messed up the url

Justin Mason jm@jmason.org
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...


http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,918832,00.html

  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:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,911860,00.html

  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
  the attack.

  "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?

--j.