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  1. Igalias Mills . . . Central Heights Melvis Bell . . . Garrison Gary and Andra Brown . . . ChirenoSFA
  2. The libs refuse to see the link . . . period. It doesn't fit into what they want to believe because it would validate President Bush's actions. If we found film of them holding a séance together, the liberals would find some way to try to discredit the evidence! :w00t:
  3. Sorry not buying he ran a 9.6..the World Record right now is 9.76 So your saying in the 70's he not only beat today's WR but would have demolished it. I said 9.6 in the 100 yard dash, not 100 meters . . . big difference! :whistle:
  4. I remember someone telling me Earl Campbell ran 9.6 in the 100 yard dash in high school. Not being from Tyler, I don't know if that's true, but I don't think Ricky Williams was anywhere near that fast! Campbell played a lot bigger than Williams in my opinion and was much stronger. I also think Ricky had much better offensive linemen to run behind than Earl.
  5. I'd take Earl Campbell over Ricky Williams as a college back any day of the week! Campbell was bigger, stronger, and yes, FASTER! :w00t: You can't compare statistics equally from two different decades almost 30 years apart. Earl Campbell was a War Horse! :w00t:
  6. paradise? . . . you've got to be kidding me! :whistle:
  7. Garrison will be pretty decent, as usual, but I don't believe they have enough talent to stay with Tatum next season. Their big ? mark will be at quarterback . . . that's been their main weakness the past couple of seasons. :whistle:
  8. How about it's not natural. It destroys the core family and is counterproductive for society. It's easy to dismiss God's plan because it's meaningless to you at this point in your life, but you can't truly understand this issue and many other moral issues when you totally reject God. :whistle:
  9. I beg to differ. In his college and early NFL days, Earl had more speed than Ricky Williams. Earl could run with power and speed! :w00t:
  10. Garrison hasn't played Tatum in football in quite a long while . . . I do believe Garrison has won 9 games to Tatum's 6 of the total 15 games they have played. :w00t:
  11. Coach Booty did not get fired, he left on his own accord. Also, he was not the one that "got caught in some inappropiate behavior with some female students at ECA."
  12. If we did, how long would it take the liberal anti-American crowd to scream "we rushed to war"? :w00t: In their eyes, there is no reason to do anything, unless it's ordered by a democrat! :whistle:
  13. Garrison vs Celina . . . 2001 :w00t:
  14. I have seen both teams as well. You're dreaming in technicolor if you think Gilmer has MORE athletes than SLC. Position by position, on both sides of the ball, Gilmer simply doesn't have the size or athletes to compete with a SLC or Highland Park. It would be a blowout of epic proportions by SLC even without getting to the the depth issue! :w00t:
  15. By Lawrence Kudlow Saturday, July 8, 2006 Did you know that just over the past 11 quarters, dating back to the June 2003 Bush tax cuts, America has increased the size of its entire economy by 20 percent? In less than three years, the U.S. economic pie has expanded by $2.2 trillion, an output add-on that is roughly the same size as the total Chinese economy, and much larger than the total economic size of nations like India, Mexico, Ireland and Belgium. This is an extraordinary fact, although you may be reading it here first. Most in the mainstream media would rather tout the faults of American capitalism than sing its praises. And of course, the media will almost always discuss supply-side tax cuts in negative terms, such as big budget deficits and static revenue losses. But here's another suppressed fact: Since the 2003 tax cuts, tax-revenue collections from the expanding economy have been surging at double-digit rates, while the deficit is constantly being revised downward. U.S. President George W. Bush speaks about the economy in front of a portrait of George Washington at the White House in Washington April 7, 2006. Bush said an increase of 211,000 new jobs in March was evidence of a broad economic resurgence. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque For those who bother to look, the economic power of lower-tax-rate incentives is once again working its magic. While most reporters obsess about a mild slowdown in housing, the big-bang story is a high-sizzle pick-up in private business investment, which is directly traceable to Bush's tax reform. It was private investment that was hardest hit in the early decade stock market plunge and the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist bombings. So team Bush's wise men correctly targeted investment in order to slash the after-tax cost of capital and rejuvenate investment incentives. The move paid off. Investors now keep nearly 50 percent more of their after-tax capital returns -- an enormous increase that has resulted in a remarkably profitable and highly productive business sector. While the overall economy has grown by one-fifth since mid-2003, private business investment has expanded by 37 