monday, July 07, 2008

‘Germ warfare’ fear over African monkeys taken to Iran

All the credible intelligence agencies know that Iran has huge stock piles of bioweapons. This is not news, except to the Left.

‘Germ warfare’ fear over African monkeys taken to Iran - Times Online: "Hundreds of endangered monkeys are being taken from the African bush and sent to a “secretive” laboratory in Iran for scientific experiments.

An undercover inquiry by The Sunday Times has revealed that wild monkeys, which are banned from experiments in Britain, are being freely supplied in large numbers to laboratories in other parts of the world. All will undergo invasive and maybe painful experiments leading ultimately to their death.

One Tanzanian dealer, Nazir Manji, who runs African Primates, an animal-supplying company based in Dar es Salaam, said that in recent years he had been selling up to 4,000 vervet monkeys a year to laboratories, charging about £60 each.

Vervets are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). Despite this they are being routinely caught and sold to any buyer prepared to pay.


Manji said scientists at the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Iran had bought 215 vervet monkeys from him this year but he had become suspicious about their true motive, although he was still trading with them. They had “spent a lot of money” on getting the monkeys, even sending over scientists to check on each consignment.

“Iran is very secretive,” said Manji, who has been exporting monkeys for 22 years. “They said it [the monkeys] was for ‘our country’, for vaccine. [They said] ‘We don’t buy vaccine from anywhere; we prepare our own vaccine’.

“But I think they use it for something else. You know why? Because they don’t go on kilos. Iran wants [monkeys weighing] 1.5kg to 2.5kg, [but] 1.5kg for vaccine is not possible.”

Rubibira indicated that finding out what the Iranians wanted the monkeys for would be difficult. “They cannot say, you know. They are secretive. They wouldn’t tell the truth.”

The revelation will fuel speculation that the monkeys may be used for research involving biological weapons. Primates are typically used by scientists wishing to test both the effectiveness of germ warfare agents and defences against them.

The Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, which has its headquarters in Karaj, near Tehran, has been accused in the past by an Iranian opposition group of conducting biological weapons testing. "

Foreign Fighter Fingerprint Database Turns Up U.S. Arrest Records - Foreign Fighter Fingerprint Database Turns Up U.S. Arrest Records - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum: "Information coming in from fingerprinting around the globe is proving to be extremely beneficial to efforts in the War on Terror.

Officials have found that many of the foreign fighters and detainees they've fingerprinted have U.S. arrest records — many for drunken driving, passing bad checks and traffic violations, and some of them very lengthy.

The Washington Post reports in Sunday editions that in the weeks and months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the FBI and U.S. military began coordinating the effort of fingerprinting fighters on the battlefield and others pulled in for questioning or detention.

An FBI team sent to Afghanistan in December 2001 interviewed foreign fighters and brought back fingerprint results to the bureau's criminal biometric database. The team found that for every 100 detainees fingerprinted, at least one came up with an arrest record in the U.S.

One of the men fingerprinted was Mohamed al Qahtani. At the time he was captured, he claimed he was in Afghanistan to learn the art of falconry. But when his fingerprints were traced, it turned out he'd been denied entry into Orlando International Airport in August 2001, just a month before the Sept. 11 attacks. The Sept. 11 commission later identified"

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