Al-Qaida Threatened Nuke Strike if bin Laden Killed

Sunday, 08 May 2011 01:48 PM

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1. Al-Qaida Threatened Nuke Strike if bin Laden Killed
2. Lair Violated bin Laden's Own Hiding-Place Rules
3. Poll: O'Reilly, Krauthammer Conservatives' Favorites
4. Juan Williams Wins Freedom of Speech Award
5. Charlie Crist Now Pitchman for Law Firm
6. Jim Caviezel: Gibson's 'Passion' Wrecked My Career
7. We Heard: Mitt Romney, 'Home Alone'
 

1. Al-Qaida Threatened Nuke Strike if bin Laden Killed

The killing of Osama bin Laden has raised new concerns over an earlier al-Qaida threat to detonate a nuclear weapon in Europe if the terrorist leader was killed or captured.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, told Guantanamo Bay interrogators that al-Qaida would unleash a "nuclear hellstorm," according to Britain's Daily Telegraph.

"A senior al-Qaida commander claimed that the terrorist group has hidden a nuclear bomb somewhere in Europe which will be detonated if Osama bin Laden is ever caught or assassinated," the newspaper reported.

The claim came to light in classified files released by the WikiLeaks website, according to AFP.

The files also disclosed that al-Qaida plotted a 9/11-style attack on London's Heathrow airport that would crash a hijacked plane into one of the terminals.

There was also a plot to put cyanide into the air-conditioning units of public buildings in the United States.

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2. Lair Violated bin Laden's Own Hiding-Place Rules

The discovery of Osama bin Laden's hiding place in Pakistan shows that the al-Qaida leader violated several precepts of his group's how-to terrorism guide.

The Arabic-language terrorism manual, "Military Studies in the Jihad Against the Tyrants," was obtained during a raid on the home of a bin Laden follower in England, and an English translation was produced by federal investigators.

One of the manual's lessons addresses "Apartments-Hiding Places," and instructs Osama's disciples on "Security Precautions Related to Apartments."

The manual stipulates that followers should avoid "police stations and government buildings. Apartments should not be rented near those places."

But bin Laden's hiding place was in Abbottabad, home to several large Pakistani military training bases.

Hiding places, according to the manual, should include "secret locations" where "documents, records, arms and other important items" can be hidden.

But when bin Laden's lair was raided, American forces found computer equipment and other potentially valuable intelligence information in plain sight, according to The Smoking Gun website.

The manual also said followers should prepare "ways of vacating the apartment in case of a surprise attack," including the possible use of "wooden ladders."

Bin Laden evidently had not prepared a way of vacating his hideout when American forces closed in.

One of the manual's 15 rules instructed followers to avoid "seclusion and isolation from the population." Reports from Abbottabad disclose that the residents of bin Laden's hideout had almost no contact with outsiders, and neighbors say they had no idea who was living in bin Laden's home.

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3. Poll: O'Reilly, Krauthammer Conservatives' Favorites

Bill O'Reilly and Charles Krauthammer are the favorite conservative voices of Campaigns & Elections readers who voted in the magazine's online poll.

Readers were asked: "Who is your favorite conservative talk politics show host?" Fox News host O'Reilly led with 35 percent of the votes, followed by talk radio star Rush Limbaugh with 30 percent.

Syndicated columnist Krauthammer was readers' favorite conservative pundit, garnering 36 percent, while syndicated columnist and MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan got 22 percent.

Asked for their favorite progressive talk politics show host, readers chose MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who got 32 percent of the vote to narrowly beat out "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart's 31 percent.

CNN pundit and XM Radio host James Carville was the overwhelming favorite among progressive pundits. He got 50 percent of the votes, trouncing second-place finisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, with 13 percent.

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4. Juan Williams Wins Freedom of Speech Award

Fox News Channel political analyst Juan Williams is the 2011 winner of the Freedom of Speech Award bestowed annually by Talkers magazine.

Williams was fired as NPR's senior news correspondent in October over comments he made that were judged offensive to Muslims. He said that he was often nervous when boarding a plane with people dressed in "Muslim garb."