percent. The dirty little secret here is that record low tax rates on capital are leading to continued job and income gains, as businesses continue to expand. "But," you might respond, "I thought job gains were soft." Well, the marquis employment report for June may have showed "only" 121,000 new non-farm payroll jobs, below Wall Street expectations. But this leads to another factoid that the mainstream media largely ignores: The household survey of job creation has been booming at a much faster clip than headline corporate payrolls. When this last happened in 2003-04 (remember the "jobless recovery" election-year rant of Democrats?), it was corporate payrolls that caught up to the more entrepreneurial household survey -- which more accurately records job creation by small-business owner-operators. This is the source of the bulk of American job creation. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, firms with less than 500 employees created 88 percent of the net new jobs in the United States between 1990 and 2003 (the last year for Census Bureau data). During this 14-year period, the share of total jobs created by small businesses was never less than 50 percent and was sometimes double the employment total. Large corporations are reluctant to hire because it is so expensive to do so. Think health care and pension costs, as well as payroll add-ons for unemployment compensation and worker disability. The modern cost-cutting pressures of globalization also force large firms to take a highly cautious hiring approach. But newly minted entrepreneurs don't face all these costs -- at least not initially. And that is why the household survey has become so important in the 21st century economy. Wages are rising today, so we know domestic labor markets must be tightening, not softening. To wit, average hourly compensation has risen to 3.9 percent over the past year, while average weekly earnings have grown to 4.5 percent. In early 2004, these wage measures were only up 1.5 percent. The June Labor report also revealed a 2.3 percent annual gain in aggregate hours worked -- which is consistent with 3.7 percent real GDP growth and a 6.6 percent gain in wages and salaries. These hefty numbers will bolster consumer spending in the period ahead. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is recognizing the importance of the small-business-driven household survey, and has suggested averaging household jobs with the corporate payroll survey to get a clearer jobs picture. Doing this yields a strong 186,000 new jobs per month over the past year, which is the key reason why the unemployment rate stands at a historically low 4.6 percent rate, with total employment now at a record high 144.5 million. These data points hardly suggest a slumping economy. Instead, they reveal a low-tax, durable, resilient and flexible American market system that easily shifts from one sector (housing) to another (business investment). It is this American economic dynamism that separates our ongoing prosperity from the overtaxed and overregulated stutter-start stagnation of industrial economies in Western Europe and Japan. Did someone say prosperity?
  16. The American Thinker July 7th, 2006 As Al Gore’s global warming alarm tour winds down for the summer, let’s pull back the curtain and see the real wizard. After you get past all the scare mongering, what is left is a giant scheme to tax the air we breathe. No wonder the tax and spend liberals are so enthralled with big Al. And everyone else thought he was tilting at windmills. If you think this is a joke, see for yourself by venturing over to his website http://climatecrisis.org/(but beware: this site runs an annoying theme song that is setup so you can’t turn it off). And be sure to keep both hands on your wallet! Under the link labeled “Take Action, become carbon neutral,” the site has a calculator that purportedly determines your “carbon footprint.” After you enter the requisite information it magically quantifies the amount of carbon Al Gore says you’re spewing into air. If you’re feeling generous, there is a link to another site http://www.nativeenergy.com/WB_ClimateCris...l?ClimateCrisis that can translate this into a money payment that they’ll be happy to relieve from you. For the life of me, I can’t figure out exactly what you get in exchange for your money. You don’t have to have a PhD. in public policy from Harvard to see that this is just a clever ruse to condition people for paying taxes on the air they breathe. In another link labeled “What you can do”, Al shows that he still thinks everyone else is a simpleton. He has this list that looks like it was written by a fifth grader, imploring readers to eat less meat to reduce methane from cows (Gore’s manure is much more of a problem), buy organic foods as much as possible because organic soils capture more carbon dioxide (dubious at best) and eat fewer beans to avoid flatulence. Oh, the last one’s mine but the writers probably left it out by mistake. Perhaps they used the same producers Sir John Browne CEO of British Petroleum employs to make his TV ads. You know the ones with the witless man on the street interviews. I