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29 July 2009

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Germany Openly Warns of Terror Threat

...what the officers found when they searched “Sheikh Ali,” as the imam is known, at the end of June turned a routine operation into an investigation that has captured the attention of the authorities.

The documents that Ali R., a Palestinian who grew up in the Gaza Strip, had stored on a USB storage device included information on the use of bombs and booby traps, bomb-building instructions and a propaganda video. When agents analyzed his mobile phone, they discovered ambiguous text messages in Arabic in which mention was made of a “bride” and a “groom” — terms Islamists have used in the past as code words when planning attacks.

http://vladtepesblog.com/?p=10350

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Hamas Dress Code Aims to Make Gaza More Islamic
from Counter Jihad by Chris

Police order a lingerie shop to hide its scantily clad mannequins. A judge warns female lawyers to wear head scarves in court. Beach patrols break up groups of singles and make men wear shirts.

It's all part of a new Hamas campaign to get Gazans to adhere to a strict Muslim lifestyle — and the first clear attempt by the Islamic militants to go beyond benign persuasion in doing so.

It suggests that having consolidated its hold on Gaza in the two years since it seized control by force, Hamas feels emboldened enough to extend its ideology into people's private lives.

http://infidelsunite.typepad.com/counter_jihad/2009/07/hamas-dress-code-aims-to-make-gaza-more-islamic.html

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Homicide Bombers
from Officer.com: Operations & Tactics by rss@officer.com

Terrorists will continue to use what works. Their past behavior dictates that in homicide bombings, IEDs and VBIEDs are their death devices of choice, but they will modify target preferences based on susceptibleness.

http://www.officer.com/web/online/Operations-and-Tactics/Homicide-Bombers/3$47680

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US terror arrests spur warning to police
AP -- DEVLIN BARRETT

Antiterrorism officials are increasingly concerned about American-bred extremists who travel abroad for terror training and then return home, sometimes quietly recruiting followers over the years.

Federal authorities have issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies around the country on the heels of the arrest Monday in North Carolina of a man whose devotion to the cause of violent jihad allegedly began 20 years ago.

The internal bulletin - reviewed by The Associated Press - says the FBI and the Homeland Security Department are very worried about the danger posed by little-noticed Americans traveling abroad to learn terrorism techniques, then coming back to the United States, where they may be dormant for long periods of time while they look for followers to recruit for future attacks.

http://infidelsunite.typepad.com/counter_jihad/2009/07/us-terror-arrests-spur-warning-to-police-.html

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How Can We Win a Cyberwar?
from threatpost by Ryan.Naraine

Cyberwar is no longer an urban legend. From Estonia to Georgia to Israel, cyberwar has become a regular part of geopolitical struggles around the globe, and it promises to become a growing factor in future international conflicts.

Even skeptics have to admit that the economics behind cyber warfare are compelling. It's inexpensive to mount a cyberwar. In comparison to traditional warfare, cyberwars are a bargain. You don't need to fund and deploy specialized troops with expensive technology and weapons. You don't need to worry about recruiting soldiers and keeping your supply lines open. All you need to disrupt your enemy's communications and possibly its economy using a few people with specialized skills and Internet connections. In fact, you don't even need to own all the assets deployed in a cyberwar.

http://www.threatpost.com/blogs/how-can-we-win-cyberwar

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Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Chinese Aircraft Carrier?
Peter W. Singer, Director, 21st Century Defense Initiative
The Washington Examiner

But a little reality check may be in order. First, their “new” carrier is not all that new. Actually, the Varyag was first laid down back in 1985. Originally planned for the Soviet fleet, it was never completed. Instead, at the Cold War’s end, it was scrapped of all its electronics and engines and sold off to be a floating casino. Even if the Chinese can refurbish it, at best they will be getting an old, untested ship that carries only a third as many planes as a U.S. carrier.

Similarly, the idea that the Chinese can build four new carriers over the next decade is less than realistic. It takes approximately six years to build one of our aircraft carriers, and we have been doing this for more than eight decades. By comparison, the biggest warship the Chinese have yet to build on their own is 17,000 tons, a quarter the size. More importantly, building a ship is not the same as operating it successfully.

http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2009/0728_china_military_singer.aspx

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