Where Is Bin Laden?





He is inside a safehouse somewhere. He sure is not inside some cave, cut off from civilization. He has all the basic amenities. He might even be in comfortable circumstances. He could be in an urban, perhaps a semi-urban setting.

He could be in a safehouse in the mountains. He could be in Afghanistan, he could be in Pakistan. Extremely few people know where he is. Perhaps his immediate bodyguards and his second in command Zwahiri know. Noone else even inside the Al Qaeda knows.

Only human intel will get him. I am reminded of how Peru's Gonzalo was caught. He was living in a safehouse in the capital city itself.

Human intel is his tool. Technology will not cut it.

It is curious Bin Laden emphasizes "ideas" whereas Bush seems to emphasize "bombs and bullets." Should it not be the other way round? Can the American nation sell the idea of democracy to the billion plus Muslim population? Such that they clamor for democracy and rise up in large numbers on their own? That is the only way.

"Osama Bin Laden is a guy who makes documentaries."
-- Fidel Castro



The Bin Laden Tape - Part 1
The Bin Laden Tape - Part 3
The Bin Laden Tape - Part 4
The Bin Laden Tape - Part 5
The Bin Laden Tape - Part 6
The Bin Laden Tape - Part 7

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Conversation on that day proved that most of them were of the view that the US-backed Northern Alliance was moving close to Kabul due only to the support of General Pervaiz Musharraf, who was providing air bases to Americans in Pakistan. ........ He claimed that the place in Kabul where I met his "Sheikh" had been bombed just 15 minutes after our departure, but luckily "Sheikh" and others also left that place immediately after us and nobody was harmed. Muhammad smilingly told me: "Brother, you missed Martyrdom with us". ...... It was then that he told me the whole story of how he and his "Sheikh" had survived the carpet-bombing of the US Air Force for many days running in the Tora Bora Mountains of Eastern Afghanistan. It wasn't until the third week of December 2001 when bin Laden and his fighters broke the circle created by Americans with the help of Haji Zahir, Haji Zaman and Hazrat Ali. The strategy of al Qaeda sometimes resembles that of the hunted in American western movies. A huge number of al Qaeda fighters entered into the Kurram tribal area of Pakistan from Tora Bora--but Osama bin Laden headed off in a different direction with a small group. ......... Eyewitness Muhammad was also part of that group. Some Chechen and Saudi fighters provided them a cover of gunfire and they walked the whole night towards the safety of Paktia. A top Afghan security official, Lutfullah Mashal confirmed to me later that Osama bin Laden escaped to Paktia from Tora Bora in December 2001. Mashal followed him secretly. He claimed that Osama bin Laden entered North Wazirastan from Paktia. He spent some time there and then moved to the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan, province of Khost. Mashal is now working with President Hamid Karzai and he is sure that the Americans missed the capture of bin Laden in Tora Bora because they were not ready to deploy their own forces on the ground. Americans depended more on a Northern Alliance commander, Hazrat Ali--but this man betrayed them. According to highly reliable Afghan sources, Hazrat Ali provided safe passage to al Qaeda after getting lots of money from them. Hazrat Ali incidentally is a member of the Afghan Parliament these days. ........ Osama bin Laden remained underground throughout the entire year of 2002. He and his colleagues were always on the run. They kept changing their hideouts again and again. They were determined to save their lives, and because of that, during this chapter they were not fighting. It was until April of 2003 that the World's Most Wanted man was to surface again in Afghanistan, after the US invasion of Iraq. He called a meeting in the Pech Valley of Kunar province and delivered a hard-hitting speech, in which he announced his plans to resist America in Iraq. He said: "Get Americans in Iraq before they get us in Afghanistan". He declared that Saif ul Adil would be in charge for organizing resistance in Iraq, and advised him to contact Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, who was hiding in Iran at the time. Bin Laden started addressing small gatherings of his comrades in Kunar, as well as in Paktia. One of his daughters-in-law died during childbirth in the in Kunar Mountains. There was a big gathering at the funeral of his daughter-in-law. Local Afghans came to know about the death and started visiting the homes of some al Qaeda fighters, who had married in Kunar. The news of these events reached the ears of the Americans. The Americans launched an operation in Kunar, but once again Osama bin Laden escaped towards the south before the bombing had started in Pech Valley. ........ It was late in 2004 when bin Laden found himself surrounded by British troops in the Southern Afghan province of Helmand. bin Ladin had been hiding in a mountain area with three defense lines. Highly placed diplomatic sources revealed to this writer recently in Kabul that the British forces were very close to taking Osama bin Laden--dead or alive. He was besieged for more than 24 hours only to manage to dodge one of the world' best equipped armies—escaping with his life yet again. According to details gathered from some Taliban sources in Helmand, the British forces broke two defense lines of al Qaeda in an area of five kilometers. One-to-one fighting was about to start, but daylight ended and the darkness of night provided some welcome relief to al Qaeda. Osama bin Laden wanted to fight on the frontline, but his colleagues stopped him. Hot arguments were exchanged. bin Laden was angry, but Abu Hamza Aljazeeri convinced him to make a try for escape. They placed many rockets with timers, aimed at two different directions, as a deception. They decided to break the enemy encirclement, heading in the third direction with a group of foot