messed up the url
Sun, 23 Mar 2003 13:42:32 -0800
Eugen Leitl said:
> No easy solutions to Afghanistan's profound political problems are in
> sight. At a minimum, however, the administration must strengthen its
> commitment to making reconstruction work. This means not only delivering
> more fully on aid, but exerting real pressure on regional power brokers to
> accept the Kabul government's authority and working harder to establish an
> Afghan national army. No matter how pressing are the other fronts of the
> war against al Qaeda (such as the increasingly worrisome situation in
> northern Pakistan), the United States must fulfill the responsibilities
> for reconstruction that came with its invasion of Afghanistan.
BTW has anyone noticed that there were US troops taking military action in
Afghanistan as well this week? It's not done there yet by a long shot...
About 1,000 US soldiers backed by helicopter gunships and armoured
vehicles began an assault in southern Afghanistan yesterday against
suspected al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, acting on intelligence reports
that Islamist militants were regrouping in the Kandahar region.
American forces in Afghanistan were expecting to come under attack when
the war on Iraq began: there has been an upsurge of attacks on US and
coalition bases in the past few days.
Also, some interesting Echelon bits, in passing:
In Washington, the national security agency used Echelon, an intelligence
system coordinated by the United States but involving several of its
allies, including the UK, to monitor more than 10 mobile phones used by
Mohammed [jm: the al-Qaida "9/11 mastermind"].
"They were tracking him for some time," an unnamed intelligence official
told the American news magazine US News and World Report. "He would shift;
they would follow."
Echelon reportedly monitors phone numbers and voices, then uses satellite
triangulation to locate the user. The Swiss justice ministry has confirmed
reports that the September 11 hijackers used pre-paid Swiss cellular
phones, not registered in any name and thus hard to trace, in preparing
"Let's say that thing that drug traffickers and terrorists thought they
could do to avoid detection are really not effective strategies anymore,"
said Larry Johnson, a former deputy director for counter-terrorism at the
US state department. "The technology being used now [by the authorities]
is really pretty effective."
Are those GSM phones?