guess they’re trying to flatter viewers by seeming to appreciate the wisdom of the common man, but instead they only succeed in making them look like pinheads. (In the 1974 energy crisis, ARCO Oil Company ran a similar campaign. They solicited ideas from the public for saving energy and featured them on subsequent ads. Naturally, the ideas were always calibrated to the lowest common denominator. Don Novello (aka Father Guido Sarducci), writing under the pseudonym Lazlo Toth, famously satirized these ads in a letter to the CEO of ARCO proposing a ridiculous childlike drawing of a “MallMobile.” He said his idea came from seeing double-decker buses in London, but with six decks. His drawing depicted various shops that could be put on each deck: The 6th deck-outdoor cafe/sun deck, 5th deck a bowling alley, 4th deck-flower/barber shops, 3rd deck-restrooms/lounge/newsstand and so on. He claimed the “MallMobile” could roll into neighborhoods to help solve the oil crisis, by cutting down on gas consumption and driving to malls. Mindlessly, ARCO sent him a little certificate saluting Mr.Toth with the title “An Idea Ahead of its Time” farcically praising him for coming up with “one important step we must take on the way to a better quality of life for all Americans.”) Apparently, a lot of others don’t think Al Gore’s air tax scheme is ahead of its time. The EU is way ahead of him having just announced a tax of more more than $70 for each return trip airfare. The Times of London reported Wednesday that the European Parliament voted for the “immediate introduction” of a tax on jet fuel for flights within the 25 member states of the EU. According to the Times, the tax would double the cost of millions of budget airline flights. The stated reason for the tax is that they claim is aviation is the fastest growing source of “greenhouse gases” A coalition dubbed the Greenskies Alliance, a group the Times says is opposed to the growth of air travel, hopes to stick it to European travelers even more in future by imposing further fuel taxes and other environmental taxes. Surely this is just a coincidence, but the UN also has designs on airfare taxes as the first step in its own international tax schemes. The outlines for the air tax are sketched out as part of the Kyoto Protocol. Kyoto prescribes emission ceilings for all signatories, but exempts India and China. They call their tax scheme “carbon emissions trading” to disguise their intent. Proponents seized upon this to counter arguments that the whole exercise is just another pretense for imposing their socialist agenda, pointing to it as a “free market solution” to the “global warming crisis.” By touting the lucrative potential of this allegedly burgeoning market, Wall Street trading firms and investment banks jumped on the bandwagon. Goldman Sachs and Cantor Fitzgerald have ambitiously started environmental divisions to get in on the action. New Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is said to be an avid supporter. But exactly what is the action? Emission permits currently are granted and regulated by state environmental agencies. These permits are generally not transferable or assignable. There are no actual property rights vested in these permits. GM recently closed a plant in Baltimore Maryland. This plant had numerous air emissions and water discharge permits. These permits lapsed at the closure of this facility. Permits for large industrial plants have been issued for many years. Not satisfied, the creeping bureaucracy has cast an ever-wider net. In Maryland, they now require an air permit for something as simple as a restaurant char broiler – a kitchen oven! Al Gore’s global warming scare is an elaborate scheme to impose more debilitating regulations and squeeze more taxes out of the people – especially Americans. The promoters want to ride roughshod over state and federal authority and impose a global authority accountable to no one. This well-funded international campaign is intended to fleece the people and enrich the powerful. I guess some things never change. Christopher Alleva
  17. Texas should follow suit ASAP! - KF :w00t: Indystar.com 2006 By Tim Evans [email protected] Some say unique law removes hassles; foes see danger Indiana is the first state in the nation to offer residents lifetime handgun permits under a new law that went into effect this month -- a move hailed by Second Amendment supporters and blasted by gun-control advocates. HISTORIC LAW: State Sen. Johnny Nugent, R-Lawrenceburg (left), State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell and state Rep. Troy A. Woodruff, R-Vincennes, announced the first law to allow lifetime gun permits. - KATE HOLLOWAY / The Star DETAILS ON GUN PERMITS Indiana offers two types of handgun permits: hunting/target or personal protection. You are required to have one of those permits to transport a gun. • Permit to carry: You must be at least 18 and never have been convicted of a felony. Other restrictions may apply in certain cases. • Applications: Forms, available at police and sheriff's departments, require your name, age, address, length of residence in the community and an FBI