fighters. That group was providing cover to bin Laden. Most of the fighters lost their lives, but the escape plan succeeded. Osama bin Laden slipped from British hands with Abu Hamza Al Jazeeri and some other fighters. These sources denied some reports that bin Laden had ordered his guards to shoot him if he were near arrest. The al Qaeda sources claimed that he does not believe in suicide, it is easier for him to sacrifice his life in battle against the enemy till the last bullet and his last drop of his blood have been spent. ....... Osama bin Laden is facing lots of "in house" restrictions since the Helmand episode. This is still another secret of his survival. Rather than relying on his own instincts, he believes in accepting the majority opinion of his colleagues. The majority of them advised him to restrict his movements, not to use satellite phones and to concentrate more on planning rather than fighting on his own. He was even advised to issue messages only on very important occasions. ....... Dr. Ayman al Zawahri. This Egyptian doctor is constantly in touch with his leader, but they are living separately. Dr.Zawahri spends more time in Pakistani tribal areas, while Osama bin Laden still feels that Afghanistan is safer for him than Pakistan. ....... many Taliban leaders in the East and South of Afghanistan proudly narrate the stories of their meetings with the most wanted man in the last three years. ....... Before 9/11, al Qaeda was operating only in a few countries, now it is operating in more than 62 countries with active cells in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Malayasia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Uruguay, Ecuador, Mexico, USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia. ....... His real strength is bad US policies. ..... The United States provided him relief by attacking Iraq without finishing the war in Afghanistan. More Muslims have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq than Americans killed on 9/11. The whole Muslim world is now burning in the raging fire of anti-Americanism, and Osama bin Laden is the only beneficiary of this situation. He is still determined to stage more 9/11's, with attacks bigger than the previous one. His sympathizers claim that it's not only America that is on his hit list. Al Qaeda is also capable of attacking other Western countries. The United Kingdom and Italy are the most possible targets ........ like Poland ..... Any new 9/11-like attack may ignite an ultimate clash of civilizations. That's what Osama bin Laden wants. ...... He changed the world six years ago and he can again push the world towards a grand clash with another massive attack.
Bin Laden likely lives in comfy safehouse, intel experts say New York Daily News Osama Bin Laden isn't hiding in caves. He's almost certainly living in a cozy compound in Pakistan guarded by a few loyal fanatics ..... he skulks across some of the most hostile terrain in the world ...... a 26-minute, anti-U.S. diatribe. .... In the jagged peaks of the Afghan-Pakistani border, a good Bin Laden hideout typically would be a simple adobe house surrounded by a high mud-brick wall ....... "He's probably living in a fairly comfortable, though Spartan, compound somewhere in northern Pakistan" ..... President Bush and Vice President Cheney long perpetuated the legend that Bin Laden was living in a cave to support their claims the terror mastermind had been neutralized. "Look, it's hard to plan, plot and attack if you're running or hiding in a cave," Bush said at a GOP fund-raiser last October. ...... Bin Laden is more a ghost than a bat. ..... he "never stayed anywhere more than a few days .... Bin Laden likely has stayed put in a new hideout with a tiny band of die-hard bodyguards, not an army of them. ...... "If and when he moves," a senior U.S. intelligence official told The News, "it's with a handful of people to keep the footprint small and not attract attention." ..... consensus that he's protected by Pakistani tribesmen or government agents in tribal areas and communicates by courier, using "cutouts" who don't read the message or know its author ..... Recent fighting in Afghanistan with foreign fighters pushed out of Pakistan suggests Al Qaeda has run out of payoff money ..... One of Bin Laden's likely protectors is famed mujahedeen Jalaluddin Haqqani, a Pashtun ally and Taliban military genius. Haqqani maintains the outer ring of his security while loyal Arabs make up the inner ring, a counterterror agent in Afghanistan told The News.
Obama's family tree:Warriors, presidents & thieves Chicago Sun-Times White House hopeful Barack Obama already has presidential timber in his family tree: He is distantly related to three U.S. presidents. ...... four centuries ago, his great- great-great-great-great-great- great-great-grandfather was a respected warrior and leader in eastern Africa. ..... Obama -- who has seven half-brothers and half-sisters spread across more than 10,000 miles -- has ancestors who were born in Kenya, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands .... Obama's heritage is a key part of his public persona. ...... in his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote speech, Obama said he was "grateful for the diversity of my heritage." ..... Obama has ancestors who were slave owners. But unlike many African Americans, he is not known to have any who were slaves. ...... He's distantly related to three U.S. presidents -- Harry S Truman, George W. Bush and George Herbert Walker Bush -- as well as to Vice President Dick Cheney. ..... "With presidents with New England ancestry, you will find a lot of them are related to one another." .... Bush and his father, for instance, are distantly related to 16 other presidents. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt shared ancestors with 17 others. ...... "I didn't find too many unusual things," said Rae Janette McCurry Marshall, 77, who is a first cousin, twice removed, of Obama. "The most unusual was that Sen. Obama is in our family. We never had anyone that famous."

