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Reader Selected News, Week Feb 23 – Mar 1

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Reader Selected News, Week Feb 23 – Mar 1”

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    Al-Qaeda’s 22 Tips on hiding from drones shows Go Green. Osama bin Laden listed plant more trees, mix sugar and mud for paint. Military experts say tips very high-tech and sophisticated. (seriously)

    The Globe and Mail: ~ AP: Al-Qaeda’s 22 tips on avoiding drones: hide under trees and camouflage

    Rukmini Callimachi – Feb 22 2013

    Video: Uproar over U.S. memo on drone strikes targeting Americans abroad
    Video: WWF deploys military drones to protect wildlife

    Military officials can tell why: The fighters are stretching the mats across the tops of their cars on poles to form natural carports, so that drones cannot detect them from the air.

    The instruction to camouflage cars is one of 22 tips on how to avoid drones, listed on a document left behind by the Islamic extremists as they fled northern Mali from a French military intervention last month.

    A Xeroxed copy of the document, which was first published on a jihadist forum two years ago, was found by The Associated Press in a manila envelope on the floor of a building here occupied by al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb.

    “This new document… shows we are no longer dealing with an isolated local problem, but with an enemy which is reaching across continents to share advice,” said Bruce Riedel, a 30-year veteran of the CIA, now the director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution.

    The tips in the document range from the broad (No. 7, hide from being directly or indirectly spotted, especially at night) to the specific (No 18, formation of fake gatherings, for example by using dolls and statues placed outside false ditches to mislead the enemy.)

    “These are not dumb techniques. It shows that they are acting pretty astutely,” said Col. Cedric Leighton, a 26-year-veteran of the United States Air Force, who helped set up the Predator drone program, which later tracked Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.

    However, even an infrared sensor would have trouble detecting a car left under a mat tent overnight, so that its temperature is the same as on the surrounding ground, Leighton said.

    The idea of hiding under trees to avoid drones, which is tip No. 10, appears to be coming from the highest levels of the terror network.

    Abou Zeid, the senior al-Qaeda emir in the region, rushed to jam his car under a pair of tamarind trees outside the store.

    “He and his men got out of the car and dove under the awning,” said al-Housseini. “As for what I did? Me and my employees? We also ran. As fast as we could.”

    Along with the grass mats, the al-Qaeda men in Mali made creative use of another natural resource to hide their cars: Mud.

    Asse Ag Imahalit, a gardener at a building in Timbuktu, said he was at first puzzled to see that the fighters sleeping inside the compound sent for large bags of sugar every day. Then, he said, he observed them mixing the sugar with dirt, adding water and using the sticky mixture to “paint” their cars. Residents said the cars of the al-Qaeda fighters are permanently covered in mud.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com.....cmpid=rss1

    MORE: Green Tips on document found by AP to hide from drones. OBL said to plant more trees.

    RTE: Al-Qaeda list for avoiding drone attacks found in Mali

    Feb 22 2013

    One of the tips appears to have come directly from Osama bin Laden

    The author of the tipsheet found in Timbuktu is Abdallah bin Muhammad, the nom de guerre for a senior commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based branch of the terror network.

    The document was first published in Arabic on an extremist website on 2 June, 2011, a month after bin Laden’s death, according to Mathieu Guidere, a professor at the University of Toulouse.

    Mr Guidere runs a database of statements by extremist groups, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, and he reviewed and authenticated the document found by the AP.

    The tipsheet is still little known, if at all, in English, though it has been republished at least three times in Arabic on other jihadist forums after drone strikes took out US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in September 2011 and al-Qaida second-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi in Pakistan in June 2012.

    “I want the brothers in the Islamic Maghreb to know that planting trees helps the mujahedeen and gives them cover,” Bin Laden wrote.

    “Trees will give the mujahedeen the freedom to move around especially if the enemy sends spying aircrafts to the area.”

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/02.....d-in-mali/

    Meanwhile, Americans now have some expert tips for protecting themselves against US drones.
    Go green.
    .

  2. canary

    DailyMail.co.uk.: British terrorist linked to CIA suicide bombing which killed seven agents in Afghanistan

    By Steve Robson – Feb 16 2013

    A British terrorist has been linked to one of the worst disasters in CIA history.

    Omar al-Britani fought for the al-Qaeda and the Taliban before he was recently killed but has been linked to an attack in Afghanistan in 2009 that killed seven agents.

    Triple agent: Abu Dujana, also known as Humam al-Balawi, posed as an informant for the CIA

    Dujana, also known as Humam al-Balawi, carried out the attack at the CIA’s Camp Chapman base in 2009 which killed seven agents and a Jordanian official.

    But once inside he detonated a suicide vest killing seven CIA agents and a Jordanian official.

    It was the deadliest attack on the CIA in 25 years and led to a report which was heavily critical of the agency’s work in Afghanistan.

    One officer was quoted as branding US forces ‘clueless’ due to its lack of useful intelligence.

    (Videos)
    In the video, Britani is seen gesturing towards Dujana, saying he is destined for martyrdom, The Sun reports.

