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Christian militia accused of plotting to kill cops

Nine alleged members of a Christian militia group that was girding for battle with the Antichrist were charged Monday with plotting to kill a police officer and slaughter scores more by bombing the funeral – all in hopes of touching off an uprising against the U.S. government.

Seven men and one woman believed to be part of the group called Hutaree were arrested over the weekend after raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The ninth suspect was arrested Monday night after a search in southern Michigan and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

FBI agents moved quickly against Hutaree because its members were planning an attack sometime in April, prosecutors said. Members had been undergoing paramilitary training, including learning how to shoot guns and make bombs, since 2008, according to an indictment. Authorities seized guns in the raids but would not say whether they found explosives.

Prosecutors said suspected Hutaree ringleader, 44-year-old David Brian Stone of Clayton, identified law enforcement officers as potential targets. He and other members discussed setting off bombs at a police funeral, using a fake 911 call to lure an officer to his death, killing an officer after a traffic stop, or attacking the family of an officer, according to the indictment.

The indictment said that after the attacks, the group planned to retreat to “rally points” protected by trip-wired explosives for a violent standoff with the law.

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Update: Osama bin Laden threatens US soldiers over Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial

DUBAI, March 25

The Arabic television network al-Jazeera has aired an audiotape purportedly of Osama bin Laden threatening to kill U.S. soldiers if the United States executes the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The man on the tape says Americans taken prisoner by al-Qaida will be executed if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is put to death. He is currently being held by the United States, where he is to be tried.

Al Jazeera aired the audiotape on Thursday.

There was no immediate independent verification of the recording’s authenticity.

Osama bin Laden, in tape, threatens to kill Americans

President Felipe Calderón visits Ciudad Juarez today, just days after the Mexico killings of two Americans.

Mexico killings: President Calderón visits Juarez to tout new social programs

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Mexican Police

If any place has spiraled downward in Mexico’s bloody fight against organized crime, it is Ciudad Juarez, the grim border town where two Americans were shot dead in this weekend’s Mexico killings. Here businesses get burned down if owners do not pay traffickers monthly “protection money” and residents live with the daily menace of kidnappings and daylight shootouts.

Ciudad Juarez also epitomizes Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s solution to the escalating drug war that has dominated domestic politics, partnership with the US, and media parley over the past three years.

Mr. Calderón sent a surge of military troops and federal police to Juarez in 2008 to reclaim this once bustling industrial city that has always drawn poor Mexicans from across the country and from where thousands are today fleeing. But, as the government has gotten tougher against crime, crime has only increased.

IN PICTURES: Mexico’s drug war

Over the weekend, an American consular employee and her husband were shot dead in their car in broad daylight with their baby, unharmed, in the back seat. Almost simultaneously, in another location, the husband of another employee affiliated with the consulate was also gunned down and killed.

‘Rock bottom’ moment

The attacks, which will add to the pressure Mexico faces to solve its public safety problem, come after the city’s – and the nation’s – “rock bottom” moment in January, when 15 people were killed at a teen’s birthday party. Most were young students without any apparent ties to drug gangs.

Residents took to the streets, demanding a change in tactic in a city where cars are forced past military checkpoints and masked federal officers in pickup trucks roll down the streets. Many demanded they all leave. […]

Pentagon shooting suspect dies

Angry anti-gov’t writing linked to Pentagon gunman

Pentagon Police Chief Richard Keevill

The D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office says the alleged shooter at the Pentagon has died.

Beverly Fields, chief of staff of the D.C. medical examiner’s office, said the body of 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell arrived at the medical examiner’s office shortly after midnight.

Bedell was shot by two Pentagon police officers after authorities say he drew a weapon from his pocketand opened fire at a security checkpoint into a Pentagon subway entrance.

The two police officers received bullet wounds but were not seriously hurt.

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UAV design and production is a global activity, with manufacturers all across the world. The United States and Israel were initial pioneers in this technology, and U.S. manufacturers have a market share of over 60% in 2006, with U.S. market share due to increase by 5-10% through 2016. Northrop Grumman and General Atomics are the dominant manufacturers in this industry, on the strength of the Global Hawk and Predator/Mariner systems. Israeli and European manufacturers form a second tier due to lower indigenous investments, and the governments of those nations have initiatives to acquire U.S. systems due to higher levels of capability. European market share represented just 4% of global revenue in 2006.

Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Development costs for American military UAVs, as with most military programs, have tended to overrun their initial estimates. This is mostly due to changes in requirements during development and a failure to leverage UAV development programs over multiple armed services. This has caused United States Navy UAV programs to increase from zero to five percent in cost while United States Air Force UAV programs have increased from 60 to 284 percent.