Saturday Night Open Thread

I'm totally into watching AMC's remake of The Prisoner. If you get Comcast On Demand, all six episodes are available for free, to watch any time. I watched four hours last night. Skippy has this review. AMC will air it again starting Sunday if you don't have On Demand.

The other thing I'm following today: The new arrests in Italy in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the October, 2009 Chicago arrests of David Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana,for involvement in the planned attack on Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that published the cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005. The New York Times today has a long feature article on David Headley (formerly known as Daood Gilani). [More...]

Indian and Italian authorities credit the FBI for the info for today's arrests, and the Complaint in the Headley case is filled with details from FISA electronic surveillance and searches. The terror group claiming credit for Mumbai is one of two that Headley told the FBI he's worked with. I would bet the Headley/Rana electronic surveillance resulted in the information for today's arrests in Italy, which are based on a money transfer of $229 to a company in California to set up a VOIP account used by the Mumbai plotters.

I have a long post in the works on the conncections and the Chicago case, but it will have to wait for another day.

Update: Looks like my suspicions that the information came from the Headley/Rana surveillance are correct. The European press is now all over this.

According to the 26/11 chargesheet, Abdul Rehman Bada, Javed, Abu Shoaib and Abu Umer were holed up in Taj Hotel while Abdul Rehman Chotta and Fahadullah attacked Trident Hotel. These terrorists, the chargesheet says, called four numbers (012012531824, 43720880764, 43720880767 and 43720880768) to get in touch with their handlers in Pakistan. A total of 41 calls (8,834 seconds) were made from the Taj and 62 calls (5,705 seconds) were made from the Trident to Pakistan using VOIP provided by the Callphonex company.

The money sent by the Italian money transferers went to Callphonex (in California.)

Did anyone else go shopping for food today? Whole Foods here was just packed -- from the parking lot to the store aisles to the shelves. Traffic was awful too. I don't remember it being like this last year. Maybe people sat out last Thanksgiving due to the financial mess? Maybe the crush is a sign the economy is recovering. Or, maybe it's not but people are spending anyway.

We have lots of health care threads up today, so here's an open thread to discuss other topics.

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    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Nov 21, 2009 at 08:51:42 PM EST
    ...on birther buildboard uproar?  

    Interesting article on a guy who's been in a Federal marijuana study since '82...

    Rosenfeld suffers from a rare bone disorder called multiple congenital cartilaginous exostoses, which causes severe pain, alleviated by a healthy dose of ganja.

    He's been getting 300 joints every 25 days for the past 27 years, and said he smokes between 10 and 12 per day.

    "The first thing I do every morning is smoke two joints as I watch my business shows," Rosenfeld said. "Then another on my drive to work."

    Rosenfeld said he's never gotten high on the sticky icky, and he's allowed to smoke while operating heavy machinery.

    President Lincoln (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Sun Nov 22, 2009 at 07:07:00 AM EST
    Well, it does have a nice ring to it. Distant chords of memory.

    Move over President Snowe!

    Inspired by the NYTimes headline on my phone: senator cements key role in health care debate'.

    Mystic chords (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Sun Nov 22, 2009 at 09:11:57 AM EST
    Mangled my favorite quote.

    Harmonic divergence. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 22, 2009 at 04:26:46 PM EST