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Archive for October 3rd, 2008

Taliban Drug Trafficking Rakes In 100 Mil A Year

The U.S. economy may be tanking, but the Taliban’s big business — drug trafficking — is doing just fine. How does that impact the war on terrorism? It can’t be good.

By James Gordon Meek
New York Daily News
WASHINGTON – The resurgent Taliban get a yearly injection of $100 million from drug trafficking, the top U.S. Army general in Afghanistan said Wednesday.
“That’s a conservative estimate,” added Gen. David McKiernan, who also commands NATO troops.
McKiernan also bluntly stated that America’s focus on Iraq means victory in Afghanistan is too far off to predict.
“Obviously our national priority has been Iraq,” McKiernan said. “The consequence of not placing more force capability in Afghanistan means it will take longer to win [and] at a higher price.”
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Two Terrorism Convictions In New York Tossed

The U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a conviction of two Yemeni men accused of terrorism. The case included a witness who had set himself on fire in front of the White House. Tough to top that act.

By Larry Neumeister
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A federal appeals court Thursday overturned the convictions of a Yemeni cleric and his deputy, finding they were prejudiced by inflammatory testimony about unrelated terrorism links in a case the United States once touted as a victory in its war against terrorism.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that Sheik Mohammed Ali Al-Moayad and Mohammed Mohsen Zayed, convicted of supporting terrorists, can have new trials. The three-judge panel took the unusual step of ordering the transfer of the case to a new judge.
The men were convicted in federal court in Brooklyn after a six-week trial in early 2005 on charges of conspiring to support al-Qaida and Hamas, supporting the Palestinian group and attempting to support al-Qaida. Their trial featured testimony by an FBI informant who set himself on fire outside the White House, saying he wanted more money from the FBI.
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FBI Arrests Puerto Rican Senator On Bribery

Scandal was bubbling on Thursday in Puerto Rico where a local senator was off to face bribery charges.

Sen. Jorge de Castro/official photo

Sen. Jorge de Castro/official photo

By Rebecca Banuchi
Associated Press Writer
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The FBI on Thursday arrested a prominent Puerto Rico lawmaker accused of providing political favors in exchange for cash and services totaling roughly half a million dollars, U.S. officials said.
Puerto Rico Sen. Jorge de Castro Font was indicted by a federal grand jury on 31 criminal counts including bribery, wire fraud and money laundering, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez Velez said.
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