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Terry Jones too radical for German parish, reports say

Florida preacher Terry Jones was too radical for a church he set up in West Germany in the 1980s and was expelled last year by its board, according to European press accounts. "Jones became increasingly radical as the years went...

By Jeff Stein  | September 10, 2010; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Koran-burning idea ignites Jihadi Web sites

Florida preacher Terry Jones’s proposal for burning Korans, first floated in a mid-July Facebook posting, has touched off waves of angry comment on Islamist Web sites that are now calling for revenge against “crusader” forces everywhere. “Ideas for revenge ranged...

By Jeff Stein  | September 10, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Media  
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Blackwater founder Erik Prince targets Democrats in memoir

Erik Prince, chairman of the private security firm once known as Blackwater, is writing a memoir that says Democratic officials in two administrations approved of his most sensitive and controversial operations, sources close to the company, now known as XE...

By Jeff Stein  | September 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Entertainment, Financial/business, Intelligence, Justice/FBI  
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Koran burning spurs ex-CIA official to lead protest

Suzanne Spaulding, a figure with long experience in U.S. intelligence circles, including a stint as assistant general counsel at the CIA, is urging former national security officials to speak out against a Florida preacher’s plans for a public burning of...

By Jeff Stein  | September 8, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Foreign policy, Intelligence, Politics  | Tags:  Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Marion “Spike” Bowman, Nicholas Rostow, Paul Pillar, Ronald Marks, Terry Jones  
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Gareth Williams probe focuses on mystery couple

London police, still stumped by the bizarre death of British code-breaker Gareth Williams last month, are looking for a young couple "of Mediterranean appearance" who were recorded by security cameras while visiting his building late at night in the weeks...

By Jeff Stein  | September 7, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Intelligence, Lawandcourts  
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El Paso intel center error causes couple's arrest at gunpoint

A California couple was arrested at gunpoint and hauled off to jail in handcuffs late last month because of an uncorrected database error at the El Paso Intelligence Center, known as EPIC, according to officials and accounts swirling on flight-training...

By Jeff Stein  | September 7, 2010; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Homeland Security, Intelligence, Lawandcourts  
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