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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:04 PM
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U.S. Security Chief Another Attack Inevitable
Friday, January 28, 2005 7:26:58 PM ET

By Deborah Charles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Departing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Friday he believed another attack on the United States was inevitable, and warned that America should not focus just on al Qaeda, but also on similar groups that could carry out attacks.

"I have accepted the inevitability of another attack or attacks," Ridge said in an interview on the eve of his departure from the department launched two years ago to guard against another attack like that of Sept. 11, 2001.

"It could be al Qaeda or it could be al Qaeda-like organizations," said Ridge, who departs on Feb. 1. "I do think, when we talk about global terrorism, (it is) better ... that America doesn't focus just on al Qaeda."

"There are a lot of al Qaeda-like organizations and there are quite a few (Osama) bin Laden wannabes out there -- you've got one of them operating in Iraq right now," he said, referring to al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Ridge said the other groups he views as possible threats are driven by the same ideology as al Qaeda and they would use "terrorist attacks" as their means to that end.
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http://www.metronews.ca/reuters_international.asp?id=53...
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Postman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:06 PM
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1. Why don't we "focus" on WHY we are a target????
and it ain't because they hate our freedom. They hate our foreign policy.
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:08 PM
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2. Republicans don't DO prevention....
Not in Terra
Not in Contraception
Not in Crime Prevention
Not in Substance Abuse (they get reborn later on)

...
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spotbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:21 PM
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youngdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:47 PM
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12. "This is real surprising"..
More like a US orchestrated attack...'
"We MUST conquer the world syndrome"
Wonder who the next "target" is?
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:13 PM
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3. I choose life over fear. Thanks anyway, Ridge....n/t
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WahooJunkie Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:29 PM
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9. nicely put n/t
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:53 PM
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15. I second that...
I won't fall for it...
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:15 PM
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4. Why is this news? The sun will come up in the morning too. n/t
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:17 PM
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5. I wonder what they have cooked up for us this time. Their motto
must be Keep'em Scared!
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spotbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:22 PM
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7. There HAS to be another attack.
How will they justify the draft and other invasions?

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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:29 PM
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8. There you are -eom
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:33 PM
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10. Similar groups?
Like white supremacists? :think:
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:17 AM
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31. No, silly.... either Commies from Venezuela or
Mullahs from Iran!
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blonndee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:36 PM
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11. Booga booga! Pay no attention to the bogus Iraqi "elections." n/t
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prodigal_green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:49 PM
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13. the next attack
will likely be a right-wing militia/anti-abortion/anti-gay/anti-urban/anti-federal government group, except it will be called something other than terrorism.

Was Tim McVeigh ever called a terrorist?
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:47 PM
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25. Timothy McVeigh was a white boy
My response to a bunch of repub terrorist bs.
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:52 PM
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14. It is sad but...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 07:55 PM by twaddler01
I don't believe any news about an attack on the United States being inevitable anymore...Sorry, Bush ruined this already. I'll believe it when it happens.

I am not falling for this one anymore...

:eyes:
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:54 PM
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16. Ever wonder?
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 07:59 PM by twaddler01
Is there a republicanunderground? If so, I wonder what they have to say about all this crap...

I bet they are too busy falling for the "fear creator". You know? The one with the big fat ugly W? They are all probably hiding in their closets now...

:freak:
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:59 PM
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17. OH! The transparency of these liars is pitiful!
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 08:01 PM by TwoSparkles
..."you've got one of them operating in Iraq right now," he said, referring to al Queda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

They're attempting to equate the evil of bin Laden with the evil of al-Zarqawi. They're putting them on equal footing, to blur the lines between our true enemy (bin Laden, al Queda) and every single person who lives in the Middle East.

This is essential propaganda for an administration that must sell the minions on extrapolating the "war on terror" to the broader Middle East.

Blurring the lines between Zarqawi and bin Laden inextricably intertwines the two--further entrenching the lie that Iraq is part of the war on terror.

Lying. Manipulative. Bastards.
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:07 PM
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19. I agree! They certainly get off on playing with our heads!
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:10 PM
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20. I will be sure to share this
with everyone I know and tell them what is REALLY going on...

Bush is the worst president this country has ever had. I am sad to be here. Do they still have the marry a Canadian website?

Hmmm :think:
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:36 PM
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23. Hello twaddler...
Welcome to DU :hi:

I am fairly new here myself.

Like you, I am sad to be here as well. Your words really drive home the point that, although this site is a Godsend, it's really a tragedy that it has to exist at all.

We can all support one another--and I'm glad you're here.

:)
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:07 PM
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18. N.Korea Has Bought Complete Nuclear Bomb - Report

January 27, 2005

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea appears to have bought a complete nuclear weapon from either Pakistan or a former Soviet Union state, a South Korean newspaper said on Thursday quoting a source in Washington.

Seoul Shinmun quoted the source as saying the United States was checking the intelligence. <snip>

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2005/01/...
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charlyvi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:22 PM
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21. "America should not focus just on al Qaeda"
We AREN'T focused on al Qaeda. We stopped focusing on al Qaeda two years ago, except to create thousands of new recruits. Ugh.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:28 PM
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22. i, personally, do not accept the inevitability of other terror attacks on
US soil, mr. ridge, and i place the responsiblity for guaranteeing my personal safety squarely on your shoulders, sir. bear that burden, mr. ridge, and keep your friggin' mouth shut. you are either with us or against us, mr. ridge, and i'm sick of hearing you speak out against American safety. keep us safe or give the job to someone who can, mr. ridge.
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proReality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:41 PM
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24. Sounds like someone is getting too close...
to too many truths and we need to be distracted from anything that might come out in the MSM.


"There are a lot of al Qaeda-like organizations..."

Yeah, the closest one to us is BushCo.
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:09 AM
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26. Bingo!
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:58 AM
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29. That is exactly what I was thinking...
Every time shrub and co. start to sense some trouble coming their way, a story comes out that another attack will happen.

Blah, Blah, Blah,Blah...
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porkrind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:23 AM
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27. Be Afraid! Fear! Fear! Fear!
They want us scared. We are much easier to control if we are scared.
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:38 AM
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28. of course, it is in the neocon PNAC plan for an indefinite military state
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:16 AM
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30. He dropped this on Friday? What happened to the great
sense of timing he had?

Ooops, never mind... Iraqi elections, duh.
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