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SecurityCornerMexico.com Recommended READING: How Safe is the United States of America, REALLY? 2009 US Murders with Guns Stats: 39.5604; Drug Offenses: 560.1 per 100,000 people; Car Thefts: 1,246,096. Prisoners: 2,019,234 prisoners; Per Capita: 715 per 100,000 people. US is world's largest consumer of cocaine; Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center. Source: Nation Master
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Also, recommended WATCHING: Couple crashes White House Dinner- Illegally Blonde (video) by Examiner.com; Michael Moore's What a Wonderful World & A Brief History of the USA; READING: Richard Reid (shoe bomber) & 2006 Transatlantic Aircraft Plot by Wikipedia; America's New Crusade: Imperial U.S. vs Political Islam; The United Nations' Role in Peace and War; America's Nightmare: The Obama Dystopia; Preparing for Civil Unrest in America; The Truth behind 9/11: Who Is Osama Bin Laden? by Global Research
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President Obama said Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies could have prevented the attempt to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day, and used a grim and forceful White House statement to demand rapid improvements in efforts to protect Americans from attack. More, HERE
CIA Bomber a Trusted Informant: Suicide bomber who killed seven operatives in Afghanistan last week was working for Jordan and lured officers with promise of new information
Joby Warrick and Peter Finn
Yemeni officials play down U.S. partnership: Some fear government could pay a heavy political price for aligning with the U.S. and appearing too weak to control al-Qaeda on its own
U.S. changes watch list process: After attempted plane bombing on Christmas, officials expand criteria for scrutinizing foreigners
R. Jeffrey Smith
United States Secret Service Confirms Third Uninvited Guest at State Dinner
The Secret Service announced this afternoon that a third crasher made it into the White House state dinner made famous by the uninvited Tareq and Michaele Salahi.
An agency spokesman wouldn't divulge the name or even the gender of the crasher, who appears to have made his or way in completely separately from the now-infamous horse-country reality-show hopefuls -- exposing a completely separate area of weakness in the perimeter around the president. More, HERE.All Travelers Flying to the United States from Other Countries will Face Increased Random Screening; Stepped-up screening targets fliers from 'terror-prone' lands
All travelers flying to the United States from other countries will face increased random screening, and all passengers from more than a dozen terrorism-prone nations will be patted down and have their carry-on bags searched, under new rules the Obama administration said will take effect Monday morning. More, HERE.
PHOTOS | Dubai opens world's -- newest -- tallest building. Following long list of structures reaching for the sky, it is 2,717 feet tall.
Obama ends Hawaiian holiday President returns to White House with nothing on his public schedule, but much on his plate.
Their daily bread: D.C. man on a mission to live his faith is nourished by helping the city's homeless.
Yemeni officials: Forces kill 2 al-Qaeda militant; Security forces clash with group of armed militants that authorities suggest is behind threats against U.S. embassy in Sanaa
Idea of body scans bares worries: Experts say high-tech imagers are vital to safe air travel. Opponents say they are too revealing
Americans: No ties to extremists. Men tell a Pakistani court they had traveled to the region only "to help the helpless Muslims
Yemeni forces, militants clash: Security official says two militants behind threats to U.S. embassy and other missions were killed
AP Photo: Elizabeth Ortiz, of Mexico City, recounts her airport security experience in Mexico City after arriving at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Ortiz said she was patted down just before boarding the flight. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)
Where ladies ring out the old -- in a pristine pair of unmentionables : Panties in yellow (signifying wealth) beat those in red (for love) as national mood colors New Year's ritual
In the market for guns, drugs and arrests : D.C. sting had tense moments Officers made 137 buys in NE
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Northwest Airlines Christmas Day Flight: "Al Qaeda Made Me Do It!”
The rise of patsies and heroes
The Associated Press reported on December 26, 2009 that an attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight began with a pop and a puff of smoke sending passengers scrambling to subdue a Nigerian man who claimed to be acting on orders from al-Qaida to blow up the airliner, officials and travelers said. .
According to the report, the commotion began as Northwest Airlines Flight 253, carrying 278 passengers and 11 crew members from Amsterdam, prepared to land in Detroit just before noon Friday. Travelers said they smelled smoke, saw a glow, and heard what sounded like firecrackers. At least one person climbed over others and jumped on the man, who officials say was trying to ignite an explosive device. More, HERE.
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CIA probes Afghan base security after bomber kills 7
WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - The CIA vowed on Thursday to avenge the deaths of seven officers in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and to investigate security breaches that allowed the second deadliest attack in agency history.
The Taliban claimed the attacker was a sympathizer from the Afghan army who detonated a vest of explosives at a meeting with CIA workers on Wednesday. An Afghan was also killed and six CIA employees were wounded, U.S. officials said. More. HERE
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The suicide bomber who killed eight last week in Afghanistan had been brought there by Jordanian intelligence to infiltrate the Qaeda organization.
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The Breaking Point
For Sick Illegal Immigrants, No Relief Back Home
David Rochkind for The New York Times: Monica Chavarria preparing for treatment at a dialysis clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Daily Life in Yemen: Photo Essay
BY SANDY CHOI | FEBRUARY 20, 2009
An ancient land that globalization seems to have passed by, Yemen -- where the “underpants bomber” allegedly trained for his failed Christmas Day attack -- is not just about Islamic extremism, choking traffic, and crushing poverty. More, HERE.
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