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Protecting yourself from Identity Theft and other financial crimes…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, May 27, 2007

Here are two of, possibly, the most hated words in the English language: Identity Theft.

Identity theft is a serious crime that has become a major cause for concern in most industrialized nations, especially in the West. The United States, in particular, has become a hotbed of Identity theft related crimes. Those who commit the crime of Identity theft are nothing more than common criminals. These criminals prey upon the financial well-being of usually unsuspecting victims. The victims of Identity Theft often never even realize that they have been the victims of such a crime until the bank (or the FEDs) come knockin’.

Identity Theft, and related crimes, has only recently come on the radar of law enforcement and government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov). While law enforcement has been tackling the issue for some time now — Congress has finally stepped in. The last few years have seen legistlators on Capitol Hill holding Committee hearings into the depth and magnitude of this crime. Keep in mind that Identity Theft is in no way a victimless crime — and — like most other crimes involves layers of illegal activity and collusion. Often, the crime of Identity Theft is part of a larger network of criminal activity that ultimately has it’s despicable tentacles among transnational groups and actors/operators.

In essence Identity Theft, and related financial crime(s), are sometimes the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, in a web of crime that has also spread with globalization (and in some cases has even moved on specific routes of global economic growth) to transnational actors with the most nefarious of intentions in mind.

It’s not all gloom-and-doom however. There are things that you can do to by being proactive in protecting yourself from Identity Theft. Here are just a few simple things that anyone can do:

1. Regularly monitor your credit report.

2. Get a micro shredder and destroy ANYTHING with your personal information on it.

3. Never give out your personal information (including PIN #’s) to anyone you don’t know or feel comfortable with.

4. Don’t make your PIN #’s easy to determine.

5. Avoid making too many purchases online. In those moments when you absolutely must have that dirt cheap SD Card or digital camera on Ebay … please do so with one unique credit card that you only use for online transactions. This credit card should also have a small limit (less than $1,000) so that the impact of a possible Identity Theft crime can also be handled in an easier manner. Simply put, you don’t want potential thieves ripping you off for too much should you be the victim of such a crime.

Remember that Identity Theft is not a victimless crime. If you do not keep a watchful eye on your money — thieves will…

 

 

 

What is Identity Theft?

(Warning: The lady in this video is not wearing hijab. Also, I am not promoting any Identity Theft product — I just like the opening of this video)

How To Protect Yourself from Identity Theft:

A humorous take on Identity Theft:

 

 

 

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Snakes On A Plane…for real?

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, May 24, 2007

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CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Customs officers at Cairo’s airport have detained a man bound for Saudi Arabia who was trying to smuggle 700 live snakes on a plane, airport authorities said.

The officers were stunned when a passenger, identified as Yahia Rahim Tulba, told them his carry-on bag contained live snakes after he was asked to open it.

Tulba opened his bag to show the snakes to the police and asked the officers, who held a safe distance, not to come close. Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras, authorities said.

The Egyptian said he had hoped to sell the snakes in Saudi Arabia. Police confiscated the snakes and turned Tulba over to the prosecutor’s office, accusing him of violating export laws and endangering the lives of other passengers.

According to the customs officials, Tulba claimed the snakes are wanted by Saudis who display them in glass jars in shops, keep them as pets or sell them to research centers.

The value of the snakes was not immediately known.

 

This was so retarded that I had to post it. How did this guy think he was going to get SNAKES On A PLANE in the first place — if we can’t even get hand lotion on? Did he have a mental lapse? Was he dropped on his head as a child? Did he eat too much glue-paste in kindergarten?  What?

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disgusting…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Religious sect blamed for beheadings in Kenya

• Thousands in shadowy Mungiki sect inspired by Mau Mau rebellion
• Violence raises fears Mungiki out to disrupt December elections
• Mungiki fighting for years with bus operators for control of bus stops
• Resident: “We don’t feel secure because the police are doing nothing”

 

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/05/23/kenya.beheadings.ap/index.html

According to my parents, these people are just as evil as the article mentions. My parents have had relatives and family friends who were killed by the Mau Mau. The Mungiki sect appears to be some kind of new cult.

 

 

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Do polls always lie?

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, May 20, 2007

 
 
 
 



Do you think past U.S. foreign policy was a reason for the 9/11 attacks?

YES

63%

31335 votes

 

NO

37%

18236 votes

Total: 49571 votes (CNN QuickVote)

Martin: Ron Paul’s 9/11 explanation deserves to be debated

I am no expert on polling data/statistics, however, I believe that a majority of Americans have become sick of U.S. foreign policy and believe that it has become a negative force on the world stage. The recent CNN Quick Vote (above) is illustrative, I think, of this reality. US foreign policy has, over the last few years in particular, become dominated by a small cadre of groups on the right with nothing other than war on thier collective minds. They have no concern over how wreckless or brazen their policies may be seen on the domestic front or world stage for that matter. Call them what you want: NeoCons, Chicken-Hawks, Right-wing extremists, etc. etc.