background check. You must submit a set of fingerprints. • Cost: The new lifetime personal protection license, which allows Hoosiers to carry a concealed handgun, costs $125 for residents who do not have a current four-year license and $100 for current licensees. The cost of four-year licenses for new applicants increased from $25 to $40, with the same fee for renewals. Sources: House Enrolled Act 1176, Indiana State Police GUN PERMITS IN CENTRAL INDIANA Marion County… 36,200 Hamilton County… 7,400 Johnson County… 6,500 Hendricks County… 6,400 Morgan County… 5,200 Hancock County… 4,000 Shelby County… 3,200 Boone County… 2,500 Sources: Indiana State Police, as of June 28; House Enrolled Act 1176 The law, which also increases the cost of obtaining or renewing a four-year license, went on the books Saturday. The change is expected to bring in more money to the state and the Indiana State Police. State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell announced details of House Enrolled Act 1176 at a news conference Wednesday, saying the law will streamline the process to get a permit for law-abiding gun owners. His agency oversees the issuance of permits. Residents do not need a permit to buy handguns or other firearms but must have one to carry or transport a pistol. State Police officials said Indiana has about 288,000 active handgun permits. Permits are good for four years, but now gun owners have the option of obtaining a lifetime permit instead. State Sen. Johnny Nugent, R-Lawrenceburg, and State Rep. Troy A. Woodruff, R-Vincennes, who carried the bill in their respective chambers, appeared with Whitesell to tout the new law. "This is a day we are very proud of," said Woodruff. "We are looking out for the law-abiding citizens of Indiana. If they follow the law, they shouldn't have to go through the hassle of renewing a permit every four years." Nugent, who presented an application for the state's first lifetime handgun permit, said he had heard positive comments about the new law from people across the state. "Hopefully, this will encourage other states to follow suit," he said. Ashley Varner, spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, said her organization is "very pleased" with the Indiana law. Gun-permit holders "are among the most law-abiding citizens in the state," she said. But Peter Hamm, communications director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, called the law "ludicrous." "I would presume the state legislature is going to do the same with driver's licenses and business licenses, because there is no reason anybody should have to go through the hassle of being checked out every four years," he said. The new law makes Indiana the first state to offer lifetime licenses to carry a handgun, Hamm said. Other states Varner said no permits are needed to carry handguns -- concealed or otherwise -- in Vermont and Alaska, while Illinois and Wisconsin bar residents from carrying concealed weapons. The remaining 46 states require some type of license to carry handguns, with most of those states issuing permits for periods of two to 10 years. In Indiana, license fees are split between local law enforcement agencies and the State Police, with the State Police receiving the majority of the income. The State Police issue about 80,000 licenses a year, generating about $1.1 million for the state's general fund. About a quarter of those seeking the licenses are first-time applicants. If all applicants sought lifetime licenses, rather than four-year licenses, revenue would increase to about $4 million for the first four years, said Whitesell. However, he said, not all gun owners are expected to seek the lifetime licenses. Officials said they could not predict the projected revenue after the first four years because the majority of current owners could be licensed for life, and that would cut income from renewals. Whitesell said the law allows the State Police to use any annual revenue above $1.1 million generated by the new licenses to create an electronic application system, a central depository on criminal history or an electronic log to track sales of drugs containing ephedrine or pseudophedrine. Who will check Hamm of the Brady Campaign, which advocates for stricter gun-control laws, said he has concerns about the ability of law enforcement to track and react to crimes that people commit after they obtain lifetime permits. And, he argued, the "hassle" of having to renew permits is overstated. "Responsible gun owners understand that some gun owners ought to be checked out every four years," he said. State Police Capt. Doug Shelton, acting commander of the agency's records section, said State Police will continue to check on gun permit holders whenever they are notified of an arrest, conviction or other action that could limit or preclude a person's right to have a permit. He said that is already the practice for those who hold four-year permits. The NRA's Varner added that people who make the effort to obtain a permit are not the ones to worry about. "They're the ones you should trust," she said. "They've gone through the hoops and background checks. They're the good people."
