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Discuss Latest World News / Air Marshal Kills Passenger, Citing Threat
« on: December 07, 2005, 05:24:40 PM »

Would you have taken the same action? I would have.

MIAMI - An agitated passenger who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack was shot and killed by a federal air marshal Wednesday after he bolted frantically from a jetliner that was about to take off, officials said. No bomb was found.
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The man, identified as Rigoberto Alpizar, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen, was gunned down on a jetway just before the American Airlines plane was about to leave for Orlando, near his home in Maitland.

It was the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks that an air marshal had shot at anyone,
Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said.

According to a witness, the man frantically ran down the aisle of the Boeing 757, flailing his arms, while his wife tried to explain that he was mentally ill and had not taken his medication.

The passenger indicated there was a bomb in his bag and was confronted by air marshals but ran off the aircraft, Doyle said. The marshals went after him and ordered him to get down on the ground, but he did not comply and was shot when he apparently reached into the bag, Doyle said.

The plane, Flight 924, had arrived in Miami from Medellin, Colombia, just after noon, and the shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. as the plane was about to take off for Orlando with the man and 119 other passengers and crew, American spokesman Tim Wagner said. Alpizar had arrived in Miami earlier in the day from Ecuador, authorities said.

After the shooting, investigators spread passengers' bags on the tarmac and let dogs sniff them for explosives, and bomb squad members blew up at least two bags.

No bomb was found, said James E. Bauer, agent in charge of the Federal Air Marshals field office in Miami. He said there was no reason to believe there was any connection to terrorists.

The concourse where the shooting took place was shut down for a half-hour, but the rest of the airport continued operating, officials said.

Mary Gardner, a passenger aboard the Orlando-bound flight, told WTVJ-TV in Miami that the man ran down the aisle from the rear of the plane. "He was frantic, his arms flailing in the air," she said. She said a woman followed, shouting, "My husband! My husband!"

Gardner said she heard the woman say her husband was bipolar ? a mental illness also known as manic-depression ? and had not had his medication.

Gardner said four to five shots were fired. She could not see the shooting.

After the shooting, police boarded the plane and told the passengers to put their hands on their heads, Gardner said.

"It was quite scary," she told the TV station via a cell phone. "They wouldn't let you move. They wouldn't let you get anything out of your bag."

There were only 33 air marshals at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Bush administration hired thousands more afterward, but the exact number is classified.

Off-Topic / Programmig
« on: November 26, 2005, 02:40:55 PM »
SaLaM Ahmed

I would definately help you with the recitation software. Unfortunately 3-4 months ago my HD crashed and i lost the source code i had for the software. But let me put together a small working demo for you and i will give you the source code. Its quite easy. What version of VB or VB.NET do you use?

Submitters / Code 19 / Cavemen, Adam and code-19
« on: November 26, 2005, 08:54:12 AM »
SaLaM idmkhizar

Lets continue the discussion here as our posts are off topic on the other thread.

Oh you believe in that cavemen junk?

Yes i beleive in that caveman 'junk'.

Well i dont and there are many many people out there who share my views.

Thats alright. And there are people out there who beleive there is no God, that moon is a God and pork is halal.

I believe mankind was created perfect like Adam who new all the names of animals

Knowing names of the animals dont make one perfect. If adam was so perfect, why did he eat from the forbidden tree?

Khi- To the Mushaf yes NOT the Quran. PLZ try to understand this. The corrupt Muslims, id say, didnt deserve the true Quran no more. GOD knew whats in their hearts while we do not and allows things to happen accordingly. The statement "allowed them enter in the Quran" is incorrect. The Quran is NOT mere ink and paper which you and most others here have still not understood.

The FACT is , there are different copies of the Quran. Warsh and Hafs. Question is: which one did GOD send to mankind

Off-Topic / Want to get rich?
« on: November 18, 2005, 12:31:09 PM »
I got this email. I am passign this wonderful oppertunity JUST so you guys can have it loooooooooooooollllllllllllll

(A Subsidiary of Abacha real estates).
From the Desk of her Excellency,
Dr.Mrs.Maryam Abacha.
Phone Number (+31-633735257)

Dear friend,

This might seem very deplorable for a person that you
do not know but as the title implies, I am Dr Mrs
Maryam Abacha, wife of the late General Sani Abacha.

