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Video grab of Anwar al-Awlaki video message, picture credit: SITE Intelligence Group
30 September 2011    05:59 ET

The US-born radical Islamist cleric and suspected al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in Yemen, the country’s defence ministry reported.

US administration officials confirmed the reports, according to US media.

Awlaki, of Yemeni descent, has been on the run in Yemen since December 2007.

The US had named him a “specially designated global terrorist” for his alleged role in a number of attacks and US President Barack Obama is said to have personally ordered his killing.

The defence ministry statement said only that he died “along with some of his companions”.

It gave no further details of his death.

But tribal sources told AFP news agency Awlaki was killed in an air strike in the eastern Marib province, said to be an al-Qaeda stronghold.

It is not clear whether he was killed by Yemeni forces or a US drone strike.

The death was also announced on Yemeni TV.

BBC security correspondent Gordon Correra says the killing, if confirmed, is significant, because Awlaki is able to reach out to people susceptible to radicalisation through his use of the media.

The reported death comes amid concerns in Washington about the impact of Yemen’s political crisis on its ability to go after al-Qaeda militants.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

  • Formed in January 2009 by a merger between al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia and Yemen
  • Based in eastern Yemen
  • Led by Nasser al-Wuhayshi, a Yemeni former aide to Osama Bin Laden. Deputy leader is Saudi ex-Guantanamo inmate Said al-Shihri
  • Aims to topple Saudi monarchy and Yemeni government, and establish an Islamic caliphate
  • Came to prominence with Riyadh bombings in 2003, and 2008 attack on US embassy in Sanaa
  • Says it was behind an attempt to blow up US passenger jet in December 2009

President Ali Abdullah Saleh is facing a widespread protest movement, along with an armed insurrection by renegade army units and tribal fighters.

Mr Saleh, who was injured three months ago when his residence was shelled, returned last week after treatment in Saudi Arabia.

He said in an interview published on Thursday that he will not stand down, as promised in a deal brokered by Gulf States, if his opponents are allowed to stand in elections to succeed him.

Targeted beforeAwlaki is described by US officials as a key leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

He has been implicated in the US army base killings in Fort Hood, Texas, the Christmas 2009 Detroit airline bomb attempt, and a failed bombing in New York’s Times Square.

When he was imam of a San Diego mosque in the 1990s, his sermons were attended by two future 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi.

In a video posted in November last year he called for the killing of Americans, saying they were from the “party of devils”.

Weeks later, he survived an air strike in Shabwa province in which at least 30 militants were killed.

He has been reported dead in the past following US air strikes on southern Yemen in December 2009 and November 2010. He was the target of a US drone attack that killed two al Qaeda operatives in southern Yemen on 5 May.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15121879

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Anwar al-Awlaki was born on April 22nd, 1971 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_Awlaki

April 22nd, 1971

April 22nd

4 + 22 +2+0+1+1 = 30 = his personal year (from April 22nd, 2011 to April 21st, 2012) = Blessings.

30 year + 9 (September) = 39 = his personal month (from September 22nd, 2011 to October 21st, 2011) = Half-truths.

39 month + 30 (30th of the month on September 30th, 2011) = 69 = his personal day = Marked for death.

 

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September 27, 2011

He had been on the run for four decades. He escaped from prison when Richard Nixon was in the White House, joined the Black Liberation Army in Detroit, hijacked a plane and (in)famously demanded that FBI agents deliver ransom money in bathing suits. And they did.

Now, after a manhunt spanning three continents that often appeared to run cold, the FBI has finally found George Wright.

At age 68, he was living quietly in the resort of Sintra near Lisbon in Portugal when he was arrested Monday.

The United States is seeking his extradition from Portugal to serve the remainder of a 15- to 30-year sentence for murder. Portuguese judicial authorities could not be reached Tuesday for details of the extradition process.

Wright is fighting extradition, a U.S. federal agent said, and his next court appearance in Portugal is in about two weeks.

Wright’s life story reads like an international crime novel. In 1962, at the age of 19, he and three associates carried out a series of robberies in New Jersey. Wright and another man shot and killed a World War II veteran in a gas station robbery in Farmingdale.

