Former Sailor Arrested on Terrorism Charges

Hassan Abujihaad, 31, a former Navy sailor, was arrested on terrorism charges today. Abujihaad (aka Paul R. Hall) was charged for mishandling classified information that ended up in the hands of a terrorist financier.   He is charged in the same case as Babar Ahmad, a British computer specialist accused of running Web sites to raise money for terrorism.

Abujihaad was arrested in Phoenix on charges of supporting terrorism with an intent to kill U.S. citizens and transmitting classified information to unauthorized people.

During the Ahmad investigation, investigators discovered computer files containing classified information about the positions of U.S. Navy ships and discussing their susceptibility to attack.

Abujihaad, a former enlisted man, exchanged e-mails with Ahmad while on active duty on the USS Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer, in 2000 and 2001, according to an affidavit released Wednesday. He allegedly purchased videos promoting violent jihad.

The documents retrieved from Ahmad show drawings of Navy battle groups and discuss upcoming missions. They also say the battle group could be attacked using small weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades. The ships were never attacked.

Abujihaad had a secret security clearance that would have allowed him access to that material, according to the affidavit.

The investigation was run out of Connecticut because Ahmad allegedly used an Internet service provider there to host one of his fundraising Web sites.

Ahmad was arrested in 2004 but the case against Abujihaad apparently received a boost in December following the arrest of Derrick Shareef, 22, of Genoa, Ill., near Chicago, who was accused of planning to use hand grenades to attack holiday shoppers at a mall.

According to the affidavit, Shareef and Abujihaad lived together in 2004 when Ahmad was arrested. After reading news reports of the case, Abujihaad became upset and said “I think this is about me,” Shareef told investigators.

Authorities then taped a phone conversation between Abujihaad and a confidential informant in which Abujihaad appeared nervous. Though Abujihaad didn’t say outright that he was involved in the leak of classified information, the affidavit provided enough evidence for an arrest warrant. Source

Hundreds die from deadly bacteria in Israel

Doctors said an antibiotic-resistant bacterium known as Klebsiella pneumoniae has killed as many as 200 patients in hospitals across Israel.

Elderly patients and people with weak immune systems are particularly vulnerable to the bacterium, Arutz Sheva reported.

Epidemiologist Yehuda Carmeli of the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv said 400 to 500 people have been infected by the bug.

“Thirty to forty percent of them have already died,” Carmeli told YNetNews. “However, it is important to note that most of them were in a serious condition, and some were suffering from prior medical conditions.”

Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Galia Rahav told Israel’s Channel 1 that 130 patients at Sheba Hospital have become infected. One-third of those patients have died.

YNetNews said the Israeli Health Ministry has set up a committee of experts to “determine the scope of the problem and advise hospitals on how to contain it.”

Source: physorg.com

I blogged previously about the drug resistant strain of TB with a 98% mortality rate. It has been prevalent in South Africa, and threatens much the same population as this bacteria.

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Jimi’s family sues vodka maker

hendrixguitar.jpg SEATTLE (AP) – Jimi Hendrix’s family filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday over the use of the guitar legend’s name to market a brand of vodka.

The family claims in the lawsuit that companies owned by Seattle businessman Craig Dieffenbach used trademarked material to market Hendrix Electric Vodka and other products.

Janie Hendrix, Hendrix’s adopted sister and chief executive of Experience Hendrix, the family’s company, said the promotional campaign was a “sick joke” because Hendrix’s death in 1970 was tied to alcohol consumption.

“We are greatly concerned that there may be a perception that Experience Hendrix has, in some way, authorized this sale of vodka,” she said in a statement Tuesday. “As a matter of strict policy, we have never promoted an alcoholic beverage.”

Hendrix Electric Vodka is packaged in purple-tinted bottles and has Jimi Hendrix’s face and signature above the label.

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