He was quickly hired as a Fox News correspondent.

"Williams' high profile termination from NPR to landing a new deal at Fox stirred up productive debate and discussion of the roles free speech, bias, partisanship, ethics and hypocrisy play in the news media," according to Talkers, the bible of the talk media world.

Williams will receive the Freedom of Speech Award at Talkers' New Media Seminar in New York City on June 11.

In an exclusive interview with Talkers, Williams said: "When this situation with NPR first came up, I was so afraid because they have the big megaphone, obviously, they are a broadcaster. And they also have a fabulous brand that's widely respected.

"I thought, 'These people are attacking me, they have just fired me.' Subsequently there were suggestions that I was a bigot, that I needed psychiatric care, and all the rest.

"I was so fearful that . . . I would be maligned and marginalized by this effort and my career would be ruined.

"In the midst of this, Roger Ailes, who runs Fox, said to me, 'The conservatives will defend you because they don't like being called bigots, either.'"

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5. Charlie Crist Now Pitchman for Law Firm

Charlie Crist, who served as Florida's governor and was mentioned as a possible GOP vice presidential candidate, has a new job: pitchman for a law firm in a TV ad that began airing this week.

Just three years ago, Gov. Crist's endorsement of John McCain shortly before the Florida GOP presidential primary helped seal the nomination for McCain. Most political observers thought Crist was at the top of McCain's list for a running mate, NBC Miami reported.

But when Crist gave President Barack Obama a hug and literally embraced Obama's stimulus plan in February 2009, he alienated many Republicans and never recovered politically. He ran for the U.S. Senate last year but abandoned the Republican Party to become an independent after Marco Rubio beat him in the GOP primary.

He joined the Orlando, Fla.-based law firm Morgan & Morgan after he lost in November.

"I'm Charlie Crist," he says in the television spot. "If you need help sorting out your legal issues as a result of an accident or insurance dispute, visit me at Charlie@forthepeople.com.

"Morgan and Morgan. For the people."

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6. Jim Caviezel: Gibson's 'Passion' Wrecked My Career

Jim Caviezel says playing Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" ruined what had been a very promising acting career.

Caviezel has been "rejected in my own industry" since playing Jesus in the 2004 movie, he disclosed during an appearance at an Orlando, Fla., church on April 30.

He said movie offers "dried up" and he is shunned by many within the industry.

Before doing the "Passion" movie, Caviezel had appeared in nearly 20 films, including "The Thin Red Line" and "The Count of Monte Cristo," and was considered a rising star.

He admitted he decided to take the role in "The Passion" despite warnings from director Gibson, who told him: "You'll never work in this town again."

Caviezel, a devout Catholic, responded: "We all have to embrace our crosses."

Since then, he has appeared in just a handful of movies.

"Jesus is as controversial now as he has ever been," Caviezel told the church gathering, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "Not much has changed in 2,000 years."

About Gibson, who has been labeled an anti-Semite and was caught on tape cursing out the mother of his youngest child, Caviezel said: "He doesn't need your judgment, he needs your prayers."

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7. We Heard . . .

THAT Mitt Romney's campaign manager in New Hampshire during the 2008 presidential race, Bruce Keough, says he won't sign on for another campaign with Romney in 2012.

Keough, a former state senator, says he chose not to join Romney's campaign in the crucial first primary state because the former Massachusetts governor "could not articulate consistent positions on key issues," according to the Boston Globe.

Keough told Mother Jones, which first reported Keough's decision: "He struggled with that in the last campaign. And to some extent I think he's still struggling with it."

Romney is considered the front-runner in New Hampshire. But Keough said voters "want somebody who's been true to a certain set of political ideals for a while."

THAT the Chicago-area house that was the setting for the original "Home Alone" movie is on sale for $2.4 million.

The 14-room, 4,250-square-foot home sits on half an acre in Winnetka, Ill.

The current owners bought the home in 1988 for $875,000, according to the Chicago Tribune.

To prevent gawkers, there will reportedly be no open houses and all potential buyers will be pre-screened.

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