Sunday, February 05, 2006

A Few Stories to Follow

Newsweek reporting that at least two of the London 7/7 suspects (Mohammed Siddique Khan & Shahzad Tanweer) were already under surveillance in 2004. For story see here.
Danish Embassy burned to the ground in protest over the now infamous cartoons portraying the Prophet Mohammed. Just yesterday President Bush denounced from his ranch in Crawford the torching of Danish and Norwegian Embassies in Damascus, Scott McClellan declaring that "they do not take place in that country without government knowledge and support." Things have been heating up in Syria over the past six months as the UNSC, State, and NSC insist that Syrian meddling must end in Lebanon. Mr. Walid Maalouf, USAID's Public Diplomacy Director for Middle Eastern and MEPI Affairs was the first American official to indicate a policy of regime change in Syria, speaking before the Maxwell School at the Student Association for Terrorism and Security Analysis in December. (See speech here and press release here). In late January, sources indicate that Imad Mugniyah, head of Lebanese Hizbullah, was spotted in Damascus. (See story here). For more on Beirut story see here. For more on Damascus story see here.
North Korean defector admitting that Kim Jon Il personally instructed him to kidnap a Japanese man in 1980. Discussions continue. For story see here.
Inerpol is announcing that Jamal al-Badawi, a principal planner in the scheme to bomb the USS Cole has escaped with 22 others from a Yemeni prison. 13 of the 23 total escapees were alleged al-Qa'eda members. For story see here.
A very interesting story, also from Newsweek, the latest in the ongoing debate on Executive Authority, namely: can the President target and kill an alleged terrorist on American soil? For the story see here.