The New Al-Qaeda Central Washington Post core leadership -- dubbed al-Qaeda Central by intelligence analysts -- has grown stronger, rebuilding the organizational framework that was badly damaged ...... by drawing on lessons learned during 15 years of failed campaigns to destroy it ..... in the past 18 months, no major figure has been killed or caught in Pakistan. ....... fundraising, recruiting and training ...... the most effective propaganda machine ever assembled by a terrorist or insurgent network. ...... Today, al-Qaeda operates much the way it did before 2001. The network is governed by a shura, or leadership council, that meets regularly and reports to bin Laden, who continues to approve some major decisions ........ About 200 people belong to the core group and many receive regular salaries ..... Most leaders are based in Pakistan ...... "We're looking at an organization that is extraordinarily adept at succession planning. They were built to survive, like the Afghans were against the Russians." ..... the search for al-Qaeda's leaders in Pakistan has hit a wall. Shah said information concerning their whereabouts has grown scarcer and less reliable ....... inner core has absolutely stopped using electronic technology to communicate with each other ...... On Jan. 30, 2006, two weeks after the Damadola missile strike, al-Qaeda released a videotape on the Internet in which Zawahiri taunted his pursuers. "Bush, do you know where I am?" the Egyptian radical said. "I am among the Muslim masses!" ....... ability to swiftly replace fallen or captured commanders. ....... veteran jihadists who have fought in Afghanistan and conflicts elsewhere for decades. ...... and organized a failed plot to overthrow Libyan ruler Moammar Gaddafi in the mid-1990s. ....... North Africa .... al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. ..... Much remains unknown about the internal workings of al-Qaeda Central. As with the old Soviet leadership in the Kremlin, U.S. analysts scrutinize public statements issued by the network for clues on who wields influence. ....... In 2005, al-Sahab released 16 videos. This year, it has produced four times that number. Quality has improved markedly, with most videos now including subtitles in several languages and sometimes 3-D animation. ....... Al-Sahab can now record and release videos with astonishing speed. ..... videos are routed through a chain of couriers who hand-deliver them to computer gurus ...... "They've created breaks in the distribution chain, both electronic breaks and human breaks." ....... many places along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan have been effectively taken over by foreign militants, mostly Uzbeks, Tajiks, Chechens and Arabs. ...... Asad Durrani, a retired chief of Pakistan's powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence bureau, said it would take more than military intervention to capture al-Qaeda leaders. ...... Durrani said U.S. bombing campaigns along the Afghan-Pakistani border had thoroughly alienated civilians who otherwise might help root out al-Qaeda commanders. "The first instinct you Americans have is military power -- dropping bombs," he said. "This was absolutely 100 percent guaranteed not to succeed, and it's continued that way for the past six years." ...... He said it would take a concentrated, methodical approach to find bin Laden and his deputies, relying on human intelligence and simple detective work. ...... "If they are there, sit back, be patient," Durrani advised. "The good hunter hunts on foot."
Former Denver mayor joins Obama campaign United Press International

Among Top Officials, 'Surge' Has Sparked Dissent, Infighting Washington Post making the case to keep as many troops as long as possible to cement any security progress. ..... argued instead for accepting more risks in Iraq, officials said, in order to have enough forces available to confront other potential threats in the region ...... "Bad relations?" said a senior civilian official with a laugh. "That's the understatement of the century. . . . If you think Armageddon was a riot, that's one way of looking at it." ......... managing a remarkable conflict within his administration, mounting a rear-guard action against Congress and navigating a dysfunctional relationship with an Iraqi leadership ...... the story of these months is one of trying to control the uncontrollable .... the floor was going to break politically ..... "slow failure." .... The strategy would never work, Bush aides knew, unless Maliki stepped up. ....... the prime minister's intentions and abilities to take on Shiite militias. .... Bush instituted videoconference calls with Maliki every two weeks, prodding him to seek accord among Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions ..... the tribes resented al-Qaeda's efforts to ban smoking and marry local women to build ties to the region. ....... when such an alliance occurred, it bubbled up from the ground with no Washington involvement. ........ the extra brigades flowing to Iraq had stretched the military close to the breaking point. .... the longest overseas combat deployments since World War II. ...... Fallon was also derisive of Iraqi leaders' intentions and competence ..... Fallon signaled his departure from Bush by ordering subordinates to avoid the term "long war" -- a phrase the president used to describe the fight against terrorism. ....... Bush became aggravated by Maliki's inability to forge agreements to address grievances fueling sectarian strife, such as allowing low-level members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party back into government, passing a law governing oil revenue distribution and setting provincial elections. ....... if you change the prime minister, then any prospect of progress on the political front stops completely while they try to form a new government." ...... "There's no Nelson Mandela in Iraq," Crocker, the ambassador, told colleagues back in Washington. "Saddam killed them all." ...... codifying 18 benchmarks set in war-funding legislation ...... help the prime minister and other leaders reach consensus. ...... the Maliki government pressed the Americans to sit down with Iranian officials .... Rice, according to the official, told Crocker that it "wasn't your lane," adding, "I'll work it back here. That's not your problem." ...... Rice overcame resistance from Cheney for talks with both Syria and Iran ....... the talks led nowhere ....... Rice had established 10 provincial reconstruction teams around Iraq to work with local officials rather than rely on the ineffectual central government ........ seek local deals similar to those in Anbar through reward money and nonlethal aid such as radios, clothes and telephones. "Reconciliation is local," he wrote, "and there is no one-size fits all solution to this complex problem." ....... Lute briefed the president at 7 a.m. every day ..... organized daily conference calls at 7:45 a.m. and again late in the afternoon between the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the U.S. Embassy and military in Baghdad to map out ways of selling the surge. ........ From the start of the Bush plan, the White House communications office had been blitzing an e-mail list of as many as 5,000 journalists, lawmakers, lobbyists, conservative bloggers, military groups and others with talking points or rebuttals of criticism. ........ the Iraqi political situation remained a mess. ...... Bush understood that the "breathing space" had yielded little political reconciliation. As summer wore on, Bush grew blunt in his conference calls with Maliki. As one aide recalled, "He would say, 'Hey, you told me you were going to do X, Y and Z. What happened? Are you going to get agreement on these key pieces of legislation or not?' "
Osama is in Chitral: US experts Pakistan Dawn the Al Qaeda chief also has sympathisers in that area. “They have a code of hospitality for guests, and they’ve probably also gotten a fair amount of money from bin Laden ...... bin Laden is surrounded by bodyguards armed with surface-to-air missiles and good intelligence. ...... “I think it’s quite likely he has a very good early warning system (and) that there are perimeters set up so people know who’s coming and going in the area that he’s living” .... “If you look at the territory, it is impossible to find any single person up there, and we don’t have enough people to do it, and we respect Pakistan’s sovereignty. I guess they’re not going to go into Pakistan.”

Oprah Hosts Obama in Star-Studded Event The Associated Press
Winfrey draws rich, famous to Obama bash
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CBS Poll: Oprah's Support May Help Obama 31% Say Talk Show Host's ... CBS News Thirty-one percent of registered voters say that most people they know would be more likely to vote for Obama for president because Oprah has endorsed him ...... Thirty-one percent of registered voters who consider themselves Republicans and 27 percent of voters who consider themselves Independents said the endorsement would make people more inclined to vote for Obama.
Obama's San Francisco visit aimed at women San Jose Mercury News everything about the fundraiser rally was designed to showcase the Illinois senator as a candidate trying to break out from under the shadow of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. ...... California Women for Obama ..... when you walk away, when you set your sights a little lower, then the same old politics win every time ..... George Bush and Dick Cheney may have perfected divisive special-interest politics; they may have turned it into an art form. But they didn't invent it. It was there before they got to Washington ...... three-quarters of Democratic voters back a presidential candidate who calls for changing the system, while only one-quarter cited experience ...... they should not vote on who "plays the game best. It has to be who puts an end to the game-playing." ...... "He's won me," said Leslie Leslie, of Mill Valley. "I felt he was speaking from the heart."
Obama Asks Women to Risk Backing Him The Associated Press Obama, hoping to make inroads with women voters, urged an overwhelmingly female audience on Friday to risk supporting him ..... about 3,000 die-hard Democrats at an event launching the California chapter of Women for Obama ...... Obama said he would not be a perfect president but will tell people where he stands and ask what they think. ...... That's what they are counting on, that you will be too scared, that you will walk away, that this will seem too risky, this call to action ...... Obama promised that ending the war in Iraq would be his first act as president if it is not done before then and said that he looked forward to engaging in dialogue the leaders of nations hostile to U.S. policies. ..... "It does not make us look tough to not talk to other countries. It makes us look arrogant," he said.
Obama jabs Hillary Clinton on health care in San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle cast himself as a champion of women's rights ..... before a crowd of mostly women. ..... "I'm lucky enough to live ... with three women for Obama in my house," he joked, referring to his wife and two daughters. "I don't always get this reception." ..... a box lunch of water, a roast beef sandwich, a brownie and an apple ...... he won cheers and several standing ovations by acknowledging the importance of female voters and pounding issues that are on the top of many of their minds. ......... "Women have always made the difference in every election," he told the crowd, "and this year, your voice, your hope will be the deciding factors in forging a new future for America." ...... Obama is trying to stake a claim for Democratic female voters - a constituency aggressively courted by Clinton, who has amassed a 30-point lead in state polls. ....... Obama's state co-chairs, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and Los Angeles Controller Laura Chick ...... Author Ayelet Waldman of Berkeley, who graduated in the same Harvard University law class as Obama, backs his run for president over Clinton, although she said, "I've been a feminist my whole life, and I was raised on Betty Friedan." She said she would like to see the Democratic candidates on "an Obama-Clinton ticket." ...... "I'm waiting for him to be something different than a great face and story."