I am contacting you due to the present situation as
regards the special panel set up by the present
democratic administration in my country (Nigeria)
under the anti-corruption law passed mainly to recover
what they (Government) termed "Abacha's looted
money".This law is yet another smear campaign aimed
mainly to frustrate, humiliate, dismember and widen
the scope of hatred to our family. A personal vendetta
by President Obasanjo who was jailed by my
Government for plotting a coup d 'etat against his

This highly calculated attempt by this administration
cum Swiss government through bi-lateral relationship
has taken away from us over US$1.4billion in
Switzerland. The rampaging situation in our accounts
abroad has yielded to the barbaric pressure and just
last month we were squished out of another US$395m
and all this funds can be ascertained independently.

This government is bent on destroying our family. You
may be aware that my son (Mohammed), heir apparent to
the family just got out of prison after 3 years of
detention. Therefore, I am soliciting for genuine
partners that I can invest the family fortune that is
scattered all over the world.

I am in possession of $24 000.000 (TWENTY FOUR MILLION
U.S DOLLARS)in a Security Company that I intend to
invest abroad through your assistance. For the purpose
of investment in areas of your
interest, contact me as
a handsome reward of 25%of the total sum awaits you,
subject to our negotiation and agreement.

You can contact me via my e-mail for security reason
for further details for now. In the event of you not
being interested in this proposal, endeavor to keep
this highly confidential.

Reply this letter urgently through my trustee E-mail and call him on his
private line (+31-633735257) because I have already
inform him about the step I want to use to take this
money out of the shore of Africa and to avoid us
losing this money since it is the only remaining fund
left for the survival of my family.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.

Yours sincerely,
My Trustee Email Address:
Phone Number (+31-633735257)

Discuss Latest World News / AN ABOMINATION : KFC BLAST
« on: November 15, 2005, 03:35:08 AM »
Blast Outside KFC in Pakistan Kills Three

KARACHI, Pakistan - A powerful car bomb exploded outside the front entrance to a KFC restaurant in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi early Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring 12 others, police said.

The blast, which went off about 8:45 a.m., badly damaged the restaurant, part of the global American fast food chain, burning several cars along the street in front.

Mushtaq Shah, Karachi's police chief, told reporters the bomb was concealed in a car parked outside the restaurant.

Another police official, Sanaullah Abbasi, said three people were killed in the blast and 12 injured.

The bomb struck as commuters were heading to offices and shops in the crowded business hub. Hundreds of people gathered at the site near the Pearl Intercontinental Hotel that is popular with foreign tourists and business people.

"I can see that the KFC building is burning, six cars have caught fire and injured people are lying on the road," said Saeed Mohammad, a traffic police official who rushed to the scene after hearing the blast.

Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, is a hotbed of Muslim militancy and previous bombings in the city have been linked to Islamic extremists opposed to Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's close ties to the United States. Pakistan has been a key ally in the struggle against Muslim extremists tied to al-Qaida and
Afghanistan's former Taliban regime.

Pakistan's information minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, condemned the blast, calling it the work of the "enemies of Pakistan."

The restaurant occupies the ground floor of a government office building housing the Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation. Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to other parts of the building.

Two bodies were pulled from the KFC restaurant while another man lay dead at the restaurant's entrance, eyewitnesses said. The injured included security guards at the building and nearby banks.

It was the second attack on Western fast food restaurants in Karachi in recent months. Bombs struck KFC and McDonalds restaurants in Karachi in September, injuring three people in attacks suspected of being linked to a nationwide strike called by a hardline Islamic coalition opposed to Musharraf.

A KFC restaurant in Karachi was also burned in May, killing six workers inside during an outbreak of religious violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslim groups in the city.

ENVY.... its a terrible thing  :x

Discuss Latest World News / Blair Suffers Major Defeat on Terror Bill
« on: November 09, 2005, 05:36:04 PM »
SaLaM everyone

This is bad. I was hoping this would pass.

LONDON - In a political blow to Prime Minister
Tony Blair, British lawmakers on Wednesday rejected tough anti-terrorism legislation that would have allowed suspects to be detained for 90 days without charge.

The House of Commons vote was the first major defeat of Blair's premiership and raises serious questions about his grip on power. Blair had staked his authority on the measure and doggedly refused to compromise.

Lawmakers, including 49 members of Blair's Labour Party, opted instead for a maximum detention period for terror suspects of 28 days without charge.