These folks care nothing for the loss of life in manufactured wars if it means political gains at home. Here are just some the aims/goals of these people:

1. Complete blind support for the state of Israel…

2. Launching wreckless wars using made-up (“faulty”) intelligence when making the case for war…

3. Violating Civil Liberties…

4. Supporting dictatorships and secular-extremists in the Middle East…

5. Framing the current “War on Terror” as a conflict greater than WWII and the Cold War…

the list goes on and on…and I will probably be updating it every so often…

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Ooops, he said it again…

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, May 19, 2007

No stranger to controversy, Former President Jimmy Carter, seems to have done it again. That is to say, he once again allowed his rather opinionated demeanor to get the best of him. After being lambasted in media and political circles for his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — Jimmy Carter is back in the news. Though I don’t necessarily agree with Carter on everything…I am, however, going to have to agree with him on this one:

Carter: Bush Administration “worst ever”
Posted by Frank James

An earlier posting noted that former President Jimmy Carter told BBC that the soon to be ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair was “subservient” to President Bush and by being so failed to stop what Carter viewed as a monumental foreign policy mistake, the Iraq invasion and its aftermath.

But Carter didn’t just blast Blair in the past 24 hours. In another interview, this one with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the former president called the Bush Administration the “worst in history” in terms of foreign policy.

Here’s the top of the ADG story. To see the whole thing you’d need to subscribe to the newspaper.

In a stinging rebuke to President Bush, former President Carter on Friday called the current administration “the worst in history” when it comes to international relations. During a telephone interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from the Carter Center in Atlanta, the ex-president also accused the current White House occupant of eliminating the line between church and state and of abandoning “America’s basic values.”

“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history. The overt reversal of America’s basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including [those of] George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me,” Carter said. The 39th president said that during Bush’s two terms in office, he has radically departed from every other U.S. president.

It’s an extraordinary thing to witness an ex-president speaking his mind so freely in his criticism of a sitting president. Another example in the modern era doesn’t quickly come to mind.

Notice, Carter didn’t label Bush the worst president ever. But can a president have the worst administration ever without being the lowliest chief executive to occupy the White House, at least in Carter’s eyes?

You’d probably have to go back to President Theodore Roosevelt who in 1912 ran against his one-time friend, the sitting President William Howard Taft, to find an ex-president speaking out so forcefully against an Oval Office occupant.

This Carter interview is likely to be a story for days.

Carter on Apartheid in Occupied Territories (Palestine)

 

 

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let’s do lunch…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, May 13, 2007

Yesterday is a day that will live on in history as one of the great days in all of Western Civilization. Calendars will be marked, legends will be told, and holidays will be announced. This great day I speak of is not merely a day — it was a lunch. A lunch that will live for all time. This grand occassion was attended by Amad Shaikh (www.muslimmatters.org) and ExEx Blogger (Student of Knowledge Extraordinaire) …not to mention yours truly.

The lunch involved fine Iranian cuisine and lots of friendly chatting. Our time together was short however it wasn’t short on comradery and brotherhood, inshallah. A good time was had by all, alhamdulillah!

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more fallacies in the “War on Terror” …

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, May 13, 2007

The terrorist we tolerate

The administration’s botched handling of Luis Posada Carriles says a lot about Bush’s so-called war on terror.

May 11, 2007

LIKE PIRATES, terrorists are supposedly hostis humani generis — the “enemy of all mankind.” So why is the Bush administration letting one of the world’s most notorious terrorists stroll freely around the United States?

I’m talking about a man who was — until 9/11 — perhaps the most successful terrorist in the Western Hemisphere. He’s believed to have masterminded a 1976 plot to blow up a civilian airliner, killing all 73 people on board, including teenage members of Cuba’s national fencing team. He’s admitted to pulling off a series of 1997 bombings aimed at tourist hotels and nightspots. Today, he’s living illegally in the United States, but senior members of the Bush administration — the very guys who declared war on terror just a few short years ago — don’t seem terribly bothered.

I’m talking about Luis Posada Carriles. That’s not a household name for most U.S. citizens, but for many in Latin America, Posada is as reviled as Osama bin Laden is in the United States.

–Yeah….well Carriles is only living illegally in this country like approximately 12 million of his cousins. Also, why bother going after this guy? He isn’t Arab or from the Middle East … and most importantly … he isn’t Muslim.

The Cuban-born Posada was trained by the CIA at the School of the Americas in 1961. From Venezuela, he later planned the successful 1976 bombing of a civilian Cuban jetliner (apparently with the knowledge of the CIA). He was arrested for the crime, but he escaped from a Venezuelan prison before standing trial.

Posada later aided Ollie North’s illegal efforts to get arms to the Nicaraguan Contras, tried repeatedly to assassinate Fidel Castro and was behind a 1997 string of Havana hotel bombings. Recently declassified U.S. government documents suggest that, throughout most of his career, Posada remained in close contact with the CIA.

–Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell me that the CIA might have aided this criminal in terrorism against another sovereign nation? NEVER! The CIA would never do such a thing. Actually, they wouldand haveand will continue … but hey, as long as we have our Starbucks Crapuccino in the morning, it’s all good. Think about the unsavory cast of characters we work with right now…including the likes of:

1) Ahmed Chalabi – Made the initial erroneous case of WMD in Iraq. Also, a wanted fugitive in Jordan.

2) Abdul Rashid Dostum – Former Uzbek Communist who killed thousands of Afghans in the past under orders from the Soviet Union. Currently, a warlord (and govt member) who continues to kill Afghans.

Posada entered the U.S. illegally in 2005. Human rights groups and the Cuban and Venezuelan governments urged that he be tried or extradited for his terrorist activities, but for several months the Bush administration denied that Posada was even in the United States.

On May 17, 2005, the Miami Herald shamed the administration into action by publishing a front-page interview with Posada (who sipped his peach drink on his Florida balcony, described his leisure reading and commented cheerfully that at first he “thought the [U.S.] government was looking for me” but eventually realized that U.S. officials had no interest in finding him). Only then did the administration detain Posada — but on immigration charges, not terrorism-related charges.

Since 2005, the administration seems to have done everything in its power to botch the immigration case against Posada, mishandling it so blatantly that on Wednesday an exasperated federal judge declared herself “left with no choice” but to throw out the indictment. Although a different judge previously ordered Posada deported, Posada can’t legally be extradited to Venezuela because the court concluded that he might be tortured there.

So for now, Posada’s a free man — even though the administration has sufficient evidence to arrest him for his role in either the 1976 airliner bombing or the 1997 Havana bombings. For that matter, Posada easily could be detained under Section 412 of the Patriot Act, which calls for the mandatory detention of aliens suspected of terrorism.

The administration’s approach to Posada contrasts jarringly with its approach to suspected Al Qaeda terrorists. With the latter, the administration wastes no time on legal niceties. Foreign nationals have been illegally “rendered” to countries where they faced torture, interrogated in secret CIA prisons and sent to languish at Guantanamo, sometimes on the flimsiest of evidence. Even U.S. citizens suspected of terrorist activities have been dubbed “unlawful enemy combatants” and deprived of their constitutional rights. So why is the administration dragging its feet on arresting and charging Posada?

It’s not as if the evidence against Posada is seriously in dispute. In 1998, for instance, he “proudly admitted authorship of the hotel bomb attacks” to the New York Times, “describ[ing] them as acts of war intended to cripple a totalitarian regime by depriving it of foreign tourism and investment.” He dismissed the civilian casualties as “sad” but assured the reporter that he slept “like a baby.” (When asked about these admissions in 2005 by the Miami Herald, he coyly replied, “Let’s leave it to history.”)

If all this sounds eerily familiar, it should. We’ve heard the same callous justifications for terrorism from Bin Laden and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

The administration’s failure to make serious efforts to prosecute Posada is hypocritical but politically expedient. A trial might expose past CIA misdeeds and risk alienating Florida’s hard-line Cuban exiles, a voting bloc the administration has long cherished.

After 9/11, the phrase “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” went out of fashion. But though no one will openly admit it, the idea still seems to hold some currency within the Bush administration.
Rosa Brooks


Mrs. Brooks: Are you a “wahabi terrorist”? A “salafi cultist”? Or, are you a “jihadi nutter“?

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Cataloguing Life

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I found this article somewhat interesting. I don’t know exactly how feasible it really is to go about making an e-database of every living thing on Earth — but what-the-hay … I’m sure they’ll give it the good’ole college try.

http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/blog/2007/05/cataloguing_eve.html?p1=MEWell_Pos4

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What ExEx Blogger likes to eat…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, May 7, 2007

Among the various Chinese, Arab, and Indo-Pak dishes that ExEx Blogger (aka AbdurRahman Chao aka “The Sheikh”) enjoys — his favorite raita (IndoPak yogurt dish) involves a load of shredded cucumbers…mixed in with onions…plain white yogurt slapped on…and some mirch (spice) for flavor.

Please remember this anytime he comes to your home so that the Sheikh enjoys fine culinary cuisine instead of something pathetic like pizza or gyros.

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sleeeepy…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, May 7, 2007

i probably should go to sleep right now… but i feel like eating ice cream. Also, i have the hiccups.

Anyway, here are some profound words. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld just before the launch of the Iraq war:

 

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Civilized debate on FOX News…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, May 6, 2007

Watch as these two idiots duke it out…

 

http://glumbert.com/media/oreillyrivera

Awww…do they make a cute couple or what?

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Scary cat or scaredy cat?

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, May 4, 2007

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LOL! This was tooooo funny:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/05/04/scary.cat.reut/index.html

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uh…whatever…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, May 3, 2007

Two things are irritating me at this very moment:

1) Media Whores — I will be expanding upon this in a later post.  Actually, the term is rather self-explanatory however I will simply do my best to elaborate. Anyway, I hate mediawhores!

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2) Premature Balding — Why am I losing my hair? Is this some kind of cruel joke? Is it payback for all of the bald jokes that I have done over the years? WHAT?

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