He was arrested soon afterward and, after pleading no defense, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. But in 1970, Wright escaped from Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, New Jersey, reportedly stealing the warden’s car to make his getaway.

Wright made his way to Detroit, then a hotbed of militant black politics, and joined the Black Liberation Army. (He is also reputed to have made some money during this period as a part-time model, using an alias.)

On July 31, 1972, Wright and four other members of the Black Liberation Army went to Detroit airport and boarded Delta Flight 841 for Miami. Wright was dressed as a priest and carried a handgun in a hollowed-out Bible.

Airport security was different in those days. Various Palestinian groups were hijacking planes regularly, as were individuals keen to go to Cuba. Altogether, the U.S. Department of Transportation recorded 364 hijackings worldwide between 1968 and 1972: more than one a week on average.

The hijackers of Delta 841 — three men and two women accompanied by three children — seized the plane as it approached Miami. The FBI says “subsequent investigation identified Wright as one of the hijackers.”

from:  http://articles.cnn.com/2011-09-27/justice/justice_hijacker-found_1_hijackers-fbi-agents-wright-and-four?_s=PM:JUSTICE

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

 

George Wright

756975 599782       79

 

his path of destiny = 79 = Anger.  Furious.  Outrage.  Going ballistic.

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Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, is a US citizen.Plot
September 29th, 2011
 
The FBI arrested a Massachusetts man Wednesday in an alleged plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in which authorities say he provided “step-by-step” instructions on attacking Washington with drone-like, remote-controlled model airplanes.

Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, a U.S. citizen and Northeastern University physics graduate from Ashland, Mass., had been approached in an undercover FBI operation after an informant came forward. Ferdaus allegedly told undercover personnel posing as Al Qaeda members that he had scoped out a site next to the Potomac River to load small aircraft with C-4 plastic explosives and use GPS equipment to remotely fly them over the Capitol.

He also allegedly created components for improvised explosive devices to be used against U.S. troops in Iraq, and the undercover workers told him his devices had killed Americans there. According to an FBI affidavit, he replied, “That was exactly what I wanted.”

The affidavit calls those participating in the sting “undercover employees of the FBI,” not FBI agents.

Authorities said the public was never in danger and that they shut down the sting after they had enough evidence to charge Ferdaus. He was arrested in Framingham, Mass., after undercover workers delivered materials they said he requested, including grenades, six machine guns and what Ferdaus allegedly believed to be explosives.

FBI Agent Gary C. Cacace, the lead agent in the case, said in the federal court affidavit that Ferdaus sought jihad against the U.S. as early as last year, and considered Americans “enemies of Allah.” At one point, Ferdaus allegedly told the undercover workers that he was so driven, “I just can’t stop; there is no other choice for me.”

Ferdaus appeared in federal court in Worcester, Mass., on charges of trying to destroy a national defense facility and the Capitol and attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda. He was ordered to remain in custody, and was expected to enter a not-guilty plea when he returns to court Monday. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to 55 years in prison.

“Mr. Ferdaus had long planned to commit violent acts against our country,” said Carmen M. Ortiz, the U.S. attorney in Massachusetts. “That plan was thwarted.”

Cacace’s affidavit included these allegations: Ferdaus last year began planning the attacks using remote-controlled model aircraft carrying explosives. He gave the undercover workers two flash drives with step-by-step instructions on how to hit the Capitol and Pentagon from the air. He said he would use three planes and five assistants, and called himself the amir, or commander.

Despite Ferdaus’ claim of enlisting others in his plot, federal authorities said, they considered him a “lone wolf” and were not investigating anyone else.

“We’ve eliminated the threat,” said one official, who asked not to be identified because the case was continuing.

With money provided by the FBI’s undercover workers, the affidavit says, Ferdaus “researched, ordered and acquired necessary components for his attack plans.” He allegedly acquired one remote-controlled plane, 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, six fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles, and grenades. He allegedly created an alias, Dave Winfield, rented a storage locker and opened a PayPal account to create a cover story. Although single and childless, he told a Florida distributor the plane was for his son, the affidavit says.

Ferdaus allegedly built the improvised explosive devices he thought were for Iraq with seven cellphones after soldering wires in the back covers to act as electrical switches for the explosives. According to the affidavit, he told the undercover workers he wanted “to kill the kafir [nonbeliever] armies and … as many people as possible.”