  18. China is the closest thing North Korea has to a "friend" in that hemisphere. They are both communist countries and not that unlike each other politically, although NK doesn't have the military or economic resources to back up their sabre rattling. Most of what NK has militarily came from China, especially their aging MIG aircraft. NK reminds me of a little bully running out and making noise and then running back hoping his big brother will be there to protect him because he has bitten off more than he can chew again. :whistle:
  19. Under Bill Clinton, the democrats lost majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. They have been loosing elections ever since Bill Clinton took office. He has probably done more harm to the democrats than anyone in recent history since the far left nutcases took control of their party. The dimocrats would be wise to cut them both (Bill and Hillary) lose! :w00t:
  20. The liberals with their blinders on seem to be speechless . . . or are they scrambling for their talking points! :unsure:
  21. I've been waiting for the left wing nutcases to attack the source . . . it's all they got! :w00t: The don't even want to discuss the merits of the report and what it means for nuts like Kerry, Gore, Dean, Pelosi, Kennedy, Shrillary and the rest of the Bush - lied blame America crowd! :w00t:
  22. Iraq How-to Manual Directed Arab Military Operatives In Afghanistan Thursday, July 06, 2006 Ray Robison An Arab regime, possibly Iraq, supplied how-to manuals for Arab operatives working throughout Afghanistan before 9/11, and provided military assistance to the Taliban and Al Qaeda. That's the most likely conclusion drawn from an apparent training manual unearthed in captured Iraqi government computer files translated and analyzed exclusively for Fox News, and made public for the first time. The document, apparently written before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, could bolster the Bush administration's contention that Saddam Hussein was providing support for Islamic extremists who were plotting against America. The training manual warns, in stark how-to terms, of the dangers of "information leaks," and instructs Arab operatives inside Afghanistan to dress like Afghan tribesmen, to avoid being followed ("Routine is the enemy of security"), to always be armed, and "to behave as if enemies would strike at any moment." The manual also cautions Arabs to "beware of rapid and spontaneous friendships with Afghans who speak Arabic," and "always make sure about the identity of your neighbors and classify them as regular people, opponents or allies." That revelation is provided exclusively to Fox News by Ray Robison, a former member of the CIA-directed Iraq Survey Group. ISG supervised a group of linguists to analyze, archive and exploit the hundreds of captured documents and materials of Saddam's regime. Fox News and Robison last week revealed the contents of a 1999 notebook kept by an Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) operative. That notebook detailed how Saddam's agents aggressively pursued and entered into a diplomatic, intelligence, and security arrangement with the Taliban and Islamist extremists operating in Afghanistan — years before the 9/11 attacks. While the training manual revealed today by Fox News does not mention the IIS agent's notebook, the manual does suggest an Arab regime, most likely Saddam, may have provided the military help requested by the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The manual, declassified and recently released by the Foreign Military Studies Office, advises its Arab readers never to show your "military ID." That strongly suggests that Iraq was sending professional military assistance to Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks Translation: Editor's notes: The translation is provided by Robison's associate, known here as "Sammi," who puts translation clarifications in parenthesis. Robison uses (RR) for clarification and bold-face type for emphasis. Translator's notes: This seven-page document contains instructions for a group of Arab men, military ID holders, and their families. These men appear to be joining other military men already in Afghanistan who are running "hosting places." These facilities appear to be safe houses or training facilities for other Arabs. The work involves receiving Arab men who may or may not choose to stay at the facility. Even though pre-9/11 Afghanistan was teeming with Arab Mujihadeen who were proud to represent their native countries, the instructions advise the "brothers" to keep a low profile and behave as if enemies would strike at any moment. Begin Translation for 2RAD-2004-600760-ELC.PDF In the Name of God the Merciful Personnel Security: Respected brother, Know that one of the main causes of information leaks is from personnel (translator's note: personnel talking), this is why we try to cooperate with you so that neither you or one of your brothers becomes the cause of a catastrophe that might hit one of the brothers or all of them. Please follow these instructions: 1- Know as much as you need. (translator's note: don't ask too many questions) 2- Don't talk too much; it is said that "silence is wisdom." 