Michael Howard, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, said Blair's authority had "diminished almost to vanishing point" and said he should consider resigning.

"This vote shows he is no longer able to carry his own party with him. He must now consider his position," said Howard.

But Blair was defiant. He ruled out resignation and insisted lawmakers had been wrong to put the civil liberties of a small number of terrorists ahead of the "fundamental civil liberty of this country to protection from terrorism."

"The country will think that Parliament has behaved in a deeply irresponsible way today," he added.

Lawmakers voted 322 to 291 against 90-day detentions and backed the 28-day period by 323-290 votes.

The result is a humiliating blow to Blair. For eight years, his Labour government commanded an unassailable lead in the Commons and easily swatted aside opposition to its legislation.

But Blair's popularity has slumped in the wake of the divisive
Iraq war, and his party was punished in national elections earlier this year. Labour's huge 161-seat advantage in the Commons shrunk to just 66, making the government vulnerable.

In the immediate aftermath of the July attacks on London's transit system, Blair had considerable cross-party support for new anti-terror legislation.

He drafted the Terrorism Bill, which aims to tackle Muslim extremism by outlawing training in terrorist camps as well encouraging acts of violence and glorifying terrorism.

But the political consensus broke down over the plan to extend the period terror suspects can be held without change from the current 14-day maximum to three months. Authorities argued more time was needed in complex cases where suspects have multiple aliases or where the help of foreign intelligence agencies is needed. But critics countered that extending it to 90 days would erode civil rights.

Blair took a considerable political gamble in refusing to back down and had called in every supporter to shore up numbers. Treasury chief Gordon Brown was called back from an official visit to
Israel only two hours after arriving there. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw cut short an official EU visit to Russia, while Labour Party chairman Ian McCartney, who is recuperating from heart surgery, volunteered to return for the vote.

The defeat comes at a difficult time for the prime minister. His party, and even his Cabinet, is split over his plans to encourage greater private sector investment in public services such as health care and education. Earlier this month, Blair's strongest ally, Work and Pensions Secretary David Blunkett, was forced to resign due to a scandal over his business dealings.

The prime minister has said he will not seek a fourth term in office. He could serve until 2010, but pressure for him to quit sooner may intensify following Wednesday's vote.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes cut the odds on Blair stepping down next year from 11 to 4, to 5 to 2 in the wake of the defeat.

"The prime minister has just fallen off the high wire," said Scottish Nationalist Party leader Alex Salmond. "He is a victim of his own arrogance. He may well be on the way out of office."

Discuss Latest World News / No death penalty in new Guantanamo cases: US
« on: November 09, 2005, 05:34:04 PM »
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not seek the death penalty against any of the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged this week, including a Canadian teenager accused of tossing a grenade that killed an American medic in
Afghanistan, the
Pentagon said on Wednesday.

The charges announced on Monday against Canadian Omar Ahmed Khadr, Saudis Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi and Jabran Said bin al-Qahtani, Algerian Sufyian Barhoumi and Ethiopian Binyam Ahmed Muhammed brought to nine the number of foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, formally accused of crimes.

"None of the five will be referred as capital cases," said Air Force Maj. Jane Boomer, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

The United States also did not seek the death penalty against any of the first four Guantanamo prisoners who were charged.

Boomer did not explain the reasoning behind the decision not to seek the death penalty in any of the cases.

She said the process involved recommendations from military prosecutors and Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hemingway, legal adviser in the trial process, and a final decision by John Altenburg, a retired Army major general overseeing the trial process.

The nine cases are scheduled to be decided by a panel of military officers, called a commission, in the first such U.S. war crimes trials since World War Two.

Human rights activists and military defense lawyers have criticized the commission rules, saying they favor prosecutors, allow evidence obtained through torture and hearsay and permit no independent judicial review.

The United States holds about 500 prisoners at Guantanamo, with only nine charged. Human rights groups and others have criticized Washington for the indefinite detentions at Guantanamo and denial of legal rights. The United States has defended its treatment of the detainees and has asserted the legal right to hold them "in perpetuity."


Khadr, a Canadian citizen who recently turned 19, was 15 when he was sent to Guantanamo. He is charged with murder in the killing of a U.S. soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, with a grenade near Khost, Afghanistan.

His lawyers have asserted he has been abused in U.S. custody and that his capture and detention at age 15 violated American responsibilities under accords regarding treatment of young people during war.

