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Attempt to Bomb Airliner Could Have Been Prevented, Obama Says
Monday, 04 January 2010 08:53

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


Obama cites intelligence failures, steps to improve security


Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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

When the president is facing a problem, what does he do? Review.

When Obama is faced with a problem, what does he do? Review.

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

Sudarsan Raghavan

Pakistan sees trouble in buildup across border

Yemen's fine line with U.S. aid

Afghan attacks kill 4 U.S. troops, British soldier

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

January 4, 2009

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur to the Nov. 24 state dinner at the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) 

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

By Carol D. Leonnig Washington Post Staff Writer; Monday, January 4, 2010
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

William Branigin

Idea of body scans bares worries: Experts say high-tech imagers are vital to safe air travel. Opponents say they are too revealing

Philip Rucker

Americans: No ties to extremists. Men tell a Pakistani court they had traveled to the region only "to help the helpless Muslims

In Jordan, U.S. finds a quiet ally in Arab world

Yemeni forces, militants clash: Security official says two militants behind threats to U.S. embassy and other missions were killed




Mexico Travel Stories


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)

Delays, but no travel chaos following attack

Talk about travel: Travel staffers help you plan great escapes

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

5 Myths about keeping America safe


In the market for guns, drugs and arrests : D.C. sting had tense moments Officers made 137 buys in NE

body shop

His business is bonding (and it's booming, too)

Mexican agents arrest brother of drug lord killed last month

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Thousands mourn slain teacher

Thousands stuffed the bleachers on both sides of a California high school football field Monday night to remember a beloved teacher who was slain in Mexico a few days ago.
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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. [1].

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

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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

Canadians and CIA killed in Kandahar

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Behind Afghan Bombing, an Agent With Many Loyalties

The suicide bomber who killed eight last week in Afghanistan had been brought there by Jordanian intelligence to infiltrate the Qaeda organization.


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.

EJIDO MODELO, Mexico — On the two-hour bus rides from her village on Lake Chapala to a dialysis clinic in Guadalajara, Monica Chavarria’s thoughts would inevitably turn to the husband and son she left behind in Georgia. More. HERE.

Daily Life in Yemen: Photo Essay


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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Life in the Foreign Service

Varied and Fascinating Work, with Some Drudgery

by Philip Caputo

In the almost three years since President Felipe Calderón launched a war on drug cartels, border towns in Mexico have turned into halls of mirrors where no one knows who is on which side or what chance remark could get you murdered. Some 14,000 people have been killed in that time—the worst carnage since the Mexican Revolution—and part of the country is effectively under martial law. Is this evidence of a creeping coup by the military? A war between drug cartels? Between the president and his opposition? Or just collateral damage from the (U.S.-supported) war on drugs? Nobody knows: Mexico is where facts, like people, simply disappear. The stakes for the U.S. are high, especially as the prospect of a failed state on our southern border begins to seem all too real. More, HERE.

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Dangerous Postings: Life in the Foreign Service

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Phyllis and Robert Oakley

State Department: Phyllis Oakley, a former assistant secretary of state, and her husband Robert, the former ambassador to Somalia, Zaire and Pakistan.  Click HERE  & Scroll down to read about Foreign Service workers' experiences in overseas postings.

A Day in the Life: An American Diplomat in Kabul

by Ann Wright

A Marine stands guard in front of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2001.

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images: A Marine stands guard in front of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2001.

A Day in the Life: An American Diplomat in Thailand

Ted Osius gives an elephant a grateful pat.

Ted Osius: Ted Osius gives an elephant a grateful pat for carrying him into the forest in Myanmar's Bago Yoma Mountains, north of Rangoon.

Foreign Service Life Disruptive for Families



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El gobierno federal se cierra a transparencia

El secuestro exprés ahora también viaja en el Metro  

El secuestro exprés ahora también viaja en el Metro

Foto Alma Rodriguez: INSUFICIENTE. En los últimos años el gobierno de la ciudad ha instalado en andenes y pasillos del Metro un sistema de seguridad con un centro de mando computarizado, 3 mil cámaras de videovigilancia y botones de pánico. Pese a ello, en el interior siguen ocurriendo diversos ilícitos

Los transportistas bloquean carreteras; harán paro nacional

Anarquistas se adjudican explosiones en Toluca

Estados violan ley de transparencia  

Foto Ramón Romero: LOS REYES SATURAN LAS CALLES. Miles de mexicanos salieron anoche al centro del DF a comprar los regalos de Reyes Magos a pesar de que los comerciantes reportan una caída de ventas por la crisis | Ver nota

Alerta Meteorológico que continuará ambiente frío en el país 

PGR apela sentencias en caso Wallace

Foto David Jaramillo; INCONFORME. Isabel Miranda cuestionó las sentencias impuestas a los secuestradores de su hijo, Hugo Alberto Wallace, y pidió la destitución del juez 16 de distrito en materia penal, Augusto Octavio Mejía Ojeda | Ver nota

PRI critica mensaje de Calderón sobre narco

Seguirá lucha contra inseguridad: Calderón

Juanito advierte: regresaré antes del 20 de enero

Esparza acusa a PF de provocar enfrentamientos


 Foto: Adrian Hernandez. ABRÍGUESE, SEGUIRÁ EL FRÍO. Las autoridades de Salud recomiendan extremar cuidados. El frío seguirá en las siguientes horas, y esto eleva el riesgo de contraer enfermedades como la influenza A H1N1 | Ver nota

EU anuncia revisiones más duras a viajeros

La recuperación aún tarda: especialistas

Isabel Miranda cuestiona pena a secuestradores

Héctor Beltrán asume el mando del cártel: PF

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