3- It is recommended that all personnel wear Afghan clothing so they do not stand out from other people. 4- All the brothers should go to the market by themselves, alone. 5- It is not advised to move alone at night. (At night, walk the streets on foot) 6- As much as possible do not disclose your identity as an Arab. 7- Avoid excitement whether by glorifying or bashing. 8- Avoid being observed (translator's note: being followed and observed) and always notice who is walking behind you or following you from a distance; review the observation manual. 9- All brothers should be always armed even if with a small knife in their pockets. 10- Check your pockets and never leave important papers in them when moving around. 11- Always be careful in personal relations with Afghans or Pakistanis. 12- Avoid giving any information about the locations of your brothers. 13- It is forbidden to discuss work issues with the women. 14- It is forbidden to take children to parks and offices. 15- It is forbidden to talk about your work or the nature of your mission with anybody who is not related to it. 16- Beware of habit in your daily routine because the rule says, "Routine is the enemy of security." 17- If you are moving and have a large amount of money, beware of showing it in the market so you do not attract robbers. 18- Always beware when you are talking about the work because somebody not related to your work, the women or the children, might hear you. 19- Beware of rapid and spontaneous friendships with Afghans who speak Arabic. 20- In public places beware of talking about work issues because some Afghans know Arabic but you cannot notice this. 21- Always be forgiving when you are buying from, selling to or dealing with Afghans and avoid trouble. 22- Children are not allowed to go out by themselves whether to buy stuff or play. 23- Always make sure about the identity of your neighbors and classify them as regular people, opponents or allies. Security of compounds: The security of the house or the living quarters is one of the most important aspects of security because the house contains the personnel, the equipment and the important documents. Make the house secure, securing from all those aspects, and it is advisable that these measures be taken seriously. There are important precautions, to the security of the house, that have to be taken before renting but it is not practical to list them here. (Translator's notes: several instructions for securing the houses are listed, including location, neighborhood, weapons inside, rules for children, night-time policy, and patrolling the surroundings) Security of the hosting places: A hosting place is the place where most infiltration takes place. What we mean by hosting place is a public place where people, who most of the time are not related to the work, are received. But in case we are receiving special guests or others, it is not considered a hosting place but it is affiliated to the security of the special offices. (Translator's notes: there are 23 instructions for the security of the hosting places; here are 10) At the hosting place a room for the security unit is necessary for observation: 1. The hosting place should be away from the living space of the brothers and their meeting areas. 2. Brothers should not go often to the hosting place except for a purpose. 3. It is forbidden to practice any private or secret matter in the hosting place. 4. The hosting place where our brothers are grouped, like Kandahar a. Anybody who enters it should be known b. Nobody lives in it unless a known party recommends him c. Persons living in the hosting place should be organized and authorized by the brother in charge of the hosting place. It should be known where the brother is going and when he is coming back. 5. Brothers living in Kandahar and who repetitively visit the hosting place should abide by the Holy Hadith (a sacred text of Islam), "The virtue of one's Islam is to leave what does not belong to him," and not to start a relation with the brothers living in the hosting place. 6. The brother in charge of the hosting place should assign a private place for each brother living in the hosting place and not leave the decision to the visitor. 7. There should be a schedule for night guard in the hosting place. 8. The communication room should be isolated in the hosting place and not close to the visitor's rooms. 