A Streetwise Veteran Schooled Young Obama New York Times includes one glaring episode of political miscalculation. ..... was a 38-year-old state senator .... Mr. Rush’s name recognition started off at 90 percent, Mr. Obama’s at 11. ..... Then President Clinton endorsed Mr. Rush. ... it was ‘the Black Panther against the professor.’ ..... his impatience with the frustrations of his state Senate job; his outsize confidence; his fund-raising powers; his broad appeal; and his willingness to be what Abner J. Mikva, a former congressman and supporter, calls “a very apt student of his own mistakes.” ........ “He was blinded by his ambition,” Mr. Rush said. “Obama has never suffered from a lack of believing that he can accomplish whatever it is he decides to try. Obama believes in Obama. ....... Not long after getting “my rear end handed to me,” as he later put it, he ran successfully for the United States Senate ......a period of virtual Republican lockdown. ..... In February 1999, Mr. Rush lost the mayoral primary to Mr. Daley, getting just 28 percent of the vote. ...... Almost all of Mr. Obama’s support initially came from whites ....... Reform is not the most compelling issue to people who don’t have a job ..... “Less than halfway into the campaign, I knew in my bones that I was going to lose. Each morning from that point forward I awoke with a vague sense of dread, realizing that I would have to spend the day smiling and shaking hands and pretending that everything was going according to plan.” ........ “He went to Harvard and became an educated fool. ...... Obama was seen as an intellectual, “not from us, not from the ’hood ....... a function of class, not race ....... Mr. Clinton — after a personal request from Mr. Rush — overrode his own policy of not endorsing candidates in primaries. ...... Cardinal Richard Cushing: “The cardinal said to him, ‘Jack, you have to learn to speak more Irish and less Harvard.’ I think I recounted that anecdote to Barack. Clearly, he learned how to speak more Chicago and less Harvard in subsequent campaigning.” ....... a gradual progression of Barack Obama from thoughtful, earnest policy wonk/civil rights lawyer/constitutional law expert to Barack Obama the politician, the inspirer, the speaker ....... Rush, still stung by Mr. Obama’s challenge to him, endorsed a white candidate in the race ....... Obama won the general election with the biggest margin ever in an Illinois Senate race. ....... Obama’s ambition has found its audience, he said. ..... “I think that Obama, his election to the Senate, was divinely ordered,” Mr. Rush said
Edwards Slams Clinton on Health Care The Associated Press
How She Would Govern MSNBC "You bring change by working within the system," Clinton finally declared on Labor Day weekend. "You can't pretend the system doesn't exist." ..... Hugh Rodham's dutiful daughter stayed up late finishing homework assignments and kept Barry Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative" on her bookshelf. While others in her generation were turning on, tuning in and dropping out, she was running for student-body president at Wellesley College and applying to law school at Yale. As a young First Lady charged with getting her husband's health-care plan through Congress, her attempts to circumvent The System nearly cost both Clintons their political lives. She found redemption in the Senate by keeping her head down and playing by the rules. ........ "I am much more experienced in dealing with my own government and understanding both its potential and its limitations." The System, in other words, is where the action is, where the real possibilities for change are, and that is where Clinton wants to be. ..... She has outperformed her rivals in almost every debate and has presided over a remarkably disciplined and effective presidential campaign. ....... At times, she has displayed an ideological rigidity and insistence on loyalty reminiscent of the incumbent. At times, she has acted with near-Nixonian secrecy and seemed to fall victim to paranoia. But she has also shown a Bill Clinton-like capacity to adapt to her surroundings and accept that in politics, the perfect is always the enemy of the good. ....... Hillary Clinton arrived in Washington with a sense of righteous purpose. ...... In developing her policy, the First Lady was clinical and unflinching. "She was going to push it as hard as she could and was not willing to compromise" ....... The First Lady listened politely but did not heed the senator's advice. Moynihan, who'd had a hand in every major domestic-policy initiative since Nixon, simply didn't understand. ....... Clinton's own secretary of the Treasury and OMB director had major concerns about the First Lady's plan. .... Hillary's plan was too big, too unwieldy. ...... Hillary the purist had learned that in Washington, nothing is total except defeat. Some veterans of the health-care wars shudder at the notion of "President Hillary." ........ Chastened and defeated, Clinton plotted a retreat from the front page. ....... the Whitewater scandal. The president felt distracted and put upon; his wife felt persecuted. In many senses, she was. Years before she would coin the phrase, an anti-Clinton right-wing conspiracy had already grown vast. ........ As first lady, Clinton sometimes acted paranoid and saw enemies where they did not really exist. One eternal villain was the press. ......... The hunted Hillary put a high premium on loyalty. To the predominantly female coterie of aides who staffed the First Lady's office, Clinton was a giving, generous boss who always remembered birthdays, always wrote encouraging "job well done" notes, always called when a loved one died. Her husband's West Wing devolved into the petty jealousies of boys on the playground. But Hillary's aides in the East Wing kept their mouths shut. To this day, no close Hillary aide has written a tell-all memoir. ........ Early in the campaign, some in New York's Democratic Party concluded that the candidate was too polarizing to make headway in conservative upstate New York and should focus solely on boosting her margins in New York City and its surrounding suburbs. But Clinton was eager to wade into unfriendly territory. ........ The new Hillary even found ways to make use of her old nemesis, the press. ....... Clinton described the president's transgressions as "sins of weakness." His actions had their roots in childhood, where Bill had lived through "terrible conflict" between his mother and grandmother. "A psychologist once told me that for a boy being in the middle of two women is the worst possible situation," Clinton was quoted as saying. "There is always the desire to please each one." ........ Other executive-branch veterans who'd found second homes in the Senate, like Robert Kennedy, had quickly tired of all the drudgery and quaint traditions. Clinton loved it. Having paid the price for acting too boldly and quickly, she was eager to dive into the small-detail stuff. ...... how Trent Lott, who wondered if "maybe lightning will strike" before Clinton could take her Senate seat, came to admire her low-key manner. How Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who'd served as a manager of the impeachment case against Clinton's husband, worked closely with Clinton on veterans issues on the Armed Services Committee. ........ for all the bipartisan back-patting she gives herself, she has no transformative piece of legislation to show for it. ........ she is a more pragmatic thinker than the obstinate Hillary of health-care days ...... in her early days in the Senate, it was taken for granted that Clinton's greatest political imperative was to boost her hawk credentials. ...... she had to prove that she could be as tough as any man ........ classic Hillary: disciplined, efficient and loyalty-obsessed. ...... in meeting after meeting Clinton can be counted on to ask silent participants what they think. ....... "It's 'The Hills Have Eyes'." ...... 15 years inside The System have made her a fervent believer in the strong, smart management of American power. ..... "She's tougher than he is. She's not going to advertise that during the primary process. But everyone who knows her knows that." ...... the details of her thinking, and the ways in which she makes decisions, are so little understood.
Analysis: Clinton Gambles With 'Change' The Associated Press eight years as White House first lady, seven as senator from New York, and 12 as Arkansas first lady ..... After the failure of her health care initiative in 1994, Clinton's visibility as an adviser to her husband was considerably diminished for the remainder of his two terms. But while she was publicly attending to the official duties of the first lady, she also kept her hand in policy matters. ...... her best known Senate vote — to authorize the U.S. military invasion of Iraq in 2002 — is evidence of a tendency to follow conventional wisdom rather than stand for principle.
Edwards Hits Hard at Clinton Over Lobbying Washington Post
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Clinton draws fans to Michigan Ave.
Chicago Tribune at 11:57 a.m. -- almost a full fashionable half-hour late -- sparking spontaneous applause and cheers from the rather bedraggled-looking crowd. ..... Clinton's visit, initially scheduled for 90 minutes, was extended to about three hours to accommodate the line of fans, which by midmorning snaked through all four floors of the Borders at 830 N. Michigan Ave., weaving through row after row of books and CDs. ...... Clinton worked through the line, operating in his customary efficient-yet-affable style, shaking hands with his right as he signed with his left. ..... when he asked what he thought was a relatively simple question: Do college students have a role in changing the world? ..... "It was unbelievable; he went into good detail, he talked about the difference in how times have changed," Bolohan said. "I was expecting him to push me away eventually, but he kept talking ... to know that my opinion mattered to him is quite important."
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US studies Bin Laden video, CIA warns of Al-Qaeda plots AFP bin Laden apparently says there are two ways to end the Iraq war. ..... "The first is from our side, and it is to continue to escalate the killing and fighting against you," bin Laden says ..... The second is to do away with the American democratic system of government, ABC said, adding the video was about 30 minutes long. ..... the Central Intelligence Agency warned that Al-Qaeda was plotting fresh attacks on the United States designed to inflict massive casualties. ..... the transcript contained references to Nicolas Sarkozy's victory in the French presidential elections in May and to the Iraq war in 2007 suggesting that it was made recently, and that bin Laden is still alive. ..... "People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. "Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven't made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there." ..... "the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes." ...... "To conclude," bin Laden says, "I invite you to embrace Islam." ..... Al-Qaeda was planning new, large-scale attacks on US targets. .... "Our analysts assess with high confidence that Al-Qaeda's central leadership is planning high impact plots against the American homeland" ...... "Al-Qaeda is focusing on targets that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction and significant economic aftershocks"
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Oprah fundraising bash for Barack Obama
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Former Clinton Official Backs Obama
New York Times Federico Pena, a former mayor of Denver who also served as Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration ..... “I have come to conclude that Barack Obama has the depth of judgment that our country needs to usher in a new era of global leadership,” Mr. Pena told ...... “For me, judgment and wisdom are far more important than experience. But frankly, I like the experience that Senator Obama has.” ..... “I have a number of friends who are running for president,” he said. ... Pena said he beleives Senator Obama would be best able to unify the country and offer a fresh start - “unincumbered by the past” - unlike any other Democratic candidate.