His alleged motivation remains unclear. According to the affidavit, the FBI learned of him through a confidential witness who stepped forward. During Ferdaus’ meetings with undercover personnel, he allegedly spoke of wanting to “decapitate” the U.S. government’s “military center” and to “severely disrupt … the head and heart of the snake.”

He allegedly wanted to hit the Pentagon first, saying, “Once we hit the military, we can take care of the politicians.”

“It would be nice,” he allegedly added, “to gun down some politicians.”

 

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

 

Rezwan Ferdaus  

958515 6594131            62

 

his path of destiny = 62 = Arrested.  Incarcerated.  Behind bars.  Locked up.

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Tuesday September 27th, 2011

Machine Head’s new album Unto The Locust is out today, available now on iTunes and Amazon!

Check out a full-length sample of the song below and download your copy today! 

 
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Phil Demmel was born on April 2nd, 1967 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Demmel
 
April 2nd, 1967
 
4 + 2 +1+9+6+7 = 29 = his life lesson = Honing his skills and talents.  Being part of the team.
 
 
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April 2nd, 1967
 
April 2nd
 
4 + 2 +2+0+1+1 = 10 = his personal year (from April 2nd, 2011 to April 1st, 2012) = Fulfilling his destiny.
 
 
10 year + 9 (September) = 19 = his personal month (from September 2nd, 2011 to October 1st, 2011) = Proud of his hard earned success.  Lasting achievement. 
 
 

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9/27/11 06:49 AM ET

Nancy Grace suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction on Monday’s “Dancing With The Stars.”

Grace danced her quickstep so forcefully that her dressed slipped in exactly the wrong place, accidentally exposing a nipple. Grace didn’t realize it but the audience sure seemed to, looking stunned and stonyfaced as Grace finished her dance. Host Tom Bergeron alerted Grace to the problem and joked, “On the European version that would be perfectly fine.” Grace buried her head in her dancing partner’s shoulder, but seemed to take it in stride.

The incident was edited out of the West Coast version. Grace later said she hadn’t noticed anything, and she still got high scores from the judges.

story from and video at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/27/nancy-grace-wardrobe-malfunction-nipple-dancing-with-the-stars_n_982750.html

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Nancy Grace was born on October 23rd, 1959 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Grace

October 23rd, 1959

10 + 23 +2+0+1+0 = 36 = her personal year (from October 23rd, 2010 to October 22nd, 2011) = Crushed.

36 year + 9 (September) = 45 = her personal month (from September 23rd, 2011 to October 22nd, 2011) = Things went horribly wrong.

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Kenyan environmentalist and human rights activist, Wangari Maathai has died at the age of 71

September 26, 2011    2000 GMT

Kenyan Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the Nobel Peace Prize, died Monday after a battle with cancer. She was 71.

Maathai, an environmentalist, had long campaigned for human rights and the empowerment of Africa’s most impoverished people.

More than 30 years ago she founded the Green Belt Movement, a tree-planting campaign to simultaneously mitigate deforestation and to give locals, especially women and girls, access to resources like firewood for cooking and clean water. They have since planted more than 40 million trees.

“Professor Maathai’s departure is untimely and a very great loss to all who knew her — as a mother, relative, co-worker, colleague, role model and heroine — or who admired her determination to make the world a more peaceful, healthier and better place,” her organization said.

Born in Nyeri, Kenya, on April 1, 1940, Maathai blazed many trails in her life.

She was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. In December 2002, she was elected to Kenya’s parliament with an overwhelming 98% of the vote.

She was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of 100 most influential people in the world. And Forbes listed her as one of 100 most powerful women in the world.

In April 2006, France bestowed its highest honor on her: the Legion d’Honneur.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki called Maathai a “global icon who has left an indelible mark in the world of environmental conservation.”

Her passing elicited tributes from all around the world, like one from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in which he described her as “a pioneer in articulating the links between human rights, poverty, environmental protection and security.” He noted that she’d been active in his organization, including as a U.N. Messenger of Peace and part of a group trying to formulate global millennium development goals.

Achmat Dangor, the executive director of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, recalled a 2005 speech that she made before his group in which she laid out specific steps that citizens, governments and businesses could take to protect the environment.