The other four detainees were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attacks on innocent civilians, destruction of property and terrorism.

The charges were announced on Monday just hours after the
U.S. Supreme Court said it would decide whether
President George W. Bush possessed the power to create the military tribunals to put Guantanamo prisoners on trial for war crimes. The case marks an important test of the Bush administration's policy in the war on terrorism.

The four men previously charged were: Australian David Hicks, Yemenis Salim Ahmed Hamdan and Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al Bahlul, and Sudanese Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi. Those cases have been on hold because of a federal court ruling last year, although the Pentagon moved in September to revive the proceedings in the Hicks case and scheduled a hearing for November 18.

Discuss Latest World News / Feds Indict 2 in Missile-Smuggling Scheme
« on: November 09, 2005, 05:32:41 PM »
LOS ANGELES - A federal grand jury indicted two men Wednesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle surface-to-air missiles into the United States for use abroad. Such missiles are designed to bring down aircraft.

The U.S. attorney's office said the charges marked the first time a 2004 anti-terrorism law has been used. The law calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years and the possibility of life in prison without parole if convicted.

Chao Tung Wu, 51, and Yi Qing Chen, 41, are naturalized U.S. citizens born in China, authorities said. The conspiracy did not involve domestic terrorists, and the two men were told by an undercover agent that the missiles would be sent abroad, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

The indictment specified that bribes, including one for $2 million, were to be paid to certain foreign officials. Authorities declined to identify the countries involved.

Gerson Horn, an attorney for Wu, said an undercover agent had tried to buy weapons from Wu and that Chen was allegedly involved in the negotiations. He said the agent "initiated the negotiations and persisted in the negotiations but it never bore fruit ... with either one of them."

He said his client was innocent and that the case was "conceived, nurtured and orchestrated by the undercover agent, who worked this case for a number of years."

Horn also said no weapons or weapons components changed hands.

An attorney for Chen did not immediately return a call for comment.

The men have been in custody since August when they were arrested as part of a federal undercover probe into smuggling in Southern California. They were originally charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and Ecstasy and importing millions of counterfeit cigarettes.

The men were previously ordered held without bond. An arraignment hearing on the new charges was scheduled for Monday.

"Today's indictment shows a willingness of the smugglers to acquire practically anything for importation, no matter how dangerous or destructive," U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang said in a statement.

Off-Topic / Video Game Talk
« on: November 06, 2005, 12:20:50 AM »
SaLaM everyone

Recently, i got my hands on F.E.A.R and Call Of Duty 2. Well i had assignments to give in on monday so i have been working all night. Thought i take a break and F.E.A.R comes into mind. 'might as well play it' i think to myself and i install it and start it up.
IT WAS HORRIBLE. I have never wanted to swear at a game like i wanted to at this one. And after about 1 hour 20 mins of trying to figure out what the hell was goin wrong, i discover that the game doesnt support my graphic card which is nVidia 5200. The only ones it supports is:

  Catalyst(TM) Drivers (Windows(R) 2000/XP): v5.8
  Radeon(R) 9000 Series
  Radeon(R) 9500 Series
  Radeon(R) 9600 Series
  Radeon(R) 9700 Series
  Radeon(R) 9800 Series
  Radeon(R) X600 Series
  Radeon(R) X700 Series
  Radeon(R) X800 Series
  Radeon(R) X850 Series


  ForceWare(TM) Drivers (Windows(R) 2000/XP): v77.77

  GeForce(TM) 4 Ti Series
  GeForce(TM) FX 5900 Series
  GeForce(TM) 6600 Series
  GeForce(TM) 6800 Series
  GeForce(TM) 7800 Series

No doubt the game looks nice and all in screenshots at GameSpot but even people with those cards are having the same problem. I got 5 frames per second. That bad. However, i did manage to play the game at the lowest setting possible, where it looks like Doom I and it did look good. So if any of you going to buy this game, make sure you got the above card. Otherwise its not better than throwing ur money away.

Off-Topic / Rome Total War : Islamic Conquest?
« on: October 30, 2005, 11:04:54 PM »
SaLaM everyone

If anyone has played Rome Total War then they would know that its a great game (apart from the fact that there are only that many units you can take into battle which totally sucks  :x ). BUT, there is work being done on a mod for that game called Islamic Conquest. This should be a fun mod to which im looking forward to. Link to the work being done on the mod :

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