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Clinton rates as 'coldest' in Gallup survey, but isn't far behind ...
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Amazon and Google Want to Mind Your Read
Motley Fool Amazon is hoping to launch a standalone hardware-software ecosystem with its Kindle program, while Google just wants to sell you online books. ..... sell complete books in digital form.
E-books: Can Amazon and Google make them work? ZDNet Google will start charging customers for full online access to digital copies of books. Publishers will set prices and share revenue with Google. ...... few people read more than one book at a time.
Google opens doors to My Library Bizjournals.com a site to organize users' libraries and let visitors browse their titles. .... My Library, which lets users create a list of links to books and articles, rate and review them, and share them with others.
Google allows customers to build online book libraries Dallas Morning News Google plans to put "all the world's books" into digital form .... It now has 27 partners, including Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Japan's Keio University.
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Bin Laden to Release Video, Al-Qaeda Says
Washington Post the images would be the first of the terrorist network's leader in nearly three years. ..... his beard fully black. In his past videos, bin Laden's beard was almost entirely gray with dark streaks. ..... since the last verified bin Laden video in October 2004, there have been many new videos promoted on radical Islamic Web sites but none of them has materialized
Nepal Crown Prince Suffers Heart Attack The Associated Press Paras, 35
Giuliani Documentary Being Released The Associated Press an "online viral video campaign" .... The videos attack Giuliani by saying he failed to prepare New York City for a major disaster, he ignored sick ground zero workers after the terrorist attack and he profited financially from his association with the tragedy after leaving office in 2001. ...... therealrudy.org .... Greenwald said each video cost about $40,000 to make and that fundraising helped pay for the series, which will be posted on YouTube
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Out of Iraq, Some Common Ground
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Obama Critiques Clinton
The Associated Press Clinton is too cautious and too conventional to bring real change to Washington.
Fugitive's Fundraising Talent Put Him on Democrats' A-List Washington Post whose success at raising money had propelled him into the upper echelon of Democratic politics. ...... In the past four years, Hsu raised more than $1.2 million for Democratic causes and candidates ....... there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest stemming from a 15-year-old felony theft conviction. ...... For many people who crossed paths with Hsu in politics, his disappearance has left them wondering if they ever really knew him. ...... arrived in the United States in 1969 ..... Once Hsu made that first imprint as a big donor, other campaigns quickly came knocking. ........ Hsu's attraction from a fundraising perspective is that he delivered and did so consistently ..... $23,000 in direct contributions Hsu made to Clinton's presidential campaign, her Senate reelection and her political action committee. The campaign did not plan to return any money Hsu raised from other donors.
Oprah and Obama could be powerful combo on the road to the Oval Office The Canadian Press she might appear in TV ads and hit the campaign trail in support of the first African-American to have a decent shot at the White House. ..... Her talk show reaches 8.4 million viewers a day, many of them the critical female voters between 25 and 55 who tend to vote in large numbers. ...... She has a monthly magazine, a weekly newsletter and a website. She just launched a satellite radio channel. ..... Many see Winfrey levelling the playing field by adding the kind of celebrity clout that Bill Clinton brings to his wife's campaign. ..... saying he has the power to transform politics. .... he's the only presidential candidate she'll have on her TV show, saying it would be "disingenuous" to invite anyone else.
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Why Google is Building a Phone
PC World wireless spectrum, devices, and content ..... when it comes to mobile phones Yahoo and Microsoft are way ahead of Google. ..... Microsoft is even mulling the possibility of creating its own mobile phone based on the Windows Mobile OS. ..... Google phones that could be priced as low as $100. .... Google has built prototype cell phones, to be mass-produced by multiple hardware manufacturers ....... Google hopes to attract new customers with low upfront and monthly wireless costs. Supplementing monthly fees would be ads delivered via the handset. ...... Google watchers are convinced the company is creating a mobile operating system or platform. ..... In 2007 the mobile advertising market will be worth $450 million ..... only 15 percent of mobile phone users have browsed the Web using their cell phone ...... Analysts expect mobile search and surfing to become even more popular in the years ahead. ...... Google hopes to change the attitudes about mobile Web access.
Google Wiki May Arrive Today WebProNews Jotspot, the wiki company Google picked up in October 2006. ...... Jotspot may have been moved to use the same underlying technology as Google Page Creator. ..... Jotspot/Google Wiki and possibly Google Presentations .... In June, Google acquired Zenter, an Australian-based online slide presentation company.
Google, Others Gear Up to Introduce Office Apps PC World Google launched Docs & Spreadsheets at last year's conference, and some observers expect Google to release new wiki and presentation applications in the next day or so. ....... Business Essentials, which includes asset tracking, project management, a recruiting manager to organize the hiring process better, a company directory, sales lead management, employee time-off trackers, and activity dashboards.