“We need people who love Africa so much that they want to protect her from destructive processes,” Maathai said then. “There are simple actions we can take.”

British Foreign Secretary William Hague called the passing of the “charismatic figure … a great loss to the world,” and fellow environmental activist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore recalled her as a woman who “worked tirelessly (to become) a true inspiration for us all.”

And U.S. President Barack Obama said that Maathai’s life-long fight continues, building off what she was able to accomplish and the minds and policies she was able to shape over her lifetime.

“As she told the world, ‘We must not tire, we must not give up, we must persist,’” Obama said in a statement. “Her legacy will stand as an example to all of us to persist in our pursuit of progress.”

Maathai leaves behind three children and a granddaughter.

from:  http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/26/world/africa/kenya-nobel-laureate-death/

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Wangari Maathai was born on April 1st, 1940 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangari_Maathai

April 1st, 1940

4 + 1 +1+9+4+0 = 19 = her life lesson = what she was here to learn = Radiant. Shining. Beaming. Vitality. Life force. Achievement. Attainment. Accomplishment. Hard earned success. Enduring. Splendid. Sunny disposition.

 

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

 

Wangari Maathai

5157199 4112819       63

 

her path of destiny / how she learned what she was here to learn = 63 = Compassion.  Making the world a better place in which to live.

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September 26th, 2011

Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who helped popularize gospel music with his energetic style and who found a wider audience touring and recording with Paul Simon, died on Monday at his home in Chicago. He was 73.

His sister, Miriam Dixon, said he had been sick for over a year but declined to provide details.

Mr. Dixon wrote more than 200 songs in a career that spanned five decades. He was perhaps best known for his 1993 hit “I Am Redeemed,” which remained on the gospel and Christian charts for five years. He also composed songs for several pop singers, among them Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole and Amy Grant.

Though he was already well known in gospel circles, Mr. Dixon reached the mainstream pop-music audience in the 1970s, when he collaborated with Mr. Simon on the albums “Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’ ” (a follow-up to Mr. Simon’s hit album “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon”) and “Still Crazy After All These Years.” The two musicians had met at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1972, and Mr. Simon was impressed with his vocals.

Mr. Dixon and his group, the Jessy Dixon Singers, toured with Mr. Simon for the next eight years. Mr. Dixon also played keyboard with the funk group Earth, Wind and Fire and collaborated with the guitarist Phil Upchurch.

But these were side projects. It was in the gospel genre that he left an important musical mark, releasing 18 albums between 1964 and 2006 — five of them went gold — and touring worldwide until 2001. After his work with Paul Simon, Mr. Dixon built a large following in Europe.

Born on March 12, 1938, in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Dixon studied classical piano as a boy and started singing as a teenager at the Refuge Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The son of a porter and a seamstress, he went to a local Catholic college on a scholarship but dropped out to pursue a career as a musician. At 17, he was touring and playing black churches in California, Texas and Louisiana.

It was during a performance at a theater in San Antonio in 1957 that the Rev. James Cleveland, the great Chicago-based gospel musician, discovered Mr. Dixon and asked him to move to Chicago. There he became a pianist and singer with Mr. Cleveland’s group, The Original Chimes.

Mr. Dixon told The Associated Press in 1997 that being a young musician on Chicago’s South Side in the 1960s was like getting an advanced degree in blues and gospel music. “Going to church was like going to school,” he said.

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Dixon started composing choral music for the Thompson Community Singers, and some of his early songs have become church standards, including “Sit at His Feet and Be Blessed” and “I Love to Praise His Name.”

Ms. Dixon said that her brother enjoyed a close friendship with Mr. Simon and that he had enjoyed his time playing pop music. But she said that he was also a deeply religious man who taught Bible classes, quoted scripture in everyday conversation, and often had friends over to his house to sing hymns.

“What you saw onstage was what he was,” she said. “He was for real. He loved the Lord.”

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/arts/music/jessy-dixon-gospel-singer-and-songwriter-dies-at-73.html

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Jessy Dixon was born on March 12th, 1938

March 12th, 1938

March 12th

3 + 12 +2+0+1+1 = 19 = his personal year (from March 12th, 2011 to March 11th, 2012) = Enduring achievements.

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