9.The hosting place should have a reception room where the visiting brother is dealt with, before entering the hosting place, and decide if he is going to stay in it. 10. Public meetings are strictly forbidden in the hosting place. Security of movement: First: Security of cars and vehicles Constant movement of cars between the houses of the brothers and their workplace is a big breach which might lead to discovery of those places if the brother driving was not aware of being watched. It is possible that the car itself, with its occupant, might be a target, therefore: (Translator's notes: several instructions for driving and car security follow; here are a few) - The brothers driving the cars should check their car daily to make sure it does not contain any foreign material or device. - All the brothers driving the cars should be armed and should have their weapons license. - Brothers driving the cars should always be wearing Afghan clothing so their identity cannot be easily discovered. - Brothers driving the cars should not always follow one path and should not have a constant habit in choosing their way. Second: security of movement and travel inside Afghanistan Travel is one of the most important security breaches that we should be careful of because of the long absence from the brothers and facing the dangers of the road. - It is absolutely forbidden for a person to travel by himself, and it is preferable that the number of travelers be at least three including a trusted Afghan. - In rest areas a brother should not show his military ID. - The security office should be informed about the travel before the travel, and when you reach your destination you should inform the office for follow up. (Translator's notes: several instructions for mail and communications security are listed, right out of an intelligence personnel book) Public meetings security: The danger of public meetings is that it often groups most of the personnel present in Kandahar. If the enemy manages to know and reach the meeting place, he would have a dangerous opportunity and to make him miss this chance we should follow some precautions. (Translator's notes: several instructions concerning public meetings security follow) End Translation Analysis: This document supports a few strong conclusions. It clearly proves that an Arab country was providing professional military assistance to Arab operatives in Afghanistan. While the document does not identify the country of origin of these Arab men, it's a logical omission since it wouldn't make sense to name the country in a memo whose purpose is to instruct how to hide one's nationality. It is important to note, however, that in 1999, Iraq — along with Syria — was again identified by the U.S. Department of State as a government sponsor of terrorism, the only two Arab nations classified as state sponsors of terrorism at that time. The document also appears to be a professional military intelligence letter of instruction. These men have military IDs. The instruction references an intelligence manual. The letter mentions "trusted" Afghans, so we know they are working in cooperation with forces in Afghanistan. It is highly unlikely that any military would send a semi-permanent contingent with families into Afghanistan for cooperation or training unless the Afghan organization was stable and in control. It therefore seems likely that these soldiers are working closely with the Taliban. There are media reports of a group of Iraqi soldiers in Afghanistan. Jeffery Goldberg reported for The New Yorker in a February 2003 article entitled The CIA and Pentagon take another look at Al Qaeda and Iraq: "In interviews with senior officials, the following picture emerged: American intelligence believes that Al Qaeda and Saddam reached a non-aggression agreement in 1993, and that the relationship deepened further in the mid-nineteen-nineties, when an Al Qaeda operative — a native-born Iraqi who goes by the name Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi — was dispatched by bin Laden to ask the Iraqis for help in poison-gas training. Al-Iraqi's mission was successful, and an unknown number of trainers from an Iraqi secret-police organization called Unit 999 were dispatched to camps in Afghanistan to instruct Al Qaeda terrorists." Unit 999 might sound like it's straight out of a James Bond movie, but there are many references to an actual Iraqi intelligence unit that appears to take on Special Forces missions. Global Security.org, which sources most of its information from declassified U.S. government documents, describes Unit 999: This "deep penetration" unit, responsible for domestic and international clandestine operations, was headquartered at the army base at Salman Pak, southeast of Baghdad. Unit 999 activities included infiltration of opposition militias in the Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq, a planned effort by the unit to kidnap the U.S. commander General Schwarzkopf from Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm, and sabotage attacks on Iranian oil installations in the 1990s. This manual provides further evidence that the Iraqi military was active in Afghanistan and working with the Taliban. The Taliban harbored and trained with Al Qaeda. The information in the document matches media reports that U.S. intelligence sources believed the IIS was training Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. It also matches information from other IIS documentation that shows requests from Islamic Jihad groups in Afghanistan for Iraqi military assistance. The author welcomes your comment on the translation and analysis of this document. You can contact Ray Robison by e-mailing him at: [email protected]
  23. As far as I'm concerned . . . gays should have stayed IN the closet! :whistle::w00t::whistle:
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