Nokia To Launch WiMAX Handsets Red Herring The next generation of Nokia’s Internet Tablet will feature the long-range wireless broadband technology known as WiMAX, the latest push by the Finnish cell phone maker to develop an all-in-one handset. ..... it had already signed a deal with U.S. carrier Sprint to make the new tablets available to subscribers in the first half of 2008...... the day when people are carrying computers in their pockets and not phones,” said Nokia vice president Ari Virtanen. ..... Convergence between mobile phones and computers will continue and Nokia will lead the trend by approaching it both from the mobile phone and computer ends ...... Computer maker Apple’s entry into the phone market may have hastened Nokia’s decision to go public, as may have reports of similar plans by other computer related companies such as Google and Microsoft.

Baby on AB’s mind Times of India Bachchan sahib has plans of gifting the temple with a 3.5 kg silver mouse..... 'Main murti banakar dena chahta hoon'. .... Unhone jald se jald dadaji banneki ichcha vyakt ki hai....He had prayed for Abhishek's wedding. When Amitabh Bachchan was unwell, Abhishek and Jaya Bachchan had come to pray for his good health. He had also come here with Amar Singh when he had land problems in Uttar Pradesh.
Light at the End of the Subprime Tunnel BusinessWeek the ongoing turmoil in the financial markets will delay the market's eventual recovery by at least a few months. ..... the core of the problem is subprime adjustable-rate mortgages that were originated in 2005 and 2006, when lending standards became extremely lax. .... default rates also ticked up for ARM loans issued to prime borrowers—that is, those borrowers considered most likely to repay. ..... Home prices have rarely fallen on a national basis since the Depression of the 1930s.
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Political Battle Surrounding Spitzer Lands on Fla. Law Firm's Doorstep Law.com (subscription), CA In the latest spat in between Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Republican state Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno, the protracted brass-knuckles political battlea threatening profanity-laced message was left on the voice mail of Spitzer's father, Bernard. ...... noted Republican political operative Roger Stone Jr ..... Lawyers representing Spitzer's octogenarian father claim Stone left the anonymous message on his Manhattan office phone. They claim they traced the number to Stone's Manhattan apartment phone number -- a number also used by the New York office of consulting firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler Consulting Group LLC. ....... Stone denies making the call. ..... The allegations led to Stone resigning from his consulting gig with the New York Senate Republicans. ..... Stone, 55, claimed to have worked for Richard Nixon's re-election committee and worked as a campaign strategist for Ronald Reagan. He also worked for President Bush during the 2000 Florida recount and real estate mogul and television reality show star Donald Trump during his campaign to prevent gambling in New York. Stone, who lives in Miami Beach, worked with Rothstein's partner and law firm co-founder Stuart Rosenfeldt on Reagan's first presidential campaign. ........ Most recently, Stone has been advising the New York state Senate Republicans on how to go on the offensive against Gov. Spitzer. ........ A vitriolic battle between the two camps has been escalating in Albany. The state Senate's investigatory committee launched an investigation into whether Spitzer's top aides used the New York State Police to tail Bruno when he used a state government aircraft to travel from the state capital to New York City. ....... On Aug. 6, a message was left on 83-year-old Bernard Spitzer's work voice mail threatening him with a subpoena and possible jail time for a $4.3 million loan he made to his son during his unsuccessful campaign in 1994. ......... "There is not a goddamn thing your phony, psycho, piece-of-shit son can do about it," the voice on the phone message reportedly said. "Bernie, your phony loans are about to catch up with you. You will be forced to tell the truth and the fact that your son's a pathological liar will be known to all." ...... "Why would I do such a thing?" Stone said in an interview with the Daily Business Review this week. "I pride myself on a Nixonian-type discipline to achieve my goals. There's a difference between playing up to the rules and playing over the rules." ...... His Web site, the Stone Zone -- which is sponsored by the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm -- calls the allegations "Spitzer's ultimate dirty trick." He said he has contacted the FBI's former voice analyst to determine if the voice mail was his voice or was created through audio software. ....... Stone initially accused his landlord, who was a fundraiser for Spitzer, of making the apartment accessible to allies of the governor. ..... He said it's possible the call was made to appear that it came from his number. ...... He also initially claimed he was at a play that night. He later retracted that statement when he realized the theater was dark the night in question. ....... Stone's angry retort on his Web site, however, also echoes the allegations made to Bernard Spitzer on his voice mail regarding the illegal loan. Scott Rothstein called Stone "brilliant" and a "force to be reckoned with." He said his colleague is not unethical and definitely not stupid. ..... The New York Times quoted Stone saying the number also belonged to Rothstein Rosenfeldt and Adler's consulting group. .... "It was not the first time I've seen our firm's name next to Mr. Stone's, nor would it be the last," Rothstein said. "I just looked to make sure they spelled the law firm's name right."

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