Professor Ronald C. Kiener, Department of
"America will become increasingly vulnerable to attack on
our homeland, and our military superiority will not protect
us...States, terrorists, and other disaffected groups will
acquire weapons of mass destruction, and some will use them.
Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large
-- US Commission on National Security/21st Century, New
World Coming: American Security in the 21st Century, (1999), p. 141
"Suicide bomber(s) belonging to al-Qaida's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land
an aircraft packed with high explosives (C-4 and semtex) into the Pentagon, the
headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or the White House."
-- Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, The
Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why? September (1999).
"...Nevertheless, FBI information...indicates
patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with
preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including
recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.
The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full field
investigations throughout the US that it considers Bin
Ladin-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our
Embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group of Bin Ladin
supporters was in the US planning attacks with explosives."
-- Presidential Daily Briefing, August 6, 2001
Useful Links for Understanding 9/11 and its Aftermath
Report of the Joint Inquiry Into the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 Authored
by the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence. At request of Bush
administration, approximately 12 pages were blacked out and not released to the
public (requires Adobe Reader).
National Commission on Terrorist
Attacks Upon the United States also known as the 9-11 Commission.
Report issued July, 2004
"An independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and
the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. (Requires Adobe Reader).
- Presidential Daily Briefing, August 6, 2001 The
controversial PDB intelligence briefing, entitled "Bin Ladin Determined To
Strike in US," delivered to GWB more than a month before 9-11 attack. Declassified
after public pressure from 9-11 Commission, its existence was known from
summer of 2003.
- The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism issued in September 1999 by the Library of Congress, mentions the possibility of
plane hijackings directed at buildings
Frontline: Osama Bin Laden (PBS/Frontline)
- Fatwa Concerning Jihad against Jews and Crusaders
Afghanistan (CIA World Factbook)
- The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (Israeli think-tank)
- GlobalSecurity.Org A Washington, DC think-tank with lots of useful data
- Rebuilding America's Defenses (requires Adobe Reader).
This is a strange one. Published in September 2000 (!) by the Project for
the New American Century (PNAC), a conservative think-tank including many players in
today's Bush war council, it calls for (among other things) the permanent
re-positioning of the American military into Southwest Asia, and at one point
speculates that the possibility of a "new Pearl Harbor" would accelerate the
new military posture promoted by the study. Conspiracy theorists love this document.
- L'effroyable imposture The Appalling Deception. A rough
English translation of the widely-circulated conspiracy theory of leftist French writer Thierry Meyssan. The book
reportedly sold over 100,000 copies in France. Concentrating on the Pentagon explosion, Meyssan questions
the photographic and transcriptional evidence and concludes that the Pentagon was NOT hit by a
Boeing 757, but by a truck bomb. Meyssan doesn't have an explanation as to what happened to American Flight 77.
This book represents the most elaborate version of post-9/11 paranoia.
- This Campaign Will Get Murky by yours truly,
published October 9, 2001
Current Military Operations
Commands & General Links
- USCENTCOM (MacDill AFB,
(Special Operations Central Command)
- USARCENT-KUWAIT (Army Central Command-Kuwait)
CRAF (Civil Reserve Air Fleet) Stage One activated Feb. 8, 2003 (only
the 2nd time in its history -- last time was in the Gulf War)
- DefenseLINK (DoD)
- DeploymentLINK (DoD)
Selective Service System
Annual Performance Plan This APP for fiscal year 2004 is the official statement
of the SSS on the revivification of the draft, which has been dormant since the
1970s. The goal is to report to the President by March 31, 2005, that the SSS would
be ready to operate as early as July 1, 2005. In early fall 2004, there were
numerous press reports and political accusations that immediately after the 2004
general elections, Pres. Bush intends to announce major troop deployment increases to
Iraq. If the occupation goes bad, could a draft
U.S. vs. Iraq, 2002-06
The Mobilization Spectrum Chart
showing how US Armed Forces are mobilized
Mobilization of Reserves, US Armed Forces Sept.
2001-February 2008. Based on weekly data published by the DoD. In 1991, a maximum
of 265,000 reservists were called up. In this war,
the highest number was hit in April, 2003, at 224,000 reservists. There
are a total of 700,000 Reserves and National Guard. Active Duty is 1.4 million.
US Casualties in Iraq, March, 2003-February, 2008
Includes non-combatant deaths, including at least 17 suicides by American
soldiers, and at least 20 US civilian contractors. April, 2004, was the worst
month yet in terms of American fatalities.
- The Gulf War, 1990-91 (PBS/Frontline).
Based on Rick Atkinson's excellent book Crusade: The Untold Story of the
Persian Gulf War (1994), a useful review of that conflict.
Senate Joint Resolution 46 To authorize the use of United States Armed
Forces against Iraq, passed October 11, 2002, 77-23 (requires Adobe Acrobat)
- Are We Winning?
- News Sources
- Target Iraq Includes a very useful
US Forces Order of Battle, updated weekly
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Operation Telic
Official web site of British Ministry of Defence, this is the name of the
operation in the UK
- Internal Look Internal
Look 03 at al-Sayliyah airbase, Qatar,
involved the entire USCENTCOM staff (nearly 2,000 troops), and for the first
time took place in the AOR (Area of Responsibility). Supposedly ended Dec.
17, 2002, it effectively moved CENTCOM into position. A theater-wide wargame
testing of C3: Command, Control & Communications.
- Operation Shining Presence Ongoing deployment of US
Patriot missile battery in Israel (part of USEUCOM)
- Maritime Interception Operations Ongoing US Naval
effort to intercept merchant vessel traffic to and from Iraq in Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aqaba and Red Sea.
- Guide to US Weapons Systems
Useful site maintained by Federation of American Scientists.
- Weapons Guide in Iraq War Similar site maintained
by Global Security.org.
Psychological Warfare Also known
as PSYOPS (Psychological Operations), this has become an increasingly important element
in military planning, and is being used to great effect in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A Generation Gap on War, But Not on Love by
yours truly, appeared 3/13/2003 in The Hartford Courant
Guide to Iraqi Military
- "Shock and Awe Lite" The author of the concept of "Rapid Dominance" and
"Shock and Awe" (Harlan Ullman) criticizes
the application of his doctrine in the battle, from The Baltimore Sun, April 1, 2003
Was there WMD?
- The Republican Guard Forces known to
be most loyal to Saddam Hussein, reportedly deployed in and around Baghdad, also Mosul & Kirkuk.
As of April 2, 2003, USCENTCOM reports that two divisions, the Baghdad and Madina divisions, are
- al-Hussein Missile Improved
derivative of the SCUD; capable of reaching Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey. Western estimates
claim Iraq may still possess as many as 50 in inventory.
- The al-Sumoud Missile System
- Iraqi Air Defense System
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