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Friday, 30 May 2008


Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff warned Thursday that the radical Islamic group Hezbollah "makes Al Qaeda look like a minor league team," and poses the greatest threat to national security.

Chertoff: Hezbollah Makes Al Qaeda Look 'Minor League'
Thursday, May 29, 2008

JERUSALEM —  Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff warned Thursday that the radical Islamic group Hezbollah "makes Al Qaeda look like a minor league team," and poses the greatest threat to national security.

"Someone described Hezbollah like the A-team of terrorists in terms of capabilities, in terms of range of weapons they have, in terms of internal discipline," Chertoff told FOX News. "To be honest, they make Al Qaeda look like a minor league team.

"They have been more disciplined, and they've been in some senses more restrained in the kinds of attacks they carry out ... in recent years, but that's not something we can take for granted," he warned.

Chertoff, speaking before the opening of a two-day terrorism forum in Jerusalem, also warned of the threat of a terrorist smuggling a bomb aboard a passenger airplane.

"I don't think we're really worried about hijacking because we've put a lot of measures in place like a locked cockpit door, flight deck officers who have weapons and the air marshals," Chertoff told FOX News. "So the next threat becomes the bomb. Something that either a person takes on board themselves or smuggles into the cargo."

"One way we've addressed smuggling a bomb is by reducing the size of liquids you can bring on board," Chertoff said. "That was a direct result of learning terrorists had developed a way to disguise liquid explosives.

"The second thing we're in the process of doing is intensifying the degree of screening we use for baggage that goes into the cargo. Whether it comes from the passenger or is shipped from company. All of this is raising the level of defense," he said.

Hezbollah, which represents most of the Shia in Lebanon and whose related factions hold a combined 37 seats in parliament -- more than a quarter of the legislative body -- is openly dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

In a 2000 interview with the Washington Post, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said, "I am against any reconciliation with Israel. I do not even recognize the presence of a state that is called 'Israel.'"

Military analysts estimate Hezbollah's armed strength to be about 1,000 full-time highly trained members, with as many as 10,000 volunteers who openly patrol the streets of Beirut and other Lebanese towns.

The group's primary weapons are believed to consist of an arsenal of Russian- and home-made rockets, as well as arms supplied through Iran, the group's political and spiritual ally.

In addition to Chertoff, the two-day security forum, hosted by Israeli Minister of Internal Security Avraham Dichter, includes representatives of Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Italy, the United Kingdon and the Palestinian Authority.

Part of the agenda will cover the psychology of bombers and a demonstration by Israeli security experts of how to foil an airplane hijacking.

FOX News' Reena Ninan contributed to this report.



Dateline Washington with Greg Corombos and Dr. Walid Phares discussing Hezbollah
May 29, 2008 on 8:28 pm | In Audio Clips |

On Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says Hezbollah is the top threat to U.S. security and that Al Qaeda is the equivalent of a minor league team. How is that quantified? Why is Hezbollah such a threat to U.S. soil? And how much is Iran responsible for the rise in the threat posed by these terrorists? That’s what we ask Dr. Walid Phares of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is also the author of “The Confrontation”.




US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff talks to Al Jazeera's Sami Zeidan about his responsibility to protect the US mainland from terrorist attacks. The interview covers some of the controversial measures the US has adopted in its proclaimed international war on terror.

Secretary Chertoff answers some tough questions about the appropriateness of prolonged detentions without charge, moves to deny US residents constitutional rights and the future of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff talks to Al Jazeera's Sami Zeidan May 28, 08 - 1



US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff talks to Al Jazeera's Sami Zeidan May 28, 08 - 2





Forum designed to better combat terrorism

JERUSALEM, May 27 (UPI) -- Israeli government officials are planning to host a forum with foreign interior and homeland security heads to enhance cooperation on combating terrorism.

The two-day meeting, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, will bring together U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and German Minister of Interior Wolfgang Schaeuble, along with the heads of interior and homeland security from six other countries, to discuss ways to expand collaboration and cooperation in the war on terror, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

The meetings will be hosted by Avraham Dichter, Israeli minister of internal security, and held in Jerusalem. Officials say topics for discussion will include trends in global terror and the characteristics of the threats and challenges facing democratic societies in confronting terrorism, among others.

The forum's goal is to "promote and strengthen the cooperation between the countries and to share the knowledge, capabilities and experience accumulated among the countries during their war against terror, while facing other homeland security challenges," the release said.

© 2008 United Press International.



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