    Killer: The video shows British terrorist Omar al-Britani introducing Abu Dujana, pictured, as ‘my brother’

    No details of when or how he died are given but it is believed he was killed by either a US drone attack or by Pakistani forces.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....z2LgSu36Zi

    Obviously the Brits wrote their version

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....paign=1490

  3. canary

    Hailey Sentenced to Prison for Falsifying Production of Renewable Fuel

    Subject: U.S. EPA News Release: Rodney Hailey Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Selling $9 Million in Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 22, 2013

    Rodney Hailey Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for Selling $9 Million in Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits

    Owner of “Clean Green Fuel” falsely claimed his company produced 23 million gallons of renewable fuel

    WASHINGTON – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md., today to nearly 12 years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling $9 million in renewable fuel credits which he falsely claimed were produced by his company, Clean Green Fuel, LLC.

    “When invalid renewable fuel credits are ‘produced’ and sold, it undermines the integrity of an important program designed by Congress to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and to grow the nation’s renewable energy industry,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Today’s sentence shows that there are serious consequences, including jail time, for defrauding the renewable fuels program for personal gain.”

    “Any government program that is based on trust is vulnerable to a fraudster like Rodney Hailey,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “The only thing Rodney Hailey’s ‘Clean Green Fuel’ business produced was the dirty money he used to fund his lavish lifestyle.”

    Judge Quarles enhanced Hailey’s sentence upon finding that he obstructed justice by concealing, selling and spending assets that were protected by court order. Judge Quarles also ordered Hailey to pay restitution of approximately $ 42.2 million to over 20 companies and forfeit $9.1 million in proceeds from the fraud, including cars, jewelry, his home and bank accounts, already seized by the government.

    Hailey, age 34, was convicted on Jun. 25, 2012, of eight counts of wire fraud, 32 counts of money laundering, and two counts of violating the Clean Air Act. He has been detained since the guilty verdict.

    According to evidence presented at the six day trial, Hailey owned Clean Green Fuel, LLC, located in the Baltimore, Md. area. Hailey registered Clean Green Fuel with EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program as a producer of bio-diesel fuel, a motor vehicle fuel derived from renewable resources. To encourage the production of renewable fuel and lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, all oil companies that market petroleum in the U.S. are required to produce a given quantity of renewable fuel or to purchase credits, called renewable identification numbers (RINs) from producers of renewable fuels to satisfy their renewable fuel requirements.

    Between March 2009 and December 2010, Hailey engaged in a massive fraud scheme, selling over 35 million RINs (representing 23 million gallons of bio-diesel fuel) to brokers and oil companies, when in fact Clean Green Fuel had produced no fuel at all and Hailey did not have a facility capable of producing bio-diesel fuel.

    Federal law enforcement agents investigated the scheme after a Baltimore County police detective working with Maryland’s federal financial crimes task force received a report about the large number of luxury cars parked in front of Hailey’s house. The financial crimes task force contacted EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and initiated a criminal investigation.

    Two civil inspectors from EPA’s Air Enforcement Division visited Clean Green’s headquarters on Jul. 22, 2010, to inspect Hailey’s bio-diesel production facility, in response to a complaint alleging that Clean Green had been selling false RINs. Hailey was not able to provide an exact location for the bio-diesel fuel production facility, nor any records to support claims that Clean Green Fuel had produced bio-diesel fuel. When asked to explain his method of production, Hailey falsely stated that he paid employees and contractors to recover waste vegetable oil from 2,700 restaurants in the “Delmarva” area, a peninsula that includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland, and bring it to his production facility where he converted it to bio-diesel fuel. Hailey claimed that only the drivers who picked up the oil kn

    MORE

    Article from BioDieselFuel :

    U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md., today to nearly 12 years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling $9 million in renewable fuel credits which he falsely claimed were produced by his company, Clean Green Fuel LLC.

    http://www.biodieselmagazine.c.....-in-prison

    No doubt Obama will pardon him.

  4. canary

    Ft. Hood Injured Victims & Heroine file suit against Obama claiming poor medical treatment do to categorizing Massacre as “workplace violence” and female police officer & partner who saved hundreds of lives laid off.

    ABC video and pictures also at link at bottom. Shame, shame.

    GOPUSA: Fort Hood heroine criticizes Obama; files suit

    By United Press International – Feb 13, 2013

    A former police sergeant said President Obama has broken his promise to her that the victims of the Fort Hood massacre would be well taken care of.

    Kimberly Munley, who stopped the 2009 rampage along with her partner, told ABC news in an exclusive interview that instead of being taken care of, the victims have actually “been neglected.”

    There was no immediate comment from the White House, ABC said.

    Munley was shot three times as she and her partner, Sgt. Mark Todd, confronted accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan after he opened fire on soldiers being processed for deployment to Afghanistan.

    Three years after the White House arranged a hero’s welcome for the two officers, Munley has been laid off from her job on Fort Hood’s civilian police force.

    Munley and dozens of other victims have filed a lawsuit against the military.

    The suit charges the Fort Hood victims are receiving lower priority access to medical care and financial benefits because the massacre is classified as “workplace violence” instead of “combat related.”

    http://www.gopusa.com/news/201.....iles-suit/


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